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.

Conway, Betty L.

Betty L. Conaway, 70 of Sheffield Lake, passed away at her home on Sunday, May 12, 2019. She worked at times as a Nurse’s Aide. Betty loved planting and gardening, crocheting, and playing cards. She thoroughly enjoyed her pets as well.

Betty is survived by her daughter Martha Canterbury, and her son Rush Williams (Carolyn); grandchildren, Stevie and Sammy Canterbury, and Sheyenna Fowler; along with several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers, Tives Sinnet and Glen Thomas.

The family will receive friends at the Wyers -Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. on Wednesday from 6-8pm.  The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday at noon followed by the interment at Resthaven Memory Gardens.

Jones, Linda M.

Linda M. Jones (nee Taylor), age 57 of Lorain, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at her home. She was a 1980 graduate of Lorain High School and lived most of her life in Lorain. She most recently worked for Good Will Industries in Amherst. Linda was a member of the Friends of Lorain County Metro Parks and enjoyed volunteering for them during the holidays. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, friends, and rescue pets, and working in her yard, especially with her beautiful flower gardens.

Linda is survived by her loving mother, Helen Weaver; sister, Sharon Taylor; and aunt, Brenda Driver.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Leonard and Marie Driver; father, Walter Taylor; step-father, Ralph Weaver; brother, Walter Taylor, Jr.; and uncles, Randall and Ronald Driver.

Private arrangements are being handled.

Parson, Scott M.

Scott M. Parson, age 31 of Elyria and formerly of LaGrange, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. He was known for his love of people, kindness, and sense of humor. He will be deeply missed. Scott attended Broadway Assembly Church in Lorain.

Scott is survived by his loving mother, Cynthia Parson and father, James Kimbro; grandparents, Robert and Lanata Parson; and his deeply loved brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, and fiancé, Felicia Peah.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mansfield and Jackie Kimbro, and brother, James Kimbro, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Road to Hope House, 158 Irondale St. Elyria, OH 44035

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 1pm at the Broadway Assembly Church, 5495 Broadway Ave., Lorain where the family will receive friends from 11am until the service at 1pm. Burial to follow at Butternut Ridge Cemetery.

Green, Danny D.

Danny D. Green, 72 of Sheffield Village, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2019. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying model airplanes, and working on cars. Above all, he loved being with his children and grandchildren.

Danny is survived by his wife of 51 years, Renate; children, Cynthia Frederick, Teresa Green, Hether Green, and Danny Green; grandchildren, Tyra Pena, Kayla Kauffman, Sarah Roach, Camryn Frederick, Seth Frederick, Delaney Green, and Wyatt Green; great grandchildren, Keegan Roach and Jayden Pena; sister, Donna Chapman (Herbert); and brother, Ronnie Green (Linda).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Frances Green; and sister, Eileen Mallari.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 4 from 2-4pm at the New Haven Baptist Church, 5290 French Creek Rd., Sheffield where the funeral service will begin at 4pm.

Woods, Leonard

Leonard Woods, 71 of Oberlin, transitioned from this life on Friday, April 26, 2019. He was born in Pikeville, KY on December 9, 1947. Leonard attended Oberlin Schools and answered the call to serve in the Army during the Vietnam conflict in the 25th Infantry Division as a Specialist Fourth Class E4. Returning home to Oberlin, he settled in various jobs as a custodian to the Oberlin School District, assembly-line worker for General Motors, and truck driving. He enjoyed cooking for friends and family as well as fishing at every chance he could. His favorite pastime was watching westerns, watching the History Channel on television, and telling stories.

Leonard is survived by two daughters, Talisha of Romulus, MI and Alonda of Elyria; grandchildren, Ta’Tianna, Ty’Rreil, TyReice, Marquise, Jabari, Caleb, and Nevaeh; his loving mother, Leona Woods of Oberlin; sisters, Anna Moore, Paulette Strange (Darrick), Tondia Vilyus (Donald) all of Oberlin, Maureen Woods of Edgewater, MD, and Velma Inman of Elyria; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Leonard was preceded in death by his father, George Woods, Jr.; brothers, George Franklin Woods and Thomas Lee Woods; and his faithful furry companion, Chief.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 12 noon at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. where the family will receive friends on Saturday from 11am until noon.

Phillips, Clayton C.

Clayton C. Phillips, 61 recently of Florida, went to be with his Heavenly Father early Easter morning, April 21, 2019. He enjoyed camping and fishing, but more than anything he loved his grandchildren and spending time with his family.

Clayton is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Diana (nee Potts); daughters, Caroline Clemens (Ray) of FL and Cheryl Butler (Don Johnson) of Elyria; grandchildren, Jennifer Hall, Ashley Brooks, Shane Butler, Jr., and Jazzmine Butler; great grandsons, Carter and Luca Jones; sisters, Margie March (Tim), Peg O’Neal, Nancy Fulum (Steve), and Beth O’Neal; brothers, John O’Neal (Dorothy) and Tim O’Neal (Sally); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton Phillips, and Margaret and John O’Neal.

Carroll, Rev. Howard L.

Rev. Howard L. Carroll, Sr., 82 of Amherst, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2019. He was a Minister for 32 years at the Mt. Olive Free Will Baptist Church; a Chaplain for the Golden Acres Nursing Home for 25 years; and retired from Ford after 30 years working there.  Howard liked playing the guitar, singing and drawing.

Howard is survived by his children, Randy Carroll of Vermilion, Kimberly Russert of Louisville, KY, and Hope Watkin (Mark) of Amherst; stepchildren, Jimmy Copley of Elyria, Robin “Bob” Pennington (Lorraine) of Lucas Grove , GA, Emmett Pennington (Heather) of Massillon, OH, Darlene Wikel (Tim) of Huron, and Patty Moore (Edward) of Vermilion; 22 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; siblings, Irene Crowley and Hazel Hedrick.

He was preceded in death by wives, Emma Jean (nee Evans) and Cynthia Lou (nee Jones); son, Howard L. Carroll, Jr.; stepson, Roger Manns; and siblings, Maxine Hedrick, Helen Aley, Gilbert Carroll, Jr., Alma Jean Lucas, Madeleine Carroll and Jimmy Carroll.

The family will receive friends at the Green Pastures Baptist Church, 12404 Leavitt Rd.,  Oberlin on Saturday, April 27 from 2-4pm followed by a Memorial Service at 4pm.

Rousis, Helen

Helen Rousis, age 88 of Lorain, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019. She enjoyed marching and competing with the Polish League of American Veterans’ Drill Team. She was a good cook who loved reading, gardening and playing games with her family and her monthly ladies club.  The ladies club had 6 members who met monthly to play cards, and on other special occasions for over 50 years!

Helen is survived by her children, Gayle Smith (Mike) and William Rousis (Barb); 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband William and parents, Ludwig and Helen Lukesic.

Service was private and burial took place in Calvary Cemetery.

Fairbanks, Suzann M.

Suzann M. Fairbanks, 73 of Wellington, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 6, 2019.  She was the most caring person, doing anything for anyone.  She loved going to the casino, but most importantly, she was the best mom and granny in the world!

Suzann is survived by her loving daughters, Rebecca Caramagno (Brett), Sandra Benko (Karl), and Amy Johnston (Joshua); grandchildren, Misty Gross, Matthew Gross, Emily Benko, Courtney Johnston, Trevor Johnston, Eric Benko, and Kennedi Benko; and siblings, Shirley Lewis, Dixie Lepan, Lynda Weigl, and George “Skip” Curtis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Natalie Curtis; and siblings, Jerry Curtis, James “Jimmy” Curtis, Beverly Case, Thomas “Tom” Curtis, and Richard “Rich” Curtis.

Please join the family for a Celebration of Suzann’s Life on Thursday, April 11 from 11am until noon at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel,

Waldecker, Lois

Lois Waldecker, age 89 of Oberlin passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019. She was a long-time resident of Welcome Nursing Home where she enjoyed going on field trips. Lois also loved going to the Lorain County Fair, playing Bingo, and spending time with her friends and staff at Welcome Nursing Home.

Lois is survived by her sister, Janet Porrelli and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Christine Waldecker; brothers, Richard (wife, Juanita surviving) and William Waldecker, and sister, Mary Strouse.

The family is grateful to all the wonderful staff and friends at Welcome Nursing Home.

Private family service will be held.

Perine, Laura E.

Laura E. Perine (nee Scott), 91 of Elyria, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at her home.  She was very proud that she had paid her own way for the two years she attended college and was on the first women’s college basketball team in West Virginia. Laura was very active in her church’s nursing home ministry where she sang and preached. She also was instrumental in raising not only her children, but many more in the family as well.

She is survived by her children, Gene G. Perine, Betty Turner, and James M. Perine; grandchildren, Peter and Samuel Goldauskas, Amber Perine, Laura Kilzer, Mary Perine, Lindsay Smith, Michael Wittreich, Christopher, Chad and Amanda Perine; many great grandchildren; and sister Betty Doss of Parkersburg, WV.

Laura was preceded in death by her husband, Gene L. Perine; parents, Garfield and Mary Ellen Scott; and siblings, Hazel Gordon, Marie Miller, Hollis Scott, Lillian Lawson, and Remus Scott.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6-8pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. where the funeral service will be held on Friday, April 5 at 11am. Burial to follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park.

Harper, Howard

Howard I. Harper, 65 of Lorain, passed away on Thursday March 21, 2019. He was retired from Lake Terminal Railroad and was active in AA.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon; daughters, Shelby (Dan Hosta) and Carla (Luther Clay); four grandchildren; brother Isaac; and sisters, June Johnson and Phyllis Burke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard F. and Bonnie, and sister Patricia Harper.

Honoring Howard’s request, there will be no services.

Jankowski, Jerry

Jerry Jankowski, resident of Elyria, OH passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at the age of 73.

At Mr. Jankowski’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service.

Bracy, Georgia

Georgia Ann (Gilchrist) Bracy 86, was born on April 8th, 1932 in Lowndes County Alabama. She met and soon married Nelson Bracy on September 11, 1941.  To this union 10 children were born.  Georgia received the

Infilling of the Holy Ghost at her cousin’s camp meeting in Montgomery, Alabama.  As a young wife and mother, she was employed at Maxwell-Field Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. She and Nelson later relocated to Lorain in the early 1960’s where she became a member of New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member of the Mother Board, Kitchen Committee, and a true prayer warrior.

She was an exceptional cook, who rarely required a recipe, while feeding her family, church family, and many neighborhood children.  In a word, she was a “Truth Teller” who spoke it as it was but was still kind enough to fix you a plate.  A great listener and encourager to the down trodden.  And was quick to say: “Children are my most favorite people!”  Her most favorite group was the Canton Spirituals, and her most favorite saying was: “Baby, jus keep on Livin”

She is survived by Dorothy (Arthur) Lusane, Patricia (James) Ralston, Nelson Bracy, Pat Bracy, daughter-in-law, Michael (Jolynn) Bracy, and Napoleon Bracy all of Lorain, Ohio.  Teresa Evans, Birmingham, Alabama, Marion, (Glen) Johnson, Canfield, Ohio, Melvin, (Deborah) Bracy, Columbus, Ohio, Anita Bracy, Madison, Tennessee.  Brothers: Isaac and Brister Gilchrist of Detroit, Michigan, Mary Griffin, Hueytown, Alabama, Octavia Martin, Cleveland, Ohio, Ernestine Johnson, Montgomery, Alabama.  As well as 17 Grandchildren, 19 Great-grand children and 2 Great-great grandchildren.  She will also be greatly missed by her church family, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special and loyal friend, Gloria-Hammond.

Georgia was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson, and son, John Allen Bracy, as well as three brothers: George, Fred and John-Frank Gilchrist, and two sisters: Mary Davis, And Julia Thomas.

Family, friends and food donations will be received Monday-Wednesday at 749 Redhill Drive, Lorain and Thursday 5-8 pm at Knights of St. John 1620 Kansas Avenue, Lorain

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, March 22, at New Bethel Baptist Church, 3880 Dayton Avenue Lorain, Ohio where viewing will begin at 10am until time of service at Noon.

Reverend Tyrone Holley will officiate.  Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio.

Armbruster, Lawrence

Lawrence A. Armbruster, 81 of Lorain passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 after spending the day with his family by his side. He was a lifelong Lorain County resident and a career UAW advocate, having served as a Union official.

Lawrence is survived by his sons, Paul and Joseph A. (Peggy) Armbruster; grandchildren, Alicia Coughlin, (Steve), Andrea Hopkins (TJ), and Charity Armbruster; and a great grandson, Liam Coughlin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Esther Armbruster; and sister, Patricia Reichert.

A Celebration of Lawrence’s life will be held later in July.

Rivera, Ramon Sr.

Lorain, Ohio – Ramon Rivera, Sr.; Age 95; June 15, 1923; Ramon was predeceased by his loving wife, Monserratte. Proud grandfather of 12 grandchildren—Natalie, Suzette, Carmen, Walter, Yolanda, Sandra, Cynthia, Raquel, Rafael, Jr., Daniel, Deborah, and Sara—and 22 great grandchildren. He is survived by his daughter, Zulma Rivera, and two sons and their spouses: Ramon and Marta Rivera, and Rafael and Iris Diaz.

As a young man, Ramon came to the United States from Puerto Rico and worked in Florida as a migrant worker.  Through the encouragement of friends, he moved to New York City but due to lack of work, he decided to move to Ohio where he accepted a job at the Lorain Steel Mill. He taught himself to read, write, and speak English through a correspondence course, and worked his way from floor custodian to vacation relief worker until he retired in 1978.

Ramon was a born again Christian who loved the Lord, and was a faithful member of Local Del Evangelio/ Leavitt Road Gospel Hall.  He and his wife cared for the poor, sick, and those in need.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 14th, 4-8pm at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Twp. with a funeral service the following day, Friday, March 15th, 10:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Elmwood Cemetery.

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.

Van Horn, Lyle E.

Lyle Ellis Van Horn, age 92 of Sheffield Lake, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. He was born in Zanesville OH on March 7, 1926 to William L. and Mary A. (nee Winner) Van Horn. Lyle retired from USSteel as a Turn Foreman after 36 years of service. He served in the US Navy during WWII and the Korean War. He enjoyed woodworking, flying, amateur radio, tinkering, and church maintenance, and was a magician who worked for another magician who could make an elephant disappear. Lyle was also an avid member of Grace Baptist Church in Lorain.

When his beloved wife of 26 years, Emma R. (nee Gutosky), developed breast cancer, Lyle made her life as easy as possible. Emma preceded Lyle in death.

He is survived by his children, Mark (Darlene) of Elyria and Arthur (Sharon) of Findlay; grandchildren, Alex, Dylan, Keith and Joyce; 4 great grandchildren; and one sister, Sonja of West Virginia.

Lyle was also preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Wilva, Corbert, Darryl, Charlotte, and Vanna.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mill Manor Care Center, Vermilion for the care they provided to Lyle. Memorials in Lyle’s name may be forwarded to Grace Baptist Church or Meals on Wheels in Sheffield Lake.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 2 from 9-11am at Grace Baptist Church, 719 Root Rd., Lorain with the funeral service beginning at 11am. Entombment will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

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.