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Donald E. Laird

Geraldine M. Ratliff

Margaret F. Reid

Kathryn P. Hervey

Laurel F. Graham

Merl W. Woodburn

Maxine Alona Custead

James H. Orth

Beverly J. Wludyga

Alexander Kekelis

Louise E. Quickel

Ella M. Melvin

Georgia A. Rubosky

Douglas A. Featsent

John H. Chapin



Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Donald E. Laird

November 17, 1934 - January 24, 2015
Services: January 27th, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Donald E. Laird, 80 of Chapel Rd. Jefferson, died Saturday (Jan. 24th) at University Hospitals Geneva Medical Center. He was born Nov. 17, 1934 in Altona, Pa. the son of Harrison S. and Mary E. (Morgan) Laird.

He served in the Naval Reserves from 1953 to 1961 and had been employed with Bailey Meter for 41 years retiring in 1997.

He attended the Jefferson United Methodist Church; he was a member of the Jefferson Grange and the American Legion. He enjoyed feeding birds, raising chickens; mowing his lawn with his tractor, camping, watching sports on TV and in his younger years he was a advid bowler.

Surviving him is his wife, Patricia Laird whom he married July 2, 1994 in Jefferson, Ohio; a daughter, Deborah A. Conti of Cleveland; a brother of his First wife, Jane who he helped raise, George W. “Bill” Dell of Kiowa, OK; three step-children, Robert (Deborah) Harmon of Greensboro, North Carolina, Judith (Duane) Praschan of Springfield, Mo. And James (Mary Lou) Harman of Novelty, Ohio; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Jane in 1992; two sisters, Lena “Pearl” Laird and Darlene G. Mitan and a brother, Howard S. Laird.

Funeral service will be Tuesday (January 27th) at 11:00 AM at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 East Jefferson St. Jefferson with Rev. Daniel Bilkert officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery in Jefferson.

Calling hour will be Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Rd., Kingsville, Ohio 44048. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson St. Jefferson is in charge of arrangements. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Donald Laird family.

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Geraldine M. Ratliff

December 25, 1918 - January 21, 2015
Services: January 24th, 2015 at 12:00

Geraldine “Gerri” M. Ratliff, 96 of Saybrook died Wednesday (Jan. 21st) at Silver Sands in Ashtabula, Ohio. She was born December 25, 1918 in Geneva, Ohio the daughter of Herman and Nellie (Urig) Reed and has been a lifetime area resident.

Following graduation from Geneva High School in 1936, she worked in the offices of the True Temper Corporation at Geneva, Ashtabula and the Saybrook plants, doing secretarial and payroll duties. She retired in 1986 following 48 years of service with the three plants.

She is a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish and she did volunteer work in the office of St. Joseph. She enjoyed playing bridge; the Cleveland Indians and Browns and in her younger years participating in various sports.

Surviving her are several Nieces and Nephews and Friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; Her husband, William who she married on June 20, 1946 who died in 1959; two brothers, Donald and Eugene Reed and five sisters, Leila Cox, Arlene Reed, Eloise Schaub, Janice Beebe and Phyllis Hagedorn.

A mass of Christian burial will be Saturday (Jan. 24th) at 12:00 PM at Our Lady of Peace, St. Joseph Church, 3312 Lake Ave. Ashtabula. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Geneva, Ohio.

Calling hour will be Saturday from 10:30 to 11:30 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Our Lady of Peace Parish, 3312 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to Silver Sands, 3418 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gerri Ratliff family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Margaret F. Reid

February 2, 1920 - January 22, 2015
Services: January 24th, 2015 at 14:30

Margaret F. Reid, 94 of Lake Ave. and formerly of Avondale in Ashtabula died Thursday (January 22nd) at the Silver Sands in Ashtabula. She was born February 2, 1920 in Steele, Missouri the daughter of William S. and Alice D. Copeland.

She had worked for Nelson Machine in Ashtabula and also was a homemaker. She loved sports; also enjoying sewing, cooking and crafts. Most of all she loved to follow her great grandchildren in their sports.

Surviving her is a son, James M. (Brenda) Reid of Ft. Worth, Texas; five grandchildren, Renee (George) Dragon, Cheryl Stitt, Sandra Wagner, Shannon (Keith) Corum and Eric Dallof; and eleven great-grandchildren, Megan Dragon, Bobby Dragon, Caitlyn Stitt, Kelsie Stitt, Parker Stitt, Preston Stitt, Giana Argueta, Jacob Gillespie, Jared Gillespie, Joshua Gillespie and Deacon Davis. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James F. Reid in 1990 and a daughter, Phyllis Ann Wagner and six brothers and sisters.

Funeral service will be Saturday (Jan. 24th) at 2:30 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. Father Philip Miller officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.

Calling hour will be Saturday from 1:30 to the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Silver Sands, 3418 Lake Ave Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to Hospice of Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Margaret Reid family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Kathryn P. Hervey

December 29, 1928 - January 16, 2015
Services: January 23rd, 2015 at 11:00

Kathryn P Hervey, 86 of Geneva died Friday (January 16th) at Saybrook Landing in Saybrook Township. She was born December 29, 1928 in Ashtabula the daughter, of Henry B and Pearl D. (Reep) Hervey.

She was a 1947 graduate of Geneva High School and was an accomplished operatic singer and performer. She had sang with various bands and also had done some modeling and appearances on local TV.

She enjoyed music and her spiritual life was important to her.

Surviving her is her son Marc J. (Mardel) Sanzotta of Painesville; two grandchildren, Sebastian Sanzotta and Sabra (Jerome Huez) Sanzotta, a great granddaughter, Ariane Huez; several nieces and nephews including Jeanne Oplinger and Gerald Atkinson and a cousin, David A. (Carol) Hervey of Stowe, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral service will be Friday (Jan. 23rd) at 11:00 AM at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 South Broadway, Geneva with the Rev. Bruce Hitchcock of the Geneva First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in South Denmak Cemetery.

Calling hour will be Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Kathryn Hervey family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Friday, January 16th, 2015
Laurel F. Graham

November 30, 1938 - January 15, 2015
Services: January 20th, 2015 at 10:00 A. M.

Laurel F. Graham, age 76, of St. Rt. 193, Dorset, died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born November 30, 1938 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, the daughter of Franklin & Florence (Lambert) Jones.

She served in the U. S. Army and worked as a dental assistant. On November 7, 1957 she married William “Bill” E. Graham in Dorset. She loved to read and work crossword puzzles. However, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest joy!

She is survived by her husband, Bill E. Graham of Dorset; children, Robin D. (John) Williams of Pensacola, FL, Lori L. (Daniel)Middendorf of Franklin, GA, Kelly A. (Kenneth) Berger of Mesa, AZ, Lyle A. (Diana) Graham of Lenox and P. Coleen (Vince) Romaro of Granite Bay, CA; sister, Lavonne Layton of Astoria OR; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents, asister Patricia Highline and brother Sam Jones.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 10:00 A. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming &Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson St., Jefferson with Pastor Rick Havens of Lenox Christian Fellowship Church officiating. No burial will take place at this time.

Calling hours will be held Monday, January 19, from 5:00-7:00 P. M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Dorset Fire Department, 2405 St. Rt. 193, Dorset, OH 44032 or to the First Baptist Church of Dorset, 2471 St. Rt. 193, Dorset OH, 44032, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Guest book and obituary may be found at fleming-billman.com. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory are honored to serve the Laurel F. Graham family.

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Thursday, January 15th, 2015
Merl W. Woodburn

August 19, 1925 - January 13, 2015
Services: January 20th, 2015 at 11:00

Merl W. Woodburn, 89 of West 11th St. Ashtabula died Tuesday (Jan. 13th) at the Carington Park Nursing Home in Ashtabula. He was born August 19, 1925 in Ashtabula the son of Charles and Lucille (Whitman) Woodburn. He was a 1943 graduate of Ashtabula High School and attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He then served in the Army during World War II in the European Theater of Operations where he receives a Purple Heart in a battle in France.

Following his recovery from his wounds he worked for Woodburn Construction as a landscaper and as a mortar mixer for the masons and had worked on many projects. In spite of his war injuries he accomplished many things and had a heart of gold. He was a hard worker who never gave up. He was kind to everyone and he had a great sense of humor.

He was a member of the East Side Presbyterian Church where he sang in the church choir. He was also a member of the Neal Post #743 of the Kingsville American Legion. He enjoyed singing, camping, and bike riding. He also loved the lake and nature but most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Surviving him are his faithful and loving wife, Rosalind (Young) Woodburn whom he married November 22, 1950; his son Greg (Cindy) Woodburn of Saybrook Township; three grandchildren, Marie L. Williams, Aimie L. Brown, and Matthew E. Woodburn; five great grandchildren, Cody Brown, Cheyenne Brown, Cassidie Brown, Matthew Woodburn and Miayah Woodburn; two brothers, Clair W. (Charlene) Woodburn of Saybrook and Wallace D. (Beverly) Woodburn of Ashtabula and a sister, Lulagean Ellwood of Ashtabula. He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Samuel M. Woodburn and a great grandson, Zachary Woodburn.

Funeral service will be Tuesday (Jan. 20th) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. Shane Nanney of the East Side Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery with Neal Post #743 of the Kingsville American Legion conducting military rites.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the East Side Presbyterian Church or to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Guestbook and obituary at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Merl Woodburn family.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Maxine Alona Custead

May 15, 1917 - January 11, 2015
Services: January 14th, 2015 at 11:00

Maxine Alona Custead, age 97, passed away at the Ashtabula Co. Nursing &Rehabilitation Center early Sunday morning where she had been a resident the past 18 months. She was born in Conneaut on May 15, 1917, the daughter of L. Marguerite (Bennett) & Arnold R. Bonnell and has been an area resident all of her life. She attended the Conneaut schools for ten years and graduated from Ashtabula High School in 1935.

She married Lawrence “Doc” Custead in 1936 and they celebrated 56 years together.

She was a member of the East Side Presbyterian Church where she served as a deaconess and was part of the Marian Circle. She and her husband “Doc” and a few other area couples were instrumental in starting what is now Happy Hearts School & Ashcraft Industries. She served several years as treasurer and on the original council.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lawrence, a son Daniel, an infant daughter, Darlene and sisters, Jeanette Clemmer and Ruth Madden. Survivors include nieces Beverly Applebee of Austinburg Twp., Patricia (Melvin) Jennings of Ashtabula, Linda (Paul) White of Jefferson, Alona (Frank) Warner and Nancy Custead of Ashtabula, several great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A. M. Wednesday at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, with the Rev. Shane Nanney of East Side Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Eastlake Cemetery, N. Kingsville.

Visitation will be held Wednesday from 10-11 A. M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the East Side Presbyterian Church, the American Diabetes Foundation or the Ashtabula Co. Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Activities Fund, 5740 Dibble Rd., Kingsville, OH 44048, envelopes will also be at the funeral home. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors have been honored to serve the Maxine Custead family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
James H. Orth

May 25, 1950 - January 10, 2015
Services: January 15th, 2015 at 15:00

James H. Orth, 64 of College St. Austinburg died Saturday (January 10th) at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. He was born May 25, 1950 in Ashtabula the son of Harold E. and Alice A. (Ellsworth) Orth and has been a lifetime area resident.

He was a 1968 graduate of Geneva High School and attended Kent State University. He was active in sports in High School and was a member of the Geneva Letterman Club. He worked in Construction most of his life but also worked at various golf courses in the area. He enjoyed hunting, fisherman and traveling.

Surviving him are his parents of Austinburg; three brothers, Tom Orth of Austinburg, Jeff (Cindy) Orth of Cortland, Ohio and Mike Orth of Austinburg; a sister, Laura Orth Mullins of Geneva and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard in 2012.

A memorial service will be Thursday (Jan.15th) at 3:00 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. William Terry of the Austinburg United Church of Christ officiating.

Calling hours will be Thursday (Jan. 15th) from 1:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Hapersfield Metropolitan Park. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the James Orth family.

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
Beverly J. Wludyga

March 12, 1929 - January 12, 2015
Services: January 17th, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Beverly June Wludyga, of Ashtabula, died peacefully January 12th, surrounded by her family at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.

She was born on March 12, 1929 in Ashtabula, the daughter of Roy and Mary (Kaupilla) Davis. Growing up in a home full of love and raised by parents who treasured family; Beverly grew into a beautiful young woman. She was swept off her feet and married her husband Steve Wludyga on August 29th, 1946.

Together they made their home in Jefferson, Ohio. They had eleven children and Beverly brought the same feeling of unconditional love and family values into her own home. Family time was important and the Wludyga’s would gather every Sunday afternoon for family dinner. Raising a large family, Beverly was in her element. She taught her children to work hard and to be honest. An active family, they enjoyed the outdoors. This led to many visits to the local Doctor. It was said that Doctor Franley had a back entrance always open so that Beverly could come when ever needed. Through it all she was the organizer, the constant the rock of the family. She found ways to do little special things for her children, even on a tight budget. If you needed something, she found a way to get it.

When you walked into her home, you felt comfort and love. As her children grew and became involved in extracurricular school activities she never missed a beat. She was their biggest supporter and pushed them harder than any coach they ever had. Never missing a match, game, or concert, she was truly an inspiration. Her door was always open, even if you weren’t one of her kids. If you needed a hot meal, you were welcome. Her kitchen was always full of teenagers who all called her “Mom”. She made sure everyone who walked in her door, left feeling loved.

As her younger children became teenagers and more independent, Beverly decided she should go to work. She enjoyed her time as a cashier for the Dolan family at the Jefferson Convenient Food Mart. She later took a position with the Ashtabula County Vocational School, where she worked and retired as a baker and cashier. The students loved and respected her and many of them called her “Mom”.

When her children grew up and left the home, she and Steve built their retirement home on the Pymatuning Lake. It was there that they gathered with grandchildren running around, hikes in the woods, and fishing on the lake. Busy weekends usually ended with the family gathered around a big bonfire, sharing stories. Being a grandmother was one of her greatest joys. She was known to her Grandchildren as Grandma Gucci and was loved beyond words. Ever the care giver, she was there for them when they were sick and always made them feel special. She passed her love of family and pride down to her grandchildren. She was quick with a hug and kiss, but not afraid to tell them her opinion and she expected them to listen. She loved watching them grow up and was so very proud of them all.

There are people that come into the world and make a difference. Beverly was one of those people; she has left a legacy that will live on. A legacy of love, pride in oneself, honesty, hard work and most importantly family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Steve in 2007, children Gene in 1953, Theodore in 1954, Stephanie Rogers in 1991, Stephen and Quinne Buzzard in 2013, sisters Dorothy Irvine and Bessie Lewis, brothers Donald, Merle and Roy Davis.

Beverly is survived by her children: Rick (Suzanne) Wludyga of New Lyme, Henry Wludyga of Chevy Chase, MD, Michael (Helen) Wludyga of Dorset, Matthew Wludyga of Williamsfield, Eric Wludyga of Ashtabula, and Tamera (Paul) McTrusty of Ashtabula; son-in-law, John I. Buzzard of Jefferson and daughter-in-law, Teresa Wludyga of Willoughby Hills. Grandchildren: Gwendolyn Jo (Darren) Buell of Jefferson, John I. (Michele) Buzzard, Jr. of Jefferson, Ronda (John Koblek) Senskey of Alliquipa, PA, Shawn Boczar of Jefferson, Scott (Karla) Wludyga of Concord, Robert (Carissa) Wludyga of New Lyme, Katherine (Luke) Jernigan of Roaming Shores, Jacquelyn (Michael) MacLeod of Las Vegas, NV , Kimberly Wludyga of Marysville, Stephen S Wludyga, Jr. of Columbus, Michelle (David ) Fisher of Dalonega, GA, Joseph (Leandrea) Wludyga of Loxahatchee, FL, Angela Wludyga of Warrensburg, NY, Dylan Wludyga of Dorset, Kayla (Darrell Slapnicker) Wludyga of Dorset, Courtney (Greg ) Baker of Jefferson, Dakota ( Bob Knox) Simpson of Warren, PA, Allison Wludyga of Jefferson, Shelby McTrusty , Keegan McTrusty, and Shane McTrusty all of Ashtabula; sister, Donna (Deleno) Prine of Ashtabula; brothers, Terry (Sue) Davis of Ashtabula and Fred Davis of Ashtabula. Twenty-five great grandchildren and her first great-great grandchild expected in June.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 A. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Kenneth Ayers of the North Kingsville Presbyterian Church officiaiting.

Calling hours will be held Friday from 5-8 P. M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashtabula County Special Olympics – 5914 Hillcrest Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors have been honored to serve the Beverly Wludyga family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Friday, January 9th, 2015
Alexander Kekelis

March 8, 1925 - January 7, 2015
Services: January 17th, 2015 at 12-4 PM

Alex Kekelis, age 89, Rome-Rock Creek Rd., Rock Creek and former 65 year resident of Painesville, died Wednesday afternoon at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center.

He was born March 8, 1925 in Ralphtown, PA, the son of Peter & Elizabeth (Pekar) Kekelis. Mr. Kekelis was a 65 year resident of Painesville prior to moving into his grandson’s home one week ago. He was a retired union heavy equipment operator. Mr. Kekelis was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving in World War II.

He is a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Painesville and the VFW, he enjoyed golf and fishing.

Surviving him include his wife of 70 years, Cora Jean (Heck) Kekelis, whom he married on July 7, 1945 in Cleveland, two grandsons, Robert A. (Natalie) Janouskovec and Scott D. Janouskovec, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two children, Connie L. Janouskovec and Rick Kekelis.

A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 12-4 P. M. at the residence of Pam & Chris Kovacic, 3415 St. Rt. 534, Rock Creek, OH 44084. Condolences may be mailed to Cora Jean Kekelis, 680 Rome-Rock Creek Rd., Rock Creek, OH 44084

The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson has been honored to serve the Alexander Kekelis family. Guest book and obituary is at fleming-billman.com.

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Louise E. Quickel

September 17, 1923 - January 6, 2015
Services: January 12th, 2015 at

Louise E. Quickel, age 91, formerly of Geneva, passed away Tuesday evening at The Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve in Westlake, Ohio, She was born September 17, 1923, the daughter of Bernard and Frances (Headley) Grabski. She married Laurel Quickel on November 15, 1947. They met working at True Temper in Geneva where she hand painted the eyes on fishing lures.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husband Laurel in 1999, brothers George, Bernard Jr., Vernon, Earl, and her twin brother Lewis. She is survived by her sister Marie Stokes of Walkerton, IN, brother Donald of Newville, PA, daughter Patricia Quinn of North Ridgeville, son David (Brenda) of Dunwoody, Georgia, grandchildren Michelle Gildone and Joseph Wysocki, of North Ridgeville, Jill Quickel (Jeremy) Dick of Wakefield MA, Michael (Margaret) Quickel of Rockville, MD, and great-grandchildren, Victoria Gildone, Audrey and Margaret Dick, and David M. Quickel.

Louise took great pride in everything she did from her flower gardens to cooking, and her appearance. While living on South Broadway in Geneva the endless variety of brightly colored flowers in her yard received ongoing comments from those who drove by. Even when she entered assisted living, she was chosen to select and manage the plantings in many of the facility gardens. A fantastic cook and baker, friends and family alike looked forward to her meals and always plentiful Christmas cookies. She became a Certified Food Service Manager and oversaw the kitchen at Autumn Rendezvous for many years.

She was a faithful parishioner of Assumption Church since the early 1950's. Over the years she maintained the altar, assisted with the church bulletin, sold religious items after mass, and worked on baking pies for the Grape Jamboree. She walked to Mass with friends on a daily basis maintaining the postman credo of neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow stopping them. Their dedication was such that one day a stopped freight train at the Eagle Street Crossing blocked their way. Not being one who was ever late, they crawled under the stopped box cars reasoning that as long as they were going to church no harm would come to them.

While residing at Concord Reserve, she was active in bingo, the bell choir, ceramics, and other activities. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend who will be dearly missed.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve and Hospice of Cleveland Clinic for their outstanding care and support.

The funeral mass will be held Monday at 11:00 A. M. at the Assumption Church, 594 W. Main Rd., Geneva with the Rev. Fr. Robert Lanterman officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Sunday from 3-6 P. M. at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors, 323 S. Broadway, Geneva. Memorial contributions can be made to Assumption Church or Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors have been honored to serve the Louise Quickel family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Monday, January 5th, 2015
Ella M. Melvin

February 20, 1945 - January 4, 2015
Services: January 8th, 2015 at 1:00 P. M.

Ella M. Melvin, age 69, W. Erie St., Jefferson, died unexpectedly Sunday afternoon at her residence.

She was born February 20, 1945 in Ashtabula, the daughter of Roy & Gertrude (Gochneaur) Belden and has been an area resident all of her life. Mrs. Melvin worked in the kitchen at Eagle Pointe Skilled Nursing Home in Orwell, she also worked at Kennametal Corp. for many years before retirement.

Mrs. Melvin was affiliated with the S. Ridge Baptist Church in Conneaut and she enjoyed gardening and canning.

Survivors include a son, Kevin (Kathy) Collier of Buffalo, NY, two granddaughters and two sisters, Anna (James) Bushnell of Geneva and Marilyn (Richard) Trumble of Madison. Her parents, her husband, Ralph and a brother, Ronald Belden all preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1:00 P. M. at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 S. Broadway, Geneva, with Pastor Roger Hogle of S. Ridge Baptist Church in Conneaut officiating. Burial will be in Orwell North Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 12-1 P. M. at the funeral home. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors has been honored to serve the Ella Melvin family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Georgia A. Rubosky

March 16, 1930 - December 30, 2014
Services: at No Service

Georgia Ann (Mattes) Rubosky, age 84, of Huntsburg, OH, died peacefully on December 30, 2014 at the Blossom Hill Care Center, surrounded by family.

She was born on March 16, 1930, in Homestead, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late George and Signe Mattes, the youngest of four siblings. On August 11, 1951 she married Albert John Rubosky, Sr., and they were happily married for 60 years.

Georgia was a home-maker, having raised five children. She enjoyed reading the bible, crocheting, and spending time with her family. She was a member of St. John Mark Lutheran Church in Homestead, Pa. for most of her life.

Georgia is survived by her daughter and four sons, Tammy Cook (Robert) of Roaming Shores, OH; Albert John Rubosky, Jr. (Barbara Cook) of Roaming Shores, OH; Steven Michael Rubosky of Concord, OH; William Charles Rubosky (Leanne Jones) of Xenia, OH; Luke Richard Rubosky(Erika Swanson) of New Castle, PA; grandchildren, Albert James Rubosky (Kelly Hadad), Beth Ellen Hooser (Brian), Jennifer Nicole Will (Brian), Steven Michael Rubosky, Jr., Joshua David Rubosky, Jessica Lynn Rubosky, Morgan Elizabeth Rubosky, and Zachary William Rubosky; one great-grandchild, Michael Nicholas Rubosky, numerous nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, Albert, her sisters, Ruth Anderson, Ellen Everett, and Jean Mallesky, and their husbands.

At Mrs. Rubosky’s request, no formal service or calling hours will be held, and the burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio has been honored to serve the Georgia Rubosky family. Condolence expressions and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2015
Douglas A. Featsent

December 5, 1946 - January 1, 2015
Services: at No Service

Douglas A. Featsent, age 68 of Ashtabula, died Thursday afternoon at his residence following extended ailments.

He was born December 5, 1946 in Warren, the son of Noel W. & Betty J. (Filkins) Featsent and has lived much of his life in Ashtabula, living several years in Columbus and Florida. Doug attended Ohio University and graduated from Ohio State University. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran serving in the Vietnam Era. Doug was currently a substitute teacher in the Ashtabula City School System and did work for several years for the State of Ohio, Workman’s Compensation Bureau.

He enjoyed sailing and being part of the racing crew and was an excellent billiards player. Doug bartended locally through the years, as well as at his member clubs, EAC, VFW and the American Legion.

Survivors include two brothers, Rick S. (Jaclyn) Featsent of Ashtabula & Kim C. (Mary) Featsent of Plymouth Twp., five nieces and nephews, Bradley (Bethany) Featsent of Lyndhurst, Mindy (Dewann) Whetro of Orlando, FL, Kelly (Chris) Merski of Fairview, PA, Greg (Kristen) Featsent of Cummings, GA & Keith Featsent of Baltimore, MD and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother & sister-in-law, Larry & Trudi Featsent.

At Doug’s request, no services or calling hours will be observed. His ashes will be spread in Lake Erie at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Rd., Kingsville, OH 44048 or the Wounded Warriors Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675

The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory has been privileged to serve the Douglas Featsent family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
John H. Chapin

November 11, 1952 - December 29, 2014
Services: at No Service

John H. Chapin, age 62, St. Rt. 46 in Lenox Twp, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon at his residence.

He was born November 11, 1952 in Ashtabula, the son of the late Kenneth & Patricia (McClintock) Chapin and has been an area resident all of his life. He was married to the late Barb J. (Gallagher) Chapin on June 23, 1973 in Ashtabula.

John was a self-employed contractor. He was a hard worker and enjoyed playing the guitar and writing music and also playing on-line poker.

Survivors include three children, Jason E. Chapin of Lenox Twp., Timothy J. (Vicky) Chapin of Logan & Tammy L. (Eileen Sutton) Chapin of Shreve, four grandchildren, Katrina, Breanna, Josh & Zach and five siblings, Janie Fishman & Patti (Ron) Ensell, both of Saybrook Twp., Russ Chapin of Las Vegas, NV, Sue Edwards of Chula Vista, CA & David (Edie) Chapin of Payson, AZ.

At Mr. Chapin’s request, no services or calling hours will be observed. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson has been honored to serve the John Chapin family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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