MILLERSBURG -- Verna E. Crilow, 90, of Millersburg, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 1, 2003, at Walnut Hills & Retirement Community in Walnut Creek, after a brief illness.
Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Martins Creek Mennonite Church with the Rev. Carl Wiebe officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at the church, or one hour prior to the services.
Arrangements are being handled by Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg.
The family suggests contributions be made to Martins Creek Mennonite Church, 6111 County Road 203, Millersburg 44654.
She was born Oct. 22, 1912, in Holmes County to William and Mary (Schnell) Crilow and was a member of Martins Creek Mennonite Church.
Surviving are a brother, Melvin Crilow of Goshen, Ind.; sisters, Ida Miller of Millersburg and Esta Crilow of Walnut Creek; and many nieces and nephews.
Sisters, Dora Alberts, Orpha Yoder and Emma Troyer and brothers, Homer and Floyd Crilow, died previously.
NORTON -- Anna Helen (Cindrich) Helderman, 78, formerly of Doylestown/Norton, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at Barberton Citizens Hospital.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Doylestown with the Rev. Robert Sander officiating. Burial will be at Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 5-8 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4120 Cleveland Ave., NW, Canton 44709.
She was born Aug. 20, 1924, in Doylestown to John and Theresa Cindrich and married Gordon Helderman. He died previously.
She had lived most of her life in the Doylestown/Norton area and in North Canton, where she was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Surviving are sons, Jack, Jim and Jeff Merz; stepchildren, Linda Roice, Lorrie Lowe and Larry Helderman; 10 grandchildren; a brother, John Cindrich; and sisters, MaryAnn Monachini, Janice Alexander and Bonnie Freeman.
In addition to her husband, a sister, Eva "Babe" Moore and a nephew died previously.
HOLMESVILLE -- Evelyn Lucille Lastohkein, 91, 9036 County Road 245, died Thursday morning, Jan. 2, 2003, at Holmes County Home.
Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Fredericksburg with the Rev. Jeff Graebing officiating. Burial will be at Westlawn Cemetery in Mount Eaton.
Friends may call tonight (Friday) from 7-9 at the funeral home.
She was born April 10, 1911, near Fredericksburg to Ira and Mary (Spencer) Richeson and married John F. Grossenbacher on Nov. 12, 1932. He died March 4, 1951. On Feb. 28, 1954, she married William Lastohkein. He died April 24, 1976. On Aug. 18, 1985, she married Newell Moore. He died Nov. 19, 2001.
She had attended Beachyville and Holmesville schools and retired in 1976 from Apple Creek State Hospital. She had also worked at Fredericksburg Pottery and Castle Nursing Home.
Surviving are children, Eugene G. (Marjorie) Grossenbacher of Holmesville and Mary Lee (Jack) Wachtel of Shreve; grandchildren, JoAnna Tanner, John and Lisa Grossenbacher; great-grandchildren, William and Suzanna Tanner, Taylor and Tianna Grossenbacher; and a half-sister, Ruth Ann Sands of Fredericksburg.
In addition to her husbands, a grandson and a half-brother, Russell Richeson, died previously.
DOYLESTOWN -- Belva L. Leguillon, 95, of Doylestown, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at her home.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Doylestown with the Rev. James Humphrey officiating. Burial will be at Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the funeral home, where a Lions service will be held at 3 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Doylestown Lions Club, 298 Wall Road, Doylestown 44230.
She was born Nov. 4, 1907, in Mechanicstown to Elza and Ada (Meyers) Herrington and married Earl J. Leguillon. He died previously.
She had been a resident of Doylestown since 1946, and was a member of Doylestown United Methodist Church, Doylestown Lions Club and Daughters of America.
She enjoyed helping the needy and community service.
Surviving are a son, Joseph E. Leguillon of Holmesville; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grand and great-great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Thelma Ferrell of Massillon.
In addition to her husband, a daughter, JoAnn Waldron, died previously.
RITTMAN -- Garland E. McComas, 80, of Rittman, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at Akron City Hospital.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Canaan Free Will Baptist Church with the Revs. Claude L. McComas and James R. McComas officiating.
Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman, where Masonic services will be held 4:45 p.m., or one hour prior to the services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Wayne County, 2554 Graustark Path, Wooster 44691.
He was born Sept. 15, 1922, at Prichard, W.Va., to Clyde and Alice (Johnson) McComas and married Zella Graber. She survives.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and had made his home in Rittman most of his life. He was a pipe fitter for 45 years, with Local 94 in Canton and had worked at the Packaging Corporation of America, retiring in 1987.
He was a member of Grace Brethren Church and Wadsworth Lodge 385 F&AM.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are children, Robert (Dannie) McComas of Rittman, David (Rose) McComas of Fort Wayne, Ind., Gary (Jody) McComas of Wadsworth, Patricia (Lester) Reed of Albuquerque, N.M., and Pamela (Paul) Freed of Papillion, N.E.; stepsons, Lloyd (Becky) Siders Jr. of Rittman and Russ (Cindy) Siders of Wadsworth; 25 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his stepmother, Eunice McComas of Prichard, W.Va.; brothers, Clyde (Viola) McComas of Lodi, the Rev. Claude (Jean) McComas of Wooster and the Rev. Kenneth (Helen) McComas of Rittman; sisters, Laura (Ben) Ramsier of Rittman and Clara (Doc) Daugherty of Lakeland, Fla.; half-sisters, Doris Kirby of Louisville and Naomi McComas of Prichard, W.Va.; half-brothers, Vernon McComas of Prichard, W.Va., Donald McComas of Seville, Ron (Doris) McComas and Frank (Cathy) McComas, both of Rittman and Lowell "Buck" (Eileen) McComas of Prichard, W.Va.
His first wife, Betty McComas, died in 1980. A brother, John McComas, also died previously.
CARROLLTON -- Jeri S. Reed-Benedict, 43, of Carrollton, crossed over to the other side Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, after a long and courageous battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.
If you knew her spirit in life, please join family and friends for funeral services Saturday at 1 p.m. at Deckman-Bartley Funeral Home, 434 W. Main St., Malvern, with the Rev. Nancy Good Conley officiating. Burial will be at Bethlehem Cemetery.
Friends may call two hours prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Salvation Army; or one of the area Humane Societies.
She was born Feb. 11, 1959; her parents, William L. Reed and Ruby (Swan) Reed White, and grew up in Carroll County. She graduated from Malvern High School, before going on to complete a bachelor of science in psychology at Ohio State University and graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in the spring of 1999.
She was employed as a licensed social worker with Stark County Department of Human Services, Chapel Hill Retirement Home, Mercy Medical Center and Wayne County Children's Services respectively.
She was a member of Habitat for Humanity, Family Selection Committee, the Contract Players Theater and was a life member of Ohio State University Alumni Association.
Surviving are a sister, Cheryl Reed Van Dyk and her husband, David, of Columbus; an aunt, Patricia Reed of Malvern; cousins, Rhonda and Mike Chiurco and Todd and Michelle Reed, all of Malvern, Tom and Kathy Unkefer of East Palestine, Don and LuMing Unkefer of Toronto, Kenny and Paula Dietrich, Roger and Linda Dietrich and Becky and Don Zustadil, all of the Canton area.
ARDEN, N.C. -- James B. Wenger, 76, of Arden, N.C., formerly of Rittman, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002, at Oaks of Sweeten Creek, N.C.
A private family service will be held. Arrangements are being handled by Thomas Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center.
He was a native of Rittman and had lived in Arden, N.C., for 15 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was serving onboard the USS Missouri when Japan surrendered.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Barbara Wenger; sons, Stephen Wenger of Charleston, S.C., and David Wenger of Arden, N.C.; a grandson; brothers, John Wenger of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Richard Wenger of Wooster; and a sister, Dorothe Kadane of St. Petersburg, Fla.
WOOSTER -- Verneil C. Landes, 91, of Wooster, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003, at Wooster Community Hospital.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. at Central Christian Church in Wooster, with the Rev. Kevin Phipps officiating.
There will be no calling hours. McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster is handling arrangements.
Those who wish may make contributions to the Library for Tella-Sensory Equipment, in care of The College of Wooster, Wooster; or to Central Christian Church, 407 N. Market St., Wooster 44691.
She was born Oct. 7, 1911, in Mason City, Iowa, to Irving S. and Lulu (Spalding) Curtiss and married William E. Henley. He died Sept. 10, 1970. She then married Thomas J. Landes. He died Feb. 5, 1988.
She was a graduate of Northwestern University and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta National Sorority and Zeta Phi Eta (Professional National Speech Sorority).
She was a homemaker and a member of Central Christian Church in Wooster, Trowel & Trellis Garden Club, Colony Club, Travelers Club, Wooster Country Club and Woman's Service League. She was a life member of the PTA, and was instrumental in the founding of the First Community Theater in Wooster in 1938.
Surviving are children, Sandra Jean (Don) Cope of Tucson, Ariz. and William Kent Henley of Glendora, Calif.; stepchildren, Thomas J. Landes Jr. of Wooster and Jean Landes of Orrville; grandchildren, Karen Larzalere, Scott, Brian, Christopher and Jacqueline Henley, all of California and Kristen Cope of Arizona; great-grandchildren, Brittany and Brett Larzalere and Daniel Cooke; and sisters, Jean Burke of DesMoines, Iowa, and Catherine (Floyd) Ensign of Daytona Beach, Fla.
WOOSTER -- Dorothy M. McDavitt, 87, of Wooster, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at Wooster Community Hospital.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home in Wooster, with the Rev. Kenneth Thomas officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Shreve.
Friends may call Sunday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Those who wish may make contributions to the Kidney Foundation of Wayne County, 442 N. Market St., Wooster 44691.
She was born May 11, 1915, in Medina to Charles and Daisy (Yost) Strouse and married Paul McDavitt in 1965. He died in 1973.
She had worked at Freedlander Department Store and retired in 1980 as a clerk at the Rubbermaid Company Store.
She was an active member of First Church of God and Rebekah Lodge.
Surviving are children, Linda (Harley) Greegor, John "Bud" (Bonnie) Mong and Paul C. Mong, all of Wooster and Donna (Dean) Manson of Apple Creek; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Don Strouse of North Fort Myers, Fla., and Edward Strouse of Lodi; and sisters, Florence Taylor of Grafton, Elnora Hardie of Chandler, Ariz., Sylvia Kreider of Wadsworth, Margaret McVicker of Sun City West, Ariz., Jean Kline of Polk and Grace Ruf of Brunswick.
In addition to her husband, a grandson and a stepbrother, Richard Beard, died previously.
KILLBUCK -- Everett Stephens, 67, of Killbuck, died Friday morning, Jan. 3, 2003, at Aultman Hospital in Canton, after a short illness.
Memorial services will be Sunday at 4 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, with the Rev. Dale Duncan. Burial will be at Sunnyside Cemetery in Glenmont.
There will be no calling hours.
The family suggests contributions be made to American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus 43218-2039; or American Diabetes Association, 937 High St., Worthington 43085-4020.
He was born Nov. 1, 1935, in Whitley County, Ky., to Eli and Rhoda (Cox) Stephens and married Karen Wachsman in April of 1959. She survives.
He was a member of First Church of Christ in Killbuck.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are children, Louis Stephens of Millersburg and Christine Stephens of Killbuck; granddaughters, Lynda and Lisa Stephens; and a sister, Virgie Wells of Rockholds, Ky.
Brothers, Lloyd and Floyd Tye, died previously.
COSHOCTON -- Warren G. Bechtol, 81, of South 12th Street, died Friday morning, Jan. 3, 2003, at his home.
He was the brother of Omer H. Bechtol of Millersburg.
Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Free Funeral Home, 788 S. Second St., Coshocton, with minister Lloyd Tenney officiating. Burial will be at Coshocton County Memory Gardens, where military honors will be conducted by Coshocton County Veterans Council.
Friends may call Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home, and until time of services Tuesday.
He was born March 4, 1921, in Millcreek Township, Coshocton County, to Nathan and Altha M. (Lower) Bechtol and married Lucille M. Wagers on Jan. 28, 1943. She survives.
He had attended Keene School and served as a Technician Fourth Grade with the U.S. Army during World War II from Feb. 10, 1943-Jan. 17, 1946. He had overseas duty in the Asiatic Pacific Theater where he received two bronze stars.
Before retiring, he was an operating engineer at Steel Ceilings. He was a member of Church of Christ, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2040, American Legion Post 65 and Operating Engineers Union. He enjoyed the Cleveland Indians.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are a son, Jack W. Bechtol of Coshocton; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; another brother, Frederic N. (Agnes) Bechtol of Coshocton; and several nieces and nephews.
A brother, Eliza A. Bechtol and a sister, Jessie Mae Layman, died previously.
RITTMAN -- Eugene E. Emery, 70, of Rittman, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.
Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Gillman Funeral Home in Rittman. Burial will be at Rittman Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Northside Christian Church, 1825 Reimer Road, Wadsworth 44281.
He was born April 10, 1932, in Loudonville to Arthur and Martha (McKinley) Emery and married Judy Sparks. She survives.
He was a 1961 graduate of Ashland College and had served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He had made his home in Mansfield, moving to Rittman in 1970, and was employed at Westfield Insurance and Associates Corporation in Akron, retiring in 1976.
He had attended Northside Christian Church in Wadsworth, was a life member of Perrysville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9943 and was a member of Rittman American Legion, Howard A. Bair Post 423.
Surviving in addition his wife, are daughters, Kristalyn Jo (Duane) Huff III of North Lawrence, Melinda Sue (Jerry) Corp of Rittman and Cheryl Lynn (Michael) Arnold of Seville; and five grandchildren.