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Jefferson Brooks Walters, Jr., age 85, formerly of Dayton, passed away peacefully on Dec. 15, 2007 at Quaker Heights Nursing Home in Waynesville.  Brooks was a WWII veteran and a lifelong resident of Dayton and a member of one of Dayton’s oldest families. Brooks was a real estate broker in Dayton for many years owning Walters Realty and was later associated with Classics Realty. He finished his career as a development officer with the Kettering Medical Center. Brooks was a musical composer and director throughout his life and founded the American Psalm Choir. After retirement, he was well known as a collector of art and antiques. He was a member of Mack Memorial Church in Dayton, the Sons of the American Revolution, Dayton Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton, and former member of the Dayton Country Club. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Walters, his parents Mildred S. and Jefferson Brooks Walters, and one sister Phyllis Walters. He is survived by wife Carol, daughter Dinah Basson of NY, son Jefferson B. and his wife Martha Walters of Waynesville, four grandchildren Jessica and Carl Moell of Oakwood and Luke and Tammy Walters of Blacklick, OH, three great grandchildren Jeffrey and Sofia Moell and Holden Walters, one sister Virginia Fletcher of Sandusky, and step children Paul and Ann Bright of Canton and their children.  A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. A memorial service will be held in the spring of 2008.  STUBBS-CONNER FUNERAL HOME, Waynesville is serving the family.  The Walters’ family would like to thank the staff of Quaker Heights for their excellent care and Dr. Benjamin Schuster for prolonging Brooks’ life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.  Online condolences may be made at

Kathryn Ann Schubert-Moell, MD, age 47, passed away Monday, December 17, 2007 at her home. She was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church where she was a youth group leader. Kathryn was a graduate of Our Lady of Mercy Elementary, Chaminade-Julienne High School, received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Dayton and Medical degree from Ohio State  University. She served her residency at Mt. Carmel Hospital, Columbus, OH. Dr. Schubert-Moell was an OB/GYN at Life-Stages. She was a Fellow of the American College of OB/GYN, a member of the OSMA, MCMA, AMA, ABOB/GYN, Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital and Dept. Chairman of OB/GYN at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was an avid cyclist, seamstress, enjoyed reading, and traveling. Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband Jeffrey D. Moell in 2003. She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Lynn Moell; mother and father, Fred and Angela Schubert; mother and father-in-law, George and Mary Moell; brother, Mark (Mary Lee) Schubert; 2 sisters, Mary Moran of Cincinnati and Jennifer (Rupert) VonFahnestock of KS; sister-in-law, Lauretta (Russ) Moell-Mellon of CO; brothers-in-law, George Moell of CO, Greg Moell, Carl (Jessica) Moell and Dr. Mike(Dr. Ann) Moell; sister-in-law, Lisa, (Tyler) Jones, Monica (Scott) Schneider and numerous nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering. Mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, Dec. 20, 11:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church corner of Forest Ave. and Homewood Ave Dayton, Ohio; with Father Jim Schutte officiating. Burial in Calvary  Cemetery. In lieu of flowers,  friends may make donations to Elizabeth’s New Life Center or Hospice of Dayton. Condolences and other remembrances may be visited at

John R. Remick, Husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, President of J. R. Remick, Inc., MAI, real estate counselor, lecturer, mentor, and civic leader, died Sunday December 9, 2007. John was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved with his family to Dayton as a child. His Business Career began in 1953 with the establishment of the real estate firm of J. R. Remick, Inc. His reputation in the appraisal and counseling fields grew quickly on the local and national level. He became a Member of the Appraisal Institute in 1964. He was Realtor of the Year for the Dayton Area Board of Realtors in 1974. He was president of the Dayton Board of Realtors in 1976 and the Ohio Board of Realtors in 1977. In 1979 he was elected the National President of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers. Mr. Remick was active in the Downtown Dayton Association, Buckeye Trail Girl Scouts Council, Dayton Optimist Club and the United Way. He was Co-chairman of the “One World of Christmas” and the “Dayton Holiday Festival” from 1972 through 1975. Among his many achievements, he was asked by the Kettering family in 1972 to oversee the building and management of Kettering Tower. John was the mayor    of Springboro from 1988 through 1991. He was a    member of the Springboro Lion’s Club and was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Springboro Lion’s Club in 1991. He was also a member of the Gulf Gate Rotary Club in Sarasota, Florida. He is survived by his wife Carole, sons Dr. John E. Remick and Don M. Remick of Dayton, his stepson and daughter-in-law Steven and Mary Beth Harnish and his granddaughter Jacqueline Harnish of Rockville, Maryland, his sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Marvin Talmage of Pinehurst, North Carolina, his sister-in-law Barbara Jordan of Dayton, his brother-in-law Robert Kaiser of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida and many nieces, nephews, and friends. There was a gathering of family and friends Friday, December 14 at the Tobia’s Funeral Home-Far Hills Chapel 5471 Far Hills Ave at Rahn Rd. Private entombment will be at the convenience of the family. The family requests no flowers please. Memorial Contributions may be made to Cox Arboretum or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to

Jerome M. (Jerry) Price, passed away December 1, 2007. Jerry was born Nov 2nd, 1930 in Dayton, Ohio the son of Dr. Rudolph J. Price and M. Gertrude Price. He graduated from Ohio State University and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Mullen (Moon) and had 5 children. Jerry worked for the Bendix Corporation for 25 years. He started his next journey on a 41’ sailboat. He survived thymic cancer and built his life long dream , a 38’ wooden Trawler style boat. Moon and Jerry wintered on Sanibel and spent summers at his family home on Torch Lake, Michigan. Jerry is survived by his wife of 56 years Moon, children Scott (Peg), Jerri, Jimmy, Sharon Pierson (Pat), Doug (Denise) and 8 grandchildren, his brother Dr. John Price ( Marlene). A celebration of his life was held on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Sanibel Congregational Church, 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, Florida 33957. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Sanibel Congregational Church. Please indicate for either Kanzius Cancer Research Project or the Quality Life Center for disadvantaged children.

Bradford Glen Sickinger, age 50, died suddenly on December 5, 2007 at his home in Tallahassee, Fla. Brad was born on December 27, 1956 in Dayton, OH to Dr. Glen H. and Jean Sickinger. Brad attended Oakwood High School in Oakwood, Ohio and the Choate School in Wallingford, CT. It was during these years that Brad developed his life-long passions for ice hockey and football. After graduating from Oakwood High School in 1975, he attended the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. He graduated from Kent State University in 1980 with a major in business and Russian. After college, Brad spent several years, in the Houston-Galveston area, where he participated in the pioneering expansion of that area’s inland transportation industry. In 1987, Brad settled in Leon County, Fla. Here, he was co-owner of B&B Coe’s Landing, one of the area’s last true fish camps located on Lake Talquin. From the time of the fish camps closure until his untimely death, Brad Served his Lake Talquin friends and neighbors as a rural route contract letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office. Brad was an avid fisherman/outdoorsman. Growing up, he spent summers with his family on Lake Erie where he learned to love fishing, boats and the outdoors. Brad was a caring, quiet, and kind individual with a great sense of humor who always helped those in need. His many friends will temper their loss by recalling Brad’s industry, sharp wit, and adventurous spirit. Brad was preceded in death by his brother Steven Sickinger; maternal grandparents Margaret and Jack Ballew of Prairie Hill, Mo., and Grace and Clifford Sickinger of Milan, Ohio. He is survived by his parents, Dr. Glen and Jean Sickinger of Dayton, OH; brothers, Bart Sickinger of Orlando, FL and Robert (and wife Tammy) Sickinger of Dayton, OH; sister, Lisa Sickinger of Dayton, OH; nephews Christopher and Matthew Sickinger; and niece Katie Sickinger. Brad also leaves behind his cat “Big Foote”, his dog “OneMoeDog” and special friends, Belynda Shadoan and Cindy Quincey. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Brad’s deep devotion for caring for countless dogs, cats and small injured creatures may be made to the Tallahassee Leon Community Animal Service Center for Adoption. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. EST and memorial services will be held Thursday, December 13 at 2 p.m. at Beggs Funeral Home, (850-942-2929), 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. There will be a reception after the memorial service.

Victor E. “Vic” Greimann, age 90, of Kettering, passed away, Monday, November 19, 2007.  Vic is preceded in death by his parents William & Betty Greimann, his first wife Marge  and 3 brothers. Vic was a graduate of Iowa State University in 1942 with a degree in Civil Engineering.  Vic was a veteran of WW II serving in the Army Air Corps. His dedication to the David’s United Church of Christ included service on many of the church boards.  He was President of the David’s Cemetery and was instrumental in building the three mausoleums. Vic was named Kettering’s “Man of the Year” in 1978 as a result of his service and dedication to the city of Kettering Planning Commission. Vic was a lifelong builder of custom homes in the Dayton and Kettering areas.  Vic is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lois Greimann, 3 daughters and sons-in-law; Vicki (John) Ley of Colorado Springs, CO, Sharon (Jim) Blixt of Reo Verde, AZ and Salli (Kelly) McKenna of Colorado Springs, CO, 1 Son David Victor Greimann of Huntington Beach, CA, 1 step-daughter; Lynette (Lynn)(Kanani) Whaley of Vandalia, OH, 1 brother; Earl (Alice) Greimann of Denver, CO, 3 sisters,  special grand daughter; Tricia Byrd of Kettering, OH, grandson Richard Byrd of Vandalia, OH; grandchildren, Lindsey and Jeff Blixt of AZ, Grant and Samantha Solich, Collene, Maren and Branden McKenna and Brian and Michael Ley of CO; and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held November 23, 2007 at the David’s United Church of Christ, 170 W. David Road, Kettering, OH with Rev. Rebecca Erb Stang officiating. Burial followed in David’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Greimann Memorial Fund c/o David’s UCC.  For other remembrances and condolences please visit our website at

Vera T. Pacey, age 80, of Kettering, entered into her eternal home on Sunday, November 18, 2007 at Hospice of Dayton. She was a member of Centerville Grace Brethren Church. Vera was a 1945 graduate of Fairview High School and a 1949 graduate of Miami University.  She was a Supervisor of the Performing Arts Division for the City of Dayton Parks and Recreation. Vera was a member of the Republican National Committee and the Dayton Performing Arts.  She was preceded in death by her parent Frank M. Pacey Sr., brother Frank Pacey Jr. and sister Ida Mantia and step- father, Calvin Mayne.  Vera is survived by mother Vera J. Mayne of Kettering and her brother Norman C. (Terry) Mayne of Centerville; sisters, Angela Pacey of Centerville Charline (Everett) Chambers, Delavan, WI  and Mary (Wesley) Hieb of Centerville; 3 nephews; 10 nieces; great nephews and nieces and   great-great nieces.  Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering with Dr. Greg Ryerson and Pastor Steve Makofka co-officiating. Burial in David’s Cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to a charity of choice. For more details of Vera T. Pacey’s interesting life, send condolences and or flowers, please visit the website at

Harold Dodge Robertson, M.D., age 89, of Dayton passed away Oct. 16, 2007. A memorial service was held 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2007 at Fairmont Presbyterian Church 3705 Far Hills Ave, Kettering.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to the Dayton Audubon Society c/o Richard Balk, 1245 Night Hawk Trail, Dayton, Oh 45458-9342 or the Alzheimers Association, 3797 Summit Glen Dr Ste. 100, Dayton, Oh 45459. Email condolences and remembrances may be sent to the family at

Charles L. Nolan, Fairmont East’s first principal, age 85, passed away on Tuesday evening, November 13, while dining at his favorite restaurant.  A native of Camden, South Carolina, he had lived in Kettering, Ohio, since 1958 and considered the city “his home.”  He had survived two heart attacks and open-heart surgery in 1968 and 1983, but finally succumbed to the disease.  Son of Charles L. and Della Nolan, he was born on June 6, 1922, and attended Camden High School before graduating from Wilmington College with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and physics.  He completed his graduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, and participated in the post-graduate fellowship program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  Nolan worked in science research for Monsanto Chemical Company before leaving the industry to follow his passion for working with young people as a teacher at Fairmont High School.  Nolan was predeceased by his parents and wife of 63 years, Jane Emery.  He is survived by his son, Michael R. Nolan and wife, Bonnie, of Miamisburg; daughter, Beth Nolan Tope and husband, Stephen, of Baton Rouge; granddaughter, Ryan Nolan Lomasney and husband, Steven, and great-granddaughter Logan, of Cape Coral, Florida; and Reagen Nolan of Jackson, Mississippi.  Nolan was a Master Mason and a veteran of World War II, where he served the army as a captain in the Philippines.  He loved sports and played golf and tennis until his health declined.  Viewing will be at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. and Rahn Rd. on Monday, November 19, 2007 from 4-6:00 PM, with the funeral service at 6:00 PM. Reverend David W. Tackett officiating.  A private burial at David’s Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to

Marjorie (Bush) Blum, age 80, passed away November 16, 2007 at Hospice of Dayton.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Robert Blum and brother, Robert Bush. Survived by children, Deborah (John) Winters, Robert Blum and Jeffrey Blum; grandchildren, Christopher and Eric Winters, Matthew Blum; special sister-in-law, Ann Bush and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was excited to learn she was going to be a great grandmother to Christopher’s baby girl due in March 2008.  Marjorie had many good friends including her “girls,” golfing buddies, and the Red Hatters. A celebration of her life for family and friends will be held at the residence on Monday, November 19th from 5-8:00 PM. In memory of Marjorie, contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 320 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420 or the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, 1661 Nicholas Rd., Dayton, OH 45418. Arrangements in care of Routsong Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family via the website at

Elaine R. Castle, age 67, of Kettering, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 2, 2007 at Hospice of Dayton. Elaine graduated from Sinclair Community College at age 50. She was a loving mother, and endlessly affectionate and generous grandmother, and a loyal friend, and will be dearly missed by all friends and family members in the United States and Ireland. From the beginning of this illness, friends and family members surrounded her with comfort and love. Elaine is survived by her daughters, Dawn Chartier of Costa Mesa, CA and Lee Bleh of Kettering; son, Thomas Castle and his wife Kimberly of Oakwood: grandchildren, Ian Schwieterman of Costa Mesa, CA and Stella Elaine Castle of Oakwood; brother, William Robinson and sister-in-law, Joanne Robinson of Napa, CA. Funeral services were held on Friday November 9, 2007 at Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering Chapel, with Chaplain Prudence Hopkins officiating. In Elaine’s memory, donations may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420 or to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Ste, 100, Arlington, VA 22203. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family via the Internet at

Mary May “Penny” Burkhardt, passed away peacefully Friday, November 9, 2007 in her home. Penny’s life was measured not by years but by the love that she gave to her family and friends and the love of God and church. Penny was a floral designer in the Dayton area for the leading florists for over 70 years.  Penny was a lifetime member of the First Church of Christ Scientist in the Dayton area.  Penny is survived by 1 daughter; Mary Jo Good of Dayton, 3 grandchildren; Christopher (Jane) Landes of Dayton. Sandi (Chip) Golden of Columbus, OH and Chip (Karen) Landes of Dayton, 12 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren, 1 brother; Ray (Marilyn) Penn of FL.  Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 16, 2007 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd, Kettering, OH with Practitioner Richard Requarth officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Dayton.  If desired contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ Scientist, 100 S. Main St., Centerville, OH 45459. For other remembrances and condolences please visit our web site at

Jeralyn Spayd Bielenberg, age 77, passed away October 29, 2007 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL.  Her husband of 55 years, Douglas O. Bielenberg, age 78, passed away two days later in the Hospital.  Both had endured long illnesses, but were able to be with each other before Jeralyn’s death.  They had met at Northwestern University, where she was a member of Alpha Phi sorority and he a varsity baseball pitcher and basketball forward and President of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. They lived most of their lives in Plum Groves Estates, a Chicago western suburb, and then for about ten years in Bonita Springs, FL., before returning to a care facility in the Chicago area and their eldest daughter, Debra Orrock and family. Jeralyn, daughter of Milferd A. and Martha Spayd, was born and grew up in the Dayton area and educated in the Dayton and Oakwood public schools.  She attended Ogontz Junior College near Philadelphia before entering Northwestern.  She was an accomplished artist and craftsperson, and with Douglas a devoted bridge player and puzzle solver.  Douglas was born and brought up in Elgin, IL.  He served in the Korean War as a lieutenant in the Marine Corp. He commenced his career as an NCR business machines salesman, became a business consultant, served as President of the American Louvers Corporation, and capped his career as founder and President of Intercontinental Coffee Company.  He was an avid golfer and sports fan. They are survived by three daughters and four grandchildren:  Debra, Mrs. Kurt Orrock, Western Springs, IL, Kurt Orrock and Kelly Orrock, Chicago; Linda, Mrs. John Louden, Los Alamitos, CA and Jenny and Michael Louden; Leigh Bielenberg and husband, Tab Bottoms, Atlanta, GA.  Also surviving are Jeralyn’s brother, Robert V. Spayd, wife Patty, and his children: Robert V. Jr. and Lisa Bilinski and their children, all of the Dayton area; and by Douglas’s brother, James, and his wife Marilyn of Peoria, Il, and by many children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of both James and Robert, of Elgin, Douglas’s deceased brother. Services were held at Lombard, IL, on Sunday, November 4.  Family and friends gathered at the Orrock home after the service.  Jeralyn and Douglas’s interment will be at a later date at Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, OH, Spayd Family lot.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Justin Douglas Miller, age 25, of Delaware, OH (formerly Oakwood, OH) tragically passed away Friday, November 2, 2007.  He was a devoted father of 2 year old Riley Marie and a loving husband to Tiffany (Fitz).  A blessing to his mother, Michelle and Jerry Gordon of Oakwood, OH; and father,  Douglas and Jeanette Miller of Fairfield, OH.  Justin will be deeply missed by his younger sisters;  Carissa Miller of Nashville, TN, Kara Miller of Fairfield, OH, Abby and Emma Gordon of Oakwood, OH.  Preceded in death by grandfathers Jack Miller and Bill Hans.  He is also survived by grandmothers, Marlene Schutte of the Dayton, OH area and Glenna Miller of Cincinnati, OH.  Justin was extremely special to many more extended
family members and friends, especially Tom and Sheri Fitz and their family. Justin was a 2000 graduate of Oakwood High School and a 2004 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in English where he also was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.  He was an avid fan of all sports with special enthusiasm for the Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, The Ohio State University, and Duke University.  Services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Powell United Methodist Church,  825 East Olentangy Street, Powell, OH.  Viewing hours will be from 2 - 5 pm with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to an educational fund being established for Justin’s daughter, Riley Miller with Fifth Third Bank.

James D. ‘Rocky’ Whalen, Sr., age 83, a nationally recognized college football author and historian, and native Daytonian, died Monday, October 22 at his home in Oakwood. A 1941 Oakwood High School graduate, Rocky published four books including Ivy Leaguers Invent Football, Gridiron Greats Now Gone, Hilltoppers Wore Red and Blue, and Seventy-Five Years of Blue and Gold Football (a chronology of Oakwood High School football).  He also published numerous biographies for the Dictionary of Sports and the American National Biography Series. A nationally recognized college football historian, Rocky amassed a collection of more than 1000 college football programs, with several dating back to the late 1800’s.  Recently, he was a featured guest on an ESPN special about the history of football. Rocky’s passion for football dates back to when he was a young boy.  His knowledge about football was so immense that for 16 straight years he was the only non football Hall of Famer invited to attend the annual College Football Hall of Fame VIP reception.  The Hall of Famers knew him as Rocky Whalen, football historian. Rocky’s passions went beyond football.  Upon retiring from Rike’s/ Federated Department Stores after 35 years of service, Rocky traveled to all seven continents and over 50 different countries around the world.  Rocky also had a passion for exercise and was arguably one of the first joggers in the Miami Valley. Son James says, “Dad started jogging nightly after seeing a photo of Amos Alonzo Stagg, one of history’s greatest football coaches, jogging in his late 80’s.  His running ‘uniform’ consisted of the day’s dress shirt, a pair of slacks and Hush Puppies.  It’s no surprise he was stopped several times by police who wanted to know who he was, where he lived and what in the world he was doing.” Rocky was a three-year veteran of World War II serving as a sergeant in the Army Infantry.  He is a 1947 University of Dayton graduate.  Rocky is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jean Whalen; sons, Robert Whalen, Thomas Whalen, James Whalen and daughter Mary Kay Buffington; grandchildren Lesley, Christy, Michael, Thomas, Elizabeth, John, and Anne Whalen and Theodore and Jack Buffington; and brother Charles Whalen. Visitation was held on Thursday, October 25 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Road.  A mass of Christian burial was held on Friday, October 26, 2007, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Dayton.  Interment is in Calvary Cemetery. The family has requested that donations be made in lieu of flowers, to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45420.  Condolences can be sent to the family via the internet at

Norman Carl Cammerer, Died on October 25, 2007 at the age of 91, Norman was born in Dayton on December, 7, 1915 to Charles and Martha S. Cammerer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Werner and Herbert Cammerer, and sister, Ruth C. Dillencount Simms. Norman is survived by a niece, Marth Dillencount McCarthy of Pittsburgh and nephews, Richard C. Cammerer of Dayton and Robert A. Cammerer of Waynesville; grand-nieces, Kara C. Fleming, Meredith Cammerer, Kate C. Mettler and Karly C. DePew; grand-nephews, John McCarthy, Thomas McCarthy and Richard Cammerer Jr. and long-time friend, Sylvia Demming. Norman graduated from Kiser High School in Dayton and received his member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He received his Masters Degree in Engineering from the University of Dayton. He was president of Midwest Tool and Engineering, a Dayton tool and die company co-founded by his father in 1920. Norman was a member of the Dayton Country Club and Spring Run Fishing Club. Services and burial will be private. Condolences may be sent to the family via the website at

David Nelson Scourfield, age 77, of Franklin, IN, formerly of Dayton, Fri., Sept. 21, 2007. A celebration of life service was held Tuesday, Sept. 25, Kresge Chapel at the Indiana Masonic Home, Franklin, IN. Contributions may be made to the Shriner Children’s Hospital. He was a member of the Oakwood Class of 1948.

Vera D. Hamilton, age 94, of Centerville, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at Bethany Lutheran Village. Vera was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth in 1985; two sons, Dale in 1990 and Alan in 2005; and her parents, John and Sara (Bailey) McClure.  She is survived by her son, Neal and his wife, Lucia of Brazil; daughter in law, Carol Hamilton of Centerville; three grandchildren, Annette Witrick, Sandra Hamilton, and Andrew Hamilton; and three great grandchildren, Justin, Brian, and Ashley Witrick; sister Edith Kirby of NC. Retired from Oakwood Junior High School after 17 years and a member of Normandy United Methodist Church, College Women’s Club and Kettering Senior Citizens Center. Visitation was held Saturday, October 20, 2007 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd. with the funeral service following,  Rev. Richard L. Rustad officiating. Interment Miami Valley Memory Gardens.  Friends may make memorial contributions to A.I.D.S. Foundation Miami Valley, 211 S. Main St., 10th Floor, Dayton, Ohio 45402. Condolences may be made to

Dennis O’Grady, December 26, 1950- September 27, 2007, died of heart failure in Kathmandu, Nepal. Dennis was born in Dayton, Ohio to Frederick and Delora O’Grady, both now deceased. A 1969 graduate of Oakwood High School, Dennis had resided in Vienna, Austria for some twenty years having been a retired senior officer of The United Nations, headquartered in Vienna. He is survived by his brother Kevin, 53 of Miami, Florida. Dennis was an extremely active explorer and adventurer having hiked around the world three times and worked in various capacities in Botswana, Iran and The Gaza Strip in his career with the Peace Corps, The United Nations and various governments as a contracted agent in finance and conflict resolution. He was an avid mountain climber and trekker, having accomplished some 32 expeditions over the past 27 years, primarily in the Himalayan Mountain range and the associated passages to India, Tibet and China. He was embarking upon his 33rd expedition when he passed away. He was an accomplished athlete and dancer having become proficient and professional as a dancer in Hollywood, California upon retirement from the UN at age 50. He was an expert on world history and the American Civil War. He was a ravenous reader and student. Dennis was one of those unique individuals in the world that lived life to its fullest dream. He never varied from his principals and his ideals,  nor from his work to help others in need in extreme conditions. He will be missed by many. Cremated in a Buddhist temple in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 4th, 2007 by his surviving brother, Kevin, and his climbing partner of 22 years Mr. Ang Kami Sherpa.

Virginia Marie Sheridan, age 88, formerly of Canajoharie, NY, died Wednesday evening, October 10, 2007, at the Hospice Care Center of Dayton, Ohio. Born on May 20, 1919 in Utica, NY, she was the daughter of the late Jesse and Bertha (Fuhrer) Comenale. Following WWII, Virginia married Richard Sheridan and together established their home and raised their children in Canajoharie, NY.  She cherished the Mohawk Valley of upstate New York, where she spent most of her life. Her husband Richard Sheridan predeceased her in 1988. Her loving family includes her daughter, Maureen Burke of Dayton, OH; her son, Michael (Sherron) Sheridan of Rochester, NY; four granddaughters, Deena (Michael) Rivoli, Elizabeth (Lewis) Vann, Sarah (Mats) Villen, and Lauren (Richard) Yogis; and two great-granddaughters, Erica and Alissa Rivoli.  Other family include Mary Anne Robinson, Anne and Aaron Burke, Beatrice Burke, and Margie Pulliam. In 1992, Virginia left New York to move to Dayton, Ohio . She established a weekly “Salon” in her home on Thursday and Sunday evenings. Known for her outstanding culinary talents she provided gourmet dinners and a forum for lively discussions. Family as well as “chosen family members: gathered weekly and included Anne Allen, Sister Marie Karen Sammons and Holly Yancey. The family wishes to acknowledge the loving care and endless joy Emily Porter of Dayton, and her daughter Anna, brought into Virginia’s life. The family also wishes to thank the staff at Heartland of Kettering and Hospice of Dayton for their sensitive and compassionate care given to Virginia in her most vulnerable stage of life. A private memorial service will be held on October 21, 2007 in Dayton, OH. If memorial contributions in her honor are desired they may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420; or to the Interlochen Scholarship Fund, c/o Sister Marie Karen Sammons, 1218 Creighton Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420.

Rev. Raymond Dick Pope, age 79, of Oakwood, passed away Sunday, September 23, 2007 from complications of pneumonia at Twin Lakes Nursing Home in Cincinnati.  Dick was born on February 12, 1928 in Altoona, Pennsylvania to Charles and Bula Pope.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Alton.  He is survived by his three children, Brian Pope of Oregon, Nancy Pope-Barrett of Batavia, and Chris Alexander of Oakwood; three grandchildren, Cody Cheyanne, Frisco Joe, and Jesse Lee Pope; and his sister, Virginia Columbo of Dustin, Florida.  He was a graduate of Altoona High School, received a BA from Otterbein College, where he founded Kings Fraternity, and a MA from Ohio State.  Dick served many throughout his lifetime.  He ministered in Malta U.M. Church in Malta, Ohio from 1955 to 1957,  Columbia Heights U.M. Church in Columbus from 1957 to 1963, Shiloh U.M. Church in Cincinnati from 1963 to 1969, Faith Community Church in Xenia from 1969 to 1984, and Christ U.M. Church in Kettering from, 1984 to 1990.  Reverend Pope was instrumental in forming the Inter-Faith Council after the tornado that devastated Xenia in 1974.  He also planned and organized the building of John Sale Manor in Xenia.  Most importantly he served people his entire life!  He will always be remembered for his sense of humor and the ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the world.  There was a celebration of life at 303 Wonderly Ave., Oakwood on Saturday, September 29, 2007. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242, Alzheimer’s Association, 3797 Summit Glenn Rd. #G100, Dayton, Ohio 45449, or Lambda Gamma Epsilon “Kings Fraternity”, 94 West Park St., Westerville, Ohio 43081.  Arrangements in care of TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME – FAR HILLS CHAPEL, Dayton, Ohio.  Condolences may be made to

Madison Anne Barr, age 19, of Urbana, passed away Thursday, September 20, 2007 in Fairview Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio. She was born September 27, 1987 in St. Joseph, MI, the daughter of Mark Andrew Barr and Mary Anne (nee Wagner - OHS class of '78) Barr. Madie was a 2005 graduate of Urbana High School where she participated in the High School band, soccer and track & field. Currently, she was attending Ohio University in Athens; through her education Madie was exposed to the different cultures of Central and South America, which she loved. Madie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Urbana. Madie is survived by her mother, Mary Anne Barr, an Oakwood High School ’77 alumna; her brothers, William and Mason Barr, all of Urbana, her maternal grandmother, Mary R. (Thomas) Creager of Dayton; her paternal grandparents, William and Arlyle Barr of Cincinnati; her aunts and uncles, Molly Wagner of Dayton, Nancy (Stephen) Pike of Durham, N.C., Katharine (Charles) Pape of WI, H.B. “Bo” (Maria) Wagner of Dayton and L. Stewart Barr (Suzie Hurvitz) of State College, PA, as well as several cousins, relatives and numerous friends. She is preceded in death by her father, Andy Barr, and her grandfather, HB “Doc” Wagner. A gathering of family and friends was held on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 in the Vernon Funeral Home, Urbana, Ohio. Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 24 in the First Presbyterian Church, Urbana, Ohio, with the Rev. Kevin Horrigan officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made in Madie’s memory to the Pura Vida Fund, established through the Urbana Foundation. Contributions should be made payable to: The Urbana Foundation / Madison A. Barr, P.O. Box 38130, Urbana, Ohio 43078 or to the Gift of Life Donor Program, 401 North 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19123-4101.

Ada Huffman Hall, age 93, a resident of Neenah, Wisconsin, died on September 18, 2007. She was born in Dayton, Ohio on May 28, 1914, daughter of the late John McIntire and Eleanor Crume Huffman. Ada attended Harman Avenue School, Oakwood High School, Miss Porter’s Farmington, and Miami Jacobs School of Business. She married Thomas J. Hall of Dayton, OH on October 22, 1937. He preceded her in death in 2000. After raising her children, she worked with Tom in his insurance business for many years. In 1992 they relocated to Neenah. As a true Christian, she was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Dayton and St. Thomas Episcopal Church of Menasha. Ada was an active member of the Dayton Widows’ Home, AFS Chapter volunteer and president, social activist for the hungry and homeless, and as a performing clown in a Christian Ministry. Ada’s passing is mourned by friends in many walks of life and many countries, and by her children: Thomas J. Hall (Cheryl Ramcharan) of Brooklyn, NY, Elisabeth H. Hall (Ashish Khokar) of Bangalore, India, and Ada M. Hall M.D. (John Michael Barnes) of Neenah, as well as by her grandchildren: Wendy, Chris, Alanna, Trevor, Melanie and Annie. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22, 2007 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 226 Washington Ave., Menasha. Inurnment will take place in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, OH, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Ada’s memory be made to, The Salvation Army, Double Portion Community Kitchen of Menasha, or the Widows’ Home of Dayton. The family would like to thank the staff of Alterra Sterling House of Neenah for their loving care of Ada in her last months, before joining her beloved and departed husband, parents, brothers and sisters.

Steven Arthur Solarek, age 46, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at Kettering Hospital. He was a graduate of St. Albert the Great School; Alter High School and attended Marquette University and the University of Seville, Spain. Steven was preceded in death by his brother, John C. Solarek. He is survived by his mother, Sarah McBride Solarek, his father, James C. Solarek; his brother James C. Solarek, Jr. and wife, Cynthia; his brother, Jeffrey F. Solarek and wife Karen; nephews, Thomas, Timothy, Andrew, James III and wife, Aisling and Conor Solarek, Ruth and Trent Campbell, uncle, Frederick M. Bayley, Jr. and wife, Betsy; Ellen and John Campbell; Michael and his wife, Wendy and Brett Bayley; Philip Currigan Bayley and Ted and Choyce McBride and family and the Walker, Keyes and Mayhew families. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, Kettering, with Father Thomas Meyer, Father James Manning and Father Joseph Goetz officiating. There was a burial at Calvary Cemetery immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 182039, Dept. 013, Columbus, OH 13218-0239; American Lung Association, W. Central Branch, 7560 McEwen Rd. Dayton, Ohio 45429. The family expresses their gratitude for all the kindness shown at this time. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting

Theodore Chase Hale, age 22, of Kettering, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2007. Chase received his bachelors’ degree in Marketing and Business from Ohio University in June, 2007.  He was a graduate of Fairmont High School where he was captain of his tennis and swim teams, and received the “Coach’s Award”. Chase worked as a life guard at Moraine and NCR country clubs. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and his dog Miss Molly, and will be deeply missed by all. Chase is survived by his parents, Rip and Denise Hale and his brother, Jonathan, of Kettering; Grandparents, Peter and Marie Katevatis of Philadelphia, PA and Richard P. II and Jacqueline Hale of Monroe, OH; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral service was held on Friday at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, 3705 Far Hills Ave., Kettering, with Dr. Robert Wade officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kettering Education Foundation, Chase Hale Scholarship Fund, 3750 Far Hills Avenue Kettering , Ohio 45429. Condolences and remembrances may be submitted to the family at

Janet Shock Beardsley, age 89, of Oakwood, passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007. She was born Aug. 12, 1918 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of Earl and Helen Shock.  She was a graduate of Fairmont High School and Denison University. Mrs. Beardsley was a champion golfer and avid bridge player. She was inducted into the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame, the Denison University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Dayton Golf Hall of Fame and the Fairmont High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  She served for 25 years as a member of the USGA Jr. Girls’ and Senior Women’s Golf committees. She also served as a volunteer for the Campfire Girls and the Red Cross.  She was a life-long member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Charles “Craig” and his wife Veronica Beardsley; daughter and son-in-law Phyllis and her husband Michael Kwedar; brother Donald Shock; grandchildren Lauren and Greg Kwedar; nieces Amy Shock, Betty Beardsley Freer and Judy Beardsley Updegrove; nephew Bob Beardsley. Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 8 at Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E Stroop Rd. with Rev. George Updegrove officiating  If desired, contributions may be directed to Hospice of Dayton 324 Wilmington Ave. Dayton, Ohio 45420.  Email condolences may be sent to

Dorothy Welch Taylor, of Oakwood, passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at Bethany Lutheran Village. Survived by her two daughters, Barbara A. Renfroe and Nancy (Jim) Heathman, 2 grandchildren, Lisa and Jimmy Heathman, brother, William “Bud” Welch and 4 great grandchildren. Dorothy was a 1939 graduate of Oakwood High School, graduate of LaSalle College and a member of the Sub-Debs of Oakwood. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Bethany Woodview unit and Hospice of Dayton. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Oakwood. Private burial in Springfield, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or the charity of your choice, To leave a special message for the family online, visit

Charles Lester “Chuck” Woods, age 78, of Oakwood, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2007 at Hospice of Dayton following a brief illness.  Chuck was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Nina, in 2005, to whom he was married for 57 years. Chuck is survived by his daughters, Christine (Tim) Taylor and Jennifer (Ken) Samoly, both of Chagrin Falls, OH; son, James (Peggy) Woods of Fairfield, OH; 7 grandsons; 1 granddaughter and 2 great-granddaughters. Chuck graduated from Springfield High School and received an associate’s degree from Wittenberg College.  He worked at, and eventually became owner and CEO of the Anchor Rubber Company for 55 years.  Chuck and Nina were active supporters and board members of the arts and nature in the Dayton area including the Dayton Opera, Dayton Art Institute, the Schuster Center, Aullwood Center, and Smith Gardens. Chuck was also on the board of directors of Sinclair Community College, and was the founding director of the Miami Valley Crimestoppers. Chuck was a long time member of the Masonic Temple of Dayton and the Shriners. Chuck and Nina enjoyed traveling to many places around the world, including trips with the Oakwood Sister City organization and the Shriners. Most recently Chuck tutored at Oakview Elementary School through the Miami Valley Literacy Council. He would often say that the time he spent with his assigned students was the highlight of his week. Chuck will be remembered for his smile and humor, his generosity of money and time, and his devotion to his wife, and family. He will be greatly missed. Visitation was held August 25, 2007 at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, with Masonic services followed by funeral services. Contributions may be made to the Miami Valley Literacy Council, 18 W. First St., Dayton, OH  45402 or the Woodland Mausoleum Beautification Fund, 118 Woodland Ave., Dayton, OH 45409. Condolences may be visited thru the website at

Lois A. Schweigel, age 80, died Sunday, August 26, 2007 at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Born in Oakwood, OH, she was a homemaker since 1980, previously worked 10 years at Ball Drug.  She was a member of First Assembly of God.  Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Jack E. Schweigel of Fort Wayne; sons, Daniel E. Schweigel of Columbus, MT, Kevin D. Schweigel, Kent E. Schweigel both of Fort Wayne; daughter, Karen A. Brandon of Wayne, MI; 14 grandchildren, 12 Great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; sisters, Leota Bemiss of Zephry Hills, FL, Helen Johnson of Melrose, OH, Ruby Buckmaster of Ashley, IN, Joan Bowman of Fort Wayne, Jeanette Dimock of Defiance, OH, Nancy Noffsinger of Paulding, OH.  She was preceded in death by 1 brother and 2 sisters. Service is 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Assembly of God, 3301 E. Coliseum Blvd. with calling 1 hour prior.  Pastor Ronald Hawkins officiating.  Calling 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Rd.  Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery.  Memorials to First Assembly of God.

Charles L. Woods, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2007.  Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 25 at Routsong Funeral Home, Kettering Chapel. 2100 E. Stroop Rd. Visitation with friends and family to be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

James A. “Jay” Sims, Jr., age 36, of Washington Twp. passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, August 14, 2007.  He was born May 16, 1971 in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Dr. James A. & Carolyn E. Sims. Jay graduated from Oakwood High School, and spent a summer in LeVesinet, France. He attended Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. where he tested out of French in a school ranked 45th in the nation.  He later went on to graduate from the University of Dayton with degrees in Chemistry and a postgraduate degree in Environmental Technology.  Jay was employed with the Onyx Corporation of Cincinnati, Ohio. Survivors include his parents of Oakwood; brother Brent Andrew and wife (Nicole Longo ) Sims of New York; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 18, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 33 W. Dixon Ave., Oakwood, Oh. with Rev. John S. Koepke III officiating. Interment is in Dayton Memorial Park. If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to the charity of donor’s choice. Arrangements in care of Routsong Funeral Home. E-Mail condolences may be sent to

Jean Marie Stein, passed away on August 6, 2007, at Kettering  Medical Center. Jean was born on June 26, 1921 in Kenosha, WI. As a teenager, Jean moved with her parents to Oakwood, OH, where she lived until 2006.  Jean’s father was a long-time executive at The Standard Register Company. Jean was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Frederick William and Helen Krautsch Stein, her aunt and uncle, Gertrude and Albert Loeffler of Kenosha, and her good friends, Joseph and Merle Pierce and Fred and Vela Shelton of Oakwood.  Jean is survived by her good friends, Richard and Susan Lipowicz of Oakwood, Sandy Gordon of Dayton, Gladys Siewert of Kensohsa, and her sister, Sue Ann Hutchinson of Tewksbury, MA.  Visitation will be held at the Routsong Funeral Home, 2100 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, OH on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 4 p.m. Jean’s remains will be interred at Green Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha next to her parents. Jean’s friends would like to thank Dr. Felipe Rubio, Michael Wright, R.N. and the staff of the Critical Care Unit at Kettering Medical Center for their kind and loving care. Condolences and remembrances may be visited via the website at www.routsong.

Jane Eby Kohr, of Longmont, Colorado, died Monday, August 6, 2007 at the HospiceCare Center in Louisville, Colorado.  She was 92 years old. Jane was born to Harold Morrison Eby and Gaynelle (Steel) Eby on May 8, 1915 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.  On June 22, 1937, she married James R. Kohr in Dayton, Ohio.  Following James’ career with Lowe Brothers Paint Company and Sherwin-Williams, the couple retired to Grand Junction, Colorado to be closer to family.  Following Mr. Kohr’s death in 1990, Jane moved to Longmont in 1991. Mrs. Kohr is survived by her daughter, Gaynelle Pietrangelo and her husband, David, of Firestone, Colorado; three grandchildren, Steven Pietrangelo of Denver, Colorado, James Pietrangelo of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Jane Pietrangelo of Mead, Colorado; and three great grandchildren, Soren, Vincens, and Connor Pietrangelo. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, James Phillip Kohr, and by her beloved cat, Bianca. A celebration of Jane’s life and open house will be held on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at the home of Gaynelle and David Pietrangelo, 11276 Coal Ridge St., Firestone.  A time of remembrance will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by an open house ending at 2:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to HospiceCare of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, 2594 Trailridge Drive East, Suite A, Lafayette, CO  80026 or the Longmont Humane Society, 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, CO 80501.  Please share thoughts, memories and condolences with the family at


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