Devore, Elizabeth J.

Elizabeth J. Devore (nee Paxton), 45 of Elyria passed away suddenly on Friday, November 1, 2019. She had worked as a Dental Assistant when she was younger, but spent the majority of her time raising her three daughters. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and aunt.

Elizabeth is survived by her daughters, Allison, Meghan, and Hailey Devore; her mother, Twila Paxton; brother, Brad Paxton (Amanda); and niece, Brittany Paxton.

She was preceded in death by her father, David Paxton.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Wednesday, Nov. 6  from 6-7:30pm with a remembrance service beginning at 7:30pm.

Wise, Shirley L.

Shirley L. Wise, 65 of Lorain, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019. She retired last year after working for 32 years as an STNA at Amherst Manor. She enjoyed reading, watching movies, and attending concerts, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Angela Donaldson (Ken Waldrop) and Rachel Higginbotham (Chad); grandchildren, Alyssa Mihalic, Brendan Mihalic, Autumn Arbaugh, Isabella Higginbotham, and Ava Higginbotham; and her sister, Mary Chitwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mabel Carender.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Friday from 5-7pm.

Nelson, Leason Sr.

Leason Nelson, Sr., 96 of Elyria, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 11, 2019. He was a retired foundry worker who was loved by all. Leason served as a Deacon, and was always active in his church including Church of the North Coast and Second Baptist Church in Elyria.

Leason is survived by his loving wife Jackie; children, Leason Nelson, Jr., Linda Perry (Melvin), Oscar Nelson, and Shree Plaza (Carlos); and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and all of his brothers and sisters.

No services are scheduled at this time.

Fern, Shelby Jean

Shelby Jean Fern (nee Burdette), age 81, of LaGrange, passed away peacefully on October 8th, 2019, at Welcome Nursing Home, Oberlin Ohio. She was born May 26th, 1938, in Greenville, South Carolina. She has lived in various parts of Lorain County since the late 50’s. Shelby enjoyed spending time with her family, camping in Loudonville, traveling, assembling puzzles, reading books and playing bingo.

Survivors include Son’s Robert W. Fern (April), of Sweetser, Indiana, Charley Fern (Ruthi) of Lorain, Ken Fern Jr. (Morgan) of Brunswick. Grandchildren Michele Britton (Gary), Rob Fern Jr. (Andreanna), Rachel Fern, Todd Fern (Beth), Charley Fern (Amber), Christopher Fern (Ashley), Lori Lovell (Keith), Marlayna Fern (Chris), Tyler Fern and 14 Great Grandchildren.

Shelby was preceded in Death by her husband, Charles J Fern; her son Ken Fern Sr.; daughter Vickie Lynn Fern; parents, Hubert and Annie (Vaughn) Burdette; sisters Edna “Dean” Laws; Norma Lowe; Brothers Clyde, Steve, Ed and Bob Burdette.

The family will receive friends Monday at Peace Mennonite Church, 9300 West Ridge Road, Elyria from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with the service immediately following.

Minick, Ronald A.

Ronald A. Minick, 75 of Elyria, passed away on September 24, 2019 following a brief illness. He was born in Paint Township, PA on November 14, 1943. He retired from York International. Ron enjoyed reading, antiques, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Survivors include his daughters, Cristi Minick and Debbi (Ray) Amador; 2 stepsons, Scott and David (Kim) Ryan; 7 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; his brother, John (Sue) Minick; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Minick; estranged wife Pat Minick; a great-grandson Randy; and many aunts and uncles.

Cremation will be private per his request.

Moss, Brenda S.

Brenda S. Moss (nee Baisden), 75 of Elyria Township, passed away on Friday, September 20, 2019. She loved going to garage sales, flea markets, and antiquing with her good friend Jean Sherrard. She also loved her dogs, Coco and Lucky, and her granddogs, Meeko, Kenobi, and Romeo.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 50 years, Daryl; children, Shannon Moss (Melissa) and Daria Castro (Nelson); grandchildren, Jasmyn Ortiz, Jade Castro, Julian Castro, and Ashley Schuster; great grandchildren, Lucas and Paisley Schuster; and her twin sister, Linda Gregory.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Odell and Hazel Baisden; and siblings, JoAnn Hayner, Lillian Jackson, Gloria Rose, Buddy Baisden, Michael Baisden, and Doris Baisden.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Monday from 6-8pm. The funeral service will be held at the Lowell Street Baptist Church, 642 Lowell Street, Elyria on Tuesday at 11am.

Moss, Dale L.

Dale L. Moss, Sr., 66 of Oberlin, passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2019. He had worked in construction most of his life. Dale is survived by a son, Chris Slone; grandchildren; and a brother, Daryl Moss (Brenda).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson and Marie Moss; a son, Dale, Jr; brothers, Dennis and Dana Moss; and a sister, Dawn Brown.

Friends will be received at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Sunday from 4-6pm.

Derifay, John

John (Rattler/Digger/Butch) Derifay 87 of Lorain, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 15, 2019.  He was born on January 11, 1932 in Lorain and remained a lifelong resident of the city.  He was employed by the City of Lorain – Elmwood Cemetery until 1994 and then became a bailiff for the late Judge Robert Ewers until 2002.

John was a member of the Lion’s Club, many social clubs in the area, and was an original “River Rat”.  John enjoy fast pitch softball back in his day and spending time with his family and friends.    John was a social butterfly and has touched the lives of many.

John was preceded in death by his parents Steve and Josephine (Frankovich) Derifay, and his brother Steve (Tuffy) Derifay.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Barbara (Spehar); daughters Monica Walker of California, and Michelle Derifay of North Carolina; grandchildren Brandon (Candice) Walker of California, Brittany (Ben ) Clark-Walker of California, and Taylor Cartmill of Lorain; great grandchildren Brooklyn Walker and Braxson Walker; and sisters Donna Dineff and Rose Marie Perichak both of Lorain.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects and celebrate John at St. Lads Picnic Grounds 4221 Clinton Avenue, Lorain Ohio on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00pm.

Gfell, Thomas A.

Thomas A. Gfell, 74 of Lorain, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on September 12, 2019.  He was born on June 26, 1945 in Lorain, Ohio.  Thomas graduated from Lorain High School and worked at US Steel as an Electrician until he retired. He enjoyed fishing, spending time at the lake, and with his family.

Thomas leaves behind his children, Lora Gfell of Lorain, Dawn Kos (David) of Avon Lake, Nicholas Beckloff (Sara) of Apex, NC, Mackenzie Gfell of West Newton, PA, and December Gfell of Mt. Vernon, OH; granddaughters, Heather Saunders, Hannah Gfell, and Maddalyn Beckloff; grandsons, David Kos, Jr., and Jake Whitson; great granddaughters, Adrianna, BellaRose, Londyn, and Layla; a sister, Sandy Scoffil; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Joshua Thomas Gfell; parents, Robert and Helen Gfell; and brothers, Robert Gfell, and Gilbert Gfell.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Tuesday from 5pm-6:30pm with a celebration of his life at 6:30pm.

Hancock, James H. “Jimmy”

James H. “Jimmy” Hancock, age 64 of Lorain, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. He was a Heavy Equipment Operator for the J.S. Paris Excavating Company. Jimmy loved spending time in the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and working on cars.

Jimmy is survived by his parents, Robert and Jean Hancock; his son, Teddy Hancock (Dawn); grandchildren, Brenna and Seth Hancock; siblings, Rhonda Largent (Gerry), and Robert Hancock; and his fiancé, Jody Bertram.

He was preceded in death by his brother Joseph Hancock.

The funeral service will be held at the Good Hope Free Will Baptist Church, 42503 Butternut Ridge Rd. on Friday, September 13 at 1pm. The family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 11am -1pm. Burial to follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Morgan, Michael J.

Michael J. Morgan, Jr., 59 of Kipton, passed away in August, 2019. He was the devoted and loveable brother of Pamela Morgan-Hune (Jerry); and uncle to Tonya, Daniel, and Nicholas Pedraza. Michael worked at Home Depot and loved his animals. He enjoyed fishing and liked hot rods and spending time at Norwalk Raceway.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion Morgan.

According to his wishes, there will be no services.

Wyatt, Linda

Linda Wyatt (nee Kunz), 76 of Westlake, went home to be with the Lord on August 28, 2019. She enjoyed working for over 30 years at Duck Tape World Headquarters in Avon in the customer service department. She loved her job and everything was “Ducky” to her! Linda was a devoted Christian with Grace Baptist Church in North Ridgeville being her church home for the past several years. She loved to serve, especially with the “Sunshine Class” (special needs ministry) and always brought her own sunshine with her wherever she went. Affectionately known as “Grandma Linda” by many, she always had a smile and words of encouragement, and yes, the never-ending plays on words never failed to escape her lips! Linda adored her family and heartily cheered on the Browns at every opportunity – she was a die hard fan! She loved to lovingly tease and joke with friends and family and her mastery of words never failed to bring a smile as she was an expert at making hilarious puns and clever plays-on-words.

Linda is survived by her children Timothy Hawkins (Tami); Katherine Demyan, Gordon Hawkins (Jennifer), Leonard Hawkins, and Heather Hawkins; and grandchildren, Lilly Tupa, Amanda and Nicholas Demyan, Nikki Baum, and Kylie Ackerman.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Loretta Kunz; brother, George Kunz; and her first born daughter, Lorinda Tupa.

Please join the family for a Celebration of her Life on Saturday, September 7 at noon at the Grace Baptist Church, 38079 Center Ridge Rd., North Ridgeville.

Smith, J. Richard

J. Richard Smith, 83 of Lorain, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at his home. He drove tank in the 32nd Armor Division of the Army. Richard had worked at Bechstein Paving in Birmingham, Griffith Black Top in Lorain, and retired from Fralley as a truck driver. He had lived in Corona and Norco, CA for some time, before moving back to Lorain in 1973. Richard was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lorain and liked car racing and John Wayne westerns.  He was a “comedic genius”.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Karen (nee Webber); children, Jeff (Maureen), Scot, Natalie Calamante (Michael), Sarah Smith, and Stephen Vanek; grandchildren, Maggie, Heather, Molly, Anne, Daniel, Aileen, Michael, David, Phillip, Gabrielle, and Morgan; 5 great grandchildren; and brothers, Warren Roy and Kenneth Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents Carlton and Helen Smith; and siblings, William Boyd Smith in infancy, Carlton Robert “Bob” Smith, Gerald Russell Smith, Donna Smith Franklin, and Carol Smith Dendinger.

The family will receive friends at the Smith residence -1157 West 8th Street, Lorain, 44052 on Thursday from 1-8pm.  The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10am at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lorain. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.

Livingston, Charles Sr.

Charles Livingston, Sr., 82 of Olmsted Twp., passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Beloved husband of the late Eleanor. Loving “Pops” to Cheryl Hrivnak (John), Charles Livingston, Jr. (Donna), Lynne Bartow (Sam), Scott Livingston (Michelle), and the late Ellie Livingston. Grandfather of 15 and great grandfather of 20. Brother of Marlene Scott (Chuck), Wayne Livingston (Shirley), and the following deceased – William Morris, Harry “Junior” Morris, Everett Morris, Jean Fox, Clyde “Bud” Livingston (Alice, surviving), and Beverly Deck.

Visitation at the Westwood Abbey at Sunset Memorial Park on Tuesday from 1-3 and 5-8pm. The funeral service will be Wednesday at 11am at the Westwood Abbey.

Knight, Norma J.

Norma J. Knight (nee Tracy), 76 of Lorain, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 31, 2019. She was a faithful Christian woman who ran a card ministry and worked with Missions for Orphans through Christian Life Church.  She enjoyed shopping excursions to Amish country. Norma will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and a friend to many.

She is survived by her loving husband Thomas; children, Paula Kaminski (Brent), Sherry Hamilton (Neil), Jamey Knight (Stacy), and Steven Knight; grandchildren, Thomas (Daned), Kraig (Bianei), Tyler, and Emma; great grandchildren, Carly, Emily, and Skye;  brother, William “Junior” Tracy (Patty); and sisters, Zana Freeman, Martha Cole, and Louise Tracy.

Norma was preceded in death by her parents, William and Nettie (Cochran) Tracy; sisters, Winifred Skidmore, Aretha Parker, Jewell McCourt, and Inez Life; and a brother, Denver Tracy.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 5-8pm at Christian Life Church, 3559 West Erie Ave., Lorain. The funeral service will be held at the church on Thursday at 11am followed by the burial at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

McFarland, Roy F.

Roy F. McFarland, age 77 of Vermilion, passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.   He is survived by his sons, James, Frank, and Michael McFarland and step daughters, Pamela Schue and Tammy Farmer.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Agnes McFarland and his brothers and sisters.

There are no services scheduled

Ables, Bernard L.

Bernard L. Ables, 60 of Elyria Township, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at his home. He enjoyed fishing and collecting sports memorabilia and had worked for Elyria Foundry for 25 years.

Bernard is survived by his children, Kelly Ables Alberto (Steve), Brandon Ables (Alex), Ryan Ables, and Melissa Ables (Norm); grandchildren, Seth, Boston, Beckett, Rylee, Ryan, Jr., Alliyah, and Lacey; and a sister, Brenda Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents Orville and Lois Ables.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Tuesday from 5-7pm with a Time of Remembrance beginning at 7pm.

Pickens, Jaclyn

Jaclyn Pickens, age 32 of Lorain, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, August 18, 2019. She was a hard worker who had a good heart and was a very giving person.  Jaclyn always wanted to help others.

She is survived by her children, Jimmy and Gabby; parents, Arthur and Marcia Pickens; brother, Arthur “Bill” Pickens; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Jaclyn is now reunited with her brother Christopher Pickens who preceded her in death.

In remembrance of Jaclyn, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

No services are planned at this time.

Duncan, Vera L.

Vera L. Duncan (nee Griffin), 71 of Elyria, passed away Monday, August 19, 2019 at her home. She loved cooking, spending time with her family, and being with her church family at West Ridge Baptist Church. Vera also loved animals, especially her cats!

She is survived by her loving children, James Duncan, Jr., Angela Denney (Tim), Michael Duncan and Gregory Duncan; dear grandchildren, Kelsey Denney, Riley Denney, Mackenzie Denney, Keira Duncan, and Fiona Duncan; and siblings, Shelby Maggard, Ray Griffin, Brenda Lucas, Linda Yonts, Jody Parker, and Marita Adams.

Vera was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Duncan Sr.; parents, James and Lottie Griffin; and brothers, Robert and Paul Griffin.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Thursday from 5-7pm with a time of remembrance beginning at 7pm.

Homer, Vivian L.

Vivian L. Homer (nee Hill), 64 of Elyria, passed away on August 10, 2019 following a long battle with Frontal Temporal Dementia. She had worked for Interlake Steamship and Western Steel as well as volunteering for Voices for Children.

Vivian is survived by her loving husband Paul; sons, Matt (Michelle) and Todd; grandchildren, Brieannah, Matthew, Kaytlin, and Aiden; siblings, Richard Hill (Sandy) and Linda Hill; nieces and nephews; and her dog, Cassie.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Marie Hill; and brothers, Robert and Larry Hill.

The family would like to thank her extended family from Arden Court, Sprenger Health Care Main Street Care Center, and Crossroads Hospice for their loving care for Vivian.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Saturday, August 24 from 1-2pm with a time of remembrance beginning at 2pm.

Goforth, Donna R.

Donna R. Goforth, age 60 of Lorain, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. She is survived by her siblings, Gail Annacarto (Joseph), Gene Goforth (Theresa), and Diana Paciotti (Robert); niece, Heather Smith; and nephews, Robert and Michael Paciotti. Donna was particularly close with her cousins, Kathy Lingenfelter and Deborah Scott; and she dearly loved her cat “Sweet Pea”.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Patricia Goforth.

There are no services scheduled.

Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Swirynsky, Scott M.

Scott Mathew Swirynsky, 51 of Cleveland, OH. He was born on May 4, 1968. He died in his home in Cleveland due to natural causes on July 31, 2019. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bonnie; his step father, John; and a grandchild.

Scott leaves behind his dad, Vladimir Swirynsky of Cleveland; his sister, Christine Taylor (Kevin) of Brooklyn; his son, Michael Swirynsky (Mandi) of Amherst; his daughter, Jennifer Cody (Andy) of Amherst; his grandson, Antony Swirynsky of Amherst; and many more family and friends.

Scott enjoyed working; spending time with his family and friends and bonfires.  He also enjoyed walking around the Cleveland Flea Market.  He loved to come home and pop open a cold one.

He was very much loved and will be very much missed. He will be forever in our hearts!

The family is planning a Celebration of Scott’s life in the near future.

Utsey, Katie L.

Katie L Utsey of Stone Mountain, Georgia passed away July 19, 2019. She was 88 years of age. Katie had lived and worked in Elyria, Ohio prior to relocating to Georgia. She taught elementary school for over 40 years with both Lorain and Elyria City Schools.

She had been a long-standing member of Jones Chapel AME Church in Elyria. Katie was also affiliated with the Elyria Chapter of the Eastern Stars although she was not active when she passed.

Funeral services for Mrs. Utsey will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel located at 2900 Ridge Rd. Elyria, Ohio. The viewing will be 10:00am- 11:00am with the service following directly after viewing. Burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Moore, Rhonda R.

Rhonda R. Moore, age 47 of Lorain, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at her home. She is survived by her loving daughter, Tara  Alexis Moore.  Also surviving are her step-mother, Paulette Moore; step-sister, Wanda Scarberry; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Rhonda was preceded in death by her parents, Linda and Harold (Dick) Moore, Sr.; brothers, Martin, Andrew, and Harold Moore, Jr.; sister, Mary Moore; and step-brother Carl Scarberry.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Friday from 11am until the service at 1pm.  Burial to follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Atkinson, Ann L.

Ann L. Atkinson (nee DeMarco), 56 of Elyria, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019. She was deeply loved and will be missed by her family and friends.

Ann is survived by her son, David Atkinson (fiancé Jade) and Daniel Maloy; sister, Rose Kirkpatrick (Kerry); brothers, Frank (Barb), Andrew (Karen), Joseph, Mike, Danny (Sue), Peter, Jerry (Jill), and John DeMarco; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Salvatore and Lucy DeMarco; and a sister, Therese Ogrodnik.

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 19 from 5pm until the memorial service at 6pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp.

Torres, Eva

Eva Torres, 71 of Lorain, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019.  She is survived by her children, Ricky Diaz (Sonia), Rosa Diaz, Kevin Diaz (Barb), and Magdalena Diaz; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Maria Vazquez, Teresa Senquiz, and Toni Torres; brothers, Emilio Torres and Federico Torres; and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Eva was preceded in death by her parents, Jacinto and Juanita Torres; and a brother, Pedro Torres.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Thursday from 9am until the service at 11am. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Peterson, Debra

Debra Peterson (nee Cox), 58 of Elyria, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 following a lengthy illness. She loved cooking and listening to music, especially Stevie Nicks.  The most important things to Debra were her loving family, including her dog, Bubby.

Debra is survived by her beloved husband Douglas, Sr.; sons, Charles, Sean, Doug, Jr., and Derek (Ashley Toronto); grandchildren, Layla, Dominic, and Lilly Ann; a brother, David Cox of Wakeman, and a sister, Shirley Hazelett of Pleasantville, PA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Winona Cox, and a brother, James Cox.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, July 20 at 11am at the Letart Falls Cemetery in Letart Falls, Ohio.

Hampton, Forest Jr.

Forest Hampton Junior, 75, of Elyria, Ohio passed away on July 3, 2019 at home after a long illness.

He was born in Hartley, Kentucky on February 5, 1944, son of the late Forest and Lexie Hampton. He married the love of his life, Mabel on June 6, 1970. He worked as a process tech in a chemical plant and later drove truck. He loved to be mischievous, a papaw, sitting outside, and watching old westerns.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel, son, Forest III and his wife Monica, grandkids Abbigale and Forest IV, son Rodney and his wife Paula, grandkids Gabriella, Stephanie and Aaron. He was proceed in death by his sister Norene and survived by siblings Shirley, Lois, Julius, Juble, Larry, Gay, David, Ronnie, Gary and Sheila, and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family will receive visitors Tuesday July 9, 2019 from 4-6 pm with funeral services immediately following at Wyers Bollinger Funeral Home, 2900 N. Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to myneighborhoodalliance.org.

Deamon, Michael

Michael J. Deamon, age 82 of Sheffield Lake, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. He was born in Cleveland and spent most of his life in Lorain County. Michael worked for Foseco for 40 years.  He was a very loving husband, father, and family man who also enjoyed camping and nature.

Michael is survived by his loving wife Linda (nee Greene); daughters, Kim Smith, Rhonda Richmond (Randy), and Laurie Truman (Mike); step children, Brenda Garrison (Robert), and Karlon Parsons, Jr.; 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; a sister, Katherine Clausen (Fred); and a brother, Paul Deamon (Patricia).

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Freda Deamon; sister, Georgia Pecka; brothers, Theofane and Thomas Deamon; grandson, Joseph Poland; and step daughter Karla Thurber.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. from 11am-1pm on Wednesday, July 10. The funeral service will begin at 1pm followed by the burial at Resthaven Memory Gardens. Rev. Paul Hendricks will be officiating.

DiFrancisco, Delores

Delores “Jeanne” DiFrancisco, 59, passed away at her home on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Delores was devoted to being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of 39 years Joseph DiFrancisco, Sr.; her daughter Cindy (Jeffrey) Jahnsz, and grandsons Jeremy Leighty and Harrison Jahnsz. In addition she is survived by her step-father Doug Meadows, step-sister Joyce Perchinsky and step-brother Douglas Meadows.

She was preceded in death by her mother Earlene Meadows and her son Joey DiFrancisco, Jr.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 2, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd where the funeral service will be on Wednesday morning, July 3, at 11:30 am. Wayne Meadows will officiate. Burial will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

Stead, Fred J.

Fred J. Stead, 69 of Sheffield Lake, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Fred served as a Military Policeman and Correctional Specialist for the Army during the Vietnam War era. He was a UPS driver for 30 years.  Fred was an avid fisherman and golfer who enjoyed collecting many things.

Fred is survived by his loving wife Patricia (nee Bays); children, Ryan Stead, Angela Gibian (David), Adam Stead, and Derek Stead; and siblings, Marty Stead (Peggy), Sharon Vassily, and Brian Stead (Yvonne).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Mary Stead, and a son, Aaron Stead.

A private family service will be held.

Parrack, Roberta J.

Roberta J. Parrack, age 80 of Grafton, OH, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019. She was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, raising six boys.

Roberta is survived by her sons, Dirk, Doug (Stephanie), Don, Dave, Dan, and Jon; grandchildren, Michell, Mandy, Jason, Nathan, Dan Jr., Kyle, Morgan, and Angel; 6 great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren; brother, Gary Cooper; and Sister, Fairy.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ronald.

The family will hold a private memorial at a later date.

 

Livingston, Eleanor


ELEANOR D. LIVINGSTON, 81 of Olmsted Twp, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2019 following a lengthy illness. She is survived by her loving husband Charles, Sr.; children, Cheryl Hrivnak (John), Charles Livingston, Jr. (Donna), Lynne Bartow (Sam), and Scott Livingston (Michelle); 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her daughter Ellie Livingston.

Visitation at Westwood Abbey in Sunset Memorial Park on Monday from 1-3 and 5-8pm. The funeral service will be Tuesday at 11am at the Westwood Abbey.

Pitzer, Larry A.

Larry A. Pitzer was born December 14, 1949, in Fairmont, WV. His family moved to Ohio when he was five. Larry attended Elyria High School, then moved to the Cleveland area where he was an award-winning florist. He owned one floral shop in Parma, and later in Amherst. He spent much of his time, talent and money helping others. Larry was well-loved by all those who knew him. The Saint Joseph Lakota School for Indians was one of his favorite organizations.

Larry went home to the Lord on May 15 at Mercy Hospice after a short battle with cancer. Preceding him in death were his father Al (Gene), mother Lillie, and brother Wayne. Surviving are his sister and brother-in-law Sue and Bob Gajdos, three nephews, one niece, and two great-nephews. All were the apple of his eye.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, May 23, at 5:30 PM at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 2949 West River Road North, in Elyria, OH. Pastor Chris LaLonde will officiate. Interment will be at a later date.

Snyder, Alma G.

Alma Gregory Snyder, age 79 of Avon, passed away Sunday February 24, 2019 at her home. She was a beautiful, funny, strong, witty, and hard-working lady who lived simply, but loved greatly.

Alma is survived by her husband Al Snyder; sons, Tom (Fran) Gregory, Joe (Carolyn) Gregory, and Mark (Elaine) Gregory; grandchildren, Andrea (Dan) Findley, Stephanie (Zach) Levy, Joe Gregory, Amber (Jacob) Baraona, Kyle (Danielle) Gregory, Brad Gregory, and Jamie Gregory; 6 great grandchildren; and a sister, Trudi Hodgson.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Gregory.

In memory of Alma, please join the family for a Celebration of her life on Wednesday from 4-8pm at Avon Isle, 37080 Detroit Rd., Avon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

A private burial will take place at a later date.

Taylor, Karla K.

Karla Kay Taylor ,59,passed away May 25th at her home. She was born Sept.23rd 1958 in Winchester Virginia, the daughter of Henry and Shirley McKee , Loving mom of Nate and Chante’ Taylor.

Karla was a sweet woman,who had the biggest heart.She lived for her kids,And would do anything for them, loving them unconditionall y.  Family was the most important thing for her. She touched so many lives over the years with her kindness, warm smile,  And big hugs.

Your wings were ready.  But our hearts were not.  You will be deeply missed.  And never forgotten.                       N.A.M.A.I.L.Y.

She is survived by her son Nathan Taylor, Daughter Chante’ Taylor , (1) Granddaughter Mia Rose Taylor, Both parents Henry and Shirley McKee.