BHS Teachers -obituary



August 11, 1932 ~ June 4, 2020 (age 87)

JAMES ROBERT PAE age 87. Beloved husband of Janice (nee Bailey). Loving father of Jennifer E. Klingbeil (Mark) and James F. Pae (Denise). Devoted grandfather of Bailey Klingbeil, James, Christopher and Karen Steinbauer. Dear brother of the late Joseph and Thomas. U.S. Army Veteran.

Above all, James embraced and valued people.  He saw the good and their potential and was able to inspire them to greater things. His life was spent bringing people together and bringing joy to occasions big and small.  He was sociable, engaging, and charming.  A truly dedicated family man, he was intent to make certain those he most loved were well taken care of, supported, and happy. 

For 35 years, he taught in the Berea City School district sharing his passion for American literature and his legacy is often felt when former students ardently share their appreciation, respect, and fond memories of their high school days with him.

As lifelong learner, James spent afternoons at the Cleveland Orchestra better appreciating classical music, reading volumes on jazz and jazz artists and, until only recently, attending classes at Baldwin Wallace. The more he learned, the more he was eager to share with those he loved, inspiring the next generation to appreciate those same things he did.

His interest in sports began early as a high school varsity athlete in football, basketball, and track.  For years, he was season ticket holder of the Browns, made annual trips to the early rounds of NCAA basketball tournament and was an avid golfer.  Throughout his life, he was a constant spectator of his children’s and grandchildren’s basketball games, volleyball and tennis matches, and swim meets.

James embraced life wholly, just as he embraced his family. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested to either of the following:

Kent State university Golf team, P.O. Box 5190, Kent, OH 44242 or

Hospice Services of Southwest General Hospital,Thomas P. Perciak Family Residential Hospice, 18659 Drake Road, Strongsville, Ohio 44136

A Mass of Christian Burial, St. Mary Church, (Berea), Monday June 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM. (see full obit at Friends received Sunday 2 – 5 PM at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (West of I-71).

Carole Lee Lewis

1942 - 2019
(nee Bittner), age 76, born 10/29/1942, It is with great sorrow we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Mother and Nana on February 12, 2019. Carole was born in Rockaway Beach, NY and came to Berea in 1960 to attend Baldwin Wallace, where she received her teaching and Masters degree and met the love of her life, Mike Lewis. Carole is preceded by her husband and survived by her sons, Michael (Carolyn), David (Julie), and her adored 6 grandchildren; Maddie, Tommy, Michelle, Joe, Callaghan, and Michael. Carole taught for over 30 years in the Berea City Schools and then in retirement, enjoyed traveling the world, time at the lake, and the theatre. She will be deeply missed. A celebration of life will be planned for a future date.
Published in The Plain Dealer on Feb. 17, 2019
Coach Sandy Wilson

Sandy Nelson Wilson passed away peacefully on September 20, 2018 in Port Orchard, Washington. Born December 18, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Canton, Ohio. 

Sandy is survived by his wife of 61 years Valera Wilson and 3 children Gregg (Amy), Jeff, Marc (Joni), grandchildren JJ, Mitchell, Amy Jo, Maggie and Brian, great grandchildren Alexis, JR, Brayden, Isabelle, Grayson and Quinn. Brother-in-laws James (India) Manwaring, James Jokie and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents Claude Wilson, Ruth (Reginald) Parr, Aunt Nell Jones, Aunt Pat (Fred) Ozenne, Father-in-law Commander Frank Screws (Ret. Navy), Mother-in-law Edna Screws, Brother-in-law Trojan Screws and Sister-in-law Judi Joki. 

Sandy attended Canton McKinley High School where he excelled on the swimming team from 1945-48. Encouraged by his good friend Alex Steve, Sandy attended Ohio University and continued to excel in swimming from 1949-52. After graduating from Ohio University, he went on to Bowling Green State University where he received his Master’s of Science and Education degree in 1954. 

Sandy proudly served in the United States Navy from 1955-57 and was stationed at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. This is where he met and fell deeply in love with Valera Screws and they were married July 13, 1957 at the Navy Chapel. They moved to Toledo, Ohio where their 3 sons, Gregg, Jeff and Marc, were born. During those years he coached age group swimming at the Toledo Club and taught Junior High School Science. He also served as Ohio AAU swimming chairman from 1958-61. The family moved to Berea, Ohio when Sandy took the head swimming coach position at Berea High School, guiding the swimming program for 4 successful years. 

Sandy was hired at Ashland (College) University as the first head swimming coach and Aquatic Director for its inaugural swimming program in 1967. This was the beginning for his 30 year college teaching and coaching career. During this time he turned out a phenomenal 30 different All Americans and 3 different National Champions. The Ashland Eagles also dominated the Penn-Ohio Championships during most of those years. Professor Wilson taught a variety of classes at Ashland such as, Science, Kinesiology, Racquetball, and Golf. 

Coach Wilson was recognized and inducted into multiple Hall of Fames including Berea High School, Canton Aquatics Association, and Ashland University. In addition, he was very involved with the National YMCA swimming program including being the Honorary Head Starter for the National Swimming Finals for several years. As the founding father of the Ashland University's swimming program and swimming coach, Sandy was honored on campus May 14, 2012 with a luncheon and dedication of the "Sandy Wilson Locker Room" located inside the Recreation Center. Quote from luncheon: "I wish that all the young people can have the opportunities I had, to have such a good experience that you can't wait to get up to go to work. There's never been a day in my life that I didn't want to get up and go to work".

Sandy loved the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the young men and women through his teaching and coaching but his true love was spending time with Val and the kids. Summer vacations were filled with travel, like the many cross country camping trips from Ohio to the Pacific Northwest as well as fresh water fishing vacations to Wisconsin. Weekend getaways to Mohican State Park and Cedar Point amusement park were always on the agenda. The family spent many Christmas vacations and spring breaks on the beaches in Florida. He enjoyed coaching his sons in swimming and Little League baseball as well, and as a teacher, he took a keen interest in their education. He was proud of the career decisions they made, including their Navy service. 

But what delighted Sandy the most was spending time with the crown jewel of his life ~ Val. Whether it was dancing to country music, eating out with friends, or taking part in one of the many facility functions at the university, he loved spending time with his bride. He loved her more than anything and this was clear to anyone who spent time with them. 
Following retirement from Ashland University with Emeritus Faculty status, Sandy and Val moved to Oak Harbor Washington where they lived until just prior to his passing. 

A visitation for Sandy will be held on October 1st from 3-5pm. Memorial Services will be held October 2nd, 1pm with reception to follow. All services will be held at Wallin Funeral Home 1811 NE 16th Ave Oak Harbor.

There is a slide show of pictures at the end of his obituary which includes some Berea pictures.

October 22, 1930 ~ June 1, 2016 (age 85)
HAROLD K. GOODWIN, age 85, retired teacher and administrator from Polaris, Berea City Schools and West Tech High. Beloved husband of the late Dolores (Nee Zelinski), loving father of Lynn Schneider (Karl), Kathleen Goodwin, Kenneth Goodwin (Diane) and Ronald Goodwin (Sue),  grandfather of Laura Miller (Ryan), Kyle Schneider, Cody, Julia, Dylan and Jared Goodwin, great grandfather of Nora and Henry Miller,  brother Richard Goodwin, Corinne Wilson and the late Robert Goodwin.  NO VISIATION. Funeral Service and Burial Private. Family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER-OSINSKI-KENSINGER FUNERAL HOME, BEREA, OHIO.


HARL LUTHER "ROCKY" EVANS, age 74, passed away from a heart attack on Feb. 4, 2016 while vacationing in Venice, FL. He leaves behind his wife, Barbara (Pratt); loving father of Julie Morris (Craig) and Amy Thornburg (Jeremy); devoted grandfather of Connor and Shannon Morris. Brother to Garry (Karen); uncle to Brent and Brock. Preceded in death by his parents Martin L. Jr and Georgianna (Sharp) of Marion, OH. After graduating from Harding High School, Harl attended Ohio University graduating with a MAED. 

He taught and coached at Medina and Berea High School. Upon retiring, Harl built new clubs for Kiwanis International. Most of all, he enjoyed attending his granchildren's events. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to either Berea Kiwanis Club PO Box 444 Berea, OH 44017 or BMHS Athletic Boosters, Madzy Run Fund 165 East Bagley Rd., Berea, OH 44017. A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm at the United Methodist Church of Berea 170 Seminary St. Berea, OH 44017.


THOMAS W. YATES, age 81, died January 29, 2016.  Beloved husband of 57 years to Nancy (nee Bayer) Yates; dear father of David T. (deceased) (Kathy), Beth Yates and James B. Yates (Chris); loving grandfather of Ryan and Megan Ogrinc, Lauren, Jessy, Jack and Katie Yates; survived by sisters Ann Swilik (Bob), Carolee Dossa (Bill), and brother Don Yates (Joyce); preceded in death by his parents William C. and Catherine (Storey) Yates. Retired educator of the Berea City School District, Tom was a graduate of St. Edward High School (1953). Family wishes to thank the staff at Seasons of Life Hospice and at University Hospital Trauma ICU for their care and support. Mass of Christian Burial St. Bridget of Kildare Catholic Church, 5620 Hauserman Rd., Parma, OH 44130, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at 10 a.m. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS AT THE MALLCHOK FUNERAL HOME, 5660 RIDGE RD., PARMA OH, WEDNESDAY 4-8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southwest Ozanam Food Pantry, 2145 Broadview Rd., Cleveland OH 44109 or Good Samaritan Ministry of St Bridget Church.

Published in The Plain Dealer on January, 31, 2016


GEORGE CHARLES SCHNEIDER, age 93. of Strongsville, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2015. Devoted husband of the late Delphine for 66 years, beloved father of Susan L. Minor (Joseph), proud grandfather of Mallory and Julie Minor. Known as a gentleman and a scholar, Mr. Schneider was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame for both Olmsted Falls and Berea City Schools as a Distinguished Staff member for major contributions to those school systems. He began his career in 1947 at Olmsted Falls, teaching there for 12 years. In 1956, he was elected president of the Cuyahoga County Education Association. Mr. Schneider began teaching at Berea High School in 1959 and within three years he was named chairman of the History department. In 1963, he was awarded the prestigious John Hay Fellowship, which granted him a one year sabbatical for further studies at Northwestern University. He was one of only three high school teachers in Ohio to receive the honor for that school year. Three years later, Mr. Schneider was named a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar for his excellence in teaching. During his 30 years in education, he helped train 19 student teachers from Baldwin-Wallace College and Bowling Green University and retired from teaching in 1977. A highly respected educator, former students from the classes of 1950 through 1977 had kept in contact with him through the years. A 1943 graduate of Hiram College, George retained a sense of loyalty to his school and served on the Alumni Executive Board for four years and helped to plan their 50th class reunion in 1993. He also earned a Master's Degree in History from (Case) Western Reserve University. During World War II, he served with the 98th Infantry division in the Pacific, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was in the army of occupation in Japan when the war ended. In recent years, George and Delphine attended many army reunions in various states; throughout his life he was a patriotic veteran who loved his country. Another great love of Mr. Schneider's was his Masonic affiliation. He was a 57 year member of Quarry Lodge #382 (Berea), former marshal of Triangle Council #139, a Knight Templar, a 32 degree Mason, and a Shriner. He wrote the history of Berea Lodge, covering 1942-1967. As a member of Heritage Congregational Church, he served as a deacon in the 1980's. A man of many interests, he enjoyed gardening, bird-watching, photography, woodworking, traveling, storytelling, genealogy, and was a collector - a passion he shared with his son-in-law, Joe. George was a devoted family man, who was most proud of raising his daughter, Susan, with Delphine and cherished his granddaughters, Mallory and Julie. His family, friends, neighbors, and students will miss him greatly. As a man of character, Georgelived his life with integrity, honesty, loyalty and always loved to say: "That reminds me of a story..." Memorial Contributions requested to Olmsted Falls Schools Endowment and Alumni Association, PO Box 38244, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138. Funeral services at Heritage Congregational Church, 485 West Street, Berea, OH 44017 Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 10:30 AM. (EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) Interment Sunset Memorial Park. The family will receive friends MONDAY 4 – 8 PM at the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71).


ROBERT "BOB" V. DOMENCETTI, 77, of Salem, Ohio died of natural causes at home, the morning of Saturday, December 27, 2014. Bob moved to Columbia Station in 1960 where he was band director at Olmsted Falls High School and then Berea High School for 14 years. His bands consistently received the state's highest ratings at both District and State Competitions, were honored as the "Ohio Band of the Year" and were invited to tour Mexico. He is survived by four children; and six grandchildren. Bob's full obituary can be read online at Arrangements are by BROWN FUNERAL HOME, SALEM, OH (330)-337-6363.


FRED S. SCHOEK, age 90; beloved husband of the late Betty; loving father of Sherri Perez (Julio), Sandi Schoeck-Zerbini (Vic) and Sheila Roberts (Danny); cherished grandfather of Johnny, Denise, Jimmy (Laurie) and Danny; great-grandfather of Sami, Amber, Jacob, Jared and Jason; Great Great-grandfather of Emma and Aubree. WWII USMC Veteran. Fred was a devoted educator and coach in the Berea School District. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors of America, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL. 32256. Services at the Funeral Home Friday January 2, 2015 at 10AM. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. Friends received at RIPEPI FUNERAL HOME 5762 PEARL RD. (AT SNOW RD.), THURSDAY 3-7 PM.

Published in The Plain Dealer on Dec. 31, 2014


Herbert Thomas "Tom" Somerville, 84, of Hendersonville, NC died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at the Life Care Center. Tom was born on January 3, 1930 in Smithfield, Ohio to the late Joseph Oakley and Marjorie Huff Somerville.
Tom went to Ohio University where he received his Bachelor degree in education. During his senior year of college, he met the love of his life, Helen Partridge, who was also planning a career in education. They married on September 23, 1951 in Dover, Ohio. Tom was soon drafted into the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Serving as a Sergeant First Class during strategic ground operations, he was awarded The Bronze Star Metal in Artillery. After returning home from Korea, he went on to receive his Master's degree at Ohio University and later, he earned his Doctorate degree at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. Although his first job in education was an Industrial Arts teacher, he went on to become a very distinguished high school principal at Midpark High School in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. He and Helen enjoyed nurturing and helping the children of their community as if they were their own. They enjoyed traveling much of the United States in their motor home for more than 30 years; however, their favorite destination was Colorado. After retirement, they settled in Flat Rock in 1988 and continued traveling by going overseas. They were former members of the Hendersonville Memories dinner dance club, never missing a chance to Jitter-Bug. They were also part of the Golden Boys, a group that belonged to the Pebble Creek Country Club in Taylors, SC. He was an avid golfer as well as a bowler, and a lifetime member of the BPOE 1660 Elks Club of Hendersonville.
Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Helen Partridge Somerville, and his step-mother, Ruth Somerville both of Hendersonville. He is also survived by his pet dog, Katie.
A Memorial Service will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blue Ridge Humane Society: 88 Centipede Lane Hendersonville, NC 28792.


MARY LETTS (nee Marvin) age 90. Beloved wife of the late Rev. Jesse Meade Letts. Loving mother of Mary Francis Piltz (George) (of N.J.) and Carl Letts (Laurie). Cherished grandmother of Adam and Ethan Piltz, Justin, Rachel and Brian Letts. Dear sister of the late Sidney Marvin. Former Guidance Counselor for Berea High School for 30 years. Funeral services at the funeral home Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Interment Maple Grove Cemetery (Ravenna, OH). In lieu of flowers, contributions requested to the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Cleveland. Friends received Tuesday 5 - 8 PM at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (West of I-71). 


JOHN R. "Jack" HETER, , 85 of Strongsville, OH, resident and professor emeritus of Education at Baldwin-Wallace College and former high school principal in Berea and Rittman, Ohio, high schools died Tuesday, September 16, 2014. He was born in Bellevue, OH, on March 31, 1929, the only son of the late Hayes J. and Mildred B. Heter. He was married on June 12, 1955, in Loudonville, OH, to Janice M. Kaufman. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two nieces Dr. Kitty Consolo and her husband Barry Allman of Granville and Nancy Consolo, Habib El-Khoury and great nieces Layla and Yasmine El-Khoury of Wake Forest, NC. 

He was preceded in death by his and his wife's parents and his only sister-in-law, Jeanne Kaufman Consolo.He was a graduate of Bellevue, OH, High School, and received a B.S. degree from Heidelberg College, an M.A. from Ohio University, and an Ed. D. from (Case) Western Reserve University. He did additional study at Bowling Green State University and Baldwin-Wallace College Dr. Heter's entire professional work experience was in education, including two years as assistant director of admissions at Heidelberg College (1951-1953); teacher of English, Journalism, and Mathematics, 

Guidance counselor and Assistant Principal at Bellevue High School (1954-1959); Principal of Rittman High School (1959-1966); principal of Berea High School (1966-1969); and professor of education and chairman, Division of Education, at Baldwin-Wallace College (1969-1986). 

Following retirement, he taught part-time at B-W in the graduate program in educational supervision and administration. Following retirement, the Heters spent winters in Ft. Myers, FL, and he became involved in volunteer work in Cleveland, first with the Travelers Aid program at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and later with the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Cleveland at the Visitors' Information Center at Hopkins Airport (more recently the Airport Ambassador program). In Florida, he volunteered at the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Dr. Heter was a member of the United Methodist Church of Berea and an affiliate member of Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church when in N. Ft. Myers. He was active in numerous professional organizations at both the secondary and college levels, maintaining his life memberships in Phi Delta Kappa, NEA, and OEA. At various times, he was also a member of Kiwanis and Rotary and numerous community groups. 

Dr. Heter was proud of his "family," the thousands of young people he worked with at both high school and college levels. He felt his post-retirement volunteer work continued in the same tradition. His participation with young people was greatly helped by the strong support and assistance of his wife (most without any public recognition) and the assistance of co-workers at all levels. Memorial gifts if desired may be made to The John R. Heter and Janice M. Heter Education Scholarship c/o Baldwin-Wallace College or organizations of the giver's choice. Memorial services will be held on September 28 at 2PM Lindsay-Crossman Chapel, 56 Seminary Street, on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College. 440-842-7800•www.busch
Published in The Plain Dealer on Sept. 24, 2014

Published in The Plain Dealer on September 22, 2013

WILLIAM E. "BILL' GARMAN, age 84, passed away Wednesday, September 11 at the Joshua Tree Senior Living Campus in North Olmsted, Ohio. He was a resident of Berea, Ohio for 50 years. Bill was an English teacher at Berea High School for 23 years. William received his Bachelor's Degree in Education from University of Akron in 1950 and his Master's Degree in English from Kent State in 1969. Also, taught in the Cleveland Public Schools and Greenwich School District. Teaching assignments during his career also included, Spanish, speech, journalism and dramatics. Other part time employment as an instructor and writer of Educational Materials for the Industrial Electric Blueprint Reading Co., Republic Steel Training Center, instructor of English at Cuyahoga Community College, Western Campus and writer of Educational Development Center at Baldwin-Wallace University. WILLIAM E. GARMAN, age 84, beloved husband of Maryrose (nee Sommer), father of Dirk Garman (Jennifer), step-father of Greg Clark (Donna) and the late John and Tim Clark, preceded in death by his parents Florence (nee Rhoads) and Ora Garman, brother of Lenore Averell, grandfather of six, great-grandfather of one. Memorial Service, Saturday, September 28 at 4:00 p.m. at BAKER-OSINSKI-KENSINGER FUNERAL HOME, 206 FRONT STREET, BEREA, OHIO, where friends may call Saturday 2-4 p.m. Online condolences at In lieu of flowers contributions in William's name can be made to the Berea schools The Education Foundation at or by mail to Berea Board of Education, 390 Fair St., Berea, OH, 44017.


Ruth Myers Kerr, age 95, of Oakmont, formerly of Berea, Ohio, died Thursday evening, March 31, 2011, at Presbyterian Senior Care in Oakmont. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on November 27, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Dwight L. and Anna Irvine Myers. A graduate of Allegheny College (member of Kappa Alpha Theta) with a degree in English, Mrs. Kerr was a High School English Teacher for the Berea School District in Berea, Ohio. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Berea, Ohio. She was the wife of the late T. Edward Kerr, Jr., whom she married on September 9, 1941, and who died on February 23, 1991; mother of Thomas E. Kerr (Henda "Bunny") of Fox Chapel Boro, and the late Robert M. Kerr; grandmother of Amy Parker, Sara Ruth Kerr and Brian Kerr; great-grandmother of Eli Parker and Lonan Kerr; and sister of the late Martha Myers Mickley. Friends will be received at the McDONALD- AEBERLI FUNERAL HOME, INC., 238 Crowe Ave. Mars, PA on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in the Mars Cemetery, Adams Twp., PA. Memorials may be made to the Willows at Presbyterian Senior Care Foundation, 1215 Hulton Rd., Oakmont, PA 15139.

Glenn Hennis
From the Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, Ohio 44654
May 2011

Glenn Robert Hennis, age 82, of Millersburg, Ohio, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2011, at his home. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 5, 1929, to the late Alvin and Ruth Hennis. Glenn was a Korean War veteran. He received a BA from Baldwin Wallace College and a MA from Kent State University. He was a high school social studies teacher for 38 years with Berea City Schools. He is survived by his beloved spouse, Evelyn Vopicka Hennis, and by children Mark Scott (Annette) Hennis, Todd Christopher Hennis, and Kevin Eric (Sue) Hennis. Grandchildren include Richard Scott Hennis, David Charles Hennis, Steven Edward Hennis. Glenn was chairman of the Holmes County Democratic Party, a member of the Millersburg Masonic Lodge, a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Millersburg, and a supporter of the Holmes County Home Auxiliary. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holmes County Home Auxiliary.

Burton R. Zimmerman
DENVER -- Mr. Zimmerman, age 89, of Denver, NC, passed away on May 29, 2010, surrounded by family.
Burt graduated from Ashland University in Ashland, OH and later finished his Master's Degree at The University of Akron. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Burt spent most of his career as an educator and high school administrator in Ohio. After retirement in 1981, he and his wife Olga moved to the mountains of Jefferson, NC. In 2005, they moved to Denver, NC.
Besides his parents, Burton was preceded in death by his brother, Ellsworth Zimmerman; his son, Andrew Zimmerman; and granddaughter, Jamie Zimmerman.
Burton is survived by his loving wife, Olga Pidzyraylo Zimmerman to whom he was married 59 years; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and LuAnne Zimmerman of Harrisonburg, VA; his daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Matt Palumbo of Massillon, OH; his daughter, Lisa Miller of Denver, NC; his daughter-in-law, Joyce Zimmerman of Slidell, LA; his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Doris Zimmerman of Warren, OH; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service was held on June 1, 2010 at Denver United Methodist Church in Denver, NC. Internment will be held on June 3 at 11:00 am at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel & Gardens in Jefferson, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Denver United Methodist Church, 3910 Hwy 16 North, Denver, NC 28037; Jefferson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 236, Jefferson, NC 28640; or Palliative Care Center & Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton, NC 28658.

Published in Charlotte Observer on June 2, 2010


WEST CHRISTINE W. WEST, 100. Beloved aunt and second mother of Jean E. Kilgore of Lakewood; dear aunt of Suzanne Mueller (Fred Deitrick) of N. Olmsted and Scott West of Atlanta, GA; great aunt of Heather Christopher of Chicago, IL; sister of the late Mavis C. Kilgore (John Sr.) and the late Kenneth S. West (Vera). Teacher, friend and mentor to many. Friends may call at BAKER-OSINSKI-KENSINGER FUNERAL HOME, 206 FRONT ST. IN BEREA, FROM 2-4 P.M. ON MARCH 7, 2010. Private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Renaissance Residents Endowment Fund of the Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network, 14701 Detroit Ave., Suite 620, Lakewood, 44107, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences at

Christine West

Christine West, 100, of Olmsted Township, died March 2. She taught English at Berea High School from 1954 until her retirement in 1973. She also taught for 11 years at Cuyahoga Heights High School.

She is survived by her nieces, Jean E. Kilgore of Lakewood and Suzanne Mueller (Fred Deitrick) of North Olmsted; nephew, Scott West of Atlanta; and grandniece, Heather Christopher of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Mavis C. Kilgore (John Sr.) and Kenneth S. West (Vera).

Memorial contributions may be made to The Renaissance Residents Endowment Fund of the Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network, 14701 Detroit Ave., Suite 620, Lakewood, 44107, or the charity of your choice.


Charles Armstrong, retired Berea art teacher, dies: News Sun Obituary

Charles Armstrong, 86, former art teacher in the Berea Schools, died July 4, 2009.

He taught at Berea High School, Roehm Junior High, Central School and provided traveling art lessons at elementary schools. He also created displays and worked on the printed programs of artists at the Cleveland Museum of Art and planned the yearly all-schools art exhibit at Midpark High School.

A special display of his work will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, July 13 at the Fawick Art Gallery at Baldwin-Wallace College with a special tribute at 7 p.m.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a staff sergeant with the 99th Infantry in Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University and later earned his master's degree from Kent.

Mr. Armstrong's paintings have appeared in the Cleveland Museum's May Shows and are part of private collections.

He also wrote two children's books, "No More Smoke," published by the American Heart Association, and "Otto," published by the Berea Historical Society.

He is survived by his children, Charles Jr. (Debbie), Kathy Lehman (Joe), Steve (Debbie), Amy Digby (Ken) and Peter (MaryLou); 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Marguerite (nee Biel); son, Mark; a grandchild; and his parents, Jessie and Almeron Armstrong.

Mr. Armstrong's artwork can be viewed at

Arrangements were by Corrigan Funeral Services, Orange Village.

Robert Lloyd Purdy


ROBERT LLOYD PURDY age 87, died on Nov. 13, 2008. Robert received a B.A. Degree from the University of Findlay in 1948 and a M.A. from Columbia University in 1951. He served as a U.S. Naval Officer during W.W. II, receiving three promotions. Bob served as the Director of Athletics for the Berea City Schools from 1962-1983 and was the Secretary, Vice-President and President of the Ohio High School Athletic Directors Assn. In 1957, he started the Berea Relays, still held annually, with over 700 competing student-athletes. He authored the widely used book "The Successful High School Athletic Program". In 1973 he was inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Directors' Hall of Fame and was also a recipient of the Berea Kiwanis Club Distinguished Service Award that year. He served as their President in 1984-1985.

He was named the Ohio High School Athletic Director of the Year in 1976 and received the Grindstone Award as the Outstanding Citizen in the City of Berea in 1979. Bob was inducted into the Berea and Midpark High School Athletic Halls of Fame in 1984 and 1995. He was inducted into the Findlay College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. In Feb. 2006 the Berea High School Gymnasium was dedicated as the Robert Purdy Gym. He served as an Elder for the Grace Christian and Missionary Alliance Church for 25 years.

Bob was the beloved husband of Dorothy for 64 years; dear father of David (Ann), and Christine Reese (Matt); brother of James, and the late Richard; grandfather of Ben, Hannah Budic (Tim), Carolyn Benner (Paul), Paul Reese and Lynn Kakos (Max); great grandfather of T.J. Budic. Friends may call on SUNDAY 4-6 P.M. at the BAKER, OSINSKI, KENSINGER FUNERAL HOME, 206 FRONT ST., BEREA and on Monday 10-11 A.M. at the Grace Christian Missionary Alliance Church, 7393 Pearl Rd., Middleburg Hts., 44130, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. following calling hours. Interment Woodvale Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Berea Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 444, Berea, 44017 or the Grace Church Missionary Fund.