Ella M. Tomka
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“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May the words in Job 14:13-15 give you hope and comfort. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: Barb & Tom Layton

“Pat and family. E lla my dear friend,so many memories.Deepest sympathy.Martha H Earl ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: mARTHA H EARL - LORAIN, OH

“Mrs. Brandon, Brandy, Kelly & Kerry, We're sorry to hear of Aunt Ella's passing. I'll always remember she and Grammy arguing about the best way to...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Denise Yates Shedloski - OH

“Kerri and Family So sorry to hear about your Aunt Ella. I know it is a difficult time for you and you have my sympathy and prayers. If there is...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Shanna from Madison, OH - OH

“Kerry- My sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Aunt Ella. May the fond memories, and the support of family and friends bring you comfort...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Christine Huffman - Avon Lake, OH

“Kerry I'm so sorry for you and your family. You're in my thoughts and prayers. With sympathy Mary Mostoller ”
6 of 11 | Posted by: Mary Mostoller - Avon Lake , OH

“My deepest condolences to all the family. Will keep you in our prayers. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Stella Dominguez - El Paso, TX

“May your fond memories of your sister and aunt keep you strong at this time and in the future. With sympathy Bob Fischer ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Bob Fischer - N. Ridgeville, OH

“It was my privilege to get to know Ella the last several months. She was such a pistol and had strong opinions about everything from her neighbors, ...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Beth Ann Wilson - OH

“I too worked with Ella at El Centro approximately 17 years ago. A woman's whose heart was truly invested in her work. May God Bless you, Ella. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Monica Carrion - MI - co-worker

“I worked with Ella back in the 80s and she was a wonderful, caring woman. She shared a wealth of information with all who came to her for help in...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: Diane Lutz - Amherst, OH - friend


Ella Tomka, 89, and a lifelong resident of Lorain, was freed from her battle with lung cancer on September 26th.

Born on October 16, 1921, she graduated from Lorain High School and worked for the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, retiring in 1986. After retirement, she continued her work as a Jobs Placement Counselor for El Centro de Servicios. She was responsible for helping many obtain employment throughout Lorain County in her over 35 years of public service.

She loved spending time with her family above all things, and her Hungarian baking skills brought many requests from friends over the years. An avid Cleveland sports fan, she held out hope for the Tribe and the Browns all her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Katherine Tomka, brother, George, and sister Marguerite Strauser.

She is survived by her sister, Patricia Brandon, Nephews: Paul Brandon, Patrick (Terri) Brandon, Niece: Kerry (Jim) Ceccatti , four great nieces: Nicole Vanche, Anna Vanche, Lauryn Brandon, Kathryn Brandon and one great nephew: Anthony Brandon.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 29th from 5-8 p.m. in Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst, where a parastas service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Panachida will be held on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral center followed by Divine Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. at St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 2711 West 40th St., Lorain. Fr. Nicholas Rachford, Pastor, will officiate. Private burial will be held at a later date in Calvary Cemetery.

Family and friends may leave online condolences at www.dovinreberjones.com.

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