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

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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Vilma Monserrate Smith

March 26, 1942 - June 20, 2014

Vilma Monserrate Smith, 72, passed away at her home surrounded by loving family on June 20, 2014. Born on March 26, 1942 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, she was preceded in death by her mother Clara Ruiz and father Hermand Monserrate. She is survived by her husband, Robert D. Smith; her three children, Roger (Nicki) Smith of Mentor, Victor (Angie) Smith of Wooster, and Elena (Neil) McHale of...
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Kevin Norman Kalow

March 3, 1958 - June 18, 2014

Kevin Kalow, 56, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 18, 2014. He was a life-long resident of Ravenna and graduated from Ravenna High School. He is survived by his sister, Cynthia (Michael) Hostler; niece, Lindsey (Ben) Patterson; nephew, Joe (Danielle) Hostler; great niece, Quinn Patterson; and great nephew, Jack Hostler. He was preceded in death by his parents Albert ...
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Francine M. Earle

November 6, 1935 - June 17, 2014

Francine M. Earle, 78, of Kent, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She was born November 6, 1935 in Kent, to Paul and Margaret (Mehok) Gambaccini. She is survived by her sons, Paul (Wendy) of Edinburg and Jeffrey (Teresa) of Stow; grandchildren, Jacob and Kirsten; sisters, Barbara (Steve) Francis of Rootstown, Marilyn (John) Reighard of Ypsilanti, MI, Donna Jean ...
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Stephen L. Mandalari

May 17, 1922 - June 11, 2014

Stephen Mandalari, our much loved husband, father and grandfather passed away, at 92, with his family beside him at SUMMA Akron City Hospital on June 11, 2014. Stephen was born May 17, 1922 in Kent. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. He married the light of his life, Rosemarie Audino, on November 21, 1954 and they spent 60 incredible years together with their 4 daughters and...
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Louise Spain

November 1, 1921 - June 10, 2014

Louise C. Spain passed into eternal rest on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Born November 1, 1921, she was the first child of in Kent, OH to Louis and Anna (Ubri) Ciccone. For many years, Louise was the owner and proprietor of Steve's Café at the corner of Summit Street and Franklin Avenue and then the Plaza View on Cherry Street. She was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Church. When she was not...
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Karen K. Babcock

December 21, 1941 - June 9, 2014

Karen K. Babcock, 72, of Kent, went to be with the Lord Monday, June 9, 2014 at Kent Healthcare Center. She was born December 21, 1941 in Bluffton, to Wade and Margaret Bonita (Clark) Shook. Karen was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Brimfield. She is survived by sons, Timothy (Julie) Babcock of Lexington Twp., Edward (Wendy) Babcock of Pickerington and Douglas (Tracey) Babcock of...
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Ann H. Maulorico

April 27, 1930 - June 7, 2014

Ann Helen Maulorico (Miller) of Kent, went home to be with the Lord June 7th, 2014. She was born in Cleveland Ohio on April 27th, 1930 to Rose F. and Bennie J. Maulorico. She resided in Kent Ohio for 27 years and was a much loved and cherished mother of seven sons and one daughter. Michael C. Miller of Tallmadge, Mark J. Miller of Kent, Russ Miller (Amy) of Tallmadge, Christopher J. Miller (Tammy...
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Robert W. Clawson

December 21, 1939 - June 7, 2014

Robert W. Clawson, 74, a long-time resident of Twin Lakes, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at National Church Residences in Cuyahoga Falls. He was born December 21, 1939 in Glendale, CA to Charles Verner and Ada Fern (Hower) Clawson. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Soviet Studies and was Professor Emeritus of European Military Studies at Kent State...
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Bian Rae Bolls

April 24, 1948 - June 7, 2014

Bian Rae Bolls, 66, of Lakemore, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 at her home. She was born April 24, 1948 in Lynchburg, VA to Raymond Herbert and Jacqueline Rae (King) Baker. Bian taught math at Field Local Schools for 42 years. She was a member of Fallscreek Community Church in Munroe Falls. Bian was a born teacher with a true and honorable devotion to teaching that went far beyond the...
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Stephen B. Spangler

April 3, 1939 - June 7, 2014

Stephen B. Spangler, age 75, of Kent passed on Saturday, June 7, 2014. He was born in Akron on April 3, 1939 to Albert "A.J." and Catherine L. Spangler, and was a life-long resident of Kent. He attended St. Patrick School and graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1957 and the Goodyear Training Center School in 1961. He also was a part-time student at Kent State University. He...
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Edward B. Whitehouse, Jr.

July 18, 1929 - June 3, 2014

Edward B. Whitehouse Jr., 84, of Cuyahoga Falls and formerly of Brimfield, died suddenly Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at the Cardinal Retirement Village in Cuyahoga Falls. He was born July 18, 1929 in Wilkinsburg, PA to Edward B. and Helen Ann (Rach) Whitehouse. Ed earned his Masters degree in Human Resources Management from Kent State University in 1999. He was a Quality Control Manager for his...
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Pauline Marie Redman Goodwill

October 19, 1924 - May 29, 2014

Pauline Marie Redman Goodwill, 89, of Kent, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 at her home in the presence of family. She was born October 19, 1924 in Washington County, to Wilson and Phoebe (Lauer) Broome. Pauline was a member of the Kent Church of Christ. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, sewing and word search puzzles. Pauline loved spending time with her family. She is survived by children,...
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Richard B. Dorr

March 1, 1947 - May 25, 2014

Richard B. Dorr, 67, of Kent, passed peacefully at home Sunday, May 25, 2014. He was born March 1, 1947 in Cleveland, to Homer and Adele (Bligh) Dorr. Richard was a 1969 graduate of Case Western Reserve University BA. Richard continued his education at Cleveland State University, M.Ed. 1973 and Kent State University, Ed.S. 1982. While on campus at Case Western Reserve University, Rick Dorr...
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Elaine M. Ball

January 13, 1928 - May 22, 2014

Elaine M. Ball, 86, of Kent, OH, entered eternal life on May 22, lovingly surrounded by her family. She was born January 13, 1928 in Bourbon, IN to Joseph Andrew and Anna J. (Rockhill) Metheny. She married Richard E. Ball (deceased) on June 20, 1948 in Plymouth IN. In 1959, they moved to Bedford, IN and raised their family. When Richard retired in 1987, they returned to Plymouth, IN until...
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Michael Thomas Ryan

May 3, 1962 - May 20, 2014

Michael Thomas Ryan, 52, of Stow, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his home. He was born May 3, 1962 in Canton. He is survived by father, Thomas Ryan of Canton; mother, Barbara (Yakunich) Moledor of Stow; siblings, Joseph S. (Jacque) Ryan of New Albany, Stephanie Peatross of Canton, and John (Tricia) Moledor of Hartville; nieces and nephews, Joey Ryan, Justin Peatross, Robby Ryan, Hudson Moledor...
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Gary Wilson Miller

September 15, 1944 - May 17, 2014

Gary Wilson Miller, 69, of Kent, died Saturday, May 17, 2014 at his home with his family by his bedside. He was born September 15, 1944 in Ravenna, to C. Baker and Leota E. (Butler) Miller. Gary graduated from Kent State High School and received an Associate degree in Commercial Art from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Vietnam War. Gary...
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Josephine G. "Jo" Heisler

January 11, 1927 - May 16, 2014

*** See Addendum at end of obituary*** Josephine G. "Jo" Heisler, 87, of Kent, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Friday, May 16, 2014. She was born January 11, 1927 in Kent, OH to Carl and Bernice (Bossinger) Douglass. Jo was a graduate of Kent State High School and a Cum Laude graduate of Kent State University. She was a retired teacher of English Literature. She...
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Robert Allen Sprague

January 16, 1962 - May 13, 2014

Robert Allen Sprague, 52, of Ravenna, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. He was born January 16, 1962 in Akron to Charles and Betty Ann (Ransford) Sprague Jr.. Bob enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing in Canada, horseback riding, and collecting baseball cards. He will be remembered as a diehard Cleveland Browns fan. He is survived by his siblings, Charles ...
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Margaret F. Gressard

August 20, 1914 - May 6, 2014

Margaret F. Gressard, 99, of Kent, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at her home due to complications from a long battle with Alzheimer' Disease.. She was born August 20, 1914 in Oakland, CA to William B. and Ida Mae (Williams) Fageol. She earned her Bachelor's degree from University of California at Berkley and worked for the family business, Twin Coach. It was always her lifelong desire to drive...
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Elizabeth Ann Eberhardt

August 15, 1927 - May 4, 2014

Elizabeth Ann Eberhardt, 86, of Tallmadge, died Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Gables of Hudson. She was born August 15, 1927 in Massillon to Clarence T. and Marie P. (Storck) Griesheimer. She was a homemaker. She is survived by her sons, Timothy (Beverly) of Stow, Mark (Julie), Stephen (Rex) of Jacksonville, FL and Philip (Jolene) of Orlando, FL; daughter, Joan (Gregg) of Tallmadge; nine...
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Wilma Ruth Harvey

October 8, 1938 - May 3, 2014

Wilma Ruth Harvey, 75, of Kent, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 at her home. She was born October 8, 1938 in Kent, to Carl and Doris (Russell) Conaway. Wilma was a member and former Deacon of the Christian Life Center, Assembly of God Church in Kent. She loved her church family and was an active member before her illness. She was known for being a woman of God who was faithful to her friends and...
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John McAllister "Jack" Yohe

January 17, 1929 - May 2, 2014

John "Jack" McAllister Yohe, 85, of Kent, died Friday, May 2, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born January 17, 1929 in Monessen, PA to Donald H. and Margaret (Fohner) Yohe. He retired from the Navy as a Captain and Naval Aviator. Jack taught math, was a Guidance Counselor and enjoyed coaching basketball and track in the Twinsburg School system for 35 years. After retiring...
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Dorothy Fruit

March 15, 1929 - April 30, 2014

Mrs. Dorothy Fruit passed away peacefully at home in Kent, Ohio following a brief illness with her family by her side on Wednesday, April 30 2014. Dorothy Ann Beck was born March 15, 1929, the daughter of Roy and Ruth (Riddle) Beck of East Palestine, Ohio. She was a 1947 graduate of East Palestine High School, and 1951 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where she was a member...
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William "Bill" Williams

December 5, 1919 - April 29, 2014

William Emanuel "Bill" Williams, 94, of Stow, died Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Stow Glen Retirement Center. He was born December 5, 1919 in Akron to George Henry and Gertrude Emily (Beach) Williams. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during the World War II serving in the 19th Fighter Squadron. He retired as traffic manager for Questor Juvenile Products (Evenflo) of Ravenna. He is...
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John Sinchok

April 28, 2014

John F. Sinchok, 83, of Kent, died Monday, April 28, 2014 at his home. He was born in Struthers, to John and Anna (Micklos) Sinchok. John was a veteran of the Army during the Korean war. He is survived by his wife, Alice (Mayo) Sinchok, whom he married on February 15, 1986; children, John D. (Lori) Sinchok of Hudson, Tim P. (Dana) Sinchok of Ashland and Peggy (Mark) Trowbridge of Stow;...
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Vada M. Mohnacky

August 11, 1946 - April 22, 2014

Vada M. Mohnacky, 67, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born August 11, 1946 in Kent, to Henry George and Grace (Conaway) Davis. Vada was a waitress for Bob Evans then worked as a caregiver for special needs at Leeda Northeast. Her primary clients that she came to love were Roy, Jacob and Russell. She is survived by her sons, Ronald (Pam)...
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James H. Gray

June 11, 1926 - April 16, 2014

James H. Gray, 87, of Kent, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Altercare of Brimfield. He was born June 11, 1926 in New Philadelphia, to Donald S. and Dorothy M. (Cramblet) Gray. James was a 1944 graduate of Midvale High School then he received a Bachelors' degree from Kent State University. James served in the Navy during WWII, Korea, Viet Nam war as a pilot and flight instructor. He...
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Robert Michael Zalewski

September 29, 1934 - April 15, 2014

Robert M. Zalewski, 79, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving wife and five children. "God must need a very special mold because he called the very best to help him." Robert was born September 29, 1934, in Kent to Stanley and Lillian (Wolski) Zalewski. He attended Brady Lake Elementary School, St. Patrick School, and Theodore Roosevelt High School –...
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George G. Condos

July 9, 1948 - April 15, 2014

George G. Condos, 65, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Kent Healthcare Center after a prolonged illness. He was born July 9, 1948 in Ravenna, to Gust P. and Marjorie A. (Culbertson) Condos. A lifelong resident of Kent, George was a landscaper, maintenance man and delivered the Record Courier for many years. He was a member of AA and loved Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders sports especially...
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Doris E. Lallathin

October 21, 1922 - April 14, 2014

Doris E. Lallathin, 91, of Kent, died Monday, April 14, 2014 at her home with her family by her side. She was born October 21, 1922 in Paden City, WV to Dalley and Mary (Meyers) Jones. She was a member of the Church of Christ in West Union. Doris loved to knit, crochet and collect bears. A loving and caring mother, Doris enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by sons,...
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Lois J. Walters

February 23, 1933 - April 13, 2014

Lois Walters (nee Hunt) passed away April 13th 2014. Lois was 81 years old. She is survived by her daughter Mary Kay Walters of Florida, her Daughter in Law Victoria Walters of Lake Milton, her Grandsons Kenneth "Ross", Joseph Wade and William Jackson of Lake Milton. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who called her "Aunt Lowee". Lois loved to dance and fish but her favorite...
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Richard W. Sly

May 24, 1922 - April 13, 2014

Richard W. Sly, 91 of Kent, passed away on Sunday April 13, 2014. He was born May 24, 1922 in Erie, Pa to Ralph and Lida (Brewer) Sly. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Seabee in the S. Pacific. After the service he worked as a machinist and ultimately retired from Terex Corporation as Sr. Tool Engineer. With Terex he held positions in the U.S. and also in Brazil, where he lived...
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JoAnne Ricard

June 16, 1928 - April 13, 2014

JoAnne Ricard, 85, of Kent, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born June 16, 1928 in Akron to Fred A. and Anne C. (Lyter) Breckenridge. She retired from Eddie's Stag Bar and then she retired from the KSU Food Service where she worked at the Student Center. She was an avid craft person involved in doll making and ceramics. She was a member of the...
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Nikki Lynn Gregory

January 22, 1944 - April 12, 2014

Nikki Lynn Gregory, 70, of Kent, died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born January 22, 1944 in Akron to Howard and Marian (Platz) Raber. Nikki retired in 2007 as a Unit Secretary from Robinson Memorial Hospital, where she had worked for 30 years. She is survived by her husband, George; sons, Jeff (Kelin) Newkirk of Atwater and David (Brenda)...
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Rosemary B. Bush

June 25, 1933 - April 12, 2014

Rosemary B. Bush (O'Brien), 80, of Kent, went home to be with the Lord and her husband James on Saturday, April 12th, 2014. Rosemary was born June 25, 1933 in Kent to the late Joseph and Helen (Kline) O'Brien. Rosemary lived in Kent her entire life, attending St. Patrick School and graduating from Kent Roosevelt High School. She worked for C.L. Gougler Machine, where she met her husband,...
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Jane Reynolds

July 7, 1917 - April 12, 2014

Jane L. Reynolds of Streetsboro passed away on Saturday April 12, 2014 after a brief illness. Jane was born in the home on her family farm in Streetsboro on July 7, 1917. The farm stretched back four generations and she was the youngest daughter of Fred and Alice Burroughs. Growing up on the farm, her love for it continued throughout her adult life and in 1978 she and her late husband Royal O....
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Donna L. Daniels

January 18, 1930 - April 11, 2014

Donna Louise Daniels, 84, of Kent, died peacefully Friday, April 11, 2014. She was born January 18, 1930 in Cuyahoga Falls to Hugh and Ruth A. (Hensel) Kellar. She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Scott Alexander) Daniels Stopera of Hartville and Glenda (Kevin) Olesh of Mogadore; grandchildren, Crystal, Rachel, Derrick, Ryan, Katie, and Troy; and three great grandchildren. She was...
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James L. Myers

February 17, 1929 - April 11, 2014

James L. Myers went home to be with the Lord on April 11th, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital, after courageously battling a long illness. Jim was born on February 17th, 1929 in Brimfield, Ohio to Barbara Myers ( Liddle ) and George W. Myers. He then moved to the Kent, Ravenna area, where he lived his entire life. Jim was a true patriot for his country. He served in the United States...
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John Fred Heflin, Ph.D.

April 7, 1941 - April 11, 2014

John F. Heflin, PhD. passed away April 11, 2014 after a 15 year valiant fight against heart disease. Born in Sweetwater, Texas, April 7, 1941, he is the son of Willis Heflin and Espanola (Samples) Heflin. He attended Booker T. Washington School (TX) and Hobbs High School (NM) graduating in 1958. He was recruited by New Mexico Highlands University from the 1958 Hobbs state championship...
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Walter Robert Watson

October 13, 1933 - April 9, 2014

Dr. Walter Robert "Doc" Watson (October 13, 1933- April 9, 2014) Walter Watson died peacefully at Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas, surrounded by loving family, friends, and pastors listening to his grandson Ethan play Steve Martin's The Great Remember on the banjo. The oldest of three children, Walter was born at home to Robert Bruce Watson and Eleanor Helen Markel Watson. He...
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Frank John Kavali

August 3, 1927 - April 8, 2014

Frank John Kavali, 86, formerly of Rootstown, died Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Gables At KentRidge in Kent. He was born August 3, 1927 in Akron to John and Antonio (Bartalucci) Kavali. Frank was the owner of Kline & Kavali Plumbing and Heating; and he was a member of the Pipefitters Local #219. He was a member of The Chapel in Akron. He is survived by daughter, Sandy (Larry) Boyd of...
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Frances C. Trares Ball Kemmery

September 22, 1924 - April 7, 2014

Frances C. Trares Ball Kemmery, 89, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Monday, April 7, 2014 at her home. She was born July 22, 1924 in Sharon Center, to William J. and Cecelia M. (Zurbach) Trares. Frances was a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and the Pioneer Girls. She retired from AT&T. She is survived by sons, William (Colleen) Ball of...
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Pearl Eidson

September 12, 1911 - April 7, 2014

Pearl Eidson, age 102, a resident of Stow Glen Nursing Facility, Stow, Ohio died Monday, April 7, 2014. Pearl was born September 12, 1911, in Rudolph, Ohio to Joseph and Stella (Wagner) McDonald. While living in Cygnet, Ohio, she was an active member of the Cygnet Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher and Camp Counselor. She was the leader of Girl Scout Troop #48. ...
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Benjamin Todd Lappin

April 26, 1972 - April 5, 2014

Benjamin Todd Lappin, 41, of Franklin Township, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at home. He was born April 26, 1972 in Honolulu, HI to Daniel Raymond and Suzanne (Wilke) Lappin. Benjamin was a 1990 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School and was a former Marine. He is survived by his children Dyanne Louise Caldwell, Knight Michael Caldwell and Benjamin Todd Lappin II, all of Memphis, TN;...
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Richard Kevin Istvan

March 8, 1954 - April 2, 2014

Richard Kevin 'Kevin' Istvan, 60, of Brimfield, died Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at his home. He was born March 8, 1954 in Johnstown, PA to Joseph and Lois (Williams) Istvan. Kevin was a mold finisher at Circle Mold for 35 years and was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. Kevin is survived by his wife, Sarah (Jeffrey) Istvan, whom he married on October 7, 1978; daughters, Kristy Istvan of...
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Donald James Dressler

March 1, 1944 - April 1, 2014

Donald James Dressler, 70, passed away in his home in Suffield from a heart attack. His death was unexpected, and his colorful personality will be deeply missed by all those who knew him. Don was devoted and passionate in everything he did, from raising his kids as a single dad, to being active with gardening and running marathons, to working at Key Bank for 34 years, and in all the varied...
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Phillip James Peachock

April 15, 1948 - April 1, 2014

Phillip James Peachock, 65, of Kent, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. He was born April 15, 1948 in Youngstown to Phillip and Lillian (Mashiska) Peachock. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. Phillip was the founder and owner of Spin-More Records in Kent, which provided music to the students and residents of the community over four decades. He...
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Mary Swain Bacon

May 14, 1918 - March 30, 2014

Mary Swain Bacon, 95, of Kent, died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was born May 14, 1918 in Dupo, IL to Jim Henry and Verna (Welborn) Swain. She was a graduate of Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS and Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She was a veteran of the Womens Army Corps during the World War II where she earned the rank of 1st...
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Frances L. Secaur

July 9, 1920 - March 29, 2014

Frances Lenora Secaur, 93, left for "The Big Trip," as she called it, on March 29, 2014. Her departure from home was calm and peaceful. Born July 9, 1920 in Lancaster, Ohio, she graduated from Lancaster High School and moved to Dayton, Ohio to find work. There she married Charles Secaur, from Nelsonville, Ohio, on March 13, 1943. Together they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he was...
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George K. Stahl

January 20, 1918 - March 26, 2014

George K. Stahl, 96, of Kent Ohio, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at the Gables of KentRidge. George was born January 20, 1918 in Cuyahoga Falls to George and Mamie (Jacobs) Stahl. George will be remembered for his gentle and creative personality, his artistic talents, and for his devotion to his wife of 71 years, Millie. As a young man, George worked for the WPA (Works...
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