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

Lawrence T Amodio

July 20, 1964 - May 24, 2016

Lawrence T 'Larry' Amodio, 51, of Kent, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Heartland of Twinsburg. He was born July 20, 1964 in Ravenna, Paul Vito and Patricia Ann (Lukenic) Amodio. Lawrence was a Kent Roosevelt High School graduate. He served in the U S Navy. He was a chef with various restaurants in the area. He loved to dance, fish and was an avid supporter of all local sports teams....
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Thomas D. DeLeone

May 22, 2016

Tom DeLeone was born and raised in Kent. The youngest of three children, he attended Kent Roosevelt High School then went on to become an All-American football player at The Ohio State University. In 1972 he was drafted in the 5th round by the Cincinnati Bengals. After a brief stint with the Bengals, Tom spent the remainder of his stellar 13-year NFL career as the center for the Cleveland Browns...
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David Allen Hansen

February 27, 1945 - May 19, 2016

David Allen 'Papooh' Hansen, 71, of Hudson, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Akron General Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 27, 1945 in Kent, to Albert P. and Viola K. (Schrader) Hansen. David was a 1963 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School. David served in the US Army from June 1963 until June 1966, where he met the love of his life while stationed...
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Morris Wayne Bridgewater

September 27, 1947 - May 17, 2016

Morris Wayne Bridgewater, 68, of Kent, OH, died Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at his home in Kent. He was born September 23, 1947, in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to Morris and Odessa (Inman) Bridgewater. Morris was a graduate of Greenfield High School, Greenfield, Indiana. He retired from Chrysler Corp. in Twinsburg, after working there for thirty nine years. He was a member of Bean Blossom...
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Ruth Frances Ambrose

May 25, 1914 - May 15, 2016

Ruth Frances Ambrose, 101, of Wooster, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Wooster Community Hospital. She was born May 25, 1914 in Kent to Park and Ruth (Flanagan) Smith. She was employed as an Account Clerk at The Wright Stores in Kent and then retired as a Research Assistant at Kent State University Library. She is survived by son, Thomas (Patricia) Ambrose of Grand Blanc, MI; daughter, Carole...
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Renie Harris

November 26, 1959 - May 15, 2016

Renie Harris, 56, of Kent, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Altercare of Western Reserve. She was born November 26, 1959 in Ravenna, to Homer E. and Catherine L. (Strickler) Harris. She is survived by brother, Daniel Harris of Kent; nieces and nephew, Adrianne Harris of Hiram, Allison Harris of Kent, David Harris of Kent, Mara Harris of Kent and Genna (Robert) Monk of Strawberry Plains, TN;...
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Jack U. Norton

April 16, 1928 - May 13, 2016

Jack U. Norton, 88, of Kent, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born April 16, 1928 in Ravenna to Harry and Mary (Donaldson) Norton. Jack was a WWII US Navy Veteran and later served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Iron Workers Union - Local 17, and Rockton Lodge #316 F&AM, attended the Valley of Cleveland where he received his...
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Marguerite L. Capizzi

September 21, 1936 - May 10, 2016

Margaruite L. Capizzi, 79, of Ford City, PA, died Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born September 21, 1936 in Parker, PA to Wendell and Bernice (Passauer) Eddinger. She enjoyed playing bingo painting antiques, Native American artifacts old coins watching war movies and especially her pets. She loved life and making new friends. She was loved and will...
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Harold F. "Pee Wee" Knapp

June 8, 1927 - May 9, 2016

Harold F. "Pee Wee" Knapp, 88, of Cuyahoga Falls, reunited with his life-long love "Rosie" Monday, May 9th, 2016 and they will now be forever at each other's side. Harold was born June 8, 1927 in Kent, Ohio to Frank and Bessie (Kline) Knapp. He attended St. Patrick's School in Kent and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in1945. He went on to serve his country in the United States...
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Jennifer Pudloski Hodges Stewart

August 21, 1972 - May 6, 2016

Jennifer L Pudloski Hodges Stewart, 43, of Atwater, passed away Friday, May 6th, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born August 21, 1972 in Akron, to Richard and Wilma L (Kendrick) Pudloski. Jennifer worked as a respiratory therapist for ten years at Pikeville Medical Center. She took great joy in working with the elderly. She loved her family and friends. She is...
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Deborah S Craft

October 30, 1953 - May 6, 2016

Deborah S Craft, 62, of Ravenna, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Friday, May 6th, 2016. She was born October 30th, 1953 in Akron, to David and Vivian (Leffel) Steele. She is survived by her husband; Frederick Craft; son Erick (Kristin) Craft of Rootstown; daughter Tatum (Larry) Spano of Cuyahoga Falls; son Frederick (Marci) Craft of Baltimore, MD; daughter, Cammy (Bob)...
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Karl J. Curtician

August 12, 1942 - May 2, 2016

Karl J. Curtician, 73, of Kent, died Monday, May 2, 2016 at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born August 12, 1942 in Sharon, PA to Cornell and Marie (Bertolasio) Curtician. Karl retired as a Supervisor at General Tire & Rubber Company. He owned Roberto's Bankshot Tavern in Cuyahoga Falls; and retired from Sbarro's Pizza at Chapel Hill Mall. He recently worked part time at Drug Mart in Stow. ...
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Lenore M.W. Goist

September 18, 1955 - April 30, 2016

On the afternoon of Saturday, April 30, 2016, the spring rain showers coincided with Lenore's graceful parting from us and her entrance into God's presence. Many dear friends and family in Kent and beyond knew Lenore as a beloved wife, loving mother, doting grandmother, supportive sister, and the best friend anyone could have. Her service to God, family and the community took shape in 18 years...
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Laura Hilbinger Taylor

October 6, 1920 - April 24, 2016

Laura Taylor, 95, of Hudson, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Heritage of Hudson in Hudson, OH. She was born October 6, 1920 in the Village of Richwood, Union County, Ohio to Elmer Everett and Josephine (Johnson) Henrey. She married Walter M. Hilbinger, a farmer and welder in the steel industry, in 1941 and eventually they made their home in Braceville Township in Trumbull County. A daughter,...
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Charles W. Palmer, Sr.

January 11, 1939 - April 24, 2016

Charles W. Palmer Sr., 77, of Brimfield, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his home. He was born January 11, 1939 in Spencer, WV to Emmett C. and Phyllis I. (Williams) Palmer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber. He had been active in the Boy Scouts of America Troop 261; Portage County Firefighter's Association; Soap Box Derby; Goodyear Blue and...
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Shirley June Roberts

April 16, 1927 - April 22, 2016

Shirley June Roberts, 89, of Kent, died Friday, April 22, 2016 at her home. She was born April 16, 1927 in Kent, to Jerry and Mildred (Bentley) Smith. Shirley was loved by all and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her daughter, Helen Ann Roberts of Leland, NC; sons, Jerry Roberts and William (Debbie) Roberts both of Kent; great granddaughter, Scottie Chasten of Kent; and sister,...
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Bryan Patrick Burns

September 23, 1974 - April 20, 2016

Bryan Patrick Burns, 41, of Kent, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Rootstown. He was born September 23, 1974 in Cleveland to John P. "Jack" and Patricia (Zipay) Burns. He graduated in 1993 from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Akron. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Kent. He loved attending services...
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Ruth Cline Paton

July 31, 1941 - April 20, 2016

Ruth Cline Paton, 74, of Kent, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in the presence of her family. She was born July 31, 1941 in East Liverpool to Victor and Ida Mae (McKinney) Cline. Ruth received her Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education in 1964 and her Masters Degree in Education in 1969, both from Kent State University. She taught physical education in the Tallmadge and...
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Brent Lee Rodgers

May 9, 1958 - April 18, 2016

Brent Lee Rodgers, 57 passed away unexpectedly Monday, April 18, 2016 in Kent, Ohio. He was born May 9, 1958 in Gallipolis, Ohio, the third son of John (Jack) Rodgers who survives him and the late Wilnell Jenkins Rodgers. He was a 1976 graduate of Gallia Academy High School and attended the University of Rio Grande. He retired after 40 years from CVS where he started as a stock boy at the...
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Herbert N. Wilmoth

June 18, 1926 - April 15, 2016

Herbert Wilmoth, 89, of Brimfield, died Friday, April 15, 2016 at his home. He was born June 18, 1926 in Kent, to Marvin and Francis (Beever) Wilmoth. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during the World War II war. He loved to work outside and take care of his home. Herb enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his son, H. Neil Wilmoth of Ravenna; daughter, Donette...
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Wendel Gieger

April 15, 1928 - April 14, 2016

Wendel Gieger, 87, of Kent, died Thursday, April 14, 2016 at his home. He was born April 15, 1928 in Sathmar, Hungary, to Wendel and Maria (Schimpf) Gieger. Wendel came to the United States in 1951 and settled in Kent in 1952. He was a member of St. Patrick Church since 1952. He was a Golden Ring member of the German Family Society in Brimfield and a past member of the Knights of Columbus. ...
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Harold George Pohler

November 6, 1941 - April 13, 2016

Harold George Pohler, 74, of Aurora, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Anna Maria of Aurora. He was born November 6, 1941, in Cleveland, to John A. and Sophie (Eppich) Pohler. Harold was a civil engineer with Richard Bowen Associates in Cleveland. He is survived by his brother Hans ( Gloria) Pohler of Kent; Nephews, David Pohler of Ft Lauderdale, FL, Allan (Hongly) Pohler of Portland,...
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Robert E. "Bob" Phillips

October 4, 1926 - April 12, 2016

Robert E. "Bob" Phillips, 89, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at his home. He was born October 4, 1926 in Kent, to Emmit Roy and Flossie (Bennett) Phillips. Bob was a veteran of the Navy during World War II. He was the owner of Bob Phillips Electric, part owner of Barney Fish Lure and served as a Fire Marshall for Franklin Twp. Bob was a member of the Lake Brady United Methodist...
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Jon F. Harper

March 18, 1943 - April 10, 2016

Jon Harper, 73, of Kent, OH passed away on April 10, 2016, at Stow Glen Retirement Center where he has lived for the past three years. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Patricia Holm Harper and dear son, Jonathan Evan Harper of Columbus. Born on March 18, 1943 as Jon Franklin Drake to Franklin John Drake of Greece and Elizabeth Diane Demetroupoulis of Chicago, Illinois, Jon was...
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Tomiko Gabel

May 28, 1929 - April 10, 2016

Tomiko Gabel, 86, of Stow, died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at her residence. She was born May 28, 1929 in Ehime-Ken, Japan to Kameji (Suger) Shimizu. She left her native country in 1963 embracing her new country by becoming an America citizen in 1965. Her Son's friends would tell how they saw her working in her yard or walking down Graham Road to the Oregon Trails Shopping Plaza to pick up some...
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Randy J Blosser

March 28, 1954 - April 8, 2016

Randy J Blosser, 62, of Kent, died Friday, April 8, 2016, after a short illness at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born March 28, 1954 in Wadsworth, OH to Howard and Marcella (Thomas) Blosser. He was a member of American Legion Stow, VFW Kent, and the Canadian Club. He is survived by his brothers, Larry (Candace) Blosser of Ellicott City, MD and Thomas (Brenda) Blosser of...
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Catherine Rose Gearhart

March 29, 1922 - April 7, 2016

Catherine Rose Conroy Gearhart, 94, of Kent, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 7, 2016, at her home in Kent. She was born March 29, 1922, in Akron, to John and Catherine Rose (Brady) Conroy. She was a member of St. Patrick Church and St. Joan of Arc Circle. She volunteered at the County Clothing Center in Ravenna for 20 years. She is survived by her son: Timothy Gearhart of Kent,...
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Hazel Alice DeBartolo

July 1, 1934 - April 6, 2016

Hazel Alice DeBartolo, 81, of Brimfield, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center. She was born July 1, 1934 in Greensburg, PA to Samuel H. and Thelma (Jones) Lopes. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. Hazel and her husband Sam managed the Brimfield Community Cupboard from 1980 to 2014. She is survived by her children, Samuel M.(Becky) DeBartolo of Huron,...
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Joseph F. Zurzolo

August 9, 1941 - April 5, 2016

Joseph F. Zurzolo, 74, of Kent, answered his last call of duty Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at his home. He was born August 9, 1941 in Akron, to Fred and Angelina (Lucia) Zurzolo. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Joe retired from AT&T (Lucent Technologies) after 36 years as a communication systems installer and repairman. He loved to hunt, fish and golf. Joe was a loving...
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Pamela Ann Flynt

August 19, 1948 - April 5, 2016

Pamela Ann Flynt, 67, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at her home in Ravenna. She was born August 19, 1948 in Ravenna, to Joseph and Mary (Luzader) Haas. She is survived by her children; Charles (Kim) Flynt of Kent, Helena (Dan) Myers of Ravenna, Rosette Johnston of Kent and, Heather Flynt of Ravenna; grandchildren, Ryan Flynt, Nathan Myers, Alexandra Johnston, Brandin Flynt,...
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Jean B. "Bema" Kaminski

September 28, 1927 - April 4, 2016

Jean B. Kaminski, or as everyone knew her,"Bema",88, of Kent, was called home to Heaven Monday, April 4, 2016 at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was a lifetime member of St. Patrick's Church in Kent. Bema is a unique individual who lived her life as a kind, loving person to whomever was fortunate enough to meet her in the path of life. Bema had many close friends in her home at Tower...
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Hattie B. Dzeda

December 4, 1920 - April 4, 2016

The east side of Cleveland was home to Hattie B. Dzeda for over 82 years before she moved to the Kent area in 2003. She died at age 95 on April 4 at Maison Aine/The Arbors at Stow where she had been a resident for five years. Born on December 4, 1920, Jadwiga Barbara Bielicki, sixth of the seven daughters of Jan and Stanislawa Bielicki, grew up on E. 52nd Street in the Fleet Avenue...
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Bernita Angela Hawkins

September 21, 1925 - April 3, 2016

Bernita Angela Hawkins, 90, of Kent, died Sunday, April 3, 2016 at her home. She was born September 21, 1925 in Louisville, KY to Paul and Berneita B. (Bennett) LaLiberte"Daigneaux. She was an avid reader and talented artist. Bernita loved gardening, animals, nature, music, art and dancing. She is survived by her son, Christopher L. Hawkins Jr. of Kent; daughters, Stephany (Gerald) Pizer...
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Betty M. Harrington

November 29, 1921 - April 2, 2016

Betty M. Harrington, 94, of Kent, died Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Green View Inn Assisted Living in Green. She was born November 29, 1921 in Akron to Louis and Nellie (Summers) Miller. Betty was a member of the Kent United Methodist Church. She is survived by her sons, Gary (Judy) Harrington of Kent and Kirk Harrington of Akron; grandchildren, Wendy Harrington, Courtney Harrington,...
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Gloria Ann Tronge

September 24, 1942 - April 2, 2016

After a courageous battle with Ovarian cancer, Gloria passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 at home surrounded by family. She was born September 24, 1942 to Corado and Cecilia (Conley) Gambaccini in Kent. She will be deeply missed by her husband, Dan Tronge, whom she married in 1963; daughter, Wendy (Tom) Holliday; grandsons, Jacob and Joey; son, Doug (Robin) Tronge; and grandchildren, Jake,...
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Buddy L. "Doc" Myers, Ph.D.

August 24, 1932 - March 30, 2016

Buddy L. Myers, Ph.D. "Doc", 83, of Sugar Bush Knolls, completed his life cycle on earth Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Akron General Hospital. Buddy was born August 24, 1932 in Parkersburg, WV, the son of the late Wilbur and Hazel (Hill) Myers. Buddy served in the U.S. Air Force in 1949, and was honorably discharged in January 1953 as a Korean War Veteran. He received a Doctorate of...
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William D. Rogers

May 5, 1947 - March 30, 2016

William D. Rogers, 68, of Akron, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Akron General Hospital. He was born May 5, 1947 in West Virginia, to William M. and Rosemary (Williams) Rogers. He is survived by his sons, Tobin and Seth Rogers; two grandchildren; brother, John Rogers; sisters, Linda Rogers and Mary Leeson. A gathering will be held 2-4 PM Friday, April 8th at the residence of Tobin...
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Robert Lee Harig, Jr.

October 25, 1939 - March 28, 2016

Robert L. Harig Jr., 76, of Kent, died Monday, March 28, 2016 at his home. He was born October 25, 1939 in Akron to Robert L. and Jonnie Carmen (Doherty) Harig. He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years serving two tours in Europe, one tour in The DMZ of South Korea, and two tours in Viet Nam. After his retirement from the Army in 1977, he worked for 24 years at Cajon Machine as a machinist...
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Donna (Ludick) Klohn

October 28, 1936 - March 27, 2016

Donna (Ludick) Klohn, 79, of Stow, died Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Altercare of Western Reserve. She was born October 28, 1936 in Ravenna, to Alex A. and Celia "Sally" (Johnson) Ludick. She is survived by her husband, James Klohn, whom she married on June 12, 1954; children, Cindi Svoboda of Kent, Rebecca Wert of Kent, Carol (David Nolin) Klohn of Kent, James A. (Bonnie) Klohn of...
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Kenneth L. Deacon, Sr.

March 16, 1933 - March 26, 2016

Kenneth L. Deacon Sr., 83, of Kent, died peacefully on Saturday, March 26, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was born March 16, 1933 in Stow and retired as an operator for the city of Kent. He was an active member of the American Legion. Ken enjoyed his 20 years of retirement playing Euchre, watching football (rooting for the Steelers), spending time with his grandchildren and racing cars. He...
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Opal McCourt

August 13, 1943 - March 24, 2016

Opal McCourt, 72, of Kent, died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Altercare of Cuyahoga Falls. She was born August 13, 1943 in Mannington, WV to Thomas and Ollie B. (Meyers) Stevens. She is survived by her daughter, Leora (Mark) Wolff of Kent. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman McCourt In 2003; daughter, Penny Lynn Watson at birth; brothers, Ray, James, Alfred, Clarence and David...
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Stanley Alfonso Ambrose

May 2, 1926 - March 22, 2016

Stanley Alfonso Ambrose died of heart disease on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. He was born in Brimfield, Ohio, on May 2, 1926. A devoted husband, father, brother, and son, Stan was happiest to spend time with family and friends at home on the farm where he lived his entire life. At age 18 he left this beloved home to defend his kin and country. Stan served the United States Army during WWII; he was...
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Carl Denzil Bragg

July 31, 1939 - March 21, 2016

Carl Denzil Bragg, 76, of Brimfield, died Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Geauga Medical Center in Chardon. He was born July 31, 1939 in Gem, WV to James Roy and Maude (Murphy) Bragg. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the NRA and the American Legion, and enjoyed riding his motorcycle and fishing. Most of all, Carl enjoyed spending time with his family...
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Barbara Helen Linger

November 22, 1938 - March 19, 2016

Barbara Helen Linger, 77, of Stow, died Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born November 22, 1938 in Wooster, to John A. and Evangeline Marie (Holderman) Williams. She graduated from Waynedale High School in Applecreek in 1956. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Kent and served as an Elder. Barbara worked as beautician and after retiring...
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Barbara Helen Linger

November 22, 1938 - March 19, 2016

Barbara Helen Linger, 77, of Stow, OH, died Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born November 22, 1938 in Wooster, to John A. and Evangeline Marie (Holderman) Williams. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Kent and served as an Elder. Barbara worked as beautician and after retiring operated a peat moss farm with her husband, Ron. She is...
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Ashby Lee Thornton

December 9, 1929 - March 17, 2016

Ashby Lee Thornton, 86, of Kent, died Thursday, March 17, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born December 9, 1929 in Ravenna, to Melvin and Chloebell (O'Tool) Thornton. He is survived by his wife, Wanda (Crowe) Thornton, whom he married on August 16, 1958; grandson, Shawn (Miranda) Thornton; granddaughter, Dawn Thornton; five great grandchildren; four brothers-in-law and...
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Dorothy Romeo

April 8, 1928 - March 16, 2016

Dorothy Romeo 87, of Kent died Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 at The Gables of KentRidge. She was born April 8th, 1928 to Bruno and Alberdine (Pocci) Mandalari. She has owned and operated businesses in the Kent area throughout her life. Dorothy enjoyed cooking, cards and most of all spending time with her friends and family. She is survived by her daughter Becky (Rae) Metz of Kent; grandson Rae ...
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Carla Sue Roth Johnston

April 27, 1966 - March 14, 2016

Carla Sue Roth Johnston, 49, of Mogadore, died Monday, March 14, 2016 at Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She was born April 27, 1966 in Ravenna, to Gary and Shelva (McCauley) Roth. She is survived by her husband, Harold Johnston whom she married on August 19, 2000; son, Michael Johnston; mother, Shelva (McCauley) Roth of Mogadore; sisters, Jody (John) Stamm of Austintown and Kelly (Paul)...
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David Leo Lutz

October 2, 1948 - March 14, 2016

David Leo Lutz passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016, at his home in Ravenna Twp. where he had lived the last 27 years. David grew up in Kent and attended Kent City Schools graduating in 1966. He received a BBA from Kent State University in 1978. A Veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971 and was a member of Kent American Legion Post 496 and Kent Veterans of...
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Benjamin C. Rizzo

June 7, 1987 - March 11, 2016

Benjamin Rizzo lost his battle with addiction on March 11, 2016. Benjamin's family, friends and the world lost a creative, funny and loving man. Benjamin was born June 7, 1987. He graduated from Rootstown High School in 2006 where he was a member of the soccer and track teams. Benjamin was also a graduate of Kent State University's School of Art. Benjamin grew up in Rootstown and spent...
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Carol Ann Krizsan

June 8, 1942 - March 11, 2016

Carol Ann Krizsan, 73, of Streetsboro, died Friday, March 11, 2016 at Heartland of Twinsburg. She was born June 8, 1942 in Cleveland to Frank and Helen (Kobus) Glinski. Carol retired as product developer at Sherman Williams where she had worked for 30 years. She was a member of St. Joan of Arc and was active in its Altar and Rosary Society. She is survived by daughters, Karen (Tom)...
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Madeline "Maddy" Mahan

November 22, 1917 - March 10, 2016

Madeline "Maddy" Mahan nee Zampelli, 98, of Kent, died Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Gables at KentRidge. She was born November 22, 1917 in North Hampton to Michael and Marie Hope (DiLauro) Zampelli. She was a secretary at Gougler Industries for 35 years and retired on Feb 28, 1983. She and her husband boarded and trained race horses for many years at their home on Infirmary Road. She was...
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Mary M. Homan

December 3, 1918 - March 8, 2016

Mary Maude Homan, 97, of Brady Lake, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at Maison Aine Care Center in Stow. She was born December 3, 1918 in Bloomington, IL to James and Rosie (Puver) Thompson. She is survived by son, David W. (Louise) Homan of Cuyahoga Falls; daughters, Dorothy M. White of Ravenna; eleven grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; and nineteen great great grandchildren. ...
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James Francis Patti

July 15, 1954 - March 7, 2016

James Francis Patti, 61, of Kent, died Monday, March 7, 2016 at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born July 15, 1954 in New Brunswick, NJ to Joseph and Mary (Dillon) Patti. Besides his loving wife and son he loved to cruise the Caribbean, fishing, kayaking and Jimmy Buffett. He will be forever in a Margaritaville Paradise. He is survived by his wife of 39 ½ years, Susan (Hoffman)...
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James H. Smith

December 26, 1930 - March 6, 2016

James H. Smith, 85, of Stow, died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at his home. He was born December 26, 1930 in Kent, to Park and Ruth (Flanagan) Smith. He was a member of St. Eugene Catholic Church and Plumbers and Pipefitters #219. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan (Skrocki); sons, James (Michelle) Smith of Kent and Gregory (Stacy) Smith of Deerfield; grandchildren, Jameson, Jesse,...
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Cindy Lee Kaminsky

July 17, 1957 - March 6, 2016

Cindy Lee Kaminsky, 58, of Kent, died Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born July 17, 1957 in Ravenna to William and Mary (Cramer) Bish. She had worked at Revco, Visiting Nurse Services, Portage Path Behavioral Health, and Stouffer Realty in Brimfield. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Kaminsky, whom she married on January 22, 1999; son, Craig ...
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Aubree Ann Purdie

November 3, 2015 - March 5, 2016

Aubree Ann Purdie was a beautiful baby. She had a beautiful smile that could turn anybody's day around. She loved spending time babbling and screeching to daddy, mommy, and her big sister. Aubree is survived by her father, Austin Purdie; her mother, Ashley Harden; and her big sister, Tinley Purdie; her grandfathers, William, Jack, and Allen; her grandmothers, Tracey, KayCee, Nicole, and...
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Robert M. Grund

April 5, 1932 - March 2, 2016

Robert M Grund Robert M Grund, 83, of Stow, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Briarwood Nursing Home in Stow. He was born April 5, 1932 in Brimfield, to Meral and Lucille (Fox) Grund. Robert retired from Gougler Machine as a machinist after 42 years. He was a member of the Springfield Church of the Brethren. Bob served on the Brimfield Township Fire Department for many years and enjoyed...
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Michael V. Sepi

December 23, 1926 - February 29, 2016

Michael V. Sepi, a lifelong resident of Kent, passed away at his home on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the age of 89. Born on December 23, 1926 to Frank and Fanny (Apicello) Sepi, he is survived by his wife of 70 years, Dorothy (Smith); daughter, Diane (Tom) Trautman of Kent; sons, Michael (Beci) of Cincinnati and Rick (Karen) of Kent; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great...
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Robert D. Braybon

April 1, 1929 - February 26, 2016

Robert D. "Bob" Braybon, 86, of Ravenna, died Friday, February 26, 2016 at home. He was born April 1, 1929 in Kent to Leslie and Grace (Wilkinson) Braybon. Robert was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent. He was a veteran of the US Air Force. He was co-owner and founder of DeLuxe Mold and Machine Inc. Bob enjoyed travelling, camping, golf, cards and family. He was a...
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Wm. Dale Miller

September 19, 1936 - February 23, 2016

Wm. Dale Miller, 79, of Kent, died Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Hospice of Medina. He was born September 19, 1936 in Mount Clare, WV to William Lewis and Veva (Hardman) Miller. He retired in 1991 after 30 years as a bus driver with the Kent City Schools. He won numerous Bus Rodeo competitions including the State Level. He was a KSU Policeman from 1964-1970 and worked on the grounds crew. ...
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Joseph Allen Sigman, Sr.

July 10, 1938 - February 23, 2016

Joseph Allen Sigman, 77, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Maison Aine Care Center in Stow. He was born July 10, 1938 in Cambridge to George Robert and Emme Caroline (McMana) Sigman. He was a veteran of the US Army and retired from AMETEK/Lamb Electric. He is survived by children, Kim (Jim) Lockey of Akron, Gail (Ronald) Randall of Akron, Joseph (Donna) Sigman Jr. of Brady...
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Donald E. Moore

August 30, 1934 - February 21, 2016

Donald Earl Moore, 81, of Kent, died Sunday, February 21, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born August 30, 1934 in New Lexington, to William E. and Mertie (Oliver) Moore. Donald was a graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and attended the Germain School of Camera Repair in New York City. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Donald owned and operated...
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Frank Stull Bowen

September 22, 1923 - February 18, 2016

Frank Stull Bowen, 92, of Kent, died Thursday, February 18, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born September 22, 1923 in Kent to Cyrus Frank and Inez F. (Stull) Bowen. Was a veteran of the US Army in World War II. He was President of Quick Service Welding and Machine Co., Inc. of Kent. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent. He is survived by his sons, Tom ...
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Theodore D. Wands II

September 9, 1940 - February 17, 2016

Theodore D. "Ted" Wands II, 75, of Stow, died Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at Akron General Hospital. He was born September 9, 1940 in Ravenna, to Herbert V. and Neva Margaret (Watkins) Wands. He was a veteran of the Coast Guard during the Vietnam war. Ted was a member of the Kent United Church of Christ, Rockton Lodge F&AM #316, Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club and the American Sternwheel...
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Keith M. Jones

April 24, 1955 - February 17, 2016

Keith M. Jones, 60, of Ravenna, died Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at his home. He was born April 24, 1955 in Ravenna to Alvin H. and Dorothy R. (Milton) Jones. He was a member of Spelman Chapel AME Church and served as an Associate Minister. Keith was the Chaplain of the Ravenna Police Department. He was a member of the Ravenna Elks. Keith was a passionate golfer and basketball coach. He...
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Juanita Kane

March 31, 1928 - February 14, 2016

Juanita Kane, 87, of Stow, died Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Heather Knoll in Tallmadge. She was born March 31, 1928 in Kansas City, KS to John and Florence (Cummins) Todd. She is survived by children, Joseph (Mary Ann) Kane Jr. of Chula Vista, CA, Johnnie (Sue) Kane of Dublin, Janice (Danny) Haiflich of Ravenna, Jeff Kane of Atascadero, CA; and Joyce (Timothy) Fortin of Stow; nine...
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Kenneth L. Hurd

August 12, 1951 - February 11, 2016

Kenneth L. Hurd died unexpectedly of a heart attack in Akron on February 11, 2016, at the age of 64. Ken was born on August 12, 1951 to Herbert and Eloise (Cain) Hurd, the youngest of six children, and was raised in Kent. He graduated from Kent State University High School in 1969. He married Chari (Hemrick) on March 27, 1992, and they had one daughter, Rebekah Lynne. Ken worked for the...
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Galen "G" Klein-Herman

November 9, 1992 - February 11, 2016

Galen Klein-Herman was known as "G" to anyone that had ever known him. He was a fearless, strong and caring person. He was the youngest of six children. And he was also "The most interesting MAN in the world." He once had an awkward moment, just to see how it feels. If he were to mail a letter without postage, it would still get there. The police often questioned him just because they...
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Margaret Coletta Laskos

December 25, 1929 - February 8, 2016

Margaret Coletta Laskos, 86, of Rootstown, died Monday, February 8, 2016 at Altercare of Brimfield. She was born December 25, 1929 in Rootstown, to George and Mary (Hostler) Luli. She was a member of St. Peter of the Fields. She is survived by son, Frank Laskos of Missoula, MT; daughters, Becky Simmons of Rootstown, Coletta (Jerry) Varner of Delaware and Jayne (Ron) Vargo of Barberton;...
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Olive "Polly" Wagner

October 29, 1923 - February 7, 2016

Olive L. "Polly" Wagner, 92, of Kent, died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at her home. She was born October 29, 1923 in Cleveland to Percival and Ada (Whittington) Luton. She was a veteran of the Women's Army Corps during World War II. She will be remembered for her love of animals, reading and doing puzzles. She was known for her strength and positive attitude; and for her love of family. She...
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Gloria Jean Lederle

December 12, 1928 - February 3, 2016

Gloria Jean Lederle, 87, of Ravenna and formerly of Freedom, died Wednesday, February 3, 2016 in Medina. She was born December 12, 1928 in Portage County, to Elmo and May Bell (Wise) Jacoby. Gloria's first love was her family, followed closely by her love of music. She enjoyed camping, cooking, classic films, and Frank Sinatra. She is survived by her children, Deborah (Clyde) Gesaman...
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Betty S. Lang

November 5, 1921 - January 31, 2016

Betty S. Lang, 94, of Kent, died Sunday, January 31, 2016. She was born November 5, 1921 in Suffield to Justin and Edith (Hughes) Shardine. She graduated in 1939 as valedictorian from Suffield High School and she graduated from KSU in 1943. She taught English at Randolph High School. She married Walter Lang in Washington DC on June 14, 1945. She managed a busy family of five children and...
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Rollo K. dela Fuente

October 5, 1933 - January 27, 2016

Rollo K. dela Fuente, 82, of Brimfield, died Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born October 5, 1933 in Mountain Province, Philippines to Florentino and Nieves (Casumpang) dela Fuente. He earned his undergraduate degree in agriculture at the University of the Philippines. He then obtained his graduate degrees at the University of Hawaii and completed...
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Lola Katherine Fertig

August 29, 1923 - January 26, 2016

Lola Katherine Fertig, 92, formerly of Ravenna, passed away January 26, 2016, at the Altercare of Brimfield. Katherine was born August 29, 1923, in Ravenna, and was the daughter of the late William and Buelah (Slusser) Viall. Katherine had a passion for many things. Her love of family would be at the top of the list, followed by The Ohio State Buckeyes. She rarely missed a game and her...
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John Perkowski

December 27, 1920 - January 26, 2016

John Perkowski, 95, of Kent, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born on Dec. 27, 1920, to Peter and Emelia (Kaliszewski) Perkowski. He was a proud World War II Army veteran, serving in the 202nd Combat Engineer Battalion, B Company. He retired after 43 years with Gougler Machine Company in Kent. John was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Church, and enjoyed serving as an...
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Virginia Louise Walburn

November 15, 1924 - January 25, 2016

God took Virginia Louise Walburn, 91, home Monday, January 25, 2016 at Stow Glen Retirement Center. She was born November 15, 1924 in Kansas City, MO to Paul A. and Nellie R. (Clark) Poock. She was Past President of the Ravenna Sorosis, former 4-H leader and held local and state offices with the Holiday Rambler Travel Trailer Club. She is survived by her husband, Richard E. Walburn, whom...
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Raymond Melchiori, Jr.

May 5, 1932 - January 21, 2016

Raymond Melchiori Jr., 83, of Kent, died Thursday, January 21, 2016 at his home. He was born May 5, 1932 in Connorsville, PA to Rameggio and Antoinette (Bailoni) Melchiori. He was a veteran of the Coast Guard during the Korean War. He was a member of St. Patrick Church, Kent Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Captain Brady VFW Post 3703 in Kent . Ray loved to spend time with his...
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Emma E. Randall

March 9, 1920 - January 20, 2016

Emma Elizabeth Randall passed away on January 20, 2016. She was 95 years old. She was born on March 9, 1920 to John and Katherine Fisher of Kent. Emma met and married Clarence Randall, the love of her life, while both of them were working at Loeblein's Furniture Manufacturing in Kent. They were married for 62 years. She is survived by four children, Jon (Patricia) Randall, Nancy...
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Kenneth R. Madison

September 5, 1926 - January 19, 2016

Loving Father, Devoted Grandpa, Loyal Best Friend, WWII Veteran, and Charismatic Human Being Kenneth R. Madison, 89, of Los Angeles, California and Ravenna Township, Ohio died Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at Summa Akron City Hospital after an exhaustive but short battle with lung cancer that rapidly spread to his liver. Kenneth, "Skip" to those who knew him best, born September 5, 1926 in...
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Heidi Bonnett Caldwell

September 18, 1962 - January 18, 2016

Heidi Bonnett Caldwell, 53, of Kent, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at her home. She was born September 18, 1962 in Folkston, GA to James Ernest and Althea Lucille (Bonnett) Albrecht. Heidi loved Golden Retrievers and was a member of GRIN (Golden Retriever in Need). She loved the unknown which always led to an adventure. She was a worldly and creative person that loved to learn new skills. ...
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William M. Sorboro

January 1, 1924 - January 17, 2016

William M. Sorboro, 92, of Rootstown, died Sunday, January 17, 2016. He was born January 1, 1924 in Ravenna to Dominic and Carmella (Farina) Sorboro. He was a veteran of the U.S Army Air Corps during World War II. He owned and operated The Jewel Box in downtown Kent and then moved to the University Plaza. He is survived by son, William (Kim) Sorboro of Cuyahoga Falls; daughters, Lynn ...
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Robert Thomas

December 13, 1928 - January 14, 2016

Robert Thomas, 87, of Streetsboro, died Thursday, January 14, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born December 13, 1928 in Blue Island, IL to Owen Theodore and Dorothy Irene (Boyle) Thomas. He retired from Morse Controls in Hudson and then retired from Felstead Mfg. in Killbuck. He was a member of the Kent American Legion. He is survived by son, William (Karen) Thomas of...
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Edward M. Clark

December 23, 1930 - January 10, 2016

Edward M. Clark, 85, formerly of Kent, died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Brookdale Assisted Living in Willoughby. He was born December 23, 1930 in East Liverpool to Kenneth and Winifred (Miskal) Clark. He was a veteran of the Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of the University Parish Newman Center. He was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He is survived by son, Thomas Clark of...
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Dennis P. McDonough

September 4, 1957 - January 8, 2016

Dennis P. McDonough, 58, of University Heights, passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 at Hillcrest Hospital. Born September 4, 1957 in Solon, to Charles and Germaine (Niesen) McDonough, Dennis was a graduate of the Kent State University School of Architecture and Design and worked as an architect for 35 years. Passionate about the preservation of historical buildings, he was one of the...
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John Theodore Stopera

October 17, 1926 - January 6, 2016

John Theodore Stopera, 89, of Brimfield, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. He was born October 17, 1926 in Pontiac, MI. He retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron. He is survived by sons, Ted Stopera of Brimfield and John Stopera of Suffield; daughters, Shellee Stopera of San Jose, CA and Donna (Bill) Adler of Brimfield;...
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Jack R. Nuber

November 19, 1934 - January 5, 2016

Jack R. Nuber, 81, of Streetsboro, died Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at his home. He was born November 19, 1934 in Barberton to John and Doris (Trent) Nuber. Jack was a retired long distance truck driver for 40 years. He attended the Streetsboro United Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Legion Post #685 and Cuyahoga Falls Moose Club. He is survived by his wife, Claire Elaine ...
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Kathy Harris Jarvis

October 20, 1951 - January 3, 2016

Kathy Harris Jarvis, 64, of Kent, died Sunday, January 3, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born October 20, 1951 in Ravenna. She was a 25 year employee of the Fred W. Albrecht Grocery Company #50 in Stow. She is survived by her daughter, Genna (Robert) Monk of Strawberry Plains, TN; grandchildren, Becca Greene of Kent and Kellie Greene of Kent; brother, Dan Harris of...
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Steven R. Timbrook

November 2, 1950 - December 26, 2015

Steven R. Timbrook, of Kent, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2015, at the Cleveland Clinic after an extended illness. He was born November 2, 1950, in Toledo, Ohio, to William and Jane (Tunks) Timbrook. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam Era, where he specialized as an artist at the Pentagon. After serving in the Army, Steve received his bachelor's degree from Denison...
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Charles A. Barholt

October 13, 1943 - December 26, 2015

Charles A. Barholt, 72, of Kent, died Saturday, December 26, 2015 at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born October 13, 1943 in Garrettsville, to Charles E. and Helen A. (Gardener) Barholt. He was a veteran of the Navy during the Vietnam War. Charles worked for Polson Rubber Company in Garrettsville for 13 years and was active in the Rubber Workers Union. He then worked for Western-Southern...
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Mary Catherine Taylor

May 31, 1927 - December 20, 2015

Mary Catherine Taylor, 88, of Kent, died Sunday, December 20, 2015 following a sudden illness. She was born May 31, 1927 in Ravenna to Joseph W. and Catherine (Hostler) Habraken. She was a life member of St. Patrick Church where she served as a Eucharistic minister. She was active in the Young of Heart at Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna and the Red Hat Society. She retired from...
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Dexter Reed Wiland

April 2, 1951 - December 20, 2015

Dexter Reed Wiland, 64, of Fort Myers, FL, passed away on Sunday, December 20th. He was born April 2, 1951 in Ravenna to Richard C. and Frances (Reed) Wiland. Dexter was 4th generation in the family insurance business, which he merged into Dawson Companies in 1993 to become part of a bigger entity. Dexter had a larger than life personality, and he always knew how to make people feel...
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Paula J. Price

June 3, 1948 - December 18, 2015

Paula J. Price, 67, of Tallmadge, died Friday, December 18, 2015 at Akron General Hospital. She was born June 3, 1948 in Suffolk, VA to Paul Arthur and Ina Claire (Blakely) Johnson. Paula retired in 2012 as a systems analyst for Davey Tree Expert Company in Kent. She was a member of the Stow Garden Club and the Stow Sunshiners. She was also a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Kent and...
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William I. Beliveau

August 29, 1939 - December 17, 2015

William I. Beliveau passed away on December 17, 2015 at Kent Healthcare Center following a battle with cancer. Bill was 76. He was born August 29, 1939 in Northampton, Mass and lived his growing up years in the towns and cities of the general Boston area. He graduated from Easthampton H.S. in 1958. In 1962, Bill enlisted into the US Army and served four years, was a paratrooper, completing...
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Theresa L. Tassone

August 28, 1929 - December 12, 2015

Theresa L. Tassone, 86, of Stow passed Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Stow Glen Retirement Center surrounded by her family. She was born August 28, 1929 in Cleveland to James and Esther (Szilagyi) Kuzma. She enjoyed bowling and traveling with her husband. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Tassone, whom she married on August 9, 1958; son, Joe (Melinda) Tassone of Joelton, TN; daughter,...
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Mary Joan Luthy Cowan

December 29, 1926 - December 12, 2015

Mary Joan Luthy Cowan, 88, passed away Saturday, December 12, 2015 in her sleep at Twin Lakes Healthcare Center. She was born on December 29, 1926 in Portage County, OH to the late Eugene and Grace Frinkley Luthy and was the wife to the late Donald Thomas Cowan who died in 2011. Joan was a former Art Teacher and a homemaker. She was a member of Front Street United Methodist Church. ...
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Bearington Spitz Peterhansen

July 6, 1964 - December 10, 2015

Bearington "Spitz" Peterhansen Born July 6, 1964 Judi lost her beloved spouse, friend, and love of her life. We lost our baby brother. We have cried our tears for a very long time as we watched him struggle with his illness. It is on December 10, 2015 he left us to be with his father and mother once again. Spitz is survived by his wife, Judi of Kent/Brimfield; his 2 four legged kids Otis...
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Siegfried "Fritz" Schweda

February 28, 1933 - December 9, 2015

Siegfried "Fritz" Schweda, 82, of Suffield, passed away at his home on Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Fritz was born in Poland and lived there until the Russians invaded his homeland during WWII. He and his family fled to Germany as refugees. Fritz came to the U.S. from Germany in 1952, where he served 2 years in the Army, becoming a private first class. Upon his return to the Akron area, he...
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Mary Louise Wunderle

May 27, 1924 - December 9, 2015

Mary Louise Wunderle (nee Smith), passed away at the age of 91 on Dec 9, 2015. Mary Lou was born May 27, 1924 in Galion, Ohio. The family moved to Akron in 1926. She attended Hotchkiss Grade School and graduated from East High School in 1942. She worked as a secretary in the Engineering Department at Goodyear Aircraft during WW II, and later at Goodrich and Harwick Chemical Company. She...
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Samuel R. Snellenberger

November 16, 1948 - December 8, 2015

In memory of Samuel R Snellenberger. Sam passed too quickly on December 8th 2015 following a short battle with cancer at the age of 67. He was born November 16th 1948 in Barberton. Sam was the son of the late Roland and Alyce (Rezak) Snellenberger. He was a graduate of Kent State University. Sam is survived by his wife of 44 years, Michaeline G. (Beatty) Snellenberger; and five sons,...
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