In Remembrance

 Clark Johnson, 56, of Elyria, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005, at Hospice at The Renaissance, Olmsted Township after a long battle with cancer. Born in Columbus, he graduated from Wellington High School and the DeVry University. Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the Army, having served in Vietnam. For 25 years, he owned and operated his own CB and radio business in North Ridgeville. He was employed by the city of Elyria as an electronics technician for the past seven years. His passion was riding motorcycles. He was known as “Big Grampa” to his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of three years, Sharon Stone Johnson; his mother, Jo Johnson of Wellington; a daughter, Angie Dotson of Elyria; sons Brian Johnson of Elyria and Chad Stone of Akron; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Herbert Johnson, and a sister, Beth. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until a 5 p.m. memorial service Sunday at the Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria. The Rev. Lea Mahan will officiate. Condolences may be sent to 346 Kenyon Ave., Elyria, OH 44035. Copied from the Chronicle Telegram

Gary D. Kurtz

Parents Edward and Elma Mae Kurtz. Wife Jean (Bowman) and children, Russell, Mandy, Christopher died in a  recent auto accident  , Louis, Debbie, Sherri, Still born Children Robert and Tina.  Gary died in 1983 resulting from a large tractor accident in Arkansas while pulling a  large wagon and went over a embankment and down a hillside. Gary  was crushed to death in the accident.  Gary is also survived by three brothers, Kenny, Glenn, Scott and a sister Kay.  Gary is buried in Wellington with his son next to him.  Information provided by various sources.

John Connerth

Born:  June 26, 1948, Son of Harold & Ila (Wolf) Connerth, Brother of Terry, Betty, and Harold II, Died: May 3, 1970, Auto accident on mountain road in Athens, Greece as a specialist 4th class in the United States Army. He was returning to the base from the Army's Radar Station in those mountains, where his job was 3 days in a stretch, one day of duty; one of rest; and one on call.  He was first to have a tree planted in his name, marking the 100th Anniversary of Arbor Day and as a memorial to Wellington School District's war dead.  By Ila Connerth

Michael Eugene Goodwin

Michael E. Goodwin, son of Lloyd and Betty Goodwin, and brother of Bill, Pat, and Janice. After graduation, he married Pam Simonson, and they were married for 5 years, but had no children. He was a truck driver for Arrow Trucking, out of Colorado, and hauled, mainly, oil well equipment. He enjoyed bowling with the Wellington Eagles Club league, shooting pool, and was an active member in the Wellington 4-wheel drive club. Mike served our country (U.S. Army) as a helicopter crew-chief in the Vietnam War for 1 term, then signed up for another term. He, also, served 2 years in Germany. He had numerous medals, commendations. Mike gave his life (Sept.16, 1978) to avoid hitting another truck and driver that had stopped on the "blind-side" of a curve on a 2 lane road in the foothills of the mountains in Colorado.

I took God's Hand when I heard God Call

I could not stay to laugh, to Love to work, to play

Tasks left undone must stay that way

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joys.

A friendship shared, a laugh a kiss,

Oh yes these things I too, will miss.

Be not burdened with times of sorrow,

I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life's been full, I've savored much,

Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.

Perhaps my time seems all too brief

Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.

Author Unknown


Rose Massie Faight

Born: November 16, 1947 Died: December 31, 1997 of a brain aneurysm.  She and Jack were married 31 years. Have 3 children: Scot, Nancy & Terri and 4 grandchildren. (2 at the time of Rose's death). Rose was a professional wallpaper hanger. She loved antiques, animals and to read, and visiting Nancy in France. She was always fun loving and loved life. I miss her smiling face and sense of humor, she could always make me laugh. She was my best friend.  

By Pat Massie Barylski

Patricia Hamer

Born on November 2, 1949, Patti lost her long battle with diabetes on July 31, 1999. Although she had many complications, including the loss of her eyesight and kidney failure, she always remained optimistic. She received a kidney transplant on March 10, 1979, which lasted twenty years. Patti's courage continues to be an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be missed by her family and friends. Sent By, Bill and Sue Hamer



Sergeant Timothy Cottrell

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Cottrell. Casualty of the Vietnam War, Tim Served our country until August 27th '68 in Bing Long, South Vietnam.  Timothy died from small arms fire. Tim Received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam  Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Expert & Sharp Shooters Badge, Silver Star Medal, Bronze Medal & Army Commendation Medal for Heroism, Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service for his leadership & courage.  SGT Cottrell is on Panel 46W, line 039 of Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.

Roena Beth Clawson Gibbins, 54,  died peacefully in the care of her family and hospice Friday, Sept. 12, 2003.

    Roena was born Sept. 7, 1949, in Oberlin, Ohio, to Earl and Ida Clawson. She was married to Craig Gibbins and they were blessed with two children. They had lived in Fort Worth since 1974, where she worked in education for 27 years.

    Survivors: Parents, Earl and Ida Clawson; husband of 33 years, Craig; and dog, Mickey; son, Matthew and wife, Sarah; and her anticipated grandson, Keiser; daughter, Amanda and husband, Matthew; brother, Ted and wife, Sandra; niece, Megan; nephew, Adam; brother, Roger and wife, Dianne; niece, Sarah; and brother, John and wife, Donna.

        We were so blessed to have her with us for the 35th reunion. We will miss her dearly!



One remembers different persons differently, some by the impact they have made on our emotions, and others by the impression they leave in our minds.--Hallie Burnett

Donna Wrench Hall

       Donna died suddenly Thursday, October 28, 2004 , in the emergency room at Allen Medical Center in Oberlin. Born in Oberlin, she lived in Wellington for most of her life and was a '67 graduate of Wellington High School. Donna worked as a machinist at Precision Fitting Inc. in Wellington for 15 years. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness in Wellington. She enjoyed going to antique shows with her husband and spending time with her grandchildren.

    Survivors include her husband, David E. Hall Sr., of Wellington; a son, James J. Wacker of Wellington; a stepson, David Hall Jr., of Lagrange; daughters Julie C. Wagner, Jill M. Mull and Jeanna L. Kirschner, all of Wellington; step-daughters Nadia M. Hall of Greenwich and Erin M. Hall of Wellington; her mother, Dortha Wrench (nee Hines) of Wellington; and nine grandchildren.    She was preceded in death by her father, William Wrench.