The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Breaking News

Obituary Archives

January 8, 2013

Betty R. Vanek

ROCK CREEK — Betty R. Vanek, age 88, went home to be with her eternal family Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. She left with her family by her side in her home knowing how much she was loved and cherished.

Born March 21, 1924, in Manamanee Falls, Wis., she was a daughter to the late John and Barbara (Rittman) Wondracek. Their large family later moved to Ohio. On Feb. 16, 1946, she married Ronald L. Vanek in Cleveland. On August 23, 1957, when their son was 17 days old, the family moved to Rock Creek to the home they had built together.

They had four children: son, Ronald J. (Sandy) Vanek of Rock Creek, daughters, Loraine Howard of Austinburg, Robin Vanek of Geneva and Melissa Fogarty of Rock Creek; grandchildren, respectively, Erica (Eric) Hudson, Ronald L. Vanek, Penny (Zack) Beesler, Tiffany and Travis Vanek, Alyssa and James Fogarty and Bailey Barret; and great-granddaughters, Abigail and Emily Beesler. There are also several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in passing by her husband, Ronald on April 27,1989; also her brothers John, Frank and George; and sisters, Margaret, Francis, Hilda, Helen and Anne (and their spouses).

She enjoyed family gatherings, bus tours with friends, she loved animals, leaving behind two cats, “Furby and Sassy”. But more than anything, she enjoyed watching her family grow and knowing how much we all loved her.

Before she quit working permanently to be with her family, she had been employed by White Motors, Halle Brothers and Gordon Grill in Cleveland. She also worked at the Willows Inn and the Clay Street Inn after moving to Rock Creek. But above all, she was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to all of us and for this we are grateful and we will miss her, but we will never forget her.

A Memorial Service will be held 1 p.m. for friends and family on Saturday Jan. 12th, at the Sacred Heart Church, 3409 N. Main St. (Rt. 45), Rock Creek, Ohio.

The Jefferson Home of FLEMING & BILLMAN FUNERAL DIRECTORS, INC., 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, is handling arrangements. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com and starbeacon.com.

1
Text Only
Obituary Archives
  • JOSEPH SZAKALY SR.

    Joseph Szakaly Sr., 92, of Conneaut, Ohio, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at University Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

    July 24, 2014

  • NARCISO ROSADO

    Narciso “Ciso” Rosado, 73, of Geneva, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014.

    July 24, 2014

  • EVELYN CUNNINGHAM

    Evelyn Cunningham, 78, died Thursday, July 24, 2014.

    July 24, 2014

  • Cecil L. Kelly Cecil L. Kelly

    Cecil L. Kelly, age 86, of Fern Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio, died early Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014, at Saybrook Landing.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • William F. Hawes William F. Hawes

    William "Bill" F. Hawes, age 83, a resident of Geneva, Ohio, all his life, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at home with family by his side.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Isabel M. Jones Isabel M. Jones

    Isabel M. Jones, age 97, formerly of Marcellus, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Lake Pointe Nursing and Rehab Center.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donald R. Applebee Donald R. Applebee

    Donald R. Applebee, age 80, of River Glen Dr., Austinburg Township, Ohio, died early Thursday morning, July 24, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kingsville Township.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • WILLIAM F. HAWES

    William “Bill” F. Hawes, 83, a resident of Geneva, Ohio, all his life, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at home with family by his side.

    July 23, 2014

  • JOHN A. BUBER

    John A. Buber, 74, of Middlefield, Ohio, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Burton Health Care Center. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

    July 23, 2014

  • Louis A. Penna

    Louis Anthony “Skip” Penna, age 54, a resident of Ashtabula, Ohio, died Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014, in the Hospice Unit of Ashtabula County Medical Center.

    July 23, 2014

  • Magda Szasz

    Magda Szasz, age 90, of Ashtabula, Ohio, died on Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014, at the Country Club Retirement Center.

    July 23, 2014

  • Theresa M. Giannell

    Theresa M. Giannell, age 95, of Ashtabula, Ohio, died on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Kingsville, Ohio.

    July 23, 2014

  • Helen R. Jackson Helen R. Jackson

    Helen R. Hogle Jackson, age 48, of Conneaut, Ohio, passed away Monday evening, July 14, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic following a 38-year illness.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fay Todaro

    Fay (Fisher) Todaro passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at her residence in Mansfield, Ohio.

    July 23, 2014

  • Robert J. Sabo Robert J. Sabo

    Robert J. Sabo, age 89, of W. 16th St., passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Ashtabula County Medical Center.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Harry E. Massena Jr.

    Harry Edward Massena Jr., age 83, died at his home on Monday, July 21, 2014.

    July 23, 2014

  • DAVID L. BEHRENDT

    David L. Behrendt, 80, of Redding, Calif., died March 10, 2014, surrounded by his family.

    July 23, 2014

  • Helen M. Korver Helen M. Korver

    Helen M. Korver, age 93, of Geneva-on-the-Lake, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at home.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • June C. Berg June C. Berg

    June C. Berg died on Saturday, July 19, 2014, surrounded by family.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Frank J. Campisano Frank J. Campisano

    Frank J. Campisano, age 91, of Ashtabula, passed away at his home on Monday, July 7, 2014. The same home he was born in on Nov. 22, 1922, the son of Vincenzo and Marian Campisano.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide