Area Obituaries

Mary Ruth Snyder

Mary Ruth Snyder, 77, wife of Michael Gerald Snyder, died Feb. 22, in Nicholasville, Kentucky. Born in Akron, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Verner and Frances Irene Pansler Anderson. Mary was a graduate of the University of Akron where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1963 and her Master’s…

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Phyllis Peresta (nee Cleckner)

Phyllis Peresta (nee Cleckner), 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family Feb. 23. Phyllis was born in Doylestown and had been a resident of the Clinton and Barberton area all her life where she was a member of Columbia United Church of Christ. Phyllis enjoyed traveling, attending concerts, sewing and crocheting. Most of all,…

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Joanne M. Kovac

Joanne M. Kovac, 72, went to heaven Jan. 21. She was a resident of Barberton for 59 years until the death of her mother. After that she moved to North Carolina to be near her brother, James and his wife, Linda. Preceded in death by her father, John Jr; mother, Grace; brother, Daniel. Joanne is…

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Donald “Don” Ray Caudill Sr.

Donald “Don” Ray Caudill Sr., beloved dad and PaPa, took his last breath Sunday, Feb. 23, at the age of 89. Don was born on May 12, 1930 in Big Auger, West Virginia to Henry Ray and Ruby Victoria Caudill. He was the eldest of six children. Don served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1952…

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Ludmelia “Milly” Spetich

Ludmelia “Milly” Spetich, (nee Ocepek), 96, passed away peacefully Feb. 23. Milly was born in Jenny Lind, Alaska and was a Barberton resident most of her life. She was a cook for many years at Hopocan Gardens and was a faithful member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church where she was active in the choir.…

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Brian K. Conner

Brian K. Conner, age 50, passed away unexpectedly Feb. 22. He was born in Barberton, Dec. 17, 1969 to Joanne and the late Veryl “Babe” Conner. Brian was raised in Norton and was a graduate of the class of 1988. He will be missed by his wife, Jennifer; sons, Zachary and Jack; mother, Joanne; sisters,…

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Brenda Lee Willis (nee:Whipkey)

Brenda Lee Willis (nee:Whipkey), age 63, passed away peacefully Feb. 5, at Akron City Hospital.  She was born Dec. 19, 1956 in Barberton, to Gary and Janet (nee: Skidmore) Whipkey. She attended Barberton High School. She was married to Dennis Willis July 21, 1979; they were married for 40 years. Brenda spent her life caring for people. Her favorite…

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Virginia “Ginny” E. Morrison

Virginia “Ginny” E. Morrison, born June 3, 1968 left this world after a short illness Sunday, Feb.16 She was a graduate of Barberton High School, Class of 1986. We lost a heart of gold, she was someone who would put anyone’s needs before her own. Ginny is survived by her spouse, Robert Morrison; companion, Ed…

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Richard John Bennage Sr.

Richard John Bennage Sr., age 81, passed away Feb. 16. He was the son of the late Dwight and Irene Bennage. Rick was raised in the Green area and remained a lifelong Akron resident. During his early years, Rick was employed by Seiberling Rubber and later as a truck driver. He was an avid motorcyclist,…

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Anthony “Tony” J. Gradisher

Anthony “Tony” J. Gradisher, 66, passed away Feb.16. Tony was a Graduate of Norton High School, Class of 1972 and a life resident of the Norton/Barberton area. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired from Local 7 as a bricklayer and mason. Preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Gradisher; survived by his wife…

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