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Catharine Fleece Raff
Died: Catharine Fleece Raff, was born April 1st, 1814, in Summerset county, Pennsylvania. About the year 1830 was removed to Stark county, Ohio, in the sixteenth year of her age. In 1837 she was united in marriage with Mr. Raff, came to Kansas, June 1873 and died Oct. 11th, 1876. She leaves three sons and three daughters, an infant child having preceded her to mourn her departure. It was the mournful privilege of all the surviving members of the family to be present and minister to her in her last moments. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. C. Swarts.
[Hutchinson News (Weekly),Hutchinson, Reno County, KS, October 12, 1876, P3, Col3 - Submitted by Rose Stout]

Anna Randolph
Alliance, Aug 25 - Mrs. Anna Randolph, 40, died today.
[Plain Dealer, Aug 26, 1917]

Emanuel Reese
Emanuel Reese, aged 40, was ground to pieces on the railroad at Canton, Ohio, where he had gone to sleep. [Source: "Minster Home Light," Minster, OH, Sept. 8, 1888; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

Mary Rinehart
Mrs. Mary Rinehart was born October 18, 1832 at Marlin, Stark county, Ohio and died Aug. 26, 1903, at her home near Rushville. On May 2, 1852, she was united in marriage to Phillip Rinehart. To this union were born eight children - three sons and five daughters. One son John, and four daughters, Mrs. Charles Ward, Mrs. Lon W. Gray, Mrs. Charles Illman and Mrs. George Shupe are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother, two sons, Frank R., and Edward M. and one daughter, Mrs. Carrie Dillon, having preceded her to that better land.
Mrs. Rinehart was a devout Christian, having in early life given her heart to Christ. She has for many years been a constant sufferer. All the earthly hands could do had been done to relieve her. "But God's ways are not our ways". He saw fit to call her home. Funeral services were conducted at Bethel church, by Elder O. B. Dabney, pastor of the Christian church, Rushville, last Friday at 11 o'clock a.m. in the presence of a very large congregation of sympathizing neighbors and friends. Burial was in Palm cemetery.
[Paper & Date Unknown, Transcribed by Linda Dietz from the materials provided from the research of Lynn Stephens Headley]

Phillip Rinehart
Phillip Rinehart, an old resident of Woodstock Township, died October 24, 1894, after a long illness. He was born in Germany February 16, 1821, came to this country in 1848, locating in Stark County, Ohio, where he was married to Miss Mary Funt May 2, 1852. In 1858 he came to this county (Schuyler) residing here up to the time of his death. He was the father of 5 daughters and 3 sons, all living except one son. All the children were present at the funeral except Frank who lives in California and Mrs. Carrie Dillon of Wichita, Kansas.
Mr. Rinehart was a member of the Lutheran Church and highly esteemed in the community where he resided. He was an invalid for nearly 7 years, but at times was able to get around, being in Rushville 3 weeks before his death. On Sunday, October 21, he became quite poorly and kept getting worse until Wednesday evening when he passed away without a struggle. Funeral services were held in the family residence at 1 o'clock on Friday, October 26th conducted by Rev. John Knowles. A large number of relatives and friends followed the remains to the Palm cemetery there being sixty-two teams in the procession.
[Taken from Rushville Paper 1894 - Transcribed by Linda Dietz from the materials provided from the research of Lynn Stephens Headley]

Louise K. Roan
Former Resident is Dead
The funeral of Mrs. Louise K. Roan, 60, a former local resident, will be held Wednesday afternoon, at 1 o'clok, at her residence in Lakewood avenue NW, Canton.  The Rev. J.E. Digel, pastor of St. John's Evangelical church, of this city, will officiate.  Interment will be made in Westlawn cemetery, Canton.
Mrs. Roan died at her residence Monday morning following a long illness.  She was born in Stark county and had lived in Canton 24 years.  She is survived by her husband, Charles W. Roan; a son, George of Massillon; a sister, Mrs. Amelia Ritter, of Massillon, and a brother, Charles F. Mendlein.[The Evening Independent, Massillon, OH; Nov. 23, 1926; Sub by Karen K]

Martin Arthur Rohner
Martin Arthur Rohner, 90, born January 12, 1923 in an area of Akron, Ohio known as "Goosetown" to Albert and Sadie Rohner, passed away January 22, 2013 following a brief illness.
He married Maxine Elaine Lynch of Goodyear Heights in 1945. They have been married 67 years. Martin retired from Bethlehem Steel Wire Rope Division as Foreman in 1984 in Portland, Oregon. The Rohners returned to Akron in 1984. Martin was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church, former member of Portage Lakes AARP, and a member of Firestone Park Primetimers.
He was pre-deceased by parents; granddaughter, Carrie Ann Woodford; brother, Herbert G.; sister, Fern L. Rohner; and son-in-law, Paul J. Werab. He leaves behind, wife, Maxine; daughters, Elaine Woodford of Green and Lynn Werab of Atwater; grandchildren, Meredith (Kenton) Kober, Darren (Kerri) Werab, Cindy (Jeff) Greene, Kristi (Dave) Bunker, Chad (Robin) Werab; great-granddaughters, Victoria, Kaitlin, Alexandria and Hayden; and sister-in-law, Lois Layman of Pennsylvania.
The family wishes to thank The Chapel Hill Community in Canal Fulton & Hospice of Medina County for their outstanding kindness and care of our husband and father through the last couple of weeks.
Funeral service will be Friday, 11:30 a.m. at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, 3553 Northdale Street NW, UNIONTOWN, Ohio 44685 (one block NW of the square of 619 & Cleveland Ave.), with Rev. Robert W. Tauscher Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Atwater Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until service time Friday.  
[Akron Beacon Journal, 24 Jan 2013 - Sub. by Elaine S Woodford]

Ralph R. RowLee

Former Local Man Dies in Ditch Cave-In
Ralph R. RowLee, 35, who for the past month had been living in the Massillon area prior to his moving to the Arcade hotel at 133 4th st NW. Canton, on Sunday, died Monday afternoon from suffocation and internal injuries received in a cave in of a ditch.
He and another man were digging a ditch for the installation of an eight-inch storm sewer in Landscape dr, NW. Canton, when a wall of earth crumbled. Eleven feet of sand piled over him.
HIS CO-WORKER, William Gailigher 51 and residents of the area had RowLee freed to the waist when Canton firemen arrived to administer oxygen but the efforts were in vain. He was taken to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3 p.m. The fatal accident occured in front of the residence at 3140 Landscape dr. NW.
RowLee employed by the Laughlin Excavating Co. of Canton had lived at 2100 6th st. SW Canton until about 30 days ago when he moved to the Massillon area.
HE IS SURVIVED by his widow, Mrs. Kathleen RowLee, and a daughter, Charlene both of Canton; two stepsons, Glen Shaw at home and Arthur Shaw, with the U.S. Army in Germany; his mother, Mrs. Florence RowLee of New Harrisburg: a sister, Mrs. Roy Steele of New Harrisburg; and five brothers, Carl, Floyd, Clifford, Milton and James RowLee all of New Harrisburg area.
The funeral will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the J.I., Arnold & Sons funeral home in Canton. Interment will be made in Forrest Hills cemetery.
Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
[The Evening Independent, Submitted by Lisa Rowlee-Smith]

Seth James "Jimmy" Rowlee
Seth (Jimmy) Rowlee, 75, of Magnolia died Tuesday, afternoon at Aultman Hospital following a sudden illness.
He was retired from Loomis Electric. He was a member of Howenstine Christian Church, American Legion Post 44, AARP and Akron Coast Guard Auxiliary, and was a World War II Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine (DeDe), with whom he would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on his birthday, March 6, 1992 daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. (Rosalie) Smith of Louisville, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew (Shirley) Menegos of Fairlawn and Mr. and Mrs. Alton (Georgialee) Snyder of Dalton; sister, Annabelle Steele of Harrisburg Ohio; brothers, Milton of Wisconsin and Floyd of Harrisburg, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by infant sons, James Claude and Seth James Jr., and by son, Albert Ray, in 1985.
Funeral service Friday, 2 p.m., at the Don Williams Funeral Home, Rev. Peter Hall officiating. Burial at Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call TONIGHT, 7 to 9, at the funeral home. (455-0387.)
[Akron Beacon Journal (OH), Sub. by Lisa Rowlee-Smith]


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