BARBERTON - Frank Anthony "Tony" Parravani, 28, of Barberton, died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998. The death is being investigated by the coroner.
Born Aug. 18, 1970 in Barberton, he was the son of Frank P. and Cheryl (Hiley) Parravani. He grew up in Palmyra before moving to Barberton two years ago. He attended Southeast Local schools and had graduated from Maplewood Joint Vocation School in 1988. He had attended the University of Akron for two years.
Mr. Parravani was a pneumatics specialist for East Manufacturing in Randolph.
He was a member of the Southeast Ski Club, the Western Raiders 4H and Teamsters Local No. 24.
Survivors include his parents; sisters, Rhonda (Edward) Boal of Barberton and Micky (Troy) Valesko of Cadiz; and grandparents, Lorraine Hiley and Frank Parravani.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, where services will follow. Cremation has taken place.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Sophie Kaczmarek, 85, of Cuyahoga Heights, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 1998, at Heather Hill Hospital, Chardon. She was a 55-year resident of Cuyahoga Heights.
She was born Dec. 3, 1913 in Cleveland.
Mrs. Kaczmarek was a homemaker. She was noted for her excellent crochet work, making afghans and doilie snowflakes for Christmas, often giving them to friends and relatives.
She was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Golden Agers Club, the Cuyahoga Heights Senior Citizens Club, and the Cuyahoga Heights Women's Club.
Survivors include sons, Ronald of Northfield, David (Ann) of Aurora, and Lawrence (Darlene) of Ravenna; daughter, Diane Sogor of Brooklyn Heights; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, Bernard J., died previously.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Kazimier Ave. and E. 71st St., Cleveland.
Arrangements are being handled by the Komorowski Funeral home, 4105 E. 71st St., Cleveland.
TALLMADGE - Debie J. (Brownfield) Baylor, 40, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at her residence.
Born in Akron, she was the daughter of Richard and Dorothy Shryock. She resided most of her life in Cuyahoga Falls and the past two years in Tallmadge. She was a 1968 graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School and received a bachelor's degree in education from Kent State University.
Mrs. Baylor had worked as a restaurant manager for Subway in Munroe Falls.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin; and son, Bradley Brownfield of Tallmadge. Her parents died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. David Seal officiating.
Memorials may be made to the oncology unit at Akron General Medical Center.
STREETSBORO - Patricia Ann Watts, 61, died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998, at Altercare Nursing Home in Ravenna following a long illness.
Born March 6, 1938 in Huntington W.Va., she was the daughter of Basil and Jewel (Board) Frazier. She was a Streetsboro resident for the last 30 years.
Mrs. Watts was a homemaker.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Streetsboro.
Survivors include her sons, Charles T. Watts of Bailey, Colo. and Anthony Watts of Streetsboro; daughter, Melissa Allen of Streetsboro; five grandchildren; and two sisters. Her husband, Basil Watts Jr. died in 1994. One brother also died previously.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery in Streetsboro.
Arrangements are being handled by Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.
James William Hearrell, 85, of Ravenna, died Monday, Dec. 21, 1998.
Services to be announced by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Dale Sheffler, 70
SUFFIELD - Dale Sheffler, 70, died Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at his home.
Born in Canton, he was the son of Aaron and DeLores Sheffler. A Suffield resident since 1930, he was a 1945 graduate of Suffield High School, where he helped lead his senior class to the Portage County League championship in basketball and co-championship in football.
Mr. Sheffler was employed by General Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron for 22 years.
He served in the armed services, playing in a military dance band.
He attended Kent State University.
Survivors include his wife, Susan; son, Doug (Pam) Sheffler of St. Peters, Mo.; daughters, Carolyn (Ron) Mishler of Suffield, Pat (Jim) Fuhrman of Tallmadge, and Cindy Smeltzer of Hartville; stepchildren, Kandy Huffman of Arkansas, Delpha Morgan of Akron, and Amy and Dennis Combs of Suffield; 23 grandchildren; and father, Aaron. His mother, DeLores, died in 1993.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home in Mogadore. The Rev. Harold D. Bradley will officiate. Burial with military rites will be in Hillside Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 2780 Canton Road, Uniontown 44685.
Donald R. Kelley, 72
Donald Robert Kelley, 72, of Ravenna, died of cancer Friday, Dec. 18, 1998, at his home.
Born Dec. 28, 1925 in Massillon, he was the son of Vincent and Florence (Krouse) Kelley. He had lived in Ravenna for more than 40 years.
Mr. Kelley was employed for more than 30 years at Brown Graves Lumber Co. in Akron, where he was treasurer-credit manager.
He was a member of the Thunderbirds Model Airplane Club and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia, whom he married Dec. 28, 1948; sons; Thomas (Deborah) Kelley of Elmurst, Ill., and Patrick (Cheryl) Kelley of Marietta; daughters, Susan (Douglas) McLane of Plymouth, N.H., Joan (Byron) Farris of Marietta, Shirley Nething of Ravenna and Colleen (Nathan) Lyons of Uniontown; four grandchildren; and sister, Shirley Reichel of Massillon. His sister, Lois Pettit, died Aug. 7, 1998.
Private memorial services have been held. Cremation has taken place. Arrangements were made by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Robinson Memorial Hospital Hospice, 6847 N. Chestnut St., P.O. Box 1204, Ravenna 44266.
Vivian B. Martz, 94
STOW - Vivian B. (Hillyer) Martz, 94, a former Atwater resident, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at Akron City Hospital following a short illness.
Born Nov. 24, 1904 in Evansville, Ind., she was the daughter of Fred and Cora (Craft) Brashears.
Mrs. Martz had worked as a postal clerk and with her husband at Hillyer's Market in Atwater.
She was a member of Atwater United Methodist Church and attended First Christian Church of Stow. She also was a member of the Pythian Sisters, Order of Eastern Star-Palmy Chapter, where she served as past Worthy Matron, Stow Sunshiners and the American Association of Retired Persons.
Survivors include her daughter, Sandra (Arvile) Conley of Stow; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Her husbands, Earl Hillyer and John A. Martz; son, Orville Hillyer; and daughter, Jackie Loudin, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon until services at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. The Rev. Al Boehlke will officiate. Burial will be in Atwater Cemetery.
Anna Vrabel, 91
Anna Vrabel, 91, of Ravenna, died Tuesday Dec. 15, 1998, at the Portage County Nursing Home in Shalersville.
Born Feb. 8, 1907 in Westville, Ill., she was the daughter of John and Margaret (Hovancek) Vrabel. A former Cleveland resident, she had lived at the Portage County Nursing Home since 1990.
Survivors include her sister, Mary A. Kish of Huntsburg, Ohio; half-brother, Frank Vrabel of Beechwood; and half-sisters, Agnes Sted of Houston, and Margaret Benjamin of Mantua. Her brother, Joseph, and sister, Helen Lyons, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel. Services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Church in Mantua, with the Rev. Thomas McCarthy officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland.
Elsie Ash, 84
GARRETTSVILLE A memorial service will be held Friday for Elsie Ash, 84, who died Monday, Dec. 7, 1998, at home.
Born Sept. 23, 1914 in Garrettsville, she was the daughter of John and Bertha (Byers) Suhrer. She was a life resident of Garrettsville.
Survivors include her sister, Opal Suhrer of Shalersville.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home, Garrettsville, with the Rev. John Wolfe officiating. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville.
Gertrude Bremer, 69
STREETSBORO - Gertrude R. Bremer, 69, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at Akron City Hospital following a long illness.
Born May 16, 1929 in Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of Arthur and Dorothy (Smith) Gray. She had been a Streetsboro resident since 1965.
Mrs. Bremer worked as a cashier at Fisher's Big Wheel in Streetsboro.
Survivors include her husband, Harry, to whom she was married 50 years; son, Roy W., of Delaware; two grandchildren; and brothers, James Gray of Cleveland and Arthur Gray of Steubenville. Her sister, Juanita Hardman, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Shorts Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel, where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Carl Holm officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
June Lawrence, 76
June L. Lawrence, 76, of 4349 Hallock-Young Road, Newton Falls, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998, at her Zephyrhills, Fla. residence.
Born June 29, 1922 in Cuyahoga Falls, she was the daughter of Lee and Tessa Mable (McKay) Moore. She had lived in Newton Falls for most of her life and resided in Florida in the winter.
Mrs. Lawrence was a member of Churchill United Methodist Church in Girard and Colonyhill Choir in Florida. She enjoyed singing, shopping, crafts and ceramics.
Survivors include her sons, James E., Daniel L. and Kenneth, all of Newton Falls; daughters, Evelyn (David) James of Warren, Carol (Samuel) Johnson of Yuma, Ariz., Shirley Grimm of Girard and Jean Bartek of North Jackson; 18 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, Elton (Jim) Lawrence, whom she married Feb. 19, 1941, died May 9, 1988. Her sister, Eola Thompson, two granddaughters and one great-granchild also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at James Funeral Home in Newton Falls, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Newton Falls Cemetery.
Joseph A. Colosimo, 41, of Logan Street, Bedford, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 1998, at Metro Health Center in Cleveland of complications from an auto accident.
Born April 4, 1957 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of Guido and Doris (Blanford) Colosimo.
Mr. Colosimo was a mechanical technician at General Electric Lamp Plant in Ravenna.
Survivors include his wife, Susan (Chuchalk), whom he married Aug. 17, 1996; son, Bryce, at home; mother, Doris of Ontario, Canada; brothers, Robert (Rosanne) and Peter (Renate), both of Niagara Falls, Ontario; and sisters, Eleonor (Randy) Meissner and Terry Eckert, both of Niagara Falls.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home in Ravenna where services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Robert Long officiating. Burial will be in West Cemetery in Palmyra.
Elsie C. Young, 81, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Friday, Dec. 10, 1998.
Born May 28, 1917, she was the daughter of Mathias and Susanna Just.
Mrs. Young made de-icers at B.F. Goodrich Co. and was a real estate agent. She worked as a real estate agent for Crawford Agency and Gillespie-Pilcher Realty, where she retired in 1982.
Survivors include her brothers, Henry (Phyllis) of Brimfield and Richard (Mary) of Rootstown; sisters, Rose (Bud) Whitney of Garrettsville, Freda Fleshman of Ravenna and Erma (John) Bender of Rootstown. Her husband, John, died in 1975.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Billows Funeral Home in Cuyahoga Falls where services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Mary Frances Haberkorn officiating. Entombment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron.
Former Suffield resident Marie H. Wohlwend, 95, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Sept. 3, 1903 in Suffield, she was the daughter of John F. and Veronica (Kline) Wohlwend.
Miss Wohlwend was a member of St. Joseph Church in Randolph.
Survivors include her sisters, Sr. Mary (Agnes) Verone SND of Chardon and Rita M. Randall of Stow. Her brothers, Joseph, Francis, Carl, John and Martin, and sisters, Catherine and Margaret, died previously.
Calling hours will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Church in Randolph where services will follow at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Randolph. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the St. Joseph's Heritage Fund, 2643 Waterloo Road, Mogadore, 44260.
Ashley Nicole Plumley-Wright, infant daughter of Danyel Kennedy and Sarah Plumley of Ravenna, died Friday, Dec. 11, 1998 at her Ravenna home.
She was born Nov. 3, 1998 in Ravenna.
In addition to her birth parents, survivors include her adoptive parents, Brian and Angie (Nutter) Wright of Ravenna; sisters, Kati Nutter, Angel Wright and Jade Plumley, all of Ravenna; grandparents, Karen Nutter, Roger Plumley and William Wright, all of Ravenna; and great-grandparents, Edward Schuman of Hudson and Mary Fox of Ravenna.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home in Ravenna where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
STREETSBORO - Elvira Roberta (Steele) Albaugh, 81, died Friday, Dec. 11, 1998, at her Streetsboro home.
Born Feb. 1, 1917 in Fulton, Mo., she was the daughter of John R. and Elsie L. (Vollbracht) Steele.
Mrs. Albaugh was a homemaker. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro.
Survivors include her sons, John (Ann) Deely of LaFayette, Ind., Albert M. II of Streetsboro and Michael (Pam) of Kent; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Her husband, Albert M., died Feb. 17, 1997.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Shorts Funeral Home in Streetsboro with the Rev. Donald B. Workman officiating. Burial will be in Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to the Albaugh Memorial Fund for Missions at Faith Baptist Church in Streetsboro.
STOW - Coy Cooley Sr., 82, of Ravenna, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, at Stow-Glen Nursing Home following a brief illness.
Born Jan. 10, 1916 in Shalersville, he was the son of Bine and Bertha (Kuchenbecker) Cooley.
A life resident of Portage County, Mr. Cooley worked as a farmer and plug cutter and was employed at Pyramid & Evenflo Rubber Co.
Survivors include his sons, Charles (LaVerne) of Ravenna, and Coy Jr. of Akron; daughter, Bertha (Ronald) Hawkinberry of Dennison; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. His wife, Nellie J., died Sept. 13. His brother, Roy, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Shorts Funeral Home in Ravenna where services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Shalersville.