Samuel F. Porter Jr.
Samuel F. Porter Jr., 75, of Brunswick, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, in Medina.
He was born June 28, 1925, in Cleveland and was a Medina County resident for 41 years. Mr. Porter was a truck driver for 25 years for Highway Express in Cleveland. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during World War II. He enjoyed traveling.
He is survived by his sons, Samuel F. (Cheryl) Porter and Martin T. Porter, both of Brunswick; daughter, Maureen Porter of Brunswick; grandchildren, Shilo, Chelssey, Brittany, Martin and Samuel; sister, Geraldine "Peanut" Flynn of California; and brothers, Roy Porter of Lorain and Robert "Butch" Porter of Middleburg Heights.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Maureen Porter; parents, Samuel Porter and Myrtle (nee Scheumann) Porter; sister, Phylis Heazlit; and brothers, Curtis and Gordon Porter.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Eastlawn Memory Garden on Grafton Road in Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Brunswick Chapel, 3300 Center Road (state Route 303 at Interstate 71).
Laurel A. Berry
Laurel Ann Berry, 67, loved life and embraced the life everlasting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, after a brief, unexpected illness.
She was born Dec. 18, 1933, to Walter E. and Ruth E. Johnson and lived all of her life in the Akron area. Mrs. Berry graduated from the Akron City Hospital School of Nursing in 1954 and worked as a registered nurse and urological technician for Akron Urological Associates until her retirement in 1991. However, her most rewarding career commenced on July 3, 1954, when she married Jack Berry and they began the journey of raising four children. Mrs. Berry was a beloved member of Sharon Center United Methodist Church and wore many hats there, including committee chair, nursery coordinator and office volunteer. She also volunteered for the American Red Cross and Meals-on-Wheels. Mrs. Berry was a devoted wife, loving mother and faithful friend. She loved and was loved by everyone she knew.
She is survived by her husband; children, Marilyn (Skip) DuFour of Toledo, William M. of Wadsworth, Ellen B. Weaver of Inverness, Fla., and Frederick A. of Fairlawn; brothers, Harry W. (Susannah) Johnson of Littleton, Colo., Robert D. (Boni) Johnson of Slidell, La., and Frank M. (Lori Jean) Johnson of Charlotte, N.C.; and her granddaughters, Sia, Paige and Kiersten.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ralph L. Johnson.
"She can breathe easy again!"
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Monday at Sharon Center United Methodist Church, 6437 Ridge Road. The Rev. Donald Trigg will officiate.
Cremation has taken place.
Interment of her ashes will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Visiting hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. Waterloo Road, Akron.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sharon Center United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 239, Sharon Center, 44274.
Russell Hawkins, 91, of Litchfield, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at Samaritan Care Center of Medina.
He was born in Milicca, Minn., and was a Medina County resident for 52 years. Mr. Hawkins was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Parish. He was employed at General Motors' Elyria plant.
Mr. Hawkins is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mildred (nee Fertig); daughter and son-in-law, Georgia and Robert Rowe of Elyria; grandchildren, Jason, Jeremy and Jasmine Swaney; great-granddaughter, Crystal Swaney; and sisters, Katheryn Brittian of Maple Heights and Betty Kosief of Burton.
Service: 7 p.m. Monday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Father Ron Bryda will officiate.
Private family burial: Litchfield Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Thomas E. Kennedy
Thomas E. Kennedy, 59, of Medina, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Visiting Nurses Hospice of Akron.
He was born Oct. 10, 1941, in Beaver Falls, Pa., to Richard and Florence (nee Ecoff) Kennedy, and was a Medina County resident for 12 years. Mr. Kennedy was the owner of Epco Sales-Kenco in Cleveland. He was one owner of a group who previously owned Weymouth Country Club before becoming a part of Fox Meadows. Mr. Kennedy enjoyed golf and was a member of the Columbia Hills Country Club and Eagle Creek Country Club in Naples, Fla. He was a former member of CAC. He served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Joyce (nee Olsen) of Medina; sons, Charles (Sunny) Kennedy of Brunswick, William Kennedy of Parma and John Kennedy of Strongsville; and daughter, Katie Kennedy of Medina.
Memorial service: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at United Methodist Church, 13354 Pearl Road, Strongsville. The Rev. Daniel Bogre will officiate.
Interment: Private family service, Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNS Hospice, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, 44333.
Carlson Funeral Home, Medina, is in charge of arrangements.
Bertha L. Tumbush
Bertha L. Tumbush, 99, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at The Oaks at Medina.
She was born in Valley City and resided there until moving to Breckenridge Village in Willoughby in 1987. She moved back to The Oaks at Medina in 1998. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Valley City.
She is survived by her children, Marian Hamby of Florida, Ellen (Roger) Reeves of Olmsted Falls, Ralph (Shirley) Tumbush of Florida, and Janet (Raymond) Bubsey of Medina; 13 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rosa Dieterich; husband, Valentine Tumbush, in 1984; infant daughter, Norma; and sister, Lucille Brant.
Service: 11 a.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 6656 Center Road, Valley City. The Rev. Dianne Shirey will officiate.
Burial: Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Valley City.
Visiting hours: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel U.C.C. Church.
Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City, is handling arrangements.
Richard S. Walker
Richard S. Walker, 76, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001.
Mr. Walker was retired as executive editor of the Rubber & Plastic News. He had served in the Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his children, Joyce (Gene) Shea, Janet Leary, Larry (Patricia) Walker, R. Stanley (Bonnie) Walker, Ronald (Maria) Walker, James (Bridget) Walker, Elizabeth Walker and Michael Walker; 21 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; sister, Mary Louise (Marshall) Kidder; and former wife, Christine Schettino.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy E. Williams Walker; parents, Mabel E. Pearce Walker and Frederick S. Walker; and brother, Frederick J. Walker.
Service: 11 a.m. Monday at Adams Mason Memorial Chapel, 791 E. Market St., Akron. Pastor G. Rod Taylor will officiate.
Interment: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Visiting hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to service Monday at Adams Mason Memorial Chapel.
Merita H. Dunbrack
Merita H. Dunbrack, 87, of Berea, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Evergreen Care Center in Medina.
Mrs. Dunbrack was born in Mount Hope, W.Va. She retired from the Baldwin-Wallace College cafeteria in 1985 after many years of service.
She was the mother of William B. Dunbrack of Richmond, Va., and Lawrence P. (Judy) Dunbrack and Susan L. (Bob) Gircsis, both of Medina; sister of Cleone Cashdan of Covington, Va.; grandmother of nine; and great-grandmother of three.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William P., and brother, Ray Humphries.
Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Baker Funeral Home, 206 Front St., Berea.
Interment: Woodvale Cemetery, Middleburg Heights.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256.
George Keglovic, 77, of Montville Township, died early Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, one day short of his 78th birthday, at his home after a long battle with emphysema.
He was a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio and was born and raised in Orange. He left in 1943 for the Army. After basic training at Camp Perry, he spent the next 18 months at various stateside posts before finally boarding a ship for the European front shortly before Thanksgiving 1944. Mr. Keglovic was a member of the 263rd Regiment of the 66th Infantry Division, the Black Panthers. The division was in England throughout December, awaiting orders to go to the front. The call came when Germany attacked in the Battle of the Bulge.
The 66th was slated to go straight to the 3rd Army's front lines when the troops arrived in France, but about a third of them never made it across the English Channel. A German U-boat torpedoed the troopship SS Leopoldville, killing a major portion of two regiments. As a result, Keglovic's regiment was then assigned to blockade duty outside Brest, a channel port held by the Nazis. After the German troops finally surrendered Brest, his unit was assigned to garrison duty in Austria.
Following the war, Mr. Keglovic worked as a quartermaster and courier. It was during one of the courier missions that he had his closest brush with death. After attending a celebration for some friends going back to the United States, he was to take a train across Austria on a courier run. Since it was to be a long trip, he decided to sleep in the mail car. As the train went through the Soviet occupation zone, it was machine-gunned by Soviet troops and a number of Allied soldiers sitting in the passenger cars were killed or wounded.
By the time he was discharged in April 1946, he had advanced to the rank of sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star. He also received the American and European Theater ribbons, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge and Rifle Marksman's Badge.
Two months after discharge, he married his pre-war sweetheart, Anne Zimsek. He later worked for Continental Can Co. and Stone Container Corp., which took over Continental. He also worked at Sears, Roebuck & Co.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Thomas) Burnett and their son, Ryan, all of Medina; sister, Alice; and brothers, Charles and Leo.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Antonia, and brother, Richard.
Fortuna Funeral Home in Cleveland is handling arrangements.
Ruby J. Martin
Ruby J. Martin, 67, of Lakeville, Ohio, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at her home following a sudden illness.
She was born March 8, 1933, near Nashville, Ohio, to Jacob E. and Sadie B. (Faler) Johnson. Mrs. Martin worked for Diamonite/Ferro of Shreve. She was a member of Nashville Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Bernard L. "Bud" Martin, whom she married on June 5, 1951; children and their spouses, Larry L. and Judy Martin of Millersburg, Jeffry L. and Regina Martin of Lakeville and Peggy S. and Scott Klingler of Medina; and grandchildren, Amber and Jennifer Martin, Gretchen and Steven Klingler, and Michael and Jason Martin.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence, Clyde, Walter and William Johnson; sister, Lillie Canankamp; infant brother, Charles; and half sister, Ada Runyeon.
Service: 2 p.m. Sunday at Alexander Funeral Home in Millersburg. The Rev. Dan Kirtlan will officiate.
Burial: Nashville Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Nashville Church of Christ Building Fund, Box 414, Nashville, 44661; or the Nashville Fire Department, Box 370, Nashville, 44661.
Chyanne N. Boley
Chyanne Nicole Boley, 3-month-old daughter of Robert Sarver and Jenny Boley of Lodi, passed away Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron. She was born Nov. 29, 2000. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brother, Kevin Higgins, and sisters, Cienna and Chelsea Sarver. Graveside service: 2 p.m. today at Chatham Township Cemetery. Carlson Funeral Home in Medina is handling arrangements.