Catawba Island News

ODNR anticipates good fishing at Lake Erie in 2013

Lake Erie anglers should enjoy diverse fishing opportunities in 2013, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

“When you consider the mix of species and sizes that are seasonally available to Ohio anglers, we are optimistic about the fishing prospects this year,” said Jeff Tyson, Lake Erie fisheries program manager for the ODNR Division of Wildlife. “Weather is always a wild card at Lake Erie, but if conditions are similar to those in 2012, anglers should have excellent seasonal opportunities this year to catch walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, white bass and steelhead.”


Red Cross issues guidelines for coping with stress during recent traumatic events

The bombings in Boston, the plant explosion in Texas and the severe weather hitting area communities have forced people to confront a wide range of traumatic and stressful events during the last week. Incidents like these require everyone—not just those on the ground in the affected areas but also those watching media outlets in other places—to pay attention to their mental health and to take steps to positively manage stress.


Frank Cannon Collister, June 26, 1922-April 19, 2013

Frank C. Collister, 90, of Catawba Island, passed away Friday, April 19, at Riverview Healthcare Campus, Oak Harbor. Frank was born on June 26, 1922, in Cleveland, the son of Edward H. and Virginia (Smith) Collister. On April 24, 1948, in Shaker Heights, OH, he married Vivian M. Delfing and she survives. 

Frank retired from the Delphi Division of General Motors and resided with his wife, Vivian, of almost 65 years on Catawba Island. He enlisted in the U. S. Army Air Corps in July of 1942. He served as a pilot in the 524th Squadron of the 27th Fighter Bomber Group of the 12th Air Force with the rank of Lieutenant. On May 27, 1944, Frank was shot down east of Rome, Italy, and was captured by the German Army. He was imprisoned at Stalag 7A in Moosburg and was liberated from that Prison of War Camp by the U. S. Army 12th Armored Division on April 29, 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the Prisoner of War Medal, the European African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was also a member of the Caterpillar Club, a club for anyone who parachuted out of a disabled aircraft. Frank has been a member of the Elks Lodge #1718 for 43 years, a life member of the V.F.W. Homer D. Gardner Post #2480, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Masonic Lodge #621, Valley of Cleveland Masonic Temple, Al Koran Shriner’s and the CIC Club. Frank enjoyed golfing, fishing and just puttering around in his garage. Most of all, Frank was a family man who took great pride in his son Gregg and grandchildren Kara and Scott.

Survivors include: Loving Wife of almost 65 years Vivian M. Collister; Son Gregg Collister and Grandchildren Scott and Kara Collister. Frank was preceded in death by his parents and brother Edward Collister.

A Celebration of Frank’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Catawba Island Club, 4235 E. Beach Club Rd., Port Clinton. Memorial donations in memory of Frank may be given to the Heartland Hospice or Catawba Island Fire Dept. Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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