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Obituaries from the Parsons Advocate, 

16 July 2008

Isabelle S. Dumire

Isabelle Smith Dumire, 90 a resident of Limestone Mountain Road, St. George, and more recently a resident of Cassville, departed this life Friday, July 11, at the Maple Shire Nursing and Rehabilitation Home at Morgantown.

She was born Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1918, at St. George, a daughter of the late David Tazwell Smith and Iva Lipscomb Smith.  She was married to Freeman Keith Dumire, who preceded her in death June 15, 1983.

Surviving are one daughter, Sharon Willard and husband George of Cassville; four brothers Larry Dean Smith of Barberton, Ohio, David Smith of Akron, Ohio, Ersel Howard Smith of Tacoma, Wa. and Dewey Smith of Clinton, Ohio; three sisters Alice Jean Terry of Berry Creek, Calif., Joyce Simmons of Horseshoe Run and Doris Lee Cook of Baltimore, Md.; six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were three brothers; Arlie and Stuart Smith and infant, Wilbur Dale Smith; and one sister, Leona Louise "Annie" Pifer.

She attended the Mount Hope one room school at Location. She was a homemaker and a Dairy Farmer at Limestone and a member of The Farm Women's Club. She was a member of the Limestone Methodist Church.

A graveside service took place on Monday, July 14 at 1 p.m. in the Stemple Ridge Cemetery at Stemple Ridge. The Reverend Kevin Hostetler officiated and interment followed.  The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements for Isabelle Smith Dumire. Condolences may be expressed to the family at 

Jane Ponikvar

Jane Ponikvar, 73, of Poland, died Friday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

Mrs. Ponikvar was born June 4, 1935 in Clarksburg, a daughter of B. William and Florence Waltz Phillips. She has been an area resident since 1955.  She was a graduate of Thomas High School in Thomas. 

Mrs. Ponikvar previously worked as an office manager for Dr. Sethi and for Arby's International.

She was a member of Holy Family Church in Poland and a former member of St. Luke Catholic Church. She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Korean War Veterans and she loved sewing and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.

She leaves her husband, Harry Lee Ponikvar, Sr., whom she married June 5, 1954; her daughter, Nancy Frasco of Poland; her son, Bud (Mary) Ponikvar of Boardman; four grandchildren, Meghan (Joseph) Gear of Boardman, Garrett, Jayna, and Spencer Frasco, all of Poland; and one great-grandson, Shane Gear of Poland; three sisters, Anna Shaffer of Oak Hill, Emily (Jack) Lambruno of Thomas, and Sally (Chuck) Touchette of Caroga Lake, N.Y.; and one brother, Donald (Maria) Phillips of Orlando.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Thomas Phillips; and a son-in-law, Jay Frasco.

Funeral services were held Monday at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church.  Interment followed at Poland Riverside Cemetery.

Friends were received Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland, where a prayer service was held Monday at 9:30 a.m.  Please visit to send condolences.

Martha A. Swann

Martha Alice Swann, 85, of Canaan Valley, passed away July 12  at Windy Hill Manor, Kingwood.

She was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Canaan Valley, the daughter of the late John R. Harper and Elizabeth Mauzy Harper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Swann of Akron, Ohio.

She is survived by son, Kenneth (and Jerry) Baldwin of Ravenna, Ohio; six grandchildren, two sisters, Mary Dysle of Canton, Ohio, and Alta Jenkins of Akron, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Frances Harper of Naples, Fla.; four nieces, Donna Duley of Independence, Patti Homes of Naples, Fla., Kitta Michaels of Gadsden, Ala., and Beverly Kuster of Massillon, Ohio; and five nephews, Richard Lantz of Oakland, Md., Ronald Lantz of Ridgley, Harold Harper of Gadsden, Ala., David Harper of Willoughby, Ohio, and Mark Jenkins of Akron, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by one son, Joseph Allen Harper; six brothers, Glenn, William, Saul, Calvin, John and Burl Harper; and three sisters, Grace Shipman, Viola Lantz and Lillian Harper.

Friends were received one hour prior to the funeral service, which was held at Hinkle Funeral Chapel in Davis on Tuesday, July 15 at 2 p.m, with the Rev. James Martin officiating.  Interment followed in Vandevander Cemetery. Hinkle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Obituaries reprinted courtesy of the Parsons Advocate.






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