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Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory

We strive to provide a wide range of memorialization opportunities by helping you to create the necessary rituals and ceremonies that you need. We are continually working to keep the needs and desires of our families as our goal. We strive to never answer to a family's request with "We don't do that here." Our aim is to assist families in planning a service that speaks to the life that has been lived; no matter if that includes motorcycles, "Brink's" trucks or High Tea.

Our Obituaries

Mary Lynn Weaver

July 10, 1964 - May 22, 2017

Mary Lynn Morris Weaver, 52, of Rootstown, Ohio, died Monday, May 22, 2017, at Summa Health Medical Center in Akron. The world lost a beautiful soul, one of its brightest lights, and an angel on earth. Mary was born July 10th, 1964 in Edmond, Oklahoma to Don Paul and Katherine (Odor) Morris. Mary was the youngest child in a very musical family. Mary's music was a focal point throughout her...
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Fred Palcho

May 29, 1934 - May 21, 2017

Fred Palcho, 82, of Kent, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Hospice Care Center in Akron. He was born May 29, 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Stephen C and Gertrude (nee Winkowski) Palcho. He grew up in Cleveland and moved to Kent in 1955. He was a graduate of KSU; he was a teacher in Ravenna and Stow school systems until 1975. In 1975 he started a new company 'Multi Video Service' – a...
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Shirley Leiher

October 4, 1948 - May 20, 2017

Shirley (nee Rosenow) Leiher, 68, of Ravenna, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Akron General Hospital in Akron. She was born October 4, 1948 in Ravenna, to the late Dale Gus and Julia Helen (Pyke) Rosenow. She loved animals, travelling, and family gatherings. She was an avid gardener; and enjoyed listening to country music/dancing. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Leiher, whom she was...
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Gary Lloyd Hanson

March 2, 1951 - May 18, 2017

Gary L. Hanson perfected his skills as a broadcast journalist for 25 years -- and then he taught those skills to thousands of Kent State University students. Professor Hanson, 66, died Thursday (May 18, 2017) at home. Born in Carrington, North Dakota, to Lloyd W. and Edith C. (Olson) Hanson, he developed a love for broadcasting while a speech major at the University of North Dakota. He...
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Audrienne Harmon Galizio

December 24, 1926 - May 10, 2017

Audrienne Harmon Galizio, 90, of Kent, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Altercare of Stow. She was born December 24, 1926 on Summit Street in Kent to Joseph G.K. and Florence Irene (Kiser) Miller. She attended Kent State University School and graduated from the St. Thomas School of Nursing. She started as a nurse at St. Thomas Hospital and then went to work at the Kent State University...
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Joseph A. Pischak

May 26, 1931 - May 9, 2017

Joseph A. Pischak, 85, of Kent, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017. He was born May 26, 1931 in Kent, to Andrew and Catherine (Brankovich) Pischak. Joe was a veteran of the Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Gougler Industries after more than 30 years in 1993. Graveside services will be held 12:30 PM Wednesday, May 17 at Standing Rock Cemetery. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and...
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George Watkins

May 6, 1922 - May 8, 2017

George passed away on May 8, 2017, at the age of 95. He was a life long resident of Kent. He served during WW II in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the USS Pettit. George retired from Lamb/Ametek Electric. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Watkins of 52 years; sisters, Ruth Nelson and Neva Wands. He is survived by daughter, Diane (Kenneth) Riffle; son, David Watkins; grandchildren,...
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Patsy Paul Pizzute

May 1, 1922 - May 6, 2017

Patsy Paul Pizzute, 95, of Brimfield, died Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his home. He was born May 1, 1922 in Kent to Tomaso and Carmella (Donato) Pizzute. He was a veteran of the Army during World War II. He was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Church and a member of Kent VFW Post 3703 and of Local 499. He donated blood many years for the Red Cross and was a Two Gallon Donor. His faith and...
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David Arthur Dundon

November 26, 1947 - May 5, 2017

David Arthur Dundon, 69, of Kent, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Arbors at Streetsboro. He was born November 26, 1947 in Ravenna to Merle Arthur and Laura Nadine (Williams) Dundon. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He loved all sports especially the Cleveland Indians and the Cavaliers. . David enjoyed the outdoors, birdwatching, camping, and Rock-n-Roll...
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Elizabeth Natalie Battaglia

December 25, 1932 - May 2, 2017

Elizabeth Natalie Battaglia, 84, of Brimfield, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 2, 2017. She passed in her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born December 25, 1932 in Akron, to Frank and Maria (Serra) DiLauro. She was a member of St. Patrick Church. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was a woman of great faith known for her...
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Victor Herbert Reed

September 7, 1943 - May 1, 2017

Victor Herbert Reed died Monday, May 1st, with his family by his side at his winter retreat in Hudson Beach, FL. He was 73. Born in Indiana on September 7, 1943 to parents Glenn and Margaret (Israel) Reed, Vic grew up in Kent, and later raised a family in Mantua. A graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School and Kent State University, Vic was a lifelong educator, teaching math and computer...
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Orlando "Ozzie" Simons

April 13, 1917 - May 1, 2017

Orlando H. "Ozzie" Simons, 100, of Akron, passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Monday, May 1, 2017, at his home. He was born April 13, 1917 in Kent to F. E. and Ruth A. (Parks) Simons. He is survived by his son, James (Sharon) Simons of Perrysburg; daughter, Carol Musch of Akron; grandchildren, Amy (Wayne) Cleveland of Chippewa Lake, Jennifer (Dan) Williams of Pickerington,...
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Shaina Marie Gauer

December 27, 1987 - April 27, 2017

Shaina Marie Gauer, 29, of Akron, passed into the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Barberton Citizen's Hospital in Barberton. She was born December 27, 1987, in Akron to Wayne Allen and Mary Jane Gauer. Shaina was a faithful, loving daughter, granddaughter, and friend, who loved life and all of its adventures. She had a love of music and enjoyed going to concerts...
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Louise Mae Hilbruner

October 19, 1930 - April 24, 2017

Louise Mae Hilbruner, 86, of Rootstown Township, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, at her home. She was born October 19, 1930 in Kent, to the late Andrew and Elizabeth B. (Kish) Honeychuck. She is survived by her husband, George Hilbruner, whom she married on April 30, 1949; sons, Curtis L. Hilbruner of Rootstown, and Jeffrey G. Hilbruner of Richmond, VA; daughter, Deborah (Robert W.)...
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Marsha Wise

September 9, 1956 - April 21, 2017

Marsha Wise, 60, of North Olmsted, died Friday, April 21, 2017, at University Hospitals in Cleveland. She was born September 9, 1956 in Ravenna, to David L. and Joan L. (Mandalin) Bianchi. She is survived by; daughters, Shelly (Galen) Goss of Sunnyvale, CA, and Laura (Wayne) King of Tallmadge; son, John Wise of California; daughter, Kristiana (Mo Ali) Wise of North Olmsted; grandchildren,...
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Ronald K. Sommers

August 2, 1928 - April 19, 2017

Dr. Ronald K Sommers Born in Cleveland, August 2, 1928 to a lifetime of love and achievement. Departed April 19 with his family at his side after a long battle with cancer. A loving and supportive husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In addition, a modest man of great contribution. University Professor and Researcher; Technical Author; Inventor; Retired...
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Diane L. Trautman

December 14, 1947 - April 18, 2017

Diane L. Trautman, 69, of Kent, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at home in Kent after long courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 14, 1947 in Akron, to Michael V. and Dorothy E. (Smith) Sepi. She enjoyed home decorating, with a morning coffee and book on the patio where she could sit all day. Trips down to Hollywood beach in Florida with her husband Tom and best friends...
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Lynda Lou Llewellyn

November 9, 1950 - April 16, 2017

Lynda Lou (Caudill) Llewellyn passed away peacefully Easter Sunday morning, April 16, 2017 surrounded by family. She was born in Letcher, Kentucky to Gideon Douglas and Ruby Lee Caudill on November 9, 1950. Our Little Lou was a remarkable woman who lit a room up with her humor, kind-heartedness and extraordinary personality. If you were lucky to have known her, you undoubtedly loved her. She...
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Richard E. Perkowski

August 12, 1948 - April 13, 2017

Richard Perkowski age 68 was a beloved son, father, grandfather, and friend to many during his lifetime. Richard was born and raised in Kent, Ohio in 1948 and passed away early in the morning on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at The Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Richard was a US Navy Vietnam War veteran. He was proud to have served in the Navy and was honored to be able to serve for...
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Sandra Mae Rohrbach

May 4, 1934 - April 11, 2017

Sandra Mae Rohrbach, 82, of Kent died Tuesday, April 11, at Stow-Glen Retirement Village, Stow, of pneumonia. Sandra was born May 4, 1934, in Warren, Ohio, to George and Pearl (Isaacson) Rohrbach. She grew up in Champion Township and graduated from Champion High School in 1952. She attended Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois. She received a B.A. from Kent State University in...
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Joseph J Henry

January 12, 1949 - April 9, 2017

Joseph J Henry, 68, of Kent, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 9th, 2017, at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born January 12, 1949 in Toledo, to John E and Irene (Fournier) Henry. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Brenda Darlene (nee Lietke) Henry; sons, Jay (Julee) Henry of Kent, Mark (Ashley) Henry of...
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Richard Steven Sherlock

October 8, 1982 - April 4, 2017

Richard Steven Sherlock, 34, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at his home. He was born October 8, 1982 in Ravenna, to G. Richard and Janith L. (Chermansky) Sherlock. Richard was a 2001 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and received an Associate Degree from Stark State College. Richard had a kind soul and a big heart. His good nature enabled him to make friends anywhere he went. ...
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John Baptist Ferlito III

February 21, 1950 - March 30, 2017

John Baptist Ferlito III passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. John was born February 21, 1950, in Cleveland, Ohio, to John and Betty Ferlito. He was a 1968 graduate of Euclid High School, active in wrestling, soccer, and the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1972, he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Microbiology...
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Michael J. Attina

March 11, 1943 - March 30, 2017

Michael J. Attina, 74, of Ravenna, died Thursday, March 30, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1943 in Cleveland, to Michael I. and Elizabeth (DeVera) Attina. Michael was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Garrettsville and the Knights of Columbus. Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missle Crisis. He enjoyed working on his Alpaca Farm and...
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Rosita E. White

January 26, 1935 - March 29, 2017

Rosita E. White, 82, of Kent, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born January 26, 1935 in Ravenna to Earl and Mary (Coy) Crooks. She graduated from Mantua High School. She had attended Frost Road Chapel in Streetsboro and was a member of the Red Hat Society. She is survived by her daughters, Sari (John) Sigmund of Stow, Julie (Tim) Barnhart of...
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Ralph Denzil "Denny" Boyles, Jr.

March 27, 2017

Ralph Denzil "Denny" Boyles Jr. passed away unexpectedly on March 27, 2017 at the age of 65 from complications resulting from angioplasty surgery. By his side was his wife and companion of 45+ years, Susan Lynn Boyles (Ludick). He was a loving and caring husband, father, and brother as well as a good friend to many people. Beloved father of Jason D. Boyles (Shelly) of Madisonville, LA; Shane M...
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Patricia Jeanne (Spotleson) Harmon

July 1, 1954 - March 26, 2017

Patricia "Patti" Harmon, 62, of Marana, Arizona passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Born July 1, 1954 in Canton; she graduated from Oakwood High School in Canton and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Kent State University. At the time of her passing she was a mathematics teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley...
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Lynn Fauver Rimmer

October 26, 1946 - March 23, 2017

LYNN FAUVER RIMMER, long time figure skating professional, passed away of natural causes at home in Twin Lakes, Ohio. Lynn received her early figure skating training at the Cleveland Skating Club and later taught there. She also taught figure skating in Troy, Ohio, Rockford, Illinois and throughout northeastern Ohio, including Kent State University. She was a graduate of Laurel School and...
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Frank L. Felton

January 16, 1929 - March 23, 2017

After a long and valiant battle, Frank "Jug" Felton of Rootstown passed away in his sleep on Thursday, March 23, 2017, with his wife, Jeanette (Antonelli) of Kent by his side. Jug was born January 16, 1929, to Agnes and Frank Felton of Kent. He attended Kent City Schools and was an altar boy for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kent. While in his twenties, he lived for one year in...
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Mary Lou Steinert

May 17, 1921 - March 22, 2017

Mary Lou Steinert, 95, of Kent, died peacefully in the home where she was born, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born May 17, 1921 to Joseph and Harriet (Serani) Rinaldi. She attended St. Patrick Elementary School and was a 1939 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School. Her first job was as a clerk in the lighting department at McCrory's Five and Dime, where she met...
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Michael P. Lenzo

January 26, 1932 - March 21, 2017

Michael P. Lenzo, of Kent, was born in Newcomerstown on January 26, 1932 to Carmelo and Sarah Lenzo. He was the youngest of seven children who grew up to become a man of great faith. On August 1, 1959 he married Mary Alice "Mitzie" Sawyer and they celebrated 57 years of marriage before he passed away on March 21, 2017. Mike attended Kent State University, and then went on to enjoy a career as...
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Donald H. Stage

November 23, 1947 - March 21, 2017

Donald H. Stage, 69, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Florida Hospital - Deland in Deland, FL. He was born November 23, 1947 in Chardon to Harry L. and Ruth C. (Swensen) Stage. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Viet Nam. Donald retired from Franklin Township where he worked for 32 years. He is survived by his son, Donald H. (Rebecca) Stage Jr. of Kent; grandchildren, Ashlee Bowe...
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Ida L Giles

March 24, 1920 - March 21, 2017

Ida L. Giles, 96, of Kent, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Summit Acres Altercare in Caldwell. She was born March 24, 1920 in Noble County to Forrest and Grace (Darrah) Farson. She is survived by son; Don Rogers of Akron; four grandchildren; sister, Barbara Way. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Noble Rogers, second husband, Earle K. Giles, sister, Lucille Rogers,...
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Lillian Jean (Deem) Shull

July 3, 1934 - March 20, 2017

Lillian Jean Shull, 82, of Parma, died Monday, March 20, 2017, at her home. She was born July 3, 1934 in Parkersburg, WV to Charles Page and Hazel Winona (Byers) Deem. She is survived by son, Charles (Jennifer) Shull of Louisa, VA; daughters, Diane Podowski of Brecksville and Connie (Todd) Hoffman of Cleveland; eight grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. She...
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Eric Donte Cleveland

January 29, 1974 - March 19, 2017

Eric D. Cleveland, 43, of Columbus, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus. He was born January 29, 1974 in Ravenna. Eric was a 1992 Theodore Roosevelt High School graduate. Eric had been an employee of Hollywood Casino in Columbus. Eric was a member of St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbus, Ohio where he was a member of the choir and worked...
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James Allen Rhoads

December 18, 1958 - March 18, 2017

James Allen Rhoads, 58, of Brady Lake, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home. He was born December 18, 1958 in Ravenna, to John "Bob" and Betty (Postlethwait) Rhoads. He retired from Davey Tree as a mechanic/welder after 23 years of service. He is survived by son, Curtis (Jamie) Rhoads of Kent; daughter, Dea (Mark) Busher of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren, Jason Rhoads, Elizabeth...
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Margaret Ann Toth

February 27, 1937 - March 17, 2017

Margaret Ann "Peg" Toth, 80, of Streetsboro, died Friday, March 17th at her home. She was born February 27, 1937 in Strausburg, PA to Theodore and Katherine (McElroy) Fueglien. She worked for Mantaline Corporation for over 25 years. Margaret enjoyed music and dancing. Peg will be greatly missed by her family, friends and caretakers her son, Mike Toth and grandson, Donald Toth. She is...
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Sharon Kay Sowinski

March 27, 1955 - March 16, 2017

Sharon Kay Sowinski was a loving, caring, compassionate, woman with a zest for life. She went home peacefully to be with the Lord Jesus on March 16, 2017. Sharon enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family. She was more than a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, and grandmother, she was a friend to all who was always there to listen and care for those in need. Sharon is deeply...
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Thomas A. Campana

April 20, 1923 - March 15, 2017

Thomas A. Campana, 93, of Kent, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Born on April 20, 1923, he was the son of Andrew (Condito) and Angela (Carano) Campana. Tom met Lois Talbott in high school and married her on February 8, 1947. Tom was born and raised in Hubbard, one of 9 children. He left high school early to enlist in 1942 and served our country in the Unites State Navy and was...
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Martha Lee Miller

January 30, 1920 - March 15, 2017

Martha Lee Miller, 97, of Kent, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and was born January 30, 1920 to Laura Jeanette and Hazen D. Crawford. She was an active member of DAR and the Kent United Methodist Church. She received much joy from her 32 years service as a volunteer at Robinson Memorial...
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Robert Henry Faley

September 27, 1948 - March 9, 2017

Robert Henry Faley, age 68, died peacefully in the care of hospice on March 9, 2017 with his family by his side. He spent his last months under the compassionate loving care of the staff at Laurel Lake in Hudson. The son of the late Henry and Winifred (nee Goeke) Faley, his life began in New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and taught at Purdue before making Kent his...
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Beverly Jean Valarinos

February 15, 1953 - March 9, 2017

Beverly Jean Valarinos, 64, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center, surrounded by her family. She was born February 15, 1953 in Akron, to John and Helene (Stutler) Valarinos. She was a member of the New Apostolic Church. Beverly loved to spend time with her family, friends and her dog Kipi. She is survived by daughters, Jessica Valarinos,...
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Albert C. Heinlein

May 26, 1924 - March 8, 2017

Albert Heinlein, loved the Lord and was welcomed into his eternal home on March 8, 2017. Albert was born on May 26, 1924 in Erie, Pa., to Albert and Ruth (McCartney) Heinlein. He graduated in 1942 from Academy High School and enrolled in Gannon College, in Erie. He transferred to Penn State University, majoring in chemical engineering. While at Penn State he entered the Navy's V-12, Officer...
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Glen A. Stutzman , Sr.

June 8, 1938 - March 8, 2017

Glen Stutzman Sr., 78, of Kent was welcomed into heaven by his Mother and Father, Woodrow and Thelma Stutzman; and sister, Karen, on March 8, 2017, surrounded by his family. Glen is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pauline (Brown) Stutzman; his beloved dog, Scooby Doo; son, Glen (Marie) Stutzman Jr.; daughter, Kim (David) Waterhouse; grandchildren, Heather (Shawn) Harvey, Ashley (Andrew)...
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Chad Thomas Griggy

February 8, 1982 - March 7, 2017

Chad Thomas Griggy was tragically taken from us too soon on March 7, 2017 at the age of 35. He was born in Ravenna, Ohio on February 8, 1982. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio then went on to Ohio State University graduating with his Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Procter & Gamble then decided to start his own business. Chad, President of Sugar...
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Richard McClain

March 4, 1945 - March 6, 2017

Richard McClain, 72, of Munroe Falls, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in Munroe Falls. He was born March 4, 1945 in Ravenna, to William and Alice (Raspilair) McClain. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Legion Post #496, 1945 Mogadore Road, Kent, OH 44240 Veterans of Foreign Wars #4738, 3733 Fishcreek Rd, Cuyahoga Falls,OH 44224, and United Auto Workers Local #1112, 11471...
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John W. Overton

July 2, 1931 - March 4, 2017

John W. Overton, 85, of Kent, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Altercare of Brimfield. He was born July 2, 1931 in Akron, to Robert Earl and Mildred Leone (Winter) Overton. He was a veteran of the Army during the Korean War. He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber after 42 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Dottie J. (Pringle) Overton; children, John W. (Vicky Goldberg) Overton...
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Brittany Renee Wunderle-DeJarnatt

June 28, 1983 - February 28, 2017

Brittany Renee Wunderle-DeJarnatt passed on February 28th at her aunt and uncle's home, Laurie and Gary Knuth in Kent, Ohio. After a long courageous battle with cancer, she was finally at rest in her husband's arms and surrounded by loved ones. She was 33 years old. Brittany leaves behind husband, Benjamin DeJarnatt whom she married on December 6th, 2016 at the Nurses Garden, Stanford Hospital...
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Louise Jane Klein

December 10, 1922 - February 28, 2017

Louise Jane Klein, 94, of Kent, died Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born December 10, 1922 in Colorado Springs, CO to Harry R. and Della M. (Dixon) Israel, and grew of age in Beloit, OH. Louise was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kent for over 60 years and active there with the Mary Reed Circle. She was a member of the Kent State University...
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John F DeVos

August 31, 1943 - February 25, 2017

John F. DeVos, 73, of Brimfield, passed away after a lengthy illness at University Hospital Portage Medical Center in the Hospice Unit on Saturday, February 25, 2017. He was born on August 31, 1943 in Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna to Bert and Alta DeVos and was a resident in Kent until 1999. He was a Beacon Journal paper boy from 1952 to 1958 on North Water Street in Kent. John was a...
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Tara L Ailes

February 5, 1974 - February 25, 2017

Tara L. Ailes, 43, of Ravenna Twp, died Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center in Akron. She was born February 5, 1974 in Cuyahoga Falls, to Patrick H. and Peggy A. (Hinman) Ailes. She had a compassionate and generous heart for those in their times of need, caring for the sick, serving others in the church and community. She had a way of loving deeper and harder...
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Timothy R. Meloy

June 27, 1942 - February 15, 2017

Timothy R. Meloy, 74, of Randolph died Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the Woodlands at Robinson in Ravenna. He was born June 27, 1942, in Ravenna to Kenneth R. and Winnifred K. (Kline) Meloy. He is survived by brothers Terrence L. Meloy of Heath, Ohio and Todd M. Meloy of Chapmanville, WV; and sister, Kyra Meloy of Kent. He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas A. Meloy, and his...
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William Bill Caro

September 11, 1946 - February 12, 2017

William John 'Bill' Caro, 70, of Stow, died Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center in Akron. He was born September 11, 1946 in Everett, PA to William Nicholas and Fay Audrey (Minnick) Caro. Bill was an avid golfer. He loved to travel, and enjoyed volunteering at PGA tournaments. Bill and his hound dog, Faith were a certified team with Therapy Dogs International,...
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John Edward Sapp

December 6, 1932 - February 12, 2017

John Edward Sapp, beloved father, brother and uncle, died peacefully February 12, 2017 at the age of 84 after a long illness. John was the husband of the late Roberta Sapp and the loving father of Lisa (Sapp) Kennedy and her husband Sean Kennedy who reside in Columbus, Ohio. John is also survived by his sisters, Judith Everett, who resides in Ravenna and Beth Troy, who resides in Rhode Island...
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Ralph Scott Paisley, Jr.

July 6, 1941 - February 12, 2017

Ralph Scott Paisley Jr., 75, of Kent, died Sunday, February 12, 2017. He was born July 6, 1941 in Toronto, Ohio to Ralph Scott and Alice (Runyon) Paisley. His family owned and operated a funeral home in Toronto for many years. Ralph was a proud graduate of Bowling Green State Uiversity and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Ralph was a fourth generation funeral director. He came...
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Robert Montanari

February 14, 1961 - February 11, 2017

Robert A Montanari, 55, of Kent, OH, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, at David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland, OH. He was born February 14, 1961 in Kenmore, NY to Arthur Albert and Yolanda Margarite (Tornesella) Montanari. Bob was a devoted husband, father, brother, and friend. He was loved by all for his humor, strong work ethic and fierce determination. He designed his home to...
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Mary Ellen Klasa

May 15, 1965 - February 11, 2017

Mary Ellen Klasa, 51, of Kent, died Saturday, February 11, 2017, at in Kent. She was born May 15, 1965 in Cleveland, to Christy and Anastasia (Christ) Kolas. She is survived by her husband, Ed Klasa; daughters, Amanda Klasa of Kent and Emily Klasa of Kent; brother, Mark (Terry) Kolas of Cleveland; sisters, Christine Hericks of North Olmsted and Constance (Christopher) Cusma of Fairview...
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Catherine Frances Dauber

October 25, 1931 - February 10, 2017

Catherine Frances (Warth) Dauber, 85, died Friday, February 10, 2017 at Sunrise of Lincoln Park in Chicago, Illinois. Cathy was a lifelong resident of Kent, before moving to the Chicago area in 2011. She was born October 25, 1931, in Kent to Arlie and Sarah (Pfeill) Warth. Cathy worked as a secretary at Kent State University prior to her retirement. A member of St. Patrick Church, Cathy...
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Kathryn Ann Hiryok

February 7, 2017

Kathryn Ann Hiryok, 74, of Kent, died Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at her home. She was born in 1942 in Warren to Edward and Mary Lukco. She attended Kent State University, majoring in fine arts. After working at Warren Otologic Group for many years she embarked on a successful career in fundraising, first for the Israel Tennis Centers then for Project Interchange, an institute of the American...
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Patricia Mae Ingraham

July 24, 1934 - February 3, 2017

Patricia Mae Ingraham, 82, of Hudson, died Friday, February 3, 2017, at The Gables of Hudson. She was born July 24, 1934 in Wyandotte, MI to James George and Elizabeth (Hein) McMillan. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Kent. Her hobbies included making beautiful pictures from needle point and crewel kits. She also liked to travel when the opportunity presented itself and loved to...
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James H. Horning, Sr.

July 24, 1943 - February 2, 2017

James H. Horning Sr., 73, of Ravenna, died Thursday, February 2, 2017, in Largo, FL. He was born July 24, 1943 in Akron to Raymond and Eleanor F. (Humphrey) Horning. James was a graduate of Kent State High School. He enjoyed six months per year in Largo, Florida. He served as President of the Men's Club at Midway Am/Can Mobile Park. He also enjoyed playing cards, antique cars, and...
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Flora L. Fertig

March 1, 1932 - January 31, 2017

Flora L. Fertig was called to be with the Lord on 1/31/2017. Her family and friends let go of a wonderful women, and heaven gained a beautiful angel. Flora Louise Coy Fertig was born in the early spring on Tuesday March 1, 1932 to Russell and Louise Coy, their 3rd child. Flora was raised with her 2 older brothers, Tom and Bob. Her family lived in the Brady Lake area all her childhood...
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Sherry L. Deutsch

August 6, 1949 - January 30, 2017

Sherry L. Deutsch, 67, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Monday, January 30, 2017, at Akron General Medical Center. She was born August 6, 1949, in Akron to Richard and Betty (Burgess) Rydbom. She was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. She loved to read and loved taking care of her family. Sherry was always willing to lend a helping hand. She is survived by children, Dee Deutsch of...
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Michael E. Mills

November 29, 1964 - January 30, 2017

Michael E. Mills, 52, of Ravenna, died Monday, January 30, 2017. He was born November 29, 1964 in Ravenna, to Edward and Gaye (Grimsley) Mills. He was a 1983 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School. In 1982, he was a member of the All-Ohio Youth Choir that performed at the Ohio State Fair, then in 1983 the choir toured and performed in Europe. Michael received his Bachelor's degree from Kent...
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Martha Liebert

February 17, 1929 - January 30, 2017

Martha L. Liebert, 87, of Brimfield Township, died Monday, January 30, 2017, in Fairlawn at the home of Juanita Tepus. She was born February 17, 1929 in Twinsburg, to Jesse Ernest and Esther Bernice (Sprague) Foster. Martha had retired from The Holiday Inn after 30 years of service. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, gardening and playing cards with friends. Martha gave everything to family before...
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Elaine C French

September 16, 1957 - January 29, 2017

Elaine C French Elaine C French, 59, of Kent, died Sunday, January 29, 2017, in Kent. She was born September 16, 1957 in East Liverpool, to George and Mary (nee Mckinnon) Barton. She is survived by her husband, Kevin L French, whom she was married to for 22 years.; son: Sean McNulty of Kent; granddaughter, Celastina Wortman of Kent; grandson, Xavier McNulty of Ravenna; brothers: Ronald...
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Richard E Koch

August 19, 1947 - January 28, 2017

Richard E. Koch died on January 28, 2017 surrounded by his family. Devoted husband of Patricia (Davis). Rick and Patti met in junior high school, a teen-age romance that lasted 55 years. Loving father of Christopher (Marleny), Troy (Yildiz), Meredith (Justin), and Schuyler (Jenna). Proud grandfather of Ariel, Courtney, Noelle, Owen, Ricky, Kathryn, Avery, Grant, Juliet, and Teddy. Preceded in...
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Nolen R Brown

August 19, 1958 - January 27, 2017

Nolen Raymond Brown Nolen Raymond Brown, 58, of Suffield Township, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017, in Akron, OH. Nolen was a retired member of the Carpenters Local 639 Union in Akron, OH. He was born August 19, 1958 in Ravenna, to the late Dana Eugene Brown. He is survived by; mother Cleo Bernice (Drake) Adleman of Rootstown, son, Jeffrey (Abby) Brown of Stow; daughter, Hollea...
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Patricia Ruth Jalbert

January 27, 2017

Patricia Ruth (Ensign) Jalbert, 75, also known widely as "Nana," and affectionally called "Pajama Pat," died on Friday, January 27th at her home in Kent, Ohio. She was the last surviving of nine siblings born to Ralph Duane and Helen Marie Ensign in Mount Holly, New Jersey. She is joining in death her parents and her eight siblings, and her beloved husband Chuck (Charlie.) She is survived...
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Peter Damon Kletzien

December 23, 1978 - January 27, 2017

Peter D. Kletzien, a resident of Kent since 1988, passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 27, 2017. Born in Indianapolis, IN on December 23, 1978, Peter and his family also lived in Homewood, Il and South Bend, IN prior to settling in Kent. A 1997 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt H.S. in Kent, he also studied at Kent State Stark and Columbus Community College. Peter held nursing...
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Triloki "T.N." Bhargava

August 21, 1933 - January 25, 2017

Triloki Nath (T.N.) Bhargava, 83, of Kent, OH, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, at his home in Kent, in the presence of his family. T.N. is survived by his wife, Christine; his son, Ashish (Tushti); his daughter, Anjali Deva (Ravi); his son, Ravi (Caroline); his daughter, Tina (Jason Gartland); his son, Anil; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Kusum Bhargava, of...
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Margaret L. Hart

February 20, 1924 - January 25, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Margaret L. (Zdanczewski) Hart, announces her passing into eternal life on January 25, 2017. Margaret was 92 years young. She will be sadly missed by 5 generations of immediate family. A longtime resident of Portage County, Margaret was born in Cleveland on February 20, 1924, to Henry and Carrie Sutton. She was a loving wife to William...
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Stanley J. Drongowski

April 23, 1919 - January 25, 2017

Stanley Drongowski of Kent died peacefully Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Stow Glen Care Center to join the loves of his life, his wives Grace Ann (Kline) and Dorothy (Horning). Born in Kent on April 23, 1919 to Marianna (Rudniczka) and Antoni Drongowski, he attended St. Patrick School and Kent Roosevelt High School. His studies at Kent State were interrupted in order to serve in the...
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Robert L. Bachman, Sr.

September 13, 1934 - January 24, 2017

Robert L. Bachman Sr., 82, of Randolph, died Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at his home. He was born September 13, 1934 in Kent to LeRoy A. and Irene (Weightman) Bachman. He was a veteran of the US Navy. Robert worked 35 years at Superior Mold and Die in Stow and then ten years at Craig Mold and Machine in Ravenna. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Kemp) Bachman, whom he married on...
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Glenn N. Thomas, Ph.D.

July 27, 1946 - January 21, 2017

Glenn Nichols Thomas, a member of the emeritus faculty in the College of Business at Kent State University, died on January 21, 2017 at the age of 70 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The son of the late Lewis V. Thomas, a noted scholar of Turkish Language and Literature at Princeton University, and the late Dr. Ethel N. Thomas, he was born in Istanbul, Turkey on July 27, 1946. ...
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Sally P. Parkison

January 17, 1928 - January 20, 2017

Sally Pauline Parkison, born January 17, 1928, left this earthly world on January 20, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna and Victor, siblings, Victor, Sophia, Rosalie and Adeline, husband, Orville ("Parky"), and daughter, Roseanne. A first-generation American of Polish immigrants, she grew up working the farm and spent most of her adult life cleaning houses and schools so...
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Larry Lamb

May 21, 1955 - January 20, 2017

Larry Lamb Larry Lamb, 61, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at home in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. He was born May 21, 1955 in Ravenna, OH to David and Audrey (Davis) Lamb. He is survived by son, Russell Lamb of Cuyahoga Falls; daughters, Stacey (Charlie) Montgomery of Kent, Christina Casto of Kent; five grandchildren; brothers, Gene Kelly of Garrettsville, Brent Kelly of Ohio;...
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Elouise D. Keelan

October 12, 1922 - January 19, 2017

Elouise D. Keelan, 94, of Hudson, died Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Gables of Hudson. She was born October 12, 1922 in Fairfield, TX to Robert Van and Julia Irma (Gilpin) Day. Elouise was a member of the Hudson United Methodist Church and the PEO Philanthropic Organization. She was a member of the Stow Home and Garden Club and enjoyed painting, stained glass and many other crafts. Always a...
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Gary Frederick Miller

July 13, 1945 - January 15, 2017

Gary Frederick Miller Gary Frederick Miller, 71, of Kent, died Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. He was born July 13, 1945 in Akron, to Frederick and Mary (Stevens) Miller. He is a 1972 graduate of Kent State University and a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Gary retired as a logistics supervisor at Mactac. He loved working with his hands and his...
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Richard Eugene Walburn

June 21, 1925 - January 13, 2017

Richard Eugene Walburn, 91, of Stow, died and joined his wife of 70 years, Virginia, on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Stow Glen Retirement Center. He was born June 21, 1925 in Piqua to Hines A. and Eva M. (Miller) Walburn. Richard worked in Sales and as manager at Chef's Pantry. He was a member of the Tadmor Shrine, Scottish Rite 32nd Degree and the Stokes Lodge in Port Jefferson. He was a...
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Edward J. Johnsons, Sr.

January 31, 1941 - January 11, 2017

Edward J. Johnson Sr., 75, of Kent, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Arbors at Streetsboro. He was born January 31, 1941 in Springfield, to Charles and Mary (Neal) Johnson. He was a veteran of the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He is survived by his wife, Valerie (Pascol) Johnson, whom he married on January 17, 1972; with four sons, Terrance Johnson of Miamisburg, Kenneth...
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Richard Lee Prillaman, Jr.

March 11, 1949 - January 5, 2017

Richard Lee Prillaman Jr., 67, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at his home. He was born March 11, 1949 in Akron to Richard Lee and Audrey M. (Moore) Prillaman. He had worked at ASB Industries and helped establish Owen Michael Machine Shop in 2008. He is survived by friend and son, Mike (Cris) Prillaman; grandchildren, Cassy Prillaman, Fred Prillaman, and Joe Prillaman;...
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Luella F. Moore

March 6, 1918 - January 4, 2017

Luella F. Moore, 98, of Kent, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Kent Healthcare Center. She was born March 6, 1918 in Akron to Ralph and Hazel C. (Hancock) Baumgardner. At a young age, she worked at Ohio Bell Telephone Company. She is survived by son, Donald P. Moore; and brother, Paul Baumgardner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Moore; son, Kenneth, Jr.; brothers,...
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Christine Helen Derby

August 11, 1933 - January 4, 2017

Helen Derby, 83, of Kent, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at home after a long illness. She was born August 11, 1933 in Mansfield, Ohio, as the first child of Joseph Hriesik (HER shick) and Christine Erndt, and after 7th grade, moved to a farm in Perry Township, Morrow County. Helen graduated from Johnsville High School in 1951 and attended Ashland College, where she met Barton Derby. ...
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Ned McCoy

January 10, 1926 - January 3, 2017

Ned McCoy, 90, of Kent, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at UH Portage Medical Center. Ned McCoy entered this world January 10, 1926 in Eastover South Carolina in Richland County, to the parents of father James and mother Lizzie (Green) McCoy, Sr. Ned attended school in Columbia and entered the Army in 1944. He received an honorable discharged 1946. After his discharge he moved to Philadelphia...
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William "Papa" Smith

April 20, 1924 - January 2, 2017

William E. Smith, 92, of Brimfield, died Monday, January 2, 2017, peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He is now reunited in Heaven with his beloved wife of over 60 years of marriage. He was born April 20, 1924, in Kent to Paul and Mary F. (Klinko) Smith. He was a veteran of the Navy during the World War II. He was a self-employed carpenter. He was the owner of Animal House Pet...
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Gary C. Schultz

November 13, 1963 - January 1, 2017

Gary C. Schultz, 53, of Kent, died Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Cleveland Clinic Foundation following a fierce battle with cancer. He was born November 13, 1963 in Bedford, to Robert and Myra (Linehan) Schultz. Gary graduated from Kent State University with a BS degree in Criminal Justice in 1988. He worked a combined 28 years for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the...
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James F. Leithold

December 1, 1953 - December 24, 2016

James F. Leithold, 63, of Kent, died Saturday, December 24, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born December 1, 1953 in Cleveland to Joseph A. and Marilyn (Wirth) Leithold. He attended Kent State. He then worked for and retired as a foreman from the Chessie System where he worked on the railroad. He will be remembered as very mechanically inclined. He could fix anything. ...
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Gerald F. Moledor

December 8, 1933 - December 23, 2016

Gerald Francis Moledor Gerald "Jerry" Moledor, age 83, of Melbourne Florida, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016, at William Childs Hospice House. He was born on December 8, 1933, at 909 Franklin Avenue, Kent, to Carl and Marguerite (Wagner) Moledor. Jerry worked at Snyders Fix-It Shop on Crain Avenue in Kent, Smith News Agency in Kent, Loeblein's Furniture in Kent, Twin Coach in...
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Betty Jean Arrington

September 3, 1927 - December 22, 2016

Betty Jean Arrington, 89, of Munroe Falls, passed away on Thursday, December 22nd at Altercare of Western Reserve in Stow. She was born September 3, 1927, in Kingsport, Tennessee, to Roy and Kate (Mahoney) Hardin. Betty enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing, ballroom dancing and playing bridge with master players from the First Baptist Church of Kingsport, partnering with Barry Robertson, Jack...
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Bill Foster

February 3, 1955 - December 21, 2016

Bill Foster, 61, of Streetsboro, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his home. He was born February 3, 1955 in White Plains, NY. Bill was fun loving and free spirited; loved his Harley; worked at Deluxe; enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing field training bird dogs, music, and even learned how to dance to his favorite song that he lived his life by which was "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. He...
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Colleen Mae Werstler

December 20, 2016

On December 20th Colleen Mae Werstler 31, was called home to our Lord after battling complications from a heart infection. She was a beloved daughter, sister, neice and friend. Born in Akron in 1985, Colleen attended Field High School, graduating in 2003. She had an infectious smile that could light up any room and always made everyone laugh with her fantastic sense of humor. Colleen...
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Joan Weber

March 20, 1931 - December 20, 2016

Joan Weber, 85, of Kent, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Gables at KentRidge. She was born March 20, 1931 and grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, married and moved to Kent to raise a family. In 1978, the family moved to a farm in Bartlett, Ohio. Joan worked as a secretary for many businesses over the years, and retired as a custodian for Barlow-Vincent Elementary School. She is survived by her...
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David Jeffrey Haska

May 26, 1958 - December 19, 2016

David Jeffrey Haska, 58, of Edinburg Township, died unexpectedly on Monday, December 19, 2016, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Hts. He was born May 26, 1958 in Ravenna. David graduated from Hiram College in 1980. He is the President of Haska Fur Farms where he has worked for over 40 years. He was a lifelong learner with interests in automobiles, early American Indian artifacts, and...
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Eliane G. Sladky

November 9, 1927 - December 19, 2016

Eliane G. Sladky, 89, of Kent, died Monday, December 19, 2016. She was born November 9, 1927 in France, to Louis George and Lucie (Olivier) Vieville. She was one of Portage County's first World War II war brides. Eliane loved needle point, music, gardening and traveling to France to visit family and friends. She is survived by daughter, Diane (Don) Bobrowicz of Kent; granddaughters,...
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Tonya Cadle

November 23, 1965 - December 18, 2016

Tonya Cadle, 51, of Kent, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born November 23, 1965 in Ravenna to David and Andrea (Craft) Mays. She was a wonderful parent, daughter, sister, great friend to others, and a fighter until the end. Unfortunately cancer got the best of her. She will be sorely missed by all of us. She is survived by daughters,...
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Gail Ann Pultea

August 23, 1943 - December 14, 2016

Gail Ann Pultea, 73, of Akron, died Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born August 23, 1943 in Cleveland to Betty Jane (Allen) and Alex Nicholson. Gail Ann had worked at AMETEK/Lamb Electric, Matrix and Portage County Nursing Home. She is survived by sons, Troy Pultea of Alliance and Lenny Dye of Spring , TX; daughter, Tina Pultea of Akron; grandson,...
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Phillip Hans Sommers

April 11, 1936 - December 13, 2016

Phillip Hans Sommers, 80, of Stow, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Akron General Hospital. He was born April 11, 1936 in Cuyahoga Falls, to Hans and Loreene (Culver) Sommers. A veteran of the Army, Phil was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii and was the Drillmaster of the Honor Guard. He was a member of the Acker-Moore American Legion in Stow. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou ...
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Robert S. Miller

July 19, 1928 - December 10, 2016

Robert S. Miller, 88, of Kent, died Saturday, December 10, at his home. He was born July 19, 1928, in Springfield, Ohio, to Raymond E. and Mary (Sexton) Miller. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and for ten years he served on minesweepers out of Charleston, SC; then for the next ten years he served aboard LSDs out of San Diego, CA. He stationed in Viet Nam three times, twice aboard LSD...
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Martin Robert Kiel

January 28, 1959 - December 9, 2016

Martin Robert Kiel, 57, of Ventura, CA, died suddenly Friday, December 9, 2016. He was born January 28, 1959 in Akron to James Bernard and Kathleen (Braun) Kiel. He served as a Chief Petty Officer with the SeaBees of the US Navy. The Navy took Martin to places such as Spain, Port Hueneme CA, Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, and to Louisiana where he helped with the construction of the...
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