Obituaries -- Oct. 6, 2000
Clementine R. Melchior, a long time resident of Canton, business owner and entertainer, passed away October 1st in Modesto, CA, after a short illness. Born February 20, 1912, she was a self-taught musician who started her own band at the age of 16. She performed at sporting events in the Canton area. Performed with a local band called 'The Jolly Skylarks' and frequently appeared at the Moonlight Ballroom at Meyers Lake and Mergus Restaurant in downtown Canton. She was co-owner of 'Melchior's Cut Rate Store' in Reedurban. Her five children, Joseph, Jr. of Modesto, CA; Lynita of Naples, FL, Mary Jane of Kent, William of Orlando, FL, and Charlene of Arizona survive her. Also her 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Sunset Hills Burial Park. She will be joining her husband, Joseph of over 50 years, after a short prayer service.
Ferdinand 'Fritz' Nasal, age 85, of Canton died Monday evening in Aultman Hospital following a brief illness. Born June 14, 1915 in Minneapolis, MN to the late Josef and Anna Nasal. He was a graduate of McKinley High School and was a former U.S. Marine, having served in World War II and attended St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Mr. Nasal was retired from the Timken Co. after 33 years of service, was retired from Canton City Schools after 10 years of service, and was a member of Porky's Old Timers Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Tekla in 1995. Survivors include one sister, Rose Brown, of Canton, one brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Lee Nasal of New Carlisle, OH, and three sons and daughters-in-law; Robert and Pati Nasal of Columbus, OH, Timothy Nasal of Lancaster, CA and Richard and Margaret Nasal of Eastlake, OH. There are eight grandchildren,
Kevin, Noelle, Elizabeth, Carrie, David, Kimberly, Tiffany and Matthew. Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, October 7 at 12:30 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Fr. Timothy Huffman officiating. The family will receive friends one and one half hours prior to services from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
William R. Kothmayer, age 83, of Cape Coral, FL, passed away early Sunday morning. Born in Connecticut, he spent most of his life as a resident of Canton. He is survived by his beloved wife, Donna Faye (Hoobler) Kothmayer with whom he celebrated 57 years of marriage; his children, Karen Skeeles (William) of Tuscon, AZ, Trudy Bope (David) of Tuscon, AZ, Kurt Kothmayer (Carolyn) of North Canton, OH; and Philip Kothmayer (Katherine) of Ocala, FL; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was a long time member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Canton until he moved to Florida where he has been a Charter Member of Messiah Lutheran Church and where he hand crafted the beautiful stained glass artistry that adorns the church's windows. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II in the European Theater and served aboard the USS Arkansas. He was a partner in Stark Motors in Hartville, owner of Kothmayers Variety Store in East Canton and a real estate investor before his retirement. A gifted artist and a beloved husband, father and grandfather, he will be missed by all. Memorial services will be held in Cape Coral, FL. A graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery on Friday, October 6, 2000 at 1 p.m. with Rev. James Kennell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church at 2691 Northeast Pine Island Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33909. The Reed Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lowell W. Haag, age 83, of Canton, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2000 at Aultman Hospital after a brief illness. A lifetime resident of Canton, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was the owner of Haag Piano Service, retiring in 1995. Member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, the Canton South Lions Club, where he was a 50 year member, Canton South AARP #4885, the Douglas Arms Condominiums Association in Dunedin, FL and a past member of the Piano Technician Guild. Preceded in death by his parents, Cletus and Fleda Haag; two brothers, Millard and Charles Haag. Survived by his wife, Audrey (Summers) Haag, who celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this past June; son, David L. Haag of East Sparta; daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Larry Tichenor of Canton; foster granddaughter and spouse, Deborah and William Tarner of Uniontown; two granddaughters, Hilary Tichenor and Haley Tichenor both of Canton; great granddaughter, Nicole Tarner; sister, Dorothy George of Palm Harbor, FL; two sisters-in-law, Mary Haag and Norma Haag, both of Canton; a nephew and numerous nieces. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church with Rev. Vernon Shepherd and Rev. Paul Gerwcz officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Hills Burial Park. Calling hours Sunday 3-7 p.m. at the Welch-Sekeres-Lewis Funeral Home and Monday morning at the church one hour prior to services. Donations may be made in his name to Otterbein United Methodist Church or Canton South Lions Club.
Theresa Anne Andrews, age 23, of Ravenna, passed away October 3, 2000. A lifetime resident of the area, she had been employed as a customer service associate and head teller for First Merit Bank and was a member of the Streetsboro Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. She is survived by her husband, Jonathan D. Andrews; son, Oscar Gavin Andrews of the residence; parents, James L. and Vicki L. Giarrano of Streetsboro; sister, Andrea M. (George) Lazarides of Canton; brother, Brent J. (Shanna) Giarrano of Deerfield; grandparents, James B. and Joanna M. Giarrano of Streetsboro and George and Shirley Baker of Bedford. Memorial services 2 p.m. Sunday at Kent Roosevelt High School Auditorium, 1400 N. Mantua St., (Rt. 43) Kent, OH. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Memorials may be made to The Theresa Anne Andrews & Family Benevolent Fund in care of any First Merit Branch.
(Dunn-Quigley-Ciriello & Carr, 330-688-3866)
Virginia B. Williams, age 68, of Magnolia, passed away early Thursday morning in her residence, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in
Salem, OH, a daughter of the late Oscar and Audrey Potts Laisure, and had resided in Canton most of her life until moving to Magnolia in 1974. Virginia retired from The Hoover Co. in 1978, and she previously worked for the former Pioneer Foods for 17 years. She was a member of the McKinley Eagles, the Auxiliary of VFW Post #3747, and was active in other organizations. Preceded in death by her son, C. Patrick Henry, in 1990, a daughter, Charlotte Knowles, in 1997, two grandchildren, Billy Knowles, in 1990, and Abby Knowles, in 1993, and a brother, Harold Laisure. Survived by her husband, Charles L. Williams, with whom she celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary on August 27th; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and James Roof, a daughter and her fiance, Bonnie Henry and Robert Cohen, all of Rockville, MD; one son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Jan Williams, of Marietta, OH; five grandchildren, Angela Donato-Case, and her husband, Michael, Richard L. Donato II, and his wife, Gail, Laura Bellicha, Scott Roof, and Keith Williams; one great-granddaughter, Julianna Donato; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Vincent and Mabel Laisure, of Nashport, OH, and Paul Laisure, of Monroe, MI. Services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia with Dr. C. Herschel Gammill officiating. Entombment in North Lawn Mausoleum. Friends may call Sunday 6-9 p.m. Contributions in Virginia's memory may be made to the Abby Knowles-Virginia Williams Memorial Fund, c/o St. James Catholic Church, 400 W. Lisbon St., Waynesburg, OH 44688. Virginia was an inspiration to her loved ones and to all who knew her.
Mr. Vernon A. Tabellion, age 68, of Massillon, died Thursday, October 5, 2000 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born December 10, 1931 in Canal Fulton and had lived in Massillon most of his life. He was a cement contractor for over 30 years and retired in 1999. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Massillon and a veteran of the U.S. Army. Survivors include his loving companion, Judy Mitchell of Massillon; daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Debbie (John) Benson of Massillon, Mrs. Deana (Jon) Laraby of Pensacola, FL and Mrs. Leah (Christopher) Rinder of Massillon, Darlene Alt of Corning, OH; brothers, Alan Tabellion of North Lawrence and Gerald Tabellion of Massillon; sisters, Mrs. Myra (Ed) Yingling of Canal Fulton and Mrs. Betty Smith of Massillon; seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Hattie (Morheiser) Tabellion and a brother, Ralph Tabellion. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, October 9, 2000 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Massillon with Rev. Donald Oser officiating. Entombment will follow at Rose Hill Mausoleum, Massillon. Visitation will be Sunday, October 8, 5-8 p.m. at Heitger Funeral Service-Massillon Chapel, 639 First St. NE, Massillon. A scriptural service will be held at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 325 Third St. S.E., Massillon, OH 44646. For additional information, directions, and to sign the on-line guest book, go to www.legacy.com.
Jack Wallace Smith, age 62, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 3, 2000. He was born on August 5, 1938 in Bronx, NY. He was a retired
employee of Republic Steel, after 27 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Smith and Willie Mae Williams, sister, Mae Eva Kelley, and two brothers, James and Buster Smith. He was in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was in the Cardiovascular Club/Support Group. Jack leaves to treasure his precious memories, daughter, Paula Armstead of Canton; four sons, Tony Santerio Smith of Silverdale, WA, Anton Baldwin of Virginia, Dante' (Tonya) Jefferies, Wayne Armstead, both of Canton; six grandchildren; sister, Janie Mae McLaurin; special nieces, Mary Jane Kelley, Ernestine Kelley-Williams, Geneva High; special nephews, Perry (Patty) Kelley, Wayne (Judy) Kelly, Gino Kelley; special cousin, Mattie Stevens of Waynesburg, OH, and a host of nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at Brogdon & Son Funeral Home, 1617 3rd St. N.E., Canton, OH 44704 with Rev. James Lenzy officiating. Calling hours 11-1 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at the funeral home. Interment in Forest Hill Cemetery. Family and friends will be received at 1027 Roe Ct. S.E., Canton, OH 44707.
Arrangements by Brogdon & Son Funeral Home.
(Brogdon & Son, 330-453-7627)
Harry Denver 'Denny' Ossler, 87, of Minerva died Thursday morning, October 5, 2000 in his home. Born in Oneida, OH, September 13, 1913, to the late Harry and Clara (Crowl) Ossler. He was a retired plumber, with Ossler Brothers Plumbing and Denny and Lou's Plumbing and Heating. A veteran of WWII in the Seabee's. A member of Local 803 Plumbers and Pipefitters, Orlando, FL and the Malvern Christian Church. Survivors include daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Don Williams of Minerva, Pam and Steve Kenny of Minerva; grandchildren, Diane Simms of Minerva, Denny and Sandy Williams of Robertsville, Kevin and Lisa Williams of N. Canton, Mike Kenny and fiance, Tara Hertel of Louisville, eight great-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife, Lucille (Daugherty) Ossler in 1983, son, Jack Ossler, sisters, Melba Rutledge, Mary Walter, brothers, Bill, George and Charles Ossler, and one great-great-grandson. Funeral services in the Bartley Funeral Home, Minerva, Saturday, October 7, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. Burial in Bethlehem Cemetery with Military services. Calling hours at the Bartley Funeral Home one hour before the service 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday. Contributions may be made to Carroll County Hospice, 1040 Trump Rd. NW, Carrollton, Ohio 44615. Friends unable to attend may register in the guest book at www.legacy.com.
Obituaries -- Oct. 8, 2000
Mary J. Kane, age 84, of Canton, passed away September 8, 2000, at her residence. Born in Cleveland, she was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Kane in 1995; two brothers, Frank and Stanley; two sisters, Lillian Mitchell and Stella Jankowski. Survived by a brother, Walter Mitch of Arizona; also nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday 10 a.m. at St. Michael Catholic Church. There will be no calling hours. Interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Lowell W. Haag. Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Otterbein Untied Methodist Church. Calling hours will be Sunday (today) 3-7 p.m. at the Welch-Sekeres-Lewis Funeral Home and Monday morning at the church one hour prior to services. Donations may be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church or Canton South Lions Club.
Virginia B. Williams. Services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia. Friends may call Sunday 6-9 p.m.
Joyce O. (Laughery) Fuller, loved her family, friends, flowers and critters. They all mourn her passing but will continue to enjoy her love and its continuing impact. Joyce died on August 31, 2000 at the age of 57 from congenital heart failure. Joyce was born in Ohio, to Wilifred and Arlene Laughery. While a student at Glenwood High School in Canton, she discovered her desire to serve others in need. She directed this passion by becoming a nurse, receiving a scholarship to attend John Hopkins Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, where she graduated in 1964. The following year, Bob Fuller persuaded her to marry him. After he completed college in Indiana, they moved to Wisconsin in 1967 and have resided in the Town of Grafton since 1968. Joyce was a devoted nurse for over 30 years starting at St. Alphonus Hospital in Port Washington and continued with St. Maryís Hospital Ozaukee in Mequon. Joyce was a devoted wife and mother of two sons, Bregan and BJ. She also nurtured countless wildflowers and critters which, together with collecting antiques, were her passions. Joyce is survived by her husband, Bob; sons, Bregan and BJ (Brad); sister, Mary Margaret Mears of Louisville, OH, and brother, Mark Laughery of Moorpark, CA, and their spouses and children. She is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Joyce dearly loved all of her family, her extended family and many friends, as well as her flowers and animals. She has given a piece of her heart and soul to each of them to nurture her continuing love. Tributes to her love of animals may be made by donating to the Ozaukee Human Society, 2073 Hwy W., Grafton, WI 53024.
Barbara J. (Premier) Baum. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. John Nentwick as celebrant. Friends may call Sunday (today) 5-8 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Freda M. Mayle. Graveside services will be conducted Monday at 1 p.m. in Melscheimer Cemetery. Calling hours in the Reed Funeral Home on Sunday 2-5 p.m.
Mrs. Katie M. Stokes. Services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Mt. Calvary Second Baptist
Church with Rev. Harold Hopkins and Marquest Taylor officiating. Interment in Forest Hill Cemetery. Calling hours Monday 6-8 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Second Baptist Church Tuesday morning 10-11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1000 3rd St. NE. Friends will be received at the residence of Katie Stokes, 1013 Young Ave NE. Arrangements by Rhoden Memorial Home.
Ruth M. Galbreath died Friday Oct. 6, 2000 in Doctors Hospital. Memorial services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the Schneeberger Funeral Home. She attended Grace United Church of Christ. Memorials may be made to the Wilderness Center of Wilmot, OH.
Alice E. Marshall, age 92, of North Canton, died Friday in Hanover House. The daughter of the late William and Grace (Barcus) Telfer. She was born in Mechanicstown, OH., April 1, 1908. She attended Village Baptist Temple and was a member of the Sparkling Seniors and the Jolly 60ís. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles D. Marshall in 1966; three brothers, Wayne and Arthur Telfer and Harold Hale; a sister, Marjorie Thompson; and a granddaughter, Lorna Logan. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Kay and Edgar Stertzbach of Bradenton, FL., Jackie and Joseph Dryden of North Canton and Donna and Donald Logan of Massillon; two sisters, Pauline Baughman of Youngstown and Lucille Furbee of North Canton; a brother-in-law, Ralph Thompson of Carrollton; also surviving are eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Karlo-Feucht Funeral Home, 5000 Everhard Rd. NW, with Rev. Dr. Jack Haggerty officiating. Interment will be in Sunset Hills Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday 7-9 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Village Baptist Temple, 6322 Whipple Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720.
Sara J. King, slipped away from her family and friends on Friday in her home. Sara was a very loving and devoted mother
who lived her life for her sons and family. Mrs. King was born on February 4, 1921, to the late John and Margaret Grimes of Uniontown, PA. In 1938 she married Earl King, son of Den and Myrtle King also of Uniontown, PA. Moving to Canton, OH. in 1963, she was employed as a cashier at the W.T. Grant Dept. Store and the Stollís Grocery Store on Raff Rd. She moved to Alexandria, Louisiana in 1974 and returned to Canton to be with her family in June 1998. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl King; and one son, William King. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Earl and Shelly King of Little Rock, Arkansas, Jerry and Joyce King of Canton; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Marion Grimes of Canton; one sister and brother-in-law, Delores and Ralph Sommers of Chester, PA; and one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Goldie and Pat Stromick of Hopwood, PA; there are seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren also surviving. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Reed Funeral Home with Rev. Rodney Pamer officiating. Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Sylvian Hts. Cemetery, Uniontown, PA. Calling hours in the funeral home Tuesday two hours prior to services from 6:00-8:00 p.m.