White House Meeting
Gary Ricer, GMN CEO was recently invited to attend a meeting
with the President’s White House Staff, Office of Public
Engagement in Washington,
D.C. Tony Sarmiento, Senior Services of America
(SSA) Executive Director selected six executives from throughout
the United States, two from Ohio,
one Tennessee, one
Pennsylvania; one Chicago and a
After flying into Dulles International in D.C., Ricer was
briefed and received security clearance. The small select group
then met and addressed national older American issues. The
Senior Services of America topic of discussion was “Implementing
SCSEP in Rural Communities”.
After touring the White House the group sat down with Jeffrey
Cruz, President Obama’s White House Staff Deputy Director for
the Office of Public Engagement.
SCSEP is currently funded nationwide at $825 million dollars.
Ricer suggested the President meet with a group of successful
seniors who have secured permanent gainful employment through
GMN’s SCSEP training program in southeastern Ohio. Perhaps an electric
media launch could be conducted to heighten education and
Monroe and Noble
Community Action currently has over 40 Older Americans enrolled
in its Training and Job Placement Programs. The newest endeavor
is the Digital Inclusion Initiative (DII) where as seniors learn
computer and internet skills in this “electronic age.” One final
suggestion was made to White House staff OPE Deputy Director
Cruz, “Launch a campaign to educate seniors more on the National
Health Care Reform Act.”
“In my opinion I don’t believe our senior citizens fully
understand it, and I know I don’t”, concluded Ricer.
In an effort to keep our readers informed, the Beacon is
printing the entire article which was submitted by the
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District ...
Since the passage of our bond in May 2009, the School Board and
Administration of the Switzerland of Ohio Local School District
(SOLSD) has been actively involved in the planning and design
process of its $86.4 million Ohio School Facilities Commission
(OSFC) Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP) building
project. They are aware of the issues that have occurred in
recent months that have caused the project timeline to slip and
are very concerned about the impact of the delays. They have
requested that a detailed explanation be provided by the
Construction Manager - Project and Construction Services, Inc.
(PCS), and the Architect - Balog, Steines, Hendricks and
Manchester (BSHM). The following is that explanation:
The Master Plan for the program, which was developed jointly
between the OSFC and SOLSD after obtaining community input,
includes the construction of six (6) new school buildings and
the total renovation of River HS. The new facilities are
Beallsville PK-12, Hannibal-Sardis K-8, Monroe Central HS,
Powhatan K-8, Skyvue K-8, and Woodsfield K-8. The timeline that
was presented to the community during the bond campaign was
developed from the information available at the time, which was
limited because detailed site investigations could not be
conducted due to time and cost constraints. This timeline showed
design and construction of a facility in each community
beginning immediately upon passage of the bond in May 2009 with
the other buildings to follow. The initial buildings chosen were
Beallsville PK-12, Monroe Central HS and Woodsfield K-8, which
were to be constructed on the same campus site, and Powhatan
K-8. The timeline indicated an early site work package to be
performed in the Fall of 2009 for each of these facilities.
Several issues occurred as the design progressed that have
resulted in the timeline being changed for nearly every
facility. As will be presented below, these issues vary but are
all tied together by one common thread - cost. Each building has
an established budget within the Master Plan that must be met.
Funds set aside for one building cannot be used on another
building. We are jointly tasked with keeping each building
within budget even if that requires delaying the progress of
design to do so.
PCS provides cost estimates for each building at each of the
three phases of design. One or more components of a building may
cause the estimated cost to exceed the budget, which means that
either the cost of the other components within the building have
to be reduced or that component needs to be modified. Examples
of components of the buildings are: site work (site prep,
utilities, drivers and parking); building envelope (exterior
walls, doors, windows, and roof); interior finishes (walls,
floors, ceilings, casework); plumbing systems; Heating,
Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems; electrical
systems; and technology systems (phone, data, sound, and
A summary of the issues, by facility follows:
- The good news is that an early site work package did occur in
the fall of 2009 as originally planned. Delays in completing the
clearing of the existing trees and revisions to the storm water
management system prevented the work from being completed until
just recently. More good news is that the building project has
just recently been given approval by the OSFC to award contracts
after a successful re-bid of the General Trades and Plumbing bid
items. (see additional information on this below).
Although the building construction is roughly three months
behind the originally projected timeline, we are confident that
the reasons/decisions for the later start will ultimately prove
to be in the best interest of the Switzerland of Ohio Local
The District’s decision to modify the Master Plan by properly
locating additional Special Education student population at this
building delayed the design. Additionally, the investigation and
the ultimate decision to connect to an off-site lift station, in
lieu of a gravity fed sanitary sewer line impacted the site
design schedule as well.
Another significant delay resulted from a new OSFC policy, which
minimized the use of Bid Day Savings, which forced us to take a
different approach to the bidding strategy relative to bid
alternates. Alternates are specific items of work that are built
into the design to give districts options to use different
building components should there be favorable bid results. This
new policy significantly limited those options and made the
process of keeping the design on budget more difficult and more
This project was eventually bid in late June and the results are
mixed. At the time the project was 8.3 percent over the Master
Plan budget. Although contracts could have been legally awarded
at this time, doing so would not have been prudent from a
financial perspective and so the decision was made to recertain
bid items. The re-bid results in early August were favorable and
reduced the over budget condition by 60 percent, which will
allow us to proceed with the project with nearly 75 percent of
the original change order contingency in place to cover any
unforeseen conditions encountered during the construction phase.
Monroe Central HS/Woods-field K-8 - A decision was made very
early in the process to combine the bidding of these two
buildings into one building package to take advantage of the
economies of contractors working on side-by-side facilities. An
early site work package was begun in the fall of 2009 as
originally planned and work was progressing on schedule until a
large area of buried yard waste was discovered. The removal of
this waste pushed the completion of the site work into this
year. That work will be completed shortly.
After the design o these facilities had begun, the District’s
decision to shift Special Education students to the Beallsville
facility reduced the student population at the Woodsfield K-8
building. This reduced the area of this building which required
modifications to the proposed floor plan that had been
developed. A short time later, the District made a decision to
increase the population of the Monroe Central HS to accommodate
a likely shift of Career Tech students to this facility. This
increased the area of this building which likewise required
modifications to the proposed floor plan. Although both of these
changes were made very early in the design process, which
minimized the impact to the design schedule, there was still a
delay associated with these decisions.
Additionally, the OSFC Bid Day Savings Policy change noted above
also impacted the design schedule for these two buildings.
Bids were received in early August for these buildings. All of
the information obtained from analyzing the bid results from the
Beallsville bids was applied to the bid documents for these two
buildings. It was only the General Trades bid was over the
Master Plan budget and this bid item will be re-bid in
September. The OSFC has given preliminary approval for a budget
adjustment for this building if necessary, based upon market
conditions, and the OSFC and the District are researching ways
to finance the District’s 37 percent portion of the adjustment.
Under this scenario, contracts should be awarded and
construction commence in October on the Monroe Central HS and
Woodsfield K-8 buildings.
Powhatan K-8 - The site originally identified for this building
during the bond campaign, on the west side of Route 7 adjacent
just south of SR 149, was determined to be unsuitable after soil
borings and land survey work was completed. The anticipated
delays in finding a suitable site resulted in a decision to
adjust the project timeline by taking the Powhatan building out
of the initial group of projects and moving forward with the
Hannibal-Sardis K-8 building in its place.
Mount Victory Road
site that was eventually selected for this building was just
recently determined, after a geothermal test well was installed,
to have poor conductivity and subsequently less than an ideal
site for geothermal. Based on the test well results, it was
determined that 33 percent more geothermal wells will be needed
to meet the HVAC requirements of the proposed building. The
increased cost for these additional wells will likely require
that an alternative HVAC system being selected for this
building. The system selected will be more economical to help
keep this building within its budget but it will also be an OSFC
approved energy efficient system that will yield similar energy
savings when compared to geothermal.
The Powhatan building design, although in its preliminary phase,
has undergone significant modifications involving all the other
components in an effort to bring design within budget.
Additional surveying, electrical utility, and water line
extensions have influenced revisions to the site plan concept.
These modifications have and will continue to consume design
time and will result in a later start of construction than
Hannibal - Sardis K-8 - The original concept for this buildings,
which was developed during the bond campaign, was to construct
this building on River HS site on the baseball field and move
the baseball field to the south. The initial cost estimate for
this concept was considerably over the Master Plan budget due to
several reasons, including a significant amount of unsuitable
soils identified after soil borings were taken. Additionally,
members of the community expressed displeasure with having to
move the baseball field and so an alternative location was
chosen directly south of River HS after a formal presentation to
the community. This location requires the removal of the current
District bus garage. The delay that has resulted in the design
from this series of events has resulted in a decision to package
the Hannibal-Sardis K-8 building with the renovation of River HS
into a single project. Due to budget concerns as well as space
requirements on the site, the geothermal HVAC system will need
to be changed to an alternative system as is being done on the
River HS - This project is in the middle stage of design and is
on budget and on schedule for a start of construction in late
spring 2011. The complete renovation of this building will occur
in a phased plan that will occur throughout the school year with
major areas worked on during the summer months. The phasing plan
will be approved by the local building authority and fire
departments before being implemented. The phasing plan includes
specific requirements to segregate the construction activities
from school operations to insure that the safety of the students
and staff is not compromised. In anticipation of the spring
start, hazardous materials abatement was performed in July and
August so that it would not delay the renovation work.
Skyvue K-8 - This project is in the early stage of design and is
tracking on schedule. The initial cost estimate will be
completed by mid-October. Since the new facility will be
constructed on the site of the existing building, the location
of the new building is being developed to minimize the impact on
the operation of the existing building.
In closing, we want to bring to your attention the Purpose
Statement that was developed by the Core Team at the very
beginning of the project. Because we were given the opportunity
to work with the District during the bond campaign and witness
the tremendous sacrifice you as community member made to pass
the bond. The “Building our Legacy SOLSD” statement was created
as a reminder to us of the commitment you have made and our
commitment to provide SOLSD with the best possible facilities,
which will be our legacy to you.
World War II Vessel Makes
Historic Trip to
by Taylor Abbott
LST-125 exits Hannibal Locks heading for
With an average speed of 13 miles per hour, LST-325 is shown
above passing the former Lock 15 site below Duffy on August 21.
The vessel attracted much attention on its way to
Wheeling, W. Va. By the time LST-325 was just below the New
Bridge, hundreds of people
had already gathered at Hannibal Locks and Dam to witness the
spectacle. Photos by Taylor Abbott
History buffs, veterans and the merely curious alike converged
on Hannibal Locks and Dam at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24 to witness
history in the making.
Prior to its entry into the dam, the 328 feet long LST-325 was
already attracting large crowds of spectators who happened to be
driving by when catching a glimpse of the large battleship gray
vessel. By the time LST-325 was just below the
New Martinsville Bridge,
hundreds had already gathered at Hannibal Locks and Dam to
witness the spectacle.
During World War II, LST- 325 was launched on Oct. 27, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA.
Not only were these types of vessels built in
but also at the Dravo Shipyards below
Pittsburgh. Many LSTs were commissioned
in Pittsburgh and shipped down
river to the Gulf of Mexico.
From there, each went to its respective destinations. In LST-
325’s case, to Algeria, the Mediterranean Sea, Italy and eventually became a part of large
convoy of ships destined for
On Nov. 21, 1943 the convoy was attacked by German bombers that
used its new remote-controlled glider-bombs. Numerous transport
ships were sunk. At least one passenger aboard LST 325 was
severely wounded by shrapnel. LST-325 arrived safely in
Plymouth, England on Thanks-giving Day, Nov.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, LST-325 took part in the largest
amphibious assault ever made by the hand of man. During the
invasion of France,
LST-325 served as a back-up force for the troops going ashore on Omaha
It was then on Dec. 28, 1944 that LST-325 took part in rescuing
over 700 men from the troop transport Empire Javelin. The vessel
had been torpedoed off the coast of
by a German U-Boat.
Following the invasion of Normandy,
LST-325 made 44 trips between
France and England from
June 1944 to April 1945. It unloaded its cargo at
Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Utah Beaches and at the city of Rouen,
on the River Seine on several occasions.
In May 1945, LST-325 sailed with a convoy from
Ireland for a return to the United States.
After being out to sea for a day, the convoy of ships were hit
by an intense storm. The storm pushed the ships apart,
separating them. While in the storm, LST-325 slammed bow first
into a large wave, resulting in a large crack across the main
deck. Shipfitters on board were able to save the ship by welding
steel plates across the fractured hull. On May 31, 1945, LST-325
arrived in Norfolk, Virginia, all in one piece.
The years following the World War found the vessel serving in
many different capacities. Finally in 1964, LST-325 was
recommissioned by the Greek Navy and used until 1999. It was
decommissioned for a third time following its service.
With great excitement, LST-325 was acquired by the USS Ship
Memorial, Inc. For one last time, it was sailed across the
Atlantic to Mobile, Ala.
Today it is one of only two LST vessels in existence in the United States.
With an all volunteer crew with an average age of 71, these
dedicated men take great pride and care of their vessel.
Locking through Hannibal Locks and Dam proved challenging.
Securing the vessel inside the lock chamber halted the process
but was soon remedied. After locking through, the vessel began
to exit the chamber with speakers blaring patriotic music. On
the bow of the boat, an early American flag with 13 stripes
and a serpent with the slogan “don’t tread on me” fluttered in
the wind. The large crowd assembled followed the ship, many
taking pictures or running above the dam to get a better view of
it as it began its upbound journey.
Before entering the main channel of the river, a crew member,
standing on the stern of the vessel, fired several blank rounds
through a mounted anti-aircraft gun.
Among the veterans of
County are several who
served on LST crafts, including Walter Dierkes and Lemuel
Dierkes entered World War II in 1942, serving two years on the
European front. During those years, he was stationed aboard
YMS-62, a mine sweeper.
In 1944, Dierkes boarded LST-55, the flagship vessel of all
LSTs, in New York City.
“After boarding in New York, we
sailed to Florida then through the Panama Canal, over to Hawaii and on to Sai Pan and Guam,”
LST-55 made several trips, mostly “island hopping” with supplies
and ammunition for Allied troops in the Pacific. Following the
atomic bombings of Nagasaki
Dierkes and other American troops toured the ruined cities.
“When we got to
Nagasaki, we were allowed to tour it. It
was about six weeks after the bomb had been dropped.
was wiped out... Radio towers were melted right down to the
ground. Roads were cut through the debris using bulldozers.”
According to Dierkes, LST-55 made numerous port stops along the
coast of Japan. He
remembers one stop that is in history books around the world.
bombing, they surrendered. Our LST, number 55, was the flagship
LST. Captain Gardner pulled us right alongside the battleship Missouri. On the decks of the Missouri, General
Mc-Arthur and other commanders participated in the peace treaty
signing that ended the war,” said Dierkes.
Following the war’s end, Dierkes remained on active duty.
“I had to stay after the war ended. It was a short while but I
stayed until 1946. I was the master of arms on board, a chief of
police in comparison,” remarked Dierkes.
Today Dierkes and his wife reside in Powhatan Point.
Tschappat, 92, of Claring-ton, served on LSTs on the European
front, including crossing the Atlantic and the English Channel
following the invasion of Normandy.
“When we landed in Glasgow,
Scotland, I remember getting off the vessel
after crossing the Atlantic
for two weeks. A couple of guys around the dock were using
sticks with nails on the end of them, poking at pieces of paper
and trash on the ground. When I asked them what they were
looking for, they said playing cards....I couldn’t believe it. I
told them to wait there and went back on the boat and grabbed
three decks of cards. When I gave them those cards I thought
they were going to kiss me!” laughed Tschappat.
After orders were given, Tschappat would find himself on another
LST crossing the English Channel.
“We would start out across the channel and be quite a ways from
the coast when we would be called back. The seas would get so
rough that the boat would just be tossing,” said Tschappat.
Eventually the vessel would make a landing in
Normandy, just days after the initial
invasion was complete. Tschappat would go on to serve under
General George S. Patton, participating in the liberation of
Paris, Battle of the Bulge and closing in on Berlin, only to be
halted 30 miles from the German capital because the Russian Red
Army had already captured it.
“Times were rough over there. I’m lucky to be here and get to
golf when I want to. Its a great country we have here,” said
Around the Burnside
If you saw yourself as others see you, you wouldn't believe your
Give yourself a better chance of living to see 90; don’t try to
reach it on a speedometer.
Well, the county fair is over until another year rolls around.
It seems faster than ever it’s fair time again. Before I get
started on the fair I want to share something I read on a bumper
sticker while Esther was picking up the Beacon. I don’t normally
include things like this but this was too good not to share.
Folks in Southeast Ohio
understand. The bumper sticker read, “Nuttier than a squirrel
turd”. Does this describe someone you know?
A nice group gathered in the entertainment tent Sunday evening
for the gospel sing. A lot of folks participated in the program
and hymn sing. An excellent way to get the fair underway. This
has been going on about as long as I can remember.
If there happens to be a fairboard member reading this, please
note. It was the consensus of those present that it start
earlier than seven o’clock, as it makes it kind of late for we
old codgers getting home. Probably 6:30 maybe even six were
Fair time! My interest and attending, working and enjoying fairs
started when I was in high school and a member of the Oxford
Livestock Boosters 4-H Club. Then they didn’t assign space in
the barns and our advisor always wanted the same spot in the
barn every year.
As a result of this, we always took several of our projects
early in order to claim our spot. Being the oldest of the club
members the advisor’s son and I had the responsibility of taking
care of them. School was going on so we could walk to school and
stay all night looking after the cattle. This was really living
high on the hog for a couple of farm boys. His dad brought us
food and looked after things during the day. We lived at the
fair. I recall once a buddy of mine woke up saying some very
unkind words to a fly that kept bothering him all morning. I
woke up early that morning and found a straw.
I got a rather tough introduction to the Monroe County Fair. We
moved to the county in July and it wasn’t long until I was
involved in fair. Joe Reed, somehow, suckered me into judging
the open class poultry show. He said, “We only have a few
chickens show up. You won’t have any trouble.” Ha.
Many of you remember the old poultry building behind the
grandstand. Well, it was full of chickens on top of cage after
I had never judged chickens in my life. I had taken a poultry
course at OSU so I actually knew what a chicken was and looked
like. I also knew there are brown eggs and white eggs.
Regardless of my little knowledge of poultry judging, I started
to work. They started bringing me chicken after chicken to be
judged. A little break for lunch and back at it again. The first
thing I knew it was getting close to supper time. They were
still bringing me chickens to judge. I had just almost had it. I
suggest we quit and come back in the morning. If Joe had been
around I would have thrown a bucket of you know what at him.
We finished up the next morning and I guess maybe I did OK as I
didn’t hear any complaints; however, I probably didn’t fool
anyone. I don’t even remember ever getting paid for my judging
poultry. I was elected to the board that year so I wouldn’t have
to judge poultry ever again.
Another excellent Jr. Fair Parade this year. If my memory serves
me right, this was the forty-first parade since we moved to the
county. I can recall only missing the parade once during this
time. I guess there are times we do not appreciate the time and
effort the 4-H advisors and members spend with their projects.
As I sat there watching the parade I couldn’t keep from
thinking, “Who says we do not have outstanding youth in our
county?” Float after float and club after club had youth we can
be proud of. All they need is the opportunity
It was also good to have Betty Ward carrying the American flag
to lead the parade.
I sometimes wonder; we old duffers stand when the flag goes by
in a parade. I felt as though I was standing alone.. I didn’t
look around but I do think a good many joined me. It doesn’t
seem to me that standing as the flag goes by is not much to ask
when we have thousands of men and women putting their lives on
the line in order for us to be able to sit in the grandstand and
enjoy the fair as well as all we have going for us.
Then again it’s easy to sit and make suggestions or maybe
complain about something. It would be nice if the fairboard
could build a handicap ramp into the grandstand. Some of we old
duffers have a problem with steps.
I make it to the front row seat as I prefer to stay in front. I
thought maybe because of this the sound system left something to
be desired. Maybe it was my hearing aids. I had trouble hearing
what was being said during the parade. As I said it’s easy to
Nothing makes one feel more at home than a big snowstorm.
Want to feel welcome? Attend church Sunday.
Illegal immigration is a hot button topic in this country and
while it may well be a national security issue, one of the main
arguments is the loss of jobs to those in the country illegally.
Some argue that these are jobs that the citizens of this nation
will not do, because of type of work and compensation. I don’t
know how to prove either side of the latter question.
I do, however, know that hundreds of thousands of good paying
jobs have been lost in the paper industry. This has occurred by
companies in China and Indonesia selling their government
subsidized paper products at less than fair market value prices.
These acts are illegal; they are in opposition to the rules
agreed to by the World Trade Organization and they hurt our
nations’ working families. This is truly foreign people taking
our jobs here in the United States.
So please contact your U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson and your U.S. Senators,
George Voinovich and Sherrod Brown and ask them to make sure
that this illegal paper dumping stops.
Jerry Ackerman, Vice-Pres.
Local Union 5724
Robert Joseph Armstrong, 38,
Reynoldsburg, died Aug. 26, 2010 at Mount Carmel
Hospital East in
Reynoldsburg. He was born April 19, 1972
in Westerville, the only child of
Robert and Ethel Armstrong of Westerville.
He was a graduate of Westerville South HIgh School
College in Toccoa Falls, Ga.,
where he was a communications major. He was employed in IT
Security at Huntington Bank in
Columbus. He attended
Church. His hobbies were playing the
guitar, riding his motorcycle and playing with his children. He
was a wonderful husband and father.
In addition to his parents, surviving are his wife, Danna Rubel
Armstrong; two children, Joel, who will be five in October and
Gwennan, who is three; father-in-law and mother-in-law, David
and Connie Rubel; a brother-in-law, Kevin (Christina) Rubel;
sister-in-law, Angela (Roger) Birnbaum; three nephews, Weston
Birnbaum, Adam Birnbaum, Jayce Rubel; two nieces, Kia Birnbaum,
Lucy Rubel; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear
Friends were received Aug. 31 at Moreland Funeral Home,
Westerville, where services will be held Sept. 1, at 11 a.m.,
with Pastor Karl Hanf and Rev. Denver Dodrill officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
James Development Office,
660 Ackerman Rd., P.O. Box 183112,
Columbus, OH 43218-3112.
JOSEPH W. HARTLINE
Joseph Wallace Hartline, died Aug. 25, 2010 at home
after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born in
1931 a son of Joseph and Margaret Wallace Hartline of Cameron.
He was a graduate of
High School in 1949. He
was a veteran of U.S. Air Force. He was a retired employee of
Ormet Corp-oration, having worked there for 34 years. He loved
his life in Monroe County
and the Ohio Valley. He served in many organizations,
giving back his many blessings. He was a Past Master of Free and
Accepted Masons, Clarington #597; 32nd Degree Mason; Knight of
York Cross of Honor; member of Order of Eastern Stars,
Clarington, #533; member of Clarington United Methodist Church;
Township Clerk for 28 years; First President of Cameron PTA;
member of National Imperial Glass Collectors Society.
He represented both hard work and a charitable heart. He will be
missed greatly by his family and friends. “I have fought a good
fight. I have kept the faith.” II Timothy 4:7.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Brague Hartline;
sons, Joe (Sarah) of Atlanta, Randy of Cameron, Kerry (Mary) of
Cameron; daughters, Diana (Fred) Wolf of Granville, Mindy
(Marvin) Cannon of Columbus; he greatly cherished his 10
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; brother, David
(Hilde) of Marion.
Friends were received Aug. 27 at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home,
where services were held Aug. 28 with Rev. Richard Wilson
officiating. burial was in Cameron Cemetery.
Masonic Lodge service was held Aug. 27.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cameron Cemetery
Association, P.O. Box 31,
or 118th District Masonic Scholarship Association, c/o Richard
Miller, 51907 SR 145,
Beallsville, OH 43716.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
ABIGAIL M. HUNTER
Abigail Marie Hunter, stillborn daughter of Nathan and
Jessica Fierst Hunter, 39600 SR 26, Graysville, died Aug. 28,
2010 at Marietta Memorial
In addition to her parents, she was survived by paternal
grandmother, Linda Hunter of
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Liz
Graveside services will be held Sept. 1, at 11 a.m., at the
Pleasant ridge Cemetery, Graysville, with Rev. David Hull-Frye
Arrangements by Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Mary Lou Rees, 81, Woodsfield, died Aug. 22, 2010. She
was born the daughter of the late Louis and Marie McMullen
She was a long-standing member of St. Sylvester Catholic Church
and the Switzerland of Ohio Country Club.
“Gurt” was the loving and dedicated mother of three surviving
sons, Lous Rees and Deborah Sanborn of Akron,
William (Kathy) Reese of Beallsville, Robert (Laura) Rees of
Apache Junction, Arizona;
sister-in-law, Delores Rectanus of
Pa..; ex-daughter-in-law, Cyndi
Ruehl of Apache Junction; and three grandchildren, Joseph
Sanborn Reese, Nathan Ruehl Reese, and Samantha Peterson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Harry Reese in 2000, whom she married in 1949.
She will be missed by her family and friends.
There was no visitation. Burial will be at the convenience of
the family at Oaklawn Cemetery, Woodsfield.
Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bauerturner.com.
DANNY E. BAKER
Danny E. Baker, 60, Woodsfield, died Aug. 25, 2010 at Ohio Valley
Center, Wheeling. He was born May
14, 1950 in Monroe County,
a son of the late Robert and Eureylee Saffle Baker.
He worked for the Tri-County GMN Weatherization Program and was
a former mechanic for Knowlton Ford.
Surviving are his daughters, Vicki Baker of Woodsfield, Deanna
(Chris) Simon of Sardis; two brothers, Larry (Pauline) Baker of
Woodsfield, Leroy (Rusty) Baker of Beallsville; and four
grandchildren, Tyler and Justin Cline, Miranda Baker and Cody
There was no visitation.
Arrangements by Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield.
Juanita B. Clift
Juanita B. Clift, 92, 31990
Long Run Rd.,
Valley, died Aug. 30, 2010
at her home. She was born July 17, 1918 at Graysville, a
daughter of the late William and Lillie Cree Winland.
She was a retired cook for the Switzerland of Ohio School
District at the Bethel
in Marr. She was a member of the
Church; and a member of the Order of
Eastern Star, Lodge 584,
Lebanon. She enjoyed crocheting
and cross stitching quilts.
Surviving are three sons, Charles Clift of Graysville, Robert
(Glenda) Clift of Palatka, Fla., Dennis (Elaine) Clift of Sycamore Valley; three
daughters-in-law, Irene Clift of Lower Salem, Sharon Robinson of
Woodsfield, Peggy Smith of
Caldwell; 22 grandchildren; several
great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; as well as
several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Forest Maxwell Clift on March 11, 2004; three sons,
William E. Clift, Clyde “Butch” Clift, and Max Franklin Clift;
four sisters, Myrtle Williams, Doris Wittenbrook, Dorothy
Decker, Grethel DeVore; four brothers, Clesson, Clarence,
Vernon, Cecil Winland; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Clift; and two
grandsons, Nathan and Darrin Clift.
Friends will be received Sept. 1, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at
Watters Funeral Home, Woodsfield, where funeral services will be
held Sept.. 2, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Richard Wilson officiating.
Burial will follow in the Masterton Cemetery, Lebanon. Eastern
Star services will be held Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral
Memorial contributions may be made to the
Community Center, c/o Irene Clift,
31001 Little Injun Rd., Lower
Salem, OH 45745.