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Esther (Minor) Dillon



Esther and Patrick Dillon
Esther Belle (Minor) Dillon
was born on Feb. 13, 1882 in Robinsville, Tuscarawas County, OH, the daughter of John and Emma (Howell) Minor.

Circa 1901, Esther married Patrick Thomas Dillon Sr. (1875-1963), a native of Syracuse, PA, and the son of Scottish immigrant John and Elizabeth Dillon. She was age 18, and he 24, at the time. He was of medium height and build, with blue eyes.

They became the parents of a brood of six children -- John Dillon, Patrick Thomas Dillon Jr., Elizabeth "Lizzie" Fisher, Marie Emma Turrin, Margaret Vasbinder and Esther Ren. 

During the first decade of their marriage, Esther gave birth to three of the children in Ohio, and the other two in Pennsylvania, but in a mixed order. The Pennsylvania births were Patrick (1904 in  Glen Campbell, Indiana County, PA) and Margaret (1907).

The 1910 census shows the Dillons making their home next to Esther's parents in Orange Township, Carroll County, OH, along the Phillipsburg Road. In addition to their five children, Patrick's widowed father, John Dillon, lived under their roof. As with his father in law, Patrick was employed that year as a coal miner. 

Patrick was required to register for the U.S. military draft during World War I, at the age of 43. At the time, he was a coal miner in the New Philadelphia area.

When the federal census was enumerated in 1920, the Dillons made their home in Fairfield Township, Tuscarawas County. Patrick continued his longtime occupation as coal miner.


Patrick and Esther (front, center) and their children, ca. 1950, L-R: John, Margaret, Patrick Jr., Lizzie, Marie and Esther


The Dillons are said to have lived in New England [Stark County, OH?] in 1930, but the census shows them residing in Roswell, Tuscarawas County, that year. Patrick worked as a coal miner, and daughter Margaret, age 23, held a job as a laborer in an enameling works. In all, they spent 35 years living in Roswell. While there, they were members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

In 1961, they moved again to R.D. 3, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas County, OH, where they spent the final year or so of their lives. In early 1960, Esther fell and broke her leg and went to live with her daughter Marie Turrin. When the injury was added to inclement weather, her 78th birthday was postponed for a short time.

Esther passed away at age 80 in New Philadelphia on July 10, 1962. 

Patrick only lived another six months, and died on Jan. 19, 1963. His funeral mass was held in Sacred Heart Church, by the hand of Rev. Msgr. A.L. Freund. They are buried in Calvary Cemetery in New Philadelphia. Both of their obituaries were published in the New Philadelphia Daily Times.

At the time of their deaths, the Dillons had 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.


~ Daughter Elizabeth (Dillon) Fisher ~

Daughter Elizabeth Dillon (1902-1965) was born in 1902 in Sherrodsville, Carroll County, OH.

She made her home in Roswell, OH in the mid-1920s. Circa Dec. 1926, she married Oliver Fisher (Aug. 25, 1892-1944), son of Henry B. and Ella (Wenger) Fisher. The wedding was performed by Rev. J.H. Deemer.

A pair of offspring born into this union were Wanda Fisher and Delbert G. Fisher. 

Oliver spent 22 years as a paid member of the City of New Philadelphia Fire Department. He served for several terms as the department's representative on the Firemen's Pension Board. The family residence in 1944 was at 240 Second Street, Northeast in New Philadelphia. They belonged to the United Brethren Church.

The family was plunged into mourning when Oliver became seriously ill with heart disease and passed away at the age of 52 on Nov. 23, 1944. An obituary in the New Philadelphia Daily Times said death was "following an illness of four months." Rev. Herbert Smith preached the funeral service, and the remains were placed into a crypt in the mausoleum of East Avenue Cemetery.

Elizabeth outlived her spouse by more than two decades. She held a membership in New Philadelphia's First Evangelical United Brethren Church. Her New Philadelphia address in the 1960s was 448 Second Drive Northeast.

Sadly, she was spirited away by the angel of death at age 64, in Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, on Dec. 8, 1965. An obituary in the Dover (OH) Daily Reporter noted that her "brother, Patrick, died last September." Rev. John Armbrust presided at the funeral, followed by burial of the remains in East Avenue Cemetery.

Daughter Wanda Mae Fisher (1927-2016) was born on March 21, 1927 in New Philadelphia. She never married and lived with her mother over time. Said the New Philadelphia Times-Reporter, "Wanda was employed at Miller Studio at New Philadelphia for 44 years. Being a devout Christian, Wanda led a meek life and was a lifetime member of Otterbein United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia. She enjoyed bible study and reading as well as crafts and traveling with friends during her younger years." In her older years, Wanda received care from her brother. As her health declined, she went to reside in the New Dawn Retirement Community in Dover. Death enveloped her at the age of 89 on Sept. 23, 2016.

Son Delbert Gene Fisher (1931-2010) was born on Aug. 3, 1931 in New Philadelphia. He was a 1949 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. He then worked at the Miller Studios in town. Delbert joined the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec. 12, 1951 during the Korean War and was stationed at Cherry Point, NC. On April 19, 1952, he was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Florine Rose DeBois (Nov. 1, 1932-1999), daughter of Jack and Josephine DeBois of Newcomerstown and Dover, OH. The nuptials were held at St. Joseph's Church in Dover and announced on the pages of the Coshocton (OH) Tribune. Florine was a 1950 graduate of Sugarcreek-Shanesville High School and then earned income in the Dover office of Marshall Wall Products. The pair made their first home in New Bern, NC and eventually relocated to Cambridge, OH. They produced a family of two -- Brad Fisher and Paula Gledhill. In 1976, they were in Delaware, OH. Said an obituary, "For more than 20 years, Delbert served a number of firms throughout the United States in the field of telecommunications and electronics and ultimately returned to New Philadelphia upon his retirement. In his spare time, Delbert enjoyed reading and was skilled at carpentry work. He enjoyed working around his own home as well as the home's of his children." He also provided caregiver services for his sister Wanda. Florine died at the age of 66 on Aug. 30, 1999. Burial was in East Avenue Cemetery in New Philadelphia. Delbert outlived his bride by 11 years. Death swept him away at the age of 79, in the Wexner Heritage Village in Columbus, on Aug. 4, 2010. The remains were cremated and placed into repose in East Avenue Cemetery. An obituary was carried in the New Philadelphia Times-Reporter

  • Grandson Brad Fisher married Sandy. They settled in Trenton, OH.
  • Granddaughter Paula Fisher wed Dean Gledhill. Their homeplace in 2010 was in Gahanna, OH. 


~ Daughter Marie Emma (Dillon) Turrin ~

Daughter Marie E. Dillon (1902- 1997) was born on Aug. 30, 1902 in Sherrodsville, Carroll County, OH.

She wed Joseph Guy "Joe" Turrin (Sept. 16, 1903-1985).

Two known children of this marriage were Joseph Charles Turrin and Irene Coventry.

Their residence in 1963 was in New Philadelphia. Joseph owned and operated several family businesses, among them Turrin's Discount Center, Turrin's Manufacturing and Turrin's Drive Thru. 

Joseph made news in January 1931 when he secured a patent for an automatic air and stam coupling device for railroad cars which, said the New Philadelphia Daily Times, "is expected to revolutionize the old coupling method... The inventor is a mechanic by trade but has been unemployed for the past month [and] never been employed on any railroad. Turrin secured his idea from a trainman who stated that a fortune awaited the man who could produce a new coupling device." In April 1957, he and his son jointly patented a folding baby bed.

Sadness cascaded over the family when Joseph died in Dover, at the age of 82, on Oct. 25, 1985. 

She passed away on April 19, 1997. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, New Philadelphia.

Son Joseph Charles "J.C." Turrin Sr. (1936-2023) was born on Oct. 2, 1936 in Dover, OH. In boyhood he was a member of Troop 80 of the Boy Scouts of America and earned a Third Year Pipestone totem at Camp Tuscazoar. As a 17-year-old he attended a gun shooting school at Camp Perry in Sandusky, OH and qualified to take part in an M1 rifle competition in the 1954 Army National Individual Matches, said to have been the youngest partipant that year. He was a 1955 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. Joseph went on to attended Miami University, John Carroll University and Muskingum College. He received a radiology technician degree and at the time of marriage worked at Mercy Hospital in Canton as an X-ray technician. In time, he took additional training at McGill University in Montreal. Joseph was twice-wed. His first wife was Lois Mathie ( ? - ? ), daughter of Homer L. Mathie of Louisville, OH. They tied the knot on Sept. 26, 1959, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville. They became the parents of an only son, Joseph Charles Turrin Jr. Lois was an alumna of Louisville High School and worked as a secretary for Mercy Hospital. At some point in young manhood Joseph also worked in businesses owned by the family -- Turrin's Discount Center, Turrin's Manufacturing and Turrin's Drive Thru. He and his father jointly obtained two patents during those years. On June 22, 1968, at the age of 31, he entered into marriage with Rebecca Weeks (1941- ? ). Their union held fast over more than a half-century together. Joseph earned bachelor of science and master's degrees in education from Kent State University. The focus of Joseph's career was teaching, in the Sandy Valley School District and then as a principal in Conotton Valley School District elementary schools. As well, he assisted Kent State students on the Stark Campus as an advisor and for 10 years, until retiring in 2020, was an adjunct professor at Kent State's Tuscarawas Campus. Said an obituary, "He was also the designer, developer, and contractor for 40-unit residential complex Ivanhoe Estates in which he maintained ownership and served as the manager for over 30 years. Joseph believed that keeping his units in prime condition was of great importance to his tenants and the community... He was a licensed private pilot who enjoyed flying his Piper Cherokee Archer." The family belonged to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church of New Philadelphia, and Joseph held a membership in the Knights of Columbus. Heartache rocked the family when their son Joseph died in 2017 from the ravages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Later in life Joseph Sr. moved into the Community Hospice's Truman House. Sadly, burdened with heart failure, death overtook him at the age of 86, in New Philadelphia, on Jan. 12, 2023. Rev. Fr. Jeff Coning led the funeral rites. The remains are in eternal repose in Calvary Cemetery.

  • Grandson Joseph Charles "Joey" Turrin Jr. (1961-2017) was born on Nov. 14, 1961 in Dover, OH. He was a 1980 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and spent his life in the town. In his work, Joseph was a "floor care specialist in the field of janitorial services," said an obituary. "Joey was a gifted pianist and had a love for animals, especially his "rescued" house cats. He also enjoyed bowling and knew the thrill of bowling a perfect 300 game. During the Christmas season, Joey was filled with joy and felt a great deal of satisfaction as a volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Additionally, he had a special interest in classic cars and owned several of them throughout his lifetime." He held a strong command of the English vocabulary and was known for exceptional kindness, friendliness and a courteous attitude. Sadly, in early 2016, he was diagnosed with "amyotrophic lateral sclerosis" (ALS), a central nervous system disease that attacks the muscles. He suffered for a year and a half until the angel of death spirited him away at the age of 55 on Sept. 27, 2017 in the care of Schoenbrunn Health Care Center at New Philadelphia and Community Hospice. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Daughter Irene Turrin ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). She was a 1948 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and in young womanhood was employed in town by Montgomery Ward & Co. On Aug. 28, 1954, in nuptials held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Philadelphia, she wed James "Craig" Coventry ( ? - ? ), son of Frank Coventry of Uhrichsville, OH. Rev. Fr. Freund officiated, and Irene was pictured in a wedding announcement in the Dover (OH) Daily Reporter. Craig was an alumnus of Uhrichsville High School and during the Korean War served for three years in the U.S. Army. At the time of marriage, he earned a living as a repairman with Fairall Construction Company in Uhrichsville. They are believed to have produced a daughter, Vicki Boggs. 


~ Son Patrick J. Dillon Jr. ~

Son Patrick J. Dillon Jr. (1904-1965) was born on March 11, 1904 at Glen Campbell, Indiana County, PA.

Patrick was joined in holy matrimony with Mary Krocker ( ? - ? ).

Their family of five offspring included twins Robert E. Dillon and William E. Dillon, Mary Kathryn "Mary Kay" Hagarman, Patricia Fitzpatrick and Gloria Dillon. 

The Dillons resided in Roswell, Tuscarawas County, OH. They belonged to St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church. 

For 37 years, from about 1928 to 1965, he earned a living as a coal miner. His final employer was Midvale Coal Company Inc., at its No. 7 mine. He held a membership in the United Mine Workers of America.

On the fateful day of Sept. 23, 1965, Patrick ended his life. His wife found him dead in their garage at home, seated inside his Jeep, with the windows shut tightly. The Dover Daily Times said he had "inserted a two-inch plastic hose with a short pipe fitting, into the exhaust pipe and ran it in the rear window... Mrs. Dillon told officers that she thought her husband, who had been worried over his health for the past several years, had gone to the garage to cut wood at about 11:15 a.m. After he had been gone for more than an hour, she investigated [and] noticed that the side door of the building had been barricaded [and] heard the motor running."

His funeral mass was held at the family church, led by Rev. Fr. Hugh. The remains were lowered into the sleep of the ages in Calvary Cemetery. 

Son Robert Dillon (1928-2016) was born on Nov. 7, 1928 in Roswell, OH, a twin with his brother William. He was a 1947 graduate of St. Mary's High School. He went on to serve for four years in the U.S. Air Force, holding the rank of staff sergeant. On July 7, 1951, at the age of 22, he was united in holy matrimony with Martha Affolter ( ? - ? ). They stayed together for an extraordinary 65 years until cleaved apart by death. Together, they produced three sons -- Michael Dillon, Thomas Dillon and Terry Dillon. The Dillons dwelled in 1965 in Uhrichsville, OH. Later, they settled for good in New Philadelphia. For four decades, he was employed by Marlite, a Dover manufacturer of wall and specialty products for commercial buildings. He also was a longtime secretary of the Tuscarawas County AFL-CIO. The family belonged to Sacred Heart Catholic Church of New Philadelphia." Said an obituary, "Robert was the manager of three different Tuscarawas County Class 'A' Baseball teams which include, Marlite, New Philadelphia Moose and Rohrig’s Nursing Home. His teams compiled a record of 240 wins and 65 losses, winning seven league championships and five league tournament championships in ten years. He also coached his sons’ teams for many years in the New Philadelphia youth baseball leagues [and] was inducted into the Tuscarawas County Cy Young Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993 and also served as a trustee for the Tuscarawas County Baseball Old Timers Association." Robert also liked to fish with the family and in the mid-2010s caught a 27-inch catfish for which he earned a Fish Ohio Award. He followed the fortunes of the Notre Dame University and Tuscarawas Central Catholic sports teams and belonged to the Knights of Columbus of Dennison. Dadly, Robert surrendered to the spirit of death at home at the age of 87 on Sept. 5, 2016. His survivors included seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. A mass of Christian burial was led by Rev. Fr. Jeff Coning in the family church. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

  • Grandson Michael Dillon was in New Philadelphia in 2016.
  • Grandson Thomas Dillon was joined in wedlock with Jamie. Their home in 2016 was in Dover, OH.
  • Grandson Terry Dillon has dwelled in New Philadelphia.

Son William Edward "Bill" Dillon (1928-2018) was born on Nov. 7, 1928 in Roswell, OH, a twin with his brother Robert. He was a 1947 graduate of St. Mary's High School. On July 29, 1950, he was joined in wedlock with Maxine Rita Walters ( ? - ? ). The brood of children they bore together included Donna Cole, Susan Liberatore and William Dillon. The family made its homeplace for years in Uhrichsville. They belonged to Immaculate Conception Church in Dennison, with William involved over the years with the Dennison Knight of Columbus as well as the Eagles lodge. Said an obituary, "He coached baseball for many years and was inducted into the Cy Young Tuscarawas County Baseball Hall of Fame and the Tuscarawas County Baseball Old Timers’ Association. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame, the Cleveland Indians and Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School sports." As his health declined, he was admitted to Schoenbrunn Healthcare in New Philadelphia. There, he passed away at the age of 89 on June 26, 2018. The headcount of his survivors included seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.Rev. Fr. Tyron Tomson presided at the funeral mass, with burial held at St. Mary's Cemetery.

  • Granddaughter Donna Dillon married Jerry Cole. Their three known daughters were Amy Lynne Cole, Kimberly Watkins and Kelli Halter.

    Great-granddaughter Amy Lynne Cole (1973-2021) was born on May 7, 1973 in Dover, OH. She was a 1991 graduate of Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School, where she played girls basketball. She then obtained an associate's degree in social work from Stark State College. Amy married (?) Adkins ( ? - ? ) and was the mother of Abbey Adkins and Karis Adkins. She was employed for 13 years by Job and Family Services, including eight years as a supervisor. She earned additional income as a bus driver for the Osnaburg schools, where she enjoyed driving student-athletes to their events. She also worked at Dennison Yard Restaurant and on Thursday evenings at Posh Boutique. Amy was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Dennison. She followed the sports teams of Cleveland and University of Notre Dame and was active in bowling leagues and poker-playing. Said an obituary, "Amy’s infectious laugh and outgoing personality could light up a room." She was known for her "beautiful smile, giving, and humble nature." Heartache tore through the family when Amy contracted Covid-19 and, while in treatment at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover, died at the age of 48 on Oct. 17, 2021 from "very sudden complications." Her funeral mass was sung in the family church, led by Rev. Fr. Jeff Coning.

    Great-granddaughter Kimberly Adkins wed David Watkins. The pair lived in Uhrichsville, OH in 2021. 

    Great-granddaughter Kelli Adkins was joined in wedlock with Wes Halter. Circa 2021 they were in New Philadelphia. 

  • Granddaughter Susan Dillon entered into wedlock with David Liberatore.
  • Grandson William "Billy" Dillon wed Debby. He was deceased by 2018.

Purple Heart

Daughter Patricia "Pat" Dillon (1934 - ? ) was born on (?) 1934. In August 1958, she entered into marriage with Francis G. "Frank" Fitzpatrick II (Oct. 2, 1924-2015), son of Francis G. and Emma Elizabeth (Egli) Fitzpatrick Sr. of New Philadelphia. Their wedding ceremony was held in St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church of Roswell, OH. They stayed together for a remarkable 57 years. Four offspring born to their union included Stephen Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Vinci, Michael Fitzpatrick and Martin Fitzpatrick. Francis was a 1942 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He received a wound and earned a Purple Heart medal. After the war's end, he enrolled in the University of Notre Dame and earned his bachelor's degree in 1948. He went on to receive his law degree in 1951 from Case Western University. Francis and his boyhood friend Donald Zimmerman then launched their own law firm, Fitzpatrick and Zimmerman. Francis continued the practice of law for 54 years until retiring in 2005. The Fitzpatricks put down roots in New Philadelphia. The family grieved at the death of infant son Stephen. Francis was a member of the boards of directors of the local Kiwanis Club, Knights of Columbus, Chamber of Commerce, Union Country Club and Elks lodge. He served as solicitor for the City of New Philadelphia, including at the time of the extension of Wabash Avenue. When time allowed he liked to read and golf. Sadly, he was spirited away by the angel of death at the age of 90 on Sept. 14, 2015. His mass of Christian burial was held at Sacred Heart Church, by the hand of Rev. Fr. Jeff Coning. Interment of the remains was in Calvary Cemetery. The New Philadelphia Times Reporter published an obituary.

  • Granddaughter Stephanie Fitzpatrick wed Scott Vinci. They have dwelled in New Philadelphia.
  • Grandson Michael Fitzpatrick relocated to Los Angeles.
  • Grandson Martin Fitzpatrick migrated to New York City.

Daughter Mary Kathryn "Mary Kay" Dillon (1931-2003) was born on Oct. 10, 1931. She was joined in wedlock with Raymond J. Hagarman Jr. (? - ? ). Their trio of offspring included David Hagarman, Kay Lynn Nelson and Sue H. Palk. They resided in the mid-1960s in Gahanna, Franklin County, OH. Later they migrated to Chesterfield County, OH. Raymond's fate is not yet known. Mary Kay's last residence was in Richmond, VA. There, she died at the age of 71 on April 17, 2003. Interment of the remains was in Mount Calvary Cemetery following a mass of Christian burial at Church of the Epiphany.

  • Grandson David Hagarman made his residence in Richmond [VA?] in 2003.
  • Granddaughter Kay Lynn Hagarman entered into marriage with Craig Nelson. Their dwelling-place in 2003 was St. John, IN. One known son of the couple was Kyle Nelson.
  • Granddaughter Sue Hagarman wed Jeffrey Palk. They established a home in Alexandria, VA. Their one known son was Ian Palk.

Daughter Gloria A. Dillon (1941- ? ) was born in about 1941. She made her home in 1965 in Gahanna, OH and in 2016 in New Philadelphia.


~ Son John Charles Dillon ~

Son John C. Dillon (1905-1994) was born on Nov. 3, 1905 in Sherrodsville, Carroll County, OH.

When he was 23 years of age, on Sept. 7, 1929, John entered into matrimony with 16-year-old Chattanoota, TN native Elsie Beatrice Carroll (May 3, 1913-2006), daughter of John Newton and Minnie "Blanche" (Starnes) Carroll of Midvale, OH. The wedding was held at Wheeling, OH, by the hand of Rev. John H. Hess. 

Because Elsie was legally underage, her mother had to provide her consent to the marriage. She is known to have been baptized in the Baptist Church at the age of 12. 

They became the parents of four -- Geneva "Jean" Petrullo, Ronald Charles Dillon, Shirley A. Cole Phillabaum and Carolyn Chaney.

John earned a living over the years as a coal miner.  His employer in about 1940 was Evans Coal Company. Circa 1950, he worked as a lathe machinist for a mining equipment company, and Elsie as a cook in a restaurant.

They dwelled in Roswell, near New Philadephia in 1935-1950 and later in New Philadelphia in 1957-1963 at the address of 228 Front Avenue Southwest. Somehow they bore the tragedy of the housefire death of their granddaughter Mia Kepoo in 1991, a young wife and mother of two.

Said an obituary, Elsie "was a member of the Senior Citizens of Dover, where she was a band member and enjoyed going on bus trips with her senior friends [and] a member of the Rebecca Lodge. She enjoyed tri-cycling around town, going camping, cooking big dinners and having family parties with much love. For over thirty years, she was in the 7+1 Canasta Club [and for] most of her life, Elsie had worked for Dr. Zeller, Dr. Giles, in downtown Grant’s store, and Lafountains."

Death carried him away at the age of 89 on Dec. 12, 1994. 

Elsie outlived her husband by a dozen years, making her home in Dover, OH. During that time she endured the death of her son Ronald in Florida. 

As she aged, she became a resident of Park Village Assisted Living in Dover. At the age of 93, she died on Nov. 23, 2006. She sleeps in eternal repose in Evergree Burial Park.

Daughter Geneva "Jean" Dillon (1931-2022) was born on March 21, 1931 in Roswell, Tuscarawas County, OH. On Aug. 27, 1949, she entered into marriage with Anthony Joseph Petrullo (Jan. 11, 1929-1998), son of Mauro and Helen (Curcio) Petrullo. Three offspring of this marriage were Mark Petrullo, Michael Petrullo and Kathy Petrullo. The family dwelled in Dover, OH at the address of 302 Reeves Avenue. Anthony owned and operated Tony's Tavern in New Philadelphia, later renamed T.J.'s Tavern. The family belonged to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dover, and he to the local lodges of the Eagles, Elks and Moose. Sadly, Anthony passed away at the age of 69 on July 8, 1998. His mass of Christian burial was held in the family church, presided by Rev. Fr. William Arnold. Geneva outlived her spouse by 24 years. She belonged to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed traveling. Toward the end she became a patient in Community Hospice Truman House. She surrendered to the angel of death at the age of 91, in New Philadelphia, on July 1, 2022. Interment of the remains was in Calvary Cemetery following a funeral service led by Rev. Fr. Jeff Coning.

  • Grandson Mark Petrullo wed Shelly. They have lived in Dover, OH.
  • Grandson Michael Petrullo moved to Myrtle Beach, SC.
  • Granddaughter Kathy Petrullo married Mark Smith. Their home in 1998 was in Bolivar, OH.

Son Ronald Charles Dillon (1935-1997) was born on Jan. 8, 1935 in Roswell, Tuscarawas County, OH. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Ronald was joined in wedlock with Marie F. ( ? - ? ). Together they produced two sons -- Sean E. Dillon and Christopher R. Dillon. They resided in Sarasota, where he was a block and brick mason. Ronald belonged to the Brick Layers, Masons and Plasterers Union, Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society and Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church. Ronald passed away on New Year's Day 1997 at the age of 61 in Manatee Memorial Hospital. The Bradenton Herald printed an obituary. Marie was deceased by 2006.

  • Grandson Sean E. Dillon lived in Bradenton in 1997.
  • Grandson Christopher R. Dillon dwelled in 1997 in Sarasota.

Daughter Shirley A. Dillon (1938- ? ) was born in about 1938. She was a 1956 graduate of Midvale High School. As a young woman she worked as a clerk at Buehler's Market in New Philadelphia. She was twice-wed. On June 8, 1957, she was united in matrimony with 18-year-old tile worker James Cole ( ? - ? ), son of Wilbur Musick of Midvale. Their marriage ceremony was led by the Very Rev. Ambrose L. Freund in the rectory of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Philadelphia, and announced on the pages of the New Philadelphia Daily Times. James was an alumnus of Bolivar High School and then served as a jet aircraft mechanic for 15 months in the U.S. Air Force. Upon completion of his military term, he went to work for US. Quarry Tile in East Sparta, OH. Together, they produced a family of four -- Christine Morris, Marla Cole, Timothy Cole and Jamie Mansfield. Later, circa 1991, she was joined in the rites of marriage with Larry J. Phillabaum Sr. (April 13, 1946-2019), son of John and Mary (Silvius) Phillabaum of Dundee, OH. He had been married once before to Elda Mae Billiter ( ? _ ? ) and brought three stepchildren into the marriage with Shirley -- Larry Phillabaum Jr., Lori Phillabaum and Lena Minnis. The couple made their dwelling-place in Dover, OH. Larry was a 1964 graduate of Garaway High School and spent his early adulthood working on a mink farm. Said an obituary, "Larry worked for Shenango for 16 years before closing. He then retired from Progressive Foam in 2012. Upon retiring he became a driving instructor for Frenzel's Driving School [and] loved each and every student that he taught." Sadly, he died in Union Hospital at the age of 73 on July 24, 2019. His passing brought to a close their union of 28 years' duration. He was survived by a baker's dozen grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. An obituary appeared in the New Philadelphia Times Reporter, which reported that at his request, his remains were "sent to a university in Athens, OH for the education of future medical students." His memorial service, held at Community Baptist Church, jointly was officiated by Pastors Andy McClung and Duane Wilbur.

  • Granddaughter Christine Cole was joined in matrimony with Will Morris.
  • Granddaughter Marla Cole ( ? - ? )
  • Grandson Timothy Cole wed Dawn.
  • Granddaughter Jamie Lynn Cole married (?) Mansfield. 
  • Step-grandson Larry Phillabaum Jr. entered into marriage with Erin.
  • Step-granddaughter Lori Phillabaum ( ? - ? )
  • Step-granddaughter Lena Phillabaum was united in wedlock with Larry Minnis.

Daughter Carolyn Marie Dillon (1942- ? ) was born in about 1942. She attended Midvale High School. Evidence suggests that she was married twice. On Feb. 8, 1958. when she was 15 or 16 years of age, she wed her first spouse, David Allen Tolloti (May 22, 1939-2019), son of Michael and Marge (Hirst) Tilloti of Dover, OH. Their nuptials were conducted in Midvale, OH. The family of children they bore together were Todd Allen Tolloti, David "Todd" Tolloti, Mia Renee Kepoo and Julie Ann Lookabaugh Papaleo. Sadly, their eldest son Todd died in infancy 1961. The Tollotis' address in 1963 was 337 Ray Avenue Northeast in New Philadelphia and in 1977 at 919 Chelsea Avenue in Dover. David earned a living over the years at United States Steel. The couple separated, with Carolyn moving out of state, and they divorced on Dec. 18, 1978 by decree in the County of Tuscarawas. Further evidence suggests that they quickly remarried on April 14, 1979. Tragedy upended the family in 1991 when married daughter Mia died from burns and smoke inhallation in a housefire, leaving behind her widower and two young children. The pair divorced for a second time. David went on to employment with Shuttle One Service as a chauffeur at the Akron-Canton Regional Airport. Said the Canton Repository, "Dave enjoyed meeting and talking with people, including celebrities, during his time as a Chauffer. He was a very active person who enjoyed traveling, football and swimming.." In time, Carolyn married Charles "Chuck" Chaney ( ? - ? ). Circa 1997-2006, she dwelled in New Philadelphia. Her world was shaken once more at the untimely passing of her adult son David in 1998. Former husband David died at the age of 79 on or about March 1, 2019. Kathy Specht led the celebration of life service at RiverTree Jackson Church.

  • Grandson David "Todd" Tolloti (1963-1998) was born on April 23, 1963 in Cuyahoga County, OH. When he was 22 years of age, on Dec. 1, 1985, he married Penny Susan Long ( ? - ? ). They tied the marital knot in Manatee County, FL, with the news of their marriage license printed in the Bradenton Herald. They bore two children. Todd and Penny separated after four years of marriage, with him living in Medina, OH and her in Canton. Their divorce was finalized in Stark County on Jan. 29, 1990. Todd earned a living as a print press operator. Death spirited him away in Canton on July 3, 1998, at the age of 35. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park.
  • Granddaughter Mia Renee Tolloti (1967-1991) was born on Oct. 21, 1967 in Dover, OH. She entered into the rites of wedlock with Richard Kepoo ( ? - ? ). They became the parents of two -- Shawna Kepoo and Fay Kepoo. The Kepoos resided in Dover in a rented house at 410 East Seventh Street. On the tragic day of Sept. 20, 1991, she was trapped in a housefire at home, suffering "burns over a third of her body and severe smoke inhallation," reported a newspaper."Dover firefighters rescued Kepoo from the burning building, and she was lifeflighted to Akron from Union Hospital... Firefighters found her lying at the foot of her bed near a window on the second floor of the home." Fortunately Richard and the children escaped injury. But grief swept over the family when Mia died the next afternoon at the age of 23 in Children's Hospital Medical Center. Her remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Evergreen Burial Park in New Philadelphia, to be joined there in eternal repose by her grandfather John in 1994 and grandmother Elsie in 2006. 
  • Granddaughter Julie Ann Tolloti (1958- ? ) was born in 1958. She was an alumna of Dover High School and studied at Kent State University. She worked at Trinity Gospel Temple Day Care Center in 1977. Her first spouse was Scott Lookabaugh ( ? - ? ), son of Elmer Lookabaugh. They were wed on Sept. 2, 1977, in nuptials led by Rev. Hass at the Louisville (OH) Nazarene Church. The marriage was announced in the Dover Daily Reporter. At the time, Scott was employed in Canton. Later, she wed Rick Papaleo, who brought two stepchildren into the union, Rachel Cherry and one other. Julie's pair of offspring are Kristie Galloway and Joshua. Julie once owned a tanning and boutique salon and for some years was employed by Victoria's Secret. The family makes its home in East Canton, OH.


~ Daughter Margaret Jane (Dillon) Vasbinder ~

Daughter Margaret Jane Dillon (1908- ? ) was born in about 1908.

She dwelled in Roswell, OH in 1944 and earned a living as a factory worker. 

Circa January-February 1944, at the age of 26, she was united in wedlock with 25-year-old laborer Nelson Vasbinder (Sept. 20, 1909-1945), son of William and Ella Vasbinder and a native of Gnadenhutten, OH. Their wedding ceremony was conducted in the parsonage of the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, by Rev. Fr. Bernadine.

Together, they produced a duo of sons -- William Patrick Vasbinder and James Vasbinder. 

The family dwelling in 1945 was at 252 Fourth Street Northwest in New Philadelphia. They were members of the local Methodist church, and he of the local Moose lodge. 

Sadly, Nelson succumbed to the spectre of death at the age of 35, in Uniion Hospital, on June 1, 1945. An obituary in the New Philadelphia Daily Times reported that he was survived by two brothers and six sisters. Rev. George Parsons officiated the funeral service, and the remains lowered under the sod of Evergreen Burial Park.

Son William Patrick Vasbinder (1934-1990) was born on Dec. 17, 1934 in New Philadelphia. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1954. There is some evidence to suggest that he was married and the father of Leonard Nelson Vasbinder. William settled in Louisiana after his military service. He reputedly passed away on Aug. 15, 1990 in Metaririe, LA.

Son James C. Vasbinder ( ? - ? ) was born on (?). He attended New Philadelphia High School and in 1958 served in the U.S. Navy. In 1963, he worked for Snyder Manufacturing Company of New Philadelphia while also attending the National Radio and TV Electronics School in Canton. On Dec. 14, 1963, in nuptials held at the First Church of the Brethren in New Philadelphia, he tied the marital knot with Jeanne E. Lawrence ( ? - ? ), daughter of Howard E. and Theda Lawrence. Rev. Alvin Kintner officiated. In announcing the wedding, the Dover (OH) Reporter said she wore "a floor-length bridal gown of white velvet trimmed in white satin. The gown was designed with a round neckline and long sleeves and full skirt. Jeanne's fingertip illusion veil was caught to a crown of pearls and she completed her ensemble with white satin shoes." Jeanne was a 1960 graduate of New Philadelphia High and a 1961 alumna of the Ohio State School of Cosmetology in Columbus. At the time, she was employed by Wanda's Hair Styling in New Philadelphia. They became the parents of one child. The couple relocated to Jupiter,, FL as of 1966 but eventurally returned to Ohio. Jeanne sued for divorce in December 1971, citing "gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty," reported the Dover Daily Reporter. At the time, James's address was at 130 Ray Avenue, New Philadelphia. He remained in New Philadelphia and was there in 1974. During the 1970s, Jeanne operated her own beauty and wig shop, Jeanne's Hair Styling, and then in 1974 acquired Wanda's Hair Styling at 269 West High Avenue and renamed it Jeanne's Other Place. Nothing more is known.


~ Daughter Esther (Dillon) Ren ~

Daughter Esther Dillon (1912-2012) was born on June 22, 1912 in Roswell, Tuscarawas County, OH.

On Oct. 27, 1934, she was joined in matrimony with Anthony "Tony" Ren ( ? -1967), sometimes spelled "Wren."

Together, they bore two sons -- Donald Phillip Ren and John Anthony "Jack" Ren Sr. 

They put down roots in Roswell, OH, where Tony was employed by Reeves Steel & Manufacturing Company in its galvanizing department. They held a membership in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and he belonged to the Catholic Order of Foresters.

In about 1962, they moved to New Philadelphia, with an address in 1967 of 500 Third Street Northeast.

Tony underwent surgery in Timken-Mercy Hospital at the age of 59 in the summer of 1967. Complications arose, and he passed away there on Aug. 17, 1967 after a stay of four weeks. His obituary appeared in the New Philadelphia Daily Times. Rev. Fr. A.L. Freund led the funeral mass in the family church, followed by burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Esther survived her spouse by more than four decades. She liked to registered for drawings in the Lucky Barrel sponsored by the New Philadelphia Retail Merchants Council, and in January 1976 won $1,000 cash at LaFountaine's Variety Store. She told the Daily Reporter that she "plans to give some of the money to her church and use the remainder to buy furniture." 

Sadly, she outlived both of her sons and one of her adult grandsons. Esther passed away at the age of 100 on Aug. 8, 2012. 

Son Donald Phillip Ren (1935-2006) was born on Nov. 3, 1935 in Roswell, OH. He was an alumnus of St. Mary's High School of Dennison, OH. In 1955, at the age of about 19, Donald wed Eileen A. Dapoz (Oct. 12, 1936-2022), daughter of John and Mildred (Hency) Dapoz Sr. Their union endured the ups and downs of a remarkable 51 years. Eileen was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph's High School. They lived in Eileen's hometown of New Philadelphia, OH and were the parents of Robert A. Ren and Debra Carlisle. Donald earned a living over the years with Miracle Adhesive, retiring as plant manager in 1997. He especially enjoyed golfing, and the family were members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In her own right, said an obituary, "As a young lady Eileen worked for Woolworths; and after having her children, returned to the workforce where she spent 38 years working in the Medical Records Department of Union Hospital prior to her retirement. Even after retiring, Eileen enjoyed volunteering at Union Hospital and for the Working Uninsured program. For many years Eileen served as the treasurer of the Union Hospital Retirees and was an active member of the Sacred Heart Retirees, the St. Joe’s Retirees, a member of the LCBA, the Sacred Heart Altar Society, and an active St. Joe’s Alumnus." Sadly, at age 70, Donald died in Canton's Aultman Hospital on Feb. 23, 2006. His mass of Christian burial was held in the family church, by the presiding hand of Msgr. George Schlegel. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, New Philadelphia. Eileen survived for another 16 years. She was spirited away by the angel of death on July 31, 2022. Rev. Fr. Jeff Coning led the mass of Christian burial.

  • Grandson Robert A. Ren (1958-2012) was born on Sept. 23, 1958 in Dover. He was a 1977 graduate of Tuscarawas Central Catholic Church School and played on the school's golf team which captured the state championship in 1975 and second place in 1976. On March 1, 1985, he was united in matrimony with Judith Korns (1957- ? ), daughter of James and Catherine Meryo. They stayed together for 27 years until the separation of death. Two offspring in this family were Kyle Ren and Rachel Fondriest. Said an obituary, "Following college, Bob joined his father in work at Miracle Adhesives after which he joined Dover Chemical in 1996 where he began as purchasing agent before joining the sales team. He was most recently serving as Sales Manager for Colonial Specialty Chemical of Tabernacle, NJ, a position he has enjoyed since accepting it in 2008. Bob was an active member in the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, serving as a member of the board of directors for the Cleveland area chapter." He remained in contact with his old school tennis teammates. Although raised Catholic, he attended the Winfield United Methodist Church because, as he said, "it was like being with family." A heart attack claimed his life at the age of 53, in Dover, on March 24, 2012. A funeral was conducted in the Winfield church, jointly led by Pastor LuAnn Youngman and Rev. Fr. Jeff Coning. After the remains were harvested for tissue, they were cremated and sleep in eternal repose in Calvary Cemetery, New Philadelphia.

    Great-grandson Kyle Ren moved to Columbus, OH. He wed Jena.

    Great-granddaughter Rachel Ren has resided in Dover, OH. She married Aaron Fondriest.

  • Granddaughter Debra "Deb" Ren ( ? - ? ) entered into marriage with James Carlisle. They have borne a pair of children, Benjamin Carlisle and Courtney Tarleton. In 2012-2022, their home was in New Philadelphia.

    Great-grandson Benjamin Carlisle ( ? - ? ) 

    Great-granddaughter Courtney Carlisle entered into marriage with Kaleb Tarleton. 

Son John Anthony "Jack" Ren Sr. (1940-2016) was born on Aug. 29, 1940 in Roswell, Tuscarawas County, OH. He made his residence for years in New Philadelphia. He married Darlene Musick ( ? - ? ). Two sons of the couple were John Anthony Ren Jr. and Alan Ren. John Sr. liked to watch motorcycle and stock care races. Another of his passions was gambling as well as citizen band radio communications using the name "Hobo." He passed into the arms of the angels at age 76 on Sept. 27, 2016, in the care of Community Hospice. Burial of the cremains was in Calvary Cemetery.

  • Grandson John Anthony Ren Jr. married Connie.
  • Grandson Alan Ren wed Becky.


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