Martha Elizabeth "Betty" Shepard Behm, Class of 1937
Betty Shepard Behm, a life-long Perry and Madison resident, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, aunt, businesswoman, encourager and friend to many died Friday, May 20, 2016. She was born August 19, 1919, in Perry, to Ralph Ewart and Martha Anna (nee Averill) Shepard. Betty grew up on the family farm on Shepard Road, graduated from Perry High School and Central School of Practical Nursing in Cleveland. She married Wilford N. Behm on December 24, 1941 at her family home in Perry. She was a partner with her husband in the family-owned Behm Funeral Home founded in 1906 by Wilford's parents, Walter C. and Alta E. Behm. Upon Wilford's death at age 40 in 1961, Betty devoted her time to managing the Behm Funeral Home with the help of Thomas Stanton, a licensed Embalmer/Funeral Director while raising her five children, rarely missing an event important to the children. In later years, Betty continued to be a mentor to her children and others in the business. She is remembered as being at the funeral home, always with a smile and encouraging word. Betty brought out the best in people and reached out to others with uplifting notes, deliveries of Melrose apples, homemade relish and cookies for over 60 years. She especially enjoyed decorating her front door for each season for the enjoyment of the community. Betty wasinducted into the Perry High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010. She was a founding and charter member and served on the board of the Madison Chamber of Commerce. She was so proud when the Madison/Perry Area Chamber of Commerce awarded the Behm Family Funeral Home Business of the Year in 1996. Betty was a 25 year member and former president of the Madison Public Library Board's present library building and was instrumental in starting the Friends of the Library and the current facility. She was a member of Park United Methodist Church, the Western Reserve Fine Arts, Progress Club, Madison, and Perry and Jefferson Historical Societies. She enjoyed people, traveling, Mr. Swaby's woodworking, reading, bowling, stamp collecting and being positive. Most of all, Gram Behm enjoyed staying in touch with her family and friends. She is survived by many wonderful friends and her children, Valerie A. Behm of Madison, Marcine (Ray) Petrea of Euclid, Michael (Eileen) Behm of Geneva, Timothy (Jeanette) Behm of Madison and Wilford "Ford" (Deborah) Behm II of Geneva; 12 grandchildren, TJ (Dr. Melissa), Kate (Lee), Clinton, Karen (Sarah), Nick, Trevor (Julie), Courtney, Chester, Edward, Frank (Sue), Brenda (Willie) and Deborah (J.R.); 18 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Debbie, Connie, Linda, David, John, Tom and Jeffery. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilford; parents; sister, Marjorie Lu Brockway; brothers, John L. Shepard II and Daniel Ralph Shepard; sister-in-law, Rita Shepard, great-grandchildren Thomas Allen Behm and Avery Elizabeth Jenkins.
Michael Horvath, Class of 1965
Michael Horvath, age 69 of Carrabelle, Florida, passed away on May 12, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda, on March 1, 2012. He was born in Painesville, Ohio on July 30, 1946 and was a 1965 graduate of Perry High School. Michael was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the United States Air Force in Cambodia as a Crew Chief on a KC 135 Stratotanker. He achieved the rank of staff sergeant. It was while in service state-side that he met his future wife, Linda, a resident of Carabelle. After being discharged, they moved to Carrabelle and Michael became a respected member of the community, as well as a member of Curfew #73 Masonic Lodge. Michael was involved with Camp Gordon Johnston, a World War II Museum in Tallahassee, Florida. He was the driving force of the Camp Gordon Johnston Association since becoming its Executive Secretary, handling the museum's social media, attending networking seminars, fundraising, assisting with the building planning, and the recent Camp Gordon Johnston Days.
David Whitmore, Class of 1950
David Whitmore of Largo, Florida passed away on March 31, 2016. He was born January 21, 1932. He graduated from Perry High School in the Class of 1950. He was married to Geraldine for 61 years.
Dennis Hoffacker, Class of 1968
Dennis R. Hoffacker, age 66 of Painesville, passed away peacefully at Mapleview Country Villa on April 22, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dennis was born on February 11, 1950 in Painesville, the son of Helen M. (Kothe) and Rex A. Hoffacker. He was a 1968 graduate of Perry High School and received a Bachelor's degree from Bethany College. He married the love of his life, Melanie Digman, on June 11, 2005. Dennis was a member of the Perry High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an avid Cleveland Sports and Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He enjoyed bowling and playing golf. He was loved by all, and the family wishes to thank his family and friends for their caring support. Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Melanie Digman Hoffacker (Class of 1977); son, Brett Digman; brothers, Gary and Dale (Cindy Brewster) Hoffacker; nieces, nephews and their families, Katie (Charlie Jarosz) Hoffacker and Jocelyn, Miana and Leo, Tanya (Marc) Christian and Brock, Tatum and Amber, Jeremy (Lauren) Farren and Elise and Jayden; mother and father-in-law, Ron and Charlene Digman; brother-in-law, Doug Digman; sister-in-laws and their families, Karen (Hutch) Hutcherson and Katy and Emily and Marcy (T.J.) Lander; and many cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts and uncles. In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice in memory of Dennis.
Sandra Bossert, Class of 1965
Sandra Bossert, age 69 of Perry, Ohio, passed away April 21, 2016 at TriPoint Medical Center. She was born March 3, 1947 in Cleveland to Alexander and Lillian (Siers) Burghardt. Sandy married Frederick Bossert in Painesville on May 6, 1967. Sandy was a 1965 graduate of Perry High School and received her Associate's degree in Hospitality, Travel & Tourism from Lakeland Community College. She worked at Quail Hollow after earning her degree. Later, she and a partner operated Quigley's in Madison. Then she opened and operated Pub 84, which is now Mr. Lee's. Sandy was involved with the local Liquor Association Board and was recently voted NCLBA President. She enjoyed crocheting and made bonnets for children at the Cleveland Clinic. Most of all she loved spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Frederick; daughters, Stacey Bossert of Perry, Teresa Bossert of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, and Kristen (Jason) Masony of Medina; grandchildren, Christopher and Michela DeCapua, Elijah and Spencer Masony; great-grandchild, Ethan DeCapua; sister, Deborah Oberst of Strongsville; and many cousins in Georgia and Michigan. She is preceded in death by her parents. Final resting place is Perry Cemetery.
Gail Thomas Ignat, Class of 1968
Gail Thomas Ignat, age 66 of Rapid River, Michigan, passed away April 19, 2016, at Huron Valley Sinai Hospital in Commerce Township, Michigan. Gail was born January 23, 1950 in Perry, the son of Elmer and Margaret (Lipovich) Ignat. He graduated from Perry High School in 1968. He continued his education at The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Architecture. He then enrolled at the University of Michigan where he completed his Master's degree in Business Administration. On July 13, 1990, Gail was united in marriage to the former Katharine Navarre, in Traverse City, Michigan, and together the couple made their home and began their family in Williamston, Michigan. Gail worked as a project manager and engineer for McNamee Porter and Seeley Engineering Firm for more than 25. In 1997, Gail and family relocated to Stonington where he established Stonington Associates Architectural Firm. Gail was a very talented architect who designed and built numerous homes throughout the country. In addition to his wife Katharine, he is survived by his son, Keefe Ignat of Los Angeles, California; daughter Kelsey (Dustin Getzloff) Ignat of Durham, North Carolina; brothers Gary (Chere) Ignat of Lansing, Michigan and Steven (Mary) Ignat of Tucson, Arizona; sisters Reine (Mark) Smirz of Gastonia, North Carolina and Karen (Scott) Hervey of North Carolina; as well as many beloved brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Gail's parents, Elmer and Mararet, and his brother, Dennis, preceded him in death. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society or a charity of choice.
Keith Farren, Class of 1975
Stanley "Keith" Farren, age 60 of Painesville, passed away on April 15, 2016 at his home. He was the son of the late Stanley V. and Elizabeth Mae (Wilcox) Farren born on March 27, 1956, in Painesville. Keith was a 28 year employee of Midwest Materials in Perry, a member of AMVETS Post 1971 in Perry and the V.F.W. Post 2595 in Painesville. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and nature. He is survived by his daughter, Tanya (Marc) Christian; son, Jeremy Farren; grandchildren, Brock, Tatum and Elise; brother, Jalmer Farren; and sisters, Tina (Jim) Loiacono and Vicki Ozinga.
Gordon John Stegkemper, Class of 1968
John Stegkemper, age 66 of Madison, Ohio, passed away March 26, 2016 at UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was born September 9, 1949 in East Cleveland to Gordon Augustus and Genevieve (Barrer) Stegkemper. He married Diane Marie Purkis on May 9, 1973. John graduated from Perry High School in 1968. He served as Staff Sargent in the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1978. He worked as a maintenance electrician at Allied Electric for 27 years. He loved his pets. He enjoyed photography and was always ready to take photos at all the family and work events. In his younger years, he enjoyed woodworking, especially building furniture, and collecting model trains. John was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and loved traveling the country on his motorcycle. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Diane; brother, Wayne Collins of Alaska; cousins, Pat and Mike Veltri and Pauline Waskiewicz; brother-in-law, Jerry (Debra) Purkis; nieces, Julie and Dawn, who are also his godchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Wanda. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the USO, Department WS, PO Box 96860, Washington, DC 20090-6860.
Lee Barrish, Class of 1979
George "Lee" Barrish, age 55, passed away March 15, 2016 at the Cleveland Clinic with family by his side. He was born March 9, 1961 in Painesville, and was a lifelong resident of Perry. Lee was a jack of all trades having worked in construction, at Perry IGA, as an independent music reviewer, and finally working the last 28 years at the Lake County Department of Job and Family Services. Lee loved the Cleveland Indians and spent many summer evenings cheering on the Tribe at "its still Jacob's field" as he called it, or watching/listening to games on the TV/radio. He also loved music and had a vast knowledge about artists, careers and songs. He enjoyed finding new musical talent and watching their popularity and talent grow. Lee was an exceptional chef and baker and had a great sense of humor. He was also witty, creative, talented, generous, kind, helpful and loving and will be deeply missed by family and friends. He is survived by his mother, Catherine Barrish; brothers John (Irina) and Keith (Wilma) Barrish; girlfriend Carol Vargo; niece Mary Barrish; nephew Jeremy (April) Barrish; great-niece Mariann Barrish; and great-nephews Jacen Barrish and Hayden Barrish. He also leaves behind his kitty, Gretchen Cheyanne. He is preceded in death by his father, Francis, and brother, Christopher.
Jerry Ondo, Maintenance Employee
Gerald "Jerry" Ondo, Sr., a former maintenance employee at Perry Schools, passed away March 7, 2016 at TriPoint Medical Center. Mr. Ondo was born September 27, 1942 in Fairport Harbor and was a lifetime Lake County resident. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Sierra (AD-18). He was an electrician with Local Union 673 in Mentor and retired from the Maintenance Department at Perry Schools in 2004. He also owned and operated the Rock-Eye Fishing Charter. He held a Charter Captains license for 25 years. Mr. Ondo was a member of the Hungarian Culture Club in Fairport Harbor, AMVETS Post 1971 in Perry, American Legion Post 336 in Painesville and the V.F.W. Post 7754 in Fairport Harbor. He is survived by his wife, Karen (Wheeler) Ondo, whom he married on Friday, August 13, 2005; son, Gerald "Jerry" (Marcia) Ondo, Jr. of Fairport Harbor; daughter, Leah (Rick) Walczak of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada; grandchildren, Terri, Matt, Tyler, Ryan, Morgan, Matthew and Sara; and brother, David (Gabby) Ondo of Painesville. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marion (Starkey) Ondo; brothers, John, James, and Richard Ondo. Contributions in Mr. Ondo's memory may be made to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
Jeffrey Cook, Class of 2004
Jeffrey Cook, age 30 of Painesville, passed away March 5, 2016 at his home Painesville. He was born December 17, 1985 in Painesville. Jeff was a chef and a carpenter. He was a Graduate of Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York and a 2004 Perry High School graduate. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Palshook; sons, Kevin, Jackson and Shane Cook; parents, Bobby and Coleen Rogers; siblings, Jessica (Joe) Colabuno and Robby Rogers; grandmother, Carole Stevenson. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Kirk Stevenson, Patricia and Ray Rogers; Coletta and Sylvester Cook; father, Kevin Cook; uncle, Jeff Cook and cousin, Victor Cook. Jeff was a loving father to his three boys and a wonderful husband. He loved his family and was a phenomenal chef.
Delores Keener Taylor, Class of 1953
Delores N. Taylor, age 81, passed away March 7, 2016 while at home. She born in Parcoal, West Virginia on November 13, 1934 to Thelma (Arbogast) and John Keener. Delores married Samuel Taylor on October 30, 1955. She graduated from Perry High School in 1953 and studied in the nursing program at Kent State University. She retired from Perry Ridge Nursing Home after 25 years of dedicated service as Activities Coordinator. Delores loved her work very much. She enjoyed crotchet and entering her canned and baked goods at the Lake County Fair. Delores was a very caring mother to her own and many other neighborhood children. She will be missed by many. She is survived by her loving son, Richard (Peggy) Taylor; daughter-in-law, Kelly Taylor; grandchildren, John, David, Angie (Matt), Bobbi (Chris), Sam (Jen), Jessie (Christian), Sarah, William; 21 loved great grandchildren; and sister, Carol (Denzil) McCort. Delores is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Samuel; sons, William Taylor and Robert Taylor; grandson, Jamie Taylor; great granddaughter, Scarlet; parents; and brother, Clayton Keener.
Mary Ellen Patricia (Meglan) Pizzino, Class of 1965
Mary Ellen Patricia (Meglan) Pizzino, age 69 of Salem, Ohio, died at her home while sleeping early Sunday morning. She was born on January 16, 1947 in Lorain, Ohio, the daughter of the late Carl Paul Meglan and Florence Patricia (Brock) Meglan-Forsty, and step father George Forsty. Mary Ellen dedicated her life to the healthcare industry. She was a paramedic, marketing representative and training director starting in 1978 with Gold Cross Ambulance, Rural Metro Ambulance and most currently EMT Ambulance. She formerly worked with Hoffmister Reality and Town and Suburban Reality in Salem. She was a 1965 graduate of Perry High School, attended the Columbus Business University, Lakeland College, graduated from the Aultman Paramedic Program, and held a real estate license. She worked closely with the American Heart Association and served as a Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Care Life Support (ACLS) instructor. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Garden Club of Ohio, National Safety Council, Salem Safety Council, and a past board member at Sunrise Homes. She was known over the years for the love and care she extended while serving the needs of the elderly. She worked closely with local facilities to make sure their needs were met. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene D. Pizzino II, who passed away while serving during the Vietnam War in 1969. She is survived by her three daughters, Wendy (Alan) McPherson of Hilliard, Tracy Amigo of Columbus, and Marsi (Bryant) Bezon of Salem; five grandchildren, Morgan Amigo, Graham and Brooke McPherson and Blake and Avery Bezon; siblings, Carl P. Meglan Jr. of Columbus and Richard Forsty of Perry. The family has asked that memorial contributions to be made to the American Heart Association in her memory.
Richard Nelson, Class of 1979
Richard L. Nelson, age 56 of Painesville, passed away March 4, 2016 after being struck by a car in Geneva, Ohio. He was born May 29, 1959 in Painesville to Elizabeth (Leasure) and Adelbert Nelson. He enjoyed singing Elvis songs, doing landscaping and roller-skating. He is survived by his brothers, Thomas (Shelia) Nelson of Painesville, David (Sherry) Nelson of Missouri, William (Denise) Nelson of Mentor, Terry (Tracy) Nelson of Painesville, Larry Nelson of Missouri; sisters, Mary (Dennis) McKinley of Ashtabula, Carol Blake of Rome; aunts, Carolyn Williams and Barbara Leasure of Painesville; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Robert and Jon Nelson. Final Resting Place is the Perry Cemetery, Center Road.
Sally Ann (Mantel) Sitler, Class of 1952
Sally A. Sitler, born October 30, 1934, the first child of JD and Ada (Stinchcomb) Mantle in Painesville, Ohio, passed away February 27, 2016. Sally is survived by her husband of 61 years, Bill Sitler; daughter, Nancy; son, Mark; daughter-in-law, Jacquelyn; grandsons, Eric and David; granddaughters, Katherine and Frankie; siblings, Ray, John and Connie; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. Sally will be remembered as a wonderful hostess, excellent cook, Tulsa County Master Gardener and Girl Scout leader. She retired from Broken Arrow Schools as Child Nutrition Director, and was a trail blazer in the field of feeding kids at school. While she was slowed down in her later years due to the affects of Parkinson’s, she remained active until her passing. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her honor to the Master Gardener Foundation of Tulsa, Inc. www.floralhaven.com.
Zachary Johnson, Class of 2007
Zachary M. Johnson passed away February 20, 2016 at the age of 27. He was born December 17, 1988, along with his "womb-mate" and twin, Alicia. In his childhood, Zak enjoyed swimming and fishing in Lake Erie, playing football and soccer and he excelled as a wrestler. As a 4-H member, Zak raised livestock and loved all animals and exploring the outdoors. Zak graduated from Perry High in 2007. When Zak was not working landscaping, he spent quality time raising his son, who was the pride and joy of his life. Zachary's survivors are his son, Tristan Julian Johnson and Tristan's mother, Morgan Rae Loxterman. He is also survived by his parents, John and Kathleen (McNiece) Johnson of Perry; older brother, Justin (Maria) Johnson of New Jersey; twin sister, Alicia Virginia Johnson of Cleveland; younger sister, Morgan Johnson of Kent; and paternal grandparents, Ben and Sara Johnson of Mentor. Zak was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Raymond and Dolores McNiece; uncle, Jeff; and aunt, Kathleen (McGill)
Michael Bentley, Class of 2014
Michael John Bentley, age 20, a lifelong Perry resident, died February 8, 2016 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born January 25, 1996 in Cleveland. Little Mike worked for his grandpa along with his father at D.B. Bentley Excavating in Painesville. He was a 2014 graduate of Perry High School and attended Auburn Career Center in the Welding Program. He grew up in the Perry area playing all types of youth sports. He enjoyed four wheeling, snowmobiling, and was passionate about spending time with his friends and family. Survivors include his father, Michael J. Bentley; mother, Melissa (Dale Newman) Bentley; sister, Marissa Bentley; grandparents, Dennis (Dottie) Bentley, Gloria Devins, Gary (Debbie) Mizenko and Michael (Francis) Ebling; aunts and uncles, Ronnie (Heather) Bentley, Nick "Bubba" (Morgan) Bentley, Dorothy Bentley, Michael (Patricia) Ebling, Meredith Bennington, Jennifer (Ozzie) Mercado and Paul Mizenko; cousins, Dylan, Hannah, Josh, Sarah, Mackenzie, Joseph and Deborah. Preceding Michael in death is his grandmother, Deborah Mizenko. The Perry Cemetery is his final resting place. The family requests contributions to Perry Area Rec Board in Michael's memory, P.O. Box 491 Perry, OH 44081. The family thanks everyone who prayed and thought of them. That ask that we all find peace and strength in letting to. Life is a gift.
Richard Wesley Dunn, Jr., Class of 1966
Richard Wesley Dunn, Jr., age 68 of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Lynn Cockfield Dunn, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Rick was born December 13, 1947 in Lakewood, Ohio, son of the late Richard Wesley Dunn and Dorothy White Dunn. He graduated from Bowling Green State University and was a retired public school art teacher. He was the former owner of 1837 Bed and Breakfast in Charleston. He was a member of Grace Church Cathedral, Charleston Yacht Club, and James Island Yacht Club. Rick was an avid surfer and sailor with a quick wit. He loved and lived life to its fullest. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Cockfield Dunn of Charleston, SC; two sons, Richard Wyatt Dunn of Pensacola, Florida and Merrick Weaver Dunn of Charleston, South Carolina; his daughter, Olivia French Dunn of Charleston, South Carolina; and his sister, Virginia (Dennis) Dunn Strempel of Charleston, South Carolina. Memorials contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge, 269 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or the Surfriders Foundation, PO Box 14065, Charleston, SC 29422.
Mr. Nick Square, Transportation Director
Nicholas D. Square, a 52 year Perry resident, passed away January 22, 2016 surrounded by the love of his devoted wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was born August 6, 1939 in Painesville to Felix and Mary (Venditti) Square. Mr. Square retired from the Perry Local School District where he proudly served as the Transportation Director for over 30 years. He also owned and operated Perry Lake Nursery and served with pride in the U.S. Armed Forces. He enjoyed cooking, history, casinos, camping, agriculture, and mechanics; but his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and instilling in them family values. He is survived by his wife, Faye (Claytor) Square whom he married on March 7, 1964; children, Lana (Bill) McBride, Reginald Square, Dennis Square, Elizabeth Square, Nicholetta Square; grandchildren, Deena (Jaime) Whited, Kimberly (Robert) Fowler, Angela (Dave) Coryell, Curtis Square and Ryan (Jennifer) Square; nine great grandchildren; sister, Carolyn Fearing and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his brother, Vincent M. Square; sisters, Lucille Dietz, Regina Crnjak, and Yolanda Square and his parents.
Charles Albert Corwin, Class of 1952
Charles "Albert" Corwin, age 83, of Mentor, passed away November 30, 2015. He was born April 24, 1932 in Glouster, Ohio and lived in Lake County for more than 75 years. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Albert was employed at the former Ohio Rubber Company in Willoughby, retiring in 1991 after 32 years of service. Survivors are his wife of 55 years, Anna M. (Conner) Corwin, and several nieces and nephews and their families. He also leaves many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Alice Corwin; sister, Maryann Green and brother, Jim Bally.
Doris May Craine, Cafeteria Manager
Mrs. Craine, age 94, of Perry passed away Thursday, December 31, 2015 at Altercare Nursing Home in Mentor. She was born May 23, 1921 to Alice (Kellogg) and Augus Bittig. She married James Craine in Helena, Arkansas on October 24, 1941. Mrs. Craine worked at Perry Local Schools and was the cafeteria manager for many years. She is survived by her sons, John S. Craine of Mentor and William F. Craine of Green Valley, Arizona; grandsons, Douglas, Domonic, Kevin and Brian; four great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and siblings, Gertrude, Pat, Charlotte, Carolyn, Florence and Edward. Mrs. Craine was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Craine and her parents.
Rose K. Beall, Teacher
Rose K. (Kruger) Beall, 89, a former Perry teacher, passed away December 26, 2015 at Lake West Medical Center in Willoughby. Born April 8, 1926 in Germany, she lived in Mentor for 21 years before moving to Kirtland Hills in 1969, with her husband, whom she met during World War II. An avid gardener, she loved her home and working on her property. She was an active member of Mentor United Methodist Church, starting in 1948 and enjoyed her friendships there. After teaching in Perry, Mrs. Beall taught German and English at Lakeland Community College for many years. Survivors are her children, David Beall of Kirtland Hills, Carol (Paul) Ryczek of Roswell, Georgia and Charles Beall of Mentor; grandchildren, Zach (Alyson) Ryczek, Matt (Kristi) Ryczek, Liz Ryczek and Christina Beall; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Taylor, Bryan, Haley, Nayland and Nallie; brother, Heiner (Hanne) Kruger of Lakewood, Colorado and Margaret (Lynn) Clark of Redmond, Washington. She also leaves nieces and nephews and their families. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, David Clark Beall, and her daughter, Margaret Rose Beall. Her parents, Heinrich and Hedwig (Fischer) Kruger and daughter-in-law, Wan Sun Beall are also deceased.
Ronald A. Wyant, Class of 1976
Ronald A. Wyant, age 57, a lifelong Perry resident, passed away December 19, 2015, at Lake Hospital's Madison Emergency Center. Ron was born in Painesville on January 31, 1958, to the late Robert L. and Geraldine (Manley) Wyant. He formerly was employed at Formaster, Neff Perkins, and Mentor Lumber. Ron is survived by his wife, Pamela (Billman); brother, Robert (Patricia) of Perry; sister, Connie (Steve) Brothag of Painesville Township; and several nieces and nephews. Burial is in the Perry Cemetery.
Lawrence "Skip" Brewster, Class of 1944
Lawrence " Skip" Hylas Brewster of Concord Township, died November 23, 2015, passing peacefully at his home, which he built in 1957, surrounded by his family. Skip was born May 23, 1926, the son of the late Alvin "Blake" and Marion (Vesi) of Perry. Skip graduated from Perry High School in 1944 and received his degree in teaching from The Ohio State University. Skip was a math, physics, and science teacher for Summerfield High School in Noble County. He was their head basketball coach and took them to the State tournament. While teaching in Summerfield, he met his wife, Leatha (Havener). After they were wed, they moved back to Painesville where Skip took a job teaching at Riverside High School the first year it opened. Skip remained at Riverside until his retirement. Skip was the golf coach for Riverside High School for 25 years and was inducted into the Riverside High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was also the only elementary physical education teacher for the Painesville Township School District for 38 years. He was a master carpenter, a skill he learned from his father and which he has passed along to both of his sons. Skip was an active member of the Ohio Mayflower Society, The Ohio Society Founders and Patriots of America, Sons of The American Revolution, and the Painesville Moose Lodge 490. Skip was proud of his Mayflower heritage and was able to document his heritage back to William Brewster, Richard Moore, and William Bradford. Skip is survived by his sons, Blake of Atlanta, Georgia, Brad and his wife Vanessa (Van Driest) and three grandchildren, Bond, Braden and Bryce of Chardon. He also leaves behind three brothers, Robert, Lee (Cynthia) and John (Dorothy) and many loving nieces and nephews. Skip was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Nathan; wife, Leatha and grandson, Brodie. Skip was an avid golfer and knife collector who also loved playing pool with his friends at the Moose as well as sitting with his dogs listening to opera. Skip had a great appreciation for nature and a reverence for all creatures, great and small. Memorial contributions can be made to Geauga County Humane Society Rescue Village, 15463 Chillicothe Road, Novelty, OH 44072.
Jay David Sutch, Class of 1966
Jay David Sutch, 68 of Austinburg Township, unexpectedly passed into glory and freedom after a prolonged battle with COPD on Monday, November 16, 2015. He was born on February 4, 1947 in Painesville to the parents Julius B. & Rachel M. (Cunningham) Sutch. Jay was raised in Perry and was a 1966 graduate of Perry High School. He has been a resident of Austinburg Township for the past 41 years. Jay joined the U.S. Navy in 1966 and served on the USS Bon Homme Richard and the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam War. For many years Jay drove semi for various companies and in 1997 became owner and operator of Jaybird Transport, Inc. Following retirement in 2007 he worked locally driving a dump truck and was also a driver and attendant for Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes. Jay was a jack of all trades and a master of quite a few - welding, fabricating, designing, and could repair almost anything. He was happiest on his tractor or in his garage and passed this legacy onto his sons and grandsons. Jay is survived by his wife, Ann L. (Fobes) Sutch, whom he married on November 11, 1969 in Jamestown, NY; four children, Jeremy (Faith) Sutch of Austinburg Township., Jennifer (Bernard) Carpenter of Cherry Valley, Jason Sutch, serving with the U. S. Navy in Guam and Julia (Chris Salyers) Sutch of Ashtabula; four grandchildren, Jessica (Daniel) Pocci, Joshua Sutch and twins, Dustin and Gabriel Salyers; a great-grandson, Michael James Pocci; a sister, Gayle (Ed) Glynn of Frederick, MD; and a brother, Alan (Donna) Sutch of Madison. His parents and a nephew, Scott Sutch preceded him in death. At Jay's request, no services will be held at this time. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the Geneva Post #6846 VFW, 76 Depot St., Geneva, OH 44041.
Virginia Popp, Elementary School Teacher
Mrs. Popp passed away November 5, 2015 at Rae-Ann Geneva while surrounded by her loved ones. She was born April 14, 1928 in Cleveland to Roy Harold and Lucy (nee Cover) Cole. Mrs. Popp married Louis in Thompson on June 24, 1950. She graduated from Thompson High School and went to Kent State University to become a teacher. She was a teacher at Perry Elementary for 30 years, beginning her career in Perry in 1969. She dearly loved her career and her students, and her students loved her, even today, she is still invited to all the weddings, showers, and graduations. Everybody that knew Mrs. Popp loved her. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Louis Popp; daughters, Judith A. Popp and Patricia L. (Mark) Quayle; grandchildren, Shannon L. (Chris) Wilson, Leslie A. Turner, Christy D. Starkweather, Tanya Underwood, Mark Quayle II, Katelyn Quayle; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Francis Griffin; brothers, Roy, Harold (Barbara), Cole, Jr.; many loved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Dorothy Ferguson and Doris Dodge; brothers, James and Frank Cole; great-grandsons, Raymond, William and Christopher. Final resting place is Perry Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110-2602.
Dorothy Jane Fritinger, Bus Driver 1967 to 1974
Mrs. Fritinger, age 84, who resided in Painesville for the last a 61 years, passed away October 2, 2015 in Chancellor Garden in Clear Field, Utah. She was the daughter of George and Marie (Tishko) Medvec, born on April 2, 1931. She was a wonderful woman who completed her journey on earth and made it to the top of the mountain to be with her loving husband and the Lord. She enjoyed her garden, flowers and working in the yard. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Urania Chapter 284 in Painesville and a bus driver for Perry Local Schools. She is remembered for getting students to school and back home safely and driving on many field trips, often driving the band bus to football games. Survivors are sons, Ernest (Beth) Fritinger of Clairmont, Florida, Dr. Thomas (Suzette) Fritinger of Farmington, Utah; daughters, Dorothy (Timothy) Jewell of Concord, Susan (Walt) LeFavour of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren, Sally (Steve) Lovick, Isabella, Sophia, Olivia Fritinger, Michelle Hickman and Melissa Wade; nine great grandchildren; brothers, George Medvec of Vero Beach, Florida, Dave (Edna) Medvec of Weeki Wachee, Florida, Bill (June) Medvec of Memphis, Tennessee; sisters, Joanne Kreiger of West Palm Beach, Florida, Rose (Dennis) Sedvidy of Newbury, Marge (Al) Stoltz of Thompson, Janet (Carl) Bush of Newbury. She was preceded in death by husband Ernest Fritinger, brother Nick Medvec, and parents.
Ruth J. Brewster, Cafeteria Worker 1969 - 1984
Mrs. Brewster, age 89 of Madison, Ohio, passed away September 25, 2015 at Cardinal Woods Skilled Nursing home in Madison. She was born on July 22, 1926 in St. George, West Virginia to Virgie (Ludwick) and O. Luther Shaffer. She married Churchill "Shorty" Brewster on December 24, 1942 in Perry. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Perry. She worked in the high school cafeteria from 1969 to 1984 when she retired. She loved crafts, sewing and especially quilting. Mrs. Brewster is survived by her children, Valerie Williams, Molly (Keith) Brainard, Larry Brewster, Melvin Brewster, Clyde (Kathy) Brewster, Dollie (David) Seese, Marvin (Amy) Brewster, Clifford Brewster; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; brother, Omar Shaffer; sisters, Evelyn Garner and Delsey Wheeler. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Churchill, her parents and brother, Jerry Shaffer. Ruth's final resting place is Western Reserve Memorial Gardens.
Betsy Morse, Teacher
Betsy Morse passed away peacefully with family and close friends at her side on October 17, 2015 at Lake West Hospital after battling various health issues for a long period of time. She was raised in Painesville and lived in Madison. She was an educator at St. Mary's School in Painesville, Perry Local Schools and retired from the Cleveland Schools. She received her education at Lake Erie College and John Carroll University. Betsy was an avid local sports fan. She held her Irish heritage close to her heart. She was a loyal friend and will be missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Immaculate Conception Church in support of Deacon Ministries. This ministry brings support, prayers and the Eucharist to home-bound and hospital-bound people.
Timothy Andrew LeBail, Class of 1970
Timothy LeBail, age 63, passed away on October 24, 2015 at his residence in Geneva. He was born July 4, 1952 to Stanley and Dorothy (Pocza) LeBail. Tim was a PHS Class of 1970 graduate. He was a member of Perry Amvets Post 1971 where he was active in the Son's Group and Amvets Riders, Chapter 40 of Lake County. Most would say that Tim was the best mechanic around. Owning his own company, T.A. LeBail Equipment Repair, he worked on all equipment, big and small. If he didn't know how to fix something, he had a unique knack of quickly learning. If he didn't have the right tool, he would manufacture it himself. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed riding his Harley with his friends. Survived by his sister, Victoria Leone of Ft. Mill, SC; brother, Stanley LeBail of Painesville; nieces and nephew. He was preceded in death by his parents. A very special thank you to his extended family Mindy, Sara, Brad, Haleigh, Mike, Trina, and friends who were with him to the end.
Esther Kish Schron, Class of 1935
Esther A. Schron died peacefully in her home on October 23, 2015 at the Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina, Ohio. She was born Esther A. Kish on May 25, 1917 to Susie and Reverend Julius Kish. She grew up on the family farm in Perry with her parents, her sisters Ruth and Martha, and her brother Jay. She graduated from Perry High School and attended Baldwin Wallace College. She was always involved in the life of the church and she was devoted to the life of Christ. Esther loved gardening, flowers of all kinds, and had a greenhouse full of beautiful orchids. Esther learned the art of flower arranging and was proficient in the Ikebana style of arranging. She was an active member in her garden club. She took many classes in order to become a well-respected flower show judge and lecturer. Esther and her husband, Jack, raised their four children, Courtney, Terry, Jack, and Sue, in Chagrin Falls. They worked hard as a couple to build a family business, Jergens Inc., which is still growing today. While they were building the business, they traveled the world to promote the company. Jack and Esther were fortunate enough to celebrate their 70th Anniversary. Esther is survived by her sons, Terry (Jayme) and Jack (Mary Ellen); her daughter, Sue Evans (John); her daughter-in-law, Pat; and her brother, Jay Kish. Esther’s family was the most important thing in her life and over the years she was blessed by 12 wonderful grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Jack H. Schron, her son Colonel Courtney Schron USMC, her sisters, and her parents. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers that the contributions be made to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.
James LeMasters, Class of 1995
James S. LeMasters, age 39 of Painesville, passed away on October 13, 2015. He was born on July 22, 1976 in Euclid to James and Barbara (Markovich) LeMasters, Jr. Jimmy enjoyed playing baseball, fishing, and spending time with family. Survivors include his parents of Painesville; sisters, Tina (Marcus) Jones, Tricia (CJ Spikes) LeMasters, Jamie (Dan) Harkins, and Adria (Bill) Sattler; maternal grandmother, Amilene Markovich; nieces and nephews; Nick, Andrew, Bryan, David, Kaitlyn, Morgan, Evelyn, Emma, Makayla; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather and paternal grandparents. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to The Jimmy LeMasters Memorial Fund on youcaring.com.
Thomas Rathbun, Class of 1977
The world lost a great man too soon. Tom Rathbun left this life unexpectedly September 12, 2015, doing what he loved, cycling the Blue Ridge Parkway. Tom was born on October 30, 1958, to Allan and Beverly Rathbun. He was a 1977 graduate of Perry High School in Perry, Ohio and received his Bachelors of Science at Bowling Green State University. He was employed as a successful V. Mueller surgical sales rep for 28 years, won numerous awards, and was a mentor to many. He was highly respected by co-workers and customers for his professionalism and kindness. Tom was an avid cyclist and one of the founding members of the Brawley Drafters Cycling Club established in 2004. He embodied the essence of sportsmanship and was a true ambassador for the sport he loved, always recruiting new members. What started as a small group grew into a fraternity of competitive bikers that traveled the world conquering the most challenging terrain and creating lifelong friendships. He will forever affectionately be known as their "President." Tom lived every minute to the fullest and loved to stay active, whether it was fly fishing, hunting, spending time on the lake, or working on a new project. His many accomplishments included completing two Ironman, numerous triathlons and marathons. His greatest legacy, however, was being an incredible husband, father and friend to so many. He was most proud of his two daughters whom he adored. He is survived by his best friend and love of 27 years, Carrie (White); two beautiful daughters, Taylor Morgan and Alexandra Mae; parents, Allan and Beverly Rathbun; brother, Jack (Patti) Rathbun; and sister, Bonnie Rathbun. TR loved his nephew, Austin Foster; and nieces, Tiffany (Darryl) Jackson, Miranda Rathbun, Cassandra Whited, Jenna Foster, Jordan Foster, Madeline Andrews; and great niece, Brittyn Jackson. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Margaret Koeth, and Howard and Mildred Rathbun. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dove House, dovehousecac.org. Or Bikes for Tikes, http://www.gofundme.com/pn44dwrk.
Fannie Caudell Chapman, Class of 1946
Fannie (Caudell) Chapman, age 87 of Perry, passed away September 9, 2015 at her home. She was born June 22, 1928 in Bonneville, Kentucky to Sam and Anna Caudell. Fannie married Roland Chapman in Perry on September 27, 1947. She graduated from Perry High School in 1946. She lovingly tended to her yard full of flowers and was a fantastic baker. She dearly loved her family. She is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Roland; twin daughters, Penny (Frank) Angeloro and Pam (Bill) Kester; many blessed and loved family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Maggie Mayse and Pauline Newsome; and brother, Ben Caudell. Final Resting place is the Perry Cemetery.
Ruth Frary Brainard, Class of 1944
Ruth Ellen (Frary) Brainard, age 89 of Conneaut, passed away August 29, 2015 at her home. She was born May 23, 1926 in Ashtabula, and was the daughter of John A. and Dorothy S. (Barrett) Frary. Ruth graduated from Perry High School in 1944 and was primarily a homemaker, although she had worked for Rayon Industries and drove a school bus for a number of years in the Conneaut Area School System. She was a member of First United Methodist Church (now New Leaf) since 1950 and was active in Women's Aglow, the FM Evening Club, the Birthday Club, and the Troops Support Group. She enjoyed attending V.F.W. events, flower gardening and doing yardwork, but her greatest enjoyment was her participation in Girl Scouting as a scout leader for more than 50 years. Survivors include her children Barbara and Tom Trautlein of Los Alamos, New Mexico; Dorothy Brainard (David Ingram) of Kingsville; Edna Brainard of North Kingsville; Edward and Brenda Brainard of Saluda, Virginia; Maran and Craig Hilgendorf of Punta Gorda, Florida; Terry Brainard (Chris Hare) of Plymouth Township, and Ruth (Bob Balcomb) Brainard of Conneaut; her sister Dora Farley of Flat Top, West Virginia; brother Alan (Carol Frary) of Painesville; 14 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and more distant relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Fred Newell Brainard; and her brother John Frary. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to New Leaf United Methodist Church.
Robert McTaggart, Class of 1978
Robert "Fleetwood" McTaggart, age 55, a lifetime Painesville resident, passed away August 27, 2015 at Tri Point Medical Center in Concord Twp. Bob was born March 23, 1960 in Painesville. He worked at the former C.O.E. Mfg. in Painesville and various companies in the area. He also was a ranger at Thunder Hill Golf in Madison. He loved to golf and trap shooting. Survivors include his mother, Margaret McTaggart; brothers, Chris (Lonna) McTaggart, Timothy (Cheryl) McTaggart; sisters, Johna McTaggart and Lisa McTaggart. He was preceded in death by his father Robert McTaggart. Private graveside services were held in Perry Cemetery.
Elaine Lempi Charlotte Tikka Lillback, Class of 1942
Elaine Tikka Lillback passed away August 19, 2015 at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake, Ohio. She was born on March 5, 1924, in Perry to John Tikka and Lempi Sironen Tikka and graduated in 1942 from Perry High School. While attending PHS, she served as a Senior Class officer, was a member of the Glee Club, the Scholarship Club, and received the Silver P Award. Elaine was inducted into the PHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on September 24, 2011. A lifelong learner, Elaine attended Northern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, Judson College, Bowling Green State University, Lake Erie College, Kent State University, and John Carroll University. She earned a BA and MA in Elementary Education and Special Education. She shared her love of learning with students as an elementary school teacher for Painesville, Chardon, and Willo-Hill Christian Schools. She did missionary work in Canada, Finland, Spain, and Africa and traveled extensively. She enjoyed success as a writer, authoring four books chronicling Finnish American History. Her last book, They Came for Coffee, is a story about her family and other Finns in the United States. A talented watercolor artist, she illustrated her own books. Her passion for her Finnish heritage, the books she authored and her volunteer and leadership efforts at the Finnish Heritage Museum led to her induction into the museum's Hall of Fame in 2009. Elaine married Eugene Richard Lillback on April 19, 1948. She was a member of Calvary Fellowship Baptist Church, a Sunday School teacher and Ladies Bible Study teacher, and a resident of Concord Township for 50 years. Her many years of service led to a Special Award for Service by the Concord Township Trustees on her 90th Birthday. Elaine is survived by her three sons, Larry G. Lillback (Miriam McElhaney Lillback), Dr. Peter A. Lillback (Debra Harris Lillback), and Douglas C. Lillback; grandchildren, Daniel (Chelsea) Lillback, Cara-Beth Lillback, Sarah (Shaun) Hazel, and Priscilla (Duncan) Edwards; five great-grandchildren: Keira Rose Lillback, Tyler John Lillback, Scarlett Rebecca Edwards, Ashlynn Rose Lillback, and Nolan Shaun Hazel; sister-in-law, Laurene (Eino) Lillback; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Esco and Ruth Lillback, and nieces and nephews. Elaine was preceded in death by her beloved husband in 1986; sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene Juudi (Hank) Wanska, Irma Tikka (Kenneth) Wheeler, and Eloise Tikka (Ero) Visti, and Eino Lillback. Her final resting place is at Riverside Cemetery in Painesville. Contributions may be made in Elaine's memory to Calvary Fellowship Baptist Church 727 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, Ohio 44077.
Thomas A. Lipps, Class of 1966
Thomas A. Lipps of Concord Township, passed away on August 16, 2015, following a brief illness. He was born March 2, 1948 in Cleveland. He graduated from Perry High School in 1966 and the University of Notre Dame in 1970. He taught music at Muskegon Catholic High School in Michigan and Lenox Academy in Lenox, Massachusetts. Upon his return to Ohio, Tom worked as an insurance adjuster. He returned to teaching for a few years at Notre Dame Cathedral Latin in Chardon before retiring. Over the years, Tom enjoyed coaching YMCA soccer, reading, model train building, and singing in the church choirs and nursing homes. He was notorious for eliciting many chuckles and groans with his jokes, especially at the expense of his fellow Irishmen. He was a past president of Lake-Geauga Serra Club and former member of SPEBSQSA in which he sang tenor in Barbershop Quartets. Tom is survived by his wife, Marietta, whom he married on July 26, 1975; children, Thomas (Sarah Stroh) of Las Vegas, Nevada, Marianne (Christopher) De Angelus of Somerville, Massachusetts and Krista of Concord; grandchildren, Kian DeAngelus, Noah, Evan and Annalise Lipps. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jo (Karl) Steiner of Bath, Maine; and many nephews and nieces, cousins, and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Gertrude (Manchester Elementary School secretary); step-father, Michael Trannett; and an infant brother. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lake Geauga Serra Club, American Heart Association , St. Anthony Parish, or the music department of your local school.
Randal Simon Kooyman, Class of 1993
Randy Kooyman, age 41 of Madison, passed away August 10, 2015 at Heartland of Mentor. Born January 7, 1974 in Willoughby, he was a lifetime Lake County resident. He graduated from Perry High School in 1993 where he was the football team manager. He was also a member of the Lake County 4-H Rabbit Club and played Special Olympics Softball and Basketball at Deepwood. He enjoyed ceramics, coloring and making greeting cards. Randy was the beloved son of Paul J. and Joann (nee O'Brien) Hlabse Sr.; brother of Terry Kooyman, Bradford Kooyman, and Paul J. Hlabse Jr.; nephew of Steve (Ruth) Hlabse, Phil Hlabse, Marie Laurienzo and Patricia (Scott) Skrjanc; and uncle of Terry Jr., Mason and Dylan Kooyman and Camryn Chapman; cousin of Nella Laurienzo and many others. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Kooyman; maternal grandparents, Eugene and Katherine O'Brien; and grandparents, Richard and Antoinette Hlabse. The family extends a most sincere thank you to the healthcare professionals at Heartland of Mentor and Hospice for the caring assistance given to Randy. Also, to their many friends and parishes of Immaculate Conception Church in Willoughby and St. Cyprian Church in Mentor for their prayerful support. Randy's final resting place is Perry Cemetery.
Linda Stevens Davis, Class of 1959
Linda Stevens Davis, age 74, passed away August 4, 2015. She was born February 8, 1941 and was a lifetime Perry resident. Linda was employed and retired from Perry Local Schools and enjoyed bird watching, golfing, and was an avid Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Browns fan. While at PHS, she was Girls State delegate and vice president of her senior class. She is survived by her children; Tony, Dean (Barb), and Drew; grandchildren, Stephan, Ryan, Sarah, Chad, Stephanie, and Nicole and sister, Amy Kovach. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ken and Lucy Stevens; sisters, Sandy Realios and Dody Keopf.
Robert E. Rideout, Sr., Class of 1951
Robert E. Rideout, Sr., a lifelong Perry resident, passed away in August 2015. He was born December 29, 1931 in Perry and graduated from Perry High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from Lubrizol after 36 years of employment. He enjoyed camping and fishing. He has been lovingly married to his high school sweetheart, Rosa (Schuldheis) for 63 years. He is survived by his loving wife; sons, Robert, Jr. (Cheryl Leovic) and Richard (Mary Ann); daughter, Linda West; grandchildren, Robbie, Marcus, Cassie, Timothy, Ashley, Ryan and Lauren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Florence Rideout; and daughter-in-law, Susan Rideout. Contributions may be made to Lifebanc, PO Box 74174, Cleveland OH 44194-4174.
Ralph Densmore, Class of 1942
Ralph Densmore, age 90, passed away on July 17, 2015 at his home in Painesville Township. He was born November 18, 1924, in Cleveland, to Harold and Gertrude (Partch) Densmore. Ralph was an active member of Calvary fellowship Baptist Church in Painesville. He was an avid walker and enjoyed traveling. He retired as the Used Car Manager from the former George Shima Buick, Painesville, in 1987. He was also employed by the former Painesville Buick and Gabriel Buick auto dealerships.He is survived by his son, Dennis Densmore; daughter, Linda Densmore; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Janet Steward; and his companion, Nancy Francis. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis, in 2002; daughter, Sherry Berry; a grandson, Scott; and his parents.
Wesley Elliott, Class of 1950
Wesley Elliott, age 83, passed away on December 31, 2004.
Lila Skinner Sessler, Class of 1949
Lila Skinner Sessler, age 84, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2015, at LakeMed Nursing Home in Painesville. A lifetime Lake County resident, Lila was born on April 11, 1931 in Perry. A 1949 graduate of Perry High School, Lila was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Painesville. She is survived by sons, Ron (Brenda) and Jeff (Sue); grandchildren, Paul, Mark (Gillian), Greg (Shilpa), and Jason; and great grand daughter, Melanie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Sessler, in 2005. Interment was in Lane Road Cemetery in Perry. Contributions in Lila's memory may be made to Grace Hospice, 7314 Industrial Park Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060.
Darah S. Headley, Class of 1977
Darah Headley, age 56, passed away on June 11, 2015.
John Lewis Christian, Class of 1958
John Christian, age 75 of Florissant, Missouri, passed away on May 27, 2015. Born in 1940 in Perry, he moved to Missouri to attend seminary at the Christian Outreach School of Ministries. He was a loving father, grandfather and husband. He is survived by his two sons, Joe (Susan) and Dan; twin grandchildren, Grant and John; sister, Marilyn of North Carolina; and was preceded in death by his second wife, Rosie. He was in constant contact with his special friend, Janet, and her family. He worked in carpentry and social services before his career in information technology. A lifelong learner and teacher, he was a leader at the Shelter Workshop, Gardenview Care Center Sunday services, and Celebrate Recovery. He loved reading and was writing a Christian science fiction book of his own. He enjoyed watching birds and getting out in nature. Most of all, he loved Jesus.
Shurlene "Shay" Bartlett Helmick, Class of 1976
Shurlene "Shay" Bartlett Helmick, age 59 of Perry, passed away May 5, 2015 at the Madison Urgent Care Facility. Shay was born in Painesville on April 7, 1956 to Thurl and Virginia (nee Skinner) Bartlett. She married David Helmick on June 13, 1987. Shay loved everybody, especially children. She was a kid at heart and friend to all with an infectious smile on her face, and always "HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY." She was the caregiver for many Perry children and was known as "Me-maw" and "Shay, Shay." She loved to crochet, sew, and make baby blankets. A favorite pastime was porch night with her family and neighbors. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. A member of Perry Christian Church, she was the Superintendent of Sunday Schools, Chair of the Sacristan, and Chair of the Prayer Chain. Shay baked the communion bread for every Sunday service. A mother of the church, she will be missed. Shay is survived by husband of 27 years, David; sons, George (Tammy) Pierce, James (Tricia) Helmick and Gregory (Jennifer) Helmick; grandchildren, Jessica, Destiny, Zack, Paige, Elle, Cassandra, Jaymz, Austin, Gavin, Addison; siblings, Don (Judy) Bartlett, Debby (David) Korody, Roger (Paula) Bartlett, Thurlene (Paul) Lawson, Randy Bartlett, Rick (Darla) Bartlett, Tami (Ron) Smith, and loved nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister-in-law and best friend, Sue Ponn. Contributions may be made in Shay's name to Perry Christian Church, P.O. Box 177, Perry, OH 44081-0177.
Marjorie June (Brainard) Miller, Class of 1949
Marjorie Brainard Miller, Class of 1949, was a lifelong resident of Perry. She passed away April 8, 2015 at her home. She was born on May 19, 1930 in Painesville to the late Clyde and Kathryn Brainard. Marjorie was a loving homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, spending time with her family, and especially attending her grandchildren's sporting events. They affectionately referred to her as the "Official Scorekeeper." She was also a Cleveland Indians fan. Survivors include her husband, Foster, whom she married on September 19, 1949 in Perry; her children, Foster "Buzz" (Nancy) Miller, Jr. of Painesville, Debbie (David) Rostocil of Perry, and Pam (Mike) McGroarty of Perry; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Larry Brainard, Sr. and Keith Brainard; sisters, Kathryn McManus and Carol Miller. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Judy Miller Deakins; sister, Sharon Evans; and brothers, Clyde Brainard and Darrell Brainard. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Robert Watson, Class of 1948
Robert L. Watson, age 84, longtime resident of Perry, passed away March 29, 2015. Bob was born on May 3, 1930 in Elyria to Robert H. and Edith L. (nee Baker) Watson. He was a member of the PHS Class of 1948 and served honorably in the United States Army in Korea. He retired from Avery-Dennison and previously served on the Perry Township Police Department. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and farming. He loved the outdoors and making his own maple syrup. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Oza D. (nee Davis) Watson; children, Clayton "Butch" (Debbie) Knauff, Arlen Watson and Terry (Jodi) Watson; grandchildren, Helen Watson, Dawn Ribblet, Rodney Watson, Joshua (Sadie) Knauff, Krystal (Chris) Promfret, Melissa Knauff, Tessa (Jared) Kingus and Michael (Christine) Watson; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gerald Watson; and sisters, Virginia Ranson, Carlean Davis and Betty Davidson. In lieu of flowers, please consider the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 in memory of Bob.
Paul Quirk, Class of 1970
Paul J. Quirke Sr, age 64, passed away March 20, 2015 after a long illness. He was born in Ashtabula and was a longtime resident of Perry and Painesville before moving to Phoenix, Arizona in 1976. He was a resident of Spokane, Washington for the past five years. Paul was co-owner of Quirke's Carriage House in Ohio and Arizona before becoming a supervisor at Motorola in Phoenix for 17 years. He enjoyed flying and woodworking with his family. He is survived by his wife Karen (Mericka) Quirke; sons, Chad (Blossom) of Spokane, Washington, Jerrud (Sarah) of Mt. Spokane, Washington and Jacob (Lesley) of Stephens City, Virginia; grandchildren, Collin, Breanna, Alaina, Conan and Eloise; brother, John (Janet) Quirke of Hermitage, Pennsylvania; Sister-in-law, Patty Quirke of Raleigh, North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Patrick and sister Esther Gillespie.
Georgia Frost Belk, Class of 1954
Georgia Ann Frost Belk, Class of 1954, passed away December 6, 2013 She is survived by her children, Janice (Billy Joe) Hall of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Judy (Troy) Jones of Jasper, Tennessee, Michael Belk of Red Bank, Tennessee and Jeffrey Belk of Graysville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Lauren and Jessica Hall, Thomas and Angela Jones, Cameron and Kennedy Belk; sisters, Florence Welch of Ohio and Lois Hall of Knoxville, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James "Speedy" Belk; son, James K. Belk; parents, George and Mildred Downing Frost; and a brother and sister. Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Donald King, Class of 1948
Don King passed away on March 9, 2015 at his home with his family surrounding him. He was born in Perry in 1929 and graduated from PHS in 1948. Over the years, Don worked at Industrial Rayon, Morton Salt, and Uniroyal. He started his own painting, repair and remodeling business. He was also the zoning inspector for Perry Township. Don was the Tri-County Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champion from 1950 to 1951. During the Korean War, he served with the 7th Infantry Division, 31st Infantry Regiment as Sgt. First Class and as platoon leader. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Order of the Bayonet Defense Medal, Korean War Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, the United Nation Medal, and the Republic of Korea Medal. Don was a life member of the VFW 7754, Amvets 1071, the 31st Infantry Association, The Korean War Veterans Association, the American Legion 697, the 7th Infantry Division Association, the Perry Historical Society, and the Senior Citizens Association. He was a member of St. Cyprian's Church. Don loved being with his family and grandchildren, and teasing them. He liked working in his yard, greenhouse, and garden. He was the founder of the morning coffee club with his dear friends Jack Platko, Dave Bruns, and Don Romano. He is survived by his wife, Rita (Panzarella) King; children, Donna (Tom) Anderson of Perry, David (Denise) King of Perry, Ray (Priscilla) King of Cumming, Georgia, Michael (Tina) King of Perry and Donald King of Kent; grandchildren, Jason (Lauren) Babic, Jessica Babic, Jeremy King, Christina (Curt) Svgerko, Kayla King, Jillian King, Jordan King and Jenna King; and great-grandchildren, Baily, Justin, Mason, Sarah, Karley, Kelsey, Gavin, Mia, Gianna and Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond C. and Gladys (Butler) King; and uncle, Norman" Nonnie" King. Contributions may be made to the Perry Center Food Bank, PO Box 446, Perry OH 44081.
Florence Mae (Goske) Porostosky-Strazisar, Class of 1947
Florence M. (Goske) Porostosky-Strazisar, age 85 of Mentor, Ohio and Naples, Florida, passed away on December 16, 2014 at her winter home in Naples, Florida after a lengthy illness. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 10, 1929, she moved with her family to Perry when she was 14 years old. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph B. and son, Joseph J. Porostosky; sisters, Rita Porea, Marie Nolan, and brother George Goske. Florence will be dearly missed by her husband Anthony (Tony); son, James (Lisa) Porostosky of Painesville; daughter, Susan (Earp) Hall of Virginia Beach, Virginia; son, Mark (Candy) Porostosky of Madison; step children, Anthony, Judy, Virginia, Joyce and Mary Lou; seven grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and two step great grandchildren. Florence enjoyed reading, and aside from family, her greatest love was travel. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, held a particularly special and sentimental place in her heart and was a yearly destination for many years for she and Tony. She was a beloved mother and very gracious lady. Florence was most attractive, and known for her elegant clothes and sense of style. Donations in Florence's memory may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Painesville, Ohio.
Betty Werner Bittles, Class of 1943
Betty Werner Bittles, age 89 of Brook Park, Ohio, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2015. Betty graduated from Perry High School in 1943. She was a member of American Legion 610 and VFW 1974 Ladies' Auxiliaries. She is the loving mother of Sandra Lee Johnson; cherished grandmother of Stacey (Greg) Robertson; great grandmother of William Patrick Robertson, beloved aunt of Jane Cunningham; and great aunt of Douglas Dickerson. She was preceded in death by William, her beloved husband of 41 years; daughter Nancy Lou; and sisters Elma Patterson and Margaret Werner. For those who wish, the family suggests contributions to Lifeline Church, 5236 Middle Ridge Rd, Madison, OH 44057.
Donald J. Chapman, Class of 1939
Donald Chapman, age 94, passed away January 27, 2015. He was the youngest of ten children born at home in Perry, Ohio to Milton and Ina (nee Tavener) Chapman on January 3, 1921, and he married the love of his life, Edith Ojala in 1941. After graduating from Perry High in 1939, Don joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II. When he came home, Don owned and operated D and R Garage doing automotive repairs. Later, he worked for Lubrizol and retired from there in 1982. Don was a very soft spoken man who loved playing the guitar and reading his Bible; and like his father before him, he was known as "Mr. Fixit." He had a motor home for several years and liked traveling to Florida. Don is survived by his children, William (Konnie) Chapman, Paul (Barbara) Chapman, John (Kathy) Chapman; grand children, Jerry Chapman, Brett (Heike) Chapman, John Chapman II, Julie (Brian) Doutrich, Milton (Lina) Chapman, Carrie Chapman; 14 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson. He is predeceased by his loving wife of 70 years; his parents; and all his brothers and sisters. Final resting place is Perry Cemetery on Center Rd. Family suggests donations be made in Don's name to New Day Christian Church, 6835 North Ridge Rd., Madison, OH 44057.
Jon Dennis Billig, Class of 1965
Jon Dennis Billig, age 68, of San Diego, California passed away on March 19, 2014 in San Diego. He was born March 12, 1946 in Painesville to John Earl Billig and Pearl Bushey Billig. Jon was the second of four children. He married Dottie Ann Algiere-Billig in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 28, 1981. His daughter from a previous marriage, Lynn Nishiyama, resides in Nagasaki, Japan. He was also a loving stepfather to Dottie's children, Montie Smith and Al Chernik. Jon graduated from Perry High School in 1965 and was a veteran of the Vietnam War Era where he served in the US Navy for 22 years as a Senior Chief Yeoman. Jon attended National University and earned a Master's of Business Administration in 1987 and was contracted with the Navy as a Tactical Librarian for 15 years before he retired in 2011. One of Jon's favorite hobbies was woodworking. He made many beautiful pieces of furniture for his home and also made a bookcase for his Grandson, Colton Smith. Jon loved spending time in his shed, working on various woodworking projects and was a master at his craft. He was also appreciated for his knowledge of home improvement and was always available when someone needed help or advice. Jon will be remembered by his loving wife Dottie; sister, Helen Earlene Billig; daughter, Lynn Nishiyama; stepsons, Montie Smith and Al Chernik; and grandchildren, Colton Smith and Karin Nishiyamaha; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John Earl Billig; mother, Pearl Bushey Billig; and his brothers, Timothy Ramone and Bruce Earl Billig.
Michael Joseph Kane, Class of 1975
Michael Joseph Kane, Class of 1975, a loving brother and friend, passed away January 16, 2015 after struggling with multiple sclerosis. Mike was born to Theadore and Betty (nee Pensis) on November 20, 1957. After graduating from PHS, he became a salesman in the automotive parts industry. He is survived by his brothers, Greg (Beverly) Kane, of Perry, Bill Kane of Madison; sister, Deborah Perko of Mentor; nieces, Lindsey Kane of Roswell, Georgia; nephews, Jason Kane of Perry, Chris Perko and Kyle Perko, both of Mentor. Mike is preceded in death by his parents.
Diann Kochevar Newman, Class of 1962
Diann Lee (Kochevar) Newman, Class of 1962, passed away on December 13, 2014. She was born August 9, 1944 to Helen (Mercsak) and Fred Kochever. Diann served in the US Navy and retired in 2000 after 30 years with the Painesville City Police Department. She also worked for the Thompson Raceway Park for 25 years. Diann enjoyed spending time at the raceway, gardening, taking photographs, and collecting Elvis Presley memorabilia. She was a caregiver to her father for many years and was always there to help people in their time of need. She was a shopper who liked garage sales and Marc's Store. She is survived by her father of Painesville, brother, Denny Kochever of Perry; nieces and nephews, Denny, Dirk, David, and Brittany; great niece and nephew, Alexandra and Nick; and her dog, Miss Mollie. She was preceded in death by, her daughter, Tawnia, and her mother.
Lawrence (Lonnie) R. Lett, Class of 1972
Lawrence "Lonnie" Lett, age 61 of Madison, passed away December 12, 2014 in Madison. He was born January 5, 1953 in Painesville. He was a U.S. Army veteran, member of American Legion Post #601 and VFW Post #8548. He is survived by his children, Nick, Shawnna, Scott, Sheila; grandchildren, Janna, Levi, Joseph, Meranda, Ashea, Cole; great-grandchild, Janessa; companion, Gerrie Lamar; and siblings, Ronald, Mike and Tammie.
Phyllis Frey Carpenter, Class of 1935
Phyllis Carpenter, age 97 of Mentor, passed away December 7, 2014, at Emeritus of Mentor. She was born December 23, 1916, in Cleveland to the late Robert and Lydia (Kueller) Frey. Phyllis was a member for over 60 years of North Mentor Centenary United Methodist Church. She was also a volunteer at Lake East Hospital for 29 years, a Girl Scout leader for over 25 years, a charter member of the Mentor Headlands Community Center, and a member of the North Mentor Service Circle. She enjoyed the friendship of her neighborhood sewing club for over 55 years. She grew up in Perry and was a 1935 graduate of Perry High School. After high school she attended the Wilcox School of Business in Cleveland. Phyllis cherished her family and took pride in her role as homemaker. She is survived by her sons and daughters, Lauren (Bobbie Ann) of Castaic, California, JoAnn (Ronald) Krock of Huron, Rory (Donna) of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Kathleen (David) Robinson of San Clemente, California. She also leaves 11 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; nephews and niece, grandnieces and grandnephews; and her brother-in-law, Robert J Carpenter of Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Byron; whom she married on September 14, 1940 in Cleveland, and by her brothers, Orville Frey of Perry and Robert Frey of Mentor. Memorial contributions may be made to North Mentor Centenary United Methodist Church 9290 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor, Hospice of The Western Reserve, or the Girl Scouts of America.
Bonnie Lee Hackley, Class of 1963
Bonnie Lee Hackley, age 69 of Painesville passed away December 6, 2014, at Tri-Point Medical Center. She was born July 28, 1945 in Painesville. She was the daughter of the late Helen and Leslie Hackley. Bonnie worked at General Motors and Gary Allen Sports Wear. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 336 and loved quilting and gardening. She is survived by her brothers, Thom (Cheryl) Hackley of Painesville Twp., Larry (Susan) Hackley of Perry; sister, Adrienne "Wheezie" (Timothy) Wright of Eastlake; nephews and nieces, Jessica (Anthony) Harper, Jason, Aaron and Zachery Benedum, Sara (David) Le Mond, Megan (Sean) Moore, Mandy Neudecker (Kevin) and Nathaniel Rigdon; and several great nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Reggie. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet Benedum and brother, John Weinhold. Burial is in the Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake County Humane Society, 7564-E Tyler Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060.
Ron Szekely, Class of 1966
Ronald A. Szekely, age 68 of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on December 2, 2014. Ronald was born January 17, 1946 in Perry and was a Veteran of the United States Navy. He had been employed by Florida Tile and Hudson Pumps. He is survived by his wife, Roberta; sons, Ronnie Szekely of Highland City, FL, Michael Parsons of Bartow, FL, Matthew Parsons of Lakeland, FL, and Mark Szekely; daughter Carol Truax; sisters, Goldie Brainard of Geneva, Betty French of Painesville, and Marylyn Haffa of Madison; brothers, Sonny Szekely of Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, Jimmy Szekely, Bobby Szekely, Frank Szekely, and David Szekely of Painesville; 12 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and three brothers.
Richard Eugene Peltoma, Class of 1950
Richard Peltoma, age 82, passed away on November 13, 2014 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. He was born on April 19, 1932 in Painsville and was a resident of Perry, Painesville, and Fairport Harbor. He retired as a bank manager from the former Cleveland Trust Company. He attended Zion Lutheran Church in Fairport Harbor. Richard enjoyed sports, golfing, and the Cleveland Browns; but he especially enjoyed his family. He is survived by his wife, Carol (Tankovitch) Peltoma; sons, Jeffrey of Perry and Bradley (Melody) of Grand River. He was preceded in death by his parents, Swanters and Laura Peltoma; and sister, Laura Kovacs. Contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road Mentor, OH 44060.
Mrs. Mobily, Elementary School Teacher 1975 to 1982
Christine (Koman) Mobily, age 64 of Mentor, formerly of Independence, passed away October 21, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic. She was born July 28, 1950 in Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Mobily taught at Center Road Elementary from 1975 to 1982. She enjoyed sewing, decorating, scuba diving, and engaging with people. She also appreciated spending time with her family and was very close to her mother and daughter-in-law. Mrs. Mobily was a graduate of Independence High School, where she was on the swim team, and earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from Otterbein College. Survivors include her husband, Thomas; son, Michael (Janet) Mobily; grandson, Vince Mobily; brother, Doug (Kathy) Koman; sister-in-law, Noreen Szuch; niece, Carrie Koman Ward; nephews, Matt Koman and Brian, Pat and Peter Szuch. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dorothea (Heffley) Koman; and brother-in-law, John Szuch. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Red Cross, 3747 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115.
Gordon Densmore, Class of 1945
Gordon Lester Densmore, age 87, husband of Vernice (Green) Densmore, "graduated to glory" on September 26, 2014 in Brenham, Texas. Gordon was born September 9, 1927, in Painesville to Kenneth Albert and Margaretta K. Densmore. He lived a full and active life, literally touching hundreds of lives and leaving many who will cherish his memory. He served in the military from October 1945 to October 1948, married his sweetheart Vernice Green during a two week leave in July of 1948, and spent many years as a comptroller and in sales. Following in the footsteps of his father, Gordon was a square dance caller for many years. He founded several square dance clubs, including a camping/dancing group he named "Rambling Squares" that covered a tri-state area: Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania. When Gordon became a Christian in 1975, he had a burning desire to "recruit" people for Christ, a passion that continued for the remaining years of his life. Gordon felt the Lord calling him into ministry, and at age 49, he entered the United Methodist Clergy Course of study, becoming an ordained pastor a few years later. He served the churches of Beallsville, Jerusalem and Johnston, Ohio. After retiring from the pastorate in 1999, Gordon and Vernice travelled in their motor home as the first representatives of PastorCare, bringing hope and help to hurting pastors around the country. Not one to remain idle, after retiring from PastorCare, Gordon, in his mid-80's, turned his attention to writing and published a prayer book, two humorous poetry books, and a 366 page devotional book, "Time Alone." Gordon lived the majority of his life in Ohio until 2005 when he and Vernice bought property in Burton, Texas. In 2011 they made Texas their permanent residence. Gordon asked us not to mourn his passing, but to rejoice in the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. He leaves us his legacy through his writing and the many people he has touched. Survivors include his wife, Vernice, of Brenham, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, David and Tamara Densmore of Wadsworth; daughter and son-in-law, Robyn and Dean Wall of Burton, Texas; grandchildren, David Densmore II, Timothy Densmore, Damian Wall, Gabriel Wall, and Janelle (Wall) Lee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Beryl Densmore of Madison, and Donald and Karen Densmore of Perry. Also surviving are thirteen great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Daniel Densmore; granddaughter-in-law, Kathy Riffle Densmore; and sisters-in-law, Bonivere Stone and Marjory Densmore. In lieu of flowers, please consider the needs of the family and/or memorial contributions to PastorCare, 2122 Hopedale St., Kannapolis, NC 28083.
Tommy A. Kobulnicky, Class of 1962
Tommy Kobulnicky, age 70 of Madison, passed away August 24, 2014 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. Born March 6, 1944 in Painesville, he was the son of Mary (Cheripko) and Henry Kobulnicky. Tommy was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post 601. He was a wonderful musician, playing the organ at Park United Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Church. He is survived by his brother, Henry (Celeste) Kobulnicky of Oswego, Illinois and preceded in death by his parents and sister, Mary. Contributions may be made to American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road, Madison, OH 44057. Burial is in the Perry Cemetery.
Martha Heavner Kuhn, Class of 1970
Martha J. Kuhn, age 63, of Saybrook Township, died unexpectedly in route to the Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born July 9, 1951 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, the daughter of Ernest & Lillian (McIntyre) Heavner and was a resident of this area most of her life. Martha was a 1970 Perry High School graduate and she owned and operated "It's Beary Clean" cleaning service. She loved all children and pets, having a special magnetism to draw them near. She also loved flower gardening. She is survived by her husband, Dennis P. Kuhn, whom she married on January 3, 1970 in Erie, Pennsylvania; her father, Ernest Heavner of Pilot Mountain, North Carolina; three children, Dennis P. Kuhn, Jr. of Geneva, Jennifer J. Carpenter of Lehigh, Florida and Julie A. (Daniel) Moore of Concord; eight grandchildren, Dennis, Ben, Samantha, Miranda, Sebastian, Jonathan, Jacob & Nate; and a brother, Ernest Heavner, Jr. of Willoughby. Her mother, Lillian, and a grandson, Mitchell Carpenter, preceded her in death. Burial is in Perry Cemetery.
Sherri Renee Herzog, Class of 2007
Sherri Renee Herzog, age 25, died July 24, 2014. She was born on March 31, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona and had been a life-long area resident. She was a 2007 graduate of Perry High School and then went on to earn her Bachelor's degree from the University of Akron. She was employed at the Waffle House in Austinburg. Survivors include her parents, Richard and Katie Herzog of Perry; mother, Nancy (Ettenger) Herzog of New Hampshire; sister, Lori Herzog of Painesville; Aunt and Uncle Joan and John Schlauch of Perry; Uncle Alan Herzog of South Bend, Indiana, Aunt Susan Leonardos of New Hampshire; grandparents, Eleanor Herzog of Perry; and George and Mildred Schlauch of Perry. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Robert Herzog; and maternal grandparents, William and Irene Ettenger. Memorial donations may be made in Sherri's name to Project Hope for the Homeless, P.O. Box 2035, Painesville, OH 44077.
Susie Mettler, Class of 2014
Susie Mettler, age 17 of Perry, passed away July 4, 2014 at the Madison Medical Campus. Born September 18, 1996 in Painesville, she was the daughter of Chuck and Tina Oliver Mettler (Class of 1984). A 2014 graduate of Perry High School, Susie was a four-year Varsity softball player. She was active as a Livestock 4-H member. Susie had a wonderful sense of humor and was always able to make everyone laugh. She is survived by her twin sister Jenny; her parents, Chuck and Tina; brother Travis (Jackie Russo); nephew Judah; maternal grandmother, Toby Oliver; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Patricia Mettler, and Nana Connie (Bill) Seese. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Thomas Blair Oliver. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Susie's name to W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, 112 East Center Street, Berea, OH 44017.
Joseph S. Chamra II, Class of 1968
Joseph Chamra, age 64, died June 9, 2014 at his residence. He was born September 3, 1949 in Ashtabula, the son of Joseph S. and Mary (Barnes) Chamra and had lived in Ashtabula County most of his life, living in Dorset Township the past 36 years. He was a 1968 graduate of Perry High School and had been employed in the oil field industry the last several years. He is survived by two sons, Joseph S. (Carol) Chamra III of Andover and Donald M. Chamra of Dorset Township; five grandchildren, Joseph S. IV, Raegan R., Delilah D., Brody M. and Roxanne O. Chamra; and a nephew and niece, Michael A. Chamra and Sky Coy. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Michael Chamra; and a sister, Mary Dova. Graveside Services were held at Oakdale Cemetery.
Alice D. Boyce, Middle School Special Education Teacher from 1971 to 1979
Alice D. Boyce, whose career as a Special Education teacher at Perry Middle School, librarian and Dean of Women in Christian colleges in Ohio, California, and New York State spanned more than 30 years, died in Hagerstown, Maryland. She was a triplet born in Locke, New York. Ms. Boyce was named "Special Educator of the Year in Northeastern Ohio" by the Council for Exceptional Children in 1976 and became a Jennings Scholar in recognition of her work developing the Individualized Education Program through the East Shore Center. In addition to public education, Ms. Boyce was active in Northeastern Ohio as a Bible Study leader and Ashram Movement speaker. She had earned a BA in Sacred Literature in 1946 at Chicago Evangelistic Institute (now Vennard), and another BA from Greenville College in 1949 majoring in philosophy and religion with a minor in Greek. She later earned a MS in Library Science from Case Western Reserve. Her Special Education training was earned at SUNY at Geneseo, New York, Notre Dame College, Cleveland, and Garfield Senior College, Painesville.
Nancy Ann Williams, Class of 1952
Nancy Ann Williams passed away October 22, 2013 at Hospice House in Cleveland. She was born October 18, 1934 in Fairport Harbor. Nancy was a member of the PHS Class of 1952 and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University. Nancy began her career with the Social Security Administration in Brooklyn's Williamsburg Office in 1957 as a Field Representative. She joined the Regional Office staff in 1962 and entered the field of Labor Relations in 1973. She continued to work in Labor Relations until her death. One of the many citations Nancy received stated that her knowledge of Labor Relations is matched by no one. The Regional Social Security Administration in New York created an annual award in her name recognizing any employee who best exemplifies Nancy's commitment to service. She is survived by her brother in law, John H. (Rosemary) Carter Jr. of Kent; nieces and nephews, Carl P. (Barbara) Carter, Kathryn Chesterfield, Kevin M. (Cathy) Carter and William B. Carter; and her great nieces and nephews, Michael and Christopher Carter, Ian and Alex Chesterfield and Sophie Carter. Nancy is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Lucy Williams; sisters, Jean W. Carter and Mary A. Averill and her nephews, John H. Carter III, Gregory Averill and Garrison Averill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44110-2602, Donate online at hospicewr.org or the American Lung Association of Ohio 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd. #260, Independence, Ohio 44131-2340.
Phillip Brockway, Class of 1955
Phillip Brockway, 76, of Painesville, passed away May 14, 2014. Born July 5, 1937, in Perry, he was the son of Amy Ethel (Means) & Paul Eugene Brockway. He married Nickie Lovelady, on October 25, 1969, in Willoughby. Phil was known for his sense of humor, hovercrafts, tractors and his mechanical expertise. He was a self taught engineer, inventor and jack of all trades. He served as a truck driver/mechanic in the US Army and retired from Avery International. He is survived by his wife, Nickie Brockway of Painesville; children, Daniel Brockway of Painesville, Teresa (Joe) Stodolak of Concord, David (Tracy) Brockway of Mentor; grandchildren, Samantha Brockway, Raquel Stodolak, Nick Stodolak, Alex Brockway; great-grandson, Chase Douglas; sisters, Nancy (Robert) Waclowski of Springdale, AR, Kathy (Doug) Heath of Keller, TX; brothers, David (Karen) Brockway of Madison, Robert Brockway of Perry. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roland Brockway. Friends will be received 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014, at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River Street, Madison, OH 44057. A graveside service with military honors took place at Perry Cemetery on Center Road in Perry. Contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 902 Westpoint Parkway, Suite 300, Cleveland, OH 44145.
Mark Erkkila, Class of 1980
Mark Erkkila, age 52, passed away March 2, 2014 at his home in Perry. He was born February 27, 1962, in Bedford to Herbert and Patricia (Rigby) Erkkila. Mark graduated from Perry High School in 1980 and resided in Perry to raise his three boys. He worked 33 years for FirstEnergy and enjoyed spending time on and off the job with his fellow linemen. Mark will be remembered as a dedicated and hardworking man who always extended his hand to help others. He loved spending time with his family and taking trips to Las Vegas and Key West with his wife, Mary. In more recent years, Mark adored being a "Paapa" and being surrounded by his grandchildren. Survivors include his devoted wife, Mary Patriarca; father, Herbert Erkkila; mother-in-law, Georgia Patriarca; brother, Thomas (Lydia) Erkkila; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Erkkila; children, Matthew (Monica) Erkkila, Michael Erkkila, and Mark Erkkila, sons of Susan (Melia) Erkkila; step-children, Ryan (Christy) Patriarca and Heather Patriarca; grandchildren, Eden, Eli, Eve, Joseph and Mya; and nieces and nephews, Isaac Erkkila, Nicole Erkkila, and Erica Erkkila. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Erkkila; and brother, David Erkkila. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Cleveland Clinic Hospice, 9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44195.
Charles R. Neu, Jr., Class of 1943
Charles Neu, Jr., Class of 1943, passed away September 4, 2011. He was a proud veteran who served this country in Europe during World War II, earning him recognition as a war hero.
Chris Barrish, Class of 1973
Damian C. "Chris" Barrish, 58, passed away February 15, 2014 at Lake Health West Medical Center in Willoughby. A lifelong Lake County resident, he was born March 8, 1955 in Painesville, the son of Francis and Catherine (Goblowski) Barrish. Chris was a 1973 PHS graduate and also graduated from Lakeland Community College with a degree in electronics. He enjoyed computers and especially furthering his studies in electronic technology. Chris was employed as an electronics technician for the former Life Clinic Co. in Mentor. Survivors are his wife, Rosalie (Petkosek) Barrish, whom he married August 12, 1978; daughter, Michelle (Benjamin) Szymanel of Painesville; mother, Catherine (Goblowski) Barrish of Perry; and brothers, Francis Keith (Wilma) Barrish of Madison, John Jeffrey Barrish and George Leland Barrish of Perry. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis K. Barrish in 1994.
Roberta Ann (Smith) Weaver, Class of 1959
Roberta Ann (Smith) Weaver, age 72 of Titusville, Florida, passed away February 10, 2014. Born January 27, 1942, in Painesville, she had been a resident of Perry before moving to Titusville 40 years ago. Roberta was a 1959 graduate of Perry High School and a 1963 graduate of Kent State University. She was a teacher at Riverside High School prior to moving to Florida, where she and her husband owned and operated Chamberlain Trailer Park. Survivors are her husband, Charles Weaver; stepson, Charles William Weaver; and brothers, Dallas Smith III and John (Carolyn) Smith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dallas Jr. and Nadine E. Smith; son, Robert Charles Weaver; stepdaughter, Jeanne Ann Weaver Linde Jr.; and twin brother, Robert Smith.
N. Elinor Fowler, Elementary School Teacher in the 1960s
Mrs. Fowler, age 94, of Leroy Township, passed away February 3, 2014. She was born April 25, 1919, in Morgantown, West Virginia, the daughter of Iva Jane (Hamilton) & Alva C. Harltey. She married Frank F. Fowler in Morgantown on April 25, 1942. Mrs. Fowler taught third and fourth grades during the 1960s at Manchester Elementary and Center Road Elementary. She was a member of Thompson United Methodist Church from 1958 to 2003 where she served on the mission committees at the Local and District levels. For the last 10 years she has been involved as a member of the Damascus United Methodist Church. She was also a member of United Methodist Women, Church Choir, Chorale at Copeland Oaks, Lake County Retired Teachers Association and participated on work teams to Henderson Settlement, Kenya and Senagel, West Africa. She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Loren) Parker of Springfield, and Anne Elizabeth (John) Nash of Hartville; sons, H. Kirk (Antonija) Fowler of Madison, Frank H. (Elizabeth) Fowler of Rossland, BC, Kevin F. (Laura) Fowler of Rock Creek; 16 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Alice VanLier and Jeanne Krumm; brothers, Chester, Robert and Homer Hartley. Final resting place is the Leroy Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Mission Fund, c/o Thompson United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 29, Thompson, OH 44086.
Pauline Harris Dickey, Class of 1949
Pauline Ann (Harris) Dickey, age 82 of Concord Township, passed away on January 12, 2014 at her residence. Born March 6, 1931 in Perry, she lived in Mentor prior to moving to Concord Township 38 years ago. Pauline was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist in Chardon. She was a homemaker and enjoyed flower arranging, gardening, canning and baking. Survivors are her husband of 58 years, Robert L., whom she married on June 11, 1955; sons, Robert Jr. of Brunswick and Brian of Chester Township; daughter, Patricia "Tish" (Philip) Michel of Toledo; and grandchildren, Justin, Jacob, Trevor and Brianne. She was also an aunt of three.
David Lett, Class of 1998
David A. Lett, age 34, died January 10, 2014 at his home from muscular dystrophy complications. He was born July 20, 1979 in Madison to Roger and Diane (McClenaghan) Lett. David had lived in Hartgrove Township since 2006. He grew up in Perry and graduated from Perry High School and Auburn Career Center in 1998. David was a video gamer and enjoyed working with and building computers. He was a member of Perry Christian Church. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Roger Lett, Jr. of Hartsgrove Township; aunts and uncles, Sam (Janet) Lett, Sally Lett, and Amy Gomer; cousins, Rhea Marshall, Larry Rohaley, Samantha Puhalski, Stephanie Berwald, Matthew Lett, T.J. Lett, Stephen Lett, and Hayley Lett; and second cousins, Hayden Marshall and Carissa Puhalski. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Albert (Christine) Lett and Loretta Lett; and maternal grandparents, Dewitt and Allene McClenaghan. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718 or the Perry Christian Church Building Fund Dream Campaign.
Barry Hersman, Class of 1978
Barry V. Hersman, age 53 of Conneaut, died January 4, 2014 at Lake Pointe Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Conneaut. He was born December 31, 1959 in Cleveland. Barry was a U.S. Army veteran and belonged to the Reading Motorcycle Club and ABATE. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a strong supporter of the Perry Middle and High School football teams. Barry is survived by his wife, Mabel Hersman of Madison; his stepdaughter, Crystal Lorh; daughter, Sonia Hersman; son, Corey Hersman, all of Madison; granddaughters, Veronica and Olivia; mother, Darlene G. Hersman of Richmond Township; and sisters, Sheri Filichia of Richmond Township and Daphne Nero of Bainbridge. His father died just hours after him on January 4.
Carolyn Whited Howell, Class of 1969
Carolyn Whited Howell, age 62, of Painesville, passed away December 23, 2013 at Lake Health West Medical Center in Willoughby. She was born February 3, 1951 in Bluefield, West Virginia. Carolyn was a member of the Central Assembly Church in Mentor and employed by Neff-Perkins in Perry. She enjoyed painting, had a good sense of humor and was active in her church. Most important to her was her family. Survivors are her daughter, Traci (Brian) Elston of Mentor; grandchildren, Tyler and Ashley; and siblings, Ray (Cindy) Whited of Perry, Dan (Sandy) Whited of Mentor, Donny Whited of Painesville, Bobby (Kim) Whited of Madison, Tammy (Tim) Pochodzay of Wickliffe, Jeff (Jeanie) Whited and Barry Whited, both of Mentor. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Shirley Whited; sister, Kim Misch; and brother, Pat Whited.
Joseph Peroni, Class of 1994
Joseph Peroni, age 37 of Perry, passed away on November 29, 2013. Born June 4, 1976 in Cleveland, he had worked as a concrete finisher at Peroni Concrete for the past 19 years. Joe loved baseball, football, fishing, nature, science programs, Nadia and family. He was a 1994 graduate of Perry High School. Survivors are his wife, Nadia (Crnic) Peroni; parents, Frank Jr. and Patricia (Bench) Peroni; brothers, Frank (Kate) Peroni III and James Peroni; parents-in-law, Larry and Maria Crnic; brother-in-law, Enis (Cindy) Crnic; aunts and uncles, Paul (Linda) Peroni, Victor (Debbie) Peroni, Phillip (Patricia) Peroni, Steve (Joni) Bench and Greg (Connie) Bench; cousins, Victor (Gwenn) Peroni, Jennifer (Mark) Efker, Alison (Jesse) Keffales, Christopher Peroni, John Peroni, Steven (Heather) Bench and Michael Bench; and niece, Isabel Crnic.
Michael Bradshaw, Class of 1998
Myke Bradshaw, 33, passed away peacefully November 20, 2013, at his home in Perry surrounded by his family. He was born July 21, 1980 in Painesville. He graduated from Perry High School and Lakeland Community College. Myke is survived by his parents, Richard and Karen (Browning) Bradshaw; brother, Jason (Tamara) Bradshaw; and nephew, Alden. Contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119, Honor Flight Cleveland, 37 Levan Drive, Painesville, OH 44077, or Geauga County Humane Society, P.O. Box 116, Novelty, OH 44072.
Barbara Williams Roe, Class of 1957
Barbara Williams Roe passed away October 30, 2013. She was born May 28, 1939 to the late Arthur and Edna Williams. She graduated from Perry High School in 1957 and married the late Samuel Roe in February 1959. Barbara worked as a bookkeeper for many companies in Ohio and Florida. She and Sam relocated from Ohio to Florida in 1982. She was an active member Eagles Auxiliary 4435 and a Draping of the Charter was held on Nov 2, 2013. Barbara is survived by her three children, Samuel Roe of Ohio, Sherrie (Chris) Flynn of Florida and Scott (Suez) Roe of South Carolina; and three siblings, Maggie Gruss of Ohio, Jeannette (Jerry) Quesenberry of Florida and Charles of Texas. She also leaves seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and beloved longtime friend, Bob Kropp. Memorial donations in her honor may be made to Florida Hospital Hospice Care of Ormond Beach or a charity of your choice.
Ethel Mae Andrews Rhodes, Class of 1938
Ethel Mae Andrews Rhodes, age 93 of Mentor, died October 7, 2013 at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. Born April 3, 1920 in Geneva to Lewis and Rachel Emma Andrews, Ethel graduated from Perry High School and enjoyed performing in school musicals. She met her future husband while performing in the role of "Mercy" in a play and the nickname stayed with her lovingly throughout her life. She also excelled in baking, especially red velvet cake. Her recipe for apple cake was included in the 2010 dessert section "Come to The Table," a collection of recipes celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Congregation at Duke Chapel, submitted by her niece Marilyn, for future generations to enjoy. In her early years, Ethel was a loving mother, nurse's aide, babysitter and loving wife. For over 60 years, she was a devout member of the Jehovah's Witnesses, with whom she made many dear and long-lasting friends. Survivors include her sons, Terry (Kathy) and David (Jerilyn); niece, Marilyn Christian; nephews, John Christian and Tom Glass; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several grand-nieces, grand-nephews, great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews. he was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Rhodes; son, Robert Rhodes; sisters, Marion Christian and Charlotte Glass; and nephew, Lewis Glass. Interment is at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Geneva. Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.
Thomas E. Davis, Jr., Class of 1959
Thomas Davis, age 71 of Geneva, passed away October 1, 2013 at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. He was surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born May 29, 1942 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania to Thomas Edgar Davis, Sr. and Sarah Jane Emery. He married Katheryn Jacobs on October 10, 2010 in North Perry. Tom was a supervisor at Uniroyal Chemical for many years. He loved fishing on Lake Erie for walleye and perch. He also enjoyed billiards and ran his own pool/billiards league. Other pastimes include golf, model trains, making fishing poles and golf clubs, and restoring cars. He is survived by his wife, Kate Davis of Geneva; daughters, Kimberly (Mike) Prochaska and Trisha Viruet; son-in-laws, Scott Pirc and Mike (Kim) Morgan; daughter-in-law, Cyndi (Keith) Powell; granddaughters, Caitlin Grand, Alyssia Pirc, Tia and Zoey Viruet, Jennifer Derylak, and Jamie Morgan; grandsons, Joey Prochaska, Danny Derylak, and Brandon Powell; great- granddaughter, Tia; brothers, Robert (Jackie) Davis, James Davis, and Dave Davis; sister, Jayne (Tim) Sabo; and many loved nieces, nephews and extended family. Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Davis; daughter, Michelle Pirc; his parents; and brother Bill Davis. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Tom's name to Trinity Lutheran Church, Adopt a Family Program, 6345 Chapel Road, Madison, OH 44057.
Rebecca Lee "Becky" Farrar-Robinson, Class of 1981
Becky Farrar-Robinson, Class of 1981 PHS Homecoming Queen, passed away September 19, 2013, from injuries of a hit-and-run motor vehicle accident in Sarasota, Florida. She was born December 29, 1962 in Brookings, South Dakota, grew up in Perry, and was a former resident of Iowa where she participated in RAGBRAI (a 472-mile bike ride from western Iowa across the state to eastern Iowa). While at PHS, Becky was in National Honor Society, ran track and played volleyball. She had an emerald thumb with plants and flowers and shared homegrown vegetables. Becky was employed by FCCI Insurance Group of Florida and enjoyed running sales for Mike Peters of Grimmy, Inc. She also had worked for the University of Des Moines. She is survived by her daughter, Josalyn Perry of Sarasota, Florida; son, Kai Robinson of Sarasota, Florida; granddaughter, Audreyana Wilson of Sarasota, Florida; mother, Patricia Farrar of Eastlake; brothers, John Farrar of Willoughby and Robert Farrar of Englewood, Florida; father, Robert Farrar of Vamo, Florida; Aunt, Mary Lee Pinkstaff; uncle, Charles Urban of Eastlake; cousins, Barbara Spehar, Charles Urban, Laura Melkerson, and William McDougall; grandmother, Iona Urban; and friendliest neighbors, Jamie and Neal. Becky was preceded in death by relatives, Frank and Ashley Farrar, Henry Urban, Franklin Farrar; and her pets, Kato, Stacy, Kiwi and Sukki. To quote her friend, Ello... "the loss of Rebecca will have a ripple effect on us all from here on out, at least we had her for 50 years." The wishes of her family are for donations to favorite charities, become organ donors and complete living wills.
Raymond Covell, Class of 1928
Raymond Covell, age 85, peacefully passed away on January 19, 2012. He was the beloved hustand of Ann (nee McDonnell); loving father of Jospeh (Monica), Mary Rhoades, Barbara (Phillip) Bridgewater, Jim (Julie), Jane Bervenak, and David (Laurel); cherished grandfather of 11; and brother of Lenora Stanaway of Lansing, Michigan.
John R. Pierce, Class of 1949
John Pierce of Dalton, Ohio, passed away September 9, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born September 24, 1931, in Perry, to Violet Pearl (Penhollow) and John Ward Pierce. John was a 1949 graduate of Perry High School and a graduate of Lincoln Christian College in Lincoln, Illinois. John served as a minister of the gospel for 60 years, with many missionary endeavors around the world. He held full-time pastorates with Wapella Christian Church in Wapella, Illinois, Webber Street Christian Church in Urbana, Illinois, First Christian Church in Fort Myers, Florida, Chapel Hill Christian Church in Kokomo, Indiana, First Christian Church in Sullivan, Indiana, and Cornerstone Christian Church in Deltona, Florida. John is survived by his second wife, Kathryn (Farthing); daughters, Sallie Pierce of Melbourne, Florida and Sandra (Jon) Zeltman of Kidron, Ohio; grandchildren, Dustin Anderson, Matt Zeltman, Sarah Zeltman-Smith, and Jacob Zeltman; and brothers, Manley Pierce of Fenton, Michigan, and Ben Pierce of Perry. John was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Marion Lorraine (Zima) in 1992; and brother, David Pierce. Final resting place is the Perry Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Little Galilee Christian Camp, 7539 Little Galilee Road, Clinton, Illinois 61727.
Mattie Brown Richards, Class of 1944
Mattie Brown Richards, age 88, died on August 8, 2013, at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family. She was born July 11, 1925, in Perry, the daughter of the late Rush and Cornelia Brown. Mattie married the late Carl Richards on December 6, 1947. She resided in Conneaut for 62 years. She was a 1944 graduate of Perry High School. She was a loving mother and homemaker, skilled in cooking, crocheting and knitting. Mattie enjoyed gardening and traveling with her husband. She was a devoted member of the Conneaut Church of God. She is survived by her four children, James (Anne) Richards and Charles (Carol) Richards, both of Conneaut, Barbara (Paul) Hayes-Wiencek of Mentor-on-the-Lake, and Janis (Paul) Locke of Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Chris, Eric (Kim), Steven, Katie, Jeff, Kelley and Jaime Richards and Chuck, Jr. (Trista) and David Hayes; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Mattie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; nine brothers; one sister; son-in-law, Chuck Hayes; and a great-grandson, Nathan Ackerman. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Mattie's memory to the Conneaut Church of God, 5327 Center Rd., Conneaut, OH 44030.
Daniel Angeloro, Class of 1968
Daniel Angeloro, born February 11, 1949 in Painesville, passed away July 29, 2013 at Lake Health Madison Emergency Room. He was a 1968 graduate of Perry High School and was employed by the former Diamond Shamrock and retired from Oxidental Chemical in 2006. Daniel is survived by his wife, Linda (Oros), whom he married on May 28, 1971; daughters, Christine (Chris) Angeloro-Suarez of Houston, Texas, Cheryl (Christopher "Lou") Luzio of Houston, Texas and Teresa (Michael) Gilmore of Hockley, Texas. He was "Pa-Pa" to Madison and Charlotte Suarez. He is also survived by brother, Frank (Penny) Angeloro of Perry; sisters, Nancy (Tim) Steele of Perry, Patty (Tom) Perry of Perry, Margie (Dave) Tatar of Perry and Kathy (Lynne) Angeloro of Sequim, Washington; brother-in-law, Ron (Maggie) Oros; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Charlotte (Rigby) Angeloro; grandson, Christopher Luzio; stepfather, Kenneth Babb; and in-laws, Julius and Marguerite Oros. Dan loved spoiling his wife, being "Pa-Pa" to his granddaughters, spending time with family and friends as "Mayor of Perry Park" and tinkering with his expensive toys.
Millie Beach George, Class of 1944
Millie Beach George, age 87, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died July 29, 2013 in a Hot Springs hospital with her family at her side. She was born April 2, 1926, in North Madison in her paternal grandmother's home to Carl and Isabelle Beach. She graduated from Perry High School in 1944. For several years, she helped her mother run Busy Belle's Tavern at the corner of Route 20 and Antioch Road in Perry. In 1973, Millie, her husband, Bill George, daughter, Max, and her mother, moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. For 15 years they owned and operated Paradise Point Resort on Lake Hamilton. She is survived by her husband, Bill; children, Bud Kenny of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Martin Kenny of Carthage, North Carolina, Max Kenny of Hot Springs, Maralyn Radice-Loveland of Colorado, Bill George of Phoenix, Arizona and Richard George of San Diego, California. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Clyde William Lapham, Class of 1942
Clyde W. Lapham, age 88, died July 11 at Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He was born December 16, 1924 in Perry, the son of the late Clyde and Frankie Lapham. Clyde is a 1942 graduate of Perry High School. On September 10, 1949, he and Elaine Thomas were married. He was a member of East Side Presbyterian Church for many years. In 1985, he retired from Reliance Electric where he worked as an inspector for 32 years. He was a member of the Masons and El Kadir Grotto and proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enjoyed watching all sports, golfing, fishing, camping, woodworking and reading. He is survived by his beautiful wife, Elaine, whom he shared 64 precious years; four children, Barbara (Ross) Gillespie of Tazewell, Virginia, Diann (Randy) Priest of Newark, Ohio, Bill (Carol Lapham of N. Kingsville , and Jon (Sally) Lapham of Conifer, Colorado; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and cousin Pauline Bowlus of Perry. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Lila Lapham and brother James Lapham. A memorial service was held at East Side Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula, Ohio. Burial took place in Edgewood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the East Side Presbyterian Church, 3440 Edgewood Drive, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to a charity of your choice.
Judith "Judy" Miller Deakins, Class of 1971
Judy Miller Deakins died July 9, 2013 at her home. She was born on October 1, 1953 in Painesville to Foster and Marjorie Miller. Judy worked as a dispatcher for the Perry Village Police Department and had worked for Bank One. She enjoyed fishing, camping and being with her family and was a member of First Baptist Church in Perry. Survivors include her son, Jamie (Jenny) of Willoughby; grandson, Mason; her parents, of Perry; brother, Foster ""Buzz"" (Nancy) Miller of Painesville; sisters, Debbie (David ) Rostocil of Perry and Pam (Mike) McGroarty of Perry; and her nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Craig R. Deakins. Perry Cemetery is her final resting place. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110-2602 or the Lake County Dog Shelter, 2600 N. Ridge Road, Painesville, OH 44077.
Stephen Mark Korb, Class of 1971
Steve Korb, 59, died June 23, 2013 near his home in Hitchcock Texas. He is survived by his mother, Maxine Korb of Chicora, Pennsylvania; brother, Mike and sister-in-law, Pat (Trubisky) of Wapwallopen PA; brother, Richard of New York, New York; brother-in-law, David Gilson of Madison OH; and their families. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard and his sister, Barbara.
Dorothy "Dottie" McIntyre Sullivan, Class of 1954
Dorothy Sullivan, age 78, passed away June 17, 2013 at Emeritus of Mentor. She was born May 15, 1935 in Anmoore, West Virginia. She graduated from Perry High School in 1954 and was a Lake County resident for over 50 years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, reading and being "Granny." Dottie worked as a waitress for various Painesville establishments, including Jerry and Burt's Town and Campus Restaurant and Painesville Lanes. She managed the former Open Pantry convenience store in Painesville Township. She later worked for Lake Med Nursing Center and retired from Altercare of Mentor. She is survived by her sons, James Trader of Mentor and Kenneth (Louise) Sullivan of Painesville Township; grandchildren, Kathleen and Patrick Sullivan of Painesville Township; sister-in-law, Nancye McIntyre of Grafton; uncle and aunt, Homer and Ruth McIntyre of Wolf Summit, West Virginia; and nieces, Tara (John) Gaydosh of Grafton and Erin (Michael) Sweeney of Twinsburg. She also leaves behind her longtime companion, Robert Meiser of Concord Township; his children, James (Lori) Meiser of Mentor, Cheryl Meiser of Cincinnati and Donna White of Painesville Township; and their children, Ashley, Kayleigh and Alex. Dottie was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Thomas McIntyre of Grafton. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060.
David Kovalsky, Class of 1966
David John Kovalsky, age 64, passed away on May 31, 2013 at his home in Sarasota, Florida surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was the devoted husband of Marian P. Kovalsky. The couple celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 2012. Born September 14, 1948 in North Charleroi, Pennsylvania, he was the eldest of five children to John and Eleanor Kovalsky. David grew up in Mentor, Ohio and graduated from Perry High School in 1966. He served in the US Navy and the Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1975. He found his calling when he joined the real estate industry in 1978. He had an illustrious career that spanned more than 30 years. He progressed to Regional Vice President of the Northeast and Central Divisions for ERA Real Estate, where he was respected as a highly motivated, positive and accomplished executive. His most recent position was Sales Manager of Premier Sotheby's International Realty on Longboat Key, Florida. David had many passions; spending quality time with his wife and family, golf, sports, traveling, outdoor living and the Florida community. He approached everything in his life with energy, good humor and integrity. David is survived by his wife, Marian (Myers) Kovalsky of Sarasota, Florida, daughter and son-in-law, Kristan and Eric Lewis; granddaughter, Riley of Lakeville, MA; son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Michelle Kovalsky of Columbus, Ohio; daughter, Nicole Kovalsky of New York City, New York; and daughter, Courtney Kovalsky of Quincy, Massachusettes. David is also survived by his mother, Eleanore (Slavik) Kovalsky of Ohio; brother, Dale Kovalsky of Ogden, Utah; sister, Debra (John) Frank of Mentor, Ohio; brother, Dennis (Denise) Kovalsky of Powder Springs, Georgia; sister, Stacy (Edward) Bielaska of Brighton, Michigan and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, John Kovalsky.
Terry Kimbrough, Class of 1990
Terry Lee Kimbrough, age 41, of Perry, passed away February 3, 2013. He was born September 2, 1971, in Painesville, at Lake East Hospital, to Sandra (Kish) and Logan Kimbrough. Terry was a member of the Antique Steam Engine Club in Ashtabula, was a big sports fan, particularly baseball and football, and would go fishing as often as possible. He also loved country music and was a food connoisseur. Terry was a member of Perry Christian Church. He is survived by his father, Logan of Perry; and brothers, Timothy (Christine) Kimbrough of Painesville and Jeffrey (Tracy) Kimbrough of Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sandra; and his grandparents.
Robert (Bob) Taylor, Class of 1976
Bob Taylor, age 56, of North Perry, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013. He was born April 24, 1956, in Painesville, to Delores (Keener) and Samuel Arthur Taylor. He was a 1976 graduate of Perry High School. A proud supporter of his children and their sporting activities, he enjoyed fishing with the grandchildren, who affectionately loved him as "Papa Bear," or "Old Man." Bob served as an assistant 4-H advisor for years, and enjoyed the county fair. Soft spoken and kind, he was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all. Bob was employed by the Lake County Utilities Department. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kelly (Bailey) Taylor of North Perry; daughters, Angie (Matt) Street of Powell, and Bobbi (Chris) Collins of Perry; son, Sam (Jen) Taylor of Perry; grandchildren, Sydney, Casey, Trent, Emma, and Sammy; mother Delores Taylor of Perry; brother, Rick (Peggy) Taylor of Thompson; and many loving nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his father, Samuel; brother, William; and nephew, Jamie. A private family graveside service will be observed. The final resting place will be Perry Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Lake County 4-H Youth Program, 99 East Erie St., Painesville, OH 44077.
Gerald Ward Judy, Class of 1953
Gerald Judy passed away on August 18, 2012 at his residence in Painesville. He was born March 24, 1934 in Witmore, WV and was a 50-year resident of Lake County. He was an extremely faithful man, a faithful attender of New Promise Church and was involved with maintenance ministries at churches all of his adult life. He was a 1953 graduate of PHS, a veteran of the US Army and served during the Korean War. He retired after 36 years of service as a maintenance planner at Lubrizol Corporation. He was the beloved husband of Carol (Bushman); loving father of Eric of Painesville, Kevin of Orlando and Karen of Columbus; cherished grandfather of Valia Lee; and is also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rosalie (Barnhouse) Judy; son, Dirk; and parents, Earl Judy and Nola (Nelson) Judy Varner. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery in Painesville. Contributions may be made in Gerald's name to the New Promise Church Building Fund, 8671 Euclid Chardon Road, Kirtland, OH 44094.
John Gill, Class of 1973
John J. Gill, age 57, passed away on December 11, 2012 at Lake Health West in Willoughby. He was born November 27, 1955 in Painesville to the late Earl E. and Carmella (Cicconnetti) Gill, Sr. John was a 1973 PHS graduate. He also graduated from Cleveland State University, earning a degree in music/business. He enjoyed music, especially song writing and playing the piano and drums. John was a division secretary for 15 years at University Hospital. Survivors are his brother, Earl E. Gill Jr. of Painesville; and sisters, Marcia Costanzo of Hockessin of Delaware, and Jean James of Florida. Interment is in the Perry Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation, c/o Cleveland Clinic, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193.
Charles Welch, Class of 1969
Charles Welch, Class of 1969, passed away November 28, 2012.
Bob Rought, Class of 1949
Robert A. "Bob" Rought, age 82, of Perry, passed away after a brief illness November 29, 2012, at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township. Bob was born July 31, 1930 in Painesville, was a lifelong Perry resident, and a 1949 graduate of Perry High School. He was drafted into the Army, serving from 1951 until 1953. At that time, he and his father started Rought's Poultry Farm. In 1960, younger brother, Larry, joined his father and brother. Bob was vice president and a board member of Lake County Farm Bureau for many years and was also a board member of A.S.C.S/Farm Service Agency. He was a kind, soft spoken, caring man, known as "Uncle Bob" to all his friends and family. Survivors include brother, Lawrence (Carol) Rought; nephew, Douglas (Jeannine) Rought; niece, Sandra (William) Hitchcock; many more nieces and nephews; and good friend, Gladys Streets. He was preceded in death by his parents, Audrey M. (Turner) and Archie A. Rought; sister, Bernice Jackson; brother, Wayne Rought. Graveside services were held at the Rought Family Plot at Perry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, P.O. Box 41066, Brecksville, OH 44141.
Euretta "Retta" Bunnell, Class of 1946
Retta Bunnell, 85, of Madison, passed away on October 18, 2012. Born May 2, 1927 in Painesville to Gertrude (Lawrence) and Arthur Kennett, she married Ralph Bunnell August 17, 1946. She was a LPN at NEO Hospital for 22 years, retiring in 1984. Retta was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading, crafting, crocheting and sewing. Survivors are her son, Phillip (Fran) Bunnell of Painesville; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one great-great-great-grandchild; three nephews and nieces; six great-nephews and nieces; and 10 great-great-nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Bunnell; daughter, Rebecca Brandt; sister Bonita Kish; and son-in-law, Alvin Brandt. Final resting place is Evergreen Cemetery in Painesville. Contributions may be made in her memory to Perry United Methodist Church, 3875 Main Street, Perry, OH 44081 or Hospice of the Western Reerve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110.
Marco Gianfagna, Class of 1996
Marco Gianfagna, age 33, passed away July 30, 2012. He was the loving husband of Allison (Hartman); devoted father of Elizabeth, Matthew, Olivia and Nico; son of Franco and Toni (Long) Gianfagna; dear brother of Franco (Toni) and Cristina; grandson of Dennis and Rita Long; loving son-in-law of Bill and Terry Hartman; brother-in-law of Kevin and Stephanie Hartman and Erik Hartman; and an uncle, nephew and cousin to many. Marco was an avid Ohio State and Cleveland Browns fan and former volunteer wrestling coach at Mayfield Heights High School.
Dennis Warner, Class of 1961
Dennis H. Warner, 69, of Madison, passed away on July 23, 2012, at Hospice House of The Western Reserve in Cleveland. Born February 21, 1943, in Painesville, to Mildred (Michelson) and Harold Warner, he married Donna Naughton November 30, 1963, in Madison. Denny worked at Lindsay Wire in Mentor for 20 years. He also worked as a welder and in shipping and receiving for a manufacturing shop. Denny was a gentle and kind man, who enjoyed spending time with his family. He liked putting together model cars and collecting trains. Denny enjoyed the outdoors and worked at several local garden centers over the years. He is especially going to be missed by his cat, Pumpkin. He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Madison; daughters, Denise (Norm) Bailey and Dawn (Tim) Gervan of Madison; son, Donald Warner of Madison; grandchildren, Buddy and Kaitlin Bailey, Amanda and Joshua Gervan; and sisters, Judy (Tom) Ernst of Perry, Barbara (Robert) Heath of Perry and Carol (Fran) Markusic of Munich, Germany. He was preceded in death by his parents. The Rev. Larry Wade will officiated at his funeral. Final resting place is Fairview Cemetery in Madison. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110-2602.
Frank Janos, Class of 1951
Frank A. Janos, 78, of Perry, passed away on August 7, 2012 at Lake Health West Medical Center. He was born December 2, 1933, in Smock, Pennsylvania. Frank worked for Diamond Alkali, Horton Nursery, Sanborn Plastics and Paul's Disposal. He owned and operated Janos Reality, where he was a real estate broker and The Auction House in Perry, where he was an auctioneer. Frank was an avid bowler, enjoyed taking train rides and traveling to Europe and many other places. Frank was a 1951 graduate of Perry High School. He is survived by his siblings, Irene, John (Vera), Stephen Janos, Joan Theresa (Howard) James and George (Joan) Janos; sisters-in-law, Janice and Margaret Janos; 15 nieces and nephews; and 15 great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Anna (Janos) Janos Sr.; siblings, Anna Janos, Paul Janos Jr. and Edward Janos Sr., Mary Janos; and one niece. Burial is in the Perry Cemetery. Contributions may be made to St. Cyprian Catholic Church and to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Palliative Care, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.
Homer R. Betts, Class of 1951
Homer Betts passed away August 30, 2012, after a short illness. He is survived by his children, Ann (William) Rullis, Kathleen (William) Norris, John (Diana) Betts, and Thomas (Lisa) Betts; grandchildren, Theresa Norris (Kyle) Russell, Katherine Norris, William P. (Rebecca) Rullis, Barbara Rullis (Cory) Friedman, Jessica Betts, Ryan Betts, Christine Betts, Emily Betts, Jonathan Rullis, Alexa Betts, and Samantha Betts; and great-grandchildren, Lailah Rullis, Leah Russell, Julia Rullis, Lucas Friedman, and William ""Liam"" Rullis. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara (Theisen); and parents, Pirl A. and Lora Etta (LaMunyon) Betts. Mr. Betts was a tool and die maker for Addressograph Multigraph, General Electric, and United Musical. He graduated from Perry High School in 1951. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of the Perry High School Alumni Association, the Kirtland Senior Center, G.E. Retirees, and a life member of the VFW Post in Chardon. He was an active member of the Divine Word Parish in Kirtland where he was a member of the Holy Name Society, a past Holy Name Man of the Year, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and an usher. He was an avid golf enthusiast and enjoyed time spent with family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial wasat Divine Word Church, 8100 Eagle Road, Kirtland. Burial was in the Kirtland South Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to any of the following: The Holy Name Society, Divine Word Parish, 8100 Eagle Road, Kirtland, OH 44094, The Abbot Primate Jerome Theisen, O.S.B., Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 7288 Collegeville, MN 56321-7288, Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Euclid, OH 44119-1130, or Catholic Montessori School, 8100 Eagle Road, Kirtland, OH 44094.
Patricia Mahokey, Perry Middle School Teacher in the 1980's
Mrs. Mahokey passed away on July 6, 2012 in Houston TX. She was born April 10, 1936, in Painesville and spent most of her life in Painesville. She attended Harvey High School and received her college education from Miami University, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa. On Dec. 29, 1957, she married her hometown sweetheart, E. Glen Hido. Glen was already enlisted in the U.S. Army, and they moved to Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. They had one daughter, Anne. Glen died eight months after Anne's birth. Pat and Anne then moved back to Painesville. Pat married James L. Mahokey on July 5, 1963, and together they had one child, Kate. Jim had three children, Marlene, Jimmy and Annette, from his previous marriage. It was a ""his, hers and ours"" family. Pat and Jim later divorced. Mrs. Mahokey was a teacher in Painesville, Perry and Cleveland schools. She was a member of First Church Congregational, the Gold Star Wives of America, a Pink Lady volunteer at Painesville East Hospital, a member of the Western Reserve Junior Service League, and a volunteer at Cleveland Playhouse Square. Remembered for her easy-going manner, sense of humor and generosity, Mrs. Mahokey also was known for her strong and independent nature. She was an only child and was predeceased by her parents, George Ernest Lockman and Inez Pearl (Hungerford) Lockman. She is survived by her children, Kate (Harry) Lucrezi of Houston, TX, Anne Drake of Grand River, Annette (Terry) Olma of Rockfall, CT, James Mahokey of Mililani, HI, and Marlene (Richard) Smith of Concord Township; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. The family suggests a donation to the Painesville Exchange Club Foundation in support of the George Lockman Scholarship. This scholarship is named after Mrs. Mahokey's father and is awarded annually to a local high school senior who resides in Lake County. Mrs. Mahokey was an advocate for higher education. Please mail contributions to the attention of Tom Hill, 2145 Kingsborough Drive, Painesville, OH 44077.
Martha A. (Fallat) Hanusosky, Class of 1937
Martha Fallat Hanusosky passed away on June 25, 2012 at the age of 92. She was born January 25, 1920 to the late Walter and Susan Fallat. Martha was the Class of 1937 valedictorian and a graduate of Spencerian Business College. She was employed by Snap Out Forms, White Motors, Havens and Emerson and Sears. Martha was also very involved in her husband's business ventures. She was a 60-year resident of Mentor and was an active member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church and a current member of Sacred Heart Church in Rock Creek. Martha will be remembered for her gentle spirit, love of family and love of God. Martha is survived by her children, Mary Sue (Jerry) Lenhart of Valley City, Rita (Rich) Burns of Chardon and Elizabeth (Wayne) Howell Sr. of Austinburg Township; grandchildren, Kevin Lenhart, Matthew Lenhart, Shannon (Brian) Spellacy, Hale Burns, Elise (Jamie) Polli, Brooke (Michael) Marich and Wayne (Jennifer) Howell Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Cian, Nora, Gavin, Lilliana, Alexis and Celia. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jim, who died March 4, 2005; and siblings John, Walter, Theresa, Mary and Elizabeth. Funeral Mass was at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Mentor Interment is at the Mentor Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110-2602 (donate online at hospicewr.org) or to a charity of your choice.
Stanley James Harris, Class of 1947
Stanley Harris, 82, passed away in June 2012. He was born July 8, 1929 in Painesville. He was a 1947 graduate of Perry High School. He retired from the City of Painesville in 2001, where he worked as maintenance supervisor for the Water Pollution Control Plant. Prior to that, he worked for 29 years for the Diamond Shamrock Corporation as an instrument mechanic and was also the head custodian at First Church, Congregational in Painesville. He was a member of Parkside Church in Bainbridge and previously at First Church, Congregational. Stan served as training sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. His hobbies included woodworking and gardening. He was a loving father to three children, Katherine Leona (Steve) Szerdy of Hudson, Linda Marie (John) Rusnak of Painesville and John Sterling (Lisa) Harris of Wooster. Also surviving are his sisters, Pauline (Robert) Dickey of Mentor; six grandchildren, Capt. Darren Szerdy (USMC), Nathan Szerdy, Sgt. Katelyn Szerdy (Ohio Army National Guard), Sgt. 1st Class John Rusnak (U.S. Army Reserves), James Rusnak and Jason Harris; three great-grandchildren, Kason, Landon and Emma Marie Rusnak, who brought him much joy durnig his final yearss; and his former wife, Mary Lou Harris of Painesville. He was preceded in death by parents, Sheldon and Katherine Harris. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
Darrell Brainard, Class of 1961
Darrell K. Brainard, 69, of Perry, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, at his home. Born July 11, 1942, in Painesville, he was the son of Kathryn (Conklin) and Clyde Brainard. He married Carol A. Peet on January 24, 1986. He was a graduate of the University of Miami in Florida and was a member of the Madison/Perry Chamber of Commerce and the Perry First Baptist Church. Most of all, Darrell was a devoted husband and loving father who cherished the time he spent with family. Darrell established Lake County Tax Service and served many clients over the years. Survivors are his wife of 26 years, Carol of Perry; children, Amy (Henry) Dugie of Houston, Texas, Julie (Marc) Nalow of Madison, Carolyn Senecal of Ashtabula, Cynthia (David) DeCola of North Kingsville, Cheri DeAngelis of Ashtabula and Caryn Senecal of Ashtabula; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Clyde (Delores) Brainard of Perry, Marjorie (Foster) Miller of Perry, Kathryn McManus of Mentor, Carol (Ivan) Miller of Perry, Larry (Dean) Brainard of Perry and Keith (Molly) Brainard of Madison; brothers-in-law, Anthony Peet of Maple Heights, Donnie (Sally) Peet of Ashtabula and Denny Evans of Geneva; mother-in-law, Elvera Peet of Ashtabula; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sharon Evans; brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" McManus; sister-in-law, Rosa Mary Peet; father-in-law, Anthony Peet Sr.; and nephew, Craig Deakins. Final resting place is the Perry Cemetery.
Edwin Douglas Jones, Class of 1971
Edwin Jones passed away unexpectedly on September 15, 2011 of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Edwin participated in five sports while at PHS. He excelled at Cross Country and Chess. He was nominated for the outstanding sports award at graduation. Under his mentor, Dr. Janis Zemzars, Edwin played on the four-person Perry High School Chess teams that tied for first place at the 1970 Ohio High School Team Championship, and was presented an award of recognition by the Kiwanis Club that year. After his enlistment in the U. S. Coast Guard, Edwin completed his Associate's degree at Stark State Technical School in Canton, Ohio, and Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Ohio University. Upon graduation from Ohio University, he was employed by Boeing Aircraft Company at Wichita and the Redstone Arsenal as Senior Engineer. His specialty was the electronics of the space satellite at Redstone and "Black Box" instrumentation for the Air Force at the Wichita facility. He was transferred to Huntsville, Alabama to work on the space station around 1988 where he retired in 2003. He considered watching two shuttle launches as highlights of that part of his life. He is survived by his father of Lihue, Hawaii; his brother Edward L. Jones of Cincinnati; sisters Karen Jones Balog of Ravenna,Ohio and Gail Jones-Nemeth of Rockville, Maryland.
Tracy Tharp, Class of 1979
Tracy Tharp, age 50, of Geneva-on-the-Lake, passed away December 15, 2011 at UH Geneva Medical Center. He was born April 22, 1961 in Painesville to Marcella (Hilkey) and James Tharp. Survivors are his soulmate of 31 years, Robin Dennison; son, Steven (Ramona) Dennison of Douglas, Georgia; expected first grandchild; mother, Marcella Tharp of Geneva; siblings, James (Paula) Tharp of Perry, Rhonda Greer of San Antonio, Texas, Daniel Tharp of Cleveland and Rebecca Boslett of Mentor; brothers-in-law, Steve (Cindi) and David; and sister-in-law, Tracy Lynn. He was preceded in death by his father, James; brother, Steve; niece, Jordan; father- and mother-in-law, Jack and Olga Dennison. Contributions may be made to the family.
Gene Secor, age 82, was born August 8, 1929, in Perry, and was a lifetime Perry resident. She passed away at her home December 1, 2011, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Perry High School. She was very active in Perry Township, serving as the deputy clerk from 1976 to 1977; on the Zoning Commission Board from 1966 to 1997; and Board of Zoning Appeals from 1976 to 1984. Gene volunteered for Meals on Wheels and started the first Ski Club for Perry Schools in 1968. She was also a member of Perry United Methodist Church. Gene was the owner of Secor's Nursery and worked in the office and farm market for 50 years. The Nursery Growers of Lake County recognized her with an Honorarium Award in 2010 for her lifetime service to the nursery industry. She loved greeting customers and helping people every day of her life. Gene had also worked at the Rayon for five years. She had fond memories of her friends, co-workers and family vacations in Canada, Florida and Virginia. Gene was preceded in death by her loving husband of 54 years,Jim; and parents, Harold and Hester Lawrence. She is survived by her sons, Douglas (Kathy) Secor of Perry and Larry Secor of Perry; daughter, Sharon (Dennis) McCarthy of Yorktown, Virginia; grandchildren, Theresa, Aaron, Jenna and Dennis II;great-grandchildren, Jacob, Anthony and Neil; and longtime family friend and co-worker, Mary Cain. Internment will be at Perry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Perry Foundation, Box 103, Perry, OH 44081 (MEMO:Jim and Gene Secor Scholarship Fund); Perry United Methodist Church, 3875 Main Street, Perry, OH 44081, or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119.
Mark Radcliffe, Class of 1980
Mark Allen Radcliffe, Class of 1980, passed away at Hospice House in Cleveland on October 24, 2011. Born December 27, 1961, he lived in Painesville Township for the past 12 years. He was a 1995 graduate of Hiram College. As a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Fairport Harbor, he loved to do Sunday readings. He enjoyed his Ford cars and would joke that foreign made vehicles could not park in his driveway. His wonderful sense of humor will be remembered. Mark was employed by Mullinax Ford in Wickliffe. Survivors are his wife of 22 years, Sue; children, Jennifer (Matt), and Philip (Emily): his grandson ("Grandpa's Pride and Joy"), Waylon; parents Don and Ginny Radcliffe; sisters, Kathy (Jerry) Fronckowiak and Diane Rowe (Larry); niece and nephews, Allison Fronckowiak, Kyle Fonckowiak and Austin Rowe; great-niece, Layna; and many other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alice and Chris Conder and Anne and Cliff Radcliffe. The family suggests contributions to the Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.
"Buzz" Richard Marcus Salchow, Class of 1955Buzz Salchow, age 74, of Deland, Florida, formerly of Toms River, New Jersey and Perry, Ohio, passed away on October 2, 2011. He was born on March 25, 1937. Buzz graduated from Perry High School in 1955 and from Bowling Green State University in 1959. He served in the United States Air Force as a Captain, flying KC135 refueling jets until 1966. He then joined Trans World Airlines as a pilot, flying Lockheed 1011s, Boeing 707s, 727s, and 747s. Buzz was very energetic and had a great sense of humor. He was an avid golfer and traveled worldwide. He was active in the “Big Brothers” program. He especially enjoyed Elvis Presley music. Survivors include his three loving daughters, Karen Salchow of Toms River, New Jersey, Lisa (Richard) Tesoriero of Waldwick, New Jersey, Ann Salchow of Williamsburg, Virginia; grandchildren, Richard and Laura Tesoriero; and sisters Susan Burhanna of Geneva, Ohio and Mary Salchow of Painesville. Buzz was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus and Helen (Reid) Salchow; sister, Marjory Densmore; and brother, William Salchow. A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 11:00 AM. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery.
Joseph E. Kozlowski, Class of 1968
Joseph Kozlowski, age 61, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2011, peacefully at home after a six-year battle with cancer. He was born April 28, 1950 in Painesville and was the son of Evelyn and the late Edward Kozlowski. He was a member of the PHS Class of 1968 and became a State Highway Patrolman. After resigning from the post, he went on to build homes, which led him to his a career at CTR in Geneva. Survivors include his beloved wife of 42 years, Jackie (Compton), whom he married March 1, 1969; two daughters, Maureen (Stan) Vaught of Ashtabula and Erica (Pete) LeMay of Ashtabula; four grandchildren, Garrett and Keegan Vaught and Nicholas and Madeline LeMay; mother, Evelyn; two sisters, Cindy Square and Casey Nichols; and brother, Eddie Kozlowski.
Robert V. Orosz, Class of 1939
Bob Orosz, Class of 1939, passed away September 29, 2011 at the age of 89. Bob was born December 23, 1921, in Perry to Julianna (Boros) and Andrew Orosz. He was a farmer all his life and dealt with wholesale produce. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, was the mayor of North Perry Village for 24 years, and served two years on Village Council. Survivors are his best friend, Linda Anderson; sister-in-law, Alicia Orosz; nieces and nephews, Jerry (Michelle) Kuchta; Millie Zivkovic; Daniel (Adele) Gyure, Donald (Penny) Gyure; Anita (John) Captian, Ruth (Ed) Thompson, Richard (Debbie) Mendala, Carol Tackett, Melanie, Nathan (Rosie), Brian and Hope Orosz and their families; and several great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents; brothers and sister-in-law, Andrew (Evelyn), Louis (Beatrice), Frank (Effie) and William Orosz; sisters, and brothers-in-law, Violet (Andrew) Gyure, Rose Orosz, Margaret (Al) Kuchta and Matilda (Richard) Mendala; and nephew, Frank Zivkovic. Final resting place is the Perry Cemetery.
Richard Liddy, Class of 1979
Rick Liddy, 51, Class of 1979, passed away September 6, 2011 in Columbus. He was born August 14, 1960 in Cleveland. He is survived by his children, Shaun, Rick, Joshua and Jennifer; seven grandchildren; his parents, William and Shirley; sister Barbara Morford; brothers, Bill (Sue), Tim (Anne), Brian and Shannon; grandmother, Mary Dedek; aunts and uncles, Pat (Don ) Wigham, Roger and Sharon Krug, Bob and Marcia Liddy; best friend, Dan Dedek; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Inez Liddy; and aunts, Joyce Huggins and Kathleen Liddy. A celebration of life was held at North Townline Park in North Perry. The family suggest donations to your favorite charity.
Linda Whitehair Swanson Zwolenik, Class of 1966
Linda Whitehair Swanson Zwolenik, age 64, passed away July 4, 2011, peacefully surrounded by her family at her son's home in Geneva. She was born February 24, 1947 in Wendell, West Virginia. She was employed by the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Mentor as a in-home aide. She enjoyed being with her family. Linda is survived by her son, James (Jennifer) Swanson of Geneva; daughters, Traci (Travers) Dombrowski of Geneva, and Michele (John) Watson of Perry; and grandchildren, Alyssa, Jimmie, Alexander and Kenndehl Swanson, Meghan Dombrowski, and Hunter and Morgan Watson. She was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and William Whitehair; sister, Sharon Clark; and parents, Navedell and Harold Whitehair. Burial was in Perry Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Mrs. Carolyn Marty, Teacher 1960's and 70's
Mrs. Carolyn Marty passed away July 21, 2011. She was an English and Social Studies teacher at Perry High School in the late 1960's and early 1970's. She was born October 3, 1923 in Monroe, Iowa. She married Kenneth Marty (former Perry School Board Member) in Salem on October 16, 1949. She was a 1943 graduate of Iowa State University. She worked on the atomic bomb in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Mrs. Marty was a member of PEO, Perry Garden Club, Perry Historical Society, and the Perry Library Board. She enjoyed reading, camping and traveling. Survivors are her children, Kevin (Heather) Marty '71 of San Diego, California, Keith (Gloria) Marty '74 of Defiance, Karen (Frank) Majewski '76 of Montville; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and sister, Clare Copley of Prairie City, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; parents Lillian and Wayne Volk; and sister, Helen Lord. The Rev. Larry Wade '74 officiated at the services. Final resting place is in the Perry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the Perry Historical Society or Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Dorothy Cross Bates, Class of 1939
Dorothy Cross Bates, age 89, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2011. She was a 1939 PHS graduate. She was born July 11, 1921 in Willoughby to Florence (Reed) and Arthur Cross. She retired from Sidley Corporation of Thompson. She was formerly active in 4-H, loved the outdoors and riding her horses. She is survived by sisters; Peggy (Richard) Truesdale of La Quinta, CA, and Ann (Joseph) Gillette of Ashtabula. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Bates; daughter, Karen Bates Dietz; and brother, George Cross, of San Francisco, CA. Final Resting Place is Fairview Cemetery in Madison Village.
Linda Lyons Richardson, Class of 1968
Linda Lyons Richardson, age 61, of West River, Maryland, died June 8, 2011, at her home. Born May 22, 1950 in Painesville to Eunice and Victor Lyons, Linda grew up in Perry. She graduated from Perry High School in 1968. She moved to Maryland to study art at Montgomery College, The University of Maryland, and the Corcoran School of Art. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2000 and was given 6 to 9 months to live. She continually stunned her doctors by living a full and active life for the next 11 years. Annapolis-area residents may know her for her store, Garden Decor, which moved from downtown Annapolis to its West River location in 2004. Linda's lifelong love of gardening and the outdoors were well known among her friends and family. Her 2010 book, "Don't Waste the Pain," co-written with her brother David Lyons, detailed her thoughts on faith and suffering as a source of blessing for families struggling with not only terminal illness, but any source of affliction. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Stephen A. Richardson; one daughter, Morgan L. Richardson; one son, Samuel M. Richardson; one sister, Marilyn Hull; and one brother, David Lyons. A memorial service was held on June 18, 2011 at Cedar Grove Methodist Church in Deale, MD. Memorial contributions in Linda's name may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Mary Ann Kobulnicky, Class of 1968
Mary Ann Kobulnicky, age 60, of Cuyahoga Falls, passed away April 3, 2011. She was born in Painesville and had resided in Cuyahoga Falls for 30 years, moving there from Perry. She was a member of the Class of 1968. Mary Ann operated a trucking company. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Mary Kobulnicky. Survivors include her brothers, Henry G. (Celeste) of Oswego, Illinois and Tom of Madison; aunt, Anna Cheripko of Wellsburg, West Virginia; and nephews, Henry, Adam and Ben. A graveside service was held at Perry Township Cemetery.Michael W. Caulkins, Class of 1976
Michael Caukins, age 52, passed away on May 25, 2011 at his residence in Perry. He was born May 29, 1958 in East Cleveland. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He is survived by his mother, Retta Henry of Perry; brother Matthew Henry Jr. of Perry; seven stepchildren; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; and father, Matthew Henry Sr. Services were held at the Johnson Funeral Home in Painesville. Memorial gifts may be made in care of the family.
Stephanie E. Sedlak, Class of 1990
Stephanie Sedlak, age 38, passed away at her home Saturday April 23, 2011 as the result of a house fire. She was born June 21, 1972, in Euclid. Stephanie was a secretary at Western Reserve Counseling. She was an avid animal lover and was especially fond of her two cats, Willow and Stormy, who perished with her April 23, 2011. Her family meant the world to her and was of the utmost importance in her life. She was anxiously awaiting becoming an aunt for the first time. Stephanie leaves behind her mother, Connie Sedlak of Painesville Township; father, Ronald Sedlak of Mentor; brother, Ryan (Theresa) Sedlak of Painesville; maternal grandmother, Vivian Hall of Painesville Township; uncles, Billy (Laurie) Hall of Perry, Jimmy Hall of Cleveland, Tony Sedlak of Cleveland and Jim Sedlak of Cleveland.; and aunts, Joan Hlavaty of Maple Heights, and Norma Russo of Parma. She is also survived by several loving cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, James Hall; and her paternal grandparents. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lake County Humane Society, 7564 Tyler Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060 or Caroline's Kids Pet Rescue, P.O. Box 24068, Mayfield Heights, OH 44124.
Norma Adams Few Daniels Wright, Class of 1933
Norma Few Wright died April 13, 2011, at Madison Health Care. She was 95 years old. She was born August 21, 1915 in Perry to Ray G. and Ivah (Joiner) Few. Norma grew up on a fruit farm in Perry. She graduated from Perry High School in 1933 and attended Ohio University. After college she worked for the Gail G. Grant Company in Painesville as a buyer. Later, she worked in sales at Higbees in Cleveland and processed insurance claims for Penn Greyhound. While working as a medical assistant for Ferro Machine and Foundry in Cleveland during World War II, Norma met her first husband, F. H. Goodyear Daniels. They were married August 25, 1949. He passed away December 17, 1955. After his death, Norma worked for Buffalo General Hospital scheduling operations. Later she worked for a podiatrist in Snyder, New York. She met her second husband, David W. Wright, at the funeral of a mutual relative, Mary Few, They were married September 1, 1960 and moved to Greenville. She worked as a manager for Mongtomery Ward, retiring in 1971, and returned to Perry. David died October 25, 2002. Norma's hobbies included collecting cookbooks, working crossword puzzles, and bird watching. Her greatest love were her cats and dogs, and she treated them as her children. She will be remembered for the care she gave her family, her wit, sense of humor and ability to make people laugh, and her love for nature and animals. She is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside serves were held at the Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Foundation, PO Box 103, Perry, OH 44081 designating the R.G. Few Scholarship Fund or to any animal shelter.
Janet Cleversy Brooks, Class of 1974
Janet Cleversy Brooks, Class of 1974, passed away at the age of 54 on March 14, 2011 at Hospice House in Cleveland. She was born June 12, 1956 in Painesville to Dolores (Brittain) and Richard Cleversy, Sr. She earned her Associate's degree in 1976 from Lakeland Community College. Janet most recently worked as the executive director of the Perry Center of Lake County, a Salvation Army Unit. She was also a kindergarten aide at Our Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran School in Painesville, worked at Dalton Industries and assisted with her family business, D&R Trailer. She was an active member of Perry United Methodist Church, where she was Mission Committee Chair, Ecumenical Ministries Chair, served on Administrative Council, and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She also served as the Perry United Methodist Church representative to the Perry Fellowship of Churches where she worked in establishing the Christmas Basket Program. She enjoyed her family, gardening, reading, traveling to historical sites, and the many friendships she developed throughout the years. She is survived by her husband, Gilbert Brooks, Jr., whom she married August 28, 1976 in Perry; son, Joseph Alan (fiancee, Shannon) of Painesville; mother Dolores Cleversy of Perry; brother, Richard Cleversy, Jr., of Perry; and nieces, Carrie L. Cleversy of Painesville and Sara E. Cleversy of Wellford, South Carolina. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Cleversy, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Warren and Edith Cleversy, Sr.; and maternal grandparents, Virgil and Eva Brittain, Sr. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Western Reserve.
James Sprague, Class of 1962
James Sprague, age 68, a resident of Ashtabula, passed away March 10, 2011 at Ashtabula County Medical Center. He was born October 6, 1942 in Painesville to Eileen (Ashcraft) and James Sprague. He was a 1962 graduate of Perry High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and ATV, hunting with his son and spending time with his grandchildren. James worked for Wrighert Steel as a welder and then worked several years for R.W. Sidley in Thompson. He is survived by son, Ryan (Jennifer) Sprague of Painesville; grandchildren, Emily and Zachary; and brothers, Ken Sprague of Rock Creek, Dale (Yolanda) Sprague of Perry, and Marvin (Peggy) Sprague of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Donna Maruschak. Final resting place will be at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chester Township.
Mildred Kneisley Fisher, Class of 1930
Mildred Kneisley Fisher, age 99, Perry Alumni Association's most senior member, passed away on February 21, two days past her 99th birthday. She was born February 18, 1912 in Leroy. She lived on Shepard Road during her early years in Perry, then moved to Main Street, "across from the pool hall," she recalled. She had many fond memories of her days in Perry, both as a student and a sixth grade teacher. At the time of her graduation from PHS, hers was the largest class in school history -- there were 26 members in the class. She taught in Perry Schools from 1934 to 1944. Graduates in the classes of 1940 to 1950 likely had Mildred as a teacher. Mildred earned her bachelor's degree from Kent State University and her master's degree from Sam Houston University. When interviewed for the Perry Alumni newsletter in December 2004, she recalled the many differences between her childhood school days and today's school days -- like no electricity, central heat, or indoor plumbing. There are some similarities, though. She rode to school on a bus -- a horse drawn one at that! She also experienced the snowy blustery winter days that caused school to be closed. Mildred was always proud of her 36-year teaching career, her 43-year marriage to her husband, Sheldon, and their efforts to help build a church in Texas. She was also proud that she could share her love of knitting with others. During World War II she made sweaters that were shipped to our soldiers. Mildred and Sheldon traveled extensively. They visited every state in the Continental U.S., and also traveled to Canada and Mexico, all by car. Mildred was living in the Pearland,Texas at the time of her death. She is survived by her nieces, Lois Sauer of Perry, Lois Kneisley of Berea and Norma Ashley of Florida.
Steven Michael Weaver, Class of
Steven Michael Weaver, Class of 2001
Steven Michael Weaver, Class of 2001, passed away at Lake West Medical Center on February 18, 2011. He was 27 years old. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Cleveland State University and was pursuing his master's degree at Keller University in Cleveland. He enjoyed bowling, darts, golf and pool and was active in many leagues. He is survived by his father, Charles (Marilyn) Weaver (Class of 78) of Perry, fiancee, Lisa Maletic of Chester Township; paternal grandmother, Estelle Weaver of Perry; roommates, Jim Nemeth, Zack Barnhouse and John Salter; best friend, Buster, and several loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie (Kinder) Weaver in 2008; paternal grandfather, Wesley Weaver; maternal grandparents, Carl and Dorothy (Breedlove) Kinder and cousins, Brian Wright and Katie Kinder. Interment is in the Perry Cemetery. Contributions in Steve's memory may be made to the family.
Maxine "Mickey" Bittles Schauer, Class of 1944
Mickey Bittles Schauer passed away on January 25, 2011 in Tidelands Community Hospice in Georgetown, SC. She was born November 26, 1926 in Cleveland. Mickey worked as a secretary for Lake County Nursery. Her interests included music, playing the piano and trumpet, traveling, knitting and crocheting, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a lifetime auxiliary member of the Mentor V.F.W. Post 9295 and a former member of the Concord Community Band. She participated in the Perry High School Alumni Marching Band. Survivors are her sons, Patrick (Cyndi) of Henderson, NV and James of Mentor; grandchildren, Eric Schauer (Sachee) and Katina Kelli (Jacob); sister-in-law, Betty Bittles of Brook Park; numerous nieces and nephews; and companion, David Wright. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Schauer; parents, Dewey and Lottie Bittles; brother, William Bittles; and sister-in-law, Marie Berwaldt. Private graveside services were held at Perry Cemetery.
Donna Maxine Elliott, Class of 1969
Donna Maxine Elliott, age 59, passed away on March 1, 2009 at her residence. She was born January 28, 1950 in Painesville. She was a clerk for 13 years for Lake County Job and Family Services. Survivors are her son, Sgt. David (Michelle) Smead; daughter, Debbie (Johnny) McKinney; brother, Donald "Dwight" Elliott; sisters, Patsy Logan and Jennie Jewart; and grandchidlren, Brianna and Kyle McKinney. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald M. and Nancy (Smith) Eillott. Interment is in Madison Memorial Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Ireland Cancer Center, Suite #3, 9485 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH 44060.
Paul Coffman, Class of 1952
Paul R. Coffman, 77, a member of the Class of 1952, died on July 7, 2010 at his daughter's home in Unionville. Paul was an animal lover and a U.S. Army veteran. He worked for 24 years at Diamond Shamrock and later worked many years as a tractor operator at Lake County Nursery, Inc. in Perry. He is survived by his wife Carol (Fuller) whom he married on May 21, 1955. Other survivors include his daughters, Tammy Bevan of Madison, Kerry Coffman of Unionville, Peggy Coffman of Madison; and his grandchildren, Sarah Bevan, Katherine Bevan-Weber and Hannah Bevan; and his sister, Suzanne Warner of Idaho. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kimberly Anne Coffman; and his mother Leora (Goerss) Coffman. Final resting place is Fairview Cemetery in Madison.
Arline Hietanen Golding, Class of 1940
Arline Golding, age 88, passed away November 22, 2010 at Madison Health Care. She was born July 4, 1922 in Fairport Harbor to Allie (Katila) and John Hietanen. She married John Golding in Perry on August 1, 1942. She enjoyed sewing and crafts and spending time at her cabin in Canada. Arline worked at Citizens Bank and Diamond Shamrock. Survivors are her son, Timothy (Class of 1974) (Linda) Golding of Madison; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Virgina Golding of Perry; sister-in-law, Beverly Hietanen of Madison; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her parents; sisters, Alice Rayl; and brothers, Herbert Hietanen and J. Gerald Hietanen. Graveside services were held at Perry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Madison Health Care, 7600 South Ridge Road, Madison, OH.
Michael Hardy, Coordinator of Information Technology - 2000-2010
Michael David Hardy was born June 5, 1968 in Warren, Ohio to Lester and Mary Hardy. He was the second of four children and a 1986 graduate of Geneva High School. He married Mary Kathryn Schveder (Class of 1988) on October 24, 1992, following his safe return from serving our country in the United States Army during Operation Desert Storm. He had two children, both who attend Perry Schools: Michael James, who is in Eighth Grade and Cecilia Marie, who is in Seventh Grade. He was incredibly motivated and determined to succeed in all his endeavors. He was the first in his family to graduate from college when he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Kennedy Western University. Mike was an exceptional role model to Perry’s youth. His passion for assisting young people in developing athletic skills was evident on the baseball field, basketball court and football field. He coached hundreds of kids, teaching them the benefits of discipline and hard work, but more importantly, the valuable life skills of teamwork and sportsmanship. His impact on youth did not stop in the athletic arena. He also shared his vast knowledge of computers and information technology with many high school students who were preparing for technology careers. He led by example and made a difference in the lives of so many young people. For the past ten years, Mike was employed by the Perry Local School District in the Information Technology Department. His hard work and dedication to the job earned him his most recent position as the Coordinator of Information Technology. In this demanding job, he was responsible for all of the school district’s technology needs. He was an amazing multi-tasker who worked diligently to make sure that all student, educator and administrator technology needs were met. Mike had a way of keeping things lively with his quick wit and keen sense of humor. He was passionate about life and all it had to offer and he earned a place in the heart of every person who had the privilege of knowing him.
Lynn E. Tucker
LynnTucker, age 59, passed away on October 10, 2010. He lived in Geneva. He was born October 20, 1950 in Wood River, Illinois to Lois Woodgrin and Elvis Elwood Tucker. He worked at Pro-Line Boats in Crystal River, Florida. After graduation from Perry High School, he served in the U.S. Army. Lynn's survisors are his sons, Edward (Alesha) of Madison, Richard (Amanda Clark) of Madison, and Matthew (Diana McCallister) of Andover; grandchildren, Michael, Tristan, Ryan and Alexander; great-grandson, Ethan; former wife, Teresa Salmore of Geneva; brother, Matthew of Mentor; and sister, Lynnetta of Ashtabula. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Louie. Burial was in the Perry Cementery.
Elizabeth A. Pocza Thompson, Class of 1950
Elizabeth A. Pocza Thompson, 75, passed away February 18, 2008, surrounded by her family. Born November 26, 1932, in Fairport Harbor, she lived most of her life in Lake County other than a short time in California. She enjoyed crocheting, dancing and playing cards. She also enjoyed the computer. Elizabeth was a loving mother who cherished every moment with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other members of her family. Survivors are her daughter, Terese (Rick) Lawler of Perry; sons, Andrew (Denise) Thompson of Jefferson, Robert Thompson of Fairport Harbor, Daniel Thompson of Mentor and Scott (Shelly) Thompson of Perry; grandchildren, Beth, Kimberly, Chris, Desiree, Jocelyn, Dylan, Kelsey, Calli, Megan and Madison; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Kaylee, Jon Robert, Riley and Gianna; sister, Jeanette (Lloyd) LeBaron of Concord Township; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith S. Thompson, who passed away in 1973; parents, Andrew and Elizabeth (Hogya) Pocza; and sister, Dorothy LeBail. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Painesville.
Carl Siegel, Class of 1975
Carl Siegel, Class of 1975, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2010 at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord. He loved playing high school basketball and was an avid Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavs fan. He also enjoyed hunting and spending time with his friends. Because of his love for farming, Carl became part owner of Siegel and Sons Farm. He will be missed by his family and friends and will be remembered for his crazy laugh and his generous heart. He is survived by his sister, Carol Tucker of Newark; brothers, Jim (Linda), Wally (Jan) and Ken (Tricia) Siegel, all of Perry; nieces; nephews; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Siegel. Final resting place will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in New Castle, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions to be used by the intensive care unit may be made payable through Lake Health Foundation, 7590 Auburn Road, Concord, OH 44077.
Kyle Elliott Rusnak, Class of 2001
Kyle Rusnak, age 27, lost his courageous fight against cancer on July 9, 2010 at his parent's home in Perry. He was 27. Born May 20, 1983 in Painesville, he was most recently a resident of Morganton, NC. Kyle was member of the Class of 2001 and graduated in 2005 from Kent State University where he earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in American History. He was a middle school Social Studies teacher and coach for Burke County Public Schools in Morganton. Kyle will be rememberd as a person who loved the outdoors and spent most of his time golfing, hiking, walking the dogs, and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Sara (Lynch) Rusnak, whom he married December 31, 2008; parents, Robert and Christine (Elliott) Rusnak of Perry; brother, Drew Rusnak of Painesville; maternal grandmother, Madia Kline of Geneva; and paternal grandparents, Robert and Charlotte Rusnak of Perry. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Franklin Elliott. Interment is in Perry Cemetery. Should friends desire, contributions in Kyle's memory may be made to the Kyle E. Rusnak Benevolent Fund in care of any First Merit Bank. A brave young man who was full of life, he touched the hearts of so many people. His legacy will live on through his students, athletes, friends, and family. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the many people in the Perry and Morganton communities who helped them during this most difficult time.
Darryl Mills, Class of 1979
Darryl Mills, Class of 1979 and a lifetime Perry resident, died May 30, 2010 after a short illness. He attended Heritage Bible Church in Perry and was a member of South Madison Trap League, American Legion in Madison and Eagles Club in Geneva. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, camping and trap shooting. Darryl was always willing to help family or friends in need. Survivors include his wife and best friend, Barbara (Mayfield) Mills, whom he married in 2005; two daughters, Jessica Mills of Richmond Heights and Della Gillispie of Painesville; grandchildren, Xavier, Jada, Prince and Lyra; mother, Lona; stepfather, Harold Peterson of Perry; brothers, William Mills of Painesville and Sam (Cindy) Long of Ashtabula; sisters, Teresa Salamone of Geneva, Charlene (Timothy) Leuthart of Missouri, and Lorrie (Jon) Mills of Jefferson. He was preceded in death by his infant daughter Carrie J. Mills; father, William H. Mills; stepfather, Sam Long; paternal grandparents, Stanley and Irene Prince and maternal grandparents, William and Rachel Airwyke. Burial was in Perry Cemetery.
Walter Henry III, Class of 1974
Walter “Wally” Henry, Class of 1974, passed away at home on May 31, 2010. He was born November 21, 1955 in Painesville to Sally (Biddle) and Walter Henry, Jr. and married Kathryn Anzelc March 19, 2010 in Madison. Wally worked as an electrician. He was a member of Sons of American Amvets Post 1971 in Perry and V.F.W. Post 7754 in Fairport. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; father, Walter (Diane) Henry; daughters, Crystal Carter and April (John) Carter-Borelli; grandchildren, Brodie and Daisie; brothers, John (Lisa) Henry, James Henry and William (Ashley) Henry; sisters, Pamela (Ken) Dosky and Melissa (Jim) Weiss; in-laws, Tony Anzelc, John (Laura) Anzelc, Ken (Deb) Anzelc, Robert (Vicki) Anzelc, Joan (Fred) Saari and Joe (Bonnie) Pocza; many nieces and nephews; friend, Steve Dillworth; and former mother-in-law, Jean Palnski. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally; brother, Michael; grandparents, Walter and Edna Henry, Alberta and Raymond George, George and Jane Biddle, Jane Biddle; mother-in-law, Kathryn Anzelc Krauter; and brother-in-law, James Pocza. Graveside services were held on June 4 at Perry Cemetery. The family requests memorial contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119.
Joe Davis, Class of 1975
Joe Davis, Class of 1975, passed away on May 16, 2010 at the age of 52. He was born July 15, 1957. Joe was a milwright at Lincoln Electric for the 14 years prior to his death. He loved riding his motorcycle, fixing cars, and spending time with friends and family. He was well known for lending a hand to anyone in need. Survivors are his wife, Candy; children, Danielle and Cody Davis, Lisa Chorba, and Amy and Lisa Williams; four sisters, Drenda, Jaymie, Sherri and Kelly Davis; four brothers, Jesse, Gene (DeeDee), David and Danny Davis; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alice Arwanna Davis. Memorial services were held at Brunner Funeral Home in Mentor.
Ty Potter, Class of 1969
Funeral services to celebrate the life of Ty L. Potter, age 59, of Camden, South Carolina, were held on May 8, 2010, at Bethel Worship Center, with burial in the Quaker Cemetery in Camden. Ty died May 5, 2010. He was born in Jack Horn, Kentucky. He was a 1969 graduate of PHS, a graduate of North Carolina State University, and attended Bethel Worship Center. He was owner of Valve Repair Solutions in Camden. Survivors are his wife, Sherrie Grande Potter; daughters, Jennifer Honeycutt (Trey) of Belmont, North Carolina and Tabitha Potter of Camden, South Carolina; sons, Tim Potter (Angie) of Gastonia, North Carolina, Jonathan Potter (Adriane) of Camden, and Matthew Potter of Camden; mother, Dorothy Hall Potter of Camden; brother, William Potter of Camden; and sister, Nettie Ann Wood (Frank) of Madison, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Potter, and his son, Michael Potter. Memorial contributions may be made in Ty’s memory to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1333, Camden, SC 29021.
James. L. Fryer, Class of 1964
James Fryer, Class of 1964, passed away at the age of 63 on May 8, 2010 while visiting family in the Philippines. Jim was born July 22, 1946 in Painesville. He attended Fenn College (now Cleveland State) where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi. He joined the U.S. Army in 1966, where he served in Army Intelligence during the Vietnam War. He then transferred to the U.S. Navy, from which he retired after 20 years. Jim loved playing chess, listening to Rock-n-Roll music (especially Chuck Berry). He was fluent in Spanish and Chinese, skills that he used while in the Navy. When home on leave, he enjoyed his time with his family. He will be remembered as a wonderful son, brother and uncle. Survivors are his wife of 35 years, Teresa, whom he met while stationed in the Philippines; his parents, Marian and Robert Butcher of Ashtabula; sisters, Lynda Babic of Geneva and Sheila Snyder of Ashtabula; nephews, Christopher Laidlaw and L.J. and Logan Updyke; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Hazel and William Edward Skidmore; and paternal grandparents, Leota and Max Fyer. A memorial service was held May 19 in Ashtabula where full military honors were provided by the American Legion, Dewey-Howlett Post 103.
Daneen Cadiou Long, Class of 1975
Daneen Long passed away on May 2, 2010 after a brief battle with cancer. She is survived by her son, Nicholas Decker; mother, Karen Cadiou; mother-in-law, Becky Archer; grandson, Jacob; siblings, Glenn Cadiou, Danielle Cadiou, Nicole Kepp, and Gabrielle Wright. She also leaves behind nieces and nephews, Chelsea, Dane, Sam and Emmaline. She was preceded in death by her father, Glenn Cadiou. The family suggests donations to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119.
Richard Allen Rought, Class of 2004
Ricky Rought passed away May 4, 2010. He was born March 16, 1986. Ricky worked for Beech Technology Systems in Mentor as an assembler. He was a member of St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Perry and AA in Painesville. He was involved in Cub Scouts in Madison and Boy Scout Troop 71 in Perry. Ricky loved being in Boy Scouts and enjoyed traveling, visiting 40 states. He completed a 100-mile canoe trip of the French River at the Cleveland Boy Scout Camp "Tinnerman" in Canada. He camped from the National Forest in Tennessee, to the Ottawa River in Quebec, to Key West, to Yellow Stone National Park, to the Grand Canyon, to Clear Water in Minnesota, and back to his home camp of Camp Stigwandish in Madison. He enjoyed family vacations, the most memorable being at Disney World and Disneyland. Survivors are his parents, Douglas (Class of 1981) and Jeannine (Haas) Rought of Perry; sisters Barbara and Nicole; brother, Michael; paternal grandparents, Larry and grandfather, Thomas Haas; uncles and aunts, Charles and Tina Haas of Perry, Gene and Marjorie Lutz of Madison, John and Diane Culver of Washington State, Susan Collins of Florida, Sandy Hitchcock of Euclid, and Fran Nelson of Painesville; Godmother, Lisa Spiesman-Moore of Fairport Harbor; cousins, Brandon, Josh, and Chase Haas, Samantha, Allyssa and Stephanie Lutz, Courtney, Jessica, Mitchell and Sean Culver; his puppy, "Killer"; and numerous friends from AA. He was preceeded in death by his maternal grandmother, Jacqueline (Williams) Haas; paternal grandmother, Barbara (Werbeach) Rought; and paternal uncle, Joseph Haas. Donations may be made to the Autism Society of Greater Cleveland, PO Box 41066, Brecksville, OH 44141.
Patrick Whited, Class of 1981
Patrick Whited, age 47, passed away April 21, 2010 at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born March 17, 1963 and was a lifetime resident of Perry. He was a member of the Class of 1981 and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He is survived by his son, Josh (Amber) of Painesville; two sisters, Carol Howell of Painesville and Tammy Frowerk of Perry; and six brothers, Ray (Cindy) of Perry, Dan (Sandy) of Concord Township, Dan (Teri) of Madison, Jeff (Jeannie) of Painesville and Barry of Mentor. He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Shirley (Howell) Whited; and sister, Kim Misch. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery.
John F. Wienhold, Class of 1980
John Wienhold, 47, a member of the Class of 1980, died following a sudden illness Saturday, March 13, 2010 at the TriPoint Medical Center in Concord, Ohio. John attended schools in Perry, New Mexico and Painesville. He was a Painesville resident at the time of his death. John enjoyed fishing, growing plants of the Southwest, domestic animals, and rock and roll music, with his favorite group being the Rolling Stones. He is survived by his sisters, Adrienne (Tim) Wright of Eastlake and Bonnie Hackley of Painesville; brothers, Larry (Sue) Hackley of Perry, and his guardian, best friend and brother, Thom (Cheryl) Hackley of Painesville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Helen Wienhold; sister, Janet Hackley; paternal grandparents, Frank and Bertha Wienhold; and maternal grandparents, Thomas and Alpha Dickey.
Jeanette Pocza LeBaron, Class of 1949
Jeanette Pocza LeBaron of Concord Township passed away on March 28, 2010 at her home. She was born June 1, 1931 in Painesville. A 1949 graduate of PHS, she was a member of the Painesville Women's Chorus when they traveled to Wales and England in 1972 and was a former officer of the organization. She loved to cook and bake for her family; she also loved to crochet afghans for babies and donated many to charity fundraisers. Jeanette retired from Ameritrust Bank in 1986. Survivors include her husband, Lloyd, whom she married July 14, 1950; children, Steven, Jean Sherwood, Lauren, and Julie Sargi; grandchildren, Jacob LeBaron, Melody LeBaron, Alysha Radich, Shannon Corwon, Kate Sherwood, Susan Wolf and Blake Sargi; four great-grandchildren; several special nieces and nephews; and foster brother, Bob Myers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Elizabeth Pocza; sisters, Dorothy LeBail and Elizabeth Thompson; and son-in-law, Craig Sherwood. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Charles "Chuck" Sloban, Class of 1970
Chuck Sloban passed away on March 22, 2010, at Fairview Hospital in Cleveland after a prolonged illness. Born February 29, 1952 in Painesville, he lived in Lakewood for the past 28 years. He graduated from PHS in 1970 and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in business. He was formerly employed as a salesman for Wang Laboratories in Lowell, Massachusettes. Chuck was an avid Cleveland sports fan, holding season tickets to the Cavs, Indians and Browns games. He was a major World War II history buff and enjoyed traveling. He is survived by his wife, Melissa (Wheeler) (Class of 1970), whom he married August 22, 1981; mother, Geraldine Finotti of Mentor; three brothers, Jim (Lori) Sloban of Perry, Tim Sloban of Eastlake, and Rick (Donna) Sloban of Nevada; two sisters, Mary Alice (Robert) Barker of North Carolina and Patricia (Walter) Moskal of California; stepbrother, Joseph (Mary) Finotti of Ohio; and two stepsisters, Kathy (Dennis) Hoestler of Mentor and Susan (Art) Hall of Mentor. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Sloban; sister, Sally Sloban; and stepfather, Guido Finotti. Contributions in Chuck's memory may be made to Parma Community General Hospital, Rehabilitation Unit, 7007 Powers Boulevard, Parma, OH 44129.
William Davis, Class of 1968
William G. Davis, 59, Class of 1968, died February 16, 2010 in Ashtabula of complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was born July 1, 1950 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Bill was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and enjoyed playing pool. His favorite pastime was fishing trips to Canada. Bill was employed at Giant Eagle in Madison before is retirement in 2009. Survivors include his wife, Carol; son, Richard W. (Tami) of Madison; daughter, Paula (Kenneth) Lynch of Harpersfield; stepsons, Russell and Bradley Childs, both of North Kingsville; grandchildren, Benjamin and Kelsey Lynch, Tad, Rikki and Robbi Davis and Carter Childs. He is also survived by his brothers Thomas of Geneva, James of Perry, Robert of Ashtabula and David of Geneva-on-the-Lake, and sister Jayne Sabo of Southington. He also leaves his buddy "Sultan" a black lab. He was preceded in death by his daughter Diane Davis and parents Thomas (a former Perry Elementary School principal) and Sarah Davis. Donations to his memory may be made to ALS and/or APL.
Cora Goldsmith Elliott, Class of 1938
Cora Goldsmith Elliott passed away January 26, 2010 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was born February 18, 1920 in Geneva. She graduated from Perry High School in 1938. She was a member of Perry United Methodist Church from 1930 to 1976 when she moved to North Carolina. She worked as a secretary at Euclid Electric Company. Cora was active in the music ministry and financial recordkeeping at the Pine Valley United Methodist Church in Wilmington. She loved gardening, sewing, traveling and keeping in touch with her friends. Survivors are her daughter, Martha Saatjian of Santa Barbara, California; son, Arthur H. Elliott of Jefferson; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur in 1988; daughter, Mildred Edwards in 1991; and sister, Pauline Kelsey in 2004. A memorial service was held in Wilmington on January 30, 2010. Private burial took place at Perry Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Perry United Methodist Church, 3875 Main Street, Perry, OH 44081.
David Dugan, 93, died March 1, 2010 at Judson Retirement Park in Cleveland, after a long illness. He was born January 30, 1917. He was the husband of Irma (former Plain Dealer garden editor) and the late Eleanor (an elementary school teacher). He was the father of Patricia Steinfurth (Glenn) of Cleveland Heights, Gary (Janet) of Huron, Tom (Sharon) of Alva, Florida, Carol Haueis of St. Anton, Austria and the late Daniel. He was grandfather of eight; great-grandfather of six; and great-great-grandfather of one. He was the son of the late David and Bessie; and brother of the late Charles Dugan. David graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He earned his Varsity "O" on the polo team during his college years. He was a page in the Ohio Senate and worked for the USDA Soil Conservation Service. His World War II armed forces service record included Chief Petty Officer in the Navy Seabees, serving in the U.S. and China as a member of the Scouts and Raiders underwater demolition team. In 1945, as supervisor of sanitation and insect control behind enemy lines in China, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his efforts in eradicating malaria in the area for the first time in history. In civilian life, David served as Lake County Deputy Nursery Inspector. In 1956, David became president of the family-owned and operated Dugan Nurseries, Inc. The wholesale nursery, consisting of more than 200 acres in Lake County, was founded by his father and uncle in 1919, and continued in operation until 1992. Specialties were trees, shrubs, and other woody ornamentals. Past presidencies include the Lake County Nurserymen's Association, Ohio Nurserymen's Association, Lake County Farm Bureau, and Eastern Region of the International Plant Propagators' Society (IPPS). He was one of the founders of the IPPS in 1951. He was named a fellow of the IPPS, and received its prestigious Award of Merit. He served as chairman of Lake County Soil Conservation District and the OSU horticultural Council. He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Rho agriculture fraternity. Among his honors were Pi Alpha Xi, the national horticulture honor society, in recognition of his contributions to the field of ornamental horticulture in the U.S.; Gamma Sigma Delta, distinguished service; and he was also awarded the title, "Mr. O.N.A." by the Ohio Nurserymen's Association for years of service and dedication. As a resident of Judson Park, David served as a trustee, developed a plant solarium, designed and provided plantings for the grounds, chaired the Resident Life Committee and initiated horticultural therapy group efforts. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church or to Judson Retirement Park, 2181 Ambleside Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106.
Ruth Kylmanen, Elementary School Teacher from 1961 to 1985
A memorial service for Miss Kylmanen, age 90, will be at 10:00 a.m. on June 12, 2010 at Zion Lutheran Church, 504 Eagle Street, Fairport Harbor, Ohio. She died January 3, 2010. She was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church, where she served on the church council, taught Sunday school and belonged to the Rebecca Circle. She was born August 30, 1919 in Ashtabula. Miss Kylmanen graduated from Ohio State University and did graduate work at Kent State University. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority and was a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar. Miss Kylmanen touched the lives of countless children during her 54-year teaching career. She taught school in Geneva for two years, Fairport for 17 years, and finished her career in Perry in 1985, where she taught from 1961 to 1985. Contributions may be made in her memory to Zion Lutheran Church.
Carole Grace, PHS Secretary 1979-1995
Mrs. Grace passed away on January 30, 2010 at her residence in Perry. She was born November 11, 1934 in Fairport Harbor and graduated from Fairport Harding High School in 1952. She was a member of St. Cyprian Catholic Church and enjoyed reading and crocheting. Survivors are her husband of 51 years, Alvin; son, Joseph (Valery) of Mentor; grandchildren, David, Ryan, Sean and Michael; sister, Marjorie Napper of Madison; and nieces, Kathryn Donlin of Painesville and Candy Blackstock of Northfield. Her son, John; daughter, Debra; and parents, John and Besssie Vendely; are deceased. Interment is at Perry Cemetery. The family suggests donations to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060.
Susan Gyure Rideout, Class of 1977
Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life for Susan Gyure Rideout, 50, was held at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Perry. Sue passed away December 9, 2009 at the Cleveland Clinic. She was born September 20, 1959, in Painesville, and had been a lifetime resident of Perry. She graduated from Perry High School in 1977. She was a member of St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Perry, where she served as PSR teacher, a member of parish council, and a member of the Ladies Guild. She was also a member of the Perry Board of Education for four years, was active in the PTA, and a was a member of the Perry Alumni Association. She was also a member of the Christ Child Society of Lake County. Sue enjoyed vacations in Florida, the beach, skiing, cross stitch and sewing, but her greatest love was for her family and friends. Susan worked side-by-side with her husband, Bob (Class of 1973) as the owner and in the operation of the Rideout's Perry IGA Grocery Store. Survivors are her husband, Bob, whom she married July 1, 1978; children, Robbie (Trisha) Rideout of Perry, Marcus (Karen) Rideout of San Diego, California, and Cassie Rideout of Perry; grandchildren, Raegan, Tyrus, Bronx, and Hannah; parents, George and Violet (Davidson) Gyure; three brothers, James (Cheryl) Gyure of Farmdale, Thomas (Mary) Gyure of Perry, and Timothy (Mary) Gyure of Elyria; and grandma, Julia Gyure. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, George Gyure Sr.; grandmother, Cassie B. (Miller) Davidson; and grandfather, Robert F. Davidson Sr. Sue was a friend to all who touched many lives. She will be missed by all who knew her. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a scholarship fund at Perry Public Schools in her name.
Victor Johnson, Class of 1932
Victor D. Johnson passed away on November 26, 2009. He was born March 9, 1914 in Perry to Floyd Vivian (Penhollow) and Mark Johnson, and married Sarah Holstead August 14, 1950. Victor worked for IRC Fibers for 34 years. He also worked for Madison Schools, retiring in 1976. He was a member of Perry Christian Church and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving three years overseas in the Signal Corps. He enjoyed playing the organ and piano. Survivors are his daughter, Vicki (Terry) Wakelee of Perry; sons, D. (Debra) Johnson of Tucson, AZ and Larry Johnson of Liberty Hill, TX; grandchildren, Steve Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Jessica Wakelee and Allison Wakelee; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Lois Kacur of Avon, Vera Johnson of Madison, Neva (Jerry) Sims of Mentor, Dolly (Stan) Weber of Rossford and Jessie Sabo of Perry; and three brothers, Vaughn (Marilyn) Johnson of Perry, Ben (Sara) Johnson of Willoughby, and Charles (Nancy) Johnson of Perry. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah; parents, Mark and Floy Vivian; and brother, Dale. Private family services were observed. Final resting place is the Perry Cemetery. Contribuions may be made to the Perry Christian Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 177, Perry OH 44081 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119.
Joseph Tatar, Teacher and Coach, 1950's and 60's
Mr. Tatar died on November 13, 2009 at the age of 84 at Kemper House in Mentor. He was an Industrial Arts teacher and coach at Perry High School during the 1950's and 1960's. He retired from Cleveland Heights High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, was a member of St. Cyprians Catholic Church in Perry, and enjoyed golfing, gardening, and carpentry. He is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters Linda Metcalf of Easlake and Amy Tilly of Flagstaff, AZ; sons, Philip of Denver, CO and David of Perry; sister, Sarah Thoothman; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Mr. Tatar's final resting place is the Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119 or to Alzheimer's Association, Cleveland Area Chapter, PO Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194-4924.
David Mehall, Class of 1990
David Mehall, PHS and Auburn Career Center 1990 graduate, died October 29, 2009 at University Hospitals in Geneva. David was a roofer at Sure Seal and formerly worked at Yanesh Company and Willoughby Supply. He loved working on cars, playing pool, bowling, computers and country music. He is survived by his fiancé Vicki Fortier, his parents David and Darlene Mehall, and sisters Michelle Hall and Kimberly Crawford. He is also survived by his special little girl Anessa and his best friend Bob Coffield. Final resting place is the Perry Cemetery.
Tina A. Lynn-Vibbert, Class of 1974
Tina A. Lynn-Vibbert, Class of 1974, died October 7, 2009 at home in Perry. She was born June 10, 1956, in Painesville, the daughter of Ruth (Englehart) and Harold Lynn. She loved people and spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Ken Vibbert of Perry, whom she married January 24, 2000; daughter, Elizabeth Vibbert of Perry; sister Janet Nyberg of Perry; and brothers, Russell and Larry Lynn of Perry, and Keith Lynn of Georgia. She was preceded in death by her parents. Final resting place is at the Perry Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 18th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119.
Ruth Freiberger Field, Class of 1933
Ruth Freiberger Field, Class of 1936, died in 2007 at the age of 89. Her husband, Albert Field, a 1933 graduate of Perry High School, died in 2006 at the age of 92.
Albert Field, Class of 1933Albert Field, Class of 1933, died in 2006 at the age of 92. His wife, Ruth Freiberger Field, a 1936 graduate of Perry High School, died in 2007 at the age of 89.
Jean Dawson Kempton, Class of 1962
Jean Dawson Kempton, Class of 1962, passed away May 12, 2007 at her home. She was born June 12, 1944 in Painesville to Bertha (Fell) and Kenneth Dawson. Jean was employed as Clerk Treasurer at Perry Public Library for 20 years, retiring in January 2006. She was a 1962 graduate of PHS and a graduate of Ohio University. She was a member of Painesville United Methodist Church where she had been a deaconess and board member; a member of the Lake/Geauga Library Clerk's Association, as well as the Ohio Libary Clerk Treasurer's Association; and a former member and officer of the Perry Lady Jaycees. Survivors are her son, Mark Kempton of Westlake; daughter, Jennifer Kempton of Perry; brother Robert (Dawn) Dawson of Perry; sister, Kay Dawson of Minneapolis, MN; nephew, Rodney Dawson of Mentor; niece, Denise Connor of Mooreland Hills; nephew, Derek Dawson of Perry; and grandniece and grandnewphew, Michayla and Dawson Connor, both of Mooreland Hills. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family suggests contributions may be made to Berea Children's Home, 434 Eastland Road, Berea, OH 44017; Painesville United Methodist Church, 71 North Park Place, Painesville, OH 44077; or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119 Burial was in the Perry Cemetery.
Frank Petrowski, Class of 1964
Frank Petrowski, Class of 1964, passed away on February 19, 2007 at the age of 61. He was born May 11, 1945 in Painesville. He played Santa at Head Start for many years. His favorite pastime was bowling. He met with his friends at Sammy's early every morning before work. Frank owned Frank's Tree Service and also worked for Nelson Tree Service. Survivors are his wife, Georgene (McIlveen-Orosz); children, Douglas Orosz, Emma Marie (John) Adams, Jeffrey Orosz, Melanie Johnson, Dawn (Shane Shaw) Petrowski, Randy Orosz, Julie Petrowski-Conley (Russell Fleckenstein), Tracy Orosz and Susan (Ronzel) Ford; sisters, Jennie Phillipp and Rose Mitchell; brothers, James, Walter (Helen), Rudolph (Lenora) and Robert (Janet) Petrowski; 26 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna Petrowski; brothers, John and Louis Petrowski; sister-in-law, Emma Jane Petrowski; brothers-in-law, Dewey Mitchell and Raymond Phillipp; and granddaugther, Jacklynn Marie Ferrari.
William Barrett, Sr.
Private family services were held for William F. Barrett, Sr., 84, of Perry. Bill passed away on Monday, January 7, 2008 at University Hospital of Cleveland. Born February 17, 1923 in Cleveland, he was the son of Dorris (Foster) and William Martin Barrett. He was a vetern of World War II and was a Navy Seabee stationed at Pearl Harbor. He was a 60-year member of the Perry American Legion Post 697 and served as Service Officer on the American Legion Lake County Council. He was a Master Mason Temple Lodge 28, a 32nd-Degree Mason, and a member of the Al Koran and Scottish Rite Al Korean Kiltie Band. He was a life member of the Painesville Elks, member and past president of the Lake County Health Board, commissioner of Veteran's Service for 40 years, served on the Perry Township Zoning Board of Appeals for 40 years, a member of the Perry Historical Society, and was the voice of the Perry Pirates Football Team in the early 1960s. Bill was the former owner/operator and president of Twelvetree and Barret Plumbing & Heating Inc. Survivors are his wife, Patricia (Smith), whom he married April 25, 1942; sons, William (Linda) Barrett Jr., of Perry and Thomas (Victoria) Barrett of Perry; daughter, Patricia Tycast of Perry; grandchildren, Michelle Cicero, Michael Barrett, Thomas Barrett, Elaine Barrett and Tonyah Carrel; and great-grandson, Mark Cicero II. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Perry Historial Society, 3885 Main Street, Perry, OH 44081.
Bruce Billig, 53 of Madison, passed away on September 22, 2006 at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland. He was born October 6, 1952 in Painesville. He lived in Perry before moving to Madison 15 years ago. He was a PHS graduate and an avid Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeye football fan. He worked as a warehouse manager. Survivors are his mother, Pearl (Walter) Schoenberger of Painesville Township; son, Joshua (Jennifer) Billig of Yucca Valley, CA; sister, Helen (Kenneth) Erickson of Pasadena, CA; brother, Jon (Dorothy) Billig of San Diego, CA; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, John Billig; and brother, Timothy Billig. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery.
Renee Marie Brown, Class of 1980
Private services for Renee Marie Brown, Class of 1980, were held June 16, 2005 at Perry Cemetery, She was born August 29, 1962. Renee died June 12, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a result of an accident. Renee's childhood hobbies included horseback riding, singing in the church choir, 4-H, sports, fishing, skiing and crafts. She joined the U.S. Air Force after graduation from Perry High School. Survivors are her children, Travis, Lukis, Emmalee and Dillon; her parents, Claude (Doc) and Mary Jane Brown; and brothers, Ken and Shane.
Edythe Peterson Langshaw
Graveside services were held for Edythe Peterson Langshaw, Class of 1928, on March 1, 2005 at Perry Cemetery. She died February 25, 2005 at The Heartland of Mentor. She was born March 30, 1909. She was an accomplished seamstress and wonderful cook. She was a member of Crossroads Community Church in Madison. She assisted her husband on the Langshaw farm and worked as a bookkeeper at the former TB West Nursery in Perry. Survivors are her daughters, Phyllis Anne (Charles) Deming of Perry and Ruth Marie (Robert) Proctor of Chambersburg, PA; son Thomas Herbert (Carol) Langshaw of Dublin, Ohio; grandchildren, Suzanne Deming of Willoughby, Barry (Susan) Deming of Perry, James (Susan) Deming of Perry, Michael (Susan) Proctor of Virginia, Lance (Ruth) Proctor of Chambersburg, PA and Joni Langshaw (Dave) Languis of Powell, Ohio; and 12 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Herbert J. Langshaw, died October 7, 1980. Her grandson Thomas Herbert Langshaw II died April 7, 2000. Her parents, Millie Ruth (Child) and Peter Lowell Peterson; and brothers, Kenneth and George Person; are deceased. The family suggests donations to a charity of one’s choice.
William Lincoln Hutchins, Class of 1952
William “Bill” Lincoln Hutchins passed away at his home in Van Nuys, CA on May 5, 2005, after a long and valiant battle with prostate cancer. Bill was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on September 13, 1934. He grew up in Perry, graduated from PHS in 1952, attended Ohio State University and then was drafted in to the U.S. Army. He was a Korean War veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater. Bill moved to California and joined the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) in 1960. He served as a patrol officer, motorcycle officer and detective. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1966 and was assigned to the Patrol, Traffic and Detective Divisions. He retired from BHPD in 1972 due to a severe shoulder injury. After retirement, Bill went back to college and graduated from California State University Northridge with a degree in geology. He was the Beverly Hills Rent Control officer for a period during his retirement. Bill was instrumental, along with his friend John Carden, in establishing the Beverly Hills Retired Police Officers Association and was responsible for keeping the Association active for many years until his health deteriorated. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce (Silvey) Hutchins and his father, Rollen Hutchins. He is survived by his mother, Bertha Hutchins, his sisters Carol Franklin, Fehra Davis and Nancy Lux, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Bill requested no funeral or services; instead, a celebration of his life for family and friends held at his residence. He also requested that, if you wish, make a donation in his memory to the charity closest to your heart.
Sandra Stevens Realis, Class of 1965
Sandra J. (Stevens) Realis, Class of 1965, died May 30, 2005 at the Cleveland Clinic. Born January 15, 1947, in Painesville, she lived in Perry before moving to Willowick 13 years ago. She graduated from Perry High School and the Central School of Practical Nursing. She was a member of the Ohio Nurses Association and the Lake County Nursing Association. Sandra worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for Wooster Hospital and University Hospital. She was also a Licensed Practical Nurse for the former Inn Madison and Gables Nursing Homes. Survivors are her son, Craig Denton of Wooster; and sisters, Amy (Steve) Kovach of Painesville, Linda Davis of Perry, and Dora Koepf of Elyria. Her husband, Edward Realis, died in 2003. Her son, Jason Denton; and parents, Kenneth A. and Lucille (Williams) Stevens, are also deceased. Burial was in Perry Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association of Cleveland/Ohio Lakefront Office, 4500 Rockside Road, Suite 440, Independence, OH 44131, or to the Lake County Humane Society, 7564 Tyler Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060.
Margaret E. Few, Elementary School Teacher
Margaret E. Few, former Perry Elementary School teacher, passed away on September 11, 2005 at her home. Born in Madison on March 7, 1920, she was 85 at her death. Mrs. Few was a Life Master at Bridge, an active member in the American Contract Bridge League, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Perry Christian Church. Mrs. Few spent 33 years as a teacher, not just in Perry, but also in Madison and Mentor. She retired in 1974. Survivors are her daughter, Pam (Robin) Laymon of Fairlawn; son Jim (Vicki) Few of Geneva; and grandsons, Derek (Julie) and Nathan Few, and Kyle, Adam and Alex Laymon. Mrs. Few’s final resting place is in the Perry Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Perry Christian Church Building Fund, 3566 Center Road, Perry, OH 44081.
Thomas Davis, Elementary School Principal
Mr. Davis, principal at Center Road Elementary and Manchester Elementary, passed away on October 29, 2005. He was born April 22, 1918 in Uniontown, PA. Mr. Davis was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, where he served the church in many ways. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, golf and bowling. Mr. Davis spent his career in education. He was both a teacher and administrator at German Township Schools prior to being principal and Center Road School. He retired as principal at Manchester Elementary School in the 1980’s. Survivors are his sons, Thomas E. Davis, Jr. of Geneva, Robert E. Davis of Ashtabula, James N. Davis of Perry, William G. Davis of Geneva, and David B. Davis of Harpersfield; daughter, Jayne Sabo of Southington; 20 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Robert and Clarence Davis of Uniontown, PA. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah “Janie” Davis. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Victims, 1016 Bank Street, Painesville, Ohio 44077; the American Cancer Society, 7861 Crile Road, Concord, Ohio 44077; or to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060.
Larry Earl Rogers, Class of 1983
Memorial services for Larry Earl Rogers of Painesville Township were held at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Painesville. Larry died in an automobile accident in Concord Township on November 28, 2005. He was born May 22, 1965. Larry graduated in the Class of 1983. He was an accomplished guitarist who played electric guitar for his original band, “Skin Deep.” He also played with the “Legend” and “Cleveland” bands. He enjoyed golfing and motorcycling. He was a computer systems engineer for Auburn Career Center for the past three years. Survivors are his wife, Anne Marie (Lemmerman), whom he married November 11, 1990; daughters, Lauren Ashley and Tara Lynn Rogers; mother, Lillian Garry of Mentor; father, Thomas Rogers of Rock Creek; brother, Adam Rogers of Salisbury, NC; sister, Tammy Hogya of Fairfield; step-sister, Cindy Garry of Willoughby; step-brothers Daniel Garry of Perry and James Garry of Rock Creek. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery.
Margie Melcher Palmer, Class of 1941
Funeral services for Margie (Melcher) Palmer, our 1941 Homecoming Queen, were held at Perry United Methodist Church in October 2005. She was born February 2, 1924 and died October 17, 2005. Margie worked as a sales clerk at Carlisle’s in Painesville and as clerk for Perry Township. Survivors are her daughter, Margie Gibson of Perry; sons, Rick Palmer of Perry and Zafer Dorter of Istanbul, Turkey; grandchildren, Kim Palmer, Alexander Nicolarsen-Palmer, Boyd Palmer, Lisa Behm, and Sinem Dorter; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Corey, and Sydney Behm and Isaiah Palmer; sister June Korth; and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Richard H. Palmer, whom she married February 26, 1943, in Perry, passed away in 2003. Her sons, Paul Scott and Douglas Walter; grandson, Kerem Dorter; parents Walter and Mina Melcher, and sisters, Carol Kelley and Eleanor Barnhouse, are also deceased. The family suggests contributions be made to Perry United Methodist Church, 3875 Main Street, Perry, OH 44081 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, OH 44119-1330.
Margaret Blosser Kneisley, Class of 1931
Margaret Blosser Kneisley of North Palm Beach, FL were held at Tropical Sands Christian Church in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Margaret passed away on October 16 at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center. She was born April 25, 1913 and graduated from Perry High School in 1931. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Call’s Nursery in Perry, and Wayside Gardens and the Columbia Match Company in Mentor. She also worked as a secretary at Miami Lakes Congregational Church. Survivors are her daughters, Norma Ashley of North Palm Beach and Nancy Jungemann of Flagstaff, AZ; grandsons, Dr. Carl Ashley of Boynton Beach, FL and Craig Ashley of Boca Raton, FL; and great-granddaughter, Ellen Maria Ashley. She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald Lewis; and parents, Carl and Minnie Blosser. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Margaret’s memory to Tropical Sands Christian Church; The American Heart Association, 2300 Centrepark West Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33409; or to Palm Beach County Talking Books Library, 4639 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, FL 33463.
Diana Bunnell Baisden, Class of 1975
Services for Diane E. (Bunnell) Baisden were held on April 5, 2005 at Johnson Funeral Home. She was born September 18, 1957 and died April 3, 2005 at LakeEast Hospital in Painesville. She was a member of Perry Christian Church. She was employed as a research analyst in thoracic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. Survivors are her husband, Steven; mother, Jean Bunnell of Perry; sister, Jeray Bunnell of Perry; and brother, Denny Bunnell of Madison. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Bunnell, in 2000.
Donald Means, Class of 1960
A Mass of Christian Burial for Donald L. Means, 63, of Massillon, was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Massillon. He died June 8, 2005, at Heather Ridge Commons, after a long illness. He was born February 22, 1942. Donald graduated from Perry High School in 1960 and Kent State University in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. While a student at KSU, he met his bride, Susan Bresson, and they married January 23, 1965. His personal time was spent serving his community. He was active in Junior Achievement, refereed high school basketball in Stark and Wayne Counties from 1965 to 1970, and officiated Little League games in Massillon during the same period. Starting in 1981, he coached eighth grade boys basketball at St. Mary's for 17 years. After his retirement, an award was established in his name to recognize the outstanding student athlete. He took off a year and began helping Coach Kevin Finefrock at Central Catholic High School as an assistant girls' basketball coach. They took the team to regionals and were one game from going to state. He was unable to continue coaching because of the first signs of Alzheimers. While sports were his first love, his avocation was the Jackson Township Fire Department. For ten years he served as a volunteer firefighter, EMT and paramedic at Station 2 on Traphagen Road. If he had time to relax, he could be found fishing at Rice Lake in Canada with his family or sitting by the ocean in Myrtle Beach. He loved the water and really enjoyed being in a boat with his family, holding a fishing pole in his hand. Donald was employed with Republic Steel Corporation in the budget department and subsequently was promoted through supervisor of budgets, inventory supervision, cost accountant, supervisor of accounts payable, and manager of accounts payable and receivable. He retired after 34 years of service. Not one to be idle, he also worked at Bordner's Grocery at both Amherst and Wales Roads. Survivors are his wife of 40 years, Susan of Massillon; daughter, Diane Kiko of Yorkville, Illinois; son, Douglas of Louisville, Kentucky; brother, Dennis of Madison; and grandchildren, Emma, Benjamin, Alec, Noah and Jadon. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Viola (Hettinger) Means. Burial was in Rose Hill Memorial Garden. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Basketball program, c/o Jerry Lewis, 726 First St. N.E., Massillon 44646; Heather Ridge Commons, 911 Pittsburg Ave. N.W., North Canton 44720; or Hospice of Stark County, 2611 Whipple Ave., N.W., Canton 44718.The Means family would like to thank everyone who stood strong with them during this time. "We could not have done it without you," says Susie Means.
Donald Brainard, Class of 1938
Services for Donald C. Brainard of Waverly, formerly of Madison and Perry, were held at The Behm Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 26 River St., Madison. He passed away April 13, 2005 in Heath, Ohio. Born March 3, 1918 in Painesville to Frieda Joanna (Seith) and Frank Denton Brainard, he lived in Madison and Perry before moving to Waverly in July 1990. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Grace United in Waverly. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the first armored division, and was a member of the American Legion. Donald was a retired industrial carpenter, working in school maintenance. Survivors are his sons, Marlowe of Millersport and John of Los Angeles, California. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Jane (Few) Brainard, whom he married November 24, 1944; sister, Lettie Jane Brainard; and brothers, Charles Seith Brainard, Ralph Perry Brainard, Richard Oris Brainard and Robert John Brainard. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to Alzheimer's Association, Cleveland Chapter, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland 44120.
Patricia Turner Kelly, Class of 1939
Graveside services for Patricia Angelina Turner Kelly of Salem, Oregon were held Tuesday at Willamette Memorial Park in Albany, Oregon. Pat slipped into eternity on March 6, 2005 in Salem. The family had gathered to tell her goodbye, and family was with her when she died. Pat has gone home to be with her Lord and Savior, and to be with the friends and family who have preceded her. Rather than the end, this is just another step in a long journey. Pat was born December 13, 1921, in Perry, Ohio, to Charles Herbert Turner and Emma Wilhelm. Emma died shortly afterwards from complications related to childbirth. Herb's second wife also died an early death. He then married long-time friend, Carrie Shook, who became Pat's mom. During her youth, Pat enjoyed bike rides to Lake Erie, campfires on the shore, and rides with a motorcycle club. After graduation from Perry High School in 1939, she attended Aviation Radio Operator school in Montana. Her training led to a job with Northwest Orient Airlines in Portland, Oregon. Through a mutual friend, she met Jimmie Lee Kelly of Jefferson, Oregon. In 1947, they crossed the river to Vancouver, Washington to be married in a private ceremony with a few of their friends present. In the early 1950s, Pat and Jim moved to the family farm on Kelly Lane between Jefferson and Scio where they lived and raised a family until Jim's death in 1974. Pat continued to live on the farm until 1997, when the effects of severe rheumatoid arthritis made this no longer practical. She moved to Salem to be close to family and stayed in the Salem area until her death. Pat was an active member of the Jefferson Christian Church and was involved in many of the church activities. Pat was also active in the local Women's Club and in quilting bees. She enjoyed the sunrises and sunsets on the farm, drives in the country, meals out with friends after church, lasagna with nearby relatives, and the independence of living in the country. Survivors are her children, Janet Shovlin of Sammamish, Washington, Dean Kelly of Salem, Oregon, and Linda McCurdy of Grants Pass, Oregon; grandchildren, Thomas, Samuel, Daniel and Mandy McCurdy and Geni Kelly; and three great-grandchildren. The family suggests contributions to a charity of your choice.
Mary Black Lossing, Class of 1930
A memorial service for Mary Black Lossing of Clearwater, Florida was held April 10, 2005 at Perry Christian Church. Mary died March 21, 2005. Born November 14, 1911 in Perry, she was a lifelong Madison/Perry resident before moving to Clearwater in 1997. Mary was a member of Perry Christian Church where she was involved in the Happy Hookers Group. After graduation from Perry High School, she attended Cleveland School of Art. She enjoyed painting. She was very proud of her Scottish heritage and loved wearing her tartan hat. Mrs. Lossing assembled spools in the coning room at the former Industrial Rayon where she retired after 31 years. Survivors are her niece, Rosemary (Robert) Geer of Clearwater; and grandniece, Jeanne (Bert) Halle of Dunedin, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lorain W. "Lou" Lossing; parents, Pearl Elgin (Johnson) and Dr. John N. Black; and brothers, Hal, Stuart and Jay Black. Burial was in Perry Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the New Building Fund, Perry Christian Church, P.O. Box 177, Perry 44081.
Robert E. Lawrence, Class of 1951
Robert E. Lawrence died April 23, 2006 at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He was born February 25, 1932 in Painesville to Eva M. (Kellogg) and Edward S. Lawrence. Robert was a 1951 graduate of Perry High School. He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Perry, Perry Historical Society, Perry American Legion Post 697, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, American Automobile Association, Western Reserve Auto Club, Gulf Coast Auto Club and Buick Auto Club. Survivors are his wife, Arlene McMillion, whom he married March 1, 1958; daughter, Amy I(Ted) Pierce of Colorad; sons, William E. (Christy) Lawrence of Michigan and Daniel T. of Texas; grandchildren, Adam S. and Elizabeth C Lawrence and Mason M. and Marshall M. Pierce; and brother, Dennis G. (Suzy) Lawrence of Maryland. He was preceded in death by his parents. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Perry Historical Society, 3885 Main Street, Perry, OH 44081.
Elizabeth (Betty) Burt Rinyo, Class of 1943
Betty Rinyo, 81, died May 8, 2006 at St. Joseph's’ Hospital in Warren. Born April 10, 1925 in Perry to Mildred (Dunkel) and Oliver Burt, she was a 1943 graduate of Perry High School. She married Stephen Rinyo on October 22, 1949 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Painesville. She was a founding member of St. Cyprian’s Catholic Church in Perry. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Betty worked in the cafeteria for Perry Schools. Survivors are her husband of 57 years, Stephen Rinyo; daughter, Linda (Jim) Siegel of Perry; son, Gregory (Jackie) Rinyo of Damacus, Ohio; five grandchildren; and sister, Marilyn (Vaughn/Dutch) Johnson of Perry. Her parents and one grandson are deceased. The funeral was held at St. Cyprian’s Catholic Church and burial was in the Perry Cemetery. The family suggests donations to St. Cyprian’s Catholic Church, 4223 Middle Ridge Road, Perry, OH 44081 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060.
Lucille Uransky Kraws, Class of 1934
Lucille Uransky Kraws, 89, passed away on May 25, 1006 at Lake Med Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Painesville. Born July 20, 1916 in Cleveland, she lived in Perry for most of her life. She was a member of the Perry Christian Church where she volunteered as a Sunday School teacher as a rug maker with the “Happy Hookers” group. She was a life member of the Perry High School Alumni Association and a member of Urania Chapter 284, O.E.S. in Painesville. Lucille was an avid flower arrange and a member of the Perry Garden Club, life member of the Garden Club of Ohio, charter member of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana Japanese Flower Arranging and studied in the O’hara School of Ikebana. She was also a member of the Perry Historical Society and was a Cub Scout and Brownie leader. Survivors are her son, Joseph Kraws, Jr. of Perry; daughter, Lucy (Alexander) Banks of Bloomington, Minnesota; brothers, Ralph (LaVerne) Uransky of Chesapeake, Virginia, and William Uransky of Garfield Heights; grandchildren, Shelley LeTendre, William Kraws and Michael Murphy. Her husband, Joseph A Kraws, Sr. died in 1978. Her parents, William and Olive (Schanbacher) Uransky are also deceased. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to a charity of choice.
Andrew Jersey, Class of 1958
Andrew Jersey passed away on February 16, 2006.
Florence Gibbs West, Class of 1930
Florence Gibbs West, Class of 1930, passed away on June 13, 2006. Born November 9, 1912 in Perry, she was the daughter of Ella (Brainard) and Lucien Gibbs. Florence was a member of the Perry United Methodist Church for more than 50 years, Eastern Star of Life for 50 years, Perry Historical Society and Indian History Society. She spent her life with her partner, Dick, operating West’s Orchards in Perry. They were married 63 years. Dick passed away in 1994. Survivors are her daughter, Bonnie (Charles) Hunt of Nashport; sons, Donald L. (Patricia) West of Perry and Richard J. (Linda) West of Perry; grandchildren Heather Birch of Vacaville, California, Heidi Schneck of Provo, Utah, Holly Hunt of Provo, Utah, Todd West of Perry and Julie West of Atlanta, Georgia; and seven great grandchildren. The Rev. Keith Mostad of Perry United Methodist Church officiated the services. Burial was in Perry Cemetery. The family suggests contributions to the Perry United Methodist Church, 3875 Main Street, Perry, OH, 44081.
Cathleen Courtwright Norris, Class of 1959
Funeral services for Cathleen Courtwright Norris were held on Tuesday, August 1, 2006; she passed away at her home with her family by her side on July 28, 2006. Born August 13, 1941 in Painesville, she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth Courtwright. She was a 1959 graduate of Perry High School had served in the U.S. Air Force. She loved playing video games, reading, crafts and spending time with her grandchildren. Cathy worked for Perry Schools in the treasurer’s office for 23 years, retiring in 2001. She had previously worked at Uniroyal. Survivors are her daughter, Susan Reid of Perry; grandchildren, Alaina, Joshua and Nicholas; and brother John Dennis Courtwright of Perry. Her daughter, Valerie Anne, died in 2002. Her husband, Ted, whom she married February 5, 1966; and parents, John and Elizabeth Courtwright, are also deceased. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery.
David Erkkila, Class of 1978
David N. Erkkila, 47, a lifetime resident of Perry, passed away November 2, 2006 at LakeWest Hospital. He was born October 10, 1959. Dave was a member of the NRA and an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved watching his kids play sports and being around his family and friends. He worked as a boiler operator at First Energy in Eastlake. Survivors are his wife, Betty (Mills) ‘77, whom he married August 29, 1981; son, Isaac and daughter, Nicole; brothers, Mark Erkkila of Perry and Tom Erkkila of Perry; sister-in-law, Sue Erkkila of Perry; parents, Herbert and Patricia Erkkila of Venice, Fla.; in-laws, Claude and Marjorie Mills of Lakeland, Florida; niece, Erica Erkkila; and nephews, Matthew, Michael, and Marky Erkkila. He also leaves his dog, Missy; and cat, Joe Kiddy. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society Eastern Area, 7861 Crile Road, Concord, OH 44077.
Joy Wheeler, Food Service Employee 1970's and 1980's
Joy L. Wheeler, 72, passed away on August 3, 2006 at University Hospitals of Cleveland. Born November 19, 1933 in Minford, West Virginia, she was the daughter of Erna (Snodgrass) and Clarence Kinker. She was a 1951 graduate of Minford High School. Many alumni will remember her as a “cafeteria lady” at PHS, a Girl Scout leader, or a youth leader and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church of Perry. Survivors are her husband, Edgel Wheeler, whom she married July 4, 1951 in Minford; daughters Diane Wheeler of Tomball, Texas and Becky (Gary) Pillows of Magnolia, Texas; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Jaden Pillows of Magnolia, Texas; sister Diane Hall of Lubbock, Texas; and brother, James Kinker of Waverly. She also leaves her beloved dog companion, Princess Missy. The family suggest contributions be made to First Baptist Church, 3918 Main Street, Perry, OH 44081.
Danny Criss, Class of 1981
Funeral services for Danny P. Criss, Class of 1981, passed away October 22, 2006 at St. Joseph/Andover Family Medical Center in Andover. He was born Sept. 19, 1962, in Painesville. His hobbies were turkey and deer hunting. He was also an expert at taxidermy. Danny was employed as a welder at the Perfection Corporation for the past 17 years. Survivors are his wife, Janice (Householder) Criss; daughters, Brittany (Wesley) Runion of Andover, Stephanie and Chelsea Criss; sister, Kelly L. Criss of North Perry; brother, James (Sheila) Criss of Perry; and nieces, Jessie and Krystal Criss. He is preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Edith (Conaway) Criss. Burial was in Perry Cemetery.
Harold "Howie" "Hal" Whitehair, Class of 1975
Howie Whitehair passed away unexpectedly on November 4, 2006 at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Born July 12, 1957, he was a 1975 graduate of Perry High School.In 1976, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served four years until being honorably discharged in 1980. Following his military service, he attended DeVry College and Ohio State University. While living in Ohio, he was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Painesville. He was an avid Cleveland Browns football and Cleveland Indians baseball fan. In addition, he enjoyed watching Ohio State athletic events. Howie was employed as an engineering manager for the Intel Corporation of Hudson, Massachusetts, where he had worked for 19 years. His parents, Charles P. and Janet M. (Palko) Whitehair are deceased. Survivors are his son, Richard P. Whitehair of Summerville, S.C.; sister, Joanne M. (Gary) Green of Cushing, Oklahoma; brother, James A. (Marsha) Whitehair of Norfolk, Virginia; nephews, Jason D. Hickman, Adam P. Whitehair and Brandon D. Hallem; and niece Sarah M. Hickman. He also leaves his fiancée, Haydee G. Romano of Worchester, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in his memory to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 281 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA 01608.
Bob Hilborn, Class of 1949
Bob Hilborn, a 1949 graduate of PHS, passed away on November 2006 at Treasure Island, Florida. He was born December 28, 1931 in Perry. Bob served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955. He was an active and involved member of First Church, Congregational in Painesville, Temple Lodge No. 28 F&AM of Painesville, and Brakeman-King American Legion Post 336. He was active in the Harvey High School Athletic Boosters Club when his children attended school there, and was an avid spectator of his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, college sports (OSU), professional sports, golf and reading. In his single years, he owned and loved his Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, which he sold to buy an engagement ring for Gerrie, whom he married May 9, 1953. Bob retired from Lubrizol in 1993, where he was a fleet testing field representative for 38 years. He also worked at Hine Tractor Repair in Perry as a small engine repairman and was most recently working at Sidley Equipment in Painesville. Survivors are his wife, Gerrie (Fulmer); children, Michael of Painesville, Barry of Perry, Debra Byrnes of Perry, Bruce of Painesville; grandchildren, Kristen Wise, David, Kelsey and Abbey Hilborn, Michael Ashley and Lauren Byrnes, and Michelle and Nick Hilborn; and sisters Anne Levoy of Missouri , Elizabeth Harsock of LaHabra, California, and Pauline Lawrence of Ames, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the First Church, Congregational Disaster Fund, or Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Andrea Parhamovich, Class of 1996
Memorial services for Andi Parhamovich were held at St. Cyprian Catholic Church. She died January 17, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. Andi was born June 16, 1978 in Marietta, Ohio. She was a 1996 graduate of Perry High School and a 2000 graduate of Marietta College with a degree in advertising and public relations and a minor in journalism. Survivors are her fiancé, Michael Hastings of New York, NY; parents, Andre and Vicki (Fox) of Perry; sister, Marci (Joseph) Zampini of Perry; brothers, Cory and Chris Parhamovich; nieces, Abby Rose and Kayla Grace Zampini of Perry; grandmothers, Bernadine Fox of Marietta and Suzanne Parhamovich of Bedford; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Stanley Fox and Phillip Parhamovich; and cousins, Keith Davis and Michael Fox. Andi was working for the Washington-based National Democratic Institute on International Affairs when she and five others were ambushed in Bagdad by an al-Qaida linked coalition linked to Sunni insurgents. She died alongside three bodyguards of Croatian, Hungarian and Iraqi nationality. The National Democratic Institute is a non-profit organization that works to strengthen and expand democracy worldwide. Andi worked as a program officer, providing training and programs in democracy to the emerging government. She was a civilian, not a member of the military. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, now chairwoman of the National Democratic Institute, applauded Andrea and her co-workers’ efforts. “There is no more sacred roll of honor than those who have given their last full measure in support of freedom. Andrea Parhamovich and our security personnel were enshrined on that list. They did not see themselves as heroes, only people doing a job on behalf of a cause they believed in. They were not enemies of anyone in Iraq; they were there to help,” she said. “Now, the prayers of all of us at NDI are with them and with their families. We pledge to do everything that is within our power to see that they did not die in vain. We will honor their example, keep alive their memory, and carry on their work.” Andi’s brother-in-law, 1985 PHS graduate Joe Zampini, addressed the media at the time of her death saying, “Andi was a wonderful daughter, cherished sister, loving aunt and devoted friend who put those around her first. She embraced challenges which allowed her to achieve so much in a relatively short period of time. Andi always sought out great experiences that also allowed her to make a difference. It was that commitment to making a difference which led her to Iraq.” Andi’s desire to help strangers in such a dangerous environment thousands of miles away might be difficult for others to understand, but to us, it epitomized Andi’s natural curiosity and unwavering commitment. She was passionate, bold and caring, as exemplified by her work to improve the lives of all Iraqis.” Perry teacher and coach, Pat Giannell, knew her well. He said, “Andi was an energetic, enthusiastic student/athlete who wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. She had a tremendous work ethic to go along with a great personality and outstanding intelligence. Despite being small in physical stature, she was brave, tough, had a huge heart and cared about people less fortunate than herself.” Andi worked for Al Franken for 18 months while she was employed at Air America. He said, “She was a thoroughly charming, intelligent, funny, idealistic, dedicated young woman. It was just great being in her presence because you felt like you were in the presence of a really good person, a real American.” Memorials may be made to the Andi Fund, c/o Donna Lovecchio, Perkins & Cole LLP, 607 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. Andi’s death is not only a loss to those of us in Perry, but a loss for our country and our world.
Ida Cross Brewster
Funeral services for Ida Brewster were held February 20, 2007 at Behm Funeral Home in Madison. Ida died February 16, 2007. She was born September 27, 1927 and was a lifelong Perry resident. Ida was a member of the Christian Women’s Club, Garden Club, Perry Bible Study and was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Perry. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her girls and family. Survivors are her daughters, Joyce Sullivan, Karen (Donald) Price, Cindy (Dale Hoffacker) Farren, Tammy (Tom) Klco, Kimberly (Carl) Collins; 10 grandchildren, Larry, Shannon, Tana, Jeremy, Tanya, Lindsey, Brittany, Seth, Tiffany and Danielle; great-grandchildren, Halie, Austin, Brock, Amber and Brennen; sisters, Betty Sines, Joanne (Ken) Smith and Barbara (Freeman) Pudder; brother-in-law, Churchill (Ruth) Brewster; and sister-in-law, Sally Roby. Ida was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Brewster, whom she married February 22, 1943; parents, Gladys and Orland; and sisters, Edna Brown and Mary Coy. The family suggest contributions be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor, OH 44060.
Ronald Brewster, Class of 1973
Ron Brewster, Class of 1973, passed away on February 17, 2007 in Sarasota, FL. He lived in Perry until moving to Sarasota in 2005. He was born December 18, 1955. Ron was an avid Cleveland sports fan. He was a former steel operator at Midwest Materials in Perry. Survivors are his daughter, Emily; son, Sam; brother, Rick (Teresa); father, Franklin (Dorothy); stepfather, Jack Olson; stepbrothers Charles (Elva); Mike (Sheleen) Olson, Karl and Norm, many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy (King) Olson and grandmother, Hazel Maitland.
Russ Adams, Class of 1930
Russ Adams passed away February 28, 2007 at Lake West Hospital. He was born August 11, 1912 in Perry to Eva May (Manchester) and John Quincy Adams. He was a 1930 graduate of PHS and earned a reputation of being a strong community leader. He served as Perry Township Trustee for 40 years and on the Zoning Board of Appeals for 20 years. He was past president and a charter member of the Lake County Farm Bureau, past president of Perry Kiwanis, and past president of the Lake County Trustees Association. He was also a member of the Perry United Methodist Church. Russ was inducted into the Lake County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Perry High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 2001. Survivors are his wife of 66 years, Edna, whom he married May 11, 1940; son, David of Perry; and grandchildren, Rachel and Thomas. The funeral was held on March 1. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery. The family suggest contributions to the Perry Alumni Hall of Fame, c/o Perry High School, One Success Boulevard, Perry, OH 44081.
Cindy Kline Gilson Gerak, Class of 1966
Cindy Gerak passed way on March 11, 2007 with her loving family by her side. She was born December 26, 1947. Cindy was a 1966 graduate of Perry High School and attended Lakeland Community College. She was a member of Tri-County Bible Church, was an American Red Cross donor, and was involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She volunteered at Neighboring and was a Perry Reads tutor. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. Cindy worked for CEI for 15 years. She also worked at Society Bank in Madison Village and was a member of Women in Construction. Survivors are her husband, George, whom she married August 3, 1992; daughters, Tami (Andrew) Roberts of Perry and Juli Gilson of Painesville; son Timothy Gerak of Willoughby; brothers Paul Kline Jr. of Strongsville and Timothy Kline of Perry; sisters, Charlotte Kline of Ashtabula and Judith Tannish of Thompson; grandchildren, Alexa, Abigail and Lydia; former husband, Brian Gilson of Perry; many nieces and nephews; her loving church family and dear friends. Her parents, Lorena (Garrett) and Paul Kline, are deceased. Contributions may be made in Cindy’s memory to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Road, Mentor OH 44060 or Tri-County Bible Church, 29 West Main Street, Madison, OH 44057
Gladys Mae Smith, Second Grade Teacher (Retired in 1993)
Mrs. Smith, a much loved second grade teacher, passed away February 24, 2007 following a long stay at the Cleveland Clinic. She succumbed from complications resulting from a fall in her home in October 2006. Mrs. Smith was 78. Even in her death she’ll be educating others as her body has been donated to medical research. Mrs. Smith was born in Fall River, Massachusetts on February 25, 1928 to Rev. and Mrs. Alva Miller. She was a 1946 graduate of Crestline High School and earned her degree in elementary education from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1950. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. Anyone who had Mrs. Smith as a teacher knows that her recognition as Perry Teacher of the Year in 1993 was a well-deserved honor. She challenged her students to excel and always had interesting activities and learning centers in her classroom. In retirement, Mrs. Smith enjoyed gardening, manicuring her lawn, family and friends, traveling with her husband, wintering out of state, and decorating her home for every season. Survivors are her husband of 55 years, Rev. Lyman Smith; daughters, Colette Crouse of Canton, GA, and Valeria Pasko of Austinburg; grandchildren, Melissa Crouse of Andover, Shannon Ray of Cleveland; great-grandchildren, Gabriel James and Kylee June; sisters Ruth Lewis of Columbus; brother, Lynn Miller of Fair Oaks, California; sister-in-law, Virginia Hogans of Osgood, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned for late spring at her home where her photos and scrapbooks will be on display.
William Orosz, Class of 1946
Bill Orosz, Class of 1946, passed away at Lake West Hospital on June 8, 2007. He was born July 22, 1928 in Painesville to Julianna (Boros) and Andrew Orosz. He married Alicia Williams in Freelton, Ontario on June 17, 1961. Bill served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the North Madison Bible Baptist Church, and was a charter member of Faith Baptist Church. He loved farming and fishing. Most of all, Bill loved the Lord, reading his Bible and sharing the Gospel message with everyone he encountered. Bill was a familiar face to many in Perry as he worked as a mail carrier for 32 years. Survivors are his wife, Alicia; children, Melanie Orosz of Madison, Nathan (Rosemarie) Orosz of Perry, and Brian Orosz and Hope Orosz, both of Madison; grandson, Aaron Orosz; brother, Robert Orosz of Perry; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Rose Orosz, Violet Gyure, Margaret Kuchta and Matilda Mendala; and brothers, Louis, Frank and Andrew Orosz. The family suggests contributions to Bible Baptist Church, 5819 West Chapter Road, Madison, OH 44057. His final resting place is the Perry Cemetery.
Theresa Cole, Class of 1976
Theresa Cole passed away unexpectedly on July 5, 2007. She was a 1976 graduate of Perry High School. Born June 4, 1958, Theresa will be remembered as a loving mother, daughter, sister and dear friend who had a passion for sewing, quilting, antiques and refurbishing family heirlooms. Theresa is survived by her son and greatest pride, Michael Todd Barbato of Madison; father, Herbert B. Cole of Madison; mother, Eva Davis of Texas; sisters, Brenda Keller of Madison and Norma Shotwell of Texas; brother, Herbert Cole of Texas; stepbrothers, John Sironen and Carl White; stepsisters, Lorena Williams and Angela Simmons; nieces and nephews, Crystal Francway, Shawn Cole, Carmeron Shotwell and Aubryanna Shotwell; and her dearest friends, Kathy Leasure and Dennis Keller. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Herbert and Bessie Cole and Edgar and Lola Haston. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Angels on Track Foundation, 8286 Colver Road NE, Salineville, OH 43945.
Judy Zeleny Gielink, Class of 1958
Patricia Brown Pickard, Class of 1944
Patricia Brown Pickard, Class of 1944, passed away December 30, 2007 at Brandon Regional Medical Center in Brandon, Florida. She was born January 3, 1927 in Painesville and lived in Perry for many years where she raised her family. Patricia was a member and past president of the Lake County Board of Realtors. She was a realtor with the Willoshore and Homestead Realtors in Painesville. She was active with the Lake County Democrat Association and worked at the Lake County Board of Elections. She retired to Stoddard, New Hampshire, and then to Ruskin, Florida 20 years ago. Survivors are her sons, Dennis (Pam) Pickard of Tennessee and Tracy (Kathy Jo) Pickard of North Carolina; daughters, Sandy (Ralph) Giarnella of Connecticut, Kathy (Joe) Certo of Bainbridge, Patty (Gary) Scofield of Florida, and Holly (Earl) Rittenberry of Perry; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and brother, Walter Brown of North Carolina. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clare R. Pickard in 1999; great-granddaughter, Mara Helman; parents, Joseph and Doris (Palmer) Brown; and brothers, William and Joseph Brown. The Rev. James Patton of St. Cyprian’s Catholic Church officiated at the services. Burial was in Perry Cemetery.
Bonnie Kennett Kish, Class of 1950
Bonnie Kennett Kish, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2008 at her home in Perry. Born August 16, 1932, she was the daughter of Gertrude B. (Lawrence) and Arthur J. Kennett. She was the 1950 Senior Class President and Perry’s first Homecoming Queen. She earned her LPN at Willoughby School of Nursing and worked at Lake East Hospital as a surgery/maternity nurse. She was an active member of Perry United Methodist Church, where she was involved in Eunice Circle, Wesley Choir, Hallelujah Hand Bell Choir, Mustard Seed Christian Theatre, Comfort Meal Team, Quilting Team and many committees. She enjoyed quilting, working with stained glass, and her perennial gardens. She volunteered at the Perry Center Food Bank, was involved in the formation of the Perry High School Alumni Association, and participated in the Perry Class of 1950 Reunion Committee. She formerly served on the Civil Air Patrol. She was a lover of animals and flowers and also helped her husband at his River Road Nursery. Survivors are her husband, Julius D. Kish, whom she married June 17, 1950; son, Douglas (Susan) Kish of Brevard, North Carolina; daughters, Julie (Dennis) Smolinski of Independence and Pamela (Robert) Thompson of Perry; six grandchildren, Renee, Stacey, Steven, Bobby, Dennis and Caitlin; six great-grandchildren, Evan, Carter, Alex, Jayden, Roman and Luke; sister, Euretta Bunnell of Madison; foster son, Leslie (Ursula) Lilliman of Burke, Virginia.; and cat, Cleo. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Ralph "Mac" Bunnell; niece, Becky Bunnell Brandt; and nephew, Gary Bunnell. The family suggests contributions be made to Perry United Methodist Church, 3875 Main Street, Perry, OH 44081.
Roberta Haverly, Class of 1970
Roberta Haverly, Class of 1970, passed away on April 9, 2008.
Nadine Frayn Smith, Class of 1938
Nadine Frayn Smith passed away September 20, 2008 at Lake West Hospital in Willoughby. She was born October 20, 1920 in Chagrin Falls to Lavern (Huggett) and William Henry Frayn. Nadine was a 1938 graduate of Perry High School. She loved camping and traveling, belonging to the Winnebago International Traveler’s Club. She and her husband, Dallas, were charter members of the Good Sam Club. Nadine was formerly a bookkeeper at Lake County National Bank and also worked as a waitress for Evans Lunch in Grand River. Survivors are her husband of 68 years, Dallas Smith, Jr.; daughter Roberta (Charles) Weaver of Titusville, FL; sons, Dallas Smith II of Perry and John W. Smith of Elida; five grandchildren, Dallas IV, Theresa, Tina, Shaun and John “Duke”; and nine great-grandchildren, Christopher, Katherine, Kyle, Dallas V, Joshua, Lexi, Taylor, William and Emma. She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter-in-law, Andria Smith; and sister, Wilma Frayn. The family suggests contributions to the Perry Historical Society, P.O. Box 216, Perry, OH 44081. A graveside memorial was held on September 22, 2008 at the Perry Cemetery.
Robert Leonard, Class of 1975
Rob Leonard, Class of ’75, passed away October 6, 2008 at his home, after a long, brave struggle with cancer. Rob was the owner of Lake County Roto-Rooter since 1985, purchasing the company after having worked there all his life with his family. He was a very well respected person in the industry and made many friends through the years, both customers and fellow contractors alike. Rob was a sportsman. He enjoyed bow hunting, scuba diving, swimming and riding his Harley. He worked out at the Perry Community Fitness Center for many years. Rob is survived by his wife of 23 years, Joyce; stepson , Carl Bartholomew; beloved granddaughter, Jordan; parents Robert L. Leonard of Florida and Cleo Leonard of Painesville; sisters, Debbie (Ken) Anzelc of Perry, Tonya (Jim) Pirro and Toray Leonard, all of Florida; nephews, Adam, Nathan, Mathew, and Jimmy; niece, Taylor; sisters-in-law who held a special place in his heart , Jeanne Benson and Dana Orosz; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; his four “kitties;” and his Doberman pups, Kaden and Kashi. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lake County Animal Shelter, any program dealing with getting kids involved in sports, or a charity of your choice.
Elizabeth Koski, Perry Reading and Spelling Teacher in the 1960’s and 70’s
Mrs. Koski, who retired from teaching in Perry in 1978, passed away on February 17, 2009 at Lake Med Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Painesville. Private family services were held. Born November 14, 1923, on Mitchell’s Mill Road in Chardon Township, she had been a lifelong Geauga and Lake County resident. She was a 1942 graduate of Chardon High School, attended Kent State University and graduated from Lake Erie College. Her hobbies included reading, music, drama, gardening, crafts and traveling. She was a life member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association, Geauga County Retired Teachers, Lake County Retired Teachers, Lake Erie College Alumni, Tri County Alumni, and Chardon Alumni Class of 1942 Reunion Committee. She was a member of the Pilgrim Christian Church and was an active Sunday School teacher, Youth Director and member of the choir, including singing as a soloist. Mrs. Koski worked as an elementary school teacher for 32 years in the Chardon Public, Painesville City and Perry Local Schools, retiring in 1978. Survivors are her nieces and nephews: Cindy Oldfill, Vickie Burke, Betsy Obrochta, David Goodfield, Jay Pomeroy and Terry Burke; and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. Her husband, Eero August Koski, whom she married December 25, 1956, in Concord Township, died August 18, 1989. Her parents, William J. and Ethel V. (Scarsbrook) Goodfield; two sisters, Henrietta Burke and Theresa Pomeroy; two brothers, Walter and Arthur Goodfield; and nephew, Frederick “Rick” Goodfield, are also deceased. Doug Snyder, Minister of Congregational United Church of Christ in Windham officiated at the service. Burial was held in Larned Cemetery in Chardon Township. The family suggests contributions be made to Pilgrim Christian Church, 202 South Hambden St. Chardon, OH 44024.
Diana Fluharty Andrikanich, Class of 1965
Diana (Fluharty) Andrikanich, Class of 1965, died March 10, 2009 at Lake East Hospital in Painesville. She is survived by husband John, son John, daughter Carla, and seven grandchildren.
Maynard “Mike” Whiting, Class of 1940
Mike Whiting, Class of 1940, died March 4, 2009 in Cleveland. He was preceded in death by his wife Catherine (Kay) in 2008. He is survived by daughters Sue Fredebaugh and Sandra Fidelman; sons Gary and Ronald, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Dorothy Compton Weaver, Class of 1935, Perry Schools Cafeteria Employee
Dorothy Compton Weaver, Class of 1935, passed away at the age of 91 on April 4, 2009 at Geneva Village Retirement Center. She was born October 15, 1927 in Perry. Dorothy worked in the Perry Schools cafeteria, enjoyed making rugs, and was a member of the Urania Chapter OES in Painesville. Survivors are her sons, Halley (Sandy) Weaver of Mansfield and Terry (Christine) Weaver of Perry; grandchildren, Chad (Stacey), Trevor (Dawn) and Jeremy (Lisa) Weaver and Hilary Weaver; and great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Gwendolyn, Emma, Brooke, Kaitlyn, Halley, Kara, Jacob and Declan. She was preceded in death by son, Edward; husband, Richard; sisters, Marian Gary and Thelma Mackey; and brothers, Kyle, Norman and Donald Compton. Burial was in the Perry Cemetery. Donations are suggested to Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Lisa Eldredge Ward, Class of 1980
Lisa M. (Eldredge) Ward, a 1980 PHS graduate, died May 31, 2007. She was on the girls softball and basketball teams. She is survived by her children, Noah and Dylan Ward of Painesville, mother Roberta Cavallaro, twin sister Tina Ramey, and brother Dennis Eldredge.
Jay McCallion, Class of 1999
James (Jay) McCallion, Class of 1999, passed away at his home in June 2009. He was born July 31, 1979 in Euclid. He was a grateful member of NA and Masons. He loved ATV riding and motorcycle riding. He was a student at Lakeland Community College pursuing a career in counseling juveniles. Jay had formerly worked as a meat processor at Cherry Valley Processing. Survivors are his daughters, Jillian and Kristi of Rootstown; mother, Linda McCallion of Perry; brothers, William (Sandy) McCallion III of Hartsgrove, Steven McCallion of Painesville and Robert (Nicole) McCallion of Mentor; all of his many friends in the rooms of NA, and his best friend, Mazie, his dog. He was preceded in death by his father, William John McCallion, Jr.; maternal grandparents, Martha and Durward Harper; and paternal grandparents, Frances and William John McCallion, Sr. Contributions may be made to the family.
Juanita Jersey Helwig, Class of 1954
Nita Jersey Helwig, Class of 1954, died June 6, 2009. She is survived by her husband, Ron; three sons, Steve, Dave and Mark; and six grandchildren. She had been a long-time resident of Bogart, Georgia.
Andrew Jersey passed away on February 16, 2006 in West Virginia.
Donald James Getch, Class of 1977
Don Getch, PHS and Auburn Career Center Class of 1977, died on July 25, 2009 at Lake West Hospital. Don was a lifelong Perry resident who worked as a welder at Lintern Corp. for 30 years. He was a member of the Hungarian Reformed Church in Fairport, the Thompson Snowmobile Club, and the United Steelworkers Union. He enjoyed farming, snowmobiling, and four-wheeling. Survivors are his wife, Cheryl (Francis) Getch; four sons, Donald (Marie) of Madison, and Brandon, Darrell, and Kyle of Perry; mother, Virginia (Whipple) Getch of Perry; brothers, David and William of Rock Creek; sister, Kay Plank of Rock Creek. He was preceded in death by his father, James Getch. The family suggests contributions to Brain Cancer Research, c/o University Hospital, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.
Linda Whitehair Swanson Zwolenik, Class of 1966
Carolyn Marty, Teacher in the 1960's and 1970's
Dorothy Cross Bates, Class of 1939
Linda Lyons Richardson, Class of 1968
Mary Ann Kobulnicky, Class of 1968
Michael Caulkins, Class of 1976
Stephanie Sedlak, Class of 1990
Norma Adams Few Daniels Wright, Class of 1933
Janet Cleversy Brooks, Class of 1974
James Sprague, Class of 1962
Mildred Kneisley Fisher, Class of 1930
Steven Michael Weaver, Class of 2001
Maxine "Mickey" Bittles Schauer, Class of 1944
Ruth Kylmanen, Elementary School Teacher
Carole Grace, PHS Secretary 1979-1995
Joe Davis, Class of 1975
Walter Henry, Class of 1974
Michael Hardy, IT Coordinator 2000-2010
Arline Hietanen Golding, Class of 1940
Paul Coffman, Class of 1962
Carl Siegel, Class of 1975
Kyle Rusnak, Class of 2001
Darryl Mills, Class of 1979
James Fryer, Class of 1964
Ty Potter, Class of 1969
Daneen Cadiou Long, Class of 1975
Richard Rought, Class of 2004
Patrick Whited, Class of 1981
John Wienhold, Class of 1980
Charles Sloban, Class of 1970
William Davis, Class of 1968
Cora Goldsmith Elliott, Class of 1938
David Dugan, Class of 2009
Victor Johnson, Class of 1932
Susan Gyure Rideout, Class of 1977
Joseph Tatar, Teacher and Coach, 1950's and 60's
David Mehall, Class of 1990
Tina A. Lynn-Vibbert, Class of 1974
Ruth Freiberger Field, Class of 1933
Albert Field, Class of 1933
Donald James Getch, Class of 1977
Juanita Jersey Helwig, Class of 1954
Jay McCallion, Class of 1999
Lisa Eldredge Ward, Class of 1980
Dorothy Weaver, Class of 1935 and former Food Service Employee
Diana Flauharty Andrikanich, Class of 1965
Manyard "Mike" Whiting, Class of 1940
Rob Leonard, Class of 1975
Judy Zeleny Gielink, Class of 1958
Bonita Kennett Kish, Class of 1950
Roberta Haverly, Class of 1970
Nadine Frayn Smith, Class of 1938
Andrea Parhamovich, Class of 1996
Ida Mae (Cross) Brewster
H. Russell Adams, Class of 1930
Ronald Brewster, Class of 1973
Cindy Kline (Gilson) Gerak, Class of 1966
Gladys Mae Smith, Second Grade Teacher (Retired in 1993)
William "Bill" Orosz, Class of 1946
Theresa L. Cole, Class of 1976
Patricia Brown Pickard, Class of 1944
Robert E. Lawrence, Class of 1951
Elizabeth (Betty) Burt Rinyo, Class of 1943
Lucille Uransky Kraws, Class of 1934
Andrew Jersey, Class of 1958
Florence Gibbs West, Class of 1930
Cathy Courtwright Norris, Class of 1959
David Erkilla, Class of 1978
Danny Criss, Class of 1981
Joy Wheeler, Food Service Employees 1970's-1980's
Robert Hilborn, Class of 1949
Diane Bunnell Baisden, Class of 1975
Don Brainard, Class of 1938
Margaret E. Few, Teacher
Thomas E. Davis, Sr. Principal
Rosemary Black Geer, Class of 1939
William Lincoln Hutchins, Class of 1952
Patricia Turner Kelly, Class of 1939
Margaret Blosser Kneisley, Class of 1931
Mary Black Lossing, Class of 1930
Donald Means, Class of 1960
Marjorie Melcher Palmer, Class of 1941
Sandra J. Stevens Realis, Class of 1965
Larry Earl Rogers, Class of 1983
Debra Strayer, Class of 1976
Elva Palmer Bates, Class of 1937
Ron Brockway, Class of 1957
Jean Williams Carter
Beth Langshaw Davis, Class of 1933
Pauline Goldsmith Kelsey, Class of 1936
Peg Spiesman McCormick, Class of 1941
Mary Lou Cunningham Mills, Class of 1936
Bob Shreve, Class of 1976
Tom Advey, Class of 1967
Florence Church Baldauf, Class of 1938
Joe Belding, Class of 1931
Ethel Means Brockway, Class of 1931
Miriam Champion, Teacher
Marjory Salchow Densmore, Class of 1952
June Buechler Floyd, Class of 1940
Howard Frye, Class of 1949
Charlotte Champion Hoyt, Class of 1942
William "Bill" Lincoln Hutchins, Class of 1952
William Karolyi, Class of 1961
Ed McFarland, Class of 1941
Wade Means, Class of 1931
Janet King Page, Class of 1962
Rich Palmer, Class of 1942
Sandra J. Stevens Realis, Class of 1965
Wilma Stacy, Class of 1938
Dick Thompson, Class of 1941
John Winters, Class of 1927