Longtime Faculty Member Larry Bohrer
Has Died at Age 93
With great sadness, we wish to notify the greater Deerfield community, of the passing of Laurence E. Bohrer, 93, of 171 Silver St., Greenfield, MA. Larry died on Sunday, July 18, 2004, at home, following a period of declining health.
Larry [graduated from OHS in 1928 and from Oberlin College and] joined the faculty at Deerfield in 1936 to teach chemistry. He also coached football, basketball and lacrosse. He retired in 1979 after serving on Deerfield's faculty for 44 years. Larry continued his involvement with Deerfield since retirement by regularly attending Reunions, performances, athletic contests and various faculty-emeriti gatherings.
Survivors include his wife, the former Ruth M. Schwarz, a son, David L. and his wife Lea of Heath, MA and a daughter Sarah J. Caldwell and her husband G. James, of Libertyville, IL. He also leaves 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 2:00 PM at the Second Congregational Church, Court Square in Greenfield, MA. Calling hours will be Friday at Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 87 Franklin St., from 7 to 9 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301 or Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and HOspice, PO Box 486, Sunderland, MA 01375.
Larry and Ruth's contributions to Deerfield were remarkable and will long be remembered with great fondness and respect. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
Deerfield News, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Mass., July 20, 2004, http://www.deerfield.edu/news/index.cfm?action=read&ID=605
Laurence E. Bohrer, longtime Deerfield Academy teacher
Greenfield -- Laurence E. Bohrer, 93, of 171 Silver St., died Sunday (7-18-04), at home, following a period of declining health.
Born in Arnheim, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1911, he was the son of William C. and Frances A. (Barnes) Bohrer. He graduated from Oberlin (Ohio) High School in 1928 and from Oberlin College in 1932. While in college, he was a member of the golf team and in the 1940s he won the club championship for three years at the Oberlin Golf Course.
He served in the Army during World War II from June 1942 to May 1946, attaining the rank of captain. He was a commanding officer in the 76th Field Artillery Battalion, First Army and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.
He taught in Bedford (Ohio) High School from 1933 to 1936 and in 1936 he joined the faculty of Deerfield Academy, where he taught chemistry. He also coached football, basketball and lacrosse while at the academy. He retired from Deerfield in 1979.
He enjoyed golf, gardening, reading and watching sports, especially golf, football and basketball.
He was a member of the Second Congregational Church.
Survivors include his wife, the former Ruth M. Schwarz, whom he married June 29, 1956; a son, David L. and his wife, Lea, of Heath; a daughter, Sarah J. Caldwell and her husband, G. James, of Libertyville, Ill.; a brother, William D., of Norwalk, Ohio; a sister, Katherine Smith, of Oberlin; a granddaughter, Sarah Banks Hartshorne of Heath; three grandsons, George, William and Henry Caldwell, all of Libertyville and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., at the Second Congregational Church, Court Square. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Calling hours will be Friday at Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home, 87 Franklin St., from 7 to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, Greenfield, MA 01301 or Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, P.O. Box 486, Sunderland, MA 01375.
The Recorder, Greenfield, Mass., Wednesday, July 21, 2004.
Leon Bohrer, 79, died April 11, 2002, at his home in Fullerton, Calif., following a lengthy illness.
Born in Kipton, he spent his childhood in Oberlin. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1940.
Mr. Bohrer attended Oberlin College until he moved to Detroit where he enlisted in the Air Force. During World War II he served in the South Pacific as a gunner on a B25.
After the war, he lived in Fullerton where he worked as a production control representative with Allegheny Ludlum Steel until he retired in 1987.
Mr. Bohrer is survived by a sister, Katharine Smith of Oberlin; brothers Laurence of Massachusetts, and William of Norwalk; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence; parents William C. and Frances (nee Barnes) Bohrer; a brother, Kenneth; and a nephew, Tim Smith.
Burial was private in California.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 30, 2002, p. 2.
Alice L. Bond (nee Loveland)
Mrs. Bond was born in Oberlin, Ohio, and had lived in New York and Cuyahoga Falls before moving to the Copeland Oaks Retirement Community in 1982. Alice graduated [from OHS in 1923 and] from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Education. While at Oberlin she was a member of several drama groups and Phi Beta Kappa. She was a French teacher in Medina, N.Y., and church secretary for the First United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls for 25 years. She participated in drama groups, the GROW class, the United Methodist Women's group, and sang with the church choirs. While in Sebring, Alice worked in the library and the gift shop, belonged to many committees, was active in Helping Hand, and attended Sebring United Methodist Church.
Preceded in death by her husband, R. Vernon, Mrs. Bond is survived by daughters, Phyllis Haynes of Elyria, Carolyn (Angelo) Turiano of Rochester, N.Y., and Judith (Wayne) Cooper of Charlotte, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at the Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, 1930 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, Monday at 11 a.m., Rev. Paul Beal officiating. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. (Clifford-Shoemaker, 330-928-2147, www.legacy.com)
A Golden Rule Funeral Home
Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Sunday, October 22, 2000, p. C8.
Laurine Bongiorno, 84, was OC prof.
Laurine M. (nee Mack) Bongiorno, 84, of Oberlin, died Sunday morning at Allen memorial Hospital, following a short illness.
Born April 17, 1903 in Lima, she moved to Oberlin in 1918 when her father, Jesse Floyd Mack, joined the Oberlin College English department faculty.
She [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1921,] received the A.B. from Oberlin College in 1925 and in 1925-26 was “student” curator in the art museum. In 1927 and 1928, while attending graduate school, she was an instructor in the OC summer school. She was awarded the PhD in art history from Radcliffe College in 1930.
A specialist in Renaissance sculpture, she taught art history at Wellesley College from 1930 until 1944. In 1946-47 she was lecturer at the University of Chicago. She was lecturer in fine arts at Oberlin College from 1955-66, and was editor of the Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletin from 1950-67.
Among the articles she wrote for the Bulletin were two on the history of art in Oberlin; one, published in 1958, covered the period up to the founding of the museum, and the other, published in 1976, presented information about the museum’s major benefactors. She also contributed articles to other publications, including the American Art Association’s Art Bulletin.
She was a member of the Oberlin College Art Association.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew Bongiorno, emeritus professor of English at Oberlin College; a brother, Maynard Mack of New Haven Conn.; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. in the First Church of Oberlin with the Rev. John Elder officiating.
A committal service will take place at 11:30 a.m. All friends are welcome.
The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Bongiorno Scholarship Fund at Oberlin College.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 21, 1988, p. 2.
Boos dies in car crash, is county’s first 1966 fatality
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Cowling Funeral Home for Charles Allen Boos, 19, Marine home on leave from Camp LeJeune, N. C. who was killed in a one-car crash Saturday at 1:50 a.m.
The accident occurred on Rt. 58 a mile and a half south of Oberlin.
York was driver
Driver of the car, Elmer York, 18, of 109 N. Main, apparently lost control. His car, southbound, went left of center and off the road, traveled 47 feet and hit a mail box, then 84 feet and hit a clump of trees.
It flipped over after going another 43 feet, pinning Boos and another passenger, William E. Mack, 20, of Rt. 20 west, under it.
Pinned 15 minutes
The two were pinned beneath the car for about 15 minutes before they could be released, according to sheriff’s deputies.
Boos was Lorain County’s first traffic fatality of 1966.
Mack suffered a broken left arm. He is reported in good condition at Allen Hospital.
Gary Coward unhurt
A fourth passenger, Gary Coward, 20, Hallauer Rd., was unhurt.
York was cited for reckless operation.
Boos had lived in Oberlin most of his life and graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1965]. He was born in Geneva, Pa., Oct. 24, 1946. He enlisted in the Marines last August.
Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Boos, 262 Hollywood; two sisters and two brothers, Kathleen of Elyria and Laura, Michael and Stephen, at home; and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Marie Boos of Winnemac, Ind.
Rev. James F. Cope conducted the services and burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 6, 1966, p. 5A.
Deanna Marie Borer
Wellington – Deanna Marie Borer (nee: Denney), 44 years of age, and a resident of Wellington, formerly of New Russia Township, went to be with the Lord on November 2, 2010 at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain following a courageous battle with cancer.
She was born April 17, 1966 in Amherst, Ohio and grew up in Russia Township. Deanna graduated from Oberlin High School in the class of 1985. Deanna was a loving housewife and mother. She loved to read, her favorites where Christian books and her Bible. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and their friends. She was a member of North Lake Missionary Baptist Church in South Amherst.
Deanna leaves to cherish her memory her husband David Borer; her son Dakota Denney of Wellington; her daughter Cheyenne Borer of Wellington, her step-daughter Rachell Borer of Avon Lake; her stepson Ryan Borer of Wellington, and step grandson Cameron Kitchen of Avon Lake; her mother Alice Denney of Amherst; her father Carmel "C L" Denney, Jr. and his companion Dee Dillworth of Russia Township; her sister Deborah O'Brien; her nieces Jessica and Amanda O'Brien all of Amherst; her maternal grandmother Frances New of Elyria; her paternal grandmother Opal Denney of Monticello Kentucky; her father-in-law William Borer of Sheffield Lake; her brothers-in-law Bill Borer of Sheffield Lake; Michael (Tammy) Borer of Elyria; her sister-in-law Lori (Wayne) Schmidt of Brunswick and many more aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Oren New; her paternal grandfather Carmel Denney, Sr.; her mother-in-law Judy Borer; her brother-in-law Jeff Borer and her Uncle Steve New.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hempel Funeral Home; 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 5, 2010 at North Lake Missionary Baptist Church; 323 North Lake Street, South Amherst at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Carson Fraley, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in New Russia Township Cemetery in New Russia Township.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to New Life Hospice Center; 5255 North Abbe Road, Elyria, OH 44035.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, November 04, 2010.
Richard A. Born, 54, of Oberlin, died July 13 at his home.
Born in Elyria, he lived most of his life in Oberlin [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1951]. He was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and a member of Karl Wilson Locke Post 102.
For many years he was manager of Watson Hardware, retiring 10 years ago due to ill health.
Survivors include his wife, Mamie “Fran”; stepdaughters, Libby Robold, of Kingsley, Mich., Linda Jacobs of Cleveland Heights, Pam Lea of Honor, Mich., and Cheryl Smith of Long Beach, Calif.; a sister, Betty Deobald of Aurora; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were last Friday in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst, with the Rev. Harry Sawdey officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 21, 1988, p. 2.
Colorado -- Edward I. Bosworth, 75, of Ridgway, Colo., formerly of Bath, Ohio, died Nov. 19, 1999. Born in Grand Forks, N.D., a son of Edward Franklin Bosworth and Imogene Rose Bosworth, he graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1942] and received his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College.
He had been employed as a sales executive, served 10 years with the Log Hill Volunteer Fire Department, was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Hillcrest Congregational U.C.C., where he held a variety of leadership positions.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Starbuck Bosworth of Ridgway, Colo.; sons Ned (Linda) Bosworth of Cary, N.C., Starbuck Bosworth, and Matthew (Tonya) Bosworth of Pacific Grove, Calif.; daughters, Clare and Tom Csipke of Cuyahoga Falls and Margaret Bosworth (Pete Hannah) and their children, Clayton, Laurel and Jack Hannah, of Kodiak, Alaska; and brother, Thomas L. Bosworth of Seattle, Wash.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. at Hillcrest Congregational U.C.C. in Oberlin, Ohio [Montrose CO], with Rev. James Riddell officiating. In memory of Ed Bosworth, memorial contributions may be made to Hillcrest Congregational U.C.C., 611 South Hillcrest Dr., Montrose, CO 81401, or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Crippin Funeral Home, Montrose, Colorado. ((970) 249-2121.)
The Beacon Journal, Akron, Ohio, November 21, 1999.
Bouchonville (1956 - 2013)
Paul Stanley Bouchonville, 56, passed from this world into Eternal Paradise on March 25, 2013. His beloved wife Sharon and cherished daughter Connie were by his side.
Paul believed in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, and it was that faith that sustained him through his long battle with lung cancer. As God's Word says in II Timothy 4:7 "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."
Paul was born on May 6, 1956, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Later, he moved with his family to Lorain County, where he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1975. He married Sharon (Edwards) Bouchonville on August 18, 1988. He and Sharon lived in Oberlin, Ohio for several years before moving to Salesville, Ohio in 2007. Recently, they moved back to Lorain County to be closer to their families.
Paul spent many years working as an oiler on various steamships on the Great Lakes for the Oglebay Norton Company. Previously, he had worked at Ridge Tool Company in Elyria. Paul loved attending tractor shows, and buying and restoring antique tractors and steam traction engines. He was a former member of the Lagrange Engine Club. He also enjoyed gardening and preserving the produce from his garden.
Besides his wife, Paul is survived by two daughters, Connie Jenkins, and Judy Jones; a stepson, Dylan Edwards; brothers Philip [OHS ‘82] (Dawn [OHS ‘89]), Andrew [OHS ‘79] (Evelyn), and Matthew [OHS ‘75] (Rose); sisters Patricia (David) Targett [OHS ‘73], Kathy Rich, and Mary [OHS ‘79] (John) Rich; ten grandchildren; many aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Paul S. Bouchonville II [OHS ‘96], in 1999; his parents, Raymond and Dorothy Bouchonville; and brothers Mark (Debbie) and Michael.
Memorial contributions may be made to: HMC Hospice of Medina County, 5075 Windfall Road, Medina, OH 44256.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Online condolences may be made at: www.bauerfuneralhome1943.com.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Thursday, March 27, 2013.
Paul Stanley Bouchonville II, 20, of Lorain, former Oberlin resident, died suddenly April 13 at his home.
Born in Oberlin, he had attended [Oberlin and] Keystone High Schools.
He was employed as a cashier at the Clark gas station by the drawbridge in Lorain.
He enjoyed working on cars.
Survivors include his father, Paul Stanley Bouchonville, and stepmother, Sharon E. Bouchonville, of Oberlin; his mother, Brenda L. Hansen of Elyria; his grandparents, Glenn Sr. and Bertha Stump and Raymond and Dorothy Bouchonville, of Oberlin; sisters Judy L. Prinkey of Lorain and Connie M. Jenkins of Elyria; and a stepbrother, Dylan Edwards of Solon.
Services were April 16 at the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Kenyon, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, April 20, 1999.
Esther Robson Bowen died
Mrs. Bowen was active in the YWCA and during WWII she became treasurer of its national board. In this capacity she carried the major responsibility for the USO facilities supported by the YWCA. She made honorary trustee of YWCA in 1965.
She moved to a retirement home in
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Clarence Allen Bowens
Clarence Allen Bowens, 53, of Oberlin, passed away April 19, 2007 in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown following a short battle with lymphoma. He was a graduate of Oberlin High School class of 1971, and had attended Kent State University.
Mr. Bowens enjoyed reading and was known to his family and friends as a history buff and family comic.
Survivors include his son, Adrian Allen Bowens of Reynoldsburg, OH; sisters, Arqulia Bowens-Isom of Elyria; Dr Roberta (Will) Bowens-Boyd of Huber Heights, OH and Joye Lucinda Bowens of Oberlin; brother, Morris (Terrie) Bowens of Trotwood, OH; a niece and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris Sr. and Julia Bowens.
Graveside services will be 11 A.M. Tuesday in Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin.
Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.
Carter Funeral Homes, Inc., 127 W. Bridge Street, Elyria is in charge of arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sunday, April 22, 2007.
Clarence Bowman, 90, Bloomington, Ill., formerly of Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away at 12:50 a.m., Wednesday, Dec.2, at Heritage Manor, Normal, Ill. He had been a resident of Heritage Manor since January.
His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Fairway Knolls Church of the Nazarene, 610 IAA Drive, Bloomington, Ill. The Rev. Tim George will officiate. A visitation will precede the memorial service on Jan. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Fairway Knolls Church of the Nazarene.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fairway Knolls Church of the Nazarene, 610 IAA Drive, Bloomington, IL 61701; or the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601-7633.
Born April 21, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio, Clarence grew up during the Great Depression in Oberlin, Ohio [and graduated from OHS in 1939]. Clarence married Charlotte (Moreland) Bowman on Sept. 17, 1943. She passed away on Jan. 26, 2009. Clarence was a highly talented high school athlete and a model student. His senior year coincided with the end of a remarkable 15-year run by the Oberlin High track program. Ten times, the team placed in the top 10 between 1925 and 1939. A 1939 graduate, Clarence won back-to-back state titles in the 880-yard run. In winning the 1939 championship, he ran a 2:02.0 on a cinder track. He attended Nyack College prior to transferring to Gordon College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in theology. He played varsity basketball for two years for the Fighting Scots.
Following his marriage to Charlotte, they lived in Boston, Mass., Mansfield, Ohio, Lake Lure, N.C., Charleston, W.Va., and Colorado Springs, Colo. In North Carolina, he joined the faculty of Mullen Bible Training School, an institution affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. At Church of the Nazarene seminaries in West Virginia and Colorado, Clarence also served as a faculty member. His career included service as the senior pastor at several churches, including St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Lure, N.C. and West Side Church of the Nazarene in Charleston, W.Va. Clarence closed out his academic career at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo., retiring in 1993.
Clarence was preceded in death by his sister, Ethel (Bowman) Thomas, Oberlin, Ohio , and brother, Leslie Bowman, Elyria, Ohio. Surviving siblings include Roger (Marlene) Bowman [OHS ‘49], Temecula, Calif., Ruth Goodson [OHS ‘44], Columbus, Ohio, and Verna (George) Hagler [OHS ‘47], Elyria, Ohio.
Surviving are two sons, Al (Linda) Bowman, Normal, Ill., and Ed (Lorraine) Bowman, Flossmoor, Ill.; four grandchildren, Laura and Natalie Bowman, Normal, E. Johari (Donna) Bowman, Virginia Beach, Va., and Camille (Bowman) Wright, Park Forest, Ill. Also surviving are six great grandchildren, Vanessa Bowman, Cori Grant, Edward J. Bowman, Jr., Akelia P. (Wright) Russell, Demetrius E. Wright, Jordan J. Thompson, and a large number of nieces and nephews.
His epic work habits during a 49-year career included three sermons each week and full-time teaching responsibilities. His faculty appointments allowed him to influence hundreds of students who went on to lead large, successful congregations. In 2002, Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kan., established the Rogers Cunningham Bowman Ministerial Institute. It was created to recognize the contributions of Rev. Warren Rogers, Raymond Cunningham, and Rev. Clarence Bowman to the Church of the Nazarene. Its mission includes supporting theological training for students preparing to lead predominantly African-American churches. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Church of the Nazarene's Bridge Builder award in 2005. He was also a deeply devoted husband. During Charlotte's lengthy illness, he was a constant fixture at Heritage Manor for nearly a decade. His gentle nature and boundless optimism created a cohesive family environment that was supportive, positive, loving and nurturing.
The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Col., Tuesday, December 7, 2010.
Emma Bows Died; Funeral
Prominent Leader in Church And Civic Affairs; She Lived Here All Her Life
Miss Emma Jane Bows died at Allen hospital Saturday, May 22, following an illness of several months. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Normal Crosby officiating, assisted by Rev. Kacem Brazil of Elyria and Rev. G. G. Morgan of the Rust Methodist Church of Oberlin. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Oberlin March 29, 1882, the daughter of Elizah and Louisa Bows, Miss Bows had lived in Oberlin all her life. She attended the Oberlin public schools and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1904.
Miss Bows always took an active part in church and civic affairs in Oberlin. At the age of 14 she joined the Mount Zion Baptist Church. For a number of years she was president of the Women’s Progressive Club and at the time of her death she was president of the Missionary Aid Society and a member of the board of trustees of the Phillis Wheatley Center.
Miss Bows is survived by her brother, Henry; two nephews, Foster and James Bows; three nieces, Mrs. Geneva Turner, Mrs. Bernice Myers and Mrs. Louise Long; one great nephew and two great nieces.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 27, 1943, p. 1.
Grad Drowned [Cooper Stephan Boyd]
Cooper Boyd, 46, graduate of Oberlin High School with the class of 1910, and his wife, Marguerite S., 45, of Cleveland, were both drowned in Lake Erie Sunday afternoon. The home-made motor boat, in which Mr. and Mrs. Boyd were riding with another couple, overturned opposite the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company plant dear Gordon Park, Cleveland. The other couple, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Harsh, also of Cleveland, were rescued.
Mr. Boyd, a registered civil engineer, came to Oberlin from Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in 1909 and was enrolled in Oberlin High School for just the one year.
The Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Monday, July 14, 1941, p. 4.
Paul Prentice Boyd, dean of the
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Ruth Johnson Boyers
Mrs. J(ohn) Clements Boyers (Ruth Miriam Johnson) died in the
After [graduating from OHS in 1902 and] receiving her A.B. degree from Oberlin [in 1907], Ruth Johnson taught German for a year and was proprietress of girls at Perkiomea Seminary, 1907-08. The following year she was secretary of the Oberlin College YWCA.
She is survived by her son, Clements Johnson Boyers, ’32, of
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Arthur Bradley died at 79; memorial service
Arthur Eugene Bradley, 79, real estate and insurance broker in Oberlin since 1940, died Sunday at Allen Hospital.
Rev. Frederick Shumacher will conduct a memorial service tomorrow at 4 p.m. at First Church. A private burial service will be held earlier tomorrow at Westwood Cemetery.
Before coming to Oberlin Mr. Bradley had been an insurance executive for New York Life Insurance Co. in the Cleveland and Detroit offices for 20 years. Earlier he taught engineering at Case Institute of Technology. During World War II he taught mathematics to navy unit cadets at Oberlin College and at Case.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand Nov. 15, 1886, Mr. Bradley came to the United States when he was three years old. He attended Oberlin public schools and Oberlin Academy, [graduated from OHS in 1903-04,] and was graduated from Oberlin College in 1908.
Phi Beta Kappa
He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, received the bachelor of science degree from Case and did graduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mr. Bradley retained an active interest in OC alumni affairs and served for many years as president of the class of 1908, a position he held at the time of his death. He was alumni marshal at OC academic processions in 1958 when his was the 50-year class.
First Church treasurer
He was a member of First Church and served as its treasurer for many years. He was a charter member of Oberlin City Club.
The Bradley home was 112 Morgan until a few months ago when Mr. Bradley moved to Firelands-Oberlin at 36 S. Pleasant.
Surviving Mr. Bradley are his wife, the former Marion Chute; one daughter, Mrs. Marion Kelly of Oberlin; one son, Rev. C. Arthur Bradley of New Haven, Conn.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oberlin College scholarship fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 30, 1966, p. 8B.
Oberlin Varsity Man Army Camp Victim
Clarence Bradley of Philadelphia Taken by Meningitis in Southern Camp
Dr. Clarence D. Bradley, graduate of Oberlin in the class of 1902, varsity football captain in 1901 and eminent Philadelphia physician, died from spinal meningitis at Camp Greene, Charlotte, N. C., last Friday night, where he had been assigned for special work in the medical reserve.
Dr. Bradley was known in his student days as one of Oberlin’s best athletes. [The Oberlin public schools and academy fitted him for college.] He served for five years on the football team, in the days when both academy and freshman students were eligible. [A good scholar and popular all around man, member of the Glee club and Second church choir, his outstanding college service was as a member of the Varsity football teams for five years and captain of the championship team of 1901.] After his graduation, Dr. Bradley took the medical course in the University of Pennsylvania, receiving the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1907.
[Clarence Davis Bradley was distinctly an Oberlin product, his paternal grandmother, Sarah Blachly Bradley, graduating from the college in 1845, and his father, Dwight Bradley, graduating just thirty years later. His mother, Anna E. Davis, was a member of one of the oldest Oberlin families.]
Dr. Bradley was born in Bangkok, Siam, August 19, 1879, [where his father was in the service of the Siamese government]. When a small boy his parents returned from that country and his father died in Northboro, Mass., when Clarence was 10 years old. His mother and brothers came to Oberlin and he went through the public schools and Oberlin college, graduated in 1902. Later he entered the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania and secured his degree in 1907. He had considerable hospital experience and then located in Ford City in a private practice, [where his work was largely with the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co. employees, and where he developed skill in surgery and the caring for accidents]. When the war broke out he offered his services to his country [and was assigned for duty last summer at Syracuse, N. Y. Upon the completion of the encampment at Camp Greene, near Charlotte, N. C., he was appointed to special work there, where he contracted the disease spinal meningitis, which ended his life February 1, after a brief illness.]
He was married on September 10, 1908, to Miss Margaret G. Dallas [of Philadelphia], who survives him, [and removed to that city in 1912, where he attained a high standing in his profession]. He also leaves his mother, Mrs. Ann Bradley, of 248 Elm street, and two brothers, Dwight, who is in the automobile business in Philadelphia, and Arthur Bradley, with the Northwestern Life Insurance company in Cleveland. Dr. Dan F. Bradley of Cleveland, prominent Congregational minister and a trustee of the college, is an uncle.
[The body was brought to Philadelphia for private burial February 4. On February 6 a special memorial service was held in his honor by the Masonic order, to which he belonged.
Clarence D. Bradley was a cheery idealist, with the Oberlin instinct for hard work and human service and possessed a personal charm which everywhere surrounded him with enduring friends.]
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, February 8, 1918, p. 6 [The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, March 6, 1918, p. 4].
Ruth Marie Bradley
Ruth Marie “Grandma Tooles” Bradley, 73, of Oberlin died Oct. 4 at the MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland from injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Elyria Township earlier that day.
Born in Oberlin, she lived in Cleveland most of her life, returning to Oberlin eight years ago. She graduated from Oberlin High School.
Mrs. Bradley was employed by the East Cleveland School System, where she was a kitchen aide. She also did private duty nursing and was a tax accountant. Upon retiring, she served as a volunteer receptionist at Allen Memorial Hospital.
She was a former member of the Rust United Methodist Church.
Survivors include daughters Carrie Ann Yarber of Oberlin, Linda Waters and Anna McElyea, both of Lorain, and Annie Parrish of Akron; a son, James McLaughlin of Cleveland; 31 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Euall; a grandson, Trevon Hughley; her father, Edward Johnson; and her mother, Anna Angel.
Services were Oct. 10 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, with the Rev. Fred Bell, pastor, officiating.
The Carter Funeral Home, Elyria, handled arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 12, 1999, p. 3.
Mr. Brand, who was on the
Surviving are his widow and a son, Thomas B.
The New York Times,
Free film series celebrates Stetson Law Golden Anniversary in
James Tenney Brand, 77, retired Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, died on February 28, 1964, in Phoenix, Arizona, where he and his wife were vacationing. Justice Brand was born in Oberlin, Ohio, on October 8, 1886, where his father, a Congregational minister, was Oberlin College chaplain. [He graduated from OHS in 1905 and from Oberlin College in 1909.] In 1914 he received the LL.B. degree from Harvard University, and in 1916 he married the former Irene Morley, of Cleveland.
Following early private practice Justice Brand’s life became increasingly one of public service. He was city attorney of Marshfield, Oregon. In 1927 he became circuit judge in the Second Judicial District in Oregon. In 1941 he was appointed a justice of the Oregon Supreme Court and was Chief Justice, 1951-58. As a Supreme Court judge he participated in a number of important decisions. In 1947 Willamette University awarded him the Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree.
That same year he was appointed a judge in the war crimes trials in Nuremberg, Germany, and through much of the trial period he was the presiding judge. In Oregon he was a member of a gubernatorial committee to study improvement of the State’s judicial system. He earned distinction in the fields of constitutional and international law.
Following retirement from the Oregon Supreme Court in 1918, he taught constitutional law for three years at Stetson University in Florida. He also lectured in jurisprudence for a time at the University of Oregon. He was president of the Oregon Bar Association, 1934-35, and had served as a director and president of the Coos Bay National Bank. He served both Oberlin College and Reed College as trustee. He contributed significantly to many professional journals and wrote frequently for the Portland Oregonian as an editorial columnist.
Recently Justice Brand joined a law firm with his son and another lawyer and was again engaged in the general practice of law in Salem, Oregon. He was a member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association and had been chairman of the latter’s international law section.
Justice Brand is survived by his wife, Irene; his son Thomas, an attorney in Salem, Oregon; four grandchildren – Christopher Asmussen, a freshman at Oberlin College, and James Brand Asmussen, in high school, Huntington Station, Long Island, Matthew and Ellen Irene Brand of Salem; and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Brand Ruggles, ’99, of Elyria, Ohio, and Helen Brand, ’11, of Oberlin. A daughter, Mrs. Morley Brand Asmussen, ’38, died last year.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, April 1964, p. 30.
Mrs. Manly Brandon retired school teacher
Mrs. Elizabeth May Brandon, (nee Garland), 79, of 310 Seventh St., Lorain, died Monday night in Lorain Community Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Newton, Mass., [and a 1919 graduate of OHS,] Mrs. Brandon was a Lorain resident 45 years.
She was a  graduate of Oberlin College and was a retired school teacher. She taught physical education at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio; Otterbein College and at Wilmington College where she was dean of women. She was a member of the Lorain Quota Club, the Goodwill Auxiliary, the First United Methodist Church of Lorain and was also a former board member of the Lorain County Rehabilitation Center. She had also been associated with the L. & O. Paint Store in Lorain.
Surviving are her stepsons, Dr. Marion B. Brandon of Amherst and Dr. John A. Brandon of Clearwater, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Carl (Marjorie) Beecher of Hudson; 15 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Walter (Dorothy) N. Vale of Corapolis, Pa. Her husband, Dr. Manly Alvin Brandon, died in 1959. A stepson James; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Betty Antle and a sister, Mrs. George (Ruth) Froberg, are also deceased.
Services will be announced later by the Schwartz, Spence & Boyer Funeral Home in Lorain. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Lorain.
Contributions, if desired, may be made to the Quota Club service fund.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, September 30, 1980, p. B-2.
Mrs. Perry [Lois C. Mills] Brandt
Mrs. Lois Cordelia Brandt, [nee Mills] 62, of RD 1, Rt. 58 South, Pittsfield, a lifelong resident of Pittsfield Township [and a 1932 graduate of OHS], died last night at Allen Memorial Hospital, Oberlin. She was ill several months.
Mrs. Brandt was a member of Pittsfield United Church of Christ.
Surviving are her husband, Perry; two daughters, Nancy of Oberlin and Mrs. Hal (Bonnie) Meyer of Berea; two grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Alice Mills of Wellington and a sister, Mrs. Neville (Ruth) Hyde, Wellington.
Friends will be received Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, where the funeral will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. The Rev. Eugene Milligan and the Rev. Paul Buckland will officiate. Burial will be in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tues., Feb. 22, 1977, p. 14.
J. Laurence Breckenridge died Jan. 17[, 1976,] at his home in Hood River, Ore. Born in Mercer, Pa., Dec. 24, 1884, he had lived in Hood River for 48 years. He was superintendent of the Hood River school system 1927-50. After retiring as superintendent, he was executive secretary of the Hood River Port Commission (1950-56) and in 1958 became a municipal judge. He was a former trustee of the Oregon State Teachers Association, a past president of the Oregon Superintendents’ Association and a member of the executive committee of the Inland Empire Education Association, representing five states in the Northwest. From 1939 to 1950 he was a member of the Oregon Higher Learning and High School Relations Committee. He was a past president of the Hood River Rotary Club and a charter member of the Hood River County War Finance Committee formed during WWII.
Before going to Hood River in 1927, Mr. Breckenridge was superintendent of schools in Spirit Lake, Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and a member of the executive committee of the Idaho State Teachers Association. He was a high school principal in Endicott, Wash. (1912-16) and taught manual arts in Spokane (1912-16).
Mr. Breckenridge [graduated from OHS in 1903 and from Oberlin College in 1908 and] did postgraduate work in school administration at Columbia, Stanford and the U. of California. He and Oberlin classmate Mabel Riland were married in 1909. In addition to his wife, he leaves children, John ’36, Ada Arens and Clara Ottaway.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Miss (Ruth) Adelaide Breckenridge, 76, died suddenly at her summer home in Big Moose,
Miss Breckenridge was a retired teacher. She taught English for many years at the
Miss Breckenridge is survived by her brother, J. Laurence Breckenridge, ’08, of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Mrs. Lita Brentley
Oberlin—Mrs. Lita Viola Brentley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Hamlin, of 50 E. Vine St., died yesterday at her home, 12700 Speedway Overlook, Cleveland, at the age of 37.
Mrs. Brentley graduated from Oberlin High School in 1942  and attended the Missionary Training Institute, Nyack, NY.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Union Avenue Church, Cleveland. Burial will be in Cleveland.
In addition to her parents, survivors are her husband, the Rev. Roy Brentley, two daughters, Lita, 3 ½, and Carolyn, 7, two brothers, Aaron M. Hamlin of Pasadena, Calif., and Norman A. of Los Angeles, and a sister, Mrs. Naomi Daniels, a missionary in Nigeria.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, October 3, 1964, p. 18.
Dorothy Elizabeth Breuning, 90, of Oberlin, passed away Friday February 4, 2011, at the family residence in Oberlin from congestive heart failure. She lived in the Oberlin area all of her life, most recently at Village Park Apartment at Wesleyan Senior Living. She was born March 16, 1920.
Dorothy graduated from Oberlin High School in 1938 and Kent State University in 1942, with a degree in education. She taught business education at Henrietta School in Brownhelm in the 40’s and again at Firelands High School in the 70’s. She retired from AAA (Ohio Motorists Association), where she worked for many years as a travel agent. Dorothy enjoyed reading, bridge, travel, investing and fishing. She was a Girl Scout leader, a member of Oberlin Senior Forum, American Legion Auxiliary, the Oberlin Senior Center, and the First Church of Oberlin.
Survivors include daughters, Jean Marie Matthews [OHS ‘64], Barbara Ann (Michael) Dusenberry [OHS ‘68]; granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann (Gregory) Zmina; sister-in-law, Jean Gerber; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lena (nee Gauman) Gerber; her husband of 48 years, Carl G. Breuning; brother, Kenneth Gerber [OHS ‘44]; and friend and companion, Robert Hancock.
Visitation will be Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 10 A.M., until the Memorial Service at 11 A.M., at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 South Main St., Oberlin. Reverend Richard Rivera will officiate. Burial will take place at Westwood Cemetery
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Oberlin Senior Center, 90 E. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074.
Online condolences may be made to www.cowlingfuneralhomeoh.com
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tues., Feb. 8, 2011.
Death of Carl W. Brice
Carl W. Brice, aged 18 years, died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Brice, of East College street, last Wednesday at midnight, of lockjaw resulting from a gunshot wound in the foot accidentally inflicted by himself on Monday, November 26. An account of the accident was given in the News of November 27.
Mr. Brice’s case was apparently progressing satisfactorily; the wound was healing without suppuration, and he felt so little ill effects from his injury that last Monday afternoon he left the house and went out on crutches as far as Spring street where he watched a football game which a number of boys were engaged in playing. But at one o’clock that same night unmistakable symptoms of lockjaw became manifest, and Dr. Bunce, the attending physician, immediately telephoned to Cleveland for anti-tetanic toxin (the new toxin for lockjaw), which was received in the morning and administered with good effect, as the patient at once improved and continued to gain until Wednesday noon when, it is thought, with a few more injections he would have passed the danger point. Unfortunately at that critical period the supply of toxin became exhausted and it was impossible to procure more that was fresh enough to be effective until it was too late to be of service. At noon Carl grew worse, his condition baffled all medical aid, and at midnight death ended his sufferings.
Carl W. Brice was born in Oberlin and spent the greater part of his life here. He was a graduate of Oberlin high school [class of 1900] and at the time of his death was a member of the senior academy class of Oberlin College. He was a young man of excellent character and was held in high esteem by his teachers and all other acquaintances. He united with the First M. E. Church about three years ago but withdrew from that church and with his parents united with the First Congregational church about a year ago. The funeral will be held on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Dr. Bradshaw, assisted by Prof. H. C. King, and the Rev. J. W. B. Brown of Cleveland.
The sympathy of the community goes out to his parents, brothers and other relatives in their sad bereavement over his untimely death.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, December 7, 1900, p. 5.
John Edwin Brice
John Edwin Brice III, also known as “Spanky,” 19, died last Monday, Oct. 2, in Pittsburgh, PA, of accidental drowning. He was a sophomore at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Brice was a 1994 graduate of Oberlin High School where he played varsity basketball. He drew the “I Dream A World” mural hanging in City Hall. Brice was a member of the Lorain County Chapter of Jack & Jill, of the L.C.A.B.S.E. He had also won the Lorain County Scholastic Art Award. Brice was a member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church.
Brice is survived by his parents, John and Cheryl Brice, of Oberlin, a sister Cherilyn, of Oberlin, maternal grandmother, Mrs. Irma Causby of Cleveland, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Minerva Douglas of Wyncote, PA.
Friends will be received on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 7-9 pm. at the Christian Missionary Alliance Church on S. Pleasant Street, where services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. Reverend Charles Mayle will officiate. Burial will be at Westwood Cemetery in Oberlin. Cowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Photograph caption: John Brice III
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 10, 1995, p. 2.
Bruce T. Brickley, of Painesville, O., beloved husband of Evelyn, father of Bonnie Hall of Fla., Barbara Brickley of Colo., brother of Carl of Ca. and Arlene Sievert of Ca., grandfather of three. No services. Contributions may be made to your favorite charities. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1930.]
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, December 6, 1984, sec. F, p. 11.
Bruce T[hornton] Brickley ’41 A.M., died Dec. 4, 1984, in Painesville, Ohio, after a brief illness. A retired vice president of Land Title Guarantee and Trust Co., at one time he had been a high school and college-level physical-education teacher and coach and an assistant director of admissions at Fenn College. He [graduated from OHS in 1930 and from Oberlin College in 1934 and] served in the Navy during World War II and in Korea 1951-53. He retired in 1978 after 24 years with Land Title.
He leaves his wife, the former Evelyn Stansbury (’33 Kindergarten Training Sch.), two daughters, three granddaughters, a brother, and a sister.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 1985, p. 71.
Lynn Bridges (A.Mus.D.)
Lynn Bridges (A.Mus.D.), 4304-1833 Waterford Valley Dr., [Durham, N.C.,] passed away January 4, 1999. [She graduated from OHS in 1978.] She was a member of the faculty of NCCU [North Carolina Central University] Dept. of Music. Memorial service Friday, January 29, 11:00 a.m., B.N. Duke Auditorium, NCCU. Contributions to the Lynn Bridges Memorial Scholarship Fund can be sent to the NCCU Foundation.
The Herald-Sun, Durham, N.C., Friday, January 29, 1999, p. C2.
Lynn Bridges, born in Lincoln, Nebraska on July 31, 1960, attended Oberlin High School and later graduated (cum laude) from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. While at Central State, she received numerous academic awards, including the Presser Foundation Scholar Award, and a scholarship for study abroad, in Anger, France. She earned the Masters of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees (1994) from The University of Michigan where she was a Rackham Merit Fellow. Her voice teachers at Michigan were Rosemary Russell, Earl Coleman and George Shirley. While a graduate student, she was a winner of the Leontyne Price and Doris V. Markel vocal competitions. She participated in music programs in Italy as well as the Aspen Music Festival Opera Theater program. Her doctoral dissertation recitals emphasized German Lieder of the early twentieth century, Baroque and Classical vocal chamber music; and the African-American spiritual. She performed with the Michigan Opera Theater and presented solo voice recitals in Michigan, Ohio, Georgia and North Carolina. She was an advisor for the Spirituals project, a video documentary on African-American spirituals and a board member of VIDEMUS, a non-profit organization that promotes the concert music of African-American women and other under-represented composers. From 1994-1996, she was an Assistant Professor of Voice at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. At the time of her death, she was in her third year teaching at North Carolina Central University where she was an Assistant Professor of Voice.
Lynn Bridges dedicated her life to the pursuit of academic excellence. Although her life and teaching career were short, she inspired her students at North Carolina Central and Clark Atlanta Universities to excel. A diligent student of the voice, she consistently worked to improve her own vocal talents while encouraging her students to do the same. As the secretary of the board of VIDEMUS from 1997-1999, she took her responsibilities seriously and worked tirelessly to help achieve goals set forth by the board. We here at VIDEMUS have chosen to honor her spirit and commitment to education by establishing the Lynn Bridges Memorial award at the University of Michigan to encourage future generations of minority educators.
Published with permission of Louse Toppin, Director, VIDEMUS, http://www.videmus.org/lynn.html
Frederick Brainerd Bridgman,
By E. Dana Durand, ‘93
It is difficult for the college classmates and others who knew Fred Bridgman to distinguish between their personal grief at the death of a dear friend and their regret for the loss to humanity that has come from the untimely cutting off of his great work in
Frederick Bridgman was born
At Oberlin Bridgman came to know Clara Strong Davis, also of the class of 1893, daughter of Dr. J. D. Davis, distinguished missionary to
For a year after leaving the seminary Bridgman filled a temporary pastorate with the Congregational church at
Bridgman saw that he could reach more of the natives by working in the cities where they were increasingly congregating and that thus religion and civilization could be spread back to the villages to which from time to time the city workers return. But above all, with statesmanlike vision he saw that the whole future of South Africa depended on establishing a decent economic and social relationship between white and black, founded on mutual respect, and infused with the spirit of Him who said: “Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself.” He must aim not merely to rescue individual souls but to lift up a race and to assure it proper treatment by the dominant class.
It was with this conception that Bridgman undertook his work at Durban, the principal seaport and largest city of Natal, and later his still larger work at Johannesburg where the gold mines had built a big city, which, by reason of the mixture of racial elements, was even more unwholesome, socially and morally, than most of the world’s mining camps. And he accomplished splendid things. It is probably not too much to say that he became the most powerful influence for better life and better human relations in all
A man of such personality and with such devotion could not fail to gain the confidence of the governing authorities and the captains of industry as well as that of the natives. Bridgman’s work came to have strong support, both moral and financial, from the most influential political and economic factors in the country. Large sums were placed at his disposal for social service work at
Dr. Bridgman’s death, which occurred on
We shall see Fred Bridgman no more in the flesh, but his spirit will live in the hearts of thousands, and his work, like all real accomplishment, is of eternity.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, October 1925, pp. 11-12.
Mrs. Amy C. Briggs
Mansfield—Mrs. Amy Cherry Briggs, 82, of 86 Western Ave., a retired Mansfield school teacher, died yesterday in Mansfield General Hospital after a long illness.
Mrs. Briggs was born in East Norwalk[, graduated from OHS in 1901,] and lived in Mansfield 20 years. She was a member of the Linden Road United Presbyterian Church and the Oberlin Chapter Order of Eastern Star.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lowell B. Squires at whose home she lived; a grandson, Perry Squires, a student at Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland, and a sister, Mrs. Fern Brown, Oberlin.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the J. H. Finefrock and Son Funeral Home. The Rev. Russell A. Arthur will officiate. Burial will be in North Fairfield Cemetery.
Friends will be received in the funeral home after 2 p.m. today.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, November 26, 1966, p. 22.
Myron Arthur Brill
Myron Arthur Brill, 63, of 44 South St., who worked for the Oberlin police department for 35 years retiring in 1963 as captain, died June 27 in Allen Hospital following a five-month illness.
After his retirement from the police department he was employed by the Oberlin College security force where he worked until his death.
Born in Oberlin, June 24, 1909, he had been a life-long resident.
Surviving are his wife, Velma; two sons, Eugene and Paul, both of Oberlin; five grandchildren; and a brother, Merle Stanfield, Fullerton, Cal.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Fritz of the Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Burial followed in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, July 6, 1972, p. 4.
Paul Arthur Brill, 65, electrician at college
Oberlin -- Paul Arthur Brill, 65, of Oberlin, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a brief illness.
He was born April 1, 1940, in Oberlin, [graduated from OHS in 1958,] and was a lifelong resident of the city.
Brill was employed as an electrician at Oberlin College for many years and was a volunteer firefighter with the Oberlin Fire Department.
He enjoyed camping and fishing and was a member of the Lorain County Bass Club. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1964.
Survivors include his wife, Mary (nee Derby); son, David A. Brill of Oberlin; daughters Cheryl A. Lawrie and Wendy S. Brill, both of Oberlin; brother, Eugene A. Brill of Norwalk; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myron A. and Velma G. (nee Whitney) Brill.
Friends may call Tuesday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin, where services will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Lee Stull of Kipton Community Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lorain County Bass Club, c/o FirstMerit Bank, 5 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, February 20, 2006.
Velma G. Brill
Velma G. Brill, 75, of Oberlin, died Sunday shortly after arrival at Allen Memorial Hospital, after a one-month illness.
Born in Pittsfield, she was a lifelong area resident [and 1930 graduate of Oberlin High School]. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Eugene of Norwalk and Paul of Oberlin; two sisters, Mrs. Donald (Mary) Webber and Mrs. Albert (Wilma) McDole, both of Oberlin; a brother, Donald Whitney of Wellington; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Myron, died in 1972.
Services were Wednesday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Hammond officiating. Burial was in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 11, 1987, p. 2.
Dwight Frank Brink
Cleveland – Dwight Brink, 62, Cleveland, [was killed Sunday] when struck by a car at a Cleveland intersection. The driver left the scene. [He graduated from OHS in 1931.]
Marysville Journal-Tribune, Marysville, Ohio, Monday, October 16, 1972, p. 1.
Martha Clark Brittain
As a result Mrs. Brittain was asked to write a treatise for Congress on duties of wives of consuls. She was a contributor to the State Department’s Foreign Service Journal, and wrote many syndicated articles. She leaves a sister, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Slade of
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, March 1937, p. 18.
F. Broadwell Stricken at Age of 49
Prominent Business Man, Former Council Member, Active in Local Sports
George F. Broadwell, widely known business man and lifelong resident of Oberlin, died at his home, 55 Union street, at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday of a heart attack. He had been at work all day, and had attended Exchange Club at noon and another club meeting in the evening with his brother, H. A. Broadwell, at the Erwin Worcesters home. His death occurred shortly after his return home. He was only forty-nine years old.
Born in Oberlin, Mr. Broadwell attended Oberlin High School and was graduated from Oberlin Academy in 1912. Mr. Broadwell was active in a variety of business enterprises during his life in Oberlin. He was the proprietor of the first motion picture house in Oberlin, the Family Theatre, and also operated the Apollo Theatre shortly before the World war, and the old Rex Theatre for a year after the war.
After the United States entered the World War Mr. Broadwell enlisted in the United States naval forces in Cleveland. He was sent to Pelham Bay and received his commission there in 1918 as ensign. He was then sent to New York Harbor and later became lieutenant in charge of naval traffic. He was honorably discharged in September, 1919, but held his naval reserve commission after that.
Shortly after the war Mr. Broadwell and his uncle, George Jackson, organized the Broadwell Taxi Company, which later became the B. & G. Cab Company. For the last sixteen years they were associated together in the Janby Oil Company.
Village Council Member
Mr. Broadwell served as a member of the Oberlin Council from 1932 to 1936 and was active in working for the construction of the Municipal Light and Power Plant. Mr. Broadwell was enthusiastically interested in all sports and was the chief promoter of the Janby Oil basketball and baseball teams which have been leaders in city league and independent play since 1928.
He was a member of the exchange Club, Karl Wilson Locke Post No. 102, American Legion, and Oberlin Lodge No. 380 F. & A.M.
Mr. Broadwell is survived by his wife, Lucinda Peake; one son, George Peake, aged ten; one brother, H. A. Broadwell; and his mother, Mrs. Minnie Broadwell, who is in Florida for the winter.
Funeral services were held this (Thursday) afternoon at Sedgman’s Parlors with Dr. James A. Richards of First Church officiating. Military services under Commander A. N. Fowler of Karl Wilson Locke Post were held at Westwood Cemetery.
[Portrait 2-column photograph of George F. Broadwell]
Business Houses Close In Tribute To George Broadwell
Oberlin’s downtown stores and offices were closed this afternoon, between 2:00 and 3:00, during the funeral services for George Broadwell, to signalize the sincere sorrow and sense of loss felt by all his fellow local businessmen.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 13, 1941, p. 1.
George Peake Broadwell
George Peake Broadwell, 66, of Old Greenwich, Conn., former Oberlin resident, died of a heart attack Aug. 19 at his home.
He was born and grew up in Oberlin, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1949.
He received a bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1953 and a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University in 1957.
From 1958 to 1965, he taught art in the New York City schools. In 1965, he became coordinator of fine arts for Port Chester High School in Port Chester, N.Y., and retired in 1988.
He also taught an art course at the State University of New York at Purchase, N.Y. In 1990, he received a diploma from the Theological Education and Spiritual Guidance School of Theology, University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn.
Mr. Broadwell moved to Old Greenwich, Conn., in 1988. He was a liturgical assistant and volunteer at Christ Church in Greenwich.
He enjoyed collecting, restoring, trading and selling antique dolls with his wife, Judith, for many years.
Survivors include an aunt, Dorothy W. Broadwell of Oberlin; cousins Howard C. Broadwell of Oberlin, Mary Lou Russell of Wintersville, Ohio, Sandra Reese of Wautoma, Wis., and Doris Schrock of Elyria; and a goddaughter, Carolyn E. Broadwell of Oberlin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith L. (nee Lowy), in 1992; and his parents, George and Lucinda (nee Peake) Broadwell.
Interment was at Christ Church in Greenwich, Conn.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Christ Episcopal Church, Oberlin, with the Rev. Brian K. Wilbert, rector, officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 162 S. Main St., Oberlin; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 9, 1997, p. 3.
Hartley A. Broadwell dies; retired
Hartley A. Broadwell, 67, of 111 King died Saturday at Allen Hospital after a one-year illness.
Rev. Forrest Waller of First Methodist Church conducted funeral services Tuesday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Born in Oberlin on Nov. 4, 1900 Mr. Broadwell had lived here all his life. He was employed at the Oberlin Savings Bank from 1919 to 1934 and was city clerk from 1934 to 1945.
He took over operation of the Janby Oil Co. in 1945 and continued there until his retirement in 1963. He continued after retirement as secretary-treasurer of the Worthington Tire Co. in Wakeman, which his son Howard owns and operates.
A fund to provide a trophy to the outstanding Oberlin High School athlete of the year has been established in Mr. Broadwell’s memory by the Oberlin Booster Club. Mr. Broadwell sponsored baseball, softball and basketball teams for many years.
Mr. Broadwell was a member of First Methodist Church and had served as treasurer for six years. He was a member and past president of Oberlin Exchange Club and this year was on the state board of directors of Exchange.
Surviving Mr. Broadwell are his wife, Dorothy; one son, Howard; one daughter, Mrs. David (Mary Lou) Russell; and six grandchildren.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 14, 1968, p. 3.
Mrs. Kenneth Broesamle
Oberlin—Mrs. Irene Broesamle, 60, who had been living with her sister, Mrs. Marion Klermund, 144 Fouth St., since July died this morning in Allen Memorial Hospital.
Born in Cleveland June 18, 1906, [ and a 1925 graduate of OHS,] Mrs. Broesamle and her husband Kenneth who survives her, came to Oberlin from California.
Survivors besides her husband and sister are two sons, Jack, Detroit, and Robert, in the armed services in Vietnam; her father Erwin Wooster [Worcester], Oberlin; a brother, Kenneth Wooster, Smith River, Calif.; another sister, Mrs. Madge Shepard, Oberlin, and three grandchildren.
Friends may call at the Cowling Funeral Home tomorrow afternoon and evening.
The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, the Rev. Frederick T. Schumacher, minister of First Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Weston, Ohio Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, February 27, 1967, p. 22.
Alice Margaret (Thrall) Brooks
Alice Thrall Brooks, [OHS ’27, OC ’31, died] June 11, 1990, at her home in Coronado, Calif. Born January 10, 1911, in Keene, N.H., she lived in Pasadena, Calif., for many years before moving to Coronado in 1974. She had been a private piano teacher and was active in community projects. Mrs. Brooks, who had a lifelong interest in the environment, founded the San Diego County Parks Society. An avid birdwatcher, she was a member of the Audubon Society. She served as a College admissions representative coordinator until 1985. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Howard Brooks ’30. Survivors include a son, two daughters, and a granddaughter.
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1991, p. 31.
Douglas A. Brooks
Douglas A. [Alan] Brooks, 52, died in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, where he was being treated for cancer.
He was born in Canton, the son of the late Isabelle and Daniel Brooks. In 1973, he and his brother Jeffery came to Oberlin to live with the late Adele Gittler and her husband Harvey Gittler as their foster sons. When Harvey Gittler remarried, they became the foster sons of Naomi Barnett and Harvey Gittler.
Douglas was graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1975] and then Heidelberg University in Tiffin. After graduation, he went to Saudi Arabia to teach English as a second language. He was extraordinarily talented in learning languages and learned to speak Arabian while there.
At the end of two years, he returned to the United States and attended the University of Michigan where he earned a master's degree in linguistics. After graduation, he spent three years in Pakistan as head of a special program teaching English to Pakistani college students. While in Pakistan, he learned to speak Urdu, the native language.
At the end of that program, when he returned to the United States, he worked in Oberlin for the National Association of College Stores.
Two years later, he entered Columbia University in New York and earned his PhD in English. His specialty was Shakespearean literature. His doctoral dissertation, "From Playhouse to Printing House," was published as a scholarly textbook. In this text, he traced the path in which Shakespeare's plays, originally hand-written, were eventually printed when the printing press was introduced into England. At the time he became afflicted with cancer nine months ago, he was a professor of English at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
He was the editor of the Shakespeare Yearbook, an international publication devoted to articles concerning Shakespeare. He was the coordinator of the College of Liberal Arts Honors Program and had written two other texts. One, Milton and the Jews, was well received in academic circles. In addition, he was the text editor of several Shakespeare plays, books that included, besides the text, CDs with scenes from various plays recited by leading actors and actresses. He wrote and delivered countless papers, from Taiwan to London, on Shakespeare. Within academic circles in the United States, Douglas Brooks was considered one of America's leading Shakespearean scholars.
He was divorced from Victoria Rosner three years ago. He is survived by his brother, Jeffrey S. Brooks of Wellington; a sister, Ava Brooks Effertz of Hamburg, Germany; a three-year old son, Judah Rosner, now of New York City; and Naomi Barnett and Harvey Gittler of Oberlin who continued serving as his foster parents during his lifetime.
A memorial service will be held at Texas A&M at a date not yet determined.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 29, 2009.
Mrs. H. C. Brooks
Mrs. H. C. (Florence) Brooks, 80, of 36 S. Park died June 13 in Allen Hospital following a short illness.
Mrs. Brooks was born in Oberlin, [graduated from OHS in 1909] and lived here most of her life.
She is survived by a son, John H. of Cleveland; and a sister, Mrs. Leona Orr of Hollywood, Calif. Her husband preceded her in death.
The funeral was held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the Cowling Funeral Home. Rev. Forrest Walter conducted the service. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 25, 1973, p. 3.
Frances Clark Brooks
Goshen, Ky. — Frances Clark Brooks peacefully passed away at home in Goshen, KY on May 20, 2013 at the age of 92. Frances was born in Oberlin, OH on February 18, 1921. [She graduated from OHS in 1939.]
She was married to Ralph Brooks in 1942 and supported him in his law career while raising her family in Lorain, OH. She worked many years until retirement as a claims examiner at the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services.
In addition to spending time with her grandchildren, Frances enjoyed growing her own vegetables and always maintained a beautiful rose garden. She was very active in fund raising for scholarship programs with the Le Charmettes Women's Club. She touched many lives with her generous and loving care and guidance.
Frances is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Gayle and son-in-law, Ali of Goshen KY; grandchildren, Tristan S. Brooks of Goshen KY, Christos T. Brooks and Sofia F. Brooks of San Diego CA; sister, Alice Carlene Greene and brother-in-law, Will of Tampa FL; and numerous nieces and nephews. Frances was predeceased by her husband, Ralph G. Brooks Jr.; son, Clark G. Brooks; daughter-in-law, Althea Takos-Brooks; parents, Percy & Frances Clark; and brothers, Percy Clark Jr. and Daniel Clark.
Visitation will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 9-10:30 a.m. at Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway Ave, Lorain OH 44052, followed by a graveside service at 11a.m. at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or online at http://www.alz.org/donate/_donation-tribute.asp.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
Thelma Viola Pearl (Hutchison) Brooks
Thelma V. Brooks, 96, of St. Petersburg, died Sunday (Feb. 13, 1994) at home. She was born in Cleveland and came here in 1947 from Ohio. [She graduated from OHS in 1917.] She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Survivors include several nieces and nephews in Ohio. John S. Rhodes, West Chapel, St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Florida, Tuesday, February 15, 1994, p. 8.
Richard H. Broome
Hamilton — Richard H. [Howard] “Dick” Broome 83, of Hamilton, formerly of Elyria, passed away Wednesday November 25, 2009 at his residence following a two year illness.
He was born February 21, 1926 in Marietta and was raised in the Oberlin and Wellington areas. He resided in Elyria for many years before moving to Hamilton five years ago. Mr. Broome was a 1944 graduate of Oberlin High School. He also attended trade school in Cleveland. Mr. Broome was a veteran and served in the US Navy aboard the USS Brough. He served from August 1944 to June 1946.
Mr. Broome was a Journeyman Electrician and worked at the Ford Motor Company Brook Park engine plant. He retired in 1989. Prior to working at Ford he worked at Western Automatic in Elyria and Sears in Elyria.
He was a member of Elyria First Assembly of God Church, IBEW Local 1377 in Cleveland and attended Princeton Pike Church of God in Hamilton. Mr. Broome enjoyed woodworking.
He is survived by one daughter, Kathie Felty (Dale) of Hamilton; two sons, Ronald (Barbara) of Hamilton and Randall (Linda) of Grand Rapids, MI; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Teehan of Wellington; and two brothers, Lawrence Broome of Wellington and Thomas Broome of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his wife Viola (nee Tompkins) in 2006; his parents, Howard and Josephine (nee Edmond) Broome; one sister, Yvonne Welder; and by three brothers, Wesley, James and William Broome.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9pm Monday at the Liston Funeral Home, 36403 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Funeral services will be Tuesday December 1, 2009 at 1:00pm at the funeral home. Pastor Barry Clardy, senior pastor of Princeton Pike Church of God in Hamilton, will officiate. Burial will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon where members from VFW Post 9871 in North Ridgeville will conduct full military honors.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Princeton Pike Church of God, 6101 Princeton-Glendale Rd., Hamilton, OH 45011.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Sunday, November 29, 2009.
Dorothy E. Brotz
Dorothy E. Brotz (nee Gutman), 69, of Avon, sister of Mrs. William (Carol) Neumann of Oberlin, died Nov. 11 after a long illness.
She was a  graduate of Oberlin High School and of St. Vincent-Charity Nursing School, Cleveland, and was a registered nurse. She had lived in Avon since 1955.
She is also survived by her husband, Harold J. “Budd”; sons, David of North Plains, Pa., Jack of Boulder City, Nev., and Dennis of Neenah, Wis.; sisters, Betty Winters of Elyria and Sandra Cabra of Florida; and by grandchildren.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 17, 1988, p. 2.
Edna Maxine Broud
Huron -- Edna Maxine Broud, 87, of Huron, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2006, in the Erie County Care Facility. She was born in Oberlin on July 21, 1919, and graduated from [OHS in 1937,] Oberlin School of Commerce and the National Academy of Dress Design in Chicago.
She was employed by Southern and Ohio Bell Telephone, the War Department as a cryptographer, Monroeville Brick-Crete and as a clerk for the Monroeville Board of Education.
She was a member of the Monroeville Congregational Community United Church of Christ, where she was junior choir director, served on the Women's Guild, American Legion Post 547 Auxiliary, One Alone Club and Republican Women's. She was a Huron County precinct committee woman, member of the Huron County Historical Society and the Girl Scouts.
Survivors include her daughter, Paulette ''Jo'' Miller of Huron; son, Dennis Broud of Wheaton, Md.; and four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul D. Broud, in 1993; parents, Howard H. and Daisy M. (nee Gibson) Hurst; and a brother, Howard G. Hurst, in 1979.
Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m Tuesday until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. at the St. Stephen United Church of Christ, 905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Wayne Chasney will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst.
Memorial contributions can be made to Monroeville Congregational Community United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 155, Monroeville, OH 44847.
Condolences can be made to www.toftfh.com.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, November 25, 2006.
Helped operate mobile home park
Floris Brouse [nee Williams], 81, of Wellington died Wednesday at EMH Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
Born in Kansas City, Mo., she was [a 1933 graduate of OHS and] a longtime Wellington resident.
She assisted her husband in operating the Brouse Mobile Home Park in Wellington.
Survivors include her sister, Marcia Williams, and brother Wilbur Williams, both of Wellington; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dellen, in 1989, sister Helen Dublin [Dupler, OHS ‘33]; and brother Karl Williams.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Norton Funeral Home, 370 South Main, Wellington. The Rev. Joel Kettenring will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s charity of choice.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 4, 1996, p. C2.
Carol Emily Brown
Carol Emily Brown, 47, of Wellington, daughter of Joseph and Jean Kohut of Oberlin, died at her home after a six-month illness.
Born in Oberlin, she was a life-long area resident.
She was a librarian at the Herrick Memorial Library in Wellington and a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Other survivors include her husband, John; sons, William of Wellington and John of Richmond Heights; a daughter, Jennifer of Wellington; two grandchildren; and a sister, Kathy Nelson of Wellington.
Services were Friday morning at St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. James Reymann as celebrant.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Herrick Memorial Library Children’s Library; or to the New Life Hospice.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 29, 1994, p. 2.
Oberlin Woman [Carrie E. Brown] Dies Friday
Morning; Services Held Sunday
Miss Carrie E. Brown of 109 N. Main street, died early Friday morning, November 17. Due to poor health she had led a retiring life and for the past year and a half had been confined to bed.
Miss Brown was born in Cincinnati, but had been a resident of Oberlin for many years [and was an 1876 graduate of OHS]. She was a member of First Church and for two years attended the Conservatory of Music.
She is survived by a brother, Charles S. Brown, with whom she made her home.
Services were held at the home Sunday afternoon with Reverend J. A. Richards in charge. Monday morning the body was taken to Cincinnati for burial.
The Oberlin Times, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 23, 1939, p. 1.
Mrs. George [Catherine]
Brown dies in
Michigan at 55
Mrs. George H. Brown (Catherine Smith), 55, former Oberlin resident, died last Thursday in Ann Arbor, Mich. after a brief illness.
Funeral services were held Saturday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Joseph F. King officiating.
Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown, born in Oberlin Sept. 20, 1906, was the daughter of the late Henry F. and Dorotha Smith. She was a graduate of [Oberlin High School in 1924 and of] Oberlin College.
The Browns went from the Chicago area to Ann Arbor in 1954.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Brown is survived by one daughter, Ann Catherine, New York City.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 7, 1962, p. 2A.
Helen Brown, civic leader in
By Richard M. Peery, Plain Dealer Reporter
Helen S. Brown, 84, developed such successful programs for older residents in East Cleveland that they petitioned to have a senior center named for her. Brown, 84, died Wednesday at Huron Hospital.
She began working in East Cleveland in 1972, when she was tapped to open the Office on Aging. She quickly launched so many activities that the seniors outgrew the church building they were using. The city eventually acquired a former industrial office building that was converted into a service center for seniors. In 1986 an apartment building for low-income people was erected next to it and also was named for her.
She was born Helen Bernice Spotts in Oberlin. She was a star basketball player and a pitcher on the women's softball team at Oberlin High School, where she graduated in 1936. She studied office skills at Oberlin School of Commerce, graduated from Philander Smith College in Arkansas and attended Cleveland-Marshall Law School for three years. She worked in an office of Cleveland Trust when major banks in Ohio otherwise did not employ blacks in such jobs.
Brown left the bank to become director of the Mount Pleasant Community Council in 1952. She also worked for the Welfare Federation and became a legal secretary in the Cleveland Law Department. She joined what is now the Cuyahoga County Department of Human Services in 1956 and was an administrative assistant in its legal department for a dozen years.
In 1971 she was recruited to direct a job-training program at Garden Valley Neighborhood House. Her achievements in helping clients learn skills and work habits caught the notice of East Cleveland officials, who soon hired her.
Brown received many honors for her work. She was named a delegate to the 1981 White House Conference on Aging. In 1986 Rep. Louis Stokes chose her to be a senior intern. She was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in 1996.
Civic boards that Brown served on included Northeast Mental Health, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, Eliza Bryant Nursing Home, A.M. McGregor Home, Cuyahoga County Senior and Adult Advisory Council, Council of Older Persons, and Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. She was also on the East Cleveland Jury Commission.
Brown's hobbies included writing and reciting poetry. She enjoyed jazz and church music.
She was married for 42 years to William J. Brown, who died in 1996.
Brown is survived by a son, Gregory W. of Cleveland; and a sister.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 16200 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland.
Memorial donations may be made to Noble-Nela Seniors, c/o the Helen S. Brown Senior Center, 16100 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland 44112.
Arrangements are by the E.F. Boyd & Son Funeral Home of East Cleveland.
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Saturday, July 13, 2002, p. 6B.
Helen S. Brown
Helen Spotts Brown died July 10, 2002 at the age of 84. She left an incredible legacy in the form of her poetry, leadership and an East Cleveland senior center named for her. This interview is from 1999.
Helen S. Brown, 81, community activist and volunteer
There's a stateliness about Helen S. Brown that is apparent from the moment you meet her. Poised, eloquent, patient, she has a wisdom that reaches beyond that of your average person. While recounting stories and anecdotes, small tidbits of life suggestions are so subtly interwoven in the details that one could easily miss the jewels this Oberlin, Ohio (OHS class of 1936) native is willing to share with you.
What's your daily routine?
I get up at 4:30 a.m. Get dressed. Take a grapefruit and orange to the office. Stop at a local deli for breakfast and get into the office at about 6:30 or 7 a.m. I work and do my schtick on the air at 10:30 with Carl Reese. I usually head home about 2:00 p.m. Sometimes I go out to dinner, see movies or play cards with friends.
What is your attitude about getting older?
Perhaps best recognized by those who do not personally know her as the woman for whom a Cleveland area senior center is named, Mrs. Brown spent a lifetime as mother, wife, community volunteer, advocate and social worker. She ended her working career with a 14-year commitment as Director of the Helen S. Brown Senior Center, named in her honor for her dedication to improving the lives of the community's older people. While "retired" she serves on the Board of Trustees for the Council on Older Persons, the Long-term Care Ombudsman Program, Eliza Bryant Center, the Helen S. Brown Senior Center and A.M. McGregor Home. She is also an Advisory Board member for the Cuyahoga County Senior Advisory Council and the Community Services of Benjamin Rose. While modest in describing her accomplishments, Mrs. Brown conveys the value of reaching out to others and finding ways to keep people connected to improve their quality of life.
Here is a sample of our conversation with this month's MythBuster, Helen S. Brown. In addition, you will find a poem written by Mrs. Brown about aging, that she has so graciously shared with us.
How do you feel about aging?
Aging is a part of life. A person grows and develops. I never really thought about, "Oh, I'm going to get old." I suppose years ago I thought about it, but then, I thought that anyone over 30 was old! As I grew older myself I kept thinking that old age is always at least 10 years away from me. That thought just progressed through my 40s, 50s, and 60s.
I remember years ago when my son was quite small and I was working, sometimes in the evening I would be tired. Once I told my son, "I'm tired. Please don't do anything to disturb mommy. I'm old and nervous." So another day he was home playing with his friends and I overheard him say to them, "Now, you've got to keep quiet, guys. My mommy is old and nervous." It hit me at that point, that I was telling him I'm "old and nervous," but I was really just using it as an expression, which he didn't understand.
Having him at 37 years old made me an older mother. He just kept me younger [than my chronological age]. I started associating with other moms who happened to be younger, going to PTA meetings and that sort of thing. It just didn't occur to me that I was getting older. Now, I tell my son that I am older, but he does not think of me as old. According to statistics, however, I am old! (laughs).
To you, what does successful aging mean? What keeps you involved?
Mentally, I still want to do. I still want to think. I still want to do a lot of things in life. I wake up each morning with the idea of doing something, even if I don't have any meetings that day. I can do some reading, some writing. I can listen to music. It just never occurred to me to curl up and give in. I don't see any reason for doing that. Perhaps I might have had a good example. My mother lived to be 76 ½. I definitely never thought of her as an old woman. She was active and was sick for years, but each time she bounced back she kept right on going. I've got that in me.
It depends on one's own thoughts, how you view yourself and how they view others around them. When the city first asked me to take the job directing the [Helen S. Brown] senior center, I thought, "I don't know anything about seniors. Who are they? What are they?" Then I did some quick arithmetic and realized that I was going to be a senior in a short period of time, too. The seniors that I worked with there were so vivacious and interested in doing, being, going and participating in lots of things. Again, I never thought of them as being old.
What would you suggest to people who want to age successfully?
Age is a mental thing. I see a lot of "young" people who are old. Some people, when they get older, they see their friends and relatives pass on and they put themselves in a cocoon. They don't let themselves get involved with other people. They always see the dark side of life. Whereas if you take the attitude that life "can't get me down," it makes a complete difference. A person can be ill and still be involved. We had several seniors with health issues at the senior center. One, in particular, started coming to programs in a wheelchair. Then she graduated to a walker and ended up with a cane. We got her dancing! She left her cane to the side of the room and was dancing. I saw a lot of miracles happen at that senior center through people being together and having a good attitude.
My husband passed on two years ago. At first it was very hard to do anything because we were married for 43 years. We did so many things together. It was always just wonderful. My husband was behind me in everything I did. Then I thought, he would want me to continue doing the things I did before he got sick. So I went back to my community activities. I can't close the door on everything else because he isn't here to share it with me.
What is it like for you to have a senior center named for you?
I don't think you can explain that. It's awesome. I can remember something my mother used to say to me years ago: "fools’ names like fools’ faces are always seen in public places." And that is what came into my mind when I got the news. Then I started rethinking what happened and I know how proud she would have been about what was done. My dad would have been proud too.
So, it's still overwhelming. I was extremely flattered, surprised. I think about "why me?" I was doing my job [as director] on a daily basis the way I thought it should be done. That was all I was trying to accomplish. I learned a long time ago to do an honest day's work for an honest day's pay. I enjoyed the job. I did not expect to get the accolades that I did. It's always interesting when people come up to me, though, and say, "oh, so you're the Helen Brown whose name is on the building." So what can I say in that situation? At the same time, there are so many people who are responsible for what that center is today and I share its accomplishments with them.
Benjamin Rose web site, http://www.benrose.org/ForU_caregivers/MythBusters/mb_brown_helen.asp.
Juanita V. Brown (nee Thomas) of Oberlin died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness. She was 104.
Born Dec. 11, 1899, in Lorain, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1918. She was a member of Peace Community Church in Oberlin.
Mrs. Brown is survived by a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Brown; parents, George A. and Lydia (nee Lott) Thomas; brothers George, Harry, and Robert Thomas; and sister, Opal Gaines.
Graveside funeral services were Thursday at Westwood Cemetery. Cowling Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 6, 2004, p. 3.
Oberlin resident celebrates her 100th birthday today
Jacqueline Palfy, The Chronicle-Telegram
Oberlin—Juanita Thomas Brown makes good use of her eyes – she keeps them firmly entrenched in here family’s past.
And she keeps them focused on the horizon.
Here hands fiddle with a tissue in her lap as she describes her life.
“I was born 100 years ago in Lorain. I moved here (to Oberlin) when I was 6 months old. I don’t know any place but Oberlin,” Brown said.
Brown, believed to be the oldest living graduate of Oberlin High School, Class of 1918, celebrates her 100th birthday today.
“I don’t think anyone’s alive I graduated with,” Brown said.l
the city issued a proclamation honoring her recently, and the Welcome Nursing home, where Brown lives, threw a birthday bash Friday.
Brown never had any children, and here husband, Charles, died in 1982. But she has several nieces and nephews, many of whom came to celebrate.
“I love to hear her talk about Oberlin history,” said Jerry Rhodes, a friend of Brown’s.
“And family history,” another guest added.
Her nephew, Harold Gaines, said he remembers Brown crocheting many baby blankets. Brown estimates she made about 50 blankets and said her crooked fingers are a result of years of crocheting.
She worked as a bookkeeper and worked for Oberlin College. Brown also volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital – now Community Health Partners – in Lorain.
“That’s all I did; I didn’t do anything famous,” she said.
She never learned to ride a bicycle, play baseball or drive a car.
“In the afternoon I sewed or went for walks,” Brown said.
Brown said she remembers when the streets downtown were mud and the sidewalks were more like boardwalks.
“A man went around and lit the gas lights and left carbons. If you found one you could ddraw all over the place,” Brown said.
She also remembers stories one can confirm.
“I think I went to school over Watson’s Hardware Store, but I can’t fin anyone who remembers that,” Brown said. “Sometimes I think its funny that I’m 100 years old.”
She does remember what she learned in school.
“I remember when I found out the earth was round,” Brown said. She was in third grade when the teacher explained it.
“I didn’t know it. Then they said it was turning,” Brown sighed and laughed. “I couldn’t get home to my mother fast enough. I didn’t want to fall off that earth.”
When asked ho she made it this far, Brown didn’t have an answer, But Gaines was quick to reply.
“Nothing really upset her. Her Christian beliefs have sustained her. I think that’s her secret,” Gaines said.
Gaines said Brown can trace the family’s history back to the 1840s.
“I know all the old stories,” Brown said. Her brother, Robert S. Thomas, was the first black mayor of Oberlin.
With only three weeks until the millennium, Brown is looking forward to stepping into her third century.
“I can’t walk. I need help to stand. I can’t write. But I still have my memory,” Brown said.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, December 11, 1999, p. 1.
Henrietta Woman Died After
Year’s Sickness [Juvanielia Myrtle (Peabody) Brown]
Mrs. Clarence Brown died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Peabody, in Camden township, Sunday evening, May 20, aged 23.
Juvanila Myrtle Peabody was born in Henrietta September 18, 1894 [and graduated from OHS in 1913]. She was married in 1915 to Clarence Brown of that place. She had been sick with tuberculosis for the last year, but her health failed rapidly since Christmas time.
Besides her parents she is survived by two grand-fathers and two grand-mothers, her husband and a 7 months old son, Arthur Francis.
She leaves many friends in this section who knew her as a kind and devoted wife and mother.
Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday at 1 o’clock and the burial was in the Camden cemetery.
Henrietta – The many friends of Mrs. June Peabody Brown will be sorry to learn of her death, which occurred at her home in Camden Sunday evening. She was a former resident of Henrietta. She had suffered for the past year with tuberculosis. The funeral was held from the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Peabody, Wednesday, at 1 o’clock.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, May 25, 1917, pp. 8 & 3.
Mabel J. Brown
Mabel J. Brown, 87, of Oberlin, died Dec. 14 at Welcome Nursing Home after a long illness.
Born in Pittsfield Twp., she graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1919 and from] the Oberlin Kindergarten Training School.
She retired in 1961 after teaching first and second grades in Lorain County Schools. She then served as chaplain of the Lorain County Retired Teachers Association, always giving invocations in rhyme.
She won several awards for her poetry including a Golden Award from World Poetry Association. Her picture and winning poem were printed in American Poetry Anthology in 1988.
Survivors include three sisters, Esther Gutman of Oberlin, Letta Purvis of Moro Bay, Calif., and Lois Baker of Wellington.
Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Pittsfield United Church of Christ with the Rev. Harry Sawdey officiating.
Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Welcome Nursing Home or to the American Cancer Society.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Saturday, December 23, 1989, p. 2.
Margaret Ellen Brown
Margaret Ellen Brown (nee Smith) of Oberlin died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008, at Welcome Nursing Home, following a 23-year battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 47.
Born April 28, 1961, in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1979. She served in the U.S. Army from 1980 to 1983.
Following her discharge from the Army, she moved to Lexington, Ky., where she worked as a preschool teacher for the Head Start program.
She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She was courageous, spirited, and lively, exhibiting dynamic faith through 23 years of battle.
Mrs. Brown is survived by her parents, Ronald H. Smith of North Bay, Ontario, Canada, and Elaine Smith Hill of Oberlin; sons Daniel Smith of Lorain and Johnathon “JB” Brown of Lexington, Ky.; daughter, Jasmine Brown of Lexington, Ky.; two granddaughters; sister, Monica Smith of Columbus; brothers Mark Smith of Detroit, Mich., and John and Todd Smith, both of nieces, nephews; other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leonard Smith and Letha (Crosby) (nee Hamlin), and Randy Randle and Rebecca Randle Mayfield (nee Barnes); and two grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 370 Lincoln St., Oberlin, the Rev. Lester Allen, pastor of Oberlin Alliance Church, and the Rev. Carlton Shumate, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Elyria, officiating. Private family burial will be at Westwood Cemetery.
Cowling Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Welcome Nursing Home, Activity Dept., 417 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074.
Photograph: Margaret Ellen Brown
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 11, 2008, p. 2.
Marguerite Spelbrink Brown
Marguerite Spelbrink Brown, a Conservatory graduate [class of 1936], taught vocal music ast several school districts in northeast Ohio. She died March 26 in Akron, Ohio, leaving two children. [She was a 1932 graduate of OHS.]
Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Summer 2004, p. 44.
Paul Frederick Brown
Paul F. Brown, 87, of Adrian, Mich., formerly of Clearwater, died Friday (Nov. 20, 1998) at Provincial House Nursing Center, Adrian. He was born in Bremen, Ohio, [graduated from OHS in 1929,] came to Clearwater in 1957 from Packanack Lake, N.J., and moved in 1995 to Adrian. He was an engineer for Dumont Television and developed television broadcast cameras and transmission equipment. During World War II, he was lead radar engineer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and contributed to radar development used in the detection of German submarines and in improving high-altitude bombing. He earned two patents and was a member of the Elfon Society. Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; a daughter, Debby Woolley, Clearwater; a son, Paul, New Jersey; two sisters, Ruby Worcester and Lela Pfaff, both of Michigan; and five grandsons. Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, Clearwater.
St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Florida, Wednesday, December 16, 1998, p. 5.
Raymond A. Brown
Raymond A. Brown, of Rialto, California, formerly an Elyria and Oberlin resident, died June 12, 2007, after a lingering illness. He was born September 17, 1939 in Elyria. Raymond, a 1958 graduate of Oberlin High School, was a retired Postal Service employee, and a business entrepreneur in Mexico. His hobby was as a visual artist.
Surviving him is his son, Jeffrey of Cleveland; sisters, Mary Ellen Knight and Janice Wortham of Rialto, CA and Shirley Brown of Columbus; brothers, Alvin of Somerdale, NJ and Ernest of Paramount, CA; aunts, Alverna McBride and Bertha Woolbright, of Elyria; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by parents, Fred and Cadella Brown; sisters, Rosemary Brown and Carol J. Carter.
A memorial service was held June 15, 2007 in Rialto, CA.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, June 19, 2007.
Robert T. Brown
Robert T[heodore] Brown, 72, of Elyria died at his home Thursday after a five-month illness.
He was born in North Fairfield, Ohio, [graduated from OHS in 1935,] and lived in Elyria the past six months. He was an electrician and stationary engineer for Tucson General Hospital, Tucson, Ariz., for the Lakewood Board of Education and for Oberlin College.
Mr. Brown was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, Lakewood, and the Rocky River Masonic Lodge 703. He also belonged to the River Chapter 517 of Rocky River.
He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Mary (nee McClain); a son, James M. Kirkland of Elyria; a daughter, Judith A. Couchey of Medina; four grandchildren; and a sister, Vivian Van Slyke of Buffalo, N.Y.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Roy Schutz, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Wakeman Cemetery, Wakeman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The Reichlin-Roberts Funeral Home, Elyria, is in charge of arrangements.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, December 10, 1988, p. B-2.
Rodney Allen Brown
LORAIN - Rodney Allen Brown, 43, of Lorain, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Friday, October 19, 2012. He was born April 6, 1969 in Oberlin, Ohio[, graduated from OHS in 1988,] and has been a lifetime resident of Lorain County.
He had been employed for the past ten years at Kuhn Fabricating as a welder. He also enjoyed listening to music, cooking, spending time with family and playing video games with his son.
He will be sadly missed by his son, Tirell Brown, of Lorain; his mother, Priscilla Brown, of Lorain; his fiancée, Rebekah Edwards, of Lorain; three brothers, Anthony Brown [OHS ‘90] and Clifton Brown and Alonzo Lovett, all of Lorain; two sisters, Della Vogt of Seattle, Washington and Alonda Brown, of Lorain; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Rodney was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James and Rosie Brown.
Visitation will be Friday, October 26, 2012 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 12 p.m. at Brown-Robinson Funeral Home, 2652 Broadway Ave, Lorain OH 44052.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, October 26, 2012.
Pinota, Miss. — Timothy Edward Brown, 54, passed away on Saturday, 29 August 2009, at a Canadian Specialist Hospital in Dubai, U.A.E., from injuries suffered while working in Afghanistan.
He was born on the 20th of June 1955 to John D. Brown and Edna L. Williams in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was the oldest of 6 children. His family moved to Oberlin, Ohio from Detroit, Michigan in 1966. He attended Oberlin High School [Class of 1973?] and served in the U.S. Navy from January of 1972 until April of 1974. He attended Lorain County Community College in 1977 where he met and married his first wife, Sharon Glasgow. Their only child, Aisha N. Brown, was born in 1980. He later moved to Mississippi and married Mary Hollins-Harris [OHS ‘74] on December 15, 2001.
He has been working for KBR for the past 3 years and was assigned to Kandahar, Afghanistan when he passed away. He was a Mason and a member of Widow’s Son Military Lodge #202. He was an avid Cleveland Browns Fan and loved playing basketball, softball, baseball and pool.
“Timmy,” as he was so passionately called by his family and life-long friends, leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife Mary, mother, Edna L. Brown (Oberlin, OH), daughter, Aisha N. Brown (San Diego, CA), step-daughter, Raven Harris (Pinola, MS) brothers, Richie A. and Harold S. Brown (Wellington, OH), Jon Tracy Brown (Oberlin, OH), David P. Brown [OHS ‘82] (Vienna, Austria), Brian Rhodes (Warren, MI), Grandson, Devon M. Brown (San Diego, CA), Special Aunt, Sheila Willians (Oberlin, OH), with special recognition to Clinton Smith (Slidell, LA), Byron “Rocky” Brown (Oberlin, OH), George Locklear (Oberlin, OH) and a host of cousins, uncles, aunts, one niece, Aniela M. Brown (Poznan, Poland) and many friends throughout the United States, Afghanistan and Dubai, U.A.E.
He was preceded in death by his father, John D. Brown and baby brother, Barry W. Brown.
Visitation will be Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 10 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 2009 at Cowling Funeral Home, Inc., Oberlin, OH. Rev. Toyia Valentine will preside. Interment will be at Green Lawn Cemetery on Friday, September 11, 2009, in Chillicothe, Ohio.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Tuesday, September 8, 2009.
Graham Donald Browne
Graham Donald Browne, formerly of Oberlin, died suddenly in
He owned and operated GDB Inc., an architectural firm in the
He loved meeting with his classmates for reunions over the years. He enjoyed golf, fishing, race cars, and travel, and paid keen attention to following his daughter pursuing her nursing career and his son beginning his golf career.
Mr. Browne is survived by his wife, Jeanne (nee Dellefield); daughter, Erin; son, Shane; Step-sons Christopher and Ryan; mother, Doreen Browne of Oberlin; brother, Laurence Browne of Oberlin; and many other relatives from
Services were Friday at Schoedinger Worthington Chapel in
Memorial contributions may be made to
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, February 15, 2005, p. 2.
C. H. Browning Dies Suddenly at 41
Dr. Carroll H. Browning, 41, died suddenly in his apartment at 15 College place early Wednesday morning, September 30 [October 1].
Mrs. William Jungeberg who regularly took care of Dr. Browning’s offices, arrived Wednesday morning about 8:15 and finding the office locked, sent for Mrs. J. G. Olmstead, Jr., Dr. Browning’s secretary, who had a key. On entering, Mrs. Olmstead and Mrs. Jungenberg found Dr. Browning dead in his bed, in the apartment adjoining the office. Dr. A. C. Siddall, who was called immediately, said that it was evident that death had occurred several hours before his arrival and that it was caused by heart failure.
Dr. Browning came to Oberlin only two years ago to practice medicine and surgery, establishing his office in the former office of his father, the late Dr. Charles Hamilton Browning.
Carroll Browning graduated from Oberlin High School in 1917, from Oberlin College with the class of 1921, and received his medical degree from Western Reserve University in 1925. Following his graduation from Western Reserve he practiced medicine in Painesville, and served on the staff of North Royalton Sanitarium.
He took an active part in various school activities during his youth here, being high school football manager one year, president of the senior class and O-High reporter for the class. He also played the leading role in the senior class play, “Private Secretary.” While in college, Dr. Browning was a member of the Glee Club during his junior and senior years, and president of his senior class. He was a member of the student’s army training corps here, and later became a first lieutenant in the U. S. Army medical reserve corps.
Dr. Browning, who was born in Oberlin, February 26, 1900, was the son of Dr. Charles Hamilton Browning, Oberlin College ’93, one of Oberlin’s most prominent and beloved physicians, who practiced medicine in Oberlin from 1897 until his untimely death in 1915, at the age of 44.
It was the elder Dr. Browning who helped to establish the first hospital in Oberlin of which he was secretary, and it was for him that the present “Browning House” was named. Carroll Browning was also the son of Julia Hotchkiss Browning, Oberlin College ’93, whose death occurred in 1907. His stepmother, Mrs. Grace Thomas Browning was for many years a teacher of Latin and English in the Oberlin High School. She died in 1921.
Survived by Wife, Two Daughters
Dr. Browning is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marguerite Browning of New York City; two daughters, Patricia and Antonia; a brother, Robert, Director of the tuberculosis sanatorium at Warrensville; and four nephews. Mrs. Frank W. Tobin of Oberlin is a cousin.
Funerals services for Dr. Browning will be conducted by Dr. J. A. Richards at 10:00 a.m., Friday, at the hoe of Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Tobin.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 2, 1941, p. 1.
Crossing Crash Fatal
[Katherine Susan (Doinoff) Browning]
Lorain, O.—Injuries received when she was thrown from her car in a railroad crossing collision were fatal Tuesday to Miss Katherine Browning, 25. Her automobile collided with a Baltimore and Ohio train here Sept. 16. [She graduated from OHS in 1944.]
The Lima News, Lima, Ohio, Wednesday, October 1, 1952, p. 7; East Liverpool Review, East Liverpool, Ohio, Wednesday, October 1, 1952, p. 17.
Robert H. Browning
Dr. Robert Hamilton Browning, former Oberlin resident, died Feb. 15 in Berkeley, Calif., after a brief illness. He was 80 years old.
The son of Dr. Charles Hamilton Browning, he was born and grew up in Oberlin and graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1920 and from] Oberlin College in 1923. He received his MD from Western Reserve University in 1927. He was a member of the honorary fraternity AOA.
From 1931-48 he was superintendent and medical director of Sunny Acres, the Cuyahoga County tuberculosis hospital. From 1948-51 he served as director of the Oberlin College student health service and was also in private practice here. From 1951-67 he was medical director of the new Ohio Tuberculosis Hospital in Columbus and then taught at the School of Medicine at Ohio State University until retiring in 1973. After retirement, Dr. Browning worked part-time for the Social Security Administration and treated patients at a clinic for pulmonary diseases in Mansfield.
His long experience with chest diseases led him to be strongly opposed to smoking. For many years he worked in support of anti-smoking educational programs, spoke publicly against smoking, and gave testimony before congressional committees and the Federal Trade Commission in support of health warnings in cigarette advertising. He earned a national reputation for his work in tuberculosis control and in the promotion of public health. He was especially proud of his contribution to the gradual reduction of smoking in the United States.
He was a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Thoracic Society and a member of the American Academy of Chest Physicians.
Dr. Browning’s first wife, the former Lucy Beckett, whom he married in 1925, died in 1954. In 1958 he married the former Margaret Rose, who died in 1981.
He is survived by his third wife, the former Ursula Daniels; four children from his first marriage, all of whom live in California: Peter of Lafayette, Charles of Oakland, Rufus of Berkeley, and Martha of Oakland; and 10 grandchildren.
A private family memorial service was held in Berkeley on Feb. 26. The family suggests that memorial contributions, if desired, be sent to the local branch of the American Lung Association.
Oberlin News-Tribune,Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 1, 1984, p. 2.
Virginia T. Bruce
Virginia T. Bruce [nee Tanner] died on Sunday, December 27, 2009, of Olney, MD. [She was a 1944 graduate of OHS.] She was the beloved wife of the late Robert Bruce; mother of Nina (Salah) Moustafa and David (Cheryl) Bruce; grandmother of Laura, Julie and Zach Moustafa, Heather and Robert Bruce and Connie Bruce Taff; great-grandmother of Trenton, Hunter and Reese; sister of Barbara A. Neumann of Smithsburg, MD and Fou M. Linder of Norwood, OH. Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), on Saturday, January 2, where funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Interment private. Memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Foundation, 6110 Executive Boulevard, #1010, Rockville, MD 20852. www.collinsfuneralhome.com
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., Wednesday, December 30, 2009.
Willoughby C. Bruce
Willoughby (Bill) C. Bruce, 64, of 320 N. Olive St., died Saturday morning in Elyria Memorial Hospital following a six-week illness.
Born April 14, 1913, in South Amherst [and a 1933 graduate of OHS], Mr. Bruce had resided for the past 40 years in Elyria, where he had been a crane operator employed by Elyria Belting and Machinery Co. for 25 years.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and member of the V.F.W. Post 1079, Mr. Bruce is survived by his wife, Bernice, to whom he was married for 40 years; a daughter, Barbara J. Smith of Elyria; four grandchildren and four brothers, Harold of Castro Valley, Calif., John and Carl of New London, and Milton of Wellington. Another brother, William, preceded him in death.
Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Howard (Winnifred) Stevens of Wadsworth and Mrs. Murl (Ivy) Eberly of Cuyahoga Falls; three half-brothers, Jerrold, Alfred and Charles Bruce, all of Elyria; two half-sisters Mrs. Dorothy Freeland and Mrs. Ester Hayes, both of Elyria; and a step-mother, Mrs. Julia Bruce of Elyria.
Friends will be received in the Reichlin Funeral Home today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. John Buza, pastor of St. Jude’s Church, officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Sun., Dec. 18, 1977, p. D-2.
M. Oltman Bruner
Ruth M. Oltman Bruner, 84, former Oberlin resident, a resident of Asbury Methodist village in Gaithersburg, Md., died Jan. 4 of pancreatic cancer.
Born in Cleveland, she grew up in Oberlin and graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1930 and from] Oberlin College in 1934. She also received the M.A. in psychology and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Case Western Reserve University.
During World War II, she was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving as an Eastern Sea Frontier communications officer. She was then employed by the Veterans Administration and Navy Finance Center for several years.
Mrs. Bruner was an educator, women’s rights activist and champion of home care for the elderly.
She served as Dean of Women at Baldwin-Wallace College before moving to the Washington, D.C., area over 20 years ago. She then served as Dean of the Graduate Program at Hood College, Coordinator of the Women’s Center at Hood College, and as Assistant Director for Higher Education for the American Association of University Women.
She published a number of papers on women in higher education and on care for the elderly. She has been listed in “Who’s Who Among American Women” since 1965 and in the “World Who’s Who American Men of Science,” 10th edition
Mrs. Bruner was a past president of the Oberlin College Alumni Association President of the Frederick, Md., chapter of Zonta; Membership Chair of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund for University Women; a founding board member of the Federation of Organization for Professional Women; liaison to the National Associations of Women Deans and Counselors; a member of the American Psychological Association; American Association of University Women; American Personnel & Guidance Association; and the Association of Women in Science.
In later life, she was a member of the Board and Vice President of the Battered Spouse Task Force of Frederick County; one of the organizers of the Food Bank of the Frederick County Emergency Food Service; and Chair, Status of Women Voters, League of Women Voters. Most recently she served as Director of Program & Research for Home Care Research, Inc., for development and education to improve home care for the elderly, particularly to develop independent self-care small homes. She was also active and a member of the Board of Directors for the “Heartly House” in Frederick, Md., a private non-profit organization dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Clifford Bruner; and a nephew, Eric J. Oltman of Ventura, Calif.
A memorial service was held Jan. 16 at Grace Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Md.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Heartly House, PO Box 857, Frederick, Md. 21705.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 20, 1998, p. 2.
Larry Mondell Bryant, 20, of 1951 Rowl Rd., Elyria, died on Dec. 21 in Lorain Community Hospital following a car-train accident in Vermilion. Death came approximately 90 minutes after the car he drove collided with a train on the Norfolk and Western Railroad tracks at West River Road.
Born in Oberlin on May 10, 1958, he spent most of his life here. He was employed as a shear operator at ITT Indoor Lighting, Vermilion. He attended Oberlin High School (Class of 1976) and Rust Methodist Church.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Bryant of Elyria; three brothers, Wallace of Elyria, Jon, with the U.S. Army in Hawaii, and John Thompson of Lorain; three sisters, Sheryl of Gladys Ct., Deborah and Rhonda, at home; and grandfathers, Wilson Turner of Cleveland and John Butler of Wheelwright, Kentucky.
Services were Tuesday afternoon in Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Mayle and the Rev. James Roberson officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 28, 1978, p. 6.
Phyllis M. Bryant
Phyllis M. Bryant, 63, of Pittsfield, died May 24 in Tijuana, Mexico, after a long illness.
Mrs. Bryant was born in Oberlin, [was a 1951 graduate of OHS,] and had lived in Pittsfield most of her life. She was employed at the Oberlin College library for many years.
She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall in Wellington.
She is survived by her husband, Robert D.; daughters Karen Luttrell of Oberlin and Lynn Milligan of Shallotte, N.C.; a son, Neil R. of Wellington; three grandchildren; her mother, Ruth Dedrick [Diedrick] of Pittsfield; a sister, Beverly Martin of Amherst; and a brother, Richard Dedrick of Arizona.
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael R., and her father, Carleton Dedrick.
Services were May 26 at Kingdom Hall, Wellington, with Tim Mahoney officiating. Burial was at East Pittsfield Cemetery in Pittsfield Township.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, June 3, 1997, p. 3.
Ruth West Bryg
Ruth West Bryg, 70, of Oberlin died last Saturday at Allen Memorial Hospital.
She had lived on South Pleasant St. before becoming a patient at the Will-O-Lee Nursing Home three years ago.
She was born in Pittsfield Twp. and had lived all her life in the Oberlin-Pittsfield area [and was a 1932 graduate of Oberlin High School].
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Sandra Veeler of California; a son, Gary, of Oberlin; and three grandchildren. Her husband, Thomas, died in October 1975.
Graveside services were Tuesday morning at the East Pittsfield Cemetery with Rev. John Elder officiating.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 3, 1984, p. 2.
Enid Irene Buckland
Enid Irene Buckland (nee Cornwell), 86, and a resident of Oberlin, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 at Community Health Partners in Lorain following a two-month illness.
She was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Oberlin, where she was raised and was a lifetime resident. She graduated from Oberlin High School in the class of 1940 and also from Kent State University with a BA in education.
Mrs. Buckland was employed in the Oberlin Public School System as a substitute and tutor, and provided private tutoring for 12 years. She was an active member for more than 60 years at Peace Community Church of Oberlin where she was a Sunday School teacher and sang in the choir. She loved reading and learning, and enjoyed gardening, taking nature walks, and camping before her rheumatoid arthritis made these activities difficult.
Survivors include her son John Bukovac of Amherst; her daughters Barbara Landsman of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Mary Jo Balcome and her husband Allen of Elgin, Minn., Betty Roll and her husband Ken of Oberlin, Laura Paxton, and Katrina Bukovac, both of Oberlin; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her former husband Frank Bukovac in 1980, and by her second husband of 26 years Paul S. Buckland in 2003; brother Edwin Cornwell; sisters Helen Meyers, Jeanette Hartman and Miriam Williams; and by her parents Edwin and Louise Cornwell (nee West).
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Peace Community Church, 44 East Lorain St., at 1 p.m. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Peace Community Church.
The Hempel Funeral Home in Amherst handled arrangements. Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 16, 2008, p. 2.
R. Allyn Budington
Robert Allyn Budington Jr., 78, of Old Greenwich, Conn., former Oberlin resident, died Saturday.
The son of Robert Allyn Budington, zoology professor at Oberlin College, he grew up in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1927. (The family home for many years was at 34 S. Cedar St.) He then studied at Deerfield Academy for a year before enrolling at Williams College where he received the A.B. degree in 1932. After completing the MBA at Harvard University in 1934, he was employed at the Rayonier Corp. in Massachusetts and later became vice president of ITT-Rayonier.
He is survived by his wife, four children and several grandchildren, and by his brother, William, of Colorado Springs, Colo.
Services were in Connecticut.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 4, 1989, p. 2.
David A. Buga
David A. Buga, 26, of Oberlin, died July 15 at Elyria Memorial Hospital from complications of injuries suffered in a truck accident May 6.
He was born in Elyria and lived in Lorain County all his life [and was a 1979 graduate of OHS].
A truck driver for Independent Oil, Elyria, he enjoyed playing pool and watching NFL football on television.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; a son, David John, at home; and his mother, Alma Buga of Oberlin.
Services were Friday morning at the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Laurence Nevels officiating. Burial was at Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 23, 1987, p. 2.
Marian H. Bukara
Marian H. Bukara, 67, former piano instructor at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, died Saturday evening in Allen Hospital here following a brief illness. She resided on Quarry Rd.
A native of Oberlin, she lived most of her life here. She was a [1924 graduate of Oberlin High School, a] graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and held a master’s degree from that college. She had also studied music in Germany, and also taught at Shorter College in Georgia.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women’s Society and served on the church music committee. She was also a member of the Russia Township Farm Women.
Surviving are two sons, Paul Nichols of Wakeman and Daniel Nichols of New York City; six grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Paul Court of Oberlin; a brother, Charles Hahn of Berlin Heights.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence Nichols; her second husband, Milutin Bukara; and by a brother, Harold Hahn.
Graveside services were Monday in North Murray Ridge Cemetery with Rev. Donald Yaussy officiating.
Memorial services were yesterday at 7 p.m. in First United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church here or Kipton Community Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 28, 1975, p. 11.
Marian Hahn Bukara died Aug. 23[, 1975,] in Oberlin following a heart attack. Born in Oberlin, Sept. 13, 1907, [and a 1924 graduate of OHS,] she had lived for many years at the family homestead on Quarry Rd. After three years in the Conservatory, she attended the American School in Fontainebleau, France, in 1927, and then studied privately in Paris and Munich. In 1934 she returned to the Conservatory to complete work on the Mus.B.[; she graduated in 1935.]
Mrs. Bukara was associate professor of piano at Shorter College in Rome, Ga., 1935-37. She was a special instructor of piano in the Oberlin Conservatory 1946-48 and taught piano privately in the Oberlin area. A member of the First Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, she served on the church music committee.
In 1952 she married Milutin Bukara. He died in 1970. She was previously married to George Tauber and Lawrence Nickles. She leaves two sons, Daniel and Paul; a brother, Charles ’31; a sister, Kathryn (Mrs. Paul Court) who studied at Oberlin 1918-19; and six grandchildren. Her brother, Harold, who attended the College, 1920-23, is deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, November/December 1975, p. 37.
Mrs. Joseph Bukovac
Mrs. Joseph Bukovac, 31, of Amherst, the former Carol Stoops, died Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. in Allen Hospital after a two week illness.
Born in Punxsutawnay, Pa., on Dec. 23, 1938, [and a 1956 graduate of OHS,] she moved to Amherst seven years ago from Elyria. She was an accountant for Lyman Cartage Co. of Elyria.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph; a son Steve[?illegible], and a daughter, Marta, both at home; her mother, Mrs. Anna Stoops of Oberlin; and a brother, Charles Stoops of 15 S. Pleasant.
Rev. Glen Hathaway of the Amherst Congregational Church will officiate at funeral services tomorrow at 2 p.m. in Garland Funeral Home, Amherst. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 20, 1970, p. 4.
Frank Bukovac, 68, of Wakeman, father of John S. Bukovac of Oberlin, died Friday, apparently of a heart attack while hunting.
Born in Lorain, he had lived in Oberlin until moving to Wakeman five years ago. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1931.] He was a retired machinist, and had worked at the Bendix Corp. He was an avid sportsman.
He is also survived by five daughters, Barbara (Mrs. Stanley) Landsman, Irvine, California; Mary Jo (Mrs. Allen) Balcome, Elgin, Minnesota; Betty (Mrs. Kenneth) Roll, Euclid; Laura (Mrs. Daniel) Paxton, Columbus; and Katrina Bukovac, Santa Fe, New Mexico; two sisters, Sally (Mrs. Jack) Harley of 239 West Lorain, and Corinne (Mrs. Kenneth) Boettcher, Sacramento, California; a brother Joseph, Amherst; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were Wednesday afternoon in the First Baptist Church, Oberlin, with the Rev. Steven Hammond officiating. Cremation will follow.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 31, 1980, p. 2.
Services Today for Mrs. Frank [Irene Coe]
Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home for Mrs. Irene Coe Bukovac who died at her home, 177 N. Professor St., Tuesday at 12:30 a.m. Death was unexpected, although she had been in ill health for some time.
Mrs. Bukovac, who had lived for 50 years in Oberlin [and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1900], was a member of the First Church. She was born near Plymouth in January, 1881. She is survived by her husband, Frank; two sons, Frank, Jr., and Joseph, Oberlin; two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Harley, Oberlin, and Mrs. Corinne Boettcher of California; one sister, Miss Stella Coe of California; and five grandchildren.
Rev. Joseph F. King will conduct the services and burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 8, 1949, p. 1.
Death of Young Girl Result of an Injury
Katie Bukovac Died June 5 Following Operation—Funeral Held on Saturday
Katie Bukovac, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bukovac of Pittsfield, passed away at the Cleveland Clinic, following an operation performed on Wednesday afternoon to relieve adhesions which had formed at the base of the brain.
Katie Bukovac was born in Lorain September 3, 1910. Following the death of her mother, which occurred several years ago, the family came to Oberlin, where they lived until moving to Pittsfield last year.
She attended the public schools and graduated from the high school in the mid-year class of 1929. She entered Business College last fall, but owing to poor health was obliged to give up her studies in April. Since that time she has been under constant care of specialists.
It was while attending grade school five years ago that she fell on an icy walk causing the injury which has resulted in her death. She was an exceptionally bright scholar and won several recognitions during her school days.
Because of her failing health she became retiring and melancholy and grieved continually over her inability to finish her education. The real cause and the seriousness of her condition did not become known until this spring. Everything possible was done to relieve her, but she passed away Thursday morning at 5 o’clock.
Besides her father, and step-mother (Irene Coe Bukovac), she leaves two sisters, Sarah and Corene, two brothers, Frank, Jr., and Joe.
The funeral was held at the First church, of which she was a member, Saturday afternoon, June 7, conducted by Rev. Nicholas Van de Pyl. Burial was made in the family lot in Westwood.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, June 12, 1930, p. 4.
Elizabeth Carr Bull
Chatham, Mass. — Elizabeth Carr Bull, 80, died at Liberty Commons Nursing Home in Chatham, Mass., April 27, 2004.
She was born and raised in Oberlin, Ohio. After graduating from [OHS in 1941 and from] Oberlin College in 1948, she spent several years working with foreign students at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., before moving to Long Island. There she worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory for a short time.
She and her husband resided in Brookhaven, where they raised their family. They moved to Chatham, Mass., in 1981.
She was an enthusiastic bridge player, participating in bridge games wherever she lived. She was also a devoted volunteer for many years at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Marshall H. Bull of Chatham, Mass.; a daughter, Kathryn Conover of Chelmsford, Mass.; sons, Jonathan Bull and Nathaniel Bull, both of Chatham, Mass.; four grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Keefe of Bowling Green, Ohio.
A memorial graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2005, in the West Oneonta Cemetery, with the Rev. Kenneth Hunter, pastor of St. James’ Episcopal Church, Oneonta, officiating.
Local arrangements are with Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
The Daily Star, Oneonta, N.Y., Wednesday, May 4, 2004.
George Edward (“Ted”) Bullock, 49, died of an apparent heart attack in his home, 117 N. Main on Wednesday morning. Mr. Bullock was born in Pittsfield township and had lived in the area all his life. [He was a 1940 graduate of Oberlin High School.] He was a cost accountant at Steel and Tube, a division of Republic Steel Corp. in Elyria.
Funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Forrest Waller at the Cowling Funeral Home on Saturday at 1 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home today between 7 and 9 p.m. and on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in East Pittsfield Cemetery.
Surviving is Mr. Bullock’s father Walter G., with whom he made his home. His mother Mrs. Annie Bullock died in 1957 and his sister, Mary Michelle, in 1962.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 6, 1971, p. 7.
Word has been received in Elyria of the death of Earl Bunce in Flint, Michigan, Friday, April 4th. [He was an 1889 graduate of OHS.]
Mr. Bunce was a former Elyrian and was the brother-in-law of Walter Saunders and the son of Mrs. Julia Bunce.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, April 7, 1930, p. 2.
Elyria -- Donald A. Bungard, 64, of Elyria, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002, at his home, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Sept. 16, 1937, in Oberlin, where he lived until moving to Elyria 10 years ago.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962.
Bungard was employed as a sheet metal journeyman for 40 years with Sheet Metal Local 33, Vermilion. He retired in 1995.
He was a member of St. Jude Church, Elyria. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara (nee Sensback); daughters Elizabeth Schuster and Susan Bungard, both of Elyria; son, Brian T. Bungard of Alabama and Steven Bungard of Elyria; seven grandchildren; his mother, Myrtle Bungard of Oberlin; sisters Beverly Barkacs of Fitchville and Gail Jones of Oberlin; and brother, Thomas L. Bungard of Oberlin. He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin Bungard.
Visitation was Friday at Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road, Elyria. Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar St., Elyria, with the Rev. Edward J. Smith officiating. Burial will take place at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Hospice, 5255 N. Abbe Road, Elyria 44035; or St. Jude Building Fund, 590 Poplar St., Elyria 44035.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Saturday, June 15, 2002.
Marion [William] "Bill" Bungard, 87, of Canton, passed away suddenly Thursday, November 6, 2008 in his residence. He was born in Wellington to the late Arlis L. and Sevilla (Scott) Bungard [and graduated from OHS in 1939].
Bill was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from Elyria Memorial Hospital after 40 years of service, where he was the store room keeper.
He is survived by a nephew, Michael S. Bungard.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary [Lucille] Bungard [OHS ‘30].
There are no calling hours or services. Welch-Sekeres-Lewis Funeral Home (330) 452-4041.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Saturday, November 08, 2008.
Mary L. Bungard
Mary L[ucille] Bungard, age 91, of Canton, passed away Monday, June 23, 2003, at Aultman Hospital. Born in Spencer, OH., she [graduated from OHS in 1930 and] has lived in Canton since 1972. She is a retired employee of the Wade Park VA Hospital in Cleveland, a member of Trinity Gospel Temple, and a former co-owner of Michael’s Flowers.
She is survived by a son, Michael Bungard of Canton; a brother, William Bungard of Canton; also numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held Thursday at 12 noon at the Welch-Sekeres-Lewis Funeral Home. Bro. Doug Gregory will officiate. Calling hours will be held Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the funeral home. Burial will be private.
The Repository, Canton, Ohio, Wednesday, June 25, 2003.
Rev. Kenneth Chandler Bunker
Kenneth C. Bunker died
He married Alma Asted Tucker of
After graduating from [OHS in 1916 and from] Oberlin [College in 1921] he was director of religious education at the West Congregational Church in
He leaves sons Keith P. ’52 and K. Gordon, daughter Wilburta Hallowell ’47, seven grandchildren, sister Edith B. Davis ’22 [OHS ‘18] and brother Wilfrid ’23 [OHS ‘15]. His brothers Sydney ’25 and Paul ’18 are deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Rev. Wilfrid Herrick Bunker
Wilfrid H. Bunker died
His first pastorate was in
The Rev. Mr. Bunker retired in 1962.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine,
Ruth Brown Bunster
Ruth Eloise Brown Bunster, the daughter of Ernest Edwards and Mabel Alnette (Denis) Brown, was born in
When she was a child, the family moved to Oberlin, and she went to the Oberlin public schools. While a student in the Oberlin high school [class of 1920], she took some music courses in the Conservatory, and from 1920 to 1924 she was a regularly enrolled student, a harp major.
After leaving Oberlin, she played in small ensembles in
She was three times married: in 1928 to Dewey Lewis Noyes, a commercial aviator, from whom she was divorced; to Walter L. Davis, from whom she was also divorced; and in 1935, to Fernando Hector Thomas Joseph Bunster. They made their home in
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, January 1952, p. 30.
Ex-Custodian Virginia Mae Burdick Dies
Virginia Mae Burdick, 70, formerly of Potsdam, retired Potsdam State University College custodian, died Saturday morning at the home of her son, Ron Burdick, Saranac Lake, with whom she had resided.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Seymour Funeral Home with the Rev. Wallace Mac-Aloon officiating. Burial will be in Garfield Cemetery.
Calling hours will be Monday afternoon and evening at the funeral home.
Also surviving are sons Gary W. Burdick 1st, Lorain, Ohio, Steven, town of Stockholm, and Michael, Wakefield, R.I.; two daughters, Marilyn Motter, Watertown, and Mrs. John (Karen) Clarke, Norfolk; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her mother, Hazel Dobay, Elyria, Ohio; a brother, Charles Everhart, Amherst, Ohio, a sister, Mrs. Jacy (Joyce) Knowles, Elyria, and several nieces and nephews.
She was born April 16, 1922, in Oberlin, Ohio, a daughter of William and Hazel Kelly Everhart.
She married William Richard Burdick June 14, 1952, in Eben, town of Potsdam. Mr. Burdick, a maintenance department employee at Potsdam College, died in May 1976, at age 62.
Mrs. Burdick was a custodian at Potsdam College for 40 years, retiring in 1975.
She was a member of the Methodist faith.
Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, N.Y., Sunday, November 15, 1992, p. B2.
Virginia Mae Burdick
Virginia Mae Burdick (nee Everhart), 70, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., former Oberlin resident, died Nov. 12 of cancer.
She was born in Oberlin and attended Oberlin High School [class of 1940?]. She lived in the Oberlin/Elyria area for 30 years before moving to New York.
She was employed as a custodian for 20 years at State Teachers College in Potsdam, N.Y., retiring in 1974.
Survivors include five sons, Gary W. of Lorain, Steve of Potsdam, Ronald of Saranac Lake, Mike of Rhode Island, and Jerry Davor of Indiana; two daughters, Marilyn Motter of Watertown, N.Y., and Karen Clarke of Norfolk, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; her mother, Hazel Dobay of Elyria; a sister, Joyce Knowles of Elyria; and a brother, Charles Everhart of Amherst.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Richard Burdick, in 1976; and her father, William Everhart.
Family services and interment were held in Potsdam.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Hospice of St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center, 205 W. 20 St., Lorain 44052; or the American Cancer Society, 43099 N. Ridge Rd., Elyria 44035.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, December 8, 1992, p. 2.
Dorothy H. Bures
Dorothy H. Bures, 77, of Oberlin, died July 9 at the Elms Retirement Village in Wellington after a long illness.
Born in Illinois, she had lived in the Oberlin and Kipton areas most of her life.
She was a 1939 graduate of Oberlin High School.
Mrs. Bures was a member of the Kipton United Church of Christ.
She worked in the X-ray department of Allen Memorial Hospital for a number of years.
Survivors include a son, R. David, of Cleveland; two grandchildren; a sister, Mary Joy of Oberlin; a brother, Glenn Hobbs of Oberlin; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1994; a son, Mark, in 1997; her parents, Glenn and Emily (nee Loucks) Hobbs; and a sister, Gertrude Kilpatrick.
Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the memorial service at 11:30 a.m. on July 25 at the Kipton Community Church, 511 Church St., Kipton. The Rev. Lee Shull, pastor, will officiate.
Memorial gifts may be made to Our Lady of the Wayside, 37665 Detroit Rd., Avon 44011-2170.
The Gerber-Smith Funeral Home, 16 Cooper St., Wakeman, is in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 15, 1998, p. 3.
David Dean Burgess, 86, of
He was a member of a local woodcarvers club and sang with the Leisure Boys, a vocal group in Hesperia. He enjoyed stamp collecting and photography. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hesperia and was a member of the Gideons.
Survivors include his wife, Margie; sons, Larry of Ohio; Neal of Santa Ynez, Calif.; a daughter, Suzanne of Colorado; three grandsons; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bernadine; and his second wife, Jennie.
A memorial service was held
Ruth M. Burgess
Miss Ruth M. Burgess, 75, of Santa Barbara, Cal., died last week Wednesday; she had been ill only a few hours. Miss Burgess was born in Oberlin and was a  graduate of Oberlin High School. Before her retirement she was a physical therapist in Chicago. In Santa Barbara she made her home at Vista Del Monte retirement center and did physical therapy work in the hospital in that city.
She is survived by one sister, Mrs. C. J. (Geneva) Hertel of Goleta, Cal.
The ashes are to be returned to Oberlin and a graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, July 8, 1971, p. 7.
Ronald Leroy Burgette
Willard - Ronald Leroy Burgette, age 74, resident of Willard, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2009 at Willard Mercy Hospital.
He was born on October 17, 1934 to the late William L. and Lillian H. (Nicolls) Burgette and had been a Willard resident for the most part of his life.
He was a 1954 graduate of Oberlin High School. He was a printer at Herald Printing in New Washington for 24 years. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Willard, the International Brotherhood of Magicians since 1967 and the Willard A.A. Group since April 26, 1963.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Osborne) Burgette; one son Dr. William C. Burgette of Willard and one son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Becky Bruce of Willard; three grandchildren, Glenn Bruce, Nathan and Justin Ressor.
He is preceded in death by his parents, William L. and Lillian H. (Nicolls) Burgette.
Friends may call on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 from 2-4 and 6-8PM at Secor Funeral Home in Willard. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Willard. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Willard.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Trinity Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Norwalk Reflector, Norwalk, Ohio, Wednesday, July 1, 2009.
Leslie Rachel Burgevin
Leslie Rachel [Schwartz] Burgevin, 39, of Trumansburg, N.Y., former Oberlin resident [and 1976 graduate of OHS], died at home Feb. 25. She had struggled with cancer for 10 years.
Mrs. Burgevin was an art historian and curator at the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University, specializing in 20th century art. She curated a Message to the Future Show, where she met Dan Burgevin, one of the artists of the show, marrying him in 1994.
She was active in the Community Arts Partnership in Ithaca, was a member of a creative writing class and produced a number of noteworthy short stores and poems. Her struggles with cancer never deterred her from trying new and exciting activities, and in addition to writing, she also sang with the Ithaca Ageless Jazz Band in the early 1990s.
She loved working in her garden and developed a beautiful assortment of annuals and perennials. She was a member of Community Arts Partnership in Ithaca.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and friend and was known and loved by a large number of people and had a unique gift for cultivating friendships and for sharing her love and caring with others.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel; stepchildren, Nikolai, Theo and Nathaniel; step-grandchild, Kayla Jean; her parents, Joseph and Florence Schwartz of Oberlin; and brothers Michael and Stephen.
A memorial service was held on Feb. 27 at the Unitarian Church of Ithaca, with Rabbi David Regenspan officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to Community Arts Partnership, 116 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca; or to Hospicare, 173 E. King Rd., Ithaca.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 10, 1998, p. 2.
Ruth L. Burke, 71, of Oberlin, died Saturday at Allen Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Oberlin and lived here all her life [graduating from Oberlin High School in 1938]. She served as a WAC in World War II and was retired from the Oberlin College Psychological Services office.
Survivors include a daughter, Allyson of White Plains, N.Y.; and a sister, Ann Dinkins.
Memorial services will be announced later. Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin, is in charge of arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 13, 1991, p. 2.
Clarence Arnold Burnett III
Oberlin -- Clarence Arnold Burnett III, 47, of Oberlin, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at Allen Medical Center, Oberlin.
He was born Oct. 3, 1958, in Detroit, and lived in Oberlin since 1967.
Burnett was employed as a computer tech at National City Bank, Cleveland, for 19 years.
He was a member of the Black Data Processing Association in Cleveland and enjoyed bowling, movies and sports.
Survivors include his wife, Carlene J.; daughters Natasha N. Burnett of Atlanta, Ga., and Angela T. Burnett of Oberlin; sister, Charlotte I. Champe of Oberlin; brother, Cliff A. Burnett of Cleveland; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Arnold Burnett Jr., in 2002, and mother, Frances (nee Oglesby), in 1998.
Friends may call Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. in Crossroads Christian Center, 43824 SR 511, New Russia Township. The Rev. Carlton Shumate, pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church, Elyria, will officiate.
Arrangements by Cowling Funeral Home, Oberlin.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, January 16, 2006.
Winifred Dudley Burnham,
Winifred Dudley Burnham, 89, died May 25, 2000, at her home.
She was born in Elyria, Ohio, a daughter of Carl H. and Hortense Mapes Dudley. She graduated from [Oberlin High School in 1927,] Abbott Academy and attended Oberlin College.
She married Robert Foster Burnham in 1930. He died Nov. 11, 1976.
For several years, she was the head of the boys' dormitory and served as librarian at North Yarmouth Academy.
During retirement she did extensive work on the North Yarmouth Academy archives.
Mrs. Burnham was a member of the Yarmouth Historical Society and Yarmouth First Parish Congregational Church.
Surviving are a son, Michael Burnham III of Tilton, N.H.; three daughters, Ann Delahunt and Barbara Peaslee, both of Yarmouth, and Julia DeRoche of Gray; a sister, Mrs. David (Barbara) Coffman of Concord, N.H.; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 3 at First Parish Congregational Church of Yarmouth. Burial will be private in Riverside Cemetery.
Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine, Saturday, May 27, 2000, p. 11B.
Elizabeth Chapin Burns
[Mary] Elizabeth Chapin Burns, 89, of San Juan Capistrano, a homemaker, died May 25, 2000, of cancer. [She graduated from OHS in 1928.] Private services.
Arrangements by The Omega Society, Santa Ana.
Daughter, Mikel Ewart; sons, William, Grant; longtime companion, John Huddleston; four grandchildren.
The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif., Friday, June 2, 2000, p. B7.
Funeral services for Dwight A. Burr, 75, of 1407 East Ave., will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. from the Wainwright Funeral Home. The Rev. Wallace Aker, pastor of the LaPorte Methodist Church, of which Mr. Burr was a member, will officiate and burial will be in LaPorte Cemetery.
Mr. Burr died in Elyria Memorial Hospital at 12:05 p.m. yesterday after an illness of more than a year. He was born in Andover, Mass., Sept. 3, 1880, [graduated from OHS in 1900,] and had lived in Elyria about 47 years.
Mr. Burr retired 15 years ago after serving as a rural mail carrier for many years.
Surviving are his wife, Florence; a daughter, Mrs. Arlene Miller of Bucyrus; a son, Edgar A. Burr of Los Angeles; four grandchildren and a brother, Wesley of South Pasadena, Calif.
Friends may call at the funeral home.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, January 26, 1956, p. 2.
Mrs. H. C. Burr Dies; Was of Pioneer Family
Josephine Paige Burr, 79, representative of one of the early families of Oberlin and wife of Rev. Henry C. Burr, died Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. at Allen Hospital after an illness of a few hours. Death was caused by an intestinal thrombosis.
Mrs. Burr was born July 14, 1869, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard P. Paige. The family home then was near East Oberlin. In 1881 the family moved to the home at the corner of E. College St. and Crosby Rd. which was known in later years as the Kimpton house. Mrs. Burr’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Paige, had come by oxcart to Ohio from Vermont in 1833, the year of the founding of village and college, and built and lived in a log cabin north of the present town.
Mrs. Burr [graduated from OHS in 1887 and] attended Oberlin College, graduating in 1892. The following year she married Henry C. Burr, a Methodist minister. Rev. Mr. Burr held pastorates for many years under the Methodist Conference, first in New York state and later in Ohio. On his retirement 10 years ago they returned to Oberlin to make their home, living at 49 E. Lorain St. Mrs. Burr was a member of the First Methodist Church here.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Burr is survived by one son, Dr. H. Leonard Burr, Detroit, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. K. Eudora Hull and Mrs. Jessie Kimpton, and one brother, G. A. Paige, all of Oberlin; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held this (Thursday) morning at the Cowling-Sedgeman Funeral Home with Rev. Wilbur E. Goist officiating. Burial will be in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, March 17, 1949, p. 1.
Merrill J. Burr Dies in California
Merrill J. Burr of Los Angeles, Calif., a former Oberlin resident and graduate [of OHS in 1900 and] of Oberlin College, died in Los Angeles Friday following a serious operation. Funeral services were held Sunday.
Mr. Burr is survived by his wife; three children, Mrs. Ethel Swallow, Josephine and Charles Burr; his mother, Mrs. Fannie T. Burr of South Pasadena, Calif.; one sister, Mrs. Rowland Dyer of Washington, D. C.; and two brothers, Wesley C. Burr of South Pasadena, Calif., and D. A. Burr of Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 26, 1939, p. 1.
Angelique Penelope Burrer, 23, of Avon, former Oberlin resident, died suddenly on Jan. 16  in Clarksville, Tenn.
Born in Elyria, she had lived in Lorain County most of her life and was a 1992 graduate of Oberlin High School.
She enlisted in the Army in 1993 and had been stationed in Germany.
In 1995, she received a full scholarship to attend officer’s training at Central State University in Dayton. She had just transferred to Austin Peay University in Clarksville, Tenn.
Miss Burrer enjoyed cooking and shopping. She was also very athletic and had been involved in track and cheerleading.
Survivors include her parents, Kathy (nee Rangus) Kerecz of Avon and Douglas Burrer of Elyria; a sister, Carrie Burrer of Avon; a brother, Brian of Elyria; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Buga of Oberlin and Mr. and Mrs. Edward Rangus of Amherst; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Corwin Burrer of Oberlin; great-grandmothers, Edith Pecora of Lorain and Evelyn Buga of Elyria; and her nephew and God son, Dominick M. Burrer of Avon.
A funeral Mass was held on Jan. 24 at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Elyria, with the Rev. Gaetano Menegatto as celebrant.
Burial was in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst, with VFW Post 9871 of North Ridgeville conducting full military honors.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 27, 1998, p. 2.
Richard D. Burrer
Richard D[ennis] Burrer, 57, of Oberlin, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2010, at EMH Regional Health Center, following a courageous battle with a lengthy struggle with juvenile diabetes. He was born May 23, 1953 in Elyria.
Dick graduated from Oberlin High School in 1971 and attended Wilmington College to play football. He grew up working on the family farm, Burrer Farms in Oberlin, which led to his career as an independent hauler. As an independent hauler, Dick went by the handle of the “Lonely Coal Bucket”. Throughout his life, he was a member of a van club, enjoyed family, fishing, coaching softball and riding his Harley motorcycle.
Richard is survived by his wife of 23 years, Janice Cobb and daughters, Jessica Cobb and Beth Cobb, all of South Amherst; father, Corwin Burrer of Oberlin; brothers, Thomas Burrer [OHS ‘70] (Linda) of Elyria, Douglas Burrer [OHS ‘74] (Jeannie) of Elyria, Brett Burrer [OHS ‘77] (Gina) of Scottsdale, Arizona, Chris Burrer [OHS ‘81] (Corrine) of Amherst; uncle, Keith (Susie) Burrer and cousins, Troy Burrer and Steven (Kim) Burrer [OHS ‘81]. He will be sorely missed by father-in-law, Carl Parker of Elyria; mother-in-law, Julia Parker of Lorain; his sisters-in-law, Ann (Tom) Jenkins of Amherst, Cindy (Bob) Gentry of Lorain, Toni (Jerry) Cricks of South Amherst and his brothers-in-law, Guy Parker of Amherst, Phil (Sandy) Parker of Iowa; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn (nee Banks) and niece, Angie Burrer [OHS ‘92].
Funeral service will be 10 A.M., Friday, December 10, 2010, at Busch Funeral Home, 114 Second Street, Elyria. Gary Lunsford will officiate. Interment will be at New Russia Township Cemetery. Friends may call 4 to 8 P.M., Thursday, December 9, 2010, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be forwarded to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
To share your online condolences with the family, please visit www.buschfuneral.com.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, December 8, 2010.
Evelyn E. Bursley
Evelyn E[leanor] Bursley, [nee Stanfield,] 80, of Andover, died Wednesday at Warren General Hospital in Warren after an illness of several weeks.
She was born in Samtown[, was graduated from OHS in 1931,] and was married to Wilbur Bursley, formerly of Wellington, who survives.
Other survivors include daughters, Wilma Sharp of Eustis, Fla., Joan Collins and Betty Rutland, both of Conneaut; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Arlene Gaul of Jefferson.
Mrs. Bursley was preceded in death by a son, Wilbur Jr.; a sister, Bertha Farrar; and brothers, John and Kenneth Stanfield.
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Norton Funeral Home, 370 S. Main St., Wellington, where the Rev. Stephen Carmany will conduct 2 p.m. services Monday.
Burial will be in Bakers Crossing Cemetery, Huntington.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Friday, January 31, 1992, p. C-2.
Camille S. Burton
Camille [Ganet “Cam”] S. [nee Skalak] Burton, 84, of Cleveland, died June 28. Services Friday. F.J. Corrigan, Orange. [She graduated from OHS in 1937.]
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, Wednesday, July 28, 2004, p. B9.
Mrs. Mary Burton Succumbs After Several Weeks’ Illness
The middle of January Mrs. Mary Mathews Burton had an attack of pleurisy followed by pneumonia, and although she seemed to be gradually recovering her strength, suffered a relapse Thursday of last week and on Sunday passed away. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. F. H. Heydenburke, with the assistance of Dean Bosworth, were held Tuesday morning and the body was taken to Crete, Neb., for burial beside those of her husband, and her son, Paul.
Mrs. Burton was born December 16, 1853, in Sylvania, O., [graduated from OHS in 1866,] and was graduated from Iowa college, Grinnell, Iowa, in 1875. February 2, 1881, she was married to her classmate, William Burton, who had received the degree of Civil Engineer from the University of Michigan; and together they went out to Kelsey, Eldorado county, Calif., where Mr. Burton made mining investments. In 1908 they left California and went to Crete, Neb., where Mrs. Burton’s family were living. March 26, 1912, Mr. Burton died in Florida, where he had gone for his health. The middle son, Will, had graduated from Oberlin in 1909, and her sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Burton Shurtleff, was wanting someone to share a home in Oberlin with her; so in September, 1913, Mrs. Burton came to Oberlin with her sons, Alfred and Paul. Paul graduated from college in 1916 and then in the world war enlisted in the army, but never saw active service as he was drowned shortly after reaching France.
Mrs. Burton has always been an earnest Christian woman, and on coming to Oberlin allied herself with the Second Congregational church. In the last few years, however, she had become interested in the Christian Missionary Alliance and was instrumental in organizing a branch here. She had great faith in prayer and was an earnest student of the Bible. One of her favorite passages was the 27th Psalm, which was often read to her during her sickness and formed part of the scripture reading at the funeral service. She made many friends, by whom she will be greatly missed.
Mrs. Burton is survived by a son, Alfred, in Oberlin; by a son, Will, who is a lawyer in Omaha, Neb., with a wife and two children; by two sisters, Miss Carrie Mathews of Crete, Neb., and Mrs. E. E. Benton of Penrose, Colo.; and by a brother, Albert, in Crete. Hon. Theodore E. Burton, a brother-in-law, was down from Cleveland to attend the funeral; and the son, Will, came on from Omaha to take the body back to Crete.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, April 5, 1923, p. 1.
Was Prominent In Christian Activities
Mrs. Mary Burton Passed Away at Her Home on West College Street Last Sunday
Had Been a Resident Here Since 1913—Was One of the Organizers of Christian and Missionary Alliance
After a sickness of about ten weeks Mrs. Mary Burton passed away at her residence, 143 West College street Sunday morning at 11:30 o’clock. Her death came as a great shock to her many friends who had believed her to be gaining in strength. On January 18 she was taken sick with an attack of pleurisy which developed into pneumonia last week.
Her sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary B. Shurtleff, who lived with her, had considered her condition so much improved that she had gone to Detroit to visit her daughter, Mrs. Price, and hurried home when the news of Mrs. Burton’s death reached her.
Mrs. Burton was the daughter of Rev. Luther Mathews and was born December 16, 1853, in Sylvania, where he was Congregational minister. She was a graduate of Iowa College at Grinnell, Iowa, with the class of 1875. On February 2, 1881 she was married to William Burton who was her classmate in college and who was a brother of Hon. Theodore E. Burton of Cleveland. The marriage took place in Crete, Neb., where they resided for several years.
Her husband was born in Piketon, O., and was a veteran of the Civil war having served with the 15th Ohio Battery and was with General Sherman on his famous march to the sea. After his course at Grinnell he studied engineering at the University of Michigan and they spent several years in California where he was United States Deputy mineral surveyor. Later he acquired valuable mining property.
Mrs. Burton and sons returned to Crete in 1908 to secure better educational advantages for them. A few years later her husband went to Florida on account of his health and died at Lynn Haven, March 30, 1912. In September 1913, she and two sons came to Oberlin, her eldest son, William B. having graduated in 1909. Her son, Paul, was graduated in 1916 and died in France, July 5, 1918, while serving with the American expeditionary forces. Her son, Alfred, has been living at the home here.
Mrs. Burton was a devout Christian woman and a devoted worker in all activities pertaining to the growth of Christianity. She was one of the organizers of the local branch of the Christian and Missionary Alliance and took an active part in holding the new organization together during the days of its incipiency.
She was a member of the Oberlin Women’s Club and also of [the] Oberlin chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. E. E. Benton of Penrose, Col., and Miss Carrie Mathews of Crete, Neb., and a brother, Albert Mathews of Long Beach, California.
The funeral services were held from the home Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Heydenburg of the Christian and Missionary Alliance church, assisted by Dean E. I. Bosworth. Two of her favorite hymns were sung. Her son, William, a prominent attorney of Omaha, and her brother-in-law, Hon. T. E. Burton of Cleveland were present. The remains were taken to Crete, Neb., to be buried beside her husband and son Paul.
The Oberlin Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, April 6, 1923, p. 1.
Harriet "Peg" Bush
Harriet [Ina] "Peg" Bush [nee Peabody], 88, formerly of Elyria, Ohio, [and a 1932 graduate of OHS,] passed peacefully on Monday, February 17, 2003, at home with her family.
She was predeceased by her husband, Donald C. Bush; a son, David F. Bush; and a grandson, Ken Ferguson.
She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Ferguson, Greene; three granddaughters and husbands, Jennifer and Will Drachler, Boston, Mass., Pamela and David Somoza, Burlington, Vt., Melissa and Jim Bowers, Albany; three great-grandchildren, Sarah and Erica Drachler, and Jake Somoza.
Peg had many varied interests during her life. Her primary devotion was always to her family. Throughout her life, she was involved in many youth activities for both her family and others. She was active in the Republican Party in Elyria, Ohio and served for many years with the Board of Elections. Peg was an ardent Cleveland Indians fan all her life.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m., Friday, at Zion Episcopal Church, Greene. The Very Rev. Ralph E. Osborne, Rector, will officiate. A reception will follow the service at the church. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery in Elyria, Ohio at a later date. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Greene Emergency Squad, 8 N. Canal St., Greene N.Y. 13778, who had been very wonderful to her.
Arrangements are by the Root Funeral Home, 23 N. Chenango St., Greene, N.Y.
Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, N.Y., February 20, 2003.
Nell Stevens Busing
Nell Stevens Busing, 80, formerly of Oberlin, died Feb. 23 at her home in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla.
Born in Lorain County, [and a 1929 graduate of OHS,] she lived in Oberlin before moving to Florida 25 years ago.
Her name was Nell Stevens when she retired in 1967 after 16 years as the desk manager at Oberlin Inn.
She was a former member of First United Methodist Church in Oberlin and belonged to OES in Ft. Myers.
Survivors include her husband, LeRoy Busing, to whom she was married 10 years; daughters, Penny Locke [OHS ‘64] of Oberlin, Pat Arnold [OHS ‘58] of Mabank, Texas, and Katherine O’Brien [OHS ‘56] of Springville, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Stevens [died Dec. 9, 1967], after 36 years of marriage; her second husband, Millard King [died Sept. 1975]; three brothers and three sisters.
Burial was in Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 4, at First United Methodist Church, South Professor Street, Oberlin.
Memorials may be made to Oberlin Public Library or Oberlin Senior Citizens Inc.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, March 30, 1992, p. B-2.
Local Notes and News [Lizzie Alexander Butler]
Lizzie Alexander Butler, for many years a resident of Groveland street, died on Wednesday last. The funeral was held from the residence on Friday. [She graduated from OHS in 1865.]
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Wednesday, February 16, 1910, p. 5.
Marjorie Augusta Johnson Butler
May 18, 1910 - February 2, 2012
New Paltz, NY. Marjorie J. Butler, 101, of New Paltz, NY passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, February 2, 2012. Marjorie was born on May 18, 1910 in Oberlin, OH. She married Dr. John Donald Butler, M.D. in August of 1939. They had three children: Beverly, John, and Richard.
She graduated from Oberlin Public Schools at the age of 15 [OHS class of 1926]. She attended Oberlin College and in 1930 received an A.B. degree in English and Physical & Health Education. She proceeded to earn a Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Health Education at Ohio State University in 1934. After several years of teaching at the secondary and university levels, she spent the early years of her marriage caring for her children. In the early 1950's she returned to teaching and to degree studies in Psychology. She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology in 1965, from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Butler joined the faculty at the State University of New York at New Paltz as an assistant professor of Educational Psychology in the Division of Education. In 1969, at the request of President John Neumaier, she became the founding Chair of the Black Studies Department. She was appointed as Professor of Psychology and Black Studies in 1970 and served until her retirement in 1984.
The demands of establishing a new department required her to be more than an academic administrator. She functioned as faculty mentor, student mentor, and helped to bridge racial relations during the turbulent civil rights era not only on campus, but also within the SUNY system as an appointee to several committees formed by the Chancellor. She came to be held in such affection, she was tagged with her own special nickname, "DOC". She demonstrated her personal sense of humor and humility by changing the spelling of her nickname to "DAK".
After her retirement she established a residence and spent her winters on Hilton Head Island, SC where she enjoyed friends, playing golf, walking, playing bridge and visits from her family.
Marjorie was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Mary Jane Johnson; her two siblings, Harold [OHS ‘24] and Janis [OHS ‘29]; her grandson, John Mason Butler, and son, John Gordon Butler. She is survived by her two children, Beverly J. Lavergneau, and Richard S. Butler (Shakti); daughter-in-law, Veronica Butler; former daughter-in-law, Leslie Butler Barron; six grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and many devoted friends.
A memorial program will be held in New Paltz at a date to be named later.
Any donations in Dr. Butler's name should be directed to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation or to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, New Paltz, NY. 845-255-1212.
Times Herald-Record, Middletown, N.Y., February 5, 2012.