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Dorothy "Honey" (Durkin) Walsh

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October 19, 1929 ~ January 11, 2021 (age 91)

Tallmadge-Dorothy “Honey” Durkin Walsh passed on to the “better side” on January 11, 2021 with her family. Her family and close friends know her story.  God knows more.

She was born in Youngstown, Ohio on October 19, 1929, the daughter of John and Bridget DeVaney Durkin. She graduated from Ursuline High School in 1947, from Youngstown State University in 1956 and obtained her Master of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1962.

Honey entered the Ursuline Convent in 1948, where she remained until 1966. Her passion and life’s work involved education and children.  After years as a teacher, she was appointed principal of Margaret Park School in Akron, Ohio and served in that capacity for 19 years until her retirement.  The Akron Board of Education and faculty of Margaret Park School honored Honey by dedicating their new library in her name.  The number of lives she touched and the friends she made on her journey were immeasurable. Her intellect, her memory, her Irish humor, her faith and her stubbornness were her defining traits. She was happy that she met so many people on “the journey home”.

She is survived by her sister Sarah “Sally” Durkin of Columbiana, her brother Rick (Patty) Durkin of Ellsworth, two sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Durkin of Columbiana and Carol Durkin of Detroit, Michigan, her nephews Jack (Gina) Durkin, Brian Reali and nieces Diane Petersen, Colleen (Tom) Loney, Brigid (Rob) Baker, Kellie (Jason) Renfro and Michelle DeLuca.

Honey was preceded in death by her sisters, Rosemary Durkin and Margaret Reali, brothers Jack Durkin, Michael Durkin, Jimmy Durkin and brother-in-law Fred Reali. 

Due to Covid 19, there will be no calling hours.  A mass celebrating her life will be held at a later date.

Professional arrangements are handled by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Home.