The Dunaway/Cornwell family is sad to announce that Michael E. “Mike” Dunaway, 65, of Wooster passed away on Friday, October 20, 2023 at MetroHealth in Cleveland, OH.
Mike was born February 17, 1958 in Connellsville, PA, the son of Harold and Betty (Maddas) Dunaway. He married Catherine “Cathy” Smailes in 1980. She survives. Mike was raised in Dunbar, PA and was a 1976 graduate of Connellsville Area High School. He attended Otterbein College, Westerville, OH, earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1981. Mike was a loving husband to Cathy, a wonderful and supportive father to his children, Shauna Lynn Cornwell (Jeremy Cornwell) and Marisa Anne Dunaway, and a playful “Papa” to his grandsons Cameron and Milo Cornwell, all of Wooster. Also a part of Mike’s loving family is his mother Betty Dunaway; father Harold Dunaway (dec.); sisters Tina Hudock (Todd Hudock) and Debbie Litman (Brian Litman); a brother, Brian Dunaway (Tara Dunaway), and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Mike’s life centered around his joy of music as well as his faith and family. In his youth, Mike belonged to the Fayette Singing Boys, a group which toured some of the Western U.S. states, and “Ecclasia”, a faith-based singing group. As an adult, Mike was chosen to direct the Greater Connellsville Community Chorus, Connellsville, as well as Shenandoah’s Community Chorus, Sarahsville, OH, in later years. Mike served as a soloist and choir director for St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Dunbar, and later at Norwood United Methodist Church, Marietta, OH. He especially enjoyed singing with his daughters.
Mike taught choir at the middle and high school levels, first in Sarahsville, then in Marietta. His choirs, including a show choir, were well-known throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley, winning numerous awards at local, state, and national levels during his tenure. Mike also directed many of the high school’s musicals, gave private voice lessons, and was the lead vocalist in two local bands. He was chosen as an Honored Teacher by an Honored Graduating Senior for over 25 consecutive years and was also nominated for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mike was beloved by his students who respectfully and affectionately called him “D”.
Mike enjoyed traveling, socializing with friends and family, and cheering on his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
McIntire, Bradham, & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to your favorite musical organization, the Wooster United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice in his memory.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.