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Bette Stein

January 4, 1924 - November 14, 2015

Finally at peace with the angels.She will be sadly missed by her daughter Kris, granddaughter Stefanie & great grandchildren Jake, Hannah, Ben, Sam. Loved her family, friends, church, music. Preceded in death by husband Samuel Stein, son David, grandson Michael, granddaughter Jennifer & son-in-law Samuel Hague Jr.A gifted musician, teaching piano, directing church choirs, serving God, &...
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Maryssa Ann "Ryssa" Rivas

July 16, 2013 - November 13, 2015

Maryssa Ann Rivas "Ryssa", 2 years old of Berea, went to be with her Lord and was welcomed into Heaven Friday, November 13, 2015 at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center following complications of congenital heart issues. She was born July 16, 2013 in Cleveland. Maryssa was called to minister to the nations. Maryssa found joy in all situations, visible through her smile. Although much of her...
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Robert A. Zych

April 8, 1928 - November 7, 2015

Robert A. Zych, age 87, lifelong resident of Lorain, passed away Saturday, November 07, 2015 following a brief illness. He was born in Lorain on April 8, 1928. Bob worked as a crane operator for US Steel for 40 years. He was a member of the Polish Club and an avid fan of the Cleveland Browns. He also enjoyed going to Lakeview Park, watching movies, keeping up with current events on TV, and...
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Emma Jean Hale

March 13, 1967 - November 7, 2015

Emma Jean Hale (nee Stanton), age 48, of Sheffield Village, passed away unexpectedly on November 7, 2015 at University Hospital in Cleveland surrounded by her family. She was born in Elyria on March 13, 1967. Emma graduated from Elyria High School in 1985. She worked at LCCC in the Division of Enrollment Services with her daughter. She enjoyed the music and festivities of Jimmy Buffett...
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Lowell Campbell

January 1, 1924 - November 2, 2015

H. Lowell Campbell, 91, a lifetime resident of Oberlin passed away Monday, November 2, 2015 at Welcome Nursing Home after a brief illness. He was born at home January 1, 1924 in Wakeman, Ohio. Lowell graduated from Oberlin High School in 1943 where he played Quarterback for the Oberlin Indians football team. After graduation, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving three years in World War II. ...
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Pete Keith, Jr.

April 19, 1931 - October 22, 2015

Served in the US Army. Stationed in Italy during Korean War. Employed as an assembler at Smith & Jones & an assistant manager at J&B. Enjoyed art, painting & woodworking & was a steam train enthusiast. Survived by daughters Terri Keith & Dianne Borsenik (James); sister Norma Faye Miller. Preceded in death by wife Rooksie (nee Dempsey); parents Peter & Gladys; sister Nora & brother Jimmy....
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Joann (nee Wetzel) Kauffman

June 9, 1928 - October 21, 2015

Joann was a graduate of Elyria High School, Class of 1946. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Mrs. Kauffman is survived by her son Lee Kauffman of Elyria and daughter Linda Robertson of Charleston, SC. She was preceded in death by her mother Mabelle Wetzel (1970) and her husband of 45 years, Kenneth Kauffman (1991). The family wishes to thank New Life Hospice and to Joann...
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David M. Lowery

April 26, 1960 - October 18, 2015

David M. Lowery, 55, of LaGrange, passed away at home unexpectedly Sunday, October 18, 2015. He was born April 26, 1960 in Elyria and resided in LaGrange for the last 13 years, coming from Elyria. David attended Elyria High School, Class of 1978. He was a Truck Driver for 20 years with the Gregory Trucking Company, member of the Goodguys Car Club and "National Street Rod Association". He...
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Ruth S. Link

November 9, 1925 - October 16, 2015

Graduate of Nanticoke High School & KSU, BA degree. Elementary School Teacher for 27 yrs in Cleveland School System, retired in 1991 & moved to the Wesleyan Village. Member of Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland & enjoyed travelling, crossword puzzles, volunteer work, walking & hiking. Proud of her Welsh Heritage & loved to travel to the Wales & Welsh events in Ohio & PA. Aunt of Esther...
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Paul Sizemore

October 12, 1934 - October 13, 2015

Resident of Elyria since 1949. He was born October 12, 1934 in Pikeville, KY. Retired in 1995 from United States Steel in Lorain after 30 years as a steelworker. He was a member of the Steel Labor Union. He was an avid hunter & enjoyed car racing. Survived by his sons James Sizemore (Brenda Kelly) of Elyria, Eddie Sizemore (Sandy) of Elyria; daughter Sherry Day of Elyria; 4 grandchildren and 3...
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Deborah (nee Salyer) Everett

December 31, 1953 - October 4, 2015

Deborah Kay Everett (nee Salyer), 61, a resident of Elyria since 1955, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2015 following a lengthy illness with Juvenile Diabetes and heart and renal disease at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center. She was born December 31, 1953 in Oklahoma City, OK. Deborah was a graduate of Elyria High School, Class of 1972. She attended Lorain County Community College and...
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Mary (nee Haskiell) Tusing

July 12, 1934 - September 29, 2015

Mary E. Tusing (nee Haskiell), 81, of Elyria went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at O'Neill Healthcare North Ridgeville following a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. She was born July 12, 1934 in Tunnelton, West Virginia. Mary has been a Lorain County resident since 1952. She was employed at Elyria Memorial Hospital, Dietary Department, for 13 ½ years, retiring in 1986...
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Alan L. Robinson

August 20, 1930 - September 21, 2015

Alan graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1948. He was a member of Experimental Aircraft Association. He enjoyed Stock Car, Indy Car, and Midget Racing. He has a Pilot's License, his own plane and loved to fly. Mr. Robinson is survived by his brother Harold of The Villages, Florida; two nieces and five nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine; parents Warren L. and Helen...
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David Francis Marty

March 29, 1945 - September 21, 2015

David (Dave) Francis Marty, age 70, died peacefully at his home Monday September 21 after a prolonged illness. Born in Louisville, Ky, on March 29, 1945 he grew up in Amherst OH and lived in Tucson, AZ, Centerville, VA and Myrtle Beach SC. He attended the Amherst schools and graduated from Marion L. Steele High School (1963) where he was an active member of the band as drummer and a skilled...
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Katera Dawnn Perkins

July 16, 1990 - September 17, 2015

Katera Dawnn Perkins, age 25, beloved daughter of Angela Moore, Tyrone Sanders, and biological father Leonard Perkins; loving mother of the late Braylen Michael; granddaughter of Hazel Moore-Maloy(Frank), Billy Moore(deceased), and Jeanette Cash; the best sister of Cierah Sanders; loving step sister of Quran Muhammad; half-sister of Ayana, LJ, Devin, and Brandon; loving friend of Fred Smith who...
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Phyllis (nee Opper) Zhitnik

May 24, 1924 - September 16, 2015

Phyllis Zhitnik (nee Opper), 91, of Sheffield Village passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2015. She was born May 24, 1924 in Cleveland. Phyllis was a Library Aide at Elyria High School. She was a devoted member of Temple B'Nai Abraham in Elyria. Her interests included cooking, traveling, arts, theater, classical music; she was a lifelong student and an avid reader. She also served as a...
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Gerald "Jerry" Poland

June 27, 1948 - September 15, 2015

Retired from General Motors in Parma where he worked as a Tinsmith. He enjoyed old cars, cooking, restoring cars and motorcycles, and spending time with his family. Survived by his wife of 37 years Jean (nee Suffecool); step-daughter Leslie Begany; son Gerald II; daughter Brenda Sue; grandchildren Derrick Poland, Christopher Ostrowski, Jerry Barr; three great-grandchildren; brother Richard...
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Ginette "Gina" DeSilvester

October 20, 1930 - September 13, 2015

Ginette "Gina" DeSilvester, 84, of Elyria passed away peacefully Sunday, September 13, 2015 at the Wesleyan Village. Gina has been a resident of Elyria since 1968 moving from Lorain. She was born October 20, 1930 in Lorain. Gina was a graduate of Lorain High School, Class of 1948. She was employed at Ridge Tool in the Mail Department for 40 plus years. She was an active member of Washington...
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Rose (nee Estes) Headley

December 17, 1940 - September 12, 2015

Rose Marie Headley (nee Estes), age 74, of Elyria, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 12, 2015. She was born December 17, 1940 in Levi, Kentucky. Rose loved baking and was very artistic with her painting and ceramics. She also had a green thumb when it came to caring for the flowers and plants around her home. Rose cherished every moment spent around her grandchildren. She...
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Helen (nee Preast) Durham

June 2, 1930 - September 6, 2015

Helen G. Durham (nee Preast), age 85, of Elyria, passed away Sunday morning, September 6, 2015 following a lengthy illness at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria. She was born June 2, 1930 in Sophia, WV and has resided in Elyria for the past 60 years. Helen was primarily a homemaker the past several years and earlier had served as a Health Care aid. She had been employed as an aid at Welcome Nursing...
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Kevin "Buckey" Ruff

August 13, 1962 - August 26, 2015

Kevin Scott "Buckey" Ruff, 53, a resident of Elyria for the past six years passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was born August 13, 1962. Kevin worked as a Chef and loved cooking. He enjoyed his video games-Xbox and computer, riding his bicycle, and hanging out in the park and enjoying the outdoors. Mr. Ruff is survived by his daughter Alicia Ruff; best and closest friend Lisa Christy;...
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Dalton "DJ" Whitmore, Jr.

June 17, 2015 - August 24, 2015

Dalton L. "DJ" Whitmore, Jr., 2 months, 1 week of Elyria passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 24, 2015 at University Hospital, Elyria Medical Center. He was born June 17, 2015. DJ is survived by his parents Dalton L. Whitmore Sr. and Angel E. Stirling of Elyria; paternal grandmother Helen Whitmore of Elyria and maternal grandparents Sue Shoemaker and Paul Stirling of Elyria; uncle Denton...
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James E. "Jamie" Branch

July 29, 1952 - August 24, 2015

James E. "Jamie" Branch, 63, a resident of Wellington for the past 23 years, passed away suddenly Monday, August 24, 2015 at University Hospital, Elyria Medical Center of an apparent heart attack. He was born July 29, 1952 in McKeesport, PA. James grew up in Lorain County since 1959. He graduated from Midview High School, Class of 1970 and attended Lorain County Community College. He was...
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Bette (nee Haupt) Cawthern

March 3, 1932 - August 14, 2015

Bette Ann Cawthern (nee Haupt), 83, of Elyria passed away peacefully at her home on Friday, August 14, 2015. She was born March 3, 1932. Bette was employed at Moen Faucet. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, bingo, and spending time with her kids and grandkids. Mrs. Cawthern is survived by her husband Jack Parks; children Kenneth Cawthern, Darla Cawthern, Kelly Cawthern Stanley (Michael), George ...
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Anna "Lucille" Welch

July 23, 1933 - August 14, 2015

Anna L. "Lucille" Welch (nee Kilgore), age 82 of Elyria, passed away Friday, August 14, 2015 after a lengthy illness. She was born July 23, 1933 in Dripping Springs, TN. She attended high school in Tennessee and has resided in Elyria for the past 60 plus years. Lucille was employed at First National Bank, Style Center, JC Penney's, H&R Block, Grants, and Isaly's and retired in 1990. She was...
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Joanne Fodor

April 19, 1942 - August 7, 2015

Joanne Fodor, age 73, of Lorain and formerly of Cleveland, passed away Friday, August 7, 2015 at Mercy New Life Hospice in Lorain. She is survived by her sisters, Barbara Urszeni (John) and Margaret Barris. She was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Margaret Fodor (nee Piltz), brother Donald G. Fodor, and sister LaVerne Johnstone.
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Dorothy B. Smith

December 14, 1918 - August 6, 2015

Dorothy B. Smith (nee Covert), 96 of Wellington, formerly of Elyria, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Keystone Pointe, LaGrange under the care of Crossroads Hospice. Dorothy is survived by her sons Tom (Sherrill) of Virginia, Dave (Pat) of Texas, Ken (Kim) of Sheffield Lake; daughter Kaye Kotasek (Mike) of Wellington; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild;...
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George W. Henry

December 3, 1931 - August 2, 2015

George W. Henry, 83 of Lorain, formerly of Elyria. George was born on December 3, 1931 in Cleveland. He grew up in Spencer, Ohio and was in the Korean Conflict while serving with the United States Navy. George worked at Coca Cola in Elyria for over 35 years. He was very active with his sons in Little League and all of their sporting events while they were growing up. Hobbies and interests...
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Eleanor Marie Taper Hill

October 22, 1921 - July 5, 2015

Served the Lord at Rust Methodist Church & Asbury UMC . Employed at Murray Ridge School. Member of the Jolly 60's. Enjoyed helping others & spending time with her family. A blessed woman who was loved enormously; lived her life by the example of "What would Jesus do?" The world is a better place for having known her. Survived by children Bobbie J. Jackson (Clyde), William C. Hill, Leonard C....
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Betty J. Henry

October 5, 1922 - June 16, 2015

Employed as a Registered Nurse at the former Elyria Memorial Hospital. A volunteer for the American Red Cross. Enjoyed knitting, crocheting sweaters and blankets for great grandchildren. Survived by her children Helen Conrad (Gerald), Kathleen Walker (Ronald), Richard Gordon (Nancy), Gail Pribanic (Joseph), and step-son Jim Henry (Linda); 11 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, nine great...
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Donald R. Heberbrand

February 24, 1932 - June 6, 2015

Donald R. Hebebrand, lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. He was born in Elyria on February 24, 1932. He is survived by children Roy, Tim, and James Hebebrand, Della Dorsey, Robert Keller, Rita Higgins, Frieda Monteleone, and Don Keller; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brothers Richard, Herb, and David...
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Frances "Juanita" Simon-Daugherty

September 3, 1924 - June 2, 2015

After high school, worked in the shipyards as an original Rosie the Riveter. Pulled wires on Liberty ships for troop transport. Following the war, she married & settled in Lorain. Attended St. Mary Church, employed as Toll Collector/OH Turnpike. Enjoyed crocheting & received ribbons for her afghans at the Lor Co Fair. Painted ceramics, ran an antique shop & did upholstery work. Survived by...
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Janet (nee Steller) Eschke

November 29, 1933 - May 30, 2015

A graduate of Elyria High School, Class of 1951. A member of Grace Lutheran Church and was very active in several church organizations. She was a homemaker and volunteered at Elyria Memorial Hospital for many years and was a past PTA President. Survived by her daughters Trudi (Richard) Jennings, Carol (Edward) Vojtek, Sandy (Randy) Lottman, son Thomas (Gina) Eschke; grandchildren Lynn Lottman,...
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Tamala McDermott

April 20, 1967 - May 29, 2015

Tamala S. McDermott (nee Lowery), age 48 of Elyria. She was born on April 20, 1967 in Elyria, OH. Tamala graduated from Elyria West High School, Class of 1985, where she was a cheerleader. Her greatest joy was being home with her children and was a believer that if you had a garden and a library, you had everything you needed. She worked at the Stocker Center at LCCC for 10 years and more...
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Bruce W. Doman

July 19, 1939 - May 20, 2015

Employed by Republic Steel, Elyria. Served in Marine Corps during Cuban Crisis. Involved in Little League East as coach, umpire, & announcer for baseball games. Survived by daughter Becky Nemeth (Joe); grandchildren Anthony, Amy, & Emily; siblings Duane (Judy), Jackie Meadows (Hobart), & Sharon Drummond (Gene), Sue Lazear (Dean), Rolene Plants (Rudy) & Marlene Blair (Red); longtime friend Barb...
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Michael Komko, Sr.

May 9, 1941 - May 16, 2015

Michael Komko, Sr., 74, a long-time resident of North Ridgeville, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake. Mike was born May 9, 1941 in Fredericksburg, PA, grew up in Elyria and lived in North Ridgeville for the last 30+ years. He retired from Invacare in January 2007 where he worked as an Electrical Technician in R&D, but as much as he enjoyed that work, he always...
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Sharon (nee Folley) Whitmore

April 25, 1944 - May 3, 2015

Sharon Mae Whitmore (nee Folley), 71, of Grafton and formerly of Elyria, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. She was born April 25, 1944 in Elyria. Sharon and her husband Denton were foster parents to over 200 children through Lorain County Children Services, The 12, and Cuyahoga County Children Services. She enjoyed spending time on the farm,...
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George G. Myers

April 18, 1947 - April 30, 2015

George G. Myers, 68, loving husband of Barb; devoted father of Kristen (John) and Thomas; dear brother of Betty (Richard) Kress and the late John Myers and Margie Crocker; many nieces and nephews and his best buddy Keno. Passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015. Memorials may be forwarded to Ames Hospice of the Western Reserve, 2173 North Ridge Road E., Suite H, Lorain, OH 44055-3400. George's...
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Kathleen "Kath" McQuillan

April 9, 1984 - April 28, 2015

Kathleen "Kath" McQuillan, 31, of Cuyahoga Falls and formerly of Akron, passed away at home Tuesday, April 28, 2015. She was born April 9, 1984 in Akron. Kathleen was a graduate of Midview High School, Class of 2002. She was a brain cancer warrior. She was very artistic and enjoyed spending her time painting, drawing, and photography. Kathleen is survived by her mother and step-father...
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Rudolfo "Rudy" Montaño

December 21, 1940 - April 20, 2015

Rudolfo R. "Rudy" Montaño, 74, of Elyria passed away Monday, April 20 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center following a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was born December 21, 1940 in Grants, New Mexico. Rudy graduated from Grants High School, New Mexico, Class of 1960. He was employed from 1989-2002 as a Laborer and previously a Coal Miner in West Virginia. He was a former...
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Paul Raymond Belt

September 24, 1931 - April 18, 2015

Paul Raymond Belt (83) of Elyria went to heaven on Saturday April 18, where he is now celebrating his reward of seeing Jesus face to face. This coronation occurred at Wesleyan Village following a lengthy illness with Alzheimer's. He was born September 24, 1931 in Marion, Ohio. Paul graduated from Caledonia High School in Caledonia, Ohio, Class of 1949 and Olivet Nazarene University in 1955...
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Virginia Corbley Rudisill

August 22, 1917 - March 26, 2015

Virginia was a homemaker. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Elyria and Elizabeth Stevens Ministries. She enjoyed gardening, nature, and loved watching birds. Mrs. Rudisill is survived by her daughter Donna Mae Corbley of Texas and son Robert (Marilyn) Corbley of Grafton; grandchildren Judy, Billy, Terry, Travis, Colleen, Robert, Kristin and many great-grandchildren.
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Tina (nee Easterwood) Cass

November 8, 1967 - March 25, 2015

Graduate of Elyria High School. Enjoyed crocheting, gardening, cooking, and loved spending time with her kids, family, & her dog Sasha. Survived by her fiance' Chris Lantz; son David Lantz & daughter Chelsea Cass; mother Jeanette Bair, step-father Joe Bair; brothers Donald & Sammie Easterwood; step-sister Tiffany Lane; many aunts, uncles, & cousins. Preceded in death by her father Sammie...
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Virgil S. Pack

February 27, 1928 - March 25, 2015

Served in the US Navy & was employed at Fisher Body, GM. Member of VFW Post #1079, drove the bus at College Hts Baptist Church & enjoyed golf & bowling. Survived by his wife Donna (nee Carner); children Carol Stringer, William, Thomas, Judith, Virginia, Virgil (Carol), Robbin Songer, & Janet; step-children Michael & David Samples; grandchildren Tamra, Ronald, Aundrea, James, David, Priscilla,...
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Eddie W. Dumont, Jr.

January 25, 1928 - March 24, 2015

Graduate of Elyria High School. Served in the US Air Force. A General Contractor owning his company, Big D Contractor. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Grafton; Freemason and enjoyed skeet shooting, boxing, dancing and singing, and playing the harmonica. Survived by his children Dennis A. Dumont, Adam J. Dumont, Monique R. Sanders, Heather A. Dumont, David P....
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Dolly (nee Mick) Hickman

January 6, 1935 - March 23, 2015

Dolly Dee Hickman (nee Mick), 80, of Avon Lake went home to be with her Lord, surrounded by her loving children, Monday, March 23, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic following a brief illness. She was born January 6, 1935 in Webster Springs, West Virginia and has resided in Lorain County since 1953. Her life's work was being a loving wife and mother. She was a member of the Elyria Community Church...
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Madeline (nee Parks) Wells

May 12, 1922 - March 19, 2015

Madeline G. Wells (nee Parks), 92, went home to be with her Lord Thursday, March 19, 2015 at O'Neill Healthcare in North Ridgeville. She was born May 12, 1922 in Beatrice, West Virginia. Madeline was employed for 25 years at General Industries in Elyria. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Elyria, a Sunday School Teacher, and Camp Counselor. She enjoyed sewing, reading, and...
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Robert L. Radabaugh

January 23, 1932 - February 15, 2015

Robert L. Radabaugh, 83, of Elyria, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 following a short illness. He was born January 23, 1932 in Burk, West Virginia. Robert graduated from Arthurdale High School in Arthurdale, West Virginia. He served in the United States Navy from 1952-1956. He retired from the City of Elyria as Operator of the Elyria Waste Water Treatment Plant where he worked for 26...
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John Pozywak

May 22, 1937 - January 29, 2015

Graduate of Elyria High School 1956. Served in US Army SPEC4, worked at Supply Depot, Ft. Eustace,VA. Employed as Surveyor Lorain Cty Engineer Dept. Life Member AMVETS Post #12, Black River Masonic Lodge 778,past patron Eastern Stars #479, Polish Club. Enjoyed fishing, surveying, reading, loved Cleveland Indians baseball. Survived by his wife of 55 years Dolly; daughters Cathy Hollan (Jerry)...
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Willie L. Davis

May 3, 1941 - January 22, 2015

Willie Davis, 73, was employed as an Air Conditioning Engineer at York International retiring in 2000. He was also an auxiliary policeman for the LaGrange and Elyria Dept. and recently retired from Elyria City Schools. He was a member of Second Calvary Church of God in Christ where he served as a deacon for many years. He and his late wife fostered over 100 children. Survived by numerous...
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Rhonda Sloan

August 4, 1949 - January 22, 2015

Employed at Manor Care Nursing Home in North Olmsted for 25 years, a Nurse's Aide at Wesleyan Village for 15 years, and Giant Eagle in Elyria. She was a Den Leader and Scout Committee for Boy Scouts for 22 years, loved puzzle books, and a devoted caregiver to the elderly. She always put the needs of others before her own. Her nickname was "Mighty Mouse". Survived by her husband of 44 years...
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George C. Hinderer

May 22, 1926 - January 21, 2015

Graduated from Elyria High School in 1944 & served in US Navy during WWII on the USS Rayton. Worked at LTV Steel as a Dispatcher & retired in 1986 & retired from carpentry in 2012.Lifetime Member of AMVETS Post #32 & VFW Post #1079. Enjoyed golf, pinochle, reading, cooking, traveling, old westerns, playing the piano & was an accomplished composer.Survived by his daughter Catherine Fuller (Steve)...
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Sharon (nee Gregg) Kolcun

August 29, 1939 - January 18, 2015

Employed by Drug Mart in Oberlin, Johnnie's Lounge in South Amherst & retired as a Manager at Dollar General , Lorain. Enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading, finding bargains at local garage sales, & going on bus trips. Survived by sons Rexford Chaffin (Joyce), Jeffrey Chaffin, Michael Kolcun, David S. Kolcun, & daughter Sherri Leach; 11 grandchildren & 6 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her...
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Stanley A. Berke

June 22, 1941 - January 13, 2015

Stanley served our country in the United States Army. He was a graduate of Elyria High School, The Ohio State University and was a member of Temple B'Nai Abraham in Elyria. He enjoyed music and played the clarinet in the Elyria High marching and concert bands. Mr. Berke is survived by his brother Arnold Berke (partner Jacob Pearce) and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents...
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Nellie E. Warner

December 9, 1932 - January 11, 2015

Nellie E. Warner (nee Ball), 82 a resident of Elyria for the past 50 years moving from Gulley Bridge, WV, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 at O'Neill Health Center in North Ridgeville. She was born December 9, 1932 in Nutter Hill, West Virginia. Nellie was employed at General Motors Elyria in the Quality Assurance Dept. for 22 years. She was a member of Midway Baptist Church, active with...
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Jean (nee Wilson) Welch

February 14, 1915 - January 8, 2015

A 1933 graduate of Connellsville High School. Married the love of her life, Feb 8, 1941 William Welch. She was a homemaker, enjoyed traveling, flower gardening, her grandchildren. Member of Lake Ave United Church of Christ, Mothers club & Division E. Survived by her children Thomas Welch of CA, Judith Ryals of OH, & Barbara Martin (Ray) of TX; grandchildren Todd Ryals, Sean Ryals (Sheri), Kellie...
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Lois (nee Peters) Kleefeld

February 2, 1920 - January 6, 2015

Graduated from Lorain High School 1937. Served in US Navy WAVE at the US Armed Forces Institute. Graduated from Ohio Wesleyan. Employed in Cleveland Indians front office, Secretary to VP & Director of Stadium Operations. Married Paul "Budd" Kleefeld on May 31, 1952. Member of the AAUW, Jolly 60s, Kitchen Kuties, & enjoyed crocheting hats. Traveled throughout the US & Europe. Enjoyed Bible Study ...
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Grace Shaw

November 8, 1920 - January 3, 2015

Grace Shaw, 94, died on January 3, 2015, Grace was born November 8, 1920,.She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen R. Shaw and son, Roger S. Shaw.Mrs. Shaw is survived by two children, Robert Allen Shaw ( Linda) and Kathryn French (Darrell) 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; Funeral services will be held at 11am Saturday, January 10th at Busch Funeral Home, 114 Second Street, in...
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Kathryn (nee Owens) Conner-Garcia

March 5, 1953 - January 2, 2015

Kathryn Conner-Garcia (nee Owens), 61, of Elyria passed away Friday, January 2, 2015 at her home. She was born in March 5, 1953 in Elyria. Kathryn was a graduate of Elyria High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Elyria. She loved the outdoors, horseback riding, fishing, nature walks, and was an accomplished hand gun competition shooter. She...
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Marvin Mark Dallas

August 17, 1954 - January 1, 2015

He enjoyed boxing, working outside, and watching western movies. Mr. Dallas is survived by his children Joycelyn Dallas of Sicklerville, NJ, Benjamin Weeks and Felicia Scott of Trenton, NJ; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters Shirley Hill and Patricia Brown and brother James Dale Dallas of Elyria; a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Dallas...
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Karl R. Westfall, Sr.

May 17, 1937 - December 29, 2014

Supervisor at Victor Golf & owned Eddie's Cigar Store 1988-2001. A Heavyweight Golden Gloves Boxing Champion in Lorain County for 2 yrs & was a member of the United Polish Club in Elyria. Survived by his children Karl R. Westfall, Jr. (Terry), Vickey Dellisanti, Connie Westfall, & Robert Westfall (Sandy); grandchildren Brian & Alicia Dellisanti, Brian & Karl Richard Westfall III, Amanda Wallace,...
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Tara (nee Bell) Haddix

August 20, 1980 - December 28, 2014

Tara N. Haddix (nee Bell), 34, of Brunswick and formerly of North Ridgeville, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2014 at University Hospital in Cleveland after a brave battle with Cystic Fibrosis and Colon Cancer. She was born August 20, 1980 in Elyria. Tara was employed at Hobby Lobby in Medina for the past five years. She also attended Matthew Salem Camp (she was a camper then a counselor) and...
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Georgina "Coca" Ybarra

April 14, 1944 - December 25, 2014

Georgina "Coca" Ybarra (nee Ortiz), age 70, of Elyria, passed away suddenly at her home on Thursday, December 25, 2014. She was born April 14, 1944 in Morovis, Puerto Rico. She enjoyed sewing, reading, camping and cooking, but most of all spending time with her large and loving family. She worked for many years as a U.S. Postal Clerk and also worked teaching English at El Centro and the...
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William J. "Bill" Kemper

November 1, 1943 - December 19, 2014

Bill served in the US Navy and belonged to VFW Post #1662 in Amherst. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #118 in Amherst. Bill retired from USS/Kobe Steel in Lorain after 30 years. He enjoyed fishing and making various types of crafts by hand. Bill is survived by his sisters, Joanne Lee of Sandusky, and Betty Popovich Knapp (Bill) of New London; nephews, David and Dale (Roni)...
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Robert J. Rusnak, Jr.

January 24, 1969 - December 16, 2014

Robert J. Rusnak, Jr., 45, of Lorain and a former resident of Elyria, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 of apparent heart failure. He was born January 24, 1969 in Elyria. Robert was a 1987 graduate of Elyria Catholic High School and earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from Bowling Green State University in 1991. He was employed as a Computer Programmer for the...
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John "Jack" Johnson

September 21, 1927 - December 14, 2014

John "Jack" W. Johnson, 87, lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Sunday, December 14, 2014 at New Life Hospice in Lorain following a long illness. He was born September 21, 1927. Jack graduated from Elyria High School and attended John Carrol. He served our country in the US Navy and then was drafted to the US Army where he served on the front lines in Korea. He was employed as a Letter...
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Kathy L. Schriner

December 1, 1955 - December 9, 2014

Kathy L. Schriner, 59, of Grafton passed away at her home of natural causes Tuesday, December 9, 2014. She was born December 1, 1955 in Elyria. Kathy graduated from Midview High School. She was employed at Rural King in Elyria. Kathy was a free spirit whom enjoyed helping her Uncle Chuck build homes, fishing and camping, and Monday Night Football. Ms Schriner is survived by her daughter Lynn...
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Mike Micovic

December 29, 1935 - December 2, 2014

Mike Micovic, 79, of Cleveland passed Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin following a lengthy illness. He was born December 29, 1935 in Yugoslavia. He was employed in the Packing and Shipping Department at Crestcore of Mentor (formerly in Cleveland). He enjoyed gardening, camping, hiking, and travelling. Mr. Micovic is survived by daughters Jennifer Micovic in NC and...
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Rudolph "Rudy" Moser II

October 11, 1936 - November 28, 2014

Rudolph J. "Rudy" Moser II, 78, a resident of Elyria since 1977, passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born October 11, 1936 in Cleveland where he lived for many years. Rudy attended St. Boniface, where he served as an altar boy at Mass, West Tech High School, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corp from...
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Wilda (nee Carpenter) McDougal

October 21, 1926 - November 28, 2014

Wilda was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning and gardening, sewing, bowling, and her pet dog, Gidget. Mrs. McDougal is survived by her children Dale (Linda) McDougal of Florida, Nancy (Larry) Rucker of Beallsville, Carol Hall of Mississippi, Donald McDougal of Elyria, Hazel (Harley) Rowe of LaGrange, Jerry (Kitty) McDougal of Missouri; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren,...
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Helen (nee Blyth) Moore

August 24, 1933 - November 28, 2014

Helen was a homemaker. Graduate of Wadsworth High School & attended Lorain County Community College. A member of Faith Baptist Church in Amherst & had attended the First Baptist Church in Wellington. She enjoyed knitting, puzzles, & volunteering at the nursing home & Mercy Regional Medical Center. Survived by her children Robert (Debbie) Collins of TN, Ruth Ann Moyers of Wellington and Lowell...
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Anna Marie "Sally" Prunner

August 23, 1927 - November 21, 2014

Anna Marie "Sally" Prunner (nee Knittel), age 87, passed away Friday, 11/21/2014 at Pleasant View Health Care Center in Barberton, Ohio. She was born on 8/23/1927 in Madison, OH. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Marty Bidlingmyer; grandson, Brian Bidlingmyer; brother, Bud Knittel (Nancy); & many nieces. Preceded in death by husband, John Prunner; son, Larry Bidlingmyer; parents, William &...
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Aileen (nee Cooperman) Frankel

July 10, 1923 - November 19, 2014

Aileen Frankel (nee Cooperman), age 91, of Sheffield Village, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014. She was born in Forrest City, Arkansas on July 10, 1923. Aileen was the Salutatorian of her Caruthersville, Missouri high school graduating class. Her college education at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri came to an abrupt halt following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. She had to...
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Doris (nee Leatherberry) Hobbs

August 13, 1947 - November 14, 2014

Doris E. Hobbs (nee Leatherberry), 67, of Lorain County passed away Friday, November 14, 2014 at Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio following a lengthy illness. She was born August 13, 1947 in Niles, Ohio. Doris provided care for young children in her home. She was a member of Sheffield Church of God and formerly Strong Tower COG in Wellington. She enjoyed crocheting, cake decorating...
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Carol (nee Montgomery) Rudolph

September 27, 1921 - November 9, 2014

Received her Bachelor Degree from Univ of Miami & Master's Degree in Ed from Kent State. She was employed as Teacher & Librarian for Cleveland City Schools. A seamstress & won many contests for quilting, cross stitch, & needlework. Enjoyed crafting, embroidery, & collecting dolls. Survived by husband of 72 years Robert L.; sons Lynn L. (Lynn), Glenn L. (Debbie), & Robert E. (Frances); 7...
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Anne Victoria Smith

July 17, 1991 - November 8, 2014

A 2009 graduate of Early College High School at LCCC, earning a high school diploma and an Associate's Degree. Continued her education at LCCC, majoring in Criminal Justice. Employed as a Machine Operator at Whirlaway in Wellington. She loved reading, animals,music, & nature. Survived by her mother, Karen Smith of Elyria; brother Michael Smith of Greenwich, OH; aunts Cyndy Kitting (Ed), Julie...
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Marvin D. "Pappy" Branham

August 14, 1938 - November 7, 2014

Marvin D. "Pappy" Branham, age 76, lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Friday, November 7, 2014 following a brief illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Viola (nee Winebrenner), of Elyria; children Marva L. Cadman, Donna J. Ambrose (James), Bonny S. Bartlebaugh, Donald G. Branham (Lynn), Debra B. Brewer (Bobby), and Carol A. Hebberts; 25 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren...
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Robert "Bob" Board

July 4, 1927 - November 5, 2014

Attended Elyria schools & served in the US Air Force during WWII. Employed as a Tow Motor Operator at Tappen & worked for the Oberlin City Schools. Member of Crossroads Christian Center, Church Board & Usher. Enjoyed fishing & swimming. Survived by children Myron (Diane) Board, Lamar (Dawn) Board, Brenda Board, Sherill (Willie), Tanya (Roger) Smith, Kellie (Kelvin) Roberts, Ronnie (Cindy)Board,...
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Pamela (nee Cathey) Bandell

July 19, 1958 - October 5, 2014

A student at LCCC & Ashford Univ, studying Criminal Justice & Forensics. One of Jehovah's Witnesses at Elyria East Congregation. Made friends easily & loved spending time with her grandchildren. Survived by her children Edward Bandell, Jr., Candi Dandrea, & Nickolas Adam Cathey-Rojas; grandchildren Noah, Autumn, Kylie, & Makena; siblings Patrick (Cathy) , Patricia, Virginia Marcum, Iva "Sandy" ...
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Othie I. Kimble

October 25, 1920 - October 4, 2014

Served in the US Army & was a POW in Germany for 26 months. Retired from Foseco, Inc. A Baptist Minister in WV & OH. Attended Elyria Praise & Worship Church. Survived by children Othie Kimble, Jr (Marquette), Johnny Kimble (Liz), Larry Kimble (Debbie), Carl Kimble (fiance' Kathy ), Mary Payne (late Kenny), Connie Helton (Greg), Paul Kimble (Lora), Phillip Kimble (Janie), Timothy Kimble (Kim),...
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Judith (nee Johnson) Yeo

April 7, 1945 - October 4, 2014

Resided in Oberlin most of her life. Server at Presti's Restaurant over 40 years. Member of Sugar Ridge Baptist Church where she loved to come and worship. Her faith is what kept her going throughout the last year with her battle of Cancer. She is survived by one son, Richard Yeo & daughter in law Maureen Yeo (Nowak); sister Margery Kimble (Johnson); brother Bobby Johnson, whom she resided with...
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Michael P. Strawderman

July 4, 1958 - September 21, 2014

He was an avid collector of coins and baseball cards. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews. Michael is survived by his sisters Carrie Parsons, Phyllis Kling (Jesse), Marlene Rizer (Kenny), Sandy Walczak (Jim), and Rhonda Strawderman; brother James Strawderman; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Maggie Strawderman; siblings Clarence...
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John S. Ewing

May 21, 1920 - September 20, 2014

John S. Ewing, 94, of Elyria and a former resident of Lakewood, passed away Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Wesleyan Village following a brief illness. He was born May 21, 1920 in Cuyahoga County. John served in the United States Navy as a Radar Officer on the USS Intrepid in the South Pacific in 1943-45. He was employed as an Electrical Engineer at Reliance Electric in Euclid, OH. John was...
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Matthew D. Stinson

July 21, 1989 - September 17, 2014

Matthew David Stinson, age 25 of Elyria, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Wednesday, September 17, 2014. He was born July 21, 1989 in Kansas City, KS and came with his family as an infant to Elyria where he was raised and remained a resident. He attended Elyria High School and graduated from Job Corp in Flint, MI. While in Michigan, he played basketball on the Job Corp Basketball team. ...
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Anna Mae (nee Overly) Hallman

May 12, 1943 - September 16, 2014

Employed as an STNA at Palmcrest Nursing Home. Member of Elyria Baptist Church, loved volunteering & helping at her church. Survived by son John Hallman (Hollie); grandson Gage Hallman; granddaughter Abigail McNulty; brothers Harry & Bill Overly. Preceded in death by her sons Peter & Paul Hallman & brother Robert Overly. Memorial contributions can be forwarded to the Elyria Baptist Church, 276...
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Paul A. Hallman

July 27, 1969 - September 15, 2014

Paul A. Hallman, 45, a lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born July 27, 1969 in Elyria. Paul attended the Elyria Schools. He enjoyed woodworking. Mr. Hallman is survived by his mother Anna M. Hallman of Elyria; brother John Hallman (Hollie); nephew Gage Hallman and niece Abby McNulty. All services will be private....
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Lois (nee Schmitz, Cuson) Remy

February 18, 1941 - September 2, 2014

Lois E. Remy (nee Schmitz, Cuson), 73, of Elyria passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at her home. She was born February 18, 1941 in Elyria. Lois graduated from Elyria High School and was employed as a Nurse's Aide in area nursing homes. She enjoyed working on crafts, needlework, gardening, and making jelly from her berries. Mrs. Remy is survived by her daughter Joyce Carver (Timothy) of...
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Brent L Titus

October 3, 1981 - August 23, 2014

BRENT L. TITUS, age 32 of Elyria, went home to be with Jesus Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Ames Hospice in Westlake, OH after a lengthy illness. He was born October 3, 1981 in Elyria, OH and was a lifelong resident. Brent was a Quality Manager with SK Finishing of Lorain. He was a graduate of Elyria High School, class of 2000. He was a member of Elyria Four Square Church and served as a...
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James F. Rutherford

May 6, 1968 - August 19, 2014

James F. Rutherford, 46, of Elyria passed on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to be with the Lord. He was born May 6, 1968 in Elkins, West Virginia. James worked for Elyria Plating as a Plater for 22 years. He loved to hunt, fish, spend time with his family and friends, work on cars with his brother, and raced his '67 GTO at Norwalk Speedway in the early 90's. Mr. Rutherford is survived by his loving...
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Renee (Bailey) Neal

January 29, 1970 - August 16, 2014

Renee Lea Neal (nee Bailey), 44, of Lorain, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at her home. She was born January 29, 1970 in Lorain, Ohio. Renee is survived by her beloved husband DeWayne Neal; children Mark, Ryan, Aron and Stefanie Gates, Austin "AJ" and Evan Hill; mother Nancy (Jack) Allison; father George (Donna) Bailey; siblings Rachelle Conrady, Michael Bailey, Jenna Kramer; maternal...
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Linda (nee McWilliams) Hill

December 1, 1955 - August 15, 2014

Graduated from Elyria High School in 1975. Employed at Palm Crest East Nursing Home, Textron, and Micron. Attended Job Corps for her STNA cert & later attended LCCC. Enjoyed cooking, shopping, & time spent with the grandchildren. Survived by daughters Stephanie N. McWilliams & Monique L. Hill; companion John Deitz; 6 grandchildren & many nieces, nephews, & cousins; siblings Elizabeth Edwards ...
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Howard Wayne Reed

February 2, 1943 - August 12, 2014

Howard worked as a Concrete Finisher for more than 50 years and retired from Concrete Works Local Union #5. He attended the Elyria Four Square Church, enjoyed working in his shop, and serving others with his talents. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Judy D. (nee Higgins) Reed; and many nieces and nephews.
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Patrice Danielle Harris

April 10, 1981 - August 12, 2014

Patrice Danielle Harris, age 33, lifelong resident of Elyria, transitioned from her home to God's Kingdom on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 following a lengthy illness. She was born in Elyria on April 10, 1981. Patrice worked as a Nurse's Aid (STNA) at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin for the last 4 years. She attended Midview High School and graduated from Elyria High and Lorain County JVS in 1999...
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Elaine (nee Cline) Stascak

August 8, 2014

Graduated from Farrell High School. She owned and operated Elaine's Beauty Shop in Sharpsville, PA for many years, and later became a homemaker. She loved making and dressing up dolls, which she would then take to craft shows. She also enjoyed baking cakes for birthdays and weddings. Survived by her husband of 39 years, John "Jack" Stascak; daughter Kathleen Gregus; son Bob Lloyd; 3...
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Paul Kleefeld

November 16, 1922 - August 8, 2014

Paul "Budd" Kleefeld, age 91, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lois (nee Peters); daughter, Cor Michaels (Ron "Ski") of Amherst, and niece, Jean Karnik. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Lottie (nee Frederick) Kleefeld, and brother, Charles.
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Peter Armistice Astorino

November 11, 1927 - August 4, 2014

Peter A. Astorino, age 86, of Lorain, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 following a lengthy illness. He was born in Lorain on November 11, 1927. Peter served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and worked as a carpenter at US Steel in Lorain for 40 years. He enjoyed watching baseball and football. He is survived by a son, Graig Astorino; daughter, Denise Astorino; and brother, Art...
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Shirley M. Hebebrand

June 30, 1941 - July 28, 2014

Shirley M. Hebebrand (nee Hubbard), age 73, passed away peacefully at home on July 28, 2014. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 30, 1941, she attended John Marshall High School before moving to Elyria, where she remained a resident for the past 50 years. Shirley was a lifetime member of VFW Post 1079 and enjoyed her employment as a dishwasher at Hazel's Restaurant. She also enjoyed her dogs,...
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Ronald Roy Alexander

August 13, 1935 - July 20, 2014

Served in the National Guard of Ohio & US Army from 1957-62. Employed at JR Dall Ford in Elyria as a Mechanic for 27 yrs. He loved watching the Cleveland Indians & fixing & collecting old antique tube & transistor radios. Survived by his sons Ricky Alexander, Scott Alexander, daughters Sherry Baker, & Ronni Mitchem; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; brother Keith Alexander of...
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Vincent E. Young

November 9, 1928 - July 5, 2014

Served in the US Army. Obtained Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Rutgers Univ & Law Degree from Capital Univ. Employed at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus and SOHIO (later became BP) working in the Patents & Licensing Division. Traveled to various countries for work negotiating contracts. Enjoyed table tennis & filled in at the Municipal Court in Berea as Acting Judge. Survived by his...
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Gilbert M. Evanish, Sr.

January 21, 1920 - July 1, 2014

Gilbert M. Evanish, Sr., 94, of Amherst passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Golden Acres Nursing Home in Amherst following a lengthy illness. He was born January 21, 1920 in Lorain, Ohio. Gilbert was a graduate of Lorain High School, Class of 1938B. He served in the United States Army in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. He was a Paratrooper on D-Day and was wounded in battle...
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