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Jacqueline M Geis (Jackie)
“Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.”
Jackie Geis, 90, died May 20, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her husband “Howie” Geis; daughter-in-law Jennie Lee Jordan; granddaughter, Michelle Jordan; and her faithful dog, Buddy. She is survived by her four granddaughters, Rachelle (Tom), Monica (Bill), Kelly (Jeff), and Rhonda; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Jackie was retired from JC Penny Outlet remarkably just short of her 90th birthday. She had been recognized for her contributions to the WW II efforts as a Rosie the Riveter. She also was very committed for years in supporting her political party as a committee member. The family would like to thank all of her friends at Fa-Rays, Bill and Crystal Cox, and especially her close friend Barb Mitchell and all others who loved her. In keeping with Jackie’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family gathering is planned to celebrate her life. If desired memorial donations may be made to your local Humane Society in her name.
John “Jack” G. Coffman
John “Jack” G. Coffman, 82, died May 20. Born on July 3, 1930 in Uniontown, Pa., moving to Ohio in his early teens, he was a graduate of Garfield High School, Class of 1948. John was a US Army and US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from a career with the State of Ohio. John was a Christian and his family attends Barberton Church of Christ. He was greatly loved by his family and will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruth Coffman; brother, Charles Coffman and sister, Marilyn “Honey” Hewitt; John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris Coffman; daughter, Linda Coffman; sons, John Coffman and Shawn (Kim) Coffman; his greatly loved granddaughter, Amanda Coffman; brother, David Coffman; sister, Norma Brewer; along with other family members, Delores (Harry) Van Pelt; Jim (Joy) Van Pelt, Mark (Pat) Van Pelt, Mark and David Van Pelt and many friends. A graveside service will be May 23, 2 p.m. at Greensburg Cemetery, 4890 Thursby Road, N. Canton, with Keith Welch officiating.
David L. Jackson
David L. Jackson, 59, of Norton, died May 21. Dave was born in Barberton, and spent his life in the Barberton/Norton area, graduated from Barberton High School in 1972 and was the proud owner of Touch Tone Services. Dave is survived by his loving and much-loved family, wife of nearly 29 years, Jan; sons, Kale and Dirk; brother, Dan (Connie); parents-in-law, Hilda and Ted Gaynor, sisters-in-law, Marcia Diefendorff (Keith) and Chris Jackson (Reggie); special nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends he considered family. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Marge and Andy Jackson. A celebration of the life that he lived with gusto, love, pride and a genuine smile for everyone will be May, 24 from noon-3 p.m. at the Barberton Moose Lodge, 250 31st St NW, Barberton. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity in his memory.
Mason Lee Metz
Mason Lee, born March 27, became God’s angel baby on Saturday, May 18, at 7 weeks old. Although taken too soon, he is now resting peacefully in the arms of his Grandma Mary, Grandpa Jimmy, Gran, and Great Aunt Sheila. Little Mason loved his binkies, warm baths, cuddling with his twin brother/best friend, and being held by his big sister. Mason leaves behind his loving parents Angela Mason Metz and Shane Metz; sister Makayla; twin brother Tanner James. He will be forever cherished by his Aunt Meghan Mason (Uncle D), Aunt Amanda and Aunt Trudy, Grandpa Wayne, along with many loving cousins. A big thank you to Mason’s aunt Amanda and great-aunt Trudy for all the love and care given in his early days. Memorial services will be 6-8 p.m., May 24, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.
Sandra K. Neitzelt
Sandra K. Neitzelt, 51, died May 12. She was born July 31, 1961 in Akron. Sandra graduated from Stow High School and was a Barberton resident for most of her life. She worked for Hopocan Gardens and Milich’s Village Inn for many years, and also for Burt Greenwald, Reiter Dairy, Ryder Transportation, and FedEx until she could no longer work. She loved helping the Coventry Band and watching her children perform, and would never pass up a tag sale. Baking was her passion and everyone will miss her cookies. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Michael D. Neitzelt; daughter, Autumn (Jon) Bosch; son, Nicholas Neitzelt; mom and dad, Margaret “Billie” and Blair Mayfield; father, Paul Stauffer; sisters, Paula (Brian) Willey, Kathy (Jeff) Straughan, and Patti Wise; step-brothers, Danny Mayfield and Mike Mayfield; step-sister, Cindy Keiffer; sisters-in-law, Judy Massie, Jenny Kochis, Theresa Fernwalt, and Candy Neitzelt; lifelong friend, Suzane Gradisher; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and her loving poodle, Romeo.
Internment at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Tyler M. Wise
Tyler M. Wise, 17, of Wadsworth, died May 12. He was born March 25, 1996 in Barberton.Tyler was a student at ECOT and was employed at Sky Park Airport. He attended St. Mark's Episcopal Church, was very active at the Garage in Wadsworth and was a former boy scout. He was preceded by his great-grandmother Lucille Hughson; grandfather, Gene Clawson; great-uncle, Dennis Freitas; and cousin, Casey Cole. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Holly (Russell) Clawson of Wadsworth. His father, Brian (Jacob Patton) Wise of Morrow; sister, Julianne Clawson; grandparents, Bud and Michele Steward, Sally Clawson, Dave and Arlene Wise; great-grandfather, James E. Hughson, Sr.; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 16, 1 p.m., at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 146 College St., Wadsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.
Ronald Eugene Templeton
Ronald Eugene Templeton, 62, died May 12. Preceded in death by his wife, Peggy and father, Billy Templeton; Ron is survived by his daughter, Loretta Templeton; mother, Alberta R. Templeton; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. Calling hours Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.
Arthur J. “Art” Wilson II
Arthur J. “Art” Wilson II, died May 10. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Era and an active member of the Barberton Civitan Club. Preceded in death by his parents, Eloise and Arthur J. Wilson I.; Art is survived by his brothers and sisters, Nancy (Don) Bartlow, Sue (Robert) Mayfield, Bret (Lisa) Wilson, Trudy (Jerry) Wise and Lori Wilcox (Mark); many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service is Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.
Curt Rowles, 50, died unexpectedly at his home in Naples, Fla. He was born in Barberton and graduated from Barberton High School in 1980. He worked for Ohio Edison before moving to Florida. Curt was preceded in death by his father, Layton "Red" Rowles, Oct. 12, 2012; and his brother, Kit. Curt is survived by his son, Matt Rowles; mother, Norma Rowles; sisters, Kari "Bill" Frantz, Kathy "Gary" Wainscott; brother, Robert "Sheila" Sapp; special nephew, Andrew Gore; and extended family. Cremation has taken place.
James D. Pavlich
James D. Pavlich, 54, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Barberton, died May 3. Jim had many interests, including reading, metal detecting, antiquing and flea marts. He volunteered his time to organizations to help the needy. In earlier years, he was a member of the Barberton Historical Society. Jim is going to be greatly missed by all. Cremation has taken place, and private memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Gabriel Isaac Carneal
Gabriel Isaac Carneal, 16, died unexpectedly, May 10. He was born June 26, 1996 in Barberton. Our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin was loved by all. Gabe was preceded in death by his grandfather, Edward Brown and grandmother, Evelyn Carneal. He is survived by his parents, Julie and Kevin Carneal; sister, Abbey Carneal; grandmother, Ann Brown; grandfather, Ben Carneal; uncles and aunts, Bill and Barb; Ed and Kim; Shannon and Maiy; Chris and Karen; Colleen and Brett; and many cousins and great aunts and uncles.
Gabe was a sophomore at Barberton High School where he played varsity football and track. He was an outstanding student who received many awards for academics. He had a great passion for the outdoors, fishing, hunting, riding four wheelers and just being in the woods, and on and in the water. Gabe did many charity events in surrounding communities. Gabe always was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. In life he gave donated blood and in death he gave the gift of organ donation. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to family to be distributed for youth sports. Funeral service will 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, at Calvary Wesleyan Church, 139 31st St. SW, Barberton, Pastor Perry Elkins officiating. Calling hours are May 14, from 4 - 8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Wanda L. Moore
Wanda L. Moore, 65, died May 11. Preceded in death by her parents, Marilyn and George Clark; and son, Brian Moore; Wanda is survived by her husband, Ray; son, David (Denese); daughter, Lisa (Duane); grandchildren, Randy, Jayleen, Justin, Purcillia, David Ray, Brittney, Jenna, Josh, Supriena and Jade; great-grandsons, Draven, Phoneix, Derryk, Teegan, Ethan and Bryant; and a great-granddaughter she was waiting to give all her love to; sisters, Sharron (Paul) Smith and Bonnie (Joe) Piasecki; brother, Dave (Maryann) Clark; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. In following Wanda’s request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be Saturday, May 18, 1472 Porter Road, Atwater, OH 44601, at noon.
Beulah Z. Brand, RN
Beulah Z. Brand, RN, 88, died May 10, after a long illness. She was born in Chicago on May 5, 1925 and moved to Akron in 1941. A graduate of Akron City Hospital School of Nursing in 1946, she started working at City Hospital in the Labor and Delivery Department and was the registered nurse in Dr. Richard Yoder’s office in Barberton for 28 years. She was a resident of the Barberton/Norton area for over 55 years. She was a 50 year member of Jeannette Chapter, 212 OES and a member of Covenant Baptist/First Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and led missionary circles. She was a participant in the Harvard Nurses’ Study for 25 years. Beulah was involved with various area church groups, like Church Women United and she devoted countless hours to Barberton area charities, such as Good Neighbors, The Free Clinic and the Battered Women’s Shelter. Beulah was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Allen; she is survived by her sister, Betty Germaine of Spring Hill, Fla.; daughter, Linda (Delbert) Clifford; sons, David (Mary) Brand, Douglas (Sue) Brand and Charles (Debbie) Brand; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three nieces and one nephew. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the caring staff at Pleasant View Health Care in Barberton. Funeral service will be May 14, 11:30 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Rose Hill Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Charles B. Carpenter
Charles B. Carpenter, 77, died April 20. A resident of Barberton, he was employed by Sharon Center Golf Course. Survived by his son, Walter Carpenter and daughter, Nancy Lawson. At Charles’ request, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.
Orville R. “Ozzie” Ratcliff
Orville R. “Ozzie” Ratcliff, 54, died April 29. A resident of Barberton for 45 years, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Ozzie was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1977, he was involved with the Word of Life Mission, worked at the Barberton Herald and enjoyed fishing and volunteering at the Salvation Army. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles J. Ratcliff Sr. and Martha Ratcliff Ady; grandmothers, Louise Cannady and Josephine (Orville) Ratcliff; and special friend, Juanita Thomas; Ozzie is survived by his sons, Robert Sharier and Brandon Ratcliff; brothers, Charles Ratcliff Jr. and Chester Ratcliff; sisters, Kelly Holmes, Kathy (Bill) Buchanan and Shannon Ady; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service is Saturday, May 18, 4:30 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Major Marie A. Edinger officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until time of service. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors on Friday, May 24, 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home.
Lancil “Bud” “Shorty” Morris
Lancil “Bud” “Shorty” Morris, 91, died May 3. He was born June 29, 1921 in Weston, W.Va. Lancil served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from PPG with 37 1/2 years of service and was a member of the PPG 20 Year Club. He was also a member of the Victory Chapel and the Masonic National Lodge 568.
Preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Phoebe. Survived by children, Carol (Edward) Smith, Eddie (Clara) Morris, Sandra (Ronald) Carper, Eileen (Roy) Jones, and Randy (Linda) Morris; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service is 1 p.m., May 7, at the Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Dr., Akron, with Pastor Bobby Webb officiating. Military graveside services will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends May 6, 5-8 p.m. at the Victory Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Victory Chapel in his memory.
Lossie M. Van Camp
Lossie M. Van Camp, 52, died May 1. Preceded in death by her husbands, James Tredway and Danny Van Camp; Lossie is survived by her son, Brian Tredway (Michele); grandchildren, Haleigh, Katlyn, Preston and Paisley; sisters, Mary Szollosi (Tom), Carroll Bryan (Bill), Tammy Thur (David) and brother, Robert Pierson; also many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Inurnment will take place along with her husband, Danny at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Charles F. Visher
Charles F. Visher died April 30. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerrit and Lillian; brothers, Dan, Tim and Cecil. Leaving behind to miss him and celebrate his life are his lifetime soul mate, Rose Smith; the special daughter of his life, Amanda Smith; his sisters, Jackie Cox of Akron, Debbie (Rick) Franzel of Florida and brother, Gary (Wanda) Visher of Florida. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We will all miss his witty, charming, personality and beautiful smile. Cremation has taken place.
Ralph A. Higgs
Ralph A. Higgs of Tallmadge, died April 29. He was born Sept. 10, 1932 in Barberton, to the late Lester and Gretta (nee McMillan) Higgs. He graduated from Kenmore High School and after two years at The University of Akron he joined the U.S. Air Force. After a short stay in Albuquerque, NM, he was stationed at Medina Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Upon discharge he went to work for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in the Data Processing Dept. After 29 years with Goodyear, he went to work for the Akron Board of Education for 12 years before retiring. He was a 33 year member of AA and had many friends there. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth and brother-in-law, Elton Pay. He is survived by his sister, Lois (John) Wittibschlager; much loved nieces and nephews and their families; John (Karen) Wittibschlager of Greer, SC; Paul (Liz) Wittibschlager of Macedonia; Anne (Derek) Dauchy of Oak Park, Calif.; Laura (Jerry) Cunningham of Danville, Ohio and Jim Pay of Brecksville. The family wishes to thank the very caring staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center and Summa Palliative and Hospice Care. Funeral service will be May 3,11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Ken Gifford officiating. Internment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. Calling hours May 2, 2-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on May 3.
James E. Bauer
James E. Bauer, 82, died April 25. He was born July 15, 1930. He was a member of Barberton Post 1066 VFW. Retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 21 years of service. He served during the Korean War in the United States Army. He will be very sadly missed by daughter, Glenda; granddaughter, Ashley; and extended family and friends. Memorials may be made to his daughter in his memory. Calling hours will be 5-7 p.m., May 2, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.
Franklin D. Sneed “Frank”
Franklin D. Sneed, “Frank”, 79, died April 30, at Wadsworth Pointe. Born in Neotta, Tenn., he had been an area resident most of his life where he retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. after 43 years of service. Preceded in death by his son, Franklin A. “Drew”; daughter-in-law, Karen Mallory; and brother, Jerry Sneed; Survivors include his sons, David, Doug (Tammy) and James; daughter-in-law, Annemarie Sneed; special friend, Elizabeth Boughton; and faithful companion, Chewy. Calling Hours will be May 2, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West. Funeral Service to follow at 7 p.m.
James E Hammond Sr.
James E Hammond Sr., 66, died April 28. He was born Nov. 29, 1946 in Akron. He worked at Rolling Acres Mall in maintenance. Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Sadie; brother, Rex; and sister, Brenda James. Survived by son, James E Jr.; daughter, Julie; grandchildren, Brandon Hammond, Jullian Osborne, Amiyah Hammond; brothers, Richard and Charles; sisters, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, Betty and Barbara; and extended family. Calling hours are Wednesday, May 1, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Memorials may be made to Cox Funeral home in memory of James.
Stephen H. Raumberger
Stephen H. Raumberger, 68, died April 26, at home in Norton. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 43 years, Patricia (Seifert) Raumberger. Born in Austria on Dec. 16, 1944, Steve graduated from Hoban High School in 1962. After attending Kent State, he earned his journeyman’s papers at Hower Trade and worked as an industrial pattern maker for over 30 years. Steve had always been an avid reader and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed remodeling, woodworking, carving, gardening, traveling and spending quality time with his family and friends. Steve’s memory will live on and forever touch the hearts of friends and family through his God-given ability to design and build beautiful wood creations and unique carvings. He will always be remembered for his willingness to help family and friends. He always made time to help. In addition to his wife, Steve is lovingly remembered by his daughters Nicole (Joseph) Spoonster and Kathleen (Jonathan) Wills, and his son Philip Raumberger (fiancé, Maureen Casey). He frequently expressed his pride for all three of his children and their accomplishments. Steve’s grandchildren were the love of his life. They adored him and he taught them many wonderful things. Delaney Rose and Coben Joseph Spoonster, Adysen Celeste and Ayden Costello Wills will miss their Grandpa dearly. He is also survived by his sisters, Maria Raumberger, Ann (Ottmar) Gangl, Rose (Fritz) Kungl and Barbara Leisinger; brothers, John (April Rolf) Raumberger and Joseph (Tammi) Scheiring; mother-in-law, Rita Seifert; sister-in-law, Jeanne (Tim) Nikles; brother-in-law, Eddward (Karen) Seifert and a host of nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and many wonderful friends. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Josef Raumberger; mother, Theresia (Hack) Raumberger; step-mother, Magdalena (Bettes) Raumberger; father-in-law, Ivan Seifert; and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Leisinger. Friends and family may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, April 30, 4 - 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton with Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in Doylestown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Steve to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), 8085 Saltsburgh Rd. Ste. 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15239; or The Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. The Raumberger family condolence book can be found at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.
Bernadine M. Harvey
Bernadine M. Harvey, 98, died April 26. A resident of Barberton for 57 years, she was a member of God’s House of Grace. Preceded in death by her husband, Olen; daughter, Pat Barrickman; sons, Ronald, Robert and Edward Harvey; survived by daughters, Mary Ann Wright, Peggy King, Donna (Emlous) Lattea and Jean (Warren) Merkle; son, Woodrow (Kathy) Harvey; special granddaughter, whom she raised, Terri Lynn Harvey; 17 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Avery and other family members and friends. Funeral service is April 29, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Emlous Lattea officiating. Internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours one hour prior to the service April 29. Memorials may be made to God’s House of Grace, 859 Witner Ave., Akron, OH 44314.
Zora Frances “Fran” Lucas
Zora Frances “Fran” Lucas, 89, died April 24, at Gaslite Villa Assisted Living facility in Canal Fulton, after a courageous five year battle with breast cancer. Mom was born March 27, 1924, in Pelham, Tenn. Her parents, James B. and Edna E. Wilson moved to Akron to work at General Tire Rubber Co. She was a graduate of Springfield High School, class of 1942. She married Charles C. Lucas in 1944 and he preceded her in death July 1989. She leaves behind a son, James C. Lucas; daughter, Beverly F. (Lucas) Roop (Gary L.); grandchildren, David James Roop of Marysville, Ohio and Trisha Elaine (Roop) Bellar, (David) of Lafayette, La.; great-grandchildren, Nicole Leanna, Rachel Ann and Joshua David Bellar. A sister and brother-in-law, Faye E. and Walter A. Reid of Westerville, formally of Bath; and many nieces and nephews in the Akron area. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom was an avid reader, played bridge with the same group of ladies for nearly 50 years, and she loved to travel with her friends and family. She was able to travel to all states, the last being Hawaii in 2002. According to my mother’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service and cremation has taken place. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park beside her husband. I want to thank the staff at Green View Assisted Living in Green for their many years of care and love, Gaslite Villa in Canal Fulton, and Louise Hellwig, RN and staff of Asera Care Hospice for their love and understanding.
David T. Starr
David T. Starr, 33, died April 23. He was born in Barberton, June 1, 1979. David worked for Allied Piano Movers and was a member of The Liedertafel Club. David was also an extra in The Avengers movie, but David was our hero! Preceded in death by his grandmother, Eloise Coher and aunt, Rosanne. He is survived by his mother, Donna Starr; step-father LB Belknap; sister, Rebecca Starr-Remenyi (Chet); brother, Dennis; and sister, Christina. He also leaves behind his much loved nieces and nephews, Austin, Sierra, Noah, Little Denny, Branden, Devin, Summer and Pierce; grandma, Helen Hickman; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family c/o Cox Funeral Home or to the “Memorial Fund for David Starr” at FirstMerit Bank.
Jeffrey B. Hatfield, Sr.
Jeffrey B. Hatfield Sr., born Aug. 1, 1957, died April 24. He is finally at peace. Preceded in death by his father, Lewis Hatfield, Sr.; and step-father, John Xenias. He is survived by his loving wife, Delores; son, Jeffrey Jr.; mother, Sylvia Xenias; brothers, Greg, Steve, Lewis Jr., and John; a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; special neighbor, Helen Burza. Memorials may be made his wife c/o Cox Funeral Home.
Ronald P. Thompson
Ronald P. Thompson, 56, died April 23, 2013. A life resident of the Akron area, Ron was a hard worker, doing auto body and paint; and had his own shop for many years. He was a great baby brother, father, uncle and friend. Preceded in death by his parents, Donald G. and Betty Thompson; brother, John Thompson; sister, Donna Morneau; and nephew, Mark Robinson. Survived by his children, Malia Thompson, Melissa Thompson, Noah Gannon and Chad Thompson; special nephew and best friend, Brad Robinson; good friend, Jackie Gannon-Nelson; brothers, Bill, Bob (Brenda); sisters, Peggy and Nancy; many nieces, nephews, grandkids and friends. "I’m Free. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch." At Ron’s request, cremation has taken place. Private services will be at a later date.
Florence Helena Sturkey
Florence Helena Sturkey, 70, died April 16. Born in Hot Springs, Ark., she was an educator with the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, Revere Local Schools and the University of Akron. Her affiliations include Middlebury Chapel, Kiwanis
International, Ohio Middle School Association, Ohio Council of Teachers
of English-Language Arts, and Weathervane Community Playhouse Board of
Trustees. Florence was preceded in death by her parents, Vera and William
Sturkey, II; and great-nephew, Will. She is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Linda, Robert and Erin, Edward and Daphne, Paul and Pam; sister, Janice; nephews and nieces, Myke, Dave, Sarah, Aaron, Jackson, Laura, Mitchell, Marissa and Rebecca; great-niece, Peyton; and many cousins, colleagues and friends. A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Cross Point Alliance
Church, 855 Rothrock Road, Copley, with Rev. Jim Gergon officiating. Private family inurnment at Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the funeral home. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Middlebury Chapel’s Open Hand Food Pantry or Kid’s Club, 82 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44305, or the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Ohio Valley Chapter, 7124 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45234. To share a Memory, send a condolence, light a
candle or send flowers, visit the tribute wall at http://www.billowfuneralhomes.com.
Henry "Hank" Symanski
Henry "Hank" Symanski , 80. Devoted husband for 55 years to the late Carole (nee Benya); loving father of Marianne, Christine, Robert (Laura), Daniel (Jennifer), Denise (Patrick) Campbell, Kenneth, Annie (Jim) Hoover, Deborah (Jeff) Horvath, Michael, and Joseph; dearest grandfather of Torian, Gabrielle, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Olivia, Scott, Jack, Leah, Ryan and Jacob; and dear brother of Rita Polacek
and Richard. Interment at Woodvale Cemetery. Online condolences at
Gayle Pauline Pitz
Pauline Pitz (Weight) died April 12. She was born Aug.12, 1917 in Barberton to Jack and Ruth Weight. She has been a resident of Barberton and Lakeland Fla. Pauline was preceded in death by parents and husband, Cyrus (CY); daughter, Sandra G. Pitz and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Pitz; brother, Bob Weight; sisters, Elaine Houk, Billie Gager and Betty Sama. She is survived by son, Robert (Patti Day) Pitz; grandchildren, Mary Beth (Justin) Ritter, Amy Lynn Pitz and John Matthew (Tammi) Pitz; great-grandchildren Jacob, Ryan and Caileigh; and Sister Norma (David) Houk; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be Saturday April 27, 11 a.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, with visitation one hour prior. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Special Olympics - "Law Enforcement Torch Run" in care of the Barberton Police Department, 576 W. Park Ave., Barberton, to the attention of: Shannon Davis. Checks payable to Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Suzanne Street, 59, died April 15, after battling multiple sclerosis for over 25 years. She was a graduate of Barberton High School Class of 1970, also graduating from the University of Akron and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Following Suzanne’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be no services. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Armilda (Milda) Marue Sisson
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine on her. May she rest in peace. Amen. Armilda, 78, was born in the panhandle of Borger, Texas, Jan.10, 1935, and died April 16, at Summa Barberton Hospital. She was a very caring and loving person and a long-time member of the Community Church of the Nazarene in Norton. She will unite with her loving husband Harold M Sisson; parents, Willie D and Ineta (Hart} White; and son, Roger D Patton. She leaves her daughter, Shari Juscak (Ron); Beverly Hummel in Florida.; Terrell Sisson (Melanie) in Colorado; brother, Ren D Hart (Pat) in Washington.; granddaughter, Melissa Patton; along with grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. She will be greatly missed by all. A very special thanks to owner and all on staff at Greenview Living on Ridgewood in Copley for the loving care and kindness she received. Isaiah 40:31. Cremation will take place and no calling hours will be held. "On Eagle’s Wings and He will raise you up. On eagle’s wings, bear you on
the breath of dawn. Make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand."
Robert Earl Stanley died April 20. He was born in Burdine, Ky., Nov. 25, 1928. He served in the Army and later moved to the Akron area in the early 50s. He settled in Barberton where he spent the remainder of his life. He worked at B&W where he retired after 30 years. He then spent the next 25 years traveling Ohio and surrounding states with his wife, Sollie also known as Jane, working craft shows as Kute and Kudley Krafts making and selling dolls. He was a devoted member of Akron Baptist Temple for 60-plus years. Robert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sollie Jane; daughters, Shirley (Ron) Harouff, Darlene (Larry) Freeman, Ramona (Dave) Westfere; and sons, Robert Stanley, Jr. and Richard (Mary Kay) Stanley. He loved each and every one of his 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his daughter-in law Sheila Stanley. He was an exceptionally devoted husband and father. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. This can be done at https://www.cancer.org/ and then click the donate button at the top right or by contacting your local American Cancer Society office. The family will greet friends at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, April 23, 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be Wednesday, April 24, 12:30 p.m., with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Funeral Home map, directions and the Stanley Family condolence book are available at http://www.bacherfuneralhome.com/.
Fred J. Collins
Fred J. Collins, 88, of Sardis, Ohio, died April 16 at Liza's Place in Wheeling, W.Va. He was born in Dusk Camp, V. Va., Feb. 9, 1925, a son of the late Wayne and Susie Pritt Collins. He was a 31 year employee of Babcock and Wilcox in Barberton. He was also a cattleman and dairyman. Preceeded in death by wife, Edith Collins in 200; siblings, Gail, Jack, Farrell, BUrl, Mary and Lorena Collins, Helen Parsons and Nora Markle. Fred is survived by his former wife, Evelyn Collins Kukec of Norton; two sons, Stanley (Missy) Collins of Wadsworth, and Chris Collins of Seville; daughter, Nancy Collins of Ashland; brother, Darrell (Moneta) Collins of Woodsfield; sisters, Betty (Joe) Lloyd of Seville, and Carol (Norm) Perrin of Salem; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m., April 18, at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, 100 S. Paul St., in Woodsfield, Ohio. Rev. Susan Lehosky officiating. Burial to follow at the Antioch Cemetery, Antioch. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Hospice Foundation, 10686 SR 150, Rayland, OH 43943.
Sara B. Morris
Sara B. Morris, 93, died April 16. She was born in Carlisle, Pa., May 1, 1919. Sara was a resident of Kenmore for 70 years and worked as a LPN in Barberton for 20 years at Barberton Citizens Hospital and in the office of Dr. F.A. Cleary. Sara loved her flower gardens, she was an avid reader and enjoyed family gatherings, she was a very loving and giving person. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Chester L.; daughter, Marsha Hartley; and great-grandson, Jeremy Hartley; left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Julie (Don) Campbell; son, Philip (Ella) Morris; grandchildren, Kim, Krista, Kathy, Scott, Patrick, Jeffrey, Daniel, Sandra, Julie and Jean; great-grandchildren, Katherine, Andrew, Julianne, Jeffrey, Dylan, Lainey, Ricky and Philip; great-great-grandchildren, Carter, Dylan and Taylor; son-in-law, James Hartley; very best friend, Margaret Swenberg. There will be a private family service at Greenlawn Ivy Chapel.
Gerald “Jerry” Hardman
Gerald “Jerry” Hardman, 90, died April 14, at Country Club Retirement Center in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He was born Aug. 27, 1922 in Walkersville, W. Va., the first son of the late Earl and Lena Hardman. Mr. Hardman lived most of his life in Akron, he was a World War II Navy veteran having served from October 1942 to December 1945 and retired from Firestone Rubber Company after 29 1/2 years of service. Preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Carmel in 2001; brothers, Virgil, Bill and Sylvester; sisters, Lola Marsh and Athleen Frazier; Jerry is survived by sisters, Opal Felton of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Eileen Thibaut of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral service is April 19, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Diane Cook officiating. Internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.
Joseph B. Hunt
Joseph B. Hunt, 90, died April 16. He was born on October 4, 1922 in Akron. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn I. Hunt to whom he was married for 60 years; and his son, Joseph B. Hunt II, 9, who passed away. He was a wonderful father to his daughter, Ruth and son-in-law, Rev. Jeral Davis. He will be greatly missed by grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Self of Akron, Jerry (Elizabeth) Davis of Wadsworth and Joanna (Luke) LaVan of Virginia. He also leaves his great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jeffrey, Jerrod and Joey Self; Kelsy LaVan and Aiden Davis. Also a number of nieces and nephews. Joseph was a charter member of the Barberton Bible Holiness Church. He served his church faithfully as trustee, treasurer, choir leader, song leader and soloist for many years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Coast Guard. He was a small machine repairman, certified electrician in the Coast Guard; worked for 15 years at BF Goodrich and ultimately retired from Sedlak as a mail-room supervisor. The family would like to thank the Apostolic Christian Home of Rittman, for their loving and dedicated care of Joseph for the last nearly five years of his life. The funeral service will be at the Barberton Bible Holiness Church, April 19, 11 a.m. The church is located at 375 37th St. SW, Barberton. Officiating at the service is Rev. Jeral Davis and Rev. Luke LaVan. Burial will take place 2 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, April 22. Calling hours will be at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, Thursday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.
Ray Allen Beatty II
Ray Allen Beatty II, 25, died April 13. He was born July 1, 1987 in Orlando, Fla. He lived most of his life in Barberton. Preceded in death by grandparents, Charles and Agnes Hughes, Raymond Beatty, Sandra Doyle; and sister, April. Survived by sons, Charles, Micheal, Ayden, and Allen; mother, Joanna Hughes (Don Higgins), father, Ray Beatty Sr.; sisters, Rachelle (Paul) Smith, Jenifer Beatty; brothers, Joseph (Susan) Beatty, Josh (Jenny) Beatty; and special friend, Tina Henthorn; four nieces, one nephew, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends. In lieu of flowers, family asks for donations to First Merit Bank in memory of Ray Beatty Jr. Benefit, on May 18 please check for updates at BHoffman5318@yahoo.com. Ray was a loving son, brother and father. He is loved and missed dearly by all. Services will be 10 a.m., April 20, at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church, 3819 Johnson Road, Norton.
Dorothy M. Tomor
Dorothy M. Tomor, 87, died April 7, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born April 30, 1925 in Barberton, to Ross and Alice Franks. She graduated from Barberton High School, married Karl D. Saurer in 1945, and in 1961 moved to Phoenix, Ariz. with her family. Moving back to Barberton after her divorce, she married her second husband, Frank, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Karl D. Saurer, Jr. (Juanita) of Phoenix, Ariz.; and daughter, Carol Timpy of Wills Point, Texas (both of whom were born and raised in Barberton); five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her never-ending sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her. Interment to be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron, Ohio. No services are planned.
Bonnie T. Watson
Bonnie T. Watson, 70, died April 13. Born in Akron, she was a resident of Clinton since 1974, and retired from Doylestown Health Care. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Marcella Dobbs; Bonnie is survived by her husband, Argus; daughters, Susan (David) Bross, Rhonda Benton and Laura (Matt) Ogg; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Larry, Don and Bob Dobbs; sister, Gloria Falisevac; along with other family members and friends. The family will receive friends April 15, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton 44203.
Edward R. Hanzel
Edward R. Hanzel, 87, died April 12. A life resident of Barberton, he was a World War II army veteran and retired from Akron Beacon Journal. Ed was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and a previous member of the Holy Hour Program for 40 years. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Hanzel; wife of 62 years, Norma; brothers, George, Robert, Albert and Frank; sisters, Antionette Hanzel, Margaret Binford, Marie Hanzel and Frances Anderson; survived by daughter, Joan (David) Stover of Barberton; sons, Jack (Cheryl) Hanzel of Akron and Jeff (Cindy) Hanzel of Doylestown; grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) Stover, Sandy Papoi, Whitney Megyes (Mike) and Kelley (Steve) Serva; great-grandchildren, Anastasia, Brittany and Allison; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Family will receive friends April 16, 4 - 7 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be said Wednesday, April 17, 9:15 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian burial, 9:45 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton, celebrant Fr. David Majikas. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Church Endowment Fund or the American Heart Association, 3505 Embassy Parkway, Suite 100, Akron, OH 44333.
Stephen Brian “Bo” Bentley
Stephen Brian “Bo” Bentley, 45, died April 11, to be with our Heavenly Father and to sing with and among the angels with his beautiful voice. Bo will be missed here by all and will be remembered for his beautiful singing and his wonderful playing of his guitar. He will also be missed by those whom he sang and played music with. His bands, The Long Riders, Loose Salute and Magnetic South, Bo will also be remembered for the love he had for his son, Dean and for how proud he was of him. Also for his love for the Chicago Bears, Bo is so loved and will be truly missed by his family and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Samuel Bud Thompson; grandparents, Maxine and Samuel Thompson and Lenna and Alfred Branham; and nephew, Timothy Ward; survived by his son, Dean Bentley; mother, Linda (step-father, Paul) Bentley; sisters, Peggy Blancett; Suzanne Armsey, Wanda (Gary) Brandt; brother, Samuel Bentley; nephews and nieces, Michael and Amanda Blancett, Johnny and Christopher (Molly) Long, Gary (Amanda) Brandt Jr., Linda (James) Miller, Jessica (Kevin) Cassiday, Samantha and Zack. Also close cousins, Tom (Harriet) and Brian Thompson, Lori (Gene) Terry, Fred Little Jr. and many other uncles, aunts, great-nephews and nieces; special friend, Crystal Garcia and many, many friends. Funeral service is April 15, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Fred Webb officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Michael Joseph Davis
Michael Joseph Davis, 64, died April 11. A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving during the Vietnam Era. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gladolia Davis; step-mother, Kitty Davis; Michael is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Christine (Kevin) Herston, Michael (Les Booth) Davis Jr., Brian (Stacy) Cogar, Joseph Davis (Christine Tabar); grandchildren, Stephen, Emily, Meghan, Taylor, Mark and Bryce; sister, Connie Higginbotham; brother, David Davis; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral service is April 15, 10 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.
Jennie M. Kaminski
Jennie M. Kaminski, 91, died April 11. Jennie was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She was a former member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Barberton, where she belonged to St. Theresa Altar Society and the Rosary Society. She was also a member of Barberton TOPS Club Chapter 240. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Stanley M.; Survivors include her son, Stanley L. (Christine); daughter, Therese (Richard) Hooker; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Josephine Rudman and Anna Beney. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m., April 16, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton, Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours April 15, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church.
John A Lehman
John A Lehman, 28, died April 6. He was an avid fan of The Grateful Dead and rock 'n' roll. Preceded in death by grandfather, Francis Smith. Survived by his parents, father, John S (Sharron) and mother, Tammy; sister, Heather (Ronnie) Orick; grandparents, Mary and John Lehman; Donna Smith; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial service will be 2 p.m., April 13, at St. John / St. Paul Lutheran Church, 282 W. Bowery St, Akron, with Pastor Rick Gordon and Pastor Lisa Arledge officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In remembrance of John memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Opal M. Snyder
Opal M. Snyder (nee Copen), 74, died April 1. Opal will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. Preceded in death by her husband, James; father, William Copen, Sr.; mother, Dorothy Copen; sister, Ruth Bartram; and brother, Tommy Copen. Opal is survived by her sister, Flora Ann (Ted) Johnson; brothers, William Jr. (Jeanette) and Charles Copen; sister-in-law, Sue Copen; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family. Opal requested no calling hours. A special thank you to Hospice of Visiting Nurses Services. A special thank you also goes out to Rick Golden, for all he has done during this difficult time. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.newcomerakron.com.
Patricia Ann Patterson
Patricia Ann Patterson, 65, died April 5, at Summa-Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. Patricia was born in Jersey City, N.J., and had been a Norton resident for the last 41 years. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Barberton and was a member of the Women’s Auxillary of Allenside Athletic Club. Patty was a loving mother and grandmother, one of her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers, Billy, Donald, Charlie and David Nagle. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Jr.; sons, Joseph R. III (Michele), Michael Patterson, both of Barberton; daughters, Traci (Dan) Cottrell, Kelly (David) Eby both of Orrville; grandchildren, Tia and Joseph IV Patterson, Amber, Kelsey and Colin Cottrell, Jessica and Alex Eby; great-grandchildren, Brenna and Blake Campbell; brother, Dennis (Joann) Nagle of Pennsylvania; sisters, Doris Hatfield and Alice (Gary) Wagner, both of Norton; Barbara Shannon of Jersey City, N.J. The family wishes to thank the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital doctors and staff for their care. Mass of Christian Burial is April 9, 11 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Barberton with Fr. David Majikas celebrant. Prayers 10:30 a.m., April 9, at the funeral home. Calling hours April 8, 5 - 7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
George Funk, 65, died April 1, after a long battle with diabetes. He was born on June 3, 1947. George spent his whole life in the Doylestown area. He loved gardening with a passion, along with hunting and fishing. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A private service will be planned in accordance with George’s wishes.
Geneva Jeffrey Parsons
Geneva Jeffrey Parsons, 76, died April 4. She was born July 2, 1936 in Freed, W. Va. Geneva was a member of Clinton Free Will Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husbands; Ronald Jeffrey, Joe Parsons; grandson Michael Jeffrey; and granddaughter Zoey Robinson. She is survived by children, Ron (Karen) Jeffrey, Emma (John) Sheeler, Janet Keith, Danny Jeffrey, Donna (Steve) McHenry, Dave (Dawn) Jeffrey, Jim (Sharon) Ellis, Karen Walters, Ron (Rhonda) Parsons, Jody (Brenda) Parsons; numerous grand, great, and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Frank (Florence) Sandy; and cats, Sissy and Boo Boo. Funeral is April 6, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home with pastors Bobby Webb and Bruce Sparks officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends April 5, 5 - 8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.