Portage County obituaries for May 29-30

Dennis Deal

Dennis Deal, 75, formerly of Kent, passed away in New York City on May 18, 2024. He was born on November 8, 1949, in Kansas City to Katherine and Paul Deal. After living in several cities, the family moved to Kent in the early 1960’s. He graduated from Roosevelt High School, where he was an outstanding student; senior class president, participated in many theatre productions and the marching band, and won the American Legion Outstanding Student award. In 2001, he was inducted into the Kent School Hall of Fame. Dennis wrote and recorded an ode to the city entitled “Kent Is…” for a civic celebration.

He attended Muskingum University and after graduating from Kent State University with an MFA in Music and Theater in 1972, he moved to New York City where he lived the rest of his life. He was a multi-talented artist—singer, dancer, arranger, writer, and director in many media—theatre, concerts, television and movies. For many years he was the bass singer in the a cappella group The Accidentals. He also wrote and directed the musical Nite Club Confidential which appeared Off Broadway, on London’s West End, and in L.A. and Boston. Dennis donated many hours of his time by mentoring other singers, writing a musical for izzit.org, the Free to Choose Network, and too many others to mention.

Dennis is fondly remembered by all those with whom he came in contact, in Ohio, New York, and everywhere, for his talent, quick wit, and his joyous spirit. He will be sorely missed.

Dennis is predeceased by his parents and his brother Douglas. He is survived by a niece, Dianna Deal, and several cousins. The family wishes to thank his devoted friend and caretaker Laura Kenyon, and the staff at Amsterdam House who adored his singing and sense of humor. Burial will be at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent at a later date.

Winifred Helen Hale Tucker

Winifred Helen Hale Tucker, age 80, of Aurora, Ohio passed away in her sleep on May 14, 2024. The youngest daughter of Danforth & Dorothy Hale, she was five when the family moved to Aurora from New Jersey with her two older siblings. Known to many as “Winnie,” she leaves behind a loving community, as well as family across the US including her Sister Shirley H. Winsborough, of Seattle, WA, nephew Edward “Ned” Winsborough (husband Warren), son Adam R. Tucker (wife Davida), daughter Stacie A. Tucker, son Keith I. Tucker, grandson Sammy Tucker, granddaughter Amanda Tucker Weiler (husband Kyle), great-granddaughters Rylee & Taylor, grandson Eric R. Tucker (wife Morgyn), and great-grandsons Avery & Shea.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 1 at 11 a.m. at The Church In Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora, Ohio, followed by a lunch reception. All are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations in Winnie’s memory may be made to P.E.O. Chapter CQ, Ohio 18600 Haskins Rd., Chagrin Falls, OH 44023 or The Church In Aurora. Winnie will be interred privately alongside her parents and her brother Greg in the Aurora Cemetery.

Eugene Arthur Pasek

Eugene “Gene” Pasek, 83, was born to Charles and Florence Pasek at Huron Road Hospital, in Cleveland, Ohio. Gene grew up in the Cleveland suburbs of Willoughby and Parma.

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Charlotte A. Barnhart

Charlotte A. Barnhart, age 82, of Ravenna, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 26, 2024, surrounded by her family.

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Darrell Robert Wood

Darrell Robert Wood, age 48, of Kent, passed away Thursday, May 23, 2024.

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Gloria M. (Smith) Laubert

Gloria M. Laubert, 93, of Ravenna, passed away Friday May 24, 2024 at the UH Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, Ohio. She was born April 22, 1931 in Ravenna, Ohio to the late William F. and Mabel M. (Messeral) Smith.

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Denise Ann Cuper

Denise Ann Cuper (Behn), age 64 of Aurora, passed away Monday, May 27, 2024. Denise was born on August 19, 1959 in Oneida County, WI to Albert L. and Mary A. (Alhborn) Behn (both deceased).

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Edward Allen Spencer

Edward Allen Spencer, age 62 of Garrettsville, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Monday, May 27, 2024. He was born on April 15, 1962 in Ravenna, Ohio to David W. and Inest Lee (Belknap) Spencer, (both deceased).

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