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Herman C. Wille Jr.

Herman C. Wille Jr., 93, passed away April 22. Born in Texas July 24, 1922, Herman served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II and was a member of the 104th Signal Company. Herman was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Akron. He was an “uncertified” master gardener. He loved his flowers and veggies, especially the huge “wisteria.” Preceded in death by wife, Millie; survived by son, Chuck (Judy) Wille; daughter, Barb Flores of New Orleans; grandchildren, Becky (Tony) Lanese, Ben (Kate) Wille, Brian (June) Flores, Lisa (David) Musser and Steven (Jessica) Flores; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Vince and Nick Lanese, Steven Jr., Noah and Allie Flores. Thanks to a good friend and roommate, Michael Blauner and also a great staff at Bath Manor, Jackie, Dan and Julie. A memorial service will be May 1, 4 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1361 W. Market St., Akron. The family will receive friends 3-4 p.m. in the parlor.  



Robert “Bob” C. Krosnick 

Robert “Bob” C. Krosnick, 78, passed away April 24. He was a life resident of Barberton/Norton. Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran and member of the Ohio LST/AMPHIBS Association. He was employed by PPG Industries, General Tire, Akron Recycle Plant and retired from the City of Barberton. He was a life-time member of Barberton VFW Post 1066. Bob was also a member and very active in many Masonic organizations including, Barberton Lodge 750 F&AM (past Master), 32 Scottish Rite Valley of Akron, where he received the Meritorious Service Award; Portage Chapter 202 RAM, Anna Dean Chapter #212 OES, Tadmor Shrine, Yusef Khan Grotto, Honorary member of National Lodge 568 F&AM, Royal Order of Scotland, Allied Masonic Degrees Western Reserve Council. Preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Mary Krosnick; brothers, Andrew Jr., Donald and Tommy Krosnick; sisters, Helen “Babe” Kish and Marianne Garrett.  Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia; son, Craig (Christine); granddaughters, Allyson and Emily; special family, Carleen Cofer and Gary Jenkins; sister-in-law, Kate Krosnick; special four legged friend, Boe; along with several nieces, nephews, many loving neighbors; other relatives and friends. We would like to thank all of our many family members and friends who offered their prayers, love and support on behalf of our family. “On Angel’s wings you were taken, but in my heart you’ll stay, and in God’s light you will rest, until we meet again someday.” “Love’n you up there.” Bob’s funeral service will be held April 30,11 a.m., on the beautiful lake shores of Lake Anna at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Christ Follower Gauvin Gilbert officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383 at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Bob’s family will receive friends April 29, 5-8 p.m., with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Also visitation on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, OH 44203 or Barberton Lodge 750, 5960 Rimview Ave., Canal Fulton, OH 44614.



R. George “Bo” Lehman 

R. George “Bo” Lehman, 84, passed away peacefully April  25, at home surrounded by his family and loved ones. An Akron native, Bo was a graduate of Kenmore High and Heidelberg College. It was at “The Berg” that he met the love of his life, Marilyn Anthony. After graduation he was employed by the Akron YMCA for six years as Physical Director at the Firestone Branch and then Camp Director of Camp Y-Noah. The next 30 years he worked in retail merchandising at Clarkins Inc., Cook United and Tamco Distributing.  He then served as bailiff for Judge John H. Campbell in the Summit County Common Pleas Court System.  Bo also served eight years in the U.S. Naval Air Reserve. He was a member of Lakview United Methodist Church in Barberton and also the Hungarian Benefit Society of Barberton. He was preceded in death by parents, Meredith and Doris Lehman of Akron; infant brother, Meredith Jr. and sister, Joyce Snyder. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn of Barberton; sons, Michael of Clayton, North Carolina and John of Charlotte, North Carolina; daughter, Laurie (Mike) Lasko of Copley; grandchildren, Michael and Madison, whom loved their “Grandpa Bo” dearly. The family would like to extend a thank you to Dr. Trochelman for his care over the years, as well as the wonderful nurses at Summa Hospice. A very special thank you to “Bo’s Angels,” especially Kristy, Josey, Susan and Carrie for your genuine love an exceptional care over the years. There is no doubt that God handpicked each and every one of you to be with us through this journey. A memorial service will be April 30, noon, at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 Third St., N.W., Barberton, with Pastor Fred Higgins and Rev. Tina Nees officiating. Bo’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers
memorials may be made to the church.



Pauline L. Boley (nee Walch)

Pauline L. Boley, nee Walch, 94, passed away peacefully April 27, at Brookdale Barberton Senior Living. Polly was born in Cuyahoga Falls and had been an area resident all her life. She and her husband James were charter members of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Norton, where she was very active with many events. She was served on the Altar Guild, as a Eucharistic Minister and on Parish Council. She was honored to have been chosen as the “woman of the year” for the church in 1995. Polly retired from Norton City Schools where she served as a librarian and cook. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross Bloodmobile for many years as well as crocheting hundreds of baby hats for local hospitals. Polly became an avid fisherman in Canada after her husband Jim introduced her to the sport 48 years ago. She was also active in the Barberton and Wadsworth Senior Centers, the Norton Senior Citizens and St. Augustine Seniors. The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Barberton for their loving care and attention to Polly. Preceded in death by her husband, James; son, Roger; three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her sons, Dennis (Pat) of Uniontown and Bruce (Cathi) of Norton; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., May 2, at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Church or Brookdale Barberton, 487 Austin Dr., Barberton, OH 44203. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Cecelia "Sally" (nee Solosky) Sokolosky Rajniak

Cecelia passed away peacefully April 28, at Manor Care. She was born in Barberton and was a lifelong resident of the West Side. Cecelia never met a stranger and made friends everywhere she went. She worked as waitress for over 40 years at South End Tavern and Columbia Cafe, retiring in 1978. She loved to travel and was able to see most of the U.S. and parts of Europe. She was a life-time member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and then joined Prince of Peace parish when the churches blended. Cecelia married Victor Sokolosky Nov. 23, 1939. After Victor's death, she married John Rajniak April 21, 1979 and gained a stepson. She was a hard working woman who raised her daughter as a single mom after the death of her first husband. She took great pride in her home, dust never stood a chance of settling in her house. Preceded in death by her parents, Peter and Jennie (Kempe) Solosky; husbands, Victor Sokolosky and John Rajniak; sisters, Irene Lego and Frances Ziblot. She leaves to mourn her passing, daughter, Vickie Ann (Keith) Clark; stepson, John (Brenda) Rajniak; special nieces,  Beverly Ziblot, Joyce (Ray)  Hudacko, and Judith (Sherwin) Alberts; long time neighbors, Mary Fisher, Polly Valencheck and Vern Bidinger; many other loving family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be May 3, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours May 2, 5-7 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. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Frank G. Smole

Frank G. Smole, “The Best Mechanic in the World”, 82, passed away April 24. He was born and raised in Barberton and proudly served during the Korean War with the 7th Calvary. Frank was the owner and operator of Smoles’ Auto Air. His hobby was helping people. His passion was fixing cars, which he proudly passed on to his beloved grandson Steven. Preceded in death by his first wife, Lois; stepdaughter, Karen and stepson, Ray. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Bonnie. Her message to Frank is “You are the wind beneath my wings.”  He is also survived by his only daughter, Frankie G. Chaney (Wayne); brother, Lew (Joanne); grandsons, Joe (Tammy), Mike, Pat (Nour) and Steven; granddaughters, Kimberly (Rich), Tina (Dwaine) and Racheal (Ray); stepsons, the Brean’s, Rick (Maureen), Randy (Charlene), Mike (Tracy) and Mark (Marky); and many loving nieces and nephews. A special thank you to the girls at Cissy’s and his many friends and neighbors. Calling hours will be April 29, from 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Funeral Service to follow at 8 p.m., with Pastor Lee Hance officiating. Cremation to follow with burial at a later date in June. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Paws and Prayers, P.O. Box 2864, Akron, 44309. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



James Allen Carpenter

Sunday, April 24, 9:35 a.m., James Allen Carpenter passed away in his sleep. He was surrounded by his wife, Debbie Carpenter; daughter, Robin Carpenter; son, James L. Carpenter; brothers, Terry Carpenter, Ron Carpenter, David (Jackie) Carpenter; sister, Tina (Rick) Hooker; nieces, Crystal Hooker, Toby and Ricky (Kristin) Hooker; uncle, Tom Starling; mother-in-law, Joanne Conner; sister-in-law, Barb (Jeff) Benner; brother-in-law, Brian Conner and cousins, Regina, Theresa and Jessica Hooker, Aaron Hooker, Amber Hooker; great-niece Alexis Hooker; friends, Kathy and Floyd; nephew, Ronnie Carpenter. James Allen Carpenter rest in peace. He is now with his parents, Larry (Betty) Carpenter. Thank you to the Barberton Hospital for the care he received the last two years. 



John L. Yates Jr.

Sunrise: 3-11-1934

Sunset: 4-22-2016 

John L. Yates Jr., went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday morning, 6:25 a.m., April 22. John was born in Akron, to the late John L. Sr. and Elsie (Maddox) Yates.  John worked for Gassy Auto Supply from 1948 to 1962, as a service installer and worked his way up to assistant buyer, then store manager.  In 1964 he went into the Real Estate business for Merkle Realty until 1982.  He was top sales person for Merkle Realty and active in Real Estate Board activities and committies.  He also was voted into the Top Ten Professional Real Estate Society of Summit County. John served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 as a SP3 supply clerk; John was an active member of Grace Baptist Church; singing in the choir and redeemed quartet.  John also sang in a semi-professional quartet on week-ends, traveling throughout southern Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  He also cut records in Columbus and Nashville.  He loved singing the praises of the Lord Jesus Christ. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Carl Yates of Kentucky and Rev. James Yates of West Virgina; John is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 31 years, Marilyn (Weber); daughter, Deborah Lynn Fulks and grandson, Jesse Charles Fulks of Akron; son, David Lee Yates and his fiancee, Nora Gorman and her son, Tyler Gorman of Akron; sister, Margaret (Richard) Merriner of Okamas, Michigan; brother, Clifford (Pat) Yates of Doylestown; also many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; cousins and friends. Many thanks to Akron City Hospital doctors and nurses on 7-West and the palliative care unit, for their love and excellent care of John.  Also to Pebble Creek Rehab for their excellent care. Funeral service will be Thursday, April 28, 12:30 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Robert Stephens officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.  John’s family will receive friends April 27, 5 -8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Grace Baptist Church, 704 N. Firestone Blvd., Akron, OH 44306 or Heart, Lung or Kidney Foundation.



Andrew F. Koncz 

Andrew F. Koncz, 62, passed away April 21, surrounded by his loving wife and children. Drew was born Feb. 23, 1954 to Andrew and Violet Koncz. Drew’s hard work ethic began at a young age bussing tables, working at Seiberling Tire and Rubber and enjoyed running Koncz’s Five Sons Sports Grille with his four brothers. His passion was owning his own business which was Barberton Wheel Alignment for over 30 years. He married his wife, Kathryn A. in 1976 and dedicated his life of 40 years with her. They had three beautiful and caring children. Drew was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Koncz and Violet Koncz Roop and his father-in-law, Andy Krochta. Surviving are his loving wife Kathryn; son, Andrew (Jacqueline); daughters, Stacy (Nathan) Robinson and Laura Smelser Koncz; grandchildren, Cayden, Paige, Andrew, Mason, Parker and his unborn granddaughter. He also leaves his brothers, Dave (Denise), Jeff (Gina), Dean (Debbie) and Don (Joy); mother-in-law, Marilyn Krochta; brothers-in-law, Tom (Sandra) Krochta and Frank (Claudia) Krochta; as well as many nieces and nephews. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father, amazing friend and life of the party. Drew’s contagious gift of building friendships will never be forgotten. He will be forever grateful for the outreach and support of his cherished friends as he embraced them into his circle of love. They will always be remembered. Drew had an adventurous side that was unimaginable. He traveled the paths where everyone else feared to troll. He loved the thrill and excitement of the unknown. His faith in the outcome was never a setback. His spontaneous acts of kindness and behavior left many smiles on many faces. May Drew’s youthful spirit of life travel with many through the years. Mass of Christian burial was April 25, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Fr. G. David Bline celebrant. Calling hours were April 24, at the Silva–Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, Drew suggested contributions be made to Blast Glioblastoma to support the fight against brain cancer at wwwblastgbm.com. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com



Elizabeth A. Nagy

Elizabeth A. Nagy, 73, passed away April 21, at Wadsworth Pointe. Elizabeth was born in Akron, and a member of Annunciation, and was an area resident all her life. She retired from St. Francis de Sales School as head of the cafeteria. She was a life member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church where she was very active. She enjoyed picnics and dancing with Ed, an avid Indians and Browns fan that would gladly share her enthusiasm with anyone, spending time outdoors, dinners with family and friends and hosting holiday get-togethers. Preceded in death by her loving husband, Edward M; parents, Regina and Steven Zimmerman; grandkids, Gabrielle and Mitchell Baglia and brother-in-law, Frank Scala and sister-in-law, Ann Zimmerman; She is survived by her children, Betty (Tom) Baglia, Edward (Maureen) Nagy Jr., Deborah (Bob) Kitchen and Steven (Sharon) Nagy; grandchildren, Lyndsey, Clayton Baglia; Eddie, Kyle, Michael Nagy; Bradley, Samantha, Brandon, Kaitlyn Kitchen; Stephanie, Troy Nagy; brothers, Steve and Paul (Bridie) Zimmerman; and sisters, Jeannie (Frank) Nagy and Barbara Scala. Calling hours were April 26, at the Silva–Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton.  Mass of Christian burial to followed at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 4019 Manchester Road, Akron. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery for family only. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc. or American Cancer Society. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Lou A. Incorvati

Lou A. Incorvati, 79, passed away April 21. Born February 23, 1937, in Barberton.  Lou joined Ric-Wil, Inc. as VP of Sales and was instrumental in forming Ric-Wil Japan, Intl.  His responsibilities included the United States, as well as Europe.  He later formed Preferred Piping Co. from which he retired. His retirement years were volunteering for Camp Quality (a cancer camp for children) and originated a Kids Woodshop which he enjoyed for 12 years. Lou had a life well lived. Preceded in death by his father, Daniel C. Incorvati; survived by his mother, Elvira Incorvati; loving wife of 58 years, Willretta “Billie”; sons, Robert A. (Nancy) and Rick A.; special grandson, Anthony “Tony” Incorvati and Kent Ross Brooks; sister, Constance Eckert; brothers, Daniel (Joanne) and David “Inky”; along with other family members and friends. In following Lou’s wishes, his family received friends April 24 at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. A private funeral service was held April 25 with internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, Lou has requested any charitable donations be made to: Camp Quality of Ohio, P.O. Box 2462, Akron, OH 44309.



Loniel “Lonnie” Everson

Loniel “Lonnie” Everson, 68, passed away peacefully April 21, surrounded by his family after a 10 year struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Lonnie was a member of the Church of Christ on Brown Street where his father Pastored. He was a member of many motorcycle clubs, enjoyed riding his Harley, was an avid hunter and enjoyed riding horses. Preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Delta; brother-in-law, Matt Teseo; and father-in-law, Ed Litton. Special thanks to Richard Robinson, Dale Robinson and Sylvia Xenias for their care and support. Lonnie is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Shelda; daughter, Holly; sisters, Ladonna Teseo and Kris Shockey (Rick); mother-in-law, Naomi Litton; brother-in-law, Kevin Litton (Terri); sister-in-law, Carol Litton-Bailey (Roger); aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  A memorial service will be Saturday, April 30, 4 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a Parkinson’s disease foundation of your choice. 



Betty Jane Ehrich (nee Stevison)

Betty Jane Ehrich (nee Stevison), 86, passed away April 17, in Clearwater, Florida. Preceded in death by parents, Roy and Dorothy Stevison. Survived by loving husband of nearly 68 years, Bob Ehrich; three children, Karen, Donn and Bryan; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place. The family would like to thank the staff of Morton Plant Hospital and Rehab for their care of Betty during her stay there. 



Leroy "Lee" Street

Leroy "Lee" Street, 83 years, of Akron, went home to be with the Lord March 30. A native of Wapakoneta, Lee was an area resident most of his life. He retired from G.J. Myers as a machinist after 25 years and owned and operated Street's Mower for over 29 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Daisy Street; brothers, Eugene and James; sister, Mildred Schrader; he is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Dolores "Dee". Lee was a loving father to daughters, Pat (Dennis) Nettle of Norton, Vicki Richards (Ray Avorni) of Akron, Brenda (Jim) Darnell of Doylestown; sons, Dennis (Darlene), Ken (Linda), both of Coventry, and Vincent (Beth) Street of Barberton. He was a wonderful grandfather to 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and leaves his dear sister, Mary Engle of Green. Funeral service was April 2, at the Cornerstone Free Methodist Church, 578 Killian Road, where friends may call one hour before service, Pastor Brenda Young officiating. Entombment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park. For those that wish, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 1742 Georgetown Road, Hudson or the church. Schlup-Pucak is honored to serve the Street family. Messages and memories of Lee may be shared at schluppucakfh.com.



Mark Allman 

Mark Allman, 59, passed away suddenly April 13. A lifetime resident of Norton, he loved golf and his music, but most of all his family. Preceded in death by his wife, Sheila (Starcher) Allman and granddaughter, Zoey Belle; Mark is survived by his parents, Jerald Allman and Laura Allman; five brothers; son, Joey Michael; brother, David (Chris); sisters, Patti, Cathy and Becky; grandchildren, Lilly Mae and Anna Belle; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A special thank you to Daniel and Nick Allman for that “special touch” you gave. Following Mark’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be April 24, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service.



Larry Richard Lyons

Larry Richard Lyons, 59, passed away April 13. He was born June 22, 1956.  

Preceded in death by his mom and dad. Larry is survived by eight siblings; five children and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be April 23, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Eric Bates officiating. Larry’s family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. A celebration of life dinner will follow at 5 p.m. at Rittman Moose, 12527 Sheets Road, Rittman. Thank you in advance from Larry’s family.  In loving memory offerings accepted at the funeral home and dinner.



Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart

Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart passed away April 19. She was born in Akron, November 25,1942. She graduated from Akron Garfield High School in 1960. She attended The University of Akron. Known as "Rosie K." to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, she helped start Akron’s first non-smoking group at Zion Lutheran in Akron and died with 39 years sobriety. She worked as a secretary at Ohio Edison, the chamber executive at Canal Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, marketing manager at Cheda’s Bakery, a secretary at Goodyear Aerospace, and a secretary at The University of Akron. She was an accomplished speaker and trainer. She coordinated the writing of the first secretarial handbook for Aerospace and taught the only class there to have 100% attendance at all classes. Whiles women’s swim coach for GAC’s Corporate Challenge Team, she received the YMCA’s city-wide "Spirit of Corporate Challenge" award. An avid barbershop singer, she sang baritone in Canal Fulton’s Lock IV Quartet, the Canal Fulton Chorus of Sweet Adelines, Athens Harmony Connection Chorus and Hocking Valley Chorus. She was founding Queen Mother of the McArthur Monday Marvelous Matrons of the Red Hat Society. She also was past President of the Vinton County MRDD Board. Rose is survived by daughter, Katherine (Michael) Kager of Canal Fulton; son, Michael (Trena) Kostantinovich of Canton; twin sister, Maggie Walker of Akron; sisters Nancy Riley of Columbus and Heidi Guttermuth (Mark Bobbit) of Akron; two grandchildren, Luke and Seth Kager; a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. Calling hours April 22, 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry St. NE in Massillon. The funeral service will be the following morning, 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran, with a luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shepherd’s House (Battered Womens Fund): PO Box 550 Mc Arthur, OH 45651; Camp Luther: 3901 Lake Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030; or Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center: 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333. 



Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart

Rosalie Guttermuth Rinehart passed away April 19. She was born in Akron, November 25,1942. She graduated from Akron Garfield High School in 1960. She attended The University of Akron. Known as "Rosie K." to members of Alcoholics Anonymous, she helped start Akron’s first non-smoking group at Zion Lutheran in Akron and died with 39 years sobriety. She worked as a secretary at Ohio Edison, the chamber executive at Canal Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, marketing manager at Cheda’s Bakery, a secretary at Goodyear Aerospace, and a secretary at The University of Akron. She was an accomplished speaker and trainer. She coordinated the writing of the first secretarial handbook for Aerospace and taught the only class there to have 100% attendance at all classes. Whiles women’s swim coach for GAC’s Corporate Challenge Team, she received the YMCA’s city-wide "Spirit of Corporate Challenge" award. An avid barbershop singer, she sang baritone in Canal Fulton’s Lock IV Quartet, the Canal Fulton Chorus of Sweet Adelines, Athens Harmony Connection Chorus and Hocking Valley Chorus. She was founding Queen Mother of the McArthur Monday Marvelous Matrons of the Red Hat Society. She also was past President of the Vinton County MRDD Board. Rose is survived by daughter, Katherine (Michael) Kager of Canal Fulton; son, Michael (Trena) Kostantinovich of Canton; twin sister, Maggie Walker of Akron; sisters Nancy Riley of Columbus and Heidi Guttermuth (Mark Bobbit) of Akron; two grandchildren, Luke and Seth Kager; a host of nephews, nieces and cousins. Calling hours April 22, 6-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 127 Cherry St. NE in Massillon. The funeral service will be the following morning, 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Lutheran, with a luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shepherd’s House (Battered Womens Fund): PO Box 550 Mc Arthur, OH 45651; Camp Luther: 3901 Lake Rd, Conneaut, OH 44030; or Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center: 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333. 



James A. Briscoe

James A. Briscoe, 89, of Panama City Beach, Florida, formerly of Barberton, passed away April 15. Mr. Briscoe was born Dec. 7, 1926, to the late William and Ida Briscoe in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Oklahoma. He retired from BF Goodrich in 1986 as general manager of the De-Icing Systems Group. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ernestine Mills Briscoe. He was a loving and generous father and is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Elaine and Ron Lichtenberger of Panama City Beach; his son and daughter-in-law, James Robert and Teresa Briscoe of Lynn Haven, Florida; his grandchildren, Deanna (Randy) Gross, Eric (Tami) Barnes, Nicole (Brian) Burnette, Erica (Ricky) Brown, Angela Briscoe; his stepgrandchildren, Scott (Dawn) Lichtenberger, Lisa (Vince) Thompson; and 10 great-grandchildren. A service will be held at a later date in Arkansas.



Michael P. Gondor

Michael P. Gondor, 58, passed away April 14. A life resident of Barberton, Mike was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1976 and was a cement mason for over 30 years. Preceded in death by his father, Paul Gondor; survived by his mother, Jean Gondor; sister, Debbie (Mike) Reese; niece, Kalee (Scott) Robinson; nephews, Nick Reese and Jon (Brandi) Reese; beloved Golden Retriever, Moby; along with many other family members and friends. Following Michael’s wishes, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.  



Patricia Blankenship-Kramer (nee Phillips) 

Patricia Blankenship-Kramer (nee Phillips), 79, went to walk with Jesus on April 13. She answered her heartfelt calling in life to the care of families and children as founder of Kid’s World Pre-school and Day Care. She was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Barberton. Preceded in death by two siblings, she is survived by children, Rose (Marshall) Lockhart, George “Tom” (Theresa) Blankenship, Ken (Denise) Blankenship; numerous grand and great-grandchildren; and eight surviving siblings. Funeral service was April 19, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Jarrod Williams officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Visitation was April 18. Family requests that memorials be made to: Benefit account of Patricia L. Kramer / Kid’s World at any Fifth Third Bank.



John Francis Naizer 

John Francis Naizer, 92, passed away peacefully April, 15. John was born Oct. 2, 1923, in Barberton, where he was a life-long resident. John served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II, stationed on the Battleship USS New Jersey and USS Wisconsin with the Pacific Fleet participating in every major battle from the Philippines to the surrender and ceasing of hostilities in Tokyo Bay, Japan. John was a plank-owner on both the New Jersey and Wisconsin and enjoyed going to each reunion; he actively maintained his membership in the USS Wisconsin association up to his passing. John was an avid golfer and bowler, who was still out on the course or in the lanes in his 80s. He retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 44 years of service, was a member of Hope Lutheran Church and was also actively involved in Scouting for over 30 years with Troop 110 at First Lutheran Church in Barberton. John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Margaret (Okolish); their daughter, Joanne Naizer; grandson, Jeffrey (Tiffany), and great-grandchild, Graham; their daughter, Judy Rogers; grandson, James, grandson, Michael, and their son, John Paul (Christine); grandson, John Edward, and granddaughter, Serena. John will be interred with a private ceremony at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, April 19,  with military honors.  A short memorial service and wake will be given on Saturday, April 30, 10:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 999 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron, Ohio 44319 (330-644-3522) with Pastor Jack Kozak officiating. 


Thomas “Tom” Bower 

Thomas Bower, 86, passed away April 11.  He was born in Richie County, West Virginia, April 3, 1930, to the late S.F. and Nellie (Thomas) Bower. Tom worked in the tool room/machine shop at The Babcock and Wilcox Company in Barberton, retiring in 1992 after 44 years of service. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Lue (Phillips), Aug. 12, 2013; grandparents, W.W. and Bessie (Riggs) Bower of Big Bend, West Virginia, C.J. and Geneva (Wells) Thomas of Joker, West Virginia; and sister, Carole Taylor.  He is survived by his daughter, Jan (Mark) Householder; and nephew, Terry (Pat) Taylor. Graveside services will be April 17, 2 p.m. at Big Bend Cemetery in Big Bend, West Virginia. Donations in Tom’s name may be made to The Giving Doll, P.O. Box 972, Wadsworth, OH 44282.  The Bower Family condolence book is available at the funeral home’s website.



Brittany Nicole Metz

Brittany Nicole Metz, 24, went to be with the Lord April 6. Survived by mother, Ronda S. Metz; father, Roger E, Metz Jr.; fiancee, Robert B. Jackson Sr.; children, Jayce-Lyn K. Jackson and Robert B. Jackson Jr.; siblings, Angie Dollison, Amy Miller-Brown, Charles Miller, and Tia Cartmel; grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will receive friends April 14, 5-6 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral service will follow at 6 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home in Brittany’s name.



Martha (Nanashe) Brean

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, Martha Brean, who passed away April 13. Born in 1917, she was just shy of her 99th birthday. She married Joseph Brean in 1938 and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded by her three sons, Charles, Joel and Thomas Brean; along with her parents, five sisters and two brothers. Martha leaves behind her daughter, Caroline (Joe) Murray; daughters-in-law, Frances Brean and Melinda Brean; grandchildren, Joyce (Ron) Klein, Joe Brean, Jennifer (Terry) McGovern, Tonya (James) Sewell, Tricia (Mark) Ortscheid, Tom (Anita) Dunn, Sean Brean, Patrick Brean, Sheena Smart and Luke Brean. In addition there are nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and many loving nieces and nephews. She loved God, her family and flowers; if she planted it, it grew!Many thanks to the devoted staff of The Good Shepherd in Ashland, who cared for her so lovingly the past 15 years, especially Terry and Holly. If you choose not to send flowers, please consider a memorial donation in her name to The Good Shepherd, 622 Center Street, Ashland, OH 44805. Calling hours will be held at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, April 15, 5-7 p.m. Funeral service will be April 16, 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Julie Thoms officiating.  Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park immediately following the service.

     




James A. Brentlinger

James A. Brentlinger, 60, passed away unexpectedly, April 3. Proceded in death by parents, Lanford and Constance Brentlinger; brothers, Dan and David. He is survived by his wife, (Elizabeth) Libby; sons, Rob (Melissa) and Josh Brentlinger; siblings, John and Rick Brentlinger. He leaves behind numerous family members, many adopted kids and grandbabys. Pops will be missed by all that knew him. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be at a later day.  



Thelma F. White (Bubbles)

Thelma F. White (Bubbles), 86, passed away peacefully April 3. Thelma was born Jan. 19, 1930 in Ellison Ridge, West Virginia and moved to Portage Lakes, Ohio in the 1950s. She was a member of Firestone Park United Methodist Church. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Robert and daughter, Sonia White-Bishop. She is survived by her sons, David White, Shannon (Elaine) White, Kerry (Laurie) White; daughters, Sherry White, Sheila (Stan Bittinger) White, and Selma (Claire Russell) White; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends were received at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Road, April 9, funeral immediately following with Pastor Randal May officiating. Interment at East Liberty Cemetery in Green. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to Firestone Park United Methodist Church, in memory of Thelma. White Family condolence book is available at the funeral home's website.



Kenneth Allen Kelly

Kenneth Allen Kelly, 74, died early March 21, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Born Nov. 5, 1941 in Arthurdale, West Virginia, he was preceded in death by father, Kenneth; brothers, Michael and Ralph; sisters, Madonna and Nancy; and son, David. He is survived by wife, Patricia; mother, Frances June; brothers, James (Marsha) and Thomas; children, Donna (Dan), Kenneth, and Sandra (Kennith); 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A longtime resident of Barberton, he was employed as a carpenter and a grocery clerk. After retirement, he and Patricia moved to Blackstock, South Carolina, residing there until his passing. He loved his family and will be missed by all. He was a motorcar enthusiast and loved NASCAR, enjoyed dogs and was an avid reader. There will be no services per his request. Memorials can be made to Hebron Presbyterian Church, 4776 Mountain Gap Rd., Blackstock, SC 29014



Nancy J. Nevlin

Nancy J. Nevling, 75, went home to be with the Lord, April 6. She was born in Akron, Nov. 10, 1940, to Edward and Mildred Flowers. Nancy enjoyed bowling, reading and was employed at Buehler’s for 10 years. Preceded in death by her cherished husband, Thomas Nevling; parents, Edward and Mildred Flowers; and brother, Ronald Flowers. Nancy is survived by her children, Heidi (Doug) VanOss, Thomas and Brian; grandson, Jacob VanOss; sister, Joan Youngdahl; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends April 13, 6-8 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton.



Jacqueline R. Lisle

Jacqueline R. Lisle, 67, passed away April 1. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Rags” Glunt. Survived by children, George (Paula) Lisle, Harry Tindel, James Tindel and Tina Lisle; siblings, Connie Carder, Robert Lisle, and Kenneth Lisle; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. Memorials may be made in Jacqueline’s name to Cox-McNulty Funeral Home to off-set funeral costs.



Mildred “Midge” (Gwinn) Arvay

Norton – Mildred “Midge” (Gwinn) Arvay, 77, passed away April 7. Born in Barberton to parents Alva and Maude Gwinn. She attended Barberton schools and retired from Akron Porcelain and Plastics. She enjoyed taking care of her lawn and flowers. She was preceded in death by parents; husband, Michael Arvay, who passed away 1994; son, Curtis Arvay Sr.; sister, Evelyn Haney; brothers, James and Armond Gwinn. She is survived by her daughter, Midge Ann Arvay and son, Michael (Carolyn) Arvay Jr. of Norton and daughter-in-law, Ann Sbory of Barberton; grandchildren, Meighen (Miguel) Montagnese of Bolivar, Cayman Arvay of Norton, Curtis, Laban and Logan Arvay of Barberton; great-grandchildren, Destiny, Nathan and Faith Arvay; sister, Regina Dingle and sisters-in-law, Irene Gwinn and Georgine Gwinn; numerous nieces, nephews and her special animal companions, “Bugs” and “Girl”. Funeral service will be April 12, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Max McKanna officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Midge’s family will receive friends April 12, noon, until time of service.



Karl L. Bartel

Karl L. Bartel, 74, passed away peacefully April 7. Born March 10, 1942, in Barberton, to the late Robert J. and Clara E. Bartel, he was a resident of New Franklin since 2010, previously of Green. Karl was a retired teacher for Green Schools in Summit County and had worked for Dietz Marina, Burch’s Landing, Kieffer Marine, and Acme Catering. A member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Karl especially enjoyed his family and his life with Mary. He also enjoyed boating, waterskiing, camping and as a handy man was very mechanically inclined. He is survived by his dear friend and caregiver, Mary Strouse; twin sons, Michael (Emaly) Bartel of Akron, Christopher (Sara) Bartel of East Geneva; daughter, Marie Bartel of Akron; ten grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; siblings, Sister Maura Bartel O.P. of Our Lady of the Elms, Elizabeth Bartel of Lyndhurst, Robert Bartel of Doylestown, Regis (Nita) Bartel of University Heights, Eileen (Joe) Volosyn of Strongsville, Patricia (Charles) Davis of Stratford, New Jersey, Thomas Bartel of Barberton; Father Martin Bartel O.S.B. of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, Mary Bartel of Lyndhurst; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister in-law, Susanne Bartel. Mass of Christian Burial was April 11, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment to followed at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends and family were received April 10, at the Zak-Thacker and Monbarren Funeral Home, 132 N. Portage St., Doylestown. Memorials may be made to the Bartel Scholarships at Our Lady of the Elms, 1375 W. Exchange St., Akron, OH 44313, or at St. Vincent College, 300 Fraser Purchase Rd., Latrobe, PA, 15650. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.

 



Harrison Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson, 69, passed away April 5. Bruce was born in Steubenville and had been an area resident most of his life. He was a graduate of Central Hower High School and retired from Schneider Trucking. Bruce was also a proud Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Army. Preceded in death by his parents, Horice and Miriam; and daughter, Angela Jackson; he is survived by his loving wife, Sue; sons, Mike (Jennifer), Don (Chrissy) and Phil (Ola); stepsons, John (Shari) Meglich and Bill (Lisa) Meglich; stepdaughter Theresa Meglich; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Calling Hours will be April 9, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Graveside Service to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park where Firestone VFW Post 3383 will perform Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. To share a memory or share a condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Juanita “Edie” Horracks

Juanita “Edie” Horracks, 95, passed away April 5. She was born Nov. 29, 1920, and was a life resident of Barberton. Juanita was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church and a former member of St. Augustine’s where she was active in the Holy Hour program. Preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Muriel Hogan; husband, Harold “Bud”; son, Harold “Bud”; grandson, Harold “Buster”; brother, Chuck Hogan and sisters, Ruth Rexrote, Gen Schwiger and Selma Wagner; Juanita is survived by her son, Tom (Kay); daughter-in-law, Nancy; grandchildren, Laura (Sean) Cramer, Peggy (Scott) Campbell, Brian (Stephanie) Horracks, Juanita Horracks and Vicki Harper; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; good friend, Mike; along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to thank the palliative care unit at Summa Barberton Hospital for the care and support that Juanita and her family received. Mass of Christian burial will April 11, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton, with Fr. James Maloney, celebrant. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Edie’s family will receive friends April 10, 2-5 p.m.,  at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.



Edith Gray Mackey

Edith Gray Mackey, left us all behind April 5, to start a new adventure in Heaven with the Lord and the family and friends who have been waiting for her. Gray, born April 6, 1933, is was preceded in death by her mom and dad, Melvin and Nellie McCune and her son Bill Mackey. She leaves behind her husband of 65 years, Jimmie L. Mackey, daughters Erin Rader (Duke), Liz Murray (Brian). Grandchildren, Tristan Rader (Caitlin), Peter Rader (Sarah Freeman) and Cheyenne Mackey (Austin Conner) and great-granddaughter, Gwendolyn Rader. Gray loved being a nurse. She attended nursing school at the age of 50 graduating in1983. She worked at Akron General and retired in 1994. She loved to sew and spend time with her family.  Gray was the most amazing person. She was genuinely nice. She was smart, generous, witty and fun. She was truly loved and respected by every soul she touched. She will be missed greatly.  Calling hours will be Friday, April 8, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Christan Assembly, 925 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Pastor Joe Schobochler officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. To share a memory or send a condolence please visit http://www.silva-hostetler.com/ (330-825-8700)



Jerry H. White

Jerry H. White, 75, went home to be with the Lord after a long struggle with illnesses. Jerry was a member of Crossroads Community Church. He served 14 years in the U.S. Navy and loved the Lord and his family. He was an avid bass fisherman and was a fan of NASCAR. Jerry was employed by B&C Research and Alcoa for many years. Preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Cathlyn and brother, Ronnie. Survived by wife of 32 years, Maryanne; best friend, Buddy; children, Vickie Jennings (Marshall), Helen Marziali (Scott), and Jerry II; grandchildren, Brad, Sierra and Kody; many beloved family members, friends and church family. The family will receive friends April 8, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Crossroads Community Church, 700 Gates Street, Doylestown. Funeral service will follow at 1 p.m., at Crossroads Community Church. Pastor Jerry Butcher will officiate. Entombment will take place at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with medical expenses.



Mike Good

Mike Good, 32, passed away suddenly April 3. He was born Dec. 8, 1983 in Barberton and attended Coventry High School. Preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Doris Hallusco, John Good and Alice McQuaid. Mike is survived by, parents, David and Ernestine; sister, Elizabeth “Beth”; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Per the family’s wishes, cremation has taken place. All services will be private.

 


Yvonne "Sis" Mattson

Sept. 6, 1956 - March 26, 2016

Yvonne "Sis" Mattson passed away peacefully March 26. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Phillips. She is survived by daughter, Angela; son, Nathan; and grandchildren, Zachery, Jayden and Mykayla. She will also be greatly missed by her best friend of 40-plus years, Nan Wagner. A celebration of her life will be Sunday, April 10, 2-4 p.m., at Allied Chemical and Alkali Workers of America, 959 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Condolences can be sent to the family C/O Angela Mattson 43 Norwood, Barberton, OH 44203.



Reed Donald Shump

Reed Donald Shump, son of the late Donald Shump and Ruth Shump Carlson, passed unexpectedly March 26. A graduate of Bedford High School, Reed sharpened his sales skills to pursue a lucrative career in the mortgage banking industry. He enjoyed the beach, his kids, golf, crossword puzzles, road trips, cooking breakfast and award winning chili, Fireball Whiskey and classic rock including the Allman Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Eric Clapton, ELO, The Travelling Wilburys and the Eagles. He is survived by his siblings, Mark (Sharon) Shump, Pam (George) Adkins, Jeff (Marsha) Shump, Kevin (Phyllis) Shump, Valerie Shump and all of their families. He is also survived by his children, Darren (Elizabeth Amport), Chelsea, Don, and Reed II (Dianne Peters); one granddaughter, Meadow Lin (Brit Wolohan) and his best friend, Carl Cramer Jr. A casual, non-denominational celebration of life including live music and refreshments will take place Friday, April 15, 7-10 p.m., at The Pavilion at Falls River Square, 2085 Front St, Cuyahoga Falls. In lieu of flowers, any donations are graciously accepted by the immediate family for final wish expenses.



Wanda Fay Ellison

Wanda Fay Ellison, 80, passed away April 1. Following her wishes there will be no services. Cremation has taken place. I’d like to thank all of her family and friends for her enjoyable life of 80 years. She asked Jesus to end her life because of her pain.  As her husband of 64 years, I want you to remember she had a good life.  Wanda also leaves a daughter and son. Please think of her love of life for all.  Bob Ellison.



John A. Cook 

John A. Cook, 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep March 25. John was born Feb. 25, 1934, in Cabell County, West Virginia, to the late Joseph E. Cook and Mary F. Adkins. John married the love of his life, Mary L. Wyrick of Princeton, West Virginia in 1960. John and Mary have been residents of Barberton for over 50 years where he worked at Babcock & Wilcox for 37 1/2 years of those before retiring with great pride. Preceded in death by his dearly beloved son, David B. Cook of Akron; brothers, Joseph Cook of Kimbolton, Ohio, Homer Cook of Akron and James Verlin Cook of Georgia; John is survived by his son, Douglas Cook of Phoenix, Arizona; two wonderful granddaughters, Jenny (Chris) Bingham of Tucson, Arizona and Kimberly (Danny) DeVries of Page, Arizona; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Oneida (Walter) Taylor of Pipestem, West Virginia, Patty (Roger) Hensley of Proctorville, Ohio,  Helen Wolf of Urbana, Illinois, Ellie Frazier of Pasadena, Florida, Tressie (Cliff) Choate of Canal Fulton and Ida (Randy) Whipkey of Mianisburg, Ohio; along with many other relatives and friends. Following John’s wishes, inurnment with a graveside service was April 6, at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2580 Romig Road, Akron, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.  



Jack “Pete” Brent Thompson

Pete Thompson, 52, passed away March 31. He was born April 1,1963, in Akron, to Jack and Rose Thompson and graduated from Norton High School. He was a hard-working salesman at The Gear Shop and applied his knowledge of mechanics to his love for classic cars and dragsters. Pete was also an avid deer hunter. Pete was the hardest worker, doing anything he could to provide for his family and to help others in need. Pete is survived by his wife of 31 years, Kim; daughter, Samantha (Adam) Richards; sisters, Diane (Don) Brown, Jennie Goble, Beth (David) Cupp; parents, Jack and Rose; grandfather, William Caipen; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, many long-time friends; and a grandson on the way, little Jack. Services were held at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, April, 6. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Funeral home map, directions, and the Thompson Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home website.



Wade Victor Wallace

The world has lost a real character. Wade Victor Wallace “Wade the Blade” died April 1, at Concordia at Sumner where he had resided since 2011. Born Nov. 21, 1921, in the small town of Trade, Tennessee, Wade used his intelligence, wit, discipline and charisma to work himself through life. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II, earning three bronze stars. Settling in the Akron area, he attended Hammel Actual Business College. He began his career in finance but soon found his gift was in sales. He began selling automobiles, eventually opening his own dealerships, Wallace Lincoln Mercury and Wade Ford, earning many awards, including the Time Dealer of the Year award. Throughout the years, Wade supported the local community in many ways. He sponsored countless leagues of bowling, baseball, golf and other teams. He provided cars to local schools for driver's education. He was a member of many organizations providing monetary support to make the community stronger. He was a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church in Barberton. Wade's skill at golf was legendary. He achieved five holes in one and prided himself, at one time, as being the oldest member of Firestone Country Club. Over the years Wade hosted many Pro-Am events, raising thousands of dollars for scholarships and charities. For all his successes he lived simply and with integrity. His deepest pride was his family. He married his wife, Betty Jean, April 20, 1947. She preceded him in death April 20, 2007, on their 60th wedding anniversary. Also preceding him in death were his parents, William Marvin and Myrtle Hasentine; brothers, Ralph and Glenn and sister, Pearl, half- brothers, Fred and Roy Wallace and half-sisters Ruth Snyder and Nell Wallace. Wade is survived by his sons, Lee, Robert (Vicky), and James (Julie); seven grandchildren, Jamie (James) Sredinski, Monica (Andy Miller) Wallace, Justin Wallace, Amanda Wallace, Charles Wallace, Michael (Caitlin) Wallace and Daniel Wallace; three great-grandchildren, James Sredinski, J. Alexander Sredinski and Maddox Miller. Also surviving is brother Bruce (Mary June) Wallace; sisters in-law, Edna Wallace and Geraldine Wallace; brother-in-law, R.L. Wallace and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the staff at Concordia at Sumner for providing wonderful care to Wade for the past five years. Services were April 4, at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road. Private burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to Esther Ryan Shoe Fund, C/O Magic City Kiwanis, PO Box 561 Barberton, OH 44203 or Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 3rd St. NW Barberton, OH 44203 in memory of Wade. Funeral home map, directions, and the Wallace Family condolence book are available at the funeral home website.

                                            



Beverly Jean (Finley) Walent 

Beverly Jean (Finley) Walent of Barberton, passed away peacefully, March 28, at Altercare of Wadsworth.  She was born Dec. 7, 1932, in Zion, Illinois to the late Hugh and Ruth DeBaun. She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Barb Barnes. She is survived by her children, James (Kim) Finley, Laura (Tom) Lenke, Tim (Deb) Finley, Jeff (Barb) Finley and Andrea (Patrick) Petit; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Brother, Bob (Brenda) DeBaun and sister, Marsha (Jim) Pukas and many nieces, nephews and friends. A special thank you to the nursing staff at Altercare of Wadsworth for the loving care they gave to our mom. Private family services will be April 1, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home in Barberton.  There will be no calling hours.


MaryBelle (Fox) Cunningham

MaryBelle (Fox) Cunningham went home to be with her Heavenly Father March 29. She recently celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends. MaryBelle was one of nine children and was the last surviving. She was born in Roanoke, West Virginia, March 19, 1926. Then as a young woman, she moved to Barberton, where she met and married Roy “Bud” Cunningham in September of 1947. She was a member of the Akron Baptist Temple for well over 63 years. She devoted her life to her children, her church and she loved attending gospel singings on Sunday afternoons. There wasn’t a time when she didn’t want to go shopping or out to eat with her best friend, Joan. Preceded in death by her loving husband, “Bud”; parents, Ovie Cecil and Mary Alice Fox;  siblings, Ed, Madge, Stanton, Ross, Andy, Robert, Edith and Charles. Mary is survived by children, David, Glenda (Gene) Testa, Cathy, and Chuck (Beckie); grandchildren, Andrea (Scott) Vojtkofsky, Leslie (Ryan) Perryman, Joshua and Cameron; great-grandchildren, Trevor and Cody; sisters-in-law, Mary Jane and Bobbi Fox; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends, 1-3 p.m., April 3, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral service will take place April 4, 10 a.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Duane Mathews. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Weaver Sports Boosters/ Special Olympics, 630 North Ave., Tallmadge, OH 44278. Please note as “Memorial to MaryBelle Cunningham/ Special Olympics.”



Vic Pilkington

Vic Pilkington, 67, passed away unexpectedly with his family by his side on Easter Sunday, March 27. Vic was born in Danville, Illinois and had been an Akron resident most of his life. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after 40 years of service. Vic enjoyed being a political analyst and blogger but more so loved spending his time with his grandkids. He never missed any of their sporting events. Preceded in death by his father, Mervin; He is survived by his daughter, Jori (Bill) Hogg; son, Michael; grandchildren, Taylor, Zachary and Brooke Hogg; mother, Carmen Pilkington; sisters, Delynn (Bruce) Stanley, Sandy Montgerard and Gail Villarreal; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends April 2, 2-4 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Kenneth Eugene Staiger

Kenneth Eugene Staiger, 81, long time Portage Lakes resident, beloved father of Valerie (Hill), Kurt Staiger, brother to Sandra (Martin) and grandfather to Brandon, Aaron and Joseph Hill, passed away March 25, peacefully in his sleep. Thank you to Rhea Fillian, his longtime partner, for caring for him over the years. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Staiger and Majorie Staiger Zirkuly and wife, Shirley Staiger. He will be dearly missed by his nieces, nephews, cousins and family more than he could ever imagine. Kenny worked and retired from the Albrecht Company after a 35 year career and enjoyed his retirement as an avid lover of sailing, camping, attending auctions and enjoying his family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, 289 S. Union St., Akron, OH 44304.  A private memorial service will be held in his honor with his close friends and family.  A quote for our father, “On a day when the wind is perfect, the sail just needs to open, and the world will fill with beauty. Today is that day.” Rest in peace, Dad.


Robert “Bob” L. Clemens 

Robert “Bob” L. Clemens, 78, of Barberton went home to be with the Lord, March 25, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born Aug. 17, 1937 in Barberton to the late Lawrence and Doris Clemens. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 36 years, most of which was in Barberton.  Retiring in April of 1994 as postmaster in Smithville. Preceded in death by his sisters, LaDonna Clemens and Velma Grigsby and brother, Lawrence Clemens; Bob will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Zenna (Baker) Clemens; children, Zenna (Bill) Durbin of Wadsworth, Lorene Clemens of Barberton and Bob (Cheryl) Clemens of Greenwood, Indiana; grandchildren, Bill (Rachel) Durbin, Corey Durbin, Ryan Durbin, Rachel (Joe) Sullivan, Matthew Fanning, Joshua Clemens and Caleb Clemens; great-grandchildren, Isaiah and Liam Durbin; special family friend, Jan Jackson; many other family members and friends. Funeral service will be held Friday 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Robin Hart officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Bob’s family will receive friends Thursday, March 31, 6-8 p.m.


John A. Cook
John A. Cook, 82, passed away peacefully in his sleep March 25. John was born Feb. 25, 1934 in Cabell County, West Virginia to the late Joseph E. Cook and Mary F. Adkins. John married the love of his life, Mary L. Wyrick of Princeton, West Virginia in 1960.  John and Mary have been residents of Barberton for over 50 years where he worked at Babcock & Wilcox for 37 ½ years of those before retiring with great pride. Preceded in death by his dearly beloved son, David B. Cook of Akron; brothers, Joseph Cook of Kimbolton, Ohio, Homer Cook of Akron and James Verlin Cook of Georgia; John is survived by his son, Douglas Cook of Phoenix, Arizona; two wonderful granddaughters, Jenny (Chris) Bingham of Tucson, Arizona and Kimberly (Danny) DeVries of Page, Arizona; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Oneida (Walter) Taylor of Pipestem, West Virginia, Patty (Roger) Hensley of Proctorville, Ohio,  Helen Wolf of Urbana, Illinois, Ellie Frazier of Pasadena, Florida, Tressie (Cliff) Choate of Canal Fulton, Ohio and Ida (Randy) Whipkey of Mianisburg, Ohio; along with many other relatives and friends. Following John’s wishes, inurnment with a graveside service will be held Wednesday 1 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 2580 Romig Road, Akron, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating.  



Dolores Jean Ankrim Burgess
Dolores Jean (Jeannie) Ankrim Burgess, 57, of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away March 25. Jeannie grew up in Barberton, where she attended Calvary Wesleyan Church. She moved to Charlotte 23 years ago for her career in the legal field.  She was a member of Steele Creek Church in Charlotte. Survivors include her children, Aaron Ankrim and Gabrielle Burgess, stepson, Jordan Burgess, their father, Gary Burgess and grandson, Jayden Burgess all of Charlotte; father, Paul Ankrim of Walnut Creek; mother, Beverly Ankrim of Akron; and siblings, Paul Ankrim of Akron; Dennis Ankrim, Norton; Nancy Coffman, Apopka, Florida; and Debra Watson, Jackson, Mississippi; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Jeannie was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Rev. Roy and Freda Ankrim; maternal grandparents, Morris and Thelma Duxbury; and sister, Sherri Ann Ankrim. A memorial service will be March 29 at Steele Creek Church of Charlotte, 1928 W. Arrowood Road, Charlotte, 11 a.m., with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Jeannie Burgess Memorial Fund for the benefit of Jayden Alexander Burgess, c/o Community Bank, 701 Pine Way Hill, Flowood, MS  39232 or Wind River Cancer Wellness Retreats and Programs, 430 Larsen Lane, Tryon, NC  28782-6760.



Gladys M. Rado (Bacar)

Gladys M. Rado, 90, passed away peacefully March 25. Our family lost its matriarch, our mother and grandmother. She may be gone but she lives on in each of us family members she’s left behind. Right now there are tears in our eyes and a hole in our hearts, but she’s raised a strong family and we are all better off for having had her around for the 90 years she’s lived. I have no doubt our strength will bolster us through the years but please pray for us while the pain is raw and the hole is large. The deep sadness this has left us with will never fully disappear, but with time we’ll get back to us. Gladys was born in Monaca, Pennsylvania and had been a Barberton area resident all her life. She worked at Hiss Bakery and also at Akron General in the housekeeping department. Gladys was a member of the former SS. Cyril and Methodius Church where she was active in St. Anne’s Society and the Altar and Rosary Society. She is currently a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Norton. Gladys belonged to the Akron Metro Hiking Group and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House for over 15 years. Preceded in death by her husbands, John S. Bajcar and Otto J. Rado; son, Lawrence Bajcar; and daughter, Karen Marshall; She is survived by her sons, James (Pam) and Thomas Bajcar; daughters Linda Waddle, Kathleen (fiancee, John Lich) Weiman, Jeanette Evans, Shirley Bajcar, Joyce Bajcar, Janice Bajcar and Debbie Gradisher; stepsons, Gary, Roger (Diane) and Randy Rado; stepdaughters, Judy (Tom) Brennan, Rory (Harold) Wright, Toni Greathouse, Rici (Fred) Abrams and Roxanne (Scott) Slabaugh; 23 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Mass of Christian burial will be March 30, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours March 29, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House. To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Seth M. Pallone 

Seth M. Pallone, 15, passed away unexpectedly March 24. A life resident of the Norton area and was a student at Barberton High School.  Seth loved music, his expensive shoes and his dog, Dalyla. Preceded in death by his grandmother, Debra Pallone; survived by his parents, Haley Abney (Mike Short) and Bradley (Candice) Pallone; brothers and sisters, Isabelle, Trent, Alexander, Jace and Kryssi Short; grandparents, Larry and Charlotte Abney, Karen and Holly Harrison and Mark Pallone; great-grandfather, Clark Caskey; aunts and uncles, Brent (Shawna) Abney, Trevor (Stacy) Abney, Crystal Abney, Megan (Lyle) Ludwig, Kaitlyn (Matt) Abney, Christopher Pallone and Michael Pallone and will be sadly missed by many cousins and friends. Funeral service will be March 30, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Seth’s family will receive friends March 29, 4-8 p.m.



Arthur “Art” Morvai

Arthur “Art” Morvai, 82, passed away March 25. Born on January 29, 1934, in Leechburg, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Hungarian immigrants, Arpad and Julia Morvai.  Art was a pharmacist for 45 years in the Akron-Barberton area, and was the owner of Pills and Things, Dutts Drug and Wyres Pharmacy.  He loved his work and never was too busy to talk with customers about their medications. After retirement, he still was called many times to fill in for vacations. He was an avid snow skier and loved Vermont, where in his younger days he enjoyed many vacations. Arthur was a veteran of the United States Army, member of the Magic City Kiwanis Club, the Ohio Pharmaceutical Association for many years and the Community Church of Portage Lakes. Preceded in death by his siblings, Julia (Pete), Lou, Dorothy and Ella and grandson, Michael Boldry; Art is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia; his children, Julie (Roy) King, Teri (Robert) Boldry, Dr. Ann Morvai, Bill, Arthur (Lee Ann) Morvai and Eric (Beth) Morvai; grandchildren, Justin (Candace), Nick, Jacob, Andrew, Kit, Ally, Olivia, Nathan, Marissa, Rachel and Mitch; great-granddaughter, Harper; sisters, Helen Balla and Elizabeth Fanelli; along with many other family members and friends. Funeral service will be March 29, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Dr. Michael Rybka officiating.  Burial Greenlawn Memorial Park. Art’s family will receive friends March 28, 4:30-8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.



William “Billy” Ramoso

William “Billy” Ramoso, 73, was welcomed into God’s Kingdom peacefully March 24, surrounded by his family. William came to the U.S. in 1957 from the Philippines, where he was born. He was a salesman by nature and worked in the car business for over 35 years. He enjoyed boating, Elvis, travel and spending as much time as possible with his grandchildren. Billy was a loving husband, father and friend. He will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by his parents, Rizalino and Consuelo. Billy is survived by his wife of 50 years, Olga (Hochrein) Ramoso of Norton; son, Anthony Ramoso of Barberton; daughters,  Angela Beck (Michael) of Copley and Andrea Williams (Marc) of Virginia; granddaughter Amanda Austin; grandsons Andrew Austin, Kyle “KW” Williams and Luke Williams; also left to grieve are many nieces and nephews and friends and relatives too numerous to mention. The family will receive friends March 29, 4-5 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. A memorial service will follow at 5 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home.



Bridget Strebic (Molnar)

Bridget Strebic (Molnar), 94 1/2, was reunited with her husband in Heaven March 23. A life resident of Barberton, she was a devoted wife, mom, grammy, great-grammy and auntie to her beloved family. Bridget will be lovingly remembered by all who knew her as a selfless woman who lived to care for others. She nurtured our souls with her love and nourished our bodies with her wonderful cooking, especially her legendary “Sunday Soup.” The numerous lives she touched will forever miss her beautiful presence. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, and daughter, Rosemarie; Bridget is survived by her son, Louis P.; grandchildren, Jennifer Keenan, Jessica (Jeff) Meighen and Christopher; great-grandchildren, Jaden and Jace Keenan; numerous nieces and nephews, who were close to her heart. Funeral service will be March 28,  2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Jack Kozak officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  Bridget’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.



Chester “Chet” Earl Vandegrift

Chester “Chet” Earl Vandegrift, 70, of Copley, passed away unexpectedly March 23, 5:58 a.m. He was born June 15, 1945 in Barberton, to the late Eldon and Florence (Speakman) Vandegrift. He graduated from Copley High School in 1963. After high school he was drafted into the Army where he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before being deployed to Vietnam form 1964-1967 as a Specialist, 5th Class. On Sept. 6, 1969, he married Yvonne Carol Dukes. They have two children, daughter, Crystal and son, Chad. He worked in the financial field for many years and at Riveria Lanes Bowling Center. He enjoyed bowling, being outdoors, going to the ocean when possible, doing crossword puzzles and aggravating his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Chet is preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Charles Csonka; brothers, Clyde and Chris Vandegrift; nephews, Jimmy and Steven Vandegrift and Chuckie Csonka; mother and father-in-law, Wilmoth and Sue Dukes; and brother-in-law, Thomas DiCresce. Chet is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Yvonne Carol (Dukes) Vandegrift; daughter, Crystal Vandegrift-Hanna of Rittman; son, Chad Vandegrift of Copley; grandchildren, Erin Lang (fiance  Nikolaus Radcliff) of Rittman, Austin Vandegrift of Copley and Madison Douglas of Rittman. He is also survived by his sister, Edith Bednar (Bill, deceased) of Suffield; brothers, Cecil (Carol) of Cleveland, Carl (Judy) of Coventry, Charles (Vi) of Akron, and Clair (Mary) of Copley; sister-in-law, Georgianna DiCresce (Thomas, deceased) of Toledo; extended family, Sue Ezzie (Ralph, deceased) of Copley, Caitlin Zajac and Colton Fetty of Copley, Dennis McGraw of Rittman, Matt Douglas of Norton, and many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the Burn Unit at Akron Children’s Hospital for their friendship, care and compassion shown to Chet and his family during this time.The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. March 28, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral service will be March 29, 12:30 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home with Rev. Dan Hanlon officiating. Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Seville. Please note, at the time of all services, the casket will be closed.


Wanda L. Cline

Wanda L. Cline, 88, passed away March 21. A resident of Barberton for 70 years, she retired from Marshalls Department Store and was a member of the Akron Baptist Temple. Preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Herbert; granddaughter, Melissa Moore Workman; Wanda is survived by her daughters, Sandi Moore and Kathy (Doug) Thomas; grandchildren, Hannah (Steve) Rau, David Thomas and John Moore; great-granddaughter, Tiana Moore; sister, Fern Starr. A memorial service will be March 26, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Wanda’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the PNH Foundation at www.pnhfoundation.org, in memory of Melissa Workman.



Joshua P. Spilker 

Joshua P. Spilker, 22, passed away unexpectedly March 20. He was a resident of Green and was a 2012 graduate of Green High School, where he was very active in the band, playing trombone and attended the University of Akron in the engineering program. Josh was newly employed with AFLAC Insurance after obtaining his insurance license and was a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church. Preceded in death by his brother, Adam; grandparents, Pat and Richard Spilker and grandfather, Robert Justice; survived by his mother, Robin Spilker (Don August); father, Mike (Dawn) Spilker; sisters, Emily and Laura Spilker; stepbrother, Matthew Garren; step-sisters, Kaitlyn, Kirsten, Lillian Garren and Brett Lee; grandmother, Meveryn (John) Pinder; aunts and uncles, Jan (Rick) Jacobson, Kimberly (Mohammed) Al-Abid, David (Julie) Justice, Steve Spilker, Lisa (Darin) Hull, Susan (Jason) Dietrick, David Spilker; cousins, Shemsa and Khalid (Lauren) Al-Abid, Missy (Mark) Trew, Rachel (Ethan) Schenck, Nathan Justice, Meghan (Erik) Hawk, Ian Justice, Ryan, Grant and Eric Hull; along with other family members and friends. Josh was a Lifebanc donor.  His family would like to thank nurses, Melissa, Sharon, Linda, Abby and Tim at Summa Trauma ICU and also the three Kellys and Jen from Lifebanc. Mass of Christian burial will be March 28, 10 a.m., at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 1800 Steese Road, Green, Fr. David Durkee, officiating. Inurnment will be at Manchester Cemetery. Josh’s family will receive friends March 27, 5-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lifebanc, 4775 Richmond Road, Cleveland, OH 44128 or Lifebanc.org. You can honor Josh by becoming a Lifebanc donor.  




Margaret Yakimick

Margaret Yakimick, 89, passed away March 21, at Brookdale Senior Living in Stow. Margaret was born in Allison, Pennsylvania and had been a Barberton resident all her life where she retired from PPG after 35 years of service. She was also a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Norton. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; sisters, Sophie, Mary and Kitty; and brothers, John and George; She is survived by her sisters, Wilma DeLeone of Kent and Helen Studenic of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian burial will be March 23, 11 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrew Church.  To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Richard E. Culp

Richard E. Culp, 81, passed away March 19, at the VNS Hospice Care Center. Richard was born in Akron and had been an area resident all his life where he retired from AT&T. He was very active with the Norton Alumni and Classmates Group, the Norton Kiwanis Club, Norton Grange, Masonic Lodge 83 and the Telephone Foreman’s Club and Pioneer’s. Richard was also a proud Navy Veteran.  His favorite hobby was working outdoors and enjoying breakfast with his friends. Preceded in death by hips parents, Chester and Virginia; and sister, Shirley; He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Judith A; sons, David and Robert (Yvonne); daughter, Diane (Eric) Vaughan; grandchildren, Mike Culp and Brittany, Chloe, Olivia and Jaime Vaughan; sister, Pat (Nick) LaMonica; many nieces and nephews; and his Crispin cousins. In honoring his wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no calling hours or services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VNS Hospice, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, OH 44333. To share a memory, leave a condolence or light a candle, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com. “A life that touches others goes on forever.”



Mira C. Jash

Mira C. Jash, 80, passed away March 16. She was a resident of Barberton since 1972. Survived by her husband of 61 years, Dr. Satkari Jash and daughter, Mita Jash. Funeral services were March 22, 7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Mira’s family received friends from 6 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse (samaritanspurse.org).



Laura Rosenthal Thomas

Laura Rosenthal Thomas, 53, is finally at peace after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 22, 1962 in Oak Park, Michigan to Leonard and Bettie Rosenthal. Laura enjoyed spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, hiking, cooking, travel, and board games, especially, Scrabble. Preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Bettie Rosenthal and son, Joshua. Laura is survived by her loving husband, Sam; daughters, Hannah and Mara; son, Benjamin; sisters, Rhonda and Julie; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Meshekow, Dr. Ernstoff, Dr. Grossman and Dr. Marsh as well as the nurses and staff at Aultman Compassionate Care Center for their love, support and care. The family received friends March 20, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral Services were March 21, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. “Don’t stand at my grave and weep.”



Michael A. Wheatcraft

Michael A. Wheatcraft, 53, passed away March 12, at St. Mary’s Hospice, Waterbury, Connecticut, after a long battle with cancer. Michael worked as a Tool and Die Maker at Bridgeport Tool and Stamping and was active in the Pyramid Shriner as part of the motor patrol for many years. Michael is survived by his mother, Barbara Williams (JD) of Doylestown; brother, Daniel Wheatcraft (Laura) of Crawfordville, Florida; brother, Robert Wheatcraft (Cathy), of Norton; brother, Mark Wheatcraft (Heather) of Seymour, Connecticut; sister, Michele Widla (Todd) of Spring Hill, Florida; brother, James Hart (Sabrina) of Norton; son, Michael Wheatcraft (Ashley) of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; daughter, Jennifer Wheatcraft of Naugatuck, Connecticut; and son, Eddie Wheatcraft of Naugatuck, Connecticut. Also survived by his seven grandchildren, several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins. Proceeded in death by his father, James H. Wheatcraft; grandparents, Fred and Ada Russell, Morris and Alice Gibson, Clifford and Florence Wheatcraft; and his beloved aunt, Nancy Erickson. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. A private celebration of his life will be Saturday, April 30 at Saint Mary’s by the Sea in Bridgeport, Connecticut. 



Gary Wayne Dobrich

Gary Wayne Dobrich, 59, born to Louise and Ted Dobrich, died March 15. Gary was born in Barberton and was an area resident all his life. He was the owner of Klean All Carpet Cleaning and was an avid Cleveland Sports Fan. Gary Wayne was a caring, fun loving and hardworking funny guy, dedicated to his family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents; He is survived by his daughter, Kaitlyn Dobrich; son, Gary Dobrich Jr.; his loving siblings, Bobby, Terry (Jill), Linda (Jim) Kaley and his best friend and sister, Cindy Parsons; and several loving nieces and nephews. Calling Hours will be March 20, 2-4 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton followed by a Funeral service at 4 p.m., Pastor Rod Grabski officiating. Per his wishes, cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Emily M. Burke

Emily M. Burke, 72, passed away March 10. Born in Barberton to the late Elmer and Adeline (Seibert) Burke, she had lived in Norton all of her life and was a member of the Victory Chapel in Akron. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Vincent and James; and nephew, Joseph Blankenship Jr. Emily is survived by her siblings, Shirley (Tim) Blankenship, Patricia (Kevin) Murphy, Jerry Burke, Margaret Burke, John Burke, Mary (Don) Fletcher and many nieces and nephews. Memorial service will be  Saturday, April 2, noon, at Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Drive, Akron. Pastor Robert Webb officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A luncheon to follow the service. To share a memory or condolence please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Janice L. Edwards (nee Sloan)

Janice L. Edwards, 76, passed away after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer March 16. Janice was born in Akron and had been an area resident all her life and was a graduate of North High School. Over the years Janice made many long lasting friendships as a waitress in the Akron area and in Kent at Mikes Place. She came to work with a smile every day. Preceded in death by her parents, Yale and Ruth Sloan; and sister, Helen Sullivan; She is survived by her daughter, Sherry (Marc) Lepley; son, Jeffrey (Becki) Edwards; grandchildren, Skyler Edwards and Jacob, Jared and Justin Lepley; brother, Robert Sloan; sisters, Mary Nelson, Ruth Wimer, Marjorie Buzzi and Carole Smith. The family will receive friends March 19, from 2-4 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m., Pastor Doug Gregory officiating. Although Janice loved flowers, she asks that you instead give that money to your favorite server as a tribute to her and her years of dedicated work. To share a memory or leave a condolence, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Nancy Ann Fuss

Nancy Ann Montgomery Fuss, 78, went home to be with the Lord March 16.  She passed peacefully while surrounded by her family in her home. Nancy was born Oct. 10, 1937, in Linesville, Pennsylvania to the late Archibald and Sarah Montgomery. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Barberton, a member of DAR and Crescent Club. She enjoyed trips with her girls, was a huge Cleveland Indians fan, loved baking for her sons, enjoyed fishing, was an avid reader and most of all loved sharing her life with family and friends. Nancy was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Carl; and brother, Archie Montgomery. She is survived by her daughters, Dawn (Alex) Joseph and Karen (Mark) Augustynovich; sons, Christopher (Julie) Fuss and Matthew (Jennifer) Fuss; grandchildren, Montgomery, Jessica, Jacob, Alex, Owen, Ashley, Daniel, Nick, AJ, Macie, and Michael; and brother, Eugene Montgomery. Calling hours were held at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, March 20, 2-5 p.m. Services held at First Presbyterian Church of Barberton, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton, March 21, 11 a.m., Rev. Richard Lapehn officiated. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Barberton, in memory of Nancy Fuss.  Funeral home map, directions, and the Fuss Family Condolence Book are available at the funeral home website.


 

Dale L. Hamblin Sr.

Dale L. Hamblin Sr., 69, of Akron, went to be with his Lord and Savior, March 15, at Summa Barberton Acute Palliative Care. Dale was a retired Summit County Deputy Sheriff after 27 years of service. He served in the United States Army from 1966-1969. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Firestone Post 3383 and was a member of Hope United Methodist Church and the Barberton Moose. Preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Maxine; brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Pat; grandparents, Glen and Viola Fox and William and Katherine Hamblin. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 47 years, Wanda; son, Dale Jr. (Pat) of Guyton, Georgia, daughter, Brenda Good (Keith) of Akron; brothers, Robert (Michelle) of  Florida, and Ricky (Peggy) of Coventry; seven grandchildren, Brandy, Wayne, Ashley, Nomie, Anthony, Wayne, and Joseph; six great-grandchildren, Chase, Cody, Janet, Wyatt, Chloe, Harlie, and soon be the seventh, Layla; several nieces and nephews; the McCombs family; and his beloved cat, Abby. The family would like to thank Dr. Sweet, Coventry Dialysis Center, Hospice of Summa and all of the wonderful nurses and staff at the Acute Palliative Care Center at Summa Barberton. The family will receive friends March 18, 5-8 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. A funeral service will take place at 9:30 a.m., on March 19,   at Hope United Methodist Church, 2650 Cory Avenue, Akron, with Pastor David McGrath officiating. Interment will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Honor Guard of Firestone VFW Post 3383.



Roger B. Klein 

Roger B. Klein, 64, passed away March 14. He was a life resident of the Barberton area. Preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Shirley Klein and brother, Robert A. Klein; Roger is survived by his son, Blane Klein; daughter, Christy Klein; three grandchildren; sister, Susan (nee Klein) Richard Massey of Doylestown; uncle, Dr. and Mrs. Bert Bletner of Belleville, Ohio; mother of his children, Marge Klein; cousins and friends. Inurnment with a graveside service will take place March 19, 1 p.m., at Clinton Cemetery with Pastor Jim Roma officiating.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


Madeline Siladie

Madeline Siladie, 92, passed away March 12. A resident of Akron for 70 years, she was a member of Norton Apostolic Christian Church. Preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John; survived by her sons, John C. (Terri) and Robert A.; daughter, Claudette Diamond; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Friday, March 18, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Reinhardt Webel officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Madeline’s family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.



Shirley Ann Farrell

Shirley Ann Farrell, 66, passed away peacefully Feb. 25, after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 19, 1949 to Londis and Opal Pritt. She was a graduate of Green High School. She worked for Continental General Tire for 35 years as the Northeast region administrative assistant. Shirley truly enjoyed spending time with family and friends, vacationing with loved ones, collecting teddy bears and helping at the Barberton Civitan Club. She is preceded in death by Londis and Opal Pritt (parents), Hansel Pritt (brother) and Bonnie Chaney (daughter).

She is survived by Edward Chaney (son-in-law), Jenifer and Jessica Bennett (granddaughters), Heidi Sutton (adoptive daughter), William Pritt (brother), Connie and Becky (nieces), Steve (nephew), Shirley Miller (cousin), Karen Sayer (cousin) and barking companion, Lexi. There will be a memorial at Milich’s Village Inn, 4444 Cleveland Massillon Road, Saturday, March 19, 1-4 p.m.



Pauline M. “Peenie” Tokie

Pauline M. “Peenie” Tokie, 79, passed away March 12. She retired from Roadway Express with 43 years of service. Pauline was an avid golfer and bowler and loved gambling. Preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Sr. and grandson, Adam Burton; survived by her children, Kimberly (Robert) Robinson of Rootstown, Peggy (John) Craig of Barberton, Ronald (Denise) Tokie of Akron, Jeffrey (Melinda) Tokie of Norton, Andrea (Roger) Burton of Alliance, Andrew Jr. (Laurie) Tokie of Norton and Carrie (Marcus) Jones of Norton; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; special friends, Peggy Shuber and Sue Werntz; nieces, nephews; along with many other family members and friends. A memorial service will be Saturday, March 19, 4 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Tom Rydarowicz officiating. Peenie’s family will receive friends from noon until time of service. 


William R. Ballis Jr

William R. Ballis Jr., 57, passed away March 8. He was born Sept. 2, 1958, in Brunswick, Georgia. William is survived by wife, Kathleen Petty; parents, William and Betty Jane Ballis Sr.; children, Robert (Nicole) Ballis, Jason (Megen) Ballis, and Nicki Ballis; siblings, Shari (Kyle) Cuppett and Christine (Jeff) Watt; stepchildren, Jessie, Jackie, Jamie, and Jeffrey; 12 grandchildren and numerous friends and family. He was currently employed with Compass Systems. The family will received friends March 16, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. A time of sharing followed at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home. Chaplin Don Bolich officiated.



Susan R. Johnson

Susan R. Johnson, 31, passed away March 9. A life resident of the Akron area, she was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Iraq and employed by the U.S. Government. Preceded in death by her father, Phillip Adkison and her grandparents. Susan is survived by her son, Darren Wilson; parents, John and Luann Bunn; siblings, Deanna (Ben) Baier, James Adkison and Katie Bunn; nieces and nephews, Olivia and Julian Adkison, Collin Baier and Jaxson Bills; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service were March 16, at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Susan’s family received friends March 16. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 in memory of Susan. Inurnment will take place at Greenlawn Memorial Park at a later date with military honors.



Susan K. Gainer

Susan K. Gainer, 52, passed away March 11, following complications from brain surgery in Aug. 2013. She worked so hard during endless hours of rehabilitation, determined to get better, but in the end, the brain tumor won. Susan was born to Edna and Robert P. (Bob) Gainer April 13, 1963, in Barberton. She attended Barberton schools and graduated from the University of Akron in 1985, where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. After graduation, she was immediately employed by the East Ohio Gas Company in Cleveland and became a resident of Lakewood. While at East Ohio, she graduated from Baldwin-Wallace University in 1988, earning an MBA. In 1990, Susan decided to pursue her dream of acting. So she moved to California (to her parents’ chagrin!), got an agent and worked part-time at a major publishing company. She landed some small roles in shows such as “Maybe this Time”, “Matlock” and “General Hospital,” to name a few. After being diagnosed with this brain tumor in 2000 and getting treatment, she went on with her life. But with that and Sept. 11, she moved back to Ohio to be nearer family in 2002. She was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Doylestown. Prior to her illness in 2013, she was a resident of Norton, and was employed by Oriana House, in addition to teaching part-time for the history department at the University of Akron. Susan loved irises, the theater, movies, Carol Burnett, Bewitched, songs sung by Edith Piaf and Lady Gaga, paintings by Van Gogh, her mother’s macaroni and cheese, Swenson’s chocolate milkshakes, Mountain Dew and the color red. Preceded in death by her sister, Karen in 1988; she is survived by her parents, Edna and Bob; brother, Robert (Bob); sister-in-law, Dawn; adored niece and nephew, Rachel and Grant; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. The family would like to thank everyone at Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation for the loving care provided to her. We will always be indebted to you. We know Susan would also want to acknowledge wonderful Emma. Thank you to everyone at Heritage Villas, for allowing her to continue living in her home during her last months, and the wonderful care provided. Thank you to the other residents for watching over her and holding her hand, especially Mary G. Thank you to Crossroads Hospice, for the kind, compassionate care provided during these last months. You are truly angels. Finally, thank you to all of our relatives and Susan’s faithful friends who visited her, never forgot her, and supported us through this journey. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place. The family received friends March 15, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to Heritage Villas, C/O New Ridge Management, 905 Pittsburg, Ave., NW, North Canton, OH 44720 or Crossroads Hospice, 3243 Boettler Oakes Drive, Suite E, Green, OH 44685. Rest in Peace. 



Donna L. Smith

Donna L. Smith, 86, passed away March 12, at Manor Care of Barberton. Donna was born in Akron and had been a life resident of the Norton and Barberton area all her life.  She attended Norton High School and was a member of Loyal Oak VFW Post 4466 Ladies Aux. Donna was also a devout member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her daughters, Nancy Parker and Marilyn Mattes; and son, Robert Smith; She is survived by her daughter, Linda Morris; sons Jeffrey (Gay), Donald and William (Lisa); grandchildren, Jesse Mattes, Vance, Steven, Katelyn and Jessica Smith, Nicole and Paul Zetts and Madison Smith; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Sofia Zetts, Jackson Phillips and Anthony Lehman; sister, Patricia Oser; and close friend Lako “Chuck” Rogers. Mass of Christian burial was March 16, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours were March 15, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Hospice of Green. To share a memory, send a condolence or light a candle, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Benjamin “Jack” Hymes

Benjamin “Jack” Hymes, 81, passed away March 11. Ben loved coaching baseball, he coached the 1985 State Champion Goodyear Heights Astros and also the Manchester A’s and the Morrow County Indians. Preceded in death by his wife, Mary T. “Betty” Hymes; siblings, Tommy, John and David; granddaughter, Nikki and grandson, Jimmie; Jack is survived by his children, Ben Jr. (Kim), Tom (Darla), Bruce, Fred (Angela) Theresa Byder, Patty (Brent) Darlington, Benjamin Joseph (Barbie), Jill (Terry) Hummel and the mother of Benjamin Joseph and Jill Hummel, Debra Hymes; 27 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Joe (Carol), Mark, Paul, Joy (Jim) Law, Mary (Ron) Law, Lois (Kenneth) Kelley, Irene (Bernie) Mathlage, Lynn (Archie) Smith and Rita; along with many other family members and friends. Funeral service was March 15, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Paul Pamer officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Jack’s family received friends March 14. 



Kenny Wanko

Kenny Wanko, 60, passed away March 11, following a 12 year battle with cancer that he fought with fierce strength and grace. He refused to give up. Born and raised in Seville, Kenny is survived by his wife, Pam; his son, Jeremiah and daughters, Lisa Beans (Tom) and Jonise Barry; grandchildren, Maddie Dasho (his Sweetie Pie), Nick and Caitlin Beans; his parents, Merle and Norma and brothers Butch (Urs) and Jim (Mary);  in-laws Eugene and Lois Jackson, Cindy Mazzagatti and Reggie Jackson (Chris); many nieces and nephews. Kenny, a devoted husband, loving father, an avid outdoorsman and diehard Browns, Cavs, Indians and Ohio State fan, was a longtime employee of Albert Screenprint and so appreciated their support and especially the loyal friendship of Rose and Maurice. The family is also grateful for the wonderful care and support from Dr. Hazra and Jaimee, and Annie of Summa Hospice. Friends were received March 14, at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Funeral Services were March 15, at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 9282 Acme Road, Seville. Interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Marshallville. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to your favorite charity. To share a memory, send a condolence or light a candle for the family, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com. “A life that touches others goes on forever.”



Claudia D. Hooser 

Claudia D. Hooser, 58, passed away as a result of an automobile accident on March 9. Claudia was born in Barberton, where she was a life resident and a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1976. She was an avid bowler and reader. Preceded in death by her father, Claude; She is survived by her mother, Sally of Barberton; son, Daniel Hutchison (Jessica Hamad); brother, Steve (Sue) Hooser of Barberton; sisters, Merilee Hooser Bailey (Paul Nauer) of Barberton and Lisa (Dale) Laughlin of Florida; nephews, Zachary Laughlin (Cindy Doten) and Joseph Bailey; nieces, Nicole Laughlin (Jeremy Sutphin), Ashley (Mark) Koncz, Alex Hooser and Julia Sutphin; brother-in-law, Joseph W. Bailey; close friends, Maggie Maybin, Bernie and Katie Pramik and Jodi Jenkins; and her best friend, Brutiss. “Sometimes goodbye is a second chance.” Calling hours will be March 13, 1-4 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Funeral Service to follow at 4 p.m. Per her wishes, cremation to follow. To share a memory, send a condolence or light a candle, please visit www.silva-hostetler.com.



Roger Brinley

Roger Brinley, 63, passed away March 7. He was born Jan. 25, 1953 in Akron. Roger served in the U.S. Airforce. Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Mary; brothers, Tom and John; and sister, Belinda. Survived by his wife of 42 years, Patricia; son, Curtis Brinley; grandchildren, Ethan and Jack; brother, Steve (Edie); sisters, Kathy House, Debbie Brinley and Elizabeth Azurin; extended family; and beloved dog, Sidney. The family would like to thank the nurses of Visiting Nurse Service for all of their love and support. Funeral service will take place March 11, 11 a.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10-11 a.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home.  Committal service with military honors will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.



John W. Daiger 

John W. Daiger passed away suddenly March 7. He was born July 9, 1952, to Donna and Robert Daiger. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. After the loss of his wife, John dedicated his life to service whether it was family, friends or anyone in need. He was a watch dog for the Barberton School District and enjoyed dressing up as Santa. He is preceded in death by wife, Terri; father, Robert; mother, Donna; and grandson, Dakota. Survived by children, Sheena, Michelle and Josh; grandchildren, Shawna, Shareena, Mackenzie, Dawson, Donald and Danyel; sister, Cheryl; and many nieces and nephews. John will be forever loved and missed by many.



Joanne L. King

Joanne L. King, 72, of Guilford Township, passed away March 8. She was born Jan. 27, 1944 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Mrs. King was a retired business woman and was an accomplished equestrian. She was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Irene and Bill Taylor. Joanne is survived by her husband, Mike; daughter, Lois (Jay) Kline; sister, Gail Shepherd; grand-Goddaughter, Kaitlyn Gucik and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends March 10, 5-8 p.m. at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Graveside service will be conducted March 11, 10 a.m., at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wadsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Medina SPCA, 8790 Guilford Road, Seville, OH 44273.



Christel Irmgard Otillie Rosinski 

Christel Irmgard Otillie Rosinski, 92, passed away March 4. A resident of Clinton for 30 years, she was a member of Barberton First Presbyterian Church. Christel loved playing bingo and crocheting blankets. Born in Germany, March 13, 1923, she immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1951 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1960, learning to speak English from soap operas. Preceded in death by her husband, Mieczyslaw Rosinski; survived by sons, Michael (Susan) Rosinski, Mark Rosinski and Karl Freidrich (Helga) Dobbert; daughter, Monika (Mike) Paulo, Elizabeth (Jeff) Dean and Carin (Rick) Morrel; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be March 12, 1 p.m., at Barberton First Presbyterian Church, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church.



Mona L. Hessler 

Mona L. Hessler, 81, passed away March 7. She had worked at Finest Foods for 12 years and Cuyahoga Falls School cafeteria for five years. Preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Madge Mays; sister, Helen Kirby; brothers, Walter and Wallace Mays; husband, Robert Hessler and son, James Hessler; survived by her children, Diana (Michael) Mangus, Douglas Hessler (Julie Ward) and Susan Hessler (Greg Hoover); daughter-in-law, Linda Hessler; grandchildren, Robert Hessler, Jennifer Smith and Kelly Hessler; great-grandson, Izak Hessler; nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Friday, March 11, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Richard A. Schumacher officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Mona’s family will receive friends Thursday, March 10, 6-8 p.m.



Andrew “Andy” Vargo

Andrew “Andy” Vargo, 82, passed away March 3. Andy was a member of the Springfield Assembly of God and retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company after 39 years of service. Preceded in death by parents, Andrew Sr. and Katherine; and brother, Donald. Survived by loving wife and best friend of 62 years, Marjorie and extended family. The family received friends March 6, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Funeral service was March 7, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home with Pastor Joseph Serbin officiating. Burial followed at Greenlawn Cemetery.



David Jurrus

David Jurrus, 71, went home to be with the Lord, March 2. He was born in Toledo, Nov. 10, 1944. Upon high school graduation, he entered the Air Force and retired with 22 years of service. He is survived by wife of 28 years, Bonnie; son, Aaron (Kathy); daughter, Danielle; brother, Ken (Carolyn); sister, Sue; and four grandsons. A memorial service was March 9, at Grace Church, 3970 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. Pastor Dan Gregory will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Church.


Frank J. Weigand

Frank J. Weigand, 67, passed away March 3,. Frank was born in Barberton where he was a resident for the past 25 years. He retired as a salesman from Cris-Craft Boats after 30 years and also from ADW. Frank was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where he participated in the Holy Hour Program. He also was active in the Community Pregnancy Center Men’s Ministry and a proud member of AA. Preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Agnes; brother, Jerry; and sister, Harriet Ann. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Barbara E. (nee Stock); daughter, Kelly Weigand; stepson, Edward (Jennifer) Grimes; sisters-in-law, Mary Jane (Tom) Gardner and Linda Sykes; brothers-in-law, Mike (Peggy) Stock and Jim (Donna) Stock; numerous wonderful nieces and nephews; close friends, Mark Sullivan and Jeff Krizay; and many more close friends through family and AA. A special thank you to Hospice of Summa, especially Mandy and Tiara. Mass of Christian Burial was March 9, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours were March 8, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund or AA. Share a memory or sign the guestbook at www.silva-hostetler.com 



John M. Phelps “Buddy” “Digger”

John M. Phelps, 64, passed away March 3. John was born in Wilsondale, West Virginia and had been a Barberton resident all his life. He was a graduate of Barberton High School Class of 1970 and attended The University of Akron. He retired from PPG after 20 years of service. He was a member of the CAA and was a past officer in ACRWA Local 1. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Vietnam Era on the USS Grand Canyon. Buddy was a life member and multiple time Past Commander of American Legion Post 449. He loved music and played bass and sang in many bands. Buddy enjoyed playing golf and slots and was a long suffering lifelong Browns fan. Preceded in death by his parents, John Sr. and Ruth; sister, Polly; brothers, Joe, Brooks and William; John is survived by the love of his life and wife of 22 years, Kathryn L. (nee Leach); children, Morgan (Kay) Phelps, Rachel (Christopher Bors) Phelps, Jamie (Meghann) Price and Danielle (Mick) Macko; grandchildren, Declan and Ian Phelps and Cody and Andrew Murphy; sister, Mahala Phillips and Cassie Damavandi; brother, Michael Phelps; father-in-law, Ray (Ann) Leach Sr.; special friends, Garry and Dianna Richardson; and numerous other relatives and friends. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of 1 West Palliative Care Floor at Summa Barberton Hospital. Calling hours are March 9, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva -Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Graveside service Thursday, March 10, 9:30 a.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. (Please meet at the entrance to the cemetery) In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 449, 1090 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, OH 44314. Share a memory or sign the guestbook at www.silva-hostetler.com.



Charles W. Somerville 

Charles W. Somerville, 49, passed away March 4, after a three year battle with cancer. Charles was raised in New Franklin and was a graduate of Norton High School. After serving four years in the United States Marine Corps, he graduated from the University of Akron with a BS in Automated Manufacturing Technology.  Charlie was formerly employed by Ford Motor Company and City of Akron Water Department.  He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, National Lodge 568 F&AM, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Valley of Akron and York Rite. Preceded in death by nephew, Jeremy Lasko; father-in-law, Lauren Egger and brother-in-law, Douglas Egger; survived by his wife, Barbara (nee Egger); parents, Wayne and LaVera Somerville; mother-in-law, Pat Egger; stepson, Bradley (Devon) Egger; brothers, Jim (Dana) Lasko, John (Pam) Lasko and Michael (Joetta) Somerville; stepgrandson, Liam and Logan Egger; niece, Maggie Somerville; nephews, Jim and Brian Lasko and Jett Wayne Somerville; along with other relatives and friends and will be greatly missed by his faithful canine companions, “Rosa” and “Lily”. Family will received friends March 8, with Masonic services at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Graveside services were March 9, at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron, 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, OH 44087.



George E. Grannis Jr. “Puddin”
George E. Grannis Jr. “Puddin”, 72, passed away March 3. A resident of Doylestown, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.  George retired as a truck driver with 30 years of service.  He was active in Teamsters Local 407, past Commander of American Legion 449 and was a member of Barberton Moose 759. Preceded in death by his parents, George Sr. and Rose; survived by his wife of 17 years, Sheila; children, Kim Grannis, Richard Grannis and Nikki (Bill) Blicha; stepchildren, Renee (Tim) Struckel and Ty (Christie) Robinson; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother Larry Grannis of Reston, Virginia.; sister, Kathy (Randy) Huffman of Lodi; nieces, nephews; other relatives, friends and his special friend and best buddy, “Abby.” Funeral service will be March 7, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Fr. Robert Jackson officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. George’s family will receive friends March 6, 2-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice to memory of George.




Diane K. Moore (nee Althauser) 

Diane K. Moore (nee Althauser) 67, passed away Feb. 29. A resident of Norton for 39 years, she enjoyed playing bingo, working in the yard and spending time with her grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Mae Althauser and nephew, Mark Althauser; Diane is survived by her husband of 48 years, Gary; son, Todd Moore; daughter, Kelly (Scott) MacDonald; grandchildren, Mason and Leah MacDonald; sister, Patty (Don) Cardis; brother, Sonny (Phyllis) Althauser; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be March 5, 10 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Doylestown.  Diane’s family will receive friends March 4, 3 - 7 p.m.



Linda L. Heiney (nee Miller)

Linda L. Heiney (nee Miller), 68, passed away March 1. She was born in Barnesville, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1947 and graduated from Woodsfield High School.  Linda moved to Barberton in 1965, where she met the “love of her life”, Michael Heiney. They married June 21, 1969 and have been a resident of Clinton for over 40 years. Linda enjoyed taking care of her husband, children and grandkids; cooking, baking, gardening and the holidays with her family and friends; and of course the short trips she, her sisters and mother would take venturing in Ohio. Preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Deveda (Carpenter) Miller; brother, Stanley “Bud” Miller; sister, Shirley Sandi and mother-in-law, Rachel Mascoline; Linda is survived by her husband of 46 ½ years, Michael; children, Heather (Bill) Price, Michael (Amanda) Heiney and Megan Heiney (Mike); grandchildren, Jeremiah, Katie, Anthony, Makenzie and Tristan; sister, Donna (Terry) Selogy; brothers, Wayne (Janet) Miller, Wes Miller, Joe (Karen) Miller and Jeff (Kim) Miller; sisters-in-law, Michaeline Miller and Beverly (Jim) Cvelbar; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Summa Barberton ICU for the wonderful care and support Linda and her family received. Funeral service will be March 5, 5 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton.  Linda’s family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1815 W. Market St., Suite 108 Akron, OH 44313.



Sidney “Sid” Cholak

Sidney “Sid” Cholak, 71, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 28. He was a life resident of the Norton/Barberton area.  Sid retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 46 years of service and attended Thayer Church. Preceded in death by his parents, Mark and “Patty” and his first wife, Olean; survived by his wife of 14 years, Brenda; two stepsons; one stepgrandson; other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Saturday, March 5, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with David Flatt officiating. Burial Hillcrest Cemetery. Sid’s family will receive friends Friday, March 4, 6 - 8 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service, c/o Akron General Foundation, 400 Wabash Ave., Akron, OH 44307-2463.



Edward F. Kramer

God welcomed home his faithful servant Edward F. Kramer, 84, Feb. 27. He was born in Akron and was a graduate of Kenmore High School. Preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Clarence and Donald; Ed is survived by his sister, Delores (Frank) Nelson; sisters-in-law, Anna May Kramer and Carol Kramer; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Friday, March 4, 1 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave, Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Clinton Cemetery. Ed’s family will receive friends Thursday, March 3, 6-8 p.m.  



Wilma N. McCroskey “Tiny”

Wilma N. McCroskey “Tiny”, 86, was called home by the Lord, Feb. 28. She was born July 28, 1929, in Spencer, West Virginia. Wilma was a kind and very loving lady who enjoyed her children, grandchildren and her family. Preceded in death by husband, Daniel; sons, Danny, Michael and David; and son-in law, Lendol Bush. Survived by daughters, Michelle (David); Brenda (John); Sharon; sister, Betty Moss; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The family would like to thank Altercare of Wadsworth for their loving care of their mother. The family will receive friends March 2, 5-7 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave. Barberton. Funeral service will take place Thursday, March 3, 11 a.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home with Pastor Paul Martin officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Absolute Hospice, Cuyahoga Falls or Altercare of Wadsworth.



Michael D. Macko

Michael D. Macko, 63, “Big Mike” passed away Feb. 26, surrounded by his loving family. He lost a two year battle with cancer, where he championed the MackoStrong Relay for Life team. Mike was a lifelong resident of Barberton where he retired from the City of Barberton with 30 years of service. He was a devout member of St. Augustine Church where gave freely of his time volunteering. He spent his retirement managing the Slovak Catholic Sokol Club, of which he was a lifetime member and working for the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and honorary lifetime member of the Barberton Jaycees. Mike was a selfless man, choosing to spend his free time helping others. The community will miss his big smile and generous heart. Preceded in death by his father, Hilary, father and mother-in-law, Robert and Jackie Myers. He is survived by the love of his life, Peggy, married for 44 years; children Mick (Danielle), Chris (Renea), Jay (Karen), Bauch (Kara), Matt (Lauren), Beth Sveda (Tony), 12 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; mother Rosella, sisters Bernadine, Kathleen, Margaret, Jo Ann, Mary Ann and brothers Larry, Greg, Paul, Donald, and Bob and their spouses. A special thank you to 1 West Palliative Care at Summa-Barberton Hospital and Hospice of Summa. Mass of Christian burial was March 2, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours were March, 2 at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund. Please share a memory or sign the guestbook at www.silva-hostetler.com.



Patricia A. Ross “Granny Pat”

Patricia A. Ross “Granny Pat”, 76, passed away Feb. 23. She was a resident of Barberton for 33 years. Preceded in death by her children, Terri Wilson, Michelli Wilson and Daniel Wilson; Pat is survived by her children, Herbert Wilson, Paula Lisle, Shirley Rollic, Shelby Ross, Angel Ross, Cyndra Ross and Madisyn Shackelford; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Sam and Carol Ross. She was the strongest, most nurturing woman anyone could ever meet. Funeral service was March 1, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Rose Hill Burial Park. Pat’s family received friends Feb. 29. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.



Joyce L. Moon

Joyce L. Moon, 76, passed away Feb. 27. A  life resident of Barberton, she was a retired floral designer. Joyce was a member of Johnson United Methodist Church where she was active in many church activities. She enjoyed spending time with the “57” girls from Coventry High School and was a “true blue Indians fan.” She would keep stats while listening to the games on her transistor radio. Joyce will be reunited with her husband, Ronald and other family members and friends. She leaves to cherish her memory, sons, John (Theresa) and Dale (Dawn); four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Marilyn Hill and Charlene Moon; brother, Richard (Sharon) Mong; many other relatives and friends. Her family would like to thank the staff at The Merriman and Tridia Hospice for all the care and support, she and her family received. Funeral service was March 2, at Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, with Pastor Scott Wilson and Pastor Tal Lewis officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Joyce’s family received friends March 1, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Johnson United Methodist Church Youth Mission Team or the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 70 West Streetsboro St., Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236 in her memory.




Danny Kaludy

Danny Kaludy, 92, passed away peacefully Feb. 24, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Danny was born in Akron and was a life resident of Barberton, where he retired from Lockheed Martin. He was a lifetime member of Barberton All Sports Boosters and was active in youth sports.  Danny was also a member of Masonic Lodge 611 where he was a 32nd Degree Mason-Scottish Rite. Dan was also a proud Army Veteran serving during World War II. Preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Clara; and brother, Walter; survivors include his sons, James (Debby) and William (Kathleen); grandchildren, Michael Kaludy, Kristen (Tom) Lehner, Nathan Kaludy and Maren (Brett) Witzberger; and great-grandchildren, Emma and Tommy Lehner. Funeral service will be Feb. 29, 9:30 a.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m. Share a memory or sign the guest book at www.silva-hostetler.com.



Charles L. Miller

Charles L. Miller, 87, passed away Feb. 21. He was born on May 12, 1928, in Barberton. He attended Norton Public Schools, graduating in 1946. He obtained a BS degree from Heidelberg College. Served in the U.S. army during the Korean conflict, then received his degree in pharmacy from the Ohio State University. He practiced in Barberton, Norton and Portage Lakes, and then owned Coventry Pharmacy for 25 years. He was a member of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, the Summit Co. (past president), Ohio State and American Pharmaceutical Associations and the Norton Historical Society (past president) He was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Cathryn (Brenner) Miller; sister, Naomi Reynolds and brother-in-law, Tony Spina of Roswell, New Mexico. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Patricia; four children, David (Lisa) of Westerville, Ohio, Barbara (Doug) Dunwald of Barberton, Janet (Brad) Northcraft of Plover, Wisconsin and Paul (Catherine) of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, as well as one more on the way and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be Feb. 26, 1 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Barberton, with Fr. Michael Petrochuk officiating. He will be laid to rest during a private family burial at Loyal Oak Cemetery among all the ancestors that have gone before him. Family will greet friends and family after the service. In lieu of flowers donations may be given to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 583 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, OH 44203; the Norton Alumni Foundation, P.O. Box 1333, Norton, OH 44203; or the Norton Historical Society, 4060 Columbia Woods Drive, Norton, OH 44203.



Ronald T. Mozart

Ronald T. Cozart went home to be with the Lord, Feb. 14. Ronnie was born in Akron, July 25, 1957. He was preceded in death by his parents,  Gloria and Paul Whittington and Gerald Cozart. He is survived by his children, Ronald T. Cozart II and Marcia (David) Short; grandchildren, Cheyanne and Jocelyn; sisters, Cindy and Dorothy Cozart; brothers, Jerry (Danette), John (Rebecca); many nieces and nephews, as well as honorary nieces and nephews; and dearest friends, Roxann Headrick and Lynn Westfall. At Ronnie's request, the services will be private for the family. 



Carol J. Zelenko

Carol J. Zelenko, 69, passed away suddenly Feb. 19. Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph and parents, Benedict and Donna Gorday; Carol is survived by her daughter, Diane (Brian) Andrus and son, Jim (Dena) Zelenko; grandchildren, Paige, Brian, Nikolas and Kaitlyn; sisters, Nancy Reynolds and Kim Carr; along with other family members and friends. There will be no services. Cremation has taken place.



Mildred (Millie) L. Crater

Mildred (Millie) L. Crater, 75, went home to be with the Lord, Feb. 16. Mildred was born in Barberton, April 12, 1940. She lived most of her life in Barberton where she was a member of WOTM 759. Preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Alice Benson; son, Carl Crater and dog, Rusty. She is survived by special friend and companion of 33 years, Edward Whisler and their dog, Max; daughters, Lisa French, Michelle (Michael) Seladoki, and Melinda (Pat) Henry; sisters, Fay Taylor (Ronald) and Wanda (Charles) Childers; brothers, Richard (Barb) Benson, Virgil Taylor, and James (Marie) Speck; grandchildren, Felicia, Jessica, Amanda, Justin, Lauren, Amy, Nathaniel, Anna, Natalie and Riley; great-grandchildren, Dustin, Madison, Abigail, Olivia, Joseph and Logan. The family received friends, Feb. 22, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Norton. Memorial followed,with Pastor Adam Speas officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mildred’s honor to Great Lakes Caring Hospice, 1530 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313.




Adella Teresa Eckman (Schmitt)

Adella Teresa Eckman went home to be with her Savior Feb. 9. She was born Sept. 11, 1960 in Akron, to her parents Raymond and Paula Schmitt. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones and friends. Adella touched many lives with her sweet smile, infectious laugh and love of the Lord. As a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Smithville, she enjoyed serving and encouraging others and took advantage of every opportunity to share her faith with everyone she met. She truly treasured her husband and poured herself into raising and supporting her children. She is survived by her mother, Paula Scianna-Schmitt; beloved husband and best friend for 35 years, Terry; children, Isaac Eckman (April), Joel Eckman (Kaitlin Shrout), and Hannah Eckman; siblings, Rose A. Webb, Angela D. Klinger, Raymond C. Schmitt, Jr. (Karen), Paula A. Schmitt (Kraig), and Mary Jo Nelisse (Mark), as well as many nieces and nephews. Adella is preceded in death by her father, Raymond. The family will greatly miss Adella, but we rejoice that she is now in Heaven with her Savior. Romans 8:38-39: "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.



Shelly Ann Doughty, Carter (Kondor) 

Shelly Ann Doughty, Carter (Kondor), 51, of Barberton, passed away Feb. 15. Born Aug. 27, 1964, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by her parents, Pamela Stevens and Lawrence Kondor. Shelly is survived by her stepfather, Marvin Stevens; brother, Michael Kondor; children, Hope (Branden) Fern, Thomas Doughty, Taylor Carter, Dorian Carter; and several grandchildren. Shelly loved her family and her laughter could be heard from miles away. A memorial service will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., at Wadsworth United Methodist Church, 195 Broad Street, Wadsworth, with Pastor Donald Ebert officiating.



Anne C. Cox

Anne C. Cox, 89, was a lifetime resident of Barberton but lived the past two years in Greenville, South Carolina, passed peacefully Feb. 17, to join her husband Lance in the kingdom of heaven. Anne was a devoted mother and grandmother who was a very kind, loving and generous person that will be greatly missed by all. Anne worked at Barberton Citizens Hospital in the credit department and retired after 25 years of service and was a lifetime member of Sacred Heart and Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She was predeceased by husband, Dexter Lance; parents, Mary and Frank Zagar; sister, Helen Zagar; and brother, Frank Zagar. She is survived by her daughter, Pam and husband, David Lamb of Greenville, South Carolina; grandsons, Brent Hohman of Charleston, South Carolina; Kyle Hohman of Norfolk, Virginia; granddaughter, Renee and husband, Brock Putman; great-grandson, Mason Putman of Greenville, South Carolina; sisters, Mary Poje and Frances Boley; sister-in-law, Ann Zagar and brother-in-laws, Ken Cox, all of Barberton; and Dr. William E. Cox of California; along with many dear nieces, nephews and friends. Mass of Christian burial will be Feb. 22, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling Hours Feb. 21, 2-4 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton, where prayers will be said Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Jean Lynn Barlow (Lancaster)

Jean Lynn Barlow (Lancaster), 88, went to be with the Lord Feb. 17. Jean was born in Cumberland, Maryland and moved to Barberton in her senior year in high school. There she met and married the “love of her life”, Ray Barlow. Jean worked at Clearwater and Firestone Cafe and was also a member of Johnson United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Raymond H. Barlow and daughter, Rae Ann Sumer; Jean is survived by her three sons and families, Robert (Nancy) Barlow, Joseph Barlow and Fred (Libby) Barlow; William (Barb) Sumer and Roseann Barlow; seven grandchildren, Billy, Jamie (Glenn), Matt, Chris, Mike, Cheryl and Lisa; two great-granddaughters, Michelle and Melissa and great-great-grandson, Jacob; along with many other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Feb. 20, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Tal Lewis officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Jean’s family will receive friends Feb. 19, 4-7 p.m. Donations may be made to Johnson United Methodist Church, 3409 Johnson Road, Norton, OH 44203, in memory of Jean.



Donald J. Kramer 

Donald J. Kramer, 82, passed away suddenly Feb. 16. A life resident of Akron, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and retired from Goodyear Aerospace/Lockheed Martin with 40 years of service. Preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Clarence Kramer; Don is survived by his sister, Delores (Frank) Nelson of Melbourne, Florida; brother, Edward Kramer of Wadsworth; sisters-in-law, Anna May Kramer of Barberton and Carol Kramer of Uniontown; many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Feb. 20, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Clinton Cemetery with military honors. Don’s family will receive friends Feb. 19, 5-7 p.m.



Charles “Chuck” R. Arny

Charles “Chuck” R. Arny, 90, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Feb. 15, with his family at his side. He was born Feb. 1, 1926, in Barberton, to Harry and Grace (Shelly) Arny. Chuck was a former member of the Kenmore Nazarene Church where he started the caravan with Reverend Bunker; he was a current member of the Barberton Church of God. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he traveled overseas to France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Austria in the ETO with the 20th Armored Division. Chuck was a proud member of the Boy Scouts of American and the Order of the Black Arrow. He retired from Roadway Express with over 30 years of employment working in the Akron and Toledo terminals. Preceded in death by his wives, Eileen Green-Arny and Mary McKnight-Arny and son, Bruce Arny. Chuck was the last living of his siblings. A special thanks to the staff at Amherst Meadows Senior Care Center and Harbor Light Hospice for their compassionate care of our father. Survived by children. Dr. Richard (Billie) Arny, Florence (Rich) Rhoades, Crystal (Bill) Cox; grandchildren, Stacey (Shaun) Chandler, Betsy (Mike) McNulty, Ryan (Shannon) Cox, Kyle Schwiger, Matt (Amee) Cox, Josh (Clarissa McGill) Cox, Scott (Melina Bartow) Rhoades, Todd Rhoades, Jason (Jennifer) Arny, Dr. Curtis (Carolyn) Arny and Lindsay (Eric) Stutzman; great-grandchildren. Allyson (Mike), Zach, Emily, Maddy, Callie, Dylan, Morgan, Carter, Ian, Ella, Skyler, Sawyer, Taya, Mya, Kavion, Taylor, Isabella and Zachary. Services will be Feb. 19, 6 p.m., at the Barberton Church of God, 885 N Summit St, Barberton. Pastor Chuck Erbe officiating. Calling hours will be 4-6 p.m., prior to the service. Graveside service with full military honors, will take place Feb. 20, 11 a.m., at Greenlawn Cemetery; 2580 Romig Road, Akron. 



Roberta L. (Wilsterman) Tittle

Roberta L. Tittle, 89, passed away Feb. 16. Born in Adena, Ohio, she had been a life resident of the Barberton/Norton area where she was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her first husband, Howard Wilsterman; second husband, Richard Tittle; son, Paul H. Wilsterman Jr.; and stepson, Thomas Tittle; Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen Crafton; stepdaughter, Norma Rist; grandchildren, Justin and Dan Crafton and Josh Wilsterman; great-grandchildren, Amanda Crafton and Jordan (Rory) Culbertson; great-great-granddaughter, Delaney Culbertson; and Paul’s girlfriend, Sandie Saxon. The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Luke Lutheran Community and Summa Barberton Hospital Palliative Care for their care of Roberta. Calling hours will be Feb. 18, 4-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Private funeral service with burial on Friday at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  www.silva-hostetler.com.


Ronald E. Black

Ronald E. Black, 85, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones Feb. 12, after a short battle with cancer. He was a life resident of Barberton, born Oct. 12, 1930. He served our country in the U.S. Navy for two years. He retired from BF Goodrich with over 35 years of service. He was a member of Mogadore Moose Lodge 1082, Eagles 555 and Orioles Nest 167. He supported Barberton sports, loved to dance and play bingo. He was a caregiver to many. His joy, his laughter and love will be greatly missed. Preceded in death by parents, William and Frances Black; sister, Donna Luck; wife, Joanne; son, Gary Black; daughter, Cindy Black. He is survived by son, Terry Black; daughter, Ronda Jo (Dennis) Kennedy; daughter-in-law, Shari Black; grandchildren Kristopher, Betsy and Sarah Black and their mother, Patti; Ronnie and Patrick Kennedy; Rayn and Rhys Campbell; great-grandchildren, Emma and Madison Kennedy; Alder Barnes; significant other, Phyllis Hissong; many nieces and nephews. A graveside service with military honors will take place Friday, Feb. 19, 2:30 p.m., at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman. Memorials may be made to Humane Society of Greater Akron or to your favorite charity. 



Donald William Green

Donald William Green, 64, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Feb. 14, after a hard fought five year battle with pancreatic cancer. Don was born Aug. 3, 1951, in Barberton, to Andrew and Norma Green. He spent most of his life in the Barberton-Norton area. He worked 33 years in management for the FW Albrecht Company, then worked 13 in management for Costco Wholesale. Don enjoyed the outdoors, golfing, traveling to tropical destinations and vacationing at the beach with his family. Don was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Andrew; and his baby sister, Marilyn. Don is survived by Joyce (Ohme), his loving wife of 42 years; sons, Lance (Erin), Joel (Tara), and Ethan (Julie); brother-in-law, Ken Ohme; sister-in-law, Cathy Green; nephew, Ray Green (Gayle); niece, Michelle (Robbin) Smith; cherished grandsons, Devon and Donovan; countless friends offering their prayers and support; and Don’s furry feline companion, Lacie, who rarely left Don’s side during his last days. The family would like to thank all staff and doctors from Summa City and University Hospitals, especially Dr. Williams, Dr. Mahesh, Dr. Farzin and Dr. Marks, for the wonderful care provided throughout his journey. A special thanks to the most caring nurses and the entire staff at ClearPath Hospice. Their kindness and compassion will never be forgotten. The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 18, 5-8 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Avenue, Barberton. Funeral Service will take place Friday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m., with Reverend Jill Smith Officiating. One hour of calling prior to the service at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation (http://www.npcf.us/donate/).



Helen M. (Penko) Nagy (nee Lazar)

Helen M. (Penko) Nagy, nee Lazar passed away Feb. 15. Helen was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and retired from Weather Seal.  She was a member of the former Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Preceded in death by her first husband, Ernie Penko; She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Steve W.; son, Ernie (Gail) Penko; grandsons, Greg , Joe and Chris; and her great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton. Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. www.silva-hostetler.com



Charlotte Zagar

Our dear mother, Charlotte Zagar, was called into the arms of her Savior Jesus Christ Feb. 11, after a 16 year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Charlotte was born Sept. 11, 1927 in Akron, to Sheldon and Nellie (Primm) Lear. Charlotte was the widow of former Barberton Police Lieutenant Eddie Zagar who passed away at the age of 57 in 1981. Charlotte married Eddie in 1948 and together they raised a family of seven children in Barberton. Charlotte was a devout Catholic and was especially devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Charlotte formerly was a member of St. Augustine’s Church in Barberton, and currently was a member of Immaculate Conception of Mary Church in Kenmore, where for many years she sang in the choir. Charlotte was also a long time member of the FOP Barberton Lodge 13 Ladies Auxiliary. Charlotte was deeply devoted to caring for her children and grandchildren and her family meant everything to her. She loved animals, the outdoors and had a very optimistic outlook on life. She had a strong faith in God and shared with all she knew that “God would provide.” Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, Sheldon and Nellie Lear; her sister, Barbara Klever and brother, Larry Lear. She is survived by sons, David (Kathleen) Zagar, Steven Zagar, Daniel (Judy) Zagar, John Zagar and daughters, Joan (Tom) Painter, Catherine (Greg) Smith and Theresa (Jeff) Shaw; brother, Robert Lear; sister, Sally Grubaugh; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Our family would like to thank the staff of Pleasant View Health Care in Barberton for their tender care of Charlotte over the last six and a half years. The family will receive friends Feb. 15, 5-9 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave. Barberton. Mass of Christian Burial will take place Feb. 16, 11 a.m., at Immaculate Conception of Mary Church, 2101 17th Street SW, Akron. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron. Memorials may be made in Charlotte’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 70 W. Streetsboro St. Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236.




Elizabeth Gallina

Elizabeth Gallina, born Feb. 28, 1944, went home to be with her Savior and Lord, Feb. 6. Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Her kind heart and unconditional love made her a light in this world always willing to share her faith with those around her. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Elizabeth retired from city hospital medical records. Her joy, her laugh and her love will be greatly missed by all of us. The family received friends, Feb. 11, at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave. Barberton. Pastor Mark O’Donnell officiated. Burial followed at Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the funeral home.



Kerry Michael Doyle

Kerry Michael Doyle was born in Akron, May 22, 1960. He was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a faithful member of the Apostolic Church and a proud father. Preceded in death by his mother, Patricia A. Doyle and father, Lewis Z. Doyle. He will be greatly missed by his children, Rachael Doyle, Sarah Doyle and Michael Doyle; and their mother, Lori. Kerry is also survived by his sister, Kathy (Joe) Mandia and brother, Kim (Joann) Doyle along with many nieces and nephews. The family will received friends Feb. 11, at the Barberton Apostolic Church, 1717 Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Barberton. Bishop Rodney Pamer and Pastor Paul Pamer will officiate. Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery, Akron.



Joan I. Duncan

Joan I. Duncan, 79, passed away Feb. 13. A resident of Barberton for most of her life, she retired from Medina Hospital with 31 years of service. Preceded in death by her husband, Russell Sr.; daughter, Deborah Smith; sons, William Beitel and Thomas Duncan; Joan is survived by her children, Russell (Debra) Duncan, James (Brenda) Duncan, Henry (Mandy) Duncan, Melissa Duncan, Crystal Duncan and Jacinda Duncan; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, along with other family members. Funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 18, 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Paul Beitel officiating. Burial at Lockwood Cemetery.  Joan’s family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.



Arthur L. Greathouse

Arthur L. Greathouse, 72, passed away Thursday, Feb.11. Preceded in death by his father, one brother and one sister. Survived by his mother, three brothers and four sisters, eight children, many grandchildren. There will be a memorial service will be Feb. 15, noon, at Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Drive, Akron, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating.


Vincent R. “Coach” Stiner 

Vincent R. “Coach” Stiner, 79, passed away peacefully at Doylestown Health Care, Feb. 11. “Coach” was finally able to go home to Doylestown (his hometown) to that next “Grand Ballfield.” He rejoins his brothers, Bo and Nick and his mother, Julia. A resident of Norton for 40 years, he retired from PPG Industries with 40 years of service. Vince was admired by many children, coaching baseball, football and other youth sports. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching and watching the kids having fun and becoming proud of themselves thru the years. He was a member of the Barberton Moose 759, Slovenian Center, Hunky Club, along with many other groups and organizations, making friends and acquaintances wherever he went. Vince is survived by his niece, Leighsa Denton; great-niece, Destiny Denton and good friend, Scott Hayth. RIP, Uncle Vince.


Patricia D. Young

Patricia D. Young, 68, passed away peacefully Feb. 13, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Pat was born in Barberton, March 13, 1948, to William D. Young and Patricia L. (McMillan) Young. She joins her grandparents, Ida M. McMillan and Harry Young and Grace (Boley) Young, along with her parents. A resident of Barberton her entire life, she was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1966. Pat worked at Quaker Square for many years at the candy store and currently at Timber Top Apartments as a bookkeeper for several years. She loved her “church family” at Columbia United Church of Christ, where for many years she was in charge of the nursery and was active in both the bell and vocal choirs and also volunteered for many events. Her nativity scene was the highlight of the Christmas season. She loved going to bingo and the summer concert series all over northeast Ohio with friends, Linda Curtian and mom, Jean. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority since 1968. She loved her sorority sisters and had many adventures through out the years. Pat enjoyed having coffee with her many dear friends daily. She loved her family, holidays, playing games, picking out traditional Christmas ornaments, making her deviled eggs and spinach dip. She leaves behind to keep up her many traditions alive, brother, William D. “Bill” Young; sister and brother-in-law, Jane M. and Timothy O. Gillespie; nieces and nephews, Mia Gonzalez (Greg), Mike Gonzalez, Amy Potnick  (Greg), Kim Gillespie, Carly Kilmer (nee Young) (Jason), Leah (Samuel) Polk, Hayley (Adam) Lengyel; great-nieces and nephews, Rylie, Audrey, Rosalie, Tommy, Drew and Trevor; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will Thursday, Feb. 18, 11 a.m., at Columbia United Church of Christ, 978 Wooster Road, W., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Patty’s family will receive friends Feb. 17, 2-4 p.m. and 7- 9 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton, with a sorority service at 6:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church in Pat’s memory.


Edgar J. Smith

Edgar J. Smith, 90, passed away Jan. 31. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and retired from PPG Industries with 43 years of service. Preceded in death by his wife, Martha (nee Owston) Smith; sister, Donna Ault and son, Donald Smith; Edgar is survived by his son, Gary (Jerri) Smith; daughter-in-law, Debbie Smith; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Edgar’s family will receive friends Sunday, Feb. 21, 4-6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family requests, please no flowers. 



James E. Baughman

James E. Baughman, 69, passed away Feb. 4. Born in Barberton, he was a resident of Doylestown most of his life. Jim retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 31 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Irene and sister, Patricia Hicks; survived by wife of 45 years, Barbara; daughter, Cristy (Eric) Staller; son, James (Kathy) Baughman; grandchildren, Shelby Baughman, Morgan Staller, Taylor Baughman, Samantha Staller and Taryn Baughman. Jim’s family will receive friends Feb. 7, 3-6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Windsor House at Doylestown Health Care, 95 Black Drive, Doylestown, OH 44230.


Richard J. Somerick

Richard J. Somerick passed away Jan. 20, he was 80 years old. Born June 24, 1935 in Barberton and graduated class of ’53. He was an Air Force Vet. He worked at PPG in Barberton and the chemical plant in New Martinsville, West Virginia. He retired after 44 years. He was preceded in death by parents, Joseph A. and Mary Rose and son, John R. He was survived by wife, June and children, Kathy (Terry) Steinwand, Rick (Lisa) Somerick, Joe Somerick, Mary Frances (Larry) Trenta and Diane White; stepchildren, Dale (Debbie) Baldwin, Kenny Baldwin and Debbie Elavsky; sisters, Delores (Bill) Kenna, Pat (Ron) Gable; Daughter-in-law, Tammy Moss; beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be Saturday, Feb. 6, at Jarvis-Williams Funeral Home, 1224 S. Bridge Street, New Martinsville, West Virginia. Burial at a later date at Western Reserve Cemetery in Rittman. 



Diana Catherine Koshland (Hollenbaugh)

October 22, 1949 – January 31, 2016

Formerly of Barberton. She leaves behind a loving husband, Bradford; daughters, Joni Larsen, Laura Decker (Shawn), Dale Howarth (David), Emily Balog (Matt) and stepdaughter, Johnna Petrutz (Matt); eight grandchildren and countless friends. Diana was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Barberton with her four siblings, John, Carol, Mark and Joel Hollenbaugh. She graduated from Saint Mary’s High School in Akron, where she was the school and church organist for many years. Upon graduation from high school, Diana attended Akron University and worked at the Akron Children’s Home at both Arlington and Sunshine Center where her beautiful personality touched many lives. She moved to New Jersey where she resumed her education at Rutgers’s University followed by Cooper Hospital School of Nursing. Diana’s nursing career was spent at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center. She was a loving, compassionate and dedicated Registered Nurse. Upon her retirement, she and her husband became snowbirds between their homes in Florida and Pennsylvania. Diana and Brad also enjoyed many adventures as they traveled the United States in their motor home, attending many RV rallies along the way. Memorial service will be held at Zale’s Funeral Home, 712 N. White Horse Pike, Stratford, New Jersey, Friday, Feb. 5, 6 - 8 p.m. Interment will be at Trinity Cemetery in Rising Sun, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, Diana had requested that donations be made "in memory of Diana Koshland" to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in support of The Cardiac Research Fund. Checks made out to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation may be mailed to P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178-1352. Gifts may also be made online at www.giftofchildhood.org/donate.



James J. Prunty 

James. J. Prunty, 61, passed away Jan. 28. He was a life resident of Wadsworth. James was a member of Wadsworth Moose, American Legion, Wadsworth FOE and Wadsworth VFW. Preceded in death by his sister, Patty Flinn; survived by his children, Kenison and Savannah Prunty; parents, Okey and Frances Prunty; granddaughter, Kennadee Prunty and many friends. Following his request cremation will take place. There was a celebration of James’ life Jan. 30, at the Wadsworth American Legion, 129 Main Street, Wadsworth.



Harold “Bud” Horracks

Harold (Bud) Horracks, 76, passed away Jan. 28, with his family at his side. Bud was born in Barberton to Harold R. and Juanita “Edie” Horracks. He was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Norton and was a member of the holy hour program at St. Augustine in Barberton for over 20 years. Bud was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country for two years. He was employed by Norton City Schools for 28 years and retired as a maintenance supervisor in 2002. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting, fishing and enjoyed gardening. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1617 and the Columbia Chemical Association. But more than anything he loved his family and his life. Bud was a strong talented man and was a role model for so many and his legacy will live on. Bud is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Nancy; mother, Juanita “Edie”; daughter, Vickie Harper of Dewitt, Virginia, daughter, Laura (Sean) Cramer of Barberton; daughter, Peggy (Scott) Campbell of Norton and son, Brian (Stephanie) of Barberton; brother, Tom (Kay) of Barberton; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Bud was preceded in death by his father, Harold R and son, Harold “Buster” R. Mass of Christian burial will be Feb. 3, 10 a.m., at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton. Rev. James Maloney, celebrant. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours Feb. 2, 4-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, where prayers will be said Feb. 3, 9:30 a.m., In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Lori (Susong) Jones

Lori (Susong) Jones, 55, passed away Jan. 29. Born in Wadsworth, Lori lived in Ohio most of her life. Lori was a generous person who enjoyed her cats, the ocean and games. Lori is survived by her parents, James and Sarah (Powell) Susong of Rittman; brother, James (Tracy) Susong II of Fort Worth, Texas; sisters, Kimberly (Kevin) McHenry of Norton and Wendi (James) Danko, of Doylestown. Lori is also survived by two beautiful, kind, and successful daughters, Jennifer (Aaron) Stump of Smithville and Amanda (Carl) Kashnier of Barberton. She also leaves four grandchildren, Emma, Maddison, Christopher and Anna. Lori leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews and special friend, Greg Trenary.  A memorial service will be Feb. 1, 6 p.m., at Rittman Christian Church, Rittman, Pastor John Wittmann officiating. www.silva-hostetler.com



Louis “Louie” Kun

Louis “Louie” Kun, 89, passed away Jan. 30. He was a life resident of Barberton. Louie was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served in the Pacific. He was a member of the Barberton First United Presbyterian Church for many years. Louis retired from Seiberling Tire and Rubber Company in May 1980, after 39 years of service as the assistant chief chemical engineer. Louis joined the Department of Defense during the Gulf War serving 10 years and retiring as a GS-11 from government service. As a professional photographer, he took numerous wedding photographs and many family portraits. Louis was preceded in death by his loving wife, Esther, of 67 years, and his infant daughter, Patricia Ann. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, James and Alex and sister, Irene Willener. Survived by his daughters, Becky (Gary) Voltz, Judith (Ricky) Edmondson and Tamara Chaboudy; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He also leaves a host of many relatives, neighbors and friends. Funeral service will be held Feb. 3, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, with military honors. Louie’s family will receive friends on Feb. 2, 5-8 p.m.



Vera A. Judge

Vera A. Judge, 98, passed away Jan. 30, at Pleasant View Health Care Center. Vera was born in Akron and was a Barberton resident all her life, where she worked at WT Grants. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she was active in the altar society. She was also a member of the Barberton and Norton Senior Centers. Preceded in death by her husband Thomas L; son, Thomas D.; and sisters, Helen Johnson and Velma Reich; Vera is survived by her daughter-in-law, Betty Judge of Canal Fulton; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister, Sylvia Smallwood. Mass of Christian burial will be Feb. 3, 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW., Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Augustine Endowment Trust Fund. www.silva-hostetler.com.



Randall J. Pelfrey

Randall J. Pelfrey, 56, passed away Jan. 29. A life resident of Barberton. Randy retired from the City of Barberton and also was a Barberton Reserve Police Officer. Preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Wanda; sister, Linda and brothers, Gary and Richard; survived by son, Alan of Perry Township; sister, Barbara Workman; brothers, Ronald and Glenn (Marcia); several aunts, uncles; many cousins; nephews and nieces. Funeral service will be Thursday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Randy’s family will receive friends Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5-9 p.m.



Doris Marie Koslosky

Doris Marie Koslosky, 76, entered the gates of Heaven, Jan. 25. She was born Feb. 25, 1939, in Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents, JD and Agnes Shadowens; sister, Shelby; brother, Bud and first husband Harry Iskow. Doris is survived by her husband of 29 years, Walter; sister, Kay and son, Jay Iskow; daughter, Jodi (Jerry) Lenox and son, Jerry (Helen) Iskow. Five grandchildren, Tracey, Lori, Jerry, Madison and Austin; seven great-grandchilden, Olivia, Lauren, Kennedy, Jerry, Carson, Emerson and Jaycie and one great-great-granddaughter, Harper. She also leaves behind her family and friends in Montana. Private service and burial were held at Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Medina or the Alzheimer's Association.The family would like to thank the staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center for their care of Doris. Mom, you have left this earth but will always remain in our hearts. Private family committal will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



Mr. Thomas Lee. Flippen Jr. 

On Jan. 23, another angel was ushered into the Kingdom. May 9, 1936, in Cambria, Virginia, another son was given to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lee Flippen Sr. He was to be named Thomas Lee Flippen, Jr. In life he became a hard worker. Kind, caring, giving, quiet, yet heard. Soft hands, warm heart. You loved him or you let him do it his way. In his life there were many challenges and changes. Beginning a family of his own in Virginia with his firstborn, a son, named Robert Wayne Flippen. Moving to Ohio he was blessed with a daughter, Argel Lee (Theodore) Mason and another son, Thomas Lee Flippen, Jr. Thomas’ last job was working at the Barberton Babcock & Wilcox as a crane operator. He retired in the year of 2006 after 35 years of service and I am sure he made a lot of friends. He became a member of the Boiler Maker Union 900. During his quest for life he joined the King Solomon Grand Lodge, the local branch Mount Herman Lodge 5, in Akron and became a 32 degree Mason in which he proudly served many positions, he loved his fellow brother and sister immensely. “And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.’” Then he came to me; a loving, caring, forgiving and his stand down and patient became his wife, Cheryl (Cheatham)-Flippen (Nisey) and I loved him through and to the end. It was wonderful to know that I asked God to send me someone that I could help lead to the Kingdom, then came Tommy and that lead him to his greatest love of all, Christ Jesus. Baptized in the year 2011, by Pastor Kenneth Cheatham at the Community Holiness Church accepting and living the life of a God fearing man until the end. His last vocalized prayer was “God please heal me completely and he told him of the Love he had for him and that he completely trusted in him.” He praised him, while he could out loud.  Hallelujah! He loved the title Deacon Flippen at the Community Holiness Church, where he was a faithful member sitting still and learning before reacting. He took this new change in his life serious and began to share it with others and his new spiritual family that he loved like his own and he will surely be missed. Leaving behind to cherish his memories is his wife, Cheryl (Cheatham) Flippen. Sons, Robert Wayne, Houston, Texas, Thomas L., Flippen of Akron; daughter, Argel (Theodore) Mason of Columbus. Andrew (Bessie) Flippen, Natural Bridge, Virginia, DuVal P. Flippin of Akron, Spencer J. Flippen (Kennie) of Mijawa, Japan, Delma Wyatt (Greg Davis) of Akron, Doris Price of Columbus, Doretha (Ronald) Eaves of Blacksburg, Viginia; sister-in-laws, Camille Hooks (Anthony), Malachi (Godson), Anthony II, Jamilla, Tianna, Jo’von, Zahara, Zion who opened up their hearts and home to Uncle Tommy in his time of need, Ms. Cecilia Ann Cheatham, Pam and Anita Allen. Brother-in-laws, Charles, Jerome Love of Barberton, Joel Frank Love of Akron, Theodore Allen of Orrville. Brothers, Robert, Osborne, Wilford Flippen (deceased). Sisters, Brenda Powell and Joyce Humphries (deceased).  A host of grandchildren, one to be born, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, his church family that had a shared love, the Holy Spirit, friends, the Fuell family, the staff of Barberton Manor Care, Cox Funeral Home, co-workers, Lodge brothers and sisters whom he loved serving with. Remember this, when “Uncle Tommy gave his heart, he was committed to it.” On December 21, 2015, when you fell Buddy, I had to rise but only with the strength that is perfect and by now you already know. A celebration of life will take place along with the King Solomon Grand Lodge to salute a fellow brother at the Barberton Band Booster, 795 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton, Saturday, Feb. 6.



Oval Steele

Oval Steele went home to be with the Lord Jan. 26. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Steele and her three siblings. She is survived by her son, Rich Steele; her daughter, Linda (Steve) Summerville; her grandchildren, Derek (Agusta) Summerville and Tara (Adam Kearns) Summerville; Corey (Lindsey) Steele, as well as her three great-grandchildren, Victoria, Evangeline and Max. She also leaves behind her dear sister-in-law, Evelyn Gilbert, as well as many nieces and nephews in Virginia that she loved dearly. She was born March 26, 1924 in Jane, Virginia and was raised in Haysi, Virginia. She moved to Akron in early March of 1946 with her husband to start their family together. She was a devout Christian who was very active in the church where she went on many overnight trips with her “the ladies.” She was always very active and ready to go on new adventures. She even continued to participate in the Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree in her 90s! She loved to crochet, quilt, read and spend warm afternoons on the back porch watching the hummers at the feeder and the big old robins splash out all the water in her bird bath. She loved her family with every ounce of her giant heart and they loved her just as much. She was ready for the good Lord to take her home and let her light shine in heaven…and cook heaven up a pot of her amazing chicken and dumplings! Private services have taken place. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery.



Doris Marie Koslosky

Doris Marie Koslosky, 76, entered the gates of Heaven, Jan. 25. She was born Feb. 25, 1939 in Kentucky. She is preceded in death by her parents, JD and Agnes Shadowens; sister, Shelby; brother, Bud and first husband Harry Iskow. Doris is survived by her husband of 29 years, Walter; sister, Kay and son, Jay Iskow; daughter, Jodi (Jerry) Lenox and son, Jerry (Helen) Iskow. Five grandchildren, Tracey, Lori, Jerry, Madison and Austin; seven great-grandchilden, Olivia, Lauren, Kennedy, Jerry, Carson, Emerson and Jaycie and one great-great-granddaughter, Harper. She also leaves behind her family and friends in Montana. Private service and burial were held at Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Medina or the Alzheimer's Association. The family would like to thank all the loving care provided by Pleasant View Nursing Home. Mom, you have left this earth but will always remain in our hearts.



Benny M. Riley 

Benny M. Riley, 76, passed away Jan. 21. A resident of Norton for 30 years, he was a U.S. Army veteran. Preceded in death by his son, Benny Riley Jr.; survived by his wife, Pauline; children, Kelly (Tom) Kennard and Tracy (Paul) Diefendorf; grandchildren, Lee (Ashley) Kennard, Brad (Yuan) Kennard, Tiffany Diefendorf and Paul Diefendorf Jr.; great-grandchildren, Clara and Allison Kennard; sister, Kachina Su Riley (Richard Morton); along with many other family members and friends. Benny was kind, loving, caring and “Grandpa” to many. Cremation has taken place. Inurnment with military honors will be Thursday, Jan. 28, 2:15 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.



Kenneth J. Sidwell

 Kenneth J. Sidwell, 72, passed away Jan. 20. Born in Barberton, June 22, 1943, he was a resident of Clinton for 38 years. Ken was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 33 years of service. Preceded in death by his parents, Arville and Jesse and brother, Ronald; survived by his wife of 49 years, Monica; son, Shane (Ricki) and daughter, Michelle; grandchildren, Rachel, Reese, Raylyn and Kenna; great-grandchildren, Greyson, Camron and Jayden; sisters, Susie, Delores, Marie, Rebecca and Earleen. Ken will be missed by everyone. At his request there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.



Elizabeth Jane Meeks (nee Dailey)

Elizabeth Jane Meeks (nee Dailey), 83, went home to be with her Lord, Jan. 23. She was born June 14, 1932, in Clinton, to Glenn and Kathryn Dailey. She was a member of Cornerstone Free Methodist Church. Preceded in death by her husband, Richard N.; by a brother; and three sisters. She was a loving mom and grandma. Survived by sons; Randy L. (Glenda), Richard A., Daniel G.; grandchildren, Timothy, Shelley, Matthew, John, Sara, Linette and Brandan; three great-grandchildren; sister, Kathy Zagray; and extended family. Funeral service will be Jan. 27, 11 a.m., at Corner Stone Free Methodist Church, 578 Killian Road, Akron. One hour of calling will take place before the service. Pastor Brenda Young officiating. Calling hours will take place Jan. 26, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.



Joe Bueker

Joe Bueker, 92, passed away Jan. 3. He was born Sept. 8, 1923, in Akron. He attended East High School and graduated in 1942. Joe entered the Navy in 1943 and was a pharmacist’s mate second class. He was discharged in 1949. He married Olga in 1949 and they were married for 65 years. Joe worked for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 45 years. Joe loved his work and his company. After retirement he volunteered for Goodyear at Wingfoot Lake Park for many years. Olga and Joe enjoyed traveling and were avid Barberton Magics sports fans. Joe was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Joe loved seeing his grandkids competing in volleyball, swimming and baseball. Preceded in death by his wife, Olga (2014) and his brother, Leroy. He is survived by sons, Dr. Mark (Carla) Bueker of North Carolina, Dennis (Diane) Bueker of Barberton; grandchildren, Lauren (Eddie) Romero, Michael, Devin; daughter-in-law, Diane Totaro-Bueker; and devoted neighbors and friends. The family would like to thank Barberton Home Helpers, especially Marie and Lee and Anna of Summa Hospice Care. The family received friends, Jan. 6, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Funeral service was Jan. 7, with visitation one hour prior at Cox Funeral Home. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, Northeast region, 6060 Rockside Woods, Blvd., Suite 315, Independence, OH 44131. “Make a child happy if only for a day.”



Hugh L. Gottwalt 

Hugh L. Gottwalt, 86, passed away Jan. 21.  A life resident of Barberton, he retired from Babcock and Wilcox with 43 years of service. Hugh was a member of Emanuel United Church of Christ, Barberton Moose Lodge 759, a 60-year member of Barberton Lodge 750 F&AM and Barberton Hungarian Club. Preceded in death by his first wife, Norma; survived by his wife, Janine; son, Terry; daughter, Connie Ladich; four grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. “Miss Me, But Let Me Go. When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me: miss me but let me go. Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not for long and not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, miss me but let me go. For this is a journey that we all must take, and each must go alone, it’s all part of the Master’s plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick of heart, go to friends we know, and bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, miss me but let me go.” Funeral service is Jan. 26, 1 p.m., at Emanuel United Church of Christ, Doylestown, with Rev. Gaye Santoro officiating.  Burial at Emanuel United Church Cemetery. Visitation is Jan. 25, 5 -7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Masonic services conducted at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will also be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the church.



Victor C. Thorn

Victor C. Thorn, 90, passed away Jan. 21. A life resident of the Barberton area. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he served at the Battle of the Bulge and received a Bronze Star. Victor retired from Barberton City Schools as a teacher with 30 years of service. He was a member of Barberton First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon, past president of Barberton Kiwanis Club, he served on the Board of Salvation Army and was an active bell ringer. Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mabel and wife, Elsie; survived by his daughter, Kay Ellen (Thomas A.) Todhunter; son, Mark A. (Gail) Thorn; grandchildren, Amy S. (Eric) Kinser, Jennifer A. (Chad) Witkemper, Michael, Matthew (Karina) and Sarah Thorn; great-grandchildren, Matthew and Aidan Kinser, Nathan, Brody and Emmett Whitkemper, Delaney and Jackson Thorn; along with many friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 27, 10 a.m., at Barberton First Presbyterian Church, 636 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. Vic’s family will receive friends Jan. 26, 5-7 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barberton Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 304, Barberton, OH 44203.



Ricardo “Rick” J. Malagamba

Ricardo “Rick” J. Malagamba, 58, passed away Jan. 19. He was born Nov. 25, 1957, in Cleveland. Ricardo loved his family very much. He attended classic car shows with great friends and was a collector of Zippo lighters. Preceded in death by daughter, Genny; brother-in-law, Bill Martin; and his Grandma Chica. Survived by his wife of 30 years, Janie; daughter, Christina; stepchildren, Heather (Jack), Jim (Tina), Kim (Dana) and Michael (Candace); grandchildren, Alexis, Adam, Dominic, Kaitlyn, Cameron and Alexandria; parents, Frank and Genevieve; sister, Sandra Martin; special aunt, Christine Martini; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Jan. 25, 4 p.m., at Cox-McNulty Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Pastor Jason Knight officiating. Family will receive friends Jan. 25, 1 p.m., until time of service.



Ray Merril Hunt

Ray Merril Hunt, 81, passed away Jan. 19. He was born Aug. 29, 1934 and was a U.S. Army veteran. Preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Joan; parents, Dewey and Malley; siblings, Dewey Jr., Justine, Paul, Madeline, Lowell, Glen and Susie; Ray is survived by wife, Margaret and her family; sons, Jeffrey (Vicki), Jonathan (Rose); daughters, Joy (Brian) Neal, Janet (Ken) Bowersox; grandchildren, James, Janel, Andrew, Amber, Arin, Amanda, Sarah, Tristan, Britani, Jessica, Drew, Gabe, Chelsea, Riley, Tiffany, Tyler and Ashley; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Faith, Carter Matthew, Evelyn Joy, Gabriella Nichole, Max Lee, Mason Patrick, Mackenzie Ann, Douglas Dodge, Trip, Sterling Scarito, Olivia Rae, Jude, Jett and Fynn; sisters, Ruby Greig and Shelby Shrader; brother, Doug Hunt; many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 25, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors conducted by Firestone VFW 3383. Ray’s family will receive friends Jan. 24, 6-8 pm.



Henry A. Durst

Henry A. Durst, 60, passed away Jan. 18. He was a life resident of Barberton and retired from Pepsi after 36 years of service. Preceded in death by his father, Robert Durst; sister, Katherine Harouff and granddaughter, Winter Shook; Henry is survived by his wife, Debbie; children, Robert, Lou Ann (Doug); Duane (Vicki) and Denny (Autumn); grandchildren, Tabitha Starling and Duane Shook Jr., along with seven other grandchildren; mother, Mary; sister, Marcia and brother, Kenny; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Jan. 23, 5 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Bill Luzecky officiating. Henry’s family will receive friends from 3 p.m. till time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.


Robert R. "Bob" LeFever

Bob LeFever, 57, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 12. Preceded in death by his father, Paul D. LeFever, he is survived by his mother, Linda Treadway; sisters, Paula (Ed) McFarland, Rosemarie (Tom) Heath and Debbie McGill, along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Calling hours will be Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton.



Mildred E. Ferguson

Mildred E. Ferguson, 92, passed away Jan. 18. She was born June 29, 1923 in Akron, to the late Luther and Ruth Edwards.  Mildred was a resident of Barberton for 67 years and a member of Barberton First Church of Christ. She was proud of being a “ten gallon” blood donor.  Every summer Mildred worked at Round Lake Christian Camp, she enjoyed swimming at the Barberton Natatorium for many years with her friends, she was proud to work for the Giving Doll Charity, sewing dolls to brighten the faces of little ones, and she helped with pre-school at Barberton First Church of Christ, she took joy in helping others. Preceded in death by her husband, Charles and first grandson, Todd Supple; loved and will be greatly missed by her children, Charles (Maryann), Mary Jeanne Pamer, George, Margaret and Debra; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. A memorial service was Jan. 21, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Jeremy Klein and Russ Shreiner officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Barberton First Church of Christ, 552 Harvard Ave., Barberton, OH 44203 or The Giving Doll Shop, 229 College St., Wadsworth, OH 44281.



Thomas R. Gradijan

Thomas R. Gradijan, 73, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 19, at Akron City Hospital. Tom was born in Akron and had been a Barberton resident all his life, where he retired from National City Bank after 27 years of service. He was a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he served as an usher and helped with the funeral luncheons. Tom was also a proud Army veteran during Vietnam where he served in the 18th Surgical Hospital “MA”, 1st Calvary Division, 2nd Infantry Div., and 42nd Civil Affair’s Company. Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Anna and brothers, John, Donald and Carl; He is survived by his brother, Stephen J. (Christine) and nephew, Francis (Jen). Mass of Christian Burial will be Jan. 26, 10 a.m., at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave. Norton. Rev. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling hours Jan. 25, 6-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church.  www.silva-hostetler.com.



William Vernet Slaybaugh

William Vernet Slaybaugh, 67, of Medina Township, passed away Jan. 18, after a battle with ALS.  He was born Oct. 1, 1948 in Akron. A graduate of Barberton High School, Bill served in the Special Forces from 1968-1970. He was a former member of the Westfield Fire Dept. He worked for Novar Controls for much of his career as a software engineer. Bill enjoyed hiking with his wif