Our angel, Nancy Kay (Oster) Beken, 76, of Rootstown, Ohio, was called to her heavenly home surrounded by her loving family on January 29, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.
She was born February 12, 1942, in Akron, Ohio to Paul and Rosalie Oster. She was a 1960 graduate of Akron Garfield High School.
Nancy married Ronald Beken on June 25, 1960. He was the love of her life. They were to celebrate 59 years of marriage this year.
Nancy was a stay at home mom who was involved in Bettes, Jennings, and North High School PTA's and also served as President of Akron Council of PTA's in 1989. She returned to the work force in 1989 and recently retired in 2016 after 26 years as an Administrator with the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge where she made many lifetime friends. Nancy loved to sing and was a member of the Patterson Park Mother Singers and later, the church choir at the Rootstown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed being with people, laughing, lunching, and bible study. Most of all, she treasured her family and her many, many friendships. She was an example of living and loving a life through Christ.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Ron; daughters and sons-in-law, Paula (Joe) Pascucci of Murphy, NC, Nannette Colando of Akron, OH, Roni (Vince) Racco of Green, OH; grandchildren, Angel (Matthew) Thornton, Adriona Miller, Alissa (Lee McKeown, fiancee) Miller, Alexandra Frashuer, Jamin Davis; great-granddaughters, Sophia and Savana McKeown; sister-in-law, Margaret (Joe) Lapinski; best friend, Janet Neubert; furry son, O'Reilly Beken; many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her brothers, Kent Boden, Gordon Oster, Norman Oster, and son-in-law, Jerry Colando.
The family would like to send our heartfelt thank you to Dr. Steven Waggoner of University Hospital Case Medical Center for giving us that second opinion and taking her under his wonderful care; her nurses from Western Reserve Hospice, Margaret and Trina, and family friend, Lora Proudley, your love and care will never be forgotten. The family would especially like to acknowledge their father, Ron. He set the perfect example of the vow "in sickness and in health". He loved and cared for our mother dutifully every day and never let a day go by without expressing his love for his sweetheart.
Donations in Nancy's memory may be given to Rootstown United Methodist Church or Rootstown Fire and EMS, 4152 Tallmadge Rd., Rootstown, OH 44272.
Calling hours will be Friday, February 1, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at Rootstown United Methodist Church, 4065 State Route 44, Rootstown, OH 44272, where funeral services will take place on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Don Richards officiating. Cremation will take place at a later date and the family will have a private interment at Homeland Cemetery in Rootstown, OH.
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