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Fairlawn Lutheran Church
Monday January 24th, 2022
5:30pm - 6:30pm

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Fairlawn Lutheran Church
Monday January 24th, 2022

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Carolyn Ann Rees (Hovance)

Carolyn “Nan” Rees, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

She was born in Lakewood, Ohio to the late Hubert and Lenila (O’Donnell) Hovance.
As a lifelong resident of the Portage and Summit County areas, she lived in Mantua, Kent, Akron and Norton, Ohio. Carolyn graduated from Kent Roosevelt High School in 1966 and Kent State University with a degree in math.

She retired from a career at B.F. Goodrich where she worked in information systems, programming and systems analyst.

Carolyn married Robert “Bob” in 1978 and they were active members of Fairlawn Lutheran Church.

Carolyn will best be remembered as “Mrs. Wiz” for her 45+ years as a professional magician, earning accolades as local magician of the year, being featured in Magic Magazine and serving as a judge at national level magic competitions. She was an accomplished musician and pet photographer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lenila (O’Donnell) and Hubert Hovance, sister Sharon More-Jacoby; brother, Michael Hovance and nephew Michael Patrick More.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Robert Rees; sisters, Lydene (Danny) Kende of Ravenna; Elise (Ken) Enloe of Florida; nieces, Bridget (Chris) Frederick of Elyria; Stephanie (Phil) Kuhn of Florida; nephews, Tim (Gail) More, Shannon (Jenifer) More, both of Randolph, and Shane More of Madison. She is also survived by mother-in-law, Norma Cope, Dover; sisters-in-law, Peggy Sibila (John), and Shari Strickmaker (Doug), both of Dover; niece, Jackie Luthy and nephew, Brian Strickmaker, also of Dover, OH.

The family will greet friends at Fairlawn Lutheran Church, 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn, OH on Monday, January 24th, 2022 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a Memorial Service at 6:30 p.m.

Due to COVID pandemic, we request that hose attending the service and/or visitation will practice social distancing and wear face masks. If you are unable to attend or do not wish to attend, we understand, your love and prayers will be appreciated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fairlawn Lutheran Church c/o Bell choir or the Humane Society of Summit County, 7996 Darrow Rd., Twinsburg, Ohio, 44087 in memory of Carolyn Rees.

You are invited to hbm-fh.com to view Carolyn’s tribute wall and offer condolences and share memories.

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Bob, may the peace that can only come from God fill you. She was a wonderful person, I will never forget when she presented me with the MOTY award at a banquet. You are in our prayers

Bob "The Shadow" Marquis Jan 24 2022 4:38 PM

Thinking of you today and always Bob. God has an amazing new angel. May the love of family, pets and friends surround you and help you heal.

Kat Harrison Jan 24 2022 10:59 AM

Love the picture Bob selected of Carolyn! Bob and Carolyn have been good friends of mine over the years. I was privileged to serve as their pastor while I was in Akron. I still remember inviting the Wiz and Mrs Wiz down to my church in New Philadelphia, Ohio for a Sunday service. Bob spoke and did magic. Carolyn played "In the Mood" on the piano for the offertory. Oh my!!! Bob and Carolyn have blessed the lives of many people! Carolyn will surely be missed.

Rev. Dr. John McFarland Jan 23 2022 12:33 PM

Bob, love the picture you chose of her. Still remember her piano version of "In the Mood" during offering at our church in New Philadephia, Ohio. I have been blessed by your friendship and honored to have served as a pastor to you and Carolyn during our ministry in Akron.

Rev. Dr. John McFarland Jan 23 2022 8:02 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Carolyn Rees

Bob Jan 22 2022 12:08 PM

John and I have a little of Carolyn with us everyday., because Bob gave us her small dog Butch-Butch. We love Carolyn and will greatly miss her on this side of heaven.

John and Linda Benson Jan 21 2022 12:31 PM

Carolyn was like a little tornado behind Bob! And with such character. Met her and Bob when they started attending Wintergreen Ledges Church of God. Loved their humor and the talent they had as Magicians 🎩 ❤

Pastor Jim and Maryann Roma Jan 19 2022 9:45 PM

I remember her from Wintergreen Ledges COG. Sweet person and always had a beautiful smile. My condolences Bob and family.

Pam Eberly Jan 19 2022 2:02 PM

My wife, love, and best friend for 51 years. My love continues.

Bob Rees Jan 19 2022 8:20 AM