Our Obituaries

Margaret A. Gawrys

July 27, 1924 - October 24, 2014

Margaret A. Gawrys, age 90, of Madison, was surrounded by family when she passed away October 24, 2014 at her home. She was born on July 27, 1924 in Connesville, PA to John Takacs and Margaret (Champis). Margaret was a Madison resident over 60 years, having moved here from Bedford, Ohio. She had been employed by Hi-Truck, IRC Fibers (Rayon), the Foodliner and Collin's Grocery Store. Margaret...
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Charles Congos

June 1, 1938 - October 23, 2014

Charles Congos, age 76, passed away at home Thursday, October 23, 2014. He was born in Painesville on June 1, 1938 to Charles Congos and Irene (Warren). He married Carole A. Gallagher on March 26, 1960. Charles graduated from Riverside High School and after some college and many certifications, became a Nuclear Inspector. He was an amateur radio club member and enthusiast and was a man of many...
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David Eugene Church

July 23, 1958 - October 22, 2014

David Eugene Church, age 56 of Madison, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014. Born July 23, 1958 in Conneaut, he was the son of Mana (Cifelli) & Eugene Church. He married Susan Gregory on December 3, 1984 in Conneaut. David was a proud member of the NRA and he enjoyed target shooting. An avid Harley Davidson rider, he enjoyed his long trips to the east coast, Sturgis & Daytona Beach. ...
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S Ray Bevins

February 12, 1935 - October 21, 2014

S. Ray Bevins, age 79 of Perry, passed away Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Born February 12, 1935 in Kanawha, WV, he was the son of Ruby Ellen (Frazier) & Claude Lee Bevins. He married Elmadine Ford on February 9, 1957 in Angola, IN. Ray served in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a foreman for SIFCO in Cleveland, retiring in 2000. He then worked for North Perry Village. Ray was a member of Perry...
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Thomas "Irish" Barry

December 8, 1930 - October 20, 2014

Thomas "Irish" Barry age 83, of Painesville, passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on October 20, 2014. He was born December 8th, 1930 in Geneva, Ohio to Thomas and Winifred (Robinette) Barry. He and his wife, Janet (Johnson), were married for 61 years. They were high school sweethearts, best friends and classmates at Madison High School graduating in 1949. He was a devoted...
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Lawrence "Larry" Schwed

February 25, 1939 - October 14, 2014

Lawrence "Larry" Schwed, age 75 of Thompson, passed away Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Born February 25, 1939 in Cleveland, he was the son of Olga (Bucknot) & Oswald Schwed. He married Brenda J. Bellamy in Wickliffe on August 7, 1976. Larry was the Applications Engineering Manager for PMC Industries, retiring in 2004. He was a member of the last class to graduate from Willoughby Union High...
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Robert Shaw

February 13, 1930 - October 11, 2014

Robert Shaw, age 84, of Unionville, passed away on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at University Hospitals Case Western. Robert was born on February 13, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio the son of Milton and Paula (Morlock) Shaw. He graduated from Brush High School Class of 1948. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during the Korean War. Mr. Shaw was employed with Park Ohio and...
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James R. "Dick" Horst

March 14, 1923 - October 9, 2014

James R. "Dick" Horst, age 91 of Kingsville Township, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014. He was born March 14, 1923 in Ashtabula to Helen (Shamp) & Clarence Horst. Dick was a 1941 graduate of Ashtabula High School. He received a BA from The Ohio State University and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. In 1989 Dick...
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Rudolph W Kurtzhals

August 28, 1923 - October 9, 2014

Rudolph W. Kurtzhals, age 91 of Madison, passed away Thursday, October 9, 2014. Born August 28, 1923 in Madison, he was the son of Alvina (Wherman) & Martin L. Kurtzhals. He married Ruth Lampson in Austinburg, Ohio. Rudolph served in European Theatre Operations, 36th Inf. Division U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of V.F.W. Post 8548 and Jay Wilson Post 112, Madison and the Ex...
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Emma Doebereiner

June 3, 1931 - October 8, 2014

Emma M. Doebereiner, age 83 of Geneva, passed away Wednesday, October 8, 2014. She had lived in Painesville and Madison for most of her life. Born June 3, 1931 in Willard, OH, she was the daugther of Myrtle Irene (Lugnebell) & William Henry Mills. She married Robert Doebereiner in Painesville on March 3, 1949. Emma worked as a caregiver at Berry's World in Thompson. She had been active...
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Kenneth Peck

April 3, 1938 - October 2, 2014

Kenneth Peck, age 76 of Madison, passed away Thursday, October 2, 2014. Born April 3, 1938, in Geneva, he was the son of Dorothy (Woodworth) & Kenneth W. Peck. He married Linda Clark on April 23, 1960 in Conneaut. He worked for over 30 years at Avery Dennison STD in Painesville. Kenneth was a member of the American Legion Post #336 in Painesville and Elks Lodge #549. He also was a member...
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Bernadine Marie Manley

April 3, 1933 - September 28, 2014

Bernadine Marie Manley, age 81, of Madison, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014. Born April 3, 1933 in Sutton, WV, she was the daughter of Sylvia (Keener) & Willie Quickle. Bernadine graduated from Nicholas County High School in Summersville, WV in 1953. She was a devoted mother raising a family and worked as a nurses' aide for 22 years at Stewart Lodge. She enjoyed doing sign language...
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Nina Jeannine (Kazicka) Wickert

September 6, 1929 - September 25, 2014

Nina Jeannine (Kazicka) Wickert, age 85, of Madison, passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014. She was born September 6, 1929 in Paris, France. Nina was a member of Madison Crossroads Community Church on Middle Ridge Road. She was a past President of the Ladies Auxiliary of Madison American Legion Post 112. Nina was also a member of the Madison Garden Club,...
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Stephanie Graham

November 8, 1946 - September 25, 2014

Stephanie Graham, age 67, of Geneva, formerly of Orlando, passed away September 25, 2014 at UH Cleveland. She was born November 8, 1946 in Warren, OH the daughter of Janice and Everett Wilson. Stephanie loved her pets and enjoyed collecting fun rooster items. She loved nature and enjoyed the changing seasons. She also co-owned and operated New Beginnings Hair Salon in Orlando, Florida for...
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Dorthene "Dot" Spiesman

December 20, 1925 - September 23, 2014

Dorthene "Dot" Spiesman, age 88 of Madison, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at the Lantern of Madison. Born, December 20, 1925 in Greensboro, NC, she was the daughter of Essie (Ruple) & James Arnold Gammon. She married George Robert Spiesman, Jr. in Charlotte, NC on February 19, 1943. Dot was a tremendous baker and talented candy maker. She was an inspiration to many in her family....
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Joseph John Tarsovich, Sr.

February 12, 1939 - September 17, 2014

Joseph John Tarsovich, Sr., age 75 of Madison, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at TriPoint Medical Center. Born February 12, 1939 in Johnstown, PA. He was the son of Mary (Rusin) & Julius Tarasiewicz. Joe served in the US Army as a sergeant. He retired from Caterpillar where he worked for 25 years in OH and in York, PA for 3 years, and was a UAW Local 790 representative. Joe...
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Dennis Spicer

December 17, 1956 - September 15, 2014

Dennis Spicer, age 57, of Thompson passed away at University Hospital in Cleveland on September 15, 2014. He was born December 17, 1956 in Painesville, the son of Mamie (Ricketts) and Charles Spicer. He married Jan Scott on July 22, 1978 in Madison. Dennis grew up in Madison and graduated from Madison High School in 1975. He worked in the construction field and for John Deere until his...
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Donald t Balch

January 20, 1963 - September 15, 2014

Donald T. Balch, age 51 of Madison, passed away Monday, September 15, 2014. Born January 20, 1963 in Geneva, he was the son of Phyllis (Hutson) & William T. Balch. Donald was a 1982 graduate of Madison High School. He was a hard worker and worked as a self-employed drywall contractor for over 25 years. He is survived by his mother, Phyllis Balch of Geneva; brothers, George Balch of Geneva...
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Dennis Spicer

December 17, 1956 - September 15, 2014

Dennis Spicer, age 57, of Thompson passed away at University Hospital in Cleveland on September 15, 2014. He was born December 17, 1956 in Painesville, the son of Mamie (Ricketts) and Charles Spicer. He married Jan Scott on July 22, 1978 in Madison. Dennis grew up in Madison and graduated from Madison High School in 1975. He worked in the construction field and for John Deere until his...
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Victor "Vic" Yenc

May 1, 1927 - September 15, 2014

Victor "Vic" Yenc, age 87 of Thompson passed away September 15, 2014 at Blossom Hill Care Center in Huntsburg. He was born May 1, 1927 in Euclid and married Jennie Zupancic on May 22, 1948. Vic enjoyed yard work and always had a perfect yard, from trimmed edges to beautiful bushes. He liked cars both old & new, and trucks of all sizes. Vic loved motorcycles and had a soft spot for Harleys and...
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Karen M. Burns

February 26, 1951 - September 15, 2014

Karen M. Burns, age 63, of Madison passed away Monday, September 15, 2014 at David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. She was born February 26, 1951 in Geneva to Jule (Klepfer) & H. Joseph Lander. She married Gary Burns on October 14, 1972. Karen was a 1969 graduate of Madison High School and became an accountant for a private firm. She worked full time to provide a comfortable home, was...
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Gretchen Williams

August 26, 1925 - September 10, 2014

Gretchen Williams, age 89 of Mentor, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Heartland of Mentor. She was born August 26, 1925 in Bradford, PA and married Raymond Williams in Kentucky on August 2, 1948. Gretchen played banjo & bass fiddle. She was on a weekly radio show with her sisters in Meadville, PA. She enjoyed traveling to Florida & the Catskills. She is survived by her...
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Howard Sears

September 4, 2014

Howard Sears, age 98 of Perry, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014. He is survived by his son, David and daughter, Sheryl. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou (Rohrbach) Sears and his parents. A graveside service will be held at 9:00 AM, Friday, September 12, 2014 at Perry Cemetery in Section 12. Arrangements are being handled by THE BEHM FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 26 River...
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John Allen Kuprowicz

June 14, 1951 - September 2, 2014

John Allen Kuprowicz, age 63 of Madison, passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Born June 14, 1951 in Martins Ferry, OH, he was the son of Elizabeth Jean (Pazzoni) & John Kuprowicz. He married Janet Wheeldin on January 22, 1977 in Mt. Pleasant, OH. He is survived by his wife, Janet Kuprowicz of Madison; daughter, Kristi (David) Deily of TN; mother, Elizabeth Jean Kuprowicz of Bath, ME;...
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Charles Eugene Burchett

January 14, 1925 - August 25, 2014

Charles Eugene Burchett, age 89, of Madison passed away August 25, 2014 at the Lantern of Madison. He was born January 14, 1925 in Jonesville, VA to Lindsey and Myrtle (Weston) Burchett. Charles served God at the Lone Branch Baptist Church until 1955 when he moved to Lake County, OH. He married Elizabeth "Libby" Carroll on October 22, 1955. Charles retired from the Addressograph...
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Tommy A Kobulnicky

March 6, 1944 - August 24, 2014

Tommy A. Kobulnicky, age 70 of Madison, passed away Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the David Simpson Hospice House in Cleveland. Born March 6, 1944 in Painesville, OH he was the son of Mary (Cheripko) and Henry Kobulnicky Tommy was a member of the Sons of American Legion Post 601. He was a wonderful musician, playing the organ at Park Methodist Church and Trinity Lutheran Chruch. He is...
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Dominic Howard Myers

June 30, 2014 - August 23, 2014

Dominic Howard Myers, age 2 months of Madison, passed away from SIDS on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at his home. Born June 30, 2014, he was the son of Brandy Lee (Oldham) & Harley Lee Myers. Dominic was a very happy little boy who lit up the room. He loved to go on his daily walks around the neighborhood. He is survived by his parents; sister, Stormie L. Myers; paternal grandparents, Frank ...
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Dorothy Potter

November 7, 1926 - August 22, 2014

Dorothy (Hall) Potter, 87, went home to be with the Lord on August 22nd, 2014 at her home in Madison, OH. She was born Nov. 7, 1926 in Letcher County, Ky. Dorothy was a resident of Perry for most of her life, also living in Berea, Kentucky and Camden, South Carolina. Dorothy was a member of Faith Baptist, Perry, South Madison Bible Baptist Church in Ohio, Southern Baptist Church in Berea, Ky and...
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Cecelia Baker Burr

February 27, 1946 - August 19, 2014

Cecelia Baker Burr, age 68 of Madison, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Born February 27, 1946 in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of Jeannie (Church) & George Tanker. She worked at Perfection Corp. in Geneva for many years as a machine operator, retiring in 2013. Cecelia loved tending to her yard, cutting her grass, planting flowers and working outside. She enjoyed working with...
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Tanya Remec

March 19, 1946 - August 18, 2014

Tanya (Voleski) Remec, age 68 of Madison, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 in Mentor, Ohio after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. Tanya was born in Cleveland to Michael and Annette Voleski on March 19, 1946. She went to Lutheran East High School and graduated in 1964. She went on to earn a Nursing degree from Lutheran Hospital. She worked as a Director of Nursing for Stewart Lodge for...
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Ronald Lee Bernard

February 18, 1941 - August 16, 2014

Ronald Lee Bernard, age 73 of Madison, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014. Born February 18, 1941 in Geneva, he was the son of Hazel (Ernst) & Fred Bernard. He was a deliveryman for Active Plumbing and Chardon Auto Parts. Ronald was a 1960 graduate of Madison High School. He enjoyed golfing and bowling and was involved in three golf leagues and three bowling leagues in Madison, Mentor...
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Doris Baksa

September 7, 1930 - August 14, 2014

Doris R. Baksa, age 83 of Chardon, passed away Thursday, August 14, 2014. Born September 7, 1930 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Ida (Marty) & William Howard Corbett. She married Joseph Baksa on July 23, 1955. Doris retired from Beneficial Finance in 1984. She was very proud to receive her GED at age 59. Doris enjoyed bowling, roller skating, dancing, working on her computer and...
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Christel K Schlag

December 11, 1934 - August 12, 2014

Christel K. Schlag, age 79 of Mentor, OH passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Born December 11, 1934 in Fords, NJ, she was the daughter of Emily & Arthur A. Overgaard, Sr. Christel appreciated nature and had a love for animals. She was a talented artist who enjoyed painting earlier in life and was gifted with a beautiful singing voice. In her capacity as a store manager at The Great Lakes...
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Ralph William Henry Crocker

April 1, 1924 - August 8, 2014

Ralph William Henry Crocker, age 90 of Thompson, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014, in Tucson, AZ. Born April 1, 1924 in Painesville, he was the son of Catherine (Van Guilik) & Charles Thomas Crocker. He married Mary Louise Sidley of Montville in Amarilla, TX on June 2, 1945. Ralph worked at Crandall Ford, R. W. Sidley and was co-owner of Bailey Lumber in Perry, OH. He was a 1942 graduate...
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Mary Ann Vinkovich

July 21, 1916 - August 4, 2014

Mary Ann Vinkovich, age 98 of Perry, passed away on August 4, 2014 at the David Simpson Hospice House surrounded by her family. Born July 21, 1916 in Brier Hill, PA, she was the daughter of Mary (Cheple) & Rudolph Vinkovich. Mary Ann worked as a supervisor at IRC Fibers for 37 years retiring in 1983. She is survived by her nieces, Carol Vinkovich (Harvey) Shaw of Rockledge, FL, Virginia...
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Bruce Woodward

July 27, 1940 - August 3, 2014

Bruce Woodward, age 74, of Madison passed away at home on August 3, 2014. He was born July 27, 1940 in Warren to Ida Mae (Wright) and Foster Woodward. He married Linda Huff on April 6,1961. Bruce graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Biology. He continued his education at the University of Nebraska and achieved a Masters in Medical Microbiology. He became an artistic...
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Eugene Protzman

July 22, 1932 - July 26, 2014

Eugene Protzman, age 82 of Garland, TX and formerly of Painesville, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014. Born July 22, 1932 in Columbus, OH, he was the son of Victor and Mamie Protzman. He married Rose Butterfield in 1956. Eugene was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He pastored churches in New York, Illinois, Indiana and wrote a book about the presence of the Lord in our lives. He is...
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Elizabeth Lisa Plante

February 8, 1931 - July 17, 2014

Elizabeth "Lisa" Plante, age 83 of Cleveland, formerly of Madison and Geneva, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014. Born January 8, 1931 in Wetzlar, West Germany, she was the daughter of Elizabeth (Borntrager) & Paul Klimek. She married Phillip J. Plante, Jr. in Cleveland on August 30, 1986. Lisa worked at Cozy Acres in Madison and also worked 32 years as a waitress including 10 years at...
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Charles J Keller, Jr.

June 30, 1950 - July 15, 2014

Sgt. Charles J. Keller, Jr. age 64 of Grand River, passed away in Medina, OH on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Born June 30, 1950 in Cleveland, he was the son of Betty Jane (Matson) & Charles Jacob Keller, Sr. He married Cindy Manley on October 23, 2004 in Claridon, OH. Charlie was a 1968 graduate of Berkshire High School. He proudly served in the Army 101st Airborne during Vietnam and was a...
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Earl E Hensel

April 17, 1921 - July 15, 2014

Earl E. Hensel, age 93 of Madison, passed away Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Born April 17, 1921 in Cuyahoga Falls to Bernice C. (Dodge) & Ernest Hensel. He married Mary "Mae" C. Zakrajsek in Madison on September 26, 1966. Earl was the Camp Director & Ranger at Camp Stigwandish for the Boy Scouts of America for over 24 years. He was a 1939 graduate of Madison Memorial High School. A veteran of...
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William "Bill" Wright

January 30, 1945 - July 14, 2014

William L. "Bill" Wright, age 69 of Mentor, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014. Born January 30, 1945 in Glendale, WV, he married Denise on June11, 1982 in Baltimore, MD. Bill had worked as a trainer for Radix Wire. He was a proud veteran who served his country with overseas postings in Germany and Korea. Bill was an avid Nascar fan, who recently went to Talledega for Aaron's 499 Race. ...
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Marcelle Parker

July 12, 2014

Marcelle Parker of Mentor-on-the-Lake passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Lake West Medical Center. She was the daughter of Catherine & Joseph Rogowski and married Lynn H. Parker, whom she met when he was stationed in France. Marcelle had worked for T.J. Max in Willoughby. She enjoyed gardening, shopping, playing the lottery and fishing. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. ...
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Robert S. Hollar

December 18, 1935 - July 8, 2014

Robert S. Hollar, age 78, of Madison passed away Tuesday July 8, 2014 at Cardinal Woods. He was born on December 18, 1935 in Cleveland, the son of the late Jeanette (Price/Wakelee) and Albert W. Hollar. He married Joan R. Lenz on February 14, 1964 in Cleveland. Robert served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. He loved NASCAR. He loved to drive and even took the Richard Petty Driving...
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Rudolph P. Bracale

July 26, 1934 - July 7, 2014

Rudolph P. Bracale , age 79, of Madison passed away Monday, July 7, 2014. He was born on July 26, 1934 in Cleveland the son of Adelgisa (Santavicca) & Carmen Bracale. He married Deborah Jordan on March 17, 1978 in Cleveland. Rudolph was a 1952 graduate of Collinwood High School and attended John Carroll University. He was a member of Madison VFW and American Legion Post #601. He is...
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Susie Mettler

July 4, 2014

Susie Mettler, age 17 of Perry, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at the Madison Medical Campus. Born September 18, 1996 in Painesville she was the daughter of Chuck and Tina Mettler. A 2014 graduate of Perry High School, Susie was a 4 year varsity softball player. She was active as a Livestock 4 H member since she was four years old. Susie had a wonderful sense of humor and was always able to...
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Jeanne Hartman

July 4, 2014

Jeanne A. Hartman, age 88, of Madison, passed away Friday, July 4, 2014 at Madison Healthcare in Madison, OH. She was born April 22, 1926 in Cleveland, OH to William and Gladys (Kerst) Anthony, and married William C. Hartman in Parma on August 17, 1946. Jeanne was a very talented individual who wore many hats….In addition to raising her family, she was a bank teller, secretary, Aurora...
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Patricia A Price

June 27, 1950 - July 3, 2014

Patricia A. Price, age 64 of Geneva, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014. Born June 27, 1950 in Madison, she was the daughter of Ruth (Andrews) & Lynn Klasen. She maried Mark Price on June 22, 1990. Patricia was a 1968 graduate of Madison High School. She is survived by her husband, Mark Price of Dorset; sisters, Linda (Dennis) Herder of Leroy, Vicki )Tod) Baker of Madison and Doree (Michael...
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Vicki Ford

October 9, 1953 - June 28, 2014

Vicki Ford, age 60 of Madison, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights. Born October 9, 1953 in Painesville, she was the daughter of Shirley (Hopton) and Robert Warner. Vicki was a 1971 graduate of Madison High School and received an Associate Degree in Administrative Assistant from Lakeland College. She worked for 18 years in Accounts Payable at Lake...
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James R Kane

June 3, 1939 - June 25, 2014

James R. Kane, age 75, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at David Simpson Hospice House in Euclid, OH. Born June 3, 1939 in Cleveland, the son of John G. and Coletta (McGrath) Kane. A graduate of St. Joseph's High School, he retired from the Lake County Sheriff Dept. in 2004 and worked with Wickliffe Auxiliary Police for 33 ½ years. While raising his family in Wickliffe, he...
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Mario V Izzarelli

December 7, 1933 - June 20, 2014

Mario Izzarelli, age 80 of Madison, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014 at UHHS Geauga Medical Center. Born December 7, 1933, he was the son of Mary (Ruffolo) & Pasquale Izzarelli. He married Theresa Alessi in Madison on May 11, 1963. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. Mario was a veteran of the US Air Force and was a lifetime member of the American Legion Jay Wilson Post 112 of...
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Sara M hart

May 13, 1915 - June 19, 2014

Sara M. Hart, age 99 of Madison, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Rae Ann Skilled Nursing Home in Geneva. Born May 13, 1915 in Madison, she was the daughter of Georgia (Fuller) & Jesse Miller. Sara graduated from Madison High School in 1933 and was owner/operator of the Hart Farm. For over 40 years she sold produce at the Cleveland Eastside Farmers Market. Her speciality was raising...
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Ruth C. Klasen

August 21, 1927 - June 16, 2014

Ruth C. Klasen, age 86 of Madison, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014. Born August 21, 1927 in Painesville, she was the daughter of Harriet Simpson (Hulbert) & Royal Charles Andrews. She married Lynn H. Klasen in Greenup, KY on May 30, 1947. Ruth was a cook for the Madison Schools. She was a member of Thompson United Methodist Church, Ashtabula Christian Women's Association, area Multiple...
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David Clark Jacobs

March 8, 1957 - June 9, 2014

David Clark Jacobs, age 57 of Thompson, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014. Born March 8, 1957 in Galesburg, IL, he was the son of Dorothea Noleen (Mars) & Harry Bernard Jacobs. He married Margaret Marion Kruse in Long Grove, IL on August 19, 1984. David was the Owner/President of Interim IT Solutions and former Director of IT for Ashtabula County Medical Center. He was a 1976 graduate of...
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Okey William Eye

January 18, 1932 - June 8, 2014

Okey William Eye, age 82 of Madison passed away June 8, 2014 at Wade Park Veterans Hospital in Cleveland. He was born on January 18, 1932 in Red Creek, WV, the son of Ivan and Eva Pearl (Waybright) Eye. Okey proudly served as a Sergeant in the US Army during the Korean Conflict and at home he served as a tank commander in the Army National Guard. He worked for 36 years as an overhead crane...
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Betsy A. Bowers

March 22, 1941 - June 6, 2014

Betsy A. Bowers, age 73, of Madison passed away Friday June 6, 2014 at Cardinal Woods. She was born on March 22, 1941 in Greensboro, NC the daughter of Pauline (Tiller) and Fred T. Clawson. Mrs. Bowers was a 1960 graduate of Fulton High School in Knoxville, TN and had worked at the Lake County Microfilm Department before retiring in 2003. She enjoyed collecting stuffed animals and dolls. ...
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Thomas Ely Vaughn

July 20, 1965 - June 3, 2014

Thomas Ely Vaughn, age 48 of Madison, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Born July 20, 1965 in Painesville, he was the son of Ida (Saunders) and William Vaughn. Thomas worked as an auto mechanic. He enjoyed model trains and putting together model cars. He also enjoyed camping and fishing. He is survived by his girlfriend, Renae Fairman; children, William, Tommy & Missy (Steve Boldin)...
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Paul William Kuehn

January 15, 1930 - May 29, 2014

Paul William Kuehn, age 84, lifelong resident of Thompson, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014. Born January 15, 1930 in Thompson, he was the son of Margaret (Maier) & John Kuehn. He married Carmen Znidarsic in Thompson on May 3, 1952. Paul was an installer for Thomas Fence Company. He was a 1947 graduate of Thompson High School. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and woodworking. Paul...
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Virginia Jenkins Hitchcock-Mumea

June 15, 1918 - May 24, 2014

Virginia J. Hitchcock- Mumea, age 95 of Madison, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Heartland of Mentor. Born June 15, 1918 in Willoughby, she was the daughter of Amie R. (Sprague) & William R. Jenkins. She married Nicholas Mumea on September 4, 2002. Virginia was a caregiver for the elderly. She was an active member of Here's Hope Baptist Church. Virginia loved gardening and taking...
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Nelson Carl Berger

June 30, 1936 - May 24, 2014

Nelson Carl Berger, age 77 of Madison, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2014. Born June 30, 1936 in Cleveland, he was the son of Sophia (Cort) & Ben Berger. He worked as a salesman for the family shoe store in Painesville. Nelson had been a resident of Brighter Horizons Residential Services, 1899 Hubbard Road, Madison, OH 44057 for a number of years and will be dearly missed. He was...
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Nancy Cowdrey

January 16, 1940 - May 20, 2014

Nancy Cowdrey, age 74 of Madison, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Born January 16, 1940 in Madison, she was the daughter of Gertrude & Fred Davis. She married Norman "Gene" Cowdrey in Madison on July 15, 1989. Nancy retired in 1997 from LTV Republic Steel. She enjoyed traveling, playing bingo and golf and going to garage sales. She will be deeply missed by her family. She is survived...
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Phillip Brockway

July 5, 1937 - May 14, 2014

Philip Brockway, age 76 of Painesville, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Born July 5, 1937 in Perry, he was the son of Amy Ethel (Means) & Paul Eugene Brockway. He married Nickie Lovelady, on October 25, 1969 in Willoughby. Phil was known for his sense of humor, hovercrafts, tractors and his mechanical expertise. He was a self taught engineer, inventor and jack of all trades. He...
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Linda Ann Robare

February 22, 1942 - May 9, 2014

Linda Ann Robare, age 72, of Madison, passed away Friday, May 9, 2014. She was born on February 22, 1942 in Painesville the daughter of Lea C. (Hill) and Waite Whitney Talbot. She married Frederick "Pierre" Robare on June 8, 1978 in Winchester, VA. Mrs. Robare had been a private secretary at the Ohio Rubber Company in Willoughby and medical secretary for Drs. Knable and Weiner of Mentor. As a...
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Richard Allen Krauss

June 18, 1961 - May 7, 2014

Richard Allen Krauss, age 52, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at his residence. He was born on June 18, 1961 in Madison, Ohio to Irma M. (Lohrey) and Walter Krauss, Sr. Richard was a Staff Sgt. In the U. S. Air Force for 21 years, retiring in 2004. He served in Dessert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, and received a Bronze Star. In his past time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, scuba...
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Bessie M Pierce

July 9, 1914 - May 4, 2014

Bessie M. Pierce, age 99, of Austinburg, formerly of Leroy Township, passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014. Born July 9, 1914 in Euclid, she was the daughter of Estella Lenore (Alderman) & Alan Jacob Peck. She married Albert Leroy Pierce in 1948 in Ripley, NY. Bessie was a custodian at Chardon High School, retiring in 1980. She also worked at Industrial Rayon and A&P grocery store. She loved...
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Eileeen Theresa Pollock

July 30, 1928 - April 30, 2014

Eileen Theresa Pollock, age 85, of Jacksboro, TX and formerly of Madison, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Born July 30, 1928 in Celveland, she was the daugther of Mary L (Burgess) & Joesph M. Eberhard. She married John A. Pollock in 1947. She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Lewis) Belyeu of Jacksboro, TX; 5 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren;...
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William J Stegall

January 17, 1945 - April 29, 2014

William J. Stegall, age 69, of Painesville, passed away Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Madison Health Care. He was born January 17, 1945 in Decatur, AL. He married Alicia Russell on September 16, 2006 in Madison. He was a transporter at Lake West Hospital for many years. William was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 18 years. He loved spoiling his wife and being with family,...
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Herbert Klosterman

December 19, 1926 - April 27, 2014

Herbert Klosterman, age 87, of St. Petersburg, FL, and formerly of Geneva, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014. Born December 19, 1926 in Cleveland, he was the son of Anna (Schimmelman) & Raymond Klosterman. He married Charlotte Puzik on July 28, 1951 in Willoughby, OH. Herbert was the owner of Herb's TV and Appliance in Mentor from 1958-1980 and was a television technican for 50 years. He...
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Michael Mitchell, Jr

December 21, 1940 - April 22, 2014

Michael Mitchell Jr., age 73, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at UH Geauga Medical Center, in Chardon. He was born December 21, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Margaret (Tyzenhouse) and Michael Sidney Mitchell Sr. He was married on June 27, 1964, in Wickliffe to Judy Marlene Brush. Michael worked at Ohio Rubber for 28 years, and also worked and retired from Geneva Classic Ford. ...
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Althea "Sis" Smith

May 12, 1928 - April 21, 2014

Althea "Sis" Smith, age 85, of Geneva, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at Geneva Village Retirement Center. Born May 12, 1928 in Ashtabula County, she was the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Clark. Althea was a member of the Park Street Christian Church in Geneva. She spent many years baking and perfecting the crust for the pies sold each year at the Grape Jamboree. Althea was an avid sports...
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Kathleen O. Gilson

August 13, 1922 - April 18, 2014

Kathleen O. Gilson, age 91, of Perry passed away Friday, April 18, 2014 at her home in Perry. She was born August 13, 1922 in Manchester England to Mabel (Whitehead) and Alfred Oliver. She married Edward "Ted" W. Gilson on September 27, 1941. Kathleen emigrated to the U.S. in 1923 and was raised in South Euclid. She graduated from Brush High School and attended the clerical Spencerian...
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Bev A Wyant

December 11, 1939 - April 17, 2014

Bev A. Wyant, age 74, of Perry, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014. Born December 11, 1939 in Cleveland, she was the daughter of Marie (Ferguson) & Alton H. Spring. She married Jim R. Wyant in East Cleveland on March 1, 1958. Bev loved shopping with Jim and the family. She enjoyed flowers, planting in her garden and spending time with her special dog, Katie. Bev also loved traveling,...
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Esther Dorothy Lustig

April 24, 1920 - April 16, 2014

Esther Dorothy Lustig, age 93, of Thompson, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Blossom Hill Care Center in Huntsburg. Born April 24, 1920 in Thompson, she was the daughter of Bertha (Napp) & Fredrick Poburski. She married Vincent Frank Lustig in Thompson on August 30, 1941. Dorothy enjoyed poetry and making greeting cards. Her other hobbies were gardening , growing and arranging...
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Bill Rhoten, Sr.

August 21, 1933 - April 16, 2014

Bill Rhoten, Sr., age 80, of Madison, passed away Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Born August 21, 1933 in Lee County, VA, he was the son of Nola Mae (Lambert) and Henry Rhoten. He married Jean Scott on October 26, 1963 in Ashtabula. Bill retired from Morton Salt after 39 years of service. He was a man of deep faith and was an active member of Lake Erie Church of God since 1969 where he was a...
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Betty Jane McVey

September 22, 1934 - April 14, 2014

Betty Jane McVey, age 79 of Mentor, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. Born September 22, 1934 in Rockwood, PA, she was the daughter of Mary (Garm) and Frank Dormish. She married Fred McVey on December 29, 1955 in Bristolville, OH. Betty enjoyed reading and gardening but her life revolved around her family and their activities. She is survived by her son, Fred (Diane) McVey of Madison;...
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Matt Mike Steitz

July 3, 1921 - April 12, 2014

Matt "Mike" Steitz, age 92, of Mentor, OH passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Emertius of Mentor. He was born on July 3, 1921 in Brunswick to Stephen Steitz and Anna (Berger). He married Doris Cutts on July 5, 1945 in Cleveland at Franklin Circle Church. He graduated from West Tech High School in 1939 before joining the Army, where he served through World War II and the Korean War. ...
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Shirley E Mullen

December 12, 1939 - April 8, 2014

Shirley E. Mullen, age 74, of Jefferson, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Born December 12, 1939, she was the daughter of Vesta (Kessel) & Adrian Mullin. After 25 years of service with Avery Dennison, Shirley retired in 2004. She was a volunteer at the Agape School and attended Eagleville Bible Church. Shirley enjoyed traveling, swimming in her pool and planting flowers. She loved...
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Wanda W Cleversy

March 3, 1938 - April 7, 2014

Wanda W. Cleversy, age 76, of Madison passed away Monday, April 7, 2014. Born March 3, 1938 in Lumberport, WV, she was the daughter of Roy O. & Beulah (Knight) Hutson. She married Arthur W. Cleversy Sr. on September 11, 1954 in Painesville. Wanda retired from the General Motors Parma Plant in 2003. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed making embroidery items for her children and...
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Evelyn May Teleha

June 30, 1929 - April 3, 2014

Evelyn May (Nash) Teleha, age 84, of Madison, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at TriPoint Medical Center in the presence of family. Born June 30, 1929 in Painesville, Ohio, she was the daughter of Celia O. (Bidlake) & Glen Nash. Evelyn's love of children called her to teach in the Willoughby-Eastlake Schools from 1951-1954 and in the Madison Schools from 1971-1987. She previously lived in...
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Stanley J Ruck

April 6, 1928 - April 1, 2014

Stanley J. Ruck, age 85, of Geneva passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at home. Born April 6, 1928, he was the son of Elizabeth (Alick) & Adam Ruck. He married Nancy F. Ivan on June 1, 1991. Stanley worked 35 years at Diamond Shamrock and also Western Reserve Farm Co-Op. He also was a school bus driver for Geneva Schools and retired as the Trumbull...
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James Thomas Martin

August 1, 1938 - March 28, 2014

Deacon James Thomas Martin, age 75 of Madison, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014 at his home. Born August 1, 1938 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he was the second oldest of nine children to Frank Martin and Phyllis Hobson. Moving to Ontario in 1943, Jim was raised in Toronto and Streetsville. After graduating from Oakville Trafalgar High School in 1956, Jim earned an associate degree in...
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Kathryn E. Camp

December 10, 1920 - March 27, 2014

Kathryn E. Camp, age 93, of Madison passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014 at her residence. She was born on December 10, 1920 in Cleveland the daughter of Anna (Polkow) and James J. Elligott. She married Jay F. Camp on December 6, 1941 in Lakewood. Kathryn was a member of Perry Christian Church since 1949. She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary Perry Unit #697, from 1950-1990, then...
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James L. Frink

March 26, 2014

James L. Frink of Las Vegas, NV; formerly of McMurray, PA; Brecksville, Canton, Mentor and Madison, Ohio passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at age 73. Beloved husband of the late Janice Frink (Bienias); Father to James K. and wife Amy (Pjontek) Frink and Linda D. Smith (Frink), and grandfather to Mandi, James, Jillian, and Ally. Jim was the youngest of two children born to Kenneth and...
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Mary Ellen Wolcott

March 22, 2014

Mrs. Mary Ellen Wolcott of Haines City, Florida died of cancer on March 22, 2014. She was 92. Mrs. Wolcott was born in Orrville, Hocking County, Ohio in April 1921. She worked as an assistant in her husband's chiropractic office for 30 years and in 1978, she moved to Haines City from Ashtabula, Ohio. In early years she taught piano. She was Protestant. Mrs. Wolcott was preceded in death...
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Sandra Lee Janes

December 2, 1955 - March 16, 2014

Sandra Lee Janes, age 58, of Perry, passed away March 16, 2014. Born December 2, 1955 in Wheeling, WV, she was the daughter of Carolyn E. (Armstrong) & Samuel J. Frazier. She married Frederick Janes in Mentor, Ohio on October 9, 1999. Sandra formerly was a dietician for Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, WV. Known as "The Cookie Lady" she loved baking with the grandkids, collecting...
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Darrin Scott Phillips

March 13, 1965 - March 11, 2014

Darrin Scott Phillips, age 48, of Madison, passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Cardinal Woods Skilled Nursing and Rehab. Born March 13, 1965 in Cleveland, he was the son of Doris (Strache) Kopp and Harold "Al" Phillips. Darrin attended and graduated from Deepwood and worked at the Willoughby Workshop. He had a welcoming nature and a good sense of humor. He was dearly loved by his...
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Joseph DeRubertis

August 9, 1921 - March 7, 2014

Joseph A. (Joe) DeRubertis, age 92, of Madison, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born August 9, 1921 in Cleveland, he was the son of Carmela (Santone) and Luigi DeRubertis. He married Rose Marie Marano at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Painesville on April 30, 1949. He was a 1939 graduate of Madison High School and also attended The Ohio State...
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Phyllis Lockridge Riffle

September 26, 1943 - March 2, 2014

Phyllis (Lockridge) Riffle, age 70, of Harpersfield Township, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014. Born September 26, 1943, in Durbin, WV, she was the daughter of Edna (Ratliffe) & Reece Lockridge. She married Lonnie Riffle, Jr. in Painesville, on November 22, 1961. Phyllis was a nurses aide at NEO Hospital and also worked as a cafeteria aide for Madison Schools. She was a past member of...
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Joan M. Jopko

September 8, 1931 - March 2, 2014

Joan M. Jopko, age 82, of Madison, was surrounded by her family and friends when she passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the Lantern of Madison. The daughter of Lina M. (Turpeinen) and Ero A. Toppari, she was born September 8, 1931 in Painesville. Joan married Robert Jopko at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Madison on December 29, 1951. Joan's husband was in the Air Force when they...
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J Thomas Francis

December 29, 1924 - March 1, 2014

J. Thomas Francis, 89, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep from recently diagnosed cancer on March 1, 2014 in Naples, Florida. He was born on December 29, 1924 in Canton, Ohio to James C. Francis and Maxine Firestone Francis. Tom, a long time resident of Madison, Ohio, lived almost his entire life in northeastern Ohio and he had his winter home in Naples, Florida. Tom will be warmly...
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Steven Hutton

June 4, 1949 - February 26, 2014

Steven Hutton, age 64, of Madison, OH, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Louis Stokes VA Center-Wade Park Division in Cleveland, Ohio. Born June 4, 1949 in Bayshore, Long Island, NY, he was the son of Ruth (Baker) & Francis Jerome Hutton. He married Christine Satterley on August 28, 1971 on Long Island, NY. Steve retired as a Senior Chief in the US Navy Submarine Service. He...
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C. Darrell Potter

August 29, 1957 - February 23, 2014

C. Darrell Potter, age 56, of Madison, Ohio, passed away at home February 23, 2014 while surrounded by his family. He was born August 29, 1957 in Pennington Gap, Virginia, to William and Juanita (Leonard) Potter, and married Sharon Brown July 20, 1985. Darrell joined the U. S. Marines in 1976 and was honorably discharged. He became a certified welder and worked at NPK Manufacturing. ...
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Theodora "Teddy" Hoffman

October 1, 1923 - February 23, 2014

Theodora "Teddy" E. Hoffman, age 90 of Madison, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014. Born October 1, 1923 in Thompson she was the daughter of Pelegia (Luda) & Boleslaus Bandelewski. She married her high school sweetheart Harlan Hoffman in Madison on November 30, 1943. They were happily married for 70 years. A 1941 graduate of Thompson High School, Teddy worked as a riveter during WWII. ...
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Jack Acord

July 13, 1929 - February 22, 2014

Jack Acord, age 84 of Madison, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at UH Geauga Medical Center. Born July 13, 1929 in Sabine, WV he was the son of Everett and Pearl (Cook) Acord. He married Hallie Sizemore on October 19, 1953 in West Virginia. After high school Jack served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a welder for the Lintern Corporation in Mentor. A...
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Elba Dingess Sr.

August 20, 1933 - February 22, 2014

Elba Dingess, Sr, age 80, of Madison, Ohio, passed away Saturday, February 22, at The Geneva Village Retirement Center. He was born August 20, 1933 to John and Lake (Cantrell) Dingess. Elba married Mattie Martin in Wharncliffe West Virginia on September 13, 1952. Elba retired from Rail Road work after 30 years of service, and continued working with the Mentor Schools and Morton Salt Company....
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Edward J. Shan

September 25, 1915 - February 22, 2014

Edward J. Shan, age 98, of Madison, Ohio, passed away Saturday morning, February, 22, 2014, at the Geneva Village Retirement Center. He was born September 25, 1915 in Cleveland and later married Anne Stepsis. Edward served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the European Theatre as a medic. He worked for White Motors when he came home, and after 25 years of service, Ed retired...
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June L. Rosier

March 31, 1928 - February 16, 2014

June L. Rosier, age 85, of Painesville passed away February 16, 2014 at Lake Med Nursing Home in Painesville. She was born March 31, 1928 in Painesville, the daughter of Hazel Bell (Gretton) and Frank Tobias Wheelock. She married William D. Rosier on December 24, 1952 in Geneva. June was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church in Painesville. She enjoyed reading, word search puzzles, and watching...
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Robert J Marhefka

August 15, 1925 - February 16, 2014

Robert J. Marhefka, age 88, of Geneva, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014. Born August 15, 1925 in Geneva, Ohio, he was the son of Minnie (Blazinfka) & John Marhefka. He married Bertha L. Neuman. Robert was a machinest at True Temper for 33 years and also worked for Coca Cola. A 1943 Graduate of Geneva High School, Robert served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European...
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Eugene Robbins

July 8, 1926 - February 7, 2014

Eugene Robbins, age 87, of Geneva, passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Twp. Born July 8, 1926 in Painesville, Ohio, he was the son of Ora and Margaret (Herroon) Robbins. Eugene married Beatrice Higginbotham on June 18, 1949 in Willoughby. Eugene was a graduate of Harvey High School and served in the U. S. Army during WWII. He worked as well as retired...
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Robert "Bob" Smith

February 27, 1929 - February 6, 2014

Robert W. "Bob" Smith, age 84, of Madison, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 6, 2014. He was born February 27, 1929 in East Cleveland to Frances (McMahon) & Harvey Smith. He married Claire Greene in Cleveland. He was an Industrial Specialist with the Department of Defense in Cleveland for 13 years before retiring. He served 5 years in the Marine Corps during the Korean...
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Egidius Gied Stroombeek

September 6, 1924 - February 6, 2014

Egidius (Gied) M. Stroombeek passed on February 6, 2014 at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Euclid, Ohio. Mr. Stroombeek was born on September 6, 1925 in Heerlen, Netherlands. Prior to immigrating to the US in 1952, Gied was trained in Boskoop, Holland as a propagator. Upon his arrival he was employed as a propagator at Warner Nursery in Willoughby, Ohio where he met his future wife and...
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