Darleen (Dee) Ploenes
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Darleen Ploenes (Dee)

Darleen Ploenes (Dee) was born November 2, 1927 in Barberton, Ohio, died unexpectedly of a long illness on May 7, 2009.

She was preceded in death by parents, John and Carrie Kosco; sister-in-law, Lib Daugherty; brother-in-law, Frank Gerber. She is survived by her husband, Bill, of 59 years; children, Paula and John Coon, John and Barb Ploenes, Tracey and Jeff Bognar, and Lea and Troy Burns. Darleen was loving grandmother to Joshua, Morena, Carrie, Kellen, Aaron, Peyton, Casey, Alexandra, and great-grandmother to Zindeen. She is also survived by her sister, Eleanor Gerber and brother-in-law, Al Ploenes.

Darleen was a retired science teacher from Woodridge Schools where she had a passion for outdoor education and the space program. DLTBB

The family thanks all of Dee's caring and supportive caregivers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Visiting Nurse Services, 3358 Ridgewood Rd, Akron, OH 44333, or Hattie Larlham, 9772 Diagonal Rd, Mantua, OH 44255.

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from May 9 to May 10, 2009.
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June 7, 2009
Dear Mr.Ploenes, Lea,Paula,Tracy,John

Dee was the of the kindest and gentlest woman I have ever met. I will always remember her sweet smile and beautiful nature. I feel so fortunate to have known her.
May the Good Lord bless you and your family.
J.R. Anderson
June 2, 2009
Dear Paula, John, Tracey, and Lea,
Sadly too many years have passed. I remember you all. I always had a great time at your house. I also had your Mom as my teacher. I enjoyed her classes and her humor. I will miss her. She never cut me any slack and to this day I still laugh about it.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Kerby Calet
June 1, 2009
Dear Lea, Troy, Peyton and Casey,
We were so sad to hear of your mother's passing.Our thougts and prayers are with your entire family.
Love and Sympathy,
Joe, Anna, Nick and Jen Esposito
May 15, 2009
Dear Paula, John, Tracey, and Lea,
I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing. My memories of her still make me smile, especially since I had the honor of being in her 8th grade science class. I quickly learned why the kids called her "Eagle eye", nothing ever got by her. Your mom was a true blessing and will be missed by us all.
Chuck Brown
May 12, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Joy Attwood
May 12, 2009
What a joy and experience it was taking care of Dee in her home , I have never seen so much love in one family as I did there. Id like to thank all of you for sharing Dee and treating me great, no one could ask for more. She was a wonderful women who loved each and everyone of you, that she shared with me in the end. Once again thank you all for sharing her with me. I miss going there everyday, even to hear Bill's stories. My thoughts and prayers go to all of you, and hope to always stay in touch.
Kim McCutchin
May 12, 2009
John and family,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sure you have lots of wonderful memories and get you through these difficult times.Keep all these memories close at heart.
Denise Taddie
May 11, 2009
Mr. Ploenes and family,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The wonderful memories of you all as neighbors will always bring a smile to us.
I know dad saw her at Akron General, and kept us informed of how hard she was fighting.
She will surely be missed by all .
Laura Lepp-Ferrell
May 10, 2009
Lee, Troy and Family,
You all are in my thoughts and prayers at such a difficult and trying time.
My deepest sympathy,
Kris Kalail Basnett
May 10, 2009
Lea, Troy, Peyton & Casey:

We are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Steve & Kaci Wright
May 10, 2009
Lea, Troy, and Family,
Sending our deepest sympathies, hugs, and prayers. Much love to all.
Rod & Beth Brewer
May 10, 2009
Paula, John and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Fond memories will follow you through this time of sorrow.
Vicki Coon-Dasco
May 9, 2009
Lea, Troy, Payton, Casey, and All Families. I am so sorry to hear of the Loss of your Mother. She will be remembered for her Kind and Cheerful attitude for all her crossed paths with her. Keep her memories close in Mind and her Love in your Heart God Bless, You have our Heartfelt Sympathy.
Dave Barb and Monica Peck
Barb Peck
May 9, 2009
Bill, So sorry to read of the passing of Dee. She was a wonderful science teacher, outdoor education leader, and a truly charming and dear lady. She will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Coach Don Whitmer
Don Whitmer
May 9, 2009
Lea and Troy:

Our love and support is with you always, especially now. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you both and the rest of the family. Your mom treated me as one of her own, for that I am blessed and forever grateful.
Chris & Lyn Waters
May 9, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ann and Bill Cox
Ann Elizabeth Cox
May 9, 2009
Dear Barb and John,
Steve and I were so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Your wonderful memories of her will be a blessing. You are in our thoughts & prayers.
Sincerely, Janet & Steve Schnoebelen
Steve Schnoebelen
May 9, 2009
Dear John, I'm very sorry to see the obituary of your mother. I remember meeting her and your dad many years ago. They were such fun, and great hosts. Jane and I wish to offer our greatest sympathies.
Mike Meighen
May 9, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Tracey Walker Kohut
Tracey Walker Kohut
May 9, 2009
Dearest Bill and Al
Dee brought such vibrance when she entered a room. I always enjoyed when Bill was telling all those goofy jokes--she and I would just roll our eyes and giggle! She was a hoot! My heart aches for your loss, yet I can only seem to smile when I think of how she was "kicked out of hospice" for being too well!! Only Dee!!
May God's blessings bring you comfort as you begin another chapter with your family. His compassion and Dee's memories will be your strength.
Michele Sandridge
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