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

Betty J. Rydbom

May 29, 1928 - August 27, 2015

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

August 8, 1969 - August 25, 2015

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

January 12, 1951 - August 25, 2015

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

March 21, 1923 - August 24, 2015

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

August 18, 1926 - August 20, 2015

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

September 7, 1921 - August 19, 2015

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

September 18, 1954 - August 18, 2015

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

August 4, 1946 - August 18, 2015

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

October 17, 1931 - August 15, 2015

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

February 6, 1939 - August 14, 2015

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

November 4, 1954 - August 12, 2015

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

November 4, 1920 - August 12, 2015

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

September 5, 1932 - August 12, 2015

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

June 23, 1928 - August 10, 2015

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

December 5, 1921 - August 9, 2015

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

January 9, 1935 - August 6, 2015

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

January 29, 1945 - August 6, 2015

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

August 2, 2015

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

February 9, 1921 - July 31, 2015

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

January 12, 1946 - July 30, 2015

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

March 17, 1968 - July 30, 2015

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

December 23, 1925 - July 29, 2015

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

April 2, 1935 - July 29, 2015

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

April 20, 1947 - July 25, 2015

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

December 1, 1940 - July 24, 2015

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

April 2, 1939 - July 18, 2015

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

September 3, 1921 - July 17, 2015

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

July 16, 2015

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

April 10, 1958 - July 16, 2015

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

April 16, 1966 - July 16, 2015

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

August 10, 1939 - July 16, 2015

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

January 23, 1957 - July 15, 2015

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

July 14, 2015

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

September 30, 1952 - July 14, 2015

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

September 18, 1925 - July 12, 2015

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

August 3, 1925 - July 10, 2015

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

July 9, 2015

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

November 9, 1944 - July 5, 2015

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

May 20, 1916 - June 28, 2015

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

July 20, 1924 - June 27, 2015

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

June 8, 1960 - June 22, 2015

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

February 4, 1940 - June 20, 2015

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

June 28, 1961 - June 19, 2015

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

August 3, 1925 - June 16, 2015

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

October 16, 1925 - June 12, 2015

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

March 15, 1929 - June 3, 2015

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

June 15, 1944 - June 3, 2015

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

December 29, 1937 - May 31, 2015

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

May 19, 1947 - May 29, 2015

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

January 29, 1928 - May 26, 2015

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

May 7, 1941 - May 25, 2015

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

November 23, 1931 - May 24, 2015

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

April 1, 1964 - May 23, 2015

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

February 20, 1933 - May 19, 2015

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

February 17, 1943 - May 18, 2015

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

April 21, 1924 - May 18, 2015

Gene Robert "Bob" Redmond, 91, of Kent, passed at his home which he built, Monday, May 18, 2015. He was born April 21, 1924 in Kent, to Harvey and Ida M. (Parmalee) Redmond. He was a veteran of the Army serving in WW II. Bob worked at Lamson-Sessions as a draftsman then after WWII, as an apprentice carpenter with Everett Johnson and later as a carpenter for Sommerville Builders. He was a...
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Mary Alice Adolph

September 26, 1935 - May 16, 2015

Mary Alice Adolph, 79, of Ravenna, passed after a brief illness due to complication of Kidney Disease, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born September 26, 1935 in Franklin Twp, to Ralph Emerson and Helen Mae (Rigli) Parker. Mary Alice retired from K-Mart where she worked as a Clerk. She was an avid bingo player, who enjoyed fishing, genealogy and quilting...
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Michael Richard Vavra

October 11, 1951 - May 12, 2015

Michael R. Vavra, 63, of Kent, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born October 11, 1951 in Bedford, to Robert and Henrietta (Martini) Vavra. Michael retired from AT&T as a cable splicer. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Kent and an active participant in the Bell Choir. Michael enjoyed woodworking, water colors and electronics. He is...
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Thomas Henry Trettel

February 19, 1935 - May 11, 2015

Thomas Henry Trettel, 80, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Monday, May 11, 2015 at National Church Residences in Cuyahoga Falls. He was born February 19, 1935 in Minneapolis, MN to Robert and Lida (Brass) Trettel. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from Novatny Electric. He is survived by children, Randy (Lynn) Trettel of Texas, Kim Nickerson of Las Vegas, NV, Jim (Vicki) Trettel of Kent,...
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Kyan W. Kraus

April 13, 1952 - May 7, 2015

Kyan W. Kraus, 63, of Kent, died Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born April 13, 1952 in Massillon to Clarence and Rita Jean (Hoosan) Kraus. Kyan has his Bachelor's Degree from Kent State University and had his CPA License. He began his career at Arthur Anderson & Co.. He changed companies to Forest City Enterprises Real Estate Development & Construction...
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Paul W. Carmer

December 13, 1950 - May 6, 2015

Paul W. Carmer, 64, of Kent, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. He was born December 13, 1950 in Cuyahoga Falls, to William House and Ruth Jessie (Warner) Carmer. Paul was a true and caring husband, father and friend who loved his rescue dogs and was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Tami L. (Truex) Carmer, whom he married on July 21,...
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Jack Burdette Kurtz

April 25, 1930 - May 4, 2015

Jack Burdette (J.B.) Kurtz passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 4, 2015 just hours after celebrating his 85th birthday with family and friends, enjoying a glass of wine and playing a few games of double-solitaire with his fiancé and best friend, Judy Harder, at their residence in Stow. Born in Greentown, Ohio on April 25, 1930, he was the sixth of John Roosevelt and Arline (Kuhn) Kurtz...
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Orville "O.B." Shaffer

October 6, 1926 - May 3, 2015

Orville B. Shaffer, "O.B.", passed away at home on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Born October 6, 1926 in Middleburg, PA to Florence (Rhine) and LeRoy Shaffer. He has lived in the Kent area since the age of three. O.B. graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1944. A WWII veteran, O.B. served in the United States Navy aboard destroyer USS Stribling. O.B. was a retired bricklayer and gold card...
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Jack K. Morrison

July 9, 1927 - May 3, 2015

Jack K. Morrison 87 of Cuyahoga Falls passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015. He was born in Clearfield, PA and is survived by his wife Rose (Trifero) of 56 years; daughter, Diane and Harold Rhines of Jackson Twp; granddaughters, Erica Rose and Lauren Ann; brother, L.H. and Dorothy Morrison of North Carolina; sister and brothers-in-law, Carol McKeivier of Circleville, Don and Dot Trifero of...
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Ellen Spiker

May 3, 1941 - May 2, 2015

Ellen Spiker, 73, of Stow and formerly of Kent, died Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. She was born May 3, 1941 in Germany, to Alfred and Elsie (Biegner) Kuderna. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. Ellen will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She was an avid bowler and participated in...
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George A. Seavers

March 17, 1925 - April 30, 2015

George A. Seavers, 90, formerly of Brimfield, died Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born March 17, 1925 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, to Albert and Christiana (Chester) Seavers. He attended Hanson and Lapage High Schools. He worked in the grocery trade and later in the carpentry and undertaking trade as an apprentice. He served in the British Army from...
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Richard W. Hansford

January 3, 1950 - April 29, 2015

Richard W. Hansford, 65, of Sarasota, FL, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was born January 3, 1950 in Ravenna to Robert E. and June L. (Enoch) Hansford. He joined the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and continued making a career of the Army. He is survived by son, Christopher Hansford of Friday Harbor, WA; ex-wife, Nina Anderson of Friday Harbor, WA; step...
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Nicole Elysabethe Corsello

November 26, 1996 - April 29, 2015

Nicole Elysabethe Corsello went to rest in the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, April 29th. Nicole was born November 26, 1996, and is the beloved daughter of James (Jeff) and Terry Corsello. She will be greatly missed by her brothers, Alexander Martin of Mantua, and Zachariah Kissel of Kent; and her sisters, Kim Kissel of Kent, and Rachel Corsello of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Her grandparents...
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Nicole Elysabethe Corsello

November 26, 1996 - April 29, 2015

Nicole Elysabethe Corsello went to rest in the arms of the Lord on Wednesday, April 29th. Nicole was born November 26, 1996, and is the beloved daughter of James (Jeff) and Terry Corsello. She will be greatly missed by her brothers, Alexander Martin of Mantua, and Zachariah Kissel of Kent; and her sisters, Kim Kissel of Kent, and Rachel Corsello of Rochester Hills, Michigan. Her grandparents...
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Joanne L. Thur

June 23, 1940 - April 28, 2015

Joanne Louise Thur, 74, of Brimfield, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at her home. She was born June 23, 1940 in Akron, to Alex and Elizabeth Brunton. She is survived by her husband, John Thur, whom she married on June 11, 1960; sons, John Thur, Edward (Jodi) Thur, Douglas (Tracy) Thur; ten grandchildren; three great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Jean Smith and Barb Hughes. She was preceded...
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John Peter Donachie, Jr.

February 13, 1946 - April 22, 2015

John Peter Donachie Jr., 69, of Kent, passed away peacefully after his battle with cancer on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. He was known by the names, John, TJ and Johnny. A loving man with a gentle soul, he is survived by his wife, Diane Marksz; his daughter and son in law, Donna and Michael McNeill; his grandchildren, Michael Jon and Danielle Rose; a large loving family and many friends. John...
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Margaret Flogge Chiarucci

November 19, 1921 - April 18, 2015

Margaret (Flogge) Chiarucci, 93, loving mother and grandmother and former resident of Jessie Avenue, Kent, died Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at The Gables of Kent Ridge, surrounded by her loving family. She was born November 19th, 1921, in Munroe Falls to Joseph and Mary (Polite) Flogge. She and her husband Joseph were members of St Patrick Church in Kent for 60 years. She was a member of...
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Kay Young Herring McFarland

July 11, 1947 - April 15, 2015

Kay Young Herring McFarland, born July 11, 1947 in Ravenna and residing most of her life in Kent, died quietly from complications of cancer treatment on April 15th surrounded by loved ones and family. Kay's parents, Dayton and Helen (Haines) Young and her older brother Bob, all having been life-long residents of Kent, had died several years earlier. After graduating from Kent Roosevelt...
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Lawrence M. Cunningham

April 22, 1953 - April 14, 2015

Lawrence M. Cunningham, 61, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Akron City Hospital. He was born April 22, 1953 in Detroit, MI to Richard Lawrence and Pauline Agnes (Fina) Cunningham. He was a veteran of the Army and was stationed in West Germany. Lawrence was a Computer Analyst for Marathon Petroleum in Findlay. He was a member of the Kent American Legion. Lawrence enjoyed golfing,...
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John A Coe

September 10, 1947 - April 13, 2015

John A. Coe, 67, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. He was born November 10, 1947, in Marion, Ohio to the late Robert William and Florine (Cotner) Coe of Kent. A graduate of Kent State University majoring in accounting he remained an avid follower of Kent State sports. John and Diane shared a very blessed life through their faith in God and...
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Evelyn Tuuri Trimble

December 4, 1928 - April 11, 2015

Evelyn Jeanette Trimble, 86, of Kent, died Saturday, April 11, 2015, at the Gables of KentRidge. She was born December 4, 1928, in Kent, Ohio, to John and Lena Tuuri. She and her husband Gene were the former owners and operators of Kent Floral. Her dedication to work and family will be forever remembered. Evelyn was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent. She is survived by...
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Troy Allen Kirkland

July 15, 1991 - April 10, 2015

Troy Allen Kirkland, 23 of Kent, OH. passed away Friday April 10, 2015 at home in Kent. He was born July15, 1991 in Akron, OH. to Robert and Sherri L. (Atkinson) Kirkland. He is survived by his parents and brother Christopher (Brooke) Kirkland of Las Vegas, grandmother Suzanne Kirkland, and grandfather Lloyd E. Atkinson. Private family services.
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Donald E. Strayer

November 21, 1930 - April 9, 2015

Donald E. Strayer, 84, of Ravenna, died Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born November 21, 1930 in Kent, to Hubert G. and Celia (Kapella) Strayer. Donald attended Happy Day School and was one of their first students. He retired from Kent State University after working for over 20 years. A very faithful person and God loving, he was a member of St. Joan...
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R. Patricia Ward

March 9, 1925 - April 6, 2015

R. Patricia Ward, 90, of Homeworth, and formerly of Kent died Monday, April 6, 2015 at Country Lawn Nursing Home. She was born March 9, 1925 in Union Furnace, to James and Rita (Eberst) Callahan. Patricia was a cook at Davey Jr. High School. She was a volunteer at Alliance Community Hospital and worked with the Alliance Hospice. She is survived by a son, James (Janet) Ward of Dalton;...
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Heinrich E. "Henry" Kluenker

January 19, 1933 - April 6, 2015

Heinrich E. 'Henry' Kluenker, 82, of Kent, passed away peacefully Monday, April 6, 2015, at Akron City Hospital's Palliative Care Unit. He was born January 19, 1933 in Hannover, Germany, to Heinrich and Alma Kluenker. Heinrich immigrated to the United States in 1963, two years prior to his longtime love and wife Karin of 49 years. They resided in Kent, Ohio since 1968. His career...
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Rita C. Moeller

November 18, 1918 - March 30, 2015

Rita C. Moeller, 96, of Brimfield, died peacefully at home March 30, 2015 surrounded by the love of her family. She was born November 18, 1918 in Brimfield to John and Katharina (Leo) Brooker. She grew up on a celery farm, working hard and living modestly. She will be greatly missed by all of her children. We had the utmost admiration of the life she lived and for the qualities she possessed...
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Joseph Daniel Jarrell

November 9, 1974 - March 27, 2015

Joseph Daniel Jarrell, 40, of Randolph, died Friday, March 27, 2015 at his home. He was born November 9, 1974 in Cleveland to George Harvey Jarrell and Linda Susan (Foster) Zisk. Danny was a loving father and friend to all who knew him. He had the biggest heart and everyone was family. He is survived by mother, Linda; sister, Deanna L. Williamson; son, Jacob Delano Jarrell; daughters, Jenna...
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Perry B. Galizio

March 1, 1927 - March 27, 2015

Perry B. Galizio, 88, formerly of Brimfield, died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Altercare of Hartville. He was born March 1, 1927 in Akron to Ben and Fonda (Zito) Galizio. Perry worked as a meat cutter for Brown Derby then after retiring, he packed groceries at ACME #7 in Kent. He will be remembered for his ability to live life, laugh often and love deeply every day of his life. He taught his...
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Evelyn Ruston

August 27, 1918 - March 27, 2015

Evelyn Elizabeth Ruston, 96, formerly of Akron, died Friday, March 27, 2015 at Stow Glen Retirement Center. She was born August 27, 1918 in Hopewell. In her Junior and Senior years of High School (1937-38), she was invited to study music at the Interlochen Music Camp under Cecil Leeson. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church of Akron. She...
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Karen Louise Geist

May 21, 1946 - March 26, 2015

Karen L. Geist, 68, of Kent, died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at her home. She was born May 21, 1946 in Akron to Alex Joseph and Ann V. (Slama) Pudloski. Karen graduated from KSU with a degree in Computer Science. Karen retired in 2005 from Windstream (Alltel). She is survived by son, Michael (Beth) Geist of Streetsboro; grandsons, Alexander, Anthony, and Jacob; brother, James A. (Pat)...
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Annette Louise Crock

February 17, 1967 - March 26, 2015

Annette Louise Crock died peacefully on Thursday, March 26 with family at her side. Annette was the daughter of Gilbert and Jeanette Crock. Annette attended the Peace Day Program, Portage Industries, and Happy Day School. She is survived by her mother and siblings, Donald (Lille) of Kent, Ronald (Pam) of Stow, Kathryn Mims (Amos) of Rootstown, Mark (Marjorie) of Streetsboro, Steven ...
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Lee Allan Duke

September 22, 1965 - March 26, 2015

Lee Duke, 49, of Newton Falls, died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at his home. Cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the Baptist Bible Church in Ravenna. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and Crematory are handling the arrangements.
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Miles Dick Tenney

November 8, 1936 - March 20, 2015

Miles Dick Tenney, 78, of Kent, Ohio, passed away peacefully Friday, March 20, 2015, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Elkins, West Virginia to Miles Daniel ("Duke") Tenney and Irene Isabelle Currence. He moved to Brady Lake, Ohio at a young age; attended Brady Lake School, and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1956. He served his country and was Honorably Discharged from the U.S....
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Paul P. DeCapito

May 25, 1930 - March 18, 2015

Paul P. DeCapito, 84, of Kent, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born May 25, 1930 in Kent to Pete and Teresa (Filomena) DeCapito. Paul was retired from the Ravenna City Schools. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Laura "Jayne" (Aurand); children, Mike of Mantua, Cathy (James) Knight of Rootstown, Connie (Ken) O'Donnell of Ravenna, and Paula...
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Betty Phillips

May 28, 1927 - March 16, 2015

Betty Phillips, 87, of Kent, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and special friend to so many, died Monday, March 16, 2015 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born May 28, 1927 in Bellaire, Ohio to Chester and Pauline R. (Moore) McMillan. Betty had worked at Lawson's, Wilmette, and Lamson Sessions; as well as assisted her husband with his business, Bob Phillips Electric. ...
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Eva A. Heginbotham

August 31, 1918 - March 15, 2015

Eva A. Heginbotham, age 96, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at The Woodlands at Robinson. She was born on August 31, 1918, in Buffalo, New York, to William C. and Ruby (Miller) Heginbotham. She worked at BF Goodrich on the production line and was a member of the Nazarene Church of Akron. Eva enjoyed bowling, bingo, working puzzles, and going on road trips with her...
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James Whitecross Wemyss

July 25, 1931 - March 12, 2015

James Whitecross Wemyss of Brimfield died March 12, 2015 at Akron City Hospital after a short Illness. He was 83. Mr. Wemyss was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on July 25, 1931 to James and Isabella Wemyss. He came to the United States on the Queen Mary in 1955 with his family and settled in Akron. He married Shirley Kenreich, the woman who "made him feel at home in the U.S.," in 1957. He...
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Patrick T. Haren

February 8, 1953 - March 9, 2015

Patrick T. Haren, 62, of Kent, died unexpectedly Monday, March 9, 2015 at his home. He was born February 8, 1953 in Akron to Kenneth Donald and Gladys Evelyn (Halblaub) Haren. Patrick was a Boiler Engineer for Kent State University. He is survived by sons, Nicholas (Amanda) Haren and Thomas Haren; grandchildren, Kaitlynn and Austin; brother, Timothy (Amy) Haren; sister, Nancy (Gary) Dale...
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Myra Therese McManus

February 15, 1921 - March 9, 2015

Myra McManus, 94, passed away at Maison Aine, Stow, on March 9, 2015. Mrs. McManus, formerly of Kentway Apartments, Kent, and originally from Dublin, Ireland, is survived by her two daughters, Pervaneh Matthews of Dublin, Ireland, and Una McManus of Harrisburg, Penn. Mrs. McManus is survived by six grandsons: David Pyne of Dublin; Thomas Pyne of London; Eoin Pyne of Dublin; John Krownapple of...
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Bayani G. Salcedo

October 30, 1931 - March 1, 2015

Bayani G. Salcedo, 84, of Akron, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born October 11, 1930 in Manila, Philippines, to Filemon M. and Leoncia (Gonda) Salcedo. By profession, he was a civil engineer, having worked many years for the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Engineering Division/Services Branch of Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. He was...
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Susan M. Sours

December 29, 1973 - March 1, 2015

Susan M. Sours, 41, of Warren, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Trumbull Memorial Hospital. She was born December 29, 1973 in Cuyahoga Falls. She is survived by life partner, Jennifer Christian of Warren; parents, Jackie and Rich Royer of Pineola, NC; brother, Robert (Tara) Sours of Marion, NC; nephews and nieces, Brandon Sours, Ashleigh Sours, Kyra Sours, Logan Wilcox, Kyle Wilcox, Nichole...
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Spencer J. Crosier

April 19, 1991 - February 28, 2015

Spencer J. Crosier, 23, of Kent, died Saturday, February 28, 2015 at his home. He was born April 19, 1991 in Akron. Spencer was a writer, poet, musician, and a performer. He had a passion for pop culture, fast cars, sports, and comic books. He had a loving personality and a contagious laugh. Spencer was a great friend to many and will be missed dearly by all. He is survived by his mother,...
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Michael R. Tassone

November 2, 1942 - February 28, 2015

Michael R. Tassone, 72, of Kent, passed peacefully with his family by his side, Saturday, February 28, 2015 at his home. He was born November 2, 1942 in Somerset, PA to Joseph and Elizabeth (Kovack) Tassone. He has been a member of the Ravenna Moose Lodge #1234 since 1989 and received his Pilgrim degree in May of 2014. He was a member of the Portage County Bowling Hall of Fame. He was a...
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George Thomas Pittinger

January 24, 1938 - February 28, 2015

George Thomas Pittinger of Kent passed away on February 28, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. George was born on January 24, 1938 to Fred and Mary Pittinger. He attended St. Mary Elementary and High School. In 1956 he enlisted in the US Navy, stationed in Columbus, Ohio. He attended Kent State University and married the love of his life Claudia Montoni on July 22, 1961. He was...
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Robin June Lester

January 17, 1957 - February 26, 2015

Robin June Lester (Davidson), 58, of Brimfield, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born January 17, 1957 in Bedford to Robert and Ada June (Albaugh) Davidson. Robin worked for 22 years at Field Local Schools and spent the last 3 ½ years taking care of her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Terry Lester; daughters, Lisa...
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