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

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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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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Ingrid Hansen Sander

August 27, 1930 - May 28, 2017

Ingrid Hansen Sander, 86, of Kent, died Sunday, May 28, 2017, at her home. She was born August 27, 1930 in Hamburg, Germany, to Karl A.R. and Erika Frieda (Knaut) Hansen. She attended Gymnasium (High School) and received her Abitur (Degree) in 1950 in Hamburg, Germany. Ingrid completed nursing school in Liverpool, England, before coming to the United States in 1954 to join her family. She...
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Rosemary Hammer

August 20, 1928 - May 27, 2017

Rosemary Ann Hammer, 88, of Aurora, died Saturday, May 27, 2017. She was born August 20, 1928 in Randolph, to Henry J. and Theresa L. (May) Schrader. Rosemary was a 1942 graduate of St. Joseph School in Randolph and received her Bachelor of Science from Kent State. Rosemary was the First Married Woman Teacher at Shaw High School in East Cleveland. She also taught sewing at Helen S. Brown...
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Anne L. Giet

November 15, 1926 - May 26, 2017

Anne L. Giet (nee Searl), 90, of Brimfield, passed away peacefully in her home May 26, 2017. Anne was born in Ravenna on November 15, 1926, the daughter of Frank and Jennie Searl. She graduated from Ravenna High School in 1944. After marrying her husband of nearly 70 years, Edward E. Giet of Kent in 1947, she raised her two daughters in Kent. She and her husband ran their family...
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Donald L. "Ducky" Dodson

May 4, 1938 - May 23, 2017

Donald L. "Ducky" Dodson, 79, of Kent, died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born May 4, 1938 in Kent to Cloyd Edward and Edna Mae (Smith) Dodson. He was a veteran of the Army. He had been a machinist at RB&W and later worked for Federated Auto Parts as a driver. He enjoyed being the neighborhood Handy-Man fixing almost anything. He was an avid hunter and...
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Mary Lynn Weaver

July 10, 1964 - May 22, 2017

Mary Lynn Morris Weaver, 52, of Rootstown, Ohio, died Monday, May 22, 2017, at Summa Health Medical Center in Akron. The world lost a beautiful soul, one of its brightest lights, and an angel on earth. Mary was born July 10th, 1964 in Edmond, Oklahoma to Don Paul and Katherine (Odor) Morris. Mary was the youngest child in a very musical family. Mary's music was a focal point throughout her...
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Fred Palcho

May 29, 1934 - May 21, 2017

Fred Palcho, 82, of Kent, died Sunday, May 21, 2017, at Hospice Care Center in Akron. He was born May 29, 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA to the late Stephen C and Gertrude (nee Winkowski) Palcho. He grew up in Cleveland and moved to Kent in 1955. He was a graduate of KSU; he was a teacher in Ravenna and Stow school systems until 1975. In 1975 he started a new company 'Multi Video Service' – a...
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Shirley Leiher

October 4, 1948 - May 20, 2017

Shirley (nee Rosenow) Leiher, 68, of Ravenna, died Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Akron General Hospital in Akron. She was born October 4, 1948 in Ravenna, to the late Dale Gus and Julia Helen (Pyke) Rosenow. She loved animals, travelling, and family gatherings. She was an avid gardener; and enjoyed listening to country music/dancing. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Leiher, whom she was...
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Gary Lloyd Hanson

March 2, 1951 - May 18, 2017

Gary L. Hanson perfected his skills as a broadcast journalist for 25 years -- and then he taught those skills to thousands of Kent State University students. Professor Hanson, 66, died Thursday (May 18, 2017) at home. Born in Carrington, North Dakota, to Lloyd W. and Edith C. (Olson) Hanson, he developed a love for broadcasting while a speech major at the University of North Dakota. He...
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Audrienne Harmon Galizio

December 24, 1926 - May 10, 2017

Audrienne Harmon Galizio, 90, of Kent, died Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Altercare of Stow. She was born December 24, 1926 on Summit Street in Kent to Joseph G.K. and Florence Irene (Kiser) Miller. She attended Kent State University School and graduated from the St. Thomas School of Nursing. She started as a nurse at St. Thomas Hospital and then went to work at the Kent State University...
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Joseph A. Pischak

May 26, 1931 - May 9, 2017

Joseph A. Pischak, 85, of Kent, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017. He was born May 26, 1931 in Kent, to Andrew and Catherine (Brankovich) Pischak. Joe was a veteran of the Air Force during the Korean War. He retired from Gougler Industries after more than 30 years in 1993. Graveside services will be held 12:30 PM Wednesday, May 17 at Standing Rock Cemetery. Bissler & Sons Funeral Home and...
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George Watkins

May 6, 1922 - May 8, 2017

George passed away on May 8, 2017, at the age of 95. He was a life long resident of Kent. He served during WW II in the U.S. Coast Guard aboard the USS Pettit. George retired from Lamb/Ametek Electric. He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Watkins of 52 years; sisters, Ruth Nelson and Neva Wands. He is survived by daughter, Diane (Kenneth) Riffle; son, David Watkins; grandchildren,...
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Patsy Paul Pizzute

May 1, 1922 - May 6, 2017

Patsy Paul Pizzute, 95, of Brimfield, died Saturday, May 6, 2017, at his home. He was born May 1, 1922 in Kent to Tomaso and Carmella (Donato) Pizzute. He was a veteran of the Army during World War II. He was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Church and a member of Kent VFW Post 3703 and of Local 499. He donated blood many years for the Red Cross and was a Two Gallon Donor. His faith and...
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David Arthur Dundon

November 26, 1947 - May 5, 2017

David Arthur Dundon, 69, of Kent, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Arbors at Streetsboro. He was born November 26, 1947 in Ravenna to Merle Arthur and Laura Nadine (Williams) Dundon. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He loved all sports especially the Cleveland Indians and the Cavaliers. . David enjoyed the outdoors, birdwatching, camping, and Rock-n-Roll...
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Elizabeth Natalie Battaglia

December 25, 1932 - May 2, 2017

Elizabeth Natalie Battaglia, 84, of Brimfield, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 2, 2017. She passed in her home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born December 25, 1932 in Akron, to Frank and Maria (Serra) DiLauro. She was a member of St. Patrick Church. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was a woman of great faith known for her...
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Victor Herbert Reed

September 7, 1943 - May 1, 2017

Victor Herbert Reed died Monday, May 1st, with his family by his side at his winter retreat in Hudson Beach, FL. He was 73. Born in Indiana on September 7, 1943 to parents Glenn and Margaret (Israel) Reed, Vic grew up in Kent, and later raised a family in Mantua. A graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School and Kent State University, Vic was a lifelong educator, teaching math and computer...
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Orlando "Ozzie" Simons

April 13, 1917 - May 1, 2017

Orlando H. "Ozzie" Simons, 100, of Akron, passed peacefully at home, surrounded by family on Monday, May 1, 2017, at his home. He was born April 13, 1917 in Kent to F. E. and Ruth A. (Parks) Simons. He is survived by his son, James (Sharon) Simons of Perrysburg; daughter, Carol Musch of Akron; grandchildren, Amy (Wayne) Cleveland of Chippewa Lake, Jennifer (Dan) Williams of Pickerington,...
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Shaina Marie Gauer

December 27, 1987 - April 27, 2017

Shaina Marie Gauer, 29, of Akron, passed into the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Barberton Citizen's Hospital in Barberton. She was born December 27, 1987, in Akron to Wayne Allen and Mary Jane Gauer. Shaina was a faithful, loving daughter, granddaughter, and friend, who loved life and all of its adventures. She had a love of music and enjoyed going to concerts...
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Louise Mae Hilbruner

October 19, 1930 - April 24, 2017

Louise Mae Hilbruner, 86, of Rootstown Township, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, at her home. She was born October 19, 1930 in Kent, to the late Andrew and Elizabeth B. (Kish) Honeychuck. She is survived by her husband, George Hilbruner, whom she married on April 30, 1949; sons, Curtis L. Hilbruner of Rootstown, and Jeffrey G. Hilbruner of Richmond, VA; daughter, Deborah (Robert W.)...
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Marsha Wise

September 9, 1956 - April 21, 2017

Marsha Wise, 60, of North Olmsted, died Friday, April 21, 2017, at University Hospitals in Cleveland. She was born September 9, 1956 in Ravenna, to David L. and Joan L. (Mandalin) Bianchi. She is survived by; daughters, Shelly (Galen) Goss of Sunnyvale, CA, and Laura (Wayne) King of Tallmadge; son, John Wise of California; daughter, Kristiana (Mo Ali) Wise of North Olmsted; grandchildren,...
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Ronald K. Sommers

August 2, 1928 - April 19, 2017

Dr. Ronald K Sommers Born in Cleveland, August 2, 1928 to a lifetime of love and achievement. Departed April 19 with his family at his side after a long battle with cancer. A loving and supportive husband, brother, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. In addition, a modest man of great contribution. University Professor and Researcher; Technical Author; Inventor; Retired...
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Diane L. Trautman

December 14, 1947 - April 18, 2017

Diane L. Trautman, 69, of Kent, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at home in Kent after long courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 14, 1947 in Akron, to Michael V. and Dorothy E. (Smith) Sepi. She enjoyed home decorating, with a morning coffee and book on the patio where she could sit all day. Trips down to Hollywood beach in Florida with her husband Tom and best friends...
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Lynda Lou Llewellyn

November 9, 1950 - April 16, 2017

Lynda Lou (Caudill) Llewellyn passed away peacefully Easter Sunday morning, April 16, 2017 surrounded by family. She was born in Letcher, Kentucky to Gideon Douglas and Ruby Lee Caudill on November 9, 1950. Our Little Lou was a remarkable woman who lit a room up with her humor, kind-heartedness and extraordinary personality. If you were lucky to have known her, you undoubtedly loved her. She...
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Richard E. Perkowski

August 12, 1948 - April 13, 2017

Richard Perkowski age 68 was a beloved son, father, grandfather, and friend to many during his lifetime. Richard was born and raised in Kent, Ohio in 1948 and passed away early in the morning on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at The Louis Stokes VA Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. Richard was a US Navy Vietnam War veteran. He was proud to have served in the Navy and was honored to be able to serve for...
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Sandra Mae Rohrbach

May 4, 1934 - April 11, 2017

Sandra Mae Rohrbach, 82, of Kent died Tuesday, April 11, at Stow-Glen Retirement Village, Stow, of pneumonia. Sandra was born May 4, 1934, in Warren, Ohio, to George and Pearl (Isaacson) Rohrbach. She grew up in Champion Township and graduated from Champion High School in 1952. She attended Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, Illinois. She received a B.A. from Kent State University in...
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Joseph J Henry

January 12, 1949 - April 9, 2017

Joseph J Henry, 68, of Kent, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, April 9th, 2017, at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born January 12, 1949 in Toledo, to John E and Irene (Fournier) Henry. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Brenda Darlene (nee Lietke) Henry; sons, Jay (Julee) Henry of Kent, Mark (Ashley) Henry of...
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Richard Steven Sherlock

October 8, 1982 - April 4, 2017

Richard Steven Sherlock, 34, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at his home. He was born October 8, 1982 in Ravenna, to G. Richard and Janith L. (Chermansky) Sherlock. Richard was a 2001 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and received an Associate Degree from Stark State College. Richard had a kind soul and a big heart. His good nature enabled him to make friends anywhere he went. ...
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John Baptist Ferlito III

February 21, 1950 - March 30, 2017

John Baptist Ferlito III passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. John was born February 21, 1950, in Cleveland, Ohio, to John and Betty Ferlito. He was a 1968 graduate of Euclid High School, active in wrestling, soccer, and the Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1972, he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Microbiology...
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Michael J. Attina

March 11, 1943 - March 30, 2017

Michael J. Attina, 74, of Ravenna, died Thursday, March 30, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1943 in Cleveland, to Michael I. and Elizabeth (DeVera) Attina. Michael was a member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Garrettsville and the Knights of Columbus. Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missle Crisis. He enjoyed working on his Alpaca Farm and...
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Rosita E. White

January 26, 1935 - March 29, 2017

Rosita E. White, 82, of Kent, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born January 26, 1935 in Ravenna to Earl and Mary (Coy) Crooks. She graduated from Mantua High School. She had attended Frost Road Chapel in Streetsboro and was a member of the Red Hat Society. She is survived by her daughters, Sari (John) Sigmund of Stow, Julie (Tim) Barnhart of...
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Ralph Denzil "Denny" Boyles, Jr.

March 27, 2017

Ralph Denzil "Denny" Boyles Jr. passed away unexpectedly on March 27, 2017 at the age of 65 from complications resulting from angioplasty surgery. By his side was his wife and companion of 45+ years, Susan Lynn Boyles (Ludick). He was a loving and caring husband, father, and brother as well as a good friend to many people. Beloved father of Jason D. Boyles (Shelly) of Madisonville, LA; Shane M...
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Patricia Jeanne (Spotleson) Harmon

July 1, 1954 - March 26, 2017

Patricia "Patti" Harmon, 62, of Marana, Arizona passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Northwest Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. Born July 1, 1954 in Canton; she graduated from Oakwood High School in Canton and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Kent State University. At the time of her passing she was a mathematics teacher at Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley...
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Lynn Fauver Rimmer

October 26, 1946 - March 23, 2017

LYNN FAUVER RIMMER, long time figure skating professional, passed away of natural causes at home in Twin Lakes, Ohio. Lynn received her early figure skating training at the Cleveland Skating Club and later taught there. She also taught figure skating in Troy, Ohio, Rockford, Illinois and throughout northeastern Ohio, including Kent State University. She was a graduate of Laurel School and...
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Frank L. Felton

January 16, 1929 - March 23, 2017

After a long and valiant battle, Frank "Jug" Felton of Rootstown passed away in his sleep on Thursday, March 23, 2017, with his wife, Jeanette (Antonelli) of Kent by his side. Jug was born January 16, 1929, to Agnes and Frank Felton of Kent. He attended Kent City Schools and was an altar boy for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Kent. While in his twenties, he lived for one year in...
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Mary Lou Steinert

May 17, 1921 - March 22, 2017

Mary Lou Steinert, 95, of Kent, died peacefully in the home where she was born, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born May 17, 1921 to Joseph and Harriet (Serani) Rinaldi. She attended St. Patrick Elementary School and was a 1939 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School. Her first job was as a clerk in the lighting department at McCrory's Five and Dime, where she met...
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Michael P. Lenzo

January 26, 1932 - March 21, 2017

Michael P. Lenzo, of Kent, was born in Newcomerstown on January 26, 1932 to Carmelo and Sarah Lenzo. He was the youngest of seven children who grew up to become a man of great faith. On August 1, 1959 he married Mary Alice "Mitzie" Sawyer and they celebrated 57 years of marriage before he passed away on March 21, 2017. Mike attended Kent State University, and then went on to enjoy a career as...
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Donald H. Stage

November 23, 1947 - March 21, 2017

Donald H. Stage, 69, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Florida Hospital - Deland in Deland, FL. He was born November 23, 1947 in Chardon to Harry L. and Ruth C. (Swensen) Stage. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Viet Nam. Donald retired from Franklin Township where he worked for 32 years. He is survived by his son, Donald H. (Rebecca) Stage Jr. of Kent; grandchildren, Ashlee Bowe...
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Ida L Giles

March 24, 1920 - March 21, 2017

Ida L. Giles, 96, of Kent, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Summit Acres Altercare in Caldwell. She was born March 24, 1920 in Noble County to Forrest and Grace (Darrah) Farson. She is survived by son; Don Rogers of Akron; four grandchildren; sister, Barbara Way. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Noble Rogers, second husband, Earle K. Giles, sister, Lucille Rogers,...
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Lillian Jean (Deem) Shull

July 3, 1934 - March 20, 2017

Lillian Jean Shull, 82, of Parma, died Monday, March 20, 2017, at her home. She was born July 3, 1934 in Parkersburg, WV to Charles Page and Hazel Winona (Byers) Deem. She is survived by son, Charles (Jennifer) Shull of Louisa, VA; daughters, Diane Podowski of Brecksville and Connie (Todd) Hoffman of Cleveland; eight grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 2 step great grandchildren. She...
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Eric Donte Cleveland

January 29, 1974 - March 19, 2017

Eric D. Cleveland, 43, of Columbus, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus. He was born January 29, 1974 in Ravenna. Eric was a 1992 Theodore Roosevelt High School graduate. Eric had been an employee of Hollywood Casino in Columbus. Eric was a member of St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbus, Ohio where he was a member of the choir and worked...
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James Allen Rhoads

December 18, 1958 - March 18, 2017

James Allen Rhoads, 58, of Brady Lake, died Saturday, March 18, 2017, at his home. He was born December 18, 1958 in Ravenna, to John "Bob" and Betty (Postlethwait) Rhoads. He retired from Davey Tree as a mechanic/welder after 23 years of service. He is survived by son, Curtis (Jamie) Rhoads of Kent; daughter, Dea (Mark) Busher of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren, Jason Rhoads, Elizabeth...
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Margaret Ann Toth

February 27, 1937 - March 17, 2017

Margaret Ann "Peg" Toth, 80, of Streetsboro, died Friday, March 17th at her home. She was born February 27, 1937 in Strausburg, PA to Theodore and Katherine (McElroy) Fueglien. She worked for Mantaline Corporation for over 25 years. Margaret enjoyed music and dancing. Peg will be greatly missed by her family, friends and caretakers her son, Mike Toth and grandson, Donald Toth. She is...
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Sharon Kay Sowinski

March 27, 1955 - March 16, 2017

Sharon Kay Sowinski was a loving, caring, compassionate, woman with a zest for life. She went home peacefully to be with the Lord Jesus on March 16, 2017. Sharon enjoyed traveling and spending time with friends and family. She was more than a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, and grandmother, she was a friend to all who was always there to listen and care for those in need. Sharon is deeply...
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Thomas A. Campana

April 20, 1923 - March 15, 2017

Thomas A. Campana, 93, of Kent, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Born on April 20, 1923, he was the son of Andrew (Condito) and Angela (Carano) Campana. Tom met Lois Talbott in high school and married her on February 8, 1947. Tom was born and raised in Hubbard, one of 9 children. He left high school early to enlist in 1942 and served our country in the Unites State Navy and was...
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Martha Lee Miller

January 30, 1920 - March 15, 2017

Martha Lee Miller, 97, of Kent, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and was born January 30, 1920 to Laura Jeanette and Hazen D. Crawford. She was an active member of DAR and the Kent United Methodist Church. She received much joy from her 32 years service as a volunteer at Robinson Memorial...
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Robert Henry Faley

September 27, 1948 - March 9, 2017

Robert Henry Faley, age 68, died peacefully in the care of hospice on March 9, 2017 with his family by his side. He spent his last months under the compassionate loving care of the staff at Laurel Lake in Hudson. The son of the late Henry and Winifred (nee Goeke) Faley, his life began in New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and taught at Purdue before making Kent his...
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Beverly Jean Valarinos

February 15, 1953 - March 9, 2017

Beverly Jean Valarinos, 64, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center, surrounded by her family. She was born February 15, 1953 in Akron, to John and Helene (Stutler) Valarinos. She was a member of the New Apostolic Church. Beverly loved to spend time with her family, friends and her dog Kipi. She is survived by daughters, Jessica Valarinos,...
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Albert C. Heinlein

May 26, 1924 - March 8, 2017

Albert Heinlein, loved the Lord and was welcomed into his eternal home on March 8, 2017. Albert was born on May 26, 1924 in Erie, Pa., to Albert and Ruth (McCartney) Heinlein. He graduated in 1942 from Academy High School and enrolled in Gannon College, in Erie. He transferred to Penn State University, majoring in chemical engineering. While at Penn State he entered the Navy's V-12, Officer...
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Glen A. Stutzman , Sr.

June 8, 1938 - March 8, 2017

Glen Stutzman Sr., 78, of Kent was welcomed into heaven by his Mother and Father, Woodrow and Thelma Stutzman; and sister, Karen, on March 8, 2017, surrounded by his family. Glen is survived by his wife of 57 years, Pauline (Brown) Stutzman; his beloved dog, Scooby Doo; son, Glen (Marie) Stutzman Jr.; daughter, Kim (David) Waterhouse; grandchildren, Heather (Shawn) Harvey, Ashley (Andrew)...
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Chad Thomas Griggy

February 8, 1982 - March 7, 2017

Chad Thomas Griggy was tragically taken from us too soon on March 7, 2017 at the age of 35. He was born in Ravenna, Ohio on February 8, 1982. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio then went on to Ohio State University graduating with his Masters in Mechanical Engineering. He worked for Procter & Gamble then decided to start his own business. Chad, President of Sugar...
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Richard McClain

March 4, 1945 - March 6, 2017

Richard McClain, 72, of Munroe Falls, died Monday, March 6, 2017, in Munroe Falls. He was born March 4, 1945 in Ravenna, to William and Alice (Raspilair) McClain. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of American Legion Post #496, 1945 Mogadore Road, Kent, OH 44240 Veterans of Foreign Wars #4738, 3733 Fishcreek Rd, Cuyahoga Falls,OH 44224, and United Auto Workers Local #1112, 11471...
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John W. Overton

July 2, 1931 - March 4, 2017

John W. Overton, 85, of Kent, died Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Altercare of Brimfield. He was born July 2, 1931 in Akron, to Robert Earl and Mildred Leone (Winter) Overton. He was a veteran of the Army during the Korean War. He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber after 42 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Dottie J. (Pringle) Overton; children, John W. (Vicky Goldberg) Overton...
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Brittany Renee Wunderle-DeJarnatt

June 28, 1983 - February 28, 2017

Brittany Renee Wunderle-DeJarnatt passed on February 28th at her aunt and uncle's home, Laurie and Gary Knuth in Kent, Ohio. After a long courageous battle with cancer, she was finally at rest in her husband's arms and surrounded by loved ones. She was 33 years old. Brittany leaves behind husband, Benjamin DeJarnatt whom she married on December 6th, 2016 at the Nurses Garden, Stanford Hospital...
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Louise Jane Klein

December 10, 1922 - February 28, 2017

Louise Jane Klein, 94, of Kent, died Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born December 10, 1922 in Colorado Springs, CO to Harry R. and Della M. (Dixon) Israel, and grew of age in Beloit, OH. Louise was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kent for over 60 years and active there with the Mary Reed Circle. She was a member of the Kent State University...
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John F DeVos

August 31, 1943 - February 25, 2017

John F. DeVos, 73, of Brimfield, passed away after a lengthy illness at University Hospital Portage Medical Center in the Hospice Unit on Saturday, February 25, 2017. He was born on August 31, 1943 in Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna to Bert and Alta DeVos and was a resident in Kent until 1999. He was a Beacon Journal paper boy from 1952 to 1958 on North Water Street in Kent. John was a...
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Tara L Ailes

February 5, 1974 - February 25, 2017

Tara L. Ailes, 43, of Ravenna Twp, died Saturday, February 25, 2017, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center in Akron. She was born February 5, 1974 in Cuyahoga Falls, to Patrick H. and Peggy A. (Hinman) Ailes. She had a compassionate and generous heart for those in their times of need, caring for the sick, serving others in the church and community. She had a way of loving deeper and harder...
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Timothy R. Meloy

June 27, 1942 - February 15, 2017

Timothy R. Meloy, 74, of Randolph died Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at the Woodlands at Robinson in Ravenna. He was born June 27, 1942, in Ravenna to Kenneth R. and Winnifred K. (Kline) Meloy. He is survived by brothers Terrence L. Meloy of Heath, Ohio and Todd M. Meloy of Chapmanville, WV; and sister, Kyra Meloy of Kent. He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas A. Meloy, and his...
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