ROZELLA U. HARPST
JEFFERSON - - Rozella U. Harpst, age 79, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, January 16, 2007, in the Hospice Unit of the Ashtabula County Medical Center.
Born November 23, 1927, in Albion, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Nicholas and Neva (Terrill) Ulan. She has been an Ashtabula County resident since 1972.
Rozella graduated from Albion High School, continuing her education at Mercyhurst College, where she received her bachelor's in education. On October 3, 1947, she married Clifford Lawrence Harpst in Westfield, New York.
She taught home economics at West Springfield and Northwestern High Schools in Pennsylvania, prior to teaching at Harbor High School in Ashtabula. She retired in 1993 after 38 years of teaching. She also served as advisor for the American Red Cross and Future Homemakers of America.
Rozella was an active member of Saybrook United Methodist Church, where she was chairperson of the annual Poinsettia Punch for many years. She was also a member of the Saybrook Grange, the Ashtabula TOPS Club, and volunteered for the Contact Helpline. She served as a judge for canned goods and baked goods at the Albion Fair, and served as a judge at a variety of other county fairs.
Survivors include her husband; four children, Lynda H. (Bradlee) Terry of Santa Rosa, California, Coletta S. Bernauer of Jefferson, Ohio, and Jon C. (Dolly) Harpst and William L. (Debbie) Harpst, both of Ashtabula, Ohio; three grandchildren, Kira L. Lugo, Nathan M. Veshecco, and Jeremy E. Bernauer; and three great-grandchildren, Alex, Zach, and Max Lugo.
A Memorial Service will be held 5 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2007, at the ASHTABULA HOME OF FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, INC., 526 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula, Ohio, with the Reverend Donna VanTrees, of Saybrook United Methodist Church, officiating.
Visitation will be Saturday from 2 p.m. until the time of service at the Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01202, or submitted to the family to be given to her favorite local charities.
JEFFERSON - - Anna Wladyka, age 81, of Susan Drive, Jefferson, Ohio, died early Monday morning, January 15, 2007, at her winter residence in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Born July 25, 1925 in Dniepropetrosk, Ukraine, she was the daughter of the late Petro and Maria Koroluk, and has resided in Jefferson most of her life. She was a retired employee of the National Acme Company in Jefferson.
Mrs. Wladyka was a member of St. Nicholas Byzantine Church. Her interests include gardening, knitting, embroidering, needlepoint, sewing and cooking. Believing strongly in the bond of family, she devoted her life to providing a secure, loving home for her children and grandchildren, setting an example of love, commitment, strength and virtue.
Always willing to share her hospitality, Anna brought many years of joy to her family and neighbors with her gourmet baking and magnificent flower gardens, which were a delight to behold for any passer-by. Anna will be remembered as a beautiful cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
Survivors include her husband, Iwan Wladyka, whom she married in Kemmeton, Germany, in 1944; three daughters, Lydia (Marc) Czomba of Carriere, Mississippi, and Irene Colucci and Alexandria Nyzen, both of Deerfield Beach, Florida; five grandchildren, Marcus Colucci, Derek and Jane Czomba, Alexia Nyzen and Dean Raffenaud; and three great-grandchildren, Summer Ann Ross, Connor and Pierce Czomba.
The Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2007, at St. Nicholas Byzantine Church, 1104 East 15th Street, Ashtabula, Ohio, with Reverend Father Edward Gretchko, officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.
Calling Hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (this afternoon) at the Jefferson Home of the FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 49 West Jefferson Street, Jefferson, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church.
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GENEVA - - Thomas "T.J." Barber, age 51, of North Ridge West, Geneva, Ohio, died Wednesday afternoon, January 17, 2007, at his residence with family and friends at his side. His death was from complications of injuries he sustained in a 1998 traffic accident.
Born August 15, 1955, in Geneva, he was a son of Dean C. and Mildred A. (Kuhar) Barber, and has been a Geneva resident all of his life. He was a 1973 graduate of Geneva High School and worked with Laborers Local #245 before his accident.
He was a member of the Men's Auxiliary of the VFW #6846 and Laborers Local #245. "T.J." loved to play poker, party with family and friends, he loved his four cats, and was a sports enthusiast.
Survivors include a brother, Daniel (Kathy) Barber of Jefferson; five sisters, Marilyn (Greg) Whiting of Geneva, Shirley (Arthur) Schneider of Austinburg, Mary Jean (Bill Hall) Barber of Geneva, Peggy (Curt) Doll of Geneva, and Chris (Mike) Barker of Saybrook; two nieces and two nephews, Scott, Jennifer, Lisa and Nickalas; three great-nieces and one great-nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Geneva Home of the FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, 323 South Broadway, Geneva, Ohio. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Calling Hours will be held Friday (this evening) from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Road, Kingsville, Ohio 44048, or to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3-A, Short Hills, New Jersey 07078. Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.
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RAYMOND S. THOMPSON
CLEVELAND - - Raymond S. Thompson, age 68, of Plymouth-Gageville Road, Sheffield Township, passed away Thursday, January 18, 2007, in the Wade Park VA Hospital in Cleveland.
He was born October 12, 1938, in Conneaut, to the late Raymond E. and Lydia (Gochneaur) Thompson, and was a life-long resident of the area.
Raymond served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, aboard the USS Hale DD-642 based in Newport, Rhode Island. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Raymond worked as a hammer man and supervisor with the former Ashtabula Bow Socket and worked with several out-of-state forging shops before retiring from Buckeye Forge in Cleveland. He took pride in his large and extended family and was often seen mowing his lawn, which he also enjoyed.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marcia L.; children, Tammy (Tony) Nordquest, Danette (Tom) Ennis, Robin (Paul) Huston, Linda (Eric) Tuuri, all of Ashtabula, and Trevor (Linda) Thompson of Rock Creek; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Vernon Lee (Diane) Thompson, of Kingsville.
Raymond was preceded in death by his parents; his infant daughter, Rhonda Leigh; and two brothers.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2007, at the DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Avenue, Ashtabula, Ohio. His ashes will be spread at sea by the U.S. Navy, off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island, as per his wishes.
Memorials in Raymond's memory may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church. Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Home.
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