The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

August 3, 2006

Obituaries for 8/3/2006


KINGSVILLE - - Bernice E. "Brenda" Walker Spice, age 92, formerly of Creek Road, Kingsville, Ohio, died Monday, July 31, 2006, at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home.

She was born April 20, 1914, in Wellsburg, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Frank and Jessie (Corbin) Seipler.

A hard worker her whole life, she worked as a waitress at various area restaurants and as a clerk at Loblaws.

An avid reader, she raised Boston Terriers in her younger years, and loved her dog, Floozy.

Her survivors include three children, Melanie Walker of Niles, Charles R. Walker II of Washington, and William (Elizabeth) Walker of Conneaut; one stepdaughter, Beverly DeGregorio of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her former husbands, Charles R. Walker and John Spice; one son, Douglas Abbey; three brothers, Russell, Cecil, and Ted Seipler; two sisters, Dorothy and her twin, Beatrice; and her parents.

A Service will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 5, 2006, at the Greenlawn Memory Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, 3140 East Center Street, North Kingsville. Minister Tim Kraus of the Conneaut Church of Christ will officiate.

Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service Saturday in the Mausoleum Chapel.

Contributions may be made to the Ashtabula County Nursing Home Activities Fund, 5740 Dibble Road, Kingsville, Ohio 44048.

DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula, is in charge of arrangements.

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SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP - - Phillip M. Slavic, age 68, life long resident of Saybrook Township, Ohio, died Saturday evening, July 29, 2006, unexpectedly at his home.

Mr. Salvic was born August 22, 1937, in Ashtabula, the son of the late Phillip M. and Anna (Emprich) Slavic. Mr. Slavic was not only a life long resident of Saybrook Township, but was best known by his family and friends as the Mayor of Windermere.

Phillip was employed for a number of years as a union Painter.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed NASCAR, classic cars, motorcycles, and dining out with family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Stacey (Eric) Slavic-Orth of Ashtabula; sister, Helen A. Nemitz of Ashtabula; niece, Linda Nemitz of Ashtabula; nephew, Jeff Smith of Ashtabula; and Aunt Helen Grant of Painesville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two nieces, Beverly Shubert and Deborah, at birth.

Graveside Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2006, at St. Joseph's Cemetery Chapel. Father Philip Miller, Pastor of St. Joseph Church, will preside.

Friends and family may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the CHILDS & WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, 1440 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula.


ASHTABULA - - Esther A. (Johnson) Maenpa, age 97, died Tuesday, August 1, 2006, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center after a short illness.

She was born November 3, 1908, in Ashtabula, the fifth of seven children of Carl and Christina (Olson) Johnson.

Esther was a 1927 graduate of Ashtabula High School and Ashtabula Business College.

She was Secretary for Snider Insurance Agency and Legal Secretary for Albert H. Pontius before her marriage.

A talented singer, she sang in several local choirs.

She married Francis I. Maenpa of Ashtabula Harbor on September 9, 1940. When their children started school, she worked as a nurse's aide at Ashtabula General Hospital. Later she was secretary at Jackson and Washington Elementary schools in the Harbor, where she worked until retirement in 1972. She was also one of the organizers of the Retarded Children's Council, later to become Happy Hearts School.

Esther had always been active in church work, both at Messiah Lutheran and First Grace Gospel churches.

She is survived by two children and their spouses, Kristina E. (John) Carpenter and Dr. Francis C. (Diane) Maenpa, both of Ashtabula; grandson, Dr. Ryan R. (Amy) Maenpa of Springboro, Ohio; two sister-in-laws, Betty A. Johnson of Jefferson, and V. Victoria Brady of Conneaut; several nieces and nephews; and a cousin, Naima Nilsson in Trelleborg, Sweden.

Her husband preceded her in death on April 8, 1977.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2006, at the Ashtabula Home of the FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 526 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula, with Pastor David Adams of First Grace Gospel Church, and the Reverend Elizabeth Eaton of Messiah Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 4, 2006, at the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Grace Gospel Church or to the Messiah Lutheran Church.

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CONNEAUT - - S. Lary Jarvis, age 68, of Conneaut, Ohio, died Tuesday evening, August 1, 2006, at his home.

He was born March 18, 1938, in Holland, Michigan, a son of the late Sidney M. and Francis (Sas) Jarvis.

Mr. Jarvis retired as a Deputy Sheriff in Lake County, Michigan, in 1986. As a teen, Lary was a race car driver, and in later years, he had worked as a Diesel Mechanic for Valley Truck Parts, DNL Construction, Wellcraft Boat Manufacturing, a security officer in Florida, and owned and operated his own sharpening business.

Lary enjoyed meeting with friends for breakfast, eating at wonderful restaurants, and he absolutely loved ice cream. He loved his dog, "Casey," which he would take with him to get coffee and donuts every morning. Lary enjoyed the water and boating, taking rides down by the lake, camping, backpacking on islands, going to Myrtle Beach, archery for the Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan, and mowing and caring for his lawn. He was a member of the Cushman Club, and was an avid NASCAR fan.

Lary also loved wood-working, making gifts for special occasions, such as Christmas and weddings, and cradles for a new baby in the family. He had made baby doll toys for his granddaughter, a steam shovel for his grandson to use in the sand, and had also made two rideable toy airplanes, and toy trucks. Mr. Jarvis was a self-starter and would conquer most any project that would cross his mind. He was also a great photographer.

Survivors include his wife, Shari (Barr) Mortimer Jarvis, whom he married May 20, 1995; daughters, Tammie (Neil) Winkfield of Spokane, Washington, Patti Jarvis of Pierpont, Ohio, and Judie (Robert) Stay of Cedar Springs, Michigan; his son, Lary K. Jarvis of Cadillac, Michigan; two stepdaughters, Heather (Brian) Kiser of King George, Virginia, and Melanie (Jeffrey) Donbar of Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Christine, Paul, Lary, Adam, Jeffrey, Nathan, and Benjamin Winkfield, Damien and Danielle Wittingen, Rob and Ryan Stay, Collin and Jayce Jarvis, and Aaron and Melanie Kiser; and three great-grandchildren, Tony, Kaylee, and Angelyzaah.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Kenneth and Robert Jarvis; and his grandson, Jeffrey David Kiser.

Funeral Service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, August 4, 2006, at the MARCY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 208 Liberty Street, Conneaut, with Pastor Trudy Hazen of the Bethlechem Messianic Congregation officiating.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today, and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home

Memorial contributions may be made Hospice of the Western Reserve. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.


CONNEAUTVILLE, Pa. - - Betty J. Huffman, formerly of Linesville, Pennsylvania, died Tuesday, August 1, 2006, at Rolling Fields Nursing Home in Conneautville. She had previously lived at Cordia Commons in Meadville, and for many years in Okeechobee, Florida.

She was born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Susan Sviatko Balint. She married George A. Huffman on September 3, 1945. He preceded her in death on January 18, 1988.

A member of St. Philip Church in Linesville, Betty worked as a waitress for many years in Meadville and in Okeechobee, Florida.

Betty was inducted into the United States Marine Corps League of Ashtabula County in 2005 as an Honorary Marine due to her love and patriotism for our country.

She loved listening and dancing to country music. Also, she enjoyed playing cards, crocheting, and baking cakes for graduations and weddings. Betty just loved spending time with family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 5, 2006, at St. Philip Church, 401 South Mercer Street, Linesville, with Father John A. Walsh as Celebrant. Burial will be private in Penn Line Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, August 4, 2006, at ROYAL-COLEMAN FUNERAL HOME, 6028 U.S. Highway 6, Linesville.

The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, Crawford Unit, 464 Pine Street, Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335; or the American Heart Association, 5100 Peach Street, Erie, Pennsylvania 16509.

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