NEW MARSHFIELD -- A celebration of the life of Raymond H. Swartzback will be held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Athens by the Rev. Craig Seitz. He died suddenly Dec. 14, 2002 in Athens.
In lieu of flowers a scholarship fund is being set up for McCormick Theological Seminary. Contributions may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 9 N. College St., Athens 45701.
Arrangements were handled by Jagers & Sons Funeral Home in Athens.
WADSWORTH -- Richard A. Ault, 84, of Wadsworth and formerly of Doylestown, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2003, at Akron General Hospital.
There will be no calling hours and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by Zak-Monbarren Funeral Home in Doylestown.
He was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Doylestown to Charlie W. and Vera (Gray) Ault and was a life resident of the Wadsworth/Doylestown area.
He served as a pilot during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He retired from F.M.C. Corp. and as a farmer.
He was a member of Doylestown United Methodist Church, Doylestown Lions Club and Doylestown American Legion.
Surviving are a brother, Charles (Mary Lou) Ault of Doylestown; a sister, Geraldine (Clyde) Phillips of Louisville, Ky. and numerous nieces and nephews.
His wife, Madeline (Guy) Ault and brother, 1st Lt. William R. Ault, died previously.
WOOSTER -- Thelma A. Bertsch, 60, of Wooster, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, in Akron General Hospital.
Born Feb. 22, 1942, in Dalton, she was the daughter of William H. and Dorothy (Ryneer) Franks.
She was a homemaker. She was a member of Central Christian Church where she was a deaconess. She also was a member of the Wooster Emblem Club and she along with her husband supported the U.S. Air Force for 20 years.
Surviving are her husband, Donald W. Bertsch, whom she married May 20, 1962; daughter, Susan Fouts and her fiance, Jeff Herron of Wooster and a son, Wayne A. and his wife, Lori Bertsch of Brownsburg, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Donald and Logan Fouts, Adam, Alec and Ashley Tudor and Triston and Mason Herron; brothers, William H. Franks Jr. of St. Cloud, Fla., Earl (Sue) Franks of Wooster and Larry (Norma) Franks of Ashland and sisters, Ruth O. Switzer of Wooster, Dorothy (David) Barnes of Homerville, Janet (Lovell) Reed of Deltona, Fla. and Evelyn Boreman of Burbank.
Preceding her in death were her parents, a sister, June Barkman and an infant brother, Harry Edward.
Friends will be received at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, on Friday from 6-9 p.m.
Services will be held at McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Kevin Phipps officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Gardens.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Wooster Emblem Club, P.O. Box 494, Wooster 44691 in her memory.
Wilbur DeVore Jr.
SUGARCREEK -- Wilbur D. "Butch" DeVore Jr., 51, of Sugarcreek, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at Aultman Hospital in Canton.
Services will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. immediately following calling hours at Dover First Christian Church with Don Campbell officiating. The body will be cremated at a later date and burial will be at Union Hill Cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday from 1-3 and 5-7:30 p.m. at Dover First Christian Church, 3029 N. Wooster Ave., Dover.
Memorial contributions may be made to Dover First Christian Church Mission Fund, 3029 N. Wooster Ave., Dover 44622.
He was born March 27, 1951, in Tuscarawas County to Wilbur D. "Dutch" and Emma (Baumberger) DeVore.
He was production foreman at Belden Brick Plant 6, where he was employed for 30 years.
He was a member of Dover First Christian Church where he had been a trustee, member of the choir and a member of the Faithful Men singing group. He enjoyed church softball and volleyball and had gone on a mission trip to Haiti. He also enjoyed NASCAR and was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Linda Baab DeVore; two daughters, Kim DeVore of Sugarcreek and Karen (Austin) Specht of New Philadelphia; a grandson; three sisters, Pat DeVore of Mexico, Ounalee Goins of New Philadelphia and Chris (Chuck) Snyder of Dover and six nieces, two nephews and a great-niece.
His parents died previously.
NORMAL, Ill. -- Ezra U. Byler, 62, 907 N. Fell, Normal, Ill., 61761, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003, at BroMenn Regional Medical Center in Normal, Ill.
The funeral will be held at Mennonite Church of Normal in Normal, Ill. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Tim Schrag officiating. Burial will take place Jan. 11 at Ropp Mennonite Cemetery in White Oak Township, McLean County.
Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 10 at Mennonite Church of Normal from 5-8 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Kibler-Smith Memorial Home, 1104 N. Main St., Bloomington, Ill.
He was born June 1, 1940, in Navarre to J. Uriah and Mary Ann (Miller) Byler and married Sue Ann Miller on Oct. 12, 1963, in Indianapolis, Ind. She survives.
He was born and raised in Wayne County (near Wooster), the youngest of five children.
He had previously worked for Link-Belt in Indianapolis, Ind. and Litton Industries in Erlanger, Ky.
He graduated with a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University in 1968, received a master of business administration degree from University of Cincinnati in 1972 and doctor of philosophy degree in finance from Kent State University in 1981. He taught at Eastern Mennonite College from 1972-1978. Came to B/N in 1981 to teach finance at ISU, taught at ISU 1981-1988, then taught finance at Millikin University from 1988-2002. He also was a visiting professor of finance at Illinois Wesleyan University from Aug. 2002, until this past October.
He was a member of the Mennonite Church of Normal. He was an avid woodworker who enjoyed building furniture and working with wood.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested donations may be made to: The Chicago Mennonite Learning Center, 4647 W. 47th St., Chicago, Ill. 60632 or the Mennonite Central Committee, P.O. Box 500, Akron, Pa. 17501 in his memory.
Surviving are his wife, Sue Ann Byler of Normal, Ill.; a son, James Jay (Inge) Kaufmann of Germany; daughters, Jennifer (Jeremy) Youngberg of Indiana and Janine (Jason) Byler of Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Elainia Rose and Kelby James Youngberg of Indiana and two sisters, Amy Van Bruyn of Ohio and Rebecca Slabach of Ohio.
His parents and three brothers died previously.
ORRVILLE -- Samuel J. Eshleman, 77, of Orrville, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at Brenn-Field Nursing Center in Orrville, following an extended illness.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Sonnenberg Mennonite Church, 14367 Hackett Road, with the Revs. Mike Mast and Eldon King officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the church or one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.
Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton is handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contribution may be made to Wycliffe International, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, Fla. 32862.
He was born in North Lawrence on Nov. 29, 1925, to the late Martin H. and Ada (Horst) Eshleman and grew up on a farm south of Pleasant View School.
When Sam was 12, the family moved to Harrisonburg, Va. He returned to Ohio around 1958 with his wife and children and lived in Sugarcreek and then Walnut Creek until the late 1980s.
Before entering Brenn-Field, Sam lived in Guerne near Wooster for 11 years.
He retired in 1991 from Owens Brockway in Berlin and attended Sonnenberg Mennonite Church.
On Aug. 9, 1952, he married Ruth L. Keim, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Robert (Jan) Eshleman of Apple Creek, Carol (Lloyd) Horst of West Salem, Dean (Twila) Eshleman of Goshen, Ind., and Allen (Sarah) Eshleman of St. Thomas, Pa; 10 grandchildren, Jason and Ethan Horst, Denae, Matthew, Monica, Anthony, Stephanie, A.J., Sheila and Angela Eshleman; and a brother, James Eshleman of Hephzibah, Ga.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother and five sisters, Esther Eshleman, Mabel Hess, Clara Harms, Betty Navarro and Velma Nzesi.
DALTON -- Janine C. Ramer, 16, 3637 Wenger Road, Dalton, went to be with her Lord on Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident.
Funeral services will be held at Kidron Mennonite Church in Kidron on Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at 1 p.m. with Pastors Mike McFarren and Mark Hirst officiating. Burial will take place at Martins Mennonite Church Cemetery in Orrville.
Friends may call at Living Water Community Church, 200 N. Kurzen Road, Dalton, on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
Arrangements are being handled by Auble Funeral Home in Orrville.
Memorial contributions may be made to either Youth Ministries at Living Water Community Church, 200 N. Kurzen Road, Dalton 44618 or the Dalton High School Girls' Softball Program, 177 N. Mill St., Dalton 44618.
Janine was born on June 7, 1986, in Wooster, the daughter of Keith L. and Florence M. (Eberly) Ramer.
She was a member of Living Water Community Church where she was active in the church youth group. She had a passion for sharing her love for God with others and had been involved in mission trips to Belize, China and inner-city Detroit.
She was a member of the Dalton High School Class of 2004 and served as the junior class president. She was active in various activities at Dalton High School including Young Life, National Honor Society, varsity cheerleader, softball, summer softball and cross country.
She is survived by her parents, Keith and Florence Ramer; sisters, Sharla K. (Douglas) West, Jaclyn S. Ramer and a brother, Jonathan K. Ramer, all of Dalton; paternal grandmother, June L. Ramer of North Lawrence; maternal grandparents, John W. and Hope Eberly of Wooster and her boyfriend, Justin Stutz of Dalton.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, John W. Ramer in 2001 and maternal grandmother, Naomi (Imhoff) Eberly in 1983.
Edward Smith II
LAKEVILLE -- Edward Jacob Smith II, 23 months, 2695 State Route 179, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at Wooster Community Hospital.
Services will be Friday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel with the Rev. Francis Dye officiating. Burial will be at Wooster Cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defray funeral and burial expenses.
He was born Feb. 3, 2001, in Wooster to Edward J. and Carla M. (Carr) Smith.
Surviving in addition to his mother and father are sisters, Cari and Caitlyn Smith of the home; grandparents, Dana Wright and Brian and Lori Smith, all of Wooster and Earl Ray Carr of Akron; great-grandparents, Archie and Lois Smith of Rochester, Pa. and numerous aunts and uncles.
EASTLAKE -- Arlis B. Uhl, 81, of Eastlake, died Sunday morning, Jan. 5, 2003, at the Heartland of Mentor Nursing Home in Mentor, following a short illness.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at Alexander Funeral Home in Millersburg. Burial will be at East Cemetery in Fredericksburg.
Friends may call one hour prior to time of services at the funeral home.
He was born March 20, 1921, in Holmes County to Harry B. and Elsie Mae (Crilow) Uhl.
He worked for Euclid Manufacturing Co. of Euclid.
Surviving are two brothers, Richard Uhl of Holmesville and Donald "Doby" Uhl of Fredericksburg and a sister, Zelda Uhl of Apple Creek.
Three brothers, John, William and Weldon Uhl and a sister, Mildred Uhl, died previously.
LODI -- Eva Blanche Aufmuth, 95, of Lodi, passed away, Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Meadowview Care Center in Seville.
A memorial service will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Parker & Son Funeral Home, 210 Medina St., Lodi with Pastor Mike Andrews officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lodi.
Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lodi Community Hospital, 225 Elyria St., Lodi 44254.
She was born May 28, 1907 in Chatham to Thomas E. and Ethyl (Eshelman) McVicker.
She had resided in Spencer, Wadsworth, Lakeland, Fla. and Lodi and had been a beautician in Spencer.
Surviving are a daughter, Charlene Reich of Seville; a son, Eugene (Vi) Ridgeway of Lodi and five grandchildren.
Her husbands Charles Ridgeway died in 1929 and Norman Aufmuth in 1988 and a grandson and brothers, Blair McVicker, Herschel McVicker, Milo McVicker, Earl McVicker and Elmo McVicker, also died previously.
NOVI, Mich. -- Marjorie Sears Berglind, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2002, in Novi, Michigan.
Born Sept. 8, 1913, she was a graduate of the University of Akron and a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She taught in the Akron Public School system and was a charter member of the Weathervane Theater. After moving to Wooster, she founded and served as the first superintendent of Ida Sue School/Nick Amster Workshop.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin G. Berglind and parents, Stephen and Idabel Sears.
She is survived by her daughter, Julie Boring, grandson, Gregory Sears and his wife, Julie; great-grandson, Stephen; great-granddaughter, Abby; grandson, Eric Boring and his wife, Lisa; great-granddaughter, Danielle; sister and brother-in-law, Stephanie and Richard Kemp; niece, Leslie Kissel; three nephews, Richard, Stephen and Michael Kemp and their spouses and children.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003 at Saint James Episcopal Church, 127 W. North St., Wooster.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be sent in her name to Ida Sue School/Nick Amster Workshop, 266 Oldman Road, Wooster 44691.
Arrangements are being handled by Billow Funeral Home, Fairlawn Chapel, Akron.