Pearl M. Miller
The Rev. Pearl Marcia Miller, 73, of New Buffalo, Mich., died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at her home.
She was born Feb. 13, 1928, in Lodi to Glen Alfred and Velda (Eastwood) Miller and lived much of her life in Medina. After retiring from Medina County Sheltered Industries, she attended Eden Theological Seminary in Missouri. While in seminary, she maintained an affiliation with Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Brunswick. The Rev. Miller was ordained by United Church of Christ and served churches in Clear Lake, S.D., Loudon, Iowa, and Oxford, Mich.
She is survived by her daughters, Sally Promey of Silver Springs, Md., and Holly Koppelberger of Medina; son, George Promenschenkel of Dublin, Ohio; former husband, George H. Promenschenkel of Medina; grandchildren, Jordan, Caitlin, Hannah and Kelsey Koppelberger, and Anna Promey-Fallot; sister, Janet Beimborn of Saukville, Wis.; brother, Gerald Miller of Boise, Idaho; nieces, Gloria Pozniak and Christine Beimborn; nephews, Glenn and Rex Miller, David Pozniak, and Daniel Beimborn; and longtime friend, the Rev. Julie Jenuwine of New Buffalo.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Pozniak of Newport, Ore.
Memorial service: 7 p.m. Sunday at United Church of Christ in Medina.
In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Hospice at Home, 2626 W. John Beers Road, P.O. Box 297, Stevensville, MI 49127.
Edward E. Schendel Sr.
Edward E. Schendel Sr., 80, of Seville, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Silver Springs Nursing Home.
He was born in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for 45 years. Mr. Schendel was a retired truck driver who drove for Halle Bros. Co. in Cleveland. He served in the Army during World War II with the 646 Bomb Squadron and 410 Bomb Group. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was a POW from May 1944 until May 1945.
Mr. Schendel is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Jennifer Schendel of Sandia Park, N.M., and Ed and Lucy Schendel Jr. of Alliance; sister, Lois Jenkins of New Port Richy, Fla.; and grandchildren, Ed, Megan, Paul, Amy, Seth and JoAnn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 1999.
Private services have been held.
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Arrangements were made from the Armstrong-Waite Funeral Home, Seville.
Corinne E. Wagner
Corinne E. Wagner, 65, of Cambridge, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at Grant Hospital, Columbus.
She was born Sept. 7, 1935, in Cleveland to Raymond O. and Dorothy A. (Quati) Calvert. Mrs. Wagner was a member of Unity Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband, William F. Wagner of Cambridge, whom she married on Feb. 16, 1957; brothers, Charles Calvert of Medina and Clyde Calvert of Litchfield Township; sister, Mrs. Robert (Cindy) Weigle of Smyrna, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. She was "a dear friend indeed to many."
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Services were held Monday at Scott Funeral Home in Cambridge. The Revs. L. Dudley and Robert Millspaugh officiated.
Interment: Northwood Cemetery.
Claire E. Dreibelbis
Claire E. "Peewee" Dreibelbis, 66, of Wooster, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at his home.
He was born April 7, 1934, in West Salem to Bryan and Ruth (Schaad) Dreibelbis. Mr. Dreibelbis retired in 1997 from Abbott Laboratories in Ashland. He also drove a school bus for Ashland City Schools for 15 years and Temple Christian School in Mansfield for 10 years. Mr. Dreibelbis was a member of First Baptist Church in Ashland, where he was a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir. He attended West Hill Baptist Church in Wooster and served in the Army.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Hamlin) Dreibelbis, whom he married on June 23, 1965; children, Sherry Dreibelbis of Columbus, Brian (Yvett) Dreibelbis of West Salem and David (Jennifer) Dreibelbis of Columbus; three stepgrandchildren; brother, James Dreibelbis of Jeromesville; and sisters, Irma Greene of Kentucky, Phyllis Swain of Jeromesville, Janet Biddinger of Oklahoma and Bonnie Geiser of Wooster.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Buxton, Martha Weaver and Edna Buchanan; and brothers, Donald and Harold Dreibelbis.
Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Matteson Funeral Home, 40 Congress St., West Salem. The Revs. Don Bigelow and Malva Yoder will officiate.
Interment: West Salem Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Leo A. Savage
Heaven's gates are opened wide for Leo A. Savage. He has gone golfing and will meet you at the 5th hole. Leo has lived on this earth as a wonderful and loving husband to Maxine, a devoted father to his children, a doting and happy grandfather to his host of grandchildren and the best and truest of a friend to his buddies.
He has served the Lord God on this earth in a faithful Christian way. He has always lived life to the fullest with the character of a king and he has graced this planet honestly, whole-heartedly with the spirit of kindness. We are blessed in this world to have known him. This world was blessed and made better for the short 74 years that Leo was here. He is already missed by every life that he touched. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He has gone ahead to be with his parents, Leo A. Savage and Florence (nee Conklin) Savage and his siblings, Ellen Kelly and Robert Savage. Leo left us here and we didn't want him to go. He is loved by his wife, Maxine Collins Savage; his children, Robert (Deborah) Savage of Brunswick and Linda Nawrocki and her life partner, Joe Patera of Broadview Heights; as well as his stepchildren, Sharon (Andy) Combs of Florida, Kathy (Sam) Morgan of Kentucky, Wayne Morgan of Indiana, Margaret (Fred) Soto of Kentucky and Paul (Michelle) Morgan of Brunswick. He also is loved by his sister, Betty (Gus) Ulferts of Brunswick, and his host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71) on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with the memorial service following at 1.
Robert S. Schmelzer
Robert Stephen Schmelzer, 76, of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at Havasu Regional Medical Center, Lake Havasu City.
He was born Aug. 22, 1924, in Medina. Mr. Schmelzer was a Lake Havasu City resident for 14 years, moving from Medina. He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Lake Havasu and St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Medina. He was a self-employed dairy farmer for 40 years in Medina. While living in Medina, he was a member of the school board, dairy board, conservation board, zoning board and church council. He served in the Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Schmelzer of Lake Havasu City, whom he married on March 16, 1945; son, Robert (Linda) Schmelzer of Medina; daughters, Cheryl (Larry) Kiszczak of Lake Havasu City and Kathy (John) Batchelder of Medina; sisters, Mary Codding of Mount Dora, Fla., and Helen Jaccaud of Akron; and grandchildren, Krista (Will) Jackson of London, England, Erik (Laura) Kiszczak and Erin Kiszczak, both of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Jana (Andy) Repp of Parma and Amanda Kiszczak of Flagstaff, Ariz.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Lutheran Church. Pastor Craig Larson will officiate.
Burial: Mount Olive Columbarium Garden, Lake Havasu City.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Olive Lutheran Church.
Vernon Spears, 84, of Lodi, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at Life Care Center of Medina, Valley City.
He was born Aug. 26, 1916, in Allen, W.Va., to Harmon and Mary (Estes) Spears. Mr. Spears was a coal miner for 28 years and retired from General Motors in 1974. He was a member of Crawley Creek Freewill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his children, Charles (Mary) Spears of Mesa, Ariz., Jerry (Veronica) Spears of Litchfield Township, Jim (Jennifer) Spears and Mike (Dona) Spears, both of Seville, and Peggy Spears of Chippewa Lake; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sylvia Akers of Medina and Mamie Toler of West Virginia.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hollena Mae, whom he married on April 16, 1939; son, David; and several brothers and sisters.
Service: 1 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Funeral Home-Hillcrest Chapel, 9560 Acme Road, Wadsworth. Deacon John Buda will officiate.
Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visiting hours: 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Julia R. Villanueva
Julia R. Villanueva, 66, of Lafayette Township, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at her residence.
She was born June 14, 1934, in Puerto Rico and was a Medina County resident for three years. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her children, Alvin (Pat), Robert (Carol), Joseph (Maria), Raymond (Bonnie) and Maria (Victor); grandchildren, Lori, Larry, Michael, Donald, Eric, Cassandra, Vincent, Danielle, Nicole, Julia, Victor, Victoria and Joseph; three great-grandchildren; brother, Jose Rodriques; and sister, Aida Rodriquez.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ramon Santos and Maria (Santos) Gonzalez.
Service: 9 a.m. Saturday at Bican Bro. Funeral Home, 5215 Fleet Ave., Cleveland.
Mass: 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lords Church. Father Masek will officiate.
Burial: Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lucille E. Demczyk
Lucille E. Demczyk, 85, of Medina, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Life Care Center of Medina.
She was born in Litchfield Township and was a lifelong resident of Medina County. Mrs. Demczyk worked at Henry Furnace in Medina for more than 25 years. She enjoyed working in her garden, canning produce and knitting. In her earlier years, Mrs. Demczyk drove a tractor while her husband stacked hay bales on the wagon.
She is survived by her daughter, Sara (Donald) Ewing of Medina; son, Charles (Margaret) Demczyk of Medina; grandchildren, Wade and Laure Demczyk and Doug Ewing; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Blanche Gross, and husband, Henry "Hank" Demczyk, in 1986.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lloyd L. Dill
Lloyd Lester Dill, 72, of Belden, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Lee Memorial Hospital, Fort Meyers, Fla., where he spent the winter months.
Mr. Dill was born June 18, 1928, in Belden and lived there his entire life. He was a member of Belden United Methodist Church and was very active in Boy Scout troops and councils throughout the area. Mr. Dill also was active in the Midview High School Athletic Boosters. He was Volunteer of the Year in the Tamiami Village of Fort Meyers for 2000. He was employed by McMilliam Construction Co.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, to whom he was married 52 years, daughter, Donna (Bobby) Mitchell of West Milford, W.Va.; son, Robert (Wendy) Dill of Cape Coral, Fla.; two grandchildren; and brother, Luke Dill of Rhode Island.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Anna Dill Leathers; sister, Evelyn Ritter; and brothers, Ward, Ted, Dan and Ren.
Service: 10 a.m. Monday at Blackburn Funeral Home Inc., 1021 Main St., Grafton. The Rev. Larry Black, pastor of Leroy United Methodist Church and formerly of Belden United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Burial: Belden Cemetery, Grafton Township.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.