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Edith M. Caruso

Joan E. Cole

Charles W. Campbell

Carlos V. Rivera

Dennis M. Hennigan

Robert R. Smeby

Alexandra M. Kosenko

Robert G. Lux

Susan R. Hagstrom

Timothy J. Nemitz

James B. Cruikshank

Lawrence F. Pierson

George E. Reed

Barbara A. Taggart

Ruthella M. Morse

Sara Burns

Thomas G. Chapin

David P. Cedar

Darlene B. Coursen

Shirley J. Irons

Dorothy Graham Anderson

Dr. Richard L. Waters

Josephine A. Cochran

Joseph G. Steighner



Saturday, February 28th, 2015
Edith M. Caruso

March 8, 1919 - February 24, 2015
Services: at No Service

Edith M. Caruso, age 95, formerly of E. 21st St., Ashtabula, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Jefferson Healthcare Center.

She was born March 8, 1919 in Conneaut, the daughter of Vincent & Philamena (DePascal) Antonuccio and has lived in this area all of her life. Mrs. Caruso was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish-Mt. Carmel Church. She enjoyed crocheting and playing bingo.

Survivors include four children, Leo C. (Janet) Caruso of Ashtabula, Phyllis A. Wayman of Jefferson, Jacqueline (David) Huber & Louie D. (Carolee) Caruso, Jr, both of Ashtabula, nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louie D. Caruso in 1976, brothers, John, D. D., Michael, Albert, Charles & James Anthony, a sister, Diana Anthony and a grandson, Scott Anthony Caruso.

No services or calling hours will be held at this time. Services will be announced at a later date. The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, has been honored to serve the Edith Caruso family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Joan E. Cole

September 9, 1935 - February 25, 2015
Services: March 2nd, 2015 at 12:00 P. M.

Joan E. Cole, age 79, East Jefferson St., Jefferson, died Wednesday evening at her residence. She was born on September 9, 1935 in Beaver Twp., PA. The daughter of George E. & Edna J. (Fails) Frisbie.

She worked as a nursing assistant for the Jefferson Healthcare Center for 14 years. She was a member of the Eagles #3881. She also enjoyed reading, taking road trips and spending time with her granddaughter and two great granddaughters.

She is survived by her two sons; Virgil E. (Jackie) Cole Jr., of Dorset and Mark L. (Tammie) Cole of Jefferson; granddaughter Joyce Bosworth of Geneva; two great granddaughters, Dallas Bosworth of Geneva and Brooke DeVito of Geneva.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Virgil E. Cole in 1988; brother, Howard Frisbie; sister, Irene Cottrell.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 2, 2015 at 12:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson St., Jefferson, with pastor Samara Jenkins of Plymouth United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will take place in Lenox Center Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Monday from 11:00 A. M.-12:00 P. M. prior to the funeral service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 6100 Rockside Woods Blvd. #260, Independence, OH, 44131. Obituary and guestbook can be found at fleming-billman.com. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman are honored to serve the Joan E. Cole family.

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Charles W. Campbell

September 26, 1928 - February 23, 2015
Services: February 27th, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Charles “Charlie” W. Campbell, age 86, of Aberdeen Ave, Ashtabula, died Monday evening at the Geneva Shores Nursing Home. He was born on September 26, 1928 in Kessler’s Cross Lanes, WV, the son of Columbus A. & Verna A. (Bailes) Campbell.

He worked for Union Carbide for over 30 years before his retirement. He loved camping, cooking, hunting and fishing on Lake Erie.

He is survived by his five children; Steve (Cindy) Campbell of New Lyme, Rick (Patricia) Campbell of Geneva, Allen Campbell of San Bernardino, CA, Rodney Campbell of Ashtabula and Tim (Sandy) Campbell of Hebron, OH.; brothers, Tom (Jean) Campbell of Jefferson, Austin Campbell of Jefferson, 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Betty Jo Campbell in 2008; brothers, John Andy, Dave, Harry, Albert, and twin brother Clyde Campbell; sisters, Chessie Beavers, Virginia Foster and Elizabeth Jackson.

The family would like to thank the excellent nursing staff and nurses’aides at Geneva Shores and also Hospice of the Western Reserve for all of their loving care.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 27, 2015 at 11:00 A. M. at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, with Rev. James Douglas of Indian Creek Chapel officiating. Burial will take place in Edgewood Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman from 6:00-8:00 P. M. and also on Friday from 10:00 A. M. until the service. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors are honored to serve the Charles W. Campbell family.

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Monday, February 23rd, 2015
Carlos V. Rivera

February 11, 1945 - February 22, 2015
Services: February 26th, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Carlos V. Rivera, age 70, of South Ridge Road East, Ashtabula, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at his residence. He was born on February 11, 1945 in Cayey, Puerto Rico, the son of Juan & Candida (Vazquez) Rivera.

Carlos worked for Millenium Inorganic Chemicals as a micronizer operator for 24 years until his retirement in 2004. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending his free time fishing, gardening and landscaping.

He is survived by his wife, Norma I. (Pomales) Rivera of Ashtabula whom he married on July 7, 1973; children, Brian Osborne of Painesville, Carlo I. (Kim) Rivera of Ashtabula and Brandon C. (Jill) Rivera of Ashtabula; five grandchildren, Connor, Melanie, Josie Osborne, Angelina I. Rivera and Tyler Furmage; brother, Antonio Rivera of Saybrook Twp.

He is preceded in death by his parents and 11 siblings.

Funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 11:00 A. M. at Our Lady of Peace at St. Joseph’s Church, 3312 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, with Father Raymond Thomas officiating. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Ashtabula.

Visitation will be held at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd., Ashtabula on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 5:00-8:00 P. M. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Home is honored to serve the Carlos V. Rivera family.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Dennis M. Hennigan

August 23, 1954 - February 19, 2015
Services: at No Service

Dennis M. Hennigan, age 60, formerly of W. 38th St., Ashtabula, died peacefully with family at his side Thursday morning at the Carington Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he has resided the past 20 months.

He was born August 23, 1954 in Ashtabula, the son of the late Francis E. & Virginia M. (Babcock) Hennigan and has resided in Ashtabula all of his life. HE graduated from Edgewood Sr. High School with the Class of 1972. Dennis was a active member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church. His interests included swimming at the YMCA, walking, playing cards and games, watching sports and he loved pets.

He is survived by a son, Mark C. Hennigan of Cleveland, a grandson, Mark, two siblings, Karin S. (Rick Goldsmith) Hennigan of Brantingham, NY and Daniel L. (Elly) Hennigan of Austinburg Twp., nieces and nephews, Michelle Gillespie, Melissa Furman & Corey Hennigan and great-nieces and nephews, Madeline, Mason, Joshua, Brandon & Danielle.

No services or calling hours will be held at this time. A Spring memorial service and burial will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to Tridia Hospice, 1933 St. Rt. 45, Austinburg, OH 44010 or the Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Rd., Kingsville, OH 44048. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson has been honored to serve the Dennis Hennigan family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.

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Friday, February 20th, 2015
Robert R. Smeby

December 24, 1926 - February 18, 2015
Services: February 28th, 2015 at 1:30 P.M.

Robert R. Smeby, age 88, Boughner Rd., Trumbull Twp., died unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon, 2/18/15, at his residence, where he has lived since 1988, coming from Willoughby Hills.

He was born December 24, 1926 in Chicago, IL, the son of the late Rudolph P. & Nellie (Smith) Smeby and grew up in Mt. Prospect, IL where he went through scouting and became an Eagle Scout. At age 17 he joined the U. S. Navy and was a radioman stationed outside Shanghai during World War II.

He attended Blackburn College, earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana campus and earned his MS and Ph.D in Biochemistry from University of Wisconsin. He worked a short time for Reynolds Tobacco in North Carolina and Miles Laboratory in Elkhart, IN then spent 28 years at the Cleveland Clinic before retiring. He gained Emeritus status with both Sigma Xi and the American Chemical Society.

He served as a Scoutmaster in his younger years, served on the Willoughby Hills Recreation Commission and the Trumbull Twp. Zoning Board.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years whom he met at the University of Illinois, Patricia R. (Dowling) Smeby, whom he married on June 10, 1950 in Decatur, IL. Survivors also include four sons, Eric of Millersburg, Patrick of Painesville, Alec of Raleigh, NC & Darrick (Jennifer Brotherman) of Mansfiled, TX, nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and a half-brother, Alan (Sharee) Smeby of Rochester, MN.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson.

Graveside services will follow at 1:30 P. M. Saturday, 2/28, in Trumbull Cemetery, St. Rt. 534, Trumbull Twp. with Geneva VFW Post #6846 offering military honors. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors is honored to serve the Robert Smeby family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Alexandra M. Kosenko

January 6, 1942 - February 17, 2015
Services: February 20th, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Alexandra M. Kosenko, age 73, Painesville, died late Monday evening at her residence.

She was born January 6, 1942 in Russia, the daughter of Peter & Maria Kosenko, she was a resident of the Jefferson area much of her life before moving to Painesville in 1985. Ms. Kosenko retired from the General Electric Willoughby Course Plant after 35 years of service.

She is a member of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Mentor. Alexandra enjoyed doing floral arrangements and gardening.

She is survived by two children, Lori A. (Joe) Dennis of Jefferson and Paul J. Skvarek, Jr. of Lenox Twp., six grandchildren, Joey & Heather Dennis, Brandon & Laura May and Jesse & Erika Skvarek, six great-grandchildren, Gavin, Joshua, Bentley, Baileigh, Brantley & Jesse, a brother, Walter (Jackie) Kosenko of Austinburg Twp., a sister, Kathryn M. (Jeffery) Drake of Akron and two nieces, Cindy Marinkov of Parma and Natalie Peck of Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter in 1992 & Maria in 2008 and two sisters, Alexandra in infancy and Lydia Kosenko.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11:00 A. M. at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 S. Broadway, Geneva, with Fr. Andrews Clemens of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church officiating. Burial will be in Lenox Center Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Thursday (tonight) from 6-8 P. M. and Friday from 10-11 A.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Rd., Mentor, OH 44060, envelopes will be at the funeral home. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and staff have been honored to serve the Alexandra Kosenko family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Robert G. Lux

- February 16, 2015
Services: February 21st, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Robert G. Lux, age 68, of Jefferson, was born in Conneaut on February 26, 1946, the son of Robert & Annarita (McBride) Lux and went to be with his savior, Jesus, Christ, on Monday at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After growing up and living in Conneaut, Bob’s family moved to Cleveland Hts. where he attended Cathedral Latin High School. Shortly following graduation from high school, Bob volunteered and enlisted in the U. S. Army to fight in the Vietnam War. When he returned home with an honorable discharge, he met the love of his life, Elaine Reuschling whom he married on July 7, 1970, and he always maintained that she was his strongest supporter during all their years together.

With successful undergraduate studies at Cleveland State University that led to an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College, Bob sought to provide for his family with the best of his talents and abilities. He managed bookstores, began his own painting business, sold real estate and opened the Sonshine Shop, which developed a respected reputation and provided cherished memories within the community.

He was an avid sports enthusiast, who enjoyed playing and watching all sports and excelled at golf, tennis and basketball. Through all of his jobs, business endeavors and activities, Bob sought to reach people who needed help and was never afraid to offer his heart and hands to them in any way.

Bob will be most known and sorely missed for his warm personality, infectious sense of humor and the love and passion he had for his family, friends and his faith. Whether he was singing songs at church or the Jefferson Healthcare Center, selflessly ministering to local inmates with his great friend, Terry Wolcott, or spending time with his wife and three children, Bob never failed to exemplify the heart of how a true follower of Jesus truly lives.

Bob is survived by his wife, Elaine; sons, Brian (Jennifer) Lux and Steven Lux, daughter; Amy (Joseph) Davidson, three grandchildren, Sienna & Hazel Lux and Jayden Davidson, a brother, Anthony Lux, a sister, Dianne Lux and a loving host of cousins, nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Annarita, his father & mother-in-law, Fred & Florice Reuschling, a sister, Linda and a brother, Michael.

The family would like to offer a special thanks for the love and care provided by Ashtabula Regional Home Health Services and the never-failing support by the community of Jefferson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 A. M. at the First Baptist Church, 85 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Pastor Joe Laing of Bethel Bible Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery where Geneva Post #6846 of VFW will provide military honors.

Calling hours will be held Friday from 4-7 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson. Memorial contributions may be directed to Bethel Bible Church, 877 E. Beech St., Jefferson, OH 44047 or Ashtabula Regional Home Health, P. O. Box 1428, Ashtabula, OH 44005, envelopes will be at the funeral home and church. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and staff have been honored to serve the Robert Lux family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Susan R. Hagstrom

April 28, 1954 - February 16, 2015
Services: February 21st, 2015 at 5:00 P. M.

Susan R. Hagstrom, age 60 of Madison, died Monday. February 16, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic, after fighting a long courageous battle against cancer. She was born on April 28, 1954 in Union City PA., the daughter of Raymond L. & Joanna “Jo” A. (Thomas) Arndt.

She was the owner of Hagstrom Examining in Madison where she worked as a real estate title examiner for the past 9 years. On August 13, 2001, in North Haven, Maine, she married Scott W. Hagstrom. She loved going to the lake house and doing outdoor activities. Camping, hiking, skiing and kayaking. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, quilting and her beloved Jack Russell Terrier, “ Izzie”. Her greatest passion was her grandchildren and family.

She is survived by husband, Scott W. Hagstrom of Madison; seven children, Rusty S. (Jennifer) Shafer of Saybrook Twp., Cory R. (Michelle) Askew of Buffalo, NY, David J. Askew of Geneva, Christopher D. (Erin) Hagstrom of New York, NY, Matthew R. (Laura) Hagstrom of Alexandria, MN, Tobin S. Hagstrom of Madison and Corey C. (Emily) Hagstrom of Buffalo, NY; nine grandchildren, Luka, Liam, Lincoln Shafer and Ava, Cooper, Bodie, June, Everett, Celia Hagstrom; mother, Joanna “Jo” Arndt of Geneva; sisters, Joan E. Arndt of Geneva, Tricia L. (Ed) Jaworski of Hatfield, MA, Amy A. Tamblyn of Stuard, FL; brother Richard “Rick” L. (Marie) Arndt of Geneva.

She is preceded in death by her father, Raymond L. Arndt (2009) and brother Robert Arndt (2003).

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015, at 5:00 P. M.at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 S. Broadway St., Geneva, with Pastor Evan Nunnally of Lifeline Church in Madison officiating.

Calling hours will be from 3:00-5:00 P. M. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Lifeline Church, 5236 Middle Ridge, Madison, Ohio, 44057, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Obituary and condolences can be found at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Home and Crematory are honored to serve the Susan R. Hagstrom family.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Timothy J. Nemitz

June 5, 1953 - February 14, 2015
Services: February 21st, 2015 at 11:00

Timothy J. Nemitz, 61 of Sheffield Twp died Saturday (Feb. 14th) at the University Hospitals Conneaut Medical Center. He was born June 5, 1953 in Ashtabula the son of Eugene H. and Shirley (Duncan) Nemitz.

He was a 1971 graduate of Jefferson High School and a 1975 graduate of Ohio Northern University and received his Masters Degree in Business Administration. He worked for GE in Erie, Pa as a computer programmer, he then moved to Florida to work for GE / Lockheed Martin also in the programming dept. He returned to Ashtabula County to be closer to his family. He worked as an assistant manager for Bob Evans Restaurant and for Travel Centers of America before retiring with a disability.

He took care of his mother prior to her death and assisted other family members after surgeries and with their medical needs. He played Little League Baseball in his youth as a member of the White Sox coached by his father. Tim was also a member of the Jefferson High School baseball team. He was an avid Indians and Browns fan and enjoyed going to flea markets and antiquing.

He was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church and he was an organ donor at the time of his death.

Surviving him is his daughter, Amelia K. Nemitz; two brothers, Eugene (Dian) Nemitz of New Philadelphia, Ohio and Dan Nemitz of Sheffield Township; five sisters, Sandee (Gene) Young of Caneyville, Kentucky, Becky (Larry) Beckwith of Westerville, Ohio, Pam (David) Brenneman of Jefferson , Ohio, Emily (Ralph) Benetka of Sheffield, Ohio and Laurie (Adrian) Williams of Bay Village, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents

A memorial service will be Saturday (Feb. 21st) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula. With Pastor David Anderson officiating. He will be interred at a later date in Gageville Cemetery.

Calling hour will be Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or to the Diabetes Foundation. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Home are honored to serve the Timothy Nemitz family

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
James B. Cruikshank

April 10, 1959 - February 14, 2015
Services: February 20th, 2015 at 1:30 P. M.

James B. Cruikshank, age 55, former area resident and living in Front Royal, Va. the past 30 years, died Saturday morning at the Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal.

He was born April 10, 1959 in Ashtabula, the son of the late Walter G. & Wilda I. (Lockard) Cruikshank. He was a 1977 graduate of Edgewood High School and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He is a member of the American Legion in Front Royal, VA.

He is survived by his companion of 22 years, Kathy Shifflet of Front Royal, VA, five siblings, I. Rayann (Larry) Church of Jefferson, Jerry L. (Bobbie) Cruikshank of Willis, TX, Terry L. (Joseph Thirion) Harper of Williamsfield Twp., Wendy K. (Michael) Hines of Dorset Twp. and Jeffrey M. Cruikshank of Williamsfield Twp., an uncle, Wallace J. Lockard of Phillippi, WV and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held Friday from 11:00 A. M. – 1:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson. Committal services will be held Friday at 1:30 P. M. at the Greenlawn Memory Gardens, N. Kingsville where the Dewey Howlett Post #103 of the American Legion will offer military honors.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, in care of Wendy Hines, 4431 Footville-Richmond Rd., Dorset, OH 44032. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and staff have been honored to serve the James Cruikshank family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Lawrence F. Pierson

December 19, 1926 - February 14, 2015
Services: February 21st, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Lawrence F. Pierson, age 88, Peterson Rd., Denmark Twp., died Saturday afternoon at his residence.

He was born September 23, 1926 in Clanton, AL, the son of Felton & Mary (Benson) Pierson and has been a resident of the Jefferson area since 1975, coming from Cleveland. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in World War II. He was married to Dorothy L. Hamilton on October 23, 1954 in Cleveland.

Mr. Pierson owned and operated the T & L Auto Body shop for over 50 years, then worked many years for Discount Auto Body. He was a member of the Grace Christian Assembly Church of Ashtabula and former member of the Central Missionary Baptist Church. He has been a Deacon for over 40 years and an adult Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Survivors include two children, Darlene Pierson of Denmark Twp. and Marcus L. (Cheri) Pierson of Kingsville Twp., nine grandchildren, Luciana, Jasmine, Marcus, Jr., Maranda, Chemar, Mahlea, Braydon, Yolonda & Lakia, seven great-grandchildren, three siblings, Cleo (Elnora) & Eddie (Julia Bell) Pierson and Mary L. Hill, all of Cleveland and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Dorothy in 1992, a son Lawrence F. Pierson, Jr. in 1975 and one brother, Jessie Pierson and two sisters, Vanilla Holt & Katie Friend.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11:00 A. M. at the Grace Christian Assembly Church, 906 Joseph Ave., Ashtabula, with the Pastors Sharone & Shirley Sing presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 10-11 A. M. Saturday. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens where Dewey Howlett Post #103 of the American Legion will offer military honors.

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Monday, February 16th, 2015
George E. Reed

January 5, 1936 - February 13, 2015
Services: February 18th, 2015 at 23:00

The heavens opened up and Jesus reached down and lifted up his saint and said “Come to me my child who is weary and burdened and I will give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Matthew 11: 28,30) George E. Reed, age 79, a good and faithful servant of the Lord, went to be with his savior February 13th, 2015.

A man of high energy and constitution, he was one of the hardest working fathers who supported his family which he loved with all his heart. He never met a stranger while his smile warmed hearts and his hearty laugh was contagious. He made friends easily and by the time he was in the prime of his life, the whole town of Ashtabula knew and respected him. He served for 30 years in the Ashtabula Police Department Auxiliary.

He loved to go fishing with his family and friends and never caught a fish he didn’t like. He went hunting and golfing, was an avid bowler, and was a 4 –time consecutive putt-putt golf champion at his church. As an active member of the Painesville Baptist Church, he loved to touch hearts for the Lord by teaching Sunday school and serving as usher.

Later in life, George was plagued by heart problems. However, he became a pioneer in medical history by participating in a one of a kind heart procedure that paved the way to help perfect cardiac pacemakers and stem cell therapy. These procedures are now becoming routine and saving many lives. You may have seen him in the papers and on his TV commercials with that radiant smile and proclaiming with joy, “I feel like a kid again.!”

Surviving him are his wife , Patricia (Myers) Reed whom he married Oct. 4, 2008; five children, Debra (Jim) Sullivan of Perry Park, Kentucky, Brenda (Brian) MacNaughton of North Kingsville, George E. (Opal) Reed of Middlefield, Ken (Nancy) Reed of Ashtabula and Pamela (Tony) Belmonte of Kingsville, Ohio the children of George and Vera Bear; two step-children, Christine (Robert) Pearson of Perry, Ohio and Pamela (Tom) Stenger of Madison, Ohio; five grandchildren, Joey, Michael, Robert, Hillary and Kenny; five step-grandchildren, Malinda, Lillian, Sarah, Louis and Jason; eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Betty and Dottie Louis and a brother, John. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Jane, Maretta and Dale and a brother, Wilbur.

Funeral service will be Wednesday (Feb. 18th) at 11:00 AM at the Saybrook United Methodist Church, 7900 Depot Rd. Saybrook with Rev. Stony Drain of the Painesville Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens.

Calling hours will be Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory , 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula . Memorial contributions can be made to the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary of Ashtabula. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Barbara A. Taggart

June 21, 1952 - February 12, 2015
Services: at No service

Barbara A. Taggart, age 62, Tower Rd., Dorset Twp., died Thursday afternoon in the emergency room at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center. She had been a patient at the Jefferson Healthcare Center the past three months.

She was born June 21, 1952 in Ashtabula, the daughter of Thomas R. & Ruth Grace (Burgett) Taggart, Sr. and has resided in Dorset Twp. all of her life. She was a 1971 graduate of Jefferson Area High School. She worked for many years at Lock Machine in Andover and more than 20 years at Andover Industries before her retirement.

She was a member of the former Dorset Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary and the Andover Eagles. She enjoyed playing bingo, gambling, going to garage sales, going out to eat and spending time with all of her family.

Her survivors include four sisters, Joyce M. Mann of Dorset Twp., Connie M. (George) Kapferer of Conneaut, Carol S. Sito of Pierpont Twp. & Susan J. Palmiter of Meadville, PA, sister-in-law, Roberta Taggart of Dorset Twp., several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Mary Lou Hill & Inez L. Pebbles, brothers, Thomas Taggart, Jr. and Ralph in infancy and a brother-in-law, William J. Mann, Sr.

No calling hours or services will be held at this time. Graveside services will be held at a later date in Dorset Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to South Central Ambulance District, 3100 St. Rt. 6, Rome, OH 44085. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson has been honored to serve the Barbara Taggart family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Ruthella M. Morse

April 7, 1922 - February 12, 2015
Services: February 17th, 2015 at 11:00

Ruthella Mae Hall Morse, age 92, completed her journey of faith on February 12, 2015. She was surrounded in love and prayers by her daughter, Bonnie, who has supported her the last several years. The daughter of Lyle I. and Thelma J. Rose Hall of Conneaut, Ohio, she was born April 7, 1922. Ruthella graduated from Conneaut Senior High School, Class of 1940. On January 20, 1942 she married her sweetheart, Howard Morse, and they grew in faith and love as they became partners in their journey of life. They were married 51 years prior to his passing on November 15, 1993.

Her soft, sweet voice was always raising in praise to her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, as she actively ministered as a layman in the Nazarene church. She taught the beginners Sunday school class over fifty years. She also served as a board member, missionary president, head steward, and choir member. She is known by all as a woman of love and great strength. Her love to her home and family was amazing. She will be long remembered for her love of flowers and abiding faith.

Ruthella is survived by her sister Kathlene [Frederick] Brown of Conneaut. Three children, Bonnie Games , Howard Morse Jr. of Ashtabula, and Carolyn [William] Clutter of High Point, NC. Ten grandchildren, Kevin [Christine] Games of Ashtabula, Karin Reed of Mount Vernon, Wendy [Christopher] Parnther of Brookshire, TX, Jeanette [Scott] White & Billy Clutter of High Point, NC, Nicole [José] Aponte of Ashtabula, Bethany Burkholder of Kempner, TX, Robyn Morse of Killeen ,TX, Annie [Steve] Narducci of Geneva , Adam [Christine] Morse of Minot, ND, and her great grand children, Timothy, Jonathon, Stephanie, Christopher, Ariana [Patrick], Olivia, Teddy, Christopher the II, Benjamin, Romeo, Lexi, Maia, Matthew, Halli, Autumn, Xavier, Gabriel, Ryan, Ismay, and many nieces, nephews, and friends, including all the many caregivers who so faithfully took care of her in the end stages of her life. She is also survived by the loves of her life, fur babies, Gideon, Mayarie, and Kitty Kitty. Ruthella was preceeded in death by her parents, husband, Howard Sr., son-in- law Charles Games, sisters, Geneve, Marion, Charlene, and brother Burton.

Please join us as we celebrate her life. Funeral services will be held Tuesday (Feb. 17th) at 11 am at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 West Prospect Rd., Ashtabula. Pastor David Hall of Ashtabula First Church of the Nazarene will be officiating. The burial will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 6 to 8 pm and on Tuesday from 10 am until time of service at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Ruthella Morse family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Sara Burns

August 28, 1925 - February 10, 2015
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Sara Burns, age 89, of Lenox New Lyme Rd, Lenox Township, died Tuesday morning at her residence. She was born on August 28, 1925 in Cleveland, the daughter of Severo & Mary (Angelone) Ferrini.

She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, watching television and being around her family.

She is survived by her three children; Sandra (John) Sullivan of Dorset, Robert R. Hopperton of Jefferson and Nancy (Scott) Firestone of Cleveland Heights; 12 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack R. Burns in 2000, daughter Diane Webber in 2008; 5 sisters and 2 brothers.

Honoring Sara’s wishes no services will be held at this time. The Jefferson Home of Fleming and Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson Street, Jefferson, are honored to serve the Sara Burns family. Obituary and condolences can be found at fleming-billman.com.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Thomas G. Chapin

June 4, 1952 - February 9, 2015
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Thomas “Tom” G. Chapin, age 62 of Forest Drive, Ashtabula, died Monday afternoon at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born on June 4, 1952 in Ashtabula, the son of George H. & Lucille C. (Bailey) Chapin.

He graduated from Jefferson Area High School in 1971. He worked as a handyman for the Ashtabula Yacht Club for over 10 years. He was a simple man who left a mark in the heart of everyone who knew him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was always up for an adventure. He loved his dogs and taking them to Pymatuning Lake. He had a deep love for his nieces and nephews and was always willing to offer a hand to anyone who needed it.

He is survived by his mother, Lucille Chapin-Gilbert of Ashtabula; sisters, Betty M. (Gene) Kelsey of Springboro, OH, Mary K. Richards of Jefferson, Nancy E. (Chuck) Bishop of Akron; brothers, Bill E. (Marie) Chapin of Richmond, VA, Rich H. (Barb) Chapin of Wooster, OH; aunt, Wilma “Aunt Woo” Bailey of Ashtabula; 12 nieces and nephews; 14 grand nieces and nephews and his trusty black lab, “Sam”.

He is preceded in death by his father, George H. Chapin in 1973; a grand nephew, Sebastian Alba in 2014 and brother-in-law, James “Jim” Richards in 2011.

Honoring Tom’s wishes there will be no services. Contributions may be made to the Ashtabula Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Rd., Kingsville, Ohio 44048 or to Akron’s Children’s Hospital/ ATTN: Foundation, One Perkins Square, Akron, Ohio 44308. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson St., Jefferson are honored to serve the Thomas G. Chapin family. Obituary and condolences can be found at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, February 7th, 2015
David P. Cedar

November 19, 1937 - February 4, 2015
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David P. Cedar, age 77, Trask Rd., Trumbull Twp., died late Wednesday evening at Tri-Pointe Medical Center in Concord Twp.

He was born November 19, 1937 in Meadville, PA, the son of Earl & Dolly (Wood) Cedar and has lived in Trumbull Twp. since 1993, coming from Twinsburg. Mr. Cedar retired from the Walton Hills Plant of the Ford Motor Co. in 1992. He was married to Dona C. (Beeney) Piasecki on March 7, 1992 in Twinsburg.

Mr. Cedar was a member of the Geneva Eagles and the Geneva VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Dona, three children, David (Lauri) Cedar of Columbus, Kathleen (Mark) Smith of Annapolis, MD & James Cedar of Columbus, a step-daughter, Sandra (Gary) Hanes of Cambridge, five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild and two sisters, Doris Petrillo of Chardon & Mary (Norm) Burger of San Amadeo, CA.

His parents, a brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

At Mr. Cedar’s request no public services or calling hours will be held. The Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 S. Broadway, Geneva, has been privileged to serve the David Cedar family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015
Darlene B. Coursen

August 14, 1947 - February 4, 2015
Services: February 7th, 2015 at 11:00

Darlene B. Coursen, 67 of Plymouth Township died Wednesday (Feb. 4th) at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born August 14, 1947 in Ashtabula, Ohio. She was a 1965 graduate of Ashtabula High School and married Daniel Coursen on August 14, 1965 and they would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this year.

She had attended St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. She enjoyed cooking, baking, playing Scrabble; her flowers and garden and she loved the lake. Most of all she was loved by her children and grandchildren and by all the neighborhood children.

Surviving her is her father, William Miller of Fruitland Parkway, Florida; her mother, Jennie B. Davis of Ashtabula; her husband, Daniel Coursen of Plymouth Township; three children, Lisa (Keith) Severino of Ashtabula, Amy Coursen of Ashtabula and Michael (Tammy) Coursen of Hickory, North Carolina; five grandchildren, Geoffery, Anthony, Tre’, Tayler and Brianna; a great grandchild, Arion ; and her brother, Thomas (Melinda) Miller of Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Funeral service will be Saturday (Feb. 7th) at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, 4353 Park Ave. Ashtabula with Rev. Douglas Wright officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Plymouth Township.

Calling hour will be Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. The Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory , 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula is in charge of arrangements and are honored to serve the Darlene Coursen family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Shirley J. Irons

November 14, 1936 - February 2, 2015
Services: February 6th, 2015 at 12:00 P. M.

Shirley J. Irons, age 78 of S. Poplar St., Jefferson, died Monday morning at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. She was born November 14, 1936, in Jefferson, the daughter of Clarence & Isabella G. (Mook) Irons.

She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, painting and was a lover of animals. However, her children and family were her greatest love.

She is survived by her children; Toni J. (Arnold) Robinson of Saybrook Twp., Anthony R. Muto of Geneva, and Claire P. Carkhuff of Jefferson; 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; sister, Ina (Paul) Stevens ofCowan,Tennessee.

She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Dalana M. Oplinger;brother, Clarence W. Irons; sisters, Laura P. Dotson, Ellen Webster, Anna Mason, Martha & Charlotte in infancy.

A graveside service will be held Friday, February 6, 2015 at 12:00 P. M. at Saybrook Twp. Cemetery with Rev. Dustin Leimgruber of the Pierpont Presbyterian Church officiating.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Ashtabula Animal Protective League, 5790 Green Rd., Kingsville, Ohio 44048. Fleming and BIllman Funeral Home and Crematory, 49 West Jefferson St., Jefferson, Ohio are honored to serve the Shirley J. Irons family.

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Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Dorothy Graham Anderson

August 16, 1924 - January 31, 2015
Services: February 6th, 2015 at 11:00

Dorothy Graham Anderson, 90, of Ashtabula died January 31, 2015 at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home. She was born August 16, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the only child of Dale and Anna (Anderson) Graham. Her family moved to Ashtabula shortly after her birth, where she resided until her passing. She was a 1942 graduate of Ashtabula High School and subsequently served as a teller for Farmer’s National Bank.

Dorothy married W.L. (Andy) Anderson on Sept. 6, 1952 and they were married for 59 years until his death at age 92. Mrs. Anderson loved her family and friends and the Ashtabula community. She was extremely committed to her parents and very attentive to them in their later years. She and Andy were avid participants in the “Dancing Club of Ashtabula.” She enjoyed spending winters in Florida with her husband and in her earlier years loved bowling and golfing with friends. Dorothy relished one-on-one time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took great pleasure in playing board games, cards and dominos with her grandchildren. She hosted many picnics with family and friends at their home; loved cooking, and lunch excursions with friends. She had a highly valued circle of friends including membership in an informal group called the WEGS (West End Girls). Mrs. Anderson was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church for over fifty years and served as an ACMC volunteer for 25 years. She was also a member of the Elks Ladies Auxiliary.

Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Marsha (Daniel) Elliott of Florence, S.C., Cheryl (Joseph) Porok of Chicago, IL., Denise (Robert) Brace, of Ashtabula and a son, Thomas (Mary)Anderson of Chardon, OH. She had nine grandchildren: Beth Prado, David (Bonnie) Elliott, Sarah Thomas, Teri (Brian) Melchert, Cathi (Bryan) Badik, Susan (Patrick) Pullen, Mark (Livia) Brace, Phil (Allison) Anderson, and Ben Anderson. She also had nineteen great-grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, as well as a granddaughter, Elizabeth Anderson, and a great-granddaughter, Meara Brace.

Calling hours will be held Thursday Feb. 5th at Ashtabula Home of Fleming-Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory located at 526 West Prospect Rd. Ashtabula, from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am, Feb. 6th at the First Presbyterian Church, 4317 Park Avenue, Ashtabula, with Reverend Dr. Stephen Long officiating. Calling hours at the church will procede the service from 10:00 to 11:00am.

Private burial service will take place at Ridgeview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to The First Presbyterian Church or to JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) of Northeastern Ohio. Envelopes will be available both at the Church and also at the Ashtabula location of Fleming and Billman Funeral Home. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Dr. Richard L. Waters

April 3, 1933 - January 30, 2015
Services: February 9th, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Dr. Richard L. Waters, age 81, W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, died Friday afternoon, January 30th in the ICU Unit at the Ashtabula Co. Medical Center with his family at his side.

He was born April 3, 1933 in Jefferson, the son of Clifford L. & Gertrude M. (Winans) Waters and has been a lifetime Jefferson resident. An Eagle Scout, he graduated from Jefferson High School in 1951 and from Western Reserve Dental School in 1957. Dr. Waters practiced for 42 years, retiring in 1999. He also served as a dentist in the U. S. Air Force in Lincoln, NE.

Dr. Waters was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Covered Bridge Society, Lenox Historical Society, Jefferson Historical Society, the Jefferson Exchange & Jefferson Rotary Clubs and the Civil War Reenactment Group-29th Ohio Infantry. He also previously served on the Jefferson Area School Board. He loved his family and church and enjoyed traveling, camping, hunting, fishing, photography and history.

Survivors include his wife Norma J. (Lentner) Waters, whom he married June 5, 1980 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, seven children, Kathi (Dane) Roberts of San Carlos, CA, Dr. Elizabeth (Steve Meyer) Waters of New Zealand, David Waters of Honolulu, HI, Michael (Jodi) Waters, Mark “Skip” (Valerie) Weber, Jeffrey Weber and Dan (Theresa) Weber, all of Jefferson, 14 grandchildren, Nicole, Kaylin, Jacob, Isaac, Abbey Rose, Zachary, Mitchell, Tyler, Caitlyn, Ethan, Katrina, Cody, Brittany (Ben) & Courtney, two great-grandchildren, Hunter & Harper and a sister, Shirley Christensen of Long Beach, CA

His parents, his first wife, Julia and a brother, William all preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 9, 2015 at 11:00 A. M. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 89 E. Satin St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Fred Grimm officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held Sunday, February 8, 2015 from 1-4 P. M. at the church. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mary Wintz Scholarship Fund, 89 E. Satin St., Jefferson, OH 44047, envelopes will be available at the church.

The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, has been honored to serve the Richard Waters family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Josephine A. Cochran

September 26, 1929 - January 31, 2015
Services: February 5th, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Josephine A. “JoAnn” Cochran, age 85, St. Rt. 307 East, Jefferson, died Saturday morning at the Jefferson Healthcare Center.

She was born September 26, 1929 in Painesville, the daughter of John J. & L. Josephine (Potter) Cawley and has been resident of the Jefferson area the past 56 years, coming from Painesville. Mrs. Cochran graduated from the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Youngstown. She worked as an office nurse for Dr. G. Robert Smith in Painesville for many years and retired from the Geneva Health Care Center/Sunset Manor in 2003. JoAnn was instrumental in the origination of Hospice of the Western Reserve in Ashtabula County.

She was a member of St. Joseph Calasanctius Church where she taught CCD classes and was a lector and lay minister and was a former trustee on the Henderson Memorial Library Board. She enjoyed bowling and golf.

She is survived by a grandson, Bradley Cochran of Ashtabula and a brother, John Cawley of Concord Twp.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert N. Cochran in 2004, two sons, Tom R. Cochran in 1987 & Tim J. Cochran in 2014, a brother, Richard Cawley and three sisters, Helen Presioso, Gertrude Thomas & Mary Brueggeman.

The funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11:00 A. M. at St. Joseph Calasanctius Church, 36 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Fr. John Sheridan as celebrant. Burial will be in Dorset Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday at the church from 10-11 A. M. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004 or Catholic Charities, 4200 Park Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004, 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 Josephine Cochran family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Joseph G. Steighner

January 19, 1936 - February 1, 2015
Services: February 3rd, 2015 at 12:00 P. M.

Joseph G. Steighner, age 79, W. Walnut St., Jefferson, died Sunday morning at the Jefferson Healthcare Center where he had been a resident the past three weeks.

He was born January 19, 1936 in Apollo, PA, the son of Raymond G. & Myrtle C. (Bish) Steighner and has lived in the Jefferson area more than 60 years, coming from Apollo.

Joe liked to tinker with small engines, smoke his cigarettes and have coffee several times a day at the Jefferson Diner, Circle K or the Shell station.

Survivors include two sisters and two brothers, Evelyn “Polly” Reitz of Jefferson, Bernard Steighner of Geneva, Raymond Steighner of Ontario, Canada & Shirley Mullen of Fairview, PA.

His parents, Raymond in 1981 and Myrtle in 2007 preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 12:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with the Rev. Philip Kachersky of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memory Gardens.

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Protective League, 5790 Green Rd., Kingsville, OH 44048. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors have been honored to serve the Joseph Steighner family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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