Class of 1941
Estella M. Gathergood Kehres, 93, resident of New Washington, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Willows at Willard. She was born on June 5, 1923 in Norwalk, Ohio to the late Joseph F. and Estella H. (Smith) Koepele, the second oldest of seven daughters. Estella was a 1941 graduate of Norwalk St. Paul's High School and had been employed in the offices of the former Norwalk Truck Lines, the former Norwalk Furniture Company and Mid-Way Inc. in Monroeville.
On August 1, 1942 she married John Gathergood and they had three girls and a son. John passed away in February of 1994 after 52 years of marriage. In May of 1998 Estella then married Gerald Kehres of New Washington and moved there.
Estella was the former Huron County Chairman of the 1978 Cancer Drive, was a Lector and Eucharistic minister for ten years at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Monroeville, a volunteer pink lady at Fisher-Titus Hospital for ten years, and a volunteer for Stein Hospice in Sandusky. Estella was a thirty-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, an original member and past president of the Golden Eagles Senior Citizens of Monroeville, a member of the Wisdom People of Monroeville, and a member of the Golden Gems. After moving to New Washington, she was a Lector and Eucharistic minister at St. Bernard Catholic Church for ten years.
She took many classes to learn arts and crafts and enjoyed knitting, crocheting, quilting, ceramics, chair caning, stain glass, oil painting, decoupage and flower arranging. She also loved to bake and play euchre.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Kehres; three daughters, Susie (Dave) Colahan, Phyllis (Perry) Payne, and Linda (Bill) Henrie; a son, Bill (Bonnie) Gathergood; a step-daughter, Vickie Johnson; and a step-son, Mike (Andrea) Kehres; 14 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; and 10 step great grandchildren; three sisters, Ethel Missler, Mary Cutnaw, and Teresa Zyski.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Gathergood, and three sisters, Leona Reilly, Anne Stimmel, and Clara Boyd.
Class of 1943
Edward Pflieger, 91 of Norwalk, passed away on February 2, 2017 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was born on August 3, 1925 in Norwalk and has lived in Norwalk for his entire life. He retired from Shelby Carton Service and was a member of St. Mary's Church in Norwalk, and the Norwalk Eagles. He enjoyed fishing, dancing, cooking, spending time with friends and family and was a lifelong Indians fan. He is survived by two sons Brian (Debra) of Norwalk, and Lyle, of Tiffin, a sister Anna Robinson, grandchildren Cara (Michael) Reinhold, Cassie (Luke) Miller, Janet Pflieger, Andrea (Justin) Cornelius, Chad (Melissa) Pflieger, Kelly (Carly) Pflieger and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Frank and Emma (Rock) Pflieger, his first wife Rosemary and his second wife Lois, sons Jerome and Kevin, and a daughter Margaret, brother Jim, sisters, Flora, Florence and Rose. A memorial mass will be held on Friday at 10:30 am at St. Mary's Church on League Street in Norwalk. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Online condolences may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Class of 1948
Ruth F. Ensminger, 86, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, December 27, 2016, in her home. She was born September 15, 1930 in Norwalk, Ohio, to the late Harold and Lucille (Hofacker) Schnee, and was a lifelong area resident. Ruth was a 1948 graduate of St. Paul High School, and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. She was a former employee of Rotary Printing Company, the Seven Sea’s Restaurant, the Gas Light Drive-in, Woolworth’s Department Store, was the former co-owner of Hol-Roy’s Crystal Restaurant, and was a former St. Paul High School Cafeteria worker. She was a member of the Maple City Garden Club, enjoyed playing cards at the Senior Enrichment Center, flower arranging, was a huge Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers fan, and enjoyed wintering in Florida for many years. The love of Ruth’s life was her family, especially enjoying going to school sports, and school activities. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Hollis L. Ensminger, of Norwalk, Ohio, by her children, Kathy Baum, of Norwalk, Ohio, David (Ensminger) Hollisson of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Peggy and Joe Popovic, of Norwalk, Ohio, and Nancy and Glenn Higgins of Norwalk, Ohio. Ruth is also survived by 13 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren, and by her brother, Richard Schnee. She was preceded in death by her brother, Roy Schnee, and by her son in law, Donald Baum.
Class of 1950
Frank A. James, 84, died Monday, February 13, 2017 at home in the presence of family after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Frank is survived by his wife and best friend of 61 years, Jacquelyn James; his brother Major L.W. Gates and wife Susan, and his sister Carol A. James. His three children: F. Andrew James and wife Mary-Kay, Julie James Dwyer and husband Daniel, and Jeffrey James and his wife Alyson. He also leaves behind eight adoring and treasured grandchildren: Dylan (Meaghan) James, Keith James, Hannah James, Carly James, Michael Dwyer, Kristina (Paul) McLaughlin, William (Marcy) Dwyer and Elijah Knight as well as many other In -Laws, nieces, nephews and loving friends. Frank was predeceased by his sisters Evelyn and Betty and brothers Ray and Tom.
Frank was born in Cleveland, Ohio. After his mother’s sudden death due to pneumonia, Frank was sent to Home of the Holy Family orphanage in Cleveland at the age of 3. He lived there for 6 years before he was taken in by his foster parents, William and Grace Gates of Norwalk, Ohio. It was this act of kindness and generosity on the part of the Gates family that helped shape Frank’s life more than any other. The Gates’ provided Frank with a template of how a family unit functions, a model which he would strive to duplicate in his own life.
Frank graduated from St. Paul’s high school in Norwalk, Ohio 1950. “I graduated 26th in my class” he liked to tell people before adding that his graduating class was composed of 26 students. After graduation Frank joined the Navy. While serving in Squadron VP-11 at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine, he met a young woman at a dance hall one Friday night and asked her to dance. Her name was Jacquelyn St. Pierre. After the dance, Frank told his friend “I’m going to marry that girl.” Eighteen months later they were married on April 7, 1956. After receiving his honorable discharge from the Navy, Frank was accepted into the University of Delaware on a probationary basis. He graduated three and a half years later with honors and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He took a job with Raytheon in Lewiston, Maine and then DuPont in Richmond, Virginia before transferring to DuPont’s Boston office and settling in Nashua, NH.
In 1970, now with three young children, Frank, with his wife Jackie behind him, helped launch Shrink Packaging Systems Corp with his associate Jim Gieber. He loved competition and earning the respect of peers and competitors. He chaired various industry advisory councils in his long career. Frank helped create important packaging machinery patents and SPS has been a leader in their industry for more than 46 years. Frank was a natural leader and derived great satisfaction from the growth and accomplishments of the SPS team. Customers like Parker Bros Games and Hasbro meant his kids were the first on their block with a new GI Joe or Nerf product.
Always a champion of underdogs, Frank was proud of his service to the Nashua Children’s Home. He served and led their Board during a critical time in the growth of their mission.
His faith helped sustain him through his illness. Frank was an active member of St. Joseph, St. Christopher and finally Immaculate Conception Catholic parishes in Nashua.
Frank and Jackie created wonderful memories hosting family and friends at their Cape Cod home. A 2006 Mediterranean 50th Anniversary Cruise with their kids and families will always be everyone’s favorite vacation. Frank played tennis and golf and always enjoyed a combative game of liar’s dice with family and friends. His friend and helper, Eva Davis, was a respected cribbage adversary. Frank was a loyal fan of his adopted Boston teams. He loved to get together with family for Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics games. As a long time season ticket holder, he was at Opening Day in 2005 when the Red Sox raised their first Championship banner in 86 years. He was also at game 6 in 1975 when Fisk hit his dramatic home run that sent the series to game 7.
Class of 1953
Marilyn A. “Nickoli” Friend, 80, the daughter of the late Erle and Doris Klopp passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, December 20, 2016, at her home. She was born January 30, 1936 and was a lifelong Norwalk resident. Marilyn was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, and was a 1953 graduate of St. Paul High School. She had been an avid participant at the St. Paul Adoration Chapel over the past 17 years, spending multiple hours in prayer each week. Marilyn enjoyed following her husband’s racing career, and all of her grandchildren’s various activities. She loved bowling, and was the first woman in Norwalk to bowl a 300 game. She was a St. Paul Cheerleader in high school and spent her adult life cheering on the Flyers and Truckers as well as the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes. She felt called to sponsor mission children and enjoyed corresponding with them.
Marilyn is survived by her children Pam A. (Joey) Hampton, Brenda L. (Susie) Friend, Julia L. (Gregg) Smith, Chris J. (Jennifer) Friend, Lisa M. (Edmund) Holleran, and Georgina “Gina” F. (John) Nolan, all of Norwalk, Ohio, by her sister Joyce Bachman of Tampa, Florida, her brother in law Tom (Brenda) Friend, of Wakeman, Ohio, and her sister in law Mary Lou Mack, of Collins, Ohio. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andy Burneson, Hope Whitmill, Ashley (Aaron) Schoen, Daren Smith, Hannah, Sydney, George, Annie, and Raeleigh Friend, Colt Holleran, Sabra, Alexandria and Lane Nolan, and by 2 great grandchildren Allen and Dylan Whitmill and she was excited to be welcoming her 3rd great grandchild in April. She was preceded in death by her husband George Friend, Jr., her brother John Nickoli, and sister in law Norma Jackson and her biological father Walter Nickoli.
Class of 1956
Jeanne A. Chandler, 78, of Norwalk, passed away Saturday evening, Dec. 31, 2016, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky. She was born May 28, 1938, in Bristol, Conn., to the late Lloyd and Lillian (Laurendeau) Rogers, and lived in this area most of her life. Jeanne graduated from St. Paul High School in 1957, and attended St. Paul Catholic Church. In her youth, Jeanne enjoyed racing her 1964 Dodge Dart at Norwalk Raceway. She had also been a Cub Scout Den Mother, and enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes Football. She especially enjoyed watching her grandchildren’s school sporting events. Jeanne worked at Schild’s IGA in Norwalk for over 30 years, always having a smile for her customers, willing to help anyone in need, and was a caring and loving friend to many people.
She is survived by her children, Deborah A. Chandler of Norwalk, Michael D. and Celia Chandler of Port Clinton and Mark D. and Wanda Chandler of Port Clinton. Jeanne is also survived by her grandchildren, Joel (Amy) Boling, Blaine Boling, Ian (Jaime) Chandler, Naomi Chandler, Tim (Bethany) Cousino and Jen (Chris) McCumber; by seven great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Moser, Kylie Moser, Alivia Moser, Jalen McCumber, Shilynn McCumber, Mckenna Boling, Tristan Boling; and by her siblings, Kathy (Ted) Crawford of Milan, Jim (Nancy) Rogers of Sandusky, Linda (Chuck) Furey of Norwalk, Dave Rogers of Norwalk and Rick (Sandy) Rogers of Collins. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Staff Sgt. Mark D. Chandler Jr.
Class of 1958
Thomas Brown, 76, of Bay Village, loving and devoted husband of 51 years of Susan (nee McCahon); cherished father of Thomas M. Brown III (Missy), Julie Karabatsos (Paul) and Amy Lupson (Dane); proud grandfather of Mary Anderson, Loulu Brown, Maggie, Sarah and Kelly Karabatsos and Garrett and Connor Lupson. Passed away suddenly of natural causes on November 18, 2016. Preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Brown and his beloved sister, Molly. Originally from Norwalk, OH and a graduate of Xavier University, Tom spent time as a coach and teacher at Western Reserve High School before starting his career and retiring from Alcoa with 33 years of service. As an avid sailor and member of Cleveland Yacht Club, his love of the sea was eclipsed only by his love of spending time with his grandchildren.
Class of 1958
Anita Fritz, 77, of Norwalk, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Gaymont Nursing Center.
She was born January 20, 1940 in Monroeville to the late Anthony J. and Irene E. (Wise) Fritz, and lived in this area most of her life. Anita was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, and a 1958 graduate of St. Paul High School. She was a nurse at Fisher-Titus Medical Center for 57 years, retiring in 2011. Anita was a nurse in St. Joseph Hospital in Philadelphia for 8 years, and was a traveling nurse in this area for 5 years doing short term assignments. She was a volunteer at Gaymont Nursing Center, and enjoyed reading.
Anita is survived by her daughter, Deborah Kurtz of Cleveland, Ohio, by 2 grandchildren, and by her brother, Anthony J. Fritz of Norwalk, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her sister, Julia I. Fritz, and by her brother, Robert A. Fritz.
Class of 1964
Norma J. Wise, 70, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 in her home.
She was born June 15, 1946 in Norwalk, Ohio, to the late Herman J. and Justine L. (Swartz) Wise, and was a lifelong area resident. Norma was a former employee of Norwalk Truck Lines, the Norwalk Clinic, and was employed at North Central Eye Associates of Norwalk at the time of her death. She enjoyed crafting, her cat, Buddy, spending time with her family, and especially enjoyed writing.
Norma is survived by her brother, Ron (Betty) Wise, of Norwalk, Ohio, by her sister, Marilyn (Fred) Lau, of Norwalk, Ohio, by her niece and nephews, Tammy Montgomery, Tim (Michelle) Wise, and Todd (Tina) Wise, by her great nieces and nephews, Justina Wise (Dalton Hall), Cassidy Wise, Brandon Wise, and Erin, Wise, and by her great great niece, Kendall Hall.
Class of 1969
Gary A. Roth 65, of Mansfield, and formerly of Norwalk, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in Mansfield Memorial Home, after a courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
He was born March 21, 1951 in Norwalk, Ohio, to the late Norbert G. and Marjorie (Hipp) Roth. Gary was a 1969 graduate of St. Paul High School, and was a broker for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He enjoyed volunteer work, working on motorcycles, the companionship of his dogs, spending time with his friends, and will be remembered for his silly sense of humor. Gary was a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Mansfield Y.M.C.A. He is survived by his daughter, Hillary A. Carter of Norwalk, Ohio, by his sister, Holly A. (Gus) Kopp of Avon Lake, Ohio, and by 2 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, Eric Roth in 2006, and by his sister, Gail Johnson in 2008.
Class of 1973
Dale G. Egle, 61, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Friday, February 3, 2017, in his home.
He was born July 16, 1955, in Norwalk, Ohio to Wilbur P. and Mary Frances (Hipp) Egle and was a lifelong area resident. Dale was a 1973 graduate of St. Paul High School. Dale is a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. He is in the Junior Conservation League of Ohio Hall of Fame, and was a Tennessee Squire.
Dale had worked for Jim’s Auto Wash, the Pizza Post, Hite Produce, Pizza Brothers, Norwalk Furniture, Colonial Flower Shop, and MB’s Pooch Parlor. Dale loved the outdoors, his family, and enjoyed his pets, especially taking his dog to the Norwalk Reservoir, and delivering Meals on Wheels.
Dale is survived by his mother Mary Frances Egle of Norwalk, Ohio, by his siblings, Mike and Pat Egle, of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Karen “Elaine” and Carl Myers, Virginia and Dave Eavey, Chris and Dave England of Bellevue, Ohio, and Monica and Dave Fondriest, all of Norwalk, Ohio, and Mary Egle of Lorain, Ohio. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur P. Egle, in 1967, by his brothers Gerald and Charles Egle and by his sister, Judy Bedocs.
Class of 1983
Ronald E. Miller, 51, of Toledo, Ohio passed away Tuesday. December 13, 2016 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. He was born February 25, 1965 in Whiteman AFB, Missouri, and lived most of his life in Bowling Green area.
He was a 1983 graduate of St. Paul High School. Ron had worked at Jacobs Field in the Terrace Club for many years and at Sam B’s as a waiter, and manager for several years. He enjoyed sports was an avid Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns fan. He also liked cooking and foodservice and was an amazing server.
He is survived by his parents, Ronald A. and Jeri L Miller, of Norwalk, Ohio, by his brother John (Shelah) Huff, of Sandusky, Ohio, by his sisters, Kathy S. Miller, of Flatrock, Ohio, Lisa M. (David) Pool, of Tiffin, Ohio, Christina R. (Derek) Sheafer, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Brandi K. (Steve) Nicholson, of Columbus, Ohio, and by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary R. (Huff) Miller and by his sister Kris L. Finch.