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Wendell M. Lawrence

Wendell, known to his many friends as "Wang" or "Shortie", was called by God to his heavenly home on Jan. 31, 2013.

Dad was 94 years young. He was born on October 20, 1918, in Barberton, Ohio, to Stephen and Anna Lawrence and was a life-time resident of Barberton.

Preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Veronica; infant son, Wendell Stephen; sons-in-law, Richard D. Steagall and Thomas E. Mitman; granddaughter, Renee Hill Haynes; parents, Stephen and Anna; step-dad, Ambrose Ballash; two brothers, two half-brothers and three half-sisters.

Left to cherish his memory ~ beloved Dad to Suzann Steagall, Henrico, Va.; Kathleen Mitman, Wadsworth, Elizabeth (Clark) Betancourt, Hagerstown, Md.; David (Bonnie) Lawrence, Cheyenne, Wyo., Barbara (Don) Emmons, Gaithersburg, Md.; Michael (Nanette) Lawrence, Wadsworth; and Christine (Jeff) Brockman, Columbus; and loving grandpa of 20; treasured great-grandpa of 15; nieces and nephews; and a friend to many.

He was a member of Prince of Peace Church in Barberton; formerly of SS. Cyril & Methodius Church until its closing. Dad proudly served in World War II with the U.S. Army – Cavalry Unit, stationed in Ft. Riley, Kansas. Dad was a simple man who loved God and family above all else and his kind heart and generous support are his legacy to his faith. He demonstrated that to us in many ways throughout his life. He was a guy with a great smile, the prettiest blue eyes you've ever seen, and just an incredible sense of humor. Dad was a model train buff, enjoyed woodworking, tinkering, gardening and canning his peppers. We will always remember Dad's delicious "Danish Cupcakes"! He was an excellent handyman - if it could be fixed, he'd know how or figure out how! Dad was generous with his time and skills with family, friends and neighbors. Dad and Mom enjoyed traveling the U.S. with family and later visiting all of us wherever we "landed" – places like Fairbanks, Alaska, San Diego, Lompoc, San Francisco area, Calif., Hagerstown, Gaithersburg, Md., Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Richmond, Va.; and Cheyenne, Wyo. He thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dad taught us many things about life and how it is to be lived. A truly marvelous guy!

Dad retired from PPG Industries after 38 years of service. He enjoyed the 20 Year Club as its Chief Cook at Lake Dorothy and served in many capacities while a member: secretary, treasurer, assistant cook,"shindig" planner, phone caller or whatever needed to be done! Dad also served in numerous positions with Integrity Federal Credit Union, including being on the Board of Directors.

Although we are saddened by his death, we are enriched by having had him in our lives. He will be sorely missed and will remain in our hearts forever.

A special "thank you" is given to Summa Barberton Hospital - 1 West for their kindness and support.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tues, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton, Fr. Bob Jackson Celebrant. Friends may call at Silva-Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Rd., West, Barberton, on Mon., Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. Prayers will be offered on Tues. at 9:30 a.m. before the Celebration of Mass. Interment will be at St. Nicholas Cemetery with Military Honors by the Wadsworth Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dad's memory may also be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2013
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