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article imageRaymond “Ted” Ferguson
Sep 16, 2021

RAYMOND “TED” FERGUSON, age 91, of Louisville, OH passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021. He was born April 9, 1930 in White Cottage, OH to the late Claude and Amy Ferguson. Ted was a Korean War Army veteran and he was retired from IB of EW Local #540. He was a member of the Louisville FOE, Louisville American Legion, Juilliard Lodge #460 F &AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Canton, Tadmor Temple and the Alliance Shrine Club. Ted is survived by a son, Ted (Lynn Hughes) Ferguson; two sisters, Kay Marshall and Diane Donahoe; three brothers, Claude (Janice), Jerry (Pat), and Terry (Donna) Ferguson; his granddaughter, Teddi (Ryan Lee) Ferguson and two great-granddaughters, Maci and Belle. He was preceded in death by his long-time companion, Marty Houser; two sisters, Betty Mast and Jackie Trainer; four brothers, Roland, Robert, Michael and Jim Ferguson.

Ted will be laid to rest with a private family graveside service in Union Cemetery, Louisville, OH. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com 

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

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article imagePaul W. Lutz
Sep 6, 2021

PAUL W. LUTZ, age 96, of Louisville, OH passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021. Paul was born to Norman and Amanda (Krabill) Lutz at the family farm in Washington Township, Stark County, Ohio on October 25, 1924. He graduated from Louisville High School in 1942, served in the US Army during World War II and retired from J &L Specialty Steel in 1988. A lifelong member of Paris Israel Lutheran Church, he deeply loved his church. Paul is preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years Marguerite (Marino) Lutz, his parents, three brothers, one sister, a son, Arthur C. Locke and a great grandson. Paul is survived by his daughter Carla (Daniel) Wolfe, sister-in-law, Judy Horn, eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. As well as many loving nieces and nephews.

A funeral/memorial service for both Paul and Marguerite (who passed away June 24, 2021 in Pataskala, Ohio) will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday (9/8) at Paris Israel Lutheran Church, 376 Paris Ave., Paris, Ohio. Calling hours will be 10-11 a.m. Wednesday morning at the church. Paul and Marguerite will be laid to rest in the Beech Mennonite Cemetery in the Lutz family plot. Online condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com 

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

Edward C. Cowley
Aug 31, 2021

EDWARD C. COWLEY, age 81, of Hartville, OH passed away Tuesday, August 31, 2021. He was born December 6, 1939 in Canton, OH to the late George and Hazel (Green) Cowley. Ed was a Navy Veteran. He was retired from Republic Steel and he was the former assistant chief at the Fairhope/Nimishillen Twp Fire Department. 

Ed was also preceded in death by his wife, Kathaleen in 2000; a sister, Linda Cowley and a brother, Larry Cowley. He is survived by three sons, Steven (Ann), Gary (Karla) and Danny (Kim) Cowley; three sisters, Doris Coates, Joan Turner, Georgie Castanien; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be 12 noon Friday at Stier-Israel Funeral Home in Louisville with Pastor John Diller officiating. Calling hours will be 11 a.m.-12 noon Friday at the funeral home. Ed will be laid to rest in Highland Memorial Park. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com 

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageTerry Lee Hershberger
Aug 23, 2021

TERRY LEE HERSHBERGER, age 69, passed away peacefully in his home in Republic, Washington on the evening of Wednesday, August 18, 2021.

Terry was born on August 5, 1952 in Walnut Creek, Ohio to Loren “Piney” and Lucille (Schmucker) Hershberger. After graduating from high school in Louisville, Ohio, Terry’s travels brought him to Lafayette, Louisiana where he met the love of his life, Julia. On April 7, 1979 he married Julia Chandler and they made their way to the Pacific Northwest to begin a life of homesteading. Together they built a home with their own hands, grew and preserved their own food, and raised four children, Anna, Carolyn, Jana, and Kenny. Terry was a jack of all trades working a wide range of jobs throughout his life such as restoring old furniture, construction, oil field, wild land fire fighting, and finally as a mill operator with multiple gold mining companies until he retired due to his battle with cancer. He enjoyed working and worked hard, while always knowing how to joke and keep things fun. He made many friends in the process.

Terry was known for his love of woodworking, gardening, and sledding. He loved music and boogied his way across the country and through time from Woodstock to the local Rock Cut Blues. He loved to travel and took his family on many long road trips and adventures around the country. He was an incredibly dedicated and hard worker at everything in his life and was known for taking all of his projects to the next level. Terry had a kind and compassionate heart and would do anything or give to anyone in need without a second thought, always willing to help when it was needed.

Terry was preceded in death by his mother Lucille and infant daughter Grace. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Julia, four children Anna, Carolyn, Jana, and Kenny, father Loren, brothers Greg and Barry, sister Gail, and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, family and friends. Terry’s family was very important and dear to him and he loved them deeply. He will be laid to rest at the Republic Cemetery.  Danekas Funeral Chapel is entrusted in care.

(Danekas Funeral Chapel, 509-684-8183)

article imageJoel Alec May
Aug 19, 2021

A Celebration of Life will be held on August 28, 2021, from 2-5 pm at the Fraternal Order of Eagles located at 306 W Main St Louisville, OH 44641. 

Please visit www.heritagecremationsociety.com to view Joel’s obituary and share condolences or special memories with the family

Lyle K. Troyer
Aug 16, 2021

LYLE K. TROYER, born August 3, 1942 to Lotus E. Troyer and Hilda P. (Kline) Troyer, finished his earthly race on August 11, 2021. He is a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend. Lyle wanted to be remembered as stating “I have gratitude for who I am, the creature that God made me to be.” He was an active member of Peace Mennonite Church in Elyria, Ohio, where he served as an elder for many years. Peace Mennonite Church supports many ministries dear to his heart, including the Gideons, Love Inc., Mennonite Central Committee, and Joni and Friends “Wheels for the World.”

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial gifts in honor of Lyle be sent to Peace Mennonite Church (9300 West Ridge Road, Elyria OH 44035). Professionally, Lyle worked as a sales manager and school district treasurer. He sought to live out his faith in Jesus by being a servant in every area of his life, and sought the good of all he came into contact with. He is preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister Lila and his daughter Sharon. He is survived by wife Edna, sister Marj, son Mark and granddaughter Lucie. Burial will be a private service, Celebration of Life will be held at a yet-to-be-determined date. Short Funeral Home in Archbold has been entrusted with the arrangements.

(Short Funeral Home, 419-445-3556)

article imageJeffrey (Vance) Collins
Aug 13, 2021

JEFFREY (VANCE) COLLINS, age 57 of Louisville, died Wed., Aug. 11, 2021 in Aultman Hospital. He was born Oct. 29, 1963 in Parsons, WV.  He is a postal Carrier for the USPS in Louisville. He graduated from Minerva High School in 1982 and is a member of the Louisville Christian Church.  He loved hangin’ out with family and friends and touched the lives of everyone he met.  His favorite times were spent behind the grill and enjoying Sunday dinners and football games.

He is survived by his wife, Annette (Thomae) Collins whom he married June 24, 1997, three children Grace, Leah and Tristan Collins, father, Allen Vance, of New Garden, three sisters Patricia (Bob) Carl of Minerva, Tami Vance of NC and Teri (Nicole Orozco) Vance of Mogadore. He is preceded in death by his mother, Sharon (Parsons) Vance.

Funeral services will be Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the Louisville Christian Church with Pastor Rick Brown officiating.  Calling hours will be Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the Louisville Christian Church.  Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.

article imageShirley A. Bresson
Aug 13, 2021

SHIRLEY A. BRESSON, age 86, of Louisville, passed away August 11th, 2021, after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 12th, 1934, in Maximo, Ohio to the late Russel l and Magdalene (Menegay) Haidet.  Shirley was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the Eagles and was a Eucharistic Minister at Mercy Hospital and St. Louis Church. She was an avid sports enthusiast following Notre Dame and Louisville sports; she loved her flowers; but the love of her life was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by husband, Paul “PJ”; 2 brothers and 1 sister. 

Shirley is survived by her children, Deborah (Kelley) McKinney, Sharon Milnes, Mark (Ann) Bresson, Michele (Jeff) Mongiardo; 10 grandchildren Robert, Christopher, Bryan, Stephanie, Allen, Rachel, Tricia, Steven, Nicole and Julie; brother, Leroy (Ann) Haidet; sister Theresa Gecina; along with 24 great-grandchildren

The family will receive visitors Sunday, August 15th, from 1-4 p.m. at Paquelet Falk Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 16th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, with Fr. Robert Miller Officiating. Condolences and special memories of Shirley can be shared with the family online at www.paqueletfalk.com. 

(Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home & Crematory, 330-875-2811, Serving Ohio Families Since 1867)

article imageRobert Gerald Armstrong
Aug 4, 2021

ROBERT GERALD ARMSTRONG, 88 of Shreve passed away at his home Monday, August 2, 2021.

Gerald was born August 4, 1932 in Holmes Co. to the late Kenneth and Elizabeth (Phillips) Armstrong. He married Mary Lynn Leedy in 1951 and she preceded him August 8, 2016.

He was a graduate of Shreve High School, received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture from The Ohio State University in 1954 and his DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He practiced veterinary medicine in Louisville from 1958 until his retirement. He was a long-time member of the Louisville Rotary Club and he and his wife were highly involved in the foreign exchange student program for many years. He was a member of the Shreve Presbyterian Church. 

Being an OSU alumnus, he was an avid Buckeye’s fan, maintaining season tickets for years. Gerald was also a member of the President Club. He enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians. Mary Lynn and Gerald supported their grandchildren in all of their activities and would drive across the state to watch them play; they were their biggest cheerleaders. 

After retirement, he and Mary Lynn moved back to the family farm that he loved, he lived there longer than anywhere else during his life. Also in retirement, they would winter in Ft. Myers, FL for over 30 years. 

Surviving him are a son Roger (Carol) Armstrong of Bonita Springs, FL and daughter, Lynn Ann (Jon) Stokey of Defiance; grandchildren, Ryan (Lori) Armstrong of Louisville, Brandon (Stephanie) Stokey of Maumee, Julie (Aaron Wyse) Stokey of Defiance, Phillip (Alyson) Stokey of Maumee; greatgrandchildren, Olivia Lynn Armstrong, Tyler Grant Armstrong, Ethan Robert Armstrong, Augustus Gerald Stokey, and Leedy Lynn Stokey; brother, Richard “Pete” Armstrong of Wooster; and a sister Donna Wachtel of Millersburg.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son Richard Gregg Armstrong; brother, Kenneth Lemoyne Armstrong; and a sister, Dorothy Spurlock. 

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlabach Funeral Home with Rev. Christopher P. Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 12:00 (noon) until time of service at 2:00 p.m.

The family requests masks and social distancing to ensure everyone’s safety. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Shreve Presbyterian Church, PO Box 587, Shreve, OH 44676.

Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.schlabachfh.com.

article imageJerry Goebel
Jul 23, 2021

JEROME W. GOEBEL - JERRY to all he knew, Age 77 of Louisville, OH Went home to be with the LORD July 20, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center with family at his side. Born December 16, 1943, to Ray L and Blanche (Schumacher) Goebel. Jerry attended St. Louis School in Louisville and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Canton, in 1961. He was in the 2nd ever graduating class of Walsh College in 1965 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. 

Survived by sons Bill & Tracy Goebel of Rittman, John (Louie) Goebel of FL, Mark Goebel & Sheri Lewis of Sarasota FL, brother Rick Goebel of Plant City FL, and grandchildren Alex, Eliza, Evan and Evianna. 

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Cheryl A. (Ludwig) Goebel. 

Jerry managed TNT Television in Louisville for 62 years, meeting and serving many loyal customers and making lifelong friends. 

Jerry enjoyed coaching his sons’ baseball teams often “Jumping 5 feet in the air” when one got a hit or made a play. 

A lifelong athlete and sportsman, Jerry enjoyed golf, winning the Stark County Amateur Championship twice, OHIO SCRAMBLE twice and maintaining a 2 handicap at his favorite Alliance Country Club. Jerry enjoyed rabbit and pheasant hunting with brother Jim Goebel of Columbus OH (Deceased) and Deer hunting with gun and bow in Ohio, West Virginia and Pensylvania, taking over 100 deer in his lifetime. He also enjoyed Walleye and Perch fishing for many years on his boat “Call Somebody.” Always active, he would rather do than watch and was determined to excel at everything he did. He lived life at 100 miles an hour but stopped to smell the roses. 

Later in life, he enjoyed attending all his grandchildren’s school plays, sporting events, graduations and birthdays. Always early, with a smile and a cheer. He took special pride in teaching them to fish at his favorite spot, Bernardo’s Pond. 

Lovingly dubbed “The Mayor of Rainbow Drive” when he resided there, he loved to smile and greet his many neighbors from his front porch. Always interested in their safety and happiness, offering his trademark thumbs up. 

A Christian Mass will be be held at St. Louis Church 300 N. Chapel Louisville on Wednesday, July 28, at 11:00 with Interment at St. Louis Cemetery immediately following. Instead of traditional calling hours, a celebration of his fantastic life and times will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Louisville Eagles Club. An open Mic will be offered for all his family, friends, neighbors and customers to tell their favorite “Jerry Story” as we all know, there are many. 

The family wishes to give a special THANK YOU to Mercy Hospice and Carlene, Scott, Christin and Chaplain Steve who have been so kind in Jerry’s final days. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to: Mercy Hospice, 4369 Whipple Ave NW, Canton, OH 44718 or Louisville Eagles Club.

article imageCaroline M. (Kraft) Hann
Jul 21, 2021

CAROLINE M. (KRAFT) HANN, age 88, of Louisville, OH went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.  She was born to the late Harold and Ada Mae Kraft on May 1, 1933 in Massillon, Ohio.  She was a 1951 graduate of Washington High School in Massillon.  She met and married the love of her life, Frank C. Hann, in 1953.  From then on, they were inseparable. They did everything together including raising 4 children. Caroline was compassionate and kind to everyone she met and loved having all her children and grandchildren to her home. She loved playing the piano and had the most beautiful alto voice singing in her church choir. At the age of 40, she returned to college and pursued her life-long dream of being an LPN. She carried her bible in the pocket of her nurse’s uniform and shared Jesus with her patients where she worked and eventually retired from Timken Mercy Hospital. She loved the Cleveland Indians and her Massillon Tigers, but mostly loved the Lord.  She is now singing with the angels in heaven.

Caroline was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of Gideons Int.

Caroline leaves behind her husband and best friend of 68 years, Frank. Three children David (Dee) Hann of Martinsville, VA, Linda (Jim) Silver of Wooster, Julie (Russ) Hoff of Valdosta, GA., daughter-in-law Carol Hann of North Canton, 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her son, Stephen, siblings Mary Alice Rupard, Charlotte Brown and Harold Kraft Jr.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Stier-Israel Funeral Home in Louisville with Pastor Mike Grant officiating. Calling hours will be 12-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Caroline will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Canton, OH. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church in Louisville, OH. Online condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageDiane L. Clark
Jul 19, 2021

DIANE L. CLARK, age 65, of Louisville, OH, passed away unexpectedly with her significant other, Charles Neff and her brother, David Miller, on Thursday, July 15, 2021. She was born in Canton, OH June 17, 1956 to the late Harland and Lois Jean (McEowen) Miller. Diane was a self-employed CPA and a partner in Uptown Joe Coffee Shop. She also participated in the Louisville Rotary Flag Project. Diane truly cared about everyone in the community, she was like a mother to all. Diane enjoyed talking and laughing with everyone she came across.

Diane is survived by a daughter, Christi (Rich) Sinchak; two sons, Greg (Elaine) Clark and Kenny Clark and his fiancée Valerie Myers; a sister Deb (Jim) Swallen; two brothers, Don (Lori) Miller and Doug (Donna) Miller. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Christian (Alex) Clark, Emily Clark, Presley Clark, Sadie Sinchak and Drew Sinchak; three great-grandchildren, Avery, Poppy and Cooper Clark; her aunt, Martha Bell and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Paradise United Church of Christ in Louisville with Rev. Dr. David Anderson officiating. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Louisville, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to the Stark County Humane Society, 5100 Peach St., Louisville, OH 44641. On line condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier – Israel Funeral Home, 330 875-1414)

article imageDavid L. Miller
Jul 19, 2021

DAVID L. MILLER, age 71, of Louisville, OH, passed away unexpectedly, with his sister, Diane Clark and his friend, Charles Neff on Thursday July 15, 2021. He was born in Canton, Ohio on July 20, 1949 to the late Harland and Lois Jean (McEowen) Miller. Dave was an Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam, and he was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the Louisville Post of the American Legion and the Lake P’na Sportsmen Club. He participated in the Louisville Rotary Flag Project.

Besides his parents, David was preceded in death by his wife, Teresa. He is survived by a sister, Deb (Jim) Swallen; two brothers, Don (Lori) Miller and Doug (Donna) Miller; aunt, Martha Bell and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Paradise United Church of Christ in Louisville with Rev. Dr. David Anderson officiating. Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. David will be laid to rest, with military honors, in Union Cemetery, Louisville, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to Paradise United Church of Christ,619 E. Main St, Louisville, OH 44641. On line condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageCharles (Chuck) Edward Neff
Jul 19, 2021

CHARLES (CHUCK) EDWARD NEFF born September 4th, 1954 in Louisville, OH passed away unexpectedly at the age of 66 on July 15th, 2021. He was called home to The Lord alongside his significant other Diane Clark and close friend David Miller, brother of Diane. He is preceded in death by his father Gayland Neff and Brother Larry Neff as well as many other extended family members.  He is survived by his mother Eleanor (Bishop) Neff; his children; Jodi (Scott) Fischer, Douglas (Erin) Neff, Carrie (Joshua) Riel, Courtney (Russell) Wurzbach and grandchildren Jasmine, Kylee, and Nathan Fischer; Madeline, Lucas, Emma and Owen Neff; Wyatt, Evan and Joscelyn Riel; Fynleigh and Norah Wurzbach. He is also survived by his siblings; Patricia (Neff) Hyatt, Gail (Gary) Evans, Robert (Charlotte) Neff, Dan (Kay) Neff, Julie (Joseph) Teppert, Tom (Jodi) Neff, Mike (Debra) Neff, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, the outdoors, and making memories with his family as well as attending races with his good friend Frank Neff.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Paradise United Church of Christ in Louisville, with Rev. Dan Deem officiating. Calling hours will be 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Chuck will be laid to rest in Union Cemetery, Louisville, OH. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Nimishillen Township Fire Department 4422 Maplegrove Ave, Louisville, Ohio 44641. Online condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com 

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageKyle Dougherty (Doc)
Jul 19, 2021

With deepest sorrow we announce that KYLE DOUGHERTY (DOC) age 35 (8-30-1985) our most beloved son, brother, uncle, fiancé, family member and friend died tragically Thursday 7-15-2021.

Those who knew Kyle even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. Kyle will be missed everyday by his parents Jerry and Pam Dougherty, sister and brother-in-law Jera and Charlie Brackman and his Niece, Quinn Brackman. His grandmother Wanda Changet, his special grandparents Don and Joan Ferrell. His beloved fiancé Tracy Wiery and her children, Luke, Chelsea and Reese.

Kyle loved his fur buddy Marvin and his rescue cat Obie and many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends.

We know Kyle is now with his grandparents Chick and Joyce Dougherty and Papa Joe Changet.

Kyle was a 2004 Louisville High School graduate and attended Walsh and Malone University. He was currently employed by Ameriseal.

Kyle enjoyed many sports especially golf.

He touched so many lives with his infectious smile and loving heart, so continue to smile today and every day in memory of Kyle.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Louisville Christian Church, 1800 South Chapel St, Louisville, OH with Pastor Rick Brown officiating. Calling hours will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday evening at the church. Online condolences can be left for the family at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

Gerald Eugene Schulz
Jul 16, 2021

GERALD EUGENE SCHULTZ, age 74, of Louisville, Ohio, passed away Wednesday July 14, 2021. He was born in Canton, Ohio on September 19, 1946 to the late Emmens and Thelma (Springer) Schulz. Gerald was a graduate of Louisville High School and was a retired farmer. He was known as the Cookie Man at the Hartville and Rogers Flee markets.

Gerald is survived by three sisters, Barbara Kopatz, Marilyn (Frank) Warnock and Lois Grosenbaugh.

A memorial service will be 11am Monday at Stier – Israel Funeral Homein Louisville with Pastor Mike Grant officiating. Calling hours will be from 10 till 11am Monday at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier – Israel Funeral Home, 330 875-1414)

article imageVeronica and Mark Shilling
Jul 13, 2021

VERONICA and, son, MARK SCHILLIG will have a Mass of Christian burial on Thursday, July 27th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Mary Church: 8900 Columbus Rd. NE, Louisville, Ohio 44641. To view full obituaries and share condolences with the family, please visit www.paqueletfalk.com.

(Paquelet Funeral Home, 330-875-2811)

article imageWayne C. Meadows
Jul 8, 2021

WAYNE C. MEADOWS, age 91, of Louisville, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021. He was born in Fairhope, Ohio on October 26, 1929 to the late Calvin and Ina (Prosser) Meadows. 

Survived by his loving wife of 71 years Jane Ann (Marks) and 3 sons Rodney (Susie), Bob (Lori), Keith (Lynda), and 4 grandchildren, Amanda, Jaclyn, Nicholas and Mark.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Thelma McAndrew, and his brothers Raymond and Ralph Meadows.

He was a life-long Louisville resident, who presided as Mayor when Louisville progressed from a Village to a City in 1960. Wayne founded and operated Meadows Insurance Agency for nearly 50 years, retiring in 2004. He was a long-time member of the Louisville Lions Club and Paradise United Church of Christ. Wayne was honored as the Constitution Parade Marshall in 2010. He enjoyed camping and travel.

Calling hours will be 10am – Noon on Monday at Stier – Israel Funeral Home. Funeral service at Noon with Rev. Dr. David Anderson officiating at the Funeral Home. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Paradise United Church of Christ and Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care. Online condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier – Israel Funeral Home, 330 875-1414)

article imageTheodore J. Bendick
Jul 8, 2021

THEODORE J. BENDICK, age 82, of Louisville, OH passed away unexpectedly on Sunday July 4, 2021 in his home. He was born August 18, 1938 in Revloc, PA. Ted was a Marine Corp. Veteran and was retired from the Timken Company in 1990 after 35 years of service. Ted is survived by his wife of 59 years, Judith K. (Gardner) Bendick; a daughter, Diane Lambrou; a son, Michael (Jodi) Bendick; and two grandchildren, Kenneth O’Rell III and Bryce Bendick. He was preceded in death by his father, John Bendick, his mother, Almeda Duffey and a brother, Jack Bendick. 

Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Friday at Stier-Israel Funeral Home in Louisville with Pastor Rick Brown officiating. Calling hours will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday morning at the funeral home. Theodore and his wife, who passed away on July 7, will be laid to rest in Forrest Hill Cemetery, Canton, OH. 

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageJudith K. Bendick
Jul 8, 2021

JUDITH K. BENDICK, age 81, of Louisville, OH passed away in her home on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. She was born November 13, 1939 in Canton, OH. She was an RN and worked as a nursing home administrator for many years.  Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Rosemond Gardner; her husband, Theodore Bendick on July 4, 2021; and a brother, George Gardner. She is survived by a daughter, Diane Lambrou; a son, Michael (Jodi) Bendick; sister, Rosemond (Harold) Blakelock; brother, Thomas (Marjorie) Gardner II; two grandchildren, Kenneth O’Rell III and Bryce Bendick.

Funeral services will 12:30 p.m. Friday at Stier-Israel Funeral Home in Louisville with Pastor Rick Brown officiating. Calling hours will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday morning at the funeral home. Judy will be laid with her husband, who passed away July 4, 2021, in Forrest Hill Cemetery, Canton, OH. 

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageKaren Elizabeth (Ossler) Bush “Pinky”
Jul 6, 2021

KAREN ELIZABETH (OSSLER) BUSH “PINKY”, age 53, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2021 and is currently fishing in Heaven as she is reunited with those who went before her. She was born August 6, 1967. She is survived by her broken-hearted family including her mother, Jean Ossler, daughters Andrea Elizabeth Menegay and Sierra Alexis Bush, sons Justin Donavan Bush and Tanner Franklin Bowers, daughters-in-law Gabrielle Dawn Bates and Madi Krug, grandchildren Chloe Elizabeth, Kolton Mackenzy Jr., Thomas Eugene Elmer, and Mackenzy Mae Jean, brothers Keith (Nina) Ossler, Kenneth Ossler, and Kraig (Linette) Ossler, life long friend Ron Bush, special friend Bill Long, nieces, nephews, friends, and other extended family. She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene Ossler, and recently by her son Kolton Mackenzy “Tater” Bush. 

Karen’s favorite hobby was fishing. Her special place of peace and solitude was Woodland Lake in Homeworth. She also enjoyed photography, campfires, and anything that was “Pink”. She also had the special ability to find four leaf clovers. She raised Siamese cats and was very fond of her fur-babies. A joint Memorial Service took place for Karen and her son Kolton on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Noon at the Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church in Homeworth. Friends and family may share their online condolences at www.deansfuneralhome.com. Arrangements were entrusted to Dean’s Funeral Home,  Sebring, Ohio.

(Dean’s Funeral Home, 330-938-2744)

article imageBetty L. Marks
Jul 6, 2021

BETTY L. MARKS, age 84, of Louisville, OH, passed away Friday, March 5, 2021. She was born July 17, 1936 in Kinport, PA to the late Lawrence and Phyllis Shankle. She was retired from Canton Mallable. Betty is survived by her daughter, Robin (Robert) Harwig, her son, Robert “Bob” Marks; 2 sisters, Debbie (Richard) Holland, Linda Robinson; 3 brothers, Ronald, Allen (Lois) and Leonard (Val) Shankle; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Donald and Gene Shankle and 4 sisters, Olive Venable, Ida Jones, Bertha Kerr and Elsie Mae Sherwin.

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 4, 2021. 

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home   330-875-1414)

article imageArlene L. Brown
Jun 29, 2021

ARLENE L. BROWN, age 68, of Louisville, Ohio, passed away Sunday, June 27, 2021. She was born in Canton, Ohio on April 6, 1953 to the late Forest and Kathryn (Hinton) Lautzenheiser.

Arlene was a former employee of First Federal Savings in Louisville. She was a member of Peace United Methodist Church and Nimishillen Grange.

Arlene is survived by her husband Dennis; three daughters, Kathy Brown, Kim (Travis) Miller and Kristine Brown; sister, Jane Barr; brothers, Gene (Char) Lautzenheiser and Don (Teri) Lautzenheiser; two grandchildren, Tayden and Kamdyn Miller.

Funeral services will be 12 noon Friday at Peace United Methodist Church in Louisville with Pastor Douglas Beggs officiating. Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Stier – Israel Funeral Home and 1 hour before services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Garden.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.  On line condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier – Israel Funeral Home, 330 875-1414)

article imageGary L. Burgett
Jun 28, 2021

GARY L. BURGETT, age 81, of Louisville, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, June 27, 2021.

He was born in Canton, on July 24, 1939, to the late Kenneth and Martha Burgett.  He grew up on the family farm in Salineville, Ohio. Gary graduated from Irondale High School in 1957 and Muskingum College in 1961. He married his high school sweetheart Dana (Williamson) on June 11, 1961, and they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Gary’s career began at Conotton Valley High School where he taught math, coached basketball, and served as the high school’s principal. Later he became an area coordinator for the Ohio Department of Education, retiring with over 40 years of service. Gary enjoyed the time he spent with people he met through his work at the many school districts in Northeast Ohio, especially his co-workers Herb and Paula. Gary was a 40+ year member of the Masonic Lodge #348 in Salineville.

Louisville became his family’s home in 1969, where they raised two daughters, Terri and Beth. Gary enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and anything having to do with being outdoors. He loved attending and watching sports, especially when his grandchildren, great nieces, and great nephews were participating. Gary was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. Gary never met a stranger, and he will be dearly missed by all of those who crossed his path.

Gary is survived by his wife Dana; daughters, Terri (Daryl) Moran and Beth (Larry) Bates; grandchildren: Alyssa (Jarrod) Dawson, Jarrod Moran, Alexa (Noah) Allison, and Alivia Bates; brothers, Keith (Judy) Burgett, Bruce Burgett, and Wesley (Mary) Burgett; brothers in law Ronnie (Patty) Williamson and Bill (Hazel) Williamson; sister-in-law Carol Boker, many nieces and nephews, and their children.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at Stier-Israel Funeral Home in Louisville, Ohio with Rev. Dr. David Anderson officiating.  Calling hours will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Masonic Services following at 8pm.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Aultman Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com.

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageCarol Price Barden
Jun 15, 2021

CAROL PRICE BARDEN, age 69 of Kimbolton, Ohio went home to be with her Lord on June 14, 2021. She was born on March 25, 1952 in Binghamton, New York. She is survived by her mother Peggy Price, daughter Danielle Hardy, son-in-law James Kovach, granddaughter Sidney Gadd, grandson William Gadd, nieces Heather Kovach Torres and Andrea Kovach, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends and ones at Trinity Baptist Church. Carol was preceded in death by her father G. Wayne Price, her husband Stephen Michael Barden, sisters Shelley Price Kovach, Kay Price Sinclair, and brothers Todd, Andrew, and Adam Price. Carol was blessed by many talents, a skilled horse trainer and rider, artist, sewing, quilting and singing. Because she loved and trusted Jesus Christ as her savior, she lives now in his presence. John 11: 25-26. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund. In keeping with her wishes, cremation has taken place with no services at this time. On-line condolences can be sent to the family at www.bundy-lawfuneralhome.com.

(Bundy-Law Funeral Home, 740-432-5705)

article imageKathlyn C. Greene
Jun 4, 2021

KATHLYN C. GREENE, age 80, of Louisville, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in her home. She was the daughter. Of the late Arthur D and Mary A. Smith of Louisville, Oh. She is survived by her husband Robert E Greene, a brother, Arthur (Pam) Smith; four daughters, Corrine (Gregory) Hansen, Mary (Brad) Koah, Suzanne (Chuck) Elliott, Melissa (Mark) Bishop; four sons, Thomas Gill, Michael (Angela) Gill, Jeff (Linda) Ramser, Daniel Ramser; and 13 grandchildren. There will be no calling hours or funeral services per Kathlyn's wishes. She will be laid to rest, beside her parents, in Bethlehem Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageRoderick W. Lang
May 20, 2021

RODERICK W. LANG, age 65, of Canton, Ohio, died after an extended illness on May 18, 2021. The son of the late Robert W. and Dorris J. Lang, he graduated from Louisville High School in 1974. He then attended Ohio Northern University, earning a degree in English and Journalism in 1978.

After graduating from college, he was employed as the Educational Director and later as Director of the McKinley Museum, wrote for Ohio Power’s employee magazine, and worked for several large trade associations in Washington, D.C. before returning to Canton. Notably, he was the Executive Director of the Palace Theater and later retired from Muskingum University as the Assistant Director of Public Relations. 

Rod was a local actor appearing predominately at Kent State Stark’s theater and The Kathleen Howland Theater. He also authored three plays performed at Kent State, Stark: Birdy, Sundries, and Aircheck. He truly loved the theater and the friends he found there. 

Rod will be greatly missed by all who passed his way. He was a writer, photographer, teacher, coach and best friend. His family and friends who loved Rod described him as someone who helped to make sense of the world by shining a light on its absurdities. Interesting, intelligent and funny were just a few of the adjectives that described this remarkable man. 

Rod is survived by his wife of 22 years, Sandra Lang, his sister, Michele (Lang) Mulanax, his brother-in-law, Rick Mulanax, and his stepsons, Christopher Moore and his wife, Shari Moore, Matthew Moore and his wife, Emily Moore, and his granddaughter, Lilith Moore. He is also survived by his brothers-in-law, Brent Walls and his wife, Joanne Walls, Ronnie Walls and his wife, Mary Walls and Tim Walls along with numerous nieces and nephews.

At Rod’s request, there will be no funeral service. Donations in his memory can be sent to the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206 North Hollywood CA, 91607, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageAllen H. Frease
Apr 29, 2021

ALLEN H. FREASE, age 89, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2021. He was born March 30, 1932 in Ironton, OH to the late Kenneth and Bernice Frease. Allen was an Airforce Veteran and a graduate of Louisville High School (class of 1950) and Kent State University. He was Co-Owner of Frease Electric in Canton. He was a member of the Christ Presbyterian Church in Canton (where he was a member of the church choir) and the Canton Masonic Lodge #60 F&AM. Allen and his wife loved to sail and he was a long-time member of the Atwood Yacht Club where he had served as both the secretary and treasurer.

Allen was preceded in death by his wife Wanda, in 2020 and his brother, Rodney Frease. He is survived by his sister, Norma Dellorto and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Traditions Hospice and Canton Regency for the wonderful care that Allen received under their care.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Stier-Israel Funeral Home in Louisville, with Pastor Dave DeVries officiating. Calling hours will be 10-11 a.m. Monday morning at the funeral home. Masonic services will be 9:30 a.m. Monday morning. Allen will be laid to rest, beside his wife, in North Lawn Cemetery, Canton, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Canton Presbyterian Church Choir. Online condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

article imageAnn Elizabeth (Halter) May
Apr 27, 2021

ANN ELIZABETH (HALTER) MAY of Louisville, Ohio passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, surrounded by her loving family after a 3-year courageous battle with an ongoing illness.

Born to Glen and Dorothy Halter on October 25, 1958 in Louisville, Ann is now reunited with both of her parents, surely reminiscing about endless memories they share with friends and family from Berlin Lake.

A lifelong resident of Louisville, Ann graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church. She worked her entire life as a manager at Engine Parts Warehouse where she was loved and appreciated by all her co-workers for her hard work, determination, and never-faltering loyalty. 

Ann lived her life giving to others and dedicating her life to those she loved.  On September 11, 1982, Ann’s dreams came true when she married the man of her dreams, Jamie May, who stood by her side beyond richer or poorer, and sickness and health.  He was her every breath, her sunshine, and her greatest love.  She will be unbelievably missed by her loving and devoted husband; her best friends and daughters, Lindsay Johnson and Emily Elmerick; sons-in-law, Kevin Johnson and Ian Elmerick; siblings, Bob and Ginny Halter, Barb and Kim Calla, and Ed and Linda Halter; parents-in-law, Jim and Bernice May; but most notably, she will be forever missed by her three grandchildren, Adelyn, Alivia, and Kade Johnson, who loved her spirited and upbeat effervescence while she taught them her secret tricks in the kitchen.  Her grandchildren gave her bliss unlike any she had ever experienced before.

Shopping with her daughters, swinging with and reading to her grandchildren, and playing cards with her husband on their deck were her greatest joys in life. At the beach or on a boat, surrounded by those she held the dearest to her heart, were her happiest places.  To describe Ann in her purest form is to acknowledge her fight; she was a warrior, whose will to never give up was unsurpassable.  She was selfless beyond measure, putting everyone’s needs well before her own.  And the love she had for her family and friends will forever be the model to which her daughters and grandchildren shall aspire.  

A special thank you to The Cleveland Clinic and The House of Loreto for their care and compassion for Ann over the past two years. She loved them like she loved her own family. Their love for Ann will never be forgotten and the family will be forever grateful for giving her comfort and hope in her loneliest times.  An extra special thank you to her youngest daughter, Emily, who displayed the same selflessness that Ann instilled in her, by donating part of her liver that helped add time to Ann’s beautiful life. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Brodie’s Good Vibe Tribe at www.bgvt.org, an organization that supports and empowers families impacted by transplantation. This summer, there will be a celebration of her inspirational life at the beach.  Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com

(Heritage Cremation Society, 330.875.5770)

article imagePatricia Louise Haubert
Apr 19, 2021

PATRICIA LOUISE HAUBERT, 87, passed away April 16, 2021 after an extended illness and in hospice, while staying at St. Joseph’s nursing home in Louisville. Patty was born in Louisville, at home, on October 10, 1933 to the late Lawrence (Mickey) and Esther (Haidet) McKimm. Patty was very involved in the social scene at Louisville HS, (after attending Mount St. Marie for one year), and participated in many activities, including intramural sports. (There were no girls sports offered). Upon graduating, she took a job at Timken roller bearing, where she was able to put her talents in math to good use. After marrying and expecting her first child, she left the position to focus on her family. In addition to keeping a house, mom was very involved in the family fruit orchard business, first on a farm near Alliance, and then at Hilltop Orchards in East Canton and Minerva. Throughout her years helping raise a family she served as the camp cook and fish filleter on numerous outings and camping trips throughout the Eastern United States. After retirement from farming, she wasn’t ready to quit working! She went on to drive school bus for Louisville City Schools, was a partner in Pat and Pam’s catering, and also served as a rural mail carrier for the Louisville Post Office for many years. She wasn’t a stranger to hard work and didn’t like not keeping busy! After her work careers were finally over, she enjoyed travelling with her husband on myriad bus and train trips all over the U.S., and abroad, sight-seeing, visiting her children, and hitting a local casino when possible.  She was a fierce competitor who enjoyed her “games of chance”, but especially Euchre, Craps, Texas Hold ‘Em, and their weekly trips to Mountaineer Race Track. Mom was fun-loving, social, and always up for a new adventure. She was generous, loving, sometimes opinionated, and staunchly proud of her family. She was loved and will be deeply missed by her family and friends. 

Patty was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband Donald on May 1, 2020, brothers Eugene, Bernard, and Gerald, and son, Dr. James Haubert. She is survived by her children, John Haubert of Midlothian VA, Jeff (Christy) Haubert of Minerva, Tina (Jim) Fitzpatrick, of Green, Doug (Krista) Haubert of North Canton, sisters Susan Tournoux, Joyce Rebillot, and Nancy Perod, sisters-in-law Janet Wartluft and Carol Martig, and 11 grandchildren of whom she was very proud.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Patty’s name to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Alliance.  Calling hours will be Tuesday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Stier-Israel funeral home in Louisville, with a funeral service (to honor both Patty and Don) on Wednesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow in St. Louis Cemetery.   Condolences may be left at www.stierisraelfuneralhome.com.

(Stier-Israel Funeral Home, 330-875-1414)

Funeral Mass for Anna Pontius
Apr 7, 2021

The funeral mass and burial for Anna Pontius have been scheduled for Thursday, April 15 at 11:00 a.m. The mass will be held at St. Louis Church in Louisville and she will be buried at St. Louis cemetery immediately following the mass.

article imageJean Ann Swartz
Apr 2, 2021

JEAN ANN SWARTZ, age 84 of Louisville, formerly of McKeesport, Pennsylvania took God’s hand and went to the heavenly kingdom on March 27, 2021. Born July 4, 1936 in Star Junction, Pennsylvania to the late Sherman and Helen (Raudman) King of Belle Vernon, PA. Jean worked at her family’s restaurant, Kings Dinette from a young age where she met her late ex-husband Art. Art had his own business where she was a secretary, bookkeeper and in addition a homemaker always taking care of her family. Later in life, she worked for the Peer Group and Marc as a telephone survey representative. Jean was a member of Central Highlands Church in Elizabeth, PA, where she was a choir director in the 70’s, she loved to sing the old hymns. Almost 6 years ago Jean moved to Louisville, OH to live with her daughter, Brenda and son-in-law, Dennis. She attended Adult Day Service at St. Joe’s and thrived in living life. She had many, many friends there and enjoyed coloring, doing crafts, singing and just being with everyone. 

In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra London and her sister, Carole Lee Kovesdy.

She is survived by her children, Brenda (Dennis) Daily of Louisville OH, Karen Spurgeon of Coral Springs FL; grandchildren, Lauren (Marco) Oberlin-Dalpra, Kimberly (Reid) Rhodes, Luke Jennings, Liam Jennings, Aimee London, Jason London; great-grandchildren, Cameron Oberlin, Natalie Oberlin, Andrew Jakub Jr; and brother, Sherman “Buck” (Lily) King, whom she loved dearly.  

In keeping with Jean’s wishes services will not be held and cremation will take place. Her life will be celebrated.  Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at www.heritagecremationsociety.com

(Heritage Cremation Society, 330.875.5770)

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