Raymond Arthur Bender
Feb 03, 1929 - Jan 10, 2024
Raymond Arthur Bender passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 surrounded by family. Ray was born February 3, 1929 in Massillon, Ohio. The middle child of five, he was the son of Raymond and Blanche Bender. Ray attended and graduated from Washington High School in Massillon. Post graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in Germany during the Korean war. After leaving the military, Ray continued his employment at what is today known as Norfolk Southern Railway. During his time on the railroad, he was an active member of the United Transportation Union, serving over 20 years as their local chairman. He retired from the railroad after 43 years. In 1960, while working full-time on the railroad, Ray started the company, Speedie Septic and Sewer. On March 12, 1953, undoubtedly the best day of his life, Ray married his true love, Mary Baker. They would spend the next 70+ years together building a loving family that now stretches four generations, creating memories that span nearly three quarters of a century. Mary was the inspiration of Ray’s life and his partner in all he did. He would frequently refer to her as his "bride". The enduring, unconditional love they felt for one another was visible to anyone who shared their presence. Often, Ray and Mary would be found side-by-side holding hands. As illustrated above, Ray’s main hobby in life was a second job. His work ethic and drive were unmatched. At the age of 91, he could still be found working for the betterment of Speedie Septic. All free time away from work, Ray spent with family. He was an avid fan of any sporting event featuring a grandchild or great-grandchild. Ray was a long-standing member of St. John United Church of Christ in Strasburg. He was also a lifetime member of the local American Legion. Because of his humble beginnings, Ray was a generous person; never hesitating to help those in need. His commitment to his family never faltered. Ray will continue to be the cornerstone of the family he and Mary built. He will be, and already is, missed by so many. Ray is survived by his wife, Mary Bender; his children, Greg Bender, and Nancy (Andrew) Cregan; his grandchildren, Elaine Averbukh, Nicole (William) Jones, Sarah (RJ) Sanfrey, Camaren Bender, Matthew Bender, Nicolette, Melissa, Andrew and Ethan Cregan; and his great-grandchildren, Natasha and Gabriel Averbukh, Thomas Jones, and Jacob and Maggie Sanfrey. Ray was preceded in death by his beloved son, Jeffrey Bender, with whom he has been reunited. He is also preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Blanche; and his siblings, Stella (Paul) Hartong, Virginia (Elmer) McElhaney, Gene Bender, Arden (Frances) Bender. "When it’s too tough for others, it’s just right for us!" - Raymond A. Bender Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 16th starting at 11:00 am in the St. John United Church of Christ, Strasburg with Rev. Jason Rissler officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Union Cemetery. The family will be greeting friends at the church on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Those wishing to express their fondest memories of Ray may do so by visiting the online obituaries link on the funeral home’s website. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John United Church of Christ at 516 N. Wooster Ave. Strasburg, Ohio 44680 or to Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.
Beulah A. Hensel
Jul 28, 1938 - Jan 09, 2024
Beulah A. Hensel, 85, of Strasburg went home to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 surrounded by her loving family. She had battled cancer for 11 years. She was born on July 28, 1938, in Dundee to the late Algie and Hazel Roush Lewis. Beulah was also preceded in death by her brother, Gomer Lewis. Beulah was known for her warm and compassionate personality, always going the extra mile to bring joy to others' lives. One of her greatest pleasures was sending greeting cards for every occasion imaginable. It became her life's ministry to brighten someone's day with a thoughtful message. This small act of kindness touched countless hearts. Family held a special place in Beulah's heart. Together with her loving husband Bill, she embarked on numerous adventures around the world. Exploring new places and creating beautiful memories was at the core of their relationship. But Beulah adored nothing more than spending quality time with her family at Disney parks and taking her grandchildren to Tuscora Park when they were young. These moments were filled with laughter, joy, and boundless love. Faith played a significant role in Beulah's life, as she was an active member of St. John United Church of Christ in Strasburg. Her devotion was evident through her involvement within the church community; she served as president of the church council, taught Sunday school, and selflessly contributed to the hospitality committee. Beulah's faith provided solace during challenging times, and inspired those around her. She was a proud graduate of Strasburg High School's class of 1956. One accomplishment that brought Beulah immense pride was being a lifelong Strasburg Tiger and strong supporter of the school. She loved attending all sporting events, and she was always ready to lend a helping hand by generously donating to any school project. Her commitment to the betterment of the community will not be forgotten. Beulah is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Bill Hensel, whom she married on May 4, 1958. She is also survived by her loving children, Brinda (Todd) Grimm of Michigan and Bethany (Tony) Vallos of North Canton. Beulah's sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Tonn of Massillon and Gloria (Bob) Wentling of Navarre; grandchildren, Nate (Daniella) Grimm, Josiah Grimm, John Vallos, and Victoria Vallos and two great-grandchildren, Jurden and Willard. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 13th starting at 11:00 am in the St. John United Church of Christ, Strasburg with Rev. Jason Rissler officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Union Cemetery at Strasburg. The family will be greeting friends at the church on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Beulah's honor to St. John United Church of Christ at 516 North Wooster Ave., Strasburg, Ohio 44680.
Donna Joan James
Nov 26, 1943 - Dec 27, 2023
DONNA JOAN JAMESDonna Joan James of Strasburg passed away peacefully the morning of December 27, 2023. She was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia on November 26, 1943, to the late Stephen and Winifred (O’Donnell) Donohue, who preceded her in death. Also preceding Donna in death was her husband, Richard James on September 24, 2019; sisters, Kathleen Raimy and MaryWin Donohue; sister-in-law, Kay James; and brother-in-law, Daniel James.She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Marianne James and Charlene Sumser; brother-in-law, Thomas (Marjorie) James; along with many nieces and nephews; her dear friends, Jerry and Judy Slankard and Claudia Simon. She was forever grateful to the McBride family, who became the caregivers of her beloved dog, Maggie.Upon her graduation from Central Catholic High School in 1961 and her nurses’ training school, she married her love, Dick James on January 9, 1965. She and Dick live in Canton before moving to their little ranch in Strasburg, with her horses and dogs. This was her heaven on earth. She loved watching the deer and birds, but mostly, enjoyed ridding her barn of groundhogs with her 22. Donna was a caring person whose passion was taking care of others. She worked in the medical field as a Registered Nurse, where her compassion for others was a gift, she graciously gave.Visitation for family and friends will take place on Friday, January 5, 2024, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, Holy Trinity Church in Zoar, Ohio, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM.In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Arrangements have been entrusted with Lamiell Funeral Home, Canton, where prayers, fond memories, and condolences may be shared at: lamiellfuneralhome.com.
Jun 20, 1929 - Dec 11, 2023
Ralph E. Cunningham, 94, of Navarre passed away on Monday, December 11, 2023, at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center, six days before the start of a Caribbean cruise, now he rests in true paradise with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was born on June 20, 1929, in Canton, and was a son of the late Burton and Evelyn Rice Cunningham. Ralph was also preceded in death by his wife, Roselyn E. "Rosie" Cunningham on February 22, 2020 Alongside his wife Roselyn, he owned and operated Roselyn's Music Studio for an astounding 67 years. As teachers themselves, Ralph and Roselyn nurtured countless aspiring musicians and became a source of inspiration for many professional teachers and performers who got their start at the studio. Their profound influence helped shape the music culture in Dover and beyond. Not only was Ralph a music entrepreneur, but he also showcased his exceptional skills as a general contractor specializing in concrete and masonry work. Remarkably, he held this profession well into his 80s, demonstrating his work ethic and tenacity throughout his life. A devoted member of the Gathering Place Community Church in Brewster, Ralph found solace and strength in his faith. Those who knew Ralph can attest to his diligent nature. A hard worker through and through, he never missed a day of work—showing up with enthusiasm and dedication that inspired those around him. Music was not just a profession for Ralph, it was his lifeline; he was gifted with incredible talent for playing numerous string instruments. In addition to music, Ralph possessed a love for travel that took him to different corners of the world. Cruises were among his favorite adventures, where he reveled in the beauty of distant lands while creating treasured memories along the way. Ralph leaves behind a legacy cherished by his beloved daughter, Priscilla Cunningham of Beach City; brother, Jerry (Gail) Cunningham of Las Vegas; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Carl, Clara (Bud) Mason, and Jeanne (Rick) Troyer mourn Ralph's loss alongside numerous extended family members. Cremation has been entrusted to the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory at Dover. A celebration of Ralph and Roselyn's life will be held on Sunday, January 28th starting at 3:00 pm in the Gathering Place Community Church at Brewster. The family will be greeting friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gathering Place Community Church Missions Fund at 457 S. Wabash Ave. , Brewster, Ohio 44613.
Jan 09, 1943 - Dec 04, 2023
Nancy J. Wilkins, 80, a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2023, at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital. She was born on January 9, 1943, in Coshocton, Ohio to the late Eugene and Edith McCune Heston. Nancy was also preceded in death by her brothers, Keith, Richard and Timothy Heston; and sister, Ann Marshall. Nancy dedicated many years of her life working as an Account Clerk for the Welfare Department at the Tuscarawas County Health Department. Her commitment to public service and her exceptional work ethic were evident throughout her career. Nancy's kind and compassionate nature made a lasting impact on those she served and worked with. She had a genuine passion for animals and cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. Another passion close to Nancy's heart was watching Ohio State University football games. Nancy's love for the Buckeyes was an integral part of her identity and something she shared with pride. On June 14, 2003, Nancy exchanged vows with, Dieter Wilkins MD. Together they celebrated twenty beautiful years of marriage. She is also survived by her children, Kelly (Matt) Argento, Mark (Heather) O'Connor both of New Philadelphia, Brent (Dalyn) O'Connor of Gnadenhutten, Matthew Wilkins of Idaho; sister, Janie Heston of Newcomerstown; brother, Matt Heston of Coshocton; grandchildren, Rian, Garin, Kyle (Kara), Brennon (Allysa), Keiron, and Brogan O'Connor, Cassidy (Charlie) Deeds, Connor (Monica) Argento, and Heather (Josh) Mahaffey. Nancy was also blessed with great-grandchildren Sloane Deeds, Bannon O'Connor, and Aiden and Nolan Mahaffey. Cremation has been entrusted to the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory at Dover. A private celebration of Nancy's life will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tuscarawas County Humane Society at 1432 Tall Timber Rd NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.
Sep 28, 2023 - Nov 24, 2023
Little Alexander passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 24, 2023. He is the son of Maria Magdalena Hernandez Box of Dover. Services will be Saturday, December 2, 2023, beginning at 11 a. m. , in Iglesia Evangelica Latina, 120 North Tuscarawas Ave. , Dover. Burial will be in Dover Burial Park. Donations may be made to the family.
Oct 21, 1929 - Nov 25, 2023
Nancy J. (Strother) Berry, 94, of Dover passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at the Community Hospice Truman House. She was born on October 21, 1929, in Shreve, Ohio to the late Ottis and Evelyn Haney Strother. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Walter J. "Bud" Berry on January 31, 2007; and a son in law, William Haswell. Nancy had a vibrant life filled with love, faith, and community involvement. She was a member of the New Cumberland United Methodist Church and the Tuscarawas County Senior Center. Through her participation in these organizations, Nancy formed deep connections with her fellow church members and community members. She was also a 1947 graduate of Dover High School. Nancy was a cherished member of her family and leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion. She is survived by her children, Raymond (Nancy) Berry of Virginia, Denise (Larry) Graham of Dover, Lesa Haswell of Cortland. Her sister, Carolyn Sue (Tom) Brown of New Philadelphia and brother, Ottis Bernard Strother of Michigan also survive her. In addition to her children and siblings, Nancy is fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Scott (Brandy) Fisher, Dan (Brittany) Haswell, Dave (Mary) Haswell, Robert (Tammi) Duffy, Kevin Duffy; great-grandchildren, Zoe (Justin) Troyer, Joshua (Karissa), Bryan, Trey, Brandon and Hannah Duffy, Alice, Hailey, Kira and Adora Haswell; great-great-grandchildren, Rylee Jae and Raya Laine Duffy. Nancy's generous spirit and warm heart brought joy to all those around her. Her family and friends will forever treasure the memories they shared together. Nancy was known for her kindness towards others and was always willing to lend a helping hand. A service celebrating Nancy's life will be held on Wednesday, November 29th starting at 11:00 am in the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory at Dover with Pastor Harley Wheeler officiating. Interment will be in the New Cumberland Cemetery. The family will be greeting friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Cumberland United Methodist Church at 4058 New Cumberland Rd NE, Mineral City, Ohio 44656 or to Community Hospice at 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Jul 14, 1952 - Nov 24, 2023
Richard J. Jagunic, 71, a dedicated educator, talented artist, and loving partner, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023, at the Community Hospice Truman House. He was born on July 14, 1952, in Lorain, Ohio to the late Peter and Yolanda Leskovich Jagunic. Richard was also preceded in death by brothers, Daniel and Larry Jagunic and an infant brother. He touched the lives of many through his teaching career and involvement in the arts. After graduating from New Philadelphia High School in 1970, Richard pursued his passion for knowledge at the University of Miami. In 1974, he earned his bachelor's degree and embarked on a remarkable journey as an English, Speech, and Drama teacher. In 2016, Richard retired from Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School after dedicating an impressive 41 years to shaping young minds and nurturing their artistic talents. He was passionate about enriching his students' understanding of literature and guiding them through the intricacies of the English language. Additionally, Richard's commitment to fostering creativity led him to establish the Drama Department at TCC. Richard's impact extended beyond the walls of his classroom. He enthusiastically shared his expertise in directing, choreography, set design, and construction with various theater communities. His creative contributions enriched productions at Little Theatre, Hudson Players, Berea Summer Theatre, Trumpet in the Land, and Theatre West Virginia in Beckley. Richard also lent his choreography and directing talents to Tusky Valley, Dover and Carrollton High Schools while showcasing his set design skills at Welty Junior High School and New Philadelphia High School. In addition to his career achievements, Richard co-founded and wrote for Mr. E Murders Murder Troop starting from 1992. His devotion to bringing stories to life on stage was evident not only through teaching but also through these theatrical endeavors. He also found fulfillment in designing and remodeling houses, where his impeccable taste flourished. Richard embraced life outside of work as well. He treasured spending time camping and traveling with loved ones. Amongst their cherished traditions was an annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, having done so for the past 30 years. These adventures allowed Richard to unwind, create lasting memories, and revel in the company of those he held dear. Richard's legacy will forever live on in the hearts of his surviving family and friends. He leaves behind his beloved husband of 46 years, Richard "Sonny" Sonnhalter, with whom he celebrated six years of legal marriage on July 11, 2017. Richard also leaves behind his sister Judith (Mark) Dummermuth and brother David (Jennifer) Jagunic, both residing in New Philadelphia; and many nieces and nephews. Additionally, he is survived by thousands of great friends and former students. Cremation has been entrusted to the Toland-Herzig Funeral Home and Crematory at Dover. A celebration of Richard's life will be held at a later date.
Dec 13, 1930 - Nov 21, 2023
Margaret A. Folger, active church member, a dedicated nurse and compassionate individual, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2023, surrounded by her loving family in Hilliard, Ohio at the Inn at Library Way. She was born on December 13, 1930, in Canton, Ohio to the late Erwin F. Theobald and Edna Fisher Theobald. Margaret's passion for nursing was evident throughout her illustrious career. Before her retirement, she selflessly served as a nurse for Rainbow Babies and Children in Cleveland, Ingham Medical Hospital and Michigan State University as a clinical instructor in Michigan and the Tuscarawas County Health Department. Her dedication to caring for others made a significant impact on the lives of countless patients and their families. Educationally driven and seeking excellence in her field, Margaret graduated from Lehman High School in Canton. Following her graduation, she pursued further studies at the College of Wooster for two years and then finished her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the esteemed Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve. A woman of great compassion and empathy, Margaret was involved in various charitable endeavors that brought comfort and support to those in need. She proudly co-founded Hospice in Tuscarawas County and served as an invaluable member of its Board of Directors. Through this organization, she offered solace to individuals facing end-of-life journeys and their families. She was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in New Philadelphia where she was involved in the the ECW (Episcopal Church Women), the choir, and Altar Guild. Another notable accomplishment was her pivotal role in helping to establish a homeless shelter in Tuscarawas County. Recognizing the urgent need to provide support to vulnerable members of society, Margaret wholeheartedly contributed to the opening of this vital refuge. Margaret will be sadly missed by her son; Peter Folger of Grand Rapids, Michigan; daughter, Katy (Chris) Kennedy of London, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Craig (Kelsey) Folger, Evan (Bri) Folger, Rob Kennedy, Colleen (David) Chapman, Mike Kennedy, Elaine Kennedy, and Jim Kennedy; along with 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her brother, Erwin Fisher Theobald; her grandson, Jon Kennedy, and nieces and nephews, Karen Coughlin, Christopher K. Loomis, Christopher W. Loomis and Trent Theobald. Margaret A. Folger was a beacon of hope, a dedicated nurse, and a compassionate advocate for those in need. Her selflessness, kindness, and unwavering commitment to serving others will always be remembered. Friends are invited to gather at the Trinity Episcopal Church in New Philadelphia on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 11:30-12 pm. A celebration of Margaret's life will begin at 12:00 pm with Rev. Bill Rinderknecht officiating. There will be a private burial following the service. A meal will be served at the Toland-Herzig Monarch Center following the service. The Toland-Herzig Funeral Home & Crematory in Dover are helping the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made in Margaret's memory to the Community Hospice Truman House, 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663, or Trinity Episcopal Church, 122 3rd St. NW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.
Feb 04, 2008 - Nov 14, 2023
Katelyn Nicole Owens, age 15, a vibrant and talented young woman, died Tuesday morning, November 14, 2023, the result of a tragic traffic accident in Licking County. Katelyn leaves behind a legacy of determination and joy. Born on February 4, 2008, in Dover, she was the daughter of Michael "Mike" and Erika (Grafe) Owens of Mineral City. Katelyn's education was of great importance to her. She was a sophomore honor student at Tuscarawas Valley High School, who chose to double-up her academic workload in order to take college courses at Kent State University Tuscarawas Campus next year. Her commitment and ambition were evident as she worked towards achieving an honors diploma. Further, Katelyn participated in the band at Tusky Valley, playing the clarinet, finding fulfillment and happiness in making music with others. Katelyn was proud of the fact that she was employed by Wood’s Tall Timber Resort in New Philadelphia. She had recently obtained her temporary permit and was learning how to drive. Katelyn had an adventurous spirit that was exhibited through her thrill of riding motorcycles with her mother, father and uncle. She was also an avid trap-shooter with the Zoar Road Youth and the Tusky Valley High School Trap Teams. Katelyn made friends easily and had many. As a busy teen, Katelyn very much enjoyed time spent with those she loved. Those closest to Katelyn hope that the tragedy that took her life will not overshadow or define how she will be remembered. Instead, her family and friends will cherish Katelyn for all she was able to experience and accomplish in so few years. In addition to her parents, Mike and Erika, Katelyn will be dearly missed by her brother, Anthony "A. J. " Glass; her grandparents, Chris Owens and Cathy (Grafe) and Dave Schwartz; her great-grandparents, David and Wanda Wells; her special great-aunt, Deb Lones; her uncle and aunt, Jason and Michelle Owens; her uncle, Randall Grafe; her aunt, Tina Shull; her cousins, Bailee and Emilee Grafe, Garrett and Lizzie Smith, and Trevor and Hunter Shull; her much-loved dog, George; as well as many other loving family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Jim Owens and Randy Grafe. Family and friends are invited to call Monday, November 20, 1 - 3 and 5 - 7 p. m. at NewPointe Community Church, Dover. Katelyn's life will be celebrated in a service at the church on Tuesday, November 21, beginning at 11 a. m. Pastor Dwight Mason will officiate. There will be a fellowship meal directly after the service at NewPointe. Katelyn’s family will privately lay her to rest later in Evergreen Burial Park, New Philadelphia. Because of her love for animals, the family suggests that contributions in Katelyn's memory be made to the Tuscarawas County Dog Pound, 1751 Tech Park Dr. N. E. , or the Tuscarawas County Humane Society, 1432 Tall Timber Rd. N. E. , both addresses at New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. Though Katelyn may no longer walk or march beside us, her memory will forever play a tune in our hearts.