Norman William Sargent, 81, who taught at Mantua Center School during his education career, died Dec. 16 in Coral Springs, Fla.
Born June 16, 1916 in Orange, Ohio, he was the son of William Henry and Lottie (Stoneman) Sargent. He was a graduate of Auburn High School and Hiram College.
Mr. Sargent was a professor emeritus of education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He was a member of the Crystalaires Barbershop Chorus and the Palm Harbor, Fla. chapter of SPEBSQSA.
Survivors include his wife, Lois (Derr), of Dunedin, Fla.; sons, Charles of Indianapolis, Ind., and Martin of Pompano Beach, Fla.; daughter, Christine Sargent Guidry of Coral Springs, Fla.; one grandchild; brothers, Howard and Elmer of Ohio; and sisters, Ruby Shaffer of Homosassa, Fla. and Marie Protiva of Ohio.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18 at Mantua Center Christian Church at S.R. 82 and Mantua Center Road.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
William (Bill) A. Rinehart, 62, of Newton Falls, died Wednesday at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren.
Born Dec. 2, 1935 in Brownsville, Pa., he was the son of William L. and Nettie (Sullenberger) Rinehart.
Mr. Rinehart had worked at the General Motors Lordstown Assembly Plant.
He was a member of the Lake Milton Church of Christ were he was a lay preacher and enjoyed coaching little league baseball.
Survivors include his wife, Carol E., whom he married on June 6, 1958; sons, Mark and William A., both of Newton Falls; daughters, Mrs. Edward (Jeanne) Mihelcic of Indiana, Pa., and Mrs. James (Emy Lee) Cahalin and Elizabeth Rinehart, both of Newton Falls; five grandchildren; brother Robert of Uniontown, Pa.; and sisters, Mrs. Eugene (Betty) Rode of Brownsville, Pa. and Mrs. Charles (Connie) Franks of Uniontown, Pa. His brother Kenneth died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Newton Falls United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Newton Falls.
Harold Van Winkle
Harold Van Winkle, 91, who was a professor of journalism and educational administration at Kent State University from 1960 until 1974, died Sunday. He had lived in Florida since his retirement.
Born Dec. 20, 1906 in Huffman, Ind., he earned his bachelor's degree at Southeast Missouri State University and his master's and doctorate degrees at Indiana University.
He began his teaching career in one-room rural schools in Perry County, Indiana, then taught English in the Philipinnes from 1931 to 1936. He later served as director of publications at Philippine Public Schools in Manila from 1937 to 1941.
He served as publisher of the West Kentuckian in Murray, Ky., editor of the Ledger & Times in Murray, and taught English and journalism at a high school in Evansville, Ind. He also taught English at the University of Evansville, where he went on to become director of public relations, and was director of public relations and news service at Bowling Green State University from 1953 until 1960, when he came to KSU. He was one of the few faculty members at that time to hold a dual appointment. After leaving KSU, he was a staff member with the Ohio School Boards Association from 1974 to 1977.
He was president of the Quill & Scroll Society, a national high school journalism honor society, from 1946 to 1947, and president of the Buckeye chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, in 1970.
Mr. VanWinkle wrote many magazine articles, brochures and pamplets, including "Elements of English Grammar, Rules Explained Simply," published in 1980 and "Speaking Freely, Your Right of Free Speech and its Limitations" in 1993.
He also was active in the Rotary Club, American Cancer Society, Boy Scout Council, American College Relations Association, Phi Delta Kappa, the Scottish Rite Masonic order and the Shrine.
He remained active during his retirement and was honored for his volunteer work with the United Way, American Red Cross and the Literacy Council of Manatee County, Fla.
Survivors include his son, James, of Atlanta; and daugther, Carolyn Kettell of Cincinnnati; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His wife, Agnes "Gretchen" Schnelker, whom he married May 23, 1932 in Baguio, The Philippines, died May 17, 1994.
There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mansion Memorial Park in Ellentown, Fla. Brown & Sons Funeral Home in Bradenton, Fla. handled arrangements.
Jean F. Cannon
BRIMFIELD - Jean F. Cannon, 88, president of Cannon and Hutsler Construction Co., died Sunday.
He was born Sept. 2, 1909 in Brimfield, the son of Harry and Lula (Beal) Cannon.
Mr. Cannon was a retired carpenter.
He was a lifetime member of the Faith United Methodist Church and past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Olive Chapter 53. He was a member of Rockton Masonic Lodge No. 316 in Kent, where he had served as chaplain for many years. He was a member of the Kent Chapter Royal Arch Masons 192, the Cuyahoga Falls Commandry Knights Templars and a 32nd Degree Mason, Valley of Canton Consistory.
He was an avid gardener and enjoyed flowers. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Corinne (Gates), to whom he was married for 65 years; son, David (Nancy) Cannon of Brimfield; daughter, Mrs. Robert (Barbara) Hutsler of Rootstown; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mildred Clapp of Cuyahoga Falls and Lila Moore of Ravenna. His brother, Leonard and sister, Mabel, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Dwaine Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Restland Cemetery in Brimfield.
Memorials may be made to the memorial fund of Faith United Methodist Church of Brimfield.
Sharon R. Freedline
STREETSBORO - Sharon R. Freedline, 31, died Monday at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after a brief illness. She had received a heart transplant at the Clinic in 1989.
Born April 6, 1966 in Akron, she was the daughter of Boyd A. and Norma (Witherite) Freedline. She was formerly a Mantua resident.
She was a homemaker and had formerly worked as an assisted living assistant at the Kevin Coleman Center in Kent.
She was a 1984 graduate of Crestwood Schools, where she played clarinet in the band and went to a state competition as a member of the forensic team.
She was a member of Portage Faith United Methodist Church in Mantua, where she was active in the bell choir and a participant in the Mary Martha Circle. She was a member of Mystic Chapter No. 32 Order of the Eastern Star in Mantua and a former member of the Mantua Rainbow Girls Assembly.
Aside from her mother, survivors include her daughter, Aaron M. Putt, t home; sisters, Mrs. James (Linda) Stayer of Hagerstown, Md., Mrs. Thomas (Kathleen) Pierce of Mantua and Mrs. Sean (Eileen) Ferrell of Streetsboro; mother, Norma of Ravenna; and grandmother, Ruth Witherite of Pennsylvania. Her father died in 1977.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Green's Funeral Home in Mantua, where Mystic Chapter No. 32 will conduct Eastern Star services at 5:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Portage Faith United Methodist Church in Mantua, with the Rev. Kate Cox officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Shalersville.
Memorials may be made to the Bell Choir of Portage Faith United Methodist Church.
Vera L. Shambach
EDINBURG - Vera L. Shambach, 83, died Sunday at her home.
Born Sept. 13, 1914 in Scranton, Pa., she was the daughter of John and Anna (Slikta) Wasliski.
Mrs. Shambach was a transcriber for B.F. Goodrich Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, where she retired after 37 years.
She was a member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Lake Milton.
Survivors include her husband, Howard of Edinburg; brother, Frank West of Akron; and sister, Mary (Richard) Rider of Akron.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Eckard Baldwin Funeral Home, 760 E. Market St., Akron, and from 10 a.m. until services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Catherine Catholic Church, 1254 Grandview Road, in Lake Milton. The Rev. David W. Merzweiler will officiate. Burial will be in West Cemetery in Palmyra.
AURORA - Charles Moulton, 73, of Aurora, died today at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Services are pending at Green's Funeral in Mantua.
Howard T. Boyle, 84, of Bowman Drive, Kent, died Tuesday at Akron General Medical Center.
Born Sept. 12, 1913 in Kent, he was the son of Harold and Hanna Mae (Graham) Boyle. He was a Kent Roosevelt High School graduate.
Mr. Boyle retired in 1976 as night superintendent at Lamson-Sessions after 39 years.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the 716th Tank Battalion in the Philippines. He was a member of the Kent VFW and the Lamson Rod and Gun Club. He served two tours in the Civilian Conservation Corps, one in Yellowstone National Park and the other in California building fireblocks.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Theresa (Milano); son, Howard T. (Linda) Boyle II of Kent; daughter, Theresa of Ravenna; three grandchildren; brother, Charles of Gaston, S.C.; and sisters, Ruby Hunt of Orlando, Fla., Clara Goff of Creston and Betty Gallager of Akron. His brothers, Harold, William, Ralph, and James and sister, Dorothy Thomas, died previously.
Private services have been held. The Rev. Joseph Ruggieri officiated. Burial was in Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent. Arrangements were made by Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick's School Endowment Fund or the Kent City Schools Foundation.
Ralph Herbert Strickler, 68, a former resident of the Kent area, died Wednesday.
Born in Rittman, Mr. Strickler had lived in Cuyahoga Falls since 1962.
He retired as a lab supervisor from DuPont in 1985 after 30 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Marion; sons, Ralph (Deborah) of Cuyahoga Falls, Dennis (Barbara) of Malverne and Gary (Valerie) of Tallmadge; daughters, Holly LoCascio of Akron and Teresa (Tim) Noaker of Cuyahoga Falls; eight grandchildren; and brother, Roger (Maria) of Akron.
There will be no calling hours. Services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the Cuyahoga Falls Emergency Medical Service Rescue Squad or the Visiting Nurse Hospice Care Center.
WINDHAM - Nancy Lee Penick, 52, of North Main Street, died Thursday at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.
Arrangements will be announced by the Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
Harvey "Joe" Rhodes
Harvey G. "Joe" Rhodes, 55, of Ravenna died Wednesday.
Born in Akron, he was a lifetime area resident.
Survivors include his mother, Ethel V. Rhodes, of Ravenna; and sister, Barbara Hill, of Kentucky.
Private graveside services and burial will be held today at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wadsworth.
BRIMFIELD - Bertha M. "Bertie" (Meloy) Cady, 85, died Thursday.
Arrangements will be announced by Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Kent Chapel.
Gladys (Hilverding) Sumner, 88, of Kent, died Thursday at Canterbury Villa of Alliance after a long illness.
Born Sept. 9, 1909 in Washington County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Edward D. and Bessie M. Mobley Hilverding Guthrie. She had lived in Kent since 1959.
Mrs. Sumner had served as Director of Nursing at Mt. Sinai and St. Luke's Medical Centersin Cleveland. She had taught at Kent State University and served as a nurse for the Red Cross during World War II.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Kent. She was a member of the KSU Faculty Wives Association and the Portage County R.N. Association.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Mrs. Robert (Mary Alice) Jones of Ravenna; two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. Her husband, Charles B., to whom she was married in March of 1959, died April 20, 1994. A brother, C. P. "Bud" Hilverding, died April 17, 1985.
Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Maple-Cotton Funeral Home in Kensington, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Gene Hydrick officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Cemetery in Minerva.
Shirley W. "Perk" Persinger, 76, of Ashtabula, died Tuesday at the Ashtabula County Medical Center in Ashtabula.
Born July 25, 1921 in Glen Ferris, W.Va., he was the son of Harry and Della (White) Persinger. He had been an Ashtabula area resident since 1947.
Mr. Persinger worked for Union Carbide and Elken Metals until his retirement.
He joined the Army Air Forces during World War II serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ashtabula, VFW Post No. 943, and the East Ashtabula Club.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth (Lawson), whom he married July 15, 1947; sons, Harry Stephen of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Robert James of Cuyahoga Falls; daughter, Virginia Darrah of Kent; six grandchildren; and sister, Harriet Kennedy of Philippi, W.Va. His brothers, John and Robert and sister, Mitilda Stagg, all died previously.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the 11 a.m. services this morning at the Ross-Billman Funeral Home in Ashtabula. The Rev. Fred Bell officiated. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Ashtabula or to the American Cancer Society.
Lettie Sickle, 92, of Ravenna, died Tuesday at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna.
Born Feb. 24, 1905, in Lake Milton, she was the daughter of Wallace and Alice (Sutcliffe) McKenzie.
Mrs. Sickle was a homemaker. She also was a member of the Palmyra United Methodist Church, the Pythia Sisters and the Order of Eastern Star No. 114 Palmy Chapter.
Survivors include her son, Raymond of Delano, Tenn.; daughters, Barbara (James) Wilson of Springhill, Fla., and Alice (Gerald) Hughes of Diamond; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Wyatt, died in 1960.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the 1 p.m. Saturday service at the Palmyra United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. David Clarke officiating. Burial will be in Palmyra West Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home Ravenna Chapel.
Constance A. (Barnes) Twigg, 59, of Aurora, died Monday.
Born in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Kenneth and Phyllis (Rife) Barnes. She had lived in the Aurora area for the past 25 years after moving from Cleveland.
She was a machinist for the David Round Company in Solon. She also served as a union stewardess.
Survivors include her sons, Hazen (Gail) and Philip Scalf; daughters, Sherry (Mark) Brown, Theresa (Barry) Niepokny, Carrie (Victor) Gullatta and Christine Scalf; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Barnes, and Norman and Philip Holloway; and sister, Irene Chenowith. Her husband, James H., died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Kindrich-McHugh-Steinbauer Funeral Home, 33375 Bainbridge Road in Solon, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Aurora Cemetery.
Hazel Ansell, 95, of Hopwood, Pa., died Saturday at her daughter's home in Newton Falls.
Born Sept. 7, 1902 in Juanita, Pa., she was the daughter of Jordan and Nettie (Lape) Witt.
Mrs. Ansell was a member of the Free Methodist Church of Hopwood, Pa.
Survivors include her daughters, Lois Reed, with whom she resided in Newton Falls and Marlene Ansell of Tampa, Fla.; sons, Paul of Aliquippa, Pa., Harrison of Hopwood, Pa., and Edgar of Edinboro, Pa.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Grace Bungard of Normaville, Pa. Her husband, Henry, whom she married Dec. 24, 1923, died in October 1961. Her brothers, Charles, Edward and Russell and sisters, Bessie Warrick, Alberta Ballantine and Louella Barnhart, also died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Crawford Funeral Home in Hopwood, Pa., where services will be held Tuesday.
Arrangements are being handled locally by the Borowski Funeral Home in Newton Falls.
ROOTSTOWN - Donald H. Schrader, 74, died Saturday at his residence following a short illness.
Born Feb. 19, 1923 in Akron, he was the son of Harry and Mary (Schuck) Schrader. He had been a Rootstown resident since 1955.
Mr. Schrader was last employed at the University Inn in Kent.
He was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II and a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna.
Survivors include his wife, Myrna (Weideman), to whom he had been married for the last 48 years; sons, Thomas of Akron and James (Cher) of Charlestown; daughters, Kathryn (Robert) Weaver of Wadsworth and Julie (John) Schomer of Ravenna; seven grandchildren; brothers, Paul of Akron, Robert of Mogadore and Herman "Red" of Rootstown; and sister, Rosemary Bosko of Ravenna. A sister died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Shorts Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Church, with the Rev. Leo Wehrlin officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Ravenna.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Charles G. "Oscar" Knight Jr., 66, of Ravenna, died Sunday at his home.
Arrangements will be announced by the Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel.