Mary Morris (Burnett) Talbert from the Competitor, Feb. 1920Mary Morris Burnett Talbert
Mary Morris Burnett was born in 1866 and educated at [Oberlin High School, class of 1883, and at] Oberlin College. Following her graduation in 1886 from Oberlin, Ms. Burnett moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she accepted a position as a high school teacher. According to her biographer, Lillian S. Williams, Ph.D., Ms. Burnett taught history, math, science, Latin and geography at Bethel University before being appointed the school’s Assistant Principal. Ms. Williams noted, “She was the only woman ever to be selected for this position.” In 1887, Mary Burnett was named principal of Union High School in Little Rock. While her abilities and talents as an educator and orator were recognized nationally as well as in Little Rock, according to the custom of the time, Ms. Burnett was forced to give up her teaching career once she married. Her marriage to William Herbert Talbert, a City of Buffalo clerk and realtor, took place on September 8, 1891. The Talbert’s only daughter, Sarah May was born in 1892.
Mary Talbert soon settled into the communal life of her new home. She joined her husband as a member of the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church and quickly began to organize educational and cultural programs for church and community members alike. She was the president of the church’s Christian Cultural Congress, the vehicle for many cultural and educational activities. While many of the programs were organized for the education and development of black women, Mrs. Talbert did not limit her activities to the church. In 1899, she became one of the founding members of the Phyllis Wheatley Club of Colored Women. This remarkable group of women, the city’s first affiliate of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, set an ambitious program of service to others in order to achieve the NACW mission and emulate the Club motto, Lifting as we climb.
It is often noted in her biographies that Mary Talbert was the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. However, this fact has never been proven conclusively. According to Williams, the University did not offer Ph.D. degrees before 1930, but it did offer certificates that were called doctorates. It is possible that Mary Talbert could have received one of these doctorate certificates leading to the confusion over the actual credentials.
In November 1900, Mary Talbert, along with other members of the Phyllis Wheatley Club of Colored Women, organized a protest rally at the Michigan Avenue Baptist Church. They called on the Board of Managers of the Pan American Exposition to include the Negro Exhibit, an exhibit that presented the achievements of blacks since Emancipation, in the upcoming Exposition. The group also advocated for the appointment of a colored commissioner. Mary Talbert was proposed as a most able and capable individual to represent the Negro community in this position.
Mary Talbert’s advocacy for black women included her involvement in and leadership of several organizations, in addition to the Phyllis Wheatley Club of Colored Women . In 1905, she opened her home to Dr. W.E.B. Dubois, John Hope, Monroe Trotter, and others who founded and organized the Niagara Movement, forerunner of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. In 1911, she became a charter member of the Empire Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the group’s second president from 1912-1916.
In 1916, she was elected President of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs. She was elected to a second two-year term as President of that organization in 1918. During her tenure as NACW President, Mary Talbert was instrumental in the preservation and restoration of the Frederick Douglass Home in Anacostia.
During World War I, Mary Talbert was active in the war bond drives, personally soliciting thousands of dollars in Liberty Bonds. Further, she served as American Red Cross Nurse with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. She also served as a delegate to the International Council of Women in Christiania, Norway in 1920. She was a national and international public figure who was a sought after speaker for her lectures on race relations, anti-lynching and women’s rights. Her tireless efforts on the behalf of African American people earned her the NAACP Springarn Award. Mary Burnett Talbert was the first black woman to be honored with this prestigious recognition.
Mary Talbert died in 1923 [15 October]. She is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery and Garden Mausoleum. Her biography appears in Uncrowned Queens: African American Women Community Builders of Western New York, Volume I
Posted with permission of Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc.,

Miriam L. Tallmadge

Miriam L. Tallmadge, born Feb 6, 1917, died Jan 31, 1998 in her residence in Berea, Ky. The daughter of Marion Martin Lemmon and Waldo Biddle Lemmon, she was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She [graduated from OHS in 1935,] attended Oberlin College and Ohio State University and graduated from the business school in Oberlin, Ohio. After graduation she was secretary to the Vice President of Oberlin College.
She was married to William (Bill) H. Tallmadge for 57 years, and they raised 4 children. When Bill retired in 1976 the couple moved from Buffalo, New York to Berea, Kentucky. There she was a deacon and choir member of Union Church, and volunteered for many years with Woman’s Industrial. She was the secretary for the League of Women Voters. Mim was a charter member and secretary of Body Recall, Inc. and traveled thousands of miles all over the U.S. with their Travel Team ­ demonstrating exercise programs for the elderly. She participated in several National 10 kilometer race walks with her husband; she won a gold medal when she was in her early 70s.
Mim was a lover of wildflowers.
Obituary provided by family

Charles Finney Tambling
Charles Finney Tambling, teacher and administrator, died on May 6, 1958, in Cathedral City, California, at the age of 86. His death resulted from a stroke.
Mr. Tambling, the son of Corydon L. (OC 1861-63) and Nellie Fields Tambling, was born in Oberlin, Ohio, on November 1, 1871. As a child he studied in the Conservatory, [graduated from OHS in 1889,] later entering the Academy, and continuing on through the college, to receive his A.B. degree in 1895. He did graduate study at Michigan, Harvard, Yale, Chicago, and Columbia, receiving the M.A. degree from Columbia in 1911. In 1896, he went to teach high school at Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, becoming principal of the school two years later. In 1899, he joined the staff of Central State Normal School, also in Mt Pleasant. Two years later, he was named head of the department of physiology and physical education, and for thirty-seven years, he was one of the college’s top administrators. He witnessed the growth of the Health and Physical Education Department into one of the finest in the mid-west. He was the author of several articles for the State Board of Health Bulletin and for the State Department of Public Instruction.
Mr. Tambling married Bessie Fancer (1894-95) in November, 1895; she died in 1936. Later, he married Clara H. Wiggin. After his retirement, they moved to Cathedral City, California.
Surviving are Mrs. Tambling and seven children by the first marriage: Fielden F., Captain Preston S., Charles W., Corydon L., Ralph F., Mrs. Leonard Boller, and Mrs. Elizabeth T. Lee. There are nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, December 1938, p. 38.

Carol L. Tatum
Carol L[ouisa] Tatum [nee Payne], 74, of Columbus, passed away suddenly, at her home, Thursday, September 30, 2010. She was born August 5, 1936 in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1954].
She worked as an LPN at Allen Memorial Hospital for many years and also at other various hospitals. She was a member of The Temple of Faith Church of the Living in Columbus. Carol was a charter member of the Negro Business & Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, and hiking.
She is survived by her sons, Joe D. Tatum, Kevan S. Tatum [OHS ‘81], Steven D. Tatum [OHS ‘86] and Tim N. Tatum, all of Columbus; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, David Payne and sisters, Suzette Wagner, Ruth Wade, Bunny Payne and Beverly.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Payne; mother, Freda Donaldson; husband, Joe Roy Tatum; and brother, Darelle Payne.
Visitation will be Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 10 A.M. until the time of services at 11 A.M. at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 South Main St., Oberlin. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Online condolences may be made to
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

Joe Roy Tatum
Services for Joe Roy Tatus, 57, former Oberlin resident, will be at noon today at the Cowling Funeral Home. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until services begin. The Rev. Johathan Ealy will officiate and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Mr. Tatum died Nov. 9 at Meridia Suburban Hospital in Cleveland after a long illness.
Born in Patrick County, Va., he was a 1956 graduate of Oberlin High School and was active in sports.

He had been employed as a truck driver at Gilford Systems.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; sons, Joe of Cleveland, Kevan of Sheffield Lake, Stevan of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Tim of Tucson, Ariz.; five grandchildren; his mother, Irene Brodus of Elyria; and a sister, Shirley McGee of Elyria.

Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 15, 1994, p. 2.

Geoffrey Taylor
Geoffrey Warren Taylor of Oberlin died Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at Allen Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He as 67.
Born March 27, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., he lived most of his life in Oberlin, New York, Texas and New Mexico. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1954 and from Oberlin College in 1957.
He earned a masters degree in film production and film criticism from Columbia University in New York, and while there worked as a statistical analyst for a public opinion survey company. He also worked as a broadcaster in radio and television while living in New Mexico and Texas.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin crisis of 1962.
He was active in drama, acting and directing, and enjoyed studying movies and national politics.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his brothers Thomas William Taylor of Downers Grove, Ill., and Joseph Ransom Taylor with whom he lived in Oberlin; niece, Sarah Adele Taylor and nephew, David Thomas Taylor, both of Downers Grove, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Adele Elizabeth (nee Wanner) Taylor; and brother, William Dickinson Taylor.
Dicken Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Elyria handled arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 2, 2003, p. 3.

Georgia Ann Taylor
Georgia Ann Taylor spent her retirement years in Arizona after a long career as a public school teacher in Connecticut, following an MA degree at Case Western Reserve University and a professional diploma at Columbia University. After settling five years ago in Scottsdale she involved herself in a number of community groups. She used her teaching experience in the children’s department of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, chaired the Education Foundation Committee, and published the monthly bulletin, aside from participating in a number of other volunteer activities. Miss Taylor died at age 67 March 22 in Scottsdale’s Mayo Hospital.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin College, Fall 2001, p. 51.

John Wallace Taylor
J. Wallace Taylor died Aug. 7[, 1968,] in Port Clinton, Ohio. [He was an 1898 graduate of OHS.
He was born in Osaka, Japan, 88 years ago. After graduation [from Oberlin College in 1903] he attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Taylor then became a mechanical engineer and worked both in the U.S. and abroad. His inventions included an auto selective delay action fuse, bore safe fuse, supersensitive anti-aircraft fuse and a ballistic parachute which was turned over to government use.
In 1907 Mr. Taylor married Cora Graf, ’99-02. They had no children. His parents, Wallace and Mary Wisner Taylor, were in the class of 1867. He had a brother, Carl, who attended the academy in 1898-1900. His sister, Harriet, ’09, is his sole survivor.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, November 1968, p. 46.

Laura Scott Taylor Dies at 79, Ran Bedford-Stuyvesant School
Laura Scott Taylor, the co-founder and retired principal of the Concord Baptist Elementary School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, died on Sunday at Kings County Hospital Center. Mrs. Taylor, who lived in Crown Heights, was 79.
Mrs. Taylor was fatally injured when she was hit by a truck last Friday while crossing a street in Crown Heights.
For 32 years, Mrs. Taylor served as the unsalaried principal of the Concord Baptist Elementary School, which she established in 1960 with her husband, the Rev. Gardner Taylor, now pastor emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ.
Dr. Taylor, who had been a member of the New York City Board of Education, said the school was founded because many parents felt their children were being "intellectually butchered" by the public school system. "The kids were finished before their lives had started," he said.
The school emphasizes reading and extensive instruction in black history and culture. "It means a great deal to know Negroes are making a success in every phase of life," Mrs. Taylor said in 1967. "For these children to get a good opinion of themselves is very important. They should know that those who want to make it can."
Begun with 25 pupils in grades one through six, the school reached an enrollment of 130 pupils in seven years.
"We have proved that Negroes can learn to do what anybody else can do," Mrs. Taylor said then. "There is something radically wrong with the public school system if our kids can't read."
Today, the school has an enrollment of 150 in its six grades.
Mrs. Taylor, who was born in Cleveland, grew up in Oberlin, Ohio, and graduated in 1937 from Oberlin College. In 1940, after teaching in South Carolina, she married Dr. Taylor, whom she had met at the Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin while he was a student at the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology.
The Taylors moved to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, La., and came to Brooklyn in 1948, when Dr. Taylor was named pastor of the Concord Baptist Church. He retired in 1990 as the dean of black pastors in the United States. In 1952, when the church was destroyed by fire, Mrs. Taylor led its women in raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the construction of a replacement.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Taylor is survived by her daughter, Martha LaCroix; a brother, Eugene Scott; a sister, Elizabeth Taylor; a sister by adoption, Ruby Harris, and a grandson.
The New York Times, New York, N.Y., Friday, February 10, 1995, p. 26.

Laurabelle Scott Taylor

Laurabelle Scott Taylor, 79, of New York City, former Oberlin resident, died Feb. 5 at Kings County Hospital Center after being struck by a city truck on Friday, Feb. 3, as she crossed Brooklyn Avenue.
Born in Cleveland, one of 11 children of Wayman and Rosa Scott, she grew up in Oberlin. She graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1933] and in 1937 from Oberlin College, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
After graduation she taught for three years at the Avery Institute in Charleston, S.C., until marrying the Rev. Gardner C. Taylor, a graduate of the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology.
The Taylors moved to New Orleans where he was pastor of Beulah Baptist Church, then to Baton Rouge, where he was pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church. In 1948 they moved to Brooklyn, N.Y., when he became pastor of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, which he served until retirement.
Through the years, as the Rev. Gardner Taylor became one of the outstanding religious leaders of the country, Mrs. Taylor was active in the many projects of Concord Baptist Church. When the church was destroyed by fire in 1952, she led the women of the church in raising money for rebuilding. In 1960, she organized the Concord Baptist Elementary School and remained as the unsalaried principal of that school for 32 years without missing ten days.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her husband, a daughter, Martha LaCroix of Harbor City, Calif.; a sister, Elizabeth Taylor of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Eugene Scott, of Knoxville, Tenn.; and a grandson, Marcus LaCroix.
Services were at Concord Baptist Church on Feb. 9, with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in Bushwick, N.Y.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Laura Scott Taylor Scholarship Fund at Concord Elementary School, in care of Concord Baptist Church, 833 Rev. Gardner Taylor Blvd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11216.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 14, 1995, p. 3.

Death Was Sudden
Dr. Maynard Taylor, Formerly of Oberlin, Passes Away at Pittsburg
Dr. T. Maynard Taylor, son of Dr. and Mrs. Wallace Taylor, of 126 East Lorain street, and a teacher in the Carnegie Technical schools at Pittsburg, was found dead in his rooms in that city last Wednesday morning.
The young man’s death was undoubtedly the result of overwork and overstudy. Dr. Wallace went at once to Pittsburg, bringing the remains here for burial. The funeral was held Friday from the home. Dr. Bradshaw officiated.
For several years Mr. Taylor was a member of the Oberlin faculty and he had a large circle of friends here, many of whom attended the funeral services. The deceased was a man of quiet habits, being above all else a student. His was a strong Christian character and his life was clean cut. He graduated from [OHS in 1892 and from] Oberlin [College] with the class of ’97, receiving the degree of S.B. During the following summer he was instructor in physics and chemistry at the Williamson trade school, Williamson, Pa. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania from 1898 to 1901, the first year taking university scholarship in chemistry; 1899, Harrison fellowship in chemistry and in 1901 he was given the degree of Ph.D.
In the fall of 1901 he accepted a position as instructor in chemistry in Oberlin college and remained here until last September when he resigned to accept a position as instructor in chemistry in Carnegie Technical school in Pittsburg.
During his teaching here he devoted considerable time to practical work, being interested in various improvements in the methods of chemical manufacture.
Mr. Taylor’s brothers, William, a Youngstown physician; John W., a Massillon mechanical engineer, and Carl and Norman, of Chicago, were here for the funeral. His sister, Miss Hattie Taylor, is a senior in college.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 1907, p. 4.
Thomas Maynard Taylor
T. Maynard Taylor died at Pittsburg, Pa., February 27, 1907.
Mr. Taylor was born May 25, 1874 at Kobe, Japan. He received his preparatory in the Oberlin High School [class of 1892] and Academy and was graduated from the College with the class of ’97. During the years 1897-1899, he was University Scholar in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. The following two years he held the Harrison Fellowship at the same University and was granted the degree of Ph.D. In the fall of 1901, Mr. Taylor returned to Oberlin, where for five years he was instructor in Chemistry in the College. Last September, Mr. Taylor accepted a position in the Carnegie Technical Schools in Pittsburg. The attack of melancholia, during which he took his life, was no doubt due to overstudy and too close confinement in his class-room and laboratory.
The following resolutions were prepared by a committee of his classmates:
The recent death of Dr. T. Maynard Taylor of ’97 removes another member from the class circle—the fifth in the ten years since graduation.
The news of this sudden bereavement was a great shock to his classmates. Those who were in Oberlin and several from nearby towns gathered to attend this funeral and to pay their last respects to the memory of a dear classmate and friend.
In behalf of the class of ’97 they wish to express to the parents and relatives of Dr. Taylor their heartfelt sympathy in this bereavement, feeling that in the untimely removal of this noble and pure young life, the whole class share in the deep sorrow of his loss.
In behalf of ‘97
     V. O. Johnston [OHS ‘92]
     H. C. Marshall [OHS ‘92]
     A. G. Thatcher
     L. E. Lord
     E. A. Miller
     J. E. Dexter
     G. G. Brown
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, April 1907, pp. 285-6.

John W. 'Jack' Templeton
John W. "Jack" Templeton entered into eternal life on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at the age of 95. Born in Akron, Ohio, he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1936] and briefly attended Oberlin College, where he met his future wife, Ruth [Adams].
Jack worked for Curtis Wright Aircraft during the war and did part-time farming and house construction. During his many years in sales he worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance; the Vernon Company, selling specialty advertising products; Missouri Refractories Company in St. Louis, MO and later as vice president of MORCO, selling refractory products for steel mills and glass manufacturing companies.
Jack served on the board of the sheltered workshop Lafayette Industries, in Ballwin, and was an active member of Manchester United Methodist Church. An Eagle scout, he served as scoutmaster of a troop for many years. An avid model railroader, he enjoyed his weekly meetings with the Gandy Dancers model railroad group.
For the last 10 years Jack and Ruth lived at Lutheran Senior Services at Meramec Bluffs. Jack's beloved wife, Ruth, preceded him in death last September. He is survived by four children, ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
Services: Visitation 1-4 PM, Sat., June 15 at Schrader Funeral Home, Ballwin, MO. Memorial service, 2:00 PM, Sun., June 16, Meramec Bluffs chapel. Memorial donations appreciated to Lafayette Industries or Lutheran Senior Services Hospice Care.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Mo., Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Class of 1903 – Anna White Tenney
Word has been received of the death [on Sept. 2, 1941,] of Mrs. Anna White Tenney at her home in Webster Groves, Missouri. [She graduated from OHS in 1898.] Her father, Professor White, was principal of the Preparatory Department from 1876 until his death in 1893, and her mother, Mrs. White, had an active part in the early days of the Oberlin Kindergarten training school. Mrs. Tenney’s husband, Edward H. Tenney, is a son of the late Dr. Henry M. Tenney, for many years an Oberlin pastor and trustee of the College. Besides her husband she leaves a son, Edward H. Jr., ’33, now an attorney in St. Louis, a sister, Mrs. Edward A. Seibert, ’97, of Dayton, and a brother, George F. White, of Cleveland.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, October 1941, p. 24.

Bernard F. Tenney dies in Oberlin at 105
Bernard Frederick Tenney [died] Dec. 9, 1973, at the Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin, where he had resided since 1966 and had observed his 105th birthday last May 4.
Mr. Tenney was born in Sandusky, Ohio, when his parents, Luman and Frances Andrews Tenney, were on their way west after the Civil War. His mother had graduated from Oberlin in 1863 and his father had studied at Oberlin before volunteering for the Army and becoming a brevet major. Mr. Tenney attended Oberlin High School [where he graduated in 1884] and the Oberlin Academy (1885-86) and studied at the College for two years before transferring to Amherst where he received his A.B. in 1890.
He was cashier and vice president of the First State Bank of Ada, Minn., from 1903 to 1919. Earlier he was in the real estate business in Edmunds, N.D., and in Duluth. He also did some farming at Glyndon, Minn. He served in the Army Quartermaster Corps during World War I.
Prior to returning to Oberlin in 1922, Mr. Tenney had a peach orchard and did some truck farming in New Jersey. Throughout his life he loved the outdoors and he always enjoyed gardening. He learned to play golf at the age of 63 and continued to play it and to grow roses and gladiolas until he was almost 90.
Mr. Tenney resided for many years in the home at 178 N. Professor St. (now the site of East Hall) which was built by his grandfather, Edward Andrews, in 1853.
He leaves his daughter, Mary Frances, ’17, grandchildren Ruth Tenney Adamitz, ’53, Jane Tenney Griffin, Melissa Tenney Brown, Arthur E., ’51, James B., ’55, and Richard L. and 13 great-grandchildren. His wife (Sadie Snedecker, ’93) died in 1961 at the age of 90. Sons Luman H., ’18, Edward A., ’23, and William H., ’29, are deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, January/February 1974, p. 41

Daniel L. Tenney
Daniel L. Tenney, 78, of Wakeman, former Oberlin resident, died Nov. 2 at his home after a long illness.
Born in Lee, Mass., he had lived in Pittsfield and Oberlin before moving to Wakeman.
Mr. Tenney was director of security at Oberlin College for 12 years retiring in 1980. He had formerly worked for Norwalk Truck Lines and was a member of the Teamsters Union, retiring after 23 years.
During World War II, he served in the Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jeanne W.; a daughter, Barbara Fehlan of Wellington; a son, Bill of Columbus; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mary E. Tenney of Norwalk.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bradford M.
A memorial service was held Nov. 5 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Wellington, with the Rev. Dale Huelsman officiating. Burial was in South Pittsfield Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to New Life Hospice, 1212 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria 44035.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 8, 1994, p. 2.

Jeanne M. Tenney
Jeanne M. Tenney, 79, of Wakeman, former Oberlin resident, died June 17 at Amherst Manor Nursing Home after a long illness.
She was born in Oberlin and lived most of her life in Wellington, Oberlin and Wakeman areas.
Mrs. Tenney was a 1935 [1936] graduate of Oberlin High School. A homemaker, she enjoyed cooking, gardening and collecting antiques. She also volunteered at Allen Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Ray (Barbara) Fehlan of Wellington; a son William of Columbus; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Avery of Aluras, Calif., and Eva Halliwell of Wellington; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel; her parents, Joseph and Lulu Wait; a sister, Betty Myers; and a brother, Charles Wait.
Private family services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Hospice, 5255 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria.
The Gerber-Smith Funeral Home, 16 Cooper St., Wakeman, is handling arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 21, 1998, p. 2.

Mary E. "Betty" Tenney
Norwalk – Mary E. “Betty” Tenney, 92, of Norwalk, died Wednesday evening at Norwalk Memorial Home in Norwalk.
She was born Nov. 29, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in Oberlin [where she graduated from OHS in 1932].
She graduated from Alma College in Michigan and received her masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. For 35 years she worked as a social worker for Family and Child Welfare agencies in four states. In 1991 she came to Norwalk from New Mexico, and became active with the Firelands Senior Center, Monroeville Friends of the Library, Red Cross Bloodmobile and the Adult Literacy Program.
She is survived by her niece, Barbara Fehlan of Wellington; a nephew, William Tenney of Columbus; and several grand nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bessie (Brodie) Tenney; and brothers, Bradford Tenney [OHS ‘28] and Dan Tenney [OHS ‘34].
At the request of the deceased there will be no visitation or services. Private burial will be in Memorial Gardens of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Arrangements by the Evans Funeral Home, 314 E. Main St., Norwalk.
Norwalk Reflector, Norwalk, Ohio, Thurs./Fri. February 22/23, 2007.

Raymond P. Tenney, A Retired Diplomat
Special to The New York Times
Madison, N.J., May 11—Raymond Parker Tenney of San Francisco, a retired foreign service officer, died yesterday at the Pine Acres Nursing Home here. He was 75 years old [and a 1904 graduate of OHS].
Mr. Tenney was born in China and was a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School. He entered the diplomatic service after returning to China and attending an interpreters school.
He served as consul in Tientsin, Mukden, Canton and Shanghai, where he was the American judge on the Mixed Court.
Before returning to this country at the outbreak of World War II, Mr. Tenney was director of the Salt administration in Chungking during the Japanese occupation. During the war he helped decode Japanese messages for the State Department. He retired in 1946.
He is survived by a brother, Dr. Albert S. Tenney of East Orange; and two sisters.
The New York Times, New York, N.Y., Sunday, May 12, 1963, p. 86.

Mrs. Bernard F. [Sadie A.] Tenny [Tenney]
Mrs. Bernard Frederick Tenney (Sadie A. Snedeker) died in Oberlin on September 11, 1961. She was 90 years old. Mrs. Tenney had spent most of her life in Oberlin. She was born in Aurora, Ohio, on March 17, 1871, came to Oberlin as a child, and attended Oberlin public schools [OHS class of 1889] and the college [OC class of 1893]. She taught for a year under the American Missionary Association in Alabama, then in public schools in Melbourne, Florida, 1891-95. On May 4, 1895 she married Bernard F. Tenney, ’90, and again came to Oberlin to live until 1903. For 17 years, in the period around World War I, the Tenneys lived in Ada, Minnesota, where Mrs. Tenney was active in the Congregational Church and in civic and club work. She served for seven years on the Board of Education in Ada.
The Tenneys returned to Oberlin in 1922 and have lived there since. She was a member of the First Church and the Oberlin Woman’s Club. In 1945 Mr. and Mrs. Tenney celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary, noted in the Alumni Magazine that year.
Surviving Mrs. Tenney are her husband, who lives at 83 Elmwood Place; a daughter, Mary F. Tenney, ’17, professor emeritus of classics at Newcomb College, New Orleans, now of Oberlin; three sons, Dr. Luman H., ’18, director of the Mental Health Center, Asheville, North Carolina, Edward A., ’23, professor of English at Indiana State College, Terre Haute, Indiana, and William H., ’29, professor of English at the University of Idaho at Moscow; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Four generations of the Tenney family have attended Oberlin College.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, December 1961, p. 30.

William Harvey Tenney
William H. Tenney died May 14[, 1973,] in Moscow, Idaho, where he was associate professor of English and the humanities at the University of Idaho from 1949 until his retirement in 1971.
Mr. Tenney was born in Ada, Minn., Jan. 29, 1906, and was a son of Bernard F. Tenney, ’90, and the late Sadie Snedeker Tenney who attended Oberlin in 1889-91 and 1895-96. His paternal grandparents were Luman Harris Tenney who attended Oberlin 1857-60 and Frances Delia Andrews Tenney, 1863 Lit. His great-grandmother, Delia Fenn Andrews, received the Lit. degree in 1841. [He graduated from OHS in 1924 and from Oberlin College in 1929.]
He lettered in football in 1927 and 1928 and was a graduate assistant in English 1929-30, receiving his A.M. in 1930. He received the Ph.D. from Michigan in 1944 after serving as instructor in the College of Engineering there (1930-37) and heading the English department at Edison Institute of Technology in Dearborn, Mich., 1937-43.
After serving as assistant professor of English at Michigan State, Mr. Tenney was visiting lecturer at Oberlin in 1945. Before going to Idaho he was dean of faculty at Champlain College in Plattsburg, N.Y.
Mr. Tenney leaves his wife, the former Marion Failacci, daughters Jean (Mrs. Robert Griffin) and Melissa (Mrs. Lowell Brown), two grandson, his father in Oberlin, and sister Mary F., ’17, in Oberlin. Brothers Luman H., ’18, and Edward A., ’23, are deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, July/August 1973, p. 57.

Mrs. Isaac Terborgh Killed In Accident Near Medina
Memorial Service Held in First Church Monday for Well Known Former Resident
Memorial services were held in First Church Monday for Mrs. Isaac Terborgh, well known former Oberlin resident who died Saturday after being struck by an automobile as she was crossing a highway near Medina. Dr. W. F. Bohn officiated at the services here. Private burial services will be later.
Mrs. Terborgh was born July 31, 1864, in Benzonia, Mich., the daughter of retired African missionaries. When she was 15 she moved with her family to Oberlin, where she attended Oberlin High School[, graduating in 1883,] and graduated from Oberlin College in 1888.
She was a teacher in Oberlin for several years and later taught in Wymore, Neb. In 1894 she was married to Isaac Terborgh, a graduate of the Oberlin Theological Seminary.
Mrs. Terborgh lived the life of a small town minister’s wife until 1905 when her physician recommended a drier climate to alleviate a chronic bronchial irritation, and the family moved to a farm in Alberta, Canada.
Their farm, 27 miles from a railroad was in the wilds of Canada. In the frontier community, Mrs. Terborgh taught the first school organized in the region. She conducted Sunday school classes and organized literary societies, choruses, and amateur theatricals.
In 1916 the family moved back to Oberlin where they continued to live until 1941, when they moved to St. Cloud, Fla. Mr. Terborgh died early in 1946.
Mrs. Terborgh was visiting a niece near Medina at the time of the accident which caused her death.
Surviving are a brother, John Winter Thompson of St. Charles, Ill., three daughters, Mrs. William C. Childs of Westfield, N. J., Mrs. John Murray of Blackburg, Va., and Mrs. Robert Rowe of Metuchen, N. J., and a son, George Terborgh, Arlington, Va.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 3, 1947, p. 1.

Mary Eliza Church Terrell
Upbringing Prepared for Rights Struggle
By Perre Magness
Mary Eliza Church was born in Memphis Sept. 23, 1863, nine months after the Emancipation Proclamation. She died only a few months after the Supreme Court declared segregation unconstitutional.
She was one of the great figures of the struggle for civil rights. Her father, Robert Church, was the son of the white owner of a steamboat line, Capt. Charles B. Church, and a slave. Robert worked on his father's steamboats until the Civil War closed the line. He was able to buy a saloon on De Soto Street in Memphis.
Her mother was Louisa Ayers, who had been a lady's maid. When the Emancipation Proclamation freed her, she opened a ''hair store'' near Court Square, where Memphis ladies could buy chignons and false curls, and have their hair coiffed.
Mollie, as the little girl was known, and her brother Thomas were born into prosperous circumstances, since both their parents were succeeding in their businesses.
But she heard frightening tales of slavery from her maternal grandmother, which sometimes brought her to tears. Her parents divorced when the children were very small, and Louisa eventually moved to New York, where she opened another hair store.
The quality of education for blacks in Memphis was so poor that when Mollie was 6 years old, her parents agreed that she should have better advantages. They sent her to Yellow Springs, Ohio, to the model school connected with Antioch College, whose first president was famed educator Horace Mann.
The child was fortunate to board with a black couple who kept the town's hotel, and who provided a warm and loving home for her for five years. When she was 12, she was sent to Oberlin, Ohio, to attend high school [OHS class of 1879] and then Oberlin College. Oberlin was founded by abolitionists, and was the first college to accept black students, in 1835. Mollie was one of three black women to graduate in the class of 1884.
Despite her popularity with her classmates, she was always aware of the color line, and the prejudices that met her at many turns. After college, she accepted a teaching position at Wilberforce University. Her father, who had remarried, strongly disapproved; he wanted his daughter to be a ''real lady,'' and real ladies did not work because the men in the family could support them. By this time, Robert Church was well on his way to becoming the first black millionaire in Memphis. So few black women were as well qualified, and she was determined to use her excellent education. For a year she was estranged from her father, but he came round to her point of view. After she had taught at Wilberforce for two years and one year in the Washington high school for blacks, he took her to Europe, and supported her desire to study abroad. She spent a year studying French in Switzerland, and another studying German in Berlin. She returned to Washington to teach, and a romance bloomed with Robert Heberton Terrell, the head of the Latin department of Washington high school for blacks. Terrell's education matched Mary's; he had graduated from Groton and with honors from Harvard. They were married in 1891 at her father's home on Lauderdale in Memphis.
Even the Memphis newspaper, which seldom printed news of black people, described ''the elaborate menu and excellent champagne'' and the orchestra, ''which made the air sweet with its beautiful music.'' Marriage ended her teaching career, for married women were not permitted to teach in most parts of the country. The early years of her marriage were full of sadness. She lost three babies; a daughter, Phyllis, survived, and Mary and her husband adopted her brother's daughter, Mary. In the spring of 1892, while she was pregnant for the first time, she heard horrifying news from Memphis.
Tom Moss, who had been a close childhood friend and who had recently sent her a set of silver oyster forks as a wedding present, was one of the owners of the People's Grocery Store in South Memphis, who had been involved in a rivalry with a white grocer across the street. He and two other men had been lynched by angry whites. The tragedy, combined with the death of her baby a few months later, plunged her into depression but her strength of character asserted itself, and she entered into community affairs.
Long Career Paved Way for Women, Blacks
She found plenty to occupy her. She was the first black woman appointed to the District of Columbia Board of Education and served for nearly six years, resigning when her husband was appointed high school principal.
When a new board was formed under a different jurisdiction, she was the only person to have served previously to be appointed. Upon her resignation after 11 years of service, she received many tributes for her devoted work in the cause of education.
One of the innovations she introduced was Douglass Day. The day honoring Frederick Douglass – so black pupils could take pride in their history – was the first official celebration of black history in the nation. She became involved in club work. She was a co-founder of the Colored Women's League of Washington. When it merged in 1896 with more than 100 other clubs to form the National Association of Colored Women, she was elected the first president.
She attended the meetings of the American Woman Suffrage Association, and entered a resolution that the injustices of colored women be included in the association's actions. Her friendship with Susan B. Anthony led to invitations to speak before large suffrage meetings, and this led to another career. She became a popular lecturer, traveling the circuit, delivering talks on such subjects as ''The Progress of Colored Women,'' ''The Bright Side of a Dark Subject'' and ''Harriet Beecher Stowe.'' She told her husband, ''I really feel that I am putting the colored woman in a favorable light every time I address an audience of white people.''
She lectured for more than 30 years, even braving the Jim Crow laws to tour the South and reach audiences who had never seen an educated black woman.
Although her friends warned her not to make her speeches too harsh, she wrote, ''I felt that I could not be true to myself or to my race, if I did not . . . tell the truth about the barbarities perpetrated upon representatives of the race when I discussed the problem.'' In 1904, she was invited to address the International Council of Women in Germany, where she was the only dark-skinned delegate. That in itself aroused curiosity, which turned to awe when she delivered one lecture in German and another in French.
Her husband, who had attended law school while teaching, had been appointed judge of the Municipal Court of the District of Columbia, first by President Theodore Roosevelt and then for five more terms by both Republican and Democratic presidents.
Mrs. Terrell attended the founding conferences of the NAACP in 1909 and 1910 and served on its executive committee. She fought discrimination wherever she found it. Her organizational talents and her speaking ability made her invaluable.
After she was awarded honorary degrees by Oberlin, Wilberforce and Howard colleges, she applied for membership in the American Association of University Women in 1946. It took the board three years of wrangling to accept her and to welcome the black women who followed. When she wrote her autobiography in 1940, British writer H. G. Wells wrote the preface.
In 1950, when she was 87, she joined a protest against Washington's segregated restaurants; leaning on her cane, she led the picket lines. She died July 24, 1954. Her 90 years saw immense changes, and she was a leader in gaining rights for blacks and for women.
Sources: Roberta Church and Ronald Walter, Nineteenth Century Memphis Families of Color 1850-1900 (1987). Mary Church Terrell, A Colored Woman in a White World (Washington: Ransdell Press, 1940). Dorothy Sterling, Black Foremothers (The Feminist Press, 1988).
The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Tennessee, Thursdays, July 21 & 28, 1994.
Mrs. Terrell Praised
First Lady Pays Tribute to Negro Woman Leader

Washington, Aug. 1 (UP)—Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower said today that the late Mary Church Terrell, first president of the National Association of Colored Women, dedicated her life to “the betterment of humanity.”
The First Lady’s encomium was read to the organization’s convention here by Maxwell M. Raab, secretary to the Cabinet and associate counsel to the President. Mrs. Terrell died on July 24.
“I am proud to honor the memory and the great work of your first president, Mrs. Mary Church Terrell,” Mrs. Eisenhower’s message said. “She was rarely endowed. For more than sixty years her great gifts were dedicated to the betterment of humanity, and she left a truly inspiring record. Her life was the epitome of courage and vision and a deep faith—an example worthy of emulation by all who love their fellow men.”
The New York Times,
New York, N.Y., Monday, August 2, 1954, p. 13.

Maggie Allen Terry
Maggie Allen Terry (nee Edwards) of Oberlin died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Life Care Center of Medina County, following a short illness. She was 62 [and was a 1966 graduate of OHS].
Born Dec. 31, 1947, in Demopolis, Ala., she worked as a supervisor of food service at Oberlin College. She retired in 2009 after 42 years of service.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she was involved in many church activities. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, catering, traveling, and donating her time to the community and to the students of Oberlin College.
Mrs. Terry is survived by her daughter, Tonya E. Edwards of Oberlin; son, Marvin M. Edwards of Oberlin; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; brothers Enoch Edwards of Oberlin, Bobby Edwards of Elyria, and Julius Cesar Edwards of Houston, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ezekiel Sr. and Carrie B. (nee Matthews) Edwards; brother, Ezekiel Edwards Jr.; and sister, Dorothy Lawson.
Services were Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, the Rev. Anthoni D. McElrath, pastor, officiating. Burial was at Westwood Cemetery.
Cowling Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 2, 2010, p. 2.

Helen Tester
Nov. 23, 1920 — Dec. 12, 2010
Helen Tester, age 90, of Clarksfield, passed away Sunday December 12, 2010 at Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk.
She was born in Turichky, Czechoslovakia on November 23, 1920. She and her mother came to Elyria in 1929 to join her father who had come earlier. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Clyde, a daughter Marilyn E. (William) Ogg, of Grafton, sons, Thomas L. (Patricia) Tester, of Wakeman, and Tim (Micki) Tester, of Caledonia, OH & Ruskin, FL, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Janyce Albert.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Zusana (Lavko) Albert and her brother, John R. Albert.
Friends may call on Friday from 3:00 pm until the Memorial Service at 4:00 pm at the Morman Funeral Home, 16 Cooper Street, Wakeman. Chaplain Melvin Sayler will be officiating.
Online condolences may be left at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

Norwalk Reflector, Norwalk, Ohio, Thursday, December 16, 2010.

William J. Teves
William J. Teves, 80, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died July 22 at EMH Regional Medical Center after a nine-month illness.
Born in Lorain, he moved to Oberlin as a child and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1932] and from the Oberlin School of Commerce.
In 1937 he started work at the National Tube Co. in Lorain, now known as USS/Kobe Steel Co., as a clerk in the accounting department. He was later promoted to personnel services.
In 1951 Mr. Teves was transferred to the McKeesport, Pa., Works and in 1954 to National Tube’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, where he was a general supervisor of personnel.
From 1957-68 he served as assistant superintendent of personnel services at McKeesport, Pa., and Ellwood City, Pa., returning to the Lorain Works in 1968. He was superintendent of personnel services at Lorain Works from 1969-78.
He served as a board member and was a former president of Goodwill Industries of Lorain and also served on the board of directors at the Lorain Family YMCA.
Mr. Teves was a member of the Lorain Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lorain Works Management Club, Elyria Kiwanis Club and St. Jude Catholic Church in Elyria.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth (nee Eaton); a daughter, Patricia Gary of Los Alamos, N.M.; a son, Thomas W., of Short Hills, N.J.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael.
Services were Monday morning at the Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, followed by Mass at St. Jude Catholic Church, Elyria, with the Rev. Daniel R. Fickes, associate pastor, officiating.
Burial was in Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township.
Memorial gifts may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 26, 1994, p. 2.

Michael Tevesz
Michael J. Tevesz, 67, of Amherst, formerly of Oberlin, died Sunday at Lorain Community Hospital after a 14-month illness.
Born in Lorain, he grew up in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1936.
He was a utilities analyst in the Fuel and Power Department of U.S. Steel’s Lorain Works, retiring in 1981 after 44 years.
He served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Amherst.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, a son, Dr. Michael J. Tevesz of Cleveland; and a brother, William of Elyria.
Funeral services were Tuesday at St. Joseph Church, Amherst, with burial in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 10, 1985, p. 10.

Everett Thatcher, 88, A Naval Researcher
Everett W. Thatcher, a former director of research at the Navy Electronics Laboratory in San Diego, died on April 24. He was 88 years old and lived in San Diego.
He died of respiratory and heart failure, said his son, James.
Dr. Thatcher was appointed to the naval laboratory after leading several research projects involving radar and radio waves during World War II and coordinating nonmilitary research for the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests after the war. Before the war he was a professor of physics. He taught at Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y., from 1931 to 1946.
Born in Ohio[, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1921,] and reared in California, Dr. Thatcher earned a bachelor’s degree at Oberlin College in 1929 and a master’s degree there a year later. He was awarded a doctorate in physics from the University of Michigan in 1931. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a fellow of Sigma Xi, and belonged to the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, among other organizations.
Dr. Thatcher’s wife, the former Fernie Marie Klotz, died in 1988. He is survived by a son, James, of Yorktown Heights, N.Y., a daughter, Lucy Franck, of San Diego, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The New York Times, Saturday, May 9, 1992, p. 31.

George Charles Thieret
Adrian, Mich. — George Charles Thieret, age 78, of Adrian passed away, Dec. 17, 2010.
He was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Oberlin, Ohio, the son of Edward and Maude (Miller) Thieret [and graduated from OHS in 1951]. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Oberlin, Ohio. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a life member of the Oberlin VFW. He was also a member of American Legion Post 97 in Adrian.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne; his daughter, Alison (Rick) Kerg of Wellington, Ohio; stepdaughters, Susan Ferranti of Gaylord, Mich., and Victoria Hensel-Gray of Kalamazoo; his brother, Russell Thieret of South Amherst, Ohio; his sister, Lillian Solury of North Olmstead, Ohio; three granddaughters, Katie Manney of Elyria, Ohio, Kimberly and Jessica Ferranti of Gaylord, Mich.; three grandsons, Austin and Nicholas Ferranti of Gaylord, Mich., and Chasper Gray of Kalamazoo;   his great-granddaughter, Aedyn Manney of Elyria, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his former wife, Alice, his son, Charles, two sisters and one brother.
According to his wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be planned in the future in Oberlin, Ohio. Arrangements have been entrusted to J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Adrian.
The Daily Telegram, Adrian, Mich., Saturday, December 18, 2010.

Anne H. Thomas

Anne H. Thomas (nee Helm); wife of the late Harry; died Jan. 18. at age 92. [She was a 1929 graduate of OHS.] Loving mother of Norman (Gloria), Gary (Dolly), and the late Kenneth (Linda). Funeral services will be held Saturday, Jan. 24. Wake 3 P.M., Service 3:30 P.M. at E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home, 25900 Emery RD.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, January 22, 2004.

Funeral service set today for Dorothea M. Thomas, 76
Funeral services for Dorothea Mae Thomas, 76, of 171 East Lorain will be today at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Buckland and Rev. Steven Hammond officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Thomas died early Tuesday morning at Allen Hospital following a brief illness.
Born in Oberlin on Dec. 9, 1902, she was a lifelong area resident and had studied in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. For many years she was active in the Oberlin Girl Scout program. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Friendship Guild and Missionary Society of the church, on the board of the Church Women United of Oberlin, and active in the Allen Hospital Auxiliary, working during the past two years in the hospital gift shop.
She is survived by here husband Robert S. Thomas, former Oberlin mayor and Lorain Journal reporter; daughter Helen (Mrs. Freeman) Woodson of 171 East Lorain; son Don M. of Orange, New Jersey; sister, Mrs. Arthur Zebbs of 138 South Main; brother, John H. Jones, Elyria; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 23, 1979.

Elizabeth Thomas
Elizabeth G. Thomas, 76, the first black teacher in the Oberlin public schools, died Monday at her home following a long illness.
She died in the same home she was born in on N. Professor Street.
Mrs. Thomas attended Oberlin schools[, graduated from Oberlin High School in 1931,] and was a 1936 graduate of Oberlin College. She taught public school for 36 years, 32 in Oberlin schools.
Mrs. Thomas retired in 1975 but remained an active afternoon volunteer at Eastwood Elementary School for 10 years following her retirement.
Her life was dedicated in service to others. She served as a volunteer at the Allen Memorial Hospital gift shop as well as the local Meals on Wheels program.
She was a member of the Oberlin Community Services Council, the Friends of Oberlin Public Library, the Historic Preservation Commission, the Oral History Committee, the Women’s Progressive Club, Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Oberlin Board of the American Association of University Women, National Association of Ohio Negro Professional Women’s Club, the Martin Luther King Adult Group, the Missionary Society and Church Women United. She served as the superintendent of the Mt. Zion church school for many years.
She is survived by three cousins in New York and was preceded in death by her husband Philip in 1975.
Friends will be received Thursday at the Cowling Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Steen officiating. Burial will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Eastwood Elementary School library or the Philip M. Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 31, 1989, p. 2.

Frances F. Thomas
Frances F. Thomas, 49, of Oberlin died Feb. 27 at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis after a one-year battle with cancer.
Born in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1961 [sic]. She received a master of education degree from Kent State University.
Mrs. Thomas began her career in education in Oberlin as a Scope teacher aide in 1969. She was hired as a teacher in 1970 and served as Langston Middle School principal from 1978 until she was named assistant superintendent in 1984.
She resigned from the Oberlin schools in January 1986 to accept the job of director of state and federal programs for the Mansfield schools. She had been director of curriculum for the Indianapolis, Ind., school system for two years.
She was a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church, Oberlin.
Survivors include her husband, John B., to whom she was married 32 years; three sons, Bryan of Elyria, and Kenny and Kevin, both at home; two grandsons, her father, William Payne of Philadelphia; and her mother, Susan Lewis of Elyria.
Visitation will be today, March 3, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Cowling Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Christ Temple Apostolic Church. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 3, 1992

George Thomas
George Thomas, 94, of Oberlin, died June 4 at Allen Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1924 graduate of OHS], he lived in California for many years, returning to Oberlin three years ago.
He was an executive director of the Southern California Conference on Race Relations for 25 years, retiring in 1968.
The state of California designated the Senior Citizens Centers in the name of Mr. Thomas and his late wife, Helen.
Survivors include three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Juanita V. Brown of Oberlin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (nee Anderson); a daughter, Jacqueline Thomas Reynolds; his parents, George A. and Lydia; brothers Robert and Harry; and a sister, Opal Gaines.
A memorial service was held June 6 at the Welcome Nursing Home with Pastor Charles B. Mayle of the Christian Missionary Alliance officiating.
The Cowling Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 9, 1998, p. 3.

Harry N. Thomas, 89, Post Office Supervisor

Bedford, Ohio – Harry N. Thomas played in the state basketball tournament three years in a row when he was a star on the Oberlin High School basketball team. They won the Class B title in 1926[, the year he graduated].
Mr. Thomas worked in the Cleveland Post Office for 30 years. He was a supervisor at the South Euclid branch when he retired in the 1960s. He had earlier been a clerk in the University Circle branch.
Mr. Thomas died Friday at the Harborside nursing home. He was 89.
He was born in Oberlin, where he graduated from Oberlin Business College. He married Anne Helm in 1933. He was a founding member of the Oberlin branch of the NAACP. He remained active with the organization in Cleveland. He was also a member of the National Postal Alliance.
During the Depression, Mr. Thomas worked as a waiter and red cap in Cleveland's Union Terminal. He lived most recently in Bedford.
A son, Kenneth, is deceased.
In addition to his wife of 65 years, survivors include two sons, H. Norman and Gary, both of Shaker Heights; a sister; a brother; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home, 25900 Emery Rd., Warrensville Heights.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Tuesday, April 21, 1998, p. 7B.

John Bobby Thomas
John Bobby Thomas, 65, of Sycamore Street, died at the Oberlin Medical Center on Friday, Aug. 3, following a long illness. He was known to many as J.B. Thomas.
[Born in Sharpsburg, Ky.,] Mr. Thomas lived in Oberlin all his life, [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1956 and] working for BF Goodrich in Brecksville [as a lab technician] for 33 years before retiring in 1998.
He was a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church of Oberlin, and attended Grace Lutheran Church of Oberlin as well.
He was a Webelo leader for the Cub Scouts and coached eighth grade football in Oberlin when the high school was located where Langston Middle School is now [and coached high school football for Elyria Catholic for 10 years.] Mr. Thomas was involved in the Community Mentoring Program at Oberlin High School and was a volunteer tutor for the Athletic Study Tables at OHS as well.
He was a member of the Oberlin Schools for Excellence Schools team.
Mr. Thomas was a past master of Central Star Lodge #73 and was Pythagorean advisor. Up until his illness, he was director of personnel for the Oberlin Community Baseball and Softball Federation and was head umpire, affiliated with the organization for 35 years. He was a very active member of the Oberlin Athletic Boosters and received a Community Service Award from the Oberlin Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Womens Club.
He is survived by his wife, Harriet Thomas (nee Ahmed Forrest) of Oberlin; sons Bryan of Elyria, Kevin of Youngstown, and Kenny of Elyria; brothers Fred and Jackson of Oberlin; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife of 33 years, Frances Flurette Thomas, and parents, George and Anna (nee Jones) Thomas.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oberlin Community Youth Scholarship Fund, c/o Access Program, 105 Abbe Road North, Elyria, Ohio, 44035.
Funeral Services will be held at Christ Temple Apostolic Church, [370 Lincoln St., Oberlin,] at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 with visitation two hours before the time of services. District Elder Laurence Nevels of Christ Temple Apostolic Church will officiate. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery with Cowling Funeral Home [228 South Main St., Oberlin,] handling the arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 7, 2001 [The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, August 8, 2001]

Kenneth H. Thomas
Kenneth H. Thomas, 33, a former Oberlin High School student (1961-62), was instantly killed in a traffic accident in Phoenix, Ariz., last week. He was the son of Harry and Anne Thomas, formerly of Oberlin, and now living in Phoenix; and nephew of Bob Thomas, 171 E. Lorain, who went to Phoenix for the memorial service.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 3, 1977, p. 10.

Orville Buckner Thomas
Orville Buckner Thomas, 88, of Oberlin, died Nov. 21 at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
A lifelong Oberlin resident, he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1931] and the Ekles School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. Thomas was employed for many years with Ball, Burge and Kraus in Cleveland. After his retirement, he worked at Oberlin Savings Bank as a customer service representative.
Mr. Thomas was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church for over 65 years and later joined the Church of the Open Door in Elyria.
He was a member of Most Worshipful Prince Hall, Grand Lodge of Ohio F&AM. In 1963, he was installed as worshipful master of Central Star Lodge #63 of Oberlin.
He is survived by daughters Renee Haskins of Covina, Calif., Yvonne Etter of Los Angeles, Calif., and Marie Wakefield of Las Vegas, Nev.; nieces Ferne Moore, M.D., and Shirley Wilson-Young; nephews Harold Coleman and Thomas Georges M.D.; great-nephew Eric Wilson; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel.
Graveside services were held at Westwood Cemetery Nov. 24.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 30, 1999, p. 6.
Orville Buckner Thomas
Orville Buckner Thomas, 88, of Oberlin, died Monday at the Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, he lived in Oberlin most of his life.
A 1931 graduate of Oberlin High School, he also graduated from Eckels Mortuary College in Philadelphia.
He worked for the W. Stanley Jackson Funeral Home in Philadelphia for a year, but needed to seek other work because of health problems. Mr. Thomas was a clerk for Ball, Burge and Kraus investors on the New York Stock Exchange for 34 years.
He also was a customer service representative at Oberlin Savings Bank for two years before retiring in 1978.
He was a longtime member of the Church of the Open Door in Elyria.
Mr. Thomas was a former member of Central Star Masonic Lodge 73 F&AM, and was active with the Masons in increasing memberships.
He was a member of the Bezaleel Consistory 15 and the El Hasa Temple 28, both of Cleveland.
Mr. Thomas also was a charter member and former president of the Aracis Building Corps of Oberlin.
Survivors include daughters Renee Haskin of Covina, Calif., Yvonne Elter of Los Angeles, and Marie Wakefield of Las Vegas; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Anna (nee Bowman) Thomas, and his parents, Robert W. and Lulu H. (nee Adams) Thomas.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.
The Rev. Howard O. Jones will officiate.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, November 23, 1999, p. E2.

Philip M. Thomas, attorney, dies at 61
Philip Merwin Thomas died Tuesday afternoon at his home, 195 N. Professor, at the age of 61. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Mr. Thomas was an attorney. His wife Elizabeth said yesterday, “I would call him a social work attorney because he was more interested in people and what he could do to help them than in getting money.”
Born in Oberlin Nov. 22, 1913, Mr. Thomas [graduated from Oberlin High School and] enrolled in Oberlin College in 1932 but did not receive his degree in sociology until 1939, because he had to interrupt his studies several times to help support his parents. His father worked on Lake Erie ships and had been laid off because of the Depression.
During World War II, Mr. Thomas was with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific. With the rank of sergeant, he served as program director for Armed Forces Radio stations and edited overseas newspapers. After the war he was an adult probation and parole officer and received his law degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School in 1950.
Retaining his Oberlin residence, Mr. Thomas first practiced law in Lorain. He opened an office here in 1960 and in the same year was appointed assistant city solicitor. He became solicitor for a two-year period in 1964. In 1971, he joined Atty. G.L. Severs in the firm now known as Severs, Thomas and Boylan.
Mr. Thomas, whose nickname was “Bud,” served in many civic capacities, including chairman of the civil planning commission and member of the Allen Hospital board of trustees. He was a member of the City Club, NAACP, and Mt. Zion Church, of which he was a trustee. He belonged to the county, state and national bar associations and had served as acting judge here and in Lorain.
Although he had been ill for some time with liver trouble that dated from a wartime bout with malaria and hepatitis, he continued to work part time until Monday. He died of a ruptured liver.
In addition to his wife, a teacher here since 1942 who is retiring this year from her post at the Eastwood School kindergarten, Mr. Thomas is survived by a brother, Wilbur, of Madison, Wis.; and four sisters, Mrs. Gladys Wallace of 180 S. Park, Mrs. Thelma Godette of 229 E. Lorain, Mrs. Linny Leach of Lorain and Mrs. Annie Hargraves of Covington, Ky.
Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home. Rev. Fred L. Steen of Mt. Zion Church will conduct the funeral service tomorrow, and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 15, 1975, p. 1.

Robert S. ‘Bob’ Thomas, former Oberlin councilman
Robert S. ‘Bob’ Thomas, 90, an Oberlin Councilman in the 1960s and 1970s, died at Allen Memorial Hospital this morning, after an illness of several months.
A lifelong Oberlin resident, Mr. Thomas graduated from Oberlin High School in 1922. He was captain of his high school football, basketball and track teams.
He had several jobs before joining the post office in 1935. In the early 1950s, he began writing for the Lorain Journal and eventually became a full-time writer and columnist, retiring in 1968.
He founded “The Senior Years,” a newspaper for senior citizens in Oberlin and was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizen Hall of Fame in 1988.
Mr. Thomas was elected to City Council in 1969 and 1971. He was Council president for 2 ½ years. In addition, he was interim city manager for six months in 1971.
He helped found the Oberlin Welfare Council in 1954. He also served on several committees and commissions for fair and adequate housing in Oberlin.
In 1976, Oberlin College officials honored him with the Distinguished Community Service Award. He was a 1993 Oberlin Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow and was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Oberlin, where he was a deacon.
He was a member of many organizations, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the board of Jeanne Beattie Butts House, the Allen Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, the Oberlin Seniors Inc. trustees, the Senior Citizens Association of Lorain County, the Lorain Metropolitan Authority Board of Directors, the Lorain County Transit Board, the Lorain County Board for the Mentally Retarded, the Lorain County Federation for Human Service, the Western Reserve Area Agency Advisory Board and the Ohio Commission on Aging.
In 1981, he was a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging, Lorain County Blue Ribbon Committee.
He was also a trustee of the Oberlin Historical and Improvement Organization.
Survivors include a son, Don M. of New York City; a daughter, Helen Woodson of Oberlin; four grandchildren; a sister, Juanita V. Brown of Oberlin; and two brothers, Harry N. of Beachwood and George L. of Los Angeles.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothea M.
Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Cowling Funeral Home, South Main Street, Oberlin. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Oberlin, with the Rev. Stephen Hammond, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.
Memorials may be made to the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund for the Robert S. Thomas Scholarship.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, March 30, 1993, p. C-2.

Wilbur C. Thomas
Wilbur “Bill” Crawford Thomas, 78, an Oberlin native [and 1936 graduate of OHS], died May 6 at his home in Madison, Wis.
He attended Oberlin College from 1937-40 when he joined the Army Air Corps. He spent part of his tour of duty at Tuskegee Air Force Base in Alabama.
After his military service, he graduated from Kent State University in 1947 and then taught psychology and practiced psychotherapy.
From 1950 to 1958, he worked fro the Urban League in Warren, Ohio. In 1958 he became executive director of the Wisconsin Welfare Council, then administrative director of the Dane County Mental Health Center in Wisconsin.
In 1967, Mr. Thomas was appointed to the University of Wisconsin-Extension Faculty, where he served as chairman of community affairs, Community Dynamics Institute, family living education. He retired as a professor emeritus in 1983.
He was a member of Wisconsin Juvenile Justice, Epsilon Sigma Phi and the Wisconsin Chapter Community Development Association of America.
Mr. Thomas belonged to the Madison Ecumenical Council Convention and the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Sex Equity Committee. He served on various committees of Calvary United Methodist Church in Madison and was a frequent lay liturgist speaker and consultant.
He was a consultant to many organizations, including the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education, the district’s Affirmative Action Committee, the Urban League, NAACP, the Board of Missions of Wisconsin United Methodist Church and the board of directors of the Madison Urban Ministry.
At one time, he was listed in “Who’s Who Among Black Americans” and the “Who’s Who in the United Methodist Church.”
Mr. Thomas received the Governor’s Special Award for dedicated Service to the state of Wisconsin, the Outstanding Community Service Award from Madison Neighborhood Centers, a citation from the Wisconsin Extension Homemaker’s Council, and a certificate from the Wisconsin Black State Employees.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Maria A.; a son, Philip W.C. Thomas of Middleton, Wis.; daughters, Diana R. Thomas of Madison and Maria A. Wakefield of Shoreview, Minn.; and two grandchildren.
A graveside service was held on May 11 in Westwood Cemetery with the Rev. Fred L. Steen officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, American Cancer Society or Calvary United Methodist Church in Madison.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, May 16, 1995, p. 2.

William G. Thomas
William Granville (Bill) Thomas was born on December 31, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI. He was the son of bandleader Burl (Tommy) Thomas and Helen Thomas. The family moved to Oberlin, when he was a child and he was educated in the Oberlin school system. After graduation from Oberlin High School in 1947, he briefly attended West Virginia State University.
He then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career. While in California, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in Germany. After receiving a honorable discharge, he moved to Cleveland, OH and appeared in several productions at the renowned Karamu House Theater. He met Christine Thomas at Karamu and they were married in 1955. The couple had two children, Antony Ross and William Lawrence.
Bill attended John Carroll University at night while holding down a day job at Associated Industries and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in English. His early career included positions as a Housing Inspector for the City of Cleveland, an appointment to a management position at the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services by then Ohio Governor Mike DiSalle, and a management position at the Urban League of Greater Cleveland.
In the mid-60s, he accepted a position with the Department of the Navy in the area of Contracts Compliance. During the next fifteen years, he served as Chief of the Office of Federal Contracts Compliance for the Departments of Defense, Treasury and Labor both in Cleveland and Los Angeles regions. He was the recipient of the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the highest civilian award conveyed by the Department of Defense.
He remarried in 1971 and had a daughter, Therese Lourdes.
In 1979, he graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master's Degree in Public Administration (MPA).  In 1980, he left the Federal Government to work for Ameron Corporation. He held executive positions in the areas of Equal Employment Opportunity, Labor Relations and Public Relations. Bill was active in numerous organizations and served as President of LABEOL (Los Angeles Basin Equal Opportunity League) and The International Institute of Los Angeles.  He also served as an instructor at UCLA Extension.
Shortly after leaving Ameron in 1985, Bill was diagnosed with lung cancer, a disease he fought bravely for almost three years. He served as an independent consultant for numerous corporations until his death in September of 1988. William G. Thomas was a loving and giving human being and his presence has been sorely missed.
Family-provided obituary. (Obiturary is also in the Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 20, 1988, p. 2, with errors)

Mrs. Carrie LaVerne Thompson
Funeral services for Mrs. Carrie LaVerne (Oliphant) Thompson, 68, 1905 Onaka Drive, Orlando, who passed away Monday, will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from Fairchild Chapel with Rev. Walter Fortune of the Woodhaven Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Thompson was a native of Ohio where she graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1925]. She moved to this area 29 years ago. She is survived by her beloved husband, Floyd Thompson & brother Volney Oliphant. Calling hours will be Wednesday 7 to 9 p.m. Fairchild Funeral Home, Lake Ivanhoe, is in charge of services.
Orlando Sentinel Star, Orlando, Florida, Wednesday, August 4, 1976, p. 8C.

Dorothy H. Thompson
Cape Coral, Fla. – Dorothy H. Thompson, 89, of Ft. Myers, Fla. passed away on Thursday, September 15, 2011, under the kind, caring hands at Hope Hospice.
She was born to the late Floyd and Elsie [OHS ‘14] Harley, February 8, 1922, in Oberlin, Ohio. She married the late Harold Thompson in 1939 in Oberlin, where they resided until moving to Ft. Myers in 1980. Dorothy graduated from Oberlin High School in 1939 and was a long time employee of The Co-op Bookstore in Oberlin. Dorothy loved traveling, beachcombing for shells, bird watching and painting. She enjoyed playing cards, attending weekly luncheons and various social events with her friends. She was forever giving with her warm smile and big hugs.
Dorothy is survived by three children: daughter, Jane M. Fore [OHS ‘58] of Ft. Myers, Fla.; sons, Paul A. [OHS ‘61] of New London, OH and LaBelle, Fla., and David H. [OHS ‘69] of Strongsville, OH; sister, Deanna Gottschling [OHS ‘56] of Mesa, AZ; brother, Dean Harley [OHS ‘50] of Axtell, KS; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation.
Arrangements are being handled by The National Cremation Society. Memorial services will be held a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Condolences may be offered at
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

Emmett C. Thompson
Emmett C. Thompson, 82, of Oberlin, died Jan. 20 in the emergency room of Allen Memorial Hospital after an apparent heart attack.
Born in Fenton, Iowa, he lived most of his life in the Oberlin area [and was a 1931 graduate of OHS].
A self-employed painter, he also managed the Oberlin College Bowling Lanes for over 12 years.
During World War II, he served in the Navy. He was a member of the Carl Wilson Locke Post of the American Legion.
Mr. Thompson enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, bowling and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine (nee Gibson); a daughter, Mary Jo Bailey of Oberlin; a grandson; brother Max of Vermilion; and three sisters, Kathleen Harbaugh of Toledo, Phyllis Cote of Maumee and Olga Thompson of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents Emmett C. and Agnes (nee Rorem).
Private services were held with burial in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the American Heart Association.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 30, 1996, p. 2.

Idabel Edwards Thompson
Idabel Edwards Thompson died Jan. 29, 1981, in San Bruno, Calif., at the home of her daughter. She was a retired advertising copy writer for Gimbel’s in Milwaukee. She supervised the authenticity of all advertising, directed liaisons between the store and the Better Business Bureau, trained and directed shoppers, assisted with the training program for prospective junior executives and represented the store on speaking engagements.
Mrs. Thompson was born in Gambier, Ohio, April 24, 1895. [She graduated from OHS in 1911 and from Oberlin College in 1918.] She taught history, psychology, English and methods in schools in Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin. She was assistant dean of women at the Lewiston State Normal School in Idaho.
The daughter of Lafayette A. ’83 and Sarah Probert ’86 [OHS ‘81], she was married to Donald C., a former park superintendent for the Milwaukee County Park Board. She leaves daughter Patience and son James F. ’51. Brothers Ellis E. ’15 [OHS ‘09] and Philip P. ’14 [OHS ‘08] are deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1981, pp. 45-46.

James Thompson
James Thompson, 57, of Kipton, died early last Thursday morning at Allen Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, he [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1947 and] moved to Kipton from Oberlin 16 years ago.
He was manager of the body shop at Schubert Buick for 34 years.
He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and had served in Germany.
A gardener and fisherman, he was also a collector of antique lamps.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (nee Welch), to whom he was married 26 years; two daughters, Theresa Brown of Wellington and Judy Baumann of Henrietta; a son, William of Columbus; his mother, Theresa Thompson of Sullivan; a sister, Elsie Mohrman of Sullivan; a brother, George Thompson of Elyria; and three granddaughters.
Services were Saturday morning in the Gerber Funeral Home, Wakeman, with Rev. Leah Matthews, pastor of Brownhelm Congregational United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Camden Cemetery, Kipton.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 10, 1985, p. 2.

John L. Thompson
John L. Thompson, 58, of Oberlin, died Friday at Allen Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
He was born in Williamston, S.C., and came to Oberlin in 1943. He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1948], and while in high school started working for Schubert Buick and continued there for 42 years.
He was a member of Rust United Methodist Church. He enjoyed golfing and gardening. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; two sons, Freeman Woodson and James Woodson, both of Oberlin; a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Paulett) Marsh of Macedonia; his mother, Mrs. Kathleen Thompson of Oberlin; and four grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Sadie Reynolds, pastor of Rust United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 12, 1987, p. 2.

Dr. John W. Thompson
Special to the New York Times
Chicago, March 9—Dr. John Winter Thompson of St. Charles, Ill., professor of pipe organ and musical theory at Knox College for forty-eight years before his retirement ten years ago, died yesterday in the Delnor Hospital there. He was 83 years old [and was an 1884 graduate of OHS]. Surviving are his widow and two daughters.
The New York Times, New York, N.Y., Saturday, March 10, 1951, p. 13.
John W. Thompson
John W. Thompson, organist and teacher of piano, theory, and organ, died at his home in St. Charles, Illinois, March 8, 1951.
Mr. Thompson graduated from Oberlin [College in 1890] with a diploma of music which was replaced with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1906. In 1894 he was graduated from the Leipzig Conservatory.
He was a teacher of piano, theory, and organ at Knox College Conservatory from 1890 until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1938. In addition to his teaching schedule, Mr. Thompson was organist at the Central Congregational Church in Galesburg, Illinois, from 1890 until 1926. He also served as president of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association for a number of years.
After his retirement, he and his wife made their home in St. Charles.
Survivors are his wife and two daughters: Edith and Mrs. Glen Seibel (Helen ’23).

The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, May 1951, p. 27.

Josephine ‘Jo’ Gibson Thompson
Josephine “Jo” Gibson Thompson, 88, of Oberlin, died unexpectedly Aug. 5 at her home.
Born in Oberlin, she was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1930.
Mrs. Thompson worked for many years in the children’s room of the Oberlin Public Library.
She enjoyed bowling and most outdoor activities, especially gardening, fishing and golfing.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jo Bailey of Oberlin; and a grandson, Todd Bailey of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Court Thompson; parents, Thomas L. and Mable (nee Fauver) Gibson; and a sister, Elizabeth Conrad.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Cowling Funeral Home.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 15, 2000, p. 2.

Merton E. Thompson
Merton E. Thompson, 86, of Portland, Oregon, [OHS class of 1878 and Oberlin College class of 1883,] died on February 19, 1946. Mr. Thompson, who retired two years ago, had been active until a few days before his death. Coming to Albina, now a part of Portland, in 1884, he helped establish the grocery firm of Cole and Thompson in which he continued for about three years. In 1888 he started in the real estate business and continued this until his retirement. He had been president of various improvement associations in Albina and was also a past president of the Albina Pioneers association. He served a term in the Oregon state legislature in 1901.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, March 1946, p. 30.

Life’s Scenes Close for a Veteran Teacher
Miss Rose M. Thompson Dies After a Long Illness
After a protracted illness of tuberculosis, Miss Rose M. Thompson, well known teacher, died at the Oberlin hospital Monday morning at 2:30. Miss Thompson had been receiving treatment at the hospital for three months.
The daughter of the late Rev. George Thompson, who spent a number of years in missionary work in Africa and who was for many years prior to his death an honored resident of Oberlin, Miss Thompson was widely known and highly regarded. She was graduated [from OHS in 1881 and] from Oberlin College in the class of 1886. For 18 years she was a teacher in Oberlin Academy, where her work was highly appreciated.
Miss Thompson, who was about 40 years of age, is survived by her aged mother, a sister, Mrs. Lillie Thompson Terborg, and three brothers, John W. Thompson, director of the conservatory of Galesburg, Ill.; Rev. W. L. Thompson, a missionary in East Central Africa, and Moses Thompson, engaged in farming in Michigan.
For a number of years Miss Thompson had been active in the work of the First church. Funeral services will be held at the James Brand House at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be made at Westwood.
The Oberlin News, Wednesday, January 29, 1913, p. 1.
Rose M. Thompson
Miss Rose M[aritta] Thompson died in Oberlin, January 27, 1913.
Miss Rose M. Thompson was born in Oberlin, September 28, 1859. She prepared for college at Oberlin [High School, graduating in 1881,] and graduated from the college with the class of ’86. The next year was spent in teaching at Kidder, Mo. In 1889 she received the degree of Master of Arts from Oberlin. In 1894 she began her teaching in Oberlin Academy as teacher of Latin and English. In 1896 she was made tutor in Latin and English and in 1901 instructor in Latin and English. In 1908 her title was changed to instructor in English—the position which she held till her death.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, March 1913, p. 207.

William Lamarcus Thompson

William Lamarcus Thompson died in St. Cloud, Florida, on January 4, 1947, following a period of gradually failing health.
Born in Oberlin on August 14, 1857 [November 1863?], he received both his A.B. and A.M. degrees from Oberlin College [and was an 1881 graduate of OHS]. In 1889 he received his M.D. degree from the university of the City of New York, after study of medicine at the University of Michigan and later in New York. Dr. Thompson practiced in a hospital in Newark, New Jersey, for two years and then became a medical missionary in East Africa, under the American Board. He was located in the Mount Silinda, Melsetter District of Rhodesia. Dr. Thompson spent several furloughs in the United States and at different times he was a student in Johns Hopkins University, the School of Tropical Medicine in London, England, and in the University of Chicago College of Dental Surgery. After his retirement in 1931, he made his home, for the most part in Florida. Dr. Thompson’s first wife, the former Mary Elizabeth McCornack, died in 1936. He married again and is survived by his wife, the former Eloise Marcy, x’98, as well as a sister, Mrs. Lillie Terborgh, ’88.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, March 1947, p. 16.

William Thompson, Former Merchant Here, Dies in Oregon
William W. Thompson, [an 1889 graduate of OHS and] for many years an Oberlin resident, died in Oak Grove, Oregon, on May 16. Born and raised here, Mr. Thompson had made his home at 221 Elm street and for a number of years was in partnership with Miles J. Watson in the hardware business.
He is survived by his wife, Nellie Grace Moore, a graduate of Oberlin College with the class of 1904, and a daughter, and one sister, Miss Mary Thompson.
The Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 20, 1944, p. 5.

Eleanor B. Thornblade

Salisbury — Eleanor Barnard Thornblade, 97, died Sept. 17, 2003, at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.
She was born April 13, 1906, in Oberlin, Ohio, the daughter of John and Clara Barnard.
She [graduated from OHS in 1924 and] attended Oberlin College and later received her master’s degree in music education from Northwestern University.
She taught at Bluffton College and schools in Princeton, N.J., and was a choir director and keyboardist.
She enjoyed French cooking and playing the piano.
Survivors include a son, Nicholas of Castleton; and five grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Herbert; a son James; and two brothers, Dudley and Jack.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Sanderson Funeral Home in Middlebury.
Rutland Herald, Rutland, Vermont, Friday, September 19, 2003.

Michele Rubylene Thornton
Mt. Pleasant, Jamaica -- Michele Rubylene Thornton (nee Nord), 38, of Mount Pleasant, Jamaica, formerly of Oberlin, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004.
She was born Oct. 29, 1965, in Amherst, and lived most of her life in Oberlin. She lived in Jamaica for the past four years.
Mrs. Thornton was an active supporter of her community, schools and community support organizations.
Survivors include her son, Hugh James Thornton of Jamaica and Idaho; daughters Sarah Virginia Brown of Jamaica and Ohio, Chelsea Michele Brown and Kathryn Elle Thornton, both of Jamaica and Idaho; brother, Eric C. Nord of Columbia, S.C.; sisters Rebecca Nord of Hudson and Lydia Jane Nord Mayo of Oberlin; half-sister, Maryann Morris of Trinity, Texas; mother, Virginia Nord (nee Tipton) of Elyria; maternal grandmother, Ruby M. Tipton of Elyria; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Eric Baker Nord, in 1980. Her daughter, Marley Thornton, also died Jan. 2, 2004.
Friends may call Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. The Rev. Mark Pemberton, pastor of St. Peter United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Nord Center, 6140 S. Broadway, Lorain 44053.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, January 14, 2004.

Frederick Machesney Thrall
Frederick M. Thrall died Jan. 11, 1980, in Hillsborough, Calif. He was born June 7, 1913, in Rutland, Vt., but lived most of his early years in Oberlin[, graduating from OHS in 1929 and from Oberlin College in 1936]. He worked for Felt & Tarrant Mfg. Co. in Cleveland and then was a salesman for Monroe Comptometer Co. After serving in the Army 1943-46, he was regional manager for the F.W. Dodge Co., Sweet’s Catalog Division, and was located first in Chicago and later in San Francisco. He leaves four children and a sister, Alice Brooks ’31 [OHS ‘27].
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, March/April 1980, p. 87.

Mrs. Frank Tibbals
Mrs. Nellie F. Tibbals, 90, formerly of Ohio St., died in the Oak Ridge Nursing home, Westlake, last night after a long illness.
She had taught in the Elyria and Lorain County public school systems and in the Cleveland area.
Born in Ohio, Aug. 3, 1884, she [graduated from OHS in 1903 and] had attended Wooster College. She was a pioneer member of the Elyria Women’s Club and a past president of the Elyria League of Women Voters. Mrs. Tibbals had served as secretary of the YWCA Board and was a member of the Washington Avenue Christian Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. John Linton, Del Ray Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Lester Drusendahl, Rocky River; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, Frank W., preceded her in death.
Private services will be conducted in the Wainwright Funeral Home Monday at 10 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Russel Hargate will officiate and burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery.
There will be no visitation in the funeral home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, August 10, 1974, p. 12.

Katherine K. Tibbetts

Katherine K. Tibbetts (nee Kutscher) of Oberlin died Sunday, June 22, 2003, at Kendal at Oberlin following a short illness. She was 85.
Born Aug. 3, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Pa., she [graduated from OHS in 1934] and lived in Oberlin since 1993.
She worked as a secretary at Schaefer & Schaefer in Cleveland for nine years, retiring in 1955.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Oberlin. She enjoyed beach-walking, collecting shells, star-gazing, reading, and music.
Mrs. Tibbetts is survived by two nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Dallas Tibbetts; parents John H. and Maude (nee Carpenter) Kutscher; and brother, Robert Kutscher.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in First United Methodist Church of Oberlin, 45 S. Professor St., the Rev. O. French Ball, pastor, officiating. A private family graveside service will be held at Westwood Cemetery.
Cowling Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 45 S. Professor St., Oberlin 44074.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 1, 2003.

Miss Lucille Tillinghast
Miss Lucille Tillinghast, 86, of Berlin Township, died in the Classic Care Nursing Home, Sandusky, last night following a long illness. [She was a 1903 graduate of OHS.]
Before her retirement, she was a physical education director at the YWCA in Dayton.
Miss Tillinghast was a member of the Berlin Heights Congregational United Church, the Berlin Garden Club and the Tuesday Tourist Club.
Her brother, Raymond Tillinghast, preceded her in death.
Services will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Hinman Funeral Home, Berlin Heights, with the Rev. E. E. Booker officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Berlin Heights.
There will be no visitation in the funeral home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, May 27, 1972, p. 12.

Well-Known Attorney Dies Sunday Night – A. Z. Tillotson Passed Away at Hospital after Long Illness
Had Practiced Law Here for Over Forty Years – Funeral Tomorrow
After an illness of several months, Attorney A. Z. Tillotson died at Allen Hospital at 12:15 Sunday night, aged 67. He had been in poor health during the last year or so but had attended to his practice until a few weeks ago.
Mr. Tillotson was born in Brunswick in 1867, son of Mr. and Mrs. Zadock Tillotson. At an early age he came to Oberlin to study. He completed the high school course and then he entered the Oberlin Business College. He taught school for five years in Ridgeville and Camden and studied law in the office of his uncle, Charles Metcalf who had a law office on East College Street. He was admitted to the bar in 1893 and had practiced law here for over 43 years.
During his years in Oberlin Mr. Tillotson had taken an active part in community life. He was president of the Oberlin Cemetery Association for many years and also had charge of the Associated Charities until that organization was absorbed by other relief work. He had served as city solicitor for a number of years and he was active in many of the civic organizations. He had served as vice president of the Lorain County Bar Association and had taken an active part in the State Bar Association. He was a member of Oberlin Masonic Lodge and Chapter, was a Past Patron of Pansy Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and an active member of the Knights of Pythias. He was a member of the First Baptist church.
Mr. Tillotson was married on September 23, 1888, to Miss Emily Feakins who had been an invalid during the last six years. She is now residing with a daughter in Lebanon, and on account of her serious condition, it is impossible for her to come to Oberlin for the services tomorrow. Besides his wife Mr. Tillotson is survived by a son and seven daughters: Roy E. Tillotson, Oberlin graduate and now coach at Franklin College, Indiana, Miss Jessie Tillotson of Cleveland, Mrs. Mary E. Quaile [Quayle] of Lebanon, Mrs. Francis Phillips, Mrs. Paul Conley, Mrs. Esther Owen, Mrs. Herman Brandt and Mrs. William James Haslett of Cleveland.
Mr. Tillotson was a man of fine personality and Christian character. He was conscientious and diligent in his practice of law and in his business dealings. He had a charitable nature and a deep sense of tolerance for those who viewed life in opposite ways to his own beliefs. He had been a valued citizen who did his best for Oberlin in a public capacity and as a resident.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 at Sedgeman's Funeral Parlors with Dr. George Huntley in charge. The Masonic Lodge will have charge of the services in Westwood cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 1935

Mrs. Emily Tillotson Buried Here on Sunday
Former Resident Died Last Week at Home of Her Daughter at Lebanon
The funeral of Mrs. Emily C. Tillotson, widow of A. Z. Tillotson, for many years a practicing attorney in Oberlin, was held at the Sedgeman funeral parlors Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. Gordon Trick, pastor of the First Baptist church, was assisted by Rev. William Smith. Burial was made at Westwood.
Mrs. Tillotson, who was 68, died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Philip Quayle at Lebanon after a long illness. Mrs. Tillotson spent almost all her life in Oberlin. She was a member of the First Baptist church and was active in civic affairs.
In addition to Mrs. Quayle, Mrs. Tillotson leaves six other daughters and one son. They are: Miss Jessie Tillotson, Mrs. Frank Phillips, Mrs. Paul R. Conley, Mrs. Esther Owen, all of Cleveland; Mrs. Herman Brandt of Parma; Mrs. William J. Haslett of East Cleveland and Roy Tillotson of Franklin, Indiana.
Mr. Tillotson, who practiced law in Oberlin the greater part of his life, was active in Republican politics. He died several years ago.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 10, 1937

Jessie B. Tillotson
Miss Jessie B. Tillotson, 79, a teacher for a number of years at Prospect School, died in Cleveland on August 16 [15].
Miss Tillotson was born and raised in Oberlin, [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1911]; her father, Albert Z. Tillotson, practiced law here. She taught elementary school before moving to Cleveland. She was a life member of the Oberlin Eastern Star.
She is survived by four sisters: Mary Quayle, Ruth Conley, Esther Phillips, and Rose Haslett.
Memorial services were held on Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Cleveland.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 24, 1972.

Mabelle Corrine (Gould) Tillotson

Mabelle Gould Tillotson, [OHS ’10, OC ’16, died] October 4, 1971, in Munster, Ind. Born Jan. 1, 1901, she was preceded in death by her husband, Roy. Survivors include a daughter.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1990, p. 35.

Roy E. Tillotson
Roy Everett Tillotson, 71, died on August 30, 1962, in St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Indiana. He had retired a year ago from his position at the University of Toledo where he had been equipment manager and trainer for the athletic department for ten years.
Mr. Tillotson was born in Oberlin on April 1, 1891. [He graduated from OHS in 1910 and from Oberlin College in 1916.] He married Mabelle Gould of Oberlin on May 26, 1917.
From 1916 until 1920 Mr. Tillotson was physical education director and coach at Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh. He then went to Hiram College, 1920-24, Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, 1924-30, and Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, 1930-49, coaching most sports and directing athletics in these institutions. He went to Toledo in 1950.
Mr. Tillotson got an M.S. from the University of Indiana in 1938 and also took summer work at Columbia and at the Notre Dame coaching school. For several summers he directed playground recreation.
His career brought him honors and commendations from university officials and players. He was secretary-treasurer of the Ohio Conference Managers Association, 1925-27; president of the Indiana Intercollegiate Coaches Association, 1933-34; and active in the American Legion. A veteran of World War I, Mr. Tillotson did USO work at Franklin and at Camp Atterbury, Indiana, during World War II.
A collegiate said of him, “He was the youngest elderly man I’ve ever known… really dedicated in his profession and highly respected by all men and particularly the men he coached.” He carried on a voluminous correspondence with many of the latter.
Mr. Tillotson is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Forrest La Follette of Munster, Indiana; a son, Robert of Los Angeles; sisters, Miss Jessie Tillotson and Mrs. Frank Phillips, both of Cleveland, Mrs. Philip Qua[y]le of Delaware, Ohio, Mrs. Paul Conley of Houston, Texas, and Mrs. William J. Haslett of Hialeah, Florida; and seven grandchildren.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, November 1962, p. 31.

Betty J. Timmes
Betty J[ewell] Timmes [nee Johnson] passed away Saturday, June 6. [She was a 1943 graduate of OHS.] Beloved wife of Elbert. Mother of Joan, Charles and Patricia. Mother, Effie Johnson; sister, Effie Wadlowe. Host of friends. Funeral service Saturday, June 12, 1987 at 11 a.m., at First A.M.E.  Church, 1522 14th Ave., Seattle. Remembrance may be sent to American Cancer Fund. Arrangements, Universal Funeral Home. Interment, Sunset Hills, Bellevue.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, Wash., Tuesday, June 9, 1987, p. D11.

Mrs. Orval Tingler
Margaret J. Tingler, 58, of Oberlin Rd., died June 18 in Lorain Community Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin on April 25, 1922, she was a lifelong area resident [and 1942 graduate of Oberlin High School]. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and its Altar and Rosary Society.
Survivors include her husband, Orval; daughters, Edith (Mrs. Fred) Taylor, Oberlin, and Mrs. Evelyn Luce, Toledo; a son, Orval Jr., Oberlin; sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Nedwick and Lois (Mrs. Leon) Wohlever, both of Oberlin, and Beatrice (Mrs. Raymond) Bucholz, Wellington; brothers, Joseph and Henry Schmitz, both of Oberlin.
Services were Saturday morning in Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 26, 1980, p. 2.

June Tkach

Wakeman -- June Tkach, 81, of Wakeman, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at her home.
She was born July 27, 1922, [graduated from OHS in 1940,] and lived in the Wakeman area since 1959.
Mrs. Tkach served as bookkeeper for her family's businesses and was a homemaker.
She was a member of New London Alliance Church, where she was secretary of the Alliance Woman, member of the Christian Women's Group and a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of Wakeman Grange 1399 and a 4-H adviser.
Survivors include her daughter, Carol Tkach; sons Lee Tkach of Kelleys Island, Kenneth Tkach of Wakeman, and Dwight Tkach and Roland Tkach, both of Norwalk; and 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Tkach; and her parents, Albert and Nettie (nee Hand) Hostettler.
Friends may call Friday, 3 to 9 p.m., at Morman Funeral Home, 16 Cooper St., Wakeman, where services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Wakeman Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk, OH 44857; or Beulah Beach Christian Camp, 6101 W. Lake Road, Vermilion, OH 44089
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, December 8, 2003.

Tom Tkach,
Tom Tkach, 83, of Wakeman, former Oberlin resident, died March 2 at Allen Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, he moved from Oberlin to the Wakeman area in 1959.
He was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin High School.
Mr. Tkach served in the Army during World War II, and received a Purple Heart.
He was a millwright, working out of Carpenter’s Local 1871 of Cleveland from 1951 until he retired in 1981.
In the 1960s, he started the Hostile Valley Recreation Park in Wakeman Township.
He also owned Norwalk’s Kenny Lee Lanes and for 15 years owned Oberlin Welding and Machine Co.
Mr. Tkach attended New London Alliance Church.
He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Huron County Chapter 62 of Norwalk, the Wakeman American Legion, and Wakeman Grange 1399.
In his spare time, he played harmonica programs at various churches. He also played guitar and accordion and sang old Russian and Polish songs.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, June (nee Hostettler); sons Kenneth and Roland, both of Wakeman, Dwight of Norwalk and Lee of Oberlin; a daughter, Carol Barnhouse of Norwalk; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters Lillian Rousseau of Wellington and Cecil “Lucy” Cox of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicol and Lillian (nee Palatik); a sister, Annie Tkach; and brothers Joseph, Frank and Leslie.
Services were March 5 at the Gerber-Smith Funeral Home, Wakeman, with the Rev. Reuben Dunckel Jr., pastor of the New London Alliance Church and the Rev. Howard Bowers officiating.
Burial was in Wakeman Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Wakeman American Legion.
Memorial gifts may be made to the New London Alliance Church Memorial Fund, New London.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 10, 1998, p. 2.

School here close for runner’s funeral [Steve Tobias]
Classmates, teachers, and friends of Steve Tobias filled First Methodist Church to overflowing Tuesday afternoon as funeral services were held there for the OHS sophomore who died Saturday while participating in a cross country meet at the high school.
Tobias, the son of Oberlin school board member Edward and Geraldine Tobias, 15 Stewart Ct., was running in the meet against Grand River Academy when he collapsed after completing about 1 ½ miles of the two-mile course behind OHS.
Teammate David Glime recollected that “I was running behind Steve when it looked like he turned his ankle and fell down. He got up and tried to run but he fell again and just laid there. I passed him and thought he was upset because he had been running fourth in the race and apparently wouldn’t finish. I didn’t think anything was wrong.”
Another teammate, Scott Broadwell, said that “after he had been laying there for several minutes coach (Tossie) Wiley ran across the field covered him with a coat and then drove out to put him in his (Wiley’s) car. I guess he had stopped breathing because an ambulance was called and the Grand River coach tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while we waited for it to arrive.”
Tobias was taken to Allen Hospital where several physicians tried to revive him for over an hour. Dr. Wolf Greiffenhagen, one of the physicians, reported that the boy showed no signs of life when he arrived at the hospital.
An autopsy was held later that afternoon and deputy coroner Dr. James McMillan ruled that death was caused by “sudden cardiac arrest due to the regurgitating of stomach materials into the respiratory tract.”
McMillan emphasized that the incident was a freak occurrence and an extremely rare case. He noted that the student had been in excellent health and had not eaten anything for four hours prior to the race, as recommended.
Howard Broadwell, Scott’s father, was at the hospital with several members of the cross country team when Steve’s death was announced. He notified the police department that Steve’s father was then in Hudson officiating a football game at Western Reserve Academy where he was contacted and notified.
School superintendent James Hagerty ordered high school classes dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and elementary school let out at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday so students and teachers could attend the funeral service.
“Since the death occurred during a school event, I felt that this action was appropriate,” said Hagerty.
Rev. Forrest Waller officiated at the service. Oberlin teachers Tony Gennette, Richard Helke, Mark Jaffee, Tossie Wiley, Neal Shannon and Oliver Schubert were pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers were Dennis Barnard, Paul Beno, Scott Broadwell, Tom Dann, David Evans, David Glime, Keith Lang, Bruce Livingston, Doug Long, Jerry Reed, Roger Reno, David Wong, and Jeff Southworth.
Tuesday’s scheduled cross country meet at Midview was cancelled; a decision whether to compete in the upcoming state regionals Saturday and the Lakeland Conference meet on Tuesday would be made by coach Wiley and the rest of the team shortly, Hagerty said.
“Both Mr. and Mrs. Tobias have indicated that they would like to see the season completed,” he said.
Steve was active in many academic and sports activities at the high school. He was on both the cross country and golf teams, an honor student, active in Eco-Obie, and a member of the orchestra.
He is survived by three sisters: Sara, 19, Martha, 11, and Emily, 7.
His family suggest that memorial contributions be made to the OHS library.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 19, 1972.

Charles Tobin Died In Dover N. H. Friday
Was Born in Oberlin 53 Years Ago—Private Funeral Services Held Tuesday
The death of Charles Tobin, son of Mrs. P. R. Tobin of 227 Elm street, occurred in Dover, N. H., Nov. 24. The remains were brought to Oberlin and private funeral services held from the home Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Van der Pyl officiating. Interment was in Westwood cemetery.
Mr. Tobin was born in Oberlin, in 1869. He was a graduate of Oberlin high school [in 1883] and had been away from Oberlin for quite a number of years past. For the last eight years he was engaged in the hotel business. He was unmarried.
Besides his mother he leaves three brothers and three sisters, William Tobin of Pittsburg, Harry of Cleveland and Frank of this place, Minerva Tobin of Cleveland, Martha who is teaching in Minneapolis and Maude who lives with her mother. All were present at the funeral with the exception of Martha who was unable to come on account of her health and the long distance.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, December 1, 1922, p. 1.

F. Wallace Tobin
Frank Wallace Tobin, 73, of Philadelphia, Pa., died there on Jan. 29. He was the son of the late Frank W. Tobin and Mabel B. Tobin, both of whom were longtime Oberlin residents. His father operated Tobin’s Drug Store for many years and was a former president of the Oberlin Savings Bank.
F. Wallace Tobin was a [1932] graduate of Oberlin High School, Deerfield Academy, Oberlin College (A.B. ’37), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B. ’39). He retired four years ago from the Naval Air Development Center at Warminster, Pa.
He is survived by his wife, Phoebe Weaver Tobin; and two sons, Dana of Philadelphia, Pa., and Richard of Exeter, N.H.
A memorial service was held at St. Paul’s Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 6, 1990, p. 2.

Miss Maude Tobin Dies
Life Long Resident of Oberlin Had Been Ill for Twelve Years
Miss Maude [Elizabeth] Tobin died at Allen hospital Wednesday evening, December 3, at 6:00 p.m., following an illness of twelve years.
Miss Tobin was born in Oberlin[, graduated from OHS in 1890,] and had been a resident of the town all her life. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Tobin.
In addition to her brothers, Frank W. and Harry A. Tobin of Oberlin, she is survived by her sister, Martha Tobin of Minneapolis, Minnesota and a brother, William of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Funeral Services Tomorrow
Funeral services will be held at the home of her brother, Frank W. Tobin, 215 Elm street, Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., with Rev. James A. Richards officiating. Burial will be in Westwood cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 4, 1941, p. 1.

Dedicated Life To Work Of Teaching [Minerva Tobin]
Miss Minerva Tobin Was One of the Leading Instructors in Cleveland City Schools
Passed Away Tuesday Night at Her Home on Elm Street after Seven Weeks’ Sickness—Funeral on Thursday
After seven weeks of sickness at her home on Elm street, Miss Minerva Tobin passed away Tuesday evening.
Miss Tobin had dedicated her life to teaching and was one of those rare beings who find inspiration in the life of the school room and who instinctively win the love and confidence of their pupils. She was graduated from [OHS in 1887 and from] Oberlin college in 1892 after having gone through the public schools here. She had taught in nearby country districts before entering college. After a few years teaching in Lorain she went to Cleveland and had been at Central high school for about 25 years. She was instructor in history in the junior high department.
Last fall Miss Tobin underwent a serious operation, but she resumed her work in January and taught until May 7, when she was obliged to give up further work. During the last few weeks, as she bravely battled for strength to carry on her work, she had the sympathy of her co-workers and their friendship was shown in many acts of kindness.
She was very popular among her pupils for she had the ability to arouse their interest and secure their best efforts. It was her sympathetic nature and companionship that won their hearts and brought her into recognition as one of the leading teachers in the Cleveland schools.
Besides her mother she is survived by two sisters, Maud and Martha, and three brothers, Will of Pittsburgh and Frank and Harry of this place.
Funeral services were held from the home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Nicholas Van der Pyl. Interment was in the family lot in Westwood Cemetery.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, June 25, 1926, p. 1.

Miss Toddings, retired nurse dies at 91
Miss Charlotte Elizabeth Toddings, 87, of 251 East Lorain, died in Allen Hospital on Jan. 11. She had been ill several months.
Born in British Guiana on Aug. 23, 1889, Miss Toddings had served as a Navy nurse during World War I. She had lived in Oberlin for many years[, was a 1911 graduate of Oberlin High School,] and was a member of first Church. She is survived by her sister, Johanna.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 20, 1977, p. 6.

Johanna B. Toddings
Johanna B. Toddings, 92, of Oberlin, died last Thursday at Tressie’s Nursing Home where she had been a patient the last four years.
She was born in British Guyana, South America (now known as Guyana), but had lived in Oberlin most of her life.
She was a graduate [of Oberlin High School in 1913,] of the Oberlin School of Commerce and had worked as a secretary for many years.
She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church.
Services were Monday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home, with Rev. Philip Culbertson, rector of Christ Church, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Christ Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 31, 1985, p. 2.

John Tolbert Jr.
John Tolbert Jr., 38, of Oberlin, died last Thursday afternoon at his home.
Mr. Tolbert was born in Oberlin and was a lifetime resident. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1967 and attended Central State University for two years.
He most recently worked as a foreman at Ford Motor Co., but had also been an ambulance driver for Allen Memorial Hospital for many years.
A basketball official with the Oberlin summer recreational leagues, he also assisted at Oberlin High School with their basketball program. He was a member of the state championship Little League team sponsored by the Sport Shop in 1961. He was also a member of the Central Star Lodge 73 F. & A.M.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Adams); a son, John III, and daughter, Crystale, both at home; his mother, Pearlena Chaney of Oberlin; his father, John Tolbert of Lorain; three brothers, Willie and Joe Harris, both of Elyria, and Roosevelt Harris of Oberlin; and two sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Julia) Bush of Elyria, and Mrs. James (Barbara) Donald of Oberlin.
Services were Tuesday afternoon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred L. Steen officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 18, 1986, p. 2.

Helen Pettiford Tompkins
Helen Pettiford Tompkins, 73, former Oberlin resident, died at a nursing home in Chicago on Sept. 7. Until going to the nursing home, she had been living with her sister, Lillian Mehlinger.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1940, attended Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and received a degree from the Oberlin Business College.
While her husband was in the Medical Corps, she lived in Orleans, France, for four years.
In Chicago, she was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her son, Michael Tompkins of Oklahoma City; daughter Heidi Yokota of Chicago; two grandchildren; her sister, Lillian; and a brother, Wallace Pettiford of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Sr. and Margaret Pettiford; a sister, Mildred Pettiford Gatlin; and a baby brother, Clarence Pettiford Jr.
A memorial service was held at Westwood Cemetery on Sept. 21 with the Rev. Howard Jones officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 1, 1996, p. 2.

Levi Toney III
Oberlin — Levi Toney III, 33, passed away at Elyria Memorial Hospital surround by his family.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a [1993] graduate of Oberlin High and worked at NASCORP as a service rep. He enjoyed playing the violin, video games, computer, basketball and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by Levi Toney Jr., father, Philadelphia, Pa.; Mary Jane Toney, mother, Oberlin; Angela Williams-Toney, wife, Philadelphia, Pa.; Eli Toney, brother, Philadelphia, Pa.; Joshua Toney, brother, Philadelphia, Pa.; Cieria Rodriguz-Toney, sister, Lorain; Evalesa, niece, Lorain; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be Monday, December 28, 2009, from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. at the church. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 28, 2009, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin, Ohio. Rev. Anthoni D. McElrath, of Mt. Zion Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be at New Russia Township Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, December 26, 2009.

Ruth Dawley Tonner
Ruth Dawley Tonner of New London, N.H., formerly of Oberlin, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 at the Clough Center, New London Hospital in New Hampshire. She was 93.
Born April 3, 1917, in Avon, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1934. She attended Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.
She moved with her husband to New London in 1976, left for Litchfield, Conn., in 1989, and returned to their much-loved New London and Hilltop Place in 1994. Before entering The Clough Center in the spring of 2010, Mrs. Tonner resided with her daughter, Jenna Lou (J.L.) at Hilltop Place.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Tonner was an avid antiques collector, music lover and seamstress, and a member of the First Baptist Church.
She had a knack for decorating by incorporating historically correct design while retaining a comfortable and welcoming environment. Several national home design magazines featured the Tonners’ lovely saltbox home on Prescott Lane in New London, particularly noting its stenciled interior walls and abundant herb and vegetable gardens.
Mrs. Tonner is survived by her daughters J.L. Tonner of New London and Suzy Tonner of Washington, D.C.; son, Gordon Tonner of Tian Jin, China; and grandchildren Chandler and Morgan. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Harry Tonner in 2000; parents, Wilton A. and Flossie (nee Norton) Dawley; and brother, Gordon C. Dawley [OHS '31].
The family will hold private funeral services.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Clough Center, New London Hospital, 273 County Road, New London, NH 03257. Chadwick Funeral Service of New London handled arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 2, 2010, p. 3A.

Gerald Wayne 'JT' Toothman
Lorain — Gerald Wayne "JT" Toothman, 39, of Lorain, unexpectedly was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 25, 2010.
Jerry was born August 13, 1970 in Lorain, Ohio and spent most of his youth in Oberlin, Ohio [where he was a member of the OHS class of 1988]. He enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his children. He was a talented stoneworker and enjoyed crafting creative designs with stone and block and working on his home. Jerry was also a wonderful singer and performer. He was most notably known for his membership of the local singing group, The Croonerz, which performed at numerous locations in Lorain County. He was a member of "The Toga Party" variety show at Pickwick and Frolic. With his voice, Jerry brought joy to all he knew. He enjoyed entertaining and bringing people happiness.
Survivors include his children, Christina Bekavek, 22 of Oakland, PA, Jeremiah Toothman, 12, and Dominic Toothman, 9, both of North Olmsted, Ohio; his companion, Crystal Hylton of Elyria, Ohio mother, Ruth Roberta "Bobbie" Toothman (Larry Buccilli), of Lorain, Ohio; brothers, Joseph Toothman of Lorain, Ohio, Tobias (Stacie) Toothman, of Amherst, Ohio, Lance Toothman of Pembroke Pines, Florida and Benjamin Toothman of Lorain, Ohio; sisters, Monica (Brad) Painter of Killeen, Texas and Cherish Hess of Lorain, Ohio; grandmother, Shirley Evans of Lorain, Ohio and grandfather, William Carrero of Rincon, Puerto Rico. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Gerald G. Toothman; grandfathers, Joseph Toothman and Robert Evans; grandmothers, Anna Toothman and Ruth Ann Carrero.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961 on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 PM , Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Jerry's memory be made at Lormet Community Federal Credit Union, 2051 Cooper Foster Park Road Amherst, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent using
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, March 29, 2010.

Sgt. Louis Torres
Sgt. Louis [Ramon] Torres, 23, of Oberlin, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, with his family by his side, after losing his battle with wounds suffered in a blast in Afghanistan on Aug. 6, where he was stationed.
Louis was born in Lorain, Ohio, on July 5, 1989. He joined the Army as an infantryman on June 26, 2008. After completing basic combat training and advance individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., Sgt. Torres reported to 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Was.
He served as a rifleman, grenadier, team leader and squad leader while serving consecutive tours with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, both in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
His military awards include the Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghan Campaign Medal with campaign star; Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; and Army Overseas Service Ribbon.
He completed Warrior Leaders Course and Combatives Level 1.
Louis leaves to mourn him his mother, Armanda Ellis; brothers, Alberto Torres and Andre Ellis, sister Ayana Morrison; and father Albert Torres.
A family, friends and military private service be held at Rust United Methodist Church of Oberlin. A public viewing will be held Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, 2-7 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. On-line condolences can be given at
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Local soldier dies from blast wounds suffered in Kandahar
Oberlin lost one of its own when a 23-year-old soldier died from injuries he suffered while serving in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Louis R. Torres, 23, of Oberlin, died Aug. 22, in San Antonio, Texas, of wounds suffered after encountering an enemy improvised explosive device. The injuries occurred Aug. 6 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.
Torres was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Born in Lorain, Torres grew up in Oberlin with his mother, Armanda Ellis. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 2008 and enlisted in the army that same year.
Torres attended the Lorain County JVS, focusing on law enforcement. He also played football at Oberlin High School.
During Friday night’s football game at Oberlin High School, the school honored Torres with a moment of silence and flew the stadiums flag at half staff throughout the game.
Torres was injured with roughly a month left before his second deployment ended. Previously, he was stationed in Iraq from August 2009 through June 2010.
When Torres was injured, his older brother, Albert Torres—a U.S. Army National Guardsman Spec. E4—was allowed to accompany him from Afghanistan to Germany to San Antonio.
According to reports, Torres lost a leg and an eye from the explosion, before swelling in his brain took his life.
Torres’s family has received a flood of support from family, friends, and community members. The family had several Facebook profiles where people from all over have left comments of support.
In addition to Oberlin High School honoring Torres Friday night, other school and community efforts are being made in his honor.
The JVS is looking to honor Torres, possibly during its 9/11 memorial event next month.
Torres’s body was scheduled to return to Oberlin Wednesday afternoon, and the City of Oberlin invited the public to pay its respects to the fallen soldier.
The motorcade arrivedarrive in Oberlin around 4:30 p.m. after Torres’s body arrived at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport en route to Cowling Funeral Home, which handled the funeral services. Hundreds of residents and community members lined the streets to show their support for Torres and his family.
The city has no plans for a formal ceremony, due to the wishes of Torres’s family.
A public viewing was held at the funeral home on Thursday. Family and friends had a private service at Rust United Methodist Church.
The family has asked that those wishing to honor Torres’s memory donate to the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio. The center provides services to wounded soldiers and their families.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, Thursday, August 30, 2012.

John Toth
John Toth, of Willoughby Hills, beloved husband of Dorothy M. (nee Peterson), dear father of Susan Smith and Jerry L. Toth, grandfather of four, brother of Tillie Goerlich and Sidney Toth. [He was preceeded in death by his sister Irene Toth Wilson and brother Albert "Sarge" Toth. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1931.] No calling hours. Memorial service Sunday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. at Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church, 34201 Eddy Rd. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice of Lake County Inc., 5786 Heisley Rd., Mentor, O. 44060. Arrangements by Davis Funeral Home, Willoughby.
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday, September 9, 1987, sec. C, p. 8.

In Loving Memory of Mr. Ruebin Townsel
Services - Brown's Funeral Home Chapel Interment - Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan
Mr. Ruebin Townsel, was born November 6, 1940 in Hernanda, Mississippi. He moved to Ohio in 1944 with his family. He attended the public schools and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1960]. He went on and attended Lorain County Community College for a year. Ruebin was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin, Ohio.
He served in the armed forces. Ruebin then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1979 where he was employed as a Postal Worker.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Bertha Townsel; his father, Mansuel Lee Townsel; two brothers, Lee Townsel and Gene Townsel; a sister, Glenetta Hill; four children, Validity McKinney, Queantin Townsel, Darrel Swoop, and Adrian Townsel.
Funeral Obituary [d. 12 August 1994]

Mary Martin Tracy

Mrs. George Ripley Tracy (Mary Isabel Martin), homemaker and teacher, died suddenly in July [4], 1958, of a cerebral hemorrhage. Her death occurred a few days after she and her husband had arrived at the University of Connecticut. Mrs. Tracy was born on Prince Edward Island on December 26, 1900. She [graduated from OHS in 1919,]  received her A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1923, and then taught English in the high school in Belden, Ohio, and in Chapman Technical High School in New London, Connecticut. After moving to California and raising her family, Mrs. Tracy went back to the field of teaching. From 1942-1946 she taught nursery school in Long Beach, California. In 1947-48, she taught pre-school children, on a part-time basis, in the Bellflower School, in Long Beach.
Mr. Tracy is the head of the Science Department and a physics teacher at Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, California. In 1952 he received a Fullbright grant to Turkey, where he and Mrs. Tracy both taught in the American Academy for girls, in Scutari. While in Turkey, she wrote a pamphlet on parental education which a group of Turkish educators subsequently put into booklet form.
The Tracy family had just moved to the University of Connecticut because Mr. Tracy had been awarded a fellowship to the Physics Teachers Institute. Survivors include her husband, her son Richard, a graduate student and aeronautical engineer; her daughter, Mrs. Peter (Dorothy) Rosi of Claremont, California; three brothers, J. Fred Martin, ’19 [OHS ‘15], of Middletown, Connecticut, Dr. Alexander C. Martin ’20 [OHS ‘16], of Saratoga, California, Norman C. Martin, ’22 [OHS ‘18], of Oregon City, Oregon; and one sister, Miss Jessie E. Martin, ’15, of Claremont, California. Her brother Arthur, ’23 [OHS ‘19], died in 1946.

The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, November 1958, p. 31.

Miriam L. Tramboff
Miriam “Mim” L[ena] Tramboff, 70, who was born and raised in Oberlin, died Monday, April 21, 2003, in Alexandria, La.
Ms. Tramboff attended Oberlin schools through high school [OHS class of 1950]; she attended Bowling Green University for one year, then returned to Oberlin College to receive her bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1954. She later also earned a master’s degree in human resources management from Pepperdine University.
After college, Ms. Tramboff joined the American Red Cross, serving in Europe and Korea, followed by work in counseling for the military at Fort Polk, La. She retired in 1989.
She is survived by her brother, Peter, of California; four cousins, formerly of Marblehead, Ohio, Joy, Lucy, Lily and Nadia (all nee Stevens); a friend, Fran West, of Alexandria, with whom she worked 40 years in special services.
She was preceded in death by her parents, “Pete” and Botia, who owned and operated the Varsity Restaurant in Oberlin for many years, closing it in the early 1950s.
Ms. Tramboff’s hobbies included travel, gardening, fishing, reading and classical music, especially opera; she and her mother were avid fans of the Cleveland Opera.
Ms. Tramboff’s body was donated for medical research, per her request, and a private memorial service was held.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 29, 2003, p. 2.

Peter R. Tramboff
Peter R[obert] Tramboff (74). Private burial at sea. Family was assisted by McKenzie Mortuary (562) 961-9301. [He was a 1949 graduate of OHS.]

Long Beach Press-Telegram, Long Beach, Calif., Thursday, September 29, 2005.

Eileen M. Trawinski
Eileen M. Trawinski, 75, of Clearwater Beach, Fla., sister of Glenn I. Molyneaux of Fort Myers Beach, Fla., and Oberlin, died March 1 at her home.
Born in Oberlin, she moved to Florida from Baltimore, Md., in 1972.
She was a registered dietitian and had worked in the Pinellas County Schools, Roberts Home Health and Johns Hopkins Hospital before her retirement.
She was a member of the Chapel By The Sea. She was also a 50-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a 50-year member of the Delta-Zeta Sorority, and on the board of directors of Religious Community Services.
Other survivors include two sons, Michael G. Trawinski of Dearborn, Mo., and Stuart W. Trawinski of Pinellas Park, Fla.; another brother, William W. Molyneaux of Clearwater Beach, Fla., and Denver Colo.; and two grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to The Chapel By the Sea, Clearwater, Fla.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 21, 2000, p. 3.

Robert Lee Treadwell
Robert Lee Treadwell, 31, of Lorain, died Aug. 31 at Lorain Community Hospital following injuries sustained in a traffic accident Aug. 19 in which his car struck a motorcycle, killing its driver and a rider.
He was a 1970 graduate of Oberlin High School and attended Lorain County Community College in 1980. He was a millwright at the U.S. Steel Corp. Lorain works, a member of United Steelworkers Local 1104 and the YMCA in Lorain.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Mattie Treadwell, of Elyria; brothers, Elie and Walter, both of Long Island, New York, Glenn, of Cleveland, and Bruce, with the U.S. Army in Germany; sisters, Mertys Treadwell, of Tatchogue, New York, Mrs. Emma Edward, of Huntington Station, New York, Beverly Treadwell, of Los Angeles, California, Patricia Treadwell, of Kent, and Shirley and Melissa Treadwell, both of Elyria; great-grandfather, Joel Capers, of Oberlin; grandmother, Mrs. Nancy Haynes, of Oberlin; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Treadwell Sr. of Magnolia, Alabama.
Services were Saturday afternoon in Unity Baptist Church, Elyria, with burial in Brookdale Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 10, 1981, p. 2.

Marian Louise Treat
Marian L. Treat died October 2, 1984, in Des Moines, Iowa. [She graduated from OHS in 1916 and from Oberlin College in 1920.] From 1920 until her retirement in 1970, she taught physical education at several high schools in Ohio, New York, and Nebraska.
Treat earned a master’s degree in physical education from Columbia U. in 1937. She served on the boards of several educational associations and was a leader in civic activities. She was extremely well-traveled, having made frequent trips to the USSR, China, Hong Kong, and South America.
She is survived by three sisters, including Stella Treat Saddoris ’19 and Rose Treat Ash ’11.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1985, p. 59.

Henry Winson Tremaine
Henry Winson Tremaine, 90, Osprey, died Aug. 24, 2001. He was born April 11, 1911, in Oberlin, Ohio, [where he graduated from high school in 1931,] and came to Osprey 15 years ago from East Hampton, N.Y. He was a building contractor in New York City and a Navy lieutenant commander in World War II. He graduated from Ohio State University and was a member of Kappa Alpha Tau, Bird Key Yacht Club, The Oaks Club and Church of Christ Scientist.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; a niece, Diedre Figliola of Sarasota; and a nephew, Brian Walker of Middleburg, Va. Private services will be later. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Gulf Gate Chapel, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 1230 Tuttle Ave. S., Sarasota, FL 34239; or to a favorite charity.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida, Tuesday, August 28, 2001, p. BS3.

Eugene Tresch
Oberlin -- Eugene ''Gene'' Tresch, 75, of Oberlin, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at EMH Regional Medical Center, following a short illness.
He was born May 9, 1931, in Henrietta Township and attended Oberlin High School.
In 1947, he was thrown from a horse and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
Tresch was a computer ''whiz'' and was able to communicate with friends with the use of a custom-made ''magic wand'' that he held with his teeth. He was a great conversationalist and kept up with current events.
He was a member of the Lorain Ohio Worldwide Church of God, enjoyed studying the Bible and often conducted Bible study with a small group at Welcome Nursing Home, where he had lived since 1957. He was also an amateur radio operator for many years.
Tresch attended the Lorain County Fair each year and before his illness, he could be seen riding up and down the streets of Oberlin in his motorized wheelchair, stopping to visit people along the way.
Survivors include his brother, Frank Tresch of Oberlin; sister, Leora Leach of Brownhelm Township; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Frank Tresch in 1954 and Ethel Leora (nee Tolhurst) Tresch in 1991; brother, George in 1990; and sisters Constance Bean in 1996 and Florence Tresch.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at Welcome Nursing Home, 417 S. Main St., Oberlin. Pastor Charlie Palmer will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lorain Ohio Worldwide Church of God, c/o Welcome Nursing Home, 417 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074; or Welcome Nursing Home Activities Dept., 417 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074.
Arrangements by Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, November 17, 2006.

Olga Y.Trimble
Olga Y. Trimble (nee Yashan), 96, of Grafton (formerly of North Ridgeville) passed away Sunday, October 3, 2010, at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange, following a long illness. She was born July 2, 1914 in Cleveland.
Olga was a [1932] graduate of Oberlin High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Nyack Bible College in New York, and a Master’s Degree from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland. Olga had taught for many years in the Elyria Public Schools, and retired from Cascade Elementary School. She was a member of Church of The Open Door in Elyria, where she taught Sunday School for many years. Olga enjoyed spending time with her church family, reading and playing the piano.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Dixon (Wayne) of Grafton, where she made her home. Additional survivors include five grandchildren, five great- grandchildren; one niece and several great nieces and nephews.
Olga was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest B.; a son, Robert Trimble; two brothers, John Yacyszyn and Michael Yashan and her parents, Peter and Mary Yacyszyn.
Friends may call 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd., (at State Rt. 57) Elyria (440) 322-4626, where funeral services will be at 11 A.M., Thursday, October 7, 2010, Reverend Bill Williams, of Church of The Open Door, will officiate. Burial will be at Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin. Memorial contributions, in Olga’s memory, can be sent to Church of The Open Door, 43275 Telegraph Rd., Elyria, OH 44035, or to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

Robert Lynn Trimble
Robert Lynn Trimble, Jr., 53, of Wakeman, died Monday, September 29, 2008 at Stein Hospice in Sandusky, following a lengthy illness. Born in Sharon, Pennsylvania on October 5, 1954, Robert lived in Lexington, Kentucky as a child. His family later moved to Oberlin where he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1972.
Robert was a carpenter who was a member of the Local Carpenter's Union #212. His carpentry work included remodeling Giant Eagles and rebuilding the Union Center for the Arts in Oberlin. Robert was a member of the Wellington VFW 6941, the Wellington American Legion Post 8, and the Wellington Eagles Aerie 2051. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and especially rebuilding guns.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Edna; children, Adrienne (Solomon) Jackson of Columbus, Ramona (David) Skiver of Milan, Lisa (Pete) Mycek of Spencer, Raymond (Jessie) Fleming of Wellington, Robert Lynn (Rachel) Trimble III of Wellington, Samuel (Trisha) Trimble of Wellington; 16 grandchildren. Robert is also survived by his parents, Robert and Anna Trimble, Sr. of Marionville, Pennsylvania; sisters, Penny Pozgay of South Dakota and Joan Gleason of Oberlin.
Friends and family will be received from 1 to 3 P.M. and from 5 P.M. until the time of funeral service at 7 P.M., Friday, October 3, 2008 at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 S. Main St., Wellington. Rev. Lea Mahan will officiate the service.
Memorials may be directed to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. Condolences may be expressed online at

The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, October 01, 2008.

Bob Trufant Is Polio Victim In Guatemala
Robert Hodnett Trufant, son of Dr. and Mrs. L. H. Trufant, 23 S. Prospect St., died Saturday in Guatemala City, Guatemala, following a four-day illness. He was stricken with poliomyelitis.
Funeral services were held in Guatemala City Sunday, in accordance with Guatemalan law. Interment was made in a mausoleum in Guatemala, until arrangements can be made for burial in Oberlin.
Born in Norway, Me., Aug. 30, 1914, Mr. Trufant was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1931 and Oberlin College in 1935. From 1935-36, he was an instructor at the University of Colorado where he received his master’s degree. In 1937 he was instructor in political science at the University of Texas.
During World War II he was in government service connected with the Pan American Highway in Panama and Guatemala. Since then he has been engaged in teaching in Belmont College, Guatemala City, and also at the Institute Guatemalico-Americana in the same city.
The graduating class at Belmont College recently honored Mr. Trufant at a class testimonial dinner.
Besides his parents, Mr. Trufant is survived by his wife and two-year-old son, Lester. His daughter, Linda, died in Oberlin last August from leukemia.
Mrs. Trufant flew to Guatemala as soon as word of her son’s serious illness was received, but arrived too late for the services. The services were attended by all members of the faculties of the two colleges in which he taught there and by most of the students. Three of the Guatemalan cabinet ministers also attended the services.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 15, 1950, p. 1.

Ruth Jeannette [Mosher] Truhe, 77, Taught at Music Institute
In the 1940s, Ruth Jeannette Truhe [nee Mosher] taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music and sang commercials on Cleveland live radio broadcasts.
She was especially proud to have been a lead soprano soloist at Fairmount Presbyterian Church of Cleveland.
Mrs. Truhe, 77, of Painesville, [a 1938 graduate of OHS,] died Wednesday at the Homestead II nursing home in Painesville.
She was born in Cattaraugus, N.Y., and had lived in Mentor and Cleveland before moving to Painesville 45 years ago.
Mrs. Truhe retired in 1982 as a bus driver for the Painesville Township schools.
Her husband, James E., died in 1969.
Survivors include her daughters, Karen Spangler of Leroy Township, Carol Johnson of Painesville and Ellen Sheridan of Seaford, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and a brother.
Services will be at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Johnson Funeral Home, 368 Mentor Ave., Painesville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Rd., Mentor 44060, the Diabetes Association, 3601 Green Rd., Suite 100, Cleveland 44122, or to the United Methodist Church of Painesville, 71 N. Park Place, Painesville 44077.

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, November 22, 1996, p. 9B.

Archie Ray Tuck
Lorain -- Archie Ray Tuck, 66, of Lorain, died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria.
He was born April 29, 1938, in Oberlin, and was a lifelong resident of Lorain County.
He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1956] and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.
Tuck was employed at Ford Motor Co.'s Lorain Assembly Plant for 28 years, retiring in 1997.
He was a member of Kinsman Mosque 18 in Cleveland, United Auto Workers Local 425, Lorain, and the NAACP. He enjoyed jazz.
Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Alice Young-Tuck; daughters Aynesha Tuck of Elyria and Tamara Allen of Colorado; stepdaughters Kim Stokes of Lorain and Antoinette Young of New Jersey; sons Ahmad Tuck and Calab Tuck, both of Elyria; stepsons Kendrick Young of Lorain and Ricky Young of New York; brother, Harold J. Smith of Oberlin; sister, Dana Rogers of Florida; and seven grandchildren and nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, Archibald and Ethel (nee Marshall) Tuck.
Graveside services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery, 429 Morgan St., Oberlin.
Arrangements by Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, Lorain.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, September 21, 2004.

Jennie S. Tucker
Jennie S. Tucker, 79, of Oberlin, died Saturday morning at Allen Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Ohio, she had lived most of her life in Oberlin. She received the A.B. from Oberlin College in 1926, the A.M. in 1951, and the M.S. in library science from Western Reserve University in 1953. She was employed by the Oberlin College Library from 1949 until her retirement in 1974. After retiring, she continued part-time work in the acquisitions department until 1984.
She was the author of a history of the first 50 years of the Oberlin College Library.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Church and a former member of the American Association of University Women.
A rosary service was held at Cowling Funeral Home Monday evening and a funeral mass at Sacred Heart Church Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 16, 1986, p. 2.
Jennie Streeter Tucker died Jan. 11, 1986, in Oberlin, after a heart attack. An emerita acquisitions librarian at Oberlin College, she served as gift librarian, then as supervisor of pre-order searching. She began working in the College library’s reserve room in 1947, then worked in library director Julian Fowler’s office as an assistant before being transferred to the acquisitions department.
She retired in 1972, but stayed on at the library to help integrate work with the Online Computer Library Center. She retired for a second time after working with InnovAcq, the library’s automated book-and-periodical acquisition system installed in June 1984. Last spring she purchased a personal computer and used it to produce more than 140 letters this past Christmas.
Born June 10, 1906, in Oberlin, [and a 1922 graduate of OHS,] her maternal grandfather, Sereno Wright Streeter, had been one of the Lane Seminary rebels who came to the Oberlin faculty in the 1830s. Following her graduation from Oberlin [College in 1926] she studied in the Oberlin Business College, then worked for 20 years for the Burrows Co. in Cleveland as advertising manager.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1986, p. 59.

Sara Jones Tucker
Mrs. William Boose Tucker (Sara Julie Jones) died Sept. 18, 1968, in Chevy Chase, Md. She was born in Oberlin April 3, 1907 [and graduated from OHS in 1925].
After graduation from the College [in 1928] she studied briefly at the Cleveland Playhouse, then did research for a year for the American Association for Labor Legislation, in New York City. Later she was supervisor for the public schools of Muskegon, Mich., and an instructor at Illinois State Normal University in Bloomington, Ill.
In 1932 she was married to William B. Tucker, ’29, then a medical student at the University of Chicago.
While living in Chicago, Mrs. Tucker was a special representative in the law department of the Atcheson, Topeka and Sante Fe Railroad. From 1938 to 1947 she was staff instructor and director of an ethno-history research project at the University of Chicago.
Mrs. Tucker leaves her husband of Washington, D.C., a son, William Kirkby Tucker, and a daughter Sara Waitstill Tucker, ’68.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, January 1969, p. 46.

Jean Jones Tufts dies in Cleveland
Jean Jones Tufts died on Sunday in Hanna House, Cleveland where she had been a patient for eight weeks.
She was born in Oberlin, Oct. 2, 1914, the daughter of George M. and Pearl H. Jones, and had lived in Oberlin most of her life. [She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1933.]
She married Robert W. Tufts in 1936 and leaves him, her daughters, Georgia Gomez-Ibanez of Cambridge, Wisconsin and Rebecca Cardwell of Atlanta, Georgia, three grandchildren, Lydia and Pilar Gomez-Ibanez and Benjamin Cardwell, her sister Alice J. Martin of Phoenix, Maryland, a niece, Jean Warholic of Ithaca, New York, and a nephew, Reed Martin of Cabin John, Maryland.
Like many others in her family she was a graduate of Oberlin College where she majored in art and where her husband is a professor of economics and government.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin. There will be a graveside service at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The family will welcome friends after the service at the home at 352 West College.
Persons so desiring may make a memorial contribution to the flower fund at Welcome Nursing Home, 54 East Hamilton, where she had brightened the lives of the residents for many years by decorating their dining tables with flowers.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 31, 1981, p. 2.
Jean Jones Tufts died Dec. 27, 1981, at the Hanna House in Cleveland, where she had been a patient for eight weeks. She was the wife of Robert W. Tufts ’40, professor of economics and government at Oberlin, and the mother of Georgia Gomez-Ibanez ’63 [OHS ‘60] and Rebecca Cardwell ’67. She also leaves three grandchildren and a sister, Alice Martin ’40 [OHS ‘36].
Mrs. Tufts was born in Oberlin Oct. 2, 1914. Her father, George M. Jones ’94, was secretary of the college 1899 to 1938. Her mother, Pearl Hawkins Jones, graduated from Cornell College in Iowa in 1907 and came to Oberlin in 1909 to study physical education under Delphine Hanna. Mrs. Tufts was a niece of Alice Jones Emery ’91, Richard M. Jones ’02 and Elinore Jones Seaman ’98 and a cousin of William H. Seaman ’24 who was director of admissions for 20 years until his death in 1948.
While growing up in Oberlin, Mrs. Tufts was a member of a dozen young ladies and two young men who called themselves the “Reamer Place gang.” She is remembered as having been “sparkly” and she was good at basketball and swimming. She was vice president of the freshman class and a member of Student Council. She majored in art.
Soon after her graduation [from OHS in 1933 (class of 1932) and from Oberlin College in 1936] she married Mr. Tufts who had dropped out of school in 1934 and was working in the production department of the Oneida silverware plant in New York State. Two years later they returned to Oberlin and she worked in the Oberlin College Library while he completed the requirements for the A.B. degree.
The Tufts then spent 13 years away from Oberlin while Prof. Tufts was earning the M.A. at Fletcher and the Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins and working for the O.S.S., the State Dept., the Marshall Plan, the war in Korea, the Adlai Stevenson campaign and was a Democrat on a Republican White House team.
In 1953 the Tufts moved back to Oberlin.
From then on, Mrs. Tufts listed her occupation as “housewife,” but many have learned that she was an unusual housewife. She spent most of her waking hours living life to the fullest and putting sort of a Jean Tufts twist to Dale Carnegie’s theory about winning friends and influencing people. Her goal seemed to be one of simply being friendly. In many cases she and her husband worked as a team.
They knew, for example, that Amish people aren’t allowed to drive cars. So they made friends with the Amish in Holmes County and used their auto to take the Amish to places like their cottage on Lake Erie. The Tufts took part in barn raisings and quilting bees. Mrs. Tufts taught the Amish to make potholders out of quilting patches and she found buyers for them. At one time she took many photos of the Amish, but she soon learned that they didn’t appreciate such publicity and she thereafter left her camera at home.
An accomplished photographer and artist, Mrs. Tufts illustrated books and other literature for Carol Morrison Campbell ’44 [OHS ‘40] (daughter of Whitelaw Morrison ’10, longtime professor of phys ed) and encouraged her “Camcote House” enterprise in Oberlin.
Mrs. Tufts and her husband purchased the home of Prof Lynds Jones ’92 after his death and spent many hours growing flowers and vegetables and distributing surplus crops to their friends.
When students visited their home, Mrs. Tufts found special ways to make them feel welcome.
When her mother became a patient at Welcome Nursing Home in 1968, Mrs. Tufts began asking local florists every Monday to give their “unsaleable” flowers from the week before to her so that she could take them to the nursing home. She made this a weekly ritual which continued after her mother’s death in 1977. The practice will continue now that Mrs. Tufts has passed on. Residents at the nursing home assemble each Monday morning, take the flowers to the dining room tables and also take flowers to the rooms of patients and residents unable to eat in the dining room. Mrs. Tufts’s family has suggested that memorial contributions, if desired, could be made to the nursing home’s flower fund.
Mrs. Tufts and her husband opposed nuclear plants for the production of electricity on the grounds that it was not good economy. They also opposed the burning of three barrels of oil to make enough electricity to heat a house that could be heated with a barrel of oil.
Mrs. Tufts was particularly interested in the Oberlin Quilt. She designed two squares and did the photography for a postcard project that publicized the quilt.
She painted faces on the corn husk dolls that her neighbor and good friend, Mary Burwell Jones ’23 (Mrs. George T. ’20 [OHS ‘16]), has been making for many years.
She kept a collection of antique cookie cutters and distributed Christmas cookies annually.
In addition to her distribution of flowers at the nursing home on Mondays, she also took pains to deliver brown eggs to her friends from her friend Sylvia Hill in Brownhelm.
In her last days, when the nurses at Hanna House would stop in to say “hello” because they weren’t sure she would still be there when they returned, Mrs. Tufts would tell them: “Have a good life—and don’t waste a minute of it.”
Friends of Mrs. Tufts have established the Jean Tufts Memorial Book Fund to purchase books for the Clarence Ward Memorial Art Library. Contributions may be sent to the Jean Tufts Book Fund, Bosworth Hall, Oberlin, OH 44074.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1982, p. 57.

Alfred James Tulk
Artist known for his murals
United Press International
North Haven, Conn. – Alfred James Tulk, an artist who painted murals in New York’s Waldorf Astoria Century Room, the Empire State Building observation tower and the RCA Building, died in his North Haven home Wednesday after a long illness. He was 88.
Mr. Tulk, who was born in London and came to the United States in 1913, graduated [from Oberlin High School in 1920 and] from Yale Art School in 1923. He also attended Oberlin College and received a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of San Miguel in Mexico.
Between 1924 and 1942, Tulk painted murals in several New York buildings, along with pieces at Yale University and the Peabody Museum in New Haven. His mosaics and stained-glass works appear in buildings and churches throughout the United States.
He leaves his wife, Ethel Chapman Tulk; a daughter, Sheila Tulk Payne of Falmouth, Mass.; two sons, Duncan Tulk of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Alan Tulk of Las Vegas; a brother, Henry Tulk of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and five grandchildren.
The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts, Saturday, January 30, 1988, p. 30.

Mildred Turnbull, 82
Oberlin -- Mildred Turnbull (nee Nieding), 82, of Oberlin, died unexpectedly Saturday, March 24, 2001, at St. John West Shore Hospital, Westlake, following a brief illness.
She was born Aug. 6, 1918 in Pittsfield Township, and was a lifelong resident of the Oberlin area.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1936.
Mrs. Turnbull was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Oberlin, and its Altar Guild and Sarah Circle. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Pansy Chapter 34 and enjoyed cooking and gardening.
Survivors include her son, Claude Turnbull of Wakeman; daughters Erma J. Schultz of Oberlin and Elma M. King of Vermilion; sister, Lois Pritchett of Oberlin; and seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Turnbull; parents, William F. and Martha A. (nee Baetz) Nieding; brother, William F. Nieding Jr.; and sisters Elizabeth Pratt, Minnie Kathryn Hanmer, Ruth Hacker, Pearl Noble and Elma Barclay.
Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in First United Methodist Church, South Professor and Elm Sts., Oberlin, with the Rev. O. French Ball officiating. Interment will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 45 S. Professor St., Oberlin 44074.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, March 26, 2001.

Geneva Bows Turner

Geneva B. Turner [nee Bows], 95, of Cleveland, died Sunday. [She was a 1926 graduate of OHS.] Services Friday. — E.F. Boyd & Son, Cleveland.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday, October 8, 2003, p. B7.

Geneva Bows Turner
Geneva Frances Turner (nee Bows) the eldest daughter of Mattie and Jasper Bows was born July 17, 1908, in Oberlin, Ohio.
She attended the Oberlin Public Schools. After graduating from Oberlin High School [in 1926] she went to Talladega College in Alabama for her freshman year. She transferred to Ohio State University to complete her undergraduate degree in 1930.
Graduating during the depression and having fond memories of her year at Talladega, she went south to teach at Fessendere Academy just outside of Ocala, Florida, and at Straight College in New Orleans, Louisiana. When Straight College and New Orleans University combined to form Dillard University she returned to Ohio.
She married Russell Turner June 3, 1933. They were married 56 years. He passed away December 23, 1989. They were the parents of three children, Russell Junior (deceased), Lenore, and Joan.
While her family was growing up, she received her master’s degree from the former Western Reserve University in 1957, and taught in the Cleveland Public Schools (Moses Cleveland, Hazeldell, E. M. Williams, Woodland Hills, and reading consultant at Quincy and Our Lady of Peace) for 26 years.
She joined the Antioch Baptist Church in the mid 1930’s when Reverend Wade Hampton McKinney was the pastor. She was a former member of the Sanctuary Choir, Silver Leaf Club, The Hamilton Mission Circle, and the Deaconess Board. She was a Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, a member since 1928 (75 years).
She departed this life October 5, 2003, after a long illness. She leaves to mourn her passing two daughters, Lenore Floyd (Richard) and Joan Harris (Wesley); a sister, Louise Long of Oberlin, Ohio; a grandson, Lawrence Floyd; four great-grandchildren, one sister-in-law, two sons-in-law, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Obituary from her funeral program submitted by her family.

Jessie M. (Leonard) Turner
Married – Turner-Leonard—On Tuesday, Sept. 25th, 1888, at the residence of the bride’s sister, No. 69 East College street, W. Jay Turner, and Miss Jessie M. Leonard, both of the class of ’81 O. C. Prof. W. B. Chamberlain performing the ceremony, and Rev. James Brand, D. D., offering prayer.
Died – Turner—On Wednesday, September 26th, 1888, Jessie M. Leonard, wife of W. J. Turner, aged 27.
The deceased was an amiable and talented young lady, the daughter of Mr. Harvey Leonard, and a graduate of the class of [’77 OHS and] ’81 Oberlin College and a teacher of considerable experience. After a serious illness she was believed to be convalescent and on Tuesday was married to W. Jay Turner. On Wednesday afternoon the bride of a day became a corpse and joy was turned into sadness.
The Oberlin Weekly News, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 27, 1888, p. 3.

Elizabeth F. Turnure, 88, Lewisburg
Lewisburg — Elizabeth F. Turnure, 88, of Lewisburg, passed away Monday, March 12, 2012, at Nottingham Village, Northumberland.
Born Aug. 10, 1923, in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Professor Newell L. and Florence A. (McNutt) Sims. On June 28, 1955, she married Dr. James H. Turnure Sr., who survives. Together they celebrated 56 years of marriage.
A [1941] graduate of Oberlin High School, she attended Oberlin College where she obtained her bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees, and later received a master of science degree from Case Western Reserve. She was formerly employed as a librarian at Princeton and Cornell Universities. Her favorite pastime was reading.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, James Turnure Jr., of Souderton; and three grandsons, James Turnure III, Andrew Turnure and Daniel Turnure, all of Harleysville.
The family will gather for a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday in Lewisburg Cemetery, with the Rev. John Dromazos, retired United Methodist minister officiating. A gathering of friends for light refreshments and sharing of memories will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Packwood House Museum, 15 N. Water Street, Lewisburg.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Elizabeth's memory may be made to The James H. and Elizabeth F. Turnure Purchase Fund; Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA 17837.
Expressions of sympathy may be shared at
The Daily Item, Sunbury, Penns., Monday, March 12, 2012.

Stanley (Pete) Tuttle
Stanley (Pete) Tuttle, 61, of Huron, brother of Mrs. Lucille Dietlin of Oberlin, died on April 15 at Lorain Community Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born in Oberlin and was a [1941] graduate of Oberlin High School and of the pharmacy program at the University of Toledo. During World War II he was a medic with the U.S. Army and had worked as a pharmacist at Ohly Drug Store in Oberlin and the Gray Drug Stores in Elyria and Huron. More recently he had been co-owner of the Huron Drug Co.
He is also survived by his wife, Eunice, and a son, David Allen, of Huron.
Funeral services were last Friday in the Huron United Methodist Church with burial at West Lawn Memorial Park, Huron.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Huron United Methodist Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 25, 1985, p. 5.

Mrs. Leonard [Agnes E.] Twining
Agnes E. Twining, 71, of Oberlin, was pronounced dead on arrival at Allen Hospital last Friday after being stricken at her home.
Born in Oberlin, she had lived here all her life [and was a 1932 graduate of Oberlin High School].
She is survived by two sons, James of Zanesville and Kenneth of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Alice Rice of Oberlin; and a brother, Alvin Roser of Senecaville. Her husband, Leonard, died in November 1983.
Services were Tuesday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Harry Sawdey, pastor of Pittsfield Unified Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 23, 1984, p. 2.

Constance Marie Tirch Twining
Dyersburg, Tenn. -- Constance Marie Tirch Twining, 66, of Dyersburg, Tenn., died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, in Fort Myers, Fla., of bone cancer.
She was born Sept. 8, 1938, in Cleveland. She grew up in Oberlin, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1956. She attended nursing school in Cleveland. She received her bachelor of science in nursing in 1975 from the University of Wyoming, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She later completed her master's degree in nurse practitionership at the University of Arizona.
She was employed in the nursing profession in Indiana, Arkansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. After practicing in California, she moved to Tennessee to join a rural health practice.
She enjoyed fixing up her homes.
Survivors include her son, Steven Twining of Arizona; daughters Melissa Hildebrandt of Richmond, Texas, and Rita Southern of Fort Meyers, Fla.; brother, Gerry Tirch; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John S. and Ruth M. Tirch (nee Reimer); former husband, Larry Twining; brother, Johnny Tirch; and sisters Shirley Tirch and Kathy Tirch.
Friends may call Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin, where funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Richard W. Behnke of Tennessee will officiate. A private family burial will be in Crown Hill, Amherst.
Memorial contributions can be made to HOPE Hospice of Shell Point, 15000 Shell Point Blvd., Ft. Meyers, FL 33908.
Online condolences can be sent to
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, July 15, 2005.

Rev. Harold Twining

The Rev. Harold [Burton] Twining, 78, Panama City, Fla., formerly of Henrietta Township, died Wednesday at his residence.
Born in Henrietta Township, Mr. Twining has lived the last 11 years in Florida after moving from Columbus, Ohio, where he served as pastor for several Baptist churches.
He was a [1918] graduate of Oberlin High School and Cincinnati Bible College.
Surviving is a son James, Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Frissora, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Edna Holden, Wakeman.
He was preceded in death by his wife Edith who died in 1977, his daughter, Frances and a son, Harold Jr.
Funeral services were held Saturday June 9 at Panama City, Fla., with burial in the Panama City Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, June 14, 1979, p. E-2.

Lawrence Twining
Lawrence A. Twining, 59, of Oberlin, died Saturday evening at Allen Memorial Hospital. He had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.
Born in Henrietta Township Jan. 6, 1929, he was a lifelong Oberlin area resident [and a 1947 graduate of Oberlin High School].
He worked for 40 years for Fisher Fazio in Oberlin, where he was manager of the dairy department, retiring in 1987. After retirement, he worked part time at N.A.C.S. in Oberlin.
He was a Navy veteran of the Korean conflict.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where he was a past president of the Holy Name Society.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (nee Schmitz); a son, Gary of Columbus; a daughter, Jane Hantz of Lancaster, Calif.; a grandson, Duane Twining; a brother, Fred of Elyria; sisters, Vivian Bennett of Conneaut and Velma Twining and Virginia Rider, both of Oberlin; and one grandson.
Services were Wednesday morning at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 23, 1988, p. 2.

Major Lawrence E. Twining
Major Lawrence E. Twining, maintenance supervisor with the 351st Organizational Missile Maintenance Squadron at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Twining of Oberlin, died Saturday at the base hospital of an apparent heart attack. He was 47.
Rev. Stanley Cote of First United Methodist Church will conduct services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Brooklyn Heights Cemetery in Cleveland.
Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
A career officer, Twining joined the service in 1958, his service spanning 26 years.
Born in Cleveland on Sept. 19, 1936, Twining spent most of his early years in Oberlin. He was an Oberlin High School graduate of 1955 and received his undergraduate degree from Nebraska University.
After completion of Officer Training School in 1970 he completed a variety of assignments, including among others, deputy missile combat crew commander at F. E. Warren AFB; after five years crew experience, to Headquarters SAC; then assigned to the deputy chief of staff for personnel, Strategic Air Command at Offut AFB, Neb., where he served as missile operations staff officer working as chief, missile and subsystems planning branch.
His awards and decorations were as numerous as his service assignments. They included Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
Surviving major Twining in addition to his parents are his wife, Genny; a son Steven of Phoenix, Ariz., and two daughters, Rita of Omaha, Neb., and Melissa of Houston, Texas; two stepsons and a stepdaughter, Tim, Ken and Kathy Shriver, all at home; one brother, Richard of Norfolk, Va. and his grandmother, Mary Artrup of Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 2, 1984, p. 2.

Tracy O. Twining
Tracy O. Twining, 72, of 258 N. Professor died Friday in Allen Hospital following a long illness.
A veteran of World War II, Mr. Twining was a retired employee of the American Standard Co. in Elyria. He was born in Henrietta May 1, 1899 and lived in the Oberlin area all his life.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Hand and Mrs. Robert Snedden, both of Eustis, Fla.
The funeral was held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in the Cowling Funeral Home; the Rev. John Jeffrey officiated. Burial was in Camden Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 13, 1972, p. 4.

Former Oberlin Boy Dies In Omaha, Neb. [Warner Herbert Alvah Twining]
Oberlin, O., November 21—Word has been received here of the death of Alvah Twining, former Oberlin boy, in Omaha, Nebraska. His death occurred on November 9th, in the University hospital, Omaha, where he had been since last August with heart trouble.
Alvah, who was twenty-one years of age, graduated from Oberlin high school with the class of 1931. He is survived by his father, the Reverend C. A. Twining, and sister, Phyllis, of Omaha, and a grandmother, Mrs. Alvah Twining of Kipton. He was buried in Hillcrest Memorial park in Omaha.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, November 21, 1934, p. 2.