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Assorted Eastern Ohio Obituaries - Stark Co. - 43

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Date: Thursday, 20 January 2011, at 4:11 p.m.

Thursday, August 29, 2002

Anthony W. Kullman
Anthony W. Kullman, age 78 of Canton, passed away Monday morning in Massillon Community Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in Bolivar, OH and had lived in this area most of his life. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church; volunteered for Meals on Wheels, an avid gardener; and former member of the K of C Canton Council #341 where he was past Grand Knight. He was a Veteran of WWII where he was in Combat Command B, 16th Army Division. He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Mary Kullman; an infant daughter, Josephine Kullman; four brothers, Francis, William, Joseph and Dick Kullman; five sisters, Florence Larkins, Genevieve Johnson, Elizabeth Kullman, Marie LeGlise and Leona Kullman. He is survived by his wife, Josephine (Volpe) Kullman, with whom they would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary, September 29, 2002; four sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Diana Kullman of Phoenix, AZ., James (Jim) and Cynthia Kullman of North Canton, Jeff and Dana Kullman of East Canton, Jason Kullman of Canton; three daughters and son-in-law, Janet Kullman of Canton, Joyce Willis of Phoenix, AZ and Janine and Tim Ortiz of Massillon; six grandchildren, Micah, Teah, Mikayla, Anna Kullman, Logan and Luke Fetter. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Thomas Bishop as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours Thursday evening from 6-9 p.m. in the Rossi Funeral Home. There will be a military graveside service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1530 11th St SE, Canton, OH 44707.

Ciro Ciraci
Ciro Ciraci, age 67, of Indianapolis, IN, a former resident of Canton, passed away Monday, August 26, at 6:30 a.m., in Community Hospital North after a brief illness. He was born in Canton. He was an active member of St. Simon Catholic Church in Indianapolis. He was also a Lector and a Eucharistic minister. He started a program to distribute communion at the Westminster Village Nursing Home on Sunday morning. He was the past manager of Employees Involvement at the Hoover Company in North Canton. He retired from Jenn Air Magic Chef Division of the Maytag Corporation as Director of Customer Action Planning in 1994. For the past five years, Mr. Ciraci worked as a Catholic chaplain for the Community Hospital System of Indianapolis. He had received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Walsh University and had also been a part time instructor at Walsh University and Stark Technical College. He was past training director of United Way of Stark County and had also worked as a grief counselor in North Canton. In Indianapolis, Mr. Ciraci was a crisis and suicide hot line counselor for the Mental Health Association of Marion County. His memberships included former member of Knights of Columbus, the Association of Catholic Chaplains of America, St. Andrea Society of which he was past president. A lifetime member of the VFW (Indiana branch), Stark County Community Band, and retired member of the Musicians Union Local 111. He served with the occupation force in Germany with the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Sandy (Roberto) Ciraci; three sons, Ciro Joseph Ciraci II and his wife, Cindy of Bolivar, OH, Frank Anthony and wife, Mary Ciraci of Troy, MI, and Sam Roberto Ciraci and his wife, Stacey of Milford, OH; eight grandchildren, Angelina Maria, Francesca Therese, Ciro Joseph III, Michael Joseph, John Andrew, Anthony Matthew, Samantha Ann and Joseph Roberto Ciraci; sister and brother-in-law, Anna Marie and Duane Kotsen of Kinnelon, NJ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary (Addessi) Ciraci. Mass of Christian Burial will be sung Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Catholic Church, Canton, with Msgr. John Finnigan as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the ROSSI Funeral Home Friday 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Prayer services will be held Friday at 1:45 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made and sent in his memory to Mercy Medical Center Hospice, 1320 Mercy Dr. N.W., Canton, OH 44708.

Eileen E. Yates
Eileen E. Yates, age 84 formerly of Canton, OH and more recently residing in Auburndale, FL passed away Monday at the home following an extended illness. Born in Zoar, OH on October 8, 1917 she was the daughter of the late, Hildegard Erna (Kuecherer) Mead and Ralph William Mead. She was a 1933 graduate of Bolivar High School, graduating at the age of 16 and then graduated from the Canton Actual Business College. She had worked for the Perfection Stove Co. in Cleveland, OH, the First National Bank in Canton and for seven years served as Office Administrator for Dr. Lawrence Cohen in North Canton. In 1993 Eileen and Bill Yates moved to Auburndale, FL where they lived for nine years until her death. For over 40 years she was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and the Church of the Lakes United Methodist in Canton. Eileen served as a volunteer at Aultman Hospital and in 1950 she married her husband, who survives her, William Bill Yates of the home. They had a daughter, Vicki Lynn (Yates) Egger residing in Raleigh, NC and Eileen had a daughter from a previous marriage, Barbara (Wagner) Schott residing in Missouri City, TX; there are four grandchildren, Scott Heiser, Shawn (Heiser) Finley, Ted and David Baroody; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Tyler Heiser. Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Dr. Stanley Wallace officiating. Burial will be in the Zoar Cemetery in Zoar, OH. There will be calling hours at the funeral home on Friday evening 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave, FL 33823.

Helena A. Reusser
Helena A. Reusser. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. in the Church of the Lakes United Methodist with Pastor Bryan George officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. Calling hours at the church prior to services on Friday from 11-1 p.m. The Reed Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Lakes United Methodist.

John Jack Tarbet
John Jack Tarbet, age 79, of Minerva, died Wednesday, August 28, 2002, in his home following a long illness. He was born July 12, 1923, in Minerva to Clifford and Mary (Kelly) Tarbet. He was the owner of Chem-O-Jet Inc. chemical cleaning company until 1972, and had also worked for DOW Chemical. He is a member of the Minerva First Presbyterian Church and was a US Army World War II Veteran. He is a member of the Tubal Lodge #551 FAM in Minerva, AASR, Valley of Canton, and the Tadmor Shrine. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn (Bates) Tarbet who he married January 15, 1944; two sons, Jon Michael and wife, Linda Tarbet of Salem, W. Bret Tarbet and Sherry Aoki of Alliance; a nephew, Frank Mizer of Hemet, CA.; two grandchildren, Joy Tarbet, Matthew Tarbet; three step-grandchildren, James Aoki, Dannie Leigh and Jacob Dabler. Following cremation there will be a Masonic Service Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to The Masonic Learning Center for children with Dyslexia at 836 Market Ave. N., Canton, OH 44702 or to the Aultman Hospice Program at 4510 Dressler Rd. NW, Canton, OH 44718

Joseph R. Mikstay
Joseph R. Mikstay. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Louis Catholic Church. Calling hours Thursday (today) 4-8 p.m. in the Welch-Sekeres-Lewis Funeral Home. Knights of Columbus Services will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to your favorite charity or St. Louis Restoration Fund.

Judith M. Gradwell
Judith M. Gradwell, 47, formerly of Twinsburg, OH, died Tuesday August 27, 2002 at her home in North Canton, OH after an heroic fight with breast cancer. She was born in Twinsburg, OH, graduated from Chamberlin High School in 1973 and earned her Bachelor's degree from Ohio Northern University in 1977. She taught English at Waterloo High School for 21 years. While at Waterloo High School, she was the drama advisor, National Honor Society advisor, JV volleyball coach, assistant golf coach, assistant track coach, coordinator of the yearly student blood drive, literary magazine advisor, faculty advisory board member and wrote a grant for money for implementation of a classical musical appreciation lab at the high school. Her life was dedicated to service. During her short time on earth, she worked as a volunteer EMT for the Twinsburg Fire Department, served briefly in the Navy Reserves, and entertained fellow chemotherapy patients with an unending supply of wit and humor. A lifelong devotee of film and musical theater, she realized one of her dreams by attending the 2000 Academy Awards. A talented and published writer, she won awards for her short fiction, and contributed entertainment reviews for the Canton Repository. Throughout her life, she had the gift of motivating others and making people laugh. Preceded in death by her father, James W., Sr. She is survived by her mother, Mary Jane Gradwell (nee Harrison) of Diamond, OH; brother, James W., Jr. of Diamond, OH; nephews, James Andrew and Christopher Gradwell and niece, Dana Marie Gradwell of Fort Worth, TX. She will be dearly missed by her students, teachers, neighbors and many friends. In lieu of flowers contributions are suggested to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 505 North Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105. Memorial Services 11:00 a.m. Friday August 30, 2002 at First Congregational Church of Twinsburg, 9050 Church Street, Twinsburg, Oh where friends will be received from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Arrangements by Johnson-Romito, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, Twinsburg, OH.

Leona M. Verno
Leona M. Verno, age 89, of Fenton, MI, formerly of Louisville, passed away Wednesday morning in Fenton, MI after an extended illness. Born in North Canton, she was the daughter of the Irene and Lloyd Anstine. She was a member of Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church in Louisville, the Jolly 60's and the Jolly Pilgrims, Marlboro. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, George Costello, in 1972; second husband, Fred Verno, in 1979; a son, Loren Wagoner; sister, Mildred; brothers, Meryl, Sylvan and Leroy Anstine. Survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Herman Taylor of Fenton, MI; sisters, Dorothy Dickerhoff of Paris, OH, Thelma Opphile of North Carolina, Ilene Wilson of Hartville, OH, Doris Mason of California; brothers, Ralph Anstine of Louisville, Harold Anstine of Hartville, OH; grandsons, Charles Crawford, Gary Crawford, Neal Crawford, Keith Crawford, all of Michigan; four great-granddaughters. Funeral services will Saturday at 12 Noon in Stier-Israel Funeral Home with Rev. Donald officiating. Burial in Marlboro Cemetery. Friends may call one hour before the services at the funeral home. Donations may be made to Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, Memorial Fund, 930 S. Nickelplate St., Louisville, OH 44641 and Haurley Home Care/Hospice, 2700 Robert T. Longway Blvd., Suite 1, Flint, MI 48503.

Martha C. Franks
Martha C. (Morrison) Franks, age 86, of Bolivar, OH, died Aug. 27, 2002, at her home following a long illness. Born Aug. 7, 1916, in Noble County, OH, she was the daughter of the late Irvin and Columbia Ann (Roe) Morrison and lived in Bolivar the past 57 years. She was a graduate of Harrietsville High School at Harrietsville, OH, a homemaker most of her life and a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. Member of the East Sparta Church of Christ, East Sparta, OH. Preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence L. Franks, Feb. 16, 1999; daughter, Shirley Gerber; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; six brothers; five sisters. Survived by daughters and husband, Sandra and Richard McCoy of Zoarville, OH and Norma Franks of Bolivar, OH; sons and wives, Robert and Judy Franks, Gary and Judy Franks, all of Bolivar, OH; son-in-law, Dean Gerber of Dover, OH; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; sister, Donella Archer of Caldwell, OH. Services will be held Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, at 11 a.m. in Bolivar Wesleyan Church, 241 Pine St. NW, Bolivar, OH, with Rev. Dana Morrison officiating. Calling hours at the Lebold Funeral Home, Bolivar, OH, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial in Ft. Laurens Cemetery, Bolivar, OH. Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Assoc., Canton Area Chapter, 4815 Munson St. NW, Canton, OH 44718. Friends may sign her register book online at our website.

Robert H. Storch
Robert H. Storch 84, of North Canton, died Wednesday August 28, 2002, in Country Lawn Nursing Home, Navarre, following a short illness. Born in Akron September 7, 1917, and son to the late, Harry and Flossie (Memmer) Storch, he was retired from John Hancock Insurance as an agent for 27 years and a member of Zion United Church of Christ, North Canton. He enjoyed the game of golf and followed pro baseball through the years. A lifetime bowling average of 205 earned him the honor of being inducted into the Stark County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame. In 1937 he was offered a farm contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, but rejected it in order to care and provide for his growing family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David; grandson, Craig; brother, Harry Jr.; sister, Margie Storch, Corrine Beckley and Mildred Whalen. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Evelyn (Decker) Storch; four sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Florence of Asheville, NC, Richard and Linda of North Canton, Thomas and Cathy of Hoover, AL, Roger and Diana of Canton; thirteen grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn Henderson and Marilyn Kerr, both of Canton and Faye Storch of North Canton . Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2002 in the Karlo Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Eli Klingensmith officiating. Interment in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Friends may call Friday 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Zion United Church of Christ, 415 South Main Street, North Canton, OH 44720 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 4815 Munson Street NW, Canton, OH 44718.

Ruby Garnette Mowery
Ruby Garnette Mowery, 90, of Canton, died August 28, 2002 in Ohio. Garnette was born January 26, 1912 in Curtin Nichlos County, WV. She was the daughter of the late Fred H. and Grace Griffith Bennett. She was a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church near Creston, WV. She is survived by one sister, Eula Winston of East Sparta. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Noah E. Mowery; one sister, Lorena Headley of Creston; four brothers, Raymond C. Bennett of Nutter's Fort, WV, Ola F. Bennett of Barberton, Coye Bennett of Cooksville, TN and Corporal Othel B. Bennett of World War II US Army 1944. Private family graveside services will be held Friday, August 30, 2002 in the McCray Cemetery of Creston. Arrangements are being handled by the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV

Teresa Porubcansky
Teresa (Greco) Porubcansky, age 80, of Canton, passed away Tuesday evening after a brief illness. She was a life resident of Canton, member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She was retired from J.C. Penney Co., having been employed in the Accounting Dept. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Rose (Nudo) Greco; her husband, Louis Porubcansky; son, Patrick Porubcansky; two brothers, Joseph and Louis Greco; sister-in-law, Dorothy Greco. Survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Cindy Porubcansky of Dayton; one daughter, Pamela Porubcansky of Canton; one grandson, Jeff Porubcansky of Dayton. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Thomas Bishop as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours Friday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Rossi Funeral Home.

Thomas H. Stratton
Thomas H. Stratton, age 83, of Waynesburg, OH., passed away Saturday in Aultman Hospital. Born in Waynesburg, OH., on December 11, 1918, he was a veteran of WWII having served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired employee of the Summitville Brick Co. and had been a former Deputy Sheriff for the Stark County Sheriff Department. He was a member of the Waynesburg Presbyterian Church and a member of the Waynesburg American Legion Post #432. He was preceded in death by three sisters, three brothers and his loving wife, Mary Stratton in January 2000. Surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday August 31, 2002 at 11 a.m. in the Waynesburg Presbyterian Church with Rev. James M. Hodsden officiating. His wishes were to be cremated and his cremains will be buried in the Sandy Valley Cemetery following the memorial services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Waynesburg Presbyterian Church, 204 E. Lisbon St., Waynesburg, OH. The Reed Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Willie Anne Dimmerling
Willie Anne Dimmerling, age 63, of North Canton, passed away Wednesday afternoon in Aultman Hospital. She was born in Elm Grove, WV., a daughter of the late Kelly and Mildred Klein Travis, and had been a Canton area resident all her life. Willie Anne was a 1957 graduate of McKinley High School and was a retired employee of the downtown branch of KeyBank where she was in the Collection Department. Preceded in death by her husband, Larry C. Dimmerling, on August 23, 1978. Survived by two daughters, Cheryl and Christine Dimmerling both of Aurora; two sons and a daughter-in-law Randy Dimmerling of Canton and Jeff and Kim Dimmerling of North Canton; one sister and brother-in-law, Jewell and Jack Brannan of Canton; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Darl and Mary Travis and David and Joan Travis all of Canton; also five grandchildren. Services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Formet-Clevenger and Gordon Funeral Home with Pastor Tony Amerine officiating. Interment in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Friends may call Friday 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ernest L. Casto
Ernest Lohan Casto, age 86, formerly of Canton, at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2002 heaven was made real to him when he went home to be the Lord Jesus Christ from Osceola County Hospital in Kissimmee, FL after an extended illness. Born June 25, 1916 to the late Ernest and Mary Casto, he is also preceded in death by his seven sisters and four brothers. Ernie was an electrician with IBEW Local # 540 for 32 years, an Army veteran of W.W. II and a member of the Canton Baptist Temple. Survived by his loving wife, Arlene May Casto, with whom he celebrated 60 years of marriage on November 16th; two sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Charles and Sandy Casto, Paul and Diane Casto; four daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon L. Casto, Margaret Jean and Robert Skaggs, Jackie and Richard Hoy, Molly and Bob Ramsier; his beloved grandchildren, Paul C. (Michelle), Autumn M., Sonja M. (Robert), Ronald D. (Cindy), Matthew J. (Tammi), Suzanne M. (Brian), Jonathan D., Crystal L. (Nathan), Tiffany M.; twelve beloved great grandchildren. Services will be Saturday Aug. 31, 2002 at 11 a.m. in Chapel One of the Canton Baptist Temple, 515 Whipple Ave. N.W., Canton. His son, Rev. Charles Casto will conduct the service. Burial will follow in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Calling hours will be Friday from 6-9 p.m. in the Schneeberger Funeral Home and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church from 10-11 a.m.

Velma L. Casher
Velma L. Casher, age 71 of Canal Fulton, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Monday, August 26, 2002 at home following a recent illness. Velma was born February 14, 1931 in Akron to the late Shirley and Mary (Russel) Parsons. She was a former dairy department manager for Kroger's, retiring after 30 years of service. Velma was a member of Canal Fulton Baptist Church. Velma leaves behind a daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Duane Brooks of Akron; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Gary and Brenda Casher of Louisville and Edward Casher of Barberton; two sisters, Lois Myers and Muriel Stevenson, both of Akron; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Casher who passed away April 25, 1977; two brothers, Raymond and Leonard Parsons. Graveside services for Velma will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. in Union Cemetery with Pastor Stitz of Canal Fulton Baptist Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44308. Arrangements are by the Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home of Louisville.

True Virginia Bower (Gehman)
True Virginia Bower (Gehman), age 85, of Canton, died Wednesday morning in Mercy Medical Center. A life resident of Canton. True was a secondary teacher, professional librarian, media specialists in Green Township and Akron City. True is preceded in death by her husband, Aaron Robert Bower in 1999; son, A. Howard Bower; grandson, Mark Poorman. Survivors include daughter, Miriam L. Bower-Larmore of Indiana; three granddaughters, Jan Masters, Nancy Chudy, both of Illinois and Diana Espie of Florida. Funeral services will be Friday at 3 p.m. in the Spiker-Foster-SHRIVER Funeral Home, 710 Tuscarawas Street West, with Rev. Charles W. Ulmer officiating. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Stark County Humane Society, 5100 Peach Street NE, Louisville, OH 44641.

Hattie M. Driver
Hattie M. Driver, age 63, of Massillon, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 24, 2002, at her home.
Ms. Driver was born in Atlanta, GA. on July 31, 1939. She lived most of her life in Massillon. She worked as an Inspector at the Timken Company for 27 years; and was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Abraham Bill Stephens; mother, Emma (Cox) Stephens; and sister, Shirley Snell. Survivors include her daughter, Gloria Kane of Columbus, OH; son, Lawrence Driver of Canton; sister, Barbara Hammond of Massillon; brother, Joseph Stephens of Akron; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 31, 2002 at 12 noon at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 700 Market Ave. South, Canton, OH 44702, with Rev. Wallace Luke officiating. Interment in Massillon Cemetery. Calling hours Saturday one hour before the service from 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Family and friends will be received at 1737 13th St. S.E., Massillon, OH 44646. Arrangements by Brogdon Son Funeral Home.

Minnie L. Pullins
Minnie L. Pullins, age 82, of Mineral City, passed away suddenly Tuesday afternoon in Doctor's Hospital. Born in Meigs County, a daughter of the late Everett and Nora Wallace Evans, she had been a Mineral City resident for 46 years, previously residing in Canton for 15 years. She was a member of Sandy Valley Church of God. Preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Wayne O. Pullins on October 10, 1991; two sons, two brothers, one sister, two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law, one grandson and one great-grandson. Survived by four daughters, Janice Martin, of Umatilla, FL., Darlene Martin, of East Sparta, Karen Sears and Rodney Carling, of Zoarville, Tammie Pullins and Timothy Dunn, of the home; three sons, Jerry and June Pullins, of Magnolia, Donald Pullins and Debbie Locker, of Mineral City, Jeff and Michelle Pullins, of Massillon; three sisters, Della Coleman, of Reedsville, OH., Ruth Ann and Charles Long, and Janet and Walter Lunger, all of East Liverpool; three brothers, Harold and Faye Evans, of Longbottom, OH., Paul and Avenell Evans, of Racine, OH., and Norman Evans, of Longbottom, OH; three sisters-in-law, Birdie Pullins, Beth Pullins, and Peggy Pullins; one brother-in-law, George Sellers; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Services will be conducted Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Longbottom Methodist Church with Rev. Clifford Hughes officiating. Interment in Sandy Hill Cemetery, Longbottom, OH. Friends may call Friday 6-9 p.m. in the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia, and one hour before the service, 12-1 p.m., in the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Pullins' memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Elizabeth L. Dantzler
Elizabeth Lindsey Dantzler, age 91, of Canton and formerly of Alliance, departed this life on August 27, 2002, at Green Meadows Health Wellness Center following a two month illness. She was born on September 21, 1910 in Cadiz, OH. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Bertha Redmond. Elizabeth graduated from McKinley High School and Wilberforce College, also attending Kent State and Akron University. She was a retired special education teacher at Rockhill School in the Alliance City School System. She was a member of Alliance Area Retired Teachers. She was a former member of St. Luke AME Church of Alliance and was a member of St. Paul AME Church of Canton. Elizabeth was a Charter Member of Wilberforce College Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, a Charter Member of the Akron-Canton Delta Sigma Theta Alumni Chapter, and a Charter Member of a Stark County Alumni Chapter. She was a life member and was first daughter ruler of Gladys Merrel Temple #1049 and Improved Benevolent Protector of Elks of the World. She was a member of the Northern Ohio District Counsel where she was a past daughter ruler. She also received past daughter ruler honors from Grand Temple. Elizabeth was also a member of the Education Department and the Canton AKO Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dantzler; sister and brothers-in-law, Virginia (Merritt) Chambers, Sydney (William) Johnson, Myrtle Gwendolyn (Robert) Black, and sister-in-law, McNeil Redmond Isaac (Sarah) Redmond, Arthur Redmond and brother-in-law, Theodore Lancaster. Elizabeth leaves to mourn her death, sister, Charlotte Lancaster; sister-in-law, Elaine Redmond; nieces and nephews, Constance Dunbar, Edward (Bernice) Johnson, Gerald (Sandra) Jackson, Brenda Baylor, Redmond Chambers, Evelyn Will Perry, Deborah Redmond, Sydney (Delbert) Lancaster, Craig (Jacqueline) Redmond, and Charlene (Frank) Smith; 18 great nieces and nephews; and a host of great grand nieces, nephews, first and second cousins and friends including, vary special cousin, Edna Mae Christian; and sister-in-law, Lee of Detroit, MI. Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 31, 2002 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul AME Church where Pastor Robert Dye will be officiating. A visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Elk and Omega Services will be held from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in the name of Elizabeth Lindsey Dantzler to St. Paul AME Church of Canton. Condolences may be sent to and the Procession will form at 2722 Wood Owl NE, Canton. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery.

Fred L. Tabacchi
Fred L. Tabacchi, former president and chief operating officer of The Hoover Company died August 28. Mr. Tabacchi's Hoover career spanned 45 years, culminating in his leadership of both the company and its onetime global entity, Hoover Worldwide, from 1975 to 1982. Mr. Tabacchi began working for Hoover as a salesman in Albuquerque in 1937. Always extolling the benefits of having more than one vacuum cleaner in the home, he demonstrated a knack for sales, and he steadily rose through the sales organization to management positions. He was transferred to North Canton in 1961 as field sales manager. Mr. Tabacchi was named vice president of marketing in 1963 and senior vice president of U.S. operations and Canada in 1964. That year, he was also named a director of The Hoover Company, Hoover Worldwide Corporation and Hoover Canada. He held other senior management positions before being named president and chief operating officer in 1975. During Mr. Tabacchi's time as president, Hoover moved into commercial products. The company also introduced its Concept One domestic upright with the Quadraflex agitator, so named because of its four rows of brushes-- a staple on Hoover products today. Mr. Tabacchi was a strong advocate of training, once saying, People make the difference between mediocrity and success, between routine and creative thinking. Training encourages the creation of ideas, which keeps an organization alive, alert and prepared for tomorrow. In 1972, as president of the Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturers Association, Mr. Tabacchi was instrumental in persuading member floor care manufacturers to work with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to develop cleaning standards for vacuum cleaners, including the now well-known ASTM standard F608-89, which is the only industry - recognized standard for cleaning effectiveness. A separate organization, the Vacuum Dealers Trade Association, named Mr. Tabacchi to its Hall of Fame in 1998. Mr. Tabacchi also served as president and chairman of the board of the United States/Mexico Chamber of Commerce and locally on the boards of trustees of Mount Union College and the United Way of Central Stark County, and was a member of Brookside Country Club. Mr. Tabacchi was born in 1917 in Kelly, New Mexico. Preceded in death by a grandson, Larry Johndrow; and a great-grandson, Nick Fowler. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Laura Tabacchi of the home; son, Larry (Dottie) Tabacchi of Canton; daughters, Terri (Gary) Legg of Canal Fulton, Loretta (Lee) Johndrow of Tarboro, NC; a sister, Elizabeth Segerstrom of Tucson, AZ; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The family also wishes to acknowledge the loving care provided to Mr. Tabacchi by three dedicated caregivers during the last nine years, Lori Millsap, Jamie Novak, and Rose Tracy all of the Canton area. Memorial service will be Saturday 11 a.m. in Faith United Methodist Church with Dr. Larry F. Morrison officiating. A private intermenty will be in North Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Tabacchi's memory may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, 300 9th St NW, North Canton, OH 44720. The Spiker-Foster-SHRIVER Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Marianne T. Weiss
Marianne T. (Tzangas) Weiss, age 48, of Findlay, OH., formerly of Canton, passed away Tuesday. Born in Canton, she was a member of St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church of Canton and the Upper Room Church of God in Findlay. A graduate of Glenwood High School, she went on to The Ohio State University to graduate with a B.S., and from the University of Indianapolis with a M.S. She was currently the Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Findlay, prior to that she had been Assistant Professor at the University of Wheeling. The former owner and director of M.T. Weiss Community Physical Therapy in Canton, Marianne had been the Program Director for the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Stark State College, was the staff Physical Therapist at Massillon Community Hospital and Alliance City Hospital. She was a board member of the Ohio Polio Network, member of the American Physical Therapy Association. Marianne published several articles, most notably in G.I.N.I., a periodical devoted to polio survivors. She was preceded in death by her brother, Byron George Tzangas, June 4, 2002. She is survived by her husband, Terry Weiss; son, Theo of Cincinnati; daughter, Julia of the home; parents, Atty George and Venus (Mouskondis) Tzangas; brother, John Daniel Tzangas of Salt Lake City, UT; sister-in-law, Teresa Tzangas' niece, Victoria; and nephew, Weston Tzangas all of Columbus. Friends may call on Thursday (tonight) from 6-9 p.m. in the ROSSI FUNERAL HOME, with Trisagion Services to be held at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church with Rev. Fr. Michael Pastrikos officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens.

Alice E. Thomas
Alice Elizabeth Thomas (nee Hayes), age 78, of Canton, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002 following a long illness. (COPD). Born Jan. 20, 1924 in Camden, SC to the late Gus and Isabella (Williams) Hayes. She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and was retired from stark County Community Action Agency. Preceded in death by two brothers, Gus Hayes, Jr., James Weldon Hayes; one sister, Catherine (Hayes) Long. Survived by her three children, Ernest (Shirley) Thomas of Columbus, OH, James (Hope) Thomas of Montclair, VA, Marilyn Thomas Jones of Canton; eight grandchildren, James and Kevin Thomas of Canton, Veronica and Tiffany Thomas of Columbus, OH, Che' Thomas of Michigan, Monique Thomas of Philadelphia, PA and Elizabeth Burton Jones (Lamb) of Canton; eight great-grandchildren; she was the aunt of Beverly Rupert, Barbara Seymour, Gerald Long, Michael Long, Diane Tamru, Theodore, Charles Henry, Richard and Ethel Thomas, Donald and William Lacy, Carol Lacy McGuire and Sheryl Lacy Meadows. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with Fr. John Nentwick as Celebrant. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Calling hours Friday 6-9 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home.

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