Monday, March 10th, 2014
Francis J Bodnar
June 1, 1944 - March 8, 2014
Services: March 14th, 2014 at 11:00 A. M.
Francis Joseph “Joe” Bodnar, age 69, St. Rt. 307 East, Jefferson, died Saturday morning at the Jefferson Healthcare Center after suffering a stroke three weeks ago.
He was born June 1, 1944 in Painesville, the son of Francis L. & Dorothy V. (Foster) Bodnar and has been a resident of Jefferson since 1986, coming from Madison. Mr. Bodnar was a veteran of the U. S. Army National Guard, serving during the Vietnam Era. He was married to Jayne R. Herrick on September 23, 1979 in Madison. Mr. Bodnar was a 30 year firefighter with Mentor City Fire Dept., retiring in 2003.
Mr. Bodnar was a member of the Ashtabula Co. Fair Board and served as representative to the Jr. Fair Board and on the Market Animal Committee. In 2006 was given lifetime membership to the Ashtabula Co. Cattleman’s Assoc., where he served as acting president multiple times and in 2010 received the Dedicated Service Award, was president of the Ashtabula Co. 4-H Foundation where he chaired the golf outing and the pig roast. He was a member and co-chair of the Ashtabula Co. Farm Bureau and headed the committees on Food & Animal Issues and Tractor Safety. In 2003 he received the OEAA Appreciation Award from the OSU Extension office; in 2005 he received the Ashtabula Co. 4-H Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Bodnar was a 30 year 4-H Advisor at the Lake and Ashtabula Co. Fairs, was vice-president of the Ashtabula Co. 4-H Advisory Committee and was co-advisor of the Prime Bovine 4-H Club.
Survivors include his wife, Jayne, a daughter, Alicia M. (Jeffery A. Mast) Foltz of Jefferson, step-children, James M. (Sonja) Trisket of Ashtabula, Patricia A. (James) Durant of Woodstock, GA, Victor E. (Deanna) Jerome of Madison and Lee, Jay & Linda Bodnar, 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a sister, Barbara (Frank) Dombrowski of Stow.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Bodnar.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 A. M. at the Jefferson Church of the Nazarene, 55 E. Satin St., Jefferson, with Pastor ErinValenti officiating. Burial will be in North Madison Cemetery. Geneva Post #6846 of the VFW will offer military honors.
Calling hours will be held Thursday from 1-3 & 6-8 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson. The fire department will be standing honor guard. Memorial contributions may be directed to the 4-H Foundation, c/o the OSU Extension Office, 39 Wall St., Jefferson, OH 44047, envelopes will be at the church and funeral home. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.
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Thursday, March 6th, 2014
Jaxon Wyatt Abbott
March 3, 2014 - March 3, 2014
Services: March 10th, 2014 at 11:00 A. M.
Jaxon Wyatt Abbott, infant son of Christopher & Shayna (Thompson) Abbott of North Ridge East in Ashtabula, was stillborn late Monday evening at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center.
He was also the brother to Dakota Jewel & Caleb Alexander, the grandson of Jean (Terry) Schwenk of Kenosha, WI and the great-grandson of Virginia Simmons of Ashtabula and Josephine Luska of Kenosha, WI. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Jaxon’s grandmother, Carrie Faith, grandfather, Ricky Abbott and great-grandfather, Raymond Simmons all preceded him in death.
Funeral services will be held Monday (March 10, 2014) at 11:00 A. M. at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, with Pastor Jonathan Williams officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery.
Calling hour will be held Sunday from 5-7 P. M. and Monday from 10-11 A. M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Jaxon Wyatt Abbott page at www.gofundme.com/7ad8yw. Expression of condolences and obituary at fleming-billman.com.
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Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Betty L. Hamric
June 27, 1930 - March 2, 2014
Services: March 5th, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.
Betty L. Hamric, age 83, Commerce Pl., Geneva, died Sunday morning at the Heather Hill LTAC Hospital in Chardon where she had been a patient the past month.
She was born June 27, 1930 in Willoughby and has been a Geneva resident all of her life. She was married to Fredrick “Fred” Hamric on November 19, 1948 in Geneva. Mrs. Hamric worked for many years at Taylor Studio and retired in 2004 from Giant Eagle where she worked in the deli department. Her enjoyments included word and picture puzzles, knitting and going out to eat.
Survivors include two children, Ronald E. (Sally) Hamric and Nancy L. Perkins, both of Madison, two grandchildren, Ronnie Hamric, Jr. & Matthew (Julie) Perkins, two great-grandchildren, Mattie & Gage Perkins and an aunt, Jane James of Mentor.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Fred in 1990 and a sister, Laura Jean Theilan.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 A. M. at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 S. Broadway, Geneva, with Barry Curtis of Lighthouse Baptist Church leading the service. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held Tuesday (today) from 5-8 P. M. at the funeral home. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.
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Thursday, February 27th, 2014
Bertha A Blaney
August 25, 1916 - February 27, 2014
Services: March 1st, 2014 at 14:00
Bertha A. Blaney, age 97, a resident of Forman Rd. in Rock Creek since 1941, died Thursday morning at the Heartland of Mentor Nursing Home where she had resided the past four years.
She was born August 25, 1916 in Kinsley, KS, the daughter of Lewis H. & Minnie A. M. (Quasebarth) Fahlsing. She was married to Roy E. Blaney in 1935 in Dodge City, KS. Mrs. Blaney retired in 1985 from Smith & Wesson after 16 years of service. She enjoyed crafts and ceramics.
Survivors include four children, Donald Blaney of Rock Creek, Grace Watkins of Greer, SC, Kenneth Blaney of Mentor and Carl Blaney of Indiana, 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy in 1978, two sons, Lewis & Frank Blaney, a grandson, a great-grandson, two brothers, Fred & Bernhart Fahlsing and two sisters, Sophie Fahlsing & Lucile Schmidt.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P. M. Saturday at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Alisa Nierzejewski, certified celebrant leading the service. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday from 1-2 P. M. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan Hose Co., 2139 Forman Rd., Jefferson, OH 44047, envelopes will be at the funeral home. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.
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Monday, February 24th, 2014
October 26, 1930 - February 22, 2014
Services: March 1st, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.
Stanley E. Mericka, age 83, Westview Dr., Jefferson, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon at his residence.
He was born October 26, 1930 in Cleveland, the son of Stanley J. & Frances A. (Hynst) Mericka. The family moved to New Lyme Twp. in 1946, he was a 1948 graduate of Deming High School and has resided in this area the past 68 years. Mr. Mericka was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was part of the Army Security Agency. He was married to Mable “Pat” Patterson on October 29, 1955 at St. Joseph Calasanctius Church in Jefferson.
Mr. Mericka retired in 1996 from Rockwell International as a manufacturing engineer, starting many years earlier at Reliance Electric. He is a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Jefferson, Tuscan Lodge #342, F. & A. M., El Kadir Grotto in Ashtabula, VFW Post #3334, the Roadrunners Travel Club and Happy Travelers Club. He was a Boy Scout in his youth in Cleveland, he played basketball and softball in the Industrial & Jefferson leagues and played against the Harlem Globetrotters in Japan in 1952. His past included being an Indian Guide and Cub Scout Leader and being involved with Little League, Music Boosters and the Girls Drill Team as his children were growing up. His hobbies include traveling, bowling, golf, woodworking, fishing and making fishing lures.
Survivors include three daughters, Susan (Douglas) Hall of Glendale, AZ, Karen (Paul) Quirke of Painesville & Laura (Timothy) Burke of Mentor-on-the-Lake, five grandchildren, Chad, Jerrud, Jake, Steven & Kelly, five great-grandchildren, Breanna, Collin, Alaina, Johnathan, Conan & Juliette, a sister, Laverne Mitcham and a brother, Roger (Barbara) Mericka, both of Jefferson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat in 2008, a son, Jeffrey in 1968, his father, Stanley in 1985 and mother, Frances in 2006.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 A. M. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 41 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. James Brehler officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery. Geneva Post #6846 of VFW will provide military honors.
Calling hours will be held Friday from 5-7 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson and Saturday from 10-11 A. M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational United Church of Christ (above address), envelopes will be available at the church and funeral home. Obituary and condolences at fleming-billman.com.
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Monday, February 24th, 2014
Robert T. Frazee
December 30, 1935 - February 22, 2014
Services: February 28th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Robert T. Frazee, Sr. 78 of South Wright St. Kingsville passed away Saturday (Feb. 22nd )in the Hospice Center of the Erie VA Hospital in Erie, Pa. He was born Dec. 30, 1935 in Painesville, Ohio the son of Robert M. and Lucille (Faulkerson) Frazee and was a lifetime area resident.
He was a 1953 graduate of Ashtabula High School and served in the US States Marine Corp from 1958 to 1961 as an aviation mechanic. He was employed with the CEI for 37 and half years retiring in 1993.
He belonged to several organization, The First Baptist Church of Kingsville; the VFW Post #943; American legion Post #151; Life member and Past Governor of the Moose Lodge of Ashtabula; a life member of the East Ashtabula Club and a member of the Marine Corp League of New Port Richey, Florida. He enjoyed gardening, bowling, casinos, woodworking, the Cleveland Indians. He also had been a Skate Guard at the Austinburg Skating Rink; a Cub Scout Leader of Pack #11 and Little League Coach. He loved his two Yorkies “Muffy and Roxie”. Most of all he enjoyed his family and watching his grandchildren play sports.
Surviving him are his wife, Janet (Richey) Frazee whom he married July 3, 1999; his son, Robert (Rebecca) Frazee, Jr. of Geneva; three daughters, Shelly (Greg) Lyle of Kingsville, Tina (Tim) Breland of Kingsville and Debi (Scott Savage) Frazee of Hopwell, Pa.; a step-son, Michael Richey of New Port Richey, Florida; six grandchildren, Jordan and James Lyle, T.J. and Jacob Breland, Derek Frazee and Dylan Savage; a step grandson, David Richey; a step granddaughter, Mia Richey ; two step Great Grandsons, Camden and Cavryan Richey and his sister, Hazel (Jack) Cunningham of Heiskill, Tenn. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert in 1997; his mother, Lucille, in 1953; his step-mother, Mildred in 1994; his first wife Elaine Frazee in 1997; a step-son, Patrick Richey in 2003; two sisters, Ethel Mae Klinger in 2008 and Betty Ann Secchiari in 1993.
Funeral service will be Friday (Feb. 28th) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. David Hines of the First Baptist Church of Kingsville officiating.
Calling hours will be Thursday (Feb. 27th) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the Animal Protective League, The Wounded Warriors Project or The American Cancer Society. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com
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Friday, February 21st, 2014
Ellis L. Watson
February 3, 1935 - February 10, 2014
Services: March 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 P. M.
Ellis L. Watson, age 79, of Monroe Circle, Jefferson, passed away at University Hospital in Cleveland on Monday, February 10, 2014. He was born on February 3, 1935 in St. George, West Virginia, the son of James E. & Lessie (Ercel) Watson.
He has lived in this area most of his life. In 1984 he married his beautiful bride Jessie "Patricia" Moore. He worked for Rockwell for several years before working as a chauffeur for the rail road. Ellis enjoyed fishing, camping, antique cars and trucks. He was also passionate about making wine and wooden clocks from Cyprus. However, his grandchildren and great grandchildren were his heart and they have fond memories of grandpa and the stories that he would tell them.
Ellis is survived by his wife, Pat Watson of Jefferson, step children; Earl R. (Debbie) Sherman Jr. of Grand Junction CO, Ricky D. (Pam) Sherman of Grand Junction CO, Cindy A. Sherman of Jefferson, Michael J. Sherman of Jefferson, Pamela S. Sherman of North Bloomfield and Paula J. Sherman of Ashtabula; grandchildren, Danny, Jerry, Joey, Erlean, Sammy, Kristy, Zach, Johnny, Roberta, Jody, Tara, Ambra, Casey, Tyler, Michael, Brenda, Ashley, Ellisia, Vincent, Jesse, Jodi-rae, Ricky, Sean, Heather, Nikki and James; 36 great grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, step sons Eugene and Tim Sherman, two brothers and four sisters.
A Rigatoni Benefit dinner will be held on Saturday, March 1st, from 2-6:00P.M. at Harassments located on 900 North Market St., Jefferson Ohio 44047.Entertainment will be provided. There will also be a Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle and baskets. Envelopes will also be provided for donations. Donations for baskets can be made ahead of time by calling Pamela at 216-310-9559.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 7:00 P. M. At Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom hall, 1032 St. Rt. 46 South, Jefferson, with Judson Cole leading the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family.Envelopes will be available at the hall. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson St., Jefferson, are handling the arrangements. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.
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Monday, February 17th, 2014
Esther Jean Kent
December 4, 1935 - February 15, 2014
Services: February 21st, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Esther Jean Kent, 78, formerly of Ashtabula died Saturday (Feb. 15th) at the Forest Hills Center in Columbus, Ohio. She was born December 4, 1935 in Girard, Pa. the daughter of Walter and Ruth (Sherman) McKay.
She graduated from Girard High School and graduated with a Bachelors’ in Education from Villa Maria College in Erie. She taught for ten years until she retired to raise her family. She enjoyed politics, gardening, canning, going for car rides looking at fall leaves but most of all she enjoyed her family.
Surviving her is her son Douglas J. (Michele) Kent of Dublin, Ohio; a daughter, Lara J. (Mike) Groetken of LeMars, Iowa; three grandchildren, Paige, Eric and Sam; her brother, Robert McKay of Florida and three sisters, Ruth Jacobs, Judith McKay and Kathleen Porter all of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, Digby Kent in 1998.
Funeral service will be Friday (Feb. 21st) at 3:00 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. Dr. Stephen Long of the First United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn memory Gardens.
Calling hours will be Friday from 1:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com
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Saturday, February 15th, 2014
Robert R. Kotila
August 13, 1931 - February 14, 2014
Services: February 18th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
Robert R. Kotila, age 82, of Saybrook Township , Ohio, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at Cleveland Clinic due to complications following a medical procedure.
Born August 13, 1931 in Ashtabula, Ohio, he was the son of Sally (Wisuri) and Ray Kotila. He graduated from Ashtabula Schools in 1949. On July 1, 1951 he married Wilma Harmon at Plymouth Community Church.
He was inducted into the US Army in December of 1951 for two years. He spent 17 months in Germany in occupation forces as a Military Police and then in the reserves until April of 1960.
He worked for RMI Metals for twenty years and retired as Shift Manager in July of 1991. Early in his career he was given the opportunity to become involved in the computer business at Union Carbide and worked in that area in Ashtabula and the Elyria/Cleveland area for years. After his retirement from RMI Metals he again came back to his favorite element of employment –computers.
Bob enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening, and hunting. In his teenage years he so enjoyed traveling with his family from Florida to California and back to Ashtabula where he graduated from Ashtabula High School.
He is survived by his wife of sixty-two years, Wilma; daughters, Gail (Dennis) Johnson of Jefferson, Susan (Daniel) Marshfield of Geneva, Laurie (William) Laughlin of Trumbull Twp; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; baby sister, Dorothy Mae; sister, Betty Ann; his great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Ann Laughlin; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Thanks to Dr. “Ted” at Cleveland Clinic (and his staff) who so lovingly took care of our loved one during his illness.
The Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18th, at the Ashtabula Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS & CREMATORY,INC., 526 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula with the Rev. Julie Hanneman officiating.
Calling hours will be Monday, Feb. 17th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Funeral Home and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com
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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Ann L. Whitman
August 2, 1936 - February 11, 2014
Services: February 14th, 2014 at 11:00 A. M.
Ann L. Whitman, age 77, of E. 45th St., Ashtabula, died Tuesday morning at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born on August 2, 1936, in Boomer, West Virginia. The daughter of Nathan & Mary Louise (Bradshaw) L’Amoreaux.
She worked for the Department of Job & Family Services for 22 years. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and listening to bluegrass/gospel music. She was also a proud member of the Violet Club.
She is survived by her husband Millard Whitman of Ashtabula; children, Brenda (Troy) Moody of AL, Keith (Anjanette) Whitman of Rocky River, Audra (Timothy) Kirchmeir of Mentor; sister Gail L’Amoreaux Garcia of Lima, OH, Nathan (Loretta) L’Amoreaux of Conneaut , Harry (Lucille) L’Amoreaux of Ashtabula, Jim (Peggy) L’Amoreaux of Oberlin, OH and William (Mandy) L’Amoreaux of NJ; three grandchildren, Anthony Moody, Brittany Whitman, Brendan Whitman; one great-grandchild Morgan Moody.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Susan L’Amoreaux Valez and Linda L’Amoreaux.
Funeral services will be held Friday, 11:00 A. M. at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, with Pastor Greg Gifford of the Eagleville Bible Church officiating. Burial will take in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4-7:00 P. M. at the Ashtabula Fleming & Billman funeral home. Guestbook and obituary available at fleming-billman.com.View/Sign Guest Book