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Marilyn B. Hart

Wiiliam N. Miller Jr

Dorothy E. Morgan

Charlotte I. Clark

Dorothy M. Allen

Geraldine M. Cottle

Warren G. York

Barbara M. Hillyer

Floyd L. Cross, Jr.

Antonio Rivera Sr.

Ronald L. Franklin

Robert A. Olson

Mark D. Robbins

Robert J. Roney, Jr.

Leslie W. Park



Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Marilyn B. Hart

August 7, 1937 - March 27, 2015
Services: March 31st, 2015 at 5-8 P. M.

Marilyn B. Hart, age 77, E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, died late Friday evening at the UHHS- Geauga Medical Center in Chardon where she had been a patient the past week.

She was born August 7, 1937 in Cleveland, the daughter of Willard & Iola (Herron) Keesler and has been an area resident all of her life other than living in Tucson, AZ from 1990-2006. She was married to Alan E. Hart on March 24, 1958 in Punta Gorda, FL. Together they managed the Friendly Village Estates retirement community and she worked for American Greetings., both in Tucson.

In her earlier years while living in Ashtabula Co. she worked for Buzzard’s Bakery and the General Electric Plant, both in Jefferson. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo, flower gardening, going to auctions and walking.

Survivors include four daughters, Debra A. (Richard Fisher) Spang of Austinburg Twp., Cheryl L. (Timothy) Marshall of Sheffield Twp., Barbara J. (Robert) Lemon of Middletown, DE & Julie L. (Scott) Watkins of Georgetown, KY, eight grandchildren, Jason (Erika Sieg) Spang, Kimberly (Rob) Budny, Stephen & Timothy Marshall, Samantha Lemon, Dorothy (Eric) Russell, Lauren (Benjamin) Siegel & Morgan Watkins, a great-granddaughter, Carli Mae Russell, six brothers, Glenn Cowles of Oil City, PA, James Keesler of Austinburg Twp., Edward Keesler of Geneva, Albert Keesler of Sandusky, Ernest Keesler of Chardon & Anson Keesler of Andover and four sisters, Jean Lopeman of Stow, Carol Humphrey of Burton, Linda Kohut of Cleveland & Sharon Veon of Wooster.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alan in 2006 and a sister, Donna Englemann.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday from 5-8 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Dorset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Marilyn Hart family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Sunday, March 29th, 2015
Wiiliam N. Miller Jr

June 25, 1947 - March 28, 2015
Services: April 1st, 2015 at 11:00 AM

William N. Miller, Jr. 67 of Lincoln Dr. Ashtabula died Saturday (March 28th) at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. He was born June 25, 1947 in Bristol, Ohio the son of William N. and Edith (Fowler) Miller, Sr.

He graduated from Kent State University with his Bachelor’s Degree in Education and also received his Master’s Degree from Kent State. He served in the US Marines in Viet Nam where he was a decorated veteran including earning the Purple Heart.

He had been employed at Packard Electric in Warren; the General Motors Company in Lordstown and had served as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Glenbeigh. He was a avid fisherman; he loved to garden and trained many gardeners; he was also a lover of cats and animals but he was very proud of being a active member of AA for 23 years.

Surviving him is his fiancé’ and soul mate, Berti Rodgers; four children, Heather Miller Collins of Perry, Ohio, Jason Miller of Hartsgrove, Michelle Miller of Warren and Joseph Miller of Warren; two step-children, Jeff (Sandy) Yoak of Ashtabula and Sharon Lynn of Ashtabula; twelve grandchildren; two sisters, Karen (Martin) Emerine of Bristol, and Joyce (John) Sines of Rineyville, Kentucky ; a brother, Alan (Sharan) Miller of Akron and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and by a sister, Diane Currence.

Funeral service will be Wednesday (April 1st) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Church of God, 2244 Harbor Ave. Ashtabula with Pastor Chris Rogers officiating. Graveside service will be in Sager Cemetery in Bristol, Ohio at 2:00 PM on Wednesday where there will be a Veteran service.

Calling hours will be Tuesday (March 31st) from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio. Memorial contributions can be made to The Wounded Warriors fund. Envelopes will be available eat the funeral home and the church. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Home is honored to serve the William Miller family.

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015
Dorothy E. Morgan

February 12, 1926 - March 27, 2015
Services: March 31st, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Dorothy E. Morgan, 89 of Columbus Ave. died Friday (March 27th) at her home. She was born February 12, 1926 in Lewistown, Pa. the daughter of Paul and Sylvia (Strawster) Neff and has been an area resident for over fifty years.

She had worked at Rockwell Plastics.

She was a very active member of the Ashtabula First United Methodist Church where she was a member for 57 years. She served on various committees and headed the Staff Parish Committee for many years. She was instrumental in getting the elevator installed at the church. She was a member of the United Methodist Women at the church and was part of preparing and cooking monthly community soup lunches and dinners. Dorothy organized and headed mission work (Nehemiah Project) which involved distribution of food and payment of utility bills. She shopped and stocked the food pantry and served as its coordinator.

Dorothy enjoyed art, knitting, crafts and her flowers and garden but most of all loved her family.

Surviving her are two daughters, Ruth McArthur of Ashtabula and Evelyn “Evy” Bates of Tullahoma, TN; a son Joseph (Mary Kay) DelPriore of Ashtabula; six grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and two great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Morgan in 2001; a son, Raymond H. George, Jr; a sister, Violet Ruth Bloom and a brother, Russell Neff.

Funeral services will be Tuesday (March 31st) at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 4506 Elm Ave. Ashtabula with Rev. Christine Bell officiating. Inurnment will take place at Greenlawn Memory Gardens in North Kingsville.

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 First United Methodist Church Nehemiah Project.

The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements who is honored to server the Dorothy Morgan family.

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Saturday, March 28th, 2015
Charlotte I. Clark

June 8, 1932 - March 27, 2015
Services: at No Service

Charlotte Irmgard Clark (nee: Walther), age 82, Jefferson, died Friday at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center.

She was born June 8, 1932 in New York, NY, to the late Oskar Walther & Ilse Walther Eggers.

She worked many years at Chandler Products in Euclid. She loved all aspects of nature and her beautiful garden. She was an artist and photographer.

Her dearest husband, John and beloved brother, Alfred Juergen Walther preceded her in death.

She is survived by four loving nephews, Bret A. (Brenda) Walther of Boise, ID, Brian S. (Diane) Walther of Euclid, Bruce A. Walther of Euclid & John A. (Kristina) of Phoenix, AZ, a dear step-son, Richard Clark of Chester, VA, four great-nephews and three great-nieces.

The family suggests memorial contributions to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 89 E. Satin St., Jefferson, OH 44047 and would like to extend a gracious thank you to the church for their assistance and comfort to Charlotte and the family.

No services or calling hours will be held at this time. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, is honored to serve the Charlotte Clark family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Dorothy M. Allen

March 29, 1923 - March 24, 2015
Services: March 27th, 2015 at 12:00 P. M.

Dorothy M. Allen, age 91, Jefferson Rd., Ashtabula, died early Tuesday morning at the Jefferson Healthcare Center with family by her side.

She was born March 29, 1923 in Ashtabula, the daughter of Clarence & Cora (Howard) Rennick and has been an Ashtabula area resident all of her life. She was married to Wilbert M. Allen on August 7, 1948 at the First Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula. Mrs. Allen worked for many years at Woolworth’s, Pember Electric and Aztek Rentals.

She is a member of the Bethel Bible Church in Jefferson where she taught Sunday school. She was active with 4-H for many years, serving as a leader and being in charge of the 4-H projects and exhibits at the Ashtabula Co. Fair. She made wedding cakes for many years, loved to make homemade candy, enjoyed ceramics and knitting and was active with the Jefferson Senior Center. Bailey, her cat kept her entertained.

Survivors include three children, Kenneth W. (Sandy) Allen of Andover, Bruce D. (Susan) Allen of Jefferson and Mary Ann Brown of Cincinnati, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a sister, Beatrice Wakeman of Saybrook Twp.

Her parents, her husband, Wilbert in 1988, a great-grandson, Benjamin Brown and a brother, William Rennick all preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 12:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Pastor Joe Laing of the Bethel Bible Church officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 6-8 P. M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family, in care of Kenneth Allen, P. O. Box 1332, Andover, OH 44003 The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the Dorothy Allen family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Geraldine M. Cottle

May 17, 1928 - March 23, 2015
Services: March 30th, 2015 at 1:00 P. M.

Geraldine M. Cottle, age 86, Ayers Rd., Andover, died Monday afternoon at her residence with family by her side.

She was born May 17, 1928 in Acosta, PA, the daughter of Daniel & Wilma (Baker) Phillippi and has lived in this area most of her life. She was married to Richard W. Cottle on February 2, 1945. Mrs. Cottle enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, fishing, her pets and watching and feeding the birds.

Survivors include three children, Linda L. (Ray) Ludwick of Andover, Darlene J. Smith of Jefferson and William R. (Louise) Cottle of Conneaut, 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, a sister, Ida (Raymond) Hall and two brothers, Elmer (Shirley) and Barry Hause, all of Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard in 1990, a daughter, Wilma J. Henning, a son-in-law, Larry Smith, two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Phyllis Stewart & Anges Hause and two brothers, John & Ernie Phillippi.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 30, 2015 at 1:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Pastor Randy Brooks of the Dorset Baptist Church officiating.

Visitation will be Monday from 11:00 A. M. – 1:00 P. M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, in care of Linda Ludwick, 4585 Ayers Rd., Andover, OH 44003, envelopes will also be at the funeral home. Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes and staff are honored to serve the Geraldine Cottle family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2015
Warren G. York

March 28, 1932 - March 22, 2015
Services: March 27th, 2015 at 18:00

Warren G. York, age 82, St. Rt. 46 South, Jefferson, died unexpectedly Sunday evening at his residence.

He was born March 28, 1932 in Jefferson, the son of the late Carey G. & Bearnice (Camp) York and has been an area resident all of his life. Mr. York was married to Mary Jane Tenney on July 11, 1953 in Dorset. Warren was an auctioneer and realtor for Century 21 more than 30 years, retiring in 1997. He and his wife, Mary Jane owned and operated Jewel’s Dance Hall from 1980-1997. Following retirement, Warren kept busy with his small engine repair business.

Mr. York was a member of the First Baptist Church, the National Association of Auctioneers, the National Association of Realtor’s and the Jefferson Eagles Club. He was very active with the Masonic order, being a member of Relief Lodge #284 F&AM, Triandria Lodge #780 F&AM, Conneaut Lodge #222 F&AM, Royal Arch Masons, Jefferson Chpt. #141, Royal & Selected Masons, Conneaut Council #40, Columbian Commandery #52, Ashtabula County Scottish Rite Mason 32nd degree and the Scottish Rite, Valley of Cleveland.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane, four children, Toby L. (Renei) York of Conroe, TX, Gary L. York of Austinburg Twp., Bonnie I. (Buddy) Raikes of Jefferson and Dale A. York of Denmark Twp., eight grandhicldren, five great-grandchildren, two brothers, Raymond York & Roger (Linda) York, both of Andover and a sister, Rosie Fogus of Dorset Twp.

Services will be held Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson. Masonic services will begin at 6:00 P. M. followed by Rev. Philip Kachersky of the First Baptist Church officiating the service.

Visitation will be held Friday from 4-6 P. M. prior to the services. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Baptist Church, 85 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, OH 44047, envelopes will also be at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes is privileged to serve the Warren G. York family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Barbara M. Hillyer

October 9, 1923 - March 21, 2015
Services: March 24th, 2015 at 10:30 A. M.

Barbara M. Hillyer, age 91, former resident of S. Elm St. in Jefferson, died Saturday morning at the Country Club Retirement Center where she had been a resident the past eight months.

She was born October 9, 1923 in Williamsfield Twp., the daughter of J. Harry & Molly (Bridgeman) Davis and has been an Ashtabula Co. resident all of her life other than living in New England for 10 years. She was a graduate of Williamsfield High School. Barbara married Robert C. Hillyer on November 30, 1946 at the Williamsfield Congregational Church.

Mrs. Hillyer worked for Coe-Layer Appraisal Co. in Trumbull Co. for many years, then the Jefferson License Bureau and the Ashtabula Co. Courthouse before retiring. She was a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading, traveling and watching the horses.

Survivors include six nieces and nephews, Priscilla Fitori of Youngstown, Suzanne McPhee of Walnut Creek, CA, Cynthia Goldcamp of Barrington, IL and Greg Gay of Austintown and David & Rick Hillyer, both of Ashtabula.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bob in 1998, a sister, Rosalie Gay and brothers, Roland Woodford & Gerald Davis.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 10:30 A. M. in Oakdale Cemetery in Jefferson with the Rev. Dan Bilkert of the Jefferson United Methodist Church officiating. No calling hours will be observed. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, OH 44047.

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

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Saturday, March 14th, 2015
Floyd L. Cross, Jr.

October 19, 1965 - March 13, 2015
Services: March 21st, 2015 at 3:00 P. M.

Floyd L. Cross, Jr., age 49, W. Satin St., Jefferson, died Friday afternoon at his residence with family by his side. Floyd was suffering from complications of cancer.

He was born October 19, 1965 in Kearny, NJ, the son of Floyd L. & Myrtle E. (Lippart) Cross, Sr. and has been an Ashtabula Co. resident most of his life living in Dorset Twp., Plymouth Twp. & Jefferson. Floyd was a 1984 graduate of Ashtabula High School. He was married to Wuanita M. Cottle on June 19, 1993 on the South Denmark Covered Bridge.

Floyd was a member of the Pentecostal Community Church and he enjoyed fishing, crafting and searching with his metal detector. He also helped out at Neoma’s Gem Shop in Austinburg Twp.

Survivors include his wife, Wuanita, three children, Zane Matthew, Katelyn Louise & Kristen Marie Cross, all living at home, his mother, Myrtle E. Cross of Cherry Valley Twp. and six siblings, Dale (Elizabeth) Hayes of Maryville, TN, Lorene Abram of Junction City, John Cross of Mansfield, Michael (Danielle) Cross of Cherry Valley Twp., Christina Cross of Geneva and Gloria (Kevin) Dean of Pierpont Twp. His father, Floyd L. Cross, Sr. preceded him in death in 2011.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Pastor Scott Ardary of the Pentecostal Community Church officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday from 12-3 P. M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Floyd Cross, Jr. Fund, checks made payable to Wuanita Cross and made at any Huntington Bank location or envelopes will be at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Floyd Cross, Jr. family. Condolences and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Antonio Rivera Sr.

August 15, 1929 - March 11, 2015
Services: March 14th, 2015 at 1:00 PM

Antonio Rivera, Sr. 85 of Crawford Rd. Saybrook Township died Wednesday (March 11th) at his home after a long illness. He was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico the son of Juan and Candida (Vazquez) Rivera.

He had worked at various nurseries in Ashtabula and Lake County until his retirement. He is a member of Our Lady of Peace Church.

He loved music and was a lead singer in a band. He also enjoyed gardening, cooking, Dominoes and most of all spending time with his family.

Surviving him are the mother of his children and his care giver, Marguerita Rivera Garcia of Saybrook Township; four children, Antonio (Christine) Rivera, Jr. of Ashtabula, Luis (Crystal Sterba) Rivera of Ashtabula, Felix (Emelina) Rivera of Geneva and Melisa Rivera of Saybrook; seventeen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and by twelve brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian burial will be Saturday, (March 14th) at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Peace, St. Joseph Church, 3312 Lake Ave. Ashtabula with Rev. Father Ernesto Rodriquez officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Saturday from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio. Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the family, % Antonio Rivera, Jr. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Home is honored to service the Antonio Rivera, Sr’s family. Guest book and obituary at fleming –billman.com.

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Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Ronald L. Franklin

March 4, 1948 - March 10, 2015
Services: March 14th, 2015 at 7:00 P. M.

Ronald L. Franklin, age 67, Jefferson Rd., Plymouth Twp. died Tuesday evening at his residence with family by his side.

He was born March 4, 1948 in Ashtabula, the son of William & Mildred (Porter) Franklin and has lived in Ashtabula and Trumbull Counties most of his life. Mr. Franklin was a graduate of Jefferson High School and earned his B. S. and Masters from Kent State University, where he also met Susan Prosser. On December 29, 1968 in Geneva the two were married. He was an Industrial Arts Instructor in the Howland School System for 30 years, retiring in 1999.

Following retirement, Ron did handyman work and owned and operated Franklin’s Tall Timbers maple syrup farm, where he not only made syrup but anything with maple in it. He was a member of the Ohio Maple Producers Association. He was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ where he sang in the choir, the Ashtabula Co. Farm Bureau. His past times included wood working, leather work, restoration work and was a master of any work he could do with his hands.

Survivors include his wife, Susan, four children, Kathy R. (Rob) Scott of Jefferson, Michael A. (Jeanette) Franklin of Burghill, Matthew A. L. (Carrie) Franklin of Lawton, OK & Kirsten R. (Roger Philpot) Ruble of Homosassa, FL, 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, an adopted brother, Sayed (Margaret) Akbar of Chippewa Lake and special cousins, Phil & Mary Spencer, Heather Burns & Amy Spencer, all of Jefferson.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Kayla Jo Franklin.

Memorial services will be held Saturday at 7:00 P. M. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 41 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. James Brehler officiating. Private burial of ashes will be in Maple Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be direct to the family, in care of Susan E. Franklin, 3459 Jefferson Rd., Ashtabula, OH 44004. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, has been honored to serve the Ronald Franklin family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Monday, March 9th, 2015
Robert A. Olson

March 14, 1963 - March 8, 2015
Services: at No service

Robert A. Olson, age 51, St. Rt. 45, Rome Twp., died late Sunday evening at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center following complications with cancer.

He was born March 14, 1963 in Ashtabula, the son of Frank & Donna (Fox) Olson and has lived in this area all of his life. Robert collected and sold scrap and did other odd jobs.

He was a member of Bible Baptist Church, he enjoyed watching sports, especially wrestling and liked to ride his bike.

Survivors include his wife, Marie A. (Wolfgang) Olson, a sister, Judy Perkins of Geneva and a brother, David Olson of Ashtabula. His parents and a sister, Ellen Brownell preceded him in death.

No calling hours or services will be held at the time. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson is honored to serve the Robert Olson family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Mark D. Robbins

March 13, 1960 - March 2, 2015
Services: at No Service

Mark D. Robbins, age 54, Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor-on-the-Lake, died unexpectedly Monday, March 2, 2015 at his sister’s home in Geneva.

He was born March 13, 1960 in Painesville, the son of Eugene M. & Beatrice M. (Higgenbotham) Robbins and has been a Lake & Ashtabula County resident all of his life.

Mark was a graduate of Madison High School and was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force. He was an avid Browns and Indians fan and enjoyed playing video games.

Survivors include three sisters and a brother, Gayle L. Jaeger of Geneva, Sherry (Gary) Snyder of Madison, Lori A. (Jim) Merrill of Perry and William S. Robbins of Andover and 10 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dale E. Robbins.

No services or calling hours will be held at this time. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, has been privileged to serve the Mark Robbins family. Condolences and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Robert J. Roney, Jr.

July 19, 1932 - March 8, 2015
Services: at Private

On Sunday, March 8, 2015, while at home surrounded by his family, Robert “Bob” James Roney Jr., age 82, passed from this earthly life into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father and was reunited with his wife Nina.

Bob was born on July 19, 1932 in Erie, PA, the son of Robert James & Rose Ann (Simeon) Roney Sr. He married the love of his life Nina Belle Moss on December 29, 1955 in Erie, PA. They were married over 52 years before Nina passed in 2008. They spent most of their married life living in the Geneva/Harpersfield area before moving to Jefferson in 2005.

Bob had a strong work ethic and although he retired from the Alltel Phone Company in 1993, he never once slowed down. Some of his many hobbies throughout the years included working on cars, home remodeling, gardening, cooking and woodworking. As part of his woodworking he made many items for his family that will be cherished for generations to come.

On Sunday afternoons his family would gather at his home for his homemade Italian dinners. He was a devoted family man and always the first one there to lend a hand. He unselfishly put the needs of his family and friends first.

He loved spending time with his family. He found great joy in being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, whom he dearly loved and spoiled.

Survivors include his four children: Richard J. (Linda) Roney of Ashland, Debora S. (Robert) Swartz of Harpersfield, Paul J. (Susan) Roney of Austinburg, & Ann M. (Robert) Taft of Jefferson. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Beth Fenlason, Karen Dickey, Brian Swartz, Joseph Roney, Joshua Roney, Jacob Roney, Heather Taft & Emily Taft, five great grandchildren, Taylor & Benjamin Fenlason, and Ashlynn, Blake & Connor Dickey. Also surviving him are three brothers & five sisters: Mitchell Roney, Rosanna Renshaw, Charles Roney, Mary Perry, Jenny Gresh, Joan Baldwin, Jerry Roney & Betty List all of Pennsylvania along with several nieces and nephews. He will also be sadly missed by his faithful dogs Dingo & Daisy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant siblings Nancy and Paul, and the true love of his life, Nina. Bob and Nina are once again dancing to their favorite song “Look at Us”.

At Bob’s request a private funeral will be held. Bishop Dana Harju of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Stroke Association (American Heart Association), P. O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, OH 43218-2039, Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004 or the Susan G. Komen “Walk for the Cure”, checks made payable to UH Geneva Medical Center, 870 W. Main St., Geneva, OH 44041. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, has been honored to serve the Robert Roney family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Leslie W. Park

July 9, 1926 - March 6, 2015
Services: March 10th, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Leslie W. Park, age 88, E. Cedar St., Jefferson, died Friday morning at the Austinburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with family by his side.

He was born July 9, 1926 in Warren, the son of Ora L. & Grace M. (Farquhar) Park and has lived most of his life in the Austinburg and Jefferson area’s, spending 10 years in Florida. He was a 1944 graduate of Austinburg High School. Mr. Park was a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving on the USS Thetis Bay Aircraft Carrier in World War II.

Mr. Park was married to Beverly J. Hunt on July 5, 1947 in Newport, KY. He was a printer more than 41 years, retiring in 1991 from Bowne Printing Co. in Cleveland, through the years he worked at our local newspapers, as well as the Plain Dealer. His love was his family and children, all children wherever the Parks lived. Mr. Park entertained kids at family reunions and in his neighborhoods with his laughter, playfulness and love. He coached little league in his earlier years. He enjoyed gardening, canning and freezing his vegetables. The family hosted an AFS student in 1964-65, Gwenth Roe Kirman from New Zealand. Mr. Park also sold real estate for Old Reserve Realty.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly, five children, Rebecca J. Reese of Jefferson, David W. (Helen) Park of Jefferson, Brian L. Park of Austinburg Twp., Thomas A. (Kelly) Park of Jefferson & Jacolyn Park Smith of Augusta, GA, 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and a brother, Eugene Park of Jefferson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a great-grandson, Beckett Lee Park, two brothers, James & Francis “Buzz” Park, a sister, Betty Deel and two son-in-laws, Roger Reese & Ronald Smith.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Tridia Hospice and the Austinburg Nursing & Rehab Staff for their love and concern during Mr. Park’s illness.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday at 1:30 P. M. at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Daniel Bilkert officiating. Geneva Post #6846 of the VFW will offer full military honors to begin the services. Burial will be at a later date in Eagleville Cemetery. Mr. Park donated his body to Case Western Reserve Medical School.

No calling hours will be observed. In lieu of flowers, the family wants contributions directed to Ride-4-thEM, c/o Chet & Christy Paul, 5947 Chestnut St., Andover, OH 44003, envelopes will also be at the church. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, has been privileged to serve the Leslie Park family. Condolences and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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