Wallace D. "Shanny" Shanaberger
Wallace D. "Shanny" Shanaberger, 87, of Sheri Drive, Kent, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2001, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Nov. 7, 1913, in Fairchance, Pa., to Lloyd E. and Ella (Darby) Shanaberger, his family moved to Kent when he was 2 years old. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent and attended Kent State University.
He retired as a supervisor with Lawson Milk Co. in 1977.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served in the African and European theaters of war. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 496 and Faith Lutheran Church of Kent.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy A. (Koch), to whom he was married 61 years; son, Eric (Holly)of Medina; daughter, Diane (Richard) Sherlock of Plantsville, Pa.; six grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Bill Koch. His brothers, Kendall, Donald and Raymond, and sisters, Eunice and Lydia, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Faith Lutheran Church in Kent, with the Rev. George Gaiser officiating. Burial will be in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.
Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 391 E. Main St., Kent, 44240.
Harold T. Bridges
ROOTSTOWN - Harold T. Bridges, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2001, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 19, 1929, in Knoxville, Tenn., he was the son of James L. and Katie (Thomas) Bridges. He had lived in Akron before moving to Rootstown in 1956.
Mr. Bridges retired from B.F. Goodrich in Akron, where he worked in research and development.
He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Ravenna.
Survivors include his wife, Julia (Sturtz); sons, Daniel of Beaver Creek, Ohio, and Jonathan (Carolyn) of Chardon; daughters, Debra of Rootstown and Brenda (Lynn) Long of Orlando, Fla.; six grandchildren; brother, John (Tama Jo) of Loma Linda, Calif.; and sisters, Betty (Robert) Brown of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Helen (Cloman) Weaver of Loma Linda.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Ravenna, with the Rev. John Bridges and the Rev. Shelvan Arunan officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Anna M. Szenas
STOW - Anna M. Szenas, 82, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2001, at her home.
Born May 20, 1919, in Reynoldsville, Pa., she was the daughter of Stephen and Anna (Ruman) Miskolcze. She had lived in Greensburg, Pa., Seminole, Fl. and Mount Vernon, Ohio before moving to Stow two years ago.
Mrs. Szenas was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Cuyahoga Falls.
She took an active role in the construction of the family home in Greensburg. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing golf. She also was a talented seamstress and enjoyed crafts such as needlepoint and counted cross-stitching.
Survivors include her husband, Alexander A.; son, Allan B. (Laura) of Mount Vernon; daughter, Susan L. (Larry) Alexander of Stow; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; brothers, William (Ann) Miskolcze and Julius Miskolcze, both of Ellwood City, Pa. and Arthur Miskolcze of Warren; and sisters, Margaret Lipovsky of Ellwood City, Pa. and Irene (Ralph) Elbrecht of Chesterland, Ohio.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the 11 a.m. memorial service Wednesday at the United Presbyterian Church in Cuyahoga Falls, with the Rev. Steve Brundage officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Summa or the Deacon Fund or Pantry of the United Presbyterian Church in Cuyahoga Falls.
Paul W. Bungard
Former Newton Falls resident Paul W. Bungard, 73, of Davenport, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001 at Tandem Health Care Center in Winter Haven, Fla.
Born April 11, 1928, in Canton, he was the son of William D. and Zora E. (Miller) Bungard. He had lived in Davenport since 1991.
Mr. Bungard was a foreman at Rockwell International for 34 years until he retired in 1983.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Fay, whom he married on June 4, 1949; daughters, Mrs. Clem (Carol) Schneider of Olmsted Falls, and Glyn (Judith) Rogers of Clay City, Ky.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl T. of Naples, Fla., and Charles M. of Berlin Center. A son, Dale, three brothers and one sister died previously.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at First Church of God in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by James Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Henry V. Christenson
Henry V. Christenson, 91, who spent a lifetime in the building business and put his stamp on the Portage area as general contractor of numerous establishments, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2001, at Sumner on Merriman in Akron.
Born Aug. 24, 1910 in Joliet, Ill., he was the son of Ernst V. and Julia W. (Anderson) Christenson. He had lived in Akron and Silver Lake until moving to The Pines in Twin Lakes upon his retirement.
Reared in the Akron area, Mr. Christenson graduated from Springfield High School, Hammel Business College in Akron and attended the University of Akron before graduating from Auburn University.
Mr. Christenson joined his father's construction firm, Christenson Construction Co., in the late 1930s. The firm relocated from Akron to Lake Street in Kent in 1945 to be closer to its operations in the Portage area.
The firm took pride in its work on many Kent area landmarks, including Huntington National Bank, which was known as Kent National Bank when Christenson Construction modernized it in the 1940s; W.W. Reed & Sons in downtown Kent, which was constructed to look like a Colonial-style home; the industrial arts wing of Davey Junior High School in Kent; the Venice Cafe, whose foundation was built out of solid sandstone; and First Christian Church of Kent.
The firm did a great deal of work for Gougler Machine Co. in Kent in the 1940s and also was a regular builder for A.C. Williams Co. in Ravenna as well as a number of Ravenna businesses, including Allen Aircraft and Darwal. WAKR in downtown Akron also was built by the firm in the 1930s.
Mr. Christenson gradually took on more responsibilities with the firm, which is father. E.V. Christenson founded in 1917. Following his father's death in 1953, he owned and operated the company until his retirement in 1979.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, he served in the Atlantic Theater of Operations. Two of the ships he served on were torpedoed and sunk by German U-boats. He was a member of the American Legion-Wendell Willkie Post No. 19 in Akron.
He served on the board of Home Savings Bank in Kent as a director from 1970 until 1998. When he retired from the board, he was vice chairman of the board and served on the executive committee.
He was a former member of Silver Lake Congregational Church, Fairlawn Country Club. Walden Golf and Tennis Club; Twin Lakes Country Club and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He was active professionally in the General Contractors Association, where he was past president and active on the Labor Negotiating Committee and the Apprentice Committee.
Survivors include his sons, Gene H. of Akron and Norman W. of Waterbury, Conn.; daughter, Mildred A. Steffee of Akron; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. His wife, Frances W. (Timberlake), whom he married in 1943, died in 1999. His brother, Harry William, and sister, Alice Viola, also died previously.
Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at United Church of Christ of Kent, with services following at 10 a.m. The Rev. Patrick Russell will officiate. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent is handling arrangements. Private burial will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park in Twinsburg.
Memorials may be made to The Haven of Rest, 175 E. Market St., Akron, 44308, or to an organization of one's choice.
Becky Hawkey, 77, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, in her home in Kent.
Born Feb. 25, 1924, in Tidoute, Pa., she was the daughter of Abigail (Lynch Cumings) and Harold Roe Hawkey.
She was retired from her job as a librarian but she worked at several jobs throughout her career.
Surivors include her nephews David Roe Hawkey of East Peoria, Ill., and Thomas Charles Hawkey of Mentor; niece, Laura Jane (Hawkey) Livingston of Colonia, N.J.; six great-nieces and nephews; one great- great-niece; and her friend, Patricia Lamb of Kent. Her brother, Harold Roe Hawkey Jr., died previously.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church in Ravenna.
Her body was donated to NEOUCOM.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna for Guido Cipriano, the 76-year-old restaurateur and caterer who died Friday, Aug. 24, 2001, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna following a lengthy illness.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home at 703 East Main St., Ravenna.
It was probably close to impossible to have lived or worked in Ravenna and other parts of Portage County without having eaten a meal prepared by Mr. Cipriano.
That's because he and his business were such a popular catering choice. Be it a wedding reception, political function, school or athletic event, a golf outing or office outing or other social event, if it was held in somewhere in Portage County - particularly in Ravenna - the food and service was often supplied by Mr. Cipriano and his business.
An outgoing and friendly man, Mr. Cipriano founded his catering and restaurant business in 1966, locating it in Ravenna, where he lived all his life. Eventually, Guido's Pizza and Catering came to be located at its present address on West Main Street where, especially at mid-day, it has been a popular business lunch site.
In the 1970s, Mr. Cipriano branched out and opened Guido's Top of the Inn at the University Inn in Kent. It was popular with the dinner crowd, but the expense of operating the restaurant caused Mr. Cipriano to scale back and focus on his Ravenna operations.
Twenty years ago, he also started his annual golf outing, inviting regular customers and friends to play. The event continues to this day. When it was staged several weeks ago, Mr. Cipriano, though ill, managed to preside.
In addition to his business activities, Mr. Cipriano played an active role in the community. He served on the Ravenna zoning board, the Ravenna Schools Blue Ribbon Committee, was a member of the Ravenna Elks and a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna.
He was U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Mr. Cipriano was born in Ravenna on March 15, 1925, the son of Sylvester and Beatrice (Sarrocco) Cipriano.
Survivors include his sons, Vincent, Sylvester "Chip" (Kem), Sam (Karen), Mike and Joe, all of Ravenna, and Steve (Colleen) of Akron; daughters, Patricia Cipriano of Strongsville, Tina (Larry) Hutchinson and Marianne (Kurtis) Crislip, both of Rootstown, and Lorrie (Tommy) Yates of Sylvania; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Paschal Cipriano of Ravenna. His wife, Vivian, died in 1995. Besides his parents, brothers, Sabatino (Sam) and Peter, and sisters, Matilda Cariglio, Madeline Damicone, Mary D'Amicone and Clara Cipriano, died previously.
Entombment will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum in Ravenna. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Walton Charles "Walt" Canfield, 67, of Ravenna, died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, at Altercare Nursing Home in Ravenna.
Born Oct. 2, 1933, in Colfax, W.Va., he was the son of Okey John and Opal Marie (Little) Canfield. He lived in Fairmont, W.Va., before moving to Ravenna in 1951.
Mr. Canfield was a shop foreman in several area plastic factories, where he worked with and set up procedures for injection molding and extrusions.
He was a life member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also was a skilled woodcarver, designing and building grandfather clocks.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva O. (White); mother, Opal Marie Canfield of Ravenna; brother, Russell (Kay) of Warren; and sister, Doris (Charlie) Budd of Deerfield.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Ron Lanham officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Kent native Kirk Allan Suntheimer, 51, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2001, at his home.
Born June 20, 1950, in Kent, he was the son of William and Shirley (Swords) Suntheimer. He was a 1968 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.
Mr. Suntheimer and his wife owned and operated Kirk A. Suntheimer Antiques.
Survivors include his wife, Janice (Luongo), whom he married June 26, 1971; son, Jeremy (Sara) of Akron; two grandchildren; parents, William and Shirley Suntheimer of Kent; and a brother, Terry of Cuyahoga Falls.
Private services are being handled by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.