In Memoriam

Ronald J. Ravizza

Ronald J. Ravizza, 79, of Berlin, Conn., husband of Christine (Michalski) Ravizza, passed away Saturday, April 29, 2017, at his home. Born in New Britain, son of the late James and Lillian (Massirio) Rivizza, he was a lifelong Berlin resident. Ron was a graduate of Hall High School, class of 1955, and served with the 103rd Fighter Group of the Connecticut National Guard. He founded Ravizza Brothers Blasting of Berlin and Cromwell with his dad and served as president of the company.

Ron was a member of St. Paul Church, Kensington; the Connecticut Boxing Guild; a member and past president of the New England Chapter of the Society of Explosive Engineers. An avid UCONN Basketball and New England Patriots fan, he loved horse racing the most. Besides his wife Christine, he leaves a daughter, Kendra Ravizza, of Middletown; a brother, Alvin Ravizza, and his wife Nancy of Berlin; a granddaughter, Amber Ravizza, of Cromwell; a great grandson, Kevin Ravizza; a former daughter-in-law, Sharianne Kroeber, of Middletown; and three nieces, Tracey, Sharlene and Shelly. Besides his parents, Ron was predeceased by a son, Kevin Ravizza.

Ron's family expresses extreme thanks to his faithful, longtime caregiver, Josh Clifford and to all of his other caregivers for the past six years. Calling hours are 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carlson Funeral Home, 45 Franklin Square, New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul Church, Alling Street, Kensington. Burial will follow in Maple Cemetery, Berlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Association, PO Box 718, Old Mystic, CT 06372. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at

Darrell Wayne O’Brien

Darrell Wayne O’Brien, 62, of Gassaway, W. Va., passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born March 6, 1954, in Richwood, a son of Mary Ethel Rose O’Brien and the late Leonard Marion O’Brien. He was also preceded in death by his first wife Debra Ann Cogar O’Brien.

Darrell retired March 31, 2016, with over 25 years as a supervisory inspector for the WVDEP Office of Explosives and Blasting. He was an ISEE member and Past Master of Addison Lodge #116 Webster Springs, and a 1972 graduate of Webster Springs High School. 

Darrell enjoyed restoring old cars, fishing, hunting, wood working, leather craft, camping, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Rose E. Stalnaker O’Brien; children: Shalimar Nicole O’Brien, of Bridgeport, W. Va.; Beverley D. Van Reenan, of Salt Lake City; James W. (Jacki) Van Reenan, of Clarksville, Tenn.; and Jared S. (Beth) Van Reenan of Huntington, W. Va.; brother Doy Allen (Beckie) O’Brien, of Hopewell, Va.; grandchildren: Ross Van Reenan, Parker Van Reenan, Avery Van Reenan and several nieces and nephews.

A gathering of family and friends was held on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Morris Funeral Home, Cowen. A Masonic Graveside Service followed at Hanschumacher Cemetery, Upper Glade, W. Va.

John Smith Dunk

John Smith Dunk, 90, NYS Rte. 3, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Samaritan Summit Village where he had been a resident since Sept. 11, 2016.

John Smith Dunk was born in Henderson, New York, on Sept. 23, 1926. He is the son of the late attorney Claude H. Dunk and Francis Smith Dunk. John attended kindergarten at the newly built Henderson Central School. After kindergarten John attended early grades in Syracuse, New York. John returned to the Watertown school system and was a 1944 graduate from Watertown High School.

After graduation, John was employed by the New York Telephone Co. as a lineman. In 1946 he joined the Army/Airforce as it was then called. Most of his service was in Germany. Upon his discharge in 1948, he entered Syracuse University, where both his parents attended. John graduated June 4, 1951, with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

After graduation John was employed by the E. I. DuPont De Nemours Company as a sales and service representative for their explosives products division. Upon John’s retirement from DuPont, he began his own explosives business, St. Lawrence Mine and Quarry Supply, from his home office at Richards Drive, Watertown, New York.

In July 1966, John moved his office to Depot St., Adams Center, New York. He converted the depot into offices. The then functioning railroad delivered his manufacturing products to his doorstep. To meet the needs of his expanding business, John had an office and manufacturing plant built at Kellogg Hill, June 10, 1967, and renamed it St. Lawrence Explosives Corp. John’s previous office on Depot Street is currently a restaurant named Depot Café.

John Dunk married Phyllis Dunk November 24, 1951. They separated in 1960 then divorced. They had two children, Erik and Deborah.

John contributes to and supports the conservation of nature, health and the fine arts. He continues his support to health and has donated his body to science to promote healing and cures. John was also a longtime supporter of the Syracuse Symphony.

Surviving are his wife Phyllis who he remarried in 2010, his son and daughter, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. John’s longtime companion Veronica Blizzard predeceased him on Feb. 23, 2007.

A memorial service will be held at the Carpenter Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Calling hours will precede the service from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

Instead of flowers, contributions are welcome to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10065.

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David M. Gleason

David M. Gleason, beloved husband of Kathryn A. Gleason "Katy" (nee Alexander) of Pepper Pike, Ohio; dear father of Michael A. Gleason (Connie) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Colleen G. Hanna of Lyndhurst, Ohio; Timothy P. Gleason (Betsy Colie) of Shaker Hts., Ohio; and Alexander D. Gleason "Sandy" of Cleveland; dear grandfather of Jeffrey, Regan and Kevin Gleason; David Hanna (Kali), Andrew Hanna and Kathryn Brideau (Michael); and Jonathon and Thomas Metz; dear brother of the late John F. Gleason. The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to New Directions, 30800 Chagrin Blvd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124; Stella Maris, 1320 Washington Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113 or The Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KA 66675. A Celebration of David's Life will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 in The Country Club, 2825 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124.

Regis Griesemer

Regis Patrick Griesemer, 76, of Springfield, Mo., passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Mercy Hospital. Regis was born on March 30, 1940, to Henry and Josephine (Kalvelage) Griesemer in Springfield, Mo. Regis attended St. Agnes Catholic School (Springfield) through 10th grade, and completed his education at Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Ariz. Regis was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Springfield, Mo., for 49 years. 

Regis was united in marriage on July 17, 1965, to Ann (Francka) Griesemer, had two children Brendan (Susan), and Greg (Kathy), and six grandchildren he adored: Riley Nicole, Nathan Kelly, Matthew Quin, Chase Patrick Gene, Cole Landon, and Cayden Luke. Last summer, along with family and friends, Regis and Ann renewed their sacramental vows and celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Regis was a small business owner of Springfield Explosives, Inc., and a technical consultant for Explosive Energies for 37 years, from where he retired in 2005. He provided technical and design support for explosives engineering. Regis was a nationally recognized expert in the field of explosives. 

Regis proudly served in the United States Air Force where he was stationed in Saudi Arabia and England. He served on the Springfield Catholic School Board, Sacred Heart Parish Council, and was a member of Sacred Heart choir. He served on the board of directors and was a past president of the Ozark chapter of the Society of Explosives Engineers. He was presented with the coveted Extra Mile Award from the Missouri Limestone Producers Association for his exemplary service to the association.

Regis will be remembered as a kind-hearted man that exemplified the teachings of Jesus. Regis welcomed everyone into his family with open arms, he cared and provided for those in need, and loved deeply. Regis had a spirited personality that never slowed down. His personality was seen and felt wherever he was and through those lives he touched. His sense of humor and practical jokes kept family and friends anticipating, yet not surprised by his words or actions. Regis enjoyed golf, traveling, hunting and fishing. Most importantly, Regis will be remembered deeply in the hearts of those that love him as a man strong in his Catholic faith, true to his word, and provider and protector of his family. Regis was Ann’s soulmate and best friend; Brendan and Greg’s mentor and confidant; a gentle and fun loving grandfather; and a loving father-figure to many.

Regis was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Josephine Griesemer; brother, Jude Griesemer; and sister-in-laws, Phyllis Griesemer, and Patricia Griesemer. He is survived by his beloved wife Ann; sons Brendan (Susan), and Greg (Kathy); six grandchildren, Riley, Nathan, Matthew, Chase, Cole, and Cayden; sister, Marcia (Griesemer) Bramer; brothers, Damian (Beth), Dennis (Mary), Kevin (Pat); many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends will celebrate Regis’ life and legacy beginning with a prayer service at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Springfield Mo., followed by visitation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. His celebration of life will continue on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:30 am, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A mass will be celebrated complete with the Holy Eucharist, which was very important to Regis. Regis will be laid to rest at 3 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016, with military honors at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Regis' memory to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Arrangements are under the care Herman Lohmeyer Funeral Home, Springfield, Mo.