SUGARCREEK -- Esther Hershberger, 69, 2696 County Road 70, died Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness.
Services will be Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Freeman L. Miller residence at 2740 County Road 70, Sugarcreek, with Bishop Delon Miller officiating. Burial will be at Yoder Cemetery in Clark Township, Holmes County.
Friends may call anytime at the Hershberger residence.
Smith Funeral Home in Sugarcreek is handling arrangements.
She was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Holmes County, to Levi L. and Amanda (Slabach) Troyer and married Daniel D. Hershberger on Oct. 15, 1953. He survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are four daughters, Martha and Karen of the home; Mrs. Emery (Lois) Miller and Mrs. Freeman L. (Naomi) Miller, both of Sugarcreek; a son, Dwight (Sherry) Hershberger of Sugarcreek; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Atlee (Clara) Troyer and Edwin (Edna) Troyer, both of Sugarcreek; and three sisters, Mattie Troyer, Mrs. Henry (Edna) Miller and Mrs. Jonas (Betty) Miller, all of Sugarcreek.
Thalia Gouma Peterson
OBERLIN -- Thalia Gouma Peterson, Professor Emerita of Art at The College of Wooster and former director of the college's museum, died on Wednesday, June 20, 2001, in hospice. The cause was ovarian cancer. She was 67.
Thalia Gouma was born in Athens, Greece in November 1933, to Sophia Bitzanis and Lambros Goumas..
She is survived by her husband Carl, Oberlin College Emeritus Professor of English; her sons Gregory of Waban, Mass. and Christopher of New York City; three grandchildren; her mother in Athens; and her brother Panos, the Greek Ambassador to Belarus.
A memorial service will be held at First Church in Oberlin, on July 21.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in her name may be made to The College of Wooster Art Museum, the New Life Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain, or the Taussig Cancer Center at the Cleveland Clinic. Burial arrangement by Cowling Funeral Homes, Oberlin.
ORRVILLE -- Erma L. Benner, 80, 219 N. Crown Hill Road, died Monday, June 25, 2001, at Dunlap Memorial Hospital.
She was born Feb. 21, 1921, to Irvin and Edna (Straham) Benner.
She is survived by her brothers, Wilbur (Ruby) Benner of Orrville and James (Sally) Benner of Doylestown.
Her brother, Wayne Benner, died in 1946.
Private graveside services will be held Wednesday at East Chippewa Cemetery in Orrville with the Rev. Randy Gehres officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Orrville Christ United Church of Christ, 301 N. Main St., Orrville 44667.
WADSWORTH -- Camille A. Smith, 91, died Thursday, June 21, 2001.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, July 22, at 3 p.m. at Trinity United Church of Christ in Wadsworth. Burial has taken place.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Trinity United Church of Christ, 215 High St., Wadsworth 44281.
Cox Funeral Home in Wadsworth is handling arrangements.
She was born May 21, 1910, in Wadsworth and married Walter Smith. He died previously.
Surviving are a son, Jack (Alice) Smith of North Benton; daughters, Susan (Clarence) Neff of Winter Haven, Fla., Judie (Don) Reusch of Leslie, Mich. and Connie (Blair) Shallenberger of Orrville; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Floyd (Jane) Williams of Wadsworth and a sister, Madalyn O'Brien of Creston.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Betty Jane Heil (nee Benglesdorf), 78, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Friday, June 8, 2001, at her residence following a sudden illness.
An informal memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2001, at noon at East Chippewa Church of the Brethren. Burial of cremains will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville on Wednesday, June 27, 2001, at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 1304 E. Sixth Ave., Tallahassee, Fla. 32303.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Frederick Heil of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sons, Thomas F. Heil and Robert E. Heil of Panama City Beach, Fla. and a daughter, Beth Ann Chapo of Farwell, Mich.
ORRVILLE -- James Tyrone Wilson, 40, 939 Hostetler Road, died Sunday morning, June 24, 2001, at his residence.
Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville with the Rev. Glen Messmore officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Wooster.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born on Dec. 4, 1960, in Orrville, to Connie (Conway) and James Wilson.
Surviving are a son, Brandon J. Wilson of Orrville; three daughters, Britney J., Brook J., and Briana J. Wilson, all of Marshallville; ex-wife, Joyce Sheets of Marshallville; parents, Connie (Conway) Frotten of Orrville and James Wilson of Coshocton; sister, Tammy L. (Gonzales) Tomblin of Orrville; maternal grandfather, Carlton Conway of Waynesburg, Pa.; stepbrothers, Nicholas Holstien of Virginia and Willie Goldsmith of California; and a niece and nephew.
PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. -- Memorial Services for Esther M. Rehm, 99, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., who died Sunday, March 25, 2001, will be held at St. Michael's Lutheran Church near Marshallville on Thursday, June 28, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Long officiating.
Contributions may be made to St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 7404 Coal Bank Road, Marshallville 44645.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling arrangements. A complete obituary appeared in the March 28 edition of the Daily Record.
NORTH LAWRENCE -- Floyd White, 93, of North Lawrence, died Sunday evening, June 24, 2001, at Shady Lawn Health Care Community in Dalton, following a period of declining health.
Services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Kidron Mennonite Church with the Revs. Terry Shue and Herman Myers officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the fellowship building of the church or one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling arrangements.
He was born in North Lawrence on June 25, 1907, to William S. and Nettie (Martin) White and married Mary L. Bergman on Nov. 4, 1933. She died Sept. 19, 1995.
Surviving is a daughter, Chloe (Dean) Senften of North Lawrence and a son, Jay (Wanda) White of North Lawrence; five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
WOOSTER -- Phillip J. "John" Schwaner, 60, 206 W. Vine St., died Friday, June 8, at his home from natural causes.
Memorial services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, Wooster, with the Rev. Claude L. McComas officiating. Burial of the cremains will be at Mansfield Cemetery, at the convenience of the family.
There will be no calling hours.
He was born May 10, 1941, in Mansfield to Phillip Oscar and Evelyn D. (Kasner) Schwaner.
Surviving are a daughter, Wendy J. (Inocente) Gutierrez of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one grandchild; and a sister, Sue Pazsco of Tarpon Springs, Fla.
MARSHALLVILLE -- Budge F. "Bud" Fink, 74, 84 Stevic Road, died Friday, June 22, 2001, at Dunlap Memorial Hospital in Orrville.
Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Michael's United Church of Christ in Marshallville, with the Rev. Joe Routh officiating. Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, where military rites will be held.
Friends may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. at Gresser Funeral Home in Orrville, or one hour prior to the services.
He was born Aug. 14, 1926, in Millersburg to Jonathan C. and Cora Ellen (Finney) Fink and married Janett M. Swain on May 31, 1963. She survives.
Other survivors include children, Larry (Bonnie) Fink of Orrville, Lou Truett of Wisconsin, Sue Bontrager of Hopkinsville, Ky., Michelle Fink of Rittman, Christine (Brian) Jones of Orrville and Dottie (Troy) Eyler of Hillsdale, Pa.; a stepson, Bill (Deb) Fair of Shreve; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Foster Fink of Massillon; and sisters, Norene Brumme and Delphia (Bernard) McKelvey, both of Millersburg.
DUNDEE -- Elizabeth Ann (Shrock) Beachy, 83, 9934 Lower Trail Road, NW, died peacefully Thursday, June 21, 2001, at 8:23 p.m. at Union Hospital, after a massive stroke.
Services will be Sunday at 10 a.m. at Maranatha Fellowship Church in Sugarcreek, with Brother Roman B. Mullet officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call today (Saturday) from 2-4 and 6-8 at the church.
Arrangements are being handled by Butler-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.
She was born April 22, 1918, in Mark Center to Mose B. and Amanda (Miller) Shrock, and married Ivan S. Beachy on Nov. 9, 1941. He survives.
Other survivors include children, Leona (Henry C.) Schlabach and Mose I. (Ellen) Beachy, both of Sugarcreek, Paul I. (Wilma) Beachy of Bastrop, Texas, Henry I. (Dora) Beachy and Mark Ivan (Mary) Beachy, both of Dundee, Ruth (William) Troyer of Plain City, Mary Ellen (Ervin) Brubaker of Loogootee, Ind., and Faith (Lamar) Lapp of Antrim; 35 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
PUEBLO, Colo. -- Ruth (Riffel) Grassman Dazzio, 87, of Pueblo, Colo., formerly of Wooster, died Thursday, June 7, 2001, after a brief illness.
A Mass of Celebration was held Saturday, June 9, at Our Lady of the Meadows Church. Entombment was at Roselawn Mausoleum.
She was born Jan. 22, 1914, in Wooster to Louis and Sarah (Hixson) Riffel.
Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Jack J. Dazzio, whom she married March 14, 1969; children, Beverly (Don) Beauvais of Beulah, Colo., Barbara (Joe) Pannunzio of Pueblo, Colo., and Mary Beth (Frank) Whalen of Colorado City, Colo.; a stepson, Samuel Jack Dazzio of Arvada, Colo.; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; a sister, Grace Kaufman of Wooster; and a brother, Ed (Frances) Riffel of Loudonville.
WOOSTER -- Gerald D. Kosier, 79, 1225 Clover St., died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at the home of his daughter.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel, Wooster, with Pastor David Stout officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, where military rites will be held.
Friends may call Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born Nov. 21, 1921, in Easton, to Ray and Charlotte (Hoffman) Kosier and married Nola Thompson on June 1, 1942. She died in 1987.
Surviving are children, Donald (Sandra) Kosier of Dalton, Gerald (Linda) Kosier of Troy, Texas, Larry Kosier and Laura (Philip) Hofacker, both of Wooster; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Stanley (Kosier) Hoffman of Akron.
John Duncan Sr.
FREDERICKSBURG -- John E. Duncan Sr., 70, 214 Creamery Road, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg, after a period of declining health.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Fredericksburg Church of Christ, with the Rev. Jeff Graebing officiating. Burial will be at Fredericksburg East Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday from 6-9 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Fredericksburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holmes County, 931 Wooster Road, Millersburg 44654.
He was born Sept. 3, 1930, in Fredericksburg to Lester and Ada (Brown) Duncan and married Mary Ann Weahry on Nov. 21, 1953. She survives.
Other survivors include children, Karen (Roger) Ball of Holmesville, John Duncan Jr. of Harrisburg, Pa., Pat McIntire, Michael Eugene Duncan and Pam Coffman, all of Wooster and Lester Grant (Debbie) Duncan of Apple Creek; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert (Millie) Duncan of Wooster and Ronny Joe Duncan of Shreve; and sisters, Dee Dee (Carl) Sinnett and Donna Stine, both of Millersburg and Corrine (Ray) Stanley of Fredericksburg.
WOOSTER -- Janet C. Hippert, 61, formerly of Palmer Street, died Thursday, June 21, 2001, at Horn Nursing Home.
Memorial services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with the Rev. William H. Valentine officiating.
There will be no calling hours.
She was born Jan. 20, 1940, in Washington, D.C, to Charles and Dorothy (Clothier) Schaeffer.
Surviving are children, Sandra Kay (Charles) Robinson of North Canton, Kevin Wayne Sutton of Fresno, Kimberly R. McNichols of Apple Creek and Valerie Ann Sutton of Jackson Township; five grandchildren; and sisters, Mary Swango of Springfield, Helen Southard of Arlington, Va., and Betty Harvey of Washington, D.C.
Her parents, two brothers and a sister died previously.
DOYLESTOWN -- Rowena L. Flesher, 81, of Doylestown, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at her home.
Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Doylestown, with the Rev. James Edwards officiating. Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery.
Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 6-9 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Emanuel United Church of Christ, 16 Eastern Road, Doylestown 44230.
She was born Oct. 9, 1919, in Detroit, Mich., to Joseph and Dorothy (Pettitt) Gause and married Hugh Flesher. He died in 1967.
Surviving are a daughter, Geraldine (Erwin) Wagner of Doylestown; grandchildren, Kevin (Amy) Wagner and Andrea (Brian) Sammons, both of Doylestown, Cynthia (John) Nussbaum of Rittman, Keith (Tammy) Wagner of Barberton, Wendy (Jim) McEndree and Lisa (Rob) Gossard, both of Doylestown; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Winifred Berger of Barberton.
OBERLIN -- Thalia (Gouma) Peterson, 67, 394 Edgemere Place, died Wednesday, June 20, 2001, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, after a long illness.
She was a professor at The College of Wooster for 32 years, retiring in 2000.
Memorial services will be held in July. Private family burial will be at Westwood Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin.
She was born Nov. 20, 1933, in Athens, Greece, to Lambros and Sophia (Bytzanis) Gouma and married Carl A. Peterson. He survives.
Other survivors include sons, Gregory Peterson of Waban, Mass., and Christopher Peterson of New York City, N.Y.; three grandchildren; her mother of Athens, Greece; and a brother, Panos Gouma of Minsk, Belarus.
SUGARCREEK -- Harvey J. Showers, 72, 336 Fairview Ave., died Tuesday morning, June 19, 2001, at his residence after an extended illness.
Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at First Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek, with the Rev. Kevin Farmwald officiating. Burial will be at Union Hill Cemetery in Sugarcreek.
Friends may call Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.
The family suggests contributions be made to First Mennonite Church in Sugarcreek.
He was born March 9, 1929, in Cannelville, to Denzil and Meriah (Hodgson) Showers and married Betty Mast on Aug. 20, 1950. She survives.
Other survivors include children, April (Brad) Shupe and Dan (Susan) Showers, both of Sugarcreek and Bill Showers of Doylestown; seven grandchildren; a sister, Molly (Dale) Rehard of Okemus, Mich.; and brothers, Harlan "Bobby" Showers of Galena and Dave Showers of Richville.