John Robert Mick, 72, of Wellsville passed away surrounded by family on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 13th, 2022.
Born in East Liverpool on August 8th, 1950, John was the son of the late Lawrence and Betty Jean (McLain) Mick. He grew up in Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1968. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the Navy where he would serve our country in the Vietnam War. After his time in the service, John began working at Crucible Steel as an operator. He stayed with the company for over 30 years until his retirement in 2010.
John enjoyed his hobbies and had a creative mind. He especially enjoyed painting cars, drawing, reading, playing his keyboard, and farming. He also loved his family very much, and will be dearly missed by them.
In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his brother, Larry Mick, who is survived by his wife Ellen of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.
Surviving are his son, Marcus Mick of Calcutta, OH, and step-daughter, Ashley Jackson, as well as his brother, William (Luann) Mick of Boiling Springs, South Carolina, and sister Linda (Joe) Welch of Stratton, OH. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Cayden and Grayson, as well as four nieces, one nephew, and one great nephew.
Arrangements have been made with the MacLean Chapel of CARE Funeral & Cremation Specialists. Friends and family are welcome to the service at Yellow Creek Presbyterian Cemetery at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 1st, 2022. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Lung Association in John’s name.
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John Robert Mick, 72, of Wellsville passed away surrounded by family on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 13th, 2022.
Twenty one years ago, our country changed in one of the worst ways imaginable.
On September 11th, 2001…
- 2,606 workers
- 246 flight passengers
- 343 firefighters
- 60 police officers
- 8 paramedics
…were all lost to a horrific act of terrorism.
No amount of time will heal the grief that this has caused our nation, but we can honor those lost by remembering this day and swearing to NEVER FORGET.
William Thomas Orr, Sr., 76, of Irondale, OH passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at Trinity West Medical Center in Steubenville.
Bill was born in East Liverpool on February 3, 1946, the son of the late Paul and Olive (Mick) Orr. He was a 1965 graduate of Wellsville High School. Then, he proudly joined the US Air Force and became a VietNam Veteran. Bill was also a journeyman machinist and retired from TIMET in Toronto, Ohio. On September 19, 1989, Bill married his soul mate Judy Rice Orr, and spent the next 32 years making memories with her until her death on April 21, 2021. Bill was also a member of the Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church in Wellsville.
Bill is survived by his five children: Douglas Fredrick Orr, Travis William Orr, William Thomas Orr II, Gordon Bruce Black, and Shannon Rae Watters. He also leaves behind his grandchildren: Devin, Kendra, Zoe, Wyatt, Emily, and Benjamin.
Along with his parents and wife, Bill was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers-in-laws: Virginia and Richard Crews and Ruth and Al Burrows.
Visitation will be held from 10AM-12PM, Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at Care Funeral & Cremation Specialists- MacLean Chapel located at 509 Riverside Avenue, Wellsville. The funeral will follow at 12PM. Bill will be laid to rest, next to his wife, at Yellow Creek Cemetery in Wellsville.
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William Michael Persohn, 74, of Wellsville passed away on the morning of August 2nd, 2022.
Bill was born on December 17th, 1947 in East Liverpool to the late Joseph P. and Dorothy Anne (Ferguson) Persohn. He lived in the area his whole life. He attended East Liverpool High School and graduated in 1965. A few years later in 1968, Bill married his high school sweetheart and love of his life of over 57 years, Bonnie (Goddard) Persohn. They spent 54 married years together making beautiful memories with their family. He cared immensely for his family, but most of all for his grandkids. His love for them was greater than anything, and spending time with them meant the world to him.
Shortly after high school, Bill began an apprenticeship as a plumber and pipefitter, a trade he learned from his father. He was a proud member of the Local Union 495 in Steubenville for 43 years, where he served as trustee. He was a steward for many jobs throughout his lifetime with the Union. While he was there, he made many life-long friends whom he loved dearly.
Bill was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where he proudly played the part of Apostle Thomas in the “Easter on the Hill” pageant every year for 43 years. Bill was also an active member of Wellsville First Christian Church and he was a part of the Wellsville Lions Club for a time. In his younger years, he enjoyed traveling the country to enter drag races with his Harley Davidson. After retiring from racing, he enjoyed watching and occasionally attending NHRA events.
Bill had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He always made people laugh and would light up the room when he walked in. He was never a stranger to anyone, and if help was ever needed, he would be the first person to call. He was affectionately nicknamed “Mr. Fix-it” because he enjoyed the challenge of functionally restoring seemingly impossibly broken things.
Bill was a man of great integrity. He always did what he believed was right. He was a kind soul and good hearted, and he passed on that legacy to his family, all who will miss him dearly. As his last measure of kindness, Bill was an organ donor. We have been told that between 50-70 people will benefit from this decision.
In addition to his parents, Bill will be reunited in heaven with his infant daughter, Carrie Colleen Persohn, and his sister, Jo Anne Dray.
Left behind to carry on his memory are his sons, Jason (Gretchen) Persohn of Columbus, OH, Matthew (Tawnya) Persohn of Hookstown, PA, and his daughter, Kimberlee (John) Little of Salineville, OH, as well as his brothers Tom (Pat) Persohn, of Wellsville, OH, and John (Donna) Persohn of Pleasantville, OH, and his sisters Martha Marks of Leetonia, OH, and Susan (Michael) David of East Liverpool, OH. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Brittney (Joshua) Benedetto, Joseph “Alex”, Ellarie, and Lydia Persohn, and Devon, Cody, and Carson Little, as well as his great-grandbabies Enzo and Elijah Benedetto. He also leaves behind his dear friends, Rick Allison, Ralph White, and Anthony Zubay.
A private family visitation and service will be held at the MacLean Chapel of CARE Funeral & Cremation Specialists. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes for donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Bill’s honor.
Carmen Spann was born in Washington D.C. to the late Jakki Worthy. She came to Wellsville at 15 months of age. She attended Wellsville and D.C. Public Schools. Carmen was baptized in Mt. Gilead Baptist Church in D.C in June of 1958.
She joined First Baptist under the leadership of Rev. W.B. Carswell and served as Sunday School teacher for over 20 years, sang in the Baby Choir, Junior Choir, No.2 Choir, the Angelics, and the Senior Choir. She was the bulletin clerk under Rev. Maiden and Rev. Hunter for 13 years and served as church clerk under Rev. Maiden. She was the pastor’s secretary for 9 years under Rev. Hunter, also served as a calendar clerk, vice president of the United Women, co-chairlady of the Women’s Dept., worked in Love Fund as the secretary, and was co-director of Junior Bible Class. She also sang in the Golden Bells and The Majors & Minors. She also worked in the B.T.U., and was founder and the only president of the Angelics.
Married to the late Clarence Spann, they had 2 children, the late Scott and April Smothers. They also had 3 grandchildren.
Carmen had many likes and dislikes, and here are a few just to list them:
Her favorite food was nuts, her favorite color was red, her favorite hobbies were gardening and sewing, her dream vacation was in Paris, her favorite movie was Gone with The Wind, and if she could dine with anyone in the world, it would have been The Lakers. If you looked in her refrigerator, three things you were guaranteed to find were orange juice, eggs, and butter. Her biggest pet peeve was phonies and fakes.
Carmen was not your typical gardener or grandmother. She was a person on the upbeat, and had a bubbly personality and was fun to be around. A born leader with an independence of creativity, she was a perfectionist at heart and expected the same from others. She was a good Bible Scholar. She never forgot a face, and if she claimed you as a friend, you had a lasting jewel. One thing she could not do is mask her real feelings, it showed in her eyes.
Carmen was a classic to the bone. You would never catch her with pointed hats or polk-a-dots. She had a unique loyalty to her family and small circle of friends.
Carmen’s arrangements have been entrusted to the MacLean Chapel of CARE Funeral & Cremation Specialists in Wellsville.
Patrick Pletcher, 60, of Wellsville, passed away surrounded by family on the morning of June 23, 2022 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Pat was born April 21, 1962 to parents Harold and Nancy (Gary) Pletcher. He grew up in Freedom, Pennsylvania and graduated from Freedom High School with the class of 1980. He worked at Greater Pittsburgh Regional Council of Carpenters as a carpenter for over 20 years before he retired in 2012. In 2018, he married Mary Walsh – Pletcher.
Pat was a fan of hunting, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with friends and family.
In addition to his parents, Pat is survived by his son, Joshua Pletcher of Zebulon, NC, step son Chad Hiles of Salem, Ohio, daughter Tina Pletcher of Salineville, and sisters Regina (Patrick) Samler of Berlin, Pa., and Kelly Pletcher of Freedom, Pa. He also leaves behind his two grandchildren, Josie Stanley and Jacob Pletcher, as well as his Great Dane “Baby”.
Pat’s arrangements have been entrusted to the MacLean Chapel of CARE Funeral & Cremation Specialists in Wellsville.
David Edward Schoolcraft, 62, of Irondale passed away Monday, June 20, 2022 at East Liverpool City Hospital.
Dave was born April 3, 1960 in East Liverpool to the late Chester and June (Farnsworth) Schoolcraft. He graduated from Wellsville High School with the class of 1979. On June 14, 1987, Dave married Tina Nelson and spent the next 35 years making memories with her. Early in his career Dave was employed as a tool and die maker with Hancock Manufacturing and Fabrication. He later became the Road Superintendent for Saline Township where he worked until his passing.
When Dave wasn’t working, he had many hobbies. He was a lover of nature and spent his time fishing at Highlandtown Lake and hunting morels, a skill he began teaching his grandchildren. He was also a craftsman who enjoyed woodworking, collecting antique tools, and riding his motorcycle. Dave was a member of the Irondale Fire Department for over 35 years, faithfully serving his community. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church in Irondale.
In addition to his parents, Dave is preceded in death by: his brother, James Hess; sisters, Nancy Clark, Shirley Hartley, and Helen Weyand. He is also predeceased by his father and mother-in-law, Carl and Dolly Nelson, as well as his brother-in-law Paul Nelson and sister-in-law Jackie Hess.
Dave is survived by: his wife, Tina Schoolcraft; his children: Tonya (Andy) Wilson, of Wellsville, NaTosha Schoolcraft, of Youngstown, Paula Jackson (Rob Harris), of Irondale, and Brian “Brushcreek” Ruther, of Hammondsville; his six grandchildren: Tori (Tim) LaClair, Matthew (Elektra) Bowling, Cedric Athey, Chiara Schoolcraft, Cecil Schoolcraft, and Caelan Haught; five great-grandchildren: Maddoxx LaClair, Waylon LaClair, Hayven LaClair, Colton Bowling, and Holden Bowling; Dave also leaves behind his sisters: Carol Copestick and Nancy Dobbins; brothers: William Hess and Jeff (Nancy) Schoolcraft: brother and sister-in-law Charlie and Myra Striker, and sister-in-law, Cindy Nelson.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 2-4 and 6-8pm at the MacLean Chapel of CARE Funeral & Cremation Specialists on Riverside Avenue where a last call will be observed. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11am. Dave will be laid to rest in Morning View Cemetery.
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