Irene Hungerford, 101
The tapestry of S. Irene Hungerford's life was as rich as the beautiful works she enjoyed weaving.
Mrs. Hungerford, who died Tuesday at Akron City Hospital at 101, was a firm believer in keeping her hands and mind busy and remained active well after her 100th birthday, which she celebrated with a trip to England and Wales.
Sarah Irene Prichard Hungerford was the first of six children born to Dr. L.W. and Bertha Prichard of Ravenna. Her father was "an old-fashioned family doctor who made house calls," she recalled in a memoir, and as the oldest child she helped her mother rear her siblings.
She graduated as valedictorian of her Ravenna High School class and went on to Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, where she earned her nursing degree in 1921. She worked as a visiting nurse in Cleveland before going to Oberlin College, where she earned her undergraduate degree.
While attending Oberlin, she met Harlan Hungerford, her future husband. They settled in Kent when he joined the English faculty at Kent State University. They had a son, Dick and a daughter, Sue (Seely). The family lived on Crain Avenue for many years.
During World War II, she discovered a talent for the textile arts that she nurtured for more than 50 years. A friend whose husband was serving overseas wanted to weave a scarf for the serviceman and asked Mrs. Hungerford to join her in a weaving class at Kent State University. Although it was a busy time in her life, "finally, I gave in," she recalled. "I was immediately hooked."
Nina Humphrey, the head of the KSU art department, took her under her wing and encouraged her talent. She joined the Kent Weavers Guild shortly after it was formed in 1946, and became so proficient at weaving that she filled in for her teacher in her absence. She also taught weaving at Happy Day School for several years.
She later began an interest group of faculty wives who came to be called the Barn Weavers. The group took its name from a studio which her husband created in a barn at their home, and met there every Wednesday night for many years until the Hungerfords moved to Stow-Glen Retirement Village in Stow in 1989.
Although she was modest about her work, her students were amazed at how quickly she was able to plan and complete projects. Her work was richly varied, prolific and professional in quality. "I never specialized or entered competition. There were so many things to learn," she said.
One of her largest woven works is the curtain covering the organ pipes behind the cross at the United Church of Christ in Kent. She researched the acoustical properties of various fibers and participated in the installation of the work.
She wove a liturgical stole for a friend, then received requests for 20 more. At age 95, she wove a set for Salisbury Cathedral in England.
As her family grew, she enjoyed weaving blankets for each of her grandchildren, including some made from her own homespun alpaca. She also made blankets for her great-grandchildren. Despite failing eyesight, she wove placemats after her 100th birthday and also knit lap robes for the assisted living facility at Stow-Glen.
Her "third love" - after her family and weaving - was travel. She took her first textile tour when she was in her 60s. Her travels included a tour of Scandinavia and she especially cherished a trip to England and Wales wither her granddaughter, Ellen Fogerty, and a friend, Sally Crane, which she took when she was 100 years old. The visit included a trip to the Hungerford family home.
Services will be announced. Arrangements are being handled by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Leslie Mace, 71
Leslie Mace, 71, of Ravenna, died Thursday June 25, 1998 at Wade Park Veterans Administration Hospital in Cleveland.
Born Oct. 30, 1926, in West Virginia, he had been a Ravenna resident for 35 years.
Mr. Mace was a retired steel fitter.
He was a member of the Hudson Measonic Lodge and the Community Bible Church in Rootstown.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife Wilda, to whom he was married 46 years; daughter, Diana of Ravenna; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His sons, Michael and Charles, died previously.
No calling hours will be held. Mr. Mace donated his body to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for research. Memorial services will be help at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Community Bible Church in Rootstown, with the Rev. Roy Kelsey officiating. Arrangements were made by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in care of the family at 6816 Cleveland Road, Ravenna.
Edna Harper Rudd, 101
Edna Harper Rudd, 101, a Ravenna resident since 1908, died Wednesday, June 24, 1998, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Nov. 25, 1896 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of John and Rosella (McGowan) Calvin.
While attending Ravenna High School she worked for the telephone office, located in Main Street's historical district. She left high school to attend the Actual Business College in Akron and became a legal secretary, working for the Beatty & Heisler law firm in Ravenna.
While working for Beatty & Heisler, she met her future husband, Robert Harper, who owned Harper Bros., a clothing store on Main Street. They married in 1924. After his death in 1948, she sold the clothing store.
Survivors include her daughters, Roberta Bower of Ravenna and Dorothy Parnaby Heller of Florida.; three grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Hersecond husband, Frank H. Rudd, whom she married in 1961, died in 1972. Her sisters, Ethel and Mary Calvin, and one grandson died previously.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Sunday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. The Rev. Dr. Russell Goldner will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
Charles Sabetta, 91
Charles Angelo Sabetta, 91, died Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at the Portage County Nursing Home in Shalersville.
Born Feb. 13, 1907, in Wickliffe, he was the son of Frank and Mary (Lanese) Sabetta. He had lived in Nelson for 50 years.
Mr. Sabetta was a salesman for Snyder's Company of Berlin.
He was an avid gardener. He enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Betty (Cook), whom he married Nov. 9, 1946; sons Charles of California and Thomas of Lakewood; daughters, Beverly Dale of Houston, Texas and Mary Jo (Richard) McMillan; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Carmen of Florida; and sisters, Pauline of Phoenix, Ariz., and Louise Nasca of Willowick. His brothers, Nick and Anthony, sisters, Rose Coladangelo, Clara Nasca and Ann Siciliano, and one grandson died previously.
Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Park Cemetery in Garrettsville.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease charities.
Michael Kristoff Sr., 66
WINDHAM - Michael J. Kristoff Sr., 66, ied Monday, June 22, 1998, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after a brief illness.
Born Oct. 29, 1931, he was the son of Joseph Kristoff and Mary R. (Nemeth) Kristoff Prokay.
Mr. Kristoff was formerly a maintenance worker in Aurora.
Survivors include his son, Michael Jr. (Paula) of Mentor; daughter, Mrs. Dale (Laura) Robakowski of Willoughby; four grandchildren; brothers, Julius "Joe" of Cleveland, John of Freedom, and Louis of Streetsboro; and sister, Margaret Krupansky of Freedom. His brothers, Bill, Andy, Joe, and Steve, and one grandson died previously. His father died in 1967. His mother died in 1996.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until services at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville. Burial will be in Highland Park Cemetery in Cleveland.
Frederick Palmer, 69
Frederick G. Palmer, 69, of Spring Hill, Fla., died Tuesday, June 16, 1998 at Oak Hill Hospital.
Born Dec. 25, 1928, in Tarpon, Fla., he was the son of Leon William and Helen Doris (Webster) Palmer. He formerly resided in Kent, returning to Florida in 1996.
Mr. Palmer was a hazardous materials truck driver.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 186.
Survivors include his sons, Fred of Ravenna, and Edward and John, both of Windham; one grandchild; and brother, Leon W. of Brooksville, Fla.
A memorial service will be held in September. Arrangements were made by Brewer Memorial Homes & Crematory in Brooksville, Fla.
MANTUA - Robert "Bob" Warner, 62, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 21, 1998, at his residence.
Born May 3, 1936 in Hiram, he was the son of Anthony and Hilda (Warner) Paul. A life resident of the area, he had lived in Mantua for 34 years.
Mr. Warner was employed for 15 years at Automotive Plastics in Aurora as a supervisor. He also enjoyed upholstery work, and had a business with his late wife, Macel.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include his son, Michael of Glendale, Ariz.; stepson, Dennis Duffield; stepdaughters, Linda Cooper of Georgia and Karyne Mallinak of Garrettsville; four grandchildren; mother, Hilda Paul; and sister, Susan Jackovitz of Chagrin Falls. His wife, Macel L. (Dean), whom he married March 18, 1983, died May 10, 1987.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home in Garrettsville, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Douglas Riley will officiate. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Mantua.
Ethel L. Patterson, 100, the mother of Mrs. James L. (Charlotte) Barnhart of Ravenna, died Sunday, June 21, 1998, at Heatherknoll Health Care Center in Tallmadge.
She was born March 27, 1898 in Akron.
Mrs. Patterson was a homemaker.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Purple Heart Post. She was past president of the National Grandmothers Association, North Hill Branch.
Survivors include her son, Robert E. (Edith) of Akron; daughters, Arlene McDowell of Delaware, Ohio, Mrs. Harold G. (Phyllis) Wilson of Cuyahoga Falls, and Mrs. James L. (Charlotte) Barnhart of Ravenna; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. daughter-in-law, Jo Patterson of Tallmadge; one brother and two sisters. Her husband, Paul E., and sons, Donald and Paul E. Jr., died previously.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until services at 2 p.m. today at Hennessy-Bagnoli Funeral Home in Tallmadge. The Rev. Paul Beal will officiate. Burial will be in Tallmadge Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Cuyahoga Falls, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls 44221 or to the activities department of Heatherknoll, 1134 North Ave., Tallmadge 44278.
Olive Allen Hay, 92, of Cumming, Ga., a former Portage County resident, died Monday, June 22, 1998, at Baptist North Hospital in Cumming, Ga.
Born May 4, 1906 in Portage County, she was the daughter of Elmer and Bertha (Allen) Stroup.
Mrs. Hay formerly worked as a bank clerk.
Survivors include her daughter, Mrs. Robert (Carolyn) Schafer of Cumming, Ga.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her husband, George, died previously.
A graveside service will be Thursday afternoon at Windham Township Cemetery. The Rev. Matt Darrin will officiate. Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Robert D. Harris, 56, of Newton Falls, died of cancer Monday, June 22, 1998 at his home.
Born Dec. 16, 1941, in Chesapeake, W.Va., he was the son of Offie Gay "Jack" and Thelma W. (Woolard) Harris.
He retired from Copperweld, where he was an inspector.
A U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of the the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Amvets, and the American Legion in Newton Falls. He also was a member of Old Kanawha Baptist Church in Pratt, W.Va. He enjoyed sports, gardening, and yard work.
Survivors include his son, Robert D. II of Newton Falls; daughter, Tammy Pettet of Houston, Texas; three grandchildren; father, O.G. "Jack," of Newton Falls; brothers, Darrell G. of Hedgesville, W.Va. and Charles E. of Ravenna; and sister, Mrs. Harold (Helen) Shirey. His mother died previously.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hawley Cemetery in Paris. James Funeral Home in Newton Falls is handling arrangements.
CHARLESTOWN - Reed Long, 67, died Monday, June 22, 1998 at Robinson Memorial Hospital.
Services will be announced by Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
MANTUA - Durfee Aldrich died Monday, June 22, 1998 at Robinson Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
Services are being arranged by Green's Funeral Home in Mantua.
ROOTSTOWN - Howard Wonn, 73, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, at his home.
Born October 26, 1924 in Akron, he was the son of George and Hazel (Davis) Wonn. He had lived in Rootstown for 41 years.
Mr. Wonn was a member of the Rootstown United Methodist Church and the Sportsman's Rod and Gun Club in Louisville. He served in World War II with the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Betty (House); daughters, Mrs. Fred (Becky) Totts of Randolph, Bonnie Lockard of Rootstown and Carrie Wonn of Cincinnati; two grandchildren; stepbrother, Rex (Helen) Mitchell of New Bern, N.C.; and stepsister, Jean Davis of Bradenton, Fla. His brother, Tod, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to 11 a.m. services Wednesday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel with the Rev. Orion Aubihl officiating. Burial will be in Charlestown Cemetery.
Marion C. Montgomery, 84, of Canfield, died Saturday, June 20, 1998, at Salem Community Hospital following a short illness.
Born October 18, 1913 in Ellwood City, Pa., she was the daughter of Howard and Ida Ella (Shallenberger) Montgomery. She had lived in Canfield with her great niece, Vicki Lee White for the past two years.
Ms. Montgomery was a retired pottery worker at Shenango China Pottery in New Castle, Pa.
She was a member of Mount Herman United Presbyterian Church in Princeton, Pa. and the Retiree's Club of Shenango Pottery.
Survivors include her sister, Mildred Dean of Deerfield; nephews, Jesse Merrell Dean of Johnson City, Tenn. and Charles E. Dean of Deerfield; and nieces, Effie Mae (Dean) Deuley of Deerfield, Ellen (Dean) Reagan of Ravenna and Shirley Dean Hoover Durieux of Polk.
Calling hours will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at Dean's Funeral Home in Sebring with the Rev. Delford Hunt officiating. Graveside services will follow Tuesday at Hartzell Cemetery in North Benton.
Dr. Myron Owen, 87
Dr. Myron S. Owen of Ravenna touched many lives during his many years as a general practitioner in the Portage area.
Dr. Owen, 87, who died Tuesday, June 16, 1998 following a declining period of health, will be remembered for his role in helping establish a strong medical community during the area's period of growth in the 1940s and 1950s.
Born May 30, 1911 in Cleveland, he was the son of Homer and Josephine (Bishhop) Owen. Reared in the Portage area, he was a graduate of Paris Township School and Hiram College and earned his medical degree from Western Reserve Medical School in Cleveland. After interning in the Youngstown area, he returned to Portage County, where he established his medical practice.
"He was well respected in the medical community. He served his patients well," said Dr. Edward Webb, a colleague.
After retiring from his private practice, he worked at the Kent State University Health Center.
He was a member of the Edinburg United Church, where he sang in the choir and participated in the Second Mile class. He enjoyed music and gardening.
Survivors include his sons, Myron S. "Mickey" Jr. (Joan) of Ravenna and William Patrick (Kaelee) of Augusta Ga.; daughters, Josephine of Ravenna and Mary (Chris) Wieclaw of Canfield; four grandchildren; and brother, William B. of Bradenton, Fla. His wife, Grace (Patrick) Owen, died in 1990.
Private services will be held for the family. Arrangements were made by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Rootstown Local School System Library or Edinburg United Church.
Jason Drumheller, 22
Jason Drumheller, 22, of Kent, died Monday, June 15, 1998, from injuries sustained in a automobile accident at S.R. 14 and Diagonal Road in Streetsboro.
Mr. Drumheller died after his automobile collided with a tractor-trailer. He died from injuries sustained in the accident, not from any prior medical collision, according to Streetsboro police.
Born Feb. 25, 1976, in Ravenna, he was the son of Mark and Susan (Dubinsky) Drumheller. He was a 1994 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, where he played baseball and golf.
Mr. Drumheller was employed by Bama Masonry in Burton.
He enjoyed car racing.
In addition to his parents of Kent, survivors include his brother, Eric of Kent; and grandparents Joseph and Sophie Dubinsky of Ravenna and Dorothy Drumheller of Colorado.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to the Jason Drumheller Fund to benefit the Kent Roosevelt Golf Team in care of the Kent Credit Union.