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Carolyn (Lombardi) Buzzelli

Died: Mon., Sep. 7, 2020

Services are to be announced

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Carolyn Buzzelli (Lombardi), 93, passed away September 7, 2020 following a short illness due to a fall at her residence.

Born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, a graduate of Cuyahoga Falls High School Class of 1946, she had lived in Akron Ohio since 1947.   Carolyn held a passionate love for her family, cooking, playing the piano, and arranging flowers.  She was an active member in the Magnolia Garden Club, Saint Mary High School Parents’ Club, Blessed Trinity Parish (St. Martha) Funeral Meals and Sacristy Crew.  She served as President of the University of Akron’s Hower House Victorians, chaired the Accessions Committee and arranged the flowers throughout the mansion.  Her family remembers her for her homemade sauce, pizza, chicken wings and pizzelles.  Her great-grandchildren could always count on her to have a candy stash somewhere close by.

She was preceded in death by her husband Steve Vincent and her son-in-law Thomas Dowler.  Surviving her to cherish her memory are her daughters Rita Ann (Dennis) Klein and Stephanie Dowler, her granddaughters Missy (Todd) Dreisbach and Valerie (Dave) Sherman, and her great-grandchildren Haley and Taryn Dreisbach and Jackson and Leo Dengg.  She is also survived by her sister Rita McLaughlin of Bellbrook Ohio as well as many dearly loved nieces and nephews in the Akron area and around the country.   She also is survived by her caregiver/”adopted daughter” and favorite Scrabble partner, Peggy Lombardo. Also a special thank you is sent to Southern Care Hospice and the many aids who assisted us in her care these last two weeks.

Service and celebration of life will be scheduled for next year once the pandemic has subsided along with the service for her son-in-law. 

Memorial donations in her name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (PO Box 1000, Dept.495, Memphis TN 38101-9801), Blessed Trinity Parish Food Pantry (300 E Tallmadge Ave., Akron 44310), or The Jean Hower Taber Endowment (The University of Akron, Akron OH 44325-2603) with the name of the endowment noted for the preservation of Hower House. 

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Hennessy Funeral Home, Inc
   Posted Fri September 11, 2020
Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

We offer our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.

Greg Roessner
   Posted Sat September 12, 2020
To Rita and Family we are sorry to hear about her passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you

mary Steinle Daus
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020
Rita and Stephanie. I am sorry for your loss. I remember your mom from years ago when we would carpool to school. I think your dad would drive us but your mom would usually chat with mine. I remember your mom being so pretty. Take care of yourself. I hope to see you someday at a Hower House event.

Nick and Pam Dowler
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020
Carolyn was such a beautiful lady. We are so sorry for your loss.

Nick and Pam Dowler

Alma Olson
   Posted Sun September 13, 2020
Dear Stephanie and Rita,

I am so sorry for your loss but I know it must have been such a wonderful gift to have her on this earth with you for such a long life. She is now an angel on your shoulder. God bless you and your family.


   Posted Mon September 14, 2020
I know she will be greatly missed by all! I have fond memories of her from my childhood as a kind, caring woman, a great mother and wife! My she rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.

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