In Memory

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Mary E Schilmiller

Mary E. Schilmiller, 98, of Brimfield, died Monday, November 20, 2017, at her home. She was born September 16, 1919, in Elizabeth, IN., to Edward J. and Pearl (Hart) Schilmiller.

Mary was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent where, she sang in the choir; the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association and Euclid Teacher Association. Mary received her Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and taught Special Education in the Macedonia, Stow and Euclid Schools for 50 years. She was Rosie the Riveter working on airplanes during WWII.

Helen Jane Wilson 

Helen Jane died peacefully August 7, 2017, at her home in Washington State. After rearing her five sons, Helen taught and administrated in the Ravenna School System from 1967-1989.

Then she became the Coordinator for 19 years of Adult Basic Education and Literacy Education at Maplewood Career Center in Ravenna. She also became the first Ex. Director of the Portage County Literacy Coalition. She received many accolades and awards for her personal and professional achievements, including induction into the Ravenna Ravens Hall of Fame in 2003.

She had high energy, high standards, a gift for leadership, uncompromising loyalty, and terrific memory.  She created beautiful works of needlepoint and crochet art throughout her lifetime

Jean Thomas

On April 12, 2017, Jean Thomas passed away. She taught in the Marion Schools from

Jean Thomas

Jean Thomas

1945-1949.  Her husband’s career change from teaching to business brought the family to Mantua in 1951. She retired from Crestwood  in 2010.

Her memory is cherished by her children Rob (Joyce) Thomas of Cuyahoga Falls, Tim (Jane) Thomas of Ravenna, Terri Thomas of Ravenna, Tom (Jodie) Thomas of Ravenna, Thea (Tom) Wilson of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida.  She leaves seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Endearing friendships were formed at The Mantua Garden Club, The League of Women Voters of Northern Portage County, Mantua Rotary Club, First Congregational Church and Portage Community Chapel of Ravenna, Ohio.

Jean was a life member of PCRTA/ORTA since 2012.

Thomas Compana

Thomas Compana

Thomas A. Campana, 93, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Tom was honorably discharged from the United Sates Navy in 1946. He received his Masters in Education Administration from Kent State University. Besides other places Tom’s longest employment was with the Kent City School District as a teacher, coach and then the Athletic Director. Tom retired in 1984. Tom was a great family man, mentor and a friend to many.   He was a lifetime member of PCRTA/ORTA.


Lowell Myers, 88, died February 21, 2017.  Lowell received a Masters in Education from Kent State University 1956.  He loved his family and had a great passion for teaching and

Lowell Myers

Lowell Myers

education. After other positions in the field of education, Lowell became superintendent of Streetsboro City Schools from 1967-1973. Then he became superintendent of Maplewood Career Center, where he planned and oversaw the construction. Lowell served in several community and civic organizations as well.  Lowell was a lifetime member of PCRTA/ORTA.


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Reah Merrell passed away on August 29, 2014, at the age of 108.  Rhea was born in Kent, Ohio, in 1906. Rhea graduated from Kent State with a Master’s Degree in Education.  She was an elementary school teacher from 1927-1956 and an elementary school supervisor in Portage County from 1958-1974.  Rhea was a member of Delta Zeta, Order of the Eastern Star and many other local organizations.

David Wilson passed away April 26, 2014, in Greensboro, N. Carolina, at the age of 92. David was a veteran of World War II, serving stateside at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida and then in Las Vegas. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.  David taught history at Kent Roosevelt High School from 1956 to 1978. After retirement he and his wife ran a condominium at Marco Island, Florida. David was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1995.

Betty Parks died May 20, 2015, just before her 94th birthday.  Betty and her husband, John, moved from Pennsylvania to Portage County in 1948.  Betty taught at Crestwood High School, Hiram College and then Kent State University. After her teaching career Betty volunteered for about ten years at Robinson Memorial Hospital (University Hospital).  Betty was an ORTA/PCRTA life member since 2006.

Constance M. Mellott died September 20, 2015, at the age of 84.  Constance earned her Ph. D. in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  She taught at Springfield Massachusetts Tech Jr. College and graduate library science at Kent State University, where she retired as a Professor Emeritus.  Constance was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1995.

Garnet Ruth Boblett Byrne died July 8, 2016. Garner was a native of Richwood, West Virginia, and had resided in Kent, Ohio, since 1974.  She was a well known and respected teacher at Stow Monroe Falls High School.  Garnet was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1997.

John Lilley passed away peacefully on October 5, 2016, at the age of 93. John served in Lighter than Air during World War II. He taught engineering graphics and drafting at Cuyahoga Falls High School and lectured at NASA in Cleveland.  He was a volunteer for the Cleveland Coast Guard Auxiliary. John sang in the Barbershop Chorus of Akron and a quartet, “Rapture.” John was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1992.

Daryl Bateman passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 6, 2016, at the age of 75. He served honorably in the U. S. Navy from 1958-1961. Daryl taught and coached at Hudson High School and taught at Kent Roosevelt High School. He was a Guidance Counselor and Assistant Principal at Davey Middle School until 1992. After retirement Daryl re-entered the field of education and became the principal at James A. Garfield Middle School. He also worked at Streetsboro City Schools as Director of Special Education and consulted for Southeast Local while he worked part time as a Guidance Counselor at Aurora High School. Daryl was a life member of ORTA/PCRRA since 1993.

Flora R. Carlton of Punta Gorda, Florida, died November 8, 2016, at the age of 98. Flora taught in the Crestwood School System in Mantua, Ohio, where she was a resident for 30 years. Flora was the daughter of the late Simeon and Rena Randall of Kent, Ohio.  She was the first Portage County woman to enlist in the Women’s Army Corps in 1942 and was mustered out in 1946 with the rank of Captain. Flora was a life member of ORTA/PCRTA since 1997.

Joanne Newhauser taught art at Brown Middle School for 15 years. After her

Joanne Newhauser

Joanne Newhauser

retirement.she served on the Ravenna Board of Education. She joined ORTA and PCRTA in 2003 and became a life member of both organizations in 2005.  She served as PCRTA vice president.  She is survived by her children: Paul M. Newhauser of Ravenna, Charles (Patricia) Newhauser of Hinckley, Judy (Eric) Holdener of Gambier, Ohio, and Tina (Mark) Newhauser-Willoughby of East Lansing, MI. An only child, her memory will also be cherished by her five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Martha Sue (McConnell) Hatcher, age 67 of Edinburg, passed away Friday, May


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Chloe Ann Small passed away on July 3, 2009.  She taught kindergarten in Windham for 30 years at Katherine Thomas.  Chloe  spending time with family & friends, discussing politics, shopping, eating out, going to the beach and spending time with her Dalmations.  She was a life member of PCRTA.


Robert W. Stanton passed away December 5th, 2015, at the Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH.  He held various teaching and administrative positions, including Principal of Willoughby High School and Principal of Kent Roosevelt, culminating in his serving as Superintendent of Kent City Schools.

Later he served as Business Manager of Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine and then returned to education as the Superintendent of Plainwell City Schools in Plainwell, Michigan.

Robert, who received his Ph. D. in Education from Harvard University, was a World War II veteran and a family man.  His funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church of Kent, with his burial at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, OH.   Robert was a life member of PCRTA/ORTA.

David Mohan passed away November 22, 2015. David held four different degrees: a B.S. (Industrial Arts Ed.); a Master of Science (Industrial Ed.) from the University of Maryland; Master of Arts (Gerontology) from Kent State University and a Doctorate of Philosophy (Industrial Technology) from Ohio State University.

David served in numerous leadership roles in higher education, business and industry, and non-profit organizations. He volunteered with Robinson Memorial Hospital Hospice, Summit County Alzheimer’s Association, Portage Area Senior Services, United Christian Ministries, Holden Elementary School and the Kent Jaycees.

David was extremely proud of his family members and their accomplishments. His career at Kent State University spanned forty-plus years. David was a life member of PCRTA/ORTA.


Janice Marshall


Marilyn Alger taught 42 years mostly 5th grade, at the Crestwood Schools in 5th grade.  She was a lifetime resident of Mantua Township.  Her husband was a dairy farmer. Besides helping her husband, she was an accomplished artist and a member of numerous organizations, including being anelder in the Mantua Christain Church.


Mary Louise “Merrielu” Ritz, 87 of Streetsboro, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2015. She retired from Streetsboro City Schools where she was a kindergarten teacher. Being an artist and painter, she belonged to the Hudson Society of Artists and Cuyahoga Valley Art Center. She was also a member of RCRTA/ORTA and Jr. Thursday Literary Club.

“Merrielu” received the Outstanding Elementary Teachers of America award.

She leaves behind her daughters, Susan (Richard) Holloway of St. Louis , MO., Jane Ritz and Marjorie (Mark) Crock both of Streetsboro; several grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a sister and two step children.


Shirley A. Taylor passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015. Shirley earned dual certification in elementary and secondary education. She taught in Ravenna at Tappan, West Main, West Park and finally at Ravenna High School, where she taught English and Reading.

She is survived by her sons Richard of Ravenna, and Bruce (Gail) of Georgia; daughter Sharon of PA.; many grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; her sister, Margaret; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Shirley was a life member of PCRTA/ORTA.


Pat Balazs of Ravenna passed away from complications of multiple myeloma on May 16, 2015.  Pat graduated with honors from Kent State University. She taught kindergarten at Rootstown Elementary School for 30 years.

Pat is survived by her husband, John; sons Stephen of Kent, Marty (Paula) of Tallmadge, Jeffery (Julie) of Cleveland Heights; and four grandchildren.

There is an Open House in Celebration of Pat’s life on July 2nd at Fred Fuller Park in the Roy Smith Shelter House from 2-4 p.m. Bring a dish to pass.  Pat was a member of PCRTA/ORTA.


Jane C. Sawyer Hostler died peacefully, February 16, 2015. She retired from the Streetsboro City Schools as a 5th grade teacher.  She was a member of the University Parish Newman Center and PCRTA/ ORTA.  She was the ultimate host for all of the family gatherings and holidays.


Rebecca Armstrong Perkins Moore passed away at the age of 95 on February 15, 2015. After Rebecca had taught in various places, the family moved to Streetsboro, Ohio, in 1968. She then taught music at the elementary level for Streetsboro City Schools. Some of Rebecca’s hobbies included yarn and fabric art, gardening, hiking, biking and tennis.  She was a lifetime member of the Delta Omicron Musical Fraternity and a member of PCRTA/ ORTA.


Phyllis J. Hendricks died in February of 2015. Phyllis was a recipient of a Jennings Scholarship award. She loved art and poetry and published three books.  She was a member of PCRTA/ ORTA.


Norman D. Park died on December 5. A life member of PCRTA, he served as our historian for many years. We fondly remember his “Looking Back” columns in the PCRTA newsletter.  Norm brought a unique enthusiasm and sensitivity to his Crestwood classrooms, often accompanied by American Indian artifacts from his extensive collection. Our thoughts remain with Evelyn, his wife, who is also a life member of ORTA and PCRTA, and with his family.


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Ann Wiedeman taught kindergarten in the Kent City Schools.  She was active in the Kent Presbyterian Church, Coterie, Delta Kappa Gamma, Chestnut Society and Tree City Campers.  Ann was a life member of PCRTA and ORTA and was an ardent fan of Kent State University athletic teams.  She died on December 8, 2014.


Jean Gilley passed away on December 19 at the age of 96.  She retired from Kent City Schools, where she taught at Franklin Elementary.  Her passion was gardening, and she was a member of Twin Lakes and Kent Garden Club.  She volunteered at Kent State Fashion Museum.


Richard Rymer, a life member of ORTA and PCRTA since 1994, passed away on July 17.  He worked for the National Bureau of Standards in California. He was an electronics technical representative to a company in Germany and taught electronics to the German Air Force.  Preferring to work with people, he became a psychologist and taught at the University of Akron from 1970 to 1993.  He and his wife were active in the Kent Historical Society, several nature organizations and antique car clubs.


Alice Darr passed away August 21, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born and educated in Illinois, she moved to Ohio to join the Kent State University faculty.  She was a coordinator of the Home Economics Ed. Program and co-chair of the KSU commencement committee for 25 years.  Alice and her husband, Ralph, also a life member of ORTA and PCRTA, enjoyed traveling, camping and volunteering.


Dr. Lloyd Mills was a professor emeritus of English at Kent State University, where his poetry classes were popular with students. As a scholar and admirer of Ben Jonson’s work, Dr. Mills embraced the great writer’s argument that literary works should reflect both the artistic and moral integrity of the author. He is survived by his son, Ralph Mills; daughters Ellen Warner and Jane Wallbrown; and grandchildren and great grandchildren. He died Dec. 8, 2013. (by Dave Gynn)


 James A. Rinier died on November 1, 2013, at the Trinity Grove Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jim framed his view of the world through the lens of geography, and that led him to a very successful career in the Kent State University Geography Department, where he taught for 51 years.

He was inducted into the ODNR Hall of Fame in 2009. His wife, Mary, continues as a PCRTA member.


Milton Manes, Ph.D. died on February 27, 2014. He was a life member of ORTA and joined PCRTA in 2009. He was a physical chemist with the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

In 1967, he came to Kent State University as a professor in the Chemistry Department. He returned to Pittsburgh on his retirement in 1985.


Richard M. Rufener passed away at his home on April 20, 2014. His passion was education. teaching 7th grade social studies for 33 years in the Ravenna School District.

He used field trips all over the state to bring Ohio history alive, including archaeological digs, NASA, COSI, astronomy and orienteering at Towner’s Woods, fishing and canoeing.

Richard led his own lawn care company for 33 years with help from his sons. He joined ORTA and PCRTA in 2008.


Jane L. Reynolds passed away April 12 after a brief illness. She taught at Dewitt School in Cuyahoga Falls and joined PCRTA/ORTA in 1991. She renovated her family’s historic homestead in Streetsboro. She was an officer in DAR.

She was passionate about music; loved gardening, canning, and preserving; and sewed gowns and uniforms. She travelled extensively but also enjoyed a walk in her woods.


Richard B. Dorr passed peacefully at home on May 25. Rick was a principal and math teacher at Twinsburg Schools and joined PCRTA/ORTA in 2000.

He served many roles in the United Church of Christ. He was very active in scouting where he achieved several leadership awards. He will be remembered for his prowess at gardening and for his love of singing.


 Lucy Warner taught first grade for many years at Carlin Elementary School in Ravenna.  She was a loving, kind, and caring educator as well as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ravenna, PCRTA, ORTA, Thursday Literary Club, and the Salem Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

We extend our sincere sympathy to Lucy’s husband, Harvey, a retired principal from the Ravenna City Schools, and to their sons and families. She died February 19, 2014.


Kenneth Cardinal

Kenneth Cardinal

Kenneth Earl Cardinal, former Superintendent for the Kent City Schools, died two days after his 86th birthday on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

Ken had a long career in the field of education in which he received many awards related to his outstanding accomplishments and leadership.  He was inducted into the Kent City School’s Hall of Fame for his contribution to the school, and his major contribution through personnel selection practices.

He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a member of the American Legion, Kent Rotary, American Association of School Administrators, and other educational-related organizations, as well as a life member in PCRTA, and ORTA.

He was also a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Kent. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife, Joanne (Hall), and all of their family.  Ken was buried at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, Ohio.



Orsen Ott

Orsen Ott

Portage County Retired Teachers’ Association member Mr. Orson E. Ott who recently celebrated his 100th birthday, passed away at Regency Oaks, Sylvan Health Center in Clearwater, Florida on December 28, 2013.

Born in Rootstown, Ohio on October 18, 1913, he was a long time resident of Garrettsville, Ohio, since 1946 before moving to Clearwater, Florida in 2009. He enjoyed calling Garrettsville, Ohio and Portage County home for over 90 years.

A lifelong educator, Mr. Ott began his career as a teacher and coach in Paris Township in 1937 (now know as part of the Southeast Local School District.) After 10 years at Paris Township, it was off to his beloved Garrettsville, Ohio, where he served and still holds the title presently, as the longest administrator of the Garrettsville, Ohio School System as Superintendent for 26 years, serving from 1946-1972.

Mr. Ott received his Doctorate in Education at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio. While at Kent State University where he received undergraduate and graduate degrees, he become a member of “Kappa Delta Pi.” Throughout his career, he held memberships in several professional organizations.

Mr. Ott was also honored and received many awards for his accomplishments: Washington Seminar on Federal Titles 1964, JOHN Hay Fellowship in Humanities 1965, Hawaiian Seminar Participant Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education for Innovative (selected ) Programs 1966, Co-Helper in Formulating Plan and Receiving Federal Grant for Innovative School Program (CHUM and Children’s Humanities) 1970, Lake Hope, Ohio Conference on Drugs 1970, and Russian-Siberia Comparative Education Seminar 1971.


Hilda Rohlf, a life member of ORTA and annual member of PCRTA since 1991, passed on October 7, 2013. Hilda died at the age of 96. She taught home economics in Rootstown and Tallmadge; then, she retired in 1984 after teaching 35 years.

Hilda played an active role in PCRTA, serving as our Informative Services Chairperson for many years. Many of you remember and enjoyed her quick wit.

We offer our sincere sympathies to her very close friends, the Harry Bowman family, and to other friends, many of whom are members of PCRTA.


Barbara Geisy, a member of PCRTA and ORTA since 2001 passed on October 18, 2013, after a sudden illness. She retired from the University of Akron in 2000. Barb was very active in our organization, often attending and helping at luncheons and was especially dutiful as a proctor at NEOMED for our scholarship program. She proctored frequently and would fill in at a short notice for others.

We offer our sincere sympathies to her husband, James, also a member, and to her family and friends. She will be missed and will be often in our thought.


Ruth White, 88, died May 25, 2013. She taught third grade at Central School in Kent, Ohio, for 25 years. Ruth was a member of PCRTA and ORTA since 1998.


Phyllis A. Hecker, 79, died September 6, 2013. Phyllis retired after teaching 30 years at Field Local Schools, Akron City Schools and Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. Phyllis was a lifelong member of ORTA and PCRTA since 1993, passed on September 6, 2013. She taught in Akron City Schools, Cuyahoga City Schools, and Field Local Schools. Phyllis retired from Field after 30 years. We offer our sincere sympathies to her family and friends, many of whom are members of this organization.


Our sincere condolences to member Bryon McClandess, whose dear wife of 64 years, Mary Joan, passed away on December 26, 2013. Joan was a gifted musician who will be missed by her family and many others.


We sadly note the passing of Ruth White on May 25, 2013. She retired from Kent City Schools after many years of teaching at Central Elementary. Ruth was a member of PCRTA and ORTA since 1998. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.


The following members who have passed away this year will be remembered at the Memorial Service at our March 2013 meeting:


Hazel Hanning retired in 1974 from Southeast Schools. She died on December 31, 2008, at the age of 96, according to her daughter who sent us a note recently. Hazel lived in Atwater but later lived in Bidwell, OH. She was a dual life member since 1995. Our belated sympathy to her family and friends.

Helen Holbrook passed on November 11, 2011, in Ravenna. She had lived in West Virginia for the last ten years. Helen was a member since 2010 and retired from Garfield Schools in 1982. Our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

Harvey Shoemaker retired from Hudson High School as an English teacher. He started in 1960 and retired 24 years later. He died April 10, 2012. Harvey was a life member of PCRTA and ORTA since 1993. Condolences may be sent to his daughter Roberta Shumaker at 395 S. Main St., Apt 222, Munroe Falls, OH 44262. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

Betty Jane Pierson retired from Kent Schools in 1983 where she taught at Franklin Elementary School. She was a longtime PCRTA/ORTA member from 1991 through 2009. Her passing was on June 2, 2012. Our sincere sympathy to her family and friends.

Karen Shipley retired in 2002 from Kent Schools. She was an ORTA/PCRTA member for 10 years. Karen passed on July 11, 2012. Our sympathies go to her husband, John, an associate member for many years, her family & friends.

Virginia Kitchin, who retired from Kent City Schools in 1975, had previously taught in Rootstown. She died on September 25, 2012. Virginia was a dual life member since 1991. We offer our sincere sympathy to her husband Paul, her family and her friends.

Lois Stewart lived to be over 100 years old. In 2006, when PCRTA celebrated its 40th anniversary, Pat Gynn and Darlene Fetterhoff interviewed four of our most senior members for an oral history of their teaching experiences.

This took the form of a film with music and graphics. All four ladies, Mildred Bumphrey, Doris Wise, Mildred Price and Lois, vividly shared their memories to our delight. Copies of the DVD were given to the Kent Free Library and the Kent Historical Society. Sorry to say that all four ladies are now deceased. Lois passed on October 12, 2012. She was a member of PCRTA since 1991. Our sincere sympathies to family and friends.

Marian Gussett, a resident of Medina, passed on October 18, 2012. She had been a dual life member since 1991. Marian retired as a business teacher in 1982 from Field Schools. Our sympathy to her family and friends.

Patricia Pownall passed on October 22, 2012. She was retired from Crestwood Schools in 1995 after 23 years of service. She became a member of PCRTA and ORTA in 2011. Our condolences to her family and friends.


Les Bennett

Les Bennett

Les Bennett, who passed away on Nov. 2, 2012, was retired in 1984 from Tallmadge Schools as a music teacher. He was an active member of PCRTA beginning in 2000 and was an assistant treasurer for many years, as well as our song leader. Many of us enjoyed Les’ sweet disposition and friendly smile. He became a life member of ORTA in 2000.

We offer our sincere sympathy to his wife, Karen, his family and his friends. So many of us in PCRTA miss him.


David Moulton retired in 2002 from Maplewood Career Center as an agriculture instructor. Dave passed at the age of 62 on November 29, 2012. He had been a dual member for 2 years. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.


M. Alice Foldessy retired in 1986 from Streetsboro Schools as an elementary teacher. She was a longtime life member since 1991. Alice passed on January 7, 2013. Gail Danesi and Renee Burch Linnell, her daughters, are current life members. Our sincere sympathy to her daughters and to all of her family and friends.



Virginia Kitchin, 94 years old, passed on September 25, 2012. Retiring from Kent City Schools in 1975, she earlier taught in Rootstown. Virginia was a member of ORTA and PCRTA for 21 years starting in 1991. Her husband, Paul, has also been a dual member since 1991. Our sincere condolences to Paul and the Kitchin family.


Karin Shipley retired in 2002 from Kent Schools. She was a member of ORTA and PCRTA for 10 years. Our sincere sympathies to her husband, John Shipley, who has been an ORTA associate member for many years, her family and friends. Karen passed on July 11, 2012.


Harvey W. Shumaker retired from Hudson High School as an English teacher. He started in 1960 and retired 24 years later. He died April 19, 2012. Harvey was a life member of PCRTA and ORTA since 1993. Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Roberta Shumaker, at 395 S. Main St., Apt 222, Munroe Falls. OH 44262. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.


Betty Jean Pierson retired from Kent Schools in 1983 where she taught at Franklin Elementary School. She was a longtime PCRTA/ORTA member from 1991 through 2009. Her passing was on June 2, 2012. Condolences may be sent to her son, Tom Pierson.


Margaret Matjunas retired from Ravenna Schools in 1998 as a first grade teacher. She taught at Rausch and Willyard Schools and retired after 32 years of teaching. Margaret passed on May 17, 2011.


Doris Kathleen “Kay” Shutler, a life member since 1991, retired in 1981 from Ravenna Schools. She had also taught at Tallmadge, Mesopotamia, Randolph and Kent Schools with a career of 40 years of teaching. Kay passed away on June 6, 2011.


Robert M. Stokes retired from KSU and the Biological Sciences Department in 2002. Bob ad taught for 39 years. He passed on December 13, 2011.


Betty M. Theiss retired from Ravenna Schools in 1984 after many years as a first grade teacher. She passed away on January 3, 2012.


Douglas W. Bennett was a life member of ORTA and PCRTA since 2001. He taught at Old Trail School and retired from Ravenna Schools in 1992 after a 33 year career in instrumental music. He passed on January 23, 2012.


Marjorie Butler, a longtime life member of ORTA and PCRTA since 1991, passed on March 2, 2012. She had retired from Garfield Schools in Garrettsville in 1982 after 32 years of teaching.


Doris Kathleen Shutler, a life member since 1991, retired in 1981 from Kent Schools.  She died on June 6, 2011 and will be sadly missed.


Mary Lou Kosar, who passed on August 29,2009, was a dual  member since 1998.  She retired from Bedford Schools in 1994.


Eloise R. Seachrist, who passed on November 13, 2010, was a dual member since 2007.  She retired from Crestview High School in Columbiana in 1978.


Judith Richards, who passed on November 16, 2010, was a dual member since 2004.  She retired from Southeast Schools in 1998.



Arthur L. Kaltenborn, Jr., who passed on January 31, 2011, was a dual member since 1992.  He retired from Kent State  University in 1978.



Jane C. Osborne                    August 20, 2010                Member since 2001


Glenn C. Rutan                      September 6, 2010             Member since 1996


Robert C. Dunn – June 30, 2010

Robert Dunn

Robert Dunn

We are deeply saddened at the passing of Bob Dunn on June 30.  He was an active member of PCRTA since 2003 and he served  as chair of our scholarship committee.

Bob had several teaching assignments, served as a coach, and spent many years in Waterloo, Green, Rootstown, and Stow as a school superintendent.  He also served on the Rootstown Board of Education.


In Memory of Carole J. Myers – May 16, 2010

Our sincere sympathies to Lowell Myers and his family for their loss.  Carole retired from Streetsboro Schools in 1992 and was a life member of both ORTA and PCRTA since 1996.  She was a dear friend to many PCRTA members. As of this printing, scholarship donations total $1,760. Thank you to the following contributors to the 2011 Carole J. Myers Memorial Scholarship: Jack and Beth Angelotta; Annetta L. Arris; Joe and Debbie Berdine; Jeff and Pat Bissell; Bill and Peggy Bravard; Donald and Deborah Broomfield; Mary Burik; Steven and Dorothy Buzash; John and Carol Carney; Jeff and Karen Claypool; Scott Claypool; Henry Defer Intermediate School Staff; Nancy Duquette; Mike and Cindy Emch; Corey and Nora Faul;  Darlene Fetterhoff; Bill and Adele Fussner; William and Nancy Gerdes; Kenneth and Nancy Granville; Louise C. Gremmels; John and Barbara Hamilton; Janet Hartzell; Rhonda Heidinger; Winifred Hickson; Jane C. Hostler; Judi Ince; Marilyn Johnston; Crysann Kelly; Selma Kennedy; Janet Kolmer; Harlan and Joan Kropp; Massillon Chiropractic Clinic (Dr. Haycock, Stacy, Shiann, Shaila, Nate and Menka); Tim and Deborah McGill; John and Hope McNally;  Larry and Janet Metzgar; Otto and Virginia Meyer; Jack Miller; JoAnn Meyers; Jim and Laurie Mills; Joyce Naujoks; Samuel E. Oyer; Frank and Kelly Pugliese; Joe and Elaine Pumphrey;  Santo and Mona Scopilliti; Sara, Andy and Alina Smith; Howard and Kathleen Turner; Jennifer Vinson; Frank and Esther Williamson; Theresa L. Woods; and Dr. William and Kathleen Yeakley.

Our sincere sympathy to the friends and the family of these PCRTA members who passed in the  recent months.  You will be missed.


Irene George retired from Field Schools in 1973.  She died on December 15, 2009.


Clinton Hobbs retired from Kent State University in 1980. He died on October 26, 2009.


Eric May retired from Kent State University  in 2006.          He died on November 27, 2009.


Mildred Price retired from Ravenna Schools in 1966.           She died on February 3, 2010.


Dorothy Turk retired from Chagrin Falls in 1985.                She died on January 30, 2010.


Raymond Troxtell retired from Newton Falls in 1990.         He died on January 14, 2010.

Ray Troxtell

Ray Troxtell

We are saddened with the passing of Ray Troxtell, who served two terms as PCRTA president in 1996 and in 2009.  He served Ohio Retired Teachers in many capacities and was the 2008 ORTA president.

He sought changes for retired teachers through evolution, not revolution. Ray will be long remembered for his positive spirit and his enthusiastic approach to every task.  He is buried in Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Ray graduated from South Amherst High School in Lorain County.  He earned his B.S. in Education at Ashland College and his M.Ed. from Kent State   University.  He was an Army MP stationed at Fort Dix in Germany. Mr. Troxtell served as the principal at Clearview (1972-77), Twinsburg (1977-88), and Newton Falls (1988-90) high schools.

He loved hunting, fishing, telling jokes, relating stories of former students, and spending time with his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily (nee   Greenberg), his wife of 21 years and his children, Tobie (John) Lane, Trisha (Steve) Sudler, and Ryan Troxtell.  He also leaves step-children Daniel Heidi) Jones, Kenneth (Barbara) Jones, and Ronald (Christine) Jones as well as his   grandchildren: Madeleine and Ethan Lane; Kyle and Caroline Sudler; and Brittany, Molly, Lindsey, Matthew, Tova, Aaron and Amanda Jones.

The family suggests memorials be made in Ray’s name to PCRTA Future Teachers Scholarship or the American Cancer Society.  PCRTA scholarship memorials should be given to our treasurer.


In Memory of Doris Wise… It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Doris Wise who passed on July 11.  She was retired in 1984 after 45 years of teaching.  Doris was always a generous supporter of our PCRTA scholarship programs.

Doris taught in Ravenna and was one of the featured teachers at our 40th PCRTA anniversary celebration.  She earned $600 her first year of teaching and said she sometimes had classes of from 50-100 children. Miss Wise believed in teaching “the basics.”

Her goal as a teacher was to see that every child she taught was able to read.  She especially liked to give attention to students who might pass through the system ignored and not doing as well in school.

She will be dearly missed by her former students and their families, and by those connected with the Ravenna Balloon Affair, one of her favorite interest.