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S. L. Abbott
Mansfield, May 8 - S. L. Abbott, 80, is dead at his home in Plymouth, for many years was justice of the peace there.
[Plain Dealer, May 9, 1918]

Mrs. Thomas Abernethy

The wife of Thomas R. Abernethy, of Los Angeles, Cal., died Dec. 27. She was formerly of Mansfield.
[Mansfield News, Jan 3, 1908 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]

Anna Oldfield Andrews

Mrs. Anna Oldfield Andrews, who died Friday, was buried Sunday afternoon. The funeral was held at the Methodist Episcopal church at 3 p.m., conducted by the Rev. Mr. Barnes; interment in the Bellville cemetery. Mrs. Andrews was past 90 years old and has been failing for some time now. She leaves one son, William, and three daughters, Mrs. J. H. Fulton, Mrs. Andrew Clever and Miss Lucy Andrews, all of Bellville, and a host of relatives and friends. Her six grandsons acted as pall bearers. Mrs. Andrews was a great worker in the church and was widely known for her kindness and charity.
[The Mansfield News (Mansfield, OH) June 22, 1917 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Bessie Banks
BELLVILLE -- Mrs. Bessie Banks of 218 Riverside Dr. died Saturday in People's Hospital after a brief illness.
She was born in Washington Township and lived all her life in the Bellville area. For a number of years she operated a fruit market in Bellville.
Surviving are her husband, Clarence E. Banks; two sons, E. Eugene and Earl J., both of Bellville; a daughter, Mrs. William (Bernadene) Dickson of Bellville; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Boulle of New York; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Snyder Funeral Home here by the Rev. James Nash. Burial will be in Bellville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
[The Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) March 20, 1977 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Constance Walter Berno
Mrs. Constance Walter Berno, widow of William Berno, former Manfield businessman, died at her home, 388 Park avenue west, early today following an illness of one week.
Mrs. Berno, who operated the Berno Women's Wear store on North Park street, became ill last Tuesday evening while preparing to go to New York City on a buying trip. Active in business, social and church work for many years. Mrs. Berno was the daughter of the late Frederick and Mary Wilhelm Walter, pioneer Mansfield family. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic church. Mrs. Berno and her husband had observed their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 10, 1943 with solemn high mass at St. Peter's church. Mr. Berno died April 10, 1945.
Surviving are four children, Mrs. E. J. Focke of Dayton, Mrs. James Degnan of Detroit, Joseph A. Berno of Cleveland and Paul Berno at home; four sisters, Mrs. William J. Fuehrer of Detroit, Miss Caroline Walter, Mrs. A. R. Perl, Mrs. F. A. Walter and a brother, Fred Walter, all of Mansfield and nine grandchildren.
The body will be at the Jones Memorial until Thursday morning when it will be taken to the family home. Solemn requiem mass will be read by Msgr. R. C. Goebel at St. Peter's church Friday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in the Mansfield Catholic cemetery.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) January 21, 1947]
Constance Walter Berno, beloved mother of Paul and Joseph Berno, Mrs. E. J. Focke and Mrs. James Degnan, sister of Mrs. William Fuehrer. Miss Caroline Walter, Mrs. A. R. Perl, Mrs. F. A. Walter and Fred Walter, passed away early Tuesday morning. Now at the Jones Memorial where friends will be received until Thursday morning when she will be taken to the late home 388 Park Avenue West. Requiem Funeral Mass at St. Peter's church will be (unreadable) on Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock by Msgr. R. C. Goebel. Interment will be made in the Mansfield Catholic cemetery. [Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) January 22, 1947]
Final rites were held for Mrs. Constance Walter Berno yesterday morning at St. Peter's Catholic church. Her cousin, Rev. Bernard Moore of Portsmouth, Va., celebrated the solemn requiem Mass and Msgr. R. C. Goebel gave the eulogy. Mrs. Berno, widow of William Berno, died early Tuesday at her home, 388 Park avenue west,
In his sermon, Msgr. Goebel paid glowing tribute to Mrs. Berno's work in the community and the church. Assisting at the Mass were Rev. Virgil Reidliner and Rev. Richard Norman, assistant pastors at the church. Nephews of Mrs. Berno acted as pallbearers.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) January 25, 1947 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Paul I. Berno
Paul I. Berno, Civic Leader, Succumbs
Paul I. Berno, Tappan Co., executive and Mansfield civic leader, died last night in Mansfield General Hospital where he had been a patient since June 11.
Mr. Berno joined the Tappan organization as a sales correspondent in January 1929, and became its vice president, treasurer and director in 1957.
He headed a successful fund raising drive for Mansfield's Junior Achievement program in 1956, was in charge of the Mansfield Manufacturers Council's "Exportunities Workshop" in 1960, was instrumental in helping the corporate gifts division to exceed its quota in Mansfield General Hospital's fund raising drive four years ago. Last year he headed the corporate gifts division drive for United Appeal. He was active in the work of Mansfield Memorial Homes and a director of the Farmers Savings and Trust Co. He was a member of the Holy Names Society, Knights of Columbus, Sierra Club, Westbrook Country Club, Rotary Club, Mansfield Sailing Club, the Tappan Co.'s Quarter Century Club and a charter member of Mansfield Aviation Club.
Born in Mansfield Aug. 9, 1906, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School and Georgetown University, Washington, D. C. Mr. Berno served in the U. S. Army as a major in the quartermaster's corps from 1942 to 1946.
His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Betty Lamb Berno and four sons, Donald, 10, William, 9, Mark, 6, and Bruce, 3, at the family home at 781 Woodland Rd.; a brother, Joseph A. Berno, Cleveland; and two sisters, Mrs. James Degnan, Grosse Point, Mich., and Mrs. E. J. Focke, of Dayton.
Funeral high mass will be offered by Msgr. James F. Hebbeler in St. Peter's Church at 11 a.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at Jones Memorial at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today. The family will receive friends there tonight.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) July 16, 1963 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

William Blair
William Blair, aged ninety-one years, died at Stryker, on the 2d inst. Mr. B. was a veteran of 1812. He was the last survivor of the marines who fought under Commodore Perry. In 1813, the Governor of Pennsylvania awarded him a silver medal for gallentry displayed at the naval battle which resulted in "Perry's Victory." This medal was proudly cherished by the gallant veteran and constitutes a valuable heir-loom to his descendants. His remains were conveyed to Mansfield, Ohio, for interment, and placed beside those of his wife, who died several years ago. That his remains should be placed beside hers was the dying request of the old soldier, and exhibits a beautiful instance of the constancy of affection, reaching on through life, as it did, almost to the full and rounded period of a century.
[Defiance Democrat, Jan. 14, 1871]

Elizabeth Bleckla
Mrs. Elizabeth Bleckla, widow of the late Charles F. Bleckla, died Sunday morning at 5 o'clock at her home, rear 192 East Second street, after a lingering illness. She was born at Elmstein, Neistat-on-der- Hardt, Reimphalz, Bayern, Germany, and came to Mansfield direct when she was 15 years of age. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. W. Kramer of this city. Funeral Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 from Schroer's undertaking parlors, conducted by the rev. G. A. Kienle and S.P. Long.
[The Mansfield News, March 3, 1913]

Abigail Mary Bookwalter
Mrs. Abigail Mary Bookwalter died at the home of her son, Johnson Taylor, in Sandusky township on Sunday, Jan. 9. She was born in Mansfield March 24, 1823, and was the daughter of Robert Croswait [Crosthwaite], one of the early settlers of Richland county, who was the publisher of one of the early county papers called the Olive. Mrs. Bookwalter was the mother of eight children, three of whom survive her, L. F. Bookwalter, of Mansfield; W. S. Bookwalter, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Johnson Taylor, of Sandusky township, with whom she had made her home for a number of years. Funeral Tuesday at 1 p.m. Interment at Riblet cemetery.
[The Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) January 10, 1910 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Leroy Fremont Bookwalter
Leroy Fremont Bookwalter, aged 64 years, husband of Mary Morkel Bookwalter, died at the family home, 427 Louise avenue, Saturday night about midnight following an illness of about two years.
He was born in Richland county near this city Nov. 26, 1862, and resided in and near the city during his entire life, making his home in this city since 1906. For many years he was custodian of the Bowman schools.
Besides his wife, he is survived by four sons, Glen, Carl, Charles and Floyd Bookwalter, of this city, two daughters, Mrs. Ralph Rust and Miss Harriet Bookwalter, of this city, one brother, W. S. Bookwalter, of Denver, Col., a half-brother, Johnson Taylor, of near Galion, and nine grandchildren.
He was a member of the First Lutheran church of Crestline, International Association of Stationary Engineers, Independent Order of Foresters, Venus lodge No. 152 F. and A. M. Chapter No, 28, and Council No. 94, of this city.
Funeral services will be held at his late home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev. W. B. Robinson, pastor of the Ontario Community church and the Masonic lodge in charge. Burial will be made in Mansfield cemetery.
[The Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) May 16, 1927 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Martha Dill Brown
Mrs. Martha Dill Brown, 70, of 59 South Walnut St., died this morning at Mansfield Memorial Homes after a short illness.
She was born in Bellville, Oct. 18, 1902, and lived most of her life in the Mansfield area. She had worked at Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 23 years. Mrs. Brown was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Westinghouse Veterans 20 - year Club and the Grownups, a retired group of the church.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Marsha Gaston of Mansfield; one brother, Fred Dill of Sarasota; four sisters, Mrs. Catherine Dailey of Mansfield, Mrs. Bertha Mellott of Bellville, Mrs. Alice Metcalf of Columbus and Mrs. Rhea Kodger of San Diego, Calif. Services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Dr. Wray C. Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Bellville Cemetery. Friends may call at the Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave., Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
[Mansfield News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) February 12, 1973 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Karl A. Brunk

Karl Alexander Brunk, the 22-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Brunk, of 37 Arthur avenue, died Friday morning at 3 o'clock, after having been ill for four days with a severe attack of grip. Funeral from the home Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock conducted by the Rev. S. L. Stewart.
[Mansfield News, Jan 3, 1908 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]

Pauline Bushey

Pauline Bushey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Bushey, 185 East Main street, Shelby, died Tuesday from a complication of infantile diseases. The child was two years and five months old.
[Mansfield News, Jan 3, 1908 - Submitted by Linda Dietz]

Ruth (Pat) Clift Campbell

Ex-Resident Dies
Mrs. Ruth (Pat) Clift Campbell, 40, formerly of Mansfield, died in Marietta Hospital following a short illness.
Mrs. Campbell spent part of her youth in Mansfield and attended Mansfield schools, but she had been living in Marietta in recent years. She is survived by several Mansfielders, including a brother, Frend, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins. Other survivors include a daughter, Linda, her mother, Mrs. Grace Clift, and three brothers, John, James and Okey, all of Marietta, and two sisters, Luella of Melvindale, Mich., and Lucille of Marietta.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the McClure Funeral Home in Marietta. Burial will be in Marietta.
[News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) January 6, 1971 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

George D. Clapham

Central College - George D. Clapham, aged 31 years, died from result of injuries received 22 years ago by a tree falling on him.
[Mansfield News, Mansfield, Oh - Jan 5, 1900]

Mrs. James Clark

Mrs. James Clark, aged 75 years, died Sunday morning at 1:30 o'clock at her home in Tiro, death having been caused by heart trouble. She is survived by her husband and two children, Mrs. Amos Stevens, of Shelby, and Melvin Clark. Funeral services Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock at the United Brethren church in Tiro, conducted by the Rev. Mr. Ames. Burial in Oakland cemetery at Tiro.
[The Mansfield News, March, 3, 1913]

Andrew Clever
Death Claims Andrew Clever Sunday Night
BELLVILLE.--Andrew Clever, 83, retired farmer, died Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Cotsie, of Butler.
Mr. Clever was a life-long resident of the Bellville community.
Besides Mrs. Cotsie, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Walter Lelmley of Fredericktown, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one brother, George, of Kissimmee, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Snyder funeral home by Rev. J. W. Larason of Butler and Rev. E. F. Braden of Shauck. Burial will be in Bellville cemetery.
[The Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) August 12, 1946, sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Anna Leah Clever
TWENTY YEARS AGO TODAY -- Friday, Nov. 26, 1926.
Mrs. George Clever, 60, died at her home north of Lexington.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) November 26, 1946 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Eva Clever

Mrs. Eva Clever of Lexington To Be Buried Saturday.
LEXINGTON--Mrs. Eva Clever, 76, wife of Henry Clever, died at her home here yesterday, following a long period of ill health.
Born in Jefferson township, June 6, 1864, Mrs. Clever had lived in the Lexington and Bellville communities all her life.
She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Gongwer of Mansfield; two sons, Vance Clever of near Mansfield, and Harry Clever of New Lexington; 16 grand children and 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at the Snyder funeral home here at 2:30 p.m. Saturday with Rev. Chester Thompson of the Congregational church, and Rev. Jack Mellick, officiating. Burial will be in Bellville cemetery.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) May 23, 1940 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Fred H. Clever

Fred H. Clever, 70, Johnsville Farmer, Monday in Morrow County Hospital. Survivors: daughter, Mrs. Owen Ruhl of Fredericktown, RD 3; stepdaughter, Mrs. Robert Carpenter of Galion; four grandchildren; brothers, Walter of Bellville and Harold of Martell; sisters, Mrs. Bessie Banks of Bellville and Mrs. Ruth Rinehart of Jackson, O. Services: 2 p.m. Thursday from the EUB Church, Johnsville, with the Rev. Paul Strauss officiating. Burial in Mansfield Memorial Park. Friends call at Snyder Funeral Home, Bellville.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) September 29, 1959 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

George Clever
LEXINGTON--Word has been received here of the death yesterday morning in Kissimmee, Fla., of George Clever, 81, a former resident of Lexington. Mr. Clever had been living in Kissimmee for the past five years and had been in ill health most of that time. He had lived in the Lexington community all of the rest of his life with the exception of five other years when he resided in California. Mr. Clever was the last of a family of nine, four of his brothers having died within the past year. Surviving are his widow, Katherine, a son, Lloyd, of Lexington, Mrs. William Griebling, of Lexington, nine grandchildren, and nine great grandchildren. Services in charge of the Snyder funeral home of Lexington are incomplete.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) August 20, 1946]
BROUGHT HOME -- Body of George Clever Taken to Lexington For Burial.
LEXINGTON -- The body of George Clever, 81, who died Monday in Kissimmee, Fla., arrived today at the Snyder funeral home. A former Lexington resident, Mr. Clever had resided in Kissimmee for the past five years and was in ill health most of that time. He was a native of Lexington. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the Snyder funeral home by Rev. O. G. Misamore. Burial will be in Lexington cemetery. Surviving are the wife, Katherine; a son, Lloyd of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. William Griebling of Lexington; nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) August 21, 1946 - sub. by Ida Maack Recu]

Hortense Shafer Clever
MANSFIELD, O., Oct. 5-- Mrs. Hortense Shafer Clever, 53, was found dead beside the kitchen stove in her home in nearby Bellville. Acting Coroner R. E. Wharton said she probably fell on the stove and died of burns and asphyxiation.
[The Lima News (Lima, Ohio) October 5, 1944 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Kenneth E. Clever
Kenneth E. Clever, 56, Dies While on Vacation
LEXINGTON -- Kenneth E. Clever, 56, of 67 Clever Lane died after suffering a heart attack Wednesday afternoon while vacationing in the Virgin Islands. He was born in Lexington and lived in this area his entire life. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Navy as a pilot. Mr. Clever was executive vice president of Mansfield Graphics Inc. He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Lexington, the Lexington Kiwanis Club and the Elks Club of Mansfield. Mr. Clever had been a member of the Lexington Charter Commission which drew the charter approved by village voters last November. He is survived by his wife, Lauranne, three sons, David of Mansfield, Larry of Sandusky and Allan, with the Navy at Pensacola, Fla., five grandchildren, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Clever of Lexington, three brothers, Gerald of Zanesville, Richard of Chillicothe and George of Lexington, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Snyder of Coaldale, Ohio, and Mrs. Ted Swingle of Okeechobee, Fla. Arrangements will be announced later by the Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) September 29, 1977 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Leah Clever
Mrs. Leah Clever aged 84 years, a lifelong resident of Butler and Worthington township, died Saturday at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. R. S. Hubbs, at Butler after a short illness with a complication of diseases.
Mrs. Clever was born in Worthington township, north of Butler, and spent her entire life within the bounds of Worthington township. Following her marriage to Joseph Clever, she lived on a farm for many years before moving to the village. Mr. Clever died about 18 years ago.
In addition to her granddaughter Mrs. Hubbs, she is survived by a grandson, Kenneth Hubbs, of this city, three sisters, Mrs. B. F. Oberlin, Mrs. L. C. Ramsey, Mrs. Elizabeth Neer, and one brother, Elah Secrist, all of Butler.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock, at the Butler Evangelical church, of which she was a member for many years, and her pastor, Rev. J. Q. Smoke will be in charge. Burial will be made in the Four Corners cemetery, north of Butler.
[The Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) April 12, 1925]

Lillie C. Spayde Clever
Mrs. John Clever Was Church Member 50 Years.
Mrs. Lillie C. Spayde Clever, 70, lifelong resident of Richland county, died at her home in Bellville Tuesday. She was born in Washington township and was a member of the Trinity Evangelical church for more than 50 years.
She was married Dec. 28, 1882, to John Clever, who preceded her in death. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Frye and Mrs. Bessie Banks of Bellville; Mrs. Ruth Rinehart of Marietta; four sons, Samuel Clever of Mansfield; Fred of Johnsville; Walter and Harold of Bellville; one brother, Henry Spayde of Mansfield; five sisters, Mrs. William Maglott, Mrs. Harry Taylor and Mrs. Harvey Haglott, of Bellville; Mrs. Albert Kochheiser and Mrs. Alden Snyder of Mansfield; 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. [
The Mansfield News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) January 17, 1934]

Marie L. Clever
Mrs. Marie Clever, 48, Dies After One-Year Illness.
Mrs. Marie Leora Clever, 48, wife of Samuel A. Clever, died Sunday afternoon at her home, 167 Gibson avenue, after an illness of a year.
Born Nov. 10, 1887, in Washington township, Mrs. Clever spent her entire life in this vicinity. She was a member of the South Main Evangelical church. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Herbert A. Roberts of Alta; her mother, Mrs. Mary Touby, and a brother, Otto L. Touby of Mansfield. Funeral services will be held at the South Main Evangelical church at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday by Rev. LeRoy Delninger. Burial will be in the Mansfield cemetery. The body will remain at the Wappner funeral home until the time of services.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) July 27, 1936 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Ralph Clever
Bellville Resident Succumbs at Hospital; Two New Cases Reported.
Typhoid fever took its third victim in this area today with the death of Ralph Clever, 41, of Bellville, while two new cases were reported in the city since yesterday noon, raising the total for the epidemic to 145.
Mr. Clever, one of the first to become ill with the disease, died at 5:45 a.m. today in General hospital, where he was taken several weeks ago.
His illness was diagnosed as typhoid about four weeks ago, and his condition was weakened in the past week by complications, it was reported. While his case was not definitely traced to Mansfield, it was believed he contracted the disease by ingestion of water here.
The other two deaths from typhoid during the current out-break occurred in Mansfield and Galion.
The third victim is the brother of Vance Clever, service manager of the Richland County Farm Bureau, and Mrs. Tracy Congwer, both of Mansfield.
He is also the father of four children, Robert, Howard, Geraldine and Virginia. Other survivors are his widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Clever, of Lexington, and another brother, Harry Clever, also of Lexington.
The body was removed to the A. A. Shaffer funeral home at Bellville this morning. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, at the Bellville Lutheran church. Burial will be in the Bellville cemetery.
After a five-day period when no new cases were reported, three new cases have been reported in the past 48 hours, with two of these developing since noon yesterday, Dr. M. C. Hanson, public health commissioner, disclosed.
The new cases are Mrs. Irene Bricker, rear 83 West Fourth street, and Mrs. Ida L. Nye, 42 West Augustine avenue.
It has not been determined whether the new cases were attributable to ingestion of contaminated water believed to have been the cause of the majority of cases in the outbreak, or whether there was another source of infection.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) April 14, 1936 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Robert Dale Clever
Robert Dale Clever, 89, of Bollinger Road, Bellville, died Friday evening February 2, 2007 in Knox Community Hospital, Mount Vernon, following a short illness. He was born July 30, 1917 near Bellville, attended Bellville School, and remained a lifelong resident. A WWII U.S. Navy veteran, Robert served in the Pacific Theater, aboard the USS Yellowstone. He was a member of Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion, Bellville. A machinist with the Westinghouse Company, Mr. Clever retired with more than 30 years of service. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bellville, and had served on the Property Committee of the church, always eager to help on workdays around the church building. An avid outdoorsman, Robert enjoyed cutting wood on his small farm, and fishing the lake behind his home. A sports fan, he closely followed Clear Fork athletics, continually supporting the Athletic Boosters, though he never quite forgave the consolidation of Bellville and Butler schools! He will be remembered for his dedication to his work, always tinkering around the farm: “you work…you're healthy,” and how he allowed his calico tiger cat Molly to rule the roost. He is survived by daughters Carolyn Stoner of Mansfield and Judy and Chuck Adams of Bellville; grandchildren Brian and Samantha Stoner of Mansfield, Connie Stoner of Crestline, Michael and Natalee Stoner of Shreve, Nancy and Bob Martin of Darlington and Kelli King of Bellville; great grandchildren Kilee, Seth, Danielle, Dakota, Chris, Randi and Adam; sisters and brothers-in-law Geraldine and Gene Leedy and Virginia and Lloyd Hull all of Bellville; a sister-in-law Melzene Clever of Ashland and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Grace (Crawford) Clever on August 29, 1998; a son-in-law Leonard Stoner; a granddaughter Lori Adams; a great granddaughter Michelle; and a brother Howard B. Clever. The family will receive friends Monday, February 5, 2007 from 4-7 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. The worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Robert Clever will be held Tuesday at 11 am in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 48 Church Street, Bellville, with the Rev. Doug Pretorius officiating. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.
[Snyder Funeral Home (Bellville, Ohio), submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Dr. J. Harvey Craig
Mansfield, Apr 11 - Dr. J. Harvey Craig, 61, more than thirty years is a physician of Richland county, is dead at his home here.
[Plain Dealer, Apr 12, 1918]

The daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. John Curran, of North Adams street, yesterday, died the same day.
["Mansfield News", Mansfield, Oh - Jan 4, 1900]

Catherine E Dill Clever Dailey
Mrs. Daily, 73, Stricken after Extended Illness
Mrs. Catherine Clever Dailey, 73, of 386 South Linden Rd., died Sunday in Mansfield General Hospital following an extended illness.
She was born near Bellville and had lived all her life in this area. She was a retired Westinghouse employe with 23 years of service. She was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in Mansfield and of the mother church at Boston. She was a past reader of the church. Mrs. Dailey was a member of the Westinghouse Veterans Employes Assn., Richland County Chapter of American Association of Retired Persons and the 37th Division Auxiliary.
Surviving are one son, David A. Clever of Hoboken, Ga.; one step-son Charles Dailey III of Wilmington, Del., three daughters, Mrs. Doris Schweir of Columbus, Mrs. J. R. (Paula) Spitzer of Galion and Mrs. Douglas (Judith) Brunk of 498 Forest St., 13 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, J Fred Dill of Sarasota, Fla., and two sisters, Mrs. Alice Metcalf of Columbus and Mrs. Rhea Kodger of Mt. Gilead, Rd2.
Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave,, in charge of the First Church of Christ Scientist. Burial will be in Bellville Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
[Mansfield News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) April 5, 1976 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Bonnie Jean Dill

Bonnie Jean Dill, twin daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dill, of Lexington, died early this morning at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. William Schindler in Lexington. Death was due to a complication of diseases. She was 21 months of age, and is survived by her parents, her twin sister Betty Ilene, and a brother, Trent. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Christian church at Lexington, conducted by the Rev. C. D. Secrist. Burial will be in the Lexington cemetery.
[The Mansfield News (Mansfield, Ohio) July 31, 1923 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Chloe Sabilla Dill
Mrs. Chloe Sabilla Dill, 88, died yesterday at her home, 165 Bell St., Bellville.
Survivors: sons, I. W. Dill of Lexington and J. S. Dill of Westerville; daughters, Mrs. Titus Metcalf of Columbus, Mrs. Catherine Clever and Mrs. Martha Brown, both of Mansfield, Mrs. A. S. Snyder and Mrs. H. W. Mellott, both of Bellville, and Miss Rhea Dill at home; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren.
Member of St. Peter's Evangelical Church in Washington Township, last surviving charter member of Pythian Sisters Lodge of Bellville, attended Lutheran Church at Bellville.
Services Saturday at 2 p.m. at Snyder Funeral Home in Bellville. Rev. Joseph O'Morrow of Columbus, former pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bellville will be in charge. Burial in Bellville Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Thursday at the funeral home.
[Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) November 28, 1957 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

R. Trent Dill
R. Trent Dill, 86, of Hess Lane, Mansfield, died Thursday evening March 10, 2005 in Winchester Terrace following a long illness. He was born December 18, 1918 in Lexington to Ira and Winona (Schindler) Dill, and was graduated from Lexington High School in 1937. A WWII Army Air Corps veteran, Trent served as a bombardier from 1942 to 1945. A lifelong Mansfield resident, he worked 33 years with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North East Ohio, retiring in 1981 as Mansfield Branch Manager. Trent was a member of Lexington Church of Christ, and had served the congregation as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, Board Chairman and Secretary, as well as trustee. He was a member of American Legion Post #16, Mansfield, a Past Master of Bellville Lodge #376 F&AM, a 32nd degree member of Scottish Rite Consistory of Columbus, Valley of Columbus, a member of Baku Grotto, and Lexington-Shelby Elks Lodge #2554. Trent was an avid golfer who loved life; and was devoted to his wife and family. A true classic gentleman, his service to the community resulted in no one with an ill word about Trent. His patriotism ran deep, such that he'd tear-up at the sounds of The National Anthem. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Evelyn (White) Dill, whom he married February 17, 1945; son Edward Dill of Upper Arlington; daughter Patricia Smith of Mansfield; two grandchildren Michael T. Dill and Marcy L. Perrill; four great grandchildren Jamie, A. J., Troy and Zerick Michael; two sisters Betty McCammon and Sue Pelasky both of Lexington; and a sister-in-law Marjora Hanna of Mansfield.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2005 at 11 am in the Lexington Church of Christ, 230 Delaware Street, Lexington, with pastor TJ Waters officiating. Interment will follow in Lexington Cemetery, where the Richland County Joint Veterans Council will hold graveside military honors. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
[Snyder Funeral Homes (Lexington, Ohio) - sub. by Ida Maack Recu]

Castilla Dise
Mrs. Castilla Dise, wife of Samuel Dise, died of apoplexy Saturday night at 11 o'clock at her home northeast of the city. She was 58 years old ans is survived by her husband, two sons, Homer and Foster Dise, two daughters, Mrs. A. C. Lantz and Mrs. Frank Latterner. Short services will be held at the home Tuesday morning at 8:15. The body will then be taken to Lexington, where services will be held in the Presbyterian church. Burial at Lexington.
[The Mansfield News, March 13, 1913]

David Edmonds
David Edmonds, a highly respected citizen and soldier of the civil war, departed this life July 7, aged 77 years. He was an honored ciizen and through his death the church and community have lost a loyal Christian brother. During the last 10 years that he lived he had devoted his whole life to the church and prayer meeting and during his sickness and until God called him away he remained a true and loyal Christian. The funeral services were held wednesday July,9, conducted by the Rev, Mr. Kelsor, pastor of the M.E. Church. The Rev Mr Cline of Shenandoah was also present and spoke in honor of the deceased. Twelve soldiers were present and six of whom were his comrades and acted as pall bearers. The Rev Morris ,a comrade spoke of his service in the army. His freinds have the sincere sympathy of the community.
[Mansfield News, July 16,1902 - Sub. by Therman Kellar]

Bernard Focke
Bernard Focke, vice president of the William Focke Sons company and one of the pioneers in the meat packing industry in Dayton, died Saturday afternoon in St. Elizabeth hospital. He was 72 years of age and resided at 200 Squirrel road.
[Hamilton Evening News (Hamilton, Ohio) May 9, 1932 - sub by Ida Maack Recu]

Catherine Force
Mansfield, May 20 - Mrs. Catherine Force, 90, died at her home last night.
[Plain Dealer, May 21, 1917]

Sarah Fulton
Called By Death Christmas Morning at Daughter's House
BELLVILLE.--Mrs. Sarah Fulton, 78, died Christmas morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annabelle Shafer. Survivors are a son, Lyman of Galion, her daughter, Mrs. Fulton, a brother, W. T. Andrews of Bellville, and one sister, Mrs. Esther Clever of Bellville. Funeral services will be conducted in First Methodist Episcopal church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. C. B. Conn. Burial, in the Bellville cemetery, will be in charge of A. A. Shafer, funeral directors.
[The Mansfield News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) December 26, 1933 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Lulu Katherine George
Mrs. Lulu Katherine George, formerly Miss Lulu Spayd, of this city, died at her home in lexington, Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the age of 24 years, 10 months and 7 days after an illness of several months. The deceased was born in Mansfield and spent her entire life in this city or vicinity. She is survived by her husband and one son, also her mother, two sisters and a brother residing in this city and one sister, Mrs. James A. Gibson, living in Washington, D. C. Funeral from the home Saturday at 1 o'clock conducted by Rev. W. L. Neal, of the Christian church.
[Mansfield News, Jan 3, 1908 - Sub by L. Dietz]]

R. L. Harman
R. L. Harman died at the residence of his son Monroe Harman, Monday morning about 3 o'clock. Mr. Harman had suffered several severe attacks of paralysis, one about ten days ago resulting in the total paralysis of one side. He lingered in this condition until Monday morning. Mr. Harman was a good citizen and well known. He was born in York county, Pa., and was 81 years, 2 months and 16 days of age when he passed away. He leaves a wife and two sons, Monroe, of this city and L. S. Harman, who resides in California, and has been at the bedside of his father. The funeral took place from the residence of his son Monroe, No. 55 Sturges avenue at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. F. A. Gould officiating.
Mr. Harman was a resident of Pennsylvania when the war began and enlisted at the first call for troops in 1861 for the three year service as captain of Co. H. 87 th regiment and served for twenty-seven months in the West Virginia campaign, receiving an honorable discharge by reason of physical disabilities. He had been a member of the Methodist church for over fifty years.
[Mansfield News, Mansfield, Oh, Jan 2, 1900]

George Hartenfels
The funeral of Mrs. George Hartenfels will be held from her late residence Friday at 2 o'clock by the Revs. Buesser and Wiles.
["Mansfield News", Mansfield, Oh - Jan 4, 1900]

Henry Hessriden
Mansfield, Feb 6 - Henry Hessriden, 88, Richland county farmer, died at his home near here today. He was a Civil War Veteran.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb 7, 1919]

Lewis Hines
Shelby, Jan 31 - Lewis Hines,80, life long resident of this city, died last night at the home of his daughter in Mishawaka, Ind. He is survived by five children.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, Feb 1, 1917]

Albert Hitchman
Albert Hitchman, a Republican politician of Butler who is well known to many Elyria people, died Thursday after an extended illness.
[The Daily Chronicle (Elyria, Ohio) March 1, 1902 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Richard D. Hitchman
BUTLER: Richard D. "Dick" Hitchman, 73, of State Route 97, Butler, died Monday morning October 14, 2002 in his home. Now at home with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, he was born January 8, 1929 in Butler to Albert and Bessie (Freed) Hitchman, and was graduated from Butler High School in 1946. In 1948 he married Eleanora "Ellie" (Wareham) Hitchman, his beloved wife of 54 joyous years. Richard had worked with the Ohio Brass Company, and as a fuel oil distributor with Standard Oil. In 1962, he and Ellie established Hitchman Insurance, Inc. in Butler. Richard lived all of his life in the Butler-Mansfield area. He served as president of the Butler Lions Club, president of Butler Merchants, and was a member of the Professional Insurance Agents Association and the South Camp of The Gideons. As an active member of Caesarea Church for 50 years, he had served the congregation as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School superintendent, and chairman of the board of deacons for many years. He was an avid gardener, with a special hobby of growing pine trees that many families enjoyed at Christmas time. He also enjoyed woodworking and fishing. He was a living example of a Christian man, a mighty man of valor, so loved by his family, relatives, church family and friends. He leaves to mourn their loss, but heaven's gain, his wife Ellie; four children and their spouses David Hitchman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Susan and David Evans of Mansfield, Jeff and Kim Hitchman of Cardington, and Jamie and Cheryl Hitchman of Lexington; 13 grandchildren Kristen, Jenna, James, Lauren and Senah Hitchman, Jon, Jasmine, Christian and Ariel Evans, Nathan, Misti, Corey and Cody Hitchman; sister and brother-in-law Roxanna and Rich McAuley, a sister Julia Sorquist, a brother and sister-in-law Albert and Frankie Hitchman all of Butler, sister and brother-in-law Connie and Bob Workman of Ashland, sisters Evelyn Divilbiss and Marg Hassinger both of Mansfield; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother James C. Hitchman; and two sisters Helen Hitchman Hess and Marian Gatton. Friends may call Wednesday October 16, 2002 from 6-9 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Thursday at 11 am. Pastor Michael Workman will officiate. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery at Four Corners, near Butler. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to The Gideon Bible Society or Caesarea Church may be made at the funeral home. A worship service in celebration of his life will be held Sunday October 20 at 10:30 am in Caesarea Church, Taylor Road at Mansfield-Washington Road. We will miss his words of wisdom and the encouraging Bible verses he always shared. We would all do well to imitate his lifestyle, a faithful husband, loving father and grandfather, our Patriarch.
[Marysville Journal-Tribune (Marysville, Ohio) October 15, 2002 - submitted by Ida Maack Recu]

Ernest Hoffman
Ernest Hoffman, aged 23 years, died at the home of George Wilson, near Lucas, Monday. The deceased was formerly employed by the Huber Manufacturing company of Marion. He leaves a wife. Funeral from the Wilson residence near Lucas Thursday at 10 o'clock a.m. The Rev. Mr. Fenton officiating. Interment in the Mansfield cemetery
[Mansfield News, Mansfield, Oh - Jan 2, 1900]

Mary S. Hughes
Mansfield, Mar 29 - Mrs. Mary S. Hughes, 83, died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. D. J. Meese.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mar 30, 1917]

P. P. Hull

Hull, P. P., Marysville, Cal., -, ae. 34, formerly a lawyer of Mansfield, O., but at the time of his death one of the proprietors and editors of the San Francisco Town Talk. He was a printer, and had been connected with the newspaper business in San Francisco almost all the time since his arrival in the state, in 1850. He served his time in Mansfield, O., where his widowed mother still resides, and afterwards read law with his uncle, James Purdy, of Mansfield. He was born in that city in 1824. In his native state he was respected and loved by a large circle of friends ; and in California, especially among his typographical and editorial brethren, he was eminently popular.
[Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]

S. Isabel Keiser
Mansfield, Feb 16 - Mrs. S. Isabel Keiser, 79, widow of E. H. Keiser, died at her home here yesterday.
[Plain Dealer, Feb 17, 1918]

Richard M. Layer
Richard M. "Dick" Layer, 83, formerly of Ashland, passed away Thursday evening, Jan. 14, 2010, in Hospice of North Central Ohio. He was born June 1, 1926, in Mansfield, a son of Milton A. and Irene (Yoha) Layer. He graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1944. During World War II, Dick served in the U.S. Navy aboard the cruiser USS Little Rock CL 92, as a radioman. Following the war, he attended the University of Kentucky's School of Banking, and graduated from The School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. Dick began his banking career in 1947 with the former Farmer's Bank in Bellville and in 1959 he joined Citizen's Bank in Los Angeles. He retired from Crocker Bank, San Francisco, in 1985, as vice-president and regional senior lender. He later joined The Bank of San Diego as senior vice-president and area manager. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Mansfield. He was a longtime member of Bellville Lodge 376 F&AM and Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus.
Survivors include his daughter, two sons eight grandchildren, a step grandson, six great-grandchildren; three great-step grandchildren; a sister-in-law, several nieces and nephews; and his beloved fianc○ He was preceded in death by his wife Norma Jean Folk Layer, a former Logan County area resident; a brother, Bob Layer; and his sister and brother-in-law Mildred and Daurl Shaffer. Visitation is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave., Mansfield, where Bellville Lodge 376 will conduct Masonic honors following the visitation. Pastor Andrew Jones conducts a funeral at 11 a.m. Monday in First English Lutheran Church, 53 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, followed by military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
[Bellefontaine Examiner, Jan 16, 2010]

John Lipsett
John Lipsett, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. C. McMillen, No. 207 State street, at 9:30 p. m. Tuesday, after an illness of three months.. He was born in Plymouth, Richland county, Ohio, on June 13, 1820. and lived from 1857 at Corunna, Ind., where his wife, who died six years ago. is buried, and where his remains will be taken for interment Thursday, after prayer service at the McMillen home at 10:30 by Rev. Dr. Frazer of the Presbyterian church. He had made his home with his daughter in this city since the death of Mrs. Lipsett. Besides Mrs. McMillen two sons. George A. Lipsett of Blakeslee, Ohio, and Robert M. Lipsett of Detroit, survive. The family request that no flowers be sent.
[October 13, 1909; Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN) Page: 5; BZ, Sub by FoFG]

Don Lybarger

Shelby -- Don Lybarger, 22, is dead following an operation.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct 7, 1917]



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