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Roberta "Bobbi" (Benning) Cannell

October 9, 1943 — October 26, 2023


With great sadness in our hearts, our family announce the passing of our loving mom, grandma and great-grandma, Roberta "Bobbi" Rae Cannell on October 26, 2023. She was born on October 9,1943 to the late Michael and Betty Benning and spent her entire life in Sebring, Ohio. Bobbi graduated from Sebring McKinley High School in 1961, and married James R. Cannell Sr. on September 19, 1962. James passed away July 23, 2022, just two months shy of their 60th Wedding Anniversary.

Bobbi was proud to raise her three children and make Sebring her home. She could always be found volunteering at her children's schools, or at the Sebring Fire Department Carnivals where she devoted many years. Bobbi became a licensed realtor, working for over 30 years helping people find their dream homes. There wasn't anything in this world she loved more than family. She spoiled her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and loved every minute of it. We recently were able to get together and celebrate her 80th birthday.

Keeping her memories alive are her children Chris (Tim Hetrick) Cannell, Jim (Lesley) Cannell, and Mikki (David) Kanagy; grandchildren Lauren (Joey) James, Jacob (Halley) Frank, Joshua (Kara) Frank, Johnny (Karlie) Cannell, Evan (Anto) Cannell, Natalie (Tom) Lally, Sam Kanagy, Michael Kanagy, and Alli Kanagy; sister Shelley (Mark) Eells; brother-in-law Jac Cannell; and many nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren: Rowan, Evie, Remington, Harper, Hallie, Hudson, Jonas, Chloe and two more expected in June 2024.

Besides Bobbi's parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters Bonnie Snider and Bevie Jackson, sister-in-law Daphne Cannell, and nephew Greg Whitlatch.

As per Bobbi's wishes, she asked us to hold a private family memorial at a later date. We would like to thank Alliance Hospice for the compassion and help they gave us to allow our mom to pass at home with her children by her side. Friends and family may send condolences and sign the guest register online at Arrangements have been entrusted to Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home, Sebring, 330-938-2526.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Roberta "Bobbi" (Benning) Cannell, please visit our flower store.


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