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Eli E. Troyer, age 64 of Mesopotamia, passed away Monday morning, July 31, 2017 at Hillcrest Hospital surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of 41 years to Alma (Hershberger) Troyer.  He was born in Grove City, Pa. on Dec. 29, 1952 to the late Eli J. and Amelia (Byler) Troyer. Eli enjoyed fishing and horse sales. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and Bishop of the Mesopotamia Northeast District.

He will be missed by his loving wife, Alma; children, Linda Mae (Melvin) Miller, Steven Lee (Sally) Troyer, Marlene (Reuben) Burkholder, Eli Jr. (Malinda) Troyer, Aden (Nancy) Troyer, Amelia (Robert) Miller, James (Marianne) Troyer, Lucinda (John) Kauffman, Ella (Henry) Yoder, Amanda Troyer, Saralyn Troyer, and Leon Troyer; 49 grandchildren; two brothers, six sisters, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Eli is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, and daughter, Barbie Troyer. Eli was laid to rest in Wilcox Road Cemetery, Mesopotamia.


Joan M. Malone, 75 of Chardon, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 at Blossom Health Care. She was born May 4, 1942 in Cleveland, daughter of the late Gordon and Jean (Carpenter) Petrik. She was a graduate of Burton High School and married Daniel T. Malone of Burton on Aug 1, 1964. He passed away in 2013. This would have been their 53rd Anniversary. “They are together again.” Joan was in administration for Western Reserve Memorial Gardens, A.S. M. in Newbury, and at Huntington Bank in Burton. She enjoyed life; was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Chardon and loved going to church and playing cards with her friends. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

Joan is survived by four children, Daniel (Joni) of Madison, Jeffrey (Stacie) of Chardon, Joseph (Sharon) of Chardon, and Angela (Dave) Toaddy of Chardon; ten grandchildren, Hannah (Mark) Kenyon, Jenna, Lauren, Allison (Eric Schneider) Malone, Jordan, Ashlea, Morgan, Nicholas, Beth Geil, Shawana (Rick) Myers; four great grandchildren, Anthony, Alex, Cole (Allison), and Anderson (Ashlea); two brothers, Jamey (Gwen) Petrik and David (Ruth) Petrik. Her husband Daniel; and her parents Gordon and Jean Petrik precede Joan in death.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 70 W Streetsboro Street, Suite 201, Hudson, OH 44236. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Robert R. Miller, 10 years 19 days of Middlefield , passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Aug. 8, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Cleveland, on July 20, 2007 to Rudy J. and Betty A. (Yoder) Miller. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by his loving parents, Rudy and Betty; siblings, Martha Miller, Mary Miller, Andy Miller, Nancy Miller, Rudy Miller Jr., Leroy Miller, Benjamin Miller, Allen Miller, Marie Miller, Jonathan Miller; paternal grandparents, John M.A. and Saloma A. Miller; maternal grandparents, Andy A. and Betty M. Yoder; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Carl F. Hutchings, age 99, of Newbury passed away, July 30, 2017.  Beloved husband of 49 years to the late Mary Beth (nee Nicholson); loving father of Penny (Gary) Stilke of Punta Gorda, Florida; dear grandfather  Lynn (Ken) Ashba, Deborah Dombrowski, Chris Stilke, and Lora Stilke; great-grandfather of Joshua Hehr, Lindsay Ashba, and Amber (Brad) Furdal; cherished brother of Mary Reed.  In addition to his beloved wife, Carl is preceded in death by his daughter, Norma Lou Hutchings;  son, William Hutchings and his sister, Eva Jean Trace.  Private services were held.  Arrangements entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, Ohio.


Thomas Carl Halstead, 85, lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Briar Cliff Manor in Middlefield. He was born Nov. 23, 1931 in Corey Hospital in Chardon to the late Owen and Bertha (Hofstetter) Halstead. Thomas married the lovely Margaret Kneier and they were married 63 years before she passed away on
Dec. 3, 2016.

Tom and Marge owned and operated Halstead’s Middlefield Furniture and the Middlefield License Bureau. In 1970, they developed Settler’s Farm in Middlefield. Tom was an alumni of Hiram College, was in the U.S. Naval Reserves, and past president of the Middlefield Chamber of Commerce. Tom was a founding member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. Tom enjoyed being involved with anything in Middlefield, including the Swiss Cheese Festival. Tom was on the Board of Directors for the Middlefield Banking Company. His hobbies included traveling with his motor home, woodworking and music. He had unusual collections, including Chiquita Banana labels. Tom wants everyone to know he had the world’s most devoted and forgiving wife. He loved his family and friends and often said, “Be good to yourself.”

He will be sadly missed by his two daughters, Jan Kantz of Indianapolis, Indiana and Ann Halstead of Middlefield; his beautiful granddaughter Abigail; his brother Philip Halstead; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Margaret.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, P.O. Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062. Memories and condolences share at
www.russellslyfh.com.


Brad Lee Herwig, 33 Burton, died at home on July 6, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born March 28, 1984 in Geneva. Brad enjoyed videos and shopping at the mall in Walmart and Target. He liked trips to Disney World, vacations to the beach in South Carolina and Lake Chautauqua, and going out to eat with his family, especially for pizza.

He is survived by his parents, Gary and Karen (Nee: Goskey) Herwig of Burton; sister, Lori (Benjamin) Shrock of Burton; niece and nephew, Melayna and Abram Shrock; grandmother, Luella “Lou” Herwig of Newbury; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com.


Evelyn Lois Malone, 94 of Middlefield, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Briar Hill Healthcare. She was born March 2, 1923 in Burton, daughter of the late Forest and Lois (Patterson) Smith. She was a graduate of Burton High School in 1940 and married Daniel J. Malone Feb. 28, 1942 in Chardon. They were married 48 years before he passed away in 1990. Evelyn was a cashier at Golden Dawn in Burton for 13 years. She was a member of Burton Free Methodist Church; the Clio Club and Craft Club in Burton. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, and reading. She especially enjoyed being with her family.

She will be missed dearly by her family and friends; her son William J. (Debbie) Malone; her daughter Kathleen (Leonard) Phillips; her daughter-in-law Joan Malone; nine grandchildren; and numerous great and great-great grandchildren. Her husband Daniel; her son Daniel T. Malone; her parents; and her brother Everett “Bud” Smith precede her in death. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com


Michael Ray Munn, 64 of Newbury, passed away peacefully at Metro Health Hospital in Cleveland on June 27, 2017. He was born in Chardon, on April 28, 1953 to the late Jerry R. and Nancy J. (Kalsch) Munn. Michael was owner/operator of Munn Septic Service for more than 30 years until his retirement. He also enjoyed spending time at the casino with his buddy Ralph, hunting, fishing, and being with family and friends.

He will be greatly missed by daughters, Tammy Munn of Pennsylvania, Michelle Munn of Florida, Courtney (Javier) Munn-Huesca of Burton, Carissa (Robert) Krebs of Newbury; sisters, Gayle (Rick) Phifer of Newbury, Joy (Terry) Brent of Monroe; girlfriend, Theresa Zackar of Newbury; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and many friends. Michael is preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Paul Miller , 91, a lifelong resident of Middlefield passed away peacefully Saturday July 8, 2017 at Blossom Hill Care Center. He was born Dec. 25, 1925 in Middlefield to the late John and Amanta (Passi) Miller. Paul graduated from Middlefield High School in 1943 and went to join the US Navy where he was a signalman First Class. He served from Nov. 3, 1943 until April 22, 1946. He worked for Geauga Industries and retired after 25 years in the Maintenance Dept.  Paul was a former member of the Middlefield VFW post 9678, Mesopotamia United Methodist Church, and the Mesopotamia Historical Society.

He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Patty (Richard) Simonyi of Middlefield, son, Eugene (Wendy) Miller of Willow Springs NC, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and also Raymond (Linda) Barnum of Mesopotamia.  Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his four sisters, Lydia Miller, Iria Pitorak, Helmi Miller Miriam Warat, three brothers, Larry, Pete, Bill Miller; and his companion Marjorie Barnum. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Kenneth H. Oldman, 68 of East Cleveland, passed away suddenly of natural causes at his home Sunday, June 25, 2017. He was born in Cleveland, on March 5, 1949 to the late Kenneth R. and Rowena (Weaver) Oldman. Kenneth attended Kenston High School and worked many years as an auto mechanic. He enjoyed fishing, tinkering and repairing various things, and taking care of his two dogs and two cats.

He will be missed by sisters, Stefanie Humr, Heather (Ronald) Robinson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Robert Humr. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Owen A. Mullett, 83 of Chagrin Falls, formerly of Newbury, passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017 at Arden Courts. He was born Feb. 15, 1934 at home in Burton to Albert and Amanda (Gingerich) Mullett. After he graduated from Burton High School, he went to Michigan State and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He married Mary E. Kelly Feb. 1, 1964. They lived in Newbury over 40 years. They were members of the Newbury United Community Church. He was very active as a moderator and trustee of the church. Owen was the founder, owner and operator of the Mullett Company, which he started in 1972. He was a structural engineer and constructed many commercial, industrial, and agricultural buildings throughout Geauga and neighboring counties. He enjoyed sports, especially golf. He dearly loved being with his family and friends, who will miss him.

Owen is survived by his beloved wife, Mary of 53 years; four children, Dave (Michelle) Mullett, Dan (Kismet) Mullett, Steve (Lisa) Mullett, and Dawn Mullett; nine grandchildren; five siblings, Sarah Cofer, Ada Larson, Paul Mullett, Bette Fairbanks, and Jim Mullett; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ann and Ruth; and five brothers, Bill, Sam, John, Albert, and Cal.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Newbury United Community Church, P.O. Box 308, Newbury, OH 44065. Share condolences and memories at www.russellslyfh.com.


Gertrude A. Miller, 82 of Thompson, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 25, 2017 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. She was born Jan. 13, 1935 to the late Steve and Catherine (Pate) Skrobot. Gertrude married Donald J. Miller Sr. in 1954. She was a fanatic of the color purple and proudly drove her ‘72 Purple Ford Pinto for many years. Gertrude maintained a unique sense of humor and was loved by all who met her.

She will be missed by her loving husband of 63 years, Donald; children, Donald (Suzette) Miller Jr., Tom Miller, Gary Miller, Paul Miller, Judy (Jim House) Russell, Erik (Rachelle Scibana) Miller, Toran Miller; special niece, Linda Linder; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Gertrude’s honor be made to either the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110, www.hospicewr.org or the Geauga County Council of Aging, Meals on Wheels Program, 12555 Ravenwood Dr., Chardon, OH 44024. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Irene Sue Byler, 55, of Middlefield, passed on to be with her Lord unexpectedly on June 18, 2017 around 3 a.m. The apparent cause of death was heart failure.

Irene was born Dec. 21, 1961 to William and Kathryn Byler in Chardon,. Her father William preceded her in death in January, 2012. Her mother Kathryn will greatly miss her, together with her sister Mary Ellen; three brothers: Freeman (Mary), William (Susan), Timothy (Joanna); one foster brother, Jacob Zelczer, 23 nephews and nieces, three great-nephews, and two great-nieces.

Irene was a faithful member of Zion Christian Fellowship in Middlefield. For years she compiled the weekly Sunday church bulletins. She invested more than 25 years of her life in serving the Lord as a teacher or teacher’s aide in Zion Christian School. Her contribution in this service impacted many students over these years and blessed both parents and other school staff with whom she served. Irene’s love of family and friends often motivated her to arrange a gathering to bring people together. Her absence will be keenly felt. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Delores J. Best (nee Church), 76 of Conneaut, went home to be with the Lord peacefully on June 25, 2017 at the Ashtabula County Nursing and Rehab Center. She was surrounded by her loving family. Delores was born in Ashland, Ky. on Sept. 23, 1940 to the late Clifford C. and Mildred (Bays) Church. She married Harold D. Best on May 16, 1958.

She was co-owner/operator of Best Greenhouse’s on Gore Road for many years prior to its closing in 1980. Delores then excelled as an Avon Representative for over 25 years, earning many sales awards and other honors in the process. In 1984, she even won a limited edition Buick Regal for her efforts in Avon, an honor given to only two representatives per month nationwide that year. Delores was also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Conneaut and also a former member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a hard-working, caring, and loving soul who enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling to all 50 states, Walt Disney World, and casinos. She was loved by everyone who met her and will be greatly missed.

Delores will be missed by her loving husband of 59 years, Harold; children, Deborah L. Best of Saybrook; A. Faye (Jerry) Lampela of North Kingsville; Janet G. Ferguson of Conneaut; Cindy L. (Mark) Nelson of Conneaut, Gary D. (Tracey) Best of Middlefield; grandchildren, Curtis (Paige) Stiles, Chris (Sam) Lampela, Paula (Chris) Hamric, Jennifer Best, Brett Best, Michael (Megan) Nelson, Jeremy Ferguson, Jessica Ferguson, Audrey Drago, Noah Best; great-grandchildren, Kyler Stiles, Ember Valladares-Best, Henry Hamric, Owen Hamric, Benjamin Hamric, Harper Lampela; sister, Bonnie (Michael) Williams; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Mary Alice Church and great-grandson, Jaxon Lee Fitch. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Myron E. Yoder, 1 month, 26 days, of Middlefield, was granted his angel wings Friday June 9, 2017 at UH-Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. He was born in Middlefield on April 14, 2017 to Ervin D. and Catherine E. (Miller) Yoder. Myron was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by: his parents, Ervin and Catherine; brothers, Adam Yoder, Jamie Yoder; paternal grandparents, Daniel E. and Clara C. (Hershberger) Yoder; maternal grandparents, Eli J. and Catherine J. (Byler) Miller; paternal great-grandparents, Ervin E. and Emma L. (Yoder) Yoder, Crist N. Hershberger; maternal great-grandmother, Sadie (Gingerich) Miller; and many cousins and friends. Myron is preceded in death by: great-grandparents, John J.D. Miller, Fannie C. (Slabaugh) Hershberger, John S. Byler, and Elizabeth M. (Miller) Byler.

Myron’s final resting place is in Bundysburg Road Cemetery, West Farmington. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Dr. Albert S. Evans, (Dr. Al), age 87, passed away in his sleep at his home on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Middlefield. He was born Aug. 24, 1929 in Lackawanna, New York, son of the late Stephen A. and Rose (Bartus) Evans. He received his BA and Masters in Biology at University of Buffalo, N.Y. and his Doctorate at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. He was a prominent board certified family physician in Middlefield, practicing there from 1956-2004. He spearheaded a movement to build an Amish Birthing Center, and donated the land in 1988. Dr. Al was also the Geauga County Coroner for 33 years elected in 1972, served until June of 2005, and named to the Geauga County Republican Party Hall of Fame. He also served on the Geauga County Board of Health for 20 years from 1974-1994. He was a clinical assistant professor of medicine for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine 1996-1999 and was recognized for clinical teaching and education of medical students. Dr. Al was an active staff member of University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center for 31 years. He delivered over 3000 babies during the course of his career. He was also Geauga County representative to the Cuyahoga Board of Mental Health. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2015 from the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine for his dedication to the osteopathic profession.

Dr. Evans was a dedicated physician who was passionate in his service to the community and was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. He was a fan of all of Cleveland sports teams and on retirement, he enjoyed reading about the Civil War. He especially loved being with his family and going to the grandchildren’s activities. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

Dr. Evans is survived by his beloved wife Rose Marie (Theobald) Evans of 62 years; his five loving children, Eileen (Stephen) Seliskar, Steve (Sue) Evans, Patty (John) Tumbush, Jean (John) Hastings, and Marty Evans; eight grandchildren, Katelyn, Stephen, Steve (Janelle), Eric, John (Alana), Michael, Courtney, and Greg; his brother Robert (Janet) Evans; and exchange student Arax Nazarian. His parents and his sister Helen Kujawa who died in 2004 precede him in death.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Middlefield Care Center (Amish Birthing Center), PO Box 1095, Middlefield, OH 44062. Russell-Sly Family Funeral is handling arrangements. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Mary Louise Wilson, 84 of Burton, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer, at her home surrounded by her family Sunday, June 4, 2017. She was born Oct. 9, 1932 in West Virginia, daughter of Eskey and Essie (Ingram) Harper. She married Shirley A. Wilson June 3, 1950. They became residents of Burton Village in 1960. Mary’s love of gardening led her to work at Burton Flower and Garden for many years. She was a member of Burton Congregational Church for over 50 years, where she enjoyed singing in the choir and ran the food cupboard for years. Her compassion and philosophy of giving back to others led her to become a “Pink Lady” at Geauga Community Hospital, caring for the elderly in her community, delivering Meals on Wheels, and volunteering for the American Cancer Resale shop in Chardon. Mary and her husband were concession managers for the Great Geauga County Fair for many years. She enjoyed both the Dolphin and Pinochle Club. Her greatest love was her family and friends, who will miss her wit, laughter, strength, and smile.

She is survived by her three loving daughters, Shirleen (Bryan Amstadt) Turko, Sandra (David) Cseplo, and Shelly (Mark) Peattie; her grandchildren, Jim (Kristel) Turko, Amanda Turko, Alison (Matt) Janssen, Paul (Andrea) Cseplo, Curtis (Lindsey Roberts) Peattie, and Heather Peattie; her great grandchildren, Malia, Marisa, and Miles Miller, Sofia Cseplo, Antonio and Ella Herrara, Maxwell Janssen, and her sister, Lelah Peters of Denver Colorado. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Shirley of 51 years; and her siblings, Lucy Hall, Lorene “Boots” Bloxham, Ruth Shook, Clem Harper, Robert “Giff” Harper, and Molly Houghton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Burton Congregational Food Cupboard, to the Salvation Army, or to Hospice of Western Reserve. Memories and condolences share at www.russellslyfh.com.


Kelli Lynn McMillin-Hissa, 44 of Middlefield, passed away Monday, June 5, 2017 at TriPoint Hospital. She was born Febr. 23, 1973 in Chardon to Everett J. and Mae R. (Shelton) McMillin.Kelli enjoyed life. She loved to draw, write, cook, and never met anyone she would not talk to. Family was very important to her, and enjoyed going to NASCAR races.

She will be sadly missed by her father, Everett, sons, Rodney Beckwith Jr, Johnny Hissa, daughter, Alisha Hawkins-Dudek, brothers, Chad (Jen) McMillin, Ronald “Chip” Yox, sisters, Sherri Treeby, Holli Hotchkiss, nieces, Ashley Mae, Alex McMillin, Ayme Yox-Martin, and her loving significant other, Tim Wizniak. She was preceded in death by her loving mother, Mae R. McMillin. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Walter Socha, age 92, of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at Cumberland Medical Center in Crossville. He was born July 4, 1924 in St. Clairsville, Ohio, son of the late Stanley Socha and Agatha (Lelek) Socha. A true patriot his entire life, he was born on Independence Day and died on Memorial Day.

Walter worked for Cleveland Crane & Engineering Company in Wickliffe as an assembler. After the closing of Cleveland Crane in 1984, Walter became self-employed with his own taxi service in Middlefield where he served the Amish Community there for the remainder of his working life.

Walter also proudly served his country in the Navy aboard the USS Pecos in the Pacific theater for the duration of World War II.  He was the recipient of the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with eight stars, Victory Medal, American Arena Medal, and Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars.

Walter was an active member of the Church of Christ in the Glade, where he was very much loved by everyone. During his lifetime, he had served the Church as a lay preacher of the gospel for many years. He recently had been presented with a Quilt of Valor during a ceremony at the Church of Christ in the Glade.

Walter is survived by his son Timothy (Sheena) Socha of Switzerland; his daughter Beverly Hernandez of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; Grandchildren – Adam (Lisa) Socha, Cynthia Hernandez, Jennifer Hernandez; Great-Grandchildren – Tiffany, Desiree, Meagan, Rachael, Tierra, Brendon, Jodi, Destany, Savannah, and Haylee; and one Great-Great Grandson – Braxton.

In addition to his parents, Walter is preceded in death by wife – Beverly Camille (Norviel) Socha; brothers – Stefan Socha, Benjamin Socha, Ted Socha, and Stanley Socha; and sisters – Helen Kaplinski, Stella Wilson, and Sophia Burnett.

Burial was in Windsor Corners Cemetery, where he will be laid beside his beloved wife. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Theresa Hosmer Smith, 48 years old, passed away in her home in Akron, OH on May 25, 2017.  Her son Dacon Aaron Smith, mother Carol Jean Hosmer and her grandmother Jenny Cheh survive her.  She was preceded in death by her father Vernon “Lee” Hosmer, her grandmother, Mary Hosmer, and her grandfather Elmer Cheh.  A memorial service will be held at a future date.
Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at Crofford@Newcomerfamily.com, www.newcomerakron.com.

In lieu of flower donations can be made to Rehab Ministries, P.O. Box 13866, Akron, OH  44334.


Judy Elaine Sly (Jackson) 69 of Mesopotamia, went to be “together again” with her husband Don on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  She was born March 1, 1948 in Warren to the late Joseph and Alice Jackson. She was a member of the Farmington Rainbow girls, was a majorette for the West Farmington high school and graduated in 1966.  Judy worked for Ohio Department of Natural Resources after high school and she went on to receive her Beautician License and worked for several local beauty shops. She was a waitress at Katie Huber’s Restaurant in Mespo, and was a Postal Clerk for many area Post offices.  Judy was a dedicated charter member of the Mesopotamia Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Aux “Fire Fly’s”.  She loved nothing better than being with her grandchildren, and would gladly pull out her trusty i-Pad to show you her latest photos of them.  She enjoyed going out to different restaurants with her friends; loved travelling, especially to South Carolina and to PA to watch the elk with her brother and sister-in-law. Her family and friends will miss her.

Judy is survived by her loving sons,  Donald (Mary Kay) Sly II and Justin (Kelli) Sly, her beloved 7 grandchildren, Jacob, Kaileigh, Meagan, and Benjamin Sly, Kristen (Adam) Clausen, Nicholas (Ashley) Barbieri, Kati (Josh) Davis, 6 great grandchildren, Riley, Maddy, Emerson, Nicholas, Maggie, and Nathan. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband Donald L. Sly, who passed away February 10, 2016, her brother Joseph A. Jackson, who passed away July 18, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s  Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences and Memories can be shared at www.russell-slyfh.com.


Charlotte C. French, 102 of Middlefield passed away Saturday May 27, 2017 at Blossom Hill Care Center. She was born Oct. 9, 1914 in Cleveland to the late Charles W. and Nellie (Steinhauer) Ortman. She attended St. Frances of Assisi Catholic School. Charlotte married her husband of 46 years, Wilfred A. French on April 4, 1934 in Cleveland. She enjoyed ceramic painting, punch embroidery, reading mystery and romance.

Charlotte will be sadly missed by her daughters, Kathy (Sam) Krouse of Delaware, Elizabeth (Phill) Anderson of Oregon, son, James French of Santa Rosa, Calif., 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, seven great- great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Wilfred A. French, son Paul R. French, daughter, Natalie C. Loze, two brothers, one sister, one grandchild and one great grandchild. The Family would like to thank Butch and Helen Grennan, and their dog Scooter, who visited her regularly at the nursing home. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com


Cheryl Lynn Burzanko, 57, lifelong resident of Geauga County, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 at Sisters of Notre Dame Healthcare Facility. She was born May 5, 1960 in Claridon to George and Iolah (Tompkins) Burzanko. After graduating from Berkshire High School, Cheryl went to Nursing School. She was an LPN for over 38 years since 1979 in Medical surgery and in the OB Dept. for Lake East Hospital and UH Geauga Hospital. The last few years she was an LPN for the Sisters of Notre Dame at Munson Township. Cheryl had a high degree of compassion for caring of people of all ages. She always made time to be with her family. She loved helping with Zach’s little league baseball and school activities while he was growing up. She was a member of the Divine Word Catholic Church. She made her profession of faith in 2005 and was a Eucharistic Minister. She loved God and her family.

Cheryl was a beloved mom to Zachary and his fiancé Jenn Sharp of Middlefield and amazing Nana to Jordyn and Makenzie Burzanko. She is also survived by her loving mother Iolah Burzanko; her sister Kathleen Nabozny; and  her brother Ken (Susie) Burzanko, all of Claridon; her nieces Kim (Bob) Tupa of Parma, Mandy (Tim) Randles of Chesterland, and Nicole (John) Cha of Columbus; and her great nieces and nephews, Maddie, Bobby, Jaydn, and Kylee. Her father George Burzanko precedes her in death.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon, OH 44024. Russell-Sly Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Share memories and condolences with the family at www.russellslyfh.com


Mary A. Miller (nee Miller), 81 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Monday, May 29, 2017 at home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Middlefield on Oct 13, 1935 to the late Albert P. and Anna J. (Miller) Miller. Mary is now reunited with her loving husband of 52 years, Melvin L. Miller, who died July 11, 2005. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by children, John (Saloma) Miller, Martin (Barbara) Miller, Ada Schmucker, Melvin (Sarah) Miller Jr., Rudy (Edna) Miller, Anna (Joe A.) Miller, Leroy (Mary) Miller, Allen (Emma) Miller, Albert (Anna Marie) Miller, Clara (Joe J.) Miller, Freeman (Kathy) Miller, Betty (Andy) Miller, Mary (Daniel) Miller; 100 grandchildren; 245 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; 10 brothers; six sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; son, William Miller; son-in-law, Dan Schmucker; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two brothers.

Mary’s final resting place is in Nauvoo Road Cemetery, Middlefield. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Emma A. Kurtz (nee Miller), 92 of Nelson, passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning, May 24, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Middlefield on July 30, 1924 to the late Andy D. and Amanda P. (Miller) Miller. Emma is now once again reunited with her husband, Daniel M. Kurtz, who died June 17, 2010.

She enjoyed visiting friends and spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters and great-grandchildren. They meant everything to her. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Emma will be greatly missed by daughter, Nancy (Chris) Byler; granddaughters, Laura (Christopher) Pierce, Lucinda (Marvin) Marner, Leanna (Ammon) Weaver; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Daniel; grandson, Jonathan Byler; and 10 siblings. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


John Anthony Fuduric, 74, longtime resident of Huntsburg, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Heather Hill. Born on July 29, 1942 in Cleveland, he was the son of the late John P. and Caroline (Klassan) Fuduric. John married Geraldine Vidmar on April 16, 1966. His passion was farming at home and loved being an umpire for little league and high school. He was the founder of the Geauga County Umpire Association and was the Secretary for the association for years. He was a welder for 45 years at Fisher Body and then at General Motors until he retired. He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and loved being with his family and friends.

John is survived by his beloved wife, Geraldine of 51 years; four children, John R. (Michelle) Fuduric, Anton “Tony” Fuduric, Jelane (Chris) Vucetic and Jill (Sarah McEachern) Fuduric; five grandchildren, Amber, Kerrigan, Wyatt, Aubrey, and Jessica; and his sister Linda Fuduric.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Lucy’s Church in memory of John, Po Box 709, Parkman, Ohio 44080. Share memories and condolences with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Ella M. Gandy (nee Talley), 96 years, 5 months, 12 days, of Huntsburg, went to be with the Lord Sunday morning, May 14, 2017 at Blossom Hill Care Center. She was born in Baton Rouge, La. on Dec. 3, 1920 to the late Moses and Henrietta (Berry) Talley. Ella was the was a devoted and hard working mother and everyone who knew her loved her very much.

She will be dearly missed by all. She is the last of her immediate family to pass away and leaves behind to mourn her loss children, Ruth Ella (Ervin) Brown, Leonard (Adriane “Aunty Denise”) Sanders; grandchildren, Christopher Sanders, Minister Chayla Sanders, Ervin Brown Jr., Kelly Brown, Eric Brown; several great-grandchildren; and many friends. Ella is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Charles Sanders; second husband, Louis Gandy; and grandson, Eugene Brown..


Harold Paul McNish, 86, lifelong resident of Burton/ Middlefield, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017. Harold was born May 24, 1930 in Burton, son of Howard Paul and Florence (Russell) McNish. Harold worked for A.J. Ronyak, Ronyak Paving, Osborne Paving and retired from Schloss Paving. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #18 and National Belgian Horse Association. Harold was well known locally and in the Draft Horse World for raising show quality Hitch Belgian horses. Harold and Jelane traveled and showed at the Ohio State Fair, The Great Lakes International Show in Detroit and National Belgian Draft Horse Show in Lexington, Ky. He showed horses at the Great Geauga County Fair for over 50 years and was a member of the Agricultural Society. He was a Local Dairy farmer and enjoyed Pulling horses, farming and playing Pinochle with his friends.

Harold is survived by his children Dennis (Lisa), Rick, Jeff, Patti (Mark) Dolezal, Robin (Robert) Fisher and Dan (Emma) Gieseler and the children’s mother Jean Bartholomew McNish; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Jelane in 2012; his parents; his brother and sister in-law Donald and Betty McNish of Fla.; his sister Ruth McNish Lawrence and grandson Griffin Gieseler. We would like to thank and acknowledge Rhoda (Robert) Miller and Anna (James) Miller, both of Mesopotamia for their wonderful care and friendship they provided for our Father over the last 5 years.

Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations payable to The Geauga County Fair Foundation, P.O. Box 402, Burton, OH 44021 in honor of Harold and Jelane McNish.


Gaius “Jr.” Jones, 87 of Bristolville, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at his home. He was born Feb. 9, 1930 in Footville, Ohio to the late Gaius and Lucy (Garcia) Jones. “Jr.” was a graduate and Salutatorian of Mesopotamia High School’s class of 1949. After high school, he married his sweetheart Mary Ellen Sly on March 21, 1950; married 38 loving years before she passed away in 1988. He was a truck driver for 39 years and retired from Tri-County Wholesale Distributing in Youngstown. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, gardening, and loved traveling to Canada, Florida, and the Southwest.

He will be sadly missed by his children; Rosalee (Terry) Scott, Judy Maybee, Carol (Tony) Lawrence, Jack (Judy Laforge) Jones, Jim (Tracy) Jones, Marvin (Donna) Jones, and Russell (Sharon) Jones. He will also be missed by his brothers, Donald Jones, Robert Jones, and Edwin (Jean) Jones; his sister, Mary Hnath; and by numerous grand, great grand, and great- great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary Ellen (Sly) Jones, who passed Feb. 4, 1988, and second wife Joyce Ann (Ferry) Jones, who passed March 15, 2017; a brother Richard Jones, and sisters, Lorna Dvorak and Eleanor A. Adams; and his grandchildren, Monica Koewacich, Wayne Scott, and Rachel Jones. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Forrest Charles Klingman, 95 of Middlefield, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Tidwell Hospice in Bradenton, Fla. Forrest was spending the winter in Parrish, Fla., with his son Richard and daughter-in-law Barbara. Forrest was born Aug. 18, 1921 in Cleveland, to Fred and Bertha Klingman, and lived most of his life in Middlefield.

Forrest is survived by his wife, Anna (nee Davis), of 24 years; sons, Dennis (Deborah) Klingman and Richard (Barbara) Klingman, both born to his first wife, Ola Mae Klingman, who passed in 1990; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Forrest and Anna were lifetime members of the First United Methodist Church of Middlefield. He served in World War II as a Navy Sea Bee in the South Pacific and 17 years as police chief in Middlefield. He was a Mason and Shiner member, and a member of Burton American Legion and Middlefield VFW. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting, and spending time with his family, friends and neighbors.

Burial is in Middlefield Cemetery. Donations are suggested to First United Methodist Church, P O Box 207, Middlefield OH 44062. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


William “Bill” P. Weaver, 71 of Parkman, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 3, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Newbury on Oct. 11, 1945 to the late Pete H. and Emma (Miller) Weaver. Bill later married Sadie J. Byler on June 25th, 1968. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife of 49 years, Sadie; children, Marie (Robert) Detweiler, MaryEllen (Jacob) Miller, Laura Weaver, William (Emma) Weaver Jr., Emma (Joey) Miller, Harry (Ida) Weaver, David (Emma) Weaver; 33 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three brothers; two sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Bill is preceded in death by: his parents; four grandchildren; and three brothers.

Bill’s final resting place is in Weaver Cemetery, West Farmington. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Fannie Mae Byler (nee Troyer), 85 of Mesopotamia, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2017 at Briar Hill Health Care Residence in Middlefield. She was born in Goshen, Indiana on Sept. 22, 1931 to the late Edward and Marie (Detweiler) Troyer. Fannie is now reunited with her loving husband of 46 years, Eli E. Byler, who died in 2000. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by siblings, Edward (Martha) Troyer, Joseph (Linda) Troyer, Mary (Ben) Byler, Edna (Joe) Byler; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Fannie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eli; brothers, Melvin Troyer, William Troyer, and sister, Catherine Weaver. Fannie’s final resting is in Wilcox Road Cemetery in Mesopotamia. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Melvin M. Smith, 96, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 14, 1921 in Farmington, Ohio where he resided all but 2 ½ years of his life.

Melvin was a Navy Seabee Veteran of World War II. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge #507 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7200. He was a member of West Farmington United Methodist Church and active community volunteer. He was a former West Farmington Homecoming King and Parade Marshal. Melvin was a retired employee of American Welding in Warren after working there for 43 years.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mildred “Middy” Housel Smith and his sister Janet Guenzi of Champion, Ohio. He is also survived by his two children, Darlinda “Iddy” (Bill) Andrews and Melvina “Muffet” (Scott) Andrews, four grandchildren, Brent, Kimberly, Hilary, and Abby Andrews; a great grandson, Patton Smith Andrews and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Liberta Fenstermaker Smith and a sister, Ellen Smith Bartholomew.

Those wishing to make a contribution in Melvin’s memory can do so to the West Farmington United Methodist Church, PO Box 93, W. Farmington, OH 44491 or a charity of their choice. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com

 


                 

Rachael Nichole (nee Grover) Realini, 30 of Cortland, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017 at her home. She had a battle she was unable to win, and now she is in the sweet arms of Jesus. Rachael was born Febr. 2, 1987 in Warren. She graduated from Cardinal High School in Middlefield and went on to receive her BSN in Nursing at Kent State University. She was a RN for Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest and Pediatric Akron Children’s Hospital. Rachael loved her family and enjoyed breeding Siberian Husky and German Shepherd dogs.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband, Dustin John Realini who she married July 9, 2011, her dear children, Dustin John Realini Jr, Kaylee Taylor Realini, her loving parents, Sharon and Stephen Grover, siblings, Nicolas (Mariah) Grover, Paul Grover, Phillip Grover, and Grace Grover, a special aunt, Diane Polychronis, godmothers, Debbie Owens and Marlene Nahhas, aunt and uncles, and many other family members and friends who cherished her.

Rachael was proceeded in death by her grandfather Stephen “Bud” Grover, Uncle Rick Owens, her great grandparents “Yiayia and Pappou” Polychronis.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Celebrate Recovery c/o Grace Fellowship Church, 2150 Niles Cortland Road SE, Warren OH 44484, in Rachael’s honor. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyffh.com.


Timothy K. Hummel, 53, of Huntsburg, passed away suddenly while working in Fairport Harbor Wednesday, April 26, 2017. He was born in Chardon on May 23, 1963 to Joseph G. and Mary Ann (Mirich) Hummel Jr. Tim is now reunited and continuing the journey with his wife, Marlene M. (Radebaugh), who died May 29, 2015.

He was a self-employed carpenter and handyman. Tim was also a former custodian in the Cardinal School District for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, and was an overall handyman. He loved traveling and going on cruises with Marlene. Tim was always smiling with a kind and giving heart and will deeply be missed by all.

Tim will be greatly missed by his mother, Mary Ann; step-son, Joshua (Stacy) Kosteinshek; son, Nicholas Hummel; siblings, Marge (John) Pollari, Joseph Hummel III, Bill Hummel; step-grandson, Jaxson; and many friends. He is preceded in death by: his loving wife, Marlene; companion, Lynn Cliffton; and father.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Timothy’s name are requested to be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43214 or online by going to www.heart.org. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Harvey B. Weaver, 84 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully April 14, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 4, 1932 to the late Ben A. and Anna (Byler) Weaver. He married Susan M. Byler Sept. 20, 1956 and enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. Harvey was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and an Ordained Minister in the North Newcomb District.

He will be missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Susan; children, Marvin (Barbara) Weaver, Anna Marie (Owen) Yoder, Wayne (Sarah) Weaver, Linda (James) Miller, David (Sara) Weaver; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Harvey is preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren; and one sister. Harvey’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Ralph S. Thompson, Jr., 79 of Middlefield, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at Briar Hill Health Care. He was born May 12, 1937 in Pittsburgh, Pa.,son of the late Ralph S. Thompson and Regina C. Thompson Yoder. He married Mary  Dec. 12, 1970; moved to Middlefield and lived there 46 years. Ralph worked for Coca Cola 42 years. After he retired in 1999, he worked at Maggie’s Donuts for 16 years and painted many homes and apartments in Middlefield. He also worked with the MVFD auxiliary frying fish for 20 years. Ralph enjoyed collecting Coca Cola Memorabilia; was a NASCAR fan and loved being around people. He enjoyed visiting; going to gatherings; picnics; loved to play corn hole; decorating the outdoors around the holidays; and sitting on his porch waving to his friends as they pass by in their buggies and cars. He especially loved being with his family.

Ralph is survived by his beloved wife Mary of 46 years; his daughter Kim Thompson of Columbus; his sons, Tim (Janet) Thompson of Cortland, Robert (Sherry) Kopp Jr of N Carolina, and Ralph Thompson III of Middlefield; four grandchildren, Danielle (Dan) Dyer of Barberton, Jenna Thompson of Akron, Breanna Komandt and Julianna Komandt, both of Columbus; his step mother Dorothy Thompson of Warren; his brother Gary Thompson of Champion; his sister Candace (Paul) Niemi of Warren, his step sister Patricia Rider of Newcomerstown; and many nieces and nephews. His parents and his son Tab Thompson precede him in death. Burial was at Middlefield Cemetery. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Gary Glenn Hunt, 61 of Middlefield, passed away Sunday, April 9, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Chardon on May 6, 1955, son of the late Woodrow and Ruby (Powell) Hunt. Gary was a press operator at Structural Fibers in Chardon and at Unity Rubber Co. in Newbury. He then went to work for Westover Cleaning. Gary was a lifelong resident of Geauga County. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his son Kevin (Alexx Mullet) Hunt of Chesterland; his daughter Michelle (Gary) Wolf of Middlefield; five grandchildren, Casey Hunt, Tyler Stennett, Chandler Abram, Jillian Hunt, and Timithy Abram; and two sisters, Sue Ann Allen of Cuyahoga Falls and Eileen Baumgartner of Cincinnati. Memories and condolences share at www.russellslyfh.com.


Velva J. Ford (nee Hatch), 90 of Middlefield, entered eternal rest on April 11, 2017 at Briar Hill Health Care Residence. She was born in Windsor, Ohio on Feb. 28, 1927 to the late Elta and Mary (Cartwright) Hatch. Velva enjoyed cooking and was a dedicated missionary throughout her life. She lived in Florida for 20 years and then in Kansas City, Mo., establishing many Friendship Bible Studies wherever she could. She will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Velva is preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Matthew Warren Campbell, 78, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at Heather Hill. He was born Sept. 29, 1938 in Sharon, Pa., son of the late Warren J. and Dorothy L. (Lambert) Campbell.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corp and lived in California 1980 to 2006 where he was an electrical engineer for Bechtel Oil in Taft, Calif.. After Matthew retired, he moved back to Ohio in 2006. He was a member of the Elk’s, Moose Club, VFW, and Toast Masters. He enjoyed going to the Middlefield Senior Center and cookouts. He also enjoyed his motor home, going on road trips, riding his motorcycle, and deep-sea fishing. On one of his road trips, he met his favorite country singer, Neal McCoy.

He is survived by his four loving children, Todd (Suzie) Campbell of Mesopotamia, Traci Reik of Callahan, Fla., Tammy (Satigo) Castro of Charlotte, N.C., and Travis (Ana Helena) Campbell of Wesley Chapel, N.C.; eleven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his sister Mary (John) Enns of Jacksonville, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Freedom House, 1213 Anita Dr., Kent, OH 44240. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Harvey B. Weaver, 84 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully April 14, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Aug. 4, 1932 to the late Ben A. and Anna (Byler) Weaver. He married Susan M. Byler Sept. 20, 1956 and enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. Harvey was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and an Ordained Minister in the North Newcomb District.

He will be missed by his loving wife of 60 years, Susan; children, Marvin (Barbara) Weaver, Anna Marie (Owen) Yoder, Wayne (Sarah) Weaver, Linda (James) Miller, David (Sara) Weaver; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Harvey is preceded in death by his parents; two grandchildren; and one sister. Harvey’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Patricia E. Meeker, 63, of Burton (formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio), entered into eternal rest with her Lord and Savior on March 31, 2017. She was born Nov. 19, 1953. Patty looked forward to meeting Jesus and reuniting with those who have gone before her. She had such a big heart and charismatic personality. Patty was drawn to strangers and never met one that didn’t become a friend.

She will be greatly missed by her sister, Julia (Joe) Wengerd of Middlefield; brother, James (Kathleen) Meeker of Colerain, OH; nieces, Teri, Debbie, Jackie, Mary Ellen; nephews, Michael, Jim Jr.; dearest friend, Jeri Williams of Painesville, OH; and many friends. Patty was preceded in death by: her parents, Adam and Julia (Flack) Meeker; brother, Adam; and several beloved friends. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Marshall H. Johnson, age 92 of Troy, passed away peacefully March 13, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on the family farm in Troy on May 18, 1924 to the late Roy W. and Ruby (Bundy) Johnson. Marshall is now reunited with his loving wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Neidhammer) Johnson, who died in 2011.

He enjoyed being a lifelong farmer, bailing hay, making maple syrup, and doing maintenance on his tractors. Marshall also loved working with horses as he helped at the Red Raider Horse Trails in Russell, where he met Dorothy. He also worked at the South Horse Farm on Bundysburg Road in Middlefield and at his daughter, Carol’s, Horse Farm in Pataskala, Ohio. Marshall will also be remembered for his warm heart, great story-telling and sound fatherly advice to his family and friends.

Marshall will be greatly missed by his children Harold (Cathy) Johnson, Lois Mueller, Alice (Mike) DeMas, Carol Baird; grandchildren, Kevin (Alberta) Johnson, Rosemarie (Mark) Pfouts, Chris (Lyndsee) Loucks, Katie (Matt) Miller, Steven (fiancee Mary Ann) Tackett, Alex Baird; great-grandchildren, Raymond Johnson, Tristan Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Chance Corey, Philip Loucks, Lyrisa Loucks; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy and son-in-laws, Steve Mueller and Jay Baird. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Ida Mae Blair, 88 of West Farmington, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017, at home with her family by her side. She was born May 4, 1928 in Elkins, W.V. to the late Ralph and Velta (White) Moats. Ida enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her loving family, especially all of her wonderful grand, great grand, and great-great grandchildren.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband Raymond Blair, who she married Nov. 22, 1950, children, Linda Bogel, Raymond (Sandy) Blair Jr, Ann (Nick) Mlinar, Tom Blair, Gary (Connie) Blair, Sue Blair, Jack (Debbie) Blair, three brothers, John, Percy, and Dale Moats, 23 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by son, Allen Blair, grandson Brett Blair, great grandson David, sister, Mary Lou Moats, infant sister, Virginia Bly Moats, brothers, Paul, Jack, Jim, George, Harold, Clarence Moats, and her son-in-law, John Bogel.

Memorial donations may be sent to Grace Hospice, 7314 Industrial Park Blvd, Mentor, OH 44060. Memories and condolences can be made to the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Harold “Speedy” Folk, age 89 of East Claridon passed away March 22, 2017 at Blossom Hill Care Center. Born July 5, 1927 in Friedens, Pa. to John Harold and Hattie (nee: Steinly) Folk, he had been a longtime East Claridon resident. Speedy worked as a milk delivery man for Dean Moss Dairy and Hawthorne Melody Dairy before his retirement in 1983. Prior to moving to Claridon, Speedy served in the US Navy aboard the USS Enterprise as a Fireman First Class during WWII. He was a 60-year member of Village Lodge #274 F&AM.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years Leta (nee: Butler) (whom he married June 10, 1950 in East Claridon); daughter Janet (James) Reuter of Cleveland Heights; sons Larry (Judy) of Richfield, James (Kelly) of Ft. Worth, Texas and Kenneth of East Claridon; grandchildren Michael (Jessica) Folk, Amanda (Jake) Sankal, Marissa Folk, Peter Reuter, Mark (Colleen) Reuter and Katie Reuter; sisters Maxine Corbett of Richwood, W.V. and Carol (Jack) Campbell of Charleston, W.V.; brother George (Roberta) Folk of Crossville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters Mary, Ella and Lucille; brothers John, Paul, Robert, James, Blair and Dale.

Donations suggested to the Geauga County Humane Society Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Road, Novelty, OH 44072. Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com.


Carol A. Fagerholm (nee Sprague), 75 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully, March 11, 2017 at Burton Health Care. She was born in Chardon, on Jan. 19, 1942 to the late Harold and Catherine (Yunkes) Sprague. Carol enjoyed doing all kinds of craft work was devoted to her children and grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Christina (fiancee Mark McClintock) Higham, Michael (Tabatha) Fagerholm, Shannon Griffith; grandchildren, Brandon, Mathew, Dakota, Makayla, Arianna; great-grandson, Xavier; siblings, Harold (Marion) Sprague Jr., Susan (Ray) Adkins, Richard Sprague, Edna “Lucy” Felger; and many friends. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Michael Diederich, age 59 of California, went to be with the Lord on Friday March 17, 2017. At the time of his passing Mike was a resident of Canyon Country, California. Mike was born on Aug. 23, 1957 in Burton to Gloria and Charles Diederich. Mike was a stone mason contractor for 41 years. He graduated from Berkshire High School in 1976.

Mike is survived by his parents Gloria Fontanelle Diederich of Burton and Charles (Renate) Diederich of Florida. Mike also leaves behind his finance and best friend, Linda Ross of California; aunts Rosemary (Bill) Carson of Novelty, June Frost of Chardon and Connie (Fred) DiBiase of Painesville; uncles, Ben (Barb) Fontanelle of Burton, Richard Diederich of Chesterland and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Don Diederich; his maternal grandparents, Ben and Dorothy Fontanelle; paternal grandparents, Charles and Rosa Diederich; aunt Janet Fontanelle and uncle Glenn Frost.


Earl Winton Moffatt, 92 of Troy, entered eternal rest March 24, 2017 at Burton Health Care Center. He was born in Toronto, Canada to the late Dwight and Ella (Boucher) Moffatt.

He served in the Canadian Navy conducting escort duty in the North Atlantic Ocean during World War II. After returning home, Earl began a professional hockey career, playing for the Los Angeles Ramblers and the Akron Americans. He then coached youth hockey for many years.

Earl will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 18 years, Susan (Seliga) Moffatt; children, Robin (Bill) Boyd, Rand (Burton) Wiseman, Royal Moffatt, Pamela Fox, Bryce (Joeann) Vasko, Timothy (Kelly) Vasko, Dayle (Mike) Skocic, Ruth (Kenny) Skocic; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, June Moffatt, Norma Thompson, Robert Moffatt; and many friends. He is preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Kenneth Moffatt; and sister, Anita Moffatt. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Bethanne Troyer, 3 months 24 days old passed away March 19, 2017 at UH Cleveland hospital with her family at her side. She was born Nov. 23, 2016 in Middlefield to Aden and Lena (Detweiler) Troyer. She will be sadly missed by her parents, sister Karen Troyer, paternal grandparents, Chris and Ruth Troyer, maternal grandparents, Robert and Katie Detweiler.  Burial was in Wilcox Road Cemetery, Mesopotamia. Condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Deana Kay Parton, 31 of Huntsburg, passed away March 18, 2017 at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born Jan. 8, 1986 in Cleveland, daughter of Phillip O. and Glenna Parton. Lifelong resident of the area, she was a graduate of Cardinal High School. Deana worked at Save-A-Lot in Middlefield. She loved drawing, writing, and taking walks in parks. She loved animals, especially her cat Pandora.

Deana will be missed by her family and friends; her beloved father Phillip O. Parton of Windsor; her brother Phillip C. Parton of Jefferson; and her good friends, Christopher Ely, Delaney Braford, Deborah Braford, Nichole Wilson, and Alison Willis. Her mother Glenna Parton and her brother Peter J. Parton preceded her in death.

Burial was in Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be to the Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Russell, OH 44072. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


 

John R. Livingston, 67 of Middlefield, passed away at home, Thursday, March 16, 2017. He was born on March 18, 1949 in Painesville to Percy and Sara Mae (Lewis) Livingston. He was a graduate of Cardinal High School in 1967. John married his high school sweetheart Sherrie Hunter in 1970. He drove a semi for 24 years; then drove the van for Cardinal Schools for 10 years. After retirement, he taxied his Amish friends. John was a member of the Middlefield Vol. Fire Dept. for 23 years. His hobbies included camping and barbequing. He loved to cook and have picnics for all his family and friends. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

His survivors include; his beloved wife Sherrie; two sons, Jason (Christie) Livingston of Florida and Brian Livingston of Middlefield; his grandchildren and the highlights of his life, Mariska and Mason of Middlefield; his sister Pat (Willard) Osburn of Windsor; father in law Donald (Sandy) Hunter of Middlefield; brother in law Jon (Tina) Hunter of Huntsburg; sister in law Lori (Steve) Dunne of Salamanca, NY; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his aunt and uncle Ann and Jack Mansfield who raised him; his mother in law Jo Hunter; his sister Vicki (Rich) Patchin; and his sister in law Sandra (Hunter) Mullet.

A Gathering of family and friends will be held 10:00 AM -1:00 PM with a Celebration of Life at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Russell-Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield, OH 44062. The burial will follow at Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dialysis center, CDc Heather Hill, 12340 Bass Lake Rd., Chardon, OH 44024. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com


Marshall H. Johnson, age 92 of Troy, passed away peacefully March 13, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on the family farm in Troy on May 18, 1924 to the late Roy W. and Ruby (Bundy) Johnson. Marshall is now reunited with his loving wife of 58 years, Dorothy (Neidhammer) Johnson, who died in 2011.

He enjoyed being a lifelong farmer, bailing hay, making maple syrup, and doing maintenance on his tractors. Marshall also loved working with horses as he helped at the Red Raider Horse Trails in Russell, where he met Dorothy. He also worked at the South Horse Farm on Bundysburg Road in Middlefield and at his daughter, Carol’s, Horse Farm in Pataskala, Ohio. Marshall will also be remembered for his warm heart, great story-telling and sound fatherly advice to his family and friends.

Marshall will be greatly missed by his children Harold (Cathy) Johnson, Lois Mueller, Alice (Mike) DeMas, Carol Baird; grandchildren, Kevin (Alberta) Johnson, Rosemarie (Mark) Pfouts, Chris (Lyndsee) Loucks, Katie (Matt) Miller, Steven (fiancee Mary Ann) Tackett, Alex Baird; great-grandchildren, Raymond Johnson, Tristan Johnson, Sydney Johnson, Chance Corey, Philip Loucks, Lyrisa Loucks; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dorothy and son-in-laws, Steve Mueller and Jay Baird. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Margaret Ann “Peggy” Soplata, 86, longtime resident of Newbury, passed away Feb. 26, 2017 at UH Geauga Medical Center. She was born Nov. 13, 1930 in Cleveland, daughter of John and Margaret (Cooligan) Murray. She was the first in her class as a graduate of Newbury High School in 1948. She married Walter A Soplata Oct. 2, 1948; married 62 loving years before he passed away Nov. 5, 2010. Margaret was one of the original members of St. Helen Catholic Church and a member of the Ladies Guild and the church library. She was very talented in knitting and crocheting; winning many ribbons at the fair for art and flowers. She enjoyed watching TV, going to the Air show, and the Middlefield flea markets.

Margaret is survived by her loving family; her five children, Rita (Michael) Mitch of Sagamore Hills, Sister Mary Barbara Soplata, SND of Chardon, Margaret (William) Soplata of Newbury, Walter C. (Lisa) Soplata of Collierville, Tenn., and Mary (Daniel) Braford of Claridon; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Walter; her parents; two infant brothers, John Patrick Murray and John Lawrence Murray, and her brother John David Murray and his wife Gerry Murray.

In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to St. Helen’s Catholic Church or to the Sisters of Notre Dame, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon, OH 44024. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Oscar C. Glasscock, 90, longtime resident of Newbury, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Heather Hill Care Communities. He was born on Jan. 8, 1927 in Birmingham, Alabama, son of William and Minnie Lee (Mobley) Glasscock. He served in the US Army during WWII. Oscar married Betty L. Norman on July 6, 1947 and they lived in Newbury since 1951. He retired in 1980 from working as a mechanic for the city of Mayfield Hts… Oscar was a member of Newbury United Community Church; enjoyed doing handy work and traveling. He especially loved being with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his beloved wife Betty of more than 69 years; three sons, Larry (Lee Ann) of Indianapolis, IN, Pastor Gary (Sandra) of Chardon, and Jeff of Newbury; 13 grandchildren; and16 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Judy Kaye; three sons, Dave, John, and Donald; his daughter in law Jackie; his granddaughter Dr. Carrie Ann West and 15 siblings. Memories and condolences share at www.russellslyfh.com.


Michael “Mike Pops” Dean Phillips, 56 of McComb, Ohio, formerly of Windham and Orwell, passed away March 5, 2017 at Blanchard Valley Health System in Findlay, Ohio. He was born Aug. 22, 1960 in Ravenna, son of Clarence and Phyliss (Holley) Phillips. He was a graduate of Windham High School and attended Maplewood Vocational School. Michael married Darlene Sly in 1983. They moved to McComb in 1988. He was a security guard and enjoyed sports, golf, fishing and was an umpire for the men’s softball. He enjoyed watching his son and son-in-law play softball; and especially enjoyed being with his grandchildren. His family and friends will miss him dearly.
Michael is survived by his beloved wife Darlene of 34 years; his loving children, Mike Phillips and Christina (Braden) Brown; three grandchildren, Anthony, Dallin, and Bailey Brown; his sister Debbie Phillips; three brothers, Todd (Becky) Phillips, Wayne Phillips, and Brad (Karen) Phillips; and his mother in law Joan Sly of Fla.. His parents precede him in death. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

Jamie Marie Pertz, 37 of Hambden, lost her battle with drug addiction and diabetes Friday morning, March 3, 2017 at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord. She was born in Mayfield Heights on July 2, 1979 to Frank E. and Mary E. (Szabo) Pertz. Her journey for the past 20 years was a life of struggles, heartbreak, and continued pain.

She will be greatly missed by daughters, Taylor Corrigan, Lexie Corrigan; parents, Frank and Mary Pertz; brother, Jason Pertz; grandson, Greyson; niece, Sienna; aunts, Pat (Szabo) Silk, Theresa (Szabo) Jackson; uncle, Jerry Pertz; and many friends.

Jamie’s message to her girls and young kids was always, “Please never start on this road because it will never stop destroying your life. Believe it!” Through all the struggles and pain our love and devotion never ceased. God Bless you, our baby girl, and fly with the angels. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Kenneth C. Fusselman II, age 73 of West Farmington, passed away peacefully Feb. 26, 2017 at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, Ohio surrounded by his family. He was born in Warren on March 24, 1943 to the late Kenneth C. and Anna Belle Ruth (Bortmas) Fusselman. Kenneth is now reunited with his loving wife, Susan L. (Stewart) Fusselman, who died May 23, 2016. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Vietnam. Kenneth was also a gun enthusiast and a proud member of the NRA. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather and will be deeply missed by all.

He will be greatly missed by daughters, Robin (Tim) Hawkins of Overgaard, Ariz., Nicole (John) Fox of Warren, Dakota (Fiancee, Steven Dauster) Fusselman of Akron; son, Kenneth L. Fusselman of Mentor;  four grandchildren; three  great-grandchildren; and many friends. Kenneth is preceded in death by his loving wife, Susan and daughter, Holly Fusselman. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Arlene “Bee” Everett (nee Nash), 84 of Parkman, passed away peacefully March 9, 2017 at Mapleview Country Villas in Chardon. She was born March 31, 1932 at her home in Hiram to the late John M. and Bernice (Ryder) Nash. Bee is now reunited with her loving husband, James E. Everett, who died in 1999.
Bee, a 1950 graduate of Troy High School, retired from being a school bus driver at Cardinal Schools for over 25 years. She has always been a kind and outgoing person who enjoyed traveling and more recently playing slot machines. Bee taught numerous children Water Safety at Moss Beach for many years and also helped start the Parkman Pancake Breakfast which is now entering its 50th year. Bee was also an active member of the Parkman Chamber of Commerce and the Parkman Polar Bear Snowmobile Club.
She will be greatly missed by children, Bill (Karen) Thrasher, David Everett, Rae (Greg) Garrett; grandchildren, Mat Thrasher, Christy (Shawn) Finnerty, Tiffany Everett, Paige Garrett; great-grandchildren, Evalyn Thrasher, Collin Thrasher, Ryan Finnerty; long time companion, Al Creager; and many friends. Bee is preceded in death by: her parents, loving husband of 44 years, James, and one sister. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.

William A. “Mr. Bill” Pfile, 83, of Garrettsville, passed away peacefully Feb. 18, 2017 at the Aurora Manor Residence. He was born in Ravenna, on Oct. 14, 1933 to the late Zenas A. and Jean (McClure) Pfile.

He was a 60 year member of the Garrettsville Masonic Lodge #246 and a part-time resident of Florida for the past 30 years. William also known as Mr. Bill, previously was owner of the Megerle-Phile Carnival and also worked as a booking agent for larger Carnivals. He also was the owner of Mr. Bill’s Fun and games. He was a member of the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA), International Independent Showmen’s Association (IISA), Greater Tampa Showmen’s Association (GTSA), Miami Showmen’s Association, , and the Greater Ohio Showmen’s Association (GOSA). William’s biggest joy though came from spending time with his daughters and family.

William will be greatly missed by daughters, Melissa Pfile, Lisa Sanders; granddaughters, Callie Phile, Chloe Phile; sisters, Patricia Pratt, Donna (Don) Duffield, Cindy (Mike) Cooper; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom Pfile. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Sarah Isabelle Farmwald (nee Eltringham), 81 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Feb. 17, 2017 at Heather Hill Care Community. She was born in Blacktop, Ohio on March 24, 1935 to the late, Russ and Bessie (Murphy) Eltringham. Sarah worked in Environmental Services at Blossom Hill Nursing Home and UH-Geauga Medical Center. Sarah’s hobbies included embroidery, cake decorating and ceramics. She enjoyed spending time with her many grandchildren and her Sunday morning breakfasts and chocolate cake were legendary.

She will be greatly missed by her sons, Scott Springer, Brad (Petra) Springer; step-daughter, Debbie (Lenard) Woolsey; grandchildren, Scott (Christine) Springer, Jessie (Mike) Durman, Amelie Springer, Noel Springer, Johannes Springer, Nicole (Keith) Kavali, Kristy Springer, Josh (Carrie) Earls, Jeremy (Nancy) Post, Kasey Post, Stacey Post; step-grandchildren, Rebecca  Woolsey, Joanna Woolsey; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Diane (Ron) Longo, Gene (Sandy) Eltringham, Russ (Della) Eltringham; and many friends. Sarah is preceded in death by her first husband, Robert V. Springer; second husband, John Farmwald; daughter, Valerie Post; son, Robert “Quint” Springer; and sister, Barbara Springer. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Ricky L. Necessary, 53 of Middlefield, passed away unexpectedly at his home  Feb. 12, 2017. He was born in Cleveland on April 25, 1963 to Sterling E. and Carol A. (Pacholke) Necessary. He attended Bloomfield High School and worked in masonry, carpentry, and on oil rigs. He is now reunited with his longtime partner, Belinda Brown, who died in November, 2016.

He will be greatly missed by his mother; brother, Sterling H. “Sonny” (Tammy) Necessary; sister, Tammy Springer; sons, Ricky Lee Necessary Jr., Tyler Necessary; daughter, Ariel Lehman; 2 grandchildren; and many friends. Rick is preceded in death by: his father; longtime partner, Belinda; and son, Travis Brown. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


MaryAnn H. Miller, 74 of Windsor, passed away peacefully Feb. 11, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Middlefield on Sept. 8, 1942 to the late Henry A. and Emma (Miller) Miller. MaryAnn was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be missed by siblings, Eli A. (Fannie) Miller, Albert (Sara) Miller, Martin (Sarah) Miller, Dan (Susie) Miller, Robert (Dorothy) Miller, Chester (Clara) Miller, Henry (Kathy) Miller Jr., and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. MaryAnn is preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Billy Miller; and sister Dorothy H. Miller.

MaryAnn’s final resting place is in Wilcox Road Cemetery, Mesopotamia. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Len Allen “Little Buddy” Hosmer, 62 of Burton, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 12, 2017 after a 3 year battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. Lenny was born in Chardon on Jan. 5, 1955, the son of Billee Jean and Franklin Hosmer.

He was a 1973 graduate of Berkshire High School. Len worked as a Tire Tech at Manfredi Motor Transit for 32 years and Kauffman Tire in Orwell. His hobbies included collecting and restoring antique tractors, vintage Boaski snowmobiles, and collecting any useful “stuff” that might come in handy. He was a member of several Antique Engine Clubs, Troy Snowmobile Club, and Magnetawan Ridgerunners in Canada. He enjoyed going to Canada to the family cabin, snowmobiling there, and spending time with his family and the many friends he made “up north”. Lenny was well-known for his “wheeling and dealing”, his great smile, and his sense of humor. His answer to every situation good or bad was “E-I-E-I-O”.

Lenny will be greatly missed by all. He was a loving husband, father, and good friend. He is survived by his ex-wife/partner of 46 years, Sherry Hosmer; sons Len (Holly), Ladd; daughter, Heidi (Kevin); mother, Billee Hosmer; brothers, Denny (Debbie), Rex (Linda), Bill (Laurie); his faithful companion, Brockway and his cat, Duke; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin, and his sister, Ruth Ellen Sell.

Donations are requested to be made in Lenny’s honor to Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Russell Twp, OH 44072. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Amanda M. Miller, 3 months of Garrettsville, was granted her angel wings Feb. 9, 2017 at UH-Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. She was born in Claridon on Oct. 27, 2016 to Marvin A. and Arlene O. (Miller) Miller. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her parents; paternal grandparents, Allen Ray and Kathryn (Byler) Miller; maternal grandparents, Owen M. and Lucinda (Miller) Miller; paternal great-grandparents, Urie M. and Barbara (Miller) Byler; siblings, Marlene, Andrew, Sara Mae, Carolyn, Marvin Jr., Stephen; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Amanda is preceded in death by her brother, Marlin M. Miller, and cousins, Allen Ray Miller and Savannah A. Miller.

Amanda’s final resting place is in Detweiler Cemetery in Garrettsville. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Harvey W. Fisher, 73 of W. Farmington died Jan. 31, 2017. He was born in Greenville, PA to the late William W. and Emma (Wengerd) Fisher. Harvey was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Martha (Byler) Fisher who he married January 1, 1970.  His daughter, Kathy Yoder, son, Henry Fisher, Brothers, Enos, Neil, Lester, and seven grandchildren. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a sister, Malinda Miller, and five brothers, Eli, Mahlon, Bill, Henry, and Sam Fisher. Calling hours were held at the family’s home, 6866 Girdle Road, W. Farmington, OH 44491.  Burial was at Clark Road Cemetery, Mesopotamia, Ohio. Condolences at www.russellslyfh.com


Enos D. Byler, 74 of Parkman, died Feb. 7 at his home surrounded by his living family.  He was born Aug. 19, 1942 to the late Dan S. and Katie (Burkholder) Byler. He was married to Mary Ann Weaver  on May 21, 1964, who preceded him in death. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and a lifelong dairy farmer. Survivors include sons, Elwin (Martha), Allen (Sarah), Daniel (Barbara) all of Parkman, daughters, Laura (David) Yoder, of Richfield Springs, NY, Ida (David) Miller of Carrollton, OH, Barbara (Jacob) Miller of Richfield Springs, NY, and  Alma Byler at home,  49 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.  Brother, Steve Byler of Middlefield, sisters, Fannie Troyer of W. Farmington, Clara Miller, Esther Shetler both of Middlefield, and Betty Miller of Arizona, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, parents, three brothers, and three sisters. Funeral Services were  held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 at the neighbors. Burial was in the Weaver Cemetery, West Farmington, Ohio. Condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Scott Todd Villers, 57 of Parkman died unexpectedly at his home on Jan. 31, 2017.  He was born in Warren, the oldest son of Donald and Kathryn Villers. He grew up in Parkman and graduated from Cardinal High School in 1978. He went on to start his own business, Villers Electric, in 1987. In 1981 he married his high school sweetheart, Denise Fricker of Middlefield. Together they built their dream home on a corner of the Moss Family Farm in Parkman. They have two daughters, Andrea Kathryn Villers (27) of Solon and Crystal Ann (Villers) Kick (25) of Middlefield. Scott was a godly Christian man and active member of the Parkman Congregational church where he was an elder. He participated in the Gideon’s International distributing God’s word to those who needed it. Scott was an active community member serving on the Zoning Committee for Parkman and serving for years at the annual pancake breakfast. Scott was also a scout master for the Boy Scouts of America and was the chairman for the Parkman Boy Scout Committee. Scott was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, camping, and four wheeling with family and friends. Scott cared deeply for his friends, family, and community and demonstrated his love in acts of service to anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by many.  He leaves his beloved wife, Denise, his daughter Andrea of Solon, his daughter Crystal and her husband Cody Kick, of Middlefield, his father Donald and his wife Cherie Villers.  He also has two brothers, Guy and his wife Tricia Villers of Dayton, and Jeff and his wife Tracy Villers of Bainbridge. He has several nieces and nephews, as well as aunts, uncles and cousins who grieve his passing. He was predeceased by his mother Kathryn (Moss) Villers. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Allen M. Miller, 66, of Parkman, passed away unexpectedly at home Thursday morning, January 26th, 2017. He was born in Parkman, OH on December 15th, 1950 to the late Monroe S. and Lydia A. (Weaver) Miller. He later married Linda Marie Troyer on June 3rd, 1993. Allen was a member of the Old Order Amish Church and Minister of the Farmington Rd Church District.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife of 24 years, Linda; daughter, Senior Airman Melissa Sue (fiance, Salvador Bonilla) Miller, USAF of South Carolina; mother-in-law, Magdalena R. Troyer; siblings, Henry (Sadie) Miller, Emma Miller, Sara (Andy) Schmucker, Anna (Noah) Hershberger, Andy (Barbara) Miller, Melvin (Fannie) Miller; sister-in-laws, Ada Miller, Elvesta Miller, Anna Miller; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Allen is preceded in death by: his parents; son, Allen Ray Miller; brothers, Raymond Miller, Harvey Miller, Monroe Miller; sister Nancy and her husband, Mose Byler.

FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT 9:30 A.M., SUNDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 2017, AT MICHAEL AND LAURA ANN HOSTETLER’S HOME, 17170 FARMINGTON RD., PARKMAN, OH with Bishop Rudy H. Frey officiating. Pallbearers will be David Miller, Noah Miller, Steven Stoltzfus, and Robert Miller. Visitation will be anytime until the time of the service. Allen’s final resting place will be in Weaver Cemetery, West Farmington, OH. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, OH. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Julie Renee Wilson

Julie Renee Wilson, 34, lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away Jan. 25, 2017 at her home with her family by her side. She went to her new home in heaven with the Lord. Her relationship with Jesus Christ was paramount in her life. Julie was born Aug. 27, 1982 in Claridon, daughter of Frank C. and Ellen (Byler) Wilson. She was a graduate of Cardinal High School in 2001. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and minor in Psychology in 2005 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Julie was an office manager for Specs4Us in Burton. She was a member of Maple View Mennonite Church and was a very loving giving person. Her hobbies included music, crocheting, and making her special cupcakes. Her dream was to open a Bakery. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

She will be dearly missed by her beloved parents, Frank and Ellen; her sister Leesa St. Pierre; three nieces, Ashley, Karalyn, and Chantelle; her nephew Johnathyn; her loving friend, Brian McAllister and his daughter Kassidy; and her grandmother Joy Wilson. Her brother Robert Frank Wilson; her grandfather Frank R. Wilson; her grandparents Henry and Esther Byler, and her step-grandmother Clara Byler preceded her in death.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Maple View Mennonite Church. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com

Catherine G. Horning (nee O’Ryan), 85 of Mentor (formerly of Middlefield), passed away peacefully Jan. 20, 2017 at the Symphony at Mentor Assisted Living Home. She was surrounded by her loving family. Catherine was born in Wickliffe on Dec. 9, 1931 to the late William H. and Marjorie (Bradford) O’Ryan. She is now reunited with her loving husband of 54 years, Chester, who died in May 2012.

She will be missed by: her children, Bill (Kathy) Gibbs of The Woodlands, TX, Paul (Sherry) Horning of Brazoria, TX, Polly (John) Varga of Parkman; son-in-law, Dennis Kuklo; 11 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and many friends. Catherine is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Chester; and daughter, Linda Kuklo. Catherine was laid to rest next to Chester in the Western Reserve Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Chesterland. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Carol Staib Bates, 96 of Mesopotamia, passed away Jan. 20, 2017 at Briar Hill Health Care in Middlefield. Carol was born Dec. 12, 1920 in Huntsburg, the daughter of Carl John and Dorothea Ann Grace Staib. She resided in Akron until June 1936 and graduated from Akron Glover Grade School. She graduated from Mesopotamia High School in 1939. Carol worked for Geauga Industries 27 years and retired in 1983.

Carol married Harry E. Bates Nov. 9, 1940 and together they had two sons, Maynard (Patty) Bates of South Carolina and Harold (Jodi) Bates of Mesopotamia; six grandchildren, Daniel Bates, Aaron Bates, Allyson Yoder, Cindy Rolf, Jeffrey Bates, and Kelly Meyer; 12 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother David Staib of Parkman. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry in 1986; her parents; two sisters, Virginia Allen and Margaret Shaw; and daughter-in-law Martha Barbe Bates.

She was a member of Mesopotamia United Methodist Church and the Historical Society; also of the Ladies Golf League at Grandview Golf Club; the Mayfield Methodist Hilltoppers; and a past member of Enterprise Grange and Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, outdoor work, and needlework. She especially loved making teddy bears for her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mesopotamia United Methodist Church, PO Box 92, Mesopotamia, OH 44439 or to the Mesopotamia Historical Society, PO Box 54, Mesopotamia, OH 44439. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

Lisa Ann Krumpe (nee Buck), age 49 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Jan. 21, 2017 at the Hospice of the Valley House in Poland, Ohio after a courageous 6 year battle with breast cancer. She was surrounded by her family and friends. Lisa was born in Painesville on June 24, 1967 to Frederick and Virginia (Phillips) Buck. She graduated from Chardon High School in 1986 and was a Corrections Officer at the Ohio State Penitentiary. Lisa loved to tend to her gardens and also spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Grayson.

She will be greatly missed by her parents; children, Eric R. (Samantha) Fabian of Salem, Ohio, Leanne R. Fabian of Los Angeles, Calif., Brianna L. Krumpe of Warren; grandson, Grayson R. Fabian; granddaughter to be, Chloe Ann Fabian; siblings, Deborah (James) Gallagher of Windsor, Regina “Jeannie” Lawless of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Frederick M. (Kathy) Buck of Frederick, Md.; twin sister, Teresa (Paul) Francis of Edgewater, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the funeral home to assist the family with final expenses. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Carol Staib Bates, 96 of Mesopotamia, passed away Jan. 20, 2017 at Briar Hill Health Care in Middlefield. Carol was born Dec. 12, 1920 in Huntsburg, the daughter of Carl John and Dorothea Ann Grace Staib. She resided in Akron until June 1936 and graduated from Akron Glover Grade School. She graduated from Mesopotamia High School in 1939. Carol worked for Geauga Industries 27 years and retired in 1983.

Carol married Harry E. Bates Nov. 9, 1940 and together they had two sons, Maynard (Patty) Bates of South Carolina and Harold (Jodi) Bates of Mesopotamia; six grandchildren, Daniel Bates, Aaron Bates, Allyson Yoder, Cindy Rolf, Jeffrey Bates, and Kelly Meyer; 12 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother David Staib of Parkman. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry in 1986; her parents; two sisters, Virginia Allen and Margaret Shaw; and daughter-in-law Martha Barbe Bates.

She was a member of Mesopotamia United Methodist Church and the Historical Society; also of the Ladies Golf League at Grandview Golf Club; the Mayfield Methodist Hilltoppers; and a past member of Enterprise Grange and Rebekah Lodge. She enjoyed golfing, bowling, outdoor work, and needlework. She especially loved making teddy bears for her grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mesopotamia United Methodist Church, PO Box 92, Mesopotamia, OH 44439 or to the Mesopotamia Historical Society, PO Box 54, Mesopotamia, OH 44439. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

 


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Gerald F. Brown, age 86, went to be with his Savior on January 4, 2017. He was the devoted husband of the late Harriet J. Brown (Dubbs) and loving father of Jacqueline D’Sa (Noel), Susan Dacek, Barbara Reagle (Clifton) and Gerald E. Brown. Grandpa to, Matthew, Sarah, Laura, Clifton Jr., Maureen, Geoffrey, Cecelia, Jason, Josephine, and Daniel and 14 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen Brown. He was devoted brother of Lorraine, Don, Norm, Bob, Chuck, and Helen.  Gerald enjoyed many venues of music and sang on his church choir as well as preforming solos. He was known for his love for cooking and hospitality and was famous for his clambakes. He really enjoyed meeting new people and took no time at all making friends when they moved to Middlefield 2 years ago.

Jerry was born in Cleveland Ohio and was a resident of Mansfield, Ohio before moving to Middlefield where he resided until the last weeks of his life.
The family would like to thank Grace Hospice and Burton health care for their loving care. Family and friends are invited to attend the memorial service at Burton Congregational church, on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 2PM. Reception will be held in the fellowship room of Burton Congregational church immediately after the service. Interment will be scheduled at a later time. Family and friends may view and sign the online guestbook at

http://blessingcremation.com/obituaries/gerald-f-brown



Warren H. Johnson,
76, of Bristolville, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 1, 2017 while surrounded by his family and friends. He was born in Cleveland on Feb. 17, 1940 to the late Warren E. and Martha (Kunar) Johnson. Warren married Rose Meadows on Sept. 21, 963. He enjoyed farming and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Warren also liked to listen to Country-Western music, watch old western movies and bird watch.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 53 years, Rose; children, Teri (Ron) Twiggs of Indiana, Richard (Carla) Johnson of Bristolville, Denver (Erin) Johnson of Masury, David (Megan) Johnson of Newton Falls, Rachel (Micheal) Delzingo of West Farmington, Scott Turner of Bristolville; three brother; one sister; 25 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many friends. Warren is preceded in death by his parents, three grandchildren, and three siblings. Warren’s final resting place is in the Church at Troy Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Elmer J. Byler, 78 of Middlefield, passed away suddenly Dec. 27, 2016 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Atlantic, Pa. on Jan. 6, 1938 to the late Jerry E. and Mary Ann (Miller) Byler. Elmer enjoyed drawing and making wooden toys. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by: brother, Daniel J. (Malinda) Byler; sister-in-law, Sarah Byler; 34 nieces and nephews; caregiver, Amanda W. Byler; and many friends. Elmer is preceded in death by: his parents, brothers, Mahlon J.E. Byler, William J.E. Byler; sister, Amanda J. Byler; sister-in-law, Cora Byler; one niece; and one nephew.

Elmer’s final resting place is in Nauvoo Road Cemetery, Middlefield. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Michael D. Robinson, 67 of Burton, passed away recently at his home. He was born in Chardon on Nov.14, 1949 to the late Clarence R. and Phyllis J. (Koon) Robinson. Michael was known as a very kind person and he worked as a Horse Trainer and Harness Racing Jockey.
He will be missed by many friends. Michael is preceded by his son, Donovan Robinson. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


helen-c-towneHelen C. Towne (nee Polomsky), 98 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Dec. 15, 2016 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. She was born in Nelson Ohio on Jan. 14, 1918. Helen is now reunited with her husband, Pearl “Pat” Towne, who died in 1981. She grew up in Nelson and worked in the cafeteria at Middlefield Schools and also at Johnson Rubber before opening her own business with Pat, Lakeside Tavern Carry-Out, in Madison-on-the-Lake. Helen enjoyed her Wednesday lady gatherings at the Wendy’s in Madison.

She will be greatly missed by her son, Dennis (Jean) Towne of Troy; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Ann Roman of Middlefield; and many friends. Helen is preceded in death by: her parents, Valentine and Elizabeth (Loyko) Polomsky; husband, Pat; eight brothers; and three sisters.

Helen’s final resting place is next to Pat in Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen’s name are requested to be made to the Geauga County Hunger Task Force, 209 Center St. #H, Chardon, OH 44024. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Kevin Andrew Young, 61 of Middlefield, passed away Dec. 8, 2016 at UH Geauga Hospital. He was born Nov. 12, 1955 in Warren to the late Keith A. and Vera (Shingler) Young. He graduated from Cardinal High School in 1974. Kevin worked for PCC AirFoils in Mentor until he retired in 2015. He enjoyed watching movies.
He is going to be sadly missed by his sisters, Kathleen Young of Newton Falls, Karolyn (John) Miller of Middlefield, brothers, Karl (Melanie) Young of Stanfield, N.C., Keith (Evie) Young Jr., of Concord, N.C., Kirk (Cindy) Young of Southington, Kent Young of Bristolville, 14 nieces and nephews, 30 great nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Nathan Miller in 2006.
He will be buried in Hillside Cemetery. Memorial donation can be made to the American Lung Association. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Daniel J. Yoder, 80 of Huntsburg, passed away Dec. 13, 2016, at his home with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 16, 1936, son of Joe S. and Catherine (Miller) Yoder. Daniel married Emma Byler Nov. 7, 1974. He was a farmer and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. His family and friends will miss him.
Daniel is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Emma Yoder; his son Joseph (Nancy) Yoder; five grandchildren, Matthew, Danny Ray, Hannah, Mary Ellen, and Emma; his brother John Henry Yoder and sister-in-law Elizabeth Yoder. His parents and eight brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Burial will be at Miller Cemetery in Huntsburg. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Margaret K. Halstead 86 of Middlefield, passed away unexpectedly Dec. 3, 2016 at UH Geauga Medical Center. She was born July 1, 1930 in Cleveland to the late George and Lottie J. (Kusmierkuski) Kneier.  Marge grew up in Cleveland moving to Middlefield in 1943 at the age of 13. She graduated from Andrews School for Girls in Willoughby. Marge worked for Sajar Plastics, and then ran the Middlefield License Bureau. Tom and Marge owned and operated Halstead’s Middlefield Furniture store. In 1970, they developed Settlers Farm in Middlefield.  She was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Middlefield.  She loved her Swim Club, Card Club, and the Winnebago Club “W.O.W.”  She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, knitting, reading and cooking.  She always had a new recipe to try. She also enjoyed making quilts, knitting, traveling with her family and listening to polka music. Staying in contact with her granddaughter, family and friends through birthday cards and heartfelt messages was one of her favorite past-times.  Her wit, her beauty, and her thoughtfulness for others will be greatly missed.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 63 years, Tom Halstead, daughters, Janet “Jan” Kantz of Indianapolis, IN., Ann Halstead of Middlefield, her granddaughter, Abigail Halstead of Middlefield, a brother George (Helen) Kneier of Gates Mills, two sisters, Donna (Don) Anderson of Middlefield, Mary Ann Kneier of Middlefield, sister-in-law, Juanita Kneier of Knoxville, Tenn., and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Jack Kneier.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be sent to University Geauga Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary, 13207 Ravenna Road, Chardon, OH  44024 or to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry , P.O. Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Lynne M. Miller, 67 of Middlefield, formerly of Chardon, passed away Dec.  6, 2016 at Hospice of Western Reserve. She was born July 18, 1949 in Cleveland, daughter of Ronald and Bernyce (Fross) Funk. Lynne married Jay Miller Oct. 7, 1994. She loved making jewelry. She gave jewelry to friends and family and sold her jewelry to customers. Her hobbies included photography and genealogy.  Lynne was a member of the Grace Evangelical Bible Church in Newbury. Her family and friends will miss her.

Lynne is survived by her beloved husband Jay of 22 years; her son Timothy (Joyce) Miller of Willoughby; five daughters, Eve Muzic of Lakewood, Tracy (Dave) Roberts of Ashtabula, Denise Mishler of Willoughby; Kimberly (Jim) Santavicca and Lisa (Bill) Dolan, both of Medina; her granddaughter Ally Roberts; two brothers, Ray Funk of Willoughby and Tom Funk of Concord; and her sister Patricia Buell of Las Vegas. Her parents and her brother Ronald L Funk Jr preceded her in death.

Burial was at Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Western Reserve, 17876 St Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110 or to Grace Evangelical Bible Church, PO Box 696, Newbury, OH 44065. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Naomi Marie Pollari (Nee Miller), 79 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Nov. 16, 2016. That night, Heaven gained an angel to be with the Lord. She was born Aug. 22, 1937 in Orrville, Ohio, daughter of Nelson R. and Nora (Yoder) Miller, and was a graduate of Middlefield High School in 1955. Naomi married her high school sweetheart Edwin M. Pollari May 26, 1956.

They celebrated their 60th Anniversary this year with family and friends. Naomi retired from Geauga Industries/Carlisle Corp in 2000 where she was an accounting department clerk. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield where she was the church’s first secretary and involved with many activities, including volunteering at the Thrift Shop and a funeral dinner chairperson at the church.

She loved to bake and baked some of the best pies; volunteered at the Library; and was a poll worker during elections. Naomi was a very loving and giving person. She was so willing to give of herself freely and quietly. Her family and her friends will miss her. She is survived by her beloved husband Edwin Pollari; her son Mark (Lisa) Pollari of Troy Township; her daughter Lisa (Mike) Ludwig of Newbury; six grandchildren, Heather (Keith) Carver, Rachel Darrah, Tyler (Aly Blair), Travis, Turner, and Tessa Pollari; two great grandchildren, Anyrah and Alana Edmiston; and two sisters, Martha Bretz, Catherine Johnston and her sister in law, Dixie Miller.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, David Miller; and two brothers in law, Michael Bretz and Kenneth Johnston. Memorial donations may be made, in her name, to the “Land Fund” c/o First United Methodist Church, PO Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Reverend Ervin M. Miller, 94 of Middlefield, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family Nov. 12, 2016.  He was born Dec. 6, 1921 in Parkman to the late Mahlon and Gertrude (Whetstone) Miller. Ervin served as pastor at Maple View Mennonite Church in Burton for 29 years and retired Jan.1, 1987 but still remained very active in the church.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Emma E Miller, who he married Oct. 22, 1942, having just celebrated 74 years of marriage; children Susie (Adin) Miller Sarasota, FL, Merv Miller Middlefield, Lon Miller Burton, Lee (Vina) Miller Sarasota, Fla., Sara (Brian) Milgate Sarasota, Fla., Judy Fisher Burton, Mary Beth Schaden Amherst, Ohio, and his siblings Gertrude (William) Yoder, Betty (Al) Miller, Joe (Bonnie) Miller all of Sarasota, Fla., 24 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Ray Miller, daughter, Esther Weaver, son-in-law Harvey Weaver and brothers Andy, Menno, Mahlon and sisters Rachel, Mary, Clara, Martha and Ada.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Maple View Mennonite Church. Memories and Condolences can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


 

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Belinda Lee Brown, 45 of Middlefield, passed away unexpectedly in Willard, Ohio Nov. 10, 2016. The cause of death is under investigation. She was born in Claridon on Sept.14, 1971 to Billy F. and Bonnie (Christian) Brown. She is reunited with her son, Billy Travis Brown, who died in 1991. Belinda was a packager for Great Lakes Cheese in Troy for many years. She enjoyed living a free-spirited life and spending time with her family and friends, especially her daughter, Ariel.

She will be greatly missed by daughter, Ariel Lehman of Middlefield; mother, Bonnie Brown of Huntsburg; siblings, Brigitte Brown of Middlefield, Becky (Mark) Cooper of Huntsburg, Bobby (Tammy) Brown of Huntsburg; long time boyfriend and best friend, Rick Necessary of Middlefield; and many friends. Belinda is preceded in death by her father and son, Billy Travis. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Andy R. Byler, 77 of Middlefield, passed away at his home with his family by his side on Nov. 11, 2016. He was born Feb. 9, 1939, son of Reuben and Mattie (Miller) Byler. He married Esther J. Miller in Ashtabula County on April 23, 1964. Andy was a Deacon of the Fox Run District and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

His family and friends will miss him. He is survived by his beloved wife Esther (Miller) Byler of 52 years; his children, Allen (Melissa) Byler, Barbara (Martin) Miller, Andy A. (Martha) Byler, John (Dorothy) Byler, Anna Mary (Dan) Troyer, and Jacob (Marlene) Byler; his brother Bill R. Byler; 28 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Johnathan and Jake Byler; his sister Amanda Byler; and two grandchildren, Katy Mae and Joshua. Burial was in Nauvoo Road Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


 

Delia M. Wellen (nee Hainsey), 87 of Kinsman, passed away peacefully Oct. 21, 2016 at Cardinal Woods Skilled Nursing Home in Madison. She was born in Cleveland on May 1, 1929 to the late John and Nora (Cunningham) Hainsey. Delia is now reunited with her loving husband, Charles G. Wellen, who died Dec. 25, 1997. Delia was a retired lead accountant for National City Bank in Cleveland. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and spending time with her family.

She will be deeply missed by her children, Delia M. (George) Bartlett, Charles G. (Michelle) Wellen Jr.; grandchildren, Charles Wellen III, Justin Yeager, Jeremiah Wellen, George Barlett Jr., Nicholas Bartlett, Misty (David) Dick, Norie Hollie, Alicia Letcher, Laura Wellen, Christie Wellen, Kelly Nelson; step-grand-daughter, Helena Dudley; 14 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Jim Frantz; daughter-in-law, Cindy Wellen; and many friends. Delia is preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, Charles; children, Mary Ellen Wellen, Nora Frantz, Shawn Wellen; grandson, Scott T. Bartlett; and three sisters. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Dr. David E. L. Dyke, PhD, 81 of Middlefield, Ohio passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at Holly Hill Healthcare. He was born Jan. 29, 1935 in Manchester, England, son of the late Sydney and Phyllis (Potter) Dyke. He was a graduate of the University of Manchester in UK where he got his PhD. In 1959, David married June Thompson and moved to America in 1965. David was a former Electro Chemical Engineer at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

He was a workaholic and kept busy with other jobs, traveling worldwide. In 2001, they moved to Middlefield, and he enjoyed gardening and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He will be missed dearly by his beloved wife June; three children, Adrian Dyke, Helen (Eddy) Conklin, and Jennifer (John Police) Dyke; his beloved grandchildren, David, Charles, Heather, Trevor, and Adele; his brother Ray Dyke and sister Diane Hough. Condolences and memories may be shared at russellslyfh.com


Dexter “Rube” Dotson Jr., 56 of Garrettsville, passed away peacefully Oct. 22, 2016 at UH-Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born in Chardon on June 18, 1960 to Dexter and Bobbie J. (Bice) Dotson Sr. Dexter attended Newbury High School and worked at various rubber factories since the age of 17. He was diehard Cleveland Browns fan, and also enjoyed fishing, drawing, Christmas time, the Cleveland Indians, kids, and tending to his garden where he grew red roses, mums and large tomatoes.

He will be deeply missed by his daughter, Tamara L. Laning; mother, Bobbie J. Dotson, sisters, Deborah S. Lang and Sandra Lynn Reighard; granddaughter, Kayla Leigh Miller; three nephews, one niece; three great-nieces; two great-nephews and many friends. Dexter is preceded in death by his father, Dexter Dotson Sr. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Lester Allen Byler, 56, of Maumee, passed away peacefully after a brief illness at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, OH Wednesday morning, Nov. 2, 2016. He was born in Warren, OH on Feb. 8, 1960 to the late Andy C. and Barbara (Mast) Byler. Lester was a resident at the Sunshine Creating Community in Maumee, OH. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by: siblings, Mary Ann (Monroe) Kuhns of Garrettsville, OH, Edna Mae (Albert) Hershberger of Orwell, OH, Saloma Byler of Huntsburg, OH, Chris (Nancy) Byler of Garrettsville, OH, Mahlon (Sylvia) Byler of Ethan, South Dakota, Andy (Susan) Byler of New Cumberland, WV,Thomas (Linda) Byler of Carlton, PA, Owen Byler of Maumee, OH, Robert (Barbara) Byler of Fremont, MI, Barbara Ann (Mose) Troyer of Mantua, OH, Samuel (Debbie) Byler of Peoria, AZ, Melvin (Mary) Byler of Pearisburg, VA and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Lester is preceded in death by: his parents, and brothers, Erwin and Joseph Byler. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Dora Beth Jean Ishee, 92 longtime resident of Burton, passed away at her home with her family by her side on Oct. 9, 2016. Born in Burton on Nov. 2, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Vesta (Murray) Hill. She married Wayne Ishee and attended Burton Congregational Church. Dora Beth enjoyed being outdoors, sitting on her front porch visiting and people watching. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She will be missed by her friends and family; her daughter Beverly (Donald) Ule; two grandchildren, Christine (John) Wolf and Kenneth (Kim) Ule; five great grandchildren, Natasha Jones, Joseph Wolf, and Alexis, Hannah, and Rylee Ule; and many nieces and nephews She is preceded in death by her husband Wayne Ishee; her son James W. Ishee; three brothers, Clarence, Harry Jr., and Charles Hill; and three sisters, Freda Burr, Vivian Trask, and Ethel Root. Memories and condolences share with family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Joseph Byler, 71 of Millersburg, Ohio, formerly of Middlefield, passed away Oct. 10, 2016 at Sycamore Run Nursing Home in Millersburg. He was born Sept. 16, 1945 in Middlefield, son of Dan J. and Emma J. (Mullet) Byler. He enjoyed farming and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Joseph is survived by his siblings, William (Iva) Byler, Daniel Jr.(Sara Ann) Byler, Melvin (Barbara) Byler, John (Nancy) Byler, Alma (Joe) Miller and Freeman (Ada) Byler; his sister in law Ada Byler and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Ervin Byler. Burial was at Miller Cemetery in Huntsburg. Memories and condolences share at www.russellslyfh.com.


Adrienne Carol Shelton Mix, 79, passed away peacefully Oct. 1, 2016 at her home in Mantua. She was born in Chagrin Falls, on March 22, 1937 to Oakley C. and Leora (Engle) Shelton. Carol was a graduate of Chagrin Falls High School in 1956 and spent her career in food service management. Preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Helen, Milton, Elmer, William, Vivian, Anita, Leora Eloise, Oakley, Wanda, Beverly, Betty Lou, Darrel, Elwood, and Fredrick “Pete”.

Survived by her children James of Cleveland, David of Columbus, Daniel of Middlefield, Susan of Hiram Village, Robert (Sandra) of Choteau, Mont., and Polly of Cleveland Heights; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to be made in Carol’s memory to the Portage Animal Protective League, 8122 Infirmary Road, Ravenna, OH 44266. Fairness, courage, stubbornness, and love. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Rose Ellen (nee: Reed) (Loomis)(Cherry) Klouda, 87 of Burton, passed away Oct. 3, 2016 at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born Sept. 13, 1929 in Hundred, West Virginia, daughter of Jasper Earl and Nora (Strope) Reed. A longtime resident of Geauga County, Rose was a teacher for the Burton School District for over 30 years and retired in 1986. She was a member of the Burton Congregational Church; the Eastern Star in Hartsgrove and Garrettsville; and Geauga County Retired Teachers Association. Rose also enjoyed being a member of the Storytellers Association. She was a poll worker for the Board of Elections, and volunteered for the Burton Congregational Food Cupboard.

Her hobbies included ceramics and quilting. She made heirloom quilts for all her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be missed by her friends and loving family; her son Raymond (Patricia) Loomis, Jr; two daughters, Linda Lou (Nikolaos) Liontos, and Jacqueline Loomis; eight grandchildren, Lampros, Rose, Raymond N., Raymond A., Courtney, Megan, Tabitha, and Barbara; six great grandchildren; four brothers, Richard Reed, Jasper E. Reed Jr., Joseph Thomas, and Frank Abbott; and a sister, Rosalind Jaques.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband Raymond Loomis, second husband Hilliard Cherry, and third husband Joseph Klouda; her daughter Vivian Elaine Loomis; three sisters, Rebecca Reed, Garnet Louise Carter and Connie Reed; two brothers, James Reed and Ronald Reed. In lieu of flowers, donations, in memory of Rose, may be made to the Burton Congregational Food Cupboard, P.O. Box 496, Burton, OH 44021. Memories and condolence share with family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Robert “Bob” E. Mathews Jr., 80 of Garrettsville, passed away peacefully at the Arbors at Streetsboro Oct. 2, 2016. He was born in Parkersburg, W.V. on March 28, 1936 to the late Robert and Margaret (Hoffman) Mathews Sr. Bob later married Jackie Leach in March 1960. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater from Marietta College and then a Master’s Degree of Divinity from the Theological Seminary in Indiana. While attending the Theological Seminary, Bob worked with Job Corps. He faithfully served as Minister for 40 years between churches in Marietta; Sharon, Ohio; Proctor, W.V.; Benton, Pa., Youngstown, , and Bristolville. In 1970, Bob began serving as the annual guest Minister at the Disciples House, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y.

Bob loved spending his summers in Chautauqua. Bob was actively involved with the Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theater in Marietta and also an avid Marietta College baseball fan where he loved to sit behind home plate and heckle opposing teams. Bob also had an impeccable sense of humor and was well known for his poor jokes. He was truly loved by all as he blessed every one he met. He will be deeply missed. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Jackie; children, Scott Mathews, Chris (Melissa) Mathews, Shawn Mathews, Beth (Scott) Girasia; grandchildren, Devin, Ben, Kayleigh, Christopher II, Molly, Lauren; brother, David M. Remaley; and many friends. Bob is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Steven Remaley. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Paul Orgovan 86, of Rome, Ohio passed away suddenly at UH-Geauga Medical Center in Clardion on Sept. 28, 2016. He was born in Sidman, Pa. on Oct. 8, 1929 to the late Stephen and (Matilda) Orgovan. He will be missed by his children, Theresa (Ken) Dvorak, Barbara (Craig) Kennedy, Nancy (Mike) Kemp, Patty Orgovan, Steve (Stephanie) Orgovan, Rebecca Rockefellow; his significant other, Shirley Dowling; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and many friends. Paul is preceded in death by: son-in-law, Chris Rockafellow. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Sara “Sally” M. (Bronson) Cramer, 84 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Oct. 1, 2016 at UH Geauga Medical Center after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was born July 6, 1932 in Washington County, Pa., daughter of the late Theodore and Prena Bronson. She married William “Bill” R. Cramer Nov. 27, 1950 in Greensburg, Pa.. They were married 63 years and were residents of Middlefield for over 50 years. Sara had an associate’s degree in early childhood education and was a former teacher at Lakeland Community College Teaching and Learning Center.

She was a member of the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Mayfield Village. She was a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed scenic drives to Lake Erie, swimming, and Bible Study, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Sara “Sally” will be missed dearly by her friends and family: her children, Bob (Sharon) Cramer, Carol (Andy) Holloman, Sue (Jay) Becker, and Brenda (Paul) Wolff; 11 grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. Her parents and her husband, Bill Cramer, precede her in death. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 435 SOM Center Rd., Mayfield Village, OH 44143, or to the Geauga County Department on Aging, 12555 Ravenwood Dr., Chardon, OH 44024. Memories and condolences share with family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Danny D. Kauffman, 29 of Parkman, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 27, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. Danny was born in Claridon on July 10, 1987 to David Lee and Laura Ann (Miller) Kauffman. He enjoyed being a cabinet maker and spending his free time hunting and fishing. Danny was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by his parents, David Lee and Laura Ann Kauffman; siblings, Cindy Lynn (Daniel) Byler, Kristine (Owen) Miller, Nathan (Cindy) Kauffman, Rosanna Kauffman, Kathryn Kauffman, David Lee Kauffman Jr., paternal grandmother, Ida J. (Mast) Kauffman; maternal grandparents, Dan O. and Kathryn (Shrock) Miller; and many cousins and friends. Danny is preceded in death by his grandfather, Albert J. Kauffman.

Danny’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


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Linda E. Heiden, age 56, passed away peacefully on Aug. 15, 2016 from complications after a heart attack. She was born Dec. 9, 1959 in Cleveland to the late Gerald and Nancy (Fagerholm) Welter and grew up in Montville. She was a graduate of Ledgemont High School. She will be missed by her loving husband of 13 years, Perry R. Heiden; children, Michael (Shannon) Kapis, Adam Kapis, Megan (Michael Griffith) Tenney;  step-children, Jessica (Josh) Breedlove, Jackie Heiden, Katie Heiden; grandchildren David, Andrew, Jade and Savannah Kapis; sisters, Debbie and Diane Welter; niece, Rachel Mader; and many friends.

She was a wife, mother and generous friend. She continues her selfless giving by being an organ donor. Much of Linda’s life was spent raising her three children. She inspired her children and grandchildren to pursue their dreams and goals, and was very proud of all of their accomplishments. Linda was caring and kind and married her best friend, Perry R. Heiden in 2003. She will forever be remembered as a selfless mother and wife.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations to help offset the final expenses. Donations may be sent in Linda’s memory to P.O. Box 71, Chardon, OH 44024. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Bruce J. Wardlow, 63 of Newbury, passed away peacefully Aug. 5, 2016 at Briar Hill Healthcare in Middlefield surrounded by his loving family and friends. Bruce was born in Bloomfield, Iowa on Sept. 26, 1952. Bruce proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He will be greatly missed by his mother, Barbara (Bob) Walker of Aurora; step-mother, Marge Wardlow of Lakeland, Fla.; children, Michael and Jessica; step-daughter, Michelle; brothers, Brent (Nikki) Wardlow of Utah, Brian (Paige Prymmer) Wardlow of Newbury; two granddaughters; and many friends. Bruce is preceded in death by his father Billy D. Wardlow. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


 

Thomas “Tommy” McClaren Gardner, 26, of Chagrin Falls, passed away unexpectedly at home on Aug. 4, 2016. Tommy was loved by his family for his unique sense of humor, and his ability to bring laughter to any situation. He will be missed for the kindness he exhibited to everyone, especially animals. While only with us on this earth for a short time, the impact Tommy made on everyone he met will comfort us as we learn to live without him. He will be dearly missed by his parents, Thomas J. and Betty “Bet” Jane (Brown) Gardner; sister, Jamie (Tyler) Fay; brother, Trace Gardner; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Tommy is preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth Gardner and Thomas M. and Betty E. Brown. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family in c/o Sandra Dray, 1111 Mentor Ave., Painesville, OH 44077. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Michael E. Brilla III, 70 of Middlefield, passed away July 14, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born in Chardon on April 13, 1946, the only child of Michael Jr. and Eleanor S. (Novy) Brilla. Michael married Delores “Jean” Edwards on  Feb. 4, 1967 in Parkman. He worked for Caterpillar Tractor, was an inspector at TRW, Argo-Tech, Marine Mechanical and then B & W in Euclid retiring in 2013. A lifelong resident of Geauga County, Michael was a member of NRA, U.A.W. Local 790 and 2262; member of the Boy Scouts, was a leader and volunteered at Camp Stigwandish as a Rifle Range instructor. He also taught Hunter Safety Classes. An avid outdoorsman; he enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and NASCAR. Mike also loved to read.

He will be missed by his family and friends; his wife of 49 years, three children, Michael IV (Cindy) Brilla of Burton, Michelle Vidal of Middlefield, and Tom (Bonnie) Brilla of Parkman; seven grandchildren, Michael V, and Ashley Brilla, Nikki, Tyler, and Marissa Vidal, Nicholas and Erica Brilla; seven great grandchildren, Alexis, Braydon, Caylie, Amber, Natalie, Gunnar, and Brantley. His parents preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Autism Speaks or Spinal Bifida Association, which touched two of his grandchildren.  Memories and condolences can by shared at www.russellslyfh.com

 


 

Joe Jackson Obit photoJoseph A. Jackson, 69 of Parkman, passed away July 18, 2016 with his awesome family by his side. He was born Dec. 10, 1946 in Warren to the late Joseph E. and Alice (Monroe) Jackson. He worked for a local plastics company for 36 years. Joe was an avid hunter, and fisherman, and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed going to Pennsylvania to watch the elk, and locally looking for wildlife. He also enjoyed history and searching for Indian artifacts, but above all he cherished spending time with his family.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 43 years, Kathie (Takacs) Jackson, his daughters, Valerie Jackson of Parkman, Vanessa (Joe) Tucholski of Middlefield, son, Joseph R. Jackson of Geneva, grandchildren, Miranda, and Maxwell Warner, Andrew and Olivia Tucholski. His sister, Judy Sly, and several nephews and a niece. Beside his parents he was preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Dorothy R. Takacs, and uncle and great friend, George Takacs.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you take your family out for a special day in remembrance of Joe and the love he had for his family. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


 

Jacob R. Hopkins, 20, of Ashtabula (formerly of Orwell), passed away unexpectedly July 15, 2016. The cause of death is pending. He was born in Warren on July 18, 1995.

He will be greatly missed by mother, Ellen (Joe Hill Sr.) Dial of Orwell; girlfriend, Tiffani Hockenberry; son, James E. Hopkins; an unborn child; siblings, Gregory (Jennifer Yeager) Petrich, Holly Petrich, Sabrina Lupold, Desiree Lupold; step-brother, Joey Hill Jr.; step-sister, MaryAnne Scanlon; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


 

Clyde  Robert (Bob) McCullough, 89 of Burton, passed away peacefully July 17, 2016. Bob McCullough was born in Massillon, Ohio on April 8, 1927 to the late Albin C. and Margaret V. (Zilke) McCullough and raised in Claysville, Pa. He is a World War II veteran, who proudly served in the US Army Air Corps. He attended Washington & Jefferson College, transferring to Muskingum College where he met his beautiful wife, Mary Ruth Hoag.  They were married Aug. 23, 1952 in Norwalk, Connecticut.  Bob earned his Master’s degree from Kent State University.  Bob became a Biology teacher, teaching at Jefferson Union, Burton, and West Geauga High Schools, retiring in 1990.  Bob was very involved in his community.  He was an active member of Burton Congregational Church, UCC since 1955. He was a Director of the Geauga Teachers Credit Union, later becoming past President of Geauga Credit Union.  He was a volunteer for the Geauga Park District, later being appointed as a Park Board Director.  He saw the parks grow from two parks to 18 public parks during his 48 years there.  Bob’s passion was to preserve and protect the rare natural habitat of Geauga County.  He was also a past President of the Burton Friends of the Library and the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association.  Bob was an active birder who organized and compiled the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count in Geauga County for many years.  He passed his passion for birding and the Great Outdoors to all of his children, their families, and all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his sister Jean Strott (David, also deceased) and sister-in-law Virginia Kintzel (Alvin). Surviving is his young bride of 63 years, Mary R. (Hoag) McCullough.  Father of C. Robert Jr. (Floricita), John W. (Dorice), Rebecca A. Strong (Parker Sr.), David L., and Richard A. (Barbara).  Grandfather of C. Robert McCullough III, Derek Perry, Haeley McCullough, Aaron Strong, Rachel Strong, Parker (PJ) Strong Jr., and Katelyn McCullough. Brother of John (Jeanie), Edward, (Barbara), and Ernest (Nila) McCullough.  Uncle and Great-Uncle of many.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Burton Congregational Church, Burton Public Library, or Foundation for Geauga Parks. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com


 

Frances T. Glova, 98 of Middlefield, formerly of Bainbridge, passed away July 9, 2016. She was born in Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, Pa., daughter of Bronislaw and Michalina Skindzier. Frances received her BA in Education at St. Johns College. She was an RN and retired as a teacher from Twinsburg Elementary. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc in Chagrin Falls, and was active in the Red Cross. Frances received a teacher’s award from Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and was in Who’s Who of American Women. She loved traveling, including Europe and China. She fulfilled her dream and saw the Great Wall of China.

Frances is survived by her sons, John (Linda) of N.M., Marc (Vanessa) of N.C., and Matthew (Denise) of Claridon; grandchildren, Shannon, Marc, Matthew D. and Matthew S.; and five great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband John S. in 2005; her parents; and eight siblings.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110-9915. Russell-Sly Family Funeral Home assisted family with arrangements. Memories and condolences share at www.russellslyfh.com.


Ann Marie Soltis, 78, longtime resident of Parkman, passed away July 13, 2016 at Burton Health Care. She was born in Cleveland on Feb. 3, 1938, daughter of Joseph L. and Ann A. (Bartko) Varho. After she graduated from St. Elizabeth in Cleveland, Ann Marie served in the United State Marine Corps 1956-1959. She was a florist at Santamary’s; worked at the Parkman Egg Co.; and was a substitute school bus driver for Cardinal School District. She was a member of Abundant Life Church of God and Parkman 55 Club. Ann Marie enjoyed being active with the Parkman Chamber of Commerce and the Parkman Zoning Bd. of Appeals. Her hobbies included sewing and crafts. Her family and friends will miss her.

She is survived by her beloved husband James W. Soltis; two sons, James S. and Ronald A.; four daughters, Deborah M. Wilson, Kathy P. Cyhan, Connie A. Dziak, and Kimberly D. Sklenar; eight grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Her parents, her brother Joseph Varho, and her great granddaughter Angel Marie Cyhan preceded her in death.

Burial was  at Overlook Cemetery in Parkman. In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to Abundant Life Church of God in memory of Ann Marie. Memories and condolences share at www.russellslyfh.com.


 

FEHER-PHOTO-OF-BOTH-FOR-WEB-244x300Jane K. Feher (nee Schwab), aged 95 years, beloved wife of the late Charles Z. and the late Harold D. Hawkins, loving daughter of the late Earl W. and Bessie M. (nee Sherer) Schwab, devoted sister of the late Donald Schwab and Helen Hummell, cherished aunt of Gayle Mantush and the late Ronald Kovach and William B. Schwab, treasured great-aunt of Louis (Marion) and Christine Mantush, great-great aunt of Louis Mantush.

 


 

Roman Hostetler Jr

Roman Hostetler Jr., 77, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, July 5, 2016 at his home in North Bloomfield, OH with his loving family at his side. He never recovered after being hospitalized with pneumonia on May 13, 2016. Roman was born Sunday, April 16, 1939 in Marlboro Twp, OH to the late Roman and Malinda (Hershberger) Hostetler Sr.

He grew up in Hartville, OH and went to school for nine years at Lake Center Christian Day School in Hartville. At 16, Roman became a Christian and was baptized at the Maple Grove Mennonite Church. He faithfully attended the Pilgrim Mennonite Church in Middlefield, OH for the last 46 years of his life. Roman worked 10 years at his first job for the Schmucker Company in Hartville. He then moved to Orwell, OH in 1969 where he worked at the Kennametal Company for 21 years.

Roman married Mary Alice Miller on Oct. 22, 1960 at the Hartville Conservative Mennonite Church. He enjoyed singing, listening to music, and being involved in church work. Roman also enjoyed traveling with his family to State Parks, museums, and to visit extended family.

He is survived by: his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Alice of North Bloomfield; children, Dorcas Kay (Joel) Derstine of Pink Hill, NC, Joel (Karen) Hostetler of Karnack, TX, Mary Beth (Jon) Rhodes of North Bloomfield; daughter-in-law, Miriam Hostetler of Middlefield; brothers, Clarence (Clara) Hostetler of Bolivar, OH, Eli (Joy) Hostetler of Elkins, WV, Joseph (Wilma) Hostetler of Sarasota, FL, Paul (Kay) Hostetler of Uniontown, OH; sisters, Saloma Sommers of Dalton, OH, Betty Morris of Hartville, OH, Dorothy (Noah) Shrock of Union City, PA, Miriam (Willis) Mullet of Sarasota, FL, Margaret (LaVerne) Slabaugh of Hartville, OH; brother-in-law, Glen King of Lexington, IN; twenty-one grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Roman was preceded in death by his parents; son, Nathan Dale Hostetler; daughter, Miriam Ruth Hostetler; granddaughter, Daria Miriam Rhodes; sisters, Sarah King and Ada Mast; brothers, infant William Hostetler, Melvin Hostetler, and brother-in-law, Lester Mast.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., FRIDAY MORNING, July 8, 2016 at Mapleview Mennonite Church, 14890 Burton-Windsor Burton, Oh 44021. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, July 7 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the church. A luncheon will then be held followed by a processional to Roman’s final resting place at Pilgrim Mennonite Church Cemetery in Middlefield, OH. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, OH. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


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Michelle S. (Nee: Abram) Schwendeman, 59, lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at Hospice of Western Reserve. Michelle was born May 11, 1957 in Ashland, Ohio, daughter of Thomas L. and Betty A. (McCracken) Abram. After she graduated from Cardinal High School, she went to nursing school. She was an LPN at Hillcrest Hospital; retired from Kaiser Permanente in 2013; and currently was a charge nurse at Kemper House for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. She married Kurt Schwendeman Nov. 15, 2014. They were together 20 years; he was the love of her life.  She was a member of A.A. 19 years. Her hobbies included birdwatching; trying out new restaurants, going to the beach, photography, going on Facebook and social media and loved cats. She was generous with others, believed in community spirit, she volunteered with Kurt at The Depot in Middlefield. She especially loved being with her family and her grandson Scotty. Her family and friends will miss her.

Michelle is survived by her beloved husband Kurt; two loving sons, Alfred Thomas (Kelly) Hirsh and Justin Scott (Morgan Gladding) Hirsh; her grandson Scotty and granddaughter Hannah on the way; her mother Betty Abram; her sister Cheri (Greg) Sykora; her brother Donnie (Kara) Gibson; her father-in-law and mother-in-law Paul and Carol Schwendeman and family; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and her kitten Suki. Her father Thomas Abram precedes her in death.

Calling hours will be 5-8 p.m., followed by a Celebration of her Life at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Russell-Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 W. High St., Middlefield, OH 44062. There will also be a Gathering of family and friends Saturday, July 9, 1 – 5 p.m. at Swine Creek Reservation at the Woods Edge Shelter, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield, OH 44062. Donations suggested to Hospice of Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44110 or to Geauga Co. Dog Shelter, 12513 Merritt Rd., Chardon, OH  44024. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Lois Craig loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother passed away in her home on June 21, 2016 in Tamarac, Fla. at the age of 95. She was married to Herbert Craig for 71 years. She and her husband lived in Middlefield for 68 years and lived on No Name Key in Florida for 32 years, during the winter.

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, volunteer work, and traveling.  She and her husband went to Alaska seven times and celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary with a trip to Hawaii. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield; an associate member of The Big Pine Methodist Church on Big Pine Key, Fla.; the team leader for Ecumenical Women’s Day of Prayer on Big Pine Key for several years; a member of United Methodist Women; and taught third Grade – Sunday school for 30 years.

She was among a small group of women who were instrumental in establishing a Community Hospital in Geauga County.  She served as president of Women’s Auxiliary of Geauga Community Hospital from 1962-1963 and led the Middlefield Auxiliary Chapter in the 1950s – 1980s and volunteered at the hospital from 1960 to 1986.  In 1977, Lois received “Hall of Fame Service Award for Hospital Service” from The Delta Kappa Gamma Tri-Chapter International Society.

She was a 4-H Club Advisor in the 1950s and 1960s and represented Geauga County at National 4-H Club Congress in Washington DC in the fall of 1964.  She was a Marshal of the Clover Chapter 201 of the Order of Eastern Star in 1968 -69. She was a Board Member of the American Heart Association from 1968-1974.  She was also a member of Cardinal PTA, Cardinal Band Boosters, and United Appeal in Middlefield.

She is survived by son: Herbert E Craig III of Kearney Neb.; Daughters: Mary Stepelton (Donald) of Fla.; Rev. Peggy Hostetler (Chick Treciak) of Fla.; and (Lois) Ann Seliskar of Fla.; Grandchildren: Eric Hostetler of Fla.; Angela Reilly (John) of Va.; Stephanie Seliskar of N.Y.; and Suzanne Seliskar Axel (Adam) of N.J. Nephews: Rev. Robert McMillen of Ind.; William McMillen of Texas; Clifford Craig of Ohio, and Niece: Linda Liptak of Ill.

Her parents, Robert and Lucy McMillen; her husband Herbert E. Craig; son Robert T, Craig and a brother Harold McMillen precede her in death.

In lieu of flowers, contributions should be given to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062. Memories and condolences share at www.russellslyfh.com.


Sharon M. Chilson, age 68 of Mesopotamia, passed away June 12, 2016 at Briar Hill Health Care in Middlefield. She was born May 6, 1948 in White Sulphur Springs, W.V., daughter of Carl and Dorothy (Slusher) Highlander. Sharon married David Chilson Aug. 20, 1967 and was a homemaker. Her greatest joy was her family and enjoyed being involved with organizations. She was a member of the Mesopotamia Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary and the Fire Department Association. She also was a member of Mesopotamia United Methodist Church; Mapleview Mennonite Church; and the Red Hat Society. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, teaching swimming and a partner in the “Mespo Kids playground” organization.


Her family and friends will miss her. Her survivors are her beloved husband David A. Chilson; three sons, William A. (Cheri) Chilson, Stephen A. (Amanda) Chilson and John D. (Marlo) Chilson; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; her mother Dorothy Highlander; her brothers and sisters, Betty Copper, Benson Highlander, Carl Highlander, Brian Highlander, Shirley Vanslyke, James Highlander, Brenda Wilson, and Tammy Hill. She is preceded in death by her father Carl Highlander and two sisters, Della Burns and Barbara Chancey.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to the Sharon Chilson Memorial Fund at the Middlefield Banking Company. Memories and condolences may be sent to www.russellslyfh.com.

Linda L. Warren (nee Zahuranec), 68 of Thompson, passed away peacefully at home June 8, 2016. She was born in Cleveland on Jan. 16, 1948 to the late Jerry J. and Laverne D. (Whitmer) Zahuranec. Linda married Kurt H. Warren in Middlefield on April 11, 1978. Linda proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
She will be greatly missed by her husband of 38 years, Kurt; sons, Stacey Zahuranec, Corey (Ashley) Warren; two sisters; one niece; one nephew; and many friends. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Betty J. Hanshew (nee Jesse), 78, of Mantua, passed away peacefully June 14, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Grundy, Va. on June 21, 1937 to the late Ralph R. and Mary Jesse Sr. Betty is now reunited with her loving husband, James Hanshew, who died Aug. 23, 2000. She will be greatly missed by children, Terri (Bret) Godley of Mantua, James Michael (Terri) Hanshew of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Kathy Hanshew; sisters, Myrtle Wood and Virginia Milam; and many friends. Betty is preceded in death by her loving husband, James; her parents; son, Jeffrey Hanshew; and siblings, Matt Jesse, Artemis Jesse, and Ralph Jesse Jr. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Pauline Fritinger
Pauline Fritinger

Pauline M. Fritinger (Sharp- Richardson), a centenarian, age 100, of Middlefield, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. She was born January 19, 1916 in North Robinson, Ohio. She was the daughter of Leo and Orpha (Morton) Sharp, and stepdaughter to Bryant W. Richardson. Pauline graduated from Harvey High School, Painesville, Ohio in 1935.She retired from Scott’s Bakery of White Bros. Market, was a past member of Clover Chapter O.E.S. #201 and United Methodist Church in Middlefield. An election poll worker for many years, she also was active in the Middlefield Senior Center. Pauline enjoyed knitting, crafts, bingo, reading and baking bread for family and friends.
She was preceded in death by beloved husband Clare R. Fritinger in 1996, her infant son at birth, her parents, and her brothers Zerna (Buz) and Jim Richardson. She is survived by her son Donald P. Fritinger of Sarasota, FL; her daughter Susan C. Rahall of Lansing, MI; beloved nieces and nephews, many friends and her very dear friend, Debbie Yoder.
Our heartfelt thanks to family and friends for making it possible for Mom to stay in her home and enjoy her porch until the age of 99+; to the wonderful staff at Briar Cliff Manor for the care and love she received these last 9 months; and also the caring staff of Hospice of Western Reserve for their assistance and support these last 2 months.
Visitation and gathering of family and friends will be 12:00 noon – 3:00 P.M. Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Russell-Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield, OH 44062. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Middlefield Cemetery


John J. “Jack” Menosky, Jr., age 84.  Beloved husband of Theresa A. (nee Palmer) for 64 years; loving father of Kara (Tim) Yoder, Leah (David) Funk, Lisa Fisher (fiancé – Peter Capaldi), Anne (Jeff) Cummons and the late John J. Menosky III; dearest grandfather of Craig (Allyson) Yoder, Brian (Brooke) Casto, late Joshua Yoder, late Tyler Yoder, Debby (Jason) Nohe, Shawna (Brian) Grella, Ashley Menosky, John J. IV (Courtney) Menosky, Brandon Fisher (fiancée –  Amber McKale); Christopher Fisher, Jeffrey Fisher, Taylor and Nicholas Cummons; dear great-grandfather of 11; father-in-law of the late Glenn Fisher; brother of five siblings.

Veteran, U.S. Navy, Korean Conflict. Founder of the Yoder Brothers Memorial Foundation. Past member of the American Chemical Society. Member of Sigma Tau Gamma. Jack was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing golf in Scotland and Ireland. He was an artist and cartoonist published in a world syndicated magazine. His greatest love was spending time with family, creating memories through travel and special events. Burial was in Parkman Overlook Cemetery. Although flowers are appreciated, the family suggests contributions to the Yoder Brothers Memorial Foundation or Hospice of Western Reserve.


Peter R. Kawolics Jr., 73 of Nelson, passed away peacefully June 8, 2016 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. He was born March 16, 1943 to the late Peter R. and Dorothy E. (Houlahan) Kawolics. Peter was a Engineer for Caterpillar Inc for 37 years before retiring. He enjoyed traveling, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

He will be missed by his children, Peter R. Kawolics III., Michelle (Jeff Peto) Kawolics; grandchildren, Cody, Austin, Gracie, Brittany; siblings, Rita (Ed) Pawlowski, Richard (Terry) Kawolics, Raymond (Joanie) Kawolics, Dorothy Springer; and many friends. Peter is preceded in his parents and brother-in-law, Donald Springer. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


James M. CookJames “Jim” M. Cook, 76 of Middlefield, entered eternal rest May 12, 2016 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born April 19, 1940 to the late Richard C. and Marvel (Hatch) Cook. He married Nancy Grubham Nov. 19, 1983.

He was always active in and serving the community. Jim was a volunteer at the Middlefield Fire Department for over 40 years. He was also a member of Village Lodge #274 F&AM and also the Order of Eastern Star Crescent Chapter #7. Jim may be remembered as the chicken cooker at the former Middlefield Swiss Cheese Festival or for his service in the OES Food Booth at the Geauga County Fair. He further enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Jim will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 33 years, Nancy; children, Darrell Cook, Dean Cook, Darrin (Dina) Cook, Meghan (Book) Chrobak; six grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Annette) Cook, Richard (Judy) Cook; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jane Ann Cook.


Nina L. HessNina L. Hess (nee Martin), 89 of Chardon (formerly a 50 year resident of Overlook Road in Painesville), passed away peacefully May 16, 2016 at Heather Hill Care Communities. She was born in Lamberts Run, W.Va, on July 13, 1926 to the late Russell and Nina (Shreve) Martin. Nina is now reunited with her loving husband, Robert Hess, who died in 2008. She enjoyed spending her time outdoors; cooking, gardening, camping, and fishing with her family.

She will be greatly missed by daughter, Sandie (William) Hess-Horton of Chardon; grandsons, David Molyneux Jr. of Perry, Joe (fiancee Amanda Angus) Molyneux of Leroy; first cousins, Lee Martin of Hepzibah, W.Va.; Betty Haney of Clarksburg, W.Va.; and many friends. Nina is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert; daughter, Robin Molyneux-Ondo; and three brothers.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Nina’s honor are requested to be made Nina’s memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44110. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Merle “Curly” J. Bryson, 92 of Middlefield passed away May 8, 2016 at Briar Hill Nursing Home. He was born Nov. 9, 1923 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to the late William and Clara M. (Kuddes) Bryson.  Merle served in the US Air Force during W.W. II. He worked for TRW and retired in 1988 after 42 years of work.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Lenora “Bo” (Collins) Bryson.  daughter, Penny Amato of Bristolville, sons, Merle (Marcia) Bryson Jr. of Middlefield, Michael Bryson of Jefferson, Chester Sulek of Geneva, 12 Grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Besides his parents he was preceded by a sister, Mary Bryson, brothers, Donald, Ken Bryson, and one granddaughter Shea.

Memorial donations can be made to Grace Hospice, 16600 Sprague Road # 90, Cleveland, OH 44130. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Donnie F. Thrasher, 87 Troy, passed away May 11, 2016 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Titusville, Penn. to the late Donald F. and Reva (Daugherty) Thrasher on Jan. 17, 1929. He retired as a carryall driver for Ronyak Paving Company and then enjoyed serving as an Amish Taxi Driver. He was a longtime member of the N.E.O. American Trucks Historical Society and the Historical Engine Society which met in Burton. Donnie enjoyed truck club meetings and also spending time with his beloved family and friends.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 15 years, Deborah (Morris) Thrasher; children, Bill (Karen) Thrasher, Donna (Geoff) Barres, Chris (Douglas) Zeigler, Brad Hill; sister-in-law, Janet (David) Hatcher; grandchildren, Matt (Sarah) Thrasher, Morgan (Chris Love) Barres, Casey Zeigler; great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Collin; and many friends. Donnie is preceded in death by: his parents, second wife, Jean (Morton) Thrasher; daughter Janet Thrasher; and brothers, Jacob Thrasher and Donald Thrasher.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Donnie’s memory are requested to be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Elmer C. Weaver, 90 of Parkman, passed away peacefully May 12, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Parkman on May 1, 1926 to the late Harry S. and Mary Ann (Mast) Weaver. Elmer is now reunited with his wife, Emma N. (Miller) Weaver, who died in 2007. He was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed weaving rugs on his loom. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be missed by his children, Irvin (Marie) Weaver, Betty (Mervin) Byler, Nancy (Joe) Troyer, Marie Weaver; 35 grandchildren; 108 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Elmer is preceded in death by: his loving wife of 59 years, Emma; his parents; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; five brothers; and two sisters.

Elmer’s final resting place is in Weaver Cemetery, Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Byron Telle passed away at Briar Hill in Middlefield, on May 9, 2016 at age 84. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Adam. He was an Air Force pilot and Aeronautical Engineer for the Saturn Five Space Program. He retired as General Manager of Johnson Rubber Company. His world travels gave him colorful stories to share with friends and family.

He is survived by three sons, Carl, Mark (Martha), and Craig Telle. He will be deeply missed by his longtime friend Nancy White.


Glenn Eugene Marks, 92 of Aurora, formerly of Middlefield, passed away May 9, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital. He was born May 28, 1923 in Cleveland, son of the late Harry and Ruth (Wagner) Marks. Glenn graduated from Middlefield High School and lived in this area since he was 10 years old. He worked for Johnson Rubber until he went to the U.S. Navy and served from 1943 to 1945. He was injured in the Battle of Okinawa, the biggest of the Pacific Island battles of World War II and spent the last 9 months of his military duty in naval hospitals. When he returned to Middlefield, he reunited with and married his sweetheart Thelma Bartholomew on Feb. 2, 1946 in Middlefield. They were married 53 years before she died on May 1, 1999. Glenn retired from Rimes Trucking in Chardon, and then went to work for Preston Chevrolet Cadillac in Burton. He was a lifelong member of teamsters local #407.

Glenn loved his cars and enjoyed exchanging and buying one every 2 ½ years. He especially loved Chevys. He enjoyed music, dancing and socializing (he claims he was called the Mickey Rooney of Middlefield). You would always see him laughing and talking with someone. He was a snowbird, loved to travel, and enjoyed golfing, boating and water skiing at Mosquito Lake.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Borcoman of Chagrin Falls; Five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; his brother Don Marks of Montville; his brother-in-law Frank Koller of Burton; and numerous nephews and nieces. His wife; his parents; three brothers, Harry, Dan, and Paul; and two sisters, Frances Skeels and Edith Koller, precede him in death.

Glenn was buried with Military Honors in Middlefield Cemetery. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Helen Watts Hopkins, 90, passed away May 6, 2016, at Briar Hill in Middlefield, Ohio. She was born April 12, 1926 in Loudon, Tennessee, a daughter of the late Arthur Franklin Watts and Mary Harvey Watts. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hopkins; two sisters, Agnes Watts of Loudon, Tenn. and Juanita Watts Custead of Knoxville, Tenn., and one niece Jane Custead; also of Knoxville, Tenn.

Born and raised in Loudon, Tenn.; she met her husband, Richard Hopkins, when they were both working on the Manhattan Project during WWII. After marrying, they relocated to Pennsylvania where they started a family. Later, they would settle in Chardon. She was a homemaker who enjoyed her family and her times as a volunteer at the Geauga Community Hospital and then later, at the Burton Public Library in Burton.

Helen is survived by her two loving sons, David Hopkins of Richmond, Va. and Chris Hopkins, and wife Wendy, of Burton, her nephew Robert (Carol) Custead of Loudon and her niece Susan Custead of Houston, Texas; as well as seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Following her wishes, her ashes will be scattered in the Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com


Kedrythe “Kay” E. Rohrer (nee Carter), 78 of Parkman, peacefully passed away April 24, 2016 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. She was born in Tifton, Georgia on May 6, 1937. Kay married Horst “Ben” T. Rohrer on Jan. 31, 1959.

She was the owner/realtor of Kardinal Country Realty in Middlefield for nearly 30 years. Kay had a very kind soul who always put others before herself. She was a great example for her children by teaching them about real love and how to look for the best in people. Kay enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she always considered the apples of her eye.

Kay will be missed by her loving husband of 57 years, Ben; children, Hans “Butch” (Dianne) Rohrer, Edie (Charlie) Thibodeaux; grandchildren, Greta Rohrer, Kaitlyn Thibodeaux, Grant Thibodeaux, Mandy Thibodeaux; siblings, Bob (Nancy) Wheelock, Joyce (Tom) Martin, Jackie (Bob) Podboy, Jack Carter, Vicky Carter Miles; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Donald Wheelock; brother, Jack Mason and sister, Cathy Wheelock. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Virginia G. Britton (nee Taylor), age 97 of Burton, passed away peacefully May 6, 2016. She was born in West Virginia to the late Benjamin H. and Audrey F. (O’Brien) Taylor on Sept. 7, 1918. She worked many years for the Salvation Army serving with their Home League and the League of Mercy Ministries. Virginia is now reunited with her loving husband, Arza Britton, who died in 1977.
She will be greatly missed by children, Keith (Marge) Britton, Richard Britton, Roger (Linda) Britton, Juanita Speelman; three sisters; and lots and lots of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Virginia is preceded in death by: her parents, husband, Arza; son, Clinton Britton; son-in-law, James Speelman; and 14 siblings. Interment was at Newbury Center Cemetery. Share condolences at www.bestfunerals.com.


Amanda J. Byler, age 77 of West Farmington, passed away peacefully at her home with her family by her side on May 5, 2016. She was born in Middlefield on Oct. 28, 1938, daughter of Joe J. and Cora (Miller) Byler. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. Amanda attended Metzenbaum and in her later years, she attended Fairhaven Workshop in Trumbull County.

Her family and friends will miss her. She is survived by her three brothers, Mahlon J.C. (Mary) Byler, Melvin J. (Kathryn) Byler, and Joe Jr. (Vonda) Byler; three sisters, Saloma Miller, Emma (Pete) Weaver and MaryAnn (Dan) Miller; her sister-in-law Mary Byler; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother Allen J. Byler; and brother-in-law Levi Miller.

Burial was in Nauvoo Road Cemetery, Middlefield. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

There’s still time to send flowers to the Visitation at the Best Funeral Home from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on May 11, 2016.


Bertha E. Reiter-Butt (nee Gertz), 90 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully March 27, 2016 at Heather Hill Care Communities. She was born in West Farmington on May 19, 1925 to the late Adolf and Emma (Danghshut) Gertz. Bertha was widely known as the “Cookie Lady” while working at Scott’s Bakery and Giant Eagle Bakery. She was a lifelong resident of Middlefield and a member of the Parkman Alumni Association. Bertha also attended Burton Assembly of God for many years. After retirement, she enjoyed being an Amish Taxi Driver.
She will be missed by her children William “Bill” (Carrie) Reiter, Robert “Bob” (Sandy) Reiter, Beth (Mark) Johnson; nine grandsons, two step-granddaughters; 21 great-grandchildren; and many friends. Bertha is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, William Thomas Reiter; second husband, Ralph C. Butt; and sister, Margaret Kraus. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


 

Lucille M. Riley (nee Pae), 90 of Burton, passed away peacefully March 22, 2016 at Burton Health Care Center. She was born in Cleveland, on March 7, 1926 to the late Medard and Ann (Aley) Pae. Lucille is now reunited with her loving husband, Donald H. Riley, who died Aug. 25, 1994. Lucille was a highly regarded medical transcriptionist who enjoyed playing pinochle and working on crossword puzzles, and she was a lifetime member of the Geauga County Fair Board.
She will be missed by her loving children, Tim (Kathy) Riley, Laurie (Kent) Preston, Anne (Glade) Pauley; grandchildren, Meghan Hull, Allison (Chris) Glantzis, Jennifer (Nathan) Morgan, Amanda (Michael) Barone, Blake (Lindsey) Pauley, Braden Pauley, Catherine Pauley; nine great-grandchildren; sisters, Carol McDivitt and Laureli Cryer; and many friends. Lucille is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; and brother, Daniel Pae. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Thomas W. Christlieb, 69 lifelong resident of West Farmington, passed away March 20, 2016 at Heather Hill Care Center. He was born Nov. 9, 1946, son of the late Thomas and Laverne A. (Klembarsky) Christlieb. He was a graduate of West Farmington High School in 1964 and attended Kent State. Thomas was a U.S. Navy veteran. He worked at Black and Decker for 20 years and retired in 2009 from Sajar Plastics in Middlefield, as an electrician. Thomas was a former mayor of West Farmington. He served on the village council for many years, and was a member of the West Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. His hobbies included boating, riding his motorcycle, and car shows.
He will be missed by his friends and family; his beloved wife Julia (Carroll) Christlieb of 23 years; his daughter Tina (Roy) Cunningham of Brunswick; two sons, Richard of West Farmington and Henry of Mesopotamia; three grandchildren, Jessica Cunningham, Henry Christlieb II, and Autumn Christlieb; and two brothers, David (Nancy) Christlieb and Donald Christlieb, both of Bristolville. His parents precede him in death. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Keith E. Husman, 66 of Mentor (formerly of Middlefield), passed away peacefully March 15, 2016 at Lake Health West Hospital in Willoughby. He was born in Marblehead, Mass. on Aug. 7, 1949 to the late Earl H. and Evelyn (Lawrence) Husman. He married Carol Sager Jan. 29, 1971. He enjoyed retirement after working at Carlisle Engineered Product, INC for 30 years and Johnson Rubber for 10 months. Keith was an amazing man with a kind heart. He always thought of others before himself. Keith enjoyed fishing and having a great sense of humor. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Carol; children, Timothy E. Husman of Greenville, N.C., Amie (Patrick Cataldo) Husman of Painesville; grandchildren, Jonah (Haley), Paige, Peyton; brothers, Earl Husman of Laurel, Md., Donald Husman of Champion; a soon-to-be-great-grandchild; and many friends. Keith is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tod Husman.
The family would like to thank all of those who cared for Keith, especially the ICU team at West Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Catherine T. Meding, 96 of Burton, passed away March 21, 2016 at UH Geauga Medical Center. She was born Dec. 17, 1919 in Cleveland, daughter of the late Peter and Johanna (Febel) Krutschnitt. Catherine married Frederick S. Meding June 20, 1938. They were married 41 years before he died in 1979. They are together again. Catherine was a homemaker and enjoyed her small clock collection and taking care of her home. She especially loved being with her family.
She will be missed by her friends and family; her daughter Kathy Baughman of Burton; her son Frederick Meding of Mentor; her sister Helen (Dan) Zygmunt of Orwell; four grandchildren, Tammie Brown, Tracey Baughman, Michael Bailey and Cheryl Bailey; Six great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Frederick; her parents; her son in law Thomas Baughman; her brother, Jacob Krutschnitt and two sisters, Johanna Schelgonuv and Elizabeth Krutschnitt. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Joseph R. PennzaJoseph R. Pennza, 68 of Parkman, passed away peacefully March 17, 2016 at his home. He was born Aug. 21, 1947 in Cleveland to the late Nicholas and Mary (DiBartolomeo) Pennza. Joseph, A U.S. Army Veteran, worked as an electrical engineer. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf, and spending time with his family.
He will greatly missed by his loving wife, Patricia (Mauser) Pennza; son, Patrick J. (Danielle Ackerman) Pennza; brother, Nicholas (Joyce) Pennza; sister, Mary-Corrine Pennza; nephew, Nicholas Pennza; and many friends. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Keith E. Husman, 66 of Mentor (formerly of Middlefield), passed away peacefully March 15, 2016 at Lake Health West Hospital in Willoughby. He was born in Marblehead, Mass. on Aug. 7, 1949 to the late Earl H. and Evelyn (Lawrence) Husman. He married Carol Sager Jan. 29, 1971. He enjoyed retirement after working at Carlisle Engineered Product, INC for 30 years and Johnson Rubber for 10 months. Keith was an amazing man with a kind heart. He always thought of others before himself. Keith enjoyed fishing and having a great sense of humor. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather and will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Carol; children, Timothy E. Husman of Greenville, N.C., Amie (Patrick Cataldo) Husman of Painesville; grandchildren, Jonah (Haley), Paige, Peyton; brothers, Earl Husman of Laurel, Md., Donald Husman of Champion; a soon-to-be-great-grandchild; and many friends. Keith is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tod Husman.
The family would like to thank all of those who cared for Keith, especially the ICU team at West Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


 

Mary J. Miller (Miller), 73 of Orwell, OH passed away peacefully at home March 11, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife for 54 years of Joseph E. Miller. Loving mother of (Simon) Linda Miller, (Andrew) Donna Weaver, (Jessie) Betty Hostetler, Joey (Esther) Miller. She was born September 16, 1942 to the late Joseph M. and Mary J. (Wengerd) Miller. She married Joseph E. Miller on November 23, 1961. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
She will be greatly missed by her husband; one son, three daughters; 20 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mary is preceded in death by: her parents; and siblings, Malinda (Abe) Miller, Dan (Ruby) Miller, Mose (Earla) Miller, Susie Ann (Alvin) Shrock, Abner (Dorothy) Miller, Lydia (Emil) Tumpek, Alvin Miller, and Ervin Miller.
Mary’s final resting place is in Clover Hill Cemetery in North Bloomfield. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


 

Chester M. Byler, 68 of Huntsburg, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family March 6, 2016. He was born Aug. 31, 1947 to the late Monroe N. and Amanda (Miller) Byler. Chester married Edna Miller May 1, 1969. He became an Ordained Minister of the Huntsburg South District on Oct. 5, 1996, and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Edna; children, Arlene (Ervin) Miller, Ruth (Joel) Miller, Mae (John) Bontrager, Barbara (Mervin) Miller, Miriam (Melvin) Slaubaugh, Kathryn (Nathaniel) Miller, Chester (Laura) Byler, Viola (Larry) Miller, Rachel (Mark) Byler; 43 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers; six sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Chester is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Chester’s final resting place is in Miller Cemetery, Huntsburg. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


 

Susie O. Miller, 37 of Parkman, passed away peacefully with her family at her side at University Hospitals-Case Medical Center in Cleveland after a brief illness on Feb. 29, 2016. She was born June 16, 1978 to Owen J. and Clara D. (Shrock) Miller. Susie was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her mother, Clara; siblings, Marvin O. (Cindy) Miller, Joseph A. (Ellen) Miller, Owen (Erma) Miller Jr.; 12 nieces; seven nephews; and many cousins and friends. Susie is preceded in death by her father. Susie’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


 

Barbara Ann Anderson, 74 of West Farmington, formerly of Carrollton, Ohio, passed away suddenly Feb. 25, 2016 of an apparent heart attack. Her loving family was by her side. She was born  April 18, 1941 to the late Louis and Ruth (Rebstoch) Harsha.

Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Hubert E. Anderson; her daughter, Brenda (Kevin) Klingensmith of Sandyville, Ohio; her son Steve (Polly) Anderson of Bristolville; two daughters-in-law, Carol Anderson of Farmdale, and Donna Anderson of Parkman; her loving grandchildren, Josh and Brooke Anderson of Bristolville, Travis and Mercedes Anderson of Farmdale, Phil (Joelene) Anderson of Howland, and Alex Anderson of Redding, Calif.; three great grandchildren, James, Mason, and McKenna Anderson. She is also survived by her siblings; Carl (Julie) Harsha of Mt Juliet, Tenn., Betty (Bob) Broad of Atwood Lake, Nancy (Will) Williams of Dover, Ben (Kathy) Harsha of Magnolia, Marilyn (Bill) Jones of Carrollton, Rich (Brenda)Harsha of Mineral City; one step brother Richard (Jane) Harsher of St. Clairsville; and her uncle Ray (Polly) Rebstoch of Canton. She is preceded in death by two loving sons, Hubert E. Anderson Jr. (deceased Oct. 1, 2003) and Phillip Anderson (deceased Feb. 25, 2016), and her parents.
Barbara leaves behind to mourn her loss, many wonderful friends and family. She loved angels, playing scrabble, slot machines, and physic readings. She loved spending time with her family, especially with her grand and great grandchildren. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in West Farmington. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Harvey J. Weaver, 70 of Parkman, passed away peacefully at UH-Geauga Medical Center Feb. 20, 2016. He was born May 20, 1945 to the late John H. and Fannie C. (Hershberger) Weaver. Harvey later married Barbara Miller on Nov. 27, 1969. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Barbara; children, Melvin (Kathryn) Weaver, Martin (Rebecca) Weaver, Viola (Noah) Hershberger, Albert (Susan) Weaver, Harvey (Sarah) Weaver Jr., Maryann (Homer) Yoder, Alta (Marlin) Troyer, Edna (Samuel) Byler, John Henry Weaver, Elizabeth (Reuben) Byler, Nancy (Josh) Roman, David (Laura) Weaver, Martha (Nathan) Weaver, Barbara (Mark) Weaver; 75 grandchildren; two brothers; five sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Harvey is preceded in death by: his parents; daughter, Ellen Weaver; one brother; one brother-in-law; one sister; and one sister-in-law. Harvey’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman. Online condolences to www.bestfunerals.com.


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Marie Yahnert, 89 of Warren, spent most her life in Middlefield and passed away Jan. 29, 2016 at Windsor House in Champion. She was born Aug. 5, 1926 in Tioga, W.V. to the late George Raymond and Opal (Mollahan) McElwain.  Marie enjoyed working on crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, embroidery, and baking for her family.
She will be dearly missed by her children, Harold (Celia) Yahnert of Warren, Deloris (Buddy) Moffit of Cortland, Cheryl (Ned) Palm of Tallmadge, grandchildren, Catherine (Don) Brooks, David (Sherry) Yahnert, Kyle (Janelle) Moffit, Lisa (Brad) Messenger, great grandchildren, Dawn Marie, Thomas Brooks, Diana, Darren Yahnert, Ruby, Rose Moffit, her sisters, Helen Heath, Doris Madsen, Connie Rein, sister-in-law’s, Thelma Harmotta and Linda McElwain. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard J. Yahnert, son Richard L. Yahnert, brothers, Paul McElwain, James McElwain, and a sister Betty Lou Lowthain.
Burial was at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chesterland. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

Charlene H. Gibbs, 88, lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away Feb. 2, 2016 at UH Geauga Medical Center. She was born Jan. 25, 1928 in Chagrin Falls, daughter of the late Charles and Lena (Hofstetter) Harrington. She was a press operator at Geauga Industries and also was houseware’s manager at her father’s business, the Middlefield Hardware in Middlefield. She married Edward M. Gibbs May 23, 1948; married 49 years before he died in Oct. of 1997. Charlene was known as the “Avon Lady”. She enjoyed selling Avon for 30 years, and would always have holiday Avon sales at her home every year. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield; the Middlefield Senior Center; and loved being on the Middlefield Fire Dept. Women’s Auxiliary for over 60 years. She also loved hosting the Anderson Bus Tours. Charlene never knew a stranger, she always enjoyed talking and visiting with everyone.
She will be missed by her friends and family; three children: Jeffrey (Sue) Gibbs, Jerry (Kathy) Gibbs, and Joyce (Carl) Prinkey, all of Middlefield; her son-in-law Rich Adams of Dresden, Ohio;10 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; her brother Richard (Helen)Harrington of Middlefield and her sister Barbara Goff of Burton. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Edward; her daughter Judy Adams; two grandsons, Brian Adams and Ben Gibbs; and her great granddaughter Marissa Fritinger.
Burial was in the Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Church Food Cupboard, PO Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.

Dan A. Kuchnicki, 65 of Ashtabula (formerly of Roaming Shores), passed away peacefully at  home surrounded by his family Jan. 28, 2016. He was born Jan. 4, 1951 in Cleveland to Daniel J. and Clara (Stefanski) Kuchnicki. Dan leaves behind his loving wife of just under 27 years, Margaret (Stanton). Dan was a former driver with Arms Trucking, Air Can Division in Claridon.
He will be greatly missed by his wife, Margaret; mother, Clara of Parma; son, David (Jillian) Kuchnicki of Roaming Shores; grandchildren, Kiley and Abigal; sister, Barbara Evanich of Parma; and many friends. Dan is preceded in death by his father. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Thomas C. Glassburner, 82 of Burton, passed away Jan. 25, 2016 at Briar Hill Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 5, 1933 in Cleveland to the late Thomas Wm and Clarice (Krause) Glassburner. He is survived by his wife of 29 years Linda (Reighard); daughter, Sharon (Dale) Decker; son, Thomas George (Wendy) Glassburner, William (Staci) Poole Jr., Steven Poole; grandchildren, Thomas Ryan, Anisa, Billy, Shai, Brice, Alissa, Brennin; great grandchildren, Ella, Sullivan, Hayden, Wailynn; his brother, Timothy (Teresa) Glassburner and former wife Christine Glassburner. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Rita Hissa. Tom graduated from Burton High School in 1951 and then went to the US Navy. After his discharge he owned Standard Oil Co in Russell for several years. He graduated from the police academy and went on to serve as a police officer in Russell and Chesterland for many years. After retirement in 1999 he enjoyed working for H&H Hardware where he was found in the back room fixing lawn mowers and chain saws. He also worked for multiple businesses in the area making him known as Mr. fix it and a workaholic by his family and friends. Tom loved working on and showing his 1967 Mustang.  He was very active with Burton Vol. Fire Dept. and was Fire Chief for several years. Tom attended St. Helen Catholic Church, and was a member of F.O.P. Burial was in All Souls Cemetery, Chardon. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Burton Rescue Squad, 13828 Spring St., Burton, OH 44021 or to the Burton American Legion, 14052 Goodwin St., Burton, OH 44021. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

Fire Chief Paul Wayne Komandt, 66 of Parkman, entered into eternal rest after a valiant fight with Leukemia on Jan. 23, 2016 at UH Hospital Cleveland. He was born Jan. 26, 1949 in Warren to the late Albert Junior Komandt and Mary Rebecca (McConnell) Komandt-Pitcher.
He graduated from Cardinal High School in 1967 and served in the US Army from Feb. 11, 1969 to Dec. 10, 1971 as an aerial photo interpreter in support of the Vietnam War. He earned a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Sharpshooter (M-14).  Wayne attended Kent State University, and then worked as a Service Manager of Polymer Mechanical Corp for 49 years. He was a member of Parkman Congregational Church and a past member of the Western Phoenix Masonic Lodge. Paul Joined the Parkman Township Fire Department May 3, 1972 as a Firefighter and became an EMT in 1985. After rising through the ranks, he was appointed Chief in January, 1987 and served the township in that capacity for 29 years until his passing. During his service with the Parkman Fire Department he was also a member of the Geauga County Firefighters Association, the Geauga County Fire Chiefs Association, and the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Komandt was essential in forming the Geauga-Portage Water Shuttle Association. Besides firefighting he enjoyed traveling with family and for work, visiting new restaurants, gardening, canning, picking berries, being outdoors, watching sci-fi movies, and debating politics with his son-in-law and granddaughter.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Elizabeth (Toplovich) whom he married in 1969; his children, Shannon (Michael) Cook of Lorain, David (Teresa) Komandt of Rapid City, S.D., Paul “Mike” (Krista) Komandt of Parkman; four grandchildren, Courtney Olivia and Cade Michael Cook, Joey and Connor Komandt; brothers Albert Dale Komandt of Parkman, Gerald Gene (Marsha) Komandt of Vienna, Va., sister-in-law’s, Rosemarie (Fred) Ogrinc of Middlefield, Joyce Charnock of Hiram, and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, James Charnock and sisters-in-laws, Linda Komandt and Judith Lynn Komandt.

Michael A. Adamic, 61 of Burton, passed away at his home Jan. 23, 2016. He was born April 19, 1954 in Chardon to Joseph and Jeananne (Buchanan) Adamic. Mike was a truck driver for the family business, Adamic Trucking since the age of 16, he started working as an auto mechanic after he retired from trucking. He was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church. Mike enjoyed spending time with his family and enjoyed watching his son play football, and working on cars.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Karen (Swegman) Adamic who he married April 24, 1999; his mother, Jeananne of Burton; children Brandon, Mneatha, Megan, Mike, Tannie, Marisa; sisters Judy Gais, Robin Swinney, brother, Joseph Adamic; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph and brother Jeffery.
Burial was in Weldon Cemetery in Burton.  Memorial Donations can be made to Crossroad Hospice, 9775 Rockside Rd. Suite 270 Valley View, OH 44125.

Ellen R. Craig, 85 of Middlefield, passed away Jan. 15, 2016 at her home with her family by her side. She was born Oct. 22, 1930 in Nashville, Tenn., daughter of Richard Lee and Earline (Wilson) Rutledge. She was a graduate of Chester High School and received her associate degree from Lakeland Community College. Ellen married Clement Craig June 26, 1948. They lived in Chesterland until 1972 when they moved to Middlefield.
Ellen started working at Chardon Savings Bank in 1962 in bookkeeping and then was assistant manager in 1972 for the Middlefield Branch. She retired in 1992. Ellen enjoyed keeping busy, she was a former member of the Farm Bureau Association; member of the American Business Women’s Association and the Middlefield Historical Society, where she was Treasurer and a volunteer at the Depot for years. She was also a Playhouse Square Red coats volunteer. Ellen attended Chesterland Baptist Church where she was treasurer for 25 years. She also taxied Amish families to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. She enjoyed baking, canning, gardening, and traveling to all 50 states, the last was in Hawaii, when she turned 80. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She will be missed dearly by her friends and family; her beloved husband Clement of 67 years; three sons, Jack (Denise) Craig of Kent, Daniel (Tracy Weller) Craig of Middlefield, and Robert (Dorothy) Craig of Claridon; two daughters-in-law, Jackie Craig of Arizona and Mary Craig of Chardon; two sisters, Willie Mae Fritz of California and Juanita Rumora of Wickliffe; her brother Richard Rutledge of Florida; her grandchildren, Jennifer, Timothy, Joni, Monica, Angela, Jeanne, Larry, and Jason; and 14 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents; her son Jerry Craig; her granddaughter Sara Craig; her sister Nancy Moorehead; her brother Jimmie Rutledge; and her brothers-in-law, Larry Fritz and Dick Rumora.
Donations in Ellen’s name may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110 or to the Middlefield Historical Society, PO Box 1100, Middlefield, OH 44062. Memories and condolences may be shared with family at www.russellslyfh.com.

Mary M. Davis, 91 of Middlefield, formerly of Newbury, passed away at her home Jan. 10, 2016. She was born Aug. 4, 1924 in Harrisville, W.V., to the late Frank and Olive (Valentine) Hill. She graduated from Harrisville High School. She served as a “Rosie the Riveter” during the war, working on blimps in Akron. She managed and cooked for Sports Haven in Newbury for 31 years. Mary enjoyed cooking, word puzzles, and playing card games.
She will be sadly missed by her children, Roger (Bunjong) Davis of Parkman, Jean (Ray) Oakford of Claridon, Tom (Bambi) Davis of Troy, Kathy Davis Clifford of Middlefield, nine grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. Mary was the last of nine children. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.

Nelson J. Miller, 83 of Troy, passed away peacefully Jan. 9, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 19, 1932 to the late Jacob A. and Lizzie Ellen (Miller) Miller. He was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of the Old Order Amish Church. He will be missed by his sisters; Esther Miller and Katie Yoder; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by: his parents; siblings, Clara Yoder, Nora Miller, Jacob Albert Miller; brother-in-law’s, Ervin (Clara) Yoder, Eli (Katie) Yoder, and Robert (Nora) Miller. Nelson’s final resting place is in Hershberger Cemetery in Troy. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Elmer K. Stoll, 88 of Parkman, passed away Jan. 7, 2016 at Briar Hill Health Care. He was born Aug. 2, 1927 in Warren to the late Wesley H. and Elizabeth (Kampf) Stoll. He retired from working on the family dairy farm, and was a township trustee in Parkman for many years. Elmer enjoyed hunting and fishing.He is survived by his brother-in-law, Frank Mahne of Painesville; niece Mary Beth (Joe) Wagner of N.Y.; two nephews, Wesley Mahne of Painesville and Christopher (Karen) Mahne of Md.; and many cousins. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Eileen Mahne. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkman Congregational Church, P.O. Box 655, Parkman, OH 44080. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

Carolyn Lynn (Kucha) Bowers, 58, lifelong resident of Hambden, passed away Jan. 4, 2016 at her home with her family by her side. She was born May 27, 1957 in Claridon, daughter of Nicholas and Niva (Shrock) Kucha. She was a graduate of Cardinal High School. Carolyn married Les Bowers May 22, 1979. She was a member of Hambden Alliance Church. She worked for Hambden School 3 years as a recess aide, and crossing guard and retired after 10 years working at Park Elementary School in Chardon. She then enjoyed babysitting her grandson. She loved Christmas and spending time with her family.
She will be missed dearly by her friends and family; her loving husband Les Bowers of 36 years; her son Michael (Danielle) Bowers of Winston Salem, N.C.; her daughter Audra Bowers of Chardon; her grandson Aiden; her brother Richard (Debbie) Kucha of Garrettsville; two sisters, Marilyn Kucha of Chardon and Sandra (Keith) Kamp of Hambden; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Nicholas Kucha.
Burial was in Hambden Township Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.

Joseph Michael “Joe” Peters, 48, of Troy, passed away Jan. 1, 2016 at home. He was born March 16, 1967 to Tom and Joyce (Barbarotta) Peters. Joe graduated from Cardinal High School in 1985 and attended Lakeland Community College. He worked for over 20 years for Burton Scot Contractors where he was a Heavy Machine Operator and Supervisor. Joe was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church, where he married his cherished wife, Jackie in 1989. He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18, in Cleveland.
Joe enjoyed the outdoors; baseball, football, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and anything else that got him outside. He also enjoyed being in the center of the “Mosh Pit” especially watching Mushroomhead. No favor was too big to ask of him. His infectious smile made you want to be near him whether you were 2 or 60 years old. Joe always had a way of bringing people together. Above all he was a family man. He took great pride in his beloved wife and his four sons, working tirelessly to make sure their needs were met. “Big Papa Pump” was a father and Pied Piper to the community as well. Joe made it his responsibility to make any child in his presence feel like his own. Joe was a loyal, selfless friend to so many. He never met a stranger- a protector of all and a true Hero.
Joe will be sadly missed by his parents, Thomas and Joyce (Barbarotta) Peters of Parkman; his forever soul mate and loving wife, Jackie (Paulitsch) Peters; his four sons, Cole (Brittany) Peters of Middlefield, Drew, Nate and Seth Peters, all of Troy; his brothers, Mike (Candi) Peters of Parkman; Tony (Melissa) Peters of Mesa Arizona; sister Lisa (Frank) Shirkey of Huntsburg. His mother and father in law, Dave and Phyllis(Carey) Paulitsch of Auburn, sister in law Stephanie (Tim) Misny of Waite Hill and brother in law Scot (Emily) Paulitsch of Chardon. Many nieces and nephews will miss their fun loving uncle.
Donations can be made to the family at any Middlefield Banking Company location. Condolences and Memories can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

Nathan J. Byler, 22 of Mesopotamia, Ohio died Dec. 28, 2015 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. He was born Oct. 23, 1993 in Chardon, son of John R. and Barbara (Troyer) Byler. Nathan worked for Willie Weaver Construction and attended the Old Order Amish Church.
He will be missed by his friends and family; his parents John R. and Barbara Byler; his brothers and sisters, Marcia (Lester) Yoder, Rebecca (Matthew) Byler, Jonathan Byler, Elvesta Byler, Donnie Ray Byler, and Kenneth Byler; and his grandparents John J. Jr. and Fannie Byler He was preceded in death by his grandparents Melvin and Saloma Troyer. Burial was in Clark Road Cemetery in Mesopotamia. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

Carl “Rick” Roose, 83, of Middlefield passed away Dec. 23, 2015 at Briar Hill Health Care. He was born Feb. 8, 1932 in Salem, Ohio to the late Carl Richard Roose, Sr. and Elsie Roose. He served in the US Army during Korean War as a medical technician, and after the war he returned to college to graduate with a degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University. This is where he met and married his college sweetheart, Betty in 1954. Rick worked several years in the Leetonia store with his father; then to Gray Drug in Painesville, and other Cleveland area Pharmacies until 1965 when he bought the Vermeire Pharmacy in Middlefield. He changed the name to Roose Drug Store, and was dedicated to his customers for 31 years. Rick was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield and past president of Middlefield Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the K. of P. Lodge, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, and Al Koran. That did not keep him busy enough, so when The Century Inn became available, he formed the Middlefield Historical Society, and served as president. In 1997, he went traveling with his wife in their RV to Alaska. In 1999, he redid the old B & 0 freight depot and restored a 1920 soda fountain and Middlefield Historical Society’s gift shop The Depot was born. He had fun relearning to make all the old ice cream and soda treats. About the same time, he was instrumental in the formation of the Depot model railroad club.
He will be sadly missed by his friends and family; his loving wife, Betty; three daughters, Mindy (Doug) Sitko of Middlefield, Joyce (Jeff) Merritt of Windsor, Cindy (David) Gubics of Creston; five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. His parents; his brother, John Roose; and his sister Barbara Murphy precede him in death.
Burial was in Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinson Foundation. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.

David “Cosmo” Dardis, age 60 of Hambden, entered into rest Dec. 17, 2015. Beloved husband to Patricia “Patty” (nee Blue) for 37 years. Loving father of Lisa Dawson (Andy). Cherished grandpa to Jack and Emma. Dear brother of Dana Clark (Bill Nehls) and Ken Dardis (Irene), and dear brother-in-law to Jo Ellen Dardis, Jeannie and Mike Rupp, and Tom and Bill Blue. He was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Marianne (nee Pallante) Dardis, and brother Garry.

Dave built and maintained RF ovens for PSC, Inc in Euclid for many years. He also worked as an electrician installing audio and security systems, and later sold real estate. His hobbies included mechanical and electronics repair, woodworking, playing musical instruments and social activism.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Dave’s name be made to the Geauga Hunger Task Force, 209 Center St. Unit H, Chardon OH 44024. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

Helen M. Takacs (nee Bellar), 77 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Dec. 13, 2015 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Cleveland on Sept. 27, 1938 to the late John and Helen (Bartko) Bellar. Helen enjoyed gardening, her cats and spending time with her loving husband of 44 years, Jim Takacs.
She will be missed by husband, Jim; children, Terrance Bellar, Alan (Connie) Wrentmore; grandchildren, Alan Wrentmore Jr, Ashley (James) Hosmer, Amber Wrentmore; granddaughter, Kahlan Kathryn Hosmer; sister, Eleanor Bellar; and many friends. Helen is preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, John Bellar and Margaret Hoyt. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Sheila R. Leitzel (nee Barnard), 47 of Chardon, passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer Dec.12, 2015 at her home. She was born in Houston, Texas Oct. 1, 1968 to the late Tommy and Betty (Watson) Barnard. She grew up in Pasadena, Texas and moved to Northeast Ohio in 1998. Sheila married William “Bill” Leitzel Nov. 15, 1999. She loved animals, was an avid reader, and enjoyed watching classic movies. She was a self-taught web designer and did contract work for the Boston Globe for 9 years.
She will be missed by husband, Bill; her cat, Salem; and many friends. Sheila is preceded in death by her parents. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Robert J. Gecik, 67, longtime resident of Middlefield, died Dec. 14, 2015 at his residence. He was born Feb. 16, 1948 in Cleveland, son of the late George and Mary P. (Sobonya) Gecik. Robert served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and received a bronze star medal. He was the owner and operator of Absolute Carpet Cleaning since 1996. Robert married Cheryl (Osiecki) June 7, 1996. He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Middlefield. He loved his family dearly and one of his greatest joys was being Papa. He enjoyed the outdoors, golf, traveling with his family, and his dog Reggie.
He will be missed by his family and friends; his beloved wife Cheryl of 19 years; four children, Deanna (Scott) Ness, Chet Carlson, Shawn (Rachael) Carlson, and Mary (Logan) Beam; 10 grandchildren; and his brother George Gecik. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son Ryan Carlson. Burial was in All Souls in Chardon. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.

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