Obituaries - Star Beacon September, 2002
Harriet B. Bly
CONNEAUT - Harriet B. Bly, 82, formerly of West Main Road in Conneaut,
died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at the Inn-Conneaut Health Center.
She was born May 6, 1920, in Albion, Pa., the daughter of Keith and Margaret
(Luce) Hayes, and spent most of her life in the Conneaut area.
She worked for Nielsen's Wall Paper and Paint Store and the former Astatic Corp.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Anderson of Ashtabula.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John L.; and a
brother, Andrew Hayes.
Service is 1 p.m. Monday at the Thompson-Smith Funeral Home, 345 Main St.,
Conneaut. Bishop Rodney Rodriguez, of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints of Ashtabula, will officiate. Burial will be at Center
Cemetery in Conneaut.
Calling hour at the funeral home is noon Monday until the time of service.
Eleanor E. Warren
ALBION, Pa. - Eleanor E. Warren, 73, of Cherry Hill Road, died Monday, Sept. 16,
2002, at St. Vincent Health Center, Erie.
Born Jan. 4, 1929, in Ashtabula, she was the daughter of Vaino and Elsie (Sidbeck)
Malin. She married Ray A. Warren Nov. 22, 1952.
A resident of the Albion area for the past 44 years, she was employed as a
machine operator for the former Astatic Corp., Conneaut, for 38 years,
retiring in 1990.
Mrs. Warren attended the Federated Church and was a member of the Cherry Hill
Grange and HAWK, an animal protection organization.
An avid bowler, she enjoyed her family, horses, gardening, canning, traveling,
reading and helping others.
Survivors include her husband, Ray Sr.; two sons, Ray A. Jr. of Ewa Beach,
Hawaii, and Timothy of Albion, Pa.; a brother, Wesley D. Malin of Conneaut;
four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Thomas A. Warren; and a sister,
Service is 11 a.m. Friday at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208
Liberty St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Edward Huntley, pastor of the
Federated Church of East Springfield, officiating. Burial will be in Center
Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the
Diabetes Foundation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Ethel M. Drennen
CONNEAUT - Ethel M. "Mitzi" Drennen, 84, of Conneaut, died Saturday,
Sept. 21, 2002, at the Villa at the Lake in Conneaut.
She was born Aug. 15, 1918 in Sharon, Pa., the daughter of John and Blanche
She married Bert C. Drennen on Sweetest Day, Oct. 18, 1941 in Hubbard.
Mrs. Drennen had been a Conneaut resident since 1955 and was a well-known
real estate agent, who worked for many local brokers and received many awards
for sales achievements.
She was a member of the National and State Association of Realtors and the
Ashtabula County Board of Realtors.
Mrs. Drennen was a member of the United Church of Christ where she served many
years on boards and committees.
She was also a long-time member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the
Conneaut Chamber of Commerce, and the Conneaut Community Center for
Mrs. Drennen served as president of the Rowe Middle School PTA during the early
1960s, when the communities of Conneaut and Lakeville and their separate
school systems merged.
She loved her large extended family and enjoyed raising pets and playing bridge.
Mrs. Drennen also enjoyed music, dancing and participated in many of the musical
productions that the former MacDowell Music Club and Conneaut Rotary Club
Survivors include two sons, Bert C. and Keith A., both of Conneaut; her
daughter, Pamela R. Knight of Westfield, Ind.; five grandchildren, Kimberly
Schock, Keith A. Drennen Jr., J.R. Knight, Patrick Knight, and Caitlin Drennen;
and three great-grandchildren, Jacob and Adam Schock and Kayla Drennen; and two
sisters, Hazel Ferguson of Hubbard and Ruth Rising of Cortland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1982; two brothers,
Hugh and John McConnell; and sisters, Elma Davis, Ester Donahue, Gladys
Williams, Martha Kay, Henrietta Morris and Pearl Stafford.
Services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation
Center, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Walter Coy, pastor of United
Church of Christ officiating.
Burial will be in East Conneaut Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Conneaut Community Center for
the Arts or the United Church of Christ. Envelopes will be available at the
CONNEAUT - Ida A. Grice, 85, of Liberty Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 11,
2002, at UHHS Brown Memorial Hospital, Conneaut.
Born Aug. 27, 1917, in Conneaut, she was a daughter of Delano S. and Mae J.
(Jones) Gruey and was a lifelong resident of Conneaut.
She was a graduate of Conneaut High School and attended Spencerian Business
She was employed as a bookkeeper at Newberry's, a cashier at Loblaws and was a
secretary for Farmers National Bank in Conneaut, retiring in 1976.
She was a member of the United Church of Christ and enjoyed golf, playing cards,
reading and, most of all, spending time with her family.
She is survived by her husband, Charles E. (Gene), whom she married June 9,
1948; a daughter, Janet M. Turner of Amherst; two sons, George E. of Ashtabula
and Jerry H. of Mayville, N.Y.; two sisters, Maralee E. Gruey of Alliance and
Marguerite E. Graff of Conneaut; and two brothers, DeStewart E. Gruey of
Conneaut and Jack J. Gruey of Erie; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren;
and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her twin sister, Sara Mae Gruey, in
2000; and a brother, Carl Gruey, in infancy.
Graveside service is 11 a.m. Saturday in Glenwood Cemetery, with her
brother-in-law the Rev. A.K. Graff officiating.
At her request, no calling hours will be observed.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to the United Church of
Christ or to the Conneaut Rescue Squad, Station 3. Envelopes will be available
at the service and at the Marcy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 208 Liberty
St., Conneaut, which has charge of the arrangements.