Obituaries

William S. Lieth, Collector

William S. Lieth (Bill) of Burke, VA passed away on April 9th, 2013 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, surrounded by his loving family. Dear son of Dolores (Nutt Lieth) and Stanley W. Lieth. He was the beloved husband of his wife, Suzanne Matason. He is also survived by his stepsons, Michael Matason of Arlington, VA and Thomas Matason of Bozeman, MT, cherished sister, Leslie Lieth Tedeschi (Philip) of New York City and brother, Douglas Lieth, of Warwick, NY. He leaves a niece, Katherine Tedeschi and nephews, Paul Tedeschi and Ryan Lieth. Bill grew up in Brooklyn, NY. After graduation from C.W. Post College of Long Island University, he lived in the Washington metropolitan area for most of his life. He earned his JD from George Washington University and was a government contracts attorney during most of his legal career. At his death, Bill was employed by Deloitte LLP and was a Director in the Office of General Counsel (OGC), Federal Practice. Bill’s colleague in the OGC, shared that “he was an outstanding attorney and dedicated team member. His friends and colleagues loved Bill for his often biting and hilarious wit, and his propensity to always tell it as he saw it.”   Bill was an avid pottery collector and his collection was recently sold. FALLS CHURCH, VA.- The 1,000-piece art pottery collection of William S. Lieth will be auctioned by Quinn’s Auction Galleries on Saturday, Dec. 7. A vast and impressive array, the Lieth collection includes masterworks from such great names as George Ohr, Kataro Shirayamadani, R. Guy Cowan, Newcomb and Wayland Gregory. Lieth amassed one of the largest and most diverse collections of Cowan pottery in private ownership. It contains more than 500 [...]

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Author Virginia Buxton (1919-2013)

Virginia Buxton Published on www.johnsoncitypress.com November 23rd, 2013 9:02 pm Mrs. Virginia Buxton, age 94, Jonesborough, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Four Oaks Health Care Center.
Mrs. Buxton was born August 1, 1919, in Minnesota, daughter of the late William Herman & Martha Milbrett Hillway.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Robert Edward Buxton; and two brothers, Tyrus Hillway and Bayard Hillway
Mrs. Buxton grew up in Minneapolis, and Sheridan, Oregon, and attended Oregon State University, where she met her husband.
From 1959 to 1967, the Buxton family lived in Johnson City, where Mrs. Buxton worked for WETB radio and owned The Stitching Post knit shop for several years. After living in the Buffalo, New York, area for more than a decade, Mr. and Mrs. Buxton retired to Jonesborough, where Mrs. Buxton lived for the past thirty years. Mrs. Buxton was a published author; among her works were “Roseville Pottery for Love or Money” and “Knitting Know-How,” and she was a contributor to “History of Washington County Tennessee,” along with articles in many other publications. She was also an Architect, designing homes for builders in Ventura, California. Mrs. Buxton attended Jonesborough Presbyterian Church and was a past member of the Schubert Club and the Monday Club.
Survivors include three sons, Tye Buxton, Jonesborough, Brian Buxton, Atlanta, GA, and Tim Buxton, New Hampshire; brother, Charles Hillway, Los Angeles, California; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at the Fairview Cemetery with Rev. Allen Huff officiating.
 Pallbearers were family & friends.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church or charitable organization of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the Buxton family online [...]

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Robert V. (Bob) Palko (1926–2012)

Robert V. (Bob) Palko was born in Cleveland, OH on October 20, 1926 and died in Houston, TX on July 10, 2012. After graduating high school Bob served in the US Navy from 1944-1946 serving in the Pacific Theater in WWII. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy Bob attended and graduated from Ohio University. In 1952 he married his wife Barbara and they moved to Texas where they had 3 sons. Bob went to work for Western Auto and retired from there in 1970. He then entered his second career in education and taught DECA. He retired from GPISD in 1987 and enjoyed golfing and collecting antique Weller pottery in his retirement. Bob achieved what few golfers do; not 1 or 2 but 3 holes in one. Bob was a member of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, the Cowan Pottery Associates, the United States Golf Association and Texaco Country Club. Preceded in death by his wife Barbara and his eldest and youngest sons Bob, Jr. and Bruce, Bob is survived by his middle son and daughter-in-law Bill and Debbie Palko of Houston; granddaughter Abby Cantrell of Ada, OK; grandson and granddaughter Steven and Michelle Palko of Houston, TX; great grandsons Tyler and Oliver Cantrell of Ada, OK and sister Joan Munson of Idyllwild, CA. A celebration of Bob's life was held at 10 am Friday, July 20 at Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Houston with the Reverend Paul May officiating. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Houston Hospice, Holy Trinity or the charity of your choice. Published in Houston Chronicle on July 15, 2012

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Dorothy Daniels Obituary

DOROTHY R. DANIEL On Friday, 8 February 2013, Dorothy passed away peacefully at hospice's Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center, Arlington, Virginia.  Her husband, Howard, died in 2004.  She is survived by cousins and by dear friends who are equally important to her.  Born near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dorothy lived in Arlington for 75 years, and at the family home for 47 years.  She is a past president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Antiques Association.  She participated in the Arlington County Public Library "Arlington's Story" project, contributing her collection of local postcards to the library's digital archive on the town's history. Dorothy was also a long time collector/dealer of American art pottery, and a dear friend to many in the pottery world.  She worked hard to make our many conventions in the Arlington, Virginia/Washington, D. C. a success.  She is pictured here attending the AAPA convention in Philadelphia in 2008.

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Miriam Forim

Miriam Forim,78, June 4th, 1934 to February 8th, 2013. Long time resident of Woodmere, NY. Loving wife of Myron, loving mother of Francine Forim and Stephanie Maldonado and grandmother of Irie, Ursa and Kestrel Swift. Married to Myron for almost 60 years. Miriam was a great lover of the arts, antiques and the opera. Miriam was a long time member of the opera guild and a member of The American Art Pottery Association. Miriam worked side by side with her husband in his medical office in Queens NY and was adored by their patients as a confidante and friend. Miriam died at L.I. Jewish Hospital due to a sudden illness and will be missed by all. The funeral will be held at The Boulevard Riverside Chapels in Hewlett, N.Y. at 10:00 AM on Sunday, February 10th, 2013.

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Norman W. Haas


June 6, 1932 - November 25, 2012 Norman W. Haas, 80, of Quincy, passed away Sunday (11/25/2012) at the Laurels of Coldwater. He was born June 6, 1932 in Three Rivers, MI to Edward “LeRoy” and Pauline (Ranck) Haas. Norm graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1950 and served the US Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He worked in the lumber insurance business most of his life, traveling 10 years through the state of Texas for Indiana Lumberman’s Mutual, then in Mississippi for 10 years, and finally traveling throughout the state of Michigan until he retired. In retirement, he and his wife bought, sold, and promoted antique shows. Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Chapman) Haas, whom he married June 11, 1955; a son, Jeffrey Haas of Jackson MS; a sister, Ellen Haas of Three Rivers; one brother, Paul Haas of Dallas TX; and 2 grandsons, Brad & Ryan Haas. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Russell and Kenward Haas, and 1 sister, Donna Jean Haas. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held at a later date. Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the Humane Society of Branch County, 969 Wildwood Rd., Quincy MI 49082.

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Karen Michelle Guido

Karen Michelle Guido, 53, died Dec. 5, 2012, at the Bailey Center in St. Augustine. She is survived by her husband, Gregg Paumen; her mother and father, Grace and Al Guido; her grandmother, Elizabeth Amato, and a host of devoted aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A graduate of Rider College, she was considered to be an authority on 19th and 20th Century antique tiles and their manufacturers. She pursued this passion in California, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Florida. She and her husband Gregg operated Tinicum Designs, LLC. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be sent to the Bailey Center, 200 Health Park Blvd., St. Augustine, FL 32086. Services will be private. Published in St. Augustine Record on December 6, 2012

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In Memory of Stephen Gray


Stephen Gray, author, publisher and lifetime Arts and Crafts collector, passed away on Saturday, October 27, after a long battle with cancer. Stephen was among a small band of collectors who recognized as far back as the early 1970s the importance of the American Arts and Crafts movement. At a time when now-familiar names such as Gustav Stickley, William Grueby and Elbert Hubbard had long been forgotten, Stephen not only began collecting their work for his own home, but encouraged other collectors to pursue it as well. One of Stephen Gray's earliest passions were the original sales catalogs that Gustav Stickley, Charles Limbert, L. & J.G. Stickley and the Roycrofters had printed and distributed. These small paperback booklets were never intended to be preserved for posterity, and nearly all were eventually discarded and destroyed. Recognizing their importance, especially in identifying unsigned pieces, Stephen bought, begged and borrowed any of those rare, original catalogs which he could find. So did other early collectors and dealers, but whereas many of them were intent on using the information for their own benefit, Stephen made the decision -- for which he was often criticized by them -- to share that information with tens of thousands of other collectors and dealers across the country. Drawing upon his own experience in the printing business, Stephen formed Turn of the Century Editions and began publishing authentic reprints of several of these early sales catalogs. Nearly all remain in print today, along with Turn of the Century Editions, a testament to Stephen Gray's vision. Always willing to share both his information and his collection with others, Stephen opened the doors to his home for authors, photographers and collectors. His discerning eye for detail, [...]

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James L. Murphy

James L. Murphy, born July 3, 1941 passed away Monday morning, October 8, 2012 at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, Ohio, after eight years of a courageous battle with cancer. James was preceded in death by his mother Thelma Matthews Murphy and his father George Murphy. He is survived by his loving sister, Patricia (Bryan) Isreal; brother, George (Darla) Murphy; and many nieces and nephews. Jim had many admirers and several close friends Steve Rogers and Joan Jones. Also surviving is a long time companion and friend John A. Stauffer. Jim was an avid archeologist. In 2008 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Archeologist Society of Ohio. He was also a large collector of all types of Ohio Pottery. Jim retired from 30 years of services from the State of Ohio. A short period of time at the Ohio Historical Society and approximately 24 years at the OSU library. Jim was a wonderful person and will be missed by a lot of family and close friends. Arrangements completed with THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME Grove City. Online condolences can be left at www.spencemillerfuneralhome.com Published in The Columbus Dispatch on October 16, 2012

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Ronald Floyd Nickel

Ronald Floyd Nickel Ron went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He was born March 7,1946 In Sakersfletd, California. He was raised In Shafter, California, and graduated from Wasco High School In 1964. He graduated from Bakersfield College with an Associate's Degree In Agriculture. He married his high school sweetheart In 1965, and they raised their two daughters in Shafter, Califomla, where he farmed for 35 years. Everyone who knew Ron would describe him as hardworking, funny, loving, caring, and passionate about many thIngs. Some of his hobbles Included: making beautiful jewelry,making his famous Jams, collecting antiques, working In his yard, and spending time with his family. He had a great sense of humor, an unforgettable laugh, and always had a positive attitude, even while he was battling cancer. He passed away In his home In Salem, Oregon, where he had lived for the past six years with his wife of 46 years and his granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his parents,Jonas and Doris Nickel, and hls daughter, Rhonda nickel. He Is survived by his loving wife, Juvelyn Nickel; his daughter, Jennifer Nlckel; his grandson, Jeffrey Taxdahl; his granddaughter, Ashley Warren (husband Kenneth Warren); his granddaughter, Destiny Nickel; his grandson, Ryan Plaza; his great·grandson, Bryson Warren; his sister, Karln Grim (husband Marv Grim); his brother, Philip Nickel (wife Donna Nickel); and an extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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