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Mark D. Strader, 42
Mark D. Strader, 42, of Newton Township, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Illinois. Born Oct. 9, 1958, in Warren, he was the son of Charles Jacob and Fran (Caracciolo) Strader. He had lived in Niles before moving to Newton Township in 1992. Mr. Strader was the assistant postmaster for the Girard Post Office, retiring in 1998. He had been a real estate agent for ERA Tri-Sun Realty for the last four years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls. Survivors include daughters, Angie of Newton Falls and Nicole of Parkman; three grandchildren; parents, Charles and Fran Strader of Warren; and brothers, Charles Jacob Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn., Kenneth of Cortland and Keith of Pittsburgh. A brother, Paul Joseph, died previously. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Newton Falls. Arrangements are being handled by James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.

Lynn Marie (Truce) Daley, 60
Lynn Marie (Truce) Daley, 60, of Dublin, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at her residence. She was the daughter of Allen and Helen Truce. Survivors include her husband, Richard W.; sons, Kenneth W. (Dana), David W. (Terri) and Richard J. (Angie); daughter, Sharon K. (Steve) Weltner; six grandchildren; her mother; step-father, Lou Baran; brothers, Richard Truce and Michael Truce; and sisters, JoAnn (Steve) Wohlgemuth, Karen (Mike) Bosely and Deborah (Bob) McClung. Her father died previously. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell, 450 W. Powell Road (Olentangy Street), in Powell. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Brigid of Kildare Church, 7179 Avery Road, Dublin, OH 43017. Memorials may be made to St. Brigid of Kildare Church or Hospice at Riverside/Grant, 3595 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214.

Howard F. "Skip" Johnston Jr., 49
Howard F. "Skip" Johnston Jr., 49, of Avonmore, Pa., died Thursday, June 14, 2001, in the Latrobe (Pa.) Area Hospital. Born Oct. 14, 1951, in Greensburg, Pa., he was a son of Howard F. Johnston Sr. and the late Linda Fordyce Johnston. He was employed as a truck driver. He was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Delmont, Pa. Survivors include a daughter, Nora Johnston Vanderella of Greensburg, Pa.; three grandchildren; father Howard F. of Streetsboro; brother, Jeffrey L. (Julie) Johnston Sr., of Georgia; and sisters, Cynthia (David) Ratliff of Parma and Jodi L. Johnston of Cleveland. His mother and a sister, Kimberly Ann Johnston, died previously. Calling hours will be held today and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bash-Nied Funeral Home, 152 Abbe Place, Delmont, Pa. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Peter P. Bortz officiating. Burial will follow at Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 521 Plymouth St., Suite 6, Greensburg, PA 15601 or to Trinity United Church of Christ, 39 E. Pittsburgh St., Delmont, PA 15626.

Joseph "Ted" Granat, 89
Joseph "Ted" Granat, 89, of Lake Roger Drive, Sugar Bush Knolls, and formerly of Middlebury Road, Kent, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at Stow-Glen Retirement Center. Born March 18, 1912 in Cleveland, he was the son of Teofil and Apolonia (Krajewski) Granat. Mr. Granat retired in 1970 as a foreman at American Steel and Wire. He also had worked at the Cleveland Worsted Mills in Cleveland and the Carnation Milk Co. in Pennsylvania. He was a former member of the Ashlar Lodge in Cleveland. He had lived most of his life in Cleveland and moved to Kent in 1971. Survivors include his daughter, Nora (Charles) Kegley of Sugar Bush Knolls; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Susanna S. (Pratus) died in 1990. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in Harvard Grove Cemetery in Cleveland. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of Ohio, 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, 43228, or the KSU basketball program, c/o KSU Blue and Gold, 187 Mac Center, Kent, 44242.

John P. Haney, 55
John P. Haney, 55, of Ravenna, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a brief illness. Born June 3, 1946, in Atwater, he was the son of James and Mary (Henry) Haney. Mr. Haney was a member of the Ravenna Church of Christ. Survivors include his mother, Mary; and many uncles, aunts and cousins. His father, James, died in 1993 and his sister, Dorothy Wayne, died in 1988. There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Atwater Chapel, with Evangelist Terry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Atwater Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Ravenna Church of Christ or the Epilepsy Foundation.

Wanda J. Matta, 70
STREETSBORO - Wanda J. Matta, 70, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at the Cleveland Clinic. Born May 30, 1931, in Clarksburg, W. Va., she had lived in Cleveland before moving to Streetsboro 45 years ago. Mrs. Matta was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro. Survivors include her husband, Steve, to whom she was married for 45 years; sons, John of Brimfield, George and Andrew, both of Streetsboro, Timothy of Shalersville, Michael of Norton and Steve of Seattle; daughters, Barbara Powell and Christine Johnson, both of Ravenna, and Patricia Matta of Streetsboro; and 19 grandchildren. A sister, Betty Stropki, died previously. Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro with the Rev. Msgr. Frederick Slaven officiating. Private burial will be held.

James T. Monroe Sr.
James T. Monroe Sr., 51, of Newton Falls, died of heart failure Sunday, June 17, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown. Born June 14, 1950, in Possum Hollow, Ky., he was the son of Charles Thomas and Sarah Pauline (Click) Monroe. He had lived in Freedom Township before moving to Newton Falls in 1973. Mr. Monroe was a line coordinator at General Motors for 30 years. He was an Honorary Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, assisting with their Toys for Tots program. He attended General Assembly Church of God in Newton Falls. He liked motorcycle riding and the outdoors, played guitar and banjo in local bands Show Time and Iron Horse and was a member of the Covered Bridge CB Club. Survivors include his wife, Gail (Walker), whom he married Aug. 25, 1967; son, James T. Monroe Jr. of Newton Falls; daughter, Sheila Monroe of Newton Falls; three grandchildren; mother, Pauline of Freedom; brothers, Charles of Windham, Franklin of Hopemills, North Carolina and William of Freedom; and sisters, Bonnie O'Shields and Darla (Charles) Henley, both of Freedom, Gracie (Marland) Bowman of Newton Falls, Tammie Monroe of Shalersville and Hazel Chapple of Garrettsville. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the General Assembly Church of God in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Newton Falls Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.

Mary Jeannette Hanes
Mary Jeannette Hanes, 80, of Medina, died of cancer Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Medina General Hospital. Born Aug. 6, 1920, in Warren, she was the daughter of Charles and Blanche (Dwyer) Wilson. She had lived in Lorain and Newton Falls before moving to Medina in 1989. Mrs. Hanes had been a data processor at Van Huffel Tube in Warren. She was a member of the Pithian Sisters, Rebekah Lodge No. 311 and Dames of Malta, all in Newton Falls. She loved traveling, crocheting, music, playing the piano and attending band concerts in Medina. She sang in the choir at Newton Falls United Methodist Church and sang in the Warren Civic Choir when she lived in Newton Falls. Survivors include a son, Stanley C. "Skip" of Southington; daughter, Mary Hanes of Medina; one granddaughter; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Alex Amos Hanes, whom she married Aug. 6, 1944, died Dec. 19, 1976. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Newton Falls Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Russell Karas
Russell Karas, 86, of Brookpark Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Bath Manor in Bath. Born Sept. 9, 1914, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the son of Sam and Katie Karas. Survivors include his wife, Velma (Boyle); son, Peter (Julie) of Peninsula; daughter, Sandi Kline of Cuyahoga Falls; three grandchildren; and a sister, Catherine Niemoshinski. His brother, Peter; and sister, Mary Jones, died previously. There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery.

Jeanette Mary (Rocco) Cline
Former Shalersville resident Jeanette Mary (Rocco) Cline, 78, of Fairborn, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Greene Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Cline was a member of Mary, Help of Christians Catholic Church. Survivors include her husband, Lawrence, to whom she was married for 49 years; son, Larry (Debra) of Jamestown, Ohio; daughters, Kimberly (Mark) Davis of Mantua and Cynthia (Terry) Barnes of Louisville, Ky.; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and brothers, Ed (Virginia) Rocco and Ernest Rocco, both of Phoenix, Ariz. Brothers Dominic, Ralph, Carl and Herb Rocco, and a sister, Mildred Orlando died previously. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Morris Sons Funeral Home in Fairborn. There will be no services. A private burial will be held by the family.

Lue Ella "Auntie" Williams
Lue Ella "Auntie" Williams, 72, of Ravenna, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Akron City Hospital. She was born Feb. 9, 1929, in Tennessee. Mrs. Williams retired from Kent State University, where she had worked in the cafeteria for 32 years. She was a member of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Survivors include her sons, Willie "Pete" Brumley of Warren, Louis (Michelle) King of Ravenna and Andre (Rebecca) Brumley of Ravenna; daughters, Annie Ruth Nelson of Chicago, Ill. and Cora Mae Broome of Akron; daughter-in-law, Sara Joyce White of Florida; 25 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. Her husband, Sonny Williams; sons, Richard Brumley and Robert Strickland; brothers; and sisters died previously. Calling hours will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at noon on Saturday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

Darrell Lee Hurst, 64
WINDHAM - Darrell Lee Hurst, 64, died Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Maison Aine in Stow following an illness. Born Aug. 8, 1936, in Adrian, W.Va., he was the son of Harlan L. and Genevieve (Cox) Hurst. He was a lifetime resident of the Windham area. Mr. Hurst was employed as a tow motor driver at Chrysler Twinsburg Stamping Plant for 20 years and was a union representative, retiring in 1983. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He enjoyed fishing and golfing. Survivors include his wife, Carroll (Flitecraft) Hurst, whom he married on Jan. 9, 1959; daughters, Sheryl Holnstein of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Tracy Wilder of Newton Falls; two grandchildren; and sisters, Ruth Karpenko of Clearwater, Fla., Vada Smith of Summerfield, Fla. and Mary Chico of Newton Falls. His son, John C. Hurst, died in 1997. Brother, Darrius Hurst died previously. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua, where services will immediately follow with Mr. Paul Flitecraft officiating. A private family burial will be held.

Mae R. North, 95
Mae R. North, 95, of Ravenna, died Friday, June 15, 2001, at her home following a short illness. Born Nov. 5, 1905, in Shelbyville, Ind., she was the daughter of Frank and Maude (Hoffman) Rice. Formerly of Kent, she lived in Ravenna for the past nine years. Mrs. North worked for O'Neils for 25 years and retired from the May Company in Stow. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Ravenna. She enjoyed traveling and needlepoint. Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Stahl of Ravenna; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, Earl, died in 1951. Her sisters, Helen Masterson, Martha Barber, Ruth Strahl and Norma Clark died previously. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel, where services will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Cliff Garris officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Ravenna.

James E. Fulmer, 75
James E. Fulmer, 75, of Brentwood, Kent, died Saturday, June 16, 2001, at his home. Born Oct. 23, 1925, in Kent, he was the son of Clayton and Thelma (Lighton) Fulmer. Mr. Fulmer worked as a meat cutter for Ferrara's Sparkle Market and later retired from Furon in Mantua. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of VFW #3703 and the Kent Elks. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Emma Jane (Kehner) Fulmer. Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where services will immediately follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Roger Knight officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Bob and Betty Garrett
A memorial service will be held for Bob and Betty Garrett at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2001, at the United Church of Christ, 1427 Horning Road in Kent.

Diana Sue Brewer
Diana Sue Brewer, 49, of Munroe Falls, died Monday, June 18, 2001, of cancer. Born Sept. 28, 1951 in Fairmont, W.Va., she was the daughter of Charles and Velma King. Mrs. Brewer worked in the classified advertising department of the Akron Beacon Journal for 11 years. She was long time member of Akron Free Will Baptist Church where she enjoyed working as a Sunday school teacher. Survivors include her husband, Ronald L., to whom she had been married for 28 years; son, Ronald D.; daughter, Rhonda S. of Cincinnati; sisters, Donna J. (Donald) of Rootstown, Debra A. (Matthew) Wyers of Deerfield; grandmother, Opal G. Scyoc of Aradia, Fla. and mother-in-law Jeannine of Bradley, W.Va. Her parents died previously. Calling hours are from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at Newcomer-Farley Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Road, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Kenneth Frisbee officiating. Entombment will be at Northlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the oncology department at Akron General Medical Center, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, 44307.

Thomas "Larry" Hampton
Thomas "Larry" Hampton, 49, of Ravenna, died suddenly Monday, June 18, 2001, at his home. Born Feb. 3, 1952, in Albertville, Ala., he was the son of Tom and Bobbie (Smith) Hampton. Mr. Hampton was a truck driver. Survivors include his sons, Benjamin and Anddru Hampton of Ravenna; a daughter, Sara Hampton of Ravenna; mother, Bobbie Hampton of Aurora; brother, Gary (Teresa) Hampton of Mantua; and sister, Debra (Frank) Dengg of St. Petersburg, Fla. His father, Tom, died previously. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Mennonite Church of Aurora.

Verna B. Beznoska
Verna B. Beznoska, 79, died Tuesday, June 19, 2001, at the Portage County Nursing Home in Shalersville. Born Dec. 4, 1921, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of John and Anna (Holicky) Skulina. A homemaker, she was a longtime resident of Solon. Survivors include her son, Frank (Jan) of Ravenna; daughter, Linda Gulyas of Twinsburg; and one grandson. No calling hours will be held. Cremation has taken place. A private family burial at Knollwood Cemetery in Mayfield Heights will be held. Arrangments were made by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.

Charles Cooper Jenks Jr.
Former Ravenna resident Charles Cooper Jenks Jr., 85, died Sunday, May 27, 2001 in the Portage County Nursing Home in Ravenna. Born Jan. 13, 1916, in Erie, Pa., he was the son of Charles C. and Elizabeth (Dasen) Jenks. Mr. Jenks was employed as a purchasing agent with Rockwell International of Richland, Wash. before his retirement. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ravenna. Survivors include his sons, Charles D. (Suzanne) of Kent and David B. (Diana) of Kent, Wash.; daughter, Patricia J. (Perry) Williams of Ravenna; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Marion Bankoske of Warren, Pa. His wife, Opal (Dougan), died Jan. 25, 1999. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on June 30 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ravenna with the Rev. Judith Wozniak officiating. The Wood-Kortright Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel is handling arrangements.

Marian (Higgs) Sharp
Marian (Higgs) Sharp, 90, of Cleveland, died Monday, June 18, 2001, at Walton Manor Nursing Home. Born May 23, 1911, in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Albert S. and Rosalind (Warner) Higgs. She was a lifelong Cleveland resident. Mrs. Sharp was a secretary. She was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights. She was a member of the East Cleveland PTA and the League of Women Voters. Survivors include her son, Warner Ross Sharp of Ravenna; a daughter, Linda Snowberger of Ravenna; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, H. Ross Sharp, died in 1990. Two sisters also died previously. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Acacia Park Cemetery in Mayfield Heights with the Rev. Cliff Garris Jr. officiating. Memorials may be made to Friends of Solon Library. Arrangements are being handled by the Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Roberta Secrest
Roberta Faye Secrest, 88, of Cambridge, the mother of Sheryl Gardner of Kent, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, in Cambridge. Mrs. Secrest attended Kent State University for a time, as did her husband and three of her daughters. She taught sewing and knitting and worked as a substitute teacher in Cambridge schools while her daughters were young. She graduated from Muskingum College when she was in her 50s and taught first grade at Oakland School in Cambridge. Survivors include her daughters, Sheryl (C.C. 'Dick') Gardner of Kent, DeMeril (Paul) Schoenbachler of Louisville, Ky., Raoma "Randi" Secrest of Cuyahoga Falls, and Dixie (Tom) Lodge of Cambridge; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, Richard V., whom she married May 1, 1933, died in 1985. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bundy-Law Funeral Home in Cambridge. Private services will be held Monday.


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