Obituaries - Star Beacon November 1, 2006
MARTHA E. HOSKINS
CONNEAUT - - Martha E. Hoskins, age 73, of Conneaut, Ohio, died
Sunday evening, October 29, 2006, at her home.
She was born February 1, 1933, in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, the daughter of
Clyde and Madge (Anderson) Brewer.
For several years, Martha worked for Fortune and Byers Hardware store.
She was a member of the Moose Lodge, and was involved with CLYO, Cub Scouts and
Boy Scouts, while her children were growing up.
She enjoyed camping at Evergreen Lake Park; spending time with her grandson,
watching him play soccer and baseball, and making Halloween Costumes.
Survivors include her husband, Neal Hoskins, whom she married in 1955; her
daughter, Elizabeth Ruth Hoskins of Meadville, Pennsylvania; two sons, Eric Neal
Hoskins of Conneaut, and Mark Alan (Tammy) Hoskins of Erie, Pennsylvania; her
sister, Lois McCandless of Wooster, Ohio; her brother, Dr. C. Richard Brewer of
Highpoint, North Carolina; and her grandson, Brandon Hoskins of Erie,
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, November 1,
2006, at the MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty Street,
A private family Graveside Service will be held in Greenlawn Memory Gardens,
North Kingsville, Ohio.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society; envelopes will be
available at the Funeral Home.
AGNES K. BLANK
CONNEAUT - - Agnes K. Blank, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Thompson-Smith
Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Conneaut.
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AGNES K. BLANK
CONNEAUT - - Agnes K. Blank, age 82, of Center Road, Monroe
Township, died Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at her home.
She was born March 12, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, to the late Vasil and Agnes (Hyduk)
Koval. She had resided in Monroe Township most of her life.
Agnes retired from Reliance Electric as an assembler in 1980, after 32 years of
A member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, she was also a member of the
Quilters Club and volunteered her time at the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.
She is survived by her sister, Mildred Rantanen of Batavia, Ohio; her longtime
companion, Steve Krenisky of Monroe Township; cousin, Olga Kalinin of Pierpont;
and many other relatives and friends.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Karl J. Blank in 1994;
and her brother, John Koval in 2003.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 3, 2006, at the
THOMPSON-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 345 Main Street, Conneaut, with Reverend Franklin
Gore, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, officiating.
Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Friday from 12 p.m., Noon, until the
time of service.
Memorials, in her name, may be made to the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.
Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.
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NANCY J. WORDELL
PAINESVILLE - - Nancy J. Wordell, age 70, of Painesville,
formerly of Geneva and Kingsville, passed away Wednesday, November 1, 2006, at
Hospice House in Cleveland.
She was born January 24, 1936, the daughter of Frank V. and Bertha Mary (Nebel)
Nancy is survived by her husband, Dennis; sisters, Bertha M. (Wallace)
Brocklehurst of Kingsville, and Ethel Duzmanovich of Yucaipa, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Walter and Clarence
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2006, at Greenlawn Memorial
Gardens in North Kingsville. Reverend Bonnie Habbersett, of Kingsville
Presbyterian Church, will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E.
185th Street, Cleveland, 44119.
Arrangements handled by JOHNSON FUNERAL HOME of Painesville.
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MABEL E. REED
ASHTABULA - - Mabel E. Reed, age 88, of East 39th St.
Ashtabula, died Thursday, November 2, 2006, at the Ashtabula County Nursing
She was born January 16, 1918 in Ashtabula, the daughter of Michael and Lempi
(Mackey) Jaskela, and has been a lifetime area resident.
Mabel graduated from Harbor High School in 1936.
She was a member of the East Side Presbyterian Church.
She enjoyed cooking and baking, playing cards, games, and spending time with her
family and friends.
Surviving her is a son, James (Debbie) Reed of Ashtabula; four daughters,
Barbara (Jim) Miller of Sarasota, Florida; Kathy (David) Laugen of Kingsville,
Nancy Reed of Ashtabula, and Peggy (Al) Swartzfager of North Kingsville; seven
grandchildren, Jodi, Jeff, Mark, Amy, Josh, Jason and Ryan; and five
great-grandchildren, Whitney, Brady, Lauren, Hunter and LilliAnn.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Laurel V. Reed in 2002,
and by two brothers, Melvin and Edward Jaskela.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m Monday, November 6, 2006, at the Ashtabula Home
of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, with
Reverend Shane Nanney of the East Side Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Sunday, November 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve or to the
East Side Presbyterian Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.
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GERALDINE G. HALE
CONNEAUT - - Geraldine G. Hale, age 91, formerly of Spring
Street in Conneaut, died Friday, November 3, 2006, at Inn-Conneaut Health
She was born in Youngstown, Ohio on October 6, 1915, the daughter of Jesse and
Zelda (Blood) Smock.
Geraldine graduated from Conneaut High School in 1933.
Mrs. Hale was a homemaker most of her life, she had also worked for Ted Bates
Ford Dealership as a taxi driver, and during the war she was employed by
She was a longtime member of South Ridge Baptist Church.
Geraldine is survived by her son, Thomas A. Hale of Conneaut; and her brother,
George Smock of Erie, PA.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert in 1998, and brother,
Funeral Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, November 8, 2006, at the
THOMPSON-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 345 Main St., Conneaut, with Reverend Dr. Roger
P.Hogle, pastor of South Ridge Baptist Church, officiating.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 12 noon until the time of services on
Monday. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
Memorials in her name may be given to the South Ridge Baptist Church. Envelopes
will be available at the funeral home.
CONNEAUT - - Josephine Bailey, age 90, formerly of Washington
Street, died Saturday, November 04, 2006, at Inn-Conneaut Health Center.
She was born September 13, 1916, in Cochranton, Pennsylvania, to the late Renee
and Minnie (Theuret) Doubet.
"Mema" loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Josephine was an avid bowler and had 13 years of perfect attendance on the
Wednesday afternoon Womenís League at El Camp Lanes.
She was a member of Rebeka.
She is survived by daughter, Judy Wentink of Conneaut; sons, Gary Bailey of
Conneaut and James Jr. (Dolly) of Anaheim California; grandchildren,
Danielle Wentink, Chris Bailey both of Hesperia, California, Lisa (Jeffrey)
Vindash of Jefferson, Kevin Stanton of Kingsville; great-grandchildren,
Ashley, April, and Ryan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Josephine is preceded in death by her parents, husband James A., Sr., one
brother and two sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 10 a.m. at
the THOMPSON-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 345 Main St., Conneaut, with Reverend Father
Raymond Thomas, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, officiating.
Visiting hours will be held Monday from 6 to 8 PM.
Interment at Greenlawn Memory Gardens.
Memorials in her name may be given to the Inn-Conneaut Health Center, envelopes
will be available at the funeral home.
ROBERT W. JONES
CONNEAUT - - Robert W. "Bob" Jones, 78, of Conneaut, died
Thursday evening, November 2, 2006 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and
family. Bob fought a hard 3 year battle with cancer.
He was born September 23,1928, in Conneaut, the son of Raymond Sr. and Ella
Bob (also known as "Bobby" to his railroad friends) worked for the former Nickel
Plate Railroad for 35 years in Conneaut as a yard clerk, 2 years in Erie, PA, as
a base agent, and then 8 years in Painesville, OH, as a base agent, retiring
June 9, 1989, with 45 years of service.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Conneaut, as well as the Conneaut
Class of 1946, the Moose Lodge, the Eagles Lodge, both of Conneaut, and the Elks
Lodge in Port Richey, FL.
Bob and his wife Eloise (Loomis) were married July 30, 1948 in Ripley, NY. In
later years, they enjoyed wintering in a Port Richey, FL, where they served 16
years on their community church committee.
He enjoyed his daily walks in Conneaut and also in Florida, playing shuffle
board with his friends and was an avid "BINGO" caller.
Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, attending all of their
activities, including CLYO games, taking his grandson bowling on Saturday
mornings, and taking them all to Middlefield to flower auctions, they were the
light of his life.
Survivors include his wife; his son, Robert J. "Bob" (Terri) Jones of Conneaut;
his brother, Thomas Jones of Conneaut; his daughter-in-law, Karen Jones of South
Carolina; three grandchildren, Kelly and Mitch Jones, both of Conneaut, and
Abbie (T.J.) Colby of Conneaut; his soon to be great-grandson Alex Michael
Colby; his step-granddaughter Victoria (Steve) Poore; step great-grandchildren
Aidan and Riley Poore, all of South Carolina; nieces and nephews; and many
friends including his Wednesday Night Dinner Club to whom he was known as
He is preceded in death by his parents; his son Dennis Jones in September 2005;
his brothers, Raymond Jr., John, Clarence, and Leonard Jones; his half-brother
Roger Greggs; his sister Ida Harris; and his half-sister Treasa Feathers.
Funeral Service will be 11 a.m. Monday, November 6, at the MARCY FUNERAL HOME
AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty Street, Conneaut with the Rev. Jonathan Singer
of the First Baptist Church officiating, accompanied by Pastor Warren Tampkin.
Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North
Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, November 5, from 2 to 4, and 6
to 8 p.m.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve; envelopes will be
available at the funeral home.
CLEVELAND - - Elizabeth Pananen, a resident of Cleveland for 60
years, Elizabeth was born in Conneaut, Ohio.
After graduating from Conneaut High School, she entered Mt. Sinai C.W.R. Nursing
Training School. Unable to continue after two years, due to a physical
condition, she enrolled in Fenn College evening classes for Structural
Engineering, Mathematics and Mechanics of Materials. Later she received a
degree from C.D.S, an affiliate branch of Lafayette.
She is survived by her sister, Leah Johnson of Cortland, and many nephews and
Ms. Pananen was preceded in death by her parents, John and Selina Pananen of
Conneaut; and her sisters, Flora Heckerman of California and Shirley Paananen of
Private Services at her request.
Arrangements by BRICKMAN-DiDONATO FUNERAL HOME, 21900 EUCLID AVE., EUCLID
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CONNEAUT - - Anthony (Tony) Gurto, age 78, formerly of
Conneaut, died Saturday evening, November 4, 2006, at Community Hospital and
Wellness Center in Bryan, Ohio.
Tony was born December 11, 1927, in Conneaut, the son of Peter and Mary (DelVeccio)
Gurto. He was a 1945 graduate of Conneaut High School and went on to work at
Nickel Plate Railroad. He then enlisted in the United States Army, where he
proudly served in the Korean Conflict until he was honorably discharged in 1952,
and then served in the Army Reserve until 1956. He went back to work at Nickel
Plate Railroad for a total of fourteen years. Tony also worked for the former
Allied Resinous Company for a short while. He worked for Union Carbide, Linde
Air Division as an instrument man until his retirement in 1991.
Tony was a member of East Conneaut United Methodist Church and the Family
Fellowship Sunday School Class. He served as a church Trustee and Chairman of
the Building Committee. He was very instrumental in helping to design the plans
for the current church, where he spent much of his own time and volunteered.
Tony was a lifelong resident of Conneaut area until he moved to Montpelier,
Ohio, in 1994, where he attended Bridgewater Community Church.
He was a former member of the Conneaut Elks Club, the Evergreen Masonic Lodge,
and the Lions Club of Montpelier. He also was involved with Conneaut Music
Boosters, serving on various committees.
Tony was an exceptional Carpenter. In his younger years, he helped to build
several homes, including his own, in the Conneaut area. On the side, he also
worked doing house additions and carpentry work. He always loved building and
designing solid hardwood furniture for friends and family. He was famous for
saying, "Just draw up what you want, and Iíll build it for you."
He enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and the Ohio State Buckeyes,
yard work and gardening, freezing and canning fruits and vegetables, watching
old western movies, playing Phase Ten, and vacationing in Florida during the
winter months. He especially loved his grandchildren and watching them grow up.
Tony was very proud of his Italian heritage and attending the Annual Gurto
He is survived by his second wife, Lucile (Waterston) Gurto, whom he married
October 29, 1994; a daughter, Dana (and Joe) Raisian of Conneaut; two sons,
David Gurto of Conneaut, and Dale (and Letty) Gurto of Oceanside, CA; four
grandchildren, Toni and Jeff Raisian, and Christopher and Casey Gurto, all of
Conneaut; a sister, Florence (Effie) Lewis of Conneaut; brothers Christy (and
Peggy) Gurto of West Palm Beach, Florida; James (and B-Ann) Gurto of Wexford,
PA, and Pat (and Gayle) Gurto of Conneaut; brother-in-law and sister-in-law
Howard and Elinor Eccleston of Conneaut; several nieces and nephews;
stepchildren, Robert (and Robin) Lambright of Wauseon, Ohio, William (and
Teresa) Lambright of Morenci, Michigan, Michael (and Alexa) Lambright of
Archbold, Ohio, Marcia (and Ron) Nagucki or Whitehouse, Ohio, and Janette (and
Wesley) Wagner of Bryan, Ohio; and several step-grandchildren and
Tony was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ellen (Eccleston)
Gurto, whom he married December 27, 1952; two brothers, Joe and Frank Gurto;
sisters, Rosie Speer, Mary Moneypenny, and Suzie Petrovski, and infant sisters,
Filomena and Mary.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2006, at the
East Conneaut United Methodist Church, 809 Furnace Road, with Reverend Paula
Mulberry officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph
Cemetery in Conneaut.
Calling hours will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at the
RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor Street in Conneaut.
Memorial contributions can be made to East Conneaut United Methodist Church or
Bridgewater Community Church in Montpelier. Envelopes will be available at the
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