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Ida K. Troyer (nee Kuhns), 87 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Saturday evening, June 23, 2018. She was born in Nappanee, Ind. on Aug. 31, 1930 to the late Monroe and Fannie (Miller) Kuhns. Ida is now reunited with her loving husband, Dan J. Troyer, who died in 2009. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving children, Fannie (John) Yoder, Erma (Atlee) Byler, John Henry (Rebecca) Troyer, Mary (Allen) Mullet, Betty (John Jr.) Miller, Martha (Freeman) Miller, Marvin (Mary) Troyer, Freeman Troyer, Susan (Enos Jr.) Barkman, Joas (Barbara) Troyer, Raymond Troyer, Esther (Norman) Hostetler, Daniel (Anna Mary) Troyer Jr.; 76 grandchildren; 257 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Ida is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dan; three grandchildren; seven brothers and two sisters. 

Ida’s final resting place is in Bundysburg Road Cemetery, Parkman, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Barbara J. Toth (nee Petrick), 73 of Burton, entered eternal rest Saturday afternoon, June 16, 2018 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. She was born in Bedford, Ohio on Aug. 29, 1944 to the late Joseph E. and Gizella (Kovach) Petrick. Barbara enjoyed playing Bingo, watching Wheel of Fortune, and meeting friends at the Burton Coffee Shop.  

She will be missed by siblings, Richard Petrick, Betsy Hall, Pat Fisher, Jim (Retha) Petrick, John (Sharon) Petrick, Rhonda Petrick; daughter, Lynette Toth; granddaughter, Desiree; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Bill Petrick, Tom and wife, Geri, Petrick and brother-in-law, Donald Hall. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Susan Beth Gibbs, 69 of Middlefield, passed away Tuesday June 19, 2018 at UH Geauga Medical Center. She is “together again” with her husband Jeff Gibbs. Susan was born June 25, 1948 in Cleveland, daughter of David Edward and Thelma Lucille (Joiner) Holloran. She was a graduate of Chardon High School and a lifelong resident of Geauga County. She married Jeff Gibbs May 13, 1978. They were married 39 years before he passed away in 2017. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield, Middlefield Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary, and the Historical Engine Society. Susan loved fishing and rescuing animals. She was artistic and worked on many intricate wood and ceramic projects. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

Susan is survived by her loving children, Scott (Hilary) Gibbs of Clinton, Mich. and Holly (Brian) Fritinger of Middlefield; four grandchildren, Scott and Rebecca Fritinger and Konner and Mason Gibbs; and her brother David C. (Victoria) Holloran; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, her granddaughter Marissa Fritinger, and her parents. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Charles William Dean, 90, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 28, 2018. He was born Aug. 13, 1927 in Charleston, Missouri to the late James Patrick and Daisy A. (Bone) Dean.

Charles used his mechanical gifts in many ways, from rebuilding cars to homes; teaching his children through his skillful and hardworking example. He was a former member of the Church of God in Perry where he actively worshiped, served and practiced his devout faith alongside his wife, Bernice. He earnestly fulfilled his role as the family provider throughout his career as an industrial maintenance mechanic and retired from Ohio Rubber.

Charles will be deeply missed by his devoted and loving wife, Bernice; children, Larry W. (Linda) Dean, Sr., Brenda Sue (Dan) Carter and James Dean; sister, Daisy Welch; brother, Donnie (Anita) Dean; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and many cherished relatives. In addition to his parents, Charles was also preceded in death by six siblings.

Memorial contributions in Charles’s honor are requested to Geauga County Dept. on Aging, ‘ADS Program’ specified on memo line, 12555 Ravenwood Road, Chardon, OH 44024. Online condolences may be expressed at www.russellslyfh.com. 


Stephen T. Dill, 36, of Claridon, passed away unexpectedly at his home Friday, June 22, 2018. He was born in Euclid, Ohio on June 27, 1981 to Max and Terrianne (Cole) Dill. Stephen recently married Stephanie Luck on Sept. 10, 2016.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughter, Kaitlin Anne. Stephen had a great sense of humor and was always making others laugh. His jokes would always brighten anyone’s day. He could often be found relaxing with his fishing pole or playing corn hole with family and friends.

Stephen will be missed by his loving wife of two years, Stephanie; daughter, Kaitlin Anne; parents, Max (Terrianne) Dill; grandparents, Tom (Roberta) Cole; sisters, Jennifer (Grant) Griffin, Olivia (Mark) Wamsley; and many friends.


Salvatore “Sam” M. Lombardo, 63 of Middlefield, formerly of Troy Township passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018. He was born
Aug. 7, 1954 in Maple Heights, Ohio, son of Salvatore and Lena (Vitals) Lombardo. Sam married Judee Dunn. They lived in Troy Township 28 years and moved to Middlefield in 2010. He was a supervisor for Stouffers/Nestle in Solon. He was the Chief of Troy Volunteer Fire Dept. for 30 years and retired in 2017. Sam loved the outdoors, camping, hiking, walking and going to the beach. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Sam is survived by his beloved wife Judee of 32 years; two sons, Sam (Jae-Jae) Lombardo and Steven Lombardo; five grandchildren, Isaiah, Hannah, Jordan, Nicolas, and Noah; his sister Mary Ann Applebee; two brothers, Frank (Pat) Lombardo and Ron (Carol) Lombardo; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Parkman Congregational Church, 18255 Main St, Middlefield, OH 44062 or to Troy Volunteer Fire Dept., 14019 Nash Road., Burton, OH 44021. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Anna Yoder (nee Schlabach), 82 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, June 16, 2018 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Kokomo, Indiana on Jan. 13, 1936 to the late Andrew and Katie (Troyer) Yoder. Anna is once again reunited with her loving husband, Melvin J. Yoder, who died in 2015. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. 

She will be missed by her children David (Marian) Yoder, Lester (Emma) Yoder, Esther (Firman) Wengerd, Melvin (Barbara) Yoder, Edna Mae (Raymond) Troyer, Kathryn (Mervin) Miller, Marvin (Maria) Yoder; 45 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; two brothers; one sister; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Anna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; three grandchildren; one brother and one sister.  

Anna’s final resting place is in Miller Cemetery, Huntsburg, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Sara S. Hershberger (nee Gingerich), 57 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family, Saturday morning, June 9, 2018. She was born May 29, 1961 to Simon and Clara (Miller) Gingerich. Sara later married Robert N. Hershberger on May 26, 1983. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 35 years, Robert; children, Carol (David) Miller, Lynda (Lavern) Troyer, Kathy (Martin) Miller, Robert Jr. (Maria (Mast)) Hershberger, Jonathan (Rebecca (Yoder) Hershberger, Karen Hershberger; her nine grandchildren, as well as her many relatives and friends. Sara is preceded in death by her father and brother. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Karen S. Burkholder, 2 of West Farmington, received her angel wings while surrounded by her loving family at home, Saturday afternoon, June 2, 2018. She was born in Warren, Ohio on July 2, 2015 to Samuel and Rosanna (Detweiler) Burkholder.

She will be greatly missed by her loving parents, Samuel and Rosanna Burkholder; Brother, Dannie Burkholder; sisters Rebecca Burkholder, Marian Burkholder, Cindy Burkholder, Sara Jane Burkholder and Ruthann Burkholder; grandparents, Lester Burkholder, Sam Detweiler, Mary Ann Detweiler and many cousins and friends. Karen is preceded in death by her grandmother, Lovina Burkholder and sisters, Maria and Lorianne. 

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


Chaplain Harry Monroe Richardson, 70 of Middlefield went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 31, 2018 at UH Geauga Medical Center. He was born Dec. 17, 1947 in Bedford to the late Oliver Thomas and Violet M. (Monroe) Richardson. Harry attended Chagrin Falls Schools until the sixth grade and then onto West Geauga Schools. He was drafted by the US Army during the Vietnam War and served in Germany for two years. He went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling and Theology. Harry managed his own mattress shop for many years before serving as Chaplain for 20 years at the Geauga County Jail.  He retired in January 2018.  

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Dixie L. (Duffey) Richardson, who he married June 17, 1999; his step-son, Nathaniel E. Green; step-daughter, Michelle (Steve) George (from prior marriage); siblings, Les (Connie) Richardson, Judy (Don) Anderson, Jack (Marlene) Richardson, Ron Richardson, Wendy (Elia) Milite and many nieces and nephews.  

He was laid to rest in Middlefield Cemetery. Donations in his name may be made to the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry in Harry’s name, (memo J-36 for Geauga Co.) P.O. Box 9760, Henrico, VA. 23228-0760 or https://goodnewsjail.org/give. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Betsy A. Miller (nee Yoder), 56, of Middlefield, passed away peacefully from natural causes Wednesday morning, May 23, 2018 at UH-Geauga Medical Center surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Warren, OH on Aug. 26, 1961 to the late Andy E. and Alma D. (Miller) Yoder. Betsy is once again reunited with her loving husband, Melvin M.J., who died Aug. 23, 2017.

She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be greatly missed by children, Martha (Marty) Miller, John (Sarah) Miller, Ellen (Norman) Yoder, Andy (Susan) Miller, Melvin (Susan) Miller, Mose (Kathryn) Miller, Billy (Malinda) Miller, Mary (Billy) Weaver, Alma (Robert) Miller, Nancy Miller, Crist (Mary Ann) Miller, David Miller, Allen Miller, Robert Miller, Chester Miller; 43 grandchildren; and many siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Betsy is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin M.J., and one grandchild. Burial was in Nauvoo Road Cemetery. Best Funeral handled arrangements www.bestfunerals.com.


Kay Emma S. Yoder, 6 of Burton, received her angel wings after being struck by an automobile Wednesday morning, May 9, 2018. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 18, 2012. Kay Emma is the daughter of Samuel A. and Linda A. (Miller) Yoder. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving parents, Samuel and Linda; little brother, Lonnie S. Yoder; paternal grandparents, Allen J. and Saloma (Miller) Yoder; maternal grandparents, Abner J. and Mary (Yoder) Miller; great-grandparents, Jonas S. and Martha (Slabaugh) Yoder, Saloma J. (Byler) Miller; and many aunts, uncles; cousins, and friends. Kay Emma is preceded in death by great-grandparents, Levi E. Miller, Joe J. and Ada (Wengerd) Miller Jr., Simon J. and Martha (Miller) Yoder.

Kay Emma’s final resting place is in Miller Cemetery, Huntsburg, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Ronald Myron Vesely Aug. 31, 1944 – May 11, 2018. “Having someone to love is family; having somewhere to go is home; having both is a blessing.”  Ron “Arvee” Vesely lived life as a blessing. Age 73, of Burton, Ohio and beloved husband of 52 years to high school sweetheart, Joyce Vesely, father to sons Trent (49, Pt. Orange, Fla.) and Lance Vesely (47, Columbus, Ohio), survived by sisters, Gloria Penix and Delores Klein, fun loving grandfather to Ashton, Kason, Joshua, Samuel, Lindsey and Nathaniel Vesely, and friend to all that he came across. Ronald “Arvee” Vesely passed away in the morning hours of May 11, 2018 from complications of a heart attack which was suffered April 24.

Ron was born in Chardon and spent his childhood in Newbury (high school class of ‘62) Ohio, and thereafter lived his adult life in Burton, where he was an active community member in Burton Jaycees, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, and Little League Baseball coach. Ron was the successful entrepreneur and owner of Arvee Roofing Inc., a longstanding Geauga County-based Commercial Roofing Company. Ron also served as a member of the US Army Ohio National Guard.  He enjoyed spending winters in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and travelling with his wife, Joyce.

He will truly be missed, and was appreciated for his genuine loving spirit, fun loving nature, integrity, and selflessness to others.  In lieu of cut flowers, the family requests potted plants for replanting in his beloved garden here at the house. Burial was in Burton Welton Cemetery in Burton Village.


James F. “Jim” Koster, age 67, of Burton, Ohio, died peacefully at University Hospitals in Cleveland on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 surrounded by his family. Jim was born Oct. 12, 1950, in Garfield Heights, Ohio, to Cyril and Mary (Nee: Novak) Koster.

Jim was a graduate of Berkshire High School, Class of 1969. He graduated from Hiram College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and Economics and attended Kent State University for additional studies. He married Janice Sanislo on July 22, 1977, in Chesterland, Ohio.

Jim started his career in education as a teacher and coach with the West Geauga School District. He then became the administrative assistant to the superintendent. He advanced his career as the director of transportation with South Euclid-Lyndhurst School District, followed by director of business for the Garfield Heights City Schools.

Public service was also very important to Jim. He served more than 45 years in police service, attending the police academy in Chardon in 1973 and joining the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office upon graduation. He also had worked for Chester, Russell and Middlefield Village Police Departments, and was currently the police chief of the Thompson Police Department. He was a member of the Blue Knights Chapter (the international law enforcement motorcycle club) in Bedford Heights.

His commitment to community service and local government includes being elected as the youngest trustee in the state of Ohio as a Burton Township Trustee. Jim is a past and current member of the governing board of the Geauga County Educational Service Center. He has also served on the West Geauga and Berkshire School Boards. He had served as treasurer of the Geauga County Historical Society. Jim was currently the mayor of Burton Village. All of this service was to make changes for the better and to improve people’s lives.

Survivors include his wife, Janice, of Burton Village; two sisters, Joanne (Robert) Wilson of Russell and Michele (Gregg) Guarniere of Auburn; brother, Tom (Sharie) Koster of Rootstown, Ohio; six nieces; seven nephews and two grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Deborah Hupp.

Donations may be made In James’ name to the Garden Club of Ohio Scholarship Fund, c/o Shirley Basista, 8623 Hollis Lane, Brecksville, OH  44141-2031


Jean Davis Walter, 97 of Burton, passed away Wednesday morning, May 9, 2018 at Briar Cliff Manor in Middlefield. She was born Jean Elizabeth Davis to Howard and Edith Davis in 1921. She graduated from Shaker High School, class of 1939 and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Jean married Richard “Dick” Walter in 1942. They had four children. Jean was “Rosie the Riveter” for a year during the war, then traveled with her husband who was in the service, thus living in many States. She did volunteer work for U.S.O., Travelers Aid, and came back after the war to Euclid where she taught ceramics in the evenings at the Babbitt Road Community Center. They moved to Burton in 1954 and she was president of Burton PTA and vice president of the County PTA. She was past president twice of CLIO Club. She started a craft club which lasted 39 years and started with two others, the consignment shop “Sheauga’s Treasures” at the Century Village Museum grounds in Burton. She volunteered at the Century Village functions; belonged to Pioneer Players of Chardon; then joined the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, where she designed and painted scenery as well as going on stage. She was involved with her children as den mother for the Cub Scouts, Leader of Girl Scouts, and room mother at the school. She collected dolls and was a member of the Great Lakes Doll Club and a member of the Burton Congregational Church. 

She will be missed dearly by her family and friends and is survived by two children, Rick (Linda) Walter and Sherry Lynn (Jim) Hofstetter; three grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and her sister-in-law Rose Davis. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard of 51.5 years; two sons, one an infant, and Jay Robert Walter who died in 2001 and a granddaughter. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Nancy Prunty, age 71 of Middlefield, beloved mother, sister, and grandmother passed away on May 8, 2018 after a short battle with cancer. Nancy was born in Providence, R.I. to Otho J. and Mary K. Prunty on Oct. 3, 1946. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Nancy is survived by her brothers, Richard G. Prunty (Peggy) and Otho J. Prunty Jr. (Dianne); her sisters, Theresa M. Thomas (Steven) and Debra A. Bender (Dale), her son, Patrick A. Prunty (Carol), her four grandchildren: Troy, Valerie, James, and Katrina Prunty, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Nancy grew up in Burton Station, attended Burton schools, and lived most of her adult life in Middlefield. She worked for the Johnson Rubber Company for many years and then worked at Kraftmaid until she retired. Nancy enjoyed gardening, her cats, movies, and baking cookies and pies for her grandchildren. Family was everything to Nancy and she will be greatly missed. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Helen Marie Brazil, 93, longtime resident of Burton, passed away Wednesday morning, May 9, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on July 18, 1924 in Crabtree, Pa., daughter of Ernest and Mary (Sakolsky) Chmelarsky. Helen married James E. Brazil July 19, 1945. They were married 36 years before he passed away in 1981. “They are together again.” She was a “Rosie the Riveter” during the war and worked many places. She retired from Great Lake Cheese Co. in 1986.

Helen was a member of the Women’s Relief Corp in West Farmington. Helen loved to travel, crochet and do crafts. She especially loved being with all her family. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

Helen is survived by her son Jim and his wife Janet Brazil of Burton; her sister Bertha (Herman) Beyer; eight grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband; her two daughters, Jacqueline Sherman and Judy Shreve Bosley; her parents; and her brother Joseph Chmelarsky. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


John Michaleski, 73 of Orwell, passed away Tuesday evening, May 1, 2018 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Washington, Pennsylvania on April 22, 1945 to the late Stanley and Viola (Yasnski) Michaleski.

He will be missed by his brothers, Edward Michaleski, Joe Michaleski, Stanley Michaleski; sister-in-law, Charlotte Michaleski; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. John is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bobby and Chester; and sister- in laws, Rita and Mary Lou. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Edna Mae Kuhns (nee Mast), 93 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully at her daughters Residence in Orwell, Ohio on Wednesday night, May 2, 2018. She was surrounded by her loving family. Edna Mae was born in Middlefield, Ohio on July 12, 1924 to the late Dan J. and Laura (Miller) Mast. Edna is now reunited with her loving husband, Erwin H. Kuhns, who died Nov. 27, 2008. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Esther (Dan) Detweiler, Mary Ellen (Lester) Byler, Fanny (Harvey) Byler, Edna Mae (Wilmer) Miller, Henry (Linda) Kuhns, Dan (Martha) Kuhns, Laura (Chester) Kurtz; daughter-in-law, Marcia Kuhns; 42 grandchildren; 117 great-grandchildren; brothers, Dan Mast Jr., Mahlon Mast, Allen (Emma) Mast; sisters, Esther Mast, Mary Miller; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Edna is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Erwin; sons, Erwin Jr. and Lester Kuhns; granddaughter, Carolyn Kuhns; three brothers; one sister; one brother-in-law; and two sisters-in-law. Edna’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to
www.bestfunerals.com.


Donald R. Gregg, 71 of Champion Twp., passed away at his home Wednesday, May 2, 2018. He was born Aug. 6, 1946 in Cleveland to the late Walter and Stella (Szewczyk) Gregg.  He graduated from Burton High School in 1964. He was a US Army Veteran, who served from January 10, 1966 to December 19, 1967.  Donald married Emogene Kimak Dec. 8, 1991. She passed away Nov. 7, 2013. “They are together again”. 

He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Kelly Gregg, two grandchildren, Hunter Faust and Shea Agee, great granddaughter, Averee Faust, his twin sister, Donna Marous, two brothers, Walter Gregg Jr and Robert Gregg; his step-children Debbie (Mark) Moraski, Daniel (Dolores) Kimak, Jimmy Kimak, Janet (Randy) Bolton, Donna (Herb) Brown, Jane (Herb) Carrico, Joe (Marge) Kimak, Darren (Christine) Kimak, Delcie (Dale) Hanson, Jennifer (Dave) Kaleta, Deanna (Kelly) Cullison, and Damon (Ai Lan) Kimak. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Emogene (Gilbert) Kimak-Gregg. 

A private Graveside Service will be held at a later date in Windsor Cemetery. Russell-Sly Family Funeral Home assisted the family with his arrangements.


Melinda Ann Delphia, age 43, was reunited with her mother in heaven on April 21, 2018 in Bedford, Ohio. She was born July 25 1974 to John and Elaine (Venczel) Mauer. She was survived by her father John Mauer, brother Jonathan Mauer and two son’s Brian and Nicolas Delphia.

Granddaughter to Ignatius and Helen (Zagata) Mauer (deceased) and George and June Venczel (deceased). Loving niece, aunt and cousin to many. Donations towards funeral expenses can be made at www.youcaring.com/Melindadelphia.


Earl A. Beech Sr., 82 of Wickliffe, passed away peacefully Friday morning, April 27, 2018 at Wickliffe Country Place. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Dec. 1, 1935 to the late Raymond and Luella (Barnes) Beech.

He will be missed by sons, Earl A. (fiancée Lyn Bowman) Beech Jr., Todd Beech; sisters, Alice (Burton) Armstrong, Bonnie Beech; grandchildren, Stephanie, Alex, Daniel; nieces and nephews, Carla, Connie, Dawn, Howard Raymond, Diane, Yvonne, Elizabeth, April, Danielle, and George; sisters-in-law, Myla Beech and Trina Beech. Earl is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Howard and Burt.


Graling E. Clisby, 66 of Burton, passed away May 1, 2018 at Briar Hill Nursing Home. He was born Feb. 25, 1952 to the late Albert and Coralyn (Watson) Clisby. He grew up in West Farmington and finally settled in Burton, Ohio where he lived for many years. He was employed by Flambeau in Middlefield for 42 years and enjoyed fishing, riding motorcycles, and spending time with his family.

He will be sadly missed by his daughters Michelle Stanison and Danielle Clisby, step-daughter Kristen Fenshaw, step-son Michael (Jay) Fishel, brothers Rodney (Karen) Clisby, Gregory Clisby, Dennis (Dorthea) Clisby, sister Candace (Steve) Zwolinski, three grandchildren Ashley Reichert, Jason Clisby, and Victor Stanison, two step- grandchildren Rene Fenshaw and Liam Fenshaw, and three great-grandchildren Abigail Isabella, Carter Reichert, and Scarlett Reichert. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Cynthia (Ash) Clisby in 1987, and wife Theresa Mae (Alt) Clisby in 2006. Online condolences to http://www.russellslyfh.com.


Sherry Ann Pegritz (nee McKenney), 61 of Huntsburg, passed away peacefully at home Friday afternoon, April 6, 2018. She was born in East Cleveland, Ohio on Feb. 19, 1957 to the late Robert and Arloene (Spelling) McKenney. Sherry married Mark Pegritz on May 11, 1985. 

She always loved her animals and grew up riding and showing horses at the Geauga County Fair. Sherry liked to tend to her house plants and watching Days of Our Lives. She further enjoyed working as a Special Needs Amish Taxi Driver spending 7 years driving for Sunny Acres School and then 3 years for Hickory Grove School.  

Sherry will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 33 years, Mark; son, Mark A. Pegritz; and many friends. Sherry is preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the Sherry Pegritz Benefit, c/o Middlefield Bank West Branch, 15545 West High St./P.O. Box 35, Middlefield, OH 44062. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Thomas J. Petrick Sr., 76, of Newbury, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, April 10, 2018 at Burton Healthcare Residence, surrounded by his family. He was born in Bedford, Ohio on Jan. 14, 1942 to the late Joseph and Gizella (Kovach) Petrick. Thomas is once again reunited with his loving wife of 49 years, Geraldine, who died June 26, 2012.   

He will be sadly missed by Paula (Dale) Oliver of Hiram, Missy (Chuck) Spencer of Newbury, Lori Gardner of Wickliffe, Tommy (Pam) Petrick of Newbury, Tina Kirk of Newbury; grandchildren, Chuckie, Jason, Nathan, Dale, Derek, Joshua, Dain, Chad, Hailey, Taylor, Mackenzie, Austin; great-grandchildren, Kamryn, Bryson, Gage, Liam; sisters, Betsy, Barbara, Pat, Rhonda; brothers, Dick, Jimmy, Johnny; and many friends. Thomas is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Geraldine, and brothers, Bill and Ronald. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com. 


Carl Eugene Paskey, age 84 of Orwell died peacefully surrounded by family at his home on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  Carl was the son of Samuel and Anna (Katula) Paskey, born on Aug. 7, 1933 in Galloway West Virginia. Carl graduated from Philippi High School in Philippi West Virginia where he played football, basketball, baseball and tennis.  

He attended Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi for a year before he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He proudly served for five years as a bomb navigation mechanic during the Korean War and upon his honorable discharge; he enrolled at Fairmont State University in West Virginia. He graduated from Fairmont State and began his teaching career in the Geneva School District in the fall of 1960. While at Geneva he taught Physical Education and coached Junior High Football, Basketball and Track. Then he met the love of his life, Mary Spore, and they were married on May 27, 1961.

In 1963, he accepted a teaching position at Grand Valley High School where he was able to help Joseph Shoaf resurrect the football program along with coaching basketball and track. In 1966, an opportunity to teach Chemistry and Physics opened up in the Cardinal School District in Middlefield, Ohio.  Carl taught at Cardinal High School until his retirement in 1990.   While at Cardinal he was an assistant coach in football and was the head basketball coach for two years. He received the Martha Holden Jennings Teacher award for Excellence in Science. He loved to teach and inspired so many students who went on to earn MD’s and PhD’s in the medical and science fields.

He was a devoted husband and family man. He was there whenever and wherever his wife and children needed him.  He truly enjoyed watching his children succeed in life, and most of all was so proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments in their young lives.  He was a passionate outdoorsman who, depending on the time of the year, could be found hunting, fishing and or camping.  He passed his love for the outdoors on to his wife and children.  Many days were spent in the great outdoors with his family.  

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Anna Paskey and an infant sister JoAnne. He is survived by his wife of 57 years Mary, daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Spore of Geneva, sister Shirley Lewis of Tampa, Florida, children, grandchildren and a great-grand child; sons Nathan (Maria) Katie, Abby Paskey, Orwell, Ohio, Carl (Stacy) Alyssa, Carley Paskey, Shreveport, Louisiana, Samuel, Megan, Jenna Paskey, Cortland, Ohio: Daughters Margaret (David) West, Kevin Greer, Hayden Greer, Dillion West, Franklin, Tennessee, Carol (Michael) Hines, Orwell, Ohio Kyle (Haley) Hines, Dallas, Texas, Joshua (Sara) Tina Hines, Cortland, Ohio. 

Donations can be made in his name to the Hospice of the Western Reserve.  


Frederick J. Meding, 78 of Mentor, formerly of Burton, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at his home. He was born May 1, 1939 in Cleveland to the late Frederick S., Catherine T. (Krutschnitt) Meding.  Fred graduated from Berkshire High School in 1957 and then served with US Army.  He retired in 1999 from Lincoln Electric. He enjoyed watching TV and playing on his computer. Fred was an avid Amateur Radio operator with his call letters K8CUJ.  

He will be sadly missed by sister, Kathy Baughman, his nieces and nephews, Cheryl Brown, Michael (Paula) Bailey, Tammie (Bob) Brown, and Tracey Baughman. He was preceded in death by his parents. Burial was at White Haven Cemetery in Mayfield Heights. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com. 


Edith Ann Coschignano, 68 of Middlefield passed away Friday, April 6, 2018 at UH Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood.  She was born Dec. 1, 1949 in Cleveland to the late George and Anne (Yarwood) Krejci.  She worked for Great Lakes Cheese for over 30 years, retiring in 2017. Edith enjoyed traveling, fishing, shopping and most of all she loves spending time with family. Edith was a wonderful woman that was loved and will always be cherished.

She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Veronica Krejci, son, Frank Coschignano, six grandchildren, Nichole Sunderlan, Heather Krejci, Cody Hissa, Thomas Hissa, Frank Coschignano, Samantha Coschignano, three great grandchildren, Ian Willard, Brayden Sunderlan, and Alexia Sunderlan.  She is also survived by her siblings, Barbara DeCara, Joseph Krejci, Mary Krejci, Norman Krejci, and Stephen Krejci.  Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank N. Coschignano who passed away Jan. 11, 1973, brothers, Ernest and Robert Krejci.


Kenneth “Ken” G. Utz, 57 of Huntsburg, passed away unexpectedly at UHHS-Geauga Medical Center Monday evening, April 2, 2018. He was born in Claridon, Ohio on June 23, 1960 to Fredric and Doris (Brebeck) Utz. Ken married Patricia “Pat” Trask on Sept. 10, 1988. 

He worked his way up at Ronyak Paving in Burton over the past 25 years and most recently was a crew Foreman. Ken was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #18. He loved to watch old Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Western Movies, and TV shows like Daniel Boone, The Rifleman, Combat and Davey Crocket. Ken also enjoyed baking desserts, including his specialties, chocolate chip cookies, apple crisp and yellow “chocolate” cake. Ken’s greatest love though was spending time with his wife Pat and raising their three sons.     

Ken will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 30 years, Pat; mother, Doris Wiebusch; sons, Daniel (Paige) Utz, Matthew Utz, Josh Utz; brothers, Gregory (Vinnie) Utz, David Utz, Ronald (Tammy) Utz; half-sisters, Corrine and Sarah; father and mother in-law, Bill and Elaine Trask; many brother and sister in-laws; and many, nieces nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by his father and step-father, Jeffrey Wiebusch. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Mark A. Ferry, 59, longtime resident of Middlefield, passed away at his home Thursday, March 29, 2018. He was born April 9, 1958 in Chardon, Ohio, son of Curtiss and Beverly (Barkley) Ferry. While Mark was in school, he worked at Fritinger Feed Mill in Middlefield. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield. Mark loved John Deere tractors. He enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, word find puzzles, playing cards, bingo and going to the casinos. His favorite TV shows where the “Big Bang Theory” and the “Walker, Texas Ranger” series. Mark always had a sense of humor and was his mom’s protector. He loved going to Arby’s to visit and have his coffee and going to the Hot Dog Shop. He will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his loving mother Beverly Ferry of Middlefield; his aunt Ethel Ferry; his uncle Lee Malensek; and several cousins and friends. Mark is preceded in death by his beloved father Curtiss Ferry who passed away in 2015; and his grandparents, Lola and Thomas Barkley and Ellen and Neil Ferry. Burial was at Middlefield Cemetery. Share condolences and memories at www.russellslyfh.com.


Donald Edward Villers, 84, of Parkman went home to be with the Lord on March 17, 2018.  He was born in Warren, Ohio on June 28, 1933 to Clyde and Elva Villers. He grew up in Southington Ohio and graduated from Southington High School in 1951. He retired as the superintendent of the 35-inch mill from Copperweld Steel.

Don was an active member of the Parkman Congregational Church and enjoyed all of the benefits of being a part of this community, including softball games and potluck dinners. He was also a township trustee and helped at the Parkman Pancake Breakfast for years.  For more than 20 years he was a faithful director of the Middlefield Bank and he was a past president of the local Masonic Lodge.

Don was an avid boater and fisherman and he enjoyed taking trips to Canada for these activities.  He also enjoyed four-wheeling trips with family to West Virginia and traveling with his wife Cherie.  When he was not traveling, he greatly enjoyed the peace he found while mowing his lawn.  Donald cared deeply for his friends, family and community. He will be greatly missed by many.

He is preceded in death by his first wife Kathryn Moss of Parkman Ohio, whom he married in 1953, and his eldest son Scott Villers. He leaves his wife Hermine (Cherie) Villers, his sons, Guy Villers and his wife Tricia of Centerville Ohio, and Jeff Villers and his wife Tracy of Bainbridge Ohio, and his daughter-in-law, Denise Villers of Parkman. His grandchildren Andrea, Crystal (Cody), Matthew, Mark, Grace, and Mackenzie Villers and the sons and daughters of his wife Hermine(Cherie), Lori Byrne, Joe and Heather Lanesky, Heidi and Scott Snyder, and Tony and Shannon Lanesky and their children.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the Parkman Congregational Church, 18265 Madison Road, Middlefield, OH 44062. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


It is with great sadness that the family of Lester Lee Swift Jr. announce his passing on March 12, 2018 after a short battle with Acute Myloid Leukemia at the age of 86. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Anita, who passed away in March of 2006 and his parents Lester Swift Sr. and Karin Swift.

He will be lovingly remembered by his three daughters Susan (Jeff Grierson), Linda, and Karen (Charlie Ware), six grandchildren Christina Grierson (Nick Padron), Eric Grierson (Chunyu Grierson), Vanessa Giacinti (Hector Giacinti), Ella Ware, Scarlett Swift, and Molly Ware and five great grandchildren Iris Padron, Oliver Grierson, Luke Padron, Kai Grierson and Elizabeth Giacinti and his little dog Toby. He lived in Burton for the past 27 years and enjoyed volunteering at the Century Village and Lake Farm Parks. He enjoyed a long career as a tool and die maker. He loved tractors and cars and was an avid race fan. He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.

Memorial donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Raymond J. Mazzone, 87 of Burton passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, March 18, 2018 at Burton Healthcare Residence. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 12, 1931 to the late Angelo and Liboria (Puzo) Mazzone.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran who worked as a HVAC Technician at General Electric for many years. When Raymond moved to California, he opened and operated GENCO HVAC Services until his retirement. When he was 21, Raymond observed a woman leap from the Detroit-Superior High-Level Bridge in Cleveland. He immediately stopped and single-handedly rescued the woman from the Cuyahoga River.

Raymond enjoyed the world of entertainment. He loved Frank Sinatra music and enjoyed singing everywhere he went, especially at the Elks Lodge and VFW. He was also an avid collector of guns and Presidential coins. Raymond loved traveling in his motorhome and with his family and was always up for a road trip wherever it took them. He was a member of the Elks Lodge, VFW, Moose International, NRA, Republican Party, and Knights of Columbus.

Raymond will be greatly missed by his first wife and good friend, Barbara Mazzone; children, Kristine (Dr. Craig) Zippe, Anita (Nichol Vandermer) Mazzone, Louise (Barry) Mazzone-Pistone, Robert Mazzone; grandchildren, Erica (Mathew) Kennedy, David (Mandy) Mazzone, Devon Zeigler, Anthony Todaro, Angela Vargas, Leif Luoma, Elise Pitzer, Michael (fiancée Anna LoCascio) Mazzone; great-grandchildren, Eliana Kennedy, Salvatore Vargas, Giovanni Vargas, Angelo Luoma, Massimo Pitzer and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; second wife, Patricia (Lenhart) Mazzone; third wife, Ada (Pricer) Mazzone; son, Raymond J. Mazzone Jr.; and brothers, Angelo and Ernest Mazzone. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Mollie Elizabeth Hoar (nee Stanic), 32 of Burton fought a courageous and heroic battle with cancer before peacefully going home to be with the Lord early Friday morning, March 16, 2018. She was born in Painesville, Ohio on Nov. 29, 1985 to Mike and Sheri (Speith) Stanic. Mollie married Scott Hoar on Sept. 2, 2011.

She worked many years as a medical assistant at UH Hospitals Premier Pediatrics in Mentor. Mollie lived her life to the fullest. She enjoyed planning and hosting social events like birthday parties and holiday gatherings with family and friends. Her greatest loved though was being a wife to Scott and mother to their three daughters.

Mollie will be greatly missed by her loving husband of seven years, Scott; daughters, Harper, Frankie, Charlie; parents, Mike and Sheri Stanic; in-laws, Kenny and Kathy Hoar; sister, Becky (Adam) Cervenka; half-sister, Amy (Bill) Kuchenbacher; brother-in-laws, Ryan (Samantha) Hoar, Joel (Lindsey) Hoar; sister-in law, Erin Hoar and many friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to Mollie’s Girls Trust Fund, U.S. Bank, 14950 Springdale Ave., Middlefield, OH 44062. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Mark Hissa, 63 of Huntsburg passed away Feb. 24, 2018.  He was born Nov. 12, 1954, the son of Edwin and Joan (Bartek) Hissa.  In his younger years, he was on the St. Helens unicycle drill team and performed all over. He was an avid antique steam engine enthusiast and loved to attend the shows.  He was a member of the Ashtabula Engine Club.  Mark was a long time dairy and grain farmer in Huntsburg and was a memorable man in the community.  In the winter, he tended to his maple trees producing the best syrup around. The spring and summer months he was busy with crops and caring for his honeybees. Mark enjoyed traveling.  He visited Russia, China and Europe to name a few. His door was always open for anyone who wanted to stop by. The steam engines were a landmark that attracted people from all over the world, and the farm was something that everyone loved.  He will be missed.

He is survived by his sons Neill (Amy) Hissa, Eric Hissa, his daughter Katie (Jason) Baker, his brothers and sisters Ed (Evelyn) Hissa, Ann (Mike) Humphrey, Alisa (Guy) Humphrey, Mike (Inge) Hissa, and Matt (Jennifer) Hissa.  He is also survived by his grandchildren Lindsay, Matthew, Elin, Lillian, Jack, Sunny and Rae. He was preceded by his parents in death. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Linda T. Miller (nee Troyer), 72 of North Bloomfield, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family at home, Wednesday morning, March 14, 2018. She was born in Parkman, Ohio on Feb. 11,1946 to the late Albert and Katie (Mast) Troyer. Linda later married Daniel E. Miller on Nov. 4, 1965. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 52 years, Daniel; children, Kathy (Elmer) Kurtz, Barbara (David) Miller, David (Maria) Miller, Daniel (Mary) Miller, Albert (Susan) Miller, Ida (Samuel) Hochstetler, Mervin (Marianne) Miller, Linda (David) Kauffman, Benjamin (Nancy) Miller, Chester (Martha) Miller, William (Katie Mae) Miller, John (Rachel) Miller; 90 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three brothers; five sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Linda is preceded in death by her parents.

Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Kathy L. Luther, 65, of Burton, passed away peacefully at Heather Hill Care Communities Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. She was born in Painesville on Feb. 17, 1953 to Alvin and Lois (Stapel) Luther.

She will be greatly missed by: her mother, Lois (stepdad, Richard Jensen); brother, Gene Luther; sisters, Kristi Luther, Kelly Luther and many friends. Kathy is preceded in death by her father and sister, Linda Luther.

Per Kathy’s request, no services will be held. 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.


Mary Lois Canfield, 72 a longtime resident of Auburn Township, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on May 13, 1945 in East Cleveland, daughter of the late Francis and Gertrude (Kramp) McWhorter. Mary received her Master’s degree in education at Kent State University. She was a teacher for Willoughby Eastlake School District 31 years. She retired in 2000. She was married to Wallace Canfield Jr, who passed away May 13, 2002. They are “together again”.

Mary enjoyed reading and was a 4-H leader. She was a member and served on the Geauga County Fair Auxiliary since 1995. She served as a director of the Fairboard since 2002 and served many years as assistant secretary to the Geauga County Agricultural Society.  She especially loved being with her family. She will be missed by her family and friends.

Mary is survived by her loving family; two sons, Curtis (Christina) Canfield of Middlefield and Chad (Jennifer) Canfield of Auburn Township; five grandchildren, Jaycee, Matthew, Chance, CaliAnn and Meredith; her brother Frank McWhorter and her sister Jean Brainard. She is preceded in death by her husband Wallace and her parents.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Geauga County Agricultural Society, P.O. Box 402, Burton, Ohio 44021. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Emma E. Yoder (nee Miller), 96, of Middlefield Township, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home Friday evening, March 2, 2018. She was born in Middlefield on March 7,1921 to the late Eli P. and Katie F. (Miller) Miller. Emma is now reunited with her loving husband, Sam E. Yoder, who died in 2001. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.
She will be greatly missed by: her loving children, Katie (Harvey) Byler, Elizabeth (Melvin) Miller, Anna (Joseph) Miller, Eli (Sarah) Yoder, Elmer (Ruth) Yoder, Ada (Allen) Miller, Sam (Martha) Yoder Jr., Fannie (John) Fisher; 59 grandchildren; 216 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great-grandchildren; caregivers, Joseph and Nancy Miller and their family; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Miller; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Emma is preceded in death by: her loving husband, Sam; parents, Eli and Katie; two stillborn sons; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; one great-great-grandchild; seven brothers and three sisters.

Emma’s final resting place will be in Nauvoo Road Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Gloria Ruby Chrzan of Troy passed away peacefully
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 with her family at her side. She was born Oct. 31, 1927 in Whitesville, N.Y. to the late Dudley Seaver and Julia Sherman Ainsworth Zinn.

During World War II she contributed to the war effort by building radio components. After working as a teaching hairdresser in her own business for a number of years, she became an LPN, graduating valedictorian of her class at Saint Francis School of Nursing in Olean, N.Y. She married the love of her life, Henry Chrzan on Jan. 23, 1954. She was a great mother, grandmother, and homemaker. Before moving to Ohio, Gloria was an active member of Grace Christian Missionary Alliance Church and served in the Women’s Missionary Prayer Fellowship in Olean, New York. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, knitting, sketching and reading poetry, but most of all was a devoted Christian who loved Jesus.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband of 64 years, Henry J. Chrzan, dear children Cindy (John) Rothenbuhler of Chagrin Falls, Nancy (Kevin) Picha of Rockwell, Texas, Michael (Leslie) Chrzan Redondo Beach, Calif., and Carl (Kathy) Chrzan of Burton. Grandchildren include: Jason, Hans, Nicole, Julia, Andrew, Hannah, John, Josiah, Samuel, Caleb, and Cameron, great-grandchildren: Andrew, Rudi, and one little girl on the way. She has a sister Dorothy (John) Pastalenic of Arkport, New York. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Seaver.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Truth for Life, P.O. Box 3398000, Cleveland, OH 44139, www.truthforlife.org/donate.


Thelma L. Bennett, 89, a longtime resident of Burton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at Burton Health Care Center. She is together again with her beloved husband Clell Bennett. Thelma was born Jan. 12, 1929 in Bergoo, West Virginia, daughter of the late Russell and Bessie (Higgins) Hamrick. She married Clell Bennett and moved from West Virginia approximately 60 years ago to live in the Burton area. She was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family. Thelma enjoyed bird watching; taking photos; and spending quality time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her loving son Vincent O. Bennett of Mansfield; her brother Theron Hamrick of West Virginia; three sisters, Therma Blair and Thelda Owens, both of Newbury, and Thurlene Hyre of West Virginia; her daughter-in-law Carol (Perry, dec’d) Bennett of Alabama: eight grandchildren; and many great and great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband in 1996; her son Perry A. Bennett in 2014; and her brother Thurl Hamrick in 2015. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Elizabeth J. Miller (nee Miller), 58, of Burton, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Feb. 17, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 25, 1959 in Middlefield, Ohio to the late Joe J. and Lizzie E. (Miller) Miller. Elizabeth married Allen R. Miller on May 28, 1981. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 35 years, Allen; mother-in-law, Ada N. Miller; siblings, Mary (Joe) Yoder, Albert (Sylvia) Hershberger, Joe (Elizabeth) Detweiler, Susan (Crist) Miller, Nancy Yoder; and many nieces, nephew, cousins, and friends. Elizabeth is preceded in death by her parents; father-in-law, Raymond M. Miller; brother, Robert (and his wife, Nora) Miller; and brother-in-law, Andy Yoder. Elizabeth’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


“Alex, the GREATest” Ernest Alexander Olah, AKA “Grampa Duck”, 81 of Windsor surrendered his life into the Arms of Jesus Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 and was welcomed into Heaven by his loved ones. He was born April 12, 1936, Easter Morning’ in Bedford, Ohio to the late Joseph Paul and Elizabeth (Merk) Olah. He graduated from New Lyme Deming School as a superior athlete. After High School he married Janet and was drafted into the US Army, in Fort Hood with Elvis Presley, and golfed with officers. He returned to work for Chardon Rubber, and then retired from Copperweld Steel in Champion, Ohio. Alex married his wife Trudy E. (Sklenar) ‘Gramma Duck” Olah, April 1, 1977. He went and walked through College KSU. For 30 years, he has been known as Grandpa Duck with “Have Ducks * Will Travel”; entertaining many churches, nursing homes, business establishments, county fairs, small town festivals; from Dick Goddard’s Wooley Bear Festival in Vermillion, Ohio to Ducks Unlimited in PA, with Goldie and Salty Quakers wanting to have people thirsty for JESUS.  He spent his last months in Blossom and Briar Hill Nursing homes with his wife, Trudy, Gramma Duck beside him.

He is survived by his loving wife, sons, Eric (Becky T.) Olah, Brian (Patty) Olah, daughter, Janal (and her loved ones) Trypus, who is caring for her mother and step-father, Janet and Bill Hill. His grandchildren, Kody, Tyler, Kandi and Kacey Olah, Alicia McCoy, Jacob, Jocelyn, siblings, Joseph, Steve, Carl, Paul Olah, Betty Hamilton, their families; and the many daughters in the Lord with thousands of grandchildren across America because of his ministry as Grampa Duck.

Burial was at Windsor Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to Abundant Life Church of God. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


James “Jimmy” D. Richards, 58 of Claridon, passed away at his home Friday morning, Feb. 9, 2018. He was born in Cleveland, on Aug. 22, 1959 to Obed and Janet Richards. Jimmy is once again reunited with his loving wife, Kelly (Prymmer) Richards, who died Sept. 12, 2015. He had a great love for his family, friends and muscle cars.

Jimmy will be greatly missed by his mother, Janet Richards; children, Jeremy Richards, Cathy (Joey) Curry, Jessica Richards; grandchildren, Katelyn, Sandy, Austen, Bryan; brothers, David (Bethany) Richards, Mitchell Richards, Kevin Richards and many friends. He is preceded in death by his father and loving wife, Kelly. Online condolences may be sent at
www.bestfunerals.com.


Gloria R. Feil (nee Williams), age 96 of Bristolville, passed away peacefully at her home Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 2018. She was born in New Castle, Pa. on Nov. 23, 1921 to the late Lewis and Bertha Marie (Ritter) Williams. Gloria is now reunited with her loving husband, Edward B. Feil, who died in May, 1978.

She enjoyed being a homemaker, especially cooking and sewing. Gloria also liked gardening and spending time with her family and dog, Flash. She will be greatly missed by daughter, Linda Reynolds and many friends. Gloria is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Edward; son-in-law, Richard Reynolds and one sister. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Phyllis Louise Wiseman, 81, a lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at UH Geauga Medical Center. She was born April 28, 1936 in Belington, W.V., daughter of the late Jesse and Hazel McCauley. She married Charles H. Wiseman Dec. 24, 1957. They were married 29 years before he died in 1986. Phyllis was a cook at Blazing Bills and loved working, especially with the young ones at the restaurant. She enjoyed volunteering at the American Cancer Society store in Middlefield; watching soap operas; shopping; going on cruises; and especially being with her family.

Phyllis is survived by her three sons, John (Debbie) Wiseman of Akron, Charles (Sheena)Wiseman of California, and Van (Dawn)Wiseman of Wisconsin; nine grandchildren, Tim (Dani) Wiseman, Nikki (Scott) Mickley, Andrew (Keiko) Wiseman, Michael Wiseman, Melissa (Aaron) Jimenez, Steve (Nina) Wiseman, Mitch (Katie) Wiseman, Rachael Wiseman and Nick Wiseman;16 great grandchildren, and her two sisters, Mary Lou (Gary) Cross and Pearl Spessert. She is preceded in death by her husband and her parents.


Michael D. Smoot, 68 of Huntsburg, passed away Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at Heather Hill Healthcare. He was born Jan. 16, 1950 in Davin, W.V., son of the late Arlie and Ruby (McCune) Smoot. He worked for Air Masters in Chardon as a HVAC Technician. Michael was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. He was a “Jack of all trades”; enjoying fishing, boating, watching movies; riding his motorcycle; and loved being with his family, friends and his faithful companion “Peanut.”.

Michael is survived by his loving three children, Shari (Greg) Bean, Michael (BethAnn) Smoot Jr., and Stacey (John) Skalar; four grandchildren, Emy-Lynn Smoot, Kaitlin Bean, Madison Bean, and Jacob Bean and his sister Linda (Stephen) Horvath. He is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Terry, Roger, and Arley Jr. Smoot.

Burial was at Riverview Cemetery in Russell. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Geauga Humane Society Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Russell, OH 44072. Condolences can be sent to www.russellslyfh.com.


Wayne C. Reed, 84 of Middlefield passed away peacefully on Jan. 29, 2018. He was born to the late Robert and Ottilie (Young) Reed on Jan. 26, 1934. He served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1955 and was a Korean War Veteran. He liked to go camping with his family and spending time with his grandchildren.

Wayne is survived by his wife Dorothy (Hamilton) Reed; his loving children, Terri Dobosh of Orwell, Steve (Rita) Reed of Lakeland, Fla., brother, Fritz Reed of Warren, grandchildren, John (Amanda) Dobosh, Chelsea Reed, Zachary Reed, step- grandchildren, Charles (Alex) Jackson, Traci Jackson, Gregg (Kelsey) Jackson, Kurtis (Joy) Brockway, and three great-grandchildren, Dylan Wantz, Jayce Robert Jackson, Raelynn Smith, and daughter-in-law Becky Reed.

Besides his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his first wife Carole J. Reed, sons Timothy Reed, Rob Reed, Thomas Reed, brothers Ted, Robert Jr., Zane, Gerald, and Glenn Reed, and sisters Virginia Markle, Jeanette Miller, and Mary Stefanski. Condolences can be sent to www.russellslyfh.com.


Mahlon J. Byler, 91, of Middlefield, Ohio, went home to be with his Savior Saturday afternoon, Feb. 3, 2018. He was born in Middlefield on Jan. 7, 1927 to the late John Henry and Sarah (Farmwald) Byler. Mahlon married Florence Hostetler on Nov. 17, 1949. He was a lifelong resident of Middlefield and a member of Zion Christian Fellowship.

He worked as an extrusion engineer and was the very first employee hired at Mercury Plastics in Middlefield. Mahlon loved fishing, especially ice fishing, and enjoyed going a few times each week. He also liked to visit flea markets in the area and being an active member of his church.

Mahlon will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 68 years, Florence; children, Rebecca (William) Mullet of Ohio, Ruth (Randy) Coblentz of Florida, David (Kathy) Byler of Kansas, Daniel (Jody) Byler of Florida, Kenneth (Karen) Byler of Iowa, Sara (Tim) Hershberger of Ohio, Rosanna (Kerry) Martin of Ohio, Kevin Byler of Massachusetts, James (Andrea) Byler of Ohio, Jason Byler of Ohio; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; brothers, John Henry (Clara) Byler, Andy (Barbara) Byler, Samuel (Cora) Byler; sister, Marie (Byler) Miller; sisters-in-law, Esther Byler, Ruth Byler; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; grandchildren, Clay and Callie Hershberger; brothers, Ervin Byler, Freeman (and wife Phyllis) Byler, David Byler; brother-in-law, John Dan Miller; and sister Barbara (and husband Andy) Farmwald.

Interment was at Zion Christian Fellowship Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Iolah M. Burzanko (nee Tompkins), 87 of Huntsburg, passed away peacefully at Blossom Hill Health Care in Huntsburg, early Friday morning, Jan. 26, 2018. She was born in Bedford, Ohio on Feb. 7, 1930 to the late Lysle and Cleo (Shipley) Tompkins. Iolah is once again reunited with her loving husband, George Burzanko, who died in December, 1993.

She worked over 30 years as an Electronics Assembler between LFE in Chesterland and Allen Bradley (now Rockwell Corporation) in Twinsburg. Iolah enjoyed time in the kitchen, especially cooking and canning. She loved going to garage sales with her sisters and playing pinochle with family and friends, and bowling.

Iolah will be greatly missed by her son, Ken (Susie) Burzanko; grandchildren, Zach Burzanko (Jenn Sharp), Kim (Bob) Tupa, Nicole (John) Cha, Mandy (Tim) Randles; great-grandchildren, Jaedyn and Kylee Cha, Jordyn and Makenzie Burzanko, Bobby and Madison Tupa. She will also be greatly missed by her loving best friends and caregivers, Barb Sandford (sister) and Vicky Meadows (niece). She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; daughters, Kathleen Nabozny, Cheryl Burzanko, three brothers, and two sisters. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Mary Lynn Anderson, 56 of Middlefield passed away at her home Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. She was born Nov. 29, 1961 in Teaneck, N.J. to Boyd Edward and Carol Ann (Kemp) Vander Mass. She moved to Middlefield with her family in 1977 and graduated from Cardinal High School in 1980. Mary married the love of her life, Scott, on May 23, 1981 and had two wonderful children. She was a bus aid and a teachers aid for 16 years for East Shore Busing Systems and Cardinal School District. Mary enjoyed spending time with the family camping.

 

She will be missed by her loving husband Scott L. Anderson, sons, Chad (Erin) Anderson, Brett (Heather) Anderson, grandchildren, Mason, Stella, Evelyn, Ainsley, her mother, Carol Ann Vander Maas Day, brothers, Tad (Cheryl) Vander Maas, Todd (Kristen) Vander Maas and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Boyd Edward Vander Maas, and her step-father Chester Day.

In lieu of flowers donation should be made to donor’s favorite charity. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Kit R. Luoma, 87 of Burton, Ohio passed away Jan. 12, 2018 at UH Geauga Medical Center. He was born Nov. 4, 1930 to the late Solomon Luoma and Evelina (Hile) Luoma. He served honorably for the US Army during the Korean War. He worked in the production department of Air Maze until his retirement. Kit was known for his support of the Berkshire High School football team, was treasurer of the Touchdown Club, and loved to listen to the Fort Huntsburg Band.  He served a term as Trustee for Burton Township, enjoyed the Monday auction on Nauvoo Road, loved fishing, and made high school football his hobby.  Kit was a “professional Wal Mart shopper” and probably had his own personalized seat at Linda’s restaurant.  He was also the “chief landscaper and bottle washer” after the yearly Maple Festival He will be greatly missed by his sons Tracy (Connie) Luoma and Kevin Luoma, his brother Ed Luoma and sister Anna Hollo.  He is survived by six grandchildren, Chelsea, Casey, Cassidie, Cennidie, Meadow, and Jaxon, as well as three great-grandchildren. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his dear wife of 47 years, Evelyn A. Luoma, brothers, Mart, Emil, Gus, Wayne, and William Louma. Burial was at Welton Cemetery in Burton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Geauga County Dog Warden. 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


George H. Rose Jr., 93 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully at BriarCliff Manor in Middlefield, Saturday evening, Jan. 20, 2018. He was born in Willoughby, Ohio on Feb. 3, 1924 to the late George H. and Eleanor (Tanner) Rose Sr.

He was a U.S. Navy WWII Veteran who served onboard USS CALIFORNIA (BB-44) in the Pacific Fleet. George worked as a carpenter but was a true craftsman of his trade. He built his first two homes and later transferred his special skills to his hobbies after retirement. George enjoyed tinkering as he restored many antique pedal cars and collected model airplane engines. He even built a scaled model of a Fokker D-7 bi-plane, which won him the Mechanics Illustrated Golden Hammer Award. George won another Award from Mechanics Illustrated for his work on a model sailboat.

George was also a member of the Wheels of Yesteryear Antique Auto Club. He enjoyed driving and showing his 1929 Buick and 1930 Chevy cars. In the past few years, George enjoyed meeting his friends as part of the morning McDonald’s Club.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Thomas Rose of Middlefield, David (Gwen) Rose of Beaumont, Calif., Sharon R. (Rick) Goodemote of Hubbard, Ohio, Leanne Rose of Middlefield; son-in-law, Thomas Fowler; grandchildren, Daniel (Kelly) Fowler, Emily (Joe) Jeffers, Kyle Rose, Seth Goodemote, Lance Goodemote; and many friends. George is preceded in death by his loving wife, Helen; parents; daughter, Mary Fowler; an infant son, Baby Rose; and sister, Jean David. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Barbara Joanne Rowley died Jan. 9, 2018 of natural causes at her home in Stuart, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Rowley, and survived by her three children, Rochelle Ann Shoemaker, William Wynne Rowley, and Robert James Rowley.  Joanne was born Dec. 6, 1920. She lived in Middlefield with her husband and family from 1947 to 1964.  She practiced in Geauga County as a registered nurse serving the local school districts. May she be remembered as the greatest mother in the world.


Mary A. (Fallon) McDougall of East Claridon peacefully passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.  She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, enjoyed traveling with her family and loved nature.

She will be missed by her children, Kathleen (Gary) Koller, James (Robin) McDougall, Mary Therese, John (Janet) McDougall, Anne (Ken) Creagh, Ellen (Dean) McDougall-Peska, Nora Chartier, Lisa McDougall, Margaret Bechter, brothers John, James, Donald and Dominic Fallon, sister Agnes Pressly, 22 grandchildren, and 26 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband Joe McDougall, her parents, Dominic and Anna Fallon, son-in-law Pastor E. Ray Miller, and granddaughter Jennifer McDougall

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Edward Parish, 16150 Center St, Parkman, OH 44080, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com .


Shirley A. Penicka (nee Hruby), 83 of Newbury, passed away peacefully at Burton Healthcare Thursday morning, Jan. 11, 2018. She was born in Cleveland on May 1, 1934 to the late Fred and Anna (Horadovsky) Hruby. Shirley is once again reunited with her loving husband, Otto Penicka Jr., who died Dec. 3, 2001.

She retired after working 30 years as a Medical Assistant at various clinics. She enjoyed spending time with her grandsons.

Shirley will be greatly missed by sons, Otto (Sue) Penicka III of Willoughby, Richard Penicka of Newbury; grandsons, Ryan and Evan Penicka; and many friends. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Orile Ellen Whitcomb (nee Herst), 91 years 11 months, of Burton, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ Wednesday evening, Jan. 10, 2018. She was born in Youngstown on Feb. 11, 1926 to the late Ernie J. and Oralee (Bond) Herst. Shirley is once again reunited with her loving husband, Earl M. Whitcomb, who died June 10, 1988; parents; and brothers, Warner, Ward, Eugene, Elton, Ernie Jr., Richard and nephew, Steve Herst.

Orile will be missed by grandson, Aerr (Charity) Eltringham; niece, Rosa Lee Herst of Burton; nephews, Ernie (Mary) Herst of Gaylord, Mi., Warner Herst of Burton; Ward (Florence) Herst of Burton; Lalor (Bertha) Herst of Middlefield. She is also survived by her extended family in Wyoming; Jim (Barbara) Pratt and their children, Scott and Taphie; the Blanche Faunche Family; Pastor Cletis (Esther) Jeffcoat and their children, Shelby and Montana; and many friends.

Rosa Lee Herst was her caregiver and companion in all that Orile was involved in, during her life, while in Warren, and Burton. They were building Stuff Buddies and going shopping for bargains.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to Rosa Lee Herst, 14720 S. Cheshire St., Burton, OH 44021 to assist with Orile’s final expenses. Orile will be laid to rest following the private services next to her husband, Earl, in Shadyside Cemetery, Auburn Corners, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Alan L. Wrentmore, 55 of Middlefield, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes, early Saturday morning, Dec. 30, 2017 at his home. He was born in Troy, Ohio on Feb. 14, 1962 to the late Gene Wrentmore and Helen (Bellar) Wrentmore-Takacs. Alan married Connie Bright on Oct. 18, 1986.

He worked many years as an electrician. Alan was a kind and wonderful person who could make anyone smile. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially fishing, or just taking his motorcycle for a ride. Alan also loved animals and watching sports. However, his greatest passion was spending time with his family and friends.

Alan will be missed dearly by his loving wife of 31 years, Connie; children, Alan Wrentmore Jr, Ashley (James) Hosmer, Amber rentmore; randdaughter, Kahlan Hosmer; brothers, Terrance Bellar, Gene Wrentmore; sister, Denise Creager-Wrentmore; tep-father-in-law, im Takacs; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen Takacs. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Cheryl Ann Merryfield (Springer) left for a new adventure after 57 years of living life to the fullest, on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. She was at peace and in the loving presence of her family. An employee of Kraftmaid Cabinetry for 30 years, she accepted a new position as a guardian angel for her granddaughter, Emme. As you read this, she wants you to know that she is dancing in the rain with a margarita in hand, and she hopes that you will do the same when you think of her.

Cheryl’s life began on Aug. 29, 1960 in East Claridon, Ohio with her parents, Barbara Ann (Eltringham) and Burdette Springer and her brother, Randy. In 1990, she married her husband Mark and became Brooke’s Mom. Cheryl’s presence was like glitter – everything she touched sparkled a little more in her hands. She had a knack for gift giving and party throwing, and her greatest talent was the art of friendship. She enjoyed camping and hiking with Mark, collecting seashells on the beach with her toes in the sand, and celebrating life over boat drinks with friends. She believed in magic and looked forward to introducing Emme to the gnomes and fairies who live in her garden.

Cheryl’s magic will live on through her loved ones, especially her husband and soulmate, Mark Merryfield of Middlefield, Ohio; her daughter Brooke (Reggie) Merryfield Rios of Los Angeles, Calif.; her granddaughter Hope Emma Rios (Emme) of Los Angeles, Calif.; her brother Randy (Barbara) Springer of East Claridon, Ohio; her nieces Melanie Springer of East Claridon, Ohio and Jennifer Springer of Concord, Ohio; her bestie, Cherrie Smith Kinney of Auburndale, Fla.; and the many family members and friends whom she loved fiercely. This year, she will celebrate Christmas with her parents, Barbara and Burdette, who passed on before her and whom she missed dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Geauga County Dog Shelter, 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024. And the next time it rains, you know what to do! Memories and condolences can be sent to the family at www.russellslyfh.com .


Melinda Taylor-Briggs, age 65, a longtime resident of Huntsburg., died at her home on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, from complications of COPD. She was born in Cleveland on May 5, 1952, to Theodore “Ted” and Jean (Nee: Wagers) Taylor, raised in Huntsburg and graduated from Cardinal High School. Melinda had also lived in Colorado and North Carolina, but returned to Huntsburg after her marriage to Richard Briggs on April 29, 1978, in Asheville, N.C.

Melinda was a State Certified Home Health Aide with Care Corp in Chardon, and has served as a volunteer and former board member of WomenSafe. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed music, Irish Festivals, rummage sales, floral gardening, and traveling, (especially to the mountains of North Carolina and their blue-grass music). Also, she loved the many cats that she had in her home over the years.

Survivors include her husband, Richard Briggs of Huntsburg; mother, Jean Taylor of Huntsburg; and brother, Mark (Carla Hosmer) Taylor of Burton, OH. She was preceded in death by her father.

Contributions are suggested in Melinda’s name to: Warren Wilson College, P.O. Box 9000, Ashville, NC 28815; Women’s Safe, Inc., 12041 Ravenna Road, Chardon, OH 44024; or Henderson Memorial Public Library, 54 East Jefferson St., Jefferson, Ohio 44047.  Information and condolences online at www.burrservice.com.


Mildred Irene Perry, 90 of Middlefield passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Hillcrest Hospital.  She was born July 20, 1927 in Sewickley, Pa. to the late Tino and Grace Irene (Gongaware) Rua.  Mildred worked for Universal Metals in Euclid until she retired and opened Glad Tidings Christian Book Store in Middlefield. She was a member of Horizons Christian Assembly in Burton, and Middlefield Senior Center.  She enjoyed Crocheting and spending time with her family.

She will be sadly missed by her children, William Pawlikowski, Patricia Sanzo, Joseph (Debra) Anthony, Dan (Merlene) Perry, Barbara (Richard) Driscoll, grandchildren, Brad (Tracy), Ron (Becky), Kristi (David), Nathan, Daniel Richard Jr., Jason (Amanda), Amy, 11 great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter, sister, Carol Necessary, and two brothers, Arthur and Walter Pacholke.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Thomas Edward Perry, two brothers, Jim Rua, Richard Rua, and a son-in-law, Peter Sanzo.

In Lieu of flowers donation can be made to Anna Maria of Aurora, with memo Activity Center, 889 N Aurora Rd, Aurora, OH 44202.  Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com .


Joseph J. “Jay” Dill, 56 of Hambden, passed away at his home Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, 2017. He was born in Johnstown, Pa. on Nov. 22, 1961 to Francis and Margaret (Krupa) Dill. Jay married Michelle Sunky in 2000.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 17 years, Michelle; father, Francis Dill; children, Jeff (Megan) Dill, Jason Dill, Toni (Greg) Halle, grandchildren twins, Connor and Abigail; siblings, Michael Dill, Lisa (Mark) Cipolla, Peggy Ann (Chuck) Yako; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Owen A. Byler, 54 of Maumee, Ohio passed away peacefully after a brief illness at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee on Tuesday evening, Dec. 26, 2017. He was born in Warren, Ohio on Sept. 13, 1963 to the late Andy C. and Barbara (Mast) Byler. Owen was a resident at the Sunshine Creating Community in Maumee. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by siblings, Mary Ann (Monroe) Kuhns of Garrettsville, Ohio, Edna Mae (Albert) Hershberger of Orwell, Ohio, Saloma Byler of Huntsburg, Ohio, Chris (Nancy) Byler of Garrettsville, Ohio, Mahlon (Sylvia) Byler of Ethan, South Dakota, Andy (Susan) Byler of New Cumberland, W.V., Thomas (Linda) Byler of Carlton, Pa., Robert (Barbara) Byler of Fremont, Mi., Barbara Ann (Mose) Troyer of Mantua, Ohio, Samuel (Debbie) Byler of Peoria, Ariz., Melvin (Mary) Byler of Pearisburg, Va.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Lester is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Lester, Erwin, and Joseph Byler.

Owen’s final resting place is in the Carlton Street Amish Cemetery, Carlton, Pa. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Althea May “Butch” Reed, 91 a lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at Manchester Health Care in Manchester, Tenn. She was born July 28, 1926 in Middlefield, daughter of Byron and Mildred (Little) Askew. She was a 1944 graduate of Middlefield High School. In her earlier years, she worked for the Navy as a payroll clerk in Civil Service. She married Zane Reed June 15, 1946. They were married 46 years before he died in 1993. She enjoyed raising her two sons and daughter. She also was a secretary for Ted Reed Jr. Accounting Department. Althea was a member of the Middlefield Senior Center. She was a kind-hearted person and enjoyed playing cards, gardening, fishing, crossword puzzles, and cooking. She especially enjoyed being with her friends and family.

Althea is survived by her loving children, Kenneth (Renee) Reed of Orwell and Judy (Bill) Gawrys of Manchester, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; and numerous great and great- great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Zane; her parents; her son James Reed; her sister Marquerite Gardner and her twin infant sister Alta.

Burial was at Middlefield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Middlefield VFW Post 9678. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Marjorie J. Ahlman (nee Jarvis), 74 of Huntsburg, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, Dec. 21, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. She was born in Painesville, Ohio on July 9, 1943 to the late Harold Jarvis and Martha A. (Winters) Biddle. Marjorie is once again reunited with her loving husband of 50 years, Robert H. Ahlman, who died May 15, 2015.

She worked as a Secretary for 27 years at Johnson Rubber in Middlefield before retiring. Marjorie liked reading and tending to her flower gardens. She was a kind-hearted, caring, and loving person who enjoyed taking care of others. Marjorie’s true passion, however, was to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Marjorie will be greatly missed by her children, Robert H. (RaeAnne) Ahlman of Hambden, Ohio, Cynthia (Jerrod) Keller of Holly, Mi.; grandchildren, Haley, Clay, Tommy, Travis, Kandiss, Destinee, Jake; great-grandchildren, Addilynn, Paitience, Evaliyn, Vivian; sisters, Bertha Elliott, Diane Woodford, Sharon (Tom) Thompson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert; and brother, Jim Jarvis. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Hope R. Merryfield, 88 of Middlefield passed away peacefully Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.  She was born Nov. 19, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late William and Willie (Crabtree) Pitman. She graduated from Waller High School in Chicago, Ill. Hope worked as the personal secretary to Mr. LeRoy Dorsey at the Chicago Portrait Company, until she moved to Middlefield with her husband, and became the Office Manager of Merryfield Electric.

She was an active member of the community, a member of the First United Methodist Church, past President of the East Geauga Friends of the Library and recipient of the Chapman award in 2004, chairman of the Queen selection committees for the Middlefield Swiss Cheese and Geauga County Maple Festivals, and past President of the Nautilletes at the Mentor Lagoons Yacht Club. Hope loved her family, reading, music and her Scottish Terriers. She was a dedicated piano student and was inspired by Mozart.

She will be sadly missed by her loving husband, Marten E. (Sonny) Merryfield, who she married Dec. 14, 1951, her children, Melinda (William) Becker of Delano, Minnesota, Mark Merryfield of Middlefield, Christy (Tim) Mundy of Logan, Ohio, granddaughter, Brooke (Reggie) Merryfield Rios of Los Angeles, and great granddaughter, Hope Emma Rios. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Ella Wicker, daughter-in-law Cheryl Ann Merryfield, and her niece, Claudia Brisentine.

Memorial donations in her name can be sent to the East Geauga Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 208, Middlefield, OH 44062.


Edwin T. Sly, 79 from Mesopotamia, passed away suddenly Wednesday Dec. 6, 2017 at UH Geauga Hospital.  He was born Aug. 30, 1938 in Windsor to the late Jesse and Emma (Finch) Sly. He went on to boot camp in the US Army.

He worked for the Local 18 Operating Engineers Union and was an operator/paver until his retirement in 2000. He was a tinkerer and could fix anything that anyone brought to him.  He loved to fish and work on his lawn mowers.  He had the uncanny ability to take a dollar bill and make rings from them, draw large eared monkeys, and color with or without his grandchildren.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Janet (Morrison) Sly whom he married Jan.19, 1963. His children, Deborah (David) Jenkins, Kimberlie Sly, Suzzette (Scott) Hinkle; brother, Kenneth Sly; sister, Norma Byler, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his son Edwin Thomas Sly Jr., siblings, Dale, Mary Ellen Jones, Beatrice Hatch, Betty Kazuk, Jesse, and Don.  Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com


Anna Hudak, 82 of Troy, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. She was born Dec. 1, 1934 in Whitsett, Pa., daughter of the late John and Pauline (Hollis) Condupa. She has lived in the area since 1976. She worked for TRW and then 18 years for Heinen’s. She was a member of the Shrine of Mariapoch in Burton. Anna enjoyed crocheting, baking, cooking, gardening; and loved her dogs Wolfgang and Fritzie.

She will be missed by her friends and family; her loving son Michael of Troy Township; two sisters, Mary McQuire, Irene Bradway, and her beloved niece, Paula Ann Yowanski, all of Belle Vernon, Pa.  Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Elmer Richard Hudak who died Sept. 3, 2013, two sisters, Pauline Yowanski, Margaret Backas, and two brothers, Mike Condupa and John Condupa. Burial was at Mumford Road Cemetery in Troy Township.


Ruth A. Briggs (nee Zurn), 76 of Middlefield (formerly of Hiram), passed away peacefully at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland, Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 13, 2017. She was born in Erie, Pa. on Sept. 15, 1941 to the late Frederick and Dolores (Sonnabend) Zurn.

She retired from teaching after 35 years at Crestwood Elementary School. Ruth then remained active in her church and community. She was part of the Women’s Guild at the Mantua Christ Lutheran Church. Ruth also enjoyed playing 5 card pinochle and being a member of the Hiram Research Club. When staying in Bradenton, Fl., she became active in the Women’s Castle Club of Braden Park where she was serving as the current Secretary. Ruth was also the Treasurer of the Braden Castle Festival.

Ruth will be greatly missed by her loving husband, Thomas Briggs; step-children, Frank (Tricia) Briggs, Rick (Lisa) Briggs, Jane (Frank) Apicella, Mike Briggs; nine step-grandchildren; three great-step-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Jule) Zurn, Carol (Kit) Kramer; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory are requested to be made to either the Women’s Guild of Christ Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 737, Mantua, OH 44255 or to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Lucinda Sharp-Gates, 72 of Parkman, surrounded by love, passed away peacefully Thursday evening, Dec. 14, 2017, at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. She was born in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sept. 24, 1945 to the late Robert and Linda (Orne-Heacock) Sharp II.

She earned a B.S. Degree from Hiram College and then a M.B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace Univ. Lucinda worked many years as a Real Estate Broker in her business, Gates Real Estate Concepts. She enjoyed helping strangers become neighbors in their new homes. Lucinda was also a co-owner and the Operations Manager of the Cleveland Parachute Center for over 20 years. While doing so, she founded and operated Second Wind, hot air balloon repair.

Lucinda continued serving the community as a former Parkman Township Trustee for many terms and also as a Board Member of the Great Geauga County Fair with a focus on Fine Arts. She also served as part of the National Ski Patrol-Ohio Region Team. Lucinda enjoyed life and loved to travel, especially overseas. She also liked horseback riding and was a devout member of the Quaker Third Haven Society of Friends in Easton, Md.

Lucinda will be greatly missed by her daughter, Esther (John) Gates; sister, Cecily Sharp-Whitehill; nephew, Robert (Mary) Whitehill with their son, Beau Whitehill; dear friend, Dub; step-children, Christy, Cathy, Bob, Maria, and Mike; granddogs, Maeve, Luna, Vern; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Donations in Lucinda’s memory are requested to be made to The Quaker Third Haven Monthly Meeting, P.O. Box 2379, Easton, MD 21601. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


After 57 years of living life to the fullest, Cheryl Ann Merryfield (Springer) left for a new adventure on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. She was at peace and in the loving presence of her family. An employee of Kraftmaid Cabinetry for 30 years, she accepted a new position as a guardian angel for her granddaughter, Emme. As you read this, she wants you to know that she is dancing in the rain with a margarita in hand, and she hopes that you will do the same when you think of her.

Cheryl’s life began on Aug. 29, 1960 in East Claridon, Ohio with her parents, Barbara Ann (Eltringham) and Burdette Springer and her brother, Randy. In 1990, she married her husband Mark and became Brooke’s Mom. Cheryl’s presence was like glitter – everything she touched sparkled a little more in her hands. She had a knack for gift giving and party throwing, and her greatest talent was the art of friendship. She enjoyed camping and hiking with Mark, collecting seashells on the beach with her toes in the sand, and celebrating life over boat drinks with friends. She believed in magic and looked forward to introducing Emme to the gnomes and fairies who live in her garden.

Cheryl’s magic will live on through her loved ones, especially her husband and soulmate, Mark Merryfield of Middlefield, Ohio; her daughter Brooke (Reggie) Merryfield Rios of Los Angeles, Calif.; her granddaughter Hope Emma Rios (Emme) of Los Angeles, Calif.; her brother Randy (Barbara) Springer of East Claridon, Ohio; her nieces Melanie Springer of East Claridon, Ohio and Jennifer Springer of Concord, Ohio; her bestie, Cherrie Smith Kinney of Auburndale, Fla.; and the many family members and friends whom she loved fiercely. This year, she will celebrate Christmas with her parents, Barbara and Burdette, who passed on before her and whom she missed dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Geauga County Dog Shelter, 12513 Merritt Road, Chardon, Ohio 44024. And the next time it rains, you know what to do! Memories and condolences can be sent to the family at www.russellslyfh.com .


Linda Alice Hopkins, 71, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 surrounded by loving family and friends. She was born July 30, 1946 in West Virginia, the daughter of Russell B. and Dorothy L. (Hudson) Dunbar.

Linda was an amazing woman, and to express her significance in words would be impossible. She was a lover of all things, but most importantly her family, friends, church, and animals. Abused dogs had a special place in her heart, and her and her husband, Mel Hopkins, rescued and adopted many of them into their family. Linda was also an exceptional cook, and had worked many years at Broadfield Manor Nursing Home as their dietary manager. It was something she was very proud of, and upon retirement she devoted a lot of her time to preparing meals for her church. When she was not busy cooking, Linda enjoyed watching the Cleveland Cavaliers and Browns, as well as Nascar. She enjoyed doing whatever it was that her loved ones enjoyed. If her nephews wanted to camp out she wanted to camp out. She also enjoyed making a trip to the movies for just the girls, and then another trip just for the boys.

Linda will be greatly missed for her exceptional love that extended way beyond those in her immediate family. Even if she barely knew you, her faith and genuine soul cared so much for you that she would often say a prayer on your behalf.

She leaves behind her beloved husband whom she celebrated 24 wonderful years with on Oct. 9, Mel Hopkins; sons, Darrin (Dina) Cook, Dean Cook, and Darrell Cook; sisters, Darla Titus, Diana Long, Carolyn (Alex) Tapia, Nancy (Jorge) Hernandez, Debbie Dunbar, Rhonda Dunbar, and Sandy Davila; brothers, Gary (Cindy) Dunbar and Dennis Dunbar; grandchildren, Brandon, Brittany, David, and Johnathan; and great granddaughter, Abigail Rose. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Donna Bradley; brother, Russell Ray; sister-in-law, Diana Dunbar.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory who is handling the arrangements. Visit www.ducro.com.


Grandpa’s Last Column

By Julie Fredrickson

Early on Dec. 6, Donald Jerome Benham slipped away, a week after celebrating his 98th birthday with his family. He suffered from pneumonia for the second time in two months, and didn’t have the strength to overcome it.

Donald was my father, and was one of the strongest men I ever met. My parents met at a skating rink. The story goes Dad told his friend this was the woman he would marry, without having met her. Mother says he tripped her and she fell into his arms. They married in 1941 and had one of the strongest marriages I have ever witnessed.

They had two little girls when he was drafted into the army in 1944. He made sure has wife, Flora, and children would be cared for, and then performed his duty for his county by serving in the Supply Corps in the Army, in the Philippines. He received an honorable discharge in 1946, and came home to his newest baby girl.

Donald knew how to play, but first he was a hard worker, a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a strong example of the way a man should lead a good Christian life. He was always honest, supportive, and a leader in everything he thought was important. He was very active in his church and the Masons, serving in various leadership roles. His wife and he travelled extensively in their Airstream Trailer. He served several times as president of that organization. He served as president of his ham radio club. He was an excellent photographer, and took pictures of covered bridges in Ashtabula County to be used in a fund-raising calendar.

Dad always worked two jobs. He built many homes in Ashtabula, including ours. He retired as a Con Rail train engineer when he was 58. He continued doing construction work for many years while my parents lived in Florida.

He moved to the Hiram area 4 years ago, and enjoyed his life at his assisted living home by playing Santa Clause for the Christmas party, the announcer for their annual car show, writing the home’s newsletter, going to Geauga county Senior Center, and writing articles as a columnist for the Middlefield post. He also attended church at Nelson Circle, and the Methodist church in Garrettsville.

Dad was a friend to so many, and loved by all. He was irreplaceable, and will always hold a place in our hearts. We are so much richer for having known him.

On a personal note, we at the Middlefield Post will truly miss his


Marian D. Miller, 5 hours of Windsor, was granted her angel wings Tuesday evening, Nov. 21, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. Marian was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving parents, David D. and Christina (Miller) Miller; siblings, Leona, Jacob, Rebecca, Ruthie, Adam, Naomi; paternal grandparents, Dave C. and Ida M. Miller; maternal grandparents, Robert H. and Dorothy R. Miller; paternal great-grandparents, Crist J. and Betty U. Miller, Mary M. Miller; maternal great grandparents, Dorothy A. Byler; and many friends. Marian is preceded in death by: brother, Marvin; paternal great grandfather, Melvin M. Miller; and maternal great-grandfather, Rueben R. Byler.

Marian was laid to rest in Noble Road Amish Cemetery in Windsor. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Corabell D. Bytnar (Mathews), 89 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Dec. 6, 2017 at Blossom Hill Heathcare in Huntsburg. She was born in Hadley, Pa. on May 9, 1928 to Emma Mathews and Charles Swager. Corabell is now reunited with her loving husband, John Bytnar, who died in 1986.

She enjoyed listening to country music, going to yard sales, collecting key chains and salt and pepper shakers, taking care of her German Shepherd, Hillary, watching her favorite shows, Bonanza and Gunsmoke, embroidering pillow cases, and doing puzzles.

Corabell will be greatly missed by her children, Dorothy (Jack) Kerns, John (Sherry Cervelli) Bytnar, Kathy (Jerry) Gibbs, Darlene (Glenn) Shale, David “Bob” (Kathy) Bytnar, Joe (Stephanie Boyd) Bytnar, Mike (Linda) Bytnar; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, Raymond Blair, Glenn (Donna) Richmond; and many friends. She is preceded in death by: her parents, husband John; grandson, Benjamin Gibbs; brothers, Richard Blair, George Blair, Harry Blair, Lester Richmond; sister-in-law, Cora Blair; and three infant sisters.

Corabell’s final resting place is next to her husband, John, in Overlook Cemetery, Parkman. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Walter W. Leagan, 79 of Chesterland, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Nov. 20, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Sept. 13, 1938. Walter married Gloria Jean Wagner on Aug. 12, 1961.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and a member of the N.R.A., who worked as a machinist until retirement. Walter had a passion for singing. He performed The Messiah for many years at Lake Erie College and more recently with the Celebration Choir for the Geauga County Hunger Task Force. Walter also enjoyed riding with Gloria in two Chapters of the Gold Wing Rider’s Association. He liked to be involved in community affairs and often attended Commissioner and Township Meetings to stay informed.

Walter will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Gloria; children, Emma (Chris Brockway) Meyer, Jeanette Wilmot, Francis Leagan, Erna (Howard) Mabel; brother-in-law, John Wagner; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many friends. He is preceded in death by: his parents, Frank and Erna (Mild) Leagan; sons, Walter and James Leagan; son-in-law, Donald Meyer; daughter-in-law, Joy Leagan; and grandsons, Mark and Michael Leagan.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Walter’s memory are asked to be made to either St. Mark Lutheran Church or the Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice, 38879 Mentor Ave., Ste A, Willoughby, OH 44094. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Ida M. Byler (nee Miller), 75 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, Dec. 2, 2017 at home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Arthur, Indiana on Sept. 25, 1942, to the late Milo J. and Lydia B. (Byler) Miller. Ida is now reunited with her loving husband, Andy J. Byler, who died Oct. 1, 2010. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be missed by children, Linda (Melvin) Shetler, Sara (David) Miller, Allen (Mary) Byler, Andy (Martha) Byler Jr., Melvin (Martha) Byler, Alma (Dave) Byler, Marie (John) Miller, Irene (Jonas) Hershberger, Nancy (John) Yoder, Emma (Marty) Hershberger; 66 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren; two brothers, five sisters, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ida was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Andy; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and three brothers.

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


Leora “Lee” Stone, 82 of Burton, entered eternal rest Friday morning, Nov. 17, 2017 at her home. She was born in Chardon, on March 20, 1935 to the late Clarence and Lillian (Hayek) Hill.

Lee was employed at Burton IGA grocery store at the age of 16 and worked there for many years. She also worked at the Western Reserve Store and The Burton Log Cabin. As a member of the Burton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, she organized and volunteered to work the annual spring pancake breakfasts for many years. Lee was the last remaining partner of the Lee-Ann Corporation that developed the 24 lots on Evergreen Dr. in Burton. She was also devoted mother and truly loved her two sons and family.

She leaves behind her sister, Rose Marie (Rosi) Hill Morris of Chagrin Falls; sons, Daniel (Linda) Stone of Burton; David (Debra) Stone of Wickenburg, Ariz.; grandchildren, Mallori (Dino Bagnola) Stone, Mackenzie (Chelsey) Stone, Aaron Stone, Addison Stone; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Leora’s memory are asked to be made to FirstLight HomeCare, 119 Main St., Chardon, OH 44024. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Harold E. Hall, 87 of Middlefield, went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 17, 2017. He was born in Windsor, Ohio on Dec. 5, 1929.

He was a tool and die maker in the rubber manufacturing industry, working his way up to President of the Stalwart Rubber Company, retiring after 38 years.  He was the holder of several patents, a Trustee for Middlefield Township for 10 years, a member of the Middlefield Historical Society, and a long- time member of St. Lucy’s Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons an infant and Gregory, two brothers Ralph Hall and Charles Hall, and a sister Frances Koller.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years Gertrude (Schwendeman) Hall, daughters Theresa (Gary) Shively and Barb (Chuck) Ingrassia, and sons Carl(Janet) Hall, Anthony (Ruth) Hall, Kevin (Sandy) Hall, and Leonard (Patty) Hall, (Michele). He has 23 grandchildren, Joe, Scott, Kim (Greg), Allison, Andrew (Emily), Matthew, Olivia (Denton), Oliver, Hannah, Owen, Nick, Christopher (Rebecca), Jeff, Josh, Jeremy, Tina (Vince), Angela (Tom), Gina (Scott), Toni-Marie (Tim), Katherine (Jesse), Kristine, Brett, and Benjamin.  He has 18 great-grandchildren Taylor (Gabe), Seth, Alexis, Nicole, Vincent, Chase, Dominic, Jacob, Paige, Michael, Amanda, Riley, Adam, Hayden, Cambria, Asher, Alayna and Chesney, He is also survived by three great-great grandchildren Dominic, Mila, and Aiden.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Sisters of Notre Dame in Chardon, 13000 Auburn Rd., Chardon, OH 44062, or Hospice of the Western Reserve. Memories and Condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Enos Barkman Sr., 94, of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Friday morning, November 24th, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Mark Center, OH on September 24th, 1923 to the late Samuel P. and Lena (Plank) Barkman. Enos is now reunited with his loving wife, Lizzie (Schmucker) Barkman, who died in 2006. Enos, a member of the Old Order Amish Church, was an ordained Minister since 1954 of the Middlefield West Church District.

He will be missed by: his children, Samuel (Mary) Barkman, Leona Mae (Ervin) Miller, Barbara Ann (Eli) Burkholder Jr., Mary Ann (Melvin) Kurtz, Roman Barkman, David (Sarah) Barkman, Enos (Susan) Barkman Jr., Lena (Peter) Troyer; 39 grandchildren; 104 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; 1 sister; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Enos is preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Lizzie; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers; and 3 sisters.


Doris A. Baumgartner (nee Campbell), 73 of Russell, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer, Thursday afternoon, Nov. 23, 2017. She was at home and surrounded by her family. Doris was born in Bedford, Ohio on Aug. 27, 1944 to the late Robert and Bertha (Learn) Campbell. She married Jim Baumgartner in 1974.

She was an avid gardener and also enjoyed decorating and planning for the holidays. Doris especially loved making each holiday special for her grandchildren. She was also passionate about putting others first by working as a home health caregiver for many years.

Doris will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 43 years, Jim; children, Laurie (Don) McPherson, Donald Swift, Sheila Thomas, Lisa (Glenn) Trenton, Michele (Mike) Malliski, Denise Baumgartner, Robert (Merissa) Baumgartner; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother, Jerry Vernon; and many friends. She is preceded in death by: her parents; granddaughter, Mandi; and sister, Louise. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.

 


Berniece Phipps, 93 of Burton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov.14, 2017 at Burton Health Care Center. She was born Feb. 3, 1924 in Pleasant City, Ohio to John and Irene (Fetcho) Repasky.  She was employed in the Human Resource Department at UHHS Geauga Hospital for many years.  When she retired she was a Volunteer at the hospital and also volunteered for her favorite charity, the March of Dimes. She liked to help care for others and was an asset to her community. Berniece was a dog lover and had many pet Yorkie’s.

Berniece was preceded in death by her dear husband Wayne Phipps, her parents, step mother Helen Repasky, brothers John and Michael Repasky, sisters Irene Valentine, Mary Lou Allyn, Barbara Long, and sister-in-law Jacqueline Repasky. She is survived by her loving son, Wayne John Phipps, step sisters Marge Overman and Martha Miller and brother Jim (Lavonne) Repasky, and two grandchildren Brian and Regan Phipps.

Her final resting place is in Shadyside Cemetery, Auburn. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cross Roads Hospice, 9775 Rockside Road Suite 270, Cleveland, Ohio 44125. Memories and condolences can be made at www.russellslyfh.com.


Kenneth Carlyle Blair Jr. age 79, lifelong resident of Newbury, died Nov. 24, 2017, after a long illness. Ken was the eldest son of Kenneth Sr. and Virginia (nee Busch), both deceased. He was a 1956 graduate of Burton High School where he was active in Key Club, theatre, played the trumpet and was a four-year letterman in football, basketball, and wrestling. He attended Ohio University from 1956-1957. He also worked at Central National Bank and Shaker Savings Bank before working his way up to Manager of Operations at Cleveland Freight Lines. Ken opened Blair Cartage Trucking Company in 1970, which he proudly operated for 38 years. Ken was a member of the Newbury School Board for 44 years and a member of the Auburn Career Center Board for 22 years. He also served on the Ohio School Board Association for 35 years, was a member of the Newbury Jaycees for 20 years and a football referee for 25 years. Ken is a 32-degree Master Mason and a life member of the American Trucking Association.  He was an active member of the National Federation of Independent Business from 1984-2016, where he served on the Guardian Advisory Council (GAC). He was an active lifetime member of the Geauga County Republican Party at which time he ran for US Congress, District 32, and won the Republican Primary. For over 30 years he drove the Ohio State Football equipment truck. He parked the original tractor trailer on his company property on Kinsman Road for all to see.

Ken was the beloved husband of Jan Jindra, loving father of Sharon, Ken III (Annette), Karen, Joy (Zach), Joelle (John) and Bob (Tracy) loving grandfather of Brad (Laura), Justin, Caitrin (Eric) Ellen (Eric), Morgan, Heather, Kendra, Lauren, Colleen and Johnny, great-grandfather of Brody and Farrah, brother to Mary, Martha (Larry), Tom (Vicki), Frank (Susan) and Charlie (Yuxia).

In place of flowers the family requests that you send contributions to Auburn Career Center in honor of Ken’s name, 8140 Auburn Road, Concord Twp., Ohio 44077. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Berniece E. Baptie (nee Soltis), 90 of Parkman, passed away peacefully at the Ames Hospice House in Westlake on Monday morning, Nov. 27, 2017. She was born in Parkman on April 19, 1927 to the late Frank and Mary (Kedzuf) Soltis Sr. Berniece is now reunited with her loving husband, Kenneth J. Baptie, who died Sept. 2, 1984.

She was a woman of many talents who was devoted to her family and home. Berniece, at an early age, learned hard work ethics from her parents. Over the years, Berniece learned how to do just about everything in a home. She enjoyed raising her four daughters, hand sewing their clothes and passing on the family tradition of hard work ethics. Berniece also loved ballroom dancing. She later managed multiple rental properties around Parkman.

Berniece will be greatly missed by daughters, Diana Adams, Bonnie Swontek, Debi (Herb) Schreiber, Cindy (Mike) Derifield; grandchildren, April Adams, Nichol (Scott) Morrison, Jennifer (Geoff) Berman, Jon Swontek, Stefanie Swontek, Dr. Sarah (Dan) McKinley, Josh (Stephanie Sipp) Hendershott, Kevin (Blancha) Hendershott;nine great-grandchildren; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; son-in-law, Gary Swontek; and seven siblings.

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


Scott E. Springer, 55 of Middlefield, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning, Nov. 4, 2017 at his home. He was born in Chardon on April 11, 1962 to the late Robert V. and Sarah (Eltringham) Springer.

He will be missed by his son, Scotty (Christine) Springer; daughter, Jessica (Mike) Durman; grandchildren, Abagail Springer, Aliya Springer, Garrett Springer, Emma Durman, Liam Durman; brother, Brad (Petra) Springer; and many friends. Scott is preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Robert “Quent” Springer; and sister, Valerie Post. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Doreen Sue Watson, 52 of Middlefield passed away suddenly at UH Geauga Hospital. She was born July 15, 1965 in Cleveland to Emory and Doreen (Sargis) Minord. She graduated for Mentor High School in 1983. Doreen was a “Jane of all trades”, she worked many places over the years. She worked in the bakery and as a cashier for Middlefield Giant Eagle. She loved spending time with her family and grandson. She loved shopping, crafts, cooking, taking long road trips, and her animals especially the” yappy” ones.

Doreen will be sadly missed by her loving husband William “Bill” T. Watson, her daughters, Melissa (John) Ward of Middlefield, Kaitlyn (Bryan) McNish of Cortland, grandson, Tucker McNish with another one on the way, father, Emory Minord of Cortland, sister, Sharon Demopoulos of Madison, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Melvin E. Miller, 83 of West Farmington, passed away peacefully at UH-Geauga Medical Center, early Tuesday morning, Nov. 14, 2017. He was born Aug. 24, 1934 in Middlefield to the late Eli J. and Emma (Shetler) Miller. Melvin is now reunited with his loving wife of 59 years, Ada Y. (Yoder) Miller, who died in 2015. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by his loving children, Cynthia Ann (Ervin) Byler of Hillsboro, Ohio, Kathlyn Maria Gingerich of Pennsylvania, Robert Daniel (Elvesta) Miller of Kentucky, Mary Sue (Sam) Detweiler of Kentucky, Kay Emma (Joe) Miller of Kentucky, Mark Edward (Martha) Miller of Kentucky, Melvin Ray (Ruth) Miller of West Farmington, Ohio, Andrew Jon (Sara Jane) Miller of Burton; 49 grandchildren; 102 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Melvin is preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Ada; son-in-law, William Gingerich; and three grandchildren.

Melvin’s final resting place is next to Ada in Troyer Cemetery, West Farmington. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


James “Jim” C. Jones Jr., 95 of Huntsburg, passed away peacefully at Blossom Hill Healthcare, Wednesday morning, Nov. 8, 2017. He was born Feb. 13, 1922 to the late James C. and Gertrude (Fredericks) Jones Sr.

He worked in sales management and was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Air Force in World War II and also the Korean War.

Jim will be missed by his sister, Barbara Shima of Mentor; son, James C. Jones III; many grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. He is preceded in death by: his parents; son, Dennis Jones; siblings, Loretta Jones, Gertrude Brugh, Richard Jones, Ronald Jones; and brother-in-law, George Shima. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Lee John Gray, 50 of Troy, Ohio passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. He was born May 4, 1967 in Claridon, son of the late Lee H. and JoAnn (Shuky) Gray. A lifelong resident of Geauga County, Lee graduated from Newbury High School and attended Ohio State University Agricultural Tech Institute in Wooster. He was a dairy farmer for Timmons Farm, Ltd in Auburn for many years. He was a member of Montville Highlanders snowmobile club; NTPA Pullers Association; and was a lifetime exhibitor at Geauga Co. Fair for the dairy cows and draft horses. Lee was an avid hunter and fisherman. He always enjoyed lending a helping hand to those in need. His family and friends will miss him.

He is survived by his beloved wife Teri (Hegyi) Gray, whom he married Sept. 22, 2007; his loving children, Britny Gray; Zakary Gray, Jennifer (Justin) Hess, and Jillianne Bartholomew; five grandchildren; and his brother Bob Gray. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother John David Gray. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Phyllis M. Jones, 59, of West Farmington, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, October 24th, 2017 at her home. She was born in Warren, OH on March 18th, 1958. Phyllis is once again reunited with her loving husband, Wesley Jones, who died ten years ago. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by: children, Edward (Amy) Jones, Jessica (Paul) Howard, Christopher (Erin) Jones, Jonathan (Amanda) Jones; 15 grandchildren; great-granddaughter, Paizley Booth; sisters, Jennifer Francisco, Barbara Dial; and many friends. Phyllis is preceded in death by: her parents, Edward and Clara (Geho) Shery; husband, Wesley; son, Eric R. Jones; and sister, Elaine Wilcox.

Family and friends will be received from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT 10:30 A.M., FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27TH, 2017 AT THE FUNERAL HOME. Phyllis’ final resting place will be next to her husband in Hillside Cemetery, West Farmington, OH. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Linda F. Vondrasek (nee Lambert), 69 of Newbury, passed away peacefully at Blossom Hill Healthcare in Huntsburg, on Friday afternoon, Oct. 20, 2017. She was born in Cherry Grove, W.V. on May 26,1948 to Ashford and Creola (Simmons) Lambert. Linda married William Vondrasek March 1, 1995.

She worked as a Meter Technician at L.F.E. Process Control Systems in Chesterland and later as a Secretary for Allied Dealers Supply (Ironman Contractor Supply) in Newbury. Linda enjoyed reading and being outdoors. She loved fishing and hunting and also became one of the best trap-shooters at the Orwell Gun Club.

Linda will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 22 years, William; mother, Creola; siblings, Tammy (John) Carlton, Dean Lambert; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her father.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in Linda’s name. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Betty B. Zrolka Garman, 91 of Middlefield, formerly of Florida, passed away Monday morning, Oct. 23, 2017 at Briar Hill Health Care. She was born Sept. 10, 1926 in Chester, Ohio, daughter of the late Archie and Caroline (Pelton) Barnes. She received her degree in Nursing at Hocking Technical College. Betty retired from Geauga Hospital where she was a nurse in the maternity ward for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield. In 1987 she moved to Florida with her husband Alexander Zrolka and they were members and active with Sebastian United Methodist Church in Sebastian, FL When Alexander passed away in 2002, she stayed in FL. She later met and married Robert Garman. She moved back to Middlefield five years ago. Her hobbies included sewing, camping, playing organ, and traveling. She enjoyed going to Italy to see her son and going to California to see her brother Ken.

Betty will be missed by her family and friends; three children, John (Trudy) Kuch of Marietta, David (Cheryl) Kuch of Huntsburg, and Carol (Jeffrey) Fouse of St. Louis, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and her sister Edna Davis of Middlefield. She is preceded in death by her parents; former husband Peter Kuch, second husband Alexander Zrolka, third husband Robert Garman; her brother Kenneth and his wife Harriet Barnes; her brother, Harold and his wife Judy Barnes, and her brother in law Robert Davis. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


John Richard “Dick” Jacques, 84 of Middlefield passed away at his home Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. He was born Oct.21, 1933 in Bergholz, Ohio to the late Richard Jacques and Pearl (Starn) Jacques-Hannan. He was the owner of Middlefield Auto Wrecking for of 40 years. Dick enjoyed antique/junk cars, listening to country music, and was an avid Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Fan, was a workaholic but would always enjoy a good western or an episode of Gun Smoke. He was also a member of the Old Man’s Breakfast and Mini Mart Club where he would play the Lottery.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Darlene (Flitcroft) Jacques, whom he will have been married to for 65 years on Dec, 31, 2017, his children, Dick (Linda) Jacques, Jr. of N. Bloomfield, Cindy (Scott) Lillibridge of Burton, three grandchildren, Nicole (Larry Elwood) Jacques of West Farmington, Heather (Nick) Tromba of Burton, and Shawn (Alicia) Lillibridge of Burton, six great grandchildren, Wyatt Elwood, Evan and Addison Tromba, Gavin, Brody and Aubree Lillibridge, three brothers, Richard (Mary Ann) Jacques of Bristolville, Dennis Hanna of Florida, and James Hanna of Texas. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Norma Turner, Linda Hannan and a brother Michael Evans. Memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Gary E. Thompson Sr. age 63 of Burton, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, 2017. He was born in Cleveland on Dec. 20, 1953 to the late William and Delores (Boggs) Thompson. Gary later married Bonnie Weber on July 27, 1985.

He was co-owner of Custom Boat Covers of Aurora. Gary was an avid NASCAR racing fan and loved rebuilding Ford Mustangs among other cars. He also enjoyed drag racing at Thompson Drag Raceway and occasionally driving at open charity events for Rainbows and Babies and other Charity Events. Gary’s biggest love though came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, Hannah and Gavin.

Gary will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 32 years, Bonnie; children, Cara (Dan) Parks, Gary Thompson Jr., Ann (Tony Tamburro) Thompson, Bill Thompson; grandchildren, Hannah and Gavin Parks; brother, Brian (Jeanette) Thompson; sister-in-law, Kim Thompson; and many friends. He is preceded in death by: his parents and brother, Bruce Thompson. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Wilma Mae Nickita, 84 of Chardon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 surrounded by her family at Briar Hill Health Care. She was born Aug. 26, 1933 in Orlando West Virginia to the late Elza and Mary Virginia (Bond) Workman.

Wilma worked for Great Lakes Cheese for many years as a packer. She was known for her glorious gardens and her unbelievable homemade Christmas cookies. Wilma would help anyone in need and expect nothing in return. Her sense of humor and orneriness was known by everyone that knew her, and her incident with the exploding green beans in the pressure cooker made family history. Wilma dedicated herself to helping others and she loved spending time with her family. Wilma is remembered and treasured as a loving mother, grandmother, and great- grandmother who made a difference in the lives around her.

She is survived by her loving children; Sheryl De la Rosa of Mifflin, Ohio, Nickolas (Melodye) Nickita, of East Claridon, Patricia Shiflett of Chardon, and Gary(Michelle) Nickita of Chardon, Ohio; her sister, Lora Montgomery. grandchildren, Jesse (Jessica) De la Rosa, Holly (Steven) Borawski, Jillian De la Rosa, Brandon De la Rosa, Danielle(Rory) Mc Millin, Zachary West, Nicole West, and Zachary Shiflett, Great-grandchildren Austin De la Rosa, Andrea De la Rosa, Marissa Porter, Miranda Porter, Aiden Mc Millin, Steven Borawski, Olivia Borawski, Liliana Thomas, Liam Borawski, Pollux De la Rosa, Presley Borawski, and Hayden De la Rosa. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Nickolas Nickita; her sisters, Mary Maxine Roberts, Betty Workman, and brothers Edwin Workman, Eugene Workman, and Willard “Bud” Workman.

It was a blessing to know Wilma and everyone was impacted by her humor, quick wit, and dedication. May God hold her in the palm of His hands. The family wishes to thank the staff of Briar Hill and Hospice of Western Reserve for their caring service. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.

 


William “Bill” Gingerich, 87 of Burton, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Middlefield, Thursday morning, Oct. 19, 2017. He was born in Burton on Jan. 26, 1930 to the late Amos and Ida (Yoder) Gingerich. Bill married Bertha Borntreger on June 5, 1956.

He participated in the Citizen’s Service Corps during World War II by volunteering countless hours at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. Bill then worked at Johnson Rubber before retiring in 1995. He loved music and played the guitar and harmonica. Bill was a great handyman who could fix or repair anything. He enjoyed woodworking, especially making birdhouses. Bill also liked to fix up old VW Beetle cars and camping in his VW Camper Van.

Bill will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Bertha; children, Juanita (Gary) Matheny, Ronald (Mary Ann) Gingerich, Marilyn (Robert) Reckart; grandchildren, Justin (Ann Bomberger) Gingerich, Clayton Gingerich, Halle (fiance, Tim Miller) Gingerich, Courtney Matheny, William Matheny; siblings, Melbern Gingerich, Ada Mullet, Abe (Betty) Gingerich, Susan (Noah “Willie”) Borntreger; Amos (Mary) Gingerich, Barb (Harry) Yoder, Ruth (Bill) Detweiler, Paul Gingerich; sister-in-law, Hester Gingerich; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Owen Gingerich, Allen Gingerich; brother-in-law, Albert Mullet; and sister-in-law, Sara Gingerich.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s name are requested to be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Steve Vargo, 96, of Aquilla, Ohio passed away peacefully at his home, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. He was born Jan. 22, 1921 in Cleveland. Steve attended Montville Elementary School. He married Ida McGurer  Oct. 26, 1945 in Jefferson, Ohio. Steve is now reunited with his loving wife of over 70 years, Ida A. Vargo, who died Sept. 16, 2017.

Steve, a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran, served over Italy in 1944 and 1945 as a tail gunner for the 781st Bomb Squadron, 465th Bomb Group (H), 15th Air Force. He was the last surviving member of his squadron. After getting out of the Army, he worked as a carpenter for Lunka Brothers Construction in Painesville, and later as a self-employed carpenter, building many homes in Geauga County and the surrounding areas. Steve was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting trips to West Virginia and fishing trips to Michigan with his two sons. In later years, he enjoyed going to garage sales with his wife, Ida.

Steve is survived by sons, Lester (Joyce) Vargo of Mesopotamia and Dennis (Susan) Vargo of Middlefield; 10 grandchildren; Rachel, (Brian) Dean of Bristolville, Stacey (Tony) Sole of Chardon, Tammy (Joseph Jr.) Pavlic of Kinsman, Christina (Joseph) Walsh of Middlefield, Gary (Hollie) Randell of Orwell, Richard (Kristen) Randell of Arizona, Amber (Dan) Earls of Colebrook, Devyn (Dominic) Maniglia of Burton, Breanne (Derek) Ashba of Middlefield, Dakota (Tasha Mann) Vargo of Chardon; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. His parents, three sisters, and two brothers preceded him in death.

In honor of his memory, donation are requested to be made to the Geauga County Veterans Service Commission, 470 Center St., Ste #5-B, Chardon, OH 44024. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Stanislava Slak (Huc), 89 of Burton, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Oct. 17, 2017 at Burton Healthcare Residence. She was born May 26, 1928 in Trebnje, Slovenia to the late Ignacaj and Julijana (Erste) Huc. Stanislava enjoyed sewing, cooking, bingo, and especially dominoes.

She will be greatly missed by sons, Anthony (Karen) Slak, William (Windy) Slak; grandchildren, Beth Goodwill, Alora Slak, Kevin Slak, Katie Slak; great-grandchildren, Logan and Juliana; brother, Julijan Huc; and many friends. Stanislava is preceded in death by her parents; son, Zdravko Slak; and six siblings.
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Shelley Anne (Adams) Janssen, 63, entered her heavenly home on Oct. 17, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her fight, and ultimately gave her peace. Shelley was born on Sept. 9, 1954 in Chardon to Paul E. Adams and Dixie-lee Adams Treadwell. She graduated from Berkshire High School in 1973. She married Charles Janssen on Oct. 8, 1977. Shelley attended police school and then became a police officer for the city of Painesville. She worked various part-time jobs while she raised her children and worked later at Junction Auto and most recently at UH Geauga Medical Center. Shelley’s love for God and unshakeable faith was seen, heard, and felt by all who knew her. Even during her worst suffering she never let go of her faith and she always praised God for his goodness and grace. Shelley’s passion for hospitality and fellowship was experienced by many in the community. She loved inviting people into her home to share a meal and talk about the Lord. Every person who entered her home felt the warmth, compassion and genuine love she had for people. She was a heavenly blessing to all who met her. Shelley prided herself in making sure her home, lawn and landscape were pristine, and she always found peace and comfort in mowing the grass and working in the yard. She was a devoted wife, who blessed her husband with 40 years of marriage, whom she met at the age of 13. She was a loving and caring mother to her children and in-laws, and always made time for her children no matter what. She loved her grandchildren and brought them so much joy as they loved to read books and do crafts with “Gammy.”

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” Proverbs 31:28-29

Shelley is survived by her mother Dixie-lee W. Adams (Norman) Treadwell; her husband Charles W. Janssen of Mesopotamia; her children, Paul (Caroline) Janssen, Daniel Janssen, Jenna (Nick) Rundo; her grandchildren Myles Janssen, Emilie Janssen, Josiah Rundo; and her siblings Steve Adams, Gene (Becki) Adams, Rhonda (Willie) Wynn, Paula (Brad) Baker, and Scott (Kathy) Adams; as well as her brother-in-law Ted (Sue) Janssen; many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father Paul E. Adams; father-in-law Kenneth Janssen; and mother-in-law Jenelyn Janssen. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com

Thank you to the incredible amount of people who have prayed for, encouraged, and given so generously to our family. “May God bless you all abundantly.”


Frederick “Fred” A. Fisher, 62 of Parkman, passed away Tuesday evening, Oct. 10, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born in Warren, Ohio on Dec.16, 1954 to the late Eli and Martha (Miller) Fisher.

Fred was a self-employed with Fisher Custom Carpentry where he built numerous luxury homes in the Russell, Chagrin Falls, South Russell areas of Geauga County. He enjoyed woodworking in general as well as cooking and canning. Fred was also an avid outdoorsman where he loved to hunt and fish.

He leaves behind to mourn his loss: sons, Clinton (Trisha Byler) Fisher, Daniel Fisher; grandson, Mason J. Fisher; brother, Ed “Eli” (Doris) Fisher; sisters, Mary Lou (Bob) Bentfeld, Diana (Ivan) Bridgewater, Linda Fisher, Barbara (Brad) Mack; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Fred is preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Glenn Fisher, Dwight Fisher; and sister, Kaye Duncan. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Paul “Bud” L. Walker Jr., 73 of West Farmington, passed away peacefully at home Thursday morning, Sept.21, 2017. He was born in Warren, Ohio on March 4, 1944 to the late Paul L. and Mildred (Mathews) Walker Sr. Paul married Doreen Sloan on Nov. 4, 1973.

He proudly served as an Aviation Ordnance Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Paul was a flight crew member with Patrol Squadron FORTY-SIX and also stationed on the aircraft carrier, USS Oriskany (CVA-34) for 4 years. After the Navy, Paul was briefly a Police Officer for the Village of Middlefield. He then worked 25 years as a Field Service Engineer for HPM in Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Paul continued working as the owner/operator of a computer store called “Intelligent Data Equipment” for 5 years prior to his retirement.

Paul will be greatly missed by his wife of nearly 44 years, Doreen; daughter, Nadine R. Walker; son, Timothy P. (Page) Walker; grandchildren, Paul, Maggie, Charles; siblings, Rellajeanne (Ray) Cook, Dawn (Dana) Srbinovich, Glenn (Jackie) Walker; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


Mathew Benjamin Dolezal, 37 of West Farmington, passed away Monday, Oct. 2 , 2017. He was born in Warren, Ohio on Dec. 5, 1979. Mathew is the son of Lori (Brown) Rea and Mark and Patti Dolezal. He attended Auburn Career Center in the Allied Health Program and graduated from Cardinal High School in 1998 and married Sara Lynch on Oct. 30 that same year.

Mathew enlisted in the U.S. Army as a senior and went on to become a Combat Medic. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., then his Medic training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He was permanently stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. with the 101st Airborne Division. After leaving the Army he graduated from the Eastern Kentucky University Police Academy, and served as a Police Officer in Guthrie and Cadiz, KY. He was also a Kentucky Realtor.

He loved being outdoors, and was an avid deer and turkey hunter ever since getting his first buck at the age of 11. He and his father hiked Mt. Shasta in California to trace his grandfather’s (Buck Dolezal) steps who climbed it while in the Civil Conservation Corps. He loved collecting guns and spending time with friends and family. Mathew was always ready to help a friend in need and he will be greatly missed by all.

Mathew is survived by loving wife of 19 years, Sara; father, Mark (Patti McNish) Dolezal; mother, Lori (Bob) Rea; brother, Michael (Sarah Hawkins) Dolezal; nieces and nephews, Flora, Andrew and Brendan Dolezal and MacKenzie, Henley, Hendrik and Willem Wolfert; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in Mathew’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Geauga Dog Shelter. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Douglas E. Lehman Sr., age 45 of Orwell, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Claridon, Ohio on Oct. 6, 1971 to Dale R. and Mary L. (Williams) Lehman. He was a self-employed carpenter who enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time with his brothers.

He will be missed by his loving mother, Mary Lehman; son, Douglas “D.J.” Lehman Jr.; daughter, Ariel Lehman; siblings, Lila (Gary) Mansell; Donna Lowe, Richard Lehman, Paul Lehman; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Douglas is preceded in death by his father and brother, Dale Lehman Jr. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to help his children with final expenses. Online condolences may be sent and a tribute video viewed at www.bestfunerals.com.


Delores A. Grzincic (nee Smith), 71 of Middlefield, passed away peacefully at home Sunday afternoon, Sept. 24, 2017. She was surrounded by her loving family. Delores was born in Beckley, W.V. on April 10, 1946 to the late William G. and Marjorie (Rodgers) Smith. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and the annual family fourth of July Pig Roast. Delores was devoted to her family and she will be deeply missed.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 51 years, Robert “Bob” Grzincic; daughters, Delores Ann (Steven) Basile, Michelle (Robert) Richards, Pamela (Chuc) Nguyen; grandchildren, Jessica, Zachary, Ashlynne, Lily, Cassandra; sister, Nancy Oliver; brother, Arthur Smith; and many friends. Delores is preceded in death by: her parents; brother, Donald Smith; brother-in-law, James Oliver; and sister-in-law, Ida Smith. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Calista Hope Yutzy, beloved daughter of Daniel and Joy (Faller) Yutzy of West Farmington; loving granddaughter of Noah and Barbara Yutzy and Edward and Judy Faller. She was brought into this world Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. The angels came for our beautiful baby girl, who now rests in the loving arms of our heavenly Father. She is with her baby sister Ariel Yutzy, who was miscarried on Jan. 18, 2017. We know you are kept safe, forever loved, and within our hearts.

“We blow your kisses to the sky and off to you we let them fly. Each one a wish we wrap in love, then send to you so high above. We feel you watching as we do, and know you hear each, “We love you”.

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Ida A. Vargo (nee McGurer), 87 of Chardon, went home to be with her Savior on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. Ida was born Oct. 29th, 1929 in Chardon, Ohio, the daughter of Clayton and Ida McGurer and attended Chardon Schools. Ida married Steve Vargo  Oct. 16, 1945 in Jefferson, Ohio. She was a waitress for years at Junction Restaurant and Bill and Syl’s Restaurant. She then worked at Notre Dame in Munson for 19 years until her retirement in 1989. She also served on Aquilla Village Council for many years.

Ida is survived by her husband of 70 years; two sons, Lester (Joyce) Vargo of Mesopotamia and Dennis (Susan) Vargo of Middlefield; 10 grandchildren; Rachel, (Brian) Dean of Bristolville, Stacey (Tony) Sole of Chardon, Tammy (Joseph Jr.) Pavlic of Kinsman, Christina (Joseph) Walsh of Middlefield, Gary (Hollie) Randell of Orwell, Richard (Kristen) Randell of Arizona, Amber (Dan) Earls of Colebrook, Devyn (Dominic) Maniglia of Burton, Breanne (Derek) Ashba of Middlefield, Dakota (Tasha Mann) Vargo of Chardon; 21 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Her parents, Clayton and Ida McGurer, two sisters, Betty Shaffer, Leora Johnson, three brothers, Lester McGurer, Lawrence McGurer, and Junior McGurer preceded her in death.

Ida was a member of Word of Faith Church in Chardon, Ohio. She loved to garage sale, talk on the phone with her friends and spend time with her family but so enjoyed when the great-grandchildren would come to visit. Her family and friends will dearly miss her.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in Ida’s memory to Parkside Care Corps, 831 South St., Chardon, OH 44024. Online condolences may be sent at
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Emma M. Miller, 87 of Mesopotamia, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Sept. 13, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. She was born in Chardon on Jan.  6, 1930 to the late Jeremiah J. and Ada M. (Miller) Miller. Emma is now reunited with her loving husband of 28 years, Andy E. Miller, who died in 1980. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by children, Ada Miller, Mary (Reuben) Byler, Elizabeth (Bill) Miller, Emma (David) Miller, Eli (Martha) Miller, Jeremiah (Mary Sue) Miller, Ella (Ray) Miller, Andy (Betty) Miller Jr., Daniel (Mary Lou) Miller, Lucy Ann (Marty) Detweiler, Cristy (Anna Mary) Miller, Esther (Andy Jr.) Yoder; son-in-law, Nelson (Martha) Wengerd; 85 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; four brothers; three sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Emma is preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Andy; daughter, Katie Wengerd; an infant son; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother and two sisters.

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


Paul Joseph Kovary, 81 of Newbury died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cleveland on Nov. 13, 1935, son of the late Joseph and Lillian Kovary. He was a graduate of John Adams High School and served in the U.S. Army. Paul married Diane Lasch Aug. 31, 1955. They lived in Newbury since 1961. He was the owner of Hawthorne Hill Landscaping for 40 years. His hobbies were photography and stain glass making. He especially enjoyed traveling 200 miles to go on lunch excursions with his family. His friends and family will miss him.

Paul is survived by his beloved wife Diane of 62 years; three children, Deborah (Daryl) Hartshorn, Pamela (Bill) Cooper and Daniel (Justina) Kovary; six grandchildren, Victoria Zappia, Bryan (Amy) Murfello, Nicole Murfello, Christina Cooper, Justin and Jason Kovary; his great granddaughter Liliana Eggleston; his sister Catherine Laubscher; three sisters-in-law, Allayne McVan, Karen (Joseph) Leckemby, Jane (Stan Malless) Kvetko; and many nephews, nieces, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother John Roger Kovary.

Paul donated his body to Case Western School of Medicine. In lieu flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44110. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Jeffrey Edward Gibbs, 66, a lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away with his family by his side at UH Geauga Medical Center Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. He was born in Chardon on July 22, 1951, son of the late Edward and Charlene (Harrington) Gibbs. After graduating from Cardinal High School, he received his associate degree in accounting at Warren Business School. He married Sue Holloran May 13, 1978. Jeff worked for Myron Gibbs Excavating, Gibbs Excavating, and Gibbs Maintenance Service. He cut, split and sold firewood and mowed lawns. Jeff was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Middlefield; member of the Middlefield Fire Department for 50 years; Historical Engine Society; and was Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop #94. He loved going camping, fishing; gardening, and going on trips to Canada. He especially loved being with his family. Jeff was hardworking, yet relaxed and easy going. He enjoyed life and talking with whomever he met.

He will be missed dearly by his friends and family; his beloved wife Sue of 39 years; his son Scott (Hilary) Gibbs of Clinton Twp., MI; his daughter Holly (Brian) Fritinger of Middlefield; four grandchildren, Scott and Rebecca Fritinger and Konner and Mason Gibbs; his brother Jerry (Kathy) Gibbs and sister Joyce (Carl) Prinkey, both of Middlefield; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister Judy Adams; and his granddaughter Marissa Fritinger.

In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Daniel Ray Glick, 72, long time resident of Troy, passed away Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 14, 1944 in Topeka, Indiana, son of the late Milo and Elva (Mullet) Glick. Daniel married Betty Slabaugh Oct. 25, 1973 and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.  His heart was in farming. He enjoyed being with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Daniel is survived by his beloved wife Betty of 43 years; seven children, Miriam (Aden) Miller, Laura (Andy) Miller, Marvin (Linda) Glick, Anna Marie (Matthew) Hershberger, Mary (Lester) Miller, Sylvia (Reuben) Yoder, and Viola Glick; and 33 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, a baby; and four grandchildren. Burial was at Sugar Loaf Cemetery in Troy. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Ellen Diane Politzer, 71, of Troy Twp, passed away on September 20, 2017 at Burton Health Care & Rehabilitation Center surrounded by her loving family.

Ellen was born Aug. 5, 1946 in Cleveland to Jack and Helen Kirkes. Her early years were spent in California and Pennsylvania before settling in Ohio where she lived with her husband Bruce and raised two children. Throughout her life Ellen revealed a wealth of talents and developed a lifelong love of horses. She was an accomplished marksman with several state championships to her credit as well as numerous medals attesting to her expert status. She retained her extraordinary aptitude with weapons and her knack seemed to apply to any weapon she picked up. She and Bruce went on a cruise for their honeymoon and she easily won the skeet shooting contest held off the stern of the cruise ship. Ellen and Bruce shared a mutual interest in firearms which both Jason and Jenn seemed to have developed also. Later in life Ellen combined two of her passions, horses and marksmanship, and became a ‘cowboy mounted shooter’ with the Lake Erie Mounted Vaqueros, competing as often as she could on her talented mount Sitarra.

Ellen gave freely of herself, helping others and the community. She was a medic by profession, having worked for both ambulance services and in the emergency room at the local hospital, until retirement. She was a volunteer medic and firefighter with her local fire department. This was another pursuit shared with her husband. Many times they were the medics on scene or transporting a patient, trying to save lives. In the last few years Ellen loved time spent with her young granddaughter Gabrielle who seems to have inherited the love of horses from her Mother and grandmother. Ellen was very gifted artistically and in many different mediums; paint, leather, wood, beads, jewelry, yarn, sewing among others. When she had time to cook the results were always appreciated. Many of her efforts were gifts treasured by the recipients.

Ellen is survived by her husband of 28 years, Bruce Politzer, daughter, Jennifer Politzer and granddaughter Gabrielle of Burton, her son Jason (Aimee) Gaenzle of Inez, Texas., her mother-in-law Catherine Politzer, Burton, sisters-in-law Judith Politzer and Susan Mullett both of Burton, brothers-in-law Eric (Qinghuan) Politzer of Brooklyn, N.Y., Brent Politzer and Tom (Dawn) Politzer, also of Burton, niece Erin Politzer, Portland, Ore., nephews Justin and Matthew Politzer, Burton, and her stepmother, Marie Kirkes, Ventura, Calif. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Betty I. Parrino (nee Shaffer), 93, of Middlefield, passed away peacefully at Briar Hill Healthcare Residence Saturday morning, September 23rd, 2017. She was born in Wellsburg, WV on December 11th, 1923 to the late Thomas E. and Mary (Wright) Shaffer. Betty enjoyed gardening and making all different types of crafts. One of her favorites was crewel embroidery.

She will be greatly missed by: children, Richard (Mary) Johnson of Sullivan, OH, Linda (Brian) Bonjack of Burton, OH, Harry (Sherry) Ortman of Florida; grandchildren, Cindy (John) Downs, Matthew (Wendy) Johnson, Stephanie (Chris Bellus) Bonjack, Carolyn (Bill) Robinson; great-grandchildren, Calder, Shawn, Cody, Trustin, Ethan, Joseph, Isaiah; great-great-granddaughter, Bailey; brother Thomas (Ellen) Shaffer of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; special friend, Alice Harrison; and many other friends. Betty is preceded in death by: her parents and grandson, Richard Johnson.

Per Betty’s request, I private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield, OH. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.


James “Jim” K. Gross, 80 of Parkman, passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 20, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Cleveland on Jan. 29, 1937 to the late James and Florence (Tylicki) Gross. Jim married Sharon Babcock in November of 1969. He proudly served in the U.S. Army. Jim enjoyed fishing, watching the Indians, Buckeyes, and Browns. He also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 48 years, Sharon. daughters, Kim (Jeff Huckleberry) Gross of Pittsburgh, Michelle (James) Farmer of Warren; grandchildren, Jaxon, Isabella, Cooper; brothers, David (Grace) Gross, Karl Gross; sister, Judy Reed; and many friends. Jim is preceded in death by: his parents, sister, Arlene Delphia; and brother-in-laws, Tony Delphia and Alan Reed. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Karalynn B. Stutzman, 4 months 4 days of Mesopotamia, was granted her angel wings Wednesday morning, Sept. 20, 2017. She was in the arms of her loving parents, Billy J. and Elizabeth (Miller) Stutzman. Karalynn was born in Cleveland, on May 16, 2017 and was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving parents, Billy and Elizabeth; siblings, Cindy Stutzman, Billy Stutzman Jr., Adam Stutzman, Jamie Stutzman, Leona Mae Stutzman, Donnie Stutzman; paternal grandparents, Jonas E. and Sally (Miller) Stutzman; maternal grandparents, Ervin D. and Leona (Barkman) Miller; great-grandfather, Enos Barkman; and many friends. Karalynn’s final resting place will be in Wilcox Road Cemetery, Mesopotamia. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


David Glenn Staib, 90 of Parkman, died peacefully, Thursday morning, Sept. 14, 2017, at University Hospitals Cleveland with family at his bedside. David was born Sept. 11, 1927 in the home that his father built on Lover’s Lane in Akron. Early in life his father moved the family to Mesopotamia, Ohio where David helped his father establish a farm-machinery business. David graduated from Mesopotamia High School in 1945 and Hiram College in 1951. In the Army from 1951 to 1953, David served in the Korean conflict. On June 12, 1955 he married the love of his life, Paula Cone (also a high school teacher) of Parkman. Following earning his teaching certificate and Masters of Education from Kent State University, David was employed as a school teacher and spent his entire career, 31 years, at West Geauga High School in Chesterland, Ohio. David was a member of the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge #507 in West Farmington, Ohio, and Crescent Chapter #7 OES, Garrettesville.

His summers were spent traveling the United States with Paula and their children in tow, and after retiring, David and Paula continued to explore the US together in their RV, always returning to Parkman. David was an avid reader, but two of his great joys were  his vegetable garden and just being outside, where he  enjoyed puttering around his property, fixing this and building that in and around the house that he built in 1959, with a project “always in the works.” He was quick with a tease and loved to watch the reaction; he had a twinkle in his eye and a smirk waiting.

David was preceded in death by his father, Carl J. Staib, and mother, Dorothea Grace Staib, and his three sisters, Carol Bates, Virginia Allen, and Margaret Shaw. David is survived by his wife, Paula; their son, Erich Staib, and wife, Kecia, (of Cary, North Carolina) and grandchildren Eryn Staib and Kate Staib; and their daughter, Karla Staib White, and husband, Jim, (of Ravenna, Ohio) and grandchildren Amber (husband Zeke) Hamilton, and Ethan White; plus two great-grandchildren, Vaughn and Mason Hamilton. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Pete L. Miller, 58, a lifelong resident of Middlefield, passed away Wednesday morning, Sept. 6, 2017. He was born  June 27, 1959 in Chardon, son of the late Peter and Dorothy (Tropf) Miller. After Pete graduated from Cardinal High School in 1978, he was a cheese maker for Rothenbuhler’s Middlefield Cheese House for 39 years. Pete was a carefree relaxed soul, taking life as it comes. He enjoyed farming and loved watching his nephews showing their 4-H Steers and going to their school functions, watching them play in sports and band He especially loved riding his motorcycle everywhere. He traveled all 50 states and twice to Alaska. He now “rides like an eagle, flying all along the stars and forever riding free.” His family and friends will miss him. Pete is survived by his sister Debbie and her husband Robert Delbo; his nephews Chad and Shane Delbo; and many good friends. He is preceded in death by his parents. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Mary B. Miller, 77 of Middlefield, passed away suddenly Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. She was born in Mesopotamia on Dec. 18, 1939, the daughter of the late Walter and Jemima (Weaver) Bricker.  She survived two husbands, Benjamin Yoder (1970) and Reverend Eli Miller (2007).

Mary was active in the Abundant Life Church directing and assisting with hundreds of church meals, helping her neighbors and those in need, quilting, and was a “prayer warrior” for her family and many other people. She liked to consider herself “small but mighty” and had great love for her family and grandchildren and prayed for them every day. She loved vacations in Maine and enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the sea.

She is survived by her son William (Christine) Yoder, daughters Jamie (Owen) Gingerich and Nancy (Brad) Milgate, and youngest son Thomas R. Yoder; grandchildren, Corey (Lisa) Milgate, Donovan (Angela) Gingerich, Steve Milgate, Candace (Ciprian) Sas, Rachel (Bill) Fugman, David (Jamie) Yoder, Anthony Yoder, Cassandra (Jake) Mullet, Jessica Yoder, Eric Yoder, six great grandchildren, with one on the way; and survived by four brothers and four sisters. Burial was at Maple View Cemetery in Burton. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Lucille F. Simmons, 98 of Chardon, formerly of Burton and Chagrin Falls, passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2017 at the Residence of Chardon Nursing Home. She was born in Euclid on Feb. 18, 1919, daughter of the late Fred and Elgia Amanda (Smith) Kuhlman. She was a graduate of Chagrin Falls High School in 1936. After graduation, she worked for Brewster and Church Department Store and rose to the level of buyer for a new gift department. In 1945, she married Howard Simmons, who preceded her in death in 1998. As her family grew more independent, Lucy began working for the Chagrin Falls School System in the cafeteria. After Mrs. Sprague retired, Lucy took her place at The Rec Center. Always an active volunteer, she was a book sorter at the Burton Public Library and participated in Scrappers at the Burton Congregational Church. She was proud of her roots in Chagrin Falls, and her family, including her son Sherriff Red, (George “Red” Simmons) who was Sheriff of Geauga County for 11 years before he passed while still in office. Travel and spending time with her family and friends filled her retirement, as it had her early years.

Two daughters, Karen Kolberg of Chardon and Linda (James) Russell of Newcomerstown; her daughter in law Carol Simmons of Burton; five grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and eleven nieces and nephews survive Lucille. Her parents; her husband Howard; her son Sheriff George “Red” Simmons; two brothers, Edwin Huge and Robert Kuhlman; and stepbrother Clarence Kuhlman preceded her in death.

Burial was at Welton Cemetery, Burton. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Burton Public Library, PO Box 427, Burton, OH 44021 or to the Leprechaun Foundation, 7035 Columbia Rd., Olmsted Falls, OH 44138. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Shirley L. Kauffman (nee Turner), 82, passed away Saturday evening, August 26, 2017 at Blossom Hill Care Center in Huntsburg. She was born Feb. 19, 1935 to Ulysses and Gladys (Huffman) Turner in Onego WV. She married Tuck Kauffman in Nashville, TN.

Shirley was a long time member of Thompson United Methodist Church. She was an incredibly hard worker and did so until 78 years old! She always said that she “came from damn fine stock.” She loved to take care of people, and that’s what she did, in so many ways; whether it was a listening ear, a home-cooked meal, or a kick in the pants, she knew exactly what you needed. Her grandsons kept her young and were her greatest joy.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Laura (Shane) Nelson; grandchildren, Joseph R. Trussell, Zachary S. Trussell, Joshua I. Trussell; brothers, Lawrence (Mona) Turner, Jerry (Joan) Turner, Larry (Cindy) Turner, Jerl Wayne Turner; sisters, Leah Woods, Rheba Bennett, Dottie (Donald) Hawley; and the numerous nieces and nephews of “Crazy Aunt Shirley.” Shirley is preceded by her husband Tuck; daughter Melissa S. Kauffman; parents; brother Jerl “Dodge” Turner; brother-in-laws, Arthur “Bud” Woods, and William Fogarty.

Visitation will be 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm Wed. Aug. 30, 2017 at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St. Madison OH 44057. A funeral service with Pastor Jonathan Cooney will be held 11am Thurs. Aug. 31, 2017 at Thompson United Methodist Church, 6758 Madison Rd. Thompson OH 44086. Final resting place will be Maplegrove Cemetery in Thompson.

Friends may leave condolences online at www.behmfuneral.com


Robert D. Stevens, 73, lifelong resident of West Farmington, passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. He was born in Warren, Ohio on March 4, 1944, son of the late Lloyd and Mary Elizabeth (Chinnock) Stevens. Robert was a graduate of Farmington High School, and served as a Gunnery Sergeant for the U.S. Marine Corp. He then worked for Delphi Packard in Warren, as a tool and die maker for 30 years. Robert was a member of the Farmington Fire Department for 37 years and was acting chief for at least 12 years. He was a member of West Farmington United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee for many years. His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, fishing, antique cars and car shows. His greatest devotion was to his family and hometown. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

Robert is survived by his beloved wife Renee (Albrecht) Stevens of 47 years; his loving children, daughter Kate (Jeremy) Woodworth of Savanna, Ga. and his son Ken (Kim) Stevens of West Farmington; his grandchildren, Abbey and Justin Woodworth; step grandchildren, Kayla Zabrosky, Matthew (Trisha) Zabrosky; three great grandchildren, Carson, Ariella, and Ryker; two brothers, JB of Michigan and Charles of Arizona, and his sister Sue of Indiana. Burial was at Hillside Cemetery in West Farmington. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.russellslyfh.com.


Matthew M. Miller, 1 month 9 days of Middlefield, earned his angel wings unexpectedly Friday evening, Aug. 25, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Middlefield on July 16, 2017 to Marvin E. and Martha S. (Miller) Miller. Matthew was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by his very loving parents, Marvin and Martha; siblings, Miriam, Steven, Maria, MaryEllen; paternal grandparents, Ervin J. and Lydia (Detweiler) Miller; maternal grandparents, Sam R. and Miriam (Shrock) Miller; great-grandparents, John and Emma Shrock, Ada Miller; and many cousins and friends. Matthew is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, John M and Lizzie J. Miller, Dan M. and Lydia Detweiler, and Raymond M. Miller.

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


Barry Linn Lewis, 58 of Thompson, born Aug. 8, 1959, passed away Aug. 24, 2017. His legacy will continue on with his wife of 28 years, Cristine Lewis; daughters, Katlyn Lewis, Dian (Zachary) Brown; granddaughter, Ava Brown; his parents, Frank and Reita Lewis; three sisters; one brother; and many friends.

Barry lived for loving his girls, riding his horse and motorcycle, farming, dancing, painting, and nurturing his animals. He fulfilled all of his cowboy dreams at his farm and the end of his life is to be remembered that way. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Saloma Sue Leslein, 92 of Mesopotamia, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 22, 2017, with her family by her side, at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born April 4, 1925, daughter of the late John Henry and Malinda (Swartzentruber) Kempf. She married Jake M. Leslein Dec. 18, 1947 and was a lifelong resident of the area. They were married 64 years before he died in 2012. Saloma was a homemaker and a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be missed by her friends and family; 11 children, Mary Ellen (Andy) Bricker, John (Sue) Leslein, Ruth (Chris) Troyer, Melinda (Wally ) Byler, Michael Leslein, Sara Ann (Atlee) Fisher, Rebecca (Joe) Bricker, Paul L. (Lydia) Leslein, Laura (Raymond) Miller, Peter (Jemima) Leslein, and Neil (Ida) Leslein; three sisters, Elizabeth (Levi) Miller, Mary (Dan) Miller, Mattie (Uria) Kanagy;  two brothers, Sam (Nancy) Kempf Elmer (Susan) Kempf; sister- in- law Elma Kempf; 81 grandchildren; 249 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents; three grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and three brothers, Jake, William, and Henry Kempf.  Burial was at Wilcox Road Cemetery. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


Timothy J. Quigley, 50 of Orwell, passed away after a brief illness early Saturday morning, Aug. 12, 2017 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Claridon on March 10, 1967 to the late Paul and Mary Ellen (Murton) Quigley. Tim married Tammy Lynn Mullett on March 11, 2004 in Jefferson.

He was a 1985 graduate of Ledgemont High School and retiree from Farmers Portable Service Inc. in Middlefield after 28 years. Tim enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his brothers and sisters of the Ashtabula American Legion Post #103 Riders, and also the Guardians U.S.A. Vets.

Tim will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 13 years, Tammy; children, Robert (Angela) Robinson III, Tiffany (Daniel Viruet) Rostocil, Jeremiah (fiancee, Charlie) Grandbouche, Nathan Grandbouche, Brandi (Angie Sexton) Moore; mother-in-law, Linda Mullett; grandchildren, Karyssa, Brenden, Christian, Jeremiah Jr., Michael, Aiden, Marcus, Maria, Tia, Zoey, Alli, Sarah, Matthew, Ashley; great-grandson, Johnathon; sisters, Judy (Terry) Bowen, Becky (Justin) Quigley-Ward; brothers, Paul (Linda) Quigley, Dennis Quigley, Matthew Hommes, Chico Morales, Danny Vyner, Chris Carlson, Sonny Bottorf, Mike Isabella; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, and daughter-in-law, Robyn Grandbouche. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.


Susan Lynn (nee James) Masink, 59 of Burton, passed away Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 in San Joaquin Hospital, Calif. from injuries sustained in an accident while on vacation. She was born July 7, 1958 in Akron, daughter of the late Wilford “Mike” and Agnes Sue (Heuy) James. Susan graduated from Woodridge High School in Cuyahoga Falls. She married Theodore Masink III on July 26, 1977. They were married 40 years and lived in Burton since 1981. She was a member of Abundant Life Church of God in Middlefield. Susan loved being with her friends and family. She especially enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.

Susan is survived by her beloved husband Theodore of 40 years; her loving two children, Theodore (Kristin) Masink IV and Heather (Mike) Ulatowski; six grandchildren, Olivia, Bear, Jacob, Katie, Mikey (Brittany), and Mason; one great grandchild, Peyton; three siblings, Carol (Glenn) McKeeman of Stow, Michael James of Burton, and Barie (Steve) Shumway of Stow. Burial was in Slitor Cemetery, Burton. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


Nancy W. Mast (nee Weaver), 65 of West Farmington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family Saturday evening, Aug. 19, 2017. She was born in Chardon, on Sept. 30, 1951 to the late Levi J. and Anna G. (Detweiler) Weaver. Nancy is now reunited with her loving husband, John Henry Mast, who died in 2002. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by children, Catherine (Martin) Miller, Barbara (Bill) Hochstetler, Nancy (Allen) Miller, Lavina (Robert) Kauffman, Elizabeth (Andrew) Byler, Andrew (Kathy) Mast, Annie Mast, Amanda (Rudy) Kempf Jr.; 25 grandchildren; two brothers; five sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Nancy is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Henry; and one sister.

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


Karen Jean Bland, 65 of West Farmington passed away at her home Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 with her family at her side. She was born Sept.28, 1951 in Warren, the daughter of Elizabeth Szabo-Jadloski-Keeley and stepfather Donald Keeley. Karen was a 1969 graduate of Joseph Badger High School and attended Youngstown State University and Dana School of Music. She was employed at Packard Electric Division in Warren, where she met her future husband, David Bland; they were married on May 23, 1981.

Karen was active in several churches; served as a Sunday School teacher; was a school board member of Bristol Schools for 8 years; employed at Chardon Day Care and Johnson Rubber Co. in Middlefield; and taught music lessons in her home for 2 years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and making homemade cards. She loved spending time with her family especially her granddaughter Morgan.

She will be dearly missed by her husband of 36, years, David Bland of W. Farmington, son, Jon (Tabetha) Bland of W. Farmington, daughter, Andrea (Mike) Sobinovsky, mother, Elizabeth “Betty” Keeley of N. Bloomfield, a brother, Larry Jadloski of Selverton, Ore.., her sister Vicki (Chris) Porter of North Bloomfield; granddaughter, Morgan Bland and a new grandson expected in December; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Donald Keeley, brothers, Dennis and Gary Jadloski, and her grandparents, Elizabeth and Daniel Szabo.

Memorial contribution may be made to the Farmington Twp. Fire Dept., PO Box 273, W. Farmington, OH 44491, or to The Hope Center for Cancer Care, 1745 Niles-Cortland Rd NE #5, Warren, OH 44484.

Per Karen’s wishes, please take time to spend with your family and loved ones as that was Karen’s favorite thing to do. And also watch for yellow butterflies, as Karen told her family she would be a yellow butterfly watching over them. Yellow butterflies appeared at her residence very shortly after her passing. Condolences and memories can be shared with the family at www.russellslyfh.com.


David William George, 59 of Burton, passed away at his home in Burton, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. He was born Aug.15, 1957 in Cleveland, son of William E. and Joanne (Hutter) George. David was a graduate of Berkshire High School in 1975. He was a carpenter for George Construction Company. He was a very good finish carpenter and loved woodworking. He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his granddaughter. His family and friends will miss him.

David is survived by his wife Mary Ann (Dulka) George of Claridon; three children, Lisa George of Washington DC, Joshua George, and Britney George both of Claridon; his granddaughter Madelynn George of Burton; his parents, William and Joanne George of Burton; and his sister Deborah (Bud) Jordon of Jefferson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Burton Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 243, Burton, OH 44021 or to the Burton Library, PO Box 427, Burton, OH 44021. Share memories and condolences at www.russellslyfh.com.


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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