Richard R. Rizzo
Richard R. Rizzo, age 78, of Cherry Valley township, OH, died Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Ashtabula County Medical Center.
He was born November 9, 1939, in Cleveland,OH, a son of Murphy and Catherine (Brock) Rizzo.
Formerly of Cleveland,OH, Mr. Rizzo had lived in Cherry Valley since 1963. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy; and was employed by the Sheet Metal Local Union #65 out of Cleveland. He was an avid coon hunter.
Mr. Rizzo is survived by his wife, Gloria J. (Gall) Rizzo, whom he married November 19, 1960, of Cherry Valley township; his five sons, Anthony Rizzo, Russell Rizzo, John Rizzo, Angelo Rizzo, and James Rizzo, all of Andover, OH; his two daughters, Gloria Schlecht, of Andover, OH, and Debbie Rizzo; his sister, Michele Rizzo of Florida; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, James Rizzo and Tony Rizzo; and one sister, Rose Hromyko.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at 8:00 PM at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 134 Prospect St., Andover, OH, with Pastor Robert Gears officiating. Calling hours will be Thursday from 5:00 PM until the time of services. Burial of cremated remains will take place later in Cherry Valley Cemetery. Those wishing to share a fond memory or condolence may visit www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com
Michael Joseph Zeller
Michael Joseph Zeller, 31, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at ACMC.
The son of Joseph A. and Catherine H. (Yuse) Zeller, Mike was born on July 31, 1986 in Painesville, Ohio.
Mike was an avid outdoors man; and enjoyed hunting and fishing. A fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the WWE, Mike enjoyed the time he spent with his sons, Corey and Brantley encouraging their favorite players and wrestlers to win.
Mike loved his children and they loved him. He will be remembered as a dad who loved to wrestle with the boys and go to father -daughter dances with Amylee. He will be missed and remembered for his big smile and love of family.
Mike is survived by his wife, Gabrielle Waldron, whom he married on September 23, 2006; his children, Corey, Amylee and Brantley Zeller; his mother, Catherine Yuse Swain; siblings, Matthew Zeller of Jefferson, Mark Zeller and Shanta Swain both of Meadville, PA; grandparents, Shirley Zeller, Michelle Morris and Walt Blaser; aunt, Debbie Messenger and uncle Richard Rose; Godparents, Vick and Mabel Collen; cousin, Derek Messenger; niece, Hailey and nephew, Matthew and many friends.
Mike was preceded in death by his dad, Joseph A. Zeller.
Memorial services will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at Eagleville Bible Church, 1981 OH-45, Rock Creek, OH 44084
If desired contributions may be made to Ducro Funeral Services, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY,4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio is assisting the family.www.ducro.com
Eloise Anne Lecy
Eloise Anne Lecy, 94 of Madison, Ohio died Sunday (July 15th) at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1924 in Sacred Heart, Minnesota the daughter of Clarence and Evelyn (Otis) Howell.
She moved to Lyndhurst, Ohio in 1954 from Minnesota where she worked as an administrative assistant on the Blossom Estate for nearly 40 years. She was an active member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Lyndhurst, serving as a Sunday School teacher, organist, and Ladies Circle.
She was a wonderful cook and did catering for Hough Bakeries. She moved to Madison in 1993. She loved her family, her faith and music.
She was loving mother to Mary (Bob) Argo of Lyndhurst and Kaye (Glenn) Thomas of North Kingsville; mother-in-law to Joann Lecy of Mentor; grandmother to Jason (Heather) Argo, Kristin (David) Cohen, Eric (Amanda) Lecy, Bethany (Chris) Juncker, Daniel Peel and Taylor (Joey) Brown and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Wallace; her son, Dean Lecy; her brother, Charles Howell and her sister, Irma Schlemmer.
Funeral service will be Wednesday (July 18th) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Pastor Michael Meranda officiating. Burial will be at Western Reserve Memorial Park in Chesterland.
The family will receive visitors on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
The family would like to thank Saybrook Landing and Hospice of the Western Reserve for the care and comfort given to Eloise. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Eloise Lecy family. Condolences, light a candle and obituary at www.fleming-billman.com
Janice E. Martin
Janice E. Martin, 68, died unexpectedly at Univiserty Hospital Cleveland on Friday, July 13, 2018.
She was born on February 10, 1950 in Painesville, Ohio the daughter of Raymond E. Phillipp and Jennie (Petrowski) Phillipp. She married John Thomas Martin on June 25, 1994.
Janice had previously resided in Perry, Ohio before moving to Windsor, where she has lived the past 13 years. She enjoyed, baking, canning, working crossword puzzles, watching WWE, spending time with her family, and loved animals.
Mrs. Martin is survived by her husband of 24 years, John T. Martin; children, Michelle (Eddie) Mitchell, Dorothy (Mark) Ratliff and Dennis (Anne) Phillipp; grandchildren, Dimitrius Mitchell, Eddie Raimey, Breanna Ratliff, Kerth Ratliff, Roberta Phillipp, Fidelia Phillipp, Montana Phillipp and Nathan Phillipp; great-grandchildren, Nyaira Phillipp and Myla Raimey; sisters, Donna Loomis, Judy Smith, Velma (Gary) Cibart, Barbara (David) Mills; and brothers, Bruce (Ellen) Phillipp and David (Deanne) Phillipp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Darlene Phillipp and Luanna Phillipp; grandson, Joshua Phillipp; and a brother-in-law, Bob Loomis.
Calling hours will be held, Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 5-8PM at Paine Funeral Home, 140 E. Main St., Orwell. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 20, 2018 at 10AM at St. Mary Catholic Church, 103 North Maple St., Orwell, with Rev. Fr. John P. Madden, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery.
Online condolences and guestbook available at www.painefuneralhome.com
Flowers may be delivered to the funeral home on Thursday, July 19, 1:00 pm
Norman “Norm” T. Phillips
Norman “Norm” T. Phillips, age 84, passed away on July 12th, 2018 in Marietta, GA due to complications following cancer.
Norm was born on November 4, 1933 in Rotterdam, N.Y., to his parents, Franklin and Nettie Phillips. Norm was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He married Grace L. Phillips and he had lived in Wayne Township for the past 32 years. In his younger years, Norm owned a salvage yard in Rome and a gas station in Rock Creek, Ohio. In the latter years of his life, he enjoyed going to auctions and collecting antiques and equipment. He was also an avid gardener.
Norm is survived by two of his children; Thomas (Amanda) Phillips of Acworth, GA, Connie (Aaron) Petrus of Dallas, GA; one grandson, Edward Lipps of Andover; five grandchildren in Georgia; two Step-daughters of Rock Creek; Anita Campbell and Gwen Davis; and 8 step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years; Grace L. Phillips; three sons; Norman Phillips Jr., Calvin Phillips, and Frankie Phillips; daughter, Janet Phillips; as well as five sisters; and a brother.
Visitation will take place from 10:00A.M. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at the Paine Funeral Home, 140 E. Main St., Orwell, OH 44076. Funeral services will follow 11:00 A.M., and will be officiated by Pastor Bob and Lori Coleman. Burial will follow at Rome Center Cemetery.
Please deliver flowers to funeral home by Wednesday, July 18, 3:00pm
Dianna Miller, age 59, of Madison Ohio passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on July 13, 2018. Born in Painesville on December 14, 1958 to Louise and Lawrence Booth. Dianna was a high school graduate of Madison High School and worked in the Deli Department at Giant Eagle in Madison. She also worked for the Madison School Systems as a custodian, Kitchen Aid, and as a Bus Aid
Diane was a beloved Mother, Grandmother and was a friend to many. Her smile was contagious and had what some would call “A heart of Gold” She had a way of making everyone she knew feel important and loved. Her ability to care and give made her an extraordinary person one could never forget.She was one of the strongest, kindest, caring & most selfless person one would ever meet. She had a heart and soul that inspired many.Diane had a way of finding the positivity in everything and everyone. She will be deeply and truly missed by all and never forgotten.
Survived by her loving Son Alan (Kim Haury) Miller and Daughter Ashley (Nathan) Rivier of Dearborn, Michigan. Grandchildren Hailey, Kylah and Kennedy Miller. Sister Ginger Green and Brother Lawrence Booth of Madison.
Preceded in death by her Parents.
Calling hours will be held from 4-6:30 PM Friday July 20th 2018 at Crossroads Community Church 6685 Middle Ridge Rd. Madison, Ohio. Service to follow calling Hours at 6:30 PM.
Flowers may be delivered to the church. Arrangements are being handled by the Potti Funeral Home.
Gage Alan Wells
Gage Alan Wells, age 15, died suddenly at his home on Friday, July 13, 2018. He was born on November 8, 2002 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, a son of Kelly Marie (Paulitz) and Jeffrey Alan Wells. A lifelong resident of Kinsman, Gage was entering into his sophomore year at Joseph Badger High School. Gage loved wood shop, making many beautiful items for his home. At school he played soccer and ran track. He loved to go fishing and kayaking. Gage was a good shot with any weapon and he truly enjoyed playing airsoft. He dreamt of joining the United State Marine Corps following in his father’s footsteps .
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kinsman. Gage is survived by his parents; Kelly and Jeff Wells of Kinsman; his brother, Logan Daniel Wells, at home; his maternal grandparents, Jeannie and Dan Paulitz of Sharon, Pennsylvania; paternal grandparents, Gertrude and Lawrence Wells of Masury, Ohio; aunt, Sandee (Chris) Winslow; uncles, Larry (Linda) Wells, Scott (Deana) Wells and Danny (Debbie) Paulitz.
A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 11:00AM at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6397 State Route 87, Kinsman, with Father Michael A. Mikstay, CAPT. CHC, USN Ret. officiating. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 18th from 2:00PM until 4:00PM and 6:00PM until 8:00PM at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main Street, Kinsman, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to www.woundedwarriorproject.orgor to the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, 812 Youngstown Kingsville Road, Vienna, OH, 44473. Those wishing to share a fond memory or condolence may visitwww.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com
Pauline Blair, age 91 of Webster Springs, WV, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at Webster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cowen, WV. Born October 9, 1926, in Dorset, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Effie Susan (Baker) and Lawrence Colonel Wheeler.
Pauline worked as a Nurse’s Aid at Medina Hospital and Oklahoma Osteopathic Center. She also worked at Muller’s Packaging in Seville, Ohio. She always enjoyed time spent with her family and tending to the flowers in her garden.
She is survived by her daughters: Wilda Rozell, of Tulsa, OK, Gloria Blair of Lexington, NC, and Jeanette (Jerry) Hamrick of Webster Springs, WV; sons: William (Edna) Blair of Tulsa, OK, and Ralph Blair of Greenwood, AR; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; her sister: Helen Smith of Defiance, OH. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents; 2 grandsons: Roger and David Hamrick; sisters: Chloe Wheeler, Emily Wheeler, Margaret Tallman, Fannie Nicholas, Alice King, Dorothy Howiler, and Effie Orosz; brothers: Milo and Lawrence Wheeler
Friends and family will be received from 6:00 to 9:00pm on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River Street in Madison, Ohio. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 18th at the funeral home. Final resting place will be at North Madison Cemetery
Online obituary and guestbook at www.behmfuneral.com
Frederick “Fritz” Close Page
Frederick “Fritz” Close Page, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2018 one day before his 84th Birthday. He was cared for by his wife Patty; daughters, Mary and Elizabeth; and the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Fritz retired in Madison because of his cherished childhood memories of his summers at his grandfather’s farm on Chapel Road in Madison on the Lake.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patty; daughters Liz (Shane) Mull, Mary (Peter) Schmidt; and five grandchildren, Ethan, Jude, Julia, Loder and Mabry.
Fritz was a proud former Marine and a graduate of Penn State. He spent his entire career as an employee of The Aluminum Company of America as a sales representative in the Aero Space and Defense Industry.
He was a patron of Rabbit Run Theater, a member of the Madison Historical Society and an Honorary Member of the Madison Garden Club.
Friends and family will be received from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday July 21, 2018 at the Behm Family Funeral Home 26 River St. Madison. A funeral service will be held immediately following at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers contributions will be welcome at Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, 49 Park Street, or the Madison Historical Society Box 515, or the Madison Garden Club, Box 483; all of Madison, Ohio 44057.
Friends may leave condolences online at www.behmfuneral.com
Edward Nelson Kellogg
Edward Nelson Kellogg, 77, of Plymouth Twp., Ashtabula, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
He was born May 14, 1941, in Ashtabula, Ohio the son of the late Marion Lawrence and Helen (Higgins) Kellogg. He graduated from Rome High School Class of 1959 and remained a lifelong area resident. He married the love of his life, Irene Kapala, on March 30, 1968 and had recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Ed worked for many years at SCM/Millennium, now known as Cristal, as a chemical operator before retiring in 2003.
Edward enjoy his family and loved mentoring them. He also loved God’s firmament of nature and animals. Many times, he would rescue stray cats or dogs, treating them with care and adopting them as part of the family. He enjoyed doing yard work and landscaping, for which people would give many compliments. Dairy farming and 4-H involvement, was a big part of enjoyment with his children and grandchildren.
Muscle cars and historic classics were great entertainment for Ed and his friends. In fact, he carried a fond memory of his prized GTO, when he was a teenager, racing about Rome Township.
His military adventure in the Navy, although short lived, was part of his patriotic character.
Ed was a handsome gentleman, who many people commented that he looked very much like James Dean in his younger years.
You would often catch Ed reading scriptural verses from the Bible, attending church and listening to various Christian programs on the television.
His children and grandchildren certainly put a beaming, happy smile on his face, part of his living each day. His 50 years of marriage, to his beloved wife Irene, was a milestone and a testimony to their loving care for each other.
His quick, unexpected death, was a devastating blow to family and friends. Although he is no longer with us physically, spiritually, he will remain with us forever. Absent from us, is present with the Lord. We miss our dearest Ed/Dad/Grandpa!!
Mr. Kellogg is survived by his wife of 50 years, Irene Dagmar (Kapala); sons, William Edward Kellogg and Mark Alan Kellogg, both of Corpus Christi, Texas; and grandchildren, Michael Jacob, Kandice Irene and Megan Anne Kellogg.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 20, 2018 at 12:30 PM at Our Lady of Peace, St. Joseph Church, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, with Rev. Fr. Raymond Thomas, presiding. Calling hours will be at the church from 11:30 AM until the time of service at 12:30PM. Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the family.
Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is handling arrangements. Online obituary and condolences at www.ducro.com
Dr. Thomas Mark Williams
Dr. Thomas Mark Williams, 66, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic.
The son of Delbert John and Alda Jane (Elbel) Williams, Tom was born on May 18, 1952 in Punxsutawney, PA. Tom earned his Doctor of Podiatry Medicine (DPM) from the University of Pittsburgh and began his practice in the Ashtabula area in late 70’s.
Tom enjoyed his practice and the many patients he met, they became like family to him and he enjoyed visiting with them during their appointments.
Tom loved to try new foods, he was the consummate “foodie”, and he enjoyed Tex-Mex cuisine and looked forward to finishing a good dining experience with dessert.
An amateur photographer, Tom enjoyed taking pictures of lighthouses and old ships and cheering for his beloved Steelers.
Tom had a penchant for travel; he always looked forward to his trips to Texas and Florida to visit family and friends. His favorite place to visit was Chicago to be with his two very special grandchildren, Amelia and Holden.
Tom is survived by his daughters, Megan (Matthew) Karwacki and their children, Amelia and Holden of Chicago, IL and Jillian Williams of Austinburg; siblings, Tammy (Vince) Conrad of McMurray, PA, Barb (Greg) Trammell of Cape Coral, FL, Amy (Robert) Williamson of Jacksonville, FL, and Sybil (Alan) Nichol of Punxsutawney, PA; sister-in-law, Carol Williams of Indiana, PA; many loving nieces and nephews.
Tom was preceded in death by his daughters, Tricia Williams, and Sybil Williams who died in infancy; his parents, and his brother, Curt Williams, and the mother of his children, Beverly (Garuckas) Williams.
A calling hour will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 9AM until time of service at 10AM at Our Lady of Peace Parrish, St. Joseph Church, 3312 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio.
Mass of the Christian burial will be held at 10AM on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Our Lady of Peace Parrish, St. Joseph Church, 3312 Lake Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004. Rev. David Brindling will preside with inurnment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Ashtabula, Ohio.
If desired, contributions may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 6133 Rockside Rd, Independence, OH 44131
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio is assisting the family. www.ducro.com
Betty M. Corlew
Betty M. Corlew, 89 of Jefferson, Ohio died Saturday (July 14th) at the Jefferson Health Care in Jefferson after a long illness. She was born June 19, 1929 in Ashtabula the daughter of George and Kathryn (Hastings) Lytle and has been a lifetime time resident most of her life.
She had been employed for over 35 years at Jefferson Lanes in Jefferson. She enjoyed bowling, and had been a Girl Scout Leader when her daughter was young. She was an active member of the Compassionate Friends Group.
Surviving her are her four children, Kenny Corlew of Jefferson, Kathy (Mark) Rex of Ashtabula, Danny (Lynn Damario) Corlew of Painesville and Jeff (Tracy) Corlew of Florida; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a sister, Margaret “Peg” McNatt of Jefferson. She was preceded by her parents; her step-father, Arthur Esslinger; her husband, Kenneth Corlew; a son, John Corlew; a sister, Jean Peterson and a brother, Arthur “Butch” Esslinger.
A memorial service will be Wednesday (July 18th) at 6:30 PM at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson St. Jefferson with Rev. Mick Gilliam officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:30 PM until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to Compassionate Friends. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Betty Corlew family. Condolences, light a candle and obituary at www.fleming-billman.com
Evelyn Lucinda Harmon Peaspanen
Evelyn Lucinda Harmon Peaspanen, 99, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 14, 2018. Born June 28, 1919 in Dorset, a daughter of Charles and Georgia Bell Smith Harmon, Evelyn graduated from Dorset High School in 1937, where she played on the girls’ basketball team. She attended Ashtabula Business College, Milwaukee Bible College, and received her nursing degree from Mt. Sinai School of Nursing in 1941. She did private duty nursing and was a nurse at Ashtabula General Hospital for 15 years, retiring in 1978.
Evelyn married Eino Elias Peaspanen July 14, 1948, joining him on the farm on Chapel Road, Plymouth Township, where they raised their four children. He preceded her in death in 1985. One of her favorite stories about farm life was about the time she put the new roof on the house. She loved to travel with Eino, to Florida and across the United States, and to Great Britain and Hawaii with her brother, Jim.
Evelyn was a faithful member of First Grace Gospel Church, Ashtabula, where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Ladies Missionary Fellowship. She also taught Bible Club in the Ashtabula Schools. She sang in a women’s gospel trio on the local radio station. Led by her faith in God, she was resilient and strong, a caretaker and a role model to everyone with her constant prayers. She was gentle and sweet, yet a force to be reckoned with. She loved her family fiercely.
She is survived by her children: Marie (Richard) Tinker of Kennesaw, GA; Marilyn (David) Adams, Carl (Jeanette) Peaspanen and Maryann (Thomas) Stevenson, all of Ashtabula; ten grandchildren: Mark Tinker, Elizabeth (Thomas) Ware and Paul Adams, all of Georgia; Jill (Brian) Norcia and Jennifer (Kevin) Baker, all of Canton; Sarah (Arthur) Hernandez of New Mexico; Lydia (John) Affolter of Dalton, Ohio; Matthew Peaspanen of Jefferson; and Andrew (Stacy) Stevenson and Lucinda (Chip) Laveck, all of Ashtabula; and fifteen great-grandchildren: J.R. and Hunter Tinker; Makaela and Skylar Ware; Eino Elijah and Aiden Adams; Cooper and Brady Norcia; Bobby, Alyssa and Tyler Baker; Chenoa and Emmet Stevenson; and Moira Evelyn and Calvin Laveck; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Adah Smith and brothers Charles, Harry, William and James Harmon.
Evelyn’s family wishes to sincerely thank the caregivers at Austinburg Nursing and Rehab, who cared for our mother the past year and a half as if she were their own.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at the Fleming and Billman Funeral Home, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, with Pastor David Adams of First Grace Gospel Church officiating. Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018 and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Grace Gospel Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences, light a candle and obituary at www.fleming-billman.com
James C. Donathan
James C. Donathan, age 66, Jefferson, died Friday morning at his residence with family by his side under hospice care.
He was born October 15, 1951 in Cleveland, the son of Lewis A. & Elsie M. (Kanode) Donathan and has lived most of his life in this area. Jim was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, serving in Panama during the Vietnam Era. Jim married Phylis J. Billock on May 10, 1980 at the Bolindale Nazarene Church in Warren. Jim was a head surveyor for the Ashtabula Co. Engineers Office where he served over 30 years.
While at the University of Akron, Jim ran Cross Country. Jim was active with the Boy Scouts, serving as Scout Leader for 15 years. He enjoyed the outdoors and planting trees. Jim was involved with the Jefferson Ski Club, enjoyed fishing, canoeing and cycling. He was involved with multiple mission trips with the Jefferson United Methodist Church and served Habitat for Humanity. He volunteered with the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge committee. Jim was a blood donor with the American Red Cross, surpassing the 50-gallon mark. His greatest joy was being a loving father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Phylis; two children, Josh C. (Carly) Donathan of Brecksville & Joy M. (Claudio) Ciampi of Oceanside, CA; three grandchildren, Grace, Molly & Everly; his mother, Elsie Donathan of Jefferson and four siblings, Bobbie (Nancy) Donathan of Austinburg Twp. and Juanita Adkins, Louie Donathan & Barbara Donathan, all of Jefferson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lewis Donathan and a sister-in-law, Jennifer Donathan.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 4:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene, 55 E. Satin St., Jefferson with Pastor Rodney Kincaid officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Boy Scout Troop #41, c/o Scott Allen, 1682 St. Rt. 46 North, Jefferson, OH 44047. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory and staff, Jefferson, Ashtabula & Geneva are honored to serve the James Donathan family. Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences or light a candle.
Junior “J. R.” Snyder
Junior “J. R.” Snyder, age 85, of Plymouth Twp., died Thursday afternoon at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center.
He was born January 23, 1933 in Buckhannon, WV, the son of Elbert & Kathleen (Riffle) Snyder and has lived in this area since his high school graduation in Buckhannon. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force serving in the Korean Conflict. J. R. was married to Joyce M. Broughton on July 3, 1953 in Biloxi, MS. He was a retired employee of the Ashtabula Bow Socket.
Mr. Snyder was an avid golfer, playing all of the local courses and playing on many leagues in the area. He was also an avid bowler, played in the YMCA Volleyball league, enjoyed fishing, barbecuing and liked his cigars.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce, a son, Steve R. (Mary) Snyder of Jefferson and two grandchildren, Sydney M. Snyder of Denver, CO & Phillip M. (Stephanie) Snyder of Canon City, CO. His parents, a brother, Willard and brother-in-law, William Broughton preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 A. M. at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula with the Rev. Mick Gilliam officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens where N. Kingsville American Legion Post #743 will render military honors.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5-7 P. M. at the funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the Junior Snyder family. Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences, send a flower or light a candle.
Graydon V. “Grady” Conrad
Graydon V. “Grady” Conrad, age 88, Saybrook Twp., died Thursday afternoon at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation following complications from a fall four months ago.
He was born February 14, 1930 in Pierpont Twp., the son of Darius & Emma (Wolfe) Conrad and had been an Ashtabula County resident all of his life. Mr. Conrad was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving as a Communications Operator during the Korean Conflict. He was married to Carol J. Baker on February 20, 1954 at the Geneva Methodist Church.
Mr. Conrad retired from True Temper Corp. in 1982 and was also employed with Fuller Brush and Girard Nurseries during his working tenure. After his retirement he worked at the Miscellaneous Barn in Painesville. The Conrad’s attended Park St. Christian Church for many years. His pastimes included roller skating, doing yard work and gardening and most of all being with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Carol; four children, Debbie (Mike) Baruffa of Kent, Jim (Debbie) Conrad of Rock Creek, Jeff (Jennifer Nichols) Conrad of Jefferson & Ken (Trish) Conrad of Geneva; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gordon Conrad of Daytona Beach, FL and Dan (Jean) Conrad of Ashtabula and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandson, Lyrik Conrad; a sister, Meribah Thompson and four brothers, Stan, Wilmer, Milan and Robert Conrad.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 P. M. Wednesday at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 S. Broadway, Geneva with the Rev. Dennie Land of the Champion Church of God officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens where American Legion Post #743 will render military honors.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5-7 P. M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the Graydon Conrad family. To view obituary, express condolences, light a candle or send a flower visit fleming-billman.com
Anthony Robert Nigro
Anthony Robert Nigro, 67, passed away the morning of Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Ashtabula County Medical Center after a long illness.
The son of Anthony Peter and Ann (Slanzan) Nigro, he was born on December 24, 1950 in Youngstown, Ohio. Tony was a graduate of Chaney High School in Youngstown, and earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Kent State University. He was a Vietnam War veteran, serving his country as a Seabee in the United States Navy.
In 1977, Tony married his devoted wife of 41 years, Angela Marie (Massi), who would provide him with loving care in his later years. He worked in construction as a carpenter and later joined the U.S. Postal Service—first as a letter carrier in Conneaut, Ohio, and then as a project manager based in Cleveland, charged with remodeling post offices.
In his younger years, he enjoyed boating, fishing, golfing, and horseracing. Tony had a kind heart, gentle soul, and great sense of humor. Always willing to lend a hand, he was a beloved husband and dedicated father of two, finding joy in his family and taking great pride in his children. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Angela; his son, Justin Anthony (Brittany Boulton) Nigro of Columbus, Ohio; his daughter, Ashley Marie Nigro of Ashtabula; his granddaughter, Eliana Anne of Columbus, Ohio, and a future grandchild; and his sister, Cathy (Caruso) of Vienna Twp. He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family thanks the staff and caregivers of Carington Park Nursing Home.
Callling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, at Guerriero Funeral Home, 1550 W. 19th St. in Ashtabula. Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18, at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1200 E. 21st St. in Ashtabula. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Ashtabula. Condolences can be made at guerrierofuneralhome.com
Joy Matthews, 91, of Conneaut, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. She was born August 14, 1926 in Beloit, Wisconsin, and was the daughter of Gordon and Ruby (Jenkin) Champion.
After high school, Mrs. Matthews graduated from Central Bible Institute. She married Rev. Donald Matthews on August 13, 1949, and served alongside her husband for over 60 years in various capacities.
Joy was a member of the Conneaut First Assembly of God. She enjoyed birdwatching, sewing, collecting bunnies and postcards, making cards, sending cards and letters to friends, and playing the piano. A very important part of her life, was being a prayer warrior for so many.
Survivors include her son Donald (Kathy) Matthews of Indianapolis, IN; her daughters Marilyn Dean of Springfield, MO, and Beth (Dennis) Rigden of Conneaut; her grandchildren Amy (Kevin) Ott, Rebekah Matthews, Krystal (Dan) Schroder, and Alyssa (Tyler) Bream; and her great-grandchildren Lucy Ott, Judah Bream, and Aliceanna and Juliet Schroder.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Rev. Donald Matthews; her brother Richard Champion; her sister Marjorie Cantel; and her son-in-law Terry Dean.
Joy’s family would like to sincerely thank the Villa at the Lake, Ashtabula County Nursing Home, and Hospice of the Western Reserve, especially Renee, for their wonderful care they provided. Also a special thank you to Linda Reardon and Carolyn Webb for their love and care for Joy.
Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the First Assembly of God, 389 W. Main Rd. Conneaut, with Rev. George Fink officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
Friends may call from 6-8 PM, Monday, July 16, 2018 at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut.
Contributions may be made to World and Home Missions-Assemblies of God, or the First Assembly of God. Envelopes will be available at the church and also at the funeral home.
Sign the guestbook at www.marcyfuneralhome.com.
Robert E. Brown
Robert E. Brown, age 71, of Conneaut died Monday, July 9, 2018 at home with his family by his side.
Bob was born February 20, 1947 in Lewistown, PA, the son of Robert and Pauline (Leach) Brown. He was a 1965 graduate of Lewistown High School and studied for a year at Lockhaven College, before joining the United States Airforce in 1966. During his service career he was stationed at Kadana Airbase in Okinawa, Japan, Sol International Airport and Grand forks, ND. He was honorably discharged in 1970.
Bob served as a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper for almost 30 years until his retirement in 2001 as Detective. He went on to work the next 15 years for Jeff Blum Construction in Tionesta.
Bob was a member of many civic organizations, the American Legion Cowle Post 151 and Honor Squad, Conneaut Moose Lodge, former Eagles Club member, Past President of the Titusville Lions Club and a former Volunteer Fire Fighter in Titusville.
Bob was born and raised in Pennsylvania and was a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan! He moved to Ohio for love but continued to be a Steelers fan. He enjoyed golfing, his dogs and spending time with his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Roger Williams, sister Nancy Sheaffer, and his chocolate lab Sadie.
He is survived by the love of his life, Tina Betts of Conneaut, son David (Anne) Brown of Raleigh, NC, daughter Beth (Bill) Conkle of Seneca, PA., and four grandchildren, Fletcher and Finley Brown and Lauren and Benjamin Conkle.
A celebration of Life will be held on August 4, 2018 from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M., at the American Legion, Cowle Post 151, 272 Broad St. Conneaut, OH 44030. Military Honors will be held during the celebration.
Condolences at www.raisianfuneralhome.com
Albert J. Ivancic
Albert J. Ivancic, Perry, Age 56, Passed away at home surrounded by his family. He was born April 6, 1962 in Madison, to Frank L. and Josephine (Antonacci) Ivancic. Albert was a landscaper for Plants-R-Us.
Besides spending time with his family and friends, Albert loved fishing, traveling, camping, a Cleveland sports fan, Ohio State Buckeye fan, and Nascar-‘Denny Hamlin’ fan.
Survivors: Brother: Michael (Cindy) Ivancic, Madison; Sisters: Florence Schmidt, MD; Mary Cain, Perry; Best Friend, Jim Buby, Geneva; several Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.
Preceded by: Parents; Brother: FrankCalling Hours: 6-8:00 PM, Monday, July 16, 2018 at Walker Funeral Home, 828 Sherman St., Geneva
Funeral Service: 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Walker Funeral Home.
Interment: Madison Memorial Cemetery-Arcola