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April 2016

Ronald Lee Kapish 

April 29,1959 – April 30, 2016 

Ron “Bart” Kapish passed away unexpectedly April 30th. Proceed in death by brother Terry Lee Kapish. Survived by wife of 32 years Noelia, sons Ronnie Jr. (Annelise) and Christopher, three grandchildren in Florida. Ohio family, mother Carol Kapish, father Gene Kapish ( Dottie), sister Dale (George) Phillips, niece Nikki Kapish, sister-in-law Gay Lynn Kapish, nephew Andrew Kapish, aunts, cousins, and friends. Best Plumber in Southwest Florida

Marla J. Pyle

Marla J. Pyle, 73, passed away April 24. She was born June 14, 1943, in Akron and was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton. Marla was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Pyle and parents, Rhea and Ben Wilhelm. She is survived by sister, Judith Culp; niece, Diane (Eric) Vaughan and nephews, David Culp and Robert (Yvonne) Culp. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place.  To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.

Tiffany Crystal Conklin

Tiffany Crystal Conklin, 20, passed away April 28. Born in Barberton, Tiffany was a 2015 graduate of Barberton High School. Tiffany was a light that shined to all who knew her. Tiffany is survived by her mother, Shirley (Singleton) Lawson; brother, Harrison Nevals; grandparents, Darlene Moore and Mike Darrough, who will each carry Tiffany’s memory in their hearts. A memorial service will be Saturday, May 7, 3:30 p.m., at the Movement Church, 3333 Manchester Road, Akron. The family wishes to thank Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home and The Movement Church for their kindness. Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

 

Frank G. Smole

Frank’s gone, garage closed

“The Best Mechanic in the World”, 82, passed away April 24, with his Bonnie by his side. Her message to him, “You are the wind beneath my wings.” He was born and raised in Barberton and proudly served his country during the Korean War in the Seventh Calvary. Frank was the owner of Smoles’ Auto Air. He had the passion and knowledge to fi everything from tanks in Korea to anything you could fit into his garage. He passed down his passions to his beloved grandson and best friend, Steven, who is now in training to also serve in the Seventh Calvary. Frank was a great business man, starting his own business at a very young age. Frank was survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Bonnie; his only daughter and his name sake, Frankie G. (Wayne); brother, Lew (Joanne) and many loving nieces and nephews. Grandchildren, Steven, Tina (Dwain), Racheal (Ray), Linda, Markie, Pat (Nour), Mike, Ray (Tracy), Joe (Tammy), Kim (Rich). Stepsons, (the Breans), Rick (Maureen), Randy (Charlene), Mike (Tracy) and mark. As well as numerous great-grandchildren. His many friends and neighbors and the girls down at Cissy’s who were all very dear to him. Preceeded in death by his mother, Kristina and father, Frank; sisters, Chris and Fredricka; first wife, Lois and stepchildren, Karen and Ray. Services were officiated by long time friend, Pastor Lee Hance. Military service will be held at a later date.

 

JoAnn Hudak

JoAnn (Bycura) Hudak, 95, passed away April 29. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She was a resident of Akron most of her life and retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber. Preceded in death by her husbands, Steven Hudak and Frank Bycura and sons, Frank and Blair Bycura. JoAnn is survived by son, Bruce (Sharon) Bycura; daughter-in-law, Mary Bycura; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and sister, Jackie Ridgeway. The family would like to thank JoAnn’s grandsons, David (Stacey) and Douglas for the care they gave to their grandmother. A private graveside service will be held for her family at Greenlawn Memorial Park with Pastor Ernie Kempel officiating.

 

John D. Wagner

John D. Wagner, 69, passed away April 28. He was a life resident of Barberton and a graduate of Barberton High School, Class of 1964. John retired from Local 219 Plumbers and Pipefitters serving as business manager and AFL/CIO, where he was executive secretary-treasurer, he served on Norton City Council, Ward 2 for years and also Barberton City Council, Ward 3. John was very active in the community, serving on many boards and committees. He was Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Tri County Regional Labor Council, Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Board, Vice Chairman-John S. Knight Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ohio State UA President, just to name a few. John enjoyed coaching Barberton American Little League for many years and was a member of National Lodge 568 F&AM. Preceded in death by his childhood sweetheart and loving wife of 47 years, Ruth and parents, Dale and Jean Wagner; survived by his sons, Dr. Terry (Erika) Wagner and their children, Hailey, Madison and Connor; Scott (Becky) Wagner and their children, Hannah and Carter; along with other relatives and many friends. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to his sister, Marietta Davidson, along with Dr. Susan Ray and the team of Dialysis Nurses at Davita for all their care and support. Funeral service was May 3, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Dr. Blake Wagner Sr. officiating.  Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. John’s family received friends on May 2. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1815 W. Market Street, Suite 108, Akron, OH 44313 or the charity of one’s choice.

 

Thomas “Tom” W. Schmitt

Thomas “Tom” W. Schmitt, 68, passed away April 28. Tom was born May 26, 1947 in Akron, he was owner-operator of Barberton Insulation Company for many years. Preceded in death by his infant son, Tom Jr.; granddaughter, Haley Brunty; father, Al “Bud”; mother, Martha and stepmother, Ruth; sisters, Mary Dyer and Louise Karl; Tom leaves his wife, Michele (Cestaro); sons, “Tommy” (fiancee, Silvia Andonian and her children) and Michael; daughters, Lisa Schmitt and Julie Brunty; beloved grandchildren, Tommy Brunty and Mason Schmitt; brothers, Carl, Albert (Cindy), Paul (Carol), Winn (Johanna); sister, Carol (Reg) Atkins; brother-in-law, Steve (Laura) Karl; step-sisters, Alice (John) MacKeil and Sue (Jack) Derhammer; stepbrother, Dick Bontrager; mother-in-law, Yvonne Cestaro; along with all the Cestaros and Carbones; best friend, Jim Shifferly; numerous Barberton friends; his golfing and fishing buddies; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Tom loved all of you! No more pain, Tom. We love you! Mass of the Christian burial was May 2, at St. Augustine Catholic Church.  Tom’s family will received friends May 1, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Summit County Children’s Services, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44306 or Haven of Rest, 175 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44308.

 

Herman C. Wille Jr.

Herman C. Wille Jr., 93, passed away April 22. Born in Texas July 24, 1922, Herman served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and was a member of the 104th Signal Company. Herman was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron. He was an “uncertified” master gardener. He loved his flowers and veggies, especially the huge “wisteria.” Preceded in death by wife, Millie; survived by son, Chuck (Judy) Wille; daughter, Barb Flores of New Orleans; grandchildren, Becky (Tony) Lanese, Ben (Kate) Wille, Brian (June) Flores, Lisa (David) Musser and Steven (Jessica) Flores; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Vince and Nick Lanese, Steven Jr., Noah and Allie Flores. Thanks to a good friend and roommate, Michael Blauner and also a great staff at Bath Manor, Jackie, Dan and Julie. A memorial service will be May 1, 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron. The family will receive friends 3-4 p.m. in the parlor.

 

Robert “Bob” C. Krosnick 

Robert “Bob” C. Krosnick, 78, passed away April 24. He was a life resident of Barberton/Norton. Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the Ohio LST/AMPHIBS Association. He was employed by PPG Industries, General Tire, Akron Recycle Plant and retired from the City of Barberton. He was a life-time member of Barberton VFW Post 1066. Bob was also a member and very active in many Masonic organizations including, Barberton Lodge 750 F&AM (past Master), 32 Scottish Rite Valley of Akron, where he received the Meritorious Service Award; Portage Chapter 202 RAM, Anna Dean Chapter #212 OES, Tadmor Shrine, Yusef Khan Grotto, Honorary member of National Lodge 568 F&AM, Royal Order of Scotland, Allied Masonic Degrees Western Reserve Council. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary Krosnick; brothers, Andrew Jr., Donald and Tommy Krosnick; sisters, Helen “Babe” Kish and Marianne Garrett.  Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia; son, Craig (Christine); granddaughters, Allyson and Emily; special family, Carleen Cofer and Gary Jenkins; sister-in-law, Kate Krosnick; special four legged friend, Boe; along with several nieces, nephews, many loving neighbors; other relatives and friends. We would like to thank all of our many family members and friends who offered their prayers, love and support on behalf of our family. “On Angel’s wings you were taken, but in my heart you’ll stay, and in God’s light you will rest, until we meet again someday.” “Love’n you up there.” Bob’s funeral service will be held April 30,11 a.m., on the beautiful lake shores of Lake Anna at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Christ Follower Gauvin Gilbert officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383 at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Bob’s family will receive friends April 29, 5-8 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Also visitation on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, OH 44203 or Barberton Lodge 750, 5960 Rimview Ave., Canal Fulton, OH 44614.

 

R. George “Bo” Lehman 

R. George “Bo” Lehman, 84, passed away peacefully April  25, at home surrounded by his family and loved ones. An Akron native, Bo was a graduate of Kenmore High and Heidelberg College. It was at “The Berg” that he met the love of his life, Marilyn Anthony. After graduation he was employed by the Akron YMCA for six years as Physical Director at the Firestone Branch and then Camp Director of Camp Y-Noah. The next 30 years he worked in retail merchandising at Clarkins Inc., Cook United and Tamco Distributing.  He then served as bailiff for Judge John H. Campbell in the Summit County Common Pleas Court System.  Bo also served eight years in the U.S. Naval Air Reserve. He was a member of Lakview United Methodist Church in Barberton and also the Hungarian Benefit Society of Barberton. He was preceded in death by parents, Meredith and Doris Lehman of Akron; infant brother, Meredith Jr. and sister, Joyce Snyder. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn of Barberton; sons, Michael of Clayton, North Carolina and John of Charlotte, North Carolina; daughter, Laurie (Mike) Lasko of Copley; grandchildren, Michael and Madison, whom loved their “Grandpa Bo” dearly. The family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. Trochelman for his care over the years, as well as the wonderful nurses at Summa Hospice. A very special thank you to “Bo’s Angels,” especially Kristy, Josey, Susan and Carrie for your genuine love an exceptional care over the years. There is no doubt that God handpicked each and every one of you to be with us through this journey. A memorial service will be April 30, noon, at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 Third St., N.W., Barberton, with Pastor Fred Higgins and Rev. Tina Nees officiating. Bo’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers
memorials may be made to the church.

 

Pauline L. Boley (nee Walch)

Pauline L. Boley, nee Walch, 94, passed away peacefully April 27, at Brookdale Barberton Senior Living. Polly was born in Cuyahoga Falls and had been an area resident all her life. She and her husband James were charter members of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Norton, where she was very active with many events. She was served on the Altar Guild, as a Eucharistic Minister and on Parish Council. She was honored to have been chosen as the “woman of the year” for the church in 1995. Polly retired from Norton City Schools where she served as a librarian and cook. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross Bloodmobile for many years as well as crocheting hundreds of baby hats for local hospitals. Polly became an avid fisherman in Canada after her husband Jim introduced her to the sport 48 years ago. She was also active in the Barberton and Wadsworth Senior Centers, the Norton Senior Citizens and St. Augustine Seniors. The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Barberton for their loving care and attention to Polly. Preceded in death by her husband, James; son, Roger; three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Pat) of Uniontown and Bruce (Cathi) of Norton; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., May 2, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Church or Brookdale Barberton, 487 Austin Dr., Barberton, OH 44203. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.

 

Cecelia “Sally” (nee Solosky) Sokolosky Rajniak

Cecelia passed away peacefully April 28, at Manor Care. She was born in Barberton and was a lifelong resident of the West Side. Cecelia never met a stranger and made friends everywhere she went. She worked as waitress for over 40 years at South End Tavern and Columbia Cafe, retiring in 1978. She loved to travel and was able to see most of the U.S. and parts of Europe. She was a life-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and then joined Prince of Peace parish when the churches blended. Cecelia married Victor Sokolosky Nov. 23, 1939. After Victor’s death, she married John Rajniak April 21, 1979 and gained a stepson. She was a hard working woman who raised her daughter as a single mom after the death of her first husband. She took great pride in her home, dust never stood a chance of settling in her house. Preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Jennie (Kempe) Solosky; husbands, Victor Sokolosky and John Rajniak; sisters, Irene Lego and Frances Ziblot. She leaves to mourn her passing, daughter, Vickie Ann (Keith) Clark; stepson, John (Brenda) Rajniak; special nieces,  Beverly Ziblot, Joyce (Ray)  Hudacko, and Judith (Sherwin) Alberts; long time neighbors, Mary Fisher, Polly Valencheck and Vern Bidinger; many other loving family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be May 3, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours May 2, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.

 

Frank G. Smole

Frank G. Smole, “The Best Mechanic in the World”, 82, passed away April 24. He was born and raised in Barberton and proudly served during the Korean War with the 7th Calvary. Frank was the owner and operator of Smoles’ Auto Air. His hobby was helping people. His passion was fixing cars, which he proudly passed on to his beloved grandson Steven. Preceded in death by his first wife, Lois; stepdaughter, Karen and stepson, Ray. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Bonnie. Her message to Frank is “You are the wind beneath my wings.”  He is also survived by his only daughter, Frankie G. Chaney (Wayne); brother, Lew (Joanne); grandsons, Joe (Tammy), Mike, Pat (Nour) and Steven; granddaughters, Kimberly (Rich), Tina (Dwaine) and Racheal (Ray); stepsons, the Brean’s, Rick (Maureen), Randy (Charlene), Mike (Tracy) and Mark (Marky); and many loving nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the girls at Cissy’s and his many friends and neighbors. Calling hours will be April 29, from 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Funeral Service to follow at 8 p.m., with Pastor Lee Hance officiating. Cremation to follow with burial at a later date in June. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Paws and Prayers, P.O. Box 2864, Akron, 44309. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.

 

James Allen Carpenter

Sunday, April 24, 9:35 a.m., James Allen Carpenter passed away in his sleep. He was surrounded by his wife, Debbie Carpenter; daughter, Robin Carpenter; son, James L. Carpenter; brothers, Terry Carpenter, Ron Carpenter, David (Jackie) Carpenter; sister, Tina (Rick) Hooker; nieces, Crystal Hooker, Toby and Ricky (Kristin) Hooker; uncle, Tom Starling; mother-in-law, Joanne Conner; sister-in-law, Barb (Jeff) Benner; brother-in-law, Brian Conner and cousins, Regina, Theresa and Jessica Hooker, Aaron Hooker, Amber Hooker; great-niece Alexis Hooker; friends, Kathy and Floyd; nephew, Ronnie Carpenter. James Allen Carpenter rest in peace. He is now with his parents, Larry (Betty) Carpenter. Thank you to the Barberton Hospital for the care he received the last two years.

 

John L. Yates Jr.

Sunrise: 3-11-1934

Sunset: 4-22-2016

John L. Yates Jr., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday morning, 6:25 a.m., April 22. John was born in Akron, to the late John L. Sr. and Elsie (Maddox) Yates.  John worked for Gassy Auto Supply from 1948 to 1962, as a service installer and worked his way up to assistant buyer, then store manager.  In 1964 he went into the Real Estate business for Merkle Realty until 1982.  He was top sales person for Merkle Realty and active in Real Estate Board activities and committies.  He also was voted into the Top Ten Professional Real Estate Society of Summit County. John served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 as a SP3 supply clerk; John was an active member of Grace Baptist Church; singing in the choir and redeemed quartet.  John also sang in a semi-professional quartet on week-ends, traveling throughout southern Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  He also cut records in Columbus and Nashville.  He loved singing the praises of the Lord Jesus Christ. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Yates of Kentucky and Rev. James Yates of West Virgina; John is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 31 years, Marilyn (Weber); daughter, Deborah Lynn Fulks and grandson, Jesse Charles Fulks of Akron; son, David Lee Yates and his fiancee, Nora Gorman and her son, Tyler Gorman of Akron; sister, Margaret (Richard) Merriner of Okamas, Michigan; brother, Clifford (Pat) Yates of Doylestown; also many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; cousins and friends. Many thanks to Akron City Hospital doctors and nurses on 7-West and the palliative care unit, for their love and excellent care of John.  Also to Pebble Creek Rehab for their excellent care. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 28, 12:30 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Robert Stephens officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.  John’s family will receive friends April 27, 5 -8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Grace Baptist Church, 704 N. Firestone Blvd., Akron, OH 44306 or Heart, Lung or Kidney Foundation.

 

Andrew F. Koncz 

Andrew F. Koncz, 62, passed away April 21, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Drew was born Feb. 23, 1954 to Andrew and Violet Koncz. Drew’s hard work ethic began at a young age bussing tables, working at Seiberling Tire and Rubber and enjoyed running Koncz’s Five Sons Sports Grille with his four brothers. His passion was owning his own business which was Barberton Wheel Alignment for over 30 years. He married his wife, Kathryn A. in 1976 and dedicated his life of 40 years with her. They had three beautiful and caring children. Drew was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Koncz and Violet Koncz Roop and his father-in-law, Andy Krochta. Surviving are his loving wife Kathryn; son, Andrew (Jacqueline); daughters, Stacy (Nathan) Robinson and Laura Smelser Koncz; grandchildren, Cayden, Paige, Andrew, Mason, Parker and his unborn granddaughter. He also leaves his brothers, Dave (Denise), Jeff (Gina), Dean (Debbie) and Don (Joy); mother-in-law, Marilyn Krochta; brothers-in-law, Tom (Sandra) Krochta and Frank (Claudia) Krochta; as well as many nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father, amazing friend and life of the party. Drew’s contagious gift of building friendships will never be forgotten. He will be forever grateful for the outreach and support of his cherished friends as he embraced them into his circle of love. They will always be remembered. Drew had an adventurous side that was unimaginable. He traveled the paths where everyone else feared to troll. He loved the thrill and excitement of the unknown. His faith in the outcome was never a setback. His spontaneous acts of kindness and behavior left many smiles on many faces. May Drew’s youthful spirit of life travel with many through the years. Mass of Christian burial was April 25, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Fr. G. David Bline celebrant. Calling hours were April 24, at the Silva–Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, Drew suggested contributions be made to Blast Glioblastoma to support the fight against brain cancer at wwwblastgbm.com. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.

Elizabeth A. Nagy

Elizabeth A. Nagy, 73, passed away April 21, at Wadsworth Pointe. Elizabeth was born in Akron, and a member of Annunciation, and was an area resident all her life. She retired from St. Francis de Sales School as head of the cafeteria. She was a life member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church where she was very active. She enjoyed picnics and dancing with Ed, an avid Indians and Browns fan that would gladly share her enthusiasm with anyone, spending time outdoors, dinners with family and friends and hosting holiday get-togethers. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Edward M; parents, Regina and Steven Zimmerman; grandkids, Gabrielle and Mitchell Baglia and brother-in-law, Frank Scala and sister-in-law, Ann Zimmerman; She is survived by her children, Betty (Tom) Baglia, Edward (Maureen) Nagy Jr., Deborah (Bob) Kitchen and Steven (Sharon) Nagy; grandchildren, Lyndsey, Clayton Baglia; Eddie, Kyle, Michael Nagy; Bradley, Samantha, Brandon, Kaitlyn Kitchen; Stephanie, Troy Nagy; brothers, Steve and Paul (Bridie) Zimmerman; and sisters, Jeannie (Frank) Nagy and Barbara Scala. Calling hours were April 26, at the Silva–Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton.  Mass of Christian burial to followed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 4019 Manchester Road, Akron. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery for family only. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. or American Cancer Society. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.

Lou A. Incorvati

Lou A. Incorvati, 79, passed away April 21. Born February 23, 1937, in Barberton.  Lou joined Ric-Wil, Inc. as VP of Sales and was instrumental in forming Ric-Wil Japan, Intl.  His responsibilities included the United States, as well as Europe.  He later formed Preferred Piping Co. from which he retired. His retirement years were volunteering for Camp Quality (a cancer camp for children) and originated a Kids Woodshop which he enjoyed for 12 years. Lou had a life well lived. Preceded in death by his father, Daniel C. Incorvati; survived by his mother, Elvira Incorvati; loving wife of 58 years, Willretta “Billie”; sons, Robert A. (Nancy) and Rick A.; special grandson, Anthony “Tony” Incorvati and Kent Ross Brooks; sister, Constance Eckert; brothers, Daniel (Joanne) and David “Inky”; along with other family members and friends. In following Lou’s wishes, his family received friends April 24 at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. A private funeral service was held April 25 with internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, Lou has requested any charitable donations be made to: Camp Quality of Ohio, P.O. Box 2462, Akron, OH 44309.

 

Loniel “Lonnie” Everson

Loniel “Lonnie” Everson, 68, passed away peacefully April 21, surrounded by his family after a 10 year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Lonnie was a member of the Church of Christ on Brown Street where his father Pastored. He was a member of many motorcycle clubs, enjoyed riding his Harley, was an avid hunter and enjoyed riding horses. Preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Delta; brother-in-law, Matt Teseo; and father-in-law, Ed Litton. Special thanks to Richard Robinson, Dale Robinson and Sylvia Xenias for their care and support. Lonnie is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Shelda; daughter, Holly; sisters, Ladonna Teseo and Kris Shockey (Rick); mother-in-law, Naomi Litton; brother-in-law, Kevin Litton (Terri); sister-in-law, Carol Litton-Bailey (Roger); aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  A memorial service will be Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Parkinson’s disease foundation of your choice.

 

Betty Jane Ehrich (nee Stevison)

Betty Jane Ehrich (nee Stevison), 86, passed away April 17, in Clearwater, Florida. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Dorothy Stevison. Survived by loving husband of nearly 68 years, Bob Ehrich; three children, Karen, Donn and Bryan; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. The family would like to thank the staff of Morton Plant Hospital and Rehab for their care of Betty during her stay there.

 

Leroy “Lee” Street

Leroy “Lee” Street, 83 years, of Akron, went home to be with the Lord March 30. A native of Wapakoneta, Lee was an area resident most of his life. He retired from G.J. Myers as a machinist after 25 years and owned and operated Street’s Mower for over 29 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Daisy Street; brothers, Eugene and James; sister, Mildred Schrader; he is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Dolores “Dee”. Lee was a loving father to daughters, Pat (Dennis) Nettle of Norton, Vicki Richards (Ray Avorni) of Akron, Brenda (Jim) Darnell of Doylestown; sons, Dennis (Darlene), Ken (Linda), both of Coventry, and Vincent (Beth) Street of Barberton. He was a wonderful grandfather to 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and leaves his dear sister, Mary Engle of Green. Funeral service was April 2, at the Cornerstone Free Methodist Church, 578 Killian Road, where friends may call one hour before service, Pastor Brenda Young officiating. Entombment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. For those that wish, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 1742 Georgetown Road, Hudson or the church. Schlup-Pucak is honored to serve the Street family. Messages and memories of Lee may be shared at schluppucakfh.com.

 

Mark Allman 

Mark Allman, 59, passed away suddenly April 13. A lifetime resident of Norton, he loved golf and his music, but most of all his family. Preceded in death by his wife, Sheila (Starcher) Allman and granddaughter, Zoey Belle; Mark is survived by his parents, Jerald Allman and Laura Allman; five brothers; son, Joey Michael; brother, David (Chris); sisters, Patti, Cathy and Becky; grandchildren, Lilly Mae and Anna Belle; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A special thank you to Daniel and Nick Allman for that “special touch” you gave. Following Mark’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be April 24, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service.

Larry Richard Lyons

Larry Richard Lyons, 59, passed away April 13. He was born June 22, 1956.

Preceded in death by his mom and dad. Larry is survived by eight siblings; five children and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be April 23, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Eric Bates officiating. Larry’s family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. A celebration of life dinner will follow at 5 p.m. at Rittman Moose, 12527 Sheets Road, Rittman. Thank you in advance from Larry’s family.  In loving memory offerings accepted at the funeral home and dinner.

 

Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart

Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart passed away April 19. She was born in Akron, November 25,1942. She graduated from Akron Garfield High School in 1960. She attended The University of Akron. Known as “Rosie K.” to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, she helped start Akron’s first non-smoking group at Zion Lutheran in Akron and died with 39 years sobriety. She worked as a secretary at Ohio Edison, the chamber executive at Canal Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, marketing manager at Cheda’s Bakery, a secretary at Goodyear Aerospace, and a secretary at The University of Akron. She was an accomplished speaker and trainer. She coordinated the writing of the first secretarial handbook for Aerospace and taught the only class there to have 100% attendance at all classes. Whiles women’s swim coach for GAC’s Corporate Challenge Team, she received the YMCA’s city-wide “Spirit of Corporate Challenge” award. An avid barbershop singer, she sang baritone in Canal Fulton’s Lock IV Quartet, the Canal Fulton Chorus of Sweet Adelines, Athens Harmony Connection Chorus and Hocking Valley Chorus. She was founding Queen Mother of the McArthur Monday Marvelous Matrons of the Red Hat Society. She also was past President of the Vinton County MRDD Board. Rose is survived by daughter, Katherine (Michael) Kager of Canal Fulton; son, Michael (Trena) Kostantinovich of Canton; twin sister, Maggie Walker of Akron; sisters Nancy Riley of Columbus and Heidi Guttermuth (Mark Bobbit) of Akron; two grandchildren, Luke and Seth Kager; a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. Calling hours April 22, 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry St. NE in Massillon. The funeral service will be the following morning, 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran, with a luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shepherd’s House (Battered Womens Fund): PO Box 550 Mc Arthur, OH 45651; Camp Luther: 3901 Lake Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030; or Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center: 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333.

 

Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart

Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart passed away April 19. She was born in Akron, November 25,1942. She graduated from Akron Garfield High School in 1960. She attended The University of Akron. Known as “Rosie K.” to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, she helped start Akron’s first non-smoking group at Zion Lutheran in Akron and died with 39 years sobriety. She worked as a secretary at Ohio Edison, the chamber executive at Canal Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, marketing manager at Cheda’s Bakery, a secretary at Goodyear Aerospace, and a secretary at The University of Akron. She was an accomplished speaker and trainer. She coordinated the writing of the first secretarial handbook for Aerospace and taught the only class there to have 100% attendance at all classes. Whiles women’s swim coach for GAC’s Corporate Challenge Team, she received the YMCA’s city-wide “Spirit of Corporate Challenge” award. An avid barbershop singer, she sang baritone in Canal Fulton’s Lock IV Quartet, the Canal Fulton Chorus of Sweet Adelines, Athens Harmony Connection Chorus and Hocking Valley Chorus. She was founding Queen Mother of the McArthur Monday Marvelous Matrons of the Red Hat Society. She also was past President of the Vinton County MRDD Board. Rose is survived by daughter, Katherine (Michael) Kager of Canal Fulton; son, Michael (Trena) Kostantinovich of Canton; twin sister, Maggie Walker of Akron; sisters Nancy Riley of Columbus and Heidi Guttermuth (Mark Bobbit) of Akron; two grandchildren, Luke and Seth Kager; a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. Calling hours April 22, 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry St. NE in Massillon. The funeral service will be the following morning, 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran, with a luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shepherd’s House (Battered Womens Fund): PO Box 550 Mc Arthur, OH 45651; Camp Luther: 3901 Lake Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030; or Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center: 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333.

 

James A. Briscoe

James A. Briscoe, 89, of Panama City Beach, Florida, formerly of Barberton, passed away April 15. Mr. Briscoe was born Dec. 7, 1926, to the late William and Ida Briscoe in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Oklahoma. He retired from BF Goodrich in 1986 as general manager of the De-Icing Systems Group. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ernestine Mills Briscoe. He was a loving and generous father and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Elaine and Ron Lichtenberger of Panama City Beach; his son and daughter-in-law, James Robert and Teresa Briscoe of Lynn Haven, Florida; his grandchildren, Deanna (Randy) Gross, Eric (Tami) Barnes, Nicole (Brian) Burnette, Erica (Ricky) Brown, Angela Briscoe; his stepgrandchildren, Scott (Dawn) Lichtenberger, Lisa (Vince) Thompson; and 10 great-grandchildren. A service will be held at a later date in Arkansas.

Michael P. Gondor

Michael P. Gondor, 58, passed away April 14. A life resident of Barberton, Mike was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1976 and was a cement mason for over 30 years. Preceded in death by his father, Paul Gondor; survived by his mother, Jean Gondor; sister, Debbie (Mike) Reese; niece, Kalee (Scott) Robinson; nephews, Nick Reese and Jon (Brandi) Reese; beloved Golden Retriever, Moby; along with many other family members and friends. Following Michael’s wishes, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.

 

Patricia Blankenship-Kramer (nee Phillips) 

Patricia Blankenship-Kramer (nee Phillips), 79, went to walk with Jesus on April 13. She answered her heartfelt calling in life to the care of families and children as founder of Kid’s World Pre-school and Day Care. She was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Barberton. Preceded in death by two siblings, she is survived by children, Rose (Marshall) Lockhart, George “Tom” (Theresa) Blankenship, Ken (Denise) Blankenship; numerous grand and great-grandchildren; and eight surviving siblings. Funeral service was April 19, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jarrod Williams officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation was April 18. Family requests that memorials be made to: Benefit account of Patricia L. Kramer / Kid’s World at any Fifth Third Bank.

John Francis Naizer 

John Francis Naizer, 92, passed away peacefully April, 15. John was born Oct. 2, 1923, in Barberton, where he was a life-long resident. John served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II, stationed on the Battleship USS New Jersey and USS Wisconsin with the Pacific Fleet participating in every major battle from the Philippines to the surrender and ceasing of hostilities in Tokyo Bay, Japan. John was a plank-owner on both the New Jersey and Wisconsin and enjoyed going to each reunion; he actively maintained his membership in the USS Wisconsin association up to his passing. John was an avid golfer and bowler, who was still out on the course or in the lanes in his 80s. He retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 44 years of service, was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and was also actively involved in Scouting for over 30 years with Troop 110 at First Lutheran Church in Barberton. John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret (Okolish); their daughter, Joanne Naizer; grandson, Jeffrey (Tiffany), and great-grandchild, Graham; their daughter, Judy Rogers; grandson, James, grandson, Michael, and their son, John Paul (Christine); grandson, John Edward, and granddaughter, Serena. John will be interred with a private ceremony at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, April 19,  with military honors.  A short memorial service and wake will be given on Saturday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 999 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319 (330-644-3522) with Pastor Jack Kozak officiating.

 

Thomas “Tom” Bower 

Thomas Bower, 86, passed away April 11.  He was born in Richie County, West Virginia, April 3, 1930, to the late S.F. and Nellie (Thomas) Bower. Tom worked in the tool room/machine shop at The Babcock and Wilcox Company in Barberton, retiring in 1992 after 44 years of service. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Lue (Phillips), Aug. 12, 2013; grandparents, W.W. and Bessie (Riggs) Bower of Big Bend, West Virginia, C.J. and Geneva (Wells) Thomas of Joker, West Virginia; and sister, Carole Taylor.  He is survived by his daughter, Jan (Mark) Householder; and nephew, Terry (Pat) Taylor. Graveside services will be April 17, 2 p.m. at Big Bend Cemetery in Big Bend, West Virginia. Donations in Tom’s name may be made to The Giving Doll, P.O. Box 972, Wadsworth, OH 44282.  The Bower Family condolence book is available at the funeral home’s website.

 

Brittany Nicole Metz

Brittany Nicole Metz, 24, went to be with the Lord April 6. Survived by mother, Ronda S. Metz; father, Roger E, Metz Jr.; fiancee, Robert B. Jackson Sr.; children, Jayce-Lyn K. Jackson and Robert B. Jackson Jr.; siblings, Angie Dollison, Amy Miller-Brown, Charles Miller, and Tia Cartmel; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends April 14, 5-6 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral service will follow at 6 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home in Brittany’s name.

 

Martha (Nanashe) Brean

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Martha Brean, who passed away April 13. Born in 1917, she was just shy of her 99th birthday. She married Joseph Brean in 1938 and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her three sons, Charles, Joel and Thomas Brean; along with her parents, five sisters and two brothers. Martha leaves behind her daughter, Caroline (Joe) Murray; daughters-in-law, Frances Brean and Melinda Brean; grandchildren, Joyce (Ron) Klein, Joe Brean, Jennifer (Terry) McGovern, Tonya (James) Sewell, Tricia (Mark) Ortscheid, Tom (Anita) Dunn, Sean Brean, Patrick Brean, Sheena Smart and Luke Brean. In addition there are nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and many loving nieces and nephews. She loved God, her family and flowers; if she planted it, it grew!Many thanks to the devoted staff of The Good Shepherd in Ashland, who cared for her so lovingly the past 15 years, especially Terry and Holly. If you choose not to send flowers, please consider a memorial donation in her name to The Good Shepherd, 622 Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805. Calling hours will be held at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, April 15, 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be April 16, 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Julie Thoms officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park immediately following the service.

 

 

James A. Brentlinger

James A. Brentlinger, 60, passed away unexpectedly, April 3. Proceded in death by parents, Lanford and Constance Brentlinger; brothers, Dan and David. He is survived by his wife, (Elizabeth) Libby; sons, Rob (Melissa) and Josh Brentlinger; siblings, John and Rick Brentlinger. He leaves behind numerous family members, many adopted kids and grandbabys. Pops will be missed by all that knew him. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be at a later day.

 

Thelma F. White (Bubbles)

Thelma F. White (Bubbles), 86, passed away peacefully April 3. Thelma was born Jan. 19, 1930 in Ellison Ridge, West Virginia and moved to Portage Lakes, Ohio in the 1950s. She was a member of Firestone Park United Methodist Church. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert and daughter, Sonia White-Bishop. She is survived by her sons, David White, Shannon (Elaine) White, Kerry (Laurie) White; daughters, Sherry White, Sheila (Stan Bittinger) White, and Selma (Claire Russell) White; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Road, April 9, funeral immediately following with Pastor Randal May officiating. Interment at East Liberty Cemetery in Green. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Firestone Park United Methodist Church, in memory of Thelma. White Family condolence book is available at the funeral home’s website.

Kenneth Allen Kelly

Kenneth Allen Kelly, 74, died early March 21, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Born Nov. 5, 1941 in Arthurdale, West Virginia, he was preceded in death by father, Kenneth; brothers, Michael and Ralph; sisters, Madonna and Nancy; and son, David. He is survived by wife, Patricia; mother, Frances June; brothers, James (Marsha) and Thomas; children, Donna (Dan), Kenneth, and Sandra (Kennith); 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A longtime resident of Barberton, he was employed as a carpenter and a grocery clerk. After retirement, he and Patricia moved to Blackstock, South Carolina, residing there until his passing. He loved his family and will be missed by all. He was a motorcar enthusiast and loved NASCAR, enjoyed dogs and was an avid reader. There will be no services per his request. Memorials can be made to Hebron Presbyterian Church, 4776 Mountain Gap Rd., Blackstock, SC 29014

 

Nancy J. Nevlin

Nancy J. Nevling, 75, went home to be with the Lord, April 6. She was born in Akron, Nov. 10, 1940, to Edward and Mildred Flowers. Nancy enjoyed bowling, reading and was employed at Buehler’s for 10 years. Preceded in death by her cherished husband, Thomas Nevling; parents, Edward and Mildred Flowers; and brother, Ronald Flowers. Nancy is survived by her children, Heidi (Doug) VanOss, Thomas and Brian; grandson, Jacob VanOss; sister, Joan Youngdahl; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends April 13, 6-8 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton.

 

Jacqueline R. Lisle

Jacqueline R. Lisle, 67, passed away April 1. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Rags” Glunt. Survived by children, George (Paula) Lisle, Harry Tindel, James Tindel and Tina Lisle; siblings, Connie Carder, Robert Lisle, and Kenneth Lisle; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorials may be made in Jacqueline’s name to Cox-McNulty Funeral Home to off-set funeral costs.

Mildred “Midge” (Gwinn) Arvay

Norton – Mildred “Midge” (Gwinn) Arvay, 77, passed away April 7. Born in Barberton to parents Alva and Maude Gwinn. She attended Barberton schools and retired from Akron Porcelain and Plastics. She enjoyed taking care of her lawn and flowers. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Michael Arvay, who passed away 1994; son, Curtis Arvay Sr.; sister, Evelyn Haney; brothers, James and Armond Gwinn. She is survived by her daughter, Midge Ann Arvay and son, Michael (Carolyn) Arvay Jr. of Norton and daughter-in-law, Ann Sbory of Barberton; grandchildren, Meighen (Miguel) Montagnese of Bolivar, Cayman Arvay of Norton, Curtis, Laban and Logan Arvay of Barberton; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Nathan and Faith Arvay; sister, Regina Dingle and sisters-in-law, Irene Gwinn and Georgine Gwinn; numerous nieces, nephews and her special animal companions, “Bugs” and “Girl”. Funeral service will be April 12, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Max McKanna officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Midge’s family will receive friends April 12, noon, until time of service.

 

 

Karl L. Bartel

Karl L. Bartel, 74, passed away peacefully April 7. Born March 10, 1942, in Barberton, to the late Robert J. and Clara E. Bartel, he was a resident of New Franklin since 2010, previously of Green. Karl was a retired teacher for Green Schools in Summit County and had worked for Dietz Marina, Burch’s Landing, Kieffer Marine, and Acme Catering. A member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Karl especially enjoyed his family and his life with Mary. He also enjoyed boating, waterskiing, camping and as a handy man was very mechanically inclined. He is survived by his dear friend and caregiver, Mary Strouse; twin sons, Michael (Emaly) Bartel of Akron, Christopher (Sara) Bartel of East Geneva; daughter, Marie Bartel of Akron; ten grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; siblings, Sister Maura Bartel O.P. of Our Lady of the Elms, Elizabeth Bartel of Lyndhurst, Robert Bartel of Doylestown, Regis (Nita) Bartel of University Heights, Eileen (Joe) Volosyn of Strongsville, Patricia (Charles) Davis of Stratford, New Jersey, Thomas Bartel of Barberton; Father Martin Bartel O.S.B. of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Mary Bartel of Lyndhurst; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister in-law, Susanne Bartel. Mass of Christian Burial was April 11, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment to followed at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends and family were received April 10, at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown. Memorials may be made to the Bartel Scholarships at Our Lady of the Elms, 1375 W. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44313, or at St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA, 15650. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.

 

 

Harrison Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson, 69, passed away April 5. Bruce was born in Steubenville and had been an area resident most of his life. He was a graduate of Central Hower High School and retired from Schneider Trucking. Bruce was also a proud Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by his parents, Horice and Miriam; and daughter, Angela Jackson; he is survived by his loving wife, Sue; sons, Mike (Jennifer), Don (Chrissy) and Phil (Ola); stepsons, John (Shari) Meglich and Bill (Lisa) Meglich; stepdaughter Theresa Meglich; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Calling Hours will be April 9, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Graveside Service to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park where Firestone VFW Post 3383 will perform Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To share a memory or share a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.

 

Juanita “Edie” Horracks

Juanita “Edie” Horracks, 95, passed away April 5. She was born Nov. 29, 1920, and was a life resident of Barberton. Juanita was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and a former member of St. Augustine’s where she was active in the Holy Hour program. Preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Muriel Hogan; husband, Harold “Bud”; son, Harold “Bud”; grandson, Harold “Buster”; brother, Chuck Hogan and sisters, Ruth Rexrote, Gen Schwiger and Selma Wagner; Juanita is survived by her son, Tom (Kay); daughter-in-law, Nancy; grandchildren, Laura (Sean) Cramer, Peggy (Scott) Campbell, Brian (Stephanie) Horracks, Juanita Horracks and Vicki Harper; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; good friend, Mike; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank the palliative care unit at Summa Barberton Hospital for the care and support that Juanita and her family received. Mass of Christian burial will April 11, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, with Fr. James Maloney, celebrant. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Edie’s family will receive friends April 10, 2-5 p.m.,  at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.

 

Edith Gray Mackey

Edith Gray Mackey, left us all behind April 5, to start a new adventure in Heaven with the Lord and the family and friends who have been waiting for her. Gray, born April 6, 1933, is was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Melvin and Nellie McCune and her son Bill Mackey. She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Jimmie L. Mackey, daughters Erin Rader (Duke), Liz Murray (Brian). Grandchildren, Tristan Rader (Caitlin), Peter Rader (Sarah Freeman) and Cheyenne Mackey (Austin Conner) and great-granddaughter, Gwendolyn Rader. Gray loved being a nurse. She attended nursing school at the age of 50 graduating in1983. She worked at Akron General and retired in 1994. She loved to sew and spend time with her family.  Gray was the most amazing person. She was genuinely nice. She was smart, generous, witty and fun. She was truly loved and respected by every soul she touched. She will be missed greatly.  Calling hours will be Friday, April 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Christan Assembly, 925 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Pastor Joe Schobochler officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit http://www.silva-hostetler.com/ (330-825-8700)

 

Jerry H. White

Jerry H. White, 75, went home to be with the Lord after a long struggle with illnesses. Jerry was a member of Crossroads Community Church. He served 14 years in the U.S. Navy and loved the Lord and his family. He was an avid bass fisherman and was a fan of NASCAR. Jerry was employed by B&C Research and Alcoa for many years. Preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Cathlyn and brother, Ronnie. Survived by wife of 32 years, Maryanne; best friend, Buddy; children, Vickie Jennings (Marshall), Helen Marziali (Scott), and Jerry II; grandchildren, Brad, Sierra and Kody; many beloved family members, friends and church family. The family will receive friends April 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Crossroads Community Church, 700 Gates Street, Doylestown. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., at Crossroads Community Church. Pastor Jerry Butcher will officiate. Entombment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with medical expenses.

 

Mike Good

Mike Good, 32, passed away suddenly April 3. He was born Dec. 8, 1983 in Barberton and attended Coventry High School. Preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Doris Hallusco, John Good and Alice McQuaid. Mike is survived by, parents, David and Ernestine; sister, Elizabeth “Beth”; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Per the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place. All services will be private.

 

 

Yvonne “Sis” Mattson

Sept. 6, 1956 – March 26, 2016

Yvonne “Sis” Mattson passed away peacefully March 26. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Phillips. She is survived by daughter, Angela; son, Nathan; and grandchildren, Zachery, Jayden and Mykayla. She will also be greatly missed by her best friend of 40-plus years, Nan Wagner. A celebration of her life will be Sunday, April 10, 2-4 p.m., at Allied Chemical and Alkali Workers of America, 959 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Condolences can be sent to the family C/O Angela Mattson 43 Norwood, Barberton, OH 44203.

 

Reed Donald Shump

Reed Donald Shump, son of the late Donald Shump and Ruth Shump Carlson, passed unexpectedly March 26. A graduate of Bedford High School, Reed sharpened his sales skills to pursue a lucrative career in the mortgage banking industry. He enjoyed the beach, his kids, golf, crossword puzzles, road trips, cooking breakfast and award winning chili, Fireball Whiskey and classic rock including the Allman Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, ELO, The Travelling Wilburys and the Eagles. He is survived by his siblings, Mark (Sharon) Shump, Pam (George) Adkins, Jeff (Marsha) Shump, Kevin (Phyllis) Shump, Valerie Shump and all of their families. He is also survived by his children, Darren (Elizabeth Amport), Chelsea, Don, and Reed II (Dianne Peters); one granddaughter, Meadow Lin (Brit Wolohan) and his best friend, Carl Cramer Jr. A casual, non-denominational celebration of life including live music and refreshments will take place Friday, April 15, 7-10 p.m., at The Pavilion at Falls River Square, 2085 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls. In lieu of flowers, any donations are graciously accepted by the immediate family for final wish expenses.

 

Wanda Fay Ellison

Wanda Fay Ellison, 80, passed away April 1. Following her wishes there will be no services. Cremation has taken place. I’d like to thank all of her family and friends for her enjoyable life of 80 years. She asked Jesus to end her life because of her pain.  As her husband of 64 years, I want you to remember she had a good life.  Wanda also leaves a daughter and son. Please think of her love of life for all.  Bob Ellison.

 

John A. Cook 

John A. Cook, 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep March 25. John was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Cabell County, West Virginia, to the late Joseph E. Cook and Mary F. Adkins. John married the love of his life, Mary L. Wyrick of Princeton, West Virginia in 1960. John and Mary have been residents of Barberton for over 50 years where he worked at Babcock & Wilcox for 37 1/2 years of those before retiring with great pride. Preceded in death by his dearly beloved son, David B. Cook of Akron; brothers, Joseph Cook of Kimbolton, Ohio, Homer Cook of Akron and James Verlin Cook of Georgia; John is survived by his son, Douglas Cook of Phoenix, Arizona; two wonderful granddaughters, Jenny (Chris) Bingham of Tucson, Arizona and Kimberly (Danny) DeVries of Page, Arizona; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Oneida (Walter) Taylor of Pipestem, West Virginia, Patty (Roger) Hensley of Proctorville, Ohio,  Helen Wolf of Urbana, Illinois, Ellie Frazier of Pasadena, Florida, Tressie (Cliff) Choate of Canal Fulton and Ida (Randy) Whipkey of Mianisburg, Ohio; along with many other relatives and friends. Following John’s wishes, inurnment with a graveside service was April 6, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2580 Romig Road, Akron, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.

 

Jack “Pete” Brent Thompson

Pete Thompson, 52, passed away March 31. He was born April 1,1963, in Akron, to Jack and Rose Thompson and graduated from Norton High School. He was a hard-working salesman at The Gear Shop and applied his knowledge of mechanics to his love for classic cars and dragsters. Pete was also an avid deer hunter. Pete was the hardest worker, doing anything he could to provide for his family and to help others in need. Pete is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kim; daughter, Samantha (Adam) Richards; sisters, Diane (Don) Brown, Jennie Goble, Beth (David) Cupp; parents, Jack and Rose; grandfather, William Caipen; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, many long-time friends; and a grandson on the way, little Jack. Services were held at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, April, 6. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Funeral home map, directions, and the Thompson Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home website.

 

Wade Victor Wallace

The world has lost a real character. Wade Victor Wallace “Wade the Blade” died April 1, at Concordia at Sumner where he had resided since 2011. Born Nov. 21, 1921, in the small town of Trade, Tennessee, Wade used his intelligence, wit, discipline and charisma to work himself through life. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning three bronze stars. Settling in the Akron area, he attended Hammel Actual Business College. He began his career in finance but soon found his gift was in sales. He began selling automobiles, eventually opening his own dealerships, Wallace Lincoln Mercury and Wade Ford, earning many awards, including the Time Dealer of the Year award. Throughout the years, Wade supported the local community in many ways. He sponsored countless leagues of bowling, baseball, golf and other teams. He provided cars to local schools for driver’s education. He was a member of many organizations providing monetary support to make the community stronger. He was a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Barberton. Wade’s skill at golf was legendary. He achieved five holes in one and prided himself, at one time, as being the oldest member of Firestone Country Club. Over the years Wade hosted many Pro-Am events, raising thousands of dollars for scholarships and charities. For all his successes he lived simply and with integrity. His deepest pride was his family. He married his wife, Betty Jean, April 20, 1947. She preceded him in death April 20, 2007, on their 60th wedding anniversary. Also preceding him in death were his parents, William Marvin and Myrtle Hasentine; brothers, Ralph and Glenn and sister, Pearl, half- brothers, Fred and Roy Wallace and half-sisters Ruth Snyder and Nell Wallace. Wade is survived by his sons, Lee, Robert (Vicky), and James (Julie); seven grandchildren, Jamie (James) Sredinski, Monica (Andy Miller) Wallace, Justin Wallace, Amanda Wallace, Charles Wallace, Michael (Caitlin) Wallace and Daniel Wallace; three great-grandchildren, James Sredinski, J. Alexander Sredinski and Maddox Miller. Also surviving is brother Bruce (Mary June) Wallace; sisters in-law, Edna Wallace and Geraldine Wallace; brother-in-law, R.L. Wallace and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Concordia at Sumner for providing wonderful care to Wade for the past five years. Services were April 4, at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road. Private burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to Esther Ryan Shoe Fund, C/O Magic City Kiwanis, PO Box 561 Barberton, OH 44203 or Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 3rd St. NW Barberton, OH 44203 in memory of Wade. Funeral home map, directions, and the Wallace Family condolence book are available at the funeral home website.

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