Obituaries

James L. Dawson, age 70, resident of North Fairfield, Ohio passed away at his home on Monday, February 19, 2018 surrounded by his family.
He was born on June 15, 1947 in Willard, Ohio to the late Lloyd and Lillian (Vance) Dawson. Mr. Dawson was a 1965 graduate of Willard High School and then was drafted into the US Army where he served nine months in the Vietnam War.
He was an employee of Copperweld in Shelby where he retired after 46 years. He enjoyed woodworking and attending auctions, but most of all, Jim enjoyed following his grandchildren's horse shows and basketball games.
He is survived by his wife, Jorja (Farnwalt) Dawson who he married on August 1, 1969; two children, Juanita Lynn (Leonard) Myers of Plymouth and Jonathan (Brigette) Dawson of Willard; five grandchildren, Kimberly and Charles Myers; and Micah, Max and Mason Dawson; as well as, several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Kenneth and Randall Dawson; and a nephew, Ryan Dawson.
Visitation were held at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m., and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bob Hudberg officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Stein Hospice. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.


Mary Ann Hatton (83) of Norwalk passed away, February16, 2018.
Friends may call Friday February 23, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lindsey Kocher Funeral Service, 323 Myrtle Ave, Willard, Ohio 44890. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery, Willard.


George L. Roth, age 87, resident of Willard, Ohio passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Pristine Senior Living in Willard.
He was born on April 3, 1930 in Thompson Twp., Seneca County, Ohio to the late Otto and Anna (Herman) Roth. Mr. Roth had attended the Attica High School and later served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He had worked at the former Shelby Depot, the former Miami Systems in Shelby and retired from Carton Services in Shelby in 1995.
He was a member and volunteer at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby, and later a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard. George was also a member of the Moose Lodge, and a volunteer girls softball coach.
He is survived by his wife, Louise I. (Kehres) Roth who he married on September 1, 1956; three children, Julie (Chris) Chaney of Cincinnati, Sara (Sean) Sifferlin of Charlotte, NC, and Gregory Roth of Columbus; five grandchildren, Katie Wilson of Cincinnati, Maggie Chini of Winfield, KS, Stephanie Chaney of Cincinnati, Alec and Drake Sifferlin of Charlotte, NC; two great-grandchildren, Max Chini and Harper Wilson; one brother, Albert Roth of Iowa; and one sister, Delores Miller of Attica.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard, Ohio on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Willard.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.


John Floyd Verhovec, II, 18 of Sandusky, was called home to be an Angel with the Lord on Thursday, February 15, 2018.
He was born June 21, 1999 in Norwalk. John had lived most of his life in Huron County and the past couple of years in Sandusky.
He was a graduate of North Point Educational Services and Sandusky City Schools. John had worked for the Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry in North Fairfield.
He loved animals, especially birds and dogs. He was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. John never met a stranger, he loved helping others.
He is survived by his parents, Judith (Ron) Verhovec and John (Wanda Norman) Verhovec; his siblings, Devin McCallister, Amber (AJ) Lillo, Joe Gaverrete, Taran Verhovec; stepsiblings, Raven Marvin, Tori Marvin, Chiersten Tackett; grandparents, Judith (William) Suddith and Norma Hanlon; many nephews, aunts and uncles.
Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Eastman Funeral Home, 49 West Main St., Greenwich. Burial at Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the family in care of the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at: www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.

Linda K. Walker, age 65, resident of Willard, passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Willows at Willard.
She was born on December 8, 1952 in Willard, Ohio to the late Hollie and Mary (Williams) Stout and had been a resident of Willard all of her life. Linda was a US Army veteran and was a member of the Order of Eastern Stars and Daughters of American Revolution.
She is survived by her son, Kurt Walker of Willard.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Carl Walker and parents, Hollie and Mary (Williams) Stout.
She was kind to a fault and would always help a friend in need. To her friends she says, "do not weep at my passing, you have made my life full, sometimes chaotic and confusing, and I truly cared for you all."
There will be a private memorial service at a later date. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.


Patricia A. Dalton “Patty”, 79, of Shelby, went to see our heavenly father on Monday, February 19, 2018.
Patty was born on April 22, 1938, to Emil and Charlotte Kuelling and lived in Mansfield. She graduated from Mansfield Senior High School and North Central Technical College with an Associate Degree in Social Work. She enjoyed reading Steven King novels, working crossword puzzles, playing cards, listening to music ie: big band, Elvis and bluegrass, and raising her precious cats.
Patricia is survived by one son and two daughters, Mike (Carmela) Dalton of TX, Deborah of MI, and LaDonna (Jesse) Crego of Mansfield; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and one geat-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her ex-husband, Donald Dalton; her sisters, Carol Smith, Barbara Potter and Peggy Hall; and one brother, Emil Kuelling Jr.
Calling hours will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday,
February 21, 2018, at Werner-Gompf Funeral Services, ltd., 1106 Park Avenue East, Mansfield, OH. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor John Harris officiating. Burial will take place at Lantz Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Richland County Humane Society, 3025 Park Ave. West, Mansfield, Ohio 44906.
Online condolences may be made at www.werner gompf.com

George L. Roth, age 87, resident of Willard, Ohio passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Pristine Senior Living in Willard. He was born on April 3, 1930 in Thompson Twp., Seneca County, Ohio to the late Otto and Anna (Herman) Roth. Mr. Roth had attended the Attica High School and later served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He had worked at the former Shelby Depot, the former Miami Systems in Shelby and retired from Carton Services in Shelby in 1995. He was a member and volunteer at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby, and later a member of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard. George was also a member of the Moose Lodge, and a volunteer girls softball coach.
He is survived by his wife, Louise I. (Kehres) Roth who he married on September 1, 1956; three children, Julie (Chris) Chaney of Cincinnati, Sara (Sean) Sifferlin of Charlotte, NC, and Gregory Roth of Columbus; five grandchildren, Katie Wilson of Cincinnati, Maggie Chini of Winfield, KS, Stephanie Chaney of Cincinnati, Alec and Drake Sifferlin of Charlotte, NC; two great grandchildren, Max Chini and Harper Wilson; one brother, Albert Roth of Iowa; and one sister, Delores Miller of Attica.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by six brothers and five sisters.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Willard, Ohio on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Willard. Memorial contributions can be made to the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com


Henrietta Miller-Grove age 85, died Monday, February 19, 2018 at the Willows of Willard Nursing Home.
Born in Larchwood, Iowa on June 1, 1932 to William John and Jeanette (Van Bemmel) Petersen, she had been a Shelby resident the majority of her life.
Henrietta graduated from Shelby High School in 1950. She retired from Shelby Insurance Company in 1994 after 32 years and volunteered for the Salvation Army for many years after her retirement. Henrietta was passionate about volunteering and helping people. She had been awarded the Jess Rath Christian Volunteer Service award from the Shelby Help Line Ministries in February of 2015. She enjoyed quilting, knitting and most of all she loved her family.
Surviving are her two sons & daughters-in-law, Tom (Amy) Miller of Plymouth and Doug (Jan) Miller of Sugarcreek; one daughter and son-in-law, Diane (Tom) Dove of Gahanna; ten grandchildren, Mike Dove, Sarah (Jarod Ogier) Dove, Stacy Dove, Abby Miller, Eric Miller, Molly (Cory) Branham, Craig Miller, Jeremiah (Kayla) Miller, Gregory (Katie) Miller, Thomas Miller; five great-grandchildren, Paisley, Emerson, Tucker, and Jasper Miller and Quinn Branham; one brother Bernard (Alberta) Petersen of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Jane Sharpless of Willard, Jeanette Lems of Doon, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Thomas E. Miller in 1989, second husband Roger D. Grove in 2012; one son, David Miller and one sister, Marie Champion; two brothers John and Henry Petersen.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, February 23, 2018 from the First Baptist Church at 185 S Gamble St, in Shelby with Reverend Walter Keib and her Son-in-law Tom Dove officiating. Interment will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Shiloh. Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelby Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM
Memorial contributions may be made to The Shelby HelpLine Ministries at 29 Walnut St, Shelby, OH 44875; the First Baptist Church at 185 S Gamble St, Shelby, OH 44875 or the Salvation Army at 47 South Main Street, Mansfield, OH 44902.
Online condolences may be left at www.barkdullfu neralhome.com


William M. Herlihy, age 86, of Middleburg Heights and Shelby native, died Thursday evening, February 15, 2018 at Kemper House in Strongsville.
Bill was born July 24, 1931 in Shelby, Ohio, the son of the late James and Catherine (Metzger) Herlihy. Bill was a highly educated man. He was a 1949 graduate of Shelby High School where he was the Class President. He continued his education at Miami University from 1949-1953 where he earned a BS in Business Administration. From Miami, Bill served his country in the US Army during the Korean War from 1953-1955. Upon honorable discharge, he returned to the classroom, this time at Ohio University, from where he earned a BS in Business Education in 1955 and a MEd in 1958. His love for education transitioned from learning to teaching and, in 1958, he began a ten-year career at Parma Senior High School where he taught business classes. During his time at Parma, Bill developed the first secondary school data processing and business computer programming curriculum in the State of Ohio.
Following Parma High School, Bill took a position as a computer programmer for the Jewish Community Federation in Cleveland from 1968-1970. In 1970, Bill began a long career as a full-time faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College as an Associate Professor of Computer Science and was the Coordinator of Computer Science Department. He retired in 1996, after 26 years with Cuyahoga Community College, as Professor Emeritus of Computer Science. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Baldwin Wallace College.
Bill was an avid outdoor enthusiast, enjoying: canoeing, water sports, hiking, exploring nature, skiing, and running. He also enjoyed learning and reading about history.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Joann E. (Montagino) Herlihy, whom he wed on December 21, 1968. Also surviving are: a daughter: Frances (Jeffrey) Snyder of Perrysburg, Ohio; a son: Matthew Herlihy of Atlanta, Georgia; 7 grandchildren: Avery, Aiden, and Janie Snyder and Annie, Finn, Will, and Lainey Herlihy; a sister: Anne C. (Emile) John of Shelby; a brother: Dennis Herlihy of Louisiana; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: a brother: James F. Herlihy; and a sister: Rosemary Bertka.
Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 2-4 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 am. Fr. Nicholas Weibl will officiate, and burial will follow in Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial contributions may be made to Kemper House or Hospice of the Western Reserve.
To share a memory or express a condolence, please visit: www.turnerfuneralhomeshelby.com


Albert B. Giese age 93 resident of Shelby, died Friday, February 16, 2018 at Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
Born August 24, 1924 in Germany to Bernhard & Marie Giese, he has been a Shelby resident since 1955.
Albert had worked at the Tuby, retiring in 1986 and was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Shelby.
He loved music and dancing and played the accordion, button box and the drums. Albert loved to travel to nursing homes and play music for the residents. He also enjoyed woodworking and was a regular at Cornell's IGA Cafeteria.
He is survived by one son Armin B. (Janet) Giese of Shelby; two grandchildren Brian (Renee) Giese of North Ridgeville, OH and Kristin Giese of Los Angeles, CA; two great grandchildren Noah and Maggie Giese; brother, Hienz (Dagmar) Giese of Island of Sylt in Germany; two brothers-in-law, Hans and Ewald Hahn both of Denmark and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elisabeth D. Giese in 2015.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday February 21, 2018 at the Barkdull Funeral Home and Crematory in Shelby. Reverend Russel Yoak will officiate with interment in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 11:00-1:00PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shelby Help Line Ministries. 29 Walnut St. Shelby, OH 44875.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdull funeralhome.com


James Mathias Ensman, age 87, of Shelby passed away peacefully Saturday evening February 17, 2018 at The Good Shepherd Home in Ashland surrounded by his family and loved ones.
Born April 19, 1930 in Shelby to Frederick and Frances (Spangler) Ensman, he has been a Shelby resident all of his life. After graduating in 1949 from Shelby Senior High School, James served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict until his honorable discharge in 1953. He was owner/operator of Ensman Gulf Service Station and later worked as an auto parts manager. With the loss of his wife, Donna in 1974, James devoted all of his time and love to raising his four children (ages 11, 9, 7, and 1) by himself. James was a member of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, as well as a member of the American Legion Post #326 and the Shelby Moose Lodge #422. He enjoyed racing cars, cooking, and fishing. Later in life, he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s many activities and watching bald eagles at Lake Erie.
He is survived by his children, Michael (Jessica) Ensman of Mansfield, David (Brenda) Ensman of Shelby, John (Teresa) Ensman of Shelby, and Anne (Robert) Lampe of Dayton; his grandchildren, Emily (Ben) Secrest, Morgan (Jesse) Rigg, Maggie Ensman, Bradyn Allen, Carsyn Gomez, Brittany Ensman, Zachary Ensman, Joshua (fiancé, Devin Sweeting) Ensman, Derek (fiancé, Becky Steele) Ensman, Rachel Ensman, Lauren Lampe, and Ryan Lampe; great grandchildren, Kirra, Natalie, Aleah, Havanna, and Marley; two sisters, Rosanna (Paul) Yosick of Fairborn and Margaret (Carl) Sifferlin of Shelby; brother, Norbert (Brenda) Ensman of Myrtle Beach, SC; sisters-in-law, Carol Ensman and Marcella Ensman. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna (Call) Ensman; loving friend, Bonnie Moomaw; three brothers and sister-in-law, Alfred (Marilyn) Ensman, John Ensman, and Jerome Ensman.
Friends may call at the Barkdull Funeral Home & Crematory on Wednesday February 21, 2018 from 5-8 PM. A military funeral honors ceremony will be held at Barkdull Funeral Home prior to the procession to St. Mary’s. Funeral mass will be held at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Thursday at 10:30 AM conducted by Father Chris Mileski. Interment will follow in the Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery.
Memorial expressions may be made to The Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Ashland or to Southern Care Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at www.barkdull funeralhome.com.


Elizabeth A. "Anne" Rittenhouse, 61, of Urbana, Ohio passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 in Galion Pointe Nursing Home, where she received exceptional care. Anne is survived by her brother, Keith (Karen) Rittenhouse. Services are entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana, Ohio.




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