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Suzanne (Twynham) Wasick, 79, passed away at her home in the company of her husband and children on January 5, 2023, after a brief illness.
Suzanne spent her life in her beloved Copley Township, where she was a driving force for decades. When her children were young, she was active in Cub Scouts, PTA and the School Board, and helped save memories of Indian Springs Elementary School. She also worked for several years as a reporter for the Village Views newspaper. In addition, she worked behind the scenes with Ohio Sportsmen and Farmers League, doing everything from frying fish to balancing the books.
As a founding member of Copley Historical Society (along with her mother Peg) and active community member, Suzanne was a key player in several large projects including the relocation and restoration of the Copley Train Depot, development of Copley Heritage Day festival and parade, and various other civic events. One little known fact is that she stored the Copley Cannon in the family barn until a suitable place of honor was built by BSA Troop 382. Suzanne was instrumental in putting Copley on the map with regard to preserving the township's history.
She was very proud of the family farm, Foxfire Orchard, which produced honey, apples and cider for many years. Her pride and joy was their unique historical home, which she designed nearly single-handedly, and within which she incorporated remnants of various barns, businesses and homes from Copley and beyond. Her fingerprints are found across the property. Suzanne's beloved flowers will live on in many households and gardens across the country.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, W. Mark, of Copley; their children Beth Buchanan (Chip) of Buchanan, Virginia, and Jeff Wasick (Georganne) of Atlanta, Georgia; granddaughters Rachel and Elise Buchanan and Kate, Claire and Phoebe Wasick; sister Nancy (Twynham) Trusler and sister-in-law Terry McElhinny; and many loving out-laws.
Suzanne is preceded in death by her parents, Archie W. and Marguerite ("Peg") Twynham; brothers Richard McElhinny and Harry Twynham; and sister Lucille (McElhinny) Rowland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Copley Outreach Center, 1518 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, Ohio 44321 or copleyoutreach.org.
Instead of a traditional memorial service, Suzanne has requested that family and friends gather for karaoke and camaraderie in the near future, where she will be watching quietly from behind the counter, with a smirk on her face, and doing a great job hiding, as always, from the camera.
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