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Frieda Ward (nee Griesheimer), 94, of Parkman, OH passed away peacefully at Burton Healthcare Residence, Friday morning, June 19th, 2020. She was born in Germany on August 13th, 1925 to the late Carl and Berta (Schafer) Griesheimer. Frieda is once again reunited with her loving husband, Keith A. Ward, who died April 1st, 2005.   

She came to the United States shortly after WWII and eventually settled in Northeast Ohio. 

Frieda will always be remembered as a wonderful mother who treated everyone with compassion, respect, and kindness. She also always held a positive outlook on life and encouraged her friends and family to find the good in every situation. This was a trait she graciously passed on to her children. One of Frieda’s favorite things to do was to cook a homemade German dinner for her family and friends. Frieda will be greatly missed by: her children, Carl Ward, Keith Ward, Ken (Carol) Ward, Linda Ward; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; siblings, Edith, Marika, Detlef, Ute; and many friends. She is preceded in death by: her parents, Carl and Berta; husband, Keith; and 9 siblings. Per Frieda’s wishes, instead of having a service, remember her by finding at least one positive thing in your life each day. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062.
440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Robert C. Shefchuk, 88, of Middlefield, OH passed away peacefully at his home early Wednesday morning, June 24th, 2020 while lovingly surrounded by his family. He was born in Cleveland, OH on August 16th, 1931 to the late Conrad and Mary (Revallo) Shefchuk. Robert is once again reunited with his loving wife, Eleanor (Williams) Shefchuk, and his son Gregory D. Shefchuk. 

He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Germany in the 1950’s and spoke often of his pride and emotion of seeing the statue of liberty upon returning to the United States.

Bob was an avid reader and had a lifetime love of learning. The most important things in his life were his family, books, classical music and walking in nature. He had a terrific sense of humor and was always fun to be around.  He was a beautiful person filled with kindness and generosity and always made you feel like the most important person in the room. Bob will be deeply missed by: his loving daughters, Terri (Michael) Hanshew, Kimberly (James) Porter; grandchildren; Audra (Cody) Skeen, Jennifer (Craig) George, David (Sierra) Shefchuk, Brian Shefchuk, Elizabeth Shefchuk, Patrick Shefchuk, great-grandchildren, Natalie George, Jocelyn George, Aubrie Shefchuk; sister, June Rimini; daughter-in-law, Kathy Shefchuk; nieces, Janice Shefchuk, Julie (Mac) Macaluso, Nancy Shefchuk, Mickey (Mike) LaRocca. He is preceded in death by: his parents, Conrad Sr. and Mary; wife, Eleanor Shefchuk; son, Greg Shefchuk, brother, Conrad Shefchuk Jr. and wife, Shirley; and niece, Marcy Rimini. FAMILY AND FRIENDS WERE RECEIVED FROM SUNDAY, JUNE 28TH, 2020 AT BEST FUNERAL HOME, 15809 MADISON RD., MIDDLEFIELD, OH 44062. A private burial service was held and Robert was laid to rest next to his loving wife, Eleanor in Middlefield Cemetery, Middlefield, OH. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Robert R. Schmucker, 5, of Troy Twp, passed away at Akron Children’s Hospital of injuries sustained from an accident at his home early Wednesday morning, June 17th, 2020. He was born in Troy Twp, on January 25th, 2015 to Rudy J. and Rachel M. (Kuhns) Schmucker. Robert is a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be greatly missed by: his loving parents, Rudy and Rachel; siblings, Sadie Schmucker, Nancy Schmucker, Rudy Schmucker Jr., Ruth Schmucker, Roy Schmucker, Lester Schmucker, Owen Schmucker, Rosanna Schmucker; paternal grandmother, Annie (Miller) Schmucker; maternal grandparents, Manas T. and Irene (Kempf) Kuhns; and many cousins, and friends. Robert is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John R. Schmucker. 

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT 9:30 A.M., FRIDAY, JUNE 19TH, 2020 AT 16959 MUMFORD RD., TROY TWP, OH with Bishop Enos J. Byler officiating. Pallbearers were Harvey Miller, David Miller, John Henry Kurtz, and Albert Miller. Robert’s final resting place will be in Mumford Road Cemetery, Troy Twp. 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.

Alma Mae Miller (nee Gingerich), 85, of Middlefield Twp, passed away peacefully at home Sunday evening, June 14th, 2020 surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Burton, OH on November 2nd, 1934 to the late William S. and Barbara (Yoder) Gingerich. Alma is once again reunited with her husband of 59 years, Dan L. Miller, who died September 10th, 2016. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by: her children, Daniel Ray Miller, Wilma (Daniel) Wengerd, Amos (Ella) Miller, Chester (Emma) Miller, Ida Mae (Daniel) Fisher; daughter-in-law, Emma Miller; 38 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Alma is preceded in death by: her parents; husband Dan; son, Leroy Miller; 1 great-grandchild; 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT 9:30 A.M., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17TH, 2020, 17344 NAUVOO RD., MIDDLEFIELD TWP, OH with Bishop Rudy N. Detweiler officiating. Pallbearers were Milo Glick, Mahlon N. Detweiler, Levi E. Mullet, and Freeman W. Byler. Alma’s final resting place will be in Nauvoo Road Cemetery, Middlefield Twp, OH. 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.

 Mary J. Miller (nee Kempf), 89, of Windsor, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, June 3rd, 2020 at her home and surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Chardon, OH on June 18th, 1930 to the late John Henry and Malinda (Swartzentruber) Kempf. Mary is once again reunited with her husband, Dan D. Miller, who died May 16th, 2009. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.She will be missed by: her children, Joe (Ada) Miller, Ida (Jerry) Byler, Paul (Laura) Miller, John (Esther) Miller, Sam (Verna) Miller, Linda (Jonas) Miller, Marie (Timothy) Miller; son-in-law, Andy Miller; daughter-in-law, Linda Miller; 51 grandchildren; 139 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Sam and Elmer; 2 sisters, Elizabeth and Mattie; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 Mary is preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Dan D.; son, Vernon Miller; daughter, Esther Miller; 2 great-grandchildren; 4 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Funeral Services were held at 9544 Cox Rd., Windsor, Oh with Bishop Freeman A. Fisher officiating. Mary’s final resting place will be in Wilcox Road Cemetery, Mesopotamia, OH. 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.

Terry Lee Kepple, 66, of Burton Twp, OH, passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes, Tuesday morning, June 9th, 2020 at his home. He was born in Cleveland Heights, OH on February 22nd, 1954 to the late Harry E. and Alice Mae (Coffman) Kepple Jr.He was a graduate of Newbury High School who enjoyed gardening, going fishing, and watching fishing shows. Terry especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.  Terry will be missed dearly by: his son, Jason Kepple; daughter, Jennifer Kepple; grandchildren, Keshaun, Nijha, Christian, Khi; and many
friends. He is preceded in death by his parents A GATHERING OF FRIENDS WILL BE HELD AT A DATE. 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. 

Nancy M. Kempf (nee Detweiler), 83, of Mesopotamia, passed away Thursday night, June 4th, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Health Center in Warren, OH. She was born on November 21st, 1936 to the late Melvin R. and Sarah D. (Byler) Detweiler. Nancy later married Samuel J. Kempf on May 14th, 1959. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be missed by: her loving husband of 61 years, Samuel; children, Anna (Robert) Slabaugh, Sarah (Daniel) Fisher, Daniel (Amelia) Kempf, Ben (Anna) Kempf, Rudy (Lydia) Kempf, David (Nancy) Kempf, Allen (Martha) Kempf, Mary (Norman) Byler, Samuel (Barbara) Kempf Jr., Lena (Reuben) Byler, Aaron (Ellen) Kempf; 107 grandchildren; 116 great-grandchildren; 5 brothers; 2 sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Nancy is preceded in death by: her parents; sons, Melvin Kempf and Monroe Kempf; 1 granddaughter; 1 great-grandson; and 1 brother.

Funeral Services were held At 9:30 A.m., Sunday, June 7th, 2020 At 8120 State Route 534, Mesopotamia, OH with Bishop John E. Shrock Jr. officiating. Pallbearers were Homer Yoder, Bill Hostetler, Melvin, Troyer, and Aden Yoder. Nancy’s final resting place will be in Clark Road 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 to www.bestfunerals.com.

Fannie J. Detweiler (nee Miller), 75, of Middlefield Twp, passed away Wednesday morning, June 3rd, 2020 at Marymount Hospital in Garfield Heights, OH. She was born in Chardon, OH on December 4th, 1944 to the late John D and Katie J. (Miller) Miller. Fannie later married Lester D. Detweiler on October 20th, 1966. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be missed by: her loving husband of 53 years, Lester; children, David (Betty) Detweiler, Erma (Keith) Schifano, Lester (Mary) Detweiler Jr., Laura (Curt) Geideman, Bill (Marlene) Detweiler, Roy (Miriam) Detweiler, Kathy (Bill) Miller, John (Lori) Detweiler; 43 grandchildren: 17 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Sarah Yoder and Saloma Mullet; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.Fannie is preceded in death by: her parents; brothers, Ervin Miller, Andy Miller, John Miller Jr.; and sister, Emma Byler.                

Funeral Services were held At 9:30 A.m., Saturday, June 6th, 2020 At 15930 Burton Windsor Rd., Middlefield, OH with Bishop John H. Byler officiating. Fannie’s final resting place will be in Miller Cemetery, Hunstburg, OH. 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.

Gloria J. Deck (nee Wagner), 50, of Middlefield, passed away peacefully Monday morning, June 8th, 2020 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. She was born in Madison, OH on January 7th, 1970 to John T. and Valaska (Bowers) Wagner. Gloria later married David Deck on July 17th, 1999.  She was an active member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Middlefield where she taught P.S.R. to 2nd graders and First Communion classes. Gloria also loved doing puzzles, talking with friends on the phone and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. She was also a former Secretary at Spear Electric. 

Gloria will be greatly missed by: her loving husband of 21 years, Dave; parents, John and Valaska “Val” Wagner; children, Michael E Wagner, Douglas A. (fiancé Hannah White) Wagner, Steven H.  (Kayla) Bucy, James D. Deck; step-daughter, Rachel M. Markiewicz; grandchildren, Jayden Wagner, Jace Wagner, Shaundrea Wagner, Madison Wagner, Reagan Wagner, Theodora Wagner, Braylen Bucy, Amelia Bucy; brother, John “Jack” T. (Pauline) Wagner Jr; and many friends. A Prayer Service and Mass Of Christian Burial was held Friday, June 12th, At St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 16280 Kinsman Rd, Middlefield, Oh 44062. Gloria’s final resting place will be in Hiram Twp. Cemetery. 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.

Beverly Ann (Tiffany) Stehlik of Mesopotamia, Ohio passed away at her home Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the age of 90. She was born May 4, 1930, in Canandaigua, NY to the late Roland and Leah (Supplee) Tiffany. She graduated from Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, NY. Beverly married Donald J. Stehlik June 10, 1953. She worked at Boyce Motors Trucking Company as an accountant, the Brown Derby Restaurant as a hostess and waitress, May Company as manager of the Young Ohioan Department and store detective, Paul Harris as Manager of Security, and Sears, Roebuck & Co. as Manager of Security.  She also taught criminal justice classes at John Carroll University. She was the owner of Tiffany Antiques at Cedar and Lee in University Heights and later belonged to several antique co-ops, most recently Nauvoo Road Antiques. She also participated in the Burton Antique Show for many years. 

Beverly was a self-taught mason, electrician, and plumber. She built two homes and renovated several others. Beverly raised sheep on her farm in Novelty and later in Mesopotamia where she held an annual festival at her Sheepscot Farm called Wool-Away Day where she and her family demonstrated spinning, weaving, and sheep shearing. There was also a shop where she sold many hand-made woolen items. She and her family also demonstrated spinning and weaving at the Geauga County Fair and participated in many competitions throughout the state. She belonged to the Northwest PA Spinners and Weavers Guild and was a long-time member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) where she served in various leadership positions for her local chapter. She also was the secretary for the Border Leicester Sheep Society.  Beverly was a talented crafter and was known for her old man figurines of Santas, Trappers, and Father Forest. 

She will be sadly missed by her family: Penny Foley (Gary) of Macedon, NY, Richard Stehlik of West Farmington, Sandra Koscelnik (Don) of Roaming Shores, Thomas Stehlik (Christa) of Middlefield, Bonnie Conley (Dave) of West Farmington, James Stehlik (Tracy) of Whitehouse, Joseph Stehlik of Roaming Shores, daughter-in-law Mary Stehlik of Massillon, 16 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald Stehlik (The Clock Doc), her son Donald Jr., brothers George and Roland Jr. Tiffany, and grandsons Daniel Koscelnik and Chuck Conley.

 In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to the Middlefield VFW Post # 9678, 16013 East High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062

       A Private Graveside Service will be held in Middlefield Cemetery.

Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com 

Marjorie Louise Boughner 86, of Newbury passed away Wednesday May 20, 2020 at Burton Health Care.  She was born December 24, 1933 in Brighton, MI to the late Clifford and Estella (Krause) Markell.  Marjorie was a Homemaker for most of her life and loved taking care of her gardens. She was active member of Lord of Life Church in Bainbridge. She enjoyed flower gardening and was very proud of her yard care.  She is survived by her children, Susan A. Crawford of Fort Myers, Fla., Randall J. Boughner of Middlefield, Sherri D. Richardson of Ravenna, Daniel A. (Yukari) Boughner, Steven B. (Terri) Boughner both of Newbury. 

Marjorie had many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephew. Marj will be missed by all who loved her.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John, sons, Mark E. Boughner, Kim C. Boughner, Thomas A. Boughner, Bradley J Boughner, granddaughter Elizabeth Boughner, and a brother and sister.  

Private Services where held and she was laid to rest with her husband and sons in Newbury Center Cemetery.  Memorial donations can be made in her name to, The Kidney Foundation of Ohio, 2831 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601

Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com  

Doris Geidel Wheeler, 95 of Middlefield, Ohio passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020 after a brief period of declining health due to several falls. Doris was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania July 8, 1924 to Harry and Erma (Wells) Van Norman.  As a young woman Doris worked at the Pittsburgh and Shawmut Coal Company in Kittanning, PA.  She was a secretary and in charge of routing all their coal trains in the 1940’s.  After staying home to raise two daughters she worked for Frieda Brotz then Jack Youshak, optometrists, as a secretary receptionist.  She and her husbands enjoyed traveling around the United States.  Doris had a remarkable memory for Route numbers and where they ate.  She enjoyed playing cards and board games; crocheting, sewing, roller skating and square dancing with her first husband.  Doris was a dedicated care giver for her parents and her second husband. Doris is survived by her daughters Cinda (Jack) Pottmeyer of New Philadelphia, OH and Debra (Dr. Robert) Wirt of Middlefield, OH; five grandchildren, Victor Pottmeyer of Akron, Ian Pottmeyer of Bloomington, IN, Lindsay (Major Chris) Fisher of KY, Lisa (Ty) Fannin of Burton OH and Amber Pottmeyer of New Philadelphia and a much loved step granddaughter: Rachel (Dr. Samuel) Olsen of Athens, TN.  Doris became close to her second husband’s adult children Deb Newland (Kirby Bailey ) of Kirksville MO and Lynn Yoder of Sturgeon MO, step-daughter-in-law Donna Wheeler (Chuck Palmer) of Columbia MO.  She had many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren and received a birthday card from her until this year. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her first husband of 33 years Merle F Geidel in 1979, her second husband of 24 years Paul Wheeler in 2014, infant son in 1949, brother Byrl (Ella) Van Norman and sister Floy (Al) Oravec. A private family service will be held at this time with the Sly Family Funeral Home in Middlefield. Those wishing to may send the family a personal condolence in remembrance of Doris by visiting the funeral home’s website at slyffh.com    A memorial service will be held at a later date in Kittanning PA.  Memorial contributions may be sent to Christ Rupp Lutheran Church 228 Rupp Church Rd, Kittanning, PA 16201 or to the building fund for the Cornerstone Bible Church 15029 Enterprise Way, Middlefield OH 44062. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com 

Susie Mae Miller (nee Beachy), 80, of North Bloomfield, passed away Monday evening, May 11th, 2020 at her home. She was born in Arthur, IL on November 25th, 1939 to the late David S. and Mattie (Miller) Beachy Jr. Susie later married Dan H. Miller on October 25th, 1962. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be missed by: her loving husband of 57 years, Dan; children, Viola (Donnie) Schmucker, Martha (Neil) Schmucker Jr., David (Marianne) Miller, Chester (Laura) Miller, Katie Mae (David) Miller; 30 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Susie is preceded in death by: her parents; an infant daughter; 1 grandchild; and 2 brothers. Susie’s final resting place will be in Clover Hill Cemetery, North Bloomfield, OH. Visitation will be anytime until the time of service. In lieu of attending, cards are requested to be sent to the visitation address. 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.

Noah J. Mast, 92, of Parkman, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, May 12th, 2020 at his home and surrounded by his family. He was born in Parkman, OH on May 26th, 1927 to the late Jake S. and Mattie (Detweiler) Mast. Noah is once again reunited with his loving wife of 56 years, Mattie (Wengerd) Mast, who died January 11th, 2009. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.  

He will be missed by: his children, Andy (Lydia) Mast, Allen (Nancy) Mast, Daniel (Martha) Mast, Lydia (Enos Jr.) Shrock, Albert (Nancy) Mast, Emma (Lester) Hostetler, Linda (Daniel) Miller, Katie (Chester) Detweiler, Elmer (Esther) Mast, Simon (Amanda) Mast, Noah Mast Jr.; 73 grandchildren; 182 great-grandchildren; 3 step-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Noah is preceded in death by: his parents, wife Mattie; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren, and all of his siblings. Noah’s final resting place will be in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman, OH. In lieu of attending, cards may be sent to the visitation address. 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.

Elmina E. Kurtz (nee Miller), 90, of Parkman, passed away peacefully at her home Friday evening, May 8th, 2020 surrounded by her family She was born in Burton, OH on September 14th, 1929 to the late Eli N. and Susie (Yoder) Miller. Elmina is once again reunited with her loving husband of 65 years, Gideon J. Kurtz, who died October 2nd, 2015. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. She will be greatly missed by: her children, Esther (Sam) Miller, Daniel (Lydiann Shrock) Kurtz, Mary (Jake) Byler, Bill (Linda Miller) Kurtz, Eli Ray (Laura Detweiler) Kurtz, Robert (Rosanna Detweiler) Kurtz, Gideon (Sadie Schmucker) Kurtz Jr., Delbert (Rosanna Slabaugh) Kurtz, daughter-in-law, Sara (Gingerich) Kurtz; 59 grandchildren; 141 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Elmina is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gideon; son, John Henry Kurtz; and 6 great-grandchildren. Elmina’s final resting place will be in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman, OH. In lieu of attending, please feel free to send a card to the family at the visitation address above.  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.

Allen “Bud” Eugene Hull, 86, of Troy Twp, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, May 4th, 2020 at the Inn at the Pines in Troy Twp. He was born in Auburn Twp, OH on April 28th, 1934 to the late Ernest and Gladys (Brockway) Hull. Allen married the love of his life Patricia Ann Parker on June 6th, 1954. “Bud” as he was known by family and friends was an honest, hard worker who drove for Fram Gas, then later was a foreman at Spancrete Northeast and North American Precast.  He enjoyed gardening, cutting grass and riding around on his golf cart.   He worked endlessly on their property named “Wind in the Pines” to make it the beautiful park like setting it is today. Bud was a member of Parkman 55 Club and looked forward to the bus trips and get-togethers with their friends.  He was also a member of Geauga Walkers. He will be greatly missed by: his loving wife of 65 years, Patricia; children, Stephen Hull, Laura (Gene) Plotts, Susan (Steve) Evans; grandchildren, Joseph Plotts, Sara (Ryan) McNicholas, Stephen (Janelle) Evans, Eric Evans; great-granddaughters, Ashleigh McNicholas, Breanne McNicholas and Ava Evans. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE 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

Lester L. Detweiler Jr., 80, of Middlefield Twp, passed away Monday evening, May 11th, 2020 at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Twp, OH. He was born in Chardon, OH on May 14th, 1939 to the late Lester L. and Fannie (Schmucker) Detweiler Sr. Lester later married Mattie J. Miller on January 9th, 1958. He was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

He will be missed by: his wife of 62 years, Mattie; children, John (Mary) Detweiler, Betty (Reuben) Miller, Chester (Katie) Detweiler, Erma Mae (Ben) Weaver, Esther (Robert) Gingerich, Susan (Mark Alan) Miller Sr., Lester (Marie Anne) Detweiler III, Marvin (Maurine) Detweiler; 61 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 Lester is preceded in death by: his parents; 2 son-in-laws; 1 great-grandchild; 2 brothers; and 4 sisters. Lester’s final resting place will be in Miller Cemetery, Huntsburg, OH. Visitation will be anytime until the time of service. In lieu of attending, cards may be sent to the visitation address. 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.

Janet L. Allmon (Hofstetter) formerly of Montville, OH and Tucson, AZ, age 84, passed away April 17, 2020 at home in Orwell, OH following health complications with her loving family by her side. Born September 16th, 1935 in Chesterland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Kasper and Thelma (Woodard) Hofstetter.  During her lifetime she worked in many roles. Janet worked for the American Society for Metals doing data entry for the Finance department and was a Switchboard Operator for Geauga Community Hospital and Manfredi Trucking Co.  Primarily through the years she worked as a Bookkeeper for Larry Miller CPA, and was a Legal Secretary for Attorneys William C. Collier, Milt Psenicka and Timothy Hartory. She always strived to stay busy and obtained her real estate license at KSU and worked part time for Bazil Realty Company for 15 years. Janet was a member of the Ohio Women’s Business Association and was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Burton, OH. She challenged herself and opened Laura Lynn Florist shop in Chardon, OH.  Embracing yet another challenge she took a risk and bought a house sight unseen in Tucson, AZ.  During her 15 years spent in the Arizona Desert she was a Certified Caretaker in her home for people with special needs.  She also managed to find the time to volunteer at the Arizona Children’s Home in Tucson and she had so much fun with her friends working the concession booths for the Colorado Rockies during spring training.  Janet was always on the go and enjoyed swimming and bowling.  Playing Bingo with friends at the Senior Center and taking bus trips to the Casinos were her favorites.  She enjoyed working on crafts, going to yard sales and attending craft shows with friends and family.   She liked to relax by reading her bible and mystery books. Feeding the pygmy goats their favorite tree branch snack was one of her daily fun things to do in the summertime.  Janet was a very giving person and was always helping others.  She was a social butterfly.  She was a loving, caring, determined, amazing woman and mother who embraced her faith in God.  She will be so sadly missed by her family, who she loved spending time with. Survivors include her children, 2 sons Rodney Allmon of Tucson, AZ, Randy Allmon (Debbie) of Rock Creek, OH, and 2 daughters Gail Benard (Jim) of Fountain Valley, CA and Renee Reed (Ken) of Orwell, OH. Survivors also include her Grandchildren, Lucas Allmon, Tyler Allmon, Tonya Allmon, Aaron Allmon and Rachel Genet, and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.   She is also survived by 3 siblings and their spouses Don Hofstetter (Jean) of Montville, OH, Dan Hofstetter (Joyce) of Lambertville, NJ and Nona (Rich) Healey of Egg Harbor, NJ.  She was preceded in death by her parents Kasper and Thelma Hofstetter, 5 siblings Kasper Hofstetter Jr, Loren Hofstetter, Wanda Poshedly, Corrine Ziegler and Neil Hofstetter. 
Janet’s Memorial Service and Celebration Of Life with friends and family will be planned for a later date. Contributions can be made to The Country Neighbor, 39 S. Maple St. Orwell, OH 44076 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Claire Ave.  Cleveland, OH 44110Memories and condlances can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com

James Edward Zorich 74 passed away on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 in Burton, Ohio. Jim Zorich was born in Rockville, Colorado on April 6th, 1946. He attended Burton High School (The Maple Leafs) graduating in 1965. Jim chose to volunteer in the United States Army and fought in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. Jim married Barbara Dombrowski on July 29th, 1972 at St. Patrick’s Church in Thompson, Ohio. He worked for Ohio Bell (AT&T) as a telephone repairman until his retirement in 2009. Jim loved to read, was an avid gambler, and collected guns and coins. He enjoyed riding his bike when he was younger and took all sports and games seriously including poker and Blitz. Upon retirement, Jim chose to work for Junction Auto Sales part time as a porter which he enjoyed immensely. Jim was a member of the CWA Local 4340 Union. He was also a member of AA attending meetings regularly remaining sober from 1983 until his passing.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Rose Zorich. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Zorich, sons Jimmy (Kayleen) and Matthew (Jackie) Zorich, daughter Jennifer (Richard) Ross, and his grandchildren Hannah, Zoey & Ally Zorich, Riley McKenna, Lex & Adalyn Zorich, Lucas, Colten & Abby Ross, and his close friends Frank & Brenda Conrad, David Klemm, and Art Venchiarutti. A celebration of life will be planned at a future date.  (Hoping for this Fall.) If you wish to memorialize Jim, please send donations to the local AA office in Cleveland at https://www.aacle.org/donate/ or Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center at https://www.cleveland.va.gov/giving/index.asp. The family of Jim Zorich wishes to extend our sincere thanks to UMC Trauma Center in Las Vegas and Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. 440-632-0818.
Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.
Paula J. Roman, 73, of Middlefield Twp, OH passed away peacefully at Burton Healthcare Residence Tuesday afternoon, April 21st, 2020. She was born in Cleveland, OH on October 21st, 1946 to the late Theodore J. and Irene (Demko) Roman. 
She worked as a legal secretary for many years at Collier-McGregor Law Firm in Chardon. Paula enjoyed her animals, especially her rabbits and cats. She liked spending time on the Lake, which was her favorite place, and eventually moved to Geneva-on-the-Lake.
Paula will be greatly missed by: her children, Michael Roman, Tricia Roman; granddaughter, Megan Melter; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents. 
A PRIVATE GATHERING OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.
Janet K. Resick (nee Kennedy), 83, of Middlefield, passed away Sunday afternoon, April 19th, 2020 at Briar Hill Healthcare Residence. She was born in Bainbridge, Ohio on April 3rd, 1937 to the late John and Dorthea Coulter Kennedy. Janet is once again reunited with her loving husband of 45 years, Donald Ray Resick Sr., who died June 17th, 2000.
 Janet enjoyed volunteering at the Metzenbaum Center in Chesterland.  She was also fond of cake decorating, crocheting and traveling.
She will be greatly missed by: her daughters, Patricia (John) Gallagher of Burton and Donna Kline of Wilson, N.Y.; sons, Donald Jr. (Lauren) of Montville and John of Chardon; grandchildren, Terra Hornack, Jim Gallagher, Shannon Reese, Bryan Kuch, Brian Gallagher, Ken Kuch, Krysti Queen, Amanda French,  Don Kline, Connor Resick, Kimberly Resick; 14 great grandchildren; and many friends.  A CELEBRATION OF LIFE WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com


Theresa Ann Menosky (nee Palmer), age 87, beloved wife of Jack J. Menosky, passed away home surrounded by her loving daughters. Theresa met the love of her life, Jack, while in high school. They married in July of 1953. She was a graduate of North Side Nursing School in Youngstown, Ohio and worked as a Labor and Delivery Nurse as well as in Pediatrics. Following her nursing career, Theresa turned her sites to being a stay at home mother raising her five children. She was a volunteer for many of the school activities her children were involved in. She was a member of the Christ Child Society and enjoyed many years as a volunteer with them as well.  Theresa loved traveling with Jack, her children, and grandchildren whether in the states or overseas. They had many fun and exciting excursions and made lasting memories. She loved entertaining, for family gatherings. One of Theresa’s passions was swimming. She spent her time as a youngster swimming at the North Side Pool in Youngstown and swam every chance she could over the years. Theresa was a very spiritual woman who lived her faith every day of her life. She had the biggest heart and made a lasting impression on everyone she met. People commented on what a classy, elegant, and beautiful woman she was inside and out. Our mother taught us that family was the most important thing in life. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She and our father were regular attendants at the grandchildren’s sports events and school programs. Friends of the grandchildren referred to her as “ the coolest Grandma ever.”We can all continues to carry on Theresa’s legacy by doing her final request of being kind to each other. You remain forever in our hearts.  
She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Kara (Tim) Yoder, Leah (David) Funk, Lisa (Peter Capaldi) Fisher, Anne (Jeff) Cummons, grandchildren, Craig (Allyson) Yoder, Brian Casto, Debby Funk, Shawna (Brian) Grella, Ashley Menosky, John J. IV (Courtney) Menosky, Brandon (Amber) Fisher, Christopher Fisher, Jeffrey (Chelsea Reed) Fisher, Taylor Cummons, Nicholas (Hailey) Cummons, and 12 ½ great grandchildren.  Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband, John “Jack” Menosky Jr., who died June 8, 2016, her son, John J. Menosky III, brother, Stephen A. Palmer Sr., grandsons, Joshua Yoder, and Tyler Yoder,
A Private Graveside service was held at Overlook Cemetery in Parkman.  There will be a Memorial Mass scheduled for a later date.  
Louis A. Mantush 1964 – 2020.  Age 55, beloved husband for 27 years of Marion (nee Christianson); loving father of Louis T. (fiance Emily); cherished son of Gayle Mantush (nee Kovach); dearest brother of Christine Mantush; dear uncle, cousin and nephew of many in Pennsylvania. Contributions may be made in memory of Louis to Shriners Hospital 1645 W 8th St, Erie, PA 16505. Celebration of Life Service Friday May 1, 2020 at 11 AM at DeJohn Funeral Home. Masonic Burial Service following at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Louis at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) THURSDAY 4-7 PM and FRIDAY MORNING 10-11AM. Online obituary, guestbook, and order flowers at www.DeJohnCares.com.
Jasperine “Jackie” M. Gyure (nee Zaffuto), 82, of Middlefield. Loving wife and mother, passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday morning, April 22nd, 2020, after a long battle with several health issues. 
Jackie leaves behind: her husband, Daniel; children, Monica (Tim) Zirke, Paul J. (Robbin) Mayausky, Kimberly (James) Cheraso, and Danielle Gyure; grandchildren, Jeffery and Jennifer Zirke, and Alexandra and Alyssa Cheraso; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends in her Catholic Community of St. Edward (Parkman) and St. Lucy (Middle field) Parish. 
She was preceded in death by: her parents; sisters, Mary, Nancy, Jane, Sr. Rosemary; and brothers, Joseph, and Carl.
Jackie was born on March 18th, 1938 and grew up in Clymer, PA. After her graduation from Clymer High School (Penns Manor), she worked in several administrative positions eventually moving to Ohio. After her marriage to Dan, who was in the military, she lived in many places throughout the United States and for the last 18 years settled down in Middlefield, OH. Jackie was an active member in the St. Edward and St. Lucy Catholic Church Community and enjoyed the friendship of many of the parishioners.      
A PRIVATE MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL will be held for family members only. Jasperine’s final resting place will be in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, OH. A Memorial Celebration of Her Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donation in Jackie’s memory are requested to be made to: Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Children, 135 Clelian Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601-6665, or the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacred Heart Manor, 261 Benham St., Hamden, CT 06514-2801. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. 
440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.
Josephine E. Gause (nee Amato), 85, of Southington, OH passed away peacefully at Briar Hill Healthcare Residence in Middlefield, Wednesday morning, April 22nd, 2020. She was born in Middlefield, OH on December 2nd, 1934 to the late Joseph and Julie (Sherman) Amato. She is once again reunited with her loving husband, William Gause, who died in 2011.   
She enjoyed working as a realtor at MD Realty in Middlefield and also driving a school bus for Farmington Schools.
Josephine will be missed by: her children, Delmar Moore Jr., Colleen (William) Southern, Chris Gause, Alan (Carrie) Gause; and many grandchildren and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and husband, William, and daughter, Julie Frances. PER JOSEPHINE’S REQUEST, NO SERVICE WILL BE HELD. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.  
Clifford DeLong, 84, of Windsor, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon, April 20th, 2020 at his home while surrounded by his family. He was born in Paintsville, KY on November 17th, 1935 to the late Lee and Mabel (Fannin) DeLong. Clifford later married Betty Adkins.
He retired after working 44 years in Maintenance for General Electric. Clifford liked cars, mowing his grass, being an active member at Faith Community Church in Geneva, and spending time with his family. 
Clifford will be greatly missed by: his loving wife, Betty; sons, Laymon (Marion Seagraves) DeLong, Michael DeLong; brothers, James DeLong; Delbert (Sue) DeLong; sister, Bonnie Rice; and many distant relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by: his parents, Lee and Mabel; brother-in-law, Doug Rice; and sister-in-law, Nancy DeLong. A PRIVATE FUNERAL WILL BE HELD with Pastor Steve Maugh officiating. Clifford’s final resting place will be in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Chesterland, OH. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Clement G. Craig 93 of Middlefield passed away Wednesday April 29, 2020 at UH Geauga Hospital. He was born January 1, 1927 in New Burlington, Ohio to the late Raymond and Vesta (Battles) Craig.  Clement served in the US Army during the World War II Era. He was the Scout Master for Troop #195 in Chesterland and attended Chesterland Baptist Church.  He was a charter member of the Middlefield Historical Society and served on the zoning appeal board for Village of Middlefield. He retired from Moss Farm Dairy in Chesterland.   Clement enjoyed gardening, carpentry, and volunteering at the Depot dipping Ice Cream.  

He will be missed dearly by his friends and family; his 3 sons, Jack (Denise) Craig of Kent, Daniel (Tracy Weller) Craig of Middlefield, and Robert (Dorothy) Craig of Claridon; 2 daughters-in-law,  Jackie Craig of Phoenix, AZ and Mary Craig of Chardon, grandchildren, Jennifer, Timothy, Joni, Monica, Angela, Jeanne, Larry, and Jason; 16 great grandchildren, sisters, Ida Bell Schwartz of CA, and Betty Parks of Kirtland. Beside his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ellen R. Craig, son Jerry L Craig, his granddaughter Sara E. Craig, brother, Lesley C. Craig, sisters, Ruth Schultz and Elizabeth Craig.  

Private Family Service was held, and he will be laid to rest with his wife in Middlefield Cemetery.  Memorial donations can be made in his name to Middlefield Historical Society, PO Box 1100, Middlefield, Ohio 44062 Memories and condolences can be share with the family at www.slyffh.com

Ernest “Ernie” W. Pierce, 88, of Middlefield, OH passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, April 15th, 2020 at Briar Hill Healthcare Residence. He was born in Willoughby, OH on April 25th, 1931 to the late Addison R. and Minnie Anne A. (Keil) Pierce.
Ernie later married Geraldine Sawyer on July 12th, 1952.    
He was the founder and owner of Ernie and Sons Hardwood Floors in Middlefield. In his younger years, Ernie was an avid bowler. He was also an active member of the Montville Congregation of Jehovah Witness. 
Ernie will be greatly missed by: his loving wife of 67 years, Geraldine; children, Jerri (Robert) Hutcheson, Kenneth (Cassandra) Pierce, Walter Pierce; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Debbie) Pierce, Raymond (Alice) Pierce, John Pierce; and many friends.  
He was preceded in death by: his parents, children, Ernie, Bobby, Janet, Michael; brother, Robert Pierce; and sister, Sharon Brott.
Ernie was a man that truly impacted all of our lives over the years. He always put his faith in Jehovah first in his life. A man that worked so hard for his family and made sure that each and every one of them was always taken care of. He was loving and kind, so knowledgeable and talented. He had a passion so deep for everything he did and put name on it. It had to be close to perfection as humanly possible. His love for his wife was unconditional that right up until the end he took comfort in her beautiful voice. As a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, he will truly be missed by all. 
A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD VIA ZOOM CONFERENCING, SUNDAY. APRIL 26TH, 2020 AT 3:30 P.M. To receive an invitation to the Memorial Service, please send a request to flooring53@windstream.net A formal gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent
 at www.bestfunerals.com.
Sandy L. Christenson 67 of Huntsburg passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born June 4, 1952 in Peoria, Illinois to the late David and Virginia (Franke) Bauman.  She met the love of her life, Don Christenson whom she married August 29, 1971.  Sandy was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for Middlefield Fire where she became their Fire inspector and Safety Officer.  She was instrumental in setting up Amish Safety Days, educating the public in fire prevention and safety. Sandy was also the RAD Officer for the Geauga County Emergency Services Perry Power Plant Drills for many years.  She was a past president of the Geauga County Fire Fighters Association, member of the Geauga County Safety Council which she helped establish in 2006. Besides her active life in the Fire Department she enjoyed bird watching, knitting, and crocheting. Sandy was a Girl Scout leader for many years, the Huntsburg Township Zoning Inspector, and served on the Huntsburg Township Zoning Commission.
 She will be sadly missed by her husband, Don Christenson, daughter, Sarah Springer of Painesville, brother, Jim Bauman of Nashville TN., grandchildren Alexander Siracki, Heather Siracki, and many friends and neighbors  She was preceded in death by her parents.   
 A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  
Memorial donations can be made, in her name, to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44110-9915    
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Sandy L. Christenson 67 of Huntsburg passed away Monday, April 13, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born June 4, 1952 in Peoria, Illinois to the late David and Virginia (Franke) Bauman.  She met the love of her life, Don Christenson whom she married August 29, 1971.  Sandy was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for Middlefield Fire where she became their Fire inspector and Safety Officer.  She was instrumental in setting up Amish Safety Days, educating the public in fire prevention and safety. Sandy was also the RAD Officer for the Geauga County Emergency Services Perry Power Plant Drills for many years.  She was a past president of the Geauga County Fire Fighters Association, member of the Geauga County Safety Council which she helped establish in 2006. Besides her active life in the Fire Department she enjoyed bird watching, knitting, and crocheting. Sandy was a Girl Scout leader for many years, the Huntsburg Township Zoning Inspector, and served on the Huntsburg Township Zoning Commission.

 She will be sadly missed by her husband, Don Christenson, daughter, Sarah Springer of Painesville, brother, Jim Bauman of Nashville TN., grandchildren Alexander Siracki, Heather Siracki, and many friends and neighbors  She was preceded in death by her parents.   

 A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  

Memorial donations can be made, in her name, to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44110-9915    

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Sandra “Sandy” L. (Bauman) Christenson, please visit our floral store.

Mary E. Troyer (nee Weaver), 87, of Nelson, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home Sunday night, March 29, 2020 She was born in Parkman, Ohio on Sept. 29, 1932 to the late Pete H. and Emma (Weaver) Weaver. Mary is once again reunited with her husband, Alvin E. Troyer, who died May 3, 1981. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. 

She will be greatly missed by her children, Lora (Melvin) Byler, Peter (Lena) Troyer, Viola Farmwald, Ruth (Martin) Detweiler, Mary Ann (Leroy) Miller, Kathryn (Bill) Troyer, Susan (John Paul) Byler, Cindy (John Mark) Detweiler; daughter-in-law, Laura Troyer; 47 grandchildren; 81 great-grandchildren; three brothers; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alvin; son Paul Troyer; infant daughter, Elizabeth Troyer; one great-grandchild; son-in-law, Andy Farmwald; four brothers; and one sister. Mary’s final resting place is in Weaver Cemetery, Parkman, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Robert James Jester, 85 of Mantua, formerly of Parkman, passed away Wednesday March 25, 2020 at Burton Health Care. He was born March 31, 1934 in Cleveland to the late Harold William and Bertha Loretta (Matthias) Jester. Robert worked as a Semi Truck driver for Heinen’s Grocery. He was a loving father. He let you know how much he loved you with a hug. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and cooking.  

He will be sadly missed by his children, Robert (Holiday) Jester, Denise (Jeff) Sobola, Richard Jester, Dave (Kathy) Mazanec, grandchildren, Brian (Faith) Sobola, Nick (Nikki) Sobola, Joshua Bentley, Taylor (Austin) Berry, Charles Knipf, great grandchildren, William, Kenzi, Olivia, Brandin. His special family he loved to spend time with, nephews, Kim (Ruth) Sperling, Tim (Lori) Sperling, and Rob (Marla) Sperling, and other nieces and nephews, his brothers in law, Frank Stien. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia, second wife, Peggy, special friend, Mary VanSickle, and siblings Harold Jester and Gloria Stien.

Richard Martin Moodie, 69, of Florida. It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Martin Moodie, a loving, devoted, respected and revered father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and celebrated Captain of Industry. Richard is survived by his son Danny Moodie, his granddaughter Amanda Hickey, his brothers Jerry Moodie, Tom Moodie and David Moodie and is predeceased by his loving wife Michelle Amicone Moodie, daughter Dawn Moodie Hickey and son Dale Moodie.

Born to humble parents Neal Moodie and Evelyn Weintraub Moodie in Bedford Ohio on July 13, 1951, Richard grew up in a modest, loving home where he learned the value of family and laughter. Attending Bedford High School, Richard quickly earned the reputation of jokester and rebel and it was here that he met his beloved wife Michelle and they were married soon after graduation and over the next several years, had three children. 

Richard was introduced to the kitchen cabinet industry by his father whom he would work with after school and on weekends installing and repairing cabinets and countertops. He quickly learned the trade, was introduced to several local Cleveland builders and realized the potential of starting his own business, which he did in his home garage in 1969. A very intelligent, charismatic, tenacious and hardworking man, Richard soon had repeat customers and volume sales, so he moved from his garage into a small building on Old Rockside Rd in Independence Ohio and partnered with a distributor named Kitchen Queen. He named the manufacturing portion of his company Quality Kraft. As the growth of Quality Kraft greatly exceeded the growth of Kitchen Queen, Richard decided to end the partnership and become a manufacturer on his own. The partnership was dissolved and he named his new company Kraftmaid and moved the company from Old Rockside Rd into a much larger building on Granger Rd and, eventually, to its current home in Middlefield Ohio.

Over the next 20 years, Richard grew Kraftmaid into one of the largest cabinet manufacturing entities in the U.S. with more than 2000 employees with sales nationwide, including prominent sales in all Home Depot and Lowes stores. He was loved and revered by his workers, customers, peers and competitors as a fair and insightful leader and an unparalleled innovator. Richard is credited with being the “Father of Semi-Custom Cabinetry” as he was the catalyst that successfully combined commodity and custom cabinet offerings, and this became his signature trademark and legacy. When he sold Kraftmaid in 1991, it was the largest manufacturer in Geauga county with an unparalleled reputation.

Over the next 28 years, Richard’s life was filled with great joy and devastating tragedy. He never fully recovered from the health-related losses of his wife Michelle and daughter Dawn and the tragic accidental death of his son Dale. Richard will be fondly remembered, revered and loved for many things. His generosity and his compassion leading the list of memorable traits. His love of California, of good food, of movies, and for his granddaughter, son and family passed. His passion for art and collectables and his drive to create and build at any cost.

A Memorial Service will be held in Cleveland Ohio in May. All details will be shared as they develop.

   James M. Takacs, 71 of N. Bloomfield, formerly of Middlefield, and Troy Township, passed away at UH Geauga Medical Center Wednesday February 19, 2020.  He was born September 22, 1948 in Cleveland to the late Joseph A. and Beatrice P. (Soika) Takacs.  James graduated from Burton High School and worked as a welder for Stock Equipment in Bainbridge, Ohio until he retired. 

     James will be sadly missed by his sister, Patricia Novak, his twin brother, Joseph Takacs, his step-grandchildren, Ashley (James) Hosmer, Amber Wrentmore, Alan Wrentmore Jr., great-grandchildren, Kahlan Kathryn Hosmer, Damian Hosmer, and many nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Helen M. (Bellar) Takacs who passed away December 13, 2015.  

      A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 2:00–4:00 PM at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 W. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062.  

Memories and Condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com   

Donald Markiewicz, 86, of Middlefield, Ohio, passed away surrounded by his family, Feb. 22, 2020, at Geauga Hospital.  He retired from the Cleveland Police Department after serving as a Sergeant for many years. He loved dancing to Polkas, golfing and bowling, but most of all he loved his family with all his heart. He was married to the love of his life, Louise for 46 years before her death in 2009.

He is survived by his daughters Jacquelyn (James) Nehas, Sharon (Dennis) D’Amico, Daughter-in Law Sharon Bora, grandchildren Brittany Nehas, Chelsey Nehas, Heather Bora, Matthew (Mandie) Bora, David D’Amico, Michael (Candee) D’Amico, and great-grandson Gavin D’Amico. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife Louise, his son Bruce Bora, grandson Eric Bora, and brothers Edmund and Richie Markiewicz.

Burial was in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.slyffh.com.

Viola Mae Hershberger (nee Weaver), 81, of Burton, Ohio, passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2020. She was born in Parkman, Ohio on Jan. 8, 1939 to the late Pete H. and Emma (Miller) Weaver. Viola married Noah J. Hershberger on Sept. 15, 1960. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 59 years, Noah; children, Robert Hershberger, Bill (Emma) Hershberger, Noah (Nora) Hershberger Jr., Ray (Edna) Hershberger, Lynda (Bill) Bender; 34 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Viola is preceded in death by her parents; one grandchild and four siblings. 

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

Andrew “Andy” Kovacic, 86, of Chardon, Ohio, passed away at UH-Geauga Medical Center, Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2020. He was born in Chardon on Aug. 13, 1933 to the late Andy and Adele (Hamm) Kovacic. Andy married Danielle McArdle in January, 1982.   He was enjoying his retired life after working at General Electric for over 30 years. Andy loved going on fishing trips to Canada, working in his yard, and spending time with his best friend and companion, Danielle.

 “Positive energy and grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” 

 “This came at the lowest time in my life, Rest in Peace Andy, I will always Love You!”

 Andy will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 38 years, Danielle; children, Patricia Zajaczkowski, Andrew Kovacic, Veronica Kovacic; step-children, Vanessa (Paul) Hall-Skrant, Ronald (Tammy) Hall; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Adele; first wife, Janet (Fontanelle) Kovacic; and brothers, Anthony Kovacic and Tom Kovacic. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

     Jim Amato, Sr., 82, of West Farmington passed away peacefully at home with family on Friday, February 28, 2020 after battling cancer longer and with more strength than imaginable.

Jim was born May 7, 1937 to Julia and Joseph Amato and attended Mesopotamia schools.

     Jim spent nearly 63 years with his wife, Mary Lou Largen, whom he married March 16, 1957, in Hagerstown, Maryland. Together, they raised 5 children.

 Jim took pride in working hard and “giving them a good day” whether it was working alongside his brother Sam at the sawmill, helping his brother George at Amato Excavating, or the many years he spent at ITT Grinnell. In retirement, Jim enjoyed driving an amish plumbing crew for several years.

Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting Ford Festivas, watching Gunsmoke, and “good food.” He had a remarkable sense of humor, an incredibly positive attitude and enjoyed living a simple life. He believed in a job well done, no matter how small the task; after all, “if you don’t have time to do it right, how will you find time to do it twice?” He addressed projects with relentless analysis, always making sure to determine the “right approach.” He lifted the spirits of all he met, with his friendly demeanor and warm smile. His legacy will live on through this, as well as his classic one liners, always delivered with impeccable timing.

Left to carry on his incredible work ethic, determination, perseverance, and attention to detail are his son, James Amato, Jr. of West Farmington, and two daughters: Diane Amato-Slusher (Carman) of Key Colony Beach, Florida, and Toni Rae Ciapala (Chuck) of Howland; a brother, George (Jean) Amato of Marathon, Florida, and a sister, Josephine Gause of Middlefield and 6 grandchildren: Heather, Nicky Lee II, Taylor, Tori, Donato and Dante, and his very close personal friend, Paul Pauley. He was preceded in death by his two sons, Nick and Joe, as well as brothers Sam, Chuck, Joe, and a sister Mary.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 W. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00am, followed by a procession to Hillside Cemetery in West Farmington. A Celebration of Life dinner will be held immediately following at Farmington VFW post #7200, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary.  Memorial Donations can be made to a Charity of your choice.

Emma B. Weaver (nee Bender), 83, of Huntsburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, Feb. 17, 2020 at her home and surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Huntsburg on Dec. 22, 1936 to the late Noah and Elizabeth (Byler) Bender. Emma is once again reunited with her loving husband of 54 years, Alan P. Weaver, who died July 9, 2013. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. 

She will be missed by her children, Eli (Ada) Weaver, Matilda (Allen) Miller, Barbara (Fred) Hostetler; 20 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; two brothers; two sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Emma is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Alan; son, Timothy Weaver; one brother; and three sisters. 

Emma’s final resting place will be in Miller Cemetery, Huntsburg. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Best Funeral Home.

Joseph James Vauter, age 81 of Burton. He was born Oct. 27, 1938 and died Feb. 16, 2020. Joe graduated from Collinwood High School in 1956 and received a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Fenn Collage/CSU. He served in the US Army and 107th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard. He retired in 2004 as Director of Sales and Marketing from the large bearing operation of the former Cleveland Graphite Bronze Company. Joe was active in his Burton Community and served on the Zoning Board of appeals. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and gardening.

He is survived by his loving two sons, Joseph J. (Jane F.) Vauter and James A. Vauter, along with grandchildren Bailey and Seth. He is also survived by his brother Dennis (Rita) Vauter, his sister-in-law Dorothy (George) Baka and brother-in-law John Gayer. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Carrol who passed away on May 28, 2015 and his parents, Joseph and Adele G. (Bokal) Vauter. 

Burial was in Slitor Cemetery in Burton. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Sisters of Notre Dame, 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon, OH 44024 or to Hospice of Western Reserve, 17876 St Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110. Memories and condolences share at www.slyffh.com.   

Fannie F. Troyer (nee Fisher), 84, of West Farmington, Ohio, passed away peacefully at UH-Geauga Medical Center, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020. She was born in Chardon, Ohio on October 13, 935 to the late Sam J. and Ella D. (Miller) Fisher. Fannie is now reunited with her loving husband of 62 years, Eli E. Troyer, who died in January 2019. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be missed by her loving children, John (Martha) Troyer, Bill (Mary) Troyer, Sam (Katie) Troyer, Dan (Nancy) Troyer, Eli Troyer III, Betty (Robert) Miller, Wilma (Marty) Miller; 26 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one brother, Sam (Emma) Fisher; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Fannie is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Eli; four brothers; and three sisters. Fannie’s final resting place is in Troyer Cemetery in West Farmington, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Joan Elizabeth Roby, 68 of Huntsburg, Ohio passed away at UH Geauga Medical Center Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born in Cleveland Dec. 27, 1951 to Bill Kolson and Elizabeth (Burkhardt) Kolson-Evans. She graduated from Kenston High School. Joan married the love of her life Arnel Roby on Dec. 19, 1981. She worked for Blossom Hill Nursing Home for 25 years until she retired. She attended Huntsburg Baptist Church, enjoyed camping, managing the library at Pymatuning Lake Resort, reading James Paterson novels, listening to Kenny Rogers songs, and loved to watch the birds outside while she was drinking her coffee. Her greatest love of all was spending time with her grandchildren and family.  

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Arnel Roby, her mother, Elizabeth Evans of Munson, daughters Stacy Kolson of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Jennifer (Tim) Covey of Mesopotamia; six grandchildren, Bethany, Cassidy, Andrew, Samuel, Tara, Hunter; one great granddaughter, Skylar and a great grandchild on the way. She will also be missed by a sister, Donna (Dave Butt) Kolson, of Alamo, Texas, brothers, Bill (Carmen) Kolson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Chris (Debbie) Kolson of Pittsburgh, Pa.  She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Kolson, and stepfather, Bob Evans.  

She was laid to rest in Huntsburg Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com.  

Mark Edward Kolinsky, 57 of Troy Township, Ohio, passed away at his home Wednesday Feb. 5, 2020.  He was born July 14, 1962 in Cleveland to Anton “Tony” Kolinsky and Kathryn (Byler) Stowe-Kolinsky. Mark was a great Finish Carpenter/carpenter who worked for Tim Yoder Construction, Kenny Hoar Construction, Tom Luxmore Construction, and Portman Roofing. He worked on the Family Farm for most of his life and enjoyed going fishing for a much-needed break from work.   

He will be sadly missed by his brothers, Thom (Helen) Stowe and Jeff Stowe, nieces and nephews, David (Erin) Stowe, Thom Stowe, Bryan Stowe and Carissa Stowe. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Tracy Stowe. He will be laid to rest next to his parents in Munford Road Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22487, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123. Memories and condolences can be shared with his family at www.slyffh.com.   

Nancy L. Shuminski, 63, of Middlefield, OH passed away peacefully Friday morning, Jan. 31, 2020 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. She was born in Painesville, Ohio on Oct. 14, 1956 to the late Mike W. and Thelma (Richardson) Shuminski.

She was an active member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Parkman. Nancy was a diehard Cleveland Indians fan who enjoyed listening to the Oak Ridge Boys and Yanni. She also liked to bake and tend to her rose gardens.

Nancy will be missed by her loving siblings, Carol Gurgul, Beth Ann (Harvey) Swonger, Michael Shuminski, Steve Shuminski; niece, Amanda (Joshua) Joles; nephew, Douglas (Christina) Gurgul; great-nieces, Teagan Joles, Cecilia Gurgul, Veronica Gurgul; great-nephews, Andrew Gurgul, Damien Gurgul; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents. Per Nancy’s wishes, no services are to be held. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Robert “Bob” A. Fraier, 67, of Auburn Twp, OH passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at his home, Monday afternoon, February 3rd, 2020. He was born in Cleveland, OH on July 6th, 1952 to the late Albert and Gladys (Glennon) Fraier.   

Bob valued his faith in God and freedom; he enjoyed his land, animals and riding his motorcycle.

Bob will be missed by: his brother, John and family, and many friends. 

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, February 13th, 2020 at Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. Family and friends will be received from 5 P.M. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob’s honor are requested to be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or by visiting www.samaritanspurse.org.

Rita U. Holland (nee: Kowalski), 99 years old of Burton, OH,born October 21, 1920 in Cleveland, Oh, died peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, February 6, 2020.  Loving mother of James (Ellen) Holland, Gail (Francis) Lawton, Gloria Wagner, Marybeth Bushea, and Brian Holland. Beloved grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 6.

She was preceded in death by her husband James, son Larry, and her parents. Rita was a 60 year member of St. Helen Catholic Church in Newbury and one of the original members of Legion of Mary. She enjoyed singing in the choir, chaperoning the St. Helen’s unicycle team and volunteering for numerous church functions. Rita was kind and friendly to any one she met. Funeral arrangements were entrusted with Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield, OH.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Helen’s Building Fund.

Sandra Beth “Sandy” Waters (nee Silverman) of Newbury, Ohio, passed away on Jan. 14, 2020, at age 64 with her family by her side. Sandy was born April 10, 1955, to the late Robert and Myrtle (Goldberg) Silverman. 

She graduated in 1973 from Shaker Heights High School, and spent many years in the direct mail advertising industry as a respected mailing list specialist, many of those years at her father’s company, Robert Silverman Inc. In her later years she took care of her parents and worked with her therapy dog Montana to bring comfort to the residents of Stone Gardens assisted living facility and elsewhere.

Sandy also focused on her study of spiritual healing, tended to a vast menagerie of animals that she and her husband Kevin provided a home for, and most importantly, she became the centerpiece of her eight grandchildren’s lives. She also loved to paint. 

Survivors include her husband Kevin Waters, her sons Andy (Angela) and Tony (Jennifer) Silverman, her brother Jack (Wendy) Silverman and her grandchildren Alanna, Autumn, Dexter, Michael, Penny, Tiffany, Tommy and Violet. 

A Memorial Celebration is being planned for later this year. If interested in attending, email the family at sandywaterscelebration@gmail.com and details will be provided. Donations in Sandy’s memory are requested to be sent to: Geauga Humane Societies, Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Rd., Russell Twp., OH 44072, https://www.rescuevillage.org. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Jaimie M. Miller, 1 year, 7 months, 21 days old, of Nelson, Ohio, was granted his angel wings at home, Friday morning, Jan. 10, 2020. He was born in Claridon, Ohio on May 20, 2018 to Marvin A. and Arlene (Miller) Miller. Jaimie was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.  

 He will be missed by his loving parents, Marvin and Arlene; siblings, Marlene Miller, Andrew Miller, Sara Mae Miller, Carolyn Miller, Marvin Miller Jr., Steven Miller; paternal grandparents, Allen Ray and Kathryn U. (Byler) Miller; maternal grandmother, Lucinda Sue (Miller) Miller; great-grandparents, Urie M. and Barbara Ann (Miller) Byler; and many cousins and friends. Jaimie is preceded in death by his brother, Marlin Miller; sister, Amanda Miller; maternal grandfather, Owen M. Miller; and great-grandparents, Martin A. and Malinda (Miller) Miller, Melvin L. and Barbara (Shetler) Miller, and John H. and Edna (Hostetler) Miller. Jaimie’s final resting place is in Detweiler Cemetery in Nelson. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Linda K. Green, 76 of Burton, Ohio, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at Briar Hill Health Care.  She was born March 28, 1943 in Chardon to the late Kauko and Ruth (Mullola) Kiviniemi.  She graduated from Middlefield High School and Kent State University with a BS degree in Music Education. Linda was a K-6 Elementary Music Teacher for West Geauga Schools for 30 years. She was a member of the Geauga County Fair Band for 38 years, the choir director for Burton Congregational Church for 20 years and several other Churches in Geauga County. She also was a member of the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild for 10 years, the Tuesday Club, and Teachers Bowling League.  Linda enjoyed fishing, especially with her father. Her other hobbies included reading, swimming, and collecting Longaberger Baskets. She was a caregiver to her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren.  

She will be sadly missed by her husband and the love of her life, Roland Green, daughters, Aimee Ruth Green of Burton, Shelly (Rick) Pressell of Warren, grandchildren, Erin and Faith Pressell, a sister, Laura Holmes of Middlefield, and several nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Larry Kiviniemi.  

A Celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the First United Methodist Church, 14999 S State Ave, Middlefield (44062).  She will be laid to rest with her mother and father in Middlefield Cemetery during a private burial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Relay for Life of Geauga County, Western Reserve Hospice Care, 17876 St Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110, or Children’s Rehabilitation Center in Howland, 885 Howland Wilson Rd. NE, Warren, OH 44484. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com.   

Adrienne Eleanor Crotty, 80 of Nelson Township, Ohio, passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at Trumbull Regional Medical Center. She is “together again” with her beloved husband Dennis Crotty who died in 2013. She was born Dec. 26, 1939 in Bellaire, Ohio, daughter of the late Louis and Freda (Lisk) Jeffers. Adrienne married Dennis Crotty March 10, 1965 and lived in Nelson Township. She retired from Geauga Industries where she helped organize the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union # 1902. Adrienne was an avid Cleveland sports fan for all teams and Ohio State sports. She enjoyed reading, watching the Hallmark Channel and sitting on the glider watching rabbits and loved being with her dog Stubs and cat Mr. Kittie. She especially enjoyed going on trips to Myrtle Beach, family pizza night and enjoyed eating Almond Joys but did not eat the Almonds.

She will be missed by her family and friends, her daughter Elaine (Chuck) Houser of Leavittsburg, two grandchildren, Michael Lee and Christian Houser, her Stubs and Mr Kittie, and her best friend Cecilia Easton. Adrienne is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Dennis of 47 years. 

A Celebration of her life will be held 1- 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Nelson Community Center, 11639 Windham Parkman Road, Nelson. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Rd SE, Vienna, Oh 44473. Share memories and condolences at www.slyffh.com

Earl Ray Carpenter, 78, of Middlefield, Ohio, peacefully passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 22, 2020 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. He was born in Warren, Ohio on Sept. 5, 1941 to the late Yale T. and Glenna P. (Barb) Carpenter. Earl married Joan (McBride) Karey in 1984. 

He was a 1959 graduate of Bloomfield High School and eventually served as a member of the Bloomfield School Board and the Bloomfield Zoning Board. Earl was also very active in Trumbull County, serving as a 4-H advisor in the dairy program, Director of the Trumbull County Fair Board, and as a member of the Trumbull County Holstein Association. He was also a previous owner of Bloomfield Livestock Auction. He loved working as a dairy and grain farmer, especially doing custom combine work for local farms. Earl simply loved being in the fields. He also liked being a long-haul truck driver for Dillen Products in Middlefield and Arms Trucking in East Claridon. When not on the road or in the fields, Earl loved spending time with his family and watching John Wayne movies. Earl was a member and Master Mason of Western Reserve #307 F.&A.M. in West Farmington and also a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Valley of Youngstown, A.A.S.R.M. 

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 35 years, Joan; children, Stan (Denise) Karey, Teri (Paul) Sines, Crystal (Jeff) Karey-Neikirk, Kristina (Matt Weaver) Reider, Angela (Kurt) Kriynovich, Amy Jo Carpenter, Janice Williams; grandchildren, Alexys Fenselon, Alayna Sines, Rylee Fenselon, Kody Kriynovich, Kamden Kriynovich; sister, JaNice Carpenter-McCoy; sister-in-law, Mary Mae Carpenter; and many step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, and friends. Earl is preceded in death by: his parents; brother, Harold Carpenter; and brother-in-law, French T. McCoy.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Jan. 27 at Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield with Pastor Paul Radobenko officiating. Family and friends will be received from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the funeral home and also on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Marie Catherine Amentini, 81 of Burton, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. She was born Aug. 25, 1938 in Cleveland, daughter of James and Jennie (Decker) Koryta. Marie was a long-time employee of Huntington National Bank. She was a member and very active for St. Edward Catholic Church in Parkman. She especially loved being with her grand and great grandchildren. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

Marie is survived by her husband Joseph Amentini, two children, Phil (Pat) Amentini and Denise (Jim) Demopoulos, six grandchildren, Stacy (Ricky) Barnauskas, Brian (Evelyn) Amentini, John and Alli Demopoulos, Samantha and Jacqueline Johnson, three great grandchildren, and her sister Pat (Larry) Kazimour. She is preceded in death by her parents and her daughter Sharon Amentini. Burial was at Overlook Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in, her name, to a charity of your choice. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.slyffh.com.

Adele Sohm “Baba”, 89 of Parkman, passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 27, 2019.  She was born March 6, 1930 to Anton and Barbara Vitu. She married William Sohm Jr. in May of 1949 and lived in Bedford before moving to Parkman in 1974. Adele thoroughly enjoyed and loved running Shangri-La Water Ski Club in Parkman; where you could find her driving the boat, coaching skiers, or chitchatting with everyone. Adele had one of the biggest hearts and was known as “Everybody’s Mom”.  She enjoyed cooking (especially soup), reading, watching sunsets and dogs. She was a long time EMT for Parkman Fire Department. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

Adele is survived by her daughter Pam (Rod) Zeigler, grandchildren, Chelsea Zeigler, Brooke (Sam) Raeburn, Molly Zeigler, Maria Sohm and Michelle Sohm, great grandchildren, Carter, Willow, and Griffin Raeburn and many close nieces and nephews; also Marcie who has always been by her side. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband William, her sons Billy and Mike Sohm, her sisters Ann Petro, Helen Novak and her brothers, Eddy and Laddy Vitu.

In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to Vinney Hospice, 1 David N Myers Pkwy, Beachwood, OH 44122 or to the Parkman Fire and Rescue Dept., 16299 Main Market Rd., Farmington, OH  44491. Memories, stories and condolences may be shared at www.slyffh.com.

Newell “Bo” George Beaumier, age 78 of Burton, Ohio, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Briar Hill Health Care with his family by his side. He is “Together Again” with is beloved wife Judith Seufer Beaumier who passed away December 4, 2018. He married Judy on November 28, 1964. They were married 54 years before she passed away.  Newell was born on June 28, 1941 in Cleveland, son of George and Marjorie (Malborn) Beaumier. After he graduated from Collinwood High School in 1960, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 – 1964. During that time, he attended Maryland State University. He worked in construction for Newmar Construction and was a member of the Amazing Grace Church in Highland Hts. When they moved to Burton “Bo” became a member and was very active with the American Legion Post #459 Atwood Mauck for years and a member of the Masonic Village Lodge in Burton. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. 

He is survived by his four children, Kathlyn (Roger) McGahey of Chagrin Falls, Wayne Beaumier Sr. of Houston, Craig (Charina) Beaumier of Galena, and Diana (Ronnie) Richmond of Munroe Falls, grandchildren, Wayne Jr., Marissa, Alexander, Cierra, Roger, Joseph, Veronica, Sharon and Ron’Angelo, and a great grandchild Mariah, his brother Mark (Gerri) Beaumier, sister Claire (Phil) Nicholson and a brother-in-law Gus Cratcha. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Julie Cratcha.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 3:00 -7:00 PM with a Masonic Service at 6:15 PM and an American Legion Service at 6:45 PM at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield, OH 44062.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Amazing Grace Church, 5632 Wilson Mills Rd., Highland Hts., OH 44143. Burial will be at Knollwood Cemetery in Mayfield. 

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Legion Post #459, PO Box 261, Burton, OH 44021, or to the Burton Masonic Lodge #274, PO Box 44, Burton, OH 44021, or to the Amazing Grace Church. 

William “Bill” A. Bruns, 58, of Euclid, OH passed away unexpectedly at University Hospitals Cleveland Tuesday morning, December 31st, 2019. He was born in Claridon, OH on June 30th, 1961. Bill later married Judith Pavlisin on August 17th, 1996.

He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family and friends. 

Bill will be greatly missed by: his loving wife of 23 years, Judy; mother, Caroline Jean (Jones) Branem of North Bloomfield; brother, Mike (Kathy) Bruns of Burton; sisters, Melissa (Larry) Davies of Hopkinsville, KY, and Tracy (Joe) Wyatt of Dalzell, SC; sister-in-law, Victoria (James) Gubanyar of West Farmington; mother-in-law, Judith Pavlisin of Colebrook; brother-in-law, Andy Pavlisin of Colebrook; nieces, Brooke Davies, Maureen Davies, and Ashley Gubanyar; nephews, Lawrence Davies and Kyle Gubanyar; aunt, Connie (Hubert) Hoffman of Montville; and many cousins and friends. 

He is preceded in death by: his fathers, Jack C. Branem and Michael A. Bruns; and father-in-law, Andrey Pavlisin.      

A PRIVATE GATHERING OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY WILL BE HELD AT A LATER DATE. Arrangements have been entrusted to Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. 440-632-0818. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Ada M. Byler (nee Miller), 99, of Middlefield, Ohio, passed away peacefully Monday morning, Dec. 30, 2019 at her home. She was born in Millersburg, Ohio on Feb. 2, 1920 to the late Emanuel Y. and Emma Miller. Ada is once again reunited with her loving husband, Dan R. Byler. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. 

Left behind to mourn her loss are caregivers Reuben (Mary) Byler, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Ada is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dan; three brothers; and five sisters. Ada’s final resting place will be in Miller Amish Cemetery, Huntsburg, Ohio.

Linda D. Kauffman, 7 months 3 days, of Windsor, Ohio, was granted her angel wings Thursday evening, Jan. 2, 2020 at UH-Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland. She was born in Middlefield, Ohio on May 30, 2019 to David A. and Linda (Miller) Kauffman. Linda was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. 

She will be greatly missed by her loving parents, David and Linda; siblings, Jacob Kauffman, Maurine Kauffman, Miriam Kauffman, Esther Kauffman, Norman Kauffman, Rachel Kauffman, Kathy Kauffman, David Kauffman Jr., Martha Kauffman, Andy Kauffman; paternal grandparents, Andy S. and Emma (Byler) Kauffman; maternal grandfather, Daniel E. Miller; and many cousins and friends. Linda is preceded in death by: her grandmother, Linda (Troyer) Miller. Linda’s final resting place will be in Wilcox Road Cemetery, Mesopotamia, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

Sarah B. Byler 93, of 54117 Calais Road, Quaker City, Ohio, died Saturday Nov. 30, at the home place. She was born in Middlefield, Ohio on March 4, 1926 to Dan D. and Lizzie (Gingerich) Byler. She married Andy E. Byler on Feb. 21, 1946.  He died on Oct. 2, 2002. She is greatly missed by her children Joe (Barbara) Byler of Middlefield, Ohio; Jake (Ida) Byler of Middlefield, Ohio; Betty (Andy) Miller of Clymer, N.Y.; Esther (Chris) Kauffman of Middlefield, Ohio; Mary (Allen) Miller of Quaker City, Ohio.; Sarah (Daniel) Gingerich of Curwensville, Pa.; Dan (Rose) Byler of Quaker City, Ohio; Andy (Mary) Byler of Windsor, Ohio. She is survived by 62 grandchildren; 353 great grandchildren; 60 great, great grandchildren; six step grandchildren; three step great, great grandchildren; one sister, Emma Mullet; one step brother, Dan Miller; one sister in law, Emma Byler. Preceding her in death were her parents, three brothers, six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one step grandchild. Burial was in Calais cemetery.

Ronald “Ron” J. Timco, 80, of Munson, Ohio went home to be with the Lord peacefully at Blossom Hill Health Care Residence in Huntsburg, early Thursday morning, Nov. 28, 2019. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 23, 1939 to the late Paul and Ann (Kojan) Timco.

Ron, a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran, was raised in the Euclid/Collinwood area where he studied harmony and theory in his music career. He was a huge intricate part of a jazz band. Ron passionately played and created music whether it was with his accordion or playing the “keys” on a piano, organ, or keyboard. He simply loved to share his musicality with family and friends and passed his knowledge onto his children who also share in his passions. After marrying Phyllis Cahur on Sept. 20, 1969, they continued to share their love in the music realm by being dynamic dance partners in numerous dance competitions.

Ron was a previous co-owner of a pharmacy in the Mentor Headlands with his brother, the late Paul Timco. He then moved on to a new job opportunity in appliance sales where he dominated the industry with an abundance of top sales awards throughout his career. During his career, Ron was employed at B & B Appliance in Euclid and Bloom Brothers Appliance in Chesterland. He also enjoyed cooking and going for hikes along the Chagrin River with his family, with each creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Ron will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Phyllis; children, Michalene “Mickey” Timco, Keith Timco, Todd (Amy) Timco; grandchildren, Grant Timco, Trevin Timco, Ryden Timco, Kyan Harrold-Timco, Brecklin Harrold-Timco; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Viola Timco; and brother, Paul Timco. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Martha Ann Ricker (nee Canterbury), 77, of Burton, Ohio passed away peacefully at Burton Health Care Residence, Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2019. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 8, 1942 to the late John G. and Eloise L. (Heppes) Canterbury. Martha married Paul D. Ricker on Sept. 16, 1968. 

Martha was well known in Geauga County. She spent over 35 years volunteering for the Berkshire School District as well as the Troy Community. She was known for her spunk and ability to know everything going on for the whole community. Many always came to “Martha’s Kitchen” table on Sunday morning where the door was always open and the coffee always on. She left this world with the love of her family and the vast extended family that she welcomed in her heart and called her Sa.Sa. Her generosity and supportive nature will always be remembered. 

Martha leaves behind to mourn her loss: loving husband of 51 years, Paul; children, Shannon Canterbury, Darren “Rick” Ricker, MaryAnn Ricker; grandchildren, Britteny Griffith (TSgt, U.S.A.F.), Hannah Cernava, Meagan Ricker, Jessica Ricker; sisters, Margaret Lazzaro; Jacqueline (Robert) York; sister-in-law, Deloris Canterbury; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Bill Canterbury. 

A celebration of life will be held from 1to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 21at Troy Community House, 13950 Main Market Rd., Troy, Ohio 44021. In lieu of flowers, donation in Martha’s memory are asked to be sent to the Troy Volunteer Fire Department, 14019 Nash Rd., Burton, OH 44021. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Mildred “Millie” L. Owen-Weedon, 86, of Parkman, Ohio passed away peacefully at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio on Friday afternoon, Nov. 29, 2019. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio on July 4, 1933 to the late Merle and Mildred (Scheer) Owen.

Millie was a businesswoman and a former teacher who loved working in her yard and on the family farm. She also enjoyed birdwatching, reading scripture from her Bible, and simply admiring the beauty of the Reservation Farm. She thought “family” was everything and loved spending quality time with her children and grandchildren.

Millie will be greatly missed by her children, John S. (Virginia) Weedon, Carolyn J. Jorden, David Owen (Shelly) Weedon, Susan L. Sawyer; grandchildren Suzanne (James) Levy, John B. Weedon, Joshua P. Weedon-Jorden, Maximilian Sawyer, Zephaniah Sawyer, Hawken Sawyer, Hannah Sawyer, Josiah Sawyer; and many friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, and brother, Merle Owen.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Reservation Farm on Saturday, July 4, 2020. In lieu of flowers or cards, donations in Millie’s memory are requested to be made to the Geauga County WomenSafe Inc, 12041 Ravenna Rd., Chardon, OH 44024, or online at www.womensafe.org. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Clifford “Doyle” Chitwood, 72 of Middlefield, Ohio passed away at his home on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. He was born Oct. 21, 1947 in Pine Knot, Kentucky to Samuel R. and Evelyn (Worman) Chitwood. He grew up and spent most of his life in Burton before moving to Middlefield in 2015. Doyle had an unwavering faith in God. He enjoyed singing the old hymns and also loved the word of God and never was hesitant to share his faith. He was looking forward to spending eternity with the Lord. He had a passion for being in the woods. In his younger days, he was an avid hunter and later in life he spent countless hours feeding and recording the wildlife. Doyle was a truck driver for many companies. He later went on to taxi the Amish.

Doyle will be missed by his beloved wife Carol (Cuckow) Chitwood, his daughter Leigha Chitwood, stepson Greg (Chris) Kirk, four grandchildren, Taylor, Austin, Kaylee, and Madison Kirk, two brothers, Russell and William Chitwood and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents his brother Ronald and three sisters.

Memorial calling hours will be held Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield (44062) from 5-7 p.m. with a Celebration of Life to follow at 7 p.m.  Memories and condolences may be shared at www.slyffh.com.

Joseph Allen Schlevenski, 77 of Parkman, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at David Simpson Hospice House. He was born in Reading, Pa. on Sept. 20, 1942 to Joseph and Marion D. Schlevenski. He was a graduate of N. Madison High School and received his bachelor’s degree in education at Ohio State. He married Bonnie Fiske on July 3, 1972 and lived in N. Madison, Huntsburg, and then in Parkman. Joseph was a teacher at Collinwood High School and at Madison High School. He also was a freshman wrestling coach for both schools. Joseph enjoyed roller skating, so he started teaching roller skating, and was a manager of Laura’s Roller Emporium in Painesville until it closed. He then was a car salesman for Preston and Junction Sales. He also drove taxi for the Amish. 

He is survived by his beloved wife Bonnie of 47 years, his sister Joyce Carhu and his nephew and niece. His wishes were to be cremated and no services held. Memories and condolences share at www.slyffh.com.

Nora V. Douglass (nee Baker), 81, of Burton, Ohio passed away peacefully at Burton Health Care Residence Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, 2019. She was born in Georges, PA. on Sept. 18, 1938 to the late William E. and Virginia E. (Teets) Baker. She was an active member of the Newbury Community Church. Nora loved doing crossword puzzles, going to church events, shopping, watching western movies, and taking care of dogs. 

Nora will be dearly missed by brothers, Raymond Eland, William Eland, Robert Eland, Edward (Millie) Eland; sister, Janet Nicholas; Lauren and Lindsey King, whom Nora considered “adopted” granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many friends. She is preceded in death by: her parents, and brother-in-law, Harry Nicholas.  

A memorial service was held 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 at Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Road, Middlefield (44062) with Pastor Bob Richardson officiating. Family and friends were received from 5 p.m. to the time of service. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Lenora “Bo” J. Bryson, 91 of Middlefield, passed away with her family by her side on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at Briar Hill Health Care. She was born Oct. 31, 1928 in West Virginia, daughter of Alva and Frances (Nowlin) Collins. She was married to Merle Bryson 54 years before he passed away May 8, 2016. They are “together again”. Lenora was a waitress for Bud’s Tavern, Cardinal Restaurant, and for Paulo’s in Middlefield. She volunteered for the Middlefield Fire Dept. Women’s Auxiliary. She loved to bake and cook, going on trips and shopping with her sisters and family. She especially loved being with her family and grandchildren.

She will be sadly missed by her close and loving family, her daughter Penny Amato of Bristolville, two sons, Michael Bryson of Jefferson and Merle Jr (Marcia) Bryson of Middlefield, 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, four sisters, Alice Newcomer, Pat Collins, Jean Seiler, Mary Thompson, and her brother William Collins. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Merle, her son Chester “Rick” Sulek, her granddaughter Shea and four brothers, Elmer, John, Raymond, and Gary Collins. 

Calling hours and Celebration of Life were held at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield (44062), on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 3-6 p.m. with the Celebration of Life at 6 p.m.  A private family graveside will be held at a later date in Middlefield Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.slyffh.com.

Samuel W. Yoder, 4, of Windsor, Ohio, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2019 at University Hospitals Cleveland due to natural causes. He was born in Middlefield on July 14, 2015 to William B. and Dora (Miller) Yoder. Samuel was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. 

He will be missed by his loving parents, William and Dora; siblings, Paul Yoder, Caroline Yoder, James Yoder; paternal grandparents, Bill F. and Marie (Kauffman) Yoder; maternal grandmother, Sadie (Byler) Miller; great-grandmothers, Ida (Mast) Kauffman and Sarah (Byler) Byler; and many friends. Samuel is preceded in death by his grandfather, Jerry M. Miller; great-grandparents, Freemon M. and Elizabeth (Weaver) Yoder, Albert J. Kauffman, Mose J. and Mary (Miller) Miller, and Allen J.G. Byler. 

Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at 16952 Pioneer Road, Huntsburg (44046) with Bishop Jonathan Miller officiating. Pallbearers were Nelson Miller and Allen Yoder. Family and friends were received until the time of the service. Samuel’s final resting place is in the Miller Cemetery in Huntsburg. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

Polly Mae Weaver (nee Bender) of Ft Worth Texas, went to be with the Lord peacefully late Wednesday evening, Dec. 4, 2019 after a battle with recurrent pancreatic cancer. Her first diagnosis of pancreatic cancer was in 2005. She was one of a very few 14 year survivors of the disease. She was born in Middlefield, Ohio on July 6, 1940 to the late Alvin and Lydia (Schrock) Bender. Polly married Dan H. Weaver on Jan. 31, 1959.

She was an active member of Faith Evangelical Church, Garrettsville, helping in the nursery with the babies she loved, for many years. After becoming a Texas resident, she attended Northwood Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. She enjoyed houseplants, sewing, old hymns, playing games and attending Bible Study with dear friends from Ohio and Texas. She loved spending time with family and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Polly will be deeply missed by her loving husband of 60 years, Dan Weaver, children, Harry (Teressa) Weaver of Terrell, Texas; Sherrill Weaver of Tucson, Ariz.; Jeff Weaver of Ft Worth, Texas; Michele (Curtis) Mullett of Chesterland Ohio; grandchildren, Jonathon Weaver, Mandy (Paul) McDermott, Josh (Rose) Weaver, Eric (Nelly) Weaver, Rianna (Tyler) Perron, Destiny (Sean) Franklin, Amanda (Mike) Johnson, Emily (Alex) Ward, Ben Weaver, Cameron Mullett, Cassie (Nathan) Rice, Brandon Mullett, five great grandchildren, two brothers, sister in law’s and many nieces, nephews and friends, including Kathy Hughitt her special caregiver. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Clarence, her sons, Perry and Mark Weaver and granddaughter Brianna Mullett. Polly’s final resting place is in Overlook Cemetery in Parkman, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Mary J. Miller, 84, of Middlefield, Ohio, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Nov. 19, 2019 at home while surrounded by her family and friends. She was born in Middlefield on Nov. 17, 1935 to the late Jeremiah J. and Ada (Miller) Miller. Mary is once again reunited with her loving husband, John U. Miller, who died in 2007. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. 

She will be missed by her children, Elizabeth (Gid) Miller, Lucy (Freeman) Miller, Jerry (Ada) Miller, Sarah (Melvin) Miller, Mary (Danny) Troyer, Melvin (Linda) Miller, Ada (William) Byler, John (Ruth) Miller, Joe (Clara) Miller, Katie (Bill) Miller, Dan (Mary) Miller, Barbara (David) Weaver, 98 grandchildren; 202 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; four brothers; two sisters; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, John; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one step-grandchild; one brother; and three sisters. 

Funeral services were held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at 14479 Madison Road, Middlefield (44062) with Minister Marty Byler officiating. Pallbearers were Marvin Troyer, Willard Hostetler, Norman Miller, and Allen Byler. Family and friends were received any time until the time of the service. Mary’s final resting place is in the Nauvoo Road Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

Joseph G. Krejci, age 67 of Windsor, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 at UH Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood. Born on July 15, 1952 in Cleveland, he was a son of George and Ann (Yarwood) Krejci. He served with the US Marine Corp.  Joseph was a production manager for Orlando Baking Co. in Cleveland. He started working in 1968 and retired in 2009. He was a member of the Bakers Union Local # 19. Joseph married Laura Orlando January 15, 1975, they lived in Windsor since 1994 coming from Montville. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, taking care of the yard and helped anybody that needed his help. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchild. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.

Joseph is survived by his beloved wife Laura of 44 years, four children, Stephanie (Scott) Javins of Kirtland, Joseph Krejci of Windsor, Michael (Dana) Krejci of Madison and Stacy (Eric) Herrod of Alabama, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild, two sisters, Barbara DeCara and Mary Krejci, two brothers, Norman and Stephen Krejci, and his extended family, the Rothackers.  He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Edith Ann Coschignano and two brothers, Ernest and Robert Krejci. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the PKD Foundation, 1001 E 101st Terrace, Suite 220, Kansas City, MO 64131. Share memories and condolences at www.slyffh.com.

Douglas Cameron “Dougie” Cunningham, 37 of Middlefield, passed away with his family beside him Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 at Briar Hill Care Center.  He was born Jan. 20, 1982 in Cleveland to Linda and James Cunningham. Dougie was full of life. He enjoyed lively activities and listening to music.  

He will be sadly missed by his mother, Linda Cunningham, father, James (Rose) Cunningham, siblings, Jamie Lynn Cunningham, Scott R. Cunningham, his twin brother, Curtis (Katie) Cunningham, maternal grandmother, Joy Robertson, his nieces and nephews, Heidi Lynn Møller, Owen, Leo, Mary, Emma Cunningham, many aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by grandfather, Stanley Robertson, paternal grandparents, Edger and Dorthey Cunningham, and uncle Scott Robertson. Memorial Donations can be made to The Metzenbaum Center, 8200 Cedar Rd. Chesterland, OH 44026, in Doug’s name. Memories and condolences can be shared at www.slyffh.com.  

Jack C. Branem, 77 of North Bloomfield, Ohio passed away peacefully at his home, early Wednesday morning, Oct. 30, 2019. He was born in Kirtland, Ohio on Jan. 16, 1942 to the late Clarence and Agnes (Watts) Branem. Jack married Caroline Jones on Jan. 16, 1988. He retired as a Supervisor from API/LFE in Chesterland after working there over 30 years. Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing, and raising Labrador retrievers.

Jack will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 31 years, Caroline; children, Tracy (Joe) Wyatt, Melissa (Lawrence) Davies, William C. (Judy) Bruns, Michael R. (Kathy) Bruns; grandchildren, Brooke M. Davies, Lawrence (Dani) Davies, Maureen S. Davies; great-grandson, Jack Jameson Davies; brother, Thomas (Carla) Branem; sister, Rita White; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Alvie J. Branem; sisters, Dorothy Digby, Mary Lou Ely, and Joni Ingle.

Jack’s final resting place is in Kirtland South Cemetery, Kirtland, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com

Harold T. Carpenter, 81, of North Bloomfield, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, 2019 at home with his loving family and friends by his side. He was born in North Bloomfield, Ohio on April 21, 1938 to the late Yale T. and Glenna P. (Barb) Carpenter. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1956 and attended Youngstown St. University. Harold also graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1961 and served his Funeral Director apprenticeship in Millersburg for two years.

In 1963, Harold moved to Dayton, Ohio and lived with his older sister, Janice Carpenter McCoy. Harold returned to Trumbull County and owned/operated Carpenter Funeral Home in West Farmington, Ohio between 1977-1982. During this time, he was also elected as Mayor of West Farmington. He later returned to Dayton and worked at the Meyer-Boehmer Funeral Home before taking a job as the office manager at Pugh’s Shows. Harold’s biggest challenge at that position was always running and setting up the ticket procedures for the Ohio State Fair.

On April 10, 1982, Harold married his sweetheart, Mary Mae Evans. Harold and Mary Mae decided to return to North Bloomfield and become dairy farmers. He also served as a North Bloomfield Township trustee. He and Mary Mae then decided to move once again to Horse Cave, KY. where they opened a restaurant named “Hal’s” and ran it for 5 years. Harold once again moved to his hometown and became an STNA (State Tested Nurse’s Aide), scoring the highest in his class. He went on to work in Howland, Ohio at the Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home. Following his time as an STNA. Harold went on to becoming an Amish Taxi driver for 25 years before finally retiring in 2016.

Harold will be greatly missed by his best friend and love of his life, Mary Mae; sister, Janice McCoy; brother, Earl (Joan) Carpenter; grandson, Michael Evans; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great nephews; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and step-daughter, Joyce Evans.

Harold and his family would like to thank the wonderful staff of Ohio Living Hospice for their amazing care and also Harold’s very special niece, Terry, for her love and support. Harold’s final resting place is in Brownwood Cemetery, North Bloomfield, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Gerald W. Wenner, age 84 of Newbury, Ohio passed away Oct. 4, 2019, at UHHS Geauga Medical Center, Claridon, Ohio. He was born June 18, 1935, in Allentown, Pa., son of Sheldon and Marie (nee: Hoffert) Wenner. Gerald was raised in Lewisburg, Pa., graduated from Lewisburg High School where he met his wife, Carol Leonard, whom he married in 1955. After graduation he attended Bucknell University.

He has lived in Northeast Ohio for over 60 years. When his children were young, he was a 4-H advisor to a horse and pony club and president of the 4-H Horse and Pony Division in Geauga County. Gerald was also president of Geauga County Tourism. For most of his life (over 50 years), he was a farrier and raised horses and cattle on the family farm in Newbury Twp.  In his spare time, he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping with his family. In later years, he and his wife loved to travel to the southwest.

He is survived by daughter, Deborah Wenner of Middlefield; son, Jeffrey (Annemarie) Wenner of Claridon.; granddaughter, Jessica Diggs of Washington; grandson Gregory Wenner; great-granddaughter, Alyssa Diggs; brother, David (Diane) Wenner; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in deathy by his wife, Carol; his parents; and brothers, Donald Wenner and Robert Schlott. Private family services were held. Information and condolences on-line at www.burrservice.com.  

Robert “Bob” C. Kumher, 86, of Middlefield, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, Oct. 13, 2019 at UH-Geauga Medical Center. He was born in Concord, Ohio on June 20, 1933 to the late William and Elizabeth (Plohr) Kumher. Bob married Barbara Mahoney on April 9, 1960. 

 He was a U.S. Navy Korean War Veteran who worked as an Air Conditioning and Heating Technician. Bob enjoyed hunting, shooting, riding his motorcycle, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. 

Bob will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 59 years, Barbara; son, Kurt (Janet) Kumher; daughter, Karla (Tony) Lang; grandchildren, Alisha Lang, Daniel Kumher, Joseph Kumher; brothers, Bill Kumher, Don (Noca) Kumher Sr., Dale (Pat) Kumher, Larry (Linnea) Kumher, Roger (Diana) Kumher, Ralph (Louise) Kumher; sisters, Betty Gingerich, Florence (Ward) Herst; sister-in-law, Kitty Kumher; and many friends. He is preceded in death by: his parents, brother, Dick Kumher; brother-in-law, John Gingerich; and sister-in-law, Kate Kumher. 

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at the Atwood Mauck American Legion Post #459, 14052 Goodwin St., Burton (44021). In lieu of flowers or gifts, Bob’s family has requested to just bring memories to share. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

Joseph G. Hummel III, 60, of Huntsburg, passed away peacefully at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland, Sunday evening, Sept. 22, 2019. He was born in Chardon, Ohio on Jan. 1, 1959 to the late Joseph G. and Mary Anne (Mirisch) Hummel Jr. 

He was an Amish Taxi Driver for many years and enjoyed fishing and making crafts. Some of his favorite crafts were making airplanes out of pop cans, flowers from pencil shavings, and dreamcatchers. 

Joseph will be dearly missed by his son, Joseph “Joey” G. Hummel IV; sister, Marge (John) Pollari; brother, Bill Hummel; grandson, Liam J. Hummel; niece, Kristen Hummel; nephew, Nick Hummel; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tim Hummel. Online condolences may be sent at www.bestfunerals.com.

William D. Byler, 17, of Mesopotamia, passed away early Monday morning, Oct. 14, 2019 at University Hospitals Cleveland due to injuries sustained from an ATV accident. He was born in Claridon, Ohio on May 11, 2002 to Dave R. and Alma A. (Byler) Byler. William was a member of the Old Order Amish Church. 

He will be dearly missed by his loving parents, Dave and Alma; paternal grandparents, Marvin (Clara) Byler; siblings, Marie (Danny) Miller, David Ray (Ruthie) Byler Jr., Karen (Adam) Troyer, Viola (Jake) Miller, James (Sara Jane) Byler, Andrew Byler, Sara Byler, Kathy Byler; and many friends. William is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Andy J. and Ida M. Byler. William’s final resting place is in Bundysburg Road Cemetery, Parkman, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

Dorothy T. Byler (nee Troyer), 91, of Middlefield, Ohio, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, 2019 at home surrounded by her family. She was born in Sugar Creek, Ohio on Feb. 19, 1928 to the late Andy D. and Ada J. (Miller) Troyer. After 50 years of being widowed, Dorothy is once again reunited with her loving husband, Reuben, who died May 17, 1969. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be missed by her loving children, Ada Mae (Dan L.) Troyer, Fannie (Ervin E.) Miller, Ervin R. (Martha Mae) Byler, Mervin R. (Betty) Byler, Dan R.T. (Katie) Byler, Nevin R. (Emma) Byler, Nettie (Enos D.) Miller, Dorothy (Robert H.) Miller, Reuben T. (Mary) Byler, Rosemary (Crist J.) Weaver; 66 grandchildren; 313 great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; 45 great-great-grandchildren; three step-great-great-grandchildren; one brother; three sisters; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 23 years, Reuben; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four brothers; and three sisters. Dorothy’s final resting place is in Miller Cemetery in Huntsburg, Ohio.


Betty Alice Abram, loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away Sept. 24, 2019, at the age of 92. She was born in Ashland, Ohio and lived the last 56 years in Middlefield. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Alice (Gantz) McCracken. She was a graduate of Ashland High School, where she was salutatorian of her class and known for her academic excellence, athletic ability, and friendliness. Betty married the love of her life, Thomas Abram on March 30, 1947, and were married for 58 years, until his death in 2005. She has missed him for the last 14 years. She was a fabulous homemaker who doted on her husband and family. She was an active member of the Middlefield UMC and Friends of the Library, a talented seamstress, and loved entertaining friends and family.

Betty is survived by her daughter Cheri (Greg) Sykora, three grandchildren, Joshua (Erin) Sykora, Alfred (Kelly) Hirsh, Justin (Morgan Gladding) Hirsh, and four great-grandchildren Abram Sykora, Hannah Michelle Hirsh, Kahlen Sykora, and her son-in-law Kurt Schwendeman.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Thomas, her daughter Michelle Abram Schwendeman, two brothers and one sister.

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Sunday, Oct, 20, 2019 from 3-4:30 p.m. followed by a Celebration of her life at the First United Methodist Church, 14999 S State Ave., Middlefield (44062).

… But those who hope in the Lord shall renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint. May God hold her in the palm of his hand. She will be dearly missed.

Memorial donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, PO Box 207, Middlefield, OH 44062; or to the Cardinal Schools, on memo line please put either “Disney Trip” or “Athletics”, PO Box 188, Middlefield, Ohio 44062. Memories and Condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com.  

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