Wadsworth, OH

Denise Kay McKnight, of Wadsworth, Entrepreneur of D. Kay’s Waffles, which had a following throughout 19 counties in Northeast and Central Ohio, passed away late Saturday at Summa Akron City Hospital following a long illness. She was 66.She was survived by her husband, Keith, a retired Akron Beacon Journal reporter and editor, their daughter, Chelsea, and son-in-law, Barry Hillman, who took over the concession business following her stroke in 2012. She was preceded in death by their son, Matthew in 2002, and her brother, David L. McLean in 2015. Born November 29, 1949 in Bazetta, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late David W. and Thelma McLean.After graduating from Niles McKinley High School in 1967, she served in the U.S. Navy and attended The Ohio State University.She was a real estate agent for Bobinger Realty and Marting Realty before starting the concession business in 1994.She is also survived by a sisters, June Karovic of Cortland, Lynn Young of Kinsman, Roberta Hubler of Dayton and brothers, William McLean of Olympia, WA, and Jerry McLean of Wadsworth. Family will receive friends 5-8pm , Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at the Hilliard Rospert Funeral Home 174 N. Lyman St. Wadsworth ,Ohio. Where funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1pm. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery.