Howard A. Belser
Howard A. Belser, 89, of Medina, passed away Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, in Medina.
Mr. Belser was born Dec. 9, 1914, in Cleveland. He was the chief financial officer of Strong Cobb Inc. Pharmaceuticals and later retired as chief financial officer for Emro Marketing-Marathon Oil. He was a charter member of American Turners and a member of West Tech Alumni, Independence Kiwanis and the zoning board of appeals for Medina Township.
He is survived by his daughter, Tina (Sam) Pennington; nieces, Susan Barber and Janet Bartlett; and nephews, Gary and Ken Barber.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marie; daughter, Marcy French; and sisters, Ruth Bert and Dorothy Barber.
Private family services will be held.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256.
Lexi A. Carson
Lexi Anne Carson, 8, of Medina, passed away, Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at her residence.
She was born Sept. 4, 1996, in Richmond, Va. Lexi was a student at Windfall School.
She is survived by her parents, Michael and Jean Carson of Medina; grandparents, Merritt and Floris Carson of Silver Lake, Ohio; brothers, Todd, Danny, Benjamin, Gabriel, Eric, Tim, Ethien, Carlos and Cory; and sisters, Tracy, Julie, Emily, Kelly and Melinda.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Thursday at Granger Fairview Cemetery.
Family services provided by Carlson Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road, Medina.
Ronald J. Ciammaichella
Ronald J. Ciammaichella, 69, of Wadsworth, passed away at The Inn at Medina Hospice Care Center.
He was born March 31, 1935, in Cleveland. Mr. Ciammaichella was maintenance manager for Ohio Bell for 37 years. He was a Hinckley Township firefighter for 10 years. Mr. Ciammaichella was the Hinckley police chief for 13 years after he started the department and was a former Medina County deputy sheriff. He was a former Hinckley Little League manager and treasurer and helped build the original Hinckley Youth Baseball fields. He was a member and president of the Hinckley Lions Club, president of the Highland Athletic Booster Club and a member of the Highland Board of Education. Mr. Ciammaichella was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and Hinckley Rod and Gun Club. He was a volunteer at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital and was the treasurer of the AFL-CIO Communication Workers of America. He enjoyed trap shooting. He was in the Ohio Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
Mr. Ciammaichella is survived by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Cady of Wadsworth; sons, Richard (Charlene) of Aurora and Michael (Donna) of Columbus; daughters, Leslie Ann Ciammaichella of Medina and Lori (Danny) McVay of Sharon Center; and grandchildren, Alan, Douglas, Joseph, Kelly, Andrew, Anthony and Dylan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ann (nee Matejka) Ciammaichella, and brother, Donald.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 1088 Ridge Road, Hinckley. Please meet at the church.
Interment: Maple Hill Cemetery, Hinckley.
Visiting hours: 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at Carlson Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road (corner of state Route 18 and River Styx Road), Medina.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Medina County, 797 N. Court St., Medina, 44256.
Pauline M. Swartz
Pauline M. Swartz (nee Hoops), 88, of Chippewa Lake, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, in Barberton.
She was born June 18, 1916, in Hemlock, Ohio, and was a nurse's aide at Samaritan Villa in Medina, formerly Crestview.
Mrs. Swartz is survived by her daughter, Sally Swartz of Chippewa Lake; sister, Marge Barefoot of Elyria; and brother, Frank Woods Jr. of West Salem.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Sr.; sons, Carl W. Jr. and Ronald J. (Jackie); sisters, Donna and Wanda; and brothers, Richard, Edward and Jack.
Service: 2 p.m. Friday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. Pastor Bob Grover will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home in her memory.
Judith "AJ" Webb (nee Reese) went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2004, at Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, after a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 12, 1944. She was a longtime resident of Westlake and enjoyed old car shows and movies.
She was the beloved wife of Gene of Westlake; dear mother of Gene Jr.; loving grandmother of Carey Webb of Tennessee; sister of Richard (Judy) Reese of Sharon Township, and Roger (Sandy) Reese of California. She will be missed by all.
Memorial service: 10 a.m. Saturday at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the North Coast Health Ministry, 15644 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 44107.
Florence Wertenberger (nee Ramga), of Orange City, Fla., passed away Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, in Orange City.
She was born Nov. 23, 1904, in Wapakoneta, Ohio. She was a retired grade school teacher, having taught first and second grades in the Medina City School District for many years. Mrs. Wertenberger was a member of LeRoy United Methodist Church and Orange City United Methodist Church. She also was a member of United Methodist Women, Eastern Stars, Northeast Ohio Teachers Association and the Garden Club. She also belonged to Bird Watchers of John Knox and many times was accompanied by her son-in-law, Wayde Jones. She also volunteered at John Knox Village, where she lived.
Mrs. Wertenberger is survived by her daughters, Sandra Jones of DeLeon Spring, Fla., and Joan Dunagan of Glenmont, Ohio; grandchildren, Jill Gillespie of Newark, Ohio, Barbara Williams of Glenmont, Scott Repp of Wooster, Sherri Daly of Springfield, Tenn., Tammi Minger of Paisley, Fla., and Jeffery and Douglas Jones, both of De-Land, Fla.; 17 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren. Gramma "Workaburger," as all the grandchildren called her in their very early years, will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. What a special lady!
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; daughter, Jeanette Kane; grandson, David Dunagan; and son-in-law, Wayde Jones.
Service: noon Saturday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St. The Rev. Wayne Scott will officiate.
Burial: Westfield Cemetery.
Visiting hours: 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Akron Tri-County Chapter, 1815 W. Market St., Suite 301, Akron, 44313-7067.
Joseph Beckowitz Sr.
Joseph Beckowitz Sr., a longtime Medina resident who, throughout his life, managed Western Auto Hardware Stores, owned and operated Linz-Superior/Erie View Bowling Lanes of Cleveland, was a master mason for Simmons Bros. Construction an...
Alice I. Daniels
Alice I. Daniels, 90, of Crestline, formerly of Lodi, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2005, at Rosewood Manor in Galion.
She was born in Elyria to Clarence and Minnie Gern Spies and was a Medina County resident for 45 years before moving to the Bucyrus area. She owned and operated the Spanish Tavern on the old Lincoln Highway for many years. Mrs. Daniels was a real people person and enjoyed her family.
She is survived by her sons, Vernon W. (Linda) Daniels Jr. of Bonita Springs, Fla., and Ronald G. Daniels of Mount Gilead; daughter, Jane Kisamore of California; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Coudret of Seville, and Pat Rodgers and Darlene Minnicu, both of Fort Collins, Colo.; and brothers, Jack Spies of Wellington, Colo., Bud Spies of Polk, F. Daniel Spies of Seville and Ted Spies of Spencer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon W. Daniels; two sisters; one brother; and parents.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Armstrong-Waite Funeral Home, 25 Pleasant St. (state Route 3), Seville.
Burial: York Cemetery, Mallet Creek, York Township.
Visiting hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Velma M. Effinger-McFadden
Velma M. Effinger-McFadden (nee Kelser), 87, a lifetime resident of Medina, passed away Friday, March 4, 2005, in Medina.
Gladys I. Gill
Gladys I. Gill (nee Carley), 78, of Medina, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2005, in Wooster.
She was born Nov. 4, 1926, in New York City. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Gill was involved at St. Ambrose and St. Francis Xavier Catholic churches. She loved her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, Robert (Nadine) Gill Jr. of Virginia and Edward (Tammy) Gill of West Salem; brother, Edward (Joyce) Carley; sister, Regina (Kenneth) Gill; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gill; sister, Marie Carley; brother, Thomas Carley; and parents, Edward and Ella (nee Schneider) Carley.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina.
Interment: Eastlawn Memory Gardens, Brunswick.
Visiting hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home, 3477 Medina Road (corner of state Route 18 and River Styx Road), Medina.
William H. Penrose Sr.
William H. Penrose Sr., 78, of Medina, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle at the Cleveland Clinic on Fri-day, March 4, 2005.
He was born Dec. 24, 1926, in Akron. Before moving to Medina in 1954, he work-ed at the House of LaRose in Akron. Mr. Penrose was a former chef at Rustic Hills Country Club and Medina Country Club. He was the former owner of Hammer-schmidt Flowers, Flower Town Florist and Mr. P's Pizza Plus Shop in Orrville. He was a well-known good neighbor in the Poe community for 50 years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Pen-rose enjoyed meeting the first Friday of every month with his high school buddies. He looked forward to cooking Sunday dinners for his family. He enjoyed Cleveland sports and his dog, Penny. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and served in the Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Goldie M. (nee Stupak), to whom he was married for 55 years; daughter, Susie (Rick) Alspach of Medina; sons, Billy H. (Kris) Penrose and Bobby (Holly) Penrose, both of Medina, and Tommy (Tracy) Penrose of Wadsworth; grandchildren, Aaron (Rebecca) Alspach, Jarrod Alspach, and Jason, Kacie Jo, Tyler and Travis Penrose; a great-grandchild soon to arrive; and brother, Guy R. "Bud" (Virginia) Penrose Jr. of Medina.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy and Ethel Hillier Penrose.
Mass of Christian Burial: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St., Medina. Father Mark Hollis will officiate.
Burial: Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, at a later date.
Visiting hours: 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Waite & Son Funeral Homes, Medina Chapel, 765 N. Court St.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the American Red Cross Blood Bank, 501 W. Market St., Akron, 44303.