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By Angie Reedy Published: July 8, 2017 4:00 AM
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Family and friends traveled from all parts of the country to attend the celebration for Marjorie L. Pagan's 90th birthday, which was held June 10 at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall. Marjorie, a lifelong resident of Ravenna, said plans for the event began last summer when she was asked by one of her daughters how she would like to celebrate the occasion. Plans for the party began immediately with each of Marjorie's six children playing a role in the planning and preparation.

Marjorie, who turned 90 on March 28, wanted to have the event held in June because it would, as she put it, "Provide the opportunity for more of my family to attend," and she was thrilled that all of her children and their spouses were able to come.

That included John and Michele Pagan of East Dorset, Vt., Marc and Molly Pagan of Dublin, Ohio, Mike and Julie Pagan of Lee's Summit, Mo., Mary and Mike Byers of Willoughby, Vicky and Andy Wolpert of Gainesville, Fla., and Julia and Matt Hamm of Bainbridge.

Also in attendance were 12 of her 15 grandchildren, who traveled from as far away as Colorado and California to be with her. All three of her great-grandchildren were there as well.

There were more than 150 who attended the event, which was catered by Guido's. "Happy Birthday" was sung by all just before the birthday cake was served. "I was overwhelmed with joy," said Marjorie, of being able to spend time with family, which included Joyce (Sprott) Suter, Jim and Sandy Sprott and Becky (Sprott) and Gary Farrar, all who live in Ravenna.

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She was delighted to receive a note from friend Becky Metzger, formerly of Ravenna, who remarked "What a wonderful gift from your family and a special gift from God to celebrate 90 birthdays."

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Jeanette Jones recently celebrated her 95th birthday with a "your wish is our command" week. Her first wish was to go to Roscoe Village where her children, Jeff Jones, Sarah Jones, and Judy (and Ralph) Demshar, found her a beautiful gold and silver necklace that looked perfect on her.

Her next wish was to see her great-grandson, Karsen Fisher, perform in his school play. Her third wish was to just have a birthday celebration at her house surrounded by her family, so all the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren came and filled up the house. The next day they all surprised her by taking her to Delciello's Ristorante & Lounge in Ravenna for lunch. All in all it was a fun week.

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Kenny and Karen Kastor were recent visitors to Ravenna and were kept busy visiting family and friends.

Karen visited aunt Irene Reber at Longmeadow Care Center in Ravenna and had a good report. Fourteen family members met at Cracker Barrel for dinner and conversation.

Kenny, brother Bruce and nephew Mike went fishing and caught a few bass and bluegill. Brother Don, living in California, missed out.

Karen and Kenny attended Karen's 60-year class reunion from Ravenna High School. She remembered most everyone.

They were here for a week, so on Tuesday our class (Kenny's) met for lunch at Delciello's and had a great turnout.

Attending were Sister Cecilia Mendiola, Marilyn Porter, Virginia Baker, Don Reed, Diana Kane, Norma Pesicek, Jeannie Wolf, Mary Hall, Abby Stoerkel, Diane Sullivan, Leon Phile, Hank Trivelli, myself and guests Velma Serafin and Sandy Brode and the Kastors. Al Kaupinen of Virginia couldn't attend, but sent his best to us all.

Goodbye, friends, see you next year!

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If you enjoyed the planters on North Chestnut Street in the Chestnut Grove Art District, you can thank Jane Ramson, Sheila Armstrong and Bea Flarida of the Ravenna Garden Club. Good job, ladies!

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For Ravenna news, call Angie Reedy at 330-297-7228.


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skeezix Jul 8, 2017 3:03 PM

"If you enjoyed the planters on North Chestnut Street in the Chestnut Grove Art District, you can thank Jane Ramson, Sheila Armstrong and Bea Flarida of the Ravenna Garden Club. Good job, ladies!"

Where? I see no signs. No art. What "district"?

redleg6 Jul 8, 2017 12:27 PM

The Planters are Beautiful, but;

From above:..planters on North Chestnut Street inthe Chestnut Grove Art District,....

Q.I drive North Chestnut almost everyday, where is the ART..???

Q. Who, or whom, designated this area a DISTRICT..???

Q. Were is the Chestnut Grove..???