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Virginia L. Simmons

Linda D. Harden

Scott Robinson

Jacqueline R. Terry

Jennivie K. Shaw

Della M. Smith

Robert H. Welser

James L. Burnham

Gladys O. Welser

Ardith C. DeBow

Robert R. Schroth



Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Virginia L. Simmons

March 12, 1930 - December 19, 2014
Services: December 22nd, 2014 at 15:00

Virginia Lee Simmons, 84 a lifelong resident of Ashtabula, went home to her eternal rest into the arms of her savior Jesus Christ on Friday (Dec. 19th)at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born March 12, 1930 in Ashtabula, Ohio the daughter of Walter and Vestula (Pogue) Wakeman.

She was a active member of the Kingsville Presbyterian Church and she loved her family, her God,her church and music.

She was a devoted and loving mother to her children, Rebecca (Steven) Tompkins of Burton, Ohio, Marc Simmons of Scottsdale, Arizona and Carrie Faith who preceded her in death. Also surviving her are nine grandchildren, Kylie, Andrew, Adam, Shayna, Jordon, Stefan, Julie, Scott and Carla; eight great grandchildren, Dakota, David, Caleb, Judah, Moreh, Hannah, Zoe and Anabelle and a sister, Dixie Faye McKibban of Chillicothe, Ohio. Besides her daughter Carrie she was also preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; a great grandson, Jaxon Wyatt Abbott; a sister, Doris Miller and a brother, Robert Wakeman.

Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 22nd at 3:00 PM at the Kingsville Presbyterian Church, 3056 West Main St. Kingsville with Rev. Mary Susan Pisano and Rev. Bill Daywalt officiating.

Calling hours will be Monday from 1:00 PM until the time of service at the church. Memorial contributions in her name can be made to the Kingsville Presbyterian Church. The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Friday, December 19th, 2014
Linda D. Harden

April 11, 1959 - December 17, 2014
Services: at No Service

Linda D. Harden, age 55, Brownville Rd., New Lyme Twp., died Wednesday afternoon at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born April 11, 1959 in Abilene, TX the daughter of Robert W. & Flora E. (Atkinson) Hardin and resided in Collinsville, TX before moving to New Lyme Twp. five years ago. Ms. Harden worked as a cook in area restaurants and nursing homes in the Collinsville area.

She was of the protestant faith attending the Baptist church. Her hobbies include picture puzzles, then making wall pictures, working with plastic canvas, cooking and baking.

Survivors include her mother, Flora Causey of Ben Wheeler, TX and have been caring for Linda the past several months, her fiancé, Ralph Stacy of New Lyme Twp., a son, James Harden of Collinsville, TX and three siblings, Clifford Hardin of Ben Wheeler, TX, Roberta Hardin of Athens, TX & Cheryl Anders of San Angelo, TX. Her father, Robert and a daughter, Audra Lynn Harden preceded her in death.

Private burial will take place in Texas following cremation. Contributions may be directed to the family, in care of her mother, Flora Causey, 500 Brownville Rd., Rome, OH 44085. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson has been privileged to serve the Linda Harden family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Tuesday, December 16th, 2014
Scott Robinson

February 14, 1950 - December 15, 2014
Services: December 20th, 2014 at 14:00

Scott Robinson, Ashtabula business man of 40 years, died at home on December 15, 2014 with his family at his side. Scott was born February 14th, 1950 in Ashtabula to John and Dorothy McMahon Robinson. He was the great grandson of MC Robinson who founded MC Robinson Coal Company, a family business for over 80 years and later led by his grandfather Russell Robinson, father John Robinson, and Uncle Milton Robinson. Scott worked at the business until it was sold in 1980, serving in many roles from truck driver to salesman.

Scott later worked and partnered with Brad Wight operating The Alternative, specializing in alternative energies, wood stoves and solar energy products from 1981 to 1985. The store was located on Bridge Street in Ashtabula.

Scott along with his longtime partner, David Pinelli, opened Apple Heating in 1985, contracting in heating, air conditioning, and related products. Together they grew a small company of two men and a van to a successful business employing over 35 men and women. Scott served as President of Apple Heating and in 2010 became the sole owner, serving homeowners in Ashtabula, Lake, Geauga, and parts of Cuyahoga counties. There were offices in Wickliffe and Ashtabula. Scott was a champion of customer service, employee training, and raising the standards for his industry. Scott led Apple Heating to many awards and community recognitions along with his right hand man and service manager, Stan Zwaduk. In 2012 Apple Heating was awarded “Best in the County” in the small business category through the Growth Partnership of Ashtabula County.

Over the years Scott served in various leadership roles, committees, speaking engagements, and business networks throughout the community. Scott was a past board member of After School Discovery, Ashtabula County Builders Association, and the Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded Member of the Year in 2002 and was a past President of the Ohio Chapter of Air Conditioning Contractors of America in Columbus in 2005. Scott was also the past President of the Buckeye Builders Chapter of BNI and past President of the Ashtabula County Builders Association. Scott and his wife Patti were co-chairs for United Way of Ashtabula’s annual fundraising campaign. He was often a presenter at industry conferences and contributed to industry newsletters and publications. He belonged to ACCA Ohio, ACCA Ohio North East Chapter, and Service Roundtable. He served as a mentor to many, in both the HVAC industry and outside, and even those in competition with Apple Heating. He truly believed that in raising standards and practices for all, the customer and the community would benefit. He generously shared his knowledge, experience, and guidance.

Apple Heating contributed to community events and community organizations by sponsoring or contributing time and money to such concerns as: United Way, Ashtabula Arts Center, Heat the County, food drives, little league, softball, heart walks, Boy Scouts, YMCA, high school yearbooks, Girl Scouts, park renovations, playground construction, neighborhood cleanup, and sponsoring families at Christmas.

In 1974 Scott married his wife of over 40 years, Patti Huels. Together they raised their children Clover and Paige Robinson while forging their lives in the community. He graduated high school in 1968 from General McLane in Edinboro, Pennsylvania and attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He also studied in Mexico and traveled extensively in Latin America. After briefly residing in West Virginia, he and Patti returned to Ashtabula Ohio in 1974. He spent the next 40 plus years being a father, a husband, a successful businessman, a mentor, an avid reader, and a world traveler. His honesty and integrity guided his dealings with all people and most will remember his wit and fondness of lengthy, passionate discussions.

Scott was preceded in death by his parents John and Dorothy Robinson. Surviving at home are his wife Patti, daughter Clover (Andre LaSalle), two granddaughters Amaris and Violet LaSalle of Ashtabula, daughter Paige Robinson, and granddaughter Emmaline Robinson-Stecki and her father, Luke Stecki of Ashtabula, brothers Calvin (Fran) Robinson of Edinboro, Pa, Marc (Gloria) Robinson of Kutztown, Pa, Quentin (Jennifer) Robinson of Pittsburgh, Pa, and sister Annette Brun (Philippe) of Bahama, NC, Uncle Milton (Elaine) Robinson of Kingsville, Oh, Aunt Mary Robinson of Durham, NC and his many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Saturday (Dec. 20th) from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio .

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to United Way of Ashtabula County 2801 C Court #3, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 or to www.unitedwayashtabula.org or to Hospice of the Western Reserve 1166 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Scott Robinson family.

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Monday, December 15th, 2014
Jacqueline R. Terry

October 25, 1932 - December 12, 2014
Services: December 20th, 2014 at 11:00 A. M.

Jacqueline R. Terry, age 82, of East Cleveland, OH, died Friday December 12, 2014 at her daughters residence in Ashtabula with her family by her side. She was born October 25, 1932 in Macon GA, the daughter of Sylvanius Alvin & Anna Belle (Johnson) Hightower Sr.

She is survived by her children; Anita G. Blackwell, Donna M. Cooper, Patricia A. Harrison, Donald D. Terry, Evelyn Terry-Campbell, Jacqueline Armstrong and Lisa A. Wanzo; a sister Harriet J. Moton; thirteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 11:00 A. M. at Church of Epiphany, 2100 Lakeshore Blvd., Clev., OH 44123 with Pastor Rosalind Hughes officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Seidman Cancer Center, 11100 Euclid Ave., Mailstop MCCO-5062, Clev., OH 44106. Envelopes will be available at the church. The Ashtabula Home of Fleming &Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula are honored to serve the Jacqueline R. Terry Family. Condolence expressions and obituary can be found at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Jennivie K. Shaw

October 8, 1962 - December 10, 2014
Services: December 15th, 2014 at 7:00 P. M.

Jennivie “Jenny” K. Shaw, age 52, of E. 28th Street, Ashtabula, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born on October 8, 1962 in Ashtabula the daughter of James F. & Jean L. (Holcomb) Smith.

She worked as a cook for Rae-Ann Geneva Skilled Nursing& Rehabilitation Center for several years. She loved to sew and embroider. She was a collector of angels and unicorns. She loved her cats but even more her beautiful grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 30 years, William “Bill” A. Shaw Jr. whom she married on July 28, 1984; her daughter Julie M. Whiting of Jamestown NY; her parents James F. & Jean L. Smith of Jefferson; three grandchildren, Mark, Austin and Alyssia; siblings, Pamela R. (Mark) Ynigues of Cocoa FL, Marilyn K (Walter) Sigley of Jefferson, James F. Smith of Jefferson and Bruce E. (Bridget) Smith of Bristolville; her loving sister-in-law Cathie Stanton and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00 P. M. at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula with Pastor Philip Kachersky officiating.

Calling hours will be held at the funeral home Monday from 6:00-7:00 P. M. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Fleming & Billman Funeral Home is honored to serve the Jennivie K. Shaw family.

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Friday, December 5th, 2014
Della M. Smith

April 11, 1928 - December 4, 2014
Services: December 8th, 2014 at 2:00 P. M.

Della M. Smith, age 86, resident of Jefferson, died peacefully Thursday morning at the home of her daughter surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 11, 1928 in N. Shenango Twp., Crawford Co., PA, the daughter of Alton & Francelia (Gibbs) Woodard and has been a resident of the Jefferson area most of her life.

She married the love of her life, William K. “Bill” Smith on November 22, 1946 at the Jefferson Methodist Church parsonage. Together, they had four children and shared 49 years of farm life, along with an abundance of travel and time committed to family and precious friendships. Della was a member and proudly served the Jefferson United Methodist Church for many decades. She volunteered much of her time in the kitchen, doing Wonderful Wednesdays, Craft Bazaars, Christian Café and funeral dinners. Life was made richer by family picnics, gardening, canning, fishing, playing cards and traveling much of the United State, Canada & Europe. Her doors and arms were always open no matter the occasion or need. Her home was full of love, laughter, games and the giggles and snuggles of young children. Upon entering the farmhouse, the smell of Della’s fresh baked cookies or famous pies welcomed guests. Weekly Saturday morning pancake breakfasts at the farm were one of many “all are welcome” traditions.

She is survived by three children, Ken (Liz) Smith of Canfield, Susan (Keith) Wolfe of Ashtabula and Russ (Elaine) Smith of Venice, FL, dear friend, Debby Hoprich of Ashtabula, whom she loved as a daughter, eight grandchildren, Chad (Diane), Aaron (Adrian), Miranda (Mike), Sarah (Ben), Kristin (Matt), Derek (Alicia), Lauren (Paul) & Brent (Gina), 12 great-grandchildren, Allison, Alex, Erik, Makayla, DJ, Cameron, Ian, Kara, Suzi, Averi, Jonathan, Keagan, Graeson, Beckham, Bentley & Hazel Marie, a sister, Eileen (Ray) Botz of Andover, sister-in-laws, Hanalore Smith & Ramona Woodard and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bill in 1995, a son, Gerald Smith and four brothers, Donal, Durward, Albert & Virgil Woodard.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 P. M. at the Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Daniel Bilkert officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday from 12-2 P. M. at the church. The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Jefferson United Methodist Church (above address) or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004, envelopes will also be at the church. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson is honored to serve the Della Smith family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Robert H. Welser

April 7, 1923 - November 29, 2014
Services: December 5th, 2014 at 12:00

Robert H. Welser, 91 of Dickinson Rd. Ashtabula Township died Saturday (Nov. 29th) in the Hospice Unit of the Ashtabula County Medical Center. He was born April 7, 1923 in Ashtabula the son of Sylvester and Ethel (Bolthe) Welser and has been a lifetime area resident.

He was a 1941 graduate of Edgewood High School and served in the Army during World War II serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

He was employed with the Cleveland Illuminating Company in accountanting for 38 years retiring in 1985.

He was a member of the VFW Post #943 of Ashtabula. He enjoyed fishing and yard work. Surviving him are his sister, Beverly Maltz of Pembroke Pines, Florida and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris in 1986; his son, David in 2010 and by a brother, Harold Welser and a sister, Elizabeth Malin.

Graveside services will be Friday (Dec. 5th) at 12:00 PM at Edgewood Cemetery with Geneva Post #6846 conducting Military Rites.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or to the American Diabetes Association. The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Cremations, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Monday, December 1st, 2014
James L. Burnham

April 21, 1940 - November 30, 2014
Services: December 4th, 2014 at 11:00

James Laurens Burnham, 74 of North Main St. North Kingsville died Sunday (Nov. 30th) at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home. He was born April 21, 1940 in Ashtabula the son of Andrew L. and Clara L. (Bartram) Burnham and has been a lifetime area resident.. He was a graduate of Ashtabula High School and attended technical school in Chicago, Il.

He had worked for twenty five years as a Tool and Die Maker for Penco Tool Company until his retirement. He is a member of the East Side Presbyterian Church; the Orion Lodge #353 F. & A.M.; the Orion Chapter #12 Order of Eastern Star where he was Past Patron; the Conerstone Club; the Ashtabula Model Railroad Club; he was past president of the Kingsville Area Little League and he was a partner in the A.C. & J. Scenic Line Railroad. He enjoyed Model Railroading, reading and most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving him are his wife, Catherine MacLearie Burnham whom he married July 8, 1967; four sons, Charles A. Burnham of Ashtabula, Glendon J. (Patricia) Burnham of Ashtabula, Donald M. (Jessica Brown) Burnham of Ashtabula and David A. (Sara) Burnham of Gahanna and seven grandchildren, Cassandra, Caitlyn, William, Alexandra, Joseph, Andrew and Aaron. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral service will be Thursday (Dec. 4th) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. Shane Nanney of the East Side Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in East Lake Cemetery in North Kingsville.

Calling hours will be Wednesday (Dec. 3rd) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 at the funeral home with Orion Chapter #12 OES and Orion Lodge #353 F&AM conducting rites at 7:45 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Memorial fund of the East Side Presbyterian Church, 3440 Edgewood Drive, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the James Burnham family.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Gladys O. Welser

February 16, 1932 - November 27, 2014
Services: at No Service

Gladys O. Welser, age 82, S. Poplar St., Jefferson, died Thursday morning at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after being in the hospital the past week.

She was born February 16, 1932 in West Liberty, WV, the daughter of Marion F. & Wilma B. (Johnson) Mozingo and has lived in Ashtabula Co. most of her life, coming from West Virginia. She was married to Keith R. Welser on April 14, 1951 in Jefferson.

Mrs. Welser was a retired employee of Namco Controls. Her interests included watching soap operas, bird watching and was a Cleveland Indian fan. Her greatest enjoyment was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include 10 children, Vicky Welser of Champaign, IL, Debbie (Bill) Welser-Grobe of Twinsburg, Bonnie (Dennis) Markel of Linesville, PA, Barbie Welser & Jodi (Brian) Hall, both of Jefferson, Doug (Kathy) Welser of Jacksonville, FL, Jeff Welser & Dean Welser, both of Jefferson and Gary Welser & Jerry Welser, both of Conneaut, 10 grandchildren, Denny Price, Lisa Hillyer, Allison Wludyga, Andrea, Amberle & Cory Hall, Richard Welser, Chrissy Nolan, Matthew Welser and Daniel Welser, eight great-grandchildren and two sisters, Jessie Chinchar of Mecca Twp. and Bula Kyle of Dorset Twp.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Keith in 1992, sisters, Hattie Dennis & Helen Smith and brothers, Carl Mozingo, Jr. & June Mozingo.

At the request of Mrs. Welser, no services or calling hours will be held. Memorial contributions may be directed in her name to Disabled American Veterans, 2044 Youngstown Rd., SE, Warren, OH 44484. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jeffferson St., Jefferson, has been honored to serve the Gladys Welser family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Ardith C. DeBow

March 16, 1930 - November 28, 2014
Services: December 2nd, 2014 at 11:00 A. M.

Ardith C. DeBow, age 84, Ashtabula, died Friday evening at the Ashtabula Co. Nursing & Rehabilitation Center where she had been a patient the past three weeks.

She was born March 16, 1930 in Willoughby, the daughter of Gordon & Anna (Crookshanks) DeBow and has been a resident of Ashtabula Co. most of her life. Ms. DeBow was a graduate of New Lyme Deming High School.

She was a photographer for the Star-Beacon for 30 years, retiring in 1993. Ms. DeBow was a member of the Jefferson United Methodist Church, the Ashtabula Co. Covered Bridge Festival, where she did the art work and designed the tee shirts and the Jefferson Historical Society.

She is survived by two sisters and a brother, E. Carol DeBow & Roger (Ruth) DeBow, both of Ashtabula and Donnann (Dale) Shadle of Chambersburg, PA and several nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews and great-great-nieces & nephews. Her parents and a sister, Virginia Cole preceded her in death.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 A. M. at Brownville Cemetery in New Lyme Twp. with the Rev. Daniel Bilkert of the Jefferson United Methodist Church and Rev. Eugene Wilson, nephew to Ms. DeBow will officiating. No public visitation will be held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson has been privileged to serve the Ardith DeBow family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014
Robert R. Schroth

August 4, 1959 - November 23, 2014
Services: December 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 P. M.

Robert R. Schroth, age 55, Anderson Rd., Pierpont Twp., died unexpectedly Sunday, November 23, 2014 at his residence.

He was born August 4, 1959 in Altoona, PA, the son of the late Edward M. & Dorothy L. (Heinlien) Schroth, Jr. and has lived in this area since 2008, coming from Cleveland. Mr. Schroth was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving three years in Oklahoma and three years in Germany. He is a former employee of the Veteran’s Administration.

He is survived by a sister, Sandra Elswick of Pierpont Twp.

The funeral mass will be held Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 12:00 P. M. at St. Joseph Calasanctius Church, 32 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Fr. Philip Miller officiating. No calling hours will be observed. Burial will be in Dorset Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, in care of his sister, Sandra Elswick and mailed to the funeral home. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson has been honored to serve the Robert Schroth family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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