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Audrey Sparks

October 13, 2021

Audrey Sparks

Audrey M Sparks, age 81, of Norwalk, Ohio passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 after battling lung cancer.

She was born on December 2, 1939, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to the late John and Elizabeth (Kovalsky) Vanderaar and lived in the Norwalk area most of her life. Audrey graduated from St. Paul High School in 1957, where she was an honor student and a cheerleader. She furthered her education at Bowling Green State University. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. Audrey enjoyed traveling to almost all 50 states in the United States, watching her favorite sport, football, especially THE Ohio State Buckeyes, and spending quality time with her husband of 61 years, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Audrey was previously a “heavenly duster” at St. Paul Catholic Church, as well as a worker at their funeral luncheons. She planned semi-annual lunches for her classmates as she was designated the “sunshine committee of one”.

Audrey is survived by her husband Howard “Tom” Sparks, whom she married on September 17, 1960; children Denise (Michael) Behary of West Salem, Ohio and Michael of Bucyrus, Ohio. Audrey is also survived by her grandchildren Daniel (Gilicove) Woods of Akron, Ohio; Andrew Woods of Oakland, California; Matthew Woods of Medina, Ohio; Kristen Woods (fiance Christian Baughman) of Seville, Ohio; Caitlyn Sparks of Bucyrus, Ohio; Amanda (Boston) Ballmer of Swartz Creek, Michigan; Nathan Sparks of Columbus, Ohio; and step-grandson Michael Behary of Medina, Ohio. Her great-grandchildren include Finnegan Woods of Akron, Ohio and Michael Joseph (M.J.) Behary of Medina, Ohio. Audrey is also survived by her brother John (Patricia) Vanderaar of Berea, Ohio; brother-in-law Ronald (Patricia) Sparks of Monroeville, Ohio; sister-in-law Elaine Sparks of Plain City, Ohio; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Gloria Scagnetti, the David Bleile family, the Todd Moore family, and the rest of the Stoll family.

Besides her parents and in-laws, Dr. Howard and Mary Sparks, Audrey was preceded in death by her brother-in-law F. Edward Sparks, great nephew Jason Sparks, and Donna Moore, her best friend of 50 years.

There will be no viewing; however, the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be immediately after Mass at Riverside Cemetery in Monroeville. A celebration of life luncheon will be held after burial at the St. Paul Gathering Space. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.stpaulchurch.org . At Audrey’s request, please wear something “sparkly” to her services and celebration of life. Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, the Norwalk Area Food Bank, St. Paul Alumni Association, or Norwalk Catholic School.

Audrey’s family would like to thank Stein Hospice for their excellent care, as well as her Cleveland Clinic doctors Dr. Gregory Videtic and Dr. Peter Mazzone.

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Audrey M Sparks, age 81, of Norwalk, Ohio passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 after battling lung cancer.

She was born on December 2, 1939, in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to the late John and Elizabeth (Kovalsky) Vanderaar and lived in the Norwalk area most of her life. Audrey graduated from St. Paul High School in 1957, where she was an honor student and a cheerleader. She furthered her education at Bowling Green State University. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. Audrey enjoyed traveling to almost all 50 states in the United States, watching her favorite sport, football, especially THE Ohio State Buckeyes, and spending quality time with her husband of 61 years, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. Audrey was previously a “heavenly duster” at St. Paul Catholic Church, as well as a worker at their funeral luncheons. She planned semi-annual lunches for her classmates as she was designated the “sunshine committee of one”.

Audrey is survived by her husband Howard “Tom” Sparks, whom she married on September 17, 1960; children Denise (Michael) Behary of West Salem, Ohio and Michael of Bucyrus, Ohio. Audrey is also survived by her grandchildren Daniel (Gilicove) Woods of Akron, Ohio; Andrew Woods of Oakland, California; Matthew Woods of Medina, Ohio; Kristen Woods (fiance Christian Baughman) of Seville, Ohio; Caitlyn Sparks of Bucyrus, Ohio; Amanda (Boston) Ballmer of Swartz Creek, Michigan; Nathan Sparks of Columbus, Ohio; and step-grandson Michael Behary of Medina, Ohio. Her great-grandchildren include Finnegan Woods of Akron, Ohio and Michael Joseph (M.J.) Behary of Medina, Ohio. Audrey is also survived by her brother John (Patricia) Vanderaar of Berea, Ohio; brother-in-law Ronald (Patricia) Sparks of Monroeville, Ohio; sister-in-law Elaine Sparks of Plain City, Ohio; many nieces and nephews; and special friends Gloria Scagnetti, the David Bleile family, the Todd Moore family, and the rest of the Stoll family.

Besides her parents and in-laws, Dr. Howard and Mary Sparks, Audrey was preceded in death by her brother-in-law F. Edward Sparks, great nephew Jason Sparks, and Donna Moore, her best friend of 50 years.

There will be no viewing; however, the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be immediately after Mass at Riverside Cemetery in Monroeville. A celebration of life luncheon will be held after burial at the St. Paul Gathering Space. The Mass will be live-streamed at www.stpaulchurch.org . At Audrey’s request, please wear something “sparkly” to her services and celebration of life. Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice, the Norwalk Area Food Bank, St. Paul Alumni Association, or Norwalk Catholic School.

Audrey’s family would like to thank Stein Hospice for their excellent care, as well as her Cleveland Clinic doctors Dr. Gregory Videtic and Dr. Peter Mazzone.

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Larry Bender

Akron, OH, USA
October 18, 2021

Hoping you remember all the good times you had together. Please know she is now with our Father in in heaven. May he bless you through this time and comfort you and the family

Mary Lou (Finch) Clark

Huntington Beach, CA, USA
October 16, 2021

Rest In Peace, dear Audrey! You will live in my heart forevermore and I will always cherish and treasure our friendship of over 65 years! I pray that the precious Peace of Christ comfort and surround your family and friends at this sad and difficult time.
Love and hugs, sweet friend!
Mary Lou (Finch) Clark

Monica cerosky

Blue Ridge, GA, USA
October 15, 2021

Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family. Keep her beautiful memories in your hearts. May thoughts of her wonderful smile brighten your days.

Kirk & Beth Ambrose

Rittman, OH, United States
October 15, 2021

Sparks Family,

We are sorry to hear of the passing of Audrey. She was a kind and welcoming person. Kirk spent much of his childhood at your home and has many fond memories of time spent with the Sparks family. May your own special memories and the peace of God comfort all of you at this time.

Fred Holland

The Villages, FL, USA
October 14, 2021

Tom, Denise, and Mike,
Be thankful for all the many happy years you all got to spend with Audrey. I always appreciated her friendliness, pleasant smile, and those tasty little pizzas she always made when I was visited. I continue to keep you all in my thoughts and thoughts and prayers.
Fred

The Miu Family

BEREA, OH, US
October 14, 2021

Beautiful Aunt Audrey- lovely smiles, wonderful cooking and so much fun! You were much loved and will be missed! We have such wonderful memories, you will always be with us

Betty Weisend Glynn

Glendale, AZ, United States
October 14, 2021

Rest in Peace dear Audrey. Though I didn't see you often dear Audrey. It was always a very pleasant experience. My heart and my prayers go out to your family and friends. Sincerely, Betty ( Pat Vanderaar's sister.