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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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Robert "Bob" Huffman

May 8, 1929 - January 13, 2018

Robert W. "Bob" Huffman, 88, of North Ridgeville passed away Saturday, January 13, 2018 at O'Neill Healthcare in North Ridgeville following a lengthy illness. He was born May 8, 1929 in Ashtabula, Ohio. Bob served his country in the United States Army 1951-53 during the Korean Conflict serving in Japan. He was the owner/operator and a truck driver for 45 years, retiring in 1995. He previously...
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Mary Teggart

December 17, 1953 - January 4, 2018

Mary Teggart, 64, of Elyria passed away January 4, 2018 at Mercy New Life Hospice, Lorain following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. She was born December 17, 1953 in Berea, Ohio. Mary was the Manager of Food Services at Elyria Memorial Hospital and she loved her employees. She was very outgoing, loved her family, and touched many lives. Mary would go out of her way to help others. She...
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Joseph William Dennis

December 21, 1925 - January 1, 2018

Joseph William Dennis, 92, passed away at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky on Monday, January 1, 2018. He was born December 21, 1925 in Fairchance, PA. Joseph served his country in the United States Army, World War II veteran serving under General Patton in France. He was passionate about classic cars, antiques, and comics. Mr. Dennis is the cherished brother of Betty Weigl, dear brother...
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John R. Klein

August 14, 1936 - December 30, 2017

John R. Klein, 81, of Elyria passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at UH Elyria Medical Center following a short illness. He was born August 14, 1936 in Cleveland, OH. John grew up in South Amherst and then moved to Elyria. He attended South Amherst Schools and Grand River Academy. John served in the United States Navy 1954-60. He was employed at Alltel, formerly Elyria Telephone Company,...
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Kayden DeKobe Williams

December 7, 2000 - December 27, 2017

Kayden DeKobe Williams, age 17, of Elyria, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 27 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Westlake, Ohio on December 7, 2000. Kayden was a junior at Keystone High School in Lagrange. A standout player on the school's football team, his talent earned him a spot on the First Team All-Conference and First Team All-County. He...
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Tommy Edward Lovejoy

August 16, 1963 - December 26, 2017

Tommy Edward Lovejoy, 54, of Elyria passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at New Life Hospice Residential Center of Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born August 16, 1963 in Cleveland. Tommy attended East Tech High School, Class of 1982 and was employed for 14 years as a Senior Block Cook at 3/M of Lowell. He was a member of the Chemical Worker's Union of Lorain County. He enjoyed...
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Frank Edward Harris

November 22, 1954 - December 24, 2017

Graduated from Elyria High School, 1974;raised in the Second Baptist Church, Elyria; served in the US Army. Employed as a cook at area restuarants, & GM Fisher Guide Plant. A sports fanatic, fun to be with, enjoyed dancing & dressing up for the occasion. Survived by his siblings Johnnie F. Glynn (Tracy), Betty Bugg, Tommie Harris Jr. (Debbie), Mike A. Harris (Lisa); many grandchildren, nieces, &...
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Frederick A. Smith

August 22, 1930 - December 23, 2017

Frederick A. Smith, 87, of Elyria passed away Saturday, December 23, 2017 at St. John Medical Center in Westlake following a short illness. He was born August 22, 1930 in Elyria. Frederick loved his country, his community, and his family. He served his country in the United States Army and fought in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, serving in Panama, Korea, Germany, and Vietnam. While serving...
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Marian (nee Osborne) Prebis

February 15, 1929 - December 19, 2017

Marian M. Prebis (nee Osborne), passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017. She was born in Youngstown, Ohio. She and her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio when she was a year old. She attended the Cleveland schools. When she was seven years old, her mother remarried the wonderful man who raised her, Clayton D. Leonhart. The family then moved to Lakewood, Ohio and she graduated from Lakewood High...
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Ronald "Doug" Skeens

February 26, 1934 - December 6, 2017

Ronald "Doug" Skeens, 83, of Westlake and formerly of Cleveland went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at St. John Medical Center. He was born February 26, 1934 in West Logan, WV. Doug was a veteran of the United States Navy. He retired from Republic Steel. He was a member of Cooley Avenue Church of God and enjoyed sports, especially softball, fishing, and auto body work on...
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Betty (nee Hatt) McCully

November 12, 1925 - November 17, 2017

Betty Jean (Hatt) McCully, 92, resident of Wesleyan Village of Elyria, died Friday at Cleveland Metro Health Center surrounded by her family. Born in Owosso, MI on November 12, 1925, she is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Arlo A. McCully, an infant daughter Sandra Jean McCully, two grandchildren, her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by 6 children: Judith...
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Vera (nee Petroff) Beard

December 24, 1927 - November 17, 2017

Vera H. Beard (nee Petroff), age 89, of Elyria, passed away peacefully at Ames Family Hospice House on Friday, November 17, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Vera was born in Lorain on December 24, 1927 and moved to Elyria in 1946, where she resided until 2017. Mrs. Beard was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Elyria. She was also a member of the Loyal Order of Moose,...
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Catherine (nee Llewellyn) Broman

February 3, 1915 - November 15, 2017

Catherine Broman (nee Llewellyn), 102, of Elyria and formerly of Port Vue, PA passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, November 15, 2017. She was born February 3, 1915 in McKeesport, PA. Catherine was a faithful member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Elyria for 47 years. At one time she served as assistant organist and choir accompanist, sang in the choir, and served on several committees. ...
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Ruby (nee Hull) Decker

July 16, 1922 - October 17, 2017

Ruby Sunshine (nee Hull) Decker was accepted into her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ's arms on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 on the 20th anniversary of her son's death. She was born on July 16, 1922 in Alva, Oklahoma to Walter Vernon and Myrtle (Blunk) Hull. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Charles W. Decker in 2004; her beloved son, Douglas W. Decker in 1997; her dear...
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Robert "Bob" Sheldon

May 10, 1930 - October 3, 2017

Bob was 87. Graduate of Wellington HS. Staff Sergeant in Air Force during Korean War & retired from NASA after 32 yrs. Taught Apprentice Classes in drafting & safety. AMA certified instructor in CPR. Member of Grace Lutheran Church, Elyria; church bowling team, seniors bowling team, & NASA golf league. Enjoyed travel, cruises, & family. Survived by his wife of 62 years Jean (nee Hecock);...
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Irene Lawrence

July 4, 1928 - September 25, 2017

Irene Lawrence (nee Pappas), 89, of Elyria, passed away in her sleep on Monday, September 25, 2017, of natural causes. She was born in Adena, OH on July 4, 1928. She moved to Elyria in 1960 and worked in the laundry department at Elyria Memorial Hospital. There, Irene met her future husband of 50 years, James (Jim) G. Lawrence. Years later, she worked as a cashier, manager and book keeper for...
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Rick J. Rainey

October 7, 1961 - September 7, 2017

Rick J. Rainey, age 55, of Elyria, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 due to injuries sustained in an accident. He was born on October 7, 1961 in Elyria. Rick attended Elyria High School, and he enjoyed riding ATV's, cooking, working on vehicles, and attending family functions. He was a master carpenter and all around handyman, able to skillfully fix virtually anything in need of repair...
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Rhoda (nee Hendricks) Bordeaux

June 6, 1948 - September 1, 2017

Rhoda F. Bordeaux (nee Hendricks), 69, of Saginaw, MI and formerly of Elyria passed away at home on Friday, September 1, 2017. She was born June 6, 1948 in Elyria. Rhoda was an artist and enjoyed painting, stained glass, and cooking. She loved animals, especially horses and dogs and time spent with her family. Mrs. Bordeaux is survived by her sons Daniel Snyder (Minnie) of Harker Heights,...
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Diann (nee Henderson) Grimes

June 21, 1955 - August 30, 2017

Diann Lynn Grimes (nee Henderson), 62, of LaGrange and formerly of Elyria died at home on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 surrounded by her family after a hard-fought short illness. She was born June 21, 1955 in Lorain. Diann graduated from Elyria High School. She was employed for many years as a dispatcher for Comcast (formerly Continental Cablevision and Media One), a school librarian in Elyria...
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Vicki L Hill

May 25, 1959 - August 28, 2017

Vicki L. Hill, 58, of Elyria passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 28, 2017. She was born May 25, 1959 in Oberlin, Ohio. Vicki graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1977 and was a member of the marching band. She was employed with Comprehensive Logistics as a Materials Technician with many years of service. As a youth, she was raised in Second Baptist Church, where she attended Sunday...
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Bobbie "Bob" True

October 18, 1939 - August 18, 2017

Bob True, 77, of Washington Court House, OH, formerly of Elyria. It is with great sadness that the family of Bobbie E. True announces his passing on August 18, 2017. He will be forever remembered by his wife of 55 years, Deanna & his children Teresa (Dennis) Murphy, Tina (Fred) Tolson, Terry (Jennifer) True & Tonya (Bob) Wilson. He will be lovingly remembered by his 9 grandchildren, 10 great...
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Joseph David Eisenberg

October 29, 1928 - August 13, 2017

Joseph David Eisenberg, 88, died at O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and the only child of Harry and Ester (nee Slovan) Eisenberg. He is survived by three daughters Zeva Caneli (Michael) of Pittsburgh, PA, Alisa Gattin (David) of Oldsmar, FL, and Leora Barnell-Weber (Rebecca) of Oakland, CA; grandchildren Shoshana, Zachary, Elijah,...
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Devon Tousel

January 5, 1996 - August 10, 2017

Devon Tousel, 21, of Grafton passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Jackson, TN. He was born January 5, 1996 in Elyria. Devon was a graduate of Midview High School, Class of 2014. He worked at Dewey Furniture and Green Circle Growers. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, outdoors, car racing, dirt bikes and his dog Sparky. He is survived by his mother Amy Cather (Donnie) of Grafton;...
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Judith (nee Krugman) Wallhead

December 20, 1939 - August 5, 2017

Graduate of Elyria High School, Class of 1957. Worked at Wilmot Printing, B.J.'s Coffee Shop in Elyria, & Discount Drug Mart in Oberlin. Served our community & met many people through her jobs. Member of the First United Methodist Church in Elyria where she & her husband were married in 1958 & VFW Post #1079 Ladies Auxiliary. Her pastimes were crafts & crocheting. Survived by her husband...
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Zandra "Gug" Gut

May 21, 2014 - August 1, 2017

Zandra attended Henrietta United Methodist Church with her Memaw. A very smart, independent little girl who loved learning, playing dress up, & playing doctor. She loved giving her family "check-ups". Survived by her mother Maggie Blair, father Nicholas R. Gut; sister Brianna Whitmore; paternal grandparents Jack & Rebecca Gute; maternal grandparents Curtis & Robin Zimberlin (Whitmore);...
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Darl Hendricks

March 25, 1923 - July 24, 2017

Graduated from Spencer High School, Class of 1940. He served his country in the US Navy. Employed at GM Fisher Guide Plant, retiring in 1985 after 22 yrs of service. Member of Washington Ave UCC in Elyria, UAW Local of Elyria, & Lor Co Steer Club. Enjoyed the 70 acre family farm in Pittsfield & gardening. Survived by his wife Doris "Dorie"; daughter Sharon (Mark) Emery; sons Timothy (Lorna),...
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Richard D. Hill, Sr.

April 26, 1932 - July 19, 2017

Richard D. Hill, Sr., 85, of Elyria passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 following a lengthy illness. He was born April 26, 1932 in North Baltimore, Ohio. Before graduating from Findlay High School in 1950, "Dick" Hill was named to the football First Team All-Ohio as a running back. Richard is a U.S. Army veteran, serving our country from 1952-54. He was a Master Sergeant during the Korean...
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Vivian R. Kalo

June 22, 1924 - July 16, 2017

Vivian R. Kalo, 93, of Elyria passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at her residence under the care of New Life Hospice. She was born June 22, 1924 in Elyria. Vivian was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved anything family. She was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. Mrs. Kalo is survived by her children Joseph A. (Judy, deceased) and Daniel (Judy) of Elyria, Laura ...
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Jackie Lee "Porky" Summers

January 30, 1946 - July 16, 2017

Jackie Lee "Porky" Summers, 71, of Lorain, formerly of Elyria, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Lorain, following a long illness. Jackie was born on January 30, 1946 in Parkersburg, WV, and graduated from Calhoun County High School in Calhoun, WV. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and served in Vietnam from 1965-1966. Jackie worked at the Bar Mill, U.S. Steel, Kobe,...
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Joanne (nee Anney) Langford

March 21, 1942 - July 14, 2017

Joanne M. Langford (nee Anney), age 75, of Elyria, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017. She was born March 21, 1942 in Oberlin, Ohio. Joanne enjoyed playing Bingo, gambling at casinos, crocheting, listening to music, and spending time with her family. She is survived by companion Roy King; children Ronda Cushing of Sheffield Lake, Christy Rogaski of Elyria, Dianna (Michael) Mitchell of Lorain,...
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Robert W. Stewart, Sr.

December 17, 1923 - July 13, 2017

Navy Seal/ WWII, Bronze Star medal. Dairy farmer, received many awards for herd production. Served on LaGrange Board of Public Affairs & Farmers Co-Op. Enjoyed gardening & his family. Survived by his wife of 69 years, Donna (nee Nichols); daughter Nancy Seabold; sons Robert Jr., Barry (Tina), Tim (Patty), and Thomas (Sue) of Florida; grandchildren Todd, Tracy, Kristi, Joshua, Jason, Jared, Chad,...
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Bettie (nee Coats) Hill

February 27, 1945 - July 7, 2017

Bettie J. (Coats) Hill, 72, went home to be with the Lord on Friday July 7, 2017. Her loving husband, Leonard C. Hill Jr. was by her side. Mrs. Hill was born February 27, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama and moved to Elyria, Ohio in 1963 to attend Kent State University. Mrs. Hill accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at a young age, and became a member of Eastern Star Baptist Church in Demopolis, AL. ...
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Louise (nee Kimmich) Reinhardt

January 8, 1920 - June 23, 2017

Graduated from Schenley High School in Pittsburgh, Class of 1938; attended Business College. Member of the First Congregational Church of Elyria for 50 years, VFW Post 1079 Auxiliary, Supreme Cauldron of Daughters of Mokanna, and Mother's Club of DeMolay. She also enjoyed casino gambling in Las Vegas and playing bingo at Life Care. Survived by her son Robert J. Reinhardt of Elyria. Preceded...
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Ernest B. Thomas

June 4, 1941 - May 25, 2017

Ernest B. (Thomasko) Thomas, 75, of Grafton and formerly of Medina, passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Ames Hospice House in Westlake following a lengthy illness. He was born June 4, 1941 in Elyria and was raised in Grafton. Ernest was known as "Ernie", "Junior", and "Tom". He was a graduate of LaGrange High School, Class of 1959. He proudly served his country in the United States Air...
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Floyd Larkins

September 11, 1935 - May 24, 2017

Floyd Larkins, 81, of Elyria, OH; beloved father, companion, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away on May 24, 2017. His remarkable life included military service in both the Navy and the Army, Union Representative, and community activist and organizer. Floyd graduated from Elyria High School, Class of 1953. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted into the Naval...
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Wilma (nee Jordan) Barkley

March 24, 1932 - May 24, 2017

Resident of Elyria and formerly of Winterhaven, FL.She was born in Huntsville, WV. Wilma enjoyed traveling, going to flea markets, listening to country music, and spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Barkley is survived by her brother Robert Jordan (Margaret) of Elyria; 4 nieces, 2 nephews, 10 great-nieces, 7 great-nephews and 1 great-great-niece; aunt Iantha Miller of Terra Alta, WV. ...
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Marjorie Ellen Waldorf Squire

April 20, 1941 - May 22, 2017

Marjorie Ellen Waldorf Squire, 76, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017 following an extended illness. She was born on April 20, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan. Marj graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Des Moines, Iowa in 1959 and studied at Drake University. She married Warren Earl Squire on August 4, 1962. Marj and Warren enjoyed living in Salzburg, Austria for a year before settling in Elyria, Ohio...
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Jack Coates, Sr.

November 27, 1927 - May 8, 2017

Jack Coates, Sr., 89, of Elyria passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at New Life Hospice Center, Lorain following a lengthy illness. He was born November 27, 1927 in Shawnee, Ohio. Jack graduated from Shawnee High School, Class of 1945, where he was a star basketball player. In 1950, Jack was the founder of Coates Bros. Roofing of Elyria and retired in 1990. He was a member of the Elyria Masonic...
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Charlotte (nee LeMaster) Vincent

July 12, 1942 - April 24, 2017

Charlotte L. Vincent (nee LeMaster), 74, of Ohio and formerly of Largo, FL, passed peacefully Monday, April 24, 2017 surrounded by her family following a four month illness. She was born July 12, 1942 in Lorain, Ohio. Charlotte attended Elyria High School and was raised in the Elyria Community Church of the Nazarene. She was a homemaker and was employed for many years as a waitress at D&N...
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Vlasta "Val" Fugitt

December 23, 1919 - April 18, 2017

Farmer & homemaker on family 136 acre dairy farm. Attended Elyria High School & Huntington United Church. Val & her husband wintered in Florida & loved to travel. Loved adventure, went parasailing and whitewater rafting in her 80s. Survived by her son Richard "Dick" Fugitt (Mary); daughters Millie "Jeanie" Legg (Ben), Patricia "Peg" Birchfield (Don); grandchildren Gary (Debbie), Wayne, Brian ...
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Robbie "Granny" King

June 10, 1936 - April 18, 2017

Raised in the Baptist Faith & raised her children for the Lord. Enjoyed bingo, growing plants & flowers, time with her children & grandchildren. All the kids in the neighborhood knew her as granny; everyone knew & loved her. Survived by her children Patricia (Randy) Lenmeyer-Panter, Carolyn (Wayne) Lilly, Willie (Nina) King, Bobby (Anita) King, Charlie King, Sheila (Rick) McCartney; many...
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James Carl "Jim" Murray

July 19, 1957 - April 15, 2017

James "Jim" Carl Murray, 59, of Elyria passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 at his home. He was born July 19, 1957 in Elyria. Jim retired from working construction. He was an avid sports fan … he loved the Indians, Browns, and OSU. He also loved to fish and his family. He is survived by his companion Debbie Merryman; children Jennifer Murray, Nick Murray, Kerry Putnam, Patricia Putnam,...
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Roger James Cahl

April 22, 1957 - April 14, 2017

Served in the US Marine Corp from 1976-1979. Lance Corporal in the Special Forces Recon Unit. Earned the Rifle Expert award, Silver Jump Wings award and the Good Conduct Medal. He enjoyed serving his community by volunteering at the Elyria Salvation Army. Survived by his children, Michael James Cahl of California; Melissa Rose Cahl of Boston, and Michael Kevin Cahl of Elyria; sister, Debra Cahl...
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Kim (nee Miller) Pallardy

October 8, 1962 - April 13, 2017

Kim Renee Pallardy (nee Miller), 54, of Elyria passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 following a lengthy battle with various illnesses. She was born October 8, 1962 in Cleveland. Kim was a waitress at various restaurants and a secretary at Elyria Memorial Hospital for several years. She enjoyed bingo, casinos, crocheting, and loved her grandkids. Kim is survived by her daughter Jena Pallardy ...
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Jeannette (nee Pack) Peggs

August 2, 1926 - April 10, 2017

Jeannette had a passion for her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid reader and family librarian. She is well loved and will be deeply missed. She leaves behind her daughters Cheryl Davis, Barbara Bohoric, Debra McIntosh; 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Dale Peggs, children...
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Dennis J. Rand

August 29, 1953 - April 1, 2017

Dennis J. Rand, 63, died peacefully at his residence, April 1, 2017. Dennis was well known and respected throughout the Delaware and Pennsylvania region for his outstanding, decades-long career in new home sales and management. He was born in Chester, PA and lived in San Diego for a short time as a teen with his parents while attending San Diego State University. While there, he started his...
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Charles "Gene" E. Reed

April 11, 1938 - April 1, 2017

Charles E. Reed, 78, of Wellington, passed away peacefully at his home following a lengthy illness on Saturday, April 1, 2017. He was born to Grant and Flora (nee Stump) Reed on April 11, 1938 in Lorain, OH. He spent most of his childhood in Lorain County with the exception of a couple of his younger years in West Virginia. Charles, or Gene as his family called him, proudly served in the...
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Elizabeth (nee Atwell) Knopsnyder

August 7, 1941 - March 28, 2017

Elizabeth was born in Welch, West Virginia. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking, shopping and cosmetology. Mrs. Knopsnyder is survived by her sons Daniel (Heather) of PA, Randall (Holly) of PA, Shawn (Shawna) of PA; daughter Stephanie of Ohio; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; step-daughters Roxanne Eppler and Connie F. Kazer. She was preceded in death by her three brothers,...
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Joan (nee Ogilvy) Jones

June 3, 1922 - March 10, 2017

Joan Ogilvy Jones. 94, passed away peacefully at Wesleyan Village on Friday, March 10, 2017. She was born in Akron on June 3, 1922, the only child of the late Gerald and Claire (nee Webster) Ogilvy. A bright student and a beauty queen multiple times over, she excelled in her studies and graduated early from Cuyahoga Falls High School. She attended Mount Union University where she was an Alpha...
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John Walter Fickling

September 24, 1953 - March 9, 2017

John Walter Fickling, 63, of Elyria passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 at his residence. He was born September 24, 1953 to James and Muriel Fickling of Detroit, Michigan. John graduated from Cooliy High School and a few years later joined the United States Marines. After his discharge, he married Valerie Lane and had three daughters and one son. His pastimes were watching movies and telling...
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Linda (nee Best) Mertz

October 23, 1943 - February 24, 2017

Linda Louise Mertz (nee Best), age 73, passed away Friday, February 24, 2017 at Mercy New Life Hospice in Lorain following a courageous battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Elyria, Linda was born on October 23, 1943 to the late Clair and Dorothy Best. Linda was a graduate of Elyria High School, Class of 1961, and later became a homemaker. Her biggest joy in life was spending time with...
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Lannie Bowen

June 7, 1922 - February 13, 2017

Lannie Bowen, 94, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 13, 2017 in Bowie, Maryland with family members at her side. Lannie was born in Alabama and was married to Fred Bowen (deceased), also from Alabama. They moved to Elyria, Ohio where they were blessed with five children: Cullen Bowen (deceased), Freddie Bowen (deceased), Melvin Bowen, Claudia Fae Whitley, and Drusilla Yorke. ...
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Evelyn "Evey" Becker

February 12, 1920 - February 4, 2017

Evelyn (Evey) Becker, age 96, passed away on February 4, 2017. She was the beloved wife of Harry (Hecky) Becker who predeceased her in 2013. Evey loved her family very much and had special joy spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Evey was born in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Isaac and Anna Cowan. Her siblings were Henry Cowan and Bess Ortlip. Evey...
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Corwin Oliver Burrer, Jr.

August 14, 1927 - January 28, 2017

Corwin Oliver Burrer, Jr., age 89, passed away January 28, 2017 following a lengthy illness. He was born in Elyria on August 14, 1927. Corwin graduated from Elyria High School in 1945, and served his country in the US Army from 1946-1948. He later began working as a farmer and entrepreneur, running his own farm in Elyria for many years. He quickly became a well-respected leader in the farming...
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Bruce Wayne Hose, Jr.

January 14, 1985 - January 22, 2017

Bruce Wayne Hose, Jr., age 32, died suddenly Sunday, January 22, 2017. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany January 14, 1985 and was an Elyria resident before moving to Cleveland. Bruce enjoyed skateboarding, BMX riding, music, and tattoos. He loved surrounding himself with his friends and family and making people laugh. He had many friends and will be truly missed. Bruce is survived by his...
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Betty Mae (nee Post) Redinger

July 15, 1935 - January 18, 2017

Passed away at Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. While living in Ohio, Betty was a server in the food industry for over 30 years. Enjoyed bowling, time with friends & family & family reunions. Survived by son Rick Nordin, daughters Kris Redinger & Jackie Graham; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; sister Doris Matthews; many nieces & nephews. Preceded in death by her...
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Charles "Bud" Schue

July 2, 1927 - January 18, 2017

Charles "Bud" Schue, 89, longtime resident of Elyria passed away in Chardon, OH Wednesday, January 18, 2017. He was born July 2, 1927 in North Ridgeville. Bud served his country in the United States Navy. He was a longtime employee of Elyria Memorial Hospital as Director of Plant Operations. He was a little league manager for Little League North. An avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoyed...
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Darlene Kay Taylor

April 3, 1948 - January 14, 2017

Darlene is survived by husband, John Taylor Sr. of LaGrange, Oh; children John Taylor Jr. (Lacie) of Glenville, WV,, Greg Taylor (Dee) of New London, Oh, Shari Taylor of Lorain, Oh, & Tari Hayes (Bryant) of Darien, IL; siblings Deanna Sipes (Bill) of Sullivan, Oh, Rick McCullough of LaGrange, Oh, & Mark McCullough (Debbie) of Wakeman, Oh. She was the grandmother of 15 & great-grandmother of 3....
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Barbara Ann (nee Dobbins) Tallhamer

August 2, 1940 - January 12, 2017

Barbara Ann Tallhamer (nee Dobbins), age 76, longtime resident of Grafton, went home to be with the Lord on January 12, 2017 in North Ridgeville, Ohio after a lengthy illness. She was born in Coal Run, Ohio on August 2, 1940. Barbara was a homemaker, and she loved to bake and tend to the flowers in her garden. She also attended North Eaton Church of God for many years. She is survived by her...
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Jewel "Nadine" Wilburn

January 30, 1928 - January 9, 2017

Jewel "Nadine" Wilburn (nee Tyler), 88, of Elyria went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 9, 2017 at O'Neill Healthcare Center in North Ridgeville following a lengthy illness. She was born January 30, 1928 in Julian, West Virginia. She was also a resident of Columbia Station and moved to Elyria in 1968. Nadine was a homemaker. She graduated from Scott High School in Madison, WV, Class...
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Janet L. Maze

May 13, 1937 - December 24, 2016

Janet L. Maze (nee Morris), 79 of Elyria, passed away at her daughter's home in Elyria on Saturday, December 24, 2016 following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 13, 1937 in Parkersburg, WV; she attended Grantsville High School and moved to Ohio at age 17. Janet worked at Worthington Ball in Elyria, painting golf balls, prior to marriage and becoming a homemaker. She attended Cross...
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Thomas R. Carter

September 23, 1938 - December 23, 2016

Thomas R. Carter, age 78, of Lorain, OH and formerly of Elyria, OH, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at Specialty Hospital of Lorain in Amherst, OH following a lengthy illness. He was born September 23, 1938 in Elyria, OH, and graduated from Elyria High School Class of 1957. He was employed for 38 years with Abex Foundry in Elyria, OH as a machinist and later worked for Polycase in Avon,...
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Montana Lashaun Thomas Glynn

August 29, 2012 - December 14, 2016

Montana Lashaun Thomas Glynn, age 4, passed away Wednesday, December 14 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was born in Belleville, Illinois on August 29, 2012. Montana is survived by his mother, Jonte Glynn; maternal grandparents Doretha Glynn, and Johnnie Glynn (Stephanie); paternal great-grandparents Joyce Glynn and Johnnie Glynn (Traci); uncle, Johnnie Glynn, III; great-aunts and uncles,...
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Kelby Jackson

January 2, 1988 - December 9, 2016

Kelby L. Jackson, 28 of Lorain passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday December 9, 2016. He was born January 2, 1988. Kelby previously worked in construction and attended Southview High School in Lorain. He enjoyed fishing, cleaning, time with his nieces and nephews, music and time with his family. He is survived by his parents Kevin Sr. and Leyda Jackson of Lorain; his children Aniya...
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Sidney Laskowski

May 2, 1927 - November 19, 2016

Sidney Laskowski, 89, died Saturday evening, November 19, 2016 at O'Neill's Healthcare in North Ridgeville. Sidney was born May 2, 1927 in Youngstown, Ohio, a son of the late Sidney and Mary Laskowski. He was born and raised in Youngstown, and was drafted into the National Guard at the age of 18. Serving in the military he became ill and had to be honorably discharged. Sidney enjoyed repairing...
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Sharon K. Ellis

February 26, 1956 - November 18, 2016

Sharon K. Ellis, age 60, of Elyria, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 18, 2016. She was born on February 26, 1956 in Amherst, Ohio. Sharon was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Elyria where she served as Head Usher and member of the Trustee Board, Worship Committee, and food pantry volunteer. A former Lorain Ford Motor Co. employee, she enjoyed gardening and...
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Julie A. (nee Lemmeyer) Burrer

February 4, 1978 - November 14, 2016

Julie A. Burrer (nee Lemmeyer), 38, of Elyria passed away Monday, November 14, 2016 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Elyria. 440-322-3717
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