Geraldine's Story

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Geraldine Elizabeth Dufford-Yoho-Frohnapfel, 90, of Randolph, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at the Woodlands at Robinson in Ravenna, Ohio, after a short illness.
Born on Nov. 3, 1926, in New Castle, she was a daughter of Jesse and Eleanor Dufford. They both preceded her in death, along with her husband, Neil Yoho; and her brothers, Jesse Dufford and James Dufford.
Geri lived in Randolph, Ohio, for the past 25 years and is survived by her loving husband, John Fronhapfel, who danced into her life 25 years ago. She leaves behind her sons, David (Alice) Yoho and Daniel (Karen) Yoho; her grandchildren, Heidi Yoho, Todd Yoho, Ali Yoho and Adam Yoho; and her great-grandchildren, Sofia, Amelia and Kai.
Geri was also blessed to be part of John's family, including his children, Elizabeth, Patrick, Michael, Tina, Bert and Ann, along with 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Geri came to Rootstown, Ohio, in 1965 from New Castle, and proudly became the first female bus driver in Portage County when she went to work for Rootstown schools. In 1967, she became the food service manager for Rootstown High School and retired from that position after 35 years.
Always up for fun and a good time, she loved to be around family and friends, enjoyed cooking (especially for gatherings), crocheting, quilting, traveling, playing golf and visiting the beach. Geraldine never met a beach she didn't like. Walking the beach, collecting shells and sharks teeth (Shelllladygeri) as she fed her sun-worshiping passion during their winter vacation in Florida was a daily goal.
Her engaging smile and passion for life will be greatly missed by her family and friends with each taking away lasting thoughts and memories created during the time we knew her.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Homes, Ravenna Chapel, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with Pastor Bill Johnson officiating.
Burial with committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Elwood City.
Condolences and memories of Geri may be viewed and offered to the family at www.sscfuneral-homes.com.
Published on May 2, 2017
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