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Leslie Mace, 71 Leslie Mace, 71, of Ravenna, died Thursday June 25, 1998 at Wade Park Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland. Born Oct. 30, 1926, in West Virginia, he had been a Ravenna resident for 35 years. Mr. Mace was a retired steel fitter. He was a member of the Hudson Measonic Lodge and the Community Bible Church in Rootstown. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife Wilda, to whom he was married 46 years; daughter, Diana of Ravenna; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His sons, Michael and Charles, died previously. No calling hours will be held. Mr. Mace donated his body to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for research. Memorial services will be help at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Bible Church in Rootstown, with the Rev. Roy Kelsey officiating. Arrangements were made by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in care of the family at 6816 Cleveland Road, Ravenna.

Helen Layne WINDHAM - Helen D. Layne, 82, died Friday, June 26, 1998 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren after a brief illness. Born June 9, 1916 in Caldwell, Ohio, she was the daughter of Andrew and Ann Dremack. Mrs. Layne was a homemaker and a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 674 of Windham. She is survived by her son, Larry Fogle of Newton Falls; daughter, Judy Russell of Garrettsville; a grandson; and sister, Ann Kular of Akron. Her husband, Roy E. Layne, whom she married in 1967, died June 27, 1993. Calling hours will be held Monday one hour before the noon service at the Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville with the Rev. Matt Darrin officiating. Burial will be in Windham Township Cemetery.

Jackie Loudin ATWATER - Jackie Loudin, 67, who volunteered in a number of Atwater community organizations, died Tuesday, June 23, 1998, following a three and a half year battle with ovarian cancer. Born Jan. 28, 1931, she was a longtime Atwater resident. Mrs. Loudin was a member of Atwater United Methodist Church and also was involved in community service efforts through the Salvation Army, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Lions Club, Community Emergency Food Cupboard, Change Hunger County Food Coalition and T.O.P.S. She also was active in Waterloo school and athletic organizations and Atwater community government activities. She was an ardent believer in the need for a better environment and worked with her husband, Kyle, to promote responsible use of land and resources. Mrs. Loudin's interest in helping find a cure for cancer prompted her to donate her body to the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine for medical research. Survivors include her husband, Kyle, to whom she was married for more than 50 years; son, Michael (Sheila); daughters, Patricia Loudin (John Thomas), Kylia (Michael) Jones and Pamela White; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; mother, Vivian Martz; sister, Sandy (Arvil) Conley; and sister-in-law, Gloria (Orville) Hillyer. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 25 at Atwater United Methodist Church.

Henry Sarrocco Ravenna native Henry R. Sarrocco, 84, of Summerville, S.C., died Friday, June 26, 1998 at a hospital in South Carolina. Born March 2, 1914 in Ravenna, he was a son of Frank and Dina (DiCola) Sarrocco. Mr. Sarrocco graduated from Ohio schools and was a retired driver for the A.C. Williams Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was an interpreter for the Italian prisoners. He was an honorary member of the Summerville Fire Department, a member of the Eagles, a member of the Italian American Society, and the first "Wall of Honor" recipient at Northfield Harness Race Track. He was a member of St. John's Catholic Church in Summerville and a former member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna. Survivors include his wife, Betty (Morgan) of Summerville; son William F. of Moorpark, Calif.; daughter Dine S. Turocy of Summerville; four grandchildren; and sister Jeanne Brooks of North Canton. Calling hours will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the James A. Dyal Funeral Home in Summerville. Services will be held 9 a.m. Monday at St. John's Catholic Church. Burial will be in White Church Cemetery in South Carolina. Memorials may be made to the St. John's Catholic Church organ fund.

Alexis St. Clair Jefferys Alexis St. Clair Jefferys, the 1-month-old daughter of John and Renee (Kreinbihl) Jefferys., died Friday, June 26, 1998, at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She was born May 26, 1998 in Ravenna. In addition to her parents, survivors include her sister, Andrea N. of Ravenna; grandparents, Lee and Mary Jefferys of Rootstown, Agnes P. Boggs of Ravenna and Warren E. Boggs of Ravenna; and great-grandparents Joanne Yost, Alfred Harper and Dallas Jefferys, all of Ravenna. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna chapel, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Lorren F. Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

Doris McFerren AURORA - Doris I. (Johnson) McFerren, 76, died Friday, June 26, 1998, at Grande Village Nursing Home in Twinsburg from an apparent heart attack. She had been in an advanced state of Alzheimer's Disease for years. Mrs. Johnson reared her children in Lyndhurst after her marriage in 1944. She was involved in Girl Scouts in the Lyndhurst area from 1952 to 1962, and was a board member for five years. She was a lifelong member of the Lyndhurst Coffee Club, a member of The Church in Aurora since 1981, and a member of the Women's Guild and Garden Club of Aurora. She enjoyed crafts, needlepoint, upholstering and sewing. Survivors include her son, Scott (Marilyn) of Saline, Mich.; daughters, Mrs. Rick (Susan) Morey of Milwaukee and Mrs. James (Linda) Lawyer of Aurora; and eight grandchildren. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at The Church in Aurora. Burial will be in Albion, Ohio at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora 44202.

Harold Walker Harold Walker, 98, a lifelong resident of Birmingham, Ala., died Thursday, June 25, 1998, at Kent Quality Care Nursing Home in Kent. Born Dec. 19, 1899 in Warsaw, Ala., he was the son of Thomas R. and Mamie (Lowe) Walker. Mr. Walker worked as a civil servant for the U.S. Department of Internal Revenue. He was a 1919 graduate of Auburn University. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Ala. Survivors include his sons, the Rev. Harold Walker Jr. of Kent and William T. of Tiburon, Calif.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His wife, Alvida (Tinman), died in 1996. His brother, Thomas R. Jr., and sister, Mamie Lowe Bush, died previously. Services will be held in Birmingham, Ala. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham. Arrangements were made by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.

Opal McGee Opal May McGee, 71, of Ravenna, died Friday, June 26, 1998, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Born April 15, 1927 in Clay County, W.Va., she was the daughter of Lloyd and Lydia (Jarvis) Sears. She moved to Ravenna in 1943. Mrs. McGee was a former member of Peck Road Calvary Baptist Church in Ravenna and played piano for the Calvary Echos. Survivors include her husband, Glen B.; sons Richard (Peggy) Weiss of Maple Heights and David (Marilyn) Weiss of Ft. Myers, Fla.; daughter, Eileen Weiss of LaHabra, Calif.; stepson, Mark McGee of Cleveland; stepdaughter, Amey Molesy of Springdale, Ark.; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and brother, Junior Sears of Clay County. Her brother, James Lee (Jim) Sears, died previously. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel,. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Hardman Church of Nebo, W.Va., with the Rev. David L. Weiss officiating. Burial will be in the Hardman Cemetery of Nebo, W.Va.

Alice Prisby Alice Prisby, 97, of Ravenna, died Thursday, June 25, 1998, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren after a short illness. Born Oct. 20, 1900 in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Oliver and Isabelle (Proctor) Fullum. She was a life resident of Ravenna. Mrs. Prisby was a homemaker. She enjoyed singing and collecting family history. Survivors include her sons, Warren E. of Ravenna and Richard D. of Warren; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. Her husband, Wiley, died in 1969. Her sons, Eugene, Alvin and John; daughter, Geraldine; grandchildren, Tina and Chris; brothers, Delbert, Ernest, Winford, Orin, Harold, Floyd and Herman Fullum; and sisters, Mable Mason and Jessie Clemens, died previously. Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with the Rev. John Brown officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

Ruth Mortimer-Stahl ROOTSTOWN - Ruth Mortimer-Stahl, 79, of Old Forge Road, died Friday, June 26, 1998, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Born Dec. 22, 1918 in Orlando, W.Va., she was the daughter of William B. and Eva May (Bennett) Foster. Mrs. Mortimer-Stahl retired as an inventory control clerk for Humana Hospital. She was a member of Rootstown Friendly Neighbors. Survivors include her sons, David (Ardis) Mortimer of Rootstown and Donald (Marie) Mortimer of Rootstown; seven grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and sister, Thelma Sherborne of South Carolina. Her brothers, Fred, Ralph, Guy, Ben, Woodie and Brooks Foster, and sisters, Nellie Hanna and Ann Mayr, died previously. Calling hours will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Kay Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery in Brimfield. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Akron Tri-County Chapter, 157 W. Cedar St., Akron, 44307.

Charlotte Hayes Former Newton Falls resident Charlotte M. Hayes, 91, of 19859 Alexander Road, Walton Hills, died Friday, June 26, 1998, at Walton Manor in Walton Hills. Born Jan. 14, 1907 in Chicora, Pa., she was the daughter of Anthony Henn and Nora (Catherine) Crawford. She had lived in Newton Falls for more than 80 years before moving to the Walton Manor Nursing home a few years ago. Mrs. Hayes had worked at the Newton Falls Post Office for more than 42 years, retiring in 1968. She was a member of Newton Falls United Methodist Church, Newton Falls American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Newton Falls Senior Citizens. Survivors include her brother, Eugene Henn, of Warren; three nephews and three nieces. Her husband, Roy J., whom she married Nov. 29, 1928, died July 9, 1988. Her brothers, Clair and Kenneth Henn, died previously. Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Monday at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Burial will be held in the Newton Falls Cemetery.

Walter Rorar ELLET - Walter Anthony Rorar, infant son of Michael and Jennifer (Sethman) Rorar, died Friday, June 26, 1998. Survivors include grandparents, Walter and Marion Rorar of Ellet, and Donna Russell of Kent; great-grandparents Alice Peterhanson and John Gultier; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Calling hours will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Road in Akron. Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Cross Cemetery, 100 E. Waterloo Road in Akron, with the Rev. Pete Colletti officiating.

Alice Prisby Alice Prisby, 97, of Ravenna, died Thursday, June 25, 1998, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren after a short illness. Born Oct. 20, 1900 in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Oliver and Isabelle (Proctor) Fullum. She was a life resident of Ravenna. Mrs. Prisby was a homemaker. She enjoyed singing and collecting family history. Survivors include her sons, Warren E. of Ravenna and Richard D. of Warren; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. Her husband, Wiley, died in 1969. Her sons, Eugene, Alvin and John; daughter, Geraldine; grandchildren, Tina and Chris; brothers, Delbert, Ernest, Winford, Orin, Harold, Floyd and Herman Fullum; and sisters, Mable Mason and Jessie Clemens, died previously. Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with the Rev. John Brown officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.

James Willard Long AURORA - James Willard Long, 56, died Monday, June 29, 1998, at home after a long illness. Born in Moulton, Ala., he was the son of Dewey and Helen (Nix) Long. He had lived in Aurora since 1982. Mr. Long worked for 35 years for H.P.L. Ohio Stamping Plant as a production control manager, first in Chicago, Ill., then in Solon. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in the Chicago area. Survivors include his wife, Evalena (Norman), whom he married March 17, 1959; son, J. Kevin (Shellie) of Akron; daughters, Teresa (Richard) Huy of Chicago and Kimberley (Dirk) Piggott of Ravenna; three grandchildren; brothers, Billy, Bobby and Scott; and sisters, Betty, Charlotte, Joyce, Kathy, Debbie, Tammy and April.Calling hours will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Kindrich-McHugh Steinbauer Funeral Home, 33375 Bainbridge Road, Solon. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Aurora. Burial will be in Aurora Cemetery.

Harry Miner Harry L. "Bud" Miner, 78, of Ravenna, died Sunday, June 28, 1998, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a long illness. Born May 6, 1920, in Cleveland, he was the son of Frederick and Tress (Yertzel). He had been a Ravenna resident for 47 years. Mr. Miner had retired from Lawson Co. in Aurora and formerly worked as a welder for Davey Compressor Co. in Kent. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Ravenna. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Ethel (Bregant), to whom he was married 47 years; sister, Agnes Rossmiller of Denver, Colo.; brothers-in-law, Zane and William Bregant of Ravenna; and sisters-in-law, Mona Wilson of Ravenna, Gerry DiMauro of Kent and Maxine Ristagno of Solon. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna, with the Rev. Jeffrey Frantz officiating. The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Men's Parlor at the First Congregational Church in Ravenna. Arrangements were made by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Ellen Copeland Ellen (Thomas) Copeland, 46, of Wheaton, Ill., a Ravenna native, died Monday, June 22, 1998 at her home of complications from breast cancer. Born in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Bill and Mary Nina (Porcase) Thomas. The family later moved to Maryland and Arizona. Mrs. Copeland was owner and director of the Copeland Dance Academy in St. Charles, Ill. She began dancing in school and community productions at the age of 7. She moved to the Chicago area in the late 1960s and began teaching at dance schools. She worked for the St. Charles Park District, directing its dance program, then opened her dance academy in 1984. About 500 students are enrolled in the academy, and about 4,000 have attended since Mrs. Copeland formed it. She also was a director of the Midwest Division Cecchetti Council of America and the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Survivors include her parents, Bill and Mary Nina Thomas, to whom condolences may be sent at 15 West Prairie, Lombard, Ill., 60148; husband, Brian, to whom she was married for 25 years; son, Garnet; sisters, Susan Thomas and Jean Volpe of Mesa, Ariz.; uncle and aunt, Tony and Pat Porcase of Ravenna; and cousins and other relatives in Ravenna. Services were held Friday in Lombard, Ill.


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