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Patricia Kay (Patter) Bradley, 51
Patricia Kay (Patter) Bradley, 51, of Alliance, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at her residence. Born April 29, 1949, in Alliance, she was the daughter of James and Marcy (Balduzzi) Patter. She was a lifelong resident of the Alliance area. Mrs. Bradley was a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas for 30 years. She had been serving as the Department Chairman of the English Department and Junior Class Moderator. A previous recipient of the Teacher of the Month award, she was a member of the National Catholic Education Association and a member of Regina Coeli Catholic Church in Alliance. A 1968 graduate of Central Catholic High School in Canton, she received her bachelor of science degree in Education at Mount Union College in 1971. She was an affiliate of the Alpha Delta Phi Sorority. Survivors include her sons, Jeff of Alliance and Tim at home; daughter, Jenny Bradley at home; her parents of Alliance; brother, Jeff Patter of Columbus; and a sister, Kim Gatien of North Canton. Services have taken place. Burial was in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Alliance. Memorials may be made to the Patricia Bradley Scholarship Trust Fund, c/o St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 2121 Reno Drive, Louisville, Ohio 44641.

Frank C. Bonkowski
Frank C. Bonkowski, 84, of Troy Township, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at Briar Hill Nursing Home in Middlefield, following a period of failing health. Born Oct. 18, 1916, in Cleveland, he was the son of Alex and Frances (Marcysiak) Bonkowski. He was a resident of Troy Township since 1960. Mr. Bonkowski had been employed as a truck driver for Teamsters Local #436 in Cleveland for over 40 years, retiring in 1978. He was a former member of Our Lady of Immaculate Heart Catholic Church in Cleveland. He grew up in Cleveland and was a graduate of South High School. He enjoyed reading in his spare time. Survivors include his sons, Bruce F. Bonkowski of Hiram and Ronald (Kathleen) Bonkowski of Stow; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His wife, Frances (Fetzer) died in 1977. Three brothers also died previously. Memorial calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua. Cremation will take place.

John C. Goretti, 76
John C. Goretti, 76, of Kent, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001. He was born Oct. 8,1924. Mr. Goretti worked as a self-employed flooring contractor. Stricken with polio at the age of 6, he defied the odds and lived life to its fullest. He built radio-controlled airplanes as a hobby and was insistent on doing things "the Italian way." He was a member of Portage Aero Modelers Club, Corsair Model Aircraft Club, S.A.M. No. 39 and the National Free Flight Society. Survivors include his daughters, Lee Ann (Ronald) Robinson of North Canton, Susan Lee (Rick) Cerett of Kent and Sally Lee (Kevin) Kramer of Carrollton; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; and friend, Sue Malensek of Akron. His three brothers and a sister died previously. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, with the Rev. Jack Panther officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

Edith M. Workman, 64
Edith M. Workman, 64, of Braceville, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at home following a lengthy illness. Born May 12, 1936, in Newton Falls, she was the daughter of George and Lena (Painter) Harvey. She was a lifelong Braceville resident. Mrs. Workman was a sales representative at Sears in Niles. She previously had been employed at the Ravenna Arsenal. She enjoyed reading, bingo and fishing. Survivors include her sons, George E. Jr. of Braceville and Steve A. of Warren; daughters, Mary L. Brewer of Newton Falls and Lena J. Payne of Champion; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Claire Harvey of Oklahoma and Roy Harvey of Newton Falls; and sisters, Lena Martz of Newton Falls and Twanda Sheely of Warren. Her brothers, Frank, George and Harry Arthur Harvey, died previously. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be in Braceville Township Cemetery. Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to HM Hospice, 5211 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown, Ohio 44515.

Elva A. Adams
Elva A. Adams, 80, of West Farmington, Ohio, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001 at her home following a long illness. Born Sept. 25, 1920 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of George and Jessie (Harris) Simpson. Mrs. Adams was a social worker for Warren Social Services. She was an avid artist and painter and enjoyed ceramics. She was an avid Cleveland Browns and football fan and loved anything relating to family, especially her grandchildren. Mrs. Adams was honored as "Mother of the Year" for the Multiple Sclerosis Association in 1992. Survivors include her husband, Floyd G. Sr., whom she married July 25, 1964; sons, Douglas Blakenship and James Adams, both of Highland Hills, Floyd Jr. of Cleveland and Claude of Columbus; daughters, Marie Fortson of Ravenna, Diane Bradford of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Elaine B. Dansby of Bedford Heights, Cheryl James of Cleveland, Eloise Norwood Umbles of Toledo and Sheron of University Heights; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; brothers, Nathaniel and Harrison Simpson, both of Cleveland; and sisters, Vivian Jennings, Juanita MacPherson and Georgetta Smith, all of Cleveland. A daughter, Linda Derricoatte, died previously. Visitation will be held one hour prior to 1 p.m. funeral services Tuesday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville.

James R. Dexter
James R. Dexter, 90, of Ravenna, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001. Born Jan. 25, 1911 in Akron, he was the son of James C. and Emily J. (Landis) Dexter. Mr. Dexter was a member of the American Legion of Ravenna. Survivors include his wife, Garnett (Donhue), to whom he was married 19 years; sons, Bob of Ravenna and Ronny of Florida; daughter, Evelyn Tipton of Cuyahoga Falls; six stepchildren;seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. His brothers, Harold and William, died previously. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until services at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Maple Grove Cemetery Chapel in Ravenna. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna. Arrangements are being handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.

Louise Allman
Former Diamond resident Louise Allman, 80, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001 at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna. Born April 4, 1920 in East St. Louis, Ill., she was the daughter of James and Ella Anderson. She had lived most of her life in the Portage County area. Mrs. Allman was a homemaker. She served as chairman for two years with the March of Dimes and was a founding member and gold member of the Edwin Adams American Legion Auxiliary in Waldorf, Md. Survivors include her sons, Kenny and Myron; sisters, Millie Ryan and Janet Baker; and many nephews and nieces. Her husband, Kenneth, died March 5, 1994. Brothers, Charles, Jim, Bill and Dutch Anderson; and sisters, Christine Garrett and Mary Elizabeth Russell, died previously. Cremation has taken place. Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Private inurnment will be held at West Cemetery in Palmyra. Memorials may be made to the Longmeadow Care Center Activities Fund, 565 Bryn Mawr, Ravenna, 44266.

Scott Anthony Olson
MANTUA - Scott Anthony Olson, 27, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001 at his residence following an illness. Born April 26, 1973, in Garfield Heights, he was the son of Anthony and Carol (Bundy) Olson. A Mantua resident since 1998, he previously had been a lifelong Streetsboro resident. Mr. Olson had been employed at Chrysler Mopar in Streetsboro in parts distribution since 1999. A 1991 graduate of Streetsboro High School, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and camping with his family. Survivors include his wife, Tiffany (Schultz) Olson, whom he married on Sept. 7, 1996; a son, Tyler at home; his parents of Streetsboro; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gralewski of Eastlake; sisters, Janett Bolyard of Streetsboro, Janice Olson of Twinsburg, Kim Savel of Bainbridge and Toni (Keith) Sangston of Cuyahoga Falls; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Brent and Cathi Schultz of Streetsboro. Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Samuel S. Goebel officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.

Dale Richard Ramsey
GARRETTSVILLE - Dale Richard Ramsey, 60, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. Born June 5, 1940, in Homestead, Pa., he was the son of Arthur and Esther (Porter) Ramsey. A Portage County resident for most of his life, he had lived in Garrettsville since 1958. Mr. Ramsey taught at ATES Technical School and was self-employed through Docks Appliance Repair as an appliance repairman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a radar operator. He loved fishing and reading. Survivors include his wife, Linda Lee Ramsey of Garrettsville; a son, Michael Ramsey of Wadsworth; daughters, Ms. Roxan Ramsey of Windham and Mrs. Ray (Brenda) Glover of Mesopotamia; three grandchildren; a brother, William Ramsey of Flowermound, Texas; sisters, Marjorie (Bruce) Kyte of Bassinger, Fla., Kathleen (Edwin) Winch, Jr. of Holliday, Fla., Cherryl (Philip) Reiterman of Virginia Beach, Va. and Barbara (Robert) Kenyon of McLeansville, N.C. Calling hours will be held at noon Tuesday at The First Church of God in Newton Falls. Services will follow at 1 p.m. in the church. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville. Arrangements are being handled by James Funeral Home, Inc. in Newton Falls.

Margaret Dodd Jennings
Margaret Dodd Jennings, 66, of Brookhaven, W. Va., died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001 at Mon Point Continuing Care Center in Morgantown, W. Va. She was born March 7, 1934, in Shinnston, W. Va. Mrs. Jennings was employed as a secretary at the Mountaineer Travel Council and was a volunteer for the Christian Help. She was a member of the Harvest Church of God in Morgantown. Survivors include her sons, Harold E. (Val) Casseday of Ravenna, Richard E. (Kathy) Dodd of Streetsboro and William M. (Mary) Dodd of Morgantown; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, John (Shirley) Milush of Westover and Bradley (Bonnie) Milush of Harmony Grove, W. Va.; a sister, Marlene Holcomb of Windham. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Hastings Funeral Home in Morgantown, W.Va. Services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Eddie Noel officiating. Memorials may be made to the Christian Help, 219 Walnut St., Morgantown, W. Va. 26505.

William Raymond Lightner
William Raymond Lightner, 64, of Warren, died of cancer Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001 at his home. Born Oct. 17, 1936 in Altoona, Pa., he was the son of Raymond W. and Marian Catherine (Murray) Lightner. Formerly of Lorain, he had been a resident of Warren for 25 years. Mr. Lightner attended Lorain High School and served a five-year apprenticeship as a plumber. He was a plumber for General Motors in Lordstown from 1954 to 1964 and was a journeyman pipefitter for General Motors from 1964 to 1988. He retired in 1989. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Lightner was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 1112 and was a past commander of the Army Navy Club No. 283 in Warren. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed all sports and watching television. Survivors include his daughters, Linda Ann Sims of Sheffield Lake and Lisa Ann Lightner of Warren; step-sons, Marvin (James) Pugh of Newton Falls and Franklin D. Scott of Braceville; step-daughters, Louisa Jerina of Newton Falls and Kathy Jerina of Madison Heights, Va.; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brother, Thomas Edward of Farmington, New Mexico; and sisters, Judy Ann Amato of Glendale, Ariz. and Geraldine Gergely and Jane E. Nelson, both of Lorain. His wife, Lora Bernice (Tenney), whom he married Aug. 6, 1988, died Oct. 21, 2000. A step-son, Mark (Richard) Pugh, also died previously. Visitation will be held one hour prior to 11 a.m. funeral services Thursday at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Burial will be in Braceville Cemetery. Military services will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3332 in Newton Falls. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Trumbull County, 219 N. River Road NW, Warren, 44483 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn., 38101.

Richard R. Martin
Richard R. Martin, 85, of Nelson Township, died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001. Born Jan. 18, 1916 in Cleveland, he was the son of James and Mary (Klanitter) Martin. Mr. Martin was self-employed as a painter. Survivors include his sons, Thomas and Richard; daughter, Mary Ann; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His sister, Sister Mary Ann, O.S.U., died previously. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Brickman & Sons Funeral Home, 21900 Euclid Ave., Euclid, where services will follow at 5 p.m.

Gladice Smalley-May
Gladice Smalley-May, 68, of Green died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, in Akron. Born March 4, 1932 in New Kensington, Pa., she was the daughter of Boyd Sarvey and Catherine Thiel. Mrs. Smalley-May was an astrologer. Survivors include her husband, Jim; sons, Richard Bower, Boyd Weber, Larry Weber, Charles Weber and David Weber; daughters, Judy Bower and Christine Hochevar; stepdaughters, Melanie, Pam and Tammy May; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Sarvey and sisters, Pearl Stearns and Catheryn Sproull. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Ruth Anna Kline
Ruth Anna Kline, 90, of Cherry Street, Kent, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at Maple Wood Care Centre in Streetsboro. Born July 12, 1910 in Kent, she was the daughter of George H. and Matilda E. (Elmerick) Kline. Miss Kline worked in the salad department of the Kent State University kitchen. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. Survivors include her brothers, Ralph of Tallmadge and Howard of Kent; and sister, Esther Halalko of North Canton. Her brothers, Ernest and Raymond, and sisters, Helen O'Brien, Stella Long and Mildred Pennington, died previously. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Church in Kent, with the Rev. David Halalko officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

John David McClure
John David McClure, 41, of Ravenna, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Born Feb. 14, 1960, in Whitesville, W.Va., he was the son of Denver and Glenna (Brown) McClure. He had lived in Ravenna for 22 years. Mr. McClure was a laborer with Lite Metals Co. in Ravenna. Survivors include his sons, John Jr. and Colton Michael, both of Ravenna; daughter, Morgan Christine of Ravenna; mother, Glenna Pellegrini of Ravenna; brother, George (Cathy) of Akron; sisters, Donna Stover of Florida, Cheryl (Wayne) McClure of Florida, Janie (J.F.) Thompson of Akron and Dreama (Cleve) Daughertery of West Virginia; stepbrothers, Kevin and Scott Whetsell of Ravenna; stepsister, Marjorie Thompson of Mogadore; and fiancee, Rinda Collins. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Ernie Mounts officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.

Norma Jeanne (Herrick) Kaminski
Former Kent resident Norma Jeanne (Herrick) Kaminski, 70, of 19455 Rockside Road, Bedford, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001 at Mount Alverna Home in Parma. Born Aug. 22, 1930 in Akron, she was the daughter of Marion and Margaret Mary (Kaley) Herrick. She was reared in Kent. Mrs. Kaminski had been a registered nurse at Brentwood Hospital in Warrensville Heights. Survivors include her sons, Mark (Carrie), Steven and John; daughters, Ann (John) Caldwell, Mary Beth (John) Laurita, Joanne (Scott) Delollis and Donna (Joseph) Londrico; 15 grandchildren; brother, James Michael Herrick; and sister, Kathleen (Robert) Rankin. Her husband, Alfred A., died previously. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Ferfolia Funeral Home, 5386 Lee Road, Maple Heights, where a services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, followed by funeral services at 9:30 a.m. at St. Wenceslas Catholic Church, 17825 Libby Road, Maple Heights. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.

Olive "Peggy" Fowler
A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West, Ariz. for Olive "Peggy" Fowler who died Sunday, Feb. 25, in Sun West City, Ariz. Mrs. Fowler, 81, spent the majority of her life in Ravenna where her husband, Jack, was the pharmacist-owner of Fowler Drug Co. She and her husband had retired to Sun West City in the 1980s. Born in Cuyahoga Falls on March 9, 1919, Mrs. Fowler was a trained secretary, but devoted herself full-time to being a home-maker for her husband and daughter, Jeannie Fowler Donie. She also treasured the company of her two grandsons, Jonathan and Benjamin Donie. Mrs. Fowler was an accomplished seamstress and an avid reader. She enjoyed arts and crafts. In Sun City West, she and Mr. Fowler were members of the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church. In addition to her immediate family, Mrs. Fowler is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Russell Rednour, formerly of Sun City West, Ariz. and her nephew and niece, Dr. Tom and Carolyn Lutz of Carefree, Ariz. A brief reception, followed by inurnment, will be held at the conclusion of the ceremony. The family asks that memorial contributions be forwarded to the Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church, the American Heart Association or a charity of one's choice.

Charles W. "Chuck" Lindon
STREETSBORO - Charles W. "Chuck" Lindon, 66, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at Akron City Hospital. Born June 12, 1934, in Belmont City, Ohio, he was the son of John W. and Rosa Lee (Heriges) Rose Lindon. He had lived in Akron before moving to Streetsboro in 1972. Mr. Lindon was a hi-lo driver for Chrysler Corporation in Twinsburg until he retired. He was a veteran of the U.S. National Guard and a member of St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro. He enjoyed horseracing and the lottery. Survivors include his wife, Marlene (Stefansky), to whom he was married 34 years; sons, John of Akron and Charles "Chuck" of Ravenna; daughter, Cathy Blankenship of Brimfield; five grandchildren; and brother, Kenneth (Lucy) of Garrettsville. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with Msgr. Frederick Slaven officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.

Ray A. Nist
Ray A. Nist, 75, of Ravenna, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Born May 8, 1925 in Canton, he was the son of Raymond and Helen (Snow) Nist. He had lived in Canton before moving to Ravenna in 1988. Mr. Nist was co-owner of Kent Lighting Center and retired in 1995. He had been in the electrical business for 50 years. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member and Elder of Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton, a member of Masonic Lodge A. & F.M. No. 60 of Canton and the Kent Lions Club and was a volunteer for Portage County Hospice. Survivors include his wife, Blodwyn (Boyer), to whom he was married for 56 years; daughters, Paula (Robert) Smethers, Christine (C.S.) Testa, Roberta (Steven) Stocker and Janet (Larry) Nicol; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and sisters, Eylene (Charles) Cobb, Mary (Andy) Boomhower and Patricia Boomhower. Visitation will be held one hour prior to a 2 p.m. memorial service Friday at Christ Presbyterian Church, 530 Tuscarawas Ave. in Canton. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements are being handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Canton, 4815 Munson Ave., Canton, 44718 or Portage Area Senior Services Day Care Center, 1046 Lake St., Kent, 44240.


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