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

Richard Eugene Walburn

June 21, 1925 - January 13, 2017

Richard Eugene Walburn, 91, of Stow, died and joined his wife of 70 years, Virginia, on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Stow Glen Retirement Center. He was born June 21, 1925 in Piqua to Hines A. and Eva M. (Miller) Walburn. Richard worked in Sales and as manager at Chef's Pantry. He was a member of the Tadmor Shrine, Scottish Rite 32nd Degree and the Stokes Lodge in Port Jefferson. He was a...
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Edward J. Johnsons, Sr.

January 31, 1941 - January 11, 2017

Edward J. Johnson Sr., 75, of Kent, died Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Arbors at Streetsboro. He was born January 31, 1941 in Springfield, to Charles and Mary (Neal) Johnson. He was a veteran of the Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He is survived by his wife, Valerie (Pascol) Johnson, whom he married on January 17, 1972; with four sons, Terrance Johnson of Miamisburg, Kenneth...
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Richard Lee Prillaman, Jr.

March 11, 1949 - January 5, 2017

Richard Lee Prillaman Jr., 67, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Thursday, January 5, 2017 at his home. He was born March 11, 1949 in Akron to Richard Lee and Audrey M. (Moore) Prillaman. He had worked at ASB Industries and helped establish Owen Michael Machine Shop in 2008. He is survived by friend and son, Mike (Cris) Prillaman; grandchildren, Cassy Prillaman, Fred Prillaman, and Joe Prillaman;...
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Luella F. Moore

March 6, 1918 - January 4, 2017

Luella F. Moore, 98, of Kent, died Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Kent Healthcare Center. She was born March 6, 1918 in Akron to Ralph and Hazel C. (Hancock) Baumgardner. At a young age, she worked at Ohio Bell Telephone Company. She is survived by son, Donald P. Moore; and brother, Paul Baumgardner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Moore; son, Kenneth, Jr.; brothers,...
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Christine Helen Derby

August 11, 1933 - January 4, 2017

Helen Derby, 83, of Kent, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at home after a long illness. She was born August 11, 1933 in Mansfield, Ohio, as the first child of Joseph Hriesik (HER shick) and Christine Erndt, and after 7th grade, moved to a farm in Perry Township, Morrow County. Helen graduated from Johnsville High School in 1951 and attended Ashland College, where she met Barton Derby. ...
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Ned McCoy

January 10, 1926 - January 3, 2017

Ned McCoy, 90, of Kent, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at UH Portage Medical Center. Ned McCoy entered this world January 10, 1926 in Eastover South Carolina in Richland County, to the parents of father James and mother Lizzie (Green) McCoy, Sr. Ned attended school in Columbia and entered the Army in 1944. He received an honorable discharged 1946. After his discharge he moved to Philadelphia...
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William "Papa" Smith

April 20, 1924 - January 2, 2017

William E. Smith, 92, of Brimfield, died Monday, January 2, 2017, peacefully at his home surrounded by family. He is now reunited in Heaven with his beloved wife of over 60 years of marriage. He was born April 20, 1924, in Kent to Paul and Mary F. (Klinko) Smith. He was a veteran of the Navy during the World War II. He was a self-employed carpenter. He was the owner of Animal House Pet...
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Gary C. Schultz

November 13, 1963 - January 1, 2017

Gary C. Schultz, 53, of Kent, died Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Cleveland Clinic Foundation following a fierce battle with cancer. He was born November 13, 1963 in Bedford, to Robert and Myra (Linehan) Schultz. Gary graduated from Kent State University with a BS degree in Criminal Justice in 1988. He worked a combined 28 years for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and the...
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James F. Leithold

December 1, 1953 - December 24, 2016

James F. Leithold, 63, of Kent, died Saturday, December 24, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born December 1, 1953 in Cleveland to Joseph A. and Marilyn (Wirth) Leithold. He attended Kent State. He then worked for and retired as a foreman from the Chessie System where he worked on the railroad. He will be remembered as very mechanically inclined. He could fix anything. ...
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Gerald F. Moledor

December 8, 1933 - December 23, 2016

Gerald Francis Moledor Gerald "Jerry" Moledor, age 83, of Melbourne Florida, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016, at William Childs Hospice House. He was born on December 8, 1933, at 909 Franklin Avenue, Kent, to Carl and Marguerite (Wagner) Moledor. Jerry worked at Snyders Fix-It Shop on Crain Avenue in Kent, Smith News Agency in Kent, Loeblein's Furniture in Kent, Twin Coach in...
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Betty Jean Arrington

September 3, 1927 - December 22, 2016

Betty Jean Arrington, 89, of Munroe Falls, passed away on Thursday, December 22nd at Altercare of Western Reserve in Stow. She was born September 3, 1927, in Kingsport, Tennessee, to Roy and Kate (Mahoney) Hardin. Betty enjoyed reading, knitting, sewing, ballroom dancing and playing bridge with master players from the First Baptist Church of Kingsport, partnering with Barry Robertson, Jack...
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Bill Foster

February 3, 1955 - December 21, 2016

Bill Foster, 61, of Streetsboro, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at his home. He was born February 3, 1955 in White Plains, NY. Bill was fun loving and free spirited; loved his Harley; worked at Deluxe; enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing field training bird dogs, music, and even learned how to dance to his favorite song that he lived his life by which was "My Way" by Frank Sinatra. He...
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Colleen Mae Werstler

December 20, 2016

On December 20th Colleen Mae Werstler 31, was called home to our Lord after battling complications from a heart infection. She was a beloved daughter, sister, neice and friend. Born in Akron in 1985, Colleen attended Field High School, graduating in 2003. She had an infectious smile that could light up any room and always made everyone laugh with her fantastic sense of humor. Colleen...
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Joan Weber

March 20, 1931 - December 20, 2016

Joan Weber, 85, of Kent, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Gables at KentRidge. She was born March 20, 1931 and grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, married and moved to Kent to raise a family. In 1978, the family moved to a farm in Bartlett, Ohio. Joan worked as a secretary for many businesses over the years, and retired as a custodian for Barlow-Vincent Elementary School. She is survived by her...
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David Jeffrey Haska

May 26, 1958 - December 19, 2016

David Jeffrey Haska, 58, of Edinburg Township, died unexpectedly on Monday, December 19, 2016, at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Hts. He was born May 26, 1958 in Ravenna. David graduated from Hiram College in 1980. He is the President of Haska Fur Farms where he has worked for over 40 years. He was a lifelong learner with interests in automobiles, early American Indian artifacts, and...
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Eliane G. Sladky

November 9, 1927 - December 19, 2016

Eliane G. Sladky, 89, of Kent, died Monday, December 19, 2016. She was born November 9, 1927 in France, to Louis George and Lucie (Olivier) Vieville. She was one of Portage County's first World War II war brides. Eliane loved needle point, music, gardening and traveling to France to visit family and friends. She is survived by daughter, Diane (Don) Bobrowicz of Kent; granddaughters,...
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Tonya Cadle

November 23, 1965 - December 18, 2016

Tonya Cadle, 51, of Kent, died Sunday, December 18, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. She was born November 23, 1965 in Ravenna to David and Andrea (Craft) Mays. She was a wonderful parent, daughter, sister, great friend to others, and a fighter until the end. Unfortunately cancer got the best of her. She will be sorely missed by all of us. She is survived by daughters,...
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Gail Ann Pultea

August 23, 1943 - December 14, 2016

Gail Ann Pultea, 73, of Akron, died Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born August 23, 1943 in Cleveland to Betty Jane (Allen) and Alex Nicholson. Gail Ann had worked at AMETEK/Lamb Electric, Matrix and Portage County Nursing Home. She is survived by sons, Troy Pultea of Alliance and Lenny Dye of Spring , TX; daughter, Tina Pultea of Akron; grandson,...
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Phillip Hans Sommers

April 11, 1936 - December 13, 2016

Phillip Hans Sommers, 80, of Stow, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Akron General Hospital. He was born April 11, 1936 in Cuyahoga Falls, to Hans and Loreene (Culver) Sommers. A veteran of the Army, Phil was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii and was the Drillmaster of the Honor Guard. He was a member of the Acker-Moore American Legion in Stow. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou ...
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Robert S. Miller

July 19, 1928 - December 10, 2016

Robert S. Miller, 88, of Kent, died Saturday, December 10, at his home. He was born July 19, 1928, in Springfield, Ohio, to Raymond E. and Mary (Sexton) Miller. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and for ten years he served on minesweepers out of Charleston, SC; then for the next ten years he served aboard LSDs out of San Diego, CA. He stationed in Viet Nam three times, twice aboard LSD...
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Martin Robert Kiel

January 28, 1959 - December 9, 2016

Martin Robert Kiel, 57, of Ventura, CA, died suddenly Friday, December 9, 2016. He was born January 28, 1959 in Akron to James Bernard and Kathleen (Braun) Kiel. He served as a Chief Petty Officer with the SeaBees of the US Navy. The Navy took Martin to places such as Spain, Port Hueneme CA, Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, and to Louisiana where he helped with the construction of the...
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Elizibeth Marie Boyle

October 15, 1997 - December 8, 2016

Elizibeth Marie Boyle, 19, of Kent, fought hard but the demons of Addiction were too strong and she lost her battle on Thursday, December 8, 2016. She was born October 15, 1997 in Ravenna, to Harold L. and Leslie (McMullen) Boyle. She is survived by son, Brayden; mother, Leslie McMullen-Boyle of Brady Lake; father, Harold (Carla) Boyle of Ravenna; grandparents, Lee Ann McMullen of Diamond...
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Jacqueline D. Dionne

February 27, 1938 - December 6, 2016

Jacqueline D. Dionne, 78, of Kent, died Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at her home. She was born February 27, 1938 in North Conway, NH (home of Mt. Washington) to Stewart and Ruth (Farnum) Dudley. She worked many years at Kent Jewelry. She was with the Gem and Mineral Society of Cuyahoga Falls and enjoyed making arts, crafts and jewelry all her life. She enjoyed taking care of her family and was...
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Joan R. Kazmierski

August 3, 1934 - December 5, 2016

Joan R. Kazmierski, 82, of Tallmadge and formerly of Kent, died Monday, December 5, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born August 3, 1934 in Erie, PA to Anthony and Alexandra A. (Godamski) Kazmierski. Joan began skating professionally in the National Roller Derby League in 1953 with the Chicago Westerners and was that season's female Rookie of the Year. In 1961 she...
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Julia A. Rizzo

February 24, 1916 - November 30, 2016

Julia A. Rizzo, 100, formerly of Kent, died Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Arbors at Stow (Maison Aine). She was born February 24, 1916 in Cleveland to Frank and Aniela (Adamik) Laskos. In 1938, she married her husband, Herman C. Rizzo and they lived all their 56 years together in the Kent/Ravenna area. She was a member of St. Patrick Church and its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild. She worked...
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James A. Cotton

January 24, 1931 - November 29, 2016

James A. Cotton, 85, of Kent, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born January 24, 1931 in Wheeling, WV to Henry Ewing and Dorothy (Guckert) Cotton. He was a veteran of the Army serving in Germany during the Korean War. James was a member of the Community Baptist Church in Tallmadge and the American Legion. He is survived by sons, Stephen Cotton of Kent,...
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J. David Dyer

February 2, 1946 - November 29, 2016

J. David Dyer, 70, of Kent, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Born on February 2, 1946 in Zanesville, Ohio to James Clarence and Virginia Maxine Dyer. David grew up in rural Coshocton County. His family eventually settled in the village of Bakersville, Ohio. He graduated from West Lafayette High School in 1964, and was then the first of his family to attend college, at Kent...
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Pauline M. Graves

September 3, 1922 - November 28, 2016

Pauline M. Graves, 94, of Kent, passed away on Monday, November 28, 2016 at Woodlands at Robinson. She was born September 3, 1922 in Kent, to Michael and Caroline (Curiale) Apicello. She was retired from Durham Electric / KWA at the age of 75. Pauline enjoyed bowling, ceramics and making floral arrangements. She loved to spend time with her family. She is survived by daughter, Linda...
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Mark Wolff

May 29, 1958 - November 24, 2016

Mark A. Wolff, 58, of Kent, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born May 29, 1958 in Clarion, PA to William E. and Wilda Christina (Hunsberger) Wolff. He is survived by his wife, Leora (Watson) Wolff; brothers, Don (Laura) Wolff of Lodi and Raymond Wolff of Knox, PA; brother-in-law, James Gillette of Waterford, PA; and many nieces and...
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Betty Ann Spicer

December 20, 1931 - November 20, 2016

Betty Ann Spicer, 84, of Jackson, MI, died Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson. She was born December 20, 1931 in Akron to Vincent and Sue (Schaffer) Muth. She was a school bus driver for Chapel Hill Christian School and Cuyahoga Falls Public Schools. After retirement she was a full time RVer and traveled the country with Loners on Wheels (LOWS). Most...
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Andrea Casamento

January 21, 1949 - November 17, 2016

Andrea Casamento, 67, of Kent, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at her home. She was born January 21, 1949 in Ravenna. She is survived by her husband, Joseph R. Casamento, whom she married on July 22, 1991; daughter, Tonya Cadle; brothers, Rusty Wilson, Fredrick Craft II, and Tim Craft; sister, Kim Retych; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren that she loved. She was preceded in...
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Paul Vito Amodio

November 20, 1930 - November 17, 2016

Paul Vito Amodio, 86, of Kent, died Thursday, November 17, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born July 20, 1930 in Kent to Leonard and Mary (Pirolozzi) Amodio. He was a member of the US Navy and served as a Diplomatic Courier. A 1948 Roosevelt graduate, he was an outstanding athlete and captain of the football team at Theodore Roosevelt High School, where he was named...
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Phyllis Hilston Wise

February 6, 1923 - November 15, 2016

Phyllis Hilston-Wise Phyllis Marie Hilston-Wise passed away November 15th, 2016 at the Gardens of Western Reserve of Streetsboro. Phyllis was born on February 6, 1923 to Roy and Virginia (Fritz) Kresge in Cleveland. Phyllis fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a nurse when she graduated from Glenville Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland August of 1944. She worked as a private...
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Owen " Anderson" Millsaps

November 5, 1954 - November 14, 2016

Anderson Owen Millsaps age 62 passed away suddenly Monday November 14, 2016. He was born in Sweetwater TN, but lived in the Akron area most of his life. Owen's favorite things in life were spending time with his grandkids (especially on Movie Mondays), making everyone laugh, drumming with his friends and always telling a tale or two. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched. Owen...
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Paul Reeves Weigand PhD

March 21, 1952 - November 11, 2016

Paul Reeves Weigand, 64, passed away in his sleep at home on Friday, November 11, 2016. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 41 years, Carol Fanning Weigand; daughter, Sarah (Carey) McDonald, grandson, Julian James McDonald; son, Michael (Annie McDonnell) Weigand; sister, Ann (Edward) Weigand LaTour; sister, Mary Jane (Jeff) Weigand Tanaka; John (Jan) Weigand; sister-in-law, Kay (Chris...
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Pauline M. Wilke

November 6, 1921 - November 6, 2016

Pauline M. Wilke, 94, of Brimfield, passed away Sunday, November 6th, 2016. She was born December 23, 1921, to the late Michael and Jane (Brady) Koby. Pauline was also preceded in death by her husband, Frederick A Wilke; and her daughter, Pamela (Wayne) Wilson. She is survived by her sons: Frederick (Carol) Wilke of Hudson, Richard (Joyce) Wilke of Tallmadge; daughters: Joan (Stephen)...
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Robert L. Wright

December 20, 1951 - November 6, 2016

Robert L. Wright, 64, of Kent, died Sunday, November 6, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born December 20, 1951 in Ravenna, to Karl Jones and Printellis Wright. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Robert was employed by the Kent City Schools for over 25 years and was a Supervisor of the Kent Recreational Center. Robert left an impression on anyone he met...
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Carl William Shallenberger

September 21, 1934 - November 6, 2016

Carl William Shallenberger, 82, of Mogadore, died Sunday, November 6, 2016 at the Gardens of Western Reserve in Streetsboro. He was born September 21, 1934 in Boston, MA to Carl W. and Alice C. (Kranz) Breithaupt. He was a veteran of the Army. He was a member and Past President of Twin Lakes Country Club, Kent Area Chamber of Commerce, Kent Rotary Club, Downtown Kent Corporation, Kent...
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Marian Axelson Trueman

July 21, 1915 - November 5, 2016

Marian A Trueman, 101, of Kent, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Avenue at Aurora in Aurora. She was born July 21 1 1915 in Youngstown, to A. Robert and Isabelle Mary (Kenvin) Axelson. She was preceded by her parents, her husband, James H. Trueman, her brother Robert (Gloria) Axelson and sister Mildred (Joseph) Sheehan. A graduate of Lake Erie College, Marian worked at the family...
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Carolyn Sue Getson

April 12, 1954 - November 5, 2016

Carolyn Sue Getson, 62, of Copley, died Saturday, November 5, 2016, with her husband Tim, brother Blake, sister-in-law Linda and brother-in-law Joe at her side. She was born April 12, 1954, in Cleveland to Russell Frank and Margaret Ann (Winter) Getson. Carolyn was most proud to have taught two successive classes of students, from their first through eighth grades, at the Spring Garden...
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Jane Bernice (Horrocks) Kraft

November 18, 1942 - November 5, 2016

Jane B. Kraft 73, of Kent, passed away peacefully at her home on November 5, 2016. A Kent resident since 1992 she was born in Lakewood, to Raymond and Lucille Horrocks, on November 18, 1942. She graduated from Lakewood High School in June of 1961. Jane was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved gardening, crocheting, reading, sewing and crafting. She created elaborate...
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Gertrude "Trudy" Pierce

June 28, 1919 - November 3, 2016

Gertrude R. "Trudy" Pierce Gertrude R. "Trudy" Pierce, 97, of Kent, passed away peacefully on November 3rd, 2016. A Kent resident since 1957, she was born June 28, 1919 in Russia Township (Oberlin), OH to Charles and Edna (Sedelke) Squires. A 1936 graduate of Oberlin High School and 1940 graduate of Kent State University, Trudy enjoyed a career in accounting and bookkeeping until she was...
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Titus Jackman

August 8, 1929 - November 2, 2016

Titus Jackman, 87, of Kent, died Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born August 8, 1929 in Kent to John and Margaret (Iarussi) Jackman. He was a 1947 Kent Roosevelt graduate, and a graduate of Kent State University and The Ohio State University Law. He started practice in 1954, serving 62 years in the same office in the Hometown Bank Building. He was a...
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James C. Baker

March 10, 1935 - October 31, 2016

James C. Baker died at age 81 on October 31, 2016, having been born March 10, 1935 in Windfall, Indiana. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean (Harris) Baker of Kent; daughters, Janet Rader and Jolie Baker of Kent; and son R. Jefferson Baker (Joyce) of Garrettsville; grandchildren E. Jean Wills (Jason) of Kent, James Rinehart (Jill) of Morristown, Tennessee and Jenn Lisa of Pittsburgh,...
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E. Alan Simpson

September 4, 1924 - October 29, 2016

E. Alan Simpson, 92, of Stow, died Saturday, October 29, 2016 at his home. He was born September 4, 1924 in Piney Fork, to Lincoln and Kathryn (Larmer) Simpson. As a young boy, his family moved to Nottingham where his parents owned Simpson's Serview Inn, a combination restaurant, small grocery store, and gasoline station. Alan had many wonderful memories growing up there with his older...
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Frank J Smetak

January 14, 1942 - October 26, 2016

Frank J. Smetak, 74, of Ravenna, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at VA Medical Center Cleveland. He was born January 14, 1942 in Cleveland. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Cambria, during the Vietnam War. "HE WAS ALWAYS ONE STEP OVER THE LINE." He drove truck for Spector, PIE, and retired from CF. He also was a driving instructor for TDS in Edinburg. Worked...
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Richard Emory Vance

December 18, 1953 - October 26, 2016

Richard Emory Vance passed away suddenly at age 63 on October 26 at his South Lincoln Street home in Kent. To know Rick was to love him. The son of the late Emory Vance and Eva Vance, Rick was born Dec. 18, 1953, and is survived by his mother, Eva, beloved wife of 35 years Donna, son Ben and daughter-in-law Heather and grandson Coen, daughter Kara and son-in-law Alex Morgart, all of Kent,...
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Phillip D. Noble

August 23, 1946 - October 24, 2016

Phillip D. Noble, 70, of Ravenna, passed away Monday, October 24, 2016 at Hospice of Medina County in Medina. He was born August 23, 1946 in Ravenna, to Joseph and Helen (Zalewski) Noble. Phillip attended St. Patrick School, Theodore Roosevelt High School, and received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Kent State University. His interest in cars began with the Soap Box Derby, drag...
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C. Robert "Bob" Klein

March 13, 1921 - October 22, 2016

C. Robert "Bob" Klein, 95, of Kent, died Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Gables At KentRidge. He was born March 13, 1921 in Tiffin, to Glenn and Florence (Miller) Klein. He was a veteran of the Army during World War II. Bob was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kent for over 60 years. He was a longtime member of the Golden Flashes Club and attended the majority of basketball games...
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Ethal Johnson Simon

September 16, 1923 - October 21, 2016

Ethal E. Simon Ethal E. Simon, 93, of Kent, died Friday, October 21, 2016 at Hospice Care Center in Copley. She was born September 16, 1923 in Granger Twp, Ohio to Glenn and Eva (Burrier) Johnson. Ethal attended Actual Business college in 1943 and held various stenographic positions during this time. At Goodyear Aircraft she struck a lifelong friendship with Edna Rhodes that led to her...
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David R. Helmling, Jr.

May 29, 1956 - October 20, 2016

David R Helmling, Jr., 60, of Kent, passed away October 20, 2016, at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born May 29, 1956, in Cuyahoga Falls, to David and Mary Lou (Bentley) Helmling, Sr. Dave was the owner and operator of Dave Helmling Excavating of Kent for 40 years. Dave was well-known for his Fourth of July fireworks display and party. He loved spending time with his family and...
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Nancy Ellen Voss

August 14, 1948 - October 17, 2016

Nancy Ellen Voss Nancy Ellen Voss, 68, of Kent, passed away Monday, October 17, 2016 at Arbors at Streetsboro. She was born August 14, 1948 in Cleveland to Carl and Corrine (Schwartz) Laule. Nancy beat to a different drum. She was especially talented in the garden and her green thumb was evident in her home. She had a soft place in her heart for animals and would allow her sons to...
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Richard Edward "Dick" Abbott

July 13, 1929 - October 16, 2016

Richard Edward 'Dick' Abbott, 87, of Kent, died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at his home, after a long illness. He was born July 13, 1929 in Boston, MA to Herbert A. and Olive N. (Abbott) Finegan. Richard was a veteran of the Army serving in World War II and was stationed in Sendai, Japan. Richard was Founder/Owner of ACRT, Inc and formerly a Vice President of the Environmental Services Division...
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Eleanor Marie Zavodny

November 18, 1928 - October 16, 2016

Eleanor Marie Zavodny, 87, of Kent, died Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Hospice Care Center. She was born November 18, 1928 in Cleveland, to Anthony J. and Marie A. (Lhota) Suchy. Eleanor was a 1945 graduate of Marymount High School and graduated cum laude from Ursuline College in 1950. She was a librarian at South High School in Cleveland before raising her family. Eleanor was a member of St....
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Joseph Arango

September 26, 1921 - October 14, 2016

Joseph Arango, 95, of Fairlawn and formerly of Kent, died Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Village of St. Edward. He was born September 26, 1921 in Tampa, FL to Jose` and Rufina (Garcia) Arango. He was a longtime member of St. Patrick Church. Joseph was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who dedicated his life to his family and...
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Jean A. Nagy

February 22, 1925 - October 7, 2016

Jean A. Nagy, 91, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016. She was born February 22, 1925 in Copley to Aaron and Grace (Biery) Cowling. Graduating from Mantua Center School in 1943, she married Michael Nagy on October 13, 1943. She moved to Oakland, CA where Michael served in the U.S. Coast Guard. They returned to Mantua, then settled in Kent where they raised six children. Jean graduated...
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Victor H. Gabrielson

April 1, 1927 - October 6, 2016

Victor Harold Gabrielson KENT - Victor H. Gabrielson, 89, passed away Thursday, October 6, 2016. He was born April 1, 1927 in Lexington Twp., Ohio to Gustav and Selma (Lundgren) Gabrielson. Victor graduated from Alliance High School and was a Veteran of the Marine Corps during World War ll. He married Donna Baker in 1949 and lived in Chesterland, Ohio where he built his house and raised...
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John T. Lilley

June 2, 1923 - October 5, 2016

John T. Lilley, 93, of Kent, Ohio, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family, October 5, 2016. John was born in Connorsville, Indiana, June 2, 1923, to Lilian Jane (Weston) Shrewsbury, England and James T. (Tom) Lilley of Cradley Heath, England. John enlisted in the Navy after high school and served in Lighter than Air during WWII. After the Navy he graduated from Kent State...
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Robert R. Meeker

January 26, 1928 - October 4, 2016

Robert R. Meeker, 88, of Kent, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born January 26, 1928 in Kent, to Oscar and Lulu (Frinkley) Meeker. Robert was a 1946 graduate of Kent Roosevelt High School. He was a member of the Kent United Methodist Church. Robert was a member of Kent Rotary, past member of the Portage Board of Realtors, former President...
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Bernard "Bernie" Roberts

October 8, 1944 - October 2, 2016

Bernard "Bernie" Roberts, 71, of Monroe, GA, died Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Eastside Medical Center in Snellville, GA. He was born October 8, 1944 in Cleveland, to Harry J. and Martha (Betts) Roberts. Bernard worked as an order picker for Macy's. He loved to golf, watching football especially the Browns. He is survived by sons, Terry Lee Roberts of Monroe, GA and Tracy Shawn Roberts of...
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James Bernard Kiel

September 4, 1929 - October 1, 2016

James Bernard Kiel, 87, of Brimfield, died Saturday, October 1, 2016 at his home. He was born September 4, 1929 in Akron to John and Katherine (Hickey) Kiel. He was a veteran of the Navy during the Korean War. James was a retired Akron Firefighter. He was a member of St. Patrick Church. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Braun), whom he married 61 years ago; children, Brian Kiel of...
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Mary Louise Bryant

February 6, 1926 - September 26, 2016

Mary Louise Bryant, 90, of Cuyahoga Falls, died Monday, September 26, 2016 at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls. She was born February 6, 1926 in Kent, OH to Hubert G. and Celia (Kapella) Strayer. She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. She is survived by sons, Roger Bryant of Cuyahoga Falls, Richard Bryant of Florida, and Robert (Deborah) Bryant of Akron;...
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Corene Lorette Crews

January 30, 1932 - September 21, 2016

Corene Loretta Crews, 84, of Kent, died Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Altercare of Brimfield. She was born January 30, 1932 in Montgomery, AL to William and Kennie Ann (Gandy) Markette. She was a loving mother, served as a Deaconess at Christ and Choir Member Christ Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing, cooking, traveling and being with her family. She was a regular attendee at Grace...
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Armand Paul Dionne

October 1, 1933 - September 20, 2016

Armand Paul Dionne, 82, of Kent, died Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at his home. He was born October 1, 1933 in Manchester, NH to Charles Adrien and Ida Marie (LaBree) Dionne. In Manchester, he attended St. Marie Grade School and West High School. He was a University of New Hampshire graduate; and was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War. Armand retired as Executive Secretary...
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Edward F. Thomas

December 29, 1929 - September 18, 2016

Edward F. Thomas, 86, of Kent, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on September 18th, 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born December 29, 1929 in Hudson, to Francis and Ruth Ellen (Klein) Thomas. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in both the Army and Navy. Edward retired from the Shipping Department at Morse Controls in Hudson. He was a member of the...
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Carol Ann Myeress

September 22, 1961 - September 12, 2016


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Billie Joyce (Carr) Ferry

September 17, 1953 - September 9, 2016

Billie Joyce "B.Jo." (Carr) Ferry passed away September 9, 2016, after a short illness. She was born on September 17, 1953. She grew up in Akron and attended Akron North High School. B.Jo. also attended The Speech and Hearing Institute for the deaf in Columbus, Ohio. She later moved to Kent, Ohio where she resided the rest of her adult life. She had a devote belief in God and firm moral values...
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Allen Charles Butkovic

August 31, 1962 - September 6, 2016

Allen Charles Butkovic, 54, of Kent, died suddenly Tuesday, September 6, 2016. He was born August 31, 1962 in Cleveland to Ralph George and Coletta Ann (Rezac) Butkovic Jr. Allen was a Senior Maintenance Technician for Ariel Corporation in Green. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Scott, whom he married on July 6, 1985; son, Taylor Butkovic of Kent; daughter, Hunter Butkovic of Kent;...
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Jennie L. Lowe

July 4, 1930 - September 4, 2016

Jennie L. Lowe, 86, of Kent, went peacefully into the arms of the Lord Sunday, September 4, 2016 at her home Kent. Jennie who was affectionately known as "Sister", was the eldest of five children born to Richard and Essie M. (Cotton) Edwards on July 4, 1930 in Macon, MS. She was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School and Hammel Business School in Akron. She began working at Davey Jr....
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Mona Carol Mandalin

September 10, 1940 - September 4, 2016

Mona Carol Mandalin, 75, of Kent, died Sunday, September 4, 2016 at her home. She was born September 10, 1940 in Cambridge, to John and Rowena (Farrar) Stage. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Carol retired from Kent State University as the Secretary to the Dean of the Libraries. She is survived by her husband, Paul Mandalin, whom she married on June 6, 1959; daughters, Diane...
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Allan M. Eckman

February 22, 1942 - September 3, 2016

Allan M. Eckman, 74, of Ravenna, passed away Saturday, September 3, 2016 at University Hospital in Cleveland. He was born February 22, 1942 in Barberton, to Eugene and Helen (Martin) Eckman. Allan was a mechanical engineer for Firestone Tire. He is survived by his wife, Mary J. (Wiley) Eckman; son, Robert Eckman of Barberton ;daughters, Vanessa Stouffer of Green, Ranae Wheatley of Akron;...
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Edith E. Watters

December 25, 1926 - September 1, 2016

Edith E. Watters, 89, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016. Edith was born December 25, 1926 to Walter and Bessie Parrish in Baltimore, MD. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Watters. She is survived by her sons, Robert D. Blackiston ( Vicki), Donald K. Blackiston (Anna) and daughter Barbara L. Marshall (Edward); grandchildren, Erin Blackiston, Tonia Welsch ( Danny),...
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Joseph Harold Heeter

September 23, 1955 - September 1, 2016

Joseph Harold Heeter, 60, of Hartville, died Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born September 23, 1955 in Ravenna, to Erwin and Frances L. (Haas) Heeter. Joe loved motorcycles, cars and spending time with his family. He is survived by mother, Frances (Haas) of Kent; son, Joshua (Debra) Heeter of Hartville; daughter, Sabrina (Dusty) Kimes of Kent; nephew, Charles...
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Dennis A. Meyer

September 1, 1949 - August 29, 2016

Rev. Dennis A. Meyer, 67, of Kent, died Monday, August 29, 2016 at his home The Reverend Dennis Arthur Meyer was born in Dayton, on February 1, 1949. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur C. Meyer III and Margaret Dunlop Meyer. He is survived by his children Douglas Arthur Meyer, Los Angeles, CA; Dwight R. Meyer (Lis Regula), Kent; John Derek Meyer (Elaine Chen), Kent; and Amy...
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Elvalena Betty Johnson

September 4, 1921 - August 25, 2016

Elvalena Betty (Anderson) Johnson, 94, passed away on Thursday, August 25th in the comfort of her home. Elvalena was born September 4, 1921 in Columbia, Virginia to Harry Lee Anderson and Betty Lou (Wells) Anderson. Elvalena graduated from S.C. Abrams High School (Fluvanna County, VA) in 1939 and in 1947 was married to John S. Johnson. Elvalena, also known by her nickname "Mama Lena", was...
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Vernon L. Kauffman

February 20, 1932 - August 22, 2016

Vernon L. Kauffman passed away peacefully at 2:40 p.m. on August 22, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was a resident of Chagrin Falls for over 35 years. Vernon was born in Pennsylvania on February 20, 1932. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955 and was stationed in Germany. He graduated first in his class from Kent State University Architectural School. He was a prominent architect...
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Bobbie Jean Kimak

March 30, 1948 - August 19, 2016

Bobbie Jean Kimak, 68, of Kent, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac, MI following a car accident. She was born March 30, 1948 in Akron to Robert and Viva K. (Good) Boatner. Bobbi was retired from Home Depot where she worked in the home decor department. Bobbi also worked at JoAnn Fabrics in the home decor department for many years. In her youth, Bobbi was a...
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Martha J. Workman

January 1, 1925 - August 16, 2016

Martha J. Workman (nee Pearson), 91, of Mantua, formally of Kent, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Anna Maria of Aurora with her daughter at her side. She was born January 1, 1925 in Cuyahoga Falls to Raymond and Lucille (Helwig) Pearson. She graduated from Kent State High School in 1942. She married Richard L., on December 29, 1945 and recently celebrated 70 years of...
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Jeanette Chahuan Ricco

May 8, 1942 - August 16, 2016

Jeanette Chahuan Ricco, 74, of Kent, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at her home. She was born May 8, 1942 in Loncoche, Chile to Jorge and Amelia (Herane) Chahuan. Jeanette was a retired Spanish teacher for the Ravenna City Schools. Jeanette loved nature. She belonged to the World Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. One of her favorite pastimes was watching...
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Kristy Hafemeister Smith

May 27, 1979 - August 16, 2016

Kristy L. Hafemeister Smith Kristy L Hafemeister Smith, 37, of Sandusky, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. She was born May 27, 1979 in Ravenna to Victoria and Charles Mains. She is survived by her sons, Korey Hafemeister Minnich and Adrian Otero Minnich; daughters, Jenna Hafemeister and Elizabeth Otero Weirich; mother, Victoria (Robert)...
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Margaret C Kotun

June 6, 1922 - August 15, 2016

Margaret C. Kotun Margaret C. Kotun of Kent, Ohio passed away Monday August 15, 2016 at U H Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Oh. She was born on June 6, 1922 in Youngstown, Pennsylvania to Anna A. Bodnar and Stephen F. Yablunosky. She lived most of her young years in Youngstown, PA (near Lemont Furnace, PA) where she attended grade school and graduated from North Union High School. She...
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Sally Lou Jaap

September 1, 1931 - August 10, 2016

Sally Lou Jaap Sally Lou Jaap, 84, of Kent, died Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at the Arbors of Stow. She was born September 1, 1931, in Kent to George and Gladys (Ebert) Spaine. She is survived by her husband, Gerald "Jerry" Jaap, whom she married on January 31, 1976; sons, John (Patti) Nelson of Stow, Michael (Trudy) Nelson of Williamsburg, VA, and Thomas (Ellen) Nelson of New...
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Sylvia Strasshofer

January 1, 1957 - August 5, 2016

Sylvia Strasshofer, was born January 1, 1957 in Yugoslavia/present-day Croatia. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Katica (Kaufmann) Vrbac. Sylvia leaves behind her husband Al, whom she married September 11, 1982; her children, Jennifer and David; brother, Tom; sister-in-law, Ruth; nephew, Rick and family; step-mother Zora, and many cousins. Sylvia earned a bachelor's...
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Delores J. Recznik

November 24, 1928 - August 4, 2016

Delores J. "Dee" Recznik, 87, of Kent, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Summa Akron City Hospital. She was born November 24, 1928 in Lorain, OH to Anthony and Gladys (Tanski) Drobiszewski. Delores grew up on the shores of Lake Erie where she met the love of her life, John, a lifeguard on Lakeview Beach. Little did they know then that they would spend 67 years together. Delores pursued...
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Patricia A. Williamson

December 30, 1939 - August 4, 2016

Patricia A. Williamson, 76, of Kent, died Thursday, August 4, 2016 at Arbors of Stow. She was born December 30, 1939 in Ravenna, to Fred A. and Katherine (Ludick) Bahl. She is survived by her husband, James Williamson; sons, James (Morticia) Williamson of Kent and Andrew Williamson of Kent; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Coy of Hollywood, FL. She was...
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Nancy L. Skutle

January 6, 1946 - August 1, 2016

Nancy L. Skutle, 70, of Brimfield, died Monday, August 1, 2016 at her home. She was born January 6, 1946 in Martins Ferry, to Dale and Thelma (Brown) Williams. Nancy was a 1963 graduate of Rootstown High School and was a billing supervisor for Davey Tree. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth L. Skutle, whom she married on October 22, 1966;...
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Norman Franklin Jennings

January 5, 1934 - July 31, 2016

Norman F. Jennings Norman F. Jennings, 82, of Kent died after a heroic battle with multiple myeloma. He was born January 5, 1934, in Ravenna, to Paul L. and Mary L. (O'Neill) Jennings. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty A. (Seaton) Jennings; daughters, Jan (Bob) Cunningham of Oro Valley, AZ, and Lynn (Curtis) Thompson of Tallmadge; grandchildren, Matt (Lindsay) Cunningham of...
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Philip T. Leslie

September 16, 1944 - July 30, 2016

Philip T. Leslie, 71, of Haslet, TX (formerly of Miami, FL and Kent, OH) passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016. He was born September 16, 1944, in Lisbon, OH to Chester and Mary (McMahon) Leslie. Phil's love of family was first and foremost in his life. His wife Kim, was the love of his life (he always said, "she's my number 1, she's more important to me than air"). His boys, Patrick and...
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Louis J Pizzute

May 25, 1956 - July 30, 2016

Louis J. Pizzute Jr. Louis J. Pizzute Jr., 60, of Kent, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born May 25, 1956, in Ravenna, to Louis J. and Mary Ann (Battaglia) Pizzute. Louis was a Field High School Graduate. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, spending time outdoors, telling great stories and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his...
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Kenneth E. Moore, Jr

January 27, 1942 - July 28, 2016

Kenneth E. Moore Jr. Kenneth E. Moore Jr., 74, of Kent, died Thursday, July 28, 2016 at his home. He was born January 27, 1942 in Ravenna, to Kenneth E. and Luella (Baumgardner) Moore. He is survived by his mother, Luella (Baumgardner) Moore; brother, Donald P. Moore; uncle, Paul E. Baumgardner. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth E. Moore. Private services have been...
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Mary A. Fouts

March 6, 1934 - July 24, 2016

Mary A. Fouts, 82, of Kent, died Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. She was born March 6, 1934 in Suffield, to Joseph P. and Helen E. (Klein) Wohlwend. She was a 1952 graduate of Suffield High School, and later married her high school sweetheart "K" on September 8, 1956. Mary was a secretary in the Financial Aid office at Kent State University retiring in 1999 to...
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James C. Wells

September 1, 1934 - July 23, 2016

James C. Wells, 81, of Ravenna, died Saturday, July 23, 2016 at his home. He was born September 1, 1934 in Ravenna, to Virgil and Lucille (Bell) Wells. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Dietrich) Wells; daughters, Janet (Ron) Miller and Peggy (Tom) Preston; daughter-in-law, Regena Wells; four grandchildren; one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his son, James C. Wells Jr....
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Roy C. Cooley

September 16, 1922 - July 18, 2016

Roy C. and Juanita Cooley Roy C. Cooley, 93, died Monday, July 18, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center and Juanita Cooley, 93 both of Kent died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at her home. Roy was born September 16, 1922 in Fountain, SC and was a veteran of the Army serving in WW II. He retired from the Department of Defense and was assigned to the Pentagon. He was a member of the VFW. Juanita...
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David "Boco" Ally, Jr.

October 13, 1971 - July 17, 2016

David Arthur Ally Jr., 44, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, passed away suddenly Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Akron, Ohio. David was born October 13, 1971 in Akron, OH to David Ally Sr. and Brenda Moore (Ally) Fisher. David had been a native of North Carolina for most of his life. David was well known as a horticulturalist and his creative works as a landscaper and in addition more recently as a...
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Karen Rose Sosnowski

February 21, 1944 - July 17, 2016

Karen Rose Sosnowski, 72, of Suffield, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Arbors at Streetsboro. She was born February 21, 1944 in Ravenna, to Kenneth R. and Winifred K. (Kline) Meloy. She was a member of Our Lady of Victory Church in Tallmadge and the Brimfield Historical Society. Karen loved to garden and was a member of the Brimfield Garden Club. She is survived by her son, Thomas...
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Philip L. Bryant

April 5, 1944 - July 14, 2016

Philip L. Bryant II, 72, of Kent, died Thursday, July 14, 2016 at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born April 5, 1944 in Akron to Philip and Marian E. (Fassnacht) Bryant. He was retired from Ohio Ceramics. He was a gentle soul and loved everyone. He is survived by brother, Mitchell (Mary Halachoff) Bryant of Brimfield; sister, Judith (Daniel) Bryant-Fiore of North Palm Beach, FL...
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David Stanley Cobbledick

August 31, 1929 - July 11, 2016

David S. Cobbledick, 86, of Sebring, died Monday, July 11, 2016, at Crandall Medical Center in Sebring. He was born August 31, 1929, in Huntington, West Virginia to Stanley and Theresa (Brown) Cobbledick. David had a PhD in chemical engineering and worked as a chemist, running a research laboratory for GenCorp (then General Tire) in Akron, Ohio, where he worked for 32 years before retiring...
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Betty J. Lawrence

May 21, 1925 - July 3, 2016

Betty J. Lawrence, a long-time resident of the Kent area, died Sunday July 3rd at Mulberry Gardens Assisted Living, surrounded by her family. Born in 1925 in Sugar Creek Ohio. Betty received a Registered Nursing Education from Mount Sinai Nursing School of Cleveland in 1946. Betty was the Emergency Room Head Nurse at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron for most of her 41-year career and was awarded an...
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Gregory Leysock

September 17, 1953 - July 1, 2016

Gregory P. Leysock Gregory P. Leysock, 62, of Stow, OH, passed away Friday, July 1, 2016 at Altercare of Brimfield in Brimfield, from injuries sustained from a fall. He was born September 17, 1953 in Indiana, PA to Joseph and Irene (Kush) Leysock. Gregory was a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He loved golf, hunting, and The Pittsburgh Steelers. Greg had several...
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Diane L. Whittington

November 25, 1958 - June 29, 2016

Diane L. Whittington Diane L. Whittington, 57, of Kent, died Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center, surrounded by friends and family. She was born November 25, 1958 in Ravenna, to Lawrence and Anna Francis "Fritz" (Hankins) Whittington. Diane had a great, adventurous life and a wonderful laugh. She is survived by sisters, Pam (Criss Beckwith) Beckwith Whittington of Kent...
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