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

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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Tom Gallaway

December 11, 1960 - June 28, 2016

Tom Gallaway Jr., 55, of Kent, died Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at his home. He was born December 11, 1960 in Ravenna, to Charles Thomas and Jacqueline (Haas) Gallaway Sr. Tom enjoyed motocross racing and building and repairing his motorcycles. He is survived by his wife, Christy; and son, Zach of Kent. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Jackie Gallaway Sr.; and sister, Michel...
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Frank James Farrell

August 1, 1936 - June 26, 2016

Frank J. Farrell Frank J. Farrell, 79, of Kent, OH, died Sunday, June 26. He was born August 1, 1936 in Akron, OH to Robert Joseph and Mae (Eary) Farrell. He was a veteran of the Navy. He is survived by ; son: Joseph (Laura) Farrell of Litchfield, OH; daughters: Karen M. Hillman of Twinsburg, Judith Ann Hillman of Congress, AZ, Laura (Fred) Seleman of Jupiter, FL; sisters: Agnes ...
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Marjorie Evans

September 27, 1921 - June 25, 2016

Marjorie Evans, 94, of Stow, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Stow Glen Retirement Center. She was born September 27, 1921 in Shalersville Township, to Don Edward and Elsie M. (Manfrass) Chadwick. Marjorie was graduate of Kent State University and taught Business Office Education at Crestwood High School. She was a member of the United Church of Christ of Kent, and volunteered at Robinson...
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James "Jamie" Lantz

January 12, 1954 - June 25, 2016

James M. "Jamie" Lantz, 62, of Kent, died Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Alliance Community Hospital. He was born January 12, 1954 in Akron, to Fred and JoAnn (Kiddy) Lantz. James served in the U.S. Air Force as a Missleman for 14 years attaining the rank of Captain during Grenada, Panama and the Persian Gulf Campaigns. Most recently he worked at Akron Children's Hospital as a Shift Supervisor...
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Margaret "Peggy" Salcewicz

October 21, 1954 - June 22, 2016

Margaret "Peggy" Mary Wells Salcewicz passed away peacefully at the age of 61 in the comfort of her home in Stow, Ohio on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 after struggling with cancer. Peggy was born October 21, 1954 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late John and Helen Wells. She grew up in Sharon with her six siblings and made many life-long friends. Peggy married the love of her life...
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Ida Louise Lowder

August 28, 1944 - June 22, 2016

Ida Louise Lowder Ida Louise Lowder, 71, of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. She was born August 28, 1944 in Indianapolis, IN to Lloyd E. and Alberta Jean (Hancock) Wiggins, Sr. She is survived by: her son, Lloyd (Kelly) Lowder of Salem, VA; daughters, Angela K. Lowder of Cleveland, Linda (Marvin) McConnell of North Canton;...
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Edward "Dick" Sawyer

June 22, 1938 - June 21, 2016

Edward W. "Dick" Sawyer, 77, of Rootstown, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born June 22, 1938 in Kent to Edward P. and Mary Elizabeth (Conrad) Sawyer. He was a veteran of the Air Force and was retired from GM where he was a Tool Maker. He was a member of Portage County Train Walkers Hiking Club, North Coast Triumph Association, and University...
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Thomas E. Dezort

January 15, 1948 - June 21, 2016

Thomas E. Dezort trudged through his earthly life with a smile for 68 years and began his heavenly journey June 21st. His life began January 15, 1948 in Cuyahoga Falls born to Elmer and Dorothy (McMullen) Dezort. As a youngster he was involved with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, school choirs, plays and church activities. He married Julianne (Meloy) June 20, 1970 and attended Akron University...
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Patricia J. Harrison

January 23, 1950 - June 21, 2016

Patricia J. Harrison Patricia J. Harrison, 66, of Brimfield, died peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones on Tuesday June 21st. She was born January 23, 1950, in New Castle, PA to Joseph W. and Lillian E. (Warso) Kwolek. She was an International Logistics Coordinator at Little Tikes and retired this past February. She was a member of St. Patrick Church for the last 39 years. ...
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Patricia L. Swauger

December 11, 1930 - June 18, 2016

Patricia L. Swauger, 85, of Kent, died Saturday, June 18, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center. She was born December 11, 1930 in Kent, to Robert and Violet (Mullen) Simpson. Pat loved life and enjoyed spending time with her family, dog Mabel and special friends Mary Ann and Glenna. She loved to garden and was a member of the Portage County Master Gardeners and enjoyed her life on the lake. ...
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Peter "Pete" Angelo

October 29, 1929 - June 18, 2016

Peter J. Angelo, 86, of Kent, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Kent Healthcare Center, after a lengthy illness. He was born October 29, 1929 in Canton to Thomas and Francis (Rizzi) Angelo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Pete was a graduate of Canton McKinley High School in 1948. Pete graduated from Kent State University in 1952 with his B.S. degree in Education,...
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Wesley Nelson Dahl

April 19, 1927 - June 16, 2016

Wesley Nelson Dahl Wesley Nelson Dahl, 89, of Stow, OH, died Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Akron City Hospital Medical Center. He was born on April 19, 1927, in Pecatonica, Illinois to Arthur and Ethel (Nelson) Dahl. Wesley was a graduate of Spartan School of Engineering, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was a veteran of the Army during WWII and served in Italy. He is survived by two sons:...
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John "Jack" Salter II

July 29, 1936 - June 15, 2016

John "Jack" Salter John "Jack" Salter, of Kent, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born to Roy and Hazel (Keener) Salter on July 29, 1936. Jack graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, where he was a member of Roosevelt's first basketball team to play in the state finals in 1954. Upon graduation, he attended Miami University and...
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John Thur

August 3, 1938 - June 14, 2016

John Thur, 77, of Brimfield, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at his home. He was born August 3, 1938 in Akron, to Michael and Mary Thur. He was a veteran of the Marine Corps. John retired from IBM in 1986 after 26 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoyed gardening, softball, and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He is survived by his sons, John Thur Jr.,...
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Shirley M. Homer

April 8, 1936 - June 13, 2016

Shirley Homer passed away on June 13, 2016 at the age of 80, and has gone to the Lord after a life time of battling serious illnesses. She leaves behind her husband Jerry; daughter, Mary Homer; son, Gary Homer; daughter-in-law, Afarin; and grandson, Arvand. Daughter of Dova and Roy Miner (both deceased), she was born in Wetzel County, WV and moved to Ohio as a child. In addition, she leaves...
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James "George" Beans, Jr.

September 10, 1941 - June 13, 2016

James A. 'George' Beans Jr. James A. 'George' Beans Jr., 74, of Diamond, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016 at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born September 10, 1941 in Ravenna to James and Marjorie (Ettinger) Beans, Sr. He was a member of American Legion Post 331 in Ravenna, American Legion Post 737 at Lake Milton, The Kent Canadian Club, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. George...
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Richard "Doc" Turner

April 17, 1925 - June 10, 2016

Richard "Doc" Turner, 91, of Rootstown, died Friday, June 10, 2016 at Altercare Of Brimfield. He was born April 17, 1925 in Long Island City, NY to Joseph E. and Jenny (Loomis) Turner. He was a 36 year veteran of the U.S. Army, most notably serving in a MASH Unit during the Korean War. He was a member of the Rootstown United Methodist Church, Rootstown Lions Club and a charter member of the...
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Robert L. Tener

May 1, 1924 - June 10, 2016

Dr. Robert L. Tener, 92, of Ravenna, died Friday, June 10, 2016 at his home. He was born May 1, 1924 in Barberton, to Lawrence Edward and Ruby Margaret (Zeptner) Tener. Dr. Tener was a Professor Emeritus and taught from 1960 to 1992 in the English Department at Kent State University and was the Founder of the KSU Wick Poetry Program. He was a maker with words and wood, lover of dogs and...
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Ronald J. Llewellyn

May 17, 1946 - June 6, 2016

Ronald J. Llewellyn, 70, of Franklin Township, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016, at Kent Healthcare Center. He was born May 17, 1946 in Ravenna to Noah J. and Dora M. (Guthier) Llewellyn. Ronald was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent. He is survived by his sister, Marilyn L. Llewellyn of Kent; brothers, Frank Hegedus (Friend Lorraine) of Brooklyn, CT, Alden E. (Myrna)...
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Bertha Wright

December 5, 1927 - June 1, 2016

Bertha Wright, 88, of Kent, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at her home. She was born December 5, 1927 in Columbia, SC to Willie and Maggie (Brown) Williams. She is survived by sons, Willie J. Wright of Kent, Bertram Wright Jr. of Kent and Ricky Wright of Ravenna; daughters, Merian Wright of Brimfield and Alvira Wright of Kent; thirteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; six great great...
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William L. "Bill" Darling

December 7, 1940 - June 1, 2016

William L. Darling, 75, of Kent, died Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at his home. He was born December 7, 1940 in Port Clinton, to John C. and Gayetta J. (Beck) Darling. Bill was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. He was Director of Consumer Lending City Bank. Bill was a member of St. Patrick Church in Kent and sang in the choir. Also he was a former member of the Jaycees and Knights...
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Kelly Christine Harvey

August 16, 1960 - May 30, 2016

Kelly Christine Harvey, beloved wife, daughter, sister, and aunt, 55, of Columbus, passed away suddenly on Monday, May 30, 2016. She was born August 16, 1960 in Hartford, CT to Howard and Dolores (Robinson) Harvey, Jr. She is survived by her wife, Mary Elizabeth Ruttan, whom she married on June 23, 2014, in Branford, CT; parents, Howard and Dolores Harvey of East Hartford, CT; mother and...
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Harry Keith Ray

March 31, 1928 - May 27, 2016

Harry Keith Ray 88, of Kent died Friday, May 27th at University Hospital Portage Medical Center in Ravenna. He was born March 31, 1928 in Brady Lake to Grady and Olive (Beckwith) Ray. He was a veteran of the U.S Army during World War II. Harry lived in Kent all of his life and graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1946. In his early years he worked for the Erie Railroad in maintenance...
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Lawrence T Amodio

July 20, 1964 - May 24, 2016

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

July 8, 1958 - May 23, 2016

Dave W. Dalton, 57, of Kent, passed away suddenly Monday, May 23, 2016 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, FL. He was born July 8, 1958 in San Francisco, CA to Lenin C. and Bonnie (Wimmer) Dalton. Dave graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; completed his teaching credential at UCLA and earned his Ph.D. at University of...
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Thomas D. DeLeone

May 22, 2016

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

February 27, 1945 - May 19, 2016

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

September 27, 1947 - May 17, 2016

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

May 25, 1914 - May 15, 2016

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

November 26, 1959 - May 15, 2016

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

April 16, 1928 - May 13, 2016

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

September 21, 1936 - May 10, 2016

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

June 8, 1927 - May 9, 2016

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

December 18, 1944 - May 8, 2016

Daniel McCauley, 71, of Kent, peacefully passed into the spiritual realm on Sunday, May 8, 2016 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born December 18, 1944 in Des Moines, IA to Howard and Marjorie (Conkel) McCauley. Daniel was an Electrical Engineer for AMETEK/Lamb Electric. Dan was an amateur photographer and an insatiable reader. His analytical mind was to be reckoned with during...
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Jennifer Pudloski Hodges Stewart

August 21, 1972 - May 6, 2016

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

October 30, 1953 - May 6, 2016

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

August 12, 1942 - May 2, 2016

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

September 18, 1955 - April 30, 2016

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

October 6, 1920 - April 24, 2016

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

January 11, 1939 - April 24, 2016

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

April 16, 1927 - April 22, 2016

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

September 23, 1974 - April 20, 2016

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

July 31, 1941 - April 20, 2016

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

May 9, 1958 - April 18, 2016

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

June 18, 1926 - April 15, 2016

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

April 15, 1928 - April 14, 2016

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

November 6, 1941 - April 13, 2016

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

October 4, 1926 - April 12, 2016

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

March 18, 1943 - April 10, 2016

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

May 28, 1929 - April 10, 2016

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