Our Obituaries

Walter Eugene Reed

April 15, 1932 - December 14, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, Ravenna, OH.
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Burl L. McIntyre

November 6, 1926 - December 12, 2017

Burl L. McIntyre, age 91 a longtime resident of Deerfield, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at his home.He was born November 6, 1926, in Akron, Ohio, to parents Oral and Alta (Kimble) McIntyre. Burl left high school early to serve his country in WWII when he was drafted. He first joined the Army, but was quickly transferred to the US Air Force. Burl finally received his diploma in 2017...
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Debbie Lynn Oberholtzer

October 10, 1955 - December 12, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, Ravenna, OH.
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Virginia A. Barr

November 1, 1948 - December 12, 2017

Virginia A. Barr, age 69 of Ravenna, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at her home.She was born November 1, 1948, in Chesterland, Ohio, to parents David and Doris (Dukas) Leuser. She was affectionately known as "Ginny" to her family and friends. Virginia's willingness to help others led to a career that included stops at Edwin Shaw, the Salvation Army, and as a home health aide. She also...
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June Ellen Mesaros

June 11, 1929 - December 11, 2017

June Ellen Mesaros, age 88, passed away at her residence on Monday, December 11, 2017.June was born in Mantua, Ohio to parents Fred and Beulah (Bell) Parker on June 11, 1929. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. June loved her church and involvement there and enjoyed reading, old movies and history. June loved her family immensely and was truly an angel.June is survived by her...
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William E. Alexander

January 12, 1939 - December 7, 2017

William "Bill" E. Alexander, 78, of Randolph, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, December 7, 2017.Bill was born in Uhrichsville, Ohio on January 12, 1939 to parents Ernest V. and Bessie V. Alexander. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from IBM where he enjoyed a career as a service technician. Bill attended the Randolph United Methodist Church where he had been active on the Pastor Parish...
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Joyce A. Cain

January 29, 1938 - December 3, 2017

Joyce A. (Jones) Cain, age 79 of Ravenna, passed away Sunday, December 3, 2017. She was born January 29, 1938, in Sardis, Ohio, to parents Lawrence Allen and Edna Pearl (Beach) Jones. Joyce was a devoted wife, loving mother, and proud grandmother. She worked hard to provide for her family and was involved with all of their hobbies. She served as a 4H advisor and was known around area horse shows...
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RioRita C. Matthew

February 19, 1937 - December 1, 2017

RioRita Matthew, 80, went home to be with the Lord December 1, 2017, at University Hospital in Ravenna, Ohio. She was born on February 19, 1937 in Basseterre, St. Kitts. Her father was Montgomery Matthew. She was raised in many places, and was well traveled. She is survived by her daughter, Isis Verdejo, and daughter-in-law, Darlene Lewis; grandchildren, James Verdejo Jr. and Jackieleen...
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Maureen T. Frederick

May 27, 1948 - November 28, 2017

Maureen Frederick loved her job as a public servant, and she worked hard at it until the day she died, last Tuesday, November 28, 2017. Maureen died at her home after a period of failing health. Maureen was elected the Portage County Treasurer in 1992 and served in that office until 2002. In 2002 she was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Commissioner Kathleen Chandler who was elected to...
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Jennifer Denean Wimmer

May 14, 1989 - November 27, 2017

Jennifer Denean Wimmer, age 28 of North Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Rootstown, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 27, 2017. She was born May 14, 1989, in Ravenna, Ohio, to parents James Darrell Wimmer and Penny L. (Tatum) Wimmer. Jenn graduated from Rootstown High School in 2007 where she excelled in volleyball and softball. On November 8, 2017, Jennifer gave birth to her beloved...
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William R. Sutcliffe

August 19, 1954 - November 24, 2017

William "Bill" Roy Sutcliffe, 63, of Deerfield, Ohio, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017 at his residence.Bill was born in Ravenna, Ohio on August 19, 1954 to parents Robert and MaryJane (Miller) Sutcliffe. He had been a machinist at CMI EFCO in Salem, Ohio starting his employment there at the age of 17 and retired after 41 years of service. Bill was always willing to help anyone in need...
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Debora Lou Smith

April 15, 1957 - November 24, 2017

Debora Lou Smith was granted her angel wings on Friday, November 24, 2017 at Akron General Medical Center after a short battle with colon cancer.She was born in Ravenna, Ohio on April 15, 1957 to John and Evelyn (Wymer) Smith. She was lifelong resident of the town she loved, Ravenna.Debbie Lou, a graduate of Ravenna High School in 1974, also worked at Robinson Memorial Hospital in food services. ...
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Philip Jay McDermott

August 24, 1965 - November 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, Ravenna, OH.
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William Martin Pennell

January 3, 1950 - November 22, 2017

"Farmer Bill"William Martin DeCapito Pennell, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at his organic farm with his sister, Denise, by his side.Billy was born January 3, 1950, in Ravenna, Ohio. He graduated from Rootstown High School in 1968 where he lettered in football and basketball. He attended Akron University.It was on his grandparents' farm in Rootstown that Billy developed his love for...
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Catherine Hoffman Dix

December 18, 1921 - November 22, 2017

Catherine Hoffman DixCatherine H. Dix, age 95 of Ravenna, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017, while residing at Altercare of Brimfield.She was born December 19, 1921, in Lordstown, Ohio, to parents Abram and Edith Hoffman. Catherine had a strong, loving marriage to Melvin Dix for 57 years. When Mel came down with polio in 1951 she devoted her life to supporting and caring for him. Catherine...
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Susan Lynn Basinger

July 7, 1942 - November 17, 2017

Susan Lynn Basinger, 75, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed away after a brief illness on Friday, November 17, 2017.Susan was born in Ravenna, Ohio on July 7, 1942 to parents Maxwell and Dorothy (Beery) McKee. She retired in 2002 from home health care. Susan loved all animals and was always feeding stray cats. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and word search games and loved attending garage sales. Susan...
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Glenn L. Geist

February 1, 1938 - November 15, 2017

Glenn L. Geist, age 79 of Palmyra, passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017. He was born February 1, 1938, in Clarion, Pennsylvania, to parents Willis E. and Sarah A. (Cyphert) Geist. Glenn lived in Newton Falls until retiring from a steel mill. Following his retirement, Glenn moved to the Canadian wilderness to work as a hunting guide for over 26 years. Glenn proudly served his country as a...
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Eda C. Foit

May 18, 1929 - November 11, 2017

Eda Clara Foit, 88, of Diamond, Ohio, passed away November 11, 2017.Eda was born in Buffalo, NY on May 18, 1929 to parents Frederick and Mildred Bence. Eda had been a long-time Palmyra resident and had attended the Palmyra United Methodist Church. She loved her German Shepherds and living next to West Cemetery enjoyed taking long walks with them through the cemetery. Eda was an avid reader and...
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Mary Edith Van Aken

July 14, 1960 - November 8, 2017

Mary E. Van Aken, 57, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed away November 8, 2017.Mary was born in North Plainfield, New Jersey on July 14, 1960 to parents Robert and Fay Errington. Mary had worked as a home health aid until retiring due to health reasons. She was a very outgoing, social person who gave of herself. Mary loved her family dearly and loved to take care of everybody. One of her favorite times...
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John Richard Maguire

January 3, 1954 - November 8, 2017

John Richard Maguire, age 63 of Ravenna, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, from complications of a stroke. He is now reunited with his beloved wife, Wanda, whom he married 37 years ago on November 8, 1980.He was born January 3, 1954, in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents Frank L. and Evelyn (Mathews) Maguire. John grew up in Kent, and graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School. He...
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Alma L. Morgan

February 10, 1939 - November 6, 2017

Alma Louise Morgan, 78, of Diamond, Ohio, passed away November 6, 2017. Alma was born in Paris Twp., Ohio on February 10, 1939 to parents Clarence Albert and Olive Lillian (Wright) Brunstetter. She was retired as a switchboard operator from Robinson Memorial Hospital after 25 years of service. Alma was a very active, long time member of the First Church of God in Edinburg where she enjoyed...
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Carol Dolores Simcheck

August 17, 1944 - November 3, 2017

Caroline Dolores Simcheck (Bratkovsky), 73, of Ravenna, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017. After winning her first battle against cancer a few years ago, Carol ultimately lost the war when the cancer returned a few months ago; the same disease that took the lives of her sister Joann and her mother Frances.On August 17, 1944, she was born to the late Frank Bratkovsky and Frances Dobrowolski...
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Dolores Ann Chechak

March 27, 1928 - October 30, 2017

Dolores Ann (Smith) Chechak, age 89, beloved mother, sister, and grandmother, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017. Dolores, also known as Dee, was born in Kent, Ohio on March 27, 1928 to parents Oliver and Louise Smith. Dee earned her Master's Degree in Library Science at Kent State University. She went on to work for Cleveland Public Libraries, and then Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna. When...
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Eula M. Walsh

January 19, 1937 - October 30, 2017

Eula Murriel Walsh, age 80, born January 19, 1937, passed away in her sleep on October 30, 2017 with her son Gary and grandson Mike beside her.Murriel is preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Ermal Nutter, her husband "Sunny" Walsh, two of her children - Tom Walsh and Pamela Sutcliffe, her grandson Wesley Walsh and ten of her eleven siblings. Murriel was a spectacular woman who...
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Lila Mae Moore

April 9, 1920 - October 26, 2017

Lila Mae Moore, age 97 of Ravenna, passed away Thursday, October 26, 2017. She lived a long and happy life and will be fondly remembered by all who loved her.Lila was born April 9, 1920, in Brimfield, Ohio, to parents Harry and Lula (Beal) Cannon. Her family was one of the pioneers of Portage County and she grew up on the family farm in Brimfield. Lila graduated from Kent State High School in...
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Jacquelin Lee DeVaul

May 24, 1944 - October 24, 2017

Jacquelin Lee DeVaul, age 73 of Ravenna, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017. She was born May 24, 1944, in Racine, Wisconsin, to parents Jack Francis and Myrtle Irene (Russell) Darragh. Jackie graduated from West Division High School in Wisconsin. She later moved to Ravenna with her beloved husband, but never quit rooting for the Green Bay Packers. Jackie was a member of the American Legion...
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Andrew Jack Klink

November 8, 1935 - October 24, 2017

Andrew Jack Klink, age 81 of Ravenna, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family.He was born November 8, 1935, in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to parents Clarence and Irene (Hall) Klink. Andy worked in construction, mainly as a labor foreman, and retired from Shook Construction. He was a member of Laborers Union 894. Mr. Klink proudly served in the US Navy. He later...
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Robert W. Hutchings

August 1, 1941 - October 22, 2017

Robert W. Hutchings, of Ravenna, Oh. passed away October 22, 2017. Born in Youngstown, Oh. on August 1, 1941, he was raised in Niles and was the eldest of four children. He graduated from Niles McKinley High School in 1959 and went to Kent State University where he was on the men's tennis team and graduated with a business degree in 1964. It was during that same year that he married his...
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Linda A. Bailey

September 17, 1960 - October 19, 2017

Linda A. Bailey, age 57, formerly of Randolph, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Florida, after tragically falling ill. Linda recently left her job to pursue happiness and walk on the beach in Florida.She was born September 17, 1960, in Jackson, Michigan. Linda loved life and cherished the time spent with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She was a...
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Loretta A. Sicuro

November 22, 1955 - October 19, 2017

Loretta A. Sicuro, 61, of Ravenna, passed away on Thursday, October 19, 2017.Loretta was born in Ravenna, Ohio on November 22, 1955 to parents Frank and Lettizia "Letty" Sicuro. She graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School and attended St. Patrick's Church. She worked as a dental assistant for many years until leaving to be a devoted caregiver to her father and mother for many years. ...
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John S. Frank

August 5, 1928 - October 18, 2017

John "Jack" Frank, 89, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at Hospice of the Valley, surrounded by his loving family.Jack was born Aug. 5, 1928, in Youngstown, to Susan and John Ferency.He was preceded in death by seven brothers; four sisters; his wife, Rose DiMaiolo; and stepson Nick Yourst.Jack attended Chaney High School, and then joined the U.S. Army, where he became a staff sergeant in...
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Lucille V. Akers

December 9, 1919 - October 15, 2017

Lucille V. Akers, of Ravenna, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017.Born December 9, 1919 to George and Grace Dean, one of 8 children and last surviving. Lucille met her husband Harry while working as a model at O'Neil's Department Store in Akron, Ohio and married on April 4, 1942 while Harry was on leave from the Army during WWII. Lucille and Harry owned and operated Harper's Men's and Women...
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Cody James Dalton

March 24, 1997 - October 13, 2017

Cody James Dalton 20, of Streetsboro, passed away on October 13, 2017, at University Hospital T.I.C.U. in Cleveland. Cody was born and raised in Streetsboro, Ohio. He is the son of Darrell and Sherry (Kittle) Dalton Jr. He attended Streetsboro High School and also was part of the carpentry program at Maplewood Career Center. Cody enjoyed adventuring at Nelson Ledges and finding new places with...
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Minnie A. Veon

August 2, 1925 - October 10, 2017

Minnie A. Veon, age 92 of Ravenna, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017.She was born August 2, 1925, in Aurora, Ohio, to parents Charles Edward and Marie Katherine (Jorgenson) Springer. Minnie was a devoted wife, loving mother, and proud grandmother to three generations. She worked as a punch press operator at H.P.L. in Solon and also worked at Fashion 220 Cosmetics. Minnie spent most of her...
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Lois Corbitt

April 18, 1922 - October 10, 2017

LOIS CORBITTLois Corbitt, 95, of Columbus, formerly a longtime resident of Ravenna, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at Westminster-Thurber Health Care Center in Columbus after a short illness.Lois was born April 18, 1922, near Harriettsville, Ohio, in Noble County, the daughter of Clarence C. and Mattie Gilreath Bonar. She grew up on the family farm and was baptized at the Road Fork Baptist Church....
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Kathleen R. Connel

August 28, 1939 - October 9, 2017

Kathleen R. (Collins) Connel, age 78, passed away Monday, October 9, 2017.She was born August 28, 1939, in Akron, Ohio, to parents William "Bill" and Kathleen "Kay" (McBride) Morris. Kathy graduated from Kenmore High School in 1957. From an early age, she had a love for dance. Kathy was a majorette in high school and went on to teach tap and ballet dancing. She later enjoyed clogging and square...
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Cyrus Briggs Plough

July 3, 1943 - October 9, 2017

Cyrus Briggs Plough was born in Ravenna, Ohio, on July 3, 1943 to Jane Louise Dirodis (DiRodi) Plough and Cyrus Thomas Plough. He passed away peacefully on October 9, 2017 at the Justin Roberts Hospice Center in Fairlawn after a 4-year battle from multiple strokes. Shortly after his birth, his father enlisted in the Navy and spent the next 2 years in the Pacific Islands with the Sea Bees in the...
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Robert J. Drugan

July 4, 1923 - October 7, 2017

Robert Drugan passed away October 7, 2017 at The Woodlands in Ravenna, Ohio. Born July 4, 1923 to Mable and John Drugan in Ravenna, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Eleanor Kunst Drugan, his brothers Edward, Walter, Ralph and sisters Ruth DiPaola and Inez Staley. Robert is survived by many nieces and nephew including Robert Kunst and God daughter Sandra ( DiPaola) Alger. He had...
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Suellyn Truax

December 17, 1961 - October 3, 2017

Suellyn Truax, 55, of Ravenna, Ohio, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 after a courageous battle with Leukemia. She joins her parents, David L. Truax and Catherine (Simpson) Truax, also of Ravenna, Ohio, who predeceased her.She was born in Ravenna, Ohio on December 17, 1961. She is a 1980 graduate of Ravenna High School and a 1984 graduate of William Jennings Bryan...
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Rita J. Hollifield

January 3, 1943 - September 27, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, Ravenna, OH.
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Rutha L. Kelley

October 27, 1930 - September 25, 2017

The Lord called Rutha Lelia Mullens Kelley home on September 25, 2017. Rutha was born on October 27, 1930 in Grenada, Mississippi, to Freeman and Lelia (DeJonette) Mullens. At the young age of 8, Rutha accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior who was the head of her life.On February 12, 1951, she married her sweetheart, Alexander Kelley and to this union 2 children were born. After moving...
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Marc Dwayne Haiflich

August 8, 1948 - September 24, 2017

Marc Dwyane Haiflich, 69, passed away on September 24, 2017, at UH Cleveland with his family by his side. Marc was born on August 8, 1948, to Dwayne and Patse Haiflich in Ravenna, Ohio. Marc grew up in Ravenna, attended Ravenna schools and graduated from Ravenna High School in 1966. He attended Kent State University until he was drafted by the United States Army in August, 1969. Marc served...
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William W. Kirschner

December 8, 1924 - September 23, 2017

William Walter Kirschner, 92, passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017. William was born in Trafford, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1924 to parents Robert and Elizabeth Kirschner. He had been retired from the Ford Motor Company where he had been a machine mechanic. William was a hard worker, spending long days at the Ford plant in Cleveland then returning home to continue working on the farm. ...
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Lillian Mary Rothermel

May 29, 1929 - September 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, Ravenna, OH.
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Nellie G. Coffey

December 15, 1934 - September 21, 2017

Nellie Gray Coffey, 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at U.H. Portage Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.Nellie was born in Tazewell, Tennessee on December 15, 1934 to parents William Edgar and Edna Edith Cupp. Nellie had worked at the TG&Y Department store in Ravenna and retired from the Ohio License Bureau in Ravenna. She was a member of Grace Church...
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William J. Lambert

March 25, 1938 - September 20, 2017

William J. Lambert, 79, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. William was born in Rosedale, West Virginia on March 25, 1938 to parents Charles and Agra Lambert. William was retired from the Akron Beacon Journal after 33 years of service where he had been a district manager in the circulation department. He was a member of the Teamsters Union and had attended Community Bible Church in...
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Clifford Irvan Stackpole

January 9, 1939 - September 20, 2017

Clifford Irvan "Bud" Stackpole, age 78 of Atwater, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017, at his home.He was born January 9, 1939, in Clarington, Ohio, to parents Arzy Guy and Virginia E. (Staley) Stackpole. Bud was a long distance truck driver for 54 years and a member of Fairhaven Baptist Church.Bud was proud of his family, and family always came first in his life. Following closely were...
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Jerry L. Joiner

August 21, 1942 - September 17, 2017

Jerry L. Joiner, age 75 of Ravenna, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, September 17, 2017. He was a devoted husband, loving father, and proud grandfather.Jerry was born August 21, 1942, in Akron, Ohio, to parents Joseph and Ann (Dowdy) Joiner. He retired from the Chrysler Twinsburg Plant after 39 years of employment. He was a member of the UAW and a longtime member of the Brady Lake...
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Deanna Marie Baldwin

August 1, 1990 - September 15, 2017

Deanna Marie Baldwin, 27, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on Friday, September 15, 2017.Deanna was born in Akron, Ohio on August 1, 1990 to parents Geoffrey and Rosemarie (Corley) Baldwin. Deanna was employed at Kent State University in custodial services and had been a long-time member of the Atwater Church of the Nazarene. She thoroughly enjoyed bowling, writing stories and entries...
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Michael Howard Rock

June 30, 1954 - September 13, 2017

"He will be the first in line for his demise, but surprise even Death by leaving early." Michael Howard Rock, age 63, went home to be with the Lord and his parents, William and Rita Rock, on September 13, 2017, after striking a moose on the Glen Highway. Mike, beloved father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, is survived by his sons, Michael, Kenneth, James, Anthony and Larocco, his...
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Larry Allen Whetsel

October 27, 1949 - September 12, 2017

Larry Allen Whetsel, age 67 of Rootstown, passed away Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at UH Portage Medical Center. He was born October 27, 1949, in Tallmadge, Ohio, to parents Chester and Lucille (Jeske) Whetsel. Larry graduated from Tallmadge High School and went on to proudly serve his country as a member of the US Army. Larry worked for H&M Industries in Mogadore and Commercial Turf in...
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Larry J. Cartwright

July 1, 1952 - September 8, 2017

Larry J. Cartwright, age 65 of Atwater, passed away Friday, September 8, 2017.He was born July 1, 1952, in Ravenna, Ohio, to parents Ted and Marie (Beers) Cartwright. Larry was a truck driver for most of his life. He proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Larry later joined VFW Post 1055 and American Legion Post 331, where he served as a Post Commander. He was preceded in death by...
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Bernice Louise Heritage

December 2, 1932 - September 4, 2017

Bernice Louise (Rothermel) Heritage passed peacefully on September 4, 2017. She was born on December 2, 1932 in Randolph, Ohio to Alvin Louis and Mildred Elizabeth (Miller) Rothermel. She began working for Dr. R.C. Neely in Ravenna shortly after high school, and continued as his office assistant for almost 50 years. Her kindness and helpfulness touched everyone who knew her. Also for nearly 30...
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Rebecca Della Buehner

March 13, 1961 - September 3, 2017

Rebecca "Becky" Della Buehner, age 56 passed away on Sunday September 3, 2017, at her home. Becky was born March 13, 1961, in Euclid, Ohio. Becky is survived by her siblings: James (Dianne) Buehner, Davida (Michael) Cain, Renee (Michael) DiCarro, Desiree Nafziger, and David (Wanda) Buehner. She was preceded in death by her father James Buehner, her mother Juanita Buehner, and her...
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Marjory T. Rounds

June 22, 1961 - September 2, 2017

Rounds, Marjory Tyler, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed from this life surrounded by caring family on Saturday September 2, 2017 in Cleveland at age 56 following a struggle with complications due to cancer.She was a daughter of the late Marion "Toby" Tyler and the late Burnice D. Tyler of South Byron, NY, where Marjory spent her childhood. A musical prodigy, she took early preparatory music classes at...
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John Tracy Howe

May 25, 1955 - August 31, 2017

"A guiding light has left us, yet he's not gone too far. He watches up above us, each night a shining star."John Tracy Howe, born May 25, 1955 in Flint, Michigan, passed away of natural causes on August 31, 2017.John Tracy graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School and after numerous years working for Akron Goodyear in their warehouse department, he found his dream job with Universal Screen Arts...
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Mary A. Richards

June 27, 1931 - August 26, 2017

Mary A. Richards, age 86 of Randolph, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017, while residing at the Woodlands at Robinson.She was born June 27, 1931, in North Industry, Ohio, to parents Wilbert and Iola A. (Bixler) Lautzenheiser. Mary graduated from Bolivar High School in 1949, and worked at Oak Rubber until her retirement in 1984.She enjoyed crocheting and crosswords. Mary also enjoyed playing...
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Marji Marie Horning

April 4, 1954 - August 24, 2017

Marji Marie (Freshley) Horning, age 63 of Randolph, passed away Thursday, August 24, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family.She was born April 4, 1954, in Ravenna, Ohio, to parents Kenneth and Donna (Lloyd) Freshley. Marji graduated from Waterloo High School in 1972. She worked in the dental field for most of her career, including the past 14 years with Belli & Streit Orthodontics...
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Dwayne H. Liezert

June 21, 1940 - August 21, 2017

Dwayne H. Liezert passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Bayhealth, Kent General Dover, at the age of 77. He was born June 21, 1940, to the late Cecil and Delsie (nee Schrock) Liezert.Mr. Liezert was a traveling carpenter foreman for many years prior to becoming a chicken farmer. He was a hard worker who always wanted to take care of his family. He was a former councilman for the City of...
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Christie Lynn Laws

April 19, 1975 - August 21, 2017

Christie Lynn Laws, 42, passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 21, 2017.Christie was born in Monroe, LA. on April 19, 1975. She graduated from Ravenna High School with the class of 1993 and went on to attend the police academy and study criminology and psychology at Kent State University. Strong willed, hardworking and driven, Christie held many supervisory and management positions with Jo-Ann...
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Boots Didinger

January 29, 1928 - August 19, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, Ravenna, OH.
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James Joseph Aylward

December 4, 1949 - August 17, 2017

James J. Aylward, born December 4, 1949, in Akron, Ohio, passed away on August 17, 2017 . Jim was preceded in death by his father, Edward E. Aylward, and his mother, Kathryn L (Joseph) Lux, and his son, Michael W. Aylward. He is survived by his wife, Laura, daughter, Jennifer C. (JohnMark) Blakley and sister, Constance Aylward. He is also survived by his father- and mother-in-law, Eugene and...
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Mandy Lynn Lockhart

May 4, 1981 - August 16, 2017

Mandy Lynn Lockhart passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 after a fourteen year battle with kidney disease and other complications. Mandy was born May 4, 1981 in Ravenna, Ohio to parents, Warren and Kathy Lockhart. She graduated from Rootstown High School in 1999 and attended Kent State University. She was known for her big heart, beautiful smile, love for God and for others. Everyone who...
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Phoebe J. Swain

January 12, 1922 - August 15, 2017

There is a garden where Jesus is waiting and he bid Phoebe Beetler Swain to him on August 15, 2017.Phoebe was born in Charlestown, Ohio on January 12, 1922 to parents Charles E. and Alice (Richards) Griffith. Phoebe was one of 14 children. She was retired from Robinson Memorial Hospital where she had worked in dietary. Phoebe then worked at Wal-Mart in the garden center. She loved tending her...
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Pauline C. Campbell

February 24, 1921 - August 15, 2017

Pauline C. Campbell, 96 years old, passed away on August 15, 2017, in Aurora, Ohio.Born on February 24, 1921, to the late Frank and Hazel (McGinley) Gerren, she was a lifetime resident of the Rootstown-Ravenna area.Pauline worked at the Oak Rubber Co. until she retired in 1983. She was preceded in death by husband William, son Robert and daughter Barbara. Siblings Robert, James and Lucille also...
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Antonio Jarrod Victor Simon

December 5, 1999 - August 14, 2017

Antonio Jarrod Victor Simon, 17, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 14, 2017.Antonio was born in Killeen, Texas on December 5, 1999 to parents David Simon and Erica Andrews. Antonio was about to enter his senior year at Streetsboro High School and very much looking forward to playing the drums this fall for the Rockets. He loved music and had played the drums since fourth grade. An...
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Jeannene Faye Bostic

April 21, 1939 - August 14, 2017

Jeanenne Faye Bostic, 78, passed away at home with her loving family by her side on Monday, August 14, 2017.Jeanenne was born in Pittsburgh, PA. on April 21, 1939 to parents Norman and Edith (Walls) Grace. She graduated from South Hills High School with the class of 1956 and then attended Slippery Rock College from 1956-1958. Jeanenne met her future husband Duane on a blind date and married him...
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Charles Edward Harton

August 11, 1964 - August 13, 2017

Charles Edward Harton, Jr., age 53 of Atwater, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was born August 11, 1964, in Sistersville, West Virginia, to parents Martha Joan (Steed) and Charles Edward Harton Sr. Charlie was a self-employed contractor and attended Turning Point Baptist Church, where he was a member of their co-ed softball team. Charlie loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing...
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Diane Lee Schlarb

May 5, 1939 - August 13, 2017

Diane Lee Schlarb, age 78 of Randolph, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2017, at her home.She was born May 5, 1939, in Glendive, Montana, to parents William and Clare (Sours) Leek. Diane graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1957 and attended Kent State University. While in high school, she met her sweetheart, Jerry Schlarb, and the couple was married on August 13, 1960, at the Highview...
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Robert Eugene Stevens

March 27, 1947 - August 11, 2017

Robert Eugene "Bob" Stevens, Sr., age 70 of Rootstown, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017, at his home.He was born March 27, 1947, Dorothy, West Virginia, to parents Bill and Glenna Faye (Sayre) Stevens. Bob was raised in West Virginia and moved to Ohio after graduating high school. He worked in the maintenance department for Colonial Rubber before starting his own company, Cousin's Seamless...
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Jack Lee Alldredge

September 12, 1931 - August 8, 2017

Jack Alldredge, 85, died August 8, 2017 at his daughter's home in Deerfield, with Hospice care.Born September 12, 1931 in Uniontown, he was the son of Leonard and Georgia (Thomas) Alldredge.Mr. Alldredge was a custom home builder in Portage County since the early 1970's. He retired in 1994. Before that he started working on the railroad at the age of 16 which he later became a foreman. He...
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Robert Allen Gibbons

June 30, 1971 - August 7, 2017

Robert "Rob" Allen Gibbons (46) went home to eternity on August 7, 2017. He fought a courageous battle with pulmonary fibrosis for over 2.5 years! Rob was born June 30, 1971 to Ronald, and Harriet Gibbons (Hoover). He was preceded in death by Father, Ronald Gibbons, and John Kehner, his adopted father. He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Christine (Pittman) Gibbons, daughters...
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Janet A. Drugan

August 20, 1926 - August 3, 2017

Janet A. Drugan, age 90, of Ravenna, Ohio, passed away Thursday, August 3, 2017.She was born August 20, 1926 in Ravenna. She is preceded in death by parents, James and Anna (Salamon) Drugan. Her brother James died in infancy.Janet worked at Harcort Manufacturing for over 40 years where she also served as a union steward. A strong and confident woman with a razor sharp Irish wit, she had been in...
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Eugene Edsel Harris

June 7, 1934 - July 31, 2017

Eugene Edsel "Gene" Harris, age 83 of Rootstown, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017.He was born June 7, 1934, in Akron, Ohio, to parents Eugene and Ella Mae (Hughes) Harris. Gene graduated from Rootstown High School and proudly served in the US Army. He retired from the Peter J. Schmidt Company, but also worked at several other places including a Portage County Deputy Sheriff and a bus driver for...
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Alfred C. Austin

April 4, 1937 - July 26, 2017

Alfred C. Austin, age 80 of Edinburg, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at his home.He was born April 4, 1937, in Star City, West Virginia, to parents Jesse Ray and Goldie Ethel (Boyce) Austin. Charlie was the youngest of eight children. He fell in love with country music at a young age and was known as "Pee Wee Austin" when he was performing all the way up to his induction in the West...
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Daniel D. McCullaugh

February 22, 1955 - July 15, 2017

Daniel D. McCullaugh, age 62 of Atwater, Ohio, passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017, at his home.He was born February 22, 1955, in Akron, Ohio, to parents Charles William and Mary Annabelle (Byrd) McCullaugh. Dan graduated from Mount Vernon Academy and was working at Ametek in Kent. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Akron and a longtime member of their winter camping club, the...
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William Marshall Tillis

September 17, 1940 - July 14, 2017

William Marshall Tillis, age 76 of Edinburg, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017, at his home. He was affectionately known as Marshall to his family and dear friends. He was born September 17, 1940, in Charleston, West Virginia, to parents William S. and Madeline (Gillispie) Tillis. William served in the US Army and retired from the Chrysler Twinsburg Plant after 31 years of employment. He loved...
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Lucille May Blackman

July 20, 1926 - July 14, 2017

Lucille M. Blackman (Laughlin), 90, of Edinburg, Ohio, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at University Hospital in Ravenna. Lucille (Lucy) was born in Edinburg the daughter of Leslie & Lena Laughlin. She graduated from the former Edinburg High School circa 1943 then worked as a waitress at the former Vale Edge Restaurant in Ravenna. She married William E. Blackman Sr. in 1951 and together...
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Merle Leslie Kennedy

August 27, 1930 - July 13, 2017

Merle Leslie Kennedy, Sr., 86, passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017.Merle was born to parents Frank S. and Ruth I. (Hagerty) Kennedy on August 27, 1930 in Monongahela, PA. Merle was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Korean Conflict. He was active in the Masonic Lodge in Monongahela and had attended the Randolph United Methodist Church. Merle was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers...
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Richard L. Dunn

January 7, 1935 - July 10, 2017

Richard L. Dunn, age 82, a lifelong resident of Rootstown, passed away July 10, 2017, at the VA Medical Center in Cleveland. He was born January 7, 1935, to the late Smith and Evelyn (Booth) Dunn. Richard was a veteran of the US Air Force and served during the Korean War as an aircraft engine mechanic. He also worked as an auto mechanic and as a heavy equipment operator as a member of Local 18 of...
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Henry Hollis Davis

April 1, 1933 - July 10, 2017

Henry "Hank" Hollis Davis, age 84 of Ravenna, passed away Monday, July 10, 2017, at his home.He was born April 1, 1933, in Denver, West Virginia. Hank was an over the road trucker for most of his life. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army during the Korean War.Hank is survived by his children: Franzie (Carl) Zickefoose, Henry (Patricia) Davis Jr., Jack (Dee) Davis, Richard...
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Justin Hisle Durham

December 19, 1984 - July 9, 2017

Justin Hisle Durham, age 32 of Rootstown, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017. He was born December 19, 1984, in Ravenna, Ohio, to parents Kristi Lynne Williams and Timothy Jefferson Durham. He was an architectural landscaper, working mostly with his uncle, Andy Williams, at Sundial Landscape Management. Justin is survived by his wife Amanda (Shaw) Durham, his son Trevor Durham, mother Kristi (Jeff)...
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Annie Louise Thompson

June 2, 1930 - July 8, 2017

Annie Louise Thompson, 87, passed away at Altercare of Alliance on Saturday, July 8, 2017.Annie was born in China Grove, North Carolina on June 2, 1930 to parents Robert and Verlin (Moore) Bollinger. Annie was a hard worker and enjoyed her 30 years of service as a berry and produce picker at Hilgert's Farm in Randolph. In her spare time she enjoyed embroidery and was an avid reader. She loved...
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Nancy L. Zimmerman

August 13, 1931 - June 29, 2017

Nancy L. Zimmerman, age 85 of Ravenna, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017.She was born August 13, 1931, in Somerset, Pennsylvania, to parents John and Mildred (Burkey) Schmucker. Nancy retired from Norandex in Bedford after 23 years of making windows and siding. She loved her flowers and shopping. Nancy also enjoyed babysitting and spending time with her grandchildren. Nancy is survived by her...
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Ralph Raymond Nothstein

September 26, 1966 - June 27, 2017

Ralph Raymond Nothstein, age 50 of Brimfield, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.He was born September 26, 1966, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, to parents Loyal David and Patty Arleen (Stevenson) Nothstein. Ralph graduated from Rootstown High School in 1984. He has worked for American Spring & Wire in Bedford for over 20 years. Ralph enjoyed riding his Harley and fishing. He also...
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Doris A. Jones

June 6, 1931 - June 27, 2017

Doris A. Jones, age 86, of Palmyra Township, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at her home.She was born June 6, 1931 in Rootstown, Ohio to parents Henry E. and Carrie A. Retherford. On December 21, 1946, she married the love of her life, John Paul Jones.Doris began her working career as a cook for Head Start. She then worked as a secretary at the old Edinburg Elementary School, and then moved on...
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Charlene Stone

January 20, 1946 - June 25, 2017

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Roberta Mae Mowen

March 12, 1943 - June 22, 2017

Roberta Mae (Eckert) Mowen, 74, passed away at her residence in RavennaTwp. on Thursday, June 22, 2017.Roberta was born in Ravenna, Ohio to parents Elbert Emerson and Grace Dean (Turpin) Eckert. Roberta graduated from Ravenna High School then went on to graduate from Boheckers Business College. She retired from the Ravenna Post Office in 2003 after 25 years of service as a rural route carrier....
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Harvey J. Hamrick

June 13, 1943 - June 19, 2017

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Francis A. Hunsicker

September 13, 1950 - June 14, 2017

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Karli Renee Rubes

August 14, 2015 - June 14, 2017

Karli Renee Rubes, was tragically taken from this world on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. She was born August 14, 2015, in Ravenna, Ohio, beloved daughter of Kim D. O'Neal and David R. Rubes. Karli's time here was far too brief, but her legacy will live on in the hearts of her family members, including: her parents, her sister Khloe, her brother Tony, her Poppy Don M. O'Neal Sr., her Meemaw Juidthann...
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Judy Benich

November 1, 1941 - June 14, 2017

Judy (Gilroy) Benich, age 75 of Rootstown, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017, while surrounded by her family at the Arbors in Stow.Judy was born November 1, 1941, in Akron, Ohio, to parents Norman and Mildred (Yehnert) Gilroy. She graduated from Kenmore High School and retired from the Kent State University Foundation, where she worked as an administrative assistant. She was a longtime member...
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Wayne David Rodney

August 28, 1957 - June 13, 2017

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James Frank Henderson

June 17, 1951 - June 10, 2017

James "Jim" Frank Henderson, 65, passed away at his residence in Randolph Twp. on Saturday, June 10, 2017.Jim was born in Ligonier, Pennsylvania on June 17, 1951 to parents James E. and Alice B. "Mangus" Henderson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. After returning from duty he spent most of his life working as a carpenter. Jim was a kind person who was always...
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Patricia Eileen Knapp

June 7, 1935 - June 8, 2017

It is with great sadness that the family of Patricia (Dias) Knapp announces her passing on June 8, 2017 at the age of 82 after a brief illness. Born June 7, 1935 in Boardman, Ohio, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 44 years, John L. Knapp of Randolph, Ohio, as well as her parents, Wilbert T. and Helen K. (Davis) Dias; her brother, Jack Dias, and her first-born child, John T....
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Shirley L. Weisend

February 24, 1930 - June 4, 2017

Shirley L. Weisend left the bonds of this earth to claim her place in glory on June 4, 2017. She was born February 24, 1930, in Akron, Ohio. Shirley was a loving wife to Donald "Dan" Weisend, Sr., whom she married June 10, 1948. She was also a wonderful mother to Donald Jr., Dennis (Donna), Gary, and Cynthia, as well as the many others who called her "Mom", including Andi Frescura who lovingly...
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Donald L. McCourt

October 14, 1955 - June 3, 2017

Donald L. "Don" McCourt, 61, of Deerfield, Ohio passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2017.Don was born on October 14, 1955 in Akron, Ohio to parents Lloyd and Letha (Gibson) McCourt. He had been employed as a machinist at Sancap in Alliance, retiring after 30 years of service. He and his wife Nancy had attended the Edinburg Church of God for many years. In his spare time Don loved working on his...
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Avalon Rae Swanigan

October 26, 1932 - May 29, 2017

Avalon Rae (Lott) Swanigan, age 84, of Rootstown, passed away May 29, 2017, at the Altercare Post-Acute Rehabilitation Center in Brimfield, Ohio, after a long series of illnesses.She was born October 26, 1932, in Parkersburg, West Virginia, the eldest daughter of the late Albert and Reva (Owens) Lott.Avalon, also known as Rae by family and family friends, worked at Goodyear Aerospace for a short...
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Ted Lee Morris

November 21, 1955 - May 28, 2017

Ted L. Morris of Rootstown, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017.Ted was born in Belvidere, Illinois on November 21, 1955 to parents Richard and Carol (Lindaas) Morris. He was retired as a machinist for Pneumatic Scale in Akron where he had worked for many years. Ted was also a veteran of the Marine Corps where he'd served four years.Ted is survived by his wife Betsy (nee Stennerson) Morris, his...
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Eloise E. Ticknor

July 14, 1926 - May 27, 2017

Eloise E. Ticknor, 91, passed away after a brief illness in her home in Ravenna on May 27, 2017. Eloise was born in Ravenna and graduated from Ravenna High. In 1947, the former Eloise Rummel, married Donald S. Ticknor who pre-deceased her in 2010. Eloise was active in local government and politics having been elected Ravenna City Auditor for several terms in the 1970s and 1980s. She also served...
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