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Anna Belle Goff

James R. Foltz

Kristie M. Talcott

Edward J. Floss

Shirley L. Otto

William R. Luce

Carolyn J. Caldwell

Ronald Carlson

Richard A. Bessant

A. Louise Barnes

Donald A. Kozak



Monday, October 27th, 2014
Anna Belle Goff

December 12, 1930 - October 27, 2014
Services: October 30th, 2014 at 11:00

Anna Belle Goff, 83 of Garfield St. Geneva died Monday (Oct. 27th) at her home. She was born December 12, 1930 in Geneva the daughter of Henry Ellis and Florence Lucille (Libert) Coy and has been a lifetime area resident.

She had worked for over 34 years with Geneva Rubber until her retirement. She enjoyed reading and walking but most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving her are her four daughters, Gail Bogue of Geneva, Vanessa (Dean) Katona of Columbus, Amy (Serge) Grenier of Geneva and Lynda Tersigni of Geneva –on-the-Lake; eleven grandchildren; nine Great grandchildren, a brother, Kenneth Coy of Geneva and four sisters, Edith Coy, Betty Bowser, Hazel Coy and Alta Coy all of Geneva. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Perry Coy, David Coy and Robert Libert and two sisters, Gertrude Coy in infancy and Jane Goff.

A memorial service will be Thursday (Oct.30th) at 11:00 AM at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors, 323 South Broadway, Geneva with Pastor John Munday of the Park Street Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Geneva at a later date.

Calling hours will be Wednesday (Oct. 29th) from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Anna Belle Goff family.

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Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
James R. Foltz

June 17, 1960 - October 22, 2014
Services: October 25th, 2014 at 1:00 P. M.

James “T-Bone” R. Foltz, age 54 of Westview Dr., Jefferson, passed away suddenly early Wednesday morning (Oct. 22nd) at St. Joseph Medical Center in Andover with his family at his side. He was born on June 17, 1960 in Ashtabula, the son of James & Emma “Kay” (Hodson) Foltz.

He has been a lifelong resident of Ashtabula County. He was a self-employed master craftsman for most of his life. He enjoyed camping at Holiday Camplands where his family’s most cherished memories were made over the last 20 years. He loved hunting, fishing, bowling with his children and coaching baseball for his son Steve. He enjoyed motorcycles especially his Harley where he felt free and enjoyed many long rides with his son. However, his greatest love was his wife of 33 years, his four children and nine grandchildren, they were his world! He will always be remembered for putting others needs in front of his own, but his legacy will be the love he had for his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Tammie (Walkup) Foltz who he married on August 1, 1981; his mother Emma “Kay” Foltz of Conneaut; children, James R. Paris of Ashtabula, Kristina M. (Tyler Minnick) Foltz of Pittsburgh, Steven L. Foltz of Roaming Shores, Trisha M. (Brian) Kereky of Jefferson; brother, Brad Foltz of Kingsville; sisters, Terri Hochschild of Kingsville, Debbie Cartner of Ashtabula, Sheri Foltz of Ashtabula; grandchildren, Ava, Easton, Mercedes, Lillian, Bayleigh, Sophia, Landon, Madisyn and James.

He is preceded in death by his father James Foltz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 25th, at 1:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson St., Jefferson with Pastor William Walkup officiating.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday at the Jefferson Home from 10:00 A. M.-1:00 P. M. prior to service. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the family, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Guest book and obituary can be found at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Home is honored to serve the James R. Foltz family.

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Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Kristie M. Talcott

April 9, 1968 - October 19, 2014
Services: November 1st, 2014 at 10:30 A. M.

Kristie Marie Talcott, age 46, of Jefferson, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at Cleveland Clinic Foundation, following complications from an extended illness.

Kristie was born on April 9, 1968 in Ashtabula, the daughter of the late Jean (Shuart) and Neil Hinkley. She was a 1986 graduate of Harbor High School and received a nursing degree from Kent State University in 2003. Kristie was employed with Caretenders as a Registered Nurse before her illness. She enjoyed being a mother to her children, was a talented cook, a gardener and an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband Errol S. Talcott, whom she married on July 20, 2002 at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Ashtabula, her children, Holly Philpott and Brady Talcott at home. She leaves behind her siblings, Kelly Hinkley of Ashtabula, Karen (Scott) Metcalf of Sheffield Twp, Randy (Diane) Hinkley of Ramseur, NC, and Keith Hinkley of Ashtabula. She also leaves behind her mother-in-law, Mary Kolehmainen , father-in-law Randy (Terri) Talcott, brother-in-law Patrick (Stacey) Talcott, all of Jefferson, and sister-in-law Laura (Ross) Grippe, of Westlake. She is also survived by her uncle, Richard Shuart and her cousins Rick (Sue) Shuart and Jill Davis, all of Virginia. Kristie was also the proud aunt of many nieces and nephews. Kristie was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Jackie, and her grandparents, Alva and Pearl Shuart, and Eva and Harold Hinkley.

A memorial service to celebrate Kristie’s life will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 89 East Satin St, Jefferson, OH 44047 with the Rev. Michael Meranda of Messiah Lutheran Church officiating. No calling hours will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made in care of Errol Talcott, to establish an education fund for the children, envelopes will be available at the church or can be mailed to the funeral home.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to those who cared for Kristie including: Dr. Orlando D’Silva, Tricia Williams, NP-C, Kingsville Davita Dialysis, and Cleveland Clinic.

Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors have been honored to serve the Kristie Talcott family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Monday, October 20th, 2014
Edward J. Floss

August 28, 1940 - October 14, 2014
Services: October 24th, 2014 at 19:00

Edward “Ed” J. Floss, age 74, of Eddy Rd., Madison, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Lake Health Medical Center. He was born on August 28, 1940 in Cleveland, the son Konrad & Amalija (Zelko) Floss.

Ed worked as an ambulance driver for Premiere Ambulance and Transportation Service until his retirement in 1999. He enjoyed bowling, impersonating Elvis, playing the guitar and singing. Ed was the founder of a band in the 70’s and 80’s known as the “Nashville Sounds”. Later he joined with a group that played and spread cheer at the surrounding local senior centers.

He is survived by his companion Donna Earls of New Lyme; three children, Jeanne A. (Jeffrey) Roberts of Brookville, OH, William (Mary) Hezebicks of Saybrook and Louis Hezebicks of Geneva; 10 grandchildren, Rebecca Pomp, Megan Pomp, Luke Roberts, Megan Roberts, Christopher Turk, Louis Berry, Shawn Berry, Nichole Hezebicks, Nikki Cooper and Mary Stone; 12 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, former companion Barbara Valentine in 1998, a brother and a sister.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00 P. M. at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 S. Broadway St., Geneva, with Pastor Donald Bennett officiating.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5-7:00 P. M. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Obituary and guestbook at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Home and Crematory are honored to serve the Edward J. Floss family.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Shirley L. Otto

October 27, 1934 - October 16, 2014
Services: October 20th, 2014 at 12:30 P. M.

Shirley L. Otto, age 79, St. Rt. 46 South, Jefferson, died late Thursday evening at her residence surrounded by her loving family following an extended illness.

She was born October 27, 1934 in Williamsfield Twp., the daughter of Ralph & Arlene (Fink) Daniels and has been a resident of this area all of her life. Mrs. Otto was a former employee of Jefferson Manufacturing and was affiliated with the Andover United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Otto owned many race horses over the years and was a member of different horse racing associations, USTA, OHHA & ISA, she enjoyed watching the live race telecasts on her computer and was a fan of Roger Huston, the race caller at the Meadow’s. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching and was an excellent seamstress and cook. Her ultimate enjoyment was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, James R. Otto, whom she married on April 13, 1951 in Andover, four children, Carlie S. (J. J. Guardado) Otto of Tampa, FL, Ronald W. Otto, LuAnn Otto & Linda K. (Gerald) Licate, all of Jefferson, five grandchildren, Jamie (Kevin) Torres, Michael Otto, Lisa (Carl) Knapp, Gerald (Jennifer Kitson) Licate & Gennifer (John) Dzura, six great-grandchildren, Sophia, Shelby, Natalie, Amber, Sophia & Gabriella, two great-great-grandchildren, Degabriel & Matthew, two sisters, Frances White & Sherie Daniels, both of Andover and a special dear friend, Linda Smith of Conneaut.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Gary in 1976, brother, James Daniels and sisters, Marlene Rayl & Janet Burns.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 P. M. Tuesday at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson with Alisa Nierzejewski, Certified Celebrant leading the service.

Calling hours will be held Monday from 4-7 P. M. and Tuesday from 11:30 A. M. – 12:30 P. M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and staff have been honored to serve the Shirley Otto family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014
William R. Luce

February 4, 1923 - October 3, 2014
Services: October 21st, 2014 at 11:00

William R. Luce, 91 of Nathan Ave. Ashtabula died Friday (Oct. 3rd) at the Madison Health Care in Madison, Ohio. He was born February 4, 1923 in Ashtabula the son of Cleo and Dorothy (Wagner) Luce . He had lived in Florida from 1978 to 2002 returning to Ashtabula.

He was a veteran of the Army during World War II serving in the European Theater of Operations. Following the war he worked at Union Carbide until his retirement in 1970.

He loved tinkering with old machines., Playing cards, travel and when he was in Florida he loved playing Shuffle Board.

Surviving him are his three daughters, Linda Childs of Painesville, Ohio, Kathy McCarty of Ashtabula and Robin (Tom) Terbizan of Ashtabula two grandchildren, Nicholas Childs and Mary Pae, seven great grandchildren ; five great –great-grandchildren and his brother, James Luce of Florida. He was preceded n death by his parents; his son, James Luce in 1961; a sister, Jean Shank and his son-in-law, Pat McCarty in 2012.

Private Family Graveside services will be Tuesday (Oct. 21st) at 11:00 AM at Saybrook Township Cemetery with Alisa Nierzejewski, Certified Celebrandt officiating with American Legion Post #103 conducting military rites.

Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory is honored to service the William Luce family.

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Saturday, October 18th, 2014
Carolyn J. Caldwell

June 8, 1943 - October 17, 2014
Services: October 22nd, 2014 at 11:00

Carolyn Joyce Caldwell, age 71, of N. Bend Rd., Saybrook Twp., went home to be with the Lord on Friday (Oct. 17th) at home with her family by her side. She was born on June 8, 1943 in Ashtabula, the daughter of Everett & Delores (Fox) Sheets.

A lifelong resident of Ashtabula County,age 15 she worked at Erickson's Restaurant on Depot St., then as a waitress at Hotel Ashtabula, a manager at the D & K Store on Main ave.; a cashier at Revco on Main Ave, a cashier at the Convenient Store on West Ave., a waitress at the Holiday Inn on Rt 45. She also did merchandising at the Kmart in Saybrook and was a press operator at Premix in North Kingsville she worked for Jubilee Foods in the Harbor for many years in file maintenance until her retirement in 2002. She was an active member of Lighthouse Baptist Church where she also sang in the choir. She loved to bake, especially Christmas cookies that she would share with others that she loved during the holidays. She enjoyed feeding and watching her hummingbirds.She has a loving heart, a beautiful smile and took time time to say "Hi" to everyone. However, her grandchildren were her world!

She is survived by her husband Ronald W. Caldwell whom she married on February 20, 1970 in Conneaut, Ohio; two children, Kathy M. Cross of Ashtabula and Ronald E. (Margaret) Caldwell of Saybrook Twp.; sister, Glenna Thiel of Ashtabula; brother, Thomas “Tommy” (Judy) Tyson of Ashtabula; four grandchildren, Tamara Goff, Todd Cross, Ronald Caldwell, Charles Caldwell; three great grandchildren, Jacob Sanders, Savannah Cross and Nevaeh Goff; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Ralphn Holsinger; three infant sistes and a grandmother that she held very close to her heart, Lilie Fox.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday (Oct. 22nd) at 11:00 A. M. at the Lighthouse Baptist Church, 2929 Carpenter Rd. Ashtabula with Pastor John Jones officiating. Burial will take place in Saybrook Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday (Oct. 21st) from 5:00- 8:00 P. M. at the church and on Wednesday from 10:00 A. M. until the time of service at the church . In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church, 2929 Carpenter Rd. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 , envelopes will be available at the church. Condolence expressions and obituary can be found at fleming-billman.com. The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, are handling arrangements and are honored to be serving the Carolyn J. Caldwell family.

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Monday, October 13th, 2014
Ronald Carlson

May 9, 1934 - October 10, 2014
Services: October 17th, 2014 at 11:00

Ronald Carlson, age 80, of Ashtabula, died Friday, October 10, 2014 at Carington Park. He was born May 9, 1934 in Ashtabula, the son of Carl “Pete” & Frances Carlson. He is survived by a half-brother, Eric (Judy) Carlson of Andrews, NC. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service will be held Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11:00 A. M. at Edgewood Cemetery with Rev. Christine Bell of the First United Methodist Church of Ashtabula officiating. The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman, 526 West Prospect Rd., Ashtabula is honored to serve the Ronald Carlson family.

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Richard A. Bessant

January 15, 1935 - October 11, 2014
Services: October 16th, 2014 at 11:00 A. M.

Richard A. Bessant, age 79, S. Ridge W., Saybrook Twp., died Saturday morning in the Hospice Unit at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center.

He was born January 15, 1935 in Ashtabula, the son of the late Leland G. & Gladys I. (Christiansen) Bessant and has been an area resident all of his life. He was a 1952 graduate of Ashtabula High School and attended Kent State University Ashtabula Campus. Mr. Bessant retired in 1988 from Rockwell International Brake Division after 35 years of service. Other employments over the years include Redbrook Boat Club, Oros Builders, Springwood Products, Maple Ridge Golf Course and Post Lumber.

He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder, deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Bessant was active with the Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster, committeeman, cubmaster, merit badge counselor and Weblow leader. He was an avid runner, biker and walker. He officiated basketball and volleyball, was commissioner of the Saybrook Boys Baseball League where he coached several teams. He took pride in his home, garden and yard and loved to spend time with his family.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara A. (Spring) Bessant, whom he married on July 3, 1954 in Lawrenceburg, IN, three children, Catherine A. Moss of West Palm Beach, FL, Richard L. Bessant & William R. (Victoria) Bessant, both of Ashtabula, eight grandchildren, Xavier, Kevin, Heather, Tiffany, Sara, Cassie, James & Sharon, six great-grandchildren, Alex, Olivia, Carmelo, Tyler, Grant & Neaveh, a sister, Carol (David) Crudele of Avon and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held Thursday at 11:00 A. M. at the Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1342 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, with the former pastor, Rev. Kevin Horrigan officiating. A visitation will be held Thursday at the church from 10-11 A. M. prior to the service.

Additional calling hours will be held Wednesday from 6-8 P. M. at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula. In lieu of flowers, the family wants contributions directed to Trinity Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, at the above address or envelopes will be available. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and staff have been honored to serve the Richard Bessant family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Sunday, October 12th, 2014
A. Louise Barnes

- October 10, 2014
Services: October 18th, 2014 at 11:00 A. M.

A. Louise Barnes, age 92, 3600 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, died Friday October 10, 2014 in the Hospice Unit at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center.

She was born December 24, 1921 in Bluefield, WV, the daughter of Courtney H. & Annie Lee (Mack) Scruggs, moving to Cherry Valley Twp. in 1954 from Bluefield and living in Ashtabula the past 15 years. Mrs. Barnes worked for the federal government for a short time while in Bluefield then retired as a nurse’s aide at Charlotte Nursing Home with more than 15 years of service.

She was a former member of the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church and a current member of the Jefferson Community Church of God in Christ where she was the birthday steward and enjoyed bible study and Sunday school. She volunteered at WCVJ Christian radio station, assisting with Bible study and mail correspondence. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, cooking and gardening and was a big fan of WWE Wrestling.

Survivors include three children, Anthony L. Barnes of Bedford Hts., Eric G. Barnes & Kyle L. Barnes, both of Ashtabula, five grandchildren, Donald, Lee, Stacy, Amber & Chyvon, nine great-grandchildren, a sister, Bulah Mitchell of Cleveland Hts., two sister-in-laws, Mildred Grady of Ashtabula & Leola Barnes of Richmond, VA and a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her former husband, Essic G. Barnes, Jr., son, Essic G. Barnes, III and brothers, Robert & John Scruggs.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 at 11:00 A. M. at the Jefferson Community Church of God in Christ, 1381 St. Rt. 167, Jefferson, with Pastor Isaac Chappell as the lead celebrant. Burial will be in Cherry Valley Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday from 10-11 A. M. at the church prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Make A Wish Foundation, 6060 Rockside Woods Blvd. N., Sutie 315, Independence, OH 44131, envelopes will also be at the church. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, has been honored to serve the A. Louise Barnes family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Monday, October 6th, 2014
Donald A. Kozak

December 12, 1930 - October 6, 2014
Services: October 9th, 2014 at 11:00 A. M.

Donald A. Kozak, age 83, W. Center St., N. Kingsville, died Monday morning at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie where he had been a patient the past 11 days.

He was born December 12, 1930 in Cleveland, the son of John & Suzan (Kokas) Kozak and has resided in Ashtabula Co. most of his life. He was a graduate of Jefferson High School where he stared in football. Mr. Kozak was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force serving in the Korean Conflict. He retired in 1986 from Elkem Metals after more than 30 years of service.

Mr. Kozak was a man of many interests, he was a charter member of the Arrow Cadets when younger, he could build or fix anything, loved to golf, attended all the grandchildren’s sporting events, enjoyed horse back riding and traveling, enjoying his special family visits to Hungary, was an avid Cleveland sports fan and was very family oriented, was an extremely patriotic man, following the motto, “God, country and family”.

He is survived by his wife, Maria (Plavecz) Kozak, whom he married on September 21, 1996 in Chagrin Falls, three children, Kathy A. (Stephen) Magda of Jefferson, Kim A. (Daniel) Roebuck of Wooster & Kenneth L. (Suzy) Kozak of Sherman, TX, 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister, Magdalene Anderson of Ashtabula, several nieces and nephew and a dear friend, Richard Maynard of Fruitland, FL, whom he served in the war with.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Gloria (Salberg) Kozak in 1995, brothers, Nicholas & Raymond Kozak and a sister, Pauline Nichols.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A. M. Thursday at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson with the Rev. Phillip Kachersky of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Gageville Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 5-8 P. M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family or the First Baptist Church, 85 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, OH 44047. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors has been privileged to serve the Donald Kozak family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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