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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

Harry F. Ritenour, Jr.

December 4, 1930 - November 24, 2015

Harry F. Ritenour Jr., 84, of Kent, died Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at Arbors of Streetsboro. He was born December 4, 1930 in Connellsville, PA to Harry and Margaret (Forrest) Ritenour, Sr. He was a veteran of the Navy during the Korean War. Harry retired from Ametek, then in retirement Harry worked at Oak Knolls golf course. He loved to golf, fish, THE STEELERS and spending time with his...
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H. David Mohan

November 9, 1940 - November 22, 2015

H. David Mohan, 75 years of age, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2015, at home. David was born November 9, 1940, in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Howard David and Eleanor Mohan. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Mohan; brother-in law, Donald Witucki; and nephew, Matthew Witucki. David and his wife, Connie made a special...
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Jason R. Clemens

February 19, 1974 - November 11, 2015

Jason R. Clemens, 41, of Mantua, died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born February 19, 1974 in Ravenna. A graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School, Jason worked at Berry Plastics in Aurora. Jason married his high school sweetheart and soul mate Michelle on December 31, 1995. The two have been totally devoted to their four children and to each...
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Corado Gambaccini

November 27, 1920 - November 10, 2015

Corado Gambaccini, 94, of Kent, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the Gables of KentRidge. He was born November 27, 1920 in Kent to Angelo and Fermina (Campanelli) Gambaccini. He was a veteran of the Navy during the World War II war. He was a life member of St. Patrick Church. He was a past member of the Knights of Columbus. His career as a machinist spanned working at Gougler Machine,...
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Carol Erion Neff

July 1, 1936 - November 8, 2015

Carol Erion Neff, 79, of Mogadore, died Sunday, November 8th. Carol was born on July 1, 1936 in Warsaw, NY to Henry and Carrie (Schneckenberger) Hill. She was a lifetime resident of Kent, until she moved in with her daughter Karen. She was employed by Kent State University as Administrative Secretary to the Director of Audio Visual Services for 30 years. She retired in 1998. She continued...
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Donald Eugene Tuttle

January 27, 1930 - November 5, 2015

Don Tuttle passed away peacefully on November 5th following a battle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was born on January 27, 1930, to Edward and Susan Tuttle. Don grew up in Kent and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He met and married Julie Machisko. Don worked as a Supervisor at Chrysler before retiring after 30 years. He also worked on occasion at Thistledown Race Track. He loved to...
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Lois C. Little

November 28, 1927 - November 3, 2015

Lois Cathena (Head) Little, passed away in her home after a long illness on November 3, 2015. Lois was born November 28, 1927 in Kent, Ohio to Upshaw and Ossie (Wood) Head. She graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1945 and attended Kent State University for two years and left to marry Wilber (Wib) Little in 1948. Lois was a very vibrant woman who had no problem expressing her views...
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Dennis Albert Romanski

November 24, 1947 - November 3, 2015

Dennis A. Romanski, 67, peacefully passed away on November 3, 2015 after a yearlong battle with cancer. Born November 24, 1947 in Akron, he lived in Kent and worked as a tool and die mold maker for 46 years until retiring in 2013. Denny enjoyed himself the most when he was doing yard work and he took great pride in his lawn. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 46 years, Susan ...
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Richard F. Sessions, Sr.

July 30, 1923 - November 2, 2015

Richard F. Sessions Sr., 92, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Monday, November 2, 2015 at home with his family. He was born July 30, 1923 in Kent, to Douglas L. and Hazel K. (Hausman) Sessions. Richard taught Auto Mechanics for 16 years at Cuyahoga Falls High School. He was a member of the Kent Lions Club. Richard enjoyed camping, traveling, gardening, golfing. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy...
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Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Konos

February 23, 1924 - October 27, 2015

Elizabeth A "Betty" Konos, 91, passed away Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at her residence in Kent, where she had recently moved from Medina. Born February 23, 1924 to Nicholas and Annie (Skowran) Hasapas, Betty was raised in Dunkirk, NY and was a 1943 graduate of Dunkirk High School. She worked for the War Department in Detroit, MI, as did so many young women during World War II. Following a...
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Carolyn Munk Cowgill

May 24, 1952 - October 23, 2015

Carolyn Munk Cowgill, 63, of Kent, OH, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015 at her residence in Twin Lakes. She was born May 24, 1952 in Daytona Beach, FL to Frederick and Patricia (Eiermann) Munk but grew up in Katonah, NY. She was a graduate of John Jay High School and continued her education at Baldwin Wallace College where she was a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, graduated with a Bachelor...
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Pauline M Soule

October 10, 1925 - October 23, 2015

Pauline M. Soule Pauline M. Soule, 90, of Kent, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, at her home following a brief illness. Born Oct. 10, 1925 in Kent, she was the oldest survivor of the 10 children of Agostino and Carmela Siciliano. She lived nearly her entire life in Kent. She was a 1944 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent. Mrs. Soule retired from Kent State University in 1986,...
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Wayne Sinning

March 30, 1931 - October 22, 2015

Dr. Wayne E Sinning, 84, of Kent, OH, died October 22, 2015. Wayne was born March 30, 1931 in Worthing South Dakota to Thomas and Edith Sinning. He loved sharing his memories of growing up on the farm, and working as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy. In 1966, after receiving his Doctorate from the University of Oregon, he accepted his first job as an Associate Professor at...
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David P. Beaumont, Sr.

September 6, 1937 - October 22, 2015

David P. Beaumont Sr., 78, of Kent, passed away surrounded by loved ones Thursday, October 22, 2015 after a courageous 3 month battle with Leukemia. He fought so hard to live, because he loved his life, his family and his friends. However, his faith always came first in his life. He was born September 6, 1937 in Wellsville, to Frank C. and Edith M. (Mann) Beaumont. David retired from...
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Christopher A. Minott

November 25, 1955 - October 21, 2015

Christopher A. Minott, 59, of Aurora, died Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at Kensington Care Center. He was born November 25, 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica, to Basil J. and Madge M. (Kinkead) Minott. He graduated from New York Medical College, then did his Urology residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. He established a practice in Las Vegas, NV where he spent 25 years. Christopher was...
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Jane Anne Baxter

August 16, 1923 - October 15, 2015

Jane Anne Baxter, 92, of Kent passed away October 15, 2015 at Altercare of Brimfield. She was born on August 16, 1923 in Kent, Ohio to the late Emerson and Lena (Karker) Baxter. Miss Baxter was a lifetime resident of Kent. She retired from Kent State University where she worked in resident services for 24 years. She attended the First Christian Church of Kent and was a member of the 20...
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Domenic "Frank" Frisina

April 2, 1948 - October 8, 2015

Domenic "Frank" Frisina, 67, formerly of Brecksville, died Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Athenian Village in North Royalton after a courageous battle with MS. He was born April 2, 1948 in Ravenna to Domenic and Rose M. (France) Frisina. He was a Georgetown Law graduate and had worked as a Corporate Attorney with Hahn Loeser and British Petroleum in Cleveland. He retired from BP due to his...
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Alfred L. Sander

January 13, 1929 - October 6, 2015

Alfred L. Sander, 86, of Kent, died Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Kensington Care Center in Aurora. He was born January 13, 1929 in Ostwig, Germany, to Heinrich and Therese (Montag) Sander. Alfred immigrated to the U.S. in the summer of 1953 and has been a resident of Kent and Portage County ever since. He was a Master Electrician and worked for Keller Electric until his retirement in 1991. ...
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Filipp Polz

March 15, 1926 - October 4, 2015

Filipp Polz, 89, passed away peacefully on October 4th at Mulberry Gardens in Munroe Falls. He was born March 15, 1926, in Franzfeld, Yugoslavia and immigrated to the US with his family in 1951. An employment opportunity brought him to Kent, a city he instantly fell in love with and would call home for the next 56 years. He operated Fil's Tailor Shop on North Water Street in Kent for nearly...
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Carl I. Brahce

February 10, 1927 - October 3, 2015

Carl I. Brahce, 88, of Kent, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. Carl was born February 10, 1927 in Flint, Michigan to Brör John and Goldie (Zerbe) Brahce. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Carl served as a signalman on a minesweeper during the Second World War. Carl was an associate professor of education and research scientist in educational...
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Ralph Lewis Oates

April 19, 1938 - October 3, 2015

Ralph Lewis Oates, 77, of Kent, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 at his home. Ralph was born April 19, 1938 in Alliance to Michael and Felicia Oates. He was a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Akron School of Law, and practiced law in Kent for over forty years. In recent years, he was active in the Kent Community Time Bank and Community Legal Aid Services. He is...
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Kathy Kautzky Chappelear

December 25, 1945 - October 2, 2015

Kathy Kautzky Chappelear lost her battle with lung cancer in her home in Kent on October 2, 2015 where she had raised her family since 1970. Kathy was born on December 25, 1945, to Frank and Lillian (Takacs) Kautzky in Cleveland. She grew up in the Shaker Heights area and attended Laurel School for girls from preschool until she graduated in the class of 1963. She earned her undergraduate...
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William "Billy" Ferris

February 13, 1969 - September 27, 2015

William P. "Billy" Ferris, 46, of Kent, died Wednesday, September 27, 2015 at Akron City Hospital, where he had been a patient for three days following a heart attack. Born February 13, 1969, he was the son of William Luther Ferris and Sandra (Klatka) Ferris. A life resident of the Kent area, he was a 1987 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School. He worked at Advanced Display in Kent and...
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Thomas Alan Silvey

July 15, 1956 - September 26, 2015

Thomas Alan Silvey, 59, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Saturday, September 26, 2015 at his home. He was born July 15, 1956 in Cleveland to Charles E. and Marilyn D. (Fink) Silvey. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was an avid golfer and video gamer. He is survived by son, James Walsh II of Sagamore Hills; daughter, Heather Walsh of Alameda, CA; mother, Marilyn Silvey of Ravenna; sister,...
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Kenneth H. Reed

October 29, 1936 - September 24, 2015

Kenneth H. Reed, 78, of Freedom Township, died Thursday, September 24, 2015 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born October 29, 1936 in Warren to Kenneth W. and Lillian (Daymond) Reed. He was a graduate of James A. Garfield High School in Garrettsville. He continued his education at typesetting and electronics schools, as well as courses at Maplewood Vocational School. He was...
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Jaquelin Ann Reed

May 12, 1927 - September 23, 2015

Jacquelin Ann Reed, 88, of Hudson, died Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Regency Hospital in Cleveland. She was born May 12, 1927 in White Plains, NY. Jacquelin was a graduate of the University of Maryland. She was a member of the Hudson Women's Club and the First Congregational Church of Hudson. She will be remembered by her grandchildren for her love and support, and for her love of...
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Barry Clive Jones

August 24, 1942 - September 22, 2015

Barry Clive Jones died suddenly on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. He was born August 24, 1942 in Chicago to George C. Jones, a member of the Squadron responsible for delivery of the A-bomb, ending WWII, and Geraldine Goodman Jones, a well-known and respected artist. He joined the Navy at age 17, and during his time in service taught survival swimming, won many competition swim meets and served...
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Jerry Lee Scott

April 22, 1946 - September 22, 2015

Jerry Lee Scott, 69, of Stow, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. He was born April 22, 1946 in Warren. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving in Viet Nam. Jerry worked for United/Sprint Telephone Company and later retired from Windstream Communications. He loved riding his Harley and traveling...
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Beatrice Geneva Quillin-Coss

August 18, 1920 - September 22, 2015

Beatrice Geneva Quillin-Coss, 95, of Kent, died Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Maison Aine Care Center in Stow. She was born August 18, 1920 in Pittsfield to Henry and Pearl Ellen (Soules) Gotham. After the death of her first husband in 1943, she attended business school where she learned keypunching. She later took a job with the Erie Railroad travelling often on short trips by rail about...
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Constance M. Mellott

October 6, 1930 - September 20, 2015

Constance M. Mellott, 84, of Kent, died Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born October 6, 1930 in Washington, DC to Dr. Samuel Wesley and Julia Maria (Hottel) Mellott. Constance earned her BS in Physics from Mount Union College, MS in Library Science from Case Western Reserve. She had a career with Union Carbide. Then, she earned her Ph.D. in Library...
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Ryan D. Mangus

November 9, 1977 - September 19, 2015

Ryan D. Mangus, 37, of Kent, died suddenly Saturday, September 19, 2015. He was born November 9, 1977 in Carson City, MI to David Mangus and Debra (Bussell) Lauck. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, four wheeling, NASCAR and camping. Ryan loved to spend time with his son and family. He is survived by son, Zachary Mangus of Kent; mother, Debra (Fred) Lauck of Kent; David (Mary) Mangus of Lyons,...
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Gordon Mullen Gray

September 11, 1928 - September 19, 2015

Gordon Mullen Gray, 87, of Kent, died Saturday, September 19, 2015 at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born September 11, 1928 in Akron, to Willard and Jenniemay (Mullen) Gray. At an early age he began singing and by the age of 4 had won his first contest. As a youth he sang in the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Men's Choir in Akron. Gordon graduated from Kent...
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Ida Florence Simmons

April 25, 1914 - September 18, 2015

Ida Florence Simmons of Kent was born on April 25th, 1914 in Morrow Co. Ohio and died on September 18th, 2015 at the age of 101. She was born in Mt. Gilead, Oh and was the youngest daughter of Augustus & Ida Brown. She graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1937 and Mt. Carmel School of Nursing in 1937. Afterwards, she worked as a surgical nurse at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Oh...
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Cynthia L. "Cindy" Wawrin

December 23, 1959 - September 17, 2015

Cynthia "Cindy" Louise Wawrin passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at the age of 55. She was born on December 23, 1959 in Ravenna to Walter and Gilberta (Benedetti) Engelhart. Growing up, she lived with her family in Rootstown and then attended Kent State University for her Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education. She later completed her Master's in Education....
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Thomas Raymond Hamilton

February 8, 1942 - September 16, 2015

Thomas Raymond Hamilton, 73, of Kent, passed away suddenly Wednesday, September 16, 2015. He was born February 8, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Hermann and Elizabeth Hamilton. Tom was proud to have been an alter boy and a paper boy in his childhood. He was a graduate of Kent Roosevelt HS, where he was honored as being the oldest Alumni Basketball Player. Tom stayed active throughout his...
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Fred Allan

December 19, 1928 - September 11, 2015

Fred Allan, 86, of Kent, passed away peacefully Friday, September 11, 2015. He was born December 19, 1928 in Akron, Ohio. Fred was a Captain in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from Kent State University with a BS degree in Accounting, and pursued that career throughout his life. He enjoyed golfing, tennis, and spending time with his family and many friends. ...
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Dorothy "Louise" (Dycus/Jackson) Haenftling

August 23, 1924 - September 8, 2015

Dorothy "Louise" (Dycus/Jackson) Haenftling, 91, died on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. She is survived by her daughters, Pamela (George) Arfield of Sarasota, Florida; Darlene (Leon) Sheridan of DeSoto, Missouri; and Donna (Bill) Vair of Akron, Ohio; and brother, Charles B. Dycus of Bradenton, Florida. She leaves behind 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren and many...
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Kaiden Russell Brant-Stamper

September 4, 2015 - September 6, 2015

Kaiden Russell Brant-Stamper, 2 Days, of Brimfield, passed peacefully Sunday, September 6, 2015 at Akron Children's Hospital. He was born September 4, 2015 in Akron, to Joshua Stamper and Megan Brant. He is survived by father, Joshua Stamper of Stow; mother, Megan Brant of Brimfield; grandparents, Robert and Vicki Brant of Brimfield and Dave and Michelle Holt of Stow; great grandparents,...
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Betty Jane Seibert

March 22, 1927 - September 6, 2015

Betty Jane Seibert, 88, of Ravenna, died Sunday, September 6, 2015 at her home. She was born March 22, 1927 in McDonald, PA to Pierre and Victorine (Cauchie) Lagneaux. Betty was a 1945 graduate of Cambridge High School. Betty retired from Technicare in Solon as an electronics assembler. She grew up in Cambridge and lived most of her life in Kent. Betty attended East Cambridge Methodist...
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Terry D. Barchalk

March 3, 1938 - September 5, 2015

Terry D. Barchalk, 77, of Kent, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Hospice Care Center. He was born March 3, 1938 in Ravenna, to Mike and Thelma Mae (Wheeler) Barchalk. He is survived by sons, Mike (Helene) Barchalk of Kent and William "Pat" (Jeani) Barchalk of Liberty, SC; grandchildren, Steven, Nathan, Shannon, Pat, and Sarah; and brother, Melvin Barchalk of Brimfield. He was...
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Forrest Fitzwater

September 30, 1925 - September 5, 2015

Forrest Fitzwater, 89, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Arbors at Streetsboro. He was born September 30, 1925 in Belington, WV to Charles and Jessie P. (England) Fitzwater. Forrest worked as a machinist for Gougler Machine Company in Kent, retiring after 40 years of service. He worked part time for Clark's Excavating. Forrest was a veteran of the Army serving with the 534th...
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Mary Ann Barreiro

September 1, 1923 - September 3, 2015

Mary Ann Belmonte Barreiro of Kent went home to the Lord Thursday, September 3, 2015. She died peacefully surrounded by her loved ones. She was born September 1, 1923 in Kent, Ohio to parents Luigi "Louis" and Serafina "Sarah" (Schipani) Belmonte. She was a loving, beautiful person who was always very giving and caring, devoted to her family. She always had a smile for you and a genuine...
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Ronald Edward Crow

May 8, 1937 - September 3, 2015

Ronald Edward Crow, 78, of Stow, died Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Hospice Care Center. He was born May 8, 1937 in Cameron, WV to Edward and Ruth (Franklin) Crow. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Korean War. Ronald retired in 1991 from Chrysler as a Fire and Security Officer union local #167. He was a member of the American Legion Post #496 in Kent, Moose Lodge 918, Knights of...
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Charles B. Flogge

March 13, 1924 - September 2, 2015

Charley Flogge, 91, of Kent, died after a short illness on September 2, 2015, at the Gables of Hudson. He was born in Kent, on March 13, 1924, to Mary (Polite) and Joseph Flogge. He was one of a large Italian family and a member of St. Patrick's Church. He was retired from Robinson Memorial Hospital. Charley enjoyed gardening and all things related to the railroad. He is survived by his...
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Helen Allene Marko

October 23, 1939 - August 31, 2015

Helen Allene "Leigh" Marko, 75, of Akron, died Monday, August 31, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born October 23, 1939 in Carey, to Allen E. and Margaret (Chudanov) Veitch. Allene was a graduate of Rootstown High School and studied classical piano at Kent State University She was Secretary/Treasurer of Marko Transport, Inc. and most recently retired from the Akron Legal...
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Betty J. Rydbom

May 29, 1928 - August 27, 2015

Betty J. Rydbom, 87, of Kent, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 at her home. She was born May 29, 1928 in Kent to Harry and Katherine (Conaway) Burgess. She was a member of Lake Brady United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and Past President of Brady Lake Women's Club. She is survived by son, Harry (Debbie) Rydbom of Kent; daughters, Sherry Deutsch of Kent, Betty Howe of...
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Arnet Dale Noble

August 8, 1969 - August 25, 2015

Arnet D. Noble, age 46 of Kent, completed his earthly life August 25, 2015 at home surrounded by his family. Arnet fought a long battle with dignity and determination but finally boarded his train to heaven. He was born August 8, 1969 in Akron to Delmar and Marie (Gross) Noble. He was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent where he took pride in being a true Rough Rider. He...
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Mary Ann Gambaccini-Ray

January 12, 1951 - August 25, 2015

After a courageous battle with lung and brain cancer, Mary Ann went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 25. She will be welcomed with open arms by her mom, Cecilia Gambaccini. Mary Ann will be deeply missed by her husband and best friend, Tim, the daughter she always wanted, Tammy (Mike) Garro, and grandson, Grant, "the joy of her life." She also loved her father, Corado Gambaccini, sisters...
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Vellan "Jean" Means

March 21, 1923 - August 24, 2015

Vellan "Jean" Means, 92, of Streetsboro, died Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Arbors at Streetsboro. She was born March 21, 1923 in Rockwood, PA to Frederick D. and Grace M. (Bowers) Francis. She was a member of Streetsboro United Methodist Church and Eastern Star. She is survived by her daughters, Debbie Hacker of Ravenna and Sandy Means of Streetsboro; three grandchildren; and four great...
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Helen A. Darrah

August 18, 1926 - August 20, 2015

Helen A Darrah, 89, of Kent, died Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born August 18, 1926 in Ravenna, to Lewis Everett and Mary Caroline (Gauding) Suter. She graduated from Ravenna High School and attended Bohecker's Business College graduating after 2 years. She was employed by the P.L. Frank Lumber Company as a bookkeeper. Helen was a member of Faith...
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Irene A. Snowberger

September 7, 1921 - August 19, 2015

Irene A. Snowberger, 93, of Stow, died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born September 7, 1921 in Kent to Arlie D. and Lila M. (White) Smith. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Kent and a former member of the Eastern Star. She is survived by sons, Dan (Sue) Snowberger of Stow, David (Pamela) Snowberger of Georgetown, TX, Mark (Nancy...
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John H. Stanton

September 18, 1954 - August 18, 2015

John H. Stanton, 60, of Kent, died Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at his home. He was born September 18, 1954 in East Cleveland. He is a 1972 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School. In recent years, he reveled in his role of support for his parents. He loved nature and enjoyed fishing. He will be remembered as loving to help others. He is survived by his wife, Erin (Wise) Stanton;...
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Lee Cannon

August 4, 1946 - August 18, 2015

Lee James (Sonny) Cannon, died suddenly Tuesday, August 18th at Akron General Hospital. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Leanne Cannon, and his beloved children: Laneea, Lamont ( Heather), Lowell (Jen) and four grandchildren: Aaron Blevins, Isabella Cannon, Zoe Cannon and River Cannon. He was baptized in 1964, was married in 1969 and served the Kent Kingdom Hall...
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JoAnn Loudin

October 17, 1931 - August 15, 2015

JoAnn Loudin, 83, of Kent, died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at her home. She was born October 17, 1931 in Weston, WV to Michael and Lucy D. (Henry) Brockleman. JoAnn was employed as a manager for the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services. She was a life long Cleveland sports fan especially the Browns. JoAnn enjoyed golf, art and Mahjong. She is survived by her sons, John T. Loudin of Kent and...
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Arletta Slaughter

February 6, 1939 - August 14, 2015

Arletta Louise Powell Tarver Slaughter of Kent went home to be with the Lord on August 14, 2015, with her family by her side. Arletta was born to William and Katy Powell on February 6, 1939, in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. She was also raised by Anne Powell in Ravenna. She graduated from Ravenna Township High School in 1957. In her precious life Arletta touched so many with her grace, her...
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Carol A. Swigart

November 4, 1954 - August 12, 2015

Carol A. (Habowski) Swigart, 60, of Ravenna, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Robinson Medical Center, surrounded by her children. She was born November 4, 1954 in West Virginia, to Edward Joseph and Betty (Lorcher) Habowski. Carol loved to garden, going to the ocean and fishing. She loved to spend time with her family, grandchildren and the many children that she cared for over 25...
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Eleanor F. Horning

November 4, 1920 - August 12, 2015

Eleanor F. Horning, 94, of Hudson, Ohio, passed away on August 12, 2015. She was born November 4, 1920, to William and Irene (Auber) Humphrey in Akron, Ohio, and was a graduate of North High School in 1938. She married Raymond Horning in 1941. She was a dedicated homemaker and a loving mother to her boys. Eleanor and Ray enjoyed square dancing and were charter members of Western Whirlers...
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Betty A. Dussel

September 5, 1932 - August 12, 2015

Betty Ann Dussel, 82, of Brimfield, died peacefully Wednesday, August 12, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 5, 1932 in Akron to Robert and Clara (Bickett) Sidell. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. Betty was the Matriarch of the Dussel family and could often be seen working on the farm. She loved spending time with her family, especially her...
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Marjorie S. Brown

June 23, 1928 - August 10, 2015

Marjorie S. Brown, 87, of Stow, died unexpectedly Monday, August 10, 2015 at Stow Glen Retirement Center. She was born June 23, 1928 in Kent, to Elton and Helen (Bauer) Horning and was raised on the family farm on Horning Road, named after her Father and Uncle. She attended St. Patrick Grade School and Kent State High School. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and was a member of...
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Sleda M. Brown

December 5, 1921 - August 9, 2015

Sleda Brown went home to the Lord on August 9, 2015. She died peacefully at home while surrounded by loved ones. She was 93 years young. Sleda was born on December 5, 1921 to Willie and Susie Johnson in Chicago, Illinois. She was a graduate of DuSable High School and attended Cortez W. Peters Business School in Chicago. Sleda married Joshua Brown on August 16, 1946 and was widowed upon his...
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Robert Lowell McCutcheon

January 9, 1935 - August 6, 2015

Robert Lowell McCutcheon, 80, of Brimfield, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born January 9, 1935 in Winona, WV to George Henry and Maggie May (Drennan) McCutcheon. Robert was a former member of Kenny's Creek Baptist Church in Winona, WV and Lookout Baptist Church in Lookout, WV. Robert was currently a member of The First Freedom Baptist Church in Brimfield. ...
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John L. Bowen

January 29, 1945 - August 6, 2015

John L. Bowen passed away on August 6, 2015 in Sarasota, Florida. John was born on January 29, 1945 in Akron, Ohio to Hugh and Alice Bowen. He was raised in Kent, Ohio and graduated in 1963 from Theodore Roosevelt High School where he was a member of the football team and Hi-Y. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1967 from Kent State University and throughout high school...
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Helen Tucker

August 2, 2015

Helen Sawyer Tucker passed into immortality Sunday August 2 at her home in Kent. Helen was a hard- working, loving single mother of two. She worked at the Davey Tree Expert Company for over 30 years. Helen was a lifetime resident of Kent and member of St Patrick's parish where she served many years as a Eucharistic Minister. Known for her kind soul, and love of music she will be truly...
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Jimie A. Vance, DMD

February 9, 1921 - July 31, 2015

Jimie A. Vance, DMD, 94, of Medina, died Friday, July 31, 2015, at Hospice of Medina County. Born February 9, 1921, to Arby Franklin and Grace Emma (Scott) Vance in Lansing, Michigan, he was raised near Organ Cave, West Virginia. Following graduation from Greenbrier County High School, he served in the Navy as an aviation machinist's mate first class in the Pacific during WW II, and as an Air...
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Helen Elizabeth Bird

January 12, 1946 - July 30, 2015

Helen Elizabeth Bird, 69, of Ravenna, died Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born January 12, 1946 in Ebensburg, PA to William and Helen (Low) Sloan. Helen retired as head cook at the Portage County Juvenile Center. She is survived by sons, Ben Starcher and Bill Starcher; daughters, Kim (Tom) Jarrell, Kathi (Howard) Hutko, Kari (Cliff) McFrederick,...
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Ralph A. DeGennaro

March 17, 1968 - July 30, 2015

Ralph DeGennaro's horrific six-month battle with Bile Duct Cancer ended on July 30, 2015. He passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones. He fought so hard to live because he loved his life, his family and his friends so much. Ralph was very passionate about his Boston Red Sox and Dallas Cowboys. He spent his life in the business that he loved, bowling. He was an avid bowler and he loved...
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Mary "Momma Day" Day

December 23, 1925 - July 29, 2015

Mary L. "Momma Day" Day, 89, of Ravenna, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Country Elegance in Edinburg. She was born December 23, 1925 in Ravenna to Louis and Angeline (Caputo) Petrone. She is survived by son, John (Judy) Day of Ravenna; daughter, Elaine (Dennis) Goodhart of Kent; grandchildren, Angela Goodhart and Nate Goodhart; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by...
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Shirley E. Doane

April 2, 1935 - July 29, 2015

Shirley E. Doane, 80, of Kent, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at her home. Born on April 2, 1935, in Ratcliff, AR to Oscar L. and Florence (Poe) Elswick, Shirley moved to Kent with her husband, Dr. J. William Doane, and their sons in 1965. Shirley was a former high school teacher and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Kent State University. Most of all, Shirley was known for her strong...
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Robert "Bob" Bartels, Sr.

April 20, 1947 - July 25, 2015

Robert (Bob) Bartels Sr. passed away Saturday July 25th 2015 at the age of 68. The Friendship and Love between Bob and Beth is unmatched by any other. They are/were each other's rock. Their love and devotion will go on forever. Bob loved his family more than anything else. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were his world. Everyone knew Bob as a traveler (Gypsy, if you will). He...
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Michael Robert Hernan

December 1, 1940 - July 24, 2015

Michael Robert "Mike" Hernan, 74, of Deerfield, died Friday, July 24, 2015 at his home. He was born December 1, 1940 in Youngstown to Frank E. and Gertrude G. (Heath) Hernan. He attended Central Catholic High School in Massillon. He earned his BA in Education and Psychology from LaSalle College in Philadelphia and completed post graduate work in Management at Columbia University in New York....
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Stanley M. Jankowski

April 2, 1939 - July 18, 2015

Stanley M. Jankowski, 76, of Streetsboro, died Saturday, July 18, 2015 at his home. He was born April 2, 1939 in Plains, Pennsylvania. He was an US Army Veteran. Stanley retired from Gale's Garden Center in Willoughby Hills. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro and the Knights of Columbus.. He is survived by sons, Todd (Kristie) Jankowski of Stow and Kris (Nicole)...
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Edward Krupansky

September 3, 1921 - July 17, 2015

Our beloved father, Edward Krupansky, 93, of Rootstown, died Friday, July 17, 2015 at Stow Glen Retirement Center in Stow, Ohio. He was born September 3, 1921 in Cleveland to John and Mary (Kopesak) Krupansky. He was a mechanic for Kroger Company and retired from there after many years of service. Ed was also a man of many trades. He is survived by one son: Edward (Joyce) Krupansky of...
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Lucille (Rett) Porter

July 16, 2015

Lucille C. (Rett) Porter, passed away July 16, 2015 at Brookdale Assisted Living Center in Stow Preceded in death by husband, Clifford (Scotty) Porter, Sr., sons Robert E. and Donald L. Porter, and daughter-in-law Corann (May) Porter. Survived by sons Clifford S. Porter, Jr. of Brimfield, Ohio, and Gary W. Porter (Nancy) of Dublin, Ohio, and daughter-in-law Mary Lou Fedorchak Porter...
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Michelann Ricciardi

April 10, 1958 - July 16, 2015

Michelann Ricciardi passed away peacefully in her sleep July 16 2015 at her home. Michelann will be greatly missed by her husband, Joseph and her loved ones. She was proud of her children and her grandchildren. She loved flowers and trees at the home she helped built with her husband. Joe will miss her telling him exactly where she wanted things planted. And if you had the chance to meet her...
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Michelle "Mushy" Townsend

April 16, 1966 - July 16, 2015

Michelle Marie "Mushy" Townsend, 49, of Ravenna, died Thursday, July 16, 2015 at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born April 16, 1966 in Cuyahoga Falls. She is survived by parents, Ed and Sis Townsend of Haslet, TX; brother, Craig (Eddie) Townsend; sister, Rachelle (Rick) Hunley of Ravenna; great aunts, Liz Mitchell and Jane DeCapito; uncle, William "Bill" Snodgrass; aunt,...
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Charles Joseph Casey, Jr.

August 10, 1939 - July 16, 2015

Charles Joseph Casey Jr., 75, of Kent, died Thursday, July 16, 2015. He was born August 10, 1939 in Akron, to Charles J. and Margurite (Winkler Stockwell) Casey. Charlie was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. Charlie is survived by ex-wife, Sharon Casey of Indianapolis, IN; girlfriend, Mary Capozzi of Cuyahoga Falls; sons, Raymond D'Amico of Kent...
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Jon H. McCormick

January 23, 1957 - July 15, 2015

Jon H. McCormick, 58, of Barberton, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at his home. He was born January 23, 1957 in Akron, to John and Margery (Hawthorne) McCormick. He is survived by daughter, Jaclyn McCormick of Kent; granddaughter, Kayla Carper of Kent; father, John McCormick of Kent; brothers, Jan H. (Donna) McCormick of Saint Robert, MO and Jay H. (Patty) McCormick of Akron; nephew, Paul ...
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O. Rex Damron

July 14, 2015

Dr. O. Rex Damron died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at home with his wife, Dr. Geneva Damron by his side. He went to Miami, FL in 1958 from Columbus, and to Tampa in 1989 from Kent. He was preceded in death by son, Kevin Kyle Damron; and sister, Anna Lee Corn. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dr. Geneva; son, Dr. Derek Damron; sister, Rebecca Brown; and grandsons, Corey Michael and Dr. Kyle...
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Wilhelm Dewitt Flynt

September 30, 1952 - July 14, 2015

Wilhelm Dewitt Flynt, 62, of Kent, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born September 30, 1952 in Germany, to Reed H.D. and Bernice (Black) Flynt. Willy was a veteran of United States Marine Corps serving during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed fishing, playing pool and spending time with his family. He is survived by sons, Stephen Flynt of Munroe Falls,...
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Ruth E. Reding

September 18, 1925 - July 12, 2015

Ruth E. Reding, early in the morning of Sunday, July 12, 2015, our dearest friend and aunt slipped away to a happier world. She had been at Akron General Hospital Hospice in Copley for less than two days. Ruth was born in East Cleveland on September 18, 1925, graduated from Shaw High School, but did not complete college. She worked with the Western Reserve Medical Group and became Secretary...
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Porter B. Hall

August 3, 1925 - July 10, 2015

Porter B. Hall, 89, of Kent, died Friday, July 10, 2015 at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born August 3, 1925 in Cleveland, to Howard G. and Celeste C (Crittenden) Hall. An alumnus of both Kent Roosevelt High School (1943) and Kent State University (1949), Porter worked in finance for 43 years, retiring from Wachovia Securities in 1997. He was a veteran of the Army serving in "B" Company,...
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Billie J. Hooper

July 9, 2015

Billie J. Hooper, nee Frederick, age 72 passed away on July 9, 2015 in Stow Ohio. Billie was predeceased by her parents, William and Cleo Frederick; her beloved son, Mark Juntunen; and her sister, Joann Frederick Gunther. Billie is survived by her sister, Norma J. Wagar of Kent Ohio; nieces and nephews, Julie Wagar, Bill [Monica] Wagar, Kathy Wagar, Michael [Jennifer] Wagar all of Ohio, Rick...
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Mary M. Johnson

November 9, 1944 - July 5, 2015

Mary M. Johnson went to be with the Lord on July 5th, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born November 9th, 1944 in Bibb County, Georgia and traveled around the USA and the world as part of a military family and as an educator with the Department of Defense Overseas Schools. Mary raised a remarkable family with her dedicated and helpful husband Philip in Silver Spring, MD prior...
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Wilda Henry

May 20, 1916 - June 28, 2015

Wilda Henry, 99, of Kent, died Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Gables at KentRidge. She was born May 20, 1916 in Washington, PA to Wayne and Mary E. (Herron) Keeney. She was formerly a member of the First Christian Church of Washington, PA and currently a member of the Kent United Methodist Church. Before her marriage, she was a clerk/bookkeeper at Paul's Grocery in Washington, PA. After her...
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Leo D. Haenftling

July 20, 1924 - June 27, 2015

Leo D. Haenftling, aged 90 died on June 27, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Dorothy "Louise" (Dycus Jackson) Haenftling; stepdaughter, Pamela (George) Arfield of Sarasota, Florida; daughters, Darlene (Leon) Sheridan of DeSoto, Missouri, Donna (Bill) Vair, and sister, Dorthea Thomas of Akron, Ohio. He leaves behind 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren and 4 great...
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Mary Elizabeth "Meg" McElroy

June 8, 1960 - June 22, 2015

Mary Elizabeth McElroy "Meg", 55, of Brady Lake, passed away Monday, June 22, 2015 at 10:08 PM at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born June 8, 1960 in Medina to John F. and Helen (Morse) Gehring. Mary was a Teacher's Assistant for sixteen years at East Woods Elementary in Hudson where she helped in the teaching of special needs children. As a teaching assistant she was able to...
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James Thompson

February 4, 1940 - June 20, 2015

James Thompson, 75, of Kent, passed peacefully Saturday, June 20, 2015 at his home. He was born February 4, 1940 in Clifty, TN to Harvey and Marie E. (Bachman) Thompson. He is survived by sons, Rick (Trish) Thompson and J.R. (Cindy) Thompson both of Kent; daughter, Amy Thompson-Marchion of Kent; grandchildren, Kasena Thompson, Jesse Thompson, Brian Heard, Alicia Heard, Tiffany Marchion,...
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West Olin Clark

June 28, 1961 - June 19, 2015

West Olin Clark, 53, of Franklin Township, died Friday, June 19, 2015 at his home. He was born June 28, 1961 in Ravenna to Earl J. R. and Mary Ann (Hissem) Clark. He was active in the Steakmakers 4-H Club and a member of the First Christian Church of Kent. He worked as a diesel mechanic for Aim National Lease for 24 years. He is survived by his wife, Janice (Wells) Clark, whom he married...
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Thomas S. Korllos

August 3, 1925 - June 16, 2015

Thomas S. Korllos, PhD, 89, of Sugar Bush Knolls, Ohio died peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. He was born August 3, 1925 in Homestead, Pa. to the late Stavros (Steve) and Sophia Korllos. He was raised in Boston, Massachusetts and later moved with his family to Kent, Ohio where he graduated from Kent State High School in 1943. He married his wife Marion (Simon) in 1949 and together...
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Irene Bower

October 16, 1925 - June 12, 2015

Irene Bower of Kent, 89, passed away June 12th 2015 at The Gables of Kent Ridge in Kent, surrounded by her loving and devoted family. She was born October 16, 1925 in Hudson, to John and Marta (Barbat) Soldorfen. She was the 7th of 10 children, born into a hardworking farm family. Over the years she enjoyed working at The Rusty Nail and The Twin Lakes Country Club and she was a member of St....
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Richard "Dick" Rydbom, Jr.

March 15, 1929 - June 3, 2015

Richard (Dick) Rydbom Jr., 86, of Kent, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at UH Robinson Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born March 15, 1929 in Allegheny County, PA to Richard and Loretta (Klinger) Rydbom. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and member of the American Legion. He was an active member of Lake Brady United Methodist Church. He was an avid bowler. He retired from Ohio Edison after over 40...
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Carol Ann Chizmar

June 15, 1944 - June 3, 2015

Carol Ann Chizmar, 70, of Kent, died Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born June 15, 1944 in Ashtabula, to Gordon and Ella (Nelson) Peterson. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent, Rebecca Circle and the prayer chain. Carol enjoyed gardening, camping, crossword puzzles, reading, quilting, crocheting and beating Frank in Chinese Checkers. Most...
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Bonnie Jean Oros

December 29, 1937 - May 31, 2015

Bonnie Jean Oros, 77, of Kent, died Sunday, May 31, 2015 at her home. She was born December 29, 1937 in Kent, to Earl Garnet and Marian Genevieve (Osborne) McBride. She attended the Lake Brady United Methodist Church. Bonnie was a Production Specialist at Evenflo for 37 years. She was a member of the Moose Club. Bonnie was an avid dancer with all or anyone who would go on the dance floor. ...
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Larry D. Stevens

May 19, 1947 - May 29, 2015

Larry D. Stevens, 68, of Ravenna, died Friday, May 29, 2015 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. He was born May 19, 1947 in Ameagle, WV to Sherman and Inez (Hodge) Stevens. Larry was a veteran of Army stationed in Panama from 1966-68. He was a member of the Kent American Legion and Kent VFW. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Carden) Stevens, whom he married on July 12, 1969; son, Timothy...
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Henry G. Phoenix

January 29, 1928 - May 26, 2015

Henry G. Phoenix, 87, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Maple Wood Care Centre in Streetsboro. He was born January 19, 1928 in Holyoke, MA to Henry and Lillian (Spencer) Phoenix. Henry is retired from the H. P. Hood Dairy in Agawam, MA. He was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church in Ravenna. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn (Walz) Phoenix, whom he married on August 19,...
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John R. Hillery

May 7, 1941 - May 25, 2015

John R. Hillery, 74, of Akron, died Monday, May 25, 2015 at National Church Residences in Cuyahoga Falls. He was born May 7, 1941 in Akron, to John R. Hillery Sr. and Isabelle Carolyn (Smith) Work. He was a member of the Elks, ASHRAE and the American Canal Society. John was an avid reader and enjoyed history. He liked caring for his cars and loved to travel the backroads. He is survived...
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Betty L. Davis

November 23, 1931 - May 24, 2015

Betty L. Davis, 83, of Mogadore, OH died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born November 23, 1931 in Vandergrift, PA to David W. and Esther (Miller) Custer. She attended the United Presbyterian Church in Vandergrift and the Kent United Methodist Church in Kent, OH. Betty enjoyed hosting tours in the Vandergrift area, Bingo and spending time with her family. ...
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Timothy James Radden

April 1, 1964 - May 23, 2015

Timothy James Radden, 51, of Kent, died Saturday, May 23, 2015 at his home. He was born April 1, 1964 in Parma, to William and Arline R. (Pinkas) Radden. Tim was an elementary art teacher for the Akron Public Schools. He was a member of the United States Fencing Association, Northern Ohio Division and the National Art Education Association. Tim was an avid chef and food enthusiast, who was...
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David Howard Brown, Jr.

February 20, 1933 - May 19, 2015

David Howard Brown Jr., 82, of Kent, passed after a long battle with cancer, Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at his home. He was born February 20, 1933 in McDonald, PA to David and Julia (Jarin) Brown. Dave retired from the US Air Force in 1970 and then retired from Kent State University Maintenance. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Dave was an avid sportsman and...
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Joan Horine

February 17, 1943 - May 18, 2015

Early on May 18, 2015, Joan lost her long, courageous battle with diabetes. Born on Feb 17, 1943 in Lima, Ohio, Joan's parents, John and Florence Horine, lovingly nurtured what would become Joan's life-long commitment to music. An accomplished flautist, Joan graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School in 1961 and went on to receive her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin Wallace University...
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