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Dana R. Kangas

Evelyn Estes

Anne M. Starcher

Patricia M. Davis

Noreen E. Collier

A. Eleanor Edwards

Nadine Koskinen

Lavern Lancaster

John L. Wladyka Sr.

Kenneth A. Stevenson, Sr.

Florence K. Deist



Monday, May 4th, 2015
Dana R. Kangas

October 16, 1983 - May 1, 2015
Services: May 6th, 2015 at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Dana R. Kangas, 31 of Geneva, Ohio passed awayFriday, May 1st. He was born October 16, 1983 in Mesquite, Texas the son of Kenneth Kangas and Barbara (Purnell) Sullivan.

He was a 2002 graduate of Ashtabula Lakeside School and had worked construction most of his life. He enjoyed creating inventions, fishing, hunting, working on cars and he had a huge heart, always helping family and friends. A show of Dana’s huge heart and generosity will live on in the four lives he was able to save by being an organ donor.

Surviving him are his mother, Barbara (Dale) Sullivan of Geneva; his father, Kenneth Kangas of Geneva; three sisters, Amy Lavallie of Geneva, Christina Lavallie of Ashtabula and Nina (Jason) Detore of Ashtabula; two nephews, Aaron (Brittany Lynn) Rogers and Tristan Rhodes; a niece, Brittany Ann Rogers and a great niece, Kenndie Rogers and numerous Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

A gathering of family and friends to share cherished memories of Dana will be at the Geneva Eagles Lodge, 120 Depot St. Geneva, Ohio on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 6 pm to 8 pm

Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to the family.

The Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory , 323 South Broadway, Geneva is honored to serve the Dana Kangas family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Friday, May 1st, 2015
Evelyn Estes

October 24, 1928 - April 30, 2015
Services: May 4th, 2015 at 12:00 P. M.

Evelyn Estes, age 86 of Tompkins Rd., Jefferson, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at her residence. She was born on October 24, 1928 in Conneaut, the daughter of William & Dorothy (Mathew) Magill.

She had lived in Monroe Township the majority of her life until moving in with her daughter Mary Ann ten years ago.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge, enjoyed traveling with her family to Maine and Arizona and rode contest horses in local shows for many years. She loved to play piano and the accordion and to tend to her flowers. She also worked as a secretary for Astatic Corporation in Conneaut for many years.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Ann (Ronald) Schanfish of Jefferson; two beautiful granddaughters, Angela Rose and Amber Marie Schanfish both of Jefferson; two sisters, Doris Warriner of Conneaut and Ruth Williams of Kingsville; and a very special friend Russell Wood. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Monday, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 P. M. at the Jefferson home of Fleming &BillmanFuneral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson, Ohio with Rev. Philip Kachersky of the First Baptist Church in Jefferson officiating. Burial will take place in Kelloggsville Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held from 10:00-12:00 P. M. prior to the service at the funeral home. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman are honored to serve the Evelyn Estes family.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Anne M. Starcher

July 20, 1960 - April 24, 2015
Services: April 28th, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Anne M. Starcher, 54 of Linda Lane, North Kingsville passed away unexpectedly on Friday. She was born July 20, 1960 in Ashtabula the daughter of Alex and Lora (Harwood) Dolgosh and has been a lifetime area resident.

Anne was a graduate of Harbor High School and received her Bachelors of Education from Edinboro University where she graduated summa cum laude and received her Master’s degree from Youngstown State University and had taken many additional courses. She was the Career Education Coordinator at A-Tech in Jefferson where she touched the lives of many young students to help guide them into many careers.

She married Terry Starcher on April 9, 1983. Anne was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church; the National Education Association and the Ohio Education Association. She enjoyed reading biographies, traveling, scrapbooking, crafting, shopping and watching her favorite TV shows. Most of all, she loved spending time with her friends, family, and beloved pets.

Surviving her is her husband, Terry; two children, Brittany (fiancé Jeremy Winchell) Starcher of Geneva and Jordan (fiancé Kaitlin Lambert) Starcher of Kent, Ohio; two grandchildren, Ella and Andrew; her father, Alex (Alice) Dolgosh of Parma; her mother, Lora (Robert) Veres of Ashtabula; her step-mother, Carol Dolgosh of Painesville Twp; her sister, Caryl Sheldon of Kingsville; her mother-in-law, JoAnn Starcher of Ashtabula; two brothers-in-law, Randy (June) Starcher of Wellington, Ohio and Rodney (Becky) Starcher of Ashtabula; sister-in-law Connie (Del) Swartz of Jamestown, PA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Lora and Robert Harwood; her sister, Cheryl Adang; her father-in-law, Rush Starcher; by two brothers-in-law, Robert and Bryan Starcher and her aunt, Susan Harwood.

Funeral services will be Tuesday (April 28th) at 11:00 AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with burial at Ridgeview Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Monday (April 27th) from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the family to be used for various charitable organizations. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Patricia M. Davis

October 2, 1940 - April 22, 2015
Services: April 25th, 2015 at

Patricia M. Davis, 74 of Saybrook Township died Wednesday (April 22nd) at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.. She was born October 2, 1940 in Euclid, Ohio the daughter of Thomas F. and Irene M. (Halasz) Kerins.

She was a 1958 graduate of St. John High School and received her Nursing degree in 1961 from St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. She worked at the Ashtabula General Hospital for fourteen years retiring in 1975.

She married Dr. William Davis in 1975. She is a member of Our Lady of Peace Parrish. Surviving her are two sisters, Kathleen (William) Savarise of Ashtabula and Margaret M. Pavolino of Ashtabula two brothers, Thomas F. (Henna) Kerins of Fernandina Beach, Florida and Timothy M. (Alicia) Kerins and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. William Davis in 1991; a sister, Barbara A. Godley and a nephew, Douglas J. Savarise.

At her request there will be private services with burial at Edgewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory are honored to serve the Patricia Davis family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Noreen E. Collier

January 5, 1921 - April 20, 2015
Services: April 24th, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Noreen E. Collier, 94 of North Bend Rd. Saybrook Township, died Monday (April 20th) at the Country Club Retirement Campus. She was born January 5, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio the daughter of Lewis and Hope (Hotchkiss) McKay.

She is a member of the Ashtabula First United Methodist Church; the National Campers Club and the Mad Hatters Canoe Club. She enjoyed Jigsaw puzzles and Music.

Surviving her are her children, Jean Collier of Raleigh, North Carolina, Colleen Gohlke of Warren, Ohio, Gayle Whiting of Jackson, Michigan, Judith Golic of Indian Land, South Carolina and George (Connie) Collier, Jr. of Bowie, Maryland; twelve grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George L. Collier, Sr; a son, Alfred Collier; a brother, Alfred L. McKay and a sister, Dorothy Fisher.

Funeral service will be Friday (April 24th) at 11:00AM at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd. Ashtabula with Rev. Donald P. Barnes, Spiritual Care Coordinator of Hospice of the Western Reserve officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery.

Calling hours will be Thursday (April 23rd) from 6:00 PM to8:00 PM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave. Ashtabula, Ohio. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Noreen Collier family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com

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Monday, April 20th, 2015
A. Eleanor Edwards

October 29, 1931 - April 19, 2015
Services: May 8th, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

A. Eleanor “Ellie” Edwards, age 83, of Leon Square, Dorset, died Sunday, April 19, 2015 at her residence.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:00 A. M. at Andover Christian Church, 150 Stillman Ave., Andover, with Pastor Robert Gears officiating.

Calling hours will be held at the church from 10:00-11:00 A. M. prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Andover Christian Church, P. O. Box 1268, Andover, Ohio 44003. The Jefferson Home of Fleming &Billman, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, are honored to serve the Alice Eleanor Edwards family. Guest book and obituary can be found at fleming-billman.com.

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Saturday, April 18th, 2015
Nadine Koskinen

April 10, 1938 - April 17, 2015
Services: April 23rd, 2015 at 11:00 A. M.

Nadine Koskinen, age 77, Jefferson, died early Friday morning at the Western Reserve-David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. She had been a patient there the past two weeks.

She was born April 10, 1938 in Kirkland Twp., the daughter of Alan & Martha (Hautala) Shott and she has lived in this area most of her life. She was married to Thomas J. Koskinen on August 19, 1961 in W. Springfield, PA. Over the years, Nadine worked at different area manufacturing companies, finishing her career and retiring when Channel Products closed their Jefferson plant. She loved shopping and was an avid walker.

Survivors include two sons, L. J. (Peg) Koskinen of Madison and Thomas E. (Jill) Koskinen of Salem, seven grandchildren, Kurt, Holly, Brittany, Kaitlin, Kelsey, Alyssa & Davin, five great-grandchildren, a brother, Martin (Dorothy) Shott of Rock Creek and two sisters, Alana (Gary) Thrower of Elbert, CO & Dianna Coles of Crestline, CA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Tom in 1986, a son, Arthur in 2002, a daughter, Lisa in 1973 and a sister, Charlotte Hawkins.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:00 A. M. at Oakdale Cemetery, with retired United Methodist minister, Rev. Wayne Clark of Salem officiating. No calling hours will be observed.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Western Reserve-David Simpson Hospice House, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119. The Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, is honored to serve the Nadine Koskinen family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Lavern Lancaster

November 23, 1926 - April 14, 2015
Services: April 17th, 2015 at 12:00 P. M.

Lavern Richardson Lancaster, age 88, St. Rt. 46 North, Jefferson, died Tuesday morning at her residence.

She was born November 23, 1926 in Paris, TX, the daughter of James & Kathryn (Smith) Richardson and resided in the Fort Worth, TX area more than 50 years before moving to Jefferson to her daughter’s home 16 years ago.

Lavern was the valedictorian for the 1943 Soper, OK high school graduating class. She was married to William E. Lancaster on August 3, 1944 in Soper, OK. Mrs. Lancaster worked for several years for the Birdville School System in Birdville, TX. She was a member of the Birdville Church of Christ and her greatest love and enjoyment was being with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Pamela L. Lancaster of Jefferson and Lisa A. (Richard) Lancaster- Lane of Arlington, TX, three grandchildren, Kathryn L. Namey of Los Angeles, CA, Mary R. Namey of Grayslake, IL & Johnny T. Namey of Jefferson, two great-grandchildren, Autumn & Grayson Aliff, a sister, Mildred (Wes) Harrison of San Angelo, TX, a brother, Chris Richardson in Texas, brother-in-laws, J. L. (Pauline) Lancaster of Fayetteville, AK & Ed (Sue) Lancaster of Paris, TX, sister-in-laws, Vergie Haskins of Houston, TX & Nita (Ewell) Crawford of Ft. Worth, TX and multiple nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William on May 6, 2000, brothers, Claude Bunch & Curtis, Obie & Coleman Richardson and sisters, Irene Richardson & Willie Taylor.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 12:00 PM at the Jefferson Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson with the Rev. Tim Krause of the Conneaut Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Friday from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to Tridia Hospice, 1933 St. Rt. 45, Austinburg, OH 44010, envelopes will also be at the funeral home. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors is honored to serve the Lavern Lancaster family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015
John L. Wladyka Sr.

February 4, 1922 - April 8, 2015
Services: April 11th, 2015 at 12:00 P. M.

John L. Wladyka Sr., age 93, of Stumpville Rd., Jefferson, died Wednesday morning at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. He was born on February 4, 1922 in Verona, New York, the son of Nicholas & Anna (Rusyniak) Wladyka.

He has owned and operated Lenox Equipment Company since 1966. He enjoyed being involved in the business. He loved bowling, farming and doing yard work. He was also an avid Cleveland Indians fan.

He is survived by his beautiful wife, Anna M. (Martinchuk)Wladyka, whom he married on May 23, 1953 in Warren, Ohio; sons, John L. (Teri) Wladyka Jr. of Jefferson and James “Jim” P. (Denise) Wladyka of Jefferson; two grandchildren, John “Jay” Wladyka of Madison and Elizabeth “Beth” A. Wladyka of Kent, and his sister, Rose Samples of Arizona.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Jachim, Peg Norton; brother, Alex Wladyka.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 12:00 P. M. at the Jefferson Home of Fleming &Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 49 W. Jefferson St., Jefferson, with Pastor Jerry Frick of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Andover officiating. Burial will be in Oakdale Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held at the funeral home from 10:00-12:00 P. M. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Jefferson Emergency Rescue District, P. O. Box 294, Jefferson, Ohio 44047 or to First Congregational United Church of Christ, 41 E. Jefferson St., Jefferson, Ohio 44047. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Fleming & Billman Funeral Home and Directors are honored to serve the John L. Wladyka Sr. family.

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Kenneth A. Stevenson, Sr.

February 26, 1918 - April 8, 2015
Services: April 13th, 2015 at 1:00 P. M.

Kenneth A. Stevenson, Sr., age 97, S. Ridge Rd. East, Ashtabula, died Wednesday afternoon at his home with family by his side after taking a severe decline in health the past month.

He was born February 26, 1918 in Richmond Hts., the son of Alva W. & Gladys M. (White) Stevenson and resided in Ashtabula since 1954, coming from Richmond Hts. Mr. Stevenson was a graduate of Cleveland State University (Fenn College) with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in World War II.

In his early working career, Mr. Stevenson, along with his brothers, Bruce & Harold, owned and operated the Canfield Petroleum service station in Lyndhurst, he served as treasurer for the city of Richmond Hts. and worked with various contractors and constructions companies. He was self-employed as a heavy machine operator and was a member of the local Operating Engineers Union #18.

He was a former member of the American Society of Metals and did belong to the NRA and the Ashtbula Co. Antique Engine Club. His hobbies include hunting, rebuilding and refurbishing old equipment, problem solving and was a “jack of all trades”.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Winifred I. (Spence) Snider, three children, Sheila A. (Richard) Branch, Donna L. Phelps & Kenneth A. (Vicki) Stevenson, Jr., all of Ashtabula, six step-children, Thomas (Mary Lou) Snider of Gilbert, AZ, Jerry (Connie) Snider of Scottsdale, AZ, Dennis (Patricia) Snider of Mesa, AZ, Debbie (Ronald) Richardson of Chandler, AZ, Doug (Cathy) Snider of Mesa, AZ & Denise (Mark) Simpson of Apache Junction, AZ, seven grandchildren, 17 step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 27 step-great-grandchildren, one step-great-great-granddaughter and one sister, Shirley Vitek of Cleveland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Georgia F. (Spence) Stevenson in 1999, a grandson, Kenneth A. Stevenson, III in 1983 and two brothers, Bruce & Harold Stevenson.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:00 P. M. at the Ashtabula Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, with Pastor Mary Susan Pisano of the Kingsville United Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery where Dewey Howlett Post #103 of the American Legion offering military honors.

Calling hours will be held Sunday from 2-4 P. M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be given to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004. Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors have been honored to serve the Kenneth Stevenson, Sr. family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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Monday, April 6th, 2015
Florence K. Deist

September 28, 1934 - April 5, 2015
Services: April 8th, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Florence K. Deist, age 80, of Eastlake Drive, Geneva-on-the-Lake, died Sunday, April 5, 2015 at her residence. She was born on September 28, 1934 in Geneva, Ohio, the daughter of Marion &Flora Miner.

She is survived by her husband Ronald Deist whom she married on January 2, 1981; her sons, Denny Warner of Geneva-on-the-Lake, George Warner of Geneva; step son, Marc Deist of TN; step daughter, Rhonda Spelling of Ashtabula; brother, Art Miner on Concord, Ohio, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Bill Miner.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, April 8th at 2:00 PM at the Geneva Home of Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, 323 South Broadway, Geneva with Rev. Bruce Hitchcock of The First United Methodist Church of Geneva officiating. The Fleming & Billman Funeral Homes are honored to serve the Florence Deist family. Guest book and obituary at fleming-billman.com.

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