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William Robert Fails
William Robert Fails (Lt. Col. USMC. Ret) passed away February 20, 2004 in his home. [He was a 1950 graduate of OHS.] Surviving are his wife, Martha Ann, of 49 years, son Bryan and his wife Caren and their sons Sean and Devon of Knoxville, TN; A daughter, Dr. Anna Dee Fails of Ft. Collins, CO. Bob's Memorial services will be held at Carr-Tenney Chapel, 2621 S. Rural. Rd, Tempe on Saturday at 2pm.
The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona, Friday, March 26, 2004.


Julia Fairchild

Miss Julia [Willard] Fairchild, 74, died August 28 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, after an illness of a few weeks. [She was an 1888 graduate of OHS and was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1893.]
Miss Fairchild came to Shepherdstown to make her home about twenty-five years ago after her retirement from teaching. She had taught for many years in New York. She was the daughter of Rev. Charles G. and Adelaid D. Fairchild of Suffern, New York, both graduates of Oberlin College in 1866.
Miss Fairchild is survived by four sisters and two brothers; Mrs. Ralph H. McKelvey (Helen Fairchild, ’02), of Clearwater, Florida; Mrs. Charles E. Lauder, Viroqua, Wisconsin; Mrs. Edward C. Hooker, and Mrs. Robert E. Cushman (Clarissa Fairchild, ’11) of Ithaca, New York; Walter D. Fairchild of Suffern, New York; and Ralph P. Fairchild of Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, November 1944, p. 19.

Susan Ann Fairchild

Susan Ann Fairchild, formerly of Oberlin, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, Fla., following a long illness. She was 61.
Born Nov. 7, 1948, in Oberlin, she was an extremely bright student, an avid reader, and a wonderful story teller. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1966 and from the University of Miami of Ohio with a major in English and American literature.
She spent the early part of her professional life working as a teacher in a small rural school in southern Georgia. Later, as director of a number of daycare centers in Tallahassee, she provided a stimulating, loving, and safe environment for preschoolers.
She began her major professional career in Florida's Department of Children and Family Services as an entry level social worker. She told many colorful stories of providing care to nearly forgotten and neglected elderly clients in rural north Florida. The directions to a backwoods house might involve turning left at the sable palm, continuing along the dirt road to the sink hole, then following the sound of the barking dog. Her compassionate professionalism was both brave and caring as she advocated tirelessly for abused and neglected children and older adults.
As she moved up the ranks of her profession, she devoted an important part of her career to designing and implementing a highly respected system for maintaining records of child and elderly abuse cases in the state of Florida. Her writing and reasoning talents led her to shape a number of legislative proposals that became Florida state law. She traveled around the state to train others in maintaining records of abuse and neglect.
She had a keen eye for beauty, reflected in the exquisite quality of the art, jewelry, and unique objects she chose to decorate her home and offer as gifts to her family. She loved music, and one of her favorite pastimes was to travel to various performance locations along with her companion, John, an accomplished singer and keyboard artist.
She came to love northern Florida, her adopted home for 40 years. Her family members were treated to visits to her favorite places, among them Wakulla Springs and Cedar Key.
Miss Fairchild is survived by her beloved life companion of 30 years, John Christy; loving sisters Sharon Soucy (Bob) of Oberlin, and Nancy Puleo (Jim) of Columbus; nieces and nephews Jennifer Shults of Oberlin, Jeffrey Shults of San Francisco, Calif., Greg Stephens of Princeton, N.J., and Tim Stephens (Tanea) of Seattle, Wash.; and grandnephew Devon Shults of Oberlin and grandniece Isabella Stephens of Seattle. She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor and Virginia (nee Halderson) Fairchild.
Her ashes will be placed next to those of her parents at Westwood Cemetery.
Friends wishing to send cards are invited to address them to Sharon Soucy, 143 E. College St., #402, Oberlin, OH 44074; or e-mail Nancy at npuleo@columbus.rr.com.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 28, 2010, p. 6A.
Susan Fairchild
Susan Fairchild, born November 7, 1948 in Oberlin, Ohio, died October 19, 2010 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after a long illness. A resident of Tallahassee for 40 years, Susan was a valued employee of Florida's Department of Children and Family Services, where she served first as social worker, then by designing and implementing Florida's highly recognized tracking system for child and adult abuse cases. Susan was uplifted through difficult times by daily broadcasts of NPR's Diane Rehm Show.
Those wishing to honor her memory are invited to contribute at thedianerehmshow.org. Susan's family may be contacted through npuleo@columbus.rr.com
The Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee, Fla., Thursday, February 17, 2011.


Mrs. Fairweather Dies; Funeral Is Today
Mrs. Margaret Fairweather [nee Cameron, OHS class of 1883], a resident of Oberlin for the past seven years, died at 11:30 p.m. Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. E. Jenks, R.D. 2, Oberlin. She had been ill six months.
Funeral services, with the Rev. Walter Young of LaGrange officiating, will be at 2 p.m. today (Thursday) at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Fairweather was born April 19, 1866, in Canada. She was a member of the Baptist Church of LaGrange.
Besides her daughter, she is survived by three grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 2, 1947, p. 2.

Helen Irene (McLaughling) Falkenburg
Oberlin – Mrs. Myrl J. Falkenburg died at her home in Seattle, Wash., after an illness of several weeks.  Mrs. Falkenburg was formerly Miss Helen Irene McLaughlin, an Oberlin girl [and an 1899 graduate of OHS], the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McLaughlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, June 10, 1930.
Died in Seattle
Mrs. Myrl J. Falkenburg died Monday at her home in Seattle, Wash., after an illness of several weeks. The funeral will be held Friday. Mrs. Falkenburg was formerly Miss Helen Irene McLaughlin, an Oberlin girl, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McLaughlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 5, 1930, p. 1.

Herschel Hall Falkener
Herschel Hall Falkener, 92, a native of Greensboro, died Oct. 23, 1992, in Boston.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at J.B. Johnson Funeral Home in Boston. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Dorchester, Mass.
He was a member of Institutional Baptist Church, a graduate of Shaw University and of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. [He graduated from OHS in 1921.] He was the former co-owner of College Soda Shop in Greensboro and the brother-in-law of Mrs. Waldo C. Falkener of Greensboro.
There are no immediate survivors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Black Child Development Institute of Greensboro, c/o Sara Herbin, 1200 E. Market St., Greensboro, N.C 27401.
Greensboro News & Record, Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, October 28, 1992, p. B6.

Ruth Olive Farrand
Ruth O. Farrand, 83, of Gainesville died Friday[, November 14, 2003. She graduated from OHS in 1941.] Funeral plans will be announced by Memorial Park Funeral Home.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Saturday, November 15, 2003, p. F4.


Mrs. Bessie S. Farrar

Mrs. Bessie S. Farrar, 97, of Amherst, died early this morning at the Golden Acres Home where she had been a resident for the last 9 years.
Born and raised in Axtel, Ohio, Mrs. Farrar graduated from Birmingham [Oberlin] High School in 1902 [1901].
She had lived most of her adult life in Oberlin and was a member of the Oberlin Pythein Sisters and the Oberlin Farm Women’s Club.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Carlton (Ruth) Diedreck of Wellington; 3 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marie Cook, in 1969.
Friends may attend graveside services to be held on Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin. Brother Richard Jackson will officiate.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be sent to the Golden Acres Home, Amherst.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, September 23, 1981, p. D-2.

Mrs. Ella J. Farrar
Mrs. Ella Josephine Farrar, widow of Clement H. Farrar, and a former resident of Oberlin, died November 29 at Bay View. Mrs. Farrar, before marriage, Miss Anderson, was a [1872] graduate of Oberlin high school and was well known to older residents here.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, December 15, 1920, p. 5.

Harriet Farrar
Plymouth – Mrs. Harriet A. Farrar, 75, 114 Mulberry St., died Tuesday at Willard Area Hospital.
She had lived in Elyria and Oberlin [where she graduated from OHS in 1923] before moving to Plymouth 40 years ago. Mrs. Farrar taught school here for 34 years.
She was a member of the Retired County and State Teachers Association.
Survivors are one daughter, Miss Sue Farrar, Plymouth; and a sister, Mrs. George (Miriam) Hershiser, Plymouth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold. Friends may call at McQuate-Secor Funeral Home after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Frank Koontz will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Plymouth.
Norwalk Reflector, Norwalk, Ohio, Wednesday, May 30, 1979, p. 2.

William Walter Farrar
William Walter Farrar, 86, lifelong Oberlin resident, died Jan. 26 at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
A [1930] graduate of Oberlin High School, he served in the Army during World War II.
Mr. Farrar was a plumber for Oberlin College when he retired in 1974. Earlier, he had worked for the T.O. Murphy Co.
Survivors include a friend, Amy S. Webber, of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; and his father, William W.
Private services were to be held. The Cowling Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 2, 1999, p. 2.

Dies In Connecticut [Alice MacDaniels Fauver]
Oberlin—Word has been received here of the sudden death of Alice McDaniels Fauver, wife of Edgar Fauver, last Saturday evening at her home in Middletown, Connecticut. Mrs. Fauver was the sister-in-law of Mrs. Mabel Fauver Gibson and C. K. Fauver of Oberlin [and was an 1894 graduate of OHS].
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, March 15, 1939.

Dr. “Gar” Fauver, 70, Dies; Funeral Is Tomorrow
Dr. Edgar Fauver, 70, graduate of [OHS in 1894 and of] Oberlin College in 1899 and one of the “Fauver twins” of football fame, died of a heart attack at his home in Middletown, Connecticut, Tuesday night.  The funeral will be tomorrow (Friday) at Middletown.
Dr. Fauver was for many years director of athletics and college physician at Wesleyan University in Middletown and for the past nine years, since the building of a new infirmary, has been physician only.
Dr. Fauver has been associated with his brother, Dr. Edwin Fauver of Rochester, New York, and Dr. J. H. Nichols and Dr. Dudley B. Reed of Oberlin in the operation of Camp Pemigewassett, Wentworth, New Hampshire.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 4, 1946, p. 1.

Dr. Edwin Fauver Dies In Florida
Word has been received here of the death on Saturday at Sarasota, Fla., of Dr. Edwin Fauver of Rochester, N.Y., retired director of athletics at the University of Rochester. He was 73 years old.
Dr. Edwin Fauver was the twin brother of Edgar who died about three years ago. The late L. B. Fauver of Elyria was also a brother.
The Fauver family lived in Eaton and moved to Oberlin. Edwin attended Oberlin Academy[, graduated from OHS in 1894,] and later Oberlin College where he received his degree.
He devoted his life to physical education. When a student at Oberlin he played on the College football team. He was a former president of the Society of Directors of Physical Education in Colleges and the New York State Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. He was an early advocate of physical training as a requirement in preparatory schools as well as for College entrance and graduation. He was an organizer of the Western New York Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Rochester section of the National Association of Certified Basketball Officials.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, December 20, 1949, p. 4.

Frank R. Favel Dies at Home in San Diego
Frank R. [sic, Parish] Favel, former resident of Oberlin, died at his home in San Diego, California, January 11, after a short illness of flu and bronchial pneumonia.
If Mr. Favel had lived until April 10, he would have been eighty-five years old. He was born in Oberlin and lived here for many years with his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Henry Favel. Mr. Favel was a graduate of
[OHS in 1874 and of] Oberlin College and was a member of the Oberlin Alumni Association of San Diego.
Funeral services were held January 14. The ashes will be brought to Oberlin for burial in the family lot.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Monday, January 20, 1941, p. 1.

Mrs. May Fay
Wakeman—Mrs. May [R.] Fay [nee Grogan] of Butler road, Wakeman, aged 62 years, died at 10:40 p.m. Sunday at Norwalk Memorial Hospital. She had been ill six weeks.
Mrs. Fay was born in Oberlin[, graduated from OHS in 1909,] and spent practically all her life in the vicinity of Wakeman. She was a member of Wakeman Grange and Blue Star Mothers, was active in Huron County Democratic women’s circles and an active member of the Altar Society of Wakeman St. Mary’s church.
Surviving are her husband Thomas Fay and one daughter, Mrs. Robert E. Gray of Cleveland Heights; one son, Thomas jr. of Martins Ferry; four grandchildren; one sister Mrs. John C. Dunn of Wakeman and three brothers John Grogan of Phoenix, Ariz. and Thomas and James Grogan, both of Cleveland.
Friends may call at the Gerber Funeral Home where services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday followed by services at 10 a.m. from Wakeman St. Mary’s Catholic church. Rev. Fr. Karl L. Burger will offer the Mass and burial will be made in Wakeman St. Mary’s cemetery.

The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, February 18, 1952, p. 2.

Beulah Feakins
Beulah M. Feakins, 85, of Oberlin, died May 24 at the Elyria Home.
Born in North Ridgeville, she had lived most of her life in Oberlin[, was a 1923 graduate of OHS,] and had worked as a bookkeeper for Cochrane, Inc.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she had served as treasurer for many years. She was past matron of Pansy Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star, member of the Oberlin Grange, where she served as secretary/treasurer, and member of the Russia Township Farm Women’s Club.
She is survived by a son, Ronald, of Ripley, Tenn.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles in 1987, son Roger in 1984, and brothers LeRoy in 1981 and Harry in 1954.
Services were May 28 in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Woomer officiating. Burial was in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 4, 1991, p. 3.

Margaret I. FeakinsMargaret Isabel (Shepeard) Feakins

Margaret I[sabel] Feakins [nee Shepeard] passed away in Riverside, CA Jan. 9, 2005, at the age of 78 yrs. [She was a 1944 graduate of OHS.]
Loving Mother of Margaret Greedy, Jean Gaerte, Raenell Liggett, and Elaine Wright. Devoted Grandmother of 12 Grandchildren and 10 Great-Grandchildren.
Friends may call at the funeral home Tues. Jan. 18, 2005 from 12 Noon until Service Time. Funeral Services will be conducted at 1 P.M. in Akes Family's "Chapel Of The Chimes" with Pastor Gene Shepherd officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside National Cemetery.
For those who wish, donations may be made to the Anaheim Christian Church in her memory. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Akes Family Funeral Home (951) 785-4071
The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif., Sunday, January 16, 2005.

Roger N. Feakins
Roger N. Feakins, 43, of Henrietta Twp. was dead on arrival early Saturday morning at Allen Hospital, following an apparent heart attack at his home.
Born in Oberlin, he was a lifelong resident of the area. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1959 and was a millwright for General Motors Corp. for 22 years.
He was a member of the Henrietta United Methodist Church, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and was an auto racing fan.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia; a son, Andrew, at home; two daughters, Anna and Jennifer, both at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Feakins of Oberlin; and a brother, Ronald, of Memphis, Tenn.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 13, 1984.

Jo Ann J. (Champeon) Fecik
Lorain - Jo Ann J[eanne] Fecik (nee Champeon), age 86, of Lorain, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012, at Golden Acres Nursing Home, Amherst.
She was born on August 8, 1925 in Oberlin, living in Lorain county her entire life. She is a [1943] graduate of Oberlin High School. Jo Ann worked at Admiral King, in the cafeteria, for 14 years, before retiring from there in 1975. She was a member of Tower Baptist Church. Jo Ann loved to travel, read, and work on crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed going shopping.
She is survived by her son, Kenneth Layport, of Lorain, daughter, Linda (William) Beegle, of Ft. Myers, FL, 8 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, half-brother, William M. Champeon and half-sister, Norma J. Seymour, both of Trenton, MI.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael P. Fecik, in 1990, her son, Scott Vincent, in 2011, and her parents; Ralph A. and Dorothy M. (nee Braithwaite) Champeon.
The family will receive friends on Monday, April 30th, from 7-9 pm, in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, where her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, at 11:00 am. The Rev. Gary Dorsey, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Twp.
To send an online condolence, go to www.dovinfuneralhome.com
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, April 28, 2012.

Mrs. Royal [Bettie Jane] Fenderson
Bettie Jane Fenderson, 32, of 95 Shipherd Circle, Oberlin, died Saturday in the Cleveland Clinic after a one year illness.
A native of Hollandale, Miss., Mrs. Fenderson was a resident of Oberlin for 23 years [and a 1964 graduate of OHS]. She was a housewife and a member of the Jehovah Witnesses.
She is survived by her husband, Royal; one son, Yuceff; two daughters, Jacie and Kysha, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Readie Brooks Sr. of Oberlin; a brother, Readie Jr. of Oberlin; and two sisters, Miss Shirley Brooks of Oberlin and Hazel DeBerry of Columbus.
Mrs. Fenderson was preceded in death in 1977 by her sister, Mary Ann Bell.
Friends may call at the Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. Services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Linwood Jackson officiating. Burial will be at the Westwood Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, August 5, 1979, p. D-2.

Arthur Wilfred Ferguson
Arthur W. Ferguson, 2301 E. Laurel St., died at 1:45 p.m. Saturday in St. John's Hospital. [He was a 1918 graduate of Oberlin High School.]
He was a member of the Historical Sites Commission, the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Capital City Railroad Relocation Authority, the Advisory Board of the Sangamon County Senior Citizens, Inc., and a life member of the NAACP, and treasurer of the Springfield chapter.
A 33rd degree Mason, he was a member of Kamar Temple No. 56 of the Shriners, Memlik Consistory No. 49, the Knights Templar Prince Hall Commandry of Chicago, Central Lodge No. 3 and the Royal Arch Masons.
He was also a member of the Society of American Military Engineers, Frontiers International, the planning committee of the United Way, the YMCA, the Reserve Officers Association and the Retired Officers Association.
He was a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, a lay reader at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, a senior warden and representative to the Episcopal synod, and in 1969 he received a Senior Citizen of the Year award.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret; one sister, Mrs. Irma [Ferguson] Spencer of Los Angeles, Calif; a niece; an aunt, Mrs. Minnie [F.] Reed of Richmond, VA.; and several other relatives. [He was the son of the late Dr. David Arthur Ferguson and Mrs. Antoinette Ferguson, Richmond, Va.]
Blair Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. [Funeral services and burial in Springfield, Ill., Tuesday, February 7, 1978.]
The State Journal-Register, Springfield, Illinois, Saturday, February 4, 1978 [The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Monday, February 6, 1978, p. C4].
Obituaries provided courtesy of Ms. E. Renee Ingram, President and Founder, African American Heritage Preservation Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC.

Catherine Andrus Fessenden
Catherine “Kay” Andrus Fessenden, 89, of Ashfield, Massachusetts, died at home peacefully in her sleep on October 22, 2006. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 16, 1917, she spent her childhood in Oberlin with her mother, Bernice Wood Shepard, and stepfather, Harold Shepard, after her father George Andrus died in the great flu epidemic of 1918 and the family had to leave Hawaii. [She graduated from OHS in 1935.] She attended Middlebury College for two years, received her B.A. Degree from Oberlin College in 1939, majoring in English, and married Russell Fessenden the same year. When Kay’s husband entered military service and was deployed to Europe in 1943, she spent the war years raising her first child in Oberlin, OH. Between 1946 and 1961 she brought three more children into the world, and when asked once what she considered her greatest accomplishment, she said, “Raising children. I love raising children.”
Kay also loved to photograph children and left her family an enduring photographic legacy of their childhood. When she began a twenty-six year career as the wife of a Foreign Service Officer in 1954, she continued her love of photography and would set about converting one room of every new home into a darkroom soon after arriving in a new post. The family’s life in Paris, France, Washington, D.C., Brussels, Belgium, and Bonn, Germany, and their travels throughout Europe are captured in her photographs. During the height of her husband’s career, her duties included welcoming several U.S. senators and Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon to the family’s residence in Bonn.
In 1972, Kay and Russ retired from the State Department to live in Ashfield, Massachusetts, an ancestral home for two branches of the family. They purchased the Seth Wait tavern, built in 1766 in the heart of the village, and set about renovating the house while creating extensive vegetable and flower gardens. Kay loved homesteading, and became accomplished at raising goats, making cheese and soap from the milk, canning vegetables, tending sheep, spinning and weaving the wool, and beekeeping. At various times she and Russ also kept horses, chickens, geese, rabbits and pigs. Her interests were numerous and broad, and her expertise in oil painting, paper making, book binding, candle making, and calligraphy was impressive.
During her thirty-five years of retirement in Ashfield, she volunteered and supported various community institutions, including the annual Fall Festival, and was a dispatcher for the Ambulance. One of Kay’s greatest passions was writing. She left over twenty volumes of journals, worked as a reporter for the Greenfield Recorder covering Ashfield, wrote regular articles for the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s magazine, Sanctuary, was published in Yankee Magazine, and for many years contributed human interest pieces to The Ashfield News, including her popular series on local craftspeople in Ashfield, “Presence of the Hand.”
Kay remained very active throughout her life: a skier and tennis player, an avid bicyclist, hiker, canoeist and gardener well into her 80’s, and she was always willing to take a walk right until the end.
Catherine Fessenden is survived by her children: Helen Andrus Snyder and Helen’s husband Noel Snyder of Portal, AZ, David Andrus Fessenden and his wife Dawn Fessenden of Ashfield, MA; Anna Fessenden of Ashfield, MA; Jean F. Sprague and her husband Richard L. Sprague, Jr. of Emporium, PA; seven grandchildren: Heather A. Fessenden, Giovanna C. Fessenden, Hillary Dupuis, Lydia Fessenden-Sprague, Gabriellia Sprague, Kolby Sprague, and Madison Sprague; one great-granddaughter, Isabella Hennessey; a sister-in-law, Susan Dean Fessenden, a nephew Peter Fessenden, and a niece Jill Fessenden. She was preceded in death by her parents Bernice (Wood) Andrus and George Alanson Andrus, her husband, Russell Fessenden, who died in 2001, and her son-in-law, Jack Werner who died in 2005.
Obituary provided by family.

Gary Fields
Gary Fields, 39, former Oberlin resident, died March 5 at the Dallas-Fort Worth Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, after a brief illness.
He was born in Okolona, Miss., on Aug. 8, 1954. He had lived in Grand Prairie, Texas, for eight years.
Mr. Fields was a 1972 graduate of Oberlin High School, where he was drum major in the band. He was also drum major for the Edna Kays Steele City Strutters of Lorain.
He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976 and earned his master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology. He served six years in the Army Infantry. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Anita (nee Montgomery); his mother, Annie B. Fields of Oberlin; sisters, Annie Congress and Brenda Fields of Cleveland, Mary Anderson and Linda Fields of Oberlin, Kathy Stevenson of Lorain, and Cindy Fields of Elyria; brothers, Carlton Shumate of Oberlin and Eugene Shumate of Lorain; grandmother, Christine Gunn of Oberlin; three uncles, two aunts, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Fields, in 1987.
Services were March 9 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred L. Steen, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain.
The Carter Funeral Home, Elyria, handled arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 29, 1994, p. 2.

LeRoy Fields
LeRoy “Bunny” Field, 74, of Oberlin, died Tuesday at Welcome Nursing home Oberlin, after a long illness.
He was born and spent most of his life in Oberlin. [He graduated from OHS in 1933. In 1932 he led Oberlin High School to the state Class B track and field championship by winning individual championships in the 220-yard dash, 120-yard high hurdles, and 220-yard low hurdles. He was also a member of the 1930 state champion 880-yard relay team when Oberlin placed second in the state championships.]
Mr. Fields retired in 1978 from Harshaw Chemical Co. after 23 years of service.
A professional musician, he played in small bands around the country.
He was a member and honorary deacon of Park St. Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lou, to whom he was married 27 years; sons, Jon of Jacksonville, Fla., Terry of Oberlin, Timmy of Kansas, and Danny of Texas; daughters, Norma Jones of Oberlin, Bonnie of Texas, and Tina Scott of Elyria; 14 grandchildren; and sisters, Faith Adams and Adora Godette of Oberlin and Ruth Howard of Yellow Springs.
Mr. Fields was preceded in death by his mother, Marvyl, Feb. 14, 1988; and his father, LeRoy, July 26, 1954.
His body was donated to the Cleveland Clinic.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, April 5, 1989, p. B-2.

Marvyl Fields
Marvyl Fields (nee Berry), 92, of Oberlin, died Sunday at her daughter’s home where she was residing, following a long illness.
Born in Athens, she had lived most of here life in Oberlin.
She worked as a cook at Oberlin College for many years before retirement.
Mrs. Fields was the oldest member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was honorary chairlady of the Deaconess Board.
She is survived by daughters, Adora Godette and Faith Adams, both of Oberlin, and Ruth Howard of Dayton; a son, Leroy “Bunny” Fields of Oberlin; a foster daughter, Rev. Eleanor Woodcock; sisters, Reigh Abram of Wellington and Gladys Berry of Chicago; 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Tuesday afternoon in Westwood Cemetery, with Rev. Fred Steen officiating.
A memorial service will be held at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at a date to be announced.
Cowling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 18, 1988, p. 5.

Sandra Reighley Finch
Sandra Reighley Finch (Sandi) was born in Oberlin, to Treva Avery Reighley [OHS ‘21] and Ervin Renoldo Reighley. In true Sandi fashion, God granted her the desires of her heart to die on the day she was born, 79 years later on February 24, 2011.
Sandi’s mother died when she was young and the children were scattered among family members. After graduation from high school in Oberlin [in 1950], she attended and graduated from City Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland. She then moved [to] New Orleans and began work at Charity Hospital. A year later, she joined the U.S. Navy and was stationed in St. Albans, New York, and Portsmouth, Virginia. While in the Navy, she met her husband, George L. Finch III, and after his discharge they moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts. They then relocated to Danvers and she worked part-time and was a Girl Scout Leader for her daughter’s Brownie Troop. Additionally, she took the first managerial course ever provided by Xerox for evaluation.
Sandi’s family moved to New Jersey, where she was involved with the New York Blood Bank, volunteered as a librarian assistant, was a cookie chairman for the Girl Scouts and a Den Mother for her son’s Cub Scouts. She also started a summer reading program utilizing the school library. In 1970, her husband was transferred to Dallas, where Sandi worked part time in a critical care unit and later in a doctor’s office. After her divorce in 1986, Sandi started working for an insurance company in utilization review and case management. When the insurance company was sold, in October 2001, she transferred to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Even though she became ill with pneumonia and was placed on oxygen, she continued to work until August 2003. At that time, she retired after 50 years of nursing, and moved back to Texas to live near her daughter. She was a member of Hill Country Bible Church and participated in Bible Study and Fellowship International and was a member of The Red Hat Society. Her hobbies were reading, knitting, crocheting, painting, and people watching. Through 10 years of case management work with Medicare patients, she learned how important the services offered by Pflugerville Caregivers are to the elderly, and therefore enthusiastically became a Faith In Action Pflugerville Caregivers board member.
She was proceeded in death by her parents; brother, Floyd Ervin Reighley; sisters, Lucia Ann Jensen and Ervina Rae Albertson [OHS ‘51]. She is survived by her children, Deborah Jean Welchel and her husband, Don Welchel and George Avery Finch. She also had three grandchildren, Kyle David Welchel and his wife, Lila, Kevin Daniel Welchel and his wife, Amber, and Kelsey Nicole Finch; sister, Jane Marie Sweda; and brother, Peter Renoldo Reighley Avery.
The visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2011, from 6 to 8 P.M., at Beck Funeral Home in Pflugerville, Texas. The service will be held Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 2 P.M., at Hill Country Bible Church, Pflugerville, Texas. Interment will be private at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Liberty Hill, Texas.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, February 27, 2011.

Mrs. W. M. Firor
Ruth Fobes Firor, 86, former Oberlin resident, died on Aug. 8 in Franklin, W. Va.
Born in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1914] and in 1918 from Oberlin College. She later graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md., and was a staff nurse there.
She lived in Baltimore for many years before moving to West Virginia about two years ago.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. W. M. Firor; a son, Tom, of Franklin, W.Va., brother, Ralph A. Fobes of Elyria; and three grandchildren.
Memorial services were held in Franklin last Saturday.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Franklin United Methodist Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 18, 1983, p. 2.
Ruth Fobes Frior died Aug. 8, 1983, in Franklin, W.Va. Born Dec. 7, 1896, in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1914 and from Oberlin College in 1918]. During her college years she was class vice president 1916-17 and a YWCA cabinet member. She went on to earn a degree in 1921 from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, where she was a staff nurse. She resided in Baltimore for many years before moving to West Virginia two years ago.
Mrs. Frior was married to Warfield M. Firor in 1928. He survives as well as son Tom ’58, three grandchildren and a brother.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Autumn 1983, p. 85.

Frank C. Fisher, Lawyer, 74, Dies
Partner of Royall, Koegel—Was Trustee of Oberlin
Frank Cyril Fisher, senior partner in the law firm of Royall, Koegel, Rogers & Wells, 200 Park Avenue, died Thursday while on a hunting trip on an island off the Virginia coast. He was 74 years old and lived in Bayville, L.I.
Mr. Fisher, an outstanding athlete while an undergraduate at Oberlin College, played halfback on the varsity football teams of 1912, 1913 and 1914. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1910.]
He was an officer in the Navy in World War I aboard the battleship Nevada.
He received his law degree at Columbia University in 1917 and from 1920 to 1937 was with the law firm of Hughes, Schurman & Dwight and its predecessors. The firm, of which he became a member, was that of the late Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes.
Mr. Fisher joined a predecessor firm of Royall, Koegel in 1937.
He was a director of Fownes Brothers & Co., Inc.; Gerli & Co., Inc.; the Sevdoux & Michau and G-F Chemicals Corporations; American-Brazilian Suppliers, Inc.; Cheney Brothers, Inc., and the Church & Dwight Company. Fownes is the well-known glove concern. The others are in textiles and chemicals.
Mr. Fisher was a trustee of Oberlin and a member of the board of visitors of Tulane University. He had served as secretary of the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club and belonged to the Down Town Association and the Racquet and Tennis and Piping Rock Clubs.
He leaves two sons, Julian and Peter Rowe Fisher, and four grandchildren.
The New York Times, New York, New York, Sunday, December 3, 1967, p. 84.

Robert L. Fisher, 56, fly fisherman
ELYRIA -- Robert L. ''Bob'' Fisher, 56, of Elyria, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2001, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Pennsylvania.
He was born April 16, 1945, in Oberlin and had been an Elyria resident most of his life. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1963.]
Fisher was employed as a structural steel designer by Steel Detailing Services, Westlake.
He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Elyria, serving as an usher and greeter and member of the board of diaconate, and was a member of the Second Monday Men. He was an avid fly fisherman, who especially enjoyed fishing for trout. He also enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Aimee (nee Priever); son Jim Hunger of Elyria; father, Carl Fisher of West Virginia; and sister Sandra Magill of Bay Village. He was preceded in death by his son Jeffrey M. Hunger, in 1979; mother, C. Marie Warren Groot; and brother Bill Fisher in 1970.
Friends may call Thursday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, Chestnut Ridge Road at SR 57, Elyria. Services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in First Congregational United Church of Christ, 330 Second St., Elyria, with the Rev. Dennis F. Fredricksen, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 330 Second St., Elyria 44035.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, August 22, 2001.

Mary Wright Fisk
Oberlin -- Mary Wright Fisk, 98, of Oberlin, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2006, at Kendal at Oberlin, following a short illness.
She was born March 12, 1907, in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1924] and Oberlin College.
Mrs. Fisk lived in numerous places including New Delhi, India, Lehore, Pakistan, and Katmandu, Nepal, and returned to Oberlin in 1993.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Harlan Fisk; her parents, Clarence and Nellie (nee Parsons [OHS 1898]) Wright; and brother, Robert Wright [OHS ‘28]. Survivors include cousins.
Graveside services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery, 429 Morgan St., Oberlin. The Rev. David Hill of First Church, Oberlin, will officiate. There is no funeral home visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oberlin College Class of 1928 Scholarship Fund, 50 W. Lorain St., Oberlin, OH 44074-1089; or Stephens Education Fund, 600 Kendal Drive, Oberlin, OH 44074.
Arrangements by Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, February 15, 2006.

Obituary – Mrs. Lida R. Fiske
The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin of March 18 says:
Mrs. Lida R. Fiske, 3319 Hamilton street, died yesterday in the Presbyterian hospital after a long illness. For five years Mrs. Fiske was president of the Women’s Home Missionary society of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, and for many years vice-president of the Synodical Society of the Presbyterian Church of Pennsylvania.
Lida Robertson Seymour was a resident of Oberlin from 1867 to 1875, coming here upon the death of her father, Robert Seymour, a civil war veteran, who had been practicing medicine in Salem, O. His widow purchased the attractive brown cottage on East College street, opposite the Bedortha residence, and many will remember the beautiful girl who so quietly and naturally took her place in the community.
After [graduating from OHS in 1871 and] two years in college, and several years of teaching, Miss Seymour was married to William W. Fiske of Philadelphia who, with a daughter and three sons, survives her.
Uniting with the First Congregational church on New Years day, 1869, religion became and continued through her life a vital influence, and her interest extended beyond local bounds, as shown by her serving as treasurer of the Northwestern Women’s Foreign Missionary society, and later taking the important places mentioned above.
Her death, after months of skillful care, was not unexpected to those who watched by her side, and if called to suffer more than many, she had to the end the companionship and ministry of her devoted family.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, April 5, 1922, p. 4.

[Emma E. Monroe Fitch] Dies In New York
Word has just been received here of the death on Feb. 13 of Emma Monroe Fitch in St. George, Staten Island, New York. Mrs. Fitch died at the home of her son, James Monroe Fitch, after a week’s illness, at the age of ninety-one.
Emma Monroe was born in Oberlin June 14, 1848. She was the daughter of one of Oberlin College’s best loved professors of the early days, James Monroe, and Elizabeth Maxwell Monroe. She [graduated from OHS in 1865,] attended Oberlin College and was graduated with the class of 1869. On May 22, 1872, she married Charles Newton Fitch, a college classmate. Mr. Fitch, who was a minister, held pastorates in the East until his death at College Point, New York, in 1924.
Mrs. Fitch is survived by two sons, James Monroe Fitch and Newton Monroe Fitch.
The death of Mrs. Fitch leaves only one surviving member of the Oberlin College class of 1869, Mrs. Lyman L. Pratt (Frances Cochran Steele [also of the OHS class of 1865]) of Los Angeles, California.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, March 8, 1939, p. 2.

Gary E. Fitzpatrick
Gary E. Fitzpatrick, 42, of Fullerton, Calif., former Oberlin resident, died suddenly on Sept. 8.
He was born and raised in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1963] and Ohio University. He moved to California in 1965.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita; sons, Nita, Mark and Michael; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benny E. Fitzpatrick of 356 S. Pleasant St., Oberlin; brothers, Edward of Seattle, Wash., and Gerry of Detroit, Mich.; and other relatives.
Services were at Hillside Chapel and burial in Rose Hill Memorial Park on Sept. 12. Dr. Grady Benton officiated, assisted by Rev. Morris Delaney.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 24, 1987, p. 5.

Death of Mrs. Mary Caldwell Flagg
She Formerly Lived Here and Studied in the Conservatory
Mrs. Mary Caldwell Flagg died at Westfield, Ill., Friday, Jan. 11.
Mrs. Flagg was born at Milan, O., and her body is to be buried there today (Tuesday).
With her mother, Mrs. L. P. Caldwell, and sister (Mrs. L. B. Hall) she removed to Oberlin in 1889. She graduated from the Oberlin high school [in 1892] and studied in the Conservatory of Music five or six years. She taught music one year in Hoopeston college, Hoopeston, Ill., and a second year near Springfield, Mo. In July, 1903, she was married in Oberlin to Mr. Edmund Flagg, a druggist of Westfield, Ill. She leaves a little boy five weeks old, who will for the present be cared for in the home of his aunt, the only sister of the dead mother.
The sympathy of many friends goes out to Mr. Flagg, who is so suddenly deprived of wife, child and home.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 15, 1907, p. 6.

William Bosworth Flammer
William B. Flammer [Oberlin College class of 1931] died unexpectedly Aug. 2[, 1968,] in Greenfield, Ohio. He was born in Oberlin 61 years ago [and graduated from OHS in 1925].
Mr. Flammer retired in 1964 from the American Telegraph Electronic Protection Service and moved to Greenfield. He was a son of William Flammer, t ’07, now of California, and the late Margaret Murphy Flammer, ’07.
Mr. Flammer was married in 1936 to Catherine Wolfe. They had one son, William, now living in Smyrna, Ga. There is a grandson, William M., also in Smyrna. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Marion Uhl of Hollywood, Calif.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, November 1968, p. 87.

David P. Fleming
David P. Fleming, 17, of Oberlin, died June 7 at Allen Memorial Hospital after an automobile accident.
Born in Lorain, he lived in Sheffield Lake before moving to Oberlin two years ago.
He had finished his 10th grade year at Oberlin High School. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his parents, David and Miriam Fleming; two sisters, Lisa Marie and Denise Ann, both at home; paternal grandmother, Pat Fleming of Boca Raton, Fla.; and maternal grandmother, Laura Dorsey of Lorain.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, George Fleming, and his maternal grandfather, Dorley Dorsey.
Services were Friday morning in the Schwartz, Spence & Boyer Home for Funerals in Lorain, with the Rev. Larry Anderson officiating. Burial was in Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 14, 1994, p. 2.

Norman Clarence Fletcher

C. Norman Fletcher, [OHS ’15, OC Kindergarten Training School, died] October 25, 1989, in Bay Village, Ohio. Born April 7, 1897, he was married to Margaret Ferris Fletcher ’21, who survives.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1990, p. 35.

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