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Former wife of Akron mayor dies

7/25/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

BARBERTON — Mary Plusquellic, 63, the former wife of Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic, passed away July 19. She was found deceased by her brother at about 10:30 that morning in an apartment in the 500 block of Fifth St. N.E., according to the Barberton Police Department.

The couple, who married in 1972, were divorced in 2007.

An autopsy was pending, but a Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman said the cause of death appeared to be natural and related to cardiac issues.

According to the obituary from Eckard Baldwin Funeral Home, Mary Plusquellic was born in Akron to the late Michael and Helen (Almasie) Goffee, was a 1968 graduate of Kenmore High School and earned an associate degree in counseling from The University of Akron.

She had worked at Clarkins, in the Summit County Auditor’s Office and as a counselor for Oriana House. She was also a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

According to her obituary, she was fond of playing cards and bingo, bowling, watching the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians and working in her yard.

In addition to her parents, Plusquellic was preceded in death by her stepfather, Earl Nickerson, and brother, Michael Goffee. She is survived by her children, Dave (Kelly) and Michelle (Mike) Zupancic; grandchildren, Abby, Ally, Adam, Anna, Evan and Addy; and brothers Ken (Sharon) Goffee and Ron Goffee.

A funeral Mass took place July 23, with entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Oriana House or a charity of choice.

Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.

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