.                                           KELLER  FUNERAL  HOME
615 Hanover Street
Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935
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Serving The Ohio Valley Since 1926
WILLIAM  "BILL''  FODOR,  79, of Glenns Run Road, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Monday, November 19, 2007 at East Ohio Regional Hospital.
He was born in McKinleyville, W.Va. on July 11, 1928, the son of the late Steve and Elizabeth (Horkay) Fodor.
He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of Martins Ferry and a retired employee of the former Clevite Corp. of Lansing, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Louis, Joseph and Arthur Fodor; three sisters, Irma Fayak, Margaret Johnson and Goldie Divjak; son in law, Frank Hardwick.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret R. (Rozsa) Fodor; five daughters, Theresa (Barr) Koller, Martins Ferry; Diane Hardwick, Hope Mills, N.C.;  Cheri A. (Thomas) Gandy, Martins Ferry;  Sandi L. (Dale) Takach, Columbus, Ohio;  Billie Jo (Brian) Malechowski, Columbus, Ohio. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, one step-grandchild, two great grandchildren.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 24, 2007 with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Mausoleum entombment  followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Rosary was held Friday at 3  followed by Wake service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. MarysCatholic Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.


Obituary Dated November 19, 2007 thru March 19, 2009
MARY E. LOTZ,  77, of W. Jefferson Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died  Monday, December 3, 2007, in Wheeling  Hospital , Wheeling, W. Va.
She was born in Moundsville, W.Va. on January 18, 1930, daughter of the late Ward and Helen (Howard) Cain.
She was a retired LPN from Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling; and a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church of Martins Ferry
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Cain.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence R. Lotz; three sons, Michael (Linda) Lotz, Matt Lotz, both of Columbus, Ohio, and Mark (Beverly) Lotz, Yorkville, Ohio; four daughters, Helen (Don) Swartz, Columbus, Debbie (Keith) LoCoco,  Mary Kay (Bill) Smith and Amy (Ed) Absalom all of Martins Ferry; brother, Mark Cain of Texas; three sisters, Polly Mason Cameron, W. Va., Margaret Darmafall, Moundsville, and Nila Bayles, Florida ; 13 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 7,  2007, with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment was held at the convenience of the family in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling, W. Va.
Rosary devotions were recited Thursday at the funeral home at 3 followed by a Wake service at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.



HARRY E. "SHOT" VOGLER,  83, formerly of Walnut Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Thursday, December 6, 2007 at Wheeling  Hospital , Wheeling, W. Va.
He was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on November 11, 1924, a  son of the late Edward O. and Julia A. (Clark) Vogler.
He was a retired shipping and receiving clerk at Sears of St. Clairsville; a member of the First Christian Church of Martins Ferry and a U.S. Navy veteran of the W.W. II.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Delores J. (West) Vogler and a  brother, James Vogler.
Harry is survived by a daughter, Linda (Thomas) Yager, St. Clairsville; son, Lawrence E. (Judith) Vogler, Bridgeport; two brothers, Albert  and Edward Vogler both of Wheeling; five grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
      Memorial services were held Monday, December 10, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Rod Kasler officiating.
Interment  followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.

ROBERT J. TOPP,  69, of  Reedsville, W.Va. and formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio died Friday, December 7, 2007 at his residence.
He was born in Martins Ferry on October 30, 1938,   a son  of the late Joseph S. and Ann M. (Kloss) Topp.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph A. Topp.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Marianne Topp; two sons, Michael of Texas and Richie of Maryland; sister, JoAnn Samples of Martins Ferry.
A memorial mass at St. Mary's Church and interment in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry will be held at a later date.


JOHN J. RICO, JR.,  87, of Pearl Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Thursday, December 13, 2007. He spent the last year residing with his daughter, Terri and her family in St. Clairsville.
He was born in Beech Bottom, W. Va. on March 27, 1920, a son of the late John J. and Helen (Yudaz) Rico.
He was a retired employee of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Yorkville Plant, and a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry. John was an avid gardener, and loved growing roses. His true pleasure was sharing what he grew with others. He also enjoyed joke telling, fishing, sweets, figs, and singing songs, such as "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "You Are My Sunshine".
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Virginia D. (Negroski) Rico; two brothers, Steve and Frank Rico; sister, Ann Burda.
He is survived by son, John Vincent Rico, Bridgeport, Oh.; six daughters, Jeanette Marie (Douglas) Yanak, Reynoldsburg, Oh.; Dorothy Ann (David) Long, Overland Park, Ks.; Terri Joyce (Dr. Mark)  Macri, St. Clairsville, Oh.; Jacqueline (Dr. Mitch) Thomas, Pickerington, Oh.; Aileen Marie (Shawn)  Macke, Louisville, Ky.; Dr. Jamie Renee (Dr. Mark) Horvath, Lewis Center, Oh.; brother, Joseph Rico, Martins Ferry; He is also survived by 16  grandchildren, Heather and Kyle Yanak, Erin and Chloe Long, Bryan, Clayton and Retta Jane Rico, Austin, Audra and Alexa Macri, Danielle and Brayden Thomas, Andrea and Colin Macke, Morgan and Grant Horvath.
       Rosary devotions were given Sunday at 2 followed by a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. John prayed the rosary daily and believed in the power of prayer.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2007 with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment  followed in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Church, 20 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935 or St. Johns Alumni Support Association, Guernsey St., Bellaire, Ohio 43906.

HELEN M. COMINSKY,  89, formerly of Glen Robbins, Rayland, Ohio and Selby Apts., Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Thursday, December 13, 2007 at Forest Hill Retirement Community, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on April 12, 1918,  a daughter of the late John and Eugenia (Gad) Wnek.
She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry and a member of the Catholic Daughters.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Cominsky;  son, John W. Cominsky;  grandson, John R. Cominsky;  great grandson, Alexander P. Conner;  brother, Ted Wnek.
She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn J. (Brady) Conner, Martins Ferry, Eileen M. Armstrong, Florida, Delores A. (Mike) Wills, Columbus, Ohio; brother, Chester (Lucy) Wnek, Tiltonsville, Ohio; sister, Wanda Misko, Livonia, Mich.; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren,  two great great grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the funeral home Monday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Rosary devotions will be given at 3 followed by a Wake Service at 8 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry,  at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18,  2007 with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment followed in Upland Cemetery, Yorkville, Ohio.

RONALD R. PHILLIPS,  66, of  Cemetery Road, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Monday, December 17, 2007 at his residence.
Ron was born in Martins Ferry on April 2, 1941, the son of the late Hugh M. and Anna V. (Hails) Phillips.
       He was a memeber of Roofers Union Local 188 and retired from Kalkreuth Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc. of Wheeling.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Hugh, Allan, Dan and John; two sisters, Betty Rutan and Wilma Doughty.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie L. (Borck) Phillips; son, Ronald R. (Melissa) Phillips, Medina, Ohio; daughter, Kimberly G. (Joel) Looney, Columbus, Ohio; sister, Madeline G. Doughty, Martins Ferry; granddaughter, Abigail K. Phillips. 
Graveside service were held at Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2007 with Pastor Philip K. Van Dam officiating.

MONA L. KRUPNIK,  77, of  Hutchinson Drive, St. Clairsville, Ohio , died  Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at her residence.
She was born in Shadyside, Ohio on April 25, 1930, daughter of the late Earl W. and Hazel L. (Johnson) Hall.
She was a member of South Bellaire Methodist Church.
Mona is survived by her husband, Walter Krupnik; four sons, John (Patsy) of Florida; Thomas (Vicki) , Bellaire; Doug (Marla)  Bellaire; Rick (Melody), Virginia; daughter, Terri (Rich) Materkoski, Bellaire; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 
A memorial service was held at the convenience of the family.

EDWARD L. DALTON,  53, of Ohio Ave., Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Tuesday, January 1, 2008 at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, W. Va.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on August 23, 1954,  he was the son of the late Cledis Dalton and Esther L. (Clyde) Kessler who survives him of Martins Ferry, Ohio.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by  son, Emmett K. Dalton; brother, C. Joseph (Fran) Dalton; friend, Rhonda Hendershot, all of Martins Ferry.
Funeral services were private at the convenience of family.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.



ROSE MARIE HARPER,  91, formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Thursday, January 3, 2008 at Sienna Pointe, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
She was born in Martins Ferry on March 31, 1916,  she was the daughter of the late Joseph V. and Marie (Brubaugh) Reasbeck.
She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry; and a retired inspector for the U. S. Goverment.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles A. and Joseph V. Reasbeck
She is survived by two sister in laws,  Margaret A. Reasbeck, Martins Ferry and Emma Reasbeck, Orange Park, Florida; niece, Barbara A. (William) Edge, Martins Ferry; nephew, Joseph V. (Nancy) Reasbeck, III, Superior, Wis; one great niece and great nephews.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, Ohio. at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 7, 2007,  with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment  followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.


FORREST H. ULLOM, JR., ''THE GAS MAN'',  87, of Elm Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at East Ohio Regional Hospital.
He was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on August 11, 1920,  he was the son of the late Forrest H. and Fredricka (Hahne) Ullom.
He was a member of First Christian Church Martins Ferry; and a retired employee of Columbia Gas of Ohio; a volunteer for Opals Keenagers of East Ohio Regional Hospital and Ohio Valley Medical Center.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Irvine I. Ullom; five sisters, Mildred Ullom, Blanche Hunkler, Pearl Vance, Dorothy Braun and Mabel Thatcher. 
Forest is survived by his wife of 66 years, his high school sweetheart, Inece L. (Hores) Ullom; two sons, Robert L. Ullom, Blue Ridge, Georgia and James L. Ullom, Martins Ferry; daughter, Debra S. Harasuik, Martins Ferry; six  grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home, Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Bill Fulton officiating.
Interment was held at  the convenience of the family in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, W.Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to House of the Carpenter, 200 So. Front Street ,Wheeling, W. Va. 26003.

MARY KOBUS, 92, of N. 10th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, Wheeling, W. Va.
She was born in Chicago, Ill. on May 15, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Kohut) Loha.
Mary was former owner of Kobus Grocery, formerly of Yorkville, Ohio and former president of the Warren Twp. Federated Democratic Women's Club.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Kobus; two brothers, Attorney Joseph Loha and Sylvester Loha; sister, Anna Loha.
She is survived by daughter, Julia H. Courey, Martins Ferry; two grandsons, Louis (Susan) Courey, Houston, Tx.; Mark (Renee) Courey, Solon, Ohio; granddaughter, Debra (Steve) Rogers, Bradenton, Fl.. , and six great grandchildren
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was held  at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, with Father Damien Kobus as the celebrant.
Interment followed in Upland Cemetery, Yorkville, Ohio.

DOROTHY L. ELLIS,  86, formerly of Nixon Run, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at Sienna Pointe, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on November 28, 1921,  she was the daughter of the late John  T. and Frances A. (Striff) Lewis.
She was a member of First Baptist Church, Martins Ferry and a member of the Bridgeport Chapter #452 Order of the Eastern Star; and also was the Head Majorette of the band when she attended Martins Ferry High School.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray C. Ellis; brother, John Thomas Lewis; sister, Ruth Lewis.
She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Yoder of Bridgeport, Ohio and several nieces and nephews. 
       Services were held at the convenience of the family.
Mausoleum entombment  followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Hospice Inc. 132 Peters Run Rd. Wheeling, W. Va.  26003.

SHIRLEY F. SNODGRASS,  80, formerly of Spence Lane, Martins Ferry, Ohio died at 7:55 PM, Thursday, February 28, 2008 at Heartland  Of  Lansing , Lansing, Ohio.
She was born in Shadyside, Ohio on April 12, 1927, the daughter of the late Paul and Lillian (Hanson) Weekley.
She was a member of First Christian Church of Martins Ferry.
ln addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Kay Sedor; sister, Kathryn Dorff; two brothers, Ronald and Wayne Weekley.
She is survived by a daughter, Diana (Peter) Sinclair, Columbus, Ohio; son, Richard D. Snodgrass, Thomaston, Maine; sister, Margaret (Harry) Palmer, Martins Ferry; and  five grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Tuesday March 4, 2008 at 2 p.m., with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.

CHARLES L. BURNS, 84, formerly of Vine Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Monday, March 3, 2008 at Lancia Villa Royale Nursing Home, Steubenville, Ohio.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on July 25, 1923, the son of the late Thomas Joseph and Mary (Wise) Burns.
He was retired from the former Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company of Wheeling, W. Va.
He was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church; a member of the Knights of Columbus #1421 of Martins Ferry and a Life Member of the DAV # 117 of Bellaire, Ohio.
He served in the U.S. Navy in WW II and the Korean Conflict as a Naval Aviator.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Snezek Burns and a sister, Margaret Mary Finney Dorsey
He is survived by two sons, Thomas J. (Pat) Burns, Martins Ferry and Robert C. (Renee) Burns, Carrollton, Ohio; daughter, Kathleen (Kevin) McCormick, Newark, De. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the funeral home Wednesday 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated Friday, March 7, 2008 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Martins Ferry with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Rosary was held at the funeral home Thursday at 3 followed by Wake services at 7:45 p.m.
Military honors were given Friday at the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. by the Bel. Co. Council of the V.F.W.
Memorial contributions may be made to SMC 2000, 24 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935



ARTHUR "PRETZEL" L. HULL, 70, of Seabrights Lane, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Friday, March 7, 2008 at Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on August 3, 1937,   the son of the late Wilbur W. and Margaret  A. (Dichtenmiller) Hull.
He was retired from Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Steubenville Plant and Arrow Concrete of Columbus. He was a member of Saint John's Luthern Church;  a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge # 231; former Eagles Lodge; Baseball Civics and Booster Club all of Martins Ferry and the Bridgeport Eagles.  He also coached Martins Ferry Civics Baseball and Softball and coached the Eastern Ohio Colt League.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold, Orville, Alfred and Wilbur; one sister, Margaret Szeckacs.
He is survived by his wife, Elmira G. (Morgan) "Jo" Hull; daughter,  Angela (Jack) Tittle, Duncan, Oklahoma; son, Arthur (Christy) Hull, Bethel, Ohio; daughter, Stacey (Brad) Heathcote, Bellaire, Ohio; daughter,  Tina (Jeff,) Morgan, Amelia, Ohio; daughter, Kelly Hull, Bethel, Ohio; brother, Daniel (Carolyn) Hull, West Palm Beach, Florida. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Philip K. Van Dam officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Elks Lodge #231 held services at the funeral home Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio State University, Cancer Center, Rhodes Hall, Columbus, Ohio 43210 or St. John's Luthern Church, N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.

LUCY K. BENLINE,  93, of S. 3rd Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry.
She was born in Spencer, W. Va. on December 9, 1914,  the daughter of the late Charles W. and Lettie E. (Epling) Webb.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Benline, three sons, Charles W., Clifford L., and Norman L. Benline.
She is survived by her daughter, Katherine I. Benline, Martins Ferry; grandson, Richard Benline, Martins Ferry; two granddaughters, Lettie E. (Nathan) Reardon, Westerville, Ohio; Anna Marie (Fred) Burghy, Byesville, Ohio. She is also survived by two  great grandchildren, and seven  great great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Saturday, March 14, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr., officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.

GEORGE W. "CORKY" LAASE, SR.,  81, of Stockport, Ohio and formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio, died at Tuesday, March 18, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on January 24, 1927,  the son of the late George F. and Mary E. (Horvath) Laase.
He was a retired  employee Wheeling Pittsburg Steel, Martins Ferry Plant and the former Feher's Poultry & Meats of Martins Ferry.  He was a member of the Redmen's Club, former Eagles and Local Steelworker's Union, all of Martins Ferry.  He served in the U. S. Army during W.W. II.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Caprita.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret M. (Stupak) Laase; son, George W. (Angie) Laase, Jr., Martins Ferry; daughter,  Lauren M. (Doug) Kitchen, Batavia, Ohio; granddaughter, Carrie Ann (Anthony) Whitehead, Steubenville, Ohio; grandson, George W. Laase, III, Martins Ferry, Ohio; granddaughter, Kassandra Nedved, Batavia, Ohio; granddaughter, Kayla Kitchen, Batavia, Ohio; grandson,  Kody Kitchen, Batavia, Ohio; great granddaughter, Rachel Marie Whitehead, Steubenville, Ohio; great granddaughter, Amber Gamble, Clarksville, Tenn.; brother, Robert Laase, Deluth, Minn.; two sisters, Lillian Butler, Martins Ferry and Shirley Pelkowski, Mercer, Wis.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Bill N. Lawrence officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
The Belmont Co. of the Veterans of Foreign Wars presented military honors Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Cor of 4th and Walnut Streets, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935


JOY M. BUREK,  77, of  S. 3rd Street,  Martins Ferry, Ohio and formerly of Walnut Street, died Tuesday, March 25, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Long Term Care.
Joy was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on March 9, 1931,  she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Edith (Conway) Hood.
She was a member of the Grace Presbyterian Church and a retired employee of the former Antler Cafe both of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by seven brothers, and seven sisters.
She is survived by  daughter, Nancy (Jim) Powell of Martins Ferry; two brothers,  Paul and Sonny Hood; two sisters, Phyllis Walker and Evelyn Snedicker; two grandchildren, Dawn Scott and Shaun Powell; great grandson, Wesley Scott.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Friday, March 28, 2008 at 8 p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.



ELDON J. (REX) MORGAN,  93, of  Main Street, Harrisville, Ohio , died Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at Sunset Health Care of Harrisville.
He was born in Adena,  on August 5, 1914,  he was the son of the late Rex and Orpha (Booher) Morgan.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Harrisville and a retired employee of the Norton Coal Co.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred (Wright) Morgan and his second wife, Ferne Atwood Morgan; one son, Ronald Morgan.
He is survived by his son, Terry L. and his wife, Kathryn Morgan, Harrisville; daughter-in-law, Joyce Morgan of Alanson, Mich.; seven grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; three step daughters, Connie, Gaye and Joy.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Monday, March 31, 2008 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Charles Mehl officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Assoc. of Ohio, 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43228.

DONALD R. MYERS, 65, of Carlisle Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Friday, April 18, 2008 at Twin City Hospital, Dennison, Ohio.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on September 7, 1942.  He was the son of the late William  C. and Lucille E. (Coury) Myers.
Don was employed as  Executive Director of OMEGA, Cambridge, Ohio;  former Director of Bel. Co. Dept. of Development from 1990-2001 and former Employee of the City of Martins Ferry, Director of Development.
During his tenure as Dept. of Development Director more than 600 million dollars in development and infrastructure improvement have occured. He is one of only six Manpower Specialists in the United States as certified by the National Civil Service League.
He has served as President of East Ohio Regional Hospital Board of Directors. He was also Past President of the Martins Ferry Rotary Club. He has served as President of the Belomar Regional Council. He was honored by the Belmont Co. Bar Association in 1993 when he received the associations Liberty Bell Award. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church Martins Ferry, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Army.
Don is survived by his wife, Linda L. (Cavalier) Myers; son, Eric C. (Jamie) Myers, Gahanna, Ohio; daughter, Kelly A. Myers, Martins Ferry; two brothers, William C. (Sandy) Myers, Martins Ferry and James (Darlene) Myers, Bowling Green, Ohio; sister,  Mary Ann Domyan also of Martins Ferry.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008  with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment followed in  Powhatan Cemetery, Powhatan, Ohio.
Rosary was recited Monday at 3 p.m. followed by a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m. and The Martins Ferry Rotary Club Service at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Marys Church, 20 N. 4th Street, or City of M.F. Floral Beautification, 615 Hanover St., both of Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.

MARY J HILL,  92, formerly of South 7th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio  died Sunday, April 20, 2008 in Park Health Center, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
She was born in Avella, Pa. on April 28, 1915, a daughter of the late Andrew and Anantasia (Sudyn) Stopera.
She retired as a press operator at Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Martins Ferry Plant. She was a member of First Christian Church and a former Girl Scout Leader both in Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Hill; brother, Richard Stopera; two sisters, Emily Hails and Geneveve Fithen.
She is survived by two sons, William J (Patricia) Hill, Martins Ferry and Walter C. (June) Hill, New Port Richey, Florida; two brothers, Anthony  Stopera, Bridgeport, Ohio and Walter Stopera, Rayland, Ohio; two sisters, Sophia Scheehle, Pleasant Grove, Ohio and Lillian Caulder, Flint, Mich.; granddaughter, Pamela S. Peters, Eagle Mountain, Utah; grandson, William G. Hill, Martins Ferry; great granddaughter, Nicole Jo Hatch, Lehi, Utah; great grandson, Jentry  Peters, Eagle Mountain, Utah; two great  gread  granddaughters, Ady Jo Hatch and  Hanna Lee Hatch, both of  Lehi, Utah; step granddaughter Melissa (Michael) Yuro, Springhill, Florida; step grandson,  Charles  E. Bryan, San Diego, Ca..
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rod Kasler officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry
Memorial contributions may be made to City of M.F. Floral Beautification, 615 Hanover St., Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.

CATHERINE  "GRACIE" CHARLES,  88, formerly of New Martinsville, W. Va., died Saturday,  May 3, 2008 at Park Health Center, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
She was born in New Martinsville, W. Va. on February 25, 1920,   the daughter of the late John and Laura (Batten) Hamilton.
She was a retired  employee for the Federal  Government , Washington, D.C.  and a member of the New Martinsville Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Charles;  two brothers, William and Carl Hamilton;  three sisters, Laura Probst, Jo Ann Crow and Thelma Edgell.
She is survived by nephews, Charles Sr., Bernard and James Probst, Clyde, Ronald, Jack and John Hamilton; nieces, Donna Meeker, Sandra Yeager, Patty Licits, Virginia Sakalo, Laura Wild, Amanda Kamms and Barbara Hess.
Memorial services were held at the First Baptist Church, Martins Ferry, May 17, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Oliver officiating and interment was held in Walker Cemetery, New Martinsville.

JAMES P. MERTZ,  63, formerly of Colerain Road, Colerain, Ohio  died Friday, May 9, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio.
He was born in Greensburg, Pa. on May 25, 1944, a son of the late James G. and Beatrice M. (Allen) Mertz.
Jim was a retired security officer at Wheeling Downs, Wheeling, W. Va. and a former charter bus driver. He was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church of Colerain and a member of Ohio River Valley Elks Lodge #231 of Martins Ferry.  He also served in the U. S. Army
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, William J. Mertz.
He is survived by a brother, Melvin L. (Karen) Mertz, Indianapolis, Ind.; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 12 Noon with Father Dale Tornes officiating.
Interment followed in Farmington Cemetery, Farmington, Ohio.
The Elks Lodge held services at the funeral home Monday at 7 p.m.
Military honors were given by the Belmont Co. Council of the V.F.W. at the funeral home Tuesday at 11:45 a.m.


MARGARET HELENA BROWN,  90, formerly of Colerain Pike, Martins Ferry, Ohio died Saturday, May 24, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Long Term Care.
She was born in Duffy, Ohio on May 28, 1917, she was the daughter of the late Charles C. and Bertha M. (Huffman) Ensinger.
She was a retired employee of the former Bell Telephone Co. of Steubenville, Ohio. and also the former Blaw-Knox Co. of Martins Ferry. She was a member of the Elm Grove Church of Christ,Wheeling, W. Va. .
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde L. Brown;  son, Robert K. Ensinger;  grandson, Timonthy Brown;  sister, Eleanor Moser;  two brothers, William H.  and Paul R. Ensinger
She is survived by son, Brent C. Brown, Piedmont, Ohio; brother, Charles C. (Helen) Ensinger, Sardis, Ohio; two sisters, Shirley A. Sall, Vienna, W. Va. and Janet D. (Frank) Tice, Woodsfield, Ohio; two grandsons, Robert Ensinger, Columbus, Ohio and Joseph Brown, Martins Ferry; two granddaughters, Bridget Butler, Paden City, W. Va. and Ellen Cordova, Pueblo, Co. She is also survived by eight great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday May 29, 2008 at 1 p.m., with Evangelist Ron Stullenbarger officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to E.O.R.H. Building Fund, 90 N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.


MARY M. MILLER,  65, of Jefferson Street, Bellaire, Ohio , died Saturday, May 31, 2008 at her residence.
She was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on September 17, 1942,  she was the daughter of the late John and Priscilla M. (Simms) Huston.
She was a former employee of Riesbeck Grocery, St. Clairsville, Ohio.  Mary was a member of South Bellaire Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl,  Bill and Ralph Huston; and two sisters, Lillian Snider and Bernadine J. Kiedaisch.
She is survived by  two daughters, Tamerra L. Huff and Shelly A. Saracenna; two brothers, Paul J. and Enoch E. Huston; two sisters, Mabel L. Albasin and Ruth J. Sanders; companion, James F. Littleton. She is also survived by several grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ron Morgan officiating.
Interment  followed in Armstrong Mills Cemetery, Armstrong Mills, Ohio.

SHIRLEY E. CARVER,  73, of Spence Lane, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died  Tuesday, June 3, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry.
She was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on March 29, 1935,  she was the daughter of the late Harold Bell and Evelyn (Shivlin) Honecker.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church Martins Ferry, Ohio.
       In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Carver.
She is survived by  two daughter, Kim (Kevin) Tierney, and Susan Moore, both of Martins Ferry, Ohio; two sons, Jay (Debbie) Carver, Denver, N. Carolina and David (Deana) Carver, Iron Station, N. Carolina; six granddaughters, Katie and Krisi Tierney; Samantha Moore; Kelley, Krista and Tyler Carver; two grandsons, Michael  Moore; Zackery Carver. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment  followed in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling, W. Va.
Wake Service was held at the funeral home on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.
Condolences to the family may be made by signing the guest book to the left of this page.


ELEANOR J. LORTZ,  78, of Indiana Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died  Saturday,  June 7, 2008 at Wheeling  Hospital , Wheeling, W. Va.
She was born in Bridgeport, Ohio on November 19, 1929,  she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lottie M. (Whissen) Evans.
She was a retired employee of the Reasbecks office formerly of  Martins Ferry. She was a member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by infant son, Peter Edward Lortz; eight brothers, Robert, Dave, Edwin, Thomas, Edward, Charles, Heyward and George Evans; two sisters, Evelyn Conway and Arzella Fodor.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond W. Lortz; son, Thomas R. Lortz, Tyler, Tx.; daughter, Diane M.  (Daniel) Leonard, Powhatan Point, Ohio; three granddaughters, Alexandra "Lexie" D. Leonard, Arianne A. Leonard, both of Powhatan Point, Ohio; Cheyenne R. Lortz, Tyler, Tx.; her beloved dog, Riley; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Thursday, June 12, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Bill N. Lawrence officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
The Deacons of the church held services at the funeral home Wednesday at 7 p.m.

DAVID E. RUTTENCUTTER, JR.,  24, of Wheeling, WV died Wednesday, June 25, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.
He was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on November 28, 1983,  he was the son of  David E. Ruttencutter of Martins Ferry, Ohio  and Stacy K. (Myers) Ruttencutter of Redington Beach, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Frederick Ruttencutter.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by brother, Joshua J. Ruttencutter, Wheeling.; Fiancee, Catherine M. Oldenburg, Wheeling; paternal grandmother, Hazel Ruttencutter; maternal grandfather, Wilbur Myers and maternal grandmother, Kay Gonzales.
Memorial services were held at the funeral home Monday, June 30, 2008 at 7 p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.

FRANKLIN B. McANINCH, III,  54, of Crawford Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Sunday, July 6, 2008 at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, W. Va. .
Frank was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on November 5, 1953,  he was the son of the late  Frank B. McAninch, II  and Jean D. (Schane) Jeffrey who survives him of Wheeling, W. Va.
In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Phyllis M. (Kalany) McAninch;  son, McKenzie McAninch, Seattle, Wa.; daughter, Kelly McAninch, Martins Ferry; brother, Scott McAninch, Martins Ferry.
      Memorial service was held on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 at 11 a.m.

WANDA L. FEDERMAN,  82, of Terrace Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry.
She was born in Glenn Robbins, Ohio on March 5, 1926,  a daughter of the late Marion and Julia (Gingleski) Potkowski.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Martins Ferry and the Martins Ferry Senior Center.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John Federman; two sisters, Mary Waligura and Genevieve Winski and one grandson, Domonic Cavicchia.
She is survived by  two daughters, Sandra wife of Dom Cavicchia, Bridgeport, Ohio; Susie wife of Thomas Duke, Martins Ferry; sister, Julia Pobolish, Dillonvale, Ohio. She is also survived by four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Friday, July 11, 2008 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Thomas A. Magary officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Rosary was held Thursday at 3;30 followed by Wake service at 8 p.m.

DIANE K. KRAJNYAK,  55, of Totterdale Addition, Bridgeport, Ohio , died Thursday, July 10, 2008 at her residence.
She was born in Martins Ferry , Ohio on August 10, 1952, the daughter of the late Andy and Kay (Takach) Krajnyak.
She was a retired registered nurse at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling, W. Va.; and a member of the O.V.M.C. Quarter Century Club.
Diane is survived by  two brothers, Drew Krajnyak of Price,Utah and Steve Krajnyak and his wife, Linda of Fayetteville, N.C.; nephew, Donny. 
Memorial service was held at the funeral home Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at 7 p.m., with Pastor Sharon Van Dam officiating.

EDWARD L. RINKES,  81, of Seabrights Lane, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Thursday, July 17, 2008 at his residence.
He was born in St. Clairsville, Ohio on March 23, 1927, a son of the late Charles  and Myrtle (Glover) Rinkes.
He was a retired employee of the Ohio Valley Dairy of Martins Ferry.  He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II and also served in the U.S. Navy.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth E. (Secoy) Rinkes.
He is survived by  two sons, Tom (Patricia) Rinkes, Bridgeport, Ohio and David (Marlene) Rinkes, Greysville, Ohio; two brothers, Richard (Bonnie) Rinkes, St. Clairsville, Ohio and Charles (Jeannie) Rinkes, Houston, Tx.; sister, Donna (Truman) Kelly, Alexandria, Va.. He is also survived by four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Services were held at the convenience of family.
Interment was held in Linwood Cemetery, Blaine, Ohio.

WILLIAM L. JONES, age 68,  Pearl St. Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Friday, August 8th, 2008  at East Ohio Regional Hospital.
William  was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on March 10, 1940,  he was the son of the late Paul and Zella (Henderson) Jones.
He was a retired  Baker at Nickles Bakery, Martins Ferry,  where he worked for 30 years.
William is survived by his wife, Carol (Jones) Jones.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.

RILEY W. CUPP,  56, of S. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Monday, August 18, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry.
He was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on February 4, 1952, a son of the late Delbert and Lucille (Wycoff) Cupp.
He served in the U.S. Air Force.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Cupp and Maudie Gikas.
Riley is survived by his wife, Cheryl L. (Obloy) Cupp; two sons, Sean and Jason Cupp; daughter, Amy Cupp; brother, Donald Cupp; sister, Sandra Kay Sayers; grandson, Braden Conway.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.



ANNA  R.  WARE  DAVIDSON,  91, of St. Helens, Oregon and formerly of Martins Ferry, Ohio died Thursday, September 4, 2008 in Oregon.
She was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on October 15, 1916,  daughter of the late David and Bertha (Helsley) Thomas.
She was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church and a member of the Magnolia Twig of East Ohio Regional Hospital, both of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter Ware and her second husband Fred Davidson; son, Clinton Ware; three sisters, Janet Stauffer, Gertrude Vinfrido, and Margaret Forni; three brothers, Charles, Earl and Willard Thomas.
She is survived by a son, George W. Ware; grandson,  Clinton Walter  Ware; granddaughter,  Sharla Marie Ware all of Scappoose, Oregon;  nephew, Frank Stauffer and his wife, Nancy, Martins Ferry; also several nieces and nephews.
       Funeral services were held at the funeral home Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Van D. Fisher officiating.
Interment followed in Belmont Co. Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 3rd & Clay Sts.   Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.

BERTHA E. HOLLAND, 78, of  Barnesville, and formerly of So. 8th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died  Friday, September 12, 2008 at Emerald Pointe Nursing & Rehab., Barnsville, Ohio.
She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Ohio on December 4, 1929,  she was the daughter of the late George and Bertha (Koravich) Micker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Debbie Holland; three brothers, Ted, George and Rudy Micker; three sisters, Mary Micker, Martha Micker and Elizabeth Zabitski.
She is survived by  son, James R. (Marilyn) Holland, Jr., Martins Ferry; two granddaughters Dawn  (Phillip) Grillo, Bridgeport, Ohio; and Lesley Holland, Columbus, Ohio; sister, Annie (Edward) Rector, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with Rod Kasler officiating.
Interment will be held in Linwood Cemetery, Blaine, Ohio.

PRESTON L. APOSTOLEC,  20, of Nixon Run Road, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Thursday, September 25, 2008 at East Ohio Regional Hospital as the result of an automobile accident.
He was born in Bellaire, Ohio on October 3, 1987,  son of  Ricky L. and Kimberly  (Smith) Apostolec of Martins Ferry.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by  two daughters, Karlie R. Apostolec, Wheeling, WV and  Riley A. Apostolec, Moundsville, WV; brother, Steve M. Smith, Columbus, Ohio; also numerous aunts and uncles.
Funeral services were held Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 2 p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.

NANCY L. DAVIS, 69, of So. 3rd Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Thursday, September 25, 2008 at Park Health Center, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
She was born in Bellaire, Ohio on July 8, 1939, a daughter of the late Clyde and Selda (Potts) Belles.
Nancy was a member of the the Lady Elks Ohio River Valley Oh Lodge #231.
       In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Homer Belles and one sister, Dorothy Groggin.
She is survived by  two sons, Roy J. (Kathy) Davis, Jr. and  John J. Davis and his fiancee', Brenda Stewart all of Martins Ferry; brother, Vail "Jake" (Billie Mae) Belles, Bridgeport, Ohio; two sisters, Corella (Mike) Romada, Brookside, Ohio and Norella Gibbons, Missouri; two grandsons, Jeremy and Josh  Davis; two granddaughters,  Shannon and Julie Ann Davis.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Monday, September 29, 2008 at 1 p.m.,  with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 3612 Maple Ave., Zanesville, Ohio 43701.

RICHARD K. "DICK" HOOD,  69, of Martins Ferry, Ohio , went home to be with his Savior Monday, September 29, 2008 at Wheeling  Hospital , Wheeling, W. Va.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on March 5, 1939, the son of the late Manley W. and Helen M. (Schultz) Hood.
He was a retired Semi-Truck driver for Scheehle Produce of Martins Ferry. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, member of the former Eagles Lodge, both of Martins Ferry and a member of the American Legion Post #521of Shadyside. He also served in the U. S. Army.
       In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Hood.
Dick is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Rebecca J. (Doyle) Hood; son, Richard K. Hood, Jr. "D.J."; daughter, Heather M. (Mike) Vickers, all of Martins Ferry; a brother, Edward "Alan" (Marjorie) Hood, Shadyside; sister-in-law, Mildred Hood, Martins Ferry; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 2, 2008 at Grace Presbyterian Church, at 11 a.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, Cor. 4th and Hanover Sts., Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.
Bereavement service by the Elders of Grace Church was held at the funeral home Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Belmont Co. Council of the American Legion gave military honors at the funeral home Thursday at 10:30 a.m.


KATHRYN J. CUDDIHY, 60, of  Jefferson Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Thursday, October 16, 2008 at East Ohio Regional Hospital.
She was born in Rayland, Ohio on October 2, 1948, a daughter of the late Russell and Alberetta (Spect) Garner.
She was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Kent.
She is survived by two sons, Charles D. (Christina) Cuddihy, Jr. , Canal Winchester, Ohio and David R.  (Kayla) Cuddihy, Anchorage, Alaska; seven brothers, Russell, Tom, Rich, David, Ernest, Fred, and Charles Garner; seven sisters,  Lois Simonetti, Annice Robinson, Ruth Manzo, Linda Zeremba, Margo Kavanas, Carol Drummond, and Barbara  Douglas. She is also survived by two grandchildren.
Memorial Service was held at the Grace Presbyterian Church, Martins Ferry,  at 11 a.m.  on Tuesday, October 21, 2008

HAZEL K. GIBSON, 71, formerly of Bridgeport, Ohio died Monday, October 27, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, Ohio.
She was born in Bridgeport, Ohio on October 13, 1937, a daughter of the late Harold and Wilda (Bland) Craig.
She was a retired  Nurse's Aid at E.O.R.H., Martins Ferry.
       In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Glen L. Gibson; son, G. Michael Gibson; two brothers, Harold J. and William T. Craig; sister, Patricia F. Shively; and one granddaughter, Jessica M. Bursee.
She is survived by a daughter, Robin (Chuck) Bursee, Martins Ferry; two son, Chris (Candy) Gibson, Clarksburg, Ohio and M. Jeff (Susie) Gibson, Bellaire; three sisters, Mary Lou (Robert) Erwin, and Janie (Michael) Klinec, both of St. Clairsville,  Bunny (Michael) Bilica, Bolingbrook, Ill.; granddaughter, Nikki (Kevin) Barker, Centerburg, Ohio; grandson, Chuck (Anne) Bursee, Norfolk, Va. .
Services are private at the convenience of family.
Hazel had a great love for God's creatures. For those who would like to make a donation in her name please send to the Belmont Co. Animal Rescue League, 45244 National Road West, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.

HARRIETT ELIZABETH MIKLAS, 70, of Delia Avenue, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Thursday, October 16, 2008, at Ohio State Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, after a long illness.
She was born in Martins Ferry on June 18, 1938, daughter of the late William Hosso and Martha (Munzie) Hosso who survives her of Martins Ferry.
Harriett was a graduate of Wheeling Central Catholic Academy, a longtime employee of The Times Leader, beginning work in October of 1976 as a typist for the news department and writing obituaries.  Later, she worked in the Lifestyles Department, becoming the garden editor and writing the popular Brush-N-Shovel column.  Harriet loved to paint and was an avid gardener and voracious reader.
She was a  member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry.
In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband of 50 years, Whitney L. Miklas; seven children, Mark (Renee) Miklas of Bowling Green, Michael (Renee) Miklas of Martins Ferry, Michelle (Edward) Groves of Wheeling, Melanie (Scott) Wensyel of Zanesville, Melissa Miklas of Columbus, Marilyn (Jim) Stewart of Chesterfield, Va., and Maribeth Miklas of Columbus; grandchildren, Justin, Shaye and Devyn Wensyel; Zane, Emily and Cameron Stewart; Kelly and Kyle Miklas; and Kayla Miklas.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 11:30 A.M.  on Monday, October 20,  2008, with the Rev.  Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Martins Ferry Public Library, S. 5th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935

TODD A. McSWORDS, 44, of  Kirkwood Heights Road, Bridgeport, Ohio, died Friday, October 31, 2008 in East Ohio Regional Long Term Care, Martins Ferry, Ohio.
Todd was born in Wheeling, W. Va. on January 14, 1964, a son of  Leonard B. and Nancy K. (Baker) McSwords of Grove City, Ohio.
He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Trustee; Vice President of the Purple Rider Booster Club; President of the parents association of the wrestling team; and a member of the Redmen's Club, all of Martins Ferry.  He was employed as a communication technician for A.T. & T., St. Clairsville office. He served in the U.S. Marines.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving companion, Vicki Miller; son, Zane D. McSwords; daughter, Jennalissa D. McSwords; two step son, Joshua  D. (Audrey) Swartz, Nashville, Tenn.; Austin D. Swartz, Bridgeport, Ohio; two brothers, Joseph A. (Sara) McSwords; Jerry Z. (Julie) McSwords, Westerville, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held at the Grace Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 2 p.m., with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
The Elders of the church held services Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The Belmont Co. Council of the V.F.W. gave military honors at the church at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The Casualty Branch of the U. S. Marine Corp. Color Guard also gave military honors at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made for medical expenses to Vicki Miller, 67482 Kirkwood Heights Road, Bridgeport, Ohio 43912.

PASTOR RAYMOND E. SHIPLEY, 79, formerly of Porters Falls, W. Va. died Sunday, November 2, 2008 in Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
He was born in Moundsville, W.Va. on August 12, 1929, the son of the late William L. and Sadie L. (Martin) Shipley.
He was a retired Welder at Mitchell Power Plant, Moundsville, W.Va. and a retired Minister for the Lighthouse Baptist Church of Proctor, W. Va.  Raymond served in the U.S. Marines.
He is survived by daughter, Monica R. (Marty) Defelice, Grafton, W. Va.; son, Terry R. Shipley, Neffs, Ohio; two sisters, Leona Muravsky, Jacobsburg, Ohio; Nyla (James) Bell, Berea, Ohio; grandson, Jeremy R. Adkins, Grafton, W. Va.. 
Services were held at the convenience of the family.


  MARGARET ANN REASBECK,  92, of Virginia Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Sunday, November 16th, 2008 at Wheeling Medical Park Hospital, Wheeling, WVa.
  Margaret was born in Bellaire, Ohio on May 25, 1916,  she was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Katherine (Spanner) Meister.
  She was a retired  Secretary at Former C. J. Reasbeck & Sons, Martins Ferry. Margaret was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Catholic Women's Club both of Martins Ferry.
   In addition to her  parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Reasbeck;  brother, Charles W,. Meister; and  sister, Cecilia Hanly.
  She is survived by  daughter, Barbara Ann (William) Edge, Martins Ferry, Ohio; granddaughter, Lisa Edge, Columbus, Ohio; Brother Kenneth L. (Patricia) Meister, Wheeling, WVa, several  nieces and nephews; and  several grandnieces and grandnephews.
         Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Novbember 19,2008 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic  Church,  Martins Ferry with Rev. Thomas A. Magary as Celebrant. Entombment followed in St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum.
  Rosary was held at the funeral home Tuesday at  3 p.m. followed by Wake services at 8 p.m.
  Memorial contributions may be made to SMC 2000 24 N. 4th Street Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.
 
    HARRY KARATHANASIS, born October 22, 1933 to Thelma and Steve Kardanis (deceased) and sister Mary (deceased), died at home early in the morning on November 22, 2008 at his residence.
    He spent many happy years in several boroughs of New York, especially the third grade when he and several friends experienced all the "Big Apple" had to offer except school. Later this behavior led to his relocation to his grandparents Kovas' home and his extended Greek family in Martins Ferry.  Here,  Harry "Alphabet" forged many strong friendships and was so proud to be a Purple Rider.
    Many memories were recounted  with his endless  Army stories and OU-Athens antics. However, the theme of hard work and stong friendships always permeated the words.
    His teaching career started at Jewett, Oh, where truly great mentors led him to pass on many valuable lessons to his students and there and at Shadyside High School , where he retired.
    His family he leaves behind are two daughters; Stefania  Albert, Martins Ferry, Oh. and Stacia Karathanasis of Columbus, Oh, a grandson; Elliott Albert, Martins Ferry, his former wife; Marcia, and a brother-in-law Carmelo.
    Funeral services were held at the funeral home, Wednesday, November 26, 2008 at 1 p.m. with Rev. Spiro Kehayes officiating.
    Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry, Oh.
    In lieu of flowers the family asks that you say a prayer or make a donation to a charity of your choice.
 
MORFE  PANDELOS,  86, of So. 8th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died  Sunday, November 23, 2008 at her residence.
She was born in Yorkville, Ohio on December 8, 1921, the daughter of the late Steve and Katina Zumbandis.
She was a retired employee of Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling , W. Va. Morfe was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church Of The Life-Giving Fountain of Martins Ferry.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Chris Pandelos and a daughter, Katherine Barbara Pandelos.
She is survived by two sons, Manuel and Michael Pandelos; daughter, Christy Lutz, all of Martins Ferry. She is also survived by five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Trisagion services were held at the funeral home Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Funeral services were held Friday, November 28, 2008 at the Greek Orthodox Church Of The Life-Giving Fountain, Martins Ferry at 1 p.m. with Rev Spiro Kehayes officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview  Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greek Orthodox Church Of The Life-Giving Fountain, N. 5th Street Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.

HARRY F. HAUGHT, 80, of  Bannock, Ohio, formerly of Martins Ferry, died  Thursday, December 11th, 2008 at his residence.
  Harry was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on June 19, 1928, a son of the late John Henry and Lilly Blanche (Nolton) Haught.
  He was a retired Baker for Nickles Bakery, Martins Ferry, Ohio, where he had worked for thirty years. Harry also served in the Korean War with the U.S Army, and he was a member of the First Baptist Church, Martins Ferry, Oh.
  In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by four sisters, Bertha May Haught, Iva Semelveis, Gladys Turvy, and Inez Hayman.
  He is survived by a brother, Charles (Selma) Haught, Martins Ferry, Oh.;  niece, Kris (Frank) Roy, Bannock, OH, with whom he resided with, and several other nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the convenience of the family.
      Memorial contributions  may be made to the First Baptist Church, 306 Locust St, Martins Ferry, Oh. 43935.
 

DONALD D. HAYMAN, 72, of Hickory Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Thursday, December 18th, 2008 in Wheeling  Hospital , Wheeling, W. Va. 
      Donald  was born on October 19, 1936, the son of the late Ernest and Inez L. (Haught) Hayman.
      He is survived by three daughters, Chrissey (John) Leasure, Tiltonsville, Ohio, Sheryl Ann Hibbitts, Lake Wells, Florida, and Brandi Hayman, Connorsville, Ohio; five grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
      Private services were be held at the convenience of the family.
     
PAUL BLAIR WHITE,  77, of Whitewood Drive, Bridgeport, Ohio , died Monday, January 12, 2009 at Forest Hill Retirement Community, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on February 26, 1931, a son of the late Paul A. and Jeanne (Neely) White.
Paul was an entrepreneur of several businesses including Tri-State Ice, Jim's Drive In and the Plaza Dairy. He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the Colerain V.F.W. and the American Legion of Martins Ferry. He was a member of the Community of Christ, Wheeling, W. Va.
He is survived by his wife, Jane E. (Jones) White; son, Paul "Terry'' B. (Christine) White, Jr., Colerain, Ohio; daughter, Elizabeth  A. White, Columbus, Ohio; son, Tom J. (Jennifer) Tobin, Canton, Michigan; daughter, Laura J. (Tony) Tobin Dorsey, Taylorstown, Pa.; son, Michael A. Tobin, Marysville, Ohio; son, Blair M. (Denise) White, Colerain, Ohio; daughter, Jeanne A. (Ralph) Fuscardo, Colerain, Ohio; brother, David M. (Margie) White, Canton, Ohio; former  wife, Evada Jones; grandchildren, Paul III, Amanda, Samantha and Ammon  White; Andy Williamson; Justin (Trina) Kropka; Chad, Dylan, Spencer, Matthew, Luke and Michael Tobin; Meagan Fuscardo (Jonathan) Short; Nicole and Michael Fuscardo; Laura and Justin Saavedra; great grandchildren, Campbell and Colby  Kropka and Conner Short. 
Funeral service were held at the funeral home Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Blair and Denise White officiating.
Interment followed in Upland Cemetery, Yorkville, Ohio. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community of Christ, 724 N. Front Street, Wheeling, W. Va. 26003.



CARL F. STRAUSS,  74, of North 7th Street,  Martins Ferry, Ohio, died Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at his residence.
He was born in Bridgeport, Ohio on January 7, 1935, a son of the late John W. and Elizabeth (Nemeti) Strauss.
He was a retired electrician  for the former Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Mingo Plant .
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother, John William Strauss, II.
Carl is survived by his wife, Louise A. (Pollock) Strauss; two daughters, Deborah L. (Jeff) Sproul, Pickerington, Ohio and Cheryl A.  (John) Deblasis, Martins Ferry; two sons,  Carl F. (Ana) Strauss, Jr., Cheltenhan, England and Scott M. (Janet) Strauss, Martins Ferry; brother, Thomas (Carolyn) Strauss, Martins Ferry; grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Ackerman; Lauren and Danielle Schemp; Trisha and Jessica Delatore; Trent and Sudie Strauss; Carl III and Caily Strauss.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 11 a.m.,  with Pastor Van D. Fisher officiating.
       Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.

JOSEPH  CARMEN  "POPS"  DEFEDE, age 79, of Floral Valley,  Martins Ferry, Ohio, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2009.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on January 14, 1930, he was the son of the late Carmen and Mary Grace (Capuccia) DeFede.
"Pops" was a retired Shipping Foreman at the former Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, Martins Ferry plant;
a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry; and also served in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Mary, Lucille, Serafina, and Josephine; brothers, Frank and Samuel.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Hodor) DeFede;  son, Joseph  L. (Jennifer) DeFede; sister, Mildred (Donald) Reese, all of Martins Ferry, Ohio. 
     Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Martins Ferry at 11 a.m.  on Thursday, February 5, 2009,  with Rev.  Thomas A. Magary as the celebrant.
Interment  followed in St. Mary's Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Wake service was held at the funeral home Wednesday at 3 p.m.




BARBARA A. CROLLEY,  75, of South Zane Highway, Martins Ferry, Ohio and formerly of Bridgeport, Ohio passed away Tuesday, February 10, 2009.
She was born in Moundsville, W. Va. on June 11, 1933,  she was the daughter of the late John and Nellie (Stumbus) Geary.
She was a member of St. Anthony's Church, Bridgeport, Ohio.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hugh Crolley and a sister, Mary Waugaman.
She is survived by daughter, Donna L. (Dale) Schaal; son, Charles John (Shannon) Crolley; daughter, Mary Jo (Tom) Probst; brother, John "Hindu" Geary, all of Martins Ferry; grandson, Jason Schaal; granddaughters,  Brittney and Courtney Crolley; grandsons, Jacob and Connor Probst. 
Funeral Liturgy with Mass was celebrated at St. Anthony's Church, Bridgeport, Ohio. at 10  a.m. on Friday, February 13, 2009, with Father Thomas Petronek as the celebrant.
Interment followed at Belmont Co. Memorial Park, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Church, 630 Main Street, Bridgeport, Ohio 43912.

JOHN  J.  "JUNIOR"  BENNING,  85, of  Hughes Ave., Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at his residence.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on May 19, 1923,  he was the son of the late John and Susanna (Pitters) Benning.
He was a retired office employee of the former Wheeling-Pitts. Steel, Martins Ferry plant. He was a lifetime member of Saint John's Luthern Church; member of the Ohio River Valley Elks, Lodge #231; American Legion, Post 38; Seibenburger Saxon Club, all of Martins Ferry.  John served in the U.S. Army during WW II.
       In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth J. (Zimmerman) Benning; two sisters, Elsie (Orville) Beavon and Erma (Kenny) Herr; brother-in-law, William Edler; step-son, Williard "Jack"  Woods.
He is survived by a sister, Esther Edler, Fairborn, Ohio; several nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.; special friend,  Jack Henderson.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Van D. Fisher officiating.
Interment followed in Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove, Ohio.
Elks Lodge held services at the funeral home Tuesday at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Luthern Church, N. 4th Street, Martins Ferry, Ohio  43935.

THOMAS P. ZIMMERMAN,  89, of Central Avenue, Martins Ferry, Ohio , died Tuesday, March 10, 2009 in East Ohio Regional Long Term Care.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on February 12, 1920, he was the son of the late Phillip and Mary E. (Urwin) Zimmerman.
He was a retired carpenter for the former William Cooper, Inc. of Wheeling; a member of St. Paul's Luthern Church of Bridgeport; served in the U.S. Army Air Force during W.W. II.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Urwin and William; three sisters, Kathryn Neff, Ruth Benning and Audrey Britton.
Tom is survived by his wife of 61 years, Catherine "Kitty" Zimmerman;  son, Timonthy T. Zimmerman, Columbus; three daughters, Judith K. (John) Runkel, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Janet L. (Gary) Zurenko, Kalamazoo, MI.; Cathy J. Zimmerman, Martins Ferry; sister, Majorie J. (Jack) Jones, Belpre, Ohio. He is also survived by four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the funeral home Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Karen Torrez officiating.
Interment followed in Weeks Cemetery, Bridgeport, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to Belmont Co. Animal Rescue League, 45244 National Road West, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950 or St. Pauls Luthern Church, 56381 National Road, Bridgeport, Ohio 43912.
Military Honors were given by the Belmont Co. Council of the V.F.W. Saturday at 10:45 a.m.



HEWITT  H.  NORTEMAN, 85, of Sandusky, Ohio died Thursday, March 19, 2009.
He was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on October 14, 1923 the son of the late Homer and Mary (McMahon) Norteman.
He was a graduate of Martins Ferry High School and the University of Cincinnati.  He was active in the Alumni Association of Cincinnati, establishing a scholarship for a M. F. graduate who will major in engineering.  He lived and worked in Detroit for 55 years.  Hewitt was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Clark) Norteman.
He is survived by cousins, Jean (Don) Miller of Sandusky, Hope (Doug) Nottke, Huron, Barbara (Jack) Falfas, Sandusky, Becky (Mike) Nelson, Huron and Margie (Bill) Roll also of Sandusky.
Memorial service was held at the funeral home on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 1 p.m. with Rev. William O. Webster, Jr. officiating.
Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Martins Ferry.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 4th and Hanover Streets, Martins Ferry, Ohio 43935.


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