Lori (nee Julia) Kesling

Lori (nee Julia) Kesling, age 51, went home to be with the Lord after a sudden illness. She was born August 3, 1962, in Ravenna to John Julia and Phyllis J. (Hutzel) Griffith.

Lori grew up in Rootstown, Ohio. She was a caregiver and a friend to many. She retired from Eastpark Restaurant in Ravenna after many years of waitressing. Lori attended Southington Baptist Church.

Lori traditionally did "God Projects" for others such as coordinating mitten trees and collecting coats for the less fortunate. She also put flower vases and notes on strangers' porches and prayed for many.

In her younger years, she used her voice to sing gospel and country songs and won singing contests. She could "out fish "anyone and loved to camp. She had a heart of compassion that also led her to rescue many animals. She was a great bargain hunter and brought humor into nearly every aspect of life. Her greatest desire had been to draw others towards Christ.

Lori is survived by both of her parents, John Julia of Ravenna and Phyllis Griffith of Kent.

She leaves behind her husband William "Bill" Kesling. Daughter: Kayla of Randolph, Step-Daughter Bridget of Cleveland and Step-son Chad of Windham. The apple of her eye was her granddaughter, Riley Harper. She also leaves sisters: Pam Julia Calvin and Lisa Julia Torres, both of Ravenna. She will be missed dearly by her nieces and nephews, Katie Bobick, Timothy Calvin, Angela Myers, and David Hahn. As well as her aunt, Anna Marie Julia and her children: Karl, Kim, Kyra and Kris Kaiser.

Friends will be received on Sunday, February 2, 2014, from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna, Ohio. Friends will also be received one hour prior to the 11:00 am service on Monday, February 3, 2014, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3284 Brady Lake Rd., Ravenna, Ohio with Pastor Terry Ogden Johnson officiating. Interment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family. Condolences and memories may be shared at wood-kortright-borkoski.com.

(Wood-Kortright-Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 2-1-14)

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  • Lori was a gift to us all from God and am glad to have known her.  Lori was a joy to be with and she will be missed.  my condolences  Rick Bradach