Connie Espenschied Hess

October 12, 1942 - October 3, 2020
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Connie K. (Gehring) Espenschied Hess, 77, of Dover, went home to be with her heavenly father on October 3, 2020, in the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born in Dover on October 12, 1942, she was the daughter of Dorothy Ellen (Weber) Smith and the late Myron W. Gehring.

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Connie K. (Gehring) Espenschied Hess, 77, of Dover, went home to be with her heavenly father on October 3, 2020, in the Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born in Dover on October 12, 1942, she was the daughter of Dorothy Ellen (Weber) Smith and the late Myron W. Gehring.

After completing her formal education at Beach City High School in 1960, she began her professional career working for John B. Garver in Strasburg before joining GTE as a head operator.

Then, she shared her talents with Kent State University Tuscarawas in 1968, entering the educational system as a secretary, moving into the administration and ultimately becoming Director of Admissions. Connie’s mission at Kent State was to encourage all students to continue their formal education after high school no matter what their circumstances. She always preached being the best you can be and helped many achieve that status during her 35-year tenure with the university.

While at Kent, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Student Activities Committee. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Kent State University Regional Campuses Award for Outstanding Service.

Connie was the first female president of the Dover Kiwanis Club and a past president of the Mother’s Club for the Dover Tornadoes.

Her outgoing personality and love for life was evident in each conversation, always ending the interaction with, “Why don’t we have lunch some day?” She knew no strangers. She and her husband, Barry, were members at Strasburg United Methodist Church where she was an active member, participating in the choir, food pantry, Bible study, Sunday School, and leadership team. She also loved her Sunday School class at St. Paul UMC in Largo, Florida.

Connie loved wintering in Florida for the past 20 years and enjoyed her summer home on Seneca Lake too. She had a passion for sports, loved music, but most importantly, was a proud, supportive, and loving wife, mom, and “Grammy”.

Connie will be deeply missed and always cherished by her family including her husband, Barry Hess, of Dover; her children, Connie (Tim) Dennison of Dover and Todd (Lisa) Espenschied of Hilliard; Barry’s children, Lori (Steve) Tompos of Elmhurst, IL, and Kent (Stephanie) Hess of Gahanna; her 10 dear grandchildren; her mother, Dorothy Smith of Dover; and her siblings, Mike (Terri) Gehring, Randy (Charlotte) Gehring, Mark (Trudy) Gehring, Vicki Mercer, Lisa (Kelly) Abbuhl. Completing the family are several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Friday, October 9, 2020 in the Geib Funeral Center at Dover from 4 to 7 p.m. Pastors Joyce Hoile and Steven Court will officiate a celebration of her life on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Entombment will follow the service in the Dover Burial Park.

In supporting her love of education and her faith, memorial contributions in Connie’s memory may be directed to either the Tuscarawas County University Foundation, 330 University DR NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663, for the development of an educational scholarship for a Kent State Tuscarawas student, or to the Strasburg United Methodist Church, 206 2nd St NW, Strasburg, OH 44680.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020

Time: 11:00 am

Geib Funeral Center at Dover

Address:

5600 N Wooster Avenue, Dover, OH, 44622

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2020

Dover Burial Park

Address:

N Wooster Avenue, DOVER, OH, 44622

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Tuscarawas County University Foundation

For the development of an educational scholarship for a Kent State Tuscarawas student.

330 University Dr. NE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Strasburg United Methodist Church

206 2nd St. NW
Strasburg, OH 44680

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

James Huff posted on 10/14/20

So sorry to hear of Connie's passing. Met this lovely lady at Kent State Tuscarawas Branch in 1968. Always glad to see her in the office as being an older student, LOL (same age), we had a lot in common. R.I.P Connie. Wonderful lady. Jim Huff

 

john a. hess and family posted on 10/12/20

so very sorry for our loss. we will always keep you in our thoughts.

 

Pat dunn posted on 10/11/20

Dear Barry, Connie and Todd and families, So sorry and shocked to hear about your loved one and my friend Connie! She certainly touched many lives with her smile and caring ways! I am very sorry but hope you can rest well knowing she is in the best hands, our Heavenly Father! May He feel near to all of you as He comforts you! Prayers and love, Pat Fox Dunn

 

C. Mel McAfee posted on 10/9/20

Sorry for your loss,. She was a person that you couldn't help like being around her. She loved her sports. I would see her and Barry every year at the Boys State Basketball. She was always looking for tickets. Come game time, her and Barry would have the best seats in the house. Mel McAfee

 

Bill and Peggy Elmhurst posted on 10/9/20

Love and blessings to Barry and family! Connie had a beautiful loving spirit that she shared with us and her Florida Church family during their many years with the Friendship Class at St Paul Methodist. Prayers and God's comfort now and always!

 

Jeff and Katy Raynor posted on 10/8/20

We surely enjoyed our time with Barry and Connie as Sunday School classmates in Strasburg. What a truly delightful couple! Katy and I offer our condolences to Barry and family.

 

Barbara Scott posted on 10/7/20

Barry and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray pur heavenly father will wrap his arms around you and give you peace,

 

Walter Gritzan posted on 10/7/20

My condolences to Barry, Connie, Todd and the entire family. I had the opportunity to work with Connie at KSU from 1986 until she retired. While working with her I got the chance to know her through our many interactions. Family, faith and KSU were everything to Connie. I will miss her instant smile, pleasant nature, and zest for life. You will never be far from her as I am sure she will have gifted a little bit of herself into each one of you. God Bless. Walter Gritzan

 

Mike Patrick posted on 10/7/20

Connie, Todd and families (and the Tusc campus family), So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Such a nice lady. She will certainly be missed.

 

David Lynn May, Sr. posted on 10/7/20

Connie and Todd, So sorry to hear about your mother. I probably met her at one of our South Elementary school functions, I'm sure. My prayers for peace and comfort go out to you and your families. Dave

 

Don W. & Cleo Levengood posted on 10/6/20

Our prayers and sympathy to the family.

 

William Monte posted on 10/6/20

Barry, Connie, & Todd, I’m sad to see Connie one of the original pilgrims of KSUTC has left our midst. We had many good times together in our journey to see that the Tuscarawas campus provided a quality education locally. You are in our prayers as you rest her in peace. Blessings, The Monte family - Bill, Cathy, Penny, & Rob.

 

Donna Laughlin posted on 10/6/20

I just found out that my neighbor passed away suddenly. She was the best neighbor on Monroe Street. I will miss her. She was a ray of sunshine. I am very upset.

 

Nancy Myers posted on 10/6/20

I know Connie is free at last from all pain and worldly cares, and in this I find some comfort. My sympathy to the family and prayers for God's comfort and strength. My heart is broken for you and myself for the loss of such a kind and gentle lady. She will always live in our hearts.

 

Sandy and Keith Miller posted on 10/6/20

We are so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. She was always so friendly and I enjoyed talking to her. This is a a shock. Sending our Sincere and Deepest Sympathy to her family.

 

Linda Kurtzman Doyle posted on 10/6/20

My sincere sympathy to the Hess and Gehring families. Connie was a classmate and dear friend of my late brother, Bob at BCHS. I have fond memories of her as a majorette and cheerleader for the Pirates. May she rest in peace and enjoy a reunion with her 1960 classmates . . . Butch, Corabelle, Darryl, Elma Kay, Lovene, Ted, Dale and so many more who left us too soon.

 

Denny and Barb Traver posted on 10/6/20

Our sincere sympathy to Barry and family. We will not be able to be with you at this time. With COVID, orders from Doctor to stay home as much as possible and avoid gatherings. Just know that you have our thoughts, love and prayers at this very difficult time. Connie will be missed! We miss times together with our SS class. Again you have our sympathy, love, and prayers. God Bless! Denny and Barb

 

Lori Devore posted on 10/6/20

Dear Connie, So sorry for your loss. I remember meeting your mom at your grandma’s dining table at Northwood. She was a very inspiring person. Very glad I met her. Lori Devore

 

Victoria Eaton posted on 10/6/20

Connie, My thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Cathie Akins posted on 10/6/20

Connie, Todd and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mom. The neighborhood will never be the same. I pray your memories sustain you during this difficult time. Cathie and Steve Akins

 

Krista harstine posted on 10/5/20

Connie, Erin and Emily, Praying for you all! Gods the God of comfort. Love and prayers

 

Jack Phillips posted on 10/5/20

Rest In Peace Connie , you accomplished much. Prayers to the family.

 

Carol Edie posted on 10/5/20

Barry, and family so sorry to here of Connie passing you have our deepest sympathy. Spencer & Carol Edie

 

Wynne Smith posted on 10/5/20

When I think of Connie, I think of her as kind, sweet and classy. Always a smile on her face. She was such a wonderful addition to this community. She will be missed. Our sincere thoughts and prayers to her family . Love Bob, Wynne and family

 

Jim Kinsey posted on 10/5/20

I will always remember Connie as someone with a smiling face and dedication to our campus and its students. I worked with her for over thirty years and will miss her greatly. Our sympathy goes out to Barry, Todd, Connie, and families. Jim and Connie Kinsey

 

Marianne Thompson Tanner posted on 10/5/20

My deepest sympathy to Connie’s family. I have many fond memories of her as out Kent Tusc cheer advisor in the early 1980’s.

 

kas kaswinkel posted on 10/5/20

Barry and family - Our deepest sympathy to you all - she was a great lady and always so friendly - Bev and Kas Kaswinkel (your realtor for a period of time)

 

Karen Hudak posted on 10/5/20

Barry and Family, So sorry to hear of Connie's passing. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. Love, Ed and Karen (Berry) Hudak

 

Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 10/5/20

Connie, Todd and families, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. Such a lovely lady. She will certainly be missed.

 

Brenda Mari Burton posted on 10/5/20

So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. You and your family have my sincere sympathy!!! Brenda Mari Burton

 

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