Myrtle Stephenson, 97
Former Atwater resident Myrtle Stephenson, 97, died Saturday, May 27, 2000, at the Roselawn Geriatric Care Center in Alliance.
Born Feb. 22, 1903, in Livingston, Tenn., she was the daughter of Leonard and Mattie Catherine (Ward) Aldridge. She lived in Atwater for 51 years.
Mrs. Stephenson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atwater.
Survivors include daughters, Helen L. Anderson of Alliance and Phyllis (Howard) Hilker of Austin, Texas; 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Her husband Clifford died previously. Her sons, Clifford Jr. Stephenson and Glen Stephenson and daughter, Elsie Kraus also died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Atwater Chapel, with the Rev. Timothy Black officiating. Burial will be at Atwater Cemetery.
James Russ, 71
SHALERSVILLE - James P. Russ, 71, died Sunday, June 18, 2000, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born June 7, 1921, in Akron, he was the son of Steve and Mary (Marta) Russ. He had lived in Charlestown Township before moving to Shalersville in 1948.
Mr. Russ was a member of the Civil Service for 23 years, working as a troubleshooter at the Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant. He was previously employed as a printer for Robinson Memorial Hospital.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Air Corps.
He was a member of the Garrettsville Masonic Lodge & AM No. 246 and the Mantua OES No. 32.
Survivors include daughter, LeAnn Martindale of Shalersville; and one grandson. His wife, Eleanor, died in 1989.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with Masonic Services at 7:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Everett Schleef officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Martha Schmucker, 73
Martha Schmucker, 73, of Mesopotamia Township, died of cancer Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Trumbull Forum Health in Warren.
Born Aug. 27, 1926, in Troy Township, she was the daughter of Joe and Susan Schmucker and was a lifelong area resident.
Ms. Schmucker was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and crocheting.
She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
Survivors include son, Robert (Emma Kuhns) of Warren; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Hershberger of LaGrange, Ind., and Emma Patterson and Elma Kempf, both of Middlefield. Brothers, Ervin and Joe, sister, Elizabeth Perks, and two grandchildren, died previously.
Calling hours will be held at the residence anytime until funeral services at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Russell Golden Rule Funeral Service, 5195 Kinsman Road, Middlefield, with Bishop Albert Mast officiating. Burial will be in Wilcox Road Cemetery in Mesopotamia Township.
Frank Booth, 72
BRIMFIELD - Services will be held Tuesday for Frank R. Booth, 72, who died Thursday, June 15, 2000 at his home.
Born April 18, 1928, in East Rainell, W.Va., he was the son of Earnest E. and Madeline (McIntire) Booth.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 tonight at the Eckard-Baldwin Funeral Home, 760 E. Market St. in Akron and from noon until 1 p.m. services Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 106 Howe Road in Tallmadge, with the Elder Paul Hardy officiating. Entombment will be in Hillside Mausoleum in Akron, where the Firestone Post 3383 will conduct military services.
Henry Suter, 83
Henry A. Suter, 83, of Ravenna, died Sunday, June 18, 2000.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Final arrangements will be announced.
Gertrude Aberegg, 67
Gertrude Ann Aberegg, 67, of 360 E. Summit St., Kent, died Saturday, June 17, 2000, at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Elizabeth Hafner, 94
Elizabeth Hafner, 94, of Newton Falls, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Laurie Ann Nursing Home in Newton Falls.
Born June 22, 1905, in Bautzen, Hungary, she was the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Riegu) Kremer. She previously lived in Diamond since 1932.
Mrs. Hafner was a member of the Palmyra Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking and gardening.
Survivors include her son, Fred of Diamond; daughter, Elizabeth Ruppert of Bautzen, Germany; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Andrew, whom she married April 16, 1927, died Aug. 26, 1968. Her son, Andrew Jr., and brother, Peter Kremer, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls where services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at Palmyra Cemetery.
Ruby Davis, 75
MANTUA TOWNSHIP - Ruby J. Davis, 75, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at her home.
Born Oct. 14, 1924, in Lawrence County, Tenn., she was the daughter of Zeb and Mary Lou (Belew) Fincher.
Mrs. Davis was a mill operator and was retired from Erickson Tool in Solon. After retirement, she worked as a clerk for Haylett's Store in Mantua.
Survivors include three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Frank Fincher of Mantua Township and Lon Fincher of Rock Hill, S.C.; and sisters, Carmie Fincher of Mantua and Frances Colvert of Streetsboro. Her son, Eddie, died in 1988.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home in Streetsboro where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Carl Holm officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
David "Dave" Howard Green
Services for David "Dave" Howard Green, the Kent business and civic leader who died Wednesday, are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church of Kent where the Rev. Daniel Griggs will officiate.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Mr. Green, who died at his home on Heather Circle Wednesday, after a long illness, was 75. An upbeat and friendly personality, who had the gift of easy laughter, he enjoyed a string of successes in a multi-faceted business career and played a major civic role in the community.
He was the owner and president of Hall Green Agency in Kent. In the 1970s, when most banks were locally owned and operated, he had succeeded the late Carl Meeker as president, CEO and chairman of the board of City Bank of Kent where he worked from 1966 to 1979. Prior to coming to the bank, he had worked in the accounting department of Lamb Electric from 1956 until 1966. He had also sold real estate for W.W. Reed and Sons in Kent for three years following the acquisition of City Bank by Ameritrust of Cleveland, which was later absorbed into KeyBank.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Mr. Green had served as a mortar gunner in the Philippines.
Born June 4, 1924, in Kent, the son of Leonard and Thelma (Welton) Green, Mr. Green was graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School in 1942 and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Reserve University. He also attended National Mortgage School at Ohio State University in 1968 and attended the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin in 1974. He also took continuing education courses in real estate and insurance.
Mr. Green believed it important to participate civically in the community. He was a member and past president of the Kent Kiwanis Club, a member and past president of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Kent Welfare and Visiting Nurse Association, past president of the Twin Lakes One-Fund, former member and treasurer of the Kent Jaycees, co-chairman of the Community Relations Committee of Kent State University from 1977-1978, former member of the Franklin Board of Education from 1958-1959, former member and former president of the Kent City Board of Education and member of the Kentway Board of Trustees.
He was a board member of the United Christian Ministries, Elder Emeritus of the First Christian Church of Kent, where he was a member for 50 years, a founding member of the Kevin Coleman Foundation and its president from 1992 to 1993, former board member of the Kent State University Orchestra Society and past commodore and member of the Earlville Yacht Club.
For his community service, he was awarded both the Kent Medal for Public Service in 1994 and the Kevin Coleman Foundation Distinguished Service Award in 1996.
He also was a charter member of the Businessman's Physical Fitness Organization at KSU and a member of the Rockton Lodge No. 316 F. & A.M. He was an avid boater and fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Joan (Spotts), whom he married May 15, 1993; daughters, Elizabeth Ann (David) Tait, of Tempe, Ariz. and Ruthann (Sidney) Freeman, of Kent; stepson, Gary (Lee) Bly of Avon Lake; stepdaughter, Elizabeth Bly, of Lakewood; six grandchildren; and a sister, Margery Finley, of Miller Place, New York. His first wife, Marjorie A. (Parmelee) died in 1991, and brother, Stephen, died in 1988.
Memorials may be made to the Portage Foundation, 143 Gougler Ave., Kent, Ohio 44240 or the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation-Hospice, P.O. Box 1204, Ravenna, Ohio 44266.
Clark R. "Hooks" Sommers
STREETSBORO - Clark R. "Hooks" Sommers, 71, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Maplewood Care Center in Streetsboro.
Born Aug. 1, 1928, in Cleveland, he was the son of August and Hazel (Clark) Sommers. He had lived in Streetsboro for 40 years.
Mr. Sommers was a stockman for Air Maze in Bedford, Ohio.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
He was a member of the Streetsboro United Methodist Church, the W.K. Ricksecker Masonic Lodge No. 606 in Aurora, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 33rd Degree in Canton and the Streetsboro American Legion No. 685.
Survivors include his wife, Johanna (Schleper), whom he married Sept. 22, 1951; brother, Jack, of Brooklyn Heights; sister, Erma Orr, of Medina; and many nieces and nephews. His sister, June Jones, died previously.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to 10 a.m. services Saturday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, with the Rev. James Cox officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
Edward E. Lucas
Edward E. Lucas, 79, of Canton, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at his daughter's home in Kent.
Born in Fairmount, W. Va., he was the son of William C. and Wilda E. (Stottlemire) Lucas.
Mr. Lucas was retired from the Timken Company.
He was a member of the West Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Survivors include son, Edward L. (Cindy) Lucas, of Alliance; daughters, Jill (Launie) Rhoads, of Kent, Pamela Smith, of Florida, and Ellen (John) Loudin of Shinston, W. Va.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife, Eileen, died in 1995. Two brothers and one sister also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Schneeberger Funeral Home in Canton, followed by funeral services at 8 p.m. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Sunset Hills Burial Park in Canton.
Memorials can be made to Hospice of Summa, 444 N. Main St., Akron, Ohio 44310.
Norma P. Santee
ROOTSTOWN - Norma P. Santee, 96, died Wednesday, May 17, 2000, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Aug. 31, 1903, in Spencer, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Laphy J. and Mary Melissa (Kincaid) Santee, and had lived in Randolph for 55 years before moving to Rootstown two years ago to live with her daughter.
Mrs. Santee was a member of the First Baptist Church of Atwater for 39 years.
Survivors include her son, Francis Arthur (Margaret) Santee of Tallmadge; daughter, Norma Jean (David) Wilkes of Rootstown; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; sisters, Virgie Lowe of Barberton and Sergie Umbaugh of Florida. Her husband, Arthur Santee, died March 17, 1961. Brothers David, Harlen and Woodrow Santee, and a sister, Oma Ralston, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Atwater, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Timothy Black officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park, Akron. The Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, is handling arrangements.
William J. "Bill" Bowser
WINDHAM - A memorial service for former Windham resident William J. "Bill" Bowser will be held at noon Saturday at the Congregational Church in Windham. Following the service, his ashes will be buried in the Windham Township Cemetery.
Josephine Barnette, 61, of Ravenna, died May 13, 2000 at Akron General Medical Center.
Born March 1, 1939, in Blacky, Va., she was the daughter of William David and Ella Mae Blankenship. She attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Streetsboro and enjoyed singing.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Carlin L.; sons, J.D. and Randy, both of Ravenna and Ricky Baldwin of Stow; daughters, Jeanie Kennedy of Brownsville, Pa., and Deanna Price of Wintersville; brother, Dean Blankenship of Rootstown; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her son, Melvin Baldwin, brother, Boyd Blankenship, and sisters, Azeal Blankenship and Bea Honaker, all died previously.
Calling hours will beheld from 7 to 9 today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kolmont Community Church in Mingo Junction with Pastor Sam Retzer and Pastor Simon Blankenship officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Steubenville.
Memorials may be made to the Kolmont Community Church in Mingo Junction or the American Cancer Society, 1900 W. Market St., Youngstown 44313.
Margaret C. Taylor
Margaret C. Taylor, 82, of Ravenna Township, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at her daughter's residence in Orrville of natural causes.
Born June 26, 1917, in Morgantown, W.Va., she was the daughter of C. Albert and Bessie F. (Klein) Thomas. She had lived in Ravenna Township since 1965.
Mrs. Taylor had been a switchboard operator and retired in 1979 from the Portage County Welfare Department.
She attended the Episcopal church.
Survivors include her son, Thomas A. of Colorado; daughter, Charlotte Shilling of Orrville; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Betty Glassetter of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dorothy Lamb of Apollo, Pa. Her son, Sam, died in 1972.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Grandview Memorial Park Chapel in Ravenna, with the Rev. Carol Evans officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Former Ravenna resident Lloyd Wilmington, 59, of Chicago, Ill., died Wednesday, May 10, 2000, at Oakland Hospital in Oakland, Ill.
Born Oct. 9, 1940, in Grenada, Miss., he was the son of Oley and Ruth Wilmington. He had resided in Ravenna and Akron until moving to Chicago in October, 1999.
Mr. Wilmington worked on the assembly line at General Motors.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his daughter, Lori (Harrington) Wilmington-Fed of Georgia; mother, Ruth Wilmington of Holcomb, Miss.; brothers, Walter (Mamie) of Chicago and Russell of Ravenna.
Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will follow at noon, with the Rev. Andrew Wright officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
Donald L. Chalfant
DIAMOND - Donald L. Chalfant, 67, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a six-month illness from cancer.
Born Nov. 4, 1932, in Green Township, he was the son of Clair and Ethel (Davis) Chalfant. He was a lifetime resident of the Diamond area.
Mr. Chalfant was a truck mechanic for Service Transport in Edinburg.
He enjoyed crafts and automobiles.
Survivors include sons, Robert, of Diamond, and Donald; daughters, Nancy, of Diamond, and Michelle; three grandchildren; his mother, of North Jackson; and a brother, Gilbert E., of Canfield. His wife, Barbara (Mordew), whom he married in June of 1957, and a son, Gary, both died previously.
Calling hours will be held one hour prior to funeral services at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Burial will be in Palmyra West Cemetery.
Maxine M. "Mickey" Knight
Maxine M. "Mickey" Knight, 65, of Ravenna, died Monday, May 15, 2000 at Akron City Hospital after a short illness.
Born May 21, 1934, in Garrettsville, she was the daughter of John and Eleanore (Furgerson) Bennett. A graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School, she was a life resident of the Ravenna area.
Mrs. Knight worked for Montigney Hardware in Ravenna until it closed in 1996.
Survivors include her son, Gerald "Jerry" (Debbie) of Ravenna; daughters, Robin (Patrick) Thompson of Kent and Penny Hausch of Ravenna; six grandchildren; and sister, Barb (Wesley) Dodrill of Ravenna. Her husband, Charles "Oscar" Knight, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Richard Skiver officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.
FREEDOM - Helen Petrasko, 88, died Monday, May 15, at Altercare of Ravenna. Private arrangements are being handled by Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville.