Rev. Russell Helfrich
CANAL FULTON -- The Rev. Russell E. Helfrich, 66, of Canal Fulton died Saturday, April 14, 2001, after a long illness.
Services will be Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Canal Fulton Church of the Nazarene. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Canal Fulton.
Friends may call Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home in Canal Fulton or one hour prior to the services at the church.
He was born Feb. 6, 1935, in East Liverpool to Russell and Elva (Lawson) Helfrich and married Lois Plummer on March 31, 1956. She survives.
Other survivors include children, Scott (Sarah) Helfrich of Harrison, Michael Helfrich of Canal Fulton and Susan (Keith) Miller of Wooster; and three grandchildren.
BERLIN -- Velma Irene (Bender) Miller, 86, of Berlin, died Saturday, April 14, 2001.
A celebration of Velma's life will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Berlin Mennonite Church, with the Rev. Ernie Hershberger officiating. Burial will be at Moorehead Mennonite Church Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Berlin Mennonite Church.
Arrangements are being handled by Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg.
The family requests contributions be made to Hospice of Wayne County, 2525-A Back Orrville Road, Wooster 44691.
She was born Sept. 4, 1914, to Mahlon and Elizabeth (Handwerk) Bender in Accident, Md., and married Daniel Walter Miller on Dec. 27, 1936. He died June 28, 1984.
Surviving are daughters, Louise Alverta Dietzel of Essex Junction, Vt., Grace Irene (Dale) Ramer of Goshen, Ind., and Lois Marie (Henry) Schlabach Jr. of Millersburg; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; siblings, Olive Bender of Accident, Md., Mabel West of Canton, Claude Bender of Fort Morgan, Colo., and Walter Bender of Atlanta, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Bender of Orrville.
A son, David Dale Miller, died May 1, 1944. Sisters, Lilly Ruth Bender and Sarah Yoder, and a brother, Owen Bender, also died previously.
LOUDONVILLE -- William R. Hartshorne, 74, 708 Youngs Terrace, died Thursday evening, April 12, 2001, at his home after a one-year illness.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Loudonville Zion Lutheran Church, with Pastor Terry Ruther officiating. Burial will be at Loudonville Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Friends may call Sunday from 6-9 p.m. at Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home in Loudonville, or one hour prior to the services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, 222 E. Main St., Loudonville 44842; or to Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1605 County Road 1095, Ashland 44805.
He was born Feb. 28, 1927, in Alliance to William Paul and Rheva Alice (McKee) Hartshorne and married Kathleen Foster on June 18, 1945. She survives.
Other survivors include children, James (Kelly) Hartshorne of Worthington and Kathy (Michael) Baldner of Loudonville; and four grandchildren.
A sister, Miriam Kimbrel, died previously.
Jerry L. Slone
RITTMAN -- Jerry L. Slone, 51, 279 Diane St., died Friday morning, April 13, 2001, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital, after a long illness.
Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, Wooster, with Charles P. Craig, president of Wayne County Veterans Service Commission and Pastor Jerry Burton officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery, Wayne County Veterans Memorial section, where military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 68, under the direction of Commander Lloyd Boyer.
Friends may call Monday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home, or one hour prior to the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Joint Veterans Organization of Wayne County, in care of Millard DeLauder, 509 Summit St., Doylestown 44230.
He was born June 28, 1949, in Pikeville, Ky., to Orrville and Mae (Justice) Slone. In 1952, the Slone family moved to Rittman, where he grew up and attended Rittman Schools. In 1967, he joined the U.S. Army and served in the Vietnam War.
Surviving are twin sons, Kevin and Kyle Slone of the home; sisters, Edith (Paul) Sammons of Edgewater, Fla., Genevia Thompson of Gainsville, Fla., and Phyllis Meador of Greenwood, Ind.; and brothers, Dallas R. and Rodney A. Slone, both of Rittman, Robert D. Slone of Massillon and Ronald L. Slone of Nashville, Tenn.
A son, Jason L. Slone, his parents, a sister, Francis and a brother, Farley, died previously.
Carl W. Streb
MASSILLON -- Carl W. Streb, 81, of Massillon, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Aultman Hospital in Canton.
He was the brother of James Streb of Dalton.
Private family services will be held, with the Rev. Henry G. Harris officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Hills Burial Park.
There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are being handled by Atkinson-Feucht-Shaidnagle Funeral Home in Navarre.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 226 Third St., S.E., Massillon 44646.
He was born June 29, 1919, in Zoar to Victor G. and Erna B. (Beiter) Streb.
He had made his home in Massillon for the past 57 years and was retired co-owner/operator of Streb Meats in Dalton. Following retirement, he was a school bus driver for Jackson Local Schools for seven years.
Other survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joan M. (Cheney) Streb; children, Carla Miller of Hartville and Timothy Streb of East Canton; four grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
A brother, Arnold Streb, died previously.
Grace J. Westlake
FAIRFIELD GLADE, Tenn. -- Grace J. Westlake, 74, formerly of Wooster, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, in Fairfield Glade, Tenn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stone Elementary School, 1219 Cook Road, Crossville, Tenn. 38555, for the Grace Westlake memorial fund in support of the library; or Tennessee Donor Services, 7015 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, Tenn. 37909.
She was born July 14, 1926, in Naperville, Ill., where she attended North Central College.
A 32-year resident of Wooster, she was involved in many activities. She served leadership roles in the Herb Society of America, in American Association of Univeristy Women, P.E.O. Sisterhood, the 4-H program and in gardening and home economics organizations.
She helped establish a local herb group and the herb garden at the Wayne County Historical Society.
She was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, serving several terms on the Church Consistory, including a term as president.
Surviving are her husband, Rogers Westlake, five children, three grandchildren and three brothers.
WEST SALEM -- Eudena M. "Dee" Wright, 57, 9675 W. Pleasant Home Road, died Wednesday evening, April 11, 2001, at Cleveland Clinic Hospital.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with the Rev. Cliff Morris officiating. Burial will be at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus 43218-2039.
She was born Dec. 18, 1943, in Wooster, to Holbert and Pauline (Morris) Smith and married Richard Wright on Sept. 25, 1969. He survives.
Other survivors include a stepson, Gregory Todd Wright of Akron; her parents of Wooster; a brother, Elbert Smith of Wooster; and several nieces and nephews.
SUGARCREEK -- Herman Gerber, 79, of Sugarcreek, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Walnut Hills Nursing Home in Walnut Creek.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, with the Revs. Ross Miller and Matt Hamsher officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 6-8 at the church, or one hour prior to the services.
Arrangements are being handled by Butler-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.
Memorial contributions may be made to Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, P.O. Box 182, Walnut Creek 44687.
He was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Holmes County, to Lloyd and Florence (Hochstetler) Gerber.
Surviving are a sister, Ruby Gerber of Sugarcreek; three nephews and a niece.
HOLIDAY ISLAND, Ark. -- Dr. Ronald R. Johnson was born Dec. 8, 1928, to Edna F. and Roy L. Johnson, on a farm south of DeSmet, S.D.
He is survived by his wife Sally, daughters Jennifer and Melissa, son Scott, three grandchildren and two brothers.
Memorial services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Island Community Church, with Pastor Herman Cook officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Holiday Island Community Church Music Fund, corner of Stateline and Starlite, Holiday Island, Ark. 72631; or to Hospice of Eureka Springs.
Arrangements were handled by Nelson Funeral Service, 202 E. Madison, Berryville, Ark.
Philip Christopher Sr.
NASHUA, N.H. -- Philip B. Christopher Sr., 56, 20 Pine Hill Ave., Nashua, N.H., formerly of Wooster, died Tuesday evening, April 10, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital, after a lengthy illness.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. in the Parish of the Resurrection, 449 Broad St., Nashua, N.H. Friends may call Saturday from 5-9 p.m. at Davis Funeral Home, One Lock St., Nashua, N.H.
Burial will be Wednesday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, Mass. 01100.
He was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Millersburg, to Burl and Eletha (Phillips) Christopher and married Susan J. Sifferlen on Nov. 10, 1962. She survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 38 years, are sons, Philip B. Christopher Jr. and his fiancee, Lisa Johnson of Canton and Michael A. (Hyon) Christopher of Nashua, N.H.; grandchildren, Alissa and Daniel Christopher of Orrville; sisters, Jill (Ted) Robison of Wooster and Deborah Perry of Charlotte, N.C.; brothers, Robert Christopher of Wooster and Joel Christopher of Orrville; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Alan) Gray of Mansfield and Joanne (John) Waldruff of Shelby; brothers-in-law, James (Sharon) Sifferlen of Shelby and Edwin (Jamie) Sifferlen of Denver, Colo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, including David L. (Barbara) Christopher of Wooster.
SPRINGFIELD -- Dorothy J. Reese, 93, of Springfield, died Monday, April 9, 2001, after suffering a stroke on Thursday, April 5, at her home.
A gathering of family and friends will be Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m. at Littleton & Rue Funeral Home, 830 N. Limestone, Springfield, where services will follow at 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Stout will officiate. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Limestone St., Springfield 45504; Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 10901 Reed-Hartman, Cincinnati 45242; or Alzheimer's Association, 2436 Lexington Ave., Springfield 45505.
She was born July 10, 1907, in Wooster, to Wallace and Edith Smith.
Surviving are a son, Albert Reese III and his children, Julie (Paul) Stevenson, Melissa Reese and Craig Reese; a daughter, Carol (Robert) Currie and their children, Laura (Rodney) Ward and John (Katherine) Currie; and great-grandchildren, Jessica Currie and Katelyn Stevenson.
Larry Leatherman Jr.
WOOSTER -- Larry Lee Leatherman Jr., 30, of Wooster, went home to be with the Lord.
Memorial services will be Saturday, April 21, at 1 p.m. at Wooster Nazarene Church, with Pastor Nathan Ward officiating. The body has been cremated.
Arrangements are being handled by Custer-Glenn Funeral Home, Wooster.
Friends who wish may make contributions to First National Bank, any Wayne County Branch, in care of Lori Leatherman, to help defray expenses.
He was born April 24, 1970, in Wadsworth, to Larry Lee and Evelyn L. "Lynne" (Ashley) Leatherman Sr.
Surviving are a son, Tyler James Harter of Ohio; his mother of Wooster; a brother, Lanny Leatherman of Medina; sisters, Lori Leatherman of Wooster and Lisa Norton of Medina; nephews, Mark, John and Justin, and a niece, Lynne.
His father died previously.
MEDINA -- Mervin J. Styer, 84, of Medina, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at his home.
Memorial services will be Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at York United Methodist Church, 6566 Norwalk Road, Medina, with the Rev. Judy Wismar-Claycomb officiating.
Arrangements are being handled by the Medina Chapel of Waite & Son Funeral Homes.
The family suggests contributions be made to Tri-County Hospice, 102 Main St., Suite 304, Wadsworth 44281.
He was born May 12, 1916, in Holmes County, and married Phyllis M. Jordan on July 28, 1945, in Wellington. She survives.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years; children, David (Jo) Styer of Columbus, Leah (Ray) Barnette of Charlotte, N.C., and Laura (Keith) Enoch of Medina; four grandchildren; and a brother, Joseph (Kate) Styer Jr. of Wellington.
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Lowell Ray Bowling, 64, of Bradenton, Fla., died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.
He was the son and stepson of Ray G. and Marie Bowling of Orrville and the brother of John Bowling of Wooster.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Shannon Funeral Home Town Chapel in Bradenton, Fla. is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Church of God, 1003 63rd Ave., E., Bradenton, Fla. 34203.
He was born in Canton.
Other survivors include his wife, Donna Bowling of Bradenton, Fla.; children, Terri Simons of Palmetto, Fla., Lowell B. Bowling of Canton and Timothy Bowling of Bradenton, Fla.; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; brothers, Robert Bowling of Kokomo, Ind., and Mark Bowling of Findlay; and sisters, Thelma Fleischman of North Canton and Judy White of Marion.
CHARM -- Roman Keim, 89, of Charm, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at the home of Amanda Troyer of Sugarcreek.
Services will be Friday at 9 a.m. at the Ivan Yoder residence, Township Road 371, Millersburg, with Bishop John Yoder officiating. Burial will be at Miller Cemetery, Clark Township.
Friends may call today (Thursday) from 2-4 and 6-8 at Messiah Fellowship Church, State Route 557, Millersburg.
Arrangements are being handled by Butler-Varns Funeral Home in Sugarcreek.
He was born March 21, 1912, in Holmes County, to Moses J. and Sarah Ann (Kauffman) Keim and married Mary Beachy on Feb. 8, 1938. She died Jan. 26, 1979.
Surviving are children, Bill (Eva) Keim of Sugarcreek and Sarah (Robert) Kaufman of Fresno; 11 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
SMITHVILLE -- Ruth E. Burkey, 81, 219 S. Milton St., Apt. E12, died Tuesday, April 11, 2001, at Smithville Western Care Center.
Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with the Rev. Robert Meyer officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery.
Friends may call Friday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Those who wish may make contributions to Wayne Presbyterian Church, 7152 Burbank Road, Wooster 44691; or to Smithville Historical Society, P.O. Box 12, Smithville 44677.
She was born July 12, 1919, in Holmes County, to William and Ella (Cameron) Wagner and married Dwight C. Burkey on Nov. 18, 1951. He survives.
Other survivors include children, Nancy (Richard) Troxel of Cincinnati, Larry (Jeann) Burkey of Apple Creek, Ronald (Rhonda) Burkey and Dolores (Mike) Hardman, both of Smithville; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and brothers, Clayton Wagner of Orrville and Roy Wagner of Wooster.
ORRVILLE -- Caroline F. Janezic, 83, 433 Danvers Court, Orrville, formerly of North Ridgeville, died Tuesday evening, April 10, 2001, at Regency Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Orrville, after a long illness.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Orrville, with Father Paul Wysocki officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain at 3 p.m.
Friends may call tonight (Thursday) from 7-9 or Friday from 10-10:45 a.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Agnes Catholic Church, 541 Spring St., Orrville 44667.
She was born Jan. 14, 1918, in Elyria, to Nicholas and Mary (Scafron) Penora and married Frank S. "Fritz" Janezic on July 1, 1939, in Elyria. He died Feb. 13, 1999.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Jack Todd of Chesapeake, Va.; granddaughters, Lisa Reyes and Valerie Todd; a sister, Leona Bungard of Elyria; and numerous nieces and nephews.
ORRVILLE -- Dawn I. Villard, 87, 118 Smucker St., died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Shady Lawn Healthcare Community in Dalton, where she had resided for two years.
Services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Auble Funeral Home in Orrville, with Pastor Burt Parks officiating. Burial will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville.
Friends may call tonight (Thursday) from 7-9 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
She was born Nov. 26, 1913, in Apple Creek, to John Henry and Sadie (Walkerow) Walkerow and married Earl Edward Villard on Sept. 12, 1932, in Orrville. He died in May 1987.
Surviving are a son, Roland Earl Villard of Orrville; and two step-grandsons.
REEDSBURG -- Mary M. Atterholt, 95, formerly of Reedsburg, died Sunday evening, April 8, 2001, at Heritage Park Nursing & Rehabilitation in New Pittsburg.
Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville, with the Rev. Paul R. Stroup officiating. Burial will be at Reedsburg Cemetery.
Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Pittsburg Fire Department; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
She was born July 17, 1905, in Shreve, to Homer N. and Effie T. (Bunting) Morris and married Clair H. Atterholt. He died March 30, 1969.
Surviving are children, Thelma J. Ickes of Wooster and Kenneth D. Atterholt of Shelbyville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Grace E. Wise of Presho, S.D.