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Obituary for Dawn Marie Lautzenheiser

Dawn Marie Lautzenheiser, age 44 of Sparta, Tennessee went to be with the Lord on July 31, 2022.

Born in Canton, Ohio to Geraldine (Kiko) and Gary L. Lautzenheiser. She graduated from Louisville School (Louisville, OH) and R.G. Drage Vocational School in Massillon, OH in 1996. She continued her education by graduating from English Nanny School. in Euclid, OH, as a professional nanny. She acquired a job with a family in Connecticut for several years, then moved to Pennsylvania and worked with another family. She enjoyed her work with the children.

In 2004, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), but kept working for many years until the disease made it too difficult for her to continue being a nanny.

She moved to South Carolina with her sister for a year, and in 2010 she moved to Sparta, Tennessee to be cared for by her parents.

Dawn is preceded in death by grandparents, Bette and Ralph Lautzenheiser, Ruth and Herbert Kiko of Louisville, OH, and her father, Gary Lautzenheiser of Sparta, TN who passed in 2011.

She is survived by her mother, Geraldine Lautzenheiser of Sparta, TN; 1 sister and 3 brothers, Tonya and Michael Heckendorn of Goose Creek, SC, Brian and Jennifer Lautzenheiser of Macon, GA, Sam and Tanya Lautzenheiser of Delaware, OH, and Mark Lautzenheiser of Sparta, TN; nieces and nephews, her best friend since middle school, Kelly (Hawthorne) May of East Canton, OH; and her caregiver for the past 4 years, Lidia George of Smithville, OH.

Any donations made to The MS Society in Dawn Lautzenheiser's name would be appreciated.

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