Bruce A. Albert

 Greenwich, Ohio – Bruce A. Albert, 62, of Greenwich, Ohio, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018, in Gaymont Nursing Center, Norwalk, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 1, 1955 in Willard, Ohio, to the late Gordon C. and Ella Jane (Echelbarger) Albert, and was a lifelong area resident.

Bruce was a 1973 graduate of South Central High School, and was a member of the Greenwich United Methodist Church, where he served as the Treasurer for several years. He was employed at Arcelor Mittal Inc. of Shelby, Oho for 38 years. Bruce was also a former E.M.T., and had worked for the Village of Greenwich, Ohio, Water and Light Department. He enjoyed watching his children’s sporting events, and especially enjoyed watching his granddaughter, Madison’s, sporting events. Bruce was a hardworking husband, and father, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Deanna S. (Moser) Albert of Greenwich, Ohio, by his children, Heath A. (Lisa) Albert of Greenwich, Ohio, Heather R. (Josh) Roland of Willard, Ohio, and Jamie E. (Brian) Clark of Columbus, Ohio, and by 5 grandchildren, Madison, Mason, Annabelle, Garrett, and Jacob. Bruce is also survived by his sisters, Renee Hicks of Greenwich, Ohio, and Lori Seeley (Bob MacMichael) of Columbus, Ohio.

Friends may call on Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, where funeral services will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Robert Hudberg will officiate. Interment will be in Edwards Grove Cemetery, Greenwich, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation Church, 87A West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857, or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

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Elizabeth R. Stang

Norwalk, Ohio – Elizabeth R. Stang, 90, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018, in Gaymont Nursing Center, Norwalk, Ohio. She was born December 6, 1927 in Milan, Ohio, to the late John P. and Helen M. (Ziemer) Mills, and was a lifelong area resident.

Elizabeth was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, and the Women of St. Alphonsus. She was a homemaker and farm wife, and was a former Pink Lady at Fisher Titus Medical Center.

Elizabeth enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, and gardening.

She is survived by her children, K. Paul (Sheila) Stang of Monroeville, Ohio, Elaine R. (John) Finch of Monroeville, Ohio, Tim (Denise) Stang of Norwalk, Ohio, Joe (Sue) Stang of Norwalk, Ohio, Curt (Tammy) Stang of Norwalk, Ohio, and Barb Stang of Monroeville, Ohio, by 22 grandchildren, and 40 great grandchildren.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Stang in 1989, by her son, Robert M. Stang in 2001, and by her brothers, George and Clifford Mills.

Friends may call on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 1322 Settlement Road, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Ron Schock will officiate. Interment will be in St. Alphonsus Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alphonsus Catholic Church.

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Eugene (Gene) T. Borgia

Norwalk, Ohio – On Monday, February 12, 2018, Eugene (Gene) T. Borgia, 62, passed away peacefully with family members by his side. Born on December 6, 1955 to Rose (Skinn) (Borgia) Riedy and James V. Borgia in Norwalk, Ohio.

He graduated from St. Paul High school and EHOVE vocational school in 1974, and continued his education at Terra Technical College in Fremont, Ohio.

Gene found much peace and happiness, when he was out west, especially while living in Colorado.

Gene will be forever remembered by his mother Rose Riedy, his brothers and sisters Karen (Denny) Schild, Jim Borgia, Tony Borgia, Mark (Karla) Riedy, Lynn Borgia, Tom (Ann) Borgia, Julie (John) Keegan, Lori (Mark) King, Lynne (Mark) Ludlum and Pam (Tracy) Armstrong. Gene will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and extended family.

He’s proceeded in death by his father James V. Borgia, step-father Edwin P. Riedy, and great niece Calla Rose Bellman.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, where a Memorial Prayer Service will be held at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, family requests memorial donations in memory of Gene be made to FCEDO, 93 E. Main St. Norwalk, Ohio 44857, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

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Helen M. Penza

 Norwalk, Ohio – Helen M. Penza, 91, passed away on Sunday, February 11, 2018, in her home. She was born on October 26, 1926 to the late Richard O. and Helen (Harmon) Schmidt, in North Girard, Pennsylvania, and came to Norwalk, Ohio in 1988 from Bellevue, Ohio.

Helen was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. She was also a member of the 4 County Young at Heart Club, Norwalk Senior Center, NARURE Unit #147 Bellevue Retirees, and the Huron Valley Quilt Guild. Helen retired in 1986 from the Division Engineers Office of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad after 30 years. She was a former employee of the Nickle Plate Railroad.

Helen was an avid quilter, enjoyed needle work, and reading.

Helen is survived by her children, David Penza of Norwalk, Ohio, John (Cindy) Penza of Norwalk, Ohio, and Martha J. (John) Bedeian of Devon, Pennsylvania, and by 5 grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Harold Schmidt of Saegertown, Pennsylvania, and by her sister, Carol San Frotello of Lake City, Pennsylvania.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Chester C. Penza in 2004, by her daughter, Barbara A. Penza in 2016, by her brothers, George Schmidt, Joseph Schmidt, and Edward Schmidt.

Friends may call on Friday, February 16, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church, 38 West League Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Gilbert Mascarenhas will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, or to Christie Lane Industries, 306 South Norwalk Road, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.

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Katherine Ann Peckham Arnett

Norwalk, Ohio – Katherine Ann Peckham Arnett – We lost the most gracious and caring soul on Saturday, February 10, 2018, in Mansfield, Ohio at age 57. She was born in Bay Village, Ohio to the late Thomas and Beverly (Coy) Peckham.

Most people knew Kathie as a loving wife, partner, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, niece, and a wonderful friend. She enjoyed many hobbies including playing POGO, and decorating her home, and she was an amazing homemaker.

She is survived by her son, James Arnett II (Amy) of Delaware, Oh, daughter, Jennifer Sexton of Greenwich, Oh, her brother, Thomas Peckham (Lynda) of Olena, Oh, stepson, Lance Leto, stepdaughter, Angelina Leto, uncle, Charles Coy of Norwalk, Oh, and aunt, Evelyn Hainline of Norwalk, Oh, by 6 grandchildren, and by her soul mate, Jerry Leto and lifelong friend, Lona Ridgeway.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, James Arnett I, by her mother, Beverly (Coy) Peckham, by her father, Thomas Peckham, by her maternal grandparents, Christian and Gertrude Coy, and numerous aunts and uncles,

Friends may call on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monetary contributions can be made to the family.

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Delores R. Barber

Norwalk, Ohio – Delores R. Barber, 89, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Friday, February 9, 2018 in the Stein Hospice Inpatient Unit, Sandusky, Ohio. She was born August 31, 1928 in Rocky River, Ohio, to the late Rolin and Rose (Cornish) Sprowl and lived in this area most of her life.

Delores was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary in Bellevue, Ohio, and the American Legion Auxiliary of Monroeville, Ohio. She enjoyed reading and crocheting.

Delores is survived by her partner of 30 years, Donald Getz of Norwalk, Ohio, by her son, Ken Barber of Norwalk, Ohio, by her step grandchildren, Patrick (Jill) Waters, and Cheryl Waters, by her brother, David Sprowl of Bellevue, Ohio, by her sisters, Shirley Meyer of Norwalk, Ohio, and Beverly Sprowl, by several nieces, and a nephew.

Friends may call on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. There will be no service. Interment will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

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Vernon J. Kluding

 Norwalk, Ohio – Vernon J. Kluding, 89, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, Ohio. He was born May 1, 1928 in Norwalk, Ohio, to the late Edward J. and Ada M. (Fries) Kluding, and was a lifelong area resident, and a graduate of St Paul High School in 1946.

Vernon was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in W.W. II as a military policeman in the Philippines. He was a parishioner and usher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also a member of Ken Bur Bell Post #41 American Legion, Firelands Post #2743 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Knights of Columbus, having achieved the rank of 4th degree.

Vernon was primarily a carpenter, but also worked for the railroad and retired from Norwalk Furniture in 1993. In post-retirement, he drove for Services for the Aging for a decade. His most charming appeal was his love for his wife Veronica. He was a true family man and dearly loved by them. He enjoyed camping, traveling, gardening and playing Euchre. Vern was also an avid sports fan of both Norwalk and St. Paul High, frequently cheering on his many grandchildren and great grandchildren at area schools. Above all, he treasured spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of (66 +) years, Veronica A. (Frey) Kluding of Norwalk, Ohio, by his children, Karen (Kameron) Kuhl of Milan, Ohio, Mary Geretz, Marty (Gary) Long, Helen (Dan) Hipp, Chris Kluding, all of Norwalk, Ohio, Theresa Mills of Fremont, Ohio, Andy (Crystal) Kluding of Norwalk, Ohio, Sarah (Dan) Boatwright of Danville, California, Matt (Tara) Kluding of Milan, Ohio, and Bart Kluding of Norwalk, Ohio, 32 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.

Vernon was preceded in death by his brothers, Alfred Kluding and Raymond Kluding, by his sisters, Dolores Skinn, Agnes Schafer, and Enie Frey, by his his daughter, Elizabeth in 1961, by his son, Eddie in 1970 and by his sons in law, Marc Jones in 1997 and Ralph Mills (in 2016).

Friends may call on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church, 38 West League Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Gilbert Mascarenhas will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Norwalk, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eternal Word Television Network, (EWTN Radio), 5817 Old Leeds Rd. Irondale, AL 35210, Right to Life, 512 10th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, or St. Mary Catholic Church.

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Bill Barnett

Monroeville, Ohio – Bill Barnett, 65, of Monroeville, Ohio, stepped into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Tuesday, February 6, 2018. He was born November 3, 1952 in Shelby, Ohio, to the late Fred and Della (Brown) Barnett.

Bill lived in North Fairfield and Monroeville most of his life. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps, and Ohio National Guard. Bill was a member of the Marine Corps League. He was employed for 30 years at Armstrong Air of Bellevue, Ohio. Bill also worked at Shearer Equipment in Monroeville, Ohio.

He was very passionate about his faith and family. Bill enjoyed studying “The Word”, being outdoors, going to flea markets, and being “Mr. Fix It” to anyone who needed help.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Susan (Lynch) Barnett, by his sons, Patrick Barnett of Vista, California, and Jarrod Barnett of Norwalk, Ohio, by his daughter, Sara (Will) Rutherford of Norwalk, Ohio, and by his grandchildren, Zachary Birmelin, Marissa and Brayden Rutherford, and Brieanna and Sage Barnett.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Crossroads Church, 414 Gibbs Road, Norwalk, Ohio.

Memorials may be made to Salvation Army, 55 Whittlesey Ave., Norwalk, Ohio 44857. Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.

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Virginia E. Smith

 Willard, Ohio – Virginia E. Smith, 86, of Willard, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in the Willows of Willard, Ohio. She was born June 9, 1931 in Centerton, Ohio, to the late Henry W. and Harmina (Bogema) Newmeyer, and was a lifelong area resident.

Virginia was a member of the former Delphi United Methodist Church, where she was the organist, and pianist, for many years. She was a former employee of the C.E. Ward Company, Kent Sporting Goods, Pioneer Rubber Company, and Midwest Industries. Virginia enjoyed sewing, flower gardening, baking pies, and crocheting. She and her husband raised their daughter’s children after her daughter’s death in 2012.

Virginia is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert L. Smith of Willard, Ohio, by her sons, Randall E. (Loretta) Smith of Monroeville, Ohio, Michael A. Smith of Willard, Ohio, and Daryl Scott Smith of New Haven, Ohio, by 5 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister, Hilda Lee of Fostoria, Ohio, and by her brothers, Herbert Newmeyer of Shelby, Ohio, Ted (Kay) Newmeyer of Shelby, Ohio, and Dale (Phyllis) Newmeyer of Willard, Ohio. Virginia was preceded in death by her daughter, Jenny L. Smith-Tuttle in 2012, by her sisters, Harmena Elmer, Wilma Baumier, Emma Shetterly, Mary Frederick, Julia Ginter, Rose Wadsworth, and Crystal Messersmith.

Friends may call on Friday, February 9, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in Edwards Grove Cemetery, Ripley Township, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

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Earvin R. “Ray” Fluty

 Berlin Heights, Ohio – Earvin R. “Ray” Fluty, 58, of Berlin Heights, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in the Cleveland Clinic. He was born March 20, 1959 in Lawrenceville, Kentucky, and was a lifelong area resident.

Ray was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a former employee of Janesville Products, of Norwalk, Ohio, and Manhattan Dental Laboratory of Sandusky, Ohio. Ray enjoyed woodworking, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He is survived by his mother, Eileen Coffey of Berlin Heights, Ohio, by his step children, Justin (Brittany) Kutscher of Mentor, Ohio, Joshua Kutscher of Mentor, Ohio, and Malori (John) Topaloss of Mentor, Ohio, by two step grandchildren, Zoie and Natalie, by his brothers, Samuel Lee Fluty of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and Bernard J. (Carleen) Fluty of Berlin Heights, Ohio.

Ray was preceded in death by his wife, Sheila, on November 25, 2017.

Friends may call on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Bill Smith, Pastor of the Cline Street Free Will Baptist Church will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cline Street Free Will Baptist Church, 5 Cline Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.

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