Dirck W. Brown
June 14, 1928-Dec. 30, 2003
A memorial service for Dirck W. Brown will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Robert E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church.
Brown, a lifelong champion for the better of education, community and family, died Dec. 30, 2003, of heart failure in Lexington, Va. He was 75 years old.
Brown moved to Lexington in 1992 and became an active and immediate contributor to the community as he and his wife, Molly, co-founded the Roots and Shoots Intergenerational School Garden program at Waddell Elementary School. There is not a Waddell student graduate in the past 10 years who hasn't spent time either in the classroom or garden with the Browns. The garden has been nationally recognized as a model educational program, and the Browns have documented and distributed the curriculum to other schools across the country.
Born in Kansas City, June 14, 1928, Brown's parents were Dr. Kenneth I. Brown and Muriel Handy Brown. He was raised in Hiram and Granville. In 1950, he graduated from Denison University and entered the U.S. Army Signal Corps, where he was a Second Lieutenant. He was stationed in Japan where he trained troops during the Korean War.
After he was discharged in 1953, Brown earned a doctorate in education from Columbia University Teachers College and went on to become Dean of Men at the University of Iowa and Dean of Students at the University of Denver. From 1965 to 1978, Brown worked for the National Educational Association (Washington, D.C. and Palo Alto, Calif.) to encourage college students to enter teaching professions.
Throughout these years, Brown became involved in the issues surrounding adoption, its life long impact, and the struggle to open birth records to adoptees. These issues were near to his heart because of his own experiences as an adoptee searching for his birth parents. In 1978, he resigned from the NEA and returned to graduate school to earn a license in Marriage and Family Therapy and founded the Post Adoption Center for Education and Research (PACER) in Palo Alto, Calif.
PACEr, which began in the Browns' living room to provide support dto adoptees, adoptive parents and birth parents, quickly became the hub of adoption research and counseling through Northern California, and led to the creation of the national American Adoption Congress, a national organization that fought for adoptee's rights.
From 1987-1992, the Browns lived in Orient, N.Y., where he was associated with the Bridgehampton Counseling Center. In 1988, Brown co-authored "Clinical Practices in Adoption," a book that grew out of the work he began in PACER.
After Brown moved to Lexington he was not only involved in the Roots and Shoots School Garden, but also served as president and member of the Board of Trustees for the Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center from 1998-2003. Also, he was Senior Warden and Vestry member of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church. The Browns could always be counted on to befriend new cadets at the Virginia Military Institute and Brown was wellknown on the Washington and Lee University campus as he audited history classes every semester.
Brown is survived by his wife, Molly Jones Brown; his brother, Van R. Brown; four daughters, Julia Fiorino, Anne Pundyk, Mary Brown Brantner and Jeanne Dexter; and four grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington, Va.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The Roots and Shoots Intergenerational School Garden, Waddell Elementary School, 306 Overhill Drive, Lexington, Va. 24450, or Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center, 123 W. Washington St., Lexington, Va. 24450.
Deloris 'Gladys' Galasso
Oct. 14, 1914-Dec. 30, 2003
Funeral services for Deloris Galasso, 89, of Newark, will be 7 p.m. today at the Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home, with Rev. Clarence Hensel officiating. Burial will be Saturday in Assumption Cemetery, Lancaster, N.Y.
Mrs. Galasso passed away Dec. 30, 2003, at the Chestnut House. She was born on Oct. 14, 1914, in Albany, N.Y., to the late Edward H. and Gladys (Sharpe) Aldridge. Mrs. Galasso was a homemaker, and she had previously worked for Sattlers Department Store in Buffalo, N.Y.
Deloris is survived by three grandchildren, Sara Mary Galasso, Ruthann Galasso, and Louis (Jessica) Marshall Galasso, and a great-granddaughter, Olivia Lynn Galasso, all of Cobleskill, N.Y.; a niece, Ann Detzler, of Lancaster, N.Y.; two great nieces, Angela (Edward) Mead, of Newark, and Lisa (Lee) Gillispie, of Heath; two great-great nieces, Emily Gillispie and Meida Gillispie, both of Heath; a nephew, James (Betty) Aldridge, of Heath; and a great-great nephew, Hunter Gillispie of Heath.
Mrs. Galasso was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Francis Galasso; a son, Thomas Louis Galasso; a brother, Edward C. Aldridge; and a sister, Alberta M. Stanley.
Friends may call 6-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 985 N. 21st St. Newark.
Quentin V. Lewis
May 6, 1921-Dec. 28, 2003
There will be no services or calling hours for Quentin V. Lewis, 82, of Alexandria.
Mr. Lewis died on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2003, at his residence. He was born May 6, 1921, in Hellier, Ky., to the late William M. and Hattie (Childers) Lewis.
Mr. Lewis retired from the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulpher Springs, W.Va. He served in the United States Army during World War II, landing in Normandy and served throughout Europe with the Third Army.
Survivors include two sons, Quentin M. (Karen S.) Lewis of Alexandria, and Roy Craig (Janet) Lewis of Hollywood, Fla.; one daughter, Cheryl Lynn (Larry) Barnette of Sutton, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Donald Q. (Cynthia) Lewis, Kim (Brett) Ross, Jason, and Nicholas Lewis; one brother, Herb (Betty) Lewis of Lookout, Ky.; two sisters, Anita Gale of Unatilla, Fla., and Eileen Hawkins of Globe, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Lewis is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey J. (Phipps) Lewis; one brother; and three sisters.
A special thank you to all the employees and volunteers at Hospice of Central Ohio.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Hospice of Central Ohio, 1984 Coffman Road, Newark, 43055.
Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home, 179 Granville St., Newark, is in charge of arrangements.
Donald L. Oder
Dec. 30, 1936-Dec. 27, 2003
A memorial service for Donald L. Oder, 66, of Buckeye Lake, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Boring-Sheridan Funeral Home, Hebron Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Knox officiating.
Donald passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, at Licking Memorial Hospital in Newark. He was born Dec. 30, 1936, in Bellaire, to the late Uriah Clifford and Dorothy Marie Oder.
Donald served in the U.S. Army and was a dynamite specialist in the construction industry.
Survivors include his wife, Marian Oder of the home; children, Darla (Dennis) Avery of Thornville, Tanya Lynn Shell, Donald Oder Jr., Duane (Geri) Oder and Darren Oder, all of Buckeye Lake; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie Eden.
Catherine 'May' Neibarger
Feb. 19, 1908-Jan. 1, 2004
A funeral service for Catherine "May" Neibarger, 95, of Newark, formerly of Columbus, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Newark Chapel of Henderson, Van Atta & Johnston Funeral Service, with the Rev. William Cronk officiating. Burial will follow in Barnes Cemetery.
Mrs. Neibarger, a member of Marne United Methodist Church, died Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2004, at her home. Born Feb. 19, 1908, in Newark, she was a daughter of the late Fred and Ethel (Evans) Baughman.
Mrs. Neibarger worked for several years as an office clerk with Big Bear in Columbus, and was a member of the Church Ladies Aid, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Garden Club.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Leonard Miller of Columbus; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; sister, Iva Leslie of Heath; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Neibarger, in 1986; son, Ralph Neibarger; and four brothers, Wallace, Clarence, Floyd and Fred.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 59 N. Fifth St., Newark.
The family suggests contributions be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 1984 Coffman Road, Suite A, Newark, Ohio 43055
Frank D. Brown
May 24, 1914-Dec. 31, 2003
A funeral service for Frank D. Brown, 89, of Newark, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Richard Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Newark Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Brown died on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, at the Selma Markowitz Center, operated by Hospice of Central Ohio. He was born May 24, 1914, in Loup City, Neb., to the late Jacob Albert and Luella (Snider) Brown.
Mr. Brown was a retired accountant for the United States Air Force. He also served in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of the Neal Avenue United Methodist Church, and the Licking County Genealogical Society.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred (Hobbs) Brown of Newark, whom he married on May 24, 1938; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Mildred "Millie" Brown of Annandale, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Clement Roberts of Newark; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Brown is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Judith Arlene Washburn; two brothers; and two sisters.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home, 179 Granville St., Newark.
Doris H. Perry
Oct. 28, 1912-Jan. 1, 2004
A funeral service for Doris H. Perry, 91, of Thornville, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Boring-Sheridan Funeral Home, Thornville Chapel, with the Rev. Larry McKensie officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Perry Cemetery.
Doris passed away Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at Somerset Healthcare Center. She was born Oct. 28, 1912, in Shawnee, to the late Michael and Ida (Steed) Hoffman.
Doris was a graduate of New Lexington High School and attended Ohio University, The Ohio State University and was a graduate of Kent State University. She was a school teacher for 40 years in Thornville and Millersport and was a member of the Church of Christ of Somerset and Retired Teachers Association.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Jane Gordon of Thornville; stepchildren Bob, Doug, Bruce and Sue Perry; grandchildren, Kelly Daniels, Susan Hartman, Rick Daniels, Ginger Hall and Stoney Gordon, all of Thornville; great-grandchildren, Jason, Josh, Niki, Alex, Kara, Geof, Autumn and Garth; and great-great-grandson, William.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold Bugh and Lawrence Perry; and brother, M. Ralph Hoffman.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today, and 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Ronald L. Bush
March 18, 1940-Dec. 30, 2003
A funeral service for Ronald L. Bush, 63, of New Lexington, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Cardaras Funeral Home in Logan, with the Rev. Ralph Cordle officiating. Burial will take place at 1 p.m. at Newark Memorial Gardens in Newark.
Mr. Bush passed away Dec. 30, 2003, at his residence. He was born March 18, 1940, in Logan, son of the late Leonard and Lillian Smart Bush.
Mr. Bush retired from the OSU-Newark branch.
He is survived by his son, Robert (Rhoda) Bush of Newark; one daughter, Rebecca (Mark) Compston of Newark; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and former wife, Linda Bush of Newark.
He is preceded in death by three brothers, Danny, Dean and Larry Bush; one sister, Judy Thompson; and one infant sister.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, 183 E. Second St., Logan.
Aug. 4, 1958-Dec. 31, 2003
A funeral service for Kathleen Lynn Gray, 45, will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Devore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 and 61, Sunbury.
Mrs. Gray passed away on Dec. 31, 2003, at St. Ann's Hospital in Westerville. She was born Aug. 4, 1958, to Thelma and Ken Hardy at Newark Hospital. She graduated in 1976 from Big Walnut High School, Sunbury, attended Vans Valley Church and worked at the Centerburg Gazette and the Columbus Post Office. She enjoyed blue grass and country music.
She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Tony; daughter, Amanda Lyn and husband, Brian Lowe; two grandchildren, Dylan Michael and Brianna Lynne of Columbus; three sisters, Kenna Kae Wallace of Sunbury, Karen E. Hardy of Westerville, and Debbie Gale of West Virginia; four brothers, Keith (Debbie) of Croton, Kenny (Sherry) of Johnstown, Kendall (Deborah) of Sunbury and Bill Mack Hardy of West Virginia; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and two great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ken Hardy; grandson, Tyler Jordan Lowe; grandparents, Inez (Lewis) and Clark M. Houck, and Ike and Cora Hardy; and uncle, Lewis E. Houck.
Walter "Sonny" Conklin
Nov. 22, 1935- Jan. 2, 2004
A funeral service for Walter "Sonny" Conklin, 68, of McConnellsville will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Chapel with Rev. Robert L. Knox officiating.
Mr. Conklin died Friday, January 2, 2004 at Adams Lane Nursing Home in Zanesville. He was born November 22, 1935 in Newark to the late Paul R. and Jeannette (Smith) Conklin.
He was a retired self-employed house painter.
He is survived by son, David E. Conklin of Tampa, Fla.; daughters, Debra Gillespie of Tampa, Fla., Sandra Day of Atlanta, Ga. and Deneen Conklin of Kissimmee, Fla. ; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; sister, Mary Barrett of Buckeye Lake; brother, Paul (Tink) Conklin of Scranton, Pa..
Friends may call at the Criss-Schoedinger Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday.
Family suggest contributions to the Hospice of Central Ohio, 1984 Coffman Rd., Newark, Ohio 43055
Virginia Ilene Curtis
Oct. 11, 1916--Jan. 1, 2004
A funeral service for Virginia Ilene Curtis, 87, of Dresden, will be held Tuesday at the Dresden Chapel of Vensil-Orr & Chute Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Dresden Cemetery.
Mrs. Curtis died Thursday Jan. 1, 2004 at her home. She was born Oct. 11, 1916 in Mt. Vernon, a daughter of the late Lewis and Edna Fowler. Mrs. Curtis and her late husband Jerry operated the Curtis Shoe Store in Dresden for 53 years.
Surviving are two sons, Roy (Vera) Curtis of Trinway, Lance (Lynn) Curtis of Adamsville; two daughters, Beverly (Tyrone) Kirk of Frazeysburg, Shirley (Charles) Vickers of Dresden; grandchildren, Brandi, Tanaya, Tai Kirk, Taylor Curtis, Dustin and Darin Ryan, Doug Vickers, Renee Martin, Brian Vickers, Neal Vickers, Shannon Curtis; 10 great grandchildren; a brother, Dr. John Fowler and a sister, Ruth Smith both of Mt. Vernon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald (Jerry) Curtis in 1979; a son, Mark Curtis in 1975, a grandson, Shawn Curtis.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Dresden.
Memorial contributions may be made to Central Ohio Hospice; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.