Obit Art


Marie E. Lightner

Marie E. Lightner, age 80, of N Perry OH, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at the Heather Hill Care Communities, in Chardon, OH.

She was born on January 30, 1937 to Laura B. (Smith) and James Dewey Pettis.
Marie married Vernon B. Lightner on April 19, 1957 in Tampa FL.

Marie was a lifelong member and volunteer with the Salvation Army Church. She was a homemaker, raising 4 children. She truly enjoyed time spent with family especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Ronald (Karla) Lightner, Sharon (Clyde) Blevins, Karen (Tim) Arp, Brian (Emily) Lightner; 7 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchilden.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon of 58 years who passed away in March of 2016; parents and infant daughter, Wendy Lightner.

Friends will be received from 2-4pm Saturday July 29, 2017 at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River Street, Madison, OH 44057. Funeral Service will immediately follow at 4pm.

Final resting place will be with her husband at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman OH.

Friends may leave condolences online at www.behmfuneral.com


Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke, 96, of Ashtabula passed away July 23, 2017 at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

He was born March 26, 1921 in Hamtramic, MI, the son of William J. and Anastasia “Esther” (Pomaszczynska) Burke and had been a lifelong Ashtabula resident.

He attended Austinburg School. He married the love of his life Nellie Wludyga on April 28, 1945 at St. Joseph Calasanctius Church in Jefferson. Ed proudly served his country in the Coast Guard. Sailing on the Great Lakes on several boats for P.S. Co. He graduated from Officers Candidate School “Fort Trumbull” New London, Connecticut as an Esing in the maritime service in 1942.
Ed earned a great reputation as an Electrician while working for Union Dock, retiring in 1984.

A member of St. Joseph’s Church, he enjoyed bird watching, gardening, and woodworking.

His survivors include his wife of 72 years, Nellie (Wludyga); two children, Carol (Jim) Young of Florida; Becky (Rick) Hughes of Madison, Ohio; two grandchildren, Linda Garcia and Edmund Young, both of Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Irene Teresk, Gertrude Podemski, Dolores Chmielowiec; two brothers, Harry Burke, Stanley Korn; two nephews, Rick Chmielowiec, Jim Podemski, and his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Monday, July 31, 2017at Our Lady of Peace, St. Joseph’s Church, 3312 Lake Ave. Ashtabula. Rev. Fr. Raymond Thomas, will preside. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Jefferson.

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 10AM until the time of service at 11AM at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.

Zaback-Williams-Ducro Funeral Home, 500 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 is handling arrangements. www.ducro.com


Eugene “Gene” O. Osborne

Eugene “Gene” O. Osborne, 81, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Born September 21, 1935 in McDowell, Kentucky, he was the son of Allen “Pink” and Corzettia (Newsome) Osborne. In 1991, Gene retired from Elkem Metals (previously Union Carbide) as a maintenance supervisor after 35 years of service. In the late 1960s he was a part-time seasonal police officer at Geneva-on-the- Lake. He was always a hard worker who loved to keep busy and was affectionately called “Mr. Fix-it.” Gene enjoyed watching the Cleveland Browns and Cavs along with Lakeside and Buckeye school activities. He also enjoyed gardening, dancing, cooking and country music.
An avid golfer, Gene was a member of the YMCA, the BPO Elks Club, the Skinners Golf group at Maple Ridge Golf Course, and the Ashtabula Senior Golf Traveling Leagues. Just this March, he won 1st place in his age division at the Gulf Coast Senior Games 2017 and was scheduled to compete in December in the Senior Olympics.
He attended First Presbyterian Church. Gene and Pat spent many winters in Florida after retirement where he enjoyed many beloved friends, teaching a stained-glass class, walking 2 miles before sunrise, and flipping pancakes for the monthly breakfasts at Kings Gate Park.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years Patricia (Allshouse) Osborne of Ashtabula; daughters, Natalie A. (David) Volpone and Suzi L. Melaragno, both of Ashtabula; two sons Randy Young of Phoenix, AZ and Vincent Snyder of Ashtabula; and his seven grandchildren Kyle Melaragno, Sidney L. Melaragno, Ericka K. Snyder, Kelley A. (Shane) Sergent, Abbie K. Volpone, Megan (Ryan) Ward, Julia Young, along with many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Oscar, Troy, Junior, Tramble, Ezra, Azzie, and Arnold; three sisters, Angie, Olive, and Vanzie Howell; and his parents.
Calling hours will be held from 10am to 12 Noon with a service to follow on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula. Kenneth Roberts, Pastor of Pentecostal Church of God, will officiate. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve or First Presbyterian Church.
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Beatrice Lilian (Castrilla) Mead

Beatrice Lilian (Castrilla) Mead, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 21, 2017.
A native of Conneaut, OH Bea was born April 20, 1923, the daughter of Michael and Rose (Carlucci) Castrilla.
She married Robert Mead Sr. in 1942, and had three children together.
Bea enjoyed her flower garden, cooking, watching tv, taking pictures, and her home and family.
She was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish, St. Joseph’s Church, St. Joseph’s Women’s Guild, Catholic Daughters of America, Catholics Visitors Pastoral Care, Anita Garibaldi Lodge, Ashtabula County Democratic Party, Ashtabula Friendship Club, Ashtabula Senior Center, Geneva Senior Center Off Your Rockers Band, and had volunteered for many organizations.
Bea leaves behind her beloved daughter, Patricia Shick of Janesville WI; son, Jeffrey (Maria) Mead of Ashtabula; daughter-in-law, Sharon Mead of Jefferson; sister, Alvera; 9 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; 3 great great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; good friends Nyla Baliant and Norma Nelson; and Garfield her cat.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert Mead Sr.; son Robert Mead Jr.; parents; sisters, Anna and Antionette; brother, Henry; and grandson, Jeffrey Mead Jr.
Visitation will be held from 10 – 12 Noon on Saturday, July 29, 2017 with a mass to follow at ST. Joseph’s Church, 3312 Lake Ave, Ashtabula with Fr. Mel Rusnak presiding. Burial will be at Saybrook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Ashtabula Senior Center, Off Your Rockers Band, or St. Joseph’s Church.
ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL, 500 W Prospect Rd, Ashtabula is handling the arrangements.
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Luddie William Carmichael, Sr.

Luddie William Carmichael, Sr., 78 was called home to be with his Lord on July 24, 2017.
The son of Jack and Lela (Johnson) Carmichael, Luddie was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on March 26, 1939.
Luddie retired from U.S. Steel after 20 years of dedicated service.
On July 28, 2001 Luddie and Ada Gray were united in marriage, although their time together was short the memories they created are many.
Luddie is a vital member of People’s Missionary Baptist Church; he was appointed deacon on April 29, 2009 under the direction of his Pastor, Rev. Dr. German Womack. Born with a servant’s heart, Luddie would help anyone in need. He mowed yards for those who could not and helped with the upkeep of the church retreat in Madison. Luddie enjoyed BBQ cooking for his church’s rib dinners, going fishing and talking on the CB. His name was “Buckeye Rabbit” and he could be heard for hours talking to his friends from near and far.
Luddie will be remembered for his love of the Lord, his generous spirit and kind heart, his warm smile and genuine love for his fellow man.
Luddie is survived by his beloved wife, Ada Carmichael of Ashtabula; children, Luddie (Yolanda) Carmichael, Jr., of Akron, Alisha Wilson of Barberton, and Christopher (Chantael) Gray of Chesapeake, VA; grandchildren, Simone, Dominic, Don, Elijah, Marlisa, and Kirtlyn; his siblings, Margaret Trent and Deliria Greathouse both of Bartow, FL, Sylvester Greathouse, and Larry Greathouse both of Cleveland; many loving nieces and nephews.
Luddie was preceded in death by his siblings, Clarence Greathouse, Robert Greathouse, Frazier Greathouse, and Doris Mott and his parents.
Homegoing services will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at People’s Missionary Baptist Church, 3837 West Avenue Ashtabula Ohio. Rev.Dr. German Womack will officiate, Luddie W. Carmichael, Jr. as eulogist. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville, Ohio.
Visitation will be observed from 10-11AM on Saturday, July, 29, 2017 at the church.
If desired memorial contributions may be made to People’s Missionary Baptist Church.
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue , Ashtabula, Ohio is handling arrangements.
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Richard F. Ingram

Richard F. Ingram, 84, of North Kingsville passed away Monday July 24, 2017 at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home.  He was born September 13, 1932 in Conneaut, Ohio, the son of James and Ida (Franklin) Ingram.

Richard served in the US Army during the Korean War, before being honorably discharged.

He retired from Norfolk & Southern Railroad after thirty years of service.

Richard  was a member of North Kingsville Presbyterian Church, Past Master of Orion Lodge # 353 F&AM , Past Master of Evergreen Lodge #222 F&AM, Past High Priest of Royal Arch Masons Conneaut Chapter, Past Illustrious Master of Conneaut Council #40, Past Commander of Cache Commandry, Orion Chapter # 12 of Order of Eastern Star, KYCH member of Ohio Priory #18, Honorary member of Rising Sun Lodge # 22 F&AM and Geneva Council RS&M #145, 32 degree Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Cleveland, LeRoy F. Shanower Council #149, member of Council Anointed Knights, Order of High Priesthood and Order of the Silver Trowel.  Survivors include his wife Cynthia whom he married November 29, 1952; daughter, Cheryl (Lee) DeyErmand of Sheffield; grandchildren, Sarah, Brian and Scott; brother, Dewey (Linn) Ingram of Homasassa, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son Richard James “Rick” Ingram.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday at the North Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 6546 Church St., North Kingsville, Ohio 44068, with Pastor Dan Bilkert officiating. Masonic service will be held immediately following the service.

Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memory Gardens. Military honors will be rendered by American Legion Cowle Post # 151.

Contributions may be made to the church where envelopes will be available or at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, OH, which has charge of arrangements.

Please sign the guestbook or light a candle in memory of Richard at www.marcyfuneralhome.com


Stanley Leo Martin

Stanley Leo Martin, Sr. 88, passed away at his home on July 23, 2017. He was the son of Leo Martinowski and Marianna Teresa Obzud, born on July 7, 1929 in Cleveland Ohio.  Stanley was married to Irene Dolores Krohne on June 1, 1957.

Stanley was a Korean War Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952.  He retired as a meat cutter in the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Stanley was a member of the VFW, St. Mary Roman Catholic Church in Orwell for 56 years, and enjoyed watching Cleveland sports and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by four sons; John (Janice) Martin, Stanley Jr. (Mary) Martin, Tom (Anna) Martin, and Joe Martin, three daughters; Marianna (Jeffrey) Fink, Margie (David) Hendershott, and Maria (Nathan) Paskey, eighteen grandchildren; Michelle, Dorothy, and Dennis Phillipp, Nicholas Burnett, Alden James Clapper, Stanley L. III (Melissa) Martin, Crystal (James) Sykes, Priscilla (Nick) Sweitzer, Darrell, Michael, Brittany, and Joe Satterfield, George and Ariel Fetchko, Joseph Jr. and Garrett Martin, Katie and Abby Paskey, and seven great-grandchildren; Akaylia Barnhill, Olivia, Austin, and Elise Sykes, Braylon and Brooklyn Sweitzer, and Mikey Reese.

Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 56 years, Irene, and great-grandson Joshua Phillipp.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30am, Thursday, July 27, 2017 at St Mary Roman Catholic Church, 103 N. Maple St. Orwell, OH 44076.  Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the U.S. Army. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the church.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Roman Catholic Church.


Walter M. Kapudjija

Walter M. Kapudjija, age 99 passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 at Ashtabula Co. Nursing Home, Kingsville. Born at home on the farm on Dawsey Road in Footville Trumbull Twp., on May 4, 1918. Parents Joseph & Tereza (Lenoci) Kapudjija, parents came here from Austria. The youngest of 11 children- John, Mary, Joseph, Emil, Pauline, Rudy, Helen, Teresa, Louie & Charles. Attended Footville 1 room school for 8 grades and graduated in 1937 from Geneva High School. Lifelong farmer, working also for Industrial Rayon for 10 years, Reliance Electric for 10 years & as a Sales Representative for Road Equipment. Charter Member of the Former Trumbull Fire Dept. & Trustee for 16 years. Former Member of the Farm Bureau Association & Holstein Association, Member of the Reliance Retiree’s Club, Member of the Geneva Letterman Club being the Oldest Member (making a 30 foot putt at 93), & AARP; voted Trumbull Twp. Man of the Year in 2004. Loved spending time with his family, some of his hobbies included Ballroom & Polka Dancing three times a week, traveled with his favorite orchestra, playing cards, pinnacle, golf, fishing, hunting, working in the yard & gardening. He was well informed on weather predictions. His favorite saying “Work is never work if you enjoy what your doing!”

Survived by: Children: Daniel (Nancy) R. Kapudjija of Maumee,   Gail Goff of Jefferson;

7 Grandchildren: Cherie (Kevin) Mracek of Madison;   Teresa (Michael) Bernard of Norfold, VA;  Sonja (Lloyd) Teafue of New Philadelpjia;  Laura (Terry) Kerns of Hawaii;  Ryan (Denise) Goff of Jefferson;   Misty (Jon) Huffman of Williamsfield;  Tabitha (Jeff) Weider of Solon;

17 Great Grandchildren;   10 Great Great Grandchildren

Proceeded by: Son: Steven;   Grandson: Mark;  Parents;  10 Siblings;  Son-in-law Merle Goff

Calling Hours: 10-00-11:15 AM, Friday, July 28 at Walker Funeral Home, 828 Sherman St., Geneva

Service directly at 11:15 AM

Interment: Footville Cemetery, Trumbull Twp.

Contribution: Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004


James G. Horvath

James G. Horvath, age 69 of Willoughby, passed away at home on July 23, 2017. He was born in Cleveland on October 22, 1947 to George M. and Annie (Petric) Horvath. James leaves behind loving sons Nicholas Martin Horvath, Jason Tyler Horvath, and granddaughter Marrena. James is predeceased by his parents.

James graduated from Collinwood High School and was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1968. He was stationed in Vietnam for 18 months and is a proud veteran. After returning home, James became a machinist at Swaglok and retired after 29 years of service. James loved Cleveland sports and golfing with his sons.

Friends and family may call 5-8pm Thursday July 27, 2017 at The Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St. Madison OH 44057. Private family services will be observed at a later date.

Condolences may be left online at www.behmfuneral.com


Mary M. Russell

Mary M. Russell, age 87, formerly of St. Rt. 46 North in Jefferson, died Monday morning at the Saybrook Landing following a lengthy decline due to dementia.

She was born April 13, 1930 in Ashtabula, the daughter of Wilmer P. & Clara E. (Braden) Groff and has lived in this area all of her life.  Mary was married to Robert L. Russell on July 24, 1948.  Before retirement, Mary worked as a dental assistant and a clerk at the Ashtabula Co. Courthouse.

She was a former member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and served as a senior warden and now a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church.  Mary was a Girl Scout leader when her daughters were growing up and she enjoyed sewing, walking, bike riding, music and flowers.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara J. (Robert Kennedy) Martin of Harpersfield Twp. & Jacquelyn L. (Rick Seaman) Stehura of Jefferson, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert in 2001, a daughter, Mary Ann Russell in 1989, a brother, Richard Groff and a sister, Ernestine Bush.

The family would like to thank Saybrook Landing and Bella Care Hospice for the wonderful care they gave their mother.

A Celebration of Life service will be Thursday at 11:00 A. M. at the Jefferson Home or Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Rev. Mick Gilliam, associate pastor at the Jefferson United Methodist Church officiating.  Memorial Contributions may be directed to the Bella Hospice Care, 1933 St. Rt. 45, Austinburg, OH  44010 or the Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Rd., Ashtabula, OH  44004.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 A. M. Thursday morning.  The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the Mary Russell family.  Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences, send flowers or light a candle.


Durward A. Newhard

Durward A. Newhard, age 94, S. Elm St., Jefferson, died Friday evening at the Austinburg Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born December 6, 1922 in Meadville, PA, the son of Harley & Frances (Buckley) Newhard and has resided in Jefferson since 1971, coming from New Castle, PA.  He was a 1941 graduate of New Castle High School.  Mr. Newhard was a 22-year employee of Western Reserve Telephone Co., then Alltel, retiring in 1993.  In earlier years, he worked at Johnson Bronze Co. and in maintenance with the New Castle School System.  Following retirement, he worked more than 20 years at Bi-Lo Grocery Store in Jefferson.

Durward was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in World War II.  He was a life member of the VFW Post #3334, where he served as Commander, American Legion Baylor Post #152, where he served as 1st Vice Commander & the Military Order of the Cootie, where he was past Commander of District 4.  Durward was on the first Honor Flight from Cleveland to Washington, May 23, 2007.  His masonic affiliations include, Craft Lodge #433 F. & A. M., receiving his 60 year pin in 2014 & Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of New Castle.

He was also a member of the Transportation Club of New Castle, Independent Order of Telephone Pioneers, Jefferson Squares, Friday Falc


Barbara C. Arison

Barbara C. Arison, age 76, of Madison passed away on Sunday July 23, 2017 in Cleveland.
She was born on March 29, 1941 in Olive Hill, Kentucky to the late Margaret (Duncan) and Charles Burton. Barbara was an Engraver for All-Craft Wellman Products in Willoughby for 40 years retiring in 2014.

She loved her dogs Roxie and Fat Boy.
Survivors are her husband Paul Arison,
Daughters Bobbi Ashley and Viki Hall,
Grandchildren; Charles and Leah Bentley, Andrew Hall, Job Ashley,
Numerous Great Grandchildren. Brother Charles Burton and Sister Marquita Burton.
Preceded in death by her Parents and Brother Robert Burton.
The Family will be celebrating privately the life of Barbara at Noon on Saturday July 29th, 2017
Friends are welcome to join the family from 2-4 pm at the Harpersfield
Covered Bridge Park 1122 Harpersfield Rd. Geneva, Ohio 44041.


Theodore E. English

Theodore E. English, age 63 of Monroe Township died Saturday, July 22, 2017 from injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

Ted was born in Conneaut on August 6, 1953 the son of Theodore W. and Delores (Castrilla) English.  He was a 1971 graduate of Conneaut High School.

He went on to work at AC Transport and Leaseway Trucking as a truck driver.  Ted later became the owner of Ted’s Point Service Station, formerly Walt Newton’s Station, which he worked at through high school.  He then went on to become a tractor trailer driver, driving large semi-trucks throughout the country.  Ted also worked for Polchosky Excavating, Northshore Boring Company, Finlaw Construction in which he traveled making wonderful friends and for the past 10 years has been employed with Monroe Township.

Ted was a member of Corpus Christi Parish and the Monroe Township Cruisers Club.  He loved traveling to local and national car shows. to show off his 1969 GTX, The Phantom, which he raced at Thompson’s Raceway and anywhere else he could.  For many years Ted enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, remodeling his house and tinkering with cars and being on Facebook and we can’t forget his love for animals (spirit and wally, etc.)

Ted was known to have an eye for a “good-looking” woman and having a great time making people laugh.  He also had nick names for everyone, just ask his kids.  His goal in life was to have fun and help his family, friends and he loved helping people in the community throughout Monroe Township.

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jeffrey English, step father Bud Briel and a great granddaughter Lanie Powell.

He is survived by his wife Janet Housel English, whom he married in 1989, a son Ted M. English (Heather Rood), daughters Michelle “Missi” (James) Williams, Crystal (Jamie) Emus, grandchildren Connor, Michael, Teddy jr, Mason, Macie Rae, Celeste and Christopher, great grandchildren Kale and Remi, sister Renea (John) Roach, and nephews J.J. Roach and Marcus Roach all of Conneaut.

Calling hours will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017 at the Raisian Family Funeral Home, 581 Harbor Street, Conneaut.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at St. Mary Church, 480 State Street, Conneaut with Fr. Philip Miller of Corpus Christi Parish officiating.

Burial will follow at Kelloggsville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Conneaut Food Pantry or the Ashtabula County APL.   Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


Beverly Gail Fenton

Beverly Gail Fenton, 71, died on Thursday, July 20, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.
The daughter of David and Dianthia (Wolfe) Lewis, Beverly was born on March 13, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Beverly enjoyed a good cup of coffee and crocheting. Her family gave her great joy and happiness.
Beverly is survived by her children, Kimberlee (Jack) Potts of Conneaut, Leisa Pixley of Kingsville, Lester (Candy) Gordon of Tallmadge, and Eugene Fenton of Albion, PA; her loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, David Lewis, Jr., Donna O’Brien, and Bonnie Lewis all of Conneaut; nieces and nephews.

Beverly was preceded in death by her husband, Eber Fenton; sister, Juanita Case; and her parents.

It was Beverly’s request that private family services be held. Pour yourself a good cup of coffee and share your memories of Beverly.

DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio is handling arrangements. www.Ducro.com


Martin Ray Olds

Martin Ray Olds, 70, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

The son of Harold E. and Mary (Backus) Olds, Martin was born on June 11, 1947 in Fayetteville, WV.

Marty was a proud veteran of the United States Army having served during the Vietnam War.

Marty was thirty year employee of Moore Light Company.
A man of many interests and talents; Marty enjoyed fishing, gardening and taking long walks in the woods. A wonderful story teller, he would share his stories with his friends while sharing a morning cup of coffee with friends at McDonalds. Marty was a wonderful, son, brother, dad and grandpa, he supported and encouraged his family.

Marty will be remembered for his work ethic, his sense of duty, and love of his friends and family. He was the rock of his family.

Marty is survived by his mother, Mary McGill of Ashtabula; Linda Reynolds , his devoted companion of seventeen years; daughters, Cynthia Olds of Conneaut, Michelle Ramsey of Girard, PA, Rachel Olds and Allison Olds also of Conneaut; fourteen loving grandchildren; twelve precious great-grandchildren; his sister, Rita (Bob) Hunt of Conneaut; nieces and nephews.
Marty was preceded in death by his dad, Harold Olds; his daughter, Angela Olds in infancy; his beloved pet “children” Stormer and Zeus who crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.

Funeral Services will be held at 1PM on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Greenlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery, 3140 East Center Street, North Kingsville, Ohio. Military Honors will be provided by American Legion Cowle Post #151, Conneaut, Ohio.

No calling hours will be observed.

Because of Marty’s love for the military and his love of dogs, his family encourages you to consider donations to Patriot Paws, 254 Ranch Trail, Rockwall Texas, 75032;. For more information please contact them at; office@patriotpaws,org

DUCRO FUNERAL SERVCIES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio is handling arrangements. www.ducro.com


Nita R. Houghton


Nita R. Houghton, 84, of Ashtabula passed away, July 18, 2017 at the Ashtabula County medical Center.

She was born August 7, 1932 in Koekee, Virginia, the daughter of the late John S. and Florence (Fleenor) Parsons. Nita worked at the Goodwill in Ashtabula for many years.

Nita is survived by her children, Ira (Michelle) Wade, Janet Seaman, Linda (Frank) George, Marie (Roger) Wright, John Wade and William Wade; sister, Helen Monty; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard Houghton in 1999; brothers, Donald Wade and William Parsons; sisters, Lillian Green, and Virginia Scott; and her parents.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 1PM at ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNRAL HOME, 500 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula with Rev. Kenneth Roberts, officiating. Burial will follow at Edgewood Cemetery.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 12PM until the time of service at 1PM.

ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNRAL HOME, 500 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula is handling arrangements. www.ducro.com


Larry Sonstein


Larry Sonstein, 72, of Geneva, passed away unexpectedly, Friday July 21, 2017.

He was born September 4, 1944 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of the late Jack and Liberty (Klein) Sonstein.

An Army Brat, Larry spent his high school years at Staunton Military Academy and graduated from Virginia Military Institute where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1966. He retired as a Major in 1975.

Larry served on active duty for nine years in the US Army with the Field Artillery and Adjutant

General Corps including two tours in Pleiku, Viet Nam, plus V Corps in Frankfurt, Germany. A member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 900 and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, plus membership with the American Legion Post 0124.

Larry enjoyed many years of community service to include serving on Jefferson Village Council and Geneva City Council, a member of the Jefferson Jaycees he served as a District 1-D and Region 1 Director. Larry was a 28 year member of the Ashtabula Elks Lodge 208 where he served as a Trustee, Officer, and Past Exalted Ruler. He also served as District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of the Ohio Elks. Larry was made a life member of the Elks organization.

Mr. Sonstein is survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret “Peggie” (Douglass) Sonstein; two sons, Michael Robert (Jodi Peterson) Sonstein and Mark Douglass (Sharon Hajek) Sonstein; plus five grandchildren, Michelle Renee, Michael Joseph, Benjamin David, Andrew Thomas, and Cassandra Ann; and brother, Jeffrey Sonstein (Batya Billinkoff).

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Celebration of Larry’s Life will be held Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 6-8PM at the Ashtabula Elk’s Lodge #208, 3115 Lake Rd. W., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. An Elk’s Service along with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #103 will begin at 7:15 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Elk’s National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago, IL 60614-2256
DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula is assisting the family.


Harry I. Kehres

Harry I. Kehres, age 84, Linden St., Jefferson, died Saturday morning at the Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield.

He was born June 24, 1933 in Painesville, the son of Irwin B. & Elda (Hawley) Kehres and has resided in Jefferson since 1972 coming from Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.  Mr. Kehres retired from the U. S. Air Force after 20 years, serving in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.  He was also a retired employee of ACME Scrap in Ashtabula.

Mr. Kehres married Luella I. Ashley on February 1, 1954 in Jefferson.  He was a member of the V. F. W. Post #943, Jefferson Eagles Aerie Lodge #3881 and the Army-Navy Union.  His past times included fishing and watching military shows and Westerns.

Survivors include four children, Eugene B. (Alene) Kehres of Lehigh Acres, FL, Cynthia A. Tackett of Lakeland, FL, Kathy K. (Don) Abrams of Columbus & Kevin C. Kehres of Jefferson, a daughter-in-law, Virginia Kehres of Conneaut, 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Grace White of Jefferson and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Luella on 3/1/17, a son, Robert in 2015 and a sister, Barbara Kehres.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 6-8 PM at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson.  Burial with his wife, Luella and military services will be held Friday at 9:30 AM at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the VFW Post #943, 4102 Main Ave., Ashtabula, OH  44004.  Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the Harry Kehres family.  Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences, send a flower or light a candle.


Robert Kieran Nolan

Robert Kieran Nolan, age 74, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2017 surrounded by family and loved ones.

He was born September 14, 1942 in Dundrum Dublin Ireland to the late Brian and Susan Nolan.
Robert was a veteran of the United States Army and a 50 year member of Carpenters Local 435.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Madison.
Beloved and devoted husband of Kay (Nee Moran) Nolan, Loving and caring father to Kieran Nolan,
Brenda Nolan (Joe Glowacki), Peterina Nolan, Kimberly Nolan (Scott Kovacevic), Deirdre (George) Dadas,
Garry (Dorivette) Nolan, Rory Nolan. Dearest Grandfather to Cead, Camden, George III, Fiona,
Delaney, Nico, Ireland, Nolan, Garry Jr., Rileigh and Dorielle. Loving Brother to Dermot and the late Brian and Peter. Loving brother-in-law of Theresa and Louie Izhas, Chris and Nancy
Moran, Brendan and Kay Moran, Annie Nolan, Miko Moran of England, Vinny Moran of Ireland,
Frances and Michael Grelis of Ireland, and the late Maureen and Owen Gallagher of Ireland.
Cherished Uncle and friend to Many. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Wednesday
July 26, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Church 2846 Hubbard Rd. Madison, Ohio 44057.
The family will receive friends Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the Potti Funeral Home 2726 Hubbard
Rd. Madison. Burial will be at North Madison Cemetery. The family would like to give a special
“Thank You” to Crossroads Hospice for all their care.


Douglas E. Fedor

Douglas E. Fedor, age 67, of Conneaut died Saturday July 22, 2017 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland, after a long and courageous battle with bone marrow cancer.

Doug was born on February 13, 1950 to Edward and Angeline (Parma) Fedor.  He was a graduate of Conneaut High School.  Doug enlisted into the United States Army in 1970, where he drove ammunition trucks in Germany during the Vietnam War, until he was honorably discharged in 1972.

Doug was a member of Corpus Christi Parish.  He enjoyed building and remodeling homes.  Doug loved motorcycles and “Bike Nights”, building motorcycle and car motors from scratch, restoring old cars and spending time with family and friends.  Doug was always willing to help someone out in need and he was known as “Mr. Fix it” at his winter home in Hudson, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Doug is survived by his daughter Cassie Eaton of Madison, mother Angeline Parma of Conneaut, niece and god daughter Dr. Jessica DeMarco of Painesville, long time caregiver and friend Connie Fedor of Conneaut, his favorite little dog Harley and several cousins.

At Doug’s request no calling hours will be observed.  A Celebration of Doug’s life is being planned and will be announced.

Arrangements are being handled by the Raisian Family Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut.

Memorial contributions can be made in Doug’s name to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 12268 Newport, VA 23612.
Envelopes will be available at the funeral home office.

Condolences at www.raisianfuneralhome.com