Theodore Baird dies at 95
Theodore Baird, an emeritus professor of English [at Amherst College] who was recognized as one of the great teachers in the college's history, died on December
22[, 1996,] at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton after a brief illness. He was 95.
Baird, who served on the faculty from 1927 until his retirement in 1969, was the creator and driving force behind a required freshman composition course that he and scores of other faculty taught at the college over a period of 28 years. An estimated 6,000 students took the course, known as English 1-2. Baird's inventive approach to writing instruction enjoyed a mixed but enduring reputation; it was sometimes criticized, often copied. Under Baird's direction, the faculty for the course devised a sequence of assignments asking students to think and write about their own observations and experiences as they executed a task or addressed a problem. Students were often puzzled and even exasperated by the approach, but with time many came to appreciate the precision and discipline that the exercises demanded.
In an oral history he recorded several years ago, Baird recalled that his "formula for making assignments, if you want to use that kind of term, was simply this: I would take a general proposition of some kind, or to put it more exactly, I would take a question. The great thing I learned from [R. G.] Collingwood, say, was that you had to learn how to ask a question. And the question I asked was, simply, something like this: 'What is conflict?' And then I would go on from there and say, 'Have you ever felt any conflict?' and 'What was it like when you felt conflict?' We had a whole semester on conflict. The word didn't appear day after day, you understand, but there were students in my class who said, 'I have never known conflict.' I would like to have somebody tell me what a teacher does when a student says something like that."
Baird noted that "since the assignments were new every year, no teacher could rest on what he had done the year before. This was, I always thought, one of my secrets as a teacher -- never let the other teachers feel that they have done their work before the work begins. The work was always open, the questions were always there, and the answers were just as obscure and fleeting as they ever had been, so that the student and the teacher were on the same footing. They were both perplexed and they were both putting what mind they could on the immediate problem: how do you tell, how do you put into words such an experience as this?"
English 1-2 was easy to parody, a treatment it got in Love and Friendship, the 1962 novel by Alison Lurie which said "students were sent out . . . with a tape measure to measure the length of their feet and their friends' feet. Then they would come back and write papers describing what they had done." More frequently, however, English 1-2 has been admired and emulated. Recently the National Council of Teachers of English even published a history of the course, Fencing with Words: A History of Writing Instruction at Amherst College during the Era of Theodore Baird, 1958-1966, by Robin Varnum. The book is reviewed on page 39.
Other courses Baird taught in the English curriculum covered a wide range of literature from Shakespeare through the eighteenth century to modern British and American fiction. He edited an anthology, The First Years: Selections from Autobiography, published by Farrar and Rinehart in 1931 and revised in 1935. He also wrote articles and reviews for The Bookman, Saturday Review of Literature, and the New York Herald Tribune. His longtime colleague, Prof. William H. Pritchard, says that Baird was "a reader of great breadth and intensity, and a great wit, with the most original imagination I've ever encountered."
Robert Frost was a friend and colleague of Baird's for many years, and both had a strong influence on teaching at Amherst. Roger Sale, a member of the English faculty from 1957 to 1962, once told an interviewer: "I found myself in the years since I left Amherst saying sometimes, 'Frost was greater than Baird'; sometimes I said, 'Baird was greater than Frost.' I go back and forth on that, but they were very much alike."
Tall and eccentric, Baird always spoke his mind bluntly and forcefully. He ridiculed nonsense, but had a reverence for clarity and insight. Up almost to the time of his final illness, which sent him to the hospital five days before his death, he was a prolific letter-writer who stayed in touch with dozens of former students and colleagues and whose sharp observations delighted his correspondents.
He was born in Warren, Ohio, on February 28, 1901. After graduating from Oberlin High School in 1917 and Hobart College in 1921, he received a master's degree from Harvard in 1922 and a Ph.D. from that university in 1929. After brief teaching stints in the 1920s at Western Reserve University, at Union College, and at Harvard, Baird joined the Amherst faculty as an instructor in 1927. When he retired 42 years later, he was Samuel Williston Professor of English. Throughout his years of retirement, Baird continued to check books in and out of the Amherst College Library almost daily. A Theodore Baird Fund for book purchases was established there
15 years ago.
Baird was married for 66 years to Frances (Titchener) Baird, who died in February 1996. Mrs. Baird taught French for a few years at Smith College. They lived for more than 50 years in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house in South Amherst. Baird once wrote that he and his wife first thought of commissioning the famous architect to design a house for them in the 1930s when they read Wright's Autobiography.
"Much of [the book] I found unattractive, the highflown talk about America and things like that, all in the great American tradition, every man his own sage," Baird remembered. "But something stayed in my mind when he talked about designing houses. His houses, he seemed to say, did something for the people who lived in them, and what that seemed to be was what I wanted."
When the house was under construction in 1940, "Nearly everyone, even our nearest and dearest, felt free to comment, to pass judgment," Baird recalled with amusement. "We were almost immediately put on the defensive for having employed a name to design us a house. How should that sentence be read? Should the emphasis be on us, to design us a house? Who did we think we were?" The Bairds lived happily in the house together for the rest of their lives.
They had no children. They are survived by her niece, Paula Auclair of Melrose, N.Y. Friends are considering ideas for a memorial service later this year. -D.W.
[Portrait photograph of Dr. Baird]
College Row Alumni Publication, Amherst College, Northampton, MA, Winter 1997.
Charles D. Baker, 66, of Oberlin, died Feb. 12 at Elyria Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
He was born in Magnolia Springs, Ala., and made his home in Oberlin since 1941 [and was a 1942 graduate of Oberlin High School].
He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a shipper at LTV Steel, Elyria, retiring in 1983.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret (nee Owens); a daughter, Mrs. Cheryl Carroll of Ventura, Calif.; two brothers, Norman and Stahl, both of Oberlin; four sisters, Theresa Ford, Annette Lloyd and Irene Franklin, all of Cleveland, and Dorothy Dallas of Elyria.
Services were Saturday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home, with Rev. Fred Steen of Mount Zion Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 19, 1987, p. 4.
Former Oberlin Girl Dies in Ithaca,
N.Y. [Doris May (Sutfin) Baker]
Her many Oberlin friends will regret to learn of the passing of Mrs. Paul T. Baker, formerly Doris M. Sutfin. Suffering from Bright’s disease, her death occurred on July 1 in Ithaca, N.Y.
Mrs. Baker was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1921 and from the Kindergarten Training School in 1923. Until her marriage several years later, she taught in New Castle, Pa.
Besides her husband, she leaves a sister, Glenola S. Sutfin of the college treasurer’s office, a brother, Roland Sutfin, in the employ of the T. O. Murphy Company, and an aunt, Mrs. R. A. Budington with whom she made her home for many years. The Oberlin relatives attended the funeral in Ithaca yesterday.
The Oberlin Times, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 6, 1939, p. 4.
Lois Whitney Baker
Helped run family business
Lois Whitney Baker [nee Brown], 85, of Wellington died Wednesday at her home after a long illness.
Born in Camden Township [and a 1928 graduate of OHS], she lived in the Brighton, Pittsfield and Wellington area all her life.
She assisted here first husband in operating the Home Appliance Co., Wellington. She also worked at the Pipe Plug Co., Wellington, for several years.
Mrs. Baker was a member of the Methodist Church in Brighton for more than 50 years.
Survivors include her husband, Robert; sons Sheldon Whitney of Maui, Hawaii, Gilbert Whitney of Elmwood, Ont., Canada, and Philip Whitney of Miami, Fla.; stepson Roger Baker of Idaho Falls, Idaho; stepdaughter Jane Anderson of Seattle, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Whitney, in 1975; daughter Rita Nelson in 1985; and sisters Letta Purvis, Esther Gutman and Mabel Brown.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the Norton Funeral Home, 370 South Main, Wellington. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Methodist Church, Brighton, with the Rev. Bob Jones officiating.
Burial will be in the East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Memorial may be made to New Life Hospice, 1212 N. Abbe Road, Elyria 44035; or the Alzheimer’s Association of America.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, October 12, 1995, p. C2.
Nadina M. Baker
Mrs. Nadina M. Baker, 72, of Wellington, sister of Mrs. Nicholas (Inez) Gardinier and Mrs. Malcolm (Marian) Scott, both of Oberlin, died April 9 in the emergency room of Allen Hospital after a long illness.
She was a [1931 graduate of Oberlin High School and a] member of Christ Church, Oberlin.
She is also survived by her husband, Robert; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Jane) Anderson of Seattle, Wash.; a son, Roger of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and three grandchildren.
Private services were conducted by the Norton Funeral Home, Wellington.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 18, 1985, p. 2.
Steven W. Baker
The funeral service for Steven Wayne Baker, 16, of RD 1, Rt. 20 East, Oberlin, will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin. The Rev. Elwyn Owen will officiate. Burial will be in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
The youth, a junior at Oberlin High School and member of its wrestling team, was pronounced dead at Allen Memorial Hospital, Oberlin, yesterday of injuries received in an auto-motorcycle accident on Rt. 10 east of Oberlin. He was born in Oberlin and lived in the community all his life.
Steven was a part time employee of Big 10 Truck Stop, Elyria. He was a member of East Oberlin Community Church.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Baker; two brothers, James and Milton G., and a sister, Cynthia, all at home and grandparents, Elmore Baker of Berlin Heights, Mrs. Clara Baker, Elyria, and Mrs. Marian Freed, Oberlin.
Friends will be received at the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, March 29, 1971, p. 14.
Florence E. Balcomb
Florence e. Balcomb, 94, of Oberlin, died March 13 at Welcome Nursing Home.
She grew up in Oberlin and was an assistant in the Oberlin College Library from 1924 until her retirement.
She loved gardening, her cats, and books of all kinds.
At her request no funeral or memorial services were held. Her body was donated to Case Western Reserve Medical School.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 29, 1994, p. 2.
Virginia M. Baldt
Virginia M. Baldt (nee Owen), 66, former Oberlin resident, died Feb. 29 at University General Hospital, Seminole, Fla., after a short illness.
Born in Pittsburgh, she was raised in Oberlin, [graduated from OHS in 1943,] and later lived in Elyria before moving to Seminole in 1985.
Mrs. Baldt retired from NACS-CORP, where she worked in customer service.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Giede of Seminole and Roberta Giede Tobias of Indian Shores, Fla.; three grandchildren; and a brother, Tom Owen of Coalinga, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doug, in December 1977; a brother, Richard J. Owen; and parents, Richard and Coletta Owen.
Memorial services were held March 5 at Church of the Sea, Madeira Beach, Fla., and graveside services were March 7 at Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Green Acres Children’s Home or to the Virginia Baldt Memorial Fund, 8601 78th Place North, Seminole, FL 34647.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 10, 1992, p. 2.
Williams Clark Baldwin
Mrs. Theodore W. Baldwin (Ruth Downer Williams) died Dec. 3[, 1971,] in
Mrs. Baldwin and her sisters, Mary and Mrs. Betty Sharpe, also were musicians. Mrs. Baldwin taught music in
In addition to her husband, her mother and sisters, she leaves sons James D. and Thomas L., six grandchildren, brothers Harrison H. and Arthur D. and step-brother John M., ’21. A step-brother, Chauncey, ’18, died in 1964.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Waupaca County Pioneer Is Dead
Mrs. Stephen Ballard, 75, Dies at Weyauwega Today
Weyauwega—Mrs. Stephen [Frances E. "Fannie"] Ballard [nee Jenney], 76 , Weyauwega, died unexpectedly at 11:45 this morning.
She was a lifelong resident of Weyauwega [and an 1877 graduate of OHS]. Mrs. Ballard taught in the grade school here for about 25 years previous to her retirement.
Surviving are the widower and a brother, Dave Jenney, Weyauwega.
Appleton Post Crescent, Appleton, Wis., Monday, December 19, 1938, p. 8.
Funeral services for Mrs. Stephen Ballard, 78, Weyauwega, who died unexpectedly Monday morning, will be held at 1:30 Thursday afternoon at the residence with the Rev. Russell Peterson, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Weyauwega, in charge. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery at Weyauwega.
Appleton Post Crescent, Appleton, Wis., Tuesday, December 20, 1938, p. 10.
Marie Brown Ballard
South Bend - Joanne Marie Brown Ballard, 80, passed away at 5:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28, 2012.
On May 10, 1932, in South Bend, Indiana, Joanne was born to the union of the late Joseph Clyde and Alice Marie (Jones) Brown, their only child. Joanne was reared in South Bend during her primary years and Oberlin, Ohio throughout her teenage and college years. Upon graduation from Oberlin High School in 1946 , Joanne attended Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1954. On July 25, 1953, Joanne married Walter Willard Ballard, Jr., of Toledo, Ohio, who later became a dentist. They remained married for 54 years until Doc's passing in 2008.
Joanne was one of the first educators in the South Bend Community School Corporation, teaching English first at James Whitcomb Riley High School and then at South Bend Central until June of 1966, when she and Walter moved the family to Pueblo, Colorado. Joanne retired from the Pueblo, Colorado Public School System in 1996. She and "Doc" remained in Colorado until their return to South Bend in 2006. While in Colorado, she fell in love with the mountains, skiing (or her rendition thereof), rodeos, hiking (kind of), and collecting cut glass. She loved being smarter than everyone at board games, catching Doc as he made up words in Scrabble and hunting Wild Turkey (100 Proof).
Joanne participated actively in several community organizations. In Pueblo, she was a member of the Eastern Star Masonic organization, and a member of First United Methodist Church. She also served on the Board of Directors of The United Way and the Community Development Corporation. Joanne tirelessly supported the love of her life, Walter, in all his pursuits involving the Lions Club International organization and the American Dental Society on the local, state and international levels. In South Bend, she attended Pilgrim Baptist Church, was a Charter Member of Eta Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she served as Basileus from 1963-64, and was a member of The Drifters, Inc. Her love for the fine arts was demonstrated by her support of the performing arts centers in Pueblo and South Bend.
Mrs. Ballard is survived by one daughter, Patricia Joan Ballard-McCoy (Sherman) Bowie, MD; and one son, Walter Willard Ballard, III (Merline), South Bend, IN; grandchildren, Sherman, Jr., Walter IV, Christopher, Mason, Joanne and Imani; sisters-in-law, Helen, Annette and Sara; many nieces and nephews and cousins. Remember her as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and friend.
Funeral services will be held for Mrs. Joanne Marie Ballard at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Alford's Mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Alford's Mortuary, where messages of condolence may be e-mailed to Alfordsmortuary@att.net c/o: The Ballard family.
South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Ind., Wednesday, August 1, 2012, p. C2.
Elma Barclay, 89, of Elyria, sister of Mildred Turnbull, Lois Pritchett and Stella Nieding, all of Oberlin, died Oct. 30 at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home in Lorain after a short illness.
Born in Brownhelm Township, she had lived in Elyria since 1942.
Mrs. Barclay was a secretary at the Colson Co. in Elyria, retiring in 1963. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079, Elyria.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Barclay, in 1984; sisters Elizabeth Pratt, Minnie Hanmer, Pearl Noble and Ruth Hacker; and a brother, William Nieding Jr.
Services were Nov. 2 at the Busch-Curtis-Scheuffler Family Chapel, Elyria, with the Rev. Bill Tumbleson officiating. Burial was in Brownhelm Cemetery, Vermilion.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 3, 1998, p. 2.
Terry P. Barkacs killed in accident
Funeral services were held Monday for Terry P. Barkacs, 30, who was killed Friday night in a traffic accident on Rt. 58 in Amherst.
An Oberlin High School graduate  and former member of the fire department here, Mr. Barkacs was employed by the Klingshirn Construction Co. He had lived in Lorain for four years. The family home is at 853 North Central Dr.
Police said that Mr. Barkacs drove into the rear of a dump truck which had stopped to make a left turn onto Rt. 2. He was northbound.
He is survived by his wife Linda; a son, Michael, and three daughters, Bobbie, Tammy and Tracy; and his mother, Mrs. Mary Rose Barkacs, and a brother, Ronald, of Oberlin.
Rev. Paul Kirk conducted the funeral service at the Dovin Funeral Home in Lorain. Burial was in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 27, 1973, p. 4.
Dudley P. Barnard
Dudley P. Barnard, 83, of Laconia, N.H., former Oberlin resident died Aug. 1 of cancer.
Born in Oberlin on May 1, 1908, he graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1926 and from] Oberlin College in 1930 and received the M.S. degree in 1942. After working for three years in Chicago, he returned to Oberlin in 1936 as assistant in the OC treasurer’s office 1936-41, and as assistant treasurer 1941-53.
After serving as internal auditor of the University of Pittsburgh and of the University of New Hampshire, he moved to Concord, N.H., in 1960 as comptroller of St. Paul’s School. He retired in 1973, moving to Bridgewater, N.H., and to Laconia in 1991.
Mr. Barnard was active in New Hampshire community affairs, was on the Concord United Way Board, a member of the Board of the New Hampshire Music Festival, president of Common Cause, a volunteer for the Newfound Area Nursing Association, and Trustee of Funds for Bridgewater.
He is survived by his wife Bernice; a son, John Barnard of Santa Clara, Calif.; two daughters, Jane Burke of Salmon, Idaho, and Sarah Lebby of Aspen, Colo.; a brother, Jack, of Boston, Mass.; sister, Eleanor Thornblade of Middlebury, Vt.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 1, 1991, p. 2.
Miss Lola Barnard Dies in Cleveland, O.C.
News has been received in Oberlin of the death of Miss Lola Barnard, [OHS ’83 and] Oberlin College ’92, on September 25 following an operation in the Cleveland Clinic. She was 77 [76?] years of age, and had been for the past year in failing health.
Miss Barnard had taught first in Columbus and since 1906 in the schools in Cleveland, specializing in work with mentally backward children. In this field she won distinction and success which were due largely to her outstanding characteristics of selflessness and unswerving belief in the best.
Miss Barnard was the daughter of John A. and Sarah Wilder Barnard, both former students of the Oberlin Academy.
The Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Monday, September 29, 1941, p. 3.
Miss Lola Barnard, whose death was announced in the Monday issue of The Oberlin News-Tribune, was born in Oberlin in 1864 [1865?]. Her father, John A. Barnard and her uncle, Henry Barnard, owned grocery stores on West College street for many years. Miss Barnard was a cousin of Dr. John E. Barnard of Oberlin.
The Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 2, 1941, p. 5.
Considered Best Athlete from Oberlin
Sudden Death of James D. Barnes, Jr., Causes Deep Sorrow
Was Director of Physical Education at Virginia State Normal
Word was received Sunday of the death that morning of James D. Barnes, Jr., at Petersburg, Va., after a brief sickness of meningitis. His mother hurried to his bedside last week. He had been unconscious for several days but he recognized his mother and those about him on Thursday. His father, brother and sisters left for his bedside on Saturday.
James was a graduate of Oberlin high school [in 1926] and from Oberlin College in 1930. He had been a leading athlete during his school days and he at once was offered a coaching job at the Virginia Normal and Industrial Institute. Three years later he was made director of the athletic department.
When a sophomore in college James proved himself to be one of the best individual athletes in the Ohio Conference. He established three records at the Big Six meet that have not yet been broken. He made the 100 yard dash in 9.8 seconds; 21 seconds for the 220; and 3:20 for the mile relay, the team being Wilder, Miller, Harrar and Barnes. In running anchor man for the relay, he made his quarter in 48.3 seconds. He has five records for Oberlin track, the 100, 220, broad jump, high hurdles and the mile relay.
James was elected captain of the track team during his senior year and was a regular player on the basketball team for three years. He was considered as one of the best all around athletes Oberlin has ever produced.
On September 8, 1933, Mr. Barnes married Miss Phyllis Godette of this place. They went at once to live in Virginia and last October a baby son was born.
Mr. Barnes was a young man of fine character who had every opportunity to make a wide reputation in his field of endeavor. His sudden death is a severe blow to his family and many friends.
Besides his wife and small son he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Barnes of North Main street, two sisters, Margaret and Rebecca, and a brother Samuel. An older sister died a few years ago.
Brief services were held at the University and President Gandy and the family accompanied the body to Oberlin Tuesday morning. Funeral services will be held in Mt. Zion Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The casket will be open from 12 to 2. Burial will be in Westwood cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 2, 1935, p. 1.
Dies in South, Miss Louise Barnes
Dies After Illness of Five Days of Pneumonia
Miss Louise [Katherine] Barnes, colored, daughter of Mrs. Margaret Barnes, of North Main street, died at Gastonia, N.C., where she had been teaching, on Thursday of last week. Death followed an illness of five days of pneumonia. The body was brought to Oberlin for burial. Funeral services were held at the Mt. Zion Baptist church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30. Miss Barnes was 24 years of age [and was a 1923 graduate of OHS]. James Barnes [OHS ‘26], well-known college athlete, is a brother.
The Oberlin News, Thursday, May 2, 1929, p. 8.
Prof. Samuel Barnes
Died; Health, Phys Ed Instructor
Samuel Edward Barnes, 81, a physical education and health professor who retired in 1981 from the University of the District of Columbia, died Jan. 21 at the VA Medical Center in Washington. He had lived in Washington since 1947.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Barnes was head of the Physical Education Department at Howard University, where he taught for 24 years. He taught at D.C. Teachers College and its successor, UDC, for about 10 years.
Dr. Barnes was a graduate of Oberlin College in his native Oberlin, Ohio. He received a master's degree in physical education from Oberlin and a doctorate in physical education from Ohio State University.
He served in the Navy on Okinawa and Guam during World War II.
Dr. Barnes began his teaching career at Livingstone College in North Carolina before World War II and later taught summers at South Carolina State College. He was sent by the State Department as a "sports ambassador" to supervise athletic program development in Middle Eastern countries in the 1950s.
His honors included an award from UDC for outstanding service as chairman of the athletic advisory committee.
Dr. Barnes was secretary-treasurer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and was a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1972. He also was a member of the Golden 13 naval officers organization, an advisory committee of the Naval Recruiting Command, Omega Psi Phi social fraternity and the Pigskinners Club. He attended Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Washington and was a volunteer with the Anthony Bowen YMCA and the Red Cross.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Olga L. Barnes of Washington; three children, Olga Michele Welch of Knoxville, Tenn., Alexa Barnes Donaphin of New York and Michael David Barnes of Dayton, Ohio; a sister, Margaret E.B. Jones of Alexandria; and three grandchildren.
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Friday, January 24, 1997, p. B4.
Samuel Edward Barnes
Samuel Edward Barnes, 81, of Washington, D.C., former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 21 at the VA Medical Center in Washington.
Born in Oberlin, he grew up here, [graduated from OHS in 1932,] and was a physical education major at Oberlin College, receiving the A.B. degree in 1936 and the A.M. in 1949. He completed the Ph.D. at Ohio State University in 1957.
He served in the Navy on Okinawa and Guam during World War II.
Dr. Barnes began his teaching career at Livingstone College in North Carolina before World War II and later taught summers at South Carolina State College. He was sent by the State Department as a “sports ambassador” to supervise athletic program development in Middle Eastern countries in the 1950s.
Since 1947 he had lived in Washington. He taught for 24 years at Howard University where he was head of the physical education department. He then taught for 10 years at D.C. Teachers College and its successor, University of the District of Columbia, retiring in 1981. He received an award for outstanding service as chairman of the athletic advisory committee at UDC.
Dr. Barnes was secretary-treasurer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1972. He also was a member of the Golden 13 naval officers organization, an advisory committee of the Naval Recruiting Command, Omega Psi Phi social fraternity and the Pigskinners Club.
He attended Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Washington and was a volunteer with the Anthony Bowen YMCA and the Red Cross.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Olga L. Barnes of Washington; two daughters, Olga Michele Welch of Knoxville, Tenn., and Alexa Barnes Donaphin of New York; a son, Michael David Barnes of Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret E.B. Jones of Alexandria, Va.
Memorial services were Jan. 30 at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church. Internment was in Arlington National Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 4, 1997, p. 3.
Mrs. Herschel Barone dies at the age of 74
Ruth D. Barone, 74, of 240 W. College, died at Welcome Nursing Home on Saturday following a long illness.
Born in Bayonne, N.J. on March 19, 1902, she had been a resident of Oberlin since 1920 [and was a 1920 graduate of Oberlin High School].
She was a member of First Church and an associate member of the Woman’s Club and assistant in the club’s Thrift Shop. As a member of the Auxiliary, she did many hours of volunteer work at Allen Hospital.
Surviving are here husband, Herschel, to whom she was married 48 years; one son, Roger, and his wife Marilyn; two granddaughters, Michele and Jennifer of Boulder, Colo. She is survived also by a brother, Delmar Dufty of Danville, Va., sisters Edith (Mrs. Robert) Till of Josephine, Ala., and Dorothy (Mrs. S.J.) Smith of Mobile, Ala.
Memorial services will be held July 6 in the meeting room of First Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 10, 1976, p. 2.
Charles Henry Barricklow Jr.
Broken Arrow -- Charles Henry Barricklow Jr., 77, aerospace engineer, died Saturday. No services planned. Floral Haven. [He graduated from OHS in 1940.]
Tulsa World, Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, June 15, 1999, p. A2.
Ethel Gulick Barrow
Ethel Gulick Barrow of Austin died Friday. (Weed-Corley)
[She was a 1918 graduate of OHS.]
Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas, Sunday, August 4, 1991, p. B4.
Ethel Gulick Barrow
Ethel Gulick Barrow [OC ’22 died] Aug. 2, 1991, in Austin, Tex. Born Dec. 20, 1898, in Kobe, Japan, she earned an M.A. degree in household-arts education at Columbia U. Mrs. Barrows taught and studied in Japan before moving to New Haven, Conn., in 1926. In 1950 she and her family settled in Austin, Tex., where she was active in civic, political, and Quaker organizations. Her husband preceded her in death. Survivors include a brother and two sons.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Spring 1992, p. 25.
Area firm director Edwin Bartlett dies
Edwin C. [Clare] Bartlett, 54, member of the Board of Directors of LaGrange Screw Products Inc. and former treasurer and personnel manager of the plant died yesterday at Elyria Memorial Hospital. He was ill two weeks.
Mr. Bartlett was associated with LaGrange Screw Products from 1959 until retiring in 1973. Since that time he has been employed by Deetz Inc.
Mr. Bartlett, who lived at 11429 Indian Hollow Rd., Grafton, was born in Oberlin and had lived in this area all his life. [He was a 1937 graduate of OHS.] During World War II he served with the U.S. Air Force with the rank of second lieutenant and navigator.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. James (Virginia) Mossbarger [OHS ‘43] and a brother, Maro N. Bartlett [OHS ‘37], both of Elyria.
Friends will be received tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Harold Dicken Funeral Home where the funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Dr. G. Russel Hargate will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin. The casket will be closed at all times.
The family has requested memorial contributions be to the American Cancer Society.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, April 5, 1976, p. 10.
Maro N. Bartlett, 60, of 11429 Indian Hollow Rd., Grafton, a World War II Navy veteran, died in his home Thursday after being stricken with a heart attack.
He had been employed at the Bendix Corp. for 31 years. Mr. Bartlett was born in Pittsfield Township, [was a 1937 graduate of OHS,] and lived in the Elyria area most of his life.
Surviving are his wife, Katherine, to whom he was married 26 years, a step-son, Robert Massie, Mobile, Ala.; a sister, Mrs. James (Virginia) Mossbarger, Elyria. A brother, Edwin, died in 1976.
Friends will be received in the Harold Dicken Funeral Home Monday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. G. Mae Booth officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Avon.
The family suggest memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the American Heart Association.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, October 19, 1979, p. B-2.
Mrs. Alvin J. Barton (Mabel Zoe Wright), 85, died in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Richard E. Bartoto
Richard E. Bartoto, 54, of Wellington, son of Mrs. Irene Bartoto and brother of Mrs. Elaine Clark and Don Bartoto, all of Oberlin died Nov. 14 at his home after an illness of several months.
Born in Oberlin on April 11, 1930, he was [a 1949 graduate of Oberlin High School and] a 25-year employee of the Bartoto Construction Co. in Oberlin. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Wellington.
He is also survived by his wife, Shirley; daughters, Mrs. Barbara Goodrich of Elyria and Laura Bartoto of Wellington; sons, Richard Jr., Michael and Edward, all of Wellington; a sister, Mrs. Amelia Childers of Arizona; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Celia Bartoto of Wisconsin; and four grandchildren.
The funeral mass was Saturday morning at St. Patrick Church, with Rev. James J. Reymann officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 22, 1984.
Janet R. Bassett
Janet Rawdon Bassett, 72, former Oberlin resident, died June 27  at her home in North Pomfret, N.H.
The daughter of Howard and Rachel Rawdon, she was born and grew up in Oberlin. She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1935 and from Duke University in 1939.
She married Milton E. Bassett Jr. on Feb. 14, 1941, and for the next five years traveled with him while he was in the Army. In 1946 they moved to Pomfret, where they owned and operated a dairy farm until 1961.
From 1975-85, Mrs. Bassett was the executive housekeeper for the Hanover Inn, Hanover, N.H. For 10 years she raised Arabian horses. In 1987, the couple moved to Florida for the winters, where she met Pete Rose and from then on began collecting and selling baseball cards for a hobby.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Laurence R. of North Pomfret and Thomas D. of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; a daughter, Susan B. Bradley of North Pomfret; a sister, Helen P. Rawdon of Cleveland; and two grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Green Mountain Horse Association, 100-Mile Trail Ride Fund, in care of Linda Gluck, G.M.H.A., Woodstock, Vt.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 24, 1990, p. 2.
Wade Gleason Bassett
Wade Gleason Bassett died Feb. 24[, 1972,] at
Mr. Bassett was born
Until his retirement in 1963 as office manager of the technical service department in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Darlene M. Bates, Enjoyed cooking
Darlene M. Bates (nee Shawver), 73, of Elyria, died Thursday at Grace Hospital in Cleveland after a short illness.
Born in Amherst, she was a life-long resident of Lorain County [and a 1943 graduate of OHS].
Mrs. Bates was a World War II Navy veteran.
She was a member of the American Legion Post 12, and the post’s Ladies Auxiliary, the 40 and 8 group, and a member of the post’s Past Presidents Club.
She enjoyed cooking, and worked in the kitchen at the post.
Survivors include her daughters, Christine Parsons of West Virginia, and Linda Bates Tester, and Bonnie Ahart, both of Elyria; sons, Harry Jr. and Douglas, both of Elyria; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and brothers, Richard Shawver of Lorain, and William Shawver and Dale Shawver, both of Elyria.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Sr., in 1983; a grandson, Christopher Bates, in 1977; her parents, Floyd and Agnes (Braun) Shawver, and a brother, Floyd Shawver, Jr.
Friends may call 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Bauer-Laubenthal-Wainwright Funeral Home, Chestnut Ridge Road at State Route 57, Elyria, where the American Legion Post 12 and the Unit 12 of the Post will hold a combined memorial service at 5:30 p.m.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the funeral home.
The Rev. Duncan Meadows, pastor of New Life Baptist Church in Elyria, will officiate.
Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Garden, Avon.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, September 26, 1997, p. C2.
Edna Louise Bates
Edna Louise Bates, 96, of Elyria, died Dec. 22 at the Elyria United Methodist Village.
Born in Henrietta Township, she lived all her life in the area.
She [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1918 and] attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music from 1917 to 1923 and again in 1943-44. She taught piano privately for over 65 years.
Miss Bates was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Elyria, where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Elizabeth Stevens Circle. She was also a member of the Elyria YWCA.
Services were Dec. 24 at the Cowling Funeral Home, with Chaplain Stacy Terrell of the United Methodist Home officiating. Burial was in Camden Cemetery in Camden Township.
A memorial service was held in the Elyria United Methodist Village Chapel on Dec. 28.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 31, 1996, p. 2.
Mable Catherine Bates
Mable [Mabel] Catherine [Katherine] Bates, 93, of Amherst, sister of Esther A. Manns of Oberlin, died Feb. 1 at the Huron Health Care Center in Huron after a long illness.
Born in Pittsfield Twp., she moved to Chino Valley, Ariz., in 1952. She returned to Ohio in 1989 to live with her son, Hubert C., in Amherst, and her daughter, Elma B. Nelson, in Port Clinton.
A  graduate [of Oberlin High School and a graduate] of Oberlin Business College, Mrs. Bates was a librarian at Williams Elementary School in Williams, Ariz.
For many years, she was a 4-H adviser. She was a member of the Henrietta Grange for 76 years. She was also a member of the Chino Valley Congregational Church.
Besides her children and sister, survivors include seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl D. Bates, in 1971; a daughter, Daphne B. Collins, in 1967; a sister; and a brother.
Services were Saturday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Lewe Stull, pastor of Kipton Community Church, officiating. Burial was in Camden Cemetery in Camden Twp.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Kipton Community Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 8, 1994, p. 2.
Pauline Gladys Bates, 81, dies in Erie, Pa.
Pauline Gladys Bates of 143 East College died yesterday morning in Doctors Osteopathic Hospital in Erie, Pa. She was 81.
Friends will be received today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home where services, with Rev. John Elder officiating, will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Bates and her husband, Theodore, came to Oberlin from Cleveland in 1968. Mr. Bates died last May.
Mrs. Bates, who [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1915 and] attended Oberlin College, was for many years a sales clerk at the May Co. She retired in 1961.
Surviving Mrs. Bates are one son, Newton of Auburn, Ala.; a daughter, Gertrude (Mrs. R. C.) Armstrong of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 16, 1978, p. 11.
D. Bauer, owner of Houghton Sulky Co.
Mark D. Bauer, 74, of Indiana, and formerly of Elyria, died Friday in Americare Nursing Home in Hartford City, Ind.
Born in Elyria, he [graduated from OHS in 1947 and] lived in Houghton until 1999 and resided in Greenwood, Ind. from 1999 until 2002, when he moved to Hartford City, Ind., to live with his daughter. He served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Mr. Bauer owned Houghton Sulky Company before retiring in 1999 after 20 years. He was a former employee of Ohio Citizens of Toledo, where he worked in the Auditing Department. He showed dogs and horses and horsedrawn vehicles throughout Ohio.
Survivors include his daughters Jennifer Henson of Columbus, Barbara Bradley of Hillard, Pamela Koelling of Indianapolis, Ind. and Kristin Gifford of Hartford City, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and sister, Ila Marie Pierce of Cape Coral, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, George D. and Marjorie (nee Whitney); brother, Wayne Bauer; and sister, Betty Searles.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday in Camden Baptist Church in Wellington. Needhan-Storey Funeral Home in Indiana handled the arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, February 4, 2004.
Clarence K. Baumann
Retired from Bendix Corp.
Clarence K. Baumann, 80, of
He was born in
Mr. Baumann was employed at the Bendix Corporation in
He enjoyed farming and traveling.
Survivors include his wife, Harriet (nee Neal) Baumann of Wellington; daughters Diane McCreedy of Wellington, Linda Biskup of Wellington and Cheryl Parker of Vermilion; five grand children; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Brumling of Illinois; and a brother, Menno Baumann of Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alminth (nee Freimuth) Baumann; a son, Leral Baumann; four sisters; and five brother.
Services will be private.
The Rev. William Buckeye, pastor of the First Methodist Church of Wellington, will officiate.
Burial will be in
Arrangements are being handled by the Norton Funeral Home,
Loren A. Baumann
Loren A. Baumann, 73, of Elyria, passed away Monday, January 9, 2012 at his residence. He was born June 16, 1938, in Oberlin. Loren graduated from Oberlin High School in the class of 1956 and attended Oberlin Business College.
He was employed by Parsons Dairy of Oberlin and relocated to Elyria to take a position with Elyria Savings & Trust (now First Merit), where he worked until his retirement in 2000. Loren was then a full time, loving caretaker of his mother, Blanche A. Baumann, until her death in 2005. In 2007, he began working with Lowe’s in Elyria as a cashier. He was a long time member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Oberlin, where he was an usher and communion assistant. For many years, Loren was an avid CB Radio buff and in the days before electronic communication, he worked as an emergency information relayer on the CB network. He enjoyed gardening and his home in Elyria was always beautifully landscaped.
Survivors include his sisters and their husbands, Shirley Ann [OHS ‘58] and Ron Klein of Amherst, Carolyn B. [OHS ‘62] and Ward Morris of Atlanta, Georgia; one niece, Deborah Desmond of Edmond, Oklahoma; two nephews, Todd Klein of Lexington, Kentucky and Chris Schelkle of Seville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred T. and Blanche A. Baumann (nee Poortvliet).
The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 11, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 12, 2012, 11 A.M., at Grace Lutheran Church, 310 W. Lorain Street, Oberlin. The Reverend Joshua Moldenhauer, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 310 W. Lorain Street, Oberlin, OH 44074.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, January 11, 2012.
Mrs. [Harriet Winifred] Baumgardner
Wellington, O., Sept. 5.—Mrs. Hattie Baumgardner [nee Fletcher], wife of Leonard Baumgardner, 317 Courtland street, died at her home last evening at 9:30 following an illness of 18 months.
Mrs. Baumgardner was born near Wakeman[, graduated from OHS in 1907,] and had lived in this vicinity all her life. She was very active in the work of the Methodist church, teaching a class of young people for four years. Until four months ago she had a large class of piano pupils. She was a member of the Wellington King’s Daughters and the Oberlin Woman’s Club.
Surviving are her husband, two children, Merle and Mary Ellen, at home; her mother, Mrs. Mary Fletcher, of Wellington; three brothers, Norman [OHS ‘15] and Myron Fletcher, of Cleveland, and Smith Fletcher, of Painesville.
The body is at the Sharpe Funeral Home here where friends may call. It will be taken to the Methodist church Saturday afternoon for services at 2:00 with Rev. E. F. Wood officiating. Burial will be made in Greenwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, September 5, 1935, p. 2.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Baumgardner, Coutland street, will be conducted in the Wellington Methodist church, Saturday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, Rev. E. F. Wood officiating. The body is at the Sharpe Funeral home, where friends may call and see.
Burial will be made in Greenwood cemetery.
Mrs Baumgardner was one of Wellington’s most beloved women. She was very active in the work of the Methodist church, of which she was a member. From 1930 to 1934, she taught a mixed class of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25. She taught a large class of piano pupils until about a year ago, when she was compelled to give up because of ill health. She was choir leader for two years. [She was] a member of the king’s Daughters and the Woman’s Club of Oberlin.
She is survived by her husband Leonard, two children, Merle and Mary Ellen at home; her mother, Mrs. Mary Fletcher, who lived with her daughter, and three brothers, Norman and Myron Fletcher of Cleveland, and Smith Fletcher of Smithville, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, September 6, 1935, p. 1.
Impressive funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, at 2 o’clock from the Methodist Episcopal church for Mrs. Hattie Winifred Baumgardner.
Mrs. Baumgardner was one of Wellington’s most beloved, talented women. She died Wednesday night at 9:30, following eighteen months’ illness.
The church was filled with a large number of relatives and several hundred friends.
Approximately thirty members of her Sunday School class of young men and women, attended the service in a body, occupying pews, a wish of their own. Members of the Homebuilders class of the church, of which Mr. and Mrs. Baumgardner attended on special occasions, as both were teachers, also attended in a body.
The bier was surrounded with floral pieces. The Rev. E. F. Wood, pastor of the church, was in charge of the rites, and his remarks deeply impressed the large number present.
Rev. Wood was assisted by Rev. Smith, pastor of the Oberlin Congregational church, who baptized Mrs. Baumgardner into his membership when she was eleven years old, before she came to Wellington. He said she was one of the most beautiful Christian characters he ever knew.
Mrs. Treva Hill, a very close friend of Mrs. Baumgardner’s was at the console of the organ, and played favorite hymns of the deceased.
Pallbearers were young men selected from her class which included Messrs. Lampen, Buck, Anderson, Moehle, Lewis and Perkins.
Funeral services were in charge of Ernest Sharpe and his wife. Burial was made in Greenwood cemetery.
She leaves her husband, Leonard; two children, Merle 12, and Mary Ellen, 9. [She also leaves] a mother, Mrs. Mary Fletcher, Wellington; three brothers, Norman and Myron, of Cleveland; Smith, of Painesville, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, September 9, 1935, p. 8.
Katrine MacGlashan Baxley, 76, former Oberlin resident, died Oct. 31 in Daly City, California, where she had made here home with her daughter Helen since last January.
Born on July 30, 1905 in Cleveland, she graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1924 and from] Oberlin College in 1928. For a number of years she was a newspaper writer-editor and columnist for papers in the Westchester County, New York area. She also was a freelance writer, publishing stories in Mademoiselle Magazine and a novel “Horseless Buggy,” the story of the Winton automobile, in 1942.
She moved to Oberlin in 1959 and was director of Keep Co-op from Sept. 1966 until she retired in June 1975. She was a member of the Oberlin Women’s Club.
Burial of ashes will be in the Henderson family plot in Westwood Cemetery. The time and place for a memorial service in Oberlin will be announced.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 5, 1981, p. 2.
Katrine MacGlashan Baxley ’28 died Oct. 31, 1981, in Daly City, Calif., of cancer. She was director of Keep Co-op 1966-1975.
Mrs. Baxley was born in Cleveland July 30 [31?], 1905, and was a  graduate of Oberlin High School. Her grandfather, Thomas W. Henderson, was co-inventor of the Winton automobile.
Prior to her marriage in 1941 to John A. Baxley, she wrote publicity for Alma Zaiss Associates in New York and edited speeches and publications for Robert Leigh, president of Bennington College. She also published short stories in Mademoiselle and the Atlantic Monthly and a novel, Horseless Buggy, which was really the story of her grandparents and the Winton automobile.
Following her divorce in 1955, Mrs. Baxley became a newspaper writer-editor in Westchester County, N.Y.
After returning to Oberlin in 1959, she was a free-lance writer and she was also the author of three articles for the Oberlin Alumni Magazine (SIGNS AND WONDERS, Dec. 1965, KARAMU: THE HOUSE THE JELLIFFES BUILT, April 1966 and MUMMERS PRESENT, June 1966).
She leaves her daughter, Helen ’65. Her ashes were buried in the Henderson family plot in Westwood Cemetery and a memorial service was held in Fairchild Chapel Nov. 14, 1981.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1982, p. 60.
Last Rites Held Yesterday
for Harley M. Baxter, 72
Harley M. Baxter, 72, freight clerk for the New York Central Railroad in Oberlin for 40 years until his retirement in 1950, died Sunday at 7:45 p.m. at Allen Hospital.
He had been seriously ill only a week, although he had been in ill health for 10 years.
Born in Mentor, Nov. 12, 1887, Mr. Baxter had lived in Oberlin 65 years.
He was a member of the Oberlin Masonic Lodge.
Surviving Mr. Baxter are his wife, Joy; one son, Robert, Columbus; one sister, Miss Helen A. Baxter, Oberlin; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services, with Rev. William K. Hogg officiating, were held yesterday afternoon at the Cowling-Stang Funeral Home.
Burial was in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 3, 1960, p. 1B.
Area women traffic victims in 2 crashes
The ninth and tenth traffic fatalities in Lorain County for 1965 were marked up in two separate collisions yesterday.
Mrs. John Six, 29, of 146 Avondale Ave., Avon Lake, mother of four children.
Miss Helen Baxter, 79, of 36 South St., Oberlin, retired schoolteacher…
Miss Baxter died in Allen Memorial Hospital at 4:38 p.m. yesterday of injuries in a two-car accident at South Main and Morgan Sts.
It was the first traffic fatality in Oberlin since 1962, according to police.
Miss Baxter, a retired schoolteacher, was a passenger in a car operated by Mrs. Joy B. Baxter, of RD 2, Rt. 58 South, a sister-in-law, which was involved in an accident with a car driven by Harlan F. Reynolds, 69, of 77 South Park St. at 10:40 a.m.
Reynolds was not injured. Mrs. Baxter suffered a fractured leg and facial bruises. She was reported in “fair” condition at Allen Memorial Hospital today.
Miss Baxter’s head went through the windshield of the car in which she was riding, Oberlin police said.
Miss Baxter had taught in the Oberlin Elementary Schools for many years with the exception of a short period spent teaching in the Cleveland schools. For 15 years before retirement she taught fifth grade in Oberlin.
Miss Baxter was born in Mentor, Dec. 4, 1885, [graduated from OHS in 1903,] and had lived in Oberlin most of her life.. She was a graduate of Teachers College in San Jose, Calif., and was a member of the Oberlin Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harley and Philip Baxter.
Surviving is a nephew, Robert Baxter, of Marion.
Friends will be received at the Cowling Funeral Home today, 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.
Services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. James Cope officiating. Burial will be in East Pittsfield Cemetery. The casket will be closed at all times…
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, March 29,1965, pp. 1 & 4.
Nellie Mary Baxter
Oberlin—Mrs. Nellie Mary Baxter [nee Worcester], 89, died at 1 a.m. today at her home at 36 South street, Oberlin, following an illness of two years.
Born in Pittsfield on February 12, 1858, [and an 1876 graduate of OHS,] she had lived in this vicinity nearly all her life except for a few years in Mentor, O. She was a member of the Oberlin Methodist church and a past matron of Pansy Chapter of O.E.S.
One daughter, Helen Baxter; two son, Harley and Phillip, all of Oberlin, and a grandson, Robert Baxter, survive. Also surviving are two brothers, Homer Worcester of Youngstown, and Irvin of Oberlin and a sister, Mrs. Lola Hulburt of Pennsylvania.
The body is at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral home, where services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, with the Rev. Wilbur Goist officiating.
Interment will be made in East Pittsfield.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, January 3, 1948, p. 2.
Robert Douglas Bay, Ohio native
Robert Douglas Bay, 44, passed away Oct. 21, 1999, from complications of cancer at his home in Sonoma, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Bay was born in Oberlin, Ohio, [graduated from OHS in 1973,] and moved to Marin County in 1974, and then to Sonoma in 1985. He was an avid trout fisherman who was happiest camping outdoors. His other hobbies included beer brewing and gardening. Through thick and thin, he stayed a loyal Cleveland Browns fan, and was an active participant in a fantasy football league. He was employed at Rock Island Foods in Novato since 1985 as their warehouse manager.
Mr. Bay is survived by his loving wife of 3-1/2 years, Carmen Bay, and daughter, Ashley, both of Sonoma. He is also survived by his father, John Robert Bay, M.D., of Johnsonville, S.C.; mother, Jeanne Bay of Oberlin, Ohio; sisters, Susan (Alan) Sarhan of Apple Valley, Minn., Julie (Tom) White of Columbus, Ohio, and Kathleen (Larry) Domondon of Honolulu, Hawaii; and a brother, John Bay of Seattle, Wash.
Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Bob's life at 3:30 p.m., today, at his home, 18842 Serpilio Road, Sonoma. Memorial donations in Bob's name can be made to the Hospice of Marin, Valley of the Moon Team, 370 W. Napa St., Sonoma, CA 95476, or Marin Oncology Research Program, 1350 S. Eliseo Drive, Suite 200, Greenbrae, CA 94904-2011. He is loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Arrangements under the direction of Duggan's Mission Chapel.
Sonoma Index-Tribune, Sonoma, Calif., Tuesday, October 26, 1999, p. A4.
Robert Douglas Bay
Robert Douglas Bay, 44, former Oberlin resident, died Oct. 21 at his home in Sonoma, Calif., from complications of cancer.
Born in Oberlin, he moved to Marin County, Calif., in 1974 and then to Sonoma in 1985.
He had been employed at Rock Island Foods in Novato, Calif., as their warehouse manager for 18 years.
He was an avid trout fisherman and was happiest backpacking and camping in wilderness areas. His other hobbies included gardening and beer brewing. Through thick and thin, he remained a loyal Cleveland Browns fan and was an active participant in his fantasy football league.
Survivors include his wife of three and a half years, Carmen Bay; daughter, Ashley; father, John Robert Bay, M.D., of Johnsonville, S.C.; his mother, Jeanne Bay of Oberlin; sisters Susan Sarhan of Apple Valley, Minn., Julie White of Columbus, Ohio, and Kathleen Domondon of Honolulu, Hawaii; and a brother, John Bay of Seattle, Wash.
A celebration to honor Bob’s life and the courage and strength shown by both him and Carmen during the past few years was held on Oct. 26, at their home in Sonoma. The following day, his ashes were scattered by family members and a close camping friend in a mountain area of northern California, where Bob often camped and hiked.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Marin, Valley of the Moon Team, 370 W. Napa St., Sonoma, CA 95476; or to Marin Oncology Research Program, 1350 S. Eliseo Dr., Suite 200, Greenbrae, CA 94904-2011.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 2, 1999, p. 2.
Wendell [Davidson] Bayless, of Pompano Beach, died Wednesday. R. Jay Kraeer Pompano Beach Funeral Home. [He was a member of the OHS class of 1920 and the Camden High School class of 1919.]
The Miami Herald, Miami, Fla., Friday, May 17, 1985, p. 7BR.
Carole Beard (nee Berg), died Sunday, July 22, 2012. She was born June 28, 1931.
Carole grew up on a small farm near Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1949]. At a young age, she worked on the farm and later at various jobs in Oberlin. She was proud of her last job as music librarian at the college conservatory. Carole met her lifetime partner, “Tinker” Beard, and they were married in 1950. They had many friends in the Oberlin area with whom they enjoyed local area softball games, bowling and trips to Canada. For many summers, they enjoyed passing weekends with friends at a campground not far from home. After moving to their last home, they organized pig roasts, where everyone they knew gathered for fun times.
She is predeceased by her husband; and survived by a daughter and two grandsons.
Graveside services will be Thursday, August 23, 2012, 10 A.M., in Westwood Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, August 09, 2012.
Louanna Beard dies at 66;
funeral held at
Mrs. Louanna Belle Beard, 66, mother of Corrine (Mrs. Jack) Parks, 678 Kimberley, died in Elyria Memorial Hospital last Thursday after a long illness.
Born in Proctorville, Ohio, on Nov. 6, 1910, she had lived in Oberlin as a child, graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1931] and studied in the OC Conservatory of Music. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years in Oberlin before moving to Elyria in 1939. She was a member of St. Mary Church, Elyria.
She is also survived by her husband, Hatton, to whom she was married 42 years; two other daughters, Carolyn (Mrs. Robert) Jones and Carryn (Mrs. John) Capers and three sons, Charles, Carlton and Curtis, all of Elyria; a brother, Eugene Huffman of 246 Sumner; four sisters, Mrs. Genevieve Harris of New York City, Frances (Mrs. Roscoe) Bradley of Los Angeles, Gertrude (Mrs. Brenton) Gibbs of 51 Groveland and Ruth (Mrs. Donald) Payne of Pleasant St.
Services were held on Saturday at St. Mary Church with burial in St. Mary Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 7, 1976, p. 7.
Hubert Conrad Beard
Hubert Conrad Beard, 23, of Elyria died Sunday in the Cleveland Clinic following a lengthy illness.
Born in Elyria, he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1976.
He was a truck driver for the Carmac Chemical Co.
Surviving are his father, Harvell C. Beard of Elyria; mother Fracitta (nee Porter) Hodges of Grand Rapids, Mich.; brothers Rodney and Brian Beard, both of Elyria, and Richard Piggatt of Grand Rapids; sisters Yvonne and Samone Beard, both of Grand Rapids; and grandparents Hatton Beard of Elyria, Louise Evans of Grand Rapids, Kansas Woods of Elyria, and Lovell and Annie Porter of Detroit.
Visitation will be Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Curtis-Scheuffler Funeral Home.
Services will be Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Bethany Baptist Church with the Rev. Allen Gibson officiating.
Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, March 9, 1982, p. B-2.
Jeanette S. Bechtel
Birmingham -- Jeanette S. Bechtel (nee Schubert), 80, of Birmingham, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, following a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Elyria. She was raised in Oberlin and lived in Brownhelm until moving to Birmingham in 1961.
She graduated from Oberlin High School in 1942  and from the former Oberlin Business College.
Mrs. Bechtel was employed by Oberlin College as a secretary in the treasurer's office from 1943 to 1956, and then was an office substitute for the Firelands School District.
She was a member of Brownhelm Congregational United Church of Christ, Brownhelm Historical Society and Church Women United. She enjoyed making jewelry, baking and square dancing.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Donald C. Bechtel; daughters Janice Bechtel of Defiance and Barbara Bechtel of Amherst; sons Kevin Bechtel of Mason and Kent Bechtel of Kirtland; sister, Margaret Petersen of Medina; and one granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry Murphy; son, Donald Charles Jr.; sisters Cornelia Dauge and Lucille Schubert; brother, William Schubert; her parents, Frank and Lucy (nee Eckert) Schubert; and one granddaughter.
Friends may call Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion. A memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Brownhelm Congregational United Church of Christ, 2144 N. Ridge Road, with the Rev. Elizabeth Terrill, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Brownhelm Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 43099 N. Ridge Road, Elyria 44035; New Life Hospice, 5255 N. Abbe Road, Elyria 44035; or Brownhelm Congregational United Church of Christ, 2144 N. Ridge Road, Vermilion 44089.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, December 16, 2003.
Elizabeth Houghton Beckley, former Oberlin resident, died Jan. 23 in Cooperstown, N.Y.
She was born in Oberlin on June 19, 1909, and grew up here[, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1926]. Her father was the Oberlin postmaster for many years.
She received the A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1930 and was then employed as a social worker for the Lorain County Children’s Home for a couple of years. She moved to Cooperstown, N.Y., where she met her husband, Stewart T. Beckley, and was employed later as a social worker for Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown until retirement.
She is survived by her husband, Stewart; two daughters, Jane Beckley of Pittsfield, Mass., and Martha Beckley of Chelsea, Mass.; and a sister, Margaret Houghton West of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 4, 1988, p. 5.
Ameer Usamah Beckman
Ameer Usamah Beckman, 18, of Oberlin, died April 21 at his home.
Born in Neptune City, N.J., he lived in Oberlin most of his life.
A 1998 graduate of Oberlin High School, he had worked as a painter for Campbell’s Painting in Oberlin for three years.
Mr. Beckman had been involved in many extra-curricular activities in high school. He played on the football and basketball teams and also enjoyed doing art work and playing intramural basketball at Phillips Gym.
He is survived by his mother, Ayesha Wiley of Oberlin; brothers Omar Beckman and Bashshar Wiley, both of Oberlin; and a sister, Kismet Beckman of Chicago.
A graveside service was held April 24 at Westwood Cemetery with the Rev. William B. Padavick, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Oasis Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11, Oberlin 44074; or to Genesis House, P.O. Box 1283, Elyria 44036.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 27, 1999, p. 2.
Funeral services for Craig Beckman, who drowned Friday in the Pyle Rd. reservoir, will be held today at 1 p.m. at Cowling Funeral Home. The service will be conducted by Linwood Jackson, a Jehovah’s Witness, and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Mr. Beckman was born in Elyria on Aug. 14, 1951, and spent all his life here. He was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1969 and was a varsity letterman in football and track at OHS.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Beckman of 102 E. Hamilton, with whom he resided; three brothers, John, of New Haven, Conn.; Jerald, Oberlin; and Willie, a law student at Harvard University; and by a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Ruth Glass, of Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 7, 1975, p. 6.
In Memoriam - Charles Emilio Beckwith
A public memorial service is set to honor Charles E. Beckwith, a professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles from 1957 to 1990. The Cal State L.A. Department of English and the Pro Musica Chorus and Orchestra have scheduled the memorial service at the Neighborhood Church, Pasadena, on Sunday, February 23, [1997,] 3:00 p.m. Beckwith, who was a Temple City resident, was esteemed by friends, faculty colleagues and students for his scholarship, eloquence, humor, and patience. He died at the age of 79, due to a stroke suffered on December 22[, 1996].
Beckwith was born June 8, 1917 in Oberlin, Ohio[, and graduated from OHS in 1935]. Following service in the Army during World War II, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. He was awarded a Ph.D. by Yale University in 1956, and that same year served as an instructor at Cornell University before taking up his career in Southern California. At Cal State L.A. he achieved an outstanding record as a teacher and scholar, and played an active and significant role in the development of the University and the Department of English.
His professional publications include two major editions: Twentieth Century Interpretations of A Tale of Two Cities (1972) and John Gay: Poetry and Prose (1974). Other publications were in the general area of 18th-century English studies. Beckwith’s teaching encompassed a wide range of courses in English and American literature. He held visiting professor posts at Universität Hamburg, West Germany and Université de Clermont-Ferrand, France, for which he was selected by the French Ministry of Education. Throughout his career Beckwith was a leader in faculty governance. He chaired the Division of Language Arts and the Department of English and directed the Institute of American Studies. During this period Beckwith was among the two or three most influential faculty members in guiding and shaping department programs.
Among his many interests, Beckwith was an informed lover of music. He was a member of the Pasadena Pro Musica and Orchestra, for which he wrote program notes. He also wrote feature articles for the Pasadena Symphony programs.
In addition to his wife, Joanne Glossop Beckwith, he is survived by three children from a first marriage: Connie Beckwith Brown, James Beckwith, and Margaret Beckwith Harloe, and two grandchildren. Private funeral services were held were held January 3.
Those wishing to honor his memory may contribute to the Charles E. Beckwith Memorial Fund for the Purchase of Books in the Humanities, care of the Cal State L.A. Foundation. For further information, call (213) 343-4140.
Cal State Los Angeles publication Feb 1997, http://18.104.22.168/search?q=cache:FST0I5B0g5wJ:www.calstatela.edu/univ/ppa/misc/96-97/ureport/feb97/memori.doc+%22Charles+E.+Beckwith%22+%22Los+Angeles%22&hl=en&client=firefox-a
Wilhemina Bedortha died in London, England, Thursday, May 21, 1908.
Miss Wilhemina Bedortha was born in Oberlin, Ohio, November 11, 1882. Her preparatory work was taken in the Oberlin high school [class of 1900?], Oberlin Academy and at Stetson University, Deland, Florida. Miss Bedortha was graduated from the College with the class of ’06. The year following she devoted to matters of business and here she displayed marked ability. The following summer she went to London, England to be with her uncle, Mr. J. B. Bedortha. In the winter she went to Paris where she devoted herself to the study of French, and here she suffered nervous prostration. As soon as she was able she returned to her uncle’s home, but was unable to fight the disease. A cable was received May 21, announcing her death early that morning.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, June 1908, pp. 372-3.
Robert Harley Beese, Navy Veteran and Contractor
Robert Harley Beese, 67, who retired from the Navy in the early 1970s as a chief yeoman and then was a home improvement contractor and softball coach, died of cancer June 30, 2002 at his home in Gainesville.
Mr. Beese was a native of Elyria, Ohio, [and a 1952 graduate of OHS] who served in the Navy for 20 years, largely on ships. He was assigned to the naval support unit at the State Department in the late 1960s and retired from an assignment with an air squadron in Brunswick, Maine.
He operated Anchor Maintenance Co. in Vienna before retiring again in the early 1990s.
Mr. Beese, a former resident of Vienna and Herndon, was a youth commissioner for the Washington Area Amateur Softball Association. He founded and coached the Cameos, a girls fast-pitch softball team that played in a Fairfax County league and in games elsewhere in the country for 25 years. He also assisted girls softball teams at Herndon and Langley High schools.
His marriage to Lillian Beese ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Janet Arnold Beese of Gainesville; four children from his first marriage, Brenda Hutchinson, Kathleen Dykes,Robert Beese Jr., and Marie Miles, all of Jacksonville, FL; two stepchildren, Mark Neblett of Fairfax and Dana Tuck of Leesburg; a half brother; and nine grandchildren.
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 2, 2002, p. B7
Mrs. Harrison J. Behr (Flora Agnes Merrill) died
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Harry Behr Dies
Services were held yesterday in Hoosick Falls, N. Y., for former Oberlin resident [and 1902 graduate of OHS], Harry [Harrison J.] Behr, who died at Hoosick Falls on Sunday night Jan. 17, after an illness of nine years. Mr. and Mrs. Behr moved to Hoosick Falls eight years ago to be with their daughter, Mrs. Homer Eaton (Beatrice).
Survivors are his wife, Agnes; his daughter; and two brothers Albert P. and Robert F. both of Oberlin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 21, 1954, p. 1.
John W. Behr, 79
Snowflake, Ariz. -- John W. Behr, 79, of Snowflake, Ariz., formerly of Oberlin, died Monday, April 3, 2000. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1940.]
Survivors include his wife, Mary Louise; brother, William; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert Ferdinand and Eleanor (nee Miller) Behr; and brothers Robert and Richard.
Services were held at the Evergreen Mortuary, Tucson, Ariz.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, April 12, 2000.
Richard T. Behr
Richard T. Behr, 64, of Lorain died Saturday at St. Joseph Hospital & Health Center after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin [and a 1948 graduate of OHS], he had lived in Lorain since 1957.
He sold retail clothing for several different men’s stores.
An Air Force veteran, Mr. Behr was a member of the Italian American Veterans Post 1 and the All Nations Club, both in Lorain.
He enjoyed golf.
Survivors include his wife, Elva (nee Garfield); sons Jeffrey and Richard, both of Lorain; daughters Judy Sabbaghzadeh of North Olmsted and JoAnne Behr of Darien, Conn.; and brothers William of San Diego, Calif., and John of Tucson, Ariz.
Friends may call 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Schwartz, Spence & Boyer Home for Funerals, 1124 Fifth St., Lorain, where services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Steven Behr, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lorain, will officiate.
Burial will be in Garfield Cemetery in Sheffield Village.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, February 6, 1994, p. E2.
Illness Ends For Wanda Behr
Passed Away at Her Home Last Friday—Funeral Services Held Sunday
After an illness of nearly four and one-half years, Miss Wanda Behr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert P. Behr, passed away at her home on Elm street last Friday evening at 6 o’clock.
Wanda, who was the only child, was born in Oberlin Oct. 23, 1898. She attended the public schools and was graduated from the high school [in 1917]. She had planned to take up a special nurse’s training course but in December, 1920, the first signs of the disease which caused her death, began to develop. She spent several months in Oklahoma, believing the climate would prove beneficial. Later, in company with her aunt, Mrs. W. L. Persons, she lived at Colorado Springs for nearly two years. She was given the best of care and a desperate fight was made to shake off the sickness which was slowly consuming here body, but the disease had taken firm hold and seemed to resist all that medical science could do.
It is not out of place to say a word of R. W. Simms, her fiancé, who in company with here father, took her to a relative in Oklahoma and who has been constant in his attention. For some time past he gave up his position that he might be of service to the one he held most dear.
Owing to improvement and homesickness Wanda desired to return to her home and friends. She was brought back to Oberlin over two years ago and had been confined to the sick room all of this time. In spite of this fact she never lost her happy, infectious smile and laugh until death ended her suffering. The last years of her life were a hard and game struggle against formidable odds, but in the battle Wanda never lost her sense of humor and cheerfulness. At the very end, when she knew that her journey to a far-off land was about to begin, she faced that journey with courage and a smile of anticipation.
Wanda was a young woman of pleasing personality. She possessed the rare charm of frankness and sincerity which won her many friends and which makes her passing such a severe blow to her parents.
The funeral services were held from the home Sunday afternoon at 4:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Nicholas Van der Pyl. The body was taken to Westwood cemetery where Wanda will sleep beside relatives who have preceded her in death.
Wanda has passed on to the Great Beyond, and those parents who have lost an only child can understand best the extent and the pain of such a loss. Wanda’s long illness over four and a half years was a determined and courageous struggle against odds which finally conquered her, and for her parents too it would have been a far more bitter experience except for the loyal and sustaining support, it seems to us, of nearly every one in Oberlin. Of your kindly and cheering support during the hardest and darkest days we want to make public acknowledgement, and try to thank you.
When Wanda first went to Colorado Springs, there came to her from thoughtful Oberlin folks at Christmas time, scores of letters, cards and little parcels, expressing altogether a genuine and beautiful spirit of encouragement and cheer. That was but the beginning. No Christmas has passed during Wanda’s long illness when she has not been likewise remembered, and during the year there were visits from many, little dishes were frequently sent in, many came to the store to cheer me, in fact, it would be impossible to set down the many and varied expressions of real helpfulness and encouragement from so many fine Oberlin people.
At the end when life became a matter of days and then hours, Mr. Charles J. Clark on his own volition saw to it that all but essential traffic was closed on Elm street so that our dying girl might go to her final sleep peacefully. Mr. Clark did this voluntarily, spent many hours day and night supervising traffic, and even the little school children passing the house quieted their voices. For this conspicuous degree of thoughtfulness and consideration on Mr. Clark’s part we feel that this public mention will not be out of place as showing what fine, considerate men reside here in our midst.
It will never seem to us that Wanda’s death at 27 years of age was without compensation. Her long illness brought forth almost countless instances of sympathy, of thoughtfulness of pure Christian spirit, the real Oberlin spirit, and in the sense that these loftier expressions of life were brought forth, Wanda did not live in vain. Her life brought out to us as probably nothing else could have done the nobility of Oberlin character.
Oberlin people, scores of you, whilst we live here in your midst in the future, we shall never forget how fine and kind you have been. We still need you and we hope we always will. And on our part we shall strive to be as thoughtful and considerate, and kind to you, as you have been to us.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Behr.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, June 12, 1956, pp. 1, 8 & 12.
Born Aug. 22, 1919, in Oberlin, Ohio, she was the daughter of Earl W. and Muriel A. Probert Davis. In 1944, she married Howard L. Belair at St. Clement Church in Toledo. He died May 17, 1994.
She was a homemaker and also a caregiver and volunteer for Great River Medical Center and Great River Hospice.
She was a graduate of Oberlin High School [class of 1937?] and attended business college in Oberlin. She was a member of SS Mary and Patrick Catholic Church in West Burlington. She was a past president of Rosary and Altar Society at St. Clement Church. She was a eucharistic minister for SS Mary and Patrick Catholic Church in West Burlington and in Baton Rouge. She enjoyed quilt making, crocheting booties for Birthright and loved nature and landscaping.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmie H. Belair and Lynn E. Belair, both of Toledo; two daughters, Victoria L. LaLonde of Burlington and Christina M. Belair of Toledo; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son and two brothers.
Visitation will begin after 8 a.m. on Thursday in Lunning Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice.
According to her wishes, the body of Mrs. Belair will be cremated.
The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Tuesday, July 4, 2006, A1.
The visitation for Mrs. Dorothyanne Belair, 86, who died Friday, June 30, 2006, will be today in Lunning Chapel. Friends may call after 8:00 AM and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 PM. A memorial has been established for Great River Hospice. According to Mrs. Belair's wishes, her body has been cremated. To view Mrs. Belair's remembrance pictures tribute, go to her obituary at www.lunningfuneralchapel.com.
The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Thursday, July 6, 2006.
Selden Belden (1889-1952)
[C. Selden Belden was a maker of fine log furniture in the Arts and Crafts style, c. 1920's-1940's. His furniture can be found in old lodges and mountain cabins throughout California, but primarily in the areas of Idyllwild, Palm Springs, and the Riverside mountains … [and] in an old lodge near Yosemite as well. His furniture is considered to be very collectible and is found under various labels which include: Idyllwild Pinecraft Furniture, C. Selden Belden Idyllwild Pinecraft, and Pinecraft.]
Oberlin College Archives, http://www.oberlin.edu/archive/holdings/finding/RG30/SG319/biography.html [Information provided by Linda Babiak March 19, 2003]
William Henry Belden, Jr.
William [graduated from
Oberlin College Archives, http://www.oberlin.edu/archive/holdings/finding/RG30/SG319/biography.html.
Charles B. Bell
Charles B[enjamin] Bell, 77, North Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach, died Thursday, Dec. 16. Mr. Bell was a project manager for Los Angeles County Corps of Engineers. Born in Toledo, Ohio, [and a 1940 graduate of OHS,] he moved to Central Florida in 1978. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II. He was a member of the 388th Bomb Squadron Group. Survivors: wife, Jan G.; son, Michael D., Ormond Beach; daughter, Lindy Bechtloff, Ormond Beach; brothers, John P., Tustin, Calif., William B., St. Augustine; three granddaughters. Haigh-Black Funeral Home, Ormond Beach.
The Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Fla., Saturday, December 18, 1999, p. C4.
David "Sonny" Bell, Sr.
David “Sonny” Bell, Sr., 56, of Oberlin, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 14, 1955 in Oberlin to James E. Bell, Sr., and Bertha Bell [and was a 1974 graduate of OHS].
He was head supervisor of maintenance at Welcome Nursing Home for 42 years, through his illness. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Oberlin, and served on the Board of Trustees. He enjoyed fishing, travel, his classic car, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his sons, David Jr. [OHS ‘91] of Lorain, and Bryan [OHS ‘96] of Oberlin; his companion, Victoria Redman of Oberlin; step sons, Michael Johnson of Elyria, and Nicholas Bivens [OHS ‘07] of Elyria; step daughter, Angela Johnson of Elyria; 12 grandchildren; the mother of his two oldest sons, Patricia Bell [nee Gaines, OHS ‘73] of Oberlin; brothers, Reverend Fred L. Bell [OHS ‘70], Richard Bell [OHS ‘78], and James E. Bell, Jr. [OHS ‘66], all of Oberlin; sisters, Ruby J. Ghani of Oberlin, Norma J. Kimmey [OHS ‘75] of Atlanta, Georgia, Magnolia Tevis [OHS ‘72], of Pinewood, South Carolina, and Birdia Jackson [OHS ‘69] of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2012, from 10 A.M., until the time of service at 11 A.M., at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Oberlin. Reverend Fred L. Bell and Reverend Kevin Dudley will officiate. Interment will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, May 25, 2012.
Elaine S. Bell
Elaine [Alice] Bell (nee Spencer) of Wellington died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Mercy Allen Hospital. She was 85.
Born Oct. 1, 1925, in Willard, Ohio, [and a 1943 graduate of OHS,] she worked for the Oberlin College library in acquisitions for most of her adult life. She retired in 1990.
Mrs. Bell is survived by her daughter, Christy Bell [OHS ‘71] of Round Hill, Va.; and grandson, Stefan Heinemann of Ashburn, Va. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell H. Bell [OHS ‘37]; and parents, Glenn and Ethel Spencer.
A private family burial service will be at Westwood Cemetery at a later date. Cowling Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75231; or a local animal rescue-based charity.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 10, 2011.
Mary Ann Bell, 29,
in Elyria hospital
Mary Ann Brooks Bell, wife of James E. Bell Jr. of 276 West Hamilton, died Tuesday night at Elyria Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for a month. She was 29.
Mrs. Bell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Readie Brooks of 60 North Park, came with her parents to Oberlin 20 years ago. She was born in Hollandale, Miss. Mrs. Bell was graduated from Oberlin High School in 1966. She was a member of the Amherst Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Friends will be received at the Cowling Funeral Home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Bell is survived by one daughter, India, 6; three sisters, Betty (Mrs. Roy) Fenderson of 285 East Lorain, Mrs. Hazel DeBerry, Columbus, and Shirley Brooks of 72 Berger Ct.; one brother, Readie Brooks Jr. of 378 South Pleasant; and a grandfather, Acy Brown of Hollandale.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 17, 1977, p. 10.
Kenneth H. Bell
Kenneth H. Bell, 71, of Vermilion, former Oberlin resident, died March 31 at Lorain Community Hospital following a brief illness.
Born and raised in Oberlin, he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1938]. He was a part owner of B&B Construction in Vermilion, where he worked as a carpenter. He also owned and operated a fruit farm in Birmingham and was owner of Time-Out Antiques in Lakeside.
He was a member of the Birmingham Methodist Church; Gibson Masonic Lodge No. 301, Wakeman; Royal Arch Masons No. 177, Wakeman; Order of Eastern Star, Wakeman; and was also past president of the Firelands Chapter No. 39 of NAWCC.
He is survived by his wife, Ann (nee Spaulding), to whom he was married 51 years; a daughter, Susan Russell of Willoughby; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Lynn, in 1963; and a brother, Russell H., in 1990.
A memorial service was held April 3 at the Riddle Funeral Home, Vermilion. Private burial services were held at Birmingham Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Heart Association, 1689 E. 115 St., Cleveland, 44106, or the Birmingham Methodist Church, 15018 South St., Birmingham 44816.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 9, 1991, p. 2.
Russell H. Bell, 73, of Wellington, former Oberlin resident, died June 28 at Allen Memorial Hospital after an apparent heart attack.
He was born in Oberlin[, was a 1937 graduate of Oberlin High School] and lived here until moving to Wellington six months ago.
He retired in 1980 as a foreman in the electrical department of Oberlin College.
A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Wellington VFW Post and Oberlin American Legion Post 102.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; a daughter, Christy B. Sokolski of Bluemont, Va.; a brother, Kenneth H. Bell of Vermilion; and one grandson.
Services at Westwood Cemetery will be private.
The family suggests memorial gifts, if desired, be made to Allen Memorial Hospital Cardiac Care Unit.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 3, 1990, p. 2.
William L. Bell
William L. Bell, 88, passed away peacefully Feb. 15, 2005, surrounded by family. A [1937 graduate of OHS and a] longtime resident of Elyria, Ohio, Bill retired to Ormond Beach after a lifetime career as a machinist. Best known for his generosity, kindness and unconditional selflessness, Bill always had a way of brightening the lives of family, friends and neighbors. Bill enjoyed big band music, reading, trains, cars and bicycling; He was a Free Mason and an Elk. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Vickie; brother, Charles Bell of Ormond Beach, and sister, Genevieve Surprise of Fitzgerald, Georgia.
He is survived by brother, Jack Bell of Tuscun, Calif.: son, Richard D. Bell and wife, Jacqueline of St. Augustine; stepsons, Tim and John Kenska of Elyria, Ohio. Grandchildren include Denise Jones of St. Augustine, Kimberly Krawson of Dallas, Texas and Heather Bell of Tampa; Great-granddaughter, Belle Monroe Jones, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday Feb. 19 at Craig Funeral Home with a reception to follow at the home of Richard and Jacqueline Bell.
Craig Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The St. Augustine Record, St. Augustine, Florida, Thursday, February 17, 2005.
Lorna B. Bellamy
Lorna B. Bellamy, 98, former Kipton resident, died July 25 at the Judson Manor Retirement Community in Cleveland.
Born in Delhi, Iowa, she graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1915] and was in the second class to graduate from Kent State University. She had lived in Cleveland for the past 53 years.
At one time, she was a teacher in Camden Township. She later taught in Wakeman in 1943.
After her husband, Theodore, died in 1943, she moved to Cleveland and became a secretary for Cleveland Builder’s Supply until retiring in 1962.
Survivors include grandchildren James Fletcher, David Fletcher and John Fletcher; a sister, Lela Seelbach; two nieces; and a friend, Donna Becker.
She was preceded in death by her husband and daughters Jeanne Fletcher and Joyce Bennett.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at the Judson Manor Retirement Community, 1890 E. 107 St., Cleveland.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Salvation Army or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 6, 1996, p. 2.
Jean M. Bellavek
Jean M. Bellavek, 76, of Oberlin, died July 11 at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, she was a lifelong area resident [and a 1932 graduate of Oberlin High School].
A registered nurse, Mrs. Bellavek received her A.B. degree from Oberlin College in 1939 and graduated from Fairview Park Hospital School of Nursing in 1941.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Anton W.; daughters, Annette Grdijan of Elyria and Martha Pierce of Manhattan, N.Y.; and four granddaughters.
A brother, Harry Morgan, preceded her in death in 1990.
Services were Friday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Woomer officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 17, 1990, p. 2
Marion Kimpton Bellavek
Dies At 39; Funeral
Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. in the First Methodist Church for Marion Kimpton Bellavek, 39, of Cleveland, who died at Fairview Park Hospital, Lakewood, Monday afternoon at 1:30.
Mrs. Bellavek, the daughter of Mrs. A. R. Kimpton and the late Mr. Kimpton of Oberlin, was taken to the hospital on March 1 with a streptococcus infection which later developed into pneumonia.
Born in Oberlin November 17, 1906, Mrs. Bellavek was graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1926] and the Oberlin School of Commerce. She was employed for a time at the Oberlin Savings Bank and was for many years employed at the county courthouse in Elyria, first in the treasurer’s office and then in Judge H. H. Nye’s office. She was married to Anthony Bellavek in January, 1942.
Mrs. Bellavek is survived by her husband; a daughter, Annette Marie, now almost a year old; her mother; and one sister, Kathleen Kimpton McGlenn.
Rev. Wilbur E. Goist will conduct the services and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 21, 1946, p. 1.
Mrs. Joseph P. Bendt (Mamie or “May” E. Wenk) died
A long-time resident of
In 1931 and 1932 the Bendts lived in
Mrs. Bendt leaves a son, Philip, in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Mrs. Carlie K. Bennett
Mrs. Carlie K. Bennett [nee Kellogg], 76, died at 11:45 this morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Marsh, 337 Stanford avenue, where she had lived for the past thirteen years. She had been ill for two weeks.
Mrs. Bennett was born in Oberlin on August 22, 1864 [1863?] [and graduated from OHS in 1879]. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Sadie Hodgins of Spokane, Washington; nieces, Mrs. Harold Mitchell of North Olmsted, Mrs. Louis Reisinger of Spencer, Mrs. Florence Gillig of Toledo and Miss Mildred Babcock of New York; nephews, Frank Dogins of Wenatchee, Washington, Karl Bennett of New York, L. E. Sutliffe of Elyria and F. E. Babcock of Lorain.
The body is at the Nichols Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 11, 1940, p. 2.
Elizabeth C. Bennett died
She [graduated from OHS in 1922 and from Oberlin College in 1926,] received the AM in 1930 from Radcliff and did further study at
Shortly before her death, her former students at
After retirement she lived for ten years in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Pioneer Woman Called by Death [Frances Reed Bennett]
Mrs. Edwin Bennett passed away at her home in south Humboldt at 11:30 Sunday last [May 1, 1927], after a lingering illness. The funeral was held in the Baptist church in Humboldt Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Wright officiating. The remains were interred in Union cemetery.
Mrs. Bennett was one of the pioneers of Humboldt county, coming here with her husband in 1890. She was eighty-three years of age and was universally esteemed. An appropriate obituary will be published.
The Humboldt Republican, Humboldt, Iowa, Wednesday, May 4, 1927, p. 1.
Frances J. Reed was born in Oberlin, Ohio, April 13, 1844 [the daughter of Herschel and Eliza Reed]. She was a member of the first class to graduate from the Oberlin high school [in 1863]. At the age of nineteen, she came to LaSalle county, Ill., where she taught in the public schools during the following six years.
She was united in marriage with Edwin Bennett, April 28, 1870. For some years they lived [in Deer Park, per the 1870 and 1880 censuses] in that county. In 1882 they came to Iowa making their home for a time in Marshall county and in 1890 coming to Humboldt county where they have since resided.
Seven children were born to them, the oldest Hattie May, dying in infancy. The others are Eugene H. of Humboldt; Charles A. of Grandin, North Dakota; Lyle E. of Folsom, South Dakota; Clyde P. of Humboldt; M[iles] Clay of Sioux City and Ethel R. of Humboldt.
The funeral services were held at the Baptist church, Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock, burial in Union cemetery.
The Humboldt Republican, Humboldt, Iowa, Wednesday, May 4, 1927, p. 5.
Leonard Parker Bennett
Leonard Parker Bennett, [OC ’16, died] April 15, 1991, of pneumonia in Dunedin, Fla., where he had lived 21 years. Born May 25 [24?], 1894 in Nashville, Tenn., he was raised in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1911]. In 1928 he became editor and publisher of the Maumee, Ohio, newspaper, Maumee Valley News, a position he held for 31 years. Mr. Bennett was a past president of the Class of 1916, served as an alumni admissions representative, and was a member of the JFO Society. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Margaret Dewey Bennett ’15; his father, Henry Stanley Bennett, Class of 1864; and his daughter, Jane Bennett Winship Weston ’46. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; two sons, Frederick Bennett ’37 and Henry Bennett ’42; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1991, pp. 37-38.
William M. Bennett
William M. Bennett died April 20, 1985, in Hillsborough, Calif. A retired securities analyst and former chairman of the board of Hexcel Corp., he was a past president of the Securities Analysts Society of San Francisco and was a special partner with the investment banking firm of F.S. Smithers & Co. in San Francisco.
Mr. Bennett was born March 7, 1906, in New York City, the son of William Bennett, Jr., ’90, and Emeritus Professor of Pianoforte Mary Umstead Bennett. [He graduated from OHS in 1923 and from Oberlin College in 1928.]
He leaves his wife, Jeannette, a daughter, and a sister, Edith Lodge ’29 [OHS ‘25]. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth ’26 [OHS ‘22].
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1985, p. 70.
Carl [Frederick] Berg, 67, of Henderson, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, with his family at his side. He was born April 16, 1942, in Oberlin, Ohio, and was a 13-year resident of Nevada. [He graduated from OHS in 1960.] He was a retired regional sales manager. Carl was a beloved husband, father, papa and best friend to many. He is survived by his wife, of 45 years, Carol Berg; son, Paul Berg and his wife, Misty; and three granddaughters, Kelsey, Taylor and Jenna. Private family services will be held. Donations can be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice.
Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas, Nevada, Wednesday, October 28, 2009, p. 4B.
Miss Emma M. Berg
Oberlin—Miss Emma M. Berg, 85, R.D. 1, Oberlin, State Rt. 58 north, died today at 10:05 a.m. in Allen Hospital. She was ill a week.
Miss Berg was born in Russia Township Dec. 25, 1876, [graduated from OHS in 1898,] and formerly taught in grade schools in Russia and Pittsfield Townships. She was a member of St. Peter United Church of Christ, Amherst.
Survivors include a nephew, Wesley Sanislow, Oberlin. The Cowling Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, March 6, 1962, p. 12.
Eva S. Berg
Eva S. Berg (nee Hungerford), 81, of Oberlin died Thursday, Feb. 15, 1996, in the ICU unit of EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, following a brief illness.
Born Jan. 6, 1915, in Oberlin, where she had lived until 1989, when she moved to Amherst.
She was a 1932 graduate of Oberlin High School
Mrs. Berg had attended the Ohio State Practical Nursing School at the Livingston School in Lorain. There she received her four-year degree.
She worked as a LPN for 31 years, retiring in 1958 from the Oberlin Hospital.
She was a member of the Oberlin Methodist Church; the Rebecca’s of Wellington and Ft. Pierce, Fla.; the busy Beas of Vero Beach, Fla., the Pythian Lodge of Oberlin, the Woman's Relief Corps of Oberlin; the Russia Township Farm Women's club; and the Practical Nurses Assoc. Chapter 4-B,where she was a past president.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Walter; sons Richard of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; Clarence of Bexley, Ohio; and Carl of Henderson, Nev.; and five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Bessie (nee Wilcox) and a sister, Cora "Tommy" Radcliffe in 1992.
The Morning-Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Friday, February 16, 1996.
Mrs. [Hildreth] Clarence E. Berg
Hildreth Barone Berg, 74, of Oberlin, died last Friday morning at Allen Hospital after a long illness.
Memorial services will be on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at First Church.
Born in Wellington, she moved to Oberlin in 1925 and was an Oberlin High School  graduate.
She was a graduate of the Oberlin Business College and served as clerk at the Oberlin Draft Board during World War II. She later worked as a bookkeeper for Powers & Dawley clothiers, retiring in 1972.
She was a member of First Church and a charter member of the Senior Forum.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Clarence E. Berg; a son, Robert C. Berg of Medina; a daughter, Barbara Mathaios of Lakewood; three grandchildren, two nephews and a niece.
She had donated her body to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 20, 1984, p. 2.
Mrs. Clarence E. Berg
A memorial service for Hildreth Barone Berg, who died Dec. 14, will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at First Church with Rev. John Elder officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 10, 1985. p. 10.
Mary Lou Berg
Mary Lou Berg, 72, of Oak Harbor, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at her residence. She was born January 8, 1940 in Oberlin, to Nelson and Edna (Mauntel) Gray [and graduated from OHS in 1958].
On October 3, 1959, in Oberlin, she married Edward E. Berg [OHS ‘54], and he survives. Mary Lou worked as a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her children, especially her grandchildren, and attending all of their activities. She was a wonderful caregiver as well, taking care of her mother and mother-in-law in her and Ed’s home, prior to both of their deaths. She enjoyed boating, fishing, and going to casinos and the shows. Mary Lou was a terrific cook and enjoyed cooking for her family. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
In addition to her loving husband of over 52 years, Ed; she is survived by her son, Michael Berg of Swanton, Ohio; daughter, Michelle (Fred, III) Lawrence of Oak Harbor; son, Ralph (Lisa) Berg of Oregon, Ohio; grandchildren, Derek, Dylan, and Sara Berg, TJ and Marykayla Lawrence; and “like a granddaughter”, Rosanna Belcher; brother, Nelson (Jenny) Gray [OHS ‘63] of Milan; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Harold Parsons; sister, Priscilla Parsons; and granddaughter, Whitney Lynn Berg.
A Celebration of Life Service for Mary Lou will be conducted at 5 P.M., Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 165 E. Water St., Oak Harbor, with visitation 2 hours prior, from 3 until 5 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in memory of Mary Lou, may be directed to Stein Hospice, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, or Calvin United Church of Christ.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.walkerfuneralhomes.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, July 16, 2012.
Miriam Hamilton Berliner
Miriam Hamilton Berliner was born April 14, 1918 in Nanjing, China, her mother a missionary and her father a professor from the University of Chicago. She was the last survivor of her original family, which included an older sister and two younger brothers.
Miriam was eight years old when her family returned permanently to the U.S. The family lived in several sections of the country, and finally settled in Oberlin, Ohio where her father secured a faculty appointment at Oberlin College's School of Theology.
Miriam was a brilliant student who majored in sociology and graduated from Oberlin Summa Cum Laude, with an appointment to Phi Beta Kappa, the national scholastic honor society. She completed her education with a master's degree in social administration from Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. She married Arthur Berliner, a fellow student, in 1942 and continued her social work career while he served with the Army Air Corps during World War II.
As a mother, Miriam later turned to Girl Scout leadership so that their three daughters could benefit from the scouting experience. She became like a second mother to many of the girls in the troop she led, and "her" girls kept in touch and continued to seek her friendship and counsel for years after their completion of scouting. She also continued to serve the scouting movement as a consultant to new scout leaders.
She was a gifted seamstress who made clothes for everyone in her family, as well as crafting other objects for their home. The Fort Worth home where she raised her family contained many objects made by her hands, as well as treasures of Chinese origin and her collection of elephants of various sizes and materials gathered from all over the world.
"Mim" (as she was fondly called by her husband and friends) and Arthur traveled extensively during summer vacations, visiting every continent and many countries. Her camera created a visual record of each of their many journeys.
Miriam's final illness was of short duration, and she met it with stoic courage. Her life ended on October 2, 2009. She is deeply missed by her husband, Arthur; her daughters, Susan Berliner of Austin, Sherry Berliner of Houston, and Debbie Berliner and son-in law Alan Schuyler of Austin; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, as well as other relatives and the friends she made at their final residence at a retirement facility in Austin.
The family is grateful for the compassionate care provided by Hospice Austin and the staff at the Plaza at Querencia during Miriam's final days. Her desire to help others was a central theme in her life, and accordingly her body was donated to a scientific research institute so that even beyond life her mortal remains might provide information to help others suffering illness for generations to come.
Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas, October 17, 2009, p. B4.
Bill Berry, ex-Urban League director, civil
Edwin C. "Bill" Berry, 76, a nationally renowned civil rights leader who was executive director of the Chicago Urban League for 14 years and who headed Mayor Harold Washington's first transition team in 1983, died Wednesday in Michael Reese Hospital.
Mr. Berry was a pioneer of the modern era of race relations in Chicago and the United States, and many of his pronouncements later became common themes in the civil rights movement.
He once said that he was an extremist in the civil rights field before other extremists came along in the 1960s to make him seem moderate by comparison.
At the height of his career, he was almost an automatic appointment to any private or governmental committee assigned to deal with the difficult race relations issues in Chicago.
Mayor Washington said Wednesday night that Mr. Berry was “truly a giant. He was truly a marvelous friend, and ultimately responsible for my victory as mayor of Chicago.”
Washington said Mr. Berry was one of those who recruited Washington to run for mayor. Mr. Berry also organized the early support for Washington and campaigned for him.
He headed the mayor’s steering committee for the first Washington campaign.
Mr. Berry was “a man for all seasons,” said the mayor.
Mr. Berry was born in Oberlin, Ohio, on Nov. 11, 1910, one of five children. His father, John A., was a lawyer who died when Mr. Berry was 6 years old. His mother, Kittie, reared the family.
Mr. Berry [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1928,] went to Oberlin College on an academic scholarship and became a star football player and star in the 100-yard dash.
He graduated from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, with a degree in education.
He then entered the University of Pittsburgh’s school of social work, and followed this with work at Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He entered the Urban League movement in 1937 as group work secretary in Pittsburgh.
He was executive secretary of the Portland, Ore., Urban League before he was appointed executive director of the Chicago Urban League in 1956.
He announced that his first task was to help the city assimilate blacks from the South who were migrating to Chicago by the thousands every month. As a result of this, he said, and because Chicago had “the biggest Negro ghetto in the United States,” Mr. Berry said Chicago faced the greatest race relations problem in the world at that time.
He began by presenting a plan to representatives of Mayor Richard J. Daley to eliminate racial segregation in Chicago, especially segregation in housing, but also in jobs, schools, sanitary services, public accommodations, income and availability of credit. Mr. Berry called his plan a blueprint for “democratic living.”
His rhetoric apparently was restrained in his first year.
In 1957, however, Mr. Berry began to challenge Daley and the city establishment. Mr. Berry described Chicago as the most segregated large city in America, with race relations at the most primitive level.
He said that in Chicago, “a Negro dare not step outside the environs of his race,” meaning principally the ghetto. He also asserted that solution of Chicago’s race problems was delayed by “a conspiracy of silence among Chicago’s mass media.”
Later in the same year, Mr. Berry, addressing a Brotherhood Week dinner here, struck a theme that soon became prominent and has remained so.
He said textbooks, literature, magazines, movies, television and radio supported the proposition that men are unequal by “virtually ignoring the fact that all Americans are not white.”
He added, “Our society has actually taught us that nonwhite people are inferior, and the level of inferiority can be judged by the color present in the skin.”
Mr. Berry fought a long battle to desegregate Chicago public schools and eventually became one of the men chosen by Daley to nominate candidates for the Chicago Board of Education.
After he became a civic figure here, he was for many years host and moderator of the “People to People” talk show on WGN-TV, Channel 9.
However, in the 1970s some black activists criticized Mr. Berry for being too moderate and for allegedly being co-opted by the white establishment.
He once said some black activists told him, “You spend too much time with white people and not enough time with us.”
Mr. Berry said he responded, “I have determined that white people are the problem.”
In 1970, Mr. Berry contended that the main problem in race relations was “the gentle white moderate” who is the “proper-upper of the status quo.”
Mr. Berry received honorary degrees from Northwestern University, Chicago State, and Western Michigan University. He also received the John F. Kennedy Award from the Catholic Interracial Council.
After he retired as head of the Urban League here in 1969, he was for some years special assistant to the president of Johnson Products Co.
He is survived by his wife, Betsy; a son, Joseph; a daughter, Melanie; two foster sons, Myron Wahls and Charles Carter; and a foster daughter, Westina Mathews.
Services are being arranged.
Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois, Thursday, May 14, 1987, sec. 4, p. 15.
T. Berthoff, 79, professor of history
Rowland T. Berthoff, Ph.D., emeritus professor of history, died March 25, 2001, at his home in University City of heart disease. He was 79.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. April 21 at First Presbyterian Church, 7200 Delmar Boulevard in University City.
Berthoff joined the University in 1962 as associate professor of history and was appointed the William Eliot Smith Professor of History in 1966. He served as department chair from 1968-74 and again in 1981-82. Berthoff helped design the University flag, which was flown at half-staff in his memory.
Berthoff was the author of several books, including "British Immigrants in Industrial America: An Unsettled People" and "Republic of the Dispossessed."
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Berthoff [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1938 and] earned a bachelor's degree in 1942 from Oberlin (Ohio) College. He enlisted in the Army and attained captain's rank in World War II.
In 1952, he earned a doctorate from Harvard University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for research at the University of Wales after a year at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J. He was appointed to the faculty at Princeton University in 1953.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Tirzah Park Berthoff of University City; two sons, Thomas Berthoff of Ambler, Pa., and Andrew Berthoff of Toronto; two daughters, Clarissa Joyce of New York and Margaret Fernandes of Combs la Ville, France; one brother, Warner Berthoff of Concord, Mass.; and three
Memorial contributions may be made to CARE, 151 Ellis St. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30303; or Doctors Without Borders USA Inc., 6 East 39th St., 8th Floor,
New York, NY 10016.
Record, Washington University in St. Louis student newspaper, St. Louis, MO, April 6, 2001.
Rowland Berthoff Retired Professor, Author
Rowland T. Berthoff, a retired professor and author, died Sunday (March 25, 2001) at his home in University City of heart disease. He was 79. A native of Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Berthoff received a bachelor's degree in 1942 from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and immediately enlisted in the Army. He served during World War II, attaining the rank of captain.
In 1952, he earned a doctorate degree from Harvard University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for research at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth after a year at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J.
After returning from Wales in 1953, he was appointed to the faculty at Princeton University. He left Princeton in 1962 for an associate professor position in the history department at Washington University. Mr. Berthoff served as chairman of the department of history and was appointed the William Eliot Smith Professor of History in 1966. He retired in 1992.
Mr. Berthoff contributed to Washington University outside his role as professor, including designing the university's flag.
Mr. Berthoff was the author of several books, including "British Immigrants in Industrial America: An Unsettled People" and "Republic of the Dispossessed."
A private graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Overland. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. April 21 at First Presbyterian Church, 7200 Delmar Boulevard in University City. Among the survivors are his wife of 47 years, Tirzah Park Berthoff of University City; two sons, Thomas Berthoff of Ambler, Pa., and Andrew Berthoff of Toronto; two daughters, Clarissa Joyce of New York and Margaret Fernandes of Combs la Ville, France; one brother, Warner Berthoff of Concord, Mass.; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to CARE, 151 Ellis Street Northeast, Atlanta, Ga. 30303; or Doctors Without Borders USA Inc., 6 East 39th Street, 8th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10016.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri, Tuesday, March 27, 2001, p. B4.
Margaret Auten Beveridge
Margaret M. (Auten) Beveridge, 94, of Long Hill Road, Middletown, wife of the late Clayton W. Beveridge, died July 31, 2004, at Haven Health Care Center, Cromwell. Born in Kellogg, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Frank M. and Susan M. (Morris) Auten and had lived in Middletown most of her life.
Mrs. Beveridge was a [1928 graduate of OHS and a] graduate of Oberlin College, class of 1932 with a degree in mathematics and had been employed at Bunce's for 17 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Middletown, where she taught Sunday school for 20 years, was a member of the United Methodist Women, and very active in the church fair making quilts, Raggedy Anne dolls, dried arrangements, and was known for her catnip filled mice. She was a Girl Scout leader, enjoyed cooking, and raised prized winning Bantum chickens.
She was a family caregiver for generations and her life revolved around her family and church. She loved dolls, crafts, and gardening.
She is survived by one son, Rev. Thomas F. Beveridge of Bloomfield; one daughter, Lois Czachorowski of Walpole, MA; one brother, Bert Auten of Newton, Iowa; and four grandchildren, Thomas A. Beveridge of Wilmington, NC, Adam, Paul, and Margaret Czachorowski all of Walpole, MA.
Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Middletown, on Wednesday, August 4th at 10:00 am. The Reverend Kwang-il Kim, minister, will officiate and interment will be in Swedish Cemetery, Portland.
Friends may call at the Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church St., Middletown, on Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and are invited to send a message of condolence to the family at the website of www.doolittlefuneralservice.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the First United Methodist Church, 24 Old Church St., Middletown, CT 06457.
LifeFiles, Doolittle Funeral Service, Inc., Cromwell, Conn., http://doolittle.lifefiles.com/registryMain.php?PHPSESSID=524c7e8a7f73957d8b2a74003ab1b7c8&i_memorialid=1091378472
The Hartford Courant, Hartford, Conn., August 2, 2004, p. B4.
Mrs. B. Ralph [Dorothy Harlow] Bevins
Mrs. Dorothy Harlow Bevins, 78, died last Friday in Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
She was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., on Oct. 14, 1897. The family lived in Oberlin while her father, George Harlow, was building engineer for the Allen Art Museum. After graduating from Oberlin High School [in 1915], she attended Oberlin College, completing her degree in 1919 at Carnegie Mellon University.
She taught at Brooklyn Heights (Ohio) High School and Charles Brush High School in South Euclid prior to her marriage to B. Ralph Bevins in November 1929, then lived in Chatham, Mass., until 1950.
After Mr. Bevins’ death she returned to Cleveland where she was a housemother at the Laurel School, Shaker Heights, and later a receptionist at the Western Reserve Historical Museum. She returned to Oberlin in the fall of 1972 and lived at Firelands, 36 S. Pleasant, before her illness. She was a member of First Church.
She is survived by a daughter Ann (Mrs. George) Jewett, Westport, Conn., and a grandson, Matthew. Other Oberlin relatives are an aunt, Pearl (Mrs. George M.) Jones, and a cousin, Jean (Mrs. Robert) Tufts. Mrs. Grace Harlow is a sister-in-law.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday afternoon at First Church with Rev. John Elder officiating. The family suggests that memorial gifts, if desired, may be made to First Church or to Welcome Nursing Home.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 11, 1976, p. 8.
Howard L. Bickel
Howard L[eslie] Bickel, 75, of Louisville, died Sunday, March 30, 2003, at Norton Audubon Hospital.
He was a native of Oberlin, OH, [a 1946 graduate of OHS,] a retired typesetter for the old Bennett Typesetting Company, a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, a former member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and an Army veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret M. Covington Bickel; daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline and Bill Mossholder; grandchildren, Jessica, Christina and Patrick Howard Mossholder; nieces, Suzanne Bolton and Jane Ellen Ennis; and a nephew, Jim Mitchell.
His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Church, 1020 East Burnett Ave., with burial in St. Michael's Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1-8 p.m. Monday at Embry-Bosse Funeral Home, 2723 Preston Hwy. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care of Louisville.
The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky., Monday, March 31, 2003.
Katharine Bickel (nee Hurst), 97, died Tuesday at the Elyria Home following a long illness.
She was born in Oberlin[, graduated from OHS in 1908,] and had been a lifelong area resident.
She was a member of the Elyria Garden Club and the First Congregational Church, Elyria.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Betty Stein of Menlo Park, Cal.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis.
Memorial services will be held in the chapel of the Elyria Home Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. John Bensen will officiate.
Arrangements were handled by the Curtis Scheuffler Funeral Home, Elyria.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, March 5, 1986, p. C-2.
Katharine May Hurst Bickel died March 4, 1986, in Elyria, Ohio. Born in Cleveland May 18, 1888, she [graduated from OHS in 1908 and from Oberlin College in 1912 and] was married to Francis A. Bickel, who preceded her in death in 1957. Her daughter, Betty J. Stein ’41, survives.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1988, p. 48.
Raymond Conrad Bickel
Raymond Conrad Bickel, 69, of Oberlin, died Feb. 24 at Allen Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.
Born Dec. 10, 1924, in Toledo, he worked as a machinist for York International in Elyria for 40 years, retiring in 1988.
He attended the Pittsfield United Church of Christ, where he sang in the choir. He was a member of Symphony West, Masonic Blue Lodge Oberlin Chapter #219, OEA Pansy Chapter #34, Elyria Council #86, Elyria Commandery #60, Kinghts Templar, and Lorain County Scottish Rite.
He enjoyed music and steam engines.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; a son, David of Wellington; a daughter, Barbara Patterson of Streetsboro; a sister, Marian Chase of Oberlin; and a brother, Howard Bickel of Louisville, Ky.
Services were Monday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard K. Thewlis, pastor of the Pittsfield United Church of Christ, officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 1, 1994, p. 2.
Miss Claribel Louise Bickford died
Miss Bickford was born in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Eleanor Lucile (Hughes) Biggs
Eleanor Hughes Biggs, [OHS ’26, OC ’29 died] April 8, 1991. A Chagrin Falls, Ohio, resident, she was born May 5, 1909, in Oberlin. Mrs. Biggs was a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Women’s Committee, the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Women’s Committee, the Cleveland Day Care Assoc. and Mother’s Committee, the board of Ohio Northern U., and Oberlin’s JFO Society. In 1988 the Cleveland Institute of Music awarded her an honorary doctor of music degree for her support of education and music. Biggs Commons, in Stevenson Hall, was dedicated in June 1990 in honor of her and her late husband, Robert. Survivors include a son and two grandchildren.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1991, p. 40.
Eva L. Biggs
Eva L. Biggs, 95, of Oberlin, died last Thursday at Ohio Extended Care Center, Lorain, after a long illness.
A lifelong resident of Oberlin, she worked at the Northern Ohio Telephone Co. as an operator for more than 46 years before retiring in 1957.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Services were Friday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Stanley Cote officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 11, 1986, p. 2.
Bring Former Oberlin Girl Here for Burial
Miss Hazel Biggs Passed Away Monday in Cleveland – Taught in East High School
Miss Hazel Biggs, teacher of English in East high school, Cleveland, died at her home 1377 East 84th St., Monday at 2 o’clock. The remains were brought to Oberlin and funeral services held in Sedgeman’s parlors at 1:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The burial was in Pittsfield.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph T. Biggs, who resided for many years at 40 King street. She was born in Pittsfield but came with the family to Oberlin at an early age. She attended the public schools, [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1906,] and was graduated from the college in 1912. In 1916 she secured here A.M. degree. During the last nine years she had been instructor in English in East high school, where she was highly esteemed and popular among the students.
On October 20 Miss Biggs was obliged to give up her work on account of poor health. Her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Biggs, who had been with her daughters in Cleveland, has been in poor health and much of the time has been in Oberlin at the Walter Biggs home on Groveland street.
Miss Biggs leaves four sisters and a brother. Alice, Mrs. Walter Heulett of Lakewood; Stella, Mrs. James Shew of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Miss Esther of Tryan, N. Y. and Edith, Mrs. John Moor of Brooklyn, N. Y., and Virgil Biggs of Honolulu.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, January 31, 1930, p. 1.
Virgil A. Biggs, 68, died in
Mr. Biggs was born in
Mr. Biggs is survived by his wife; a son, Thomas Lake Biggs of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Jim G. Billington
Jim G. Billington, 41, of Royal Haven, Toledo, died April 30.
He was a self-employed building contractor and an active member of Park Congregational Church and a past member of the Mission Board.
He was a board member of Grace Company Center and was also a member of Parents Helping Parents.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter, Lori Ann; son, Brian James; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Billington of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbie Jean Billington.
A memorial service was held Monday morning at First Church in Oberlin with the Rev. John Elder officiating.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the education fund of Brian J. Billington, in care of Park Congregational Church, 1456 Harvard Blvd., Toledo, Ohio 43609.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, May 7, 1991, p. 2.
Lewis Clinton Binford
Lewis Clinton Binford, who left Oberlin four years ago to live in New Mexico, died June 18 in Albuquerque of injuries he suffered in an automobile accident there three weeks earlier. He was 21 years old.
Members of his family and his friends, 35 in all, conducted a graveside service at sunset on June 22 and buried Mr. Binford in the Manzano Mountains near Albuquerque. Mr. Binford, who was called Clint, had lived in the mountains. “That was why we buried him there—he loved them,” his mother, Mrs. Jean Binford, told the News-Tribune.
Clint Binford was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Oberlin in 1965. He attended Oberlin High School, and worked as an automobile mechanic after moving west. He was the driver in the May 29 accident. Six other persons were in the car when it went off the road; none of the passengers was seriously injured.
Survivors in addition to Mrs. Binford include Clint Binford’s grandmother, Anabel N. Mock, and his sister, Martha, who live with Mrs. Binford at 171 W. College, and his father, Lewis R., of Albuquerque.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 4, 1974, p. 2.
Patty Binion, 53, of Elyria, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 16, 2007 at her residence.
Miss Binion was born January 31, 1954 in Oberlin, Ohio and was a lifelong resident of the Lorain County area. [She graduated from OHS in 1973.]
She attended Glorious Faith Apostolic Church in Oberlin.
She worked at Wesleyan Village in Elyria as cook for six years.
She was an avid reader who enjoyed fishing, and enjoyed hosting family events outside.
She will be sadly missed by her daughter Torrey L. Frost and Shontae R. Frost, both of Elyria; son Dontae R. Frost of Elyria; sisters Bobby Jean Binion of Elyria and Delores Binion-Williams of Cincinnati; brothers Raymond Ellington of Cleveland, John Arthur Ellington of Elyria, Richard Binion of Oberlin and Joseph Binion of Georgia; four grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Miss Binion was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny C. and Louise (nee Ellington) Binion and grandmother Leola Ellington.
Visitation will be held Monday, April 23, 2007 from 11:00 A.M. until time of service at 12 noon at Original Glorious Apostolic Church, 995 Foster Avenue in Elyria where Evangelist Doris Williams is pastor. Pastor Tondie Vilyus of True Praise & Deliverance Ministry of Oberlin will be officiating.
Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery in Elyria.
Arrangements by Brown-Robinson Funeral Home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, April 21, 2007.
Richard Binion, 57, of Oberlin died suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at EMH Regional Medical Center. [He graduated from OHS in 1971.]
Mr. Binion worked as a machine operator at Quality Blow Molding Inc. of Elyria. He enjoyed playing baseball, basketball and cards.
He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Binion of Elyria and Deloris Williams of Cincinnati; and brothers Ray Ellington of Berea, John A. Ellington of Elyria, and Terry Binion of Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his father John C. Binion, and mother Louise Ellington Binion.
A graveside service will be held at a later date at Westwood Cemetery. Cowling Funeral Home is handling local arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 22, 2009.
Col. C. H. Birdseye, Topographer,
Chief of the Federal Geological Survey’s Division of Engraving and Printing Was Explorer
Mapped Kilauea Volcano
Led Expedition Through 300 Miles of Colorado River—Officer Overseas in War
Washington, May 31 (AP)—Colonel Claude Hale Birdseye, topographer, explorer and geographer, who was chief of the United States Geological Survey’s division of engraving and printing, died yesterday in Mount Alto Veterans’ Hospital at the age of 63. He had been ill since March.
Among Colonel Birdseye’s better known achievements was the mapping of the Kilauea volcano region in Hawaii in 1912. He determined the elevation of Mount Rainier a year later in a surveying and mapping expedition.
In 1923, with an expedition of ten men, he traveled 300 miles of the roughest waters of the Colorado River from Lee’s Ferry, Ariz., to Needles, Calif., through Marble and Grand Canyons. The group was reported lost several times, but Colonel Birdseye led his men to safety through a narrow crevice in the cliffs.
He leaves a widow and three children.
Received Dr. Sc. From Oberlin
Colonel Birdseye was born at Syracuse, N.Y., Feb. 13, 1878, the son of Frederick Hurd Birdseye and Katherine Lambe Hale Birdseye. He was graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1895 and from] Oberlin College in 1901 and later did post-graduate work at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University. Oberlin made him a doctor of science in 1931.
He began his career as a topographical engineer in 1901 when he became an instructor at the University of Cincinnati while at the same time working as a field assistant for the United States Geological Survey. Later he became a topographer with the Survey, holding that position until 1906. In 1907 and 1908 he was a surveyor for the General Land Office. The next year he returned to the Geological Survey and until 1929, except during the World War, remained as a topographer and geographer of that service.
He then became president of the Aerotopograph Corporation of America, but in 1932 he returned to the Survey as assistant to the director and as chief of the division of engraving and printing. He held the latter post until his death.
Decorated in France
During the World War he was first a captain of the Corps of Engineers of the United States Army and then a major in the same corps. He then became a lieutenant colonel in the Coast Artillery Corps, serving in France on the staff of the chief of army artillery from August, 1917, to January, 1919.
He was colonel engineer of the Officers Reserve Corps at his death. He was decorated officier de l’instruction publique of France in 1919. The American Geographical Society awarded to him the Daly medal in 1924.
Colonel Birdseye was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Geographical Association, of which he was president in 1939, American Geographers, Washington Society of Engineers, of which he was president in 1934-35, and of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C.
He had written extensively for engineering and technical journals.
In 1904 he married Miss Grace Gardner Whitney. They had two sons and a daughter, Charles W., Frederick H. and Florence W. Whitney.
The New York Times, New York, N.Y., Sunday, June 1, 1941, p. 41.
C.H. Birdseye, Noted Oberlin Grad Dies
Military Service at Arlington Cemetery Today for Famous Chief of Geological Survey
Claude Hale Birdseye, [an 1895 graduate of OHS,] Oberlin College ’01, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, died at Mount Alto Hospital, Washington, D.C., at 4:30 Friday afternoon, May 30. He had been ill in the hospital since the first of March.
Colonel Birdseye, one of Oberlin College’s most distinguished graduates, was a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and chief of the Division of Engraving and Printing of the United States Geological Survey in Washington, D.C.
Grand Canyon Journey Famous
Among Colonel Birdseye’s outstanding achievements was the mapping of the Kilauea volcano region in Hawaii in 1912 and the determination of the elevation of Mt. Rainier in 1913. In an expedition through 300 miles of the roughest waters of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon from Lee’s Ferry, Arizona, to Needles, California, Col. Birdseye and his ten men were reported lost several times, but reached safety through a narrow crevice in the cliffs.
Colonel Birdseye was president of the Aerotopgraph [sic] Corporation of America, president of the American Society of Photogrammetry, and treasurer of the Society of American Military Engineers.
He was a member of many scientific societies and had written extensively for engineering and technical journals.
In 1931 he received from Oberlin College the degree of Doctor of Science.
Married Oberlin Girl
Colonel Birdseye was born in Syracuse, New York, February 13, 1878, the son of George Hurd Birdseye and Katherine Hale Birdseye.
In 1904 he married Miss Grace Gardner Whitney [OHS ‘99], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levi Whitney of Oberlin.
Colonel Birdseye is survived by Mrs. Birdseye, two sons, Fred of Baltimore, and Charles of Arizona; one daughter, Florence Birdseye; his mother, Mrs. George Birdseye of Oberlin; two sisters, Mrs. Ellen B. Hatch and Miss Bessie Birdseye of Oberlin; and one grandchild.
The funeral was held this afternoon (Monday) at Silver Springs, Maryland. Burial with military honors was in Arlington National Cemetery.
Photograph caption: Funeral Today In Washington, For Distinguished Alumnus – Colonel Claude Hale Birdseye
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Monday, June 2, 1941, p. 1.
Grace Whitney Birdseye died
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Rev. Henry Martyn Bissell died July 15, [1954,] in
After graduation from [OHS in 1896 and from] Oberlin [College in 1902], Henry Bissell started out as a bond salesman in Cleveland, Ohio, but entered the ministry in 1910, moving to South Dakota, where he held pastorates in various rural areas.
During the First World War he was chairman of the Stanly County, S.D., Red Cross and superintendent of the
He moved to
In 1945, he returned to his rural pastorates in
Married in 1919 to Lavinia Hamilton, he had three children: Helen Elizabeth (deceased), Henry Martyn III, and William Hamilton.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Bissell, Lawyer, 53, Dead
Counsel and Secretary of N. Y. Air Brake Co. Is Stricken After Round of Golf
Special to the New York Times
New Rochelle, N. Y., June 12—Robinson K. Bissell, prominent attorney and secretary counsel and a director o the New York Air Brake Company, collapsed and died of a heart ailment today after finishing a round of golf on the links of the Wykagyl Country [Club], North Avenue, of which he was a member. He resided at 14 Sunnyside Way, New Rochelle. His age was 53.
Mr. Bissell was born in Batavia, Ill., and was graduated [from Oberlin High School in 1911 and] in 1915 from Oberlin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He studied at the Columbia Law School and served on the staff of The Columbia Law Review.
For several years he was with the law firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, 14 Wall Street, New York, and he became associated with the New York Air Brake Company, 420 Lexington Avenue, New York, eight years ago.
In the first World War Mr. Bissell was a second lieutenant in Army aviation. He was a member of the Union League Club and the Bar Association of the City of New York.
Surviving are his widow, the former Lorna Truax, a son, Martin, a student at Brown University, a daughter, Mrs. Barteau Scoble of Hamden, Conn., two brothers, Harold W. and Bradley G. Bissell of New York, and a sister, Mrs. Marion B. Webb of Portland, Ore.
The New York Times, Sunday, June 13, 1948, p. 69.
Gregory James Bittner
Wellington -- Gregory James Bittner, 56, of Wellington, formerly of Oberlin, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at his home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born March 23, 1947, in Indiana, Pa. He lived most of his life in Oberlin and moved to Wellington two years ago.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1966.
Bittner was employed as a machinist at Elyria Foundry for 16 years until his death.
He enjoyed the outdoors, woodworking and collecting knives and was a member of the Boy Scouts.
Survivors include his son, Jeffrey Bittner of Vickery; daughters Amy Tomko of LaGrange and Kelly Schurdell of Berea; his mother, Corrine Bittner (nee Douglas) of Venice, Fla.; brothers Douglas Bittner of Elyria and Charles Bittner of Grafton; sisters Sandra Walls and Jill Bittner, both of Venice, Fla.; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Bittner.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. There is no funeral home visitation.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, July 10, 2003.
Joey Anthony Black
The funeral for Joey Anthony Black, 54, of Elkmont, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Limestone Chapel Funeral Home. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery with Brothers Eddie Bond and Donald Terry officiating.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Mr. Black died at home Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.
He was born June 10, 1957, in Oberlin, Ohio, to Fletcher Black and Doris Furline Black [and graduated from OHS in 1976].
He was a Deacon of Truth Baptist Church and a United States Army Veteran.
Mr. Black is survived by his wife, Jackie Black of Elkmont; one daughter, Jenny Robinson (Jeremy) of Elkmont; two grandchildren, Breanna McMunn and Hayden Robinson, both of Elkmont; one brother, William Black [OHS ‘68] (Linda) of Grafton, Ohio; one sister, Janie Black [OHS ‘81] of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Evan Venski, Donnie Stevens, Jack Hawkins, Johnny Kraus, David Holden and Jeremy Robinson.
The News-Courier, Athens, Ala., Tuesday, October 4, 2011.
Lawrence Reginald Blackburn
A native of Oberlin, Ohio, he died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at his home in Baton Rouge. [He was a member of the OHS Class of 1947.] He was 80 and served in the U.S. Air Force. After living in Carson and Compton, Calif., for 30 years, and losing his longtime companion, the late Zeola Davidson, who was of Compton, Lawrence came to Baton Rouge to be closer to his brother. He is survived by a sister, Phyliss Lewis, of Las Vegas; brother, Richard Blackburn, of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Lyda Blackburn, brothers, Robert, Charles and Douglas Blackburn, and sisters, Nancy Thornton and Elizabeth Saunders, who were all of Ohio. Lawrence will be greatly missed by family and friends here and in California.
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., Tuesday, February 12, 2008, p. 10A.
Flora Cook Blackmer
Flora Cook Blackmer, 86, died early yesterday morning at the Elyria Methodist Home where she had been living for a short time. Her home was at 38 North Prospect.
Rev. Carl Beighley will conduct services tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 9.
A lifelong resident of Oberlin, Mrs. Blackmer was born here Oct. 10, 1893. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Pythian Sisters.
Surviving are one daughter Grace (Mrs. Allen) Shaw of Elyria; two sons, Donald of Sierra Vista, Arizona and Arthur of Massillon; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her husband Lloyd died in September.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 27, 1979, p. 10.
Mary Alice Blakely (1926 - 2013)
Mary Alice Blakely, 86, of Oberlin, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Allen Mercy Hospital, following a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 23, 1926, in Oberlin [and was a member of the OHS Class of 1945].
Mary worked at the Co-op Bookstore for many years. She was a member of Rust United Methodist Church, where she had served as treasurer. She also served on the board of the Oberlin Senior Center.
She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and crossword puzzles.
Survivors include her husband, Evans Blakely Sr. of Oberlin; sons Gregory (Karen) McFarland [OHS ‘63] of Oberlin and Evans (Kate) Blakely Jr. of Columbus; daughter, Garcia McFarland [OHS ‘65] of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren; brother, Sandy Quinn of Lorain; and sisters Anna Quinn of Chicago, Doris Jordan of Elyria, Better Thomas of Oberlin, and Bonita Jones [OHS ‘60] of Marietta, Ga..
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Alice Quinn; brothers Allen, Jimmy, Albert, and Grover Quinn [OHS ‘57]; and sister, Sarah Parker.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 2 at Rust United Methodist Church, Oberlin, with the Rev. Kevin Coleman officiating.
Interment was at Westwood Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com.
The Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 7, 2013, p. 6A.
Joseph Thomas Blanco
Joseph Thomas Blanco, 85 of, Brewerton NY, died on Monday September 6, 2004 in the James Square Health & Rehab Center Syracuse, NY.
Born in Wellington, OH, [and a 1938 graduate of OHS,] he served in the United States Army from January 10, 1941 to January 10, 1945. He was a self-employed electrician.
He is survived by three daughters: Kathy Collins of Mattydale, NY; Terry Burke of Clay, NY; Lesley Roehm of North Syracuse, NY; one son, Frederick Blanco of Trophy Club, TX; one Brother and three sisters, all of Ohio; 7 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be held on Friday September 10, 2004 at 7:00 pm from the Sears - Middleton - Jones Funeral Home Inc., 209 North Main Street (Rt 11), North Syracuse.
Funeral home obituary at http://www.searsmiddletonjones.com/display.asp?ID=126; also The Post-Standard, Syracuse, New York, Wednesday, September 8, 2004, p. B4.
Esther Bleha, 87
Esther Bleha, 87, of Charlevoix, died September 6, at Charlevoix Area Hospital of a heart attack.
Born Evelyn Esther Fitzgerald on December 11, 1911, in Oberlin, Ohio, she grew up there and attended Oberlin High School [1928 graduate], where she won a rare award for athletic achievement. She also won an academic scholarship to Oberlin College, graduating in 1932 with a degree in social work.
She first came to Charlevoix in the summer of 1930 to work as a waitress. It was then that she met Charles BLEHA. They were married in 1933. With the exception of the World War II years, when she returned to Oberlin, she spent nearly all of the rest of her life in Charlevoix.
True to her Oberlin roots, her life affirmed the values of religion, education, and community service. She was a long-time member of the First Congregational Church in Charlevoix, where she sang in its choir, directed the Sunday School, and was a member of several of its woman’s clubs.
She taught at the Charlevoix Elementary School from 1954 until 1972. Educated as a reading specialist, she taught mainly first- and second-grades. One of the great joys in her later life was the gratitude of her former students.
She was very civic minded. Among her many activities, she was especially devoted to the local Girl Scouts and the Charlevoix Garden Club, where she was past president. She greatly enjoyed growing flowers and arranging them.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Charles J. Bleha; two sons, Thomas Bleha of Arlington, Virginia, and John Bleha of Cincinnati, Ohio, and their wives; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at the First Congregational Church in Charlevoix. The Reverend Philip G. Schairbaum will officiate, and interment will take place in Brookside Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts be given to the First Congregational Church or to the Charlevoix Area Hospital.
Petoskey News-Review, Petoskey, MI, Tuesday, September 7, 1999.
Ardinal Blevins, 51, was church volunteer
Lorain -- Ardinal Cynthia Blevins, 51, of Lorain, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Community Health Partners Hospital, Lorain, following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 21, 1953, in Dunham, Ky. She was a lifelong Lorain County area resident.
She graduated from Oberlin High School.
Blevins worked as a secretary and in home health care for Manor Care in Shaker Heights and Carter's Nursing Home in Oberlin and as a volunteer in kitchen aid at Lorain County churches.
She enjoyed reading, sewing, shopping, cooking and arts and crafts.
Survivors include her sons Chad E. Earl of Lorain and Tory T. Blevins of Cleveland; daughter, Felicia S. Collins of Richmond Heights; mother, Ellen Jones (nee Lamb) of Oberlin; brothers Morris and Maurice Jones, both of Oberlin, Donald Earl of Las Vegas, and Tony Earl of Spring Valley, N.Y.; sisters Brenda Sherman of Cleveland, Chinetha Bulcher of Lorain, Maggie Earl of Elyria and Jacqueline Sebastian of Cincinnati; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, Bennie Lee Earl; and stepfather, Willie Jones.
Friends may call Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 47 Locust St., Oberlin. The Rev. Kevin Dudley, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Arrangements by Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, April 6, 2004.
Florence Elizabeth Bligh
Florence Elizabeth Bligh, 74, of Oberlin, died Thursday, November 8, 2007 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. She was born November 21, 1932. She lived in Lorain all her life. Florence was a graduate of Oberlin High in 1950. She worked as an office manager for Cochrane Inc. of Oberlin for 28 years and also for Parsons Dairy for many years. She enjoyed bowling for 50 years in many different leagues. She loved dancing, casinos, travel, the Cleveland Indians and spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Keith E. Bligh of Oberlin; daughters, Patricia (John) A. Bollinger, LaGrange; granddaughters, Hollie A. Bollinger, of Maumee, and Monica L. Bollinger, of Elyria; brother, Donald (Maxine) Bartholomew, of Dublin; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death her father, Clair W. Bartholomew and mother, Mary E. Jordon Bartholomew.
The family will receive friends on Monday, November 12, 2007, from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at 11 A.M. in the funeral home. The Rev. Robert Hooker, of the First United Methodist Church of Oberlin, will officiate. Burial will follow at Westwood Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, November 10, 2007.
Louis E. Bliss, 71, of Oberlin, former co-owner of Rowe Motors, died Thursday at Allen Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
Born in North Ridgeville, he was a lifelong Lorain County resident.
He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1935 and then graduated from the Oberlin School of Commerce.
Until the late 1950s, he worked as a bookkeeper for T. O. Murphy Company, Oberlin. He then went to work for Rowe Motors and in 1970 became co-owner of the company, which was sold in 1976.
Mr. Bliss retired in 1983 as assistant parts manager of Sliman Dodge, Amherst.
A World War II Army veteran, he was the holder of the Purple Heart.
He was a past president of the Oberlin Kiwanis Club and member and past master of Oberlin Lodge 3080 F&AM.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church; Oberlin Chapter 219 R.A.M.; Elyria Commandery 60 K.T.; and American Legion Carl Wilson Locke Post.
He enjoyed bowling, golfing and traveling.
Survivors include two sons, Brian of Wellington and Dan of Ridgecrest, Calif.; two daughters, Carol Pritchett and Jane Bahl, both of Oberlin; a brother, Gordon of Fairview Park; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Bliss was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline, in 1981, and by a sister Wilma Collins.
Services were Monday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Woomer officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 7, 1989, p. 2.
Mrs. Louis Bliss
Pauline Bliss, 62, of 192 North Pleasant, died in her home on Friday after a heart attack. She had been employed in the Oberlin College Student Health Center at the Oberlin Clinic and prior to that, worked at Allen Hospital.
Born in Iowa Station, Pennsylvania, she lived in Oberlin most of her life. She was a  graduate [of Oberlin High School and a] graduate of the M.B. Johnson School of Nursing and was a life member of its alumni association.
She was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, Pansy Chapter 34 of the Order of Eastern Star, and the Ohio Nurses Association.
She is survived by her husband, Louis; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Pritchett of 51 Thomas and Jane (Mrs. Kenneth) Bahl of 43 Lincoln; two sons, Brian, of Wellington, and Dan, of Ridge Crest, California; a brother, John Crosby of Medina, New York; and seven grandchildren.
Services were Monday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Beighley officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to Allen Hospital.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 5, 1981, p. 8.
Gordon [Ora] Bliss
Mrs. Ora S. Bliss (nee Streicher), 62, of Rocky River, [a 1936 graduate of OHS,] died Sunday at Fairview General Hospital of heart disease.
She is survived by her husband, R. Gordon, son Robert Scott, daughter, Bonnie Kay Gaulke (Mrs. Fred), two grandchildren, and two brothers Chester W. and Donald H. Streicher.
The funeral will be Wednesday at Messiah Lutheran Church, Lorain Road at 2. 215th Street, Fairview Park at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Resthaven Memory Garden.
The family will receive friends today from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Corrigan Funeral Home, Lorain Road at 2. 208th Street, Fairview Park.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, June 16, 1981, p. B-2.
Otis Verne Bliss, 74, died on
Mr. Bliss is survived by his wife, the former Helen Rhodes, whom he married in 1917; a daughter, Mrs. J. C. Sinex of Vestal,
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
R. Gordon Bliss
R[obert] Gordon Bliss, 84, of Westlake [died March 12, 2005. He was a 1938 graduate of OHS.] — Lang-Nyland, Cleveland.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Monday, March 14, 2005, p. B.5.
Mrs. Nancy Blocker, Receiving Clerk
Mrs. Nancy Rhodes Blocker, 52, of Route 2, died Saturday, May 30, 1998, at Medical College of Georgia Hospital, Augusta.
The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at New and Living Way Apostolic Church, Trenton, with William Cue officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Blocker, a native of Oberlin, Ohio, [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1964, and] was a receiving clerk at Bi-Lo Grocery Store, Batesburg. She was a member of New and Living Way Apostolic Church.
Survivors include her husband, John H. Blocker, Saluda; a son, John M. Blocker, Saluda; a daughter, Jocelyn Blocker, Saluda; a stepson, Wesley Blocker, Mount Vernon, N.Y.; four stepdaughters, Sylvia Beryoses, Chicago, Lynette Howlett, Lynwood, Calif., Sandra Blocker, Compton, Calif., and Marion McNulty, Omaha, Neb.; a brother, Mark Rhodes, Oberlin, Ohio; three sisters, Katherine Allen, Lehigh Acres, Fla., Marlene Cannon, Houston, and Jerry Rhodes, Oberlin; and nine step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be church members. Friends may call at the residence or at Butler and Son Funeral Home, Saluda.
The Augusta Chronicle, Augusta, Georgia, Monday, June 1, 1998, p. B4.
Saluda - Services for Nancy Rhodes Blocker, 52, of Route 2, Box 319B, will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at New & Living Way Apostolic Church in Trenton, with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home. Butler & Son Funeral Home is in charge.
Mrs. Blocker died Saturday, May 30, 1998. Born in Oberlin, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late King David Rhodes and Nettie McDowell Rhodes. She was a member of New & Living Way Apostolic Church, and was a receiving clerk for Bi-Lo, Batesburg.
Surviving are husband, John H. Blocker of the home; son, John M. Blocker of the home; daughter, Jocelyn Blocker of the home; a stepson; four stepdaughters; brother, Mark Rhodes of Oberlin; sisters, Katherine Allen of Lehigh Acres, Fla., Marlene Cannon of Houston and Jerry Rhodes of Oberlin; and nine step-grandchildren.
The State, Columbia, S.C., Monday, June 1, 1998, p. B6.
Judith Marie Blong
Judith Marie Blong (nee Kaiser), 61, of Newport Beach, Calif., former Oberlin resident, died July 9 at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach after a short illness.
Born in Milwaukee, Wis., she graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1955] where she was active in athletics. She later attended an airline secretarial school in Milwaukee.
She was employed as a pharmacy clerk until her retirement.
Survivors include her daughter, Lori Ure of Santa Ana, Calif.; son, Robert Timothy of Newport Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren; her mother, Viana “Pat” Kaiser of Oberlin; sisters Pat Fraunfelder and Kathy Knipper, both of Oberlin; a brother, Clayton Kaiser of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Loyd Kaiser.
A memorial service was held at the Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, Calif., on July 11, with Pastor Mark C. Anderson, officiating.
Mrs. Blong will be reburied on the family plot in Westwood Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 19, with a private graveside service. This will be followed at 3 p.m. by a memorial service at Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Dale Huelsman of Wellington presiding.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 28, 1998, p. 2.