WINDHAM - Deanna DeLong Hagans, 75, of Windham, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna.
Deanna DeLong was born on March 28, 1938, in Tyler County, W.Va., to Victor and Maxine Stoneking DeLong. The young family located in 1939 in Paris Township, Portage County.
Deanna was to spend nearly 60 years of her life in Portage County, mostly in Windham. She graduated in 1956 from Windham High School, and soon after, married classmate Milford Hagans.
Deanna is survived by her former husband, Milford Hagans; the couple's two sons, Michael of Newton Falls and Richard of Windham; grandchildren, Travis Hagans (Sarah) of Mayfield Heights, Tiffani (Ray) Smith of Akron, Tyler Hagans of Newton Falls, Shaunna (Scott) Senn of Akron and Aaron Hagans of Tennessee. She also leaves great-grandchildren Landon Smith, Zander Smith, Madalynne Senn and MacKenzie Hagans.
Other survivors include a sister and three brothers, Lois (Bob) Weeks of Aurora, James DeLong (Karen) of Garrettsville, Louis DeLong of Walton, Ky., and Phillip DeLong (Patricia) of Aurora; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Deanna's work career included a long stint at the Kmart Distribution Center in Warren. She was an outstanding softball player in her younger days, including several years in the evening leagues in Warren and starring on a women's semi-pro team out of Cleveland in the late 1950s and 1960s.
In later years, when hobbled by breathing and mobility problems, she was an avid reader, and also enjoyed crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Her list of many "telephone friends" was headed by her neighbor Keo Brobst and good friend Milford Hagans, who faithfully checked in on Deanna daily.
During her last four days at Robinson Hospital, she was surrounded night and day by her grieving family, young and old, who offered her their eternal love and respect and said their farewells. All her siblings, children and grandchildren benefited all their lives from Deanna's love of, pride in and protectiveness of her family.
She was always totally unselfish and put everyone else's needs above her own, perhaps to a fault. She had strong moral and ethical values and stood by her convictions and decisions. She believed in total honesty and being fair, and asked for those traits from friends and family.
In April of 1994, Deanna lost the best friend of her life when her mother, Maxine DeLong, passed away at age 79. They had lived about a mile apart for most of their adult lives and shared life's joys and sadnesses together.
The family asked Pastor Powell Woods, a family friend and minister of a church in Solon, to help them through the loss. Now, 20 years later, almost to the day, Powell Woods is the pastor at Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora. Once again he accepted the family's request to help them through another great loss.
He will lead the services for Deanna on April 12 at the Congregational Church of Christ in Windham, as he did for her beloved mother, Maxine, in April 1994.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. April 12 at the Congregational Church of Christ at 9027 N. Main St. in Windham. Following the service, friends and family are invited to the nearby Brick Chapel at 9001 N. Main for lunch and a chance to mingle and reflect on the life of their beloved Deanna.