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Cheryl Lynne Eiler, 67 years of Copley, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017 at Hospice Care Center.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Gerald; and brother, Albert Sommer. She is survived by her mother, Donna Sommer; children, John (Kathleen) and
Donna (Dan) Dawson; grandchildren, John Erick, Gerald, Ryan and Abigail; sisters, Lowella Sue Frazee and Candace Jean Johnson.
A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn with Pastor Rick Gordon officiating. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30. Memorials may be made to the church.Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2017
Bruce Senecal, age 67, passed away suddenly Saturday, January 14, 2017.
He was born in Springfield, Mass., but lived most of his life in Cuyahoga Falls. He was a graduate of Buchtel High School and attended The University of Akron. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and worked for Karman Rubber for the past 45 years. He was an avid animal lover and enjoyed fishing, gardening and sailing with his family.
Bruce was preceded in death by his loving wife and soulmate, Patricia Senecal (Purdy); Father, William J. Senecal Jr., and Mother, Jane Kathryn Senecal (Pfaffinger). He leaves behind his daughter, Stephanie (Joe) Elton; beloved granddaughter, Penelope; brothers, Bill (Corrinda), Peter (Rose), Kathryn (Joe) Pecko. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews including two who lived locally, his niece, Karyn Reiheld (Senecal) and nephew, Stephen Senecal. The two of them loved checking in on their Uncle and listening to his stories and nuggets of wisdom.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, Bruce's love for dogs may be carried on through memorials to Pawsibilities, 7996 Darrow Rd. #30, Twinsburg, OH 44087.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2017
Marie E. Pry (nee Wintrow, Duve') 81, born July 22, 1935, passed away peacefully in her lakeside Jackson Twp. home on Saturday, December 17, 2016.
Marie graduated from South High School, earned a BS in Education, then went on to obtain her MS from Akron University. She loved cheerleading, sports, and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Sorority.
Marie retired from Physical Education with Akron Schools. She was most passionate about advancing girls sports while teaching and coaching at Buchtel High School.
Marie's many joys in life included, her love of animals, country music, voracious reading and learning new things, senior olympics, all dancing, including line dancing at McKinley Eagles Club, and wintering in Florida. Marie was a member of St. Jacob Lutheran Church. With her husband, she loved classic cars and was a member of Stark County Street Rodder's Association and Osceola Rodders.
Marie is survived by her devoted husband of 41 years, Don Pry of Jackson Twp.; daughters and sons-in-law, Andrea and James Taylor, Marla Duve' and Tom Starczewski; sons and daughters-in-law, Scott (Karen) Pry, Mark and Jennifer Pry; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Marie was preceded in death by parents and siblings: brothers, Harold Wintrow, Jr., Russell Wintrow, David Wintrow and sister, Katherine "Kay" Gemind .
Funeral service will be Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at St. Jacob Lutheran Church, 8697 Mudbrook St. N.W., Massillon, at 10 a.m., with Pastor Lynn Williamson officiating.
Calling hours TODAY, December 20, 2016 at Heitger Funeral Home - Jackson Chapel, 5850 Wales Ave. N.W., Massillon, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Burial to follow the service at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Massillon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marie's name to Direction Home; Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging: Elder Rights Division, 1550 Corporate Woods Parkway, Uniontown, Ohio, 44685; Alzheimer's Association , 4815 Munson St. N.W., Canton, OH 44718; Stark County Humane Society, P.O. Box 7077, Canton, Ohio, 44705.
age 68, went home November 21, 2016, after a long battle with cancer from Agent Orange.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Earle Voegtley; his mom, Edith Myers; sister, Lynn Voegtley; mother-in-law, Joan Dost; and brother-in-law, John Dost Jr. He leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Beth Dost; ex-wife, Doreen Tausch, of eight years; children, Don Burke (Malissa), Dan Kazlman, Karen Petrovic, Steffanie Sobitz, Timothy Sobitz (April), Jayme Pizzi (Bill), and Mike (Val) Voegtley; father-in-law, John Dost; six and one-half grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, friends, and sisters and brothers in Christ here and in Hawaii; and both of his grand-dogs, Toby and Flatts. Aloha, my love 728916. (Adams Mason Funeral Home and Crematory, 330-535-9186).
David J. Shriber, 67, passed away after a long illness with his loving family by his side. The Night may have been cloudy but there was always a light shining on Dave.
He was born April 1,1949 to Gerald and Genevieve (Moulder) Shriber. He lived most of his life in the Akron area, leaving for a few years with his family to live in San Diego, California. After those years, he was always California Dreamin'. Dave had lived the last 30 years in Bath Township. He was a member of the Buchtel High School Class of 1967 and attended The University of Akron, Kent State University, and Iteso University, Guadalajara, Mexico. He always told people to Be True to Your School. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. As an accomplished guitarist, during his high school years, he played in the popular local band the Couriers.
Dave was a friend to all and anyone he ever met. But most of all Dave was a family man. He learned that All You Need is Love, and he found lovein his wife, three children, and two granddaughters.
Part-time architect and carpenter, he was still working on the addition to their house that was started in 1994. For 20 consecutive years on the Christmascard Dave boasted that he was 'almost done' with the same remodel.
Dave had several careers, most revolving around sales, insurance and trade shows. He was one of the early employees of the International Exposition (I-X) Center, eventually becoming Vice President of Sales. In thatcapacity he was recruited to be President of the John S. Knight Center in Akron. He opened the center on time in a very short time frame by working 8 Days a Week. He was also instrumental in many other projects and companies, serving as Director of Public Relations for GeneSyst International, owner of Shriber & Company, founder of Black Diamond Marketing, and President of Partnership Publishing Company, Inc. Dave was an idea man, incredibly creative and God Only Knows what his inspiration was for so many new projects. Most notably he was the mind behind GuitarMania in Cleveland. The beautiful, giant guitars around Cleveland and beyond would not be there without David Shriber. Ten foot tall, fiberglass Fender Strat-o-casters were decorated by artists and auctioned off for charity. For Dave, it was a Long and Winding Road that lead to him being a part of three rounds of guitars that raised over $2 million for United Way.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Peggy (Moore); sons, Ben of Copley and Alex of Columbus; daughter, Chris of Toledo/Akron; and his beautiful granddaughters, Elise and Laura. He is also survived bybrother, Steve (Sharon) Shriber of Stone Mountain, Ga.; sister, Barb (Pat) Moore of Medina, and stepsiblings, Georgia Beaven, Allen (Barb) and Marshall Rodgers. He was preceded in death by his parents and stepfather, William Rodgers.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 11th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Catavolos Funeral Home, 3653 W. Market St., Fairlawn, Ohio and a time of visitation on Friday, August 12th from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. until the Memorial Service at 1 p.m. Inurnment at Moore Chapel Cemetery, Bath Township, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bath Township Parks, 3864 West Bath Road, Akron, OH 44333. Online condolences may be viewed and expressed at www.catavolosfuneralhome.com.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Aug. 10, 2016
Michael was born in Akron, Ohio on December21,1949 to Martin O. and Mary (McDavid) Chapman.
Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, August10,2016 at First United Methodist Church of Akron, 263 East Mill Street, 44308. A Church reception to greet family and friends will follow the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to First United Methodist Church and/or Christ Woodland United Methodist Church. Hummel Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Ashley Eugene Primes "Binky", 68, our dearly beloved father, brother and uncle, went home to be with the Lord on February 25, 2016 after a sudden illness.
He was employed by Glen Stephens and S&K Asphalt and Construction.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ashley Primes Jr.; brothers, Roger L. Primes and George W. Primes III. He is survived by his sisters, Roy L. (Ronnie) Vaughn of Rosharon, Texas and Karen DeJournett Primes of Akron, Ohio; children, James E. Primes (Cindy), Michael (Sadonna) Primes, Sarah Jones, Ashley E. Primes; 12 grandchildren; uncles, Richard Gibson and Henry Primes; and host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends, and special friends.
Friends may call on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Prince of Peace Baptist Church, 844 Garth Avenue, Akron, OH 44320; funeral service to immediately follow. Condolences may be sent to 995 Independence Ave., Akron, OH 44310.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28, 2016
Jimmy Lee Hargrove passed away on Nov. 20, 2015 in Los Angeles Calif.
Jimmy was known for his knowledge of books and he was an avid reader of books. He was knowledgeable in just about every subject. Jimmy also loved the arts, music and sports - Ohio State being his number one team. Jimmy loved to travel. He traveled all around the world, finally making his home in Los Angeles for the last 10 years. Jimmy graduated from Buchtel High School in 1967. After high school he joined the U.S. Army serving 10 years.
Preceded in death by his parents, Aster and Cora Mae Hargrove; brothers, Oscar, Eric, Gregory, and Quentin; he leaves brother, Aster Jr.; sisters, Joyce R. and Cynthia M. Hargrove; and a host of nieces, nephews and many friends.
Cremation has already taken place.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Dec. 23, 2015
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CUYAHOGA FALLS - Connie W. Kneil (nee Anderson), 65, passed away October 7, 2015 with her family by her side. Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend is at peace. Her love and kindness will remain in our hearts and carry us on. Connie was always impeccably dressed , never a hair out of place and perfect makeup (The bathroom is now free). There were never strangers in her life, only future friends.
Connie was born in Akron and had resided in Cuyahoga Falls since 1978, moving there from Akron. She retired as a Primary school reading teacher for the Akron Public Schools.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Dave; children, David E. (Regina), Bryan F. and Kristen E. (Fiance Jason Kurlinski), grandchildren, Landon and Samantha Kneil and sisters and brothers-in-law, Marti Granchi (Tim) and Doris Anderson McDonnell (Michael) and nieces and nephews, Rachel, Sheri, Ed, Jason and Michelle.
The Family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, October 8, 2015 in The Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home 1930 Front St. Cuyahoga Falls where a Funeral Service will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday, October 9, 2015. Interment Glendale Cemetery. In lieu of other remembrances, memorials may be made to: Falls Cancer Club P. O. Box 3244 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223. Services entrusted to Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home and Crematory, 330-928-2147.
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"Lou Farris, little guy from Akron, Ohio trying to make his way through life, too bad it has to end" a legend, died May 15, 2015. Born and raised in Akron, he attended Erie Island Elementary, Simon Perkins Junior High, and Buchtel High (Class of 1967). At Buchtel he was King B and an All City Lineman on the football team. After high school he went to The University of Akron (not Polytechnic yet) and earned a bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's Degree in School Administration. A teacher at Norton High School, he was loved by his students and peers. He left teaching to be a realtor and real estate developer. Buildings and houses stand today, a testament to his entrepreneurship.
Louie could be found in the Chuckery, the Ledge, the Wildwood, the YMCA, Dodie's (solving world problems), St. George and many establishments throughout the Akron area travelling in his 1967 Corvette. He danced like nobody was watching and was the life of the party. He served on many boards, including YMCA, Weathervane, International Institute, St. George and boards associated with his leadership role in area real estate. He always had time to meet and help people throughout this community.
He was a founder of Charity Fundraisers which threw a big party every year to benefit kids with wishes. Who hadn't gone to an Aladdin function?
Louie enlisted in the Ohio National Guard and was activated April - May 1970 to guard overpasses during the Teamster strike.
Never married and without children he was like a father to his nieces and nephew as well as the children of friends. He was always a teacher.
Louie ran, swam, biked, competed in road races, triathlons, and played handball at a high level. He was always the most popular person in aerobics classes and never seemed to tire. Exercise was an important daily activity.
There will be no calling hours and a private interment will be held at Mt. Peace Cemetery. Your prayers are always appreciated.
He was predeceased by his parents, (Louis and Julia Farris) and niece, Darah Farris. He is survived by his sister, Louise Farris and her children, Michael and Julie; brother, George, "the wife" Debbie; and niece, D. Maureen Farris (Jeremiah Currier).
Tributes in Louie's name may be made to: The University of Akron, Darah Farris Scholarship, c/o Christine Curry, Infocision Stadium, Akron, Ohio 44325-2603. Please visit www.hummelcares.com to share memories and condolences. 330-253-6126
Dennis A. O'Brien (Denny), 66, a resident of Bath Township, and America's guest, passed away suddenly on November 10, 2014.
Before his retirement in 2013, Mr. O'Brien was a vice-president at R.H. Downing, Inc., Akron, where he worked for over 30 years. He was a Vietnam Veteran prior to receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army. He attended Copley High School and graduated from The University of Akron with a degree in Marketing. Denny served as a Trustee at Fairlawn Country Club, where he spent many hours on the golf course and in the Men's Grille. He was also a member at the Sharon Golf Club.
Denny leaves his daughter, Shannon (Matt) Manning; and precious granddaughter, Madison of Denton, Texas; his brother and sister-in-law, Kerry and Sherri O'Brien; and too many friends and acquaintances for the typesetters to list.
Lastly, many thanks to the staff at Ken Stewart's Grille for their years of patience.
Calling hours 4 to 8 Friday at the Ciriello and Carr Fairlawn Chapel, 39 S. Miller Rd., 44333. Mass of Christian Burial and Military Honors beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Hilary Catholic Church. Private inurnment at Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Michael Attalla, age 65, of Cuyahoga Falls, passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Akron General Medical Center.
Michael was born on July 25, 1948 in Akron to the late Edward and Bernice (Agamy) Attalla.
He graduated from Buchtel High School and received his bachelors degree from Akron University. He was a Warehouse manager for Leader Publications for many years. Michael was a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, especially basketball and football; he also enjoyed bowling with friends.
Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother Joseph and sisters Rochelle and Donna.
He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and spouse. He had a smile that could brighten any day; he will be missed!
Michael is survived by his fiancée and companion Janet Stoebermann, his sons Kristopher and Nicholas Attalla, his daughters Alexis Person and Britteney Zellhofer-Blue; his grandchildren Aidan and Arianna; sisters, Annette (Denny) Doyle and Marsha Attalla; and a brother Mark (Terry) Attalla; sisters-in-law Gina (Mike) Murphy, Trudi (Erik) Lewis, Brother-in-law Werner Stoebermann and mother-in-law Gertrud Stoebermann; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Cremation has taken place. Michael's wishes were for no funeral services. Friends and family may visit http://www.dunn-quigley.com/ to share memories and condolences on Michael's Book of Memories.
Linda Silcox (nee Beaty), age 64, formerly of Akron, passed away September 2, 2013.
She was the devoted mother of Damian and loving sister of Dennis (Anita) Beaty, Stanley Beaty (deceased), Bud (Alice) Beaty, and Lee (Karen) Beaty and a dear aunt and friend of many.
Linda was born in Iowa and retired from the United States Postal Service, where she worked at the Wolf Ledges office for many years. She then moved to Laughlin, Nevada where she lived the past few years and enjoyed traveling and spending time with her numerous friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James Silcox.
A memorial service will be held to honor Linda, Saturday, September 21st at 11:30 a.m. at Eastwood Church of the Brethren, 581 Darrow Rd., Akron, where family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be at Rose Hill Burial Park.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from September 19 to September 20, 2013
Page Wendell Repp, Sr. 63, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away on July 3, 2013, from overwhelming infection and cardiopulmonary arrest. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2013 at EVERGREEN MORTUARY at 3015 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ. An open house celebrating his life will be held immediately afterward at 1125 North 13th Avenue. Page was born in New Kensington, PA on July 16, 1949. He graduated from Buchtel High School and moved to Arizona in 1970. Page dedicated his life to working as a mason and home builder and teaching his sons the trade. He was a master craftsman and his award winning work can be seen all over Arizona. In his spare time he loved to fish, listen to music, and spend time with his family. Page is survived by his wife, Reba, of 31 years; sons, Page Repp, Jr. (Kristen), Vince (Vanessa) and Robert Hill (Amy), as well as daughters, Sandy Wilson (Jeff) and Jackie Mares (Joe), nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He also leaves behind two brothers (Joe, Wes) and two sisters (Cindy, Dottie) and friends too numerous to count. Page is preceded in death by his father Donald and mother Dorothy.
Evergreen Mortuary Cemetery Crematory 3015 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85705 520-888-7470
Gregory Edward Bronner, 65, went home to be with the Lord on June 7, 2013 at AGMC.
He was a lifetime resident of this community and retired from Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare System.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion N. and Nellie G. Bronner. He is survived by wife, Dianne S.; children, Stephan "Doc" (Cheryl) Brooks, Tamika (Terrell) Swain, Anntoinette Reese and Edward (Gwen) McIntyre; sisters, Lamoine (James) Mays, Yolanda Core (Lecount) McCall; seven grandchildren; a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral service Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 11 a.m. at J.E. SCOTT FUNERAL HOME, 1158 S. Arlington St., Akron, Ohio, with Rev. Sheree Winn officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday at 10 a.m. until time of service. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 985 Mercer Ave., Akron, OH 44320. Interment, at Mount Peace Cemetery.
Walt Blateric age 89, entered into rest peacefully Tues., December 18th.
Walter was the loving husband to the late Edith; he was the beloved son of the late Catherine and Stephen; loving brother of Helen Blateric, Violet Blateric and the late Paul; dearest uncle of Stephen L.; dear friend of many.
Funeral Services will be held Friday Dec. 21, 12 noon at the CATAVOLOS FUNERAL HOME, 3653 W. Market Street, Fairlawn, where the family will receive friends 10 a.m. until time of service. Entombment Rose Hill Burial Park.
Walt was a beloved teacher and coach in the Akron School System from 1953 to 1987. He taught at Buchtel and Garfield High Schools during his career. He taught World History, Geography , Health and Physical Education. He was also an Athletic Director and a very successful coach of Basketball, Football and Track. He won many championships and trophies during his coaching carreer. Walt was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a man that was very conscientious, helpful, fair, had a great sense of humor, he was a loyal friend to many, always followed the rules and was very dependable. He has lived well, laughed often and loved much.
Martha Ann Tate Drosyk of Enterprise, Ala., passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012 at Medical Center Enterprise. She was 62.
A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, June 28, 2012, at St. John Catholic Church with Father Gregory Okorobia officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowlawn Cemetery with Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory directing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. John Catholic Church, 123 Heath Street, Enterprise, AL 36330.
Survivors include two sons, John Nicholas Drosyk, of Montgomery, Ala., James Matthew Drosyk, of Enterprise, Ala.; her former husband, Nicholas Drosyk, of Troy, Ala.; her mother, Martha Tate, of Uniontown, Ohio; brother, Ralph Tate, of Uniontown, Ohio; sister, Debra Tate Peterson of Missouri; granddaughter, OliviaAnnDrosyk.
Mary at the 2007 Reunion with friends, Barb Bessemer, and Connie Anderson Kneil(she passed away 2015)
Mary Margaret Kulow passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at the age of 62.
Mary the youngest of five siblings was born in Akron, Ohio on July 18, 1949, to the late Gerald and Evelyn Boyle.
Mary is survived by Russell Kulow of Kingsburg, her husband of 27 years; son. Lee Stepler of Akron, Ohio; daughter, Ellie Stepler of Fresno; stepchildren Scott Kulow and wife Jennifer; Chris Kulow and wife Sherri; grandchildren, Alyssa, Jordon, Brooke, Marissa; one great grandchild, Mariah.; brother, Bob Boyle; sisters-in-law, Carol Prinz and Cathy Boyle & many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be on Thursday, June 21, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. Kingsburg District Cemetery, followed by a Memorial Service and luncheon at 11:00 a.m. at the Kingsburg Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Kingsburg Cancer Volunteers, 1139 Draper St., Kingsburg, CA. 93631; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Okla 73123;
Hinds Hospice, 1616 W. Shaw Ave., Suite A-5, Fresno, CA 93711.
If classmates would like to send condolences, they certainly may send them to the church and we will forward them on to Russell. Our Church office address is: 1532 Ellis Street, Kingsburg, CA 93631
Anita Marie Parsons, born in Akron, Ohio on July 6, 1949, passed away in Hollywood, Florida on May 10, 2012 after a hard fought battle with cancer.
Preceded in death by her parents, Adam and Mary (Nelle), she is survived by her sisters, Pamela (Thomas) Schnee of Warwick, Rhode Island and Jacqueline (Art) Knight of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She also leaves numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and her Aunt Lou.
There will be no calling hours or services. Cremation has taken place.
"We will forever miss and love our dear sister, Sparky."
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on December 2, 2012
Born on Dec. 21, 1948, Daniel E. McClish lost his valiant fight against cancer on March 9, 2012.
Dan was born in Akron to Robert and Helen (Dull) McClish. He was a graduate of Buchtel High School and the University of Akron. Dan worked for Milo Corp., Stambaugh's, AnaComp and most recently taught at Brown Mackie College in the Business Department.
Dan was a member of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church where he was involved in many activities through the years including member of the church council and Sunday School teacher for 22 years. He was also a member of Kiwanis.
Dan married the love of his life, Zoe (Bartz), on June 25, 1972 and together they had two sons, Robert and Jonathan with whom he created many wonderful memories.
Preceeded in death by his father, Robert; mother, Helen; father-in-law, Rev. Fr. George Bartz; and granddaughter, Danielle McClish; Dan leaves behind his wife, Zoe; sons, Robert (Tammy) and Jonathan; grandson, Daniel; step grandsons, Stephen and Michael Gaglione; sisters, Barbara (Bill) Capron, Karen (Britt) Bare; brothers Dick (Debbie) and David (Jana); mother-in-law, Zafera Bartz; brother-in-law, Rev. Bill (Emily) Bartz; sisters-in-law, Pam (Paul) Plumis and Nicole (Rev. Costas) Keares; and many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved spending time with him.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday 11 a.m. at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church with Rev. Fr. Jerry Hall officiating. Interment Mt. Peace Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday 4 to 8 p.m. at the Anthony Funeral Home Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St. and at the church on Tuesday, prior to services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fr. George and Presvytera Zafera Bartz Camp Scholarship Fund, c/o Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church,129 South Union Street, Akron, OH 44304.
Wayne Bruce Gilmore, age 62 of Pates Ford Road in Walling, TN passed away Friday, December 9, 2011.
Mr. Gilmore was born July 20, 1949 in Akron, Ohio to the late Lewis Allen and Sarah Ruetta Gooch Gilmore. He was a respiratory therapist at White County Hospital and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife Sara Ward Gilmore of Walling
children: Jennifer (Bobby) Anderson of Sparta, Josh (Tanya) Gilmore of Cookeville, Jessica (Jamey) McCurry of Sparta, Rebecca (DeWayne) Parks of Sparta, James Lee of Colorado Springs, Colorado
grandchildren: Katie Nash, Sean Nash, Emily Anderson, Kayla Gilmore, Abby McCurry, Alizabeth McCurry, J.J. McCurry, Natalie Parks and Anna Lee Parks
aunts: Virginia Birdsong, Beatrice Lack and Mozelle Angel
Funeral services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, December 13, 2011 in the Chapel of Hunter Funeral Home burial in Pollard Cemetery with military honors by the Veteran's Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00pm Monday at Hunter Funeral Home. Ed Kay will officiate.
Though he remained in the minors with the Mets through 1978, he would never see Major League action again. In a two-season career, Baldwin batted .231 (27-for-117) and five home runs, driving in 13 runs while scoring 12 times in 39 games. He also collected four doubles, one triple, and two stolen bases.
Gerald R. Hamilton
Gerald R. Hamilton, 62, passed away on April 11, 2011 from complications of injuries he received in a hit and run accident. Jerry was born on October 7, 1948 in Marion County, West Virginia to the late Lillian and Luther Hamilton. He is survived by his four brothers: Robert (Gloria) Davis, William (Jennie) Davis, James Hamilton and Shirley Swires, Eugene (Deborah) Hamilton. He will be missed by his nieces and nephews: Linda, Cindy, Jack, Bill, Richard and Judy Davis, Tammy, Brittany, Brianna Sines, special niece Tiffany (Brad) and Madison Kaufman, Todd Hamilton, Hollace and Jeffrey Hamilton. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Goswami and the many care managers and staff at Akron City Hospital, Select Specialty Hospital, Akron Manor Care and to the Palliative Care Unit at City Hospital for their care and compassion as Jerry journeyed from this world to the next. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the mausoleum chapel at Northlawn Memorial Gardens, State Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls.
Services & Gatherings
Friday, April 15, 2011 2:00 PM
Northlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel
Margaret L. Oechsner of Ravenna, Ohio died peacefully in her sleep on February 5, 2011.
Born December 16, 1911 in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of John M. Oechsner and Blanche L. (Kyser) Oechsner.
Margaret was a proud graduate of West High School in Akron where she developed friendships to last a lifetime, and Bethany College in West Virginia where she learned and honed her teaching skills and acumen. She taught briefly in Sistersville, West Virginia and then at Buchtel High School in Akron, Ohio more than forty (40) years. Her knowledge and passion for English (literature and grammar), Latin and Greek were unparalleled, and made an indelible impression on untold numbers of young people in her classroom. She instructed thousands of students over the years, students who moved on to become teachers themselves, professors, doctors, lawyers, authors, engineers, scientists, stay-at-home moms and other productive workers. She never gave up on any student, no matter what grades the student received in her class. Margaret relished the fact that great numbers of former students remained in touch with her and made time to visit her in Ravenna long after she retired.
One of the real highlights in Margaret's lengthy career at Buchtel was the opportunity to mentor a young talented writer by the name of Rita Dove, who would become a Poet Laureate of the United States. Rita's tenure in this position came through an appointment by former President Bill Clinton. She is currently a college professor in Virginia and has authored innumerable books.
"Peg" as she was fondly known by close friends, was a world traveler for decades, having friends in England, Germany and other countries most of her life. She took local Ravenna friends on her self-guided tours of England and she took herself to Italy, the mid-East, China and New Zealand for personal discovery of other cultures which she thoroughly enjoyed. She was an avid reader her whole life. One of her friends said she knew as much English history as the English themselves. Her English-style gardens were always spectacular, having some perennial flowers still blooming after 100 years.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Robert and Richard Oechsner; and by her friends, Clara Goss and Marie Starks.
Among Margaret's survivors are her cousin, Amy Dwyer; lifelong friends whom she treated as her own daughters, Ann Poole and Martha Poole, along with Lois Worrell, Karl Starks, Jack and Beth Young, Martha Yeager, Martha Benton, Pamela Wojcik and Steve Wilson.
A special thanks also goes to her caregivers Jeannine, Wilda, Denesha, Gloria, and Gloriosa.
As her last great act of teaching, Margaret donated her body to NEOUCOM, the medical school in Rootstown, Ohio to teach the young medical students about the human body. Because of her donation to NEOUCOM, there were no calling hours. A private memorial service will be held this spring.
To be her friend was both an honor and a privilege.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 10, 2011
Barbara S. Colman, 61, died Dec. 4, 2010 after a battle with multiple sclerosis.
She was born Nov. 8, 1949 in Akron, Ohio, was a graduate of Buchtel High School, and went on to work for the City of Akron Water Dept. Barbara was adept in making her own clothes and playing the piano, accordian and the organ.
She was preceded death by parents, Morris and Rebecca Colman; brother, Burton Colman; uncle, Harry Liberman; aunt, Julia Liberman. She is survived by brother, Jack Colman of Akron and many relatives and friends.
Memorial service will be held Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 at 3 p.m. at the Gordon-Flury Memorial Home. In lieu of other remembrances, family suggests donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
William Paul ``Bill' Richardson, 61, passed away at his home in Ada, Michigan, March 21, 2010.
Bill was a graduate of Buchtel High School in Akron and resided in the Akron area until he relocated to Grand Rapids, Mich. in 1989. He was born in Akron, Ohio Nov. 10, 1948, the son of Mary (Wintzer) and Paul Richardson who preceded him in death. He is survived by his sisters, Mary Barbara Thomas of Canfield, Ohio, Elizabeth ``Betty' Bessell (Dale) of Rochester Hills, Mich., Caroline Richardson (George M. Houchens) of Pinckney, Mich.; many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, March 29th at the Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., with Rev. Dr. Richard O. Griffith officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home one hour before services. Interment at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorials be sent to the Prader Willi Syndrome Association of America at 8588 Potter Park Drive, Ste. 500, Sarasota, FL 34238.
On December 26, 2009 the Lord brought his child back home to be with him.
Jennie was born December 28, 1949 to the late Lundy and Ernestine Robinson. Jennie graduated from John R. Buchtel High School in 1967 and attended Akron University for a year. Jennie worked for numerous years at both Cuyahoga Falls and Akron City Hospital in housekeeping. She was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Jennifer 'Tiny' Smith; brothers, Larry and Tyrone Robinson; nine aunts; one uncle; and dear friend, Willie Wright. She leaves to mourn her passing, daughter, Karketa Smith of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, De'Marreah of Euclid, Ohio, D'Aisha and DaNa'e, both of Akron, Ohio; sisters, Freddie Mae Brooks of Nashville, Tenn., Carol Ann Williams and Barbara Terrell, both of Akron, Ohio; brothers, Lundy (Brenda) Robinson, Thomas, James 'Pee-Wee' Robinson, all of Akron, Ohio; 24 nieces and nephews; 31 great-nieces and nephews and 11 great-great-nieces and nephews; best friends, Joyce Lomax and Helen Wright.
The family would also like to thank the nurses of the Palliative Care Unit at Akron City Hospital for all of the support and care of Jennie.
Friends may call on Thursday, December 31, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Sommerville Funeral Services. Funeral service will immediately follow. Condolences may be sent to 1028 Mercer Ave., Akron, OH 44320.
Elizabeth Ann Peavy was called to her heavenly home on November 24, 2009.
Liz was born on February, 12, 1949 in Akron, Ohio, to James and Gloria Peavy. She attended Akron Public Schools graduating from Buchtel High School in 1967. Liz went on to The University of Akron, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1971.
Liz left Akron to pursue graduate studies in Yellow Springs, Ohio, at Antioch College and in 1974 received a Masters in the Art of Teaching. In 1987, she received a Doctorate in Education in Urban Literacy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. She brought that expertise to a cross-section of teaching positions at many colleges and universities, including: Oberlin College; Earlham College; Columbus State; The University of Cincinnati and, most recently, Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland.
Her spirit of activism and passion for civil rights and social justice, particularly in the area of African American issues and adult literacy were always evident and hard at work. This fervor led to the opening of The Septima Clark Center for Urban Literacy, in Columbus, Ohio, which was named for the civil rights pioneer of the early citizenship schools in the South. Liz was Founder and Executive Director from 1990 until 2001, when illness prevented her from continuing the Center.
Liz relocated to Maryland and taught at Anne Arundel Community College where her family, students, colleagues and friends were privileged to enjoy her optimism, sweet nature and love of life. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a host of other professional groups and civic organizations.
Liz was preceded in death by her father, James Peavy, Sr. and her brother, James, Jr. She is survived by her devoted mother, Gloria; sister, Judith (Keith Sr.); brother, David; nieces and nephew, Monica, Jessica (Tamir), Samantha and Keith Jr., respectively; sister-in-law, Marquetta Peavy; very special friend, Cecelia Veal, and a host of other aunts, cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307. Friends may visit at 12:30 a.m. until time of service. Condolences can be sent to Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, Ohio, 44307.
Fredrick "Freddy" Haddad, 58, of Cuyahoga Falls, passed away suddenly on December 22, 2007 after a long illness.
Born in Akron, Freddy graduated from Buchtel High School in 1967 and the University of Akron in 1969. Freddy worked at Melch's Salad, Nichols Bakery, Red Barn, and W.G. Lockhart Construction Co. Freddy will be remembered as a life-long Detroit Tigers fan, an avid Harley Davidson enthusiast, and for his zest for life. A people person, Freddy possessed a witty humor, a friendly smile and showed strength and courage in his years of poor health.
Preceded in death by parents, Fredrick and Evelyn and aunts, Gloria and Dorothy Haddad, Freddy is survived by the love of his life and girlfriend of 10 years, Sue Markoff; son, Nicholas (Amy) Haddad; daughter, Monica Lynn Haddad; brother, Richard (Cindy) Haddad; aunt, Gertie Shadeed; many cousins and all his extended family at Rocco's Pizza.
Many thanks to the staff of Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital cancer and radiology departments for their kindness and compassion.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2007 at Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home, 810 Portage Trail. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Falls Cancer Club, P.O. Box 3244, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2007
Gregory Cornelius Poole, Sr., 57, departed this earthly life on October 20, 2007.
Greg was born on December 4, 1949 in Akron, Ohio and was a lifetime resident of Akron. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Local 219, Plumbers & Pipefitters Union. He retired after 33 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lonnie C. Poole. He leaves to cherish his memory, former wife, Dorothy V. Poole; devoted son, Gregory C. Poole, Jr.; grandchildren, Dierre Abraham, Gregory C. Poole, III, Gha'Vaughn Poole, and Ah'Launa Poole; his mother, Maggie Poole; brothers, Ellsworth (Margaret) Poole, Gerald (Mary) Poole; sisters, Gwendolyn (Gary) Chambers, and Vicki (James) Isabell; special friends, Sharon Hall, James Guess, Carl and Dimber Cannon; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services will be held Thursday, October 25 at 12 p.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307, Rev. Nathan Poole eulogizing, Rev. Loretta Sanders officiating. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery. Calling hours will begin at 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Procession will form at 746 Noah Ave., Akron, OH 44320, and condolences may be sent to 887 Hunt St., Akron, OH 44306.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Oct. 24, 2007
Cosmetologist, Nail Technician,and Owner Of 2 Salons. Wife Of Gerald Romesberg Step Mother of Christine and Steve Sister of Donald and Debbie McKinney Daughter of William and Dorothy Mckinney. Betty accomplished to many things to list in her short 58 years, she touched 1000'S of lives in a positive way, her enthusiasm for her career stood out in all she did and she stoked that into every employee and student she touched. Without being able to have children herself she took in the world as her children.
LeRoy "Alan" Larkins, Sr. passed away peacefully April 14, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada after a 22 year courageous battle with M.S.
He was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, August 13, 1949 to the late LeRoy N. Larkins and Alyce Follis Larkins. He was a graduate of Buchtel High School Class of '67 and attended The University of Akron. Alan performed in numerous plays at the Kent State African Community Theatre. He loved the Lord and Gospel singing and was a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Las Vegas, Nevada.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Brian F.; and sister, Beverly Carter. Alan is survived by his devoted wife of 34 years, Laverne (Chambliss); sons, LeRoy A. Jr., of Cincinnati, Ohio, LaTroy L.A. of Las Vegas, Nevada, LaTron A. of Burbank, Calif.; sisters, Muriel (Joseph) Edwards of Kent, Ohio, and Sandra Smith, of Columbus, Ohio; aunts, Joanna (Rev. Samuel) Johnson, and Mary Gladys Larkins; sister-in-law, Lavonne Chambliss, all of Akron, Ohio; nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
FUNERAL SERVICE AND INTERMENT HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 1 p.m. at Stewart & Calhoun Funeral Home, 529 W. Thornton St., Akron, OH 44307.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Apr. 26, 2007
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Charles Stanley Kidder
Charles Stanley Kidder, age 81, of North Canton, Ohio, died Thursday, January 4, 2007, at Mercy Medical Center. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 19, 1925, the fourth son of the late Oral and Kathryn (Wise) Kidder. The family moved back to Ohio in the late 20's and "Chick" grew up in North Canton, graduating from North Canton High in 1943. He served in the Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot. After graduation from Hiram College, he became co-owner/writer of the Orwell Newsletter, Ohio's second oldest newspaper. Returning to his love of music, he began teaching choral music in Timken High School. After four years, he moved to Akron at Buchtel High School, then Garfield High School, and finished his teaching career at Hoover High in North Canton. He served as Executive Director of North Canton Chamber of Commerce and later worked for the North Canton Sun Newspaper. He directed church choirs for 43 years in Garrettsville, Orwell, Akron and Canton. Also he was Professor of Die Liedertafel, a German-American singing club as well as directing the Akron Grotto Chorus, placing first in national competition for five years. He was music director of "Sing Out Sweet Land", the first musical of the Canton Theater Guild in 1950. He belonged to Eagles #2223. He was a member of local, state and national Music Educators Associations. Brothers Karl and Preston preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Jayne (Dungan) Kidder to whom he was married for 58 years; sons, Mark Richard (Patricia) and Timothy Charles (Maria); daughter, Deborah Dorn (Robert); and brother, Robert Price Kidder (Virginia). Grandchildren include Elizabeth Dorn Mather (Jason), Philip Robert Dorn (Alison), Sarah Kidder-Whatley (Michael), George Douglas Kidder, Charles Benjamin Kidder, Sean Michael Kidder, Ryan Patrick Kidder, Ariana Mercedes Kidder; great-grandchildren, Raquel, Clayton and Charlotte Mather, Michael Allen Whatley, and Christian Anthony Kidder; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins live in Ohio, throughout the nation and in Canada. The family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude to the Allen DeGuzman family as well as to the Emergency and ICU Staff at Mercy Medical Center for the compassionate care they provided. A Memorial Service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 237 West Maple Street, North Canton, Ohio 44720-2715, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2007, with the Reverends Dean Myers, Richard Sherpenisse and Paul Kiewit officiating. Calling hours will be at the church from 2-3:30 p.m. the same day. The family invites all former church choir members and students to sing favorite anthems chosen by Chick in a memorial choir which will rehearse at 2:30 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Chick's memory to the Endowment Fund or the Music Program of Northminster Presbyterian Church. The Reed Funeral Home North Canton Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Cathy J. (nee Holt) Karg, 56, was carried by the angels to her heavenly Father on October 4, 2005.
She lived in the Akron area all her life and graduated from Buchtel High School and retired from Fred W. Albrecht Co. in 1990.
Preceded in death by her mother, Jacqueline Holt, Cathy leaves Bud, her loving and devoted husband; sons, Francis "Doonie" and Jimmy (Kathleen) Kuebler; stepdaughters, Lisa Matta-Dorr (Donovan) and Laura Karg; grandsons, Max Kuebler and Daniel Karg; father, Dean Holt; sisters, Donna (John) Seibel, Linda (Gary) Bell; brother, Wes (Theresa) Holt; in-laws, Ken (Mary Lou) Karg, Pat (Gene) Champe, Nancy (Dick) Maloyan, Annette (Chuck) Brady and Janice Tomko; and many nieces and nephews; best friend, Karen Knapp and Godson David Knapp.
Cathy was the sweetest angel on Earth and was loved and will be remembered by all.
The funeral service will be Saturday, October 8, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Eckard Baldwin Sanctuary Chapel, 760 E. Market St., with Father Bill Karg officiating. Entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park. The family will receive friends Friday, October 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the VNS of Hospice Care Center, 3358 Ridgewood Rd., Akron, Ohio 44333 or to the charity of your choice.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, 2005
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O'Dell Daniels, Sr., 57, passed away August 20, 2005 after a long courageous battle with his illness.
O'Dell was a lifelong resident of Akron and attended Akron Public Schools and the University of Akron. O'Dell was employed by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. after graduating from Buchtel High School in 1967.
In 1975, O'Dell was sworn in as an Akron Police Officer and later was promoted to the rank of sergeant.
O'Dell is survived by his wife of 32 years, Rita (nee Beale) Daniels; sons, O'Dell (Linda) Daniels, Jr. and Aaron Daniels; parents, Isiah Saafir Daniels and Clara Saafir Daniels of Tuskeegee, Ala.; brothers, Embree Daniels of Houston, Texas, Isiah (Cecelia) Daniels of Las Vegas, Nev., Rafael (Lisa) Daniels of Houston, Texas; sister, Jacqueline Daniels of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law, Norma Daniels; grandchild, O'Dell Daniels, III; and beloved nieces, nephews, family and friends.
O'Dell was a member of the Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity, past president of BLEOA and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. O'Dell enjoyed camping, travel and cars.
Services Monday, August 29, 2005 at 12 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church--East, 270 E. Wilbeth Rd., Akron, OH 44301, Pastor Marc Neal officiating and Pastor Waverly Earley eulogizing. Friends may visit at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service. Interment at Lakewood Cemetery. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 1083 Valdes Ave., Akron, OH 44320. Special thanks to the Akron Police Department and special friends, Jerry K. Gould and Leonard Stephens.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Aug. 23 to Aug. 26, 2005
Terrence L. Pearson, 57, of Ravenna, died unexpectedly Thursday, July 14, 2005, at the Akron Gener al Medical Center.
Born Dec. 24, 1947, in Akron, Ohio, to the late Oscar and Alys (White) Pearson, he had lived in Ravenna the past 14 years, and proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Terry worked for 17 years for the Summit County Engineers Office and retired from the Portage County Tax Map Department. Being a licensed surveyor in Ohio and Nevada, he was the owner of Pearson Surveying. He was president-elect for the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio, and a member of the Ravenna Moose.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Beth (Bogus) Pear son; son, Nick Pearson of New Orleans, La.; daughters, Heather (Mike) Wright of Ravenna and Laura (Rich) Wayne of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren, Natalie, Matt, and Jada; sisters, Gloria Donges and Alys Pear son, both of Akron; mother-in-law, June Bogus; brother-in-law, Lon (Wendy) Bogus; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Donald Stein and Oscar Pear son, and sister, Betty Ann Genda.
Calling hours 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 2004, at Shorts Funeral Homes, Inc., in Ravenna, where funeral serv ices will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2005, Rev. Dr. Judith Wozniak officiating. Burial at Northlawn Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Military honors performed by V.F.W. Post 1055 of Ravenna. Terry was known for his warm heart and generosity and will be sadly missed by his family and friends. (Shorts, 330-296-6858.)
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on July 15, 2005
Jean Hanahan, 81, of Phoenix, Ariz., died on Aug. 12, 2004.
She was raised in Lisbon, Ohio and attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. She lived in Akron from 1954 until 1969, when she and her family relocated to Phoenix, Ariz. Dur ing her time in Akron, she was an English teacher at Buchtel High School.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bill; children, Maureen Chavez, Kathleen Wade and Patrick Hanahan; sis ter, Ruth Ann Schafer; and five grandchildren.
Final resting for Jean will be in Lisbon, Ohio, with a service at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lisbon on September 11, 2004.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Sept. 7, 2004
Vincent J. Biondo, 90, passed away Jan. 30, 2003 at Rockynol Retirement Community.
Born in San ta Ninfa, Sicily on July 17, 1912 to Frank and Vitina Biondo, he im migrated to the U.S. in 1921. He graduated with honors from both North High School and the University of Akron College of Liberal Arts and College of Education, where he was a Pixley Scholar of English his sophomore year and a member of the Phi Sigma Alpha honorary society. He received his master of arts in English and edu cation from the University of Akron. He also enrolled in the doctoral program of English at The Ohio State University. Vincent was a writer of poetry, having many poems published, his first when he was 12. He won two awards from the International Association of Poets.
He taught English in the Akron Public School System for 38 years at Buchtel and Firestone, where he also taught summer and night school. He also taught and supervised student teachers for 10 years at the University of Akron. Vincent was a proud Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 124th Signal Corps for three years.
Preceded in death by his sisters, Margaret Biondo, Catherine Antro and Pauline Russo, survivors in clude his wife of 57 years, Ruth M. (nee Trommer); children, Rev. Francine (Rev. Craig) Lantz of Pennsylvania, Frank Biondo R.R.T. of Portland, Ore.; grandchildren, Sgt. Philip (Spc. Sarah) Lantz serving in Kuwait and Avram and Nathan Biondo of Oregon; great-grandson, Caleb Lantz; sister, Frances Biondo of Akron; and two nieces and three nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Fr. Sam Ciccolini celebrant. Entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park, where Fire stone V.F.W. Post 3383 will per form military honors. Calling hours Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Silva Funeral Home/Rose Hill Chapel (formerly Ciriello), 3653 W. Market St., Fairlawn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Interval Brotherhood.
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Cheyenne (Hawkins) Thompson, 53, slipped into eternity on Jan. 4, 2003.
She was a resident of the Akron area since 1962. She had been employed with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for 15 years and the Cuyahoga Falls General Hospi tal until her ill ness. She was the pianist at the Macedonia Baptist Church and played every Sunday up until her demise.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Dr. William K. and Nancy Hawkins, and brothers, Rev. Alfred, Rev. William K Hawkins Jr. She leaves, to mourn her passing, loving and devoted husband, Frank L. Thompson; sons, Damon (Octavia), Shawn Richardson; daughter, Aires Richardson; brother, David (Nona) Hawkins of South Carolina; sisters, Carolyn Hooks, Donzella (Jimmie) Rodgers, Sheila Hollinger; stepdaughters, Tai and Kellie Thompson; mother-in-law, Louise Thompson; sister-in-law, Toni Thompson; very dear friend, Bernice Richardson; a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church, Pastor Lorenzo Glenn officiating. Friends may call at the church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the family will receive friends from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Procession will form and condolences may be sent to 1751 Sheffield Ave.
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jan. 5 to Jan. 8, 2003
AKRON Miss Susan Riemenschneider, whose parents, the late Dr. Edwin A. and Mary Beth Tris tram Riemenschneider, were told to have her institutionalized because she was so severely handicapped when she was born on April 1, 1947, died at 11:35 p.m. Wednes day night. She was 54, and most recently made her home at the Chambrel Retirement Home in Montrose. She had taken ill about two weeks ago, eventually suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage which caused her death.
Diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome, Susan began her educa tion at Our Lady of the Elms Catholic School, where she later worked as a teachers helper, and was graduated from Akron Buchtel High School. It was at Buchtel that her teacher, Marion Stroud, became a lifetime friend and mentor. Together the two collaborated on a book, ``Down Syndrome Pioneer, written in its entirety by Susan on lined paper, with the forward by Dr. Stroud. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book, which chronicled how a challenged person can over-come hurdles in life with determination and goal setting, went to the Center for Mental Retardation.
In addition to working at Our Lady of the Elms, Miss Riemen schneider also held employment at the Summit County Association for Retarded Citizens for a number of years and served as a trustee of the Cuyahoga Center for Mental Retardation.
Over the years, she lectured to student doctors at Northeast Ohio Universitys College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve Universitys College of Medicine, and Ohio State University College of Medicine. She was invited to address 400 clergy by Mrs. Eunice Shriver at a Kennedy foundation conference. She spoke to numerous oth er organizations, where she talked of her interest in music and reading the classics. She often discussed the Boston doctors advice to her parents:
``He took one look and said to put me in an institution. In 1947, this was the only thing they knew to say. When I think about that, I want to shake my fist in the doctors face if he would say anything like that.
``Thats the reason I am writing my book by hand. I am still shaking my fist at that idea fifty years later, she told reporter Jewell Cardwell of the Akron Beacon Jour nal in an interview for an article that appeared April 24, 1998. The story related how, in later life, the roles of parent and daughter switched, as she eventually became the caregiver for her mother and father, who passed away in 1993 and 1999, respectively.
A devoted follower of Cleveland professional sports teams and all events at Baldwin-Wallace College, where her grandfather, Dr. Albert Riemenschneider, once served as president, Miss Riemenschneider was an experienced traveler, enjoying trips to California and her familys ancestral home in Eubach, Ger many.
In a May 21, 1996, interview, she stated that her mission in life was to let people know what they can do to work with the special needs of people. As a member of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Akron, she was able to complete this calling, volunteer ing for many years at the churchs free-lunch program.
She is survived by two brothers, Dr. Thomas A. Riemenschneider along with his wife, Judy, of Chagrin Falls, and attorney John K. Riemenschneider and his wife, Nancy, of Akron, as well as four nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. March 16 at First United Methodist Church in Akron, with Rev. Lynn Snider officiating. Private burial is scheduled for Woodvale Cemetery in Berea, Ohio. The Dawson Funeral Home of East Liverpool, Ohio, is in charge of arrange ments. Friends will be received at the church following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Mental Retardation of Cuyahoga County, c/o 1621 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44115; the free-lunch program of the First United Methodist Church of Akron, c/o 263 Mill St.,
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 12, 2002
Ruth M. (Trommer) Biondo, 94, died Feb. 19, 2004, at the Hospice of Visiting Nurses. Ruth married Vincent J. Biondo on July 3, 1945. They had been married 58 years at the time of Vincent's death in 2003. Born in Akron, Ohio, on May 23, 1909, she had been a life resident. She was the daughter of the late Edward J. Trommer and Fannie B. (Rhoades) Trommer. She was a graduate of South High School and the University of Akron. She took graduate courses at both the University of Akron and Ohio State University. Ruth taught for Akron public schools for 32 years. She taught biology at Buchtel High School and biology and English at Simon Perkins Jr. High School. After retirement, she tutored junior high students for several years. Survivors include: children Frank Biondo of Portland, Ore., and Rev. Francine (Rev. Craig) Lantz of Glen Rock; grandchildren, Philip (Sarah) Lantz of Georgia, and Avram and Nathan Biondo of Oregon; great-grandson Caleb Lantz; and brother Paul Trommer. Ruth was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Akron, where she was also a librarian for many years. She was also a member of the former St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Akron, in her younger years where she served as the congregational organist. Ruth played the piano, organ and enjoyed floral arranging, reading, drawing and painting. Funeral services will be Monday at 10 a.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor David Scharf officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Burial Park. Calling hours will be Sunday 7 to 9 p.m. at the Silva Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurses, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, Ohio. Tributes to remember Ruth's life may be made at www.mem.com.
Published in Evening Sun from Feb. 21 to Feb. 22, 2004