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Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

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

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

Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in us.

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

Our Obituaries

Kenneth "David" Wasson

July 22, 1957 - September 24, 2019

Often referred to as "The Mayor of White Oak Drive", 62 of Elyria went home to be with his parents, Kenneth & Sally Wasson, in heaven September 24, 2019 following a lengthy illness. He was born July 22, 1957 in Berea. Graduated from Elyria High School, class of 1975. A home health care provider & took care of his parents. He loved his family & friends, watching the Cleveland Indians & Browns,...
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Bonnie J. White

October 18, 1958 - September 13, 2019

Bonnie "Daisy" White (1958-2019) Bonnie Jean White, 60, of Grafton, OH passed away Friday, September 13, 2019, peacefully in her granddaughter's bed, rather expectedly, after a very short battle with cancer. She was an amazing person who touched the lives of countless people as a Baker (more like a therapist for the common Joe) in the bakery of Dale's Market & Deli on Cleveland Street in...
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Patrick Rhodes

March 18, 1964 - September 1, 2019

Patrick Rhodes, age 55 of Elyria, died Sunday, September 1, 2019 at UH Elyria Medical Center. Patrick was born March 18, 1964 in Lorain, Ohio. He is survived by his daughter, Nicole M. Rhodes Elyria, daughter, Rachael A. Sieminski and husband Nicholas Sieminski of Elyria; grandchildren, Annika, Jonah, and Lowen Sieminski of Elyria; brother, John Rhodes and wife, Gayle of Elyria, brother,...
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Wilma (nee Ankrum) Nicholson

January 26, 1919 - August 29, 2019

Wilma "Etha" Nicholson (nee Ankrum), 100, of Elyria passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019 at The Renaissance in Olmsted Township following a lengthy illness. She was born January 26, 1919 in New Concord, Ohio. Wilma was an elementary school teacher in a one room school for many years. She was a member of the Church of the Open Door in Elyria and enjoyed Bible study. She also loved cooking,...
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Marie E. Everett

April 20, 1924 - August 27, 2019

Marie E. Everett, 95, has passed away at The Woods on French Creek on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. She was born in Henrietta Township on April 20, 1924. She resided in Wellington and Elyria. Marie graduated from Elyria High School, class of 1942. She served in the United States Women's Army Corps (WAC) from 1944 thru 1946 and was stationed in Fort Knox, Kentucky in the Transportation Division...
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Harry "Sonny" Moore

July 18, 1937 - August 25, 2019

Attended Elyria High School & retired from Sherwin Williams. An avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, loved his dogs & feeding the birds & wildlife gave him great pleasure. He was able to watch the Steelers game with his son Tim the night he passed away.Survived by his children, Tim (Renee), Ron, Linda O'Donnell; six grandchildren, one great-grandson; sister June Conetsco. Preceded in death by his...
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Christopher Ellis

August 27, 1961 - August 19, 2019

CHRISTOPHER ELLIS, of Elyria, OH, went home to be with the Lord August 19, 2019, after bravely battling a series of illnesses for many years. Born August 27, 1961, in Elyria, he spent his childhood in Lorain. After attending Lorain City Schools, he moved to Booneville, NC, where he graduated from Starmont High School. He earned a degree from Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Services. Christopher...
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Beatrice "Bea" Tanner

January 9, 1920 - August 10, 2019

An orphan for 10 yrs & raised by her Uncle J & Aunt Viola Earl. Moved to Norwalk in 1936 & graduated from Norwalk HS in 1939. Moved to Elyria in 1951. She & her husband Richard operated several Lawson Stores in Elyria. Retired in 1985 after 13 yrs of service with Lo Co Human Services, a Child Support Investigator. Loved to read, car racing, & Cleveland Indians & Browns fan. Survived by her...
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Janet (nee Davis) Stefanik-Brandt

April 25, 1938 - July 31, 2019

Janet R. Stefanik-Brandt (nee Davis), of Elyria passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Janet retired from the Ohio Turnpike Commission and Schwed Real Estate. She belonged to the Daughters of the Revolution and the "Gibson Girls" Etc. Janet was the beloved wife of Joseph Brandt for 14 years; loving mother of Robert Stefanik (Debra), Deborah Holloway (David), Perry Stefanik (Mary), David...
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Donald E. Jones

February 9, 1934 - July 29, 2019

Donald E. Jones, 85, passed away peacefully in the arms of the Lord in his home Monday, July 29, 2019, following a brief illness. He was a lifetime resident of Elyria. A 1953 graduate of Elyria High School, he excelled in multiple sports, including football. In 2015, Mr. Jones and his twin brother, Doug Jones, were inducted into the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame. He also attended Philander Smith...
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Vernon "Morgan" Morgan

June 6, 1946 - July 29, 2019

Vernon Lee Morgan "Morgan", 73, of Elyria passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 at the University Hospital in Cleveland following a short illness. He was born June 6, 1946 in Missoula, Montana. Vernon served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He was a pattern maker on a Navy tender and traveled all over the world. He was also employed for 20 years as a pattern maker at the Elyria Foundry. ...
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Chris Alan Faris

September 25, 1956 - July 19, 2019

Chris Alan Faris, age 62, of Elyria, Ohio; beloved husband of Debbie Faris (nee Jones) for 40 years; loving father of Chris A. Faris, Jr., (Kerry), Theresa Tetrault (Ben), and Jessica Harlan (Robert); devoted grandfather of Kayla, Jeremy, Liam, Laci, Gabby, Oliver, Luna, and Ava; dear son of Virginia M. Faris (nee Staten) and the late William B. Faris, and son-in-law of Marilyn and Fred Jones;...
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Turzan Nichole Nelson

January 22, 1974 - July 17, 2019

Turzan Nichole Nelson, age 45, of Orlando, Florida, and formerly of Columbus, Ohio; beloved daughter of Kimm L. Addis (nee Reed) of Lorain, and Clayton E. Nelson of Elyria; loving sister of Dominique Nelson of Elyria, Adrian Zigmund of Lorain, and Adam Morales of Conneaut; dearest niece of Kyle Reed of Lorain, Brian Reed of Cross City, Florida, Jerry Reed of Santa Cruz, California, Elwood Nelson,...
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Curtis C Beard

June 5, 1938 - July 13, 2019

Curtis Carmen Beard, was born to the late Hatton, Jr. and Luanna Belle Beard, June 5, 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee. God has spoken; Our all wise and loving God called Saturday, July 13, 2019 for this one to be present with Him. Curtis was raised in a close loving home and learned to respect, honor, and cherish his family and friends at any early age. Curtis joined the body of believers as an...
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Gloria H Erickson

December 15, 1937 - July 11, 2019

Gloria H. Erickson joined loved ones who passed before her after battling a prolonged illness on Thursday night, July 11, 2019 while being cared for at Avon Oaks. She was born on December 15, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois and her parents Gilbert and Gladys Hoffman relocated to the Elyria area when she was a child. Gloria was a 1955 graduate of Elyria High School and attended Oberlin College....
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Isaiah "Zay" Robinson

May 25, 1980 - July 2, 2019

Isaiah Wayne Robinson Sr "Zay",age 39, a resident of Cleveland for the past 17 years and former resident of Elyria, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, July 2, 2019 in Elyria. He was born May 25, 1980 in Oberlin, OH. Isaiah Wayne Robinson Sr attended the Elyria City Schools. He was employed as a Brick Mason with the Hudecek Cement Company in North Royalton and in the beginning stages of starting...
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Sharon (nee Pikey) Crowe

September 9, 1946 - June 30, 2019

Sharon L. Crowe (nee Pikey), 72, of Avon and a former resident of Amherst, went home to be with her Lord Sunday, June 30, 2019 at her daughter's home in Avon surrounded by her family. She had a lengthy battle with breast cancer and a vascular disease. She was born September 9, 1946 in Amherst. Sharon attended the Amherst schools. She was employed at US Steel/USS Kolbe in Lorain for 25 years. ...
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Teresa (nee Horvath) Johns

June 13, 1965 - June 25, 2019

Teresa D. Johns (nee Horvath), 54, of Elyria passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born June 13, 1965 in Elyria. Teresa graduated from Elyria High School, class of 1983. She was a Lab Training Supervisor at Life Share Blood Bank. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elyria Ward. She...
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Deanna (nee Cantley) True

June 12, 1943 - June 23, 2019

Deanna S. True (Cantley), 76, of Washington Court House, OH and formerly of Elyria, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, June 23, 2019 at the Springfield Regional Medical Center, Springfield, Ohio. She was born June 12, 1943 in Charles Town, West Virginia. Deanna was a retired Minister with the Church of God. She was raised in the Murray Ridge Church of God in Elyria and pastored...
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John Melvin Fisher

October 12, 1929 - June 18, 2019

Grew up in Akron & spent many summers working on his family's farm in Indiana. A decorated Marine & Korean War Veteran. An Industrial Management graduate of Akron Univ, held numerous patents in aviation & aeronautics while working for B.F. Goodrich. Preceded in death by parents, Gerald & Leona Fisher; wife, Clyda (Magruder); siblings, Richard (Evelyn), Janet, & Norma. Survived by his children,...
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LaVerne "Lovie" (nee Nimrichter) Dupakoski

January 5, 1927 - June 17, 2019

LaVerne J. "Lovie" Dupakoski (nee Nimrichter) enjoyed gardening, cooking, & caring for her family. Survived by her sons, Edward Dupakoski (Mamie) of Oberlin and Michael Dupakoski (Diane) of Columbus; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Karen (Bill) Kolker of Columbia Station; many nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by her husband Edward Dupakoski (2004); sisters, Mildred &...
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John L. Stout

February 9, 1940 - June 10, 2019

Retired in 2000 from York Internat'l, Material Handler for 16 years. Also employed at Tappan in Elyria. Active member of Murray Ridge Church of God, "Refuge Church". Enjoyed hunting & gardening in the yard & flower beds. Survived by his wife of 55 years, Fay Stout (nee Farmer); children, Cindy Hebb (Jerry), Kenneth (Rose), Michael (Kathy), Linda (Joseph) Smith; many grandchildren. Preceded in...
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Charlotte S Davis

April 3, 1938 - June 4, 2019

Charlotte S. Davis, age 81, passed away peacefully at Ames Hospice House in Westlake surrounded by her family on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. She was born April 3, 1938 in Smithfield, West Virginia to Virginia Higginbotham and Boyd E. Wood. She was an active member of the Elyria Church of God where she also taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She loved spending time with family and...
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Lela (nee Schofield) Palur

June 28, 1921 - May 30, 2019

Graduated from Berea High School. LPN at St. John, UH Med Ctr & worked in home health care. Attended United Methodist Church, Berea. During WW II, she worked as "Rosie the Riveter" at the Cleveland Tank Plant. Survived by her children, Patricia Kerley, Barbara Silvers, Robert "Jim" Dore, and Jack C. Palur (Joyce); many grandchildren. Preceded in death by husbands Glen Chambers & John Palur;...
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Thomas Leroy Ellis

June 12, 1935 - May 10, 2019

Thomas L. Ellis, age 83, lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away unexpectedly Friday afternoon, May 10, 2019 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, of natural causes. He was born June 12,1935 in Elyria and graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1954. He served as a E5 Sergeant in the US Army from 1957-60. He attended Asbury United Methodist Church in Elyria. Thomas was employed...
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Gail Lee Taiwo

September 18, 1955 - April 24, 2019

Gail Lee Taiwo, 63, of Elyria passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center. She was born September 18, 1955 in Colt, Arkansas. Gail received her Associate Degree and was employed as an LPN at South Point Hospital and Metro Hospital, retiring in 2005. She also served in the United States Army Reserves as a nurse. She loved to read, watch game shows, play...
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Josef Kubelka

February 16, 1952 - April 18, 2019

JOSEF KUBELKA, 67, beloved husband of 40 years to Virginia; cherished father of Lindsey (Matt) Carlton and Josef Kubelka; loved grandfather of Emmett and Hadley; dear brother of Isabella (Bill) Robertson, Sidonia (Noel) McAndrew, Rick (Rachelle) Kubelka; uncle, cousin, and friends to many. Retired from the Cleveland Fire Department and US Navy Reserves. Passed away Thursday, April 18, 2019. ...
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Curtis W. Bryant, Jr.

April 22, 1970 - April 13, 2019

Curtis W. Bryant, Jr., 48, of Sheffield Lake passed away Saturday, April 13, 2019. He was born April 22, 1970 in Elyria. Curtis was a great dry wall finisher, Steeler's fan, fisher, and gambler. He had a great heart and loved his family, including his dog, Sissy. He is survived by his daughters Jessica Hall and Renee Hall; Florence "Angel" Hall, mother of Jessica and Renee; sisters, Jeannine...
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Brittany Renee Martin

January 3, 1984 - April 7, 2019

Brittany Renee Martin, born January 3, 1984, age 35 of Elyria passed away in Maryland on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Brittany was a gorgeous, funny, smart, loving, loyal, strong mother, daughter, sister, partner, and friend. She loved music, dancing, fashion, old movies, horses, comedy, and nature. Brittany struggled for many years with substance abuse that left her with underlying health...
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Paul "Mike" Dashiell, Jr.

June 1, 1949 - March 28, 2019

Paul Robert Dashiell Jr., "Mike", 69, of Elyria and formerly of Columbia Station passed away Thursday, March 28, 2019 following a short illness. He was born June 1, 1949 in Cleveland. Paul graduated from Columbia High School, class of 1967. He was a Navy veteran, serving from 1967-1968. He was employed for 30 years with the City of Elyria, an operator at the Waste Water Department and retired...
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Ardis (nee Yoder) Pinkley

March 20, 1920 - March 13, 2019

"Ardie" was a homemaker. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Elyria and was active in various women's groups. She enjoyed music and playing the organ, tole painting, and was an avid reader. Mrs. Pinkley is survived by her daughter-in-law, Denise Pinkley of Elyria; grandchildren Jennifer Ellen Pinkley, Brian Wayne Pinkley, Allen Kenneth Pinkley, Susan Noel Pinkley; great...
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Malcolm H. Sperry

March 8, 1925 - March 7, 2019

Served in US Army during WWII. Retired from B.F. Goodrich. Member of VFW Post #1079,Lodge #787 & American Legion Post #12. Enjoyed fishing, listening to audiobooks, traveling & telling stories. Survived by his wife of 74 yrs, Doris (nee Hopkins);daughter Rebecca Lynne Sperry; nephew David Sperry (Teresita); honorary daughter Janet Shariba;brother-in-law Ted Hopkins; nieces & nephews. Preceded in...
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Rita (nee Kader) Gregory

October 20, 1940 - March 4, 2019

Rita E. Gregory (nee Kader), 78, a lifelong resident of Elyria passed away at her home Monday, March 4, 2019. She was born October 20, 1940 in Congo, Perry County, Ohio. Rita graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1958. She was employed at the Lorain County Human Services for 10 years and the Lorain County Children Services for 20 years, retiring in 2009. Rita was a faithful volunteer at...
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Lillian Rayne Wilcox

March 3, 2019

Lillian Rayne Wilcox, treasured infant daughter of Michael and Brianna (nee Huff) Wilcox; paternal granddaughter of Beth and Mike Bridge and Joe Wilcox; maternal granddaughter of Brian and Crystal Huff; niece of Samantha Bridge, Izzy Bridge, Brian Wilcox (Sarah), Christopher Jackson and Brian Bise (Megan) and cousin of Brinley Bise. The family will receive friends on Saturday March 9, 2019 from...
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Marcia (nee Francis) Darmstadt

March 14, 1947 - February 22, 2019

Marcia L. Darmstadt (nee Francis), 71, a longtime resident of Elyria and formerly of Fremont, Ohio went home to be with the Lord Friday, February 22, 2019. She was born March 14, 1947 in Fremont, Ohio. Marcia was very generous of heart and cared for everyone she met. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 24 years. Her proudest years were spent as a Maternity Nurse at Elyria Memorial...
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Vary H Mengle

September 2, 1928 - January 3, 2019

Vary H. Mengle, 90, of North Ridgeville and former resident of Baltimore, Maryland passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019 at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria. He was born September 2, 1928 in Huntington, West Virginia. Vary graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Marshall University in Huntington. He was employed as a Supervisor for the CSX Railroad for 38 years, retiring in 1986. He was a...
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Rubin Henry, Sr.

February 9, 1937 - December 16, 2018

Rubin Henry, Sr., 81, of Elyria passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Life Care of Elyria following a lengthy illness. He was born February 9, 1937 in Helena, Arkansas. Rubin proudly served his county in the United States Army from 1963-65. He was employed for 37 ½ years at General Motors, Parma Plant. He was a faithful member of the Kingdome Hall of Jehovah's Witness Elyria West...
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Irene (nee Rehoreg) Braden

February 18, 1917 - December 9, 2018

Irene H. Braden (nee Rehoreg), 101, of Elyria passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Mercy New Life Hospice Center in Lorain following a brief illness. She was born February 18, 1917 in Flint, Michigan and at two weeks old, her family moved to Lorain and she remained in the area the rest of her life. During World War II, Irene worked at General Industries in Elyria and later in the Elyria...
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David R Moss

May 23, 1945 - December 7, 2018

David R. Moss of Elyria, age 73, peacefully entered into rest on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Wesleyan Village of Elyria, Ohio after a short illness. David was born on May 23, 1945 in Lakewood, OH and grew in North Olmsted, OH. David was the owner and operator of Moss Coil Cleaning of Elyria for 40 years. David was a graduate of St. Edward High School in Cleveland, OH. He served in the US Navy...
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Catherine (nee Lees) Cole

April 24, 1925 - November 29, 2018

Graduated from McKeesport High School in 1943 & MB Johnson School of Nursing, Elyria in 1952. RN at Elyria Memorial Hospital for 35 yrs. Member of the Bible Baptist Church in Titusville & First Baptist Church of Elyria. Enjoyed word search, shopping, & visiting with family. Survived by her children Fred Cole, Karen (Nick) Anikienko, Diane Campbell, Doug (Patty) Cole, and Jan (Bruce) Ives; 16...
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Helen "Chris" Myers

August 30, 1931 - November 25, 2018

Helen C. "Chris" Myers (nee Ferrell), 87, of Elyria passed away Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Keystone Pointe in LaGrange following a lengthy illness. She was born August 30, 1931 in Elyria. Chris was employed at Lawson's in Elyria for over 20 years. She loved playing bingo, time with her grandkids, and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. Mrs. Myers is survived by her children Kenneth Myers ...
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Charles Morton Hyman

July 28, 1930 - November 17, 2018

Charles Morton Hyman, born July 28, 1930 in Elyria, Ohio to parents David Preston Hyman and Lillian Kaufman Hyman, passed on November 17, 2018 in Naples, Florida. Charles was a third generation Elyrian who graduated from Elyria High School. He obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and then a law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. He served in the U...
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John M. Pintur

October 20, 1915 - November 16, 2018

John M. Pintur, 103, of Lorain passed away Friday, November 16, 2018 at Safehaven in Avon Lake. He was born October 20, 1915 in Freedom, Pennsylvania. John was a United States Army veteran serving his country during World War II. He served during the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He was employed as an electrician and a member of IBEW #129. Mr. Pintur is survived by his son...
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Gilda Kaplan

March 31, 1925 - November 16, 2018

Gilda (Madorsky) Kaplan died Friday, November 16 at her home in Elyria, OH. She was born March 31, 1925, in Akron, OH and a graduate of Cleveland Glenville High School. Gilda was a beloved wife, sister, mother and grandmother who was absolutely adored by her family and friends. Gilda married Lou L. Kaplan and enjoyed over 50 incredible years together. They owned Kaplan's Furniture and spent much...
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Margaret (nee Sarnovsky) Sansone

January 6, 1924 - November 14, 2018

Margaret Sansone (nee Sarnovsky) peacefully entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Brethren Care Village of Ashland, Ohio. Margaret was born on January 6, 1924 to Joseph and Theresa Sarnovsky in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. Margaret resided in Elyria continuously from the time her family moved to Elyria in 1925 until 2015. Margaret worked at the Ridge Tool Company for 23...
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William S Erickson

November 11, 1936 - November 6, 2018

William S. Erickson passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at his home early Tuesday morning, November 6. He was born and raised in Elyria and would have been 82 on Veteran's Day. William was a 1954 graduate of Elyria High School and later graduated from Bowling Green State University where he was a member of ROTC and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He went on to serve in the Army Artillery as a...
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Christopher "Chris" Moon

February 7, 1983 - November 2, 2018

Graduated from Lorain County Joint Vocation School, Class of 2001. A welder, machinist for most of his working career. Enjoyed golfing, sports fan, loved animals, and music. Loved working with his hands and was a handyman who could fix anything. Survived by his mother, Karen J. Moon; brother, Chad Moon (Polly); aunts Abby "Gail" O'Keefe, Sharon Sears & Cindy Moon-Pinnick; nephew Deven; many...
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Lee R. Kimble, Sr.

May 28, 1956 - October 13, 2018

Lee R. Kimble, Sr., 62, of Elyria passed away Saturday, October 13, 2018. He was born May 28, 1956 in Elyria. Lee drove for Gregory Trucking for over 20 years. He was passionate about cars, trucks, and Harleys. He loved to make others smile and always put family first. Mr. Kimble is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sharon (nee Shumway); children Tim Shumway (Heather), Dawn Humm (Dan), Lee...
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Todd Barbee

May 4, 1963 - October 12, 2018

Todd Barbee of Lorain OH, 55, was born in Elyria, OH at Elyria Memorial Hospital and attended Elyria West High School. He was employed as an Auto Mechanic with American Auto Sales and a number of other local garages throughout his working career. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing and working on cars. Left to cherish his memory, from Elyria, Mother, Christine Barbee, Father, James C....
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Ruby Mae Sanders

March 30, 1927 - October 11, 2018

Ruby Mae Sanders (nee Hale), 91, of Elyria, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Symphony at Olmsted Falls, surrounded by her family. She was born March 30, 1927 in Crossville, TN. She had resided in Elyria since 1950. Ruby was a devoted member of Abundant Life Christian Center of Elyria. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, and baking. She was renowned for her banana nut bread! ...
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Jack Brotherton

February 9, 1937 - October 4, 2018

Jack Brotherton, age 81. Husband of Janis; father of Tim Brotherton and Deborah Hodge; step father of Kim Braig and Steve Skapura; brother of Carol McAtee; grandfather of 7; and great grandfather of many. He was preceded in death by his parents Henry and Bertha; his brother Lee; his son Robbie; and his grandson Michael Braig. Funeral Service will be held 11 AM Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 at...
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Zachary K. Mason, Sr.

November 14, 1997 - October 1, 2018

Zachary Mason, Sr., age 20, was unexpectedly called to eternal rest Monday, October 1st, 2018. He attended Elyria High School and Grand County High where he excelled in football while making lots of friends and became a person that everyone loved. Zach was loved by many friends and family as he bloomed into the young man he became. As a competitive person he loved to play video games and...
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Francis "Pauline" Drake

June 29, 1924 - September 20, 2018

Retired after many years as a machinist at Moen (Standadyne, Elyria). Member of bowling leagues at Brunswick Lanes & Rebman's. She enjoyed being a homemaker, a gardener, canning food, a quilter, camping, & fishing. Survived by her daughter Susie Dunfee; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; many nieces & nephew. Preceded in death by her husband Fritz Drake; daughter...
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Thomas W. Johnson

September 11, 1941 - September 14, 2018

Dr. Thomas W. Johnson, 77, a lifelong resident of Elyria passed away Friday, September 14, 2018 at Mercy New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain following a very brief illness. He was born September 11, 1941 in Elyria. Thomas graduated from Howe Military School in Indiana, Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, and the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois. He was a Doctor of...
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Darnell Spraggins, Sr.

June 30, 1945 - September 11, 2018

Darnell Spraggins, Sr., 73, of Elyria passed away at his home unexpectedly of natural causes Tuesday, September 11, 2018. He was born June 30, 1945 in Huntsville, Alabama. He moved to Lorain with his family in 1946. Darnell attended Clearview High School, Class of 1963. He served his country in the United States Army for 24 years. He was stationed in various places such as Korea, Germany,...
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James F. Shebek

August 15, 1930 - September 9, 2018

Elyria High School,1947. US Army Korean Conflict, stationed in Germany. Employed at Gen Industry, Monumental Ins, & self-employed in construction. 50+ yrs Mason with Elyria Masons (formerly Frank S. Harmon Lodge), member of Community of Faith Church & Cleveland Yacht Club. Enjoyed reading, History & WWII & supported his grandson Dustin during sporting events. Survived by daughters Deborah L....
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Jay "OJ" Gunter

December 22, 1941 - September 5, 2018

Truck driver/dump driver for Jimmy's Trucking & Nelson Trucking. Member of Midway Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, Blue Grass music, & loved western shows. Survived by his wife, Jean; children Sue DeMarco (Danny), Reannie Baker, & Stonewall Brown; grandchildren Brian & Joe McAvoy; great-grandchildren Karlee, Cheyenne, Joey McAvoy; sister Shirley Collette. Preceded in death by his daughter...
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Ronald "Ron" Shaw

October 23, 1952 - September 4, 2018

Ronald "Ron" Shaw, 65, of Lorain passed away at his home Tuesday, September 4, 2018. He was born October 23, 1952 in Lorain. Ron graduated from Clearview High School, Class of 1971. He was employed with First Energy (formerly Ohio Edison) in Lorain for 40 years in the Substation Maintenance Department. He was a lifelong member of the Elyria Community Church of Nazarene, IBEW Local #1194 of...
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Anna Louise Loftin

August 11, 1940 - August 29, 2018

Anna Louise Loftin passed away peacefully at home on August 29, 2018, following a brave fight against cancer. Anna was born on August 10, 1941 or August 11, 1940 in Belle, West Virginia. She loved telling the story of two different birth dates being recorded because she was born at home. Anna spent her childhood years between West Virginia and Ohio growing up in a family of eight children. ...
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Elden J. Lattea

October 2, 1960 - August 25, 2018

Elden J. Lattea, 57, of Elyria since 1987, passed away suddenly of natural causes at his home Saturday, August 25, 2018. He was born October 2, 1960 in Weston, West Virginia. Elden was a graduate of Lewis County High School in Weston, West Virginia, Class of 1978. He was the owner of Tuffy Tire and Auto Center in Elyria and was head of the Board for the Franchise Advisory Counsel for Tuffy -...
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Arthur L. Brown, Jr.

June 8, 1953 - August 18, 2018

Arthur L. Brown, Jr., 65, of Elyria, Ohio, passed on Saturday, August 18, 2018 after a long illness. Art was born in Elyria, Ohio and lived his entire life there, graduating from Midview High School in 1972. He was a lifetime member of Abundant Life Church (formerly Grace Apostolic), and the church was founded in his parent's home in 1953 when he was only six months old. He was an active...
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Patricia (nee Prososki) Hetsler

August 9, 1938 - August 8, 2018

Patricia Hetsler (nee Prososki) passed away peacefully one day before her 80th birthday. Pat had been bravely fighting leukemia for eight months which caused her unexpected death on a family vacation in Florida. She was surrounded by her family as heaven welcomed her home. Pat was born on August 9, 1938 in Lorain, Ohio to Anthony "Andy" and Elizabeth "Bess" Prososki. She grew up in North...
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Timothy McCullough

May 20, 1957 - August 5, 2018

Timothy McCullough, 61, of Elyria went home to be with his Lord Sunday, August 5, 2018 at UH Cleveland Medical Center from complications of a motorcycle accident. He was born May 20, 1957 in Elyria. Tim was a graduate of Washington High School, Class of 1975 in Massillon. For the past three years, he was employed at Poly One in Avon Lake. He was previously employed at TechniFab in Avon for...
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Helen (nee Molnar) Zych

January 4, 1928 - August 3, 2018

Helen M. Zych (nee Molnar), a lifelong resident of Lorain, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2018 at The Wesleyan Village in Elyria following a lengthy illness. She was born on January 4,1928. Mrs. Zych graduated from Lorain High School and attended St. Peter Church. She enjoyed being a homemaker and a mother, and was proud of her Hungarian culture. Helen was also a talented artist and the...
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Richard H. Parks, Jr.

September 16, 1941 - July 27, 2018

Reverend Richard H. Parks, Jr., 76, died following a brief illness at Ames Hospice of the Western Reserve on Friday, July 27, 2018. He was born September 16, 1941. He spent most of his young life in McKeesport, PA. He attended The Fessenden School 5th-8th grade, Valley Forge Military Academy for high school and graduated from Penn State University, State College, PA. Dick worked in Home...
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Robert L. Lindquist

August 10, 1922 - July 27, 2018

Robert L. Lindquist, age 95, of Elyria, passed away Friday, July 27, 2018. He was born on August 10, 1922 in Chariton, IA. Robert served in the US Navy as a First Class Radioman during World War II. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1952. He served as President of the Elyria High School Band Parents, and was active in the First United Methodist Church of...
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Nina (nee Skidmore) Hebble

November 8, 1942 - July 22, 2018

Graduated from Normantown High School & Lorain Business College. Employed in payroll for the Federal Government Defense Finance & Lockheed Martin in Cleveland with more than 20 years of service. She was a sports fan, enjoyed golfing, bowling, & NASCAR. Survived by her daughter Pam Haid & son Craig Hebble; grandchildren Christopher, Shanna, Karl, & great-granddaughter Elaina; siblings Glen ...
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Dail J Higginbotham

June 7, 1933 - July 1, 2018

Served in the US Navy 1951-1954 during Korean Conflict. Employed at Lorain Ford Motor Co for 33 yrs, Fairfield Motel Avon 1989-2010, & school crossing guard in Elyria. A member of Lorain Baptist Church, VFW Post #1079, Elyria Eagles Club, & AmVets. Enjoyed gardening, wood work, & working on cars. Survived by his children Debra Miller (Dempsey), Dale, Marilyn Tucker (Ricky), Marlon (Donna); 9...
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Carrie (nee Strawderman) Parsons

January 18, 1954 - June 21, 2018

Carrie enjoyed supporting charities, such as St Jude Children's Hospital, going to garage sales, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Tawna Strawderman, Sonya Strawderman, Tiffany Damron (Shane) and Ashley Johns, all of Elyria; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; five brothers and sisters. She was preceded in death by her parents,...
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Laura M Pence

February 11, 1933 - June 17, 2018

Employed at Barnes Pump. Married Jim & made their home in Elyria. A loving homemaker & enjoyed nurturing & raising a large family, cooking, hosting family dinners, time spent with her grandchildren; buying & collecting antiques. Survived by her sons James (Bonnie), Michael (Rebecca), & Carl; daughters Janet (Geoff) Hanson & Amy Pence; daughter-in-law, Anne Pence; 10 grandchildren; 3 great...
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Brandon George Benton

September 19, 1994 - June 17, 2018

Brandon George Benton, 23, of Fairview Park and a former resident of Grafton passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 17, 2018. He was born September 19, 1994 in Elyria. Brandon graduated from Midview High School, Class of 2012. He loved playing hockey and working on cars. He was employed at Worthington Steel as a machine operator. Brandon is the beloved son of Scott and Sandra Benton;...
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James Larry Ryder

August 19, 1941 - June 16, 2018

James Larry Ryder, age 76, longtime resident of Elyria, passed away Saturday, June 16, 2018 following a brief illness. He was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on August 19, 1941. James served in the US Army and later became a high mill plugger for US Steel in Lorain, where he retired after more than 30 years of employment. He was a longtime member of VFW Post #1079 in Elyria and the Disabled...
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Wilda (nee Wildman) Ashcraft

April 30, 1923 - June 15, 2018

WILDA M. ASHCRAFT (nee Wildman), 95, dear wife to the late Ralph Behm and Raymond Ashcraft; loving mother to Debra Drew (Dan) and Connie (Mike); cherished grandmother to Douglas Moon, Allison Moon (Matt Smallwood), Brian and Paul. Passed away Friday, June 15, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053 or to the Wesleyan Village, 807...
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Michael D. Cathey

July 30, 1971 - June 15, 2018

Graduated from Elyria West High School, Class of 1990. Member of Brown Street Church of Christ, Akron. Hobbies were golfing & reading. Enjoyed watching Jeopardy & taking care of his sisters & niece. Survived by his step-father Perry Willis; sisters Kimberly OFlanagan (Michael) & Angela Cathey (Timothy Egnor); special friends Ray & Carolyn Carlile; father Michael O. Cathey (Barbara); niece...
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William "Ted" McWilliams

September 9, 1950 - June 9, 2018

Graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1970. Raised in the Mount Zion Baptist Church. He served his country in the US Army & was stationed in North Carolina. Employed at Bendix in Elyria & the coffee shop at UH Elyria Medical Center. He enjoyed dressing sharp & collecting watches. Survived by his sisters Elizabeth Edwards (Bill) of Amherst and Debbie Harris (Tommie) of Elyria; brothers...
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Albert D. Racz

December 30, 1936 - June 9, 2018

Albert D. Racz, 81, a lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Elmcroft Assisted Living in Amherst following a lengthy illness. He was born December 30, 1936 in Elyria. Albert graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1954. He was a United States Army veteran stationed in Utah. He was a member of the Magyar United Church of Christ in Elyria and was employed at the...
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Hazel (nee Swegard) Richardson

November 2, 1917 - June 6, 2018

Member of the Washington Ave Baptist Church; employed as a waitress for many years at Mac's Restaurant & Tudy's. Survived by her daughter Anne Louise Kowalski (Eugene) Gandee of Elyria; grandchildren Linda Gandee (Craig) Barkacs, Donna Gandee (Chris) Baker, Michael Gandee; great-grandchildren Amanda Baker (Adam) Breazzano & Celia Baker. Preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Kowalski & Roy...
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Susan (nee Blake) Carroll

July 31, 1945 - June 4, 2018

Susan Lee Carroll (nee Blake) age 72 of Grafton. Loving wife of 54 years to Terrance Lee Carroll; treasured mother of R. Scott Carroll (Norma), Jennifer Kime (Russell), Stephanie Wilson (Bill) and Michele Howard (Brent); cherished Nini of 10; Susan was proud to hear the news of the coming arrival of her first great grandchild, Baby Kime, in January 2019; dear sister of Norma Christie, Patricia...
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Mary (nee Parham) Beard

June 1, 1942 - June 4, 2018

Mary A. Beard (nee Parham), 76, a resident of Elyria since 1961 moving from New Jersey, passed away Monday, June 4, 2018 at St. John Medical Center in Westlake following a brief illness. She was born June 1, 1942 in Richmond, Virginia. Mary was employed in the Ejection Technician Department at the GM Fisher Guide Plant in Elyria for 18 years. She was a member of St. Mary Church in Elyria and...
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Jeanne M. Eppley

May 16, 1925 - June 2, 2018

Jeanne M. Eppley (nee Schroeder), age 93, lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 at O'Neill Healthcare Center in North Ridgeville. She was born in Elyria on May 16, 1925. Jeanne learned how to play the piano at an early age. She attended Elyria High School and graduated in 1943. A short time later she wed Bruce M. Eppley, to whom she was married for 35 years. A very...
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Gene Pletcher

August 14, 1936 - May 26, 2018

Gene Pletcher, age 81, of Elyria, passed away Saturday morning, May 26, 2018 at Huntington Woods in Westlake, Oh following a lengthy illness. He was born August 14, 1936 in Blue Rock, OH and moved to Elyria with his family as a young man. Gene started his career in the drywall business in 1958. In 1978, he began his own business, Pletcher Drywall in Elyria and also provided home insulation....
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Maltie Marie Deering

October 3, 1927 - May 10, 2018

Maltie Marie Deering (nee Kidd) 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at the Genesis Nursing Home in Bryan, Ohio. Maltie was born on October 3, 1927, in Millstons, KY., to Mr. and Mrs. Worley and Lizzie Kidd. She moved to New London, Oh. in May of 1950, then to Elyria, in 1973 she happily made her home there for 45 years. She has resided in Bryan with family since 2009. Maltie...
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Carolyn Maxine Lynn

March 15, 1955 - May 4, 2018

Carolyn attended the Murray Ridge School and was employed at the Elyria Occupational and Vocational Center for 40 years. She attended Grace Baptist Church and Christ the King Church. She enjoyed listening to music, watching movies, walking, dancing, visiting with friends, and arts and crafts. Carolyn is survived by her mother, Betty White of LaGrange; brother, Randy Camel; aunt, Bette...
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Daniel P. Palider

February 10, 1955 - April 27, 2018

Daniel P. Palider, 63, of Wellington, OH passed away Friday, April 27, 2018 at his home. He was born February 10, 1955 in Berea, OH. Daniel was self-employed in home renovation for the past five years. He loved politics, an avid baseball fan, and shooting sporting clay. Mr. Palider is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cindy; daughter, Lauren Garner of Streetsboro, OH and son, Scott Palider of...
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Jerry L. Coleman

February 23, 1968 - April 19, 2018

Jerry L. Coleman, age 50, of Elyria, passed away at home on April 19, 2018 following a lengthy illness. He was born on February 23, 1968 in Berea, Ohio. Jerry enjoyed hunting and spending time with his kids. He is survived by his wife, Pamela (nee Jessie), of Elyria; children Daniel, Stormi, and Brandon Coleman; parents Howard and Mary (nee Wright) Coleman; and brother, Jeff Coleman. He...
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George A Diederich

November 27, 1935 - April 12, 2018

George A. Diederich, 82, of Elyria passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018. He was born November 27, 1935 in Elyria. George served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a construction laborer and became an instructor with the Ohio Laborer's Training Center. He found enjoyment in flying as a recreational pilot, camping, and socializing with his friends. Mr. Diederich is survived...
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Ronald Leatherberry

September 22, 1951 - April 6, 2018

Ronald Gene Leatherberry, known to many as "Papa", 66 of Lorain, passed away, Friday, April 6, 2018 of complication of peritonitis after a courageous fight. Ron was born September 22, 1951 in Warren, and lived most of his life in Lorain. Ron was a 1969 graduate of Lorain High School. Following graduation he served in the United States Army in Vietnam. After the service he began what would be a...
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Michael Jay Beal

June 7, 1964 - April 3, 2018

Michael Jay Beal, age 53, of Elyria, Ohio; beloved husband of Heidi M. Beal (nee Bowser); loving father of Amanda Vandal (Joshua), Michael Beal (Jourdan), Bethany Beal (Ben), Nicholas Beal, and Jackson Beal, and grandfather of Haley, Bryanna, Dylan, Grace, Joshua, Michael "Moose," and Margarita "Purdy;" dear son of Carlyn R. Beal (nee Renkel), and the late Jack Beal; cherished brother of Shelley...
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Janet (nee Geierman) Powell

July 14, 1939 - April 2, 2018

Graduated from North Ridgeville High School, Class of 1957. Keystone School bus driver for 25 yrs & was well liked by students & faculty. Enjoyed shopping, women's golf on TV, planting & caring for her flowers, bowling when she was younger, & her grandchildren. Survived by her husband of 57 yrs, Roger; son Roger (Marilyn); daughter Jennifer L. Burwell (Steve); grandchildren Bryan & Brooke Trego;...
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Dolores C Kenney

November 22, 1943 - April 1, 2018

Dolores C. Kenney, 74, of Elyria, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2018, following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born in New Jersey on November 22, 1943. Dolores worked in the home health care industry for the last five years. Even though she was battling her own illness, she chose to help those in need. Prior to that, she worked for Elyria Savings and Trust bank for over 20 years,...
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Robert G Pullin

January 30, 1956 - March 9, 2018

Robert G. Pullin, age 62, of Elyria, passed away Friday, March 9, 2018 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. He was born in Cleveland on January 30, 1956. Robert resided in Georgia for some time before relocating to Elyria in 2010. He attended Max Hayes Vocational in Cleveland and worked at NN, Inc. (formerly Whirlaway Corporation) in Wellington. A jack of all trades, he enjoyed...
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Joan Stash

October 5, 1945 - March 5, 2018

Joan R. Stash (nee Eckert) 72, of Elyria passed away on March 5, 2018 from a short illness at her home surrounded by her family. Joan was born October 5, 1945 in Cleveland, OH to Paul and Betty (nee Walters) Eckert. She is a proud graduate of West Tech High School in Cleveland class of 1963. Joan retired from the Elyria Police Department in 2000 as a school crossing guard with over 20 years of...
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Rosemary Winterfield-Carroll

April 15, 1938 - March 4, 2018

Rosemary A. Winterfield Carroll, 79, of Pittsfield Township and formerly of North Ridgeville, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Sunday, March 4, 2018 after a long illness. She was under the outstanding care of Mercy New Life Hospice. She was born April 15, 1938 and lived most of her life in North Ridgeville. Rosemary owned and operated Ravenwood Antique Shop at her home...
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Cedric Jordan, Sr.

April 10, 1958 - February 27, 2018

Cedric G. Jordan, Sr., "Ted", 59, a lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at U.H. Elyria Medical Center after a short illness. He was born April 10, 1958 to parents Clyde "Gene" and Donna (nee Draper) Jordan. Ted attended Elyria High School and later received his GED in 1985. He was a tow motor operator for General Motors, Parma plant for 30 years, retiring in 2008....
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Christina Joy Oldfield

January 9, 1967 - February 24, 2018

Christina was an Elyria High graduate and a former Sam's Club employee. She enjoyed shopping, playing the Lottery, playing cards, and spending time with her family. Ms Oldfield is survived by her mother Melva Oldfield; life partner Richard Ford; daughters Sara and Susan Ford; loving grandkids Deramus, Donavin, and Baby Girl; favorite niece Carmen. She was preceded in death by her maternal and...
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Scheryl (nee Leiby) Osbourne

December 22, 1945 - February 20, 2018

Scheryl Lee Osbourne (nee Leiby), age 72 of Elyria and formerly of Homerville, passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at New Life Hospice in Lorain. She was born December 22, 1945 in Oberlin. Scheryl was a stay at home Mom with her five children. She loved animals, reading, puzzles, shopping, and cooking. She was the beloved wife of the late Eston L. Osbourne and devoted mother of Sherry...
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Moshe Baroz

June 22, 1941 - February 7, 2018

Moshe Baroz was born in Tel Aviv, Israel where he spent the first 40 years of his life. There he served in the Israel Defense Forces and cared for his siblings, mother, father, and their family store. He then moved to the United States where he started a family of his own. He was very much in touch with his Orthodox Jewish religion. He was a professional painter and owner of his own...
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James Edward Demchak

October 28, 1955 - February 3, 2018

James Edward Demchak, 62, of Elyria went home to be with the Lord Saturday, February 3, 2018 at UH Elyria Medical Center of natural causes. He was born October 28, 1955 in Cleveland. James was a graduate of North Ridgeville High School, Class of 1974. He was the owner/operator of Power and Praise Landscaping Services in Westlake, Bay Village, and Rocky River for 30 years. He was a member of...
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James A Kistler

October 12, 1936 - January 28, 2018

James A. Kistler, 81, of Elyria went home to be with his Lord Sunday, January 28, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born October 12, 1936 in Cleveland. James was a graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 1954 and received his BA from Ohio Northern University in 1958. He was employed for 30 years at National City Bank in Cleveland, retiring in 1995 as the Vice President of...
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Lois (nee Crowell) Elliott

August 14, 1938 - January 25, 2018

Lois Ann Elliott (nee Crowell), age 79, of Lakewood and formerly of Elyria, passed away Thursday, January 25, 2018 following a brief illness. She was born on August 14, 1938 in Elyria, Ohio. Lois grew up on a farm in North Eaton. She enjoyed caring for animals and everything about farm life. Lois was a member of the first graduating class of Midview High School in 1956. She enjoyed...
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