Doris Gyenes

October 05, 1941 ‒ October 11, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: “Hi, this is Doris, how can I help?”  This simple phrase, spoken by Doris Gyenes exemplified more than an answer to a phone call.  It represents her selfless nature and her strong desire to place others above herself.  In all areas of her life, Doris was a kind and humble servant.

No longer bound by her earthly body, Doris passed away Sunday October 11, 2020 in Avita Ontario Hospital following a brief illness.  She was 79.

The daughter of Mark and Thelma (Good) Smith, Doris was born October 5, 1941 in Miamisburg, Ohio and was graduated from Miamisburg High School.  It was while working at Dayton Steel that she first met Ed Gyenes.  On October 15, 1960 the two married and celebrated nearly 60 years of marriage.  Doris was Ed’s rock, soul mate and friend.  The two were inseparable.

Doris’s work ethic was absolutely incredible.  For 45 years she worked as a devoted and dedicated employee for Beckley Cardy and most recently Virco Manufacturing as a sales support specialist where she retired.  She was loved, admired and respected by colleagues.   Both knowledgeable and approachable, Doris was often asked for her counsel regarding design features and implementation of school furniture. Her genuine positivity had a way of influencing those around her.

When asked for advice, Doris was honest and thoughtful with her responses.  Doris was intentional, especially with her grandchildren.  Every fall for over a decade, Doris would drive to Michigan to take her grandchildren back-to-school shopping, a tradition that she looked forward to each year.  Doris was not only supportive she took interest in her grandchildren’s hobbies and school events.

Christmas was always spent at Doris and Ed’s house with their family gathering days prior to bake hundreds of Christmas cookies.

Doris’s two loves were gardening and quilting.  She loved flower gardening and in 2018 won the Mansfield Men’s Garden Club award for best flower garden.  Doris could spend nearly all day quilting in her sunroom.  Her motivation was in knowing that it would someday be given as a gift.

She enjoyed sports and cheered for the Ohio State Buckeyes, especially during football season.  However her favorite sports team was the Duke Blue Devils basketball team.

Doris attended Miamisburg Trinity United Church of Christ.  She leaves a legacy of servant leadership.

Doris had a great read on people and circumstances. Often times using the phrase, “Just a suggestion….”she knew just how to offer insight and guidance without being too direct.  Embracing a humble approach to life, she never once wanted to be in the limelight.

She is survived by her husband Ed Gyenes; daughter Catherine (Scott) Brodehl and son Greg Gyenes; grandchildren Justin (Ashley) Brodehl and Jordan Brodehl; special friend Julie Fox.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Doris’s family, where private cremation services have been chosen.

In honor of her giving spirit, donations in her memory to the Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Kingwood Center, or Miamisburg Trinity United Church of Christ may be made through the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.

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  • Doris was just the best lady you could of ever known and work with! So very helpful! My good thoughts and condolences go out to the family.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Doris. She was such a great person and I always enjoyed talking with her when It was Buckeye Football season. Ed I’m sorry for your loss.


  • I cannot think of Doris without smiling over the always-present smiley face in the “D” of her signature! Such a genuinely kind woman.

    Thanks for the smiles, Doris! My deepest condolences, Mr Gyenes.

  • We’re so sorry for your loss. We’ll be praying for your family during this difficult time.

  • Dave and I are truly sorry for your loss and praying for your family during this difficult time. We enjoyed the times talking with Doris and Ed at your family gatherings and she always had a smile and was very friendly. Her quilts were beautiful and she was very talented person.

  • The world lost a great lady she will be missed. Her helpful approach to life was demonstrated in all that she did and her favorite saying “How can I Help”. Her beautiful spirit was reflected in her lovely flowers and plants that surrounded your home. We’re so sorry for your loss. Praying for you ED and the family.

  • I’m so sad to hear this news Doris was such nice person and so easy to work with. Prayers for peace and comfort.

  • I had the honor of being a co-worker and friend of Doris for nine years at Beckley Cardy. I would follow her around like a puppy trying to get just a fraction of her knowledge and respect.
    We lived in Duluth, a long way from our families. Doris was our family, a close friend to Terry and our children. She taught me how to deal with manufacturers, sales reps and (most importantly) Ed.
    Ed, it has been a longtime friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family

  • Ed –
    So sorry to hear of Doris’s passing….. such a wonderful kind warm soul who always had a way of making the people around her feel special. I know you felt blessed to have her by your side and that she will be dearly missed. Prayers for you and all who loved Doris.

  • Doris – You will be sadly missed by all who knew you. I can honestly say that working with you was such a joy. You always had a nice word and smile for everyone and from the first time I met you you treated me (and all others) as though you knew us forever.
    Your legacy was set long ago and is still a measure to look up to. Your family and friends are at a loss without you but God has found a perfect angel.
    Rest easy Doris and know you are loved and missed.
    Don Marsters

  • I had the pleasure of working with Doris (& Ed) in Duluth and Mansfield. I have many wonderful memories of good times we had together in Mansfield when I was away from my MN family and our trip to New York City. She was a wonderful person who will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to Ed and the Family and all those that knew Doris.

  • Although we did not know her, my daughter and I both had her son for our history teacher. He is a great teacher so we know she raised him right. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • Ed, my heart is heavy…Doris was a beautiful lady with a beautiful soul. You both have always been GOOD people!! Lifting you and your family up in prayer. Cherish the wonderful memories my friend. You were certainly blessed with a wonderful partner in life. Love you friend.

  • So many years have passed. It is a great loss to me that I never kept up with
    Doris. Her name came up frequently when talking to other MHS graduates. In high school we had so much fun together and laughed that we were distant cousins. Steve and I double dated with Doris and Ed. There are so many wonderful memories. Steve and I send our condolences to Ed and the family.

  • My deepest sympathy to Ed, Greg, Cathy and her family. Though we lost contact over the years, Doris was in my thoughts often. May God be with all of you and give you added strength during this difficult time in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you
    Love Judy

  • Ed, I am so sorry you have lost your life partner. You two were a shining example of good work ethics yet always having time & patience to give counsel or just a sparkling smile to others. May you & your family find comfort in your memories.

  • Ed, I’m so sorry as Doris will be missed. I know you will cherish all the memories you both had together. She was a great friend and co- worker. She was a blessing to me. Prayers for you and your family.

  • I had the honor of being a colleague of Doris at Beckley Cardy in the 1980’s. I always looked forward to speaking with Doris from New York. When I got to meet her in person, I remember how much I adored her even more. May her memory be an inspiration to her family.

  • Deepest Sympathy Ed and family. Doris touched us all she was such a wonderful lady and we were blessed to have known her. Thinking of your during this difficult time. Sincerely, Sharon and Mike Sawyer

  • So sorry for your loss. Doris always had time to listen. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • For over my 30 years with Beckley Cardy and School Specialty as well as my final 11 years with Midwest Folding Products I had the joy of working with and knowing Doris and Ed. There never was a time when Doris did not come to me and my regions sales people’s aid. Never once was Doris frustrated with our questions nor had a harsh word or thought about our merry band. In life we are blessed to know a few truly wonderful and exceptional people, for me it was Doris. Over the years Doris became a legend in our industry having a scope of knowledge that was unbelievable when it came to furniture, equipment, people and keeping Ed on track. After leaving BC & SS I always looked forward to seeing her at every show and Doris always asked about my family and gave me her famous smile and a hug…oh how I will miss that. I know I speak for so many of us who grew up and prospered in the school supply industry and even went on to other success knowing that we owe so much to Doris. I like many others walk in her shadow as she was the best of the best and our industry and world will be a little less better and will miss her as much as her family will. I will add Doris to my prayer list as well as her family and am sure that with time this pain will pass but her legacy will not. With Love & from Bill B (The Sarge) Son Matt, the Bolebruch Family as well as the entire old Northeast, Mid-America, and Southeast sales teams who owe so much to her.

  • Doris was an absolute delight to be around. I can still remember her passionate description of your house when it was snowing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Ed.

  • Doris was one of those people that you meet and never forget. When we first met at work I taken by her kind and caring nature. Over the years it never wavered – she always had that ‘ I care about you smile ‘. We shared many laughs about out love for ‘polka dots’. and to this day when I see clothing or designs with them, I think of her. Doris was loved and will always be remembered.

  • Dear Ed, Cathy, Greg and family,
    Hildy and I send our sincere condolences about the loss of this very special lady. Doris was special, not only with her career achievements but moreover, her love for Ed and her family.
    Although it’s been a number of years since we last saw Doris and Ed, Hildy and I will never forget all those years of extraordinary friendship and lots of fun. It was also our pleasure to watch the growth of Cathy and Greg from childhood to adulthood!
    Great family and we know she’ll be greatly missed. May God be with Ed and the family during this difficult time!

  • I am heartbroken to hear of your loss, Ed. Doris was a beautiful woman & devoted servant to so many. She was, and will continue to be an inspiration and demonstration of a life well lived, as she will always hold such a special place in my heart. Blessings on you and your family. Wishing you comfort and peace.

  • To Ed and the Gyenes Family,
    Our deepest sympathies on the loss of a dear friend, terrific wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and colleague. Doris was a major influence and contributor to my sales career with Beckley Cardy and School Specialty. Her knowledge and attention to detail was second to none. However her wonderful demeanor and kindness along with her love of sports is what I truly admired. We shared some wonderful “banter” regarding my Chicago Bears and her Cincinnati Bengals. She loved her Buckeyes and Reds and even made sure to give my 2 year old son Ryan his first Cincinnati Reds baseball cap. Although I’m saddened to hear of Doris’s passing I know that she is resting peacefully in heaven and promoting all of her Ohio teams along with her Duke Blue Devils! The many fond memories I have of this terrific lady will always keep a smile on my face. May God hold a special place for Doris and May God Bless Ed and the entire Gyenes Family.
    With Sincere Condolences,
    Tim, Karin, Ryand and Rebecca Peraino

  • Dear Ed, Cathy, and Greg,
    I just learned of Doris’ passing. Tom and I were greatly saddened. Its hard to forget the good times we had when we were all playing softball together. Ed you and Doris were so gracious to sponsor our team. I have the best memories of the swim party we had at my sister’s pool. I can remember Doris’ great laugh and the fun we had. Over the years I have wondered how you were and thought of you often.

    Please accept our sincere heart felt sympathy.

    With all our love, Tom and Linda