Milana Plucinski, 65, passed away Aug. 26. She was born Oct.12, 1949, to the late Willis and Elizabeth Myatovich in Barberton. Milana will always be remembered for her sense of humor, her enjoyment of the beach and for her great love of her twin grandchildren. Milana was preceded in death by her brothers, Mike, Pat and Jim Myatovich. She leaves behind her loving husband of 37 years, Don; daughters, Joanna (Jacques) Blondeau and Valerie Plucinski; son, Anthony (Lorie) Plucinski; grandchildren, Maxwell and Olivia Blondeau; sister, Carla Myatovich; her constant companion, Charlie; and many other loving family members and friends. The Plucinski family would like to express special thanks to the staff at Hospice of VNS for the special care shown to Milana. The family greeted friends at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, Aug. 29, 1-4 p.m. Funeral Home map, directions and the Plucinski Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home’s website. www.bacherfuneralhome.com
Verna Jean Stump
Verna Jean Stump, 77, passed peacefully surrounded by her children and beloved grandchildren, Aug. 22. Preceded in death by parents, Everett and Roxie Mulinex; brothers, Delbert Mulinex and Bernard Mulinex. Survived by children, Rhonda Stump, Roxanne (Mark) Thornton; grandchildren, Taylor, Hunter and Garnet Thornton; brother, Ronald (Pat) Mulinex; sister, Delores Davis, Ruth (Larry) Yglesias; numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary E. Seal
Mary E. Seal, 88, went home to be with the Lord, Aug. 20. Per Mary's wishes, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place with burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Alice Kissner, 72, passed away Aug. 22. She was born May 14, 1943, in Barberton. Preceded in death by husband, Butch Long; and daughter, Dannine Osborne. Survived by son, Dewayne; grandchildren, Dustin Long , Dana Long, Brittney Osborne, Ben Osborne; brothers David Kovack, Eddie Kovack; extended family and friends. Funeral service will take place Thursday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Family will receive friends 5 p.m., until time of service.
William “Mack” Hylton
William “Mack” Hylton, 95, passed away Aug. 22, in Huntersville, North Carolina at the Levine-Dickson Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 23, 1920, to the late Patton Cleveland and Laura (Jewell) Hylton in Tazewell County, Virginia and was a graduate of Honaker High School, class of 1939. After graduation, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp. in October 1940 and was discharged in 1942. In September 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II and was discharged in November of 1945, with the rank of Sergeant. On October 17, 1944, William married Letty Mae Johnson, who preceded him in death July 2, 2008, after 64 years of marriage. After the war “Mack” worked in the coal mines in Virginia and then moved to Washington Court House, Ohio and worked as a farmer on a turkey farm. They then moved to Barberton, where he was employed by B&W for 33 years. He loved spending time with and taking his grandchildren fishing and camping. After they got older, he enjoyed watching them in their various activities. When he moved to Charlotte, North Caroina, he attended many soccer matches watching his great-grandchildren. William was a Life Time Master Mason of the Sandy Valley Masonic Lodge 17 AF&AM in Grundy, Virginia and Honorary Member National Lodge 568 F&AM in Barberton, he was also a member of Barberton VFW 1066 and the United Fellowship Club in Barberton. Preceded in death by brothers, Harold, Chester, John and Roby Hylton; sisters, Juanita Hylton, Lucy Farmer, Pauline Stewart and Janie Sisk. Mack is survived by his children, Gary “Pat” (Linda) Hylton of Charlotte, Ann (Richard) Reighard of Altavista, Virginia and Mary (Edward) Soltis of Norton; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers, Charley (Edith) Hylton, Blane (Mary) Hylton, Rondeau (Mary Lee) Hylton and Jim (Kathy) Hylron; sisters, Faye Abernathy, Peggy Dixon and Cleo (Ted) Moreland; sisters-in-law, Nellie Breeding and Vonna Johnson; special friends, Vicki Lonteen, Nick Foster and Frank Honaker; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. His family will receive friends from noon until time of service. Masonic service will be at 1:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Levine & Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Drive, Huntersville, N.C. 28078 in “Mack’s” memory.
Katherine D. Meier (Zbory)
Katherine Dipple Meier (Zbory), 95, passed away Aug. 23, at Summa Barberton Hospital. She was born Sept. 24, 1919, in Akron. Katherine was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Zbory and second husband, Henry Meier; son, Joey Zbory; brothers, Henry and Martin Dipple; and nephew, Phil Dipple. She is survived by son, Ronald (Joanne) Zbory; sister-in-law, Clydie Dipple; and many family and friends. Graveside services will be Aug. 26,1 p.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Pastor Jim Baston officiating. There will be no calling hours. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Franklin E. “Doc” Havis
Franklin E. “Doc” Havis, 94, passed away peacefully in his sleep Aug. 20. A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, “Doc” was a chiropractic physician in Barberton since 1982, retiring in 2000. Survived by his companion, Maxine Havis; son, William of North Royalton; daughters, Mary of Colorado and Lois of Canton and will be dearly missed by his many friends at McDonald’s, where “Doc” loved to take requests to play one of their favorite songs on his harmonica. Following his wishes, there will be no services, cremation has taken place.
Janet L. (nee Holcomb) Bochard
Janet L. (nee Holcomb) Bochard, 56, passed away Aug. 22. She was a resident of the Barberton/Akron area and was a graduate of Central Hower, class of 1977. Janet retired from Heather Knoll as an LPN, she enjoyed the beach and camping with her family. Preceded in death by her parents, Bartley and Helen (Grissett) Holcomb and husband, Robert E. Bochard; Janet is survived by her daughters, Jessica (Kyle) DeRemer and Rachel Bochard (Ray Ettayem); son, Kody; like a daughter, Mistina Romeyn; granddaughter, Ava; stepgrandson, Riley DeRemer; brother, John (Nancy) Holcomb; special sisters, Linda Hull, Lisa Haggard and Pam Davis; along with many other family members and friends, and her special granddog, Lola. Funeral service will be Aug. 26, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Janet’s family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the funeral home.
Jeanne L. Ross
Jeanne L. Ross, 68, passed at her home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. She was a life resident of the Akron area, Jeanne was employed by Norton Performance Plastics for many years and retired from Diebold. Preceded in death by her husband, James “Tex” Ross; parents, Theodore and Charlotte Winkleman and brother, Thomas Winkleman; Jeanne is survived by her daughters, Amy Kisio and Beth (Denny) Gray; son, Todd (Alexandria) Schray; grandchildren, Kate, Will, Lexxie, Andrew, Michael and Lydia. A memorial service will be Aug. 24, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rob Kasler officiating. Jeanne’s family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.
William Marshall Cate
William Marshall Cate, 84, went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly Aug. 10. William was born Sept. 18, 1930, to Claude and Rosa Cate in Akron, but he always had a deep love for his Tennessee roots. William worked for the Lawson Milk Company and retired from the Schwebel’s Bakery in 1988. He had lived in Norton for 55 years. He loved traveling and had explored all 50 states. William enjoyed studying American history and specifically Ohio history. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. William was an active member of the Akron Baptist Temple and enjoyed the camaraderie of their Golden Agers group. William was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Beatrice May Cate; daughter, Deborah Paugh; son, Gary Cate; brother, James; and sister, Pauline. William leaves behind son, USAF Colonel (Retired), Gregory (Ellen) Cate; grandchildren, Melissa (Duane) Milford, Donnealle Cate, Charise Cate; great- grandchildren, Alexis, Mercedes, Mikayla, Zoie, MacKenzie, Jaydn; sister-in-law, Helen Brown, and many other family members. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ohio History Connection, attn.: Institutional Advancement, 800 E. 17th Ave. Columbus, OH, 43211.
Rosario “Sara” Maniaci Sandors
Rosario “Sara” Maniaci Sandors, 87, passed away July 17. Mrs. Sandors was born April 29, 1928, the youngest daughter of Rosario and Angela Maniaci, and raised in Akron, with her brother, Nunzio A. Maniaci and sister, Rosina Maniaci Poldruhi. Mrs. Sandors married George Sandors on Oct. 20, 1951 and later settled in Fountain Valley where they raised their two sons. She took great pride in her family and passed on heartfelt lessons to all she loved. Mrs. Sandors is survived by her two sons, Russell Stephen Sandors (spouse, Linda), Stephen George Sandors (spouse, Karen); six grandchildren, Crystal Ann Sexton (spouse, Michael), Russell Peter Sandors, Brandon Sandors, Amber Sandors, Vanessa Ann Schulz (spouse, John Earle), Heather Lynn Elkin (spouse, Matthew); two great-grandchildren, Sienna Finley Elkin and Ryder Penn Elkin; six nieces and nephews, Stephen Farkas (spouse, Mary), Pamela LeBlond, Peter Poldruhi (spouse, Donna), Danny Maniaci (spouse, Angela), Mary Papp (spouse, Frank), Marcy Stevens (spouse, Nicholas); and many wonderful great nieces and nephews. Per her request, Mrs. Sandors’ ashes will be scattered at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to a favorite charity.
Charlotte I. Lucas
Charlotte I. Lucas, 80, passed away Aug. 15. A resident of Norton/Barberton since 1973, she was a member of the Barberton Moose 759 and Barberton VFW Post 1066. Charlotte was a beautiful lady, who was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her children and grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Leo F. Lucas; survived by daughters, Donna M. (Fred) Goodwill and Patricia G. Ellet; son, John Phillip Lloyd; daughters, Phyllis Daphne (Armando) Quintana and Charlotte R. Stump; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Grace Wisenburg; brother, LaVone Eady; sister, Hilda Faye Christmas. Following Charlotte’s wishes there will be no services, cremation has taken place. Inurnment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Brian Douglas Calvert
Brian Douglas Calvert, 25, passed away Aug. 12. He was born April 7, 1990, in Akron. Preceded in death by great-grandparents, Glen and Pauline Hise; grandparents, William and Mary Ann Calvert. Survived by parents, Laura Calvert, Doug (Kathy) Calvert; brother, Dustin; sisters, Katie and Rachel; daughter, Kelsey; grandparents, Dan and Barbara Woodford; and extended family and friends. Funeral service was Aug. 15 at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave. Burial at Lakewood.
Fred M. Curran
Fred M. Curran reached his journey’s end in the evening of July 24 at home surrounded by his loving family. Born Dec. 4 1936, in Columbus, to Bert and Helen Curran, Fred graduated from Worthington High with the class of 1955 and attended The Ohio State University. His 28 year career with IBM began in Columbus and soon took him to Evansville, Indiana, as office products administration manager. He and his team were recognized for bringing the office from 165 in the nation to second within two years. In 1977, while doing an audit of the Akron IBM office, he met his forever love and best friend, Victoria Williams, requested a transfer and began their 37 year journey together later that year. Both sharing a love of travel, it was a journey that included numerous trips to Europe. Always a bit adventurous and fearless, he preferred driving the Alps and the autobahn himself, never tours. Sept. 11, 2001 was the last planned trip to the Bavarian region that left them stranded in Toronto. They still returned to other favorite Caribbean and Hawaiian Islands and began exploring our own beautiful country. (And yes, he knew it was illegal to feed buffalo from his car in Yellowstone!) Retiring from IBM at 51 allowed more time for travel, visiting the kids as they moved from state to state and being a groundskeeper at their home in Doylestown. As a father, he shared the love of the outdoors with his four children. Having gone annually since the age of three to Ontario, he continued the tradition of yearly family vacations on Manitoulin Island, Ontario for another 60 years. They were all taught to fish, but to the end, his catch was always bigger! Fred was a 13 year cancer survivor who fought each new occurrence and was only slowed by renal failure in 2013. The Wadsworth Dialysis Center became an extended family during the two-and-a-half years of dialysis treatments there. He liked to tell the fun, caring staff that they made the ordeal “almost” enjoyable. Dr. Freeland Oliverio and his medical team gave Fred excellent care the last few years, and Clear Path Hospice provided Fred and the family comfort, compassion and support. His Circle Drive neighbors are friends who are cherished for all they have done for Fred and Vicki over the years. Fred was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Arthur Williams; and beloved grandson, Dalton J. Curran. He is survived by his devoted wife, Vicki; children, Bret (Claudia) Curran, Debbie (Brett) Lynch, Brian (Kathy) Curran, and Brad (Anna) Curran. Also mourning his loss are his precious mother-in-law, Dora Williams; and favorite brother/sister-in-laws, Darrel and Patricia Williams; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were July 28, at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton. Pastor Michael Prillaman of Country Chapel officiated. If desired, donations in memory of Fred may be made to Neuro-Oncology Research and Support Fund 311812, The Ohio State University Foundation, 1480 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43221. God’s grace and the prayers of many brought Fred to the end of his journey, a place far more beautiful awaits him. As he would often tell his children, “Go, knowing we love you.” The Curran Family condolence book is available at the funeral home’s website, www.BacherFuneralHome.com.
Marion L. Stephens
In memory of Marion L. Stephens. Born Nov. 27, 1930, passed Aug 8. His family, wife, Ellen Stephens; two brothers, Tex Stephens and Paul Stephens; children, Ron Stephens, Linda Housinger, Mike Stephens, Nick Housinger, Pam Brown, Tammy Jackson, Ralph Harshbarger, Jimmy Harshbarger, Terry Chance, Jeff Jackson, Cinnamon Harshbarger, Stacy Harshbarger; 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Memorial was Aug. 13 at Eastern Road Church of God, 2600 Eastern Road, Rittman. Pastor Cole officiating. Instead of flowers, please send donations to Pastor Cole, memo Marion Stephens, 2600 Eastern Road, Rittman, OH 44270.
The children of Northeast Ohio lost one of their greatest advocates, teachers, mentors and inspirational examples when Betty Wisdom passed away Aug. 12. She was born June 24, 1928 and was preceded in death by her mother and father, C.C. Gaw and Pearl Gaw; husband, Bill Wisdom; grandson, Stephen Wisdom; one sister, Sara Lynn; five brothers, J.C. Gaw, Jack Gaw, Lloyd Gaw, Charles Gaw, Bill Gaw and two stillborn siblings. She is survived by her son, David Wisdom and his wife, Sandy; granddaughter, Debbie McCauley and her husband, Jamie; two great-grandsons, Dominic McCauley and Jackson McCauley and one great-granddaughter, Autumn Wallerstein; as well as a number of nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. Betty taught school (first grade) for 30 years. Upon retiring, she operated a pre-school, See, Hear, Say and Do Pre-School Academy, for 10 years. All this time, she also simultaneously taught music, piano, singing, acting, drama and Sunday School. She did all this (when her husband was still alive) while being the secretary to her husband, who was a world renowned biblical prophetical scholar and presenter, as well as a teacher of Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic. Well before the age of computers and word processors, Betty personally typed and kept records of all the notes, sermons and presentations for her husband as he taught, presented and preached. Together, they traveled nationally and internationally and while her husband would present biblical prophecy before substantial crowds, she also would present her unique ideas on teaching and motivating children to large groups of teachers, educators and parents. After her husband passed away, unknown to anyone (even her family) Betty got a job in a nursing home working the midnight-to-morning-shift to make enough money to be able to continue all of her efforts without having to ask her students or their parents for more money. To Betty, her efforts were her ministry. It was important to her that she not make a personal financial profit. However, bills still needed to get paid. Many students who were not able to pay did not get charged. She made sure that those who did pay always got more than the value of their payment in various ways. She taught before the age of political correctness. She brought God into her classroom, her pre-school and her private and group lessons. This was well known, appreciated, respected, universally accepted and from her, expected and desired. Requests from parents to have Betty as a teacher for their children or to enroll in her pre-school were often made several years in advance. Betty would often walk a child home after a tough day to find that there was a real problem in the home that could range from disfunction, abuse, alcohol, or drugs to any one of a number of other possibilities. That then became her personal mission to deal with and overcome. And, in most cases, due to her all-in drive, determination and refusal to accept anything other than total victory for the child’s benefit, she was usually successful. Many times over the years she was able to identify life-saving and/or life-changing issues and help them get resolved. Every year, she would receive dozens and dozens of letters, phone calls and personal visits from past students thanking her for her past efforts and/or bringing her up to date as to their current status, as well as seeking her counsel on life issues such as further education options or opportunities, career guidance, marital advice or raising children. Her door was always open to any child or parent to help with any issue. The scope of her personal commitment and involvement to do whatever was necessary and appropriate to resolve an outstanding issue was total and unwavering. Ultimately, her goal was to not only to identify and solve any outstanding problem and instill and inspire confidence and a positive self image to the child, along with a foundational knowledge as to how and why the child could have that confidence and positive self image, but, primarily, to involve God as the anchor and foundation of the child and family’s life and perspective and then to educate and inspire them to be all that they could be, both short term and long term, both for life on earth and life throughout eternity. For this, she lived her life. To Betty, it was never about her. She declined to accept credit or recognition for her efforts and she did not accept accolades for her results. Instead, she constantly continued forward, focused and unbowed, on her many missions, while she gave all the credit and glory to God, who now, with majestic finality, will proclaim and reward “a job well done.” Private services will be held for the family by close family friend Don Saus, who was also her nursing home minister as well as a highly esteemed student of her deceased husband. Anyone who wants to do something in memory of Betty is requested to make yourself available to a child with a problem and then help that child resolve that problem both short term and long term by doing whatever is necessary and appropriate, if possible instilling and inspiring confidence and a positive self image in that child, while involving God as the anchor and foundation of that child and family’s life.
Russell Metz passed Aug. 10. Born Aug. 22, 1922, in Calhoun County, West Virginia. Preceded in death by parents, William and Losie (Cottrell) Metz; brother, Bert Metz; sisters, Opal Bartley and Thelma Yarger. Survived by wife of 68 years, Becky; sons, Jim (Sue), Jack (Rochelle); daughter, Sandy (Dan) Wowra; sisters, Etta (Junior) Collins, Elva Jane Filkins; five grandchildren, Missy, Nikki, Kristi, Shelly, Danny; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Dad’s name lives on with five family members having Russell as their first or middle name. Dad enlisted in the Army before World War II started and was discharged in September 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Settled in Akron after the war, where he met and married mom. He learned welding under the GI Bill and used this trade as a welder and fitter for 30 years at Babcock and Wilcox Co. in Barberton. Dad was always there to help over the years, whether it was practicing or coaching little league or repairing or building around the house, it seemed he could fix anything with almost nothing to work with. Dad was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and teaching others these skills. Special thanks to the staff at Doylestown Health Care and the staff at Barberton Hospital CCU and the Palliative Care Unit. Funeral service will be Aug. 18, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. An hour of calling prior from 9 a.m., until time of service. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Aug. 17, at Cox Funeral Home.
Clara Elva Powell (nee McClain)
Clara Elva Powell (nee McClain), 91, went home to Jesus after several weeks of illness Aug. 10. Clara was born Sept. 7, 1923, in West Union, West Virginia and accepted Christ at the age of 14 and was baptized. She loved the Lord and singing hymns. Clara was a resident of the Akron area for 72 years. In 1959, Clara became an Avon Representative. She excelled in the sale of beauty products for over 55 years. She felt privileged to know many families and to see their families grow up. She always wanted to write a book about her experiences as an Avon Lady. Clara was active in the Widows and Widowers Group, Golden Agers and Heritage Choir at The Chapel in Akron and was previously a member of the choir at Crusade Baptist Church. Clara was proud that at the age of 54 she earned her GED and went on to study Real Estate at the University of Akron. Preceded in death by her parents, John Alexander McClain and Faye McClain (nee Rogers); husband, Clurel Powell; son, Dennis G. Powell; sister, Maxine Thompson; brother-in-law, Walter Thompson; two nephews, Ronald and Gerald Thompson; stepdaughters, Marcelene Nicholson and Lorene Sesco; stepsons, Alvin and Howard Powell; half sister, Hattie Crislip; sister-in-law, Mary Mae Henry; brothers-in-law, Arel, Stase, Leonard and Dellos Powell; Clara is survived by son, Robert Lee (Janet Gail) Powell; daughter, Elizabeth Ann Powell; stepson, Sherman (Doris) Powell; stepdaughter, Irene Ford; she was very close to her nieces and nephews, Alma Nichols, Jennings, Jimmy, David, Charolotte and John; she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at the Powell reunions. Clara was a wonderful woman and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. The family would like to thank close friends and neighbors, Copley Medical Group, Summa Akron City Hospital, Portage Behavioral Health and Bath Creek Estates for all their care and support at this difficult time. “I am the resurrection and the life. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25. Funeral service will be Aug. 14, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Copley Cemetery. Clara’s family will receive friends Aug. 13, 5-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to her service. Donations may be made to Reading is Fundamental at The Chapel University Park, 135 Fir Hill, Akron, OH 44304.
William “Loyd” Kincaid
William “Loyd” Kincaid, 81, passed away Aug. 10. Absent from the body, present with the Lord. He was a lifelong member of The Chapel. He loved all flea markets, family, and friends. Retired from AC and Y Railroad. Survived by wife of 48 years, Mary Lou; children, Debbie (Mike) Hartline, Doug (Laura) Kincaid, Jeff Kincaid; six grandchildren; sisters, Jean Harris, Genny Kincaid, Corena Alcorn; and extended family. Funeral service will be Friday, Aug. 14, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Calling hours Thursday, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Frederick M. Gerbeck
Frederick M. Gerbeck, 69, passed away Aug. 9. Fred was born in Barberton where he was a life resident. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during Vietnam. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Jennie; and sister, Angela. Per his wishes, a private burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Charles “Pete” Williams
Pete Williams, 91, formerly of Barberton, died Aug. 5, following a short illness at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett, Tennessee. He was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Barberton, to the late Charles Sr. and Minnie (Boettin) Williams and lived the first 59 years of his life in Barberton. He was preceded in death by brothers Kenneth and Richard. Pete graduated from Barberton High School in the class of 1942, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company with 40 years service. He was a 32nd degree mason of the Barberton Masonic Lodge 750. Surviving is his loving wife of 69 years, Doris (Harlow) Williams of Bartlett, Tennessee; daughter, Susan (Gary) Johanyak of Bartlettl two grandchildren, Amy McDonald of Bartlett and Lori (Joe) Morris of Memphis; and great-grandson, Luke McDonald. Interment will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. For online registry, obituary, condolences, please visit www.MemorialParkOnline.com.
James C Clark Sr. (J Bird)
James C Clark Sr. (J Bird), 73, passed away Aug. 6, at Barberton Hospital. James was born Aug. 29, 1941, in Louisville, Kentucky. James was a member of the American Legion in Ohio. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in November of 1966 with the rank of E5. He worked for Herman Machine in Tallmadge. James loved cars, motorcycles and drag racing.
James was preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Flora Clark. He was a loving father to son, James (Erin); daughter, Brandi; son, Jeff. He leaves brothers, Roylee (Linda) and Dale (Marilou). Grandchildren, Alexandria, Colin, James, Kathleen, Samantha and JJ. Calling hours will be Aug. 10, 5-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Funeral services will be Aug. 11, 8 a.m., whereafter we will travel to Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman for the burial.
Stephen E. Utz
Stephen E. Utz, 89, passed away surrounded by his family, Aug. 7. A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and retired from Seiberling/Bridgestone Tire and Rubber. Survived by his wife of 68 years, Arlene; daughters, Dora Livesay and Patricia (Jerry) Briggs; grandchildren, Kimberly Skeen, Gary Livesay, Zachariah Briggs and Matthew Briggs; great-granddaughter, Sarah Skeen; brother, Tom (Debbie) Stewart; several nieces and nephews; very special family friends, Karen and Bob Roberts. Funeral service will be Aug. 11, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with his nephew, Scott Stewart, officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Steve’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service c/o Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307-2463.
Shane “Shaney” Joshua Harris
Shane “Shaney” Joshua Harris passed away, leaving our hearts broken, Aug. 3. Born May 19, 1992, in Barberton. Survived by mother, Shelly Hartley; sister, Chelsea Delery (Harris); brothers, Travis and Tyler Davis, Joseph and Jordan Raker; grandmothers, Patricia “Mamaw” Willimack, Nancy Harris; aunts, Kristie Willimack, Christine Edwards, Jacque Franks, Taylor Willimack, Kim Jetter, Kolleen Harris; uncle, Jimmy and “Mimi” Francis; (his second parents) Amy and Jason Brandt; numerous loving cousins and his buddy, Hunter the Beagle. Preceded in death by brother, Joshua Michael; father, Kenneth Joseph II; grandfather, Kenneth Joseph I; grandfather, Joseph Francis; aunt, Kathy Harris; uncle, Joey Francis; and beloved niece, Addison Renee. Shane will be remembered for his love of music, family and friends; his kind and loving heart, huge laughter and amazing wit. The warm and gentle hugs that he gave so freely will be surely missed. He called many friends “family” and that’s just what they were. Our big teddy bear gone too soon Family will receive friends Saturday, Aug. 15, 4-6 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. A time of sharing will be afterwards, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Sokol Club, 888 W Hopocan Ave, Barberton, where side dishes are welcome. Donations may be made to the family.
Lyle E. Hackathorn
Lyle E. Hackathorn, 77, went home to be with the Lord, Aug. 6. He was a life resident of Akron. Preceded in death by his parents, Job and Myrtle and brother, Clem; Lyle is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Norma; sister, Mary Garrison; along with other family members. Funeral service will be Aug. 10, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Lyle’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.
Eugene L. Rowland
Eugene L. Rowland, 81, passed away Aug. 5. He was born in Murphy, North Carolina, Aug. 28, 1933. Gene was a resident of Barberton for 64 years and a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He was employed by PPG Industries for 15 years and retired from Carpenter’s Union 639. Gene was an active member of Barberton FOPA 18, FOPA 1, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association and the NRA. His number one hobby was watching his grandchildren play softball. He also enjoyed outlaw turkey shoots throughout the Midwest and the South, deer hunting, turkey hunting, walleye fishing on Lake Erie and just being outdoors. Preceded in death by his son, Jimmie Eugene Rowland and sister, Frankie Mae Ball; Gene is survived by his wife of 62 years, Pauline; son, Charles (Tracy); grandchildren, Michael, Kevin, Kaylie and Carly; sisters, Birdie Hensley and Lorene Rowland; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Aug. 10, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Keith Welch officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Gene’s family will receive friends Aug. 9, 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1690 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.
Jeane A. Malson
Jeane A. Malson, 90, passed away Aug. 5. A life resident of Barberton, she was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1942 and Westminster College, class of 1946. Jeane retired from PPG Industries with 39 years of service and was a member of Columbia United Church of Christ. She was a volunteer at Barberton Citizens Hospital and the Barberton Library. Jeane was a member of the Barberton Moose Lodge 759. She enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre, traveling and both teaching and playing golf. Jeane loved all dogs, but her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, James and Nettie Ringer; survived by her son, James William Malson; grandson, Daniel; granddaughter, Lauren; and many friends. A memorial service will be Aug. 8, 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Jeane’s family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place at Lakewood Cemetery.
Annette Dorothy Kozer (nee Pero)
Annette Dorothy Kozer (nee Pero), 80, of Barberton, went home with God, Aug. 4. She was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Manhattan, New York. Annette moved to Barberton as a younger teenager, she attended St. Augustine School and was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1953. Annette was a pure and sincere person. People like her will never be forgotten. She leaves her husband of 58 years of marriage, Louis; daughters, Christine Gritzan and Anastasia Kozer; son, Robert (Kim) Kozer; granddaughters, Aubrey and Ashley; along with other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Aug. 8, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, NW, Barberton. Annette’s final resting place will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 E. Market Street, Akron, OH 44305.
Wilbur J. Brown
Wilbur J. Brown, 83, passed away Aug. 1, at home with his devoted wife by his side. He was born Sept. 18, 1931, in Meyersdale, Pennsylvania. Wilbur was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Malco and Rockwell International. Wilbur enjoyed spending time with his family, long drives with his “Babe,” bird watching, fishing, hunting and writing special poems for family members birthdays or special occasions. Preceded in death by his parents and son, Randy; Wilbur is survived by his loving and caring wife of 62 years, Glenda; sons, Mike (Kelly) and Terry (Connie); grandchildren, Michael (Shannon), Nicole and Ashley (Kevin); eight great-grandchildren; brother, Fred (Ann); sister, Helen (Web); along with other family members and friends. “Friends, neighbors and loved ones. We dream about tomorrow, reminisce of yester year. We think of all the good times and friends we hold so dear. We share our precious moments, hold on as well we should. Enjoy our times together, as really good friends would. Hold on to fleeting seconds, we have so few to spare. Spend them all quite wisely and show someone you care.” Written by Wilbur Brown. The family would like to thank the helpful and caring staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center and Crossroad Hospice. Funeral service will be Aug. 5, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Joyce Williams officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. Wilbur’s family will receive friends from noon till time of service.
Helen M. Krizovski
Helen M. Krizovski, 96, passed away July 30. She was a life resident of the Barberton area. Preceded in death by her son, Roger Black and grandson, Randy Carr; Helen is survived by her husband, John Krizovski of Barberton; children, Janice Walters of Barberton, Donald Black of Tucson, Arizona and Madeline Black of Akron; grandson, Taylor Black, Akron; granddaughter, Debbie Carr; great-granddaughter, Amanda Bradley; great-great-grandchildren, Jonathon Bradley, Isabella Tabler and Sidney Carr, all of Wadsworth; “special sons,” David Osollo of Tucson, Arizona and Bill “Hodge” Hodgkinson of Barberton. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Barberton Manor Care and Heartland Hospice for all the care and support that Helen received. Family and close friends will be notified of day and time of services at a later date.
Mary Weaver, 92, of Barberton, went home to be with her Lord and Savior July 30. She was born July 10, 1923, in Wooster, to Reed and Mina Price. Mrs. Weaver was a graduate of Wadsworth High School, and was a life member of Reimer Road Baptist Church where she worked as the secretary/treasurer for 30 years. Mary was loved and respected by everyone who knew her. Her faith was paramount throughout her life and she is described as selfless, generous, servant-hearted, joyful, sweet, friendly and had a smile that lit up the room. She was preceded in death by her infant daughter and nine brothers and sisters and sister-in-law, Vivian Ruch. Mrs. Weaver is survived by her husband, Sam, with whom she celebrated 68 years of marriage; their children, Samuel Jr. ( Joanna) of Florida, Dennis (Jeanette) of Barberton, Carol (Steve) of Texas and James (Dot) of Florida. There are eight grandchildren, Mary, Jennifer, Melissa, Daniel, Ben, David, Kyle and Julia; 12 great-grandchildren, Russell, Hunter, Landon, Samuel, Kaycee, Ashley, Christian, Titus, Hannah, Alexander, Averie and Silas. She is also survived by two sisters, Edna Bales, Ruby Andress; brother-in-law, Clarence Ruch and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends July 31, 5-8 p.m., at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth and one hour prior to services Aug. 1, 11 a.m.- noon, at Reimer Road Baptist Church, 1055 Reimer Road, Wadsworth, where funeral services will be conducted at noon with Pastor Jim Newton officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth.
Ammon J. Cagle
Ammon J. Cagle, 20, passed away July 28. Survived by his father, Andrew (Michelle) Cagle; mother, Shawn Leisure; sisters, Galadriel and Promise Cagle and Jazmin Jackson; brothers, Joshua, Caleb and Cyrus Cagle and Zachary Jackson; step-brothers, Chris and Tony Hoover; grandparents, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be Aug. 1, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Ammon’s family will receive friends July 31, 5-7 p.m.
Floyd I. Beitel
Floyd I. Beitel, 80, went to find a new fishing hole in the pearly lakes July 27. Born Sept. 1, 1934, in Barberton to the late Benny and Leatha (Scholl) Beitel, he was a life resident of Barberton. Floyd retired from Roadway Express after 39 years of service and was owner and operator of Beitel’s Road Service. He was a veteran of the Ohio National Guard and was a member of the Turkeyfoot Lake Bassmasters Club. Always making people laugh, Floyd loved to spend time fishing on his boat with family, friends, or anyone who just wanted to spend time on the lakes. Preceded in death by his parents; wife, Clara Jean in March; brothers, Richard “Dick”, Robert; sisters, Betty Goff, Geraldine Tanner; he is survived by his children, Sandy (Terry) Watts, Kim (Kevin) Hunsicker, Jerri Beitel, Scott (Martha) Beitel all of Barberton; grandchildren, Krystal (Travis) Reynolds, Kylene (Jeremy) Carpenter, Lori (Bill) Wills, Diana (Bryan) Schenkenberger, Kasey (Chris) Rings; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Chloe, Tyler, Lily, Jack, Mika; sister, Carol (Doug) Thrasher; brother, Jack Beitel and his many friends from the Turkeyfoot Lake Bassmasters Club. The family would like to thank the staff of Doylestown Health Care and Crossroads Hospice for their care of Floyd. A celebration of Floyd’s life will be Saturday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m., at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown. Burial to take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends and family may call Friday, July 31, 5-8 p.m. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.
Edward Eldridge Humphreys
Edward Eldridge Humphreys died June 22, at home, of cancer. Born July 7, 1933, in Akron, son of Mace and Ann Flood Humphreys. He was a member of First Baptist Church, former member of Akron Baptist Temple, Army veteran, 38-year Elk member and production manager of Air Enterprises. His beloved dog, Stymie, has a new home. Previous winters were spent in Florida. Private services were at Glendale Cemetery. Donations may be made to American Cancer Society or the Humane Society.
Jerold Van Sickle
Jerold Van Sickle, 50, passed away unexpectedly July 24. Jerold was born in Barberton and had been an area resident all his life where he worked at Land O’ Lakes. He was an avid hiker, runner, enjoyed cooking and loved his dogs. Preceded in death by his grandfather, Nick Oreskovich; grandparents, Edith and Jerold B. Van Sickle and aunt, Janine Oreskovich; Survivors include his daughter, Holly Van Sickle; son, Jerold Van Sickle Jr.; mother, Helen Hengle; father, Jerold B. Van Sickle; “Granny O” Helen Oreskovich; sisters, Christine Jundzilo, Amy Fabian and Jill Van Sickle; mother of his children, Lisa Fetzer; significant other, Emily Cooley-Pancoe; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Mass of Christian ,urial will be Thursday, July 30, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Calling hours will be July 29, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Hazel Kathleen Pavkov (nee Mains)
Hazel Kathleen Pavkov (nee Mains), 86, was delivered home safely, July 20, from her residence in Barberton. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Dr. Milan Pavkov, who passed away Dec. 6, 2014, after a long term battle with Parkinson's disease. Hazel dutifully cared for her husband at their home until his passing. Hazel was born at her grandparent's home in Barberton, May 6, 1929. She was the youngest of three children who survived to adulthood. She was born to Mary Elizabeth (Ashbaugh) and Claude Mains. She was preceded in death by elder sister, Mildred Lucille (Garnon) and brother, William Edward Mains. Hazel lived the majority of her lifetime in Barberton. She resided in Poland, Ohio, from 1968 to 1976 while her husband served as the superintendent of schools for the Poland School District. The family moved back to Barberton in 1976 when her husband accepted the position of school superintendent for the Barberton School District. Her mother Mary Elizabeth passed away when Hazel was only two years of age. Her aunt, Hazel Ashbaugh, took on the motherly task of caring for her and her brother and sister until she also passed two years later. Her maternal grandmother, Lillie Mae (Gaughler), assumed care of the children for three years until her death. Lillie Mae was very influential in Hazel's life. Lillie had earlier suffered the loss of her only children, both young girls, so Hazel became a comfort and living memory of her daughters. Lillie Mae was Hazel's comfort and guiding light with nightly prayers before bedtime. When Lillie Mae passed when Hazel was seven years of age, Hazel, “cried seven ‘hankifulls’ of tears.” Her eldest sister, Mildred, then became her motherly figure for a short time until she married Frederick Garnon and moved from that household. Her father, Claude Mains, then married Cora (Knierian). With the marriage, Hazel had three new stepbrothers, James, William and Gene. During her childhood, Hazel spent much of her time with her elder sister, Mildred, taking care of and enjoying Mildred's children. Her big brother, William, also spent much time with Hazel despite their age difference. Family and children were always Hazel's first priority, even as a youth. Hazel attended Barberton High School and graduated in 1947. During the summers, she worked at the Barber Mansion greenhouse (now Yoders) planting mums and tomatoes. She was also employed at Woolworth's in Barberton as part of a school-work program. While working at Woolworths, a young man named Milan started making a "pest" out of himself. Milan began to frequent the store and visited Hazel often prior to going to work at Firestone. The "pest" decided to attend Kent State for further education and during spring break one year later, Hazel and Milan were wed at the Akron Courthouse March 25, 1949. Hazel became the loving mother of four children, Claudia Lynn (Richard Villani), Cynthia Louise, Michael John (Atikah) and Mary Elizabeth. When her youngest child graduated from high school, Hazel began working at her husband's family business, Whitehouse Chicken in Barberton. She enjoyed this tremendously (and the chicken). She worked there from 1977 to 1990, when the business was sold. Hazel was blessed with four grandchildren, Michael (Kristin), Lynn (Michael), Allison and Sarah. She was always actively involved in their lives. She was recently blessed with her first great- grandchild, Talia Rose who has given her much joy and pleasure in recent months. Hazel's greatest passions were growing flowers and tomatoes, Barberton chicken, family and genealogy research and prayer. The five days prior to her passing were spent at Cook's Forest in Pennsylvania with her sister Mildred's extended family and her immediate family, grandchildren (their spouses) and great- grandchild, Talia Rose. This was the first time in six years that Hazel was able to attend this annual event due to caring for her husband and her own recent health issues. It was her dream and goal to make it to Cook's Forest this year to see her family and friends. She made it. She left this life and met her Maker (and Milan) one day after returning from that blessed vacation. Hazel was a member of the Johnson United Methodist Church. Hazel is survived by her sister-in-law, Nettie (Pavkov) Merlo; children, daughters, Claudia Villani (Rick), Cynthia Pavkov. Mary Pavkov; and son Michael Pavkov (Atikah); grandchildren, Michael Villani (Kristin), Lynn (Villani) Woolnough (Michael), Allison Pavkov and Sarah Pavkov-Marshall; great-grandchild, Talia Villani; She is also survived by her sister, Mildred (Mains) Garnon's children, Karan Madrigale (Garnon), David Garnon, Fredrick Garnon Jr.; and her Williams Mains brothers, son, Edward Mains; along with other relatives and many friends. Funeral service will be July 28, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael July 27, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Barberton Community Foundation’s Dr. Milan Pavkov Scholarship Fund, Barberton Community Foundation, 460 W. Paige Ave., Barberton, Ohio 44203. (330-745-5995).
Todd K. Robinette
Todd K. Robinette, 51, passed away July 22. He was a life resident of Norton. Preceded in death by his father, Harry; Todd is survived by his mother, Patricia; brothers, Timothy (Susan) and Terry (Tara); nephews, Andrew and Jonathan and nieces, Ariel and Danielle. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Joseph W. Eagle
Joseph W. Eagle, 41, passed away July 21. A life resident of the Akron area, Joe enjoyed giving tattoos and was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. He loved spending time being with family and friends. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Betty DeFrank and brother, William M. Eagle III; survived by his mother, Rosemary; children, Ashley, Jacquie, Joseph Jr., Brandon and Kylie; three grandchildren; sister, Lisa (Bryan); niece, Alisha; along with other relatives and friends. Joe touched many lives and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service will be July 29, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Joe’s family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until time of service.
John Joseph Thesing
John Joseph Thesing, 77, passed away July 3. He was born Aug. 3, 1937 in Barberton. He retired from Ohio Brass Company after 38 years, served in the U.S. Air Force, and graduated from St Augustine and Barberton High School. Preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Zita Thesing, one brother and one sister. Survived by seven sisters, two brothers, numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral mass was at St Augustine Church, Lake Ave. and Sixth St. NE, July 9, Rev. Matthew Glaros officiating. Burial was at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Family received friends at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave.
Betty Jo Biagetti
Betty Jo (Shy) Biagetti courageously passed away after battling cancer on the morning of July 23. Betty was born Aug. 14, 1927, to the late Walter and Dorothy Shy of Wooster. She was a retired cook and restaurant owner. She was a loving wife to Chico of over 50 years and a devoted mother of eight children. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Dorothy Shy; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Jean Shy; husband, Angelo "Chick" Biagetti; son, Jerry Biagetti; son-in-law, Bob Krunich and granddaughter, Keri Moore. Betty is survived by her children, Kathy Krunich, Linda (Michael) Moore, John (Karen) Biagetti, Jim (Debbie) Biagetti, Joe (Sharon Wilson) Biagetti, Karen (Jim) Barbati and Jeff (Beth) Biagetti; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Betty was a devoted Catholic and a women of unshakable faith, who loved her family and was a friend to everyone she met. She had a generosity of spirit who impacted the lives of many and always left people with a feeling that they were loved. The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. A special thanks to the caring and compassionate staff at ManorCare Barberton and Heartland Hospice. Family received visitors July 26, at Cox Funeral Home 222 Norton Avenue. Mass of Christian burial was July 27, at St. Augustine Church 204 Sixth St. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the St. Augustine Church endowment fund in Betty's name.
Joanna Mackey (nee Bradack), 76, of Cincinnati, passed away July 13. She was born in Barberton, Aug. 19, 1938, to the late Joseph and Melania (nee Tomas) Bradack. She married John M. Wilkin in 1965 and moved to Cincinnati where she built a career with the General Electric Company of Evandale as a legal secretary. Following the death of her first husband, she met and married William R. Mackey, an attorney with General Electric. A child of the Silent Generation, she was dedicated to her family and friends and ever devoted to her faith. She is preceded in death by her first husband, John Wilkin and her second husband, William Mackey. She is survived by her children, Leslie (Dan Lanham) Gagnon, John (Karen) Wilkin and Sheila (Scott) Gueterman; stepchildren, Richard (Brooke) Fredette, Florence Mackey, Willie (Eleanor) Jennings, T.J. (Alison) Mackey and Margie (Greg) Blackmore; her brother, Joseph (Lewellyn) Bradack; and grandchildren, Elliot and John Gagnon, Jack and Drew Gueterman, Cece and Evelyn Fredette, Barbara, Ellie and Harris Freudenthal, Helena Mackey and Nolan Blackmore. A private burial service will be held at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.GilliganFuneralHomes.com.
Della (Dee) Thomas
Our dear mother Della (Dee) Thomas, 87, passed away July 20. She was born in Elizabeth, W. Va., July 16, 1928. She worked many years at Sun Rubber in Barberton and retired from Smuckers in Orville. She lived many years in Barberton. Preceding her in death was her mom, Stella Walters; husband, Frank Thomas; siblings, Bob, Gene, Jenny and her twin, Ginger. Surviving are her daughters; Donna (Bob) Foster, Dagmar (Kenny) Byers, and Charlene Garrett. Also six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She will be cremated with private services for the family.
Betty Jane (Finley) Cinalt
Betty Jane (Finley) Cinalt, 89, died peacefully at home July 20. Betty was born in West Union, W. Va. and moved the Akron area at a young age. She retired from the payroll department at B.F. Goodrich. Betty loved sports, trips to Mountaineer Park, roller skating, bowling, dancing and was always known to leave you with a good joke. Preceded in death by her parents, Clay and Letha (Powell) Finley; sister, Wilda Cowman; brothers, Bob, Red and Joe Finley; Betty is survived by her daughters, Debbie (David) Moore of Akron, Donna (Monty) Lee of Coventry and Darlene Jones of Barberton; son, Douglas (Debbie) Cinalt of Barberton; grandchildren, Davy, Danny, Jimmy, Johnny, Joey, Jeff, Jacky, Dougie, Ricky, Jamie and Jimmy; 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Rex (Irene) Finley; numerous nieces, nephews and special friends, Sue Lawrence and Barbara Brock. Funeral service will be July 24, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours July 23, 6-8 p.m.
Willard Doyle Cupp
Willard Doyle Cupp went to be with his Heavenly Father and Family in Heaven, July 19. Born May 29, 1928, In Homer, W. Va., to parents Ira and Ora Cupp. Lived in Barberton most of his life. He was a member of St. Augustine Church of Barberton. He retired from Babcox and Wilcox Co. in Barberton where he worked in the X-Ray welding department from 1967-1991. Served in the Navy from 1941 until 1943. His love of music carried him through life from an early age. Played in bars in early years and St. Augustine later in life, but he always found someone to listen to his music, even at the nursing home. He enjoyed working with auto repair and electronic components. For 64 years, his past time was remolding their homes and shopping with his wife and soulmate, Gretchen. Preceeded in death by wife, Gretchen; parents, Ira and Ora Cupp; son, Robert (McKenna) Cupp; grandson, Teddy; and sister, Mary Eloise Pedro. Survived by children, Elizabeth (Garry) Quinn, Willard Cupp Jr., James (Josephine) Cupp, Marie (Paul) Johnston, David (Beth) Cupp, Edward (Darlene) Cupp, Denise (Kenneth) Blankinship, Barbara (fiancee, William Simonson) Cupp; grandchildren, Luke, Michelle, Troy, Christopher, Ken Jr., Mike, Matthew, Tina, Jennifer, Rhonda, Rodger, Rebecca, Cassandra, Jennifer, Melissa, David II, Leon, Timothy, Jessica and was blessed by many great-grandchildren, family and friends. The family would like to thank all the staff from Green Crossroads Hospice and Maison Aine Nurisng Home, for their outstanding and compassionate care of both Gretchen and Doyle. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to wounded warriors fund, 4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, CFC 11425, for many generations of Cupps that have served this country in the Armed Forces. A memorial service will take place 2 p.m., July 25, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Father David Majikas officiating. Calling hours 7-9 p.m., July 24, at Cox Funeral Home. Burial will take place 2:30 p.m., July 29 at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Ross E. Hammel Sr.
Ross E. Hammel Sr., 80, born in New Martinsville, W. Va. A lifelong resident of the Norton/Barberton area was called home July 19. Ross was an Army veteran of the Korean War, a 55 year electrician of the IBEW Electricians Union 306, and a member of the Moose Lodge, Barberton Chapter. Ross is preceded in death by his wife, Joan, Edie and Wanda. His legacy lives on through his sister, Ruby Carroll of New Martinsville, W. Va.; sons, Ross (Cindy) and Ron (Pam) Hammel. Grandchildren, Mark (Lora) Weddell, Brett, Ross III, Jeremy (Sarah) and Rachel (John) Hammel. Great-grandchildren, Markie and Lily, nieces and nephews and many beloved friends and neighbors of Westview Mobile Home Park, Doylestown. A special thank you to lifelong physician, Dr. William Ritchey and staff of Altercare, Wadsworth. Public graveside service will be Friday, July 24, 11 a.m., at Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron, in section V. Memorials may be made to Mooseheart in his memory.
Frank J. Cic
Frank J. Cic of Sun Lake, Ariz., formerly of Clinton, passed away July 12. He was born in Barberton, July 21, 1925, to the late Frank and Jenny Cic. In the 1950s, Frank moved to Clinton where he farmed and hauled raw milk from the area farms to the dairies. Later in the 1960s and 70s he was in the automobile business. In 1974, Frank moved to Arizona where he met and married his wife, Patsy, in January, 1978 and worked at the Kennecott Mines as a machinist. Frank was very proud of his Slovenian heritage and loved playing his button box accordions. He is survived by his wife, Patsy, of Sun Lakes; his sons, Frank (Virgina) Cic, John (Linda) Cic, both of Clinton and his daughter, Deborah (Hubert) Cole of Akron; his five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, all of Ohio. Also, he is survived by his step-children, Susan (Arnold) Perez and Pam (Aaron) DeWitt of Arizona, Bill (Martha) Hartong of Colorado, and six step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. Frank is also survived by his sisters, Jean (Tom) Madjerec of Mesa, Ariz. and Eileen (Gene) Sanders of Barberton. A memorial service for Frank will be held at a later date.
Irma “Jean” Davis
Irma “Jean” Davis, 81, passed away July 19. She was born Feb. 14, 1934. Preceded in death by husband Paul “Pete”; mother, Eva Barber; sister, Delores Frattaroli; brother, Don Barber. Survived by daughters, Vickie Armentrout, Paula (Chuck) Stonebreaker; grandchildren, Kari Mahaffey, Kelly Mahaffey, Kevin Locke, Michael Locke; and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be Thursday, July 23, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Chaplain Don Bolich officiating. Family will receive friends Thursday, 10 a.m., until time of service. Entombment at Greenlawn.
Robert E. “Bob” Miller
Robert E. “Bob” Miller, 84, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side. Born May 15, 1931, in Doylestown to the late Philip and Isabel Kate (Vinson) Miller, he was a life resident of Barberton. Bob was retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 25 years of service. A veteran of the Korean Conflict serving with the U.S. Army, he loved to bowl at Charger Lanes in Norton and work on cars. Preceded in death by his son, Edmound Miller; brothers, William “Billy”, and Richard Miller; sister, Mary Workman; he is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia; sons, Robert Jr. (Roberta) Miller of Akron, Kevin (Tonya) Miller of Barberton; daughter, Theresa (Harry) Williams of Barberton; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet Mook of Norton, other family and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, July 23, 11 a.m., at Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown, with Rev. Alice Pol officiating. Burial with Military Honors will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Family will receive friends July 22, 5-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Senior Independence Hospice, c/o OPRS Foundation, 1001 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.
Jean A. Carson
Jean A. Carson (nee Wiegert), 85, passed away July 16. Jean was born in Antigo, Wis. and had been a Barberton resident for the past 54 years. She was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Norton where she taught Sunday school and was active in the altar guild and ladies aid society. Jean also was a volunteer librarian at Arnold Elementary School. Preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Robert C.; and brother, Phil Wiegert; Survivors include her sons, Reid (Kathryn) of Burke, Va., Mark (Mary) of Rockville, Md. and Steven of Barberton; daughter, Martha Wade of Arlington Heights, Ill.; and eight grandchildren. Funeral service will be July 20, 11 a.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 5451 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Rev. John D. Mashek, officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling Hours July 19, 1-3 p.m., from 1-3 P.M. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W and also one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthew Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Christine Chalmers Fletcher
Christine Chalmers Fletcher, 46, passed away July 14. Survived by her daughters, Amber Denman and Autumn Fletcher; father, Roger Chalmers; mother, Peggy Plumb; sister, Georgene Gabel; brother, Mark Chalmers; sister, Adrienne Chase; along with five grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Christine’s family will receive friends July 19, 2-4 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.
Elizabeth P. Krizan
Elizabeth P. Krizan, passed away peacefully July 15, at her residence. Elizabeth was born in Catasauqua, Pa. and had been a life resident of the Barberton and Norton area She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was a lifelong choir member and was a founding member of the adult choir. Survivors include her loving husband of 62 years, William; son, David (Jerri) of Painesville; daughters, Christine (Lance) Green of Brunswick and Michelle (Jeffrey) Jones of Pataskala, Ohio; and grandchildren Sarah, Joshua and Madison Jones. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m., July 20, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours July 19, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, where prayers will be said July 20, 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Organ Fund. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Herbert T. Mullens, Sr.
Herbert T. Mullens, Sr., resident of Barberton for 60 years, passed July 1, with his family and friends gathered to say goodbye. He is predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Doris Mullens. He is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Lonnie and Thelma Mullens, Marian Frye, Norma Walsh and Richard Hunt. Also by his children, Herbert Mullens Jr., Thomas Mullens, Mark Mullens and Deborah Hupp. His grandchildren, Misty Noble-Hodge, Samantha Mullens, Amber Mullens, Herbert Mullens III, Lataya Furman, Jeremy Furman, Devin Ward, Thomas Ward and 12 great-grandchildren. The fmaily thanks Hospice and ManorCare of Barberton. Due to Mr. Mullens’ end of life wishes, there will be no services at this time.
Terrance J. “Terry” Vinson
Terrance J. “Terry” Vinson, 71, of Barberton, formerly of Rittman, died July 4, following an extended illness at Doylestown Health Care Center. He was born July 11, 1943, in Wooster to the late Lester J. and Kathleen (McElwee) Vinson and lived most of his life in the Rittman and Barberton area. Terry graduated from Rittman High School in the class of 1961 and served in the U.S. Navy. He was a mechanic by trade and loved working on hot rods and motorcycles. He enjoyed spending time with his family most of all. He was a member of the Rittman Moose Lodge 860, the National Rifle Association and the Barberton Civitan Club. Surviving is his wife, Louvina (Shrieves) Vinson; sons, Michael J. (Teri Jo) Vinson of Rittman, Mark J. Vinson of Wadsworth, Toby R. Vinson of Seattle, Wash. and Colin (Cheyenne) VanZile of Rittman; daughter, Roberta (William) Singleton of New Franklin; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Margaret of Medina; and good friends, Carl Wellman of Rittman and Paul Helton of Rittman. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kelly Anne Vinson-Phillips; grandson, Andrew T. Phillips; and brother, Patrick J. Vinson. There will be no calling hours. Graveside services were July 13, at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, 9560 Acme Rd., Seville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301 Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. For online register, obituary, condolences, visit www.gillmanfuneralhome.com.
Mary B. Holloway
Mary B. Holloway, 90, went home to be with the Lord July 11. A resident of Barberton for 65 years, she was a “Rosie the Riveter” when she met her husband, Carl. Mary was a member of the Akron Baptist Temple for 63 years, currently a member of Barberton First Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Carl; son-in-law, Jeffrey L. Yost and nine siblings. Survived by her daughter, Judy Yost; son, David (Darlene) Holloway; grandchildren, Jodi (Eric) McKinney, Jenny (Michael) Musser, Josh Yost, Carl (Katy) Holloway, Dustin (Heather) Holloway, Nikki (Stephen) Carter; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; brother, Glee Hickman; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be July 15, 3 p.m., Barberton First Baptist Church, 254 Sixth St., NW, Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church.
Richard Thomas Minks
Richard Thomas Minks (1913-2015), born in Barberton, of Gail and Priscilla Minks. He had one brother, Harry, who is now deceased. He always was an excellent student and became valedictorian for his senior class. From 1951-53 he served in Korea in the U.S. Army. After coming home, he began his studies and received two master’s degrees from Akron University and Kent State University. Richard started teaching math in Barberton Junior High School in 1959 and taught there for four years. In 1963, he met his wife to be, Margaret Brand, a first year teacher and six months later they were married and on their way to Oxnard, Calif. where he started teaching math at Hueneme High School. Five years later their son, Christopher, was born. Richard's teaching experiences were expanding beyond Oxnard. He was awarded three Science Foundation Grants to Boston College to study during the summers. He had two contracts to teach in Germany under the auspices of the Department of Defense Schools. After returning to Ventura, he started teaching calculus at night school for Ventura and Oxnard Colleges. Altogether he had a 43 year teaching career. Richard also enjoyed working at Auto Stiegler Mercedes Benz dealership in Encino for several years until age 76. Richard's smile and sincerity delighted all who knew him. He loved people, he enjoyed traveling and had a beautiful baritone singing voice. He also served as a deacon at Ventura Missionary Church for many years. Richard was a devoted, loving, supportive husband to Margaret and a great dad and grandpa to their son, Christopher and to his wife, Masayo Maeda of Japan and their two sons. Richard is survived by one half-brother Denzel Wasch and two half-sisters, Bobby Jo Brown and Vivian Young. A graveside service will be held with military honors in Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, 2052 Howard Road, Camarillo on Friday, July 24, 1 p.m., officiated by Rabbi Shimon Paskow and Pastor Leonard DeWitt.
Shirley R. Coffman (Drobney)
Shirley R. Coffman (Drobney), 74, of Penn Township, died July 7. She was born in Barberton, Feb. 26, 1941. Beloved wife of 53 years to Daniel R. Coffman. Loving mother of Jennifer (Keith) Vollberg, Jeffrey (Kristen) Coffman and Julie (John) Zaccaria; dear grandmother of Ashley Coffman; daughter of the late Joseph and Julia Drobney, Sr; sister of Mary Ann (Amos) Dixon and the late Joseph Drobney, Jr. Shirley was a former choir director at St. Augustine Parish in Barberton and leader of Hungarian Dance Group at Holy Trinity Parish in Barberton. She was also a choir member, cantor, member of the bereavement group and former council member at St. Barbara Catholic Church in Harrison City. Friends will be received July 10, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at Lindsay-Jobe Funeral Home, Inc., 3343 Route 130, Harrison City, Pa. Funeral mass will be celebrated July 11, 10:30 a.m., at St. Barbara Catholic Church, Harrison City. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Road, Pgh, PA 15237 or www.thinkingoutsidethecage.org. www.Lindsay-JobeFuneralHome.com.
Lovette “Sonny” Snyder
Lovette “Sonny” Snyder, 82, passed away June 29. A life resident of Barberton, he retired from the Aerospace Industry and was a member of Community Church of Portage Lakes. Sonny was preceded in death by his wife, Leona; survived by daughter, Linda Frederick of Youngstown; granddaughters, Laurie Frederick and Lisa Snyder; sister, Wanda Boltz and caregivers, Karolyn Cundiff and Patricia Gillespie. A graveside service will be Friday, July 10, 3 p.m., at Lakewood Cemetery with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating.
Paul E. Swaino Jr.
Paul E. Swaino Jr., 78, passed away July 4. Paul was born in Barberton where he was a life resident and graduated from Barberton High School in 1955. He served in the National Guard for 11 years. Paul worked at Babcock and Wilcox Co. for 31 years and also cut meat and made sausage at Al’s Market in Barberton. He was an avid gardener, loved to vacation in Florida and did a little gambling. Paul was a lifetime member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where he was a head usher. Politics were also a part of his life as he was a former 4th Ward Councilman. Paul was also active in the Knights of Columbus Council 1617, Slovak Catholic Sokol 167, VFW 1066, Civitan Club and Liedertafel. Preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Pauline; and grandson, Aaron Swaino; Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Janice; daughter, Debbie (Mark) Rohner; sons, Paul III (Debbie) and Gordon (Sherri); grandchildren, Chris, Craig, DeeAnna and Anthony; great- grandchildren, Eli and Dunham; sister, Betty (Andy) Somerick; and brother, John (Sue). Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, July 9, 1 p.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours July 8, 5-8 p.m., with the Rosary at 7:30 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said July 9, at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Augustine Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Dean Shawn Blake
Dean Shawn Blake passed away July 2, he was 51. Dean lived in Barberton most of his life. Dean graduated from Barberton High School, honorable discharge from the United States Navy. Dean worked in the healthcare field as a LPN. Dean is proceeded in death by his father, Edward D. Blake and his uncle, Frank A. Fox. He is survived by his mother, Natalie (Gino) Magazine; his brother, James (Kathy) Blake; and nephew and nieces, Benjamin (Amber) Blake of Seattle Wash., Ashley Cross of Canton and Kevin Cross of Massillon; his aunt, Brita Fox of Doylestown. Dean will be laid to rest at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in a private service.
Manojlo “Mike” Adamovic
Manojlo “Mike” Adamovic, 90, passed away July 1. A resident of Clinton for over 40 years, he was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. Mike is survived by his wife; several children; grandchildren and other relatives and friends. Funeral service was July 8, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Chester Hitchcock officiating. Burial at Clinton Cemetery. The family also received friends July 3.
Edith E. Lanning
Edith E. Lanning, 80, passed away June 29, after a lengthy illness. There will be no services.
Mildred Bauer, married to her devoted husband, Raymond for 73 years, passed away peacefully June 30. Millie, 91, the daughter of Kuzman and Elizabeth Milinkovich, was born in 1923, she was one of eight children. A lifetime resident of Barberton, Millie for most of her married years was a homemaker and mother. In her early years she was a “Rosie the Riveter.” After she and Ray retired, they spent many happy days at their farm in southern Ohio. Holidays and family get-togethers were made special by her excellent family traditional dishes. Millie is preceded in death by her loving husband, Raymond, who passed away in February. She is survived by her daughters, Norma (Waymon) Goch; grandchildren, Lisa and Kent; Patty (Ruben, deceased) Potter; grandchild, Ruth and Paulette (Rick) Fisher; grandchildren, Vicky and Beth. Ray and Millie loved visits from their seven great-grandchildren; especially at family picnics, not to mention their favorite gathering, Christmas Eve. Funeral service will be July 3, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Vic Myers officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to your favorite charity.
Jacqueline “Jackee” R. Lattea
Jacqueline “Jackee” R. Lattea, 77, went home to be with the Lord June 28. She was a member of Trinity Church of God. Preceded in death by her sons, Steve and Gene; Jackee is survived by her sons, Matthew (Stephanie) and John (MaryKay); nine grandchildren; sister, Margaret “Peggy” (Mike) Dundon; along with other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Thursday, July 2 5:30 p.m., at Trinity Church of God, 1752 Williams St., Cuyahoga Falls, with Pastor Fred Webb officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church.
Ava Gertrude Nanna (Barron)
Ava Nanna died peacefully surrounded by her family June 20, at Oxford Manor. Ava was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., Dec. 24, 1913, to Harry and Etta Barron. The youngest of three siblings, Helen Barron, Lee Barron now deceased. As a child she lived in West Virginia, Kansas and Barberton. Ava graduated valedictorian of her class at Barberton High School in 1935 where she met her future husband, George Nanna. They were married in May of 1936 and celebrated 64 years of marriage until his death in 2000. Ava enjoyed her life and placed great importance on her relationships with her family and many friends. Ava was known to be witty and fun. She always had a clever story or cute joke to tell. She was an avid reader, enjoyed competitive tennis, bridge and golf. Ava was a volunteer in the various cities where she lived: Allegan, chairman of the Jr. Red Cross and director of summer bible studies at the Methodist church; Grand Rapids, a Blodgett Hospital volunteer; Port Charlotte, Fla., founder of a ministry for the homebound and chairman of stewardship for their church. One of her most cherished moments was being honored as a Rotary Harris Fellow Spouse in 2000. Upon the death of her husband, Ava relocated to Grand Rapids to be near her family, where she was a resident of Sentinel Pointe for 10 years prior to living in Clark Retirement Community. She is survived by son, Jerry (Susan) Nanna of Fort Worth, Texas; daughter, Judy McCabe (Michael VanGenechten) of Grand Rapids; grandson, Mark McCabe of Grand Rapids; granddaughters, Kimberly (Lynn) Prater of Kalamazoo, Kelly (Michael) Taff, Danielle Ellis of Texas; and nine great grandchildren, five girls and four boys; and niece Joyce Barron of Barberton. A private family service was held. Her family wishes to express their deep gratitude to all who assisted in her care, especially the staff of Clark Retirement Community, Sentinel Pointe and Hospice of Michigan. Memorial gifts may be made to Clark Retirement Community, 1551 Franklin Street, SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506 or Hospice of Michigan 989 Spaulding Ave, Ada, MI 49506.
Tracy L. Wilson (nee Bilinovich)
Tracy L. Wilson (nee Bilinovich), 42, passed away suddenly June 25. She was born in Barberton, March 23, 1973. She graduated from Norton High School. She loved all animals and was especially interested in horses. Tracy rode competitively throughout her life. She loved being around family and the outdoors. She resided in Norton, where she met and married the love of her life, Roger Wilson. She is survived by her loving husband, Roger; stepsons, Roger Jr. and Alex; parents, Tom and Harriet Bilinovich; brothers, Tom (Marybeth), sons, Cody and Jacob and Mark (Rachelle), son, Tyler; mother and father-in-law, Walt and Emma Wilson, along with her wonderful extended family; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many loving friends. She will be sadly missed. Funeral service will be June 30, noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Pastor Richard Hoskins officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours June 29, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Eileen Edith Brubaker
Eileen Edith Brubaker, passed from this life into God’s presence June 23. At 95 years, her upbeat look at life had served her well. Preceding her in death was her husband of 42 years, Gerald Brubaker. She was born in Kenmore, Feb. 2, 1920, the oldest of three children born to Lloyd and Osa Bachtel. All preceded her in death. Surviving are her children, Robert (Peggy) Brubaker and Janice (Richard) Simms. Eileen will be missed by her six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, as well as by her pet friend, Heidi. Widowed early, Eileen lived a full third of her life as an independent woman and she packed a lot of living into those years. She was active in a doll club and ladies circle and was a member of Jeanette Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. She loved to travel. An active member of Moore Memorial United Methodist Church most of her life, in recent years Eileen attended Union Missionary Baptist Church where she served as pianist for many years. She had a heart for animals of almost any kind especially deer, dogs and birds. She loved fiber arts and knitted and sewed prolifically. Artistically, she loved playing the piano taking it up again and developing proficiency in midlife after having lessons for only one year as a young child. Her family wishes to thank Dr. David Joseph Stokes, her physician and friend of many years, for his kind, gentle and understanding manner and Pastor William Moore for his frequent and comforting visits. Additionally, her special neighbors, Carol, Wayne and Anne as well as her helpers, Dan, Peggy and Bob who made it possible for her stay in her home. Family and friends will celebrate Eileen’s life June 28, 3-7 p.m. and June 29, 11 a.m., before the noon service. Burial will be private. Matthew 25:21 “Well done, good and faithful servant. Come and share your Master’s happiness.”
Edward J. Arvay Sr.
Edward J. Arvay, 85, cherished father, passed away unexpectedly June 23. Born in Barberton, Ed was a lifelong member of the area. He was a graduate of Barberton High School and member of the Magics’ 1947 State Football Championship team. After high school, Ed joined the United States Air Force and served as a member of the Air Police before returning to the area. A retiree of Ohio Edison, he was an avid golfer and active member of the Barberton Moose lodge 759 golf league. Ed was also an active member of the Eagles Aerie 2117 serving in the role as Worthy Conductor for the last 16 years, a 3rd degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1617 and a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. Preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Sue; Ed is survived by son, Edward J. Jr. (Christine) of Euclid; daughter, Kathleen Arvay of Norton; sister, Dolores (Benjamin) Wathey; sister-in-law, Kathleen (Stephen) Taylor; brothers-in-law, John, Vincent (Marlene) and Michael (Mitzi) Kernan and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be June 29, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours June 28, 2-5 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said June 29, 9:30 a.m. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Dennis “Mike” McCroskey
Dennis “Mike” McCroskey, 66, passed away June 22. He was born Feb. 14, 1949, in Spencer, W. Va. Mike enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran. Preceded in death by his father, Daniel; brothers, Danny and David; and brother-in-law, Lendol Bush. Survived by children, Devon (Mike) Evans, Carrie (Kenneth) Ady, Christina (Reto) Niklaus, and Dennis; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; mother, Wilma; sisters, Sharon Bush, Brenda (John) Hervet, and Michelle (David) Winans; ex-wife, Shelley; ex-wife, Linda Thompson and numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends June 26, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Memorials may be made in his name to Magnolia Village, 365 Johnson Rd., Wadsworth, OH 44281.
Theodore E (Ted) Johnson
Ted Johnson, 87, passed away June 19. Ted retired from PPG with 33 years service to pursue his dream work as a truck driver, driving for Spartan Enterprises and CC Supply. He was president of the PPG 20 year club and active in the CAA events and past president of the Barberton Liedertafel Club. Preceded in death by parents, Fred and Lena Johnson; sister, Loretta Holsberry; daughter, Vicky Ziegler; stepchildren, Bill Golden and Joy Hatfield. Ted is survived by his loving wife and the love of his life, Flora Ann Johnson; son, Teddy (Kathy) Johnson; daughter, Regina (Dave) Greer; stepson, Rick (Pam) Golden; 17 grandchildren and many great and great-great-grandchildren. Calling hours were June 21, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, pastor Robert Webb Jr. officiating.
Violet “June” Booth
Violet “June” Booth, 85, died peacefully June 19. She was born November 11, 1929 in Miller, S.D. June met the love of her life, Leonard “Len” Booth, while he was attending college in Huron, S.D. after World War II. They were married and moved to Barberton in 1951 after Len accepted a job at Babcock & Wilcox. She worked briefly at B&W before becoming a homemaker. They had a wonderful 43 years together until his death in 1994. As befits someone who spent her early years on a farm, she loved being outdoors tending to her plants and flowers and landscaping her home, hiking the Akron Metro Parks when she was able to, or later just going on long drives through the country side. June enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, was a voracious reader and always followed her favorite sports teams (Ohio State, Akron Zips, Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers). She also liked seeing plays at the various theaters in the area and enjoyed going to a nice restaurant for a glass of wine and a good meal. Preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Booth; parents, Fred and Lydia Hoerth and sister, Juanita Grundman; survived by her son, Richard (Rick/Rich) Booth and brother, Delvin Hoerth. A private committal service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.
Goldie G. Pramik
Goldie G. Pramik, (Tamasovich), 89, passed away June 17. Born in Barberton, she had been a Norton resident for 31 years and lived the last 37 years in Uniontown and Florida. Preceded in death by husband, Andrew and son, Alan; Survivors include sons, Drew, John (Kristy) and David; grandchildren, David, Christopher, Alex and Andy; brothers, David (Arlene) and Norbert Tamasovich; and sister, Cecilia Smiseck. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours Friday, June 26, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Saturday, 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please give to Donate.SalvationArmyUSA.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). www.silva-hostetler.com.
James “Jim” B. Wightman
James “Jim” B. Wightman, 84, passed away June 8. Jim enjoyed traveling and mechanics. He built and operated Loyal Oak Car Wash and was a truck driver later in life. Preceded in death by wife, Janice; brother, John; and parents, Blake and Jarmilla. Survived by children, James (Marilyn) Wightman, Joan (Kyle) Fry, and Robert (Beverly) Braman; six grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Teresa Jacobs and Patricia Crook; and extended family and friends. Funeral service will be June 12, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Dr. Mike Somerville officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family received friends June 18.
Jerry R. Nott
Jerry R. Nott, 82, passed away peacefully with his family by his side June 15. Jerry was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Glouster, Ohio, to the late Ray and Lillian (Graham) Nott. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, entering when he was 15 years old. He retired from the Ohio Brass Co. after 33 years of service, and was a school crossing guard for the city of Barberton for 22 years. Jerry repaired televisions for many people for over 30 years and was a member of the VFW Post 1066 and the Barberton Moose Lodge 759. Preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Melinda Ann; a brother and two sisters; he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Iris; sons, Jerry Jr. (Nancy L.) Nott of Norton, Randy Nott of Barberton; grandchildren, Brittany (Jason) Bruce, Jason (Nikki) Nott, Jerad Nott (fiance, Sarah Evans); great grandchildren, Aaron Bruce and Allison Nott; one brother; six sisters; many other family and friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Doylestown Health Care for their wonderful care of Jerry. There are no services. A private interment with military honors will be held at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.
Wilma M. LaCook (nee Hodgkinson)
Wilma M. LaCook (nee Hodgkinson), 77, passed away June 17. Wilma was born in Washington, Pa., to the late Henry and Henrietta (nee Yerman) Hodgkinson and was a life resident of Barberton. Wilma loved dancing, Elvis Presley and was always at Hodges either working or for the Browns games and NASCAR races, she went to Jamboree in the hills every year, enjoyed volunteering at the Barberton Seventh Day Adventist Center, but most importantly, loved her grandkids and family. She was preceded in death by granddaughters, Linda Sue and Jenn; stepmom, Lorene and brother, Bob Yerman. Wilma is survived by son, Michael “Gaylord” Hodgkinson; daughters, Pamela Sue Greathouse and Reba Jean Elrod; grandchildren, Michael (Jessica), Cody, April, Jessica, John Henry and Jena; great-grandchildren, Maci and numerous others; brother, Robert “Hodge” Hodgkinson; sister, Judy (Danny) Hayes; special great-nephew, L’l Dude and other numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be June 20, 11 a.m., at the Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours June 19, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Don Wilson, 88, passed away June 13. A life resident of Barberton, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving in the Philippines, attaining the rank of Sergant. Don retired from Loral with 36 years of service. He was a member of the former Moore Memorial United Methodist Church and the Barberton Moose Lodge 759. Preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Carol; survived by his nephew, Mark Haudenschild; nieces, Daryle Marshall, Carlyn Malcuit and Candy Mann; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 18, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lodi. Calling hours June 17, 5-7 p.m.
Charles Fullmer Jr.
Charles Orval Fullmer Jr., 61, of Barberton, went home to be with the Lord, June 14, surrounded by his family. Charles was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to many. Charles is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ruth; daughters, Ronda (Storm) Engstrom, Amanda (Randy Thornsberry). Kim (Billy) Seiter; mother, Emma Love; sister, Carol Alchier; sister, Patricia (Homer) Carpenter; sister, Rita Fullmer Breton; brother, Ty (Sharon) Fullmer; brother, Brian (Tonia) Fullmer; grandson, William Seiter and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Calling hours will be Thursday, June 18, 10-11 a.m., with service to follow, at Cornerstone Free Methodist Church, 578 Killian Road, Akron, with Pastor Brenda officiating.
Ronald E. Troha
Ronald E. Troha, 80, passed away June 14, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Ronald was born in Barberton to the late Anthony and Anne (nee Paige) Troha. He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Troha; Stepson, Raymond Diabo and brother, Anthony Troha. Ronald is survived by his wife, Dorothy; son, Terry (Janis) Troha; daughter, Linda Hamilton; grandchildren, TJ and Jason Troha; great-grandchildren, Kinsley and Jason Jr; brother, Raymond Troha; stepsons, Ralph (Gloria) and Randolph (Kathy) Diabo; step-grandchildren, Crystal (Aaron), Brandon and Scott. Ronald retired from B&W with 25 years of service, was a proud Army veteran and a member of the VFW Post 1066. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 18, 10 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours June 17, 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.
John R. “Rick” Lauer
John R. “Rick” Lauer, 67, passed away June 14. A life resident of the Barberton area, he was employed with PPG Industries for 20 years and recently worked at the Akron Auto Auction. Rick was a member of Akron FOPA, First Hungarian Benefit Society and Fourth Street Supper Club. He enjoyed his 77 Pinto Wagon, “Grocery Getter.” Rick was a car show enthusiast, loved sports and drag racing. Preceded in death by his parents, John and Beatrice; survived by his wife, Beccie; sister, Joyce (John) Dillon; niece, Angie First and their sons; nephew, Bub and his son and daughter; best friends, Jerry, Al and Gene: along with many other family members and friends. Rick’s family will receive friends June 16, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.
Charles “Chuck” Ash
Charles “Chuck” Ash, 64, passed away June 9. He was born in Spencer, W.Va., March 18, 1951 and attended the Victory Chapel. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Jo Ash; brother, Paul; daughter-in-law, Naomi; and special aunt, Thelma. He is survived by loving wife of 42 years, Sheila; children, Allen, Augusta (Jeremy) Chambers and Crystal (Jay) Miller; grandchildren, Bradley, Jaylen, Ashley, Caitlin, Ethan, Landon and Jaxon; brothers, Larry, Robert and James; and numerous extended family and friends. Funeral Service will be June 13, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Bobby Webb officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. Family will receive friends June 12, 6-8 p.m.
Donna Giron (Myers)
Donna Giron, 66, passed away June 8, after a courageous battle with a lengthy illness, peacefully entered into rest to be with her late mother and father, Elva and William Myers. Preceded in death by her husband, Mark Giron, who died in the Vietnam War. Donna is survived by her beloved son and best friend, Justin Squires; her loving sister, Dianne (Richard) Skolnik, many adoring nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous friends. Donna’s family will receive friends on Friday, June 12 from noon- 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Inurnment will be private.
Thelma L. Schellenberger (nee Denning)
Thelma L. Schellenberger (nee Denning), 86, passed away June 10. Thelma was born in Akron and had been an area resident all her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Hazel Denning; husband, Glenn; daughter, Gloria Antal; son-in-law, Robert Chapman Jr.; brothers, Ron and Cliff Denning; and best friend, Norma Jean Stanley. Thelma is survived by her daughters, Carol (Brian) Canale, Elaine (Michael) Craft and Barbara Chapman; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister, Rhea Shaw; numerous nieces and nephews; and life-long friend Mr. Jack. Funeral Services will be June 15, 11 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Brian Canale officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling Hours June 14, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Clyde M.L. "Marty" Arrendale
Clyde M.L. "Marty" Arrendale 59, of Barberton, passed away at home June 3, following a long illness. He was born Jan. 6, 1956, in Canton. Marty served in the U.S. Army and was a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends, computers and playing the guitar. Survivors include three daughters, Jennifer Watts, Tara Arrendale, Tasha Arrendale, all of Florida and two sons, Martin and Toby, both of Florida. Additional survivors include several grandchildren; two sisters, Vickie Richmond (Ron) of Grafton and Marcy Chapman (Mark) of Akron; and a brother; Harold (Tammy) of North Carolina. Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Mary (nee: Haught) and a brother, Harley. Graveside Services will be Saturday, June 13, 2 p.m., at Butternut Ridge Cemetery in Eaton Township, where VFW Post 1079 will provide full military honors. Memorial contributions in Marty's memory can be sent to the charity of the donor's choice. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Lorain County Cremation Services of Elyria (440)322-4626. Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com.
Louis Joseph Nahas
Louis Joseph Nahas (Joe), 51, of Green, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep, June 3. He was born Jan. 21, 1964, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he lived until his family moved to the Akron area in 1978. Joe graduated from Firestone High School in 1982, later attending Kent State University majoring in Criminal Justice. Joe joined the Barberton Police Department in 1992, where he proudly protected and served the citizens of Barberton until a debilitating work-related injury caused him to retire as a lieutenant in 2006. Joe loved adventure. Prior to his injury, he bravely ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. He was a voracious reader and loved all types of history. However, he was most passionate about his 9-year-old son, Jack. Joe loved spending time with Jack and was so proud of how kind-hearted and gentle his son is. Preceded in death by both his father, Michael Nahas, and younger brother, Michael Nahas of Little Rock, Arkansas; Joe is survived by his son, Jack of Green; mother, Cynthia of Barberton; sister, Micah Eberhardt of Vermont; niece, Natalie (Seth) Harrington of Munroe Falls and nephews, Chaz and Sam Eberhardt of Vermont. Joe is also survived by his former wife and mother of his only child, Tracy (Myers) Nahas of Green, with whom he remained very close to up until the time of his death. Cremation will take place, with Joe's ashes being scattered over Bear Cave Mountain in the Ozarks. It was here where he spent much of his childhood, and where Joe's father's ashes were also scattered. According to Joe's wishes, no funeral services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jack Nahas Trust Fund at Integrity Federal Credit Union. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Lorena G. Lowery (Conrad)
Lorena G. Lowery, 68, passed away at her home in Daytona Beach, Florida, May 23. Preceded in death by her parents; several siblings; daughter, Kimberly and grandson, Shane; Lorena is survived by her children, Patricia Conrad, Tammy Sheryl and Chuck Lowery; grandchildren and great-grandchildren to whom she was known as “GG”; four brothers; three sisters; many nieces, nephews and other family members. The family would like to extend special thanks her many friends and staff at Bellair Lanes in Daytona Beach, where she was an avid bowler. A memorial service will be June 7, 3 p.m., at Lord’s House of Prayer, 6105 Manchester Road, Akron, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. Memorials may be made to the family.
Barbara White, born Jan. 31, 1938, passed away May 31, at the age of 77. She was a proud Norton High School class of ’56 graduate. She ran the cafeteria at the Akron Public Library for many years. Survived by daughters, Terrie (Perry) and Tracy (Sheri); grandchildren, Scott (Michelle) and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Cameron, Rebekah, Destiny, Austin, Hailey and Chase; brother, Marvin (Cindy); special niece, Leann and family. Funeral Service will be June 4, 6:30 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave in Barberton. Pastor Adam Speas officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cox Funeral Home for funeral expenses.
Shirley A. Prock
Shirley A. Prock, 80, of Little River, South Carolina, passed away peacefully May 20, at home surrounded by her family. Born in Barberton, she was the daughter of the late George and Maycel Thomas. In 1950, she married Michael Richards and had six children before he passed away in 1960. In 1967, she married William Prock, who preceded her in death; along with a son, Michael; grandson, Matthew; and sister, Betty. Survivors include her daughters, Shirlie (John) Tiano, Carolyn (Terry) Russ, Diane (Rick) Buddelmeyer, and Barbara (Robin) Barton; sons, Steven (Sue) Richards, Richard (Kel-z) Prock, Ronald Prock and Matthew (Amy) Prock; sisters Georgene Whited, Mona Kratzer and a brother, Jim Thomas; 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. The family is being served by Lee Funeral Home and Crematory of Little River.
Alpha Norene Skiles Wehling
Alpha Norene Skiles Wehling, 93 of Barberton, died May 28, at Pleasant View Health Care Center, after a long illness. Norene was born Sept. 25, 1921, to the late Fountain and Zelpha Lucas Skiles of Charleston, West Virginia. She was a member of the Barberton Women’s Club and was employed by Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company for 25 years beginning in 1944. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, William “Bill” Wehling; three brothers, Jobie, Donald and Lloyd Skiles of Charleston, West Virginia; two sisters, Arlene Harris of Charleston and Jeanette Maag of Canal Fulton. She is survived by one brother, Frank (Sue) Skiles of Charleston; two sisters, Geraldine (Dallas) Spradling of Ripley, West Virginia and Juanita (Lloyd) Belcher of Charleston; and also by several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Pleasant View for all the love and attention Alpha received. Funeral service will be June 3, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service.
Helen Juanita Phillips (nee Hatfield)
Helen Juanita Phillips, 90, went home to be with the Lord May 30. She was born April 30, 1925, in Pikeville, Kentucky, to the late Nicholas and Melda (Scott) Hatfield. Helen was the oldest and last to pass of their six children. She came to Barberton at 16 and worked at the Diamond Match. Helen loved Barberton with its beautiful lake in the center of town. Preceded in death by her husband, Clair Phillips and son, Harold A. Brady; survived by her daughter, Donna Jarvis of Norton; son, Phillip Brady of Medina; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Margaret and her children and Donna for all the love and care given to Helen. Funeral service will be Thursday, June 4, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jim Newton officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends June 3, 5-8 p.m. and also from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday.
Karen L. Struckel
Karen L. Struckel, 69, passed away May 28. Karen was born in Barberton where she was a life resident. She was a registered nurse for over 30 years and was dedicated to helping people. She was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church where she was active in the choir and baking nut rolls and strudel. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Theresa; Survivors include her son, Martin; her grandchildren, Dylan, Devyn and Daryn; brothers Charles and Edward Struckel; sisters Rita Woodall and Rose Marie Eggert; and numerous other relatives. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave. Fr. Robert Jackson, celebrant. Calling Hours June 3, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Robert C. Primm Jr.
Robert C. Primm, Jr., dearly beloved by family and friends, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home May 28. Bob, or “Bobby” to his family, retired at 50 from Babcox and Wilcox (B&W) after 30 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling and accumulated a lifetime of precious memories. He was also a member of Barberton Liedertafel. Bob will always be remembered as hard working, responsible, curious, funny, generous in spirit and a “rock” in the family. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Tracy, and his parents, Robert Sr. and Elizabeth Primm. He is survived by his daughter, Stacy King (Harold); sister, Corky Boshara, and brother, Forrest Primm (Gloria); as well as grandchildren Jessica, Nicole (Dustin) and Corey; and great-grandchildren, Kendall, Patrick, Arianna and Aiden. He is also survived by nephews, R.J. Boshara, Jr. (Lora), David Boshara, Dana Gauer (Jeff), Forrest Primm Jr. (Christine) and Douglas Primm (Kelly). Bob is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as Dixie Ward (Karl) and a cherished friend, Leona Rennie. The family would like to thank Dr. Haas, Dr. Mustafa, Dr. Dar, Dr. Cook and all the nurses at Parkview Center, especially Mary, for their excellent, loving care. Services will be in the Chapel at Greenlawn Cemetery on Romig Road in Akron, 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 5. In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to the American Cancer Society. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Richard Hammond passed away May 28, at the age of 63. He was born April 21, 1952, in Akron. He is proceeded in death by parents, Sadie and Clarence; sister, Brenda; and brothers, Rex and Jim. He is survived by daughter, Samantha; granddaughters, Destiny and Cheyenne; brothers, Charlie Hammond; sisters, Elizabeth Gallina, Marg (Pete Sheppard), Mary (Jeff) Morgan, Betty Harris and Barb Hammond; and many nieces and nephews. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters who were his joys and scratching lottery tickets. He will be greatly missed and loved.
Brandi Lyn Bill
Brandi Lyn Bill, 27, was born Dec. 21, 1987 and passed away May 25. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sherry Eagle. Survived by her son, Lucas Maxx Bill; father, Rob Bill; sister, Emily Bill; brothers, Robb Bill, Eric Eagle and Anthony Kramer; grandparents, Max and Judy Bill and Bob and Helen Cook; aunts, Debi (Kevin) Baker, Lori Bill, Donna Woodruff; uncle, Ron Eagle; special cousin, Angi Cottrell; and many other loved ones. Calling hours will be May 28, 2-4 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton.
Linda Ann Klopp Francis
Linda Ann Francis, went to be with our Lord and Savior May 25. Both the visitation and the
celebration of her life will take place at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. The visitation will be May 29, 5-8 p.m. The celebration of her life will be May 30, at 10 a.m. Her burial will be immediately following the service at Greenlawn Cemetery, in Akron. Linda was born in Akron and graduated from Kenmore High School. She worked at Goodrich and attended the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton. Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Joyce Klopp, she is survived by her brother, Richard (Cindy) Klopp of Texas and her sister, Karen (Steve) Chancey, Ohio, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She was loved by many and will be truly missed. We love you and you will remain close to our hearts.
Arvella June Cameron
Arvella June Cameron, 95, died May 25. She was born March 29, 1920 and was a lifelong resident of Barberton. Arvella enjoyed working in her yard and with her roses and playing cards with her family and friends. She retired 30 years ago as an accountant for Pearlview Nursing Home in Copley. Preceded in death by parents, Ervin and Anna Cormany; brother, Robert Cormany; and sister, Mildred (Paul) Stewart. Survived by son, Dale Cameron; grandson, Max Cameron and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 28, 11 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton with David Stavarz officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends Thursday one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Norman L. Snyder
Norman L. Snyder, 77, went home to be with the Lord May 25. Born in Barberton, he was a resident of Medina since 1961. Norm was a U.S. Air Force veteran, he retired from Westfield Insurance Company as a driver and was a member of Ridgewood Baptist Church where he served as a deacon. Preceded in death by his wife, Mildred; survived by his sons, Norman L. (Cynthia) Snyder II and Robert A. (A. Jean) Snyder; grandchildren, Norman L. III, Aaron, Tereasa and Jamie; great-grandchildren, Haylee and Logan; sister, Nancy Teague and other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Friday, May 29, 7 p.m., at the Ridgewood Baptist Church, 7891 Ridge Road (Rt.94), Wadsworth, with Pastor Dave Marrandette and Martin Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disaster Relief-SCBO, 9000 Antares Avenue, Columbus, OH 43240.
Steven Eugene Demastus
Steven Eugene Demastus, 43, left with the angels, May 23. He leaves behind his father, Corbett Demastus and mother, Nancy Demastus; his three favorite sisters, Stephanie (Steve) Detlefsen, Cindy (Billy) Mann and Kristy (John) Manning; and brother, James and sister, Debbie. He had four children, Tyler, Corey, Megan and Rachel and many nieces and nephews. His best friend, George and Tina Rocker were with him through most of his illness. He is preceded by his grandparents, aunts and uncles. We wish to thank the Wayne County Hospice Center, who were a fantastic comfort. God Bless. If you wish to send a donation, send to 466 Franklin Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203.
Andrew V. Hatala Sr.
Andrew V. Hatala, 88, of Norton, passed away May 19, after a short courageous battle with cancer. Andy was born Aug. 5, 1926, in Barberton. A graduate of Garfield High, he served in the 101st Airborne Division (the Screaming Eagles), during World War II. He fought in the Battle of Bastogne and upon returning from the war, married Pauline Hatala, his wife of 67 years. Andy was a proud member of the Bricklayers, Union Local 7 for 67 years. He helped build numerous buildings around the community, including Akron General and the University of Akron. His biggest accomplishment was doing the granite stone on the John F. Seiberling Federal Building. Andy will be remembered for his smile and making people laugh at his numerous stories. He enjoyed polka music and ethnic food and he loved family get togethers. Andy is survived by his wife, Pauline; his children, Andrew V. Hatala Jr., Valerie (Bernie) Trevino and Joseph A. (Sherry) Hatala; his grandchildren, Krista Hatala, Jason (Laura) Hatala and Jon (Kristen) Wile; and his great-grandchildren, Olivia and Jaxon Hatala. Andy was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph P. Hatala and sisters, Anne Hatala and Helen Ondrejko; his daughter, Wendellyne A. Graef; and his son, Joseph N. Hatala. A special thanks to the nurses and staff of Brookdale Sterling House and Brookdale Hospice for the tender loving care they provided to Andy. Mass of the Christian burial will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 27, at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Calling hours will be held at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Rd. West, Barberton, May 26, 4-7 p.m. Private burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Brookdale Sterling House 487 Austin Dr., Barberton in Andy’s honor. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Mary E. Arny
Mary E. Arny, 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, May 24, with her family at her side. She was born May 20, 1931, in Newark. Mary attended the Kenmore Nazarene Church and the Barberton Church of God and served as the organist at both churches. She was formerly employed at Firestone Tire and Rubber and retired from Owen Corning. Preceded in death by her son, Bruce E. Arny; parents, Rev. Emert and Goldia (Rector) McKnight; brothers, Carl and Beatrice (Wilson) McKnight, Rev. Wilbur McKnight, Harold and Barbara (Robertson) Markle; sister, Martha (McKnight) and Ivan Mathis. Survived by husband of 37 years, Charles; children, Rich (Billie) Arny, Florence (Rich) Rhoades, Crystal (Bill) Cox; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, special great-granddaughter, Allyson Nay, whom she helped raise; nieces and nephews and sister-in-law, Nadine (Westfall) McNight. Services will be May 27, 6 p.m., at the Barberton Church of God, 885 N Summit St, Barberton. Pastor Chuck Erby officiating. Calling hours will be from 4-6 p.m., prior to the service. Graveside service will be Thursday, May 28, 1 p.m., at Smith Chapel Cemetery; 4895 Reform Road, Newark.
Beatrice Young Barringer
Beatrice Young Barringer of Port Richey, Florida, passed away May 20. Bea served in the U.S. Navy as a wave for two years, during World War II. She and her husband, Bud Barringer, relocated to Florida from Ohio in 2002. Bud passed away April 6, 2005; her first husband, James Young Sr., passed away July 15, 1968. Bea is survived by her sons, Larry Young of Bradenton, Florida and James Young of Port Richey, Florida; stepson, Barry Barringer of Akron; she also leaves several grandchildren and great-grandchildren in both Ohio and Florida and a special niece, Joan Sams of Doylestown. Funeral service will be May 26, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park, with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to hospice services in your area, in memory of Bea.
Elsie I. Brooks
Elsie I. Brooks, 90, passed away May 20, at Barberton Summa Hospital. Elsie was born Feb. 21, 1925, in Akron and was a World War II veteran of the Army Women’s Auxiliary Corps. Elsie worked at numerous locations including Roadway, Alside Inc., Lectromelt Castings and retired from Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron in 1987. After retiring and before she became unable to, Elsie travelled with a group of girlfriends to numerous locales including Australia and two trips to Alaska, including one in a motor home. Elsie was a huge sports fan, especially the Barberton boys and girls basketball teams and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Preceded by her husband, Bob Brooks; daughter, Evelyn Fry and brothers, Chet and Ron Hayth; survived by her brother, Pat (Elnora) Hayth; daughter, Norma Brooks; son, Robert (Mildred) Brooks; grandson, Donnie (Quata) Tucker; granddaughters, Natalie Spears, Laura (Justin) Hurlbert and Emily Brooks. Elsie is also survived by two great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the staff of Jackson Ridge Rehabilitation and Care in Canal Fulton, where Elsie most recently resided and also thanks to the staff of Barberton Summa Hospital, especially the Acute Palliative Care Unit for all the care and support she and her family received. A graveside service will be May 23, 10 a.m., at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Rev. Tina Nees officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice in Elsie memory.
Theodore “Ted” Myzwinski Sr
Theodore “Ted” Myzwinski Sr, 87, passed away May 15. He was born Jan. 26, 1928, in Iselin, Pennsylvania. He was a retired supervisor for Ohio Brass. Ted was a devoted usher for St. Augustine Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Holy Name Society. Preceded in death by wife, Rose and brothers, Ed, Henry, William and Frank. Survived by son, Ted (Gayle) Myzwinski Jr; grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Matthew) Deruntz and Keith Myzwinski; sister, Helen Patrick; brother-in-law, Frank (Virginia) Dellapa; niece, Gina Pappas. Services have taken place.
Rita Madonna Morber (nee Herold)
Rita Madonna Morber (nee Herold), 76, passed away May 19, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Rita was born in Barberton, July 10, 1938, to Mary and John Herold. Rita was the youngest of seven children. A lifelong Barberton resident, she graduated from Barberton High School in 1956 and then St. Thomas School of Nursing where she was class president. As a registered nurse, she worked for 10 years at Barberton Citizens Hospital. She married Ivan Morber on May 10, 1969, at St. Augustine Church and they danced through 46 years of marriage together. Together, they raised four children who were their pride and joy. Rita was active at St. Augustine Parish and School volunteering and living her faith in action every day. She was a member of the Holy Hour Program and did Martha work at the parish.Rita was blessed with a great faith and had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Holy Rosary. Throughout her illness, she showed an unwavering love and devotion to her family and faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary; her brother, Tom and her sister, Mary. She leaves behind her devoted and loving husband, Ivan and her children, Vincent (Jamie), Maria (Ron) Weinberg, Dominic (Monika) and Julianne (Jason) Goshe, along with her grandchildren, Margaret, Katie, Jack, Luke, Grace, Andrew, Gabriel, Emma and Katherine; her sisters, Betty, Barb and Catherine Herold and her brother, Joseph Herold, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be Friday, May 22, 10:30 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Fr. David Majikas, celebrant. Calling hours will be Thursday, May 21, 4-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Private Burial will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank all her many caregivers over the years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Augustine School. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Orvy J. Taylor
Orvy J. Taylor, 73, of Barberton, died Feb. 17, after a period of declining health. He was born Nov. 9, 1941, in Barberton, to the late Orvy and Freda (McCune) Taylor Sr. Orvy was a graduate of Norton High School and had made his home in Barberton for the last 43 years, where he was retired from Babcock and Wilcox. He proudly served his country in the Navy aboard the USS Arneb in Operation Deep Freeze in the Antartic. He came from a proud family of military bloodlines. His paternal grandfather, Curtis Taylor, enlisted in 1862 into the Virginia 14th Cavalry Regiment and was captured and held in Camp Chase. His maternal grandfather, Levi McLaughlin, enlisted in 1861 with Company H, Ohio 25th Infantry and was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. Orvy had a strong affection for the historical references to the Civil War because of his ancestral relations. He is survived by his sister, Jean Ann Berkoski (Leonard) of Arnold, Maryland; nephews, Robert Goody, William Goody, Joe Goody, Leonard Berkoski III and Daniel Taylor Berkoski; and niece, Sue (Rob) Kohler. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Jane Ellen (Clyde) Goody of Creston; and stepbrother, William Taylor. Graveside services with military honors will be Friday, May 22, 10:30 a.m., at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Auble-Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman is assisting the family. For online register book, obituary, condolences, please visit www.gillmanfuneralhome.com.
Frank J. Yarsa
Frank J. Yarsa, 88, obtained his wings May 13. He began his remarkable and fulfilled life on June 12, 1926, the oldest son of Hungarian immigrants, Julia and Frank Yarsa in Elyria. He made his family proud through his scholastic and athletic accomplishments in grade school and high school. He enlisted in the army after high school and was proud to serve in General Patton’s army and the occupation of Austria at the end of World War II. Following his army adventures, Frank attended Case Tech and married (Mom) Gerry, “the happiest day of my life”. Gerry preceded him after 46 years of marriage in 1998. Frank is survived by his children; Diane (Lou) Molnar, John (Laura) Yarsa, Sharon (Lenny) Morlan and Mark Yarsa; grandchildren, Stacie (Greg) Stearn, Heather (Sam) Shahan, Katie (Jason) Testerman and Abbie (fiance, Joe); great-grandchildren; Ryan, Ady, Taliana, Beckham and Truman. Frank is also survived by sister, Barbara Barnes; brother, Alex (Patsy) Yarsa; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Frank resided in Barberton since he began his career with PPG in 1951 as a chemical engineer. His work at PPG and sense of adventure led to travel all over the world, visiting six continents and all 50 states. He was a pioneer in his field with many patents. Frank was a rare combination of brains and brawn, a chemical engineer with a pro-football offer. Amazingly, after more than 50 years, Frank reconnected with his wartime Austrian girlfriend, Gerti. Much to everyone’s happiness, they have enjoyed the last 14 years as companions in an amazing storybook relationship. Another great joy in Frank’s life was spending time at the horse track, handicapping the sport of kings. Fortunately, he was able to enjoy this hobby up to his last days. “I lived a wonderful life doing all the things that I wanted to do with no regrets. Do not be sad when I am gone.” Memorial mass of Christian burial will be May 18, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth Street, NW, Barberton. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. The family received friends May 17, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions can be made to St. Augustine Church Endowment Fund or VNS Hospice in care of Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Avenue, Akron, OH 44307-2463 in appreciation for their devoted care and service.
Harry B. Nelson
Harry B. Nelson, 60, passed away May 15. He was born Nov. 6, 1954. Harry is the beloved brother of Jack, Peggy, Linda, Judy, Marlene and Marilyn. He will forever be in our hearts.
Enzo Joseph Lanari
Enzo Joseph Lanari, 88, passed away May 16. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was raised in Kent and was a resident of Barberton since 1963. Joe was a US Coast Guard veteran during World War II, he retired from Conrail in 1987. He was a member of First Lutheran Church of Barberton and a drummer in the band, “It’s Later Than You Think”. Preceded in death by his parents, Amedio and Marina Lanari; wife, Iris (Wiley) Lanari; sister, Olga Rogers and brother, Aroldo Lanari; Joe is survived by his daughters, Iris (Charles) Samples, Carol Lanari and Marilyn (Frank) Brick; granddaughter, Kim Abu-Alasal; brother, Deno (Joyce) Lanari; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be May 20, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Erik Swanson officiating. Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends May 19, 3-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, NY 10001 or Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE First Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 in Joe’s memory.
Patricia Kay (Burnley) Nemeth
Patricia Kay (Burnley) Nemeth, 70, passed away May 16, after a long illness. She leaves her husband of 49 years, Ronald L. Nemeth; her sons, Timothy (Jen Cillian) and Michael (Holly Russell); three grandchildren, Kalee (Scott) Robinson and Taylor and Jacob Nemeth. She also leaves her sister, Cynthia (Dan) Chamberland; sister-in-law, Trish (Eric) Banic, nephews, Dan Chamberland and Tony Banic, and nieces, Lauren (Jeff) Crawford and Meredith Chamberland. She is predeceased by her parents, Paul and Lillian Burnley and brother, Paul F. Burnley. Per Patricia’s wishe, no prior visitation. Private burial. Memorials in Patty’s name can be made to Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Rd., Medina, OH 44256. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Byler, 22, paraprofessional teacher, passed away May 11, at Wesley
Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. She was born Dec. 4, 1992, in
Barberton, the daughter of Michael Ray and Jayne Marie (Speigle)
Byler. She moved to Pratt in August of 2014 from Ohio. She had been
attending the Pratt Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her
partner of 3 years, Elizabeth Hillegass of Pratt; mother Jayne of
Canton; father Michael of Atlanta, Georgia; sister, Kathryn (Garry)
Juarez of Cameron Park, California; and brother, Justin Byler of
Amherst, Massachusetts. Visitation is May 16, 9:30 a.m.-11, at Pratt
Presbyterian Church, 202 E. First St., Pratt. Funeral service will be
May 16, 11 a.m., at Pratt Presbyterian Church with Pastor Stephen
Wing presiding. Calling hours in Sugarcreek, will be May 18, 4-8
p.m., at First Mennonite Church. Funeral service will be May 19, 11
a.m., at First Mennonite Church with Marilyn Rossiter presiding.
Smith-Varns Funeral Home will be handling arrangements. Burial will
follow May 20, 11 a.m. in Blough Mennonite Church Cemetery in
Hollsopple, Pennsylvania. Memorials may be made to ADAMH (Alcohol,
Drug Addiction and Mental Health) Services of Tuscarawas County or
Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas in care of Larrison
Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt, KS, 67124. Condolences may
be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com
Dorothy J. McGown (nee Moses)
Dorothy J. (nee Moses) McGown died May 9. Dorothy was born in Findlay, June 9, 1925. She graduated from Findlay High School in June of 1943 and married Richard Charles McGown, Oct. 10, 1943. Dorothy provided Richard motivation to transition from submariner in World War II, to a tradesman at Cooper Tire, to several advancing positions with the United Rubbers Workers and ultimately commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. All the while working several different retail and factory jobs to help support and raise their three boys. Having moved many times, she completed her life with the wonderful staff at Doylestown Health Care Center. She was predeceased by husband, Richard in 1991 and son, Kevin, in 2013. She is survived by her sons, Daniel and Patrick (Susan), five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Paul S. Nakovski
Paul S. Nakovski, 76, passed away May 11. Born in Selo Lavci, Bitola Macedonia, he was a member of St. Thomas Eastern Orthodox Church and retired from J.R. Engineering. Preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Fana; Paul is survived by his son, George (Amanda) Nakovski; grandchildren, Gavin and Mason; brother, Sotir (Radmila) Nakovski; niece, Ivana Nakovski; other family members and friends. Funeral service will be May 15, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. Vlado Bakurdzhiev officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours May 14, 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church in Paul’s name in care of the funeral home.
Dr. Richard Lewis Sickler
Dr. Richard Lewis Sickler (“Doc”), 88, of Wadsworth, passed away May 10. Richard was born July 28, 1926, to the late Lewis and Hazel (McConnell) Sickler. Richard was born and raised in Barberton, Ohio and was a 1944 graduate of Barberton High School. While growing up baseball, football, and basketball was his passion, as he was active in all three. He ended his high school career as one of the best all-around athletes ever at Barberton High, lettering two years in football, three years in basketball, and four years in baseball. While attending Idaho University, he played varsity football and baseball. At Pacific University, he lettered for two years in basketball and was a pitcher for the baseball team. As a result, he was recognized for his athletic accomplishments by his induction into the Barberton Sports Hall of Fame in 2001. One week after high school graduation, Richard enlisted in the US Navy and served honorably from 1944-1946. Thereafter, he obtained a Doctor of Optometry diploma at Pacific University, and had a thriving practice in Barberton for 40 years, along with his brother, Edward, who joined the practice at a later date. During his professional career, he served on the Barberton Board of Education as Vice President and President from 1959-1967 and served on the Barberton Board of Health. He was a 40-year member of the Barberton Masonic Lodge 0568. He also was an active member in several other civic organizations such as Kiwanis, which supported Barberton causes. Richard served as Barberton Councilman-at-Large from 1968-1972. Additionally, he took great care and pride in building business venture M&C Incorporated from the ground-up. In 2014, Richard (1944 class president) organized the 70th annual class reunion, exemplifying the “we stick together” class motto. This rare event was even featured on the front page of the Akron Beacon Journal. The degree to which his classmates remained friends over their lifetimes was phenomenal. In his later years, Richard and his wife, Evelyn, loved traveling and vacationing in Florida during the winter. They traveled extensively around the world, where Africa was one of his favorite places. Doc loved to plan multiple family trips to interesting locations. Moreover, he hosted Thanksgiving family reunions for the past 16 years. For those who knew Richard, he was admired for his work ethic, entrepreneurial spirit, love for people and zest for life, which was evident in his professional, political and athletic careers. Family and friends were always the center of his life, as they greatly admired his wit and sense of humor. He was considered by many as a mentor and advisor due to his well-rounded knowledge of various subjects and desire to help people. Doc’s charismatic personality and generous nature endeared him to many. He spent the last 15 years with his wife, Evelyn, in Wadsworth, where they cherished their friends in the Briarthorn community. Richard and Evelyn attended Northside Christian Church in Wadsworth. He touched many peoples’ lives in a profound way and will be greatly missed by all that knew him. His son, Richard Lewis Sickler II and brothers, Raymond and Edward preceded him in death. Richard is survived by his wife, Evelyn J. Sickler (nee Morrison) with whom he would have celebrated 41 years of marriage on May 11; son, Clifford Sickler (Marianne) of Lewisville; daughter, Gale (Steve) Reyher of New Concord; daughter, Sally (Michael) Gilbert of Knoxville, Tennessee; daughter, Lori (Mike) Fick of Wadsworth; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, three nieces and one nephew. The family will receive friends May 14, 5-8 p.m. at Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 North Lyman St., Wadsworth, where funeral services will be conducted May 15, 1 p.m., with Pastor Robin Hart officiating.
Burial with military honors at Western Reserve National Cemetery will be conducted at a later date.
Bob Toneff, NFL football great and All American out of Notre Dame, is now with a higher super team. Bob passed away peacefully, March 15, in San Anselmo, California. He graduated from barberton High School in 1948. He is survived by wife, Medora-Vaux; his daughters, Terez Toneff, Lesa Toneff and grandchildren, Shana Davis, Nico Toneff; his brother, George Toneff and extended family. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Alene Toneff. Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan, June 23, 1930, to Tony and Mary Toneff. He lived to be one of the oldest lliving NFL players. Bob played in the NFL as an offensive and defensive tackle, seven years with the San Francisco 49ers and seven years with the Washington Redskins. He was the 49ers second round draft choice in 1952 out of Notre Dame. He became a standout in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl four times. During the era Bob played football, all players had to have off-season jobs and made more money off-season. As Notre Dame All-American, Bob was acclaimed the fastest lineman in Irish history. This competitive, but gentle, athlete was a man’s man and a woman’s protector. He continuously gave his love, strength and devotion to his wife, daughters and grandchildren. As a fierce competitor, Bob instilled in his family the belief that you keep your eye on the ball and never give up. Bob was bigger than life and gave life to his family and friends. He always played the game to win. He is our hero. Memorial service TBA. In lieu of flowers, please make donation to our Go Fund Me account: www.gofundme.com/toneff.
Dana C Baker
Dana C Baker, 52, passed away April 25. Preceded in death by father, Lester T and brother, Gary A. Dana lived most of his life in North Carolina. Left to mourn, his mother, Christine Baker; brother, Daniel (Stephanie) Baker, George (Tom) Baker; Michelle Banyar; many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donate to charity of choice. Private service has already taken place.
Ronald R. Landals
Ronald R. Landals, 80, passed away May 10. Ron was born Feb. 3, 1935, and grew up in Barberton. After getting married to Ion, they moved to the Kenmore area of Akron and the last 10 years resided in Garrettsville. He worked for Houk Machine Company and GOJO Industries, Inc., where he retired in 1998. Ron served our country in the US Marine Reserves, where he was honorably discharged and achieved the rank of E4. In Ron’s younger days, he would go hunting and fishing with this father and family where he built a love of the outdoors. This carried over as his family grew by camping along the shores of Leesville Lake and many other places around the state. He helped several Boy Scout Troops in Barberton and Akron as an adult leader for over 25 years. Ron was a 47-year member of National Lodge 568 F&AM in Barberton, where he served as Master in 1978 (along the shores of Lake Anna), he was also 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Akron and a member of Anna Dean 595 OES. His masonic fraternity continued his love of the outdoors and traveling by joining National Campers and Travelers, where they traveled all over the country. The club purchased a plot of ground in Garrettsville, where a stand of maple trees was transformed into a travel trailer park. Traveler’s Woods was a place where he enjoyed many hours of hard work and great fellowship together with his family. Preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Corrine and his brother, Harold “Bud”; Ron is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ion; children, Lawrence (Nina), Beverly (Ken) Hryck and Richard (Cris); grandchildren, William (Christine), Joseph (Chrystal), Thomas (Samantha), Sarah (Max), Dean, Michael and Richard; five great-grandchildren and two to join the family later this year. The family will receive friends May 13, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, Barberton, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Inurnment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics Ohio, 3303 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH 43232 (www.sooh.org.)
Richard P. Borsos
Richard P. Borsos. 80, passed away May 8, following a brief illness. Dick proudly served his country in the United States Navy aboard the USS Mississippi (EAG-128). He worked as a union carpenter for over 40 years. He was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. An avid sports fan and golfer, he also enjoyed bowling, polka music, dancing and his twice a week card games. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Eva; brothers Chuck, Ernie, George and John; Survivors include his sons, Rick of Hurst, Texas and Brian (Laurie) of Cuyahoga Falls; sister Mary Ann (Don) Hawes of Pomona, California; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and his faithful friend and much loved dog, Rocky. His family would like to thank National Church Residences and Hospice of Summa for their care and compassion during his illness. Calling hours will be May 13, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Private Graveside Services will be May 14, at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite pet rescue. www.silva-hostetler.com.
John R. Somerick
John R. Somerick, 55, passed away May 7. He was born Aug. 15, 1959, in Barberton. Survived by daughter, Megan Somerick; father, Richard (June) Somerick; mother, Mary Jane Somerick; siblings, Kathy (Terry) Steinwand, Richard (Lisa) Somerick II, Joseph Somerick, Mary (Larry) Trenta; Diane White; nephews, Ricky, Robert, Adam; nieces, April, Lauren; great-niece, great-nephews; and mother of his daughter, Tammy Moss. Funeral will be Friday, May 15, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton, with Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m., May 14, at Cox Funeral Home.
Norma L. Guy
Norma L. Guy, passed away on Mother’s Day, May 10, at the age of 91. Preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. “Bud” Guy and grandson, Bobby Butash; Norma is survived by her children, Beverly (Jon) Butash, Sandra Guy, Robert (Joanne) Guy and David (Julie) Guy. She leaves 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, who will all remember and miss her deeply. Special thanks to Chapel Hill Community Home (nurses, aides and staff) for the loving care they gave our mother and her church family at Johnson UMC, who she loved very much. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of Norma’s life will be May 14, 6 p.m., at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, with Rev. Tal Lewis officiating. The family will receive friends and family from 4 p.m. until time of service. No flowers please, donations may be made to Chapel Hill Community, 12200 Strausser St., N.W., Canal Fulton, OH 44614 or Johnson United Methodist Church.
Eleverna Fay Beach (nee Kramer)
Elverna F. Beach, 99, passed away May 5, 4:47 p.m., of natural causes. She was born in Tallmadge, Sept. 2, 1915 and graduated from high school in 1933. She moved to Barberton June 6, 1936, after marrying Charles Thomas Beach. She also lived in Wadsworth and Norton. She was a long-time member and a tireless volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church of Barberton. She was a member of the Barberton Woman's Club and the Barberton Hospital Auxiliary. She made an honorary board member at the Summa Wadsworth Hospital because of her 50 years of volunteer service for the Auxiliary. She worked for many years at various voting precincts as a worker and then as a presiding judge. She was an excellent homemaker, seamstress, cook, crafts maker and gardener. She also was an avid bridge player. She is preceded in death by husband, Charles, in 1976; parents, Karl Kenneth Sr. and Myrtie Margaret (Cauffield) Kramer; brothers, Karl Kramer Jr., Walter Kramer and Gene Kramer; sisters, Mary (Kramer) Born, Lucille (Kramer) Sekulich, Dorothy (Kramer) Neumeyer and Betty (Kramer) Griffin and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She is survived by daughters, Joan Pauline of Norton and Jill Elaine of Decatur, Georgia; sister, Carrie (Kramer) Zinn of Kokomo, Indiana; sisters-in-law, Janet Kramer of Litchfield and Alice Kramer of Akron. She is also survived by nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Summa Pallative Care and Home Instead for their care of our mother during her last days. The family will receive friends May 11, at Hilliard Rospert Funeral Home 174 N. Lyman St, Wadsworth, 5-7 p.m., funeral services will be conducted May 12, 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Charity of your choice. Hilliard-Rospert-Funeral Home, www.HilliardRospert.com.
Bessie M. Weaver (nee Bird)
Bessie M. Weaver (nee Bird), 102, passed away peacefully May 7, at Brethren Care in Ashland. She was born in Wadsworth, May 25, 1912, to the late Thomas and Florence (Hagey) Bird. Bessie was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ashland. In 1934, Bessie married Robert E. Weaver of Barberton, who passed away in 1986. They had a wonderful life together. They traveled in the US and Canada and especially enjoyed vacations at their cottage in Michigan. She was a wonderful home maker and a great seamstress. Bessie will be dearly missed by daughters, Dorita (Walker) Ramage and Margie (Robert) Parks. Also surviving are grandchildren, Susan (Tracy) Walker, Walter R. (Pam) Ramage, Judi (Brian) Gribble, Rev. David (Terrie) Ramage, James (Jennifer) Parks and Meghan (Scott) Kinney; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Bessie was preceded in death by her sister, Clorice Guiley. Funeral service will be May 12, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. David Ramage officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours May 11, 5-7 p.m.
William J. Thompson
William J. Thompson, 70, died May 9. A resident of Barberton, he graduated from Doylestown High School and was employed as a machinist for most of his life. Bill was an avid Ohio sports fan. Preceded in death by his parents, Don and Betty Thompson; brothers, John, Ronnie and David Thompson; sisters, Donna Morneua and Nancy Thompson; Bill is survived by his sons, Mike (Kim) Thompson of Marshallville and Doni Thompson of South Carolina; daughter, Lisa (Josh) Ferguson of Barberton; four grandchildren; brother, Bob Thompson of Florida/Portage Lakes; sister, Peggy Morneau of Canal Fulton; many nieces, nephews; dear friends to the end, Jim Knight and Phil Joseph. The family would like to extend a special thanks to those who were exceptionally kind during his long illness at Barberton Citizens Hospital, you know who you are and it meant so much. “Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief, don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your heart and share with me, God wanted me now, he set me free.” At Bill’s request cremation has taken place. Private services will take place with the family.
Mildred Pyles, 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior May 4. Preceded in death by her son, Daniel and sister, Mary Knight; Mildred is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bill; children, Kathryn (Robert) Spinney, David (Drema), Patricia (Eugene) Gallagher; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be May 9, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Stephen Olsen officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, Ohio 44691 or Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 426, Smithville, OH 44677.
Samuel R. Danco Jr.
Samuel R. Danco Jr., 92, formerly of Wadsworth, passed away May 5, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 30, 1922, in Barberton, to the late Samuel R. Danco Sr. and Helen Watt McMillan Danco. Sam graduated from Barberton High School in 1941, lettering in football and basketball. He then went on to serve his county in the US Navy during World War II as an airplane mechanic. Returning home, Sam began his career as a mold maker at Mechanical Mold and Machine until his retirement in 1982. He was a member of Barberton Elks, Barberton Moose 759, Wadsworth VFW 1089, American Legion, The Senior Golf League and Barberton Brookside Country Club. He was an avid golfer, woodworker and a Scottish redhead. Sam is survived by the mother of his children, Sue Danco of Akron; sons, Bob (Jane) of Wadsworth, Tom (Sue) of Springfield, Virginia, John (Lynne) of Cromwell, Connecticut; daughters, Kathy (Nick) Lekas of Conroe, Texas, Beth (Kim Kislin) of Akron; sister, Marg Leary of Newcomerstown; brother, Bill of Wadsworth; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be May 11, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Father Michael Ausperk officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends May 10, 2-5 p.m. The family wishes to express their gratitude to The Apostolic Christian Home, Inc., Rittman, for their compassion, care and support given to dad in the final months of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) in Sam’s memory.
Gerald A. “Jerry” Kelley Jr.
Gerald A. “Jerry” Kelley Jr., 65, born May 22, 1949, left this world May 2, surrounded by his loving family. He was a skilled machinist that was a master at his craft. Retiring from GM with 16 years of service, after working at Goodyear for 18 years and was a trustee at the Barberton Liedertafel. Preceded in death by his parents, Gerald A. and Velda M. Kelley Sr. and brother, Merle R. Kelley; Jerry leaves behind is wife, Pamela; sons, Matt (Amy), Pete (Laura), Kristopher (Susan) and Jason (Amanda) Stillings; daughter, Jennifer Martin (Chuck); 13 grandchildren; brothers, Jeffrey and Rodney (Karin) Kelley; along with many other loving family members and friends. Jerry left this world with a passion for life and family. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 7, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor John Lee officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours are May 6, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Eleanor Rose Voyk (nee Simon)
Eleanor Rose Voyk (nee Simon), 84, went to be with her Savior May 2. Born and raised in Barberton to the late Rose (Anger) and Joseph E. Simon. She was always the dedicated daughter, sister, wife and mother, devoting her time to serving and supporting her extended family. In Eleanor’s free time, she enjoyed reading, oil painting, crocheting, bird watching, embroidery, sewing, crewel work, needlepoint, cross-stitching, quilling and visiting with her family. She was an adored wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James B. Voyk; Eleanor is survived her sister, Dorothy (Albert) Petzker; brother, Jerome (Donna) Simon; eight loving children, Karen L. (Tom) Yerkey of Hardinsburg, Kentucky, Marian R. Calvin, Geralyn A. Esselburn of Abingdon, Virginia, Phillip G. (Reggie) Voyk of Everett, Washington, Nancy A. Sever, Jean C. (David) Stavarz, Mary C. (Andrew) Perrea (Andrew) and James E. (Deana) Voyk; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many other loving family members and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be May 6, 1 p.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Calling hours May 5, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be May 6, 12:30 p.m., with procession to the church. Final resting place will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Howard C. O’Brien
Howard C. O’Brien, 93, passed away April 30. A resident of Barberton area for 68 years, he was a US Army veteran of World War II. Howard retired from Midwest Rubber and was a member of Barberton Lodge 750 A&M. Preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy and Glada and son, John; Howard is survived by his son, Thomas (Viva); daughter, Tina Arnold; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Bill O’Brien of North Carolina; sister, Ruth Waggner of Arizona; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be May 5, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Calling hours May 4, 6-8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.
William L. Novak
William L. Novak, 84, passed away May 1. He was born May 14, 1930, in Norton. William was a member of Prince of Peace Church and a former member of Holy Trinity Church. He retired from Alside Inc. with 34 years of service. He loved music and dancing, was a proud Slovenian and a huge Cavs fan. Survived by wife of 64 years, Dorothy; children, Jeffrey (Billie) Novak, Stephanie (Larry) Boatright, Karen (Bill Smith) Garrett, Lisa (Richard) Somerick, William (Debbie) Novak; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary (Joseph) Tenyak. Mass of Christian burial will be May 4, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton, with Fr. Robert Jackson as celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Family received friends May 3, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Memorials may be made to Prince of Peace.
Joseph Lee Boice
Joseph Lee Boice, 42, passed away April 30. Lee was born in Barbeton where he was a life resident and worked at Ingram Barge Co. Preceded in death by his parents, Jewel and Violet; sister, Linda; and brother, David; survivors include his sisters, Terrie (Richard) Brent and Shaun (Jim) Jessen; and nieces, nephews and other family members. Private Services have taken place. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Virginia (Booher) Cuningham
Virginia (Booher) Cunningham, 86, went home to be with her Lord, May 2. Born in Orma, West Virginia, to the late Ota (Lazader) and Ralph Booher, she lived most of her life in Norton and was a member of Norton Baptist Church for over 65 years. Preceded in death by her son, Michael (March 9, 2015); foster parents, Owen and Bessie Figg; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Willie and Edith Zee Cunningham; sister, Susie (Joe) Rauch; brothers, Grover (Juanita), Deward and Theodore (Peggy) Booher; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Pete (Sibyl), Harry (Mildred), Roy “Bud” Cunningham, Forest Fulks, Junior Bishop. Jenny was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother; survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Forest Paul; son, Don (Kathy); daughter-in-law, Lynn all of Norton; grandchildren, Chad (Monica) and their children, Wesley and Corbin of Barberton, Eric (Susan) and their children, Cayden and Triston of Norton, Matthew (Jessica) and their children, Travis and Gracie of Doylestown and Kevin (Crystal) and their children, Carter and Colton of Norton; sisters, Helena “Lenny” Fulks of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia and Janet (Gene) Chadock of Vienna, West Virginia; sister-in-law, Freda Wears of Port Clinton, Ohio; sister-in-law, Ernestine Bishop; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William (Mary Ellen) Cunningham; sister-in-law, Mary Belle Cunningham; many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends; along with Jenny’s special neighbors, Emily Rorrer and Matt Stemple, who knew her as “Grandma Jenny” and her four-legged grandchildren, Abbie, Logan, Bella and Toby. Funeral service will be May 6, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave, Barberton, with Pastor Aaron Varner officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours May 5, 5-8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on May 6. In lieu of flowers, donations shall be made to Norton Baptist Church, 4239 Cleveland Massillon Road, Norton, OH 44203.