Mary Jane “Janie” (Volk) Longfellow

Below is the obituary for Tim Longfellow’s mother who died on Independence Day. Tim is well known to New Horizons for his piano and keyboard accompaniment. If you would like to send a card of condolence to Tim and his family the address is:

3272 Cherrywood Street, Norton, OH. 44203. He said he would forward cards on to his dad too. Many of you know Jim. You often see him in the audience when the guys are playing at the Houston Pub. And some times he’ll even step in for the drummer.


Mary Jane Longfellow (Volk), 83, recently of North Canton, formerly of New Franklin, Ohio, peacefully gained her independence from this world on July 4, 2021 at the Cleveland Clinic Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center, Fairlawn, Ohio, surrounded by her loving family.  Mary Jane, also known as Janie, was born January 16, 1938 in Massillon, Ohio to the late Nicholas and Mary Ann Volk (Juersivich). She had been a resident of Melody Village for 60 years.

Mary Jane received an associate degree from the University of Akron, and in 1997 retired from the Babcock & Wilcox Co, Barberton, after 30 years.  She loved music, crafting, cooking, and baking, especially with her family. She was an active member of the Norton Music Boosters in the ‘70’s and continued to support them to the present. Mary Jane crocheted blankets, booties and outfits for all the family’s weddings, and new babies; as well as for the babies in the neonatal unit at Akron Children’s Hospital. She made dozens of quilts for hospitalized veterans.  A legendary event was the Annual Christmas Cookie Bake, which included her famous ricotta ball cookies and nut roll cookies. Other favorite pastimes/adventures included golfing, bowling, camping, traveling, cards, and casinos with Jim, her best friend and husband of 62 years.  Mary Jane was a member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church via St. George’s in Clinton; K.I.S.S. Quilt Guild (Keep It Simple SEWers) and the NEORQC-North East Ohio Regional Quilters Council. Family was her life, and her home was always open for visits and gatherings.

Mary Jane was a true survivor, overcoming four separate cancer battles, and numerous recent medical issues. We will always remember her resilience and deep-rooted faith that never failed her throughout her life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by infant daughter, Suzanne Marie; sister, June Miller (Volk); brothers Howard Volk and Dale Volk.  Mary Jane is survived by her loving, devoted husband, Jim; sister, Joanne Wesley; children, Michael (Jennifer) Longfellow; and Timothy (Donna) Longfellow; grandchildren, Phoenix (Brandon) Cornwell; Allegra (Jonathon) McFadden; Christopher (Jeweli) Longfellow; Madison (Ryan) Peters; Gray Longfellow; 9 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Special thank you to Karla Schultz, CNP at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, and Hospice Nurses Leslie and Darlene for their outstanding compassion and care in Mary Jane’s last days; and to the staff at Sanctuary Grande in North Canton for their care and friendship since October 2020.

Friends may call at the Swigert Easterling Funeral Home, 624 E. Cherry St., (Rt.93) Canal Fulton on Tuesday, July 13, from 5 to 7 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 14 at 10 am at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 4022 Johnson Rd., Norton. Interment at Greenlawn Cemetery, 2580 Romig Road, Akron

To honor Mary Jane’s life, donations may be made in her name to the Norton Music Boosters, PO Box 1335, Norton, OH 44203.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Mary Jane “Janie” (Volk) Longfellow, please visit our floral store.


July 13, 2021
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home
624 Cherry Street East
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July 14, 2021
10:00 AM
St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church
4022 Johnson Rd.
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Kimberly Jane (Dills) Bergstrom

Kimberly Bergstrom is the sister of Sandy Boyes who plays the violin for New Horizons. This is a huge loss for her and her family. Below is Kim’s obituary which has information on her funeral arrangements. If anyone would like to send a card to Sandy, her address is: 140 Joshua Dr., Rittman, OH. 4 4270.


Where do you even begin when you talk about someone as unique and special as a woman like Kim Bergstrom? Kim was not only the best wife, mother, mother-in-law, mamaw, sister, aunt, and friend, but a faithful member of the community and world.

Kimberly Jane Bergstrom, 58, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2021, surrounded by family, after a decade of battling cancer. Kim was born June 25, 1962, in Akron, OH, to the late Alfred and Eleanor (Davis) Dills. Kim is survived by her husband of 36 years, Todd; son, Chad (Brandy); daughters, Kalyn (Michael) Suliks and Hannah (Mason Juersivich) Bergstrom; grandchildren, Keirra Nicole and Sophia Jane; sister, Sandy (Richard) Boyes; brother, Roger (Kathy) Dills; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Kim’s heart and commitment were to her family. She never missed any game, event, concert, or school function her kids were a part of. Spending time traveling, vacationing, beach bumming, and having family game nights and get-togethers was always a must in her eyes. Kim always made each event extra special, making it feel like it was one of a kind. The extra special touches and thoughtfulness she added to her gift giving, bow making, and endless amount of humor and laughter can never be compared. The memories she created will last a lifetime.

There wasn’t much in the community that Kim did not have her hand in. From PTA groups, school functions, Norton Women’s Club to all the Norton sporting events, her creative touch was always perfect. Kim always strived to make sure everyone always felt included and loved, putting others first above everything else. The astonishing outpour of love and support from Kim’s endless network of family and friends is proof of the impact Kim continues to have throughout the community.

The legacy of the selfless, caring acts of Kim are endless. We rest easy knowing Kim will be spending eternity pain-free in the loving arms of Jesus, with confidence we will see her again one day.

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:7-8

Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Rd., Norton, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where services will be held on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Robin Hart officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norton Women’s Club, P. O. Box 1101, Norton, OH 44203 in memory of Kim.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kimberly Jane (Dills) Bergstrom, please visit our floral store.

Mary Ann Kimmel

It is with great sadness that we would like to inform you of the loss of one of our own, Mary Ann Kimmel. Both Mary Ann and her husband Jim have played in the violin section of New Horizons for years.

For those of you that would like to send cards, Jim and Mary Ann Kimmel’s address is:
861 Promenade Circle
Barberton, OH 44203

Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through this difficult time.

Mary Ann Kimmel, 78, passed away on April 19, 2021 after a short battle with leukemia.

She was born June 12, 1942 in Barberton to Bernard and Louie Snider. She graduated from Norton High School in 1960, then from the University of Akron with her Bachelor’s Degree, and Kent State University with her Master’s Degree. Mary Ann loved to teach kindergarten in the Barberton School System and retired in 2001 after 38 years of service. She played the piano and violin and enjoyed being a part of the New Horizons Musical Group along with her husband. She enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, and gardening. Mary Ann had a smile that would “light up a room” and was always taking care of other people’s needs.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, James; brother, Joseph (Sally) Snider of Ft. Wayne, IN; sisters, Ruth (Tom) Spradlin of Wadsworth, OH and Nancy (Elliott) Weber of Brownsville, OH; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd., Akron on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with service beginning at 1 p.m. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, in memory of Mary Ann.

For the safety of the family and other guests, masks are required, and the number of people permitted in the building at a time will be limited. Your cooperation and patience are appreciated.

Dan Budrow’s Step-Daughter Jacquelyn B. Morrison

Jackie Morrison, 49, of Akron, went home to be with the Lord on March 25, 2018.

She was a graduate of Green High School and the University of Akron. Jacquelyn enjoyed working out, cooking, sewing, art and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Jackie is survived by her parents, Dwight (Darlene) Morrison and Donna (Dan) Budrow; siblings, Ben (Connie), Matt, Andy (Andrea), Nick (Tricia) and James; nieces and nephew, James, Rachel, Ashlyn, Brantley, Oliver, Christian, Pierson, Miles, Sydney and Alivia; friend, Dan Tonkin; as well as many other loving family and friends.

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James Shultz’s father-in-law, Wayne L. Milhoan, Jr.

Wayne L. Milhoan, Jr., of Akron, passed away at age 63, on January 20, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born on October 1, 1954 in Akron, the son of the late Wayne L. and Vivienne (nee Knapman) Milhoan Sr.

Wayne was currently working for the City of Akron as a mechanic. He also worked at 7-UP Bottling Company in Twinsburg for over 40 years as a mechanic. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, playing cards, playing horseshoes and bowling with his family. He was very jovial and could tell a great joke. Wayne was skilled and knowledgeable in any trade and would help anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marilyn Shearrow, whom he married on August 27, 1976; his children, Christopher (James Shultz) Milhoan, Douglas (Jennifer) Milhoan, Wayne A. Milhoan, Angela (Wayne) Wright; his four grandchildren, Hayley and Kelsea Milhoan and Halle and Austin Wright; his two siblings, Beverly (Ernie) Meyers and Karen (John) Moore; and his beloved nieces and nephews and their families.

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Ray Labuda’s Wife Nancy

Nancy S. Labuda (Phelps), 70, passed away January 17, 2018.

She was born on July 5, 1947 in Akron to E. Jay and Eleanor Phelps.

Nancy graduated from Mogodore High School in 1965 and from Kent State University with a degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation, she worked in the IT department at General Tire for 25 years.

She was a lover of animals, especially her cats.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Raymond J.; brothers-in-law, Rick (Janet) Bowser, Paul (Marie) Nikonow; sister-in-law, Agnes Mash; numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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Gene Rohrbough’s wife Linda

Linda Rohrbough (Jandecka), 69, passed away on September 13, 2017.

Born in Akron on December 7, 1947 to the late Clyde and Dorothy Jandecka, Linda was a 1965 graduate of Garfield High School. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She worked for the University of Akron in Computer Services and retired in 2003. She was a member of Firestone Park Christian Church. Linda enjoyed cooking, reading, and spending time with her granddaughters.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Gene; son and daughter-in-law, Zach and Samantha Rohrbough; grand daughters, Adrianna and Isabella; siblings, David (Annabelle) Jandecka, Sally Jandecka, Sarah (Rick) Simmers, and Bill (Mary) Jandecka, as well as many nieces and nephews.

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In Memory of Robert “Bob” W. Young (NHB WebSite Creator)

Robert W. “Bob” Young, 81, passed away July, 29, 2017. Born in Tulsa, Okla. to Ernest and Jewell (Johnston) Young, he had resided in Wadsworth since 2001. Bob was a retired United States Air Force veteran, reaching the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He was a member of Akron First Assembly as well as the New Horizons Band. He loved Jesus, spending time with his family, golf, tennis and fishing. He also was passionate about music and enjoyed playing the saxophone, cello, guitar, piano and clarinet.In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by daughter, Katherine Suzanne and brother, Roger. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Ruth Ann; son, Mike (Sheila) of California; daughter, Lauri (Kent) Jarvis; grandchildren, Jessica, Jacob, Zachary, Benjamin, Sarah, Rachel (Matthew), Ryan (Monica), Kyle and Cullen; great-grandson, Jason; brother, Jerry (Rita); and other loving family and friends.

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