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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

Helen Weingart

February 23, 1932 - June 25, 2018

Helen Weingart, 86, of Kent, died Monday, June 25, 2018, at Avenue at Aurora. She was born February 23, 1932 in Edinburg, to Dimitri and Rosie (Pochna) Wawrin. Helen taught elementary in Stow, then worked for the Twinsburg and Nordonia Schools as a Guidance Counselor. In retirement she supervised student teaching through Kent State University and worked as a Real Estate Agent for Wilbur...
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Wanda Thornton

June 17, 1935 - June 23, 2018

Wanda Thornton, 83, of Ravenna, died Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Brookdale of Ravenna. She joins her husband of 56 years, Ashby Together in Life Together in Death Together Forever She was born June 17, 1935 in Mantua, to Madeline (Racz) Crowe Sloey. Wanda worked at Lamb Electric and Smithers Oasis for many years. She was a member of Mud Hen Ceramics, enjoyed painting, gardening,...
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Charles F. Kish

March 17, 1927 - June 21, 2018

Charles F. Kish, 91, of Kent, died Thursday, June 21, 2018, at his home. He was born March 17, 1927 in McDonald to Nicholas and Anna (Kopp) Kish. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church and its Knights of Columbus, the Kent American Legion Post 496, a Life member of the Kent V.F.W. Post 3703, and a member and past officer of U.A.W. C.A.P. Council. He is survived by daughter, Karen (Dave)...
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Kevin Mark Cooper

November 2, 1959 - June 20, 2018

Kevin Mark Cooper, 58, of Stow, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at his home. He was born November 2, 1959 in Mt. Hope, WV to Carl Chester and Elizabeth Faye (Feazil) Cooper. He loved driving cars and riding motorcycles. He loved and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife, Maryann (Valosen) Cooper, whom he married on August 30, 1991; children, Kevin Cooper of West...
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Polly Starr Donaghy

September 8, 1940 - June 20, 2018

Polly Starr Donaghy, beloved wife of the late Dan Getz Donaghy and beloved mother of Anne Merritt Donaghy and Catherine Curtis Donaghy, died peacefully June 20, 2018. Born in Connecticut, Mrs. Donaghy grew up in Hudson and moved to Kent at the time of her marriage in 1960. She joined her husband at the Campus Supply, where she utilized her encyclopedic knowledge of children's books. She...
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Bette Wands Hoover

March 20, 1945 - June 19, 2018

Bette Wands Hoover, age 73, passed away peacefully June 19, 2018 after battling a long illness. She was born in Ravenna on March 20, 1945 to the late Herbert and Neva (Watkins) Wands. A music lover, she studied music at Kent State University, earning her Master's degree. She taught music at Field Local Schools and numerous private piano students. Bette was a lifelong member of the Kent United...
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Irene A. Galier

November 30, 1929 - June 17, 2018

Irene A. Galier, 88, of Aurora, died Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Aurora Manor in Aurora. She was born November 30, 1929 in Windham, to the late Avara and Sara (Rufner) Cale. Graduate of Ravenna High School in 1947. She began her career as a bookkeeper at the State Highway Patrol where she met husband Peter Galier. Irene worked on and off throughout her life in accounting. Her greatest joy was...
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LaVerne Ramicone

July 13, 1934 - June 13, 2018

LaVerne Ramicone, 83, of Kent, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Arbors of Stow. She was born July 13, 1934 in Kent, to Floyd and Mary E. (Copeland) Christner. LaVerne was a Campfire Leader and loved dogs, hiking, reading and traveling to Hocking Hills State Park. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. She is survived by son, Nick (Barbara) Ramicone of Ravenna;...
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John Charles Ketchum

November 15, 1955 - June 11, 2018

John Charles Ketchum, 62, of Kent, died Monday, June 11, 2018, at his home. He was born November 15, 1955 in Akron, to Roy and Ruth (Reeder) Ketchum. He was an active person and loved to socialize with his friends and neighbors. John loved Harley-Davidson motorcycles, fast and classic cars and horse racing. He enjoyed spending time with his family especially the grandkids. He is survived...
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Melvin L. Myers

September 26, 1951 - June 10, 2018

Melvin L. Myers, 66, of Ravenna, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He was born September 26, 1951 in Baltimore, MD to William and Doris (Severn) Myers. He was a die-hard Baltimore Ravens fan. He is survived by his wife, Lynn (Schoener) Myers; son, Erik (Heather) Matonak of Akron; daughter, Kyla (Nick) Courtad of Aurora; grandchildren, Damien, Sebastian, Rocco,...
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Margaret May Konopitski

May 1, 1933 - June 8, 2018

Margaret May Konopitski, 85, of Kent, died Friday, June 8, 2018, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born May 1, 1933 in Glassport, PA to Harold and Margaret (Germak) Spencer. She retired from Parker Hannifin Corp. in Ravenna, where she worked in Human Resources. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church; the Ford Salaried Retirement Club; and the Stow AARP. She was a Robinson...
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Robert L. Crocker

September 16, 1928 - June 7, 2018

Robert L. Crocker Sr., 89, of Kent, died Thursday, June 7, 2018, at his home. He was born September 16, 1928 in Stow, to George E. and Erma May (Burdick) Crocker. He was a veteran of the Army during the World War II and the Korean War. He was a life member of the VFW and Kent American Legion Post 496. He is survived by sons, Robert L. (Rhonda) Crocker Jr. of Kent and Russell. J. Crocker...
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Joseph Gabriel, Jr.

January 12, 1931 - June 3, 2018

Joseph Gabriel Jr., 87, of Kent, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018 surrounded by family at his home in Kent. He was born January 12, 1931 in Canton Ohio to Joseph and Florence (Norcia) Gabriel Sr.. He was a veteran of the Army during the Korean war. He was self employed, owner of Envoy Chemical Co. He is survived by his wife, Bess (Swartzendruber) Gabriel, whom he married on 02/04/1983;...
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Linda Ellsworth

April 6, 1947 - June 2, 2018

Linda Ellsworth, 71, of Ravenna, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 2, 2018. She was born April 6, 1947 in Akron to the late Ray Irvin and Dorothy June (Speck) Brugmann. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Ellsworth, whom she married on June 11, 1966; sons, Edward (Kim) Ellsworth of Ravenna, and Tom (Brenda) Ellsworth of Kent; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Terry) Merriner of...
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John Jack Gargan

December 16, 1934 - June 1, 2018

John Joseph "Jack" Gargan, a political science professor known for his enthusiastic teaching style and love of language and family, died June 1 with his family by his side. Born December 16, 1934, in Auburn, New York, to Joseph W. and Margaret F. (Murphy), Gargan, Jack grew up in Auburn and graduated from Holy Family High School in 1952. He proudly attended the United States Military Academy...
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Platt Rogers Safford

June 12, 1950 - May 29, 2018

A modest, courageous, good-hearted, and dry-witted man of integrity died May 29, 2018, enfolded within the circle of his loving family, following two years of cancer treatments. Platt Rogers Safford of Kent was born June 12, 1950, son of the late Louis O. and Margery Rogers of Cleveland Heights. He attended Hawkins School before graduating from Mercersburg Academy in PA, which was one of the...
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Scott William McNeil

April 19, 1969 - May 28, 2018

Scott William McNeil, 49, of Kent, Ohio passed away at home on Monday, May 28, 2018, surrounded by his family. Scott was born on April 19, 1969 in Libertyville, Illinois, to Becky and Dick McNeil. He was preceded in death by his mother and his nephew, Sam McNeil. Scott brought tremendous love, unity and laughter to his family. His life was defined by his family, but Scott was the core,...
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Martha Mary Loos

January 30, 1916 - May 28, 2018

Martha Mary Loos, 102, of Kent, died Monday, May 28, 2018, at Gables at KentRidge. She was born January 30, 1916 in Kent to Frank and Bessie (Wronska) Pudloski. She was an active member of St. Patrick Church where she was a regular attendee at Adoration on Tuesdays. For years, she played cards with the Thursday's Euchre group at St. Patrick Church, and was an enthusiastic bowler. Martha...
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Patrick Charles McCafferty

September 26, 1948 - May 22, 2018

Patrick Charles McCafferty, 69, of Kent, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 surrounded by family, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born September 26, 1948 in Akron to Ross John Regis and Ruth Milton (Anderson) McCafferty. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Patrick was a member of the American Legion, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 3rd...
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Lori K. McGlothlin

October 29, 1963 - May 22, 2018

Lori K McGlothlin, 54 of Kent lost her courageous battle with cancer at her home on Tuesday May 22, 2018. She is preceded in death by her father Wynn Webb and her Mother Christine (Smulo) Webb. Lori loved entertaining family and friends, traveling with her husband Terry and being an awesome Aunt. She will be missed by many. She is survived by her loving husband Terry McGlothlin, whom she...
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Joyce Rosalie Sitko

June 29, 1924 - May 22, 2018

Joyce Rosalie (Geisinger) Sitko, 93, of Kent, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Altercare of Hudson. Born June 19, 1924 in her home at 123 Elm Street in Kent to Howard and Lillian (Long) Geisinger. Early in life, Joyce tapped dance for 15 years with Helen Beitz dance studio in Kent. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1942 and had been a resident of Kent all her...
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Elizabeth "Betty" F. Becker Combs Rentz

July 3, 1927 - May 21, 2018

Elizabeth F. 'Betty' Becker Combs Rentz, 90, of Stow, died Monday, May 21, 2018, at her home. She was born July 3, 1927 in Akron, to Francis and Gertrude (Geilen) Becker. Betty was a member of the Stow United Methodist Church. She was well loved and will be missed by her many nephews and nieces. She is survived by her son, Tim (Carolynn) Combs of Georgetown, TX; daughter, Gretchen (Joe)...
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Harold Leroy Courson

March 24, 1941 - May 21, 2018

Harold Leroy Courson, 77, of Aurora, died Monday, May 21, 2018, at Arbors At Streetsboro. He was born March 24, 1941 in Rimersburg, PA to the late Paul and Margaret (Ramsey) Courson. He Retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years of service and enjoyed restoring '57 Chevys. He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Doolittle) Courson; daughters, Corinne (Steve) Nagy of Auburn, and Loretta ...
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Ethel Mae Cook

March 4, 1926 - May 19, 2018

Ethel Mae Cook, 92, of Kent, died Saturday, May 19, 2018, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born March 4, 1926 in Kent to William A. and Mae (Poulton) Manfrass. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church, St. Michael's Circle; and the Infant Jesus of Prague Guild. She had worked at St. Patrick School and Kent State University. She is survived by son, James (Deborah) Cook of...
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Donald W. Shilling

March 20, 1932 - May 17, 2018

Donald W. Shilling, 86, of Kent, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born March 20, 1932 in Massillon to Willis F. and Olivia Edna (Baskey) Shilling. He attended Lake Brady United Methodist Church. Don was a loving minister to all. He was pastor at churches in Justus and Pigeon Run, a mission church he helped to build in Lexington, then to...
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Thomas J. Crocker

October 6, 1946 - May 14, 2018

Thomas J. Crocker, 71, of Kent, passed away Monday morning, May 14th, at the Louis Stokes Veterans Medical Center in Cleveland. Tom was born October 6, 1946 in Ravenna to Carl and Mary (Dawes) Crocker. He was a veteran of the US Navy where he served in the Vietnam War. While serving, Tom was extremely proud to be part of the Naval Construction Battalion, better known as the Seabees. He was...
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Sandra Marie Fitzpatrick

March 24, 1943 - May 12, 2018

Sandra Marie Fitzpatrick, 75, of Kent, died Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center. She was born March 24, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA to George and Theresa (Kukosky) Jones. Her family moved shortly after to Cincinnati, OH where she spent most of her childhood, before moving to Stow during High School. She spent the rest of her life in the Akron-Kent area. She...
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Jean Gavriloff

October 11, 1946 - May 9, 2018

Jean Gavriloff, 71, of Arcadia, FL, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in her home surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was born October 11, 1946 in Regen, Germany to Peter and Alexandra (Rachkiewska) Rebszenko. Jean graduated from Heidelberg University in Tiffin and then spent 30 years encouraging, supporting, and loving her students at Ravenna High School. She strived to teach culture,...
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Clifford Porter, Jr.

May 11, 1945 - May 9, 2018

Clifford Porter Jr., 73, of Brimfield, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born May 11, 1945 in Akron to Clifford and Lucille Catherine (Rett) Porter. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Vietnam war. Clifford retired from Ohio Edison after 35 years. He served with the Brimfield Fire Department, American Red Cross, Cuyahoga Valley Parks and...
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Fred A. Coiner, Sr.

February 5, 1931 - May 9, 2018

Fred A. Coiner passed peacefully Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his sons, Hershel and Fred Jr. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Loretta Coiner. Fred was the loving father of Andy (Vira) Coiner of Ft. Worth, TX, Lois (Jim) Hunt of Rootstown, Ruth (Greg) Prater of Palmersville, TN, Nancy Maglione of San Diego, CA, Jean (Marlin) St. John of Clayton, NC,...
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Frank Joseph Felton

December 15, 1965 - May 6, 2018

Frank J. Felton, 52 of Rootstown, passed away unexpectedly at home due to short illness on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Frank was born December 15, 1965, to Jeanette (Antonelli) and Frank "Jug" Felton of Rootstown. A lifetime resident of the township, he was a proud graduate of Rootstown High School. He worked for many years first at Chicken Manor, then at Sea World, First Chop, Twin Star Lanes and...
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Shirley Anne Wemyss

June 28, 1936 - May 2, 2018

Shirley Anne Wemyss, of Kent died May 2, 2018 after a three year battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 81. Mrs. Wemyss was born in Salem, Ohio on June 28, 1936 to Clara and L. Victor Kenreich. She grew up in Rootstown and married James W. Wemyss in 1957, thus beginning 58 happy and loyal years of marriage. Mrs. Wemyss earned a teaching degree from Kent State University in 1963. She spent...
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Kevin Hermon Olear

July 1, 1940 - April 27, 2018

Kevin Hermon Olear, 77, of Stow, died Friday, April 27, 2018, at his home. He was born July 1, 1940 in Akron, to John and Vida (Roberts) Olear. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Vietnam war. He loved to fish, hunt and enjoy the great outdoors. He is survived by brother, Keith Olear of Ravenna; sister, Karen (David) McMillion of Kent; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was...
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Vicki Lynn (Zimmerman) Arrington

June 30, 1953 - April 25, 2018

On April 25, 2018, a cold grey sky gave way to warm sunlight as God called one of His angels back to heaven. Vicki Lynn Arrington, wife of 40 years to David, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Vicki was a great mother and homemaker. She was known as "Aunt Vicki" by the many children she cared for over the years. She is survived by her husband David, and children Amy (Jim...
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Harriet Chamberlain Wilson

April 3, 1917 - April 24, 2018

Harriet Chamberlain Wilson, 101, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Brookdale of Ravenna. She was born April 3, 1917 in Oakpark, IL to Sydney D. and Mary (Paine) Chamberlain. She is survived by sons, Arthur Sydney Wilson of Kent and James Chamberlain Wilson of Sarasota, FL; four grandchildren; ten great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Bissler &...
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Emma L. Reed

August 10, 1929 - April 22, 2018

Emma L. Reed, 88, of Kent, died Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. She was born August 10, 1929 in Kent to Arthur C. and Mildred E. (Wehl) Koerner. She loved to cook, nurture, and feed family and friends. She is survived by son, Robert Hursell of Arizona; daughters, Victoria Ciarcia of Kent, Cheryl (Jim) Cone of Kent and Terri (Daniel) Brunswick of...
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Roberta Cooley

March 24, 1923 - April 21, 2018

Roberta Stauffer Cooley, 95, of Streetsboro, died Saturday, April 21, 2018, at The Arbors at Streetsboro. She was born March 24, 1923 in Kent to the late George Joseph and Margueritte Ellen (Jones) Stauffer. Roberta was a member of Portage Faith United Methodist Church in Mantua, United Methodist Women & Hope Circle, member & past Regent of Old Northwest Chapter of Daughters of American...
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Meigs Adams

February 19, 1934 - April 20, 2018

Shortly after visiting with her daughter and making plans to go to a Silver Sneakers class the next morning, Meigs pre-flighted her plane, took off into the skies and grasped the hand of God. Family and friends are invited to Case-Barlow Farm, 1931 Barlow Road, Hudson, OH 44236 on Tuesday, April 24th from 3 – 5 pm to celebrate Meigs's fun-filled adventurous life. Festive attire welcome! A...
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Boleslaw Boczek

March 29, 1922 - April 16, 2018

Dr. Boleslaw Adam Boczek, 96, passed away peacefully on April 16 at his home in Kent, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. A retired Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Kent State University who taught there from 1966 to 1992, Dr. Boczek was a prominent international law and international relations expert who specialized in the law of the sea, and whose published PhD dissertation from...
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Lucinda Norman

August 10, 1923 - April 16, 2018

Lucinda Norman, 94, of Mantua Township, died Monday, April 16, 2018, at The Landing of Stow. She was born August 10, 1923 in Whirlwind, WV to Henry Lee and Shirley (Richards) Mullins. She is survived by son, Gary (Joyce) Norman of Perrysburg, OH; daughter, Donna N. Wilson of Kent; grandchildren, J.C. (Stacey) Wilson of Jenkintown, PA, Charlie (Emily) Wilson of Kent, Brian (Danielle)...
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Carl F. Andrei

September 11, 1938 - April 14, 2018

Carl F. Andrei, 79, of Ravenna, died Saturday, April 14, 2018, at his home. He was born September 11, 1938 in Cleveland, to Carl and Eleanor (Franko) Andrei. He was a member of the Steelworkers Union. He is survived by his wife, Carole (Jakubec) Andrei; daughters, Patti (Hans) Barnette of Ravenna and Doreen Rybczynski of Ravenna; sons, Carl "Rick" Andrei Jr. of Akron and Steven Paul Andrei...
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June Roberta Kirk

June 11, 1927 - April 8, 2018

June Roberta Kirk, 90, of Mogadore, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, at her home. She was born June 11, 1927 in Tallmadge, to Fredelein and Roma (Gerber) Platz. June enjoyed spending time with her family especially grandchildren. She is survived by her son, Jeff Wilson of Mogadore; daughter, Tari Vogias Wilson of Kent; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; and two great great...
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Richard L. Workman

August 1, 1923 - April 7, 2018

Richard L. Workman, 94, of Mantua Township, died Saturday, April 7, 2018, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna after complications from a fall at home. He was born August 1, 1923 in Campbellsport, Ohio to Lawrence H. and May (Richards) Workman. He was a 1942 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School and attended Kent State University. He was a veteran of the Navy with the rank of GM2C...
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Helen Fleischmann Yahner Buhler

May 15, 1929 - April 6, 2018

Helen Fleischmann Yahner Buhler of Uniontown passed away on April 6th at the age of 88. Helen was born May 15, 1929 in Canton after her parents and older sister emigrated from Munich, Germany. She graduated from Canton Lehman High School, Keystone Junior College, and Kent State University, where she received her bachelor's degree in education. Helen was a teacher at Brimfield and Rootstown...
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Thomas "Tommy" George Dawe

March 4, 1956 - April 6, 2018

Thomas "Tommy" George Dawe, age 62, passed away at his home in Kent, April 6, 2018. "Tommy" was born in 1956 to George and Pauline (Pelletier) Dawe of Methuen, Massachusetts. "Tommy" is survived by his loving wife Catherine (Jackson) Dawe, sons James Thomas Dawe of Kent and Richard Thomas Dawe of Poland ME, daughter Holly Kristine Dawe of Kent, and the little love of his life his...
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Chester Stewart 'Chet' Patterson

January 15, 1938 - April 6, 2018

Chester Stewart 'Chet' Patterson Jr., 80, of Brimfield, died Friday, April 6, 2018, at Altercare of Brimfield. He was born January 15, 1938 in Elwood City, PA to Chester Stewart and Sarah (Clyde) Patterson. He worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for thirty-eight years moving through multiple divisions of racing, then new product research and development, retiring in 2001 as the...
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Susan Ritzinger

April 23, 1947 - April 5, 2018

Susan Ritzinger, 70, of Kent, died Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Kent. She was born April 23, 1947 in Ravenna to the late James and Elizabeth (Stevenson) Fitzgerald. She retired from Kent State University after working in the admissions office for 35 years. She loved listening to opera music, working in her garden, and the Cleveland Cavaliers. She is survived by her son, Jack Lohr of...
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Neil Callen

November 11, 1948 - March 31, 2018

Neil Callen died March 31 of cancer. He will be missed by his many many friends who he met and kept, some for over 50 years. Friends from golf, work, college, skydiving, golf, brewing, volleyball, croquet, music, hacky, darts, golf, 4-square, island vacations, biking, golf, camping (friends met in bars, mail men, old girlfriends) and in the ever expanding circle of those friends. He will be...
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Richard A. Karson

August 19, 1984 - March 30, 2018

Richard A. Karson, 33, of Akron, died March 30, 2018. He was born August 19, 1984 in Barberton to Richard Duane Karson and Kelley Ann (Latshaw) Karson. He is survived by his son, Brantley Andrew Karson; grandmother, Janet Karson of Barberton; sister, Nicole (Heath) Barnes of Uniontown; father, Richard Duane (Beth) Karson of Ravenna; mother Kelley (Latshaw) Karson of Akron. Bissler &...
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Mary La Wilson

May 26, 1924 - March 30, 2018

For La Wilson, art was life. "I am freer in art work than in any other area of my life," she wrote in one of her "weather reports." She had many other talents to choose from. At Abbot Academy (now Andover), where students were divided between Gargoyles and Griffins, La was captain of her group, which at each contest sang a pep song ending, "We'll fight with a vim that is dead sure to win for...
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Jean Naomi (Lenner) Schwabe

April 8, 1924 - March 22, 2018

Did anyone notice a Disturbance in the Force last Thursday at 9:30 in the morning? Because at that moment, in our little world, Jean Schwabe left it. Born Jean Naomi Lenner, April 8, 1924 to Deane and Jean Lenner of Akron, she was the youngest of the intrepid Lenner sisters. They spent many of their youthful summer days playing on the family farm in Tiffin, Ohio. As adults the sisters went...
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Dewey G. Souers

August 19, 1923 - March 17, 2018

Dewey G. Souers, 94, of Kent, died Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born August 19, 1923 in Brimfield, to Paul Andrew and Mary Dean (Dietrich) Souers. Dewey was a 1941 graduate of Kent State High School and was a veteran of the Navy during the World War II war. Dewey was retired from Lamson & Sessions and RB&W. He is survived by sons, Michael P...
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Mary Ellen Moyseenko

May 1, 1952 - March 17, 2018

Mary Ellen Moyseenko, 65, of Kent, died Friday, March 16, 2018, at Stow Glen Retirement Center. She was born May 1, 1952 in Ravenna, to James and Martha (Myers) Moyseenko. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. She is survived by her mother, Martha (Myers) of Kent; brothers, James (Jennifer) Moyseenko of Wooster and John (Tina) Moyseenko of Kent. She was preceded in death by her...
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Donald Fraser Simpson II

June 1, 1969 - March 14, 2018

Donald Fraser Simpson II, 48, passed away peacefully Wednesday March 14, 2018 at home. It was the only time he ever did anything peacefully, as Don was so full of life and humor and love it spilled out of him everywhere he went. He was loved by everyone he allowed into his orbit. Don started his life in Naperville, IL, where he was born to Kay and Don Simpson. He wasn't sure about the addition...
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Virginia M. Polanski

June 2, 1925 - March 14, 2018

People who looked at Virginia Polanski must have wondered why she always seemed to be smiling. Like the Irish eyes in the song, her positive outlook touched family and friends throughout her life. Although she died peacefully at the Gables of Kentridge Senior Living facility in Kent, Ohio on March 14, 2018 just a few days short of St. Patrick's Day, that smile will remain in the memories of all...
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James Benjamin Cowgill

October 7, 1952 - March 13, 2018

James Benjamin Cowgill, 65, of Kent, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at his home in Twin Lakes. He was born October 7, 1952 in Barnesville, to James Burris and Mary Lou (Skinner) Cowgill. He was a 1970 graduate of Cambridge High School where he cultivated his love for sports as a member of the men's basketball, track and football teams. He continued his education (and had...
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Marcia Patterson

September 12, 1945 - March 13, 2018

Marcia Patterson, 72, of Akron, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. She was born September 12, 1945 in Akron, to the late Harry and Marian Hersman. She is survived by son, Bill Patterson Jr. of Akron; daughter, Michelle (Steve) Sibbio of Ravenna; granddaughter, Tatianna Patterson of Akron; grandsons, Travare McGregor of Akron, Trevioun Patterson of...
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John W. "Jack" Hurd

October 5, 1934 - March 13, 2018

John W. 'Jack' Hurd, 83, of Kent, died peacefully Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born October 5, 1934 in Warren, to Herbert E. and Eloise (Cain) Hurd. He was a veteran of the Army serving in Korea. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kent for 70 years and served as the Chairperson of the Music Committee for many years. Jack graduated from...
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Raymond Brian Talbert

July 17, 1943 - March 9, 2018

Raymond Brian Talbert, 74, of Streetsboro, died Friday, March 9, 2018, at Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland.   He was born July 17, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA to Henry A. and Clara (Wheelock) Talbert.    He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Smith) Talbert; sons, Brian H. Talbert of Pleasanton, Dan (Jill) Talbert of Allison Park, PA, Ken Allen of Akron, Keith (Casey) Allen of Kent, Curtis...
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Joan A. Hunt

January 17, 1942 - March 6, 2018

Joan A. Hunt, 76, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at UH Portage Medical Center. She was born January 17, 1942 in Kent to Robert and Stella (Kline) Long. She was a member of the Salvation Army and had been a nurse's aide at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Hunt; and brother, Raymond Long. Private...
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Robert Allen Fisher

June 18, 1952 - March 4, 2018

Robert Allen Fisher, 65, of Kent, died Sunday, March 4, 2018, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born June 18, 1952 in Akron, to the late Adam and Rita (Gardner) Fisher. He is survived by his wife, LouAnna (Sarrach) Fisher; step-daughter, Roxanne (Darren) Mihalus of Litchfield; several nephews; sister, Karen (Randy) Varesco of Bethany Beach, DE. He was preceded in death by...
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Gloria J. Farkash

June 4, 1943 - February 28, 2018

Gloria Jean Farkash, 74, of Kent, passed Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at Altercare of Brimfield. She was born June 4, 1943 in Cleveland, to William and Jean C. (Peltz) Petrides. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening and her Fairy garden was her joy. Gloria loved bowling, bunko and dinners with her girlfriends. She was a model wife to her husband, Gabriel "Nick" Farkash and mother...
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Shirley Casamento

October 22, 1934 - February 27, 2018

Shirley Casamento, 83, of Kent, died Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born October 22, 1934 in Akron, OH to Kyle and May (Hawk) Gilley. She is survived by her husband, Joseph A. Casamento, whom she married on 01/02/1959; daughter, Connie (Dave) Sabo of Rootstown; grandson, Kyle (Nicole Brugmann) Sabo of Rootstown, and Eric Newton of Dickson, TN...
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Marilyn Fain Apseloff

March 18, 1934 - February 22, 2018

MARILYN FAIN APSELOFF, 83 Children's Literature Author and Scholar Marilyn Fain Apseloff of Kent, Ohio, died Thursday evening, February 22, 2018, at the age of 83, with family by her side. Marilyn Fain Apseloff was an internationally recognized expert in children's literature. At Kent State University she advanced from the position of part-time instructor to full professor in the...
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Craig Allan Tatton

February 25, 1959 - February 19, 2018

On Monday, February 19, 2018, Craig Allan Tatton, of Kent, completed his earthly mission. His grace-filled, beautiful spirit and loving heart were ours for a time that seems all too brief, and his loss was quite unexpected. The truth is that his light simply became too bright, too beautiful, to be contained in earthly form. His radiance will now illuminate the world forevermore. Craig was born...
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Charles "Chuck" McBride

September 17, 1943 - February 14, 2018

Charles "Chuck" McBride, 74, of Kent, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at his home in Kent surrounded by family. He was born September 17, 1943 in Ravenna to Gerald and Rose (Stadler) McBride. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam war. Worked for the City of Kent for 34 years. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Labajetta) McBride; son, David (Star) McBride of Kent; daughter,...
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Margaret Jean Sisson

May 23, 1928 - February 13, 2018

Jean (Greer) Sisson, 89, of Kent, died Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at Arbors At Streetsboro. She was born May 23, 1928 in Kent, at the Jadots Maternity Home, to Redmond and Ruth (Gibson) Greer. She was the longest serving member of the United Church of Christ of Kent. Jean was a member of Ravenna Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, Coterie I, and her monthly Bridge Club. She is survived by...
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Leon Fenstermacher

March 17, 1913 - February 13, 2018

Leon Fenstermacher, 104, joined his Heavenly Father on February 13, 2018. He was born in Fowler, Colorado, on March 17, 1913, the son of Leon Walsh and Ruth Marie (Fisher) Fenstermacher. The family relocated to Columbus, Ohio. Leon graduated from The Ohio State University in 1935 receiving a B.S. degree in Finance and Banking and a N.S.A. Commission. He was employed that same year by The Ohio...
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John C. Estep III

February 16, 1972 - February 12, 2018

John C. Estep III, resident of Kent, passed away following an illness on February 12, 2018. John was born February 16, 1972. John was a loving husband and father – his son was the light of his life. He was an avid sports fan always eager to share his enthusiasm with family and friends. John enjoyed expressing his generosity by sharing his time and humor with those he loved. He will be...
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Mary Alice "Mitzie" Lenzo

December 14, 1934 - February 12, 2018

Mary Alice "Mitzie" Lenzo, of Kent, was born December 14, 1934 to Edward and Elizabeth Sawyer. She was the second youngest of nine children and she grew up to become a woman of great faith. Mitzie attended Kent State University, and then went on to enjoy a career in education. Her first position was as a teacher of the hearing-impaired with the Kent Schools. She was then hired by the Lakewood...
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Carol A. Grams

April 12, 1943 - February 12, 2018

Carol A. Grams, 74, of Streetsboro, died Monday, February 12, 2018, at her home in Streetsboro. She was born April 12, 1943 in Clinton, IA to the late Larry and Betty J. (Gonnerman) Foster. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and Portage Parkinson Group. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Grams, whom she married on June 1, 1972; son, Brian Dawson of Columbia, MO; brother,...
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Pamela J. Yerich

April 18, 1962 - February 9, 2018

Pamela J. Yerich, 55, of Kent, died Friday, February 9, 2018. She was born April 18, 1962 in Bakersfield, CA; moving to Lorain County as a child she attended Midview H.S. in Grafton. Pam was a dedicated employee of Walmart for 25 years, a loyal Browns & Indians fan and a lover of animals; especially her dog Bennie. She was a proud grandmother and loved her grandsons dearly. She is survived...
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Jeanette Felton

March 23, 1935 - February 4, 2018

After a long and wonderful life filled with family and love, Jeanette (Antonelli) Felton of Rootstown passed peacefully in her sleep on February 4, 2018. Jeanette was born March 23, 1935 to Julia and Ascenzo Antonelli of Kent, OH. She attended Kent City Schools and growing up was a faithful member of St. Patrick's Church of Kent. On June 1, 1957, Jeanette married her true love, Frank "Jug"...
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Neita C. Griggy

April 20, 1921 - January 30, 2018

Neita C. Griggy, 96, of Kent, died Tuesday, January 30th, 2018, at Altercare of Brimfield. She was born April 20th, 1921 in Wilkes-Barre, PA to the late Ira and Julia (Penrose) Starsil. Neita was a retail clerk at Fisher Brothers Dry Goods. She is survived by her son, Jack Griggy; step-grandsons, Michael Bauman, and B.J. Bauman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Griggy, and...
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Albert "Jack" Arrington

February 6, 1927 - January 26, 2018

Albert B."Jack" Arrington, 90, of Munroe Falls, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018, at Mulberry Gardens Retirement and Assisted Living Center. He was born February 6, 1927 in Bluefield, VA to Albert D. and Trusby L. (Matthews) Arrington. Jack enjoyed woodworking, working in his garage and yard, ballroom dancing, and bowling. He also loved travelling, especially on cruises with his wife,...
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Amy M. Harmon Crookston

September 23, 1973 - January 26, 2018

Amy M. (Harmon) Crookston, 44, of Akron, died Friday, January 26, 2018 after a lengthy illness. She was born September 23, 1973 in Ravenna, to the late Marvin C. and Lois Dorine (Shellhorn) Harmon. She is survived by her daughter, Rane Crookston of Akron; brothers, David (Missy) Harmon of Brimfield, Mark (Linda) Harmon of Stow, and Scott Harmon of Wintersville. Cremation will take...
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Patricia A. Gandee

May 23, 1959 - January 22, 2018

Patricia Allen Gandee, 58, our dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend to all she touched, of Randolph Township, passed away on Monday, January 22nd, 2018, after a long and courageous 6 year battle with breast cancer. She was born May 23rd, 1959 in Akron, to William Charles and Dorothy Ann (Thomas) Allen. Patty, "PJ", worked 30 years in the dental field as a...
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Richard Williams Gressard

July 18, 1952 - January 20, 2018

Richard Williams Gressard of Kent, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2018 after a short illness. He was born July 18, 1952 to William M and Margaret Fageol Gressard and was a graduate of Kent State University High School and Kent State University. He was president and owner of The Tavern At Twin Lakes for the past 30 years. It was his pride and his joy and that was evident when one walked into...
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Jerry Evans

June 10, 1933 - January 19, 2018

Jerry Evans, 84, of Millersburg, died Friday, January 19, 2018, at Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg. He was born June 10, 1933 in Belmont County, to Daniel L. and Georgianna (McMillen) Evans. He was a veteran of the Army during the Korean War. He is survived by sister, Kathryn Lucken of Kent; brother-in-law, Robert Wingard of Kent. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Carl Evans,...
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Kenneth Gordon Bellamy, Sr.

July 12, 1944 - January 17, 2018

Kenneth Gordon Bellamy, 73, of St. Petersburg, FL, died Wednesday, January 17th, 2018, at Akron General Hospital in Akron. He was born July 12th, 1944 in Gadsden, AL to James Bellamy and Martha (Tidwell) McCutcheon. He proudly served his country as a member of The United States Army 101st Airborne. He is survived by his sons, Kenneth Gordon (Monica) Bellamy Jr. of Stow, and Todd (Jacque)...
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Louis Anthony Penzera

October 5, 1941 - January 15, 2018

Louis Anthony Penzera, 76, of Rootstown, died Monday, January 15, 2018, at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born October 5, 1941 in Greensburg, PA to Anthony and Mary (Emanuel) Penzera. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and his Harley's. Louie loved to travel and spend time with his family. He loved to play the guitar and was a member of the "New Direction" band. Louie was a truck...
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Judy A. Terleckyj

September 2, 1953 - January 13, 2018

Judy A. Terleckyj, 64, of Kent, died Saturday, January 13th, 2018, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center in Akron. She was born September 2nd, 1953 in Hohenwald, TN to Moultrie and Tommye (Mathis) Hendrix. She is survived by her husband, Walter Terleckyj; son, James (Maria) Terleckyj; daughter, Iwanka Terleckyj of Kent; granddaughter, Lydia Terleckyj of Kent; grandsons, Anthony Terleckyj...
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Miwako K. 'Mix' Cooperrider

August 21, 1929 - January 6, 2018

Miwako ("Mix") Cooperrider, 88, of Kent, Ohio, passed away January 6, 2018 at University Hospital Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. Miwako was born August 21, 1929, in Hilo, Hawaii, the fifth of six children to Kyosuke and Teiko (Saita) Kunimura, both of whom were born and raised in Japan. She attended Hilo Union Elementary School, Hilo Intermediate School, and graduated from Hilo High School....
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Diane Lynn Thompson

May 4, 1941 - January 5, 2018

Diane Lynn Thompson, 76, of Stow, died Friday, January 5, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital after a brief illness. She was born May 4, 1941 in Ravenna, to Rocco J. and Helen L. (Meeker) Filomena. Diane owned and operated West View Hair Salon in Kent for many years. She also taught cosmetology at the beauty School in Cuyahoga Falls and retired from Macy's after many years of service. Diane...
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Ruth L. Beyers

May 1, 1923 - January 3, 2018

Ruth L. Beyers, 94, of Brimfield, died Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at her home. She was born May 1, 1923 in Akron to Clarence Elwood and Lula Mae (Hollen) Slaubaugh. She was a 1941 graduate of Akron's James A. Garfield High School and took business courses at Hammel Business School. She worked as a bookkeeper for both Goodyear and Firestone and later for Sealtest Ice Cream in Stow. In the...
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Matthew Michael Downs

April 9, 1990 - January 1, 2018

Matthew Michael Downs, 27, of Kent, died unexpectedly Monday, January 1, 2018. He was born April 9, 1990 in Akron to Michael and Tina (LeRoy) Downs. Matthew was employed by Downs Septic and Drain, Inc. in Peninsula. He was a former member of the Western Reserve Indian Guides. He was a lover of everything Legos and Simpsons; and an avid gamer. He will be remembered as a loving son with a...
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Jon Jeffrey "Jeff" Stevens

January 31, 1962 - December 30, 2017

Jon Jeffery "Jeff" Stevens, beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and great friend passed away December 30, 2017 surrounded by his family. Jeff was born in Ravenna, Ohio on January 31, 1962. Jeff was employed by The Davey Tree Expert Company as Fleet Operations Manager at the corporate office. He retired September 24, 2017 after 37 years of service. He was a sports enthusiast and...
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Elveda Honeck

February 6, 1923 - December 29, 2017

Elveda Honeck, 94, of Hartville, died Friday, December 29, 2017, at Akron General Hospital in Akron. She was born February 6, 1923 in Ravenna, to Marcello Anthony and Jenny (Firienzo) Amaru. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna. She is survived by her sons, Charles (Gale) Honeck of Kent and Richard (Ada) Honeck of Uniontown; daughter, Lily Amaru of Mentone, CA;...
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Gertrude Bodnovich

November 4, 1918 - December 26, 2017

As it must to all men, death came to Gertrude Bodnovich, of Cuyahoga Falls, on December 26, 2017, at the age of 99. She was born November 4, 1918 in Cleveland, to Joseph and Anna (Novac) Mraz. Preceded in death by her beloved husband, William J. Bodnovich, to whom she was married 60 years. They lived for more than 50 years in Auburn as avid farmers. She is survived by her devoted...
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Harold Stewart

January 19, 1925 - December 24, 2017

Harold T. Stewart, 92, of Kent, died Sunday, December 24, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born January 19, 1925 in Akron to Vinus and Myrtle (Mowen) Stewart. Mr. Stewart graduated from Kent Theodore Roosevelt High School and Kent State University. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following Mr. Stewart's military service he was employed by...
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Charles "Chuck" Suter

February 5, 1937 - December 22, 2017

Charles H. "Chuck" Suter, 80, of Ravenna, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, December 22, 2017, from complications of a stroke and ALS. He was born February 5, 1937 in Ravenna, to Henry Albert and Marie Helen (Shutler) Suter. Chuck grew up in Ravenna and graduated from Ravenna High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Ohio National Guard, receiving an honorable...
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Madonna M. Kehner

July 3, 1922 - December 19, 2017

Madonna M. Kehner, 95, of Kent, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. She was born July 3, 1922 in Kent to Frank and Rose (May) Wagner. She was a member of St. Patrick Church. She was a former member of the Infant of Prague Guild, and the Catholic Daughters of America. Madonna was employed early on in her marriage as a sorter at Lamson & Sessions. After that, she became a...
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Lorraine Mae Knapp

March 27, 1927 - December 18, 2017

Lorraine Mae Knapp (Largo), 90, passed away on December 18, 2017, surrounded by the loving family she tirelessly and patiently raised. Born in Akron on March 27, 1927, to James and Laura Largo, she was adopted and raised by her adoring Uncle Bill and Aunt Ann Largo. She married Albert E. Knapp on June 7, 1947 in Akron. Lorraine and Albert raised a family of 11 children while playing bocce,...
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George Earl Kiefer

September 24, 1952 - December 16, 2017

George Earl Kiefer, 65, of Kent, died Saturday, December 16, 2017, at his home. He was born September 24, 1952 in Cuyahoga Falls to Roy and Myrtle (Wright) Kiefer. George was a life-long car enthusiast and Ride and Handling Tire Evaluation Specialist. He was the number one contract driver worldwide. George began his career at General Tire after graduating from Cuyahoga Falls High School. ...
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Willie Swango

July 6, 1948 - December 15, 2017

Willie Swango, 69, of Kent, died Friday, December 15, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center in Akron. He was born July 6, 1948 in Paris, KY to Kenneth and Helen (McGowen) Swango. He was a veteran of the Navy during the Vietnam war. He is survived by his wife, Kim (Swango) Swango, sons, Tim J Swango of Kentucky, Gregory Scott Swango of Monroe Falls and Matthew (Kate) Swango of Kent...
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Karen E. Michalski

October 24, 1972 - December 14, 2017

Karen E. Michalski, 45, of Kent, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, December 14, 2017, surrounded by family. She was born on October 24, 1972 in Washington, PA, to Stanley A. and Susan A. (Smith) Michalski. She was a 1990 graduate of Burgettstown Jr. Sr. High School in Burgettstown, PA, and earned her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Carlow College in Pittsburgh, PA. She was...
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Ruby Anderson

February 15, 1924 - December 13, 2017

Ruby G. Anderson Soft spoken with a twinkle in her eye, Ruby Gene Anderson, 93, of Kent, left this earth for her heavenly home. She passed peacefully Wednesday, December 13th, at home. Ruby was born February 15, 1924, in Waltersburg, PA, to Samuel and Nora Irene Knight. Raised on a farm during the Depression, she learned to appreciate everything she had. A devoted wife, mother,...
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John Harmon DuBois

December 25, 1953 - December 12, 2017

John Harmon DuBois, 63, of Kent, died Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born December 25, 1953 in Akron to Pierre and Phyllis (Price) DuBois, and the majority of his life in Kent. John loved cats and really loved helping and rescuing them whenever possible. He is survived by step-daughter, Sheri Lori DuBois; sisters, Theresa (Al) Christopherson of...
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Leonard Edwin Reinker

December 5, 1931 - December 12, 2017

Leonard "Len" Edwin Reinker, Sr., 86, of Kent, died peacefully on December 12, 2017, at Kent Healthcare Center after a long illness. Leonard was born December 5, 1931 in Akron to Sylvester R. and Esther P. (Kolsar) Reinker. Leonard grew up in Kent, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1949. He attended Kent State University and served in the military during the Korean War. A...
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Brandon Smallwood

March 17, 2001 - December 12, 2017

Brandon Smallwood, 16, of Kent, found peace Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at UH Kent Health Center. Brandon was an intelligent young man with many interests and will be missed by his loving family and friends. He was born March 17, 2001 in Ravenna, to Dennis and Jane (Pietro) Smallwood. Brandon attended Kent Roosevelt High School and Kent State University-Twinsburg. He was a violist in the...
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