Raymond A. Riegel
Raymond A. Riegel, 77, of Rittman, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, in Johnstown, Pa.
He was born in Charleston, W.Va., and was a lifetime resident of Wayne and Medina counties. Mr. Riegel was employed as an over-the-road driver for many years. He was a member of Ridgewood Baptist Church and C.B. Club the Flying Eagles. Mr. Riegel enjoyed fishing, travel and playing bingo. He served in the Army.
Mr. Riegel is survived by his daughters, Mary (Charles) Fowler of Dalton, Ohio, Diane Norton of Brunswick, Debra (Mike) Brocious of Hubbard, Pamala (Terry) Jones of Akron, Melissa Block of Renova, Pa., and Sue (Joseph) Lippo of Michigan; son, Clayton Riegel of Johnstown; sister, Helen Miller of Wads-worth; 14 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Raymond; parents, Arthur and Bessie Riegel; and sisters, Olive Garnes, Margaret Garnes and Anna Riegel.
Service: 1 p.m. Monday at Armstrong-Waite Funeral Home, 25 Pleasant St. (state Route 3), Seville.
Following cremation, burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Lowell Filak, 61, passed away Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
He was born May 10, 1941, in Cleveland to Albert H. and Jane (nee Rupp) Filak. Mr. Filak retired from General Motors in Parma and worked at Schnipke Engraving, Ottoville, Ohio. He was a member of Medina Masonic Lodge 58, Putnam County Railroad Association and St. John's United Methodist Church, Columbus Grove, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon (nee Alexander), whom he married May 23, 1983; sons, Lowell (Susan) Filak Jr. of Westfield Center and Leslie (Melinda) Filak of Wooster; stepson, Todd James of Findlay; daughter, Laural (Ed) Slayden of Houston; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Gass.
Services: 8 p.m. Friday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, 10879 State Route 12, Columbus Grove, with the Rev. Gary Ginter officiating and Masonic service at 7:30, and 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Park.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and noon until the time of the service Saturday at the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Medina Masonic Lodge 58 or Putnam County Railroad Association.
Garnet O. Nichols
Garnet O. Nichols of Medina passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at Heartland of Mentor.
She was born in Pennsboro, W.Va., and was a Medina County resident for 68 years. Mrs. Nichols was a member of Poe United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her nieces, Gwen (Sam) Smith of Mentor and Isis (Chuck) Colbert of Pepper Pike; nephew, Thomas (Christine) Goff of Painesville; and sister-in-law, Ann Goff of Mount Dora, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ora Jr., and brother, Ross Goff.
Service: 1 p.m. Thursday at Spring Grove Chapel, Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Memorial contributions may be made to Poe United Methodist Church, 6712 Wadsworth Road, Medina, 44256.
Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, is handling arrangements.
James Pearson, 64, of Medina and formerly of the West Milton/Tipp City area, passed away Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at home.
Mr. Pearson retired from NASA in 1998 as a database administrator. He was a Civil War enthusiast and enjoyed traveling, gardening and being with his family. Mr. Pearson was a very avid reader and enjoyed life to the fullest. He was a member of the National Guard from 1963 to 1969.
Mr. Pearson is survived by his wife, Diana (nee Dilworth) Pearson; sons, James Pearson of Eugene, Ore., and Jeff Pearson of Los Angeles; and brothers, Ted Pearson and John Pearson, both of Tipp City. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert K. and Ruby Kathryn (nee Young) Pearson.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, 284 N. Miami St., West Milton.
Burial: Wheelock Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Fund.
Fred Weiner, 75, of Medina, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, in Medina.
He was born June 26, 1927, in Cincinnati. He was a district manager at Ohio Bell for 35 years. Mr. Weiner was a member of the Masons and Ohio Bell Pioneers. He served in the Army during World War II. He was an avid golfer.
He is survived by his daughters, Karen Corfee and Lisa (John) Burke of Medina; grandson, Matthew Burke; granddaughter, Jennifer Ballinger; and great-grandson, Zakery Ballinger.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Ann, and son, Steven Weiner.
Service: 10 a.m. Friday at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road (state Route 18 and River Styx Road), Medina. Pastor William Lucht of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church will officiate.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Park, North Olmsted.
Visiting hours: 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Richard J. Radcliffe
Richard J. Radcliffe, 77, of Brunswick, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, at Southwest General Health Center in Middleburg Heights.
He was born April 20, 1925, in Cleveland. Mr. Radcliffe worked as a metallurgist for Friction Products Co. of Medina, retiring in 1990. He was a member of Brunswick United Methodist Church. He was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II and the Korean War.
Mr. Radcliffe is survived by his daughters, Darlene (Richard) Beeching of Brunswick, Barbara Marburger of Medina and Kimberly (Kevin) Lewandowski of Spencer; sons, William (Jan) Radcliffe of Medina and Richard Radcliffe of Lodi; brothers, Rolland Radcliffe of Northfield and James E. Radcliffe of Shippensburg, Pa.; companion, Bernice Severson of Brunswick; former wife, Stella Radcliffe; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rolland Thomas and Mary (nee Kinsella) Radcliffe.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Brunswick United Methodist Church, 1395 Pearl Road.
Interment: Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road (one-half mile south of state Route 303), Brunswick.
May Batchelder Friedt
May Batchelder Friedt, 84, of Medina, passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, in Vienna, Va., at the home of her daughter and son-in-law.
Mrs. Friedt was born June 21, 1919, to William and Mary (nee Hutchins) Batch-elder in Cleveland and moved with her family to Medina in 1929. She attended Poe School, grades five-eight, and graduated from Medina High School in 1937. She then attended Miami University for one year. She married Harold L. Friedt in 1941 and they lived a full life together with their family and community. They enjoyed many wonderful travels. Mrs. Friedt was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where she was active in Sunday school and Ladies' Guild (Episcopal Church Women). She was active in 4-H and Girl Scouts. Mrs. Friedt completed an education degree at Kent State University in 1969 and substituted for 15 years in Medina County and city schools, the last 12 years at Medina Junior High School. She retired in 1984. Mrs. Friedt was a member of Winston Club since 1939 and Afternoon Club since 1960. She also was a member of the Medina City Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Friedt was a longtime volunteer at Medina General Hospital. Her family and grandchildren were the delight of her life.
Mrs. Friedt is survived by her daughters, Rebecca (Carlos) Perez of Vienna, Judith (George) Bradley of Hampstead, N.C., and Bonnie Friedt of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Robert (Amanda) Perez of Falls Church, Va., Joseph Bradley of Langhorne, Pa., Karen (Travis) Via of Chantilly, Va., and Katherine Bradley of North Waltham, Mass.; great-grandson, Carlos William Perez of Falls Church; siblings, William G. (Eleanor) Batchelder, Margaret (Homer) Batchelder Davis of Medina and Alan (Norma) Batchelder of Tryon, N.C.; and numerous nephews and nieces all well loved.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 58 years; and infant son, James Harold.
Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 317 E. Liberty St., Medina. The Rev. Dr. Eric Funston will officiate.
Burial: Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Memorial Fund.
Alice Graff Walcheck
Alice Graff Walcheck, 80, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla.
She was born Jan. 27, 1923, in Medina to Julius and Mary Graff. She was a retired payroll supervisor in Cleveland.
She is survived by her caring children, Mary Elizabeth (Tom) Ponton of Lakeland and Lawrence (Linda) Walcheck of Pocahontas, Ill.; grandchildren, Capt. John W. Ponton, U.S. Air Force in Holland and Suzanne Bramley of Fort Myers, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Nicole and John Ponton, and Molly and Katie Bramley; sister, Wilma Graff Jordan of Granger Township; and brother, Wilbur (Luain) Graff of Wadsworth.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Willard Walcheck, and brother, Floyd Graff.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at Fairview Cemetery, Granger.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1545 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33805.
Cremation arrangements were made by Kelly Funeral Home in Zephyrhills, Fla.
S.F. "Lee" Wamsley, 79, of Medina, passed away Sunday, Oct. 5, 2003, at his home.
He was born May 1, 1924, in Crestline, Ohio, and was a Medina County resident for 34 years. Mr. Wamsley was a retired insurance adjuster for Motorists Mutual and previously operated Wamsley Auto Body Shop in Plymouth, Ind. Mr. Wamsley was a member of the Republican Club. He enjoyed entertaining and sharing his talents in the Navy and after the service as a vocalist, musician and tap dancer. He was a vocalist in the Navy's Blue Jacket Choir. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Wamsley is survived by his wife, Anita (nee Beam), to whom he was married 57 years; daughters, Shirley Anita Geistler, Melissa Leaming of Upland, Ind., and Sheryl Ann (Tom) Niemann of Medina; grandchildren, Libby Geistler, Thomas and Timothy Niemann, and Laura and Paul Westphal; brothers, Duane (Anita) Wamsley of Elk Lake, Mich., and Larry (Diane) Wamsley of Toledo; and loving father, John Albert Wamsley.
He was preceded in death by his loving mothers, Julia Fanning Wamsley and Elizabeth "Betty" Wamsley.
Service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Visiting hours: 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Harry F. Keck
Harry F. Keck, 65, of Medina, passed away Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, at Medina General Hospital.
He was born April 5, 1938, in Brunswick. Mr. Keck was an auctioneer after retiring from LTV Steel as a boilermaker. He was a former Medina County Fair Board director. Mr. Keck enjoyed cars and home improvement. He was an Army veteran.
Mr. Keck is survived by his daughter, Christine (fiancÚ Michael Batman) Keck of Hinckley Township; grandson, Kurt Batman; and David Namoski, who was like a son to him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Keck; son, Stephen Keck; and sister, Isabelle Keck.
Service: 11 a.m. Friday at Carlson, A Golden Rule Funeral Home, 1642 Pearl Road (one-half mile south of state Route 303), Brunswick.
Interment: Townline Cemetery, Brunswick Hills Township.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Ohio Division Inc., Cuyahoga Area Office, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 44106.