Fred C. Blosser
Fred C. Blosser. Yet another member of America's Greatest Generation has passed from here to eternity. Fred was from Dalton, and passed away at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29th at the Legends Care Center in Massillon. The third son born to Gertrude Graber and Marion C. Blosser on September 20, 1919, Fred was a lifelong resident of Dalton. He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Harry and Ralph. Married Dorothy L. Stewart of Canton on December 9, 1943, the couple raised five sons and one foster son at Badoja Farm in Dalton. Fred is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy; and their sons and families, Curt and Mary of Dalton, Fred and Beth of Canton, Dan and Jill of Dalton, Dave and Sherry of Canton, Rick and Jeanne of Dalton; foster son, Keith Briand and Linda of North Carolina; 11 grandchildren, Nate, Dana, Erin, Kristin, Josh, Bob, Brent, Ashley, Derrick, Lauren and Deanna; and four great-grandchildren. Fred graduated from Dalton High School in 1937, where he captained the football team. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1941, where he rose to the rank of Captain. He served in the Pacific theater from 1943 to 1945 as a pilot in the 3rd Air Commando Group. Fred had distinction of landing one of the first American planes in Japan prior to the surrender. His squadron was selected to set up advance communications for General MacArthur's staff. Following the war Fred worked at Stark Ceramics Inc. in Canton, ending 20 years of service as a Vice President of the corporation in 1965. Following his retirement Fred remained active as owner/manager of the Dalton Publishing Company Inc., Badoja Farms Inc. and Fred C. Blosser Farms. In his younger years Fred was very active in many church and civic activities including the following; Elder of Dalton Presbyterian Church, Board member of Buckeye Council of Boy Scouts, Dalton Chambers of Commerce, Goodwill Industries, Dalton High School Booster Club and many others. Fred was an avid hunter and fisherman until the effects of diabetes took its toll. His family celebrates his life and receives special comfort in the promise of eternal life through Christ Jesus. Friends may call Friday, August 31st from 5-9 p.m. at the Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home located at 29 East Main St., Dalton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 1st at the Dalton Presbyterian Church located on West Main St., Dalton Rev. Mike McFarren officiating. Burial at Dalton Cemetery. Final viewing will be held one hour prior to services. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be sent to the Dalton High School All-Sports Booster Club, 144 North Mill St., Dalton 44618.
Harriette E. Finger
Harriette E. Finger, age 81, of the Briarwood, died on Saturday, August 25, 2001 following an extended illness. She was born on March 6, 1920 and was a life resident of Massillon. She had attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Massillon, and was Co-President of the resident council at the Briarwood. She was a retired L.P.N. and had worked for Dr. Violand, D.O. She is survived by son, William N. Finger of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and a sister, Marrion Pippel of Palmer, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry N. and Marjorie (Tritt) Miller and her husband William W. Finger (died 11-3-1998). Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 1, 2001 at 11 A.M. at Heitger Funeral Service - Jackson Chapel. Visitation will be one hour before at the funeral home. Interment will take place at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, Massillon.
Irene Blakeney. Services will be held Friday, August 31, 2001 at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, 700 Market Ave S., Canton, with calling hours Thursday 7-9 p.m. Calling hours Friday from 12 Noon until time of service at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Lawson, officiating. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Services entrusted to Rhoden Memorial Home.
James A. Shonts
James A. Shonts. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10 a.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Fr. Joseph Ruggieri officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home on Thursday evening 7-9 p.m.
Ramon Gene Holzschuh, age 67, of Canton, passed away early Wednesday morning August 29, 2001 in Mercy Medical Center. He was born May 19, 1934 in Plymouth, WI to the late Ramon and Ruth (Schrage) Holzshuh. Gene has been a Canton resident since 1977 and was a truck driver for many years. He was a U.S Air Force Veteran of the Korean Conflict having served as a crew chief on bombers and was a member of PVA and DAV. He is survived by his wife Gladys Newport Holzschuh; daughter and son-in-law, Mona and John Burtz of Plant City, FL; Son and daughter-in-law Curtis and Eileen Holzschuh of Lakeland, FL; stepdaughters and sons-in-law, Nippy and Bob Brumma of North Canton, Deborah and Bill Morrow of Canton; stepsons and daughters-in-law, Bud and Tammy Jo Newport of Waynesburg, Ron and Carol Newport of Perry Township; brother Ronald Holzschuh of Kansas City, KS; grandchildren David Ison II, Michael Ison, Anthony Newport, Ronald Newport II, Lauren Burtz, Brittney Newport, Christopher, Elizabeth and Justin Holzschuh; and his loving cats. Funeral Services will be Saturday 1 p.m. at the Arnold Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Wayne Cummings officiating. Friends may call two hours prior to the service, (11 a.m.-1 p.m.). Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the DAV.
Ramona Johnson, age 72, of Akron, passed away Saturday., August 25th, in Hennis Care Center in Dover. She was born in Ft. Ogden, FL, a daughter of the late, Theodore and Theola Briggs Holimon, and resided in Akron five years, previously Schenectady, NY for a number a years. Survived by a son, Kerry Tyron Johnson; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Tim Fowler, of Magnolia, and Ellanese and Willis Beauford, of Punta Gorda, FL; one brother and sister-in-law, George and Mira Holimon, of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia with Rev. James Paramore officiating. Friends may call one hour before the service on Saturday.
Ranada Y. Moss
Ranada Yvette Moss. Home going services will be held on Friday August 31, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Rhoden Memorial Home where Rev. Lance Curtis will be officiating and Rev. Walter S. Moss will be eulogizing. Visitation will be from 12 Noon until time of service. Condolences may be sent to and procession will form at 1601 Harvard Rd NW, Canton, OH 44703. Interment will be in North Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers monetary donations can be made to Rhoden Memorial Home for Ranada Yvette Moss. Services entrusted to Rhoden Memorial Home.
Rev. S. James Kocsis
Rev. S. James Kocsis. On Saturday, August 25, 2001, Jim was taken into the joy and fullness of Christ's kingdom at home after an eight month illness. Born November 17, 1930, in Westland, PA, to Helen (Slosarik) and Steve Kocsis. He graduated from Hickory High School, Hickory, PA, Muskingum College, New Concord, OH, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA. He served as pastor of Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, Bellaire, OH, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Canton, OH, Calvin Presbyterian Church, Canton, OH and New Harrisburg Presbyterian Church, New Harrisburg, OH. Upon retirement from New Harrisburg, he served as interim pastor at First United Presbyterian Church, Alliance, OH, and Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, OH. He served as a volunteer at Aultman Hospital oncology floor, the emergency room and Hospice. Jim was active in the Canton Council of Churches, International Festival of Stark County and served in several capacities with the Muskingum Valley Presbytery. Preceded in death by his parents and his oldest sister, Lillian. Survived by his beloved wife, Becky (Lyle); three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Steve Nagy of Belmont, OH, Rose and Chuck Kent of Chula Vista, CA, Shirley Blizzard of Piedmont, OH; one brother, John of Warwood, WV; also nieces, nephews and an uncle. Jim will be remembered as a man of faith in Jesus who loved to celebrate this gift of life and who, above all else, coveted his relationships with family and friends who spanned the world. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 1, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 530 Tuscarawas St. W., Canton, OH with Rev. John Bradosky and Rev. Eric Powell officiating. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 8, 2001, at 1:30 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Main and Marietta Streets, St. Clairsville, OH 43950. Rev. Richard Ferguson and Rev. Robert Nagy will officiate. There will be no calling hours. Private family burial service was held this past week at Rock Hill Cemetery in Bellaire, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to Rock Hill Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 216, Bellaire, OH 43906 or Calvary Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, OH or New Harrisburg Presbyterian Church, 3006 Waynesburg Rd., N.W., Carrollton, OH 44615, or your local Hospice. In lieu of flowers, Jim's wish is to take someone out to dinner and share some time with a friend over the breaking of bread, send someone a bouquet and tell them what they mean to you, buy someone in your life a special gift and take the kids to Disneyland. Proverbs 17:17, A friend loves at all times.
Stephen R. Bozurich
Stephen (Steve) R. Bozurich, age 92, of Canton, passed away Tuesday afternoon in Aultman Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in East Pittsburgh, PA, and had been a Canton resident most of his life. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and was a usher for a number of years. He was a member of C.F.U. #514 Eagles Lodge #2370 of North Canton, American Italian Club of Massillon, Golden Lodge, AARP, Past Secretary for the F.O.P. A. A. Lodge. He was a active bowler for a number of years and had three 300 games. He was also inducted in the Greater Canton Bowlers Hall of Fame in May 14, 1997. He was a retired employee of Timken Co. having been employed for 37 years as a foreman. He also was a driver for a number of years for the Rossi Funeral Home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose G. Bozurich on Oct. 8, 1999, three borthers, Walter, Amiel and Joseph Bozurich. He is survived by his son, Edward Bozurich of Lakewood, CA; sister and brother-in-law, Florence and John Comsia of Canton; brother, Frank Bozurich of Magnolia, OH; a number of nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be sung Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony Church with Rev. Fr. Tom Bishop as celebrant. Interment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens. Friends may call Thursday (tonight) 5-8 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home.
Timothy Murphy, age 77, of Massillon, passed away in the Shady Lawn Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Born May 23, 1924 in Canton, OH, and has resided her his entire life. Mr. Murphy was a retired form replacer with 25 years service from Perry Rubber Company. A World War II Army Veteran. Preceded in death by his wife, Murl L. Murphy in April 29, 1991; parents, Frank and Blanche (Davis) Murphy; sister, Betty Ford. Survived by step-son, Jacob Geopfert of Canton; four step-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Friday August 31, 2001 at 1 p.m. in the Atkinson-Feucht-Shaidnagle Funeral Home. Interment Union Lawn Cemetery. Calling hours prior to services on Friday.
Vera C. Chiofolo
Vera Catherine Chiofolo, 92, of North Canton, went home to be with the Lord after a lengthy illness at her home on August 25, 2001. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2001 at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 1800 Steese Rd. (city of Green), with Fr. David Durkee officiating. Calling hours Thursday (tonight) 6-9 p.m. at the Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 East Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. (Rt. 619). Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Aultman Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service.
Voula Kalaitsides, age 70 of Canton, passed away early Wednesday morning in Aultman Hospital after an extended illness. She was born in Mahalades, Greece, coming to this country in 1969 and residing in the Canton area since. She was a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, a member of Koreas Ladies Society and Pontian Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paraskevas (Paris) Kalaitsides on July 31, 1980; two brothers, Amanatis and Nicholas Kotsatuikides. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Jordan and Irene Kalaitsides of North Canton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Anatole Willoughby of Canton, Sotiria (Alicia) and Emmanuel Gyparakis of Massillon, Maria and Will Shewey of Redmond, Washington; two sisters, Mely Kerasoul and Despina Trapezalides, both of Greece; nine grandchildren, Curtis Willoughby, Jordan Paris Kalaitsides and Alex Kalaitsides, Eleni Paris and Savvas Gyparakis, Paris, Sean, and Nico Shewey. Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in Holy Trinity Greek Church with Rev. Economos John Stavropoulos as officiant. Internment at Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Rossi Funeral Home Thursday (tonight) 5-8 p.m. There will be a Trisagion Prayer Service at 6 p.m. in the Funeral Home. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to services on Friday where it will lie in state. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Christian Fund at Holy Trinity Greek Church in her memory.
Willard F. Fisher
Willard F. Fisher, age 91, died Aug. 29, 2001, following an extended illness. He was born June 23, 1910, son of the late Charles E. and Anna L. Fisher, and was a life resident of Massillon. He was a veteran of WWII where he served in the U.S. Navy on the destroyer escor ship the USS Rabe. He had worked for 50 yrs. as a bricklayer and retired in 1979. He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Bricklayer and Allied Craftworkers Canton Local # 6, and the Grand Lodge of Free Accepted Masons - Clinton Lodge. He played football at Massillon Washington High School in 1928 1929 and he loved to travel. He is survived by a son, Frank E. Fisher of Massillon, sisters, Margaret VanRyzin and Charlene Malcuit both of Navarre, a grandson, Tim Fisher of Mossouri and a great-granddaughter Morgan Fisher of Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Nora (died 8-28-1998), three brothers and one sister. Graveside services wil be held Friday, August 31, 2001 at 10 A.M. at Brookfield Cemetery in Massillon. Rev. Osborne Keeler will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to the Massillon Senior Citizens Center, 39 Lincoln Way W., Massillon, Ohio 44646.
William David Red Ledger. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Rev. Raymond Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Calling hours in the funeral home Thursday 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or to Akron Children's Hospital Burn Unit.