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Royce H. Acker, Jr.
Saratoga -- Mr. Royce H. Acker Jr., age 73, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 at Maple Manor in Saratoga County, N.Y. Royce was born October 26, 1929 and was the son of the late Royce Sr. and Esther Acker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Acker and his son, Royce H. Acker, III. [He graduated from OHS in 1947.]
Mr. Acker is survived by his two daughters, Sheryl Mitchell of Monroe, N.C. and Karen Wagner of Indian Trail, N.C.; one son, David Acker of Stillwater, N.Y.; one sister, Nancy Crosby of Medina, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Kyle and Zachary Wagner of Indian Trail, N.C., Jennifer Acker of Stillwater, N.Y., Max and Marina Mae Mitchell of Monroe, N.C.
A graveside service for Mr. Acker will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2002 at 11 a.m. in the Mill Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Earl Bradshaw officiating. The family of Mr. Acker would also like to extend a special thanks to the wonderful care giving staff of the Maple Manor in Saratoga County, N.Y.
Arrangements are in the care of McEwen Funeral Home in Monroe, N.C., 204 South Main St., Monroe, NC 28112, (704) 289-3173.
The Times Union, Albany, New York, December 5, 2002, p. B12.

Katharine Crafts Adams
Mrs. Earl F. Adams (Katharine A. Crafts) died Jan. 27[, 1967,] in Naples, Fla., after an illness of several weeks. Born Oct. 8, 1880, in Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Adams was married in 1903. [She graduated from OHS in 1898 and from Oberlin College in 1903.] Her husband, who was associate principal of the Oberlin Academy from 1906 to 1914, died in 1962. The Adamses lived in New Haven, Conn., for many years. After Mr. Adams, ’01, retired in 1943, they spent their winters in Florida. Mrs. Adams was a member and former vice president of the New Haven YWCA, a member of the Center Church-on-the-Green and was active in art circles. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. R. B. (Jean) Dunning, ’35, and Mrs. A. K. (Phebe) Wing; two sons, Earl C., ’29, and John F., ’30; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, April 1967, p. 37.

Faith Nadine Adams
Faith Nadine Adams (nee Fields) died Friday, Oct. 28, at Allen Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
Born July 24, 1920 in Oberlin, Mrs. Adams had been a lifelong resident. She was a [1938] graduate of Oberlin High School and had attended Wilberforce University.
A civil rights activist, she had attended many marches in Washington, D.C. during the 1960s. Mrs. Adams was a founding member of the Oberlin chapter of the NAACP and the Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees Union (OCOPE).
She was one of the original appointees to the Oberlin Human Rights Commission more than 20 years ago and resigned in 1993 for health reasons.
Mrs. Adams was a member of the Rust United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Hurrell Adams; sons Ray Clayton of Rhode Island, Charles Carter of Illinois and Monte Clayton of Oberlin; a daughter, Kathi Godette of California; one sister, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, George L. and Marvyl Fields, a sister, Adora Godette, and a brother, Leroy Fields.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Rust United Methodist Church. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the church.
Faith Nadine Adams
The memorial service for Faith Nadine Adams, 74, who died Oct. 28 following a long illness, will be held at Rust United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.
Born in Oberlin, Mrs. Adams (nee Fields) was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1938] and attended Wilberforce University.
She was a founding member of the Oberlin Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, a member of the Oberlin Human Rights Commission and an officer of the Oberlin College Employees Union.
Photograph caption: Faith Adams.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesdays, November 1 & 15, 1994, p. 2.

John Morse Adams
Friends here have been advised of the sudden death at Sewickley, Pa., on Monday of John Morse Adams, son of the late Harry E. Adams. The Adams home was for many years on Forest street. John left Oberlin in 1925. He was a graduate of Oberlin high school and the family was well known. The mother is a resident of Cleveland.
John Morse Adams
John Morse Adams, who died suddenly Monday, February 3, from pneumonia in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, lived the great share of his boyhood and young manhood in this community and leaves many friends here to mourn his passing. John was the second son of the late Harry E. Adams, for many years superintendent of the Ohio Quarries Co. at South Amherst. John was a communicant of Christ Episcopal church in Oberlin.
While attending Oberlin high school John starred on the football and basketball teams, being renowned for his fighting ability and brilliant play. One of the first and youngest Oberlin boys to enter the service in the World War, John enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve Force in April, 1917 and served for the duration.
On April 26, 1924, John Married Elizabeth W. Wyckoff, the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. A. W. Wyckoff of Pittsburgh. John held a responsible executive position with the Wyckoff Drawn Steel Co. at Ambridge, Penn., displaying many of the qualities that made his late father loved and respected.
John leaves his widow and four children, John Morse, Jr., Welling Wyckoff, James Francis, and Sybil of Glen Osborne, Penn. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Myra Morse Adams of East Cleveland, his two sisters, Mrs. Ira Lucal of Lakewood, Mrs. George T. Hill of East Cleveland, and his brother, Lewis A. Adams of St. Louis, Mo.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 4 & 18, 1936, p. 6 & 4.

John Q. Adams

Adrian -- John Q. Adams, age 66, of Adrian went to be with the Lord on March 30, 2004, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born July 11, 1937, in Oberlin, Ohio, the son of Paul R. and Ruth L. (Loper) Adams [and graduated from OHS in 1956]. On Jan. 12, 1958, he married Ethel Gage in North Ridgeville, Ohio. Ethel survives and they celebrated a marriage of 46 years. John worked for Firestone Tire and Service for 28 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of Berean Baptist Church where his devotion was never ending. John had served in the past as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher, and recently served in the Abundant Pardon Prison Ministry. His true dedication was to God, his family and his church family. He enjoyed his family time, loved to go sightseeing and camping, and treasured his six grandchildren. He will sadly be missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, church family and all who knew him.
John is survived by his wife, Ethel; children, Susan (Duane) Covert of Grove City, Ohio, Jane (Dan) Craig of Brunswick, Ohio, Roberta (Matthew) SeGraves of Addison, Mich.; brothers, Paul "Jim" (Lena) Adams of Lorain, Ohio, Richard (Kay) Adams of Elyria, Ohio; sisters, Elizabeth "Betty" Adams of Lorain, Ohio, Charlotte Cutlip of Elyria, Ohio, Patricia (Ron) Caswell of Wellington, Ohio, Paula (Melvin) Adkins of Sevierville, Tenn.; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Funeral service for John will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 2, 2004, at Berean Baptist Church with Pastor Doug Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. at Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home, and on Friday at the church from 10-11 a.m. prior to the service.
Memorial contributions in memory of John may be given to Abundant Pardon Prison Ministry c/o Berean Baptist Church or Hospice of Lenawee. Envelopes are available at Braun Everiss Wagley Funeral Home.
Daily Telegram, Adrian, Michigan, Thursday, April 1, 2004.

Paul R. Adams

Paul R[ay] Adams, 80, of Lorain died Saturday at the Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin after a long illness.
Mr. Adams was born in Middlefield, Ohio, and had been an area resident most of his life. [He graduated from OHS in 1933.] He was employed at the Oberlin Bait Canteen Company and retired in 1982.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth; three sons, John of Huron, Paul of Lorain, and Richard of Elyria; four daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Cutlip of Oberlin, Mrs. Patricia Caswell of Wellington, Mrs. Elizabeth Frazier of Lorain, and Mrs. Paula Adkins of Mesa, Ariz.; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Friends may call Monday from 7-9 p.m. in the Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin. Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home, with the Rev. Harold Ray officiating. Burial will be at the Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, December 7, 1986, p. A-9.

Richard E[ugene] "Richie" Adams
Elyria - Richard E. "Richie" Adams, age 65, of Elyria, passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at Center Ridge Health Campus, North Ridgeville following a long illness.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1965 graduate of OHS], he had been a resident of Elyria for most of his life. Richie worked for Ford Motor Company, Brook Park retiring in February 2001 after more than 36 years. He attended Christian Unity Church, Grafton. During the mid 1980's, he coached little league for Elyria West and received manager of the year. He was a member of UAW Local 1250 and the Ford Ambassador Club.
Survivors include his daughter, Veronica Coleman of Elyria; sons, Patrick (Christina) Adams of Elyria, Richard Jr. (Linda) Adams of Seymour, Tennessee; six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; sisters, Charlotte Cutlip of Elyria, Patricia Causwell of Wellington, Elizabeth Adams [OHS ‘69] of Lorain, and Paula Adkins of Seiverville, Tennessee and brother, Paul "Jim" (Lena) Adams of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Kay Adams in December 2009; brother, John Quincy Adams [OHS ‘56] and parents, Paul R. and Ruth L. Adams.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. Friday at the David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Funeral services will be held 11 A.M. Saturday at Faith Alive Church 162 Irondale St. Elyria, Ohio 44035. Pastor John Dutton will officiate. Burial will be in River Road Cemetery, LaGrange.
For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.davidbognerfamilyfuneralhome.com.

The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, December 16, 2010.

Ruth A. Adams
Ruth A. Adams, 52, of LaGrange, former Oberlin resident, died Dec. 10 at home after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, she was a 1958 graduate of Oberlin High School.
She was employed as a cashier at Keystone Middle School and was a member of the LaGrange United Methodist Church.
She enjoyed flowers and gardening and was a snowmobiler.
Mrs. Adams is survived by her husband of 32 years, Russell C.; daughters, Lynette Humphreys of LaGrange, Lisa Palmer of Litchfield, and Hayley at home; three grandchildren; her mother, Edith Knipper of Oberlin; and brother, John Knipper of Oberlin.
Services were Monday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. John Dailey, pastor of LaGrange United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial was in the LaGrange River Road Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 15, 1992, p. 2.

Lillian J. Adkins
Lillian J. Adkins, 56, of New London, died Thursday at Elyria Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in Oberlin and was a 1951 graduate of Oberlin High School. She had lived in Elyria from 1955 until moving to New London in 1986.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Oraceleaine; daughters, Elaine Adkins, Helen Adkins and Marian Tetrick, all of New London; and sons, Phillip, of Elyria; Robert of Avon; and William, of New London; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Jungeberg of Elyria.
She was preceded in death by a brother.
Friends may call at the Eastman Funeral Home in New London for two hours prior to funeral services which will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, January 20, 1989, p. B-2.

Timothy A. Adkins
Timothy A. [Allen] Adkins, 42, a resident of Wellington, passed away Friday, January 2, 2009 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Oberlin following a sudden illness. He was born October 16, 1966 in Oberlin. Timothy was raised and lived in Oberlin for 42 years before moving to Wellington where he had made his home for the last two years. [He graduated from OHS in 1986.]
Timothy was employed at Ideal Builders for 15 years. He was a skilled craftsman who loved working with his hands and could fix anything. Timothy loved spending time outdoors, his deep love and passion in life was spending time with his children and family.
Survivors include his wife and soul mate of 25 years Jane Adkins (nee Wilbur); his sons, Matthew Adkins of Wellington, Ryan Adkins of Elyria; daughter, Krista Adkins of Wellington; his mother, Patricia Adkins (nee Derby) of Sheffield Lake; brothers, Edward Adkins of Vermilion, Gene Adkins of Sheffield Lake, Anthony Adkins of El Paso, Texas, Toby Adkins of Elyria; his sister, Karen Wright of Ashland.
He was preceded in death by his father Edward Wayne Adkins on March 31, 2006.
Friends may call Monday, January 5, 2009 from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held privately by the family.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, P. O. Box 163549, Columbus, OH 43214-3549.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, January 04, 2009.

Teresa Agatha
Sandusky -- Teresa Agatha (Garthalia Aquinda Smith), 60, of Sandusky, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 29, 1942, in Washington, D.C. She lived in Sandusky for 10 years, moving there from Oberlin. [She was a 1959 graduate of Oberlin High School.]
Mrs. Agatha worked as a telephone operator for GTE for 25 years, retiring in 1991.
She was a former member of Rust United Methodist Church, Oberlin, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was also a Sunday School teacher at Church on the North Coast, Lorain. She became a Franciscan at St. Michael's Cathedral in Erie County.
She was taking classes at Toledo University before her illness.
Survivors include her son, Frank G. Scott of Washington, D.C.; daughter, Armanda Ellis of Oberlin; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Garfield and Amanda Smith; and sister, Phelomena Dezon.
A memorial service will be held later. There will be no visitation.
Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, is handling arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, October 04, 2002.

Anne Fildey Ake
Anne Fildey Ake died of breast cancer on Feb. 4, 1994. She was born in Malone, New York, Nov. 15, 1938, grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1957,] and attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Following her arrival in Norfolk, she quickly became known as the ``neighborhood mom,'' serving as baby-sitter, local fount of knowledge, and one-woman support group for Colonial Place.
Knitting was a passion of hers; she started many young knitters on their way. Most of her Colonial Place neighbors proudly wear sweaters that she made for them. She helped in the neighborhood Brownie troop and served as an officer in several of the PTAs at schools attended by her son and daughter.
For the past several years, Anne served as a volunteer for the Tidewater Chapter of the American Red Cross in the disaster relief section. She was an active member of the Cape Henry Audubon Society.
During a year in Pakistan, she supervised the establishment of a library which was part of an International Relief Agency school for Afghanistan refugees. She quickly became the mother confessor for those students. Following the diagnosis of breast cancer, Anne became the focus of a highly publicized and successful neighborhood fund-raising effort to cover the cost of a bone-marrow transplant which offered her the only hope of survival. She is survived by her husband Robert, a chemistry professor at Old Dominion University; a son, Jorn of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Bethany Stempien of Blacksburg, Va.; a sister, Jane Tugurian of Nashville, Tenn.; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Stempien.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Batten Arts and Letters building on the Old Dominion University campus.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through the local Tidewater Chapter.
Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va., Saturday, February 5, 1994, p. D2.

Died – Ellen C. Akers
In Oberlin, at the residence of her father on Spring street, Feb. 14, 1875, Ellen C. Akers, aged about 20 years.
Miss Akers was taken with typhoid fever early in the Winter, and had nearly recovered when the Union school began their sessions in the new building. She had engaged to teach in one of them, and began her duties, though strongly advised not to do so. After teaching two days she suffered a relapse of the fever. For several weeks she was very ill, but still hopes were entertained that she would recover. A subsequent change in the character of the disease made rapid inroads on her strength, and she passed away at about nine o’clock on Sunday morning. She was [an 1870 graduate of OHS and] a member of the Junior class in the College and maintained an excellent rank among her associates. Kind, gentle, affectionate, regarding always the feelings and convenience of others rather than her own, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.
The family of Mr. Akers has been often called to mourn the loss of one of its younger members. It was only last Fall that Newton died, and before him, Courtland and Howard. The afflicted ones have the heartiest sympathy of the community in their great trouble.
Oberlin Weekly News, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 18, 1875, p. 5.

Iris Akers, Satellite Beach
Iris Eloise Bahr Bracken Akers, 98, died on Thursday, January 29, 2009, short of her 99th birthday [in March].
She grew up in Southern Ohio[, graduated from OHS in 1927,] and attended Oberlin College. She married Everett Bracken, a micro-biologist, and worked as his assistant during their marriage. In his memory she set up a Scholarship for medical research at Vanderbilt University. After his death, Iris moved to Cocoa Beach and married Homer Akers who preceded her in death.
She leaves a nephew, George Bahr [OHS ‘65] of Venice, FL and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Her ashes will be buried in Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Vanderbilt University Trust Fund, Nashville, TN 37203. You may send condolences to Iris’s online guestbook at. www.beckmanwilliamson.com. Beckman Williamson Funeral Home, 101 N. Brevard Avenue, Cocoa Beach Satellite Beach FL
Florida Today, Melbourne, Fla., Thurs., Feb. 5, 2009.

Ervina R. Albertson
Ervina R. “Beanie” Albertson (nee Reighley), 69, of Souderton, Pa., died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at the Hospital of [the] University of Pennsylvania.
She was born in Oberlin, and was the daughter of the late Ervin and Treva Avery Reighley. [She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1951.]
Mrs. Albertson, or “Beanie” as she was known, enjoyed quilting and travel. She was an active member of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church, and active member of the Roto Rooter Club. Mrs. Albertson was formerly a secretary at Nativity of Our Lord Church, Warminster.
She is survived by here husband, Franklin L. Albertson of Souderton; daughters Cheryl L. Capacchione of Lafayette Hill, Pa., and Victoria Capacchione Grill of Las Vegas, Nev.; a son, Damien C. Capacchione of Warrington; sisters Sandra Finch of Las Vegas and Peter Avery of Wellington; and grandchildren Shannon Grill, Shelby Grill and Nina Rae Margaret Capacchione.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Reighley, and a sister, Lucia Jenkins.
Services were held at the Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church in North Wales with interment in St. John Neumann Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 1626 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa., 19103.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 7, 2002, p. 2.

Donald Albrecht

Donald Jacob Albrecht, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Albrecht, passed away at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital Friday morning at 11:25 o’clock. Donald was a junior in Oberlin High School and had been seriously ill for two weeks.
Brief funeral services will be held at the home north of Oberlin Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 and continued at St. Peter’s Evangelical church in Amherst at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be made in Brownhelm cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, April 14, 1928, p. 2.
In Memoriam – Donald Jacob Albrecht
Donald was born in Oberlin, December 12, 1911, and died in Cleveland Clinic Hospital, April 13, 1928. Donald spent his entire life in the community north of Oberlin. He then entered Oberlin High School where he nearly completed his Junior year. Donald worked hard at everything he attempted, and was more than faithful in carrying out his tasks. He had a friendly disposition and was easy to get along with. He consequently had many friends in the High School and in the community in and around Oberlin.
1928 Oberlin High School Yearbook, p. 6.

Estella M. Albright
Estella M. Albright (nee Rucker), 67, of Columbus, Ohio, former Oberlin resident, died Nov. 15 at Mt. Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, after a long rare illness.
She had been a licensed beautician and licensed stenographer [and was a 1948 graduate of Oberlin High School].
Survivors include three daughters, Diana L. Gilmore of Oberlin and Paula M. Booker and Dorrie Minette Albright, both of Columbus; a son David H. Albright Jr. of Elyria; nine grandchildren; and sister, Wilda Kimmey of Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her parents Artice Rucker Sr. and Minnie L. Rucker; and a brother, Artice Rucker Jr.
Services were Nov. 18 in the Chapel of the Diehl-Whittaker Funeral Service in Columbus.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 26, 1996, p. 2.

Mrs. L. J. Aldrich
Mrs. L. J. [Leander Jefferson] Aldrich (nee Clara E. Preslar) died yesterday at her late home in Kennewick, Washington. She was a sister of C. F. [Charles Finney] Preslar of East avenue, and was graduated from [OHS in 1885 and from] Oberlin College with the class of ’89. Funeral services will be held Thursday.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, March 28, 1933, p. 2.

Edwin L. Alflen
The funeral service for Edwin L. Alflen, 43, of 4785 Elyria Ave., Lorain, will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at SS Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, Lorain where he was a member. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain.
Mr. Alflen, a native of Elyria [and a 1944 graduate of OHS], was pronounced dead yesterday at 5:42 a.m. at Elyria Memorial Hospital of injuries received in an auto accident on Gulf Road, Elyria. He had lived in Oberlin most of his life, moving to Lorain seven years ago.
Mr. Alflen was employed as an appliance salesman for May Co. at Sheffield Center. He bowled with the Monday Night Businessmen’s League of Lorain and was an avid golfer.
Surviving are his wife, Betty; a son, Larry of Chillicothe; a daughter, Julia Gail, at home; a stepson, Richard Cummins and a stepdaughter, Judene Cummins, both of Lorain; three grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Albert Brucker of Oberlin and a sister, Mrs. William Hobill, Oberlin.
Friends will be received at the J. J. Gluvna and Son Funeral Chapel, Lorain, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The body will be at SS Peter and Paul Lutheran Church, Lorain, Wednesday from noon until the service at 1:30 p.m.
A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Nicholas Zipay tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral chapel.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, May 11, 1970, p. 11.

Fred D. Allaben
Mr. Fred Daniel Allaben, died here Monday afternoon at four o’clock after 10 days illness with pneumonia. He is survived by his wife, three children, a brother and one sister. Mr. Allaben was a most devout member of St. John’s Methodist Church, from which place the funeral was held yesterday afternoon at 5 o’clock, Rev. O. M. Abney, his pastor, officiating, assisted by the Pythian Lodge of which the deceased was a stalwart member. Interment was made in Bethany Cemetery. Mr. Allaben was a native of Polo, Ill., and was 45 years old.
Journal and Review, Aiken, S.C., Wednesday, May 14, 1919, p. 5.
Fred D. Allaben
There was a man sent from God whose name was Fred D. Allaben—a man with a message from God, a man sent to do a work for God. In the few years he lived he served his day and generation well.
Brother Allaben was born in Pole, Ill., May 22, 1876, and died in Aiken, S.C., May 12, 1919, leaving a wife and three small children, two brothers, Rev. W. G. Allaben of Brunswick, Ga. and Frank Allaben of New York City, and one sister, Mrs. George Atwood of Aiken, S.C. When nineteen years old he came South and settled in Aiken county, S.C. After his marriage, July 4, 1912, to Miss Mary Ella Lane of Lockheart, Ga., he moved into the city of Aiken where as an employee of the U. S. postal service he rendered faithful and conscientious service to the day the fatal sickness smote him down.
His education was finished in the Oberlin High School, Ohio, [from which he graduated in 1895] before he came South, but he never ceased to be a student—a student of his business, of the Church, of the Bible, and of God. As a Sunday school superintendent he kept up with the times and always had a specially prepared program for his school. We miss him in St. John’s school, for he was faithful; and we loved him.
Brother Allaben joined the Methodist Church in Aiken under the ministry of Rev. Marion Dargan, and died as he lived a consecrated Christian. He was faithful as a steward, superintendent, lay leader, and his heart was wrapped up in the Centenary movement. Just before he went away he said: “Give my love to the Church.” He talked of his departure as if going on a journey.
As a husband he was thoughtful and affectionate, as a father he was kind and gentle, as a neighbor sympathetic and helpful. Though dead he still lives.
How we miss him. But for him to die was gain, though we may have sustained a loss. His body sleeps in Aiken soil but his spirit is with God.
O. M. Abney, Pastor.
Journal and Review, Aiken, S.C., Wednesday, June 4, 1919, p. 5.

Charles Whitfield Allen

Charles Whitfield Allen was born at Amherst, Ohio, Dec. 3, 1854, and died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, California, January 24, 1904. [He graduated from OHS in 1873 and from Oberlin College in 1878.] Mr. Allen was married Dec. 28, 1882 to Miss Nellie Eleanor Livingstone who with one daughter survives him. Mr. Allen at the time of his death was in the real estate business, but from 1895 to 1898 practiced law.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, February 1905, p. 142.

Mrs. Donald C. Allen
Alleen Strong Allen, 61, of 6111 11th Rd., Arlington, Va., died last Saturday after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin on Aug. 16, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis A. Strong, 252 West College. She attended Oberlin public schools, [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1932,] and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1937. Oberlinians may remember her as band director at the old bandstand during her undergraduate years at the Conservatory. She later received the MEd degree from George Washington University. She taught instrumental music and was music supervisor in the Arlington County, (Va.) public schools for 15 years.
She is survived by her husband, Donald C. Allen; two daughters, Mrs. Jerry Newton of Island Park, Ill., and Barbara Creighton of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sisters, Dorothy (Mrs. Henry) Wilson of Cleveland Hts. and Elizabeth Strong of Epoufette, Mich.; two brothers, Jarvis A. Strong, Jr. of Reston, Va., and John Strong of Kansas City, Mo.; and four grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Wednesday noon at First Church with Rev. Donald Yaussy officiating. Burial was in Wakeman.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 19, 1976, p. 9.

Florence A. (Schuster) Allen
Florence A[nna] Allen (nee Schuster), age 91, entered into rest Friday June 24, 2011 at the Center Ridge Health Campus, North Ridgeville. Born August 4, 1919 in Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1938 graduate of OHS,] Florence lived for over 60 years in Avon, coming from Oberlin. She was employed by Timm Spring Co. in Elyria for over 38 years, in manufacturing. A member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Avon, she was a past member of the Altar & Rosary Society. Florence enjoyed crocheting, quilting, and card playing.
She is survived by her daughter Jean M. (William) Smith of Avon, 5 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Morris E. Allen in 1986, son Larry in 1988 and brother Elmer Schuster.
Family will receive friends Sunday June 26, 2011 from 4-8 PM at the MISENCIK FUNERAL HOME 36363 Detroit Rd. Avon where closing prayers will be Monday at 9:30 AM followed by 10:00 AM Mass at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Avon. Interment St. Mary Cemetery.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, June 25, 2011.

Mrs. Lucile H. Allen
Lucile Holton Allen, 87, of 138 South Main, died last Thursday in Allen Hospital.
Born in Oberlin on July 26, 1893, she was graduated from Oberlin College in 1913. She then taught in public schools in Ohio, Virginia and Montana for several years before returning to Oberlin for further study.
She later served as a librarian in Mt. Clemens, Michigan and at Oxford College for Women, and taught French and Spanish at the University of Tennessee and at Huntington College (Indiana). During the 1930s she was a part-time library assistant in the Oberlin College library and during World War II was a government translator in Miami, Florida. In more recent years she had tutored privately.
She was a member of First Church and had been active in the Tenant Council of the John Frederick Oberlin Homes high-rise.
Mrs. Allen is survived by a cousin, Enid Carson, of Milford, Michigan.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the John Frederick Oberlin building, 138 South Main, with Rev. John Elder officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 9, 1980, p. 2.
[Iva] Lucile Holton Allen died Oct. 2, 1980, in Allen Memorial Hospital, Oberlin. Born in Oberlin July 26, 1893, she taught in the area for a few years and later taught in Virginia, Washington and southern Ohio. For three years she was a librarian in Mt. Clemens, Mich., and at Oxford College for Women in Ohio.
Mrs. Allen [graduated from OHS in 1909 and from Oberlin College in 1913. She] spent a number of years furthering her study of French and Spanish at Oberlin. She became an instructor in the subject at U. Tennessee and a professor at Huntington College in Indiana (1929-30). During WWII, she was a translator for the US. Office of Censorship.
From 1931 to 1937 she worked in the Oberlin College Library as an assistant librarian and later in life, did tutoring and typing at home for employment.
Mrs. Allen was the daughter of Alice H. Renck (Academy 1891-92) and James W. Holton ’91. Her sister, Thelma E. ’21 is deceased. Her marriage to Ethan E., in 1917, ended in divorce.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1981, p. 61.

Nellie Pelton Allen
Mrs. Chester Allen (Nellie Pelton) died Feb. 15[, 1970]. She was born in Laramie, Wyoming, Jan. 22, 1891[, graduated from OHS in 1908, and graduated from Oberlin College in 1912]. She taught in Collins, Ohio, and in the Laramie public schools and she established the first Camp Fire group in Laramie.
From 1916 to 1918 Mrs. Allen lived in Baltimore, receiving an A.M. in English at Johns Hopkins. She then taught in Lakewood, N.J., and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. She also was dean of women in a North Dakota normal school. In 1922 she was married to Mr. Allen, ’08, and for 30 years they operated a grocery. She leaves her children, Dr. Ethan, Whittier, Calif., Chester Jr., Pomona, Calif., and Clark of Cheyenne, Wyo., 16 grandchildren, and a sister, Laura Pelton Geigley, Inglewood, Calif.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May 1970, p. 46.

Former Resident Dies [Permelia? Allen]
Miss Parmelia Allen, a former resident of Oberlin, died at her home in San Diego, Calif., April 18. She was born in Allegan Mich. She graduated from Oberlin High school in 1899 and from the Conservatory in 1905, after which she went to Leipzig, Germany to study for three years. She taught at Cornell University and Hampton Institute and did settlement work in Cleveland. In the early 1930s she with Miss Julia Severance formerly of Oberlin founded the “Several Marionettes.” When they left Oberlin they went to make their home together in San Diego.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, May 2, 1946, p. 13.

Grace Alley

Grace E. Alley (nee Thompson), 54, of South Euclid, died Wednesday at Huron Road Hospital, Cleveland, after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1951 graduate of OHS], she moved to Cleveland in 1960, and then made her home with Joanna Jones in South Euclid.
She worked in the quality control department at Addressagraph & Multigraph in Cleveland, and retired in 1984.
She was a [U.S. Air Force] veteran of the Korean conflict.
She is survived by a brother, Robert Thompson, of Oberlin.
Mrs. Alley was preceded in death by her husband, Dwain, in 1958.
Friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Rust United Methodist Church, Oberlin, with Rev. Sadie Reynolds officiating.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, April 7, 1988, p. C-2.

Winifred Rose Allison
Winifred Rose [Knisely] Allison, 60, of Sheffield Lake, died Tuesday at Medina Hospital after an illness of 10 months.
She was born in Elyria[, graduated from OHS in 1944,] and lived in the area all her life.
Mrs. Allison was an assistant advertising manager at the College Store Journal, National Association of College Stores, Oberlin.
She is survived by her husband, Robert J.; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Pamela) Mulvey of Cleveland; step-sons, Robert J. of Lorain and Raymond of Avon; a step-daughter, Mrs. David (Sally) Bonnett of Elyria; sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Osborn of Wellington and Mrs. Virginia Childers of Birmingham; two grandsons; seven step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Schwartz, Spence and Boyer Home For Funerals, Lorain.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Albert Jennings officiating.
Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, August 13, 1986, p. B-2.

Betty J. Almas
Betty J. Almas (nee McRoberts), 59, of Elyria, died this morning at the Cleveland Clinic after an eight-month illness.
Mrs. Almas was born in Pittsfield, [was a 1943 graduate of OHS, and] had been an Elyria resident since 1946.
She was an enthusiastic golfer and a member of the Brentwood Belles, the Monday Night Couples, and the Friday Night Couples Leagues, all at Brentwood Golf Club, Grafton, and was a member of the American Legion Post 12 Auxiliary.
Mrs. Almas is survived by her husband of 38 years, Ted M.; a daughter, Michelle Almas of Elyria; a son, Theodore M. of Chesapeake, Va.; brothers, Donald of Tucson, Ariz., and Keith of Las Vegas, Nev.
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Curtis-Scheuffler Funeral Home, Elyria, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Dr. Henry Brunner will officiate.
Burial will be in the Pittsfield Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, September 24, 1984, p. C-2.

Mildred Sewell (Avery) Alwyne

Mildred Sewell Avery Alwyne, [OHS ’17, OC ’21, died] November 12, 1988, in Newton [Newtown?], Pa.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1989, p. 38.

Oscar R. Amenhauser, 79, OHS grad
Amherst -- Oscar R. Amenhauser, 79, of Millersburg, died Monday, June 19, 2000, at Castle Nursing Home, Millersburg, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Russia Township, and raised there. He lived in Millersburg for 34 years.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1938 [1940], enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served three years overseas.
Survivors include his brother, Nelson Amenhauser of Westlake; and sister, Helen Amenhauser of North Ridgeville. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Amenhauser Sr. and Marie (nee Heck) Amenhauser; brothers Henry, John Jr., Peter, Harvey, Louis and Walter Amenhauser; and sisters Marie and Kathryn Amenhauser, Elsie Jacobs, Arlene Wacker and Christine Kelsey.
Friends may call Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland St., Amherst. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Reta M. Amenhauser
Reta Mowatt Amenhauser, 67, of Oberlin, died at her home last Thursday morning after a long illness.
Born in Elyria, she had been an area resident all her life [and was a 1936 graduate of Oberlin High School].
She owned and operated Haulks Rest Home for many years until its closing about 15 years ago.
She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Marie Westfall of Birmingham, Mrs. Larry (Judith) Walker of Wakeman, Mrs. Jean Sherrard of Oberlin, and Shelbey Amenhauser, at home; four sons, James of Wakeman, John of Kitimat, British Columbia, Edward of Elyria, and David of Oberlin; three sisters, Mrs. Stanley (Ida) Sikon and Mrs. Frank (Jane) Sikon of Cleveland, and Mrs. Robert (Donna) Stewart of Wakeman; a brother, George Mowatt of Michigan, and 17 grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home with her son, Rev. John Amenhauser, officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 28, 1985, p. 2.

Oberlin ’17 Grad Dies In Boston [Clarence Eugene Amstutz]
Boston, Sept. 10.—Clarence E. Amstutz, 44, headmaster of Sanborn Seminary, in Kingston, N.H., for the past four years died at a hospital here yesterday. Born in Rittman, O., he was graduated from Oberlin College in 1917. He once taught at Lincoln High school in Cleveland O.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, September 10, 1937, p. 1.

Clarence E. Amstutz
Kingston, N.H., Sept. 9 (AP)—Clarence E. Amstutz, for four years principal of Sanborn Seminary and previously holder of a teaching post in Cleveland, Ohio, died today in Boston of leukemia. His age was 48. A [1913] graduate of [Oberlin High School and a graduate of] Oberlin College, Mr. Amstutz received his Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.
The New York Times, New York, NY, Friday, September 10, 1937, p. 23.

Hobart Baumann Amstutz
Hobart B. Amstutz died Feb. 26, 1980, in Fairmount, Calif. He became a bishop of the Methodist Church of South East Asia in 1956 after serving as a missionary since 1926.
In 1942 he was imprisoned by the Japanese and spent 3 ½ years in prison camp.
Bishop Amstutz was born in Henrietta, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1896. He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1915] and studied at the Conservatory 1914-15. He received the A.B. from Northwestern and the B.D. from Garrett. For many years he was minister of Wesley Church in Singapore and he also was president of Trinity College there.
He leaves his wife, Celeste, son Bruce who was serving as a U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan, daughter Beverly and brother Clarence ’26.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, March/April 1980, pp. 43-44.
Visiting Bishop Says
Americans Have A ‘Surprising’ Interest, Knowledge Of World

By Joan Oravec
Henrietta—Americans show a surprising interest and knowledge of world affairs – that is the observation of the Methodist Bishop of Singapore.
Bishop Hobart Amstutz said yesterday that “Americans’ wide scope of world problems is one of the biggest changes I have noticed” in people since his last visit to the United States three years ago.
The cleric is a native of Henrietta, and is here visiting his mother, Mrs. Dan Geissendorfer, Rt. 113.
He made the judgments during a five-month tour of the U.S. He is on leave from the South Asia Central Conference, which includes Malaya, Sarawak, Borneo, Sumatra and Singapore.
No TV Effects
As far as he could see, the Bishop said, television has had little effect on people since he left for the Orient in the fall of 1926.
He was named Bishop of Singapore in 1956.
He said the reason for interest in the world stems from the basic influence of Christianity and Western World culture.
“We apply the Christian ideology in our missionary work in Asia,” he said, “and it brings us many friends.”
The 1915 graduate of Oberlin High School has served in Asia for the past 33 years, except for visits and travels to the rest of the world.
The 64-years old native of Henrietta has spent much of the last 30 years traveling through the Asian conference and the world.
He has logged 33,000 miles since he left Singapore in January and came to Henrietta.
Bishop Amstutz has traveled an undetermined amount of the world since he studied geography in a red brick school house on Gore-Orphanage Rd. He was born in Henrietta in 1896.
Started On Street Car
His travels started when he entered Oberlin High School and commuted daily between Henrietta and Oberlin on the long-defunct Green Line street car.
But probably the hardest route of his travels was a six-hour trek to a Japanese prison camp in 1942 after Singapore fell. Bishop Amstutz was interned in the camp for three and a half years. During that period he was affected by beri-beri and lost 68 pounds.
Before the Japanese took over Singapore he sent home his wife and two children. His youngest was born in the Orient.
The bishop met his wife, the former Celeste Bloxsom, while studying at Northwestern University. Following his graduation and the earning of a master of arts degree in Theology, the couple was married in 1923.
He preached at the Community Church in Gurnee, Ill., for one year before joining the Methodist Volunteers for Missions.
The bishop returned to the little community church two weeks ago to speak at its centennial.
Duties
His duties in Asia, before becoming Bishop, included being principal of Methodist Theological School of Singapore, editor of a Southeast Asia Methodist magazine, superintendent of missions, mission treasurer and pastor of the English speaking Singapore Methodist Church.
Bishop Amstutuz speaks fluent Malay, the language used in the major portion of his conference. He also speaks German.
Accompanying Bishop and Mrs. Amstutz in Henrietta is Mrs. Ko Kee Goh, a Chinese National missionary. Mrs. Goh is active with Mrs. Amstutz in the conference YWCA, WSCS and the International Planned parenthood Federation.
Mrs. Goh also visited her daughter, Faith Goh, a recent graduate of Oberlin College. Mrs. Goh attended the graduation of her son, Cheng Lok, who was graduated from DePauw University June 5.
Headed For Europe
Bishop Amstutz leaves for Brussels, Belgium and London next week for international Methodist conferences.
Before the Amstutz’ return to Singapore they will visit their children, Mrs. Stanley Bruch, a missionary in Lahore, Pakistan, and Bruce Amstutz, with the U.S. Embassy in Djakarta, India.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, June 25, 1960, p. 4.

Melvin E. Amstutz
Services for Melvin E[rnest] Amstutz, 70, Lake county highway superintendent, will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the First United Methodist church, 128 Utica av., Waukegan. Mr. Amstutz who lived at Oak Lane road, Libertyville twp., died Monday in Condell Memorial hospital, Libertyville. [He was a 1916 graduate of OHS.] He became county highway commissioner in 1949 and had been a department employe for 45 years at the time of his death. He was a past president of the Illinois Association of County Superintendents of Highways and a past regional vice president of the National Association of County Engineers. He lives his widow, Leora; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Kozma and Mrs. Joy Caldwell; six grandchildren; and two brothers.
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Wednesday, January 7, 1970.


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