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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

James H. Gray

June 11, 1926 - April 16, 2014

James H. Gray, 87, of Kent, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Altercare of Brimfield. He was born June 11, 1926 in New Philadelphia, to Donald S. and Dorothy M. (Cramblet) Gray. James was a 1944 graduate of Midvale High School then he received a Bachelors' degree from Kent State University. James served in the Navy during WWII, Korea, Viet Nam war as a pilot and flight instructor. He...
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Robert Michael Zalewski

September 29, 1934 - April 15, 2014

Robert M. Zalewski, 79, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving wife and five children. "God must need a very special mold because he called the very best to help him." Robert was born September 29, 1934, in Kent to Stanley and Lillian (Wolski) Zalewski. He attended Brady Lake Elementary School, St. Patrick School, and Theodore Roosevelt High School –...
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George G. Condos

July 9, 1948 - April 15, 2014

George G. Condos, 65, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Kent Healthcare Center after a prolonged illness. He was born July 9, 1948 in Ravenna, to Gust P. and Marjorie A. (Culbertson) Condos. A lifelong resident of Kent, George was a landscaper, maintenance man and delivered the Record Courier for many years. He was a member of AA and loved Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders sports especially...
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Doris E. Lallathin

October 21, 1922 - April 14, 2014

Doris E. Lallathin, 91, of Kent, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at her home with her family by her side. She was born October 21, 1922 in Paden City, WV to Dalley and Mary (Meyers) Jones. She was a member of the Church of Christ in West Union. Doris loved to knit, crochet and collect bears. A loving and caring mother, Doris enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by sons,...
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Lois J. Walters

February 23, 1933 - April 13, 2014

Lois Walters (nee Hunt) passed away April 13th 2014. Lois was 81 years old. She is survived by her daughter Mary Kay Walters of Florida, her Daughter in Law Victoria Walters of Lake Milton, her Grandsons Kenneth "Ross", Joseph Wade and William Jackson of Lake Milton. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who called her "Aunt Lowee". Lois loved to dance and fish but her favorite...
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Richard W. Sly

May 24, 1922 - April 13, 2014

Richard W. Sly, 91 of Kent, passed away on Sunday April 13, 2014. He was born May 24, 1922 in Erie, Pa to Ralph and Lida (Brewer) Sly. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Seabee in the S. Pacific. After the service he worked as a machinist and ultimately retired from Terex Corporation as Sr. Tool Engineer. With Terex he held positions in the U.S. and also in Brazil, where he lived...
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JoAnne Ricard

June 16, 1928 - April 13, 2014

JoAnne Ricard, 85, of Kent, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born June 16, 1928 in Akron to Fred A. and Anne C. (Lyter) Breckenridge. She retired from Eddie's Stag Bar and then she retired from the KSU Food Service where she worked at the Student Center. She was an avid craft person involved in doll making and ceramics. She was a member of the...
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Nikki Lynn Gregory

January 22, 1944 - April 12, 2014

Nikki Lynn Gregory, 70, of Kent, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born January 22, 1944 in Akron to Howard and Marian (Platz) Raber. Nikki retired in 2007 as a Unit Secretary from Robinson Memorial Hospital, where she had worked for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, George; sons, Jeff (Kelin) Newkirk of Atwater and David (Brenda)...
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Rosemary B. Bush

June 25, 1933 - April 12, 2014

Rosemary B. Bush (O'Brien), 80, of Kent, went home to be with the Lord and her husband James on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Rosemary was born June 25, 1933 in Kent to the late Joseph and Helen (Kline) O'Brien. Rosemary lived in Kent her entire life, attending St. Patrick School and graduating from Kent Roosevelt High School. She worked for C.L. Gougler Machine, where she met her husband,...
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Jane Reynolds

July 7, 1917 - April 12, 2014

Jane L. Reynolds of Streetsboro passed away on Saturday April 12, 2014 after a brief illness. Jane was born in the home on her family farm in Streetsboro on July 7, 1917. The farm stretched back four generations and she was the youngest daughter of Fred and Alice Burroughs. Growing up on the farm, her love for it continued throughout her adult life and in 1978 she and her late husband Royal O....
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Donna L. Daniels

January 18, 1930 - April 11, 2014

Donna Louise Daniels, 84, of Kent, died peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014. She was born January 18, 1930 in Cuyahoga Falls to Hugh and Ruth A. (Hensel) Kellar. She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Scott Alexander) Daniels Stopera of Hartville and Glenda (Kevin) Olesh of Mogadore; grandchildren, Crystal, Rachel, Derrick, Ryan, Katie, and Troy; and three great grandchildren. She was...
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James L. Myers

February 17, 1929 - April 11, 2014

James L. Myers went home to be with the Lord on April 11th, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital, after courageously battling a long illness. Jim was born on February 17th, 1929 in Brimfield, Ohio to Barbara Myers ( Liddle ) and George W. Myers. He then moved to the Kent, Ravenna area, where he lived his entire life. Jim was a true patriot for his country. He served in the United States...
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John Fred Heflin, Ph.D.

April 7, 1941 - April 11, 2014

John F. Heflin, PhD. passed away April 11, 2014 after a 15 year valiant fight against heart disease. Born in Sweetwater, Texas, April 7, 1941, he is the son of Willis Heflin and Espanola (Samples) Heflin. He attended Booker T. Washington School (TX) and Hobbs High School (NM) graduating in 1958. He was recruited by New Mexico Highlands University from the 1958 Hobbs state championship...
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Walter Robert Watson

October 13, 1933 - April 9, 2014

Dr. Walter Robert "Doc" Watson (October 13, 1933- April 9, 2014) Walter Watson died peacefully at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, surrounded by loving family, friends, and pastors listening to his grandson Ethan play Steve Martin's The Great Remember on the banjo. The oldest of three children, Walter was born at home to Robert Bruce Watson and Eleanor Helen Markel Watson. He...
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Frank John Kavali

August 3, 1927 - April 8, 2014

Frank John Kavali, 86, formerly of Rootstown, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Gables At KentRidge in Kent. He was born August 3, 1927 in Akron to John and Antonio (Bartalucci) Kavali. Frank was the owner of Kline & Kavali Plumbing and Heating; and he was a member of the Pipefitters Local #219. He was a member of The Chapel in Akron. He is survived by daughter, Sandy (Larry) Boyd of...
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Frances C. Trares Ball Kemmery

September 22, 1924 - April 7, 2014

Frances C. Trares Ball Kemmery, 89, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Monday, April 7, 2014 at her home. She was born July 22, 1924 in Sharon Center, to William J. and Cecelia M. (Zurbach) Trares. Frances was a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and the Pioneer Girls. She retired from AT&T. She is survived by sons, William (Colleen) Ball of...
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Pearl Eidson

September 12, 1911 - April 7, 2014

Pearl Eidson, age 102, a resident of Stow Glen Nursing Facility, Stow, Ohio died Monday, April 7, 2014. Pearl was born September 12, 1911, in Rudolph, Ohio to Joseph and Stella (Wagner) McDonald. While living in Cygnet, Ohio, she was an active member of the Cygnet Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and Camp Counselor. She was the leader of Girl Scout Troop #48. ...
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Benjamin Todd Lappin

April 26, 1972 - April 5, 2014

Benjamin Todd Lappin, 41, of Franklin Township, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at home. He was born April 26, 1972 in Honolulu, HI to Daniel Raymond and Suzanne (Wilke) Lappin. Benjamin was a 1990 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and was a former Marine. He is survived by his children Dyanne Louise Caldwell, Knight Michael Caldwell and Benjamin Todd Lappin II, all of Memphis, TN;...
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Richard Kevin Istvan

March 8, 1954 - April 2, 2014

Richard Kevin 'Kevin' Istvan, 60, of Brimfield, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at his home. He was born March 8, 1954 in Johnstown, PA to Joseph and Lois (Williams) Istvan. Kevin was a mold finisher at Circle Mold for 35 years and was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. Kevin is survived by his wife, Sarah (Jeffrey) Istvan, whom he married on October 7, 1978; daughters, Kristy Istvan of...
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Donald James Dressler

March 1, 1944 - April 1, 2014

Donald James Dressler, 70, passed away in his home in Suffield from a heart attack. His death was unexpected, and his colorful personality will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. Don was devoted and passionate in everything he did, from raising his kids as a single dad, to being active with gardening and running marathons, to working at Key Bank for 34 years, and in all the varied...
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Phillip James Peachock

April 15, 1948 - April 1, 2014

Phillip James Peachock, 65, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. He was born April 15, 1948 in Youngstown to Phillip and Lillian (Mashiska) Peachock. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. Phillip was the founder and owner of Spin-More Records in Kent, which provided music to the students and residents of the community over four decades. He...
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Mary Swain Bacon

May 14, 1918 - March 30, 2014

Mary Swain Bacon, 95, of Kent, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born May 14, 1918 in Dupo, IL to Jim Henry and Verna (Welborn) Swain. She was a graduate of Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS and Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She was a veteran of the Womens Army Corps during the World War II where she earned the rank of 1st...
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Frances L. Secaur

July 9, 1920 - March 29, 2014

Frances Lenora Secaur, 93, left for "The Big Trip," as she called it, on March 29, 2014. Her departure from home was calm and peaceful. Born July 9, 1920 in Lancaster, Ohio, she graduated from Lancaster High School and moved to Dayton, Ohio to find work. There she married Charles Secaur, from Nelsonville, Ohio, on March 13, 1943. Together they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was...
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George K. Stahl

January 20, 1918 - March 26, 2014

George K. Stahl, 96, of Kent Ohio, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Gables of KentRidge. George was born January 20, 1918 in Cuyahoga Falls to George and Mamie (Jacobs) Stahl. George will be remembered for his gentle and creative personality, his artistic talents, and for his devotion to his wife of 71 years, Millie. As a young man, George worked for the WPA (Works...
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Elizabeth M. Foote

October 26, 1921 - March 24, 2014

Elizabeth M. (Betty) Foote was born on October 26, 1921 to Katherine and Harry Moreland in Harrington Kansas. The Morelands moved to Kent in 1926. Betty and her younger sister Mary (Joyce) grew up on Highland Avenue. She attended Kent State High School and Kent State University. During the war and the early postwar years she worked for Twin Coach and Davey Compressor. Shortly after the war...
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Sora May Fulton

March 19, 2014 - March 19, 2014

Sora May Fulton, of Ravenna, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She was born March 19, 2014 in Ravenna, to Zachary and Allyson (Prunty) Fulton. She is survived by her mother, Allyson Prunty of Ravenna; father, Zachary Fulton of Ravenna; and brother, Alexander Fulton of Ravenna. Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM at Bissler & Sons Funeral Home, with calling...
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David Bruce Hoover

October 18, 1946 - March 18, 2014

David Bruce Hoover, 67, formerly of Kent, died at his home in Deerfield. He was born October 18, 1946 in Ravenna to Clayton C. Hoover and Hilda (Gray) Hoover. David was a Music Educator at Kent City Schools for many years retiring in 1998. He will also be remembered for his piano tuning and rebuilding business. He is survived by daughters, Elizabeth Hoover of Kent and Renee (Jonathan)...
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Corey L. Wood

May 3, 1982 - March 16, 2014

Corey L. Wood, 31, of Brimfield, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center in Akron. He was born May 3, 1982 in Akron to Robert L. and Barbara L (Brewer) Wood. Corey was a graduate of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in 2001. He was a loving uncle to all his nieces and nephews. He was an avid history buff and will be remembered for his infectious smile. He is...
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Dorothy Mae Alexander

September 26, 1924 - March 16, 2014

Dorothy Mae (Klincko) Alexander, 89, of Kent, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at her home. She was born September 26, 1924 in Cleveland to Daniel and Lottie (Malicki) Klincko and grew up as an only child. She graduated from Kent State High School in 1942 and went to work for Goodyear Tire and Rubber for eight years. She married the late Glenn R. Alexander on June 23, 1951. They were happily...
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Amy Ruggles Faust

February 1, 1957 - March 14, 2014

Amy Patricia Ruggles Faust's soul left this earth on March, 14, 2014. A resident of Portage County her entire life, she was born on February 1, 1957, to James and Mary Ruggles. Amy began her career in Physical Therapy, starting off as a Candy Striper in the PT Department and went on to make a life-long career in Physical Therapy. She was employed with Portage Physical Therapy for 30 years...
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Thomas "Shany" Shanaberger

April 22, 1942 - March 12, 2014

Thomas "Shany" Shanaberger, 71, of Bolivar passed away on Wednesday, March 12,2014. He was born April 22, 1942 in Akron, a son of George Kendall and Lillian (Horvath) Shanaberger. Tom grew up in Kent and graduated in 1960 from Kent Roosevelt High School. Tom's career started as a salesman and promoter for Capital Records for 13 years. During this time he was a business manager to two...
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Ashton J. "AJ" Nicholson

May 30, 2002 - March 12, 2014

Ashton Jacob Nicholson, 11, of Kent, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born May 30, 2002 in Parma, to Joseph and Stephanie (Hager) Nicholson. He enjoyed sports especially football, hockey and lacrosse. A.J. liked playing video games, music, 4 wheeling and the trampoline. He loved playing with his brother and sister. A.J. was a fun-loving and outgoing young man with a...
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Kenneth E. Cardinal

March 10, 1928 - March 8, 2014

Kenneth Earl Cardinal, long time Kent, Ohio resident and more recently of Stow, Ohio, died on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family, just two days shy of his 86th birthday. He was born on March 10, 1928 in Sebring, Ohio to George and Clara (Barcus) Cardinal. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees at Kent State University. While at Kent State he...
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Diana Smith

April 24, 1964 - March 4, 2014

Diana Smith, 49, of Brady Lake, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at her home, after a long battle with cancer. She was born April 24, 1964 in Brady Lake, to Edward and Marie (Casamento) Sloey. She loved her family and being Gammy. She is survived by her husband, Phillip Smith, whom she married on October 31, 1996; children, Doug Stratton, Lauren Smith, Troy (Lorie), Loralee and Brandy Smith;...
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Mary K. Lilly

October 26, 1951 - March 2, 2014

Mary K. Lilly, 62, of Kent, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Longmeadow Care Center. She was born October 26, 1951 in Akron, to William and Irene (Pettit) Moreley. Mary was a legal secretary at General Tire, then was a substitute aide and a clerk at the Portage County Title Bureau. She attended St. Patrick Church in Kent and St. Joan of Arc in Streetsboro. Mary enjoyed horseback riding and had...
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Mindy Grace Camillo

July 14, 1954 - March 1, 2014

Mindy Grace Camillo, 59, of Ravenna passed away at 6:30 pm on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at University Hospital in Cleveland after a very short illness. Mindy was born on July 14, 1954, in Ames, Iowa to James Joseph and Edith Margaret (Gillie) Clinton. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio in 1972, and attended The University of Akron. Mindy is survived by her mother, Edith ...
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Charlotte Ann Doherty

February 19, 1939 - March 1, 2014

Charlotte Ann (LeSuer) Doherty died peacefully on March 1st surrounded by family. She is now home with her Lord and Savior and is singing hymns with all the angels. Here are her words. "I was born to C. Karl and Iva (VanEpps) LeSuer on February 19, 1939 at the Corry Hospital in Corry, PA the 8th child of nine. Originally from Union City, PA, the family moved to Willoughby, Ohio when I was...
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Donald E. Titko, Sr.

November 18, 1935 - February 27, 2014

Donald E. Titko Sr., 78, of Brimfield, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at his home. He was born November 18, 1935 in Hemlock Ohio, to Elmer and Goldie (Hornyak) Titko Sr. Don attended Kent State University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. On July 8, 1955 he married Marie Bonesteel. While stationed in Germany, he and Marie were able to travel throughout Europe. He was a Manager...
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Timothy A. Khol

May 4, 1943 - February 24, 2014

Timothy A. Khol, 70, of Kent, passed this life to be with our Heavenly Father on Monday, February 24, 2014. He was born May 4, 1943 in Cleveland, son of the late Emil and Esther (Knott) Khol. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baldwin-Wallace College as well as Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees from Ohio University. Dr. Khol worked as a clinical psychologist in Portage...
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John Thigpen

August 14, 1946 - February 24, 2014

John Thigpen, 67, passed away February 24, 2014. Born in Ravenna, Ohio on August 14, 1946, John was a 1964 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School. Subsequently he served in the United States Marine Core from 1964-1968. He owned or operated numerous gas stations and automotive repair facilities for over 30 years. Preceded in death by his parents Paul and Florence (Crocker) Heaton, he...
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John "Jack" Joy

March 7, 1923 - February 23, 2014

John W. Joy, 90, of Kent passed away February 23, 2014. He was born March 7, 1923 in South Euclid, OH to Joseph and Clara (Zahner) Joy. Known as "Jack" to many he was five years old when his father died and found himself living in 13 different homes before entering high school at Strongsville High in Ohio. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps after graduation. After training he was assigned to...
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MaryAnn Kelley

December 18, 1971 - February 23, 2014

MaryAnn Kelley, 42, of Erie, PA, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at UPMC Hamot in Erie, PA. She was born December 18, 1971 in Akron, to Paul C. and Jean Ann (Eichler) Kelley. MaryAnn graduated from Field High School in 1990 and was employed with the Post Office as a Postal Clerk in Erie, PA. She was a member of the APWU Postal Workers Union. She is survived by brothers, Paul Kelley of Kent...
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Eugene "Chink" Stambaugh

September 22, 1922 - February 23, 2014

Eugene E. "Chink" Stambaugh, 91, of Stow, died Sunday, February 23, 2014 at Woodlands at Robinson in Ravenna. He was born September 22, 1922 in Rootstown to Raymond and Prudence Stambaugh. Eugene was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran. He was an electrician for his entire life and retired from Chrysler in Twinsburg. Many will remember that music was his life. He also loved to camp and fish. He is...
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Doris Ann Ulrich

February 28, 1936 - February 20, 2014

Our devoted Mother, Doris Ann Ulrich, joined our Dad in heaven on February 20, 2014. Doris was born February 28, 1936 in Riffle, W.Va to Edith L. (Bragg) and Arley E. Foster. Doris grew up in Brimfield and started working at the tender age of 13 at Seifert's Farm. A few years later Doris rode her bike to downtown Kent to work at Lee's Drugstore. In school, she enjoyed some time as...
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John William Walker

September 26, 1936 - February 19, 2014

John William Walker Jr., 77, of Brady Lake, died Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at his home. He was born September 26, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY to John W. and Violet (Boo) Walker. He was member of the Star Lodge #187 F&AM, Yusef Khan Grotto, Akron Court #5 Order of the Amaranth where he presently serves as Royal Patron, Justice Conclave #8 Order of True Kindred where he currently serves as Advisor,...
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Wilma F. Bowen

March 31, 1925 - February 17, 2014

Wilma F. Bowen, 88, of Kent, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. She was born March 31, 1925 in Akron to Rudolph and Mary (Havel) Vanke. She was Secretary/Treasurer of Quick Service Welding and Machine Company, Inc. of Kent. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent and a lifetime member of the Stow Women's Club. She is survived by her...
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Robert E. Billiter

May 25, 1954 - February 15, 2014

Robert E. Billiter, 59, of Kent, died suddenly Saturday, February 15, 2014 at home. He was born May 25, 1954 in Ravenna to Robert L. and Elizabeth (Williamson) Billiter. He was a Viet Nam War US Army Veteran. Robert had been the Assistant Parts Manager for Kent Lincoln Mercury and various other dealers before early retirement. He will be remembered as an avid Motorcycle enthusiast and...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Sestili

September 2, 1947 - February 14, 2014

Elizabeth J. "Betty" Sestili, 66, died Friday, February 14, 2014 at Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. She was born September 2, 1947 in Lakewood to David S. and Marjorie (Turnbull) Preston. Elizabeth worked and retired from the Human Resource Department at Kent State University. She liked to play bridge, do crafts with her grandchildren, and cook all sorts of delicious...
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Charles F. "Charlie" Hawkins

December 12, 1951 - February 11, 2014

Charles F. "Charlie" Hawkins, 62, of Kent, died suddenly Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at his home. He was born December 12, 1951 in Cleveland, to Christopher and Bernita Angela (LaLiberte'Daigneaux) Hawkins. Charles graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1970, then entered the Air Force serving during the Vietnam War. He was an avid sports fan especially of the Indians and Browns. ...
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Mabel A. Carter

April 17, 1924 - February 10, 2014

Beloved wife, mother and nurse Mabel Ann Carter, 89 passed away February 10, 2014, peacefully of natural causes while surrounded by her children, friends, and the outstanding care staff of The Gables of KentRidge. Mabel was a life-long resident of Portage County. She was married in 1947 to Peter Carter who preceded her in death. She and Peter enjoyed many years fishing, traveling and boating....
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Joseph M. Polack

July 24, 1921 - February 2, 2014

Joseph M. Polack, 92, of Kent, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at his home. He was born July 24, 1921 in Youngstown to Andrew and Pearl (Tarby) Polack. He was a WWII US Army Air Corps veteran where he served as a Staff Sergeant 13th Air Corps in the South Pacific. Joseph worked at Twin Coach and then retired after 25 years with Chrysler in Twinsburg. He was a member of the St. Patrick Church,...
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David Lee Mortimer

January 6, 1940 - January 31, 2014

David Lee Mortimer, 74, longtime resident of Rootstown passed away peacefully and suddenly on January 31, 2014. Born on January 6, 1940, in Akron, he was the son of David Mortimer and Ruth Foster Mortimer who both precede him in death. He graduated from Tallmadge High School in 1958 and worked 33 years for Goodyear, retiring 15 years ago. Dave lived in the area all of his life. In Lujan's on...
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Roger D. Boykin

January 14, 1973 - January 28, 2014

Roger D. Boykin, 41, of Kent, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born January 14, 1973 in Ravenna, to Roger Boykin and Jennifer Ann (Loftin) Boykin. Roger continued the Boykin tradition and excelled in football at Kent Roosevelt High School and then coached youth football in Kent. He was a handyman and could fix anything for anybody as a personal favor...
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Craig Joseph J. Turner

November 25, 2013 - January 27, 2014

Craig Joseph J. Turner, 2 months, of Warren, died Monday, January 27, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. He was born November 25, 2013 in Warren, to Cory Turner and Carollyn Watson. He is survived by his mother, Carollyn Watson; father, Cory Turner; sisters, Cassandra Walton of Warren and Skylar Watson of Warren; seven grandparents; many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services...
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Glen E. Kruger Jr.

September 18, 1952 - January 25, 2014

Glen E. Kruger Jr., 61, of Kent, died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. He was born September 18, 1952 in Ravenna, to Glen E. and Jo Ann (Muenzmay) Kruger Sr. Glen retired after 29 years of service as a Firefighter/EMT-A for the City of Kent and was employed at Tree City Electric for 40 years. He was a member and Past President IAFF #721. Glen was extremely caring...
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Raymond G. "Corky" Weingart

December 16, 1925 - January 22, 2014

Raymond G. "Corky" Weingart, 88, of Streetsboro, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital. He was born December 16, 1925 in Salem, to Rolland and Lorena (Rogers) Weingart. Corky was a member of the First Christian Church in Kent. He enjoyed fishing, working in the yard, gardening and traveling. Corky loved and enjoyed playing basketball, softball and was an avid...
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Earl R. Childers

September 14, 1923 - January 22, 2014

Earl R. Childers, age 90, of Kent, WWII Veteran and member of the "The Greatest Generation" passed from this world on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Earl was born September 14, 1923, in Martins Ferry, Ohio to the late John and Annie Childers. Earl enlisted in the Army Air Corps serving in the Pacific Theatre as a Sergeant and gunner on the B-24 Liberator from 1943-1945. He retired as a...
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Nunzio "Foot" Garro

November 23, 1922 - January 21, 2014

Nunzio "Foot" Garro, 91, of Kent, peacefully passed away with his family at his side Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, FL. Born November 23, 1922 in Ravenna, to Lorenzo and Josephine Garro. Nunzio graduated from Ravenna High School in 1940. He was a veteran of the Army serving with the 33rd Infantry Division during World War II. Nunzio was formerly...
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Dennis V. McCauley

September 25, 1947 - January 21, 2014

Dennis V. McCauley, 66, of Brimfield Township, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his home, after a sudden illness. He was born September 25, 1947 in Barbour County, WV to Jerl and Beulah (Corley) McCauley. Dennis worked as a Tire Pattern Maker. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Dennis loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren. He is survived by wife, Deborah; son, Darin...
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Sherry L. Thompson

November 12, 1949 - January 20, 2014

Sherry L. Thompson passed away Monday, January 20, 2014, after eight long years battling breast cancer. The disease wore down the body but not her spirit. She has been an inspiration to everyone she knew. Sherry was born in Ravenna, November 12, 1949, and lived with her parents in Brady Lake until marrying Robert "GUS" Thompson, June 7, 1969 and set up house in Kent City. She graduated from...
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Frances "Fran" Molnar

September 1, 1928 - January 16, 2014

Frances J. "Fran" Molnar, age 85, of Kent, went home to be with the Lord on January 16, 2014. She was born September 1, 1928, in Warren, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Stephen Molnar Sr. She is survived by her loving sister, Rosemarie Muccio; three sons, Stephen Molnar Jr. (Blossom), David Molnar (Brenda), and Jim Molnar (Maureen); six grandchildren, Stephen J. III...
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Robert McGowan

July 26, 1925 - January 16, 2014

Robert J. McGowan, 88, of Kent, died Thursday, January 16, 2014 at Maple Wood Care Center in Streetsboro. He was born July 26, 1925 in Kent to Okey Lee and Erma Fay (Myer) McGowan. He was trained as a pilot in the US Army Aircorp in WWII. He graduated from Kent State University. Robert was the John Hancock Insurance Agent in Kent until 1985 when he retired. He was an avid hunter and...
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Violet J. Ohman

November 23, 1928 - January 15, 2014

Violet Ohman, 85, of Rootstown, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. She was born on November 23, 1928 in Moundsville, WV to Frank and Elizabeth Rhome. Violet enjoyed art, cards, puzzles, quilting, music, and quiet summer evenings spent sitting on her front porch. Violet is survived by her beloved spouse, Andy Ohman, to whom she was married for 60 years. She is the...
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Mary L. Matheos

May 16, 1927 - January 12, 2014

Mary L Matheos, 86, of Diamond, died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. She was born May 16, 1927 in Bronx, NY to Phillip and Alice (Murray) Lohr. She is survived by son, Raymond (Connie) Leek of Alliance; daughters, Mary (Jeff) Loy of Alliance, Eleanor Blankenship of Alliance, Diane (Jerry) Martin of Alliance, and Nancy Leek of Alliance; many grandchildren; many...
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Anna Gieger

March 29, 1928 - January 10, 2014

Anna Gieger, 85, of Kent, OH, passed away on January 10, 2014. She was born on March 29, 1928 in Hamorod, Hungary. Anna came to the United States in 1950 and settled in Kent, OH. She was a member of St. Patrick Church since 1952. Anna was an active member of the German Family Society and Ladies Auxiliary in Brimfield, and a Golden Ring Member. She worked as a homemaker and mother. Anna is...
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Donna C. Smith

September 11, 1918 - January 10, 2014

Donna C. Smith, 95, of Kent, died Friday, January 10, 2014 at Stow Glen Retirement Center. She was born September 11, 1918 in Cuyahoga Falls, to Joseph V. and Nina L (Jacobs) Zeller. A very thoughtful, kind and loving person, she loved to travel and lived many years in Southern California with her husband Leo. After his death she returned to the area and worked at Akron City Hospital. Donna...
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Phyllis A. Battaglia

February 21, 1938 - January 7, 2014

Phyllis A. Battaglia, 75, of Brimfield, died Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. She was born February 21, 1938 in Kent to William Henry and Laura B. (Bancroft) Clapp. Phyllis owned and operated Battaglia's T & B Garden Center. She enjoyed quilting; playing bingo, and spending her winters in Florida. She is survived by sons, Jim Laudermilk of Kent...
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Margery L. Balthis

June 19, 1936 - January 6, 2014

Margery L. Balthis, 77, of Kent, died Monday, January 6, 2014. She was born June 19, 1936 in Tallmadge, to Robert L. and Emma E. (Atwater) Wolcott. Margery graduated from Kent State University in 1958. She is survived by her sons, Gerald W. Balthis of Ravenna and David Balthis of Cuyahoga Falls; daughters, Eileen S. (Paul) Stoneman of Akron and Carrie J. Balthis of Akron; grandchildren,...
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Kaia Lynne Kovacs

December 31, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Kaia Lynne Kovacs Our tiny angel left us on December 31, 2013. She was the daughter of Clayton and Jessie Kovacs (Nedel) of Ravenna. She is survived by Grandparents, Mark and Judith Nedel (Flanders) of Kent, Janet Kovacs (Hamilton) of Stow and William and Linda Kovacs of Stow; aunt, Kaitlyn Kovacs of Stow, and uncles, Samuel Nedel of Brooklyn, New York and Luke Morris of Akron; and many other...
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Roy Raymond McPherson

January 24, 1927 - December 28, 2013

Roy R. McPherson, 86, of Kent, died Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born January 24, 1927 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Colin and Florence (Bastow) McPherson. Roy was a veteran of the Navy serving during World War II. He worked at Morrison – Knudson Corporation as an Architectural Engineer. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. Roy was...
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Mary Joan McCandless

March 20, 1927 - December 26, 2013

Mary Joan McCandless, 86, of Kent, passed away Thursday, December 26 at Emeritus at Ravenna. Born March 20, 1927 in Garrett, Indiana, she was the daughter of John and Daisy (Stoner) Ellington. Joan was a gifted musician. She learned to play the piano at age 5, and was organist of her church at age 10. In1952 she received the Bachelor's Degree in Organ and Church Music from the Indiana...
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Gail "Gay" Wands

October 6, 1945 - December 25, 2013

Gail ( Gay ) A. Wands (nee Lossner) born October 6rd, 1945 passed away suddenly December 25th, 2013. She was born in Akron, Ohio and resided in Stow for many years. She was loved by many and survived by her husband, Ted; sister, Sandy (Jim) Love; brother in law, Fred (Vicki) Wands; and sister in law, Bette Hoover. She had many nieces and nephews all grown with their own children who will dearly...
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Ellen Mary "Peg" Amodio Lyman

October 13, 1918 - December 23, 2013

Our beloved mother and great grandmother, Ellen (Peg) Amodio-Lyman, age 95, peacefully passed away at Kent Ridge on Monday, December 23, 2013, with her son and daughter-in-law by her side. She was born Ellen Mary Conrad, October 13, 1918, in Norwalk, Ohio, to Margaret (Moroney) and Godfrey Conrad. Ellen graduated from St. Paul's High School, Norwalk, Ohio, Oberlin School of Commerce and...
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Gary M. Newman

January 6, 1947 - December 21, 2013

Gary M. Newman, 66, of Kent, died Saturday, December 21, 2013 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Barbara J.; sons, Eric Newman and Todd (Sara) Newman; daughter, Bridgette (Jaysen) Mercer; four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Max William and Pearl M. Newman Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory are handling the arrangements.
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Lloyd L. Mills, PhD.

April 9, 1927 - December 8, 2013

Dr. Lloyd L. Mills, PhD., 86, of Kent, died Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Stow Glen Retirement Center. He was born April 9, 1927 in New Orleans, LA, the son of Sidney A. and Frieda M. (Moreno) Mills. He was a veteran of the Army during World War II. Dr. Mills was a Professor Emeritus of English at Kent State University. As a scholar and admirer of Ben Jonson's work, Dr. Lloyd Mills...
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Richard D. Roberts

June 4, 1930 - December 3, 2013

Richard D. Roberts, age 83, died on December 3, 2013 at his home. Born in Cuyahoga Falls in 1930, the only child of Virgil and Isabel Roberts, he moved to Kent in 1941. Dick graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1948. Roberts attended Kent State University, graduating with a B.S. in Education in 1952. In the fall of 1952, he married his high schools sweetheart, Colleen Carey, and began...
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Michael Walter Aylward

March 4, 1972 - November 29, 2013

Michael Walter Aylward, 41, of Ravenna, passed away unexpectedly Friday, November 29, 2013 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born March 4, 1972 in Ravenna, to James and Mary (Fertig) Aylward. Michael had a second home in the gym and enjoyed mentoring people in the gym and in recovery. He recently earned his IFBB Pro Card as a Master's Physique Athlete. Michael made friends...
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William F. Blank, Sr.

June 23, 1920 - November 26, 2013

William F. Blank, Sr. (Bill) peacefully passed away on Tuesday morning, November 26, 2013 at his residence in Stow, Ohio after a long, full and distinguished life. William was born on June 23, 1920 at the Lying-In Hospital in Manhattan, New York, the son of William Francis and Friederica (nee Nienaber) Blank. He was the oldest of two sons, his brother Robert preceded him in death. He is...
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Michael Harold Broyles

January 17, 1973 - November 24, 2013

Michael H. Broyles, age 40 of Kent, completed his earthly life November 24, 2013, at Akron City Hospital with his family by his side helping to guide him home. He was born January 17, 1973, to Edwin and Marlene Broyles. He was employed as a maintenance mechanic HVAC with Sodexo working at Hiram College. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he was involved in many of the church's...
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Jeffrey K. Curtician

August 23, 1963 - November 21, 2013

Jeffrey K. Curtician, 50, of Ravenna, died Thursday, November 21, 2013 suddenly at his home. He was born August 23, 1963 in Ravenna, to Karl and Joyce (Hollow) Curtician. Jeff was a member of the Kent Canadian Club and enjoyed playing pool. He was a talented artist and was always willing to help anyone in need. He was a loving husband and father who will be greatly missed. He is survived...
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Jean Marie Gorman

January 1, 1935 - November 18, 2013

Jean Marie Gorman, 78, of Stow, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at Akron General Hospital. She was born January 1, 1935 in Cleveland to Francis P. and Theresa M. (Carmigiano) Pero. She was a member of Haven of Rest Rescue Mission volunteer for many years; past president and executive officer Streetsboro American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 685; Akron Bible Church; and currently attended Holy Family...
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Mary E. Redfern

October 27, 1929 - November 17, 2013

Mary Elizabeth Redfern, 84, of Kent, died Sunday, November 17, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born October 28, 1929 in Chagrin Falls, to Harvey and Candace (Robinson) White. Mary retired from the Portage County Courts Criminal Division as Head Clerk. She was a member of the Portage County Democratic Party, and enjoyed ceramics, traveling and spending time with her loving...
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Katherine Elizabeth (Susong) Wood

January 5, 1955 - November 15, 2013

Katherine Elizabeth (SUSONG) Wood, of Suffield, OH passed away Friday, November 15th with her husband and family by her side. Since March of this year, Kathe bravely faced a diagnosis of MCL. Kathe never complained and approached each day finding the positive. She CONQUERED uncertainty, grueling chemo treatments and Whole Brain Radiation with a dazzling personality, clever humor and steadfast...
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John Joseph Somers

June 17, 1950 - November 15, 2013

John Joseph Somers, 63, of Kent, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013, at the Hospice of the Western Reserve in Cleveland. He was born on June 17, 1950 to Jack and Florence (nee Kennedy) Somers of Ravenna. Mr. Somers was a 1968 graduate of Ravenna High School and a 1972 graduate of Kent State University where he played football and rugby as he earned his B.A. in Speech Therapy and his...
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Elizabeth Moledor

February 13, 1932 - November 13, 2013

Elizabeth Moledor, 81 years of age of Kent, passed away Wednesday, November 13th at Robinson Memorial Hospital. Elizabeth was born February 13, 1932, to Gretchen and Wilhelm Winnefeld and lived in Rootstown until she married Lamar Moledor August 7, 1954. Elizabeth was a Kent State graduate with her Master's Degree in Special Education. She taught 1 year at Happy Day School, left to start a...
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Donald "Dick" Stansbury

July 4, 1925 - November 6, 2013

Donald Richard "Dick" Stansbury, 88, of Champion, died Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at the Hospice of the Valley in Poland. He was born July 4, 1925 in Brady Lake to Earl and Verta (Pendleton) Stansbury. He retired after 22 years in the US Navy and 20 years at Bendix Corporation. He was a member of the Lake Brady UMC, Rockton Lodge #316 F&AM, Moose, Elks, the VFW, and Fleet Reserve. He...
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Geraldine Gerry Reto

August 3, 1932 - November 5, 2013

Geraldine "Gerry" Reto, 81, of Tallmadge, died Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at Sunrise Assisted Living in Cuyahoga Falls. She was born August 3, 1932 in Shreveport, LA to John and Cleo (Lawless) Ivy, and raised in Carthage, Texas. She is survived by son, Anthony Reto of Kent; daughters, Shelly (Pat) Paul of Tallmadge and Lee Ann James of Medina; grandchildren, Jason (fiancé, Emily), Ryan ...
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Sandra Sue Thompson

February 18, 1946 - November 3, 2013

Sandra Sue Thompson, 67, of Kent, died Sunday, November 3, 2013 under Hospice Care at Kent Healthcare Center. She was born February 18, 1946 in Detroit, MI to Robert and Myrle (Fox) Woodford. Sandra was a spot welder at Chrysler Stamping Plant in Twinsburg and was a member of UAW Local 122. Sandra loved to fish at Rice Lake in Canada, cross stitching, cooking and spending time with her...
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James A. Rinier

May 22, 1923 - November 1, 2013

James A. Rinier, 90, formerly of Kent, died on November 1, 2013 at the Trinity Grove Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington. Jim was born on May 22, 1923 in Canton, Ohio. He was the son of Harry and Florence (Orwan) Rhinear and was lovingly raised by his grandparents Sam and Viola Mae Rinier. Jim graduated from McKinley High School, class of 1941, in Canton and remained in close contact with...
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Robert "Ace" Holden

July 18, 1928 - November 1, 2013

Robert "Ace" Holden died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 85 on the first of November, 2013. Robert is survived by his daughters, Laura Valentine (Ryan) and Sarah Cole (Jon) and his grandchildren Abby and Alison Valentine and Jackson and Katie Cole. Robert has been a staple in the Kent community his entire life. Robert owned "Ace's" restaurant for 30 years and prior to that the K...
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Robert Hamilton McMullen

June 20, 1941 - October 28, 2013

Robert Hamilton McMullen "Handsome and then some" Robert H. McMullen, 72 years of age, passed away Monday October 28, 2013. Robert was born on June 20, 1941 in Brady Lake, Ohio, the son of the late James and Mildred (Selders) McMullen. Robert was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High school in 1960, where he was also captain of the football team. He retired from the Twinsburg Chrysler...
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Nancy Greer Hansford

October 26, 2013

Nancy R. Hansford, 83, of Kent passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 26, 2013. Nancy was born November 18, 1929 in Kent, to E. Redmond and Ruth (Gibson) Greer. After graduating from Kent Roosevelt High School, Nancy married her high school sweetheart, Bruce Hansford, 65 years ago this past October 2nd and was a devoted wife and mother. Nancy and Bruce had two children: Susan and David. ...
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Valmore "BIG VAL" Samuel, Jr.

October 25, 1934 - October 22, 2013

VALMORE (Big Val) SAMUEL JR., age 78, passed away peacefully on October 22, 2013. He was born on October 25, 1934 in Huntington, WV. He was also known as Valmore (Junior) Hill. His mother, Rebecca Robinson, preceded him in death. Val graduated in 1954 from Douglass High School. While there he lettered in basketball and football. He received an athletic scholarship to Marshall University. After a...
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Alice Aufmuth Zitner

September 24, 1926 - October 22, 2013

Alice A. Zitner, 87, of Stow OH, died Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at Stow Glen Retirement Center in Stow. She was born September 24, 1926 in Cleveland, to George William and Selma M. (Pennington) Aufmuth. Alice married Martin Zitner in November, 1950 and celebrated 50 years of marriage before his passing in December of 2000. They resided in Orange Village where Alice was employed by the Village...
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Barbara T. Geisey

October 28, 1941 - October 20, 2013

Barbara T. Geisey, 71, of Kent, died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born October 28, 1941 in Tacoma, WA to Harry and Marjorie J. (Robinson) Taylor. She was actively involved in the Baha'i faith both locally and internationally. Barbara was a member of the Tree City Toastmasters and the Portage County Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed making...
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Angeline Mary Clapp

December 4, 1924 - October 19, 2013

Angeline Mary Clapp, 88, of Indian Trail, NC, died Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Novant Health Medical Center in Matthews, NC. She was born December 4, 1924 in Stow, to Michael and Victoria (Hank) Schossler. She was retired from the domestics department of the Clarkins Store in Kent. She was a member of St. Peter of the Field's Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, the Brimfield Dandelions,...
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Marian Janet Trefethern

January 28, 1937 - October 14, 2013

Marian Janet Trefethern, 76, of Cuyahoga Falls, was called home by Jesus on Monday October 14, 2013, at Summa Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. She was born on January 28, 1937 in York, PA to Floyd and Virga (Raab) Myers. She will be lovingly remembered by sons; Michael Rodkey of Cuyahoga Falls, Jon Rodkey of Peninsula; daughters: Susan Upshaw of Munroe Falls, Mary Ann (Wesley)...
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Ernest L. "Ernie" McFee

October 15, 1954 - October 5, 2013

Ernest L. "Ernie" McFee, 58, of Kent, died Saturday, October 5, 2013 at his home. He was born October 15, 1954 in Sewickley, PA to Edward L. and Madeline Louise (Williams) McFee. Ernie worked in Residential Services at Kent State University and enjoyed interacting with the students and their parents. He loved music and playing the guitar, mandolin and bass. Ernie loved spending time with...
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Steve J. Messino

April 5, 1925 - October 5, 2013

Steve J. Messino, 88, of Kent, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, October 5, 2013. He was born April 5, 1925, to Giuseppe and Anna Messino. He graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School and is a World War II veteran. He served proudly in the US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He worked for the Erie Railroad, Flintkote Company and the Kent...
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Kenneth R. Byers

August 15, 1924 - October 3, 2013

Kenneth R. Byers, 89, of Kent, OH, died Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 after a three week bout with cancer, lying ten feet from his unfinished airplane, looking out over Dollar Lake, surrounded by his family. He was born August 15, 1924 in Boston, OH to John and Lillian Hazel (Wilson) Byers. He was a World War II combat B-24 pilot in the 8th Air force. He worked for twenty years at Colonial...
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