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The oldest family members for whom I have obituaries:


Albert [Clare Jordan, Dwight Angier, Asahel Stanford, Asahel, Charles, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], of North Olmstead, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, died Aug. 10, 2001. He was the son of Clare Jordan and Mabel Dean (Caris) Parmelee. [Mabel was the daughter of William I. and Roxa Stanley (Parmelee) Caris; Albert's two Parmelee lines run through Isaac's branch as well as Joel's.] Albert was born June 17, 1923, at East Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and married Aug. 31, 1945, in Fairview Park, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Betty Jean Mac Donald, daughter of Joseph and Jean Mac Donald. He was a World War II veteran. He is survived by his widow; sons Scott, Mark and Gary of Dublin, Franklin County, Ohio; grandchildren Christopher, Timothy, Sean, Bryan, Katelyn and Nicole; two great-grandchildren; and sister Marion Whitlatch of Georgia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 18200 Lorain Road, Cleveland Ohio 44111. Arrangements were handled by Dostal Funeral Service.


Ann, the widow of Everett G. Parmele [David A., William "Will" Moses, Moses William, James, Moses, Hezekiah, Joel, John, John], of Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, at a local hospital. She is survived by daughter Betty Parmele of Ranger; sons David E. of Palm Springs, Riverside County, Calif., and Richard of Cedar Hill, Dallas County, Texas; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister Matilda Bruggeman of Livermore, Alameda County, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews. Edwards Funeral Home in Ranger was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.


Basil, husband of the late Pamela Parmelee [Billy Gene, Arthur Hugh, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], died Feb. 4, 2001. He was a minister in the Heartland Conference, former associate pastor at Life Christian Center and at Alethia Temple, and was presently pastoring at Life Spring Full Gospel Church in Blanchard, McClain and Grady counties, Okla. His survivors include his widow, Patricia; sons Forrest Faye, Robert Faye, Carl Faye, Todd Robinson and Kevin Wiles; daughters Treva Levinious, Tracy Swafford and Jamie Wiles-Thomas; four sisters of Oregon; and 12 grandchildren. Pamela died in 1993. Memorial donations can be made to the Heartland Conference Mission Fund, P.O. Box 10401, Oklahoma City, OK 73140. Burial was at Arlington Memory Gardens in Oklahoma City.


Christy, wife of Mark Parmele [unplaced] of Brookings, Curry County, Ore., died Sept. 17, 2001, in Crescent City, Del Norte County, Calif. She was born March 6, 1957. She is survived by her husband; daughters Jennifer Rose Parmele of Brookings and Venetta Moppin of Arkansas; her mother, Mary Ellen Hilmes of Wisconsin; brother John Gigl of San Diego; and sisters Kathleen Wilson and Roberta Burdue of Wisconsin.


Ted [Allan Edward, Edward Kibbe, Calvin Zina, Zina, Elihu, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], an executive with Knight Ridder Newspapers and a former Marine, died July 24, 2001, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born May 24, 1925, in New Haven, New Haven County, Conn., the son of Allan Edward and Louise Flower (Anschutz) Parmelee. He served for five years as a Marine Corps officer during World War II and the Korean War. Ted and Marilyn Fargo Sears were married Sept. 7, 1946, at Port Washington, Wassau County, N.Y. He was a member of Princeton University's Class of 1947. After serving as executive vice president of Moloney, Regan, and Schmitt, and then vice president and sales director for Newhouse Newspapers, he joined Knight Newspapers in 1972 to head Knight Advertising Sales Co. in New York City. He was promoted to vice president of marketing for Knight Ridder Newspapers in Miami, and board chair and president of Knight Ridder Newspaper Sales in 1980. He retired in 1987. In 1984, Ted and Carol "Kalo" (Wilcox) Cardozo were married in 1984. Ted lived in Rye, Westchester County, N.Y., for 20 years where he was chairman of the Rye Recreation Commission, president of Rye Little League, and a fundraiser for the Red Cross. He also was an ardent golfer. He moved to Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla., in 1994 and had a summer home in Rockland, Knox County, Maine. Among his survivors are his wife; son Scott; daughters Ellen Emerson and Lynne Warns; sister Louise Zemzicki of Sarasota; and 16 grandchildren.


Elizabeth, a long-time resident of Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kan., died Dec. 24, 2001, in Baldwin City, Douglas County, Kan., after a battle with cancer. She was born April 5, 1917, the daughter of Ira E. and Elizabeth J. Kennedy, in Coats, Pratt County, Kan. After she retired from her job in medical office management, she gave her time to many volunteer organizations. Elizabeth was preceded in death by husband of 20 years, Dr. Clifford "Charles" Charles Parmley [Charles Everett, Albion True, James Edward, Ezra, James, Jeremiah, Lemuel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] and son Stanley G. Stegman. Survivors include son C.C. Parmley II of Baldwin City; daughter Jan Penn of Dallas, Dallas County, Texas; sister Iris Brazill of Wichita; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two nieces. A memorial service was held at Wichita's White Chapel Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.


Homer [Thomas Perry, James Clay, William Irvin, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a well-known breeder of dogs and the owner of several businesses over the years, died Dec. 18, 2001, in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. He was born Nov. 4, 1932, in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He is survived by daughters Terry Kerr of Rockport, Aransas County, Texas, and Karen Bryant of Carthage, Jasper County, Mo.; brother William; sisters Wanda Tiller and June Kelsey; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services were private.


Irene, wife of Donald Zeno Parmelee [George Henry, Zeno Miller, Henry W., Zeno, Gardner, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], died Feb. 19, 2001, at her home in Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio. She was a lifelong resident of the city, being born there April 21, 1906, the daughter of Harry and Elsie (Snyder) Hall. Irene was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ. She was Past Matron of Chapter 102 O.E.S., where she was a member for 75 years. She was also a member of Wadsworth Rittman Hospital Auxiliary, and enjoyed knitting, needlework, and reading. She is survived by her husband of 70 years; daughter Sally Morrison of Wadsworth; son Robert of Wadsworth; grandchildren Julie Kieser of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, Mich., James Morrison of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., Christine Parmelee of Washington, D.C., and Brad Parmelee of Cuyahoga Falls, Summit County, Ohio; great-grandchildren Kaitlin, Josh and Jenny Kieser, Steven, Ellen and Gregory Morrison; and brother Jackson Hall of Wadsworth. Inurnment was at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family requests contributions to Tri-County Hospice or Trinity United Church of Christ Memorial Fund. The Hilliard & Mullaney mortuary was in charge of arrangements.


James [Maurice Adelbert, George Adelbert, Frank Roselle, Loren Dow, Anson, Salmon, Aaron, Abraham, Isaac, John, John], a landscape designer and industrial engineer, died Feb. 28, 2001, at his home in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Fla. He was the founder of the Professional Vehicle Industry Assn. and designed projects such as a miniature golf game that was internationally marketed and a self-watering wall planter used by restaurants and theme parks. He was born Feb. 7, 1940, in Lansing, Ingham County, Mich., a son of Maurice A. and Elinore (Hartley) Parmelee, and moved to Florida when he was a child. He moved to St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Fla., in 1961 and stayed until moving to Naperville, Dupage County, Ill., in 1983. He then became a regular visitor to Florida and moved permanently to the Lakes of Clearwater, Pinellas County, in 1997. He attended Starkey Road Baptist Church in Clearwater. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Audrey; daughters Shelley Williams of Brandon, Hillsborough County, Fla., and Jan Heffington of Aurora, Kane County, Ill; IL; his mother; brother Darwin of Dansville, Ingham County, Mich.; and five grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.


Josephine, widow of Seldon H. Parmelee [Sylvester Harry, James Marcus, Sylvester Freeman, Alexander "Freeman," Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], of El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, died May 21, 2001. She and her late husband of 65 years owned Parmelee Radio and Sound in El Paso. He died in 1995 at the age of 91. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of El Paso since 1930 and remained an active member. She had worked on the staff of the Children’s Ministry for 47 years and was a member of the Pilot Club of El Paso. She is survived by son Selden H. Jr.; sister Mary S. Wilson; and three nieces. She was buried at El Paso's Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.


Anne, wife of Gilbert Parmele [Robert, Bert Baldwin, Clifford, Aaron Baldwin, Bela, Reuben, John, John, John, John, John] died Aug. 28, 2001, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, Hartford County, Conn. She was born July 19, 1930, on Staten Island, Richmond County, N.Y., daughter of John Henry and Hermoine (LeMoutte) Madden, and lived in New York City before moving to Simsbury, Hartford County, Conn., 20 years ago. She was a 1948 graduate of the Staten Island Academy, and received her English degree from Rosemont (Pa.) College in 1952. Anne was employed by the Archdiocese of New York as a promotion director under Bishop Sheen. She also worked as fashion coordinator for the Salt Box in Simsbury, before retiring. She was a member of Simsbury's St. Mary's Church and the New York Junior League. In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons John of Monson, Hampden County, Mass., and David of Boston, Suffolk County, Mass.; sister Joal Norris of Long Boat Key, Manatee and Sarasota counties, Fla.; and granddaughter Amanda C. Parmele. She was predeceased by son Gerard. Burial was at Moravian Cemetery on Staten Island. The Vincent Funeral Home of Simsbury was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Church, P.O. Box 575, Simsbury, CT 06070.


Michael [William, Franklin "Frank," Price "Bruce" Parrish, Robert M., Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Carlock, Mc Lean County, Ill., died April 13, 2001, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis after a three-year illness. He was born May 11, 1952, in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., the son of William and Margaret (Pollaci) Parmley. He married Peggy A. Anderson on Aug. 19, 1972, in Walnut, Bureau County, Ill. He worked for NAPA Auto Parts before becoming an associate for Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America in Normal, Jackson County, Ill., for 10 years. He was a graduate of Illinois State University, a member of First United Methodist Church in Normal and Local No. 2488 of the United Auto Workers. He was a Dale Earnhardt and Chicago Cubs fan. He is survived by his widow and daughters Cheryl Miller and Sara Parmley, both of Carbondale; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, the Rev. Brian Eble officiating. Burial was at Walnut Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Barnard Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.


Mildred, widow of Myron Gloyd Parmelee [Myron Holly, William Elias, Bela, Reuben, John, John, John, John, John] Parmelee, died Jan. 8, 2001. She was born Nov. 30, 1905. The former Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, resident lived in Sarasota, Sarasota County, Fla. She was the former controller of Toledo's Commodore Perry Hotel (now apartments) for many years, and a member of Collingwood Presbyterian Church. She is survived by daughter-in-law, Mary-Lou Merrill (Ward) Parmelee of Sarasota, and grandsons Charles William "Chip" Parmelee of Sarasota, and Robert George Parmelee of Toledo. She was preceded in death by husband Myron in 1932, sons Gerald "Jerry" Lee and Charles "Chuck" William. Burial was at Toledo's Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. The Sarasota Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Robert [James "Robert" Robert, Robert James, George Washington, Robert, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Grand Island, Hall County, Neb., Jan. 26, 2001, at Tiffany Square. He was born May 23, 1912, at Altamont, Daviess County, Mo., to James "Robert" Robert and Viola (Bainum) Parmley. At age 14, Robert moved with his family to Orleans, Harlan County, Neb., and was graduated from the Orleans High School in 1931. He came to Grand Island in 1942, where he worked as a supervisor at the Ordinance Plant. His first wife was Lucille Wassinger; he married Ellen Kallos on March 22, 1947, at Grand Island. They purchased Ellen's Flower Basket in 1963. He worked at the Silas Mason Plant from 1965 until a major stroke forced his retirement four years later. He was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church and a former member of the Liederkranz and Eagles. Survivors include his wife; sons Robert of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb., Michael of Norfolk, Madison County, Neb., David of Grand Island and Gary of Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County, S.D.; daughters Cindy Arnold of Grand Island and Janice Camp of Colorado; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by son Norman, brother Harold and sister Thelma. Services were at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Tim Anderson officiating. Burial was at Grand Island Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church or the Grand Generation Center.


Ruth, widow of Albert Parmelee [Alva A., Henry W., Ezriah, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], of Denver, died Aug. 29, 2001, at the age of 107. Ruth was born in Denver on Sept. 1, 1894, and married Albert in 1915. Survivors include son Robert of Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colo.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. Entombment was at Crown Hill Tower of Memories.


Sandra [Wallace "Ray," Roy "Ray" L., Timothy "Leander" Leander, Leander Burton, Timothy Truman, Timothy, Mark, Job, John, John], a lifelong resident of Eugene, Lane County, Ore., died Dec. 21, 2001. She was born March 2, 1950, the daughter of Ray and Alice Margarette (Tucker) Parmelee. Sandra graduated from South Eugene High School, attended the University of Oregon and went on to work for the university in marketing. Sandra enjoyed playing the piano and sports, particularly bowling -- she was a member of the Women's International Bowling Congress. Survivors include her father of Eugene. She was preceded in death by her mother and a brother, Timothy L. Burial was at Eugene's Rest-Haven Memorial Park. The Musgrove Family Mortuary was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Sylvia, widow of Rexford Clark Parmelee [Egbert Nelson, Benson Clark, Egbert Benson, Phineas Meigs, Phineas, Phineas, Isaac, Isaac, John, John] and a longtime resident of Wilmette, Ill., died Aug. 15, 2001. She was born Aug. 4, 1909, at Champaign, Champaign County, Ill., the daughter of Ellery Burton and Mabel (Hyde) Paine. She and Rexford were married on May 11, 1935, at Urbana, Campaign County, Ill. He died in July, 1984. She was devoted member of the Baha'i Faith.


Tom [Willard Ray, Raymond D., Walter "William," John, Giles, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], a long-time school guidance counselor, died Aug. 30, 2021, in Green Bay, Brown County, Wis. He was born Nov. 10, 1939, the son of Willard and Helen Parmley, in Murphysboro, Jackson County, Ill., and married Verla Lou Kistner on July 3, 1965. They lived in Illinois until he completed his master's degree in guidance and counseling, then relocated to Watertown, Jefferson and Dodge counties, Wis. Tom loved working with schoolchildren and spent his career in Watertown as an elementary school guidance counselor. He also enjoyed deer hunting with his friends as well as fishing and trapshooting. In 1998, he and Verla retired to St. Germain, Vilas County, Wis., where they relaxed with family and friends. In addition to his widow, he is survived by sons Jeff of Green Bay and Todd of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wis.; brother Willard of Florida; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by sister Faye Hall. Memorials can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 112 Hall St., Watertown, WI 53094.


Vena [John Ballenger, Chrisman, Aladdin, Garner, John, Giles, Hiel, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John], of Robinson, Crawford County, Ill., formerly of Casey, Clark County, Ill., died at her home July 28, 2001. She had retired from L.S. Heath & Son in Robinson, Vena was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Monticello, Wayne County, Ky., the daughter of John Ballenger and Ferbie (Gross) Parmley. She married Russell Harris in 1943; he died in 1985. Surviving are son Larry "Butch" Harris of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Md.; brothers Roscoe T. of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., Kenneth of Ridge Farm, Vermilion County, Ill., Lawrence of Decatur, Morgan County, Ala., and James of Carmel, Hamilton County, Ind.; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by two brothers. A graveside service was held at the Bellair Cemetery. The Markwell Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Vesta, a retired teacher and wife of Robert Elberne Parmelee [Frank Richard, Gardiner Henry, Zeno "Philander," Zeno, Gardner, Nehemiah, Nehemiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John, John] of Roswell, Fulton County, Ga., died March 24, 2001, in the North Fulton Hospital, Alpharetta, Fulton County, Ga. She was born on June 11, 1930, in East Canton, Stark County, Ohio., to the Rev. Lewis G. and Anna Betty (Fry) Fritz. On June 19, 1954, in New Bremen, Auglaize County, Ohio, she and Robert were married. She received her B.A. from Heidelberg College. Vesta was a first-grade teacher for many years at Parma, Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Abington. Montgomery County, Pa.; Melrose, Middlesex County, Mass.; Rochester, Monroe County, N.Y.; Westfield, Union County, N.J.; and Severna Park, Anne Arundel County, Md. She was a member of the Fellowship Bible Church at Roswell and a Sunday school teacher and superintendent. Survivors include husband Robert; sons Christian G. of Roswell, and Clayton L. of Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles County, Calif.; and brother Finley M. Fritz of Lakeside, San Diego County, Calif. The Bringman-Clark & Co. Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements. Burial was in McCutchenville, Seneca County, Ohio, at Bethel Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Assn., in care of Bringman-Clark Funeral Home, P.O. Box 246, Upper Sandusky, OH 43351, or to the Learning Center at Fellowship Bible Church, 480 W. Crossville Road, Roswell, GA.

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