In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory...

Shirley Rex K8MZT
October 8, 1911 - May 7, 2005

(The followng came from the QCWA site:)

K8MZT, Shirley Ann Roos Rex, QCWA #16926 passed away May 7, 2005 in Scotch Plains, NJ where she had been living with one of her grand-daughters. Shirley was first licensed in 1958 and joined QCWA in 1983. Our condolences to her family. †

Devoted wife, mother and grandmother passed away in Scotch Plains New Jersey May 7, 2005 after a lengthy illness.† Born in Canton, October 8, 1911, Shirley graduated from McKinley High School and resided in Canton until 2002.

Shirley was co-owner of Rexνs Heating and Air Conditioning Company with her husband, Charles J. Rex.† Some of her life accomplishments include becoming a licensed pilot, concert pianist, amateur radio operator and member of YLRL.† Using her amateur radio license she volunteered with the Civil Defense and American Red Cross.† She served on the Board of Directors at the YWCA and was a devoted member of the Stark County Wilderness Center where she volunteered many hours of her time.†† She enjoyed playing contract bridge, watching the birds, tending her rose garden, cooking and† spending time with her family.† She was a member of Trinity Lutheran church.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Adolph J & Sylvia Emma Richards Roos, her brother Ernst (Bud) J. Roos, her husband Charles J. Rex and her son Charles A. Rex all of Canton.† She is survived by one sister, Elizabeth Donnelly of Scottsdale AZ, two grand daughters, Colette M. Rex of Scotch Plains NJ, and Armonde (Rex) Marker of Deer Park TX, 6 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. †

A celebration of her life and interment will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetary Chapel on July 23 at 10am.† The Reverend John Mann officiating.

In lieu of flowers Shirley requested donations be made to the charity of your choice. Please feel free to contact me regarding any questions or input you may have to help us plan our celebration. Armonde (Rex) Marker


Nancy Jayne D. Macdonald KA3VKJ/8
? - Jan. 10, 2005

Nancy Jayne D. Macdonald KA3VKJ/8 died of cancer Monday January 10th. On-line condolences should go to Busch funeral Homes,


Lillian Abbott K8CKI
? - Aug. 7, 2003

Lillian B. Abbott, K8CKI of Hamilton, OH, died Thursday, Aug. 7 at Huntington Manor. She is survived by her daughter, Jean Wyatt, and numerous grandchildren.


Natalie Andrews, K9CAT
? - July 24, 2003

Natalie K9CAT, a long time Buckeye Belle associate passed away on July 24, 2003. Here is a website from the K9DUR Photo Album which has some very nice pictures of Natalie.


Katherine Schuster, WD8DLB
Oct 11, 1916 - Sept. 29, 2002

Katherine T. Schuster (nee Kauntz), a long time Buckeye Belle member passed away on Sept. 29 after a long illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward; dear mother of Ronald (Carol); grandmother of Stephen M.; sister of George Kauntz. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assn., 12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland 44120.


Paula Conley
? - Dec. 21, 2001

Paula (Pauline) Conley, a good friend of Jim Iams, K8BLB, died on 2am, Dec. 21, 2001 after a short illness. Paula was also a good friend of the Chix on Six and Two and the Buckeye Belles, having attended with Jim many events sponsored by both groups. The last event she attended was the Chix Christmas party at May N8MZJ's on Dec. 8, 2001. She will be missed by all.


Joe Tomazic, WT8P
? - April 13, 2001

Our condolence to May N8MZJ on the loss of her OM Joe WT8P in April due to bone cancer. He died Friday April 13th. Joe's death came only a few weeks after he was diagnosed. We are thankful that he did not suffer for a prolonged period of time.

The Chix came to enjoy Joe's radio pointers and many of us admired his radio room when we met at the Tomazic's home for meetings. Joe was willing to set up schedules with the YLs to help us improve our CW skills. He was very patient with the slow learners. My first CW contact on HF was with Joe in 1997. I was very nervous and I remember calling him on the phone after it was over and thanking him. I made several more CW contacts after that but haven't recently, however, I believe I will get back on CW to honor Joe.

May has been a great asset to the Ohio YL organizations. Since I've known her she has served as treasurer of the Chix and president of both the Belles and the Chix. Joe was very supportive of her efforts. We have missed May as she has taken time off from her club responsibilities to nurse Joe. We all agreed that it was the right thing for her to do even though we missed her input at our meetings.

At the last Chix YL club meeting, we decided to donate money to renew May's membership in the Chix, Buckeye Belles and YLRL so she doesn't have to worry about these minor details and can concentrate on dealing with the loss of Joe.

Our prayers are with you May.
33/76 , with love and sympathy, Nancy, kc4iyd


Hazel Cain, K9QGR
? - August 21, 2000

Hazel Cain was an extraordinary lady. She has attended every YLRL Convention and was excited about making the center pieces for the Ohio YLRL Convention in 2002. The centerpieces were going to be dolls made to resemble the Buckeye Belle. Her daughter informed us that she was "intent on finishing the trim on the last 2 dolls she had made for the convention in 2002". Hazel died peacefully in her sleep.


Dorothy Higgins, W8RZN
June 6, 1919 - August 27, 1999

W8RZN, Dorothy Higgins became a silent key August 27th '99. Dottie was one of a group of Toledo Ohio Women Amateur Radio Operators who met for pleasure every Wednesday morning at 9. From this group came the Buckeye Belles. Dottie Served as Memorial Station Custodian, W8MBI, for years. The call was one of the original 10 Founders, Marvel .. Dottie was responsible for the Belle Certificate which used Marge's, K8ITF, original design of the Doll. She was one of the three sponsors of the Belles Founders Award. Dottie and Fran, W8RZM were 'elmers' to many Toledo area and lower Michigan Hams They were very evident at Hamfests, YLRL COnventions...they usually were the group instigators in the early 60 to 90's. To the Family we offer our sympathy. Dorothy's warmth and enthusiasm will long be remembered. --Shirley Rex, K8MZT


George Blakeslee
? - January 14, 1999

George Blakeslee, beloved husband of Jean WB8FIC, passed away on January 14, 1999. He will be missed by his friends in the Buckeye Belles. His support for our organization was greatly appreciated. He never was licensed but was very supportive of Jean and came to all the Belles annual meeting. He started the History of the Belles by going through the past Burr. The first history booklet covered 1961-1986 with an addendum covering 1986-1994.


Carol Iams W8WRJ
July 11, 1927 - August 30, 1997

It is with a very sad heart that I inform you that Carol Iams, W8WRJ, passed away in her sleep on August 30th due to heart failure.

I have known Carol for several years and am truly sadden at this news. Carol has been licensed since 1956. She was a member of YLRL since 1963 having held the position of 8th district chairwoman. In the Buckeye Belles, she was very active and had held the positions of editor and president, and in the Chix YL club she was the current secretary and past treasurer.

A donation in Carol's name to either the American Heart Association, the Buckeye Belles, the Chix YL group or the YLRL memorial scholarship fund would be a great way to remember Carol.

--- Nancy KC4IYD, Buckeye Belles Vice Presiddent


Elizabeth "Zip" Isham K8UKM
January 8, 1904 - July 31, 1997

"It is with a sad heart that I inform you of the passing of Elizabeth "Zip" Isham, K8UKM. Zip was 93 years old at the time of her death and in her younger days was very active with amateur radio. Zip was one of the founding members of the Buckeye Belles and was a lifetime member. When Zip was made a lifetime member a few years back, her daughter told me she was happy and honored that we thought that much of her. Zip was a very determined woman and was an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be missed by all. Until we meet again "Zip" 33 & 76 from your fellow Belles. The Lord Bless You and Keep You and help your family through their loss." --Terri Berchak WD8LQH, Buckeye Belle President.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Fremont Road, Columbus, OH 43221 or you may make a contribution to the YLRL Scholarship fund in Zip's name if you wish.

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