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Ronald (Ron) E. Gibson


Ronald (Ron) E. Gibson, 77, of Jefferson passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 19, 2017, after numerous health issues over the past two years.

Ron was born on June 23, 1939 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the son of Bernard Henry and Gladys Virginia (nee Mitts) Gibson. He married Anna Leander on October 6, 1964, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Ronald enjoyed life, his children, his grandchildren, and his very large family. He loved his wife, Anna, for over 50 years. He was a talented carpenter and craftsman and he enjoyed fishing. Ron was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, enlisting immediately after high school. He stayed active as a Marine throughout his life. He would always say, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” Ron also had a special place in his heart for children, taking much pride in his administration of the Ashtabula County “Toys for Tots” program he ran for many years with the help of his wife, Anna. He believed that every child should have a toy at Christmas. Ron was especially close to his three brothers and two sisters. Ron worked for Tartan Marine building cabinets for boats and for the Jefferson Area Local Schools as a custodian at Rock Creek Elementary School. Ron wasn’t a wealthy man, but he always found a way to help others. At Rock Creek Elementary, he always tried to find a way to reach the students who were the hardest to reach. Ron was not much of a traveler. He enjoyed the simple life of small town Ohio. He did, however, enjoy the yearly family trip to Newport, where there was always a bed at the family homestead and where he first met his wife, Anna. Ron will be missed, but more importantly, he will be remembered.

Ron is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Anna Gibson; sons, Ron(Chris) Gibson, of Jefferson and Joseph (Rachelle) Gibson, of Columbus; daughter, Julie (Jim) Wright of Champion; nephew, Gerard (Kathy) Beattie of Madison; nieces, Kathleen (Catherine Barrett Beattie) Beattie of Newport, RI; grandchildren, Ron and Kevin Gibson of Jefferson, Louis, Chloe, and Gus Gibson of Columbus, and Samuel, Savanna, Aiden and Vincent Wright all of Champion; brother, Kenneth Gibson of Holiday, Florida; sisters, Nancy (Al) Mayher of Willoughby, and Bernadine Miller of Eastlake; sisters-in-law Sevilla Gibson of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Marie Gibson of Aurora, Ohio; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Vincent and Richard Gibson.

A celebration of life will be held, Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:00 P.M., at The Church of Jesus Christ, 2643 S. Ridge Road (Rt. 84), Painesville, Ohio 44077, with Pastor Al Mayher officiating. Friends and family will gather at the church on Friday from 11 AM until the time of the services at 12 Noon. A reception will be held immediately after the service at the Red Creek Grill in Painesville. Private inurnment will take place at Oakdale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Ron may be given to Bella Care Hospice, 5000 Rockside Rd., Ste 150, Independence, OH 44131.


Bonita Woodring

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Bonita Gail Woodring, 83, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017.

            The daughter of Jack and Linniebelle (Brown) Burns, she was born February 16, 1934 in Greenville, PA.

After graduation from high school Bonnie became a member of the United States Air Force. She proudly served from 1952 to 1955, earning the rank of Airman Second Class.

Upon, her honorable discharge from the military she pursued an education in nursing, and worked as a registered nurse for Ashtabula County Board of DD for twenty years.

Bonnie lived a wonderful life with her husband, Phillip Woodring, whom she married on January 29, 1962.

She enjoyed playing bridge, sewing, and making quilts. She was a member of the Sew What Quilt Club at the Ashtabula Senior Center, and the Kingsville Quilters at the Simak Welcome Center. She also enjoyed reading and being involved with the Kingsville Library. She was an original Friend of Library, and volunteered a lot of her time, including working the Lawn Sale.

Bonnie was an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, and for that she will be dearly missed.

She leaves behind her beloved husband, Phil Woodring; daughters Karen Cobb, Victoria Gilliam, and Anita (Rob) Woodring-Lewis, all of NC; son, Phillip (Debi) Woodring, of Sheffield; brother, Thomas Brown; and eight grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Lee Mitchell.

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date by DUCRO SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula.

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James Patrick Steward left the heavy weight of this earth on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, 2017.  He was at home with his beloved wife, Cindy at his side.


Jim was born in Ashtabula (along with his twin brother, John) on August 26, 1947.  He was the son of LaVern W. “Buz” & Dorothy A. (Sidley) Steward.  He graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1965.  Jim was a lifetime member of Harris Memorial Presbyterian Church and then Trinity Presbyterian Church.


Photography was always one of Jim’s passions.  Using family and friends as models, he won many awards and now we have these beautiful pieces of art to remember him by.  He was employed by Rockwell International Plastics Division until his retirement in 1977.  After retirement Jim began volunteering for the Ashtabula Red Cross.  This turned into a 30 year commitment where he was on call 24-7 as a liaison between the military person and their families.  Jim won many Red Cross awards but was most proud of being the Red Cross Volunteer of the Year in 1997.  He was acknowledged at an awards banquet with all of the Red Cross officers, including Bob & Elizabeth Dole and was extra thrilled to meet Muhammad Ali.  Because of his service to the Red Cross, Jim was chosen in 1996 to carry the Olympic Torch in his designated segment of Ashtabula.


Jim had a unique way of talking with people, even strangers and making them feel like there was no one else in the world he would rather be talking with.  He loved watching old movies and more recently being on his computer, building his vast music catalog.


Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, John and sister Julie Ann Steward.


Survivors include his dear wife, Cindy (Harper) Steward, sisters, Jane (Bill Palma) Steward of Ashtabula & Jacqueline (David Brias) Steward of Portland, ME, a brother, Joel (Jennifer) Steward of Columbus, his god-son, Norman Atkinson, nieces, Sharon (Scott) Blank of Kingsville, Maddy Steward of Kent & Halley Steward of Cincinnati, great-nieces and nephews, Demetrius, Brandon, Christian, Carol, Bryson & Carter Blank, all of Kingsville, a cousin, Nicholas Higley of Seattle, WA and sister-in-law and caregiver, Lois Harper Kelly.


Cindy would also like to thank his beloved caregivers, Shirley Ferguson & Kim Jaskela and volunteers with Hospcie of the Western Reserve and Ashtabula Regional Home Health Services.


Services will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH  44004 or the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc., 7530 Lucerne Dr., Suite 210, Cleveland, OH  44130.  The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula is honored to serve the James Steward family.  Visit to view obituary, express condolences or light a candle.


Ralph R. Ware

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Ralph R. Ware, 93, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017.

Born in White Sulphur Springs, WV, on October 2, 1923, he was the son of Omel and Lena (Loving) Ware.

He married Jennie Meola on September 6, 1952, and together they shared sixty-four wonderful years together.

Throughout his life he was an avid golfer, sports fan and hunter, and his hobbies included gardening and woodworking.

Ralph proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, during WWII in the South Pacific Theatre, and he earned the rank of Second Class Petty Officer.

After, serving in the Navy, he attended college at the University of West Virginia.

Ralph worked as a caddy for Greenbrier Hotel in WV, and as an electrician for Union Carbide/Elkem Metals, where he retired after thirty-nine years.

He was an active member in Union Local #3081, United Steelworkers, and lifelong member of the VFW. He served as chairman of grievance committee, recording secretary, safety and scholarship committee, and he also helped establish Lakeview Credit Union.

Ralph was also a member of Zion Lutheran Church/Lighted Cross Church, where he served as an usher and board member.

He is survived by his wife, Jennie Ware; daughters, Carol (Ron) Woods of Bluffton, SC and Janet (William) Sopko of Burlington, NC; four devoted grandchildren, Jill (Brian Moran) Sopko of MD, Erica (William) Esposito of OH, Audrey (Jeremy) Smith of GA, and William (Whitney) Sopko of NC; two great-grandchildren, Dominic Esposito and Kyler Smith; brothers, Dallas and Homer of WV; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and five brothers.

Visitation will be held from 10am – 11am Thursday, March 23, 2017, with a service to follow at 11am at ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula, OH 44004. Rev. Don Coulter will officiate.

A committal service will be held at 10am Friday, March 24, 2017 at Greenlawn Memory Gardens, 3140 E. Center Street, N. Kingsville, OH 44068.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve in Ralph’s Memory.

Ella “Louise” Dewees

Ella “Louise” Dewees (91) of Ashtabula died March 19, 2017 at the Saybrook Landing.

Funeral service will be on Thursday March 23 at Noon in Guerriero Funeral Home 1550 West 19th St. in Ashtabula with Bella Care Hospice Chaplin Joshua Woodard officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Painesville. Visitation will be on Thursday morning at the funeral home from 10:30 until the time of the service. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Bella Care Hospice 1933 St. Rt. 45 Austinburg, Ohio 44010

Richard C. Smith

 Richard C. Smith, age 78 passed away at his home on Monday, March 20, 2017. Currently arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Paine Funeral Home, Inc., 140 E. Main Street, Orwell, Ohio 44076.

Freeman V. Pudder

Freeman V. Pudder

Freeman V. Pudder, age 85 of Geneva, passed away at Rae-Ann Skilled Nursing Facility on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Born November 1, 1931 in Webster Springs, WV, he was the son of the late William and Lula Gay (Wood) Pudder.

After his military service Freeman had many different jobs. He worked in a body shop, in construction as a carpenter, and in a factory. He was extremely proud to have worked with many great people and become a leader, retiring from Hubbell Industries in Madison where he made many lifelong friends.
Freeman was a very determined person, always enjoyed helping family and friends with anything he could do. He always made himself available to help with improvement projects. He loved gardening and at times he had 2 to 3 gardens going at once in different locations. He was brought up with a deep belief and faith in God by his mother who was a deeply spiritual person. He often dedicated his time to help at a local church as a handyman and groundskeeper. He even helped out as a Sexton at local cemeteries, all this while doing his part to spread the gospel.
Freeman always honored his mother in her later years, with a deep love and respect for his siblings, he cherished his children and tried his best to give them guidance. He also cherished the many friends that become family to him over the years.

He is survived by his sons: Wayne, Roger, Mark, and Michael Pudder; grandchildren: Jesse, Nick, Eric, Rusty, Yvonne; 5 great grandchildren; sisters: Jeana Hoffman and Norma Brown; and brothers: LeRoy and Ronnie Pudder. Freeman is preceded in death by his parents, second wife, Barbara Pudder; sisters, Delma, and Gaytha; brother, Franklin Pudder; and first wife, Mildred Karen Gordon

Funeral Services for Freeman will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 175 South Broadway in Geneva. Pastor Mark Winner of Cornerstone Friends Church in Madison will officiate the service. Friends and family will be received for one hour prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00am at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Perry Cemetery.

Freeman’s family would like to send their deep appreciation to all that had any part of his care. All of you are very special people for the work, care, and love you have shown. Thank you to the staff and administration of the Sanctuary of Geneva, Rae-Ann Nursing Home, Hospice of the Western Reserve and the Veteran Service Commission of Lake and Ashtabula Counties.

 Lisa Diane Short

Lisa Diane Short

Lisa Diane Short, 55, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
She was born April 27, 1961 in Phoenix, AZ, the daughter of Roger and Patricia (Ketes) Holstein.
Lisa married the love of her life, David Short, on February 14, 1987 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. David served in the US Army and they were stationed in Germany where they lived there for six years. They also resided in Tacoma, Washington and eventually settled in Dorset, Ohio.
She had a passion for many things, one being music. She began piano lessons at a young age and later taught herself how to play the flute. After high school, she was presented a scholarship to Julliard Music Academy. She attended Arizona State University and studied interior design and bookkeeping. Lisa was a Mary Kay consultant as well as a doTerra representative. Lisa was a devout Christian and a member of Gateway Church. Outside of church, she enjoyed politics and was a true patriot. At home, Lisa loved living in the country, farming, and gardening. She loved flowers and had a green thumb. Lisa was a homemaker, excellent cook, and baker. She was a lifelong learner, avid reader and loved family gatherings.
Lisa was an amazing, selfless woman and always put the needs of others before her own. She had a kind heart, a dynamic personality and a unique relationship with everyone she connected with. Lisa would do anything for anyone. If she knew someone was feeling down or in need, she would make sure that they were thought of, and sometimes that meant sending them care packages, cards, uplifting text messages, and prayers. She had a servant’s heart. She left her footprint wherever she went. Lisa truly loved being a mom, and put her family above all else. She was the centerpiece of the family and truly a blessing to all.
Lisa leaves behind her husband of thirty years, David Short; sons, Francis (Nikki), Brian (Sarah LaConte), Jonathan, and Connor Short; daughters, Rebekah and Emily Short; and grandchildren, Natalie, Gabby, Judah, and Aaron Short. She is also survived by her parents, Roger and Patricia Holstein of Phoenix, Arizona.
A celebration of Lisa’s life will take place on Sunday March 26, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm at Gateway Church, 2300 Austinburg Road, Ashtabula followed by a reception. Calling hours will be held from 3pm until the time of service at 5pm.
Contributions can be made in Lisa’s memory to Gateway Church, 2300 Austinburg Road, Ashtabula, OH 44004.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula is handling the arrangements.

Edna Mae Davis


Edna Mae Davis, age 71, died at her home on Sunday, March 19, 2017. She was born on August 27, 1945 in Steubenville, Ohio the daughter of Dorothy (Ewaskey) and George A. Plance. Formerly of Toronto, Ohio, Edna was a 1963 graduate of Follansbee High School in West Virginia. On February 2, 1999 she married Dennis Carl Davis. Edna was a rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for over twenty years in Toronto and retired in 1999 when she moved to Andover. She is a member of the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church. Edna was also a member of the Retired National Rural Letter Carrier Association and of the Hancock County Sportsman Club in West Virginia. She enjoyed going camping and gardening.
Edna is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Michael Plance. Survivors include her husband of eighteen years, Dennis C. Davis of Andover, Ohio; a daughter, Michele L. (Tyliene) Deptula of Andover, Ohio; two sons, Gregory C. Anderson of Toronto, Ohio and Matthew K. (Lisa) Deptula of Hubbard, Ohio; four grandchildren, Tonya, Bridgette, Anthony and Clark; seven great grandchildren with one on the way; two sisters, Frances Sloan and Roberta (Bob) Porterfield both of Sharon, Pennsylvania and two brothers, George (Mary Ann) Plance of Gainesville, Florida and Art Plance of Sharon, Pennsylvania.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 134 Prospect Street, Andover, Ohio with Rev. Julie Hanneman officiating. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 21st from 4:00 pm until the time of services. An online guestbook is available at

Thomas A. Cassidy

Thomas A. Cassidy, age 76, passed away at his home on Friday, March 17, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Cleveland on November 10, 1940 the son of Arthur and Mary (Kershaw) Cassidy.

Thomas was married to Claudia (McGurer) Cassidy on October 8, 1983. He was self-employed, owner of Cassidy Tool, specializing in industrial sales. Thomas was also a printer working for Perlmuter in Cleveland for 25 years. He was a US Army Veteran and politically active serving the Republican Party for the betterment of Ashtabula County. He loved his two dogs, enjoyed western movies especially John Wayne. Thomas also had a passion for reading.

Survivors include his wife Claudia, children Mindy, Janice and Alison Cassidy, Christine (John) Sheehan and Erin (Tusiime) Ndyajunwoha, brother John (Kathy) Cassidy and seven step siblings. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service officiated by Rev. James Stanley will be held at the Paine Funeral Home, Inc., 140 E. Main Street, Orwell, OH 44076 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., concluded with US Army Military Honors. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 6:00 to 7:15p.m. A private burial of his ashes will be held at the Brownville Cemetery, New Lyme Twp. at a later date. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contribution may be made in care of Claudia Cassidy to help defray medical expenses. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be made at

Ellen J. Kangas


Ellen J. Kangas, age 89, of Painesville, Ohio passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Madison Heath Care. She was born August 19, 1927 in Kingsville to Jay and Hazel (Leonard) Burtt.

Ellen graduated from Harvey High School, and within a couple hours of graduating, she married the love of her life, John Kangas, on June 7, 1942. He was on leave from the Army during WWII, and the time was right for a wedding. She has been a long-time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Painesville and enjoyed crafting and creating beautiful crotchet and embroidered keepsakes. A loving wife, mother, grandma and great grandma, Ellen will be missed by those she leaves behind.

She is survived by her sons, John (Betty) Kangas and Kenneth (Cindy) Kangas; daughter, Linda Peterson; 8 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Ellen was preceded in death by her cherished husband of 63 years, John; and her parents.

Friends will be received 4-5pm on Friday, March 24, 2017 at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St., Madison OH 44057, with a memorial service following at 5pm. Pastor Jonathan Schroeder will celebrate the service.

Ellen’s family suggest contributions may be made in Ellen’s name to Crossroads Hospice, 8224 Mentor Ave. Suite 110, Mentor OH 44060.

Friends may leave condolences online at

Patricia Ann McFadden

Patricia Ann McFadden

Patricia Ann McFadden, 75, of Ashtabula passed away at home while surrounded by family Wednesday, March 15, 2017. She was born March 3, 1942 in Gypsy, West Virginia to the late Edward, Jr. and Opal (Hoyle) Way.

Pat will be remembered as a very independent woman and loving mother. She enjoyed crafts and upholstering furniture, whenever she could fit it in, around keeping the household in wonderful working order. She treasured her changing role into grandmother over the years.

She is survived by her five sons, Bill (Karima) Ogden, Fred Ogden, David (Angela) Ogden, Patrick (Peggy) Dodge, and Michael (Lora) Dodge; ten grandchildren, Joshua, Andre, Philip, Aaron, Christopher, Julie, Jeremy, Haley, Hunter, and Morgan; five great grandchildren; brothers, Edward Way III and Robert Way; sisters, Carol Arbogast, Stella Cotrill, Wilma Headley, Opal Steerman, Betty Lou Staley, Janice Clutter, Debra Anthony, and Sandra Boggs; daughter-in-law, Karina Ogden; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Pat was preceded in death by her son, Robert Ogden, parents, and her brothers, James and William Way.

Visitation for Pat will be 5-7pm Thursday March 23, 2017 at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St., Madison OH 44057. A funeral service will follow at 7pm with Pastor Dale Osborn of Abundant Life Community Church.

Contributions may be made in Pat’s name to Hospice of the Western Reserve-Ashtabula, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula OH 44004.

Friends may leave condolences online at

Raymond J. Allds

Raymond J. Allds

Raymond J. Allds, 98, Center Rd., Saybrook Twp., died Monday evening at Ashtabula County Medical Center.

He was born April 9, 1918 in Conneaut, the son of Jay & Bessie  (Snyder) Allds and was a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County.  Raymond worked at Ashtabula Bow Socket for 38 years and retired in 1975. He then went to work at Draco Manufacturing and Fenton Manufacturing during his retirement years.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a member of Rising Sun Lodge #22 F. & A. M., Scottish Rite, Valley of Cleveland and was an Al Koran Shriner.  Raymond was a talented musician and loved to play the guitar and bass.

Mr. Allds is survived by a daughter-in-law, Candace Allds of Ashtabula, two grandchildren, Marleen (Matthew) Thornton of Arnold, MD & Sean (Domonique) Allds of Lyndhurst.  He was also the great-grandfather to Addison, Delaney & Langdon Thornton; and Parker and Liana Allds

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ruth in 1996, a son, Dennis Allds in 1999, three brothers, Dick, Norman & Bill Allds; and a sister, Alice Amsden.

Graveside services will be held Saturday April 8, 2017 at 11:00 A. M. in Edgewood Cemetery with the Rev. Glen Warner officiating.  No calling hours will be observed.  Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 4317 Park Ave., Ashtaubla, OH  44004 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL  33607.  The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula is honored to serve the Raymond Allds family.  Visit to view obituary, express condolences or light a candle.

Richard N. Triozzi

Richard N. Triozzi

Richard N. Triozzi (74) of Ashtabula died on Saturday morning at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.

Born Nov. 14, 1942 in Ashtabula he was the son of Nicholas and Esther (Peterangelo) Triozzi

Rich graduated from Harbor High School class of 1960 and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He after being hired by the New York Central Railroad he retired form Conrail with over 40 years’ service as a conductor. Rich was an avid golfer and was a member of the Ashtabula Elks, East Ashtabula Club, American Legion, and the Conneaut Moose.

Survivors include his brothers Lawrence (Anita) Triozzi of Chardon, David (Chris) Triozzi of Ashtabula and niece Maria Christine Triozzi of Chardon.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Service will be on Tuesday evening at 7 P.M. in Guerriero Funeral Home 1550 West 19th St. in Ashtabula, with Father David Bridling of Our Lady of Peace Parish officiating, burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4 to 7 P.M. at the funeral home. Guestbook and condolences at