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Kelly L. Lairson, 48

Kelly Lynn Lairson, 48, passed away Jan. 5, 2018, in Bakersfield, CA, following a sudden illness.

She was born June 3, 1969, in Twin City Hospital.

She was a loving mother, daughter, grandmother and sister. She was loved by all who knew her. She was employed by Kern County Mental Health where she served as a Recovery Specialist.

Kelly graduated from Malvern High School in 1987. She attended Bowling Green University and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Education.

She is survived by her parents, Diane (Stevens) Lairson of Bakersfield, CA, and Tom Lairson of Minerva; her brothers, Scott (Jackie) Lairson of San Diego, CA, and Cliff (Tammy) Lairson of Mentor; three daughters, Theresa (Javier) Hamilton and Margaret and Marilyn of the home; a granddaughter, Allysidy; and a loving extended family.

A celebration of Kelly’s life was held Jan. 13 in Bakersfield, CA.

Thomas A. Eick Sr., 86

Thomas A. Eick Sr., 86 of Malvern, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Aultman Hospital.

Born Oct. 29, 1931, in Hibbits, he was a son to the late David and Gladys (Moffet) Eick. He retired from PCC in Minerva after 36 years of service.

He is survived by two daughters, Jean (Gary) Craven and Tina Gray, both of Waynesburg; four sons, Thomas Eick Jr. of Minerva, Larry (Rhonda) Eick of Vance, SC, Terry (Vickie) Eick of Minerva and Jon (Jodi) Eick of Bloomingdale; sister, Margaret “Maggie” (Jess) Roof of Carrollton; brother, Carl (Vickie) Eick of Carrollton; 20 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren.

Foul play not suspected in death of 51-year-old Perry Twp. woman

By Carol McIntire


PERRY TWP. – Carroll County Sheriff Dale Williams said an investigation into the death of a 51-year-old Perry Twp. woman didn’t turn up “any red flags, but his department is awaiting the results of an autopsy.”

A motorist discovered the body of 51-year-old Cathleen T. Weals lying on Poinsettia Rd. near the driveway entrance to her home during the morning hours of Jan. 14. Weals lived in the 1300 block of Poinsettia Rd.

“We’re investigating the case, but don’t see any red flags that would indicate foul play,” said Williams. “The cold weather most likely contributed to her death.”

Bessie Ware, 81

Bessie Ware, best known as “Marie”, 81, of Carrollton, passed away Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Community Hospice in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

Born July 8, 1936, in Springfield, OH, she was the daughter of the late John Darbyshire and Frances (Holcomb) Calloway.

Bessie was a long-time board member of HARCATUS and an active member of St. Martin Lutheran Church in Malvern.

Bessie is survived by two sons, Robert (Diane) Wirkner of Carrollton and Dale (Barbara) Brodbeck of Columbus; daughter, Rea (Randy) Bondor of Canton; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fletes Ware; two sons, Karl and Thomas Wirkner; and a brother, George Darbyshire.

Funeral services will be held Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. in St. Martin Lutheran Church with Pastor A. Wallace Anderson officiating. Calling hours will be Thursday, 5 – 7 p.m. in Deckman-Bartley Funeral Home, Malvern. Per her wishes, cremation will follow with burial in Trinity Cemetery in Belington, WV.

Friends may express condolences online at:

James “Red” Rahmoeller, 90

James “Red” Rahmoeller, 90, of Carrollton, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Mercy Medical Center.

Born Aug. 15, 1927, in Illmo, MO, he was a son to Martin and Anise (Shedelbower) Rahmoeller.

He attended the Carrollton Baptist Temple. He retired from Witco Chemicals where he serviced oil wells. He loved telling stories about working in the oil fields in Illinois and Ohio.

He is survived by two daughters, Jenita (Larry) Phillips of Carrollton and Kathy (Kevin) Hanley of Minerva; a son, Rick (Carol) Rahmoeller of Minerva; a sister, Shirley Wyke of Grayville, IL; a brother, John Rahmoeller of Grayville, IL; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and eight great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Joyce (Rush) Rahmoeller, who died in 1990; a brother, Joseph Rahmoeller; grandson, Rodney Phillips; niece, Lynda French; and great granddaughter, Hannah Rahmoeller.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. in Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva with Pastor Dave Powell officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home. The family wants to give a special thanks to the 3rd floor CCU and Hospice at Mercy Hospital for taking good care of him. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at

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