Mary Louise Tutolo, 77, of Kent, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 14, 1922 in East Cleveland, she was the daughter of Joseph L. and Emma M. Attanaro. She was formerly of South Euclid.
Survivors include her son, Donald R.of Cleveland; daughters, Kathleen Liuzzo of Willoughby Hills and Carol Pillsbury of Kent; and four grandchildren. Her husband, Carl A., died May 18, 1978. Her brother, Richard, died Feb. 6, 1999.
Private services will be held for the family. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon.
Violet Weingart, 87
Violet B. Weingart, 87, formerly of Deerfield, died Thursday Sept. 30, 1999, at Crandal Medical Center in Sebring after a long illness.
Born Sept. 2, 1912, in Lloyd, she was the daughter of Thomas and Grace (Simpson) Stanley.
Mrs. Weingart was a cook in the Southeast school district for about 20 years until retiring in 1974.
She graduated from Deerfield High School. She was a member of Deerfield Friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Judi Yeager of Naperville, Ill.; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; brother, Thomas of Alliance; sisters, Barbara Carver of Sebring and Theeda Simeone of Niles. Her husband, Virgil, died May 13, 1996, and her daughter, Sandy Shively, died November 7, 1997, and her brothers, Ernie, Edward and Russell, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday, with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gednetz-Ruzek Funeral Home, 126 W. Vermont Ave., Sebring, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Jodi Hill officiating. Burial will be in Deerfield Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 100 30th St. N.W. Suite 100, Canton, OH 44709.
William Kruger, 95
Services were held Friday for William R. Kruger, 95, of Cherry Street, Kent, who died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Kensington Care Center in Aurora.
Born May 6, 1904, he was the son of William F. and Amelia B. (Long) Kruger.
Mr. Kruger retired from the Erie Lackawana Railroad, where he was a master carpenter, after 48 years. He also raised and sold pumpkins in the fall.
Survivors include his grandson, Glen E. Jr. (Chris) of Kent and Kim (Virginia) of Kent; granddaughters, Kyna (Michael) Rose of Aurora, and Penny of Kent; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Pearl M. Shephard of Kent. His wife, Clarice C. (Chandler), died in 1987. His sons, Glen and Gary, died previously.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church of Aurora, with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg. Arrangements were made by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Memorials may be made to the North East Chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation, 24100 Chagrin Blvd., Suite 125, Cleveland 44122.
Marjorie Hummel, 96
Marjorie (Troyer) Hummel, 96, sister of Tom Troyer of Stow and Loris Troyer of Kent, died Sept. 30, 1999, in Millersburg, Ohio.
The daughter of Albert and Jessie Troyer, she was born in Walnut Creek. She was a life resident of Holmes County.
Mrs. Hummel was a former teacher in the Walnut Creek schools.
In addition to her brothers, Tom and Loris, she is survived by her son, Hubert, and daughter, Joy, both of Holmes County; brother, Dey Troyer of Walnut Creek; sister, Nellie Hecker of Berlin; granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Ray, and a sister, Mellanie Arnold, died previously.
Services will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Walnut Creek United Church of Christ with calling hours one hour prior to the service.
Robert McKinney, 65
MOGADORE - Robert L. McKinney, 65, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, after a short illness.
Born July 8, 1934, in Akron, he was the son of Rufus and Margaret (Bond) McKinney. He was a life resident of the area.
Mr. McKinney retired from Goodyear in 1991 after 39 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Carol; son Craig (Karen) of Akron; daughters Pam (Rusty) Wise of Randolph and Cathy (Robert) Moses of Rootstown; two grandchildren; and sisters Sue (Roger) Ruman of Akron and Mary Gautschi of Uniontown.
Calling hours will be held one hour before the service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home, 339 Southwest Ave., Tallmadge. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Center.
Morris Kot, 85
Morris P. Kot, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Valley View Nursing Home in Akron.
He formerly lived in Cleveland.
Mr. Kot was a retired machinist from PESCO Inc.
He was a former member of PNA.
Survivors include his brother, Thomas F. (Doris); sister-in-law, Viola Wolocszyn; cousins, Halina and Joe Kolanski and Wanda Pavlic; and many nieces and nephews. His wife Nellie; and brothers, William and Leon died previously.
Services were held Thursday at the Newcomer-Farley Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Road, with the Rev. Eugene Higgins officiating.
Lucius Lyman, 87
Lucius Bierce Lyman Jr. was an action-oriented businessman who was a firm believer in hard work and the power of positive thinking.
That philosophy paid off handsomely for Mr. Lyman, who began selling cars with his father in Kent in the 1930s as the area was recovering from the Depression and helped to build their Chevrolet agency into the largest passenger car dealership in Portage County.
But Mr. Lyman, who died Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at his Kent home at the age of 87, was more than a successful businessman. He also gave generously of his time, talents and wealth to a host of community organizations, doing so in the belief that he had a responsibility to set an example and "give back" to the community where he had prospered.
"The world has a lot of problems that we can sit around and talk about or do something about," he commented in 1994, when the Robinson Memorial Foundation recognized him for his $100,000 gift underwriting health care services.
Robinson Memorial was far from the only beneficiary of his civic-minded activities, which spanned seven decades. He also was active in the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, the Portage County Republican Party, the United Church of Christ of Kent, the United Way, Boy Scouts and the Red Cross, among others.
Born Nov. 11, 1911 in Akron, he was the son of Lucius and Laverne (Bishop) Lyman. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Philips Exeter Academy and Harvard University.
His father, Lucius Sr., established the Lyman Chevrolet Co. in Kent in 1933, in the depths of the Depression, opening a one-car showroom and used car lot at 300 N. River St., now Gougler Avenue. "Lu," as he was known throughout his life, joined his father in 1936.
Lyman Chevrolet Co. sold fewer than 100 cars during its initial year of business, but the aggressive marketing of the father and son team built the firm into one of Portage County's most successful dealerships. As their business grew, it became apparent that the agency needed more room than what was available on Gougler Avenue.
When Mr. Lyman rejoined the firm after serving overseas during World War II, the Lymans' foresight led them to move the dealership to the west side of Kent during the suburban growth boom that transformed that area. In 1947, the firm became the first car dealership to locate on West Main Street in what is now known as Kent's "auto mile."
Lyman Chevrolet remained in business for 42 years until Mr. Lyman sold it in 1975 to pursue other interests. He remained active in Transystems, a car and truck rental business, and later operated Recliners Outlet before he retired. He enjoyed the fellowship of his former employees and looked forward to hosting a Christmas party for them every year.
While Mr. Lyman made a name for himself as an automobile dealer, he also had a high profile in the Kent community through his involvement with a number of civic organizations. He championed civic pride, fair housing and civil rights and hoped that his philanthropy would set an example for others to help worthy causes.
Active with the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce for several decades, he was known as one of the chamber's most supportive members. He served as president in 1967, the same year the chamber presented him with its highest honor, the Kent Medal for Public Service. He regularly attended the chamber's annual dinner meetings, doing so most recently in 1998 despite his declining health.
He loved politics and served as chairman of the Portage County Republican Executive Committee from 1950 to 1954, and again in 1961-62, and also as the GOP's Central Committee chair from 1954 to 1956. While serving as county chairman, he was invited to share the inaugural box with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He also was the GOP nominee for mayor of Kent in 1963.
A longtime member of the United Church of Christ in Kent, he was one of the denomination's leading laymen in Northeastern Ohio. In addition to serving the Kent congregation in a number of capacities, including serving as moderator and heading the church's building fund when its East Main Street complex was constructed, he also was past state moderator of the Ohio Conference of Congregational Christian Churches in 1968.
He and his first wife, the late Maxine Lyman, traveled to Africa on behalf of the church to study UCC mission activities in 1965, and reported on their findings to UCC congregations across the nation. He was a delegate to the World Council of Churches in Uppsala, Sweden. He also was chairman of site construction of the Church of Pilgrim Hills.
He was past chairman of the United Fund, the Portage County Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of America, Summit and Portage Counties. He also was a past president of the United Christian Fellowship at Kent State University. He also was involved with Kent Citizens for Progress, a good government group active in the 1970s and 1980s.
He was involved with the Portage County Soap Box Derby, which the Lyman dealership co-sponsored, for nearly 30 years. He also was a member of the board of directors of The City Bank of Kent and headed the Portage County Automobile Dealers Association. He also was a member of Kent Rotary, Rockton Masonic Lodge No. 316 in Kent, Tadmor Temple, Portage County Shrine Club, the American Legion and Twin Lakes Country Club.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946, when he was discharged with the rank of captain. He served in the African and European campaigns for two and a half years and was decorated with the Bronze Star.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen "Peg" (Amodio), to whom he was married five years; daughters, Joy Lyman Smith and Anne Lyman McKenzie; and four grandchildren. His first wife, Maxine (Skinner); parents; stepmother, Sarah; and brothers, Richard and Alfred, died previously.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 at the United Church of Christ in Kent. The family will receive visitors from 1 p.m. until the service. Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel, is handling arrangements.
James Crafts, 86
James Spray Crafts, 86, of Sedona, Ariz. died Monday, August 2, 1999, at his home.
Born in Mantua, he was the son of James Griffen and Jessie Spray Crafts. His mother was a correspondent with the Mantua Record and Record Courier. He was a Arizona resident since 1984. He attended local schools and graduated from Oberlin College in 1934 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts. He received a master's degree in fine arts from Teachers' College, Columbia University in New York and master's and doctorate degrees in education from Yale University.
Mr. Crafts taught at California State University, Long Beach from 1957 to 1979 and served as art department chairman for six years. Retiring in 1979, the title of emeritus was conferred on him in 1981. He taught art in Wyoming, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and California.
He served in the U.S. Navy during world War II. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and many art organizations. While in the Navy, his commanding officer saw the watercolor paintings of New Caledonia, Fiji and Australia that Crafts had completed during off hours. New orders were issued for him to do watercolor paintings of fleet post offices throughout the South Pacific to document how mail was sent to and from armed personnel in the Navy. Half of these paintings have been kept in the Naval Archives in Washington D.C. While teaching in college, during a sabbatical, Crafts returned to Portage County to do watercolor paintings of Ohio rural scenes. One of these paintings, The Mantua Railroad Station, is displayed at Hiram College. Later, after moving to Arizona, he was a juried member of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Louise Evenden Crafts of Sedona, Ariz.; son, Edward J. of Budapest, Hungary; daughter, Anita Crafts-Lighty of Staines, England; one grandson; and sister, Ada-Ann Crafts Webb of Ravenna. His brother, Captain Claude Crafts; and sister, Dr. Virginia Crafts died previously.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Hilltop Christian Church in Mantua.
Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., 116 John Street, New York, N.Y. 10034.
The Wood-Kortright Funeral Home handled arrangements.
John Crozier, 69
WINDHAM - John Crozier, 69, died Friday, Aug. 20, 1999, at his home following a long illness.
Born Jan. 12, 1930, in Pipe Creek, Ohio, he was the son of John and Mary (Warner) Crozier.
Mr. Crozier retired from the Ohio Turnpike as a maintenance employee after 30 years of service.
He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years and was a sergeant in the Korean War. He also enjoyed woodworking.
Survivors include his wife, Janice (Duncan), whom he married Sept. 15, 1956; sons, Johnny and Ricky, both of Jacobsburg, Ohio; daughter, Joyce Quanida of Windham; one grandchild; mother, Mary of Jacobsburg; brothers, Charles (Virginia) and Gary (Chris), both of Jacobsburg; and sisters Bertie (Ross) Buskirk of Peoria, Ill., Helen Porter of Shadyside, Ohio and Geneva (Donnie) Galaher of Jacobsburg. His son, Jeffrey, died May 15, 1979.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Bauknecht Funeral Home, 3900 Central Ave., Shadyside, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. John R. Head officiating. Burial will be at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove in Colerain, Ohio.
Georgia Hodges, 82
Georgia Hodges, 82, of Ravenna, died Friday, August 20, 1999, at the Portage County Nursing Home.
Born April 11, 1917, in Holmes County, Mississippi, she was the daughter of Anderson and Gertrude (Burks) Hicks. She had been a resident of Ravenna since 1991, having lived in Cleveland before that.
She was a homemaker, and was a member of the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra Allen of Cleveland; sister, Rosie McCall of Ravenna; and four grandchildren. Her husband, the Rev. Joseph Hodges, died in 1985. Five brothers also died previously.
Services will be held at noon Monday at the Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, where friends will be received one hour prior to the service. The Rev. Issiah Moss will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna. Arrangements were made by the Shorts Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel.
Grace Sibbio, 73
A memorial service for Grace Sibbio, 73, of Kent, who died Saturday, May 29, 1999, will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1625 Athena Drive, Kent.
The Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel, is handling the arrangements.
Aurora native Raymond Miller, 77, of 40150 Chelton Hill, Spartansburg, Pa., died Wednesday, June 23, 1999 at his home.
Born May 4, 1922 in Aurora, he was the son of Elden and Ellen (Stutzman) Miller. He was reared and educated in in Aurora, where he lived until 1959, when he moved to Spartansburg.
Mr. Miller owned and operated a dairy farm and hauled livestock. For the last 25 years, his sons, Rodney and Russell, had been in partnership with him.
He was a member of the Valley View Mennonite Church in Spartanburg, where he had been treasurer for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine I. (Roth), whom he married Jan. 1, 1945; sons, James of Centerville, Pa., Elden (Barbara) of Union City, Pa., and Rodney, Russell (Elizabeth) and Chris (Kym), all of Spartansburg, Pa.; daughters, Karen (Marshall) Shreve of Union City, Pa., and Kaye (Sidney) Johnson of Spartansburg, Pa.; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brothers, LeMar (Evelyn) of Kinsman, and William (Jean) and Howard (Edna), both of Aurora.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Bracken Funeral Home, 211 Mechanic St., Spartansburg, Pa. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Valley View Mennonite Church in Spartansburg, Pa., with the Rev. Arland Miller and Elder Rob Esh officiating. Burial will be in Valley View Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Valley View Mennonite Church or the Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department.
Marguerite C. Fiscus, 87, of New Castle, Pa., the mother of Peggy (Richard) Turner of Rootstown, died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, at Jameson Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Fiscus was a teacher for New Castle Area Schools.
In addition to Mrs. Turner, survivors include her sons, Dwight C. of Myersdale, Pa., and Edwin L. of Cary, N.J.; daughter, Adele (Richard) Bentley of Big Run, Pa.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister. One brother and three sisters died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. today at R. Cunningham Funeral Home Inc. in New Castle
Memorials may be made to Shenango Presbyterian Church, 3144 Wilmington Road, New Castle 16105, or the City Rescue Mission, 319 S. Croton Ave., New Castle 16101.
Former Streetsboro resident Harvey J. Hurd, 82, of Winter Springs, Fla., died Wednesday, June 2, 1999.
Born Feb. 4, 1917 in Ravenna, he was the son of Benjamin and Sarah Hurd. He had lived in Streetsboro from 1957 to 1977, when he moved to Orlando, Fla.
Mr. Hurd retired from Sun Oil Co. in Cleveland in 1975.
He was an active member of the Streetsboro Lions Club and was King Lion in 1974. He was given life membership to Lions International in 1996. He volunteered with the Streetsboro Fair Board, the County Preventorium and the Boy Scouts. He also drove for Handi-Cab of Central Florida for several years, transporting disabled patients to hospitals. He enjoyed bowling and square dancing.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Reid); sons, Laurence (Sharon) of Twinsburg and Theadore of Streetsboro; daughter, Peggy Mita of Winter Springs; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and son-in-law Dayrl Van Bogart of Twinsburg. His daughter, Hope Van Bogart, died in 1996.
Memorial services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, with the Rev. Patricia Jefferies officiating. Private burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
Deborah J. Frank, 43, of Jacksonville, Fla., who was a pharmacist in Ravenna until she moved to Florida, died Tuesday, June 22, 1999.
Mrs. Frank graduated from the University of Toledo Pharmacy School in 1980.
She practiced as a registered pharmacist for 12 years in Ravenna, where she met her husband, Ronald, through friends of Dr. Bob Smith and Bill Wilson. In 1994, she and her family moved to Jacksonville, where she worked at Nations Health Care.
She attended Mandarin Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald H.; son, Randy; daughter, Rachel; father and stepmother, Marvin (Annette) Stanford of Daytona Beach, Fla.; sister, Peggy Lige of Los Angeles, Calif.; and stepbrother, Howard Munding of Phoenix, Ariz. Her mother, Opal J. (Bradley), died in June 1966. Her brother, Dennis, died in 1965.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Eternity Funeral Home, 1650 Art Museum Drive, Jacksonville, Fla., 32207.
Memorials be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, Fla., 32257.
Services will be held Saturday for Lawrence "Larry" J. Spreng, 45, of Mantua, who died Wednesday, June 23, 1999, when he fell from his bicycle down a ravine in a wooded area behind 700 Rock Creek Drive in Aurora.
Born Dec. 29, 1953 in Cleveland, he was the son of Joseph J. and Rose (Germaine) Spreng. A former Shalersville resident, he had lived in Mantua since 1995.
Mr. Spreng had worked at Pizza Hut in Streetsboro for eight years.
He formerly attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Streetsboro.
He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed all sports.
Survivors include his sister, Diana (Timothy) Bodnar of Mantua; one nephew; one niece; and one great-nephew. His father, Joseph, died in 1993; his mother, Rose, died in 1968; and brother, Donald, died in 1962.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua, where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. James Lang officiating. Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon.
STOW - Kenneth Stansberry, 72, died Tuesday, June 22, 1999, at The Hospice Care Center in Copley after an extended illness.
Arrangements will be announced by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.