Obituaries - Star Beacon December, 2002
Grace K. Mook
ASHTABULA — Grace K. Mook, 87, of
Ashtabula died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002 in Madison Health Care, Madison.
She was born May 20, 1915 in Warren, the daughter of Charles and Gertrude Bowen.
Mrs. Mook was a lifelong resident and had worked in the accounting department of
Carlisle-Allen Department Store for 25 years, retiring in 1980.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Conneaut.
Survivors include her daughters, Jane Bortz of Rome, and Kenna Carty of
Clarence, Iowa; a son, Jack Mook of Florida; eight grandchildren; and 11
She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters, Helen Neuhofs and Doris
Services to be announced at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by Blessing Cremation Center, 9340 Pinecone
CRANESVILLE, Pa. - Deene (Dean) McLoyd Fowler, Jr., 53, died Friday, Dec. 27,
2002, at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., following a brief illness. He was
born July 22, 1949, in Conneaut, the son of Emma (Lyubi) Fowler and the
late Deene (Dean) McLoyd Fowler, Sr.
Following graduation in 1967 from Conneaut High School, Mr. Fowler
entered the U.S. Marine Corp and served in Vietnam. He was employed as a
supervisor at General Aluminum in Conneaut and had previously worked at
A born-again Christian for the past 27 years, he was an active member of the
Conneaut Church of God, where he was an elder and a lay minister, taught
Sunday school and adult Bible study, and served as head of the missions
department. He traveled to Ukraine in June as a missionary, and participated in
the church's new construction project. He was devoted to his church and family.
He enjoyed helping others, playing golf, softball, fishing and Nascar racing.
Survivors include his mother, Emma Fowler of Conneaut, his wife, Karen M.
(Notte) Diehl Fowler, whom he married Sept. 7, 2002, two sons, Christopher
Fowler of Seattle, Wash. and Anthony Fowler of Conneaut; one daughter,
Amanda Fowler of Conneaut, three grandchildren, Hannah, Grace and
Christopher Fowler; three stepchildren, Carson Diehl of East Springfield, Pa.,
Kylee Diehl at home and Justin Diehl of Albion, Pa. Also surviving are his
former wife, Kathryn A. Fowler of Conneaut, two brothers, Richard M.
Fowler of Cortland and Terry Fowler of Conneaut; and three sisters, Diana
Wright and Jennie Chicatelli, both of Conneaut and Lorna Radcliffe of
He was preceded in death by his father in March, a brother, Anthony Fowler in
September, 1963 and both sets of his grandparents.
Service is 11 a.m. Monday, at the Conneaut Church of God, 5327 Center
Road, Conneaut, with the Rev. Raymond L. Lamb, officiating. Burial will
follow in Center Cemetery, Conneaut, with military honors accorded by the
Pvt. Henry Kalinowski Detachment #782 of the Marine Corps League.
Calling hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation
Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut.
Memorial contributions may be made to the missions department of the Conneaut
Church of God. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the
CONNEAUT- Margaret L. Flack, 58, of South Parrish Road, Conneaut,
died Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2002 at her home following a lengthy illness.
She was born Jan. 28, 1944 in Syracuse, N.Y., and was a daughter of John "Jack"
and Violet (Rossiter) Frost.
Mrs. Flack was a Conneaut resident since 1946, she was employed for 16
years in the housekeeping department at Brown Memorial Hospital. She attended
Amboy United Methodist Church. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, baking, candy
making, fishing, camping and most sports.
Survivors include her husband, Floyd L. Flack, whom she married Nov. 23, 1968; a
daughter, Karen A. Brooks of Conneaut; two sisters, Kathy Hicks of
Syracuse, N.Y. and Gayle Fertig of Conneaut; one brother Bill Frost of
Conneaut and three grandchildren, Josh, Jonathon and Lela Brooks.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at the Marcy Funeral Home and
Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Gina Kim,
pastor of Amboy United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in
Glenwood Cemetery, Conneaut.
Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday one
hour prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Conneaut Rescue Squad or
to Hospice of Ashtabula County. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
CONNEAUT - Gertrude M. McManus, 95, of Lake Road, died Sunday, Dec. 8,
2002, at the Inn-Conneaut Health Center.
She was born Feb. 22, 1907, in Conneaut, the daughter of A.W. and Elma
Hart. She had resided here her entire life.
Mrs. McManus enjoyed reading and taking care of her family and grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughter, Dolores Castrilla of Conneaut; four
granddaughters, Patricia DeMarco, Sally Rossick and JoEllen Cameron, all of
Conneaut, and Susan Adams of Mentor; six great-grandchildren; and two
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John K.; a sister,
Katheryn Rosenberg; and a brother, Clarence Hart.
Graveside service is 1 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Cemetery. The Rev.
Walter Coy, pastor of the United Church of Christ, will officiate.
No calling hours will be observed.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in the name of the deceased
to Conneaut Station 3 Rescue Squad. Envelopes are available at
Thompson-Smith Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut, which is handling
William W. Cline
BEECH CREEK, W.Va. William W. Cline, 78, of Beech Creek, W.Va., died Sunday,
Dec. 29, 2002, at his home.
He was born Dec. 3, 1924, in Wharncliffe, W.Va., the son of Henry Madison and
Mary (Hatfield) Cline.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in World War II, Mr. Cline was retired
from Elkem Metals. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Bannister Cline; three daughters, Brenda
Curran of Sumterville, Fla., Thelma Sheppard of Danielson, Conn., Mary Ann
Fortsch of Lake Pann, Fla.; two sons, William Cline Jr. of New Jersey and Kyle
Cline of Bushnell, Fla.; three stepdaughters, Janice DiGiamco of Kingsville,
Wendy Garnett of Conneaut and Bonnie Parks of Pennsylvania; five
stepsons, Danny Garnett of Conneaut, Howard W. Bannister of Michigan,
Everette "Rusty" Bannister of Georgia, Kirby Bannister of Alabama and Gregory
Bannister of Delbarton, W.Va.; 35 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one
great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Bertha Maynard of Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Sylvia Kurtz Cline, his
second wife, Pauline Cline, three brothers, Herbert Ferrell, Kyle Cline and
Watkins Blankenship; two sisters, Bettie Evans and Dorothy Linkenhoker; and one
stepdaughter, Linda Noble.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Fundamental Christian
Church of Varney, W.Va., with the Rev. Okey Varney, the Rev. Ervin Francis and
Elder Jimmy Maynard officiating.
Calling hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the Chafin Funeral Home,
Clair L. Bunnell
COCOA, FLA. Clair I. Bunnell, 75, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, at Wuesthoff
Hospital in Rockledge, Fla.
He was born July 9, 1927, in Conneaut, the son of James F. and Charlotte
(Lewis) Bunnell. He came to Brevard County, Fla., from Tampa in 1963.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a life member of the Order of the
Moose in Cocoa, Fla. He was a two-term past president of the Brevard County Home
Builder's Association, and was instrumental in building a majority of homes in
Cocoa Beach, Fla.
An accomplished cabinet maker, Mr. Bunnell was an avid fisherman, hunter, camper
He is survived by his children, Catherine Bunnell of Orlando, Fla., Clair
Michael Bunnell of Apopka, Fla., Robert Harry Bunnell of Melbourne, Fla., Cyndi
Troutman of Snellville, Ga.; five grandsons; two brothers, Richard and Jim, of
Conneaut; and loving companion, Ione York of Rockledge.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Central Community Church, Tucker
Lane, Cocoa, Fla. Brevard Memorial Funeral Home, 5475 N. U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa,
Fla., is handling arrangements.
Gerald T. Fabish
CONNEAUT - Gerald T. Fabish, 78, of Madison Street, died Tuesday, Dec. 31,
2002, as his home. He was born Dec. 27, 1924, in Union City, Pa., and had moved
to Conneaut from Erie, Pa. in 1960.
He was employed as a commercial fisherman at the former Meigs Grow Fisheries and
enjoyed watching auto racing, westerns and other movies on television.
Survivors include three daughters, Lyla Kightlinger of Conneaut, Marie Sterling
of West Springfield, Pa. and Ann Marie Walker of Conneaut; five grandchildren
and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Laura on March 13, 1998 and a
grandson, Jedediah Walker.
Service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation
Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Jack D. Woods of the First
Assembly of God, officiating.
Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory
Gardens in North Kingsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be
available at the funeral home.
Viola Mallory Meeder
FAIRVIEW, Pa. - Viola Mallory Meeder, 93, of Fairview Manor Nursing Home and
formerly of 11 South Park Row, Girard, Pa., died Monday, Dec. 30, 2002, at her
She was born Oct. 21, 1909, in Conneaut, to Clayton and Minnie Day
Mrs. Meeder was the retired owner of H.J. Meeder General Electric TV and
Appliance Store in Lake City, Pa.
She was a member of Lake City United Methodist Church where she was a member of
the Women's Society. She was also a member of the Girard Chapter 84 Order of the
Eastern Star and the West County Historical Association. She was active at the
Erie Senior Day Center, the West County 65'ers and the XYZ Club.
Survivors include sons Robert Meeder of Lake City, Pa., Richard Meeder of
Girard, Pa. and Donald Meeder of Waterford, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; and nine
She was preceded in death by husband Hallam J. Meeder, sister Nina Woodworth and
brothers Frank Mallory, Francis Mallory and Loren Mallory.
Service is at the family's convenience Friday at the Burton Funeral Home, 525
Main St. East, Girard, Pa. Burial is in Girard Cemetery.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7to 9 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Lake City United Methodist Church, 10087
Sampson Ave., Lake City, Pa. 16423.