Pearl E. Aker
October 15, 1921 - November 11, 2000

Birthplace:  Pocahontas, Virginia
Resided In:  Rocky River Ohio USA
Visitation:  November 17, 2000  More Info/Directions
Service:  November 18, 2000  More Info/Directions
Cemetery:  Sunset Memorial Park  More Info/Directions

Pearl Aker was active in the Bay Village schools, first as a parent and then as a longtime employee.  Mrs. Aker died November 11th from complications following an infection.  Born Pearl Stephan in Pocahontas, VA on October 15, 1921 Mrs. Aker was raised in Cleveland.  At Fenn College she majored in mathematics and was active in the Outdoor Club. After college she worked for WHK Radio as an executive secretary.  In 1943 she married Charles P. Aker.  They moved to Bay Village in 1952 and were both active in civic, church and school activities.  Mr. Aker was a councilman and Mrs. Aker served as President of PTA at all schools her three children attended.  In 1968 she joined Bay schools and was the school secretary at both Glenview and Westerly Schools before retiring in 1988.  Her husband died in 1974.  Mrs. Aker was also a talented artist, creating original works in leaded glass windows, oil paintings, ceramics and other mediums.  She enjoyed bridge, sewing, gardening and travel.  Last year, she knit two afghans for her two oldest grandchildren as they headed off to college.  With a keen interest in politics, she also was an election official in Rocky River, where she had lived since 1980.  In retirement, Mrs. Aker remianed busy with family and volunteer activities.  She was an usher at Playhouse Square and volunteered at Lakewood Hospital.  Previoulsy at Bay United Methodist Church she had in recent years joined Rockport Uunited Methodist Church where she participated in Craft Group and Joy Circle.  She is survived by her three children: Bobbi Campbell (John) of Wooster, Ohio, Charles S. Aker (Margaret) of Scottsdale, AZ. and Sandra Drake (Timothy) of Columbus, OH.  Also surviving her are grandchildren Peter, Brent, Kimberly, Heather Campbell, Chase Aker, and Alison, Stephan and Elizabeth Drake, stepsisters Ethel Cifranic and Edna Arko, sisters in law Thora Aker, Alice Aker and Muriel Stephan and brother in law John Hakkio.  Besides her husband she was preceeded in death by her parents, sister, brother and a granddaughter.  The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9pm Friday November 17th at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake.  At 9:30am on Saturday November 18th at graveside service will be held at Sunset Memorial Park, 6265 Columbia Road, North Olmsted.  A memorial service for Mrs. Aker will be held on Saturday November 18th at 2:00pm at Rockport United Methodist Church, 3301 Wooster Road, Rocky River with a reception following at the church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Bay Educational Foundation in memory of Perl and Charles P. Aker, 377 Dover Center Road, Bay Village, Ohio 44140.  The Rev. Joan Skelly-Watts will officiate at the graveside and memorial service.

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