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Tari A. (Sams) Tracy

July 21, 1962 ~ December 2, 2021 (age 59)


Tari Tracy, 59, passed away peacefully at home on December 2, 2021 after a 2.5-year battle with colon cancer.  She was born July 21, 1962 in Akron to Bob and Judy Sams.  Tari was a 1980 graduate of Coventry High School and lived her entire life in the Portage Lakes Area. 


Tari dearly valued family first and was fortunate to always have family close by.  She enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean, Las Vegas, and especially the beaches of the Carolinas.  Tari absolutely enjoyed all sports dating back to her high school years, where she excelled in so many ways. She continued to Akron University for school and all of this helped Tari throughout her accomplished career spent primarily in Human Resources including positions at a Director or Executive level. She felt incredibly privileged to have both of her parents actively involved in her life at her age. Her husband was her life history and her Son was her “Sun”. That was especially evident at “hug” time 1234. Tari did so much for others…you wanted her as a friend. She had a sparkle and was truly magnetic.


The daily brutality of cancer cannot be handled alone. The incredible fear, intense pain, mental anguish, and torture require help from so many. If you helped Tari and her family deal with this brutality in any way, Tari holds you dear to her heart. We can’t imagine this journey without you. Thank you and God bless you.


Besides her parents, Tari is survived by her high school sweetheart and devoted husband of 34 years, Dave; loving and adoring son, Justin; brother, Danny (Linda) Sams; sisters, Tami (Tony) Pallotta and Debbie (John) Chapman; stepparents-in-law, George Arway and Nancy Tracy; brother-in-law, Steve (Jill) Tracy; sisters-in-law, Terri Walker and Kelli (Tony) Williams; as well as nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Tari was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Robert Tracy and mother-in-law, Barbara Arway.


A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M. on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Schermesser Funeral Home, 600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Akron, Ohio 44319 with Pastor Dale Bellis officiating.  Family and friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. or on Saturday from 11 A.M. until the time of the service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Tari’s name to ProjectEdBear, 3863 Granger Road, Akron, Ohio 44333 or at ProjectEdBear.org; St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee or at StJude.org; Fight Colorectal Cancer, 134 Park Central Square #210, Springfield, Missouri 65806 or at FightColorectalCancer.org.  To leave a special message online for the family, visit our website at www.schermesserfh.com.


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Memorial Contributions:
3863 Granger Road
Akron, Ohio 44333
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital   
501 St Jude Place   
Memphis, Tennessee 38105   
Fight Colorectal Cancer    
134 Park Central Square #210   Springfield, Missouri 65806



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December 10, 2021

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Schermesser Funeral Home
600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Akron, OH 44319

December 11, 2021

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Schermesser Funeral Home
600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Akron, OH 44319

Memorial Service
December 11, 2021

1:00 PM
Schermesser Funeral Home
600 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road
Akron, OH 44319

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