Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home

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Winona I. Garrett

January 2, 1931March 16, 2020

Winona Garrett, age 89, passed away peacefully March 16, 2020 at Medina Hospice Care facility.

Winona was born at home in 1931 in Kent Ohio, where she grew up. She married Richard Schelat in 1953 & was married to him until his death in 1991. In 2000 she reunited with her first love, John E. Garrett & they were married until her death.

Winona retired from Kent State University as a programmer/analyst where she fought for equal pay for women and against sexual harassment. She was a 4-H adviser for the original Tailwagger’s Dog Care & Training club for over 20 years where she influenced many young lives. Winona was an avid dog handler and a lifetime member of the All Breed Training Club of Akron. At 70 years of age, Winona & John embarked on a 12-week cross-country motorcycle trip. She loved purple irises, enjoyed the company of friends and family & could never turn her back on a corny joke.

She is survived by her loving husband John; children: Joe Schelat (Sandi), Scott Schelat (Karlena), Todd Schelat, & Shelli Nartker (Greg), Matt “Big Daddy” Garrett (Kathy), Roy Garrett (Debbie), Tanya Blevins , Carolyn Davis (Howard), & John Franklin (Claudia), 15 grandchildren & 18 great-grandchildren.

Winona was preceded in death by her parents Joseph & Pearl Shepherd, her husband Richard Schelat, brother James Shepherd and sister Mary Lou King.

No services are scheduled and private family burial has taken place at Drakesburg Cemetery. A Celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

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Diane Damicone

March 20, 2020

I always enjoyed my visits with Winona. She shared many memories of her life and her positive outlook always amazed me. I am sad that we will no longer have these interesting conversations.
I am glad to call Winona not only my neighbor but my friend.
I am so very sorry for your family's loss and send my hug to each of you.


Pam Garrett

March 18, 2020

So sorry for your loss. We enjoyed our time with her whenever we visited her. Pam