Joseph L. Long
(This is a sample obituary. Joe & Lynne live in
Northwest Ohio and are enjoying life to it's fullest.)
Joe was a wise man who appreciated the simple things in life. Whether a motorcycle ride through Wood County to visit the places he remembered-well from childhood, a walk down the driveway to get the newspaper, or a conversation with an old friend, Joe paid attention to the details and derived pleasure from the everyday things in life. He relished the beauty of the natural world, appreciating things as simple as the diversity of shades of green in a forest or spotting deer out in a field.
While committed to enjoying the simple things, Joe excelled at complicated problem solving and effective management. A veteran of the US Army and a graduate of Grand Rapids High School, Defiance College, Bowling State University, and The University of Toledo, he spent his thirty-five year career in public education. He was a teacher, coach, and administrator in Fayette, Ohio. He ended his career with a return to his alma mater, the Otsego Local School District, to serve as their superintendent. His conviction that every child deserved a solid education garnered the admiration of students, respect of teachers, and played a roll in earning him the Citizen of the Year award from the town of Fayette in 1996.
A man of deep faith, Joe was the youngest person ever to be named an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Ohio. Over the years Joe served in numerous leadership and teaching positions in the churches he attended. While never one to make a show of things, Joe’s resonant bass tones were appreciated by any one lucky enough to be standing near him during the singing of a hymn. In addition to serving his faith communities, Joe was a commissioner of the Wood County Park District, the Wood County Committee on Aging, the Wood County Educational Service Center, and the Fayette Library Board over the years.
Joe was married to Lynne (Evenbeck) Long, who survives, for ___________ years. “Joe and Lynne” were a team who raised a family, served their community in numerous capacities, and modeled a loving marriage. They enjoyed home improvement projects, entertaining, dinners out with friends, and traveling. Most of all, they enjoyed the time they spent with their son Kevin (Jennifer) Long and their grandchildren Nathan and Olivia. Joe was proceeded in death by his parents, Deloy and Pearl Long.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that you take your spouse out for a movie, go visit your grandkids, enjoy a meal out with friends and when you do, say a little prayer of thanksgiving for the simple pleasures in life.
died March 25, 2016
If you knew Norma Evenbeck, then you probably heard her say, on more than one occasion, "Well bless your heart." But really, it was she who was the blessing. She was a blessing to the families she knew growing up during the Great Depression in McComb, Ohio. She was a blessing to her husband to whom she wrote every day of the four years he served in the Pacific during World War II during which time she was employed with the Hancock County Probate Court. She was a blessing to her own children Scott and Lynne who she selflessly supported in numerous academic and musical endeavors well into their adulthood. She was a blessing to the hundreds of children she recruited for Sunday School at High Street United Methodist Church in Fostoria, Ohio, where she served as superintendent of the primary department for decades. She was a blessing to the multitudes of patients she served when she worked in the medical offices of Dr. Ulicny, also in Fostoria. She was a blessing to the staff and residents of the Grand Rapids Care Center where she spent her last years. She was a blessing to the many, many friends she wrote letters to for years (often accompanied by a stick of gum). She was a blessing to her numerous other friends, neighbors, and family members. Indeed, if you knew Norma, your heart WAS blessed.
Norma’s ninety-seven-year long earthly life was full of blessings. She graduated from McComb High School in 1937 and attended Findlay College, completing a one-year secretarial course. She married Benjamin Franklin Evenbeck in 1941, and they enjoyed sixty-two years of marriage before his death in 2004. She delighted in being a beloved mother, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was generous in her “just because” shipments of cookies to friends and family far and wide. She loved the people of High Street Methodist Church in Fostoria, Ohio, and Calvary United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, Ohio, and grew especially close to the women in her United Methodist Women circles.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Scott E. Evenbeck of West New York, New Jersey; a daughter, Lynne E. (Joe) Long of Grand Rapids, Ohio; grandchildren Kevin J. Long (Jennifer Turner) and Benjamin F. Evenbeck III (Katie); and three great-grandchildren. Her parents, Thomas Burton Kelley and Garnette Shafer Kelley, her sister, Donna Coffman, and husband, Benjamin Frankin Evenbeck, preceded her in death.
died June 11, 2019
Dororthy “Dottie” Cannistraro lived with deep faithfulness, good humor, and a commitment to sharing kindness with others. Born in Framingham in 1934, Dotty enjoyed the company of a large extended family during her childhood. Her strong will and determination gave her strength to buck the system and get the education she deserved in spite of her cerebral palsy. Her fighting spirit, coupled with unparalleled determination, made her an inspiration to those who had an opportunity to know her. Indeed, when Dottie graduated Mills School in Lincoln in 1953, long before the Americans with Disabilities Act or anything like it, no one who knew Dottie was surprised she accomplished that unlikely feat.
As a young adult, Dottie worked as a clerk librarian at Mills School Library. In the summer of 1962 she had the opportunity to attend Camp Freedom on Martha’s Vineyard. It was a fortuitous trip because it was there that she met Dominic “Dom” Cannistraro. Dom and Dottie married in 1970. Their marriage was one of mutual love, respect, and cooperation. They made their home in Lincoln where the sparkle in Dottie’s eye and her nurturing spirit made Dottie a favorite among neighborhood children, many of whom she cared for in her home-based childcare.
Dominic and Dottie were faithful members of St. Anne’s in the Fields in Lincoln, MA for thirty-four years. A woman of deep faith, Dorothy was an active member of the Women’s League there. After moving to Framingham, Dom and Dottie joined St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in 2004. Much to their surprise and delight their daughter, the Rev. Julie Carson, became rector of their congregation in 2007.
Dorothy glowed with pride at the accomplishments of Julie, her son-in-law Phil Carson, and grandchildren Natalie and Thomason Carson, all of whom survive. She was beloved by many nieces and nephews. Known as “Honey” to her extended family, it was a fitting nickname for someone as sweet and generous as Dottie. Dottie was proceeded in death by her parents and beloved husband Dominique.
A service of thanksgiving for Dottie’s life will be held at St. Anne’s in the Fields with interment of ashes to follow in the church memorial garden. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be sent to the Cerebral Palsy Foundation of America.