Gertrude Alice Kenngott (nee Mishler), 94 years young, passed away peacefully from natural causes on February 26th, 2021.
Born on a Suffield dairy farm in 1926 to Clayton and Gertrude Mishler (nee Dulabahn) and raised by her stepfather, Harold Mishler. Alice was the youngest of five and a lifelong member of the Springfield Church of the Brethren.
Her farm girl ways never left her, nor did her love of the outdoors. She cherished memories of early years tending to the cows, climbing trees and, picking cherries from their orchard with her brother David and, accompanying her mother on her egg route. She loved telling these stories and many others in vivid detail. While living on the farm she met and married the love of her life, Milton Max Kenngott. They were married in 1949 after he returned from the war. They eventually built a house that she loved in Mogadore, where they lived out their lives and raised their family of six.
Preceded in death by Milton, her loving husband of 57 years; son, Allen; daughter-in-law, Debbie; brothers, Wilfred and Lloyd; and sister, Geraldine. She is survived by brother, David; children, Carolyn (Gus) and their children, Natalie and Marshall (Amelia) of Victor, Mont., Max (Debbie) and their children, Allison (Gabe), Lindsay (Matt) and Cody (Sarah) of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter-in-law, Cathy (Allen) and their children, Max, Maria and Sarah of Akron, Cindy (Alan) and her son, Brent of Tallmadge, Melanie and her children, Lauren, Roxanne and David of Akron, Chris (Melissa) and their children, Zoe and Skylar of Takoma Park, Md.; great-grandchildren, Gracie, River, Colby, Cooper and Zella. We know she is shining down on us from heaven with Milton and Allen by her side.
Alice will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered. Upon graduation from high school, she worked for Goodyear Tire and Rubber and later for the University of Akron for many years where she put all six children through college. She and Milton also had a flower business that specialized in Gladiolas, Liatris, Sunflowers and Stargazer Lilies. This was a family affair and instilled in each child a love of nature and a strong work ethic. Alice had a childlike spirit and curiosity. She marveled at the clouds, loved the songs of birds and treasured her beloved books.
Special thanks to Melanie Kenngott-Smethers and Angela who took special care of her till the end, as well as the Mishler and Landenberger families who were always there for her.
A private funeral service will be held at the Springfield Church of the Brethren, 3500 Albrecht Avenue, Akron, OH 44312 with Pastor Andrew Wenger officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery.
Donations can be made to the church, or to The International Rett Syndrome Organization, www.rettsyndrome.org