SMITHVILLE -- Ray E. Blough, 73, of Smithville, died Saturday afternoon, Sept. 2, 2000, at his residence after a 2 1/2 year illness.
Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Smithville, with the Rev. Ted Rust officiating. Burial will be at Smithville Cemetery.
Friends may call Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Smithville.
He was born April 17, 1927, to John and Mabel (Johnston) Blough and married Ruth Arnold on Oct. 4, 1945. She survives.
Other survivors include children, Faye (Pete) Love of Wadsworth, Dennis (Patti) Blough of Smithville and David (Faye) Blough of Wooster; seven grandsons and four granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; sisters, Gale (Walter) Sniff of Smithville and Rosemary (Bob) Atland of Massillon; and brothers, Richard (Lucille) Blough and Dale (Millie) Blough, both of Wooster.
WOOSTER -- Grace E. Donelson, 94, formerly of 26 County Road 30A, died Sunday morning, Sept. 3, 2000, at Heritage Park Rehabilitation Center in New Pittsburg.
Services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville, with Pastor Mead Smith officiating. Burial will be at Jeromesville Cemetery.
Friends may call tonight (Tuesday) from 7-9 at the funeral home.
She was born Jan. 29, 1906, in Wayne County to Francis and Mina (McMillen) Rickabaugh and married Warren C. Donelson. He died April 12, 1968.
Surviving are children and their spouses, Nadine and Richard Gordon of Ashland and Donn and Lorene Donelson of Jeromesville; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
SMITHVILLE -- Irma E. Shilling, 69, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, 6504 Akron Road, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 4, 2000, at her residence after a long illness.
There will be no services or calling hours. The body will be cremated. Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling arrangements.
She was born Feb. 2, 1931, in Orrville to Theodore and Anna (Zimmerman) Donald and married Harold Shilling on Oct. 22, 1962 in Smithville. He survives.
Other survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Melissa and David Davidson of Uniontown and Samantha and James Raymondi of Canton; a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Mary Donald of Pensacola, Fla., a sister, Nellie Littlefield of Albuquerque, N.M.; and the pride and joy of her life, her grandchildren, Nathan Raymondi and Kelsey Raymondi of Canton, and Garrett Davidson and Morgan Davidson of Uniontown.
Daryl and Jonathan Keegel
APPLE CREEK -- Daryl Lynn Keegel, 40, and his son, Jonathan Eugene Keegel, 12, both of Apple Creek, died Saturday morning, Sept. 2, 2000, near Kidron from injuries sustained in an airplane accident.
Joint memorial services will be today (Tuesday) at 4 at Kidron Mennonite Church, with the Revs. Terry Shue and Herman Myers officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Building of the church.
Arrangements are being handled by Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton
Daryl was born Feb. 29, 1960, in Parkston, S.D., to Eugene and Ruth (Cady) Keegel and married Lisa Ann Geiser on Nov. 23, 1985. She survives.
Other survivors include children, Amanda, Amy and Michael, all of the home; his parents of Platte, S.D.; brothers, Dwight and Dewayne Keegel, both of Platte, S.D.; and grandmothers, Jabina Keegel and Evirene Cady, both of Platte, S.D.
Jonathan was born July 17, 1988, in Massillon to Daryl and Lisa (Geiser) Keegel.
Surviving are his mother, sisters, Amanda and Amy, and a brother, Michael, all of the home; maternal grandfather, Carl Geiser of Sarasota, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Eugene and Ruth Keegel of Platte, S.D.; great-grandmothers, Jabina Keegel and Evirene Cady, both of Platte, S.D.
CASPER, Wyo. -- Memorial services for Bonnie Jean Wertz, 83, of Casper, Wyo., formerly of Wooster, will be Friday at 4 p.m. at Wertz Mausoleum in Wooster Cemetery.
BUCYRUS -- Robert Andrew Barger, 74, of Bucyrus, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Marion General Hospital, after a brief illness.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Wise Funeral Home, 129 W. Warren St., Bucyrus. Private burial of the cremains will be held at a later date. Military rites will be provided by members of Colonel Crawford Post 181, American Legion.
Friends may call today (Friday) from 2-4 and 7-9 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, or Bucyrus Salvation Army.
He was born Dec. 5, 1925, in Mansfield to Willis S. and Marzita (Leiter) Barger and married Margaret "Meg" Allsopp on July 26, 1947. She survives.
Other survivors include children and their spouses, Catherine Hawk Parker and Caryn Lynn and Gregory Knapp, all of Marion, Elizabeth Carol and James Bell of Bucyrus and Dr. James Ellsworth and Richan Barger of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Peggy Norris of Palm Bay, Fla.
SMITHVILLE -- Donovan H. Wirth, 78, 425 E. Main St., died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at Horn Nursing Home, Wooster.
Services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Smithville, with Pastor Ted Rust officiating. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by Gresser Funeral Home in Orrville.
He was born Feb. 25, 1922, in Smithville to Jacob W. and Emma (Flory) Wirth.
Surviving are a sister, Beatrice (Betty) Wirth of Wooster; and nieces and nephews.
MILLERSBURG -- Loretta J. Miller, 37, of Millersburg, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday morning, Aug. 31, 2000, at Joel Pomerene Memorial Hospital in Millersburg, after an extended illness.
Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Berlin, with the Revs. Joe Hochstetler and Freeman Hostetler officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 6-9 and Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at the church, or one hour prior to the services.
The family suggests contributions be made to Pleasant View Mennonite Church.
Arrangements are being handled by Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg.
She was born July 22, 1963, to Atlee and Vera (Kandel) Weaver and married Freeman D. Miller on Nov. 5, 1983. He survives.
Other survivors include children, Renae, Shannon, Amy and Anthony, all of the home; her parents of Apple Creek; brothers and their spouses, Ivan and Joyce Weaver of Kidron, Harold and Lisa Weaver of Cape Coral, Fla., Art Weaver and John and Deb Weaver, all of Apple Creek; and sisters and their spouses, Ruby and Sam Kuhns of Louisville, Alice and John Shetler and Shirley and Stan Ross, all of Apple Creek, Mary Helen and Dick Heinbaugh of Hartville, Miriam and Simon Ng of Hillside, N.J., and Betty and Dave Troyer of Fredericksburg.
WOOSTER -- Esther C. Burger, 82, of Wooster, entered into rest Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 30, 2000, at her residence after a long illness.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Orrville. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster.
Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 6-8 at Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, Wooster.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund, 527 Beall Ave., Wooster; or Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691.
She was born Sept. 9, 1917, in St. Michael, Minn., to Matthew F. and Louise (Jabe) Eicher and married Frank P. Burger in Canton on May 25, 1937. He entered into rest Feb. 3, 1986.
Surviving are children and their spouses, Ronald F. Burger of Las Vegas, Nev., Frank J. Burger of Marlboro, N.J., Robert M. and Barbara Burger of Folsom, Calif., Linda and Joseph Stropky of Strasburg, Marlene and James Swenson of Massillon, Gail E. Burger of New York City, N.Y., and Mary J. Burger of San Francisco; grandchildren and their spouses, Jerry and Trish, John and Debbie, Jeff and Lisa, Joe and Dana, Jill and Rich, Jennifer, Lisa and Chris; great-grandchildren, Rachael, Ricky, Meredith, Mitchel, Madison, Cameron, Tristin and Amber; brothers, Valentine J. Eicher of Canton, Roman E. Eicher and his wife, Mel, of Minneapolis, Minn., and Howard Eicher and his wife, Moby, of St. Paul, Minn.; and sisters, Clara Hermes of St. Paul, Minn., Sister Marie Eicher of School Sisters of Notre Dame, Mankato, Minn., Alma Kienzle of Hopkins, Minn., and Lenore Grann and her husband, John of Perth, N.D.
HOWARD -- Phyllis J. Rice, 60, 2292 Apple Valley Drive, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000.
Services will be Saturday at noon at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel, with the Rev. Gerald V. Reed officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 302 E. High St., Mount Vernon 43050.
She was born May 18, 1939, in Mannington, W.Va., to Harold and Zelphia (Kuhn) McVicker and married Robert E. Rice on Sept. 28, 1957. He survives.
Other survivors include children, Robert L. Rice of Newark, Robin Duffield of Wooster, Roger Rice of Howard, Russell Rice of New Philadelphia and Renee Rice of Willowick; nine grandchildren; her mother of Metz, W.Va.; brothers, Richard McVicker of Mannington, W.Va., Harold McVicker II and Francis McVicker, both of Metz, W.Va.; and a sister, Judy Shamblen of Wooster.
WOOSTER -- Rita (Schromen) Hartmann, 60, 4856 Melrose Drive Extension, died Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 29, 1999, at her home.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000, at 10 a.m., at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Orrville. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville following the Mass.
The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 7, 2000, from 7-9 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, Wooster.
Those who wish may contribute to St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 109, Wooster 44691 or to Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691 in her memory.
She was born Jan. 21, 1939 in Orrville to John W. and Mildred (Morgan) Schromen.
Surviving are her husband, Edward J. Hartmann, whom she married Dec. 22, 1980; children and their spouses, Kathleen Pagniano and Steve Henry of Mogadore, Richard "Rick" Pagniano II of the home, Mark and Mara Pagniano of Torrance, Calif.; stepchildren and their spouses, Edward F. and Rebecca Hartmann of Dalton, Renee Kemp of Rocky River, Alexandra and Rod Musselman and Christina and K.O. Benchoff, all of Wooster and Brady Hartmann of Seattle; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Colleen, Michael and Megan Henry; seven step-grandchildren; her mother of Orrville; her former husband, Richard Pagniano of Wooster; six sisters, Mrs. Darrell (Nancy) Theige of Palm Desert, Calif., Mrs. Mike (Joan) Fath of Burton, Mrs. James (Mary) Rota of Malibu, Calif., Mrs. John (Marcella) Hartzler of Wooster, Mrs. Ron (Patricia) Wawrin of Port Angeles, Wash. and Mrs. David (Kathleen) Moor of Corning and two brothers, John Schromen of Orrville and Joseph Schromen of Santa Monica, Calif.
ORRVILLE -- Eleanore R. Wesman Kahn, 76, of 559 Lehman St., died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at Mercy Medical Center, Canton, following a long illness.
Services will be Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Orrville, with Pastor Dennis Rinehart officiating. Burial will take place at Crown Hill Cemetery, Orrville.
Friends may call at the church two hours before the service.
Arrangements are being handled by Auble Funeral Home, Orrville.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Kidney Foundation of Wayne County, 5318 Tannerville Road, Orrville 44667, Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County, PO Box 874, Wooster 44691, or American Cancer Society, Wayne County Unit, in care of Wooster Clinic, 1740 Cleveland Road, Wooster 44691.
She was born Aug. 17, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Harry F. and Gertrude (Ranger) Palm.
She was united in marriage to Arthur J. Wesman on Oct. 5, 1941 in Illinois. He died on Jan. 3, 1979. She later was united in marriage to Dr. Edward Kahn on Sept. 8, 1984 in Orrville. He died on April 5, 1987.
Surviving are children, Thomas (Lynne) Wesman of Foxboro, Mass., Gary (Evelyn) Wesman and Toni A. (Wesman) Brown, both of Erie, Pa. and Daniel (Phebe) Wesman of Kidron and a stepson, Eugene Kahn of Akron; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren and a sister, Doris Adams Kuhn of Chicago, Ill.
SMITHVILLE -- Dorothy M. Cornelius Conner, 85, formerly of 3246 Eby Road, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 31, 1999, at Smithville Western Care Center.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home, with Dr. James Christensen and the Rev. Glenn Royer officiating. Burial will be at Apple Creek Cemetery.
Friends may call today (Sunday) from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
She was born Dec. 14, 1914 in Apple Creek to William and Ida (Immel) Zurcher.
Surviving are her husband, Harry Connor, a son and his spouse, Harold and Margie Cornelius of Wooster and a foster son and his spouse, Larry and Shirley Patterson of Smithville; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
LOUDONVILLE -- Robert L. Kaylor, 61, of 211 N. Wood St., died Saturday morning, Jan. 1, 2000, at his home after an extended illness.
There will be no services. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to Med-Central Hospice, 335 Glessner Ave., Mansfield 44903.
Arrangements are being handled by Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville.
He was born Dec. 18, 1938 in Loudonville to Fred and Marcella (Butts) Kaylor.
Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Lisa Kaylor of Mansfield and John and Becky Voshelle of Loudonville, and a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Lois and Gary Knackstead of Bellville; one grandchild; a brother, James Kaylor of Brecksville and sisters, Kathryn Schaffer and Barbara Shrimplin, both of Loudonville, and Marilyn Fraunfelter of Newark.
PERRYSVILLE -- Richard V. Young, 85, of 134 E. Pleasant St., died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, in Samaritan Hospital.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville, with the Rev. Howard Burnett officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Perrysville.
Friends may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Green-Perrysville Fire Department, in care of Glenn Atkinson, 162 W. Second St., Perrysville 44864.
He was born Aug. 13, 1914 in Loudonville to Alfred and Viola (Shaffer) Young and married Helen Craig on April 16, 1938. She survive.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie and Terry Slusser of Fredericktown; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and brothers, Theodore and Earl Young, both of Loudonville.
PARMA -- Leonard J. Koster, 83, of Parma, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky.
Mr. Koster had a farm in the Wooster area for many years.
He was the beloved husband of Veronica, first wife, Eva, and second wife, Lillian, all deceased; loving father of John R., deceased, Anna (Andrew) Kochera of Lakeville; grandfather of many and brother of the following deceased, Joseph, Alice Wahonic and Irene Rybak.
He was a dear friend to Roy and Delores Kowaller.
Funeral prayers will be Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in the Yurich Funeral Home, 5618 Broadview Road, Parma, at 9:15 a.m., and funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Polish National Catholic Church, 5375 Broadview Road, Parma. Entombment will be at Brooklyn Heights Mausoleum.
WOOSTER -- Verda M. Acker, 99, of 582 Forest Creek Drive, died unexpectedly Saturday morning, Jan. 1, 2000, at Smithville-Western Care Center, following a period of declining health.
Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Plain Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Edward P. Balint officiating. Burial will be in Plain Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Friends may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston.
Memorial contributions may be made to Plain Lutheran Church, in care of Kim Rhees, 5415 Heyl Road, Wooster; to Plain Lutheran Cemetery Association, care of Judy Wirt, 2020 Springville Road, Wooster 44691 or to the charity of the donor's choice.
She was born April 10, 1900 in Wooster to Elza and Vesta (Buffenmyre) Wile and married William H. Acker on Dec. 14, 1916 at Plain Lutheran Church. He died on Aug. 27, 1976.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Melville Ebright of Naples, Fla. and a son, Larry H. Acker of Wooster; grandsons, Rod and Scott Ebright, both of Columbus; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- William "Ed" Cochran, 71, of Pine Lane, St. Clairsville, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.
He was the father of Barry (Janice) Cochran of Wooster.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the East Richland Evangelical Friends Church on Tuesday at 1 p.m., with the Revs. Wayne Ickes and Louise Williams officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by Beck-Altmeyer Funeral Home, St. Clairsville.
He was born June 19, 1928 in St. Clairsville to William and Lulu (Nichols) Cochran.
Survivors in addition to his son are sons, Bryan and Diane and Brent and Marcia and a daughter, Belinda Shaw, and eight grandchildren, Aaron, Jaala, Bailee, Alicia, Brittany, Michelle and Shaye Cochran and Ian Shaw.
DALTON -- Gladys Q. McGovern, 90, of Dalton, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home in Dalton.
Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Dalton Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Rusty Cowden officiating. Burial will be at Dalton Cemetery.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Dalton, or one hour prior to the services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dalton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 306, Dalton 44618.
She was born Sept. 22, 1909, in Harrison County to John H. and Nannie (Skipper) Merryman and married Floyd McGovern on Oct. 19, 1929. He died in 1992.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Judy McGovern of Massillon, daughters, Donna Venables and Norma Neglic, both of Dalton; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and sisters, Lena Hoch and Dorothy Stranger, both of Massillon.