Martha L. Kennedy 1945-2021 | News, Sports, Jobs


BOARDMAN – Martha Lynn Kennedy, 76, died Thursday, October 7, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, with her family by her side.

Martha was born February 14, 1945 in Cleveland, daughter of Howard and Grace Hossler Bower.

A longtime resident of the region, she graduated from Poland Seminary High School and received her Bachelor of Education from Mount Union University. On January 14, 1967, she married Gary M. Kennedy and they were married for 49 years until her death on March 28, 2016.

For seven years, Ms. Kennedy worked as a second grade teacher at West Boulevard Elementary School, before starting her family. After raising her four daughters, Martha returned to the workforce and began working for the Ohio Utilities Protection Service. In 2004, she retired as a supervisor after 20 years of service.

Martha cherished many long-standing friendships that she had made over the years. Some of her fondest memories come from her family time at the Applewood Swim Club. In recent years, she enjoyed going to lunch, going to the movies and the casino with friends.

Martha will be remembered with love for her easy-going and kind nature, her willingness to always listen, her quick wit, and her ability to give sound, sound advice – her famous quote being: “That too will pass.” “

Martha is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (David) Downey of Boardman, Michelle (Bob) Smith of North Lima, Karey (Jason) Fantone of Austintown and Kim (Ryan) Allen of Beaver Township; eight grandchildren, Brandon (Amanda) Langenheim, Morgan and Zachary Smith, Alexis and Dominic Fantone, and Braeden, Kennedy and Emerson Allen; two step-great-grandchildren, Lorelei and Charlie Phillips; his brother, Gordon Bower of Parma; and nephews, David (Antoinette) Bower of Mentor and Jim (Denise) Bower of Parma.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Gayle Bower; and sister-in-law Nancy Bower.

At Martha’s request, there will be no call hours or service.

Any memorial tribute may take the form of contributions on Martha’s behalf to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Boardman, OH 44512.

Arrangements are made by Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland. Visit to share memories and condolences online with the family.

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