William Lammers Obituary (2021) – Fairlawn, OH
William I. (Bill) Lammers, 90, of Fairlawn died on August 25, 2021 after a short battle with COVID-19. He was fully vaccinated. He was the son of Irving and Ann Lammers and was born in Jackson, Michigan on June 29, 1931. He was predeceased by his parents and by his wife of 60 years, Roseanne (nÃ©e Raub), who he married in 1959. He is survived by his sons, William Lammers Jr. and John Lammers (Jennifer); daughter, Catharine Lammers Kessler (Thomas) and granddaughters, Sophia and Sara Lammers. Bill lived most of his childhood in Detroit with a stop in Queens, New York and another in Connecticut. After graduating from the Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut in 1949, he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in Marketing and graduated with Distinction in 1953. He served in the US Army 1953-55 before starting a 31-year career. in sales and management at Firestone, working first in Akron, then moved to Michigan, then returning to stay in Akron. He then owned two bookstores – the Newsstand in Cuyahoga Falls and the Newsrack in Akron – from 1987 until his retirement in 1996. Bill and Roseanne were married on June 6, 1959. They first lived in Akron, then in Michigan, then in Cuyahoga. Falls before moving to their new home on Brookpark Drive in Northampton Township, where they raised their family. After their children grew up, they moved to Fairlawn in 1986. Bill was an active member of Toastmasters, the Cuyahoga Falls Executive Club, and the Cuyahoga Falls Rotary Club. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls from 1965 to 1986 and St. Hilary Parish in Fairlawn since 1986. He also volunteered at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General for many years. Earlier this summer, in late June and early July, Bill celebrated his 90th birthday with his children and grandchildren, as he and his family enjoyed barbecues, tours and memorable conversations about good times past and present. Bill was healthy and fit when he was 90 years old. It looked only a day older than 26 summers ago when he walked his daughter down the aisle to her wedding and chose Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” as the song for the song. unforgettable father-daughter dance of him and Catherine. Bill has always loved New York City, dating back to his childhood when he and his friends took the Staten Island ferry. He and Roseanne traveled there often. They also enjoyed memorable trips to Europe. Bill loved the Irish Notre Dame Fighting football team and was also a fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Cavaliers. Above all, he was a loving, dedicated, supportive and proud husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed and will be remembered for always having a positive outlook on everything. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General for their care and compassion during Bill’s illness. Memorial Mass will be held at 9 am on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at St. Hilary Catholic Church, 2750 W. Market St. Fairlawn, Ohio 44333, which friends can attend one hour before. Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to Catholic charities.
Published by Akron Beacon Journal on Aug 29, 2021.