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Trees

Berry Newlin
My son lived nearly 30 years with severe disabilities, having seizures daily. He also had the most loving personality of anyone I ever knew. He captured the hearts of everyone who met him. I miss him daily, knowing I will see him again when I meet him in heaven.
Jerry Bennett
DSCF6090_jpgOn May 11, 2011 a tree was planted to honor Jerry Bennett - our father, our husband, our grandpa, and our friend. Jerry was a master gardener; there was not a plant he couldn’t grow. He did a great job cultivating people as well. We are all blessed to have known him. He made this world a better place. In addition to gardening Jerry painted, he hiked, he enjoyed scuba diving and bike riding, and he kept bees to help pollinate the many thousands of flowers he grew. The oak tree is a great fit for dad. It’s strong and beautiful, just as he was in this world. The Bennett Family
Orra & Howard Bolton
Orra and Howard Bolton, my Grandparents, were married 63 years and lived on the farm. My brothers Jack, Jim and I have happy memories of summers on the farm and the red barn. Grandma and Grandpa were up at dawn working long hours, but there was still time for fun. It is fitting that Grandma's favorite saying was, "There is no such word as can't". Having only one arm made things difficult, but not impossible. They took in many homeless children and gave generously of what they had, making life better for all who knew them.

-Patricia Fagan Bennet

Benches

Barb Walker
Barbara WalkerBarb called Westerville home for nearly 50 years. She was the one all the kids called "Mom." She was at every soccer game, swim meet, and softball game cheering us on, running the bake sale, or bringing the snacks. She loved being a part of the community and was a founding committee member to help build the Westerville Bark Park. You could easily describe her as the Energizer Bunny. She was the hardest working woman we know. She never stopped. She filled every moment of every day. She loved baking, planting flowers, and being outdoors. If you ever tried her potato salad, apple pie, or homemade noodles, consider yourself lucky. Those were her signature dishes. Her greatest joy, though, was spending time with her grandkids - Ronan and Carly. She loved her family and friends and always went out of her way to make their lives better. She is deeply missed. We donate this bench in her honor - Chris, Aimee, Mike, Ronan, and Carly
Bob Helm
Bob Helm dedication_jpgIn July 2012, a bench was placed in McNamara Park in honor of Bob Helm - Bob was a valuable community volunteer and was a member of the Genoa Township Parks Advisory Board from 2009 to 2012. Bob always enjoyed the trails at McNamara Park and enjoyed speaking to residents along the trail. He will be missed by the staff and volunteers of the township.  
Cathy Mclaughlin
Cathy and I were happily married for 48 years. She suffered with dementia for the last 8 years. She was loved by everyone and she loved everyone. She will be missed.

-Robert Mclaughlin
Darlene Phythyon
In July 2012, a bench was placed in McNamara Park in honor of Darlene Phythyon - The bench is a memorial to Darlene Phythyon, my wife and the mother to our daughters, Sara and Mollie. Darlene loved her runs at McNamara Park and felt safe at the park. She had begun to run early in 2010 and enjoyed great results with her running program. Unfortunately, after a 4.5 mile run on April 21st, 2011, she never made it to the car. Her Life ended prematurely on the path. Our intent is to put the bench at the spot where she dropped and to be able to visit the park and sit on or near the spot. Bill Phythyon
Gary Handschke
handschke legacy photographIn loving memory of Gary Handschke.  Gary was a kind and generous man who staked his life on worshiping Jesus and serving others.  Gary's intentionality in the way he loved and enjoyed life is carried on in the legacy of his children and grandchildren.  Gary was a devoted husband to Nancy for 40 years, a loving father to Erica (Josh) Van Dop, Jacob (Jocelyn) Handschke and the beloved grandfather/Boppie to Caleb, Aaron, Taylor, Asher and Samantha.
Joanne Santill Rossum
Joanne Santill RossumIn memory of Joanne Santill Rossum. The grandmother of Matt Santill. Great grandmother to Juliette and Liliana (Lily) Santill. A lifelong Roman Catholic and a lover of all things nature.
Jody Sima
We are honoring our loving mother, wife, sister, aunt, mimi, and friend to many, Betty Jo (Jody) Sima.
Michael Tighe
Michael Tighe was a beloved resident of Barrington Estates for 7 years. He loved the Township's parks, leisure paths, and residents.
Nathan G Heinzman
Nathan Heinzman a beautiful soul that left us too soon. A loving son, father, brother, and friend. Nathan was always there when anyone needed him. He was funny, charming, handsome, compassionate and giving. Nathan will never be forgotten and will forever be in our hearts. Nathan is in a better place but he sure left a huge hole down here.

Love from all who knew him.
Philip R. Spinosi

Philip R. Spinosi smiling portraitBorn January 20, 1947 ~ Philip R. Spinosi…Son, Brother, Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. He loved his family and friends and would do anything he could for you. He grew up on Freeman Rd, in Westerville. He started a carpentry business that developed in to him being President of his own General Contracting firm in which he built commercially and some residential all over Ohio and the country. Besides his love of family and friends, he loved classic cars. He owned and restored his own T-Birds and a Corvette. Family would often hear stories of street racing and working on cars back in the day and how fast their cars were. He also loved watching football and would spend time relaxing to a good game and game day snacks. He was blessed to “retire” in a family home at Buckeye Lake and loved spending time on the water with his wife, Lynne, children and their families. Spending time with family and friends doing cookouts, boating, eating out became more of the norm in his last years. He is missed and loved by many!

His memorial is located at Freeman Park at the bench dedicated to his parents, Ralph and Dorothy Spinosi. Please enjoy sitting and reflecting on great memories you have!

Randy Raque
Raque Bench_jpgIn July 2012, a bench was placed in McNamara Park in honor of Randy Raque - The Raque girls (Donna, Rachel and Kelli) donated this bench as a gift for Randy Raque, our dad and husband, for Father's Day 2012. Our family LOVES Genoa Township - it's not just a nice place to live, we think it is a GREAT place to live. We especially love the parks and bike trails - so this bench is just a little way to give back to our wonderful community.
Schechinger Family
In July 2012, a bench was placed in McNamara Park in honor of the Schechinger Family - The Schechingers moved to Genoa Township in 2003. Joe Works for Wendy's Int'l and Sherri is a stay at home mom. Their daughter, Claire, has attended school in GWT from grade school thru high school. One of their favorite things about living here is the rural feel of the area and the lovely parks and trails. They have spent many enjoyable hours volunteering for events in the parks and biking and walking the trails. You are invited to sit on their bench, in McNamara Park, and enjoy a moment in their neighborhood like they have so many times.
Thomas James Knox
Thomas KnoxThomas was born and raised in the same house in Harvest Wind. Thomas attended Alcott and Genoa Middle Schools. He attended St. Charles High School in the fall of 2014. Thomas loved his family, dogs, friends, and hockey. Thomas passed away in his sleep from a misdiagnosed heart condition. You will forever be in our hearts until we are together again. Love Dad, Mom, Jenny, and Justin