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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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