Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

Since 1905, The Busch Family has had a strong commitment to the families and communities we serve. Now in or fourth generation of family ownership we continue to be the most preferred for funeral, burial and cremation services. Many funeral homes advertise cremation services, but that does not mean they provide crematory services on site. Busch Funeral and Crematory Services has an on premises crematory and have certified staff that personally manage the entire cremation process. Our Care Center provides 24/7 care for your loved one assuring you your loved one never leaves our care. Our dedicated professionals provide families with a greater level of care, comfort and accountability.

Our staff is courteous and sympathetic ...Our facilities are comfortable and spotless...our services are handled with dignity and respect. We provide you with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with any of our professional services or facilities, you will not be charged for that particular service.

Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in us.

James H. Busch and J. Mark Busch
4th Generation Funeral Directors

Our Obituaries

Donald "Dino" Dicus

November 11, 1959 - October 15, 2018

Donald D. "Dino" Dicus, 58 of Avon Lake, formerly of Sheffield Lake, passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 after a lengthy illness. He was born to parents Robert and Anne (nee Stanich) Dicus on November 11, 1959. Dino was a graduate of Brookside High School. He worked for Standring Auto Service for over 28 years and later for Quickshift Automotive. He loved trains; model railroading and...
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Chase Callander

November 6, 1990 - October 15, 2018

Chase Callander, 27 of Avon Lake passed away Monday, October 15, 2018 after a lengthy battle with drug addiction. He recently relapsed after being 8 months sober. He was born November 6, 1990 to parents Jock Callander and Kathi Kendera. Chase was an Avon Lake high school graduate where he played hockey. He was a welder's apprentice that enjoyed working out, eating, being with his friends and his...
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Todd Friesner

August 31, 1957 - October 14, 2018

Todd Baxter Friesner, 61 of Avon Lake passed away Sunday, October 14, 2018 in Bay Village, OH after a year of fighting Multiple Myeloma. He was born in Birmingham, MI on August 31, 1957 to parents Robert K. and Lois J. (nee Martin) Friesner. Todd was a high school graduate of Wylie E. Groves High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Alma College, his MBA from Michigan State...
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Ruben T. Garcia

March 3, 1935 - October 12, 2018

Ruben T. Garcia, 83 of Saginaw, MI passed away Friday, October 12, 2018. He was born to parents Ruben and Carmen (nee Torres) Garcia on March 3, 1935. Ruben loved music and concerts, especially jazz. He enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, politics, "March Madness", Sweet 16 College sports and was a diehard Michigan fan. He is survived by his children Nicole (Terry) Wozniak, Michelle Kosa...
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Christopher L. Knott

October 12, 2018

Christopher L. Knott, husband of Christine, brother of Sylvia Yee (Jim), step-father of Frank, Rene and Larry Doubrava, grandfather and uncle to many, passed away peacefully on October 12, 2018. Chris loved to go sailing on his boat, he was an avid reader, enjoyed traveling and had a passion for the orchestra. Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, Ohio 44012...
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Martin "Marty" Roche

July 21, 1934 - October 11, 2018

Martin Aloysius "Marty" Roche, 84 of Avon Lake, beloved husband of Karlene F. Roche "Korki" (nee Bennett); father of Michelle Shum (Ken) and the late Melissa Roche; step father of Benedict Campbell (Claire) and Carla (nee Campbell) Robinson (Doug); grandfather of Olivia (Alex) and step-granddaughter Lena; brother of Francis J. Roche (Marianne); passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018. In lieu of...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Treadwell

June 6, 1923 - October 9, 2018

Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Morgan Treadwell Betty Treadwell left her body on October 9, 2018. Betty was adored by all who knew her and brought out the finest in those that were lucky enough to be part of her life. A woman of great depth, Betty was above all else a child of God and lived her life on a spiritual quest that took her all over the world. In the process she impacted the lives of hundreds...
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Janet-Lee Stanley

December 19, 1932 - October 7, 2018

Mrs. Janet-Lee Fay Stanley, age 85 of Concord, Ohio passed away October 7, 2018 at Heartland Hospice in Mentor, Ohio. She was born December 19, 1932 in Concord, New Hampshire. She grew up near Lake Winnipesauke in New Hampshire where her family founded Fay's Boat Yard. Mrs. Stanley was a retired elementary teacher and realtor. Janet-Lee was a 1950 graduate of Spaulding High School in Rochester...
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Meta Jo Dennis

December 23, 1924 - October 1, 2018

Meta Jo Dennis (nee Klenk), 93 of Avon Lake formerly of Burton, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018. She was born December 23, 1924 in Tiffin, Ohio. Meta was the past president of Geauga County league of Woman Voters, she was a lifelong member of United Church of Christ and volunteered at the Burton Library. She is survived by her dear sister Thelma L. Morningstar; loving niece Mary L. Carlson...
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Jeff Anderson

March 9, 1961 - September 30, 2018

Jeff Anderson, 57 of Cleveland; beloved son of Richard C. and the late Ann (nee Farmer); loving brother of Jim Anderson and Sue O'Brien (Tim); dear uncle of Megan, Shannon, Joe and Kerry; cousin of many. Passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 30, 2018. Jeff worked for Graybar Electric Supply for 13 years. He leaves behind many friends and coworkers. Jeff loved Cleveland sports. He was an avid...
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Theodore S Zajac

July 23, 1918 - September 30, 2018

Theodore "Ted" Stanley Zajac, 100 of Bay Village passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018. He was born 23 July 1918 in Cleveland, Ohio to Polish Immigrants: Sophie (nee Polak) and Stanley Zajac. Ted was a graduate of West Tech High School and he enlisted in the Army in 1941. He ended the war as a Major in the Chemical Corps. During WWII he was instrumental in advancing this country's...
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Veronica Hama

May 20, 1926 - September 24, 2018

HAMA Veronica (nee Kall), age 92, passed away from silent aspiration, Wednesday, September 25, 2018, surrounded by family and friends. Beloved wife of the late John R., loving mother of Dottie Perez (Raoul), and the late Nancy Cirvencic, devoted grandmother of Christopher Cirvencic, aunt, great aunt & great-great aunt of many. Cherished St. Stephen parishioner, where Nancy Cirvencic was church...
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Loretta Serrano

November 13, 1959 - September 24, 2018

Loretta D. Serrano (nee Dillemuth) 58 yrs., of Rocky River, OH passed away of Breast Cancer on September 24, 2018. She was born November 13, 1959 to parents Bernard and Kathleen Dillemuth. Loretta graduated from Ohio State University with her Bachelor's Degree and worked for the T.L.C. Insurance Group as an Independent Insurance Broker. She was an accomplished musician that played the flute; she...
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Robert Yurick

September 21, 2018

Dr. Robert S. Yurick passed away peacefully on September 21, 2018 surrounded by his family. Bob attended Lakewood High School where he played on championship football and baseball teams. He received a football scholarship to play under Woody Hayes at the Ohio State University where he met the love of his life. Bob was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He had an offer to play major league...
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Thomas Krasin

May 17, 1942 - September 12, 2018

Thomas L. Krasin, 76 of Avon Lake passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2018. He was born May 17, 1942. Tom served in the United States Army and received his Bachelors in communications from Butler University. He enjoyed model airplanes and sailboats. He was a Chicago Bears fan, a NASCAR fan and a master at the BBQ. Tom is survived by his children Kristin Markell and Sean Krasin; granddaughter...
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Ralph Nussle

May 1, 1933 - September 9, 2018

AVON LAKE — Ralph Nussle, 85, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at the Avon Cleveland Clinic Hospital. He was born May 1, 1933, in Warren, a son of Carl Nussle and Emilie Ginger Nussle. Ralph was a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School and The Ohio State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy as a meteorologist aboard...
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Nancy Cripe

February 16, 1937 - September 6, 2018

Nancy L. Cripe (nee Holtman), 81, of Avon Lake formerly of Bowling Green, Ohio. Beloved wife of 54 years to the late George R. Cripe; loving mother of Kevin (Melissa); dear sister of Carl Holtman. Passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Nancy was a wonderful mother, homemaker and Baker of the "Best" Key Lime Pie. She has been reunited with her true love, George, in heaven. She is...
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Donald E. Houghton

March 23, 1928 - September 5, 2018

Donald E. Houghton, 90 of North Ridgeville, OH passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born March 23, 1928 in Buffalo, NY. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Violet (Bundy) Houghton; his loving wife of 63 years, Geraldine Stephanie (Cheek) and his brother Ken Houghton. Donald served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He...
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Ruth Hardwig

June 21, 1922 - September 3, 2018

Ruth F. Hardwig (nee Freeman), 96, a longtime resident of Avon Lake, passed away Monday, September 3, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was born June 21, 1922 in Bentonville, AR. Ruth earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Iowa. She was a founding member of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra and a traffic manager at WCLV radio station. She was an accomplished cellist...
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Laddie Lid

December 19, 1956 - August 29, 2018

Laddie J. Lid, 61 of Amherst formerly of Avon Lake, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 surrounded by his friends (family) and his dear friend and companion Lori. Beloved son of the late Laddie and Lillian Lid; sister Maryann (Jim) deceased. He is survived by niece Michelle Weber (Edward), Jimmy Althans (Joni),Johnny Althans(Cynthia),Joel Althans(Stacey); Great nieces and nephews include...
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Grace Rieck

December 18, 1919 - August 28, 2018

Grace M. Rieck (nee Williams) 98 of Avon Lake, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Town Center in Avon Lake. She was born December 18, 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Avon Lake in 1955; living there until her passing. Grace worked for the Avon Lake School Board for 18 years in addition to being a homemaker. Grace and Cyd wintered in North Fort Myers, Florida next to their daughter...
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Suzanne Cook

January 6, 1952 - August 27, 2018

Suzanne M. Cook, 66, of Avon Lake, passed away on August 27, 2018. She was born January 6, 1952 to parents John and Anna Cooke in Huron, Ohio. Suzanne retired from Alcoa where she worked as a Procurement Coordinator in the purchasing department for over 30 years. After retiring, Suzanne enjoyed spending time with family and friends or having a cup of coffee in the park by the lake. She also...
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John Whittemore

June 22, 1961 - August 22, 2018

John Rice Whittemore, 57 of Elyria passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018 after a long illness. He was born June 22, 1961. John was born in Cleveland and grew up in Sheffield Lake. He was a 1979 graduate of Brookside High School. He loved his animals. His dog Sparky went everywhere with him. His lifelong passion was landscaping; he loved yard work and working with his hands. He was a kind and...
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Mark Wladecki

April 13, 1958 - August 12, 2018

Dr. Mark J. Wladecki, 60 of Avon Lake passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018. He was born April 13, 1958 in Elyria, OH. Mark was a cherished husband and father who lived a life full of passion, joy and principle. He served the community as a head and neck surgeon; promoted a healthy, active lifestyle by example and coaching, and took pride in providing feasts for the people he loved. Mark is...
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James E. Calogeras

April 8, 1941 - August 8, 2018

James E. "Jim" Calogeras, 77, of Avon Lake, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. Jim was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Nicholas and Angela (nee Palta) Calogeras. Beloved father of Tina Calogeras, Edward Calogeras (Julie), and Jennifer Clay (Corey); cherished grandfather of Matthew, Zach, Isabel, and Alyssa; loving brother of Athena Godet-Calogeras (Jean-Francois). Jim spent his entire 38...
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Rita DeFabio

August 4, 2018

Rita DeFabio (nee Becks) of Avon Lake passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018. Rita enjoyed going to the beach, especially Siesta Key Beach and vacationing with her family in Florida. She loved her family and adored her grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband Bruce; children James Johnson (Kathleen Fleming), David Johnson (Deanna) and Linda Ivanoff (Jeffrey); grandchildren Allison,...
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Mary Jane Dawe

September 14, 1927 - August 2, 2018

Mary Jane Dawe (nee Hoy), 90, of Rocky River, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018. She was born on September 14, 1927 in Auburn, Michigan, to parents Ralph and Hattie (nee Kent) Hoy. Mary Jane lived a full life. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she continued her formal education after college by earning her Master's Degree in social work. The bulk of her career was spent working at...
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Barbara Vezdos

August 24, 1940 - August 1, 2018

Barbara Lee (nee Glau) Vezdos, age 77, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from a long courageous battle to progressive supranuclear palsy. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Barb was a diehard Indians fan. She graduated from Parma High School and after graduation she moved with her parents to Avon. She and her husband, Paul, raised their family in Avon Lake. Barb, moved to Dublin to...
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Thomas G. Bees

July 20, 1939 - July 31, 2018

Thomas G. "Tombo" Bees, 79, of Avon Lake, formerly of Youngstown, passed away at home peacefully on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 surrounded by family. He was born July 20, 1939. Thomas was a graduate of St. Ursuline High School in Youngstown, OH. He worked for and retired from Vesuvius, formerly known as C.E. Refectories after 40 plus years of service in the steel industry. He was a member of St....
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Ethel Schon

October 28, 1923 - July 26, 2018

Ethel Schon (nee Kolozs) 94, formerly of Lorain, Willoughby, Avon and in her later years Avon Lake, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018.She is survived by her daughter Claudia Clawson (James); grandchildren Nathan C. Breslaw (Nikki) and Jean Elizabeth Abrams (Dave); her joys, great-grandchildren Piper, Gunnar, Max and Sage.She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard C. Schon and her...
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Kenneth "Kenny" Fiore

October 7, 1949 - July 25, 2018

Kenneth "Kenny" Fiore, 68 of Sheffield Lake, passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2018. He was born October 7, 1949 in Port Chester, New York. Kenny was a 1971 graduate of Case Western Reserve where he received his B.A. and a graduate of Cleveland State University where he received his M.B.A. He was a member of the Peace Mennonite Church in Elyria. He enjoyed chess, golf, reading books; loved the New...
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Virginia Brausch

July 30, 1931 - July 23, 2018

Virginia Brausch (nee Nelson) 86 of Avon Lake passed away Monday, July 23, 2018. She was born July 30, 1931. Virginia was the joyful voice of Sedar Construction for 22 years as office manager. She loved being by the water, traveling and being with her family. She is survived by her children Cheri Miltner (Ken), Holly Weizel (Sydney), Karen Sedar (Paul), Chip Brausch, Jeff Brausch (Lyn), Jody...
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Fox White

February 11, 1940 - July 22, 2018

Fox Henry White, 78 of Sheffield Lake, formerly of Avon Lake, passed away Sunday, July 22, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 11, 1940 in Pikeville, Kentucky, one of 13 children to parents Walker and Marenda (nee Taylor) White. Fox was a Union Laborer and concrete finisher and after 40 plus years he retired from the Local 758 and Local 5 Finishers Union. Fox enjoyed...
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Eileen Riffle

November 9, 1969 - July 17, 2018

Eileen E. Riffle (nee Shover), 48 of Lorain, OH passed away July 17, 2018. She was born November 9, 1969 in Trenton, Michigan to parents Paul Shover and Francine Gove. Eileen was a 1988 graduate of Brookside High School. She enjoyed motorcycling, Hello Kitty, fast cars, music and concerts, geocaching, clambakes and game nights; but most of all she loved being a Mimi. She is survived by her...
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Douglas Pierce

February 13, 1976 - July 13, 2018

Douglas Pierce, 42 of Sheffield Lake; beloved husband of Nicole (nee Benner); loving father of Shyanne, Cody and Lindsay; cherished son of Sharon and the late Donald Pierce; dear grandson of Margaret and Steve Stefka; brother of Matthew, Nicholas, Daniel (Carol) and Steven. Passed away Friday, July 13, 2018. A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sunday, July 22, from 3pm-7pm at Tom's Country...
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Katherine Geiger

April 22, 1938 - July 12, 2018

Katherine E. Geiger (nee Feuchter) 80 of Sheffield Lake, passed away peacefully of natural causes in her recliner with her dog Henry next to her on Thursday, July 12, 2018. She was born April 22, 1938 to parents Cecil and Ima (Griggs) Feuchter. Katherine was a registered nurse (R.N., B.S.) that worked at Lakewood Hospital and retired from the Coral Springs Medical Center. She was an active...
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Norman Riggs

August 7, 1935 - July 12, 2018

Norman F. Riggs, 82 of Avon Lake since 1960, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the Avon Cleveland Clinic after a brief illness. He was born August 7, 1935. Norman was a 1952 graduate of St. Ignatius High School. He then attended Ohio Northern University where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in 1956. He was a Spec 5 in the Army stationed at DeWitt Army Hospital in Ft. Belvoir, VA. Through...
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Vivian (nee Horwedel) Rogers

November 19, 1922 - July 9, 2018

A 1940 graduate of Avon Lake High School. Worked for the City of Avon Lake for 20 yrs. Member of St. Joseph Church. Enjoyed living on Lake Erie and all that it had to offer. She enjoyed gardening, golf, travel, family & friends.Survived by her children Kim (Denise) Rogers & Todd Rogers; daughter-in-law Mary Rogers; nine grandchildren;13 great-grandchildren; siblings Beverly Jaroscak, Norma Huber,...
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Bruce Koerber

June 26, 1943 - July 9, 2018

Bruce Koerber, 75 of Avon Lake, formerly of Bay Village, passed away July 9, 2018. He was born June 26, 1943. Bruce graduated from Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, PA in 1962 and attended Ohio State until joining the United States Navy. He served 10 years with 3 tours of duty in Vietnam. He retired from the City of Bay Village after 20 plus years of service in the Service...
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Bruce Koerber

June 26, 1943 - July 9, 2018

Bruce Charles Koerber, 75 of Avon Lake Passed away Monday, July 9, 2018. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 ears, Sandra; children David Charles Koerber (Jennifer) of Rockport, TX and Suzy Quimbaya (Marco) of Toledo, OH.; grandchildren Cortnie, Rachel and Marco. Services to be held Friday, July 13th from 4-7pm at the Aqua Marine Club House 750 Aqua Marine Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 44012....
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Alice Brady Simpson

July 6, 2018

Alice Brady Simpson (nee Kronk) of Avon Lake passed away Friday, July 6, 2018. She was born October 26, to parents Jesse and Maude (nee Miller) Kronk in Arensburg, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of eleven children. Alice grew up in Crucible, Pennsylvania and graduated from high school in 1944. Alice was a vibrant, fun-loving woman who adored her family, especially her children and...
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Eleanor "Ellie" Yeager

October 28, 1926 - July 4, 2018

Eleanor "Ellie" Yeager (nee Stoeff), 91 of Sheffield Village passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2018. She was born October 28, 1926. Ellie worked as a secretary at City Bank until she retired in 1984. She adored spending time with her cats Rosebud and Maxx; loved Chris's Restaurant on the lake, especially the potato soup. She enjoyed bingo, playing cards, going to different Parks and traveling with...
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Helen "Rosemary" Lasso

October 29, 1928 - July 3, 2018

Helen "Rosemary" Lasso, 89 of Avon Lake passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Friends may call at BUSCH FUNERAL HOME 163 AVON-BELDEN RD, AVON LAKE, OH 44012 on Monday, July 9, 2018 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. Mass will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 10am at St Joseph Church 32946 Electric Blvd., Avon Lake, OH 44012. Burial to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
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Melvyn "Mel" Kistner

May 16, 1954 - July 3, 2018

Melvyn P. Kistner "Mel", 64, of Elyria, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake surrounded by his family. He was born May 16, 1954 in Lorain. Melvyn graduated from Brookside High School, Class of 1973. He spent his entire career in management for the automotive industry. His passions were Cleveland sports, golfing, boating, and Harley Davidsons. Spending...
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Richard H. Feagler

July 29, 1938 - July 1, 2018

Richard H. Feagler, age 79. Beloved Cleveland Journalist. Dear Husband of Julie Haug Feagler. Father of Richard Jr of Satellite Beach, FL, Cathy Caffrey (Bob) of Norton, OH, Linda Feagler of Grand Rapids, OH, and Bruce Feagler (Nancy) of Parma, OH. Grandfather of Angela Caffrey, Allison Caffrey, and Bryanna Feagler. Brother of Linda Feagler Herrick (Steve) of North Ridgeville, OH. Passed away...
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Margaret Filler

January 15, 1927 - July 1, 2018

Margaret Bonini Filler, 91, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018 at her residence in O'Neill Healthcare North Ridgeville Assisted Living. She was born January 15, 1927 in Allais, Kentucky, and lived most of her life in Ohio. She was a graduate of Elders Ridge High School, attended Warren Business College, and had been employed as a field representative for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce until her...
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Connie Van Houten

February 14, 1940 - July 1, 2018

YOUNGSTOWN - Connie Van Houten, 78, Passed away peacefully Sunday July 1, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic following a heart attack. She was born on February 14, 1940, in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of the late William G. and Winifred (Camm) Lloyd. She was a 1958 graduate of Ursuline High School and worked in the marketing field. Writing poetry was one of Connie's favorite past times. One...
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Thomas Kirk

October 20, 1927 - June 30, 2018

Thomas Kirk, 90, of Avon Lake passed away Saturday June 30, 2018 at the Main Street Care Center in Avon Lake following a lengthy illness. Mr. Kirk served his country in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a graduate of Kent State University and worked in sales for Ohio Bell for over 25 years. Tom was a reader for the Christian Science Church. He was a member of the Avon...
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William "Bill" R. Markham

June 19, 1926 - June 27, 2018

William "Bill" R. Markham, 92 of Avon, formerly of Cincinnati, OH passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018. He was born June 19, 1926 to parents Harry and Anna Markham. Bill was the youngest of 11 children. He was a 1944 graduate of Catholic Central High School and a 1948 graduate of Siena College in Loudonville, New York where he earned his Bachelor's Degree. After college, Bill served in the U.S....
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Thomas "Salty" Kelly

February 12, 1951 - June 27, 2018

Thomas "Salty" Kelly, 67, of Avon Lake passed away from a short illness at home Wednesday June 27, 2018. Loving husband of Peggy "Elmer" (nee Laffin) for 47 years. Devoted father of Nicole Kelly (Don Skalak) of Austin, Texas. Dear brother of Tim Kelly of Michigan, Pat Kelly of Fairview Park, Sheila Gratton, of Elyria, and Dan Kelly of Avon Lake. Thomas "Salty" was born February 12, 1951 in...
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Charles "Chuck" Teed III

August 26, 1942 - June 27, 2018

Charles H. Teed III, 75 of Avon Lake, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018. He was born August 26, 1942. Charles, also known as Chuck or Charlie depending who you were, was a 1961 graduate of Avon Lake High School and served 4 years in the U. S. Navy. He was very proud of his Scottish heritage, worked for the Rail Road and collected Rail Road Memorabilia. He enjoyed traveling, reading and...
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Robert R. Kocar

March 11, 1928 - June 19, 2018

Robert R. "Bob" Kocar, 90, of Avon Lake, passed away Tuesday June 19, 2018. Bob was born March 11, 1928 in Cleveland to parents Frank and Stella Kocar. After serving in the Army during the Korean War and earning a degree from Case Western Reserve University, he worked as an accountant for Lakewood Mfg. Co. Inc. until he retired. He continued his profession by volunteering at Avon Lake Catholic...
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Patricia Milbrandt

August 31, 1934 - June 16, 2018

Patricia Milbrandt (nee Rhode), 83, of Avon Lake, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018. She was born August 31, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio. Loving mother of Elizabeth Candella (Joseph), George Jr. (Vera); devoted grandmother of Joey and Christina Candella, Trevor and Holly Milbrandt; aunt of Patty Russo and many other nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by husband George; sister Betty and Aunt...
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James Michael McClain

February 9, 1948 - June 15, 2018

James Michael McClain, age 70, Sheffield Lake, Ohio. Born February 9, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Walter R. and Esther P. McClain. Jim died peacefully surrounded by love on June 15, 2018. Beloved husband of Diane (nee Kleinhans); devoted father of Amy Askin (Andrew), Melissa Rodkey (Patrick), and James Jr. (Katie Schottelkotte); loving grandfather of Kailey, Olivia, Tommy, Serene,...
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Diane Christine Savage

June 9, 1946 - June 15, 2018

Diane Christine Savage, age 72 of Avon Lake, formerly of Euclid, died unexpectedly on June 15, 2018 at home. Born in Cleveland, and raised in Euclid, Diane attended Villa Angela, received her B.A. in English from Ursuline College and earned her M.A. in Education at CWRU. Her career path was unique; she taught English and business, worked as a campus minister, became a Certified Financial Planner,...
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Leona Walkowsky

August 6, 1927 - June 6, 2018

Leona B. Walkowsky (nee Sabo), 90, resided in Avon, Ohio and was born in Johnstown, PA in 1927. Beloved wife of the late Robert J. for 67 years. Loving mother of Barbara Cozza of Stow, OH, Linda (Ed) Bowman of Shiloh, IL, and Joan (Vic) Knight of Goodyear, AZ; grandmother of Carin Cozza, Dustin Morter, Bryan Morter, Megan (Craig) Brandt and Eric Knight and great-grandmother of four; and sister of...
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Madeline Ketterer

August 17, 1933 - June 5, 2018

Madeline C. Ketterer (nee Hellmann) 84 of Avon Lake, passed away Tuesday, June5, 2018. She was born August 17, 1933 to parents Eugene and Madeline (nee Bannon) Hellmann. Madeline was a High School graduate of Hempstead High School in Long Island, New York. She married her husband Carl of 64 years in 1954. They lived in Bressler, PA for 6 years before finally settling down in Avon Lake in 1965....
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Doyle C. Stephens

November 4, 1923 - June 1, 2018

Doyle C. Stephens, age 94 of Sheffield Lake, passed away on June 1, 2018 surrounded by family at Mercy Hospice in Lorain. Beloved husband of the late Ruth E. (nee Schrimsher). Cherished father of Terry and Tom (Tammy); loving grandfather of Jessica, Heather, Ashley, Tommy Jr., and James; loving great-grandfather of Cole, Cierra, Maximus, Alayna, Anthony and Nolan. WWII US Marine Corps Veteran...
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Robert "Rob" Hayden

August 30, 1971 - May 28, 2018

Robert Mark Hayden, 46, of Avon Lake passed away suddenly May 28, 2018. Beloved husband of 23 years to Hope Hayden (Brlan), devoted father of Kierstyn (20), Madison (19), and Jason (16) all of Avon Lake. Loving son of Robert R. Hayden of Lorain and loving brother to Alexis Hayden also of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his mother, Natalie Hayden (Burich). Rob was a 1989 graduate of...
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William Frank, Jr.

February 13, 1960 - May 25, 2018

William E. "Bill" Frank, Jr., 58, of Sheffield Lake, passed away on May 26, 2018. He was born February 13, 1960, in Fairview Park, Ohio, to parents William Sr. and Nancy Frank (nee Hutteman). Bill belonged to Operating Engineers, Local 18, where he worked as a crane operator until retiring after 30 years. He enjoyed watching Ohio State games and Cleveland sports, especially the Indians, and he...
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Rodger Parsons

August 14, 1940 - May 23, 2018

Rodger Parsons, 77 years of age, passed away May 23, 2018 at Story Point Memory Unit in Avon Lake, OH. He was born August 14, 1940 in St. Albans, West Virginia. He served 2 years in the Army most of which were spent in Korea. He moved to Ohio in the '60's and became a welder with Boilermakers Union 744 out of Cleveland. He retired from there in 1995. Rodger caddied in his youth and subsequently...
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John DeLassus

June 14, 1938 - May 23, 2018

John Leslie DeLassus, 79, of Avon Lake, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Beloved husband of Georgette; loving brother of Dorothy Harmon; brother in-law of Suzette Birch (Randy), Becky Hopper (Bill); uncle of Rob Ransom (Julie), Dave Ransom (Kim), and Cathy Watson (Brian). A private service will be held for his family on Friday, followed by burial at Lakewood Park Cemetery. A celebration of...
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John Thomas Shook

June 3, 1964 - May 22, 2018

John Thomas Shook, 53, of Avon Lake, formerly of Youngstown, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. John was born in Youngstown on June 3, 1964, and graduated from Canfield High School. He began an apprenticeship with the Davis Velker Funeral Home at the age of 16, and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. John married Paola (nee Gulutz) on June 14, 1997 in East...
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Carlton Mitchell

July 5, 1952 - May 19, 2018

Carlton D. Mitchell passed away peacefully on May 19, 2018. He is survived by Karen Mitchell (nee Moir), his wife of 38 years. He was born July 5, 1952 and spent most of his childhood in Avon Lake. He is a veteran of the U. S. Navy, stationed in San Diego and serving on the U.S.S. Mount Vernon for four years. After the Navy, he worked for U.S. Steel, received an Associate's degree in accounting...
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Emily Barth

July 26, 1945 - May 16, 2018

Emily Anne Barth, 72 of Avon Lake, went home to heaven on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 after a brief illness. She was born July 26, 1945 to parents Angelo and Rose (nee Bandera) Calcaterra in Detriot, MI. Emily was the biggest hearted, most generously kind person; she was absolutely committed to her Lord and her responsibilities. She was a fierce protector of truth and right; tireless in her efforts...
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Jack Kinsner

May 29, 1923 - May 12, 2018

Jack H. Kinsner passed away on May 12, 2018, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday. He was preceded in death by Betty Bidner Kinsner, his wife of almost 64 years. He is survived by brother Jim Kinsner (Nancy) of Bowling Green, KY; daughters Kathy Kinsner (Josh Rubin) of NYC, Sue Pepper Warga (Tim) of Athens, OH, and Lisa Kinsner Scheer (Steve) of Avon Lake; companion Jean Lamvermeyer;...
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Thomas Gorgas

October 13, 1934 - May 12, 2018

Thomas Gorgas, 83 of Bay Village, passed away at home Saturday, May 12, 2018. He was born October 13, 1934 to parents Walter and Mary Ann (nee Wrona) Gorgas in New Castle, PA. Formerly a member of the US Air Force and an employee of US Steel as a superintendent, Tom was also a long-time member of Bay Village Community Band and the Hillcrest Concert Band, the Bay Village Historical Society where...
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John Wallace

July 25, 1943 - May 10, 2018

John William Wallace, age 74, of Sheffield Lake, died suddenly of natural causes. Mr. Wallace was born on July 25, 1943 to Michael Douglas Wallace, Sr. and Dorothy Emma (nee Wilson) Wallace in Lorain, Ohio. He was a graduate of Lorain St. Mary High School Class of 1961. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency, having served as a Crypto Operator at Nordae Taserne, Germany. John...
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Raymond Albert Jupina

November 20, 1934 - May 10, 2018

Raymond "Ray" Albert Jupina, 83 of Avon Lake passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was born November 20, 1934 to parents Albert and Mary (nee Woyan) Jupina. Ray was known as the "Mayor of Fay Avenue" where he loved to watch over the neighborhood. He enjoyed classic cars, C.B. radio, yard-work and polka music. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Ann Marie; children Noreen Clifford (Scott) of...
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E. Donald "Don" Chadwick

June 26, 1934 - May 8, 2018

E. Donald "Don" Chadwick, age 83, of Avon Lake, formerly of Bay Village, died on May 8, 2018. Dear husband of Nancy (nee Carse) for 58 years. Loving father of Wendy Murphy (Tim), Amy Manco (Tim), Laura Driscoll (Joseph), and Christin Lucas (Martin). Awesome grandfather of Kelly Murphy Coyle (Frank), TJ and Chad Murphy; Collin, Marie, Sarah, Jason, Bobby, and Nicole Lucas. Great-grandfather of...
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Karen Napoli

April 5, 1953 - May 8, 2018

Karen Napoli (nee Gnandt) 65, a 30 year resident of Avon Lake lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. She was born April 5, 1953 in Penfield, OH. Karen was a 1971 graduate of Keystone High School and she earned her Bachelor's Degree from Baldwin Wallace. She worked for B.P. (British Petroleum) as a vessel operator where she monitored the tankers from a centralized location. After...
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Diane Grove

June 25, 1947 - May 7, 2018

Diane Jean Grove (nee Luchansky), 70 of Sheffield Lake passed away Monday, May 7, 2018. She was born June 25, 1947 in Cleveland, OH. Diane loved coloring, collecting owl nick-nacks and hanging with her friends. She was an amazing mother and a loving wife. Diane enjoyed watching scary movies, especially with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 50 years George; children Lee ...
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Daine Otto

October 22, 1958 - May 6, 2018

Diane Otto (nee Haney) 59 of Avon Lake, formerly of Rocky River, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018. She was born to parents George R. and Mildred (nee Upperman) Haney on October 22, 1958 in Yardley, PA. Diane was a graduate of Rocky River High School; she obtained her Bachelors of Science from Ashland and worked as a Social Worker at WestBay Manor in Westlake for 25 years. Diane enjoyed working in...
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Audrey Ellen Brown

September 7, 1933 - May 5, 2018

Audrey Ellen Brown (nee Dowling), 84, of Westlake, Ohio, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Audrey was born September 7, 1933 in Detroit, MI. Her family moved to the Cleveland area where she attended Bay Village High School and graduated with the class of 1951. After graduation, she worked as a secretary for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. Audrey...
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Paul Tonnesen

January 31, 1947 - May 2, 2018

Paul A. Tonnesen, 71 of Avon Lake passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018. He was born to parents Frank and Una (nee Barrett) Tonnesen January 31, 1947. Paul earned a Bachelor's in Secondary Education from West Virginia University. He was an airplane pilot for 20 years for Continental Airlines. Paul was a commercial pilot, and also flew privately. He was an avid home builder in the process of...
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Elizabeth "Elsie" Protich

June 30, 1924 - May 2, 2018

Elizabeth "Elsie" Protich (nee Uherko), age 93 of Avon Lake, Ohio and formerly of Maple Shade, N.J., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. She was born June 30, 1924 to parents Louis and Rosalia (nee Oszy) Uherko. Elsie was an accomplished baker, making wonderful desserts and pastries for family and friends, and in recent years had developed delicious...
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Mark Vinesky

February 10, 1960 - April 29, 2018

Mark Vinesky, 58 of Avon Lake, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born to parents Lawrence and Joan Vinesky on February 10, 1960. Mark was a member of the St. Joseph Church in Avon Lake. He lived his life in service to others by volunteering at the Muscular Dystrophy Camp, as a tour guide at the Henry Ford Estate, C.Y.O., the Ohio Pug Rescue and at the...
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Mary "Robbie" Stutson

February 10, 1936 - April 27, 2018

Mary "Robbie" Stutson (nee Hoerner), beloved wife of 47 years of the late Bruce Stutson, died on April 27, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Robbie was born, and lived most of her life, in Oakwood and Kettering, OH. She and Bruce retired to the west coast of Florida in 1990. Robbie enjoyed spending time with family, and was a lifelong, avid reader, and spent many hours at the public library...
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Gerald S. Butcher

May 27, 1931 - April 23, 2018

Gerald S. Butcher, beloved husband of the late Marilyn of 58 years; cherished father of David, Julie, Stuart (Kristen); loving grandfather, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018. He is preceded in death by his sister Marion. Jerry worked over 40 years in the food advertising industry. He was passionate about the outdoors, cooking, and sharing jokes with friends. He was a 32nd° Mason member of...
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Lenore Marken

November 21, 1939 - April 18, 2018

Lenore L. Marken (nee Leaders), 78 of Avon Lake, formerly of Vermont, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018. She was born November 21, 1939 to parents Walter and Leila (nee Bacon) Leaders in Wadena, Minnesota. Lenore was a high school graduate of Wadena High School, class of 1956. She attended Bemidji State College earning her Bachelors in 1960. She majored in English. She later attended the...
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Robert Koditek

April 13, 1948 - April 5, 2018

Robert Wayne Koditek, 69 of Avon Lake, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by friends and family. Private services to be held at a later date. Cremation by Busch.
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Marion Swartz

June 28, 1931 - April 3, 2018

Marion Swartz (nee Gallagher), beloved mother of Daniel Swartz, Joseph (Gail) Swartz and Sandy Swartz; cherished grandmother of Jessica, Kaitlyn, Dominic and Lorenzo; dear sister of Gloria Swartz. Preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph E. Swartz; parents Charles and Mildred (nee Mathey) Gallagher; brother Donald Gallagher and sister Joan Brown. Passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Memorial...
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Howard Knutsen, Jr

October 4, 1933 - April 2, 2018

Howard Lee Knutsen Jr., 84 of Avon Lake formerly of Bay Village, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018. He was born October 4, 1933 in Mount Pleasant, OH to parents Howard Lee Knutsen, Sr and Dorothy (nee Sterling) Welling. Howard was in the Navy from 1956-1958. He earned his Bachelor's in Business from Ohio University. He worked for The Illuminating Company for 27 years. After retirement, Howard...
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Sandra Deahl

March 9, 1953 - March 31, 2018

Sandra Joyce Deahl, 65 of Avon Lake passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018. She was born March 9, 1953 in Pittsburgh, PA. Her parents were Bruce E. and Mary A. Deahl. Sandy was a graduate of Avon Lake High School and then attended beauty school. She was a hairstylist for over 40 years prior to her retirement. Sandy enjoyed collecting lighthouse memorabilia and watching Days of Our Lives. She is...
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David Sprouse

February 19, 1953 - March 30, 2018

David Lee Sprouse, 65 of Elyria, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018. He was born February 19,1953 to parents David and Dorothy (nee Scott) Sprouse. David loved Harley Davidsons, magazines, and movies. He enjoyed working on cars. But most of all, he loved his wife Terri. David is survived by his wife Terri; Son David Sprouse; and brother Bob (Sherry) Sprouse. He is preceded in death by his...
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James Schneider

May 11, 1944 - March 30, 2018

James R. Schneider, 73 of Avon Lake passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 surrounded by family. James was a 1962 graduate of Lorain High School. He married his loving wife Sallie of 50 ½ years in 1967. He was a proud Army military veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, Co. A, 1st Bat., 7th Cav., 1st Cav. Division. James worked for General Motors, retiring after 26 years of service. He was a...
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Richard "Dick" Gove

September 23, 1938 - March 30, 2018

Richard "Dick" W. Gove, 79 of Sheffield Lake passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 23, 1938 to parents Frank and Eileen (nee Sparling) Gove. Dick was married to the Love of his life, Carol for 58 years. He enjoyed old cars and car shows and he could always be found fixing things with many projects in the works. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and...
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Michele Baerenstecher

November 12, 1966 - March 27, 2018

Michele Eileen Baerenstecher (nee Dowling), 51 of Bay Village, formerly of Solon and Cincinnati, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018. She was born November 12, 1966 to parents Wayne and Nancy (nee Swearingen) Dowling in Gahanna. Michele graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, continuing her education at OSU, earning a Master's Degree in Education. ...
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Mary McMahon

April 7, 1930 - March 24, 2018

Mary McMahon, age 87 passed away peacefully Saturday, March 24,2018. Mary was the beloved wife of the late Ronald McMahon for 62 years . Loving mother of Leslie Joyce (David) and Ronald McMahon . Cherished grandmother of Meghan Joyce, Kaitlyn Joyce and Natalie McMahon. Dear aunt of Jeff Paliwoda, Fr. Steve Paliwoda and Liz Paliwoda Herbell . She was very devoted to her husband , children,...
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Gloria Berry

March 13, 1940 - March 24, 2018

Gloria Jean Berry (nee McMann) 78 of Sheffield Lake passed away, Saturday, March 24 at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Avon. Gloria was born March 13, 1940 in Delray, MI and had lived in Sheffield Lake the past 19 years. Gloria was a graduate of Allen Park, MI High School. She was a military wife, at the young age of 19 began her family in Germany where her husband was stationed. She would...
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Marion Malone

December 14, 1924 - March 20, 2018

Marion K. Malone (nee Killmar), 93 of Bay Village, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was born to parents Henry and Mamie (nee Weissenborn) Killmar on December 14, 1924. Marion was an active, long-time member of Bay Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed music and had a passion for singing. Marion had a great love for her family. Marion is survived by her children Marion (Fred) Backstrom,...
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Henry Carlsen

July 7, 1929 - March 19, 2018

Henry F. Carlsen, 88, a 28 year resident of Avon Lake, formerly of Sheffield Lake, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018. He was born July 7, 1929 in Mineola, New York to parents Alf and Olga (nee Romaneck) Carlsen. Henry graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. Henry proudly served in the United States Army and Navy. He...
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William Gach

July 22, 1936 - March 15, 2018

William S Gach, age 81, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital after a long struggle with heart and pulmonary diseases. He was born in McMechen, West Virginia on July 22, 1936. His family relocated to Elyria, Ohio in 1947 where he spent his youth. He graduated from St. Mary's grade school in 1950 and graduated from Elyria High School with the class of...
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Carol Fellure

May 27, 1936 - March 13, 2018

Carol L. Fellure, age 81, left this world for Heaven on March 13, 2018. Carol was born May 27, 1936, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to Homer and Doris (nee Meal) Fellure. Carol attended school in Gallipolis and Columbus and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1959 (B.S. in Education) and was a proud and forever fan of the Buckeyes. He received his M. S. in Education from Washington University in...
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Leo Angelo Portale

January 20, 1939 - March 8, 2018

Leo Angelo Portale, 79 of Avon Lake, OH, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 8, 2018 while surrounded by family. He was born January 20, 1939 to parents Angelo and Alice (nee Nault) Portale in Ishpeming, MI. Leo literally married the girl next door Constance "Connie" (nee LeSage) in 1961 and moved to Clinton Township, MI where they remained until 2016. He was a beloved math and physics...
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Edward James Mitroff

January 12, 1932 - March 6, 2018

Edward James Mitroff, 86 of Avon Lake, formerly of Amherst, passed away Monday, March 6, 2018 at Maplewood Senior Living in Cuyahoga Falls. Edward was born January 12, 1932 in Lorain and had lived in Avon Lake for 52 years. Edward was a graduate of Lorain High School. He continued his education by earning a Bachelor's Degree at Miami University (OH), where he was a student athlete (baseball...
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Laverne Schuster

April 1, 1928 - March 4, 2018

Laverne Schuster, 89, Faithful companion of Kermit Mason; loving mother of Robert (Ellen) Schuster, Karen (Roger) Murton, Laurel (Joseph) Irwin; grandmother of Chandra, Audra, Sara, Hallie, Joseph and Bryan; great-grandmother to Allison, Caitlyn, Gavin, Madeleine and Kevin; dear sister of Eugene, Noreen, Donald, Carolyn, and Raymond; widow of the late Robert Schuster who passed away in 1988 after...
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Kathleen Neff

June 3, 1930 - March 3, 2018

Kathleen M. Neff (nee Bowerman) 87 of Avon Lake, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. Services to be determined at a later date by the family. Cremation by Busch. 440-933-3202
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Joan Carollo

September 14, 1932 - March 3, 2018

Joan A. Carollo (nee McIntosh), 85, a 60 year resident of Avon Lake, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 of a lengthy illness. She was born September 14, 1932 to parents Douglas and Lillian (nee Fitzgerald) McIntosh in Lakewood, OH. Joan was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland. She was a secretary for several Cleveland Bank President's with Central Bank and Society Bank. Joan was a...
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Virginia Minter Meier

February 28, 2018

Virginia Minter Meier, of Avon Lake, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Jinny was born on May 11, 1936 and raised in Rocky River. She graduated from Rocky River High School in 1954. Jinny attended Ohio Wesleyan University. For many years, Jinny was a model, she worked at Bonnie Bell, and then she became an interior designer. Jinny was most proud of her three daughters: Ellen Jordan ...
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