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Darrah, Charles "Chuck" - Danville  
Charles "Chuck" Darrah Charles "Chuck" Ray Darrah, 70, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Friends will be received at the Atwater Town Hall, 1219 St. Rt. 183, Atwater, Ohio on Monday, May 18, 2015 from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. Celebration of Life service. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Atwater Lions Club. Wood-Kortright-Borkoski, 330-296-6436
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 17, 2015
Davis, Angela M. (Cosgrove) - Streetsboro  
Angela M. Davis (Cosgrove) Angela M. Davis, 67, of Streetsboro passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. She was born October 11, 1947 in Burnley Lancashire England to the late Hugh P. and Edith (Morley) Cosgrove. Ms. Davis has lived in Streetsboro most of her life and had worked in clerical for several companies and was currently working for Marc's in Aurora. She was a member of Christ Community Chapel in Hudson and enjoyed gardening and was a very good cook. Survivors include her son, Stephen (Sally) Davis of Stow; her brother, Paul (Janice M.) Cosgrove; her sister, Mary Cosgrove both of Stow, Ohio; her ex-husband, Joe Davis; special friend, Josetta Smith of Streetsboro and her loving pet companion dog Baron. Calling hours will be 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 at the Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Homes Streetsboro Chapel where funeral services will be TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Silver Springs Cemetery, Stow, Ohio. The family request that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Portage County APL. Condolences and memories of Angela may be shared with the family at www.sscfuneralhomes.com .
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 23, 2015
Davis, Anna P. - Spring Hill, Fla.  
Anna P. Davis Anna P. Davis, 74, of Akron, passed away May 16, 2015 in Spring Hill, Florida. She retired from First Merit Bank. Anna is survived by her loving daughters, Debbie Devine and Kathleen Romito; three grandchildren; and loving family. Graveside service will be held at a later date. Brewer & Sons, 352-688-4991
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 20, 2015
Davis, Blanche M. - Mayfield Heights  
Blanche M. Davis Blanche M. Davis, 98, of Twinsburg, Ohio passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2015 surrounded by family. She was the daughter of the late James and Mary Vavra. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert I. Davies; brothers, Robert and James Vavra; and granddaughter, Emily Ryan. Survived by, daughters, Marianne Davet (Robert) of Twinsburg, Ohio, Pamela Wood (Richard) of Young Harris, Ga., Patricia Ryan (Roderick) of Summerfield, N.C.; sister, Wilma Trejbal, of Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Robert Davet (Gayle) of Twinsburg, Ohio, Diana Davet and partner, Jody Kowalski of Parma, Ohio, Lynda Wood (Skip) of Kissimmee, Fla., Steven Ryan (Susan) of Glastonbury, Conn., Audrey Adams ( Marlin) of Pittsboro, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Robert Davet (Samantha) of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Lisa Davet of Bedford, Ohio, Margaret and Celia Ryan of Glastonbury, Conn., Allison Adams and Natalie Adams of Pittsboro, N.C.; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family members. Blanche spent many happy summers at their family cottage in Temiscaming Quebec Canada stopping for visits with family and friends on their travels north and south. She was a favorite to many students as a school cafeteria employee and manager for the Twinsburg City Schools and Sarasota County School System before retiring in Florida. She was a member of the TOPS weight loss group. She was involved with the Senior Friendship Center in Venice, Fla. She remained busy creating beautiful, handmade Afghans and baby clothes/blankets while retired. She was a member and Officer of the Twinsburg Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a reporter for Twinsburg for the Hudson Times, a Girl Scout leader, home room mother, PTA member and a Sunday School teacher at First Congregational Church of Twinsburg along with many other community activities. In her younger years, Blanche was active in Sokol Greater Cleveland's Czech Cultural Center. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015 at The First Congregational Church Twinsburg, 9050 Church St., Twinsburg, Ohio. Donations can be made in her name to the First Congregational Church Twinsburg, Ohio or Senior Friendship Center in Venice, Fla. Interment Locust Grove Cemetery. Visitation with family and friends will be in the church social hall after the service. Friends may send their condolences and sign the on-line guest register at www.diciccoandsonsfh.com DiCicco & Sons FH., 440-449-1818
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 21, 2015
Dean, Ruth Brigham - Green Cove Springs  
Ruth Brigham Dean Ruth Brigham Dean died on Monday, May 18th in Brunswick, Maine. Ruth had recently moved with her husband, Jonathan to Sanibel Island, Florida, where the breast cancer she had been fighting since 2005 began to get the best of her. She and Jonathan moved to the small house they had bought many years in South Harpswell, Maine to be closer to family and childhood friends. Ruth was surrounded by family in her final weeks; her daughter, Ann Dean and her sister, Anne Hayden held her hands as she died, and her son, Alexander and her husband were nearby. Ruth was strong and straightforward. Her gift for friendship flowed from her direct and positive disposition. She always cared from those who needed help, especially children. She spent one year at Bryn Mawr College where she studied Greek, and then married Jonathan and spent fifteen years caring for their children. She earned a BA and MA in English from the University of Akron, writing a thesis on English Mystery plays. Ruth taught writing and ran the writing center at Wayne College in Orrville. She ascribed much of her success to Mary Tohill, with whom she worked while completing her studies. Later her friend Peter Ryerson hired her as a writer as part of his health care consulting business. From there she established her own writing business, The Writing Toolbox, with Melissa Thomson. The two of them wrote three books aimed at junior high students, as well as corporate histories and newsletters. In retirement, Ruth worked on a mystery story based on her experience with corporate histories. Ruth sang in a community chorus conducted by Robert Quade at St Paul's Church in Akron. She completed Leadership Akron, training in community service which led her to accept a leadership role at the Women's Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. When she left that role the Fund had grown its endowment and successfully shifted leadership to a new generation. She also served on the board of Hower House, inaugurating a dramatization of Notable Women of Akron in connection with the Theatre Department of Akron University. Ruth loved her children and her grandchildren, Samantha and Tyler Dean and Nelle and Anju Feliciano. She was delighted to be spending her summer close to Nelle and Anju, and travelled to Madison as often as she could to spend time with Samantha and Tyler. She also loved to race her family's Lightning sailboat at Pymatuning Yacht Club, where she spent summer weekends and made many friends. Services will take place in Topsham, Maine on Monday, May 25th at 1 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, gifts be sent to the Women's Endowment Fund of the Akron Community Foundation.
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 24, 2015
Derthick, Mary Lou (Ayers) - Akron  
Mary Lou (Ayers) Derthick On May 21, 2015 Mary Lou (Ayers) Derthick, 70, joined her parents, Ralph and Marilyn Ayers; sister, Kathy, and precious daughter Christina in Heaven. She leaves behind her son, Richard (Sandy) and grandchildren, Nora and Will. Mary Lou graduated from Buchtel in 1962. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received her BA in Education. She taught school in Xenia, Ohio where she raised her children and survived the tornado of 1974. After returning to Akron, Mary Lou substituted in the Akron public schools and finally ended up working in the food industry. Besides her family, Mary Lou leaves special friends, her extended family, her Red Cross family, her church family, and the wonderful people at the Cooper Cancer Center and City Hospital. Cremation has taken place. A moment of remembrance will take place at Lakeside Christian Church, (3535 Knollwood Lane, Akron) on Sunday, May 31, 2015 during the 10 a.m. services. Those wishing to honor her memory may send a contribution to the Cooper Cancer Center, the Humane Society, or the Red Cross. ADAMS MASON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 330-535-9186
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 24, 2015
Dickos, Harry F. - Akron  
Harry F. Dickos Harry Frank Dickos, 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on May 19, 2015. Born in Beaver Falls, Pa., he was a longtime Akron resident. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a devoted member of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, its men's club, AHEPA and a volunteer at the weekly gyro luncheon. Harry was a retired attorney from Bridgestone/Firestone and a former member of both the Akron and Ohio Bar Associations. Preceded in death by his wife, Catherine; sister, Betty Dickos and brother, Dinos Dickos; he is survived by his brother, Jim (Tika) Dickos; sister-in-law, Chris Dickos, both of Pittsburgh; sons, Frank (Teja) Dicopoulos of Monmouth Beach, NJ, and Alex (Ginny) Dickos of Akron; daughter, Penny Dickos of Akron; grandchildren, Jaden and Olivia Dicopoulos, Cristina and Alessandra Dickos; nieces, nephews and godchildren. A ray of sunshine who always lit up a room with his charisma, Harry was loved and admired by many. He had a playful attitude towards life, and his optimism was contagious. His sense of humor never wavered, and he was always good for a corny joke. He loved to share in the laughter he provided. Above all, Harry cherished his wife and family. He was the best Papou to his grandchildren, and they were his pride and joy. To them, he was "The Leader." The world lost a great man, but heaven gained one. It is what one does with the gift of life that determines who one is. Harry used that gift to its fullest extent. May his memory be eternal. The family would like to thank the caring staff at The Village of St. Edward and Summa Hospital Acute Palliative Care Unit. Services will be held 10 a.m. FRIDAY, at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, with Rev. Fr. Jerry F. Hall officiating. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at the Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel, 85 N. Miller Rd., THURSDAY, from 4 to 8 p.m., where the Trisagion service will be held at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund, Retikas Scholarship Fund or Kourmolis Scholarship Fund, 129 S. Union St., Akron, Ohio 44304. To share a Memory, Send a Condolence or Light a Candle, visit the Tribute Wall at www.billowfuneralhomes.com (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel).
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from May 22 to May 24, 2015
Dietz-Coddington, Sandra - Jekyll Island  
Sandra Dietz-Coddington Our most Merciful Lord loaned us Sandee 76 years ago and on May 15, 2015, He took her back. I borrowed this most appropriate lead from the obit of Sandee's good friend, Maria Zagami. We rejoice that Sandee has been reunited with family members, and many friends including Maria. Sandee Dietz-Coddington was born in Ravenna, Ohio on December 14, 1938 and lived in Kent, Ohio. Following high school and a couple of years at Kent State and Ohio University, Sandee moved to Akron, Ohio where she worked for the Akron Beacon Journal. While working for the Beacon Journal, she met her husband of 50 years, Richard (Dick) Coddington. Sandee and Dick married in Kent, Ohio on September 5, 1964. They lived in and around Akron, Ohio until August 31, 1999 when Dick retired and they moved to their current residence on Jekyll Island, Ga. For several years Sandee worked at various shops in the Historic District on Jekyll Island where she enjoyed talking with and providing local history to the many Island visitors. She also volunteered with St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Jekyll Island, helped decorate the Historic District for Christmas, and was a Sea Turtle guide. Sandee's work and volunteer activities were cut short in 2006 when she suffered a second heart episode which was later diagnosed as Atrial Fibrillation. Adding AFib to Diabetes, full body tremors and Graves Disease (thyroid), conditions she had been dealing with for many years, forced Sandee to reduce activities, including work in the shops, volunteering, and eventually, her daily sunrise beach walks with husband Dick. She was also diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2007 and in 2010 she fell and broke her left hip. The dementia was eventually diagnosed as Alzheimer's, a debilitating, slow developing, life ending disease that is devastating to senior citizens, their families and friends. As I read in a recent AARP article, "NO PERSON DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER'S HAS EVER SURVIVED". This is a closet disease that needs the attention of our lawmakers so funding will be made available to find the cure. Our personal thanks to the entire staff at SGHS Senior Care Center for their dedication to every patient under their care. Special thanks goes to the nurses, CNA's and cleaning staff who work nonstop caring for patients and their environment under extremely difficult circumstances. Sandee is survived by her husband, Dick Coddington of Jekyll Island; her daughter, Mitzi Helems of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; her son, Sean and daughter-in-law, Andi of St. Johns, Florida; granddaughters, Mandy Helems of Barberton, Ohio and Nikki Helems of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; grandson, Hayden Coddington of St. Johns, Florida; and her beloved companion Diego. She is also survived by her brother, Don Dietz of Virginia. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2015, at the Jekyll United Methodist Church, with Father Timothy McKeown officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider sending this death notice to your law makers and seek their support for Alzheimer's research funding.
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 24, 2015
Donovan, Kenneth Bernard - Brighton  
Kenneth Bernard Donovan Kenneth B. Donovan, 87, of Fairlawn, Ohio, passed away peacefully at the Hospice of Visiting Nurse Service May 16, 2015. Ken was born in Boston on November 1, 1927. Ken was preceded in death by parents, William and Agnes (Brophy) Donovan; and his brother, Billy. Ken is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Frances (Blades); sons, Dr. William Joseph Donovan and Frank Thomas Donovan; and grandchildren, Erich Jaymes Donovan and William Phillip Donovan. He was a graduate of Boston Latin School, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College and Master of Science degree from Boston State College, majoring in Chemistry. Ken was an engineer for the Metropolitan District Commission and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Thank you to all friends and family for their thoughts and prayers, especially Carmen Wiggins, whose loving care helped Ken and to whom Ken referred as an angel. The family wishes to sincerely thank all medical staff who cared for Ken. Visiting hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ciriello and Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Rd., Fairlawn, OH 44333. Interment will be at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts after Mass of Christian Burial at St. Columbkille in Brighton, Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Ken's favorite charities: the Savlation Army and the SPCA, or the charity of your choice. FAIRLAWN, 330-836-3100
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from May 18 to May 19, 2015
Douglas, George - Akron  
George Douglas September 16, 1955 May 14, 2015 On Thursday, May 14th, the dear Lord Baby Jesus called George home. Apparently, he had caused enough damage in his 59 years to last a lifetime. He left his better half, Nancy Douglas, behind so he could flirt shamelessly with waitresses in heaven until she arrived. He also leaves behind eight children, some he had the pleasure of making and some he did not: Denise Coder, Nicole Douglas, Sarah Douglas, Ruth Walker, Dawn Bailey, Nichola Schonauer, James Walker, and Cathy Crowley. He also leaves his sister, Cindy Bee Scheck; his nieces, Sherri Davis, Shari DeVine, Tina Douglas, and Tracey Scheck; his nephews, Michael Scheck and Donny Scheck; as well as eighteen grandchildren and a great-grandchild. George is now taking Jesus' place singing lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd with an angel band while his brothers, Thomas Douglas, Kenny Douglas, his sister, Wanda Ullman, and his furry daughter Princess listen in the audience. Between sets, he is talking bad about all of us until we get there. Per George's request, a party in his honor will take place on Saturday, May 23 at 945 Minota Ave., from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support the family online at http://tinyurl.com/lr6z77o .
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Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 20, 2015
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