Donald J. Schmidt, Sr.
He was born January 19, 1949, in Newark, NJ, a son of John and Dorothea (Bestle) Schmidt.
A 1967 graduate of Brick High School in Newark, NJ, Mr. Schmidt went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ashland University in Ashland,OH, in 1971. He married Diane (Keeler) on January 30, 1971. Mr. Schmidt was a school teacher having taught Chemistry and Physics at Jefferson High School, Joseph Badger High School, John F. Kennedy High School, and most recently at Pymatuning Valley High School. As a lifelong teacher he inspired many, not only in the classroom but in life. He was a member of the Western Reserve Carriage Driving Association; and a former member of the Ohio Welsh Pony Association. He was passionate about his family and driving his Welsh ponies; and he enjoyed working on his farm.
Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane Schmidt, of Greenville, PA; his son, Donald J. (Jaime) Schmidt, Jr., and grandchildren, Nathaniel and Jacob, of Mustang, Oklahoma; his daughter, Deborah D. (Michael) Harris, and grandchildren, Mackenzie, Devin, and Matthew, of Bentonville, Arkansas; his daughter, Jennifer D. (Imre) Orosz, and grandchildren, Andrew, Christopher, and Katherine, of Burbank,OH; and his brother, Gary (Terry) Schmidt of Lititz, PA. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 2:00 PM at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman,OH. Cremation will follow services. Calling hours will be on Saturday from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102 PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057 or at Semperfifund.org or to St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. An online guestbook is available at www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com
Frederick Allen Stone
Frederick Allen Stone, age 72, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at UH Geauga Medical Center. He was born on January 3, 1945 in Painesville the son of Ted F. and Betty A. (Byers) Stone.
Fred was married to Susan (Wiley) Stone on January 15, 1968. He was an US Army Veteran and a construction worker. He was a 44 year member of Laborers Local Union 310. One of his biggest hobbies was cooking and watching cooking shows to find a new dish to prepare. He enjoyed being in the woods, hunting in his younger years and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife Susan, children Traci (Bill) Fraback of Williamsfield, Chad (Kim) Stone of Stephens City, VA, Amanda (Joe Krejci) Pieh of Orwell, Twp., sisters Sandy (Bob) Cochran of The Villages, FL, and Suzan Kaiser of Syracuse, NY six grandchildren Kelsey, Kamryn, Vincent, Samantha, Jade and Payden, three great grandchildren, Ryan “Turtle Boy”, Owen and Cooper arriving in April.
Preceded in death by his parents, brother Terry Stone, and infant daughter Megan Jo.
Per Fred’s request a private funeral service will held at the Paine Funeral Home, Inc., 140 E. Main Street, Orwell, OH. Condolences may be made at painefuneralhome.com
Edith Ileen Lake
Edith Ileen Lake, 90, of Jefferson, died Monday, Feb. 20th, at her home surrounded by family. She was born on August 7, 1926, in Cannelton, West Virginia, the daughter of Charles and Edith (Baxter) Knox.
Ileen attended West Virginia University and then worked at the capital building in West Virginia. Following this, she moved to London, Ohio, where she was employed by McCord’s Manufacturing. Ileen met her husband of 59 years, Dr. William Lake, in 1957. They were married on August 16, 1958 while Dr. Lake was a veterinary medicine student at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Upon Dr. Lake’s graduation, he and Ileen moved to Jefferson in 1961 and opened a veterinary medicine practice at their home. Ileen served as Dr. Lake’s receptionist and veterinary assistant for 50 years, always greeting customers with her golden personality and warm heart.
Ileen adored her family and grandchildren more than anything else. She also enjoyed going for car rides as Dr. Lake’s passenger, visiting with friends, playing bridge, tending to her flowers, typing, and decorating, especially for Christmas.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. William Lake; nephews and nieces, John Paddock, Jeff Paddock, Pam (Paddock) Larson, and Debbie (Paddock) Phillips; children, Betsy (Terry) Heath and Jim (Tracy) Lake; eight grandchildren, Dr. Nathaniel (Brittney) Franley, Deidra (Christopher) Edison, Matthew (Cheyenne) Lake, Keenan (Allie) Franley, Tyler Lake, Kyle Lake, Audra Franley, and Kailey Lake; and a great-grandson, Kash Lake.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Jane (William) Paddock.
There will be no calling hours, but an open funeral service on Friday, Feb. 24th, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 89 E. Satin St., Jefferson with Pastor Fred Grimm officiating. A private burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the committal services at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the church at the above address or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and staff, Jefferson, Ashtabula & Geneva are honored to serve the Ileen Lake family. Visit fleming-billman.com to view obituary, express condolences, send a flower or light a candle.
Martin Ralph Button
Martin Ralph Button, 83, of Fern Avenue passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at his home.
He was born November 7, 1933 in Farmington, the son of Melvin Martin and Lillian Kathrine (Kananen) Button and had been an area resident since 1963.
He married Christine F. (Turner) on November 30, 1963 and they shared 47 years together before she passed in 2010.
Prior to his retirement, Martin drove truck for 31 years for Stone Container and Champion.
He and his wife were Charter Members of the Jefferson Fraternal Order of Eagles and were avid CB radio users, known to many as “Double B” or “Buttons and Bows.” He loved crossword puzzles, old movies, and watching Gunsmoke, Andy Griffith, and Rifleman.
His survivors include five children, Christine Turner, David Button of FL, Kathrine Sterling of Ashtabula, Debbie (Brad) Spice of Batavia, and Tammie Button of Geneva; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Raymond Button of Warren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine F. Button on November 10, 2010; one great-granddaughter, Bryanna Needler; and his parents.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date. He will be laid to rest in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville.
Contributions may be made to the family in c/o DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula who is in charge of arrangements. www.ducro.com.
Sandy Richard “Sonny” Orsuto
Sandy Richard “Sonny” Orsuto (87) of Ashtabula passed away Sunday Feb. 19th due to complications of a stroke at Carington Park Nursing Home.
William was born on May 9, 1924 and passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017. William was a resident of Geneva, Ohio at the time of his passing. Fisher was an Air Reserve Technician (Civil Service) in the United States Air Reserve (ret. 1984 MSGT) retired in 1988. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions be made to State Street Residence Council, 21 S, State Street, Dover, DE 19901 Attn: Michelle or Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758516, Topeka, KS 66675.
Stella Ruth McHenry
She was born October 14, 1949 in Urbana, Arkansas, the daughter of R. J. McHenry and Costella (Wallace) Malone and had been an Ashtabula resident since 1968.
A graduate of Gardner High School, she earned her Associates Degree in Cosmetology through the ACJVS.
Stella worked several jobs over the years to support her family, but was mainly known as a hairdresser and partner in Suave Hair Design.
A faithful member of Miracle Temple COGIC, she served on the Mother’s Board, was President of the Good Shepherd, and was a member of the hospitality committee.
She loved cooking, sewing, and doing hair and babysat children for nearly all her family and friends at one time or another. She always shared her love with others and welcomed all into her home.
Her survivors include one daughter, Sonja Jackson of Ashtabula; her mother, “pretty Girl” Costella Malone of Ashtabula; six grandchildren, Tatiana Coleman, Mya McMullen, Jadan Leesang, Paul Siler, Reginald M. McHenry II, and Keontrey “Trey” Hinson; three great-grandchildren, Ahlayjah Johnson, Zahriyah Terry, and Paul Siler, Jr.; three brothers, Marvell Kendrix and Joe Jones, both of Ashtabula, and Mark Malone of Royce City, TX; a sister, Undrea Ellis of Little Rock, AR; and step-siblings, Marilyn Malone, Ann Marie King, and Otis Ray Malone.
She was preceded in death by her son, Reginald Merrell McHenry, on April 9, 2016; and her father.
Calling hours will be held from 10 AM to 12 Noon with a service to follow at 12 Noon on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Peoples Baptist Church, 3837 West Avenue. Rev. Mitchell Jones, Pastor of Miracle Temple COGIC, will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens, North Kingsville.
Contributions may be made to the family.
Hazel Gertrude Wilson
Hazel Gertrude Wilson, 102, passed away on her birthday, Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Jefferson Health Care Center. Arrangements will be announced by Williams-Ducro Funeral Home, 1071 State Route 7 N., Pierpont, Ohio.
Emil Ferenz, Sr
Emil Ferenz, Sr., 88 of Geneva died Saturday (Feb. 18th) at Rae-Ann Nursing Home in Geneva. He was born April 19, 1928 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, the son of Andreas and Veronika (Wabosek) Ferenz and moved to the United States in 1957.
He owned Concord Machine Products, Co. in Geneva, which he founded in Concord, Ohio in 1963. His company did design and custom machine works of all kinds, including hydraulics. To quote Mr. Ferenz “I can make anything you can draw on paper and make it well.” He worked for over 50 years until his retirement, serving the needs of many local businesses, farms and wineries.
He also enjoyed playing the accordion with his wife Sophie’s vocal accompaniment at various wineries and local community events in the area and at the family’s annual pig and beef roasts.
Surviving him are four children, Emil (Tu) Ferenz, Jr. of Cypress, Texas, Helmuth (Beverly) Ferenz of Painesville, Pete Ferenz of Geneva and Sophie (John Baumbusch) Ferenz of Pickerington, Ohio and three grandchildren Jennifer Ferenz, Kevin Ferenz and Katherine Ferenz. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Sophie in 2000 and by a brother, Conrad.
Funeral service will be Thursday (Feb. 23rd) at 11:00 a.m. at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 South Broadway, Geneva, Ohio with Deacon Richard Johnson of Our Lady of Peace officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Geneva.
Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. They Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Emil Ferenz family. Condolences, light a candle and obituary at fleming-billman.com
Virginia “Ginny” Heath
She had worked for Reliance Electric for 32 years starting in Cleveland and then moving to Ashtabula to the new plant. She was active with the Union and was the first Chairman of the Relief Committee. When she came to Ashtabula she trained Stator Winders at Reliance.
She was a member of Reliance Retirees Club; Past President of the Austinburg Garden Club; Past President of the Grottoets of El Kadir Grotto; she was the First Lady of the Austinburg Twp. for Ashtabula County Beautification and she was a member of the Family Motor Coach Association.
She enjoyed bowling and was a member of several leagues; gardening, clogging, flower arranging and showing them at the Ashtabula County Fair and quilt making.
Surviving her are six grandchildren, Bill (Kathy) March, Dale (Chriss) March, Kathleen Howe, James Heath, Eric Heath and Mark Heath; eight great grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren and a step son, James Heath of Austinburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lewis in 1994 and by a daughter, Martha March in 2010.
Funeral service will be Tuesday (Feb. 21st ) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. William Terry of the Austinburg First United Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Ridgeview Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in her name can be made to the Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Ginny Heath family. Condolences, light a candle and obituary at fleming-billman.com
She had been a cook for many restaurants including the Crow’s Nest, Pirates Alley, Kork & Kettle and retired from the Elks Lodge.
She enjoyed gardening, Decorating Gourds and she loved to make crafts for the Covered Bridge Festival. In her younger years she was an excellent cake decorator.
Surviving her is her daughter, Rosemary (Bryan Johnson) Beavers of Springboro, PA; two grandson, Nicholas and Zachary Beavers; wo brothers, Ray (Esther) Sowder of Crossville, TN and Howard (Sandy) Sowder of Enumclaw, Washington; a sister, Fay (Heartsell) Porter of Roseville, GA and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Noirot in 1972 and by two sisters, Marynell Painter and Sahra Brown.
Funeral service will be Wednesday (Feb. 22nd) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Alisa Nerzejewski, Certified Celebrant officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.
Calling hour will be Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Lucille Noirot family. Condolences, light a candle and obituary at www.fleming-billman.com
Carol A. Hindle
Roy D. Stillman
Peter Annunciato Robert Bernardo Sr.
Peter was born on March 25, 1922 and passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Peter was a resident of Ashtabula, Ohio at the time of his passing. He was a 1940 graduate of Ashtabula High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps he served during World War II flying fifty missions before being honorably discharged. He was married to Madeline. Calling hours will be held from 4PM to 7PM on Friday February 24 2017 at the ZABACK-WILLIAMS-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME 500 West Prospect Road Ashtabula. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10AM on Saturday February 25 2017 at Our Lady of Peace Parish St. Joseph Church 3312 Lake Avenue Ashtabula. Rev. Raymond Thomas Pastor will preside. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery Ashtabula with full military honors. Contributions in Peter name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Karen Marie Barnes
Karen was born on December 15, 1958 and passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017. Karen was a resident of Ashtabula, Ohio at the time of her passing. Karen was a graduate of Harbor High School. She was married to Raymond. Funeral Services will be held on12 Noon of Friday February 24 2017 At New Hope Pentecostal Church West Avenue Ashtabula Oho. Rev. Neroy Carter Pastor Emeritus will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens North Kingsville Ohio.Calling hours will be observed from 6Pm to 8PM on Thursday February 23 2017 at the Ducro Funeral Home 4524 Elm Avenue Ashtabula Ohio. An additional calling hour will be observed fro 11:00 AM until time of service at 12 Noon of Friday at the church. If desired memorials in Karenïs name may be made to the Pediatric Unit of ACMC to recognize her love of children.
June J. Durrant
June was born on May 17, 1928 and passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017. June was a resident of Austinburg, Ohio at the time of her passing. She was married to Harold. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday February 23 2017 at 3 P.M. at St. Paulâs Lutheran Church 89 E. Satin St. Jefferson with Rev. Fred Grimm officiating. Burial will take place at Brownville Cemetery at a later date. Visit our website at fleming-billman.com to leave a condolence view the obituary or to light a candle. The Jefferson Home of Fleming Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory 49 West Jefferson St. Jefferson Ohio are honored to serve the June J. Durrant family.