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TERNS, Aurelia C., see Aurelia C. Gerhart

TERNS, Catherine C., see Catherine C. Linden

TERNS, Florence L., see Florence L. Eckenfels

THOMAS, Lucretia, see Lucretia Porter

THOMPSON, Anthony J.

AVON LAKE — Anthony J. Thompson, 75, a resident of Avon Lake for 55 years, died early this morning after a lengthy illness. Born in Fayetteville, he settled on a farm in Avon Lake in 1880, where he remained until his death. His wife, Margaret, died five years ago. He was a member of St. Mary's church, Avon. Surviving are a son, Joseph; two daughters, Mrs. George Holbury, Avon, and Mrs. Charles Mellin of Chicago. Eleven grandchildren also survive. The body will be taken tomorrow afternoon from the Reichlin-Reidy-Scanlan funeral home to the home of Thompson's daughter, Mrs. Holbury, on the Conrad-rd, Avon, | where it will remain until funeral services are held at 9 a. m. Thursday St. Mary's church. Rev. George Stuber, pastor, will officiate, Burial will be in the family lot in St. Mary's cemetery, Avon. (d 1935)

Liisa Penner

Elyria Republican, June 10, 1897

After many months of intense suffering, Mr. E. Thompson, an honored citizen, died of consumption at his home in Grafton, Tuesday morning June 1st, aged fifty-six years. A short funeral service was held at the home, at 10 o'clock a. m. Thursday, by Rev. Leary, when the remains were laid to rest in the Nesbitt cemetery, Hastings Post, G.A.R., having charges of the ceremonies at the Grave. Mr. Thompson was a loving husband, a kind and indulgent father, a sympathetic and accommodating neighbor and friend, and will be greatly missed in the community.


Whereas it has pleased an all-wise Providence to remove by death from our midst Edward Thompson, and Whereas, for the past two years and at the time of his demise he was president of the Board of Education of the Grafton Union Schools, therefore be it Resolved, That in the death of Edward Thompson the cause of education loses a warm exponent and advocate and the Board of Education a wise counselor and generous supporter of all measures that had for their accomplishment the elevation of the standard in our common schools and the enlightenment of the young. Resolved, that those resolutions be entered on the minutes of the board, that they be published in the Grafton and Elyria papers and a copy sent to the family of the deceased. Jas. Finlayson, Treasurer Board of Education. Chester Campbell, Clerk.

John Goering

THOMPSON, Hannah, nee Sisson
Wellington Enterprise, January 9, 1889

Mrs. Hannah Thompson January 3, at the residence of her son-in-law, J.F. Gardner on Baker St., of Pluresy

Mrs. Thompson was born in Bristol, Ontario co., N.Y., in 1806, and was in her 83d year. Her maiden name was Sisson and she was united in marriage to Dr. Hiram Thompson in 1833, emigrating with him to Ohio in 1844, and since then this county has been her home. From 1849 to 1851 her husband, who died eleven years ago, represented Lorain county in the Legislature of this State. Her residence in Lorain county was mostly in Laporte and Grafton. Since the death of her husband she lived with her daughter, Mrs. Gardner, and came to Wellington with her about four years ago. Brave and self-sacrificing Mrs. Thompson was a worthy helpmate of her husband in the cares and hardships of the medical profession. She was of an unusually hopeful and cheerful disposition, and on the darkest cloud she could always see a silver lining. Nature had endowed her with superior talents, which she industriously cultivated, and it was ever her ambition to intelligently work her way along to good ends. Inspired by a faith that never doubted she could see nothing but a beautiful tomorrow in her earth life and a happy immortality "over the river."

John Goering

Elyria Republican, Nov 21, 1878

Dr. Hiram Thompson, who has practiced medicine in this vicinity for the past thirty-four years, died, at his residence in Grafton, at 3 o'clock a. m. on Thursday, Nov. 14th, 1878. Dr. Thompson was born at Victor, Ontario Co., N.Y., on Sept. 17, 1806. About fifty years ago he came to Grafton the first time, and remained about two years; he returned to New York on horseback. Thirty-four years ago he returned to this vicinity, and has been practicing medicine ever since, until within the last fifteen months, when his health would not permit him to do so longer. His practice has been remarkably successful; perhaps no physician in Lorain county ever met with such success as Dr. Thompson had. He was a well educated man, and his influence has always been great in Grafton and vicinity. In 1851 he had the honor of representing Lorain county in the General Assembly, and While there did a good work against railroad rings, as well as being instrumental in putting the Medical Colleges of Ohio on the sure footing on which they now stand. In regard to the state of the country when Dr. Thompson first came into it, we will relate one incident which we have often heard him tell. Said he: "I can stand in my back door and see the places where I once killed three deer in one day." The Doctor taught the first school ever organized in Grafton township. His funeral services were conducted by Elder Mathers, and his remains, followed by a large concourse of people, were taken to Nesbit's cemetery for interment.

Mr. Editor: In the Republican of last week you say that you have been informed that Mr. Saddler was wrong in his statement that Dr. Thompson taught the first school in Grafton. That is true. His informant probably mistook the fact of its being the Doctor's first school for it being the first school in Grafton. I cannot conceive why any person should say he (the Doctor) never taught in the township at all, as it is a fact well known that he did teach at Grafton Center in the winter of 1824-25, and Ashy Root, who now lives near the Center was on of his pupils, and remembers it distinctly. Mrs. Gardner (December 5, 1878 Elyria Republican)

John Goering

Elyria Republican, August 8, 1878

Mr. Joseph Thompson, brother of Dr. Thompson, of this place, died at his residence near Belden, On Sunday afternoon, Aug. 4th. He was nearly 80 years old. A more extended notice of this old pioneer will appear next week.

Elyria Republican, August 15, 1878

Mr. Joseph Thompson, whose death we noticed last week, was in his 82d year. He came to Grafton in 1821, and therefore has been a resident for the past 57 years. He came from Victor, Ontario Co., N.Y. His life has been an eventful life; and, like all other pioneers, he was compelled to make his fortune in the woods. His funeral services were held at his residence near Belden, on Tuesday Aug. 6th.

John Goering


DELTA, Ohio — Joseph A. Thompson, 65, of Delta, died yesterday in Cleveland Clinic. He was a former resident of Avon Lake. He moved from there 20 years ago to Rocky River. In Rocky River he was a city employe. He is survived by his wife Pearl; two daughters, Mrs. Albert Sherer, Delta; and Mrs. Hal Bechtel, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Rose Holbury, Lorain and Mary Mellin, New Port Richey, Florida; and four grandchildren. Friends may call at the Zeis Funeral Home, Lakewood, today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 3 to 5 and from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Burial will be at the Lakewood Park Cemetery. (1969)

Liisa Penner

THOMPSON, Margaret, nee Gates

Mrs. Margaret Thompson), 69, wife of Anton Thompson, died in her home at Avon Lake village at 6 a. m. Sunday. She was a life long resident of Avon Lake, having been born there in 1861. Besides her husband she is survived by three children, Mrs. George Holbury, and Joseph Thompson, Avon Lake; and Mrs. Charles Mellin, Chicago, Ill. A sister, Mrs. Mary Heider, Avon Lake; and four, brothers, Lawrence Gates, Avon Lake; Frank Gates. Avon, O., John Gates, Ashley, Ind.; and Joseph Gates, Spencer, O.; and nine grandchildren also survive. She was a member of St. Mary's Church of Avon, Ohio; and was affiliated with the Altar society of the church. The body will be taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Holbury in Conrad road, Avon. The funeral services will be conducted in St. Mary's church, Avon, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Heaffler officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's cemetery, under direction of the Reichlin, Reidy and Scanlan company. (d 1930)

Liisa Penner

THOMPSON, Rose, see Rose Holbury

THORNTON, Anna May, nee Dague
The Chronicle Telegram, 1 April 1987

Anna M. Thornton, 93, formerly of Spencer, died Wednesday at Canterbury Villa, Seville, Ohio. She was born in Spencer and lived most of her life in the Spencer area. She was a member of the Spencer United Methodist Church and the WSCS. Mrs. Thornton was a Gold Star mother and belonged to the Spencer Grandmother's Club. She also belonged to the Spencer American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Thornton is survived by daughters, Eleanor Highland of Wellington, Janice of Spencer, Lois Neely of Fort Worth, Texas, Joann Pendleton of Elyria; a son, Clarence "Jim" of Lorain, 20 grandchildren 32 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence W. Sr., sons Keith and Gordon, and by 2 sisters and 5 brothers. Friends may call Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Parker and Son Funeral Home, Spencer. Services will be held Saturday at 1 pm at the funeral home. The Rev. Jeff Thorn of Spencer will officiate. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery.

Carole J. Schetter

THORNTON, Clarence Walter
The Chronicle Telegram, 21 November, 1963

Spencer — Clarence W. Thornton, former owner-operator of the Wellington Hardware Store for many years, died early this morning in Southern Lorain County Hospital, Wellington, after a week's illness. He was 75. Mr. Thornton had operated the hardware store from 1927 until a few years ago when he sold the store to his son, Keith Thornton, the present operator. Before entering the hardware business Mr. Thornton was a rural mail carrier from 1917 to 1922 after which he had operated the Lodi Bakery until 1927. He was a lifelong resident of the Spencer vicinity. He lived on South Main St., Spencer, and was a member of the Spencer Methodist Church. Survivors are his wife, Anna Mae Thornton; 4 daughters, Miss Janice Thornton, at home, Mrs. Eleanor Heighland, Wellington, Mrs. Lois Neely, Fort Worth, Tex. And Mrs. JoAnn Pendleton, Elyria; 2 sons, Keith of Wellington and Jim of Spencer; 18 grandchildren; 9 great-great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Bessie Plyler, Summerville, Pa. Friends will be received in the Parker Funeral Home, Spencer, Saturday afternoon and evening. Services will be Sunday at 2:30 pm in the funeral home. The Rev. Dale Wagner will officiate. Burial will be in Spencer Cemetery.

Carole J. Schetter

THORNTON, Janice Irene
newspaper not identified, August, 1999

Spencer native Janice I. Thornton, 85, formerly of Spencer, died Monday (Aug. 9th) at the Meadowview Care Center in Seville, Ohio, where she lived since 1981. Born in Spencer, she graduated from Wellington High School. She worked as a store clerk at the former Wellington hardware and Furniture. She was a member of the Spencer United Methodist Church. Survivors include sisters Eleanor Heighland of Welliington, Lois June Neely of Fort Worth, Texas, and JoAnn Pendleton of Elyria; a brother, Clarence W. "Jim" Thornton of Lorain; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Anna (nee Dague) Thornton. Friends may call from 7-9 pm Wednesday at the Parker and Son Funeral Home, 202 E. Main St., Spencer, where services will be at 11 am Thursday. The Rev. James Ellison of Spencer will officiate. Burial will follow in the Spencer Cemetery. Memorials maybe made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Carole J. Schetter

THORP, Emily A., nee Squires

The Morning Journal, 12 October 2004)

LORAIN — Mike Timko, 87, of Lorain, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Community Health Partners Hospital & Surgical Center in Lorain after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 12, 1916, in Heilwood, Pa., and had lived in Lorain since 1929. Timko graduated from Lorain High School in 1934. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II as a staff sergeant in Battery B, 422, Rocket Field Artillery Battalion in the Philippines and Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Timko worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Idaho. He also worked at U.S. Steel in Lorain as a pipefitter foreman for 42 years, retiring in 1979. He also had a part time plumbing business. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Lorain. He enjoyed hunting, golfing and bowling and was a pitcher on the Lyon Tailors sandlot baseball team in Lorain. He also played ball for the U.S. Steel team. Survivors include his son, Michael T. Timko of Avon Lake; daughters Helene M. Masterson of Plymouth, Mich., Vicki L. Welch of Berlin Heights and Polly A. Hagar of Lorain; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Jansheski of Avon Lake. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Helen M. Timko (nee Mozak), in 1998; parents, George and Susan (nee Fesco) Timko; and brothers George Timko, Andrew Timko and John Timko. Friends may call Monday from5 to 9 p.m. at Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway, Lorain. A funeral service will be held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral chapel, and will be followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1305 E. Erie Ave., Lorain. The Rev. Joseph West, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1305 E. Erie Ave., Lorain, OH 44052.

Leslie Rodriguez, Aug 2007


Janice Tomasic, 27, passed away yesterday in Columbus, Ohio where she made her home for many years. She was born in Lorain on February 8, 1950. Survivors include her parents, George V. and Helen J. (nee Rado) Tomasic of Lorain; sister Mrs Renee Kell of Lorain and brother Virgil J. Tomasic of Lorain and her grandmother Mrs William M. Rado of Lorain. The family will receive friends at John R. Dovin Funeral Home tomorrow from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 with services being conducted by Fr. Simon Nekic of St Vitus Church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.

Joseph F. Conley

TRUMBLE, Charles E.

TRUMBLE, Cornelia, nee Knapp


Staff Captain Edward Trumble, 71, of the Salvation Army, a former Elyrian and brother of George Trumble of Elyria, died on Oct. 23 at Allenhurst, New Jersey. He was a Salvation Army officer for 33 years and was the first staff bandmaster of the National Staff band. He was ill for a week before his death. Captain Trumble retired in 1926. He entered Salvation Army work from Elyria, where he had previously been a musician and bandmaster in 1888. He was married in 1897 to Miss Agnes Tanner in New York City. He entered the Army's social work in Jersey City in 1903, and later held posts in that department in Columbus, Akron, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Birmingham, Youngstown, Utica, NY, Bridgeport, and Boston. In addition to his brother here, survivors are his wife, a daughter, Miss Dorothy G. Trumble and a son Edward A. Trumble, of New York City. Besides his affiliation with the Salvation Army, he was a member of the Sons of Veterans in Ohio. (Nov. 8, 1935)

TRUMBLE, William
The Elyria Republican, Elyria, Ohio, Thursday, October 8, 1885

William Trumble was born in the State of Connecticut, March 1st, 1801, and died at Elyria, O., September 30th, 1885, aged 84 years, 6 months and 29 days. In these funeral services we can but briefly note a few of the most prominent events in his lengthened and checkered life, the last twenty-seven years of which have been spent in this beautiful town of Elyria. We pay our respects to his memory to-day, not only as a true and worthy citizen taken suddenly from our midst, but we honor him as a soldier and a patriot, who had devoted more than eleven years of the best of his life to the service of his country in the defense of her settlements and the preservation and perpetuation of her liberties. In 1832 a treaty was made with the Seminoles - a vagrant tribe of American Indians living in Florida, and who, true to their wild and reckless name, were given to the plundering of plantations and carrying off slaves, and by this treaty the leading chiefs engaged that the whole tribe should be removed west of the Mississippi. But through the instigation of Osceola, one of the most warlike chiefs, this treaty was repudiated by the tribe, and a war ensued which lasted eight years, and cost thousands of lives and ten millions of dollars. In this war William Trumble served faithfully and heroically for seven years from 1835 to 1842, enduring all the privations and hardships incident to such a life. Three years longer he served against the Creeks and Cherokees of Georgia and Alabama, and in the end was honored with the position of sergeant in General Scott's body guard, at Fortress Monroe and Fort Hamilton. During the late war of the Rebellion, and though in his 63rd year, he enlisted in the Union army, and was a member of Company D, 178th O.V.I., engaging in the battle of Murfreesboro or Stone River, besides several skirmishes. It was no doubt the habit of prompt response to duty's call in time of danger that led him on Friday morning ten days ago, and when the alarm of fire was rung, to forget all else and hasten to the building eager to do his utmost to stay the progress of the flames. His left foot was on the track, but he neither saw nor heard the engine until one wheel had passed over it, and he seized the flag-staff and thus held himself from falling until other hands could lift him and bear him to his home. Skillful physicians and comrades and friends were quickly at his bedside, and all eager to do their utmost for the comfort and life of one who through more than eighty-three years had so heroically trodden its weary way. But the shock was too great, and though belonging to a family whose longevity is most strikingly marked, he was soon compelled to say to the dear ones who waited at his bedside: "I feel I can't stand it very long." The first thing he said to me as I entered the room an hour after he was carried home was: "I now can feel a little of what my Savior suffered in his body for me. His feet and hands were pierced with nails. Oh! I am glad," he said, " that I have attended to my soul, and I am ready to live or to die." On last Wednesday evening, and two hours before he passed away, as I entered the room, and the sons were bending over his prostrate form, he was enduring great pain, and it was evident the end was nigh. He knew me and welcomed me, and as I sat down on the bedside and took his hand in mine, and asked: "Does Jesus comfort you and help you now?" he answered" "Oh, yes, and he will soon take me away from my suffering." I then sang what I afterwards learned from his son was his favorite hymn:

My latest sun is sinking fast,
My race is nearly run,
My strongest trials now are past,
My triumph is begun.
This was followed by
"Jesus lover of my soul
Let me to thy bosom fly."

And with quiet attention and earnest thought he listened, seeming to appropriate to himself every word. Steadily thereafter the breath seemed to shorten and the pulse to slacken, until at fifteen minutes before 11 he closed his own eyes and life on earth had ceased. The family of deceased wish to sincerely thank the G.A,R. and all friends who, by their kindness and attention during the sickness and at the funeral showed their heartfelt sympathy. O.H.S.

Elyria Weekly Republican, Thursday, October 8, 1885

Wm. Trumble, the old gentleman whose accident we chronicled last week, died on Wednesday, and buried on Sunday with military honors by the G.A.R. His obituary, written by his pastor, Rev. O.H. Stocking, appears in another column.

TURNER, Olive M., nee Lyndes The Elyria Republican Newspaper, May 6,1886

Another Pioneer Gone

Mrs. Wm. Turner (nee Olive M. Lyndes) was born in North Adams, Mass., March 13, 1807, and died in Elyria, Ohio, April 28, 1886. Her parents emigrated to Ohio in 1844, and settled in Grafton Township, Lorain County. Her husband, Wm. Turner, came to this county from Great Barrington, Mass., in 1817. On the 23rd day of October 1826, Wm. Turner and Olive M. Lyndes were married, and commenced housekeeping in a log house in the woods on the 11th day of January 1827. Their home was broken up by sickness the next fall and the following spring they took up their abode in Elyria, where they have lived ever since. They moved into their present home, on West Bridge Street, in September 1832, over a half a century ago. Four children blessed this union, two sons and two daughters. The elder son resides in Nevada, the oldest daughter in Iowa, the younger son in Cleveland and the younger daughter in Collinwood. Mrs. Turner has been afflicted for nearly forty years and thus, though she lived to a ripe old age, she was robbed of many of life's sweetest joys. Her death was the first in the family during a wedded life of nearly sixty years.

Submitted by Richard Kurish (no relationship)

TURNER, Thomas Z.

UEHLEIN, Leonard R.
The Plain Dealer, 7 Jan 1994

Leonard R. Uehlein was active in the Boy Scouts and LaGrange United Methodist Church for many years. He held several positions in the Scouts, having received some of its highest honors for his 37 years of service in Firelands. He served as Scoutmaster and unit commissioner. He was awarded the Silver Beaver and Wood Badges. His church activities included serving as finance chairman, Sunday school teacher and choir member for many years. Mr. Uehlein died yesterday at Elyria United Methodist Home. He was 79. He was born in Detroit. He worked for Ridge Tool Co. in Elyria for 29 years, retiring in 1979. Besides his other activities, Mr. Uehlein was a volunteer naturalist at the Lorain Metro Parks. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna; sons, Jerry of Elyria and David of Fostoria; three brothers; two sisters; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at LaGrange United Methodist Church 105 West Main St., LaGrange. Arrangements are being handled by the Blackburn funeral home in Grafton.

Leslie Rodriguez, Aug 2007

ULMSCHNEIDER, Helen, nee Krugman
Chronicle Telelegram, 22 Apr 1981)

Mrs. Helen Ulmschneider (nee Krugman), 93, of 12th Street, Elyria, died at St. John's West Shore Hospital in Westlake Tuesday afternoon after an illness of six weeks. Born in Huron, Mrs. Ulmschneider was a lifelong resident of Elyria. She was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and the Pythian Sisters. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Her husband William R., died in 1969. Friends may call in the Curtis-Scheuffler Funeral Home, Elyria, Thursday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home.The Rev. Martin G. Waidmann will officiate. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Cemetery.

Karen Krugman

URBAN, George
Saturday Feb 13, 1892

George Urban, a prominent German resident of Norwalk, who died Saturday, was a very eccentric man. He was always a hard working man and made his wife and children work like slaves. He was 81 years old and lived on a farm near that town for over forty years. He hoarded up his earnings and was worth $100,000 at the time of his death. The man was always in mortal fear lest someone would rob him, and hid his cash in different places around his house. {Note $100,000 in today’s dollars would be about $1.9 million}

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URSEM, Marie F.

VANWORMER, Celia B., nee Dague
newspaper not identified, 12 May 1992

Celia B. VanWormer (nee Dague), 81, of Elyria, died Tuesday at Elyria Memorial Hospital after a one-month illness. Born in LaGrange, she graduated from Penfield High School and from a business college. She lived in Elyria 60 years. Retired from the personnel department at EMH, she also was a charter member of the Church of the Open Door. She was active in the church's Ladies Open Circle, was a former deaconess, sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. Survivors include a daughter, Beth Mezatasta of Lorain; a son, Terry A. of Prescott, Ariz., 3 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; and a brother, Morris Dague of Jeromesville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan C. in 1981, brothers, Byron and Quinton Dague, and a sister, Sue Garman. Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Thursday at the Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria, where services will be 11 am Friday, with the Rev. Robert Schroyer, associate pastor of the church, officiating. Burial will be in Brookdale Cemetery in Elyria. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Open Door Building for Tomorrow Fund.

Carole Schetter


WACKER, Albert

Albert J. Wacker, 100, of Elyria, a Carlisle School teacher in the early 1900's, died at his home Saturday morning after a two-year illness. Born in Carlisle Twp. Oct 12, 1884. Mr. Wacker lived in Lorain County all his life. He taught grades 1-8 at Carlisle School from 1904-1906 and worked at an accountant for U.S. Steel Lorain/Cuyahoga Works for 42 years, retiring in 1949 at age 65. He graduated from Elyria High School in 1904 and from Oberlin Business College in 1907. He was a member of St. Paul United Church of Christ and the American Association of Retired Persons. Mr. Wacker resided with his daughter, Mrs. Hazel Johnson of 1100 Park Ave., Elyria, who hosted an open house for his 100th birthday last Oct. 12. He received not only 160 card and 58 visitors, but phone calls from four states. "He was called by a woman he had taught in the first grade and a man he had taught in the second grade, which is pretty amazing, really," his daughter said. "He had been doing well up to that time, but he had been slipping the last two or three weeks." The eldest of a family of 10, he is survived by a sister, Mrs. A. R. (Charlotte) Miller or Elyria, and brothers, Herbert of Wellington and Fred of Titusville, Fla. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maude in 1933; by his sisters Viola Fridenstine, Martha Lehman, and Elma Burnett and brothers Louis, Walter and Charles. Friend will be received Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Wainwright Funeral Home, Elyria. Services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Martin G. Waidmann, pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain. (d 5 Jan 1985)

Karen Krugman

WACKER, Louis F.

Louis Frederick Wacker, 90, died Monday evening at the Welcome Nursing Home. He had been ill for several years. Born in Russia Township, he was a retired farmer and lived most of his life in Southern Lorain County. He was a former employee of the Colson Corp. and the Bendix-Westinghouse Corp. in Elyria. Mr. Wacker is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Irma Line of Elyria and Mrs. Nelson (Alice) Amenhauser of Oberlin; three sons, Perry of Grafton, Roy of Fremont, and Wade of Ashland; three brothers, Albert of Elyria, Herbert of Wellington and Fred of Titusville, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Charlotte Miller of Elyria; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin. Services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Rev. Charles Aufdenkampe will officiate. Burial will be in the East Pittsfield Cemetery. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Lung Association. (d 4 Jan 1982)

Karen Krugman

WAGNER, Donald E.
The Morning Journal, 17 Jan 2006

ELYRIA — Donald E. Wagner, 66, of Elyria, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain, following a lengthy illness. He was born Nov. 2, 1939, in Elyria and was a lifelong resident. Wagner worked as a technician at the General Motors plant in Mansfield and had worked at the General Motors Fisher Guide plant in Elyria. He was a former volunteer firefighter with the Elyria Township Fire Department, member of New Life Baptist Church, Elyria, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Sandra (nee Ward); daughters Susan Wagner and Lori Ash-Lane, both of Elyria, Denice Ash-Midgette of Virginia and Christine Ash-Yancer of Edenburg, Ind.; son, Eric Miles Wagner of Elyria; his mother, Mildred Wagner of Elyria; sister, Jeanette Bear of Elyria; brothers Robert Wagner of Greenwich and Kenneth Wagner of Elyria; and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Wagner; and a great-granddaughter. Friends may call Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., at Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road, Elyria, where services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Duncan Meadows, pastor of New Life Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079 will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria. Memorial contributions may be made to CHP Regional Foundation-New Life Hospice, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.

Leslie Rodriguez

WALKER, Connie I., see Connie I. Minich

The Elyria Republican, Elyria, Ohio
October 29, 1908


Thomas Wallington, Who Died Wednesday, Was First At Polls in Elyria in 1860 - Formerly Mowed Park With Scythe.

Death came on Wednesday to the man who claimed the honor of having cast the first vote in Elyria for Abraham Lincoln, when the latter was a candidate for president. Thomas Wallington, lately of Spencer, was the man who was first to the polls on election day, 1860, and cast Ballot No. 1 for the famous war time president. This fact was told with considerable pride by Mr. Wallington at the time of his last visit to Elyria which occurred only a short time ago. The deceased was formerly a prosperous farmer on Sugar Ridge and was eighty three years of age at the time of his death. Although so well advanced in years he gave few indications of old age at the time of his last visit to Elyria. He then repeated the challenge which he said had stood good for many years, a challenge to any man in Spencer to walk to Elyria with him, a distance of 14 miles, for a wager.


Mr. Wallington's story was similar to that of many another sturdy English immigrant of the early days. He was born in Western Ravew, Northamptonshire, England on April 19, 1825. He emigrated to America while a young man and so completely used up his resources in passage that he landed at Castle Garden with only a shilling to his name. With the aid of occasional work he made his way west as far as Elyria. His first job in Elyria was that of mowing the grass on the public square with a scythe. He was hired and paid by William Wooster, then mayor. For some time he was in the employ of Thomas W. Laundon, formerly a local merchant and he prospered to such an extent that he soon had a farm of his own. His removal to Spencer was the result of a second mariage. (sic) He leaves several children, those best known in Elyria being Alfred and Walter Wallington who live near this city, Mrs. Melin of Cleveland, and Mrs. Warnock of Grand Rapids, Mich. His second wife preceeded him in death by several years.

Margaret Cheney

WALTNER, Barbara, see Barbara Dague

WARD, Jessie, see Jessie Grills

Saturday Feb 13, 1892

Sarah S. Washburn for fifty two years a resident of Columbia died at her home in that place, January 29, aged nearly 75 years.

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Elyria Chronical Telegram

Fred T. Wasson, 89, passed away in Fort Myers Florida on April 22, 1999 of a brief illness. Mr. Wasson was a long time Elyria resident and spent his winters in Florida for over 25 years. He was preparing to return to Lorain County when he was stricken. Mr Wasson was born on March 6, 1910 in Overton (Wayne County), Ohio and made his home in the Spencer area for many years until moving to Elyria in the early 1960's. He was employed at Ridge Tool where he retired. He enjoyed gardening and square dancing. He is survived by his wife Lucille "Susie" (nee Jeffery) Wasson to whom he was married 57 years and daughters Mrs Edwin E. (Carolyn) Knipper of Elyria and Mrs Robert L. (Nancy) Provoznik of Elyria, 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers John A. Wasson in 1924, George B. Wasson in 1979 and Joseph A. Wasson in 1995 and by sisters Miriam in infancy and Mrs Grace McClaren in 1980. Visitation will be at Parker and Son Funeral Home in Spencer on April 25th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 with services in the funeral home on April 26 at 11:00am with the Rev John R. Butchko of the Avon United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in Spencer Cemetery.

Joseph F. Conley


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