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Louise A. Hanko

Louise A. Hanko, age 48, of Medina, passed away on Monday, December 26, 2016 at Barberton Hospital, Barberton, Ohio.

She was born on July 2, 1968 in Lorain. After she graduated from Lorain High School in 1986, she moved to Wood County where she began her career. Louise graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Bowling Green University and later, obtained her Master's Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Akron. She was extremely dedicated to her work and job and very proud to do what she did. Louise was an Administrator for the Department of Children Services, which was perfect for her because the children, as well as the elderly, were always her main concern and priority. Louise had such a big and caring heart, she truly loved what she did.

If you could not find her hard at work, you'd be able to find her serving in any group, club, committee, board, or organization offered, especially in her home city of Medina. She enjoyed being active throughout her community and was always on the "go". She even held the position of President for two boards at once. Louise worked with the Harvest for Hunger Food Bank as well as with a children's literacy and library program. When she actually found some free time, she loved to read herself. She also enjoyed sports, especially Cleveland sports. She was an avid concert-goer, and even more so, an avid and experienced traveler. Louise was fortunate to travel to so many places in her much-to-brief life. She traveled all over the United States and overseas. The past few years, she was able to take European vacations each year.

She will be dearly missed by her mother, Nancy (nee Shepherd), of Lorain, her 3 brothers; Thomas (Cynthia), of Florence, KY, Joel (Lorie), of Wellington, and John (Lori), of Mentor, nieces; Kellie, of Wellington, Jenell, of Oshkosh, and nephew, Zane, of Florence, KY. She is also survived by her aunts, uncles, and cousins. Louise made many friends throughout her life, and all will miss her greatly, especially two of her longtime and very close friends; Steve Zsinko and Ken Bender.

Louise was preceded in death by her father, Henry J., in 1995, her maternal grandparents; Harry and Lauretta Shepherd and paternal grandparents; Joseph and Kathryn Hanko.

The family held private services. Arrangements were under the care of Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain.

Donations, in her memory, may be made to the Women's Cancer Research Fund, 60 E. 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022, or to any charity that would benefit or supports the rescuing animals, which was always near and dear to Louise's heart. She rescued three of her beloved dogs...

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A beautiful smile to match a beautiful heart. Rest in peace in the arms of the angels dear colleague and friend.

Nancy Likens - January 10, 2017 at 12:38 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I worked with Louise for many years. She was an amazing person and had a great sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.Tina - ProtectOHIO

Tina Rutherford - January 05, 2017 at 07:39 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

"I offer my sincere sympathy at the passing of your loved one. I pray you all are strengthened by the message of hope found in God's Holy Word. May you receive comfort, knowing our God is there for us especially during times such as this."Psalm 46:1, Hebrews 4:12

Ward Family - December 29, 2016 at 05:42 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I will never forget all of the high school memories Louise and I made and am so glad we were able to connect at the reunions a couple of times. She made me smile and laugh and was always there to made the day brighter. She will be deeply missed but not forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Hanko family. - Marcie (Fair) Lowell

Marcie Lowell - December 28, 2016 at 08:45 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

She was very special!

Stefanie Drew - December 28, 2016 at 09:32 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Louise Hanko

Cheryl Johnson-Donaldson - December 28, 2016 at 03:59 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Louise was a true professional and committed to the care and support of those most vulnerable. She will be missed in her many roles she served in the Medina Community. May her memory live on through her service and caring of children, elderly and animals. Peace to the Hanko family,Karen Fitzgerald ( a colleague)

Karen Fitzgerald - December 28, 2016 at 03:16 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, Many fond memories of Louise throughout the school years. So nice to catch up her with at the Reunion this summer. Carolyn Neal

Carolyn Neal - December 28, 2016 at 01:22 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family.

Deb Barrella - December 28, 2016 at 12:31 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM