In Memory

In Memory


Those who died in 2024:

Elaine May (Seeley)Lumley:   June 11, 1944 – February13, 2023

Grace Lydia (Shively) Ehresman:  July 3, 1918 – March 5, 2023

Helen E. (Lewis) Manlove:  July 22,1926 – March 26,2023

Elaine Marie (O’Neill) Reynolds:  Oct. 16, 1948 – May 25, 2023

James Henry:  March 3, 1933 – May 30, 2023

Kenneth Granville:  Passed February 13, 2023

Junia Winona Brewer Vannoy:  April 25, 1932 – Feb. 13, 2023

Kathy (Mary Kathleen Young) Lilley:  Sept. 9, 1931 – Nov. 5, 2023

Gene W. Brunn:  November 28,1954 – November 8, 2023

Elizabeth (Crum)McEachen:  Aug. 31, 1940 – Dec. 26, 2023


Elaine Marie (O’Neil) Reynolds passed away on May 25, 2023, from complications from a car accident on May 18, 2023. Elaine’s obituary can be found at Dignity Memorial. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at Dignity Memorial. Wood-Kortright-Borkoski  Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

A colleague described Elaine as “…one of the kindest, most humble people I knew–yet she was still a powerhouse.” A friend wrote, “Elaine made it known that family meant everything to her. Her legacy of love, kindness, and positivity has been imprinted on the hearts of us all.” Our condolences to the entire family.


John E. Kiss was born October 23, 1949, in Ravenna, Ohio; graduated from Waterloo High School; then attended the University of Akron, where he earned both bachelors and masters degrees in education.

John worked as a teacher for over 35 years with the Ravenna City School System.   He also helped with the family meat market and was a coach for boys and girls basketball, wrestling and baseball.

He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie; children, T.J. (Amy) and Carrianne (Kris) Schroeder; five grandchildren; sister Judy (Don) Woerz; and many other relatives and friends. His favorite activity was spending time with his grandkids.


Nancy Wertz of Kent passed away  April 29, 2022.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Kent State University.  She was a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar.  She thoroughly enjoyed her career working with young children in Elyria and Cuyahoga Falls schools.   Nancy had a great love of travel and enjoyed visiting 70 different countries.


John Howard Fultz, 73, of Kent, Ohio, passed away on March 20, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimers.  Born on March 4, 1949, in East Liverpool, Ohio, John was a graduate of Beaver Local High School and Kent State University, where he earned his master’s degree.

John was a dedicated runner, who ran many marathons across the country and in Alaska, as well as many weekend 5Ks.  In addition to being an avid reader, John enjoyed satirical comedy.  For years he had his own business, Phantastic Phunnies.  

John met and married his wife Sandy when he became a teacher at Franklin Elementary in Kent, where they were co-teachers of the 6th grade class.  He taught there for 30 years before retiring. 

He leaves behind his loving wife of 46 years, Sandy; her father, Dick Liebhart, and sister, Linda Liebhart Quinn; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and several great-great-nieces and nephews


Janice R. Fitts of Kent, OH, and Sunapee, NH, passed away on October 15, 2021, at the age of 93.  She graduated from Emerson College and received her master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Kent State University.  Jan was a former English teacher in Ohio and Massachusetts, Dean of Girls at Davey Junior High and later a guidance counselor until she retired in 1994. 

Jan belonged to the Ohio Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors and even served as a Chairperson for the Executive Board.  She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Education Honorary and was a former president and vice president of the Theta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta.  She served as a past vice president for Camp Fire Girls and past treasurer for the League of Women Voters.  

Jan belonged to several book clubs, liked to play card games with her grandchildren, go to lunch with her special friends and do crossword puzzles.

She is survived by her husband Duane Fitts; children Bryan (Kelley) Fitts of Stow, Ohio; Lori Raines of New Concord, Ohio; and Holly (Jim) Davidson of Reading, Massachusetts; along with six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Carol L. (Snyder) MacLean, age 91, of Kent, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2021. Carol attended Ashland College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating with majors in psychology and sociology and minors in art and Bible.

Carol worked with juvenile offenders as a social worker at the Columbus Bureau of Juvenile Research. She then continued her education at Kent State, earning a Bachelor of Science degree and, in 1962, began teaching kindergarten, first and third grades. She retired from Crestwood School District after 35 years of teaching.

Carol was a longtime member of the Church of the Brethren, where she played organ and piano. She loved art, music, writing poetry, rock and mineral collecting, bird watching, camping and nature lore.  She was a member of ORTA and PCRTA since 2002.

Carol is survived by her sons Kirk (Mary) MacLean and Brett (Brenda) MacLean; seven grandchildren; nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren too numerous to list but all loved by Grandma Carol.

Carol donated her body to the College of Medicine at NEOMED to help advance medical education and research and to improve patient care.


Frances Joanne Cardinal, 93, of Stow, Ohio, passed away at home on December 2, 2021, after managing Alzheimer’s Disease with determination and grace for many years.

After graduating from Edgewood Senior High School in Ashtabula, Joanne went on to Kent State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and became a certified teacher.  She began teaching in the Edgewood (Buckeye) District in Ashtabula, then Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools, Kent City Schools and, finally, at St. Patrick School in Kent.   Upon her retirement, she joined her husband as an advisor with Ken Cardinal and Associates.

Joanne was a member of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the Portage County Retired Teachers Association and the Chestnut Society.  She enjoyed the company of family and friends, attending theatre events and traveling with Ken as his work took them around the United States and into Canada.

Joanne is survived by three children: Melissa Marie Habowski (Ron), Christina Louise Phillips (Jack), and Vincent James Cardinal; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. 


Gaye Grimsley Bricker, 82, died on Sunday, August 8, 2021, at UH Portage Medical Center.

After graduating from The Ohio State University in 1960, Gaye taught for 32 years: two years at Black River School District followed by 30 years at Streetsboro High School.

She was very active in her sorority, Gamma Phi Beta.

Gaye spent her retired time advocating dog rescue and held the following offices: Board of Director for National Brittany Rescue (NBRAN) and Ohio NBRAN Coordinator.  She was also involved in additional organizations: Ohio Education Association Retired, National Education Association Retired, The Ohio State University Alumnae Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, Junior Thursday Literary Club and was a member of the Kent United Methodist Church.

Gaye Bricker was an amazing teacher and mom! She is survived by her daughter, Maren (Timothy) Morgan, and three grandchildren.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date and will be posted on the Facebook pages for Maren Mills Morgan and Gaye Bricker


Raymond E. Aeschliman, 91, passed away on August 20, 2021.

Born in Uhrichsville, Ohio, later Ray worked with the occupational forces in Germany during the Korean War.  

After earning his master’s degree in education at KSU, Ray taught Industrial Arts in the Hudson School System.  He was a life member of PCRTA and a member of ORTA since 1994.

He was a longtime active member of Kent UCC Church, where he especially loved singing in the choir and cooking for the workers at church rummage sales. Ray went on UCC building projects at Pipestem, West Virginia, and accompanied Portage Community Chapel to their mission at Funny River Bible Church in Alaska.  In addition, he and Doris helped on many Eye Mission Projects in Mexico and Central America.

He was a member of the Garden Club of Kent since 1965 and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the County Clothing Center and Robinson Memorial Hospital.

Ray is survived by his wife Doris (Bender) Aeschliman and his sister Dorothy Miles of Uhrichsville; three children and seven grandchildren; as well as 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly. 


Judith I. Giovinazzo, 81, passed away on August 13, 2021, in Denver, Colorado. She was a life-long resident of Ravenna until she moved to Denver to live with family.

Judith was born to Rosario and Maria (Martelli) Giovinazzo in Ravenna and spent her chosen career in education teaching second grade at West Main Elementary School in Ravenna for 35 years.

Judith is survived by her brother, Michael Giovinazzo, of Lancaster, PA, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Dominic Giovinazzo; and sisters, Anna Tucci and Frances Benshoff.  A private burial ceremony will be held in the spring.


Harvey Warner,91, passed away on August 22, 2021. He held a B. S. in Education from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Education with Superintendent’s Certificate from Kent State University. He graduated from both Army ROTC and Infantry School and was honorably discharged in 1955 with the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Harvey was a principal in the Ravenna public schools for 32 years. Any alumni from his schools will lovingly remember his lip whistle and the word “Freeze!”  In the 1980’s he established the Ravenna Day Care Center at Rausch Elementary, giving in-need parents access to quality day care for many years. He was well-known in the Ravenna community as a friend to call whenever help was needed.

A member of United Methodist Church of Ravenna for 51 years, Harvey was an Eagle Scout, holding all three Eagle Palms, as well as God and Country. He was an active member of the Ravenna Balloon Affair for many years, serving as Grand Marshall.

Harvey is survived by his three sons, Harvey Jr., Scott, David, and his faithful canine companion Moses. He has three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 62 years, Lucy Elin Warner.


Janet Fencl passed away Sept. 28, 2021. At the press deadline we did not have an obituary. Private services will take place.


Elaine June Ochwat (formerly of Garrettsville, OH) passed away peacefully at her home in Palm Coast, FL, on August 11, 2018. She earned her master’s degree in education from Kent State University and worked for over 25 years at Garfield Elementary School teaching first and second grade. Elaine also worked in the family business at Al’s High Tech Inc. in Bedford, OH.

She was a member of United Methodist Church of Garrettsville, where she sang in the choir; past president of Twentieth Century Women’s Club of Garrettsville;  and member of the United Methodist Women’s Club, Ohio Retired Teachers Association and the Garrettsville Garden Club.

Her love for the beach took her to Palm Coast, FL, where she made numerous friends. Survivors include her children, Dr. Lynn (Scott) Meffen and Dale Ochwat; grandchildren, Lauren, Stacie, Kellie, Scott II, Albert, Christine, Dale Jr. and Robert; and seven great-grandchildren. 


Harry Bowman passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Diane of Leesburg, FL; daughter Julianne Kaye (Greg) of Easley SC; son, Jared of Prairie City, OR; and three grandsons.  He was a life member of OCRTA and ORTA since 1999 and was very active on several committees for PCRTA – especially the scholarship committee.

Harry received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Kent State University. He taught vocal and instrumental music for 32 years. He was also a well-known bag piper and an Assistant Scoutmaster for 25 years.


Myra May Owens Myers passed away Friday March 19, 2021, at the age of 94. She received her BS in Education from Kent State University. She was named a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar in 1978-79. 

She is survived by her children, Kathryn Ann, Robert Owen and his children, retired Lt. Col. Gordon F. Myers USMC and his children, Nicole Elizabeth Myers (Eric) Domuczicz and Kelly Katherine Myers (Chad) Martin and five great-grandchildren.


Nancy Katheryne Schubert passed away at the age of 88 on February 19, 2021. She taught in Mantua, OH, and was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society. 

She is survived by her children, David (Kathleen) Schubert, Steven (Judith) Schubert and Laura Schneer, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Carol Fesemyer Rudlosky passed away on February 16, 2021, at the age of 70.  Carol received her B.S. in Education from Kent State University with a certification for Special Education. She also earned a master’s degree and a professional certificate in School Counseling from the University of Akron as well as a second master’s degree with a principalship certification.

She is survived by her husband, Bill, and four children, Mark (Alexandra), of Chagrin Falls, Scott (Caitlin) of Kent, Kevin (Jessica) of Westerville and Julie (Patrick) Impiccini of Kent, seven grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers.


Eugenia Pantalone passed away on March 5, 2021, at the age of 85. Genie received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Kent State University and did graduate work there as well. In 1969-70 she received the Martha Holden Jennings Scholar Award and in 1970-71 was honored by the Ravenna Jaycees with the Outstanding Young Educator Award.

Genie joined the staff at the Ravenna Public Library from 1952- 2016. She was a life-long parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna, OH.


Rudolph S. Bachna , 92, passed away peacefully at his home on February, 20, 2021. He graduated from Kent State University and founded the KSU Gymnastics Program in 1959. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Lynn, and son, JW Hyatt of Kent.


Eileen Errickson, 97, passed away January 17, 2021. She was born in Edinburg, Ohio. Eileen taught in Deerfield and the in Windham School system. After her 30 years of service, she then continued teaching by substituting.

Surviving Eileen are her daughters Sherry (Dr. David Cliness) Mann and Cheryl (Christopher) Minter. She leaves 5 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.


Maria J. Mastromatteo, 76, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Danbury Assisted Living in Cuyahoga Falls.  She was a retired teacher of 33 years from the Ravenna City Schools. She was also retired as an education producer for PBS Television. Maria is survived by several nephews, several grand nieces and nephews, many cousins and her sister- in-law Constance. 


Harold Williams, Ph.D., 85, passed away November 21, 2020. He was a veteran serving in Korea, Army Intelligence. He earned his BA at Harpur College, MA at Penn State,  Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska. He accomplished much with honors at Kent State University, where he mentored doctoral students, taught graduate classes, chaired the economics department and served as associate dean of graduate and international programs. Hal was also an avid runner and raced in the Ohio and National Senior Olympics.  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children Mark (Debbie), Theresa (Doug); three grandsons; sister, Florence; and three brothers.


Margaret Pauline Daugherty (Howell) (Hoffmann) passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020, at the age of 91. A graduate with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University, she retired from the Cuyahoga Falls School District with over 30 years of service as a teacher and guidance counselor. She had a second career as a counselor for the Portage Path Behavioral Center. 

Maggie was a master gardener, a long-time member of the Kent Garden Club and the First United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Albert Howell and her second husband, Silas Clark Daugherty. She is survived by her sons, William Howell (Lois) of Kent and David Howell of Stow; grandchildren, Kelly (Chris), Karli (Zach), and Brett; great grandchildren, Alexander, Chase, Anna, and Weston; and her sister Mary Suster of Chagrin Falls, OH.


Richard Worthing, 77, passed away on July 1, 2020. He received his bachelors of science degree from Kent State University and completed his master’s and doctoral work at Michigan State University.

He came to KSU in 1971 where he taught music theory, analysis and orchestration. In 1979 he became the Assistant Dean of the College of Fine and Professional Arts, retiring as Dean Emeritus of that college.

Dick was an accomplished pianist and received many awards and accolades for his involvement with music.   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Michelle; his 3 daughters; several grandchildren and other close family relatives.


Judith Ward, 71, passed away on July 6, 2020. Judy graduated from Bowling Green University with a degree in elementary education and the University of Akron with a masters of the same.

She taught for 36 years in the Ravenna City Schools. She is survived by her children, Erin (Frank) Shreve of Austinburg, Ohio, and Robert (Krystal Ricciardella) of Perrysburg, Ohio, and one grandson.


Sincere sympathy to member Elaine Slaybaugh, whose husband, Chuck, passed away June 28, 2020.


Sincere sympathy to member Patricia Eichler, whose husband, John, passed away July 3, 2020.


Earl D. Kilchenman passed away on May 28, 2020, at age 93. He is survived by two daughters, Amy Fieldman (Robert) of Centreville, Virginia, and Jodi Johnson (Thomas) of Hudson, Ohio; daughter-in-law, Jill Kilchenman of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois; and seven grandchildren

Earl served as an Army Air Corps Staff Sergeant during WWII. Following the war, he received his BS in Education from Mount Union College and his MS in Educational Administration from Kent State University.

Earl devoted his life to the field of education. Earl advocated for students with learning difficulties and went on to develop new programming in the mid-1960s to service students with special needs.

He forged partnerships with Notre Dame College of Ohio and Case Western Reserve University, developing college coursework to train special education teachers. He was recognized by the Ohio Board of Education in 1966 as a champion for teachers and students and was the recipient of multiple awards, including the Jennings Scholar recognition.

Earl loved watching sports, gardening, playing golf and coaching. He was a member of Kent American Legion Post 496 and played the bugle for the Honor Guard. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Esther Lucille Burton, 83, of Ravenna passed away Thursday April 2, 2020. Her death was due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.  From Kent State Esther received a Bachelor of Science in Education and her master’s degree in Guidance Counseling.  She taught 6th grade for many years in the Ravenna City School System.

In the 1978-79 school year she was selected as a Jennings Scholar by the prestigious Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.  Both Esther and her husband, Norman, were volunteers for Dr. Brinker’s Eye Care Program which took them to Central and South America. Because she liked traveling,  she had been in six of the seven continents and had visited over forty-one different countries.

As a good cook Esther could replicate a dish at home that she had tasted at a restaurant by identifying the seasonings and other ingredients needed to make the dish. Esther is survived by her husband, two children, four grandchildren and one great- grandchild.

Shirley Arlene Dubetz passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at the age of 92. Shirley received her law degree from William McKinley School of Law. She was the first practicing female attorney in Portage County and practiced actively for more than 60 years. She also completed graduate coursework at Kent State University, where, in 1991, she established the Shirley Robb Dubetz Endowed Scholarship in Political Science.

The Retired Faculty Association of KSU, Business and Profession Women, University Women of KSU, Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, the KSU President’s Club were among a number of organizations to which Shirley belonged over the years.

Shirley was a passionate golfer, sports fan of baseball, football and basketball teams and world traveler, having visited five continents.

She is survived by her five children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Earl Kilchenman had been her long-time friend.


Our sympathy goes out to Matt Leedom, our guy who processes the printing and sending hard copies to members. Matt’s father, Thomas L. Leedom, passed away May 23.


Virginia May Mills, age 105, of Ravenna passed away Saturday, March 21, 2020.

Virginia MIlls

Virginia MIlls

She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church of Ravenna. On July 30, 1939, she married her beloved Frank E. Mills.

She and her husband traveled through every state in the country, across Canada and throughout Europe, making several visits to family members in England. Virginia taught in the Ravenna School System for over 25 years.

She leaves two daughters and their families, 17 great- grandchildren and many friends. The family thanked Dorothy Jones, a longtime friend and neighbor, for all the neighborly attention she gave Virginia.

Leona Ann Livezey, 91 years of age, died Saturday, December 28, 2019, at her residence. Born in Palmyra Township, Ohio, on July 12, 1928. Leona returned to teaching as a third grade teacher at Hiram Elementary School after raising her 4 children. She had a talent for quilting, basket weaving, crocheting, needlepoint and many other crafts. 

She enjoyed family get-to-gethers and loved to provide homemade meals for people. She was also known for her potato salad, which was enjoyed each year at the Mantua Potato Festival. She and her husband were avid campers and enjoyed traveling the United States, as well as worldwide trips. Leona is survived by her husband, Ralph, her four children and their extended families. 


Richard “Dick” T. Lewis, 86, died on Dec. 9, 2019.  He was born in Newark Valley, New York. He served in the Marines and later received his M.A. and Ph. D. in geography from Syracuse University.  He was a professor at Kent State University from 1967-1995, specializing in urban and economic geography.

Dick was greatly involved with the Presbyterian Church in Kent as a deacon, an elder, a Sunday school teacher and a choir member. In his community he was involved with Meals on Wheels, the County Clothing Center, the Coalition for Sanctuary and hosting AFS students in his home. He is survived by his wife, Janet, four sons and their extended families.

Mary Dorothy Rinier, 94, passed away on December 22, 2019. She was born in Canton, OH. She and her husband moved to Kent, where they lived for 60 years. They formed close associations with Kent State University and the Kent United Church of Christ.

Dorothy was involved in many area organizations such as the Board of Trustees of the Kent Free Library, Coterie, University Women, Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, PEO, Church Women United, Campfire Girl/Bluebird troop leader and more.

Mary Dorothy is survived by her four daughters and their families, her younger brother and a sister and their families. Those Mary Dorothy had bonded with over the years were relationships that were highly prized by her.


Saundra L. Weaver, 84, died on January 19, 2019. Saundra was born in Akron on October 23, 1934, to the late Howard and Emma Mankamyer. She earned her undergraduate degree from Bob Jones University and her master’s degree from Kent State University. Saundra’s career in education included teaching positions at Field Local Schools and Springfield Township Schools.

After 30 years in the Springfield School District, she retired and spent the next 35 years preparing tax returns at H&R Block.
Saundra was a longtime member of Heritage Baptist Church, where she played the piano and taught Sunday School. She had many interests, including spending time with her granddaughters, gardening and dog sitting.

In addition to her parents, Saundra was preceded in death by her sister, Eleanor Baer. She is survived by her sons, Michael (Haiou) and John (Crystal) Weaver; brother, Richard Mankamyer; granddaughters, Emily and Mira Weaver; and many other relatives and friends.


Judith L. Clawson, 80, a long-time resident of Twin Lakes, passed away on August 25, 2019, in Annandale, Virginia. Beloved wife of 53 years of the late Robert W. Clawson.

Judy was born in Cleveland in 1938 to Frank Anton and Bettie (Cerny) Lisy of Orange Village.  She graduated magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University in Elementary Education in 1960.  Judy enjoyed fine dining, wine and long dinner conversations with her siblings and with Delta Gamma, Coterie III, University Women, Coast Guard and Friday Night Dinner friends.

She loved to feed and take care of family and friends, as well as her large, rambunctious dogs.  She was a dedicated blood donor to the American Red Cross.  Judy belonged to the Chestnut Society, University Women, Twin Lakes Women’s Golf Association, Ohio and National Councils of Teachers of Math, NEA, Stow Teachers Association and League of Women Voters.

Judy is survived by her children Deborah M. Clawson (Gary Schafer) of Crofton, MD, and Gregory S. Clawson (Laura) of Burke, VA.  Also survived by her sister Janet Eames (Thomas) and her brother Gary Lisy (Becky) and three grandchildren.

Robert W. Clawson, 74, a long-time resident of Twin Lakes, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at National Church Residences in Cuyahoga Falls.

He was born December 21, 1939, in Glendale, CA, to Charles Verner and Ada Fern (Hower) Clawson. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Soviet Studies and was Professor Emeritus of European Military Studies at Kent State University (KSU).

He was the Recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1986, presented by the KSU Alumni Association. He was also Director of the Center for International and Comparative Programs and Co-founder of the Lyman L. Lemnitzer Center for NATO studies (at KSU), where he was resident specialist in the Warsaw Pact until its dissolution.

He pursued many new activities including consulting on employee ownership projects in the former Soviet Union, mastering French cooking (and dining), painting  and travelling with his wife and friends to five continents. He was an avid collector of military uniforms and became the world’s foremost expert on Russian and Soviet combat helmets. Most recently he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 06-01, and completed a term as flotilla commander in 2013.


Sally Hershiser,  August 16, 1936 – February 20, 2019. Sally was a devoted lifelong member of the Kent United Methodist Church.

A passionate Kent community supporter, Sally’s education and career were anchored in the Kent City School District. She graduated with honors from Theodore Roosevelt High School and Kent State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling. She taught in the Kent City Schools for 30 years. Upon retirement, she joined Kent State University’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, serving as a student teacher supervisor for 23 years, including three years as the coordinator of student teachers.

Sally was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international educators’ society.

A passionate and beautiful singer, Sally sang in the high school and church sanctuary choirs, as well as with the contemporary groups, New Spirit and Grace. For 28 years, she joyfully emceed and sang barbershop harmony with Sweet Adelines International.

Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, William; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Glenn Adair; daughter-in-law, Penny Hershiser; grandsons, Jeremy (Tiffany) of TX; Zachary and Ross Adair of Kent, OH; and great-grandson, Parker Adair of Bossier City, LA. Her brothers, Richard of Fruitland, FL, and Thomas (Mary) of Mt. Dora, FL, also survive her. She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving son, Scott.


Edward J. Hall, Jr., age 83, of Munroe Falls, died on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Mulberry Gardens Memory Care. Edward was born March 31, 1935, in Boston, Mass., to Edward and Marguerite (Phelps) Hall. He was a member of the United Church of Christ Kent. He grew up visiting Lake Winnipesaukee and after marriage visiting Lake Champlain.

Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Europe. He was a Professor Emeritus at Kent State University. Edward was a member of the Garden Club of Kent and enjoyed history and classical music. He was very intelligent and loved to read and write.

Edward is survived by his wife of 52 years, Margaret Hall; daughter, Valerie (Mark) Arredondo of Stow; grandchildren, Emily, Jeremy, Katelyn, Cameron and Alexander Arredondo; brother, Winthrop (Sandy) Hall of Acton, Mass.; nieces, Carolyn (Greg) Finlay and Meredith Hall.



Dr. Glenn Alan Saltzman, 83, beloved husband, father and grandfather, Navy Captain, educator and Kent community leader, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at University Hospital in Cleveland.

He enrolled at The Ohio State University on a full NAVY ROTC scholarship in 1953. He earned four varsity letters playing soccer. He graduated with a degree in physical education in 1957.

He retired from the Naval Reserve after 32 years, with the rank of Captain, in 1985.

After completing active duty service, he taught high school math and coached football, basketball and baseball while completing his graduate degree. The family moved to Columbus, where he began work on his doctorate in Psychology at Ohio State while working for the State Department of Education. In 1966 the family moved to Kent, and Glenn became assistant professor of Counseling and Personnel Services at Kent. He retired from Kent State University in 1995.

He was an avid sportsman who played tennis and golf and enjoyed hiking. A licensed commercial pilot, Glen and his wife, Ruth, traveled to all 50 states, as well as Europe.

Survivors include his wife, sons, a daughter, 4 grandchildren, a great-grandson and beloved dog, Harold Alan Saltzman.


Janice John, 99, of Kent, passed away peacefully at home, Monday, September 10, 2018. Janice was a graduate of Stow High School, class of 1938. She received her Master’s in Education from Kent State University. Janice was an elementary school teacher for 25 years in Streetsboro and Stow. She was a longtime member of Kent First Church of Christ, Scientist.  She was a member of ORTA, PCRTA, National Education Association and Summit County Retired Teachers Association.

She is survived by her son Richard G. John of Kent; granddaughter, Cindy Rebecca Toole of St. Augustine, FL; grandson, Michael (Jessica) John of Waynesville, N.C; great grandchildren, Chelsea Toole, Lindsey Ring, Lauren John and Mike John. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy W. John, and son, Gerald W. John.


Arthur J. “Art” Fesemyer, 92, of Ravenna died Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at his home.  Art has lived in Ravenna since 1946, received a B.S. and M.S. from Kent State University, an M.S. from University of Pittsburgh and a football scholarship from North Carolina State. He was a US Army veteran of WWII, serving in the 3rd Army Chemical Mortar Battalion.

Art was a member of the Ravenna Kiwanis, 60-year member of the Ravenna Elks, a life member of the VFW and American Legion and past president and life member of the PCRTA. He was a teacher and administrator for area schools including Aurora and Ravenna City Schools, where he is a member of the Ravenna Schools Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his children Elizabeth Wymer, Susan (Francis) Ricciardi, Becky (David) Kirby, Carol (Bill) Rudlosky, Amy (Jim) Neely, David (Cindy) Fesemyer and Tom (Mary) Fesemyer, 22 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jane and six older sisters.


Shirley Sorriento passed away May 24, 2018. She has been a life member of both ORTA and PCRTA since 1993. The records are incomplete. She taught at Ravenna.


Raymond Steffner died Sunday, July 1, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was born in East Cleveland. Ray was preceded in death by this parents and sister Anne Marie. He is survived by his children Paul Steffner, Rachel (Micheal) Huntley; sister Linda (Frank) Anderson; cousins, nieces and nephews.

In the 50’s his family moved to Streetsboro. Ray graduated from Streetsboro high School in 1964. He held a master’s degree in industrial arts education. He taught at Ravenna High School for 32 years. In the past he owned Windbreak Nursery in Streetsboro specializing in growing and selling Christmas trees.


Diane Roberts, who died November 2017, had been a guidance counselor at Streetsboro High School for many years, retiring in 2001.  Born in Akron, she was a 1957 graduate of Kent State University.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Education and was also president of Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Delta Pi. She was awarded the Cardinal Key Womanhood Award in 1957 and was a runner- up in the Miss Kent State contest in the same year.

She returned to Kent at the age of 40 to pursue a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling.  As a graduate student, she worked at Project DOVE, supporting and counseling women who were returning to school after a hiatus in their education.
Diane leaves her three children, Tracy, Beth and Jeff, and 6 grandchildren.


Patricia Smouse, Nov.2, 1925-March 17, 2017.  Pat graduated from E. Liverpool High School and then received a Master at Kent State University. She taught in Ravenna and Kent City Schools and retired in 1985.  Pat was a member of the Kent United Church of Christ, several bridge clubs, Coterie I, the Elm Garden Club, Chestnut Society Kent State Women and PCRTA.


Beverly Cole, Sept. 8, 1943-Jan. 22, 2018.  Beverly was born in Wauseon, Ohio,  graduated from Wauseon High School and Defiance College and received a Master’s degree from Kent State University. She taught special education at Painesville, Ravenna and Tallmadge High School. A member of the Unitarian Universal Church of Kent and the Kent Garden Club. she was active in the Kent Environmental Council. Beverly leaves her husband, Larry; two daughters; five grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.


Paul Kitchen, Oct. 18, 1918- July 7, 2017.  Paul was born in Missoula, Montana. He as the founder of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Kent State University. As a professor of political Science at K.S.U., Paul was the first ombudsman for students there. He was a member of the Wranglers Association of Portage County, Rootstown Board of Education and the Portage County Sheriff’s Association.  He leaves two sons.


Christina Luli, Feb. 2, 1944- Jan 15, 2018.  Christina graduated from Rootstown High School and received a master’s degree in education at K.S.U.  She taught special education at Rootstown Middle School, sang with the traditional choir at St. Peter of the Fields Church and was a 4-H leader.  Christina leaves her husband, Ray; two daughters; a son and several grandchildren.


John W. ‘Jack’ Hurd, 1934-2018. Jack died March 13, 2018. He was born in Warren, Ohio.  Jack served in the Korean conflict and was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kent, where he served as chairperson of the Music Committee.  He graduated from Kent State High School and K.S.U., where he received his MFA in Music and an MED in Education Administration.

Jack taught music at Davey Jr. High School and moved on to be the assistant principal, then principal, of Roosevelt High School in Kent. Jack also taught music education at the K.S.U. branches and was the Choir Director for 25 years at the Presbyterian Church of Kent. He leaves his wife, Alice; three children; six grandchildren and numerous relatives.


Gene (Eugene) Wenninger, Oct. 27, 1931-Feb.25, 2018.  Gene graduated from Bucyrus High School and received a B.S. in Education from Ohio State University. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, he received an M.A. in Sociology from K.S.U. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois. 

He had a 40- year career as a sociology professor or senior administrator at K.S.U. He held numerous position on various boards and organizations at K.S.U.  Gene was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, Trustee of Robinson Memorial Hospital, Kent Planning Commission, Kent Environmental Council and other committees.


Mary E Schilmiller

Mary E. Schilmiller, 98, of Brimfield, died Monday, November 20, 2017, at her home. She was born September 16, 1919, in Elizabeth, IN., to Edward J. and Pearl (Hart) Schilmiller.

Mary was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent where, she sang in the choir; the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association and Euclid Teacher Association. Mary received her Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and taught Special Education in the Macedonia, Stow and Euclid Schools for 50 years. She was Rosie the Riveter working on airplanes during WWII.


Helen Jane Wilson 

Helen Jane died peacefully August 7, 2017, at her home in Washington State. After rearing her five sons, Helen taught and administrated in the Ravenna School System from 1967-1989.

Then she became the Coordinator for 19 years of Adult Basic Education and Literacy Education at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna. She also became the first Ex. Director of the Portage County Literacy Coalition. She received many accolades and awards for her personal and professional achievements, including induction into the Ravenna Ravens Hall of Fame in 2003.

She had high energy, high standards, a gift for leadership, uncompromising loyalty, and terrific memory.  She created beautiful works of needlepoint and crochet art throughout her lifetime


Jean Thomas

On April 12, 2017, Jean Thomas passed away. She taught in the Marion Schools from

Jean Thomas

Jean Thomas

1945-1949.  Her husband’s career change from teaching to business brought the family to Mantua in 1951. She retired from Crestwood  in 2010.

Her memory is cherished by her children Rob (Joyce) Thomas of Cuyahoga Falls, Tim (Jane) Thomas of Ravenna, Terri Thomas of Ravenna, Tom (Jodie) Thomas of Ravenna, Thea (Tom) Wilson of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.  She leaves seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Endearing friendships were formed at The Mantua Garden Club, The League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County, Mantua Rotary Club, First Congregational Church and Portage Community Chapel of Ravenna, Ohio.

Jean was a life member of PCRTA/ORTA since 2012.


Thomas Compana

Thomas Compana

Thomas A. Campana, 93, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Tom was honorably discharged from the United Sates Navy in 1946. He received his Masters in Education Administration from Kent State University. Besides other places Tom’s longest employment was with the Kent City School District as a teacher, coach and then the Athletic Director. Tom retired in 1984. Tom was a great family man, mentor and a friend to many.   He was a lifetime member of PCRTA/ORTA.


Lowell Myers, 88, died February 21, 2017.  Lowell received a Masters in Education from Kent State University 1956.  He loved his family and had a great passion for teaching and

Lowell Myers

Lowell Myers

education. After other positions in the field of education, Lowell became superintendent of Streetsboro City Schools from 1967-1973. Then he became superintendent of Maplewood Career Center, where he planned and oversaw the construction. Lowell served in several community and civic organizations as well.  Lowell was a lifetime member of PCRTA/ORTA.


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Reah Merrell passed away on August 29, 2014, at the age of 108.  Rhea was born in Kent, Ohio, in 1906. Rhea graduated from Kent State with a Master’s Degree in Education.  She was an elementary school teacher from 1927-1956 and an elementary school supervisor in Portage County from 1958-1974.  Rhea was a member of Delta Zeta, Order of the Eastern Star and many other local organizations.

David Wilson passed away April 26, 2014, in Greensboro, N. Carolina, at the age of 92. David was a veteran of World War II, serving stateside at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and then in Las Vegas. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.  David taught history at Kent Roosevelt High School from 1956 to 1978. After retirement he and his wife ran a condominium at Marco Island, Florida. David was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1995.

Betty Parks died May 20, 2015, just before her 94th birthday.  Betty and her husband, John, moved from Pennsylvania to Portage County in 1948.  Betty taught at Crestwood High School, Hiram College and then Kent State University. After her teaching career Betty volunteered for about ten years at Robinson Memorial Hospital (University Hospital).  Betty was an ORTA/PCRTA life member since 2006.

Constance M. Mellott died September 20, 2015, at the age of 84.  Constance earned her Ph. D. in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  She taught at Springfield Massachusetts Tech Jr. College and graduate library science at Kent State University, where she retired as a Professor Emeritus.  Constance was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1995.

Garnet Ruth Boblett Byrne died July 8, 2016. Garner was a native of Richwood, West Virginia, and had resided in Kent, Ohio, since 1974.  She was a well known and respected teacher at Stow Monroe Falls High School.  Garnet was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1997.

John Lilley passed away peacefully on October 5, 2016, at the age of 93. John served in Lighter than Air during World War II. He taught engineering graphics and drafting at Cuyahoga Falls High School and lectured at NASA in Cleveland.  He was a volunteer for the Cleveland Coast Guard Auxiliary. John sang in the Barbershop Chorus of Akron and a quartet, “Rapture.” John was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1992.

Daryl Bateman passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 6, 2016, at the age of 75. He served honorably in the U. S. Navy from 1958-1961. Daryl taught and coached at Hudson High School and taught at Kent Roosevelt High School. He was a Guidance Counselor and Assistant Principal at Davey Middle School until 1992. After retirement Daryl re-entered the field of education and became the principal at James A. Garfield Middle School. He also worked at Streetsboro City Schools as Director of Special Education and consulted for Southeast Local while he worked part time as a Guidance Counselor at Aurora High School. Daryl was a life member of ORTA/PCRRA since 1993.

Flora R. Carlton of Punta Gorda, Florida, died November 8, 2016, at the age of 98. Flora taught in the Crestwood School System in Mantua, Ohio, where she was a resident for 30 years. Flora was the daughter of the late Simeon and Rena Randall of Kent, Ohio.  She was the first Portage County woman to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps in 1942 and was mustered out in 1946 with the rank of Captain. Flora was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1997.

Joanne Newhauser taught art at Brown Middle School for 15 years. After her

Joanne Newhauser

Joanne Newhauser

retirement.she served on the Ravenna Board of Education. She joined ORTA and PCRTA in 2003 and became a life member of both organizations in 2005.  She served as PCRTA vice president.  She is survived by her children: Paul M. Newhauser of Ravenna, Charles (Patricia) Newhauser of Hinckley, Judy (Eric) Holdener of Gambier, Ohio, and Tina (Mark) Newhauser-Willoughby of East Lansing, MI. An only child, her memory will also be cherished by her five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Martha Sue (McConnell) Hatcher, age 67 of Edinburg, passed away Friday, May


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Chloe Ann Small passed away on July 3, 2009.  She taught kindergarten in Windham for 30 years at Katherine Thomas.  Chloe  spending time with family & friends, discussing politics, shopping, eating out, going to the beach and spending time with her Dalmations.  She was a life member of PCRTA.


Robert W. Stanton passed away December 5th, 2015, at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH.  He held various teaching and administrative positions, including Principal of Willoughby High School and Principal of Kent Roosevelt, culminating in his serving as Superintendent of Kent City Schools.

Later he served as Business Manager of Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine and then returned to education as the Superintendent of Plainwell City Schools in Plainwell, Michigan.

Robert, who received his Ph. D. in Education from Harvard University, was a World War II veteran and a family man.  His funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church of Kent, with his burial at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, OH.   Robert was a life member of PCRTA/ORTA.

David Mohan passed away November 22, 2015. David held four different degrees: a B.S. (Industrial Arts Ed.); a Master of Science (Industrial Ed.) from the University of Maryland; Master of Arts (Gerontology) from Kent State University and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Industrial Technology) from Ohio State University.

David served in numerous leadership roles in higher education, business and industry, and non-profit organizations. He volunteered with Robinson Memorial Hospital Hospice, Summit County Alzheimer’s Association, Portage Area Senior Services, United Christian Ministries, Holden Elementary School and the Kent Jaycees.

David was extremely proud of his family members and their accomplishments. His career at Kent State University spanned forty-plus years. David was a life member of PCRTA/ORTA.


Janice Marshall


Marilyn Alger taught 42 years mostly 5th grade, at the Crestwood Schools in 5th grade.  She was a lifetime resident of Mantua Township.  Her husband was a dairy farmer. Besides helping her husband, she was an accomplished artist and a member of numerous organizations, including being anelder in the Mantua Christain Church.


Mary Louise “Merrielu” Ritz, 87 of Streetsboro, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015. She retired from Streetsboro City Schools where she was a kindergarten teacher. Being an artist and painter, she belonged to the Hudson Society of Artists and Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. She was also a member of RCRTA/ORTA and Jr. Thursday Literary Club.

“Merrielu” received the Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America award.

She leaves behind her daughters, Susan (Richard) Holloway of St. Louis , MO., Jane Ritz and Marjorie (Mark) Crock both of Streetsboro; several grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a sister and two step children.


Shirley A. Taylor passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. Shirley earned dual certification in elementary and secondary education. She taught in Ravenna at Tappan, West Main, West Park and finally at Ravenna High School, where she taught English and Reading.

She is survived by her sons Richard of Ravenna, and Bruce (Gail) of Georgia; daughter Sharon of PA.; many grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; her sister, Margaret; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Shirley was a life member of PCRTA/ORTA.


Pat Balazs of Ravenna passed away from complications of multiple myeloma on May 16, 2015.  Pat graduated with honors from Kent State University. She taught kindergarten at Rootstown Elementary School for 30 years.

Pat is survived by her husband, John; sons Stephen of Kent, Marty (Paula) of Tallmadge, Jeffery (Julie) of Cleveland Heights; and four grandchildren.

There is an Open House in Celebration of Pat’s life on July 2nd at Fred Fuller Park in the Roy Smith Shelter House from 2-4 p.m. Bring a dish to pass.  Pat was a member of PCRTA/ORTA.


Jane C. Sawyer Hostler died peacefully, February 16, 2015. She retired from the Streetsboro City Schools as a 5th grade teacher.  She was a member of the University Parish Newman Center and PCRTA/ ORTA.  She was the ultimate host for all of the family gatherings and holidays.


Rebecca Armstrong Perkins Moore passed away at the age of 95 on February 15, 2015. After Rebecca had taught in various places, the family moved to Streetsboro, Ohio, in 1968. She then taught music at the elementary level for Streetsboro City Schools. Some of Rebecca’s hobbies included yarn and fabric art, gardening, hiking, biking and tennis.  She was a lifetime member of the Delta Omicron Musical Fraternity and a member of PCRTA/ ORTA.


Phyllis J. Hendricks died in February of 2015. Phyllis was a recipient of a Jennings Scholarship award. She loved art and poetry and published three books.  She was a member of PCRTA/ ORTA.


Norman D. Park died on December 5. A life member of PCRTA, he served as our historian for many years. We fondly remember his “Looking Back” columns in the PCRTA newsletter.  Norm brought a unique enthusiasm and sensitivity to his Crestwood classrooms, often accompanied by American Indian artifacts from his extensive collection. Our thoughts remain with Evelyn, his wife, who is also a life member of ORTA and PCRTA, and with his family.


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Ann Wiedeman taught kindergarten in the Kent City Schools.  She was active in the Kent Presbyterian Church, Coterie, Delta Kappa Gamma, Chestnut Society and Tree City Campers.  Ann was a life member of PCRTA and ORTA and was an ardent fan of Kent State University athletic teams.  She died on December 8, 2014.


Jean Gilley passed away on December 19 at the age of 96.  She retired from Kent City Schools, where she taught at Franklin Elementary.  Her passion was gardening, and she was a member of Twin Lakes and Kent Garden Club.  She volunteered at Kent State Fashion Museum.


Richard Rymer, a life member of ORTA and PCRTA since 1994, passed away on July 17.  He worked for the National Bureau of Standards in California. He was an electronics technical representative to a company in Germany and taught electronics to the German Air Force.  Preferring to work with people, he became a psychologist and taught at the University of Akron from 1970 to 1993.  He and his wife were active in the Kent Historical Society, several nature organizations and antique car clubs.


Alice Darr passed away August 21, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born and educated in Illinois, she moved to Ohio to join the Kent State University faculty.  She was a coordinator of the Home Economics Ed. Program and co-chair of the KSU commencement committee for 25 years.  Alice and her husband, Ralph, also a life member of ORTA and PCRTA, enjoyed traveling, camping and volunteering.


Dr. Lloyd Mills was a professor emeritus of English at Kent State University, where his poetry classes were popular with students. As a scholar and admirer of Ben Jonson’s work, Dr. Mills embraced the great writer’s argument that literary works should reflect both the artistic and moral integrity of the author. He is survived by his son, Ralph Mills; daughters Ellen Warner and Jane Wallbrown; and grandchildren and great grandchildren. He died Dec. 8, 2013. (by Dave Gynn)


 James A. Rinier died on November 1, 2013, at the Trinity Grove Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jim framed his view of the world through the lens of geography, and that led him to a very successful career in the Kent State University Geography Department, where he taught for 51 years.

He was inducted into the ODNR Hall of Fame in 2009. His wife, Mary, continues as a PCRTA member.


Milton Manes, Ph.D. died on February 27, 2014. He was a life member of ORTA and joined PCRTA in 2009. He was a physical chemist with the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

In 1967, he came to Kent State University as a professor in the Chemistry Department. He returned to Pittsburgh on his retirement in 1985.


Richard M. Rufener passed away at his home on April 20, 2014. His passion was education. teaching 7th grade social studies for 33 years in the Ravenna School District.

He used field trips all over the state to bring Ohio history alive, including archaeological digs, NASA, COSI, astronomy and orienteering at Towner’s Woods, fishing and canoeing.

Richard led his own lawn care company for 33 years with help from his sons. He joined ORTA and PCRTA in 2008.


Jane L. Reynolds passed away April 12 after a brief illness. She taught at Dewitt School in Cuyahoga Falls and joined PCRTA/ORTA in 1991. She renovated her family’s historic homestead in Streetsboro. She was an officer in DAR.

She was passionate about music; loved gardening, canning, and preserving; and sewed gowns and uniforms. She travelled extensively but also enjoyed a walk in her woods.


Richard B. Dorr passed peacefully at home on May 25. Rick was a principal and math teacher at Twinsburg Schools and joined PCRTA/ORTA in 2000.

He served many roles in the United Church of Christ. He was very active in scouting where he achieved several leadership awards. He will be remembered for his prowess at gardening and for his love of singing.


 Lucy Warner taught first grade for many years at Carlin Elementary School in Ravenna.  She was a loving, kind, and caring educator as well as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ravenna, PCRTA, ORTA, Thursday Literary Club, and the Salem Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

We extend our sincere sympathy to Lucy’s husband, Harvey, a retired principal from the Ravenna City Schools, and to their sons and families. She died February 19, 2014.


Kenneth Cardinal

Kenneth Cardinal

Kenneth Earl Cardinal, former Superintendent for the Kent City Schools, died two days after his 86th birthday on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Ken had a long career in the field of education in which he received many awards related to his outstanding accomplishments and leadership.  He was inducted into the Kent City School’s Hall of Fame for his contribution to the school, and his major contribution through personnel selection practices.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the American Legion, Kent Rotary, American Association of School Administrators, and other educational-related organizations, as well as a life member in PCRTA, and ORTA.

He was also a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Kent. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Joanne (Hall), and all of their family.  Ken was buried at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, Ohio.



Orsen Ott

Orsen Ott

Portage County Retired Teachers’ Association member Mr. Orson E. Ott who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, passed away at Regency Oaks, Sylvan Health Center in Clearwater, Florida on December 28, 2013.

Born in Rootstown, Ohio on October 18, 1913, he was a long time resident of Garrettsville, Ohio, since 1946 before moving to Clearwater, Florida in 2009. He enjoyed calling Garrettsville, Ohio and Portage County home for over 90 years.

A lifelong educator, Mr. Ott began his career as a teacher and coach in Paris Township in 1937 (now know as part of the Southeast Local School District.) After 10 years at Paris Township, it was off to his beloved Garrettsville, Ohio, where he served and still holds the title presently, as the longest administrator of the Garrettsville, Ohio School System as Superintendent for 26 years, serving from 1946-1972.

Mr. Ott received his Doctorate in Education at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. While at Kent State University where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees, he become a member of “Kappa Delta Pi.” Throughout his career, he held memberships in several professional organizations.

Mr. Ott was also honored and received many awards for his accomplishments: Washington Seminar on Federal Titles 1964, JOHN Hay Fellowship in Humanities 1965, Hawaiian Seminar Participant Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education for Innovative (selected ) Programs 1966, Co-Helper in Formulating Plan and Receiving Federal Grant for Innovative School Program (CHUM and Children’s Humanities) 1970, Lake Hope, Ohio Conference on Drugs 1970, and Russian-Siberia Comparative Education Seminar 1971.


Hilda Rohlf, a life member of ORTA and annual member of PCRTA since 1991, passed on October 7, 2013. Hilda died at the age of 96. She taught home economics in Rootstown and Tallmadge; then, she retired in 1984 after teaching 35 years.

Hilda played an active role in PCRTA, serving as our Informative Services Chairperson for many years. Many of you remember and enjoyed her quick wit.

We offer our sincere sympathies to her very close friends, the Harry Bowman family, and to other friends, many of whom are members of PCRTA.


Barbara Geisy, a member of PCRTA and ORTA since 2001 passed on October 18, 2013, after a sudden illness. She retired from the University of Akron in 2000. Barb was very active in our organization, often attending and helping at luncheons and was especially dutiful as a proctor at NEOMED for our scholarship program. She proctored frequently and would fill in at a short notice for others.

We offer our sincere sympathies to her husband, James, also a member, and to her family and friends. She will be missed and will be often in our thought.


Ruth White, 88, died May 25, 2013. She taught third grade at Central School in Kent, Ohio, for 25 years. Ruth was a member of PCRTA and ORTA since 1998.


Phyllis A. Hecker, 79, died September 6, 2013. Phyllis retired after teaching 30 years at Field Local Schools, Akron City Schools and Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. Phyllis was a lifelong member of ORTA and PCRTA since 1993, passed on September 6, 2013. She taught in Akron City Schools, Cuyahoga City Schools, and Field Local Schools. Phyllis retired from Field after 30 years. We offer our sincere sympathies to her family and friends, many of whom are members of this organization.


Our sincere condolences to member Bryon McClandess, whose dear wife of 64 years, Mary Joan, passed away on December 26, 2013. Joan was a gifted musician who will be missed by her family and many others.


We sadly note the passing of Ruth White on May 25, 2013. She retired from Kent City Schools after many years of teaching at Central Elementary. Ruth was a member of PCRTA and ORTA since 1998. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.


The following members who have passed away this year will be remembered at the Memorial Service at our March 2013 meeting:


Hazel Hanning retired in 1974 from Southeast Schools. She died on December 31, 2008, at the age of 96, according to her daughter who sent us a note recently. Hazel lived in Atwater but later lived in Bidwell, OH. She was a dual life member since 1995. Our belated sympathy to her family and friends.

Helen Holbrook passed on November 11, 2011, in Ravenna. She had lived in West Virginia for the last ten years. Helen was a member since 2010 and retired from Garfield Schools in 1982. Our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

Harvey Shoemaker retired from Hudson High School as an English teacher. He started in 1960 and retired 24 years later. He died April 10, 2012. Harvey was a life member of PCRTA and ORTA since 1993. Condolences may be sent to his daughter Roberta Shumaker at 395 S. Main St., Apt 222, Munroe Falls, OH 44262. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Betty Jane Pierson retired from Kent Schools in 1983 where she taught at Franklin Elementary School. She was a longtime PCRTA/ORTA member from 1991 through 2009. Her passing was on June 2, 2012. Our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

Karen Shipley retired in 2002 from Kent Schools. She was an ORTA/PCRTA member for 10 years. Karen passed on July 11, 2012. Our sympathies go to her husband, John, an associate member for many years, her family & friends.

Virginia Kitchin, who retired from Kent City Schools in 1975, had previously taught in Rootstown. She died on September 25, 2012. Virginia was a dual life member since 1991. We offer our sincere sympathy to her husband Paul, her family and her friends.

Lois Stewart lived to be over 100 years old. In 2006, when PCRTA celebrated its 40th anniversary, Pat Gynn and Darlene Fetterhoff interviewed four of our most senior members for an oral history of their teaching experiences.

This took the form of a film with music and graphics. All four ladies, Mildred Bumphrey, Doris Wise, Mildred Price and Lois, vividly shared their memories to our delight. Copies of the DVD were given to the Kent Free Library and the Kent Historical Society. Sorry to say that all four ladies are now deceased. Lois passed on October 12, 2012. She was a member of PCRTA since 1991. Our sincere sympathies to family and friends.

Marian Gussett, a resident of Medina, passed on October 18, 2012. She had been a dual life member since 1991. Marian retired as a business teacher in 1982 from Field Schools. Our sympathy to her family and friends.

Patricia Pownall passed on October 22, 2012. She was retired from Crestwood Schools in 1995 after 23 years of service. She became a member of PCRTA and ORTA in 2011. Our condolences to her family and friends.


Les Bennett

Les Bennett

Les Bennett, who passed away on Nov. 2, 2012, was retired in 1984 from Tallmadge Schools as a music teacher. He was an active member of PCRTA beginning in 2000 and was an assistant treasurer for many years, as well as our song leader. Many of us enjoyed Les’ sweet disposition and friendly smile. He became a life member of ORTA in 2000.

We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife, Karen, his family and his friends. So many of us in PCRTA miss him.


David Moulton retired in 2002 from Maplewood Career Center as an agriculture instructor. Dave passed at the age of 62 on November 29, 2012. He had been a dual member for 2 years. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.


M. Alice Foldessy retired in 1986 from Streetsboro Schools as an elementary teacher. She was a longtime life member since 1991. Alice passed on January 7, 2013. Gail Danesi and Renee Burch Linnell, her daughters, are current life members. Our sincere sympathy to her daughters and to all of her family and friends.



Virginia Kitchin, 94 years old, passed on September 25, 2012. Retiring from Kent City Schools in 1975, she earlier taught in Rootstown. Virginia was a member of ORTA and PCRTA for 21 years starting in 1991. Her husband, Paul, has also been a dual member since 1991. Our sincere condolences to Paul and the Kitchin family.


Karin Shipley retired in 2002 from Kent Schools. She was a member of ORTA and PCRTA for 10 years. Our sincere sympathies to her husband, John Shipley, who has been an ORTA associate member for many years, her family and friends. Karen passed on July 11, 2012.


Harvey W. Shumaker retired from Hudson High School as an English teacher. He started in 1960 and retired 24 years later. He died April 19, 2012. Harvey was a life member of PCRTA and ORTA since 1993. Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Roberta Shumaker, at 395 S. Main St., Apt 222, Munroe Falls. OH 44262. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.


Betty Jean Pierson retired from Kent Schools in 1983 where she taught at Franklin Elementary School. She was a longtime PCRTA/ORTA member from 1991 through 2009. Her passing was on June 2, 2012. Condolences may be sent to her son, Tom Pierson.


Margaret Matjunas retired from Ravenna Schools in 1998 as a first grade teacher. She taught at Rausch and Willyard Schools and retired after 32 years of teaching. Margaret passed on May 17, 2011.


Doris Kathleen “Kay” Shutler, a life member since 1991, retired in 1981 from Ravenna Schools. She had also taught at Tallmadge, Mesopotamia, Randolph and Kent Schools with a career of 40 years of teaching. Kay passed away on June 6, 2011.


Robert M. Stokes retired from KSU and the Biological Sciences Department in 2002. Bob ad taught for 39 years. He passed on December 13, 2011.


Betty M. Theiss retired from Ravenna Schools in 1984 after many years as a first grade teacher. She passed away on January 3, 2012.


Douglas W. Bennett was a life member of ORTA and PCRTA since 2001. He taught at Old Trail School and retired from Ravenna Schools in 1992 after a 33 year career in instrumental music. He passed on January 23, 2012.


Marjorie Butler, a longtime life member of ORTA and PCRTA since 1991, passed on March 2, 2012. She had retired from Garfield Schools in Garrettsville in 1982 after 32 years of teaching.


Doris Kathleen Shutler, a life member since 1991, retired in 1981 from Kent Schools.  She died on June 6, 2011 and will be sadly missed.


Mary Lou Kosar, who passed on August 29,2009, was a dual  member since 1998.  She retired from Bedford Schools in 1994.


Eloise R. Seachrist, who passed on November 13, 2010, was a dual member since 2007.  She retired from Crestview High School in Columbiana in 1978.


Judith Richards, who passed on November 16, 2010, was a dual member since 2004.  She retired from Southeast Schools in 1998.



Arthur L. Kaltenborn, Jr., who passed on January 31, 2011, was a dual member since 1992.  He retired from Kent State  University in 1978.



Jane C. Osborne                    August 20, 2010                Member since 2001


Glenn C. Rutan                      September 6, 2010             Member since 1996


Robert C. Dunn – June 30, 2010

Robert Dunn

Robert Dunn

We are deeply saddened at the passing of Bob Dunn on June 30.  He was an active member of PCRTA since 2003 and he served  as chair of our scholarship committee.

Bob had several teaching assignments, served as a coach, and spent many years in Waterloo, Green, Rootstown, and Stow as a school superintendent.  He also served on the Rootstown Board of Education.


In Memory of Carole J. Myers – May 16, 2010

Our sincere sympathies to Lowell Myers and his family for their loss.  Carole retired from Streetsboro Schools in 1992 and was a life member of both ORTA and PCRTA since 1996.  She was a dear friend to many PCRTA members. As of this printing, scholarship donations total $1,760. Thank you to the following contributors to the 2011 Carole J. Myers Memorial Scholarship: Jack and Beth Angelotta; Annetta L. Arris; Joe and Debbie Berdine; Jeff and Pat Bissell; Bill and Peggy Bravard; Donald and Deborah Broomfield; Mary Burik; Steven and Dorothy Buzash; John and Carol Carney; Jeff and Karen Claypool; Scott Claypool; Henry Defer Intermediate School Staff; Nancy Duquette; Mike and Cindy Emch; Corey and Nora Faul;  Darlene Fetterhoff; Bill and Adele Fussner; William and Nancy Gerdes; Kenneth and Nancy Granville; Louise C. Gremmels; John and Barbara Hamilton; Janet Hartzell; Rhonda Heidinger; Winifred Hickson; Jane C. Hostler; Judi Ince; Marilyn Johnston; Crysann Kelly; Selma Kennedy; Janet Kolmer; Harlan and Joan Kropp; Massillon Chiropractic Clinic (Dr. Haycock, Stacy, Shiann, Shaila, Nate and Menka); Tim and Deborah McGill; John and Hope McNally;  Larry and Janet Metzgar; Otto and Virginia Meyer; Jack Miller; JoAnn Meyers; Jim and Laurie Mills; Joyce Naujoks; Samuel E. Oyer; Frank and Kelly Pugliese; Joe and Elaine Pumphrey;  Santo and Mona Scopilliti; Sara, Andy and Alina Smith; Howard and Kathleen Turner; Jennifer Vinson; Frank and Esther Williamson; Theresa L. Woods; and Dr. William and Kathleen Yeakley.

Our sincere sympathy to the friends and the family of these PCRTA members who passed in the  recent months.  You will be missed.


Irene George retired from Field Schools in 1973.  She died on December 15, 2009.


Clinton Hobbs retired from Kent State University in 1980. He died on October 26, 2009.


Eric May retired from Kent State University  in 2006.          He died on November 27, 2009.


Mildred Price retired from Ravenna Schools in 1966.           She died on February 3, 2010.


Dorothy Turk retired from Chagrin Falls in 1985.                She died on January 30, 2010.


Raymond Troxtell retired from Newton Falls in 1990.         He died on January 14, 2010.

Ray Troxtell

Ray Troxtell

We are saddened with the passing of Ray Troxtell, who served two terms as PCRTA president in 1996 and in 2009.  He served Ohio Retired Teachers in many capacities and was the 2008 ORTA president.

He sought changes for retired teachers through evolution, not revolution. Ray will be long remembered for his positive spirit and his enthusiastic approach to every task.  He is buried in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Ray graduated from South Amherst High School in Lorain County.  He earned his B.S. in Education at Ashland College and his M.Ed. from Kent State   University.  He was an Army MP stationed at Fort Dix in Germany. Mr. Troxtell served as the principal at Clearview (1972-77), Twinsburg (1977-88), and Newton Falls (1988-90) high schools.

He loved hunting, fishing, telling jokes, relating stories of former students, and spending time with his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily (nee   Greenberg), his wife of 21 years and his children, Tobie (John) Lane, Trisha (Steve) Sudler, and Ryan Troxtell.  He also leaves step-children Daniel Heidi) Jones, Kenneth (Barbara) Jones, and Ronald (Christine) Jones as well as his   grandchildren: Madeleine and Ethan Lane; Kyle and Caroline Sudler; and Brittany, Molly, Lindsey, Matthew, Tova, Aaron and Amanda Jones.

The family suggests memorials be made in Ray’s name to PCRTA Future Teachers Scholarship or the American Cancer Society.  PCRTA scholarship memorials should be given to our treasurer.


In Memory of Doris Wise… It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Doris Wise who passed on July 11.  She was retired in 1984 after 45 years of teaching.  Doris was always a generous supporter of our PCRTA scholarship programs.

Doris taught in Ravenna and was one of the featured teachers at our 40th PCRTA anniversary celebration.  She earned $600 her first year of teaching and said she sometimes had classes of from 50-100 children. Miss Wise believed in teaching “the basics.”

Her goal as a teacher was to see that every child she taught was able to read.  She especially liked to give attention to students who might pass through the system ignored and not doing as well in school.

She will be dearly missed by her former students and their families, and by those connected with the Ravenna Balloon Affair, one of her favorite interest.