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.

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


Our Obituaries

Arthur W Fry

August 20, 1934 - April 30, 2016

Moved to Elyria in 1980 from New York serving in ministry as custodian of First Baptist Church & Christian School, formerly on Washington Ave. Served as a deacon & usher & completed his ministry there in 1995. Also a former youth leader in churches in NY. Arthur continued serving our community as a delivery person at Auto Zone & enjoyed working around the house. Survived by his daughters Melody...
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Mary V. (nee Barfus) Baker

May 3, 1923 - April 28, 2016

Mary V. Baker (nee Barfus), 92, a resident of Elyria since 1951 passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born May 3, 1923 in Buffalo, MO and resided in California before moving to Elyria. Mary was a graduate of Grant High School, Class of 1940 in Sacramento, CA. She was employed at Parker-Hanafin as a machine operator...
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Isabella Marie Walker

March 5, 2016 - April 24, 2016

Isabella was a beautiful & perfect angel who was taken too soon. Survived by her parents Benjamin & Christina Walker, Elyria; siblings twin brother Sydney, Shawn, Emily, Bentley, Benjamin, Jr.; maternal grandmother Lisa Jones (Ollie Smith); paternal grandmother Diane Briscoe (John Lagrone); paternal grandfather David Walker. To assist with funeral expenses, donations can be made to the funeral...
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William "Bill" Paul Phillips

October 25, 1943 - April 24, 2016

William Paul Phillips "Bill", 72, of Avon since 1986 and previously from Pittsburgh, PA passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born October 25, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA. Bill graduated from St. Basil High School, Pittsburgh, Class of 1961. He served our country in the United States Air Force from 1962-65 at the...
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Gary L. Kazmierczak

November 17, 1950 - April 21, 2016

Gary served in the US Army. He was a member of VFW Post #1079 in Elyria and the United Polish Club. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol (nee Henderson); daughter Kelly and son Jack; grandchildren Jasmine and Carter; brother William Latta and sister Donna Kitchen. A Celebration of Life service will be held from 12-4pm, Saturday, April 30 at the Avon Lions Community Center, 2155 Eaton...
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Charlotte Tessler

July 9, 1931 - April 20, 2016

Charlotte Tessler, 84, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Powell, Ohio. She was born July 9, 1931 in Cleveland, Ohio. Charlotte worked as an Office Manager at Sugar Ridge Auto Wrecking, which she co-owned with her late husband, Joe. She attended Temple B'Nai Abraham in Elyria for many years. Charlotte is survived by her son Richard (wife Mary Jo) Tessler of Powell, OH, and grandchildren...
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Ilene (nee Akers) Richards

September 18, 1938 - April 7, 2016

A Ham Radio operator under her handle "Lady Bear Hunter". She enjoyed sewing, baking, canning, and crafts. Survived by her daughters Kathleen Crawford (Joseph) and Rose Daniels (Mike Floyd); son-in-law Marvin Brown; caregiver and granddaughter Melissa Worthy; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, one brother, and step-mother Alice Akers....
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Juan Jose Hiraldo, Jr.

April 6, 2016

JUAN JOSE HIRALDO, JR., beloved infant son of Lindsey and Juan; brother of Ayden and Emaiylis; grandson of Sharon (Scott) and Isela; great-grandson of Charlotte, Clyde, Francisca, and the late Martha; nephew of Tiffany, Brandon, Andrea, Jahaira, Anibal, Ricardo, Jasmine, and Illene. He will be cherished and missed by all. Passed away April 6, 2016. Graveside service at West Park Cemetery on...
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Roland Stringer, Jr.

September 23, 1937 - April 3, 2016

Roland Stringer, Jr. 78, of Columbia Station. Husband of Peggy for 58 years; father of Tammy Traxler (Warren), Roland Lee "Buddy", Sandy Isenhour; grandfather of 6; great-grandfather of 4; brother of James E. and the late Lucille Sargent and Leonard Stringer. Went home to be with the Lord on April 3, 2016. A memorial service will be held at Park Heights Baptist Church, 16189 Sheldon Rd,...
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John E. Lambiase

January 14, 1946 - April 1, 2016

John Edward Lambiase, 70, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL passed away Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio following complications with heart surgery. He was born January 14, 1946 in Manhattan, New York. John was a Warehouse Administrator at World Electric Supply in West Palm Beach for 13 years. John loved taking road trips with his friends on his Harley Davidson...
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Robert A. Norris

January 5, 1997 - March 31, 2016

Robert A. Norris, 19, a lifelong resident of Elyria passed away at home Thursday, March 31, 2016 following a lengthy illness. He was born January 5, 1997 in Elyria. Robert was a student at Murray Ridge School in Elyria. He loved his dogs, balloons, going on walks at the park, ice cream, and spending time with his brothers. Robert is survived by his parents Robert G. and Shawna Norris of...
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Vicki (nee Elek) Krugman

July 29, 1954 - March 27, 2016

Graduate of ECHS, Class of 1973; member of Community of Faith Church, Elyria (formerly St Paul UCC), serving as a Sunday School teacher, church treasurer, & secretary. Enjoyed reading, crafting, & time with family. Survived by her husband Glen; son Brad (Sarah) Krugman; daughters Heather (Peter) Costello & Lisa Krugman; grandchildren Madison, Grady, Owen, Cooper; mother Maggie Elek; siblings...
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Jay Scott Seabold

September 3, 1961 - March 24, 2016

Jay Scott Seabold, 54, of Griffith, Indiana passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 24, 2016. He was born September 3, 1961 in Elyria. Jay attended Elyria High School. He was employed at Cleveland Plastic Films in Elyria and Flexsol Packaging in Chicago, Illinois. He is survived by his brother Tom Seabold of Crown Point, Indiana; sisters Susan Wolf of North Ridgeville and Juanita Marquez ...
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Samantha J. Beal

April 23, 1968 - March 19, 2016

Samantha J. Beal, 47, of Elyria passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016 at her residence following a lengthy illness. She was born April 23, 1968 in Elyria. Samantha was employed as a Time Clerk at Ridge Tool Company for over five years. She also worked at the Marathon on West River Road North for many years. She enjoyed Native American artifacts and spending time with friends and family. ...
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Frank J. Lach

April 18, 1925 - March 16, 2016

Frank J. Lach passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 while in Florida for the winter. Frank and his wife Lela have been residents of the Elyria area for over 60 years. Frank answered the call to duty April 1943, just days before his 18th birthday, and enlisted in the US Navy. He served honorably in several areas of conflict ending his last year in the service aboard the newly commissioned USS...
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Lawrence "Larry" Mahlich

December 12, 1943 - March 14, 2016

Served in the US Navy. Employed at GM-Fisher Guide Plant, Elyria & Marion, IN plant for 30 years, Quality Control Inspector. Member of UAW Local, Elyria Masonic Lodge, formerly the Frank S. Harmon Lodge & enjoyed Chevy cars & painted classic cars as a side job.Survived by daughter Michele Krebs of NC; sons Doug Mahlich of GA and Kristopher Mahlich (fiancée Emily) of Elyria; several...
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Hugh M. Hummel

October 16, 1958 - March 13, 2016

Hugh attended Brookside High School, Class of 1977. Employed in the Maintenance Dept at the Foster Garden Apartments, Elyria. He enjoyed working on electronics & repairing cars. Mr. Hummel is survived by daughters Lori Green (Keith) of Wyoming & Tracy Kohls (William) of Elyria; grandchildren Jacob Green & David Kohls; sister Christine Williams (Gary) of Lorain & several nephews. Preceded in...
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Allan W. Forrest

November 22, 1954 - March 6, 2016

Allan W. Forrest, 61, of Elyria passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a lengthy illness. He was born November 22, 1954 in Elyria. Allan graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1974. He was employed on the assembly line at the GM-Fisher Guide Elyria Plant and GM Parma Plant, retiring in 1994. He was a member of UAW Local #1005 in Parma and...
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Max Newton Clyde

April 14, 1927 - March 1, 2016

Max Newton Clyde, 88, of Sheffield Village passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Wesleyan Village following a lengthy illness. He was born April 14, 1927 in Bellaire, MI and had resided in Sheffield Village since 2005. Max and his wife Connie previously lived in Michigan and Tennessee. His early years were spent performing with his two sisters Enid and Floy as the "Little Serenaders"...
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Cecil C. Post

February 23, 1924 - February 29, 2016

Cecil C. Post, 92, of Elyria passed away Monday, February 29, 2016 at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born February 23, 1924 in North Ridgeville. Cecil was a graduate of Elyria High School, Class of 1943. He served two years in the United States Navy during WWII in the Pacific Theatre as a Gunners Mate 2nd Class on the USS President Hayes. ...
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Hayward G. Smith

December 22, 1937 - February 24, 2016

Served in US Army, Panama-Canal Zone. Employed at GM Fisher Guide Plant & the Mt. Morris, MI plant, working in the Production Dept, retiring in 1993. Member of UAW Local #780 Elyria & Local #326 MI, New Haven Baptist Church, served as a deacon, & NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, & taking trips to WV. Survived by son David Smith (Shelley) of North Royalton and daughter Beverly...
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Richard William Esler

October 11, 1950 - February 10, 2016

Richard William Esler, 65, passed away at his home Wednesday, February 10, 2016 following a bravely fought battle with cancer. He was born in Elyria and has resided in North Ridgeville since 1992. Richard graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1969. He was a Marine Corp veteran serving during the Vietnam Nam era in Okinawa. He was employed as a Commercial Burner Assembler at the R.W....
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Joan (nee Mohrman) Scott

May 1, 1940 - February 3, 2016

Joan Scott (nee Mohrman), 75, lifelong resident of Wellington passed away from a sudden illness Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Mercy Regional Medical Center. She was surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 1, 1940 in Wellington. Joan was a Keystone High School graduate, lifelong farmer and outdoor person, loved animals, gardening, and taking care of her family. Mrs. Scott is...
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Gladys M. Baxter

September 29, 1934 - February 3, 2016

Waitress at Country Kitchen, first woman to serve on S. Amherst Village Council, Council President & Regional Planning Commission. Member of Erie Shores Girl Scout Council, Troop Leader #642, Troop Organizer, & Cub Scout Den Mother. Supt/Sunday School, member of St. John's Evening Circle, & Deacon. Tutor for Adult Reading Program at EPL. Survived by love of her life, Glenn Burgess; son Jim...
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William B. Craig

July 1, 1931 - January 31, 2016

Army Veteran, Graduate of Univ of Cinci, Cinci Conservatory of Music, Miami Univ. Principal at North Ridgeville MS, Sheffield MS, & Keystone HS. Also a bus driver for SBS Transit. Member of New Beginnings Church & volunteered at We Care We Share Ministries & supported the group in many ways. Survived by his wife Peggy (nee Caley); children William Craig (Tina), John Craig (Marie), Bob Hurley ...
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Jeffrey "Jeff" Durdil

January 26, 1949 - January 27, 2016

Jeffrey S. Durdil "Jeff", 67, of Lakewood passed away peacefully at his home in Lakewood Tuesday, January 27, 2016. He was born January 26, 1949 in Cleveland. Jeff graduated from Valley Forge High School in Parma, Class of 1967. He was a United States Air Force veteran, serving in Viet Nam, Red Horse Battalion 1968-1972. He was employed as a Meat Cutter at TOPS for 30+ years, retiring in 2005...
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Ann Elizabeth Vollmer

January 11, 1916 - January 27, 2016

Ann Elizabeth Vollmer went home to be with her Lord Jesus and to be reunited with her loving husband, Charles, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Northridge Health Center, in North Ridgeville. She was born January 11, 1916, in Wall, Pennsylvania. Ann always loved a party and had just celebrated her 100th birthday with over 60 relatives and friends January 10 where she enjoyed her cake and...
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Gloria "Jeannie" (nee Snyder) Miller

November 6, 1945 - January 26, 2016

Gloria graduated in 1963 from Elyria High School,LCCC, & LB Johnson School of Nursing. LPN at EMH retiring in 1981. Lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church, enjoyed dancing, reading, & time with her grandsons. Survived by daughter Laurie Keskes (Thomas) of Fenton, MI & son Donald Miller (Leslie) of Middleburg Hts; grandsons Brett & Kodi; siblings Ted Snyder (Mary Ann) of Elyria, Jerry Snyder ...
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Genevieve Mysliwiec

December 31, 1923 - January 25, 2016

GENEVIEVE MYSLIWIEC, 92, wife of the late Lorentz, loving mother of Cheryle Zipf, dear grandmother of Lisa Forsthoefel (Chad), and adoring great-grandmother of Evan and Ava Forsthoefel. Lifelong resident of Parma. Retired from GE as a line worker. Passed away January 25, 2016. Memorials can be forwarded to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton OH 45420. www.buschcares.com.
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Pearl (nee Knipper) Youngberg

April 3, 1924 - January 25, 2016

Pearl A. Youngberg (nee Knipper), 91, lifelong resident of Elyria passed away Monday, January 25, 2016. She was born April 3, 1924 in Avon, Ohio. Pearl was a homemaker. She enjoyed baking, knitting, crocheting, and gardening. She was formerly active at St. Agnes Church. Mrs. Youngberg is survived by her sons David (Judy), Michael (Lori), and Thomas; grandsons John, Timothy, Todd, and...
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Genevieve (nee Thorne) Saley

December 29, 1933 - January 23, 2016

Genevieve Saley (nee Thorne), 82, of Elyria passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center following a short illness. She was born December 29, 1933 in Tarentum, PA. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Saley is survived by her four sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many great friends, and one sister. "I Love You Mommy", Michael. ...
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Donald Wayne Hebebrand

July 15, 1961 - January 16, 2016

Graduated from North Ridgeville High School & loved riding motorcycles. Also enjoyed Super-modified racing & spending time with his family. Survived by his mother Betty Hebebrand of Elyria; sister Robin Ware (Larry) of Elyria, brother David Hebebrand (Christy) of Lagrange, and sister June Church of Nixa, Missouri; nieces & nephews Johnny, Joe, James, Amy, & Jason; great-nieces & nephews Alyssa,...
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Jeannette (nee Legiel) Fields

November 30, 1927 - January 12, 2016

Elyria High School 1945 graduate, Associate Degree from LCCC. LPN at Elyria Memorial Hospital for 35 yrs. Former member of St. Jude Church, member of Elyria Polish Club, & enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her children & time spent with her grandkids. Survived by daughters Pamela Fields (Robin Quaile), Michele Stevenson (Dennis); sons Cort Fields, Robert Fields (Irena); grandchildren Matthew ...
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John E. "Johnny" French

July 11, 1932 - January 10, 2016

Served in the US Army. Employed for 40 years at the GM-Parma Plant in the Assembly Division retiring January 1997. Former member of the Moose Lodge in Elyria and Jolly 60's. Enjoyed playing guitar and camping for many years throughout the summer at Clare-Mar Lakes. Survived by his wife of 61 years Audrey French (nee Cobert); sons Eddie French of Elyria & Larry French of Elyria; grandchildren...
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Ernie J. Barnett

April 13, 1926 - January 5, 2016

Ernie J. Barnett, 89, a resident of Elyria for the past 65 years, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at University Hospital Cleveland following a short illness. He was born April 13, 1926 in Gilmer, West Virginia. Ernie served in the United States Air Force for 13 months. He was employed at BASF for 35 years as a chemical plant worker. He was a member of the First Baptist Church for 57...
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Jason Edward Bolinger

May 4, 1973 - December 23, 2015

Jason Edward Bolinger made his transition from his worldly home to his heavenly home Wednesday, December 23, 2015 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was 42 years old. Jason was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. Left to mourn his passing is his beloved wife Cyndi (nee Moehle); his loving daughter Kaci and his precious granddaughter Kashmir Allena...
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Edward A. Willis, Jr.

March 25, 1932 - December 18, 2015

Edward A. Willis, age 83, passed away Friday, December 18, 2015 at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria. He was born on March 25, 1932 in Washington, D.C. Edward earned his PhD from Case Western Reserve University and worked as a Propulsion Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center. He is survived by his wife, Jean (nee Richmond); children Susan Toolis (Edward), John (Christina), Carol Anne Costanza ...
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William C. Silver

August 17, 1942 - December 8, 2015

A graduate of Elyria High School, Class of 1959, served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne Paratrooper. A machine operator at GM-Fisher Guide Plant for 30+ years. A member of UAW Local 2192, American Legion Post #12, VFW Post #1079 of Elyria, AMVETS of Elyria. He also enjoyed walking, spending time with family, eating out, & his dog "Delilah". Survived by his son James Silver of LaMesa...
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Virgil Pack, Jr.

July 7, 1953 - November 26, 2015

Virgil Stanton Pack, Jr., 62 of Middletown, OH died at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, OH on Thursday, November 26, 2015 due to a motor vehicle accident. Virgil was a 1971 Elyria High School graduate. He served in the United States Navy from 1971-1977. He worked as a Mechanical Engineer at AK Steel in Middletown. He was an avid sports fan, loved his Cincinnati Bengals, Reds, Ohio State...
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Roger D. Withrow, Jr.

May 4, 1970 - November 23, 2015

Roger D. Withrow, Jr., age 45, of Brunswick, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 23, 2015. He was born on May 4, 1970 in Cleveland, Ohio. Roger was a proud US Army veteran who leaves behind 3 beautiful daughters Ashley Hunter (Chris), Sophia Withrow, and Olivia Withrow; 2 grandchildren Caydience and Brevyn Hunter; parents Roger, Sr. and Jackie Withrow; brother Thomas Withrow (Dawn) and...
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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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