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1998 - Obits - E, F & G

JoAnne Echelbarger

Jack Reber Edwards

Farrel F. Elsea

John H. Feasel

Ruth D. Fillhart

Jerry A. "Jake" Fitch

U S Flagg

Robert Neal Fleetwood

Robert W. Ford

Lulu Freeman

Clara A. Fruth

Nereid J. Fruth

Thyrza Eaton Funk

Blanche G. Gatrell

Dorothy Imm George

Ethel Smith-Gillett

Estelle E. Goff

Helen J. Goldner

Leone M. Good

Bessie A. Graber

Richard Charles Gray

Velma K. (Perry) Gray

Frances Gregory

Esther Emma Grine

 

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JoAnne Echelbarger
Homemaker/avid bridge player

JoAnne Echelbarger, 70, of Westhaven Drive, Fostoria, died in the Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo, at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998.

She was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Fostoria, to W.A. ''Pat'' and Cecyle (Hiser) O'Brien. Her husband, Fred R. Echelbarger, whom she married Aug. 18, 1946, in Fostoria, survives in Fostoria.

Other survivors include: two sons, Michael Echelbarger of West Millgrove and Patrick Echelbarger of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a daughter, Kristy Echelbarger of Findlay; a sister, Janet Jones of Toledo; and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Echelbarger, a homemaker, was a member of the Fostoria Country Club and had served as a former Girl Scout leader.

An avid bridge player, playing in several area bridge clubs, she loved gardening.

She was a 1945 graduate of Fostoria High School and had attended Bowling Green State University.

The Rev. Branson J. Hawkes will be the officiant at the 11 a.m. Wednesday service in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Interment will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.

Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Fostoria Home Health Care or Fostoria Habitat for Humanity.

 

 

Jack Reber Edwards
Edwards Dry Cleaners owner/operator

Jack Reber Edwards, 83, died at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 1998, at his home at 1349 South Drive, Fostoria.

He was born in Fostoria, Sept. 30, 1914, to Jack and Clara (Altman) Edwards Sr. On Dec. 24, 1934, in Fostoria, he married Nina O. Swihart. She survives in Fostoria.

Survivors also include: two daughters, Mrs. Stanley (Judy) Brahier of Defiance and Mrs. Jim (Jacqueline) Hauser of Sandusky; five grandchildren, three step grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Victor (Jeanne) Reed of Las Vegas, Nev.

A lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon, Mr. Edwards owned and operated Edwards Dry Cleaners in Fostoria for 50 years, retiring in 1973.

He also was a member of Fostoria Elks Lodge 935, where he served as past exalted ruler; the Jack Wainwright Band, which gained national recognition; and served as a volunteer firefighter with the Fostoria Fire Department 1939-45.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel, with the Rev. R. Edson Reed officiating. Interment will be in WestIndependence Cemetery.

Visitation at the funeral home will be 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, where Elks Lodge services will be at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the church or the American Cancer Society.

 

 

Farrel F. Elsea
Retired owner and operator of the former Elsea TV

Farrel F. Elsea, 94, of 5629 County Road 23, Fostoria, died at 5:55 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 1998 at Heritage Manor, Findlay.

He was born Feb. 15, 1904 in Wyandot County to Leroy B. and Millie V. (Searfoss) Elsea. He married Pearl Kroetz, who preceded him in death. He married Bernice Diebley on Jan. 27, 1974, and she survives.

Also surviving are a son, James of Frankfort, Ky.; three stepsons, Joe Diebley, William Diebley, both of Fostoria; John Diebley, Helena; two daughters, Mrs. Melvin (Margaret) Riebesehl, Fostoria; Mrs. James (Joyce) Abel, Loudon, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Elmer (Dorla) Walter, Carey; 16 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Virginia Riebesehl; a brother, Cloyce; a twin sister, Rema Hassan; and a sister, Cleo Myers.

Mr. Elsea was a retired owner and operator of the former Elsea TV and Appliance Store, Fostoria. He also was a former chief engineer for radio station WFOB, Fostoria.

He was a member of West Independence United Methodist Church, on U.S. 224 east of Findlay.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at West Independence United Methodist Church, the Rev. Jeffrey A. Raker officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.

Visitation will be held from 2-9 p.m. Sunday at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, and one hour before the service Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the church.

 

 

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John H. Feasel
Former area resident/Union Carbide retiree

John H. Feasel, 95, of N. Holland-Sylvania Rd., Toledo, and formerly of TWSP RD 23, Kansas, died in Toledo Hospital on Wednesday evening. He was born Oct. 2, 1903, to Charles and Mary (Millhime) Feasel in Seneca County near Maple Grove. On Sept. 14, 1926, he married Violet Zimmerman; she died March 16, 1984.

Surviving include: a son, Harvey Nelson (Joyce) Feasel of Lambertville, MI.; Grandchildren: Michael, Terry Nelson and Gary (Amy) Feasel, Peggy (Brian) Bliss and Vicki (Richard) Jueng; and six great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were: a son, John H. Jr.; three brothers, Irvin, Harvey, and Charles; five sisters, Cora Hostler, Verda Craun, Ethel Nighswander, Belva Wohlgamuth, and Gladys Baker; and a grandson, Jeffrey.

Mr. Feasel was a general laborer at Union Carbide Company, Fostoria, until he retired in 1968. He continued living in the area until his wife passed away n March 1984 so that he could be near his son.

Services will be Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Nopper-Veh Funeral Home in Gibsonburg, Ohio. Burial will be at the Scott Trinity Cemetery, Risingsun.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family asks that memorials be made to the United Way.

 

 

Ruth D. Fillhart
Fostoria homemaker

Ruth D. Fillhart, 85, of 25 Christopher Drive, Fostoria, died at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 1998, in St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria.

She was born in Florida, Ohio, March 10, 1913, to William and Almeda (Holmes) Stykemain. Her husband of 63 years, Harry C. Fillhart, whom she married Oct. 4, 1931, in Fostoria, preceded her in death Jan. 1, 1995.

Surviving are: a son, Wilbur C. Fillhart of Fostoria; three daughters, Mrs. Sheridan (Clara) Zimmerman and Mrs. David (Patricia) Martin, both of Fostoria, and Mrs. Philip (Barbara) Chamberlain of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Emmaline Stykemain of Toledo and Mrs. Henry (Erma) Eggers of Napoleon; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Robert and Ortis Stykemain; and three sisters, Alta Waltermeyer, Fernelia Copeland and Vera Lee.

A homemaker, Mrs. Fillhart was a former member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria.

Services in St. Wendelin Catholic Church will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, with interment in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.

Visitation at the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 6-9 p.m. Monday with a Wake service at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Jerry A. "Jake" Fitch
Findlay Products Co. employee

Jerry A. ''Jake'' Fitch, 23, of College Avenue, Fostoria, died at 10:32 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, 1998, as the result of an auto accident on Hancock CR 216 near Arcadia. He was born Jan. 9, 1975, in Fostoria to Elmer R. and Ruby A. (Sartin) Fitch in Fostoria. They both survive.

Other survivors include: his fiance, Stacy Phelps of Fostoria; a brother, Darrell R. Fitch of Fostoria; two sisters, Renee Fitch of Fostoria and Mrs. Steve (Melissa) Cook of Tiffin; and maternal grandmother, Florence Sartin of Wheelwright, Ky.

Mr. Fitch was a 1993 graduate of Fostoria High School and worked for Findlay Products Co.

The Rev. Donald R. Goodwin will officiate the 1 p.m. Monday service at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be at Union Cemetery, West Independence.

Visitation hours are 2-4 and 6-9 p.m Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 

 

U S Flagg
Retired Standard Oil Co. distributor

U S Flagg, 89, of Chestnut Street, Kansas, Ohio, died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 1998, in the Quality Care Center, Fremont.

He was born March 17, 1909, in Norwalk, to Leonard P. and Malinda E. (Shupe) Flagg. His wife, Zenith V. (Prenzlin) Flagg, whom he married June 10, 1929, in Norwalk, preceded him in death Jan. 4, 1993.

Survivors include: two sons, Martin D. Flagg of Kansas and Daniel D. Flagg of Fostoria; a daughter, Mrs. Duff (Shirley) Robbins of Tiffin; 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

A brother, Clarence Flagg; and four sisters, Olive Shultz, Leona Benson, Alma Michaels and Deliah Flagg, also are deceased.

Mr. Flagg, who attended Kansas United Methodist Church, retired March 17, 1972, as a petroleum products distributor in the Kansas area, from the Standard Oil Company, where he had worked for 34 years.

Services in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Ivan L. Schwenn officiating. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.

Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Kansas United Methodist Church or Fremont Hospice Care.

 

 

Robert Neal Fleetwood
Atlas Crankshaft retiree

Robert Neal Fleetwood, 66, of East Meadowlark Drive, Seymour, Ind., died at 9:50 p.m. Monday, April 13, 1998, in Fostoria Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 2, 1931, in Seymour, to Hayden and Anna Henriette (Anderson) Fleetwood. His father survives in Seymour. On Sept. 23, 1950, in Seymour, he married Doris Louise Prewitt, and she survives in Seymour.

Survivors also include: a son, Robert A. ''Rob'' Fleetwood of Seymour; a daughter, Mrs. Kent (Lisa) Kline of Risingsun; two brothers, Harold Gene and Roger Darrell Fleetwood, both of Seymour; two sisters, Mrs. John (Dorcas) Miller of Lexington, Ky., and Mrs. Michael (Kathy) Pyle of Seymour; and three grandchildren.

His mother is deceased.

A 1949 graduate of Cortland High School, Cortland, Ind., Mr. Fleetwood retired from the Atlas Crankshaft Corp. in Fostoria after 30 years of employment with Cummings Engine Corp. (Atlas is a division of Cummings.) He also worked at the Seymour plant and was a line supervisor in Fostoria.

He was a member of Peterswitch Church of the Nazarene, Seymour, and a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict.

The Rev. Gary Bectal will be the officiant at the 10:30 a.m. Friday service in the Voss and Son Funeral Home, Seymour. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Seymour.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Voss and Son Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the church.

The Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of local arrangements.

 

 

Robert W. Ford
Ford Motor Co. retiree

Robert W. Ford, 86, of 715 Eastern Ave., Fostoria, died at 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, in Winebrenner Village, Findlay.

He was born in Fostoria March 28, 1912, to Rolen M. and Gary W. (Plott) Ford.

Surviving are: two sons, Terry A. Ford of Fostoria and James R. Ford of Findlay; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Virginia) Spaun of Findlay; a brother, Charles E. Ford of Toledo; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was a brother, Dale R. Ford.

Mr. Ford, a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, during which he was a staff sergeant, retired in 1972 as a skilled trade machinist from the Ford Motor Co., Fostoria, after 33 years.

He was a member of Fostoria United Sportsman, AMVETS 69 and the American Legion, all of Fostoria.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday in the Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel, with the Rev. Branson Hawkes officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the United Veteran's of Fostoria.

Visitation at the funeral home is 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

 

Lulu Freeman
Fostoria homemaker

Lulu Freeman, 96, died at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 1998, in St. Catherine's Care Center, Fostoria, where she resided.

She was born April 29, 1902, in Front Royal, Va., the daughter of Cornellius and Cora (Figgins) Robinson. Her husband, Harry M. Freeman, whom she married Sept. 30, 1922, in Front Royal, died Aug. 12, 1959.

Survivors include a son, Lenny Freeman of Fostoria, and two grandchildren.

A daughter, Marie Dutcher, is deceased.

Mrs. Freeman was a homemaker.

Graveside services in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Donald R. Goodwin officiating.

There will be no visitation. The Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, is in charge of arrangements.

 

 

Clara A. Fruth
Bascom homemaker

Clara A. Fruth, 95, of Bascom, died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, 1998, in St. Francis Home, where she had resided since March 15.

She was born in Loudon Township, Sept. 8, 1902, to George and Olive (Hunker) Rinebold. Her husband, Archie D. Fruth Sr., whom she married Nov. 29, 1923, in her parent's home in Loudon Township, died Nov. 15, 1983.

Surviving are: four sons, Charles R., Archie D. Jr. and Duane P. Fruth, all of the Tiffin area and Larry W. Fruth of rural Fostoria; two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Charlotte M.) Dootz of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Mrs. Frederick (Marlyn J.) Matthis of Batavia; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Fruth; and two brothers, Carl and Ervin Rinebold.

Mrs. Fruth, a homemaker, was a member of Union United Church of Christ, Bascom, its Women's Fellowship and Christian Leaders Class.

A 1919 graduate of Fostoria High School, she also was a member of the Bascom Community Garden Club, the Study Club, Seneca County Extension Groups and a 76-year grange member including Loudon Center Grange, where she was a charter member; present member of Pleasant Grove Grange, the Pomona Grange and with her husband, served as a Seneca County Grange Deputy.

Mrs. Fruth was a lifetime resident of Loudon and Hopewell Townships.

The Rev. Larry Lynch and the Rev. Roy Howell will be the co-officiants at the 11 a.m. Thursday service in Union United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Sand Ridge Cemetery, Bascom.

Visitation at Turner-Engle Funeral Home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and at the church one hour before the service on Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the church.

 

 

Nereid J. Fruth
Fostoria resident

Word has been received of the death of Nereid J. Fruth, 71, of Fostoria, who died Sunday, July 12, 1998.

She was born Aug. 20, 1926, to Ralph and Leah (Johnson) Oakleaf. On June 14, 1947, she married Franklin Fruth, and he survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Steven of Tiffin and David of Riverview, Mich.; a daughter, Cheryl Hignite of Mansfield; and a brother, Elwell Oakleaf of Green Springs.

Memorial services will be 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Green Springs United Methodist Church, 117 N. Broadway St.

Memorials may be made to diabetes research.

 

 

Thyrza Eaton Funk
Former Bascom resident

A memorial service for Thyrza Eaton Funk, 99, formerly of Bascom, was Aug. 15 at Wesley Glen Retirement Center, Columbus, where she died July 15, 1998.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Judy) Davis, of Dover, Mass., and two grandsons. A sister-in-law, Hildred Funk Adams, survives at Independence House, Fostoria.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wenner Ahl Funk, a brother, Glenn Eaton of Fostoria, and six sisters.

Interment will be at a later date in Sandridge Cemetery, Bascom.

 

 

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Blanche G. Gatrell
Fostoria homemaker

Blanche G. Gatrell, 80, a resident at the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, and formerly of McCutchenville Road, Fostoria, died at 12:40 a.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 1998, in Fostoria Community Hospital.

She was born July 10, 1918, in Deep Valley, W.Va., to Eben E. and Safrona G. (Jones) Duty. Her husband, Kermit E. Gatrett, whom she married in January 1936, died Jan. 22, 1980.

Survivors include: two sons, Wayne and Bret Gatrell, both of Fostoria; eight daughters, Mrs. Richard (Sonja) Zirger, Barbara Davis, Mrs. Michael (Connie) Gundlach, Robyn Gatrell and Mrs. William (Jannice) Wilson, all of Fostoria, Mrs. Ralph (Brenda) Babb of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Mrs. Steve (Kathie) Blaser of Scotia, N.Y., and Mrs. Frank (Patricia) Green of Ocala, Fla.; a brother, Elwood Duty of Sevierville, Tenn.; three sisters, Auda Gatrell of Middleborne, W.Va., Grace Williamson of Alma, W.Va. and Carolyn Hurst of Brecksville; 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

A son, Philip Gatrell; two daughters, Marlene D. Gatrell and Deanna Delph; a granddaughter, Sarah Gatrell; and a sister, Lorena Gatrell, are also deceased.

Mrs. Gatrell was a homemaker.

Services in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Branson J. Hawkes officiating. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.

Visitation at the funeral home will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Seneca County.

 

 

Dorothy Imm George
Fostoria homemaker

Dorothy Imm George, 88, died at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, 1998, in the Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria, where she resided.

She was born in Edgerton, Sept. 6, 1909, to Nicholas and Ida (Welly) Imm. On June 27, 1936, she married Dr. Dale George. He preceded her in death in 1963.

Surviving are two sons: William and Thomas George, both of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

A homemaker, avid pianist and reader, Mrs. George was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, Fostoria.

A funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in St. Wendelin Catholic Church, where the Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, where the Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the church or the Good Shepherd Home.

 

 

Ethel Smith-Gillett
Fostoria resident

Ethel Smith-Gillett, 94, Good Sheperd Home, Fostoria, formerly of Elwood Ave., Fostoria, died at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, April 29, 1998, at her home. She was born March 29, 1904, to William H. and Ida (Foust) Smith. On Nov. 25, 1925, she married Harvey G. Gillett in Marion. He died Dec. 30, 1973.

Survivors include: a son, Robert G. Gillett of Findlay; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Phyllis J.) Gilliland of Fostoria; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren

Preceding her in death were: five brothers, Harry, Virgil, Harold, Walter and Lloyd Smith; a sister, Edith Place; and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Smith-Gillett was a 1922 graduate of Waldo High School, Waldo, Ohio, and graduated from the Marion Business College. She was a homemaker, and had been employed at Feasel's Market and at Electric Autolite Company in Fostoria during the 1940s. Her memberships included Wesley United Methodist Church, Fostoria; Naomi Circle; Willing Helpers Circle; and the King's Daughters and Sons, all affiliated with the church.

The Rev. Branson J. Hawkes will officiate the 10:30 a.m. service today at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be at Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.

Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, Fostoria.

 

 

Estelle E. Goff
Homemaker

Estella E. Goff, 103, formerly of County Road 22, Risingsun, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5, 1998 at Good Shepherd Home, Fostoria.

She was born Feb. 24, 1895 in Gallia County to Thomas and Eliza (Reisinger) Thaxton. She married Harold D. Goff on June 28, 1913 in Vinton, and he died Feb. 2, 1979.

Surviving are a son Robert L. of Bradner; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Thaxton; and a sister, Carrie White.

Mrs. Goff was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of God and the Rebekah Lodge, both in Risingsun.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, the Rev. Paul Rutledge officiating.

Visitation will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or American Red Cross.

 

 

Helen J. Goldner
Mother of Fostorian

Helen J. Goldner, 73, of North Baltimore died at 7:25 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 1998 at the home of her daughter Janet Goldner in Fostoria.

She was born July 7, 1925 in Wood County to Conover P. and Hazel S. (Roller) Emmitt. She married Howard E. Goldner on Oct. 14, 1950, and he died Feb. 13, 1991.

Surviving are a daughter, Janet Goldner of Fostoria; and a brother, Dwight V. Emmitt, Bloomdale.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Emmitt.

Mrs. Goldner was a retired detention officer for Wood County Juvenile Detention Center. She was a former employee of Hoffman Drug Store and Trout Furniture Store and was former beautician, all in North Baltimore.

She was a member of St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Baltimore. She sang in the church choir and was a member of the church's Alter Guild. She was a former member of the Senior L. L. Circle and O.E.S. Morris Chapter 265, both of North Baltimore.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Rev. Ralph J. Mineo officiating. Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Smith-Crates Funeral Home, North Baltimore.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church or Bridge Home Health and Hospice.

 

 

Leone M. Good
Former Fostoria homemaker

Leone M. Good, 81, formerly of Fostoria, died at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998, at her residence in Tampa, Fla.

She was born Feb. 28, 1917, in Fostoria, to Fred and Rose (Vitte) Sherlock. Her husband, Eldon E. Good, whom she married in Indiana, died May 31, 1990.

Surviving are a son, Charles L. Good of Groveport; four daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Shirley) Frazier of Tampa, Mrs. Richard (Susie) Dietz of Bellevue, Mrs. William (Sharon) Conaway of Kansas City, Kan. and Dr. Sally Good of Mansfield; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were her parents, step-father, Dayton Adelsperger; and a son, Dayton C. Good.

A homemaker, Mrs. Good was a former member of the Fostoria Country Club, Fostoria Womans Club and Fostoria Garden Club.

She was very active in Girl Scouting and Campfire Girls and was a former president of the Campfire Girls Board and a member of the Campfire Girls Advisory Committee.

Mrs. Good also served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross and Fostoria Community Hospital.

A graduate of Bettsville High School, she attended Tampa University in Florida.

The Rev. Jeffrey L. Waite will be the officiant at the 1:30 pm. Wednesday service in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.

Visitation for the family will be private.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 

 

Bessie A. Graber
Ford Autolite retiree

Bessie A. Graber, 91, formerly of West Tiffin Street, Fostoria, died at 11:20 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, 1998, in St. Vincent Care Center, Toledo.

She was born in Kellettville, Pa., Feb. 1, 1907, to Ellis C. and Elizabeth (Harkins) Hulings. Her husband, Amos Graber, whom she married May 15, 1953, in Fostoria, survives in Fremont.

Survivors also include: a daughter, Arlene Cleveland of Old Fort; a sister, Twila Nycum, also of Fremont; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A grandson, Dennis Cleveland, also is deceased.

Mrs. Graber, a member of UAW Local 533, retired from the Ford Autolite (now Allied Signal Corp.), Fostoria, in 1968, after 25 years of employment.

The Rev. Jerry K. Wiles will conduct the 11 a.m. Wednesday service in the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria. Interment will be in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.

Visitation at the Harrold-Floriana Funeral Home, Fostoria, is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

 

 

Richard Charles Gray
Former Fostoria resident

Richard Charles Gray, 47, of Ithaca, N.Y., died Monday, May 11, 1998, as the result of a canoeing accident in an inlet of Cayuga Lake.

He was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Fostoria, the son of George and Ida Mary Gray. They survive.

Also surviving are two older brothers, Robert Gray of Fostoria and David Gray of Stow, Maine.

Mr. Gray, who grew up in Fostoria, graduated from Fostoria High School in 1968 and from the College of Wooster in 1972. After a year of travel and work in Europe, he continued his studies in city and regional planning in graduate school at Cornell University.

He enjoyed the environment and the community of Ithaca where he developed many interests and was known for his appreciation of the outdoors and rich organic things, such as hiking, skiing, biking, boating, playing volleyball, gardening and wine-making.

He also was active in community affairs and at the time of his death was serving his second term as Alderman in the City of Ithaca Common Council. Mr. Gray made his greatest contributions in the areas of computerizing city records, developing bike trails, working with public access television and being actively involved in other environmental issues. Mr. Gray also was greatly valued by the mayor and other council members for his contributions and his mediating influence.

Memorial services in the First Presbyterian Church, Fostoria, will be 2 p.m., May 30, and at the pavilion in Stewart Park in Ithaca at 6:30 p.m. June 13.

Memorials may be made to any environmental protection organization or toward a multi-use path that will be developed along the shore of Cayuga Lake and named in Mr. Gray's honor. Contributions may be sent to the Office of the Mayor, Cityof Ithaca, Ithaca, NY 14850, earmarked for the Richard Gray memorial path.

The Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.

 

 

Velma K. (Perry) Gray
Vel-Kay Beauty Salon owner/operator

Velma K. (Perry) Gray, 74, of 1020 Buckley St., Fostoria, died at her residence at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 1998.

She was born in Cygnet, June 16, 1924, to William A. and Hazel I. (Hampshire)Perry. Her husband, Kenneth E. Gray Sr., whom she married Oct. 28, 1942, in East Randolph, N.Y., died in October 1991.

Survivors include: a son, Kenneth E. Gray Jr. of Bloomdale; a daughter, Shirley I. Cogar of Jackson, Tenn.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Mrs. Lavon (Helen) Grau of Holgate, Mrs. Lura Brown of Flat Rock, Mich., Mrs. Dallas (Wilma) Rettig of Napoleon, Mrs. Paul (Joyce) Drain of Portage and Mrs. Leroy (Eva Mae) Drake of Bloomdale.

Also deceased are three brothers, Leonard, Lauren and Darrell Perry; and three sisters, Mrs. Donna Jean Gustwiller, Argyle Gressler and Mrs. Adealia Smith.

Mrs. Gray, a beautician/hair stylist, was the owner of Vel-Kay Beauty Salon in Fostoria, retiring in 1976 after 18 years of service.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Fostoria.

The Rev. Brandson Hawkes will officiate at the 10 a.m. Wednesday graveside service in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.

The Mann-Hare Funeral Home, Fostoria Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Fostoria Home Health Care.

 

 

Frances Gregory
Retired salesperson

Frances Gregory, 82, formerly of 707 W. Fremont St., Fostoria, died in the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Fostoria, at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, June 4, 1998.

She was born in Findlay July 19, 1915, to Reginald L. and Nellie G. (Beery) Routson. On Dec. 27, 1940, in Angola, Ind. She married Paul D. Gregory, who had served as safety service director in Fostoria 1980-82. He died March 23, 1984.

Surviving are a son, John Paul Gregory of St. Simon's Island, Ga.; three sisters, Helen L. Davis and Dorothy H. Papenfus, both of Findlay, and Marilyn J. Hayes of Tiffin; and a brother, James K. Routson of Findlay.

A brother, Reginald Leon Routson, also is deceased.

Mrs. Gregory had worked as a salesperson in the 1930s and '40s.

A 1933 Findlay High School graduate, she was a 50-year member of Eastern Star 23, Findlay.

The Rev. Branson J. Hawkes will officiate at the 11 a.m. service today in the Routson Funeral Chapel 201 Osborne Ave., Findlay. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, near Arcadia.

Visitaton was Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American-Heart Association-Hancock County Division, in care of Sharon L. Thomas, Fifth Third Bank of Northwestern Ohio, PO Box 748, Findlay, OH 45840.

 

 

Esther Emma Grine
Homemaker/nursing home employee

Esther Emma Grine, 91, of 209 W. Center St., Fostoria, died at 6:55 a.m. Sunday, April 26, 1998, in the Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Fostoria.

She was born Jan. 10, 1907, in Carey, to William and Mary (Gase) Fox. On Sept. 25, 1923, in New Riegel, she married Alvin Grine. He died Aug. 18, 1952.

Surviving are: five sons, Vernon E., Vincent E., James E. and Paul L. Grine, all of Fostoria, and Harold J. Grine of Hopewell, N.J.; a daughter, Ellen R. Greek of Tiffin; 58 grandchildren: 103 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Two sons, Richard and Alvin Grine Jr.; five daughters, Margaret Grine, Mrs. Albert (Helen) Kauffman, Mrs. Leonard (Hilda) Krupp, Mrs. William (Rita) Calvert and Mrs. James (Inez) Miller; three brothers, Paul, Lewis and Virgil Fox; and a sister, Beatrice Youngpeter, are deceased.

A homemaker, Mrs. Grine also worked for 30 years in the laundry at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Fostoria.

She was a member of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, its 55-Plus Club, Ladies of the Moose and the Eagles Auxiliary, all of Fostoria.

A funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in St. Wendelin Catholic Church, where the Rosary will be recited at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Hoening Funeral Home, Fostoria, where a Christian

Wake service will be at 8:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Information gathered by Kathy Cline

 

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