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Marilyn Fain Apseloff

March 18, 1934 - February 22, 2018

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

September 17, 1943 - February 14, 2018

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

May 23, 1938 - February 13, 2018

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

March 17, 1913 - February 13, 2018

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

February 16, 1972 - February 12, 2018

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

December 14, 1934 - February 12, 2018

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

April 12, 1943 - February 12, 2018

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

April 18, 1962 - February 9, 2018

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

March 23, 1935 - February 4, 2018

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

April 20, 1921 - January 30, 2018

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

February 6, 1927 - January 26, 2018

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

September 23, 1973 - January 26, 2018

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

May 23, 1959 - January 22, 2018

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

July 18, 1952 - January 20, 2018

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

June 10, 1933 - January 19, 2018

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

July 12, 1944 - January 17, 2018

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

October 5, 1941 - January 15, 2018

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

September 2, 1953 - January 13, 2018

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

August 21, 1929 - January 6, 2018

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

May 4, 1941 - January 5, 2018

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

May 1, 1923 - January 3, 2018

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

April 9, 1990 - January 1, 2018

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

January 31, 1962 - December 30, 2017

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

February 6, 1923 - December 29, 2017

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

November 4, 1918 - December 26, 2017

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

January 19, 1925 - December 24, 2017

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

February 5, 1937 - December 22, 2017

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

July 3, 1922 - December 19, 2017

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

March 27, 1927 - December 18, 2017

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

September 24, 1952 - December 16, 2017

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

July 6, 1948 - December 15, 2017

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

October 24, 1972 - December 14, 2017

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

February 15, 1924 - December 13, 2017

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

December 25, 1953 - December 12, 2017

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

December 5, 1931 - December 12, 2017

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

March 17, 2001 - December 12, 2017

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

August 15, 1938 - December 10, 2017

Lynda W. Best, 79, of Kent, died Sunday, December 10, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center. She was born August 15, 1938 in West Chester, PA to Charles and Virginia (McConkey) Weaver. She received her Bachelors from Bucknell University in 1960 and her M.Ed. in 1977 from Kent State University. She was the Director of Adult Student Services at Kent State University for 25 years, retiring in 2001...
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Margaret Elizabeth Cowperthwaite

June 9, 1924 - December 8, 2017

Margaret Elizabeth Cowperthwaite, 93, of Kent, died Friday, December 8, 2017, at Brookdale of Wooster. She passed away peacefully with her son Joe by her side. She was born June 9, 1924 in Louisville, KY to Mack Hubert and Margaret Kerfoot (Griffith) Farmer. She was the oldest of four children. Margaret was a generous person who lead a remarkable life. She left home when she was 18. ...
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Anna J. Lucas

November 24, 1943 - December 6, 2017

Anna J. Lucas, 74, of Kent, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna. She was born November 24, 1943 in Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States in the 1950's. She graduated from James F. Rhodes High School in Cleveland and Kent State University. Anna was an Administrative Assistant for the City of Kent Civil Service Commission for 28 years. She is...
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Vernon Lee Oscar

February 21, 1938 - December 6, 2017

Vernon Lee Oscar, 79, of Kent, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born February 21, 1938 in Staunton, VA to Thomas and Ella (Clifton) Oscar. He was a lifelong long-haul trucker and carpenter. He is survived by sister, Wilda (Tom) Barnes; friend, Barb Grabowski; step-son, William Marchin; and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will...
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Ronald M. Mohnacky

December 3, 1943 - December 5, 2017

Ronald M. Mohnacky, 74, of Kent, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born December 3, 1943 in Leckrone, PA to Michael and Mary Katherine (Bonai) Mohnacky. He is survived by his sons, Ronald (Pam) Mohnacky of Brimfield, John (Laura) Mohnacky of Kent, and Michael Mohnacky of Streetsboro; grandchildren, Eric (Stevanna) Mohnacky of Cuyahoga Falls,...
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Stephen J. Paulus

May 25, 1957 - December 3, 2017

Stephen J. Paulus was born May 25, 1957 and was tragically lost on December 3, 2017 in a plane crash. Steve was born in Akron to Roy & Jeannie Paulus. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served in Texas, Germany and Nevada. His career in electrical work began in the Air Force and continued into his own business and finally to Portage Lakes Career Center where he was an Electrical...
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Werner Kochte

July 22, 1935 - December 2, 2017

Werner Kochte, 82, of Streetsboro, died Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Gardens of Western Reserve. He was born July 22, 1935 in Hamburg, Germany, to Johannes and Frieda (Knotzke) Kochte. Werner was employed by the Scott & Fetzer Company and Steris as an engineer and inventor. As a result of his work, Werner held several patents for medical equipment He enjoyed flying model airplanes and...
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Margaret Stone

October 8, 1923 - December 1, 2017

Margaret Lewis Stone of Brooklyn, Pennsylvania and Kent and Ravenna, Ohio passed away peacefully on Friday, December 1 at Brookdale Ravenna. She was born September 8, 1923, to Earl R. and Edith P. Lewis, the seventh generation born on their dairy farm near Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Brooklyn Vocational High School in 1941. During high school she ran track and worked on the...
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Dorothy Meyer

October 24, 1926 - December 1, 2017

Dorothy Meyer, 91, of Kent, died Friday, December 1, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born October 24, 1926 in Sardis, OH to Spurgeon and Freda (Suter) Berger. She graduated from Hannibal High School and moved to Kent in 1945 to work at Twin Coach. She married Charles W. Meyer on June 1, 1946 and they made their home in Kent where they raised three children. After her...
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Honorable Barbara Roush Watson

November 13, 1936 - November 29, 2017

Retired Judge Barbara Watson died peacefully in the evening of November 29, after putting up a fierce, 18-month fight with liver cancer. Barb died in Austin, Texas, surrounded by loving family and friends, in the quietly awe-inspiring care of Hospice Austin. Barb's remarkable life was a mosaic of diverse relationships and experiences. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother—although...
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Judith Lee Price

May 3, 1950 - November 27, 2017

Judith Lee Price, 67, of Kent, passed unexpectedly November 27, 2017 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. Judith was born May 3, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA to Paul and Dorothy (Smedley) Bond. She became a resident of Kent upon completion of her undergrad degree at Kent State University in 1973. Judith was drawn to Kent State University because of their specialized hearing and vision...
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Elsie Mae Joy

July 26, 1928 - November 23, 2017

Elsie Mae Joy, 89, of Aurora died November 23, 2017. She was the daughter of Ida and Harley Fuller and beloved wife of John "Jack" Joy, all who preceded her in death. Mother of Claudia Sawyer, David (Sherry Bentley) Joy, Lucinda "Cindy" (Emory) Rodgers, Dan (Lisa Dibert) Joy and Dr. Linda (Dr. Anthony) Calciano and Dr. Deborah (Kenneth) Bergman. Grandma and GG to many. She was preceded in...
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Mark I-Tao Tang

January 20, 1944 - November 23, 2017

Mark I-Tao Tang, 73, of Cuyahoga Falls, died suddenly from a heart attack Thursday, November 23, 2017. He was in exceptionally good spirits after enjoying a special Thanksgiving evening with his family. He was born January 20, 1944 in China, to En Lai and Fu Pin (Pan) Tang. He loved to learn, educate and travel. Mark enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid reader,...
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Madelyn Drown

February 2, 1954 - November 22, 2017

Madelyn K. Drown, 63, of Brady Lake, died Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born February 2, 1954 in Ravenna, to Donald and Shirley Ann (Tuckerman) Prince. Madelyn was a 1972 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and worked for many years as a legal secretary. Madelyn enjoyed fishing, going to the beach, arts, crafts and trinket collecting. She...
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Mary E. Schilmiller

September 16, 1919 - November 20, 2017

Mary E. Schilmiller, 98, of Brimfield, died Monday, November 20, 2017, at her home. She was born September 16, 1919 in Elizabeth, IN to Edward J. and Pearl (Hart) Schilmiller. Mary was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and sang in the choir, the National Education Association, Ohio Education Association and Euclid Teacher Association. Mary received her Bachelor's degree from Kent State...
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Helen I Medley

June 30, 1929 - November 18, 2017

Helen I Medley, 88, of Stow, died Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Stow Glen Retirement Center in Stow. She was born June 30, 1929 in Johnstown, PA to the late Robert and Sara (Tait) Medley. She graduated from Johnstown High School in 1947. She received her Bachelor of Science Cum Laude from Grove City College in 1951. She received a PhD in mathematics from Case Institute of Technology in 1967....
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Fred E. Lantz

July 4, 1933 - November 14, 2017

Fred Lantz, 84, of Kent, died Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center in Akron. He was born July 4, 1933 in Clarksburg, WV to the late Howard B. and Clara (Butcher) Lantz. He is survived by his sons, Eric (Ann) Lantz of Beaverton, OR, and Garold A. (Sandra) Lantz of Mountain Top, PA; grandsons, Steven Lantz of Beaverton, OR, Scott Lantz of Beaverton, OR, and...
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Ferenc Hutterer

January 27, 1929 - November 8, 2017

Dr. Ferenc Hutterer Dr. Ferenc Hutterer, 88, of Kent, died peacefully in his chair Wednesday, November 8, 2017. He was born January 27, 1929 in Budapest, Hungary. Ferenc was a doctor for over 40 years and was devoted to research and education. He is survived by his loving wife, son and three grandsons. Private services were held. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home are handling the...
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Joanne Endres

September 17, 1936 - November 5, 2017

Joanne Endres, 81, of Ravenna, died Sunday, November 5, 2017, at Longmeadow Care Center. She was born September 17, 1936 in Canton, to the late Earl and Elizabeth (Ullman) Haubert. She was a member of Faith Family Church, a volunteer at Turnaround Community Outreach in Canton, and involved in children's ministries for many years. As a children's church leader, she led many souls to Christ....
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Sylvia S. Trundle

April 10, 1922 - November 4, 2017

Sylvia S. Trundle (age 95) passed away November 4, 2017 after a brief illness. She was born April 10, 1922 to the late George and Elsie Stewart. A longtime resident of Kent, she was raised in Stow and graduated from Cuyahoga Falls High School. Sylvia will always be remembered for her God given artistic talent. Sylvia's early years were spent in the commercial art field as a department store...
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Martha Ashbaugh

December 6, 1935 - October 29, 2017

Martha Ashbaugh, 81, of Streetsboro, died Sunday, October 29, 2017, after a short illness. She was born December 6, 1935 in Tarentum, PA to the late Paul and Margaret Wegner. Martha was a RN who retired from Robinson Memorial Hospital and later Crown Center at Laurel Lake. She is survived by her sons, Samuel Ashbaugh of Streetsboro and Jason (Lily) Ashbaugh of Cuyahoga Falls; daughters,...
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Barbara Sue Nering

July 3, 1946 - October 26, 2017

Barb Nering, originally of Ravenna, peacefully left her Earthly body on October 26, 2017 surrounded by family. Barb was born in 1946 in Sistersville, West Virginia to Willard and Garnett Howell. She is survived by her sisters, Melanie Carnes of Columbus and Devonna Howell of Key West; her husband of 50 years, Les Nering of Brimfield; and their rescue dog Dixie. She is also survived by her...
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Lavinia Little

August 29, 1915 - October 26, 2017

Lavinia Little, 102, of Kent, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, at Kent Healthcare Center. She was born August 29, 1915 in Consett, Durham County, England to David and Clara (Bell) Morecroft. She was retired from W.T. Grant Co. in Kent. She is survived by her daughters, Lorraine Kardos of Kent and Erika (Alex) Nagy of Twinsburg; grandchildren, Shane (Ann) Kardos of Kent, Kimberly (Paul)...
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Tom Bozeman, Jr.

March 8, 1943 - October 26, 2017

Tom Bozeman Jr., 74, of Stow, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, at his home. He was born March 8, 1943 in Wiscoal, KY, to Tom Bozeman Sr. and Sally Thompson. He was a veteran of the Navy during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his sons, Kevin Bozeman of Stow, and Anthony Bozeman of Akron; grandson, Keinin Hardesty of Houston, TX; granddaughter, Jade Bozeman; grandson, Kevin Bozeman;...
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Ronald G. Miller

January 4, 1933 - October 25, 2017

Ronald G. Miller, 84, of Kent, died Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at his home. He was born January 4, 1933 in Kent to Ernest and Gladys (Eckert) Miller. Ronald retired grounds supervisor for Kent State University. He will be remembered by his family and neighbors for his beautiful gardens. He is survived by his wife, Betty (Kurtz) Miller, whom he married on October 10, 1953; children,...
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Clara J. Dennis

December 19, 1928 - October 23, 2017

Clara J. (Belmonte) Dennis of Twin Lakes went home to the Lord Monday, October 23, 2017. She died peacefully surrounded by her loved ones. She was born December 19, 1928 in Kent to parents, Luigi and Serafina (Schipani) Belmonte. As the wind blows through the trees this morning, so does our Matriarchs spirit to her rightful place in heaven. She is free from struggle, suffering, and...
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Valerie G. Johnson

January 21, 1948 - October 22, 2017

Valerie G. Johnson, 69, of Kent, died Sunday, October 22, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born January 21, 1948 in Cleveland, to the late Clarence and Dorothy Pascol. She is survived by her sons, Edward J. Johnson Jr. of Kent, Charles K. Johnson of Kent, Terrance E. Johnson of Miamiburg, and Kenneth L. (Trina) Johnson of Urbana; daughter, Vicki Clark of Kent; 12...
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Kenneth C. Hecker

June 5, 1934 - October 18, 2017

Kenneth C. Hecker, 83, of Brimfield, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Akron City Hospital. He was born June 5, 1934 in Youngstown to Herbert Carl and Olive Emily (Reddinger) Hecker. He was a research chemist for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Kent. He and his wife were active with Kelso House in Brimfield. He loved traveling, camping,...
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Douglas K. Bragg

April 25, 1954 - October 16, 2017

Douglas K. Bragg, 63, of Brimfield, died Monday, October 16, 2017, at Akron General Hospital. He was born April 25, 1954 in Gasaway, WV to Marshall and Ana (Mollohan) Bragg. Doug was a member of the NRA and had been a member of the Goodyear Gun Club. He is survived by his mother, Ana (John) Caipen of Brimfield; and sister, Sheryl L. Neuwirth of Kent. He was preceded in death by his father...
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Carole Lee Heeter

September 28, 1941 - October 16, 2017

Carole Lee (nee Knight) Heeter age 76 died October 16th at home surrounded by her family. Carole was born September 28th 1941. She was the 3rd of the eight children of the late Henry and Virginia Knight of Clarkesviile, Pennsylvania. Carole graduated from Bethlehem Center High School in 1959. She married Lawrence Allen Heeter in August of 1959. Together they raised 4 children. In 1978 Carole...
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Shirley Jane Bytnar

September 9, 1933 - October 15, 2017

Shirley Jane Bytnar, 84, of Ravenna, died Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Vista East Hospital in Waukegan, IL. She was born September 9, 1933 in Tyrone, PA to Ralph and Harriet (Drake) Detwiler. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and enjoyed crocheting and sewing. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Bytnar, whom she married on April 12, 1958; son-in-law, Joseph Profio; son,...
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Edna E. Kreighbaum

October 17, 1921 - October 15, 2017

Edna E. Kreighbaum, of Brimfield died Sunday, October 15, 2017, at her home. She was born October 17, 1921 in Barberton, to John Earl and Lois (Jones) Belcher. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Brimfield. Edna was employed at PPG until she married Bruce in November 1953, when she became a homemaker. She is survived by her daughter, Gail Kreighbaum of Kent; two nephews;...
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Becky A. McNeil

December 3, 1928 - October 12, 2017

Becky A. McNeil, 88, of Kent passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017, surrounded by her husband, seven children and extended family. Becky was born on December 3, 1928, in Springfield, Kentucky to Marvin and Valeria Culley. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Judy Jochim; and grandson, Sam McNeil. Becky was a proud alumnus of Kent State University with a B.S. in Education....
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Patricia S. Slaughter

February 24, 1966 - October 1, 2017

Patricia S. Slaughter, 51, of Kent, died Sunday, October 1, 2017, at her home. She was born February 24, 1966 in Akron, to Marshall and Anna B. (Mollohan) Bragg. She is survived by her husband, Robert Slaughter of Brimfield; mother, Anna (John) Caipen of Brimfield; brother, Douglas H. Bragg of Kent; sister, Sheryl L. Neuwirth of Kent. She was preceded in death by her father, Marshall...
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Robert Ciccone

November 11, 1929 - September 30, 2017

Robert Ciccone, 87, of Kent passed peacefully Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his home. He was born, November 11, 1929 in Kent, to Luigi and Anna (Ubri) Ciccone. Robert was a 1948 Graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and a Veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent, the Knights of Columbus, Kent American Legion, the VFW and the Kent...
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Deno L. Lanari

October 2, 1930 - September 28, 2017

Deno L. Lanari, 86, of Kent, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was born October 2, 1930 in Detroit, MI to Amedeo and Marina (Rossini) Lanari. Deno was a graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and Kent State University. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. Deno worked as a self-employed CPA for many years in Kent. He...
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Joan Wingard

January 1, 1930 - September 23, 2017

Joan Wingard, 87, of Kent, died Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Akron City Hospital in Akron. She was born January 1, 1930 in Bellaire, to the late Daniel and Georgiana (nee McMillen) Evans. She is survived by her husband, Robert Wingard, son, Gary (Carolyn) Wingard of St. Augustine, FL; daughters, Linda Wingard of West Lafayette, and Renee (John) Hinkel of Oceanside, CA; grandson,...
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Olivia "Lee" Ennis

August 29, 1928 - September 22, 2017

Olivia "Lee" Ennis, 89, of Kent, died Friday, September 22, 2017, at Ohio Living Rockynol in Akron. She was born August 29, 1928 in Youngstown to the late Emilian and Rafira (Popa) Cismas. Lee earned her BA in French from Flora Stone Mather College, now part of Case Western Reserve University. It was there that she met her future husband, Jim, a chemical engineering student at Case. They...
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Beverly J. Gibbs

September 26, 1930 - September 21, 2017

Beverly (DeLong) Gibbs was born September 26, 1930 in Akron, Ohio and entered eternity on September 21, 2017. Bev was a loving compassionate person who shared her talents and time with others. Bev's hobbies included painting flowers and landscapes, walking in the woods, and drives in the country. She loved working in her flower garden and always had fresh flower arrangements in her home. Bev...
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Norma Elizabeth Lilly

September 14, 1934 - September 21, 2017

Norma Elizabeth Lilly, 83, of Kent, died Thursday, September 21, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born September 14, 1934 in Grafton, WV to Fred and Hester (Nester) Lucas. She is remembered for working for 17 years at the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. She had been active in the Longcoy School PTA. She was an avid bowler and sports fan. She will be remembered as ...
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Deloris Evelyn Doolittle

February 26, 1930 - September 20, 2017

Deloris Evelyn Doolittle, 87, of Stow, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at The Arbors in Stow. She was born February 26, 1930 in Akron to Gilbert Arnold and Helen (Cooley) Humphreys. She is survived by her sons, James (Linda) Doolittle Jr. of Akron, Thomas "Tom" Doolittle of Rootstown, David Doolittle of Orange Grove, TX, and Terry Doolittle of Kent, WA; daughters, Darlene (Harold)...
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Mary Ellen Palmer

April 12, 1940 - September 15, 2017

Mary Ellen Palmer, 77, of Brimfield, passed away peacefully Friday, September 15, 2017, at her home, with her family by her side. She was born April 12, 1940 in Sunderland, England, to Ephraim and Ann (Watson) Jobling. Mary retired from 7-Up Bottling Company. She enjoyed her morning trips to the Brimfield Steak House, gardening, camping and trips to the casino. She is survived by sons,...
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Chester J. "Chet" Mosca

July 8, 1952 - September 15, 2017

Chester J. Mosca, 65, of Kent, passed away peacefully Friday, September 15, 2017. Surrounded by loved ones, expert caregivers, and holding the hand of the love of his life. He was born on July 8th, 1952 to the late Chester Sr. and Josephine Mosca. Born and raised in Kent, he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1970, immediately followed by his tenure in the Army National Guard,...
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John J. DiAlesandro

March 23, 1927 - September 12, 2017

John Joseph DiAlesandro, 90, of Kent, died Tuesday, late in the evening September 12, 2017, at Gardens of Western Reserve in Streetsboro, following his large family coming together to visit him in a gathering that became a joyful celebration of his life. John was born March 23, 1927 to Vincenzo D'Allesandro and Louise (DiCaprio). He sailed the world with the U.S. Navy, which he joined in 1945....
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Barbara Jane Humble

June 21, 1958 - September 9, 2017

Barbara Jane Humble, 59, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017. Born June 21, 1958, Barbara was a mother and homemaker, with a spirit that would light up any room and a smile and laugh that would make anyone feel at home. While she was not an active member of a certain church, she was a devout Christian and loved Jesus with all her heart. Preceded in death by parents, Anna Ruth and Clair...
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Joseph M. Smerglia

April 30, 1932 - September 7, 2017

Joseph M. Smerglia, 85, of Mogadore, passed away peacefully Thursday, September 7, 2017, at Ahuja Medical Center in Cleveland. He was born April 30, 1932 in Akron to the late Leo and Maria (Miceli) Smerglia. He graduated from Case Institute of Technology. He was an environmental engineer for Goodyear. He was the beloved husband of Janet (nee Chambers) Smerglia; loving father of daughters...
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Christopher Lee Marshall

December 23, 1969 - September 5, 2017

In the early morning of Sunday September 3rd, Chris passed away with his loyal rescue dogs, Jake and Dexter at his side. He was devoted to and cherished his lovely daughter, Rachelle Lynn. He was so happy to call Ohio home again after 28 years in Florida. Chris was enjoying sharing special days with family especially just stopping by to say "Hi." He is survived by his daughter, Rachelle...
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Chris Samuel Craft

January 22, 1966 - September 4, 2017

Chris Samuel Craft, 51 of Ravenna died Monday, September 4, 2017, UH Portage Medical Center He was born January 22, 1966 in Youngstown to Howard and Stella (Hiznay) Craft. Chris was a highly regarded supervisor at Delphi, in Warren, Ohio where he worked for 32 years. Chris found peace at Edisto Island, SC where he spent time with his family and friends annually. Known to many as the "Big...
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Dorothy Pohmurski

November 9, 1926 - August 29, 2017

Dorothy Pohmurski, 90, of Kent, died Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at the Woodlands in Ravenna. She was born November 9, 1926 in Youngstown, to Stephen and Katherine (Drapp) Sopkovich. She worked as the Head Registration Secretary for the YWCA in 1950-1956 and was the Health Education Secretary in 1951 in Milford, CT. Dorothy was also columnist for Welcome Wagon in Milford, CT from 1961-1962. ...
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Lisa C. Vargas

April 6, 1969 - August 25, 2017

Lisa Vargas, 48, of Kent, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017, at her Home. She was born April 6, 1969 in Bronx, NY to Crispin and Carmen (Santiago) Vargas. She is survived by her son Zachary Conley of Lodi; daughters, Krystine (Matthew) Risola of Dayton, Carmen Conley of Wellington, and Courtney Conley of Indianapolis, IN; Close friends, Jeffrey Conley of Wellington and Janene (Sonny)...
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Leola Paterson

May 17, 1925 - August 21, 2017

Leola "Sammy" Paterson, 92, of Stow, died Monday, August 21, 2017, at Stow Glen Retirement Center in Stow. Sammy was a sweet soul who was beloved by all who knew her. She loved to entertain and hosted many a dinner party and bridge luncheon at the house on Horning Road. She loved reading, playing cards (especially bridge), traveling, old movies, and the Cleveland Indians. But most of all she...
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Caitlin Ygraine Clingman

September 5, 1989 - August 19, 2017

Caitlin Ygraine Clingman was born September 5, 1989. She died at age 27 in her Barberton home on August 19, 2017. Caitlin was known for a smile that could light up the room and her wry sense of humor. She was a loving mother with a warm heart and a voracious reader with a natural intelligence and innate curiosity. Caitlin trained to be a medical technician. Caitlin was an active member of the...
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Craig Joseph Hejma

September 21, 1960 - August 18, 2017

Craig Joseph Hejma, 56, of Kent, died Friday, August 18, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born September 21, 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio to George Joseph and Betty L. (Hejda) Hejma. Craig worked a landscape business for 20 years, retired from that and started working for LKQ as a Quality Inspector of auto parts. He will be remembered for his lifelong love of motocross that he...
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Joseph Diestel

January 27, 1943 - August 17, 2017

Joseph Diestel, 74, of Kent, died Thursday, August 17, 2017. He was born January 27, 1943 in Westbury, NY to Charles and Agnes (VandenBussche) Diestel. He is survived by sons, James (Denise) Diestel of Akron, Christopher (Eileen) Diestel of Columbia, MO and Geoffrey Diestel of Sherwood, OR; daughter, Lisa (Robert) Schwan of Garrettsville; eight grandchildren; one great granddaughter; brother...
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William Joseph Zdanczewski, Jr.

June 7, 1947 - August 15, 2017

William Joseph Zdanczewski Jr., 70, of Windham, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born June 7, 1947 in Cleveland, to William Joseph and Margaret L. (Sutton) Zdanczewski Sr. He was a member of the American Legion in Windham and the DAV. Bill loved to fish, watching Old westerns and football. Bill was an all-around good guy. He was a Vietnam vet that went...
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Suzanne Lucas

August 21, 1960 - August 15, 2017

Suzanne (Sue) Lucas (nee Martin), Kent, OH, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at the age of 56 and was preceded in death by her parents, George and Ann Martin. Those that knew Sue would have to agree that she had the biggest and most beautiful heart. Sue's positive attitude and zest for life overpowered her struggles and she truly took joy in the simple, happy things of...
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Ellen T. Ahearn

February 19, 1939 - August 14, 2017

Ellen T. Ahearn, 78, a former nun, teacher in Buffalo Catholic schools and university instructor died August 14, 2017, in Stow, Ohio, after a long illness. A native of Buffalo, Ms. Ahearn joined the Sisters of St. Francis in Williamsville at the age of 18. As Sister Maura, she taught in the Buffalo area at St. Clare College, St. Mary's High School, Ss. Peter and Paul School, St. Francis of Assisi...
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Barbara A. Craven

June 18, 1933 - August 9, 2017

Barbara A. Craven, 84, of Kent, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, in Brimfield. . She was born June 18, 1933 in Putney, WV to the late Clemith and Violet M. (Parker) Gay. She worked as a secretary for Summa Akron City 16 years, and she would often share many memories about her time spent there with family and friends. Her true love was spending time...
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Jennie Vlanton

April 27, 1924 - August 8, 2017

Jennie (Joanna) Vlanton, 93, a native of St. Louis who retired to Kent, Ohio, died on August 8. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 27, 1924, to Stephanos and Evangelia Constantinides. For 30 years, she was a classroom teacher and reading specialist with the St. Louis public schools. She held a B.A. in History from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Education from the...
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Craig James Johnson

April 12, 1956 - August 7, 2017

Craig James Johnson, 61, of Kent, died Monday, August 7, 2017, in Ashtabula. He was born April 12, 1956 in Geneva, to Voyne Ace and Ora (Hess) Johnson. Craig was especially proud of his grandchildren; they could rely on their "Pop" to give them sweets and get them out of trouble. He took great pride in being a truck driver and could give directions anywhere. He is survived by his wife,...
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Helen Jane (Strimple) Wilson

November 26, 1925 - August 7, 2017

Helen Jane (Strimple) Wilson---devoted wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, mother-in-law, sister-in-law, teacher, educator, manager, volunteer, and friend---died peacefully at home at age 91 with family around her on August 7, 2017 at Vancouver, WA after a short illness. Helen Jane was born at her family's home in Kent, Ohio on Thanksgiving Day, November 26,...
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Sallie Gonos

April 28, 1942 - August 7, 2017

Sallie Gonos, 75, of Kent, died Monday, August 7, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born April 28, 1942 in Ravenna, to the late Lamarre L. and Evelyn Dolores (Raber) Poole. Sallie was a life-long resident of Kent. She worked for the Kent City Schools in food preparation and service at several city schools. She enjoyed arts and crafts and excelled at cross stitching....
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Frances A. Patterson

June 10, 1939 - August 2, 2017

Frances A. Patterson, 78, of Kent, died Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born June 10, 1939 in Hubbard, to the late John and Mary (March) MacLellan. She encouraged others to share in her love for horses through over 45 years as a 4-H advisor and many years as a Pony Club D.C. She was active in Farm Bureau council, volunteered on local township and...
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Theresa M. Boyle

July 30, 1946 - August 2, 2017

Theresa M. Boyle, age 71, passed away on August 2nd, 2017 after a courageous three year battle with cancer. She was born July 30th, 1946 in Steubenville to the late Howard T. and Theresa (Milano) Boyle. She moved to Kent at an early age and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1964. Following her mother's example she became an elementary school teacher graduating from Kent State...
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