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Edith King
STOW - Edith M. King, 85, died Monday, July 6, 1998. Born in Windham, she had lived in Stow for more than 40 years. Mrs. King was a member of First Christian Church of Stow and the Stow Historical Society. An avid dollmaker and collector, she also enjoyed working at Lappin's Greenhouse each spring. Survivors include her sons, Marvin (Cathy) of Cuyahoga Falls and Larry (Malory) of Kent; and five grandchildren. Her husband, Kenneth, died in 1988. Calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Thursday at Redmon Funeral Home in Stow. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, 3493 Darrow Road, Stow, 44224.

Marian Manno
AURORA - Marian Johnston Manno, 83, died Saturday, June 20, 1998 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Born Aug. 23, 1914 in Cleveland, she was a life resident of Aurora. Mrs. Manno was a receptionist and custodian for the Solon Board of Education until she retired in 1984 after 16 years of service. She was a life member of The Church in Aurora and the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her sister, Edna Rae Prince of Kent; two nieces; and one nephew. Her husband, George, died in 1968. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Church in Aurora. Memorials may be made to The Church in Aurora, 146 Chillicothe Road, Aurora 44202.

Elizabeth Horst
Elizabeth Genevieve Horst, 86, of Chagrin Falls, died Saturday, July 4, 1998 at the Greens of Lyndhurst Nursing Home. Born Dec. 8, 1911 in Battle Creek, Mich., she was the daughter of Andrew and Pansy Horst. A Canton resident most of her life, she had lived in Chagrin Falls since 1990. Miss Horst was a teacher and worked at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. She later ran homes for children in Ravenna and Ashtabula. She was a graduate of Kent State University with a master's degree in Education. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Viola Horst; a niece and a nephew. Her infant brother, Reginald and brother, Wilbur, died previously. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home, 95 S. Franklin St., Chagrin Falls. Burial will be in Martin's Cemetery in Orrville.

Howard W. Sheely Jr.
Howard W. Sheely Jr., 61, of Warren, died Monday, July 6, 1998 at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital. Born May 6, 1937 in Poland, Ohio, he was the son of Howard and Alice R. (Symons) Sheely. Mr. Sheely was a crane operator for Heckett Multi Serb in the Warren area for 33 years. He was a member of the First Church of God in Newton Falls. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed mechanical work and farming. Survivors include his wife, Tawanda (Harvey) whom he married Aug. 31, 1963; sons, Howard III of Lordstown, David of Warren, Wayne and; James, both of Niles; daughter, Wendy Sue, at home; eight grandchildren and brother, Ralph of Warren. His brothers, Robert and Meil, died previously. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at First Church of God, 426 W. Broad St. in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Arrangements are being handled by Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Memorials may be made to the First Church of God.

Robert W. Sunthimer
Robert W. Sunthimer, 77, of Kent, died Monday, July 6, 1998 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Born March 23, 1921 in Akron, he was the son of William and Eve (Grable) Sunthimer. Mr. Sunthimer was employed as a mold finisher for Hunt Machine in Tallmadge. A World War II veteran, he served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He was a a member of Kent American Legion Post No. 496 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.1055. He also was a member of Ravenna Moose Lodge No. 1234, South Akron Eagles, the Ohio Country Music Association-Akron Chapter and the Unattaches. Survivors include his son Gerald "Jerry" (Sherry) of Homer, Alaska; daughters, Janet (David) Marshall of Ferndale, Wash.; Mary Frances (Richard) Misner of Spencer, N.C.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Paul (Hildreth)of Sebring, Fla.; sister, Jane (Bill) Idle of Youngstown, Ariz.; and special friend, Betty Hoopes of Kent. His wife, Dorothy Ruth (Bradley), died in 1988. His brothers, James and Earl, died previously. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Doug Jensen officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna. Memorials may be made to charity.

Leah Marie Kontorchik
STREETSBORO - Leah Marie Kontorchik, 8, died Monday, July 6, 1998, at University Hospitals of Cleveland after a long illness. Born May 11, 1990 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Mark and Lorrie (Joiner) Kontorchik. She was a life resident of Streetsboro. Leah was a student at Wait Elementary School in Streetsboro. She played Streetsboro Junior Baseball and was a Portage North cheerleader. She enjoyed karate, swimming, riding motorcycles, horses and her Barbie Jeep. She collected Winnie the Pooh characters and Beanie Babies. In addition to her parents of Streetsboro, survivors include her brother, Kevin, at home; and grandparents, Simon and Edna Kontorchik of Carrolltown, Pa. and Lynn and Daryl Joiner of Barnesboro, Pa. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Stevens Funeral Home in Carrolltown, Pa., and from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Union United Methodist Church in Barnesboro, Pa. The Rev. Bob Matthews will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Union Church Cemetery. Local arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50 Memphis, Tenn., 38701.

Woodrow Wilson Harper
Woodrow Wilson Harper, 73, of Warren, died Monday, July 6, 1998 at his home. He had cancer. Mr. Harper was the father of former Ravenna resident Mrs. Kenneth (Sherri) Patrick, who is serving with her husband, the former pastor of the Ravenna Assembly of God, as a missionary in Latin America. Mr. Harper was a operating engineer and J.R. Soda & Luscher Construction Co. for more than 40 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. In addition to Mrs. Patrick, survivors include his wife, Grace E., whom he married Dec. 27, 1946; son, Terry L. of Warren; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother and two sisters. Three brothers and three sisters died previously. Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Carl. W. Hall Funeral Home in Warren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Champion Twp. Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Assembly of God Church and Hospice of Northeast Ohio.

Benjamin L. Thompson Jr.
Benjamin L. Thompson Jr., 72, of Kent, died Monday, July 6, 1998 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Born Aug. 1, 1925 in Randolph, he was the son of Benjamin and Alice (Mudd) Thompson. Mr. Thompson was the owner-operator of several service stations in the area, including Sohio, Exxon and Twin Lakes Amoco, which he operated until he retired. Mr. Thompson was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and Ohio Petroleum Retailers and Repairmans Association. He recently was installed as the first vice president of the Portage County Society of the Blind. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his sons, Walt (Gloria) of Stow, Dennis (Chris) of Tallmadge and Ben (Della) of Ketchikan, Alaska; daughters, Barb (Chuck) Wyers of Cuyahoga Falls and Mary (Bob) Rinaldi of Port Richie, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; mother Alice of Ravenna; brothers, Thomas of Randolph and Bernard of Tallmadge; and sisters, Jane Winland of Rootstown and Jacqueline Sines of Manchester; and special friend, Maxine Jones of Rootstown. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church in Kent. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Memorials may be made to Portage County Society of the Blind, in care of Keith Kimmel, 11382 Peck Road, Mantua, 44255.

S. Irene Hungerford
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Church of Christ in Kent for S. Irene (Prichard) Hungerford, 101, formerly of Kent, who died Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at Akron City Hospital. The Rev. Patrick Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are being handled by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Born Nov. 16, 1896 in Parkman, she was the daughter of Lucius W. and Bertha (Young) Prichard. Mrs. Hungerford graduated from John Hopkins University in 1921 with a nursing degree and from Oberlin College in 1924 with an English degree. After her training, she was a nurse with the American Red Cross during World War II. She was a member of the United Church of Christ of Kent and many of its various groups. She also was a member of Kent University Women; the Kent and Cuyahoga Weavers Guild; and the Cuyahoga Spinners Guild. Survivors include her son, Richard M. (Barbara) of Barefoot Bay, Fla.; daughter, Mrs. Gilbert (Suzanne H.) Seely of Mesa, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and sister, Georgia Tilden of LaGrange, Ky. Her husband, Harlan M., whom she married Dec. 31, 1924, died previously. Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ of Kent, Hungerford Scholarship Fund, 1427 Horning Road, Kent, 44240.

Bessie Taylor
Bessie P. Taylor, 96, of Ravenna, died Wednesday, July 8, 1998 at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna. Born November 12, 1901 in Pa., she was the daughter of John and Blanche (Hamilton) Penn. Originally from Cincinnati, she had lived in Ravenna since 1969. Survivors include her niece, Mrs. Thomas (Dolores Jean) Johns of Ravenna. Her husband, Thomas; sons, Thomas and Melvin; brother, William; and sisters, Blanche Penn, Della Metcalf, Esther Wilson and Sara Maraney, all died previously. Cremation has taken place. There will be no calling hours or public services. Private burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Bedford Heights. Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Nicholas Bell
Nicholas T. Bell, 16, of Newton Falls, died Tuesday, July 7, 1998 at Forum Health-Trumbull Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born May 17, 1982 in Warren, he was the son of Carson and Deborah (Wallace) Bell. He was in the tenth grade at Labrae High School and was a member of the varsity football team and weightlifting team. Survivors include his parents; grandparents, Arthur and Althea Bell of Braceville; grandfathers, Charles Bower of Southington and Mitch Wallace of Warren; and aunts, Holly Bower of Austintown and Diana Bell of Youngstown. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 9 today at Borowski Funeral Home, Newton Falls. There will be no services.

Frank Platz, 76
Frank J. Platz, Jr., 76, of Ravenna, who owned and operated the Blackhorse Tavern, died Thursday, July 9, 1998, at Robinson Memorial Hospital. Born July 9, 1922 in Wadsworth, he was the son of Frank and Barbara (Kulnuck) Platz. He had lived in Ravenna since 1975. Mr. Platz retired from PCA in Rittman in 1975. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his sons, Frank D. of St. Louis, Mo., Ed of Washington, Paul of Ravenna and Jerry; daughters, Mrs. Dave (Susan) Augustine of Akron, Mrs. Mark (Mary) Hughes of Kent and Kathleen of Ravenna; six grandchildren; brother, Fred, and sisters, Katherine Holvey and Eva Rock, all of Wadsworth. His wife, Jane, died in December 1988. His sister, Barbara Walker, and a grandson also died previously. Calling hours will be from held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Martha's Church in Akron, with the Rev. Pete Colletti officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Ravenna.

Benjamin Brown, 63
Benjamin "Benny" Brown, 63, of Ravenna, died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, at Akron City Hospital after a long illness. Born April 6, 1935 in Dorothy, W.Va., he was the son of Robert and Catherine (Cook) Brown. He had been a Ravenna resident for 40 years. Mr. Brown was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Ravenna. Survivors include his wife Barbara (Peterson); sons, Benjamin and Terry of Pennsylvania and Jerry and Robert, both of Ravenna; daughter, Starla of Ravenna; eight grandchildren; brothers, E.F. (Bacon) of W. Va., Dale (Mary) of Ravenna, Charles (Helen) of Kent and Elbert (Bo) of Ravenna; and sisters, Wanda (Clair) Williams of Ravenna, Judy (Frankie) Thompson and Brenda Bainbridge, both of Virginia, Jeanie Whetsell-Pellegrini of Ravenna and Lura (David) McGilvray of Bay Village. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Carol Evans officiating. Cremation will follow and private internment will be held later.

NANCY HELEN LANZA
Nancy Helen (Vild) Lanza, 63, died in her home in Stow July 5, 1998 after a 10-year battle with leukemia and lung cancer. Mrs. Lanza and her family had lived previously in Solon, where she worked for 15 years at JoAnn Fabrics. She was an active member of the Pioneer Quilters and the Stow Hisorical Society. She was an avid quilter, sharing her skills with many. She is survived by her husband, Nick J. Lanza; daughters, Mrs. Ron (Peggy) Gless of Stow, Mrs. Drew (Karen) Romito of Twinsburg, and Mrs. Ron (Brenda) Lestock of Twinsburg; five grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Bill (Alice) Howenstine of McHenry, Ill. A private memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg. Arrangements were made by Redmon Funeral Home in Stow. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 20525 Center Ridge Road, Suite 630, Cleveland, 44116 or Hospice of the Cleveland Clinic, 9775 Rockside Road, Valley View, 44125.

RICHARD P. HOPKINS
Richard P. Hopkins, 78 of Walton Hills, died July 10, 1998 in Bedford. He was born May 19, 1920 in Cleveland. Mr. Hopkins served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Survivors include his wife, Jean (Thieman); sons, Richard (Lori) of Lancaster, Pa., and Michael (Sue) of Peninsula; daughters, Deborah (Larry) Stewart of Randolph and Marlene (Anthony) Harmon of Bath; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert and Thomas; and sister, Ellen Zee. Brother, Charles, and sisters, Irene Provenzano, Eugenia Parulis and Mary Jane Hlad died previously. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, 521 Broadway, Bedford. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 300 Union St., Bedford. Entombment will be in Crown Hill Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

LEEANNE MARIE TRASK
LeeAnne Marie Trask, infant daughter of Scott and Marcella (Creque) of Ravenna, was stillborn Wednesday, July 8, 1998. Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Irene Trask of Ravenna, and Eva Gray and stepgrandfather, Paul Gray of Deerfield; great-grandmother, Sarah Gray of Deerfield. Her grandfather, Alfred Trask Sr., died Aug. 16, 1993. Private services will be held. Burial will be in the West Cemetery of Palmyra. Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel handled arrangements.

PRESTON E. GIRTON
Preston E. Girton, 73, of Kentwood, Mich., died Thursday, July 9, 1998. Mr. Girton was born in Rootstown. He was a past master of York Lodge No. 410 F&AM, past president of Grand Rapids Engineer's Club and former deacon and trustee at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Survivors include his wife Florence; son, Michael of Kentwood; daughters, Ann E. (Thomas) Dulisch of Westport, Ind., and Janice L. (Richard) Brown of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; three grandchildren; and brothers, Russell, Wallace and Leslie. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Ofield Funeral Home in Kentwood. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Kentwood with the Rev. Allan Weenink officiating. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Luther Home will be appreciated.

HELEN L. HILLENBRAND
STREETSBORO - Helen L. Hillenbrand, 59, died Thursday, July 9, 1998 at her home. Born Feb. 23, 1939 in Hodgenville, Ky., she was a Streetsboro resident for the past 10 years and was formerly of Willoughby. Mrs. Hillenbrand worked as a cashier for Wal-Mart in Streetsboro. Survivors include her husband, Albert; sons, Richard DeCapite Jr. of Mentor, Anthony (Luann) DeCapite of Streetsboro, Robert DeCapite of Grafton and Joseph DeCapite of Jacksonville, N.C.; two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Dawn) Necas of Chesterland, and Deborah DeCapite of Panellas Park, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a brother, Walter (Marge) Routt of Concord. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church of Streetsboro with the Rev. Fredrick Slaven officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.

KATHRYN Z. SINGLEY
Kathryn Z. (Zierdt) Singley, 94, of Aurora, died Thursday at Solon St. Luke's Medical Center. Born July 8, 190, she was the daughter of Henry and Catherine (Yeager) Zierdt. She was a 1922 graduate of Hazleton High School in Hazleton, Pa. and a 1926 graduate from Bucknell University, where she finishJay Craig Smith, 101, of Ravenna, died Friday, July 10, 1998 at the Portage County Nursing Home in Shalersville. Born Dec. 14, 1896 in Rootstown, he was the son of Lew and Nellie (Craig) Smith. He was a life Portage County resident. Mr. Smith ran an accounting business in Cleveland and was hired in 1921 as general secretary for the Portage County YMCA In 1928, he became director of the Dover YMCA. In 1931, he became manager of the former Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, a post he held for three years. He served as manager at Vale Edge Dairy and, in 1942, became traveling auditor for the U.S. Food Administration in Cleveland. He was one of three people who graduated from the Rootstown Public School in 1914. He attended Kent State Normal School and taught in Brimfield in a one-room school house. One of the county's last surviving veterans of World War I, he served as pastor at Edinburg United Church, Brady Lake Methodist Church and Charlestown Methodist Church. He attended First Christian Church in Ravenna and remained active in church life after he retired in 1972. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Mary Lou) Miller of Ravenna; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife of 65 years, Gladys, died in March 1993. A sister, Carrie Walker, died in 1985. Calling hours will be held an hour prior to the 8 p.m. service Monday at Shorts Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. The Rev. Russell Goldner will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Ravenna. ed summa cum laude. She taught in the Hazleton public school system before moving to Cleveland. She retired to Sarasota, Fla. for 15 years before moving to Aurora. Survivors include a daughter, Betty (Robert) Buckles of Aurora; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, William S., whom she married in 1929, died previously. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in the Vine Street Cemetery in Hazleton. Local arrangements are being handled by the Kindrich-McHugh Steinbauer Funeral Home in Solon.

JAY CRAIG SMITH
Jay Craig Smith, 101, of Ravenna, died Friday, July 10, 1998 at the Portage County Nursing Home in Shalersville. Born Dec. 14, 1896 in Rootstown, he was the son of Lew and Nellie (Craig) Smith. He was a life Portage County resident. Mr. Smith ran an accounting business in Cleveland and was hired in 1921 as general secretary for the Portage County YMCA In 1928, he became director of the Dover YMCA. In 1931, he became manager of the former Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, a post he held for three years. He served as manager at Vale Edge Dairy and, in 1942, became traveling auditor for the U.S. Food Administration in Cleveland. He was one of three people who graduated from the Rootstown Public School in 1914. He attended Kent State Normal School and taught in Brimfield in a one-room school house. One of the county's last surviving veterans of World War I, he served as pastor at Edinburg United Church, Brady Lake Methodist Church and Charlestown Methodist Church. He attended First Christian Church in Ravenna and remained active in church life after he retired in 1972. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Frank (Mary Lou) Miller of Ravenna; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife of 65 years, Gladys, died in March 1993. A sister, Carrie Walker, died in 1985. Calling hours will be held an hour prior to the 8 p.m. service Monday at Shorts Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel. The Rev. Russell Goldner will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Ravenna.


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