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Frank B. Maisano (Fat Frank)
Frank B. Maisano, 83, died May 30. Born in Krebs, Okla., he lived in the Akron/Barberton area the majority of his life. At 14, Frank began working at his parents' grocery store in Barberton, where he learned to cut meat. After a brief stint at Firestone, he worked as a meat cutter for well over 50 years. Upon retirement, he continued to prepare meals and cook for the VFW on Waterloo Road. Frank was also a lifetime member of the Kenmore Italian Civic Club. He loved to work on cars, fish, read, listen to polka music and spend time with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Betty; daughter, Fran; parents, Paul and Mary; and sister, Lena. He is survived by son, David (Vicky) of Akron; daughters, Mary Lou (Dave) Augustynovich of Wadsworth, Sandy (Hal) West of Norton and Paula (Eugene) Leonard of Norton. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, John, Scott, Melissa, Jessica, Megan, Joe and Drew; and six great-grandchildren, Ria, Gianni, Brandin, Cassidy, Taylor and Kris. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. For those who wish, please make memorial contributions to VNS Hospice, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn, OH 44333.
Ruthie Mae Weuthrick
Ruthie Mae Weuthrick, 80, died at her Akron Residence.She was born June 17, 1933 in Walton, W. Va. Preceded in death by son, Robert B Metz and daughter, Loraine Pratt. Survived by husband, Warren E Weuthrick; children, Tisha(Wilbur)Harris, Okey (Mary) Metz, Elliot (Charalet) Metz, and Reva (Frank) Panetta, numerous grand, great- and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Okey Shaffer; sisters, Betty, Opal, Roxie, and extended family. Funeral service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, June 20, at Trinity Church of God, 1752 Williams St., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-923-2594 is the church phone number, with Pastor Fred Webb officiating. Family will receive friends Wednesday, June 19, 6-8 p.m. at Trinity Church of God. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery.
Deborah G. Quickle
Deborah G. Quickle, 41, died June 13. She was a life resident of Barberton. Survived by her daughter, Ashley Quickle; son, Dakota Quickle; mother, Gail Quickle; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. "Forget-Me-Not. When the day begins and you arise wondering what new might pass your eyes, please forget me not. Suddenly, midmorning is here, a much quicker day, and reliving the past preludes your ways, please forget me not. Then later that day, while the sun fades away, you begin to remember the times we would play, please forget me not. Days end is the loneliest, as memories fill your heart of joys and sadness alike, that death can never part, please forget me not." At Deborah’s request there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.
Sonja Barbara Kitchen
Sonja Barbara Kitchen, 86, died June 12. She was born Sept. 15, 1926 to Raymond T. and Mary E. (Sterrett) Squires. A life resident of Barberton, she was a lover of all dogs. Barbara will be sadly missed by her family and will always be remembered for her Christmas cookies. Preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Patricia Cottrell; she is survived by her sister, Charlotte Markowski; daughters, Rita Hine, Maureen Pottinger, and Jeanette Montoney; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. A private family gathering will be held by the family. Memorials may be made to Summit County or any other Humane Society. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.
Gladys M. Hooser Powell Logan
Gladys M. Hooser Powell Logan, of Rogersville, Tenn., formerly of Westminster, Calif., died May 13. Gladys was born in Portsmouth, Ohio on Oct. 18, 1933. She migrated to California in the 1950s. Gladys was a long time resident of Westminster and was very active in her community. She was a member of Kiwanis, served on the Mobile Home Commission, the Cultural Arts Counsel and was instrumental in the creation of the Rose Theater. She relocated to Rogersville, Tenn. in 2002 and resided near her daughter and grandson. She was preceded in death by her son, James M Powell and survived by her daughters, Jama Gauthier-Filoso and Valerie Maybrier; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Allen D. Ramsey
On June 7, Allen Douglas Ramsey, 74, died. Al was born May 2, 1939 in Weeksbury, Ky., the son of the late Theodore and Garnetta (Branham) Ramsey. He lived most of his life in Ohio and proudly served his country for 4 ½ years as a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Al drove semi trucks for over thirty years. He was an avid fisherman, bowler and a passionate fan of the Cleveland Indians. Al never met a person he didn’t like and never missed a chance to put his hand out to help anyone who needed it. He was a dog lover and it seemed that all dogs loved him. He will be missed by his dog and best friend, Lucy. He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Deborah, of Barberton; daughter, Virginia of Akron; son, Douglas (Jeannie) of South Carolina; grandchildren, Kelley Marsh (Diedra) of West Virginia, Candace Elkins, Cynthia and Johnathon Ramsey and great-granddaughter, Amista Marie, all of South Carolina; special friends, Jay (Sharon) and Charity Clark and Shane and Zachary, all of Stow. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and no public services are planned. Condolences and special memories may be shared online at www.heritagecremation.com.
Patricia J. Moore
Patricia J. Moore, 73, died June 4. A resident of Springfield Township for 25 years, she retired from the US Post Office with over 30 years of service and was a member of Community Baptist Church. Preceded in death by her father, George Hilbrunner and sister, Judith Fodse; Patricia is survived by her husband of 49 years, George; mother, Virgie Hilbrunner; sister, June Kothera; brother-in-law, Nicholas Fodse; sister-in-law Elaine Brown; along with several nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. A memorial service will be June 15, 3 p.m., at Community Baptist Church, 1695 Massillon Road, Akron, with Pastor Paul Bloom officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers. memorials may be made to the Community Baptist Church.
Judith (Judy) Ann Carmany
Judith (Judy) Ann Carmany, 61, of Barberton, died June 9. Judy had a love for horses and nature. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed learning all she could about history. She was deeply interested in Native American culture and the Civil War. Her family will remember her for her sense of humor, her wonderful laugh and kind heart. She is survived by and will be truly missed by her loving partner of many years, Leroy (Bill) Stewart; daughter, Joanne (James) Valentine; son, Thomas (Maureen) Jeffery; grandchildren, Gabe, Hailey, Kameryn, Reese, and Parker; best friend and sister, Terry (Bob) Miller; sister, Patricia Perry; brothers, Rick (Joyce) Carmany and Albert Hess; along with many nieces and nephews. A private memorial will be held by the family at a later date.
A robust “I love you” were her last words to her family, a final gift after 95 years of gift giving to the world and to us. Nellie Baltic (Valencheck) died June 7 at Barberton Summa Hospice. Born in Woodside, Pa., March 27, 1918, Nellie spent her “growing up” years with her large, loving family along the banks of the Monongahela River in Morgantown, W. Va. She was proud of and celebrated her ethnic Slovene heritage and culture which she passed on to her family, a highlight of which was her potica recipe. She was a member of the Slovene National Benefit Society for 77 years and participated with her parents and siblings in all manner of fraternal dances, concerts, bowling tournaments and golf tournaments. Family and friends will remember Nellie in the many roles she played in her life, most notably as an artist, poet, PTA volunteer, columnist for the Barberton Herald, seamstress, bird lover, gardener, baker, cook, craftswoman, golfer, bowler, hiker, nature lover, philosopher and intellectual. Most of all, Nellie was to her family the best daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, aunt and friend. She was at all times our most enthusiastic cheerleader. She lived at Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living for the past three years, and loved the staff and food there. She also enjoyed trips with the family to Burr Oak, hikes on a family farm, drives in the country, and walks around Lake Anna; but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children in Scio, Ohio, writing poetry while sitting by the pond; in Cleveland relaxing by the backyard fire pit; in Toledo “doing art” with her great-granddaughters; and in Fort Collins, Colo., where she savored the mountains and the Poudre River. The last of the Anton and Mary Valencheck family, Mom spoke often of joining them, her husband Paul, and siblings, Toni Brncik, Olga Valencheck, Mitz Zodnik, William Valencheck, Stan Valencheck, and several brothers-and sisters-in-law. We believe they are all dancing the polka at this moment. Dedicated to preserving and celebrating her legacy are her survivors, children, Paulette (Bill) Sage, Chuck Baltic, and Tony (Helen Day) Baltic; grandchildren, Emily (Matt) Ziegler, Laina and Laurel Day Baltic, and Izaak Baltic; great-grandchildren, Kora and Ava Ziegler; brothers-in-law, Mitch and Walter Baltic; sisters-in-law, Vi Baltic and Polly Valencheck; and many nieces and nephews. The family extends special gratitude to Dr. Glenn Black for his decades of compassionate care of our Mom and Dad. We also thank the residents and staff at Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living for the care and love they extended to Mom these past few years and the Barberton Summa Hospice staff for the comfort and care they provided Mom during her last days.
Lewis P. Six
Lewis P. Six, 80, died June 9. He was born Jan. 18, 1933 in Cairo, W.Va. He served his country in the U.S. Army in Alaska during the Korean Conflict and retired from Robinson Motors in W.Va. and Wartko Construction in Kent. Lewis was the owner of 6+ Shoppes in Coventry. Lewis was a member of Manchester Christian Church, an avid family man and dirt track car owner, originator of the “Hillbilly Hundred.” Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Orval and Georgia Six; brothers, Danny and David Six; and grandson, Christian Bush. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sharon Chappell Six; sons, Lloyd (Karen) Six and Roger (Shelly) Chappell; daughters, Cindi (Mike) Washburn, Isa (John) Arnette, Lydia (Joe) Bowie, and Tamie (Brian) Spangle; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Irene Atwater, Elsie Davis, Dorothy Dickerson, and Marylou Waters; many loving relatives and friends. Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd., Akron, June 11, 5-8 p.m., and at McCullough/Raiguel Funeral Home, McGregor St., Cairo, W.Va., Wednesday, June 12, 5-8 p.m., where service will be Thursday, June 13, noon, Rev. Van Sprague officiating. Interment at Six Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Manchester Christian Church, 930 W. Nimisila, Akron, OH 44319 or the American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406 in memory of Lewis. Funeral home map, directions, and the Six Family condolence book are available at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.
Phyllis A. Masters
Phyllis A. Masters, 82, died Friday, June 7, 2013. Born in Akron, she was a resident of Clinton most of her life. Phyllis retired from Milich’s Village Inn, was a member of Barberton Presbyterian Church and the Barberton Moose. Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Charlotte Cooper; son, Gary Eagon; step-daughter, Linda Laby; brothers, Lou, LeRoy and David Cooper and sister, Mary Ella Cooper; Phyllis is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Cheryl (Dennis) Stromer, Diane (Lawrence) Mannion, Lary (Julie) Eagon, Terry (Donna) Eagon, Robert Masters, David (Beverly) Masters, Becky (Ron) Fletcher and Susan (Phillip) Nunn; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, John Cooper; sisters, Nancy Harris, Janet Helms and Judy Hazer; along with numerous other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be June 14, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Richard Lapehn officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends June 13, 6-8 p.m.
A robust “I love you” were her last words to her family, a final gift after 95 years of gift giving to the world and to us. Nellie Baltic (Valencheck) died June 7 at Barberton Summa Hospice. Born in Woodside, Pa., March 27, 1918, Nellie spent her “growing up” years with her large, loving family along the banks of the Monongahela River in Morgantown, W. Va. She was proud of and celebrated her ethnic Slovene heritage and culture which she passed on to her family, a highlight of which was her potica recipe. She was a member of the Slovene National Benefit Society for 77 years and participated with her parents and siblings in all manner of fraternal dances, concerts, bowling tournaments and golf tournaments. Family and friends will remember Nellie in the many roles she played in her life, most notably as an artist, poet, PTA volunteer, columnist for the Barberton Herald, seamstress, bird lover, gardener, baker, cook, craftswoman, golfer, bowler, hiker, nature lover, philosopher and intellectual. Most of all, Nellie was to her family the best daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, aunt and friend. She was at all times our most enthusiastic cheerleader. She lived at Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living for the past three years, and loved the staff and food there. She also enjoyed trips with the family to Burr Oak, hikes on a family farm, drives in the country, and walks around Lake Anna; but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children in Scio, Ohio, writing poetry while sitting by the pond; in Cleveland relaxing by the backyard fire pit; in Toledo “doing art” with her great-granddaughters; and in Fort Collins, Colo., where she savored the mountains and the Poudre River. The last of the Anton and Mary Valencheck family, Mom spoke often of joining them, her husband Paul, and siblings, Toni Brncik, Olga Valencheck, Mitz Zodnik, William Valencheck, Stan Valencheck, and several brothers-and sisters-in-law. We believe they are all dancing the polka at this moment. Dedicated to preserving and celebrating her legacy are her survivors, children, Paulette (Bill) Sage, Chuck Baltic, and Tony (Helen Day) Baltic; grandchildren, Emily (Matt) Ziegler, Laina and Laurel Day Baltic, and Izaak Baltic; great-grandchildren, Kora and Ava Ziegler; brothers-in-law, Mitch and Walter Baltic; sisters-in-law, Vi Baltic and Polly Valencheck; and many nieces and nephews. The family extends special gratitude to Dr. Glenn Black for his decades of compassionate care of our Mom and Dad. We also thank the residents and staff at Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living for the care and love they extended to Mom these past few years and the Barberton Summa Hospice staff for the comfort and care they provided Mom during her last days. Services will be at Cox Funeral Home in Barberton, 12:45 p.m., June 11, followed by a procession to Western Reserve National Cemetery. Mom’s nephew, Father John Valencheck, will preside. Family and friends will then gather at Milich’s Village Inn to remember and celebrate her beautiful life.
Richard Roth, 64, died June 7, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Barberton, to parents Genevieve and Joseph Roth, Rich comes from a loving family of eight children. A graduate of Hoban High School 1967, and The University of Akron, BS Accounting 1972, Rich worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years as a commercial underwriter for companies such as AIG, Hartford and Kemper. His last 13 years before retiring was assisting friends, family, and clients as a financial advisor for Ameriprise. Rich is survived by his wife Nancy, and his five children, Benjamin, Zachary, Nicholas, Courtney, and Christopher. He also leaves behind his sisters and brothers Pat (Russ) O’Neil, John (Barb) Roth, Susan (Jay) Mitzel, David (Dot) Roth, Janet (John) Raber, Jeannie (John) Hite, Joan (Joe) Minder, mother-in-law Florence (Andy) Garnick, brothers and sisters-in-law Kathy and Terry McElvenny, Jeannine and Phil Sisko, Pam and Sam Tracy, and Tricia Rasicci (deceased) along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1686 South Cleveland Massillon Road, Copley. Fr. James Kramer Celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours Tuesday, June 11, 5-8 p.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Society, http://pancreaticcancerfoundation.com/donate, or The Sturge Weber Foundation, http://www.sturge-weber.org.
Fred “Freddie” Raymond Collins
Fred “Freddie” Raymond Collins, 48, died June 8. Freddie loved NASCAR, the outdoors and fishing. Survived by his parents, Fred H. and Jean Collins; sisters, Cindy Lee (Albert) Schmitt and Holly Collins Cochran; niece, Leanne J. Clark-Shirley (Andy); nephews, Matthew Schmitt and John (Danni) Schmitt; along with many good friends.
Molly Marie Hutchison
Molly Marie Hutchison, 97, died June 8, surrounded by family. Molly Marie was born in Barberton, and was a member of Columbia United Church of Christ. Preceded in death by her husband, Paul; she is survived by her daughters, Carol Eltzroth (George), Jean Nemeth (Bob) and Paula Whipkey; grandchildren, Michele Gigliotti (Gibby), Molly Lingon (Rick), Bobby Nemeth, Scott Whipkey (Tara), Andrea Gray (Dahl), Jennifer Meyers (Dave), Laura Powell and Jason Eltzroth (Lindsey); 13 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. Molly Marie enjoyed flowers and gardening. She was a member of the Golden Agers with the Red Hat Club. She always lived life to the fullest and will be fondly remembered by those that knew and loved her. The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the Akron General Visiting Nurse Service Hospice of Copley for their care and support during Molly Marie’s final months. Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 12, 11 a.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 11, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Nora K. Lemmon
Nora K. Lemmon, 56, died May 26. Nora was born Dec. 5, 1956 in Barberton to Edmund J. and Laura G. (Burke) Chisnell. A resident of Doylestown for over 30 years, she was an Interior Designer and Sales Associate for most of her life. She was a proud employee at Ashley Home Furnishings. Nora was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, and cherished every moment with her family. As a devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend, she will be remembered for being feisty, dependable, creative, quick witted and for her selfless devotion to her family and friends. Those who knew Nora, know “her dash” was cut far too short. Preceded in death by her father, Edmund; brother, Timothy Burke; step-father, Doyle Chisnell; she is survived by her daughter, Sonja (Dan) Zachowski; son, Jason Lemmon; father of the children, Rod Lemmon; mother, Laura G. Chisnell; sister, April McClaran; brother, Edmund Burke II; lifelong friend, Lori Huffman, and beloved companion, Jasmine. Funeral service was June 1 at the Doylestown United Methodist Church, with Rev. Gerry Fraley, officiating. Internment at Lakewood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Haven of Rest Ministries, 175 East Market St., Akron, OH 44308. Online obituary and guest registry are available at www.zakmonbarrenfh.com.
Dewey Fazenbaker, 71, died June 5, surrounded by his family and friends after a long illness. Born in Parsons, W. Va., to Paul E. and Jennie S. Fazenbaker, Dewey moved to Barberton as a young man and was employed by Ohio Brass and later retired from ASB Industries. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gene, Bill and George; and his beloved, Pat Morter; Dewey is survived by his brother, Charles of Stow; daughters, Lisa of Cuyahoga Falls, Dana Cianciola of Cuyahoga Falls and Cheryl (Wayne) Scott of Akron. He will be deeply missed by his very special friends, Kaye Lee, Jeff Vires, Pat Lucas, Tom Hayes, Al Kay, Steve and Leslie Pavelka; dear nephew, George and his faithful dog, Tiger. There are many, many other friends and relatives too numerous to name. The family extends our deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff at Akron City Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion. Funeral service will be June 8, 6 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service.
Barbara A. Bako
Barbara A. Bako, 69, died peacefully at her residence on June 5. Born in Cleveland, she had been a Canton resident most of her life and lived the last 15 years in Akron. Barbara was a graduate of Orange High School and Capital University. She was the owner of Barbara Bako antiques and was a certified antique appraiser, dealer and collector. She also enjoyed her gardens and her dogs. Preceded in death by her husband, Jay A.; parents, Yaro and Bertha Brezina; Survivors include her sons, Justin (Jennifer) and Alex Bako; daughter, Wendy Baxter; and grandchildren, Stephen and Nicholas Bako and Logan Baxter. Funeral Service will be 4 p.m., June 9, at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Calling Hours June 9, 2 p.m., until the service time. Private Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ohio Parkinson’s Foundation, Northeast Region, P.O. Box 271, Tallmadge, OH 44278. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Gregory Martin Zalar
Gregory Martin Zalar of Cypress, Texas, died at home, surrounded by family and friends on May 18. He was 67 years old. Greg had tackled the battle with esophageal cancer with his “let’s get this show on the road” attitude and kept a positive attitude to the end. Greg was born in Barberton on Feb. 16, 1946. At nine, Greg’s musical talent began to emerge. He learned to play the accordion among other instruments. The band trio, Greg, Joe Bidinger and his brother Tom, were very well known in Ohio as a wedding and night club band. They even had a national record that made number 19 on the Top 40 music charts. After receiving a Bachelors degree from Kent State University, Greg joined with Gary Barchfeld where they successfully began Barchfeld-Zalar Productions in Houston, Texas. He also opened Houston Photo Lab and Austin Photo Lab. Following a short retirement, Greg’s thirst for adventure lead him to Iraq and Kuwait where he spent almost two years in the desert bring back tons of film footage and endless stories of adventure. Greg is preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Irene Zalar. He is survived by his wife, Karen; brothers, Tom and Mark; two nephews, Jeff Zalar and Clint James; and two nieces, Jennifer Zalar and Krissy Borne. For more information regarding Greg’s life please go to cyfairfunerals.com.
Nicholas Lee Bursac
Nicholas Lee Bursac, 24, died June 3. He was a life resident of the Barberton area and an honors graduate of Barberton High School, class of 2007, as a well rounded student and member of the National Honor Society, National Technical Society and Tri-M Society. Nick was a trumpeter for the Barberton Band and Freedom Brass Band and a member of the Magic Singers. He preformed in plays at Barberton High School and Magical Theater. Nick received A presidential award for volunteerism during his high school career. His parents will receive Nick’s Associate Degree in Science from the Columbus State College this winter. He attended the University of Hawaii and returned to The Ohio State University for his final semester. Nick has a large number of Cisco and other IT certifications along with a score of 98th percentile guaranteeing him a US government cyber research position. Nick’s influence on family and friends will continue to guide them to be better individuals. He was not afraid to share his knowledge to help others as a camp counselor or help them attain certifications in Cisco. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Nick (Dorothy) Bursac and Lee (Ann) Stuck; Nick is survived by his parents, Samuel and Patricia A. Stuck-Bursac; his sisters, Tricia (Andy) Richards and Alicia Bursac and their children, Kylie, Evie, Declan and Taylor; Nick is also survived by aunts and uncles, Robert (Sheryl) Stuck, Richard (Bonnie) Stuck and John (Linda) Bursac. Cousins, Melissa (Brandon) Webb; son, Cormac Webb; Matthew and Meredith Stuck, Andy (Megan) Stuck; daughter, Margo Stuck, Dan (Kathy) Hawk, Christopher (Sara) Bursac and grandmother’s cherished dog, Lily.
"Computer Genius Nick", a sweet funny, caring, loving son and sociable young leader leaves behind a large group of friends he so lovingly spoke about.
Love you forever Nick! Funeral service will be June 8, noon, at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton with Fr. George Mileusnic officiating. Burial at Lakewood Cemetery. The family will receive friends June 7, 4-8 p.m. with Parastos service at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.
Mary Geraldine Witt
Mary Geraldine Witt, 85, died June 4, at Wadsworth Pointe. Geraldine was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and retired from Babcock and Wilcox Co. after 33 years of service. She also worked at St. Augustine Catholic Church as a secretary where she was also a life member. Survivors include her cousins, Betty Schumaker and Shirley Neiberding. Funeral Service will be June 7, 7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Fr. David Majikas officiating. Calling Hours one hour prior to the service on Friday. Private burial Saturday at SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.
Tracy Lee Husk
Tracy Lee Husk, 42, died Saturday, June 1. She was born Dec. 22, 1970 in Akron. Tracy is survived by her husband, Samuel; daughters, Krysten and Jacque; grandson, Khaleel; along with other family members and friends. A memorial service will be June 6, 6 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Webb officiating. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until time of service.
Thelma Joann Root
Thelma Joann Root, 79, died June 1, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Joann was born in Barberton, to the late John William and Thelma Clarabel (Bowles) Hughes on March 19, 1934. She was a Coventry High School graduate and before marrying was employed by Yoder Brothers. It was at Yoder Brothers that she met her husband of 40 years, Dewey DelMar Root. Joann and Dewey, were married Feb. 9, 1963 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Barberton. Joann was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away on May 13, 2003, and her sister and brother- in-law, Jean and Paul Scovell. She is survived by her daughter, Maurine (Doug) Crowder; son, John DelMar Root; grandchildren, Kaitlin, Cale, Daniel, Kristina Crowder and Nicholas Root; sister, Shirley (Chuck) Kappus and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Summa Barberton Hospital's Palliative Care Staff and Hospice volunteers and to friends Carmen and Steve Cockerham for their loving support during this difficult time. At Joann's request, there will be no services or visitation. Private inurnment will follow cremation. The family suggests memorials be made to the Barberton Beautification, 500 W Hopocan Avenue, Barberton, OH 44203. The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Joann’s name to Barberton Beautification, 500 W Hopocan Ave, Barberton, OH 44203. To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at www.schermesserfh.com.
Donald M. Todd
Donald M Todd, 78, has lost a courageous battle with cancer and died June 2. Don was born the oldest child to Cecil and Agnes Todd on June 30, 1934 in Barberton. His parents preceded him in death. Don is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, the love of his life, Charlene. They were married Aug. 20, 1955. Together they raised three children. Son, D. Timothy (Connie) Todd of Barberton; daughters, Lisa Marie (Greg) Gnap of Wadsworth and Pamela Marie (D. Steven) Booher of Barberton. Later their six grandchildren, Timothy (Monica), Charles, Adam (Wendy), Julie, Todd and Joseph, brightened their lives. Bringing even more joy, their great-grandchildren, Olivia, Caleb, Roan, Caden, and Sophia were constant sources of happiness to them. Don's sister Janet (John) Enrietto lives in Roanoke, Ind. Don's brother Robert (Elizabeth) Todd lives in North Canton. Don was always happiest around family and friends. Don was an active parishioner at Immaculate Conception Church in Akron for over 55 years. Amongst his many activities, he served as a Eucharistic Minister and as an usher. Don started employment at Goodyear Aerospace in 1952. His time as a Boiler Engineer ended in retirement in 1991. Don loved traveling. He and Charlene loved taking cruises, spending time at the beach, and together visited 47 of the 50 states, several countries and logged many, many miles exploring lighthouses. Christian, husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, friend, teacher. Often a hero and always a pillar of strength, he was surrounded by family and friends the day he passed and he will be dearly missed. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 5, 5-8 p.m., at the Anthony Funeral Home, Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St. in Akron. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Michael B. Smith Thursday, June 6, 10 a.m., at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kenmore. Interment will follow at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Doylestown. Memorial contributions in Don's memory can be made to the Families of SMA 925 Busse Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007, American Cancer Society 1690 W Market St Akron, OH 44313, or to Immaculate Conception Church 2101 17th St. SW, Akron, OH 44314.
Michael L. Thornton
Michael L. Thornton, 54, died April 15. He lived in Barberton, and currently resided in Dublin, Calif. Michael was a graduate of the class of 1976. Survived by wife, Sherry; sons, Danny and Shane; daughter, Ashley; several grandchildren; mother, Rose; brothers, Mark, Mitch and Thornton; and several nephews and nieces. In remembrance of Michael, family and friends are welcome at 6435 Grove Road, in New Franklin, Saturday, June 8, 5-7 p.m.
Vivian A. Heim
Vivian A. Heim RN, CRRN, RNCB, 63, died June 1, at Summa Barberton Hospital. Born in Canton, to William and Vivian Mobilian, she was a life resident of Northeast Ohio including Canton, Barberton, Salem, North Canton and the Portage Lakes for the last six years. She worked for Summa Barberton Hospital as Director of Nursing for the Transitional Care Services Unit where she touched many lives over the last six years. Vivian was a graduate of Massillon City Hospital School of Nursing in 1971 and her Registered Nursing career spanned 43 years. Vivian was a member of St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church where she joined following the closing of SS. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Barberton. Her greatest enjoyments in life were her children and grandchildren as well as planting and designing new gardens wherever she lived. Vivian is survived by her husband of 43 years, Stephen J. Heim; sons, Steve Jr. (Amhee), Brad (Vanessa) and Scott (Christy); eight grandchildren, Connor, Kyle, Ian, Audrey, Kayleigh, Natalie, Chloe and Ryan; brothers, Bill Mobilian (Becky), Jeff Mobilian (Vicky), Mike Mobilian (Sarah); sisters, Patty Heropulos, Renee Kellogg (Dave), Lisa Estock (Chris); and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the doctors and nurses of the Palliative and Hospice Care unit at Summa Barberton Hospital. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 5, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Thursday June 6, at St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church, 4019 Manchester Road, Akron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Acute Palliative Care Unit at Summa Barberton Hospital, 155 Fifth St. NE, Barberton, OH 44203. www.silva-hostetler.com.
Michael “Mike” R. Schake
Michael “Mike” R. Schake, 53, died May 29. Born in Barberton on July 11, 1959, he was a life resident of Barberton and a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1977. Mike was an avid sports enthusiast, especially of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and OSU. In his spare time he enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting and spending time at the family’s cabin in Warren, Pa. Preceded in death by wife, Cheryl “Sherry” Schake (nee Welch); father, Arthur R. Schake and brother, Harold “Hal” Schake; Mike is survived by his mother, Barbara J. Schake of Barberton; sister, Karen (Bobby) Starks; nieces, Kara (Chris) Lawrence, Leah (Burton) Burroughs; great-nephew, Jaxson Burroughs, all of Virginia; uncle, Charles (Vaughn) Daniels of Barberton; along with many other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 5, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Mike Prebynski officiating officiating. Burial at Chestnut Hill Cemetery, in Doylestown. The family will receive friends June 4, 6-8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Akron Baptist Temple, 2324 Manchester Road, Akron, OH 44314 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Vivian L. (Sharier) Bassett
With the love of her family by her side, Vivian Sharier Bassett died May 27.
She was the daughter and eighth child of the late Harold and Marguerite Sharier. Vivian was born June 8, 1945 in Barberton, but she lived most of her life in Penn Yan, NY. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She touched all that crossed her path in some special way. Vivian worked and retired from Soldiers and Sailors Hospital, the Homestead where she truly enjoyed helping others. More than anything in this world, she loved her family. She was always happy to see them and would do anything for them.
She leaves to cherish her memory with love and heartache her devoted husband, Russell Bassett. Words cannot express the love that she had for her children, Donald Jerry (Donna) Smith Jr., Rebecca (Howard) Leach and Wesley Jimmy (Lori) Smith. The joy of Vivian's life were her grandchildren, Jennifer and Kelli Smith, Heather Leach, Holly (Cory) Sabins, Heidi Leach and Lucas Smith. Also her great-grandchildren, Aidan McIntyre, Abbie Sabins and Charlotte Sabins; along with several step-children, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren whom she dearly loved. She will always hold a special place in her families' heart and will be dearly missed by brothers, Harold, Dave (Monika), Howard, Chuck (Julie), Robert, Joseph, Paul (Martina) and Forrest Sharier and sisters, Patty (Duff) Kraft, Mabel (Robert) Blasdell, Sandra (Joe) Shaffer, and Helen Richard. Beside her parents, Vivian was also predeceased by brothers, John and Frank Sharier; and sisters, precious Margaret Sharier and Shirley Williams. Vivian may you now, and forever, rest and peace. A memorial service will be Saturday, June 8, 3 p.m., at The Dresden United Methodist Church in Dresden, NY, with Pastor Marilyn Wood officiating. Arrangements have been made by Baird Funeral Home in Dundee. Online condolences can be sent by visiting bairdfuneralhomedundee.com. Vivian will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony in Pennsylvania at a later date. This was her favorite spot, maybe because it is half way between her family in New York and her family in Ohio. All your love, thoughts and prayers for Vivian and family are appreciated. Memorial contributions in Vivian's name can be made to the YATES (Yates Antique Tractor and Engine Society) Club at 946 Voak Road, Penn Yan, N.Y., 14527. Matthew 11:28, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Helen J. Radabaugh
Helen J. Radabaugh, 95, died May 26. She was born July 31, 1917 in Akron.
Preceded in death by husband, Carl B Radabaugh Sr.; son, Carl B Jr.; and infant grandson, Thomas M. Collins. Survived by children, Bonnie Collins and Forrest Radabaugh; nine grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. Private service will take place with burial at Greenlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Akron-Canton Food Bank, 350 Opportunity Pkwy Akron, OH 44307 in her memory.
Charles F. Spray “Fred"
Charles F. Spray “Fred“, 89, passed away May 28, 2013 at the Hospice Care Center. Fred was born in Barberton where he was a life resident, and retired in 1982 from the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company after 27 years of service. Fred was a graduate of Ohio University and member of the Barberton First Baptist Church and Barberton VFW Post 1066. He was a former Jr. Achievement Advisor, little league coach, former trustee and treasurer of the former Covenant Baptist Church, volunteer for Meals on Wheels for over 20 years, at the Hospice Care Center for over five years and the Barberton soup kitchen for many years. Fred was a proud World War II Army Veteran and served on the D-Day invasion. He was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient and in 2011 he received the Legion of Honor Medal from the French Government. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mildred; sister, Ruth Anderson; and brother, William Spray. Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Miriam E.; sons, Jeffrey (Laura) of Green and Mark (Pamela) of Perrysburg; daughter, Connie (Dr. Stephen) Barker of Jamesville, NY; grandchildren, Scott, Kevin, Adam, Cassandra and Jenna Spray, Christopher and Eric Barker and Stephanie (Marc) Gattie; and sister, Helen McNeil. Funeral Service is 10 a.m., June 4, at Barberton First Baptist Church, 250 Sixth St. NW, Barberton. Dr. John Thielenhaus officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Calling hours June 3, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care Center or Barberton Area Community Ministries.
Virginia Cormany Franz
Virginia Cormany Franz, 85, died May 27. She stepped off, and with Jesus as her guide, went to join those who went before. She was a graduate of the University of Akron and retired from the Pathology Department of Barberton Citizens Hospital.
She leaves to wait, her beloved children, Nancy Higgins (Greg) and Robert Cormany (Vila); also left her precious grandchildren, Mike Higgins (Kelly), Joe Higgins (Amanda), Matt Higgins (Angela), Jennifer Cormany (Tony), Kaitlin Hills (Jacob); and wonderful great-grandchildren, Jet Nguyen, Ivy Nguyen and Lucas Higgins. She leaves her marvelous large Franz family, all of whom she dearly loved, along with her quilting sisters of KISS Guild. Following Virginia’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be no services, but there will be a party.
James William Gwinn
I, James Gwinn, was born Dec. 16, 1946, and died May 28. I leave my wife, Georgine; sons and daughter, Kris, Jimmy, and Justin; my grandkids and great grandkids; brother and sisters, Arman, Regina, and Midge and their families; all my in-laws and their families; and friends. You all filled my days with joy, love and meaning. I love you all, Jim. See ya again. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Thursday, May 30, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton. Family will receive friends from noon until time of service. Burial with military honors will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Marjorie Boles Doyle
Marjorie Boles Doyle, 88, died in Tequesta, Fla., in her home on May 21. She was born in Barberton and thought it was the best town in which to grow up in. Marjorie was the daughter of Irby and Eula Boles; leaves four children, Tim, Sara, Michael and Patrick; and was preceded in death by three others, John, Kevin and Brian and a grandchild, Theresa. She leaves 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She loved Lake Anna, reading the Barberton Herald and was a graduate of the Barberton High School Class of 1942. Funeral services were in Riviera Beach, Fla., May 25.
Ross (Roosevelt) Buzzelli
On May 25, this beloved man, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend passed away at the age of 86. Preceded in death by parents, Antonio and Berardina Buzzelli; brothers, Nick and Italo; sisters, Elizabeth (Michael) Serrian, Margaret (Tom) Antonino and infant granddaughter, Theresa Shepherd. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Rita; loving daughter, Rosanne (Daniel) Shepherd; loving son, Russell (Gail) Buzzelli; loving grandsons, Sebastian and Isaac Shepherd; Brendan, Bryant Benedict and Brett Buzzelli; loving step-grandchildren, Sara, Sean and Stephanie Reischman. Ross consistently thanked God for his treasured immediate family; his extended family including nieces, nephews; grand-nieces, grand-nephews; devoted niece, Bernadine Antonino and cousins; his spiritual family in Barberton; his buddies in the Italian and American Professional Businessmen Club; the breakfast group and many other dear friends. Ross was a US Navy veteran serving in World War II. He was employed by BF Goodrich until retirement as a super tire salesman, making the winners circle several times. Following retirement, he served as deputy treasurer in the Summit County property tax escrow program. He was a volunteer at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall, the Akron Civic Theater and First Night Akron. The family thanks the Hospice staff and volunteers at Ridgewood Care Center for their care of Ross. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father James Kramer and Father Thomas McCann, assisted by Deacon Robin Adair, May 31, 11 a.m., at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1676 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley. Cremation has taken place and a private family burial service at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery is scheduled for a later date. For those who wish to do so, memorial contributions may be made to the organization of your choice. Ross, we will miss your beautiful soul and loving heart and are eternally grateful to God for blessing us with your presence. Rest in peace. We love you. Online tributes and condolences may be viewed and expressed at www.campfield-hickman-collier.com.
Wiley E. Holland
Wiley E. Holland, 82, died May 26. A resident of Barberton for 60 years, he was a US Army veteran, and retired from Rodger’s Micro Grinding. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida. Preceded in death by his parents, Elwood and Jane; grandson, Michael and sisters, Ruth and Charlotte; Wiley is survived by his wife of 59 years, JoAnn; son, Gary (Debbie); daughter, Barb (Jerry) Brooker; grandchildren, Brian Troyer, Angie Troyer and Barry Holland; five great-grandchildren; brother, Jim Pressley; sister, Vera Robirds and Nell Revis; along with other family members and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his home health care angel for the last 5 1/2 years, Tamika. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 30, 3 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Robert Combs officiating. Entombment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the charity of one’s choice in Wiley’s name.
Margaret E. Kyle
Margaret E. Kyle, died May 24, at the Hospice Care Center on Ridgewood Road. Born June 24, 1921 in Borden Mines, Allegheny County, Md.; Margaret’s first six years of schooling were in a one room school house. She graduated from Beall High School in 1939, Frostburg, Md. She was then employed by the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., Margaret married Donald I. Kyle in 1942 in Washington. Active in several community activities, Margaret was past president of the Garden Department of Barberton Women’s Club, member of Women’s Tuesday Study Club of Barberton, volunteered for 25 years for the Red Cross Blood Bank, she served on the Board of Elections, Brownie and Girl Scout Leader and a member of Lakeview United Methodist Church serving as Sunday school teacher, multiple commissions and twice President of the Lakeview united Methodist Women. Margaret enjoyed family, cooking, traveling and bridge. Preceded in death by her father and mother, Thomas and Margaret (Shuckhart) Shea; brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Helen Shea, James and Viola Shea and half brother, Donald Lewis; Margaret is survived by her husband of 71 years, Donald; son, Robert (Sonya) Kyle of Munroe Falls; daughter, Paula (Robert) Mack of Green; grandsons, Gregory and Geoffrey Mack; sister, Evelyn Maxim of Doylestown; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 30, 10 a.m., at Lakeview United Methodist Church, 211 Third St., NW, Barberton, with Rev. Tina Nees officiating. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 29, 6-8 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lakeview United Methodist Church of Barberton.
Titus James Shambo
Titus James Shambo died May 24. Left to remember him are his loving parents, John Shambo and Virginia “Ginny” Romine; grandparents, Kathy (Phil) Patton and Bonnie (Robert) Romine and many other family members. Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 29, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon until time of service.
Nancy (Speck) Woodford
Nancy (Speck) Woodford, born Feb. 10, 1957, died May 20. Though Nancy preferred others not to notice her, she was a woman who noticed everyone around her. Whether she cared for animals, helped her husband with Boy Scout Troup 132, or raised her two children, Nancy delighted in detail; perceiving the needs of others with a quiet steadiness. Nancy’s gentle, thoughtful love touched many for the better. It is this love her family will miss the most; but, it is this same love her family will continue to practice in her absence. Preceded in death by her father, Basil J. Speck; she is survived by mother, Betty; husband, David; and two children, Sarah and Matthew.
Jacqueline M Geis (Jackie)
“Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all.”
Jackie Geis, 90, died May 20, surrounded by her family. She is preceded in death by her husband “Howie” Geis; daughter-in-law Jennie Lee Jordan; granddaughter, Michelle Jordan; and her faithful dog, Buddy. She is survived by her four granddaughters, Rachelle (Tom), Monica (Bill), Kelly (Jeff), and Rhonda; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Jackie was retired from JC Penny Outlet remarkably just short of her 90th birthday. She had been recognized for her contributions to the WW II efforts as a Rosie the Riveter. She also was very committed for years in supporting her political party as a committee member. The family would like to thank all of her friends at Fa-Rays, Bill and Crystal Cox, and especially her close friend Barb Mitchell and all others who loved her. In keeping with Jackie’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family gathering is planned to celebrate her life. If desired memorial donations may be made to your local Humane Society in her name.
John “Jack” G. Coffman
John “Jack” G. Coffman, 82, died May 20. Born on July 3, 1930 in Uniontown, Pa., moving to Ohio in his early teens, he was a graduate of Garfield High School, Class of 1948. John was a US Army and US Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and retired from a career with the State of Ohio. John was a Christian and his family attends Barberton Church of Christ. He was greatly loved by his family and will be dearly missed. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Ruth Coffman; brother, Charles Coffman and sister, Marilyn “Honey” Hewitt; John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Doris Coffman; daughter, Linda Coffman; sons, John Coffman and Shawn (Kim) Coffman; his greatly loved granddaughter, Amanda Coffman; brother, David Coffman; sister, Norma Brewer; along with other family members, Delores (Harry) Van Pelt; Jim (Joy) Van Pelt, Mark (Pat) Van Pelt, Mark and David Van Pelt and many friends. A graveside service will be May 23, 2 p.m. at Greensburg Cemetery, 4890 Thursby Road, N. Canton, with Keith Welch officiating.
David L. Jackson
David L. Jackson, 59, of Norton, died May 21. Dave was born in Barberton, and spent his life in the Barberton/Norton area, graduated from Barberton High School in 1972 and was the proud owner of Touch Tone Services. Dave is survived by his loving and much-loved family, wife of nearly 29 years, Jan; sons, Kale and Dirk; brother, Dan (Connie); parents-in-law, Hilda and Ted Gaynor, sisters-in-law, Marcia Diefendorff (Keith) and Chris Jackson (Reggie); special nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends he considered family. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Marge and Andy Jackson. A celebration of the life that he lived with gusto, love, pride and a genuine smile for everyone will be May, 24 from noon-3 p.m. at the Barberton Moose Lodge, 250 31st St NW, Barberton. Memorials may be made to your favorite charity in his memory.
Mason Lee Metz
Mason Lee, born March 27, became God’s angel baby on Saturday, May 18, at 7 weeks old. Although taken too soon, he is now resting peacefully in the arms of his Grandma Mary, Grandpa Jimmy, Gran, and Great Aunt Sheila. Little Mason loved his binkies, warm baths, cuddling with his twin brother/best friend, and being held by his big sister. Mason leaves behind his loving parents Angela Mason Metz and Shane Metz; sister Makayla; twin brother Tanner James. He will be forever cherished by his Aunt Meghan Mason (Uncle D), Aunt Amanda and Aunt Trudy, Grandpa Wayne, along with many loving cousins. A big thank you to Mason’s aunt Amanda and great-aunt Trudy for all the love and care given in his early days. Memorial services will be 6-8 p.m., May 24, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.
Sandra K. Neitzelt
Sandra K. Neitzelt, 51, died May 12. She was born July 31, 1961 in Akron. Sandra graduated from Stow High School and was a Barberton resident for most of her life. She worked for Hopocan Gardens and Milich’s Village Inn for many years, and also for Burt Greenwald, Reiter Dairy, Ryder Transportation, and FedEx until she could no longer work. She loved helping the Coventry Band and watching her children perform, and would never pass up a tag sale. Baking was her passion and everyone will miss her cookies. She is survived by her loving husband of 30 years, Michael D. Neitzelt; daughter, Autumn (Jon) Bosch; son, Nicholas Neitzelt; mom and dad, Margaret “Billie” and Blair Mayfield; father, Paul Stauffer; sisters, Paula (Brian) Willey, Kathy (Jeff) Straughan, and Patti Wise; step-brothers, Danny Mayfield and Mike Mayfield; step-sister, Cindy Keiffer; sisters-in-law, Judy Massie, Jenny Kochis, Theresa Fernwalt, and Candy Neitzelt; lifelong friend, Suzane Gradisher; many nieces, nephews, and friends; and her loving poodle, Romeo.
Internment at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Tyler M. Wise
Tyler M. Wise, 17, of Wadsworth, died May 12. He was born March 25, 1996 in Barberton.Tyler was a student at ECOT and was employed at Sky Park Airport. He attended St. Mark's Episcopal Church, was very active at the Garage in Wadsworth and was a former boy scout. He was preceded by his great-grandmother Lucille Hughson; grandfather, Gene Clawson; great-uncle, Dennis Freitas; and cousin, Casey Cole. He is survived by his mother and step-father, Holly (Russell) Clawson of Wadsworth. His father, Brian (Jacob Patton) Wise of Morrow; sister, Julianne Clawson; grandparents, Bud and Michele Steward, Sally Clawson, Dave and Arlene Wise; great-grandfather, James E. Hughson, Sr.; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 p.m., at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 N. Lyman St., Wadsworth. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 16, 1 p.m., at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 146 College St., Wadsworth. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home to assist with final expenses.
Ronald Eugene Templeton
Ronald Eugene Templeton, 62, died May 12. Preceded in death by his wife, Peggy and father, Billy Templeton; Ron is survived by his daughter, Loretta Templeton; mother, Alberta R. Templeton; along with other family members and friends. Funeral service will be Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors. Calling hours Wednesday, May 15, 6-8 p.m.
Arthur J. “Art” Wilson II
Arthur J. “Art” Wilson II, died May 10. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam Era and an active member of the Barberton Civitan Club. Preceded in death by his parents, Eloise and Arthur J. Wilson I.; Art is survived by his brothers and sisters, Nancy (Don) Bartlow, Sue (Robert) Mayfield, Bret (Lisa) Wilson, Trudy (Jerry) Wise and Lori Wilcox (Mark); many nieces, nephews and friends. A memorial service is Thursday, May 16, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Michael Somerville officiating. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.
Curt Rowles, 50, died unexpectedly at his home in Naples, Fla. He was born in Barberton and graduated from Barberton High School in 1980. He worked for Ohio Edison before moving to Florida. Curt was preceded in death by his father, Layton "Red" Rowles, Oct. 12, 2012; and his brother, Kit. Curt is survived by his son, Matt Rowles; mother, Norma Rowles; sisters, Kari "Bill" Frantz, Kathy "Gary" Wainscott; brother, Robert "Sheila" Sapp; special nephew, Andrew Gore; and extended family. Cremation has taken place.
James D. Pavlich
James D. Pavlich, 54, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Barberton, died May 3. Jim had many interests, including reading, metal detecting, antiquing and flea marts. He volunteered his time to organizations to help the needy. In earlier years, he was a member of the Barberton Historical Society. Jim is going to be greatly missed by all. Cremation has taken place, and private memorial services will be announced at a later date.
Gabriel Isaac Carneal
Gabriel Isaac Carneal, 16, died unexpectedly, May 10. He was born June 26, 1996 in Barberton. Our beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin was loved by all. Gabe was preceded in death by his grandfather, Edward Brown and grandmother, Evelyn Carneal. He is survived by his parents, Julie and Kevin Carneal; sister, Abbey Carneal; grandmother, Ann Brown; grandfather, Ben Carneal; uncles and aunts, Bill and Barb; Ed and Kim; Shannon and Maiy; Chris and Karen; Colleen and Brett; and many cousins and great aunts and uncles.
Gabe was a sophomore at Barberton High School where he played varsity football and track. He was an outstanding student who received many awards for academics. He had a great passion for the outdoors, fishing, hunting, riding four wheelers and just being in the woods, and on and in the water. Gabe did many charity events in surrounding communities. Gabe always was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. In life he gave donated blood and in death he gave the gift of organ donation. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to family to be distributed for youth sports. Funeral service will 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 15, at Calvary Wesleyan Church, 139 31st St. SW, Barberton, Pastor Perry Elkins officiating. Calling hours are May 14, from 4 - 8 p.m. at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery.
Wanda L. Moore
Wanda L. Moore, 65, died May 11. Preceded in death by her parents, Marilyn and George Clark; and son, Brian Moore; Wanda is survived by her husband, Ray; son, David (Denese); daughter, Lisa (Duane); grandchildren, Randy, Jayleen, Justin, Purcillia, David Ray, Brittney, Jenna, Josh, Supriena and Jade; great-grandsons, Draven, Phoneix, Derryk, Teegan, Ethan and Bryant; and a great-granddaughter she was waiting to give all her love to; sisters, Sharron (Paul) Smith and Bonnie (Joe) Piasecki; brother, Dave (Maryann) Clark; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. In following Wanda’s request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be Saturday, May 18, 1472 Porter Road, Atwater, OH 44601, at noon.
Beulah Z. Brand, RN
Beulah Z. Brand, RN, 88, died May 10, after a long illness. She was born in Chicago on May 5, 1925 and moved to Akron in 1941. A graduate of Akron City Hospital School of Nursing in 1946, she started working at City Hospital in the Labor and Delivery Department and was the registered nurse in Dr. Richard Yoder’s office in Barberton for 28 years. She was a resident of the Barberton/Norton area for over 55 years. She was a 50 year member of Jeannette Chapter, 212 OES and a member of Covenant Baptist/First Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and led missionary circles. She was a participant in the Harvard Nurses’ Study for 25 years. Beulah was involved with various area church groups, like Church Women United and she devoted countless hours to Barberton area charities, such as Good Neighbors, The Free Clinic and the Battered Women’s Shelter. Beulah was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Allen; she is survived by her sister, Betty Germaine of Spring Hill, Fla.; daughter, Linda (Delbert) Clifford; sons, David (Mary) Brand, Douglas (Sue) Brand and Charles (Debbie) Brand; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three nieces and one nephew. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the caring staff at Pleasant View Health Care in Barberton. Funeral service will be May 14, 11:30 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Burial at Rose Hill Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service.
Charles B. Carpenter
Charles B. Carpenter, 77, died April 20. A resident of Barberton, he was employed by Sharon Center Golf Course. Survived by his son, Walter Carpenter and daughter, Nancy Lawson. At Charles’ request, there will be no services. Cremation has taken place.
Orville R. “Ozzie” Ratcliff
Orville R. “Ozzie” Ratcliff, 54, died April 29. A resident of Barberton for 45 years, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Ozzie was a graduate of Barberton High School, class of 1977, he was involved with the Word of Life Mission, worked at the Barberton Herald and enjoyed fishing and volunteering at the Salvation Army. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles J. Ratcliff Sr. and Martha Ratcliff Ady; grandmothers, Louise Cannady and Josephine (Orville) Ratcliff; and special friend, Juanita Thomas; Ozzie is survived by his sons, Robert Sharier and Brandon Ratcliff; brothers, Charles Ratcliff Jr. and Chester Ratcliff; sisters, Kelly Holmes, Kathy (Bill) Buchanan and Shannon Ady; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral service is Saturday, May 18, 4:30 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Major Marie A. Edinger officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until time of service. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors on Friday, May 24, 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home.
Lancil “Bud” “Shorty” Morris
Lancil “Bud” “Shorty” Morris, 91, died May 3. He was born June 29, 1921 in Weston, W.Va. Lancil served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from PPG with 37 1/2 years of service and was a member of the PPG 20 Year Club. He was also a member of the Victory Chapel and the Masonic National Lodge 568.
Preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Phoebe. Survived by children, Carol (Edward) Smith, Eddie (Clara) Morris, Sandra (Ronald) Carper, Eileen (Roy) Jones, and Randy (Linda) Morris; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service is 1 p.m., May 7, at the Victory Chapel, 32 W. Bellisle Dr., Akron, with Pastor Bobby Webb officiating. Military graveside services will be at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends May 6, 5-8 p.m. at the Victory Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Victory Chapel in his memory.
Lossie M. Van Camp
Lossie M. Van Camp, 52, died May 1. Preceded in death by her husbands, James Tredway and Danny Van Camp; Lossie is survived by her son, Brian Tredway (Michele); grandchildren, Haleigh, Katlyn, Preston and Paisley; sisters, Mary Szollosi (Tom), Carroll Bryan (Bill), Tammy Thur (David) and brother, Robert Pierson; also many nieces, nephews; other relatives and friends. Inurnment will take place along with her husband, Danny at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Charles F. Visher
Charles F. Visher died April 30. He is preceded in death by his parents, Gerrit and Lillian; brothers, Dan, Tim and Cecil. Leaving behind to miss him and celebrate his life are his lifetime soul mate, Rose Smith; the special daughter of his life, Amanda Smith; his sisters, Jackie Cox of Akron, Debbie (Rick) Franzel of Florida and brother, Gary (Wanda) Visher of Florida. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We will all miss his witty, charming, personality and beautiful smile. Cremation has taken place.
Ralph A. Higgs
Ralph A. Higgs of Tallmadge, died April 29. He was born Sept. 10, 1932 in Barberton, to the late Lester and Gretta (nee McMillan) Higgs. He graduated from Kenmore High School and after two years at The University of Akron he joined the U.S. Air Force. After a short stay in Albuquerque, NM, he was stationed at Medina Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Upon discharge he went to work for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in the Data Processing Dept. After 29 years with Goodyear, he went to work for the Akron Board of Education for 12 years before retiring. He was a 33 year member of AA and had many friends there. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth and brother-in-law, Elton Pay. He is survived by his sister, Lois (John) Wittibschlager; much loved nieces and nephews and their families; John (Karen) Wittibschlager of Greer, SC; Paul (Liz) Wittibschlager of Macedonia; Anne (Derek) Dauchy of Oak Park, Calif.; Laura (Jerry) Cunningham of Danville, Ohio and Jim Pay of Brecksville. The family wishes to thank the very caring staff at Pleasant View Health Care Center and Summa Palliative and Hospice Care. Funeral service will be May 3,11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Pastor Ken Gifford officiating. Internment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors. Calling hours May 2, 2-4 p.m., 7-9 p.m. and also one hour prior to the service on May 3.
James E. Bauer
James E. Bauer, 82, died April 25. He was born July 15, 1930. He was a member of Barberton Post 1066 VFW. Retired from Babcock and Wilcox after 21 years of service. He served during the Korean War in the United States Army. He will be very sadly missed by daughter, Glenda; granddaughter, Ashley; and extended family and friends. Memorials may be made to his daughter in his memory. Calling hours will be 5-7 p.m., May 2, at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.
Franklin D. Sneed “Frank”
Franklin D. Sneed, “Frank”, 79, died April 30, at Wadsworth Pointe. Born in Neotta, Tenn., he had been an area resident most of his life where he retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. after 43 years of service. Preceded in death by his son, Franklin A. “Drew”; daughter-in-law, Karen Mallory; and brother, Jerry Sneed; Survivors include his sons, David, Doug (Tammy) and James; daughter-in-law, Annemarie Sneed; special friend, Elizabeth Boughton; and faithful companion, Chewy. Calling Hours will be May 2, 5-7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road West. Funeral Service to follow at 7 p.m.
James E Hammond Sr.
James E Hammond Sr., 66, died April 28. He was born Nov. 29, 1946 in Akron. He worked at Rolling Acres Mall in maintenance. Preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Sadie; brother, Rex; and sister, Brenda James. Survived by son, James E Jr.; daughter, Julie; grandchildren, Brandon Hammond, Jullian Osborne, Amiyah Hammond; brothers, Richard and Charles; sisters, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary, Betty and Barbara; and extended family. Calling hours are Wednesday, May 1, 6-8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton. Memorials may be made to Cox Funeral home in memory of James.
Stephen H. Raumberger
Stephen H. Raumberger, 68, died April 26, at home in Norton. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 43 years, Patricia (Seifert) Raumberger. Born in Austria on Dec. 16, 1944, Steve graduated from Hoban High School in 1962. After attending Kent State, he earned his journeyman’s papers at Hower Trade and worked as an industrial pattern maker for over 30 years. Steve had always been an avid reader and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed remodeling, woodworking, carving, gardening, traveling and spending quality time with his family and friends. Steve’s memory will live on and forever touch the hearts of friends and family through his God-given ability to design and build beautiful wood creations and unique carvings. He will always be remembered for his willingness to help family and friends. He always made time to help. In addition to his wife, Steve is lovingly remembered by his daughters Nicole (Joseph) Spoonster and Kathleen (Jonathan) Wills, and his son Philip Raumberger (fiancé, Maureen Casey). He frequently expressed his pride for all three of his children and their accomplishments. Steve’s grandchildren were the love of his life. They adored him and he taught them many wonderful things. Delaney Rose and Coben Joseph Spoonster, Adysen Celeste and Ayden Costello Wills will miss their Grandpa dearly. He is also survived by his sisters, Maria Raumberger, Ann (Ottmar) Gangl, Rose (Fritz) Kungl and Barbara Leisinger; brothers, John (April Rolf) Raumberger and Joseph (Tammi) Scheiring; mother-in-law, Rita Seifert; sister-in-law, Jeanne (Tim) Nikles; brother-in-law, Eddward (Karen) Seifert and a host of nieces and nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and many wonderful friends. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Josef Raumberger; mother, Theresia (Hack) Raumberger; step-mother, Magdalena (Bettes) Raumberger; father-in-law, Ivan Seifert; and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Leisinger. Friends and family may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, April 30, 4 - 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 1, at St. Andrew the Apostle Church, 4022 Johnson Road, Norton with Fr. James Maloney celebrant. Interment at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Cemetery in Doylestown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Steve to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF), 8085 Saltsburgh Rd. Ste. 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15239; or The Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. The Raumberger family condolence book can be found at www.bacherfuneralhome.com.
Bernadine M. Harvey
Bernadine M. Harvey, 98, died April 26. A resident of Barberton for 57 years, she was a member of God’s House of Grace. Preceded in death by her husband, Olen; daughter, Pat Barrickman; sons, Ronald, Robert and Edward Harvey; survived by daughters, Mary Ann Wright, Peggy King, Donna (Emlous) Lattea and Jean (Warren) Merkle; son, Woodrow (Kathy) Harvey; special granddaughter, whom she raised, Terri Lynn Harvey; 17 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Avery and other family members and friends. Funeral service is April 29, 1 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Emlous Lattea officiating. Internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Calling hours one hour prior to the service April 29. Memorials may be made to God’s House of Grace, 859 Witner Ave., Akron, OH 44314.
Zora Frances “Fran” Lucas
Zora Frances “Fran” Lucas, 89, died April 24, at Gaslite Villa Assisted Living facility in Canal Fulton, after a courageous five year battle with breast cancer. Mom was born March 27, 1924, in Pelham, Tenn. Her parents, James B. and Edna E. Wilson moved to Akron to work at General Tire Rubber Co. She was a graduate of Springfield High School, class of 1942. She married Charles C. Lucas in 1944 and he preceded her in death July 1989. She leaves behind a son, James C. Lucas; daughter, Beverly F. (Lucas) Roop (Gary L.); grandchildren, David James Roop of Marysville, Ohio and Trisha Elaine (Roop) Bellar, (David) of Lafayette, La.; great-grandchildren, Nicole Leanna, Rachel Ann and Joshua David Bellar. A sister and brother-in-law, Faye E. and Walter A. Reid of Westerville, formally of Bath; and many nieces and nephews in the Akron area. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mom was an avid reader, played bridge with the same group of ladies for nearly 50 years, and she loved to travel with her friends and family. She was able to travel to all states, the last being Hawaii in 2002. According to my mother’s wishes, there will not be a funeral service and cremation has taken place. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park beside her husband. I want to thank the staff at Green View Assisted Living in Green for their many years of care and love, Gaslite Villa in Canal Fulton, and Louise Hellwig, RN and staff of Asera Care Hospice for their love and understanding.
David T. Starr
David T. Starr, 33, died April 23. He was born in Barberton, June 1, 1979. David worked for Allied Piano Movers and was a member of The Liedertafel Club. David was also an extra in The Avengers movie, but David was our hero! Preceded in death by his grandmother, Eloise Coher and aunt, Rosanne. He is survived by his mother, Donna Starr; step-father LB Belknap; sister, Rebecca Starr-Remenyi (Chet); brother, Dennis; and sister, Christina. He also leaves behind his much loved nieces and nephews, Austin, Sierra, Noah, Little Denny, Branden, Devin, Summer and Pierce; grandma, Helen Hickman; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family c/o Cox Funeral Home or to the “Memorial Fund for David Starr” at FirstMerit Bank.
Jeffrey B. Hatfield, Sr.
Jeffrey B. Hatfield Sr., born Aug. 1, 1957, died April 24. He is finally at peace. Preceded in death by his father, Lewis Hatfield, Sr.; and step-father, John Xenias. He is survived by his loving wife, Delores; son, Jeffrey Jr.; mother, Sylvia Xenias; brothers, Greg, Steve, Lewis Jr., and John; a host of loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; special neighbor, Helen Burza. Memorials may be made his wife c/o Cox Funeral Home.
Ronald P. Thompson
Ronald P. Thompson, 56, died April 23, 2013. A life resident of the Akron area, Ron was a hard worker, doing auto body and paint; and had his own shop for many years. He was a great baby brother, father, uncle and friend. Preceded in death by his parents, Donald G. and Betty Thompson; brother, John Thompson; sister, Donna Morneau; and nephew, Mark Robinson. Survived by his children, Malia Thompson, Melissa Thompson, Noah Gannon and Chad Thompson; special nephew and best friend, Brad Robinson; good friend, Jackie Gannon-Nelson; brothers, Bill, Bob (Brenda); sisters, Peggy and Nancy; many nieces, nephews, grandkids and friends. "I’m Free. Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I savored much, good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch." At Ron’s request, cremation has taken place. Private services will be at a later date.
Florence Helena Sturkey
Florence Helena Sturkey, 70, died April 16. Born in Hot Springs, Ark., she was an educator with the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, Revere Local Schools and the University of Akron. Her affiliations include Middlebury Chapel, Kiwanis
International, Ohio Middle School Association, Ohio Council of Teachers
of English-Language Arts, and Weathervane Community Playhouse Board of
Trustees. Florence was preceded in death by her parents, Vera and William
Sturkey, II; and great-nephew, Will. She is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Linda, Robert and Erin, Edward and Daphne, Paul and Pam; sister, Janice; nephews and nieces, Myke, Dave, Sarah, Aaron, Jackson, Laura, Mitchell, Marissa and Rebecca; great-niece, Peyton; and many cousins, colleagues and friends. A memorial service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at Cross Point Alliance
Church, 855 Rothrock Road, Copley, with Rev. Jim Gergon officiating. Private family inurnment at Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the funeral home. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Middlebury Chapel’s Open Hand Food Pantry or Kid’s Club, 82 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44305, or the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Ohio Valley Chapter, 7124 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH, 45234. To share a Memory, send a condolence, light a
candle or send flowers, visit the tribute wall at http://www.billowfuneralhomes.com.
Henry "Hank" Symanski
Henry "Hank" Symanski , 80. Devoted husband for 55 years to the late Carole (nee Benya); loving father of Marianne, Christine, Robert (Laura), Daniel (Jennifer), Denise (Patrick) Campbell, Kenneth, Annie (Jim) Hoover, Deborah (Jeff) Horvath, Michael, and Joseph; dearest grandfather of Torian, Gabrielle, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Olivia, Scott, Jack, Leah, Ryan and Jacob; and dear brother of Rita Polacek
and Richard. Interment at Woodvale Cemetery. Online condolences at
Gayle Pauline Pitz
Pauline Pitz (Weight) died April 12. She was born Aug.12, 1917 in Barberton to Jack and Ruth Weight. She has been a resident of Barberton and Lakeland Fla. Pauline was preceded in death by parents and husband, Cyrus (CY); daughter, Sandra G. Pitz and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Pitz; brother, Bob Weight; sisters, Elaine Houk, Billie Gager and Betty Sama. She is survived by son, Robert (Patti Day) Pitz; grandchildren, Mary Beth (Justin) Ritter, Amy Lynn Pitz and John Matthew (Tammi) Pitz; great-grandchildren Jacob, Ryan and Caileigh; and Sister Norma (David) Houk; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be Saturday April 27, 11 a.m. at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton, with visitation one hour prior. Deacon Robin Adair officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Special Olympics - "Law Enforcement Torch Run" in care of the Barberton Police Department, 576 W. Park Ave., Barberton, to the attention of: Shannon Davis. Checks payable to Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Suzanne Street, 59, died April 15, after battling multiple sclerosis for over 25 years. She was a graduate of Barberton High School Class of 1970, also graduating from the University of Akron and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Following Suzanne’s request, cremation has taken place. There will be no services. Inurnment will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Armilda (Milda) Marue Sisson
Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine on her. May she rest in peace. Amen. Armilda, 78, was born in the panhandle of Borger, Texas, Jan.10, 1935, and died April 16, at Summa Barberton Hospital. She was a very caring and loving person and a long-time member of the Community Church of the Nazarene in Norton. She will unite with her loving husband Harold M Sisson; parents, Willie D and Ineta (Hart} White; and son, Roger D Patton. She leaves her daughter, Shari Juscak (Ron); Beverly Hummel in Florida.; Terrell Sisson (Melanie) in Colorado; brother, Ren D Hart (Pat) in Washington.; granddaughter, Melissa Patton; along with grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends. She will be greatly missed by all. A very special thanks to owner and all on staff at Greenview Living on Ridgewood in Copley for the loving care and kindness she received. Isaiah 40:31. Cremation will take place and no calling hours will be held. "On Eagle’s Wings and He will raise you up. On eagle’s wings, bear you on
the breath of dawn. Make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand."
Robert Earl Stanley died April 20. He was born in Burdine, Ky., Nov. 25, 1928. He served in the Army and later moved to the Akron area in the early 50s. He settled in Barberton where he spent the remainder of his life. He worked at B&W where he retired after 30 years. He then spent the next 25 years traveling Ohio and surrounding states with his wife, Sollie also known as Jane, working craft shows as Kute and Kudley Krafts making and selling dolls. He was a devoted member of Akron Baptist Temple for 60-plus years. Robert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sollie Jane; daughters, Shirley (Ron) Harouff, Darlene (Larry) Freeman, Ramona (Dave) Westfere; and sons, Robert Stanley, Jr. and Richard (Mary Kay) Stanley. He loved each and every one of his 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his daughter-in law Sheila Stanley. He was an exceptionally devoted husband and father. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society. This can be done at https://www.cancer.org/ and then click the donate button at the top right or by contacting your local American Cancer Society office. The family will greet friends at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Road, Norton, April 23, 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be Wednesday, April 24, 12:30 p.m., with Pastor Mike Prebynski officiating. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Funeral Home map, directions and the Stanley Family condolence book are available at http://www.bacherfuneralhome.com/.
Fred J. Collins
Fred J. Collins, 88, of Sardis, Ohio, died April 16 at Liza's Place in Wheeling, W.Va. He was born in Dusk Camp, V. Va., Feb. 9, 1925, a son of the late Wayne and Susie Pritt Collins. He was a 31 year employee of Babcock and Wilcox in Barberton. He was also a cattleman and dairyman. Preceeded in death by wife, Edith Collins in 200; siblings, Gail, Jack, Farrell, BUrl, Mary and Lorena Collins, Helen Parsons and Nora Markle. Fred is survived by his former wife, Evelyn Collins Kukec of Norton; two sons, Stanley (Missy) Collins of Wadsworth, and Chris Collins of Seville; daughter, Nancy Collins of Ashland; brother, Darrell (Moneta) Collins of Woodsfield; sisters, Betty (Joe) Lloyd of Seville, and Carol (Norm) Perrin of Salem; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Friends will be received from 11 a.m. until time of funeral service at 1 p.m., April 18, at the Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, 100 S. Paul St., in Woodsfield, Ohio. Rev. Susan Lehosky officiating. Burial to follow at the Antioch Cemetery, Antioch. Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Hospice Foundation, 10686 SR 150, Rayland, OH 43943.
Sara B. Morris
Sara B. Morris, 93, died April 16. She was born in Carlisle, Pa., May 1, 1919. Sara was a resident of Kenmore for 70 years and worked as a LPN in Barberton for 20 years at Barberton Citizens Hospital and in the office of Dr. F.A. Cleary. Sara loved her flower gardens, she was an avid reader and enjoyed family gatherings, she was a very loving and giving person. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Chester L.; daughter, Marsha Hartley; and great-grandson, Jeremy Hartley; left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Julie (Don) Campbell; son, Philip (Ella) Morris; grandchildren, Kim, Krista, Kathy, Scott, Patrick, Jeffrey, Daniel, Sandra, Julie and Jean; great-grandchildren, Katherine, Andrew, Julianne, Jeffrey, Dylan, Lainey, Ricky and Philip; great-great-grandchildren, Carter, Dylan and Taylor; son-in-law, James Hartley; very best friend, Margaret Swenberg. There will be a private family service at Greenlawn Ivy Chapel.
Gerald “Jerry” Hardman
Gerald “Jerry” Hardman, 90, died April 14, at Country Club Retirement Center in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He was born Aug. 27, 1922 in Walkersville, W. Va., the first son of the late Earl and Lena Hardman. Mr. Hardman lived most of his life in Akron, he was a World War II Navy veteran having served from October 1942 to December 1945 and retired from Firestone Rubber Company after 29 1/2 years of service. Preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Carmel in 2001; brothers, Virgil, Bill and Sylvester; sisters, Lola Marsh and Athleen Frazier; Jerry is survived by sisters, Opal Felton of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Eileen Thibaut of Mt. Vernon, Ohio; along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral service is April 19, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Diane Cook officiating. Internment at Greenlawn Memorial Park with military honors by Firestone VFW 3383. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of service.
Joseph B. Hunt
Joseph B. Hunt, 90, died April 16. He was born on October 4, 1922 in Akron. He was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn I. Hunt to whom he was married for 60 years; and his son, Joseph B. Hunt II, 9, who passed away. He was a wonderful father to his daughter, Ruth and son-in-law, Rev. Jeral Davis. He will be greatly missed by grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeffrey) Self of Akron, Jerry (Elizabeth) Davis of Wadsworth and Joanna (Luke) LaVan of Virginia. He also leaves his great-grandchildren, Jessica, Jeffrey, Jerrod and Joey Self; Kelsy LaVan and Aiden Davis. Also a number of nieces and nephews. Joseph was a charter member of the Barberton Bible Holiness Church. He served his church faithfully as trustee, treasurer, choir leader, song leader and soloist for many years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Coast Guard. He was a small machine repairman, certified electrician in the Coast Guard; worked for 15 years at BF Goodrich and ultimately retired from Sedlak as a mail-room supervisor. The family would like to thank the Apostolic Christian Home of Rittman, for their loving and dedicated care of Joseph for the last nearly five years of his life. The funeral service will be at the Barberton Bible Holiness Church, April 19, 11 a.m. The church is located at 375 37th St. SW, Barberton. Officiating at the service is Rev. Jeral Davis and Rev. Luke LaVan. Burial will take place 2 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, April 22. Calling hours will be at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave., Barberton, Thursday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.
Ray Allen Beatty II
Ray Allen Beatty II, 25, died April 13. He was born July 1, 1987 in Orlando, Fla. He lived most of his life in Barberton. Preceded in death by grandparents, Charles and Agnes Hughes, Raymond Beatty, Sandra Doyle; and sister, April. Survived by sons, Charles, Micheal, Ayden, and Allen; mother, Joanna Hughes (Don Higgins), father, Ray Beatty Sr.; sisters, Rachelle (Paul) Smith, Jenifer Beatty; brothers, Joseph (Susan) Beatty, Josh (Jenny) Beatty; and special friend, Tina Henthorn; four nieces, one nephew, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends. In lieu of flowers, family asks for donations to First Merit Bank in memory of Ray Beatty Jr. Benefit, on May 18 please check for updates at BHoffman5318@yahoo.com. Ray was a loving son, brother and father. He is loved and missed dearly by all. Services will be 10 a.m., April 20, at Liberty Free Will Baptist Church, 3819 Johnson Road, Norton.
Dorothy M. Tomor
Dorothy M. Tomor, 87, died April 7, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born April 30, 1925 in Barberton, to Ross and Alice Franks. She graduated from Barberton High School, married Karl D. Saurer in 1945, and in 1961 moved to Phoenix, Ariz. with her family. Moving back to Barberton after her divorce, she married her second husband, Frank, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her son, Karl D. Saurer, Jr. (Juanita) of Phoenix, Ariz.; and daughter, Carol Timpy of Wills Point, Texas (both of whom were born and raised in Barberton); five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her never-ending sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her. Interment to be at Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron, Ohio. No services are planned.
Bonnie T. Watson
Bonnie T. Watson, 70, died April 13. Born in Akron, she was a resident of Clinton since 1974, and retired from Doylestown Health Care. Preceded in death by her parents, William and Marcella Dobbs; Bonnie is survived by her husband, Argus; daughters, Susan (David) Bross, Rhonda Benton and Laura (Matt) Ogg; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Larry, Don and Bob Dobbs; sister, Gloria Falisevac; along with other family members and friends. The family will receive friends April 15, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton 44203.
Edward R. Hanzel
Edward R. Hanzel, 87, died April 12. A life resident of Barberton, he was a World War II army veteran and retired from Akron Beacon Journal. Ed was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church and a previous member of the Holy Hour Program for 40 years. Preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Hanzel; wife of 62 years, Norma; brothers, George, Robert, Albert and Frank; sisters, Antionette Hanzel, Margaret Binford, Marie Hanzel and Frances Anderson; survived by daughter, Joan (David) Stover of Barberton; sons, Jack (Cheryl) Hanzel of Akron and Jeff (Cindy) Hanzel of Doylestown; grandchildren, Mark (Jennifer) Stover, Sandy Papoi, Whitney Megyes (Mike) and Kelley (Steve) Serva; great-grandchildren, Anastasia, Brittany and Allison; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. Family will receive friends April 16, 4 - 7 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, where prayers will be said Wednesday, April 17, 9:15 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian burial, 9:45 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 204 Sixth St. NW, Barberton, celebrant Fr. David Majikas. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Augustine Church Endowment Fund or the American Heart Association, 3505 Embassy Parkway, Suite 100, Akron, OH 44333.
Stephen Brian “Bo” Bentley
Stephen Brian “Bo” Bentley, 45, died April 11, to be with our Heavenly Father and to sing with and among the angels with his beautiful voice. Bo will be missed here by all and will be remembered for his beautiful singing and his wonderful playing of his guitar. He will also be missed by those whom he sang and played music with. His bands, The Long Riders, Loose Salute and Magnetic South, Bo will also be remembered for the love he had for his son, Dean and for how proud he was of him. Also for his love for the Chicago Bears, Bo is so loved and will be truly missed by his family and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Samuel Bud Thompson; grandparents, Maxine and Samuel Thompson and Lenna and Alfred Branham; and nephew, Timothy Ward; survived by his son, Dean Bentley; mother, Linda (step-father, Paul) Bentley; sisters, Peggy Blancett; Suzanne Armsey, Wanda (Gary) Brandt; brother, Samuel Bentley; nephews and nieces, Michael and Amanda Blancett, Johnny and Christopher (Molly) Long, Gary (Amanda) Brandt Jr., Linda (James) Miller, Jessica (Kevin) Cassiday, Samantha and Zack. Also close cousins, Tom (Harriet) and Brian Thompson, Lori (Gene) Terry, Fred Little Jr. and many other uncles, aunts, great-nephews and nieces; special friend, Crystal Garcia and many, many friends. Funeral service is April 15, 2 p.m., at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton, with Rev. Fred Webb officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Michael Joseph Davis
Michael Joseph Davis, 64, died April 11. A resident of Barberton for most of his life, he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving during the Vietnam Era. Preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gladolia Davis; step-mother, Kitty Davis; Michael is survived by his wife, Patricia; children, Christine (Kevin) Herston, Michael (Les Booth) Davis Jr., Brian (Stacy) Cogar, Joseph Davis (Christine Tabar); grandchildren, Stephen, Emily, Meghan, Taylor, Mark and Bryce; sister, Connie Higginbotham; brother, David Davis; and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. Funeral service is April 15, 10 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery with military honors.
Jennie M. Kaminski
Jennie M. Kaminski, 91, died April 11. Jennie was born in Barberton where she was a life resident and a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church. She was a former member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Barberton, where she belonged to St. Theresa Altar Society and the Rosary Society. She was also a member of Barberton TOPS Club Chapter 240. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Stanley M.; Survivors include her son, Stanley L. (Christine); daughter, Therese (Richard) Hooker; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Josephine Rudman and Anna Beney. Mass of Christian Burial is 10 a.m., April 16, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Norton, Fr. Robert Jackson celebrant. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Calling Hours April 15, 5-8 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince of Peace Church.
John A Lehman
John A Lehman, 28, died April 6. He was an avid fan of The Grateful Dead and rock 'n' roll. Preceded in death by grandfather, Francis Smith. Survived by his parents, father, John S (Sharron) and mother, Tammy; sister, Heather (Ronnie) Orick; grandparents, Mary and John Lehman; Donna Smith; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial service will be 2 p.m., April 13, at St. John / St. Paul Lutheran Church, 282 W. Bowery St, Akron, with Pastor Rick Gordon and Pastor Lisa Arledge officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In remembrance of John memorials may be made to your favorite charity.
Opal M. Snyder
Opal M. Snyder (nee Copen), 74, died April 1. Opal will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved her. Preceded in death by her husband, James; father, William Copen, Sr.; mother, Dorothy Copen; sister, Ruth Bartram; and brother, Tommy Copen. Opal is survived by her sister, Flora Ann (Ted) Johnson; brothers, William Jr. (Jeanette) and Charles Copen; sister-in-law, Sue Copen; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family. Opal requested no calling hours. A special thank you to Hospice of Visiting Nurses Services. A special thank you also goes out to Rick Golden, for all he has done during this difficult time. To leave a special message for the family, visit www.newcomerakron.com.
Patricia Ann Patterson
Patricia Ann Patterson, 65, died April 5, at Summa-Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital. Patricia was born in Jersey City, N.J., and had been a Norton resident for the last 41 years. She was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Barberton and was a member of the Women’s Auxillary of Allenside Athletic Club. Patty was a loving mother and grandmother, one of her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by brothers, Billy, Donald, Charlie and David Nagle. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Jr.; sons, Joseph R. III (Michele), Michael Patterson, both of Barberton; daughters, Traci (Dan) Cottrell, Kelly (David) Eby both of Orrville; grandchildren, Tia and Joseph IV Patterson, Amber, Kelsey and Colin Cottrell, Jessica and Alex Eby; great-grandchildren, Brenna and Blake Campbell; brother, Dennis (Joann) Nagle of Pennsylvania; sisters, Doris Hatfield and Alice (Gary) Wagner, both of Norton; Barbara Shannon of Jersey City, N.J. The family wishes to thank the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital doctors and staff for their care. Mass of Christian Burial is April 9, 11 a.m., at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Barberton with Fr. David Majikas celebrant. Prayers 10:30 a.m., April 9, at the funeral home. Calling hours April 8, 5 - 7 p.m., at the Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W, Barberton. Interment will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
George Funk, 65, died April 1, after a long battle with diabetes. He was born on June 3, 1947. George spent his whole life in the Doylestown area. He loved gardening with a passion, along with hunting and fishing. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A private service will be planned in accordance with George’s wishes.
Geneva Jeffrey Parsons
Geneva Jeffrey Parsons, 76, died April 4. She was born July 2, 1936 in Freed, W. Va. Geneva was a member of Clinton Free Will Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husbands; Ronald Jeffrey, Joe Parsons; grandson Michael Jeffrey; and granddaughter Zoey Robinson. She is survived by children, Ron (Karen) Jeffrey, Emma (John) Sheeler, Janet Keith, Danny Jeffrey, Donna (Steve) McHenry, Dave (Dawn) Jeffrey, Jim (Sharon) Ellis, Karen Walters, Ron (Rhonda) Parsons, Jody (Brenda) Parsons; numerous grand, great, and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Frank (Florence) Sandy; and cats, Sissy and Boo Boo. Funeral is April 6, 10 a.m., at Cox Funeral Home with pastors Bobby Webb and Bruce Sparks officiating. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery. Family will receive friends April 5, 5 - 8 p.m., at Cox Funeral Home, 222 Norton Ave, Barberton.