Obituaries

Rev. Dr. Robert R. Bloomquist, 65, passed peacefully to his home in heaven on February 21, 2015 with his wife by his side.

He served as a United Methodist Pastor for 35 years, retiring in mid-December of 2014.

Preceded in death by his parents, C. Ross and Lois Bloomquist; survived by his wife of 40 years, Gloria; son, Joseph of Florida; grandchildren, Mikala Bloomquist and Kyle Walker; brother, Bill Bloomquist and sister, Sara (Rick) Swain all of Colorado; and brother-in-law, Denny Frank.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26th at the Billow Fairlawn Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., with Rev. Roger Hayes officiating. Entombment at Rose Hill Burial Park. Friends may call on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. There will be a celebration of life service on Sunday, March 1st at 2 p.m. at the Plymouth United Methodist Church with Rev. Roger Hayes and Brian Hartzell officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Plymouth Shiloh Food Pantry, 29 West Main St., Shiloh, OH 44878. To share a memory, send a condolence or light a candle, visit the Tribute Wall at www.billowfuneralhomes.com. (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel).

Marilyn M. Kleer, age 86, of Shelby, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at OhioHealth MedCentral Shelby Hospital.

Marilyn was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1929, in Mansfield, the daughter of the late Chester and Wilhelmina (Damlos) Grandon. She was a 1947 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School and began her working career with a job at Mansfield Tire. She married John Kleer on May 30, 1948 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mansfield. Together they bought and operated Weber's Cafe in Plymouth and later, Kleer's Cafe in Shelby. She had also worked at various restaurants as a cook including, Shelby Country Club, Spinning Wheel, and Johnny's Lunch. Marilyn was a very talented cook and baker, something she truly loved to do. Marilyn had devoted her time to being a Cub Scout Den Mother for many years. She was a crossword puzzle extraordinaire, enjoyed shopping, and used to enjoy walking with several ladies in her neighborhood. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Shelby.

Marilyn is survived by 2 sons: James and Gail Kleer of Bucyrus, Steven and Karen Kleer of Lima; a daughter: Peggy Kleer of Columbus; 2 grandsons: Adam Kleer and Aaron Kleer both of Columbus; a sister-in-law: Marge Kleer of Howard, Ohio; and good friends: Luci Grimmer of Shelby, Betty Snyder of Mansfield, and Tess Love of Shelby. In addition to her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, John, on November 14, 2010 and two siblings, Naomi Carr and William Grandon.

Family and friends are welcome on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 4-7 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 AM with Pastor Russel Yoak officiating. Burial will be in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Lutheran Church or the ABC Center.

To share a memory or express a condolence, please visit: www.turnerfu neralhomeshelby.com

Novelda E. (Rhodes) Adams, age 96, resident of Shelby passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Bellevue Care Center, Bellevue, Ohio.

Born June 6, 1918 in Ada, Ohio to Elmer and Mina (Stober) Rhodes, she was a 1936 graduate of Ada High School. Shortly thereafter she moved to Shelby with her family. On June 5, 1938 she married William Samuel Adams. Novelda worked as an office receptionist for the late Dr. Norman Straw of Shelby for many years.

Survivors include her son, W. Terry (Lenora) Adams of Bellevue; granddaughter, Caren (Roger) Spears of Mt. Vernon; two great-grandchildren, Amanda (Major Daniel) Wassmuth of Las Vegas, NV, and Derek Adams of Wichita, KS; her great-great-granddaughter, Bella Mae Wassmuth; one sister, Veloice (L.H) Washburn of Dillsburg, PA; step-brother, Stanley Homerick of Castalia, OH; brother-in-law, Kenneth (Joyce) Adams of Shelby, several nieces and nephews of Shelby and Dillsburg, PA and several relatives of Ada/Lima, Ohio.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Adams in 1997; brother, Darrell (Mary Wagner) Rhodes, his step-mother, Thelma (Homerick) Rhodes; nephew, Jamie Washburn and grandson, David Adams.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Barkdull Funeral Home in Shelby. Pastor Juli Lejman-Guy, of St. John's Lutheran Church of Bellevue, will officiate with interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 9:00 - 11:00 AM.

The family kindly requests that in place of flowers, donations be made to the Stein Hospice Center, 1200 Sycamore Line Rd., Sandusky, OH 44870, or to the charity of their choice.

On line condolences may be made at www.barkdullfu neralhome.com

David M. "Digger" Armstrong, age 58, died unexpectedly Monday morning, February 23, 2015, at his home in Shelby.

Born December 24, 1956 in Mansfield to Roma and Katherine (Brown) Armstrong the majority of his life was spent in the Mansfield area moving to Shelby in 2010. A 1975 graduate of Lexington High School, he had worked as a landscaper for many years and was formerly employed with Mansfield Cemetery, Holcher's Company of Lexington and was currently employed with Dealers Supply Company in Crestline.

David was a member of several social clubs in the Mansfield-Shelby area. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, especially deer and watching car racing and John Wayne movies. He also enjoyed following The Ohio State Buckeyes. David will be remembered as a hard worker and a good friend to all.

Surviving are his two sisters, Virginia (Robert) Arnold of Shelby and Linda Armstrong (fiance, John Hristovski) of Mansfield, two brothers, Owen Armstrong of Daytona Beach, FL and Larry Armstrong of Mansfield; his nieces, Cindy Kovack, Melanie Collins Thacker, Stephanie Snyder, and Michelle Webb, his nephews, Leslie Bucy and Eddie Kurtich, other relatives and many friends, including special friend, Kevin Kirsh.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Miller.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 PM Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Barkdull Funeral Home in Shelby. Rev. S.T. Adkins will officiate with interment in Shauck Cemetery, Johnsville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

On line condolences may be made at www.barkdullfu neralhome.com

Philip K. "Poppy" Barkhurst, age 79, resident of Willard, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Mercy Willard Hospital.

He was born on June 20, 1935 in Morgan County, Ohio to the late Dewitt and Charlotte (Miller) Barkhurst. Mr. Barkhurst was a 1953 graduate of M and M High School and was the owner of the Dairy Whip Restaurant in Malta, Ohio for 28 years. He had served in the Ohio National Guard, was a former mayor of Malta, serving thirteen years, a volunteer fireman and a Free Mason. He loved to go hunting and golfing.

He is survived by his wife, Joan K. (Kimble) Barkhurst; a daughter, Teresa Long of Gurnee, Ill.; a son, Philip Barkhurst of Columbus; three step-children, Tim LePontois of Granville; Alison LePontois of North Fairfield; and Renee (Scott) Wallace of Shelby; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Judy Kirkbride of McConnelsville; and Kathy (Bob) Wilson of Groveport; two brothers, Jack Barkhurst of Delaware; and Paul (Dottie) Barkhurst of Malta.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two brothers, Steve and Dick Barkhurst.

Friends called at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. where the funeral service was held at 3 p.m. with Pastor Luigi Perez officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in the Greenwood Cemetery in Willard. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Grace United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com

Sharilyn R. "Shari" Fry, age 69, resident of Willard, passed away on Friday, February 20, 2015 in Hillside Acres Nursing Home in Willard. She was born on October 24, 1945 in Willard to the late Paul Sr. and Beatrice (Rocheleau) Fry.

She is survived by three brothers, Paul (Ann) Fry of Willard; Robert (Margaret) Fry of Willard; and Donald (Sharyn) Fry of Norwalk; a sister, Marilyn Berberick of Willard; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private family service held at a later date in the Attica-Venice Cemetery in Attica. Secor Funeral Home in Willard assisted the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Catholic Charities in Norwalk, Ohio. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com

Gary R. Patterson, age 74, resident of Willard, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at the Hospice House of North Central Ohio in Ashland.

He was born on April 27, 1940 in Willard to the late James and Wanda (Steele) Patterson. He was a graduate of Huron High School and enlisted in the US Navy serving four years active and two years in the reserves from 1959 to 1966. Gary then attended City College in San Francisco and graduated from Denver University earning a degree in business management. He returned back to Ohio and worked at the Sandusky Ford Plant for two years and then two years at GM in Ontario in management. Gary followed his passion and became a free-lance photographer for the remainder of his professional career. He traveled the world and was once commissioned to photograph every lighthouse in the United States.

He was very fond of cats and shared his apartment with "Stash" and "Bibb."

He was preceded in death by his parents; the love of his life, Marsha from California; and his other beloved cats, "Swat," "One Eye" and "MaMa Cat."

Gary's final requests were to be cremated and no services observed. Secor Funeral Home in Willard assisted with arrangements. www.secorfuneralhomes.com

Gloriann Poljak, age 83, resident of Willard, passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Hillside Acres Nursing Home in Willard.

She was born on June 14, 1931 in Lebanon, Ind. to the late Leon and Edith (Jackson) Quisenberry and had been a resident of Howe, Ind. for many years before moving to Ohio. Mrs. Poljak was a graduate of Crawfordsville High School in 1949, a 1953 graduate of Ball State University where she earned her teaching degree and received her Master's Degree in Education from the Indiana University in 1959. She taught at LaGrange Schools for five years and then the Sturgis Public School in Sturgis, Mich. for twenty two years. She had attended the St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Howe, Ind.

She is survived by two sisters, Patricia Harrison of Willard; and Delores "Dee" Allen of Willard; three brothers, Kenneth (Sandy) Quisenberry of Rossville, Ind.; Ronald (Sunday) Quisenberry of Ellijay, Ga.; and John (Cindy) Quisenberry of Carlton, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Poljak; and a sister, Betty Valovich.

Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, on Thursday, March 5, 2015 from 2 to 3 p.m. where the funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m.with Dave Lillo officiating.

Burial will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11 a.m. in the Riverside Cemetery in Howe, Ind.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the American Cancer Society. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com

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