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Loven Allen
Ravenna: Mrs. Loven Allen, aged 67, died Friday afternoon about 1:45 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Theressa Harper, 332 East Main street. Death was caused by a complication of diseases. Mrs. Allen came to Ravenna last August because of failing health.
Miss Loven Winterstein was born March 20, 1848, the daughter of James and Sally Winterstein at Montville, Geauga county. She married Edgar Allen in 1870 at Montvi lle. They were the parents of three children, all of whom died in their early yo uth. Funeral services will be held Monday at one o'clock at the Harper home, East Main street. Rev. F.M. McIlwain officiating. Interment will be made at M ontville. [Akron Evening Times (Akron, OH) 6 Dec 1915, pg. 9; tr by KT]

Brandon R. Barker
Brandon Reed Barker, 26, of Columbus, was a 2002 graduate of Chardon High School, died May 2 in Columbus.
Son of Kevin R. and Sherry L. (nee Elizalde) Barker, of Chardon, he was born Aug. 14, 1983, in Crown Point, IN. He lived in Chardon before moving to Columbus six years ago. He was a 2007 graduate of ITT Technical Institute in Columbus, where he was store manager for Game Stop for four years. He worked in retail game stores since high school.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Barker is survived by his sisters, Brooke A. (Aaron Helfferich), of Dayton and Brittany Barker of Chardon; grandparents, Jesse and Lucille Elizalde, of Montecello, IN, and Lowell and Nancy Barker, of LaPorte, IN; and his fiancee, Jessica Burke, of Columbus. [The Geauga Times Courier, May 7, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Abigail Barnett
Suicide - The Geauga (Ohio) Republican states that Mrs. Abigail Barnett, of Hambden, Geauga co., who was married last February, and resided at her father's house, put an end to her existence on the 16th inst., by hanging herself with a skein of yarn, attached to an iron hook, over head, resting her knees on the floor.  No cause for the rash act stated.  [Buffalo Daily Gazette (Buffalo, NY) 25 May 1843, tr by KT]

Rev. Cyrus S. Bates
VETERAN IN TWO ARMIES; Soldier of the Union and Soldier of the Cross Dead.
Cleveland, O., April 19.- Rev. Cyrus S. Bates, rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in this city, died this morning of pneumonia. Dr. Bates was born in Geauga county, Ohio, in 1840. At an early age he enlisted in the Union army as a private, and won the rank of first lieutenant by bravery. Wounds received at Chickamauga caused his dismissal from the service. At the close of the war he practiced law for six years in Cincinnati. Afterwards he entered the Episcopal ministry. He was for a time professor of theology at Gambler seminary and professor of philosophy at Kenyon College. In 1885 he came to Cleveland as rector of St. Paul's. Dr. Bates was badly crippled, as the result of his wounds, and for years had been a great sufferer. ["The Saint Paul Daily Globe",Monday Morning, April 20, 1896 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Eleanor G. Blake
Eleanor G. Blake (nee Gibson), 98, of Hambden, died May 24 at Geauga Medical Center.
Daughter of the late John and Sarah (nee Flanagan) Gibson, she was born Oct. 1, 1911, in Appleton, Wisc. She married Frank M. Blake in Cleveland on Feb. 2, 1932. He preceded her in death in 1973. She worked in retail sales for F.W. Woolworth's for 20 years before moving to Geauga County four years ago. She volunteered at the library at Euclid Villa Senior Center for 17 years.
Mrs. Blake is survived by her sons, Francis (Joan), of Virginia, and Arthur (Gloria) Blake, of Mansfield; daughter, Barbara (Al) Suart, of Hambden; eight grandchildren; and eight great grand-children. She was preceded in death by a son, John Blake; grandson, Scott Blake; brother, John Gibson; and sisters, Mildred Gibson, Dorothy Rauer and Margaret Frederick.
Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland. [The Geauga Times Courier, 05/28/2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Simon Brainard
Chardon.- Simon Brainard, a pioneer of Geauga County, who came to Munson township from Keene, N.H., when this was a wilderness and saw the clearing made for his home, died in Munson at the age of 92. [The Mahoning Dispatch, Canfield, Ohio, January 27, 1911 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Joan A. Campbell
Joan A. Campbell (nee Altken), 78 of Chardon, a 1949 graduate of Chardon High School who returned as a teacher for the Chardon School District, retiring in 1980, died April 21 at Burton Healthcare.
Daughter of the late Kenneth and Gertrude (nee Gibson) Altken, she was born June 7, 1931, in Ossining, NY. The family moved to Chardon in 1947. She earned a degree in primary education from Kent State University in 1953. She married Barney Campbell in June 1959 in Chardon. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Campbell is survived by her sons, Kenneth (Lisa), of Montana, Patrick (Laura), of Washington, and Raymond Campbell, of Huntsburg, and five grand children. [The Geauga Times Courier, April 30, 2010 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Irvie J. Chidgey
Died, in Cleveland, on New Year morning, Irvie J., youngest son of John and Eliza Chidgey, aged 6 years and 27 days.[The Jeffersonian Democrat; 6 Jan 1860; pg 3; tr by KT]

J.M. Clapp
J.M. Clapp, Sheriff of Geauga county, died last week, of typhoid fever. He was on e of the first men of the country, and was so popular as a public officer that if his life had been spared he would have been the unanimous choice of the people for re-election. His funeral procession was the largest ever witnessed in the county. [Cleve land Morning Leader. (Cleveland [Ohio]), September 07, 1858]

Henry M. Covert
Chagrin Falls - Henry M. Covert, retired Geauga county farmer, died here, aged 72. Mr. Covert for several years had been superintendent of the Cuyahoga County Fair association's grounds at Chagrin Falls. He was considered one of the best informed judges of live stock in northern Ohio. Cleveland. [The Greenville Journal.(Greenville, Ohio), December 22, 1910]

Kathleen A. Davis
Kathleen A. Davis, 42, of Newbury, who was a waitress for 19 years with Judy's Place in Newbury, died April 24 at her home.
Daughter of Judith (nee Shupe) Davis-Rogers and Dale and Kelly Davis, all of Newbury, she was born May 1, 1967, in Cleveland. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brothers, Jeffery, of Newbury, and P. Matthew Davis, of LeMoore, CA, and sister, Stacey Davis, of Newbury. She was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Davis. [The Geauga Times Courier, April 30, 2010 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Helen L. Davison
Helen L. Davison, 89, of Burton, a World War II veteran who became one of the area's first female real-estate brokers, died June 23 at Geauga Medical Center. Daughter of the late Vernon and Elizabeth Howells, she was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Youngstown. In addition to her real-estate career, she was an antiques dealer and owned a store in Burton. Mrs. Davison is survived by her son, Ron Davison, of Staten Island, N.Y.; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. Burial was at Middlefield Cemetery. [The Geauga Times Courier, July 2, 2010 - Submitted by Kate Watson]

Newton W. Dyer
Died, in Windsor, October 28th, 1863, Mr. Newton W. Dyer, aged 33 years. [The Jeffersonian Democrat (Chardon, OH) 27 Nov 1863, pg 3, tr by KT]

H.H. Ford
Colonel H.H. Ford, one of the pioneers of Geauga County, O., died at his home in Burton, that county, on the 5th. [The Eaton Democrat.(Eaton, Ohio), November 11, 1886]

Seabury Ford

May 8, 1855 — At Burton, Ohio, Seabury Ford, aged 53. He was born in Prospect, Conn., October 15, 1801, and graduated at Yale College in 1825. He resided in Burton, Ohio, engaged in the practice of law, but was frequently called into public life, being often a member and once Speaker of the House of Representatives of Ohio, and also member and Speaker of the State Senate. In 1848 he was chosen Governor of Ohio, and served through the term of two years. [Source: "American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1857, by George P. Sanger, pub. 1856]

Milo Fowler
Mr. Milo Fowler, one of the earliest settlers at Fowler's Mills, Geauga county, died on the 25th, aged 58 years. He was an excelent member of society, and an ardent frien d of the anti-Slavery cause. [Cleveland Morning Leader. (Cleveland [Ohio]), July 31, 1860]

Mildred A. Gaylord
Mildred A. Gaylord, 96, a 50 year resident of Munson and 1932 graduate of Chardon High School, died May 11 at Geauga Medical Center.
Daughter of the late George and Anna (nee Hitz) Rimes, she was born May 20, 1913, in West Park. She married William Gaylord on May 6, 1936, in Ripley, NY. He preceded her in death in 2005. She worked in accounts receivable for the former George Rimes Trucking Co. in Chardon. She was a member of Chardon United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school, and she was a 4-H Sewing Club advisor.
Mrs. Gaylord is survived by her daughters, Edith (Leo) Allen of Wilmington, NC, and Billie M. (Don) Kleve of Hambden; a sister Leota Hildinger, of Chardon; four grandchildren;and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Florence Davis and Dorothy Orient, and brother William R. Rimes.
Graveside services were held May 14 at Maple Hill Cemetery in Munson. [The Geauga Times Courier, May 21, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Horace G. Griffin
Comrade Horace G. Griffin died recently in Akron, Ohio, in his 62d year. He was born in Geauga County, and enlisted in the 41st Ohio, serving until he was discharged for disability. He was highly regarded in Summit County, and was its Sheriff for two years. He was active in G.A.R. matters, and served as Assistant Quartermaster-General of the Department of Ohio, G.A.R., in 1909-'02. This is the fifth death in Buckley Post this year. [The National Tribune: Washington, D.C., Feb 26, 1903 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Mildred M. Hollis
Mildred Mary Hollis, 93, of Chardon, died Aug. 26.
She devoted her life crusading for the welfare of animals and in later life enjoyed daily activies at the Geauga Senior Center.
Mrs. Hollis is survived by her daughters, Heidi (John) Van de Motter and Nora (Bob) Painter; three grandchildren; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Graham Hollis and a grandson. [The Geauga Times Courier, 10/10/2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

William Horn
Horn Funeral: The funeral of the late William Horn, who died Monday at his home in Geauga county, was held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at Morris chapel. Interment was made in Morris cemetery. [The Democratic Banner; Mt. Vernon, Ohio, July 28, 1916, Sub. by Kate Watson]

Leo Howard
Despondent Lover Suicides
Chagrin Falls, July 21. - Leo Howard, the 19-year-old son of Art Howard, a wealthy Geauga county farmer, instantly killed himself Sunday evening in his father's woods, south of town, by shooting himself through the head with a shotgun. He tied a string with one foot. Despondency over being rejected by his sweetheart is given as the cause. [Perrysburg Journal; July 25 1896 - KT - Sub by FoFG]

Austin James Huff
Austin James Huff, the little son of Mrs. Minnie Huff of West King Street, 2 miles west of the village, died at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, December 23, 1919, after a four days' illness with diptheria, aged 3 years, 3 months and 24 days. The burial will take place on Wednesday, with services at the cemetary at 11 o'clock.
The child was taken ill Friday evening with what appeared to be the croup. Sunday morning physicians pronounced the case diptheria, and reported the case for quarantine.
Clara, a daughter, aged 6, was taken ill with the disease Sunday, but was reported Tuesday to be in a fair way to recover.
An older daughter, Olive, aged 10, is recovering from what is said to be a light form of the disease.
General sympathy is expressed for Mrs. Huff in her deep affliction. [unknown newspaper, c. Dec 1919 -- Sub. by Kate Watson]

James R. Huff
Aged Chardon Man Dies After Long Illness At Home Here.
James Robison Huff, age 81, of 115 Maple avenue, died at his home early Wednesday morning. Mr. Huff had been ill for sometime. He was born at Pierpont, Ashtabula county, and had been an active farmer for many years. He has lived in Chardon for the past eight or ten years.
He was united in marriage to Minnie Bower of Hartsgrove January 31, 1884, and to this union were born four children. John, Paul, Ruth and Harlow. Harlow preceded his father in death in the year 1917.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie B. Huff, three children, two sons and one daughter. John and Paul Huff, of Cuyahoga Falls, and Mrs. Ruth Pierce of Rocky River. The grand children are: Alberta, Lena and Cecil Huff; Margaret and Jean Pierce, and Esther, Ellen, Olive and Clara Huff. One sister also survives, Mrs. N.A. Stevens, Chardon.
The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Christian Church, of which Mr. Huff has been a member for many years. Rev. C. K. Higley, local pastor, will officiate. The burial will be in the Chardon cemetery. [unknown newspaper, c. July 24, 1929 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Minnie B. Huff
Mrs. Minnie Huff, 76, Dies At Son's Home Cuyahoga Falls, OH,
Mrs. Minnie B. Huff, 76, died Sunday afternoon at the residence of her son, Paul Huff, Ninth St. She had been in failing health for some time and had spent a part of every winter in this city.
Mrs. Huff had been a member of the Church of Christ since her girlhood, being a member of the Chardon Christian Church. While in this city she had attended the local church and made many friends there. She is survived by her son, Paul; one daughter, Mrs. JA. Pierce of Rocky River; also nine grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
Funeral sevices were held Wednesday afternoon at the Chardon Christian church, the Rev. Howard H. Short officiating, assisting by Rev. C.C. Cleveland of that city. [unknown newspaper, c. July 16, 1939 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Minnie Rae Huff
Chardon people were shocked at the announcement Saturday, June 17, of the death of Mrs. Minnie Rae Huff, of West Chardon, in Cleveland, at 10:30a.m., following an operation at the Woman's Hospital.
Mrs. Huff was 36 years of age and held in high esteem in this community, and by all who knew her. Her husband, Harlo Huff, died July 14, 1917. A son, Austin Juames, died Dec. 23, 1919. Mrs. Huff leaves four daughters- Esther, Ellen, Olive and Clara; also her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Parker, and two brothers, Ernest and Elton, all of whom feel deeply their great bereavement. The sorrowing family have the heartfelt sympathy of all who knew them. The funeral services, which were largely attended, were held at the Christian Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. T.A. Fleming, officiating, at the request of the deceased, assisted by Rev, J.C. Richards. There were many beautiful floral tributes. Burial was made in the family lot in the Village Cemetery. [Unknown newspaper, c. June 1922 -- Sub. by Kate Watson]

James L. Hurst
Thompson - James L. Hurst, 74, Thompson, died Wednesday in his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Akron, the son of Hood and Genevieve (Miller) Hurst. In 1951, he married Glenda Eckley, who survives. He was a retired tuber operator at Chardon Rubber Co. and a U. S. Army veteran.
Also surviving are a son, Richard, Defiance; three daughters, Mrs. Steve (Eliza) Selzler of Fargo, N.D., Mrs. Bob (Mary) Carrabine of Mentor and Mrs. Dale (Karen) Moseley, Hudson, a sister, Mary, New York; three brothers, Jack of Florida, Billy of Warren and Max Butcher, Missouri; and 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were three sisters, Frances, Margaret and Brenice; and a brother Dale.
Services at Behm Family Funeral Home, Madison. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Thompson. [The Crescent-News, Defiance, OH, 06/28/2002 - Sub. by: Kate Watson]

Nelson Johnson
Nelson Johnson, 83, of Chardon Township, who was chief of police in Orwell and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, died July 2 at University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Son of the late Spencer and Martha Johnson, he was born Dec. 16, 1926, in Shawnee. He was a heavy equipment operator for Hauter Construction Co. and Munn Road Sand and Gravel and a sheriff's deputy in Geauga County. He retired in 1996. He was a member of American Legion Post 167 and the Chardon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 34 years, Leora (nee McGurer) Coe Johnson; sons, Nelson (Janice) Johnson Jr., of Pierpont, and Robert (Susanne) Coe, of Montville; daughters, Robin (Bruce) Schroeter, of Thompson, Donna (Dave) Kelso and Penny (Rick) Salvaggio, of Huntsburg; sister Sylvia Reed, of LeRoy; grandchildren; and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by sons, Larry Johnson and David Coe, and seven brothers.
Burial was at Huntsburg Cemetery. [The Geauga Times Courier, July 16, 2010 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Susan A. Kearns
Susan A. Kearns, 64, of Newbury, a 1963 Orange High School graduate, who was director of housekeeping at Holly Hill Nursing Home of 10 years, retiring in April, died May 29 at Holly Hill.
Daughter of the late Harley and Edna (nee Lewis) Matthews, she was born July 6, 1945, in Cleveland. She married Richard A. Kearns in Solon on July 6, 1968. They lived in Warrensville Heights before moving to Newbury 40 years ago.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Kearns is survived by her daughter, Tammy Kearns, of Newbury, and sister, Ilene M. (Roger) Hoffert, of Bainbridge, and Diann R. (Ronald) Hillier, of Solon. Burial was at Munn Cemetary in Newbury. [The Geauga Times Courier, June 4, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

M.L. Maynard
CHARDON NOTABLE IS DEAD -- M.L. Maynard, in Youth a Mathematical Prodigy, at End of Useful Career.
Chardon, O., May 10.- M.L.Maynard, vice president of the Ohio Typewriter exchange of Cleveland, died at his home here. Mr. Maynard has made a remarkable record in his 75 years of life, having at the age of 18 mastered arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and calculus. He served in the Civil was as musician, and when peace was restored was elected surveyor of Geauga county, serving two terms, following which, in 1872, he was chosen county auditor. For the past 12 years he has been justice of the peace. [The Mahoning Dispatch on Library of Congress; Canfield, Ohio, May 12, 1911 - Submitted. by Kate Watson ]

Ann Mineo
Ann L. Mineo, 80, of Chardon, who was a teacher with the Chardon School District, retiring in 1991, died Sept 24 at her home.
Daughter of the late Clifford and Mildred (nee Haywood) Daniels, she was born July 27, 1930. She married Samuel Mineo on June 14, 1952, in Cleveland Heights. She was a member of the Friends of the Chardon Library serving as treasurer.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mineo is survived by her daughers, Susan Barnett, of South Euclid, Ellen (Scott) Schuring, of Elk Grove, Calif., and Kathryn (Tim) Pullman, of Chardon; son Jeffery (Laura) Mineo, of Munson; brother, Dan C. Daniels, of North Carolina; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. [The Geauga Times Courier, 10/01/2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

John D.L. Miner
Miner, John D. L., M. D., Chardon, O., May 19, ae. 32. [Source: "Annual Obituary Not ices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Na than Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]

Evelyn Montana
Evelyn Montana, 97, a resident of Munson for 32 years and a charter member of the Euclid Veterans Auxilliary Club, died April 20 at Holly Hill Nursing Facility in Newbury.
Daughter of the late Nick and Rose Disanto, she was born Jan. 8,1913, in Cleveland. She was a 1932 graduate of Euclid Shore High School and married Girard Montana in Euclid on Oct 24, 1936.He preceded her in death. She retired in 1971 from Clevite Research Center, where she was a cook in the cafeteria. She was a member of the Church of St. Mary in Chardon and the West Geauga Senior Center. Mrs. Montana is survived by her son, Gerald (Trudy) Montana, of Parma; daughter, Rita (Tom) Martin of Munson; four grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael and Arthur Disanto. [The Geauga Times Courier, April 30, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Ward U. Nelson
Ward U. Nelson, 71, of Chardon, who was owner of Nelson Delivery in Chardon for 35 years, died May 2 at the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cleveland.
Son of the late Ward B. and Brookie (nee Wiley) Nelson, he was born April 12, 1939, in West Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army in the 1960s. He married Trudy Buttram on June 2, 1976. He lived in Cleveland prior to moving to Chardon 28 years ago. In addition to his wife, Mr. Nelson is survived by his sons, Russell (Sherri) and Scott (Michelle) Nelson and Bradley (Alicia) and Kenny (Denise) Ward; daughters, Rachel Hatten, Jessie (Billy) Clark, Audra (Greg) Borders, Janice (Gregg) Blasinsky-Meier, Sharon (Steve) Vagasky, Deanna Ward and Danett (Jon) Janecek; sisters, Mavis Bear and Hester Kallimai; 26 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nova Mills; brother, William Nelson; and sisters Maxine Lawson and Christine and Ilene Nelson. [The Geauga Times Courier, May 7, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Stanley Newberry
Stanley Newberry, 91, of Avon Park Fla., and previously of Geauga County, died May 3 at Royal Care of Avon Park.
Son of the late Edward L. and Della Mae (nee Warriner) Newberry, he was born Mrch 7, 1919, in Clairdon. He married Elizabeth Ash on Nov. 28, 1942, in Chester. She preceded him in death in 2006. He was a welder for 10 years with Chardon Welding and for 26 years with Lubrizol, retiring in 1982. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in his late teens. He was a member of Clairdon Congregational Church and the Pilgrim Christian Church.
Mr. Newberry is survived by his daughters, Carolyn (Kenneth) Luoma, of Avon Park, and Joan (Lon) Beach , of Grover, MO.; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by six sisters and two brothers.
Burial in Claridon Center Cemetery. [The Geauga Times Courier, July 16, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Mary Ann Olds
Mary Ann Olds, 73, of Montville, who was retired from Old Cast Stone in Thompson, died Aug. 9 at Geauga Medical Center.
She was born Nov. 5, 1936, in Euclid and was a lifelong resident of the area.
Mrs. Olds is survived by her sons, Michael A. (Michelle Doehring), of Montville, and Thomas P. (Lucy) Immarino, of Austinburg; sister, Louise (William) Hipp, of Willowick; brother, Fred (Berta) Tisovic, of California; stepdaughter, Patti (Nelson Bennett) Olds, of Austinburg; six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee A. Olds. [The Geauga Times Courier, 08/13/2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Mary E. Paranish
Mary E. Paranish, 69, of Chardon, died July 6 at Holly Hill Nursing Home in Newbury, where she worked as a CLPN.
Daughter of the late Allen and Coletta (nee Caveney) Rogers, she was born Dec. 27, 1940, in Cleveland. She married John M. Paranish in Monroe, Mich., on July 16, 1959. He preceded her in death in 2009. A resident of Chardon since 1972, she previously lived in Mentor-on-the-Lake. Before Holly Hill, she worked at University Hospitals and the Cleveland Clinic. She was a member of Fowler's Mill Church.
Mrs. Paranish is survived by her daughters, Laura A. (Michael) Gozelanczyk, of Auburn, and Kimberly Paranish of Chardon; sons John M. Jr. (Judy), of Concord, Keith A. (Lyudmyla), of New Braunfels, Texas, and Steven (Linda) Paranish, of Hartsgrove, and Gregory (Maureen) Kmetko, of Chester; 10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
Burial was at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chester. [The Geauga Times Courier, July 16, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Ella Patty Parker
Ella Parker Died Sunday At Home Here
Mother of Chardon Business Man, Mrs. Ella Parker, Died July 14, At Her Home On South Street, Buried Tuesday.
A lifelong resident of Chardon, Mrs. Ella Smith Parker, aged 78, died Sunday, July 14, 1940, at her South street home. A heart ailment was blamed for her death. She had been ill for some time.
She was the widow of the late William J. Parker, who died about a year ago, and was the mother of one of Chardon's prominent business men, Elton W. Parker, and a highly esteemed woman.
She was born in Chardon township, about two miles west of Chardon, Oct. 7, 1861, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Smith. She attended the district and Chardon schools, and grew to young womanhood at the family home.
She was united in marriage to Mr. Parker on March 11, 1885, and three children were born to them. They spent the early years of the married life on a farm, and moved to Chardon later in life.
Mrs. Parker was popular in this community, active in the affairs of her neighborhood and the county, had many friends, and counted among her friends the late James A. Garfield, once president of the United States.
She is survived by her two sons, Ernest and Elton W. Parker, of Chardon, and several grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Minnie Huff, is deceased.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 15, at the late home with Rev. Cromwell C. Cleveland officiating. Burial was beside her husband in the Chardon cemetery. Many old friends and relatives attended the service.
The pall-bearers were Paul Huff of Cuyahoga Falls, Starr Holly of Arlington Ferry, Ralph Jamison of Willoughby, L.T.Covell of Painesville, and George Hagenburger of Mentor. [unknown newspaper, July 1940 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

William J. Parker
W. J. Parker Died Monday At Home Here
Prominent Retired Geauga Farmer Had Been Ill For Over Year; Father of Chardon Business Man, Elton W. Parker; Buried Thursday.
One of Chardon's best known citizens, William J. Parker, aged 81, died at his home on South street, Monday, Feb. 20, after an illness of over a year. A paralytic stroke on Feb. 10 hastened his death.
He was born in Antioch, IL, Dec. 1, 1858, and came to Mentor with his parents when a child. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Parker.
When he grew to manhood. he was united in marriage to Miss Ella Patty Smith on March 11, 1885. He moved to Chardon township when a young man and operated a farm west of Chardon. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, and interested in community affairs.
He is survived by his widow, two sons, Ernest A. Parker of West Chardon, and Elton W. Parker of Chardon; also two sisters, Mrs. Ann Mary Teare and Mrs. Jenny Ferry, and a brother, Ira B. Parker of Mentor.
Four granddaughters, Mrs. Esther Merritt of Cleveland, Mrs. Ellen Wettstein of Chardon, Mrs. Olive Compton of Arlington, VA, and Mrs. Clara Serene of South Heights, PA also survive.
Funeral survices were held at the late residence on South street, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, with Earl Nixon, Painesville funeral director in charge. Rev.C.C. Cleveland, pastor of the Chardon Christian Church, officiated. [The Geauga County News, 02/25/1939 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Roma Pinney
Roma PINNEY, a boy about 10 years of age, a son of J. P. PINNEY, a merchant at the Center of Thompson, came to his death, by accident, or his own hand, last Friday, 24th. The circumstances are as near as can be gathered, are these: He was atten ding school, and an ill feeling had sprung up between him and another boy about sixteen years old, and considerably larger. Some ten days or two weeks ago, the other boy, w hose name was Snyder, gave the Pinney boy quite a severe whipping. On Friday after noon at recess, he commenced picking at him again. The Pinney boy had his knife in his hand whittling and said, if you pitch onto me again, I shall defend myself with my knife. The Snyder boy pitched onto him, and in the affray he got quite a severe cu t in the back which bled profusely, scared the children badly. Some of the boys told him he would be hung for it. When school was called he went in crying, and asked some of the larger boys sitting near him, if they would hang him? They told him they would if they caught him. He asked when they would catch him? They rep lied to-night. He replied they won't catch me, and asked to go out. As he went out he bid the scholars good bye. When the scholars came home and his father mi ssed him, a search was instituted. About five o'clock, he was found in the barn d ead, with his father's revolver by him. He had either shot himself purposely or by accident; the ball entered the right side of the head, back of the ear and came so nearly through that it could be felt on the other side. The revolver was kept in his fath er's bed-room. [Ashtabula Telegraph, Jan 31, 1874; Sub. by Pearl McDonald who adds this note: "My great great aunt Anna Mariah Johnston, a teacher, wrote in her di ary: Saturday, January 25, 1874. There was a little boy named Rome W. Pinney shot himself yesterday on account of a quarrel with a playmate."]

Rev. William Potter
Rev. William Potter is dead at Hampden, Geauga County, O., at the age of 93. "Father" Potter, as he was familiarly known, had for three years been the oldest Congregational minister in the world. [The Pittsburgh Dispatch, Wednesday, December 30, 1891 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

John Quayle
Chardon- John "Jack" Quayle, 70 of Chardon, formerly of Shaker Heights, died Friday at the Geauga Community Hospital following a long illness.
Born Jan. 5, 1916, in Shaker Heights, he lived in Chardon for the past 40 years. A construction worker, he was a World War II Army Veteran and a member of the Chardon V.F.W. Post 6519.
Survivors include on sister, Agnes Murphy of Richmond Heights.
In addition to his parents, Walter and Mary Quayle, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Joseph, and a sister, Dorothy Bauer.
Graveside services will be 11 am Tuesday at the Chardon Village Cemetery, Park St., with the Rev. Richard Evans of the Church of St. Mary's Officiating. The Ritondaro Funeral Home, 126 South St., is in charge of arrangements. [The Geauga Times Leader, September 1, 1986 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

John B. Quiggle
MUSTERED OUT. At Rapid City, S.D., Sept. 10, 1907, John B. Quiggle, aged 77 years. Comrade Quiggle was born in Geauga County, Ohio, and resided in Wisconsin since 1844: served as a drummer in 42d Wis. He is survived by his widow and their son. [The National Tribune: Washington, D.C. January 09, 1908 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Myron Raymond
Skull Is Found In Storage Room; Used As Exhibit In Slaying Trial
CHARDON, O., July 16 , Part of a human skull was found yesterday when workmen started renovating the Geauga County courthouse to provide more space for county offices. The skull was found in a storage room by Common Pleas Court Judge Robert B. Ford, Mark Sperry, a Chardon attorney, said the skull was that of Myron Raymond, who was beaten to death with a club filled with lead in Middlefield in 1917. Mr. Sperry said the top of the skull had been sawed off and exhibited at the trial of Mr. Raymond’s slayer to show marks made by the blows that killed Mr. Raymond. The attorney said he remembered that as a boy he accompanied the late Dr. Frank Pomeroy, who was the coroner, when he investigated the Raymond slaying. [THE BLADE: TOLEDO, OHIO, Thursday, July 16, 1964 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Rhodes (child)
Feb. 22- Word has reached here from Montville, Geauga county, that the three-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Rhodes, who formerly lived on the Fitch farm in this place, was killed last Friday. He had evidently been playing around a wagon box which stood near the house, and it had fallen over on him, breaking his neck. He was dead when found by his mother. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of many friends in this locality. [The Mahoning Dispatch; Canfield, Ohio, February 24, 1911 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Norman Riffett Sr.
Norman Riffett Sr., 86, a Clairdon resident since 1958 and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran who served on the USS Pledge, died July 17 at his home.
He was born in Cleveland and worked in maintenance at the General Motors Coit Road plant in Cleveland until his retirement in 1986 after 31 years.
Mr. Riffett is survived by his wife of 57 years, Irene Riffett, of Clairdon; sons, Norman Jr. (Pam) and Harold, of Clairdon, and Dennie (Mary Ann) Riffett, of Brenhan, Texas; daughters, Gwendolyn (Emmett) Watts, of Detroit, Alice (Russell) Brumfield, of Branchland, W.Va., and Sandy Fisher and Donna (Don) Slife, of Chardon; siblings, Herb and Everett Estep and Jewell Watts; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by siblings, Melvin and Jack Riffett, Ollie Tackett, Alice Vance and Bud Estep. Burial with military honors was at Chardon Christian Fellowship. [The Geauga Times Courier, July 23, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Sarah J. Sampson
Died, in Chardon, Nov 6th, 1863, after ann illness of 8 days, of Typhoid Fever, Sarah J. Sampson, only daughter of Sylvanus and Mary Sampson, aged 21 years, 10 months and 6 days. [The Jeffersonian Democrat (Chardon, OH) 27 Nov 1863, pg 3, tr by KT]

Mark A. Sankovich
Mark A. Sankovich, 55, Munson, who was facilities supervisor for the Notre Dame Educational Center in Munson for 34 years, died June 23 at Hillcrest Hospital.
Son of the late John H. and Betty J. (nee Gray) Sankovich, he was born Feb. 6, 1955, and was a lifelong Geauga County resident. A1973 graduate of Chardon High School, he married Monica C. Bozeglav on May 15, 1976, at the Church of St. Mary in Chardon. He was a coach for Munson sports teams from 1993 to 2002, as well as Chardon Lions Club football, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin softball, baseball and football, St. Helen's and St. Mary's football and summer baseball teams.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Sankovich is survived by his daughter; Jacqueline T. Sankovich, of Munson; sons, Mark A., of Munson, and Andrew T. Sankovich , of Orlando, Fla.; three brothers; and a sister. [The Geauga Times Courier, 07/02/2010 -Sub. by Kate Watson]

Andrew Schwindl
Zephyrhills, Fla - Andrew James Joseph Schwindl, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1997, at East Pasco Medical Center, Zephyrhills.
Born Nov. 3, 1914, in Cleveland, he was the son of Andrew and Anna (Reibl) Schwindl.
A resident of Chardon for most of his life, he moved to Zephyrhills 20 years ago. He was a self employed stone mason and did contracting work, retiring in 1979. Mr. Schwindl enjoyed playing golf. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Zephyrhills and former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chardon.
Survivors include his wife, Bessie (Beech) Schwindl of Zephyrhills; a daughter, Mary Ann Craver of Geneva; a brother William of Clairdon; four granddaughters, Tammy Beckwith and Andrea Burley, both of Mentor, Michelle Dubin of Austinburg and Kathy Conway of Sheffield Lake; and 15 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Kate and Elsie Schwindl; and a brother, Walter Schwindl.
Burial will be in East Clairdon Cemetery. [Star Beacon Saturday, January 11, 1997 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Anna Schwindl
Anna Schwindl, 85, Chardon, Died Monday afternoon of natural causes at Geauga Community Hospital. Mrs. Schwindl, a resident of Chardon 57 years, was born in Austria, Hungary on July 15, 1886. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, Chardon. Survivors include a daughter, Elsie of Chardon; sons, Andrew Jr. and Walter both of Chardon and William of Madison. Her husband, Andrew Schwindl Sr., died in 1946 and a daughter Kathryn Schwindl, preceded her in death three years ago. Burial will be on Chardon Cemetery. [Geauga Times Leader August 9, 1971 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Kathryn M. Schwindl
Chardon - Miss Kathryn M. Schwindl, 59, retired Chardon High School teacher, died this morning at Geauga Community Hospital. Born in Cleveland Jan. 22, 1907, she spent most of her life in Chardon. Miss Schwindl was a member of St. Mary's Church, Chardon. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Anna Schwindl, a sister Elsie; and brothers, Andrew, Walter and William, all of Chardon. Her father, Andrew, preceded her in death. Burial will be in the Chardon Cemetery. [The Painesville Telegraph January 2, 1967 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Lester M. Taylor
Painesville, April 25. - Hon. Lester M. Taylor, aged over 100 years, the oldest man in Geauga county, died Monday at his home in Clairdon. He was a member of the general assembly of the state from 1832 to 1833, and was elected to the senate by Ashtabula, Lake and Geauga counties in 1856. His last public act was when he presided at the Geauga county centennial at Burton, in June 1898. [Perrysburg Journal, Perrysburg, Ohio, April 29, 1899 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Nancy L. Taylor
Mrs. Nancy L. Taylor, relict of Dea Horace Taylor, of Claridon, Geauga county, died on the 9th inst., in the 74th year of her age. Mrs. Taylor was one of the first females immigrants who spent a night in the township of Claridon, having settled there with her husband in 1811. She was one of the original members of the Congregational Church there of which she continued a worthy member until her death. [Source: Holmes County Republican, (Millersburg, Holmes County OH); April 22, 1858 - JR - Sub by FoFG]

Marilyn J. Teague
Marilyn J. Teague, 76, of Newbury, who was an educator with the Kenston, Cambridge and Mansfield school districts, died May 26 at Holly Hill Care Center in Newbury.
Daughter of the late Albert and Mary Ristau, she was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Cleveland. She earned her bachelor of science at Ohio University and her master's and doctoral degrees in educational administration at Kent State University. She was an educator at Kenston High School for 20 years and then went on to be assistant superintendent for Cambridge City Schools and executive director of instruction, academic progress, for Mansfield City Schools until her retirement in 2000. Dr. Teague wrote grants and received funds of over $1 million for educational purposes, including $500,000 for the inception of the Kenston School District's radio station, WKHR-FM.
She was a world traveler, including Russia, China, Tibet, Africa and the Galapagos Islands. She was a member of Newbury United Community Church, Chagrin Valley Lutheran Church and the Mansfield Rotary Club and was a board member for the Mansfield YMCA and Newbury schools.
Dr. Teague is survived by her daughters, Cynthia D. and Tamara J. Teague and Valerie (Allen) Garland, all of Newbury; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Carol Holiday and Joan Mansfield. [The Geauga Times Courier, June 4, 2010 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Edward Truman
Edward Truman, retired educator in Geauga county for many years, died at his home in Burton. [ The Mahoning Dispatch; Canfield, Ohio February 04, 1921 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Betty J. Turner
Betty June Turner (nee May), 82, of Newbury, who was a secretary at the Dalton and Dijk Johnson architecture firm until retiring in 1993, died May 7 at her home.
Daughter of the late Dale and Gertrude May, she was born June 26, 1927, in Cleveland. She lived in Cleveland before moving to Newbury 17 years ago. Mrs. Turner is survived by her daughter, Dale (Ralph) Krycak, of Newbury; son, Mark (Cynthia) Schubert, of Newbury; stepchildren, Tony and Todd Turner and Bonnie Jackson; sister, Billy (Paul) Conley, of Newbury; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Turner, and sisiter Barbara Smith.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. May 22 at Munn Cemetery in Newbury. [The Geauga Times Courier, May 14, 2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Joseph Turner
Middlefield, Dec 19- Joseph Turner, 65, implement dealer, died suddenly of apoplexy at the home of James Tremble, farmer, six miles from here, while the two were discussing business this afternoon. [Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec 20, 1916]

Joseph Turner
Joseph Turner, youngest son of the late Joseph Turner, sr., who was born and reared in this township, but for a number of years lived near Middlefield, Geauga county, died very suddenly of heart trouble while away from home Dec. 20. The remains were brought to Ohltown and interned in the village cemetery. His wife, one daughter and one sister, Miss Hannah Turner, who resides with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Turner, in this township, survive. [The Mahoning Dispatch (Canfield, Mahoning County, OH), December 29, 1916]

Susan W. Vitello
Susan W. Vitello (nee Wellman), 59, of Chester, died June 29 at her home.
Daughter of the late Robert and Elizabeth (nee Davis) Wellman, she was born April 13, 1951, in Cleveland. She married Thomas Vitello on July 21, 1978, in South Euclid, where they lived before moving to Chester six years ago. She was a homemaker.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Vitello is survived by her daughters, Holly Vitello, of Chester, and Sarah (Felix) Rakhmanov, of Mayfield; son, Adam Vitello, of Chester; brothers, Sandy of California, Chick (Beth), of Indiana, and Bob Wellman, of Massachusetts; sisters, Becky (Mumtaz) Kahn, of Dayton, and Anne, of Vermont; and five grandchildren. [The Geauga Times Courier, 07/02/2010 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

DeWitt C. Warner
CHARDON - DeWitt C. Warner, 68, one of the best known farmers of Geauga county, died as the result of being stepped on by a horse in January. Shortly after the horse stepped on his foot Mr. Warner began to suffer a pain in the leg. Blood poisoning later set in and amputation was necessary last week. He failed to survive the shock. [ Los Angeles Herald; Octover 06, 1907 - Sub. by Kate Watson]

Mrs. C.C. Webber
Mrs. C.C. Webber, 66, died at her home, 437 South Prospect street, about 8 o'clock Monday night. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Rev. I.J . Swanson will officiate. Interment will be made at Maple Grove. Mrs. Webber was born July 24, 1850, at Newberry, Geauga County. She was married to C.C. Webber September 26, 1862. She has resided in this locality for the past 35 years. A son and a daughter survive her. They are Mabel L. Webber and Clayton F. Webber. [Akron Evening Times (Akron, OH) 26 Jan 1916, pg 9; tr by KT]

Stanley S. Wojtaszek
Stanley S. Wojtaszek 89, of Huntsburg and formerly a 45-year resident of Hambden, who was a US army veteran, serving in the Pacific during World War II, died April 25 at his home.
Son of the late Stanislaw and Katrryna Wojtaszek, he was born July 22, 1920, in Buffalo, NY. His family returned to Poland when he was 6 months old, and he lived there until the age of 18, when he moved back to the United States. He was self employed and worked in the porcelain-repair business. Mr. Wojtaszek is survived by his sister, Aniela Lach, of Poland, and friend, Beverly Ash. He was preceded in death by longtime companion Dora Stone. Burial was at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens with full military honors. [The Geauga Times Courier, April 30, 2010 - Sub by Kate Watson]

Silas Young
At the ripe old age of eighty-eight years, six months and nine days, Mr. Silas Young, for years one of the best known and most prominent farmers of Knox county, passed away at 10 o'clock Thursday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.A. LaFever, three miles south of the city. Although he had patiently suffered for a long time, the immediate cause of his death was an attack of grip, which he contracted in March.
Mr. Young was born in Middlefield, Geauga county, Ohio, Oct. 19, 1821. In 1839 he came to Knox county, and in 1848 was married to Miss Catherine Davis, daughter of Mr. Jacob Davis, ten children being born to them. Those surviving are Mrs. C.A. LaFever of south of this city, J.R. of Springfield, Ill., J.S. of Tallula, Ill., Mrs. Walter Steele of San Benito, Tex., C.R. of east of the city, and Mrs. Walter Spittle of San Benito, Tex. Mrs. Young died a few years ago, and since her death Mr. Young had been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. LaFever, from whose residence the funeral will be held at 2:30, Sunday afternoon.
Mr.Young's principal occupation in life was farming. Shortly after his marriage he rented a farm, where he lived two years. Then he purchased a 66-acre tract on the Wooster road, there making his home until 1870. For the following two years he rented a farm of 233 of the Lafever heirs in Clinton township, and at the end of that period the residence there burned and Mr. Young moved to Mt. Vernon. After another year had passed he purchased a farm of 123 acres in Monroe township, where he resided until the death of his wife.
The deceased was a man of strong character and strict integrity. In his ripe old age he retained his memory to the last, and until the cold weather of the past winter he made frequent trips to the city. His memory will be revered by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. [The Democratic Banner; Mr. Vernon, OH, May 03, 1910]

Mrs. Wm. Young
Mrs. Wm. Young died last week at the home of her son Homer in East Clairdon, Geauga county, of paralysis, aged 70 years. The deceased was born in Lowellville in 1838 and went with her husband to Geauga county in 1868. Funeral services was held Nov. 11. The deceased was an aunt of Mrs. W. S. Rhodes of Canfield who attended the funeral. [The Mahoning Dispatch; Canfield, Ohio, November 20, 1908 - Sub. by Kate Watson]


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