Memory Book

Memory Book

Barry 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.

Philip R. Spinosi smiling portrait

Philip R. Spinosi

Born 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!

Thomas KnoxThomas Knox
Thomas was born January 25, 2001 and was a lifelong resident of Westerville, Ohio. He was passionate about his family, friends, dogs, snow sports and hockey. Thomas was extremely close to his parents, siblings and extended family and enjoyed hanging out, playing backyard games and traveling with them. You will forever be in our hearts until we are together again. Love Dad, Mom, Jenny and Justin.

Michael Tighe
Michael Tighe was a beloved resident of Barrington Estates for 7 years.  He loved the Township's parks,  leisure paths and residents.  

handschke legacy photograph Gary Handschke

In 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.

 Bob Helm dedication_jpgBob Helm

In 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.  

Raque Bench_jpgRandy Raque
In 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.

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

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.

 DSCF6090_jpgJerry Bennett

On 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