Monday, December 24, 2012
When Gino Altieri of Stow lost his battle with cancer on June 24, communities near and far participated in a porch light vigil. Check out Stow Patch's most-read story of 2012.
Editor's Note: This week, we'll feature Stow Patch's best posts from 2012. Here's our most-read piece about a boy who inspired a nation with his passing. On Christmas Eve, we ask that you switch your porch light on and remind little Gino, and those like him, that hope is shining brightly in Stow. After Gino Altieri, 10, of Stow, died on June 24 after a two-year battle with cancer, Fishcreek PTA President Jen Taylor decided to start a porch light vigil to mourn his passing. The news of his death moved people from Stow and around the country — in Texas, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina and even in Stow's backyard in Cuyahoga Falls — to turn their porch lights on for Gino. Even a family from England said in the …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Services were held Tuesday.
From Redmon Funeral Home: Dorothy Evelyn Reese passed away peacefully in Stow on Dec. 15, 2012 at the age of 89, to be joined with Frank, her late husband of 64 years. Dorothy was a homemaker who loved her flowers, gardening, and crocheting. She spent many hours canning and preserving the bounty of her and Frank’s gardens. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Stow for over 50 years, where she was very active as a deaconess, in Guild, Vacation Bible School, and many, many other activities. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Reese, her parents Ray and Nettie Miller, son Tom Reese and brothers Jim Miller and Jay Miller. Dorothy is survived by her daughter Janice (Leon) Richardson of Corona, CA; son Tim (Susan) …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Services were held Dec. 14 in Shelby, Ohio.
From Barkdull Funeral Home in Shelby, OH: Gregory Lee Young, 61, of Stow, and former Shelby resident, died unexpectedly Dec. 7 at his home. Born March 28, 1951 in Shelby he was the son of the late Victor and Margaret (Hertzer) Young. A 1969 graduate of Shelby High School, Greg attended Kent State University receiving his bachelor's degree and was a member of the Kent State football team. He was currently employed as assistant manager of Sears in North Canton. More than anything else, he was an exemplary husband to his wife, Mary Beth, who died on Dec. 10, 2011, and a father. If you were to ask him, he would say that his family was his greatest legacy. He is survived by his daughter, Theresa (Adam) Schultz, of Morrisville, North Carolina, …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Services were held Monday.
From Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home: Richard "Dick" Fortner, 80, of Copley, passed away Nov. 8, 2012 with family by his side. He was born in Navarre to Gilbert and Elizabeth Fortner and was president of the Navarre High Class of 1950. He earned a Bachelor's of Science from Wilmington College and a master's from New Mexico University. Richard was a teacher and head football coach for 23 years at Randolph, Stow, Kenmore, and North High Schools where he turned struggling programs into championship teams. His outside interests included award-winning vegetable gardening, fruit trees, and hang gliding. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, Glenn, he is survived by his wife, Lillian, of 60 years, children Neil (Linda) Fortner, Sharon (…
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Jane Mesereau died Oct. 7, 2012. She was a graduate of Kent State University, a Stow-Munroe Falls librarian and a retired Cuyahoga Falls High School teacher.
The following information was supplied by Redmon Funeral Home: Jane E. Mesereau, 85, died Oct. 7, 2012. Preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, John, Sr. and son-in-law Brian Howard, she is survived by daughters Mary (John) Weishar of Westlake, Jane Mesereau (Peter Clesh) of Strongsville, Nancy Mesereau of Brooklyn, New York, Rae (Rob) Schneider of Stow; sons John Mesereau, Jr. of Florida and Thomas (Mona) Mesereau of Colorado; grandchildren Mary Clare (John) Lane, John Weishar, Jr., Michael Mesereau, Mariah Mesereau, Julia Schneider and Danny Schneider; great-grandson Jack Lane; and brother William (Ellie) Comisky of Massachusetts. For more information on Mesereau and a scheduled memorial mass, click here.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The Smithville native died Oct. 9, 2012.
The following is provided by Redmon Funeral Home: Juanita S. Divine, 46, of Stow was preceded in death by her mother A. Lodema Hartzler, she is survived by her husband of 16 years, Phyl; daughters Molly and Abby; father James (Karen) Hartzler; sister Cindy (Jeff) DiRienzo of Leetonia, OH; brother David (Sharon) Hartzler of Poland, OH and many nieces and nephews. For more on Divine and the scheduled memorial service, click here.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
"Neil Armstrong was an Ohioan that every Buckeye was proud of," said Mayor Sara Drew.
Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, died at the age of 82 on Aug. 25, 2012. State of Ohio Executive Department Office of the Governor, Columbus WHEREAS, Ohio, and the rest ofthe World, lost a true American hero on August 25, 2012 with the passing of Neil Armstrong; and WHEREAS, Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the piace Where he developed his love for flying by taking flying lessons at the county airport - Where at just 15 years old, before he had a driver’s license, Armstrong earned his flight eertiñcate; and WHEREAS, Armstrong was a decorated naval aviator, receiving the Air Medal for combat missions, a Gold Star, and the Korean Service Medal and Engagement Stal'I all before leaving active duty …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Bernard F. Rice passed away on July 6, 2012.
The following information was supplied by Redmon Funeral Home: Bernard F. Rice (Bernie), 78, passed away peacefully on Friday July 6, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Born on June 2, 1934 in Meadville, PA to Leo and Mary Rice, he was united in marriage to Nancy L. (Musica) on September 1, 1956 and they had a wonderful partnership for over 55 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, and was honorably discharged. Bernie is a member of American Legion, Acker-Moore Memorial Post 175. For the complete notice and visitation information, click here.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Nationwide participation in a porch light vigil renews faith in humanity.
A few years ago, before Fishcreek PTA President Jen Taylor knew Gino Altieri, she said she would be surprised by the support of a community and the nation after a family lost their 10-year-old son to cancer. But, after knowing Gino for the last few years, she said she knew the community and the nation would be compassionate and supporitve of the Altieri family — whether they knew them or not. Nearly 100 people left comments on a Stow Patch story from states all over the country and even in England to say they were joining in the light vigil campaign for Gino. Many said they did not know Gino or the family. Gino is survived by his parents Domenic and Gina; sister Adelina; grandparents Eduardo and Maria Altieri and Don and Gail Laney; plus…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Whether they knew him or not, people around the country were putting on their porch light for Gino Altieri who died Sunday. His teacher said he touched so many lives throughout his 10-year journey on Earth.
So many people from around the country had porch lights on Monday night to honor a 10-year-old Stow boy who recently lost a battle with cancer. "You've heard of 'The shot heard 'round the world' ... well, I think Gino is the light seen around the world," said Susan Deitrick, Gino's teacher. "People who never even met him seem to have found light and hope just reading or hearing of his valor, his feistiness in the face of the dreadful foe, cancer, or 'Grievous' as the little Star Wars fan referred to it." As of 8 p.m. June 25, 78 people left comments on the original story about Gino. Of them, many say that they had never met the little boy, but had learned about his journey through Caring Bridge or Facebook. Those who knew him and his …