Dwayne “Marty” Wahl, 23, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died Sept. 8 at Cleveland Metro-Health Medical Center as the result of injuries sustained in a one-car accident on West Ridge Road.
He was born and lived most of his life in Oberlin, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1987.
An Army Reservist, he was called to active duty during Operation Desert Storm, serving as a truck driver from January to May.
He recently started his own painting business, Wahl To Wahl Painting. He formerly worked for Oberlin IGA.
Survivors include his mother, Shari L. Quattlebaum of Houston, Texas; sisters, Jeanne and Carla Quattlebaum, both of Houston; grandmother, Jeanne Wahl of Oberlin; and aunts, Beverly Hatter of Oberlin and Mary Jane Robinson of Rhode Island.
Services were Sept. 13 at Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Steen officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 17, 1991, p. 2.
William Otis Wahl, 63, of 225 South Pleasant died on June 3 in Allen Hospital after a heart attack at his home.
Born in Oberlin in 1917, he had lived here his entire life[, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1938]. He retired in March from Smith and Jones Corp., Elyria, where he had worked as an assembler. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II and was a golfer.
He is survived by his wife Annabelle (nee Scott); three daughters, Mrs. Mary Jane Machnauer and Mrs. Sherrie Wahl, Oberlin, and Mrs. Deborah Craighead Mayes of Seattle; four brothers, Steven of Oberlin, and James, John (Jack) and Sandy, all of California; three sisters, Mrs. Marion Nuby, Sandusky, and Mrs. Margaret Campbell and Mrs. Barbara Cannon of Oberlin; and five grandchildren.
Services were Saturday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. James Roberson officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 11, 1981, p. 2.
Mrs. R. [Reva H.] Wainwright
Mrs. Reva H. Wainwright, 74, wife of the late Lauren F. Wainwright, died at Shangri-La Nursing Home, Valley City, at 12:20 a.m. yesterday.
She formerly lived at 240 W. North St., Medina. She was born in Kipton, June 21, 1896 [and was a 1913 graduate of OHS].
Mrs. Wainwright lived in Medina about 45 years. She was a member of Mallet Creek Methodist Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jay (Helen) Cobb of Hamilton, three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Robert. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Waite and Son Memorial Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. The Rev. David Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Camden Cemetery, Kipton. It has been suggested memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. There will be no visitation.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, November 29, 1970, p. F-2.
Elma Wait, 91, enjoyed bowling
Oberlin -- Elma Lorena Wait, 91, of Oberlin, died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin, following a lengthy illness.
She was born April 16, 1909, in Pittsfield Township[, graduated from Oberlin High School in 1927,] and lived in Oberlin all her life.
She enjoyed bowling.
Survivors include her son, Joseph Wait of Vancouver, Wash.; brother, William of Canton; sister, Mary Bungard of Canton; and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Davidson; parents, Arllis and Savilla (nee Scott) Bungard; and son, Charles Wait Jr.
Friends may call Wednesday noon until time of services at 1 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Burial will be in Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield Township.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, December 04, 2000.
Thomas F. Wait, 71, of
Elyria, died at his
home today after a long illness.
He was born in Pittsfield [and graduated from OHS in 1934] but was a 30-year Elyria resident.
He was a former farmer in Penfield [and] had been employed by Bendix for 30 years until his retirement in 1977.
He was a member of UAW Local 978 and the Elyria Eagles.
Surviving are his wife, Treva M. (Brown), to whom he was married 35 years; two sons, Lewis R. Worcester of Sebastian, Fla., and Anthony C. Vandersommen of Elyria; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Ethel) Wilford of Elyria, and Anna May Jones of Greenwich.
He was preceded in death by three brothers.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.; at Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, where services will be Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. G. Mae Booth officiating.
Burial will be at East Pittsfield Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, November 7, 1986, p. C-2.
Florence T. Waite died Nov. 26 [27?], 1980, in
In 1922, she returned to the
Miss Waite was born in
She leaves two nieces, a nephew and a grandniece, Rogely Boyce ’73.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Former Oberlin Boy Died In Cleveland
George S. Waite Died April 28—Spent Many Years in the Automobile Business
George W. Waite, a former Oberlin resident and student, died at Cleveland April 28.
Mr. Waite was born at Leicester, Mass., January 12, 1866, and was a son of Professor George W. Waite, who was superintendent of the Oberlin schools for many years. [He was an 1883 graduate of OHS.]
About 1890 Mr. Waite became associated with The White Sewing Machine Company of Cleveland and for approximately ten years was in charge of the retail sales department of that company. The White Company was one of the earliest in the automobile field and for a number of years Mr. Waite was sales manager in the automobile department of The White Company. Later on he was with the Packard Company as a salesman, and about 1913 he, with David A. Shaw, George Salzman and others, organized The Grant Motor Car Company, which for several years had its factory at Findlay. In 1916 The Grant Company moved its plant to Cleveland, where it continued in business until about 1921. Mr. Waite was sales manager of that company during its existence and was recognized as a leader in the department of automobile sales.
For several years past Mr. Waite has been in failing health and practically retired from business. He had a very genial personality and his friends were almost innumerable.
Mr. Waite’s first wife was Miss Sherwood, daughter of the late Dr. Sherwood of Elyria. She died something over thirty years ago, leaving two children, who survive Mr. Waite, namely: Sherwood Waite and Mrs. George Whaley, both of whom live in or near Cleveland.
Mr. Waite subsequently married again and his widow, Mrs. May L. Waite, resides in Cleveland.
The Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 5, 1930, p. 8.
Wellington -- Willard W. Waite, 77, of Wellington, died Friday, Feb. 7, at Allen Medical Center, Oberlin.
He was born Aug. 15, 1915 in Worthington. He was a [1931 graduate of OHS and a] resident of the Wellington area for many years.
He served in the U.S. Army as chief warrant officer during World War II.
He owned and operated the Waite Radio & Electric Co., Wellington, for many years and was employed by the Lorain Products Co. for many years.
He was an amateur radio operator since 1932. He was a past chairman of the Ohio Council of Amateur Radio Clubs. He was a member of the Wellington Masonic Lodge 127 for 50 years. He was also a member of the Wellington American Legion and served as president and secretary of the Wellington Kiwanis. He was a past secretary of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and also served as secretary of the Wellington Hospital Board for more than 20 years. He served on many boards as a member of the Pittsfield United Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Rauthenbusch) Waite; daughters Rita Youngless of Wellington, Christine Park of Wellington and Arlene Waite of Lorain; son, Michael Waite of LaGrange; brother, Raymond Waite of Wellington; and five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Connie Waite; sons Joseph, John and Kenneth Waite; and parents George and May (nee Hines) Waite.
Friends may call Sunday 6 to 8 p.m. at Norton Funeral Home, 370 S. Main St., Wellington, where Masonic services will be held Sunday at 8 p.m. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Pittsfield United Church of Christ, 17026 Rt. 58, Wellington. The Rev. Kenneth Gerhardt will officiate. Burial will be in South Pittsfield Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Pittsfield United Church of Christ, 17026 Rt. 58, Wellington 44090.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Sunday, 9 February 2003.
Last Rites Held on Tuesday For Gladys
Funeral services for Gladys Martin Waldecker, 66, wife of Nicholas Waldecker, were held Tuesday morning at Sacred Heart Church. Burial was in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
Mrs. Waldecker died Saturday at 11:10 p. m. at Elyria Memorial Hospital after an illness of two months.
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich. July 8, 1892, she came to Oberlin at an early age. After graduation from Oberlin High School [in 1910], she attended the Conservatory of Music here. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church.
The family home is at 43 Groveland.
Besides her husband Mrs. Waldecker is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mary Youbell, Arlington, Va.; a sister, Mrs. Raymond Dyke, Oberlin; a brother, Justin Martin, Elyria; and three grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 14, 1959, p. 2A.
Alvah Walker dies at 66; heart attack
Alvah Evan Walker, 66, was dead on arrival at Allen Hospital last Friday, after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home, 38 Morgan.
Born in Oberlin on Nov. 14, 1910, he had lived here all his life. For over 30 years, he owned and operated the Oberlin Hardware Store, selling it in 1959. He later worked as a supervisor in the Oberlin College Buildings and Grounds department, retiring on July 1, 1976. He was a member of First Church and Oberlin Masonic Lodge 38 F and AM.
He is survived by his wife, Betty, a teacher at Firelands School; two daughters, Mrs. Brenda Richards, Lorain and John (Mrs. Robert) MacKellar, Jacksonville, Fla.; and one grandchild.
Services were Tuesday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. John Elder officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 14, 1977, p. 2.
E. Walker is
victim of crash
Charles E. Walker of Lorain, an Oberlin resident for most of his life, died Monday at Lorain Community Hospital of complications from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident over Labor Day weekend. He was 26.
Walker was injured Sept. 2 while riding his motorcycle north on Rt. 60 in Florence Twp. about a mile south of Rt 113. He failed to negotiate a curve, and was thrown from his Honda after it slid off the road and into a guardrail.
He was born in Oberlin and was a 1977 graduate of Oberlin High School, where he participated in wrestling and football. He was a member of the True Light Army Church and was employed as a machinist with Grove Industries in Elyria.
Surviving are his wife, Margarita; sons Charles Jr. and Justin and daughter Kiesha; his parents, Rev. and Mrs. R. L. Walker of Oberlin; his grandmother, Mrs. Mamie McKinney of Oberlin; his great-grandmother, Mrs. Idella Yates of Girard; brothers Richard of Baltimore, Duane of Elyria, Christopher and Sean of Oberlin, and sisters Barbara Ann and Angela of Oberlin.
His father officiated at the funeral, which was held yesterday at Cowling Funeral Home. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 13, 1984, p. 5.
Gerald Albert Walker
Gerald Albert Walker of Phoenix, Ariz., son of Hazel Walker of Oberlin, died suddenly, Monday, May 17, 2004, at his mother’s home while visiting his mother.
Born Nov. 28, 1941, in Oberlin, he [graduated from OHS in 1960 and] served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1968, during the Vietnam War.
He owned and operated a floor covering store in Prescott, Ariz.
Mr. Walker is survived by his sons Gerald A. Walker Jr. of Pinetop, Ariz., and Fred Walker of Queen Creek, Ariz.; daughters Lorna Nevitt and Shelly Crewse, both of Queen Creek, Ariz.; his companion, Mary Ann Shiro of Phoenix; brother, Thomas M. Walker of North Canton; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; mother Hazel Walker (nee Martin) of Oberlin; brother, Thomas M. Walker of North Canton; and companion, Mary Ann Shiro of Phoenix. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred H. Walker.
A private family burial will be held at a later date. Cowling Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Oberlin-New Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, May 25, 2004, p. 2.
Joseph Walker, 65, truck driver
Oberlin -- John Joseph Walker, 65, of Oberlin, died suddenly Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at the emergency room of EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria.
He was born Nov. 23, 1934, in Girard and had lived in Oberlin since 1946.
He graduated from Oberlin High in 1954.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Walker was self-employed as truck driver for many years. He also enjoyed farming.
He was a lifelong member of the Almighty Church, Oberlin, where he served as bishop. He enjoyed sports, including high school and college, and bowling.
Survivors include his wife, Lee Esther (nee McKinney); sons Carl J. Walker of Cincinnati, John S. Walker of Crossville, Tenn., and Michael S. Walker of Lorain; daughters Annette M. Walker and Carlene J. Burnett, both of Oberlin, Yvette G. Williams of Elyria and Valerie D. Payne of Atlanta; brother, the Rev. Love D. Walker of Elyria; sister, Nellie B. Caver of Elyria; and 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorenzo and Pincy Mae (nee Tarver) Walker Sr.; and brother, Lorenzo Jr.
Friends may call Thursday 6 to 9 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin. Service arrangements are incomplete. The Rev. Love D. Walker, pastor of Almighty Church, will officiate at the services.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, September 12, 2000
Lorenzo Walker Jr.
Lorenzo Walker Jr. was so busy that he seldom had a whole day to spend at his home, 125 Grafton. Saturday he just took the time—worked on a remodeling project, watched the Ohio State game and decided because it was such a beautiful day that he would barbecue supper outdoors.
“He spent the whole day doing just what he wanted to do,” said his sister, Nellie Cavers.
Shortly after 10 o’clock Saturday night, he went to the kitchen for some cider and collapsed of a heart attack. He died with his wife Linelle at his side. He was 41 years old.
Mr. Walker, a superintendent with Griffith Blacktop, was chairman of the Oberlin Planning Commission and co-chairman, with Nora Draves, of the Oberlin High School Booster Club. He was one of the originators of the plan for the new OHS football field which opened this fall.
He was a member of the Almighty Church (True Light Army), which owns Beulah Farm on Hamilton St., and was serving as the church’s president; and was a member also of the loan board of the Farmers Home Administration in Medina.
Born on Aug. 4, 1933 in Girard, he came here as a teenager when the Almighty Church bought Beulah Farm in 1946 and his father, Lorenzo Walker Sr. of 185 Quarry Rd., was called as its minister. He was graduated from Oberlin High in 1953.
In addition to his wife and his parents, Mr. Walker is survived by five children, all at home; Anthony, 19, now at Lorain County Community College; Rose, 18, senior at OHS; Wayne, 16, sophomore at OHS; Russell, 13, an eighth grader; and Michelle, 11, a student at Pleasant School. He is survived also by two brothers, Joseph, 185 Quarry Rd., and Robert 14237 Quarry Rd. Mrs. Cavers lives at 236 Sumner.
Funeral services were held yesterday at Rust Church with Rev. Samuel Jones of the True Light Army, Girard, officiating, and Dr. Sumpter Riley of Rust Church assisting. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to the OHS Booster Club stadium fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 14, 1974, p. 3.
Mabel Cordelia (Holloway)
Mabel Cordelia Holloway was born in
She attended elementary school in
After graduating from university and marrying, Mrs. Walker worked at a YWCA in
Later, Mrs. Walker became a teacher with the Board of Education. She taught at Southern Preparatory School, Western Senior and
Mrs. Walker was the founder of The Bahamas Union of Teachers. She worked hard for the recognition of the
Mrs. Walker was also an artist. She painted Bahamian scenes on neckties, scarves and skirts, which she sold. She also painted the insignia on the aprons for the Masonic lodges. She was always supportive of her husband in his various projects. She assisted in selling The Voice, a small newspaper which he edited.
Mrs. Walker lived by principles, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". She always believed in the potential of people, and so encouraged people to achieve their goals. She would say, "nothing is impossible" and, "there is nothing called, ‘I can't’". Even in her later life, she was always encouraging and helping people. She believed in the dignity of work. Her hobbies were reading and gardening.
After retirement, she was in charge of
She was noted for her contribution to The Bahamas when a primary school, the
Mrs. Walker, the mother of 7 children, died at the age of 85 on
Personalities in Bahamian Education, http://www.bahamasnationalarchives.bs/Bahamian_Educators/Bahamian_Educators_Walker_Mabel.htm
Michael James Walker
Michael James Walker, 21, of Oberlin, was pronounced dead last Friday at Elyria Memorial Hospital following a one-vehicle accident.
Born in Elyria, he lived most of his life in Oberlin. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1989.
He worked for Maintenance Systems, Elyria.
He enjoyed weight-lifting.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; a daughter, Carissa Lauren, at home; his parents, Larry and Judith Walker of Oberlin; and a grandfather, Harlan Walker of Clendenin, W.Va.
Memorial services were Monday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 10, 1991, p. 2.
Troy -- A memorial service will be held Thursday for Roland Walker, 86, of Center View Drive, who died Friday in Samaritan Hospital after a brief illness.
Mr. Walker was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He came to this country in 1918. He graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1924 and] Oberlin College in Ohio with a bachelor's of arts degree in 1928 and a master's in biology in 1929. He received a doctorate in zoology in 1934 from Yale University.
He was a professor of biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1934 until his retirement in 1972, when he became professor emeritus. Mr. Walker had researched and authored many articles in his field. He was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Society of Sigma Xi, and a member of the Rensselaer County Historical Society for more than 30 years. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran.
He was the widower of Vivian V. Trombetta Walker. Survivors include a son, David Walker of Piermont, Rockland County; a daughter, Helen Walker of Cambridge, Mass.; and three grandchildren. The service will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Christ, Sun of Justice Chapel and Cultural Center, Peoples and Burdett avenues. There are no calling hours.
Contributions may be made to the Roland Walker Prize Fund, in care of Department of Biology, RPI, Troy, NY 12180. Arrangements are by the Morris-Stebbins-Miner and Sanvidge Funeral Home, 3412 Hoosick St., Troy.
The Times Union, Albany, New York, Tuesday, August 3, 1993, p. B11.
Former Resident To Be Buried Saturday
Mrs. John Wall Died in Denver Saturday—Had Spent Most of Her Life Here
Mrs. John Wall, former Oberlin woman, died in Denver, Colo., Saturday, aged 74 years. She had been for several years in Denver with her father and two years ago paid a visit to Oberlin.
Mrs. Wall had been a resident here most of her life, coming with her parents when she was about 4 years of age. She was born January 22, 1860, [and graduated from OHS in 1878]. On February 6, 1879, she was married to John Wall, whose death occurred in 1912. Four [six] children were born to them, John and Lewis of this place, Albert and George of Detroit, Mrs. Barbara Atkins of Cleveland and Mrs. George Brown of Denver. The latter is accompanying the remains here.
She was a sister of George Shanks, who died here a few years ago, and her father William Shanks was a former well known resident. He is a veteran of the Civil War and is now 99 years of age.
Among the older residents Mrs. Wall was well and favorably known. She was a member of the First Church in Oberlin.
The remains will arrive today from the west and funeral services held at Sedgeman’s funeral parlors Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, the Rev. J. A. Richards officiating. Burial will be in Westwood cemetery.
The Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, April 13, 1934, p. 1.
Oberlin -- Christine Wallace, 52, went home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2008, following a long illness.
She was born Feb. 14, 1956, in Cleveland, and had lived in Elyria and Oberlin for many years.
Christine Wallace was a graduate of Oberlin High School [in 1974] and [of] Lorain Community College majoring in business education.
She was employed as a teacher for the Oberlin early childhood center for the past 29 years, retiring in 2006.
Christine Wallace was a life-long member of the Almighty Church of Oberlin, where she was under the spiritual leadership of Mother Wilson and was a Sunday school teacher. Mrs. Wallace enjoyed watching T.V., especially the Sci-Fi channel.
Christine Wallace will be sadly missed by her two sons, Joshua and Elijah Wallace, both of Elyria; sister, Regina (Willie) Lucas of Oberlin; brother, Essex Burton of Durham N.C; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Ms. Wallace was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Ezzie Wallace and sisters Marjorie Mealings, Gloria Wallace and Dorothy Wallace.
Friends may call Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, 127 West Bridge St., Elyria. The Rev. Michael Martin, pastor of the Almighty Church of Oberlin, will officiate. Burial in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, July 31, 2008.
Oberlin -- Christine Wallace, 52, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 22,2008.
She was a graduate of Oberlin High School and LCCC. Christine Wallace was a lifelong member of the Almighty Church of Oberlin, where she was under the leadership of Mother Wisdom.
Friends may call Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 1 p.m. where memorial services will be held. The Rev. Michael Martin, pastor of Almighty Church of Oberlin, will officiate. Burial will be private.
Professional Services entrusted to Carter Funeral Homes Inc., 127 W. Bridge St., Elyria
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, August 5, 2008.
Dorothy Wallace of Oberlin died unexpectedly Saturday, May 27, 2006 at Allen Medical Center in Oberlin. She was 51.
Born Nov. 7, 1954 in Cleveland, she moved to Oberlin at a young age. She attended Oberlin schools[, graduated from OHS in 1974,] and earned her associate’s degree in applied business and medical administration from Ohio Business college.
She worked as an STNA in nursing care centers in the Greater Cleveland area for more than two decades.
She was a life member of the Almighty Church in Oberlin. Dorothy was a music enthusiast and a skilled musician being proficient with the violin.
She enjoyed botanical gardening.
Mrs. Wallace is survived by her son, Jamie Wallace; sisters Christine and Regina Wallace; a brother, Essex Burton; aunts Janie Wallace and Minnie Walker; uncle, Aaron Wallace; and a host of other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Ezzie (nee Anderson) Wallace; and sisters Marge Anderson and Gloria Wallace.
Services were Saturday, June 3, at Wyers Funeral Chapel in Elyria, Bishop Michael Martin of the Almighty Church officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 6, 2006, p. 2.
Donald L. Walton
Funeral services for Donald L. Walton, 18, of 12043 Pyle Rd., who died last Thursday at 5:35 p.m. at Elyria Memorial Hospital, were held Monday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home. Rev. Donald Yaussy officiated and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Young Walton died of injuries including extensive brain damage, sustained in a bicycle-car accident on July 23 near his home. A  graduate of Oberlin High School, he had lived in this area all his life. He was born in Amherst July 1, 1958. He was employed at Harbortown Marine Service, Vermilion.
Donald was a member of Sundance Kids 4-H Club, Oberlin 4-H Club and 20th Century Farmers.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Alice and Donald Robertson, with whom he lived; his father and stepmother, Donald and Carol Walton of Birmingham; two sisters, Tracy, at home, and Amy of Birmingham; two brothers, Timothy and Michael, both at home; and grandmothers Mrs. Alice Milan of Wakeman and Mrs. Marion Walton of Birmingham.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 28, 1976, p. 18.
Dr. F. Champion Ward
Dr. F. Champion Ward, 96, past dean of the College at the University of Chicago, Ford Foundation vice president and chancellor of the New School for Social Research, died at his home in North Branford on July 2, 2007. Ward's career spanned the postwar course of American and international education, beginning with his tenure as the dean of the innovative College of the University of Chicago in 1947; his years advising the governments of the newly independent nations of Asia, Africa and the Middle East; his work as the Ford Foundation's vice president for education and research; and his term as chancellor of the New School for Social Research.
Ward was born on Dec. 30, 1910 in New Brunswick, N.J., and spent his boyhood and college years in Oberlin, Ohio, where his father, Clarence, was head of the college's art department. After acquiring a master's degree in philosophy in 1936, Ward earned his doctorate at Yale University and received a Sterling Fellowship.
From 1937 to 1945 he taught philosophy and psychology at Denison University, and as associate dean trained military officers for the army's de-Nazification efforts in Europe.
After the war, Ward began a lifelong association with the University of Chicago by joining the faculty of the nascent Hutchins College. Within two years he was appointed dean of the College. For seven years, he and Chancellor Robert Maynard Hutchins, whose Yale lectures six years earlier had fired Ward's commitment to reforming American higher education, fought side-by-side in the battle between their new interdisciplinary college with its core humanities curriculum and the university's departmental faculties. The principles and practices that have evolved from those years of innovation and backlash wrought changes in American higher education that continue to this day.
After Hutchins' departure, Ward took a leave from Chicago to join the Ford Foundation and serve as educational consultant to the government of India. From 1954 to 1959, during which Chicago made him William Rainey Harper Professor of the Humanities, Ward lived in New Delhi, India with his family.
At a time of Red Baiting back home and Cold War clumsiness abroad, he earned Indian educators' trust and respect by refusing to take any action until he had spent a year immersing himself in the country's culture and history. A gentle critic of the precipitousness with which American philanthropies behaved in developing countries, he was soon enlisted to advise the governments of Burma, Turkey and Jordan as well.
Upon his return to the United States in 1959, Ward began a four-year stint as director of the Ford Foundation's Overseas Development Program for the Middle East and Africa, through which he traveled extensively. In 1963, he was appointed deputy vice president for international programs, and three years later became vice president for education and research. During the next five years he also served as chairman of the White House Task Force on the Education of Gifted Persons, and as a member of UNESCO's International Commission on the Development of Education. From 1959 to 1978 Ward also served as a trustee of his alma mater, Oberlin College.
After his retirement from the Ford Foundation in 1977, Ward served as a consultant at the World Bank, UA-Columbia Cable Television, the Association of American Universities and the Connecticut Board of Higher Education; as well as the Ford, Hazen, Edna McConnell Clark and Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation.
From 1978 to 1981 he guided the MacArthur Foundation's development of its "Genius" grants. He also served on the Greenwich Board of Education, where he successfully fought to retain the town's neighborhood schools.
In 1980, Ward was appointed chancellor of the New School for Social Research and acting dean of its graduate faculty, for which he worked to help restore to its founding, interdisciplinary principles.
A member of the editorial board of the Journal of General Education, editor of The Idea and Practice of General Education and contributor to Humanistic Education and Western Civilization and The Knowledge Most Worth Having, he was the author of numerous articles and reviews.
Ward is survived by his wife, Duira Baldinger Ward; his children, Geoffrey, Andrew and Helen; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Greenwich Citizen, Greenwich, Conn., Friday, July 20, 2007.
Helen Ward, Fern Whitmer
Two Young Women on Way for Holiday Visits with Parents Here
Included in the toll of 177 dead in last week’s tragic holiday airline crashes were two young women enroute here for holiday visits with their parents in Oberlin and Kipton. Both were victims of the LaGuardia Field crack-up of the United Airlines DC-4 last Thursday evening.
Miss Helen Ward, daughter of Prof. and Mrs. Clarence Ward, 335 E. College St., and Miss Fern Whitmer, daughter of Mrs. Vern Burden of Kipton died in the United Airlines crash, said to have resulted from a sudden cross-wind that hit the DC-4 just as it was about to take off the LaGuardia Field runway.
Memorial services, with Dean Thomas Graham of the Graduate School of Theology officiating were held Sunday for Miss Ward at the East Oberlin Church, where her father is pastor. Funeral services for Miss Whitmer were Tuesday in Cleveland.
On Museum Staff
Miss Ward was born Sept. 8, 1909, in Portland, Me. A graduate of Oberlin High School in 1928 and of Oberlin College in 1932, she later attended the Yale School of Drama in 1933 and 1934. She had traveled extensively and had acted in summer theaters in northern Michigan. She was formerly on the staff of the Costume Art Museum in New York City and when that collection was given to the Metropolitan Museum, she became assistant director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Fern Whitmer, who lives in Queens, N. Y., was an American Airlines hostess, enroute here with her fiancé, Charles J. Shannon, Elmhurst, Long Island, to visit here mother, and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Burden, former operators of Vern’s Tavern, Kipton, and now owners of a store there. Miss Whitmer, who was taking her fiancé home to meet her parents, died in the crash. Her fiancé was taken to Queens Hospital, where he died Sunday.
Miss Whitmer was a graduate of City Hospital in Cleveland. She had been an airline hostess for about a year.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 5, 1947, p. 1.
Mrs. Irene D. Ward
Mrs. Irene D. Ward [nee Drake], 66, a former resident of Oberlin, died at her home in New York City Friday.
Born in Sullivan, she attended high school in Oberlin [graduating from OHS in 1927], later moved to Albuquerque and, finally, to New York City.
Survivors include one daughter, Alleyan Ward Miller of New York City; three granddaughters and one sister, Mrs. Ed (Christina) Puscas of Zanesville.
The body was cremated. Graveside services will be held at a later date with burial in Sullivan.
The family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, October 28, 1974, p. 10.
Agnes Noble Warden
Mrs. Ernest Nathan Warden (Agnes Lenora Noble), Oberlin’s oldest living graduate, died on
Mrs. Warden was born in
Mrs. Warden lived most of her adult life in Napoleon,
Mrs. Warden had served on the Public School Board in
Several of Mrs. Warden’s relatives have attended
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, October 1958, p. 29.
Rev. Eugene Lyman Warner
Rev. Eugene Lyman Warner, of Decatur, Ala., a retired Episcopal priest, husband of Marian Louise Warner, father of Fred Howell Warner of Midlothian [died August 7, 1993. He was a 1935 graduate of OHS].
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Tuesday, August 10, 1993, p. B-2.
Ralph Emerson Warner
Ralph E. Warner, professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado, died April 30 in Denver, at the age of 50.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on June 8, 1906, to John H. Warner, A.M., ’16, and Estelle Bookman Warner, x’07, Ralph [graduated from OHS in 1925,] received his A.B. from Oberlin College in 1929 and his A.M. the following year. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1935, where in addition to his graduate studies he had been a teaching assistant in Spanish and Portuguese. That same year he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado, Boulder, as an instructor and at the time of his death was a full professor of Romance Languages and Literatures.
He is well-known for his many scholarly publications which include bibliographies, articles, and book reviews. He was a member of the Modern Language Association of America, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and Phi Sigma Iota. An enthusiastic philatelist, his articles on Brazilian and Mexican issues and U.S. Envelopes have been widely read. Ralph was an honorary member of Sociedade Philatelica Paulista.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne Austin Warner; a son, Lawrence; his parents; three sisters, Mrs. Mary R. Warner Jenkins, ’36 [OHS ‘32], Mrs. Estelle Warner Siddall, ’36 [OHS ‘30], and Mrs. Elsbeth Warner Dolden, ’34 [OHS ‘30]; and three brothers, Eugene Warner [OHS ‘35], John H. Warner, Jr., ’31, and Paul Warner, ’32.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, December 1957, p. 31.
Mrs. Evelyn Warren
Mrs. Evelyn Warren, 65, was found dead in her apartment at 29 ½ W. College last Thursday afternoon. She has been ill for a short time.
Mrs. Warren, a former Town Shop employee, was born May 10, 1905, [was a 1925 graduate of OHS,] and lived in the area all her life.
Her husband, Raymond, died in 1957. Mrs. Warren is survived by a son James Dulmage of Columbus, a sister Mrs. Kent Richardson of Lorain and two grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Warren were conducted by Rev. Donald Spencer of First Congregational Church at the Cowling Funeral Home on Sunday. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery at Norwalk.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 8, 1970, p. 4.
Marian L. Warren died
Miss Warren was active in the Campfire Girls Council, Pi Lambda Theta national honorary education sorority, AAUW, the PTA Council, Ithaca Council of Social Agencies, and the missionary society of the Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the New York State Association of Deans and Counselors, New York State Teachers Association, National Teachers Association and the American Personnel and Guidance Association. In college she was secretary of her class, and served on the YWCA cabinet and Hi-O-Hi board. After her retirement she lived in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Reita Cole Warren
Reita Warren (nee Cole), 61, of Oberlin died Sunday at Allen Memorial Hospital.
She had lived all her life in Oberlin and was a 1948 graduate of Oberlin High School. She attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
She had been a bookkeeper for Lorain County Bank in the 1960s and was a travel agent for Oberlin AAA during the 1970s. With her husband, Richard, she owned and operated Reita’s Yesterday Treasures in Wellington. Mrs. Warren was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors in addition to her husband include a son, Richard Jr. of Oberlin, and her mother, Marjorie Cole of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Cole.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, with the Rev. Barbara SilverSmith, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 8, 1992, p. 2.
Mrs. Sarah M.
Sarah M. Warren [nee Graham], 79, formerly of Zenobia Road, Clarksfield, died Thursday evening at the Ohio Extended Care Center in Lorain following a long illness.
She was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and had spent most of her life in the Clarksfield area. [She graduated from OHS in 1917.] She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Surviving are two sons, James Warren of Muskogee, Oklahoma and LaVerne Warren of Perrysburg; a stepson, Herman Warren of Norwalk and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at the Clarksfield Methodist Cemetery with the Rev. Harry Kohles, pastor of the Clarksfield Seventh Day Adventist Church, officiating. Arrangements are being made by Gerber Funeral Home, 16 Cooper St., Wakeman.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sun., Oct. 8, 1978, p. D-2.
Donald A. Wasserman
Age 72. Beloved husband of Dorothy; dear father of Donald, David (Leslie), and Deana King (Greg); grandfather of Kelly, Joseph, T.J., Corey, Haley, Bradley and Sarah; brother of Sonny, and Sandy Kaiser. [1949 graduate of OHS.] U.S. Army Veteran. Visitation Friday, 2-4 AND 7-9 P.M. in the chapel at Sunset Memorial Park, 6245 Columbia Rd., where services will be held Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Diabetes Assn., 3601 S. Green Rd., Cleveland, 44122. Arrangements by Dostal Funeral Service dostalfuneralservices.com.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Friday, January 23, 2004.
Donald A. Wasserman, 72, of Olmsted Township, retired operating engineer, died Wednesday. Services today. - Dostal, North Olmsted.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, January 24, 2004.
Anna Ruth (LeRoy) Waterman
Anna LeRoy Waterman, [OHS ’21, OC ’25, died] July 2, 1991, in San Rafael, Calif. Born Sept. 15, 1903, in Adams, Natal, South Africa, she was a library assistant in Williamstown, Mass., for many years. She was an accomplished craftswoman and won many awards for her silver jewelry and hooked rugs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allyn Jay Waterman ’25, and her parents, Albert Emile LeRoy ’01 and Rhoda Clarke LeRoy, Class of 1898. She is survived by sisters Mary LeRoy Funkhouser ’27 and Ethel LeRoy ’22; a brother, Gaylord LeRoy ’30; two daughters, including Shirley Waterman Lobenthal ’53; two nephews, John LeRoy ’66 and Peter Funkhouser ’56; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Fall 1991, p. 33.
[Clyde] Waters, Former
Bristol, Conn. (AP)—Clyde Waters, 55, who ended his 23d season as a football official by working the Army-Navy game at West Point last November, died of a heart attack yesterday at his home here.
Waters, one of the most renowned athletes ever to attend Williams College, had complained only of a slight illness before he was stricken.
At Williams, where he was graduated in 1908 [after graduating from OHS in 1903,] Waters won letters in baseball, hockey, basketball and football for four consecutive years.
After graduating, he signed a contract with the New York Yankees baseball team, but never played in the major leagues. He was a catcher for two years with Montreal in the International League and for six years with New Haven in the Eastern League.
Waters officiated in many of the East’s major gridiron contests during the last 20 years, and numbered such coaches as Chick Meehan, Jim Crowley and Lou Little among his friends.
Veteran fans recalled too that Waters never took kindly to heckling from the crowd and on more than one occasion climbed into the stands to settle matters with any overly persistent annoyers.
Waters Played for Keeps [“The Referee’s Sporting Chat” sports column by John M. Flynn]
Clyde Waters, who died suddenly in Bristol, Conn., Thursday, was a fine all-around athlete at Williams College from which institution he was graduated in 1908. He was the type of player who battled for everything, rather hard on umpires or referees, despite the fact that he later became an outstanding football official, also an umpire in baseball.
For some years, Clyde caught for the New Haven baseball club of the Eastern Association and later for the New Haven Colonials, a strong semipro team conducted by George M. Weiss, now identified with the Yankees.
Only a short time ago, Clyde signed up to officiate in 10 college football games this year. Two games at the Yale Bowl and two at Dartmouth were on the list.
The Berkshire Evening Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass., Friday & Saturday, May 12 & 13, 1944, pp. 13 & 5.
Football Official for 23 Years—Was a Star at Williams
He leaves a widow and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Engels of Terryville and Miss Marjorie Waters of
The New York Times,
F. Howard (Bud) Waters, prominent varsity athlete in his college days and retired custodian of the College, died April 19[, 1967,] in
Following graduation [from
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Mrs. Nell Waters, 72, Dies of Lung Cancer
Mrs. Nell Wilkinson Waters, 72, resident of Oberlin for more than 50 years and former teacher in the public schools here, died last Thursday at Pleasant View Sanatorium where she had been since March 31. Death was caused by lung cancer.
Mrs. Waters, born in Virginia May 13, 1886, came to Oberlin about 1903 to make her home with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. George Birdseye. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1906, then taught in country schools for two years before going to Wakeman for a year.
She taught in Oberlin elementary schools for eight years, then went to East Cleveland where she taught for 17 years until her retirement in 1935.
She completed her college work in summer sessions and earned her degree from Kent State University in 1933.
She married F. H. Waters, who survives her, in 1939.
Before ill health forced her to give up outside activities Mrs. Waters did volunteer work at Allen Hospital and worked in the Thrift Shop operated by the Oberlin Woman’s Club. She was a member of First Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 24, 1958, p. 1B.
Roberta Annette Watkins, 66, of Oberlin, died Saturday at her home.
Born in Cleveland, she had lived in Oberlin all her life. A 1943  graduate of Oberlin High School, she was a licensed practical nurse at Allen Memorial Hospital for a number of years and was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.
Survivors include a son, Kevin Watkins of Laurel, Md.; daughters, Diantha Watkins of Oberlin, Tracy Watkins of Kirkland, Wash., and Joanne Freeman of Honolulu, Hawaii; stepfather, Elmer Hamlin of Oberlin; brother Myrle Cooper of St. Paul, Minn.; sisters, Hazel Cooper of St. Cloud, Minn., and Bonnie Buster of Shaker Heights; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther, in 1986; and by her father, Myrle Cooper.
Friends will be received Thursday at 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. in the Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 9, 1993, p. 2.
Funeral Services For Mrs. [Celestia]
Watson Held This Morning
Oberlin, O., Jan. 17—Mrs. Miles J. [Celestia M. “Lettie” Myers] Watson passed away Sunday night at her home, 235 Elm street after a five weeks illness.
Mrs. Watson was born in Mansfield, the daughter of the late Judge Joel Myers and Anna Mary Harper Myers. She came to Oberlin at an early age and attended Oberlin High School [class of 1885?], Oberlin Academy and Oberlin College.
She became associated with the Second Church in Oberlin early in life and was an important worker in all its activities. She was a charter member of the Women’s Relief Corps, Past Regent of the D. A. R., active in the D. A. C., and associated with the Oberlin Women’s Club.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Glenn I. Molyneaux, and three grandchildren, Glenn, Jr., Eileen and William Molyneaux.
Private funeral services were held at 10:30 this morning at the home on Elm street.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, January 17, 1939.
Mrs. Anna Weage
Mrs. Anna [Zipporah] Woodruff Weage died at Seattle, Wash., on June 26 as a result of a second stroke. Three years ago she had one and had been in poor health ever since. Mrs. Weage was formerly a resident of East Lorain street and is a sister of C. D. Woodruff of this place. She graduated from [OHS in 1881 and from] Oberlin [College] with the class of 1886.
The Oberlin New, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 11, 1929, p. 1.
Andy David Weaver
New Port Richey, Fla. -- Andy David Weaver, 36, of New Port Richey, Fla., formerly of Oberlin, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, of injuries from a motorcycle accident in New Port Richey.
He was born Nov. 17, 1967, in Oberlin and lived in Florida for 10 years.
He [was a member of the OHS class of 1986 and] graduated from the Lorain County Joint Vocational School.
Weaver was a construction worker in Florida.
He enjoyed cooking, fishing and riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Diamonds Motorcycle Club of New Port Richey.
Survivors include his wife, Karen; sons Mitchell A. Weaver and Tyler J. Weaver, both of Maryland; stepson, Matt Clark of Lithia, Fla.; stepdaughter, Cassie Clark of Lithia; his father, Dave Weaver of Oberlin; mother and stepfather, Karen and Dale Herrick of Oberlin; brother, Tim H. Weaver of Oberlin; sister, Ruth A. Francis of Oberlin; stepsister, Laura L. Herrick of Elyria; his grandmother, Phyllis M. Langdon of Oberlin; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Howard Weaver and Howard Langdon; grandmother, Gertrude Weaver; and stepbrother, John Herrick.
A graveside service will be held later at Pittsfield Cemetery.
Arrangements by Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, December 16, 2003.
Catherine Weaver Dies At
Oberlin, O. April 14.—Catherine May Weaver, 37, wife of Professor H. E. Weaver of Oberlin College, died at 4:20 this morning at Allen hospital, where she underwent an operation a week ago.
Catherine May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. C. May of North Main street, was born in Oberlin. She was a  graduate of Oberlin high school and of the Oberlin College class of 1924, and received her Master’s degree in 1932. She was married in 1924 to H. E. Weaver, and they lived for some time in California and in Arizona, returning to Oberlin several years ago. For the past two years, Mrs. Weaver had been operating a kindergarten school at her home, 221 Elm street. She was a member of the First Church, was active in Women’s clubs and in the work of the Parent-Teacher association.
Besides her husband and parents, she leaves two small sons, Richard and Larry; one sister, Miss Beulah May of Ashtabula; and a brother, Gordon C. May of New York City.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at three o’clock from the Sedgeman funeral parlors. Interment will be made in Westwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, April 14, 1939, p. 2.
Funeral services for Catherine May Weaver, who passed away early yesterday morning in Allen hospital, will be held Sunday at three o’clock at Fairchild Chapel, with the Rev. N. Van der Pyl in charge. Interment will be made in Westwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, April 15, 1939, p. 2.
Mrs. Felix W. [Mary Magdalene] Weaver
Mrs. Mary M. Weaver [nee Muhich], 45, of 23180 Emmons Rd., Columbia Station, was found on the floor of the bathroom of her home by her husband, Felix W., when he returned home yesterday afternoon and was pronounced dead in Elyria Memorial Hospital at 5:15 p.m. Mrs. Weaver had been under treatment for a heart ailment, it is reported.
She was born in Campbell, Aug. 28, 1915. [She graduated from OHS in 1935.]
Surviving besides her husband are two brothers, Edward Musich [Muhich?], of North Ridgeville, and Frank Muhich, of Lorain; three sisters, Mrs. Harold Knoch, of Ann Arbor, Mich., Mrs. Roy [Kathryn F.] Sprouse [OHS ‘46], of Grafton and Mrs. Denver Kelly, of Elyria.
Friends may call at the Sudro-Curtis Funeral Home after 7 p.m. today. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, January 10, 1961, p. 14.
Robert A. Weaver
Avon -- Robert A. ''Bobby'' Weaver, 37, of Avon, died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002, at his home. [He was a 1983 graduate of Oberlin High School.]
Survivors include his mother, Louise E. Weaver (nee Foote) of Oberlin; and sister, Sandy Weaver of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, James L. Weaver Sr., and brother, James L. Weaver Jr.
Friends may call Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. The Rev. Bryant Carter will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, January 23, 2002.
Mrs. Ceicle M. Webb
Funeral services for Mrs. Ceicle M. [Cecile May] Webb, 35, will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 from the Rust M. E. church in Oberlin. Rev. J. U. Watson will officiate.
Mrs. Webb died suddenly at her home 115 Pine street, Saturday night at 10:15. She was born in Oberlin, January 29, 1902, coming from there to Elyria four years ago [and was a 1921 graduate of OHS].
She leaves her husband, Clarence, six children, Ruth, Clarence Jr., Harold, Phillip, Barbara and Laura; three brothers and three sisters, Harley J., Otis and Worthy Smith all of Oberlin, Mrs. Bertha Stewart of Los Angeles, California, Miss Theresa Smith and Mrs. Ella Thompson, both of Oberlin.
The body will be removed from the Sudro-Curtis Funeral Home to the church in Oberlin tomorrow noon.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, October 4, 1937, p. 2.
Bernice Lucille Webber, 86
Oberlin -- Bernice Lucille Webber (nee Hatter), 86, of Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Oberlin, died Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at County Villa Terrace in Los Angeles.
She was born May 2, 1914, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
[She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1933.] She had attended Wilberforce University of Ohio and upon her retirement in 1965, went on to finish her college studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., at the age of 67.
Mrs. Webber lived with her family in Oberlin until 1941, when she and her sister left to support the World War II effort in Washington, D.C., where she was employed by the Veterans Administration. She was employed as a statistical code clerk supervisor at Veterans Administration Regional Headquarters, Newark, N.J., for 35 years, until her retirement in 1965.
Survivors include her son, Harry Webber of Los Angeles, Calif.; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry B. Webber, in 1995; parents, George and Mary (nee Clukis) Hatter; sisters Grace and Elenore; and brothers Thornton and Franklin.
Graveside services will be Thursday at noon in Westwood Cemetery, Morgan Street, Oberlin.
Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, is handling arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, March 15, 2001
Donald Francis Webber, 77, of Oberlin, died at his home in New Russia Township on Jan. 12.
Born in Russia Township, he was a lifelong area resident.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1935 and then studied at the Oberlin School of Commerce.
Mr. Webber served in the Army during World War II and afterward worked for the Railway Express Agency for several years. He worked as a shipping foreman at the Bendix Corp. in Elyria from 1951 until his retirement in 1981.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, VFW Post 1079 in Elyria, and the American Association of Retired Persons.
He enjoyed bowling, gardening, fishing and camping.
Survivors include his wife, Mary J.; sons, Ronald A. of Oberlin, Dennis R. of Avon Lake, and Charles A. and David W., both of Amherst; daughters, Vicki L. Weitzel of Oberlin and Valerie L. Dale of Elyria; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Lloyd A. of Elyria; and a sister, Loretta Neal of Oberlin.
Services were Saturday morning at Sacred Heart Church with the Rev. William B. Padavick officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 17, 1995, p. 3.
Lloyd A. Webber
Lloyd A. Webber, 80, of Elyria, passed away Friday, January 18, 2008 at New Life Hospice in Lorain. He was born November 15, 1928.
Lloyd was a 1947 graduate of Oberlin High School.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1947 to 1951. During the Korean War he earned Master Sargent and received the bronze star and purple heart medals for heroic combat action.
Lloyd also graduated from the Northern Ohio Private Police Academy in 1984.
He spent his career with the Prudential Insurance company. Lloyd is survived by daughters, Julie Hodgson of Fripp Island, South Carolina, Cindy Ferriman of Northville, Michigan; and a sister, Loretta Neal of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Barbara A. Webber (nee Dimick).
A private memorial service will be held to honor his life.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, January 19, 2008.
Eleanor Weber, 79, of Palatine, hospital
By Krystyna Slivinski
Special to the Tribune
Eleanor Weber, 79, of Palatine was a retired Chicago Public Schools teacher and a 23-year volunteer at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.
“There was a strong tradition of service in her family,” said her daughter, Sheila [W. (Philip)] Aszling [of Chicago]. “Her family also was very educationally oriented.”
Two of Mrs. Weber’s siblings became teachers. Her late father, Lyman Cady, was a theology professor.
A former resident of Inverness and Rolling Meadows, Mrs. Weber died Tuesday, Dec. 12, in Church Creek Health Care Center in Arlington Heights.
She was born [November 1, 1921] in Tsinan, China, where her father worked as a missionary.
Her family returned from China and settled in Oberlin, Ohio, where Mrs. Weber [graduated from high school in 1939 and] obtained a bachelor of arts degree in history from Oberlin College in 1943. She married a year later and became a homemaker, raising her children in Chicago. She volunteered for her children's parent-teacher associations and served as a den mother for the Boy Scouts and was a Girl Scouts leader in Norwood Park.
In the early 1960s Mrs. Weber returned to college and received a master’s degree in education from the University of Chicago. After graduating she worked as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher at Brentano Elementary School on Chicago’s Northwest Side until 1973, when she retired and moved to Inverness.
Mrs. Weber began volunteering at Northwest Community Hospital. She taught baby-sitting clinics for teens, served as president of the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation, and supervised student volunteers. She worked part-time for the last three years as a receptionist for the hospital’s surgical waiting room.
“She was a teacher from the get-go,” said Diane Folkers, a volunteer coordinator at the hospital. “Our teens respected her. … She had touched so many of their lives.”
Besides her daughter, she is survived by her husband of 57 years, Donald [Robert Weber]; three sons, Donald [B. Anchorage, AK,] Scott [(Cynthia) Weber, Grand Rapids, MI] and [Keith (Dana) Weber of Martinez, CA]; two brothers, William and Eugene Cady; a sister, Louise Hall; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held later.
Chicago Tribune, Northwest Edition, Chicago, Illinois, Thursday, December 14 [& 13], 2000, sec. 2, p. 9.
Katherine Anne Webster
Katherine Anne Webster of Oberlin died unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 9, 2006, at the emergency room of Allen Medical Center. She was 42.
Born June 3, 1964, in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1981. She lived in Oklahoma for 18 years before returning to Oberlin six years ago.
She worked in the electronics department at Invacare in Elyria since returning to Oberlin.
She enjoyed travel, NASCAR, vintage Volkswagen events, and car shows.
Mrs. Webster is survived by her husband, Kevin Webster; sons Steven A. Webster of Oberlin and Jacob H. Webster of South Amherst; mother, Johanna K. Watkins of Oberlin; and sister, Johanna E. Pionke of Ft. Meade, Md. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Revers.
Private family graveside services were held at Westwood Cemetery. Cowling Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lorain National Bank, 40 E. College St., Oberlin, Ohio 44074 c/o Katherine Anne Webster.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 17, 2006, p. 2.
Ralph Allen Webster III
Ralph Allen Webster III, 50, of Ponca City, Okla., and a former resident of Oberlin, died Wednesday in Ponca City after suffering complications from diabetes.
Born in Wilkensburg, Pa., he lived in the Oberlin area most of his life.
A 1969 Oberlin High School graduate, he worked in several industries, including a bicycle factory and a meat-packing factory.
He enjoyed writing fiction.
Survivors include his father, Ralph Jr., and brothers Timothy of Austin, Texas, Thomas and Eddie, both of Naples, Fla., and Kevin of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, in 1997 and his mother, Dolores Thomas, also in 1997.
Friends may call starting at 2 p.m. Sunday at Trout Funeral Home in Ponca City.
A graveside service will be in Canute, Okla., on Monday.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, November 3, 2001.
Earl E. Weekly
Earl Edwin Weekly, 41, of 432 Metcalf Rd., a veteran of World War II, died in Fairview Park Hospital at 6:22 p.m. Saturday. He had been ill three weeks, following an operation.
Mr. Weekly was born in Akron Feb. 19, 1921, but lived nearly all his life in Elyria [after graduating from OHS in 1939]. He was a toolmaker at the Carlisle Machine and Tool Co., and a member of the American Rifle Association. During World War II he was a technical sergeant with the 411th bomb squadron on Guam.
Surviving are his parents, Kathryn and Harold Dearth of Elyria, and a brother John Weekly, with the U. S. Air Force in Japan.
Services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Sudro-Curtis Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Neighboub officiating, and burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, August 13, 1962, p. 18.
John William Weekly
John William Weekly, 66, of Jacksonville, Ark., died March 27, [1985,] in the Jacksonville Veteran’s Hospital after a long illness.
Mr. Weekly was born in Elyria and was a graduate of Elyria [Oberlin] High School [in 1937]. He left the area in the late 1950s when he joined the Air Force.
He retired from the Air Force as a Technical Sergeant in 1974 with 25 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Juliette (nee Sudau); a son, John; a step-son, Dana Humphrey of Atlanta, Ga.; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at the Little Rock Air Force Base Chapel. Rev. Robert Edwards officiated.
Burial with military honors was at National Cemetery, Jacksonville, Ark.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, April 10, 1985, p. D-2.
Charles J. Weeks
Charles J[udson] Weeks, 86, of 149 W. College, an active member and a high office holder in several orders of the Masonic Lodge, died last Thursday in Welcome Nursing Home where he had been a patient nine months. [He was a 1902 graduate of OHS.]
Mr. Weeks retired as a signal maintenance man for the Penn Central Railroad in 1949. He was born in Kipton and had lived in the area all his life. He attended First Church.
Mr. Weeks was a 63-year member and past master of Masonic Lodge 380 F and AM, 56-year member and past high priest of chapter RAM 219, a 40-year member and past illustrious master of Elyria Council 86, a 30-year member and past command of Elyria Commandery 60, a 60-year member and past worthy patron of Oberlin Pansy Chapter Order of Eastern Star 34 and a 25-year member of Lake Erie Consistory. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Knights of York Cross of Honor.
Mr. Weeks’ wife Maud died in 1969. Surviving are two sons, Richard A. of Elyria and Charles P. of Alliance; a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller of 182 E. College; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and a brother Paul T. of Framingham, Mass.
An Eastern Star service was held at Cowling Funeral Home Friday, followed by a Masonic service. Rev. Donald Spencer of First Church officiated at a graveside service Saturday afternoon at Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 25, 1970.
Charles P. Weeks
Charles P[arsons] Weeks, 83, of Alliance, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 1996, from injuries incurred in an automobile accident.
Born in Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1933 graduate of OHS,] he was the son of the late Charles J. and Maude Parsons Weeks. Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Ruth M. Beans Weeks of the residence; a daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Gary Jackson of Northfield; a son, Ronald P. Weeks of Alliance, a son and daughter-in-law, David L. and Leeanna Weeks of Akron; a brother, Richard Weeks of Elyria; 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Private family services will be held at a later date. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Stark County Humane Society, 5100 Peach Street N.E., Canton, Ohio 44720. Charles was a member of the Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society, Inc. (Ohio Cremation and Memorial Society, 1-800-633-9720.)
Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, Thursday, October 10, 1996, p. C8.
Funeral service Aug. 6
held for Mrs. Weeks,
Mrs. Charles J. (Maude Adelaide) Weeks, 85, died Aug. 3 at Welcome Nursing Home where she had lived for six weeks. Her home had been at 149 W. College.
Services were held Aug. 6 at the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Spencer officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Vermilion on March 16, 1884, Mrs. Weeks had lived in Oberlin most of her life [and was a 1903 graduate of OHS]. She was a member of First Church; Nineteenth Century Club; 62-year member and past matron of Pansy Chapter No. 34, Order of Eastern Star; and Auxiliary of Elyria Commandery No. 60.
Besides her husband she is survived by two sons, Richard A. of Elyria and Charles P. of Atwater; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Fuller of Oberlin; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 21, 1969, p. 7.
Paul Thorne Weeks
Paul Thorne Weeks, [OHS ’06, OC ’13, died] September 28, 1990, in Pompano Beach, Fla. Born November 19, 1890, in Clarksfield, Ohio, he earned the Ph.D. degree in physics at Cornell U. After serving in the U.S. Army Mr. Weeks worked in the radio-tube engineering divisions of Westinghouse Lamp Co. and Raytheon Manufacturing Co. He earned professional and national accolades for his part in developing the proximity-fuse tube, subminiature tube, and transistors. He retired in 1960. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lucy Weeks Curtis ’13, and cousin, Judson Spore ’24. Survivors include his wife, Joie Miriam.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1991, p. 28.
Richard A. Weeks
Richard A. Weeks, 86, of North Canton, and formerly of Elyria, died suddenly Tuesday, October 30, 2007. He was born in Oberlin on July 31, 1921 to the late Charles [OHS ‘02] and Maude (Parsons) [OHS ‘03] Weeks.
While growing up in Oberlin, he spent his summers on his grandparents’ farm in Kipton. He was president of the Oberlin High School Class of 1939, received a bachelor’s of Naval Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1943 and served as a Naval officer during WW II, sailing on merchant ships in war zones.
In 1947, he received a bachelor’s of Business Administration from Western Reserve University. After working for the Plain Dealer and Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Dick worked 32 years for the Bendix Corp. as an accountant.
In Elyria, he was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, coached Little League baseball for 18 years, enjoyed many jazz concerts at Oberlin College, and was a member of the Eagles.
Living the last 10 years in North Canton with family, he was active at Holy Spirit Catholic Church as a eucharistic minister and proclaimer of The Word, and a member of The Canton Horseshoe Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
Throughout his life, Dick enjoyed playing tennis, bowling and pitching horseshoes. Dick had an insatiable love of learning, demonstrated by his reading and attendance of college classes.
He was a loving and devoted family man.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Helen W. Weeks in 1997; sister, Elizabeth Fuller [OHS ‘24]; and brother, Charles Weeks [OHS ‘33].
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Philip and Jeanette Weeks of Green, Richard and Elizabeth Weeks of New York City, John and Anne Weeks of the home; grandchildren, Michael (Heather) Weeks of Greenville, S.C., Paul (Alison) Weeks, Thomas, Daniel and Charlie Weeks all of New York City, Sarah, Timothy and Halle Weeks of the home; great-granddaughter, Julia Weeks of Greenville.
Friends may call 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Arnold Funeral Home, Hartville. A Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3, 2007, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with the Rev. John Zapp as celebrant. Burial follows in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elyria.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Spirit Religious Education and Youth Ministry, 2952 Edison St., NW, Uniontown, OH 44685. Visit online at www.arnoldfuneralhome.com
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, November 01, 2007.
C. (Gerrish) Weislogel
Margaret Gerrish Weislogel died
For a brief time, she was a secretary for the Fairview Joint School Board and was secretary/treasurer for the
She leaves a daughter, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband and four sisters, including Dorothy Henkes ’18 [OHS ‘14], Martha Metcalf ’11 [OHS ‘07] and Mary Seiberling ’18 [OHS ‘14].
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Gilbert Walter Wellman died at age 74 of an apparent heart attack Monday evening in the Elyria Memorial Hospital emergency room.
He was a lifetime Elyria and Oberlin area resident, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1933 . He was born in Elyria.
Wellman was a job setter, retiring in 1976 from Ohio Screw Products in Elyria. Before Ohio Screw Products he worked at Colson Co., Elyria.
He was a member of the Lake Erie Gem and Geology Society and a World War II army veteran.
His hobbies were lapidary work, woodworking and electronics.
Survivors are his wife of 47 years, Alma; a daughter, Shirley Ann South of Cincinnati; two grandchildren and a brother, Paul M. of Elyria.
The Rev. Stephen Hammond will officiate the services today at 11 a.m. at Cowling Funeral Home. Burial in Westwood Cemetery will follow the service.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 17, 1988, p. 2.
Flossie Edna Ritzenthaler Wells
Flossie Edna Ritzenthaler Wells died Sept. 16, 1987, in Prescott, Ariz. She was born May 27, 1889, in Kipton, Ohio[, graduated from OHS in 1906, and was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1913]. Before her retirement in 1959 she held various teaching positions at schools in Ohio, North Dakota, Colorado, and Arizona.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1988, p. 40.
Helen (Brady) Werner
Helen Miriam (Brady) Werner (OHS class of 1932) died in Louisville, Colorado, on March 4, 2005 of complications following a broken hip. Helen resided in Boulder, Colorado, where she and her husband, Myron (also a Class of 1932 OHS graduate), lived for over 50 years after moving to Colorado first in 1951, returning in Oberlin the next year and building a home, then returning to Boulder in 1954. A graduate of the Oberlin School of Commerce, Helen served as a secretary in the Oberlin and Boulder public schools as well as in the Psychology Department at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Myron, who was employed as a carpenter at the University of Colorado, died of a stroke in 1980. Helen and "Mike" enjoyed entertaining relatives and Oberlin friends in Colorado and hosting many gatherings of children and grandchildren in their home and on picnics in the Colorado mountains. They have left behind three children (Marjorie Bell of Bakersfield, California; John Werner of Sanford, Florida; and Joel Werner of Boulder) as well as six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Nieces and nephews include Jane (Slater) Spiegelberg and Gary Slater of Oberlin and Kent Slater of Highland Ranch, Colorado.
Obituary provided by family.
Helen Miriam Werner
Helen Miriam Werner, of Boulder, died of congestive heart failure Friday, March 4, 2005, at HospiceCare Center of Louisville. She was 90.
Born May 31, 1914, in Lakewood, Ohio, she was the daughter of James A. Brady and Miriam E. Goodnough Brady. She married Myron Werner in 1937 in Oberlin, Ohio. He died in 1980.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1932 and from Oberlin Business College.
Mrs. Werner was a secretary at the University of Colorado, Fairview High School and Martin Park Elementary. Before moving to Boulder in 1954, she was a secretary in Oberlin.
She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Boulder. She also volunteered at Boulder Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Werner enjoyed music, gardening and cooking.
"She was passionate about Colorado and proud to live in one of the oldest homes in the Newlands area of Boulder," her family said.
Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Bell, of Bakersfield, Calif.; two sons, John Werner, of Sanford, Fla., and Joel Werner, of Boulder; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise B. Brady and Marjorie R. Slater, and a brother, James A. Brady.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 345 Mapleton Ave., Boulder.
A funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Darrell Rott will officiate. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Park, 3016 Kalmia Ave., Boulder. A reception follows at the church.
Contributions may be made in her name to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, CO 80026.
M.P. Murphy & Associates Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
The Daily Camera, Boulder, Colorado, Wednesday, March 9, 2005, p. A19.
Myron Lee Werner
Myron Lee Werner of Boulder, Colorado, former Oberlin resident, died at his home on Sept. 17 after a long illness. He was 67.
Born in Amherst on July 15, 1913, he lived in Oberlin more than 30 years. He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1932] and Oberlin School of Commerce and was a journeyman carpenter, serving as secretary to the Oberlin union for several years. He and his family moved to Boulder in 1954, where he worked as a carpenter for the University of Colorado until retirement in 1970. He also served in Boulder as secretary for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Brady Werner; two sons, John Werner of Yonkers, New York and Joe Werner of Boulder; a daughter, Marjorie Lee (Mrs. Evan) Bell of Bakersfield, California; sister, Candace Kreeger of Amherst; sister-in-law, Marjorie (Mrs. Harlan) Slater of 132 Hollywood; and five grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Saturday at Mountain View Memorial Park, Boulder.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Kidney Foundation of Ohio, Cleveland.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 25, 1980, p. 2.
Louis Lee West
Louis Lee West, 79, of Oberlin, died suddenly Monday, May 5, 2008, at Allen Medical Center. He was born October 30, 1928, in Oberlin [and was a 1948 graduate of OHS].
Mr. West was a brick mason for many years. He was a member of Rust United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men, the Sparrows Bible Study Group, NAACP and Union 45 local 34. Louis enjoyed visiting the sick and shut-ins, gardening, fishing, traveling and loved being active within the Oberlin community.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy B. West of Oberlin; son, Darrell T. West of Cleveland Heights; daughter, Jacquelyn D. Hopkins of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; sisters, Vivian West and Betty Oldwine, both of Dayton, Sue Wells of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Gladys Lee West.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 8, 2008, at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 9, 2008, at Rust United Methodist Church, Oberlin. Pastor Lorenzo Smart of Rust United Methodist Church will officiate.
There will be a private family burial at a later date.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, May 7, 2008.
Margaret H. West (nee Houghton) of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Oberlin, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at a care center in Colorado Springs. She was 90.
Born Dec. 23, 1911, in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1929. She attended Oberlin College and the Oberlin Business College.
She worked in a government office in Lorain for two years, then worked as a civilian in an Army Air Corps plant in Elyria during World War II.
Following the war, she worked at Oberlin College as secretary to the director of admissions for five years. Then she worked as the administrative assistant to the dean of women for 25 years.
She was a member of First Church for 46 years, where she was a member of the Women’s Association as well as a deaconess for many years. She was president of the Senior Forum women’s club for four years.
Mrs. West is survived by her son, James West of Colorado Springs; daughter-in-law, Joy West; granddaughter, Janice Bouska of Salem, Ore.; grandson, James R. West of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren, Hannah and Paige Bouska, and Elizabeth, James, and Matthew West. She was preceded in death by here parents, Morton and Grace (nee Wood) Houghton; twin sister, Martha; and sister, Elizabeth Beckley.
Burial will be at Oberlin at a future date, yet to be determined.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Evangelical Covenant Church, 4965 Barnes, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80917.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 27, 2002, p. 2.
Margaret West [nee Ward], 81, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died Nov. 6 at her residence after suffering an apparent heart attack.
Born in Pittsfield, she was a [1923 graduate of OHS and a] former resident of Oberlin.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Oberlin.
Mrs. West is survived by a brother, Thomas Ward of Port Charlotte, Fla.; a sister, Alice Ward Dugan of Port Charlotte, Fla., and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, in 1978, two brothers, and two sisters.
A memorial Mass will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Sacred Heart Church, Oberlin. The Rev. Robert Bonnell will officiate.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, November 14, 1985, p. B-2.
Eva P. Weston
Eva P. Weston (nee Smith), 84, of Oberlin, died Friday after a long illness.
Born in Nottingham, England, she had been a resident of Oberlin since 1917 and was a 23-year resident of the John Frederick Oberlin Retirement Center.
A 1925 graduate of Oberlin High School, she was also a graduate of the Oberlin Business School.
From 1943-49 she was an assistant in the alumni records office of Oberlin College, and had also worked as a bookkeeper for Oberlin Savings Bank for 16 years.
She was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, serving as secretary of the Oberlin chapter.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Weston was preceded in death by here husband, Harold, in 1966; and by four sisters.
Services were Monday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Woomer officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oberlin Senior Citizens Association in care of the Oberlin Community Center, 80 S. Main St.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 26, 1989, p. 2.
Thomas F. Weston, 76, of Oberlin, died July 4 at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1941 .
He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Air Corps assigned to the 384th Bomb Group of the 8th Air Force, and participated in D-Day.
Mr. Weston was employed at the General Motors Corp. in Elyria, Thew Shovel in Lorain and then for 29 years at the Maytag Corp. in Bellevue, before retiring in 1986.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church, and had served as a trustee, usher and co-director of the annual resale.
He belonged to the Cleveland Wing of the Confederate Air Force, where he served on the maintenance crew and had participated in the annual air show at the Lorain County Regional Airport.
His interests included the Boy Scouts, golf, antique cars, story telling, camping, vegetable gardening and traveling with his wife and family.
He had taken several trips to England to retrace his Air Corps assignments and his family roots. He recently completed a cruise through the Panama Canal.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean (nee Court); sons Michael P. of Amherst and Tom J. of Cleveland; daughters Christine L. Gerberick of Ashland and Elizabeth A. Weston and Kathryn S. Vannatter, both of Oberlin; and nine grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church on July 9, with the Rev. O. French Ball and the Rev. Judith W. Claycombe officiating. Burial was in Milan Cemetery in Milan.
Memorial gifts may be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 14, 1998, p. 3.
Margaret H. West (nee Houghton) of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Oberlin, passed away Monday, Aug. 19, 2002, at a care center in Colorado Springs. She was 90.
Born Dec. 23, 1911, in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1929. She attended Oberlin College and the Oberlin Business College.
She worked in a government office in Lorain for two years, then worked as a civilian in an Army Air Corps plant in Elyria during World War II.
Following the war, she worked at Oberlin College as secretary to the director of admissions for five years. Then she worked as the administrative assistant to the dean of women for 25 years.
She was a member of First Church for 46 years, where she was a member of the Women’s Association as well as a deaconess for many years. She was president of the Senior Forum women’s club for four years.
Mrs. West is survived by her son, James West of Colorado Springs; daughter-in-law, Joy West; granddaughter, Janice Bouska of Salem, Ore.; grandson, James R. West of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; and five great-grandchildren, Hannah and Paige Bouska, and Elizabeth, James, and Matthew West. She was preceded in death by here parents, Morton and Grace (nee Wood) Houghton; twin sister, Martha; and sister, Elizabeth Beckley.
Burial will be at Oberlin at a future date, yet to be determined.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Evangelical Covenant Church, 4965 Barnes, Colorado Springs, Colo. 80917.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 27, 2002, p. 2.
Young Man Wednesday Morning
George H. Westervelt Died After Long Sickness—Private Funeral Today
George H. Westervelt, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Westervelt of 155 North Pleasant street, died at his home Wednesday morning at 8 o’clock. He had been sick for a long time.
The young man was 23 years of age and was a graduate of the high school. He had also studied in the Oberlin Business College. He was born in Oberlin at the old home on South Professor street, and had lived here all his life. He was a bright young man and had many friends among the young people. His parents have the sympathy of every one.
Private funeral services will be held from the home this afternoon. The burial will be in Westwood cemetery.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, August 5, 1927, p. 1.
John Westervelt, 59, dies; nephew of
John E. Westervelt, 59, was found dead at his home, 155 N. Pleasant, Friday noon. He had been ill for the past several months.
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Frederick Schumacher officiating. Interment was in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Oberlin Nov. 8, 1906, Mr. Westervelt lived his entire life in Oberlin [and was a 1924 graduate of Oberlin High School]. He was employed at the Thew Shovel Co., Lorain. He was a member of First Church.
He is survived by two brothers, Dr. Herbert Westervelt of Benton Harbor, Mich., and William Westervelt of Decatur, Ill.
Mr. Westervelt was a nephew of Edmond C. Westervelt, who gave Westervelt Hall to Oberlin College.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 9, 1965, p. 6A.
Alfred G. “Al” Wheeler, longtime athletic director and coach at Peru State College and member of the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame, died June 16 at Charlotte, North Carolina. He was 83.
Born in Oberlin, Wheeler was a [1918 graduate of Oberlin High School and a] 1922 graduate of Oberlin College. He was a three-sport letterman, captain of the basketball team for three years, and was “All Ohio” in basketball and football his senior year. In 1921 he quarterbacked the Oberlin team that upset powerful Ohio State, the last time an Ohio team ever defeated OSU.
Wheeler came to Nebraska after coaching two years at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, two years as freshman coach at Iowa State, and nine years as assistant and later head baseball, basketball and football coach at Amherst College in Massachusetts. After obtaining his Master’s degree at Columbia University, he came to Peru in 1938 for what he thought might be only a year or two.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, whom he met at Columbia University in 1937. Other survivors are his son Al Jr., of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, an entomologist with the Pennsylvania department of agriculture, two daughters, Sandra Jane Evans of Greenwich, New Jersey and Mary Sue McKnight of Grove City, Pennsylvania; and a sister, Bertha Powers, of Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 24, 1982, p. 2.
Alfred G. Wheeler, A.B., P.E., died June 16, 1982, at Charlotte, N.C., of kidney failure. Athletic director and coach at Peru State Teachers College in Nebraska from 1938 until his official retirement in 1965, he was selected Nebraska College Coach of the Year in 1952 by the Omaha World-Herald and in 1960 by the Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star. In 1952 the Rockne Club of Kansas City named him Little All American Coach of the Year. He was a member of the Nebraska Sports Hall of Fame and was elected to the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in Los Angeles in 1954.
“Coach Al” began his athletic career at Oberlin High School [class of 1918] as captain and quarterback of the football team and a basketball player. He went on to play college football, basketball and baseball [at Oberlin College], earning nine letters. He was captain of the basketball team for three years and was “All Ohio” in basketball and football his senior year.
Mr. Wheeler was the quarterback who completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Bill Parkhill ’22, capping an 85-yard drive, in the 7-6 win over Ohio State in 1921. Parkhill, who died in 1980, kicked the extra point.
After graduating from Oberlin [College in 1922] Mr. Wheeler went into professional basketball for a year with the Rosenblum team of Cleveland. He then coached for two years at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles where his teams won a city championship in football and placed second in basketball. From 1925 to 1927, Mr. Wheeler was freshman football coach at Iowa State College and assistant to the late Nelson Metcalf ’12 [OHS ‘08].
He went to Amherst College as freshman football coach and his team’s record was marred with only one defeat and one tie. For nine years he was Amherst’s assistant and later, head baseball, basketball and football coach. His varsity baseball teams won four Little Three Championships.
In 1937 he received the master’s in health and physical education from Columbia and then went to Peru, where his overall football record was 133-51-12. His football teams won or shared seven Nebraska Conference titles and his basketball, baseball and track teams all won NCC championships.
His basketball teams participated in five N.A.I.A. tournaments. In track, Mr. Wheeler coached two conference champions in an eight-year period. In 1958, he brought baseball back to the campus after a 35-year absence. In 1960, he led his team to an 11-6 record. His teams won 75, lost 65 and won or shared two NCC titles.
For 12 years Coach Wheeler was district chairman of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He was a member of the executive committee for seven years and was president 1953-54.
It was said in the Lincoln Evening Journal Sept. 14, 1965, that Mr. Wheeler probably was responsible for “more coaching protégés out in the state and across the nation than anyone else in Nebraska history.”
Mr. Wheeler leaves his wife, Frances Rudisill, whom he married in 1938, a son, two daughters from a previous marriage and a sister, Bertha Powers, formerly of Oberlin. His first wife, Isabelle Hoelzle ‘23k, died in 1971.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Autumn 1982, p. 95.
Charles E. Wheeler Jr.
Oberlin -- Charles E. Wheeler Jr., 67, of Oberlin, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, in the Community Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a lengthy illness.
He was a lifetime resident of Oberlin. He attended Oberlin High School (class of 1957?).
Wheeler was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Merchant Marine Corps and was once employed as a truck driver.
He attended Rust United Methodist Church in Oberlin. He enjoyed fishing, playing various card games and animals.
Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth A. (nee Hodge) Johnson, and stepfather, James Johnson Jr., of Oberlin; sister, Rita Mae White of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Friends may call Monday at 11 a.m. until the service at noon in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel, 127 W. Bridge St., Elyria. The Rev. Greg Ball will officiate.
The Morning Journal, Saturday, November 04, 2006.
Chas. Wheeler, Political News
Writer, Is Dead
Charles N[ewton] Wheeler, 75, political editor of the Chicago Daily News, died yesterday in his home at 426 Belmont av. after an illness of several months. He was former president and a leading spirit in the Chicago Press Veterans association, whose members were gathered in La Salle hotel for their annual meeting just as word of Wheeler's death was received in newspaper offices.
Services will be held in the chapel at 25 E. Erie st., Tuesday, the time to be set later, and burial will be in Mt. Greenwood cemetery. There will be a wake in the chapel at 6 p.m. today.
Wheeler was known as the dean of Chicago's political editors, but he also was a classical scholar who could, and often did, make better speeches than most of the men he wrote about as a reporter for 53 years.
Known Country Over
Wheeler, who called himself the youngest reporter in Chicago "from the neck up," had a nationwide acquaintance and had covered political conventions and campaigns since William Jennings Bryan was nominated for President for the second time by the Democrats in Denver in 1908.
His last active work was coverage of the 1949 legislative session as political editor of the Daily News. After the closing all night session at Springfield, he returned to his hotel at 7 a.m. on July 1 and raised a baritone voice in a hymn of thanksgiving when he saw a newspaper headline heralding the conviction of an alleged communist worker. Since then he worked only a few days after taking a vacation.
Reporter in Joliet
Wheeler came to Chicago in 1907 from Joliet where he had been a street car conductor, steel worker and reporter for 10 years for Joliet newspapers. He became political editor of the old Inter-Ocean.
In 1914 he became a member of The Tribune’s staff, where he worked six years, two of which were spent abroad as chief of the London bureau and as war correspondent in France during the closing months of the first World war.
His last 10 years of active work were as political editor of the Daily News, which he joined in 1939 upon the demise of the Herald-Examiner, where he first worked in 1921. Twice his newspaper career was interrupted, first as American spokesman for the De Valera government of free Ireland and again, for two years before the 1929 depression, assistant to the president of the Illinois Power and Light company.
Halls His Profession
At the close of his career close friends knew that Wheeler had one regret. It was that he did not die in harness, to escape illness and hospitalization. To 200 colleagues at his 70th birthday celebration in the Red Lacquer room of the Palmer House, he said, "The reporter's profession is the noblest on earth."
Wheeler was born July 28, 1874, in Steuben, O. [and graduated from OHS in 1894.] He was married in 1897 to Mary Lowery of Joliet.
Surviving are his widow, Laura, whom he married in 1921; five sons, Calvin, Patrick, and Charles Jr., all of Joliet, Marshall of Springfield, and John of Chicago, and a daughter, Mrs. Jerome Holland.
Photograph: C. N. Wheeler
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., December 04, 1949.
Charles N. Wheeler
Charles N. Wheeler of 426 Belmont avenue, husband of Laura Hanoon Wheeler, father of Marshall of Springfield, Ill., Calvin Patrick and Charles Jr. of Joliet, and John and Mrs. Jerome Holland of Miami Shores, Fla., brother of Mrs. Mary L. Campbell of Arlington, Va., Mrs. Ruth Pitcher of Baltimore, Md., Mr. Gyp Wheeler of Detroit, Mich. Services at home for funeral, Erie at Wabash avenue, Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Greenwood. Member of Home lodge, No. 508, A. F. & A. M., and Chicago chapter, No. 127, R. A. M.
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., December 05, 1949.
C. N. Wheeler Rites Will Be Held Tuesday
Services for Charles N. Wheeler, political writer of the Chicago Daily News, will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow in the Peoples church of Chicago, 941 Lawrence av.
Burial will be in Mount Greenwood cemetery.
Wheeler, who was 75, died Saturday in his home at 426 Belmont av. after an illness of several months. He came to Chicago in 1907 and became one of Chicago's best known political writers. During his career he was on the staffs of the old Inter-Ocean, the Herald-Examiner, and for a six year span The Tribune.
Surviving Wheeler are his widow, Laura; five sons, Calvin, Patrick, and Charles Jr., all of Joliet; Marshall of Springfield, and John of Chicago, and a daughter, Mrs. Jerome Holland.
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., December 05, 1949.
Clarence Edward Wheeler, 73, of Oberlin died March 23 at his home.
Mr. Wheeler was born in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School. He worked in construction and maintenance in the Washington, D.C., area for many years. After his return to Oberlin, he drove the senior citizens bus.
He served in the Army during World War II.
Survivors include his daughter, Yolanda Neal, of St. Louis; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; mother, Beatrice B. Wheeler of Oberlin; a brother, Avon, of Lorain; and two sisters, Jennie Francis of Lorain and Margaret “Midge” Taylor of Lansing, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence.
Services were Monday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Mayle officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 29, 1994, p. 2.
Oberlin—Word has been received of the death Sunday of Clyde Wheeler, 74, in River Falls, Wis. Born in Pittsfield, Mr. Wheeler [graduated from OHS in 1909 and] lived in this area until seven years ago when he moved to River Falls.
Survivors are his wife, Iona, of River Falls; a brother Carl, of Hallauer Rd.; a son Huber, of Madison, Wis., and a daughter, Mrs. Wilda Collier of Morency, Mich. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, August 24, 1965, p. 14.
Elfleda M. Wheeler
Oberlin—Elfleda M. Wheeler, Hallauer road, died suddenly sometime Sunday morning at her home. She was [a 1903 graduate of OHS, was] a member of the Community Church of Pittsfield, and had been employed for many years in the offices of the Republic Steel Co. in Cleveland and Youngstown.
She is survived by two brothers; Clyde of Deshler and Carl of R. D. 1, Oberlin. The body is at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral arrangements are as yet incomplete.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, November 14, 1949, p. 2.
Oberlin native [Elmer William Wheeler] dies in Japan
Oberlin—An Oberlin native [and 1935 graduate of OHS] who would have completed 20 years in the Air Force next August has died in Japan, his relatives have been notified.
He is S-Sgt. Elmer Wheeler, 47, whose wife lives in Columbus. Sgt. Wheeler had seen more than two months action in Viet Nam this year.
His wife, Eva Lou, reported there had been an explosion near where he was stationed shortly before he was transferred to Japan. She added she had not been told whether he was injured in the blast, nor the cause of his death.
Mrs. Beatrice Wheeler, 118 Locust St., his mother, left for Columbus Saturday after being notified by a Department of Defense telegram.
Other survivors include a brother, Avon Wheeler, of 1652 East 34th St., Lorain, and a sister, Mrs. Cyrus Francis, 1424 West 18th St., Lorain.
His wife said she did not know when, or if, the sergeant’s body will be shipped home, but she hoped burial would be in Oberlin.
Portrait Photograph: S/Sgt Elmer Wheeler
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, December 14, 1964, p. 22.
Ann K. White
Oberlin -- Ann K. White, 74, of Oberlin, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at home.
She was born June 4, 1932, in Alliance and lived in Oberlin for many years. [She graduated from OHS in 1950.]
Mrs. White worked as a teacher and piano instructor.
She was a member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Oberlin, where she played the piano. She volunteered at charitable events at nursing homes and hospitals and for other organizations, playing the piano. She supported many animal rights charities.
Survivors include her sons Jon S. White of Hilliard and Marc S. White of Bridgewater, Conn.; daughter, Lyn W. White of Cleveland; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix S. White; and her parents, Thomas S. and Florence Kepler.
Burial is private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity.
Arrangements by Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, December 22, 2006.
Bertram Wade White, 83, Sarasota, died Nov. 20, 2001. He was born May 31, 1918, in Gilbert, Minn., and came to Sarasota in 1983 from Mentor, Ohio. He was an executive at Fluid Controls Inc. and Hynautic Inc. in Osprey. He graduated from Oberlin College and Case University in Ohio and was an Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include a son, Timothy of Lancaster, Ohio; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be later. National Cremation Society, Sarasota chapter, is in charge.
Memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, 1701 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239; or to American Cancer Society, 1750 17th St., Suite A, Sarasota, FL 34234.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida, Thursday, November 22, 2001, p. BS6.
Mrs. Laurence White
Christine Alexander White, who came here with her mother in the 1920’s and was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1932, died April 29 in Los Angeles. She is survived by her husband, Laurence, to whom she was married in 1933 after he received his Oberlin College degree, and her mother, Mrs. Helen Alexander, who now lives in Oregon. Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Libby) Worcester, who also lives in Oregon.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 9, 1974, p. 9.
Young Lady Dies Here
Miss Eloise White Passed Away Thursday Morning
Miss Eloise White, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Delmer White of Hollywood avenue, died at Allen hospital Thursday morning at 2 o’clock, after an illness of three weeks.
Miss White was a graduate of Oberlin high school [in 1928] and the School of Commerce. She had many friends who will regret her untimely death.
Funeral services will be held at Sedgeman’s parlors Sunday afternoon at 2:30. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery, Wellington.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, May 4, 1934, p. 1.
Felix S. White, 64, of Oberlin died of a pulmonary embolism at Allen Memorial Hospital on Sept. 2.
He was born in Cleveland and had lived in Oberlin since he was two years old. He was the first Oberlin High School student to be able to take courses at Oberlin College and he chose to study English literature in his senior year.
After graduating from OHS in 1948, he attended Baldwin-Wallace College on a football scholarship, and then served in the Air Force during the Korean War.
Later he was employed by the Ohio Turnpike Commission and the U.S. Postal Service before working for the city of Oberlin. He was named street superintendent in 1977, and held that post for 15 years before retiring two years ago.
His special interests were music, good jazz and opera, reading, sports, gardening and his family. He also loved animals.
Survivors include his wife, Ann; two sons, John of Worthington and Marc of Stratford, Conn.; a daughter, Lyn White of Cleveland; three grandchildren; and a sister, Dureve Jones of Oberlin.
Private family memorial services are being planned.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lorain County Animal Protective League.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 13, 1994, p. 2.
Mrs. R. [Floy] White Dies
Born and Educated Here, Had Lived in Cleveland Many Years; Services Friday
Mrs. Floy W. White, 62, native of Oberlin, died at the home of her birth, 159 Groveland street, Wednesday morning, following an illness of two years.
Mrs. White was born in Oberlin on February 8, 1879, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Cowan. Educated in Oberlin she graduated from the high school here [in 1898] and studied piano in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. For a time following her schooling she taught grade school in Memphis, Tennessee, until her marriage to Roy White, of Cleveland. Mr. White was at one time trainer of the Cleveland Indians.
Following her husband’s death Mrs. White studied in Cleveland and for ten years practiced chiropody with an office located at 105th street and Wade Park. Two years ago, because of heart trouble Mrs. White was forced to retire. When her condition became serious six weeks ago she was brought to her old home in Oberlin.
She leaves two brothers and two sisters, Harvey Cowan, 159 Groveland, James H. Cowan, Washington, D.C., Mrs. Lenora Gaskin, Washington, D.C., and Mrs. P. G. Mollison, Chicago, in addition to nephews and nieces.
Services will be held at 2:00 o’clock Friday at the home with the Rev. Nicholas Van der Pyl officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 11, 1941, p. 1.
Frankell Wade White, 97, former Oberlin resident, died March 17 in Sarasota, Fla.
She grew up in Oberlin[, graduated from OHS in 1908,] and completed the bachelor of arts degree at Oberlin College in 1912. She taught in Minnesota for a number of years and was an assistant in the Oberlin College library from 1945 until retirement in 1958. She lived in Oberlin until moving to Florida two years ago.
She was a member of the First Church in Oberlin.
She is survived by a son, Wade White of Sarasota; a daughter, Jane Eubank of Abilene, Texas; three grandsons and two great-grandchildren. Her husband, Samuel, died many years ago.
There will be a memorial service later.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 26, 1987, p. 2.
Frederick G. White, 53, Assembler at Nordson Corp.
Oberlin – Frederick G. White, an assembler at Nordson Corp. in Amherst, spent his spare time fishing and painting.
Twice, he won Fish Ohio awards for record-setting fish he had caught. One was a 15-pound, 31-inch catfish, the other a large trout. His favorite fishing spot was Spencer Lake near Sandusky.
Mr. White also was a talented artist who painted murals, portraits and landscapes. He specialized in oil paintings.
"He was a down-to-earth, happy-go-lucky guy," said his wife, Idelle. "He was very helpful to people. He gave back everything that people gave to him."
Mr. White, 53, died Saturday at his home in Oberlin. He had been diagnosed with muscle cancer in February.
He was born in Mount Vernon, O. He had attended Oberlin High School [class of 1958].
During the Vietnam War, Mr. White serviced aircraft as an Air Force technical specialist. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam.
Mr. White lived in Detroit before returning to Oberlin 10 years ago.
For nearly 10 years, he assembled hot melt glue application systems at Nordson Corp.
He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Elyria.
He enjoyed gardening.
Surviving are his wife, Idelle; daughters, Malica Evans of Woodridge, Va., and Merissa, Michelle and Mesha, all of Oberlin; sons, Frederick C. (Rick) of Atmore, Ala., and Darrian of Oberlin; his mother, Iris, of Oberlin; five grandchildren; six brothers; and three sisters.
Services will be at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 614 W. River Rd. N., Elyria.
Carter funeral home in Elyria is handling arrangements.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, May 13, 1993, p. 16D.
White dies in action; city’s first Vietnam victim
Marine Lance Cpl. Gene White, 22, Oberlin’s first casualty of the Vietnam war, was killed in action Friday in the Huon Dien area. He died of a gunshot wound in the neck.
White’s body will be returned to the United States under military escort. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery. The family has decided against burial in a national cemetery, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick White, 131 N. Park, told the News-Tribune.
Visit from officer
Word of Gene’s death was brought to the Whites Saturday morning by a marine officer from Cleveland. A telegram from Gen. Wallace M. Greene, Jr., commandant of the Marine Corps, followed, giving the few details.
Mrs. White was told that it would take eight to 10 days for arrival of the body. She has received no definite word yet and no arrangements for a funeral service have been made.
Cpl. White, born in Mt. Vernon June 28, 1945, graduated from Oberlin High School two years ago. After a year at Compton Junior College in California, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. After his four-year tour of duty was over he had hoped to have enough money to complete his undergraduate education and go on to law school.
“I feel like Gene died for a cause he really believed in,” said Mrs. White. “He had talked with several ministers here and expressed his love for his fellow man. He was always so unselfish. He really wanted to go to Vietnam.”
White was hit on the forehead by mortar shrapnel while participating in a previous operation on July 6.
Besides his parents, White is survived by seven brothers and three sisters. Tyrone, Larry, Gregory, Rita, Karen and Janet are at home; John and Charles (Ricky) live in Oberlin; and Fred and Keith of Detroit, Mich.
The family has lived in Oberlin 23 years.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 27, 1967, p. 1.
Lad Drowned in Old Quarry Hole
Death Came to [Harold P.] White While Swimming – Companions Did All They Could
Was a Senior in the Oberlin High School – Many Attended Funeral, Held Monday
One of the saddest accidents ever known in Oberlin occurred last Friday afternoon when Harold P. White met his death while swimming in Sherburne’s quarry in Henrietta.
That morning the senior class of the high school of which White was a member, was given a holiday and the boys decided to go for a swim. Boarding the 9:30 west bound car they set out in high spirits. The water was warm, the day pleasant and the outlook was for a fine swim. White proposed to one of the fellows that they swim to the end of the hole, rest on a ledge and then return. The outward trip was easy, but no ledge was found and the lads were forced to return the whole distance without rest. Both found it hard, but were swimming so strongly that none of the fellows realized that they were in danger. White’s companion arrived safely, but turned around just in time to hear White cry, “Get a rope, fellows.”
Even then no one realized the danger and it would have been useless if they had. No rope was nearer than the top of the 50-foot bank and it was impossible for those near at hand to help him. It was soon over. After a struggle of but a few seconds he went down without another word. If he had come up once he could have been saved, but he failed to rise even a single time.
A rope was procured immediately, but the party contained no swimmer of sufficient ability to dive through half the thirty feet of water in which he had sunk. For an hour attempts were made to drag for the body with hooks, but they were futile. Nothing resulted and the boys took the twelve o’clock.
A man who was going through town, hearing of the circumstances, offered to try for the body. He succeeded, however, in getting down but twenty feet. At 5 o’clock a professional diver was hired by phone from Lorain. Arriving at 9 p. m. with his two assistants they drove at once to the scene and set to work. It was after twelve before the apparatus was properly placed and the descent made. A crowd of 75 people had gathered and stayed on in spite of the lateness of the hour. The diver was down but a minute and a half, finding the body directly below the spot where it went down. It was brought up at 12:05, nearly fourteen hours after the drowning. According to the undertakers, a severe cramp in the stomach was responsible for the drowning and accounts for the failure of the body to rise. It was impossible for the victim to help himself in the least as both arms and legs were rendered useless. The body was brought back by Marshal VanAusdale and a delegation of White’s schoolmates, and was removed early Saturday morning to the home on East Vine street.
Harold P. White was born April 8, 1885, in Topeka, Kansas. His father was Edward Harvey White, a graduate of Oberlin College, and a lawyer of Topeka. His mother was Caldonia Scott, daughter of John Scott of this place. Both his parents died before he was four years of age, and after living in Chattanooga, Tenn., for two years the little fellow was brought to Oberlin by his grandfather. Ever since that time he has been brought up and educated by his grandparents, who loved him as much as their own children. His death has been a severe blow to them. As has been said, White was a senior in the local high school. Class day was to have been held the night of the disaster, but was postponed by a unanimous vote of the class, to this (Tuesday) evening. It was Harold’s ambition and intention to enter Oberlin College as a freshman next fall and after graduating to study medicine. As a boy and young man his life has been one of which his relatives and friends have every reason to be proud. In his class he was one of the most popular and respected members.
The funeral was held Monday morning at 9:30 in the home of Mr. Scott, grandfather of the deceased. Scripture was read by Dr. Tenney, who made some well-chosen remarks upon the life and character of the dead boy, and gave many messages of comfort to the bereaved relatives and friends. The music was rendered by the high school glee club and was most appropriate. The senior class of the high school marched from the school house to the services in a body. Many beautiful floral tributes were placed on and around the coffin, including a large bunch of cream roses from the class and a wreath from college students. The pall-bearers were classmates of the deceased. A large crowd accompanied the hearse to the cemetery, where Rev. Bickford conducted the burial service.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 12, 1906, p. 1.
Martha White, 78, worked at Gilford
Oberlin—Martha Amelia White, 78, of Oberlin, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin, following a brief illness.She was born March 1, 1923, in Oberlin, and remained a lifelong resident.
Mrs. White was employed at the former Gilford Instrument Laboratories, Oberlin, as an inspector, retiring in 1984 following 17 years' service. She had also worked at Jack Knight Cleaners and American Greetings.
She was a member of Rust United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and a member of the NAACP. She enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling, travel and dining out with friends and family.
Survivors are her stepdaughter, Patti Brown of Barbourville, Ky.; and sisters Elizabeth Johnson of Oberlin and Mary Williams Hodge of Miami, Fla. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel White; bothers George W. Hodge, Arthur Hodge, Glen Hodge and William Hodge; sister, Alberta Peoples; and her parents, Albert and Irene (nee Stevens) Hodge.
Graveside services will be Monday at 10 a.m. in Westwood Cemetery, Morgan St., Oberlin. The Rev. Kevin L. Coleman of Rust United Methodist Church and Pastor Charles B. Mayle of the Christian Missionary Alliance will officiate.
Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, handled arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, November 01, 2001
Graveside services for Martha Amelia White, 78, a lifelong resident of Oberlin, will be 10 a.m. Monday at Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.
The Rev. Kevin L. Coleman of Rust United Methodist Church in Oberlin, Pastor Charles B. Mayle of Christian Missionary Alliance and Pastor Howard O. Jones will officiate. Mrs. White died Wednesday at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin after a short illness.
There will be no visitation.
She was an inspector at Gilford Instruments in Oberlin for 17 years before retiring in 1984. Prior to that, she worked at Jack Knight Cleaners and American Greetings.
Mrs. White was a member of Rust United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir.
She also was a member of NAACP.
She enjoyed fishing, camping, bowling, traveling and dining out with her friends and family.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Patti Brown of Barbourville, Ky., and sisters Elizabeth Johnson of Oberlin and Mary Williams Hodge of Miami, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel; parents Albert and Irene (nee Stevens) Hodge; brothers George, Arthur, Glen and William Hodge; and sisters Alberta Peoples and Ida.
Cowling Funeral Home, 228 South Main St., Oberlin, is handling arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, November 3, 2001
Miss Alma Whitehead
Miss Alma Whitehead, a graduate of Oberlin high school with the class of 1910, died at the German hospital in Cleveland Sunday at the age of 20. Death was due to heart disease.
Miss Whitehead was a daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Robert B. Whitehead, until two years ago residents of Oberlin. She was prominent in school affairs while here and was a general favorite with her classmates, to whom her death is a shock. She had gone to the German hospital to take a course in nursing.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, May 8, 1912, pp. 8 & 5.
Boy Met His Death In France
Paul Whitehead in American Aviation Service Entered Upon His Great Adventure
Had Been a Member of Junior High School Class – No Official News Yet Received
Paul Whitehead, of this place, with the American Aviation Corps in France, has entered upon the Great Adventure. A cablegram from Miss Edith Metcalf in France was received by the young man’s parents, Rev. and Mrs. R. B. Whitehead of 33 College Place, last Friday. It briefly said that he had been killed, but whether he met his death while in combat with the enemy or in some accident is not yet known. No official report has been received here.
Mr. Whitehead believes his son had taken part in the big aerial raid in which several hundred planes participated. He is led to believe that his son recently completed his training and was in actual service. This he gathered from Paul’s last letter home.
The young man was a junior in high school when he made up his mind to enlist in the aviation service. He stood the highest in practically all the tests given and was so well liked by his officers that he was admitted to further training although he was one year too young for this service. During his stay in France he has been sent from one training camp to another, gaining proficiency in the various duties which the flyers have to perform. Paul was popular among his classmates and friends and many people unite with Mr. and Mrs. Whitehead in their deep sorrow. Yet they have the consolation that their son could have given his life in no better cause, and that his great sacrifice was not made in vain.
Paul Whitehead Collided With Another Plane
Young Aviator Fell a Distance of 2,000 Feet to His Death – Had Completed His Training
Rev. and Mrs. R. B. Whitehead have received later word regarding the death of their son Paul who was in the aviation service in France. The young man was killed in an accident in the air when his machine and that of another pilot collided. He fell the distance of about 2,000 feet. The young man had completed his training and was given command of a small attacking plane, which is the ambition of flyers. He expected orders to send him into actual fighting within a few days when the accident cut short his career.
Miss Edith Metcalf, who is with the Red Cross in France, took charge of the remains and a military funeral was held. It was largely attended by his mess mates as well as aviators from other divisions. His comrades brought many flowers and the full military service was given.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, October 18 & 25, 1918, p. 1.
Robert C. Whitehead, 61, Dies Suddenly At
A graduate of
Mr. Whitehead had just returned to
Extremely active in Scouting, Mr. Whitehead introduced Cub Scouting here and had been cub scoutmaster of Pack 51, comprised of 11 Dens. A year ago he was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Pine Tree Council, Boy Scouts of America, in recognition of outstanding service to boyhood.
His other activities included the chairmanship of Town and County Church Commission of the Congregational Christian Conference of Maine; Presumpscot Lodge, AF & AM, Kiwanis Club; and Pleasant River Grange.
Surviving is his widow, Mrs. Miriam Macey Whitehead; a daughter, Mrs. James W. Looney, Cleveland, O.; two sons, Robert C.,
Funeral services will be held at Sunday at the Windham Hill Congregational Church. Interment will be in
Photograph: Rev. Robert C. Whitehead
Undated newspaper clipping probably from the Portland Press Herald,
Elyria native, thoughtful of others
Arthur Whitfield, 60, of Columbus, formerly of Elyria, died Saturday at the Regency Manors Nursing Home in Columbus after a long illness.
Born in Elyria, he lived in Columbus most of his life.
Mr. Whitfield had eight years of education.
He worked as a newspaper carrier for the Columbus Dispatch. He also was employed by Ohio State University for 14 years.
Mr. Whitfield was a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Church of Columbus.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, never missing a milestone in any family members’ life. He was always there to lend a helping hand, earning himself the nickname “Roadrunner.”
Survivors include brothers Billy G. of Lorain and Sam Whitfield of Oberlin; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Amie (nee Jones) Whitfield; brothers James and John Whitfield; and a sister, Sylvia Jean Hodge.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Grace Community Church, 1908 W. 20th St., Lorain.
Elder Allen Gibson of the Grace Community Church will officiate.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, May 17, 1999, p. C2.
Diana Whitfield, 47, of E. College St., a lifelong resident of Oberlin, died unexpectedly at Allen Memorial Hospital on Sunday, June 21, 1998.
Mrs. Whitfield was born in Oberlin and lived her entire life here; she was a 1968 graduate of Oberlin High School. She was an assembler at the Nordson Corporation for 21 years.
Mrs. Whitfield was a member of Grace Community Church of Lorain, having served on the usher board and the women’s ministry. She also was a member of the church choir and in her spare time enjoyed fishing, crocheting and talking on the C.B. radio; her handle was “Lady 2-10.”
She is survived by her husband, Billy “Pap” Whitfield, known as “999” on the C.B. radio; sons Donald Johnson of Oberlin, Douglas Johnson of Lorain, and Carl Johnson of Fresno, Calif.; daughter Angelina Johnson of Cleveland; stepsons Billy Whitfield and Eric Whitfield of Lorain, and Billy Whitfield, Jr., of Cleveland; step-daughters Katy Armstrong of Cleveland, Tonia Whitfield, Theresa Horton, and Mary Albright, all of Lorain; a brother, David Albright, Jr., of Elyria; and sisters Paula Booker and Dorrie Albright of Columbus; and 17 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents David and Estella (nee Rucker) Albright.
Services will be held today from 7-9 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home with funeral services scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, at Grace Community Church of Lorain, with Elder Allen Gibson officiating. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 23, 1998, p. 3.
John T. Whitfield
Oberlin—Funeral services for John Thomas Whitfield, 27, who was shot and killed when police stopped the car he rode in after a filling station holdup in Elyria Sunday, will be tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Whitfield, of 133 Lincoln St., was born in Elyria and had lived in this area all his life. He attended schools in Oberlin.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia, Lorain; two sons, John and Ricky, and three daughters, Rebecca, Naomi, and Mary, all of Lorain; his mother, Mrs. Amy Whitfield, Oberlin, at whose home he was living; four brothers, James of Cleveland, Pat of Lorain, Sam of Oberlin and Arthur of Columbus and a sister, Mrs. Sylvia Hodge, Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, September 20, 1967, p. 34.
and Mrs. Whitney funeral held Sunday
Jay M. Whitney, 72, and his wife, Grace, 71, of 525 Church St., Kipton, were killed in an auto accident near Toyah in West Texas last week on Wednesday. They were en route to visit their daughter, Mrs. Luella Mandeville, and her family in San Diego, Calif.
Funeral services were Sunday at the Gerber Funeral Home in Wakeman. Rev. Paul Miguel of Kipton Community Church and Rev. Alan Campbell of East Oberlin Community Church officiated. Burial was in Camden Cemetery.
The Whitneys were killed in a head-on collision when an approaching car crossed the center line. Three persons in the other car, all Californians, were also killed.
Mr. and Mrs. Whitney, both Camden Township natives, spent their lives in the area. Both were members of Kipton Community Church.
Mr. Whitney, a retired carpenter, was a former school teacher and athletic coach for 10 years in Berlin Heights and in Old Fort and Arlington, both in Seneca County. He was a [1912 graduate of Oberlin High School and a] 1916 graduate of Ohio State University, majoring in agriculture.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Mandeville, Mrs. Leota Brumby of Kipton and Mrs. Leona Hurst of RD 1, LaGrange, and five grandchildren. A son, Arthur, died in 1946.
Mr. Whitney is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Geist of RD 3, Wellington, and Mrs. Whitney by three sisters and four brothers: Mrs. Emma Hayes of Wellington, Mrs. Mabel Keithley of Los Angeles, Mrs. Blanche Baker of Kipton, Seth Ingersoll of Elyria, F. A. Ingersoll of Oberlin, Charles Ingersoll of Kipton and Walter Ingersoll of RD 1, Wakeman.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 4, 1965.
Lucy Wright Whittlesey
Died—Whittlesey. In Woonsocket, R. I., on Tuesday, 17th inst., Lucy E. Wright, wife of W. Whittlesey, aged twenty-five years.
The Oberlin Weekly News, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, October 27, 1882, p. 2.
Minnie Mitchell Wickliffe
Mrs. Gustavus Woodson Wickliffe (Minnie Mitchell) died in
Mrs. Wickliffe is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Caroline Wickliffe Antoine of Washington, D.C., a son, Gustavus Woodson Wickliffe, of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
William A. Wickline
William [Alvin] Wicklin, formerly of Oberlin, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. He was 80.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1943, and from the Case Institute of Technology in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and with the Air Force during the Korean War.
He retired in 1992 as the president of Kathrein Inc. He had previously served as director of engineering at Allen Group.
Mr. Wickline is survived by his wife, Elva (nee Epaves); sons, William A. Wickline Jr., Gregory G. Wickline, Paul O. Wickline, and Matthew J. Wickline; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Brunner Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Mentor.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Rd., Mentor, OH 44060.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 6, 2007, p. 3.
Donald Lee Widdowson, 26, of Sandusky, former Oberlin resident, died Sunday morning at the Cleveland Clinic after a brief illness.
Born in Amherst, he grew up in Oberlin and had lived for the past three years in Sandusky, where he worked as a maitre d’ at the Stone House Restaurant.
He was a 1978 graduate of Oberlin High School.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Widdowson of Oberlin; four brothers, Wayne of Avon Lake, Gene of Elyria, James of Oberlin, and Larry of Oberlin; and a grandmother, Dorothy Carter of Oberlin.
Services were Wednesday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Steven Cain, pastor of the Amherst Church of Christ, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 10, 1985, p. 2.
Oberlin -- Rolland Leroy Widdowson, 87, of Oberlin, died Thursday, April 10, 2003, at New Life Hospice, following a brief illness.
He was born July 5, 1915, in Oberlin, and lived in Pittsfield Township all his life.
He graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1933] and Oberlin School of Commerce and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Widdowson was employed as a machinist at Elyria Economy Machine and Tool. He also farmed and had owned and operated a Texaco gas station in Elyria.
He enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Survivors include his daughter, Donna Sears of Oberlin; brother, Wallace Widdowson of Palmetto, Fla.; and three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Elizabeth Widdowson (nee Heim); and parents Roy and Eliza (nee Garrett) Widdowson.
Friends may call Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Burial will be in Pittsfield Cemetery.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, April 11, 2003.
Charles E. "Ted" Wigton
Marion -- Dr. Charles E. "Ted" Wigton, 371 Brightwood Drive, Marion, died at 12:25 a.m. Monday, Oct. 26, 1998, at Marion Manor. He was 75.
A longtime resident of Marion, Dr. Wigton was born Jan.10, 1923, in Peking, China, the son of missionary parents Charles E. and Elizabeth (Lowry) Wigton, who preceded him in death.
On June 12, 1948 he married Mary Alice "Kay" Wigton in Xenia and she died Sept. 28, 1998.
Surviving are three sons and one daughter, Charles E. III "Chuck" (Leigh) Wigton, Worthington, Dr. David L. (Julie) Wigton, Marion, Daniel S. (Valerie) Wigton, Marion; and Melinda A. (Mark) Cathey, St. Petersburg, Russia, where they serve with Church Resource Ministries. Twelve grandchildren also survive: Matthew, Grace, Rachel, and Angela Wigton of Worthington, Michael, Andrew and Christina Wigton of Marion, Stephanie and Eric Wigton, Marion, and Danielle, Micah and Breanne Cathey, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Other survivors include two brothers, George "Lindy" (Eleanor) Wigton of Auburn, Maine, and William (Anita) Wigton of Amherst (Ohio); and many nieces and nephews.
A  graduate of Oberlin High School, Dr.Wigton attended Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. He also attended Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, where he received his bachelor of science and doctor of dental science degrees in 1951. He was also a member of Delta Sigma Delta fraternity.
A U.S. Army veteran, Dr. Wigton served three and one-half years during World War II, attaining the rank of corporal with the 289th Medical Section. He then served for two years during the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps at Selfridge Field, Mich., and in Tachikawa, Japan, with the Far Eastern Material Command (FEAMCOM). He attained the rank of captain in 1953.
Dr. Wigton practiced dentistry in Oberlin from 1953 to 1969, when he and his family moved to Marion. While in Oberlin, he served as president of the Oberlin Rotary Club, the Oberlin Kiwanis Club and the Lorain County Dental Society. In addition, he served as chairman of the Oberlin Civil Service Commission.
He practiced general dentistry in Marion from 1969 until September 1997 when he retired. He was past president of the Marion Academy of Dentistry, a member of the Ohio Dental Association and a life member of the American Dental Association. Dr. Wigton was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Marion, where he served as an elder, a deacon and a Stephen's minister.
Dr. Wigton was a longtime member of the Marion Rotary Club in which he was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1996. He also was a member of Marion Country Club where he enjoyed the game of golf and recorded three holes-in-one.
Denzer-Farison-Hottinger Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, is handling arrangements. Friends will be received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at First Presbyterian Church, 143 S. Prospect St., Marion, with the Rev. S.A. Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery where military graveside services will be conducted by the Marion County United Veterans Council.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, Ohio Wesleyan University, Case Western Reserve University or First Presbyterian Church.
Marion Star, Marion, Ohio, Wednesday, October 28, 1998.
William L. Wigton III
Amherst -- William L. Wigton III, 86, of Amherst, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Golden Acres Lorain County Home, after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 21, 1921, in Peking, China, and moved from China to Lorain County when he was 4 years old. Wigton was employed at the May Company Dept. Store as a salesman for 30 years, retiring in 1981.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in England
He graduated from Oberlin High School Graduate in 1938 and attended Oberlin College for one year and Baldwin-Wallace College for three years. He enjoyed football, golf, reading and automobiles.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Anita (nee Valletta); sons Todd Wigton of Amherst and William ''Chip'' Wigton IV of Oberlin; daughters Amy LaCarrubba of California, Cindy Bailey of Sharon Center, and Barbara Kozlowski of Michigan; brother, George L. Wigton of Auburn, Maine; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth nee (Lowry) and Charles Wigton Sr.; and brother, Dr. Charles E. Wigton Jr.
Services at Reichlin-Cooley Funeral Home, Lorain, are private. There is no funeral home visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 12200 Fairhill Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44120; or CHP Regional Foundation - New Life Hospice, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
Born July 12, 1906, in Clayton, British Columbia, Canada, she moved to Ohio with her family in 1916 while her father was employed by the New York Central Railroad. She attended grade school in Cleveland Heights before moving to Oberlin, where she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1922 at the head of her class.
She graduated summa cum laude from Oberlin College in 1926 at the age of 19. She also earned a master’s degree in classics, and went on to become a teacher in Aurora, Ohio and at the Washington Female Academy in Washington, Pa.
She met her husband under the Historic Elm tree on Tappan Square while he was a student at Oberlin College.
After raising three sons, she returned to work, becoming the director of the reserve room at the Carnegie Library. She retired in 1968 and moved to the Seattle, Wash. Area.
She collected egg cups, little pictures, and stamps. She enjoyed quilting, working crossword puzzles, and playing bridge and Trivial Pursuit.
Mrs. Wilbur is survived by her son, Frank Wilbur of Oberlin; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Pfaffle of Wheaton, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Bryson Wilbur, in 1995; and sons William in 2001, and Thomas in 2003.
According to her wishes, a private family service will be held in the mountains of Washington state, where her ashes and her husband’s ashes will be scattered together.
Thomas “Tom” Scott Wilbur of Edmonds, Wash., brother of Franklin Wilbur of Oberlin, passed away Friday, Oct. 17, 2003, after a brief illness. He was 69.
Born April 13, 1934, in Elyria, he moved with his family to Oberlin in 1935, and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1953. He attended Washington State University, then served in the U.S. Army and married his high school sweetheart, Sally Staubus in 1956.
They returned to the Northwest where he resumed his studies at WSU. He worked for Burroughs Corp. and Xerox Corp., and was a cherry orchardist until his retirement in 1987.
During his working years, he enjoyed hunting, boating on the Columbia River, and camping with family and friends. After retirement he learned to sail, developed a love for travel, and enjoyed cooking and jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
After his wife’s retirement, the couple traveled to England, Greece, Italy, the Bahamas, Machu Pichu, the Galapagos Islands, the Panama Canal, and throughout the U.S. In April 1996 they began traveling fulltime in a recreational vehicle, enjoying sunrises and sunsets and the camaraderie of friends sitting around evening campfires.
Mr. Wilbur is survived by his wife, Sally; sons Scott Wilbur of East Wenatchee, Wash. and Tom Wilbur of Mead, Wash.; daughter, Ellen Gerber of Bothell, Wash.; granddaughters Laura and Camille Gerber and Jessica and Julia Wilbur; mother, Alice Wilbur of Edmonds, Wash.; brother, Franklin Wilbur of Oberlin; and aunt, Margaret Pfaffle of Wheaton, Ill. He was preceded in death by his father, Bryson Wilbur; and brother, William.
The family will gather for a private celebration to honor the life of this quiet and gentle man.
Memorial contributions may be made to Evergreen Hospice and Health Care Foundation, 12910 Totem Lake Blvd., NE Suite 200, Kirkland, Wash. 98034; or to Deaconess & Valley Healthcare Foundation, W. 800 Fifth Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99204; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 28, 2003, p. 11.
B. Wilbur -- Systems analyst, 69
William B. Wilbur of Greenwood Village, a systems analyst, died Saturday at Swedish Memorial Hospital. He was 69.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, 1609 W. Littleton Blvd. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Ann Arbor, Mich. On Dec. 6, 1952, he married Jean F. Ritter in Oberlin, Ohio.
Wilbur was employed at Mountain Bell Telephone Co. His interests included model trains and playing pinochle.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Claude G., Centennial, and Bruce E., Aurora; his mother, Alice I., Edmonds, Wash.; two brothers, Thomas S., Pahrump, Nev., and Frank E., Oberlin; and a grandson.
The Denver Post, Denver, Col., Thursday, March 15, 2001, p. C-9.
William B. Wilbur
William B. Wilbur, 69, of Littleton, Colo., former Oberlin resident, died March 10 after a short illness.
Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1949. After his service in the Marine Corps, he and his wife moved to Littleton.
He enjoyed science fiction novels, playing his harmonica, computers and model railroading.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jean (nee Ritter); two sons, Claude of Littleton and Bruce of Aurora, Colo.; his mother, Alice of Edmonds, Wash.; brothers Thomas of Pahrump, Nev., and Frank of Oberlin; an aunt, Margaret Phaffle of Wheaton, Ill., and one grandson.
The funeral service was at the First Presbyterian Church of Littleton.
Memorial gifts may be made to the William B. Wilbur Fund, P.O. Box 2686, Littleton, CO 80161-2686
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 27, 2001.
Blanche M. Wilcox, 95, of Elyria, died Friday at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Lorain, after a brief illness.
She was born in Mineral City, Ohio, [graduated from OHS in 1909,] and lived in Elyria 71 years.
Mrs. Wilcox was a member of the Lake Ave. United Church of Christ and the Research Club of Elyria.
Surviving are a son, Wilmer Wilcox of Elyria; a daughter, Mrs. Carl (Alice) Danhauser of Westport, Mass.; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harland, in 1959; by a daughter, Ruth Bartlett in 1971; a son, Harland Jr. in 1974; and by a granddaughter, Marcia A. Wilcox, in 1974.
A memorial service will be Monday at 4 p.m. at the Lake Ave. U.C.C. with Dr. Henry W. Bruner officiating.
Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain.
Memorials may be made to the Rejuvenation Fund or Music Committee of the Lake Ave. U.C.C.
The Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, is in charge of arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, February 21, 1987, p. B-2.
Mark F. Wilcox died
A life member of Quill and Scroll, he received a 25-year service award from the National Association of Journalism Instructors. He was a past president of the Southern California Teachers Association, a former member of the library board in
Mr. Wilcox was born
He leaves his wife, the former Alice Baird, who attended the Academy 1904-07. They were married in 1910. He is also survived by a son, John B. His brother, Murray ’20, is deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
George Durand Wilder, 83, a former Philadelphia businessman, died Saturday at Mitsui Memorial Hospital in Tokyo, where he lived.
Born to missionary parents in Tientsin, China, he was educated at the China Inland Mission School in Chefoo[, OHS( class of 1917),] and at Oberlin College. In 1922, he graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he played varsity tennis, soccer and basketball.
He served with the Office of Strategic Services in China during World War II. Afterward, he worked in United Nations Refugee Relief. In Tokyo, he became involved in printing and publishing.
From 1967 to 1975, he was a member of Japan's senior golf team and played in world competition.
Survivors: wife, Midori Ogino Wilder; sons, James and Richard; 13 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters and a brother.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Penns., Wednesday, March 28, 1984, p. C16.
Raymond F. Wilgor, 43, son of Mrs. James Mate of Oberlin, was dead on arrival at Wetzel Hospital, New Martinsville, West Virginia, last Thursday morning. His home was Rt. 303 W.
Wilgor was in a wooded area with a hunting party and collapsed with an apparent heart attack while removing a deer which had been shot.
Born in Cleveland Oct. 8, 1936, he [was a 1954 graduate of OHS and] was superintendent of the security guard at Lorain Ford Assembly Plant. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oberlin, the Oberlin American Legion, and the Wellington Eagles Club.
He is also survived by his wife, Edna; a daughter, Vicky, and son, Terry, both at home; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Jackson of Wellington and Mrs. James Szeliga of Elyria; and a brother Richard Wilgor of Wellington.
Services were Monday morning in the Norton Funeral Home, Wellington, with the Rev. Paul A. Schwan officiating. Burial was in Camden Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 6, 1979, p. 7.
James H. Wilgor
South Amherst—Services for James H. Wilgor, 40, of Rt. 113, will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst. [He was a 1946 graduate of OHS.]
The Rev. Francis Sidley, pastor of Nativity Church, will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
Friends may call at the funeral home today and tomorrow in the afternoon and evening.
Mr. Wilgor was pronounced dead at Amherst Hospital yesterday morning. He had a heart ailment the past six years, a spokesman said.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, July 27, 1969, p. C-2.
Roger A. Wilgor
Roger Alan Wilgor, 36, of 6998 Root Rd., North Ridgeville, was pronounced dead at Elyria Memorial Hospital this morning. He was taken there after being stricken at home, apparently with a heart attack.
Mr. Wilgor, who was born in Cleveland, April 7, 1933, [graduated from OHS in 1951, and] lived in North Ridgeville two years. He was an industrial engineer for the World Publishing Co., Cleveland, and was attending classes at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Surviving are his wife, Arlene (nee Sachs); two sons, Roger and Bruce, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Mate, Oberlin; two brothers, Richard, Wellington, and Raymond, Oberlin; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Jackson, Pittsfield, and Mrs. James Szeliga, Elyria; his grandmother, Mrs. John Duda, Cleveland.
His father and brother, James, preceded him in death.
Friends may call at the Bogner Funeral Home, North Ridgeville, tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Service arrangements will be announced tomorrow.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, October 3, 1969, p. 18.
[Arthur] Norman Willbond
Word has been received of the death [in early March] of Norman Willbond, 82, of Strongsville, brother of Lillian Clark of Oberlin.
Mr. Willbond was born Feb. 15, 1920, in England, and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1923. He grew up in Oberlin and was a superb athlete while he was a student at Oberlin High School, from which he graduated [in 1939].
Mr. Willbond was a teacher and a coach and was a supporter of the Strongsville Recreation Department.
Mr. Willbond is survived by his wife, Carol (nee Shackleton) of Strongsville; four sons, Roger and his wife Barbara, Gordon and his wife Melanie, Michael and his wife Susan, and Kevin and his wife, Kim; his sister, Lillian Clark of Oberlin, and a brother, John Willbond of Brighton Township; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five brothers. Services were conducted last Tuesday at the Jardine Funeral Home of Strongsville, followed by a private interment.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Strongsville Recreation Department, 21211 Drake Road, Strongsville, 44149.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 12, 2002, p. 5.
David Alan Willbond
David Alan Willbond, formerly of Oberlin, died suddenly of natural causes at his home in Ashfork, Ariz., on Wednesday, July 11, 2007. He was 62.
Mr. Willbond was born on Oct. 4, 1944, in Oberlin [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1962]. He served in the USAF during the Vietnam War. After his service he returned to Oberlin and as a commercial artist he owned Stofan’s Camera Store and a commercial art studio in Elyria during the 1970s.
He later moved to Texas and after many years there he relocated to Arizona and lived the last 15 years in both Yuma and Ashfork, Ariz.
He enjoyed organizing and selling at flea markets, and the Arizona sunrises.
David is survived by one son, Robert Willbond of Norwalk, a grandson, Tony Gilley of Texas, a granddaughter Kayla Willbond of LaGrange and his mother Helen (nee Monroe) Willbond of Oberlin. He is also survived by one sister, Jane (nee Willbond) Hensen of Minnesota, four nieces and nephews and three great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Willbond and one brother, Richard Willbond.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in Arizona. Correspondence may be directed to Jane (Willbond) Hensen, 62739 160th Ave., Dodge Center, Minn., 55927.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 17, 2007, p. 2.
George E. Willbond
Services for George E. Willbond, 74, of Oberlin will be at 10 a.m. today in the Cowling Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Bonnell will officiate and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery. Mr. Willbond died Saturday in Allen Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Nottingham, England, Mr. Willbond had lived in Oberlin since the age of nine [and was a 1935 graduate of Oberlin High School].
He enjoyed bowling and golf.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth “Betty”; sons, Thomas of Oberlin and William of Wellington; daughters, Karen Kaiser of Fort Wayne, Ind., Marilyn Clapp of Richmond, Ind., Lorie of Oberlin, and Victoria Davis of Lorain; brothers, Ronald F. and Kenneth D., both of Oberlin, Norman A. of Strongsville, Robert J. of Elyria, and John P. of Wellington; a sister, Lillian Clark of Oberlin; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 21, 1989, p. 2.
Kenneth D. Willbond, 64, of Oberlin, died March 7 at Hospice of St. Joseph Residential Center in Lorain after a two-month illness.
Born in Oberlin, Mr. Willbond lived here all his life.
He was a self-employed painter and also had been a painter for Clark Brothers Inc. before retiring in 1992.
He served in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 6941 of Wellington, American Legion Post 102 of Oberlin, American Legion Post 118 of Amherst and the Eagles Club 2051 of Wellington.
He was an Oberlin volunteer firefighter for many years. He was also a founding member of the Oberlin-Wellington Sno Angels Snowmobile Club, and was an active volunteer for the local 4-H Club.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
Survivors include three sons, Rick of Oberlin, James “Kent” of North Ridgeville, and Randy of Rochester; a daughter, Kim Metcalfe of Oberlin; eight grandchildren; a sister, Lillian Clark of Oberlin; and two brothers, John of Wellington and Norman of Strongsville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, in 1995; a daughter, Sharon Willbond, in 1959; his parents, George and Lilly (nee Smith) Willbond; and brothers, Ronald in 1993 and George in 1989 and Robert Willbond.
Services were March 10 in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Bonnell officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 11, 1997, p. 2.
Richard M. Willbond
Richard M. Willbond, 60, of Oberlin died Monday at his home following a long battle with cancer.
Born in Elyria, he lived in the Oberlin area all his life [and was a 1958 graduate of OHS].
He had been known by many as Dick.
He had been owner of Dick Willbond & Associates, a painting, decorating and papering business until 1999.
Mr. Willbond also was a self-employed painter in this area for 40 years.
He was a member of Ducks Unlimited and National Wildlife Federation. He also was a joint member of Wakeman and Wellington Fraternal Orders of Eagles.
Mr. Willbond also was a past member of the Kipton Sportmans Club.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, conservationist and loved all aspects of nature.
Survivors include his wife, Dee (nee Deiner) of Oberlin; a son, Brian of Helendale, Calif.; a daughter, Barbara Giacopelli of Vermilion; four grandchildren; his mother, Helen (nee Monroe) Willbond of Oberlin; a brother, David of Ashfork, Ariz.; and a sister, Jane Ann Hensen of Dodge Center, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Frederick Willbond.
An informal celebration of his life will be 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Wakeman Eagles downstairs hall, U.S. Route 20 and state Route 60, Wakeman.
Memorials may be made to the Wakeman Eagles Aerie 4054 Landscaping Fund, 35 E. Main St., Wakeman 44889 or the American Cancer Society, 43099 N. Ridge Road, Elyria 44035.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, 21 Aug 2000
Robert J. Willbond, 66, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died Dec. 31 at Elyria Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
He was a 1944 graduate of Oberlin High School and was class president and active in sports.
He served in the Navy Seabees in motor maintenance for three years in Okinawa and Saipan.
Mr. Willbond retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a carrier in Elyria in 1986.
He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers 196, the American Legion Post 12, Elyria, and had been an Elyria Little League East manager for many years. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Elyria.
Survivors include his wife, Joanne, whom he married in 1946; a son, Patrick, of Elyria; a daughter, Michele Plas of Grafton; two grandchildren; four brothers, Ronald and Kenneth of Oberlin, Norman of Strongsville, and John of Wellington; and a sister, Lilian Clark of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by a brother, George, in 1989.
Private family services were held Monday at Ridge Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Amherst Twp.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Hospital Hospice Program, W. 20th Street, Lorain; or the First United Methodist Church in Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 5, 1993, p. 2.
Ronald F. Willbond
Ronald F. Willbond, 76, of Oberlin, died Sunday at Allen Memorial Hospital.
Born in Nottingham, England, he had been a lifelong Oberlin resident [and was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin High School]. He was employed in the engineering department of Bendix in Elyria, retiring in 1977 after 35 years.
He was a member of First Church of Oberlin, Masonic Lodge 380 of Oberlin, Royal Arch Masons Chapter 219, and a charter member of the Lorain County Rose Society.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Helen (nee Monroe); sons, Richard of Oberlin and David of Uma, Ariz.; daughter, Jane Ann Hensen of Dodge City, Minn.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters, Lillian Clark of Oberlin; and brothers, Kenneth of Oberlin, John of Wellington, and Norman of Strongsville.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today, July 27, at Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin. A Masonic service will be held at 6:45 p.m. today. Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, with the Rev. Douglas Long officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 27, 1993, p. 2.
Arthur Lyman Williams
Arthur Lyman Williams, whose long career on the Conservatory of Music faculty brought him wide recognition as a music educator, died Monday in Allen Hospital. He was 70 years old and had been hospitalized periodically during the last year of Hodgkin’s disease.
Funeral services are to take place today (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at First Church; Rev. Frederick Schumacher will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Mr. Williams was born in Oberlin. His father, Lyman B. Williams, was a contractor, builder and carpenter.
Arthur Williams displayed musical talent early – his brother Paul recalls that he was in a “boys’ band” which traveled to Washington to perform for president Woodrow Wilson. Young Arthur stood and played a cornet solo during the performance.
Mr. Williams attended Oberlin College (where he met his wife Mary, who played trumpet) and in 1925 received a double degree, an AB from the college and a bachelor’s degree in school music from the Conservatory of Music. He joined the conservatory faculty in 1928 as assistant professor of music education and director of bands.
A year later, Mr. Williams organized Ohio’s first school orchestra contest and its first Inter-College band. He served in 1931-32 as president of the Ohio Music Education Association, an organization which was to honor him in 1955 with its distinguished service award.
Mr. Williams received the master’s degree from Western Reserve University in 1943 and served OC as director of bands until 1957. He taught until 1968, when he retired as full professor and was designated professor emeritus.
In Oberlin, Mr. Williams was a member of First Church and a past chairman of its board of deacons, and belonged to the City Club.
Survivors in addition to his wife include a daughter, Mrs. Tek (Carolyn) Kelley, Chicago, Ill.; four brothers, Paul of 138 S. Main, Joel of Hemet, Calif., Vernon of Long Beach, Calif., and Cranston of Columbus; and a sister, Mrs. Fannie Eichenlaub of Greenwich, O.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 22, 1973, p. 8.
Cranston (Cran) Williams, 80, brother of Paul M. Williams of 51 Lincoln, died Aug. 13 in the Masonic Home in Springfield.
He was born in Oberlin on May 30, 1896 and grew up here. He was a veteran of World War I. [A member of the Oberlin High School class of 1917, he graduated in 1920.] After working in the Oberlin area several years, he was a salesman for City Service Oil Co. in Cleveland and Columbus, living in Columbus until he and his wife entered the Masonic Home a year ago.
He was active in Masonic groups and was a past president of the 14th District Masonic Officers Association, a member of the American Legion and past commander of the Karl Wilson Locke Post 102, and a member of the Burgess Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Annie; a son, Dr. Alan C. Williams, Columbus; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Ann Hutchinson, Billings, Mont.; two brothers, Paul, Oberlin, and Joel, Hemet, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Mary (Mrs. Arthur) Williams, 143 E. College; and four grandchildren.
Graveside service were held on Tuesday afternoon at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 19, 1976, p. 9.
Christopher Paul Williams, 48, former Oberlin resident, died Friday morning in Three Rivers, Mich., of an apparent heart attack.
The son of Kenneth and Lillian Williams, he was born in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1956 and Oberlin College in 1960.
For a number of years he edited the Three Rivers Commercial and also owned and published the Greater Guide Magazine of Kalamazoo and Three Rivers.
He was past district governor of the District 11 B-2 Lions Club and had received numerous awards for his work with the blind and deaf. He was also active in the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce and their Community Players Theater.
His parents are both deceased. He is survived by a brother, Keith of Geneva, Ill.; a nephew, Robert of St. Charles, Ill., his aunt and uncle, Helen and Robert Watson of Chantilly, Va.
Graveside services were Tuesday afternoon at Westwood Cemetery, with Rev. John Elder of First Church officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Hearing and Speech Action Camp for the Deaf.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 11, 1986, p. 5.
Christopher P[aul] Williams died Sept. 5, 1986, in Three Rivers, Mich., of an apparent heart attack. Born June 8, 1938, in Oberlin, Ohio, he was the son of Kenneth F. William ’26 (instructor of English 1929-38) and Lillian (Tompkins ’26) Williams.
He was editor of the Three Rivers Commercial, publisher of a guide to cable television programming Cable TV View, and former president of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce. Active in the Three Rivers Community Players Theatre, he performed leading roles in many summer productions. At the time of death he owned the Greater Guide, a restaurant-and-business publication. He leaves a brother Keith ’56 [OHS ‘52].
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1987, p. 45.
Williams, jazz pianist, dies
Frank “Count” Williams, who climaxed a distinguished career of more than 30 years as a jazz pianist with earning his bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1982 when he was 64, died Sunday at Allen Hospital after a one-month illness. He was the oldest known person ever to earn an undergraduate degree in Oberlin College history.
Funeral services will be today at 11 a.m. at Rust United Methodist Church of which he was a member. Rev. Arthur Zebbs and Rev. Howard Jones will officiate; burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Ripley on July 10, 1917, Mr. Williams had lived in Oberlin since 1920.
His love of music started early. He began taking piano lessons through the children’s department of the conservatory, and continued his studies with a number of teachers, including Leota Apple, mother of Oberlin concert pianist Natalie Hinderas.
Mr. Williams graduated from Oberlin High School in 1936. After service in World War II, he entered the conservatory under the GI Bill in 1946. He completed two years, but financial pressures – he had by then a wife and two children – forced him to give up his music studies and take a job with Harshaw Chemical in Elyria. He stayed there until his retirement in 1979.
Through all those years, however, Mr. Williams continued to play jazz after hours – first with a band of his own which appeared throughout Ohio and in Pennsylvania, and then with the Red Carman Quartet. As soon as he retired from Harshaw he reapplied to Oberlin and passed his piano audition. “It’s something I’d always wanted to do,” he said.
Speaking at the time of his graduation Mr. Williams said, “Although I feel closer to jazz, I appreciate and love the classics. I’ve heard the great jazz pianists, including Oscar Peterson, Teddy Wilson and Art Tatum, who I’ve heard several times and who impressed me more than anyone I can think of. And I’ve heard great classical pianists in Oberlin, like Horowitz, Serkin and Rubinstein.”
Surviving Mr. Williams are a son Reginald of Oberlin, daughter Karen Washington of Elyria, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 27, 1985, p. 5
Hemet – Graveside services for Joel Collins Williams, 87, will be at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow at Riverside National Cemetery, staging area one. He died Monday of congestive heart failure at Sid Patterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville, Texas.
McWane Family Funeral Home in Hemet is handling arrangements.
Mr. Williams, who was born in Oberlin, Ohio, lived in Hemet from 1970 until July of this year, when he moved to Texas. He was the owner of a bowling alley for 20 years. He served in the U.S. Navy as an athletic instructor during World War II.
He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion Post 53 in Hemet.
He is survived by his wife, Katheryn.
The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif., October 27, 1993.
Joel C. Williams
Joel C. Williams, 87, of Hemet, Calif., former Oberlin resident, died of congestive heart failure at the Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital in Kerrville, Texas, on Sept. 25.
Born in Oberlin, Mr. Williams lived here for the first 30 years of his life. He moved to California in 1937 and had lived in Hemet for the past 23 years.
During World War II, he served in the Navy as an athletic instructor. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion Post 53.
He built, promoted, managed and sold duck pin bowling alleys for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Katheryn; and nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Oct. 28 with burial in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 23, 1993, p. 2.
Haskell Williams Dies at 27; Was WAVE Veteran of World War II
Mrs. Miriam Cornwell Williams, 27, of 414 S. Professor St., died Sunday at Crile Hospital after an illness of over three months. Death was attributed to acute rheumatic fever.
Born in Oberlin on March 9, 1924, Mrs. Williams was graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1943] before enlisting in the U.S. Navy where she served during World War II as seaman, first class.
Surviving are her husband, Haskell Williams; one daughter, Joyce, 5, and two stepsons, Gerald and Jack Williams of Flint, Mich.; her mother, Mrs. Edwin Cornwell, Oberlin; one brother, Edwin W., Oberlin; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Bukovac and Mrs. Donald Hartman, both of Oberlin, and Mrs. Ray Meyers of Needles, Calif.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home. Rev. Charles Bromley conducted the services, and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 17, 1952, p. 7.
Monica Hobill Williams
Monica Hobill Williams, daughter of William Hobill of Oberlin, died Saturday, Jan. 27.
She was a former resident of Oberlin and Amherst [and a 1961 graduate of OHS]. Married to Jan Williams of North Ridgeville, she had moved to North Carolina.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 30, 1996, p. 2.
Paul M. Williams
Paul M. Williams, 76, formerly of Oberlin, died yesterday morning in Rose Hill Nursing Home in Baryville, W. Va.
Born in Oberlin, Oct. 14, 1910, he [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1932 and] lived here until two years ago when he went to Baryville.
He retired after 24 years at General Motors in Elyria. Williams was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a deacon.
He rarely missed an Oberlin High School sporting event.
Survivors are his wife, Virginia; daughter, Marilyn Kielar of Baryville; four grandchildren; and a brother, Joel Williams of Hemet, Calif.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 30, 1987, p. 2.
Reginald M. Williams, 57, of Lorain, former Oberlin resident, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Metro Health Hospital in Cleveland, following a brief illness.
Born in Lorain, he moved to Oberlin, and attended Oberlin High School [class of 1962]. He returned to Lorain eight years ago.
He served in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Williams enjoyed music and was an artist in wood works.
Survivors include five daughters, Denise Iverson, Michelle Williams, Karla Williams and Adrian Williams, all of Colorado, and Jennifer Gibson of St. Paul, Minn.; two sons Gerald Capers, of St. Paul and Reginald Williams II of Elyria; several grandchildren in Denver and Minnesota; two great-grandchildren; sisters Karen Washington and Yvette Randleman, both of Elyria, and Mary Owens of North Ridgeville; and a brother, Waynne Randleman of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lareatha M. (nee Randleman) Williams.
Services were at the Chapel of the Carter Funeral Home in Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 16, 2001.
Ruby L. Williams
Ruby L[ucille] Williams [nee Gibbs], 69, Parson Brown Drive, Orlando, died Wednesday, May 26. Mrs. Williams was a homemaker. Born in Oberlin, Ohio, [and a 1943 graduate of OHS,] she moved to Central Florida in 1978. She was a Baptist. She was a member of Orange Tree Ladies Golf Association. Survivors: sons, Kenneth P., Kevin S., both of Orlando; sister, Thelma Murphy, Oberlin; brothers, George Gibbs, Lorain, Ohio, Brent Gibbs, Elyria, Ohio. Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Orlando.
The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, Thursday, May 27, 1993, p. B4.
Shawn K. Williams
Shawn K[irk] Williams, 33, of North Ridgeville died Sunday in Avon Lake.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1986 graduate of OHS], he lived in Sheffield Lake before moving to North Ridgeville a year ago.
He worked for eight years at the Ford Motor Co. Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake.
A talented illustrator, he enjoyed art.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer (nee Howard); a daughter, Sarra Williams of Oberlin; a son Kevin Williams of Oberlin; his parents, Paul and Mable (nee Mayle) Williams of Huntington Township; a sister, Cheryl Watkins of Washington state; and brothers Rick Williams of Huntington Township, Frank Bristow of Oberlin, Dan Williams of Tucson, Ariz., and Paul Williams of Strongsville.
Memorial services will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Amherst Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, state Route 113, Amherst Township and at noon Saturday at the Lorain County Metro Parks’ Day’s Dam pavilion, at East 31st Street and Norfolk Avenue, Lorain.
The Burr Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Mentor, Ohio, is handling arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, March 9, 2000, p. C2.
Timothy Paul Williams, 25 of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died at home on Nov. 22 after 18 months with cancer.
Born in Oberlin he grew up here and attended Oberlin High School.
He worked for Plas Brothers Paving Company. He enjoyed fishing and drawing.
Survivors include his parents, Leonard G. and Helen of Elyria; brothers, Jack W. Bell of Columbia, S.C., Richard L. Williams of Oberlin; and Roger D., David E., Gregory S., and Ben D. Williams, all of Elyria; and nine nieces and nephews.
Services were Monday afternoon in the Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst, with the Rev. Gene Collings, pastor of Temple Baptist Church, Elyria, officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 27, 1990, p. 2.
Eunice D. Willis
Eunice Dean Willis, 95, Martinsburg, died Sunday, October 18, 1998 at the Fahrney-Keedy Memorial Nursing Home, Boonsboro, MD.
She was the daughter of the late David Dean and Elizabeth Jones Dean.
She was a retired interior designer from New York.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and former church elder.
She was a member of the PEO Society.
She is survived by one son, David H. Willis, Berkeley Springs; three grandsons; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, October 23, at First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Robert S. Hill, Jr. officiating. Interment will be private.
Contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 220 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, WV 25401.
Arrangements were by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg.
Miscellaneous Morgan County, West Virginia Obituaries http://www.obitcentral.com/obitsearch/obits/wv/wv-morgan18.htm
Life Crushed Out Under Trolley Car
“Tug” Wilson, Famous Athlete and Popular Oberlin Boy, Killed Almost Instantly
Early Tuesday Morning in Accident South of Town—Fell from Bonding Car and Was Picked Up Dying—Was Quarterback On Varsity Team in ’05 and Would Have Graduated at Williams College Next Spring.
Allan “Tug” Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Wilson, North Main street, and a famous athlete, was killed early Tuesday morning two and a half miles south of Oberlin.
Wilson was employed for the summer by the Cleveland & Southwestern on their bonding car, used in welding the rails. The car, with Wilson and Charles Ludwig, a Case student from Cleveland, on board, was bound for Wellington when the passenger car due here at 7:30 a.m. from the south pulled into sight. “Tug” reversed his car, running it backward toward a switch in order to let the regular pass.
The trolley jumped the wire and Wilson crawled out to the front of the car to adjust it. In some manner he slipped, fell between the rails and the car passed over his chest, crushing out his life almost instantly.
Ludwig, as Wilson fell, threw on the brakes. It was too late. But as the brakes set, the impact threw the bonding car from the rails into the ditch. Ludwig was unhurt, however.
Eyewitnesses say that as Wilson fell from the car his body turned over and fell so that the car wheels passed over his chest.
Passengers on the regular saw the accident and rushing from the car ran to the aid of Wilson, who was breathing when picked up. He only lived a moment after the accident, dying long before Dr. Bunce, the C. & S.-W.’s surgeon, who was hastily summoned, could reach the spot.
It was found that Ludwig was unhurt, and Wilson’s body was at once placed on the regular car, brought to Oberlin and placed in Booth’s undertaking rooms, where it was viewed at 10:30 a. m. by Coroner Miller, of Lorain, who was at once called by phone by Deputy Burge.
The bonding car was badly wrecked by the accident and Ludwig remained until the wrecking car could be run to the scene of the accident. Hugh Smith, another Oberlin boy, and a chum of Wilson’s, was working with the welding crew, but was not on the car at the time of the accident, having got off the car at Pittsfield, before the ill-fated car pulled back to allow the regular to pass.
When the body was brought to Oberlin There was no one on hand to notify Mr. and Mrs. Wilson of the terrible accident, but Rev. Mr. A. B. Allen volunteered to break to the parents the sad news and at once went to the home.
President Henderson, of the Oberlin Business College, a friend of the family, was notified of the accident and he assumed charge of the funeral arrangements, which, however, have not yet been completed. They will, however, undoubtedly be in charge of Rev. Mr. Warner, pastor of the First M. E. church, of which the Wilson family are members.
Perhaps no Oberlin lad in recent years has been more popular with his friends and companions than “Tug” Wilson. Always cheerful, a hard worker in the class room and on the athletic field, “Tug” was immensely popular. As quarter on the football team in ’05 he played a star game for Oberlin, often being the whole life of the team. He never had a hard word for anybody, and was always ready to do more than his share of whatever work was on hand.
Wilson was about 22 years of age. A year ago he decided to complete his college course at Williams college and would have graduated there next spring. At Williams he made friends as rapidly as he did here and though he could not play football there last fall, had made a reputation as an athlete and had been elected to the most prominent and most sought after society at Williams.
His Neck Broken
Coroner Miller viewed the remains of young Wilson at Booth’s undertaking rooms at 10:30 a. m., but said that he could not decide whether a formal inquest was necessary until he examined Ludwig.
The latter had notified the coroner that he could not appear until later as he had to stay with the car until a superintendent from Cleveland appeared. This superintendent had not reached Oberlin when The News went to press and it was not expected that the inquest would be begun until after dinner.
Coroner Miller in talking with a News man said that he believed that the accident was unavoidable. What information he had at that time showed that Wilson’s hand was caught by the trolley rope and he was jerked from the car.
Dr. Miller found on examining the body that Wilson’s neck had been broken and several ribs crushed. His hands were also burned by the electrical current.
Friends Paid Last Tribute
Funeral Services for Allan Wilson Held in First M. E. Church Thursday
Pastor, Rev. Mr. Warner, Tells of Sterling Qualities of the Deceased—Chums are Pall-bearers
Funeral services for Allan Reed Wilson, who was killed last Tuesday morning, were held at 10 a. m. Thursday in the First M. E. church, of which the deceased was a member.
The white casket, placed at the front of the platform, was heaped high with beautiful floral tributes, while the choir rail was draped with smilax tied with sweet peas.
The service, in charge of the pastor, Rev. Mr. Warner, assisted by Rev. B. E. Edgell, was impressive in its simplicity. After an organ voluntary by Dr. Andrews, a quartet, composed of Miss Jenney, Miss Coss, Mr. Harroun and Mr. Jameson, sang “Still, Still With Thee.” Rev. Mr. Warner then read a number of passages of Scripture, chosen by the family. Mr. Edgell offered prayer and the quartet sang “Cast Thy Burdens.” Mr. Warner then paid a splendid tribute to the worth of the deceased. At the close of the address the quartet sang “Oh Paradise.” The pallbearers were all close friends of “Tug” Wilson, young men who knew him both in the class and on the athletic field. They were: H. A. Simon, Howard Waters, Arthur Bradley and Louis Johnson. The burial was at Westwood.
Mr. Warner’s address follows:
Allan Reed Wilson was born Sept. 9, 1886, at Cross Hill Junction, Yorkshire, England, and met his death by accident July 23, aged nearly 21 years.
He finished his work in the Oberlin high school in 1904 and in the autumn of that year entered the freshman class in Oberlin college. At the beginning of his junior year last fall he entered Williams college, Williamstown, Mass.
On returning home this vacation, he engaged with the Cleveland and Southwestern Electric Railway Co. to work on their bonding car, and it was while thus employed he met with the fatal accident which calls us together now to mourn his loss and pay our last tribute of respect. Allan united with this church on probation under the pastorate of Rev. J. W. H. Brown in January 1897, and was received into full membership, together with his brother, Reuben, June 6, of the same year, at the early age of 11. Thus he committed himself the first thing to the church and the Christian life, seeking first the kingdom of God, according to the Saviour’s desire and command. He was one of our Sunday school and church boys, always willing to do service.
Allan was very much interested in athletics and was well known in athletic circles here and at Williams. He had the physical qualifications it seems to make him a splendid athlete, but he took other things into the game besides mere physical strength: he took good nature and clean playing, both worth vastly more than any power of physical endurance. How many places in the game there are where a player can easily lose his patience or temper, what opportunities there are for bad feeling under defeat, and charges of false playing to the other side to cover up one’s own mortification! If athletics have worth in development of the body, they also certainly afford an opportunity for the exercise of noble, honest principles under great strain and excitement. There the honor lies. Athletics and dishonor are worse than nothing. Athletics and clean, honest playing are worthy of commendation, and these parents and friends rejoice in his honor and good nature.
And this good nature was evident everywhere, not only on the athletic field, but in his college work, and in all his life. It is a great thing, good nature. There are two kinds, however, and we need to discriminate. There is a good nature so called, that is too easily imposed upon, a good nature that yields its rights, and is left with nothing except what people choose to give. We have the underling, the silent, passive, neglected, uncomplaining sufferer. But there is a better sort than that: the sturdy, straightforward kind that takes the bad with the good and makes merry over it, is not angered by honest defeat. There is great virtue in a smile, in a pleasant face, a pleasant disposition, a hearty way. Jesus said: “Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.” That must mean the courting of praise, the endeavor to please by doing exactly as others would have us do, being all things to all men in the bad sense of that term, disregarding the claims of righteousness to gain honor from men. But going on in the way we think right, being square, good-natured, and yet firm, wins the praises of men in this day and age of the world—that is, of all truth-loving men. But if such a one should cross the desires of evil-minded men, he would not be well spoken of by them.
To face the world of joy and sorrow, of good and evil, of prosperity and misfortune, of light and shadow, always with a smile is a great virtue, to keep sweet under great provocation, to be good-natured under persecution; “troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; cast down, but not destroyed”; all this is a heavenly grace. In fact it is a great principle that operates not only in our common life to-day, but one that leads out into the darkest trials of life, that leads up even to the life of the Saviour himself, who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; who when he suffered, threatened not; who bore all adversities with resignation. Again, Allan Wilson was a common young man who could win honors in college or work on the streets or at any kind of manual labor. He was not ashamed of work. He could put on the workman’s dress and do his part with no feeling that he was below his station. “Honor and shame from no condition rise; act well thy part, there all the honor lies.” Any honest work was good enough. The way to be brotherly with men is to work with them, or at least not feel that we are above the thing they are engaged in.
We have one more place to look, and that is in the home. The parents’ hopes were wrapped up in their boys; they were trying to give them a good education, so that they might be noble and useful men, planning and sacrificing for their good, taking an intense interest in all their plans and achievements as they should. The boys had entered earnestly into their parents’ plans, became enthusiastic in following them out, talked of them, dreamed of future usefulness and happiness in their final fulfillment. The boys confided in their parents; the parents in turn trusted their boys; all matters were discussed at home, and there was the greatest freedom. There was always a filial regard and tenderness, obedience, and love. If a young man loves his mother and tells her everything, there is great hope for him. The danger is when parents do not have the confidence of their children, when things are done in the dark, and there is not that open, frank dealing with father and mother.
David was heartbroken. His bitter wail was “O Absalom, my son, my son.” He covered his face and cried with a loud voice. Absalom had killed his brother, and had headed a rebellion against his father, and being killed, the father for a time could not be comforted. He had been kind to him, loved him as a father, but his heart was torn with anguish by his son’s misbehavior and death. He was more concerned over his question: Is the young man Absalom safe? after the battle than he was over the result of the conflict itself.
“How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it its to have a thankless child.” Allan was ideal in the home, so his parents testify.
Now, I have tried to speak of this young man as I have been led to believe he was. My estimate may not be perfect, but whether it is or not, there is one thing I wish to say aside from all reference to him whose body lies before us. I have spoken of his life in the church, college, community, sport, and the home, and have said what it appeared ought to be said, but there is one thing more that ought to appeal to every one of us, and that is that a noble life is not a life that is great in one or two things, but that is great in many things, great in all things. What good can we say of the dead? we ask. And we answer, we’ll say what good we can. And there is generally some good to be said. However, we believe the noble life is made up of many parts, good in this, good in that, good all around. If an athlete, an honest one; if a citizen, a useful one; if a laborer, a faithful one; if a church member, an active one. I spoke the names of two noted men to a friend of mine. He said, “One is a great man, the other is a good man,” but we are looking to-day for men that are both great and good, all around men, square men. Some have one virtue and lack others, are great in some of the world’s accomplishments and are deficient in character. We are trying to build up a type of manhood to-day that amounts to a great deal, of which many good things can be said, and not only one or two composite characters, and not single virtues standing alone among vices. “He’s a great financier.” What of it, if he is? “He’s a great singer, or a great artist in his line.” What of it? We want financiers, musicians and artists and every other kind who are good men, who have what Phillips Brooks said Mr. Lincoln had: the greatness of real goodness, and the goodness of real greatness.
After all it is only one thing that makes a life and not many things. A life must be composite in a sense, yet it is to be a unit, and a thoroughly great and good man can try his hand at anything, and graft different things into his life, but the one thing that controls all other things is his purpose; it unifies all the parts and makes them one. Character tells on everything on which a good man lays his hand, it is the one talisman that produces extraordinary effects everywhere. Character, —the Lord laid down his life that all men might be men of character, building upon a rock which would save them from every vehement wind, rain, and flood.
We are here in great numbers to-day because we have great respect for the one whose life has been so suddenly snatched away. Many knew him, and all thought well of him, and the comforting thought uppermost in the minds of his parents has been that he was a good boy, worthy, his life was well-pleasing to them, he was preparing for a life of usefulness, and they feel that all is well. There is no greater comforting thought than that. He lived his life, without reproach, short, but a life does not consist in its length. The father and mother are here, the brother is across the sea. May God be gracious to him as the news comes to him in that far country, and may he look with tender mercy upon the home which as been saddened.
The gales of death swing open and our loved ones pass through, but swing shut again so quickly that we cannot get even a glimpse of that which is beyond. They are gone, and that is all we know. But there is another opening, the door of hope. As it swings back on its bright hinges, the look cheers our weary spirits. We can see through it the golden sunshine of an endless day; we can see beauty and contentment; we can see the Saviour of men, beckoning even to us to come. Thank God, character is eternal; it cannot be dismantled or torn down, destroyed by fire or flood. Some other things will go down, fame, crowns, titles, wealth, but not character. The pathway of character leads to the door of hope. O, what would we do if it were not for the eternal things; what comfort could we find; what peace, what hope could we have of ever meeting again? O, what would we do if there were no Christ, but there is, and he will be our Christ, our power, and salvation, and he can give us life here and beyond the grave. O, what would we do if Christ did not comfort us in our sorrow? O thou mighty One, thou blessed Christ, help us.
Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on thee;
Leave, O leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me;
All my trust on thee is stayed,
All my help from thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
With the shadow of they wing.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 23 & 30, 1907, pp. 1, 5 & 7.
Dorothy Strong Wilson
Dorothy Strong Wilson, 81, former Oberlin resident, died Sept. 27.
Born in Oberlin on Aug. 16, 1910, the daughter of Jarvis and Grace Strong, she was the third of seven children [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1927]. In 1932 she married Henry Wood Wilson, who taught for many years in the Shaker Heights school system. He died in 1982.
She is survived by five children, Mrs. Garth (Julie) Griffith of Richmond, Va.; Carolyn W. Bontzol of Heidelberg, Germany; James K. Wilson of New York City; Joan M. Wilson of Richmond, Va.; and Mrs. Edward (Kimberly) Hayes of Coshocton; two grandchildren; two brothers, Jarvis Strong Jr. of McLean, Va., and John Strong of Oberlin; and a brother-in-law, Edward Wilson of Oberlin.
The date of a graveside service is pending.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 19, 1991, p. 2.
Oberlin Youth Dies After Long
Illness [George R. Wilson]
Oberlin, O., May 26—George Wilson, 15, son of Mrs. Herrick Wilson of 214 West College street passed away at ten o’clock last evening at his home, after a lingering illness with heart disease.
He was born in Washington, D.C., but has spent the greater part of his life in Oberlin. He was a member of the sophomore class of Oberlin High School [class of 1934].
Besides his mother, he is survived by three brothers, Henry of Ohio University at Athens, and Lee and Allen, at home.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, May 26, 1932, p. 2.
Funeral Rites Held
Funeral services for Geo. Wilson, who passed away Wednesday night at his home on West College street, were held at 2:30 this afternoon at the home in charge of George Sedgeman. Interment will be made at Westwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, May 28, 1932, p. 2.
Henry W. Wilson
Henry W. Wilson of Cleveland Heights, brother of Edward A. Wilson of Oberlin, died Friday in University Hospitals after a stroke. He was 71. Services were Monday at Heights United Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Wilson was chairman of the social studies department of Woodbury Junior High School in Shaker Heights, where he taught history from 1945 until his retirement in 1966. He was born in Chicago. The family moved to Oberlin during his childhood and lived at 214 West College. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1931.] Mr. Wilson received degrees from Ohio University and Ohio State.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Strong; daughters, Julia Griffith of Richmond, Virginia, Carolyn Bontzol of Heidelberg, West Germany, Joan Wilson of Cleveland Heights and Kimberly Hayes of Oxford, Ohio; a son, James, of New York; and a brother, Lee, of Allegan, Michigan, in addition to his brother here.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 30, 1982, p. 2.
Heart Attack Proves Fatal
Herrick E. Wilson Dies on Saturday after Brief Illness
Was Fine Student
Funeral Held Tuesday at the Family Home Under Auspices of the Masonic Lodge
After an illness of only two days, but following a period of failing health, Herrick E. Wilson, former assistant health commissioner of the Lorain county health district, died suddenly of heart disease at his home, 224 West College street, Saturday evening about 5 o’clock.
Mr. Wilson was born in Bradford, Pa., February 5, 1884, and came to Oberlin with his parents to live in 1888 [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1902]. He was employed in Cleveland for several years on the staff of the Smithsonian Institute as a paleontologist and for three years was assistant to Dr. McIntosh, health commissioner for the Lorain county health district. This position Mr. Wilson was obliged to resign last fall because of failing health. In the discharge of his duties he gained a wide acquaintance and earned the respect and high esteem of those with whom his duties brought him into contact. He was a member of Oberlin Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and was a Past High Priest of Oberlin Chapter, Royal Arch Masons.
In addition to his wife Mr. Wilson leaves four small sons, Henry, George, Lee and Allen. A sister, Mrs. Alice Wilson Harvey, resides at Mt. Union.
Funeral services were held at the family home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30. The ritualistic service of the Masonic Order was performed at the house. Rev. Van der Pyl read the service at the cemetery.
Mr. Wilson received the degree of A.B. from Oberlin College in 1909, the degree of A.M. in 1910, and the degree of Ph.D. from Chicago university in 1913. He was an earnest student, gave conscientious attention to any task he had in hand, was a man of high ideals and fine character and enjoyed the friendship of scores who knew his worth and who mourn his death in the prime of life.
The Oberlin News, Thursday, January 29, 1925, p. 1.
Herrick Lee Wilson
Herrick Lee Wilson, 66, of Allegan, Mich., former Oberlin resident and brother of Edward Allen Wilson of Oberlin, died Oct. 1 in Rochester, Minn.
Born Sept. 19, 1918, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Herrick E. and Julia Wilson. He grew up in Oberlin and attended Oberlin schools [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1937]. A graduate of the College of Wooster, he received masters degrees in art and forestry from the University of Michigan.
He served in the Air Force during World War II and was employed by the department of conservation in the states of West Virginia and Michigan. He later taught at Hopkins High School, Allegan, for a number of years, retiring in 1982.
He is also survived by his wife, Viola, and three children.
Services were in Allegan with interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Michigan Heart Association.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 11, 1984, p. 5.
Mrs. Paul A.
Mrs. Paul A. Wilson, 69, sister of Wilbur N. Peabody, 23 Orchard, died Monday in Pleasant Hill, Tenn., where she had lived for the past five years.
Rev. Frederick Schumacher conducted funeral services yesterday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The former Halloween Peabody was born in Oberlin and attended the public schools here [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1914] and Oberlin Conservatory. She taught music privately in Lorain County before her marriage.
Besides her husband and brother she is survived by one son, Alden P. of Park Ridge, Ill., and two grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 19, 1965, p. 7A.
Paul Andrew Wilson
Paul A. Wilson died
Mr. Wilson was born
After receiving the A.B. from Oberlin (1922) he was principal of
Mr. Wilson was a member of the Cleveland Counselor’s Assn., the Northeast Ohio Vocational Guidance Assn. and the Gerontology Society. He contributed a chapter to the book Grass Roots Social Welfare, edited by Alfred de Grazia (NY Press), and wrote a monograph, “Important Aspects in Counseling Older Workers,” and a pamphlet, “Suggestions for Workers Over Fifty.”
He leaves his wife, Elizabeth, a son and two grandchildren. His first wife, Hallowe’en K. Peabody ’19, died in 1965.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Charles W. Winder
Charles W[illiam] Winder, 58, of 1298 W. 114th St., Cleveland, was pronounced dead at St. John’s Hospital in Cleveland yesterday following a short illness.
The Cuyahoga County coroner is to rule on cause of death.
Born in LaRue, he had lived in Oberlin for several years and was a  graduate of Oberlin High School.
Mr. Winder moved about 26 years ago to Cleveland, where he was employed as a test board operator by the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Cleova (nee Horning) to whom he was married 32 years; two sons, William C. of Lakewood and Guy A. of California; a daughter, Mrs. James (Suzanne) Gerhardinger of Elyria; four grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Mary Winder of Mt. Victory; and two brothers, Robert of Pennsylvania and Paul of Chicago.
Friends will be received tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Joseph A. Misenick Funeral Home, 12500 Madison Ave., Lakewood.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with burial in Sunset Memorial Park.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, July 11, 1974, p. D-2.
Cleova H. Winder
Elyria -- Cleova H. Winder (nee Horning), 90, of Elyria, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at LakeMed Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Painesville, following a long illness. She was born in Cleveland on Jan. 21, 1916, and lived in Elyria since 1987.
Mrs. Winder was a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Senior Citizens Club, both in Elyria. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1933 and from the former Oberlin School of Commerce.
Survivors include her daughter, Suzanne Gerhardinger Kane of Painesville; sons William Winder of Pigeon Point, Calif., and Guy Winder of Glasgow, Mont.; and nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 1974; sister, Evelyn Edmunds; brother, Delmar Horning; and parents, Delmar and Kathryn (nee Hoeh) Horning.
There will be no service or funeral home visitation. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, Elyria.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, December 27, 2006.
Penny Hecock Winn
Winn, Penny Hecock, age 57, of Maitland, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 at her home, after a long illness. She was born on December 31, 1947, in Oberlin, Ohio, and moved to Central Florida in 1985. Penny graduated from Oberlin High School in 1966, and after attending the University of Arizona, she graduated with her MA in Industrial Psychology from the University of Central Florida. She served as Director of Organization and Psychology Services for Wilson Learning. She was a volunteer for the National Cancer Society. She is survived by her mother, Lucille Hecock of Sandusky, Ohio; three sisters, Christine (John) Yochem of Huron, Ohio, Sally Henning of Worthington, Ohio, and Holly (William) Eastin of Durham, North Carolina. She was predeceased by her husband William Winn in December of 2002. Burial will be held in Camden Township Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, October 21, 2005 at 2 PM, at the Collison Family Funeral Home Howell Branch Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, or a local Hospice Organization. Services are entrusted to Collison Family Funeral Homes & Crematory Howell Branch Chapel, 3808 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park. 407-678-4500.
Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Florida, Thursday, October 20, 2005.
Penny Hecock Winn
Penny Hecock Winn of Maitland, Fla., formerly of Oberlin, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2005, at her home, following a long illness. She was 57.
Born Dec. 31, 1947, in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in1966. She attended the University of Arizona and earned her master’s degree in industrial psychology from the University of Central Florida.
She served as director of organization and psychology services for Wilson Learning. She also volunteered for the National Cancer Society.
Mrs. Winn is survived by her mother, Lucille Hecock of Sandusky; sisters Christine Yochem of Huron, Sally Henning of Worthington, and Holly Eastin of Durham, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Winn.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 25, 2005, p. 2.
Mary Margaret Winson, 77
North Ridgeville -- Mary Margaret Winson (nee Gerhartinger), 77, of North Ridgeville, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Specialty Hospital of Lorain, following a brief illness.
She was born in Oberlin and had been a North Ridgeville resident since 1950, moving from Oberlin. [She was a 1941 graduate of Oberlin High School.]
Mrs. Winson was employed in the CSR Department of EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria from 1979 to 1989. She had previously been employed by North Ridgeville Public Schools, in the cafeteria at Lear North Elementary.
She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, North Ridgeville. She had been a Brownie Troop Leader many years ago. She enjoyed cake decorating, cooking, baking, making candy, crocheting and vegetable gardening.
Survivors include her sons R. Peter Winson of Homerville, and David and Tom Winson, both of North Ridgeville; daughters Sally Winson and Rita Winson, both of North Olmsted, and Virginia Spisak of Monroe, N.C.; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ignatius and Gertrude Gerhartinger; and brother, Francis Gerhartinger.
Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Services at the funeral home Thursday at 9:30 a.m. will be followed at 10 a.m. by Mass in St. Peter Catholic Church, 35777 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Elyria.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter's Restoration Fund, 35777 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville 44039.
The Morning-Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, 2 October 2001
Carol Jordan Winter
Mrs. Elmer B. Winter (Carol E. Jordan) died on
Receiving her master’s degree from Oberlin in 1925, [after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin in 1924,] Mrs. Winter taught mathematics in the high school at
Mrs. Winter is survived by her husband and a six-year old daughter, Eva.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, March 1947, p. 24.
Betty G. Winters, 78, was
Elyria -- Betty G. ''Poppy'' Winters, 78, of Elyria, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Avon.
She was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Oberlin, and was a graduate of Oberlin High School [class of 1941].
Mrs. Winters was a member of the Lorain County Republican Committee and St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Elyria, and its Altar Guild.
She had been employed as a teller at Lorain County Bank and Elyria Savings and Trust National Bank.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Owen A. Winters; daughters Cathie Sprague of Elyria and Sue Knoll of Sandusky; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Carol Neuman of Oberlin and Sandy Cobra of Florida.
Friends may call Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. at Resthaven Memory Gardens, 3700 Center Road (SR 83), Avon. The Rev. David Straub will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 12200 Fairhill Road, Cleveland 44120.
Berry Funeral Home, Westlake, is handling arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, October 23, 2001.
Mrs. Jesse B. Wolfe (Clara A. Husted), retired missionary to
In 1909, following two years of teaching high school in Atlantic Mine,
The Wolfes were missionaries at various places in
In 1940 the Wolfes retired to
Mrs. Wolfe wrote short stories connected with the years they spent in
She leaves her husband; a son, Jesse Jr., of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Tracy Anne Wolfe
Tracy Anne Wolfe, 44, died suddenly at her parents’ home on Colony Drive, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009.
She was a 1983 graduate of Oberlin High School, and the University of South Florida.
Miss Wolfe is survived by her parents, Kenneth F. and Joyce L. Wolfe of Oberlin; a sister, Martha Myers of Columbia, Mo.; and a brother, Kenneth P. Wolfe, of Tampa, Fla. There will be a private family burial at Westwood Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be made to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 27, 2009, p. 3.
Sarah Elizabeth Wolff
Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Wolff, 84, of Traverse City, Mich., former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 20 at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
Born Aug. 28, 1909, in Oberlin, she was the daughter of Jack and Virginia (Ballard) Wirkler. Her father was assistant and associate secretary of Oberlin College from 1913-45, and also directed the OC glee clubs. Mrs. Wolff [graduated from OHS in 1926 and] was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1928, but did not graduate because of her marriage to Ralph E. Wolff Sr. in 1927.
She had lived in Traverse City since 1940 and was a member there of St. Francis Catholic Church and its choir, Altar Society and variety club.
She was a volunteer with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and was a past president of the Parent Teacher Association.
She was preceded in death by her husband, in 1970, and by a son, Richard, in 1953; and a brother, Richard Wirkler.
She is survived by three sons, Ralph E. “Boots” of Traverse City, Robert of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Jerry of Sante Fe, N.M.; three daughters, Joan Forton of Waterford, Mich., Virginia Brunn of Rocklin, Calif., and Sally Steele of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Jack Wirkler of California; 30 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Services were Jan. 22 in St. Francis Catholic Church with burial in Oakwood Cemetery in Traverse City.
Memorial gifts may be given to the St. Francis Organ Fund or the Father Fred Foundation.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 1, 1994, p. 2.
Jocelyn Chang Wong
Jocelyn Chang Wong, 75, of Pearl City, a homemaker and teacher, died Jan. 8, 2005, in Honolulu. She was born in Honolulu [and was a 1947 graduate of OHS]. She is survived by husband Robert T.W.; children Dorrin, Donald, Douglas and Adrienne; mother Alice Y.S. Chang; brothers and sisters Dr. Lennig and Dr. Hollis Chang, Rowena Shriber [OHS ‘49] and Sherlyn Goo; and eight grandchildren. Private services.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, January 21, 2005.
Jocelyn Chang Wong, 75, of Honolulu, died Jan. 8, 2005. Born in Honolulu. Homemaker. Survived by husband, Robert; children, Lorrin, Donald, Douglas and Adrienne; mother, Alice Chang; siblings, Lennig Chang, Rowena Shriber, Hollis Chang and Sherlyn Goo; eight grandchildren. Private service held. Arrangements by Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary.
The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii, Saturday, January 21, 2005.
Carma Elaine Wood
Dolly Wood was born Carma Elaine Lee on January 27, 1920, to Carlton E. and Mary Lee in Lorain, Ohio. The youngest of four and the only girl, she was nicknamed “Dolly” by her three brothers, Ed, Jack and Bob.
As an infant she was stricken with Polio, leaving her right arm withered and deformed. Tragically, during the next 10 years she broke the same arm twice necessitating many surgical procedures over her childhood, some of them highly experimental for the time.
Most people would have been greatly affected by this incredible bad luck. But not Dolly Wood. She learned from her highly active and sports-minded brothers how to be tough and focused on the future rather than dwelling on the sorrows inflicted on her as a child. Never lie, never quit was her credo from childhood.
While still in public school, her family moved from Lorain to Oberlin, Ohio [where she graduated from OHS in 1940]. As a young girl, she was active in several sports including softball, basketball, swimming and track. She would not give up. She even had to train herself to write left-handed even though she had been born right-handed.
But her most notable achievement had nothing to do with her physical deformity. For God had blessed her with a beautiful, clear, soprano voice, one so clean and pure she was immediately noticed by the staff of the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she was taking private voice lessons. She was offered a scholarship to the conservatory while still in high school. Unfortunately, for academic reasons she was never able to take advantage of this wonderful offer.
That, of course, didn’t even slow our indefatigable Dolly. Her singing blessed the halls of several establishments, churches and organizations, including the world famous Sweet Adelines all-female glee club.
Despite her attention to music as a young woman, she let that attention stray just long enough to meet and marry Robert Wood, also a resident of Oberlin, who worked in Lorain, Ohio, at an automobile dealer’s as a bookkeeper. They were married on July 21, 1940.
As Dolly’s bad luck continued to haunt her, Robert was drafted into the United States Army in 1942 and was sent overseas to fight in Europe while Dolly stayed home, waiting for the birth of their first child, with whom she had become pregnant shortly before Robert was drafted.
Robert Jr. was born in March of 1943. It was two years before he met his dad. Jack, Bob’s brother, was born in July 1947.
Dolly conveyed her love of music to both her sons over the next decade, having them both trained on piano and cornet. Bob Jr. went on to play with a US Air Force band, both playing the French horn and singing. Jack gave up music shortly after senior high school.
During the years as the boys grew to adulthood in Oberlin, Dolly became active in her community, rising from dry goods store clerk to become the first woman Civil Defense Director in Ohio. She was active in the Order of Eastern Stars rising to a major state position within that organization.
After the boys left the family home, Bob and Dolly decided to move west. They landed in Roswell, NM, in 1968 and, after a few years there, moved on to Albuquerque.
Robert retired in the late 1970s and they decided to “see the world.” Or at least as much of it as they could visit in a 42 foot trailer.
Eventually, they ended up in Tucson, when Bob’s health began to fail. Dolly and Bob amassed a great fortune here: the best friends anyone could ask for. They befriended so many people while traveling and later in various Tucson RV and mobile home parks it would be almost impossible to list them all in one place. But two late arrivals deserve special mention.
Dolly was finally blessed with two great grandchildren, Brian and Eric, both the sons of her favorite (and only) granddaughter, Lisa Wood Pattison and her husband, Jeff. Her favorite (and only) grandson, Michael Wood, a fireman in Elyria, Ohio, and 1st Lieutenant in the Ohio National Guard and his pretty bride, Michelle, are just getting their feet on firm marital ground.
But finally Dolly’s bad luck struck again with a vengeance. She was diagnosed in November of 2001 with breast cancer and leukemia. But true to her now-deceased brothers Bob and Jack and her still living brother Ed, she fought like a tiger. She refused to let it get her down, even at the last when it attacked and destroyed her whole body. Yes, her body was ravaged by this terrible enemy; but never her spirit.
She was transported from her home to Carondolet-St. Mary’s Hospice on Friday evening, December 27, 2002, exactly one month before her 83rd birthday. After she was put to bed and the pain of the move started to wear away she talked with the nurses and her family for a good hour or more. Even laughing on occasion.
She said goodnight to her husband of 62 years, her eldest son, 59, and went to sleep. The following morning she was in a coma which was not to release her to her final peace until a week later.
Carma Elaine Wood; “Dolly” passed from her awful suffering at 8:55 PM, Saturday evening, January 4th, 2003, a fighter and a lady right to the very end.
Takes D. A. Wood
Dudley Allen Wood, Sr., Oberlin florist, who died Tuesday night at Allen Hospital, lived his entire life, spanning 57 years, in Oberlin at 228 E. College St. He had been in ill health for the past four years.
Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow (Friday) afternoon from his late home at 3:30 by the Rev. Joseph F. King, pastor of First Church, where Mr. Wood was a member.
Mr. Wood had been a florist and prominent member of the Oberlin business community for the past 15 years. Before that, he owned and operated the Forest City Builders Supply Co. in Cleveland. During World War I, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was at an officer’s candidate school until medically discharged.
He attended the Oberlin schools and was graduated [from Oberlin High School in 1911 and] from Oberlin College in 1915. He sang with the college glee club, led an active college life and was an acknowledged campus leader. For many years, he was in charge of Commencement decorations on the Oberlin College campus.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Catherine, and three sons; Dudley A., Jr., of Oberlin; Thomas of Rochester, N. Y.; and Walter G., who is a student at Bowling Green State University. A brother, James, may come from Texas in time for the funeral services.
Friends may call at the Cowling-Sedgeman funeral home until tomorrow (Friday) morning when the body will be taken to the home for the afternoon services at which the family and friends will attend. Burial will be made in Westwood cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 1, 1951, p. 1.
Harvey Eugene Wood, 42, of 209 E. Lorain, died Sunday at Veterans Hospital in Cleveland. He had been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for two years prior to his death.
Born in Oberlin Aug. 29, 1929, he [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1948,] was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and worked as a machinist for the Nordson Co. in Amherst prior to enrolling at the University of Akron five years ago. He had only one quarter to complete prior to receiving his BA from that school when he was forced to withdraw two years ago due to illness.
He was a member of Rust Methodist Church and the American Legion – Willard B. Holmes Post.
Surviving is his mother, Mrs. Joseph (Pansy) Lyons, 106 E. Vine.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Moses Williams officiating. Burial followed in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 8, 1973, p. 3.
A. Wood dies at 66
John A. (Jack) Wood, 66, was pronounced dead at Allen Hospital Saturday afternoon following an apparent heart attack at his home, 334 East College.
Born in Oberlin on May 11, 1916, he was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1934 and received the AB degree from Oberlin College in 1938.
He was a World War II veteran, serving in Army ordnance. For a number of years, he owned and operated the Ross Lumber Co., later called the Wood Lumber Co., at 335 South Main. After selling that business, he became a supervisor in the Oberlin College buildings and grounds department, serving as manager of college rental housing for the last 11 years. He retired last March.
He was a member of First Church and had been active in the Karl Wilson Locke post 102 of the American Legion, serving as commander, and was a former president of the Oberlin Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; and three sons, John, of North Royalton, and William and Richard at Home.
Graveside services were Tuesday morning at Westwood Cemetery, with the Rev. John Elder officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 26, 1982, p. 2.
John A. “Jack” Wood, ’38, died Aug. 21, 1982, in Oberlin, following an apparent heart attack. A lifelong resident of Oberlin, he retired this past spring after 11 years as manager of college rental housing. He applied for work at the College in 1966 and was picked by Lewis Tower, then business manager, to work in the service building, where he “did everything at first” including filling in for Jerry Stang, now deceased, who was in charge of rental housing at the time.
Over the years, Jack maintained his wry sense of humor despite encounters from an occasional destructive tenant, a host of unmanageable pets and complaints from the neighbors about loud music coming from his rental properties. In the winter of 1977, when he was checking a Woodland Ave. student house for heat, frozen pipes or leakage problems, the female resident was frightened by his presence. Thinking he was an intruder, she slammed the door in his face and ran to a neighbor’s to call the police. Four minutes later, the police arrived to find that Mr. Wood had followed the student to her neighbor’s house and had apologized for not introducing himself properly. “I realized her problem, that she was uneasy being alone and, although most of the students know me, apparently our paths had never crossed before. It’s very flattering to be known as the mad rapist at my age,” he said.
Mr. Wood was born in Oberlin, May 11, 1916, the son of John P. and Jeanette (McCoy ’10) Wood. At the time of his death, he still lived in the same home in which he had been reared. He attended Oberlin High School, [graduating in 1934,] graduated from the College [in 1938] with a political science degree and then held various sales jobs in the area. Before joining the Army Ordnance in 1942, he worked for the Oberlin Savings Bank. The death of his father in 1944 put Mr. Wood in charge of his father’s building supply business in Oberlin. He sold that to Oberlin Elevator and went to work for Lee Ross’s Lumber Co., which he eventually bought in 1958 and sold to the Oberlin Elevator in 1966. While in the lumber business he also built, bought, remodeled and sold several houses in Oberlin.
Mr. Wood was a former president of the Chamber of Commerce and was a member of First Church.
He leaves his wife, the former Mary J. Webber ’49, and sons John, 23, William, 22 and Richard, 20.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Autumn 1982, p. 91.
John P. Wood Dies; Funeral Was Monday
Business Houses Close to Mark Passing of Well Known Citizen, Lifelong Resident
John Pardee Wood, 68, head of the Wood Construction Company and prominent Oberlin businessman, died at Allen Hospital Saturday morning. Mr. Wood suffered a coronary thrombosis on Friday night and was taken to the hospital then.
Born at ?9 East Lorain street on April 20, 1876, Mr. Wood spent his entire life in Oberlin, in his boyhood living at the family home now occupied by his brother Dudley A. Wood, at 228 East College street. He attended the Oberlin schools.
Before his marriage in 1915 to Jeanette McCoy he was a salesman for building supplies. After his marriage he formed a partnership with his brother James, who now lives in Texas, under the name of the Wood Construction Company. Mr. Wood was a member of the First Church, Oberlin Lodge No. 380 F. & A. M., Oberlin Chapter, R. A. M., the Chamber of Commerce; and was a director of the Oberlin Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette, and one son, Tech. Sgt. Jack Wood, home on furlough from Jackson, Mississippi; three brothers, Dr. Walter A. Wood of Philadelphia, James M. Wood of Henderson, Texas, now visiting in Oberlin, and Dudley A. Wood of Oberlin; and one sister, Mrs. M. A. Houghton of Oberlin.
Funeral services were held at the home, 334 East College street, Monday afternoon. Rev. Joseph F. King, pastor of the First Church, officiated and burial was made in Westwood cemetery. Oberlin business houses were closed during the time of the funeral.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 14, 1944, p. 1.
A Teacher of Great Merit; Nobel Woman
Miss Mabel Wood Taught in Elyria Schools Over Twelve Years
Died Last Night
Principal of Lake Avenue School Passed Away at 10:45 Wednesday Night at home of Parents in Carlisle – Principal Here for Several Years – Was Much Loved by Scholars, Parents and All Who Knew Her
This community was grieved today to learn of the death of Miss Mabel C. Wood, teacher in the Elyria schools, which occurred at 10:45 o’clock Wednesday night at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wood, of Carlisle, Stop 91 on the green line between here and Oberlin.
For many years Miss Wood has been connected with the Elyria schools, and in all that time there has been no more faithful or hard working teacher than she. She took such a vital interest in the training and education of the young lives placed in her charge that she sacrificed more than time and strength – even her health – for their interests.
From all sides words of praise are heard for this instructor who was a true teacher and one of noble character. No eulogy seems too effusive in attempting to depict the womanly virtues which went to make her a lovable teacher. The scores of boys and girls who came under her care and attention really loved her as a companion and friend.
The deceased graduated from Oberlin high school in 1892 . She came to Elyria to teach in the public schools between twelve and fifteen years ago. She taught continuously until last April with the exception of the year preceding the one which closed last June when she was compelled to remain at home and rest on account of her declining health.
Feeling considerably rested, after her year’s vacation, Miss Wood again resumed her work as principal of the Lake avenue building again last September. Her courage and determination, however, were greater than her strength, and she was compelled to again give up her work early last April.
Besides teaching in the Elyria schools for a dozen years or more, the deceased was principal of the Lake avenue building for above half that time, and she taught the eighth grade before but when this grade was transferred to another building last fall, she took charge of the seventh grade.
Miss Wood is survived by her parents, two brothers and a sister, as follows: Harry Wood, of Chicago, Robert, who resides at home, and Mrs. T. C. Metzger of Lorain.
The funeral services will be held at the Wood home next Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will occur in Carlisle cemetery.
The Evening Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, July 20, 1911, p. 1.
A great many friends paid their last tribute of respect to their friend, Miss Mabel Wood, Sunday, at the home, which was made desolate and lonely by death taking from it a life full of hope and a smile that greeted everybody. While the memory of her will be sweet, still she will be greatly missed.
The Evening Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, July 27, 1911, p. 8.
Mary Jane Wood
A graveside service at Westwood Cemetery will be held today, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. for Mary Jane Wood (nee Webber), 72, of Oberlin, who died Nov. 12 at her home after a six month illness. The Rev. Tom Keller of Penfield Community Church will officiate.
Born in Canton, Mrs. Wood lived most of her life in the Oberlin Area. She was a 1945 graduate of Oberlin High School and a 1949 graduate of Oberlin College.
She taught for one semester at the University of South Dakota in Vermilion, S.D.
Mrs. Wood was a book buyer and vice president of the National Association of College Stores. She also helped establish Copies, Etc. with the late Russell Reynolds.
Before her death, she worked part-time as a secretary for Alex Rutstein and Associates.
She enjoyed golf, bowling and reading.
Survivors include three sons, Richard of Oberlin, William of Stoughton, Wis., and John of Atwater, Ohio; five grandchildren; and a brother, Dr. George H. Webber of El Paso, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Adams Wood; her parents George H. and Sarah H. (nee Seesholtz) Webber; and a sister, Ruth A. Reno.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 16, 1999, p. 7.
Former teacher, Mrs. Ona Wood dies
Mrs. Ona Wood (nee Porter), 90, of 65 Birch Park Dr., New London, died yesterday in Martha’s Nursing Home, New London, after a long illness.
A former school teacher and practical nurse, Mrs. Wood was born in New London and lived in that area most of her life[, and she was a 1901 graduate of OHS].
She was a member of the Mayflower Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Lorain, and the Fitchville Grange. She was also a member of the First Baptist Church and LeRoy Chapter No. 82 Order of Eastern Star.
A daughter, Mrs. Catherine Stiles, New London, three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren survive.
Friends will be received in the Eastman Funeral Home, New London, tomorrow from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. George Minton officiating. Burial will be in Fitchville Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, December 15, 1973, p. 14.
Ona Porter Wood, k, died Dec. 14, 1973, at New London, Ohio, where she was born June 2, 1883, and where her great-grandfather had been elected the township’s first constable in 1817. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1901 [and was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1904].
Prior to her marriage in 1906 to Meade Wood, she was an elementary teacher at Dunlap, Kan. She and her husband moved in 1917 from New London to Florida where she taught private kindergarten for two years and completed two nursing courses at New Port Richey.
In 1932 Mrs. Wood and her daughter, now Mrs. Catharine Stiles, returned to New London and for 25 years Mrs. Wood did practical nursing. In addition to her daughter she leaves three granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May/June 1974, p. 44.
Wood, 44, killed in Maryland auto accident
Thomas Henderson Wood, 44, brother of Dudley A. Wood and Walter Wood of Oberlin, was killed instantly Saturday in a three-car crash just east of Frostburg, Md. His home was in Hagerstown, Md.
Three other persons in the accident were critically injured.
Graveside services, with Rev. Roger Robbennolt officiating, were held Monday afternoon at Westwood Cemetery.
Mr. Wood, born in Oberlin April 9, 1920, was a  graduate of Oberlin High School and Oberlin College. He served four years with the Army Engineers Corps in World War II. Much of his service was in the South Pacific.
Besides his brothers he is survived by three children, David, Margaret Louise and Kimberly, all of Hampton, N. H.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 9, 1964, p. 3A.
Wood Dies at 73
Dr. Walter Allen Wood, 73, brother of Dudley A. Wood, 228 E. College St., and of Mrs. M. A. Houghton, 257 E. College St., died at 3 a. m. Monday at Allen Hospital, where he had been ill for two weeks. Private funeral services, with the Rev. Joseph F. King officiating, were yesterday (Wednesday) at the Wood home.
Dr. Wood was born Feb. 19, 1874, in Oberlin. He was graduated from [OHS in 1891, from] Oberlin College in 1896 and from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1902. He practiced medicine for 40 years in Philadelphia and for many years was the medical referee for the New York Mutual Life Insurance Co. During World War I, he held the rank of major and headed Base Hospital No. 6 in France.
Dr. Wood, a bachelor, is survived by two brothers, Dudley Wood of Oberlin, with whom he had made his home recently, and James M. Wood of Henderson, Tex., and one sister, Mrs. M. A. Houghton.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 26, 1947, p. 1.
G. Wood, 75, textbook rep
Oberlin -- Walter Gleason Wood, 75, of Oberlin, died suddenly Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland. He was born July 26, 1926, in Oberlin, where he remained a lifelong resident.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1944 and from Bowling Green State University in 1951.
Wood was employed as a textbook representative for CV Mosby Publishing Co. for many years, retiring in 1988.
He was a member of First Church, Oberlin, and had worked in the Oberlin College Botanical Greenhouse. He enjoyed gardening, reading and sketching.
Survivors include his wife, Lee (nee Aspinwall); daughters Melissa Mittler of Oberlin and Elizabeth Connolly of Marietta, Ga.; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and his brother, Dudley Wood of Oberlin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Catherine H. (nee Henderson) and Dudley Wood Sr.; and a brother, Thomas H. Wood.
Friends may call Wednesday 3 to 6 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Graveside services Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Westwood Cemetery, Morgan Street, Oberlin, will be followed at 11 a.m. by a memorial service in First Church, Main and Lorain Sts., Oberlin. The Rev. William B. Kitchen, pastor, will officiate.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Mrs. Robert M. Woodbury
Mrs. Ralph J. Reynolds
Two members of one of Oberlin’s oldest families have died recently: Alice Fairchild Reynolds, on Jan. 11, and Mildred Fairchild Woodbury on February 9. They were the daughters of James T. and Emma Dickinson Fairchild; their grandfather was James Harris Fairchild, who came to Oberlin when the town and college were founded, graduated with the class of 1838 and was college president from 1868 to 1889.
Mrs. Reynolds was a [1908 graduate of Oberlin High School and a] member of the Oberlin Class of 1912, and became a college teacher. She was the widow of Ralph J. Reynolds. Mrs. Woodbury, OC class of 1916, had a career as a professor of sociology and related subjects at Bryn Mawr College. Later, she was the chief of women’s work and protection of youth at the International Labor Office, Geneva, Switzerland. Her husband, Robert M. Woodbury, who died in 1969, for many years was chief statistician at the International Labor Office.
The family home of president Fairchild was on the corner of S. Professor and Elm Sts.; the James T. Fairchild home was on Elm St. Both lots are now the site of Fairchild Hall.
Dorothy Fairchild Graham, class of 1910, is the surviving sister, as is a niece, Mildred Graham Vasan. James A. Reynolds and Mary Reynolds Ebert, children of Alice Reynolds, also survive.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 13, 1975, p. 7.
Robert W. Woodruff
Robert W. Woodruff, 78, former Oberlin resident, died Dec. 19 in Sedona, Ariz.
A 1937 graduate of Oberlin College, Mr. Woodruff attended Oberlin High School and Western Reserve Academy in Hudson. His family lived at 237 W. College St., which served as a boarding house for young faculty during the 1930s.
He was the maternal grandfather of Andrew and Eleanor Ruckman, son and daughter of Andy Ruckman of Oberlin and Kay Bigglestone of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Oberlin.
He is also survived by his wife of 54 years, Mabel (nee Koehler) of Sedona; daughters, Ann Snowden of Las Vegas, Nev., and Cynthia Smith of Elko, Nev.; son, Peter of Woodland, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, John, of Claremont, Calif.; and sister, Florence Hiller of Burbank, Calif.
Burial was in Sedona Memorial Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 5, 1993, p. 2.
George Franklin Woods, 50, of Hyattsville, Md., former Oberlin resident, died July 21 of an apparent heart attack in Washington Adventist Hospital, Tacoma Park, Md.
Born in Pikesville, Ky., he was a 1961 graduate of Oberlin High School and a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam.
He was employed as a custodian in the Oberlin Public Schools until he moved to the Washington, D.C., area in 1985. He worked as a truck driver after leaving Lorain County.
Survivors include his wife, Peggie; sons George Jr. of Oberlin and David of Hyattsville; a daughter, Elaine of Hyattsville; a brother, Leonard of Cleveland; sisters, Anna Moore, Velma Henry and Tondia Vilyus, all of Oberlin, Maureen Woods of Schaumberg, Ill., and Paulette Strange of Columbia, S.C.; and his mother, Leona Woods of Oberlin.
His father, George, died in March 1993.
Services were Monday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with Bishop Oney Fitzpatrick officiating.
Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 27, 1993, p. 2.
Elizabeth `Libby' Worcester, 87, of Ashland, died Sunday (May 23, 1999) at Linda Vista Care Center. A private service is planned. [She was a 1930 graduate of OHS.]
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 698, Medford, OR 97501.
Mrs. Worcester enjoyed sewing, crafts and playing the organ.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth, Ashland; three daughters, Patty Duggan, Ashland, Nancy Rogers, Talent, and Dani Biggs, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland.
Mail Tribune, Jackson County, Oregon, Wednesday, May 26, 1999.
Florene Emma Worcester
Florene Emma Worcester, 85, a resident of Kendal at Oberlin, died Friday, June 20, 1997, at Allen Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
Ms. Worcester had been a lifelong resident of Oberlin. A  graduate of Oberlin High School, she was the first “A” student at Prospect School and later became a first grade teacher there.
She retired as principal of the school in 1973. Ms. Worcester was a graduate of the Oberlin Kindergarten Training School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education from Colorado State University.
Ms. Worcester was active in the United Methodist Church where she served as a teacher and director of the Bible School and as church school superintendent. She served as chairperson of many church committees and was a past president of United Methodist Women.
Ms. Worcester served as president of Beta Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Chapter D.J. of PEO and Oberlin Ohio Education Association.
Since her retirement in 1973, Ms. Worcester had been curator of Monroe House, Little Red School House and Jewett House; she had lived at Jewett House from 1977 until moving to Kendal in 1993.
She is survived by a sister, Gertrude Ryan of Homesite, California. Ms. Worcester was preceded in death by sisters Ada Cook and Hazel Schekelhoff, and her parents George and Minna (nee Arndt) Worcester.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church at a later date with the Rev. Al Sprague officiating. Burial will be in East Pittsfield Cemetery. The Cowling Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 24, 1997, p. 2.
Kenneth E. Worcester, 91, of Ashland, died Monday (June 7, 2004) at Ashland Community Hospital. Arrangements: Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland.
Worcester was born in Oberlin, Ohio, to Bertha and Edwin Worcester in 1912 [and graduated from OHS in 1930]. He had three older sisters, now deceased.
Ken married Elizabeth (Libby) Alexander in 1933. He managed the family dairy in Oberlin for 18 years.
He was a strong community leader, active in many civic organizations including Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and the school board.
1950, the family moved to a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, after Ken had accepted a sales position with Nelson Stud Welding. Later the family relocated to Fresno and Sacramento, California. In 1972, Ken and Libby purchased a convenience store with cabins in Smith River, California, which they operated for ten years. Ken served as president of the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce while there.
After Ken and Libby retired they built a home in Ashland, Oregon. Ken worked as a custodian and general handyman for the Ashland School District. He was admired and loved by teachers and students alike. In 1980 the school annual was dedicated to him. A World War II buff, Ken attended Heidelberg (Germany) University in 1932, when Hitler was coming into power. Ken shared his pre-WWII experiences and memorabilia with the students in John Treadway's English and History classes at Ashland High School for many years.
Ken's wife of 66 years preceded him in death in 1999. He is mourned by his daughters, Patty Duggan of Ashland, Dani Biggs of Sahuarita, Arizona, and Nancy Rogers of Talent; as well as his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his beloved friend, Molly Gruber, and his many other friends and relatives.
Private family services have been held.
Mail Tribune, Jackson County, Oregon, Tuesday & Wednesday, June 8 & 9, 2004.
James C. Worcester
Pittsfield -- James C. ''Jim'' Worcester, 90, of Pittsfield Township, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, following a short illness.
He was born April 7, 1917, in Oberlin.
He served on the Pittsfield Town- ship Zoning Board.
Worcester, a master carpenter, helped build a gymnasium addition at Franklin School in Elyria and then went on to build many custom homes for Clark Brothers Inc. Later in life, he was a self-employed carpenter in the Oberlin and Wellington area. He had previously worked at the Lorain steel mill and also farmed on the family farm. He also sold apples.
He was active in saving the American Legion Ball Field after the closing of the Legion post and was involved in rebuilding the Pittsfield United Church and parsonage after the 1965 tornado. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, league bowling and gardening.
Worcester served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee in the Pacific on Kwajalein and Wake Island from 1943 through 1945 during World War II. He was a 1934 graduate of Oberlin High school, where he played basketball, and graduated from the former Oberlin School of Commerce in 1935.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lucille (nee Portman); sons James C. Worcester Jr. of Golden, Colo., Charles L. Worcester of Vermilion and David W. Worcester of Pittsfield Township; brother, Phillip ''Buss'' Worcester of Akron; sisters Eleanor Coe of Amherst and Maretta "Peg" Van Ausdale of Florida; and four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Calvert and Magdalene Lavilla Worcester.
Graveside services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pittsfield East Cemetery on SR 303. The Rev. Kenneth Gerhardt will officiate and a reception will follow at Pittsfield Community Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity. To send online condolence, go to www.norton-eastmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, Wellington.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, September 06, 2007.
Mary Elizabeth Worcester
Mary Elizabeth Worcester, 80, lifelong Oberlin resident, died March 7 at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after a short illness.
A 1932 graduate of Oberlin High School, she helped her late husband, Otis, run the Worcester Shoe Repair business based in their home.
She enjoyed reading.
She is survived by four daughters, Lois A. West of Vermilion, Joan Goodenow of Amherst, Beth E. Hawley of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kathy J. Billington of Toledo; two sons, Richard of Amherst and Roger of Elyria; 16 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis L.; a granddaughter, Barbara Billington; and a brother, William Maroney.
Graveside services were March 10 at Westwood Cemetery.
The Cowling Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 14, 1995, p. 3.
Service held at funeral home for Nina E.
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home for Mrs. Herman (Nina E.) Worcester, 83, of 271 Elm. She died Sunday night at Allen Hospital after a six months illness.
Born in Akron Dec. 31, 1882, Mrs. Worcester had lived in Oberlin for 22 years [and was a 1902 graduate of OHS]. She was a member of First Methodist Church.
Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mary Alice Bradley of Wellington; three sons, Lloyd of Elyria, Max of Racine, Wis., and Kenneth of Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Rev. Forest Waller conducted the services. Burial was in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 25, 1966, p. 5.
Otis Worcester, Repaired shoes
Otis Worcester, 81, of Oberlin, was dead on arrival Thursday at Allen Memorial Hospital in Oberlin after a short illness.
Born in Oberlin, [graduated from OHS in 1931, and] he was a life-long resident.
He worked in plant operations at Parsons Jersey Dairy for 30 years, retiring in 1976. He also operated the Worcester Shoe Repair in his home for many years until 1980.
Survivors include his wife, Mary E.; sons, Richard of Amherst and Roger of Elyria; daughters, Lois A. “Pam” West of Vermilion, Joan Goodenow of Amherst, Beth E. Hawley of Indianapolis and Kathy J. Billington of Toledo; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Howard of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Aletha Doane of Sun Valley, Calif.; stepbrother, Wilbur Williams of Wellington; and step-sisters Marcia Williams and Floris Broud, both of Wellington and Helen Dupler of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Clara.
Services are private. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, May 6, 1994, p. C2.
Mrs. Ella Worner
Mrs. Ella Maud Worner, 92, of 2452 Brazilia Dr., Clearwater, Fla., died yesterday at 7:50 p.m. at Clearwater Hospital.
Mrs. Worner was born in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1901]. She was a member of Spanish American War Veterans Auxiliary of Lorain.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Calancy and Mrs. Gladys Drake, both of Clearwater, and Mrs. Emma Peters of St. Petersburg, Fla.; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain, with the Rev. Ernest L. Stone, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lorain, officiating.
The Walter A. Frey Funeral Home, Lorain, has charge of local arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, August 8, 1974, p. C-2.
Marjorie V. Worthington
Elyria - Marjorie V. Worthington (nee Humphrey), 97, formerly of LaPorte and Elyria, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas.
She was born Jan. 18, 1906, in South Amherst. She lived in Elyria from 1970 until she moved to Texas in 2001 to live with her daughter, Ada Crawford.
She graduated from Oberlin High School [class of 1924?] and attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Mrs. Worthington and her late husband, Floyd "Toad" Worthington, owned and operated a trucking business and the Frostop Drive-In, both in LaPorte.
She was a member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Elyria, where she sang in the choir, and was a member of the Oberlin Historical Society. She enjoyed travel, sewing and playing bridge.
Survivors include her daughter, Ada Crawford, of Azle, Texas; and seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd G. "Toad" Worthington, in 1979; son, Max L. Worthington, in 1998; daughter, Sarah Urban, in 2001; and brothers Cecil and Oliver Humphrey.
Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 300 Third St., Elyria. The Rev. Frances McNutt, rector, will officiate. Burial will be in LaPorte Cemetery, Carlisle Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 300 Third St., Elyria 44035.
Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria, handled arrangements.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, August 13, 2003.
Celia Lounette Wotring
Miss Celia L. Notring [Wotring] died at the home of her father, David [Wotring] on North Main street, Friday evening after an illness of many months. The funereal was held from the home Monday at 1 p.m. Rev. Yoder pastor of the M. E. church conducted the services. [Miss Wotring was an 1883 graduate of OHS. She married Robert Erastus McKisson at LaGrange, Ohio, on Dec. 2, 1891, and they were divorced about Nov. 1900 at which time she legally changed her name back to Wotring, her maiden name. Robert McKisson was mayor of Cleveland for two terms in 1895-98.]
The Evening Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, December 14, 1910, p. 2.
Miss Celia Wotring died Saturday afternoon from the effects of cancer.
The funeral of Miss Celia Wotring occurred at the residence Monday afternoon.
The Evening Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, December 15, 1910, p. 8.
Edman W. Wright
Edman W[ait] Wright, 87, of West Palm Beach, Fla., died Saturday at a nursing home there.
Formerly of Elyria [and a 1915 graduate of OHS], he had resided in West Palm Beach for the past 20 years.
A former member of the United Presbyterian Church, Elyria, he was a member of Lakeside Presbyterian Church, West Palm Beach.
He is survived by a daughter, Ruth W. Wing; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Edmund B. Wright, of Wheaton, Ill.
Graveside services were held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, West Palm Beach.
Arrangements were handled by the Mizell-Faville-Zern Funeral Chapel, West Palm Beach.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, November 27, 1985, p. B-2.
Miss Etta M. Wright Dies; Funeral Was Monday
Had Been Prominent and Greatly Respected Resident Here for 62 Years
Funeral services were held on Monday for Miss Etta M. Wright, 73, who died at Allen Hospital on Saturday, December 18. Services were conducted by Rev. Joseph F. King at the Sedgeman Parlors and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Miss Wright was born in Bakersfield, Vermont, January 18, 1870, the daughter of G. Frederick and Huldah Maria Day Wright. A graduate of [OHS in 1886 and of] Oberlin College with the class of ’93, Miss Wright had been a resident of Oberlin for 62 years. She was assistant in the Oberlin College library from 1895 to 1899 and from 1921 until 1935.
Interested in Oberlin History
Miss Wright was the author of a number of articles including “How to Use the Library,” published in the Oberlin College Occasional Bulletin No. I, in 1896, “History of the Oberlin Colony and College,” published in the Oberlin College Alumni Magazine in April, 1932, and numerous articles on the history of Oberlin which have appeared in the Oberlin News-Tribune.
Prominent in W.C.T.U. Work
Very active in the W. C. T. U., Miss Wright was secretary of that organization in Oberlin from 1901 to 1909; president from 1909 till 1924; and secretary-treasurer of the Lorain County W. C. T. U. organization from 1920 till 1924. She was a member of the First Church.
Miss Wright’s father, a graduate of Oberlin College in 1859, was a professor in the Oberlin Seminary from 1881 to 1907. For many years the family made their home in Elmwood Place, which was designed and planned by Mrs. Wright.
Miss Wright is survived by one sister, Miss Helen Wright of Cleveland and a niece, Miss Lena Berle of New York City.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, December 22, 1943, p. 1.
H. Emory Wright of Dayton Beach, Fla., died there on Feb. 1. Mr. Wright was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1915 and attended Syracuse University. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and two sons, and by his brother, John F. Wright, 1719 Paula Dr., Columbus, also a long-time Oberlin resident.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 6, 1975, p. 10.
Services scheduled today for Helen M.
Services for Helen Marcia Wright, 103, the oldest alumna of Oberlin College, will be held at the Cowling Funeral Home at 10 a.m. today. Rev. John Elder will officiate and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery. Miss Wright died Tuesday morning at the Elyria Home.
Born on Dec. 7, 1879, in Andover, Mass., she grew up in Oberlin. Her father, G. Frederick Wright, taught theology at Oberlin College from 1881-1907 and both parents came from pioneer families in this area. After graduating from [Oberlin High School in 1897 and from] Oberlin College in 1902, she taught in public schools in Massachusetts and Ohio and then became a social worker, first with the Associated Charities in Washington, D.C., and later with the Cleveland Humane Society and the Cuyahoga County Child Welfare Board.
On retiring in 1946, she moved back to Oberlin and lived at 132 Elm until going to the Elyria Home in 1968. She was active in the local American Red Cross chapter and was a member of First Church. She enjoyed walking and many Oberlinians remember seeing her on her daily walks. For many years she served as president of her OC class of 1902.
She is survived by five nieces and one nephew.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 5, 1983, p. 2.
Helen M. Wright died May 3, 1983, at the Elyria Methodist Home, her residence since 1968. She was 103 years old, which made her the oldest living graduate known to the College. She was born Dec. 7 1879, in Andover, Mass., and grew up in Oberlin, the daughter of G. Frederick Wright ’59, professor of theology 1881-07. She was featured in the Oberlin Alumni Magazine (Jan-Feb 1980) and was mentioned in the article “Five Alumni have celebrated 100th birthdays” (Winter 1982).
She retired in 1946 after more than 30 years as a social worker in Lorain, Washington, D.C., and Cleveland. She worked for the Washington Associated Charities, the Social Settlement House in Lorain, the Cleveland Humane Society in the children’s division, the Cuyahoga County Child Welfare Board and the Associated Charities of Cleveland.
After graduating from [OHS in 1897 and] Oberlin [College in 1902,] she studied at Boston Normal School and then taught in the public school systems of Boston and Wauseon, Ohio. She then moved to Washington, D.C., to do general office work and editing for her brother, Frederick ’97, editor of the magazine Records of the Past.
She was a former board member of the American Red Cross and a member of the First Church in Oberlin. She was listed as class president until her death.
She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Berle ’89 and Etta M. Wright ’93 [OHS ‘86] and her brother.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1983, p. 74.
Mrs. Nellie K. Wright
Oberlin—Mrs. Nellie Katharine [Parsons] Wright, 87, of 124 Woodland Ave., a resident of Oberlin since 1898 [when she graduated from OHS], died last night in Allen Memorial Hospital after an illness of several weeks. She was born in Vermilion.
Mrs. Wright was graduated from Oberlin Academy and received her BA degree from Oberlin College in 1903. She was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Phi Beta Kappa, and the 19th Century Club. Her husband, Clarence J. Wright, died in April, 1932.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ernest (Mary) Fisk, and a son, Robert B., both of Oberlin; a grandson; two great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Charles Weeks of Oberlin.
The Rev. Fred Schumacher will officiate at the funeral service Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the funeral home after 2 p.m. tomorrow.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 9, 1969, p. 26.
Randolph “Randy” Wright
Word has been received of funeral services in Pennsylvania for Randolph “Randy” Wright, 34. He died after a 63-year old man described as a good neighbor walked to a poolside party Wright was attending, shot four people and killed himself.
Fifteen people, some with small children, were at the party when Joseph Shingle walked down the driveway with a .30 caliber carbine and a .32 pistol and started shooting. Guests ran fro their lives. Edward McCaskey, 34, the host, also died.
A double funeral for Randolph Wright and McCaskey was held in Abingdon. Burial was in Pittsburgh. The tragedy occurred Sept. 7.
There had been no complaints to police about the party being loud. Upper Moreland police said neighbors told them they were awakened by the gunfire, but not by the party. The man who did the shooting was a retired carpenter whose motive is not known.
Mr. Wright is survived by his wife, Joan, and two sons, Andy, 5, and Ricky 2; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Wright; four brothers; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Wright of Columbus, also former Oberlin residents.
Randy Wright attended Oberlin elementary school and the junior high school and spent two years at Oberlin High before his parents moved to Cleveland. He was graduated from Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 8, 1981, p. 2.
Robert B. Wright
Robert B. Wright, 75, a lifelong resident of Oberlin, died last Friday night at Lorain Community Hospital after an illness of a year and a half.
He was manager of the state store in Amherst for over 20 years, retiring in 1975.
He [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1928,] attended Oberlin College, was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the H.A.M. 858 Post War Club.
He is survived by a son, Robert Jr., of Ocean Springs, Miss.; a sister, Mrs. Ernest (Mary) Fisk of Oberlin; and four grandchildren.
Services were Monday afternoon in the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. John Elder of First Church officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 12, 1984, p. 2.
Robert B. Wright died April 6, 1984, in Lorain, after a 1 ½ year illness. He was born in Oberlin, Jan. 27, 1909, the son of Nellie K. Parsons Wright ’03 and the grandson of Hattie Brooks Parsons ’82. [He graduated from OHS in 1928 and was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1932.] He worked in the Wright grocery store, was assistant to the college electrician in the ‘40s and was manager of the State Store in Amherst for over 20 years, retiring in 1975.
He leaves his wife, the former Ethel Rowe, a son, four grandchildren and sister Mary W. Fisk ’28 of Oberlin.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1984, p. 68.
Esther P. Rogers Wyckoff
Esther P. Rogers Wyckoff, 85, of Oberlin, died Dec. 18 at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Pittsfield Township, she lived in Oberlin most of her life and was a 1930 graduate of Oberlin High School.
Mrs. Wyckoff worked for 10 years as executive secretary for Oberlin Community Services.
In 1981, she received the Senior Citizens Award for community service in recognition of outstanding achievement in serving the human needs of the Oberlin community.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Wyckoff enjoyed reading, sewing and participating in family activities.
Survivors include her daughters, Linda Fridenstine and Monte Dale Rybarczyk, both of Oberlin, and Myrna Reinders of LaGrange; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Forest Rogers of Oberlin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Monte Dale Wyckoff, in 1978; her parents, William and Hattie (nee Schart) Rogers; and a sister, Elizabeth Hastings.
Services were Dec. 20 at the Cowling Funeral Home, with the Rev. Michael Ausperk officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund, 153 N. Main St., Oberlin; or to the First United Methodist Church, Elm and Professor Sts., Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 23, 1997, p. 2.
Services Held For Clifford Wynn, 44
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home for Clifford Cordin Wynn, 44, who died suddenly last Thursday at 1 a. m. at his home, 123 N. Pleasant St., of a heart attack.
Mr. Wynn, born in Elyria on Oct. 25, 1907, [and a 1925 graduate of OHS,] had lived in this vicinity all his life. He was a drill press operator at the Western Automatic in Elyria.
Surviving Mr. Wynn are one daughter, Cordynette, Oberlin; his mother, Mrs. Mattie Robinson, Oberlin; his father, Charles Wynn, Elyria; and a sister, Mrs. Lovelene House, Cleveland.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 19, 1952, p. 6.
Sidney Wynn Jr., 67, of Oberlin, died July 6 at his home after a two-month illness.
Born in Cleveland, he lived in Oberlin for most of his life. He was a graduate of Oberlin High School.
Mr. Wynn served in the Army during the Korean War.
He worked as a press operator at Smith and Jones in Elyria for 28 years; for the past 11 years, he had worked as a security officer at Allen Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Wynn attended Mount Zion Baptist Church. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
He enjoyed fishing, gardening, bowling and traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Mary B. (nee Gordon); sons Brian of Elyria, Taylor of Oberlin and Alvin of South Euclid; a stepson, David Moore Sr. of Oberlin; daughters Saundra W. Fenn of Elyria and Linda Hodge of Oberlin; step-daughters Charlene M. Noble and Rita M. Seavers, both of Oberlin, and Shirley M. Davis of Columbus; 24 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Hopewell of Decatur, Ga.; and a stepbrother, Michael Green, of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney Sr. and Ruby (nee Cobb); sisters Betty Jean Moore and Ethel Huff and a brother, John Robinson.
Services were July 9 at the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred L. Bell of Mount Zion Baptist Church and the Rev. Charles B. Mayle of the Christian Missionary Alliance officiating.
Interment was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 14, 1998, p. 3.