People

 

 

Office Staff

Father Zachary Kawalec

Father Kawalec is Nativity’s second pastor. He was born on April 9th, 1975 to Michael and Dwyn (nee Taddie and deceased 4/4/2017) Kawalec. He is the oldest of four children; 2 sisters and 1 brother. He and his siblings grew up in, and had received most of their Sacraments at, St. Mary Parish in Chardon, […]

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Deacon Dennis Smith

Deacon Dennis was born in Elyria and has lived in the Akron area since 1973. Deacon received his B.S. in Education from Kent State University. He was ordained a deacon May 22, 1993, and served nine years at Immaculate Conception in Kenmore. He has been at Nativity of the Lord Jesus since August 2002.He has worked […]

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Ada Honeck

Ada, along with her parents and four siblings, is a founding member of Nativity.  She graduated from Walsh College with a B. A. in Education and a minor in LD/BD.  Her teaching included summer school in the Springfield Local School District, 4th and 7th grades at St. Matthew, Akron, Revere High School Dramatics Director, and […]

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Helen Hershberger

Helen grew up in Firestone Park with her older brother David and younger sister Mary.  After graduating from Garfield High School, she attended The University of Akron while working at City Hospital as a mail clerk.  She then worked at Firestone Bank.  Wayne (1944-2015) and she were married at St. Paul, Akron in 1971 and […]

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Mary Ann Laston

Mary Ann has been at Nativity since December of 2000.  She was a founding member of Nativity along with her husband Gene (1935-1991).  In 1984 she and her husband moved to Kentucky.  There she was a secretary at Epiphany Catholic Church.  After returning to Ohio, she was a secretary at Uniontown Methodist Church.   She has […]

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Amy Fraleigh

Amy has been involved in the music ministry at Nativity as first the youth choir director and shortly after taking the role of music director since 2010.  She grew up in the neighboring parish of St. Francis de Sales where she first started singing with the choir at the age of 14.  She then taught […]

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Kim Haas

Kim and her husband Bob became members of Nativity in 1997. They have four children and 4 grandchildren.  Kim started teaching exercise classes in the Springfield area in 1980 and these classes continue in Nativity Hall.  She started her own cleaning business in 1996 which she still maintains.  She became head of maintenance at Nativity […]

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Catechists

Ashley Sklack – Grades 4-6

Ashley is excited to be entering her second year of teaching Religious Education at Nativity. This year she will be helping teach the fourth to sixth graders. Ashley has been involved in this parish since she was born both in weekly Religious Education classes and volunteering with the Spaghetti Dinner, Altar Serving, Reading at Mass, […]

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LynnAnn Sklack – age 6-9 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium

Lynn has been a parishioner for 24 years. She is married to Dennis and has three children: Ashley, Austin, and Alexis. She has been a catechist for 29 years beginning at St. Cecil’s in Rochester, PA. At Nativity, she started teaching 5th grade and then was asked to move to the 6th grade. She taught […]

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Barb Whiddon – Children’s Liturgy of the Word Coordinator

Barb has been a catechist for over 20 years. As a parent, she realized the key role she had in her son’s faith formation. “I wanted to show him the importance of religious education both at home and through formal instruction.” She started teaching at the pre-school level when Kyle was just 4 years old […]

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Dave Lawless – First Year Confirmation Preparation and High School

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