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

Wilda Henry

May 20, 1916 - June 28, 2015

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

July 20, 1924 - June 27, 2015

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

June 8, 1960 - June 22, 2015

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

February 4, 1940 - June 20, 2015

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

June 28, 1961 - June 19, 2015

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

August 3, 1925 - June 16, 2015

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

October 16, 1925 - June 12, 2015

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

March 15, 1929 - June 3, 2015

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

June 15, 1944 - June 3, 2015

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

December 29, 1937 - May 31, 2015

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

May 19, 1947 - May 29, 2015

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

January 29, 1928 - May 26, 2015

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

May 7, 1941 - May 25, 2015

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

November 23, 1931 - May 24, 2015

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

April 1, 1964 - May 23, 2015

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

February 20, 1933 - May 19, 2015

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

February 17, 1943 - May 18, 2015

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

April 21, 1924 - May 18, 2015

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

September 26, 1935 - May 16, 2015

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

October 11, 1951 - May 12, 2015

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

February 19, 1935 - May 11, 2015

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

April 13, 1952 - May 7, 2015

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

December 13, 1950 - May 6, 2015

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

April 25, 1930 - May 4, 2015

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

October 6, 1926 - May 3, 2015

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

July 9, 1927 - May 3, 2015

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

May 3, 1941 - May 2, 2015

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

March 17, 1925 - April 30, 2015

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

January 3, 1950 - April 29, 2015

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

November 26, 1996 - April 29, 2015

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

November 26, 1996 - April 29, 2015

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

June 23, 1940 - April 28, 2015

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

February 13, 1946 - April 22, 2015

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

November 19, 1921 - April 18, 2015

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

July 11, 1947 - April 15, 2015

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

April 22, 1953 - April 14, 2015

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

September 10, 1947 - April 13, 2015

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

December 4, 1928 - April 11, 2015

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

July 15, 1991 - April 10, 2015

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

November 21, 1930 - April 9, 2015

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

March 9, 1925 - April 6, 2015

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

January 19, 1933 - April 6, 2015

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

November 18, 1918 - March 30, 2015

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

November 9, 1974 - March 27, 2015

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

March 1, 1927 - March 27, 2015

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

August 27, 1918 - March 27, 2015

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

May 21, 1946 - March 26, 2015

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

February 17, 1967 - March 26, 2015

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

September 22, 1965 - March 26, 2015

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

November 8, 1936 - March 20, 2015

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

May 25, 1930 - March 18, 2015

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

May 28, 1927 - March 16, 2015

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

August 31, 1918 - March 15, 2015

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

July 25, 1931 - March 12, 2015

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

February 8, 1953 - March 9, 2015

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

February 15, 1921 - March 9, 2015

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

October 30, 1931 - March 1, 2015

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

December 29, 1973 - March 1, 2015

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

April 19, 1991 - February 28, 2015

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

November 2, 1942 - February 28, 2015

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

January 24, 1938 - February 28, 2015

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

January 17, 1957 - February 26, 2015

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

August 15, 1929 - February 23, 2015

Lawrence "Larry" Fisher, 85, of Kent, died Monday, February 23, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born August 15, 1929 in Kent to George M. and Edna L. (Englehart) Fisher. He was married 64 years ago on June 24, 1950, to June Cogan of Kent. The Korean War conflict started June 25th and he left for the service in August with the National Guard unit of Kent. He served as a...
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LaRay E. Brewer

August 14, 1947 - February 22, 2015

LaRay E. Brewer, 67, of Kent, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at her home. She was born August 14, 1947 in Medina, to Richard Edward and Evelyn R. (Kujat) Bassett. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. LaRay enjoyed gardening and history. She loved spending time with her family and friends. LaRay loved all animals especially her two dogs Lance and Milo. She is survived by her...
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Louis A. Svette

September 17, 1922 - February 21, 2015

Louis A. Svette, 92, of Aurora, Ohio passed away on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Kensington Care Center. Louis was born September 17, 1922 to Mary (nee Mulh) and Frank Svette in Bedford, Ohio. He attended East Technical High School where he studied machining. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Louis married his wife Madeline (nee Stepic) on July 24, 1948 and they...
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Doris Mae Birkner

June 13, 1924 - February 20, 2015

Doris Mae Birkner, 90, of Kent, died Friday, February 20, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born June 13, 1924 on the family farm near Carbury, North Dakota, to Bernhard and Alma (Seter) Wall. She attended the North Dakota School of Forestry at Bottineau where she majored in horticulture. After graduation, she moved to Colma, California to work at Rod McLellan Orchid...
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Lois B. Simpson

July 26, 1925 - February 18, 2015

Lois B. Simpson, 89, of Stow, passed away on February 18. Lois was born July 26, 1925 in Unionport, to Benjamin and Olga Ratzenberger. On December 22, 1945, she married her true love, E. Alan Simpson, a naval radioman returning from World War II. They celebrated their 69th anniversary last December. Lois and Alan owned Simpson's Serview Inn located in Nottingham from 1945 until 1967. ...
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Linda L. Diestel

December 24, 1944 - February 17, 2015

Linda L. Diestel, 70, of Kent, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at Hospice Care Center. She was born December 24, 1944 in Dayton, to Raleigh and Henrietta (Goeke) Gauldin. Linda loved to spend time with her family, especially her sister weekends and grandchildren's activities. She is survived by her husband, Joe Diestel, whom she married on August 29, 1964; sons, James (Denise) Diestel of...
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Mary Sylvia Doyle

February 16, 1937 - February 16, 2015

Mary Sylvia Doyle, 78, of Brimfield, died Monday, February 16, 2015 at Gables of Hudson. She was born February 16, 1937 in Barberton, to Fred and Florence (Donovan) Doyle. Mary retired from the Air Force as a Technical Sergeant. Mary retired from Kent State University as a Librarian. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins. Private services will be held. Bissler & Sons...
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Jane C. Sawyer Hostler

October 11, 1931 - February 16, 2015

Jane C. Sawyer Hostler, 83, of Kent, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family Monday, February 16, 2015 at Woodlands. She was born October 11, 1931 in Kent, to Bennett J. and Martha Catherine (Piona) Sawyer. Jane retired in 1992 from the Streetsboro City Schools as a 5th grade teacher. She was a member of University Parish Newman Center. Jane was a member of the Portage County...
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Terry Allen Ray

March 24, 1948 - February 16, 2015

Terry Allen Ray, 66, of Kent, died Monday, February 16, 2015 at Hospice Care Center. He was born March 24, 1948 in Ravenna, to Donald and Gladys (McMullen) Ray. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent, Ravenna Moose Lodge #1234 and was the Administrator of the Lodge from 1999-2010, Demolay and the Italian American Club. Terry loved bowling, golf, bocce, playing the drums and...
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Maxine V. Horning

December 1, 1918 - February 15, 2015

Maxine V. Horning, 96, formerly of Kent, died Friday, February 13, 2015 at her home in Stow. She was born December 1, 1918 in Tiffin to Deane and Jean (Benner) Lenner. Maxine taught at St. Patrick School and Kent City Schools. She also worked for her husband at Chas. Horning Concrete. She was a member of St. Patrick Church and its St. Joan of Arc Circle; as well as the Junior Women's Club. ...
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Rose Louise Brown

September 16, 1923 - February 14, 2015

Rose Louise Brown, 91, passed away on February 14, 2015. She was born at home in New Albany, Indiana, to Herman and Edith Walter on September 16, 1923. She is survived by sons Dwight, Raymond E. (Tina) Brown, John (Judy) Brown; grandchildren, Ian Brown, Millaina Brown (Donald Lewis); great granddaughter, Bridget Lewis; sisters, Francis Hess, Leola (Frank) Braun, Roberta Garrett; brothers...
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Edward Ullinger

October 13, 1923 - February 13, 2015

Ed Ullinger slipped away peacefully on Friday, February 13, 2015, to continue his 68 year love affair with his loving wife, Clara. Born on Saturday, October 13, 1923 in Manhattan, NY, Ed grew up with his younger brothers and sister in Hoboken, NJ and Jersey City, NJ. Growing up, he helped run the family bake shop in Hoboken, until he went apprentice as a machinist. During WWII, he was...
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Cherie Lee Craig

December 29, 1947 - February 11, 2015

Cherie Lee Craig, 67, of Rootstown, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born December 29, 1947 in Ironton to Edward and Mary (Stephenson) Quinn. She was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Ravenna. She was the first female police officer for the City of Kent. Following getting her Nursing Degree from Kent State...
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Norma P. Battenfield

August 21, 1923 - February 11, 2015

Norma P. Battenfield, 91, of Kent, died Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. She was born August 21, 1923 in Akron, to Anthony and Dolores (Angelini) Di Mascio. was a veteran of the Army during World War II. She was a Customer Service Representitive for Schneller. Norma was a member of the United Church of Christ of Kent and Women in Military Service. She is...
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Patricia Louise Nipper

November 29, 1954 - February 10, 2015

Patricia Louise (Hostler) Nipper, 60, of Kent, completed her earthly journey Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Akron General Hospice in Fairlawn. She was born November 29, 1954 in Akron to Albert and Elaine (Kirkwood) Barrett. She was a 1972 Stow High School graduate. She then graduated from Kent State University with a major in Healthcare Administration. She retired as a Clerical Coordinator...
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Robert E. Bancroft

June 21, 1924 - February 9, 2015

Robert E. Bancroft, 90, of Kent, died Monday, February 9, 2015 at Laurel Lake Care Center in Hudson. He was born June 21, 1924 in Braceville, to Fred Francis and Elsie (Kline) Bancroft. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in the 20th Air Force 468th Bombardment Group in the China, India-Burma, Sumatra and Air Offensive Japan Campaigns. Robert retired in 1980...
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Hilliard Dave Lowe

August 29, 1928 - February 5, 2015

Hilliard Dave Lowe, 86, of Kent, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. Dave was born August 29, 1928 in Memphis, TN to Hilliard and Davie (Marble) Lowe. He retired from AC Williams then retired as the production supervisor at Land O'Lakes. He was a member of Union Baptist Church and served as a Trustee and Treasurer. Dave was a Crossing Guard for the Kent City...
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Anita M. Lewis

November 2, 1929 - February 5, 2015

Anita M. Lewis, 85, of Kent, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at her home. She was born November 2, 1929 in Ravenna, to Daniel A. and Erma M. (Rinehart) Rosenberger. Anita worked in Advertising Sales for the Record Courier and later as a Secretary at Carter Lumber, then as an Associate at Walmart. She was a former member of the Lake Brady United Methodist Church, King of Glory-Brethren in...
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Isabelle M. "Corky" Pucillo

June 22, 1928 - February 4, 2015

Isabelle M. 'Corky' Pucillo, 86, of Kent, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital. She was born June 22, 1928 in Girard, to Frank and Isabelle (Urr) Fungilo. Isabelle worked in advertising at the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She was a member of St. Charles Church in Boardman and Clionian Historical Society. Isabelle was an avid reader and enjoyed her dogs. She is...
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Robert "Bob" Weiss

December 19, 1928 - January 30, 2015

Surrounded with prayer and his loving family, Robert "Bob" Weiss entered into eternal life on January 30, 2015. He was 86. Born in Kent on December 19, 1928, Bob lived his life here. Attending Kent Schools, he graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and continued his education in business. After proudly serving in the United Stated Air Force, he returned to Kent with his wife, Mary...
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Ann L. Diltz

June 14, 1928 - January 30, 2015

Ann L. Diltz, 86, of Kent, passed away on Friday, January 30, 2015. She was born June 14, 1928 in Kent to the late Leonard and Mary Amodio. She was retired from Huntington Bank where she worked for 26 years. She loved to play bridge. She was known for her delicious cheesecakes. She was a member of Kent Coterie I and the Elm Garden Club. She enjoyed travelling in a motorhome throughout...
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Deanna Lynn Kercenneck

February 5, 1969 - January 29, 2015

Deanna L. Kercenneck, 45, of Warren passed away at home on Thursday, January 29, 2015. She was born Bebruary 5, 1969 in Akron daughter of Ron and Bettie. Deanna was a graduate of Howland with a career as a dental assistant. She was a dedicated Mother, and loved cooking, cleaning (no really!), spending time with family, friends and animals. She is proceeded in death by Bettie Baker and...
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Amy Marguerite Smith

January 5, 1967 - January 27, 2015

Amy Marguerite Smith, 48, of Kent, died Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at her home. She was born January 5, 1967 in Akron to Joseph and Mary Ellen (Whisler) Neff. Amy has worked for fifteen years at Stow-Munroe Falls Schools as a Bus Driver. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Kent. She played the flute in high school and would often pick it up and play from memory. She was an...
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Thomas F. Vaji

June 11, 1943 - January 27, 2015

Thomas F. Vaji, 71, of Kent, passed away Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Robinson Memorial Hospital. He was born June 11, 1943 in Uniontown, PA to Frederick and Margaret (Brown) Vaji. He was a member of the Canadian Club in Kent and the Ravenna Moose Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. (Boose) Vaji; daughters, Deidra Daltorio of Kent and Beth (Charles Jr.) Textor of Rootstown;...
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Virginia Frazier

July 2, 1933 - January 23, 2015

Virginia "Ginny" Lee Martin Frazier, 81, passed away Friday, January 23, surrounded by family. She was born July 2, 1933 in Pulaski County, VA, the daughter of the late Edgar and Estella Underwood Martin. Mrs. Frazier retired from Kent City Schools. She faced her long illness with courage and strength, and thought more of others than herself. Nothing was more important to Ginny than family...
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Eugene Glen Baker

February 19, 1929 - January 21, 2015

Eugene Glen Baker, 85, of Kent, went home to be with his Lord Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at his home. He was born February 19, 1929 in Akron to Glen and Alice (Werner) Baker. Eugene retired from Ellet Neon where he worked as an electrician and glass blower. He was a member of Truth Baptist Church and American Legion Post #496. He is survived by his wife, Theresa E. (Stadler), whom he...
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Arthur "Dusty" Rhodes

November 2, 1953 - January 19, 2015

Arthur "Dusty" Rhodes, 61, of Stow passed away Monday, January 19, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Hospice Center. Dusty was born November 2, 1953 to William and Betty Rhodes of Kent. Dusty was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Rockton Lodge #316 in Kent. He enjoyed fishing and riding his Harley. He spent much of his childhood at the John Brown Tannery (Portage Salvage), which his...
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Thomas Lovell Fields

January 25, 1928 - January 18, 2015

Thomas Lovell Fields, 86, of Brimfield, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at Maison Aine Care Center in Stow. He was born January 25, 1928 in Harmony, WV to Thomas M. and Ida Jane (Kiser) Fields. He served as a volunteer firefighter in Spencer, WV when he was 14. Tom was a combat veteran of the Army during World War II and the Korean War. Tom loved to collect trains and spent 3 summers in...
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Duane J. Marsh

March 20, 1931 - January 17, 2015

Duane J. Marsh, 83, of Kent, died Saturday, January 17, 2015 at his home. He was born March 20, 1931 in Akron to Floyd Clark and Emily Rachel (Brown) Marsh. Duane was a graduate of Akron University and earned his Master's in Music Education from Columbia University. He was a US Army veteran and played tuba in the Army Band. A former music teacher, musician, and artist, Duane was a member...
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Jack L. Burner

November 3, 1928 - January 16, 2015

Jack L. Burner, 86, of Ravenna, died Friday, January 16, 2015 at his home. He was born November 3, 1928 in Philippi, WV to Harlan and Madge (Jones) Burner. A United States Navy veteran, Jack had a successful career in banking at several local banks in the area including, Akron Savings, TransOhio Savings, and Falls Savings. He was a member of Rotary, .Akron Kiwanis, and Ravenna Elks Club. In...
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William "Bill" Taylor, Jr.

January 13, 2015

William "Bill" O. Taylor Jr., 70, passed away Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at The Briarwood in Stow from complications of Parkinson's disease. Born in Schenectady, NY to the late William O. Taylor and Laura (Proper) Taylor of Mt. Pleasant, MI. Bill had lived most of his adult life in and around Kent. He retired from Marathon Petroleum where he was a truck driver for 25 years. Graduated from...
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Marian Virginia Holliday

April 27, 1923 - January 12, 2015

Marian Virginia Holliday departed this earthly life peacefully and with grace at home in the presence of family on January 12, 2015. Marian was born on April 27, 1923 in Thorpe, West Virginia to the late William and Eva Franklin. Marian was saved early in life at Mallory Baptist Church in Mallory West Virginia. She graduated in 1941 from Gary Negro High School. Marian attended West Virginia...
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Lucille Moore

May 8, 1925 - January 11, 2015

Lucille Lomax Moore, 89, died on January 11, 2015. She was born in Maplewood, NJ and she lived in Kent for more than 60 years. Lu graduated from Oberlin College and received a Master's degree in Education from New York University. She returned to college after raising her children and earned a Master's degree in Special Education. She taught physical education at Hudson High School and St...
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Elda Spano Heinlein

September 9, 1931 - January 10, 2015

Elda (Siciliano) Spano Heinlein, 83, of Kent, died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at The Gables of Kent Ridge. She was born September 9, 1931 in Kent, to Agostino and Carmela Siciliano. Elda was a bank teller at Huntington Bank, Westside Office in Kent for 20 years. She was a lifetime member of St. Patrick Church in Kent. She also attended the Newman Center in Kent. Elda was known for her...
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Jean Baker

January 28, 1923 - January 10, 2015

Jean Baker, 91, of Kent, died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at her home. She was born January 28, 1923 in McKeesport, PA to Carl Rudolph and Angela Household Johnson. She was a member of the Kent Methodist Church. She is survived by daughters, Barbara (William) Messina of Export, PA and Beverly (William) Miller of Kent; grandchildren, Bryan (Lauren) Messina, Jeffrey Miller, Jonathon Miller,...
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William N. "Bill" Redman

June 28, 1948 - January 9, 2015

William N. 'Bill' Redman, 66, of Kent, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born June 28, 1948 in Cambridge, to Robert S. and Pauline M. (Broome) Redman. William retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service. He then worked at Parker-Hannafin and Cantex as an extruder/operator. He was a member of the American Legion #496 in Kent. Bill was a very...
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Mildred Mae Over

October 29, 1924 - January 6, 2015

Mildred Mae Over, 90, of Kent, died Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at Woodlands at Robinson. She was born October 29, 1924 in Elyria, to Joseph and Pearl B. (Kuhns) Over. Her parents, Joseph E. and Pearl B. (Kuhns) Over moved to Brady Lake in July of 1929 and has lived there ever since. Mildred graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1942. She then attended and graduated from Bohecker's...
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Maryanne E. Conner

February 26, 1948 - January 2, 2015

Maryanne E. Conner, 66, of Kent, died Friday, January 2, 2015 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born February 26, 1948 in Clarksburg, WV to John and Virginia (Yost) Staud. She is survived by her daughters, Heather (Christopher) Hunt of Stow and Virginia (John) Comi of Stow; grandchildren, Nathaniel Conner, Marie Comi, John Comi IV, Nicholas Comi, and Charlie Comi; and brothers,...
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