Funeral services for Charles Clifford Smith, 53, are to take place at 11 a.m. today at Cowling Funeral Home. Rev. John Elder of First Church will officiate; burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Mr. Smith died Monday in Elyria Memorial Hospital and had undergone surgery for arterial sclerosis, a circulatory disease which was first detected eight years ago. It had required the amputation of both legs in the last year.
Mr. Smith came here from Detroit and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1938]. He attended the Cincinnati School of Embalming before entering the U.S. Air Force in World War II. He worked for a time for the Sedgeman family, which operated a funeral home and a floor covering business here, and studied at Baldwin-Wallace College after the war.
In 1950, he and his wife Barbara established Smith Furnishings and Floor Coverings at 28 S. Main. Mrs. Smith and the Smiths’ son Chuck will continue to operate the business.
Mr. Smith was a member of First Church, Oberlin Lodge 380, F & AM; Oberlin chapter 219 of the Royal Arch Masons; Scottish Rite Valley of Cleveland; Post 102 of the American Legion; and the Oberlin Golf Club.
The smith family home is 318 Reamer, where Mr. Smith’s mother, Mrs. Beatrice Smith, also resides. Survivors in addition to Mr. Smith’s wife and mother and the son associated with the family business are two younger sons, Brian, a student at the University of Colorado, and Brent, a student at Denver University.
The Smiths suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Allen Hospital intensive care unit.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 25, 1974, p. 5.
Edith Princehorn Smith
Edith Princehorn Smith, 83, former Oberlin resident, died of pneumonia at the Harding Nursing Home, Waterville, N.Y., on July 14.
Mrs. Smith was born and raised in Oberlin and graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1925 and from] Oberlin College in 1929. She served as a librarian in the Utica, N.Y., public library and later was librarian at the Marcy Psychiatric Center in Utica, N.Y.
Her husband, Rev. George Smith, died in 1971 and a son, Tom, in 1989.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Martha Smith of Sauquoit, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Jann Smith, Hilda Pomeroy, and Erik Smith, all of Sauquoit; and a brother, Arthur Princehorn of Florida.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 13, 1991, p. 2.
Elizabeth A. Smith
Elizabeth A. “Betty” Smith, 65, of Tampa, Fla., former Oberlin resident, died April 13  at Columbia Brandon Regional Medical Center in Tampa.
She moved to Tampa from Washington, D.D. in 1986. She was a retired legal secretary for the State Attorney General’s office in Tampa.
Survivors include a sister, Roberta Crisp of Oberlin, brothers, Robert J. Smith of Columbus, Ohio, and Theodore K. Smith of New York City; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert C. and Harriet J. and brother Gary S.
Mark III Family Funeral Home, Tampa, was in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, May 21, 1996, p. 2.
Eva Lillian Smith
Died—Smith—At Mooreville, Iowa, March 11, 1884, Mrs. Eva Lillian Smith, wife of Dr. O. J. Smith, of Mooreville, and daughter of Geo. H. Hu[t]chings, Esq., of Oberlin, aged 26 years, 4 months, and 6 days.
The deceased was a graduate of the Class of ’90, Oberlin College. It is expected that her remains will arrive in Oberlin Friday morning. Funeral at the residence of her father, No. 7 Morgan street, at 2 o’clock P.M., March 14. Friends are invited to be present.
Obituary [read by OC President J. H. Fairchild]
The cause of this obituary is the death of Mrs. Eva Lillian Smith, daughter of Geo. F. and Lucy Ann Hutchings, who was born at Litchfield, Medina county Ohio, November 4th, 1857. After she had all the advantages of education of her native place her parents moved to Oberlin, February 2d, 1870, for the educational advantages afforded here. She entered the Union School and graduated in June, 1876; entered Oberlin College in the fall of 1876, and took a classical course and graduated June, A. D. 1880, with high honors.
In the fall of 1880 she was chosen principal and superintendent of the High School at Mentor, Ohio, which proved too great labor and strain for her constitution and she was compelled to resign her charge in nine months. In the fall of 1881 she accepted a position in the High School at Elyria, taught six weeks and was compelled to resign her situation on account of failing health. Since then she has been in search of health. She spent some time in Vermont, but was not permanently benefited. In the spring of 1882 she went to Minnesota, spent six months there and was temporarily improved and again in the fall of 1882 she engaged to teach at Elyria, but her health seemed to be gradually giving away and she was compelled to give up mental labor altogether.
January 30th, 1883, she was united in marriage at Oberlin to Dr. O. J. Smith, and settled at Edgington, Illinois, where Dr. Smith had established himself in the practice of his profession and remained there one year. Her health continuing to fail they moved to Morreville, Iowa, hoping to be benefited by the bracing air of that locality. But she gradually failed until the 11th inst., when she passed away without a struggle, giving the best of evidence of Christian hope.
In the spring of 1879 she was converted to Christianity and united with the Second Congregational church at Oberlin, and has lived a consistent Christian life.
So one of Oberlin’s loveliest, pure, kind, brave, and honored ladies loved and respected by all, has passed away.
The President also read a letter written by the deceased to her father and sister, only six days previous to her death, an extract from which will be of interest to her friends.
After expressing a wish that she could see them she says:
“But we will have to be satisfied for a long time this way. It has snowed every day since last Sunday until today, which is a beautiful day, and I would greatly wish to ride out, but I am not strong enough. My rides are in my rocking chair to and from my meals. I sit up most all day, but I am far from being a well, strong woman. Some days I feel quite well, others most miserable. About ten days ago it was very windy and through some crack or other I caught a severe cold, and I have not recovered from that yet. Yet I live in hopes that when spring comes I may be much better. I am trying to put my trust in my precious Saviour, entirely hoping that He may see fit to save me longer to accomplish more for His cause. I keep up as cheerful and encouraging spirit as I can, but many days I am almost discouraged. Some of the time my appetite is quite good again not at all good.”
She speaks of the kindness of her husband, his sister, and the neighbors around her.
The burial took place in the Oberlin cemetery.
The Oberlin Weekly News, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, March 14 & 21, 1884, pp. 3 & 2.
George A. Smith, 43, of Wellington died Saturday at University Hospital in Cleveland after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin, he had lived here for most of his life. A 1967 graduate of Oberlin High School, he attended Kent State University for two years. He retired in 1986 after 10 years as an auto mechanics instructor at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School.
He was active as a 4-H advisor and taught tractor certification. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Oberlin.
Survivors include sons, Jonathan and Joseph, at home; his mother, Ruth of Wellington; sisters, Donna Grote of Vermilion and Barbara Getty of Medina.
He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew, in 1962.
Services will be held today, Feb. 11, at 11 a.m. in Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, with the Rev. Darrell Woomer officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lorain County 4-H Fund, in care of the Cooperative Extension Service, 42110 Russia Road, Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 11, 1992, p. 2.
Horace Judson Smith
Horace Judson Smith, 73, died in
Horace Smith was born on
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife and his son Alan, ’43.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
H. Wallace Smith
H. Wallace Smith, 73, of RD 1, Hallauer Rd., died Jan. 30 at his home following a long illness.
Born in Wheeling, W. Va., on Jan. 12, 1901, Smith lived here since 1908 [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1920]. He worked as a teller at the Oberlin Savings Bank for 25 years prior to his appointment as city auditor by city manager Vic Zahm in 1945. He remained city auditor until his retirement in 1966.
Surviving are his wife, Geneva; 2 sons, Dr. Stanley W. of Columbus and William L. Smith, Hallauer Rd.; eight grandchildren; two great-grand children; a brother, Joseph D. of Park Rapids, Minn. He was preceded in death by a brother, Lyndon.
Private graveside services were held at Camden Cemetery under the direction of the Cowling Funeral Home.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 7, 1974, p. 4.
Ida Mills Smith died
Following graduation [from OHS in 1916 and from
In 1925 she married Herbert E. Smith, a landscape engineer. They lived in
After moving to
She leaves children Eugene H. ’50 and Nancy R. Smith-Hewett, six grandchildren and a sister, Alice Sloan of Oberlin. Her husband died in 1966.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Irene B. Smith (nee Baldauf)
Irene [Harriet] B. Smith (nee Baldauf), 81, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Avon, after a short illness.
Born in Elyria, she lived in the area her entire life. She graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1943]. She worked as a head teller at First National Bank and later retired as manager of the Second Street Elyria office.
She enjoyed golfing, animals and, in later years, enjoyed bird watching. She was a great cook, and one of the family favorites was her homemade donuts. She had a special sense of humor and enjoyed being with her family.
Survivors include daughters Carolyn Bryda and Diana Carroll, both of Elyria; four grandchildren; a sister, Helen Penfound; and a brother, Ed Baldauf of Elyria. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Hubert J. Smith; sisters Edith Davenport and Ethel Reinders; and brothers Herb and Leonard Baldauf.
Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Busch Funeral Home, 114 Second St., Elyria, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the Rev. Tom Kowatch of St. Mary's Church officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Lake Avenue, Elyria.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, OH 44120.
The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, September 10, 2006.
Irwin Addison Smith died at his home in
Mr. Smith was born in
A former president of Oberlin Alumni Club in
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife and a sister, Emma Jane Smith, of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, March 1947, p. 24.
James A. Smith, 36, dies
after long illness
James Albert Smith, 36, of 281 Grafton, died on July 30 in Lorain Community Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Greenville, South Carolina on Dec. 22, 1943, he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1962 and received the AB degree in economics from Swarthmore College in 1967.
He served in the U.S. Foreign Service until 1974 and then was employed by Sister Cities International, Washington, D.C. After returning to Oberlin, he worked for the Center for Integrate Services and was a loan officer at the Oberlin Savings Bank until 1979. He was a member of Rust United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his former wife, Karen of San Rafael, California; son, Ramsey D., and daughter Lauren (“Sandi”), both of San Rafael; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jess Smith of 281 Grafton; sister, Dianne Smith, Cleveland; and grandfather, W.D. Smith, 91 Maple.
Services were Saturday morning in Rust United Methodist Church with Rev. James Roberson, assisted by Rev. Charles Mayle, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 7, 1980, p. 2.
Mrs. William L. [Joyce Marie] Smith
Mrs. Joyce Marie Smith, Hallauer Rd., died Jan. 16 in Allen Hospital following a long illness. [She was a 1946 graduate of Oberlin High School.]
She is survived by her husband, William L. Smith, four children, Mrs. Barbara Marshall of Oberlin, Lynn, a student at Ohio State, Stanley, of Connecticut, and Allen; her mother, Mrs. Bertha Powers of Hallauer Rd.; a sister, Wanda Snoble of Elyria; and a brother, Allen Powers of Rt. 20 W.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 24, 1974, p.8.
Mrs. Kate Belle
Vermilion—Mrs. Kate Belle Smith, 81, died Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at her home at 930 State street, following an illness of several years. She was born November 2, 1872, in Vermilion and had lived there all her life [but was an 1891 graduate of OHS].
Mrs. Smith was employed as a cost accountant by the Wakefield Brass Company from 1913 until 1943 when she retired. Her husband George died many years ago.
Survivors are a brother John Thompson of Vermilion and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held from the Edward M. Fisher Funeral Home Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Earl T. English, pastor of the Vermilion Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be made in Maple Grove cemetery, Vermilion.
Friends may call at the funeral home until time of service.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, February 8, 1954.
Smith, 47, dies in Longmont, Colorado
Kenneth J. Smith, former Oberlin resident and brother of Robert Smith of 246 West College, died March 8 in Longmont, Colorado. He was 47.
Mr. Smith was a machinist at Eaton Metal Products of Denver. Born in Elyria on March 5, 1933 he was the son of the late Carlton and Mae Morgan Smith. He attended Oberlin Schools and was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1952. He was a veteran of the Korean war, serving from 1953-55. In Longmont where he moved in 1970 he was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Besides his brother in Oberlin Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, the former Marlene Nelson whom he married in 1956; three sons, Greg and Jeff, at home, and Brian, with the U.S. Army in Fountain, Colorado; and one daughter, Deborah (Mrs. James) Plumb of Johnston, Colorado.
Services were held March 12 in Longmont and burial was in Foothills Garden of Memory.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 20, 1980, p. 8.
Oberlin -- Lottie Smith (nee Jones), 74, of Oberlin, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, at Anchor Lodge Nursing Facility, Lorain, after a brief illness.
She was born
She graduated from
Mrs. Smith was employed by
She was a member of
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, William L. Smith; daughter, Wanda Walton of
Friends may call Monday from until time of funeral service at at
Memorial contributions may be made to Breast Cancer Research Foundation,
Arrangements by Toft Funeral Home and Crematory,
The Morning Journal,
Laura J. Smith
Dr. Laura Juanita Shaw Smith (Age 86) departed peacefully, with her daughters by her side, on September 11, 2009. [She graduated from OHS in 1939.]
She is survived by loving daughters and their families, Dr. Nanette Reynolds, Lansing, MI and Stephanie Morris, Providence, RI; granddaughters, Malika Reynolds Sylvain, East Lansing, MI; Michon (Sherman) Barnes, Douglasville, GA; Kelly and Stacey Morris, Providence, RI; great-grandchildren, Brielle and Cierra Sylvain, Austen and Elliott Barnes; her companion of 42 years, Earl V. Root; brother, Allen S. Shaw, Dayton, OH; many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded by her parents, Warren S. Shaw Sr. and Portia Shaw Jones; brother, Warren Jr. [OHS ‘42]; former husband, Robert J. Smith [OHS ‘38] and sons-in-law, Murphy L. Reynolds and Dr. Curtis J. Morris.
On Tuesday, September 22, 2009, the family hour and the DOC Ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m., the Celebration of Life Service at 10:30 a.m., with the repast immediately following the service at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 701 Oglethorpe St., NW. Inurnment Rock Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to the Bishop J.T. Walker Center at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Services by STEWART.
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, September 20, 2009; also http://www.stewartfuneralhome.com/_mgxroot/page_10778.php?task=search&listing=current
Margaret T. Smith, 58, former
Margaret T. Smith [nee Parker], 58, of Oberlin died Thursday at Allen Memorial Hospital, Oberlin, after a long illness.
She was born in Oberlin and had lived in the city all her life. She taught special education in the Langston Middle School, Oberlin, until she retired in 1986 for health reasons.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Oberlin. She was president of the Board of Christian Education at the church. She was a life member of the NAACP and past president of the local chapter.
She was past president of the United Negro Womens Business and Professional Club and past president of the Womens Progressive Club. She was a member of Leadership Lorain County.
Mrs. Smith graduated [from OHS in 1948 and] from Ashland College with a bachelor’s degree in 1977. She was a member o f the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
Survivors include a daughter, Diana of Oberlin; sons, Michael of Cleveland, Lionel and Mark both of Oberlin; 10 grandchildren; by two great-grandchildren; sisters, Annabelle Wahl, Louise Huston and Wilma Daniels all of Oberlin; and by a brother, Robert Scott of Oberlin.
Friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin. Services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The Rev. Fred L. Steen, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Memorial contribution, if desired, may be made to the Margaret Smith Library Fund, Langston Middle School.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, January 28, 1989, p. B-2.
Mary J. Smith
Mary J. Smith (nee Johnson), 63, formerly of Oberlin, died Nov. 28 at her home in Cleveland after suffering a heart attack.
Born in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1946 and later from the Oberlin School of Commerce. She retired in 1986 from Wade Park Veterans Administration Hospital. She had previously worked at Brecksville VA Hospital and for the VA and Social Security Administration, both in Washington, D.C.
She was a member of Rust United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Marcus A. of Cleveland; daughters, Adrienne “Tish” stationed with the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, and Andera “Needi” and Alice, both of Cleveland; three grandchildren; brothers, Thomas Johnson of Oberlin and Joy Johnson of Los Angeles; and a sister, Hettie Belle Rucker of Dover, Del.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by brothers, Alexander, Harry B., Benjamin J., and Charles T. Johnson; her mother, Susie Johnson Randleman; and her father, Harry William Johnson.
Services were Dec. 4 at the Cummings and Davis Funeral Home, East Cleveland. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Maple Heights.
Memorial gifts may be directed to the family in care of the funeral home.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 10, 1991, p. 2.
Smith, O.H.S. Grad in 1911, Dies in Virginia
Philip Smith, 55, a former resident of Oberlin, died Aug. 29 in a hotel in Norfolk, Va., from a heart attack brought on by the extreme heat. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Roanoke, Va.
Mr. Smith came to Oberlin in 1902 with his mother, Mrs. Fanny Rice Smith, and his brother and sister, Shirley and Ernest. The family lived for three years at 245 N. Pleasant St. and then Mrs. Smith built the house at 204 N. Professor St., now owned by Oberlin College. That was the family home till her death in 1917.
Mr. Smith was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1911 and was a member of the class of 1914 at Virginia Military Institute. He served in World War I and in 1917 he married Miss Margaret Davis Buckner of Roanoke, Va.
Besides his wife, Mr. Smith is survived by two sons, Philip Landen and Edward Buckner, and one daughter, Shirley; and by his sister, Miss Shirley Smith, a teacher at New Jersey College, New Brunswick, N. J.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 9, 1948, p. 4.
Raymond Clinton Smith
Raymond Clinton Smith, 85, former Oberlin resident, died in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 3.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1932 graduate of OHS], he worked at Bendix Westinghouse in Elyria and as a mail carrier for the Oberlin post office for many years.
After moving to Las Vegas, he was a school crossing guard and worked in property management.
Survivors include his wife Janet (nee Martin); sons, Louis of Oxnard, Calif. and Robert of Stone Mountain, Ga.; a sister, LaVerne Swann of Cleveland; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert S.
Graveside services were held on May 1 at Westwood Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Mayle, pastor of Oberlin Christian Missionary Alliance Church, officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, May 7, 1996, p. 2.
Funeral will be today
for Robert E. Smith, 17
Robert Earl Smith, 17-year-old Oberlin High School Sophomore, died Sunday night in Elyria Memorial Hospital. He had been ill with cancer for two years; his parents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Smith Jr., 308 Lincoln.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in Mt. Zion Baptist Church by Rev. Fred L. Steen. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Amputation of one leg in March 1967 halted Smith’s basketball, baseball, and swimming activities, but not his vigor. With the aid of Rev. Fred L. Steen and the Mt. Zion Baptist Church congregation, he was fitted with an artificial leg and used it skillfully in bicycle riding and walking about town. He also continued cultivating his talent for wood carving and had just completed a set of fish for his mother before his death.
He had hoped to become an artist. He last attended school at OHS in January.
Born in Simpson County, Miss., Robert lived in Oberlin most of his life.
Surviving in addition to his parents are four brothers, LeRoy of Detroit, Mich., and Clinton, Larry, and Milton, all at home; four sisters, Ruby of Detroit, and Barbara, Delores and Indiana, all at home; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Obie Gilmore of Detroit, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Smith Sr., 143 Lincoln.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 8, 1969, p. 5.
Robert Eugene Smith
Robert Eugene Smith, 64, of Oberlin, died Jan. 12 at Allen Memorial Hospital after an apparent heart attack.
Born in Elyria, he lived most of his life in Oberlin.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1949 and was a machinist at USS/Kobe Steel in Lorain for 37 years, retiring in 1988.
After retiring he opened Smith’s Antiques in Oberlin.
Mr. Smith was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He enjoyed the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine A.; daughters, Kathleen Smith of Keene, N.H., Eileen Smith of Manchester, N.H., and Susan Schubert of Oberlin; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Timothy Smith; and a brother, Kenneth Smith.
Services were at Sacred Heart Church on Monday afternoon with the Rev. William B. Padavick as celebrant.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Oberlin School Endowment Fund, in care of the Oberlin Board of Education.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 17, 1995, p. 3.
Robert J. Smith
Robert J[ohnson] Smith (Age 89) Passed away on January 19, 2009 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He [graduated from OHS in 1938 and] served honorably in [the U.S. Army in] WWII.
He is survived by loving daughters, Dr. Nanette Reynolds and Stephanie Morris; granddaughters, Malika, Michon (Sherman), Kelly and Stacey; great-grandchildren, Brielle, Cierra, Austen and Elliott; former wives, Dr. Laura J. Smith [OHS ‘39] and Carol Joy Smith. Also survived by many other relatives and friends.
Visitation Monday, January 26 at 9:30 a.m. Memorial service 10 a.m. at Stanley Hall Chapel Armed Forces Retirement Home, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Rd, NW. Inurnment Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. Arrangements by Johnson & Jenkins Funeral Home.
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Sunday, January 25, 2009.
Robert S. Smith, 59, of 40 Locust, died on Saturday at Lorain Community Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, Mr. Smith [was a 1935 graduate of OHS and] had lived here all his life. He was employed by Lorain County Community College in the graphic arts department until 1974, when he left because of illness.
He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran.
He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Delores Dirks of Los Angeles, Calif., Diane of Elyria and Linda of Palo Alto, Calif.; two sons, Robert and Roger of Oberlin; a sister, Mrs. Lavern Swann, Cleveland; a brother, Raymond, of Canoga Park, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Fred Steen, the pastor, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 23, 1975, p. 6.
Mrs. Ruby M. Smith
Mrs. Ruby M. Smith, 74, widow of Frank E. Smith, who died in June 1947, passed away Sunday at 10:55 a.m. in Elyria Memorial Hospital. Her home was at 325 twelfth street. She had been ill for three months.
Mrs. Smith was born in Oberlin July 12, 1874, [graduated from OHS in 1891] and had lived in Elyria for 47 years. She was a member of the First Methodist Church; Elyria Chapter 165, Order of Easter Star, Pythian Sisters, Dames of Malta and Women’s Relief Corps.
Surviving are three sons, Harry M. Smith of Northfield, Ill., Richard E. and Robert E. of Elyria; a brother, Harry E. Morgan, sr., of Oberlin and a sister Miss Grace Morgan, also of Oberlin. Five grandchildren also survive.
The body is at the Harold Dicken Funeral Home where friends may call and from where services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. Dr. James A. Sivard will officiate and burial will be made in Brookdale cemetery. The Pythian Sisters will conduct a service at the grave.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, June 27, 1949, p. 2.
Ruth Ann Smith
Oberlin College librarian
Ruth Ann Smith [nee Rogge], 87, of Oberlin died Friday at Allen Memorial Hospital in Oberlin after a short illness.
Born in Lorain, she had lived in Oberlin for most of her life [and was a 1930 graduate of OHS].
Mrs. Smith worked as a librarian at Oberlin College’s library.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Oberlin.
She was a past matron of the Pansy Chapter 34 of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of the Literary and Social Club.
Survivors include her daughters, Barbara Getty of Medina and Donna Grote of Vermilion; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Vrabel of Lorain.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J.; a son, George Andrew; and her parents, John H. and Lucy Francis (nee Perry) Miller.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin, where an Eastern Star service will be at 7 p.m.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, where the Rev. French Ball of First United Methodist Church and the Rev. Judith Claycomb of York United Methodist Church will officiate.
Interment will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, June 20, 1998, p. C2.
Miss Theresa E. Smith
Oberlin—Miss Theresa Elizabeth Smith, 81, of 120 North Park St., formerly active in club and welfare organizations here, died last evening in the home of her sister, Mrs. Ella Thompson, 139 East Lorain St. She had lived there since October.
Miss Smith was one of the founders of the Phylis Wheatley Center here and was a past president of the Woman’s Club for 10 consecutive years. She was a past vice president of Allen Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1906 graduate of OHS], Miss Smith lived in this area all her life. She was a caterer here for many years until five years ago.
In her early years Miss Smith had taught school in Alabama. She was a member of Rust Methodist Church.
Survivors besides the sister are two brothers, Harley J. Smith of Oberlin and Worthy W. Smith, serving with the Merchant marines, and a niece whom she reared, Mrs. Ruth Webb Brooks of Cleveland.
Friends may call at the Cowling Funeral Home tomorrow and Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Melvin Bateman will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, June 18, 1965, p. 18.
Timothy Alan Smith
Timothy Alan Smith, 35, died Sunday at his parents’ home in Oberlin after a six-month illness.
Born in Oberlin where he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1975], he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology from [the] University of Cincinnati in 1979.
Mr. Smith lived in Denver from 1980 until returning to Oberlin several months ago.
While in Colorado, he co-owned Broadway Kitchen Studios where he was involved in design and sales.
He enjoyed skiing and hiking.
Survivors include his parents, Robert and Katherine of Oberlin; and sisters, Kathleen of Cranbury, N.J., Susan Schubert of Oberlin and Eileen of Manchester, N.H.
Friends will be received 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Cowling Funeral Home, 288 S. Main St., Oberlin.
Services will be 10 am. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Oberlin, with the Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating.
Family suggests memorials be made to the Oberlin School Endowment Fund.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, September 2, 1991, p. B-2.
Virginia Charlotte Smith
Virginia Charlotte Smith, 91, of Oberlin, died Jan. 21 at Welcome Nursing Home.
Born in New Cumberland, W.Va., she graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1922 and from] Oberlin College in 1926. She also took some library science courses at Simmons College in 1930.
Miss Smith joined the staff of the Oberlin College library in 1928 and retired in 1968 as a cataloger. After retiring, she continued to work part-time for several years.
She loved to travel and was especially impressed with the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. She also enjoyed swimming, hiking, cooking and music.
There are no immediate survivors and no services are planned.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 31, 1995, p. 3.
Wanda P. Snoble
Elyria -- Wanda P. Snoble (nee Powers), 87, of Elyria, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at Elyria United Methodist Village, following a brief illness.
She was born June 24, 1916, in Oberlin [and was a 1935 graduate of OHS]. She moved to Elyria from Oberlin 62 years ago.
Mrs. Snoble was employed by the Elyria City Schools as a library assistant and worked in many elementary schools and Northwood Junior High School.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Elyria, and its Elizabeth Stevens Circle and had worked as church librarian for several years. She was a member of the YWCA'S Y Niners arts and crafts group and enjoyed bridge, needlework, needlepoint, crocheting, ceramics and reading.
Survivors include her daughter, Jane Fowls of Elyria; sons John Snoble of Columbus and Roger Snoble of Los Angeles, Calif.; and 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Snoble, in 1995; sister, Joyce Smith; and brothers Allen Powers and Eugene Powers.
Friends may call Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon at First United Methodist Church, 312 Third St., Elyria. The Rev. Beth McKee, chaplain of Elyria United Methodist Village, and the Rev. Daniel Reinke, associate pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will follow in Brookdale Cemetery, Carlisle Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 312 Third St., Elyria 44035; or Elyria United Methodist Village, 807 West Ave., Elyria 44035; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, Elyria, is handling arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, June 25, 2003.
Fred Ray Snyder Jr.
Mattoon, Ill. - Fred Ray Snyder Jr., 82, Mattoon, former custodian, died Tuesday (Oct. 7, 2003). [He was a 1941 graduate of OHS.]
Graveside services: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dodge Grove Cemetery, Mattoon. Visitation: noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Schilling Funeral Home, Mattoon. Memorials: American Cancer Society or Lincolnland Hospice.
Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill., Wednesday, October 8, 2003, p. A7.
Ora Elizabeth Solida
Ora Elizabeth Solida (nee Springer), 85, of Norwalk, former Oberlin resident, died Aug. 21 at the Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk.
Born in Oberlin, she was a 1928 graduate of Oberlin High School.
She worked as a hostess at the Oberlin Inn for 21 years, retiring in 1962 and moving to Norwalk.
Survivors include a son, Allen of Sandusky; two daughters, Anita Wauthier of Rockwood, Tenn., and Sharon Simmons of Norwalk; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; a brother, Leonard Springer of Fremont; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James H.; a sister, Alta Springer; and three brothers, Harold, Ralph and Earl Springer.
Services were Aug. 23 in the Kubach-Smith Funeral Home, Norwalk, with the Rev. Glenn Springer officiating.
Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery in Vermilion.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 29, 1995, p. 3.
Clinton Jesse Sonner
Clinton Jesse Sonner, 22, remembered at Oberlin High School as a top-notch wrestler and equally active in soccer, died Tuesday morning at University Hospital, Columbus, of leukemia after a year’s illness.
Rev. John Elder will conduct the service 11 a.m. today at First Church. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
“Clint,” born in Columbus Nov. 13, 1963, lived in Oberlin all his life. A graduate of OHS in 1982, his chief extracurricular activities were wrestling and soccer. In his senior year he qualified for the state wrestling tournament in Columbus.
After graduation he enrolled at Baldwin-Wallace College and spent his freshman year there. He then transferred to Ohio State University, but was forced to give up his studies there a year ago. He had aspired to be a history teacher and wrestling coach.
Sonner was also active in Boy Scouts and a member of the Lorain County National Guard Unit.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Robert and Carolyn Homstead and his father, David Sonner, and stepmother Diana Carterson, all of Oberlin; two brothers, his twin, Matthew, a Ranger in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and David, a senior at OHS; grandparents, Wilhelmina Sonner and Arline Carl, both of Columbus.
The family suggests memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Oberlin High School wrestling program, sent in care of the high school.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 27, 1986, p. 5.
John Souris, Killed in Action in Italy
Pfc. John R. Souris, 23, Oberlin High School graduate and son of Mr. and Mrs. George Souris of Amherst, was killed in action in Italy on April 18.
Pfc. Souris attended Oberlin High School only in his senior year. He was graduated in 1940 and entered the service in November, 1941, going overseas in June, 1943. He was with the paratroopers until recently when he was transferred to the infantry.
Besides his parents he leaves three sisters, Susanna and Georgia, at home, and Mary Jane, in New York.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 10, 1945, p. 4.
Earl Spaulding Died in Elyria
Had Undergone Operation for Appendicitis—Funeral to be Saturday Afternoon
Earl [Ellsworth] Spaulding, eldest son of E. W. Spaulding of North Pleasant street, died at Memorial hospital, Elyria, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. His death followed an operation for a severe case of appendicitis.
Mr. Spaulding was born in Oberlin in 1887 and most of his life spent here. He was a  graduate of Oberlin high school and was a prominent athlete. For three years he was a quarter back on the football team. He was married ten years ago to Miss Elsie Hull.
One year they spent in the Canadian Northwest and for the last five years have been residents of Elyria.
Mr. Spaulding was associated with his father and brother, Carl, in the Spaulding Coal & Supply Company, of which he was president. The company has been enjoying a good business.
He had a wide circle of friends here and in Elyria who will be pained to learn of his death.
Funeral services will be held from the home on East Broad street at two o’clock Saturday afternoon. The burial will be in Elyria.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, March 16, 1923, p. 1.
Ohio News – [Arthur Brainard] Spear
Columbus, O., Nov. 29.—Word reached Columbus of the death in Detroit of Arthur B. Spear, former cashier of the Oberlin bank, which was wrecked by Cassie Chadwick. Spear [OHS class of 1884] was released from the penitentiary Feb. 28 after serving all save four months of a seven-year sentence for his participation in the Chadwick loans.
The Coshocton Daily Age, Tuesday, November 29, 1910, p. 6.
A. B. Spear Died Of Typhoid
Was Ill Several Weeks before the End Came
Was Employed by Bell Telephone Company as Traveling Auditor
Arthur B. Spear died in Harper hospital, Detroit, on Monday, after an illness of aobut five weeks with typhoid fever.
He was first treated at his home, but when his case became desperate he was taken to the hospital, where an operation disclosed the ravages the disease had wrought upon the unfortunate man. The bowls had been perforated, allowing poisonous matter to escape into the abdominal cavity, and there was no possible chance of saving the man’s life.
He had been living with his family for several months prior to his illness.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, November 30, 1910, p. 1.
Frank B. Spelbrink died Aug. 2, 1983, in Moore Memorial Hospital, Pinehurst, N.D. [N.C.?], after a heart attack. He was born Dec. 4, 1919, in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1937]. While a student at College he was a member of the varsity track team and a member of the “O” Club. After graduation [from Oberlin College in 1941] he was employed at Goodyear Aircraft in Akron and then became a lieutenant colonel in the USAF. Before retiring to “Seven Lakes,” N.C., he and his family lived in Rochester, N.Y., where he was an administrative supervisor at Eastman Kodak. He was also president of the Oberlin Alumni Club there.
He leaves his wife, the former Helen Bennett ’42, two children, three grandchildren and sisters Marguerite Brown ’36 [OHS ‘32], Frances Eisenhauer ’38 [OHS ‘34] and Helen Schilling ’39 [OHS ‘34].
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1984, p. 74.
David Bryan Spencer
David Bryan Spencer, 24, of Oberlin, died in an auto-truck accident near Rockledge, Fla., on Friday.
He had been working as an auto mechanic near Fort Myers for the past several months.
He was born in Youngstown and lived most of his life in Oberlin. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1983 and was a varsity letterman in soccer.
He enjoyed fishing and woodworking.
Survivors include his parents, Judith Spencer of Avon Lake, Donald and Kathy Spencer of Oberlin; and three sisters, Melanie Spencer of Bangor, Maine, Shelley Spencer Ahmadi of Wheaton, Md., and Christine Spencer of Oberlin.
Friends may call today (Thursday) from noon until the time of services at 1 p.m. in the Cowling Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Morse of Washington, D.C., will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the David Bryan Spencer Memorial Education Fund for Alcohol Substance Abuse Education in the Oberlin School System, in care of the CareUnit of Allen Memorial Hospital.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 30, 1988.
Young Woman [Adaline A. Sperry] is Taken by
After Long Illness Mrs. Walter Sperry Passed Away at Her Home on E. College Street
Was a Graduate of Kindergarten Training School and Taught for Some Time—Had Attractive Personality
Adaline Allen Sperry, wife of Walter Sperry, passed away last Friday after a long illness, which she bore with patience and unfailing hope. She was born July 5, 1897, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Allen, at Hamlet, N. Y. She came to Oberlin in 1909, graduating from the High School here in 1916. She prepared herself for teaching at the Oberlin Kindergarten Training School, graduating with the class of 1918. After a short period of teaching, she was married to Walter Sperry, son of E. E. Sperry of this town. She died at the youthful age of 26.
Mrs. Sperry was a young woman of genial manners and attractive personality. During her long and trying illness, her pleasant smile always greeted those who came to see her. Her concern during her illness seemed to be more for others than for herself. She made a brave fight to regain health, but she had no fear of whatever might come. She lived not quite long enough to get the full experience of life, yet long enough to get the deep experience which suffering brings to youth. Her character was enriched by it, and her religious experiences were greatly deepened. Young as she was, she had left a deep impression upon those who knew her best and loved her most.
She is survived by her husband, her mother, the wife of Mr. E. R. Hopkins, and a sister, Mrs. Gordon Scott. Her circle of friends was large, and the great profusion of flowers indicated the esteem in which she was held.
Services were held at the late home on East College Street, on Monday afternoon, conducted by Dr. Van der Pyl of the United church. She was laid to rest at Westwood.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, December 21, 1923, p. 1.
Charles M. Sperry, 80, of Oberlin, died July 2 at Allen Hospital after a two-day illness.
A native and lifelong Oberlin resident [and a 1924 graduate of Oberlin High School], he worked as a trust officer at Cleveland Trust and at Garden Trust in Cleveland until World War II. After Army service he was employed by Lorain County Savings and Trust Bank, retiring in 1970.
He was a member of the Karl Wilson Locke American Legion Post 102.
His wife, Helen, died in 1978.
Graveside services were held on Friday at Westwood Cemetery with Rev. Robert Bonnell, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Allen Memorial Hospital special family room fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 11, 1985, p. 5.
Helen Sperry dies at age 68
Helen G. (Mrs. Charles M.) Sperry, perhaps the foremost businesswoman in Oberlin, died Tuesday evening at her home, 19 Locust, after several years of ill health. She was 68.
Born in Oberlin July 27, 1909, Helen Marie Gorske was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Gorske, long-time Oberlin residents. Her father was a tailor here for many years.
A graduate of Oberlin High School [in 1926] and Oberlin Business College, Mrs. Sperry started to work for the Burgner Agency, which handled insurance and real estate, immediately after completing her business training.
On Jan. 1, 1948, she and her brother Paul R. bought the firm which became the Sperry-Gorske Agency. She retired in 1975 and sold her interest to Paul.
Mrs. Sperry was a member of Sacred Heart Church, where services, with Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating, will be held today at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Surviving are her husband Charles M., whom she married in 1941; and three brothers, Howard, 343 East College; Walter, 152 East College; and Paul, 134 Fairway.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Allen Hospital.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 25, 1978, p. 8.
Mary D. Sperry
Mary Dorothy Sperry, 78, sister of Charles Sperry of 19 Locust, died on Dec. 30 in Hialeah, Fla., following a long illness.
Born April 2, 1898 in Pleasant Hill, Mo., she came to Oberlin as a small child, attended the Oberlin public schools, [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1915,] and graduated from Oberlin College in 1919. From 1921-23 she was an assistant in the dean’s office at the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, then worked as a secretary in Cleveland and Detroit until moving to Florida in 1935. There she was secretary to the president of the Taylor Construction Co. which built several of the large hotels in the Miami area. She continued to make her home in Hialeah after her retirement.
Graveside services at Westwood Cemetery were held on Wednesday morning with Father Robert Bonnell officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 6, 1977, p. 7.
W. L. Sperry Dies in Detroit
Funeral Services Are There Today For Well Known Former Oberlin Resident
Walter Lyman Sperry, 48, former Oberlin resident and son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Sperry, died at his home in Detroit Monday after a brief illness.
Mr. Sperry was born on August 30, 1894, at Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and moved to Oberlin with his parents when he was six years old. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1913  and from Oberlin College in 1917.
After studying at the Harvard School of Business Administration he held a position in the Cleveland Trust Company for some time, and later was an investment counsel in Cleveland. About four years ago he moved to Detroit where he was engaged in similar work.
Mr. Sperry is survived by his wife, the former Esther Carson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Carson; a brother Charles, now in military service; and a sister, Miss Mary Sperry of Miami, Florida.
Funeral services are being held today (Thursday) in Detroit.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 13, 1943, p. 1.
Alan Lewis Spiegelberg
Oberlin — Alan L. Spiegelberg, 68, of Oberlin, died April 11th following a long illness.
Alan was born in Elyria, Ohio, January 1, 1941, but moved to Oberlin in 1953 when his family purchased a new farm on Pyle S. Amherst Road. Alan graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1959] and Oberlin College. He was an outstanding athlete, setting football rushing records at both schools.
After graduating from Oberlin College in 1963, Alan worked in the Accounting Department of Graybar Electric in Cleveland and Plastic Kote in Medina, Ohio, before joining Bendix Heavy Vehicle Systems Corporation in Elyria. Alan worked at Bendix for 25 years, starting in cost accounting, moving up to the position of Group Controller and ultimately served as the company's Director of Materials. He retired in 1991.
Alan's love of sports continued throughout his life. As his children grew, he was a very successful Little League baseball coach, leading his teams to multiple district titles. He was also a 4-H saddle club advisor. He was an avid Ohio State and Cleveland Browns fan. During the winter months, he enjoyed the camaraderie of playing cards with his golfing buddies. He was a 30-year member of the Oberlin Golf club and enjoyed teaching and playing the game with his close friends, his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren. It was a challenging game, a game of integrity. A game he always played by the rules...it was a gentleman's game. It was the way he lived his life.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Russel L. and Violet (Schroeder) Spiegelberg.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dr. Jane (Slater) Spiegelberg; children Carrie (Kevin) Ziegman of Elyria, Todd (Valerie McGee) Spiegelberg of LaGrange, and Ethan (Patricia) Spiegelberg of North Ridgeville; brothers Ronald (Shirley) Spiegelberg of Oberlin, and Gary (Marcia) Spiegelberg of Nathrop, CO; brothers-in-law Gary Slater of Oberlin and Dr. Kent (Marina) Slater of Sarasota, FL. Alan treasured time with his grandchildren, Bryce and Colleen Ziegman and Nathaniel and Nicholas Spiegelberg.
Friends will be received at the Cowling Funeral Home at 228 South Main Street in Oberlin on Monday, April 20th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Rev. Richard Kretchmar will preside over the service on Tuesday, April 21st at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311. A private committal service will be held at Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin at a later date.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thurs., April 16, 2009.
Dr. H. Waldo Spiers, Former Oberlin
Resident Is Dead
Word has been received in Oberlin of the sudden death of Dr. H[omer] Waldo Spiers in Los Angeles, California on July 10.
Dr. Spiers was a graduate of Oberlin high school with the class of 1902 and of Oberlin College with the class of 1907.
[He was the OHS football coach for the 1904-1906 seasons. In the 1905 opener Oberlin defeated Elyria 54-0. Oberlin’s record that year was 7-2. They scored 210 points to their opponents' 24 and were recognized as one of the leading football teams in the state.]
He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1911. Since that time he has been an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Los Angeles.
Dr. Spiers was born in Edinburg, June 1884, the son of Henry and Alla Spiers.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 16, 1942, p. 7.
Mrs. Carl F. Spitler Dies of Heart Attack
Bernice Hart Spitler, 60, wife of Carl F. Spitler, executive vice-president of the Peoples Banking Co., died Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at her home, 61 Willard Ct. Death was caused by a heart ailment; she had been ill for a long time.
Born near Sullivan, Jan. 31, 1897, Mrs. Spitler came to Oberlin with her family in 1907. She was a member of First Methodist Church, the Woman’s Society of Christian Service of the church and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Pythian Sisters.
Besides her husband she is survived by a son, Rollyn, Henrietta; a daughter, Mrs. Marilyn Grace, Fort Belvoir, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Russell Kern, Palmetto, Fla.; and twin granddaughters.
Rev. William K. Hogg conducted funeral services yesterday at Cowling-Stang Funeral Home. Interment was in Westwood cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 19, 1957, p. 1B.
Rollyn C. Spitler, 60, of Panama City Beach, Fla., former Oberlin resident, died Nov. 5 in Gulf Coast Community Hospital, Panama City, after a short illness.
He grew up in Oberlin[, graduated from Oberlin High School in 1943,] and was assistant manager at the Lorain County Bank, Oberlin office, retiring five years ago.
A World War II veteran, he was a member of the Oberlin American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; twin daughters, Sandy and Sally; both of Oberlin; and a sister, Marilyn Grace of Panama City Beach.
Private family services were held with interment in Evergreen Forest Lawn Cemetery, Panama City.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 13, 1986, p. 2.
Sandra Elizabeth Spitler
Ms. Sandra Elizabeth “Sandy” Spitler, 52, of Panama City, Fla., passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at a local hospital. She was born in Oberlin, Ohio, [graduated from OHS in 1968,] and had lived in Panama City since 1990, moving here from Oberlin. Sandy had been the office manager for Lincare in Panama City for 10 years. She enjoyed singing karaoke with her friends, traveling, and loved her cats, especially "Spooky." She is survived by her identical twin sister and best friend, Sally Agent and her husband, Michael, of Panama City; an aunt, Marilyn Grace of Panama City Beach; an adopted stepdad, Joe Sterling of Panama City; a special friend, Jay Primus of Cleveland, Ohio; and numerous other friends. Private funeral services will be held at a later date. Contributions may be made in Sandy's name to the American Cancer Society, 2012-A Lisenby Ave., Panama City, FL 32405. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 2403 Harrison Ave., Panama City, Fla. 32402 is handling arrangements.
The News Herald, Panama City, Florida, Thursday, March 20, 2003.
Harold C. Spore died Sept. 11[, 1975,] at his home in
Mr. Spore was a member of the Tulsa Audubon and the Oklahoma Ornithological Societies,
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Metta Elizabeth Sprague
Metta Elizabeth Sprague, 96, of Oberlin, died Saturday, June 23, 2012, in Dayton. She was born July 25, 1915, in Oberlin, to the late Richard and Elizabeth (nee Pfaff) Clark.
Metta was a 1933 graduate of Oberlin High School. Metta worked along side her husband, Max, on the family farm and later worked at Gilford Instruments in Oberlin, making medical instruments.
In her free time, she enjoyed gardening and would enter her arrangements in the county fair, along with many of her baked goods for which she won many ribbons. Metta also liked to bowl and was fond of animals. Her family was very dear to her and she cherished time with them. Metta attended the East Oberlin Church and was a member of the Pythian Sisters.
Metta is survived by her children, Max Sprague, Don (Shirley) Sprague, and Eleanor (Myron) Knapp; grandchildren, Jason and Kyle Knapp, Laura (Mike) Neuwirth, and Ian and Zachary Sprague; great-grandchildren, Brandon Knapp, Joseph Neuwirth and Sierra Sprague.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Maxwell Winfield Sprague; sisters, Eleanor Clark [OHS ‘32] and Evelyn Clark; and a brother, Richard Frank Clark, Jr.
Friends and Family will gather for a 10 A.M. graveside service Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Camden Cemetery, with Reverend Tina Siroki officiating.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.norton-eastmanfuneralhome.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
Philip Bruce Spurlock
Oberlin — After a life of service, Philip Bruce Spurlock, 64, of Oberlin, went to be with the Lord on July 15, 2010, following a progressive illness.
Phil was born in Oberlin on January 30, 1946, to Delbert and Elizabeth Spurlock. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1964, The Ohio State University in 1969, and Ashland Theological Seminary in 1996. In 1970, he entered the USAF as an officer. During his 20 year career in the military, Phil served at bases in Michigan, California and Alaska and did temporary duties in Thailand and Guam. He flew as a navigator on both KC-135 and B-52 aircraft and also served as a Public Affairs Officer and in Contract Administration. He married his wife, Lori, in 1981.
Upon retirement from the USAF in 1990, Phil returned to Oberlin. Duty to his country completed, he then turned his attention to helping in the local community. He delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly with his two young sons, and served for a brief period on the Oberlin City Council and as a substitute teacher for the Oberlin School District. Phil also became a son to many of his neighbors lending a helping hand whenever needed.
For the remainder of Phil’s life, he served in several area churches preaching sermons, teaching Sunday School, helping with young children’s ministry, leading small group studies, and visiting with residents at Amherst Manor with his church’s nursing home ministry. A highlight of his later years was ministering together with his wife, Lori, and youngest sons, Travis and Josh. During the summer of 1997, they drove the Al-Can Highway to Sutton, AK, where they volunteered as support staff at Victory Bible Camp. In 2004, they ventured south, serving a year at JAARS, the support wing of Wycliffe Bible Translators, in Waxhaw, NC.
Phil is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lori; sons Christopher [OHS ‘93] of Las Vegas, NV, Travis and Joshua both of Oberlin; and daughter Katherine [OHS ‘95] of Elyria; brother Delbert Jr. (Marion) [OHS ‘59] of Reston, VA; sister Anne [OHS ‘61] of Columbus; and five grandchildren.
His parents preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at Trinity Evangelical Free Church; 46485 Middle Ridge Road, Amherst, OH where Phil was a member. The Rev. Dr. Arnold Fleagle, pastor will officiate. The family will receive friends at 9:30 a.m. with the service beginning at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: Compassion International, a Christian ministry serving impoverished children. Colorado Springs, CO 80997-0002, www.compassion.com (800-336-7539) or JAARS, PO Box 248, Waxhaw, NC 28173, www.jaars.org (800-890-0628).
Hempel Funeral Home of Amherst is honored to serve the family of Philip Bruce Spurlock.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Sunday, July 18, 2010.
Former Resident Dies After Long Illness
Body of Attorney Charles Squire Brought to Oberlin
The funeral of Charles Albert Squire, a former resident of Oberlin, and a graduate of Oberlin college, whose death occurred at Chicago last Friday, was held at the home of the brother of the deceased, Harry I. Squire, 187 West Lorain street, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Services were conducted by Rev. Jason Noble Pierce, pastor of the Second Congregational church. Interment was made in Westwood.
Rev. Mr. Price read the following sketch of Mr. Squire, who leaves a number of friends in Oberlin:
Charles Albert Squire was born four miles west of Elyria, Ohio, October 7, 1869. He was third among seven children of Isaac Squire and his wife, Martha Manning Squire. His death is the third in the family circle, he being survived by his parents, who lived in Oberlin for about twenty-five years, but now reside in Lorain, by his sisters, Mrs. C. D. Herrick of Oberlin, Mrs. Luetta Seimens of Ritzville, Wash., and Mrs. Anson A. Cheyney of Oberlin, and by his brother, Harry I. Squire, of this place.
Coming to Oberlin for education, he prepared for college at the Oberlin high school [class of 1888], from which he entered Oberlin college, completing his course and graduating in 1892. Having chosen the law as his profession he entered the law office of William B. Bedortha, Esq., where he pursued his studies, completing his professional training at Kent college, Chicago, and being admitted to the bar in the state of Illinois in 1895.
On January 5, 1897, he was united in marriage with Miss Margaret B. Schick of Chicago. They made their home in Chicago, where Mr. Squire practiced law and where they have since resided. One daughter, Margaret, was born October 22, 1903.
In his work Mr. Squire was successful, not only because of ability and thorough training, but because of his personal gifts for friendship as well. The kindness, sympathy and devotion which characterized his life won friends to him and held them. His health had been failing for the last five years, but he bravely and cheerfully kept at work. A complication of ailments of tubercular nature rendered his recovery impossible, but with death staring him in the face he carried forward his duties, persisting in reaching his office, though he required assistance to mount any elevation, and until seven weeks of his death refused to lay down the duties of his chosen profession. With patience and fortitude he awaited the end, passing away at a quarter before six on the afternoon of Friday, July 26, aged 42 years, 9 months and 19 days.
The tender and loving sympathy of a wide circle of friends goes out for the bereaved. To the wife and daughter, to the brother and sisters, to the father and mother, and to others more and less closely related in ties of affection, may the memory of a brave, unselfish and Christian life, devoted to the best interest of others and laboring for the welfare of his family and friends, prove a consolation and comfort in this hour of trial. And may the God of Peace bring strength to human hearts and sustain us through all the afflictions of life, receiving us at last into the fullness of his joy in life eternal.
Classmates of Mr. Squire in Oberlin college acted as pallbearers.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin Ohio, Wednesday, July 31, 1912, p. 8
Funeral to be today at 1:30 for Mrs.
Edna Elsie Squires, 72, wife of Charles P. Squires, Quarry Rd., was instantly killed in a head-on automobile collision on Rt. 82 near Strongsville Sunday afternoon. She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband.
Funeral services will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Other driver cited
Reports from Strongsville police indicated that a car driven by a Bellevue man, Edward Logan, 22, crossed the center line on a curve and hit the Squires auto. Logan was cited for driving left of center.
Belonged to Grange
Mrs. Squires, born in Russia Township Sept. 26, 1894, had lived all her life in this area [and was a 1914 graduate of OHS]. She was a member of Oberlin Grange and state and national granges.
Besides her husband she is survived by one son, Paul, Quarry Rd.; one daughter, Mrs. Claude (Gertrude) Pierce of Kent; one brother, Robert Sedelke, RD 1; one sister, Mrs. Hattie Braun, RD 1; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Oberlin News-Tribune,Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 29, 1966, p. 14.
Robert Hills Squires Sr.
Amherst -- Robert Hills Squires Sr., 93, of Amherst, died Friday, June 13, 2008 after a short illness at Golden Acres Lorain County Nursing Home.
He was born September 14, 1914 in Flint, Michigan. His family moved to Oberlin, Ohio where he was raised and graduated in 1933 from Oberlin High School.
He was employed by Jack & Heinz, a defense contractor in Bedford, Ohio. He worked on many nuclear power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He retired as a steamfitter and welder from Local 42 Plumbers and Pipefitters in Norwalk, Ohio. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst.
He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, bowling, softball and golf.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Marie (nee Franklin), his sisters, Dorothy McVeigh and Eleanor Kasper.
He is survived by his daughter, Marilyn (Barry) Becker of Alpharetta, Georgia, a son Robert H. (Janis) Squires Jr. of Amherst, a sister Lois Hutchinson of Oberlin, grandchildren; Pam Becker Dean of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Scott Becker of Florence, Kentucky, RaeDene Norton of Boston, Mass., Jenifer Becker of Chicago, Illinois, Becky Hensley of Sarasoto, Florida, Daniel Squires of Wakeman, Brett Squires of Amherst; four great grandsons and two step-great granddaughters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 A.M. Saturday, June 21, 2008 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst, with Rev. Lawrence N. Martello, pastor, officiating. Family will receive friends at church one hour prior to the mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Amherst.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring Street, Amherst, OH 44001.
Arrangements were handled by Garland-Misencik Funeral Home.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tues., June 18, 2008.
[Jacqueline Marcella] St. Julien
Sister Mary De Chantal St. Julien (nee Jacqueline Marcella St. Julien), daughter of the late Francois St. Julien and Consuela Bibbs died April 27, 2009 at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family. She was 81 years old. [Sister de Chantal was a member of the Oberlin High School class of 1946, but her family moved from Oberlin by 1942.]
She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family on September 8, 1947 and professed Temporary Vows on August 15, 1950 with Perpetual Profession occurring on August 15, 1955. She was a former Superior General of the Sisters of the Holy Family.
Sister De Chantal served the people of God as a teacher and administrator in the following missions: Holy Family, Madisonville, LA; St. Francis Xavier, Baton Rouge, LA; Holy Redeemer, San Antonio, TX; St. Albert the Great, Compton, CA; Holy Family and Immaculate Conception, Tulsa, OK. She served as Administrator for Lafon Nursing Facility and of St. John Berchmans Manor and in the Sisters Infirmary at the Motherhouse in New Orleans, LA. Sister de Chantal also served her congregation as both Vicar General and as Superior General.
Sister de Chantal was preceded in death by three sisters: Mrs. Michael Morris, Mrs. Joseph Chretien, Alien St. Julien. She is survived by three sisters: Mrs. Imelda Norwood, Mrs. Juanita Duffy, and Mrs. Delores Lewis and one brother, Mr. Delano St. Julien, along with a host of devoted nieces and nephews and other relatives.
Friends and family are invited to attend the Visitation and Rosary from 8:00 -10:00 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2009 in the Chapel of the Sisters of the Holy Family at 6901 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans, Louisiana. Interment at St. Louis #2 Cemetery. Majestic Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, La., April 30, 2009, p. 5.
by road tragedy, fire - Donald Stanley
By Judy Phillips
A teenage son, riding his bicycle home along Rt. 58, run down by a motorist and left to die on the berm. Then, in the middle of the night the night before his funeral – fire that destroyed the family home.
That was the stunning sequence of events this week for the Edward Sanislow family. Their home was at 10862 Rt. 58 N.
Their son, Donald Ray Stanley, 15 was hit by a car not far from the family home early Friday morning. Seen by a passing motorist lying unconscious on the roadside, his demolished bike nearby, a passing motorist called Allen Hospital about 3 a.m. Donald was taken to Lorain Community Hospital by ambulance. He died there at 7:50 a.m. of head injuries.
The family returned from visitation hours at Cowling Funeral Home Monday night and went to bed but shortly before 2 a.m. the home was in flames. Mr. and Mrs. Sanislow and their surviving children, Robert, 13, John, 10, Peggy, 9, and Charles, 6, escaped after Mrs. Sanislow was awakened by the smell of smoke.
In borrowed clothes the Sanislow parents and the four children came to the Cowling Funeral Home for the service at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
There were “quite a few” persons at the service, said Dick Cowling of Cowling Funeral Home.
Oberlin volunteer firemen (Russia Township has a fire protection contract with the city) had answered the call to the Sanislow home at 1:53 a.m., and found the two-story frame house completely engulfed in flames by the time they arrived. House and contents were a total loss.
Cause of the fire has not been determined but family members said that the blaze started in a downstairs bathroom and spread throughout the house within a matter of minutes. Fortunately all the Sanislows were sleeping in first floor rooms.
Sanislow ran to his brother’s home – the Richard Sanislows live a quarter mile away – shouting for them to call the fire department.
He ruled out faulty wiring as a cause of the fire because, he said, Ohio Edison had cut off service because of nonpayment.
What was left of the Monday night the Sanislows spent with the Richard Sanislows and their parents, the Wesley Sanislows, who also live nearby. Tuesday night they went to the L&K Penny Pincher Inn on Rte 58 N.
The three older children were back in school yesterday after their parents brought them in about 10 a.m. Robert is in the middle school, John and Peggy at Prospect, Charles in kindergarten at Eastwood.
Donald Stanley, a freshman at Oberlin High School, had been hit by a southbound car in front of the Wesley Sanislow home last Thursday evening as he was returning on his bicycle from a visit with friends in town.
Driver of the car was Christine Bodnar, 21, of 450 West Lorain, who turned herself in Friday afternoon after learning of the fatal accident. She told sheriff’s deputies that she had thought she hit a mailbox or a post, not a person, as she was returning home from Lorain about 3 a.m.
Help for the Sanislows is already being organized in several quarters.
The Oberlin Community Services Council has had volunteers calling eager to give assistance, secretary Mrs. Esther Wyckoff told the News-Tribune.
Housing is the most urgent need, Mrs. Wyckoff said. Caseworker Robert Wharton was to meet with the Sanislows yesterday afternoon and by today the council office should have information on clothing and other needs. The council will accept cash as well as other donations.
Notices have been distributed to all staff members in the city school system over the signatures of the building principals, inviting all who care to contribute food, clothing or money. Contributions are to be taken to the individual school offices. Collection will be made next Wednesday. Sizes for the children’s clothing are 14 for Bobby and John, 12 for Peggy and 8 for Chuckie. Mrs. Sanislow wears an 18-20 and Sanislow a 38-40 tall.
Russia Township trustee Martha Verda is organizing the township effort. Donations of clothing, money for clothing and canned goods may be left at her home, 11206 Oberlin Rd. A call to her will bring someone to pick up the gifts if necessary. Actual cash will not be presented to the family.
Sanislow is employed at A & C Auto Parts, 7001 Leavitt Rd. A company representative told the News-Tribune that employees and the company made a cash contribution to the Sanislows for funeral expenses. Clothing is also being collected from among employees, several of whom have children of comparable age and size. There is no outside solicitation.
Mrs. Sanislow said the family’s fire loss was not covered by insurance, her husband’s co-workers said.
Born in Louisville, Ky., Feb. 17, 1963, Donald had lived in Oberlin all his life.
Rev. Don Ingram, pastor of the Church of the Open Door, conducted the funeral service. Burial was in South Murray Ridge Cemetery.
Besides his parents, brothers and sister he is survived by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Sanislow and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Stanley of Louisville, Ky.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 18, 1978, pp. 1-2.
Frances (“Penny”) Cooke Stansfield died May 4[, 1974,] in
Prior to her marriage to George Stansfield in 1941, Mrs. Stansfield studied at the
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Stansfield leaves two daughters, a sister, Helen (Mrs. S. E. Cool), ’28, and a brother, William, ’25.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Thomas K. Staubus
Thomas K. [Kenneth] Staubus, 70, died August 8, 2009.
Born in Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1957 graduate of OHS,] he moved to Akron in 1963 and resided in Seville since 2000. A U.S. Army Veteran, he was a member of Fairlawn Lutheran Church and had retired from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, International Business Division, with 35 years service.
Preceded in death by parents, Kenneth and Elsie Staubus and granddaughter, Julia Hope; he is survived by his loving wife, Sally A.; sons, Tom (Shannon), Noal (Amy), Brian (Kelly) and Brad (Carrie); step-daughter, Tracie (Chris) Titus; four granddaughters; eight grandsons; one step-grandson; sisters, Sally Wilbur [OHS ‘53] and Liz Johnson (Steve).
Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fairlawn Lutheran Church with Rev. Thomas Zucconi officiating. Private interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., 4 to 7 p.m. TUESDAY. Memorials may be made to Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn 44333.
Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, Monday, August 10, 2009, p. B5.
Lorain — Hans-Axel Stechow passed away Saturday, August 28, 2010 at New Life Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain, Ohio.
Born in Gottingen, Germany, in 1933, naturalized in 1945, grew up in Oberlin, Ohio.
He graduated from Oberlin High school in 1950, attended Oberlin College (‘55), radar training at the Naval Air Station in Memphis, and electronics engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute New York.
He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corp. (‘50-’54 Korea); ‘56-’58 he worked under government contract for Butler Aviation, La Guardia, NY installing radar systems in Europe. After working for RCA Cherry Hill, NJ as a technical representative in Europe, he transferred to a position with the Strategic Air Command where he conducted classes in electronic theory and supervised the repair of systems manufactured by RCA. Under government contract with Unitec Corporation, Timonium, MD as a field engineer stationed in Southern Germany, he supervised men on a special assignment to Turkey visiting Turkish military establishments. With Brush Instruments Division (Clevite Corporation - Cleveland, OH) in Belgium, he provided technical support at International electronics expositions, and conducted demonstration tours through-out the continent.
Employment in Oberlin - first at Gilford Instrument Laboratories (technical writing of operators’ and maintenance manuals; sales office manager; advertising manager). In Cleveland, he was senior account executive at Brand & Gerber & Shick.
Before his debilitating stroke in ‘93 he served as Director of External Affairs; Director of Bridge to Asia at the National Association of College Store, Oberlin, OH.
Stechow was a member and former president of the Prospect School PTO, president of the Oberlin City Club, past member of Rotary, past secretary of Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA), member of Cleveland Advertising Club and American Society of Association Executives; served as council member then five years as president at Grace Lutheran Church; a member of Gideon Bible Society; a member of the American Legion.
Hans’ ability to communicate really touched people; writing, editing, music, public speaking. He was a voracious reader and possessed an exuberant curiosity. His interests included music, animals, sports, table tennis, pool/billiards, languages, puns, chess, tournament bridge, motorcycles and sports cars. Three dogs, a variety of birds, ferrets, a skunk, and Rex rabbit owned Hans. He was a golfer and bowler on local leagues as well as basketball player in his earlier years, most notably on various Marine Corp. teams. As a teenager, he won several awards as a cellist and in 1950 was first-chair cellist in the Ohio All-State High School Orchestra. As a self-taught jazz pianist he was much in demand in the Cleveland area and for his extensive musical talent at weddings and civic entertainment.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years Norma (nee Gordon); sons Peter Wolfgang (Laurie Nixon) [OHS ‘73], LaGrange; Keith Richard [OHS ‘75], Oberlin; Michael Ara-Thomas (Marijana Andjelkovic) [OHS ‘76] - Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia; David Bryan - Buffalo, NY; six grandchildren Alexander Wolfgang, Alyssa Stechow; Jennifer [OHS ‘05], Jonathan [OHS ‘08] - U.S. Marine Corp., Andrew and Lauren (Dan) Stechow Schilke; two great-grandchildren Wesley and Meira Schilke. Sisters Barbara (Robert) Harris [OHS ‘54], Lansing, Mich.; Nicola (John) Memmott [OHS ‘63], Oberlin.
Predeceased parents Professor of Art History Wolfgang and French Teacher Ursula Hoff Stechow.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Oasis, Oberlin OH, New Life Hospice of St. Joseph - Lorain, OH, Grace Lutheran Church, Oberlin, Ohio.
Celebration of Hans’ life will be held September 11, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 310 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wed., Sept. 1, 2010.
Mrs. John Morris Steck (Mary Hunter McCloy) died in
Mrs. Steck was a faithful member of
Surviving are two sons and two daughters, all graduates of southern colleges, and six grandchildren; two sisters, Elizabeth McCloy, ’13 of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
[Rose Olive] Wilmot [Stedman] Funeral
The body of Mrs. Rose Wilmot Stedman who died at Gates Mills after a year’s illness was brought to Hardscrabble cemetery for interment in the Wilmot family lot there on Tuesday afternoon. [She was an 1876 graduate of OHS.]
Mrs. Stedman was a direct descendant of one of the early pioneers of Liverpool Township, who came here from Connecticut in the late 1700’s. She was the youngest daughter of Plina and Ehisha Wilmot and a sister of Phoebe Wilmot, all of whom are resting in the oldest plot at Hardscrabble cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, June 16, 1932, p. 14.
William N. Steel
William N. Steel, 81, of Oberlin, passed away Friday January 27, 2012, at Allen Mercy Hospital. He was born June 26, 1930, in Cleveland [and graduated from OHS in 1930].
For many years, Bill was co-owner and operator of the Apollo Theater and Starview Drive Inn in Norwalk, along with his late wife, Arlene and brother, Sanders. In his spare time, he was an avid fisherman and golfer, who proudly had a 10 handicap.
He is survived by a son, David (Sheree) Steel [OHS ‘79], of Bronxville, New York; daughter, Susan (Paul) Obringer [OHS ‘83] of Bowling Green; grandchildren, Benjamin and Ashley; and brother, Sanders Steel [OHS ‘30] of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene; and his parents, Jerome and Deana Steel.
A graveside funeral service will be held Friday, February 3, 2012 at 10 A.M., at Westwood Cemetery. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery.
Online condolences may be make to www.cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, February 01, 2012.
Interment Services Held Here For Edward
An interment service for the ashes of Edward Strieby Steele, of the Oberlin College class of 1872 [and OHS class of 1866], was held Friday afternoon, January 23, in Westwood Cemetery, in the presence of a few friends. Dr. W. F. Bohn was in charge of the service. Mr. Steele’s death occurred January 3 in a Glendale, California hospital. His ashes were interred in the James Steele lot in the Oberlin cemetery, beside those of his wife, Grace Avery (King) Steele, who died in 1932.
He is survived by a niece, Miss Helen S. Pratt, of the Oberlin class of 1906 who lives in Los Angeles.
Mr. Steele was born in Farmingdale, Illinois, April 20, 1850, the son of James Steele, Oberlin Theological Seminary 1840, and Minerva (McConoughey) Steele who was graduated from Oberlin College in 1845. The father, James Steele, was one of the “Lane Seminary Rebels” whose coming to Oberlin was the occasion of the founding of the Oberlin Theological Seminary. It was James Steele who “led” the Amistad captives back to Africa in 1839-40. The family’s home was in Oberlin for a number of years.
Contributed to Oberlin Herbarium
Edward Steele’s career included teaching, preaching, writing, and scientific research. In 1889 he was an editor of the Century Dictionary. He later went into government service, and for twenty-seven years was associated with the Smithsonian Institution and the department of agriculture. He and his niece, Miss Pratt, have, together, collected and sent to the Oberlin herbarium 350 named specimens of Southern California plants, since he moved to Los Angeles in 1932.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 29, 1942, p. 3.
Bruce McAuslan Stenger
Bruce McAuslan Stenger was born in Coonoor, South India on April 9, 1912, to Baptist Missionary parents Seth Wilmer Stenger and Minnie Downie Stenger. He was the fourth of four children and one of two boys. He left India to further his education in the U.S., graduating from Oberlin High School in 1930. Later he attended Ohio State University and graduated from Redlands University in Southern California about 1936.
He met and married Ruth Cutler in Southern California and together they had three children: Michael Bruce Stenger, Barron Cutler Stenger, and Kathleen Stenger. Kathleen died in a tragic parachuting accident at age 21 in 1967.
Bruce worked in various defense industry positions during World War II, primarily at California Institute of Technology. He always dreamed of a career as a doctor but the war thwarted that goal, and he worked his adult life in the pharmaceutical industry for both Upjohn and Lederle (American Cynamid).
After all the children had left home, he lived for a time in Hayden Lake, Idaho before finally settling in Flagstaff, Arizona. He lived there until his death on January 23, 1990, at the age of 77.
Bruce Stenger was a gentle, caring, quiet man who loved his family and the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. At various times he dabbled in painting, knitting and woodcarving.
He is missed.
Obituary provided by Michael B. Stenger.
Catherine Stennett, 84, OSU alumna
Oberlin -- Catherine E. Stennett, 84, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, at the Oberlin Medical Center. She had been longtime resident of Oberlin. She graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1934 and from] Ohio State University.
Mrs. [Miss] Stennett was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Oberlin.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in First United Methodist Church, 45 S. Professor St., Oberlin, with the Rev. O. French Ball officiating.
Strowder's Funeral Home, Cleveland, handled arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, April 24, 2001
Lawyers’ secretary dies at 86
Florence Edith Stetson, 86, for more than half a century a stenographer for outstanding attorneys in Elyria, died at 2:30 p.m. yesterday in the Rebel Nursing Home. She had been ill a year.
Miss Stetson was born April 7, 1880, in Oberlin, the youngest child and second daughter of R. R. and Mary E. Read Stetson. She was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1899 and attended Oberlin Business College.
After doing stenographic work in the law office of W. E. Bedortha of Oberlin and secretarial work for Prof. John Fisher Peck of the Oberlin Academy and Prof. Morrison of Oberlin, she started work for the law firm of Ingersoll and Stetson in Elyria in the fall of 1904.
Miss Stetson continued as stenographer for H. W. Ingersoll for 42 years until his death in 1946, and then was in the office of Judge Harold Ewing until she retired Dec. 31, 1959.
Miss Stetson was the first woman in Lorain County to be commissioned a notary public. She was one of the early members of the YWCA and was clerk for the Elyria Library Board for nearly 50 years until her retirement in 1960.
She was a member of the Washington Avenue Christian Church, was superintendent of the primary department for that church for many years and served in women’s groups of the church.
A brother, Frank A. Stetson, and Elyria lawyer for 57 years until his death in 1960, and a sister, Mrs. May C. Bristor, who made her home with Miss Stetson until her death in 1963, preceded her.
Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Ray Thompson, Elyria, and Mrs. G. L. Carner, Indianapolis, Ind.; two nephews, F. A. Stetson Jr., McHenry, Ill., and Read R. Bristor, Waynesburg, Pa.; several great nieces and nephews, among them Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bristor, Elyria.
Friends may call at the Wainwright Funeral Home from 7 to 9 this evening.
Services will be in the funeral home tomorrow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Maurice W. Fogle officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, July 8, 1966, p. 18.
Frank A. Stetson, 82,
Dies in Elyria Monday
Frank A. Stetson, 82, a power in Republican politics in Lorain County for nearly half a century and one of the county’s oldest practicing attorneys died Monday in Elyria Memorial Hospital.
His home was at 427 West Ave., Elyria.
Born in Oberlin on April 27, 1877, Mr. Stetson graduated from [OHS in 1895,] Oberlin Academy and College and studied at Western Reserve University Law School before his admission to the bar. He began the practice of law in 1903 in partnership with H. W. Ingersoll.
He was chairman of the Lorain County Republican Executive Committee for nearly 20 years, and was a member of the Lorain County Board of Elections from 1922 to 1942.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 21, 1960, p. 8B.
STETSON—Frank Arthur Stetson died in Elyria, Ohio, January 18, 1860, as the result of a heart attack suffered five weeks earlier. He was the oldest practicing attorney in Lorain County.
Mr. Stetson was born in Oberlin in 1877 and received his A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1900. He went on to study law at Western Reserve University, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1903. In 1910 he married his Oberlin classmate, the former Ethel Bartlett. Mrs. Stetson died in 1958.
Active in Republican politics all his life, he was a member of Lorain County Board of Elections for 20 years and was chairman of Lorain County Republican Executive Committee. He was considered throughout Ohio as an authority on election laws and was instrumental in setting up a new Election Code, which became an Ohio law in 1930.
An active 32nd-degree Mason, Mr. Stetson was a past master of King Solomon Lodge in Elyria. He was also a past exalted ruler and trustee of the Elyria Elks; member of Al Koran Shrine and Lake Erie Consistory.
For 21 years, he was solicitor for Sheffield Village and served in the same capacity at Grafton, LaGrange, Avon and Vermilion-on-the-Lake and for 35 years he was lawyer for the Elyria Home for the Aged.
He was a member of the First Methodist Church in Elyria.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Neva Thompson, of Elyria, and Mrs. Carol Carner, of Indianapolis, Indiana; a son, Frank A. Jr., of McHenry, Illinois; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his sisters, Mrs. S. L. Bristol and Miss Florence E. Stetson, both of Elyria.
Oberlin College Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May 1960, p. 38.
Alton R. Stevens died
He leaves children Barbara (Mrs. George Shirey) and James, brother Murray ’13 and sister Blanche ’14 (Mrs. Warden B. Jenkins). His wife (Rhea Huffman ‘21k) died in 1972. The Stevens were married in 1922.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Carrie Elizabeth Stevens
Oberlin—Mrs. Carrie Elizabeth Stevens who had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Donald Heisner at 2940 West Erie avenue, Lorain, for the past 11 years died at 12:45 a.m. today at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lorain. She had been in ill health for the past eight months. Mrs. Stevens was born in Oberlin September 20, 1881, [graduated from OHS in 1899,] and was a member of the First Church of Oberlin and a former member of LaGrange Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving besides the daughter, Mrs. Heisner, are one son, Vernon Stevens, of Oberlin; one sister Miss Pearl Cook of Sacramento, Calif.; three brothers, Ray Cook of Oberlin, Robert Cook of Washington, D. C. and Carroll Cook of Danville Calif. and six grandchildren. Mrs. Stevens’ husband, Frank Stevens, died 11 years ago.
Friends may call at the Cowling Sedgeman Funeral Home in Oberlin where services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. the Rev. Edward Howley will officiate and burial will be made in Westwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, February 12, 1953, p. 2.
Mrs. S. W. Stevens Dies After Long Illness
Had Been Resident of Oberlin for Thirty Years—Funeral Thursday
Mrs. Mary Ella Bookram Stevens, wife of Dr. S. W. Stevens, died at her home at 277 North Main street Monday at 5:05 a.m.
Mrs. Stevens was born in Franklington, N. C., December 2, 1867. She was brought as a child with four sisters to Oberlin where she was reared [and graduated from OHS in 1885]. After completing her school training she went to Harrisville, Ky., to teach. After teaching there a number of years Mrs. Stevens went to Washington, Ky., where she stayed for twenty years. She met and married Dr. S. W. Stevens in 1893 and went to Maysville to live until they came to Oberlin in 1908.
Mrs. Stevens had been very active in church work, having organized choirs and having been superintendent of Sunday schools in Maysville for a number of years. Mrs. Stevens was interested in The On-Erie-Beach Company and the strenuous work connected with the activities of the company told on her health and she was forced to give up her work in that line. For the past three years Mrs. Stevens has been practically an invalid and her last illness was of a duration of only six weeks. She has been preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Alice Shaw Medley, and Mrs. Anna Quinn Williams. She leaves her husband, Dr. S. W. Stevens, two sisters, Mrs. Emma Gayters of Oberlin, and Mrs. Maratha Grant of Charleston, West Virginia, and a large number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday at 2 p.m. from Sedgeman’s Parlors. Rev. Charles Copher, assisted by Rev. Homer Tucker, was in charge. Burial was in Westwood.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, September 8, 1939, p. 2.
Sheldon S. Stevens
Sheldon S. Stevens, 28, died September 23, after a long illness of tuberculosis. [He was a 1914 graduate of OHS.] He had been employed as a plumber. Following funeral services held at the home, the body was laid to rest in Westwood.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, October 6, 1920, p. 5.
Kathy D. Stevenson
Kathy D. “Ms. Kathy” Stevenson, 54, of Elyria, passed away peacefully in the St. John West Shore Medical Center following a long illness. She was born in Oberlin, coming to Elyria, 31 years ago.
She attended Oberlin High School, [graduating in 1976,] where she was a cheerleader. She was employed at Burger King in downtown Elyria for 10 years. Mrs. Stevenson attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oberlin. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and her sisters.
She will be sadly missed by her husband of 35 years, Harry Stevenson of Elyria; daughter, Amber N. Stevenson of Elyria; sons, Seth Fields of Lima, Harry Stevenson III and Joseph Stevenson both of Elyria; four grandchildren; her mother, Annie B. Fields of Oberlin; sisters, Annie C. (William) Congress [OHS ‘71] of Cleveland, Mary A. Anderson [OHS ‘75] of Lorain, Brenda M. Fields [OHS ‘76] of Cleveland, Cynthia L. (Leland, Jr.) Trice [OHS ‘81] of Elyria; brothers, Eugene (Marsha) Shumate of Elyria, Carlton L. (Gigi) Shumate [OHS ‘81] of Miami, Florida; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Edward R. Fields; maternal grandparents, Christine and James A. Gunn; brother, Gary Fields [OHS ‘72]; and sister, Linda Fields [OHS ‘79].
Friends may call Thursday, September 8, 2011, in the Carter Funeral Homes Chapel, 3001 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, from 12 Noon until time of service at 1 P.M. Burial will be private.
At the request of the family, all donations and contributions can be made to Carter Funeral Home, 3001 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, OH 44055, (440) 244-5200.
Condolences can be sent to: www.carterfhinc.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, September 7, 2011.
Katherine Lou Stewart
Katherine Lou Stewart, 79, of Whitehouse, OH, died September 28, 2011, at St. Luke's Hospital. She was born September 30, 1931, in Oberlin, OH, to Robert and Katherine (Fairweather) Jenks [and graduated from OHS in 1949].
Katherine loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed cooking and her family loved her world famous caramels. She also enjoyed sewing, reading and playing the organ.
She worked at Dr. Louis Ellen as an office manager, retiring after 20 years.
Katherine married Thomas Stewart October 14, 1951. He survives along with daughters, Cindy (Rodger) Hutchinson of Whitehouse, OH and Gayle Riffle of Rochester, IN; grandchildren, Carie (Ryan) Moungie, Kristy (Tim) Zieroff, Mindy (Matt) Liming, Dustin (Natalie Terry) Lewis and Ashley Hahn; great grandchildren, Maya, Mason, and Brody Moungie, and sister, Margaret Schlenker [OHS ‘44].
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Tommy; brother, Peter and son-in-law, Barney Riffle. In addition to her family and loved ones Kathy will be missed by her devoted pets, Teddy and Gidget.
Family services will be private. The family suggests giving memorials to the Humane Society or a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements by Peinert Funeral Home, Whitehouse, OH.
Toledo Blade, Toledo, Ohio, Friday, September 30, 2011.
Lynnoid “Peppy” Stewart, 56, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (June 6, 1999) at the VA Medical Center at Bay Pines. Born in Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1964 graduate of Oberlin High School,] he came here in 1993 from Elyria, Ohio. He was a retired electrical mechanical engineer and was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. An avid outdoorsman, he was a softball umpire with the Greater St. Petersburg Officials Association and a member of Florida Half Century Softball Association. He received eight national fitness awards. Survivors include three sons, Damon Stewart, St. Petersburg, and Adrian and Adam Zigmund, Lorain, Ohio; a daughter, Diana Zigmund, Lorain; his mother, Beatrice Stewart, four brothers, Jerry, Philip, Kenny and Juan, and two sisters, Lisa and Leslie Stewart, all of Cleveland; and five grandchildren. Zion Hill Mortuary, St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Florida, Thursday, June 10, 1999, p. 4.
Patricia Ann Stiles
Patricia Ann Stiles (nee Williams), 53, of Oberlin, passed away Friday, May 29, 2009 in Lakewood, following a lengthy illness. She was born September 27, 1955 in Elyria and was a lifelong resident of Oberlin. [She graduated from OHS in 1974.]
Patricia was employed at Oberlin College in the custodial department for 23 years and was a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church P.A.W. in Oberlin. She enjoyed cooking, traveling, sewing fashion designs, shopping and spending time with family.
She leaves to cherish her memory, two daughters, Shila and Edyth Stiles, both of Oberlin; mother, Edith M. Williams of Oberlin; siblings, Irena Williams of Virginia, Walter Brown, Jr. of Georgia, Teresa Williams of Oberlin, Craig Williams (Denise) of Xenia, LeRoy E. Williams (Rosie) and Larry Balls (Regina), both of Elyria, John Williams (Michelle) of Columbus, Henry Williams of Springfield, Florida Dickerson, Yvonne V. Williams and Audrey Wms. Porter-Robertson, all of Elyria; two granddaughters, Shyann and Markhila Holloway, both of Oberlin and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Daryl E. Stiles; father, Henry Williams and sisters, Janie Williamson and Charlene Curry.
Visitation will be Monday, June 8, 2009 from 11 a.m. until time of funeral services at 12 p.m. at Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 370 Lincoln Street in Oberlin. Services will be officiated by District Elder Laurence E. Nevels, pastor. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.
Arrangements entrusted to Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 257 Washington Ave., Elyria.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, June 5, 2009.
Emily Hall Stimson
Mrs. Martin Luther Stimson (Emily Brooks Hall) passed away
She is survived by a sister, Miss Louie A. Hall, ’92, of
Mrs. Stimson was born in Brainerd, Jamaica, B.W.I., on September 13, 1857, the daughter of Sophronia Brooks Hall, ’44-’46, ’49-’50, and Rev. Heman Bassett Hall, ’47. [She graduated from OHS in 1878 and from Oberlin College in 1881.]
Following her marriage to Rev. Martin L. Stimson, T’81, the young couple went to
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, January 1944, p. 19.
College Freshman Died Last Saturday
Donald Stocker Victim of Appendicitis Following an Operation—Funeral Monday
Donald G. Stocker, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Stocker of 99 South Professor street, died at Allen hospital Saturday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. The week before he had been operated upon for appendicitis. His condition was critical, finally resulting in his death.
Donald was a graduate of Oberlin high school with the class of 1927. He entered Oberlin College last fall as a freshman and was popular among his classmates. He was a member of the college band.
The funeral services were held from the home Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Louis E. Daniels and Dr. Nicholas Van der Pyl. Interment was in Westwood cemetery.
The Oberlin Times, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, May 25, 1928, p. 1.
Richard J. Stocker
Richard J. Stocker, 83, of Phoenix, a music education administrator, died Jan. 25, 1991, in Mesa. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1925,] and moved to Arizona in 1976. He was a member of American Association of Retired Persons. Survivors include his wife, Helen M.; daughters Connie Harkins, Cynthia Cameron and Anne Zawodniak; son Paul A.; one brother; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Church of the Beatitudes, Christ the Teacher Chapel, 555 W. Glendale Ave. Contributions to the church.
Phoenix Gazette, Phoenix, Arizona, Monday, January 28, 1991, p. B3.
Richard Jesse Stocker, [OHS ’25, OC ’31 died] January 25, 1991, in Phoenix, Ariz. Born December 26, 1907, in Youngstown, Ohio, he earned an M.M. degree at Northwestern U. Mr. Stocker was an instructor and music supervisor for schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania before joining the Springfield, Ohio, school system in 1943. He retired in 1971 as supervisor of music. He had been first violinist with the Springfield Symphony and was a 30-year member of the Ohio Music Education Assoc., holding every office except treasurer. After retiring he lived in Colorado and Phoenix, where he directed a chorus. He was preceded in death by his parents, E.A. and Anna Gram Stocker, both Class of 1895; and a brother, Donald Stocker [OHS ‘27] ’31. Survivors include his wife, Helen; three daughters; a son; and a brother, William Stocker [OHS ‘31] ’36.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1991, p. 41.
William E. Stocker
Hobe Sound - William E[ugene “Bill”] Stocker, 86, of Hobe Sound died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000, at Hospice of Martin & St. Lucie Residence, Stuart.
A native of Paloma, Calif., [and a 1931 graduate of OHS,] he lived in Hobe Sound for 14 years. He moved here from California.
He was a funeral director in California for seven years.
He served as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army during World War II.
He was a member of Elks Lodge 1311, Willimantic, Conn.
He was predeceased by his wife, Wanda A. Stocker, in 1994.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara S. Thompson and husband Charles C. of Moorpark, Calif.; and a granddaughter.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wallace & White Funeral Home, Stuart.
The Stuart News, Stuart, Florida, Friday, November 3, 2000, p. B4.
Julia P. Stoffer
Julia P. Stoffer, [nee Palinkus,], 81, died February 4, 2000, in Tucson, AZ. She was born in Cleveland, OH, January 22, 1919 [and graduated from OHS in 1938]. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wade O. Stoffer. She is survived by daughter, Barbara Butler of Sopchoppy, FL; granddaughters, Lauren McBeth and Lisa Butler; two great-grandchildren, Aaron McBeth and Trevor Woods, all of St. Petersburg, FL. She had many friends. She was a member of the Silverbell Grace Brethren Church.
Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen, Tucson, Arizona, Thursday, February 10, 2000.
Barbara Ann Stokes,
16, dies in Cleveland Clinic
Barbara Ann Stokes, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Stokes of 314 S. Pleasant, died Tuesday morning at Cleveland Clinic of causes so far undetermined.
Barbara was moved to the clinic 24 days ago after she had been at Allen Hospital for four weeks.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Rust Methodist Church with Rev. Melvin Bateman officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Oberlin Dec. 28, 1947, Barbara had lived here all her life. She began her junior year at Oberlin High School in September, but was able to attend school only a few days. She was a member of choir and of Girls Athletic Association. She attended Rust Methodist Church.
Besides her parents, she is survived by seven sisters, Mrs. Daisy Brown of Cleveland, Mrs. Pearlina Tolbert of Oberlin, Mrs. Melissa Williamson, Mrs. Loraine Wright and Mrs. Meritha Johnson, all of Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Loretta Smith, of Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Jenell Harvey of Elyria; one brother, Henry Alfred Stokes of Detroit; and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Carmazille Dufrane of Slidell, La.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 10, 1964, p. 2A.
R. Kurt Stoll
Venango — R. [Robert] Kurt Stoll, 67, of Venango, died unexpectedly at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010.
Born on April 23, 1942, in Connecticut, he was the son of the late Robert and Sarah Donaldson Stoll. [He grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, and was a 1960 graduate of OHS.]
After earning a master’s degree in sociology, Kurt taught at the college level in Ohio and Pennsylvania for seven years. Then, to pursue his love for horses, he attended horseshoeing school in West Plains, Mo., and apprenticed with several master farriers before starting his own business. He was a self-employed farrier for a total of 27 years, working in Pennsylvania, California and New York, and then returning to Pennsylvania in 1990 and living in Venango since 1997.
Kurt was well known as a farrier and for his special relationship he seemed to have with horses. He also enjoyed collecting and selling antiques and refinishing furniture.
Most of all, Kurt loved to be at home with his wife of 32 years, Judith Buzzatto Stoll; his three dogs, Sullivan, Suki and Slugger; and his two cats, Jackson and Junior.
There will be no services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Van Matre Family Funeral Home of Cambridge Springs.
Condolences may be sent at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.
The Meadville Tribune, Meadville, PA, Saturday, February 6, 2010.
Charles W. Stone, brother of Paul J. Stone and Dorotha Robinson of Oberlin, died June 27 at Southwest General Hospital in Middleburg Hts. after a six-week illness. He was 89.
Born in Oberlin, Mr. Stone graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1913] and from the Oberlin School of Commerce. His father, Judson N. Stone, was once mayor of Oberlin and a state senator.
Mr. Stone had been a farmer in Olmsted Twp. for most of his life but retired from a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also served as president of the Olmsted Twp. trustees for 12 years.
Other survivors include his wife of 66 years, Rachel; a son, Kenneth, of Tavares, Fla.; two daughters, Mrs. Edwin (Donna) Nalazek of Berea and Mrs. Raymond (Doris) Roemer of Columbia Station; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers, Frank Stone and Robert Stone, and one sister, Ida Stone, preceded him in death.
Graveside services were held Saturday at Columbia Cemetery in Columbia Station. Rev. Nancy Frank officiated.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the charity of your choice.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 5, 1984, p. 2.
Died of Typhoid [Frank Stone]
Frank Stone Succumbs to Disease After Long Illness
Frank Stone, son of J. N. Stone, died early on Saturday morning of typhoid fever, after an illness of several weeks. It was thought a few days prior to his death that he would recover, but a change for the worse came during the night and he passed away.
He [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1905,] was a junior in college and a young man of business ability, and gave promise of a useful life. He made a vigorous fight for life, but being of frail build he was unable to win against the force of this awful disease.
The funeral was held at the house on Monday afternoon and interment was made in the Oberlin cemetery.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, November 3, 1909, p. 1.
Services Held on Monday for Gertrude Dixon
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Cowling-Stang Funeral Home for Gertrude Dixon Stone, wife of the late Judson N. Stone.
She died at Allen Hospital Friday at 86. A serious illness of six weeks followed several years of failing health.
A lifelong resident of Oberlin, Mrs. Stone was born here Aug. 13, 1874, [and graduated from OHS in 1892]. She was a member of First Church and a former member of Pansy Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors are a son, Paul J. Stone, Oberlin; a daughter, Mrs. Donald Robinson, Oberlin; two stepsons, Charles W. Stone of Columbia Station and Robert J. Stone of Lincoln, Ill.; and two grandchildren.
Rev. Joseph F. King conducted the services and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 22, 1960, p. B1.
Harlan M. Stone
Services for Harlan M. Stone, 87, president of the City National Bank of Kankakee, who died Sunday in his home at 1112 E. Court st., Kankakee, will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel at 187 S. Greenwood av., in Kankakee. Mr. Stone had been associated with the bank which he headed since 1890. [He graduated from OHS in 1876.] He is survived by a daughter, Cornelia.
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Tuesday, May 20, 1947.
Death Relieves Long Suffering [Ida Eliza
Mrs. Judson N. Stone Passes From Life Tuesday Morning
Had Been Sick for Many Months
Was Daughter of Former Oberlin Business Man and Widely Esteemed—Funeral Services Thursday Afternoon
After a lingering illness of many months of lung trouble, Mrs. Ida Eliza Stone, wife of Postmaster Judson N. Stone, and for many years an honored resident of Oberlin, died at the family residence in South Main street Tuesday morning at seven o’clock. While it had been evident for some time that the end was imminent, the death of Mrs. Stone came as a severe shock to her husband and children.
Mrs. Stone, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Probert, was born in Pittsfield 52 years ago, [and graduated from OHS in 1880]. For many years her father was a resident of Oberlin, where he conducted a store. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Stone. The surviving children are Miss Floy, a teacher in the Oberlin schools, and Charles and Robert, who are still attending school. A third son, Frank, died about a year ago of typhoid fever. He was a promising young man of high character and his death no doubt hastened the demise of Mrs. Stone.
For a number of years Mrs. Stone had been a member of the First Methodist church. She was an earnest Christian and was loved for her neighborly qualities and for her faithful attention to her duties as wife and mother. She bore the long suffering, which finally ended in the relief of death and which was softened by the tender care of husband and children, with rare courage and sweetness.
In addition to the members of her immediate family, Mrs. Stone is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Alberta Edwards of Oberlin, Mrs. W. L. Forwood of Akron, and Mrs. Minnie Hyde, a resident of N.Y. All will be present at the funeral. A brother, John Probert, a resident of Denver, will not be able to attend the funeral.
Final services will be held at the residence Thursday afternoon at 1:30 Rev. W. S. Chapman officiating. The body will be placed in the vault at Westwood.
The Oberlin News, Wednesday, January 31, 1912, p. 1.
Services Held For Ida Floreda Stone
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home for Miss Ida Floreda Stone, former Oberlin High School teacher, who died Wednesday, May 28, at Lakewood Hospital after an illness of one year.
Miss Stone, born in Oberlin, March 22, 1884, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Judson N. Stone, was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1904 and received her A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1908. She taught in Oberlin High School from 1908 to 1921, and later taught in Florida.
She became a dietitian, and was employed for some time in New York City. A year and a half ago she returned to Ohio to accept a position as dietitian at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea. She was a past worthy matron of Pansy Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, Oberlin.
Miss Stone is survived by two brothers, Charles Stone of Columbia Station, and Robert Stone of Lincoln, Ill.; a half sister, Mrs. Dorothy Robinson, and a half brother, Paul Stone, both of Oberlin.
Rev. Edward A. Hawley conducted the funeral services. The ashes will be interred in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 5, 1952, p. 2.
Paul James Stone, 84, was Oberlin
Paul James Stone, 84, of Oberlin died Tuesday at
Born in Oberlin, he was a lifelong resident of the city and a  graduate of
He served in the Army during World War II.
Mr. Stone was an employee of the former Hixon Peterson Labor Co. in Oberlin for 15 years, the former Oberlin Elevator Co. for 20 years and for Clark Brothers Inc. for 18 years. He retired in the mid-1960s from Clark Brothers as an office manager.
Mr. Stone was a life member of the Karl Wilson Locke Post No. 102 in Oberlin, where he was a past commander and finance officer. He was a 50-years member of the Masonic Lodge No. 306 in Oberlin and was a past member of the Oberlin Fire Department for 15 years.
He attended the First Church of Oberlin.
Survivors include his wife, Ina E. (nee Lehti) Stone; a daughter, Paula J. Stone of Oberlin; and a sister, Dorotha Robinson of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Judson and Gertrude (nee
Graveside services will be at Friday in
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Ohio Affiliate Inc.,
The Cowling Funeral Home,
Paula Jean Stone
Paula Jean Stone of Oberlin died suddenly on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at the Cleveland Clinic. She was 60.
Born Aug. 30, 1946, she lived in Oberlin her entire life. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1964, and from the Oberlin School of Commerce.
She worked as a billing clerk for Ohio Edison for 30 years, retiring in 1996.
She enjoyed sewing, baking, and gardening.
Miss Stone is survived by her mother, Ina E. Stone (nee Lehti) of Oberlin; and by a host of cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Stone.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Cowling Funeral Home., 228 S. Main St., the Rev. Larry Nocella, pastor of Camden Baptist Church officiating. Private family burial will be at Westwood Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Camden Baptist Church, 17901 St. Rt. 511, Wellington, OH 44090.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 9, 2007, p. 2.
Robert John Stone, 85, Oberlin native and brother of Paul J. Stone and Dorothy Robinson, both of Oberlin, died Saturday in a Berea nursing home after a short illness. His home was in Berea.
Mr. Stone was a retired ceramic engineer, employed for many years at Lincoln Sand and Gravel in Lincoln, Ill. He was an Army veteran of World War I and a graduate of [Oberlin High School in 1915 and of] Oberlin College.
Surviving are his wife, the former Louise Parke; one daughter, Betty Carley of Berea; another brother, Charles W. Stone of Olmsted Falls; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were yesterday at the Baker Funeral Home in Berea and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 10, 1983, p. 2.
Roy E. Stone
New London—Roy E. Stone, 91, retired farmer of the Fitchville area, died early yesterday in his home, 71 Third St., after a brief illness.
Mr. Stone was born in Pittsfield on a Pitts Rd. farm settled by his grandfather, Ezra Stone, and moved to Fitchville with his parents when he was 12 years old. He moved to New London on retirement in 1956.
Mr. Stone was a member of the Fitchville Methodist Church and served as Sunday school superintendent for more than 30 years. He and his wife, the former Elnora Belle, who survives, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Dec. 24, 1963.
Also surviving are two sons, Wayne of Charlotte, N.C. and Victor of New London; two daughters, Mrs. Gardner (Mary) Tillson of Van Wert and Mrs. Wayne (Ernestine) Van Asdale of Columbus; a granddaughter, Norma Jean Van Asdale; a sister, Mrs. Onie Russell; and a brother, Leon B. Stone both of New London.
Services will be at 2 p.m. EST tomorrow at Fitch Funeral Home. The Rev. Terry Bonnette, pastor of Fitchville Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Fitchville Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, April 25, 1966, p. 18.
Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Stone have three children: Roy E., who was born [July 9,] 1874 and completed a course in the Oberlin High school [about 1892] and Moody Institute of Chicago Illinois; Ona M., who is married to Frank Russell of Clarksfield, this county and Leon B., who is a teacher in the schools of Fitchville. Both were educated in the Fitchville high school.
Abstracted from A. J. Baughman, History of Huron County, Ohio, vol. II, pp. 67-68 (article on F. P. Stone). http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Huron/HuronP1VII.htm
Charles David Stoops
Avon Lake — Charles David Stoops, 56, of Avon Lake, died on Monday, March 23, 2009, after a long battle with diabetes.
Charles was born in Fort Dix, N.J. He came to Oberlin as a teenager and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1970.
Charles attended Oberlin School of Commerce and Ohio University. He held various jobs during his life, including having a store and finished his working years at Johnson Controls in Oberlin.
Charles had many interests. He was an avid reader. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan extraordinaire. He loved dogs.
Charles is the beloved son of Chervyl H. Stoops. He is the beloved brother of Robyn Yuhasz (Patrick), George Stoops (Lynn), and Laura Carruthers. He is survived by nephews Jason Stoops, Michael Yuhasz, Matthew Yuhasz, Lee Carruthers, Samuel Carruthers, Joseph Stoops and Jack Stoops and nieces Sierra Stoops, Anne Carruthers, Lydia Stoops and Eliza Stoops.
He was preceded in death by his father Charles D. Stoops. He was preceded in death by grandparents Charles and Gertrude Stoops and George and Laura Hutchinson, and his aunt, Carol Stoops Bukovac.
A celebration of his life has been planned for Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church. The church is located at 4792 Oster Road in Sheffield Lake. Rev. Gary Georgi will officiate.
Charles donated his body to Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association of the Oasis Animal Shelter in Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Wed., March 25, 2009.
Esther Laverne Parks Storer
Former Norwalk teacher
Esther Laverne Parks Storer, 95, of Norwalk died Thursday at Twilight Gardens Nursing Home.
Born in Scottsburg, Ind., she taught social studies and home economics at Norwalk High School from 1951 to 1963.
She [graduated from OHS in 1916,] earned a bachelor’s degree in 1920, a master’s degree in 1939 and a second master’s degree in 1950.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Norwalk.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews, stepchildren and step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tobias R., in 1959.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Hinman Tanner & Walker Funeral Home, 96 W. Main St., Norwalk, with the Rev. Dr. Walter Chisholm officiating.
Private burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Monroeville.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association; or the American Cancer Society – Huron County Unit, 23 Whittlesey, Norwalk 44857.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, January 16, 1995, p. C2.
Life of Great Promise
Comes to Sudden End
Fall From Horse Is Fatal To Miss Florence Storey, A Popular Girl
Not for years has a death stirred the people of Oberlin as did that of Miss Florence Story, who was killed early last Friday morning while horseback riding.
Miss Storey had left her home on North Main street about five o’clock, being accompanied by Mrs. Clara Marsh of Woodland avenue. A little after six o’clock they were riding out West Lorain street, near the Dudley place. Mrs. Marsh was in front, when she heard Miss Storey exclaim that her hair was disarranged. At the same time a man who was working nearby saw Miss Storey put both hands to her head, as if to arrange her hair. The next instant she had fallen, striking her head. The horse, startled, ran a few feet and then stopped. Men who had seen the accident rushed to Miss Storey’s side, as did Mrs. Marsh. They were too late however to give her any aid, as death was almost instant.
At first it was believed that Miss Storey had been seized with faintness, but it is now thought that as she put up both hands to arrange her hair the horse gave a sudden lurch which caused the rider to lose her balance and fall backward. The reins having fallen, she was unable to recover her balance, and though she was not riding a side saddle could not save herself.
Dr. Browning was at once summoned to the home of Mr. Kelley, where the body of Miss Storey had been carried. He said the young woman had sustained a fracture at the base of the skull. The coroner was also summoned and after he had viewed the remains, they were taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Behr, Elm street, close friends of Mrs. I. W. Storey, the mother of the dead girl.
Sunday funeral services were held at the Behr home, Rev. Mr. Ira Houston, a former pastor of the Storey family at Castalia, O., but now of Cleveland, officiating. The services were largely attended, many of Miss Storey’s classmates of [Oberlin College] ’08 being present. [She was a 1899 graduate of OHS.] The casket was banked with flowers, while the house was full of floral tributes of love from the many friends. For an hour before the services, – which began at 3:30, – an opportunity was given for friends to look on the face of the deceased for the last time. Tracy Strong and Albert Chamberlain, both ’08, acted as ushers, while other classmates and college friends sat in a body.
The services were opened with the beautiful selection, “Oh, Master, let me walk with Thee,” beautifully sung by Mrs. Morrison, Miss Florence Jenney, Mr. Dean Lightner and Mr. Ernest Chamberlain. Dr. Bradshaw offered prayer and Dr. Tenney read the scripture. Then Rev. Mr. Houston spoke tenderly and lovingly of Miss Storey’s life. He said that when he heard of her death he could only think of that verse in the Bible which reads: “Enoch walked with God, and he was not for God took him.” He had known Miss Storey from her childhood; had been her pastor in the old home in Castalia; had seen her meet the difficulties which she encountered at the various stages of her life and knew she had completed her work though for her the end came early in life.
After a brief prayer, the quartette sang “Still, Still with Thee” and the benediction was pronounced.
The remains were taken to Castalia, O., Sunday evening the burial being there on Monday.
Those in Oberlin for the funeral were: Dr. Storey, Castalia; Dr. Carrol Storey, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lampson, Pennsburg, Pa.; Atty. Lee Storey, Toledo; Miss Genieve Storey, Sandusky; Miss Mable Storey, Cleveland; Otto Rinderlee, Sandusky; Miss Laura Bing, Castalia; Mr. Fred Tenney, Cleveland; Mrs. Anthony Jefferson, O., and Hon. E. L. Lampson, Jefferson. Arthur Storey, a brother, was unable to come to Oberlin.
Mrs. Story and her daughter had been living on Forest street for some time, but recently they had taken rooms with Mrs. Huddelston on North Main street for the year. Their apartments had not been settled when the terrible accident occurred however and for this reason it was decided to hold the funeral services at the Behr home. Mrs. Storey will probably make her home hereafter in Toledo, with her son, Lee.
On Friday morning a sad gloom was thrown over the entire community by the sudden death of Miss Florence Storey, who was thrown from her horse while riding and instantly killed. A young life of peculiar richness and promise has thus gone from among us and in the first bitterness and sadness of grief, the many friends of this beautiful girl wonder at the inexplicable fate that caused her death.
Gifted with a nature of rare sweetness and charm, possessed of a bright and sunny spirit and a keen appreciation of all that was best and richest in life, she grew up, here in Oberlin, from childhood and womanhood, loved by a large circle of friends and classmates, yet so modest, so unselfish and so unassuming that she never guessed how wide was her influence nor how inspiring was her bright presence and her breezy, quick enthusiasm. To the few who knew Florence most intimately, it was given to appreciate the strength and richness of her character. To her, – as to all thoughtful natures, – life was, indeed a battle between right and wrong for the principle and for character, and in this – as we think of her now – it seems to us, she never failed. The evil and the selfishness that exist had, apparently, no place in this bright young life and the knowledge of it brushed, but lightly, past her. Strong convictions and a clear steady purpose dominated her and, with a conscience so sensitive as to be almost cruel in its judgment of her own motives, there was little chance for her to err in any decision. With the eyes of a real poet, she idealized the qualities of her friends and saw in them the very traits that made herself so lovable. Her work with her Sunday School class and with the little children whom she taught in the school-room at Castalia, was touchingly spoken of by her pastor at the service held Sunday afternoon. Now, in the Junior year of her college course, she was looking forward and preparing herself for what her friends all thought would be some splendid work – some real career. That she has been called to finish the life, so beautifully begun, in a far larger sphere we can but think is the wise decree of a loving Father and while mourned so deeply by her parents, her brothers and sisters, and her classmates and friends we can yet say “how beautiful for Florence” that she should be called to the higher life without any interim of weakness and suffering. She was ready and God took her in the splendor of her youth and enthusiasm. C.K.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 18, 1906, p. 1.
Henry C. Stoughton, former general freight and passenger agent for the
For several years after graduating from [OHS in 1893 and from] Oberlin [College in 1898], Mr. Stoughton held a position with the
He is survived by his wife, Anna Jane Bissell, a daughter, Mrs. Harvey T. Martin of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, March 1946, p. 30.
Mrs. Robert Stovall
Mary Alice Stovall, 60, of 201 Grafton, died last Thursday in Allen Hospital after an illness of several months.
Born in Oberlin on Oct. 6, 1920, she was a life-long resident [and a 1941 graduate of Oberlin High School]. She worked for Oberlin College for 15 years, retiring four years ago. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church and Martha chapter No. 35, Order of Eastern Star.
Survivors include her husband, Robert L.; two daughters, Roberta, at home, and Mrs. Evon Holland of 526 West College; and four grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 8, 1981, p. 2.
Derek “Rick” Strader, 22, of Amherst died Sunday after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident in Dinwidde County, Va.
Born in Amherst, he was a lifetime resident.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1983, and served in the Army for a year in White Sands, N.M.
He had been employed in the construction of greenhouses since January, and formerly worked in the maintenance department at Firelands Retirement Center in Oberlin.
Survivors include his parents, Clark and Betty Strader of Amherst; a sister, Teresa Strader of Amherst; a brother, Robert of Saline, Mich.; maternal grandmother, Vertie Rafferty of Colonial Heights, Va.; and paternal grandmother, Lina Bennett of Buckhannon, W.Va.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst.
Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Leland Howard officiating.
Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, June 27, 1988, p. B-2.
James Gordon Streeter Jr., 17, of Oberlin, died Monday evening from injuries suffered in a snowmobile accident.
Born in Bay Village on Dec. 14, 1965, he had lived in Oberlin for seven years. He was president of the junior agricultural mechanics class at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, was a member of Future Farmers of America and the Oberlin High School band.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Barbara Catanese of Oberlin; his father James Gordon Streeter Sr. of North Royalton; brother, Timothy M., at home; grandmother, Mrs. Betty Mae Streeter of Avon Lake; and step-grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Kabasan of Fairview Park.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Curtis-Scheuffler Funeral Home, 114 Second St., Elyria, with the Rev. Bradford Price officiating. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 10, 1983, p. 2.
Chester William Streicher
Amherst -- Chester William ''Chet'' Streicher, 91, of Amherst, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Community Health Partners, Lorain, following a four-week illness.
He was born Sept. 26, 1912, in Oberlin, where he was raised. He lived in Amherst more than 50 years.
He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1930] and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Streicher worked for the U.S. Postal service in Amherst, retiring as a carrier after 15 years. He also worked as an auto mechanic for J.B. Oil in Oberlin for several years.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Amherst, which he was active in building. He served as chairman of the congregation and was a member of the men's group.
Survivors include his sons, Larry A. Streicher of Westlake and Randy W. Streicher of Brecksville; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Norma (nee Beesing), in 1987; his parents, William and Minnie (nee Nabakowski) Streicher; brother, Donald Streicher; and sister, Ora Bliss.
Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Lutheran Church; 115 Central Drive. The Rev. Gary Bernath, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Memorial contributions may be made St. Paul Lutheran Church; 115 Central Drive, Amherst, OH 44001.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, July 14, 2004.
Donald H. Streicher
Donald H. Streicher, 77, of Oberlin, died at his home on July 24.
Born in Oberlin, he was a life-long resident of the area and was a 1931 graduate of Oberlin High School. He was a meatcutter for the Amherst Cold Storage Co. and for Reighley Cold Storage and Meat packing Co. in Oberlin. He was also a farmer, retiring in 1975.
He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and enjoyed traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Cherry), to whom he had been married 50 years; and by a brother, Chester W. Streicher of Amherst. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ora Bliss, in 1981.
Services were July 27 in the Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst, with the Rev. Charles Robert Hogg Jr. of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in Brownhelm Cemetery, Brownhelm Twp.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 30, 1991, p. 2.
Mrs. Howard Strong (Alice Carey) died March 28[, 1968,] in
During World War II, Mrs. Strong gained national recognition for her work in the USO lounge in
Mrs. Strong leaves a son, David, ’33; a grandchild; and a sister, Mrs. Anna Carey Howe, ’10. A daughter, Miriam, ’31, died in 1964.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Diving Injuries Prove Fatal to
Oberlin Youth [Benjamin Bamford Strong]
Oberlin, O., July 23.—Ben Strong, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis Strong of West College street, passed away yesterday afternoon at his home following a long illness.
His death was caused from injuries to his spine suffered four years ago while swimming and diving in the Black river with a group of his school mates. [He was a member of the OHS class of 1930.] He has been an invalid since the accident.
Besides his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Dorothy, Elizabeth, and Alleen at home, and three brothers, Carol of Lorain, Jarvis, Jr., and John, also at home.
Funeral services will be held at the home, 252 West College street, Monday afternoon at three o’clock. Interment will be made in Wakeman cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, July 23, 1932, p. 2.
Ben Strong was an Oberlin High School athlete two years ago, when he was a Sophomore. One of his outstanding plays was made in the Fremont game in ’27 when he capped a pass from Hamlin and took the ball over for the lone touchdown that outstipped the visitors.
He was accidentally injured while swimming and has been obliged to spend two years in bed.
Ben would have graduated with the class of ’30. This year’s Senior class of the red and blue is still with you, Ben.
The O-High Annual, 1930, p. 31.
John F. Strong
John F[rancis] Strong, 89, of Findlay, formerly of Oberlin and Kansas City, Mo., died on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in Findlay, Ohio after a long illness. He was born in Oberlin on July 7, 1920, to Grace Banford and Jarvis A. Strong, Sr. [He attended OHS but graduated from Bedford High School in 1938]. He attended the College of Wooster and Oberlin College.
He owned and operated Strong’s Insurance Agency prior to moving to Missouri in the 1960s. He also wrote a column, Strong Points, for the News-Tribune.
He retired from J.B. Lippincott Co., the health profession publisher of Harper & Row, Inc. Following his retirement, he returned to Oberlin where he lived for many years before moving to Findlay. He loved golf and was a long-time member of the Oberlin Golf Club.
He is survived by four children, Ann of Sewickley, Pa., Nancy of Arlington, Mass., Ben of Findlay, and Hans of New York City; three grandsons, Dan, Mike and Noah Hurowitz of Arlington, Mass.; and his brother Jarvis A. Strong Jr. of McLean, Va.
A memorial service will be held at First Church Nov. 14 at 1:30 p.m. The family will greet friends at the church following the service.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 27, 2009, p. 3.
Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Strong, 79, former Oberlin resident, died in North Bend, Ore., last Friday after a long illness.
She was born in Oberlin Oct. 20, 1907. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1926 and from Oberlin College, receiving the A.B. degree in 1930 and bachelor of school music in 1931. She taught music education in elementary grades in Michigan for 40 years. After retirement, she traveled extensively, and moved to Oregon.
She is survived by a sister, Dorothy Wilson of Cleveland Heights, and two brothers, Jarvis Strong Jr. of Reston, Va., and John Strong of Oberlin.
There will be a graveside service tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the Wakeman Cemetery where the Strong family plot is located.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 12, 1987, p. 2.
Seth Lake Strong, M.D., 80, died on
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Mildred Hamlin Stublefield
Mildred Hamlin Stublefield of Indianapolis, Ind., former Oberlin resident, died Dec. 7, after a recent massive stroke.
Born and raised in Oberlin, she was a member of the Oberlin High School class of 1955.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Carl; sons, Kirby and Patrick; daughter, Carmen; and two grandchildren, all of Indianapolis; her father, Robert Hamlin Sr., now of Lorain; two brothers, Robert Hamlin Jr. of Lorain and Barney T. Hamlin of Washington, D.C.; and a sister, Camille Hamlin Mitchell of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Hamlin; and one son, Carl Jr.
Funeral services were held on Dec. 10 in Indianapolis.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 15, 1992, p. 2.
Gertrude Eleanor Sturges
Dr. Gertrude Sturges died
Dr. Sturges served as medical liaison officer for the late Harry Hopkins, secretary of commerce in the
For 10 years she was consultant on medical care for the American Public Welfare Association. From 1942 to 1955 she was principal consulting medical economist for the Social Security Board. Dr. Sturges was one of the first doctors in the East to advocate birth control.
After graduation from [OHS in 1903 and from] Oberlin [College in 1908], she obtained her medical degree in 1913 from
Dr. Sturges later was a staff worker for the New York Academy of Medicine, assistant director of the
Dr. Sturges was honored by the American Public Welfare Association in 1965 at a luncheon in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Mrs. John [Genevieve] Sugaski
Mrs. Genevieve Sugaski, 68, of 235 Southwood Dr., died unexpectedly in her home at 6:30 a.m. today. Death was attributed to an apparent heart attack.
A resident here for about 55 years, she was born in Avon, Jan. 18, 1899 [and graduated from OHS in 1915]. She was a retired school teacher, having taught at Edison and St. Mary Schools.
She was a member of St. Mary Church, the Third Order of St. Francis, the Altar and Rosary Society, and the Catholic Sunshine Club.
Survivors are her husband, John; two sons, Lloyd, Lamarida, Calif. and Donald, Dayton; three daughters, Mrs. Jean Buckley, Lorain, Mrs. Marian Straka, Elyria, and Mrs. Eleanore Sanders, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.
The Goldcamp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and will announce the time of services tomorrow.
The funeral Mass for Mrs. Genevieve Sugaski, 68, of 235 Southwood Dr., will be in St. Mary Church Monday at 9:20 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery.
Mrs. Sugaski, who retired from the teaching profession in June at Edison School, died of an apparent heart attack yesterday morning at her home. In addition to affiliations mentioned yesterday, she was a member of the Catholic Mission Circle No. 33.
Additional survivors reported today include a brother, Lawrence Klingshirn, Avon Lake, and 19 grandchildren.
Friends will be received in the Goldcamp Funeral Home tomorrow ad Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The Third Order of St. Francis will conduct a Rosary service in the funeral home Sunday evening at 7:30, followed by the Altar and Rosary Society at 8.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday & Friday, August 10 & 11, 1967, pp. 26 & 22.
Clarence J. Super, 57, was electrician 30 years
Clarence J. Super, 57, of 140 Woodview Dr., an electrician for AAA Appliance Services Inc., died in Elyria Memorial Hospital Thursday after an illness of six months.
Mr. Super, a World War II Army veteran, was born in Elyria and lived here all his life [after graduating from OHS in 1943]. He was an electrician 30 years and a member of St. Jude Church.
Featured in the Chronicle-Telegram in April, 1980, as a member of the Eagles Lodge, he was responsible for the organization’s funding of a cancer research program.
Surviving are his wife, Helen A. (nee Disien) to whom he was married 34 years; sons, Ronald J., a tech sergeant serving with the Air Force at Great Falls, Mont., and Gary M., Elyria; a granddaughter; brothers, George of Amherst, James of Elyria, Robert of Grafton, and Gerald of Vermilion.
Friends will be received in the Reichlin-Roberts Funeral Home today, 2-4 and 7-10 p.m. Wake services will be conducted there today at 8 p.m.
Services will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home and 10 a.m. in St. Jude Church. The Rev. Douglas Proehl will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Photograph: Clarence Super
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, June 19, 1981, p. B-2.
Daniel L. Super
Daniel L. Super, 77, of Lorain, died Monday, December 8, 2008 at Community Health Partners in Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born April 18, 1931 in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1949].
He had served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as an airplane mechanic in Germany. He was a self employed business man. He was a past member of St. Peter Church in Lorain, and enjoyed fishing, golf, bowling, and various sports, he loved the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers. He is survived by sons, Gary M. (wife Tracy) of Elyria, Jim Caferro of Westlake; daughters, Gina Montes (husband Juan) of Miami, Florida, and Marcelle Marshall (husband Mark) of Lorain. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Daniel, Chloe, Emma, Stephen, A.J., Allison, Juan Jr., Christina, Jessica; sister, Darlene Super of Tennessee; brother, Gene (wife Rose) of Mansfield; and his dear companion, Ann Lee of Amherst.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcie; daughter, Linda Michaels (husband Timothy); brothers, Mike, Joe and Bob Super; and parents, Michael and Mary Super.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday, December 11, 2008 at The Bauer-Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57) Elyria, (440) 322-4626, where funeral services will be held Friday, December 12, 2008 at 1 P.M. Rev. Father Edmund Goldbach, Pastor Of Holy Cross Church in Elyria, will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, where V.F.W. Post #1079 will provide full military honors.
Memorial Contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society 10501 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, December 12, 2008.
Gerald J. Super, 69, owned Park Lanes Bowling in Amherst
Gerald J[ames] Super, 69, of Brownhelm Township died Monday at EMH Regional Medical Center after a long illness.
A  graduate of Oberlin High School, he attended Oberlin College.
He owned Park Lanes Bowling in Amherst for 35 years. Before that, he was a manager at Lake Erie Lanes and at the A&P store in Vermilion.
Mr. Super was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Vermilion and helped with Sunday collections.
For many years, he was active in the Amherst Slo-Pitch Softball League, first as a player, then as a coach and sponsor. His Park Lanes team won a state championship in the 1970s.
He was a former president of the Elyria Umpires Association and umpired high school fast-pitch softball games.
In 1986, he was inducted into the Lorain Bowling Hall of Fame.
He enjoyed bowling, golf, hunting, gardening and traveling.
Mr. Super also enjoyed doing charitable work and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Rose Marie (nee Kozlowski); daughters Deborah Schmidt of Amherst, Ruth Sadowsky of Elyria and Sally Marie at home; sons Gerald J. of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Joseph of Chardon; five grandchildren; and brothers George of Amherst and Robert of Grafton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Anna (nee Sim), and brothers Clarence and James.
Friends may call 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst.
A Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 731 Exchange St., Vermilion.
The Rev. Stephen Blum, pastor, will be the celebrant.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.
Memorials may be made to the “Special Kids Classes” at St. Mary’s School, 731 Exchange St., Vermilion 44089.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, December 23, 1998, p. C2.
Carlisle Township - Robert Joseph Super, 86 years of age, and a resident of Carlisle Township, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake following a brief illness.
He was born November 19, 1926 at home in Elyria, Ohio where he was raised. [He attended Oberlin High School, Class of 1945.] Bob was a carpenter and in 1950 he built the home that he and his family resided in until his passing.
Bob served in the United States Army. He was the Co-owner of AAA Appliance in Elyria. Bob attended Trinity Free Evangelical Church in Amherst and also Church of the Open Door in Elyria. Bob was a hard working man who knew how to relax. He was known for his great sense of humor and was a great story teller. His hobbies included traveling, camping, gardening, canning and photography. Bob was a ham radio operator, call number N8HDE. He loved to restore antique John Deere tractors. Bob enjoyed using his computer for research and for entertainment. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially taking them to amusement parks and riding the roller coasters.
Survivors include his wife of sixty-four years Helen Jane Super (nee: Lingenfelter); his sons Robert Joel Super and his wife Sylvia of Greenacres, Wash., Jonathan Scott Super of Bolton, Mass.; his daughter Barbara Alice Smith of Elyria; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son in law Barry Smith; his brothers George, Clarence [OHS ‘43], James and Gerald [OHS ‘47]; and four infant siblings; and by his parents John and Anna Mary Super (nee: Sim).
Friends may call Friday, December 21, 2012 from 5-8 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Additional Calling hours will be held Saturday, December 22, 2012 from 10:00 am until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Dr. Arnold Fleagle, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Free Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Laporte Cemetery, Carlisle Township.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Trinity Evangelical Free Church; 46485 Middle Ridge Road, Amherst, OH 44001; or Ames Family Hospice House; 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake, OH 44145.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, December 18, 2012.
Theresa M. Supers
Theresa “Terry” M[arie] Supers (nee Blanco), 84, of Oberlin, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2010 at EMH Regional Medical Center, following a long illness. She was born January 19, 1926 in Wellington.
Theresa was a 1944 Oberlin High School graduate and had worked as a telephone operator at Oberlin College for many years. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin. Theresa cherished time with family and friends and helping others. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society, United Polish Club of Elyria and a life member of V.F.W. Post 1079 Ladies Auxiliary. Theresa enjoyed travel, dancing, golf and bowling. She was in the Kaydettes Bowling League for over 40 years and also bowled with the Pindusters Bowling League.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Norbert F.; a daughter, Connie N. [M.] Supers of Oberlin [OHS ‘69]; three sons, Gregory A. [OHS ‘90] (Jackie) of Birmingham, Ronald J. [OHS ‘70] (Cindi) of New Philadelphia and Elliott F. (Charlotte) of North Ridgeville. Additional survivors include: 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and a brother, Thomas Blanco (Carol) of Elyria.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Theresa Blanco; four sisters; and three brothers.
The Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 30, 2010, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 410 W. Lorain St., Oberlin. Reverend Father Robert J. Cole, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Burial will be private at Pittsfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Theresa’s memory to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203.
Arrangements are under the direction of The Bauer-Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home of Elyria, (440) 322-4626.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, January 27, 2010, p. C8.
Frances N. Sutherland
Active in church
Frances N. Sutherland, 80, of Medina died Saturday at Medina General Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Galion, Ohio, [and a 1936 graduate of OHS,] she lived in Westlake before moving to Valley City in 1971, then to Medina in 1984.
She was [a] former employee of Bendix-Westinghouse in Elyria.
Mrs. Sutherland was a member of the Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Valley City and an active member of the church’s Women’s Fellowship group.
She enjoyed playing cards with many friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Kim Chura of Elkwood, Va.; stepsons Gary Sutherland of Olmsted Falls and Ron Sutherland of Valley City; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond, in 1979; a daughter, Patricia Boorhees; and a brother.
Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Bauer Funeral Home, 2089 Columbia Road, Valley City.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 6656 Center Road, Valley City.
The Rev. Diane Shirey, pastor, will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 6656 Center Road, Valley City 44280.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, April 25, 1999, p. B2.
Dr. Swift Dies in Home in West
Distinguished Clergyman, Oberlin Graduate, Is Taken by Death
Body Is Brought Here for Burial
Impressive Service, in Which Close Friends Take Part, Held at Second Church
Rev. Clarence F. Swift, D.D., a native of Oberlin and a graduate of Oberlin college with the class of 1883, who since last May has been pastor of Plymouth Congregational church in Denver, Col., died there Tuesday night, March 25, from a heart affection [sic] with which he had been troubled since last fall. He was in his 58th year. It had been known among his many friends that he had been in failing health for some time and that his condition was critical.
Dr. Swift was born in Oberlin July 27, 1861, and graduated from [OHS in 1877 and from] Oberlin college in 1883. After a year in Oberlin seminary he completed his theological course in Union Theological seminary, New York city, where he graduated in 1886, and at once began his first pastorate in Smyrna, N. Y. In 1888, Dr. Swift accepted a call to the New England Congregational church of Saratoga Springs, where he served for six and one-half years. In 1894 he became pastor of the Plymouth church in Lansing, Mich., and during that pastorate a volume of his sermons entitled “The Treasure and the Vessel” was published by the young people of the church, largely for circulation among the members. During the last year of his stay with this church, the church debt was decreased to the amount of $10,000.
By this time Dr. Swift had acquired a noteworthy reputation, not only as a pastor, but as a speaker, and he received a call from the Park avenue Congregational church of Minneapolis, where he remained until 1902, when he was called to be pastor of the Central Congregational church in Fall River, Mass. His pastorate marked a work of unselfish endeavor which endeared him to a wide circle of members and friends of the church. He was popular, not only among those of his own denominations but among the other churches as well. He was an accomplished speaker and never was loath to devote himself to a worthy cause.
He took an intensely active part in most of the public welfare movements during his long pastorate in this city and was especially prominent in the no-license campaigns.
He left Fall River last April to assume his new pastorate with Plymouth church, Denver, one of the largest and most influential churches in the mountain states. There he quickly endeared himself to his people and had just started upon a ministry of great power in church and city when his illness began.
In June 1900, the degree of doctor of divinity was conferred on Dr. Swift by Knox college, Galesburg, Ill. He was president of the Congregational Educational society and of the Congregational Sunday School Publishing society. He was also a member of the Commission on Missions of the National Council of Congregational Churches.
In 1886 Dr. Swift married a college classmate, Miss Janet H. McKelvey, of Sandusky, Ohio, who has been a most active and efficient helper in every department of her husband’s work. Besides his widow, he is survived by three daughters, Miss Dorothy R., Mrs. Helen M., wife of Luther Gulick, and Miss Janet H. Swift.
The body was brought for burial to Oberlin, where Dr. Swift’s mother, Mrs. H. O. Swift, his aunt, Mrs. D. Ainsworth, and his sister, Miss Cora L. Swift, are living. Services were held Sunday afternoon, March 30, at the Second church. The service was a beautiful one, conducted by lifelong friends of Dr. Swift. Dr. George W. Andrews improvised. Dean Edward I. Bosworth read the Scripture selections, and then beginning with the words, “Oberlin, today, does honor to her own,” gave a beautiful appreciation of Clarence Swift as a friend and classmate. Dr. R. W. Gammon of Chicago, spoke of Dr. Swift’s work as president of the Congregational Education society, and Dr. Nicholas Van der Pyl described his sixteen years’ friendship with him in Massachusetts. Dr. Andrews then played Gounod’s “Sanctus,” a great favorite of both Dr. and Mrs. Swift. Rev. John L. Findlay of Worcester, Mass., Dr. Swift’s former assistant, spoke of his life as pastor. The closing tribute was made by Dr. Dan F. Bradley, another lifelong friend. The pallbearers were Prof. Charles Morrison, Prof. Charles B. Martin, Irving W. Metcalf, Wilmot V. Metcalf, Prof. G. Walter Fiske and J. V. Hill. Interment was in Westwood Cemetery.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, April 2, 1919, p. 1.
Miss Swing Dies of Heart Trouble
Talented Oberlin Young Woman Passes Away in Chicago Last Friday
Was Engaged in Work at Hull House
Tender Tribute to Worth of Deceased Paid by Jane Addams at Funeral Here
Miss Elizabeth Storrs Swing, daughter of Professor and Mrs. Albert T. Swing, died Friday at the home of her uncle and aunt, Professor and Mrs. George H. Mead, of Chicago. Death was due to heart trouble.
For about one year Miss Swing had not been in perfect health. Last February she was forced to leave her work at Hull House and come to the home of her parents in Oberlin for a month’s rest. Since returning to Chicago she had been receiving treatment at the hands of a specialist.
A graduate of [OHS in 1902 and of] Oberlin College with the class of 1907, Miss Swing had been an earnest student and her death in the promise of young womanhood may be attributed primarily to the fact that her enthusiasm in her work and her desire to be of service were out of proportion to her physical strength. Although a graduate of Oberlin, Miss Swing took her junior year at Mt. Holyoke college, of which her grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Storrs Mead, was for a number of years president. Having a pronounced talent for art, she specialized in this branch of study, and after leaving school here went to New York, where she took in two years the three-year course in the Applied School of design for Women, graduating at the head of her class. For a time she worked in designing for several New York houses later making a tour of Spain with her aunt, Mrs. Mead, and doing special work in art in Italy.
On her return from abroad Miss Swing opened a studio in New York, which she conducted for two years with marked success. The condition of her health finally compelled her to give up the work. She then went to Hull House, where she had developed a special line of service for young women, who were able to earn money for self-support while they received further instruction in their profession. It had been planned that Miss Swing should have charge of the work, beginning last January, but the failure of her health forced her to give up this hope.
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the family home at 90 South Professor street, conducted by President King, Rev. Dr. Williams and Miss Jane Addams, who accompanied a party of friends and associates of Miss Swing from Hull House. Miss Addams paid touching tribute to the worth of Miss Swing, to whom she referred as the best loved member of Hull House. She made reference to the courage of Miss swing under difficulties and to her cheerful resignation to a fate which cut short a most promising career. President King spoke with feeling of the promising life of Miss Swing. Floral offerings from friends here and in Chicago were profuse.
The death of their daughter, following soon after the sudden taking away of their son, Harold Mead Swing, is a severe blow to Professor and Mrs. Swing, who have the sincere sympathy of their friends in their double bereavement.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, November 10, 1915, p. 1.
Raymond Swing, Radio Commentator,
Dies at 81
Top Newscaster Before and During World War II – Known as Keen Analyst
Special to The New York Times
Washington, Dec. 23—Raymond Swing, one of the most widely known radio news commentators of the 1930’s and 1940’s, died last night at his home at the age of 81. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.
He is survived by his widow, the former Meisung Loh, and five children, Albert George Swing, with the Agency for International Development in Bangkok, Thailand, and Mrs. Gerald Greene of West Hartford, Conn., both children of his first marriage, to Suzanne Morin; Peter Gram Swing, head of the Music Department at Swarthmore College, Mrs. James Shelley of New York and John Temple Swing, who is with the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the children of his second marriage, to Betty Gram of Westport, Conn.
A stepson, Paul Loh of this city, also survives. There were no children by his third marriage, to Mary S. Hartshorne.
At Mr. Swing’s wish, there will be no funeral service. The family has not decided whether there will be a memorial service.
Audience of 37 Million
As nearly as any radio newscaster could, in the years just before and during World War II, Raymond Swing achieved ubiquity. His commentary, broadcast at 10 o’clock every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night, was heard by 37 million persons in all parts of the world. It was heard not only in English, but also in translation, in Spanish, Portuguese, French and Norwegian.
Mr. Swing’s listeners, apart from the 15 million in the United States, lived in South America, Africa, Asia, Britain and Europe. And they regularly included President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, King George VI of England, Gen. George Catlett Marshall, Harry Hopkins and Vice President Henry A. Wallace.
To his listeners Mr. Swing’s “Good even-ing!” was the start of 13 minutes, or 2,000 words, of calm, gentle, reasoned news and commentary. He was far more than a reader of news items; he shaped them into a pattern of events that had consistency and meaning. He possessed, according to many observers, “radio’s best bedside manner.”
Although Mr. Swing was soft spoken, his style of interpreting the day’s news was let’s-look-the-facts-in-the-face. This steady, disciplined analysis helped to account for his enormous popularity at a time when he was competing for audiences with William L. Shirer, Gabriel Heatter, H. V. Kaltenborn and Edward R. Murrow.
Frequently at White House
The sobriety of Mr. Swing’s news presentations captured the fancy of President Roosevelt, who often invited him to the White House for an evening’s chat. And on a number of occasions he was no sooner off the air than he was a recipient of a congratulatory cablegram from Prime Minister Churchill.
In those years Mr. Swing was known as Raymond Gram Swing. The “Gram” was the maiden name of his second wife, a fervent feminist, who insisted when they were married that she would adopt her husband’s surname only on the condition that he use “Gram” as his middle name. After the couple were divorced in 1944, Mr. Swing dropped the “Gram.”
Unhurried and thorough in his research, Mr. Swing toiled 12 hours a day to perfect his newcasts.
“He was,” Fred W. Friendly, former news executive for the Columbia Broadcasting System, said yesterday, “the closest thing broadcasting ever had to a Walter Lippmann.”
Mr. Swing was one of the few commentators able to dictate his own terms to commercial sponsors. He was, for example, opposed to the then traditional middle commercial, a plug in his case for White Owl cigars that was to be broadcast halfway through his remarks. Mr. Swing was sufficiently distressed to issue an ultimatum—a middle commercial and there would be no Swing. The General Cigar Company capitulated five minutes before Mr. Swing was scheduled to go on the air, and his triumph was complete.
High Paid Newscaster
In the heyday of his popularity, the newscaster had a gross income of $130,000 a year. He was always rather embarrassed by his income, and he actually seemed relieved in September, 1942, when he switched from the Mutual Broadcasting Network to the Blue Network – its New York outlet was WJZ – and a smaller income from the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company.
Tall, tweedy and bespectacled, he had features that were gaunt and a little sad. He had a formidable intellect, and one that was the envy of his colleagues, one of whom once remarked, “Swing’s mind has giant muscles in it.” But he had the facility for relaxing just as furiously as he cerebrated: he liked to drive fast motor cars, to play poker mercilessly, to write impressionist sonnets intensely, to compose string quartets at a gallop.
Mr. Swing came of a family that counted good works a supreme virtue. He was born in Cortland, N.Y., March 25, 1887, the son of the Rev. Alfred Temple and Alice Mead Swing.
The young man was sent to Oberlin [in the 1902 Oberlin High School annual he is shown as a member of the class of 1903, but he is not listed among the 1903 graduates], his parents’ college, where he became enough of a hellion – he smoked cigarettes and attended dances – to be expelled by the end of his freshman year. Oberlin rectified the error in 1940 by awarding him an honorary Doctor of Laws.
From 1905, when he departed Oberlin, until 1912, he worked as a reporter and editor on Midwestern papers. He fell ill in 1913, and a wealthy aunt sent him to Europe to recuperate. There he got his first big job, as Berlin correspondent of The Chicago Daily News. When World War I erupted, he reported it, first from Berlin and then from Paris. Afterward, he was a foreign correspondent for The New York Herald, directed foreign coverage for The Wall Street Journal and headed the London bureau of The Philadelphia Public Ledger.
In 1934 Mr. Swing joined the board of editors of The Nation in New York, and a year later he made his radio debut as a commentator on American affairs for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Almost simultaneously, he became commentator on foreign affairs for the American School of the Air, a Columbia Broadcasting Company venture. He began his appearances on Mutual in 1936.
Scripts Spark Inquiry
As an unabashed liberal, Mr. Swing fell afoul, in 1945, of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which requested copies of his scripts for study. A committee spokesman said, “The time has come to determine how far you can go with free speech.” Mr. Swing’s aberration, it turned out, was praise for the Soviet Army’s fighting spirit. Although nothing came of the committee’s inquiry, the peak of his popularity passed.
In n1948 he served as news commentator for station WOR, then for the Liberty Network, and for two years, from 1951 to 1953, he was a political commentator for the Voice of America, a job he also held from 1959 to 1964.
After the war Mr. Swing was an advocate of some form of global government to guard against the destructive power of thermonuclear weapons. He lectured widely on this topic and was board chairman for many years of Americans United for World Government.
Mr. Swing was the author of a number of books, including “Forerunners of American Fascism,” “How War Came,” “Preview of History,” “In the Name of Sanity” and “Good Evening: A Professional Memoir” in which he recounted the high points of his career.
Photograph: Raymond Swing at his [WOR] radio microphone in January of 1942.
The New York Times, New York, N.Y., Tuesday, December 24, 1968.
See also the Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Gram_Swing
Freda E. Switzer
Freda E. Switzer, a rural Findlay resident and farm wife, died Aug. 8 at her home.
She was born April 3, 1908, in Lorain to Cass L. and Estella M. Gibson. She [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1926,] studied in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music 1926-27 and married Morris R. Switzer in 1935. Her husband died in 1977.
She is survived by two sons, Gene R. Switzer of Findlay and Gary L. Switzer of Enon, Ohio; daughters, Betty Jo Robertson of Arvada, Colo., and Norma Borjas of Cridersville, Ohio; a brother, Don Gibson of Butler, Pa.; a sister, Iola Sabiers of Los Angeles; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held Aug. 10 at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Findlay.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Enon Valley Presbyterian Church, 20307 St. Rt. 224, Findlay, Ohio 45840, or to the Hospice of Hancock County.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 15, 1989, p. 2.
Oleattie M. Szabo
Wakeman -- Oleattie M. Szabo, 81, of Wakeman, died
She was born in
She worked at Sherwin-Williams in
She was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Wakeman, where she was a Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years,
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 4 and at the Morman Funeral Home,
The Morning Journal,
Karen M. Szeliga (nee Wilgor)
Karen M. Szeliga (nee Wilgor), 63, of Elyria, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 4, 2006, at DuBois Regional Medical Center in DuBois, Pa.
Born in Berea, she had been an Elyria resident for most of her life.
Mrs. Szeliga was employed as a contract administrator for Crane-Aerospace in Elyria for 40 years, retiring in 2005.
She was a member of the United Polish Club Ladies Auxiliary, Elyria Eagles and VFW Post 6273 of Oberlin.
She enjoyed fishing, gardening, antiques, scrap booking, collecting dolls, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, James; daughters Elizabeth Jackson of Grafton and Marcia Pincura of Elyria; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth and James Mate and James Wilgor; a grandson in 1987; a sister, Barbara Jackson; and brothers James, Richard, Roger and Ray Wilgor.
Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, Chestnut Ridge Road at state Route 57, Elyria, where services will be 10 a.m. Thursday.
The Rev. David Hockney, pastor of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church, will officiate.
Burial will be in Camden Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 43099 North Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035 or the American Heart Association Northeast Ohio Affiliate, Inc., 1689 E. 115th St., Cleveland, OH 44106-3988.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, June 07, 2006.