James Reginald Rainbow
James Reginald Rainbow, 70, of New York City, former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 3 at his home.
Born Feb. 25, 1923 in Wheeling, W.Va., he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1939] and from Livingstone College.
He taught in Rowan County schools prior to retirement and was a member of Moore’s Chapel AME Zion Church, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Dragon and Dragonettes Club.
Survivors include his wife, Margretta Clark Rainbow; a son, James Reginald Rainbow Jr. of New York City; brothers, Melvin D. of Oberlin, and John R. of New York City; and sister, Dr. Kathryn Earhart of Topeka, Kansas.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 25, 1994, p. 2.
Kathryn Adeline Rainbow-Earhart
Doctor Kathryn A. Rainbow-Earhart, a native of Wheeling, West Virginia, [graduated from OHS in 1938,] attended the Fort Valley State College in Georgia, and, after receiving a B.S. degree from that institution, entered the Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, from which she received her M.D. degree.
Following a rotating internship at Harlem Hospital in New York, Doctor Rainbow-Earhart served a pediatric residency at Mercy-Douglass and Childrens Hospitals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then, as the recipient of a fellowship awarded by the National Medical Fellowships, Inc., served as additional residency in pediatrics at Freedmens Hospital, in Washington, D.C.
She engaged in a private pediatric practice in North Carolina for two years. Doctor Rainbow-Earhart joined the staff at Lakin State Hospital, in Lakin, West Virginia, as a staff physician in 1954 and was appointed Superintendent in September, 1960. In June, 1962, she left West Virginia to enter the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas.
In June, 1965, Doctor Rainbow-Earhart graduated from the Menninger School of Psychiatry. She was then employed as staff psychiatrist at the Topeka State Hospital, Topeka, Kansas. In March, 1979, she became a staff psychiatrist at the Shawnee Community Mental Health Center, Inc. In 1981, she was employed by the Kansas State Department of Corrections until her retirement in 1983.
Doctor Rainbow-Earhart is a past president of the West Virginia Medical Society, Inc. and a member of the American Medical Associations, Inc.; the Kansas Medical Society; the American Psychiatric Association; the Black Psychiatrists of America; and the Kansas District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association. She is listed in Whos Who of American Women, Whos Who in the Midwest, Whos Who among Black Americans, and in the 1972 edition of the Two Thousand Women of Achievement.
She is a member of the St. John A.M.E. Church of Topeka, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a past president of the Topeka Chapter of Links, Inc.; and a past president of the Topeka Club of Quota International, Inc. She is a Life Member of the NAACP; a member of the National Council of Negro Women; a member of the Board of Directors of The Villages in Topeka; Hospice, Inc. of Topeka (1981-1983 and 1988-1990); the Board of the Topeka Association of Retarded Citizens from 1972 to 1978, and from 1984-1990. She is also an honorary Member of the Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was also a 1993 Honoree of the Consortium of Doctors. In 2001, she received the Positive Image Award from the Topeka Chapter of Links, Inc. She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Martin Luther King Living the Dream in 2008.
In private life, she was married to William Earhart, and is the mother of two sons, one of whom is a graduate of the Air Force Academy in Colorado. Since her retirement, Doctor Rainbow-Earhart spent her time reading, gardening, volunteering, traveling at home and abroad; serving on boards and as a member of various organizations in the Topeka community, and enjoying life in general.
Doctor Rainbow-Earhart will lay in state today May 19, from 4-8 p.m. with family visitation from 6-8 p.m. Services will be held Friday May 20 at 11a.m. all at Bowser Johnson Funeral Chapel Inc. Cremation will follow.
The Topeka Capital-Journal, Topeka, Kan., Thursday, May 19, 2011.
Melvin Rainbow, 82, enjoyed sports
Oberlin -- Melvin D. ''Mel'' Rainbow, 82, of Oberlin, died Sunday, Dec. 10, 2000, at Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin, following a lengthy illness.
He was born June 27, 1918, in Wheeling, W.Va.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1936 and attended Ohio State University and West Virginia State College.
Rainbow was employed as an inspector at General Motors Fisher Body, Elyria, for 21 years until his retirement in 1985, and previously worked at the Cleveland Post Office. He owned and operated Mel and Mary's Sunoco Station on East Lorain Street, Oberlin, from 1950 to 1954.
He was a sports enthusiast, coached Little League baseball and was a member of Club 15, supporting Dollars for Scholars and other community causes. He was a member of United Auto Workers Union Local 780.
Survivors include his wife, Mary L. (nee Wilson); sons Melvin D. Rainbow of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Roger H. Rainbow of Oberlin; daughters Kathrine A. Abba of Oberlin and Myrna D. Tuck of Solon; two grandchildren. brother, John R. Rainbow of New York; sister, Dr. Kathryn R. Earhart of Topeka, Kan.; and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John H. and Addaline H. (nee Holly) Rainbow; and brothers Henry H. and James R. Rainbow.
Friends may call Wednesday from noon until time of service at 1 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Pastor Charles B. Mayle and the Rev. Howard O. Jones of Christian Missionary Alliance Church will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Welcome Nursing Home, 417 S. Main St., Oberlin 44074.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, December 11, 2000.
Melvin Drew Rainbow II
Melvin Drew Rainbow II, 64, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, formerly of Oberlin, transitioned from this life Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, after a long fight with cancer. He was born May 1946 in Wheeling, West Virginia.
His family moved to Oberlin in 1949 where he resided until he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1965. He moved to Los Angeles, California and attended Compton College. In September 1971 he moved and resided in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he went on to graduate from Duffs Business College in 1996.
Melvin was employed with the Renaissance Publications, a black-owned business magazine in Pittsburgh, retiring from his sales position in 2006. He was a resident at Laurentian Hall Apartments on Penn Avenue.
He was currently attending The Living Word Church on Frankstown Road in Pittsburgh, where he was an advocate of change. He formerly attended Pittsburgh Christian Temple Church, and attended Rust Methodist Church of Oberlin when at home with his family.
Survivors include his mother, Mary L. Rainbow of Oberlin; brother, Roger H. (Alexis) Rainbow [OHS ‘73] of Oberlin; sisters, Myrna D. (Otis) Tuck [OHS ‘63] of Solon, Katherine Rainbow-Abba [OHS ‘68] of Lorain; nieces, Ariana Rainbow of Atlanta, Georgia, Ana Rainbow of Lorain; aunt, Dr. Kathryn Earhart [OHS ‘38] of Topeka, Kansas; uncle, Mr. John R. Rainbow [OHS ‘42] of New York, New York; cousins, Mr. Fredric, Jr. Bryant of Bulverde, Texas, Mr. Reginald Rainbow of New York, New York and Holly Bryant of Topeka, Kansas.
Melvin D. Rainbow II was preceded in death by his father, Melvin D. Rainbow, Sr. [OHS ‘36]; grandmothers, Adeline Holly Rainbow and Estelle Wilson; grandfather, John Henry Rainbow; great-grandmother, Agnes Porter; uncle, Robert Wilson; uncle and aunt, James Reginald [OHS ‘39] and Margretta Rainbow of Salisbury, North Carolina.
Graveside services will be held Monday, January 24, 2011 at 10 A.M. at Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin. Memorial services will immediately follow at Rust United Methodist Church, 128 Groveland St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Rev. Lorenzo Smart, Pastor, will officiate services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rust United Methodist Church.
Professional services entrusted to Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway Ave, Lorain, OH 44052, (440) 244-1831.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 20, 2011.
Shirley J. Rajala (nee Papworth), 68, of Lake City, Fla., former Oberlin resident, died Dec. 21 at Veterans Domiciliary of Florida, Lake City, after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1942 graduate of Oberlin High School], she was the daughter of William “Mac” Papworth, a former Oberlin mail carrier. She lived in West Palm Beach, Fla., most of her life, moving to Lake City seven years ago.
During World War II she served in the Navy as a bombardier instructor at the Banana River Naval Air Station in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
She then worked in the Palm Beach County Schools until retiring in 1983. For many years she was also a carrier for the Palm Beach Post Times.
Mrs. Rajala was an active volunteer at the Lake City Veterans Administration Medical Center. She was a member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Lake City.
Survivors include two daughters, Trisha Christison of Lake City and Sandra Cote of Loxahatchee, Fla.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 29, 1992, p. 2.
Esther M. Ralph
Esther M. Ralph, 82, of McCartney Street, Easton, died Wednesday in her home. She was the wife of Arnold Ralph. They were married 31 years in May. She was a private secretary at Lehigh Furniture Co., Easton, for 22 years until retiring in 1964.
Born in Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1930 graduate of Oberlin High School,] she was a daughter of the late Howard and Marie Spore. Survivors are her husband, and daughter, Andrea M. Garis of Lower Mount Bethel Township.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family; arrangements, Ashton Funeral Home, Easton.
The Morning Call, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Friday, June 23, 1995, p. B7.
Chester Ralston, Insurance Man, Dies Here
Chester Fairman Ralston, 84, in the insurance business in Oberlin since 1916, died Tuesday night at Allen Hospital after an 18-day illness.
The son of Ephraim and Emma Dawson Ralston, Mr. Ralston was born in Jewett May 21, 1870. The family moved to Oberlin 13 years later.
Mr. Ralston was educated in the Oberlin public schools [OHS class of 1888] and Oberlin College, from which he was graduated in 1892. He received his master’s degree in 1894 and the same year was ordained to the Baptist ministry at Fredericktown.
After a short pastorate in Fredericktown he served the following churches: First Baptist Church of Monroeville, 1894-97; First Baptist, Warren, 1897-1905; First Baptist, Gloversville, N. Y., 1905-09; and the Warburton Avenue Baptist Church of Yonkers, N. Y., from which he was forced to resign because of ill health, from 1909 to 1916.
In 1910 he was awarded the honorary degree of doctor of divinity by Carson Newman College and by Colgate University. He was a trustee of Colgate Theological Seminary from 1911-14.
Mr. Ralston was formerly a member of the New York State Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention, a member of the Executive Committee of the New York Peace Society, a member of the Executive Committee of the Northern Baptist Convention. He was appointed a delegate to the Baptist World Convention in London in 1905, and a delegate to the World Peace Convention at Geneva, Switzerland, in August, 1914. The latter convention was adjourned the day it opened because of the outbreak of World War I.
Mr. Ralston took an active interest in community and college affairs. He was a member of the College Alumni Council.
He was married to the former Irma Bloomer in 1895; she died in 1951. A daughter Helen died in 1908. He is survived by four children: Mrs. J. F. Schreiner of Big Rapids, Mich.; Mrs. C. H. Kirshner of Baldwin, N. Y.; George Ralston of Tucson, Ariz.; and Mrs. John W. Hill of Oberlin. Seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be held today at 3 p. m. at the Cowling-Stang Funeral Home, and interment will be at Westwood Cemetery. Officiating at the services will be Rev. C. L. Bromley of Oberlin and Rev. B. W. Dennison of Norwalk.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 7, 1955, p. 2.
George B. Ralston, 61, dies in Phoenix
George Bloomer Ralston, 61, brother of Mrs. John W. Hill and former resident of Oberlin, died last Thursday in Phoenix, Ariz.
Mr. Ralston was supervisor of the Arizona Bond Department of e. F. Hutton Co.’s Phoenix office at the time of his death.
Prior to residence in Arizona he had been associated with the William J. Merika Co. and later, a partner with the firm of Cayne, Ralston and Co. of Cleveland.
He and Mrs. Ralston moved to Arizona in 1947 for the benefit of their daughter’s health.
Mr. Ralston was born in Warren, Nov. 8, 1900, the son of the late Chester F. and [Em?]ma B. Ralston, well known Oberlin residents.
He attended Oberlin High School and graduated from Ohio State University.
He is survived by his wife, the former Edna Hogan of Cleveland; by his daughter Jane (Mrs. J. J. Jackson) of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two grandchildren; and two other sisters, Mrs. J. F. Shreiner of Big Rapids, Mich., and Mrs. C. H. Kirshner of Baldwin, N. Y.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 7, 1962, p. 7B.
Rick L. Ramage
Rick L. Ramage, 37, of Elyria, a 1977 graduate of Oberlin High School, died Feb. 18 at St. Augustine Manor in Cleveland after a short illness.
Born in Fairmont, W. Va., he came to Elyria as an infant, moving to Texas in the 1980s.
He graduated from a travel school in Pittsburgh. He was a sales clerk at Lawson’s in Elyria for 12 years and, while living in Texas, worked at Budget Car Rental for five years.
Survivors include his father, Roy of Elyria; brothers, Roy and David, both of Elyria, Nicky of Amherst, and twin brother, Jack, of Sparta, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara, in 1995.
Services were Feb. 20 in the Dovin Funeral Home, Lorain, with the Rev. Gene B. Martin officiating.
Burial was in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 27, 1996.
Edward C. Ramsey, 75, Ryerson & Son Salesman
Bay Village, Ohio – Edward C. Ramsey was a salesman for Joseph T. Ryerson & Son Inc. steel company in Cleveland for more than 30 years.
Mr. Ramsey, 75, of Bay Village, died Thursday at Bradley Rd. Nursing Home in Bay Village.
He was born in Wilsonburg, W.Va., and graduated from Oberlin High School [class of 1940?] in Oberlin.
During World War II, he served in the Navy aboard the USS Edwards.
He enjoyed gardening, reading and music.
Mr. Ramsey is survived by his wife of 16 years, Nancy; daughters, Lynn K. of Burton Township and Rebecca Wright of Tulsa, Okla.; sons, Glen of Burton Township and Scott of Warren; stepdaughter, Judi Arnold of Cleveland Heights; stepson, Wayne Ford Smith of Westlake; five grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
His first wife, Jean, is deceased.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Rd., Westlake.
Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, August 23, 1997, p. 7B.
Irma May Randle
Oberlin -- Irma May Randle (nee King), 97, of Frederick, Md., formerly of Oberlin, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2007.
She was born in Oberlin and attended Oberlin Public Schools [OHS class of 1931], where she excelled in music, especially playing the piano.
Mrs. Randle played in a jazz band in her younger days but preferred playing Gospel music.
She was member of Rust United Methodist Church of Oberlin, where she sang in the Senior and Gospel choirs, played the piano and hosted musical events. She enjoyed cooking, bicycling, her family and working with children of all ages.
Survivors include her sister, Bettye Bryant of Elyria, and nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Helen Hodge; grandparents, Samuel and Cora King; brothers Ellsworth Smith and Raymond Smith; and a sister, Marie Cousins.
Friends may call Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at 9:30 a.m. in Rust United Methodist Church, 128 Groveland St. The Rev. Lorenzo A. Smart Jr., pastor, and the Rev. Jonathan Davis, pastor of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church of Knoxville, Md., will co-officiate. Burial will follow in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Arrangements by Carter Funeral Homes, Elyria.
E-mail condolence messages may be sent to email@example.com.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, August 9, 2007.
Felicia Marie Randleman
Felicia Marie Randleman of Oberlin died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at New Life Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain following a long illness. She was 34.
Born Nov. 23, 1972, in Oberlin [and a 1992 graduate of OHS] she worked as a hostess at Kendal at Oberlin for a year before her illness. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
She enjoyed reading, watching old movies, and working on computers.
Miss Randleman is survived by her parents, Doug and Joyce (nee Henderson) Randleman of Oberlin; sisters Chelonn Robinson of Oberlin, Carmelle Davenport of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Chanté Gregory of Maryland; brother, Dwight Randleman of Saratoga, Fla.; maternal grandmother, Cleon Jefferson of Henderson, N.C.; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Lewis Hargrove; and paternal grandparents, Luther and Emma Randleman.
Friends may visit on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 47 Locust St., the Rev. Anthoni McElrath, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Westwood Cemetery.
Cowling Funeral Home is handling local arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 16, 2007, p. 2.
Sondra Randleman, nurse assistant
Hemet, Calif. -- Sondra Bonnie Lee Randleman, 60, of Hemet, Calif., formerly of New London, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at the Hemet Valley Medical Center, Hemet, Calif.
She was born July 2, 1940, in New London, and had lived in California for many years.
She graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1958].
She had worked at the Daniel Freeman Hospital in Hemet for 12 years and had been a nurse's assistant for over 30 years.
She was a member of the Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Jacqueline Ball and Felicia Carter of Hemet; son, Allen Randleman of Hemet; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Ed Randleman of North Ridgeville and Mason and Claven Randleman of Lorain; and sister, Sarah Haynes of Dayton. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Hestor and Jessie Lucilla (nee Tates) Randleman; three sisters; and three brothers.
Services will be held in New London at a later date.
The Eastman Funeral Home, New London, is handling arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, February 23, 2001
MaryJane Randolph (nee Pleasnick), 51, of Oberlin, died Oct. 1, 1999 at home after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin, she lived here most of her life. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1966.
She worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for area businesses.
Mrs. Randolph enjoyed yard work, gardening, crafts and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Steve C.; a daughter, Kris McDonald of Cincinnati; stepsons Earl and Greg, both of Elyria, Roger of Avon Lake and Charles Randolph of Olmsted Falls; 10 grandchildren; her father, William Pleasnick of Oberlin; sisters Martha Jones of San Jose, Calif., and Virginia Rogers of Oberlin; and a brother, David Pleasnick of Amherst.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Alice Pleasnick, in 1978; and a brother, Billy Pleasnick.
Services were October 4 at the Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, with the Rev. Gary Hazlett, Chaplain of the New Life Hospice, officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in Wellington.
Memorial gifts may be made to the New Life Hospice, 5255 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 44035.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 5, 1999, p. 3.
Services Held For Mrs. Ransom, 83
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the residence, 280 W. Lorain St., for Mrs. Mary Farnsworth Ransom, 83, resident of Oberlin for nearly 60 years, who died Friday at St. John’s Hospital, Cleveland, after surgery.
Born in Sullivan July 12, 1869, Mrs. Ransom moved to Oberlin with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Farnsworth, in 1883. After graduation [from OHS in 1887 and] from Oberlin College in 1892 she taught in Oberlin schools for three years. She was married to Edwin M. Ransom of Oberlin, on Aug. 14, 1895. Mr. Ransom died in 1929.
The Ransoms lived in Lorain from 1898 to 1913. In Lorain Mrs. Ransom was an active member of the First Congregational Church; one of the founders of the Social Settlement House in South Lorain; and a charter member of Sorosis.
In Oberlin Mrs. Ransom was a member of the First Church and an active worker in its Women’s Association; and belonged to the Nancy Wolcott Squire Chapter, DAR, and the Oberlin Woman’s Club.
Surviving Mrs. Ransom are a daughter, Grace, a teacher in Lincoln High School, Cleveland; and one brother, E. M. Farnsworth of Sullivan.
Rev. Joseph F. King conducted the funeral services, and burial was made in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 16, 1953, p. 6.
Mary Ransome-Greene (nee McCreedy), formerly of Oberlin, died at the Sanctuary Nursing Home in Dublin, Ohio. She was 86.
Born Jan. 12, 1920, in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1938] and the Oberlin School of Commerce. She retired from Oberlin Middle School where she had worked as a secretary.
Mrs. Ransome-Greene is survived by her son, David Ransome of Oberlin; daughter, Paula Langhals of Delphos, Ohio; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Delores Balkin of Ashland. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Paul Ransome, in 1978; her second husband, Jesse Greene, in 2001; parents, William Howard and Rose (nee Morrone) McCreedy; brothers Harold and Harry McCreedy; and sister, Iverna Johnson.
There are no public services or visitation planned.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 4, 2006, p. 2.
Elinor Stapleton Rash died
Born Dec. 31, 1903, in Erzeroom, Turkey, she leaves children Arthur ’47, Eunice ’51, Elena ’57, and Evelyn; 15 grandchildren, including Karen McWharter ’77 and Kirstin Speidel ’86, and one great-grandchild.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Rites Conducted Tuesday For Mrs. Fannie Rathwell
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the East Oberlin Community Church for Mrs. Fannie Rathwell [nee Edwards], 70, of 29½ S. Main, who died Sunday morning at the home of her son, Howard, 31 N. Prospect. She had been ill for several weeks.
A resident of Oberlin all her life [and a 1903 graduate of OHS], Mrs. Rathwell was born here Mar. 12, 1887. She was a member of the East Oberlin Community Church and the LCW Society of the church.
Her husband Elmer died in 1953, and a son Edwin died in 1938.
Survivors are three sons, Howard, Harlan and Irving, all of Oberlin; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Spencer of LaGrange, Mrs. Dorothy Shipman and Mrs. Mary Dodson both of Oberlin; a brother, Arthur Edwards of Oberlin; a half brother, Harley Edwards of Avon Lake; two sisters, Mrs. Tom Jeffries of Elyria and Mrs. Ernest Frost of Dayton; three half sisters, Mrs. Avon Chesbro of Oberlin, Mrs. Howard Goodrich of Elyria and Mrs. John Parker of Cleveland; and 17 grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 18, 1957, p. 2A.
Josephine Rauscher (nee Thompson), 89, died Sunday at the Medina County Home after a long illness.
Born in Detroit [and a 1918 graduate of OHS], Mrs. Rauscher had been a resident of Medina County for many years.
She was a registered nurse and a member of the United Church of Christ in Valley City and the Mallet Creek Grange.
Surviving are a son, Richard Rauscher, of Virginia; a daughter, Eleanor Eastwood, of Medina; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William, in 1979.
Visitation is Tuesday 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in the Bauer Funeral Home in Valley City.
Funeral services are Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 6656 Center Road, Valley City, with the Rev. Dr. Marshall Cook, officiating.
Burial will be in York Cemetery in Medina.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Medina County Home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, April 1, 1985, p. C-2.
Mrs. Rachel Rawdon Dies Friday in
Rachel Brightman Rawdon, wife of former Oberlin school superintendent Howard L. Rawdon, died Friday in Bradenton, Fla. She was 78.
Rev. Joseph F. King conducted funeral services Tuesday afternoon at the Cowling-Stang Funeral Home. Interment was in Westwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Rawdon, who graduated from [OHS in 1899 and from] Oberlin College in 1904, operated the Hi-O-Hi Tea Room on College Pl. for a number of years. After Mr. Rawdon’s retirement about 20 years ago the two for six years managed the Oberlin Inn dining room.
In recent years the Rawdon’s spent their summers in Vermilion-on-the-Lake and their winters in Bradenton, Fla.
Mrs. Rawdon was a member of First Church. She was a past president of Sorosis and a past worthy matron of Pansy Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
Besides her husband she is survived by two daughters, Miss Helen Rawdon of Cleveland and Mrs. Janet R. Bassett of Pomfret, Vt.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 5, 1960, p. 5B.
John L. Rawlinson, 1920-2009
John Lang Rawlinson, professor emeritus of history at Hofstra University, passed away on May 19, 2009, from pneumonia. He was aged 89 years. He taught at Hofstra University for 37 years and retired in 1992. His principal teaching fields were modern China and Japan.
Professor Rawlinson was born in China of missionary parents and attended [OHS, graduating in 1938,] the Shanghai American School, Oberlin College (BA 1942) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1958). After graduating from college he served as a clerk in the US Embassy in Chungking (1943-1944), and later as Vice Consul in the US Consulate General at Tientsin (1945-1946). In the interim, he was an ensign in the US Navy, studying Chinese at the Naval Language Training School at [the University of Colorado at] Boulder, Colorado. He entered Graduate School in 1947, teaching part-time at MIT in the Department of Political Science. His dissertation, written under the direction of the late Professor John King Fairbank, was on the Chinese navy, 1839-1895, and was published by Harvard University Press in 1967.
In 1955, he joined the History Department at Hofstra University where he introduced courses in Asian history. He became active in faculty governance, serving as chairman of the Senate Executive Committee at the time of student unrest in 1970. At about that time, he became involved in the Hofstra Social Science Associum, which he helped to establish to improve liaison between college and high school faculties in the social sciences and social studies. A number of conferences were held to that end, as well as summer programs for high school teachers.
More recently, he published a two volume biography of his father, a liberal missionary editor in Shanghai who was killed in the outbreak of full Sino-Japanese hostilities in 1937. In addition, there were a number of reviews and several papers given at professional meetings, including the Modern China Seminar at Columbia University.
In retirement, he served as the historian for Upper Brookville. He was also active in volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and the interfaith Nutrition Network, a soup kitchen in Glen Cove, New York. Hobbies included building ship models and driftwood sculpture. He is survived by his son, Frank, granddaughter, Morgan, stepdaughter, Nancy Nicholson, and step grandchildren, Robert and Alex Pucciariello.
Professor Rawlinson had been a member of the AAS since 1958.
Source: Nancy Nicholson. Submitted by Forrest R. Pitts
From the Asian Studies Newsletter, Vol. 54, No 3, Fall 2009.
John Rawlinson of Glen Cove, formerly of Upper Brookville, died at the age of 88 on May 19, 2009. For 37 years he was a professor of Asian history at Hofstra University. He also served as the historian for Upper Brookville. He is survived by his son Frank Rawlinson and granddaughter Morgan; stepdaughter Nancy Nicholson; step- grandsons. Robert and Alex Pucciariello. Memorial service June 27 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church Sea Cliff. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Fund United Methodist Church Sea Cliff.
Glen Cove Record Pilot, Glen Cove, N.Y., Thursday, June 11, 2009
John Lang Rawlinson
John Lang Rawlinson, formerly of Upper Brookville, died at age 88, from pneumonia May 19, 2009. Husband of the late Margaret. Survived by his son Frank, granddaughter Morgan, stepdaughter Nancy Nicholson, step grandsons Robert and Alex Pucciariello. Memorial Service June 27th at 11:00am, United Methodist Church, Sea Cliff, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Fund, United Methodist Church, Sea Cliff, NY.
Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., Sunday, June 21, 2009, p. A53.
Ethel ‘Jean’ Ray
Ethel “Jean” Ray, 62, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Avon on Aug. 2 after an illness of several months.
Born in East Cleveland, she moved to Oberlin in 1951 and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1952. She then moved to Elyria.
Miss Ray worked for the city of Elyria as a school crossing guard for 20 years. She also was a cook at the Porterhouse Restaurant and Libra Capri, both in Elyria.
She was a member of East Elyria Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses.
Survivors include a brother, Oscar “Buster” Ray Jr. of Cleveland; and three sisters, Geraldine James and Eleanor Gorman, both of Parma, and Nellie Mitchell of Ashtabula.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Lois Ray; a sister, Lois; and a brother, James.
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in Elyria.
Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park in Bedford.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 9, 1994, p. 2.
Susan A. Reardon
Sandusky — Susan A. [Arlene] "Miss Sue" Reardon, 53, of Sandusky, passed away late Sunday evening, January 11, 2009, at the Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Oberlin, Ohio on May 27, 1955. She was a 1973 graduate of Oberlin High School and had attended Bowling Green State University, Firelands Campus. She was a library associate for the Sandusky Public Library and had worked as a naturalist for the Erie Metro Parks. She was involved in the "Park Pals" program which was a nature education program for pre-school age children. She had very diverse interests in historical reenactments, camping, hiking, literature, and native American arts and crafts.
She is survived by her children, Joshua Reardon, Joel Reardon and Christina (Jean-Paul) Schowalter; life partners, Michael Reardon and John Patrick; surrogate family, Zachary and Kaitlin; two brothers and a sister; and hound dog, Buddy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Jean (Hobbs) Joy; brother, Doug.
At her request, no visitation will be held. A celebration of her life will be held this Friday, January 16, from noon to 3:30 p.m, at AMVETS Post 17, 307 Putnam St., Sandusky, OH.
The family requests contributions to be made to the Sandusky Public Library, 114 W. Adams St., Sandusky, Ohio 44870; Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870; Erie Metro Parks, 3910 Perkins Ave., Huron, Ohio 44839; or to Cancer Services of Erie County, 505 W. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, January 14, 2009.
Charles E. Redden
Charles E. Redden, was born on April 13, 1952 and passed away on Nov. 30, 2012 at age 60. He was born in Oberlin, Ohio. He married Amy F. Redden. He is survived by his wife, Amy F. Redden (nee Ferraro), of Oberlin; his mother, Joyce L. Redden [OHS ‘39], of Oberlin; his nephews, Michael Ferraro and Joseph Huffman; his nieces, Katie Ferraro Minneci, Stephanie Mayer, Marlene Huffman, Samantha Huffman; and great-niece, Nina Rose Minneci.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene W. Redden; his brother, Eugene W. Redden Jr.
Charles passed away at home. He was married to his wife Amy for 23 years. He was a graduate of Oberlin High in 1970. Charles worked in the telephone industry for many years as a supervisor. He was a member of St. Mary Church in Lorain. He enjoyed travel, cooking, NASCAR and camping. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Church 309 W. 7th Street, Lorain, OH 44052. Online condolences may be made at www.cowlingfuneralhomoh.com
Visitation will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin.
Funeral service will take place Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oberlin, Ohio. Clergy will be Father Daniel O. Divis, St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment will be in Westwood Cemetery.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, December 03, 2012.
Fruitland Pioneer Called By
Death [Lily R. (Barton) Redington]
Mrs. Lily B. Redington, Fruitland pioneer, passed away Tuesday night, Nov. 28th at the Mary Secor hospital at Emmett. Mrs. Redington was born at Eleria [
Obituary – Amelia Naomi Reed
Amelia Naomi Reed was born in Oberlin, Ohio, Feb. 19, 1847 [the daughter of Herschel and Eliza Reed]. All her life was spent in Oberlin, prior to her coming to Humboldt nineteen years ago with the exception of a few years spent in teaching music in various parts of Michigan. Since 1904 she has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bennett of Humboldt, Mrs. Bennett being her only sister.
After graduation from high school [in 1865] in Oberlin she was a student for two years in Oberlin College where she received her musical training, it being her desire to make the teaching of music her life work; and in this work of teaching music she continued as long as her health would permit.
For the past nineteen years she has been an invalid, and during all this time she has been lovingly cared for in the home of her sister [Frances J. (Reed) Bennett, OHS class of 1863]. Yet notwithstanding her poor health she has been able to do much useful work.
When a young girl she joined the Congregational church in Oberlin of which President Charles G. Finney, of Oberlin University was then pastor. She has always been a faithful and consecrated Christian, deeply interested in all philanthropic enterprises. She was a constant reader of the best literature, and she always enjoyed talking with her friends about her favorite books.
She was a patient sufferer during her last illness which was brightened and sweetened during her short stay in Mercy hospital in Fort Dodge by the beautiful music which she was privileged there to hear.
She passed away Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 p.m. as peacefully as if she were merely going to sleep.
She leaves behind a sister, Mrs. Edwin Bennett of Humboldt and many other relatives and friends by whom she will be greatly missed.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon, May 19th, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bennett, Rev. W. J. Robinson of the First Baptist Church of Rockwell City and Rev. C. H. Eyman of the First Baptist Church of Humboldt officiating. Interment was made in Union cemetery.
The Humboldt Republican, Humboldt, Iowa, Friday, May 29, 1925.
C. Reed, 89
Donald C[alvin] Reed a resident of Burlington for the past 36 years passed away at the Aberjona Rehabilitation Center in Winchester on Monday morning, May 31, 2004. He was 89 years old. Mr. Reed was born in Oberlin, Ohio, the son of the late Charles and Mary Lou Reed. He grew up and was educated in Oberlin[, graduating from OHS in 1933]. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Fiske College in Tennessee and his Masters Degree in Psychology from Ohio State. He served in the Army Air Corps.
Mr. Reed was a retired Industrial Specialist and Project Manager for the Federal Government. He spent much of his career associated with Hanscom Air Force Base working on numerous Department of Defense projects including the Air Force's AWACS Program.
Mr. Reed is survived by his wife of 38 years, Angela (Close) Reed of Burlington. He is the father of Deirdre Gibbs of Danvers and Donald Reed of Brooklyn, NY. He is the father-in-law of Steven Gibbs and Madonna Reed. He is the grandfather of DJ Reed, Roman Reed, Savannah and Trevor Gibbs. Funeral services will be private. Memorials in Donald's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 36 Cameron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140.
Source: Sullivan Funeral Home
Burlington, Mass., Veterans’ Services, http://www.veteransinfo.net/Burlington/2004-2005/reed.htm
Dr. [Dudley Billings] Reed Is Dead
Dr. Dudley B. Reed, chairman of the board of managers of Allen Hospital in Oberlin and formerly head of the student health service at the University of Chicago, died suddenly of a heart attack at 2 a.m. yesterday at Camp Pemigewassett, Wentworth, N.H. He was 76 years old.
One of the founders of the Camp in 1908, he had been active as an officer and director since that time. The Camp opened for its 48th season on Tuesday.
Born in Medina on Oct. 24, 1878, Dr. Reed graduated from [OHS in 1894 and from] Oberlin College in 1903 and received his medical degree from Columbia Medical School in 1908. That same year he married Clara Jane Jones and they went to Ashville, N.C., where Dr. Reed joined the faculty of Ashville School. He served as head of the department of physical education at the University of Rochester from 1909 to 1911, and in 1912 went to the University of Chicago.
At Chicago he acted as assistant to the chairman of the physical education department, who was then Amos Alonzo Stagg of football coaching fame. Dr. Reed organized the student health service at Chicago and relinquished his athletic duties to direct it for the remaining 25 years of his career there.
Moved to Oberlin in ‘45
Among the organizations in which he was a leader at that period in his life were the Society of Directors of Physical Education in Colleges and the American Physical Education Association. He was a past president of both.
Retiring from the Chicago faculty in 1945 he moved to his present home here at 264 Morgan.
Retirement by no means marked the end of Dr. Reed’s useful activity. He had been for several years chairman of the Allen Hospital board of managers and would have continued to play an active part in the hospital’s management as a member of the recently appointed board which will operate the hospital when the city assumes control. He was also an honorary member of the hospital medial staff and a past president of the Oberlin Chapter of the Elyria Red Cross.
He filled in during the school year 1947-48 as acting director of Allen Hospital and the college student health service and again in 1951 assisted in the health service.
Composer of Music
Music and writing were favorite hobbies of Dr. Reed’s and two years ago he combined them with his professional interests to author the musical comedy “Reverse English,” which was the first production staged by the present Oberlin Community Players organization. He had produced a similar show in Chicago. Action centered around events in the college student health service. Generations of Pemi campers remember Dr. Reed for his wit and originality in camp shows and camp letters.
In addition, he composed two Christmas carols which have been popular with Oberlin audiences as sung by First Church choir. He had been an active member of that church since coming to Oberlin, serving both as deacon and trustee.
Dr. Reed is survived by his wife, who was with him at their summer home at Camp Pemi; two sons, Dudley B. Reed Jr. of South Milwaukee, Wisc., who was in Oberlin when notified of his father’s death and has since flown to New Hampshire, and Thomas L. Reed of Providence, R.I.; a brother, T. A. Reed of Eugene, Ore.; and a sister, Mrs. Easton Carr of 284 Forest, Oberlin.
No funeral is being planned now. Memorial services may be held later at Camp Pemi or in Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 30, 1955, pp. 1 & 3.
Former Oberlin Man
[Harold B. Reed]
Oberlin, Dec. 30.—Harold Bushnell Reed, son of Mrs. Arthur T. Reed, 83 South Cedar avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 21 in Chicago of cerebral hemorrhage after an illness of several months.
Mr. Reed was well known in the city of Cleveland as a teacher. His entire life, since his graduation from college in 1902 was spent in secondary school education. He taught in Conneaut, Akron and Seattle, Wash., but the major part of his work was done in Cleveland where he taught physics at East high school for 19 years.
In 1916 Mr. Reed was married to Miss Katherine M. Bahr, who with a son Robert, survives him.
Mr. Reed received all of his education in the Oberlin public schools [graduating from OHS in 1893,] attended Oberlin academy and graduated from Oberlin college with the class of 1902.
Funeral services were held in Oberlin at the home of his mother Mrs. Arthur T. Reed.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, December 30, 1922, p. 7.
[Ralph A.] Reed Services
Brighton—Funeral services for Ralph A. Reed, 75, who died at Elyria Memorial Hospital yesterday are to be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the Brighton Congregational Church with the Rev. James Edson, pastor, officiating.
Mr. Reed was a farmer, and was a member of the Brighton Congregational Church. His wife, Eva, died in 1961.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Krumpka, and two grandchildren.
Mr. Reed was born at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jan. 17, 1887[, and was a 1908 graduate of OHS].
Burial will be in Brighton Cemetery, and friends may call at the Norton Funeral Home, Wellington, after noon Sunday.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, March 3, 1962, p. 14.
Faye Bartlett Reeder died June 23[, 1973,] in
Prior to her marriage to Louis Reeder in 1921, she taught history and Latin at high schools in
In 1931, Mrs. Reeder received the A.M. in history from
She leaves sons David in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Terry David Reeder
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, at Rust United Methodist Church for Terry David Reeder, former Oberlin resident, who died June 28. He had been diagnosed with leukemia in 1994.
Born in Garfield Heights, Ohio, he grew up in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1975. After graduating from Capitol University in 1980, he moved to Detroit, where he began a career in store management. He later held positions in insurance, sales and construction and did post-baccalaureate study at the Dearborn Campus of Central University.
Mr. Reeder was active in Christian service throughout his life. He served as a youth worker, counselor, and administrator at Circle Y Ranch in Bangor, Mich.; was executive director of weekend retreats at the United Youth Conference in Spring Harbor, Mich., and was a member at Mount Lebanon-Strathmore Church in Detroit, where he served as a trustee, was in a performing men’s group, and started monthly prayer cells.
Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Diane (nee Proctor); son, David Justin, and daughter, Alexandra Dianne, both at home; his parents, Ray and Jessie Reeder of Oberlin; sisters, Leah Reeder, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Rosemarie Nance.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 7, 1998, p. 2.
Beulah E. Reese
Oberlin -- Beulah E. Reese, 86, of Oberlin, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2002, at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin, following a long illness.
She was born Aug. 2, 1916, in Wellington and lived all her life in the Oberlin area[, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1934].
With her husband, she owned and operated Oak Park Lake from 1963 until selling in 1975.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oberlin, and had been a member of Oberlin Golf Club and the Oberlin Farm Women's Club. She was also a homemaker.
Survivors include her son, Michael Reese of Wautoma, Wis.; daughters Mary Reese of Oberlin, Loretta Kibbe of Fort Myers, Fla., Nancy Ehlert of Strongsville and Shirley Goodman of Grandy, N.C.; brother, Alan Radcliffe of Wakeman; sisters Helen Nightengale of Vermilion and LaRue Bursley of New London; and five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Edward Rees; father, Andrew Radcliffe; mother, Agnes Radcliffe (nee Leininger); brother, Elbridge Radcliffe; and sisters Iva Radcliffe and Eileen Horning.
Friends may call 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Service is 10 a.m. Monday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 410 W. Lorain St., Oberlin, with the Rev William B. Padavick officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Elyria.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, OH 44120.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, 2 November 2002.
Mrs. Eugene Reeves
Christine L. Reeves, 51, of 77 South Park, died on June 15 at the Cleveland Clinic after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, she was a life-long resident [and a 1950 graduate of Oberlin High School].
She was employed as an administrative assistant in the Oberlin College Athletic Department, Philips Gymnasium, and was a member of the Amherst Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She is survived by her husband, Eugene (Tony); sons, Michael E. of Oberlin and David E. at home; daughters, Mrs. Clarence (Michelle) Brown of Elyria, Mrs. Reed (Theresa) Atwater, Mansfield, and Leslie Denise Reeves at home; a brother, Edward Reynolds of Santa Monica, Calif.; sisters, Mrs. McKinley (Georgia) Williams of Titusville, Fla., and Mrs. William (Elva) Gaydon of Oberlin; and four grandchildren.
Memorial services were Saturday evening in Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Rt. 113, Amherst Twp.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Kingdom Hall of the Amherst Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses or to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 23, 1983, p. 2.
Michael Eugene Reeves
Michael Eugene Reeves, 58, of Oberlin, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. He was born May 5, 1954 in Marin City, California, and was raised in Oberlin, where he graduated from Oberlin Senior High School in 1972.
He worked for Custom Cleaning Services for the past 18 years, and attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin. Michael’s favorite pastimes were grilling and fishing. He also loved working on landscaping.
He is survived by his son, Michael T. Reeves of Columbus; his daughter, Jadyn L. McGee of Parkersburg, West Virginia; his four siblings, Linda Michelle (Arthur) Bostic [OHS ‘74] of Titusville, Florida, Theresa M. (Reed) Atwater [OHS ‘75] of Mansfield, David Edward (Teresa) Reeves [OHS ‘79] of Kissimmee, Florida, and Leslie D. (Jeetendra) Jain [OHS ‘83] of Newbury Park, California; three grandchildren, Coltin M. Rogers of Columbus, Kendall and Mason McGee, both of Parkersburg, West Virginia; his “sweetie”, Rusa Yarber [OHS ‘72] of Oberlin; and her two children, Courtney Bryant of Lorain, and Andre Yarber of Oberlin; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene C. Reeves, Jr. and Luella C. Reeves; and two nieces, Leah K. Atwater and Jessica C. Reeves.
Private services were held by the family Monday, May 28, 2012.
Professional services were entrusted to Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway Ave., Lorain.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Mary Lucinda Regal, musician and retired teacher, died in
The daughter of Edwin and Flora Krum Regal, she was born in
Returning to Oberlin she taught Latin in the Oberlin Preparatory Department (1885-87) and continued her studies in the Conservatory, receiving her Mus.B. in 1886, the second person to win both the A.B. and Mus.B. degrees. The teaching of music and music appreciation now became her career. She taught piano for one year at
Since both were musicians, music was the life of the home. Another brother, Howard K. Regal, a former
Miss Regal taught music in the
Her only survivor is a niece, Mrs. Margaret Regal Marshall, of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Constance W. Regli (nee Warner), 85, of Oberlin, an Army veteran and retired nurse, died Sunday at Kendal at Oberlin.
Born in China, she came to Oberlin at the age of 5 [and graduated from OHS in 1935].
She attended Colby College in New Hampshire, received a bachelor’s of arts degree in botany from Oberlin College and became a registered nurse through Boston Massachusetts General Hospital.
She was an Army veteran serving as a registered nurse during World War II.
Mrs. Regli traveled around the world from 1949 to 1953, met and married her husband in New Zealand in 1955 and then settled in California. She moved back to Oberlin in 1993.
She enjoyed oil painting, traveling, hiking outdoors and cross-country skiing.
Survivors include a son, Peter of Studio City, Calif., Robert of Santa Fe, N.M., and Philip of Lake Forest, Calif.; a daughter, Joan Fairman of Bear Valley, Calif.; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Eaton of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Walter, in 1985; her parents, Frank B. and Maude R. (nee Bowman) Warner; and a brother, Bradford Warner, in 2002.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. today at Kendal at Oberlin.
Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, handled arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, April 29, 2003.
Ada L. Reichert
Ada L. Reichert, 49, of Birmingham, died May 31 at her home after a long illness.
Born in Kipton, she was a resident in the Birmingham and Oberlin areas most of her life [and was a 1962 graduate of OHS].
She was employed by Welcome Nursing Home for 10 years, retiring because of her health.
Mrs. Reichert was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Elyria.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, David; daughters, Theresa Boggs of Lakewood and Cheryl Christian of Vermilion; sons, Michael Witbeck of Vermilion and Jason Reichert of Birmingham; four grandchildren; her father, Woodrow Gregory of Glenville, W. Va.; sisters, Alberta Gregory, Carolyn Morgan and Patricia Smith, all of Elyria, and Virginia Rehm of Wellington,; brothers, Ernest Gregory of Clarksfield, Harley (Tom) Gregory of Nova, and James (Dan) Gregory of Wellington.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bertha Snider, in 1982.
Services were June 4 in the Gerber Funeral Home, Wakeman, with the Rev. Kevan Franklin, pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Elyria, officiating.
Burial was in the Birmingham Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 8, 1993, p. 2.
Michael A. Reighley
Michael A. Reighley, 62, and a resident of Vermilion, passed away Wednesday, February 15, 2012 following an auto accident. Mike was born February 10, 1950, in Oberlin. He was raised in Oberlin with his five brothers and graduated from Oberlin High School with the class of 1968.
He was a fierce wrestling competitor and part of the first wrestling team established at Oberlin High School. He was a 4H member and participated at the Lorain County Fair where his steer won Grand Champion.
Mike made his home in Vermilion for the last 25 years. He was a loyal person, a loving husband, a caring father and grandfather, as well as a selfless friend. He was a business owner and entrepreneur with a strong work ethic. He was a car enthusiast and perfectionist who enjoyed restoring classic cars.
Survivors include his wife of nine years, Tracy Rae Reighley (nee Polley); parents, George [OHS ‘42] and Joan Reighley (nee Hainstock) of Tempe, Arizona; sons, Doug Reighley of Ft. Meyers, Florida, Michael Reighley and his wife Jennifer of Fairview Park, Paul Reighley of Sheffield Township; daughters, Halle Reighley of Avon, Wendy Reighley of Lorain, Erika Collins and her husband Jason of Vermilion, Rachel Kayatin and her husband Louis of Avon Lake and Rebekah Reighley of Wakeman; eight grandchildren; his brothers, Bill [OHS ‘70] and Linda (Zbydnowski) Reighley of Elyria, Rick [OHS ‘72] and Cindy Reighley of Wellington, Jim and Twila Reighley of E. Lansing, Michigan, Tom and Michele Reighley of Elyria and John and Susan Reighley of Tempe, Arizona; along with nine nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 3 to 7 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral service will be held Monday, February 20, 2012 at 11 A.M. in the funeral home. The Rev. Louis Kayatin, Pastor of Church on the North Coast, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, February 17, 2012.
Mrs. Ervin [Treva Avery] Reighley, Former
Dies at 42
Treva Avery Reighley, 42, wife of Ervin Reighley of Brighton, died Tuesday morning at the New London Hospital following the birth of a son.
Mrs. Reighley was a member of the Brighton Methodist Church and was president of its woman’s society. She was also active in Red Cross work in the community. She attended Oberlin schools[, graduated from Oberlin High School in 1921,] and was employed at the Peoples Bank several years ago.
Besides her husband Mrs. Reighley is survived by six children: Jane 16, Lucia 14, Ervina 10, Sandra 12, Floyd 7 and the newly born son; her mother, Mrs. Clarence Stevens, and a sister, Miss Elsie Avery, both of Pittsfield; three brothers, Kenneth Avery, Wellington, Charles and Knowlton, in military service.
Funeral services will be held at the K. S. Andrews Funeral Home in Wellington Friday at 2:00 p. m. Rev. A. E. Albertson, pastor of the Brighton Methodist Church, will officiate.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 15, 1945, p. 8.
Clare H. Reinhard
Oberlin -- Clare H. Reinhard, 87, of Oberlin, died Sunday, March 25, 2007, at New Life Hospice Residential Center, in Lorain, following a brief illness.
He was born Jan. 11, 1920, in Amherst and lived in Oberlin since 1931.
Reinhard was employed by the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland for 31 years as a data processing manager.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge 380, of which he was past master, in Oberlin. He enjoyed coin collecting and amateur ''ham'' radio.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1937 and from the Oberlin School of Commerce. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II as a radio operator and received the American Service, Good Conduct and World War II Victory medals.
Survivors include his sons Allen B. Reinhard of Nantucket, Mass., and Robert L. Reinhard of Concord, N.H.; daughters Cynthia H. Chen of Senoia, Ga., Nancy L. Bramson of Chagrin Falls, Alice J. Cuson of Oberlin and Carol F. Sweany of Amherst; and seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Gwendolyn Alice (nee Rae), in 1999; his parents, Henry J. and Viola (nee Dute) Reinhard; brothers Walter Reinhard and Lloyd Reinhard; and sister, Lulu Reinhard.
Services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. The Rev. Robert Hooker, pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Crownhill Cemetery, Amherst.
Memorial contributions may be made to CHP Regional Foundation -- New Life Hospice, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, March 27, 2007.
Ruth F. Reinhold
Ruth F. Reinhold, 79, of Avon Lake, died Saturday at Elyria Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
She was born in Urichsville and lived in Oberlin before moving to Avon Lake nine years ago.
Mrs. Reinhold was an office clerk for 38 years for the city of Oberlin, retiring in 1974.
She graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1930] and the Oberlin School of Commerce. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elyria and the Towerettes singing group at the Beachpark Tower Apartments where she lived.
Survivors include her daughters, Linda Bryley of Elyria and Rita Jones of Lorain; sons, Howard of Sheffield Lake and Rudy of Elyria; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and sisters Marjorie and Julia Phillips and Ethel Houston, all of Fairfield, Pa. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard, in 1969; and a son, Jule, in 1954.
Services will be held today at Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin at 11 a.m. The Rev. Bradley Quick and Dr. Austin Plew, both of the First Baptist Church of Elyria, will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 15, 1991, p. 2.
Timothy Alan Reisinger, 39, of Grafton, son of Thomas and Janet Reisinger of Oberlin, died Feb. 11 at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria after a long illness.
Born in Amherst, he lived in the Grafton area all his life. He attended Oberlin High School [graduating in 1977].
Mr. Reisinger served in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, for three years, driving trucks.
He was a truck driver for Reisinger Trucking in Oberlin for seven years.
He attended North Eaton Christian Church Disciples for many years.
Mr. Reisinger enjoyed stock car racing, hunting, fishing and camping with his family.
Other survivors include his wife of 19 years, Sherry; a daughter, Melissa, and son, Michael, both at home; and brothers Charles of North Ridgeville, Robert of New London, Raymond of Elyria; Daniel and Scott, both of Greenville, Texas, and Melvern of Lampasas, Texas.
Services were Feb. 14 at the North Eaton Christian Church Disciples, with the Rev. Paul Durbin, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Butternut Ridge Cemetery in Eaton Township.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Reisinger family.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 17, 1998.
[Pauline Jacqueline] Jackie Remond [nee Sutfin], age 88 of Danbury, mother of Jean Pierre Remond, Marie Szymanel and Yvette Southworth, died on Thursday evening, January 13, 2011 at the Danbury Hospital shortly after her admission. She was the wife of the late Jean Remond.
Mrs. Remond was born in Oberlin, Ohio, January 16, 1922 and attended Ohio schools[, graduating from OHS in 1941]. An area resident since 1943, Mrs. Remond was a retired clerk with the service department of Sears, Roebuck & Company at their former Triangle St., Danbury location.
Mrs. Remond was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Auxilary and served as a former secretary, and she was a member of the Danbury Senior Center and a weekly participant in the Tuesday morning art classes. She enjoyed bowling and trips to Foxwoods. She was concerned about the welfare of animals and enjoyed her cats.
Her greatest joy was her family. Jackie will be sorely missed. In addition to her son, Jean Pierre Remond and his wife, Nancy of Danbury and her daughters, Yvette Southworth of Industry, Maine and Marie Szymanel and her husband, Edward of Danbury, she leaves her stepbrother, Richard Sutfin [OHS ‘53] of Florida; eight grandchildren, Leona Michaelson, Jennifer McGowan, Pamela Child, Scott T. Remond, Shawn J. Remond, Brian Szymanel, Dawn Stabel and Debra O'Leary; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will take place on Monday evening at 7 p.m. in the Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury. Interment will take place at the direction of the family. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Remond's honor and memory may be made to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 971, Danbury, CT 06813.
The News-Times, Danbury, Conn., Saturday, January 15, 2011.
Ruth Anne Reno
Ruth Anne Reno, 59, of Holton, Mich., died Saturday evening at Mercy Hospital, Muskegon, Mich., after a long illness.
Born in Canton [and a 1944 graduate of OHS], Mrs. Reno lived in Oberlin from 1962 until she moved to Michigan in 1984.
She retired in 1973 as a secretary from Oberlin College. She was formerly employed at a AAA travel agent.
She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fremont, Mich., and a former member of Grace Lutheran Church, Oberlin.
She is survived by her husband, Robert A.; a daughter, Mrs. Jerome (Raye Anne) Oborn, of Wyandott, Mich.; sons, Robert C. of Lancaster, Richard A., of Oberlin; brother, George H. Webber, of El Paso, Texas, and eight grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church, Oberlin. The Rev. Charles Aufdenkampe, pastor, will officiate.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Grace Lutheran Church.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, June 4, 1985, p. B-2.
Sandy Reno, 56, of Lancaster, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at her residence.
She was a longtime volunteer for the Lancaster Festival, including its first outdoor concert in 1984, the Picnic and Pops. Sandy enjoyed participating in Cameo League, Lancaster Junior Women's Club and Twig III. She was a member of the Lancaster Education Association, Ohio Education Association and the Lancaster Country Club. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she had been a member of the Bell Choir and 10:45 Choir. She was a passionate about everything she did and was active in many organizations. She was a past board member of the Fairfield County Cancer Board, Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and an Ohio University graduate with a B.S. and M.S. in guidance. She was an elementary school teacher at East School for 28 years and spent her last six years as a guidance councilor concluding at General Sherman, working her last day Dec. 29.
She is survived by her husband Robert; daughter Katie E. Reno of Pickerington; mother Lillian Hobbs of Oberlin; brother Terrance (Karen) Hobbs of Oberlin; nephews Jeffrey (Bethany) Hobbs of Lewis Center, Kevin Hobbs of Athens; and great nephew Glenn Hobbs of Lewis Center.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday in First Presbyterian Church, 222 N. Broad St., Lancaster, where friends may call one hour prior to service. Officiating are the Rev. Richard Riedel and the Rev. Jack Heinsohn Jr. Friends may call from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, Union and Columbus streets, Lancaster. Interment will follow at noon Tuesday at Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin. A Celebration of Life service will follow at the First Church in Oberlin at Main and Lorain streets.
Memorial gifts may be given to the Fairfield County Foundation, Sandra Reno Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 159, Lancaster, OH 43130 and or the First Presbyterian Church 222 N. Broad St., Lancaster, OH 43130.
To see her radiant smile, visit bethandjeffany.smugmug.com/gallery/2343180.
Lancaster Eagle-Gazette, Lancaster, Ohio, Saturday, January 13, 2007, p. A5.
Sandy [Sandra Ellen] Reno of Lancaster, Ohio, daughter of Lillian Hobbs and sister of Terrance Hobbs, both of Oberlin, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at her home. She was 56.
She graduated from [OHS in 1968 and from] Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in guidance.
She worked as an elementary school teacher at East School in Lancaster for 28 years. For the past six years she worked as a guidance councilor for the Lancaster City Schools, with her final assignment at General Sherman Junior High School.
She was a member of the Lancaster Education Association, the Ohio Education Association, and the Lancaster Country Club. She was also a member of First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, where she had been a member of the bell choir and the 10:45 choir.
She was active in many organizations and was a past member of the Fairfield Country Cancer Board and of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She was a long-time volunteer with the Lancaster Festival, including its first outdoor concert in 1984, the Picnic and Pops.
She enjoyed participating in Cameo League, Lancaster Junior Women’s Club, and Twig III.
Mrs. Reno is survived by her husband, Robert; daughter, Katie F. Reno of Pickerington; mother, Lillian Hobbs of Oberlin; brother, Terrance Hobbs of Oberlin; and two nephews and one great-nephew.
Services were yesterday at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, the Rev. Dr. Richard Reidel and the Rev. Dr. Jack Heinson Jr. officiating. Burial will be at noon today at Westwood Cemetery, followed by a service in celebration of her life in the John Frederick Oberlin Room at First Church at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairfield County Foundation, Sandra Reno Scholarship Fund, PO Box 159, Lancaster, OH 43130; or to the First Presbyterian Church, 222 N. Broad St., Lancaster, OH 43130.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 16, 2007, p. 2.
Mrs. Luella Cherry Rettig, Former
Mrs. Luella Cherry Rettig, former Oberlin resident and sister of Mrs. Edward C. Brown, of 160 Woodland, died Feb. 6 at Armour Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Mrs. Rettig, born March 19, 1871 in North Fairfield, came to Oberlin as a young girl with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Byron H. Cherry, and four sisters. The family home was at 246 W. Lorain.
She attended school here[, graduating from OHS in 1891,] and lived in Oberlin until her marriage to Delbert Rettig.
Mrs. Rettig is survived by one daughter, Vera Rollert of Kansas City, two grandsons and three sisters in addition to Mrs. Brown.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 11, 1960, p. 3A.
Fran Z. Revers
Fran Z. Revers, of Oberlin, died Feb. 6 at Allen Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Cleveland, she graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1928] and attended Miami University of Ohio.
She was a retired bookkeeper.
Mrs. Revers was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include a daughter, Kristin Provenza of Lorain; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Frank Zavodsky of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Anna Zavodsky; a brother, Gene Killian; and a sister, Louise Princehorn.
Private family services were held in Westwood Cemetery on Feb. 9.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 15, 1994, p. 2.
Brother Thaddeus Revers dies at 75; he
geography readers in Braille
Maryknoll Brother Thaddeus Revers, a native of Oberlin, died Aug. 29 at St. Teresa’s Residence, the Maryknoll nursing home in Ossining, N.Y. He was 75.
Brother Thaddeus received publicity around the U.S. in 1969 when he prepared a Braille version of a geography reader with maps for Tanzanian blind children who speak Swahili. He also served as a member of the Volunteer Braille Society of the Library of Congress.
Born Thomas Henry Revers, he took the name Thaddeus when he entered Maryknoll in 1932[, the year he graduated from Oberlin High School].
He was an artist and a master cabinet maker, having learned the trade from his German father.
Brother Thaddeus professed his final oath at Maryknoll in 1940. He served in Japan, Korea, China and Mexico before returning to the United States in 1948.
Until his retirement in 1983, Brother Thaddeus traveled around the country applying his carpentry skills at various Maryknoll houses and schools.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 1, at the Maryknoll chapel. Father Raymond J. Nobiletti, M.M. was principal celebrant. Burial was in the Maryknoll Cemetery.
Brother Thaddeus is survived by a sister, Mrs. Rita Revers Srokowski of Parma, and a brother, Joseph Revers of Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 3, 1987, p. 2.
Mrs. Ralph J. Reynolds [Alice Cowles Fairchild]
Mrs. Robert M. Woodbury
Two members of one of Oberlin’s oldest families have died recently: Alice Fairchild Reynolds, on Jan. 11, and Mildred Fairchild Woodbury on February 9. They were the daughters of James T. and Emma Dickinson Fairchild; their grandfather was James Harris Fairchild, who came to Oberlin when the town and college were founded, graduated with the class of 1838 and was college president from 1868 to 1889.
Mrs. Reynolds was a [1908 graduate of Oberlin High School and a] member of the Oberlin Class of 1912, and became a college teacher. She was the widow of Ralph J. Reynolds. Mrs. Woodbury, OC class of 1916, had a career as a professor of sociology and related subjects at Bryn Mawr College. Later, she was the chief of women’s work and protection of youth at the International Labor Office, Geneva, Switzerland. Her husband, Robert M. Woodbury, who died in 1969, for many years was chief statistician at the International Labor Office.
The family home of president Fairchild was on the corner of S. Professor and Elm Sts.; the James T. Fairchild home was on Elm St. Both lots are now the site of Fairchild Hall.
Dorothy Fairchild Graham, class of 1910, is the surviving sister, as is a niece, Mildred Graham Vasan. James A. Reynolds and Mary Reynolds Ebert, children of Alice Reynolds, also survive.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 13, 1975, p. 7.
Alice Cowles Fairchild Reynolds died Jan. 1 [11?, 1975,] at Kendal-at-Longwood, Kennett Square Pa., where she lived with her sisters, Dorothy Fairchild Graham, ’10, and the late Mildred Fairchild Woodbury, ’16, after they had moved from Bryn Mawr. She was born Oct. 16, 1890, in Tabor, Iowa, the daughter of James Thome, ’83, and Emma Dickinson Fairchild, who attended the College and Conservatory 1884-86. James Harris Fairchild, president of Oberlin 1868-1889, was her grandfather.
After graduation from Oberlin [College in 1912], Mrs. Reynolds studied at Columbia, receiving the S.B. in 1913 and the A.M. in 1919. Her teaching career was spent at Watertown, N.Y., in Extension Service from Cornell; at the College for Women, Denton, Texas; Rockford College, Illinois, and Connecticut College, New London, Conn.
Marriage in 1929 interrupted a full-time teaching career, but permitted the continuation of interests in nature, home management and community affairs. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Reynolds served as a park naturalist in the Metropolitan Park organization, Columbus, Ohio. In these activities she was responsible for the formation and direction of various garden clubs, and received recognition in the form of attendance at Audubon Camp in Maine.
A daughter, Mary Reynolds Ebert, and a son, James A. Reynolds, survive in addition to her sister. Also, there are six grandsons and two great-grandsons.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, March/April 1975, p. 37.
Alfred Lee Reynolds
Alfred Lee Reynolds, 51, of 29 Spring was dead on arrival at Allen Hospital Saturday morning. He had suffered a heart attack while working at Oberlin Canteen Co.
Mr. Reynolds was born in Mobile, Ala. on April 28, 1920, and spent most of his life in Oberlin. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1938.] He was a member of Christ Temple Church.
He leaves his wife, Geneva; a son, Chester, of Lansing, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Enola Bowne of Elyria and Miss Teryl Reynolds at home; a brother, Walter, of Cleveland; a sister, Mrs. Olla May Franklin of Milwaukee, Wis.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Christ Temple Church. The Rev. Grady Benton officiated. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 24, 1971, p. 14.
Chester Lee "Paris" Reynolds
Chester Lee "Paris" Reynolds, took God's hand to everlasting peace on Sunday (January 2, 2000). Born in Oberlin, OH, Nov. 6, 1945, son of the late Alfred and Geneva (Lumpkin) Reynolds. By age ten he started a lawn/snow removal service. At age 14 acted with Oberlin Drama Players. Graduating from Oberlin High, he hitchhiked around the USA. In the late 1960's he settled in Hartford. Employed, often simultaneously, by Hartford Hosp., Dunbar Security, Institute of Living, Sterling Blower Co., Eddie's Stand and Aetna Life. Paris had a deep passion for life and people. He kept an upbeat attitude through many years of illness. His positive and understanding nature were inspiring. Many philosophical and intellectual discussions took place with children and friends. He enjoyed coaching little league and was head coach for Windsor Giants Midget Football. Paris had a knack tot bringing out the best in everyone. An avid woodworker, he taught the art to a youth group at home. To celebrate his life, he leaves his wife and soul mate of 28 years, Debbie; sisters, Enola Bowen and Teryl Porter of Oberlin, OH; by marriage, Gail and Tom Pease of Carmel, NY; Ellen Sparrell, Karen and Rodney Sprague of Bloomfield. He took special pride in his nieces, Marisa and Kimberly; nephews, Melvin, Jr., Lavelle, and Desmond; and great nephews, Brandon, Aaron and Dashawn. A Memorial Celebration will be held on Sunday, at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 10 Wintonbury Ave., Bloomfield. Memorial contributions may be made to The Hole in the Wall Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, Department W, New Haven, CT, 06511, or your local youth sports group.
The Hartford Courant, Hartford, Conn., January 7, 2000, p. B6.
Chester Lee Reynolds
Chester Lee “Paris” Reynolds, 54, former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 2 in Hartford, CT.
Born in Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1966]. As a teenager, he started a lawn/snow removal service and acted with the Oberlin Drama Players. After high school, he hiked around the U.S., and in the late’60s settled in Hartford.
During his years in Hartford he was employed by the Hartford Hospital, Dunbar Security, Institute of Living, Sterling Blower Co., Eddies Stand, and Aetna Life Insurance Co.
He enjoyed coaching Little League and was head coach for the Windsor Giants Midget Football. An avid woodworker, he taught art to a youth group at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Debbie; and sisters Enola Bowen and Teryl Porter, both of Oberlin.
Services were Jan. 9 at the First Congregational Church, Bloomfield, Conn.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Hole in the Wall Camp, 555 Long Wharf Drive, Dept. W, New Haven, CT 06511; or to your local sports group.
Photograph caption: Chester Lee Reynolds.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 18, 2000, p. 2.
Delia Ann Reynolds
Delia Ann Reynolds, 60, of Oberlin died unexpectedly at the Cleveland Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.
Born May 14, 1951, [and a 1970 graduate of OHS,] Delia enjoyed genealogy, gathering recipes, travel, and collecting dolls.
She is survived by her husband, Brian L. Reynolds, and son James W. Reynolds, both of Oberlin. She was preceded in death by her father, James Kruger, mother Helen Kruger, and brother George Kruger.
There will be a private family burial at Clarksfield Cemetery at a later date. On line condolences may be made to www.cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 10, 2011.
Edward N. Reynolds
Edward N. Reynolds, 54, former Oberlin resident, died in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 14 after suffering a stroke.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1957 and earned the A.B. degree at Oberlin College. He completed master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Case Western Reserve University, and studied with Abraham Malsow at Brandeis University on a post-doctoral fellowship.
A professor of psychology at United States International University, he was also a writer and a therapist in private practice in Los Angeles. He was co-author of “When Growing Up Hurts Too Much.”
Earlier he had been a professor at the California School for Professional Psychology and a psychologist at Charles Drew University of Medicine. In addition, he had taught at Kent State University, Boston College, California State Northridge, Evergreen State College, and Immaculate Heart College.
Survivors include two sisters, Georgia Williams of Cincinnati and Elva Gayton of Oberlin; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and Dorothy Reynolds; a brother, Milton; and a sister, Christine Reeves.
Services were June 25 at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Los Angeles.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on July 10 in Fairchild Chapel.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 29, 1993, p. 2.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Mt. Zion Baptist Church for Milton Reynolds, 18, who died at Elyria Memorial Hospital Friday, the victim of an automobile accident. The Rev. Normal Crosby officiated. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Terra Haute, Ind., December 24, 1929, Milton was six weeks old when his parents moved to Oberlin. He was a member of the senior class at Oberlin High School, and had been working four weeks as a plastic molder on the night shift at General Industries in Elyria.
Milton served on the OHS Student Senate for three years, and was a member of Hi-Y. In the recently held Lorain County scholarship tests he won honorable mention.
At the services, which were attended by the entire Oberlin High school senior class, the pastor announced that the scholarship fund, set up three years ago by the Mt. Zion Church, would henceforth be known as the Milton Reynolds Scholarship Fund.
Surviving Milton are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Reynolds of Oberlin; three sisters, Christine, Elva, and Mrs. Georgia Pruitt; and a brother, Edward. His father is a patient in Crile Hospital at Parma.
The Oberlin Times, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 4, 1948, p. 1
Catherine Elizabeth Rhinehardt
Catherine Elizabeth Rhinehardt, 86, a lifelong resident of Oberlin, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin. She was born in Oberlin on June 29, 1921 [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1939].
She worked as a moulder for General Industries in Elyria for over 20 years and also as a cook for Campus Restaurant and Quick and Delicious Restaurant in Oberlin for many years.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oberlin, Deaconess, Choir Singer, and worked in the church kitchen. She enjoyed cake decorating and making her famous sweet rolls.
Ma, as she was affectionately called, was the Founder of the "Host Family Program for Oberlin College Students".
She was a member of the Negro Business and Professional Women’s Association, N.A.A.C.P. past president, and V.F.W.
She is survived by her children, Ruth Ann (Willie) Edwards, Ronald F. (Edna) Rhinehardt, both of Elyria, and Mary Jane Toney of Oberlin; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Margaret L. Baker and Charlotte (Norman) Baker, both of Oberlin; and brother, Frederick (Marilyn) Owens of Wellington.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Roseanna Reed Owens; son, Donald Rhinehardt; brothers, Maurice, Elmer and Robert Owens.
Friends may call at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oberlin, corner of Locust and Pleasant, on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 from 10 A.M. until the time of service at 11 A.M. Rev. Anthoni D. McElrath will officiate. Burial will be at Westwood Cemetery. Cowling Funeral Home of Oberlin is handling local arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, January 5, 2008.
Mrs. Floyd Rhodes
Mrs. Loretta E. Rhodes (nee Powers), 84, a former Sherman Street resident, died at The Elyria Home at 9 p.m. Tuesday following a two-year illness.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1915 graduate of OHS], Mrs. Rhodes had lived in the Elyria area 63 years and worked for Elyria Memorial Hospital 22 years as a licensed practical nurse.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Elyria, the United Methodist Church’s Women’s Club, and the Elizabeth Stevens Society. Mrs. Rhodes also worked as a volunteer for many years in The Elyria Home.
She is survived by daughters, Mrs. James (Wilda) Moore, and Mrs. Eleanor Neal, both of Elyria; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Charlotte McCarthy, Elyria, and a brother, Kenneth Powers, Oberlin.
Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd L., in 1947.
Friends may call at the Curtis-Scheuffler Funeral Home Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Don Adams officiating. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, March 5, 1980, p. D-2.
Walton H. Rice, 52, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died early Tuesday morning shortly after admission to Elyria Memorial Hospital. Death was caused by a heart attack.
Rev. Charles Aufdenkampe of Grace Lutheran Church will conduct funeral services 11 a.m. today at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Oberlin on March 26, 1933, Mr. Rice had lived all his life in the Oberlin-Elyria area [and was a 1953 graduate of Oberlin High School]. He retired from Bendix in Elyria in 1983 for health reasons. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55.
Mr. Rice is survived by his wife Elsie; two sons, Kenneth and Robert, and a daughter, Donna Lynn, all at home; his mother, Mrs. Alice Rice; and brother, Tom, both of Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 1, 1985, p. 5.
Richards Dies In Wisconsin
The friends of Miss Anna Richards will be distressed to learn of her passing away at the home of her brother, the Rev. M. E. Spencer, of River Falls, Wisconsin, on Monday of this week.
Miss Richards made her home with the late Mrs. Frank Piper at the Washington terrace, Washington avenue, prior to her departure for River Falls. She was a member of the First Congregational church of this city from 1904 until 1919, bringing her letter from the Second church, Oberlin, at that time.[She was an 1870 graduate of OHS.]
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, June 14, 1924, p. 1.
Mrs. W. Kent [Alice] Richardson
Alice Graham Richardson, 78, of 4004 West Erie, Lorain, died at St. Joseph Hospital Monday morning after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin on Nov. 10, 1903, she had lived here most of her life.
She was graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1921 and from] the Oberlin Kindergarten Training School in 1923 and for a number of years worked at Haylor’s Bookstore. Later she worked at the Thew Shovel Co. in Elyria until she retired. She was a member of First Church.
Mrs. Richardson was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Graham. Graham was the city’s fire chief for many years.
Her husband, Kent, died in 1953, and a sister Evelyn (Mrs. Ray) Warren in 1970. She is survived by three nephews, James Dulmage of Columbus, Peter Loveland of Spring Valley, Illinois, and David Loveland of Traverse City, Michigan; five grandnephews, six grandnieces, and four great-grandnephews.
There will be visitation from 10 a.m. Friday until the time of the service, 11 a.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home. Rev. John Elder will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 11, 1982, p. 2.
William Kent Richardson
Oberlin—William Kent Richardson, 273 North Buckeye drive, Sheffield Lake, died suddenly early this morning. He was born in Chatham Township, Medina County, October 26, 1903. A former resident of Oberlin, Mr. Richardson had lived in Sheffield Lake eight years.
Mr. Richardson was employed as an order clerk for Thew Shovel Company, Elyria Division, and was a member of the Congregational Church and Oberlin Masonic Lodge. A graduate of Oberlin High school [class of 1921?] he attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music and for 15 years was a musician with several name bands throughout the county.
Surviving are his widow Alice and one brother Dr. Ward A. Richardson of Oberlin.
Friends will be received at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home where services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Joseph King will officiate and burial will be made in Woodlawn cemetery, Norwalk. Masonic services will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, October 2, 1953, p. 2.
Doris Savage Ride, 86, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 13 in Cincinnati following brain surgery. She had been visiting her daughter when she became ill.
Born in Pittsburgh, she came to Oberlin in 1905 when her father, Charles Winfred Savage, became director of athletics at Oberlin College. She graduated from Oberlin [High School in 1918 and] Oberlin College in 1923.
Her husband, Ray A. Ride, was director of athletics and head football coach at Case Institute of Technology from 1930 to 1954.
The Savage family has a home at Lake Chautauqua, N.Y., and Mrs. Ride spent every summer there. After the Rides sold their home in University Heights, Ohio, they lived at Lehigh Acres, during the winter months.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ray A.; a son, Robert S. of Atlanta; daughters, Ruth R. McNamee of Indianapolis and Carol R. Fick of Cincinnati; a sister, Ruth Savage Mefort of Lehigh Acres; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place in the spring at First Baptist Church in Shaker Heights.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Charles W. Savage Scholarship Fund, Oberlin College, or to the Ray A. Ride Scholarship Fund, Case Alumni Association, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland 44106.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 28, 1988, p. 5.
Mrs. Alfred F. Riese (Ruth F. Smith) died July 30[, 1972,] in
After her marriage in 1918, her husband taught her to play tennis and she was known as the queen of
Mrs. Riese was
She leaves her husband. A sister, Mrs. Elgin Sherk (Joy Smith, ’09), died in 1961.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Rev. C. H. Riggs, 61,
Leader in Introducing Modern Agricultural Methods in China
Had Adventurous Career
The Rev. Charles Henry Riggs, a Congregational Christian missionary in China for thirty-six years who was a pioneer in bringing agricultural improvement to that nation, died Friday after a long illness at the hostel of the Congregational Christian Service Committee, an overseas relief agency, 110 East Twenty-ninth Street. His age was 61.
Mr. Riggs was born in Turkey of a missionary family, his grandfather being Elias Riggs who worked among the Bulgarians and Armenians and translated the Bible and other books into their tongues. [He graduated from OHS in 1909.] Educated as an agricultural engineer, the grandson went to Shaowu, China, for the foreign missions of the Congregational and Christian Churches.
From 1916 to 1930 he worked there on research and the installation of new farm methods. He often labored in the fields with the Chinese to learn what new methods they were able to absorb.
During his frequent travels along the Min River to the coast, Mr. Riggs was often subjected to attack by native bandits and river pirates. On one occasion he was seized by pirates who let him go only after he paid a ransom with the only means he had on him at the time, a few Mexican dollars.
In 1932 Mr. Riggs joined the faculty of Nanking University as Professor of Agricultural Engineering. When the Japanese took over the city he helped organize a safety zone for thousands of Chinese refugees and supplied them with food and clothing. For this the Nationalists awarded to him a high decoration, the Order of the Blue Jay.
However, his efforts resulted in his becoming involved in a serious international incident. While trying to protect a Chinese woman from the invaders, Mr. Riggs and John M. Allison, Third Secretary of the United States Embassy in Nanking, were slapped by a Japanese sentry, an incident that contributed to the deterioration of Japanese-American relations.
Mr. Riggs remained in unoccupied China during World War II and helped the Government set up cooperatives for wool-weaving and developed more modern looms for them. After the war he served in Shanghai as an adviser on farm machinery and reconstruction for the United States Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
When the Chinese Communists took over, Mr. Riggs was placed under house arrest and the Reds issued propaganda against him. They tried to bring him to trial as an enemy of the new regime, but no Chinese could be found to testify against him. In poor health, he was finally allowed to return here in 1951.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Grace Frederick Riggs; three sons, Fred W. of North Bergen, N. J., Charles H., Jr. of New York, and Wendell P. of Mexico City; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth P. Hankin and Miss Edith Riggs, both of New York; five grandchildren; a brother, Robert J. of Tulsa, Okla., and a sister, Edith Riggs Gillet, a missionary in Portuguese East Africa.
The New York Times, Sunday, March 15, 1953, p. 92.
Mrs. Robert J. Riggs (Helen Morrison) (Oberlin College class of 1912) died Feb. 1[, 1968,] of an apparent heart attack at her home in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Ray Winston Rimbert
Ray Winston Rimbert was born to Eddie Rimbert, Sr. and Eva Mae Rimbert in Hazard, Kentucky on May 31, 1951.
He attended Oberlin Public schools and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1971]. Ray accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin. Ray met and later married Kathy Starjs [Starks] in Oakland, California, October 19, 1985. This union was blessed with a daughter Nicole.
He was employed as a building maintenance supervisor for Able Building Maintenance, until his health failed. Ray enjoyed camping, fishing, and gardening, and liked to ride motorcycles and bicycles. He was fond of animals, especially dogs.
Ray departed this life, Sunday, June 2, 2013 and was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Daisy May Rimbert and Peggy Ann Boyd McCoy [OHS ‘60].
Ray leaves to cherish his precious memories, his wife, Kathy Rimbert; daughter, Nicole Williams; three grandsons, Quenzell, Mylan, and Xavier; one sister, Jackie [OHS ‘69] (Readie [OHS ‘69]) Brooks; four brothers, Eddie, Jr. [OHS ‘63] (Alberta [OHS ‘65]), Terry [OHS ‘67], Larry [OHS ‘71] (Peggy) and Ronnie [OHS ‘73] (Renetta [OHS ‘75]) Rimbert; sister-in-law, Sandra Franklin; brother-in-law, Guy Raymond Starks; mother-in-law, Connie Harian; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A grave side service will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013, 11 A.M., at the Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin, with Pastor Dick Kretchmar officiating.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, June 27, 2013.
Eloise L. Risley
Berea -- Eloise [Graham] L. Risley [nee Layman], 90, former Berea College assistant admissions director, aunt of Elizabeth "Betsy" Churchill, Lexington, died yesterday. Arrangements incomplete, Pruitt's Funeral Home, Lexington. [She graduated from OHS in 1921.]
Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, Ky., Thursday, January 27, 1994, p. B2.