In Memoriam Helena Sturkey

Former club member Helena Sturkey has joined other great Kiwanians in heaven. Helena was an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know her. She was a tireless supporter of club projects, many of which she originated. Her passion was young children and their well being. She supported the food bank at Middlebury Chapel as well as their Wednesday Night Kids Club. Those are two of the projects we adopted as a club.

Helena will be missed, both as a friend and as a Kiwanian.


Florence Helena Sturkey, 70, went to be with the Lord April 16, 2013. Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas, she was an educator with the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools, Revere Local Schools and the University of Akron. Her affiliations include Middlebury Chapel, Kiwanis International, Ohio Middle School Association, Ohio Council of Teachers of English-Language Arts, and Weathervane Community Playhouse Board of Trustees. Florence was preceded in death by her parents, Vera and William Sturkey, II; and great nephew, Will. She is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill and Linda, Robert and Erin, Edward and Daphne, Paul and Pam; sister, Janice; nephews and nieces, Myke, Dave, Sarah, Aaron, Jackson, Laura, Mitchell, Marissa and Rebecca; great niece, Peyton; and many cousins, colleagues and friends. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Cross Point Alliance Church, 855 Rothrock Rd., Copley, OH 44321, with Rev. Jim Gergon officiating. Private family inurnment at Mt. Peace Cemetery. Friends may call 4-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Middlebury Chapel’s Open Hand Food Pantry or Kid’s Club, 82 S. Arlington St., Akron 44305, or the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Ohio Valley Chapter, 7124 Miami Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45234. To share a Memory, Send a Condolence, Light a Candle or Send Flowers, visit the Tribute Wall at (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel)


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