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Cogan, Martha Jean - Minerva  
Martha Jean Cogan Age 95, of Minerva, died Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 in the Alliance Community Hospital. She was born in Canton to Charles and Blanche Waefler. She and her husband owned the Maple Drive Dairy Farm near East Rochester. She was a 9 year employee of the former Fair Store and managed, then owned Hill's Shoe Store in Minerva for 25 years. She is a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist and a life member of the Bayard Grange and a member of the SWRM club. She is preceded in death by her husband, Dwight Cogan who died in 1993; and a brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Libby Waefler ;and recently her beloved cat Squeeky. She is survived by a daughter, Christine (Chris) Powell of Zoar; son, Vaughn (Susan) Cogan of Carrollton; two grandchildren, Melinda (Aaron) Abrahamson and Dawn (Mick) Malcom; and five great-grandchildren: Morgan and Andrew Abrahamson, Avery, Madilyn and Kaylor Malcom. Per her wishes, a graveside service will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel at East Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Christ, Scientist at 2501 Market Ave. N., Canton, OH 44714. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at: Gotschall-Hutchison, 330-868-4900
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Published in The Times Reporter on Aug. 28, 2015
Cox, Alva Dayton  
Alva Dayton Cox of New Philadelphia and formerly of Red Hill, Dover, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 in his residence following a period of declining health. A son of the late Jesse and Opal Gwinn Cox, Alva was born at Elton, W.Va. December 30, 1937. Like many of his generation, Alva began working to help support his family at an early age. One of his first jobs was working in the coal mines throughout Ohio and West Virginia. He later began working in the clay sewer pipe industry and spent 20 years with the former Contex Company at Newport. Alva was a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan who also loved spending Saturdays golfing with his brothers and playing Bingo any chance he got. He had the natural talent to be able to fix or build just about anything. In his younger years, Alva enjoyed coaching youth league baseball and football for many years. Above all, he was a family man who deeply cared for his blended family of seven children. He always said he was deeply blessed to have married two wonderful women. Following 35 years of marriage and the passing of his first wife, the former Barbara Ann Kedigh, Alva wed the former Bessie Ebersole on April 2, 1995. In addition to his wife, Alva leaves behind his children, Chuck (Sandra) Cox, Eugene (Linda) Cox all of Gnadenhutten, Debbie (Richard) Rice of Bowerston, Ed (Trina) Johnson of Strasburg, Ted (Connie) Johnson of Sugarcreek, Fred (Sherri) Johnson of Millersburg, and Ned (Tiffany) Johnson of Sugarcreek; 25 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren. Completing the family are his siblings, Robert (Phamey) Cox, Dallas (Mavis) Cox, Clifford (Sandy) Cox, Carl Cox, Mary Pettit, Alice McConnell, and Marie (Nelson) Philippi; a sister- in-law, Marian Schupp;and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and first wife, Alva was preceded in death by four brothers, Homer, Ernest, David and Emery Cox; a daughter-in-law, Jodi Johnson, a granddaughter, Kelsey Johnson, twin grandson, Tanner and Conner Johnson and a granddaughter-in-law, Ashley Cox. The family will greet guests Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 from 5- 8 p.m. in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. Pastor Bill Johnson will lead a service in the funeral home's chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.. Burial in the Ridgecrest Memorial Gardens will follow. All are invited to join the family for a time of food and fellowship following the services in the Geib Family Center, adjacent to the funeral home. The family requests memorial contributions in Alva's name be directed to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr., Suite E, Green, OH 44685. Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and light a candle in remembrance of Alva by visiting the funeral home's website at .
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Published in The Times Reporter on Aug. 30, 2015
Craft, Gary L.  
Gary L. Craft 1934-2015; of Tappan Lake 81, of the Tappan Lake area, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Aug. 22, 2015. Born July 8, 1934 in Flushing, he was a son of the late Stewart Franklin and Cora Agnes (Gribble) Craft. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his brothers, Jay and Larry Craft. Following his graduation from Dennison High School in 1952, Gary served his country in the United State Air Force. He retired from Associated Grocers after 37 years and also worked for many years as a heavy equipment operator. Gary lived a long, beautiful, triumphant life as an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His first and utmost joy came from the time he spent with his family and activities with all his grandchildren and great grandson. He also treasured time outdoors on his farm, weed eating, brush cutting, and mowing. He was protestant by faith. He is survived by his beloved wife, the former Carol D. (Christy) who he married on June 21, 1958 and with whom he enjoyed 57 years of marriage; daughters, Christy (Clifford) Tope of New Philadelphia, LeAnn (David) Cantwell of Clintonville, and Brittney (David) Stroman of Worthington; grandchildren, Leslie (Jamie) Phillips, Celeste, Hanna, Parker, Chloe, Grace, and Lainey Cantwell and Poppy and Cooper Stroman; great grandson, Bronson Phillips; sister, Jill (Terry) Cox; and several nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law. In keeping with Gary's wishes he will be cremated. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home in Dennison. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. R.K. Lindsey Funeral Home, Inc. 740.922.1970
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Published in The Times Reporter on Aug. 24, 2015
Craig, Frances - Parma  
Frances M. Craig (nee Butchko) 87, of Bolivar, Ohio (formerly of Parma Heights, Ohio) died Aug. 17, 2015, at Hennis Care Centre in Bolivar, Ohio. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, to Steven T. and Helen (Stolarik) Butchko. On Feb. 19, 1949, she married Richard J. Craig, who preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2007. She loved Jesus, and was devoted to training her children up in the way they should go as the Bible teaches. She was full of proverbial wisdom and an encouragement to everyone. She will be deeply missed by her four daughters, Judy (Shunro) Suzuki of Japan, Jane Kollar of Bolivar, Ohio, Patty Craig of Fishersville, Va., and Fran (Steve) Blados of Meridian, Idaho. She had nine grandchildren; five great- grandchildren, and two great- grandchildren on the way. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Schnell of Cleveland, Ohio and Helen Sasura of Parma, Ohio; and a brother, Martin Butchko of Coshocton, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Michael J. Kollar of Bolivar, Ohio. A Memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Road, Parma, OH 44129, with a time of fellowship and refreshments afterwards. Private burial will be in the Zoar Cemetery, Zoar, Ohio, next to her husband and grandson. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue, SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.
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Published in The Times Reporter on Aug. 23, 2015
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