Mary Louise Dunning

  • Born: October 8, 1937
  • Died: January 22, 2019
  • Location: Parma, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129
Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Louise (Miller) Dunning was born on October 8, 1937 to the late Lillian Miller and Carlin Miller and was raised in Old Brooklyn, Ohio. Mary passed away at age of 81 on January 22, 2019 in Cleveland. Mary, a loving mother, lifelong public servant and advocate, was a graduate of St. Luke's Hospital, Baldwin Wallace University and Cleveland Marshall College of Law.
Mary began her well accomplished career as a registered nurse. While raising four children, Mary still made time to serve her community. As a councilwoman for Ward 7 in the City of Parma, she was instrumental in establishing the Parma Senior Center. She flew to Washington DC to negotiate the free land donation for Cuyahoga Community College where the Nike Site is located. Mary was also President of Parma City Council. Mary went on to obtain a degree in psychology and a juris doctorate from Cleveland -Marshall College of Law, at age 50. After law school, Mary was an assistant prosecutor for the City of Parma. In 1995, Mary was elected to serve as a Judge for Parma Municipal Court and served two terms until her retirement in 2007. After retiring, Mary served as a visiting judge for eight years and also volunteered at Parma Hospital.
Mary had a passion for helping others and traveling the globe with friends and family. A role model to working mothers, Mary will be forever missed and her legacy of work will never be forgotten.
Mary was the loving wife of the late Allan Rossin. Beloved mother of Laura Gierowski (Gary), James (Sheilah), Mark (Carol) and Darren (Renee Guy). Loving Grandmother of Heather, Dean, Darren, Rachel, Amy, and Colin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be forwarded to Divinity Lutheran Church.

Funeral Service at Divinity Lutheran Church, 11877 Blossom Ave, Parma Heights, OH 44130, Monday January 28 at 11:00am. Interment Hope Memorial Garden, Hinckley, OH. Friends may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, OH 44129 from 1-4pm Sunday January 27 and from 10-11am Monday at the church. 440-842-7800


Condolence & Memory Journal

My heartfelt condolences to the Dunning family.

Posted by Neil Rossin - Cleveland, OH   January 29, 2019


Posted by Keith and Joanna Robinson - North Royalton, OH   January 28, 2019


Posted by Diane Friedler - Berea, OH   January 28, 2019

My sincere condolences to your family. May God give your family comfort during your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   January 28, 2019

As a homecare nurse I had the privilege of meeting and providing assistance to Mary for more than a year. What an extraordinary and accomplished woman, her motivation and determination were such an inspiration to me and will always be with me. I sincerely looked forward to my visits with her and enjoyed our post-visit discussions on everything from pierogis to Trump! She will be greatly missed.

Posted by Lisa Kadlec - Parma Heights, OH - Acquaintance   January 28, 2019

So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. John and Pam

Posted by John Valentino - Littleton, CO - Friend   January 27, 2019

Prayers for the family. My dear friend will be missed. MLD was Parma's RBG! The Notorious MLD. Thank you for your service and May you rest is peace.

Posted by Sean Brennan - Parma, OH - Friend   January 27, 2019

Our condolences on the loss of Mary Louise from her Uncle Bruce's family. We will miss her.

Posted by Carla Smith - Lancaster, OH - Family   January 27, 2019

a wonderful woman who lived a Blessed Life..Nurse,Lawyer,Judge but the greatest being, and give Mr.Rossin a Hug!..Darren you and your family are in our Prayers...

Posted by Rev.Ken Wilson - Parma, OH - Friend   January 27, 2019

My condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you now and in the days ahead. May God also grant you a measure of peace.

Posted by B    January 27, 2019

Our condolences and prayers for comfort and whatever else you need during this difficult time.

Posted by Mary and Lud Hupe - St. Cloud, FL   January 26, 2019


Mary, you were a great judge and friend. You will never be forgotten.

Posted by Barb Beltrante - Parma, OH   January 26, 2019


Our heartfelt condolences to the Dunning families and friends.

Posted by Cathy and Alan Hirt - Bath, OH - Family Friend   January 26, 2019

Sending love to all of Judge Dunning's family. She was a kind and always friendly face at Parma Court when I was a young attorney. I especially enjoyed our trip to Punta Cana with the Parma Bar Association. Thank you for all of your service and also for being such an example to mothers everywhere.

Posted by Ann Oakar - Cleveland, OH - Friend   January 25, 2019

Our condolences to Mary's family. I remember stuff we did back in the 1940s and 1950s. I'll miss our phone conversations. Rest In Peace, Cousin.

Posted by Jean Kolasky - Starr, SC - Family   January 25, 2019

Mary, will miss you so much and all the great times we had as family and friends, may you R.I.P.

Posted by Rosemary Dunning - North Royalton, OH - Family Friend   January 25, 2019

I am heartbroken. Mary was not only a dear friend but also my mentor. She was like a second mother to me and was always a phone call away whenever I needed her advice. I will miss her every day. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

Posted by Marie Bondea - Parma, OH   January 25, 2019

Our love and prayers for you all at this time... Aunt Mary was my godmother and extra special love in my heart forever, but now she is with God our Father in heaven along with His Saints and angels worshiping around His Throne

Posted by John and Sue White - Spicewood, TX - Family   January 25, 2019

So sorry to hear of the loss of my old friend Mary. Lots of good memories, of days of campaigning, of her visits to us in New Mexico. May you rest in peace old friend.

Posted by Mary Roskom - Rio Rancho, NM - Friend   January 25, 2019

My thoughts and prayers to the Dunning family and friends. Mary will be deeply missed.

Posted by Sharon Korow - North Royalton, OH - Family Friend   January 25, 2019

There are no words that one can say to ease the loss of a family member. She is overlooking all of you from Heaven. Kiss Blow, Warm Hugs - Much Love,

Posted by Bonnie Zielinski - Brook Park, OH - Friend   January 25, 2019

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