Funds sought for memorial to victims
Ninety-five people from Youngstown are buried in the cemetery.
AKRON -- Edwin Shaw Hospital and Outpatient Centers for Rehabilitation, formerly the Springfield Lake Tuberculosis Sanitorium, will dedicate a memorial Sept. 20 to the 246 people, many from Youngstown, buried in a small cemetery on the 100-acre campus.
From 1915 through 1922, the sanitorium was the official TB hospital for Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, Summit and Stark counties, 246 people were buried there, all but six in unmarked graves, including a disproportionate number from Youngstown, said Susan Joyce, hospital director of development.
According to a list of names provided by Edwin Shaw Hospital, 95 were from Youngstown; four from Liverpool; three each from Lisbon and Salem; and one each from Canfield, Leetonia, Girard and Struthers.
During the past few months, the hospital has cleaned up the cemetery and erected a black granite monument on which the names of the people buried there were engraved.
Edwin Shaw Hospital is seeking $50 donations to sponsor one of the 30 names which do not yet have sponsors.
"We have had a great response from the community, and have sponsors for most of the people buried here. However, we would like to have every name sponsored, Joyce said.
Here are the unsponsored Youngstown names and the date of the person's death and age when he or she died:
URoger Roman, April 9, 1915, age 27.
UGeorge Royner, April 10, 1916, age 37.
UJoseph Sabok, May 22, 1918, age 38.
URose Sarenchesh, March 8, 1916, age 36.
USteve Sarenchesh, Nov. 12, 1915, age 38.
UAndy Shaler, May 4, 1918, age 29.
UPeter Simerellis, Nov. 11, 1917, age 37.
URobert Sinclair, Jan. 26, 1918, age 40.
UJoseph Smith, Feb. 16, 1916, age 43.
ULouie Smith, Sept. 14, 1917, age 23.
* John Temer, Sept. 25, 1915, age 45.
UJohn Urcu, April 15, 1915, age 29.
USteve Valekotolich, Aug. 6, 1915, age 61.
UJulia Yuhries, June 4, 1920, age 28.
There is one name from Leetonia:
UWilliam Smith, April 5, 1916, age 54.
And one from Alliance:
UFrank Sakas, Feb. 4, 1918, age 27.
Those names have already been engraved on the monument. Therefore, any sponsorship money donated in their honor will be used for maintenance and upkeep of the cemetery, Joyce said.
Contributions should be made payable to the Edwin Shaw Foundation, 1621 Flickinger Road, Akron 44312. For more information, call (330) 784-1271, Ext. 5554.
Commissioners from the five counties purchased the 100-acre parcel in 1910, and the sanitorium opened in 1915 with facilities for 72 patients and was later expanded to 200 beds. Summit County bought out the interests of the other four counties in 1920, and sanitorium was renamed for Edwin Shaw, a B.F. Goodrich executive, in 1934.