2002 OBITUARIES


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Obituaries - Star Beacon November, 2002

Sulo P. Nimelli

CONNEAUT - Sulo P. "Pat" Nimelli, 86, of Broad Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa., following an apparent coronary.
He was born May 28, 1916, in Conneaut, the son of Jacob and Maria (Toppi) Nimelli.
Mr. Nimelli was a lifelong Conneaut resident and a 1937 graduate of Conneaut High School. He began his career in 1941 as a machinist at the Pittsburgh & Conneaut Dock Co. and retired in 1978 after more than 37 years. Mr. Nimelli was also a former city councilman from the fourth ward.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he had served as head usher and chairman of the trustees; a member of Evergreen Lodge 222 Free and Accepted Masons and Rose Chapter 22 Order of Eastern Star.
Mr. Nimelli enjoyed many sports and coached Little League baseball at Conneaut Local Youth Organization Field for many years. He enjoyed his family, bowling, golfing and watching sports on television.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Betty J. (Davison) Nimelli, whom he married March 17, 1942; two daughters, Janice Day of Erie, Pa., and Connie Rockwell of Cleveland; four grandchildren, Kelly Day Keeney, Joseph Day, T.J. and Andy Rockwell; two great-grandchildren, Jacob Keeney and Faith Rockwell; and two sisters, Nelma Snyder of Conneaut and Sylvia Carson of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Marian Nyberg, Vivian Nimelli and Verna Pulli; five brothers, Arvo, Urho, Edward, Robert and John.
Service will be 11 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church, 283 Buffalo St., Conneaut, with the Rev. David Harding officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville.
Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church for building improvements. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church.

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Marie A. Faulkerson

NORTH KINGSVILLE - Marie A. Faulkerson, 61, died Monday, Nov. 4, 2002, at University Hospitals in Cleveland.
She was born Sept. 5, 1941, in Conneaut, to Charles and Dorothy (Beeman) Seaton.
Mrs. Faulkerson was a lifetime Ashtabula resident and married William Faulkerson Sept. 2, 1960. She worked 20 years at Premix and was working at TA Truck Stop in Kingsville.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ashtabula. She was a very devoted grandmother and was described as a very loyal friend who would help anyone who needed her.
Survivors include her husband, son William Jr. of Altoona, Pa.; daughter Theresa Munda of Ashtabula; brother Stanely Giddings of Ashtabula; sisters Jeanette Gluvna, Lela Dickson and Virginia Davis, all of Ashtabula; and grandchildren Joe Paulino, Anthony Munda and Nicholas Munda, all of Ashtabula.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Service is 10 a.m. Friday, at the Ross-Billman Funeral Home, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, officiated by Thomas Orr.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
Calling hours are 7-9 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, 3330 Lake Ave., Ashtabula.

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Stephen Molner

MARENO VALLEY, Calif. - Stephen Molner, 63, formerly of Conneaut, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at his home.
He was born March 22, 1939, in Detroit, the son of Stephen and Edna Mae (Fuller) Molner.
He had lived in California for the past 15 years. He also lived in Kent and in Liberty Township.
Mr. Molner retired from McDonnell Douglas Corp. as a quality assurance engineer. He was a 1958 graduate of Conneaut High School and then served with the U.S. Navy from 195862.
He received his bachelor of science degree in aerospace technology from Kent State University after completing his service with the Navy.
In his leisure, he enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include his wife, the former Linda Norton, to whom he had been married for the past 37 years; two daughters, Natali Schneider of North Lima, and Nadine Schuller of McDonald; a son, Scott Molner, also of McDonald; four grandchildren, Brad and Brittany Schneider, and Tori and Michael Schuller; and a sister, Nancy Ulrich of Ottumwa, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a stepfather, Joseph Pizzuto.
Service is 2 p.m. Sunday at the Thompson-Smith Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Larry Ulrich, brother-in-law of the deceased, officiating.
Burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, in Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Ashtabula County. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Judy A. Clough

CONNEAUT - Judy A. Clough, 60, of Carnegie Street, died Monday, Nov. 11, 2002, at her home following a three-year illness.
Mrs. Clough was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Erie, the daughter of Wilbur and Mable (Anderson) Garstenshlager.
A lifelong Conneaut resident, she was a graduate of the former Rowe High School and was employed as a fiscal clerk for the Ashtabula County Board of Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disabilities.
She enjoyed spending time with her family - especially her grandchildren - shopping, and the Cleveland Indians.
Survivors include her two daughters, Candace Clough of Findlay, and Tiffani Brink of Conneaut; and two grandchildren, Shae and Sierra Brink, both of Conneaut.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Robert Garstenshlager; and her sister, Darlene Kutturna.
Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with Tim Kraus of the Church of Christ officiating.
Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, North Kingsville.
Envelopes for contributions to the Relay for Life Cancer Walk will be available at the funeral home.

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Mary E. Heaven

KINGSVILLE Mary E. Heaven, 79, formerly of Craytor Avenue, Conneaut, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, in the Ashtabula County Nursing Home.
She was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of George and Anna (Baker) Maines.
A resident of Conneaut for more than 40 years, Mrs. Heaven was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She volunteered much of her time to fund raising for Happy Hearts School and AshCraft Industries. She also enjoyed flower gardening and cooking.
Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Fletcher of Franklin, Pa., Anna Dewey and Judy Smock, both of Conneaut; four sons, Gary G. of Ashtabula, Leroy W. of Waterford, Pa., Joseph C. of Albion, Pa. and Duane of North Kingsville; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Della Saunders and LaVern Taylor, both of Trafford, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy and her parents.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, at the Thompson-Smith Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Walter Coy, pastor of United Church of Christ, officiating. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville.
Calling hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials be made to Ashcraft Industries or Ashtabula County Nursing Home Activities Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Cecelia I. Hinkle

CONNEAUT - Cecelia I. Hinkle, 93, of West Street, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at the Villa at the Lake. She was born Aug. 12, 1909, in Erie, Pa., a daughter of Henry J. and Mary J. (Mooney) Wickles.
Mrs. Hinkle was a Conneaut High School graduate and attended Buffalo City Training Hospital for Nurses. She then worked as a registered nurse at Myer Memorial Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y., and at Brown Memorial Hospital in Conneaut. She was a member of the United Church of Christ and Rose Chapter 22, Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed reading, traveling, flowers, wintering in Kissimmee, Fla., and music, especially listening to organ recordings.
Survivors include a son, Anthony M. Serena of California; her niece and caregiver Sandra Dalrymple of Conneaut; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth G. Hinkle, in 1989; and two stepbrothers, Harry and Sam Serena.
Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Walter Coy, of United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville.
Calling hours are from noon until the time of service Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Conneaut Rescue Squad or the Hospice of Ashtabula County. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Ronald L. Lott

ASHTABULA - Ronald L. Lott Sr., 60, of Lake Avenue, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born March 6, 1942, in Chillicothe, the son of John E. and Bessie Lott.
A Conneaut resident most of his life, Mr. Lott worked for Allied Resinous and retired in 1994. Most recently, he was a cook at the former Capt. Jack's restaurant in Conneaut. He was affiliated with the Church of Christ in Conneaut, and he enjoyed fishing, model trains and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include five daughters, Cheryl Lott of Conneaut, Loretta Dodge of Ashtabula, Tammie Pinfield of Windham, and Rebecca Lott and Cindy Dodge, both of Kingsville; three sons, Ricky Lott of Conneaut, Ronald L. Lott Jr. of Cleveland, and James Bowers of Conneaut; three sisters, JoAnne Hommes of Kingsville, Jeannie Britt of Chillicothe, and Libby Barker of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, Robert of Conneaut, and Franky of Chillicothe; and 18 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Rodney; a grandson, Justin; a brother, Johnnie; and a sister, Evelyn Farnham.
Service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Tim Kraus, of the Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.
Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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Clyde Burk Jr.

CONNEAUT - Clyde "Dick" Burk Jr., 82, of Middle Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home, Kingsville, following a nine-year illness.
He was born May 13, 1920, son of Clyde, Sr. and Nellie Marie (Writsel) Burk, in Zalesky.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army as a medic attached to the 330th Engineers. He served in the Asian Theater and worked on building the Burma Road. He moved to Conneaut 57 years ago where he worked for the former Norton Co. for 20 years and the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad for 20 years. He also owned the West End Coal Co. for 10 years.
Mr. Burk was a member of the Federated Church of East Springfield, Pa., Evergreen Lodge #222 F and AM, and Rose Chapter #22 OES, of which he was past patron. He also was a member of the clown unit of Zem Zem Shrine of Erie, Pa. and the former Rosebud Clowns, Conneaut. He helped establish the July 4th Committee in Conneaut and enjoyed woodworking, ceramics and was a lapidary.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Steinhoff Burk, whom he married May 7, 1945; a daughter, Susan Schor of Conneaut; a son, Larry Burk of Powhatan, Va.; and three grandchildren, Scott and David Burk and Kristen Schor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville. The Rev. Ed Huntley of Federated Church will officiate.
There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to the Conneaut Rescue Squad or Ashtabula Regional Home Health. Envelopes will be available at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, which is in handling arrangements.

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Jean K. Laitinen

CONNEAUT - Jean K. Laitinen, 75, of Sandusky Street, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, while visiting in Richardson, Texas. She was born March 22, 1927, in Conneaut, the daughter of Emil V. and Susan J. (Mackey) Hill.
A lifelong Conneaut resident, Mrs. Laitinen was a 1945 graduate of Conneaut High School and served in Conneaut Municipal Court, primarily as deputy clerk of courts for 24 years, and then retiring as clerk of courts.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, where she served on the funeral meal committee and was a member of the church's sewing club for more than 50 years. She was also active in the Ladies of Finnish Heritage and volunteered at Brown Memorial Hospital. She played piano and enjoyed music, being with her family, especially her grandchildren, and attending her high school class get-togethers.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen Ryan of Deltona, Fla.; her son, Mark R. of Conneaut; and three grandchildren, Kevin Ryan, and Scott and Lisa Laitinen.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Eugene J. Laitinen, in 1995.
Service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lake Road and Grove Street, Conneaut, with the Rev. Clyde A. McGee officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery in Conneaut.
Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut. Memorial contributions may be made to the Abiding Memorial of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and the church.

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Glenn H. Loomis

CONNEAUT - Glenn H. Loomis, 87, of Spring Street, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Ashtabula County Nursing Home, Kingsville.
He was born Aug. 10, 1915, in Conneaut, a son of Stanley R. and Bertha B. (Huston) Loomis.
A 1934 graduate of Conneaut High School, he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served with the Seabees during World War II. He served with the Navy Reserve unit of the Seabees in Erie, Pa., as senior chief petty officer, retiring after 30 years.
He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Navy Seabee Veterans of America Inc., and Cowle Post 151 of the American Legion.
Mr. Loomis was a self-employed building contractor and a partner in Loomis and Laituri Builders. He built many homes, and remodeled many businesses, in Conneaut, Ashtabula, Erie and Cleveland.
He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America for 38 years and was an Eagle Scout. He was a 25-year member of the Lakeville (East Conneaut) Fire Department and served as chief in 1949. He was a patrol officer with the Lakeville Police Department and a lieutenant with the Conneaut Police Auxiliary. He also was a member of the Deputy Sheriff's Auxiliary.
Mr. Loomis joined East Conneaut United Methodist Church in 1927. He served there in many capacities, including supervising the building of the parsonage on Rowe Street and remodeling the gymnasium in the Sunday school following a fire. He also was a member of the church administrative board during the building of the new church on Furnace Road.
Survivors include his wife, Betty E. (Strong) Loomis; two daughters, Shirley J. Smith Krieg of Conneaut, and Carol L. Johnson of Kingsville; a sister, Grace Mozena of Conneaut; four grandchildren, Sharon Miller, and Douglas, Brian and Michael Smith; three stepgrandchildren, Mathew and Daniel Krieg and Karen Colburn; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Viola J. Loomis.
Service is 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Conneaut United Methodist Church, 809 Furnace Road, Conneaut, with the Rev. Armando Arellano and the Rev. Tim Kraus officiating.
Burial will be in East Conneaut Cemetery.
Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Conneaut United Methodist Church or the Conneaut Rescue Squad. Envelopes are available at the funeral home and the church.

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Eugene M. Sherman

KINGSVILLE - Eugene M. (Gene) Sherman, 41, formerly of Chestnut Street, Conneaut, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home, Kingsville, where he had been a patient the last seven years.
He was born Sept. 12, 1961, in Conneaut, to Patricia (Moore) Watson and Earl Sherman.
Mr. Sherman attended Conneaut and Ashtabula schools and worked for the Village of North Kingsville road department. Before his illness, he worked as an auto body technician at Modern Auto Body.
He enjoyed hiking, fishing and playing with his daughter.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Patricia and Ellis Watson, of Jefferson; his daughter, Ashley Sherman of North Kingsville; a stepson, James Kirk of Ashtabula; three sisters, Cindy Fink and Paula Brunty, both of Ashtabula, and Pam Sherman of Painesville; and four brothers, Earl of West Springfield, Pa., and Rick, Tim and Mike, all of Ashtabula.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Sherman.
Funeral is noon Wednesday at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, officiated by Dennis Cole of the Jefferson congregation of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Conneaut.
Friends may call at the funeral home 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Thomas H. Kurtz

CONNEAUT - Thomas H. Kurtz, 48, of Lakeview Avenue, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at Inn-Conneaut Health Center following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 5, 1954, in Akron, to Edwin F. and Adele H. (Hart) Kurtz.
Mr. Kurtz attended the First United Methodist Church and was a loving caregiver to his parents. He also enjoyed music.
Survivors include cousins Lorene Butcher and Gilbert Hart, both of Akron.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services are 10 a.m. Thursday, at Glenwood Cemetery, officiated by the Rev. David Harding of the First United Methodist Church.
No calling hours will be observed.
Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, is handling arrangements.

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Martha Spieldenner

AVON - Martha Spieldenner, 86, died Nov. 10, 2002, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Avon.
She was born Sept. 16, 1916, in Braddock, Pa., the daughter of Curt and Agnes Bonney. She lived in North Ridgeville for most of her life.
She enjoyed reading.
Survivors include her two daughters, Marilyn Spieldenner of Avon, and Karen Abouelsoud of North Ridgeville; a brother, William Bonney of Turtle Creek, Pa.; and other relatives in the Conneaut area.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; her parents; three sisters, Margaret Struiff, Wilma Wynn and Irene Sima; and a brother, James Bonney.
Service is 2 p.m. Friday at Good Samaritan Nursing Home, 32900 Detroit Road, Avon, with the Rev. Bill Goodrich officiating.
A private burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Conneaut.
David Bogner Family Funeral Home, of North Ridgeville, is handling the arrangements.

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Martha C. Dudley

CONNEAUT - Martha Caroline Dudley, 86, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at her home on Liberty St.
She was born March 28, 1916, to Guy and Nena (English) Shearer. She married Arthur W. Dudley on March 7, 1937.
A devoted mother and grandmother, and caregiver to many others, Mrs. Dudley lived most of her life in Conneaut, graduating from Conneaut High School in 1933, where she was a member of the National Honor Society and the Defiance Club.
Mrs. Dudley was active in Girl Scouts for many years and served as a leader for the Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.
Mrs. Dudley was president of the Broad Street School PTA, the Conneaut PTA's council, and the Conneaut High School Band Boosters. She served on the election board for 50 years. She served in many community and other organizations, including the Pythian Sisters, for which she was pianist for many years, and the Conneaut Tree Commission. She was a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, the Rebekahs, Order of the Eastern Star, the Women's Benefit Association and the Sam Wharram Nature Club. As a young woman, she sang in the choir of the Conneaut United Church of Christ, where she was a member.
Mrs. Dudley worked for the Conneaut Creamery and, later in life, as a Conneaut reporter for the Erie Times-News. She also worked as a baby-sitter, helping to put her children through college.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Arthur; three daughters, Jane Ron of Youngsville, Pa., Margie Baker of Russell, Pa., and Ruth Dudley of Conneaut; a son, Robert Dudley of Conneaut; 10 grandchildren, the Rev. Andrew Spore, Rachel Camp, Maria Taylor, Jeffrey and Jason Baker, Grace, Luis and Nena Dudley, and Jennifer and Lori Dudley; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Walter Shearer, Klun Shearer and Robert Shearer; infant twin sons, Billy and Jimmy; and an infant daughter, Alice Jean.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut. The Rev. Walter Coy, of the United Church of Christ, and the Rev. Stephen T. Szilagyi will officiate. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Conneaut Tree Commission or to the Conneaut United Church of Christ Organ Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

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