Minnie A. Wagner (Merino), from Hudson, Ohio, passed away peacefully March 7, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Minnie was born in the Baldwin-Buss-Merino house on the Green in Hudson on July 20, 1919. Minnie owned and operated the Reserve Inn Hudson for 54 years with her husband, Leo, and son, Dennis. She touched the lives of so many. Although we will miss her dearly, in so many ways we will remember her fierce independence, her sense of style and grace all her own, her unwavering strength, her enormous generosity and her distinctive quick wit.

Minnie loved her gardens, grown in honor of her late husband, Leo. She spent hours tending to the flowers watching the birds and butterflies. Minnie loved to bowl but her favorite sport was golf, playing on many leagues in the area. In recent years, she found camaraderie at Life Center Plus participating in their exercise programs and making so many new friends.

Minnie was preceded in death by her husband Leo in 1993, her parents, Gaetano and Grace Merino (Carano), sister Celia Dzuroff, brothers Fred, Albert, William, Arthur and Richard Merino.

Minnie is survived by her daughter, Laurie Howell, her son Dennis (Diane Topper), her granddaughter, Tracey Vaughn (Kevin) and the love of her life, great grandson, Griffin Vaughn.

Minnie is also survived by her beloved cat, "Jennie" who was always by her side.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the loving staff of Activelife Care who allowed Minnie to stay in her home as long as possible and our heartfelt gratitude to all the staff at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospice Care Center for the compassionate care and support given to Minnie and to our family throughout our time together.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Minnie's name to the Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospice Care Center 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, Ohio 44333.

The family will receive friends at Johnson Romito Funeral Home 19 E. Main Street (on the square) Hudson Ohio 330-650-4181 from 2-5 PM Sunday March 12, 2017. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Mother of Sorrows, 6034 S. Locust Street, Peninsula OH on Monday March 13, 2017 at 11 AM. The family will greet friends from 10:30 until 11 am at Church all to meet at church. Graveside services at Markillie Cemetery in Hudson immediately following.

(Johnson Romito Funeral Home 330-650-4181 HH 3-12-17)