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

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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Jane A. Yengling

December 13, 1938 - July 30, 2017

Jane A. (nee Riggs) Yengling, 78, of Kent, died Sunday, July 30, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born December 13, 1938 in Akron to the late Forest and Marie (Lewis) Riggs. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Don) Jones of Kent; granddaughter, Katie (Joe) Keba of Stow; grandson, Tyler Jones of Kent; great grandchild, Easton Keba; sister, Jean Loutzenhiser of...
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Raymond Hayes Loughridge

July 22, 1922 - July 26, 2017

Long time Kent resident, Raymond Hayes Loughridge, 95, passed away 26 July 2017. Ray was born 22 July 1922, on the family dairy farm in Chippewa Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania. He was the only child of Hay Walker and Lillian Ruth (Winterburn) Loughridge. He was survived by his wife of 69 years, Ruthe Evelyn (Coulter) "Moots" Loughridge. His four children; Susan Loughridge (Arthur Saxe)...
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Caroll E. Brode

February 22, 1950 - July 24, 2017

Caroll E. Streeter Brode, 67, of Kent, Ohio died on Monday, July 24 at her home. She was born in Portage County on February 22, 1950 to Lois (Call) and Jack Streeter of Hiram, Ohio. Caroll graduated from Crestwood High School and went on to obtain a B.S. in Social Work from The University of Akron. She then obtained a MSSA from Case Western Reserve University. She is survived by her spouse Sue...
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Cynthia Parker Matthews

January 15, 1936 - July 22, 2017

Cynthia Parker Matthews, 81, of Hudson, Ohio was born in Cleveland January 15, 1936 to Arthur L. Parker and Helen M. (née Fitzgerald) Parker. Cindy passed away in the company of her children on Saturday July 22, 2017 after battling a rapidly devastating cancer diagnosis early this year. Cindy lived a life filled with joy, abilities, family, talents, and interests. She wonderfully affected the...
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Lilli E. Meluch

February 24, 1922 - July 22, 2017

Lilli Emma (Bates) Meluch, 95, was called to her heavenly home early Saturday morning, July 22, 2017. Lilli was born February 24, 1922 to Charles Homer Bates and Katharina Sauerwein Bates. After graduating from Lash High School in Zanesville, she worked at Timken Roller Bearing and also switchboard operator for Ohio Bell Telephone in Zanesville before moving to Kent, Ohio. There she worked...
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Marvin B. Kirschman

October 15, 1925 - July 20, 2017

Marvin B. Kirschman, 91, of Kent, died Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Independence Village in Aurora. He was born October 15, 1925 in Meriden, CT to the late Walter C. and Harriet (Bartholomew) Kirschman. He was a veteran of the Navy during the World War II with service in the South Pacific. A member of the University of Connecticut 1948 national collegiate soccer champion team, he also brought...
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Andy Ohman

March 8, 1927 - July 19, 2017

Andy Ohman, age 90 of Kent, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born in Canton on March 8th, 1927 to the late John and Helen (Dudas) Ohman. Andy served honorably as a marine in WWII, worked most of his life as a truck driver, enjoyed fishing and farming, and loved playing cards with his family and friends. He is survived by sons, Andy (Pam)...
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Suzanne E. Jenkins

November 28, 1949 - July 16, 2017

Suzanne E. Jenkins, 67, of Kent, lost her battle with cancer and passed away peacefully Sunday, July 16, 2017, at her home. Suzanne was the youngest of three children, born November 28, 1949 in Smyrna, DE to the late Alfred and Eleanor (Pucillo) Guarro. Suzanne is survived by her husband, Lynn E. Jenkins; son, Kristopher Tracy of New York, NY; daughter, Kathryn Tracy; grandson, Cole of...
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Dorys C. Ledet

March 17, 1941 - July 13, 2017

Dorys Ledet passed away July 13, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. The cause of death was lung cancer. Dorys was born 1941 in Usulutan, El Salvador, but during her lifetime, she was a resident of: San Francisco, CA; New Orleans, LA; Miami, Florida; Elizabeth, NJ; Red Bank, NJ; and Kent, OH. While Dorys traveled around the world, her favorite country was Mexico. Deeply...
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Jean Marie Alspach

April 25, 1927 - July 11, 2017

Jean Marie Alspach, 90, of Ravenna, died peacefully Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at her home. She was born April 25, 1927 in Akron to Lloyd and Ethel (Morrison) Brackin. Jean married the love of her life John W. Alspach Sr. on February 19th, 1944 in Ft. Worth, Texas. Jean and her family raised purebred goats at her farm in Rootstown. She was a lifelong member of the ADGA. After the goats, she...
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David Michael Kurka

August 29, 1980 - July 11, 2017

David Michael Kurka, 36, of Windham, died at his home. He was born August 29, 1980 in Ravenna to George and Rhonda (Burbridge) Kurka. While in South Carolina, he discovered his love for cooking. He became a chef and worked at several restaurants in South Carolina and returned to Portage County and worked at several restaurants here. He loved his dogs, music and Cleveland sports. He is...
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Karen Joy Smith

January 20, 1942 - July 9, 2017

Karen Joy Smith, 75, of Streetsboro, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at her home. She was born January 20, 1942 in Bloomington, IN to Lucius and Maxine (Skinner) Lyman Jr. She is survived by her husband, Jack W. Smith; daughters, one daughter: Teri (Dr. Vic) Kulick of Parma, OH. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard T. Barrett. Funeral services are pending. Bissler & Sons Funeral...
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John F. "Jack" Carney

December 29, 1941 - July 7, 2017

After a lengthy journey, Deacon John F. "Jack" Carney passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017, surrounded by his family. Jack was born in Youngstown, Ohio on December 29, 1941. He was the son of Joseph P. and Virginia (Sullivan) Carney. Jack was a graduate of Ursuline High School in 1959, and participated in the first football game between Mooney and Ursuline. After contemplating the...
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Paul C. Kitchin, Jr.

October 18, 1918 - July 7, 2017

Paul C. Kitchin Jr., 98, of Ravenna, died Friday, July 7, 2017, at home in Rootstown Township. He was born October 18, 1918 in Missoula, MT to the late Paul Clifford and Agnis (nee Hatch) Kitchin. He was a professor of political science at Kent State University. Founder of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and member No 1 in Ohio. A member of the Wranglers Association of Portage County,...
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Lester E. Krebs

March 18, 1919 - July 4, 2017

Lester Earl Krebs, a WWII Army vet fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was a member of The Greatest Generation gave his final salute July 4, 2017. He was born in Loudonville, OH to Swiss immigrants Albert & Lina Krebs on March 18th 1919 and is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Josephine [nee] Skibiski. He will be sorrowfully missed by his family; sons Earl Krebs and Karen [Shaffer]...
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Gloria Dickerson

May 16, 1925 - July 3, 2017

Gloria Dickerson, 92, of Wooster, died Monday, July 3, 2017, at Brookdale Senior Living Center in Marion. She was born May 16, 1925 in Kent, to the late Lawrence and Bessie J. (Martin) Ramicone. She grew up in Kent, attending St. Patrick grade school, and graduating from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1942. During WWII she worked as a riveter at Twin Coach. She is survived by her son,...
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Gerald Allison "Jerry" Haas

June 5, 1949 - July 1, 2017

Jerry was born in Marion, Ohio and grew up in Mt. Gilead and Medina, Ohio. He married Margaret (Peg) Bissler Haas on the first day of spring of 1976 and they shared 41 years of marriage. He was a beloved father to their children Andrew (Andy) and Claire Haas. Jerry loved to go for a drive in the car with his family, and they share many happy memories of picnics and hikes in the park, baseball...
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Oliver J. Schneider

January 31, 1926 - July 1, 2017

Oliver J. Schneider, 91, of Brimfield Township, died Saturday, July 1, 2017, at home in Brimfield Township. He was born January 31, 1926 in Ravenna, OH to the late Frank and Margaret (nee Trepanier) Schneider. Graduate of Ravenna High School, Bachelor degree from Kent State University and Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Case Western Reserve University Law School. He was a veteran of World...
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Jack Dennis Stonestreet

April 10, 1934 - June 29, 2017

Jack Dennis Stonestreet, 83, of Mentor, died Thursday, June 29, 2017, at Hartley Manor Assisted Living in Concord. He was born April 10, 1934 in Akron, to Chuck and Oka (Trott) Stonestreet. He was a veteran of the Navy serving aboard the USS Randolph. Jack was a CPA and owned his own firm for 35 years. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by...
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Gladys "Gay" Moore

September 12, 1928 - June 27, 2017

Gladys "Gay" Moore, 88, of Kent, died Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Woodlands at Robinson in Ravenna. She was born September 12, 1928 in Akron to the late George and Clara (Harnack) Burgess. Gay worked as a private secretary, dental assistant and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran in Akron, Northminster Presbyterian Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson United Methodist Church,...
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Mary M. Richards

October 18, 1927 - June 26, 2017

Mary M. Richards, 89, of Kent, passed away with her family by her side on her 69th wedding anniversary, Monday, June 26, 2017, at Briarwood Assisted Living in Stow. She was born October 18, 1927 in Suffield to Paul and Martha (Winkler) Bissler. Her life's work was shared with her husband at Richards Flower Shop for many years. She enjoyed many years vacationing in Northern Michigan with her...
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Debra Ann Parris-Roberts

September 17, 1955 - June 25, 2017

Debra Ann Parris-Roberts, 61, of Kent, died Sunday, June 25, 2017, at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born September 17, 1955 in Alabama, to Thomas and Edna Rae (Johnston) Prince Jr. She is survived by her husband, William M. Roberts; sons, Anthony (Jessie) Yakubowski of Warren, Matt (Amanda Malek) Yakubowski of Kent, Joshua Parris of Kent and William Roberts II of Kent; daughters...
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Harold Walker , Jr.

January 26, 1927 - June 20, 2017

He has told you, O man, what is good and what does the Lord require of you. But to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 Harold Walker, Jr. was born January 26, 1927 in Birmingham, Alabama and died in his home in Kent, Ohio on June 20, 2017. The world is a more beautiful place because of his life. Always an environmentalist, he was often seen riding his...
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Charles A. Loudin, Sr.

June 22, 1937 - June 20, 2017

Charles A. Loudin Sr., 79, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at his home. He was born June 22, 1937 in French Creek, WV to Clovis A. and Beryl N. (Howes) Loudin. He was an extremely loving and devoted husband, father, and friend. He was a proud employee of the Colonial Rubber Company of Ravenna for 61 years. He was a Ravenna Moose Club Ritual Team member, and a proud 5-Gallon blood...
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Flora Jean Crow

February 22, 1937 - June 20, 2017

Flora Jean Crow, 80, of Stow, died Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at Summa Akron City Hospital. She was born February 22, 1937 in Ravenna to George N. and Stella M. (Peone) Stefan. She is survived by sons, Jeffrey Crow of Stow and Steve (Tracey) Crow of Jacksonville, FL; daughters, Kathleen (Daniel) Francini of Stow, Traci Crow of Stow, Sherrie (Kurt) Baker of Akron; grandchildren, Brittany...
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Donald E. Wiley

September 5, 1933 - June 18, 2017

Donald E. Wiley, 83, of Kent, died Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Kensington Care Center in Aurora. He was born September 5, 1933 in Kent, to the late Howard J. and Myrtle R. (Lightner) Wiley. He was lifelong resident of Kent, and avid fan of Kent State sports. Veteran of The United States Airforce of the Korea War era. While at Kent State High School and in The United States Airforce, he...
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Dorothy V. Flogge

October 3, 1924 - June 16, 2017

Dorothy V. Flogge, 92, of Kent, died after a short illness Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Gables of Hudson. She was born October 3, 1924 in Ravenna to Michael and Veronica (Hoynos) Moscoe. She is survived by daughter, Nancy Flogge of Stow; sisters, Laverne (Gene) Smith of Kent and Diana Moscoe of Ravenna; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles...
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Toby James Crocker

June 8, 1957 - June 13, 2017

Toby James Crocker, 60, of Kent, died Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Hospice Of Western Reserve in Medina, after courageously battling pancreatic cancer. He was born June 8, 1957 in Ravenna, to the late Carl M. and Mary E. (Dawes) Crocker. He taught us to love unconditionally, touching the hearts of all he met. He will be missed dearly and forever remembered for his infectious smile and great...
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Malcolm G. "Gary" Blanchard

May 1, 1936 - June 11, 2017

Malcolm G. 'Gary' Blanchard, 81, of Kent, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center, after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He was born May 1, 1936 in Cadiz, to Noah and Martha (Strother) Blanchard. He was a member of the Ravenna Avenue Church of God. Malcolm retired from Chrysler after 44 years of service. He is survived by daughter, Rayetta Willis of...
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Mark A. Trivelli

April 1, 1962 - June 10, 2017

Mark A. Trivelli, 55, of Kent, died Saturday, June 10, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born April 1, 1962, in Ravenna, to William A. and Jean A. (Morrison) Trivelli Sr. He is survived by brothers, William (Michell) Trivelli Jr. of Kent, Stan (Lynne) Trivelli of Strongsville, Dave Trivelli of Hudson, FL; nieces and nephews, Matt (Jennifer) Trivelli of Kent, Brittany Trivelli of...
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Albine Helga Harig

April 25, 1935 - June 6, 2017

Albine Helga Harig, 82, of Kent, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at her home. She was born April 25, 1935 in Munich, Germany. Helga met and married her late husband Robert, while he was serving in the U.S. Army in Munich, Germany and they came to the United States in 1964. She was employed as a waitress for 15 years at Friendly's Restaurant in Kent. Helga enjoyed gardening and spending time with...
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Owen Matthew Crocker (States)

May 17, 2017 - June 5, 2017

"Dearest baby, please know that our greatest blessing was having you. Heaven's gain was our loss." Owen experienced the love of all who knew him and so many more. He fought like a strong little warrior during his short time with us. He held the hands of mommy and daddy. Even though he slept he had the joy of meeting his big brother and sister. As he peacefully slept, mommy had the pleasure of...
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Harry Carpenter

October 5, 1932 - May 31, 2017

Harry A. Carpenter When someone met Harry and asked how he was, he always replied with an enthusiastic, "INCREDIBLE!" This one word answer sums up a life well lived. Harry died on Wednesday, May 31 after a courageous 18-month fight with cancer. He was born on October 5, 1932 in Sterling, Colorado. However, he lived most of his early life in Madras, Oregon, with his parents, sister and...
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Janet F. Ludick

May 31, 2017

Janet F. Ludick of Rootstown passed away May 31. She was 76 years old. She was born in Belleville, West Virginia to Harold and Kathleen Townsend. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Kenneth Ludick; son, Michael Ludick and wife, Alica of Canton, Ohio; granddaughter, Ashlie Ludick of California; and brother, Jeff Townsend of Ravenna, Ohio. Janet retired from 2nd National (Key...
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Max Russ Peck

September 22, 1934 - May 29, 2017

Max Russ Peck, 82, passed away Monday, May 29th, 2017 at Brookdale Ravenna. He was born September 22, 1934 in Kent to the late Max R. and Claire M. Peck. After graduating from Roosevelt High School he served three years in the Ohio National Guard. He owned and operated Peck Well Drilling for many years until his retirement. Russ is survived by sons Thomas (Lorna) of Terrebonne, OR,...
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