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Miscellaneous Summit County, Ohio Obituaries - 1998

John Frank Kaminski
John Frank Kaminski went to be with his Father on March 11, 1998. on passed away March 13, 1998. He was preceded in death by stepbrother, Donald Mills Jr.; and his father, Frank J. (Turk). He is survived by mother, Patricia Casto; brother, David (Carol); sisters, Rhonda (Don) Miller, Cheryl (Elmer) Ramsey, Tracie Green (John Jarvis), Sharon (Kevin) Lavy; several nieces and nephews; stepmother, Bert Kaminski; stepsisters, Donita and Barbra; stepbrothers, Harry and David; very close friends, Tom and Maxine Cook and family. He will by missed by many. Friends may call at the C.M. Rossi Funeral Home, 552 N. Main St. Akron, Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family. Cremation inurnment services at convenience of the family. (C.M. Rossi, 376-3032.)

Glenn Walter Kasburg
Glenn Walter Kasburg died Jan. 26, 1998, in Emlenton, Pa. He was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Akron. Upon retirement from the General Tire & Rubber Co., he moved to Emlenton, Pa. He was an avid sportman and well known in the area for his interest in water sports. A U. S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Jednota Branch 553. Preceded in death by parents, Mary and Walter Kasburg, he is survived by uncle, Frank Estock; aunts, Anna Walters and Agnes Estock, all of Akron; cousins, Rae South, Stephanie and Pamela South, and Richard Weiss. A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 7, at St. John's Catholic Church, 1034 Brown St., Fr. Ralph Coletta officiating.

Janos (John) Kasza
In loving memory of John Kasza, who has been called to the Lord after a short illness. Funeral services will be held TODAY, 9:30 a.m., at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. Waterloo Rd.; and at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Fr. Carl Ciprian officiating. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 398 Van St., Barberton 44203. (Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz, 724-1281.)

Kathleen Katz (nee Bennett)
Kathleen Katz, 49, passed away at her home in Florida on March 10, 1998, after a prolonged illness. She was born and raised in Akron, and attended St. Francis de Sales, Coventry High School, Kent State University, and graduated from Waldorf Institute in Detroit. She moved to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she lived for 10 years and raised her two sons with her husband, Robert. She moved to Florida, where she taught kindergarten and adult arts and crafts at the Waldorf School. She got her love of travel and adventure from her dad and instilled it in her sons, Ahmon and Sam. A lover of nature and children, she was truly in her element when teaching what she knew to the young. Kathleen was a happy, confident, and spiritual person who will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Elizabeth Bennett, she leaves husband, Robert Katz; sons, Ahmon and Sam; sisters, Christine (Tony) Horak, Joanne (Joe) Hill, Rosemary (Steve) Allen; brother, Tom (Debbie) Bennett; and 12 nephews. Funeral Friday, March 13, 1998, in Keystone Heights, Fla. Memorial Mass and service at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in Springfield, Ohio, at 10 a.m. March 21, 1998. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the family at 4380 S.E. County Road 21B, Keystone Heights, Fla. 32656.

Alice Keim
Alice Keim was taken to her heavenly home by her angels on Sunday, March 8, 1998, after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held TODAY, 11 a.m., at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, Rev. Dale O. Smith officiating. Calling hours will be 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. (Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz, 724-1281.)

Sallie Mae Rogers Kelley
Sallie Mae Rogers Kelley, 79, passed away March 5, 1998, at Middlebury Manor Nursing Home, after a long illness. She was born April 18, 1918, in Winston-Salem, N. C. She was owner and operator of Chocolate Chip Kiddie Korner Nursery, and she also worked for Summit County Children Service Board as a foster parent for many years. She was a life member of Mary Exalted Temple 95 and the Optimistic 50 Club. She is survived by husband, Ezra Kelley; stepchildren Larry and Ezra Jr. of Akron, Bobby (Lucille) Collins of Cleveland, Beverly of Akron, Cynthia of San Diego, Calif.; cousins, John and Elizabeth Rogers, Martha Lee, Baulee Brazwell of Columbus; adopted son, Roy Ramnarine of Akron; grandchildren, Derrick (Tiffani) Kelley, Rachael (Darnell) Hubbard, Joey Hazly Jr. of Akron, Shawn Kelley of Arizona; a host of foster children, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 1998, at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, with Rev. George Goodman officiating. Interment at Mount Peace Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel Thursday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 847 Aberdeen St. (Stewart & Calhoun, 535-1543.)

Kathryn M. Kidikas
Kathryn M. Kidikas, 72, passed away March 9, 1998, after a courageous battle with cancer. A Randolph resident for 50 years, Mrs. Kidikas served as a W.A.V.E. in the U. S. Navy during World War II. She attended St. Peter of the Fields Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church. An avid painter using acrylic, oil, and painting china, she also loved cooking, traveling, and sewing. Kathryn adored her children and grandchildren, and treated them with generosity, kindness, and love. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Frank; sons, Bob (Jo Ann) of Kent and Frank (Julie) of Randolph; daughters, Carol (Mark) Harris of Peachtree City, Ga., Cheryl Pope of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Debbie Bennett of Bossier City, La.; grandchildren, Ron Baclawski, Mark and Michelle Harris, Aaron, Adam, and Larissa Kidikas, and Abby Bennett; sisters, Helen Stevanov and Ann Thompson. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at a place to be announced in Thursday's paper. Burial at Hillside Cemetery in Randolph. Friends may call at the Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 547 Canton Rd. (Route 91), Akron, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. (Hopkins Lawver, Akron, 733-6271.)

Charles King
Charles King passed away March 13 [1998]. Announcements later. (Stewart & Calhoun, 535-1543.)

William C. King
William C. King passed away March 15 after a short illness. Mr. King was born Nov. 18, 1914, in McDonald, Pa., and came to Akron at age 9. He was graduated from East High and earned a degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Akron. Mr. King will be posthumously awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award 1998 from the College of Engineering, University of Akron. He joined the U.S. Navy in World War II and served in the ``Seabees'' (Construction Battalion) in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, he applied his trade in Dallas and Arkansas, then settled in Toledo, Ohio where he became affiliated with the engineering firm of Finkbeiner, Pettis and Strout. He retired from the firm as a Senior Partner. Mr. King was preceded in death by Alberta, his wife of 51 years. He leaves his daughter, Lynda and granddaughter, Stephanie King of Ft. Lauderdale; sister and brother-in-law, Geraldine and Ray Hyser of Hudson; and sister, Betty Mack of Akron. He also leaves nieces, Connie Minne and Heidi Hyser-Zirkl; and nephews, Raymond and Keith Hyser; also seven grandnieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment service will be held 10:30 a.m. THURSDAY at the CHAPEL at GREENLAWN MEMORIAL PARK in Akron with Dr. Ronald Christiansen officiating. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Covenant Presbyterian Church, Secor and Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. Goodnight, Sweet Prince. (Billow TALLMADGE Chapel, 867-4141.)

Carol Lee Kinney
Carol Lee Kinney, 58, went to be with the Lord on March 6, 1998, at 2:25 a.m. She was born in Akron and resided most of her life in Cuyahoga Falls. She worked as a medical assistant for eight years with Dr. Krutky, and was a youth volunteer for 15 years for Black Hawk Dynasty Drum and Baton Corps. She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Lee Harran; and granddaughter, Shelby Kinney. She is survived by daughters, Laurie Kinney and Nicole (Kevin) Kuder, both of Cuyahoga Falls; father, Pete Harran of Akron; grandchildren, Paige and Bethany; special friends, Raymond and Judy Bartow of Stow, Karen Kinney, and many other special friends. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., Akron, with Pastor Billy Dawson officiating. Calling hours Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., at the funeral home. (Hennessy-Bagnoli, AKRON, 376-4251.)

Evelyn Ruth (Darago) Kirek
Evelyn Ruth (Darago) Kirek, 71, died Sunday, March 1, 1998, at Akron City Hospital. She was born in Akron and worked in her family's business, the Darago Brothers Store. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and St. Paul Ladies Guild. Preceded in death by parents, Walter and Barbara Darago; and brothers, Walter and Albert Darago, she is survived by her husband of 43 years, Peter of Akron; sons, Paul B. of Arkinsas and Michael P. of California; daughter, Roseann (Stephen) Dowling of Akron; brother, John (Rita) Darago of Cuyahoga Falls; sister, Agnes (Carl) Kiefer of California; and grandchildren, Christopher Dowling, Jasah M. and Jerrica E. Kirek. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 9:30 a.m., at the Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Funeral Home, 95 W. Waterloo Rd.; and at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home. (Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz, 724-1281.)

Helma Kirk
Helma Kirk, 90, went home to be with the Lord on March 24, 1998. She was born in Lexington, Ky., and had been an Akron resident for 79 years. Mrs. Kirk was a member of the Duane Avenue Block Club and a former member of Bethel Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Albert Kirk; sister, Estelle Bell; and brother, Louis Warfield, she leaves, to cherish her memory, son, Harold L. (Sonny) Kirk; granddaughter, Temakia Mitchell; great-grandsons, Javanta Virden and DaJuan Mitchell; sister, Margaret Thomas; special niece, Norma (Thomas) Spencer, all of Akron; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 28, 1998, at 11 a.m., at the Marco Sommerville Funeral Home, 1695 Diagonal Rd., Elder Robert D. Bell officiating, with the Rev. Thomas H. Bell delivering the eulogy. Interment at Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may call from 12 noon until time of service at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to 2575 Ridgewood Rd., Akron 44313. (Marco Sommerville, 836-2725.)

Earl K. Kirkpatrick
Earl K. Kirkpatrick, 77, died Sunday, March 8, 1998. A native of Cleveland, Mr. Kirkpatrick had been a Stow resident for most of his life. He had retired from Roadway Express after 23 years as a driver, and was a member of the Retired Teamsters, as well as Holy Family Catholic Church. During World War II, he served with the U. S. Navy. Preceded in death by his brother, Frank Hisem, he is survived by wife, Agnes M.; daughters, Marie Farley, Linda Large, and Sybil Brenner; son, Earl Kirkpatrick; sisters, Lucille Kuhn, Connie McFarland, and Doris Ball; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be TODAY at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church. Interment at Northlawn Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Greater Akron. (Dunn-Quigley, Ciriello & Carr, Falls, 929-3866.)

James F. Kissel
James F. Kissel, 52, died March 15, 1998, after a courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born in Akron and was a lifelong resident, and worked many years as an electrician. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and Raymond Kissel, and is survived by his daughter, Deanne Marie Kissel; son, James Brian Kissel, both of California; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janis Marshall of Mogadore, Jane and Denzel Moore of Arizona, Joan and Danny Barry of Rootstown; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Rosemary Kissel of Akron, and Joseph and Sue Kissel of Rootstown; numerous nieces, nephews and many friends. Jim knew no strangers. A very special thank-you to Kathy and Linda, Jim's private home health Hospice nurses. Jim will be dearly missed. Prayers will be recited at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 936 N. Main St., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Martha's Church. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of other remembrances, memorials may be made in Jim's memory to Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, Ohio 44333 or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Summit County Chapter, 944 Wye Dr., Akron, Ohio 44303. (Hennessy-Bagnoli, AKRON, 376-4251.)

Sandra L. Klespies, Ph.D.
Sandra Louise Klespies died March 1, 1998, at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. She was born in Akron, graduated from Central High School in 1967, earned a B. S. Medical Technology degree in 1972 from the University of Akron, and was a licensed medical technologist. She received a master's degree in biology in 1977 from the University of Akron, and completed her Ph.D. in medical microbiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., in 1981. She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in medical and public health laboratory microbiology at the University of Rochester in Rochester, N. Y., in 1983. Since 1992, she had been employed at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron in the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine as the Scientific Director of Bacteriology/Virology. Dr. Klespies was also a Clinical Associate Professor, Microbiology/Immunology, in both the departments of microbiology and pathology at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. She was a member of the American Society for Microbiology, South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology, Northeast Ohio Clinical Microbiology Group, American Society for Clinical Pathologists, Pan American Group for Rapid Viral Diagnosis, and Sigma Xi Research Society. She was preceded in death by her mother, Willie Ruth Klespies, and is survived by her father, Nicholas J. Klespies of Akron; sister, Linda S. Klespies of Pensacola, Fla.; caregivers and dear aunt and uncle, Emogene and William Bryan of Fort Myers, Fla.; aunts, Edna Klespies and Helen Gatsie of Akron, and Kathryn Steele of Medina; special friend, Ed Bass of Raleigh, N. C.; and a host of cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, memorials can be made to either the Student Scholarship Fund or the Department of Microbiology at NEOUCOM, via the Medical Education Foundation, P. O. Box 95, Rootstown, Ohio 44272. Per Sandra's wishes, cremation has taken place and her ashes have been scattered in the Gulf of Mexico. There will be no calling hours or funeral service in Akron.

Keith L. Klier Sr.
ASHLAND -- Keith Klier Sr., 55, of Ashland, died March 10, 1998, after a short illness. Born to Louis and Dorothy Hellinger Klier on Jan. 17, 1943, in Amherst, Ohio, he was a senior sales representative at Bestfoods in Illinois. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2178, Ashland Piant and Plain Club, the C.O.S.C.A, and Bailey Lakes Village Council. He is survived by his wife, Cathy (Shields), whom he married April 21, 1961; sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Kayleen Klier of London, Ohio, Kevin M. and Denise Klier of Savannah, Ohio, and Kurt Klier of Burlington, Vt.; daughter, Kory Klier at home; grandchildren, Nicholas, Kinsey, and Ethan Klier; brother, Donald Klier of Wellington, Ohio; sister, Judy McCurdy; and mother, Dorothy Hamilton, both of Vermilion, Ohio. Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heyl Funeral Home, 227 Broad St., Ashland, where services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m., with Dr. Sanford Mitchell officiating. Memorials may be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio or Samaritan Home Care.

Annabelle Knapp
Annabelle Knapp, 70, went home to the Lord on March 21, 1998. She is survived by her husband, Paul. She was born in Atwater and was a longtime Randolph resident. She was preceded in death by her son, Billy; mother, Charlotte Knapp; father, Michael Knapp; and brother, Paul Knapp. She is survived by daughters, Shirley, Brenda, and Annie; sons, Ron, Marty, Bobby, and Douglas; sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, 12 grandchildren, and many special relatives and friends. ``God saw that you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be; So He wrapped His arms around you, and whispered, ``Come with Me.''
A golden heart stopped beating;
hardworking hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.''

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 TONIGHT at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial wil be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church of Randolph, with the Reverend Father Edward Wieczorek officiating. Interment will be at the St. Joseph Cemetery on Randolph. Donations may be made to the Randolph Rescue Squad. (Wood-Kortright, Ravenna, 296-6436.)

William Kotch
William Kotch, 69, of Nemacolin, Pa., died Sunday, March 15, 1998, at his home. He is survived by wife, Edna Lee Hepler Kotch; sons, Guy William Kotch (Dawn) of Cuyahoga Falls, Mark James Kotch (Angie) of Beaver, Pa., and Charles Michael Kotch (Michelle) of Stow; daughters, Mrs. Jack (Cynthia) Rose of Carmichaels and Mrs. Alan (Emily) Trainor of Cuyahoga Falls; 15 grandchildren; brother, Daniel Kotch of Allison Park, Pa.; twin sisters, Mrs. Delores Conlin of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Doris ``Muchie'' Kotch of Crucible, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. Friends will be recieved at the Yoskovich Funeral Home, 300 South Vine St., Carmichales, Pa., on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral service 1 p.m. Friday at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church.

Pete Kousagan
MUNROE FALLS -- Pete Kousagan, 75, passed away March 25, 1998, after a battle with cancer. Father Bartz will conduct services TODAY, 11 a.m., at the Redmon Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg. (Redmon, Stow, 688-6631.)

Louis G. Kovack
CALIFORNIA -- Louis G. Kovack, 74, of Cypress, Calif., formerly of Akron, died March 3 of cardiac arrest. Survivors include his wife, daughters, grandchildren, a sister in Akron, nephew, nieces and great-nieces. Services were held at Forestlawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Cypress, Calif. on March 9. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Salvation Army in Akron.

Donald L. Krizek
Donald L. Krizek beloved father of Davie L. and Lisa B.; loving grandfather of Katherine E.; loving brother of Belva M. (John) Yadouga and the late John Jay Jr.; cherished uncle of Lori J. Merchant; and fondly remembered by ex-wife, Thelma, died March 3, 1998. He was an Air Force veteran of the occupational forces in Europe. Funeral service 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 1998, at Johnson-Romito, a Golden Rule Funeral Home (Route 82 one mile west of Route 8), Northfield Center, Ohio (330-468-1443), where the family will receive friends 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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