Dr. Stanley Guise, 70
Dr. Stanley M. Guise, 70, who was an assistant professor of romance languages and French at Kent State University, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Clinton County Hospital in Frankfort, Ind.
Born Dec. 26, 1929, in Stow, he lived much of his life in the Kent and Brimfield areas except for five years spent in Paris, while he was working on his doctorate. He had resided at Wesley Manor in Frankfort, Ind., since 1991.
Dr. Guise was a graduate of Kent State University and Duke University in North Carolina, and earned his doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris. He was an instructor in German at Wooster College, instructor in French at Baldwin Wallace College in Ohio, and assistant professor of Romance languages and French at KSU.
He retired in 1990 after working for nine years as a horticulturist for the Cleveland Metroparks System.
Survivors include his sister, Emogene Wearstler of Brookston, ind., two nephews and a niece.
Visitation will be held from noon until services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel. Burial will take place at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Brimfield Memorial House Association.
Dorothy Blasse, 84
Ravenna native Dorothy M. Blasse, 84, of Westwood Ave., Alliance, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Alliance Community Hospital.
Born Jan. 23, 1915 in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Robert E. and Minnie (Donnalley) Abel. Formerly of Phoenix, Ariz., and St. George, Utah, she moved to Alliance in 1989. She was a graduate of Ravenna High School.
Mrs. Blasse retired from Evenflo Products in Ravenna in 1970.
She attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alliance. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary No. 166, Alliance Area Senior Citizens Center and the AARP Chapter No. 2630 in Alliance.
Survivors include her son, Glenn E. Fish of Phoenix City, Ala.; daughters, Nona L. King of Alliance and Sandra S. Frayer of Lincoln, Ala.; nine grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Her first husband, Harold G. Fish, died Oct. 27, 1966. Her second husband, Richard F. Blasse, died June 27, 1987. One grandson also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home, 75 S. Union Ave., Alliance, and from noon until services Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Alliance. Bishops James Kirk and Louis Phelps will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
Alberta Beathe, 80
Alberta M. Beathe, 80, of Cortland, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Warren after a brief illness.
Born Nov. 3, 1919 in Landensburg, W.Va., she was the daughter of Gordon and Drucilla (King) Daniels.
Mrs. Beathe was employed at the Windham Drug Store for 30 years as a clerk until she retired in 1980.
She enjoyed bingo and playing cards with her friends.
Survivors include her son, Robert, Jr. of Warren; daughters, Janet Haffner of Bristolville and Kay Smith of Cortland; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, Robert, Sr., whom she married Dec. 23, 1939, died Jan. 27, 1978. Her brother, Gordon Daniels, and sister, Norma Perrine, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Friday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, with the Rev. Rosalee Jeffers officiating. Burial will be in Windham Township Cemetery.
Joseph Miller, 84
Joseph J. Miller, 84, a life-time resident of the Akron-Brimfield area, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000.
Born in Chicago, he was the son of the late Nicholas and Elizabeth Miller.
Mr. Miller was a pipefitter at Quaker Oats and also at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was an avid bowler and softball player, playing on the Quaker Oats and Goodyear leagues.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Goodyear of Brunswick; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and sister, Elizabeth (Kenneth) Huffman of Fort Myers, Fla. His wife, Mildred V., died in 1982; a son, Edward, brother Nick and sister, Catherine Davis, also died previously.
Visitation will be held two hours prior to 1 p.m. services Thursday at the Hopkins Lawver Mogadore Funeral Home, 34 S. Cleveland Ave., with the Rev. G. Rod Taylor officiating. Burial will be at Restland Cemetery in Brimfield.
Memorials may be made to the Brimfield Paramedics, 1333 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield, 44240.
Evelyn M. Miller
Evelyn M. Miller, 92, of Ravenna died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Nov. 23, 1907, in Akron, she was the daughter of Harry and Lena (Sauvain) Cook. Formerly of Cleveland and Mantua, she had lived in Ravenna since 1995.
Mrs. Miller was the owner and operator of Evelyn's Beauty Salon in Cleveland.
She attended Sunbeam School in Cleveland.
Survivors include her son, Robert of Ravenna; daughter, Jeannette Bonner of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Jeannette Craigie of Cleveland. Her huband, Louis, died in 1973. Her sisters, Helen Cook and Eleanora Allison, died previously.
Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until services at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with the Rev. Paul Meduri officiating. Burial will be private.
Hester Beal, 86, of Kent, died Friday Jan. 14, 2000, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born March 23, 1913 in Kent, she was the daughter of Frank H. and Lillian (Wilson) Parmelee.
Mrs. Beal's time was devoted to her family.
Survivors include her son, James R. (Julie A.) of Kent; and two grandchildren. Her husband, Gerald R., died in 1998. Two brothers and two sisters died previously.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, with the Rev. Steven Lashbrook officiating. Arrangements are being handled by Bissler and Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Memorials may be made to Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation-Visiting Nurse, P.O. Box 1204, Ravenna, Ohio 44266-1204, or to Meals on Wheels.
Bertha Elizabeth Newell
Bertha Elizabeth Newell, 75, of Hillsboro, the sister of two area residents, died Saturday Jan. 15, 2000, at the Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro.
Born Oct. 25, 1924 in Bellaire, Ohio, she was the daughter of Samuel and Willa (Hillberry) French.
She was a member of the Hillsboro First Baptist Church, and former member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Johnstown, American Legion Auxiliary in Johnstown and the Deerfield Fire Department Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband, James J., whom she married July 29, 1941 in Mannington, W.Va.; sons, Howard "Sonny" of North Benton, Harold (Debbie) of Columbus, and Ken (Dee) of Marengo; daughters, Iris (Clyde) Days of Groveport, Diana (Dewayne) Samples of Alexandria; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Birtie (Howard) Gump of Wayland and Nancy (Clarence) Imhoff of Brimfield. Her sister, June Batson, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Turner and Son Funeral Home, 602 N. High St., Hillsboro, and from noon until 2 p.m. services Tuesday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Burial will be in Deerfield Township Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hillsboro First Baptist Church or to the American Diabetes Association.
GARRETTSVILLE - Joan Woolery of Garrettsville died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000 at her home.
Arrangements will be announced by Mallory-DeHaven Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville.
Sagaston L. Smith
GARRETTSVILLE - Sagaston L. Smith, 81, formerly of Windham, died in Youngstown.
Arrangements to be announced by the Mallory DeHaven Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville.
Ruth E. Koons
Ruth E. Koons, 80, of Marlboro, died Saturday Jan. 15, 2000, at McCrea Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Born Feb. 17, 1919 in Atwater, she was the daughter of Orva Leland and Ruby Lucille (Royer) Chapman. She was a lifetime resident of Marlboro.
Mrs. Koons was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church.
She was formerly employed in secretarial work, and worked at Taylorcraft during World War II.
Survivors include her daughters, Karen Carroll of Marlboro, Suzi Koons of Alliance; step-daughters, Patricia Vargo of Alliance, Dorothy Collage of Las Vegas, Nev.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; 16 step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-granddaughter; brothers, Earl and Roy Chapman, both of Atwater. Her husband, Kenneth L. Sr., whom she married Oct. 10, 1942; son, James O. Sr., stepson, Kenneth L. Jr.; grandson, James O. Jr., and step-grandsons, Keith A., Kerry, and William Collage, died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Ken Price officiating. Burial will be at the Marlboro Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at Aldersgate Untied Methodist church, 11394 Edison St., NE, Alliance, OH 44601.
The Sharer-Stirling-Skivolocke Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Laura Patrick, 93
Laura Patrick, 93, of Ravenna, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at her daughter's home after a short illness.
Born April 1, 1906 in Ravenna, she was the daughter of Genaro and Maria (Rufi) Senerchia. She was a Ravenna resident most of her life.
Mrs. Patrick and her husband, Thomas, owned and operated the East Park Restaurant many years ago.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and a past president of the Kent Emblem Club.
Survivors include her daughter, Helen (Jack) Tortorella of Ravenna; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her husband, Thomas, died in 1974. Her brothers, Louis, Arthur and Austin "Babe" Senerchia, James, Samuel "Jumbo" and Charles "Cherry" Rufi; and sisters, Ernestine DiLoreto, Elvira "Ollie" Mascio, Susie Trochio, Lyda D'Amico Paci and Edith Arganti, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna, with the Rev. Robert Sabatino officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Robinson Memorial Hospital or Immaculate Conception Church.
Grayce Shufelt, 80
Former Brimfield resident Grayce J. Shufelt, nee Raber, 80, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999.
Born in Kent and formerly of Brimfield, she had moved to Cuyahoga Falls in 1971.
Mrs. Shufelt was a member of the Church of Christ in Kent.
Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Shufelt; son, William C. (Linda) of Tennessee; daughter, Patricia L. Swain of Cuyahoga Falls; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Don Raber of Nevada; and sister, Carolyn Weiss of Kent. Her daughter, Sandra J. Doerfler, died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, with the Rev. Mark Brazle officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery in Brimfield.
Memorials may be made to the Bureau of the Blind, 401 Market Ave. N., Suite 2200, Canton, Ohio, 44702.
Lottie Geer, 81
Lottie P. Geer, 81, of Ravenna, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a short illness.
Born July 20, 1918, in Kent, she was the daughter of William and Pauline (Yost) Wiley. She had been a lifelong area resident.
Mrs. Geer was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church of Ravenna.
Survivors include her daughters, Patricia Ferguson of Ravenna, and Carol (Robert) Davidson of Kent; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Clara Wilson of Kent. Her husband, William, died in 1985.
Private services have been held at Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
The Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, handled arrangements.
John Wickersham, 71
John H. Wickersham Sr., 71, of Ravenna, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at home.
Born March 18, 1928, in Gunter, Texas, he was the son of Fred C. and Martha O. (Stagner) Wickersham. He had lived in Ravenna since 1957.
Mr. Wickersham retired in 1990 from Amatek Lamb Electric of Kent, where he had been a machinist.
He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion Post of Ravenna.
Survivors include his sons, John (Holly) and James, both of Kent; daughters, Melody (Bill) Clark of Ravenna and Kim Westfall of Jonesborough, Tenn.; stepson, Mark (Debbie) Partin of New Bern, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and former wives, Margaret Wickersham and Carol Westfall. His brothers, Bud, Harold and Glenn; and sister, Martha Graeser, all died previously.
Private services will be held for the immediate family. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna. Arrangements are being handled by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Robinson Memorial Hospital Visiting Nurse and Hospice.
Mary Chill, 93
Mary E. Chill, 93, of Ravenna, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, at Robinson Memorial Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Rolland Newcomb, 81
GARRETTSVILLE - Rolland E. "Rocky" Newcomb, 81, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999 at home after a long illness.
Born Feb. 14, 1918, in Youngstown, he was the son of Seymour and Ethel (Knowlton) Newcomb. He was a lifetime resident of the Garrettsville-Nelson area and graduated in 1934 from Nelson High School in the 11th grade. He graduated in 1935 from Garrettsville High School, receiving a 12th-grade diploma.
Mr. Newcomb worked for the Sears-Roebuck Company for 40 years as a retail manager, working at the downtown Warren and Eastwood Mall stores. He retired in 1980.
He served at the Ravenna Arsenal in the munitions shipping department and also worked at the Rootstown Ordinance Depot during World War II. He was a former 12-year member of the James A. Garfield Board of Education. He was an active lifetime member of the Nelson United Methodist Church, an avid reader and enjoyed gardening and the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Vera (Bell), whom he married June 24, 1939, and with whom he had celebrated a 60th wedding anniversary in 1999; sons, Robert (Debi) of Garrettsville, Donald (Tami) of Mansfield and Thomas (Kathy) of Parkman; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Marian Walters of Deerfield. His brother, Walter, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua. Services will be held at noon Friday at the Nelson United Methodist Church, 9367 S.R. 305 in Nelson, with Dr. Andrew N. Mabiala officiating and assisted by the Revs. Paul White, Lorry Mabiala and Gerald Sanders. Burial will follow at Harrington Cemetery in Nelson Township.
Memorials may be made to the Nelson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 210, Garrettsville, Ohio, 44231.
Donald Richardson, 72
Former Ravenna resident Donald G. Richardson, 72, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 6, 1999, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Born Sept. 6, 1927, in Wayland, he moved to Florida in 1980 from Ravenna.
Before his retirement, Mr. Richardson worked in maintenance for Sea Coast Gardens Condominiums II and III in New Smyrna Beach.
Mr. Richardson was an active member of the Christian Life Center in New Smyrna Beach. He had a great sense of humor and would help change a tire or fix a roof and never ask for a penny.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; son, Elwood of Brimfield; stepsons, Lester Chastain of New Smyrna Beach and Timothy Klecon of Port Orange, Fla.; stepdaughters, Latricia Klecon and Darlea Chastain of New Smyrna Beach, Melody Day of Powdersville, S.C. and Nancy Johnson of Battle Creek, Mich.; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, William of Floral City, Fla; and sister, Edith Porcase of Covington, La. His stepdaughter, Brenda Vandergrifft, died in 1997.
A memorial service was held today at the Christian Life Center in New Smyrna Beach, with the Rev. Dr. Bill M. Sharp officiating. Settle-Wilder Funeral Home, 406 S. Orange St. New Smyrna Beach, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Christian Life Center, 1015 10th St., New Smyrna Beach, Fla., 32168 or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Dennis Stuntz, 50
MANTUA - Dennis A. Stuntz, 50, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1999 at home under the care of his wife. He had lung cancer.
Born April 13, 1949, in Newcastle, Pa., he was the son of Harold and Philaberta Stuntz. He grew up in the Akron area and had lived in Mantua since the mid-1980s.
Mr. Stuntz worked in Chagrin Falls at B.F. Goodrich.
He was a Vietnam War veteran and suffered from asthma from exposure to Agent Orange.
Survivors include his wife, Patty (Barnard), whom he married in 1988; son, D.J. of Atlanta; daughter, Jennifer L. Stuntz of Mantua; mother, Philaberta; brother, Randall; and sister, Elaine Phillips. His father, Harold, and twin brother, David, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight and 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Kindrich-McHugh-Steinbauer Funeral Home, 33375 Bainbridge Road, Solon, where services will be held at noon Saturday. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.
Memorials may be made to the Robinson Memorial Hospital Foundation, Oncology, P.O. Box 1204, Ravenna, Ohio, 44266.