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Napier, Robert Lee  
Father Robert Lee Napier passed into eternal life on Tuesday, May 19, after suffering from a long and chronic illness. He was 67. It was the very day he would have celebrated his 25th anniversary to the priesthood. Father Napier is survived by his parents, Howard and Margaret Napier of Brewster, Ohio; his brother, James and his wife, Michelle of Westlake Village, Calif., and their children, Christian and Lindsay; his sister, Kathleen Napier-Levine and her husband, Steve of Ooltewah, Tenn., and their children, Tyler and C.J. He was born on Oct. 2, 1947 and grew up on a farm outside of Brewster, Ohio. He is a 1965 graduate of Fairless High school and he attended Kent State University and the University of Akron earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. He later attended St. Meinrad College in Indiana and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla., where he received a master's of divinity degree. Prior to becoming a Catholic priest, Father Napier worked for Allegheny Airlines and served on the personal staff of President Jimmy Carter during his administration. He eventually moved to Interlachen, Fla. to open an antique business. He also worked for the Putnam County School Board. It was in Interlachen that Father Bob said he had one of those unexplainable mystical experiences that initiated a series of changes in his life. 'I walked into a Catholic Church,' he recounts, 'and found that Mass was going on.' Father Bob, a Methodist, had often had thoughts of becoming a minister but from that point he found himself drawn to the Catholic faith and before the year was up he had joined the Catholic Church. Several years later in 1983, after becoming involved in layministry at St. Monica Parish in Palatka, Fla., Father Bob said he had a strong desire to become a priest. The following fall he entered the seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop John J. Snyder on May 19, 1990. Since his ordination, he served in several parishes in the Diocese of St. Augustine. He served as pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Interlachen, Fla. for more than 12 years before retiring in 2014. 'I look at life as a journey,' he said in an article after his ordination in 1990. 'Sometimes we recognize Christ along the way, sometimes we don't. It's not an easy road and for people who don't have Jesus Christ in their lives, I don't know how they do it.' Deacon Fred Brown, who served closely with Father Bob at St. John the Evangelist Parish, said he was a very spiritual man and a wonderful mentor. 'He had a deep love for the Lord,' said Deacon Fred. 'He once told me [as a deacon] if you are going to err -always err on the side of mercy.' Vigil Service will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with prayer service beginning at 7 p.m., at Holy Faith Catholic Church, 747 NW 43rd Street, Gainesville, FL, 32607, with Father John Phillips, V.F. presiding. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 11 a.m., in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 106 North Manitoba Avenue, Interlachen, FL 32148, with Bishop Felipe J. Estévez as celebrant. A reception will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will be at a later date. Please visit his memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com . For further information contact Williams-Thomas Funeral Home Downtown, (352) 376-7556
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Novak, Paul E.  
Paul E. Novak 89, of Canton was called home with his loving family beside him on May 21, 2015. Paul was born in Canton, Ohio on March 24, 1926 to the late John and Bernadine Novak. He served in the US Navy as a Seabee during World War II and was employed at the Timken Co. for 44 years retiring in 1986. Family was first and foremost to Paul and was a very active and devoted member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. He enjoyed golfing, walking, woodworking and fishing. Preceded in death by his sister Ann Decker and brother John Novak. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Alice Novak; children Tim (Terri) Novak of Melbourne, Fla., Dan (Alicia) Novak of Fallbrook, Calif. and Paula (Sheldon) Lohr of Massillon; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren and one great- great granddaughter. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday May 27, 2015 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 4940 W. Tuscarawas St. Canton, Ohio 44708 with Fr. David G. Weikart officiating. Family and friends may visit from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday May 26, 2015 at the Reed Funeral Home Canton Chapel. Inurnment will take place at Calvary Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church or S.A.M. Center 413 Lincolnway E. Massillon, Ohio 44646. Those wishing to send condolences or leave a special message may do so at the Reed online guestbook at www.reedfuneralhome.com . Reed, 330-477-6721
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Newton, Leslie  
Leslie Newton 5-9-1966 to 5-18-2015 Survived by husband, Robert; children, Angela and Shawn. For more information visit us at: www.SchneebergerFuneral.com Schneeberger 330-456-8237
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Published in The Repository on May 24, 2015

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Newton, Leslie A. Poland  
Leslie A. 'Poland' Newton Born May 9, 1966-May 18, 2015. Survived by husband Robert Newton, daughter Angela Poland, son Shawn Poland, mother Sue Rubright and Stepfather J.R. Rubright of Louisville. brother Ken Stephens of Ariz., stepbrother James Rubright and stepsister Bobbi Jo Horton of Fla.; also leaving behind three grandsons of Canton, nieces, nephews and loving family and friends.
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Published in The Repository on May 22, 2015

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Nasuta, Richard Rick W.  
Richard 'Rick' W. Nasuta age 68 passed away on May 16, 2015. He was born in Canton on July 01, 1946 to the late Stanley and Kathleen Nasuta. He married Sandra 'Sandi' Smith on Nov. 27, 1971 and they shared over 43 years together until his passing. Rick served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked at Republic Steel for over 35 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #190. He loved fishing, drinking, playing tickets and channel surfing. He is survived by his wife, Sandi; his daughters, Tina Fitzgerald and Kierston (Brian) McGuire; his grandchildren, Nicholas and Brett Nasuta and Kobe McGuire; his sister, Sandra (Mike) Smith; his niece and nephew, Kathy and Vince and a host of friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson Scott Nasuta. In accordance with Rick's wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no services. Donations in Rick's memory can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Paquelet Funeral Home & Crematory – 330-833-3222
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Published in The Repository on May 18, 2015
Newman, Raymond  
Together Again Raymond Junior Newman 74, of Canton, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center following a brief illness. Raymond was born in Philippi, W.Va. July 21, 1940, a son of the late Raymond J and Nellie P (Rhoden). Also preceded in death by his first wife, Gloria J; second wife, Wanda S; son, Keith; sister, Bonnie Mayle; and brothers, Dwayne and Frank. Retired from Laborers Local #1015. Survived by two daughters, Tina (Ward) Henderson, of Dickson, Tenn., Michelle, of Waynesburg; two sons, David, Ray (Christy), of all of Canton; sister, Sharon (Martin) Humphreys, of Youngstown; brother, Kenny (Linda), of Louisville; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his dog, Peanut. Funeral services will be held in the Waltner-SIMCHAK Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 21 with Pastor Marvin 'Jack' Mayle officiating. Friends may call Wednesday from 6-8 p.m., also in the Funeral Home. Burial to follow in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Add your condolences at www.waltner-simchak.com Waltner SIMCHAK Funeral Home Locally owned since 1917 330-455-0293
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