Category: Obituaries

Dana R. Elifritz, 57

Dana R. Elifritz, 57, of Carrollton, passed away Tuesday evening, Nov. 23, 2021, in Cleveland Clinic Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a brief illness. Born Feb. 13, 1964, in East Liverpool, she was the daughter of the late Duane Russ and Sharon Lou Steele McLean. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter Kylie Brianne Elifritz.  Dana served as a paramedic for 19 years and taught

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Robert L. Lucas, 62

Robert “Bob” L. Lucas, 62, of Carrollton, passed away in his home Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Born Feb. 14, 1959, in Canton, he was a son of the late William R. and Dolores R. Wigley Lucas. During his life Bob enjoyed fishing and worked for the Ohio Poly Corporation for over 20 years. He is survived by his brother, Wayne (Kim) Lucas; two sisters, Cheryl Mercurio and Tanya Schuck; and

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Gerald H. Snyder, 88

Gerald “Jerry” H. Snyder, 88, of Carrollton passed away Monday morning Nov. 22, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Born Sept. 10, 1933, in Massillon, he was a son of the late William and Mary Hershberger Snyder. Jerry loved sports. He was a coach of several different sports for kids of all ages in the Carrollton and Minerva area. When he wasn’t coaching or watching sports, he enjoyed spending

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Dale E. Hull, 93

Dale Eugene Hull, 93, died Nov. 21, 2021, peacefully at Mercy Hospital, Canton. Born Oct. 3, 1928, at home on the family farm in Fox Township, Carroll County, he was a son to father, George E. Hull and mother, Mabel (Ray) Hull.  Dale is survived by his two sons, Skip (Pam) Hull of Los Lunas, NM, and Randy (Linda) Hull of Carrollton; three grandchildren, Scott Hull of Canton, Keri (Hull)

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George K. Butler, 89

George K. Butler, 89, of Salineville, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.  Born Feb. 7, 1932, in Norfolk, OH, he was a son to G. Ross and Grace (Kelley) Butler.  He had worked for Hercules Motors in Canton and the Tennessee Gas Company and was the owner of the Hoot Owl Inn in Malvern.  He graduated from Carrollton High School in 1950 and was a US Army veteran having served in

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Sandra J. Busler, 86

Sandra Jane (Simmons) Busler, 86 of Dallas, OR, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, from complications of Lewy-Body Dementia with her daughters by her side.  Never a dull moment with Sandy as she will been seen driving her golf cart with a bag of clubs, her beloved fishing poles and tackle box, and sewing machine, behind her.  Sandy retired after 30 years teaching in the Carrollton Exempted Village School District.  She began

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Isaiah K. Meek, 22

Isaiah Kristofer Meek, 22, of Carrollton passed away Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at University Hospital in Cleveland surrounded by family after a brief battle with COVID-19.  The son of Shane and Anitra Meek, Isaiah was a 2018 graduate of Carrollton High School and Buckeye Career Center’s Graphic Arts Program. His talent as an artist was one of his greatest accomplishments. He loved to entertain and beguiled audiences with his larger-than-life stage presence

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Harry L. Shoemaker, 70

Harry L. Shoemaker, 70, of Dellroy, was taken home by the good Lord Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born Oct. 14, 1951, in the state of New York, he was a son to the late Harry Shoemaker and Dorothy Tunison.  Harry was a self-employed trucker with Shoemaker Trucking for many years. He loved to work on demolition derby cars and enjoyed sports like football, hunting,

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Kay L. Turvey, 84

Kay Louise Turvey, 84, of New Castle, PA, passed away Nov. 13, 2021.  Born Sept. 8, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Dwight and Muriel Hanson.  She is survived by a sister, Karen Bray of Bergholz; sons, Jerry R. Lewis of Akron and Jeff L. (Sheridan) Lewis of Rock Springs, WY; and grandsons, Mike R. Lewis and family of Carrollton, and Chris Lewis and spouse of Atlanta, GA.

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Sister Agnes Pisarchick, 82

Sister Agnes Pisarchick, a Sister of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, died peacefully Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Canton.  Born in Brockway, PA, Feb. 1, 1939, Sr. Agnes entered religious life July 19, 1959, in Erie, PA. She made her temporary profession in 1962 and final profession in 1965. She was preceded in deathbyher parents, Francis J. and Maria Pisarchick.  Sister Agnes received a bachelor’s

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MaryLee Vahalik, 87

MaryLee Vahalik, 87, of Amsterdam passed away Sunday afternoon Nov. 7, 2021, in her home.  Born June 15, 1934, in Amsterdam, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Hazel Lee Gooderl.  Mary worked all her life as a farmwife, raising her family and helping her husband operate the family farm. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amsterdam and the Catholic Women’s Club.  She is

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Sandra J. Findley, 77

Sandra J. Findley, 77, of Waynesburg, passed away in her home Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Sandra Jean “Sandy” Findley, the daughter of George and Charlotte (Steffy) Lenarz was born Sept. 16, 1944, in Canton.   She graduated from Hoover High School, North Canton in 1962.  On June 8, 1968, Sandy was united in marriage with William “Bill” Findley in Canton.    Sandy was a member of Carrollton Bible Chapel, serving on several committees. She volunteered with Farm

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James J. McVerry, 87

James Joseph McVerry, 87, of Malvern, died Nov. 11, 2021, at his residence.   He was born May 26, 1934, in Allegheny, PA. James served in the Navy. Following his discharge, James worked as a pharmacist at different hospitals.  James is survived by his stepdaughter, Vonne Michel of Malvern. In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by wife, Patricia, and his brother, Dennis. Per his request, there will be

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Nancy E. Pellegrene, 87

Nancy Elizabeth Pellegrene, 87, of Malvern, passed away Nov. 10, 2021, at Carroll Healthcare Center on.  Born Feb. 7, 1934, in Canton, she was a daughter to Robert and Francess (McInally) SwearingenNancy was a member of First Christian Church of Malvern where she sang in the choir. She was a stay-at-home mom while her children were being raised. She later worked as a gate guard at Lake Mohawk for 16

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Edward Barnhart, Sr., 83

Edward Barnhart Sr., 83, of Cadiz, went home to the Lord Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021, at home, with his wife by his side. Born June 17, 1938, he was a son of the late Clarence and Laura Dalrymple Barnhart. Edward was a retired employee of Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel, Pentecostal by faith, owner of Barnhart Auction Service and a U.S. Army veteran. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in

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Kenneth Beatty, 70

Kenneth “Kenny” Beatty, 70, of Carrollton, passed away after a brief illness Nov. 8, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center. Born Feb. 25, 1951, in Jefferson County, Ohio, he was a son of the late Roy and Dorothy Hill Beatty.  Kenny was a graduate of Carrollton High School and was employed by the Ohio Department of Transportation for 34 years. He enjoyed hunting, gardening and a good game of euchre, but

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Willa M. Pait, 75

Willa Mae Pait, 75, of Canton, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center.   Born July 11, 1946, in Wilkinson, WV, she was a daughter to James and Mary (Muncy) Williams.  Willa is survived by a daughter, Sabrina (Roger) Perry of Whitman, WV; two sons, Franklin  (Linda) Fitzgerald of Massillon and Clark Cordell Fitzgerald of Canton; nine grandchildren, Scott (Christine) Serry, Jennifer (Larry) Payne, Michael (Tiffany) Fitzgerald, Matthew

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Robert L. Warner, Jr., 69

Robert Lawrence Warner Jr., 69, of Dellroy, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Cleveland Clinic.   Born June 17, 1952, in Massillon, he was a son to the late Robert L. Sr. and Eleanor (Ramsire) Warner.    Robert worked for the government as a draftsman.  After he retired, he worked for Carrollton Autozone. Robert is survived by his wife, Janice Warner of Dellroy; a daughter, Debra (David) Schneider of Dellroy; a son,

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Phyllis E. Roettker, 56

Phyllis E. Roettker, 56, of Carrollton, passed away Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, at Aultman Hospital in Canton. Born Jan. 7, 1965, in Canton, she was a daughter of the late Walter and Ruth Richards Smith.  Phyllis was a member of Heaven’s Edge Apostolic Church of Carrollton and enjoyed reading her Bible. She loved to go camping, driving around to see Christmas lights and planning parties and get-togethers. She was an amazingly creative

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John “Jack” Haley, 78

John “Jack” Haley, 78, of Ocala, FL, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in Ocala Regional Hospital.  Born Nov.  9, 1942, he was a son to Ward and Emarene Haley of East Township, Carroll County. A graduate of Carrollton High School, he was a veteran of the US Air Force.   He retired from ABB as a salesman traveling overseas and across the US. Before working for ABB, Jack was employed by

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Richard E. Powell, 92

Richard Eugene Powell, 92, of Carrollton, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Born Aug. 14, 1929, in Canal Fulton, he was a son of the late Thomas J. and Clara Brunner Powell. Richard was a United States Navy veteran, proudly serving two tours in the Korean War, and was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was an avid deer hunter, loved being outside,

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Forest E. Van Horn, 81

Forest Edward Van Horn, 81, of Minerva, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Mercy Medical.   Born March 26, 1940, in West Union, WV, he was a son to Hubert Sr. and Trecie (Simmons) Van Horn.   Forest worked for the Wabash Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railroad. He was an avid camper, fisherman and hunter.  His family was of utmost importance. He loved vacationing with

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Donald L. McCord, Jr., 79

Donald Lee McCord Jr., 79, of East Rochester, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Community Care Center.   Born Nov. 29, 1941, in Dover, he was a son to the late Donald Sr. and Mildred (Simonsons) McCord.  Donald worked at Timken. He was an NRA-life member and The Wilds. He served in the Army and was a member of the American Legion. He was a courier at Consumers National Bank.  Donald is survived

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Linda K. Lewis, 71

Linda Kay Lewis, 71, of Canton, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center.    Born Feb. 26, 1950, in Alliance, she was a daughter to Jessie and Wanda (Lewis) McLean.   Linda is survived by a daughter, Tammy Lewis of Canton; the good daughter, Patty Burwell of Canton; two grandchildren, Whitney Hartshorne and Hayden Miller; three great-grandchildren, Gryffin, Karmen and Kamden; and two sisters, Sheri Ball and Cindy Duffy.

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Wanda A. Fiscus, 92

Wanda A. Fiscus went into the arms of the Lord Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. She died peacefully with family members at her side, at Centreville Village, Carrollton, OH.  Born Wanda A. Manley, Jan. 11, 1929, in Weirton, WV, she was the eldest of four children (Hugh, Keith and William). As a young girl, she lost both parents in the tuberculosis epidemic of the 1930s. Wanda and her brothers lived with

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Sharon E. McGuire, 68

Sharon Elaine McGuire (Abel), 68, beloved wife of James Patrick McGuire, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at her residence in Aiken, SC. The alpha cousin of a large clan of family, Sharon grew up on a farm in Carrollton. Growing up, she taught us all many things…how to build a gum wrapper chain, show a steer at the county fair, make homemade ice cream, to laugh

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Haru (DeeDee) M. Ross

On Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, Haru (DeeDee) M. Ross, loving mother of three children, passed away at the age of 87. Born Aug. 10, 1934, in Itoman, Okinawa, she moved to Carrollton, where she raised her three children.  She enjoyed many years of employment and retired from PCC Airfoils in Minerva. Haru had a passion for gardening, animals and her family. She was known for her candor, quick wit, hard

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Roxie A. Strawder, 89

Roxie Ann Strawder, 89, of Carrollton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Born Oct. 10, 1932, she was a daughter to the late Earl and Edna (Bennington) Moyer. She married Robert L. Strawder on Sept. 20, 1952. He passed away Dec. 6, 2014. She was a homemaker and loved to crochet and play bingo. She loved and cared for her family and was always helping other people.  She is survived

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Tanya S. Lairson Gartrell, 69

Tanya S. “Susie” Lairson Gartrell, 69, of Bowerston, passed away Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, at Aultman Hospital in Canton.  Born April 28, 1952, in Wheeling, WV, she was the daughter of the late William Frederick Lairson and Mabel (Harrison) Lairson Hill. Tanya was a 1970 graduate of Scio High School before marrying her lifelong love, Edison T. “Ted” Gartrell, Dec. 26, 1970. She was employed as the office manager for

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James “Todd” Martin, 53

James “Todd” Martin, 53, of Minerva, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021.  Born Jan. 2, 1968, in Canton, he was a son to James “Phil” and Jeanne (Hanaoka) Martin of Minerva.  He was a deputy sheriff for the Carroll County and a maintenance supervisor for PCC Airfoils. He graduated from Minerva High School in 1986. He was a member of the US Marines Corps and served in Operation Desert Storm. In addition to

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Mary Lou Garrett, 84

Mary Lou Garrett, 84, of Augusta passed away at Carroll Golden Age Retreat/County Home Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.  Born July 20, 1937, in Augusta, she was a daughter to Thomas and Mary (Kinsey) Turnipseed.  Mary Lou worked for the Carroll County District Library as the bookmobile manager and previously worked for General Telephone. She enjoyed reading and watching the Indians and Browns. Mary Lou is survived by three sons, Richard and

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Esther Brannon, 84

Esther Brannon, 84, of Carrollton, died late Tuesday night, Oct. 19, 2021, in Carroll Golden Age Retreat at Carrollton. Born May 21, 1937, in East Sparta, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Helen (Davis) Umstead.  Her husband Robert Lee Brannon, whom she married Nov. 3, 1962, passed away Jan. 11, 2016.   In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary

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Faye  E. Pearson, 89

Faye Eileen Pearson, 89, of Minerva, passed away at Community Care Center Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.  Born Sept. 25, 1932, in Minerva, she was a daughter to Wilbur Pearson and Dorothy (Shaw) Pearson.  Faye graduated from Malone University with a bachelor’s degree in music. She played a variety of instruments, including the organ, piano, dulcimer, vibraharp and spoons. She taught private organ and piano lessons for many years. She played

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Betty J. Tschantz, 92

Betty Jean (Bush) Tschantz, 92, of East Canton passed away Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Green Meadows Health and Wellness Center, Louisville.   Born May 7, 1929, in Portsmouth, she was a daughter to the late Roy and Jessie (Meadows) Bush.   She met the love of her life, Bill Tschantz, at Jackson High School and graduated in 1947. They married in 1948 while Bill served in the Navy. They settled in

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Dennis L. Ruby, 67

Dennis Lee Ruby, 67, of Malvern, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Aultman Health Foundation.   Born June 12, 1954, in Canton, he was a son to the late George Ruby and Mary Imes Ohler.    Dennis enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching them play sports.  He also enjoyed fishing and golfing. Dennis is survived by his wife, Kathy Ruby of Malvern; a daughter, Leslie (Tim) Smith of Malvern;

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Jason S. Earley, 47

Jason S. Earley, 47, of Alliance, died Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Aultman-Alliance Hospital following an apparent heart attack.   Born Oct. 11, 1974, in Canton, he was a son to Dave and Sheila (Kertes) Earley of Carrollton.   He is a construction worker for Hammond Construction.  He loved hunting, kayaking, spending time in the outdoors, being around family and friends and especially his grandma Dolly. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sons, Rycen

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Donna K. Beckley, 69

Donna K. Beckley, 69, of Carrollton, passed away Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Aultman Hospital after a short illness.  Born May 15, 1952, in Steubenville, she was a daughter to the late Lloyd and Zelda (Emerick) Davis. Donna married John E. Beckley, Sr. in November 1967. He passed away July 18, 2014.  Donna was a care giver for the elderly in Carroll County for many years, helping many families. She

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Dottie A. Bechel, 61

Dottie Ann Bechtel, 61, of Minerva, passed away at The Merriman Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021.   Born Nov. 22, 1959, in Canton, she was a daughter to Herbert William and Marjory Jean (Hannen) Burleson.   Dottie worked in the food service industry as a cook at Republic Steel and most recently at Kishman’s IGA. Dottie is survived by her two sons: Daniel (Kaydin Krahling) Bechtel of Minerva and Josiah Bechtel of Easley,

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Donald G. DeVore, 81

Donald G. DeVore, 81, of East Springfield passed away Friday afternoon Oct. 15, 2021, at Weirton Medical Center. Born July 11, 1940, in Steubenville, he was a son of the late Glenn O. and Anna Bihary DeVore.  Donald worked for Ohio Edison at the Sammis and Berger Plants in the Budget Department. After retirement, he was a bookkeeper for Ambulance Service Inc. and for many years was a realtor with

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Frank J. Hezoucky, Jr., 79

On Oct. 13, 2021, Frank John Hezoucky Jr., after complications from a fight with a nefarious criminal named Parkinson, who has plagued our society for far too long, passed away peacefully surrounded by family.  His family, friends and acquaintances knew him only as a kind and mild-mannered gentle man, who always had the right thing to say at the appropriate time. Frank was known for his love of football, warm

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Laura R. McClaskey, 96

Laura Rebecca McClaskey, 96, of Carrollton, passed away Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. Born Feb. 14, 1925, in Akron, she was a daughter of the late Homer M. and Mary C. (Hughes) Miller.  Laura was dearly loved by her family, raising five children on her own. They fondly remember her love for puzzles and word searches and will treasure all of their time they spent together and

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PH James S. Elifritz, 85

PH James S. Elifritz, 85, of Carrollton, (Leavittsville), passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Oct. 12, 2021, in Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia. Born May 5, 1936, in Canton, he was the son of the late Boyd and Mildred (Ashworth) Elifritz.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Genevieve Caldwell Shuman, and four brothers, Donald, John, Bill and Dale Elifritz, and a great-granddaughter. He

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Joanne J. Keyser, 79

Joanne J. Keyser, 79, of Carrollton, passed away Oct. 9, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Canton. Born Sept. 14, 1942, in Charleston, WV, she was a daughter to the late Harold and May (Carney) Babe.  During her life, Joanne was a member of the Suburban Church of Christ and the Carroll County Veterans Club.  She loved planting flowers and doing puzzles of all kinds.  She enjoyed baking and making candy, as she

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Daniel H. Masalko, 70

Daniel Hubert Masalko, 70, of Minerva, passed away at Aultman Health Foundation Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.   Born June 2, 1951, in Canton, he was a son to Wallace and Anna (Brown) Masalko. Daniel is survived by his companion of 34 years, Margaret Meyers of Minerva; a sister, Linda Crosland of Canton; two nephews, Aaron (Marisa) Crosland and Jamie Masalko; and a niece, Ashley Crosland. In addition to his parents, he

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Daniel H. Masalko, 70

Daniel Hubert Masalko 70 of Minerva, passed away at Aultman Health Foundation Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Daniel was born in Canton, Ohio on  Born June 2, 1951, in Canton, he was a son to Wallace and Anna (Brown) Masalko.Daniel is survived by his companion of 34 years, Margaret Meyers of Minerva; a sister, Linda Crosland of Canton; two nephews, Aaron (Marisa) Crosland and Jamie Masalko; and a niece, Ashley Crosland.In

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Robert P. Hanshaw, 82

Robert P. Hanshaw, 82, of Dellroy, died early Sunday morning, Oct. 3, 2021, in Aultman Compassionate Care Center at Canton following a brief illness. Born Dec. 29, 1938, in Clay County, WV, he was the son of the late Leamon Watson and Ina Opal Parker Hanshaw. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters. He retired in 2000 as a sheet metal worker from the

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Mary E. Horst, 87

Mary Emma Horst, 87, a resident of Timberville, passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, at the home of her daughter, Gloria where she has resided since June 2020. Mrs. Horst was born Sept. 8, 1934, in Dalton, OH, and was a daughter of the late David E. and Ethel (Wenger) Horst. She was a lifelong homemaker, who loved people, often sharing her hospitality with them. She was a member of

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Williard A. Albert, 89

Willard A. Albert, 89, went to his heavenly home Oct. 1, 2021, while sleeping in his longtime farm home. Born Oct. 28, 1931, in Canton, he was a son to William and Eva Albert, who preceded him in death.  He was one of nine children, of which two survive.  Willard served his country in the Army and fought in Korea. At 19 years of age, he was awarded a Bronze Star with

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Pastor John T. Maley, 93

Pastor John T. Maley, 93, of Dover, and a former Dellroy area resident, passed away Thursday afternoon, Sept. 30, 2021, in Park Village Health Care Center at Dover surrounded by his family. Born Feb. 11, 1928, in North Industry, OH, he was the son of the late Forest J. and Leora (Parsons) Maley.  Tom and his wife Gerry would have been married 69 years this coming Nov. 22.  John served

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Earnest and Ruth Bausell

Earnest Bausell, 90 of Carrollton, Ohio passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at Community Hospice Truman House in New Philadelphia. The following morning, he was accompanied by his wife of 65 years.  Ruth Bausell, 90, passed away in her home Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.   A son of the late Robert Wade and Nannie Mae (Sykes) Bausell, Ernie was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Russell, VA. Ernie was a loving husband, father, grandfather

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