George J. Blaha
HOWARD — George John Blaha, 83, of Jonathan Road, Howard, died Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at MedCentral Health System in Mansfield.
He was born April 1, 1921, in Cleveland to John and Mary (Solomon) Blaha. From age 5 to his preteen years, George spent his life at the Parmatown Children’s Home. On Oct. 25, 1980, he was married to Imogene (Didinger). He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Danville American Legion Post 650. He was a former vice president of the Ohio State Council of Carpenters, a 57-year member of the Cleveland Carpenters local group 182, of which he was a former president and business representative, and he served as a delegate to district council. George was also a member of the St. Luke Catholic Church in Danville, where he served as an usher.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene; a daughter, Carol L. Claus (fiance, Bob) of Brunswick; a son, Daniel J. (Rebecca) Blaha of Hudson, Fla.; four stepdaughters, Denise (Roger) Coffield of Danville, Debra (Don) Rettig-Hannah of Gambier, Darlene (Gary) Campbell of Danville and Donna (Doug) Hamilton of Newark; a stepson, Daniel (Christine) Rettig of Howard; five grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; and a niece and nephew, Carol and Eugene Bernstein and family.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris M. (Norwald); three brothers and a sister.
Calling hours will be Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the St. Luke Catholic Church, Danville, with a 7:45 p.m. prayer service. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the church. The Rev. F. Richard Snoke will be celebrant. Burial will be in Brooklyn Heights Cemetery in Cleveland. The Fischer Funeral Home, Danville, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to Hospice of Knox County, 302 E. High St., Mount Vernon 43050; or St. Luke Catholic Church, P.O. Drawer P, Danville 43014.
Mary Lillian Wells
MOUNT VERNON — Mary Lillian Wells, 88, of Plaza Drive, Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, June 18, 2004, at the Ohio Eastern Star Home, Mount Vernon. The Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is in charge of arrangements.
MOUNT VERNON — Dorothy Reese, 82, of Quarry Street, Mount Vernon, passed away Friday, June 18, 2004, at Country Court Nursing Center. The Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is in charge of arrangements.
Florence West Ulrey
MOUNT GILEAD — Florence West Ulrey, 107, of Mount Gilead, died June 16, 2004, in the Chestnut House in Newark.
She was born in Letart Falls on March 15, 1897, to Walter and Ella (Norris) Sayre. She moved to Mount Gilead in 1918 from West Virginia. She taught school in the former Black Hawk School in Morrow County, and helped operate a family farm until retiring.
She is survived by a son, Earl (Margaret) West of Marengo; daughters, Juanita (William) Powers of Newark and Crystal (Roy) Cook of Newark; stepson, Don (Jane) Ulrey of Cardington; three grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; 17 stepgreat-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Verner E. West and Glen Ulrey; stepdaughter, Bertha Ulrey Linder; stepgrandson, Stanley Linder; three brothers; and six sisters.
The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home, Mount Gilead, where visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.