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“Valerie, Thinking of you at this time. Parents aging and approaching the ends of their lives -- all too familiar. Our love, Linda and Peji ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Linda and Pejj Khan - Tampa, FL

“Will always remember Uncle George who always seemed to love life and his family. Remember his happy smile and a positive word as I grew up with our...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Joseph Oakley - Jackson,, NJ

“To On behalf of all the Bichsel Family we pray only the fondest memories be remembered. We wish all of you a blessed Christmas. May your hope...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Jack Bichsel - Dunedin, FL

“We are sorry for your loss,and we want you to know that we will be praying for strength,peace and comfort for you and your family. Fred & Sharon ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Fred Wallace & Sharon Edwards - OH

“Our condolences to all. Uncle George, rest in heaven. Jean, John, Anna and Jono ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Jean Fasciana - Ringwood, NJ

“My thoughts and prayers go out to George and his family and friends. The first time I met George, he immediately took me in as a grandson (even...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Steve Bichsel

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family. He is in God"s cradled handsfor safe keeping till he sees you again. ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: Melody & Theodore Wallace - OH

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Patty, Curtis and Julia ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Patty Oakley Taylor - Dorset, VT

“Miss you grandpa ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Eric Hellinger - Lorain, OH

“I am sorry for your loss he will be greatly missed. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Margaret Vrabel Reddington and brother Albert Vrabel - PA

“It's not the date you were born or the date that you die that matters. It's the dash in between. Someday technology will permit us to make hard copy...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Michael J. Gmitter - Lynn, MA

“Steph, Deb and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sympathies and know that I will keep you in my prayers. ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Peggy Burns Formholtz

“George was a great neighbor and we will miss him. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Denise Shafer - Vermilion, OH

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George M. Vrabel, Sr., age 84, of Vermilion and formerly of Lorain, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, following a brief illness.
Born on July 24, 1928 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania to the late John and Anna (nee Kotailk) Vrabel, he attended high school and college in Pennsylvania. When he first came to Ohio, he resided in Sandusky for a few years and then moved to Lorain, where he lived for many years. For the last 20 years, George made Vermilion his home.
He served in the US Army during World War II.
George was a licensed pharmacist, and worked in the pharmacy at Gray Drug in Lorain, which later became known as Rite Aide. He also was the store manager of Gray Drug. He retired at the age of 65.
He was a member of the Church of St. Peter, Lorain, and the Amvets Post 22.
George enjoyed fishing and golfing.
He is survived by his wife of Deborah (nee Morris); his son, George Jr, (Nicola), of Monroe, Louisiana; his daughters, Cheryl Lynn Vrabel, of Amherst, Regina (Greg) Keller, of St. Petersburg, FL, Tracy (Lorenzo) Tellez, of Austin, TX, Valerie Hellinger (Dave Bichsel), of Amherst and Stephanie (Jeff) Nickoloff, of Amherst; 7 grandchildren and his brother, Albert, of Wilkes Barre, PA.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Debra Vrabel; his brothers, John, Joseph and Andy; and his sisters, Veronica, Margaret, Pauline, Ann and Mary.
The Vrabel Family will receive friends today, Tuesday, November 27th , from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst, where closing prayers will be on Wednesday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Peter, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain. Rev. Craig Hovanec, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Full military honors will be conducted by the Amherst Veterans Honor Guard.
Contributions, if desired, may be made in memory of George to New Life Hospice, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, Ohio 44053.
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