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Josephine Ann Macko (Hughell)
Josephine Ann Macko (Hughell), or Baba as she was known to many, died Feb. 3, 2014. She was 87 years old. Josephine was a woman of great humor, kindness, and perseverance. She is best known for her caring spirit, enduring faith, beautiful blue eyes and social personality. Though unassuming in nature, Baba was a rock; she was the foundation of her family and provided support to anyone in need. Josephine was born March 14, 1926 to John and Mary Ethel (Pugh) Hughell and was a life long resident of Barberton. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1945. During World War II, she worked at a match company and cleverly wrote messages on the inside of the matchbooks being sent to the soldiers, which surely provided cheer to many of the men at war. She was a parishioner at SS. Cyril and Methodious, later Prince of Peace and was a member of the St. Anne Society. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 50 years, Joseph; brothers, John (Curly), James, and Joseph (Cecil); son, Gary; granddaughter, Jessica; daughter-in-law, Helen Ratosky; son-in-law, Donato Cianciola; brother-in-laws, Walter, Anthony (Tony), Hilary (Larry); and sister-in-laws, Theresa (Tess) and Vicky. She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted sons, James (Pat) Fostoria, Ohio and Ronald (Lana) Grapevine, Texas; daughters, Karen Milich, Doylestown and Susan Cianciola, Barberton; granddaughters, Kimberly Macko, Kelly Macko, Jennifer (Matt) Cannon, and Krista Milich; sister-in-laws, Rosala (Penny) and Mary Macko of Barberton and Maxine Hughell of DeRidder, La.; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at held at Prince of Peace with Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant. Donations can be made to Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Rd. Fairlawn, OH 44333.
Paul A. Molnar
Paul A. Molnar, 81, died March 5, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Born in Manchester, Paul was an area resident all his life where he retired from PPG Industries after 28 years of service. He was also a proud Army Veteran. Preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Mary; sisters, Priscilla, Mary, Betty, Anna, Julia and Lydia; and brothers, Steve, John and Dave; Survivors include his loving wife, Joan Lee (nee Bedner); daughter, Michele Canfora; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jon) Wright and Paul Canfora; great-grandchildren, Ava Wright and Mila Canfora; brother, Arthur (Ruth); sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Jack Brummert and their families; and many other nieces and nephews. Funeral Service will be Thursday, March 13, 12:30 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hoursone hour prior to the service. www.silva-hostetler.com.
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Danny K. Vanatta Sr, 56, died March 4. Survived by son, Danny K. Jr (Rose); grandchildren, Bailey, Kennedy; mother, Inez; brother, Robert Byrd; long time girlfriend, Cindy Lipovsky. Funeral is March 8, 5 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Don Bolich officiating.
Shirley Ann Carpenter-Lent
Shirley Ann Carpenter-Lent, 74, died March 5. She slipped off in her sleep to be with her son, Stephen and daughter, Holly. She was born Jan. 24, 1940, in Akron, and grew up in Norton; Shirley was a graduate of Norton High School, class of 1958. Preceded in death by her parents, Denver and Novis Hartman of Norton; son, Stephen Harshberger and daughter, Holly Schlayer, both of Barberton; brother, William McDonald of Akron; sister, Joan Emery of Missouri; Shirley leaves behind her loving husband, John; brother, Richard (Dee) Hartman; sister, Glenda (Carson) Ripley all of Wadsworth; sister, Iris Jean Smith of Florida; two granddaughters; three great-granddaughters; daughter-in-law, Lori; nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends. Shirley fought a hard battle with life, but she has won, she is sleeping softly and pain free now. Funeral service is March 7, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Ruth A. Mulkins
Ruth A. Mulkins died March 4. Born in Barberton, she was a resident of Wadsworth for the past 25 years. Ruth retired from Norton City Schools. She was a member of Northside Christian Church, the Crescent Club, Women’s Auxiliary at Stan Hywet, the Red Hat Society of Wadsworth, Pi Lambda Theta, Barberton Moose 759 and Barberton Elks 982 Emblem Club. Preceded in death by her husband, Harry; parents, William and Dessie Cummings; sister, Patricia Holley; two infant sons, William and Randy; Ruth is survived by her daughters, Lauri (Earl) Stover, Sherry (Victor) Snider and Kimberly (John) Lewis; grandsons, Zachary, Daniel, Philip and Nathaniel; granddaughters, Nikki, Hannah and Cassandre; great-grandsons, Steven, Max, Allen and Clarence; great-granddaughters, Ada Ruth and Elisa; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service is March 8, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Pastor Ray Sanders officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours March 7, 5-7 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northside Christian Church Food Pantry 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth, OH 44281 or Hospice of Medina, 5075 Windfall Road, Medina, OH 44256.
Juana E. “Janet” Knight
Juana E. “Janet” Knight, 69, died March 1, with her family by her side. Janet was born in Corral, Chile, where she met her husband Frank who was there on a business trip and later the two were married in Italy. Janet and Frank have resided in Barberton for the past 40 years. She was a world traveler and a very talented seamstress, artist and cook, creating many beautiful items and memories for her family to cherish. Janet was generous and welcomed people into her home, but her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 43 years, Frank; sons, James Quiroz and Edward (Chrystal); daughter, Jinka (Daniel) Bloom; grandchildren, Peyton, Arianna, Larissa, Gabriel, Evan, Samuel, Deven and Dominic; countless friends and loved ones. The family would like to thank Summa Health System Barberton Hospital Palliative Care Unit for the love, comfort and care given to Janet. Funeral service is Saturday, March 8, noon, at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 3553 Northdale Street NW, Uniontown (one block NW of the square of 619 and Cleveland Ave.),with Pastor Thomas Bloom officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service on March 8, 10 a.m.- noon, at the funeral home. A private inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Summa Health System Barberton Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, 155 5th Street, APCU 1 West, Barberton, OH 44203.
Thomas “Tom” Duncan Sr.
Thomas “Tom” Duncan Sr., 55 of New Martinsville, W.Va., died Feb. 27, at Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, W.Va. Born Sept. 3, 1958, in Medina; he was a son of Joan Beitel Duncan and the late Russell Duncan. Tom was a laborer and was very talented at fixing lawn mowers. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by brother, William Edward Beitel; sister, Debbie Duncan Smith; niece, Teresa Duncan and a great-nephew. Survived by his mother, Joan Beitel Duncan of Barberton; son, Thomas Michael (Janette) Duncan Jr. of New Martinsville, W.Va.; daughters, Tanya (Joe) Fluharty of Woodsfield and Cathy (Kristjan) Whiting of Toronto, Ohio; brothers, Russell (Debbie) Duncan Jr. of Kenmore, James (Brenda) Duncan of Akron and William “Henry” (Amanda) Duncan of Barberton; sister, Melissa Duncan (Emmitt) of Wadsworth; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 5, 5 -7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Inurnment will be held at the convenience of the family.
Paula Jean Haywood-Soles (nee Dague)
Paula Jean Haywood-Soles (nee Dague) was born Feb. 4, 1943 to Chauncey and Virginia Dague in Barberton. Paula left this earthly body March 2, to join family and friends in a Heavenly rest waiting to be reunited with loved ones. Paula was a loving mother, Nana and wife who will be missed and lovingly remembered. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1960. She was active in youth sports and was the No. 1 Magic fan for all her children and grandchildren. Paula was a member of First Lutheran Church of Barberton. She leaves behind a loving husband, Al; children, Mark Haywood, Paul (Denise) Haywood and Jack Haywood; sister, Dreena Dague; brothers, Chancey, Jack and Dan Dague. Paula has seven grandchildren, Josh, Dylan, Kyle, Madison, Mason, Chase and Hailey. Paula enjoyed attending sporting events, dancing, wood carving and being a devoted Nana. Paula was a member of the Barberton Moose. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the charity of your choice in Paula's memory. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to celebrate a life of love and caring.
David W. Thomas
David W. Thomas, 64, died Feb. 26, at the Hospice Care Center. David was born in Barberton and was a life resident of the area where he retired from Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 31 years. He was a proud Marine Corp Veteran having served during the Vietnam War. David was also a member of the Barberton VFW Post 1066. Preceded in death by his parents Walter “Vodge” and Rose Thomas; survivors include his son, Andy; daughter, Megan; brothers, Mike (Shirley), Gene and Pete; and sisters, Patricia (Walter) Willey and Marie (David) Lieving. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place with burial to take place at a later date at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Dalton L. Keller
Dalton L. Keller, 80, died Feb. 10. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran; Dalton enjoyed playing cards, bingo, his collections of treasures and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Preceded in death by his parents, Rodney and Georgia Keller; daughter, Lisa Lupo; stepson, Michael Bolton; brothers, Duane and Darrell Keller; survived by his daughter, Sharon Myers; stepson, David (Teri) Bolton Jr.; sister, Darlene Denny; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; along with other family members and friends. Following Dalton’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.
Anna R. Sheppard
Anna R. Sheppard died Feb. 27. She was born March 26, 1951, at Road Branch Hollow, Belo, W.Va. Anna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was a Christian and member of Victory Chapel Church in Akron. Survived by her husband, Matthew; daughter, Tammy Miller-Sirianni of Akron; son, Ira John Miller of Naugatuck, W.Va.; granddaughters, Aurora Alexander, Ashley Morgan Miller, Elisha Smith, Julianna Sirianni; grandson, Jett Miller; great-grandson, Fox Alexander; brothers, Rev. Josh Hall, John Hall, James Hall and David Hall; sisters, Sue Urconis, Mary Sturgill, Billie Faye Hoover, Bonnie Workman and Betty Little. Preceded in death by parents, Lewis and Dora Hall; brothers, Ronnie Hall, Elijah Hall; sisters, Dorothy Long and sons, Timothy and Phillip Miller. She loved her family with a passion and led us by example always taking us to church and praying over for us. Dear Mom, the world is colder without you in it. Funeral service will be March 3, 1 p.m.at Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Drive, Akron. Pastor Robert Webb officiating, with visitation from noon until time of service. Burial Hillside Memorial Park. Donations are appreciated to assist with medical bills that have vastly accrued to Matthew Sheppard in care of, Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, OH 44203.
Donald P. Prather
Donald P. Prather, 82, died Feb. 25. Private services will be held at the family’s convenience.
Robert W Yates
Robert W Yates, 78, died Feb. 28. He was born July 19, 1935, in Princeton, W. Va. He attended Bridging the Gap Ministries in Cuyahoga Falls. Preceded in death by wife, Lois J. Survived by children, Lori (Trent) Myers, Denise (Doug) Jenkins; six grandchildren, and brother, Jim (Marlene) Yates. Calling hours 3-5 p.m., March 4, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. There will be no service. Memorials may be made in Robert’s memory to Bridging the Gap Ministries, 640 North Main Street Akron, OH 44310 for their food pantry.
Julia Naumov, 95, died Feb. 22. A resident of Barberton for 67 years, she retired from Barberton Public Schools. Julia was a member of St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church where she sang in the Isidor Bajich Choir; she served as secretary for the church and the choir for many years and belonged to the Srpska Zenska Zadruga. Preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Nasta Ostaff and her husband, Roy Naumov; Julia is survived by her daughter, Georgene (Dean) Worthington; grandchildren, Evan and Heather Worthington. Funeral service will be March 1, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. Louis Mahshie officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service.
Marjorie J. Allan (nee Mitchell)
Marjorie J. Allan, (nee Mitchell) 75,died Feb. 18. She was a life resident of the Akron area. Preceded in death by her parents, Sam Mitchell and Dorothy Mitchell Cole; husband, Robert Allan; stepson, Michael Allan; brother, Carl Mitchell; sisters, Sue Mitchell and Faith Mace; Marjorie is survived by her stepson, Randy Allan (Sandy Dako) of Akron; brother, Richard (Linda) Mitchell of Florida; sisters, Iola Goodman of Tennessee, Lois Lucore and Mary Anne (George) Francisco of Akron; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be March 2, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Kevin Burkholder officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Marjorie’s name.
Donald E. Bell Jr.
Donald Eugene Bell, Jr., 53, of Barberton, died Feb. 24. He passed away unexpectedly from a sudden illness . Don was born in Barberton on March 28, 1960. He was a 1978 graduate of Barberton High School and graduated from The University of Akron in 1990. He was employed by Summit Racing Equipment for over 14 years. Don was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie L. Bell (Johnson) and grandparents, Stephen and Margaret Bell and Oliver and Evelyn Johnson. He is survived by his father, Donald E. Bell, Sr. of Barberton; sisters, Jacqueline (John) Pritchard of Barberton and Laura (Scott) Reynolds; and niece, Ashley Reynolds, all of Norton. Calling Hours will be Feb. 27, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Funeral Service to follow at 7 p.m., Pastor Erik Swanson officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Humane Society of Greater Akron or One of Kind Pets. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Margaret J. Taylor
Margaret J. Taylor, 82, of Clinton, died Feb. 24. She was born May 11, 1931, in Nicholas County, W.Va., to the late Alma and Ivan Ward Sr. Margaret was a member of Home Missionary Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Warren Taylor and brothers, Francis Ward and Ivan Ward Jr.; Margaret is survived by her daughter, Alma (James) Wade; granddaughter, Christy (Brian) Ansell; great-granddaughter, Braelynn Taylor Ansell; sister, Glenda (John) Williams; sister-in-law, Shirley Ward; along with countless beloved nieces, nephew, cousins and friends. The family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Magnolia Village, Windsor House of Doylestown and Crossroads Hospice for their tireless loving care. Funeral service is Feb. 28, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Keith Emhoff officiating. Internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Feb. 27, 6-8 p.m.
Hazel M Vanke
Hazel M Vanke, 91, died Feb. 24. Born Oct. 6, 1922, in Portsmouth, England. She was a member of St. Paul’s Moore Memorial United Methodist Church and AARP.
Preceded in death by husband, Albert. Survived by sons, Ronald (Mary) and Dennis Sr. (Gloria); grandchildren, Dennis Jr, Jason (Margaret), Wendi; great-grandchildren, Liam, Braxton; and several brothers and sisters. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., March 1, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Chaplain Don Bolich officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Gertrude A. Weaver (nee Weiand)
Gertrude Ann Weaver (nee Weiand) 94, died Feb. 24. Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers, Cletus and Glenn; and sisters, Marie Miller and Loretta Mackey. Her beloved husband, Edgar, greeted her at Heaven’s gate where they will enjoy each other’s company once again. Surviving are Carol (Rey) Soberano, Patricia (Richard) Ferry, Paula (John) McDonough, Donna (Thomas) Ocepek and beloved son, Dennis. Her grandchildren, Mark (Sarah), Gina Danek, Christopher and Nichole Ferry, John (Mary), Justin and Emily McDonough, Rachel (James) Bristol and Anthony and Jacob Ocepek will honor her memory. Eleven great-grandchildren also survive as well as many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Gertrude’s life of service and dedication to St. Augustine Catholic Church included active memberships in St. Monica Altar Society, charter member of the Perpetual Adoration Program, Holy Hour Captain and charter member of St. Augustine Adult choirs. She also enjoyed the Slovak chorus, dancing and the friendships she made there. Her charitable works included membership in a mission circle with many dear friends. When her children were young she participated in Girl Scouts and parent teacher activities. Her children and grandchildren enjoyed the “grandma suppers” on Sundays and just being around this remarkable and loving lady. Her family wishes to thank the staffs of Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living and Pleasant View HCC. The last nine years of mother’s life were made richer because of these angels among us. Mass of Christian burial is Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Friday, Feb. 28, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said March 1, 9:30 a.m. Rosary Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund or the charity of one’s choice. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Arthur P. Bilek
Arthur P. Bilek, 80, of Norton, died Feb. 6. He was born in Cleveland, grew up in North Olmsted and served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was an ASE certified mechanic and worked at many area car dealers (mainly Buick). He believed there was some good left in anything mechanical. Following this premise he put into service many Model Ts, antique cars, trucks, tractors and even an airplane. He was past president of the Greater Akron Model T Ford Club, Charter member of the ATA club of Wadsworth and also belonged to local Buick and Old Truck clubs. He greatly enjoyed taking his grandkids on old car rides and he was a great friend and neighbor to anyone that knew him. He is survived by his loving wife, Joan (Root) Bilek of 56 years; his children, Gary (Kim) Bilek, Karen Tingler, Greg (Jan) Bilek; grandchildren, Dorrie, Julia, Drew and Layne; great-granddaughter, Kaydence; siblings, Robert of West Salem, Leonard of Shreve and Barbara Nixon of Sharon Center. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Margaret; and siblings, Edward, Ted, Leona and Tom. We also give thanks to all the doctors and nurses of Barberton Summa Hospital for their loving care. Calling hours were at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Rd., Norton, Feb. 9. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, Feb. 10. Father James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Akron Model T Ford Club or St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church, in memory of Arthur. The Bilek family condolence book are available at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.
Beatrice J. (Sharier) White
Beatrice J. (Sharier) White was born in Barberton, Oct. 22, 1945. She has gone to heaven to join her husband, Earnest E. White; her eldest son; parents and other family members. Bea is survived by her brother, Dewie; children, Kenneth (Tammy) White, Robyn Windle, Pamela (Rick) Chapman and Phillishia White; grandson, Richard White as well as 10 other grandkids. She has a special place in her heart for her great-grandson, Ricky Jr., as well as her other five great-grandkids and the two on the way. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
Leroy Hook, 77, of Akron, died Feb. 21. He was born July 30, 1936, in Paw Paw, W.Va., to the late Chester and Nellie Hook. He was a member of Victory Chapel and retired from Shantz Cartage after 42 years. He will be deeply missed by his children, Tina (Roy) Smith, Jerry (Renee) Hook, Ronald Hook, Sharon Miller (Fiancee, Phil); 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters that were very special to him; five stepchildren; several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Service is Feb. 25, 10 a.m., at Victory Chapel 32 W Bellisle Dr., Akron, with calling hours Feb. 24, 5- 8 p.m., at the church. Service will be Thursday, Feb. 27, 11 a.m., at Kimble Funeral Home 188 Moser Ave, Paw Paw, WV 25434 with calling hours Feb. 26, 6– 8 p.m. Pastor Bobby Webb, officiating. Arrangements by Cox Funeral Home.
Gladys B. Doherty
Gladys B. Doherty, 92, died Feb. 19. A resident of Brecksville/Broadview Heights for 50 years, Gladys was a resident of Pleasant Pointe for the past year. She was a member of Brecksville United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and served as an officer of Brecksville AARP. Preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Eugene; Gladys is survived by her daughters, Nancy (Robert) Linder and Marilyn (Jerry) Bogard; son, Dennis Doherty; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; other family members and friends. Funeral service is Feb. 22, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Robert Aaron Mann
Robert Aaron Mann, 22, died Feb. 17. He was a life resident of Barberton. Preceded in death by his father, Corey A. Mann; Robert is survived by his loving mother, Carol Mann; brothers, Michael and Drake Mann; grandparents, Paul and Leah Jeter, Leo and Doris Mann; numerous other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Feb. 22, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Ernie Kemppel officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. “You are at peace now my son.”
Mary Marie Gross
Mary Marie Gross, 83, died Feb. 17. She was born Jan. 13, 1931, in Sutton, W.Va. Mary was preceded in death by five grandchildren. She is survived by son, Timothy Gross; daughters, Dottie Clark, Donna Price, Judy Johnson, and Debra Johnson; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren. Funeral Service is Feb. 22, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, with Pastor Kirk LaVine officiating. Burial at Greenlawn.
Venetta Jane Cook
Born on Halloween, October 31, Venetta Jane, 67, lost her extremely hard and lengthy fight with cancer. She was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in which she beat in 1988 and had been in remission for the past 24 years. Venetta will be remembered for her sense of humor and love of the Grateful Dead and their music. She loved her grandchildren and was a devoted wife and mother. She also loved her pets that she’s had over the years and took good care of them. She was a very talented artist which she passed that trait down to Brittney, her granddaughter. She spent her life in the Akron area where she attended Garfield High School, then on to beauty school. Venetta worked as a florist at Acme Click on Manchester Road and also provided transportation for the handicapped children employed by the Akron Public Schools. Venetta also attended many Dead shows with her husband Charlie. Preceded in death by her father, Merle Bollinger; brothers, Thomas and Paul Shaw; mother and father-in-law, Charles and Virginia Cook; She is survived by her loving mother, Betty Lamont; devoted husband, Charles Cook; sons, Sean (Melissa) and Charles Jr.; grandchildren, Kalie Ann, Tylor, Brittney, Noah, Tori, Dylan, Emily, Hannah, Sara, C.J. and Carly; dear friend, Renee Siegenthaler; brother, James; sisters, Merle Dunn (John, deceased), Sharon (Rick) Laney and Kathy (Ray) Mull; and brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Sheila Cook. Venetta shared a special bond with her son, Sean, and granddaughter, Kalie, up until the time of her death, in which she was surrounded by her loved ones. Per Venetta’s request there will be no services and cremation has taken place. Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home and Cremation Services are handling all arrangements. “When it seems like the night will last forever and there’s nothing left to do but count the years when the string of my heart has been severed and stones fall from my eyes instead of tears, I will walk alone by the black muddy river and dream me a dream of my own. I will walk alone by the black muddy river and sing me a song of my own.”
Shawna Marie Vorhees
Shawna Marie Vorhees, 40, died Feb.18. She was a life resident of Barberton. Preceded in death by her grandparents, Bobby and Wilda Williams; and Inez and Robert Vorhees; Shawna is survived by her children, William Stover and Samantha Stover both of Barberton; mother, Wilda Vorhees of Barberton; father, Robert Vorhees of Houston, Texas; brother, Robert (Robyn) Vorhees, deployed with the U.S. Air Force; sister, Amanda (George) Nakovski of Barberton; fiancee, John McClure; numerous other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Feb. 23, 2-5 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
Gloria Ann Stevens (nee Ferko)
Gloria Ann Stevens (nee Ferko), 73, died Feb. 18, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Gloria was born in Akron and was a life resident of Barberton where she retired from Barberton City School System after 20 years as a food service employee. She also attended Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Bernice Ferko; and sister, Jacqueline Harwell; Survivors include her daughters, Robin Dow of South Carolina, Debbi (James) McLaughlin of Oklahoma, Terri Aldecoa of Louisiana and Danielle Barnes of Norton; grandchildren, Jason McLaughlin, Dr. Samantha Harmon, Zachary, Julia, Quinton, Christian and Abigail Aldecoa and Aiden and Emma Barnes; great-granddaughter, Jaclyn Harmon; and brother, John David Ferko of Norton. Dear Sister, If love and prayers could have saved you, you would be here. Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m., Feb. 21, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours one hour prior to the mass, all at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or Lupus Foundation.
Richard Daniel Jankowski
Richard Daniel Jankowski, 82,died Feb. 17. He was born Sept. 10, 1931 in Cleveland, OH. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and worked for the Veteran’s Administration for over 23 years. Richard was an avid blood donor and supporter of the Red Cross. He loved to praise the Lord. Preceded in death by sister, Dorothy Kontra. Survived by children, Brian, Mark, Neal, and Karen; brothers, Dennis and James; two beautiful grandchildren, Allison and Samuel; and ex-spouse Josephine. Funeral service will Feb. 21, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 11 a.m.
Patrick Charles Kulcsar
Patrick Charles Kulcsar died Feb. 13, from complications of Multiple Sclerosis. He was born June 30, 1957, in Barberton, and graduated from Barberton High School. He attended Muskingum Area Technical College earning an associate degree of applied science in wildlife management. He was on the dean’s list every quarter, graduating with honors. He was an avid outdoors man and he and his friends had a duck blind every year in the Portage Lakes Area. He had worked in the printing industry and most recently in the expedited delivery service until 2009. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph J and Juanita M Kulcsar. Survived by his sister, Kathleen; brothers, Joseph J Jr. and Paul Thomas (Eliza) and their daughter, Summer; nephew, Robert C. McGruder (Jennifer) and their son, Sebastian. He also had many cousins, aunts and uncles. He was a religious man and found solace and guidance in his Bible. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Private services have already taken place.
Bonnie J. (Dague) Martin
Bonnie J. (Dague) Martin, 72, of Worthington, died Feb. 16, 2014, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus. Born at home in Akron, Bonnie was the daughter of the late Donald A. and Betty M. (Kirkland) Dague. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1959 and started her employment career at Barberton Citizens Hospital as an X-ray technician. She also served two district administrators for the Barberton Public Schools before moving to Columbus. Bonnie worked primarily as a skilled medical transcriptionist for a surgeon, a medical laboratory and an OB-GYN practice. She was a founding member of Worthington Christian Church in 1975. A gifted soprano, Bonnie sang with church choir and the Columbus Symphony Chorus. She was a frequent soloist at the church, where congregants enjoyed her rendition of “O Holy Night” on Christmas Eve. She is survived by Bill, her husband of 50 years; children, Lisa (Charles) Gilgen and David (Diane) Martin; grandchildren Connor, Katie, and Carter Gilgen; brothers, Bill (Rachel) Dague and Jeff (Laurie) Dague. Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home in Worthington is handling the arrangements. Calling hours will be Feb. 20, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at Worthington Christian Church, 8145 N. High St., Columbus. The funeral will be at the church Feb. 21, 11 a.m., with David Roberson and Marshall Hayden officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Worthington Christian Church or Santa's Silent Helpers, 1795 Arlington Ave., Columbus, OH 43212. Condolences to family may be made to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com.
Janice Ann Mook
Janice Ann Mook , beloved mother, nana and friend, died Feb. 16, surrounded by family. She was born Oct. 14, 1950. Preceded in death by her mother, Lucille Mook; aunt, Catherine George; brothers, Larry, Russell and Stephen Mook. Janice is survived by her daughters, Brandy (Brian) Jones of Norton and Mistiquie (Bobby) VonStein of Akron; her sons, Dustin (Teresia) Mook of Coventry and Brandon (Amy) Mook of Fairlawn; seven grandsons and one beautiful granddaughter; brother, Ronald Fuller and her dog, Nala; along with other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Feb. 21, 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Inurnment will take place at Moore’s Chapel Cemetery.
Betty G. Mumau
Betty G. Mumau, 87, died Feb. 18. She was born March 27, 1926, in Marion Center, Pa. Preceded in death by her husband, Jack, in 2004. Family will receive friends Feb. 20, noon - 2 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 1376 High St., Wadsworth (1 mile north of I-76 on Rt.94). No service. Entombment at Rose Hill Cemetery.
Janie K. Sisk
Janie K. Sisk, 88, died Feb. 17, 2014. A resident of Barberton for most of her life, she was a member of Lighthouse Church of God. Janie was welcomed into heaven by her husband, Charlie; daughters, Lynda Hale, Brenda Sisk and Jannifer Friend; Janie is survived by daughter, Charline Henderhan; sons, Keith (Yvonne) Sisk and Kim (Jackie) Sisk; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral service is Feb. 21, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Ray Hylton officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Feb. 20, 6-8 p.m.
David Elliott Corbin
David Elliott Corbin, 62, died Feb. 15. Dave was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by wife, Cathy; son and daughter-in-law, David L. and Amanda; daughter, Kelly; granddaughter, Taylor; sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Bob Bonewit; nephews, Duane Bonewit and Dennis D. Hester; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio, http://www.ovmp.org.
Evelyn R. Fry (nee Brooks)
Evelyn R. Fry (nee Brooks), 64, died Feb. 14, at Summa Barberton Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born August 23, 1949. Evelyn was a beautician and owned and operated Robbi’s Hairstyling in Barberton. She will always be remembered for her caring nature and willingness to help anyone at anytime. Preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Fry and father, Robert Brooks; survived by her mother, Elsie Brooks; step-son, Vernon Fry; step-daughter, April Fry; sister, Norma Brooks; brother, Robert (Mildred) Brooks; nieces, Laura (Justin) Hurlbert, Emily Brooks, Natalie (Todd) Spears; nephew, Donnie (Quata) Tucker; grand-nephew, Shane Spears; grand-niece, Katie (Daniel) Gardner; three great-grand-nieces and one great-grand-nephew. The family would like to express their thanks to the Critical Care Unit and Palliative Care Unit, especially Donna King for their kindness and loving care of Evelyn. Cremation has taken place. There will be a graveside service Saturday, Feb. 22, 10 a.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Yvonne Sapp (nee Porter)
Carole Yvonne Sapp, 76, died Feb. 15, from Alzheimer’s. Born in Steubenville, to parents, Mary E. McClurg and Robert R. Porter, Sept. 15, 1937. She graduated from Barberton High School in 1955. Residing in Green for over 40 years, she was always involved in her community, children’s schools, and also served as a PTA president at Green Local Schools. Carole retired with over 25 years of service at Yoder Brothers. She loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed attending their activities and sporting events. Preceded in death by son, Michael D Sapp. Survived by daughter, Lisa (Jeff) Gainer; grandchildren, Katelyn "Yvonne" and Emma Gainer; daughter-in-law, Diamond Sapp; grandchildren, Taylor, Brady, and Michael Michelle Sapp; great-granddaughter, Brynn Hatton; and ex-husband, Darrell Sapp. Brothers, Robert (Carol Sue) Porter, Tony (Debi) Caruso; sisters, Sandy Ward, Kimberly Grimmer, Mary Caruso; and numerous nieces and nephews. Yvonne’s family would like to thank the many caregivers at Manor Care in Barberton and her niece, Kathy Porter and sister, Mary McClurg for their loving support. Yvonne will always be remembered for her loving heart and seeing the good in everyone. Funeral service is Thursday, Feb. 20, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, 10 a.m., with Pastor Harold Bradley officiating. Burial will be at Clinton Cemetery. Calling hours will be observed Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m.
Brandon Lee Tittle
Brandon Lee Tittle, 31, died Feb. 8, in Atlanta, Ga. He was born in Akron, Feb. 15, 1982. Brandon graduated from Coventry High School and received a bachelors of science from Bowling Green State University, while he played baseball and was an active member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He married Jamie Quenzer June 1 and they lived in Atlanta, Ga. Brandon had grown into a goal achieving man who enjoyed being around friends, golfing, finding new adventures and hanging with his pup, Sebastian. Brandon’s kind-hearted spirit, likable personality, infectious energy and ambition touched every person he met. Brandon will be always loved, always remembered and never forgotten as he impacted everyone’s heart that he knew. Brandon is survived by his wife, Jamie; parents, Jan Tittle and Leonard Sharpes; Terry (Coletta) Tittle; grandma, Mildred Tittle; siblings, Deanna Cortel, Jerremy Tittle, Brittany McConaha; niece, Kasey Cortel; nephews, Corey and Kyle Cortel; in-laws, Jeff, Becky, Dustin and Troy Quenzer; aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous friends around the country. Funeral service is Feb. 17, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home.
Glenn High, 69, died Feb. 14, at home surrounded by his family, after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. A life resident of Barberton, he was an active member of Apple Creek American Legion and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam Era. Preceded in death by his siblings, Jack High, Daniel High and Catherine Warren; Glenn is survived by his wife of 47 years, Doni; daughters, Jill (John) Judge and Jennifer (Brad) Humrichouser; grandchildren, Isabella, Sophia and Jack Judge; sisters, Margaret (Leon) Hopkins and Carol (Terry) Fallick; sister-in-law, Shirley High; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will like to extend special thanks to Great Lakes Caring Hospice for all the care and support that Glenn and his family received. Funeral service is Feb. 18, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Chaplain Ryan Lennon officiating. Internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours Feb. 17, 5-8 p.m.
Vicky L. Beck (nee Boerstler)
Vicky L. Beck (nee (Boerstler), 58, died Feb. 13, at Akron City Hospital. Vicky was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and worked as a food service manager at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School for 19 years, where she loved all the children she worked with. She loved all animals, traveling, taking motorcycle trips and was an avid boater. Vicky was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Most of all, Vicky lived for her family. Preceded in death by her father, Jimmie Boerstler; and father-in-law, James Beck; She is survived by her loving husband, James T.; sons, Adam James (Emily Katherine) and Capt. Nicholas Patrick (Allison Kate); mother, Gloria Boerstler; sisters, Pam (Tom) Jackson and Jamie (Tim) Porter; and numerous other relatives. Mass of Christian burial is 10 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 19, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Inurnment at Lakewood Cemetery. Calling hours Feb. 18, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, from 5-8 p.m., 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, OH, 44087.
David A. Habick
David A. Habick, 72, died Feb. 7, at Longmeadow Care Center. David was born in Akron and was an area resident all his life where he retired from the City of Akron after 18 years of service. David was a proud Army National Guardsman. Preceded in death by his parents, Julia Wood and David Habick; and sister Maryann Kovack; Survivors include his wife, Patricia; daughters, Vicki Habick and Tina Habick; grandchildren, Nick Habick and Darren Koontz; brothers, John (Janet) Habick and Paul (Marilyn) Habick; sisters, Julia Beck and Eleanor (Joseph) Rogers; stepson, Raymond (Cheryl) Bell; stepdaughters, Michelle (Don) Lehman and Kristine Ruiz; stepgrandchildren, Robert and Marianne Walker and Kira Ruiz; and two great-grandchildren. Private Memorial Service was held for the held for the family at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home.
Patty A. Furman
Patty A. Furman, 53, of Barberton, died February 12, surrounded by her family at Select Specialty Hospital in Akron. She was born March 3, 1960 in Leesburg, Ohio, to Richard and Catherine (Seitz) Willison and has lived in Barberton since 1985.
Patty was self employed and worked as an in home care giver/nurse for 30 years. She married Dennis E. Furman, Sr. on Jan. 17, 1987, he preceded her in death.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, playing cards and bingo. Surviving are daughters, Angie (Bill) Bucy of Rittman and Jamie (Moose) Krosnick of Barberton; son, Tim (Amanda) Calhoun of Wadsworth; 14 grandchildren; step-son, Dennis Furman, Jr. of Barberton; brother, Bruce Hall, Jr. of Florida; sisters, Loretta (William) Humphrey of Hillsboro, Bev (Don) Bolser of Akron, Molly Nye of Ashland, Cathy (Chuck) Fisher of Akron and Mary Bright of Barberton; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be Feb. 17, noon, at Auble-Gillman Funeral Home, 360 W. Sunset Dr., Rittman with Pastor Travis McKenzie officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Seville. Friends may call from 11 a.m.- noon, Feb. 17 at the funeral home. For online register book, obituary, condolences, visit www.gillmanfuneralhome.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44308.
Richard J. Anger, Sr.
Richard J. Anger, Sr., 71, died Feb. 8. He was born Dec. 26, 1942, to Steve and Anna Anger in Akron. Richard proudly served his country in the United States Navy and the Navy Reserves. He co-founded Anger Pattern Company in 1983. He spent many days with his family camping, fishing and hunting, especially in Canada. He enjoyed being a part of many building projects including building houses for his family. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ray. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Lynda; son, Rick (Connie) Anger; daughters, Tina (Jeff) Marks and Cheryl (Larry) Frazee; sister-in-law, Mary Anger; step-granddaughter, Stephanie Davis; grandchildren, Stephen (Becca) Marks, Katie Marks, Micah, Sarah, Zachary and Hannah Frazee; step-great-grandson, Michael Davis. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Feb. 13, 4-6 p.m., with services beginning at 6 p.m. Pastor Bob Combs officiating. Private inurnment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777. Funeral home map, directions and the Anger Family condolence book are available at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.
William E. Boring, Sr.
William (Bill) E. Boring Sr. died Feb. 11, after suffering a long illness. He was born on May 28, 1937, in Pennsylvania. Bill retired from Consolidated Freightways in 1993. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Seabee from 1955-1959. Bill enjoyed hunting, telling jokes, truck driving, tractors and spending time with his grandkids. He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 33 years, Sharon; sons, David (Marnetta), Billy (Gwyn); and daughter, Rachel (Keith); four grandchildren and many loving family and friends. Calling hours will be Feb. 14, 6-9 p.m. Funeral services will be Feb. 15, 10 a.m. at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Akron General Hospice Care Center in the name of William E. Boring, Sr.
Greer Headrick, 70, died Feb. 10, surrounded by his loving family at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, following a year and a half battle with prostate cancer. Funeral services will be Feb. 14, 1 p.m., at Iles-Westover Chapel. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Feb. 15, at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa. Greer was born in Knoxville, Tenn. and raised in Barberton. He started his career with Firestone in Akron in housekeeping. Greer worked his way onto the line and became a union steward, transferred to Des Moines in 1978, became a department foreman and retired in 1999 after 35 years with them. Throughout his life he had a passion for hotrods, cars, motorcycles and anything with wheels. Greer also loved coaching little league baseball in both Barberton and Ankeny. He was a member and Deacon of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Greer was an avid fan of the Barberton Magics and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Greer is survived by his wife and best friend of 30 years, Jane; his children, Michele (Ricky) Oliver of Lowell, Mass. and Robert (Heather Hart) Headrick of Barberton; his grandchildren, Kendrea, Alex, Riley, Bailey and Hope; three great-granddaughters; and his sister, Mary Headrick of East Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his son, John Headrick and his parents, Ruby and Marshall "Dude" Headrick. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m., Feb. 13, at Westover Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church or the Good Samaritan Fund at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
Shirley Marie Maurer (nee Hansen)
Shirley Marie Maurer (nee Hansen), 59, died Feb. 8. She was born Jan. 15, 1955 in LaBelle, Fla. Shirley served in Korea as Military Police with the United States Army from 1983-86. She then worked for the Barberton Police Department from 1989-2009, starting as a dispatcher and later promoted to 911 supervisor/coordinator. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Sherman and Irene Hansen. She is survived by husband, Peter Maurer; children, Justin (Denise) Risley, Paul (Amanda) Risley, and Nakita (Ryan) Wigginton; step-daughters, Gina (John) Gallagher, Diana (Jason) Peters, Krista (Chris) Lemire, and Tina Dawson; grandchildren, Eric, Molly, Mike, Lucy, Alison, Everett, Hansen, Gabrielle, Joey, Abby, Evan, Noah, Caitlin, Brian, Madison and Jimmy; siblings, Kathryn Dixon, Robert Hansen, Judy (Jaybo) Farabee, Bo Hansen, Betti (Tommy) Jones, and David (Patty) Hansen all of Florida; special friends, Pam and Todd, Becky, Rox, Jean, Terry, Ernie and Donna, and Ken and Cindy. Funeral mass is Feb. 14, at St. Augustine Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Father Mathew Glaros celebrant.
Timothy C. Repine
Timothy C. Repine, 52, of Canal Fulton, died Feb. 8. He was born in Akron and was a proud United States Army veteran. A devoted grandfather; Tim is survived by his wife, Neva; children, Josh (Jamie) Britton, Shannon (Jeff) Winkle; and grandchildren, Jaxon and Serenity; along with other family members and friends. There will be no services.
Duane F. Sickels
Duane F. Sickels, 77, died Feb. 10. He was born July 20, 1936, in Barberton. Duane graduated from Barberton High School, where he was a stand-out fullback for the football team. He loved riding his Harley Davidson with his beautiful wife, and being a roadie for his son and grandsons’ bands. He loved music and fishing.
Preceded in death by parents, George and Garnet Sickels; sister, Charlotte; and brother, James. Survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Emma; son, Fred; daughters, Shari Gray, Mary Milford, and Polli Jefferys (Karl); grandsons, Freddie Sickels, Matt Sickels (Maranda), Joe Mitchell (Patty), Rob Mitchell (Missy), David Mitchell, and Duane Milford (Melissa); granddaughters, Dana Cominsky (Steve), Jacqui Pruszynski (Matt), and Nicole Dugger (Danny); 20 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; best friend, cat, Ziggy; and extended family. Funeral service is Feb. 14, 2 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Diane Richmond officiating. Family will receive friends Feb. 13, 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Feb. 14.
James J. Long
James J. Long, 85, passed away Friday, Feb. 7.
He was born in Barberton April 2, 1928 and retired from Midwest Rubber after 38 years of service.
Jim is survived by his daughter, Carol (Ray) Adlon; son, Rick (Pam) Long; grandchildren, Jessica (Brad) Bruchler, Ben (Wendy) Long, Windy (Jason) Adlon Hilliard; great-grandsons, Max, Sam and Xane; many loving nieces, nephews; other family members and friends.
Preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mona “Marie” (1/15/14); parents, Carlton and Gertrude and sisters, Dorothy Gombaski and Violet Grace. A memorial service will be Thursday Feb. 13, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Josh Robinson officiating. Inurnment at Lakewood Cemetery.
Daniel C. Fry
Daniel C. Fry, our wonderful son, brother, grandson and nephew, died Jan. 31. Born March 7, 1989, Dan was our superman and our gentle giant; our lives will never be the same. He was a kind, gentle, compassionate man whose heart was as big as he was. He worked for the Davey Tree Company since 2012. He will be forever missed and loved by his mom and dad, Christine (Harding), and Ken Fry; brother, Ken (Christa); sister, Jeana; sister, Stephanie (Drew); brother, Sean; and his "mini-me" sister, Mikaylin; his niece, Savanna; his nephews, Aidan and Elijah. His grandparents, Bud and Linda Harding and Ken Fry loved him so much and were his biggest cheerleaders, as was his grandmother, Gladys, who passed away in 2003. He also leaves his OE, Michelle Morgan and Micah. He was loved beyond measure and will be forever missed by his sweetheart, Ashley Teter. "Dan, you were a one-of-a-kind guy who will always be remembered, missed, and loved by all who knew you."
Jane Stanley (Sollie Jane Fleming Wright Stanley) was brought into this world on July 15, 1924. She was a sister, an aunt, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother and a friend to many. From humble beginnings in Jenkins, Ky., she lost her first husband, Hershel M. Wright, after World War II in a coal mining accident in 1947 and was left with two small children. She met the second true love of her life Robert Stanley – a love like no other. They were married 63 years. She and Robert eventually moved to Akron in 1952. For the girl who never had a doll, she later in life collected and started making dolls with her beloved business she shared with Robert, Kute & Kudley Krafts, which took them all over Ohio and Pennsylvania. Many of her dolls were sent to loving families worldwide. Some may say she was a doll maker, but to us, she was mom and grandma. She was much more than a doll maker, she was a seamstress of life, stitching the very fabric of our family. She may have been preceded in death by her own family, father, James Feming; mother, Vergie Stuart Fleming; and siblings, Rosie, Cassie, Belva, Lexie and Oscar; but the family she quilted was with the love and beliefs she held so dear in life. With quiet, beautiful grace, she touched us all. Her deep beliefs in God and the love for her church, The Akron Baptist Temple, laid the foundation for what our family was based on. To all that knew her, her lovely laugh or the scent of her perfume made each and every one of us feel a part of her family. The fine stitch of a nimble hand soothed the soul of all of us. To know her is to love her. From her safe arms, she let us go into the world to find our way and our family has stretched across the United States, but always drawn in by the finite string she wove. You always knew you were welcomed home to her biscuits and gravy, her strawberry jam or to have the stains of raspberries wiped from your fingers. She will continue to be loved by the ones who are left; daughters, Shirley (Ron) Harouff, Darlene (Larry) Freeman, Ramona (David) Westfere; and sons, Robert (Shelia) Stanley Jr., Rick (Mary Kay) Stanley. Her loving grandchildren, Scott, Brett, Janna, Heather, Travis, Mike, Jeremy, Kristal, Rachel, Zachary, Carl and Nick. Also her loving great-grandchildren, Brendan, Maddie, Zane, Jordan, Britni Jane, Skyler, Riley, Jacob, Hunter, Hadyn and the last little stitch, Liam. We “love you so good” mom/grandma. Thank you for the quilt you have woven that has comforted us all. The family will greet friends at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be at the funeral home Thursday, Feb. 13, 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for you to please make a donation to the American Cancer Society or to the American Alzheimer’s Society. Funeral Home map, directions and the Stanley Family condolence book are available at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.
Alice Jean Parsons
Alice Jean Parsons, 73, died Feb. 1. She was born Feb. 9, 1940, in Akron. She was preceded in death by parents, Clifford C. and Mary K. Parsons and sister, Mary Lou Parsons. Survived by children, Kathy Durant Chandler (Del), Laura (Rich) Durant, and Jonathan Putnam; grandchildren; Riley Durant, Eric Putnam, Rich Durant II, Zack Putnam, David Durant, and Chelsea Putnam; sister, Dorothy (Mike) Webb; and brother, Clifford (Marcy) Parsons. Funeral service is Thursday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Calling hour one hour prior to service at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at Greenlawn.