J. Ellsworth Kalas, retired elder, died November 12, 2015. A service of worship will be held in Estes Chapel on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, at 2:00 pm Friday, November 20. There will also be a live stream feed on the asburyseminary.edu homepage.
He is survived by his wife, Janet, and her children: Kim (Bart) VanderVelde and Matt (Laura) Stith; his daughter, Taddy; his son, David (Karen); and eleven grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Village of Wilmore, the Asbury Theological Seminary Estes Chapel Fund, and Asbury University.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Janet Kalas, PO Box 171, Wilmore, KY 40390-0171 or to David J. Kalas, First UMC, 501 Howe Street, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54301.
Dr. Kalas served Church of the Saviour in Cleveland Heights and since 1993, served Asbury Theological Seminary in a variety of capacities.
Donald T. Young, retired local pastor, died November 4, 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 21, 11:00 am at Heartland Community Church, 3400 Weymouth Road, Medina, OH 44256.
Don is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughter, Tonya and her husband, Doug Fisher; sons, James and John; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heartland Building Fund, C/O Heartland Community Church, PO Box 507, Medina, OH 44258.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Nancy Young, 334 Leisure Lane, Medina, OH 44256-1674 or online at waitefuneralhome.com.
Pastor Young served congregations in Burton City, Jeromesville, Tiffin (Harmony) and Beverly. He retired in 2013.
Mary M. Murtha, retired local pastor, died October 29, 2015.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 14, 11:30 am at the Danville UMC, 408 S. Market St., Danville, OH 43014. Rev. Bob Alexander, Pastor Tom Orr, and Dr. Bradley Call will officiate. Clergy in attendance will be invited to come forward and share in the singing of "For All the Saints." Clergy robes will not be worn. A luncheon will be served following the service.
Pastor Murtha is survived by her sister, Christine Murtha.
Condolences may be sent to Christine Murtha, 226 Lainey Street, Bldg 3B, Garner, NC 27529.
Pastor Murtha served the following churches: Duncan Falls, Mount Zion (Belmont Co.), New Springfield Trinity, Rogers, Coalburg and Danville.
Christine L. Grimes, retired local pastor, died September 25, 2015. The funeral will begin at 11 am Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Harmony United Methodist Church, 6487 S. County Road 19, Tiffin, OH 44883-9489 with Pastor Matt Garrabrant officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin, and 10-11 am Friday at Harmony United Methodist Church. Burial will follow the services Friday at Fairmont Cemetery.
Survivors include husband Norman; four sons, Thomas, Timothy, Mark and Matthew; and 11 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harmony United Methodist Church or Bridge Hospice.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.
Pastor Grimes served the following churches: Mt. Olivett, Asbury Greater Parish, Pleasant Ridge and Calvary. She retired in 2010.
Ralph Fotia, retired elder, died September 8, 2015. Visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 2:00 - 4:30 pm at the Nehemiah Mission located at 65th and Bridge Ave. in Cleveland, OH. An additional hour of visitation will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20, from 3 - 4 pm at the Nehemiah Mission followed by the memorial service.
He is survived by wife, Lydia; daughter, Sharon (Patrick) Hagans; son, Mark (Emily) and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Nehemiah Mission, 6515 Bridge Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102 and the Parma Heights Food Pantry, 6285 Pearl Road, No. 30, Parma Heights, OH 44130.
Condolences may be sent to Lydia Fotia, 20512 Hillgrove Avenue, Maple Heights, OH 44137.
Rev. Fotia served the following churches: Bunker Hill, Cleveland: First Associate, Cleveland: Shaffer Memorial and after his retirement in 1989, as Minister of Visitation at University Circle.
Frank C. MarLett, retired elder, died August 26, 2015. A private family service was held.
He is survived by wife, Joan, daughter, Susan Bauer, sons Mark (Beth) MarLett and John (Shannon) MarLett; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial gifts may be made to: The Salvation Army, 437 S. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691, People-to-People Ministries, 454 E Bowman St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to a United Methodist church of choice.
Rev. MarLett served the following churches: Cleveland Windermere, Mentor Plains, Akron Kenmore, Galion First, Mt. Vernon District Superintendent, Wooster and West Lebanon.
John M. Harnish, retired elder, died August 13, 2015. A memorial service was held on August 22 at Northwest United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio 43220.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Dr. Marcella Sorg, Dr. Wesley (Anne) Harnish, Dr. Bonney Harnish and husband, Dr. Robert Klips; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Operation Smile, 3541 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453 or at operationsmile.org.
Condolences may be sent to www.rutherfordfuneralhome.com or to Mrs. Betty Harnish, 1119 E. David Road, Kettering, OH 45429.
Rev. Harnish served the following churches: Seville, Chippewa Lake, Lakewood Associate, Port Clinton and Canton Church of the Lakes. He retired in 1973.
William H. Fisher, retired local pastor, died July 25, 2015. A memorial service of death and resurrection will be held at Clearview UMC, 1733 Massillon Rd., Akron, Ohio (Springfield Twp.) at 1:30 pm August 8, 2015, with Pastor Linda Bradley officiating. A fellowship time beginning at noon will precede the worship service.
He is survived by wife, Anne Fisher.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 190 S. Maple St., Akron, OH 44303, or Clearview UMC.
Condolences may be sent to Anne Fisher, 1659 Redwood Avenue, Akron, OH 44301-2726.
Pastor Fisher served on the former Akron District UMC and as the pastor of Westlawn UMC before he retired.
John R. Klimenko, retired local pastor, died July 24, 2015. The funeral service will be at 6 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at Lane Family Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel in Cortland, where the family will receive friends from 4 - 6 pm prior to the service Tuesday.
John is survived by four daughters, Debbie (Rick) Taylor, Lisa "Liddy Lou" Klimenko, Chrissy Klimenko, and Amanda (Tim) Brookbank, two sons, Dwayne (Sara) Klimenko, Scott (Marissa) Klimenko; and eight grandchildren.
Condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at www.shaferwinanschapel.com.
Pastor Klimenko served the Fowler United Methodist Church and retired in 2010.
Minerva Primes, surviving spouse of Joseph Primes, died July 5, 2015. Calling hours will be Monday, July 13, 10 am, at Aldersgate UMC, 4069 Eastwood Lane, Warrensville Hts., OH with the service to follow at 11 am.
She is survived by son Joseph Primes, Jr. and two grandchildren.
James D. Hildebrand, former local pastor, died July 4, 2015. Friends will be received Tuesday, July 7, 4 - 8 pm at Wilson Funeral Home, 920 National Road, Brookside, Ohio, where services will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 11:00 am with Pastor Randy Weaver officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; a son, Nathan (Shannan) Hildebrand and a granddaughter.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Cheryl Hildebrand, 573 County Road 5, Adena, OH 43901 or online at www.wilsonfuneralhomes.com.
Pastor Hildebrand served the following churches: Lancaster Chapel, Maynard, Mount Pleasant, Powhatan Point and Amity.
Howard Fruth, spouse of Pastor Patricia Fruth, died June 22, 2015. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. Additional calling hours will be held from 10 - 11 am Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Iberia UMC, 3664 State Route 309, Iberia, Ohio 43325 where services will be held at 11 am Friday with Rev. Karen Oehl officiating. Burial will follow at Iberia Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
He is survived by wife, Pastor Patricia A. Fruth, three children, Kathleen “Katie” and Rev. Jeff Stoll, Joseph Howard and MariaLuz Fruth and Josephine “Josie” and Rob Gosney and four grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Richland County in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to Pastor Patricia A. Fruth, 1336 Stevens Road, Galion, OH 44833 or to the family at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
Deloris Lautzenheiser, spouse of retired associate Donald Lautzenheiser, died June 15, 2015. Private services were held.
She is survived by her husband, Donald; children, Ernest (Stephanie), Linda (Robert) Scott, Wilbur (Lena), Jeanette (Randal) Liles, David (Doralie), Yvonne (John) McMillin and Martha (Brad) Blaich; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Lakeview UMC, 6 South St., Berlin Heights, OH 44814.
Condolences may be shared at mormanfuneralhome.com.
James Clyde Gardner, retired elder, died June 15, 2015.
A service was held June 19 at the Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, Ohio. Burial followed in the Stafford Cemetery, Stafford, Ohio.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Juanita; one son, Dr. James Gardner (Lynn); two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Juanita Gardner, 1033 Colonial Dr. Salem, OH 44460
Rev. Gardner served the following churches: Garrettsville/Nelson, East Liverpool: Orchard Grove, Saybrook, Shelby: Trinity and Homeworth: Mt. Carmel. He retired in 1999.
Barbara A. Shiltz, spouse of Rev. George Shiltz, died Tuesday, June 2, 2015.
Friends will be received Friday, June 5, 2015 from 4-7 pm at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria. Friends will also be received Saturday, June 6, from 10 am until the 11 am funeral service at Community UMC, 680 North Abbe Rd., Elyria. Rev. Donald Lare will officiate. Burial will be in Conotton Cemetery, Connotton, OH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community UMC, Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110 or a charity of choice.
Doris Patterson, wife of Pastor James Patterson, died May 26, 2015. Family will receive friends Tuesday, June 2, from 5-8:00 pm at the Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. Services will be held Wednesday, June 3, 11:00 am at the funeral home. Dr. Larry Morrison will officiate. Burial will take place at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, OH, Wednesday, June 3 at 12:45 pm.
She is survived by husband James Patterson.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Mended Hearts #59, 4129 Stow Road, Stow, OH 44224.
Norma Jean Ostler, surviving spouse, died May 11, 2015. A service was held May 14 at Franklin Hills Memory Gardens in Georgia.
Mrs. Ostler was preceded in death by husbands, Dorwin Preston and Lewis Ostler. She is survived by son, William (Sue) Preston and four grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to William Preston, 114 Ovid Drive, Dublin, GA 31021-3707.
Mrs. Ostler’s husband, Lewis Ostler, had served the Rolling Hills Parish, Branch UMC and Empire UMC.
Roy A. Reed, Jr. retired elder, died April 19, 2015. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm at Asbury United Methodist Church, 55 W. Lincoln St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.
Rev. Reed is survived by his wife, Nancy Lou (Lee) Reed; children, Edward (Imelda) Reed, Daniel Reed (Mariah Dyson-Smith), Karen Reed, Linda Reed; step-children, Lesa (Richard) Haas, Keith (Drema) Wells; four grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and former wife and mother of his children, Beth Reed.
Memorial contributions may be made to Asbury United Methodist Church, Music Fund, 55 W. Lincoln St., Delaware, Ohio 43015 or Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave., Marion, Ohio 43302.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com or to Mrs. Nancy Reed, 127 Willow Brook Way, Delaware, OH 43015.
Rev. Reed served as Professor of Liturgy and Music with the Methodist Theological School of Ohio for 34 years and served as minister of music for Asbury UMC for 35 years. He retired in 1997.
Ralph G. Hollingsworth, retired elder, died April 1, 2015. The funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, April 7 at the Roscoe UMC with Pastor Dale Sutton officiating. Calling hours will be 5-7 pm Monday, April 6 at the church and one hour prior to the service. He was preceded in death by wife, Martha and is survived by sons Ralph (Linda) Hollingsworth and David Hollingsworth; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Online condolences at www.given-dawsonfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to UM Family Services, 1033 High St., Worthington, OH 43085.Rev. Hollingsworth served Kirkpatrick, Roscoe, Millersburg and Cortland UMCs, retiring in 1985.
Jean F. Hull, surviving spouse of Harry A. Hull, died March 29, 2015. A service was held March 31 in the Bennett Chapel at Copeland Oaks with the Rev. Coralee Cox officiating. Interment took place at Poland Cemetery.
Survivors include daughters, Susan Butler and Sally Hull of Ashland; one grandson and two great-grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crandall Medical Center, 800 S. 15th St., Sebring, OH 44672.
Paul D. George, retired elder, died March 27, 2015. A memorial service was held March 30 at Harlem Springs UMC.
Rev. George served the following churches: East Liverpool Boyce, and Akron Hope UMCs. Rev. George retired in 1997.
Wilma R. Carter, surviving spouse of Rev. Clyde C. Carter, died March 20, 2015. Funeral services were held Friday, March 27, at the Monroe UMC, Monroe, Iowa. A memorial service will take place in Oxford, Ohio later this summer.
She was preceded in death by husband, Rev. Clyde C. Carter. She is survived by four daughters, Charlotte (the late William Bruhn), Sylvia Diana (Michael H. Roth), Alice (Ewald Sems), and Patricia (Steven Thomson), nine grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Charlotte Bruhn, 51 Scarlet Oak Circle, Oxford, OH 45056.
Dolores M. “Dee” Paul, retired local pastor, died March 19, 2015. A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, April 12, at South Arlington United Methodist Church, 790 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44306 at 3 pm. Family will greet callers starting at 2:30 pm. A gathering in the dining hall will follow the service.
Pastor Paul was preceded in death by her husband, Don, and is survived by children, Don Jr., Becky (Jim) Brennan and Melanie (Dale) Gordon.
Memorials may be made to South Arlington United Methodist Church, 790 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44306.
Condolences may be sent online by clicking on the following link: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ohio/obituary.aspx?n=dolores-m-paul-dee&pid=174468562.
Pastor Paul served the Clinton United Methodist Church and retired in 2002.
Lyle E. Schaller, retired elder, died March 18, 2015. A memorial service will be held at Community United Methodist Church in Naperville, IL; date to be announced.
In addition to his wife, Agnes, Rev. Schaller is survived by his sons Walter, Sasha Alyson Bruce and David; daughters Rebecca and Elia Woods and five grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Agnes Schaller, 6110 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Apt. 331, Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
Rev. Schaller served as the first director of the Regional Church Planning Office in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved to Naperville in 1968 to become director of the Center for Parish Development at Evangelical Theological Seminary. From 1971, he focused full-time on writing, consulting, and leading workshops through an association with the Yokefellow Institute. He retired in 1993.
Virginia L. “Ginny” Malterer, spouse of Pastor Larry Malterer, died March 19, 2015. A service for Ginny, officiated by Pastor Bob Mathias and Rev. John W. Clark, will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, March 24, in Grace United Methodist Church, 524 W. 3rd St., Uhrichsville 44683. Interment will follow in Greenmont Cemetery in Freeport. Family and friends are invited to call at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, 26 Grant St., Dennison, OH 44621 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, March 23.
Ginny is survived by her husband, Pastor Larry W. Malterer; son, Jeffrey W. (Penny) Malterer of Tippecanoe; and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be sent to Pastor Larry W. Malterer, 620 W. First St., Uhrichsville, OH 44683.
Richard L. Rustad, retired elder, died March 15, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm March 22 at Normandy United Methodist Church, 450 West Alex Bell Road, Centerville, OH 45459. The family will receive visitors in the Fellowship Hall following the service for light refreshments.
He is survived by wife, Sandra; a daughter, Carrie (Ron) Taylor, a son, Eric (Nichole) and 5 grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vienna UMC, 4265 Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna, Ohio 44473. A memorial page may be found on the Tobias Funeral Home website (http://www.dignitymemorial.com/tobias-funeral-home-far-hills-chapel/en-us/index.page).
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Sandra Rustad, 1121 Red Ash Ct., Centerville, Ohio 45458.
Rev. Rustad served the following churches: Cleveland: Ridgewood Associate, Vienna, Strongsville, Boardman: First and North Canton: Faith. He retired in 1997.
Shirley A. Taylor, surviving spouse of Rev. Dr. Harvey E. Taylor, died March 7, 2015. There will be no public visitation or services observed. She is survived by a son, Martin E. Taylor; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. The Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of arrangements.
To share memories and condolences please click on the Tribute Wall link at the top of the funeral home web page at www.bryanhardwickfuneralhome.com.
Charles W. Ulmer, retired elder, died February 27, 2015. Calling hours will be Saturday, March 7, 4 to 8 pm at the Karlo-Libby Funeral Home, 5000 Everhard Road NW, Canton 44718. The funeral will take place Sunday, March 8, 2:00 pm at Westbrook Park UMC, 2521 12th St NW, Canton 44708 with the Rev. Joel Adkins officiating. There will also be calling hours one hour prior to the funeral service.
Rev. Ulmer is survived by his wife, Lois; four children, Marvalene (Dennis) Matson, Marcia Ulmer, Diane (Kim) Morrison and Charles W. Ulmer, II (Sheryl). He is also survived by four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Westbrook Park UMC Meals on Wheels.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Lois Ulmer, 824 Summit St SW, North Canton, OH 44720.
Rev. Ulmer served the following churches: McZena and McDonaldsville: St. Paul. He retired in 1987.
Robert R. Bloomquist, retired elder, died February 21, 2015. A Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., Fairlawn, OH, with Rev. Roger Hayes officiating. Entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.
Rev. Bloomquist is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gloria; son, Joseph, of Florida; and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Plymouth Shiloh Food Pantry, 29 West Main St., Shiloh, OH 44878.
Condolences may be sent to Gloria Bloomquist, 952 St Rt 511, Lot 46, Ashland, OH 44805-9142.
Rev. Bloomquist served the following churches: Green Valley/Liberty Chapel, Utica/Martinsburg, Danville/Brinkhaven/Jelloway, Gambier Epworth/Hopewell/South Vernon, Leetonia/Washingtonville, Scio, Beach City/Dundee, Nankin Federated and Plymouth/Shiloh in retirement.
Edward D. Williams, supply pastor, died February 20, 2015. Services were held on February 24 at the Given-Dawson Funeral Home in Coshocton.
Pastor Williams is survived by wife, Martha; children, Steve (Gloria) Williams, Kimberly (Tony) Barcus and Shawna (Mike) McCoun five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made in Edward’s name to the Coshocton County Animal Shelter, 21755 TR 164, Coshocton, OH 43812.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Martha Williams, 1305 Orange Street, Coshocton, OH 43812-2228.
Pastor Williams served the following churches: New Guilford and Baltic.
Mary Lou Gompf, retired associate, died February 19, 2015. The Gompf family will greet friends from 3 to 7 pm on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at the Gompf Funeral Home, 440 Center St. Cardington, OH. Services celebrating her life will be held at the Gompf Funeral Home on February 26, 2015 at 11:00 am, with Reverend Roger Grace and Pastor Jeannie Winters officiating. Burial will follow in the Bryn Zion Cemetery.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband, Harold; three daughters: Pam (Greg) Gniewkowski of Toledo, OH, Linda (Ed) Golden of Mansfield, OH, Michelle (Tim) Kirkland of Mt. Gilead, OH; two sons: Tom Gompf of Sycamore, OH, Matt (Corinne) Gompf of Galion, OH; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Southern Morrow Parish Disciple Shop and may be made in care of the funeral home.
To share a memory or condolences with the Gompf family please visit www.gompffh.com.
Rev. Gomph served the following churches: Martinsburg, Boundary/Denmark, Martel and Ashley. She retired in 1999.
Kenneth W. Anderson, retired elder, died February 6, 2015. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, 11 am, at Church of the Lakes UMC, 5944 Fulton Drive NW, Canton, OH 44718. The family will receive friends in the church hall after the service.
Rev. Anderson is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary; two daughters, Maureen (Scott) McDowell of Brownsville, Oregon, Carol (Kurt) Reddick of Medina, Ohio; son, Mike (Katie) Anderson of Hurricane, WV; and six grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or charity of your choice.
Condolences may be left at www.gordonfuneralhomes.com.
Rev. Anderson served the following churches: Leon, Bulah, Gageville, Harmony, Scioto, East Fairfield, Shreve, West Lafayette and Magnolia. He retired in 2005.
Deane R. Williams, retired elder, died February 2, 2015. Arrangements are pending.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Jeffery, of Boston, MA, and Rebecca Heflin, of Sun Prairie, WI; one grandson and three great-grandsons.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Life Care Fund at Copeland Oaks, 800 S. 15th St., Sebring, OH 44672; Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512 or Union Avenue United Methodist Church, 1843 S. Union Avenue, Alliance, OH 44601.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Ruth Williams, 800 S. 15th Street, Apt. 1518, Sebring, OH 44672.
Rev. Williams served the following churches: Rankin, Youngstown: Trinity Associate, Canton: Church of the Savior Associate, Lakewood Associate, LaGrange, Willoughby Hills, Akron: Goodyear Heights, National Division General Board of Global Ministries, McDonaldsville: St. Paul, New Garden/Franklin Square (in retirement). He retired in 1992.
David E. Case, Jr., retired elder, died January 24, 2015. A memorial service celebrating David's life will be held Friday, January 30, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Ontario United Methodist Church, 3540 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio. The family will begin receiving friends at 12:00 p.m.
Rev. Case is survived by his wife, Esther; children, Ryan B. Case of Hackensack, NJ, Kalin A. Case of Kingston, NY; step-sons, "Skip" Stiles and Aaron Hakes, both of Benson, AZ; seven step-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harmony House, 124 W. 3rd St., Mansfield, OH 44902.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Esther Case, 1656 Kenmore Drive, Mansfield, OH 44906.
Rev. Case served the following churches: Cambridge: First Associate, Hartford, Youngstown: Trinity Associate, Newton Falls, Alliance: Union Avenue, Canton: Westbrook Park, Canal Fulton and Ontario. He retired in 2010.
Darlene Wallace, spouse of Thomas Wallace, died January 10, 2015. A celebration of life will be Saturday, February 7, 11:00 am at the Nashville United Methodist Church, 302 Millersburg Street, Nashville, OH 44661 with a luncheon to follow.
Next of Kin: She is survived by her husband, Rev. Thomas Wallace; children, T. Michael (Tami) of Findlay, Jonathan (Hollie) of Warren, Charity of Tehachapi, California and Danara of Lakeville and is also survived by five grandchildren.
Condolences: May be sent to Rev. Thomas Wallace, 14657 Township Rd 468, Lakeville, OH 44638.
Darlene pastored in The United Methodist Church for 13 years.
H. Bruce Zimmerman, retired local pastor, died December 26, 2014. Services were held Sunday, December 28, at the Hanover United Methodist Church.
Pastor Zimmerman was preceded in death by his wife, Doris. Surviving are his children Ronald B. (Claudia) Zimmerman, Joann (Richard) Geiser, Gary (Cristy) Zimmerman and Roger (Becky) Zimmerman, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Charity Hospice, PO Box 2483, Wintersville, OH 43953 or Gideon’s International at www.gideons.org.
Pastor Zimmerman served the following churches: Mt. Hope and Hanover United Methodist Church where he served for 50 years.
Robert W. Glasgow, retired local pastor, died December 19, 2014. Services were held December 23, at the Borkoski Funeral Home in Tiltonsville.
Pastor Glasgow was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia. Surviving are his children Robert (Kimmy). William (Beverly), Sheila (Gordon) Hennenbert, Bonny (Bruce) Teator, and Janet (Tim) Hayman; eleven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Pastor Glasgow served the following churches: Little York, Harmony of Mingo Junction, Rayland and Hopewell. He retired July 1, 2007.
Theodore R. Nusser, retired pastor, died November 27, 2014. Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home, 215 West Fifth Street, East Liverpool, on Monday, December 1, where the family will be present from 3-8 pm. Grandson Stephen Theodore Richman will conduct a funeral service at 10:00 am Tuesday, December 2, at the funeral home. Ted will be laid to rest at Columbiana County Memorial Park where the Tri-State Veteran’s Burial Group will conduct military honors.
Pastor Nusser was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea. He is survived by a son, Terry R. Nusser and his wife, Rebecca, and by a daughter, Sue Richman and her husband, John. Also surviving are six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boyce UMC, 2 Anna Avenue, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920 or Teen World Ministries, PO Box 2036, East Liverpool, Ohio 43920.
Pastor Nusser served the following churches: Yorkville, Rayland, Rush Run, Briar Hill, Brays Chapel, Pine Grove and Mount Zion.
Stanley I. Partridge, retired elder, died November 13, 2014. Visitation at Arnold Funeral Home, 504 W. Maple St., Hartville, Ohio 4-7 PM Monday, November 17. Memorial service at Werner United Methodist Church, 5116 Werner Church RD NE, N Canton, OH 44721 Tuesday, November 18, 11 AM with Revs. Ken Price, Chuck Ready, Glenn Taylor and Jim Lawrence participating (visitation 10 AM) and lunch following the service. Pastors attending the service may wear robes and be prepared to sing one verse of “For All the Saints”. Private interment at Rittman Cemetery.
Rev. Partridge is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ruth; sons, Steven (Susan), Dean, Mark (Donna), Rev. John (Patti) and 10 grandchildren.
Contributions may be made Werner UMC or UMCOR in care of Werner UMC.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Ruth Partridge, 3212 Foxmoor St. NE, Hartville, OH 44632.
Joyce R. Kuhn, surviving spouse, died November 7, 2014. Services were held December 20, at the Seville United Methodist Church in Seville, Ohio.
Mrs. Kuhn was the widow of Loren R. Kuhn. She is survived by children Sandy (Tom) Vaughn and Debbie Bennett of Bucyrus; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to a United Methodist Church of choice.
D. Larry Kline, retired elder, died November 6, 2014. Calling hours will be Tuesday, November 11, 10:00 am at Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with the Rev. Dr. Charles D. Yoost officiating. Burial will take place at Rose Hill Cemetery, Fairlawn, Ohio.
Rev. Kline is survived by his wife, Jeannette; four children, Lynnette Kline, D. Larry (Tiffany) Kline, II, J. W. (Mandy Reutzel) Kline and Christine (Tom) Pasquarella. He is also survived by four grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Jeannette Kline, 4089 Stoneroot Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026-3023.
Rev. Kline served the following churches: Martins Ferry, Montrose: Zion, Pepper Pike: Garfield Memorial and Youngstown Trinity. He retired in 2007.
James Stewart Leslie, retired elder, died October 31, 2014. A memorial service was held November 2 at Asbury UMC, Delaware, OH.
Rev. Leslie is survived by wife Betty, five children; Debbie Leslie-Beck, Diana McComas, Jennifer Leslie, Kristen Leslie and Andy Leslie, 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leslie Center for Peace and Justice (Chaplains Office at Ohio Wesleyan University), 61 S. Sandusky St., Delaware, OH 43015: Asbury UMC, 55 W. Lincoln Ave., Delaware, OH 43015 or Willow Brook Christian Community.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Betty Leslie, 100 Willow Brook Way South, Apt. 2008, Delaware, OH 43015-3244.
In the East Ohio Conference, Rev. Leslie served as chaplain and director of Religious Activities at Ohio Wesleyan University for 28 years. He retired in 1988.
Mary Letts, surviving spouse of Jesse M. Letts, died October 10, 2014. Funeral services were held on October 15 at the A. Ripepi and Sons Funeral Home, Middleburg Heights, Ohio with interment at Maple Grove Cemetery, Ravenna, Ohio.
Mrs Letts was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Jesse Meade Letts. Survivors include children, Mary Francis Piltz (George) of New Jersey and Carl Letts (Laurie) and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cleveland, PO Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194.
Norma J. Conklin Welch, surviving spouse of Rev. Donald "Dick" Welch, died October 2, 2014. Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home, 215 W 5th St, East Liverpool, OH 43920 on Sunday, October 5, where the family will be present from 4-7 pm. Services will take place at 2:00 pm Monday, October 6, at the funeral home, with Pastor Ashley McMillin of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church officiating. Norma will be laid to rest at Riverview Cemetery. Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.
Surviving are a step-daughter, Janet K. Dennis and her husband, Earl, of Calcutta, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Gordon L. Densmore, retired local pastor, died September 26, 2014. A Celebration of Life is scheduled at the Perry United Methodist Church of Perry, Ohio on Wednesday, October 22, at 7 pm. Host Pastor Jim Jensen, Jr. and Pastor Kelly Irish, of St Anne's Anglican Church of Madison, will officiate. The graveside service with military honors will be on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 10:00 am at the Perry Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Vernice, son, David (Tamara) Densmore ; daughter, Robyn (Dean) Wall, five grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Robyn and Dean Wall, 7930 Edgewater Lane, Burton, Texas 77835. Memorial contributions may be directed to PastorCare, 2122 Hopedale St., Kannapolis, NC 28083.
Pastor Densmore served the following churches: Beallsville and Johnston Federated. He retired in 1999.
Gaynalee E. George, spouse of Rev. Dr. L. Mark George, died September 21, 2014. Friends may call Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Church of the Lakes UMC, 5944 Fulton Drive NW, Canton, 44718. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014, 11:00 am at Church of the Lakes UMC. Friends may also call an hour before the service (10:00 am). The Rev. Dr. Bryan George will officiate.
Mrs. George is survived by her husband of 63 years, the Rev. Dr. L. Mark George; three children, the Rev. Dr. Gary M. (Lorraine) George, Mrs. Janet (Roger) Blocher, and the Rev. Dr. Bryan L. (Amy) George, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to Rev. Dr. L. Mark George, 800 S. 15th Street, Apt. 5311, Sebring, OH 44672-4672.
Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Lakes Scholarship Fund, 5944 Fulton Drive NW, Canton, OH 44718.
Katherine E. Strohl, surviving spouse of Rev. Glenn Strohl, died September 14, 2014. Friends may call Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 4-7 pm at the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, 44903 (419-525-4411). The funeral service honoring the life of Katherine Elizabeth Strohl will be held Thursday, September 18, at 11 am in Trinity United Methodist Church, 1592 Grace Street, Mansfield. The Rev. Bob Stull will officiate and burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
She was preceded in death by husband, the Rev. Glenn C. Strohl. Surviving are two sons, Woody, and Gary “Skip” (Terry), four grandsons and four great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Trinity UMC Summer Youth Campership Fund.
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