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Jessie Campbell Jessie B. Campbell, 75, of North Jackson, died Thursday, June 18, 1998 at Glen View Manor. Born April 14, 1923 in Farmdale, she was the daughter of Clair Toss and Maude (Miller) Frampton. She lived in North Jackson since 1949. Mrs. Campbell was a homemaker. During World War II, she worked at the Lordstown Depot. She was a member of Keenagers of North Jackson. She was a 1943 graduate of Johnson High School. Survivors include her husband James C., whom she married March 12, 1949; daughters, Penny of Warren and Mrs. Bonnie Pittman of North Jackson; five grandchildren; and a great grandchild. Her daughter, Nancy Johnson; brothers, Robert, Paul, Clair, Howard, Henry, Eugene and Norman; and sisters, Tillie Kelley, Ruth Hites, Margaret Scott Blanar, and Stella Hites all died previously. Many of her brothers and sisters had lived in Portage County. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lane Funeral Home, Austintown Chapel where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in North Jackson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

William Boyle SUFFIELD - William G. Boyle, 84, died Saturday, June 20, 1998. Born March 21, 1914, he was the son of William and Emma Boyle. He owned and operated Boyle's Nursery and Landscaping for 50 years, and he retired from B.F. Goodrich Tire and Rubber Co. after 34 years of service. Mr. Boyle was a member of Tallmadge Alliance Church. Survivors include his wife, Mildred G., to whom he was married 62 years; sons, Robert (Gayle) and Jack (Judi), both of Mogadore; daughters, Patricia of Mogadore and Becky (Dave) Blum of Akron; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Sandy Boyle Taillon of Akron; brother, John of California; sisters, Pauline (Lacy) Harless of Tallmadge and Marion Selman of Bath; sister-in-law Kathleen Boyle of Edinburg; and brother-in-law Jim Byrnes of Newark, Ohio. His son, WIlliam Jr., died previously. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Akron, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. David Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park in Akron.

E. Wayne Gallaway E. Wayne Gallaway, 92, of Middlebury Road, Kent, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, at Kent Quality Care Nursing Home. Born March 22, 1906 in Kent, he was the son of Joseph G. and Edith (Anderegg) Gallaway. Mr. Gallaway was an inventory and stock clerk at Twin Coach Co. in Kent, then worked for and retired from Forest City Material. He had been a member of First Christian Church of Kent since the age of 6. He also was a member of the Kent Men's Garden Club, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Senior Citizens Club. Survivors include his wife, Pauline R. (Null), whom he married May 17, 1930; son, Robert (Nancy) of Houston; daughter-in-law, Jackie Gallaway of Kent; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His sons, Richard and Charles "Tom," and brothers, Charles and George, died previously. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m.Tuesday at Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church of Kent.

William Gay SHALERSVILLE - Services will be held Tuesday for William R. Gay, 40, who died unexpectedly Friday, June 19, 1998, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna of an apparent heart attack. Born July 17, 1957 in Cleveland, he was the son of the late Robert and Betty (Koch) Gay. A resident of the Shalersville area since 1991, Mr. Gay formerly lived in Charleston, S.C. Mr. Gay was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Windham the past four years. Previously, he worked for the postal service in Akron. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Gulf War where he obtained the rank of staff sergeant. Mr. Gay was a member of the American Legion Post #193 in Mantua. He was also a member of the Crestwood Lion's Club and Scout Master of Troup #570 of the Boy Scouts of America in Mantua. A member of Portage Faith United Methodist Church in Mantua, Mr. Gay also was active in the United Methodist Men's Club. Mr. Gay enjoyed camping and playing the guitar. He enjoyed all types of music and was an avid sports fan. He made tooled leather products for his friends and family to have as gifts. He was a 1976 graduate of Bedford High School. Survivors include his wife Robin (Cooley) Gay whom he married Dec. 18, 1982; daughter, Erika, and son, Nathan, both of the home; and sisters, Marilynn (Ed) Hall of Dexter, Mich. and Roberta (Michael) Kaye of Elida. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 S.R. 44, Mantua, with the Rev. Kate Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Shalersville with military honors.

Dr. Betsy Rosenwasser Dr. Betsy Jo Rosenwasser of Kent was a dedicated professional who took a personal interest in the welfare of others. Even as she fought her own battle with acute leukemia, Dr. Rosenwasser continued to reach out to people with health problems, offering them her assistance and counsel. Dr. Rosenwasser's fight for her life ended Saturday at University Hospital in Cleveland, where she had been undergoing treatment. She was 42. Dr. Rosenwasser, who was an Emergency Department physician at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna for much of the 1990s, was the wife of Dr. Alan Rosenwasser, an obstetrician and gynecologist. Dr. Rosenwasser had undergone two bone marrow transplants at the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospital since 1997. The first was for the re-occurrence of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, with which she had been diagnosed in 1995. The disease is a cancer that effectively destroys the body's lymphatic system. After her treatment in 1995, Dr. Rosenwasser was able to resume her medical work and rear her son, Max, and daughter, Claire. Her symptoms returned in the spring of 1997 and she underwent her first bone marrow transplant at that time. She underwent a second transplant earlier this year. Dr. Rosenwasser was held in such esteem by her co-workers at Robinson Memorial Hospital that several volunteered to take turns driving her to Cleveland for her treatment, up to five times a week. She talked about how battling health problems affected her attitude toward patients and friends with cancer in an article which appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News in 1997. "I thought I understood until it was me," she said. "Then I realized that every moment is precious. The moment is now ... I try to find joy in each day." Dr. Rosenwasser was a graduate of Case Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland after completing pre-med at the University of Cincinnati. She earned a degree in elementary education at Ohio State University after graduating from Eastmoor High School in Columbus. She was board-certified in emergency medicine and a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Survivors include her husband, Dr. Alan Rosenwasser; son, Max, and daughter, Claire, both at home; parents, Richard and Ellen Hane Neustadt of Columbus; grandmother, Ethel Neustadt of Columbus; brothers, Robert (Lois) Neustadt of Chicago and Jim Neustadt of Washington, D.C.; sister, Carol Neustadt (Barry Cohen) of Columbus; in-laws, Bennette and Isadore Rosenwasser of Cleveland; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dottie and Steve Ciciretto of Chagrin Falls. Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz Memorial Chapel, 1985 S. Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights, with Rabbi Susan Stone officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Rosenwasser home, 1431 River Trail Road in Kent, through Tuesday evening. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Marjorie Rufener SUFFIELD - Marjorie E. Rufener died Saturday, doing what she loved to do. Mrs. Rufener, 82, died in the parade line-up for the Hartville Old-Fashioned Days Parade while riding in a 1925 Model 'A' Ford, which she and her husband, Carl, enjoyed sharing with other classic auto enthusiasts. "She looked forward to every parade, and she attended hundreds all over the county," said her son, Carl Jr. "Anytime there was a parade, she was there." She kept attending parades although ongoing health problems kept her connected to oxygen tanks much of the time, he said. Although paramedics were 50 feet away at the time of her death, her son said there was nothing they could do. Born in Sebring, she had lived in Suffield for 61 years. She moved to the community when she married her husband, one of Portage County's widely-known farmers. In addition to working with her husband on the farm, the pair also worked on the Portage County Fair Board for 44 years. She also was a member of the Suffield United Church of Christ for 61 years, and was active in the Women's Guild and the Broccoli Bells. She also was a member of the Portage County Republican Club and had been a poll worker for the Portage County Board of Elections for 25 years. Survivors include her husband, Carl E. Sr., to whom she was married for more than 61 years; sons, Carl E. Jr., Ernie (Flo), Kenneth (Linda) and James, all of Suffield; daughter, Sharon (John) Eldreth of Rootstown; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and sister, Hulda Miller of Kent. Two brothers and two sisters died previously. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at Hopkins Lawver Mogadore Funeral Home in Mogadore and from 9 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Suffield United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Earl Roberts officiating. Entombment will be at Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna. Memorials may be made to Suffield United Church of Christ.

Mark Smrekar BRIMFIELD - Mark Anthony Smrekar Jr., 27, died Friday, June 19, 1998, after being injured in an automobile accident in Akron. Mr. Smrekar was killed after his Corvette went into the path of a semi-trailer after getting struck by another semi-trailer that was changing lanes on I-76 near the Inman Street overpass in Akron. Born in Bedford Heights, he was the son of Mark A. Sr. and Melanie (Borovac) Smrekar. He was a life resident of the Cleveland-Akron area. Mr. Smrekar was self-employed as an auto salesman. He was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Hudson. Survivors include his wife Tawnia (Bartell); son, Brandon, at home; brother, Matthew; sisters, Melanie (Michael) Mayberry and Margaret; and grandparents, George and Elsie Borovac; and in-laws, Earl and Dorothy Bartell. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Redmon Funeral Home in Stow and from 12:30 p.m. until services at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 2113 Ravenna St. in Hudson, with the Pastor Ron Duer officiating. Burial will be in Markillie Cemetery in Hudson. Memorials may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Howard Wonn ROOTSTOWN - Howard Wonn, 73, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, at his home. Born October 26, 1924 in Akron, he was the son of George and Hazel (Davis) Wonn. He had lived in Rootstown for 41 years. Mr. Wonn was a member of the Rootstown United Methodist Church and the Sportsman's Rod and Gun Club in Louisville. He served in World War II with the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Betty (House); daughters, Mrs. Fred (Becky) Totts of Randolph, Bonnie Lockard of Rootstown and Carrie Wonn of Cincinnati; two grandchildren; stepbrother, Rex (Helen) Mitchell of New Bern, N.C.; and stepsister, Jean Davis of Bradenton, Fla. His brother, Tod, died previously. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to 11 a.m. services Wednesday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel with the Rev. Orion Aubihl officiating. Burial will be in Charlestown Cemetery.

Marion Montgomery Marion C. Montgomery, 84, of Canfield, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, at Salem Community Hospital following a short illness. Born October 18, 1913 in Ellwood City, Pa., she was the daughter of Howard and Ida Ella (Shallenberger) Montgomery. She had lived in Canfield with her great niece, Vicki Lee White for the past two years. Ms. Montgomery was a retired pottery worker at Shenango China Pottery in New Castle, Pa. She was a member of Mount Herman United Presbyterian Church in Princeton, Pa. and the Retiree's Club of Shenango Pottery. Survivors include her sister, Mildred Dean of Deerfield; nephews, Jesse Merrell Dean of Johnson City, Tenn. and Charles E. Dean of Deerfield; and nieces, Effie Mae (Dean) Deuley of Deerfield, Ellen (Dean) Reagan of Ravenna and Shirley Dean Hoover Durieux of Polk. Calling hours will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at Dean's Funeral Home in Sebring with the Rev. Delford Hunt officiating. Graveside services will follow Tuesday at Hartzell Cemetery in North Benton.

Robert Warner MANTUA - Robert "Bob" Warner, 62, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 21, 1998, at his residence. Born May 3, 1936 in Hiram, he was the son of Anthony and Hilda (Warner) Paul. A life resident of the area, he had lived in Mantua for 34 years. Mr. Warner was employed for 15 years at Automotive Plastics in Aurora as a supervisor. He also enjoyed upholstery work, and had a business with his late wife, Macel. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. Survivors include his son, Michael of Glendale, Ariz.; stepson, Dennis Duffield; stepdaughters, Linda Cooper of Georgia and Karyne Mallinak of Garrettsville; four grandchildren; mother, Hilda Paul; and sister, Susan Jackovitz of Chagrin Falls. His wife, Macel L. (Dean), whom he married March 18, 1983, died May 10, 1987. Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Douglas Riley will officiate. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.

Ethel Patterson Ethel L. Patterson, 100, the mother of Mrs. James L. (Charlotte) Barnhart of Ravenna, died Sunday, June 21, 1998, at Heatherknoll Health Care Center in Tallmadge. She was born March 27, 1898 in Akron. Mrs. Patterson was a homemaker. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Purple Heart Post. She was past president of the National Grandmothers Association, North Hill Branch. Survivors include her son, Robert E. (Edith) of Akron; daughters, Arlene McDowell of Delaware, Ohio, Mrs. Harold G. (Phyllis) Wilson of Cuyahoga Falls, and Mrs. James L. (Charlotte) Barnhart of Ravenna; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. daughter-in-law, Jo Patterson of Tallmadge; one brother and two sisters. Her husband, Paul E., and sons, Donald and Paul E. Jr., died previously. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. today at Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home in Tallmadge. The Rev. Paul Beal will officiate. Burial will be in Tallmadge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls 44221 or to the activities department of Heatherknoll, 1134 North Ave., Tallmadge 44278.

Olive Hay Olive Allen Hay, 92, of Cumming, Ga., a former Portage County resident, died Monday, June 22, 1998, at Baptist North Hospital in Cumming, Ga. Born May 4, 1906 in Portage County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Bertha (Allen) Stroup. Mrs. Hay formerly worked as a bank clerk. Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Robert (Carolyn) Schafer of Cumming, Ga.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, George, died previously. A graveside service will be Thursday afternoon at Windham Township Cemetery. The Rev. Matt Darrin will officiate. Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Robert Harris Robert D. Harris, 56, of Newton Falls, died of cancer Monday, June 22, 1998 at his home. Born Dec. 16, 1941, in Chesapeake, W.Va., he was the son of Offie Gay "Jack" and Thelma W. (Woolard) Harris. He retired from Copperweld, where he was an inspector. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of the the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Amvets, and the American Legion in Newton Falls. He also was a member of Old Kanawha Baptist Church in Pratt, W.Va. He enjoyed sports, gardening, and yard work. Survivors include his son, Robert D. II of Newton Falls; daughter, Tammy Pettet of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; father, O.G. "Jack," of Newton Falls; brothers, Darrell G. of Hedgesville, W.Va. and Charles E. of Ravenna; and sister, Mrs. Harold (Helen) Shirey. His mother died previously. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawley Cemetery in Paris. James Funeral Home in Newton Falls is handling arrangements.

Reed Long CHARLESTOWN - Reed Long, 67, died Monday, June 22, 1998 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. Services will be announced by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Durfee Aldrich MANTUA - Durfee Aldrich died Monday, June 22, 1998 at Robinson Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Services are being arranged by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.

Edna Harper Rudd, 101 Edna Harper Rudd, 101, a Ravenna resident since 1908, died Wednesday, June 24, 1998, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna. Born Nov. 25, 1896 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of John and Rosella (McGowan) Calvin. While attending Ravenna High School she worked for the telephone office, located in Main Street's historical district. She left high school to attend the Actual Business College in Akron and became a legal secretary, working for the Beatty & Heisler law firm in Ravenna. While working for Beatty & Heisler, she met her future husband, Robert Harper, who owned Harper Bros., a clothing store on Main Street. They married in 1924. After his death in 1948, she sold the clothing store. Survivors include her daughters, Roberta Bower of Ravenna and Dorothy Parnaby Heller of Florida.; three grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Hersecond husband, Frank H. Rudd, whom she married in 1961, died in 1972. Her sisters, Ethel and Mary Calvin, and one grandson died previously. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Russell Goldner will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

Charles Sabetta, 91 Charles Angelo Sabetta, 91, died Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at the Portage County Nursing Home in Shalersville. Born Feb. 13, 1907, in Wickliffe, he was the son of Frank and Mary (Lanese) Sabetta. He had lived in Nelson for 50 years. Mr. Sabetta was a salesman for Snyder's Company of Berlin. He was an avid gardener. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors. Survivors include his wife, Betty (Cook), whom he married Nov. 9, 1946; sons Charles of California and Thomas of Lakewood; daughters, Beverly Dale of Houston, Texas and Mary Jo (Richard) McMillan; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Carmen of Florida; and sisters, Pauline of Phoenix, Ariz., and Louise Nasca of Willowick. His brothers, Nick and Anthony, sisters, Rose Coladangelo, Clara Nasca and Ann Siciliano, and one grandson died previously. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease charities.

Michael Kristoff Sr., 66 WINDHAM - Michael J. Kristoff Sr., 66, ied Monday, June 22, 1998, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a brief illness. Born Oct. 29, 1931, he was the son of Joseph Kristoff and Mary R. (Nemeth) Kristoff Prokay. Mr. Kristoff was formerly a maintenance worker in Aurora. Survivors include his son, Michael Jr. (Paula) of Mentor; daughter, Mrs. Dale (Laura) Robakowski of Willoughby; four grandchildren; brothers, Julius "Joe" of Cleveland, John of Freedom, and Louis of Streetsboro; and sister, Margaret Krupansky of Freedom. His brothers, Bill, Andy, Joe, and Steve, and one grandson died previously. His father died in 1967. His mother died in 1996. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery in Cleveland.

Frederick Palmer, 69 Frederick G. Palmer, 69, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at Oak Hill Hospital. Born Dec. 25, 1928, in Tarpon, Fla., he was the son of Leon William and Helen Doris (Webster) Palmer. He formerly resided in Kent, returning to Florida in 1996. Mr. Palmer was a hazardous materials truck driver. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 186. Survivors include his sons, Fred of Ravenna, and Edward and John, both of Windham; one grandchild; and brother, Leon W. of Brooksville, Fla. A memorial service will be held in September. Arrangements were made by Brewer Memorial Homes & Crematory in Brooksville, Fla.

Irene Hungerford, 101 The tapestry of S. Irene Hungerford's life was as rich as the beautiful works she enjoyed weaving. Mrs. Hungerford, who died Tuesday at Akron City Hospital at 101, was a firm believer in keeping her hands and mind busy and remained active well after her 100th birthday, which she celebrated with a trip to England and Wales. Sarah Irene Prichard Hungerford was the first of six children born to Dr. L.W. and Bertha Prichard of Ravenna. Her father was "an old-fashioned family doctor who made house calls," she recalled in a memoir, and as the oldest child she helped her mother rear her siblings. She graduated as valedictorian of her Ravenna High School class and went on to Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, where she earned her nursing degree in 1921. She worked as a visiting nurse in Cleveland before going to Oberlin College, where she earned her undergraduate degree. While attending Oberlin, she met Harlan Hungerford, her future husband. They settled in Kent when he joined the English faculty at Kent State University. They had a son, Dick and a daughter, Sue (Seely). The family lived on Crain Avenue for many years. During World War II, she discovered a talent for the textile arts that she nurtured for more than 50 years. A friend whose husband was serving overseas wanted to weave a scarf for the serviceman and asked Mrs. Hungerford to join her in a weaving class at Kent State University. Although it was a busy time in her life, "finally, I gave in," she recalled. "I was immediately hooked." Nina Humphrey, the head of the KSU art department, took her under her wing and encouraged her talent. She joined the Kent Weavers Guild shortly after it was formed in 1946, and became so proficient at weaving that she filled in for her teacher in her absence. She also taught weaving at Happy Day School for several years. She later began an interest group of faculty wives who came to be called the Barn Weavers. The group took its name from a studio which her husband created in a barn at their home, and met there every Wednesday night for many years until the Hungerfords moved to Stow-Glen Retirement Village in Stow in 1989. Although she was modest about her work, her students were amazed at how quickly she was able to plan and complete projects. Her work was richly varied, prolific and professional in quality. "I never specialized or entered competition. There were so many things to learn," she said. One of her largest woven works is the curtain covering the organ pipes behind the cross at the United Church of Christ in Kent. She researched the acoustical properties of various fibers and participated in the installation of the work. She wove a liturgical stole for a friend, then received requests for 20 more. At age 95, she wove a set for Salisbury Cathedral in England. As her family grew, she enjoyed weaving blankets for each of her grandchildren, including some made from her own homespun alpaca. She also made blankets for her great-grandchildren. Despite failing eyesight, she wove placemats after her 100th birthday and also knit lap robes for the assisted living facility at Stow-Glen. Her "third love" - after her family and weaving - was travel. She took her first textile tour when she was in her 60s. Her travels included a tour of Scandinavia and she especially cherished a trip to England and Wales wither her granddaughter, Ellen Fogerty, and a friend, Sally Crane, which she took when she was 100 years old. The visit included a trip to the Hungerford family home. Services will be announced. Arrangements are being handled by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.

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