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GIBBS, ARLEEN

Arleen Gibbs, Musician and Teacher. After 36 years of declining health, Arleen Smith Gibbs died February 6, 2015 in Westlake, OH.
Born in Cleveland Heights, OH she began taking piano lessons when she was six years old. By the time she was in her teens, she was performing at Conventions and teaching piano to children in her neighborhood. Upon graduation from high school, she received a Piano Scholarship to attend Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.

After having her children, she attended Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music to continue study in Vocal Music and Organ and earned a degree in Organ Performance and Sacred Music. As a Church Organist, she played in many churches in the area.

During her teaching career of fifty years, her students won numerous awards in Regional and National Piano competitions. She taught private lessons at her Westlake studio and at Baldwin Wallace College.

She was a Nationally Certified Member of The Music Teachers National Association, served in various offices of The Cleveland Piano Teachers Club, The Ohio Music Teachers Association, National Piano Teachers Guild, American Guild of Organists and the Fortnightly Musical Club.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Robert J., children Dr. James of Daytona Beach, FL, Dr. Kenneth (Claire) of Melbourne, FL, Carol (Robert) Rothacker of Ashburn, VA and grandchildren, Ben and Eric Rothacker.

Burial will be at Knollwood Cemetery in Mayfield Heights, OH followed by a memorial service at a later date.
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GALLAGHER, RICHARD

RICHARD THOMAS GALLAGHER, 72, of Oberlin, passed away Friday January30, after a long illness.
Richard was born March 30,1942 and grew up in Sheffield Lake, Ohio. He graduated from St Mary’s High School in 1960 and University of Detroit in 1966 with a degree in Architecture.
Richard served in the Peace Corps building schools in Somalia and Peru for 6 years. After enjoying some traveling, he settled in Hawaii (Maui and Oahu) where he lived for 20 years working in home design and carpentry. In 1994 he moved back to Ohio and settled in Oberlin where he worked as an architect and served as a member of the Oberlin Design Review board. Richard was a talented architect and accomplished visual artist (member FAVA).
Richard is survived by his mother Bernadette Gallagher, wife Gail Lynn, step-daughter Christina Dixon, (David), and grandsons David and Dylan of California; brother Michael Gallagher (Margie) of Wooster, sister Mary Bill (Gary) of Loraine. He was preceded in death by his father Sylvester Gallagher and brother James Gallagher.
No formal services will be held. In remembrance of Richard, donations can be made to any Hospice.
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FEDERMANN, MARIE

MARIE FEITH FEDERMANN, rejoined the energy of the universe on September 15 due to complications from leukemia. She was in her 74th year and at her home in Richfield, Ohio. She was the beloved wife for 50 years of Reinhold Federmann. Much loved mother of Erika (Walt Guldan) and Karl (Melissa Burdick). Greatly adored grandmother to Hanno and Karsen Guldan, Gretel and Cole Federmann and Joe and Miranda Burdick. Loving daughter of the late Verna and Matthew Feith and daughter-in-law of the late Christina Federmann. Dear sister to Thelma Feith (Jim Taylor) and sister-in-law to Gloria Conway and Christine and Ed Spooner. Lovingly appreciated aunt to Todd White (April), Seth White (Michele), Monika Bartelme (Donald, deceased), Elizabeth and Katherine Spooner, Kyra Price (Damien) and great-aunt to Harrison Price. As a devoted wife, family member, colleague, Meals on Wheels volunteer and friend, she always looked for ways to.
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TROSSEN, DAVID J.

DAVID J. TROSSEN, 67, passed away on September 12, 2014. Beloved son of the late Gordon and Elizabeth, loving father of Kim Lochner (Jeff) of California, dear grandfather of Christopher and Rachel Lochner, brother of Richard, Betty Jane Claydon, William, Laura Balint and Mary, cherished companion of Cindy Youngblood. Interment Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, Ohio.
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KRYSA, RICHARD

Richard “Rich” Krysa passed away suddenly on September 8, 2014 at the age of 67. Rich is survived by his wife Christine (nee Schneider), sister Sharon Meredith (Krysa), and step-daughters Mary Schmitz, Nancy Flynn and Tina Starkey. He was grandfather to Matthew, Melissa, Jessica, Andrea, Erica, Jennifer and Robert and Great Grandpa (Opa) to Tyler, Morgan, Owen, Elliana, Hannah, Mickala and Layla. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
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