Rose Hill Funeral Home & Burial Park

3653 W Market St, Akron, OH


Laureen Marie Shantz

May 15, 1958May 31, 2019

Laureen Marie Shantz (nee: Blair), age 61, passed away at home on May 31, 2019 with her best friend and loving husband at her side. She was preceded in death by her father James Blair. Left to cherish her memory is her husband of over 37 years Wayne A Shantz; children Melissa (Greg) Emmons and Randolph Shantz; grandchildren Georgia and Graham Emmons; her mother Lillian Blair; and sisters Belinda (Dan) Stucky, Denise (Ron) Wehner, Lisa (Joe) Cifani, and Yvette Blair; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Laureen was a graduate of the University of Akron and served as a Medical Technologist, later she worked beside her husband and son at Shantz Cartage Inc. Her main role in life was caring for her husband and children. She enjoyed going to the beach, golfing, bicycling, traveling, entertaining, and spending time with her family and especially the grandchildren.

Laureen was a hard-worker and strong-willed and that part of her fought cancer for over 9 years to be there for her family that she loved dearly.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations in Laureen’s memory to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org or by phone at (800) 805-5856.

Family will receive friends on Friday, June 7 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Rose Hill Funeral Home 3653 W Market St Akron, OH where the Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 AM. Kevin O’Brien, Celebrant. Interment Rose Hill Burial Park. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.rosehillbp.com


  • Visitation Friday, June 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, June 8, 2019


Laureen Marie Shantz

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Debbie Bednar

June 7, 2019

Dear Randy and family,

Although I only met your mom once I instantly saw a beautiful strong women. She was so proud of you as she should have been. Holding you close in my heart during this difficult time. Gone way too soon.


Brenna Hughey

June 5, 2019

Dear Randy and Wayne,
I’m so very sorry for your loss. From the stories you shared or your mom/wife she seemed like she was an amazing woman! Sending strength to you both at this difficult time. Keep telling stories and talk about her, it helps!

You’re friend,

Sarah Shumick

June 3, 2019

Dear Mr. Shantz, Missy, Randy & fam:

I'm so very sorry for the loss of Laureen. We'll be thinking of you all and sending our love as you go through these next days and weeks. I know she'll be missed immensely! I have many fond memories (from our AU days) of visiting with you in Green and when you would come see us. Laureen was always a "fun mom," always ready to party and laugh right alongside of us! And, I still get cravings for her chicken noodle soup (for real!)

All our love,
Sarah, Anthony & girls