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Gerald Elden DeWitt

July 11, 1939 - July 29, 2015

Gerald Elden DeWitt, 76, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his home after a lengthy illness. Gerald was born July 11, 1939 in White, PA, and had been a Vermilion resident since 1976 moving from Lorain. Gerald worked in various capacities including working as a truck driver for Ford Motor Co., Lorain for 39 years, retiring in 1997. He attended Lakeview Baptist Church,...
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Shirley Raffo

November 20, 1935 - July 26, 2015

Shirley M. Raffo (nee Houston), 79, of Vermilion, died Sunday, July 26, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain after a lengthy illness. She was born November 20, 1935 in Memphis, TN, and had been a Vermilion resident since 1957 moving from Memphis. Shirley was a member of AMVETS Post #22 Aux. and enjoyed watching t.v., working on puzzles, and spending time with her grandson. ...
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Gregory "Greg" Neil Hatmaker

October 31, 1950 - July 24, 2015

Gregory "Greg" Neil Hatmaker, 64, of Vermilion, died Friday, July 24, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain after losing his battle to come back from a stroke suffered at his home on June 11th. He fought bravely, enduring many setbacks while in the Neurological ICU at University Hospital, Cleveland. Greg was born October 31, 1950 in Seattle, WA and had been a Vermilion resident since...
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Edna Ilene Huey

December 9, 1926 - July 24, 2015

Edna Ilene Huey (nee Gregg), 88, of Vermilion, died Friday, July 24, 2015 at her home after a sudden illness. Edna was born December 9, 1926 in Commodore, PA and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 55 years moving from Pennsylvania. She had attended Lakeview Baptist Church, Vermilion and enjoyed watching soap operas, her dog Sophia, and spending time with her grandchildren. ...
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John "JD" Huckeby

December 21, 1927 - July 22, 2015

John Dink "JD" Huckeby, 87, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. John was born December 21, 1927 in Glenmary, TN, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 44 years moving from Lorain. He was a veteran of the US Army. John worked in various capacities including working as an inspector for Ford Motor Company, Lorain ...
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Jane Ryan

February 25, 1954 - July 18, 2015

Jane Ryan, 61, of Dearborn, Michigan and formerly of Vermilion died Saturday, July 18, 2015 at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit following a brief illness. Jane was born February 25, 1954 in Columbus, OH, the daughter of The Honorable Joseph T. and Margaret (nee Clark) Ryan. Jane was a Nuclear Radiology Technician for Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic...
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Delbert Buzz Carte

January 25, 1936 - July 17, 2015

Delbert G. "Buzz" Carte, 79, of Vermilion, passed Friday, July 17, 2015 at his residence after a two year illness. Buzz was born January 25, 1936 in Dille, West Virginia and had been a Vermilion resident for over 50 years. He was an assembler for Ford Motor Co., Lorain for 30 years retiring in 1998 . Buzz was a member of U.A.W. local 425, and the Lorain County Coon Hunters Association....
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Beverly Eppink Gairing

July 8, 2015

Bevery Eppink Gairing, of Lyndhurst, died Wednesday, July 8, 2015 after a short illness. Born in Cleveland Beverly grew up in Rochester, NY and lived briefly in Oak Park, IL. She attended Wells College and had worked for Standard Oil in the accounting department. She was an active member of the Cleveland Playhouse. She was a member of the Forrest Hill Presbyterian Church and volunteered...
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Michael F. Aldrich

February 1, 1965 - July 5, 2015

Michael F. Aldrich, 50, of Vermilion, died suddenly Sunday, July 5, 2015 at his home. He was born February 1, 1965 in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in Marilla, NY. He had been a Vermilion resident for the past 27 years. Michael graduated from Iroquois High School, Elma, NY with the class of 1983. He was a veteran of the US Air Force and worked as an air traffic controller with the Oberlin...
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Lois Ann Zwald

April 27, 1936 - July 5, 2015

Lois Ann Zwald (nee Kuhn),79, of Vermilion, died July 5, 2015 at Kingston of Vermilion after a 50 year battle with Myasthenia Gravis. She was born April 27, 1936 in Lorain and had been a Vermilion resident since 2005 moving from Florida. Lois had been a self employed realtor for many years in Chicago IL and FL. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Vermilion and Sacred Hearts...
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Patricia A. Wyatt

October 27, 1945 - July 5, 2015

Patricia A. Wyatt (nee Horn), 69, of Vermilion Twp., died Sunday, July 5, 2015 after a sudden illness. She was born October 27, 1945 in Irvine, KY, and had been a Vermilion area resident since 1982 moving from Florida. Patricia worked as a realtor for many years before becoming very involved in her grandchildren's lives. She enjoyed spending her free time with her three grandchildren...
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Paul Junior Perry

December 16, 1932 - July 3, 2015

Paul Junior Perry of South Amherst was welcomed into the arms of Jesus Friday, July 3, 2015 after a short illness. Raised in West Virginia he joined the United States Army at the age of 16 in 1949 serving his country in The Korean War until being Honorably Discharged as a Corporal in 1952. It was in the Army that he met Rocco Simoniello, who became his life long friend and brother. After...
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Ricky E. Strait

March 12, 1947 - July 2, 2015

Ricky Eugene Strait, 68, of Vermilion, died Thursday, July 2, 2015 at his home after a brief illness. Ricky was born March 12, 1947 in Columbus. He had been a Vermilion resident for the past 4 years moving from Summerville, SC. He had also lived in Coatesville, PA for 33 years. . He graduated from Springfield North High School and Bowling Green State University in 1971. He...
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George T Spreng, Sr

September 2, 1944 - June 30, 2015

George T. Spreng Sr., 70, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at his home after a lengthy illness. George was born September 2, 1944 in Cleveland and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 39 years, moving from Lorain. He was a veteran of the United State Navy. George worked for Ford Motor Co., Lorain for over 30 years retiring in 2003. He was a very...
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Daniel Dezso Sablack

July 30, 1967 - June 29, 2015

Daniel Dezso Sablack, 47, of Elyria, died Monday, June 29, 2015 on his boat in Vermilion after a sudden illness. Daniel was born July 30, 1967 in Sandusky, and had been an Elyria resident for the past 3 years moving from Lorain, where he lived with his brother for a short while, and previously from Cleveland. He was a 1985 graduate of Vermilion High School. Upon graduating, he joined the...
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Richard "Rick" Houdeshell, Sr.

March 6, 1947 - June 29, 2015

Richard "Rick" L. Houdeshell Sr., 68, of Lorain, died Monday, June 29, 2015 at Autumn Aegis Retirement Community after a lengthy illness. He was born March 6, 1947 in Morrisdale, PA, and had been a Vermilion and Lorain resident since1968. Richard worked for US Steel, Lorain as a bed operator from 1968 until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of AFLCIO #1104 Steel Workers Union and...
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Todd Everett Morgan

November 12, 1972 - June 28, 2015

Todd Everett Morgan, 42, of Sandusky, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015 at The Meadows at Osborn Park, Sandusky after a lengthy illness. Todd was born November 12, 1972 in Amherst, and had been a Vermilion resident since 2002 when he moved to Sandusky. Todd attended many area special education schools including Milan, Elyria, Huron, Perkins Middle School and Sandusky High School. He...
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Ruth Mary Loomis

August 25, 1916 - June 21, 2015

Ruth Mary Loomis (nee McMahon), 98, of Vermilion, died Sunday, June 21, 2015 at MetroHealth Medical Center following a fall in her home. Ruth was born August 25, 1916 in Chicago to Rev. Joseph C. and Ella McMahon. As a child growing up, she lived in Paloma, Philo, Catlin, Sidell, Waynesville, and Martinsville, Illinois from which she graduated from high school. After high school she worked for...
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Ann Marie Garvey

February 8, 1937 - June 15, 2015

Ann Marie Garvey (nee Sumski), 78, of Vermilion, died Monday, June 15, 2015 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center after a sudden illness. Ann was born February 8, 1937 in Scranton, PA, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 40 years moving from Lima. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She also had a passion for animals, especially her dogs. She is survived by her husband...
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Arlene Stockham

May 21, 1928 - June 15, 2015

Arlene Stockham (nee Crosier), 87, of Vermilion, died Monday, June 15, 2015 at University Hospitals of Cleveland after a sudden illness. Arlene was born May 21, 1928 in Vermilion. She graduated from Vermilion High School and Oberlin Business College. After getting married, she moved to Lakewood until 1973 when she and her husband built a home in Vermilion. She was a member of the Vermilion...
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Scharla L Hollinger

July 29, 1950 - June 12, 2015

Scharla L Hollinger (nee Crump), 64, of Norwalk, went home to be with the Lord Friday, June 12, 2015 at Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky after a lengthy illness. Scharla was born July 29, 1950 in Littlefield, TX and grew up in Levelland, TX. She had been a Norwalk resident for the past 10 months, moving from Lubbock, TX. Scharla worked as a Church Secretary for...
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Alexandrea Lynn Bishop

October 9, 1996 - June 11, 2015

Alexandrea Lynn Bishop, 18, of Huron, died Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was born October 9, 1996 in Lorain, and had been a Huron resident for the past 2 years, moving from Athens and Sheffield Lake where she grew up. Alexandrea had graduated from Huron High School and EHOVE Career Center with a degree in Global Business Management. She enjoyed drawing, music, soccer, animals, woodworking,...
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Christopher John Khoury

January 21, 1981 - June 7, 2015

Christopher John Khoury, 34, of Vermilion, died Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the home of a friend. He was born January 21, 1981 in Riverside, CA, and had been a Vermilion resident most of his life. Christopher recently received his CDL and was looking forward to a career in the trucking industry. He enjoyed music, playing the drums, going to the beach, and cooking. He especially...
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William "Bill" F. Fedor

December 23, 1942 - June 3, 2015

William (Bill) F. Fedor, 72, of Vermilion, joined his Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a lengthy illness. Bill was born December 23, 1942 in Lorain, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 40 years. After graduating from Lorain St. Mary's High School, Bill worked for US Steel for nearly 25 years. He later became a bus driver for...
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Lucille Mae Johnson

August 24, 1943 - June 2, 2015

Lucille Mae Johnson (nee Nuhn), 71, of Brownhelm Twp., died Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Stein Hospice after a brief illness. Lucille was born August 24, 1943 in Lorain. She was raised in Vermilion and graduated from Vermilion High School in 1961. She lived in Vermilion until moving to Brownhlem Twp. 6 years ago. She was a member of the Sheffield Lake United Church of Christ, Madeline...
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Keith A. Massie

February 4, 1938 - May 30, 2015

Keith A. Massie, 77, of Vermilion, died Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born February 4, 1938 in Lodi, OH, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 14 years moving from Texas. Keith graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He served his country for 26 years in the United States Army...
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Anna Marie Kovach

March 6, 1923 - May 30, 2015

Anna Marie Kovach (nee Maszton), 92, of Florence Twp., died Saturday, May 30, 2015 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born March 6, 1923 in Lorain and had been a Florence Twp. resident for the past 63 years moving from Henrietta Twp. Anna was a member of Crossroads Christian Center, Oberlin and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed cooking,...
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Mary "May" Bartlett

September 8, 1922 - May 29, 2015

Mary "May" Bartlett (nee Balmer), 92, of Vermilion, died Friday, May 29, 2015 at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born September 8, 1922 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mary moved to Huron, OH from St. Johns Newfoundland in 1953 and to Vermilion where she has resided since 1955. She was a veteran of the British Royal Air Force where she worked as a sensor. May met her husband,...
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Laura R. Winger-Blakeslee

February 9, 1941 - May 25, 2015

Laura R. Winger-Blakeslee (nee Nichols), 74, of Vermilion, was surrounded by her family when she died Monday, May 25, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain after a lengthy illness. She was born February 9, 1941 in Cleveland, grew up in Moreland Hills, and had been a Vermilion resident since 1980 moving from Lorain. Laura graduated from the Orange High School, Chagrin Falls...
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Laurie L Faulk

January 29, 1958 - May 24, 2015

Laurie Lynn Faulk (nee Ovington), 56, of Lorain, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was born October 29, 1958 in Steubenville, and had been a Lorain resident for the past 2 years moving from Vermilion. Laurie worked for Mickey Mart Food Stores as a manager and had also worked for the Vermilion Farm Market. She loved gardening, swimming, cooking, baking, watching the...
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Raymond Kandt

October 1, 1921 - May 24, 2015

Raymond L. Kandt , 93, of Elyria, died Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Keystone Pointe Care Center, Lagrange. He was born October 1, 1921 in Berea, OH. Raymond had been employed by Majestic Molding in Elyria He is survived by his nephew, Raymond C. Dodge of Amherst. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents Max and Elsie (nee Jungeberg) Kandt. Private burial will take place at Ridge...
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Robert A. Marsolais

December 19, 1950 - May 24, 2015

Robert A. "Goose" Marsolais, 64, of Elyria, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Northridge Health Center, North Ridgeville. Robert was born December 19, 1950 in Albany, NY and had been a lifelong Lorain County resident. Robert was a driver for Lakefront Lines for 26 years retiring in 2009. He enjoyed driving, fishing, hunting, and storytelling. He was also a Browns and Indians fan. ...
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Carol L Ball

October 18, 1952 - May 16, 2015

Carol L Ball (nee Hill ), 62, of Vermilion, died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born October 18, 1952 in Sandusky, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 43 years moving from Sandusky. Carol graduated from Sandusky High School. She worked for Adelphia Cable for 30 years before they were bought by Time Warner Cable where...
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Hunter Todd Greenleaf

January 23, 1970 - May 14, 2015

Hunter Todd Greenleaf, 45, of Vermilion, died Thursday, May 14, 2015 at his home after a sudden illness. He was born January 23, 1970 in Wheeling, WV, and had been a life long Vermilion resident. Hunter graduated from the Vermilion High School class of 1988 and had been working for M A Harrison Manufacturing as a foreman for over 20 years. He enjoyed music, his automobiles, bowling,...
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Andrea Teeters

May 6, 1938 - May 12, 2015

Andrea (Cimbalista) Teeters, born in Defiance, PA on May 6, 1938 to Andrew and Mary (Sova) Cimbalista, and residing in Wakeman, passed away May 12th. Andrea was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church in Vermilion. She remained committed to the love of her life Robert (Bobby) even after his death on September 21, 1997 and to the home they built and enjoyed together. Painting, gardening, and...
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Terry Lee Marcum

April 7, 1951 - May 11, 2015

Terry Lee Marcum, 64, of Amherst, died Monday, May 11, 2015 at his home after a sudden illness. He was born April 7, 1951 in Holden, WV, and had been a life long Amherst and Lorain resident. Terry worked on the assembly line at Ford Motor Co., Lorain for 35 years, retiring in 2007. He had also worked in the Lorain ship yards and for the steel mills. He had attended the First Assembly...
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Greg M Peters

September 28, 1953 - May 10, 2015

Gregory M. Peters, age 61, of Vermilion, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 10, 2015 at his residence. Greg was born September 28, 1953 in Gallipolis, OH and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 35 years. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1971. Greg was a journeyman printer and had been employed by Perlmuter Printing in Cleveland and Lorain Printing. Greg was an artist...
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Michael Miller

May 28, 1958 - May 9, 2015

Michael Miller, 56, of Milan, went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, May 9, 2015 after a short illness. He was born May 28, 1958 in Lorain. He attended Vermilion Schools and was in the class of 1977. He had been a Milan resident for the past 8 years living prior to that in Bowling Green. Michael worked for various restaurants in the Bowling Green area including Kaufman's (now SamB's...
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Xander K Cormier

October 21, 2008 - May 9, 2015

Xander K. Cormier, 6, of Vermilion, died Saturday, May 9, 2015 at University Hospitals of Cleveland after a severe asthma attack. Xander was born October 21, 2008 in Beaver , PA and moved to Vermilion with his parents, Jeff and Emily, two year ago from Olmsted Falls. Xander was a kindergarten student at Vermilion Elementary School where he excelled in reading and science. He loved science...
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Patrick Allen Johnston

September 8, 1937 - May 8, 2015

Patrick Allen Johnston, Sr., 77, of Huntsville, Texas passed away on April 8, 2015. He was born on September 8, 1937 in Harlingen, Texas to Clarence and Alice Johnston of Houston, Texas. Patrick enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, traveling, but most of all spending time with his family and friends, and making everyone happy. Patrick was a member of First Presbyterian Church in...
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Edward R. Horner, Sr.

July 27, 1921 - May 6, 2015

Edward R. Horner, Sr. 93, of Amherst, died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky after a lengthy illness. He was born July 27, 1921 in Harrison, KY and had been an Amherst resident for the past 20 years moving from Vermilion. Edward worked for US Steel Co., Lorain as a open hearth operator for 41 years retiring in 1983. He was a member of Harbourtown...
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Nancy Lee Gorbach

January 24, 1954 - April 29, 2015

Nancy Lee Gorbach (nee Lane), 61, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015. She was born January 24, 1954 in Lorain, and had been a life long Vermilion resident. Nancy worked as a waitress and server for various area restaurants. She is survived by her loving sons, Joshua Thomas (Aimee) Gorbach of Lakewood, WA and Joseph Richard Gorbach of Pittsburgh, PA; father, Joe D. (Ellie)...
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Dolores A. Symons

July 28, 1944 - April 28, 2015

Dolores A. Symons (nee Krutch), 70, of Lorain, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Kingston of Vermilion after a lengthy illness. She was born July 28, 1944 in Amherst, OH, and had been a life long Lorain resident before moving to Kingston of Vermilion. Dolores was a member of St. Peter Parish, Lorain. She was Elvis Presley's number one fan and enjoyed spending time with her dog Stella and...
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Virginia Allen-LaBine

January 16, 1927 - April 27, 2015

Virginia P. Allen-LaBine (nee Cunningham), 88, of Vermilion, died Monday, April 27, 2015 at Stein Hospice Care Center after a lengthy illness. She was born January 16, 1927 in Wingo, KY, and had been an Ashland resident for 50 years before moving to Vermilion a year and a half ago. She had also lived in Silver Springs, FL for several years. Virginia had been a very active member of...
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Jason T. "Jake" Stevens

July 10, 1975 - April 21, 2015

Jason "Jake" T. Stevens, 39, of Wakeman, died Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at after a sudden illness. He was born July 10, 1975 in Lorain, and had been a Wakeman resident for the past 5 years moving from South Amherst. Jason had worked for Concast, Birmingham and Johnson Controls, Oberlin. He was in the Firelands High School band and also played on their baseball team. Jason was active on...
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Gordon Ray Akers

September 4, 1944 - April 17, 2015

Gordon Ray Akers, 70, of Vermilion, died Friday, April 17, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a short illness. He was born September 4, 1944 in Corinne, WV, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 20 years moving from Maryland. Gordon worked for Carter Lumber, Vermilion as a sales associate for over 10 years, retiring in 2003. He had attended Lakeview Baptist Church,...
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Bobby L. Richardson

September 24, 1942 - April 15, 2015

Bobby L Richardson, 72, of Vermilion, went home to be with the Lord, April 15, 2015 at Stein Hospice after a lengthy illness. Bob was born September 24, 1942 in Wise Co., VA, and moved from Tom's Creek, VA to Huron in 1956. He then moved to Vermilion in 1969. He was a 1962 graduate of Huron High School and worked for Ford Motor Co., Lorain as a relief man for 32 1/2 years retiring in...
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Mable Lucille Shullick

February 22, 1934 - April 8, 2015

Mable Lucille Shullick (nee Blake), 81, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Kingston of Vermilion after a lengthy illness. She was born February 22, 1934 in Gem, West Virginia and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 50 years moving from Lorain. Mable was part of a car racing family, so she enjoyed going to the races and watching NASCAR. She is survived by her...
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John M. Yacobozzi

July 5, 1925 - April 7, 2015

John M. Yacobozzi, 89, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at his home after a short illness. He was born July 5, 1925 in Lorain, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 66 years moving from Lorain. John served in the US Navy during WWII. John enjoyed working with and for his good friend Lester Mayer at L&M Towing and Repair for the past 25 years. He had also worked for...
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Fern L. Haughwout

June 10, 1914 - April 4, 2015

Fern L. Haughwout (nee Ladrach), 100, of Brownhelm Twp., died Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Kingston of Vermilion after a short illness. She was born June 10, 1914 in Brownhelm and called Brownhelm Twp. her home. However, she had also lived in Berea, North Ridgeville, Wisconsin and was a resident of Bradenton, FL for 40 years. During WWII, Fern worked as a "Doughgirl" and was trained to be...
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Leo George Vander Maelen

April 5, 1954 - April 3, 2015

Leo George VanderMaelen, 60, of Vermilion, died suddenly on April 3, 2015. He was born on April 5, 1954 in Malden Massachusetts. His family moved to Ohio in 1957 when Leo's father, an employee of Ford Motor Company, took a job at the newly opened Ford Assembly Plant in Lorain. Leo was a 1972 graduate of Vermilion High School where he excelled in track and cross-country, breaking the record...
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Lester F. Gerken

April 26, 1941 - April 2, 2015

Lester F. Gerken, 73, of Vermilion, died Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Fairview Hospital after a courageous battle with heart disease. He was born April 26, 1941 in Defiance, OH, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 47 years moving from Ridgeville Corners, OH. Lester graduated from Findlay University and taught math for Ridgeville Corners for 3 years and for Lorain Admiral King for...
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Carol Ann Weekley

September 29, 1953 - April 1, 2015

Carol Ann Weekley (nee Hall), 61, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at New Life Hospice of St. Joseph, Lorain after a short illness. She was born September 29, 1953 in Sutton, WV, and had been a Vermilion area resident for the past 30 years. Carol had worked as a waitress for various restaurants. Carol enjoyed crafts, vacationing and spending time in Clay, WV, and spending...
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Ernest "Ernie" Elmer Fleming

February 28, 1937 - March 26, 2015

Ernest "Ernie" Elmer Fleming, age 78 of Rossford, Ohio passed away on March 26, 2015 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio surrounded by his family. He was born on February 28, 1937 in Vermillion, OH to Elmer C. and Alice (Howell) Fleming. Ernie was a graduate of Vermillion High School and proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged...
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Donald Charles Bechtel

June 22, 1919 - March 26, 2015

Donald Charles Bechtel, 95, of Birmingham, died Thursday, March 26, 2015 at Kingston Residence after a period of declining health. Don was born June 22, 1919 in Amherst and had been a lifelong Brownhelm and Birmingham resident. He was a veteran of the US Navy serving during World War II. He was a survivor of the sinking of the USS Helena in the Battle of Kula Gulf, July 6, 1943. He...
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Beverly Jean Markus

September 10, 1951 - March 25, 2015

Beverly Jean Markus (nee West), 63, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a short illness. She was born September 10, 1951 in Lorain, and had been a life long Vermilion resident. Beverly had worked at the Olive Factory in Vermilion. She was a member of the Harbourtown Community Church, Vermilion. She enjoyed tending to her flowers, lawn...
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Lynn E. Tallman

May 28, 1952 - March 24, 2015

Lynn E. Tallman, 62, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after an eight month battle with cancer. He was born May 28, 1952 in Buckhannon, WV, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 60 years moving from Buckhannon. Lynn worked as a carpenter for 36 years retiring from the Carpenters Local 435, Cleveland in 2006. He was a member of...
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Audrey J, Kinnard

May 14, 1930 - March 22, 2015

Audrey J. Kinnard, 84, of Vermilion, died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Kingston of Vermilion after a lengthy illness. She was born May 14, 1930 in Pittsburgh, PA, and had been a Huron resident for the past 15 years moving from Olive Branch, Mississippi. Audrey worked as an executive secretary for many years . Audrey was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church,Vermilion, Herb...
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Joan Emma Valachek

January 7, 1945 - March 22, 2015

Joan Emma Valachek (nee Dlugos), 70, of Vermilion, died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Fairview Hospital after short illness. She was born January 7, 1945 in Lorain, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 44 years moving from Lorain. Joan graduated from Clearview High School in 1962 and received her Bachelor of Science from Kent State University. She also graduated from the College of...
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George Samuel Tanner

December 25, 1946 - March 21, 2015

George Samuel Tanner, 68, of Vermilion, died March 21, 2015 of cancer at Mercy New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph. After he had DBS surgery at University Hospitals in Cleveland in late January, complications set in and tumors were discovered in his liver. He was born on Christmas day in 1946 in Diane, W.Va., one of 16 brothers and sisters. He came to NE Ohio in 1970 and had resided in...
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Connie M Yancar

August 26, 1946 - March 20, 2015

Connie M. Yancar (nee Williams), 68, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born August 26, 1946 in Youngstown and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 35 years moving from Youngstown. Connie had worked at Big Lots, Vermilion and as a greeter at the Super Kmart, Amherst. She especially enjoyed her years as a day care provider for...
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Roy T. Smith

February 9, 1933 - March 19, 2015

Roy T. Smith, 82, of Vermilion, died Thursday, March 19, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a lengthy illness. He was born February 9, 1933 in Lawrence Co., AL, and had been a Vermilion area resident since 1954. Roy worked for Wakefield Brass, ITT-Wakefield Corp., and Lithonia Downlighting, for 40 years retiring in 1995. He was a member of Amvets Post #22 and the...
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John F. Tallitsch

January 25, 1948 - March 12, 2015

John F. Tallitsch, age 67, of Vermilion, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Lakewood Hospital due to complications from a brief illness. John was born January 25, 1948 in Chicago, IL and had been a summer and year round Vermilion resident for the past 44 years. He was awarded a Bachelors degree from North Central College, and a Masters degree from Loyola University of Chicago. ...
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John "Jack" Elden, Jr.

September 7, 1932 - March 7, 2015

John A. "Jack" Elden Jr., 82, of Vermilion, died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Mill Manor Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. He was born September 7, 1932 in Cleveland, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 51 years moving from Cleveland. Jack graduated from the University School, Amherst College, and the University of Michigan Law School. He was an attorney and served the City...
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Conrad E Schaber

April 10, 1952 - March 7, 2015

Conrad E. Schaber, 62, of Vermilion, died Saturday, March 7, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, Lorain after a lengthy illness. He was born April 10, 1952 in Buffalo, NY, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 43 years moving from Buffalo, NY. Conrad worked for Ford Motor Co., Lorain and Avon retiring in 2002 after 30 years. He had been a former member of the Avon...
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Glenn "Red" Hall

January 10, 1935 - March 6, 2015

Glenn "Red" Hall, 80, of Vermilion, died Friday, March 6, 2015 at his home after a lengthy illness. Glenn was born January 10, 1935 in Letcher Co., KY and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 45 years moving from Lorain. He worked for Ford Motor Co., Lorain as a UAW Representative for 24 years and retired in 1991 after 30 years. He was affiliated with Fellowship Baptist Church,...
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Bernadine "Bernie" Katanik

August 3, 1924 - February 27, 2015

Bernadine "Bernie" H. Katanik (nee Collisi ), 90, of Parma, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2015, at Holy Family Home, Parma, after a short illness. She was born August 3, 1924 in Cleveland, and grew up in Parma. She moved to Vermilion from Parma in 1972 where she resided until moving back to Parma in 2009. Bernie had been a very active member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Vermilion where she was...
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James "Jim" Sigler

February 7, 1938 - February 26, 2015

James "Jim" Lester Sigler, 77, of Vermilion, sunset Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at Fairview Hospital. Sunrise Feb. 7, 1938 in Senatobia, Mississippi and had been a Vermilion resident since 1960. He served in the United States Army from 1955 to 1958 in Europe, France, and Germany as a Military Policeman. He earned a European Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and a Marksmanship Medal. Jim...
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Kathryn "Kay" R. Heberling

February 20, 1919 - February 25, 2015

Kathryn "Kay" R. Heberling (nee Witzlaben), 96, formally of Vermilion, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Altenheim Nursing Facility, Strongsville after a lengthy illness. She was born February 20, 1919 in Lorain and moved from Wakeman to Vermilion in 1941where she resided until moving to Strongsville in 2010. Kay had attended the Cleveland Spencerian College of Business and worked for...
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Sandra L. St. Clair

June 30, 1942 - February 22, 2015

Sandra L. St. Clair (nee Carlton), 72, of Lorain, died Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Autumn Aegis Nursing Home. Sandra was born June 30, 1942 in Detroit, MI and had been a Lorain resident for the past 46 years. Sandra worked for Ford Automotive Plant body shop as a right hand technician retiring in 2001. She was a member of Church of God of Prophecy in Vermilion. She enjoyed...
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Elizabeth Reid LaMarche

August 23, 1937 - February 17, 2015

Elizabeth Reid LaMarche (nee Shook), 77, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at her home. She was born August 23, 1937 in Holloway, OH, and had been a Vermilion resident since 1946 moving from Lorain. Elizabeth graduated from Vermilion High School class of 1955 and St. Joseph's School of Practical Nursing. She worked at Wakefield Brass, Vermilion and then started her career...
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Ruth Catherine Will

July 7, 1920 - February 16, 2015

Ruth Catherine Will (nee Angersbach), 94, of Vermilion, died Monday, February 16, 2015 at Mill Manor Nursing Home, Vermilion. She was born July 7, 1920 in Henrietta Twp. and had been a life long area resident. Ruth graduated from the Brownhelm High School class of 1938. She worked for American Radiator during WWII and as a maid/nanny for an Elyria family where she enjoyed taking care of...
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Terri Lynn Johnson

April 8, 1958 - February 13, 2015

Terri Lynn Johnson (nee Herald), 56, of Vermilion, died Friday, February 13, 2015 at her home after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born April 8, 1958 in Indianapolis, IN, and had been a Vermilion resident since 1986 moving from Richton Park, IL. Terri worked for Lorain National Bank as a bank teller supervisor for the past 25 years, retiring in 2011. She was a member of the...
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Lisa Marie Jones

August 26, 1980 - February 12, 2015

Lisa Marie Jones, 34, of Vermilion, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at her home. She was born August 26, 1980 in Elyria, and had been a life long Vermilion resident. Lisa was a student at Lorain Community College and enjoyed writing and making clothes and jewelry. She had a passion for music and art, especially painting and doing sculptures. Her daughter, "Lilli", was her number one...
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Gloria Jeanne Simon

October 6, 1949 - February 6, 2015

Gloria Jeanne Simon (nee McGee), 69, of Elyria, died Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born October 6, 1945 in Caribou, ME and had been an Elyria resident for the past 45 years moving from Columbus. Gloria worked as a sales associate for various hotels. She also worked for the Nord Center in customer service and was a...
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Merrianne "Mimi" Bella

December 21, 1959 - February 5, 2015

Merrianne "Mimi" Bella (nee Miller ), 55, of Vermilion, died Thursday, February 5, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a lengthy illness. She was born December 21, 1959 in Lorain and had been a life long Vermilion resident. Mimi worked as a receptionist for Betcher Industries for 36 years. Mimi had attended the United Church of Christ Congregational and enjoyed...
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Katie Wilkerson

April 12, 1924 - February 3, 2015

Katie Wilkerson (nee Dempsey), 90, former resident of Vermilion, went home to be with the Lord on February 3, 2015, at Friendship Village in Dublin, OH after a lengthy illness. Katie was born April 12, 1924 in Selma, Alabama and had been a Vermilion resident for 40 years before moving to the Dublin area in 2000 to be near her son. Katie loved children and taught 4 and 5 year olds Sunday School...
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Joann K Richardson

December 22, 1951 - February 3, 2015

Joann K. Richardson (nee Kudela), 63, of Florence Twp., went home to be with her Savior Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Joann was born December 22, 1951 in Amherst, OH, and had been a Florence Twp., resident for the past 39 years moving from Vermilion. She graduated from Ashland College and was working on her Master's Degree at...
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Donald W Kitchen

September 3, 1937 - February 3, 2015

Donald Ward Kitchen, 77, of Lorain, died Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Mill Manor Nursing Home after a short illness. He was born September 3, 1937 in Lorain where he had been a life long resident. Donald graduated from the Lorain High School Class of 1955 A and Ohio University. He worked as a production and planning manager for US Steel Lorain Works for 30 years. He was a member of...
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Gudridur "Dudda" Conway

April 20, 1933 - February 2, 2015

Gudridur "Dudda" Conway (nee Kristjansdottir), 81, of Vermilion, died Monday, February 2, 2015 at Mill Manor Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Dudda was born April 20, 1933 in Reykjavik, Iceland, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 49 years, moving from Iceland . She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, getting her hair done, and...
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Marjorie C Maners

May 13, 1924 - January 30, 2015

Marjorie C. Maners (nee Spoon), 90, of Vermilion, died Friday, January 30, 2015, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a short illness. Marjorie was born May 13, 1924 in Halls, TN and has been a Vermilion resident since 1958, moving from Tennessee. Marjorie had worked for different nursing homes including Nuhn's Nursing Home and Riverview Nursing Home in Vermilion. She had also...
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Naomi M Ewbank

October 5, 1928 - January 23, 2015

Naomi M. Ewbank (nee Wolford), 86, of Vermilion, died Friday, January 23, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a lengthy illness. She was born October 5, 1928 in Bloominggrove township, Richland County, Ohio and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 14 years moving from Medina and Ashland. Naomi started her career at the Mansfield Telephone Company. She then worked for...
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Rodney Dean Pinter , Jr.

March 6, 1973 - January 19, 2015

Rodney Dean Pinter Jr., 41, of Vermilion, died Monday, January 19, 2015 at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He was born March 6, 1973 in Amherst, OH, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 18 years moving from Sheffield Twp. Rodney worked for Lake Terminal Railroad doing track maintenance for 7years. Rodney enjoyed golfing, turkey shoots, carpentry, and doing body work on...
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Georgenia "Genia" Irene Marrero

March 19, 1978 - January 19, 2015

Georgenia "Genia" Irene Marrero (nee Gabel), 36, of Vermilion, died Monday, January 19, 2015 at her home after a lengthy illness. Genia was born March 19, 1978 in Oberlin and had been a life long Vermilion area resident. She enjoyed painting ceramics and spending time with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed being a mother and spending time with her children. She is...
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Carol D. White

July 2, 1948 - January 18, 2015

Carol D. White (nee Edwards), 66, of Vermilion, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at her home after a lengthy illness. Carol was born July 2, 1948 in Beckley, WV, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 45 years moving from West Virginia. She had worked as a bartender for Rebate and then the VFW Post #7576. She was a member of the VFW Post #7576 Ladies Aux. where she had served as...
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Ervin "Erv" Wragg

July 24, 1927 - January 18, 2015

Ervin "Erv" E. Wragg, 87, of Vermilion, died Sunday, January 18, 2015 at New Life Hospice after a lengthy illness. Erv was born July 24, 1927 in South Amherst where he had resided until moving to Vermilion in 1998. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during World War II. Erv graduated from the South Amherst High School Class of 1945 and worked as a machinist for the Cleveland...
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Brooke A. Pilarsh

October 10, 1979 - January 17, 2015

Brooke A. Pilarsh, 35, of Sandusky, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Firelands Regional Medical Center. Brooke was born October 10, 1979 in Sandusky. She is survived by her life partner Roger Hahler; children Destiny Pilarsh and Nicholas Tobicash; grandaughter Serenity Winters; mother Monica (Dale) Besida of Vermilion; brothers Dale Besida Jr. of Florida and Benjamin Besida of...
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Travis C. Rowan

August 17, 1977 - January 14, 2015

Travis C Rowan, 37, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center. Travis was born August 17, 1977 in Weston, WV, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 31 years moving from Cleveland. Travis had worked for Local Union 33, Vermilion as a sheet metal worker. He had been a member of several dart clubs and enjoyed golfing and playing darts. He...
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Walter "Wally" Wellner

December 7, 1942 - January 13, 2015

Walter "Wally" Thomas Wellner, 72, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Hospice of the Western Reserve after a short illness. Wally was born December 7, 1942 in Cleveland, and had been a life long Vermilion resident. He was a veteran of the Marines Corp serving during the Cold War. Wally worked as a bus driver and mechanic for the Vermilion Schools for 28 years retiring...
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Gordon W. Britnell

December 25, 1948 - January 12, 2015

Gordon W. Britnell, 66, of Vermilion, died Monday, January 12, 2015 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a lengthy illness. Gordon was born December 25, 1948 in Woodstock, Ontario , Canada and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 2 years moving from Cambridge, OH. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during Vietnam and a Purple Heart recipient. Gordon worked for Ford...
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Helen Barbara Baniecki

April 8, 1918 - January 7, 2015

Helen Barbara Baniecki (nee Pavlin), 96, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Mill Manor Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Helen was born April 8, 1918 in Anvil Location, MI, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 21 years moving from Mather, PA. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1937 and worked as a telephone operator for Green County Memorial Hospital ...
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William R. Tarrant

March 25, 1928 - January 7, 2015

William R. Tarrant, 86, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Mill Manor Nursing Home after a short illness. William was born March 25, 1928 in Amherst and had been a life long Vermilion resident. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean War. William started his career at his parents newspaper, Vermilion News, as a printer. He then worked for Firelands...
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David Louis Carnahan, Sr.

July 24, 1946 - January 4, 2015

David Louis Carnahan, 68, of Hartsville, SC, died Sunday, January 4, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center. David was born July 24, 1946 in Pittsburgh, PA. He had lived most of his life in Hartsville, SC and Pittsburgh, PA. David worked as a truck driver for M & M Auto Wholesalers. He enjoyed NASCAR and attending races with his children and grandchildren. He is survived by...
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Sarah L Schurdell

March 18, 1949 - January 1, 2015

Sarah L. Schurdell (nee Pierce), 65, of Vermilion, died Thursday, January 1, 2015 at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Sarah was born March 18, 1949 in Amherst, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 10 years moving from Elyria. She worked as a caregiver for Flat Rock Homes for the past 16 years. Sarah had attended Kipton Community Church. She was an...
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Dennis L. Pettry, Jr.

February 15, 1983 - December 31, 2014

Dennis L. Pettry Jr., 31, of Vermilion, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at his home. Dennis was born February 15, 1983 in Lorain, and had been a life long Vermilion resident. Dennis graduated form Vermilion High School in 2003. He had attended Lakeview Baptist Church, Vermilion and he enjoyed fishing, target shooting, lifting weights, and running. He was very athletic and earned his...
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Shirley J Claus

February 2, 1930 - December 30, 2014

Shirley J. Claus (nee Snell), 84, of Vermilion, died Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Stein Hospice after a lengthy illness. She was born February 2, 1930 in Imperial, NE, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 9 years moving from the Bay Village area where she had resided for over 30 years. Shirley owned her own antique business for 20 years, and had also worked as a stenographer for...
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John C Tuttle

June 3, 1933 - December 28, 2014

John C. Tuttle, 81, of Vermilion, died Sunday, December 28, 2014 at his home after a short illness. John was born June 3, 1933 in Cleveland, and had been a lifelong Vermilion resident and businessman. He graduated from Vermilion High School in 1951, the University of Notre Dame in 1955 and had also attended Cleveland Marshall Law School. John started Tuttle Insurance Agency, Vermilion in...
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Elma Hector

February 13, 1925 - December 27, 2014

Elma G. Hector (nee Rash), 89, of Vermilion, died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at New Life Hospice, Lorain after a short illness. Elma was born February 13, 1925 in Marie, AR, and had been a Vermilion resident for the past 56 years moving from Memphis, TN. She was an active member of the Church of Christ, Vermilion. She enjoyed bowling, going to flea markets, and making jelly. She...
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Julianna M. Nedro Link

February 24, 1971 - December 26, 2014

Julianna M. Nedro Link, 43, of Vermilion died Friday, December 26, 2014 at her home after an 8 year illness. Julianna was born Feb. 24, 1971 in Amherst and had lived most of her life in Vermilion. She had also lived in Louisville, OH. She graduated from Vermilion High School in 1989 and from Hocking College with a degree in Outdoor Recreation. Julianna had a passion for horticulture...
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Janet A. Mikola

December 30, 1924 - December 25, 2014

Janet A. Mikola (nee Parsons), 89, of Vermilion, died Thursday, December 25, 2014 at her home after a sudden illness. Janet was born December 30, 1924 in Lorain and had been a life longVermilion resident. She had worked as a receptionist for several local doctor's offices including Dr. Kingsly, for over 20 years retiring in 1989. Janet was a member of the United Church of Christ...
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