Cana Alexsandra Stiverson-Hartman

February 19, 2002 ‒ April 16, 2017

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

An original and unique spirit, Cana Alexsandra Stiverson-Hartman, who was 15 years 1 month and 27 seven days old, left this world much too soon on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Cana was born on February 19, 2002, in Marion, Ohio. She was a freshman student at TRECA Digital Academy, and formerly attended Pleasant Local Schools.

Cana was full of passion, especially when it came to music, animals and her hair. Starting with animals, she loved them so much she chose to become a full-time vegetarian, unwaveringly sticking to it without hesitation. She also continuously added to her own private zoo, doing so with her own funds. Cana loved being involved with 4-H, taking chickens several years in a row along with other various projects and was excited about taking goats this year.

An avid music fanatic, it was a rare occasion to see Cana without her earbuds blasting whatever tunes had caught her fancy that week. She played trumpet and mellophone, and she was also teaching herself to play guitar and ukulele. Recently, she enjoyed attending several concerts with her father, Jeff, as they endearingly tried to tolerate each other’s music. When music wasn’t coming from her earbuds, she was often watching movies with her younger brothers, especially since she was a self-described “Netflix junkie”.

Always eager to travel to new places, Cana loved hiking adventures at local parks, with her favorite places to go being Malabar Farms and the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

Full of personality and flair, Cana loved to show her uniqueness through her hair color and style. Once she was given free reign with her hair a few years ago, you could count on a new color and style every month. She also adored Peace Tea, often talking her mom and dad into making quick trips to the store to grab a can of her favorite drink. She also loved herbal peach tea and attending annual mother-daughter teas that were held in honor of her great-grandmother, Louella Kanagy.

Cana will be dearly missed by her parents: Jeffrey & Amaria Hartman (Stiverson) of Marion, Ohio; her three younger brothers: Aidan, Tristan and Ezekiel Hartman; her grandparents: Carolyn Kanagy of Mount Gilead, David Stiverson of Marion, and Randy and Cindy Hartman of Marion; her great-grandmother, Louella Kanagy of Mount Gilead; aunts and uncles: Andrew “Uncle” Zacharias & Nicole Stiverson (Plummley) of Shasta, CA; Emili Couch, of Marion, Lindsey Stiverson of Marion, Jeremy & Jennifer Hartman, of Delaware, OH, Jared Hartman of Vista, CA, and Jennifer Hartman of Marion; she was much loved by her first cousins: Kelsey Hartman, Kyle Hartman, Brynna Hartman, Cason Marks, Chloe Lathrop, Keegan Scott, Joshua Couch and Bennett Stiverson; and by any great-uncles and aunts and extended cousins and friends who will also miss the enthusiastic and original spirit of Cana.

Cana was preceded in death by her great-grandparents: John and Marilyn Jones, Bonnie Knetter, Paul Kanagy, and Frances Stiverson; a cousin, Robert Waylon Couch; and many other relatives.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services honoring her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, at the Gilead Mennonite Church, 7090 Co. Rd. 121, Chesterville. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, 110 W. Main St., Freehold, NJ 07728 (

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  • We are truly sorry for the loss of such a good hearted person. Many memories of the time we spent with Cana will forever be fondly remembered. Our prayers are with all her family at this sad time.

  • What a fun spirit she was. She will be forever missed. We are sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.

  • Cana I love you best friend I will be there Thursday to see you always will love you you were like a sister to me cana sorry for your guys lose this is really hard on all of us
    I still have a pic of us from DC
    We had fun memory’s love you always and forever

  • So heartbreaking. I remember when she was born and I held her in my arms at the hospital. Amy, I’m so sorry for your loss. There are no words except “peace” to you.

  • Living so far apart I remember never being able to hang out much, but I remember you were one of the most interesting of the people around. I never tired of hanging out with you, of hearing you laugh, of recommending music, even getting on your nerves. I can’t believe I won’t hear your laugh anymore, nor chastise you for your music selection.

    You were the best of our kind,


  • Heartbroken for your family. The Kanagy’s will miss this precious girl. She was a free spirit who always had a smile on her face! Jeff and Amy, I am so sorry for your loss. May sweet Cana forever Rest In Peace.

    Goodbye for now, precious Cana. You will be terribly missed.

  • I do not know your beautiful daughter. But I understand the heartache of losing a child. My son was a free spirit, and your daughter seemed the same.
    May they walk the same path together in heaven. I pray for comfort for your family.
    She was ready to spread her wings and fly.
    You were not ready for her to go.

  • My heart is broken for you, my friends. I am praying for you. May God wrap his arms around you. Much love to you all.

  • My heart aches for you all. May God’s peace and love be abundant in your lives. Love and hugs.

  • There are know words to express how sorry I am. May our God wrap His arms around the whole family. Love Ben and Peggy !

  • I did not know your daughter but as a monther of twin 14 1/2 yr old girls i can not imagine how or what your feeling im so sorry for your loss i will keep your family in my prayers …. Fly high baby girl r.i.p😓😓😓😓

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. We remember when she was born , and our hearts break at the thought of what you are experiencing. Praying for comfort and peace in this most turbulent time.

  • Amy, when Steve and I saw you, your mom and the kids a few weeks back, I couldn’t have imagined this could happen. Cana was such a beautiful girl and she had such a sweet spirit. I know how broken hearted you and your family must be. Please know that I will be holding you all up in prayer. Asking God to bring peace and comfort to you all. You are loved and by so many people and this is a time you need to lean on those who love you and especially lean on God. He will help you get through this. We love you Linda and Steve Pruett.

  • So sorry for the loss of your dear daughter. Loss of a child is so hard and we feel your loss and pain Amy. We are lifting up your family. May GOD wrap his arms to comfort and strengthen you at this loss of such a dear young lady. God bless and keep you at this time.

  • We are so sorry for your loss such a wonderful beautiful young woman cana will be remembered with larger and sunshine may Christ be a light in the dark for this family in their time of need sincerest condolences Amy and jeff

  • I am so sorry to hear such sad news. My heart goes out to her and her family and friends!
    Denise Stillwell (Classmate of Carolyn)

  • Words cannot express the sorrow of what your Family is dealing with at this time! You have our Thoughts and Prayers and know the outward pouring of Love that is coming your way!

  • I’m so very sorry for the loss of this precious child. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. May God’s peace cover you.

  • Cana meant so much to her family and friends. She was a beautiful girl who will be missed more than words can say. We’ll never forget her sweet spirit.

  • Oh Amy, my heart is breaking for you and your family. God bless you with His peace in this time.

  • Years may pass but our love for you and your family is always there. No words can replace your loss. Gods speed

  • Amaria, Jeffrey, Carolyn, David and the rest of the family,

    We are so sorry and deeply sadden for your loss. We love you. Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. Believe that Cana was here on Earth for a reason and that your connection with her will not, and can not ever be broken.

    To all who know and love Cana, Heaven is a place nearby, so there’s no need to say goodbye. Hold on to your sweet memories of Cana and let them guide you during this time of sadness.

    Peace be with All!

    Brenda Eiseman, Andy, Danielle, and Brittany Tiongson

  • Although we did not know Cana, she was part of our family. My Mom, Avonelle Williams, was Marilyn’s sister. So very sorry for this tragic loss at such a young age. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Jones, Hartman, Stiverson families.
    Linda Williams and Ben Kenny

  • We’re so sorry to hear of your loss. Our hearts hurt for you. Praying for you all. (We’re long-time friends of Dave Stiverson’s).

  • I am so sorry for your loss. She is a beautiful young lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Cana deserved way better. I remember bus rides and fun football games with her. She was always a great friend to everyone. I wish I would’ve known she was hurting. I miss her so much. When she came back to Pleadant freshman year. We got to talk more and hang out some at football games. I’m so sorry and I will be praying for everything to be okay! So so sorry.

  • Such heartbreaking news! On behalf of the HHS CLass of ’76 we send sympathy and condolences to classmate Carolyn Kanagy and her whole family. You are in our prayers! Love and hugs!

  • I don’t even know you or your family but my Condolences go out to all of you. I can’t imagine your loss and heartbreak. May with the help of God, family and friends help you through this time of sorrow. I send Prayers for needs. With sympathy, Diane Strausbaugh New Riegel Ohio

  • Simply don’t have the right words to express our sorrow for what your family is going through. I graduated with Dave Stiverson and just simply can’t imagine the pain of loosing a grandchild. Sending our thoughts, prayers, and big tight hugs.

  • So deeply sorry for your loss of your precious daughter. Amy and Jeff, we weep with you. Amy we remember watching you grow up at MCC. May Jesus walk every step of the journey with you. Call upon Him and He will hear your hearts.

    Carolyn and Dave, our hearts hurt with you. May Jesus come and wrap His amazing love and grace around you.

    With love and standing in prayer,
    Mike and Debbie Bodine

  • I rememer i came to stay and we listened to music and we played games and watched netflix i miss her so much she was my bestfriend i. Wish i could have done something to help i wish i could change her decision i miss her so much…………………

  • I know we weren’t together long but you were still my Unibug and no one can replace that. I won’t be able to make it for your service (I would completely lose it). But I’m doing my own thing for you. I love you Cana.

  • Jeff and Amaria (and family),

    I am so deeply saddened for your family. May God comfort and guide you through this terrible time.

    May your precious daughter, Cana, rest in peace.

  • I am truly so very sorry for the family. May god l help you through this tough time. Sending lots of prayers, hugs and love to all.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. (Classmate of Carolyn)

  • My condolences to the Stiverson-Hartman family.
    My heart aches for you and your family.
    May God give you His peace and comfort at this time of need.

    (I’m David’s cousin)

  • Dear Ones, I am so sorry for your loss. I taught Cana ballet when she was a little one. Cana had a gentle and fun loving way about her. May God keep you in his arms during this time of sorrow. Victoria Bell.

  • My prayers are with you all. There is no greater loss than that of a child. May the Lord wrap you in his arms and lead you through the up coming days. I do not know you, but wanted you to know many people outside of your family and friends share your sorrow. I’m a grieving Mother of 5 years and wanted to reach out to you. God bless you all and Praying you find peace. My condolences.

  • thinking of you all at this difficult time..Praying you all find Jesus’ Grace to be sufficient. peace that others do not understand be yours for the taking…my heart hurts when I think of each and everyone dealing in their own way trying to make sense of something as difficult as this.sending Love and prayers your way a friend from MCC Velma Kunze

  • To the family of Cana Alexsandra Stiverson-Hartman. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to. Acts 24:15.

  • I wasn’t very close to Cana, but the first time I met her at the Be her and I instantly clicked. Arabella introduced me to her. I looked through my photos and found one with the three of us. I burst into tears when I saw this. Though we weren’t the closest anyone who I’ve come into contact with is dear to me. Cana was an amazing girl and it is a shame she is no longer with us. She is dearly missed and is in my prayers.