Donna Christine Megenhardt, 81, of Streetsboro, died Oct. 17, 2013, at the Gardens of Western Reserve.
She was born March 15, 1932 in Akron to Bob Carlin and Roxie (Raubenolt) Henry. She attended Akron schools. Two highlights of her young years were playing baseball with her brother, parents and the neighborhoods kids and spending time with her grandparents on their farm in Shreve.
At age 20, she married Neil Baldwin. They lived in different parts of the country while he served in the U.S. Air Force, eventually settling in Stow. They were later divorced. She graduated from University of Akron with a degree in education, then taught kindergarten at Wilcox School in Twinsburg for 35 years.
In 1968, she married Richard Megenhardt, her husband for 38 years until he died in 2004. They were drawn together by their mutual love of raising and showing dogs. She was well known for her ability to train and show Pomeranians and developed many champions. Together, they ran Meg's Kennel for many years and had many close and special friends through this shared hobby. Their home was always full of prancing little feet.
After her husband died, she found friendship and fellowship through the Streetsboro Senior Center, the First United Methodist Church and a grief group. She met a very special friend, Jose Suarez. They enjoyed hours of ballroom and square dancing, concerts and exercise, and made many friends through these activities. She also met her dear friend and companion, Phyllis Wise. She looked forward to church each Sunday followed by lunch with a group of ladies.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Carlin Henry.
She is survived by her nieces, Kristin (Volker) Teller of Ogden, Utah, and Taryn (Phillip) Henry-Latham of Pasadena, Calif.; great-nieces Sarah and Allie Teller; some cousins; and members of Mr. Megenhardt's family.
A celebration of life and funeral service were Oct. 18 at Shorts-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Home, Streetsboro Chapel.
Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.