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Wayne F. Erdelack

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“I worked with Wayne for many years at Nestle. Wayne was not only a good and thorough lawyer but just a real nice guy. He was someone you could...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Alan Pasetsky - New York, NY

“Dear Ones, It was with a heavy heart that I learned of Wayne's passing. He's truly irreplaceable. His example of strength, intergity and humor...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Candace Keen - Stuart, FL

“Dear Erdelack Family, Our deepest sympathy to you all. We remember what a nice Dad and husband you were lucky to call yours. May his memory be a...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Cyndy Fellenbaum - Pepper Pike, OH

“I never met Wayne. However, I worked closely with his son Drew in Chicago IL for close to 3 years. Assuming Drew exemplified certain attributes of...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Nathan Chew - St. Louis , MO

“For as long as I have known Drew (which is most of my life) he has always been the most friendly, outgoing and compassionate of the bunch. Though I...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Matt Brown - Manhattan Beach, CA

“Barb and Family: I was saddened to see that Wayne has passed away. I worked with Wayne at Hesser, Armstrong and I remember all the good times that...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: pam unger - middleburg heights, OH

“Dear Mrs. Erdelack, I knew Wayne while I was Human Resource Manager at Stouffers/Nestle for twenty years. I enjoyed knowing and working with Wayne...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Jack Durkin - Sagamore Hills, OH

“To Wayne's Family, I attended law school with Wayne. We didn't keep up with each other, but I would see him downtown or at social events...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Pat Murphy - University Heights, OH

“Barb, Wesley and Drew I was so sad to hear about Wayne's death. It is so hard to loose someone earlier in life than you expect. Please know our...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Beth Irtz - Denver, CO

“While I did not have the gift of knowing Wayne for a long period of time, I am happy I had the privilege of sharing a short period of time. How...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Patty White - Deerfield Beach, FL

“My favorite memory of Wayne may surprise some but it is a series of feelings I will never forget. Many are familiar with a famous band of misfits...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Patrick C. McCormick - CA

“Barb, I was so sorry to open the paper and see Wayne's picture. I know that this has been difficult for you. I hope you and the boys find comfort...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Debbie Jacobson - Cleveland, OH

“Barb, although I've only met Wayne a few times I have so much enjoyed reconnecting with you through golf. Please know that both Jim and I are so...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Claudia Cull - Cleveland Heights, OH

“Dear Barb, Wes and Drew, A great husband, father, son and friend has been lifted up to the Kingdom of Heaven by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Charlene Mandat - Macedonia, OH

“I will always remember "Wayne-O", as we called him at Nestle, stopping by my office to chat and we would just yuck it up! His sense of humor always...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Judy Salmi Yeager - Twinsburg, OH

“Barbie, Wes and Drew, So sorry for your loss. You are all in my prayers. ”
16 of 21 | Posted by: Winkie Somnitz - Kirtland, OH

“I shall always remember Wayne as a down-to-earth and compassionate lawyer and person. He always was interested in the person who was talking to him,...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Marion Walsh - Olmsted Township, OH

“Wayne was an inspiration to my children- and a devoted friend to their dad. He was always someone the members of my family could count on. He had...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: phyllis albert - cleveland, OH

“We were both from Pittsburgh so it was always a trip back "home" when we talked. And, we loved our Steelers. Wayne was a good guy. ”
19 of 21 | Posted by: Linda Zabec - Los Angeles, CA

“Where do I begin to explain how I feel about Wayne-O. He was a good friend to me when I worked at Nestle. We shared many laughs, and I particularly...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Lois Weeks - Aurora, OH

“In the fall of 1964, Wayne and I met playing football on the frosh team at UR. We were part of a group of about 15 guys, all from kind of scrappy...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: David Ragusa - Durham, NC


WAYNE F. ERDELACK, beloved husband of Barbara McConnell Erdelack. Dear father of Wesley Erdelack of Boston, Massachusetts and Drew Erdelack of Chicago, Illinois. Beloved son of Shirley Rice of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The family prefers that those who wish may make contributions in his name to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 23297 Commerce Park, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT FEDERATED CHURCH IN CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7 AT 3 PM. Wayne grew up in the North Hills neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA and attended Rochester University on a football scholarship. The first member of his family to attend college, he played center on the varsity squad and worked at the rail yard over the summer for extra money. During college, he was most proud of maneuvering his Triumph motorcycle down the basement steps of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity house. After graduating from college in 1968, he moved to Cleveland and enrolled in Case Western Reserve University Law School. He was drafted into the Army in February 1969 and served as a military policeman at an army base in Germany. He returned to Case Western in 1971 and graduated with distinction in spring 1973. Upon passing the bar he joined the firm of Hesser, McGraw and Armstrong. Wayne’s good fortune continued to improve in 1974: after an uncommunicative lunch date, Wayne’s dance moves on the second date won him the heart of Barbara McConnell. They were married in 1975 and moved to Shaker Heights. Soon thereafter, they gave birth to their sons, Wesley and Drew. Later, Wayne became an in-house lawyer for ATO, later Figgy & Co International. His career path then led him to become general council and VP at Stouffer’s and moved to Moreland Hills with his young family. After its acquisition by Nestle, he became Supervising Council for the real estate, hotel, and corporate finance division, and finished his career in 2005. Wayne was an avid world traveler, an award-winning painter, a volunteer at the Chagrin Falls Park Community Center, and a city councilman. He loved reading history, listening to Motown, “debating” with his friends, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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