Our Obituaries

Susan Fry

June 24, 1950 - December 6, 2014

Susan (Kelble) Fry, age 64, of Wakeman, died unexpectedly at her home on December 6, 2014. She was born on June 24, 1950 in Fremont, Ohio and has lived in the area for most of her life. She was a 1968 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She was a homemaker and member of the Clarksfield United Methodist Church. She was an excellent cook who loved spending time with her family. She is...
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Steven Halse

April 1, 1959 - November 30, 2014

Steven A. Halse, 55, of Berea, died Sunday, November 30, 2014, in Southwest General Health Center, Middleburg Heights. He was born April 1, 1959 in Tacoma, Washington. He was employed by Giant Eagle as a baker. He loved to golf, and enjoyed music, playing in a band as a drummer. He was a member of the Bakers Union #19. Steven is survived by his wife, Karen (Groot) Halse: daughter, Madelyn;...
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Raymond E Appeman

September 25, 1923 - November 23, 2014

Raymond Appeman, age 91, of Florence, died on November 23, 2014 at New Life Hospice in Lorain. He was born September 25, 1923 in Florence Township and has lived there his entire life. He served in the Army during WWII with the 3rd Army in France, Germany, and Austria. He served as a Staff Sergeant in the Light Artillery and helped liberate the Gunskirchin Lager Concentration Camp near Lambach,...
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Clyde L Tester

April 9, 1922 - November 19, 2014

Clyde L. Tester, 92, of Clarksfield, passed away on November 19, 2014 at Gaymont Nursing Center in Norwalk. Clyde was born on April 9, 1922 in Fitchville, Ohio to the late Thomas and Mamie (Wolfe) Tester. Clyde was a lifelong farmer who took pride in working hard and doing things for himself. He also ran a livestock hauling business for many years. After retiring from farming he drove truck...
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Michelle "Shelly" McGinn

August 3, 1959 - November 12, 2014

Michelle "Shelly" Ann McGinn, age 55, of Collins, died on November 12, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic. She was born on August 3, 1959 in Norwalk, and has lived in the Collins area her entire life. She was a graduate of Western Reserve High School. She was a member of the Townsend Fire Belles for 23 years, was a Poll Worker for the Board of Elections for many years, member of the Collins United...
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Donald Worcester

July 8, 1923 - November 1, 2014

Donald H. Worcester, age 91, passed away Saturday, Nov. 1st at Norwalk Memorial Home. Don was born July 8th, 1923 in Ridgefield Township, Ohio, to the late Howard and Angeline (Mombleau) Worcester. At age 3, he moved with his family to their farm on Butler Road in Wakeman, where he lived for 74 years. He attended and graduated from Wakeman School in 1942. At that time he helped his father milk...
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Janet Soper

May 29, 1962 - November 1, 2014

Janet Soper, age 52, of Wakeman, died on Saturday November 1, 2014 at home. She was born on May 29, 1962 in Lakewood, Ohio and has lived in the Wakeman area her whole life. She was a graduate of Western Reserve High School. She is survived by her mother Priscilla (Lyttle) Soper. She was preceded in death by her father Earl Soper. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the time...
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Wilma Layport

February 27, 1933 - November 1, 2014

Wilma Layport, age 81, of Camden Twp., died On Saturday November 1, 2014 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. She was born on February 27, 1933 in Camden Township and has lived in the area her entire life. She was a graduate of Camden School. She enjoyed cats and flowers. She is survived by two sons John (Marge) Layport, of Louisville, KY, and Dale Layport of Berlin Heights,...
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Michael J Leimeister

November 20, 1925 - October 26, 2014

Michael J. Leimeister, age 88, of Collins, died on October 26, 2014 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. He was born on November 20, 1925 in Shinrock and has lived in Collins for the last 65 years. He was a 1944 graduate of Berlin Local School. He served in the Army Air Force. He was retired from New Departure in Sandusky and was also a farmer. He was a member of St. Pauls Church in...
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Bonny J Dewalt

August 28, 1936 - October 17, 2014

Bonny J. Dewalt, age 78, of Ashland, died on October 17, 2014 at Brethren Care in Ashland. She was born on August 28, 1936 in Wellington and has lived in the Ashland area for the last 26 years. She was a 1954 graduate of Wakeman High School. She enjoyed sewing and crochet. She is survived by her husband of 60 years Richard Dewalt, her children, William (Mary) Dewalt, of Wakeman, Ardith...
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Phyllis J Buchs

July 31, 1930 - September 6, 2014

Phyllis J. Buchs, age 84, of Henrietta, passed away on September 6, 2014 at Kingston of Vermilion. She was born on July 31, 1930 in Lagrange and has lived in Henrietta for most of her life. She was a graduate of Henrietta High School. She was a LPN at Oberlin Hospital for many years, retiring in 1995 as well as being a working farm wife. She was a member Henrietta United Methodist Church and...
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Stanley Rutkowski

March 20, 1939 - August 22, 2014

Stanley R. Rutkowski, age 75, of Collins, died on Friday August 22, 2014 at Fairview Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on March 20, 1939 in Hanover, NY, and has lived in the Wakeman area since 1992. He served in the National Guard and worked at the Lorain Ford plant for 26 years. He enjoyed playing guitar, woodworking, gardening and was an avid Cleveland Indians and Browns fan. ...
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Bernard "Bernie" Thomas

September 10, 1950 - August 10, 2014

Bernard "Bernie" Thomas, age 63, of Birmingham, died on August 10, 2014 at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born on September 10, 1950 in Norwalk, and had lived in the Birmingham area for over 40 years. He served in the US Army. He had worked in maintenance at M.A. Harrison for almost 30 years. He enjoyed doing yard work, and driving old cars. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Wanda ...
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Clell Jones

February 18, 1930 - July 25, 2014

Clell P. Jones, age 84, of Wakeman, died on July 25, 2014 at New Life Hospice in Lorain. He was born on February 18, 1930 in Yamacraw, KY, and has lived in Wakeman since 1969. He was a truck driver for E&L Transport for many years. After retirement he attended classes at Lorain County JVS to improve his spelling and writing. He enjoyed playing guitar, and playing games on his iPad. He was...
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Ethel M Haas

February 7, 1918 - July 23, 2014

Ethel M. Haas, age 96, of Collins, passed away on July 23, 2014 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. She was born on February 7, 1918 in Cleveland and has resided in the Collins area for her entire life. She was a 1936 graduate of East Townsend High School. She was a homemaker and a lifelong active member of the Collins United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Halcyon...
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Michael Landin

November 3, 1945 - July 16, 2014

Michael A. Landin Sr., age 68, of Camden Twp., passed away unexpectedly on July 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on November 3, 1945 in Elyria, Ohio and has lived in the Camden Twp. area for most of his life. He attended Firelands Schools. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He retired from National Gypsum in 2009. He was a member of the Ely Masonic Lodge #424 in Vermilion...
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Robert Ivan Fraelich

October 28, 1935 - July 5, 2014

Robert Ivan "Bob" "Irresistible" Fraelich, 78 of Wakeman, passed away Saturday, July 5, 2014, at his residence, surrounded by his family. He was born on October 28, 1935 in Wilmot, OH, and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed by Buckeye Pipe Lines. Bob was a hard worker and loved his family and community. He was an active member of the Wakeman Eagles, and loved sports, playing softball,...
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Evelyn Wolcott

November 15, 1922 - June 24, 2014

Evelyn Wolcott, age 91, of Clarksfield, died on June 24, 2014 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. She was born on November 15, 1922 in Dickson County, TN, and has lived in Clarksfield since 1944. She worked at Ohio Body Manufacturing in New London for many years. Evelyn was a hard worker who loved to tend to her flowers. She is survived by her children, Betty (Rhene) Becker, of...
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Hazel Irene Sheldon

April 14, 1919 - June 12, 2014

Hazel I. (Puder) Sheldon, age 95 of Clarksfield, died on June 12, 2014 at Altenheim Nursing Home in Strongsville. She was born on April 14, 1919 in Huron County and has lived in the Clarksfield area her entire life. She was a graduate of Wakeman High School and Oberlin Business College. She began attending the Clarksfield United Methodist Church at age six and became a member at age 12, where...
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Michelle Lynee Groot

September 30, 1970 - June 6, 2014

Michelle Lynee (Thorn) Groot, age 43, of Camden Twp., died on Friday June 6, 2014 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. She was born on September 30, 1970, in Medina, Ohio and has lived in Camden Twp. for 8 years. She was a 1988 graduate of Keystone High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Akron University in 1993. She had worked at several area hospitals including...
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Ethel M Mills

June 14, 1929 - May 25, 2014

Ethel M. Mills, age 84, of Camden Township, died on Sunday May 25, 2014 at New Life Hospice in Lorain. She was born on June 14, 1929, in Kentucky and has lived in the area since 1946. She was a homemaker and attended the Camden Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and watching the Cleveland Browns. She is survived by her daughters Joyce Affolter, of Wellington, Margaret ...
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Paulette Thornsberry

July 29, 1947 - May 11, 2014

Paulette Thornsberry, age 66, of Collins, died on Sunday May 11, 2014 at her home. She was born on July 29, 1947 in Philippi, WV. She was a 1965 graduate of Oberlin High School and has lived in the Wakeman and Collins area for 40 years. She worked as an Aide at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin for many years and at the former Mel's Diner in Wakeman. She loved cooking. She is survived by her...
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Georgia Mae King

September 2, 1937 - April 17, 2014

Georgia Mae King (nee Jones), age 76, of Wakeman, OH, died on April 17, 2014 at University Hospital in Cleveland. She was born on September 2, 1937 in Scott County TN, and has lived in the Wakeman area since 1955. She was dedicated wife, mother and Christian. Georgia was an avid Cleveland Indians fan, enjoyed gardening, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is...
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Randall Cole Maxwell

March 30, 1958 - April 7, 2014

Randy C. Maxwell, age 56, of Wakeman, died on Monday April 7, at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on March 30, 1958 in Parkersburg, WV and has lived in Wakeman for the last ten years. He graduated from Brookside High School in Sheffield in 1976. Following high school he served in the US Marines. He worked at Ford in Avon and Brookpark for 25 years. He was a member of the...
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Stephanie Carol Boecker

April 14, 1960 - March 31, 2014

Stephanie Boecker, age 53, of Berlin Heights, died on March 31, 2014 at her home. She was born on April 14, 1960 in Charleston, WV, and has lived in Berlin Heights since 1993. She grew up in the Wakeman area and was a 1978 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She graduated from Cosmetology School in Elyria. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member...
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Corrine Palmer

April 29, 1934 - March 20, 2014

Corrine E. Palmer, age 79, of Norwalk, died on Thursday March 20, 2014 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. She was born on April 29, 1934 in Willard and attended New Haven School. She enjoyed shopping, puzzle books, family gatherings, and watching game shows. She is survived by her sisters, Carol (Bob) Harris, of Vermilion, Martha (Ron) Carey, of Wakeman, Jacquelyn Riffe, of Norwalk, brothers,...
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Theodore Yaworsky

July 18, 1939 - March 14, 2014

Theodore Yaworsky, age 74, of Wakeman, died on Friday March 14, 2014 at his home. He was a graduate of Townsend-Wakeman School and a veteran of the US Air Force. Graveside services will be held on Monday March 17, at 11:00 am at Wakeman Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Morman Funeral Home, Wakeman. Condolences may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com
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Steve Pete

October 28, 1914 - February 14, 2014

Steve E. Pete, age 99, of Henrietta, died on Friday February 14 at Lakepointe Nursing Home in Lorain. He was born on October 28, 1914 in Henrietta and has lived in the area his entire life. He worked at Bendix in Elyria for 25 years and also farmed. He attended Kipton Community Church and enjoyed golf, gardening, farming, and spending time with his family. He is survived by his daughter...
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David E Krebs, D.P.T. Ph.D.

September 5, 1954 - February 7, 2014

David E. Krebs, D.P.T., Ph.D., 59, formerly of Henrietta and of Cambridge, MA, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at Regina Health Center, Richfield, Ohio. Dave was a graduate of Firelands High School with degrees from Columbia University (BS in Physical Therapy and MA in Applied Physiology), New York University (Ph.D. In Pathokinesiology), and Massachusetts General Hospital's Institute of Health...
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Norris G. "Nory" Latteman

October 17, 1923 - January 17, 2014

Norris George "Nory" Latteman, age 90, of Wakeman, died on Friday January 17, 2014 at Kingston of Vermilion following a brief illness. He was born on October 17, 1923 in Wakeman and lived in the Birmingham area his entire life. He was a 1941 graduate of Birmingham High School. He served in the US Army during WWII in the Pacific Theater. He was a Tech Sgt. and engineer on the USS General John...
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Loretta Newkirk

December 27, 1939 - January 13, 2014

Loretta J. Newkirk, age 74, of Wakeman, died on Monday January 13, 2014 at the Laurels of New London. She was born on December 27, 1939 in Chippewa Lake, Ohio. She was the Vice President of Safety Services for 30 years. She enjoyed playing cards and slots. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by her children his children Donna Schafer, of Norwalk,...
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Amber Graham

April 11, 1990 - January 10, 2014


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Rebecca Louise Davis

January 29, 1969 - January 4, 2014

Rebecca Louise Davis, age 44, of Houston, formerly of Norwalk died on January 4, 2014 in Houston. She was born on January 29, 1969 in Norwalk and has lived in Houston for the last year, having lived in the Norwalk area for most of her life. She was a 1987 graduate of Norwalk High School. She enjoyed sewing, working with and caring for animals. She truly enjoyed and loved spending time with...
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Thomas "Ozzie" Osborn

September 1, 1950 - January 4, 2014

Thomas E. "Ozzie" Osborn, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2014 in his home of 26 years in Graytown, OH with his family by his side. He was 63 years young. He was born on September 1, 1950 to Harry and Dorothy Osborn in Marion, Ohio. Tom wed Joyce A. Timko in Wakeman on May 28, 1983. They have one son, Kyle (Casey) Osborn and two beautiful grandchildren, Kaden and Camille. Tom's final...
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Nora Lee Meredith

March 30, 1949 - December 14, 2013

Nora L. (Hicks) Meredith Swiers, 64, of Amherst Township, died Saturday morning, December 14, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic following complications from a stroke. She was born on March 30, 1949. Nora is survived by her husband, David Swiers, sons Ty Meredith, Lon Swiers (Alexis), David Swiers Jr. (Jackie), and daughter Lisa Glass (Keith), and 10 grandchildren. She attended Firelands Schools...
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Dorothy "Dottie" Thompson

February 8, 1939 - December 3, 2013

Dorothy "Dottie" Thompson, 74, passed away at EMH on December 3, 2013 after a sudden illness with her family by her side. Dorothy was born in Lorain on February 8, 1939 and remained a lifelong resident of Amherst. She was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Welch and was married to her sweetheart and rock, Jim, until his passing in 1985. She held numerous jobs, but the job she loved...
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Marie (Melvin) Dudziak

May 5, 1924 - November 20, 2013

Marie (Melvin) Dudziak, age 89 ½ :), of Wakeman, died on Wednesday November 20, 2013 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. She was born on May 5, 1924 in Canton and has lived in Wakeman with her daughter Rita for last 15 years. She graduated from Brecksville High School. She worked at Cleveland Gear for 20 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Birmingham Congregation of...
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Ethel M Matus

February 18, 1932 - October 3, 2013

Ethel M. Matus, age 81, of Camden Township, died on October 3, 2013 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. She was born on February 18, 1932 in Elyria Township and has lived in Camden Township the majority of her life. She was a graduate of Elyria High School. Ethel retired from Green Circle Growers after 19 years of service. She was a past member of the Lorain Slovak Club, and an active...
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Sharon Sopko

July 2, 1949 - September 25, 2013

Sharon Sopko (nee Ramsey), age 64, of Collins, died on September 25, 2013 at her home. She was born on July 2, 1949 in Gassaway, WV, and has lived in the Collins area for 22 years. She graduated from Brookside High School in Sheffield Lake in 1968. She was a homemaker who loved Bingo, cooking and flowers. She is survived by her husband of 32 years John, her mother Betty Ramsey, her sister...
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Theodore Joseph Gerber, Jr.

April 22, 1974 - September 23, 2013

Theodore Joseph Gerber Jr. age 39, of Chagrin Falls, died on September 23, 2013. He was born on April 22, 1974 in Oberlin. He was a 1992 graduate of Firelands High School. He is survived by his father and Step-mother Theodore "Joe" and Helen Gerber Sr., of Wakeman, his sister Marie (Thomas Tansey) Gerber, of Amherst, three nephews and numerous Aunts, Uncles and cousins. He was preceded by...
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Elizabeth Hubbard

August 13, 1927 - September 11, 2013

Elizabeth Hubbard, age 86, of Oberlin, formerly of Lorain, died on September 11, 2013 at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin. She was born on August 13, 1927 in Sebring, Ohio. She had lived in Lorain for 30 years before moving to Oberlin in 2005. She ran a bookstand at Jaime's Flea Market for 25 years. She loved music and sang opera at Mt. Union College as a girl. Elizabeth also enjoyed playing cards...
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Carrie M. Hozalski

November 25, 1924 - September 9, 2013

Carrie M. Hozalski, age 88, of Lorain, formerly of Camden Township, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her loving family on September 9, 2013 following a long illness. She was born on November 25, 1924 in Rugby, TN and had lived in Camden Township for 45 years and with her daughter for the last seven years. Carrie enjoyed gardening and loved her grandchildren and...
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Allen C. Buchs

April 19, 1928 - August 17, 2013

Allen C. Buchs, age 85, of Henrietta Township, died on Saturday August 17, 2013, following a long illness. He was born on April 19, 1928 in Oberlin, and has been a Henrietta Township resident for over 78 years. He owned and operated Allen C. Buchs Excavating for over 60 years. He was active at the Sandusky and Lorain County Speedways with his group of Super Jeeps, also traveling to over seven...
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Wayne "Mike" Tansey

February 2, 1923 - June 30, 2013

Wayne "Mike" Tansey, age 90, of Wakeman, died on Sunday June 30, 2013 at home. He was born February 2, 1923 in Brownhelm Twp., and has lived in the area his entire life. He was a 1941 graduate of Brownhelm High School. He served in the US Army during World War II, serving in the Military Police in the 41st Infantry in the Pacific. He worked as a sheet metal worker out of Local #107 in...
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Donna J Brlas

November 8, 1931 - June 26, 2013

Donna J. Brlas, age 81, of Camden Township, went to be with the Lord and her beloved husband on June 26, 2013 at Specialty Hospital in Amherst. She was born on November 8, 1931 in Camden Township and has lived in the area her entire life. She was a graduate of Camden High School. Donna was a member of the Camden Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening. She is survived by her children, Terry ...
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Winifred Urbansky

March 13, 1929 - June 8, 2013

Winifred Urbansky (nee Crittenden), age 84, of Brighton, died on Saturday June 8, 2013 at her home. She was born on March 13, 1929 in Brighton and has lived in the area her entire life. She had been a cook at the Wellington Hospital for many years. She enjoyed traveling to flea markets with her husband, cooking, and gardening. She is survived by her daughters, Helen Fye of Wellington, Mary ...
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Kenneth R Myers

September 15, 1935 - May 20, 2013

Kenneth R. Myers, age 77, of Collins died unexpectedly on May 20, 2013 at his home. He was born on September 15, 1935 in Greenwich, and has been a lifetime resident of the area. He worked as a mill operator at Tenneco for 43 years. During his retirement he worked for Townsend Township. He loved gardening, cooking, traveling and he was a member of Freedom Christian Fellowship near Milan. He...
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Dolores Ann Searight

July 5, 1929 - May 15, 2013

Dolores Ann Searight, age 83, of Clarksfield, died on May 15, 2013 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. She was born on July 5, 1929 in Cleveland and has lived in Clarksfield since 1955. She was a 1949 graduate of Lincoln High School. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, and baking. She is survived by her son Robert Searight, of Clarksfield and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death...
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Doren Butler

November 22, 1934 - May 6, 2013

Doren A. Butler, 78, of Wakeman, Ohio passed away peacefully at Fisher-Tutus Hospital on the morning of May 6, 2013. Doren retired to his hometown of Wakeman after 41 years working for the Buckeye Pipeline. During his career, Doren grew through the ranks, rising from a general laborer to the switch board operator at the Mantua, Ohio station. After retiring, Doren remained engaged as a charter...
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Virginia "Ginny" Buchs

February 25, 1925 - May 2, 2013

Virginia "Ginny" Buchs, age 88, of Henrietta Twp. passed away on May 2, 2013 at Mill Manor Nursing Home in Vermilion surrounded by her family. She was born on February 25, 1925 in Brownhelm and has lived in the Henrietta area her entire life. She was a 1943 graduate of Brownhelm High School. Ginny had worked for over ten years as a Title Clerk at Sliman Dodge in Amherst. She had also worked as...
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Robert "Slick" Davidson

August 8, 1924 - April 23, 2013

Robert "Slick" Davidson, age 88, of Birmingham, died on April 23, 2013 at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born on August 8, 1924 in Birmingham and has lived here his entire life. He worked for Opperman's Cider Mill and retired from Vermilion Local Schools as a custodian. He was a member of the Birmingham United Methodist Church. He enjoyed square dancing, walking around town and taking care of...
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Robert J Urbansky

December 17, 1950 - April 22, 2013

Robert J. Urbansky, age 62, of Kipton, died on Monday April 22, 2013 at his home. He was born on December 17, 1950 in Oberlin and has lived in Kipton his entire life. He was a 1969 graduate of Firelands High School. He worked at Republic Steel in Lorain for 44 years. He enjoyed rebuilding tractors. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Debbie (Lipps), his mother Phyllis (Morgan) Urbansky,...
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Earl Berg

July 1, 1921 - April 21, 2013

Earl G. Berg, age 91, of Henrietta Twp., died on Sunday April 21, 2013 at New Life Hospice in Lorain. He was born on July 1, 1921 in Henrietta Township and has lived there his entire life. He graduated from Henrietta High School in 1939. He was a lifelong dairy and grain farmer. He was a member of the Henrietta United Church of Christ where he sang in the choir, was a Sunday School teacher,...
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Richard Titchnell

September 10, 1946 - April 21, 2013

Richard Titchnell, age 66, of Wakeman, died on Sunday April 21, 2013 at his home. He was born on September 10, 1946 in Kingwood WV, and has lived in Wakeman for the last year having lived in Marengo for the last 16 years. He worked for GM for over 30 years. He was an Eagle Scout and also served in the US Army. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering in his garage. He is survived by his...
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Caleb William Boggess

March 31, 2013 - April 6, 2013

Caleb William Boggess, of Clarksfield, went to be with the Lord on April 6, 2013 after spending six days with his family here. He is survived by his parents Randy and Kimberly (Collins) Boggess, his paternal grandmother and step-grandfather Sharon and Gary Fisher, maternal grandparents Chris Rentas and Lois Sines, and maternal great-grandmother Helen Collins. He is preceded in death by his...
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Maxine Brown

March 19, 1927 - March 29, 2013

Maxine Brown (Searight), age 86, of Wakeman, died on Friday March 29, 2013 at her home. She was born on March 19, 1927 in New London and has lived in the Clarksfield-Wakeman area her entire life. She was a 1945 graduate of New London High School. She worked as a Teacher's Assistant for the Erie-Huron-Ottawa ESC for 18 years. She was a member of the Norwalk Moose #239, the Norwalk Eagles #711,...
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Keith Sandrock

November 15, 1936 - March 26, 2013

Keith L. Sandrock, age 76, of Kipton, died on Tuesday evening at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. He was born on November 15, 1936 in Oberlin and has lived in Kipton his whole life. He was a 1954 graduate of Camden High School. He worked for 30 years at the Oberlin Municipal Light Plant. He enjoyed model trains, and RC planes. He enjoyed tinkering with his sons and playing with his...
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George Brlas

November 13, 1932 - March 21, 2013

George Brlas, 80, of Camden Township went to be with the Lord on March 21, 2013. He was born on November 13, 1932 in Elyria. A life-long resident of Lorain County, George served his country in the United States Army from 1952 to 1954. He was stationed at Fort Smith, Ark. And Nuremberg, Germany. George worked a large part of his career in the United States Postal Service at the Wellington and...
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Elizabeth Pollock

September 16, 1931 - March 11, 2013

Elizabeth J. Pollock, age 81, of Wakeman, died March 11, 2013 at the Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky following a long illness. She was born on September 16, 1931 in Fresno, OH and has lived in the Wakeman area for 57 years. She graduated from Fresno High School as Valedictorian in 1949 and The Ohio State University in 1953. She taught Elementary school in West Lafayette and Elyria from 1951...
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Marianne Ellen Divers

April 29, 1923 - March 3, 2013

Marianne Ellen Ashbrook Whitacre Divers , 89, passed away March 3, 2013 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. She had resided at Gaymont Nursing Center since 2012. She was born April 29, 1923 in Cleveland, OH to the late Linda Louise Lange Ashbrook Jarrett and Louis Denton Ashbrook II. She lived and attended school in Cleveland until she completed 3rd grade when she and her two siblings and her...
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Raymond D Zimmerman

August 4, 1927 - February 19, 2013

Raymond D. Zimmerman, age 85, of Wakeman, died on Tuesday February 19, 2013 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center following a long illness. He was born on August 4, 1927, in Berlin Township and has lived in the area his entire life. He was a 1946 graduate of Berlin Heights High School. He was a lifelong farmer and also worked at several area lumberyards. Ray had been an active member of the former...
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Adaline Bottomlee

September 16, 1925 - February 17, 2013

Adaline E. Bottomlee (Borer), age 87 of Clarksfield, went home to be with the Lord on February 17, 2013 after a lengthy illness. She was born on September 16, 1925 to the late Joseph and Emma (Knott) Borer. She was a devoted and loving mother to her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Clarksfield United Methodist Church. She is survived by her daughters Emma Bottomlee, of...
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Steven J Kerepesi

January 12, 1918 - February 4, 2013

Steven J. Kerepesi, age 95, of Wellington, formerly of Florence Township, died on Monday February 4, 2013 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. He was born on January 12, 1918 in Roebling, NJ. He has lived most of his life in the Berlin Heights and Wellington area. He served in the US Army during WWII in the European Theater in the 2nd Armored Division. He retired from Ridge Tool in Elyria....
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Rose Elkin

January 17, 1954 - January 29, 2013

Rose Elkin, age 59, of Collins, died Tuesday January 29, 2013 at her home. She was born on January 17, 1954 in Augusta, GA, and has lived in the Wakeman and Collins area her whole life. She was a 1972 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She had worked at Big Lots in Norwalk and most recently at Whirlaway in Wellington for over 10 years. She is survived by her husband of 40 years Roy...
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Ethel Lucille Todd

August 6, 1911 - January 24, 2013

Ethel Lucille Todd, age 101, of Oberlin, died Thursday January 24, 2013 at Welcome Nursing Home in Oberlin surrounded by her family. She was born on August 6, 1911 in Oberlin and grew up in Camden Township and has lived in the Camden Township and Wakeman area her whole life. She was a graduate of Camden High School. She had worked at the former Wagon Wheel Restaurant in Wakeman and the Mary Lee...
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Barbara Bonner

March 21, 1956 - January 16, 2013

Barbara R. Bonner, age 56, of Collins, died on January 16, 2013 at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky following a brief illness. She was born on March 21, 1956, in Norwalk and has lived in the area her whole life. She was a graduate of St. Paul High School and EHOVE in 1974. She worked as a custodian for Western Reserve School, and prior to that had worked at Freudenberg in Milan. ...
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Esther Rowland

September 13, 1919 - January 15, 2013

Esther L. Rowland, age 93, of Norwalk, formerly of Collins, went to be with the Lord on January 15, 2013 at Keystone Pointe in Lagrange. She was born on September 13, 1919 in Berlin Heights and was a graduate of Berlin Heights High School. Esther was a homemaker and also served as a postal clerk for the Collins Post Office for 20 years, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Order of...
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Laureen M Becker

May 7, 1947 - January 13, 2013

Laureen M. Becker, age 65, of Henrietta Twp., went to be with the Lord on January 13, 2013 following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 7, 1947, in Oberlin, grew up in the Wellington area, and has lived in Henrietta Twp. for the past 42 years. She was a 1965 graduate of Wellington High School and graduated from the Elyria Beauty Academy. She had worked at various beauty salons throughout...
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Lillian Boozer

July 31, 1932 - December 31, 2012

Lillian N. Boozer, age 80, of Wakeman, died Monday December 31, 2012 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. She was born on July 31, 1932 in Pennsylvania and has lived in Wakeman for the last 15 years, having moved here from the Olmsted Falls area. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, canning, gardening, and spending time with her family. She is survived by her children Linda (John)...
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Carl Soboslai

March 13, 1927 - December 23, 2012

Carl Soboslai, age 85, of Wakeman died on December 23, 2012 in Elyria, Ohio. He was born on March 13, 1927 in Elyria and has lived in the Wakeman area most of his life. He was a 1945 graduate of Camden High School. He was a veteran of the US Army, serving in Italy during WWII, and was a member of the Elyria VFW Post #1079. He owned and operated his own farm and worked in construction as a...
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Cindy Norrod

May 16, 1966 - December 17, 2012

Cindy Rae Norrod, age 46, of Clarksfield, died unexpectedly on Monday December 17, 2012 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk. She was born on May 16, 1966 in Elyria and has lived in the area since 1975. She was a 1984 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She has worked in the cafeteria at New London Schools for over five years and was a scorekeeper at the girls basketball games. She...
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Betty Braden

July 29, 1957 - December 11, 2012

Betty J. (nee Rogers) Braden, age 55, of Wakeman, passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2012 at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky. She was born on July 29, 1957, Sutton, WV and has lived in the Wakeman area since 1968. She was a 1976 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She worked as a bus driver for Norwalk City Schools for eight years. She was also an agent for Insurance...
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Ruth I Lockwood

September 21, 1923 - December 1, 2012

Ruth I. Lockwood, age 89, of Lorain, formerly of Florence Twp., went home on December 1, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. She was born on September 21, 1923 in Florence Twp. She was a 1943 graduate of Birmingham High School. She loved to crochet, making lap throws for the ladies ministry at Cornerstone Community Church in Amherst. Ruth also enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and...
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John "Jack" Whitacre

July 15, 1937 - November 6, 2012

John "Jack" Grierson Whitacre 75, of Wakeman, went home to the Lord Tuesday November 6, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 15, 1937 in Elyria, where he grew up. Jack graduated from Elyria High in 1955. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving time in Korea. He married his wife Nancy Anne Leland in 1960, and remained together for 52 years. He retired from Lorain...
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Charles L Berg

July 17, 1919 - November 3, 2012

Charles L. Berg, age 93, of Henrietta, died Saturday November 3, 2012 at New Life Hospice in Lorain. He was born on July 17, 1919 in Henrietta Twp., and has lived here his entire life. He graduated from Henrietta High School in 1937. He was a life long farmer and dairyman. He served as Henrietta township clerk for 24 years, member of the Lorain County Farm Bureau, and was a 50 year member of the...
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Joyce E Storrie

March 13, 1931 - November 1, 2012

Joyce E. Storrie, age 81 of Wakeman passed away on November 1, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born on March 13, 1931, in Bristolville, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Gladys Mahan of Bristolville, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Baillie Storrie. She is survived by her four step-children and their families: Brian of Little Rock, AK, Noreene ...
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Steve Horvath

October 23, 2012


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Glen Baker

December 20, 1932 - September 5, 2012

Glen Baker, age 79, of Kipton, passed away on September 5, 2012 at New Life Hospice in Lorain. He was born on December 20, 1932 in Gregory KY, and has lived in Kipton since 1956. He worked for Salo Tree Service in Oberlin for over 28 years and had also worked for Firelands Schools, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Kipton Community Church, founding member of the Kipton Sportsmens Club,...
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James Earnest

May 21, 1938 - August 24, 2012

James M. Earnest, 74, of Wakeman, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, August 24, 2012,  after a lengthy illness. He was born in Cameron, West Virginia on May 21, 1938 to Harold and Beulah Earnest. He graduated from Wakeman High School in 1956 and attended Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana. He was a member of the U.S. Army from 1961-63, stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama. He was the...
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Patricia Banville

September 27, 1923 - July 28, 2012

Patricia Banville, age 88, of Wakeman, died Saturday July 28, 2012 at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. She was born on Sept. 27, 1923 in Amherst and has lived in the Wakeman area for over 40 years. She was a 1942 graduate of Elyria High School. She was a WWII veteran of the US Navy. She was a school bus driver for Western Reserve School. She loved to swim. She was a member of St. Mary's...
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Ada "Tommye" Dalton

August 6, 1919 - July 23, 2012

Ada Louise "Tommye" (Conger) Dalton, 92, of Wakeman died peacefully at Norwalk Memorial Home surrounded by loved ones on Monday July 23, 2012. Ada was born in North Fairfield on August 6, 1919. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 68 years William (Bill) Dalton (2009). Ada is survived by her three children, daughter Gaye Swartz and husband Dennis (deceased) of Clayton, OH, son...
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Marjorie Bradish

March 25, 1916 - July 1, 2012

Marjorie Elizabeth (Ross) Bradish, age 96, formerly of Wakeman, died on Sunday July 1, 2012 at Bradley Bay Nursing Home in Bay Village. She was born on March 25, 1916 in Wakeman and graduated from Wakeman High School in 1934. She worked in her early years as a seamstress at Halle's in downtown Cleveland while taking business classes. She worked for 30 years for the Fraser Mortgage Company in...
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Harry G Cain

October 27, 1938 - May 30, 2012

Harry G. Cain Sr., age 73, of Elyria, died Wednesday May 30, 2012 at his home following an extended illness. He was born on October 27, 1938 in Columbus, Ohio and had lived in Norwalk for many years, having recently moved to Elyria. He worked at Lichstein's in Norwalk and was a self-employed mechanic. He loved NASCAR racing and building models. He is survived by wife of 40 years Sharon ...
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Harold "Hal" Dalton

February 28, 1954 - May 10, 2012

Harold S. "Hal" Dalton Jr., age 58, of Wakeman, died unexpectedly at his farm on May 10, 2012. He was born on February 28, 1954, in Oberlin and has lived in Wakeman his whole life. He was a 1972 graduate of Western Reserve High School. He was a lifelong farmer. He served on the Ag Credit Board for 12 years, served as Junior Fair Superintendent of the Sheep Barn for over 25 years, and was a ...
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Carlos Nelson "Nellie" Green

August 7, 1921 - April 23, 2012

C. Nelson (Nellie) Green, 90, of Wakeman, departed his earthly life on April 23, 2012 at his home. He was born August 7, 1921 in Elyria, Ohio to the union of Ezra R. and Hazel M. (Bristol) Green. Nelson graduated from Wakeman High School in 1939.He was lifelong area resident and a proud descendant of one of the first three families of Wakeman Township (Bristol). At eleven years of age, upon his...
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Zelma L Matthews

June 10, 1934 - March 28, 2012

Zelma L. McAuliff-Matthews, age 77, of Elyria, formerly of Wakeman, died Wednesday March 28, 2012 at Elyria Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born on June 10, 1934 in Elyria, and has lived in Elyria for over 30 years. She worked at Pierce Laundry in Elyria and most recently at the former Center Ridge Nursing Home. She was a member of the Moose Lodge in Elyria and loved to...
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Clara Schaffer

August 4, 1933 - March 11, 2012

Clara C. Schaffer, age 78, of Wakeman, died Sunday evening at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky. She was born on August 4, 1933 in Norwalk and has lived in the Collins-Wakeman area for most of her life. She was a 1952 graduate of St. Paul's High School. She retired from Norwalk Furniture and was a member of St. Mary's Church in Wakeman. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening, spending...
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Richard Oleksa

December 20, 1947 - March 10, 2012

Richard C. Oleksa, age 64, of Amherst, died Saturday March 10, 2012 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born on December 20, 1947 in Lorain and has lived in Brownhelm Twp. for 30 years. He was a 1965 graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School. He went on to Lorain County Community College for one year and transferred to Ohio University where he graduated in 1970 with a degree in...
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Lois I. Conry

August 6, 1918 - February 21, 2012

Lois I. Conry, age 93, of Wakeman, passed away on Tuesday February 21, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic. She was born on August 6, 1918 in Fremont and has lived in the Wakeman area for the last 54 years. She was a 1936 graduate of Monroeville High School. She was a member of the Professional Business Women's Association. She was a homemaker who helped her husband with their farm and dairy...
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William J Bonnett

September 12, 1930 - February 14, 2012

William J. Bonnett, age 81, of Henrietta Township, passed away peacefully at his home on February 14, 2012, following a short illness. He was born on the family farm in Henrietta Township on September 12, 1930. Bill was a 1948 graduate of Henrietta High School. He was a fourth generation dairy farmer. He was a member of the Henrietta United Methodist Church, Lorain County Farm Bureau, had...
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Paul Motolik

March 3, 1941 - February 4, 2012

Paul J. Motolik, age 70, of Wakeman, was received into heaven on Saturday, February 4, 2012, after a long, courageous and brave battle. Born on March 3, 1941 to Peter and Jane (Hurst) Motolik, and was a lifelong Wakeman resident. He was a 1959 graduate of Townsend-Wakeman High School. He served in the Army National Guard, was a member of St. Mary's Church in Wakeman and retired from Nordson...
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Kyle Muniz

June 27, 1985 - January 31, 2012

Kyle Muniz, age 26, Huron, died Tuesday, January 31, 2012, from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was born on June 27, 1985 in Sandusky and has lived in Collins his whole life. He was a 2004 graduate of Western Reserve High School. He was a STNA at the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Firelands in New London for the last three years. He loved to read but the greatest joy of his...
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Betty Bechstein

July 8, 1920 - December 31, 2011

Betty J. Bechstein, age 91, of Birmingham, died Saturday, December 31, 2011 at Kingston of Vermilion. She was born on July 8, 1920 in Elyria and has been a Birmingham resident most of her life and also had lived in Zephyrhills FL. She taught sewing at Sears, was Head Cook for the Birmingham School and also worked for Florence Twp. She served as a 4-H Leader for the Birmingham Homemakers, was a...
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Kathleen "Joan" Marett

March 29, 1929 - December 20, 2011

Kathleen "Joan" Marett (nee Bachelder), age 82, of Norwalk, died at her home on December 20, 2011. She was born on March 5, 1929 and was a lifelong Wakeman resident. She graduated from Wakeman High School in 1947 and in 1950 graduated from Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing. She retired from Gaymont Nursing Home in 1992. She had also worked at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Huron County...
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Michael Burford

June 14, 1964 - December 12, 2011

Michael Alan Burford "Mike", age 47, of Wakeman passed away suddenly at his home on December 12, 2011. He was born on June 14, 1964 in Warren, Ohio. He attended school and resided in Elyria for many years, before moving to Wakeman in 1996. Mike enjoyed fishing and country music. He loved animals, especially his cats. Mike enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers...
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Audrey Horton

April 20, 1935 - December 11, 2011

Audrey J. Horton, age 76, of Wakeman, died Sunday December 11, 2011 at Briarfield of Milan. She was born on April 20, 1935 in Cleveland. She lived in Wakeman from 1969 to 1998, moving back this year from Cincinnati. She had worked for Drs. Said and Aljadda in the Wakeman office for many years, the Oberlin Clinic and also Firelands Radiology. She was a member of Camden Baptist Church and the First...
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Joseph Urbansky

September 26, 1923 - November 2, 2011

Joseph M. Urbansky, age 88, of Wakeman, died Wednesday evening at his home. He was born on September 26, 1923 in Lorain and has lived in the Camden Twp. Area his whole life. He was a graduate of Camden High School where he played basketball. He retired from Sterling Castings in Wellington and also farmed up until just a few years ago. He served as President of Union Local 45 International...
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Albert Elsworth Buck

September 9, 1931 - November 1, 2011

Albert Elsworth Buck Jr., age 80, of Kipton, died on Tuesday November 1, 2011 at Keystone Pointe in Lagrange after a long illness. He was born on September 9, 1931, in Fairmont, WV and has lived in Kipton since 1956. He was a 1949 graduate of Wakeman High School. He served in the US Army Quartermaster Corps at Fort Lee, VA during the Korean Conflict. He was a welder at Bendix-Westinghouse in...
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Floyd Turp Wright

January 16, 1928 - October 22, 2011

Floyd "Turp" Wright, age 83, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2011, at his home surrounded by family following an extended illness. Floyd was born January 16, 1928, in Wellington, but lived most of his life in Birmingham. Floyd was a retired truck driver, and a proud member of Teamsters Local 407. Floyd is survived by sons Clifford (Diane) Wright of Medina, Allen (Mary) of Kingsland, Georgia...
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Susan Schmidt

November 15, 1947 - October 4, 2011

Susan K. "Sue" Schmidt, of Wakeman, died Tuesday October 4, 2011 at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky. She was born on November 15, 1947 in Norwalk, OH and has lived in the Wakeman area her whole life. She was a 1965 graduate of Western Reserve High School. She was a homemaker and loved to mow the lawn. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Tom Schmidt, a son Kent Merrill, of Wakeman...
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