"THEN AND NOW"|
Venetta Jane Cook
NORTON -- Born on Halloween, October 31, Venetta Jane, 67, lost her extremely hard and lengthy fight with cancer. She was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in which she beat in 1988 and had been in remission for the past 24 years.
Venetta will be remembered for her sense of humor and love of the Grateful Dead and their music. She loved her grandchildren and was a devoted wife and mother. She also loved her pets that she's had over the years and took good care of them. She was a very talented artist which she passed that trait down to Brittney her granddaughter. She spent her life in the Akron area where she attended Garfield High School, then on to beauty school. Venetta worked as a florist at Acme Click on Manchester Road and also provided transportation for the handicapped children employed by the Akron Public Schools. Venetta also attended many Dead shows with her husband Charlie.
Preceded in death by her father, Merle Bollinger; brothers, Thomas and Paul Shaw; mother and father-in-Law, Charles and Virginia Cook; She is survived by her loving mother, Betty Lamont; devoted husband, Charles Cook; sons, Sean (Melissa) and Charles Jr.; grandchildren, Kalie Ann, Tylor, Brittney, Noah, Tori, Dylan, Emily, Hannah, Sara, C.J. and Carly; dear friend, Renee Siegenthaler; brother, James; sisters, Merle Dunn (John deceased), Sharon (Rick) Laney and Kathy (Ray) Mull; and brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Sheila Cook. Venetta shared a special bond with her son, Sean and granddaughter, Kalie up until the time of her death, in which she was surrounded by her loved ones.
Per Venetta's request there will be no services and cremation has taken place. Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home and Cremation Services are handling all arrangements.
"When it seems like the night will last forever and there's nothing left to do but count the years when the string of my heart has been severed and stones fall from my eyes instead of tears, I will walk alone by the black muddy river and dream me a dream of my own. I will walk alone by the black muddy river and sing me a song of my own."
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 23, 2014