Carroll, John F.

John F. Carroll, 76 of Sheffield Lake passed away suddenly following a stroke. He was a US Army Veteran with the 82nd Airborne and was a millwright with Local #1871 for 45 years. John was a deacon at New Haven Baptist Church; a retired safety director in Sheffield Lake and was a Notary Public for many years.

John is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sandra (nee Jones); children, Vance Behringer and Tia Rosene (Bill); grandchildren, Ava, Aiden, and Vivian; brother, Edward Carroll, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Beatrice Carroll; and siblings, Thomas J., Jack, Nancy Stewart, and Mary Nageotte.

The family will receive friends at the New Haven Baptist Church, 5290 French Creek Rd., Sheffield Village on Saturday, May 27 from 10-11am with a Memorial Service following at 11am.

Metz, Jean

Jean Metz, (nee-Bennett), 92, of Lorain passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at St. John Medical Center in Westlake with her daughter Barbara at her side.  She was born July 21, 1924 in Shinnston, WV to the late Junie and Helen (Bragg) Bennett.

Jean is survived by a son, Larry Metz (Catherine) of Cowen, WV: daughters, Barbara Permelia of Avon Lake and Sue Lewis of Cowen, WV.: a daughter in law, Nancy Metz of Cowen, WV., step daughter, Debbie Mazzella of Cowen, WV., step son, Jeff Perkins of Richwood, WV.,: 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Metz, a grandson, Roger Roberts, and son in law, Bill Lewis.

The family will receive friends Thursday (TODAY) from 6:00 pm until the time of services at 7:00 pm at the Sheffield Church of God, 2280 North Abbe Rd., Sheffield, OH 44054.  Burial will be at West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin, WV.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the church.

Hovinetz, John M.

John M. Hovinetz, 88 passed away at his home in Elyria Township, on Friday, May 19, 2017.

Born July 24, 1928 in Lorain to the late Frank and Stephanie (Bailey) Hovinetz. He graduated in 1947 from Clearview High School. He married his high school sweetheart Beatrice (Bach) July 24, 1948 and shared 68 happy years together. He retired from US Steel after 38 years where he worked as an expeditor in #4 Seamless Mills. John was an active farmer, enjoyed the outdoors, watching sports, reading and doing crossword puzzles. He was a great story teller, with a sense of humor and infectious smile. His happiest times were spent with his close family where he taught them to be honest and caring.

John is survived by his loving wife Beatrice: brother, George: children, Michael, Stephen (Bonnie), Rita (Chuck) Steinmetz, Joann (John) Struhar, Andrew, Julie Alley, Thomas, David and Ann: 12 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Stella, Frank, Irene (Goldie) and Edward.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, May 27th. at 10:00 am at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 41295 N. Ridge Rd., Elyria where John was a charter member. The Rev. Donald Dunson, Pastor will officiate. A private burial will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Building Fund.

Behner, Micaelle L.

Micaelle L. “Mickey” Behner, 71, of Lagrange and formerly of Wellington passed away Monday, May 15, 2017 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center following a long illness.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 11:00 am, where there will be a luncheon immediately following services at Church of Christ, 211 Forrest St., Lagrange, OH.

 

Rivera, Carmelo

Carmelo Rivera, 63, of Lorain passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at University Hospital in Cleveland following a long illness. He was born November 13, 1953 in Ponce, Puerto Rico and was a resident of Lorain for most of his life.

Carmelo worked at the Elyria Foundry for 37 years.  He enjoyed wood working, spending time with his grandchildren and playing with his dogs.

Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Cynthia L. (nee Weese): sons, Alex (Kimberly) Rivera, Carmelito Rivera, Matthew (Stephanie) Rivera, Joshua Rivera, Bobby Kilzer, Billy (Laura) Kilzer, and Craig Kilzer: 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: brothers, Edwin (Yolanda) and Ramon (Marybell) Rivera.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.  Services will be Thursday at 12:00 pm in the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.

Zimmerman, Martha E.

Martha E. Zimmerman, (nee-Adam), 91, of Lorain passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 8, 2017.  She was born January 6, 1926 in Elyria to the late Paul and Esther (Black) Adam.

Martha was a longtime volunteer at the D.A.V and New Life Hospice.

She is survived by her sisters, Treasa Burkett, Faith Helmling and Victoria King and several nieces and nephews.  Along with her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Charles and brothers, Abel, Joe and David Adam.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 11:00 am until the time of services at 1:00 pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.  Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the funeral home to help the family with funeral expenses.

Hamilton, Scott D.

Scott D. Hamilton, son of Gary and Beulah Hamilton, died unexpectedly on April 26, 2017 while working in Del Rio, Texas at the age of 41.

Scott is survived by his parents, Gary and Beulah Hamilton of Lorain, OH; children, Anastasia Y. Hamilton and Triston E. Hamilton of Medina, OH; siblings, Paul (Jane) Hamilton of Lorain, OH and Garietta (Stephen) McKinney of Grethel, KY; nieces and nephews, Holly (Chris) Dougherty, Nick Hamilton, Hope Hamilton, Belle McKinney, Emily McKinney; and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Melvin Hamilton, Ocie (Orris) Alley; and his maternal grandparents, Oscar and Mary Belle Newman.

Scott was born on May 12, 1975 in Elyria, OH. He attended Clearview High School. He worked for Digital Dish for several years. In September of 2016 he began working for Sentry Electrical Group as a wind technician/electrician. Scott loved his job and the friendships he formed. He thought of this as an adventure and new beginning.

Scott was a talented artist. He was a generous and dedicated father, son, brother, uncle, and friend to all he knew. He was passionate about positively impacting the lives of others. He loved riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle with his brother Paul and his close friends Jason and Brian.

Scott had two children, Anastasia and Triston, with Melissa Burnett Romanello. He was a devoted father. His children remember him as a loving, kind, and passionate father who encouraged them to pursue their dreams.

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 4-8pm, with the funeral service scheduled for 11:00am on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035 with the burial to follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

The family invites everyone to attend a luncheon following the burial at Abundant Life Christian Center, 306 Morgan Ave., Elyria, OH 44035. All are welcome to attend to celebrate Scott’s life. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations for his children.

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Caudill, George

George Caudill, 55, found peace in his eternal home after a long illness on Saturday April 15th 2017. George was born on a snowy day in May 17, 1961. He enjoyed cars, gardening, cooking, animals, playing with his grandkids, and telling stories. He was an advocate to his loved ones. He was great at singing and whistling. He enjoyed his work as a blacksmith.

He was truly loved and will be greatly missed by his wife Stephanie; and children, Amber (Justin), Erin (Diago), George “Bud”; siblings Brenda (Bob), Roger (Linda), Debbie (Don), Linda (Carlos), Greg (Cindy), 11 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his furry friend “Buster Ray”.

He was preceded in death by his parents Homer and Juanita Caudill: a brother, Ricky, and four legged friend Sparky. All will miss his one of a kind sense of humor.

The family will receive friends Friday April 21, 2017 from 5:00 pm until the time of services at 7:00 pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.

Poland, Joseph E.

Joseph E. Poland, 28, of Mansfield, OH passed away April 12, 2017 at MedCentral Hospital in Mansfield.  He was born September 20, 1988 in Cleveland and was a Mansfield resident for the past 17 years, coming from Wadsworth, OH.  Joe enjoyed spending time outdoors, building things, but his biggest joy in life was spending time with his son, Austin.

Along with his son, Joe is survived by a brother, Mathew Poland of Indiana and a sister, Amber Richmond (Jason) of Stow, OH.: his mother, Rhonda L. Richmond (Randy), father, Timothy E. Poland of Cleveland: several aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews: maternal grandfather, Michael (Linda) Deamon

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Patricia Davis (Molchan) and paternal grandparents, Orville Joseph and Eileen (McCauley) Poland.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:00 am. at Brookdale Cemetery, 41600 Oberlin Rd., Elyria.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made for Austin at the service.

Torres, Carmen M.

Carmen Maria Torres (nee Cosme), 94, peacefully passed into eternity at her home in Lorain and into the presence of the Lord at 4:03AM on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was surrounded by her family.

Carmen was born in Comerio, Puerto Rico, in 1922 to the late Eustaquio and Ramona Cosme. She came to Lorain in 1953 with her late husband, Sixto Torres, and remained in Lorain for the remainder of her life. Carmen, a homemaker all of her life, was tasked with the most difficult job of raising and caring for 12 children (now ages 49 to 72) and 2 grandchildren. In her passing, she fulfilled her greatest desire to depart from this world before any of her children.

Carmen loved the Lord and was well versed in the scriptures, she was a doting grandmother on her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was gracious and kind to other children in her neighborhood whom she felt needed attention and a caring hand, she was an excellent cook, loved crocheting, had great compassion for animals, and she had an uncanny ability to nurture and grow any plant or flower. Despite her diminutive size, she had an indomitable spirit and was a strong advocate and tenacious defender when it came to her family. She was a disciplinarian who instilled in her children respect for the Lord’s Word, the need to achieve academically, and the steps to succeed in life.

She is survived by her 12 children; sons, Sixto E. Torres of Crawfordville, Florida, Saul A. Torres of Lorain, Anibal (Joyce) Torres of Ravenna, Ohio, Ferdinand Torres of Lorain, Benjamin (Gina) Torres of Chicago, Illinois; daughters, Carmen L. Craft of Waverly, Tennessee, Iris D. Torres of Lorain, Zoraida (Micky) Livingston of Lorain, Betsaida (Jeff) Smith of Amherst, Ohio, Miriam I. Gonzalez of Lorain, Eva L. Torres of Lorain, and Olga E. (Troy) Pitcher of Roanoke, California. She is also survived by 25 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and her youngest sibling, Myrna Rivera, of Comerio, Puerto Rico.

The family wishes to extend its deepest appreciation and gratitude to Carmen’s full-time caregivers, Saul Torres and Iris Torres, for their sacrifice and loving care during her 3 year struggle. Additionally, thanks to Carmen’s granddaughter, Amarilis (Lili) Torres for assisting with her care when needed.

The family will receive friends at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio, (440)324-3371, on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, from 4:00PM to 8:00PM. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral chapel on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM with Brother Julio Rodriguez officiating. Entombment services will be held at Resthaven Memory Gardens, 3700 Center Rd., Avon, Ohio, (440)236-3961.

German, Ruby M.

Saturday evening, April 8th, the matriarch of the German family, Ruby M. German passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness.

Ruby just missed celebrating her 89th. Birthday on this earth, but can now celebrate with a healthy body with those she loved that had gone before her. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, John W. German in 2002 and her beloved son, Dennis W. German in 2013.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother leaving behind her two sons, John “Cliff” German (Nancy), and William German, a daughter-in-law, Kathryn German as well as four grandchildren: Leah, John, Mike and Kerry as well as 12 great grandchildren.

She was a graduate of Lorain High School and worked as a secretary for the City of Lorain’s Building Department, retiring after 25 years of service.

The German family would like to take this opportunity to thank Cristinela Oltean and her staff for the loving and compassionate care given to Ruby over the past several years as well as Denise Feuerstein and her staff. Also, knowing Mercy New Life Hospice personnel was there for Ruby at the end of her days was very comforting to the family.

There will be a private family service for Ruby handled through Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, April 12th., with burial at Ridgehill Memorial Park. Any memorial contributions may be made to Mercy New Life Hospice in Ruby’s honor.

Joppeck, Samuel L. “

Samuel L. “Sam” Joppeck, 74, of Lorain and formerly Oberlin, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.

He was born December 18, 1942 in Grafton to the late Maxwell and Irene (Bader) Joppeck.  Sam worked at Ridge Tool Co. in Elyria, retiring after 42 years.  He was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, golfing, and walking his dog, Cinder.

Sam is survived by his wife of 5 years, Jean M. Nee-Glass: sons, Gary, and Mike (Kelly): grandchildren, Nathan, Matthew, Zach, Max, Alicia, and Taylor: great grandchildren, Jayde, Aubrey, Khloe, and Major: a sister, Adelaide Schilling and many nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Paul, Max Jr., George, Frank, and Howard and sisters, Mildred Peirce, Dorothy Tuzzynski, Lillian Joppeck, and Alice Hodges.

The family will receive friends Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at 6:00 p.m. at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the R.E.A.L. Rot Rescue, www.realrottweilerrescuel.com.

Stead, Aaron J.

Aaron J. Stead, 37, of Sheffield Lake, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 as a result of health complications.

He was born December 26, 1979 in Oberlin.

Aaron attended Brookside High School.

He is survived by his parents, Fred J. and Patricia A. (Bays) Stead; a sister, Angela Gibian; and brothers, Ryan, Adam, and Derek Stead; maternal grandmother, Cora Bays; and several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Clarence Bays.

A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.

Kingsley, Delores D.

Delores D. Kingsley, (Wolfe), 60, of Lorain passed away Wednesday at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

She was born June 4, 1956 in Armstrong, PA. to the late Wilbert E. and Nellie Russo – Hartley. Delores grew up in Amherst and was a Lorain resident for most of her life.

She was a cook at Chris’s Restaurant on the Lake in Lorain for the past 2 years. Delores enjoyed dancing with her grandchildren to country music, playing bingo, reading, crossword puzzles and collecting angels.

She is survived by sons, Jason and Kenneth Kingsley: daughters, Nella (Melvin) Landers, Elizabeth (Greg) Cifranic, Amanda (Jeff) Sebastian, and Christine Kingsley: 28 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: sisters, Roberta Tucker, Vanessa Wolfe – May, Iela Dellinger, Belinda Durm, and Rosemary Dotson.

The family will receive friends Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 3:00 p.m. at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Elyria.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the funeral home to help the family with funeral expenses.

Witherell, Luverne A. “Whip”

Luverne A. “Whip” Witherell, 79, of Elyria passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017 at his home.  He was born June 26, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri to the late Luverne T. and Carrie (Bloodsworth) Witherell.  Mr. Witherell was an Elyria resident for the past 67 years, coming from Kansas City, Kansas.  Luverne was a 1955 graduate of Eaton High School.  He was a fire fighter for the City of Elyria, retiring after 25 years of service in 1992.

Luverne had a passion for old cars, including his T Bucket. He was an avid hot rod and race car fan, and was a hunter and fisherman. He also was a member of a Scooter Club.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean F. (Binnie) Witherell: daughter, Pamela (Larry) Wysocki: son, Scott (Nancy) Witherell: daughter, Shelly Jo (Roy) White, Jr.: several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle T. Witherell and a sister, Kay Lago, and an infant grandson, Drew Jarvis.

Please join the family for a gathering to celebrate “Whips” wonderful life on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. at North Eaton Christian Church, 35895 Royalton Rd., Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

Justice, Glenn D.

Glenn D. Justice, 69, of Lorain, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  He was born November 6, 1947 in Williamson, West Virginia to the late James R. and Jessie B. Justice – Leebie.

Glenn worked at General Motors for 33 years and retired in 2000.  He enjoyed playing horse shoes, shooting pool, going to the horse races, singing and classic cars.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Wanda F. (Boyd) Justice: a son, Ryan Justice: daughter, Jessica Justice: 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren: step sons, Craig and Keith Fromwiller: brothers, Rev. Wallace (Ruth) Justice and Rev. Jim Justice: sisters, Barb McMasters and Elizabeth Bumgardner (Robert).

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Tami Justice.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the Christian Life Church, 3559 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, OH 44053.  Services will be Monday, March 13, 2017 at church. (Everyone please meet at church).  Glenn’s brothers, Rev. Wallace and Rev Jim Justice will co-officiate.  Burial will follow at Ridgehill Memorial Park, Amherst.

Memorial contributions can be made to New Life Hospice.

Royal, Gary D.

Gary D. Royal, 69, of Sheffield Township passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain.

He was born March 18, 1947 in Lorain to the late Perry B. and Mertie E. (Garrett) Royal.

Gary enjoyed refurbishing antique furniture and clocks, as well as riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his daughter, Sabine Faller of Germany and grandchildren, Samantha-Josephine and Isabel.

A graveside service will be Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain. Please meet at the cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.

Perine, Glen D.

Glen D. Perine, 62, of Elyria passed away Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

He was born January 3, 1955 in Cleveland to Gene L. (deceased) and Laura E. (Scott).

Glen worked for Ford Motor Company in Brook Park. He enjoyed spending time with his family and watching football.

Glen is survived by his daughters, Mary Perine and Laura Kilzer (Bill); 7 grandchildren; his mother, Laura E. (Scott); brothers, Gene G. and James; sisters, Rose Goldauskas (Pete) and Betty. Along with his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry and twin siblings.

A memorial service will be held March 26, 2017 from 1-5 p.m. at the Heritage Presbyterian Church, 515 North Levitt Rd., Amherst, OH 44001.

Memorial contributions can be made at the memorial service to help the family with funeral expenses. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.

Keller, Vernon R.

Vernon R. Keller, 82, of Elyria passed away Wednesday at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky following a long illness.

He was born June 23, 1934 in Manila, Arkansas to the late John R. and Myrtle M. (Ridge) Keller.

Mr. Keller was an insurance agent for many years. Vernon was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and served in the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary L. (Williams); daughters, Satania Hoover (James) and Nina Garcia; sons, Antonio Garcia, Joey Opdyke (Tonya) and Larry Martinez (Nacole); 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diana Garcia; 3 brothers and 4 sisters.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of services at 3:00 p.m. at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria. The Rev. Shannon Brumfield will officiate.

Burial will be at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Cabassa, Charlotte Ann

Charlotte Ann Cabassa, 74, passed away Monday February 20, 2017 in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at the New Life Hospice Center in Lorain, OH after a brief illness. She was born May 21, 1942 in Jenkins, KY. She spent most of her life in Elyria, OH and most recently in North Ridgeville, OH.

She enjoyed reading, music, word puzzles, and spending time with family and friends. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother (Mo Mo) to the people she loved the most. Her caring and love showed no limits and she will be forever remembered and missed by many.

She is survived by her daughters Edith Bevins of Strongsville, OH, Jennifer Egnor of Elyria, OH, Anita Cannon of North Ridgeville, OH, and her sons Charles Bevins Jr. of Buckhannon, WV, Dennis Cabassa of Lagrange OH, and Daniel Cabassa also of Lagrange, OH. Survivors also include 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, Sisters Ida Arce of Lorain, OH, Ellie Sue Williams of Elyria, OH, brothers Richard Boggs of Mentor, OH, and Eugene Moore of Elyria, OH. She was preceded in death by her Father Earl Boggs, Mother Lucy O Moore, Sister Susie Dembeck, and Grandson Charles Bevins III.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that any donations be made to The New Life Hospice Center in Charlotte’s memory. There will be no public calling hours per the request of Charlotte and her family. A private memorial was held with family and close friends on Friday, February 24, 2017.

Palermo, Guy Ellery

Guy Ellery Palermo, 65, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake.  He is now with his Heavenly Father.

He was born in New London, Connecticut on April 6, 1951.  Guy lived in Lorain and Vermilion, and was a graduate of Vermilion High School. He attended Lorain County Community College.  Mr. Palermo served in the United States Navy on the U.S.S Manatee for four years.  Guy retired from Avon School System. He had a masters in photography and enjoyed model railroads.  He was a member of Church of the Open Door.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Cheryl (Jacob); his father, Ralph Palermo; a daughter, Amanda Palermo; a son, John Palermo; his uncle Gerald (Carol) Palermo.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Lettie (Babcock) Palermo, an aunt, Betty Casey and other aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 12:00 pm until the time of a memorial service at 1:00 pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.  The Rev. Bob Wickens, Pastor of the Church of the Open Door will officiate.

Memorial contributions can be made to Ames Family Hospice House, 30080 Hospice Way Westlake, OH 44145 or Animal Protective League of Lorain, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035

Houck, Paul W.

Paul W. Houck, 67, of Elyria passed away Friday at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center.  He was born April 3, 1949, in Springfield, OH to the late Farrell and Jeanette (Fatzinger) Houck.

Paul was a technician for the Federal Aviation Administration for many years.  Mr. Houck was very involved with his family and cherished spending quality time with them. He enjoyed camping and picnicking.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene (Carpenter); 5 loving children and their spouses; 7 grandchildren; a brother, John Houck. Paul was preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Houck.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.  Services will be Thursday at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Wigley, Harry D.

Harry D. Wigley, age 62 of Elyria, passed away on Friday, February 17th, 2017. He was a “Jack of all trades” who loved being outdoors and working on cars.

Harry is survived by his daughters, Wendy Starks (Harold), and Tammy Hirth; grandchildren, Matthew Garrison, Audrianna Sycz, Nicole Hirth, Michael Hirth, Harold O. Starks, and Harold W. Starks; great grandson, Christopher Salcedo, Jr.; and siblings, Linda Irish (George), Russell Wigley, and Kim Udell (Michael).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shirley and Harry D. Wigley, Sr.; and a grandson, Patrick Garrison.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Sunday from 2-4pm with a service beginning at 3:30pm. Burial will take place at Ridgehill Memorial Park on Monday at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made at the funeral home.

Septaric, Jeffery A.

Jeffery A. Septaric, age 68 of Lorain, passed away on Monday, February 6, 2017 after a prolonged illness. He was very active in, and loved the Roman Catholic Church. Jeffery enjoyed dancing, music – he played several instruments – and happy hour at Anchor Lodge singing karaoke and imitating Elvis Presley. He loved animals and life in general – he was said to be full of life.

Jeffery is survived by his beloved wife, Juli; brothers, Marcus Gregory Septaric (Debbie) of Lorain, Richard Septaric (Linda) of Elyria, Ron Septaric of Lorain, and Michael Septaric (Sherry) of Port Clinton; a sister, Mary Septaric of Lorain; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Doris Septaric, and nephew, Frankie Septaric of Port Clinton.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, February 10 at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church at 11am. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 until the mass. Interment to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elyria.

Gaiser, William M.

William M. Gaiser, 73, of Sheffield Lake passed away Monday following a long illness.

He was born May 7, 1943 in Cleveland to the late William and Sophie (nee-Barcikowski).

Mr. Gaiser was a U.S. Army Veteran

William is survived by his wife of 23 years, Donna M. (nee-Haberger): a son, Michael Holler and daughter, Michelle Westfall (Randy): one grandchild: a brother, Robert Gaiser (Barbara) and sisters, Barbara Nimritcher and Georgann Yount (Kenneth): nieces, Nichol and Wendy, and a nephew, Jesse.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7:00 pm until the time of services at 8:30 pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.

Gallovich, William A.

William A. Gallovich, Jr., age 59 of Lorain, passed away at his home. He was an avid camper and fisherman and was a talented handyman who loved helping people.

He is survived by a son, Brenden; sister, Terri Hall (Bernie); brother Gregory Gallovich; nieces, Felicia Farlow, Jennifer Grand-Pierre, Vanessa Hall, and Katie Hall, and families. He was preceded in death by his parents Phyllis and William Gallovich, Sr., and a sister, Pamela Gallovich.

No services will be held.

Camps Sr., Samuel J.

Samuel J. Camps, Sr., 71, of Sheffield Lake passed away Friday.

He was born September 16, 1945 in Washington, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Marie (nee-Robins) Camps.

Sam was a Cleveland area resident for the past 55 years, coming from Washington, Pennsylvania.

He worked as a mill wright/general pipe fitter at Alcoa for 33 years, and never had a lost work day,  and was an active member of New Haven Baptist Church, where he taught bible study.  Sam enjoyed fishing, cooking, traveling, taking family pictures and videos.  His family and kids were very important to him as he would always send birthday cards to his children, grand children and great grand children. He also collected coins and brass, was known for his sense of humor and jokes.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce (nee-Harmon): sons, Samuel Joseph Camps Jr. (Melba), Mike Thompson and Bill Camps: daughters, Donna Camps, Pam Waites (Pete), Nora Mizak (Ron), Dora Ott, Stephanie Seitz (Bobby) and Racheal Wolf (Mike): 20 grand children and 25 great grand children: brothers, Chuck Camps (Brenda) and Frank Camps (Cindy).  He was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Thompson and a brother, Tony Camps.

The family will receive friends Monday, January 23, 2017 from 10:00 am until the time of services at 11:00 am at New Haven Baptist Church, 5290 French Creek Rd., Sheffield.  Where there will be a luncheon immediately following the service.  Interment will be Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11:00 am at Resthaven Memory Gardens, 3700 Center Rd, Avon.

 

Ensminger, Urma B.

Urma B. Ensminger, (nee-McIntire), 82, of Olmsted Township, passed away Monday.  She was born January 5th, 1935 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late James and Emma (nee-Fetters) McIntire.

She is survived by a daughter, Debbie Ensminger-Ford (Nick Lavdas): sons, Bill Ensminger (Brenda) and Mike Ensminger (Denise): 7 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren: a brother, David McIntire (Judy).  Urma was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Ensminger, 4 brothers and 1 sister.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-8 PM at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria.  Services will be Friday at 10:00 AM at Harvest Christian Church, 907 Eastern Heights Blvd., Elyria.  Burial will follow at Chatham Township Cemetery.

Terrell, Mildred A. “Millie”

Mildred A. “Millie” Terrell, (nee-Lively), 82, of Elyria passed away Wednesday at the Wesleyan Village following a short illness.

She was born August 26, 1934 in Lively, West Virginia to the late Sidney and Ruth (nee-Williams) Lively.

Millie was an Elyria resident for most of her life, where she retired from the former General Motors Fisher Guide Plant.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and traveling.

Millie is survived by her sons, Darrell (Deana) Hamilton, Donald Hamilton, Dennis (Diane) Hamilton, and a daughter, Cheryl Ickes; 10 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; a brother, Conrad Lively.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud Terrell and several brothers and sisters.

There will be no services.

Donald, Jessie Mae

Jessie Mae Donald, (nee-Ward), 71 of Lorain, passed away December 30, 2016.

She was born July 24, 1945 in York, Alabama to the late Raymond and Gertrude Ward.

Jessie was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Lorain.

She is survived by a son, Terrence (Laurie) Donald, and three sisters.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of services at 11:00 am at Shiloh Baptist Church, 3900 Clifton Ave., Lorain.

Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Phillips, Ernest “Big Jim”

Sheffield Township- Ernest “Big Jim” Phillips Jr., 59, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 30, 2016 at his home.  He was born on March 20, 1957 in Elyria, OH.

Big Jim graduated from Clearview High School. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Lorain prior to his career with Sheffield Township Street Department where he worked for twenty years. Big Jim owned Lowes Auto Wrecking in Lorain for twenty-nine years. He loved spending time with his family and he was devoted to his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his children, Teddy Barker, Douglas Barker, Jack (Cindy Koroski) Barker, Angelo Colombo, Ernest “Jimmy” (Ashlee) Phillips III, Corey (Leah) Phillips, Lauren (Dennis) Behringer, and Megan Stephens; father, Ernest “Ernie” Phillips; sister, Denise (Clinton) Simmons; brother, Elmer (Liz) Phillips; companion of twenty-five years, Charlin Maynard; eleven grandchildren; and many loving family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia B. (nee Landy) Phillips in 1992; and son, Andrew Charles Barker in 1999.

Big Jim’s memory will be cherished always by those that knew him and those he helped at the end of his life with a final gift through Lifebanc.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. 440-324-3371 on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Aaron Webb, officiating. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made at the funeral home.

Woodland, Charles E.

Charles E. Woodland, 72 of Sheffield Lake. passed away on Thursday, December 29th, 2016. He was a US Air Force Veteran. Charles was an avid golfer and an all around “Mr. Fix it”. He could fix anything and never wanted to pay to have anyone else do the job.

Charles is survived by his wife of 49 years, Vivian (nee Arrington); daughters, Wendy Bailey and Laura Long; granddaughters, Jessica Long and Valerie Bailey; great grandson, Brycen Horton; and siblings, John Woodland (Mary Ellen), Larry Woodland (Charlotte), Dennis Woodland (Jane), June Wiggins, and Carol Shoop.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Wilma Woodland.

Donations in his name would be appreciated to the Western Reserve Hospice Ames House, 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake, OH 44145.

A Memorial Service will be held at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. on Tuesday, January 3 at 2pm. The family will receive friends from 1pm until the service.

Williams, Kayla D.

Kayla D. Williams, 27, of Elyria passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family on Monday, December 26, 2016.  She was born October 30, 1989 in Elyria.  Kayla attended Elyria High School and Midview High School.

She loved her job at Circle K, working at both the Elyria and Avon stores.  Kayla loved spending time with her daughter, Mya.  She enjoyed music, dancing, spending time with her family and talking on the phone.

Survivors include her daughter, Mya; parents, Patricia Benjamin and Mark (Kim) Langford; sisters, Amanda Finley (Thomas) and Courtney Ryder; brothers, Paul Langford and Steven Ryder; grandparents, Joanne Langford and James (Ina) Ryder; aunts, Arleen Conger and Karen Williams; 7 nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her beloved maternal grandmother, Doris J. Griffith, and paternal grandfather, Rondal Lee Langford.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 4-7 pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Elyria.  A graveside service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Kayla Williams benevolent fund at any Key Bank, 1180 West River Rd. Elyria, OH 44035

Duffield, Charles “33”

Charles W. Duffield, 63, of Lorain, passed away Monday, December 26, 2016 surrounded by family and friends at Mercy Reginal Medical Center. He was born January 11, 1953 in Lorain.

Chuck was a 1972 graduate of Admiral King High School. He worked for many companies and people over the years, including American Ship Building, Lorain Power Wash, Discount Drug Mart, P.C. Campana, Inc., Cleveland Browns, and most recently Alco Manufacturing.

Chuck was an avid Cleveland sports fan, particularly the Browns. He also enjoyed attending the Indy 500 race on many occasions with his cousin Bill Vantz and his family. He was a member of the Open Hearth Fraternal Club. Chuck had a kind heart, always willing to help those in need. Chuck will be remembered for his quick wit and great sense of humor, which will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his sisters, Pamela Mosier of Elyria, Linda Buchanan (Steve) of Richmond, Virginia, and Mary Cheriki of Rocky River; brothers John (Debbie) of Sheffield Lake, Paul of Lorain, and Peter (Carolyn) of Elyria; many nieces and nephews who knew Chuck as Uncle Duck; close cousins and many friends.

Chuck was proceeded in death by his parents, Vernon (Bud) Duffield and Clara Paler (Hepfl).

A celebration of Chuck’s life will be held Saturday, January 14th from 1:00pm – 4:00 pm at American Slovak Club, 2915 Broadway Avenue, Lorain. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Chuck’s memory can be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Welser, Wanda G.

Wanda G. Welser, (nee-Canter), 78, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 following a long illness.

Wanda and her late husband, Lee were long time plasterers in the Lorain area.

She is survived by 6 children, 15 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

A memorial service will be held December 30, 2016 from 6-8 pm. at New Beginnings Church, 591 Washington St., Amherst.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Home, 2900 North Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035 to help with funeral expenses.

Daniels, Richard E.

Richard E. Daniels, age 80, of Eaton Township, passed away on Wednesday, December 21st, 2016. He was a US Army veteran who retired from Tuthill Manufacturing.

Richard is survived by his brother Ralph Daniels; nephew, Jim Hale (wife, Kim); and granddaughter, Becca Hale. He was preceded in death by his parents and 12 siblings.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. on Tuesday from 5-8pm. There will be a private graveside service at Butternut Ridge Cemetery.

Schue, Donald J.

Donald J. Schue, age 58 of Elyria, passed away suddenly at his home on Friday, December 16, 2016. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially duck hunting and fishing. Don also loved to go to car races, tinker on cars, and watch TV!

Don is survived by his wife, Pamelia; father, Charles Schue; brothers, Tom Schue (Carolyn) and Brian Schue (Chris); brothers-in-law, Michael McFarland, James McFarland, and Frank McFarland; sister-in-law, Tammy Beane; father-in-law, Roy McFarland; and nephew, Jacob Wooley.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Schue; and mother-in-law, Agnes McFarland.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd. East, Sheffield Tnsp. on Wednesday from 4-7pm with the funeral service at 7pm.

Powell, Dorothy G.

Dorothy G. Powell, 83 of Elyria, passed away on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016. She retired after working for 20 years as a Nurse’s Aide from Rae-Ann Nursing Homes. Dorothy liked Bingo and shopping and was known as quite the jokester with her family. She loved being with her family and always looked forward to traveling and taking vacations.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Terry Powell (Nancy), Tammie Papadelis (Dennis), Timothy Powell (Sam), and Tracie Mauer (Rich); 11 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; sister, Hilda Maynard; brother, Bruce Anguish; and sister-in-law, Rickie Anguish.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Carl; daughter, Toni Nagy; 2 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and brothers, Erman and Terry Anguish.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. on Tuesday from 4-8pm. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10am followed by the burial at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at 11:30am.

Newsome, David L.

David L. Newsome, age 72 of Lorain, passed away on Saturday, December 10th, 2016. He was an Army veteran and retired from U. S. Steel. David loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He would help anyone who needed it, and his greatest joy was spending time with his family.

David is survived by his children, Michael Newsome, Tina Scott, Melissa Newsome, Thomas Forcier, and Brandie Flesch; 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren; sisters, Louise Ruggles, Linda Ross, and Rita Messer; companion Donne Newsome; and his long-time friend and ex-wife Peggy McGraw.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Township on Thursday from 11am – 1pm with the funeral service beginning at 1pm with Pastor Karson Collins officiating. Burial to follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Angello, Francis “Frank”

Francis “Frank” Angello, 61, of Lorain passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Mercy Regional Medical Center following a sudden illness. He was born August 26, 1955 to the late Ross and Violet (nee-Bowman) Angello. Mr. Angello worked in security and as a laborer. He attended Tower Baptist Church in Lorain. Frank enjoyed fishing, watching sports, and wood working.

He is survived by a son, Todd Angello; a daughter, Tabitha Angello; a granddaughter, Brianna Cirilo; a brother, James Williams; a sister, Eldora James. He was preceded in death by brothers, Ross Angello and Thomas Williams.

The family will receive friends Monday, December 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM until the time of a memorial service at 7:00 PM at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Elyria. The Rev. Gary Dorsey, Pastor of Tower Baptist Church will officiate.

Lane, Charles L.

Charles L. Lane, Sr., 47, of Elyria passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016 at his home following a long illness.  He was born September 1, 1969 in Elyria to the late Paul and Ella (nee-Arnold) Lane.

Charles was a crane operator at the Larson Foundry in Elyria.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and also working on cars.

He is survived by his children, Jessica, Aimee, Randall, Charles, Jr., and Jacob; sisters, Donna Sears (Mike), and Brenda Cray and brothers, William (Linda), David (Sue), and John (Shari); 4 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by brothers, Danny Paul and Gary.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Lautner, Charles Sr,

Charles Lautner, Sr., 75 of Lorain passed away Sunday at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph.  He was born October 2, 1941 in Lorain to the late Joseph J. and Zada L. (nee-Biddlecome) Lautner.  Mr. Lautner was a U.S. Army Veteran.  He is survived by his sons, Charles Lautner, Jr. (Karen), and Cary Lautner; 2 daughters; 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; a sister, Bonnie Hartzl.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters. There will be no services.

Moore, Harold R.

Harold R. Moore Jr., 55, of Lorain passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his residence following a lengthy illness. He was a lifelong resident of Lorain and a graduate of Lorain High School. He formerly worked at Bob’s Big Boy in Amherst. Harold enjoyed reading comic books and watching movies.  Survivors include his father Harold (Dick) Moore, Sr.; stepmother, Paulette Moore; sister Rhonda R. Moore; stepsister Wanda J. Scarberry; stepbrother Carl Scarberry; and nieces, Linda Elizabeth Weir and Tara Alexis Moore.  He is preceded in death by his mother Linda Moore; brother Martin Andrew Moore; sister Mary L. Moore; paternal grandparents, Earl and Genevieve Moore, and his maternal grandparents, Burbage and Olive King.  The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. on Friday from 1-2pm with the funeral service following at 2pm. The burial will follow at Ridgehill Memorial Park.

Novarese, Irene M.

Irene M. Novarese (formerly Courtright) of North Ridgeville, passed away on November 18th, 2016. She was an Air Force Veteran, having served during Desert Storm. She received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, and a Training Ribbon. Irene worked as an Operating Room nurse for several years at Fairview Hospital. She enjoyed reading, doing crafts, and collecting and watching movies.  Irene is survived by her husband, Dwayne; daughter, Kaitlin Courtright; stepsons, Keith and Spencer Novarese; father, Robert Illig; and brother Bob Illig. She was preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Illig.  No services are scheduled at this time but there will be one scheduled at a later date.

Greenleaf, Darius E.

Darius E. Greenleaf, “Greenie”, age 85 of Sheffield Lake, passed away suddenly on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 at his home. He was born and raised in Gassaway, WV. Greenie worked for Local 425 at Ford Motor Co. in Lorain for 31 years, retiring in 1990. He was also a part-time patrolman for Sheffield Village for 17 years. Darius was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather who served our country as a U. S. Marine during the Korean War. He was a top tier basketball player in high school and loved watching college basketball and football, especially the WV Mountaineers and the OSU Buckeyes. His favorite pastime was spending time with his friends and grandchildren.  Darius is survived by his daughter, Kathy Woljevach (Michael Adam) of Wakeman; grandchildren, Larry Greenleaf, Jr of Kentucky; Nicole Walden (Doug) of Loveland, OH, Michael Woljevach of Wakeman, Justin Woljevach of Sheffield Lake, and A.J. Greenleaf of Dallas, TX; several great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Evalina “Shorty” (nee Truman); son, Larry Greenleaf, Sr., grandson, Gary Fitzpatrick; and siblings, Russell, Donald, Floatie, Ronald, Arlene, Gladys “Della”, and Forest “Pete”.  The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. on Friday from 4-7pm. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at 10am followed by the interment at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Resor, David W.

David W. Resor, age 62, beloved husband of Karin (Rein) Resor, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at his home.  He is the father of David Jr., Stefanie and Emily, and the cherished grandfather of four. David is the son of William and Helen Resor and David and Sue Coy. He is the brother of Jo Ann Gresh, Timothy (Patricia), Charles (deceased), Sharon, William Jr (Debra), and Joyce (Rick) Sergent.  David retired from Ford Motor Company as a Market Manager for 33 years.  A private service will be officiated by Chaplains William Resor, Jr. and also Karl Rein of Harbor Light Hospice.

Ruby E. Gendics

Ruby E. Gendics, age 82, died peacefully in her home on September 19, 2016. Ruby was born in North Carolina, the daughter of Russell and Selma Duke. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Gendics who died in 1976 and her long-time companion, Cliff Elbert who passed away on June 2, 2016. She is survived by her 6 children, 9 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren, along with Cliff’s 4 children and 4 grandchildren. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to local homeless shelters or food banks.

Robert Warren Zink Jr.

Robert Warren Zink, Jr., Sheffield Lake, Ohio. Born April 9, 1952, in Grand Rapids, MI, to the late Robert W. Zink and Nettie Liese Zink, died on Monday, September 19, 2016, at the age 64, following a long battle with C.O.P.D. Robert, also known as Bob and Rob, was the beloved husband of Martha Voss Zink (married 1974) and proud father of Andrew Gareth Zink (born 1983). Having studied engineering at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, he worked as an engineer in Great Lakes shipping for many years. Surviving are his wife Martha and son Andrew, his older sister, Bobbie Crawford and her husband, Clarence Douglas Crawford, and his younger sister Ella Moran, and their families. Bob loved the great outdoors — from the family woods that held his father’s hunting cabin near Howard City, to the wind and waves of the Great Lakes — and could often be found in his garden tending to his tomato plants and dogs. He loved playing drums, tinkering with classic cars, wood carving, playing card games, studying family history and proudly recounting his son’s achievements. A memorial will be held in the family woods this fall, at a date to be determined.

Jayson D. Negron

Jayson D. Negron, age 26 of Elyria, passed away on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016. He had been a resident for the past 10 years at Rescare of Elyria where he received great care. Jayson was a happy boy who loved monkeys and could brighten anyone’s day with his smile. He will be greatly loved and missed by many. Jayson is survived by his siblings, Marianela Negron, Arquelio Negron, Ednadi Persinger, and Wilmarys Negron-Velez; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marilyn Santiago and step-father, Ramon Santiago. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Elyria on Friday from 5-8pm and on Saturday from 10-11am with the funeral service at 11am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery.

Connie L. Myers

Connie Lou Myers, 78 of Lorain, OH passed away September 11, 2016 at St. John Westshore Medical Center, Westlake after a courageous battle with illness. Born in Fairchance, PA on December 26, 1937 to Albert and Sara (Conn) Cole. Connie is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Regis E. Myers. They were married April 20, 1960 in Shoaf, PA at Shoaf Free Methodist Church. Sons Keith (Amylee) Myers and Douglas Myers of Lorain and one sister Ruth Novotny of Fairchance, PA. She was preceded in death by both of her parents, sister Janet Datko and niece Nancy Novotny all of Fairchance, PA. Connie enjoyed nothing more than lovingly serving her “boys”. She delighted in cooking and running the household for her husband, Regis and son, Doug. She could be seen at many sporting events to support her son, Keith over the years. She enjoyed coffee, conversation and reading magazines in her spare time. Mostly shy in personality, she was genuinely cherished by friends and all who met her on her journey. She was also know as “Coffee Con” by her special little friends Alyssa, Bryce, DJ and Drake. Connie’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Joseph Trunzo and the caring nursing team at St. John West Shore. Also to the Hospice of Western Reserve, Laura and Eric and numerous, kind home health care aides. She will be deeply missed. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel 2900 North Ridge Rd., Elyria from 6-8pm on Thursday. There will be a private interment.

Wm. Matthew Watkins

Wm. Matthew Watkins, age 78 of Lorain passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 after an extended illness. He was a retired pipe-fitter from the Ford Motor Co. Matthew enjoyed singing gospel music, and spending time traveling. He was a member of the Old Fashioned Grace Baptist Church in South Amherst. Matthew is survived by his son, Michael Watkins (Jody); daughters, Yvonna Rivera, and Rhonda Kasubienski (Andy); grandchildren, Shanna Watkins, Aurie Watkins, Blaine Watkins, and Kyle Kasubienski; 3 great grandchildren; and brothers, Charlie, James, Labron, and Robert Watkins; and sisters, Inez Ewton, and Anna Tilley. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; parents, Grady and Beulah Watkins; and sisters, Sybil Watkins and Sue Fisher. Private family service was held.

Terrence D. Szanto

Terrence D. Szanto age 75 of Sheffield Lake, passed away on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016. He was retired from Lorain Products after working there a majority of his life. He enjoyed the outdoors, playing cards, and spending time with his grandsons. He was a friend to many. Terrence is survived by his son Terrence D. Szanto II (Julie) of Olmsted Township; daughter, Stephanie A. Szanto of Sheffield Lake; grandsons, Terry Szanto III, Hayden Stevens, Kevin Szanto, and Wade Carlton; sister, Linda Kacsandy (Lewis) of Avon Lake; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Stephanie; and parents, Joseph and Ann Szanto. A private service will be held.

R. G. “Steve” Casteel

R. G. “Steve” Casteel, age 88 passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016. He was a member of Lorain Baptist Church in Lorain. Steve enjoyed bowling, woodworking, and making puzzles out of wood. Survivors include his sons, Joe, Craig, and Chris Casteel; daughter, Loretta McNally; 10 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, Lela (nee Hornaday); his parents, Bert and Maggie Casteel; and his son, Tony Casteel. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Elyria on Tuesday, August 30 from 9-11am with the funeral service immediately following at 11am. Burial will be in Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Jacquelene Meyers

Jacquelene “Jackie” Meyers (nee Slone), age 72 of Avon, passed away following a brief illness on Friday, August 26th, 2016. She was an avid reader who also enjoyed traveling, going to garage sales, watching TV with her husband Pete, and spending time with her family. Jackie is survived by her husband Ken, “Pete”; daughters, Sherry Lynn Hartman, Theresa Ann Liegl (Donald), and Jacquelene Michelle Lindley; stepchildren, Denise Westover (Charles), Sheila Rigger (James), and Joey Myers (Christine); several grandchildren and great grandchildren; her siblings, Lorrie Adkins of Grafton, Marietta Dixon of Elyria, Gloria Evans of Elyria, Sandy Christian of Tennessee, Johnny Slone of Virginia, and Tony Slone of Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Henry and Ora Slone; and a sister, Paulette Twombly. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Elyria on Wednesday, August 31 from 10am-12 noon with the funeral service immediately following at noon. Burial will be at Sugar Ridge Cemetery in North Ridgeville.

Dalila Alvarado

Dalila Alvarado, age 85 of Lorain, passed away on Wednesday, August 24th, 2016. She had a real love for life, including sewing, knitting, cooking, listening and dancing to traditional Hispanic music, and watching old Lawrence Welk shows. She also enjoyed working at Hawk’s Greenhouse. Survivors include her 3 sons, Miguel (Jenny, deceased), Harold (Nancy), and Wilfredo (Virginia) Alvarado; 9 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; and 5 brothers and 2 sisters. A Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave., Lorain on Tuesday at 9:30am followed by the inurnment at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Frederick Davis

Frederick J. “Fritz” Davis, 87, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2016, at his home. He was the husband of Shirley J. (Winter) Davis for 68 years. Mr. Davis was the father of the late Frederick W, Patrick H, and Constance A. He is survived by his children: Joseph M., Steven A (Dawn), James B (Terri), Shirlene K, and Dennis (Alicia). He also leaves his sister Mary Thompson; his four siblings Pearl, Carl, William, and Ester preceded him. Mr. Davis was also the grandfather of 13, great grandfather of 20, and great great grandfather of 4. He retired from 758 Laborer’s Union after 50 years of service. Mr. Davis and his wife enjoyed frequent trips to northern Michigan. Friends may call Wednesday from 4:00 pm -7:00 pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. with the funeral service on Thursday at 10:00 am at the funeral chapel followed by interment at Elmwood Cemetery.

Tiffany Bowens

Tiffany Marie Bowens, age 32 of Sheffield Lake, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 13th, 2016. She was a wonderful person who enjoyed being a server at the Elks Lodge and taking care of others as an STNA. She loved shopping, watching movies, and the simpler things in life, but above everything else she adored her three children. Tiffany is survived by her children, Ricky Bustamante, Amare Bowens, and Jayden Bustamante; her mother, Cheryl Birkhimer (husband, James); her father, Otis Wright; sister, Tabitha McCray; the fathers of her children, Ricardo Bustamante, Sr., and Dale Bowens; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be sadly missed by all of her relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Township on Friday from 3-7pm.

Josephine Ulcar

Josephine Ulcar, age 85 of Sheffield Village, passed away on Friday, August 12th, 2016 after a long illness. She was a 50 year resident of Sheffield Village. Survivors include her son, Matthew Ulcar of Elyria; daughters, Breda Ulcar of Lorain, and Barb (Dan) Sawyer of Lorain; grandchildren, Erika Ulcar, Andrea Ulcar, Dannielle Sawyer, and John Sawyer; her brother, Stanley Mramor; and remaining relatives in Slovenia. Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Raymond in 2010; daughter-in-law Alecia Ulcar in 2012; her parents and other relatives. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Herbert Saunders

Herbert Saunders, 81 of Lorain, passed away at his home on Monday, August 8, 2016. He was born in Grethel, KY on May 10, 1935. Herb graduated from Betsy Lane High School in Kentucky. He worked for Lorain Steel for 34 years; was a life insurance agent for 2 years; sold real estate for 20 years; was a landlord for over 40 years; and also was a farmer. Herb is survived by his wife of 2 years, Michelle (nee Ours); sons, Lonnie (Phyllis) of Wakeman, OH and Justin (Carla) of Belle, WV; daughters, Linda of Shelbyville, KY; and Alicia Mullins (Josh) of Man, WV; brothers, Darrell (Terri) of Grafton, OH, Doug (Paulene) of Vest, KY; and Roy (Patty) of Lorain, OH; sisters, Henrietta Yoder (Myron) of Houston, TX, Irene Transeau of Katy, TX, and Sherry Meek (Richard) of Shelbiana, KY.  Herb was preceded in death by his parents, James and Alva Saunders; sisters, Arietta, Inez, Avannell, and Loretta, and his brothers, T.M., and James. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Township on Thursday from 2-5pm with a funeral service following at 5pm. The family will also receive friends at the Hall Funeral Home, 331 Beaver Valley Rd., Martin KY on Saturday from 11am-2pm with the funeral service following at 2pm. The burial will take place at the Lee Alley Cemetery in Grethel, KY.

Charles Yarbour

Charles “Chick” Yarbour, 62, of Grafton, OH passed away on August 5, 2016. Charles was born on July 11, 1954 in San Benito, TX, to Alta “Murph” and William “Buck” Yarbour. He loved driving semi-truck, his dogs, camping, and laughing with his friends and family. Chick is survived by his children, Sheila Priddy of Grafton, OH, Jim (Carrie) Yarbour of Wooster, OH, Kristi Yarbour of Orrville, OH and Jason (Paula) Yarbour of Houston, TX; Randi Priddy, Scott Priddy; 7 grandchildren; a sister, Debbie Yarbour of Nelsonville, OH; 2 nephews, and his 3 dogs, Bandit, J.J. and Maggie. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Alta Yarbour, 2 siblings, and his beloved dog, Precious.

Ralph E. Silvy

Ralph E. Silvy, Jr. age 54 of Amherst, passed away at his home following a short illness. He formerly lived in Vermilion. Ralph enjoyed fishing and was a huge STEELERS fan! He is survived by his spouse of 10 years, Bonnie Hall; his mother, Louella Silvy; brothers, Ross (Martha), Robert, Randy (Starla), and Ryan Silvy; step-children, Stacey Gentry, Cory Gentry (Heidi), and Dustin Gentry (Angela); 3 step grandchildren; his former wife, Debora Silvy; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved cat, Sam. Ralph was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Silvy, Sr. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Kevin P. Gallagher

The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Kevin Patrick Gallagher, 64, of Elyria, died Tuesday evening after a short battle with a stupid illness that sucks. He was born in Wilkes Barre, PA, to John and June (Reinard) Gallagher and moved to Elyria at the age of 10. Despite excessive truancy, his superior intelligence allowed him to graduate Elyria High School in 1970. Known as “Gags” to many, he worked for Lake Terminal Railroad over 27 years, retiring in 2000. In retirement, you may have been blessed to see Kevin working various jobs or riding his bike around Elyria with a smile on his face, a corny joke at the ready and a prayer in his back pocket for anyone in need. He adored his grandchildren and enjoyed driving to Virginia to visit them in his super fast red Mazda (apparently it GOES 155). Although born in Pennsylvania, Kevin was an avid Cleveland sports fan and got to see a championship before clocking out (thanks Cavs!). Kevin is survived by his children Brian (Marcy) and Kerry Gallagher; grandchildren Caera (pronounced Kee-ra) and Grady Gallagher; siblings Joanne (Tim) Sullivan, Thomas (Chris) Gallagher, Mara (Dan) Barnes, Noreen (Bryan) Diedrick and Patti Gallagher; and many (he’s Irish) many cousins, nieces and nephews. celebration of Kevin’s life will be the subject of a future announcement. In the meantime, have a Guinness in his honor. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Elyria Public Library System, 320 Washington Ave, Elyria, OH 44035 (memorial forms available at elyrialibrary.org) or to any charity/non-profit you choose because Kevin was all about freedom of choice!

Josefina Santiago

Josefina Santiago, age 95 of Lorain, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016. She was a homemaker who loved music, dancing, and cooking. Josefina is survived by her children, Finaleea Hernandez, Cruz Hernandez, Jose Rodriguez, Celestino Rodriguez, and Rosa Ortiz; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, August 5 at 9:30am at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Avenue, Lorain. The family will receive friends at the church from 8:30am until the mass. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.

Donna Jean Fritz

Donna Jean Fritz (nee Bardus) passed away on July 17, 2016 at the age of 74 years old at her daughter’s home in Lee’s Summit, MO. Donna was raised in Amherst Ohio. She married and raised her family in Lorain. Donna loved her job at The Lorain Journal as a “paper shuffler”. She also loved her job as a cashier at Rite Aid Pharmacy. With more than 25 years of service at each job, she was able to retire in 2008. Donna loved to camp and fish and do things with her family. She also loved bingo, penny slot machines and games on her computer. Donna is survived by daughter Dee and husband Rodger Ruggles of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; her daughter Denise and husband Michael Johnston of Lorain, Ohio; as well as her brother Roger and wife Sharon Bardus of Columbus, Ohio. Donna was blessed with six grandchildren she adored – Robbie Ruggles, Cyndi Ruggles, Bobby Kennell, Jr., Georgia Dale Gaynor, Jennifer Nelson and Mikey Johnston. From her adored grandchildren her blessing grew with ten great-grandchildren. She always had a special place in her heart for each of her many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends. Mrs. Fritz is preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Robert “George” Fritz. She is also preceded in death by her daughter Melody Kaye Fritz, her parents Alfred and Hope Bardus, and her beloved kitty-child and companion Jacob Alexander Peckerweed Fritz. Donna Jean Fritz was an amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She gave of her heart and time to all who knew her. She was the person who would listen to you gripe and groan when needed, commiserate with you when you needed that, but she also wouldn’t hesitate to kick you in the butt if that’s what you needed. All knew her as a straight shooter who could be counted on to keep your confidence, share a tear, or to enjoy a good laugh with. But, mercy sakes, don’t get on her bad side – she sure could hold a grudge too. Though she wasn’t wealthy, she still found the ability to give generously to Salvation Army, March of Dimes and Disabled American Veterans throughout her life. She also supported Wounded Warriors and ASPCA (who rescued her beloved Jacob). She was an advocate for helping those who truly need our support. The passing of Donna Fritz has left a hole in the hearts of all whose lives she touched and we truly lost a special person here on earth. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 9 to 11 a.m. at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel at 2900 N Ridge Rd. Elyria, Ohio. Graveside service will immediately follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 3700 Center Rd., Avon, Ohio. A luncheon to remember and honor Donna will be held at the Slovak Club, 30th and Broadway, Lorain, Ohio after. Adult beverages will not be provided.

Lee-Anna Udovich

Lee-Anna Udovich age 29 of Elyria, passed away on Friday, July 15th, 2016 following a short battle with cancer. She had enjoyed working as a waitress at Applebee’s for the past several years. She was known for being OCD about her housework and always being happy. Lee-Anna loved her children dearly and treated them like they were angels. She will be greatly missed by her fiance’ Donald Wise; her angelic children, Alexis Brumley, Alyssa Brumley, and Michael Udovich; her wonderful parents, Paulette and Charles Dore’; beloved sister, Elizabeth Mantifel; beloved brother, Charles Dore’; her grandpa Dave Vanschoor; her dear friends Teal Vanschoor and her daughter Tori Vanschoor; and the rest of her much loved family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. on Tuesday from 6-8pm followed by a Celebration of her Life at 8pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made at the funeral home to help with the final expenses.

Linda D. Hutchison

Linda D. Hutchison, age 62 of Lorain passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 9, 2016. She worked in the Housekeeping department of Community Health Partners for 31 years. Linda loved caring for others, especially her family. She also enjoyed crocheting, cooking, and life in general, and she had a deep love for her church. Linda is survived by her children, Samantha St. Croix (David, Jr.) and Shawn Hutchison; grandson, Tyler St. Croix; a niece, Mary Ashley Bolden (Kevin) and their sons, Jerren and Jordan Bolden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hutchison; parents, Edward and Mary Minter; and brother, Edward Keith Minter. The family will receive friends at the Word of Life Church, 3008 Grove Avenue. Lorain on Thursday from 5-7pm, with the service immediately following.

​Shirley Shupe​

Shirley M. Shupe (nee Chapman), age 66 of Elyria, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. She was a strong fighter and advocate for cancer awareness. Shirley was an avid cake decorator, and enjoyed gardening, arts and crafts, and cooking. Her greatest joy was her family – they were her world, including her dog Riley – and through them, she had everything. Shirley is survived by her husband Henry, Sr.; children, Sheryl Shupe and Henry T. Shupe, Jr. (Tootsie); grandchildren, Justin Weber, Ryan Pawell, Arianna Shupe, and T.J. Shupe; sisters-in-law, Gail Simon and Debra Shupe; nieces, Linda Honis, Kellie Hollen, and Tracy Tomasi; and nephews, Ricky Suzak, Robert Chapman, and William Chapman. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marie Chapman; brothers, Kenny, George, Harold, Floyd, and William Chapman; sister, Dorothy Suzak; and nephew, Ron Chapman.Friends may join the family for a committal service at the chapel at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon on Monday, July 11 at 12:15pm.

Steve Urbansky

Steve A. Urbansky, Jr. age 52 of Lorain passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. He was born on May 30, 1964 in Cleveland, OH. Steve graduated from North Olmsted High School in 1982. He worked for many years at Automotive Equipment in North Ridgeville until his health declined. Steve was a huge Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavs fan, and never missed a game. He also loved fishing and golfing with his close friends. Steve is survived by his wife Sharleen (nee Wooten); parents, Steve and Kathy Urbansky of North Olmsted; brother Ron (wife, Ronda) and nephew Bradley of Cleveland; step-children, Penny Price, Kelly and Dave Carroll, Lewis and Cathy Price, all of Lorain; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ronald and Prudence Porter, and Henry and Elizabeth Godzick; and his step-son Charles Price in 2005. Visitation will be at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd, Sheffield Tnsp. on Saturday, July 9 from 11am-1pm and 6-8pm with a time of sharing remembrances starting at 7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made at the funeral home to help with final expenses.

​Robert Gandee

Robert R. Gandee, age 85 of Vermilion, passed away at his home on Saturday, July 2, 2016. He was retired from Fruehauf Trailer when they closed after working there for 25 years. He also opened, owned. and operated Edgewater Tavern in Vermilion for 18 years; and had been a mechanic and tow truck driver for Fritz in Lorain. Bob was a kind and generous man who was well liked by many friends and about whom no one ever said a bad thing. He loved politics, but he especially loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Robert is survived by his daughters, Shelley Lesczynske (Adolph) and Sherri Gandee; his step-children, Brenda Lowder, Danny Lowder, David Lowder, Donna VanDusen, and Dennisa Strader (William); many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his sister, Gladys Jones. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dade (nee Green), and his second wife, Betty Lowder-Gandee; a son, Robin A. Gandee; step-daughter Pam Cashell (Doug, surviving); his parents; and 12 brothers and sisters. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp. on Tuesday from 6-8PM. The funeral service will be Wednesday, 11am at the funeral home followed by the interment in Rugby Cemetery, Vermilion, OH.

Gladys Archibald

Gladys A. Archibald (nee McCain), age 90, resident of Elyria for over 70 years, passed away June 28, 2016. She was a LPN who worked at Fairview Hospital, Elyria Memorial Hospital and Webber’s Nursing Home. She was also a caregiver to her brother, Jack for 10 years and to many others. Gladys was a long time member of Community of Christ Church. She always looked forward to game day with friends and family. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, reading and most of all, socializing. She was also a poet and an artist. Gladys was well loved and respected by those who knew her. She is survived by her husband of 72 years, George; children, Georgia Boulter (Troy), Mark Archibald (Karen) and Laurie Archibald; grandchildren, Scott and Matthew Werling, Josh Archibald and Kristen Kolp; great grandchildren, Brody and David; siblings, Lois Beckett and Gary McCain; many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by son, Geoffrey who passed in 1948; siblings, Wilma Rogers, Bevan Hergert, Ginny Garrett and Jack McCain. Private family services will be held.

​Stephen Kirkpatrick

Stephen J. Kirkpatrick, age 62 of Elyria, passed away June 28, 2016. He graduated from Midview High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam era. Steven was a drywall finisher for many years. He loved watching his grandkids play sports and camping with his wife, Barbara. He was an avid Cleveland sports fan. He had a great sense of humor. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Barbara; children, Corey Kirkpatrick and Rachel Jarrell; grandchildren, Tyler, Cameron and Ayden; siblings, Cindy Kirkpatrick, Lisa Kirkpatrick and Kerry Kirkpatrick (Rose). A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date.

​​Gil Mitchell

Gilbert “Gil” LeRoy Mitchell, Sr., 42, went to sleep in the arms of the Lord on Saturday, June 25, 2016. A New Day, “I am the Light” Jesus said, “And the truth and the way! Follow me to a sunny place, Where dawns A Bright New Day!” Gil attended Elyria City Schools, graduating in 1993. He was recently employed at Camaco in Lorain, Ohio. He loved basketball, playing cards and especially spending time with family and friends.
He leaves three children, Derrick of Cleveland, Amaya of Lorain and Gilbert, Jr. of Elyria, His parents Kenneth, Sr. and Linda Mitchell of Elyria, Siblings, Kenneth (Robin) Mitchell, Jr. of Elyria, Tanya Jackson of Elyria, Terri Horton of Lorain, Michael (Gloria) Bason of Elyria, Keith (Angie) Mitchell of San Antonio, TX, Patricia Mitchell of Lorain and Doniel Mitchell of Elyria and his grandparents, William and Pat King of Etowah, TN, Godmothers Betty and Joy Slipp of Cleveland and a host of other family members. He was preceded in death by a brother, Tony Jackson, maternal grandmother, Dorothy King and paternal grandparents, John and Irene Reed. Funeral Services will be held at One Body in Christ Fellowship Ministries, 600 Delaware Ave. Elyria, OH 44035 on Saturday, July 2, 2016. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until the time of the service at 2:00 pm.

Carol Furst

Carol Furst of Elyria passed away on Tuesday June 21st at the age of 61. Carol was born in Philadelphia PA though lived in Mt Lebanon PA. Upon finishing her bachelors at Grove City and Masters at Edinboro University she moved to Elyria to take a position with the Elyria City School District as as School Psychologist. Carol also worked in the mortgage lending field. Carol was an avid reader, reading almost every book in the mystery section of the Elyria Library. She also enjoyed decorating her home and gardening. She also enjoyed playing board games and watching movies with her children often providing unsolicited commentary during the movie. Carol looked forward to babysitting her grand-dog Stout. Carol is the beloved mother of Andrew Furst of Columbus and Allie Furst of Cincinnati. She is also survived by sisters Jane McCarthy and Nancy Captain, brother Jack Captain and former husband David Furst. Her parents Margaret and John Captain proceeded her in death. Carol left us much to soon and will be dearly missed. Friends may call at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 2 to 4 P.M.

Jean Killinger

Jean C. Killinger, age 73 of Avon Lake, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016 after a long battle with cancer. She loved being a mom and a grandma. Jean had been a secretary at the J.M. Smucker Co and a cook in the Avon Lake School systems. She was a member of the Lakewood Anglican Orthodox Church; a Past Matron of Ann Rutledge Chapeter, O.E.S.; Past President of S.O.O.B. Cleveland Chapter; and a Past Grand Officer of O.T.K.. Jean is survived by her husband Kenyon; daughters, Colleen McHenry (Kevin), Carrie Hoover (Dennis), and Cathy Halan (David); and grandchildren, Nate, Joseph, Shannon, Allison, Bre-Anne, Grace, Tony, Connor, Imogen, and Lily. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Lillian Shank, and her brother William Shank. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 25 at 11:30 AM at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville, OH.

Helen Bielek

Helen Bielek, age 97 of Parma passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2016. She is survived by her brother, John Labanow (Betty, deceased); sister, Wanda Labanow; and nieces and nephews, Michael Labanow (Marsha), Rick Labanow (Cheryl), David Labanow (Gina), Patti Miller (Bill), and Mary Tafel (Greg). Preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Viola Labanow; her husband, John Bielek; and brothers, Peter (Nancy, deceased) and Walter Labanow (Regina, deceased). The family wishes to thank the caring staff at St. Mary of the Woods and Hospice of the Western Reserve. Private family service will be held.

Edna McIntire-Vinci

Edna J. McIntire-Vinci (nee Smith), age 88 of Elyria, passed away June 17, 2016. She enjoyed crocheting, music, spending time with family and watching westerns. She loved the Lord. She is survived by her husband of 5 years, Chuck Vinci, Jr., the 2 time Olympian Gold Medalist; children, Esther “Sue” Lilly (Jim) of Olmsted Twp., Emma Kimbler (Bill) of Gainesville, FL and Fran Beatty (Roger) of Grafton; step children, Chuckie, Carl, Christopher, Doreen, Curt, Dawn, and Jennifer; 24 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Phil McIntire, John McIntire and Ray Sorton; children, Phillip Jr. and Sandy Rathwell; her parents, her siblings, her grandson, Ron and stepdaughter, Debbie Vinci. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2:00- 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd. Elyria, OH 44035. The Funeral Service will be the following day, Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 12 noon the funeral home. The interment will follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Michael Utsey

Michael D. Utsey, age 64 of Elyria, passed away June 13, 2016. He was an Elyria High School Graduate, class of ‘70. He retired from Ford Motor Co. after 37 years. Michael loved cars, clothes, hats and music. He also enjoyed traveling, gardening and riding his bicycle. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Jenever (nee Jackson); mother, Katie Utsey; children, Ananius J. Jackson and Gabrielle E. Utsey; siblings, Romona K. Utsey and Med W. Utsey. He is preceded in death by his father, Quention Utsey. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 614 W. River Rd. N. Elyria, OH 44035. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service.

Kyle​ N. Garrison​​​​

Kyle N. Garrison, age 22 of Elyria passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at his home. He was a 2012 graduate of Admiral King High School. Kyle enjoyed being with his friends, fishing, skate-boarding, baseball, and football. Kyle is survived by his parents, Ken Garrison (April) and Ellen Wright (David J.); brother, Ryan (girlfriend, Courtney Schafer); step-brother Michael D. Wright; step-sisters, Breanna Wright, and Ashley Church; grandparents, Norman and Darlene Harding; along with aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James T. and Norma Garrison; and great-grandmother Ruby Harding. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Tnsp on Wednesday from 1-5pm with a funeral service beginning at 4:30pm.

​​Richard Swords, Sr.

Richard Paul Swords, Sr., 70, of Lorain died peacefully at his home June 12, 2016. He was born May 26, 1946 in Portsmouth, OH. He served in the U.S. Army overseas in Germany during the Vietnam era. After serving his country, he came to Lorain, OH to work at the steel mill for 29 years. He enjoyed spending time with family, watching sports, news and old westerns and doing crosswords. He leaves behind his twin daughters, Renee Wonder (Steve) of Sheffield Village and Robin Swords of Lorain and his son, Richard P. Swords, Jr. (Monica) of Lorain; grandchildren, Aidan, Brendan, Tristan, Robert, Kristi, James, Christopher, Catherine, Richard III, Draven, Logan, Damien and Reagan; former wife, Laura Post of 38 years; brothers, Bud Swords, Steve Swords and Rev. Dan Swords; sisters, Wanda Swords, Sue Lamblin, Vick Chaffin, Cindy Swords, Sheila Collins, Charrie Arthur and Val Dugan; many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert P. and Catherine Swords; sisters, Phyllis Kelly and Lisa Rene; brothers, Robert, James, Ralph, two sets of twins and two grandchildren born too soon. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd. Elyria, OH 44035. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until the time of service.

Willie Easley

Willie Mae Easley (nee Grays), age 76 of Elyria, passed away on May 16, 2016. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, fishing but most of all she just liked spending time with her family. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Dan; children, Brenda Gilbert (Gene), Yolanda Cintron (Augie) and Angela Stefanick; grandchildren, Darryl Easley, Takasha Curry (Greg), Chantel Gilbert, Trecia and Dulce Cintron, Nikolaus and Jamarius Stefanick; great grandchildren, Tyree, Taeshon and T’asia Easley, Ciarra and Giahnna Curry; sister, Emma Wells (Johnny). She is preceded in death by her parents, William and Ellen Grays and 5 siblings. The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd. Elyria, OH 44035. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will follow at Brookdale Cemetery.

Faith Olgin

Faith V. Olgin (nee Shreve), age 46 of Avon Lake, passed away unexpectedly on May 7, 2016. She had a love for reading, movies, dancing and going to the beach. She was very involved with a gastric bypass surgery group on Facebook. She was also an organ donor after her passing. Faith was a beautician for over 26 years. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Adam; her loving children, Andrew (Courtney Richardson), Jared and Rhianne; siblings, Ruth Cajka, Mary Pinto, Arthur Shreve and Charles Shreve Jr.; aunt, Sherry Meir and her favorite dog, Chi-Chi. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Sandra Shreve. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Black River Lodge, 3695 Pearl Ave. Lorain, OH 44055. The family would like to thank the Black River Lodge and the Avon Lake Drug Mart Employees.If any one would like to help the family, please visit www.youcaring.com.

George Babich

George “Geo” Babich Jr., age 66 of Lorain, passed away May 3, 2016. He was very artistic, patriotic, loved the outdoors and fishing. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and the Cleveland Browns but most of all he loved riding his Harley. He is survived by his mother, Katherine; daughters, Michelle Hill (Kevin) and Kristi Garcia (Randy); grandchildren, Devin and Darien Hill, Jayden and Alliyah Garcia; brother, William; long-time companion, Becky Nichols; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his father, George Sr., who passed in 1993. Family will receive friends on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 2-4 PM at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd. Elyria, OH 44035. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

Mary Lee Hensley

Mary Lee Hensley (nee Powers), age 72 of Lorain, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 unexpectedly at her home following a short illness. She enjoyed camping and going to casinos. Mary Lee really liked spending time with friends and family, especially her loving grandchildren. Mary Lee is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Ernie; her sons Kevin and Scott (wife Kelly); her grandchildren, Courtney, Jessica, Kameron, and Kirsten; her brothers, Frank Powers (wife Connie) and Stan Powers; and her mother-in-law, Frances Hensley. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stanford Powers and Ada McGhee. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8pm. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday at Noon followed by the interment at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Craig Workman

Craig E. Workman, age 44 of Vermilion, passed away April 19, 2016. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, paintball and playing Play Station. He was a gun and knife enthusiast and he was a CCW instructor. Craig loved animals and most of all his family. He is survived by his parents, Annie and Russ Sr.; companion, Tamela Hanna; daughter, Cera Deeb; brother, Russ Jr. (Angel); paternal grandmother, Myrtle Workman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Family will receive friends on Sunday from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Brett Diar

Brett A. Diar, age 35 of Lorain, passed away April 17, 2016. He enjoyed sports and country music but most of all he loved spending time with his nieces. He graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. He is survived by his parents, Marilyn and Edward Diar; siblings, Nicole, Chad and Becky Diar; nieces, Taylor, Riley and Kailey; and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Arbell and Stan Mikulski; paternal grandparents, Inez and Lawrence Westfall; and nephew, Jacob. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd. Elyria,OH 44035. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Lorain County Central Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, 577 Broadway Ave. Lorain, OH 44052.

Christina Deichler

Christina Deichler (nee Petroff), age 76 of Elyria, passed away on April 7, 2016 following a short illness. She was born and raised in Elyria, and she worked as a pipefitter for many years. Christina was an active member at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church in Lorain, the Jolly 60’s at Elyria Baptist Church, a Bible study at St. John Lutheran Church, the Salvation Army, and with the Red Hat Society. She also loved shopping, swimming, baking, and her dog, Zeke. Christina is survived by her children, Danny C., and Vicki Tegan (Frank); her grandson Dakota C.; and her siblings, Nicholas Peterson, Angeline Campbell, and William Petroff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Mildred Petroff; her loving husband, James; an infant daughter Dorothy Linda; a son, James; her sisters, Trainka Stricklin, Kira Metz, Lillian Swartz; and brothers, Daniel and Paul Petroff. The family will receive friends at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 North Ridge Rd. East, Sheffield Tnsp. on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8pm. Please join the family for the funeral at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Orthodox Church, 3056 Reeves Ave., Lorain on Wednesday at 10am. Interment to follow at Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to help offset final expenses.

John Fisher

John Wayne Fisher, age 76 of Elyria, passed away April 2, 2016. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. John retired from Ford Motor Co. after 32 years. He loved attending car shows and participating in cruise-ins with his ’78 Ranchero. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing but most of all he loved spending time and talking about his family. He had so many friends and the family would like to thank everyone who helped take care of him. He is survived by his children, Ron (Sherry) and Denny (Barb); mother of his children, Ruby; grandchildren, Brandon, Bethany Karl (Clay), Justin (Kacie) and Jason; great grandchild; Brooklyn; siblings, Bobby and Freda Daniels (Phil). He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Savilla; infant daughter, Robin; siblings, Bernard, Martin and Leo Hatfield. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 5-7 PM in the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd. Elyria, OH 44035. The Funeral Service will take place the following day, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.