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

Joel A. Barchalk

September 21, 1946 - December 15, 2014

Joel A. Barchalk, 68, of Mogadore, died Monday, December 15, 2014 at Woodlands At Robinson in Ravenna. He was born September 21, 1946 in Akron to Joe and Dorothy (Fisher) Barchalk. He served in the 225th Maintenance of the 5th US Army from 1965 to 1972. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Kent. He worked for 8 1/2 yrs. at Lamson & Sessions in the Fabrication Department. He is...
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Jennifer "Jenny" Reynolds

December 4, 1943 - December 14, 2014

Jennifer "Jenny" Reynolds (née Frantz), 71, passed away peacefully at home on December 14th 2014, in Kent after a courageous battle with cancer. Preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Thelma. Survived by daughters, Sharon Caplinger (Dennis), Sandy Graham (Brian), and Debby Chandler (Joe); fiancé and soul mate, Don Merrian; sisters, Carol and Paula; brothers Robert and Fred; and...
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Eleanore Pischak

December 27, 1927 - December 14, 2014

Eleanore Pischak, 86, of Brimfield, died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She was born December 27, 1927 in Cleveland, to John and Mary (Takas) Volgyi. Eleanore graduated from Shalersville High School in 1946. She was the owner of Kent Kennels and a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. She is survived by her husband, John Pischak, whom she married on June 3, 1950;...
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Lisa Diane Novak

October 10, 1961 - December 13, 2014

Lisa Diane Novak, 53, of Kent, died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Akron General Medical Center in Stow. Lisa was born October 10, 1961 in Cleveland, to Lawrence Fred and Joanne (Varga) Denzler. She was a 1980 graduate of Streetsboro High School. Lisa was an incredible woman, a strong hard working and caring person with a tremendous heart full of love. So many wonderful qualities that...
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Richard O. Wilson

June 19, 1927 - December 13, 2014

Richard "Dick" Wilson (87), a Kent resident since 1958, died Saturday, December 13 of Alzheimer's disease at Maison Aine Nursing Home in Stow, OH. Dick was born June 19, 1927 in Eau Claire, WI to Elmer W. and Ida Harville Wilson. He graduated from Rootstown High School in 1945, where he made his home with his grandparents Thomas and Grace Harville. After graduation, he joined the Navy and...
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Ann Wiedeman

May 8, 1928 - December 8, 2014

Ann Wiedeman, 86, of Stow, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at Arden Court Assisted Living in Chagrin Falls. She was born May 8, 1928 in Beloit, to Harley J. and Margaret K. (Ray) Eshler. Ann received her Bachelor of Science degree in education from Kent State University and taught kindergarten in the Kent City Schools for over 20 years. She was a long-time member of the Kent Presbyterian...
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Marjorie Smith Woodring

July 3, 1918 - December 8, 2014

Marjorie Smith Woodring, a lifelong resident of Portage County, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at the Gardens of Western Reserve in Streetsboro. She was 96. Marjorie was born in 1918 in Rootstown, the daughter of Mervin and Lila May (Root) Smith. Marjorie graduated from Rootstown high School in 1936. After graduation she attended Mount Union College where she was affiliated with Alpha Chi...
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June F. Ake

October 24, 1927 - December 8, 2014

June F. Ake, 87, of Kent, OH, passed away peacefully Monday, December 8, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born October 24, 1927 in Brimfield to Cary D. and Hattie (Garber) Derry. June retired in 1989 from the Office of Financial Affairs at Kent State University. She was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Kent where she served as the Mary Reed Circle...
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Timothy J. Honeck

January 31, 1978 - December 6, 2014

Timothy J. Honeck, 36, of Brimfield, died Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Hospice Care Center in Copley after a three year battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He was born January 31, 1978 in Ravenna to Charles and Betty Gale (Beasley) Honeck. He graduated from Concord University in Athens, West Virginia where he attended on a Baseball scholarship. He was the President of Steeler Nation of Kent and...
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Edward L. Proske

October 2, 1943 - December 6, 2014

Edward L. Proske, 71, of Franklin Township, died Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. He was born October 2, 1943 in Atlanta, GA to Edward and Catherine (Sirkle) Proske. Ed had a genuine love and interest for all people and things. He was especially fond of learning new things and teaching others. Ed was raised in Anderson Township, Cincinnati and came to...
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Susan Waltz

May 1, 1935 - December 4, 2014

Susan Waltz, 79, of Kent died Thursday, December 4, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born May 1, 1935 in Akron to Roger Raymond and Nora (Smith) Wright. Susan grew up in Atwater, graduated from Randolph High School and attended Kent State University. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Education, Susan taught for 35 years in the Kent City School system....
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Merry Christmas Foster

December 25, 1956 - November 30, 2014

Merry Christmas Foster, 57, of Streetsboro, died Sunday, November 30, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born December 25, 1956 in Ravenna to Clifford and Moneda Stutzman. She is survived by her husband, Bill Foster; step-daughter, Tara (Nick) Christopher of Streetsboro; grandson, Corbin Christopher; brother, Bruce A. (Sheri) Stutzman of Ravenna; brother-in-law, John...
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Kenneth Doles

January 20, 1957 - November 24, 2014

Kenneth Doles, 57, of Shalersville, died Monday, November 24, 2014 at his home. He was born January 20, 1957 in Cleveland to Andrew and Margaret (Huslein) Doles. Ken retired as a Research Technician at Saint-Gobain. He was a founding member of and guitarist for the Christian rock band, Witness, for 25 years. His love of music inspired him to rebuild guitars and to build hand rubbed, hand...
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Edgar H. Haldeman, Jr.

January 15, 1946 - November 21, 2014

Edgar H. Haldeman Jr., 68, of Ravenna, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born January 15, 1946 in West Chester, PA to Edgar H and Dorothy R. (Rorabaugh) Haldeman Sr. He was a 1963 graduate of Phoenixville High School in Phoenixville, PA. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. Edgar retired after 33 years with All State Insurance Company. He was...
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Bob Noland

October 2, 1936 - November 20, 2014

Bob Noland, 78, of Ravenna, died Thursday, November 20, 2014. He was born October 2, 1936 in Altoona, PA to Clarence and Sarah (Pry) Noland. He is survived by his wife, Theresa (Reedy) Noland, whom he married 22 years ago; grandson, Drew (Michelle) Twiggs of Shalersville; great grandsons, Asher and Michael; sister, Ruth Davis of Security, CO; and nieces, Ruth, Faith, and Tammy. ...
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Joshua Kisner

August 5, 1985 - November 19, 2014

Joshua Andrew Kisner, 29, of Twinsburg, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014. He was born August 24, 1985 in Mayfield Hts. to Steve and Patricia (Murray) Kisner. He is survived by son, Julian Joshua Kisner; ex-wife, Sarah Rider; grandparents, Robert and Marie Kisner; father, Steve (Brenda) Kisner; brothers, Jesse Kisner and Bobby Kisner; and uncles, Mike Kisner and Jeff Kisner. He...
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Beatrice "Bea" Wilson

December 11, 1927 - November 17, 2014

Beatrice "Bea" Wilson passed away on November 17, 2014. Born December 11, 1927 in Akron to Paul and Fern Haushalter, she remained in Akron until moving to Tallmadge in 1959. In 1987, she then moved to Kent, living there for 18 years before moving to Stow, where she resided until her death. She was employed by the Tallmadge City Schools as a secretary for 26 years until retiring in 1996. ...
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David Alan Evans

July 6, 1941 - November 16, 2014

David Alan Evans, 73, of Kent, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Akron City Hospital. He was born July 6, 1941 in Alliance, to Mike and Berdine (Risden) Evans. Dave taught elementary, middle school and high school in the Streetsboro City Schools for 38 years. Dave's two passions were his family and American History. He was a member of the NRA, National Muzzle Loading Rifle...
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William J. Cowling

July 6, 1927 - November 13, 2014

William J. Cowling, 87, of Stow, died Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born July 6, 1927 in Cleveland, to Robert Thomas and Marguret (Imars) Cowling. William was a veteran of the Army during World War II. He was a custodian for the Orange and Solon schools for 35 years. William was a member of St. Joan of Arc in Streetsboro. William was a founding...
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James H. Clark

October 21, 1922 - November 11, 2014

James H. Clark, 92, of Kent, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014. He was born October 21, 1922 in Dubois, PA to Charles H. and Edna (Ord) Clark. He retired in 1984 from the Streetsboro Post Office. He then worked for many years at Oak Knolls Golf Course. He was a member of the Kent United Methodist Church and the Rockton Lodge #316 F&AM, where he served as secretary for many years. He also was...
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Joseph Allen Fisher

October 26, 1931 - November 10, 2014

Joseph Allen Fisher, 83, of Rootstown, died Monday, November 10, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born October 26, 1931 in Cleveland to Joe and Sarah Ann (Beeley) Fisher. He graduated from Collinwood High School in 1950 and Case Western Reserve University in 1954. Joseph was an electrical engineer who retired from TriPower MPT Inc. Companies he previously worked for include...
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Geneva Wood-McGrew

October 31, 1917 - November 10, 2014

Geneva Wood-McGrew, 97, of Kent, passed away peacefully Monday, November 10, 2014 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born October 31, 1917 in Tellico Plains, TN to Wyatt and Myrtle (Patterson) Roberson. She was a long time resident of Kent, graduating from Kent Roosevelt High School. She earned a Bachelor's Degree at Kent State University and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau...
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Edward J. Ciesielski

December 15, 1926 - November 10, 2014

Edward J. Ciesielski, 87, of Stow, died Monday, November 10, 2014 at Maison Aine Care Center in Stow. He was born December 15, 1926 in Poland to Edward and Stephanie (Welke) Ciesielski. Edward retired as a Mechanical Engineer for General Electric in Euclid. He is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline (Ken Baker) Simmons of Stow; grandchildren, Cody Michael Walker and Michael Scott Simmons...
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Arnedia R. Trotter

September 19, 1932 - November 5, 2014

Arnedia R. Trotter, 82, of West Maple Street, Kent, went home to be with the Heavenly Father, Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at her home with her family. She was born September 19, 1932, in Marion, Arkansas to Emmitt and Eula Rogers. She retired from Kent State University after working for 36.5 years. She was saved at the age of 10 years old, where she was a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary...
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Elsie M. Chase

November 29, 1919 - November 5, 2014

Elsie M. Chase (nee Peterson), 94, beloved wife of the late D. Richard; loving mother of Kenneth R. and Kathryn E. (Matthew) Muldoon; devoted grandmother of Michael S. Ryan and, Colleen (Matt) Muldoon-Morris and great grandmother of Connor M. Morris; dearest sister of the late Carl W. and Edward A. Peterson; and sister, Ruth D. O'Connell; dear aunt and great aunt of many. She was born November...
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Katherine "Kay" Condley

January 21, 1912 - November 4, 2014

Katherine "Kay "Condley nee Kistler was born in Willard, OH formerly called Chicago Junction to Charles and Josephine Christian Kistler on January 21, 1912. Her father was a surveyor for the B&O Railroad, and was later a well known architect in Portage County. The family lived in Whiting, IN before returning home to Kent. Kay attended Central School in Kent and graduated in 1929 from Roosevelt...
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Gary C. Jones

January 28, 1934 - November 3, 2014

Gary C. Jones, 80, of Brimfield, died Monday, November 3, 2014 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. Gary was born January 28, 1934 in Stow. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Dorn) Jones; daughters, Vanessa (Jeff) Johnson of Rockwood, PA and Dawn (Tom) Hamrick of Mogadore; step children, Sue (Rodney) White of Kent, Joe (Kim) Habraken of Portland, ME, and Pete (Lynn) Habraken of Stow; nine...
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Claude L. Wise

July 20, 1926 - November 3, 2014

Claude L. Wise, 88, of Suffield, died peacefully with family at his side Monday, November 3, 2014 at Heritage of Hudson. He was born July 20, 1926 in Randolph to Joseph A. and Agnes M. (May) Wise. He was a World War II veteran serving with the army in the Pacific Theatre. He retired in 1988 after 41 years with Teledyne Monarch Rubber Company. He was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Randolph...
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Florence J. Scott

April 11, 1924 - November 1, 2014

Florence J. Scott, 90, of Kent, died Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Affinity Hospital in Massillon. She was born April 11, 1924 in Bellpre, to Henry and Blanche (Cassady) Thorn. Florence retired from the Kent State University Food Service Department. She was a long time Kent resident, an avid book reader and loved to bake cookies. She is survived by son, Thomas (Heather) Scott of Kent;...
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Eva Marie Conard

June 20, 1917 - October 31, 2014

Eva Marie Conard, 97, passed away on October 31, 2014. She was born on June 20, 1917 in Kent, Ohio to Mabel (White) and Floyd Long. Although Eva lived most of her life in Kent, she was a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School. Eva was a 66 year member of the Kent United Methodist Church and actively involved in Mary Reed and Miriam Circles. She served Rotary lunches for over 50 years. Eva...
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William Michael Oros

September 12, 1936 - October 28, 2014

William Michael Oros, 78, of Kent, passed on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at his home. He was born September 12, 1936 in Kent, to John and Marjorie B. (Vorderman) Oros. He attended Kent Roosevelt High School. William was an Electrician Union Foreman until he retired in 1998. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, attended Lake Brady United Methodist Church, a lifetime member of the...
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Brandon Andrew McDaniel

March 16, 1990 - October 26, 2014

Brandon Andrew McDaniel, 24, of Kent, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 at his residence. He was born March 16, 1990 in Twentynine Palms, CA. Brandon was a delivery driver for Prosel in Twinsburg. He was an avid volleyball player and a member of several teams at the Kent Lanes, where he enjoyed hanging around with his "second family." Brandon could be found on the golf course, basketball court...
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George J. Prochnow

August 18, 1924 - October 22, 2014

George John Prochnow, 90, of Hudson, died Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center in the Palliative Care Unit. He is survived by children, Gail P. (Jerry) Kirkland of Findlay, Jonathon K. (Kathy) Prochnow of Stow, Heidi S. (Eric) Hummel of Reston, VA, Cassandra J. (Tim) Mitchin of North Canton, Barbara E. (Paul) Wright of Medina, and Jennifer M. (Tim) Tuttle of...
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Beatrice Westendorf

June 16, 1913 - October 21, 2014

Beatrice M. Westendorf, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning October 21, 2014. Born June 16, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late John and Mary Mayer; sister, Lillian Coon; and brother, Edwin Mayer. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by Robert East Sr. and Albert Westendorf. Survivors include daughter, Lynn (Frank) Brady; son, Robert D. (Lisa) East;...
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Louis "Lou" Horning

August 18, 1925 - October 18, 2014

Louis "Lou" Horning, 89, of Kent, died Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born August 18, 1925 in Kent to Emmett and Gertrude (Bower) Horning. Lou had a great devotion to his church, St. Patrick Church of Kent. He was a Eucharistic Minister and took Communion to the shut-ins for many, many years. He also attended daily Mass until he could no longer attend. ...
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Thomas M. Davis

July 20, 1930 - October 17, 2014

Thomas M. Davis, of Kent, Prof Emeritus of English at Kent State, died quietly at night on Oct.17, 2014. He was born on July 20, 1930, in Ashland, Kansas. The son of James R. Davis and Zettie G. Tilghman, he was the middle of three children. He experienced life on a Colorado farm as a boy but returned to Kansas with his mother when dust storms and the depression forced them back. Immediately...
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Kayla Marie Smith

November 14, 1990 - October 14, 2014

Kayla Marie Smith, 23, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born November 14, 1990 in Akron. She is survived by her daughter, Lily Rose Smith; mother, Jennifer Smith of Akron; grandmother, Rose Smith of Kent; grandparents, Richard and Sue Smith of Jefferson; brother, Joshua Baughman of Cuyahoga Falls; and many aunts, uncles, and...
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Ralph L. Silva

January 22, 1931 - October 13, 2014

Ralph L. Silva, 83, of Ravenna, died Monday, October 13, 2014 at his home. He was born January 22, 1931 in Kent. He was a veteran of the Army. Ralph retired from General Motors – Detroit Diesel in Detroit. He is survived by his longtime companion, Brenda Varner; sons, Mike (Barbara) Piotrowski and Steve (Nicci) Piotrowski both of California; sister, Dee (Len) Polichena of Kent; and...
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Mary K. Kneale

April 21, 1948 - October 9, 2014

Mary Kirsten Kneale, 66, of Kent, died Thursday, October 9, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born April 21, 1948 in Denmark. Mary will be terribly missed by all who knew her and was an amazing and wonderful lady. She was a devoted friend and family member; and always remembered people with cards and letters for every occasion. Mary had a great sense of humor which was...
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Theresa E. Goodhart

October 6, 2014

Theresa E. Goodhart (Montoni), whose life was characterized by love of the Lord and love of her family, was called to be an angel on Monday, October 6, 2014. She was 89 and lived in Kent, Ohio all of her life. The 13th of 15 children to parents Marion Montoni and Lena DeBernaldi, Theresa was born on February 1, 1925 in Kent. The Montonis instilled in their children the value of loving others...
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Elmer Bjerregaard

February 4, 1933 - October 5, 2014

Professor Elmer Bjerregaard, 81, was born February 4th, 1933 and died on October 5, 2014. He paid his way through college by working at a steel mill. He graduated from Kent State University in 1957, and obtained a graduate degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in Architecture and City Planning in 1959 and subsequently became a Registered Architect. That same year, he was...
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Eileen H. Manion

May 10, 2014 - October 5, 2014

Eileen (Hawley) Manion, 91, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio. Born May 10, 1923, in New York City, Eileen was preceded in death by husband Keron Manion and Fredericka Goll, her cousin and lifelong friend. Eileen is survived by daughter Eileen Carolyn Manion; son in-law Norman Arthur Fischer, both residents of Kent, Ohio, and granddaughters Deirdre...
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Mona Jean Gates

July 6, 1927 - October 4, 2014

Mona Jean Gates, 87, of Kent, died Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Maison Aine Care Center. She was born July 6, 1927 in Byesville, to Edward and Eleanor (Calhoun) Moose. Mona was a member of the First Christian Church in Kent for over 50 years. She is survived by son, John (Beverley) Gates of Stow; daughter, Darlene (John) Hubicsak of Stow; grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Lehane of Bay...
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Doris E. Bozeman

March 6, 1940 - October 3, 2014

Doris E. Bozeman, 74, of Kent, died Friday, October 3, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She was born March 6, 1940 in Northampton, NC to Claude and Elizabeth (Stevenson) McGlone. She is survived by her husband, Thomas A. Bozeman, whom she married on January 27, 1963; sons, Kevin Bozeman of Kent and Anthony Bozeman of Akron; grandchildren, Keinin Hardesty of Houston, TX, Jade Bozeman...
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Jeremy Blaise Ferrato

July 10, 1979 - September 29, 2014

Jeremy Blaise Ferrato, 35, of Akron, died Monday, September 29, 2014 at his home. He was born July 10, 1979 in Akron, OH to Blaise and Nikki (Scott) Ferrato, Jr. He was the chief IT guru at Wayside Furniture. He is survived by mother, Nikki (Scott) Scott of Norton; two sisters, Jessica Ferrato of Lakewood and Melissa Ferrato of Akron; nephew, Isaac Ferrato of Lakewood; grandmother,...
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Max G. Wilcox, Jr.

May 21, 1929 - September 28, 2014

Max G. Wilcox Jr., 85, of Stow, died Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Stow Glen Retirement Center. He was born May 21, 1929 in Cambridge Springs, PA to Max G. and Irene (Stressing) Wilcox. Max was a retired engineer for Goodyear Aerospace (Loral). He was a member of Rockton Lodge #316 F&AM, the Shriners, and PWP, where he served was a Past President. He also loved working in his yard and...
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Mildred L. Simons

September 30, 1919 - September 24, 2014

Mildred L. Simons, 94, of Akron, died Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at her home. She was born September 30, 1919 in Siluria, AL to Foy W. and Madge (Armstrong) Jones. It was 70 years ago that Millie met the love of her life while serving as a nurse at Hunter Field Army-Air Force base in Savannah, Georgia. Millie and Oz's story is nothing short of the makings of a love novel, and the two...
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Margaret E. Nemec

November 10, 1917 - September 23, 2014

Margaret E. Nemec, 96, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Kent Ridge on Golden Pond. Margaret was born on November 10, 1917 in Wall, Pennsylvania to the late Fuhrman and Alma Minick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis F. Nemec; her sisters, Lillian Minick, Mary Jane Phillips, Alma Reeder, and Sarah Minick; and her brother, John W. Minick, a World...
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Annamae Hiatt

April 25, 1919 - September 19, 2014

Annamae Hiatt, 95, of Kent, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She was born April 25, 1919 in Brownsburg, IN. She was a member of the Water Street Church. Annamae worked as a receptionist at Evelyn Dickerson in Kent for many years. Annamae was a loving mom and grandmother. She is survived by son, Robert Michael Hiatt of Kent; grandson, Sean Michael Charles...
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Lyle W. Rinehart

October 21, 1936 - September 19, 2014

Lyle W. Rinehart, 77, of Ravenna, died Friday, September 19, 2014 at Longmeadow Care Center. He was born October 21, 1936 in Portage County to Harry and Dolorias (March) Rinehart. Lyle was a distributor for BP Oil for 20 years then he worked for Rockwell International for 25 years. He and Shirley delivered the Record Courier for 12 years and then drove truck for them for several years. The...
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Barbara K. Starkey

April 7, 1948 - September 15, 2014

Barbara K. Starkey, 66, of Kent, died Monday, September 15, 2014 at her home. She was born April 7, 1948 in Canton, to Robert and Kathryn (Graening) Heakin. Barbara was a member of the Lake Brady United Methodist Church. She was an animal lover especially her dogs and she also loved "I Love Lucy." Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family and she cherished her time with her...
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Brian Lee Giles

February 14, 1959 - September 12, 2014

Brian Lee Giles, 55, of Kent, went home to be with the Lord on September 12, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Akron on February 14, 1959 to Ernest Junior Giles and the late Emagene Elaine Giles, Brian was an avid sports fan, athletic, and patriotic, working for 13 years as the regional sales manager for National Write Your Congressman. Brian was a 1977 graduate of Theodore...
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Leah Marie Sly

January 15, 1926 - September 9, 2014

Leah Marie Sly, 88, of Kent, died Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at her home. She was born January 15, 1926 in Bulpitt, IL to John Thomas and Margaret (Lee) Crocker. She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Mary) Sly of Kent and Robert W. Sly of Naples, FL.; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and sister, Wanda Jean Anderson of Santa Rosa, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Isidore J. Berarducci

May 9, 1930 - September 9, 2014

Isidore J. Berarducci, 84, of Ravenna, died peacefully Tuesday, September 9, 2014, with his family by his side, at Robinson Memorial Hospital. He was born May 9, 1930 in Follansbee, WV to Nicola and Italia (Monaco) Berarducci. Isidore was a member of St. Anthony Church in Follansbee, WV and Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna. He was a scoutmaster for many years at St. Anthony Church. ...
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Kathryn M. Carano

September 6, 1944 - September 8, 2014

Kathryn M. Carano, 70, of Akron, died Monday, September 8, 2014 at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital. She was born September 6, 1944 in Ravenna, to Stanley R. and Viola Marie (Rhodes) Pudloski. She graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School class of 1962. Kathryn was a member of the Sanctuary Church in Cuyahoga Falls and also attended West Market Fellowship. She is survived by son, David ...
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Dolores E. Wiard

March 3, 1939 - September 7, 2014

Dolores E. Wiard, 75, of Kent, passed away Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born March 3, 1939 in Conneautville, PA to Lyle and Mary (Snyder) Copeland. Dolores attended Riverwood Community Chapel. She was a member of the Art Class at the Ravenna Senior Center and enjoyed crocheting. Dolores enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandson...
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Carole E. Hoover

September 11, 1940 - September 3, 2014

Carole E. Hoover, 73, of Brady Lake Village, died Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family after an eight month illness. She was born September 11, 1940 in Youngstown to Harold and Elizabeth (Curtis) Baird. She served as and retired as the executive secretary to the President of Schneller, Inc. She was a former member of the Indian Trails Chapter of IAAP. She took...
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Ronald Lee Gardner

November 15, 1930 - September 2, 2014

Ronald Lee Gardner, 83 of Kent, Ohio passed away September 2, 2014, in the house he built 60 years ago surrounded by his loving family. Ron was a retired Kent postal worker and a proud Korean War Veteran. He was a long-time member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and St. Patrick's Church. Preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Anne, he is survived by his wife of 63 years...
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Catherine "Katy" Gontero

October 10, 1928 - August 29, 2014

Catherine A. "Katy" Gontero, a loving and dedicated mother, 85, of Kent, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at Gables at KentRidge. She was born October 10, 1928 in Cleveland to Peter and Beatrice (Fanelli) Viola. She loved growing up in Vermillion and was doted on by her aunts and uncles. She graduated from Ohio University with an education degree. She then moved to Dallas Texas and taught...
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Elizabeth (Gonos) Hodgeman

February 15, 1992 - August 28, 2014

Beth (Gonos) Hodgeman, 22, passed away unexpectedly. Beth was a life-long resident of Kent and had just moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia to begin a new chapter with her husband Eric. Beth was a graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and Kent State University. She was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority. Her friends and family were precious to her and she thrived at every chance to...
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Rose M. Frisinia

June 26, 1923 - August 28, 2014

Rose M. Frisina, 91, of Kent, died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at KentRidge At Golden Pond. She was born June 26, 1923 in Kent, to Domenico and Frances (Filomena) France. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. Rose was also a member of the Red Hat Society. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and extended family. The family would like to thank...
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Blanche Pollock

August 16, 1916 - August 26, 2014

Blanche Pollock, 98, of Kent, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Woodlands at Robinson. She was born August 16, 1916 in Cotton Grove, NC to Charlie C. and Sallie (Warfford) Wrenn. Blanche attended Catawba College, then Presbyterian Hospital where she received her RN degree. Her nursing career spanned many areas of medicine including psychiatric nursing, private duty nursing, eye, ear nose and...
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Mary Elizabeth Peterhansen

December 12, 1923 - August 26, 2014

Alice Mary Elizabeth Peterhansen, 90, of Kent, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at her home. She was born December 12, 1923 in Ravenna, to Pasquale and Gionenna (Gsue) DeGregio. Alice graduated from Kent Roosevelt H.S in 1942. Alice was an avid Cleveland Browns fan, a Kardic Kid through and through, Brian Sipe could do no wrong. Alice could call the plays, run the plays, whoop and holler from...
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John J. Staud

March 13, 1915 - August 25, 2014

John J. Staud, 99, a 64 year resident of Kent died Monday, August 25, 2014. He was born on March 13, 1915 to John and Regina (Rahl) Staud of Elkins, WV. He graduated from Elkins High School. John married his wife Virginia in 1936. John worked at Wallace Bakery and Westinghouse before joining Gougler Machine, from which he retired in 1979, after 30 years of employment. John was an active...
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Daniel M. Boyle

June 23, 1948 - August 13, 2014

Daniel M. Boyle, 66, of Brady Lake, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014. He was born June 23, 1948 in Akron to Glenn R. and Betty Lou (Marteney) Boyle. Daniel was the owner of Boyle's Automotive. He was an avid collector and active with the Innocence Project. He is survived by son, Harold (Carla) Boyle of Ravenna; daughter, Loreal; grandchildren, Elizibeth, Malcolm, and Lauren; sister, Susan...
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Hazel B. Shea

November 8, 1920 - August 10, 2014

Hazel B. Shea, 93, of Wilson, NC and formally of Rootstown, died Sunday, August 10, at home. She was born November 8, 1920 in Tuppers Plains to Henry and Ethel (Boles) Linthicum. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Tallmadge. During WWII, Hazel worked at Goodyear Aircraft, building B-25 and B-29 bombers. She was a "Rosie the Riveter." She always down played her role by explaining...
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Ruth E. Patton

June 20, 1940 - August 9, 2014

Ruth E. Patton, 74, of Kent, died Saturday, August 9, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born June 20, 1940 in Ashtabula, to Harry and Esther (Lundi) Anderson. She loved to spend time with her family and friends. She is survived by sons, Jeffrey (Megan) Patton of Lake Oswego, OR and Michael (Becky) Patton of Cuyahoga Falls; daughter, Shelby (Samuel) Snellenberger of Kent;...
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Mary Ann Brandt

January 10, 1942 - August 8, 2014

Mary Ann Brandt, 72, of Kent, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at KentRidge at Golden Pond. She was born January 10, 1942 in Northampton, PA to Joseph and Mary (Frisch) Teklits. She is survived by her husband, Paul Brandt, whom she married on September 21, 1974; daughter, Kathryn (Dan) Perrico of Northfield Center; grandchildren, Taylor, Ryan and Sydney; and brother, Frank (Mary) Teklits of...
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Robert "Bob Kish

August 17, 1937 - August 6, 2014

Robert "Bob" James Kish Sr., passed away unexpectedly on August 6, 2014. Robert was born on August 17, 1937 in Clymer, PA, to Helen and Lewis Kish. He moved out to Kent at the age of 19, where he lived for most of his life. Robert was a member of St. Patrick's Church. He was also a member of the Kent Canadian Club. At the age of 19, Robert started working at Educational Equipment in Kent....
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Lowell "Don" Cheatwood

October 11, 1934 - August 4, 2014

Lowell D. "Don" Cheatwood, 79, of Kent, died Monday, August 4, 2014 at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born October 11, 1934 in Akron to Grady and Nilla (Roberts) Cheatwood. He owned and operated Cheatwood Tire for 30 years then worked at Klaben Auto for another 18 years until his illness. He was a member of the VFW/American Legion in Stow. He is survived by his wife, Pamela L. (Starkey),...
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Lucille Robinson

December 14, 1928 - August 2, 2014

S. Lucille Robinson, 85, of Kent, died Saturday, August 2, 2014. She was born December 14, 1928 in Kent to Ben and Zoe (McElfresh) Starkey. She is survived by daughter, Sally Lou White of Kent; grandchildren, Shawn (Debbie) Robinson of Uniontown and Mary Jo (Neil) Hill of Levering, MI; great grandchildren, Zachary Robinson, Chase Robinson, and Emily Hill. She was preceded in death by her...
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Cynthia H. Cleveland

April 6, 1955 - August 1, 2014

Cynthia H. Cleveland, 59, of Kent went home to be with the Lord on Friday August 1, 2014. She was born April 16, 1955, in Monroe, Louisiana, to Charles and Rebecca Biggers. Cynthia was a beautiful, strong, vibrant , smart, caring, loving person who knew how to have a good time and make you laugh. She was an 80's licensed hair stylist and graduated in 1996 from Kent State University with a...
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Fred W. Pittinger, Jr

May 1, 1936 - July 31, 2014

Fred W. Pittinger, Jr., 78, of Cuyahoga Falls, passed away unexpectedly on July 31, 2014. He was born on May 1, 1936 in Akron to Fred Sr. and Mary (Mae) Pittinger. Freddie was a founding member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls. He was a member of the North Hampton Historical Society. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Arlene Pittinger and brother, Arthur...
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Elmer Lee Flaherty

August 19, 1941 - July 30, 2014

Elmer Lee Flaherty, 72, of Ravenna, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. He was born August 19, 1941 in Wheeling, WV to Jasper Ray and Elizabeth (Hodge) Flaherty. He loved gardening, flowers, and spending time with his family and granddaughter. He is survived by his wife, Velma (Watson) Flaherty, whom he married on July 20, 1963; son, Clint Flaherty of Ravenna;...
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Theresa M. Smith

December 27, 1927 - July 30, 2014

Theresa M. Smith, 86, of Kent, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at her home. She was born December 27, 1927 in Stow to Jesse and Grace (Love) Nelson. She was a member of St. Patrick Church and its choir. While they lived in Florida, they were members of the choir at Holy Redeemer Church. She was an avid golfer, who won many tournaments. She is survived by her husband, Thomas A., whom she...
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Mark Dennis "Denny" Baughman

July 24, 1926 - July 29, 2014

Denny Baughman, 88, passed away on July 29th after a long illness. He was born in Brimfield, Ohio, on July 24, 1926 to Mark Henry Baughman and Hannah Mae (Johnson) Baughman. He lived almost his entire life in Brimfield. He was a veteran of the United States Army, honorably discharged in 1946. Denny received his Bachelor of Science from Kent State University in 1950 and his Master of...
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Harvey Hugh Smith

April 4, 1929 - July 23, 2014

Harvey Hugh Smith, 85, of Ravenna, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born April 4, 1929 in Detroit, MI to Hugh and Agnes (Smyth) Smith. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kent, and a life member of the Masonic Lodge. He volunteered for 10 years for the AARP Tax Service. He also volunteered for the ESL Program in Kent. He is...
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Daniel Smith

February 11, 1969 - July 23, 2014

Dan Smith (45) of Suffield; beloved husband, dad, son, brother, and friend passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and friends on Wednesday July 23 after a year- long struggle with glioblastoma brain cancer. He was born on February 11, 1969 in Akron to Harry and Nancy (Davis) Smith. Dan leaves behind his devoted wife Melissa (Weaver) Smith of 21 years; dear daughters, Melody and...
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Robert William King

October 13, 1953 - July 22, 2014

Robert William King, 60, of Westlake, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic. We would like to thank you all for the thoughts and prayers sent over the years, and especially this past month. Bobby King was the BRAVEST, STRONGEST, and most LOVING man we've ever known and heaven has gained a beautiful soul. He was born October 13, 1953 in Cuyahoga Falls to Robert and Lois ...
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Anna Dennis

February 24, 1911 - July 22, 2014

Anna Dennis, age 103, died July 22, 2014. She was born Feb. 24, 1911, in Bedford, Ohio, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Szaraz. Survivors include her daughter, Angelina (Jerrold) Hoover of Tallmadge Ohio; six grandchildren, 12 great-grand-children and 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, James Dennis; son and daughter-in-Iaw, Steven Lawrence ...
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James K. Robinson

August 7, 1935 - July 19, 2014

James K. Robinson, 78, of Stow, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Maison Aine Care Center in Stow. He was born August 7, 1935 in Akron to Carroll Seth and Mildred M. (Parker) Robinson. He worked for A&P for 28 years. He then owned and operated the Westside Market in Kent for sixteen years. He was an avid bowler and softball player. He was a Cleveland Brown fan and a proud season ticket...
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Gladys R. Martin

March 31, 1928 - July 19, 2014

Gladys R. Martin, 86, of Deerfield, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born March 31, 1928 in Rootstown to George and Florence (Webber) Sturdevant. She is survived by daughter, Pat (Ronald) Kercenneck of Rootstown; son, Robert (Nancy) Martin Jr. of Sapulpa, OK, George "Bud" (Charlotte) Martin of Melbourne, FL, and Daniel E....
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Richard M. Schoepe

February 15, 1977 - July 17, 2014

Richard M. Schoepe, 37, of Rootstown, died Thursday, July 17, 2014. He was the most perfect father and husband. He was the assistant coach to his son, Spencer's teams including Ravenna youth wrestling and 11u Brownlee travel baseball. He was not only a coach but their biggest fan. Rick was a huge Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavaliers and Browns fan and was really...
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David "Dale" Russell

January 26, 1925 - July 17, 2014

Dale Russell, 89 a life resident of Brimfield, died Thursday July 17, 2014. He was preceded in death by Mary, his wife of 60 years. Dale was born January 26, 1925, in Brady Lake, to Francis (Beal) and Nelson Russell. He enjoyed sharing stories of his youth, especially telling about delivering milk with his dad in in a milk wagon. Dale was a US Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War...
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Raymond E. Swaney

June 5, 1936 - July 17, 2014

Raymond Edward Swaney, 78, of Kent, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at his home. He was born June 5, 1936 in Kent, OH to Harry E. and Julia Helen (Slama) Swaney. Raymond was an upholsterer at Kent Upholstery and then became self-employed. He served as a Marine during the Korean War. Ray was a member of the Kent American Legion Post# 496, including serving as a Post Commander. Ray formed and...
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Gladys B. Longstreth

April 5, 1920 - July 16, 2014

Gladys B. Longstreth, 94, of Kent, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Kent Healthcare Center. She was born April 5, 1920 in Ravenna, to Ozwin and Vella (Holman) Delin. Gladys was a member of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Streetsboro. She loved to crochet and knit with many of the items being made for the benefit of family and friends. Gladys loved to spend time with her family and friends and...
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Cathy Dawn Barchalk

March 16, 1945 - July 14, 2014

Cathy Dawn Barchalk, 69, of Rootstown, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at her home. She was born March 16, 1945 in Warren to Robert and Doris (Dickson) Kouba. Cathy earned her Bachelor Degree from St. Thomas Hospital School of Nursing in Akron in 1967. Cathy was retired and had worked as a nurse at several organizations including Hattie Larlam and Kelly Healthcare Recourses. She was a member of...
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Jack C. Bennett

February 23, 1931 - July 11, 2014

Jack C. Bennett, 83, of Brimfield, died Friday, July 11, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 23, 1931 in Akron. He attended Kent Roosevelt High School. Jack was a veteran of the Army during the Korean War. He loved and lived to fish and was a fan of Bluegrass Music. He is survived by his wife, Marie A. (Kaliszewski) Bennett, whom he...
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Grace Muratore

January 3, 1916 - July 7, 2014

Grace (Mallozzi) Muratore, long time Kent resident, passed away on July 7, 2014, just six months short of her 99th birthday. Grace was born on January 3, 1916 in Atwater, Ohio. She was married (in 1942) to Frank Muratore, one of the four founding partners of Kent Tree City Mold and Machine Company, and who preceded her in death in 1996. She had two children, Francia Doerfler, residing in...
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Benjamin Foote

October 25, 1928 - July 6, 2014

Dr. Benjamin A. Foote, 85, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 6th. He was born in Delaware, Ohio on October 25, 1928 to Grant and Nettie (nee Archer) Foote. Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Dr. Foote completed his B.A. in Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan (Alpha Tau Omega) in 1950 and his Masters in Entomology at Ohio State University in...
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Rosemarie Mandalari

March 31, 1935 - July 4, 2014

Rosemarie Mandalari, our much loved mother and grandmother, passed away, at 79, with the love of her family surrounding her, at SUMMA Akron City Hospital on July 4, 2014. Stephen and Rosemarie are now together with our Lord. Rosemarie was born March 31, 1935 in Ravenna. She graduated from Ravenna High School. She married her soul mate, Stephen Mandalari, on November 21, 1954 and they spent...
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Robert DiMauro

May 14, 1928 - July 2, 2014

Robert DiMauro, 86, of Kent, beloved husband of Carmel Rita (Pappano) for 62 years, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving and devoted family on July 2, 2014. Born on May 14, 1928 to Pasquale and Maria DiMauro. Robert is survived by his dear wife Carmel, whom he married on May 3, 1952, at St. Martha Church, Akron. Deeply mourning the loss of their dad are his children,...
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Helen Reedy

May 18, 1943 - June 30, 2014

Helen E. Reedy, 71, of Rootstown, died Monday, June 30, 2014 at Maple Wood Care Center in Streetsboro. She was born May 18, 1943 in Salem to William L. and Mary Jane (Kamere) Rinehart. She was a member of the Rootstown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and painting ceramics. She was also an avid reader. She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Reedy, whom she married...
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Maria Elisabeth Reznicek

November 20, 1922 - June 30, 2014

Maria Elisabeth "Marlies" Reznicek, 91, of Stow formerly of North Olmsted, went home to be with the Lord Monday, June 30, 2014. She was born November 20, 1922 in Berlin, Germany. She had worked as an executive secretary for B&K Instruments in Cleveland. She and her husband were active members of Grace Church of North Olmsted for many years and enjoyed traveling. She was also an avid...
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Willie B. Smith

December 25, 1924 - June 30, 2014

Willie B. Smith, 89, of Kent, died Monday, June 30, 2014 at his home. He was born December 25, 1924 in Bowdon, GA to George and Emmaline (Flanning) Smith. He loved to teach and spread the word of God and visit the Coleman Day Care Center. Rev. Willie was always dressed, was well liked and loved popcorn. He was a member of the Cathedral Chapel. Rev. Willie enjoyed spending time with his...
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Nellie Lou Janik

June 24, 1932 - June 26, 2014

Surrounded by her family and friends, filled with love and song, Nellie Lou Janik (Williams) passed on to a better place, Thursday, June 26, 2014. Born June 24, 1932, this proud Theodore Roosevelt High School "Rough Rider" embraces her world from the start with horses, Canadian fishing trips, Ice skating, and animal rescues. The daughter of Vivian Marie Carpenter and stepfather, Paul H....
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Bernard Shaffer

April 4, 1946 - June 24, 2014

Bernard Shaffer, 68, of Streetsboro, died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Gardens of Western Reserve in Streetsboro. He was born April 4, 1946 in Ravenna to Claude W. and Marjorie E. (Valarinos) Shaffer. He was a graduate of Ravenna High School and retired from Gougler Industries after working there for many years. He is survived by his daughters, Annette (Rick) McMullen and Kim (Steve) Kost;...
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Donna Marie Tomko

May 31, 1930 - June 23, 2014

Donna Marie Tomko, 84, of Kent, died Monday, June 23, 2014 at Kent Healthcare Center. She was born May 31, 1930 in Cleveland to George and Mary (Kavulla) Tomko. Donna worked in New York City as a singer, dancer and comedian. From 1960 to 1968, Donna performed with Larry Knight in a singing/comedy/ duo. They toured a variety of night clubs around the country and Caribbean as well as USO...
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Landyn Matthew Stevens

June 22, 2014 - June 22, 2014

Landyn Matthew Stevens, died Sunday, June 22, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. He is survived by his mom, Elizibeth Marie Boyle and his dad, Craig Allen Stevens Jr. both of Kent; maternal grandparents, Leslie Boyle of Kent and Harold and Carla Boyle of Ravenna; great grandparents, Lee Ann (George Beans) McMullen of Diamond and Terry McMullen of Brady Lake; paternal grandparents,...
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Richard "Cheese" Litzenburg

December 26, 1948 - June 21, 2014

Richard A. Litzenburg "Cheese", 65, of Diamond, OH passed away June 21, 2014 following a long illness. He was born December 26, 1948 in Cumberland, MD, the son of Richard and Grace Litzenburg. Richard attended Kent Roosevelt High School before being drafted in the Army. He became an E5 Sergeant Tank Commander. Richard was the manager of the Martin Oil Gas Station in Kent for many years...
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