James Thomas Burke (1947 – 2020)

(James Burke is Jaime Burke’s (violin) Dad.)

“Row, row, row your boat…” James Thomas Burke, a former Kent resident, passed away July 31, 2020, in Manning, South Carolina.

Jim and his wife, Juanita Boston Burke, moved to the bright sunny state of South Carolina nine years ago. They made numerous trips back to Ohio to visit family and friends but, as Jim would announce to all, “I need to return to the south to warm my knees.” Jim fought a courageous battle with cancer for over 30 years. He never complained of his illness, or missed work during treatments, and continued his courageous fight through many recent setbacks. Jim’s strength and good humor were truly inspiring. He always greeted other patients at treatment centers with words of encouragement, a friendly smile and oftentimes a joke or two.

Jim was born to Margaret Conroy Burke and Raymond Eugene Burke on July 28, 1947, in Auburn, Washington. He spent most of his youth in the Akron-Tallmadge area and developed a passion for weightlifting in his last years of high school. Prior to his 1965 graduation from Tallmadge HS, he participated in the ACMWL (American College of Modern Weightlifting) in Akron.

Jim won several competitions taking top honors in the Teenage State Championship and a Tri-State Regional Championship in his 148- weight class. During college he was an accomplished weightlifter excelling in the bench press and the clean and jerk. Jim secured another 1st place at a meet in Ravenna, Ohio, with his wife and young daughter there to cheer him on.

He often made workouts part of his lunch breaks and included weight training in his wellness regimen whenever his health allowed. Likewise, he encouraged his children and grandchildren to participate in weight training and offered pointers and lessons on good form.

Jim was employed at Smithers Oasis in Kent. He began his career there in the late 60’s working night shifts on the factory floor while attending Kent State University. He retired from their research and development department after forty years of employment.

He graduated from KSU in 1970 with a Degree in Psychology and returned to KSU later in life to take graduate courses in mathematics. While attending KSU as an undergraduate student, he met his wife, Juanita. Married in August of 1967, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017.

Jim was an avid reader. His love of learning continued throughout his life and his diversity in knowledge gave him many opportunities to greet people and easily make new friends.

Because of his profound empathy, Jim was passionate about working with others who were struggling. On several occasions, Jim volunteered his time to tutor youths as well as adults. He was the family and friend “go to person” for help with computer issues. Uncle Jim, aka Grandpa Tony, was always up for a game of B-Ball or a foot race and often amazed younger family members with his jumping abilities, speed and agility.

Jim leaves behind his beloved wife, Juanita, of Manning SC; devoted children, daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Burke and Greg Sutton, of Dublin, Ohio, daughter, Jamie Burke, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and son, Jason Burke, also of Dublin, Ohio; he is also survived by grandsons, Justin and Jacob and granddaughter, Allison, all of Ohio. Jim is survived by a sister, Kathleen Henault, of Ohio and one brother, Dennis Burke, of Washington. He was an uncle to four nieces and three nephews, and a great-uncle to twelve. Also surviving him, his brother-in-law, Rand Boston (Judy) of Ohio. Besides his parents; Jim was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Johnson and Bernadette Burke. Also preceding him in death were two nephews as well as one great nephew and one great niece.

Jim is remembered by his neighbors and friends in his South Carolina community as a person with a warm smile and a great sense of humor and remembered by many as showing kindness to those he met. Jim is loved and sadly missed by family and friends. Condolences may be shared with the family at 703 Oak Hill Dr. Manning, SC, 29102 and memorials may be made to Jim’s favorite charities, [St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or to Lymphoma Research. A celebration of life will be planned for a future date.

Kimberly Jane (Dills) Bergstrom

Kimberly Bergstrom is the sister of Sandy Boyes who plays the violin for New Horizons. This is a huge loss for her and her family. Below is Kim’s obituary which has information on her funeral arrangements. If anyone would like to send a card to Sandy, her address is: 140 Joshua Dr., Rittman, OH. 4 4270.


Where do you even begin when you talk about someone as unique and special as a woman like Kim Bergstrom? Kim was not only the best wife, mother, mother-in-law, mamaw, sister, aunt, and friend, but a faithful member of the community and world.

Kimberly Jane Bergstrom, 58, passed away peacefully on April 30, 2021, surrounded by family, after a decade of battling cancer. Kim was born June 25, 1962, in Akron, OH, to the late Alfred and Eleanor (Davis) Dills. Kim is survived by her husband of 36 years, Todd; son, Chad (Brandy); daughters, Kalyn (Michael) Suliks and Hannah (Mason Juersivich) Bergstrom; grandchildren, Keirra Nicole and Sophia Jane; sister, Sandy (Richard) Boyes; brother, Roger (Kathy) Dills; and numerous loving nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Kim’s heart and commitment were to her family. She never missed any game, event, concert, or school function her kids were a part of. Spending time traveling, vacationing, beach bumming, and having family game nights and get-togethers was always a must in her eyes. Kim always made each event extra special, making it feel like it was one of a kind. The extra special touches and thoughtfulness she added to her gift giving, bow making, and endless amount of humor and laughter can never be compared. The memories she created will last a lifetime.

There wasn’t much in the community that Kim did not have her hand in. From PTA groups, school functions, Norton Women’s Club to all the Norton sporting events, her creative touch was always perfect. Kim always strived to make sure everyone always felt included and loved, putting others first above everything else. The astonishing outpour of love and support from Kim’s endless network of family and friends is proof of the impact Kim continues to have throughout the community.

The legacy of the selfless, caring acts of Kim are endless. We rest easy knowing Kim will be spending eternity pain-free in the loving arms of Jesus, with confidence we will see her again one day.

“The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalms 121:7-8

Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3250 Greenwich Rd., Norton, on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where services will be held on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Robin Hart officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norton Women’s Club, P. O. Box 1101, Norton, OH 44203 in memory of Kim.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Kimberly Jane (Dills) Bergstrom, please visit our floral store.

Mary Ann Kimmel

It is with great sadness that we would like to inform you of the loss of one of our own, Mary Ann Kimmel. Both Mary Ann and her husband Jim have played in the violin section of New Horizons for years.

For those of you that would like to send cards, Jim and Mary Ann Kimmel’s address is:
861 Promenade Circle
Barberton, OH 44203

Please keep Jim in your thoughts and prayers as he goes through this difficult time.

Mary Ann Kimmel, 78, passed away on April 19, 2021 after a short battle with leukemia.

She was born June 12, 1942 in Barberton to Bernard and Louie Snider. She graduated from Norton High School in 1960, then from the University of Akron with her Bachelor’s Degree, and Kent State University with her Master’s Degree. Mary Ann loved to teach kindergarten in the Barberton School System and retired in 2001 after 38 years of service. She played the piano and violin and enjoyed being a part of the New Horizons Musical Group along with her husband. She enjoyed scrapbooking, sewing, and gardening. Mary Ann had a smile that would “light up a room” and was always taking care of other people’s needs.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, James; brother, Joseph (Sally) Snider of Ft. Wayne, IN; sisters, Ruth (Tom) Spradlin of Wadsworth, OH and Nancy (Elliott) Weber of Brownsville, OH; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Friends may call at Bacher Funeral Home, 3326 Manchester Rd., Akron on Monday, April 26, 2021 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with service beginning at 1 p.m. Interment at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The American Cancer Society, in memory of Mary Ann.

For the safety of the family and other guests, masks are required, and the number of people permitted in the building at a time will be limited. Your cooperation and patience are appreciated.

Dan Budrow’s Step-Daughter Jacquelyn B. Morrison

Jackie Morrison, 49, of Akron, went home to be with the Lord on March 25, 2018.

She was a graduate of Green High School and the University of Akron. Jacquelyn enjoyed working out, cooking, sewing, art and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Jackie is survived by her parents, Dwight (Darlene) Morrison and Donna (Dan) Budrow; siblings, Ben (Connie), Matt, Andy (Andrea), Nick (Tricia) and James; nieces and nephew, James, Rachel, Ashlyn, Brantley, Oliver, Christian, Pierson, Miles, Sydney and Alivia; friend, Dan Tonkin; as well as many other loving family and friends.

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James Shultz’s father-in-law, Wayne L. Milhoan, Jr.

Wayne L. Milhoan, Jr., of Akron, passed away at age 63, on January 20, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born on October 1, 1954 in Akron, the son of the late Wayne L. and Vivienne (nee Knapman) Milhoan Sr.

Wayne was currently working for the City of Akron as a mechanic. He also worked at 7-UP Bottling Company in Twinsburg for over 40 years as a mechanic. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, playing cards, playing horseshoes and bowling with his family. He was very jovial and could tell a great joke. Wayne was skilled and knowledgeable in any trade and would help anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marilyn Shearrow, whom he married on August 27, 1976; his children, Christopher (James Shultz) Milhoan, Douglas (Jennifer) Milhoan, Wayne A. Milhoan, Angela (Wayne) Wright; his four grandchildren, Hayley and Kelsea Milhoan and Halle and Austin Wright; his two siblings, Beverly (Ernie) Meyers and Karen (John) Moore; and his beloved nieces and nephews and their families.

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Ray Labuda’s Wife Nancy

Nancy S. Labuda (Phelps), 70, passed away January 17, 2018.

She was born on July 5, 1947 in Akron to E. Jay and Eleanor Phelps.

Nancy graduated from Mogodore High School in 1965 and from Kent State University with a degree in Mathematics. Upon graduation, she worked in the IT department at General Tire for 25 years.

She was a lover of animals, especially her cats.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Raymond J.; brothers-in-law, Rick (Janet) Bowser, Paul (Marie) Nikonow; sister-in-law, Agnes Mash; numerous aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

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Gene Rohrbough’s wife Linda

Linda Rohrbough (Jandecka), 69, passed away on September 13, 2017.

Born in Akron on December 7, 1947 to the late Clyde and Dorothy Jandecka, Linda was a 1965 graduate of Garfield High School. She graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She worked for the University of Akron in Computer Services and retired in 2003. She was a member of Firestone Park Christian Church. Linda enjoyed cooking, reading, and spending time with her granddaughters.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Gene; son and daughter-in-law, Zach and Samantha Rohrbough; grand daughters, Adrianna and Isabella; siblings, David (Annabelle) Jandecka, Sally Jandecka, Sarah (Rick) Simmers, and Bill (Mary) Jandecka, as well as many nieces and nephews.

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