Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

Since 1905, The Busch Family has had a strong commitment to the families and communities we serve. Now in or fourth generation of family ownership we continue to be the most preferred for funeral, burial and cremation services. Many funeral homes advertise cremation services, but that does not mean they provide crematory services on site. Busch Funeral and Crematory Services has an on premises crematory and have certified staff that personally manage the entire cremation process. Our Care Center provides 24/7 care for your loved one assuring you your loved one never leaves our care. Our dedicated professionals provide families with a greater level of care, comfort and accountability.

Our staff is courteous and sympathetic ...Our facilities are comfortable and spotless...our services are handled with dignity and respect. We provide you with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with any of our professional services or facilities, you will not be charged for that particular service.

Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in us.

James H. Busch and J. Mark Busch
4th Generation Funeral Directors

Our Obituaries

James Michael McClain

February 9, 1948 - June 15, 2018

James Michael McClain, age 70, Sheffield Lake, Ohio. Born February 9, 1948 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Walter R. and Esther P. McClain. Jim died peacefully surrounded by love on June 15, 2018. Beloved husband of Diane (nee Kleinhans); devoted father of Amy Askin (Andrew), Melissa Rodkey (Patrick), and James Jr. (Katie Schottelkotte); loving grandfather of Kailey, Olivia, Tommy, Serene,...
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Diane Christine Savage

June 9, 1946 - June 15, 2018

Diane Christine Savage, age 72 of Avon Lake, formerly of Euclid, died unexpectedly on June 15, 2018 at home. Born in Cleveland, and raised in Euclid, Diane attended Villa Angela, received her B.A. in English from Ursuline College and earned her M.A. in Education at CWRU. Her career path was unique; she taught English and business, worked as a campus minister, became a Certified Financial Planner,...
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Leona Walkowsky

August 6, 1927 - June 6, 2018

Leona B. Walkowsky (nee Sabo), 90, resided in Avon, Ohio and was born in Johnstown, PA in 1927. Beloved wife of the late Robert J. for 67 years. Loving mother of Barbara Cozza of Stow, OH, Linda (Ed) Bowman of Shiloh, IL, and Joan (Vic) Knight of Goodyear, AZ; grandmother of Carin Cozza, Dustin Morter, Bryan Morter, Megan (Craig) Brandt and Eric Knight and great-grandmother of four; and sister of...
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Madeline Ketterer

August 17, 1933 - June 5, 2018

Madeline C. Ketterer (nee Hellmann) 84 of Avon Lake, passed away Tuesday, June5, 2018. She was born August 17, 1933 to parents Eugene and Madeline (nee Bannon) Hellmann. Madeline was a High School graduate of Hempstead High School in Long Island, New York. She married her husband Carl of 64 years in 1954. They lived in Bressler, PA for 6 years before finally settling down in Avon Lake in 1965....
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Doyle C. Stephens

November 4, 1923 - June 1, 2018

Doyle C. Stephens, age 94 of Sheffield Lake, passed away on June 1, 2018 surrounded by family at Mercy Hospice in Lorain. Beloved husband of the late Ruth E. (nee Schrimsher). Cherished father of Terry and Tom (Tammy); loving grandfather of Jessica, Heather, Ashley, Tommy Jr., and James; loving great-grandfather of Cole, Cierra, Maximus, Alayna, Anthony and Nolan. WWII US Marine Corps Veteran...
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Robert "Rob" Hayden

August 30, 1971 - May 28, 2018

Robert Mark Hayden, 46, of Avon Lake passed away suddenly May 28, 2018. Beloved husband of 23 years to Hope Hayden (Brlan), devoted father of Kierstyn (20), Madison (19), and Jason (16) all of Avon Lake. Loving son of Robert R. Hayden of Lorain and loving brother to Alexis Hayden also of Lorain. He was preceded in death by his mother, Natalie Hayden (Burich). Rob was a 1989 graduate of...
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William Frank, Jr.

February 13, 1960 - May 25, 2018

William E. "Bill" Frank, Jr., 58, of Sheffield Lake, passed away on May 26, 2018. He was born February 13, 1960, in Fairview Park, Ohio, to parents William Sr. and Nancy Frank (nee Hutteman). Bill belonged to Operating Engineers, Local 18, where he worked as a crane operator until retiring after 30 years. He enjoyed watching Ohio State games and Cleveland sports, especially the Indians, and he...
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Rodger Parsons

August 14, 1940 - May 23, 2018

Rodger Parsons, 77 years of age, passed away May 23, 2018 at Story Point Memory Unit in Avon Lake, OH. He was born August 14, 1940 in St. Albans, West Virginia. He served 2 years in the Army most of which were spent in Korea. He moved to Ohio in the '60's and became a welder with Boilermakers Union 744 out of Cleveland. He retired from there in 1995. Rodger caddied in his youth and subsequently...
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John DeLassus

June 14, 1938 - May 23, 2018

John Leslie DeLassus, 79, of Avon Lake, passed away Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Beloved husband of Georgette; loving brother of Dorothy Harmon; brother in-law of Suzette Birch (Randy), Becky Hopper (Bill); uncle of Rob Ransom (Julie), Dave Ransom (Kim), and Cathy Watson (Brian). A private service will be held for his family on Friday, followed by burial at Lakewood Park Cemetery. A celebration of...
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John Thomas Shook

June 3, 1964 - May 22, 2018

John Thomas Shook, 53, of Avon Lake, formerly of Youngstown, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. John was born in Youngstown on June 3, 1964, and graduated from Canfield High School. He began an apprenticeship with the Davis Velker Funeral Home at the age of 16, and graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. John married Paola (nee Gulutz) on June 14, 1997 in East...
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Carlton Mitchell

July 5, 1952 - May 19, 2018

Carlton D. Mitchell passed away peacefully on May 19, 2018. He is survived by Karen Mitchell (nee Moir), his wife of 38 years. He was born July 5, 1952 and spent most of his childhood in Avon Lake. He is a veteran of the U. S. Navy, stationed in San Diego and serving on the U.S.S. Mount Vernon for four years. After the Navy, he worked for U.S. Steel, received an Associate's degree in accounting...
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Emily Barth

July 26, 1945 - May 16, 2018

Emily Anne Barth, 72 of Avon Lake, went home to heaven on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 after a brief illness. She was born July 26, 1945 to parents Angelo and Rose (nee Bandera) Calcaterra in Detriot, MI. Emily was the biggest hearted, most generously kind person; she was absolutely committed to her Lord and her responsibilities. She was a fierce protector of truth and right; tireless in her efforts...
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Jack Kinsner

May 29, 1923 - May 12, 2018

Jack H. Kinsner passed away on May 12, 2018, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday. He was preceded in death by Betty Bidner Kinsner, his wife of almost 64 years. He is survived by brother Jim Kinsner (Nancy) of Bowling Green, KY; daughters Kathy Kinsner (Josh Rubin) of NYC, Sue Pepper Warga (Tim) of Athens, OH, and Lisa Kinsner Scheer (Steve) of Avon Lake; companion Jean Lamvermeyer;...
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Thomas Gorgas

October 13, 1934 - May 12, 2018

Thomas Gorgas, 83 of Bay Village, passed away at home Saturday, May 12, 2018. He was born October 13, 1934 to parents Walter and Mary Ann (nee Wrona) Gorgas in New Castle, PA. Formerly a member of the US Air Force and an employee of US Steel as a superintendent, Tom was also a long-time member of Bay Village Community Band and the Hillcrest Concert Band, the Bay Village Historical Society where...
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John Wallace

July 25, 1943 - May 10, 2018

John William Wallace, age 74, of Sheffield Lake, died suddenly of natural causes. Mr. Wallace was born on July 25, 1943 to Michael Douglas Wallace, Sr. and Dorothy Emma (nee Wilson) Wallace in Lorain, Ohio. He was a graduate of Lorain St. Mary High School Class of 1961. John was a veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency, having served as a Crypto Operator at Nordae Taserne, Germany. John...
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Raymond Albert Jupina

November 20, 1934 - May 10, 2018

Raymond "Ray" Albert Jupina, 83 of Avon Lake passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018. He was born November 20, 1934 to parents Albert and Mary (nee Woyan) Jupina. Ray was known as the "Mayor of Fay Avenue" where he loved to watch over the neighborhood. He enjoyed classic cars, C.B. radio, yard-work and polka music. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Ann Marie; children Noreen Clifford (Scott) of...
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E. Donald "Don" Chadwick

June 26, 1934 - May 8, 2018

E. Donald "Don" Chadwick, age 83, of Avon Lake, formerly of Bay Village, died on May 8, 2018. Dear husband of Nancy (nee Carse) for 58 years. Loving father of Wendy Murphy (Tim), Amy Manco (Tim), Laura Driscoll (Joseph), and Christin Lucas (Martin). Awesome grandfather of Kelly Murphy Coyle (Frank), TJ and Chad Murphy; Collin, Marie, Sarah, Jason, Bobby, and Nicole Lucas. Great-grandfather of...
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Karen Napoli

April 5, 1953 - May 8, 2018

Karen Napoli (nee Gnandt) 65, a 30 year resident of Avon Lake lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. She was born April 5, 1953 in Penfield, OH. Karen was a 1971 graduate of Keystone High School and she earned her Bachelor's Degree from Baldwin Wallace. She worked for B.P. (British Petroleum) as a vessel operator where she monitored the tankers from a centralized location. After...
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Diane Grove

June 25, 1947 - May 7, 2018

Diane Jean Grove (nee Luchansky), 70 of Sheffield Lake passed away Monday, May 7, 2018. She was born June 25, 1947 in Cleveland, OH. Diane loved coloring, collecting owl nick-nacks and hanging with her friends. She was an amazing mother and a loving wife. Diane enjoyed watching scary movies, especially with her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 50 years George; children Lee ...
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Daine Otto

October 22, 1958 - May 6, 2018

Diane Otto (nee Haney) 59 of Avon Lake, formerly of Rocky River, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018. She was born to parents George R. and Mildred (nee Upperman) Haney on October 22, 1958 in Yardley, PA. Diane was a graduate of Rocky River High School; she obtained her Bachelors of Science from Ashland and worked as a Social Worker at WestBay Manor in Westlake for 25 years. Diane enjoyed working in...
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Audrey Ellen Brown

September 7, 1933 - May 5, 2018

Audrey Ellen Brown (nee Dowling), 84, of Westlake, Ohio, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, May 5th, 2018. Audrey was born September 7, 1933 in Detroit, MI. Her family moved to the Cleveland area where she attended Bay Village High School and graduated with the class of 1951. After graduation, she worked as a secretary for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. Audrey...
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Paul Tonnesen

January 31, 1947 - May 2, 2018

Paul A. Tonnesen, 71 of Avon Lake passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018. He was born to parents Frank and Una (nee Barrett) Tonnesen January 31, 1947. Paul earned a Bachelor's in Secondary Education from West Virginia University. He was an airplane pilot for 20 years for Continental Airlines. Paul was a commercial pilot, and also flew privately. He was an avid home builder in the process of...
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Elizabeth "Elsie" Protich

June 30, 1924 - May 2, 2018

Elizabeth "Elsie" Protich (nee Uherko), age 93 of Avon Lake, Ohio and formerly of Maple Shade, N.J., passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. She was born June 30, 1924 to parents Louis and Rosalia (nee Oszy) Uherko. Elsie was an accomplished baker, making wonderful desserts and pastries for family and friends, and in recent years had developed delicious...
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Mark Vinesky

February 10, 1960 - April 29, 2018

Mark Vinesky, 58 of Avon Lake, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born to parents Lawrence and Joan Vinesky on February 10, 1960. Mark was a member of the St. Joseph Church in Avon Lake. He lived his life in service to others by volunteering at the Muscular Dystrophy Camp, as a tour guide at the Henry Ford Estate, C.Y.O., the Ohio Pug Rescue and at the...
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Mary "Robbie" Stutson

February 10, 1936 - April 27, 2018

Mary "Robbie" Stutson (nee Hoerner), beloved wife of 47 years of the late Bruce Stutson, died on April 27, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Robbie was born, and lived most of her life, in Oakwood and Kettering, OH. She and Bruce retired to the west coast of Florida in 1990. Robbie enjoyed spending time with family, and was a lifelong, avid reader, and spent many hours at the public library...
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Gerald S. Butcher

May 27, 1931 - April 23, 2018

Gerald S. Butcher, beloved husband of the late Marilyn of 58 years; cherished father of David, Julie, Stuart (Kristen); loving grandfather, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018. He is preceded in death by his sister Marion. Jerry worked over 40 years in the food advertising industry. He was passionate about the outdoors, cooking, and sharing jokes with friends. He was a 32nd° Mason member of...
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Lenore Marken

November 21, 1939 - April 18, 2018

Lenore L. Marken (nee Leaders), 78 of Avon Lake, formerly of Vermont, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018. She was born November 21, 1939 to parents Walter and Leila (nee Bacon) Leaders in Wadena, Minnesota. Lenore was a high school graduate of Wadena High School, class of 1956. She attended Bemidji State College earning her Bachelors in 1960. She majored in English. She later attended the...
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Robert Koditek

April 13, 1948 - April 5, 2018

Robert Wayne Koditek, 69 of Avon Lake, passed away peacefully after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He is survived by friends and family. Private services to be held at a later date. Cremation by Busch.
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Marion Swartz

June 28, 1931 - April 3, 2018

Marion Swartz (nee Gallagher), beloved mother of Daniel Swartz, Joseph (Gail) Swartz and Sandy Swartz; cherished grandmother of Jessica, Kaitlyn, Dominic and Lorenzo; dear sister of Gloria Swartz. Preceded in death by her loving husband Joseph E. Swartz; parents Charles and Mildred (nee Mathey) Gallagher; brother Donald Gallagher and sister Joan Brown. Passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Memorial...
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Howard Knutsen, Jr

October 4, 1933 - April 2, 2018

Howard Lee Knutsen Jr., 84 of Avon Lake formerly of Bay Village, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018. He was born October 4, 1933 in Mount Pleasant, OH to parents Howard Lee Knutsen, Sr and Dorothy (nee Sterling) Welling. Howard was in the Navy from 1956-1958. He earned his Bachelor's in Business from Ohio University. He worked for The Illuminating Company for 27 years. After retirement, Howard...
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Sandra Deahl

March 9, 1953 - March 31, 2018

Sandra Joyce Deahl, 65 of Avon Lake passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018. She was born March 9, 1953 in Pittsburgh, PA. Her parents were Bruce E. and Mary A. Deahl. Sandy was a graduate of Avon Lake High School and then attended beauty school. She was a hairstylist for over 40 years prior to her retirement. Sandy enjoyed collecting lighthouse memorabilia and watching Days of Our Lives. She is...
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David Sprouse

February 19, 1953 - March 30, 2018

David Lee Sprouse, 65 of Elyria, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018. He was born February 19,1953 to parents David and Dorothy (nee Scott) Sprouse. David loved Harley Davidsons, magazines, and movies. He enjoyed working on cars. But most of all, he loved his wife Terri. David is survived by his wife Terri; Son David Sprouse; and brother Bob (Sherry) Sprouse. He is preceded in death by his...
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James Schneider

May 11, 1944 - March 30, 2018

James R. Schneider, 73 of Avon Lake passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 surrounded by family. James was a 1962 graduate of Lorain High School. He married his loving wife Sallie of 50 ½ years in 1967. He was a proud Army military veteran, serving during the Vietnam War, Co. A, 1st Bat., 7th Cav., 1st Cav. Division. James worked for General Motors, retiring after 26 years of service. He was a...
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Richard "Dick" Gove

September 23, 1938 - March 30, 2018

Richard "Dick" W. Gove, 79 of Sheffield Lake passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 23, 1938 to parents Frank and Eileen (nee Sparling) Gove. Dick was married to the Love of his life, Carol for 58 years. He enjoyed old cars and car shows and he could always be found fixing things with many projects in the works. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and...
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Michele Baerenstecher

November 12, 1966 - March 27, 2018

Michele Eileen Baerenstecher (nee Dowling), 51 of Bay Village, formerly of Solon and Cincinnati, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018. She was born November 12, 1966 to parents Wayne and Nancy (nee Swearingen) Dowling in Gahanna. Michele graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, continuing her education at OSU, earning a Master's Degree in Education. ...
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Mary McMahon

April 7, 1930 - March 24, 2018

Mary McMahon, age 87 passed away peacefully Saturday, March 24,2018. Mary was the beloved wife of the late Ronald McMahon for 62 years . Loving mother of Leslie Joyce (David) and Ronald McMahon . Cherished grandmother of Meghan Joyce, Kaitlyn Joyce and Natalie McMahon. Dear aunt of Jeff Paliwoda, Fr. Steve Paliwoda and Liz Paliwoda Herbell . She was very devoted to her husband , children,...
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Gloria Berry

March 13, 1940 - March 24, 2018

Gloria Jean Berry (nee McMann) 78 of Sheffield Lake passed away, Saturday, March 24 at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Avon. Gloria was born March 13, 1940 in Delray, MI and had lived in Sheffield Lake the past 19 years. Gloria was a graduate of Allen Park, MI High School. She was a military wife, at the young age of 19 began her family in Germany where her husband was stationed. She would...
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Marion Malone

December 14, 1924 - March 20, 2018

Marion K. Malone (nee Killmar), 93 of Bay Village, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was born to parents Henry and Mamie (nee Weissenborn) Killmar on December 14, 1924. Marion was an active, long-time member of Bay Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed music and had a passion for singing. Marion had a great love for her family. Marion is survived by her children Marion (Fred) Backstrom,...
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Henry Carlsen

July 7, 1929 - March 19, 2018

Henry F. Carlsen, 88, a 28 year resident of Avon Lake, formerly of Sheffield Lake, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018. He was born July 7, 1929 in Mineola, New York to parents Alf and Olga (nee Romaneck) Carlsen. Henry graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering. Henry proudly served in the United States Army and Navy. He...
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William Gach

July 22, 1936 - March 15, 2018

William S Gach, age 81, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital after a long struggle with heart and pulmonary diseases. He was born in McMechen, West Virginia on July 22, 1936. His family relocated to Elyria, Ohio in 1947 where he spent his youth. He graduated from St. Mary's grade school in 1950 and graduated from Elyria High School with the class of...
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Carol Fellure

May 27, 1936 - March 13, 2018

Carol L. Fellure, age 81, left this world for Heaven on March 13, 2018. Carol was born May 27, 1936, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to Homer and Doris (nee Meal) Fellure. Carol attended school in Gallipolis and Columbus and graduated from The Ohio State University in 1959 (B.S. in Education) and was a proud and forever fan of the Buckeyes. He received his M. S. in Education from Washington University in...
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Leo Angelo Portale

January 20, 1939 - March 8, 2018

Leo Angelo Portale, 79 of Avon Lake, OH, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 8, 2018 while surrounded by family. He was born January 20, 1939 to parents Angelo and Alice (nee Nault) Portale in Ishpeming, MI. Leo literally married the girl next door Constance "Connie" (nee LeSage) in 1961 and moved to Clinton Township, MI where they remained until 2016. He was a beloved math and physics...
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Edward James Mitroff

January 12, 1932 - March 6, 2018

Edward James Mitroff, 86 of Avon Lake, formerly of Amherst, passed away Monday, March 6, 2018 at Maplewood Senior Living in Cuyahoga Falls. Edward was born January 12, 1932 in Lorain and had lived in Avon Lake for 52 years. Edward was a graduate of Lorain High School. He continued his education by earning a Bachelor's Degree at Miami University (OH), where he was a student athlete (baseball...
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Laverne Schuster

April 1, 1928 - March 4, 2018

Laverne Schuster, 89, Faithful companion of Kermit Mason; loving mother of Robert (Ellen) Schuster, Karen (Roger) Murton, Laurel (Joseph) Irwin; grandmother of Chandra, Audra, Sara, Hallie, Joseph and Bryan; great-grandmother to Allison, Caitlyn, Gavin, Madeleine and Kevin; dear sister of Eugene, Noreen, Donald, Carolyn, and Raymond; widow of the late Robert Schuster who passed away in 1988 after...
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Kathleen Neff

June 3, 1930 - March 3, 2018

Kathleen M. Neff (nee Bowerman) 87 of Avon Lake, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018. Services to be determined at a later date by the family. Cremation by Busch. 440-933-3202
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Joan Carollo

September 14, 1932 - March 3, 2018

Joan A. Carollo (nee McIntosh), 85, a 60 year resident of Avon Lake, passed away Saturday, March 3, 2018 of a lengthy illness. She was born September 14, 1932 to parents Douglas and Lillian (nee Fitzgerald) McIntosh in Lakewood, OH. Joan was a graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland. She was a secretary for several Cleveland Bank President's with Central Bank and Society Bank. Joan was a...
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Virginia Minter Meier

February 28, 2018

Virginia Minter Meier, of Avon Lake, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Jinny was born on May 11, 1936 and raised in Rocky River. She graduated from Rocky River High School in 1954. Jinny attended Ohio Wesleyan University. For many years, Jinny was a model, she worked at Bonnie Bell, and then she became an interior designer. Jinny was most proud of her three daughters: Ellen Jordan ...
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Judith Young

June 7, 1940 - February 25, 2018

Judith D. Young (nee Barnes) 77, a lifelong resident of Avon Lake, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018, at home following a long illness. Judith was born June 7, 1940 in Lakewood. Judith was a 1958 graduate of Avon Lake High School and attended Dyke Business College, Cleveland. She worked for 30 years as a secretary at the Avon Lake Service Department retiring in 2000. She was a charter...
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Regina Anne "Pinky" Wise

June 26, 1932 - February 25, 2018

Regina Anne "Pinky" Wise, 85, of Avon Lake since 1973, formerly of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Sunday, February 25. Regina was born on June 26, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from St. Joseph University. She served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1959-1962 in Italy, where she met her husband, before becoming a homemaker and raising a family. Regina was a member of St. Joseph...
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Estelle Mary Donelan

February 6, 1933 - February 24, 2018

Estelle Mary Donelan (nee Twigg), 85 of Avon Lake, formerly of Lakewood, passed away peacefully, Saturday, February 24, 2018. Estelle was born February 6, 1933 in Lakewood and had lived in Avon Lake the past 64 years. Estelle began her career with Bonnie Bell Co. and finished at Liquid Carbonic Corp., Westlake, retiring in 1992 as a private secretary. She was a graduate of Lakewood High...
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Kenneth J. Bozak

May 21, 1940 - February 18, 2018

Kenneth J. Bozak, 77, of Parma passed away at home on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Ken was born on May 21, 1940 in Cleveland, and served in the U.S. Army. He worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield doing inventory control in their warehouse until he retired in 2006. Ken loved the Civil War, fishing, bowling, watching the Cleveland Cavs and Indians, and he loved dining with his wife until she passed away...
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Marshall K. Willson

December 19, 1922 - February 15, 2018

Marshall K. Willson, 95, resident of Avon Lake, OH, formerly of Valley City, ND, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 15, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was born December 19, 1922 to parents Milton and Bernice Willson. A graduate of North Dakota State Agriculture College, he continued on with his education, earning a Master's in Organic Chemistry in 1949 from North Dakota State...
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Fred "David" Hickman

December 28, 1954 - February 15, 2018

Fred "David" Hickman, age 63, of Sheffield Lake, OH went to be with his Heavenly Father on February 15, 2018 in the care of family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was a cherished son, brother, and uncle treasured by all the family and friends in his life. David was born December 28, 1954 in Lorain, OH to Fred C. and Dolly D. Hickman. He was preceded in death by both parents. He is...
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Jannette Conley

January 7, 1935 - February 12, 2018

Jannette Conley (nee Gates), 83 of Avon Lake, formerly of New Milton, WV passed away at home on Monday, February 12, 2018. Jannette was born on January 7, 1935 in Lewisburg, TN. She grew up in Akron and attended the Beauty School of Cuyahoga Falls. She was a beautician with Contemporary Cuts in Stow in the 1970s. Jannette enjoyed Yahtzee, being around people, and visiting with family and...
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Paul Raymond Much

June 9, 1943 - February 10, 2018

Paul Raymond Much, 74 a resident of Bay Village for the past 33 years, passed away at the Ohio Veteran's Home, Sandusky, following a long illness. Paul was born June 9, 1943 in Cleveland. Paul was a graduate of John Marshall High School then served in the US Army in Vietnam. He worked as a project manager for Taylor Elevator and then as an inventory control specialist for Component Systems...
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Richard Leo Lloyd

August 12, 1938 - February 10, 2018

Richard Leo Lloyd, 79, finally met Jesus on Feb. 10, 2018 while surrounded by family and friends. Affectionately known as Dick, he never had a bad day. His infectious personality and his passion for telling others about Christ defined the legacy of a man who was driven by his faith and his family. He was a devoted husband to Rebecca Susan (nee Friend) for 44 years and a cherished father to eight...
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Paul I. Shover

January 1, 1940 - February 9, 2018

Paul I. Shover, 78 of Norwalk formerly of Sheffield Lake for 36 years, passed away Friday February 9, 2018 at Stein Hospice Center of Sandusky, following a short illness. Paul was born January 1, 1940 in Jackson and has lived in Norwalk the past 11 years. Paul was a 1957 graduate of Vermilion High School. He served in the United States Navy from 1958-1967 as an aircraft engine mechanic in...
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Ronald "Skip" Nelson

June 9, 1939 - February 4, 2018

Ronald D. Nelson "Skip", 78 of Avon Lake for 50 years, formerly of Bay Village passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Ames Hospice House. Ronald was born on June 9, 1939, and was a 1957 graduate of Bay Village High School. He served in the Ohio National Guard, and he worked as a sales account manager with W.W. Grainger, Independence, retiring...
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Betty J. Botsko

November 18, 1931 - February 3, 2018

Betty J. Botsko passed away on Saturday, February 3. Loved sewing and cooking. Survived by husband, Joseph Botsko; children, Dr. David Botsko and Beth Cummings (Ross); grandchildren, Katherine Fraser (Justin), David Cummings (Paige), and Joseph Cummings; and great-grandaughter, Ansley Elizabeth Cummings. Preceded in death by parents, Paul and Loretta (nee Bryan) Martin; and siblings, Pauline...
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Mary Able

December 6, 1933 - February 3, 2018

Mary M. Able (nee Rockas), 84, lifelong resident of Avon Lake, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Mary was born on December 6, 1933. She had a love of cooking and baking, and she thoroughly enjoyed watching her beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. Mary enjoyed Bingo and going to the casino. She could always be found at the Avon Lake Shoremen football games on Friday nights, rooting them on. Mary...
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Muriel Nicholl

November 2, 1920 - January 28, 2018

Muriel Nicholl, of Avon Lake, passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018. She was born in Wheeling, WV on November 2, 1920. She lived in Texas with her husband, Russell Nicholl, for many years, later returning to Ohio in 2005. Muriel graduated from Wheeling High School in 1938 and then attended Elliott Business College in Wheeling. For many years she was a legal secretary in Elyria, and for a...
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Robert J. Rose

August 27, 1928 - January 27, 2018

Robert J. Rose, 89, a resident of Avon Lake for the past 51 years, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Ames Hospice, Westlake, following a short illness. Robert was born August 27, 1928 in Monroeville, OH. Robert served in the United States Army from 1950-1953, earning the rank of Sergeant 1st Class, while stationed in Germany, during the Korean War. He worked as a tinsmith for...
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Ruth Willson

August 21, 1924 - January 23, 2018

Ruth Erma Willson (nee Borg), 93, resident of Avon Lake, OH, formerly of Valley City, ND., passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was born August 21, 1924 to parents John P. and Annie Borg. Ruth graduated from Valley City Teachers College and coached girl's basketball. Marshall and Ruth started Center Sales Corp in 1962 and she worked there for...
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Clarellen Knapp

July 19, 1938 - January 23, 2018

Clarellen Knapp (nee Stewart), 79 of Avon Lake, formerly of Toledo, passed away, Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Avon Place, Avon, following a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Clarellen was born July 19, 1938 in Toledo and had lived in Avon Lake the past 50 years. Clarellen was a 1956 graduate of Notre Dame Academy, Toledo and worked as a toll collector for the Ohio Turnpike Commission...
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James Frederick Vacha

November 14, 1942 - January 21, 2018

James Frederick Vacha, 75, of Catawba Island, passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Sarasota, FL. James was born on November, 14, 1942. He graduated from Parma Senior High School in 1961 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. After 20+ years as a self-employed business owner, Jim was happy to retire 10 years ago giving him time to enjoy his family, friends and hobbies. He was an avid lover of...
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James Moyse

January 20, 1935 - January 21, 2018

James "Jim" Edward Moyse, 83, of Avon Lake, died peacefully on Sunday, January 21 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Linda Kittelson Moyse, who died in 2014. He is survived by his brother William (Bill) Moyse, daughters Katherine (Art Malcomson) and Jennifer, son James Michael, grandchildren Nicole and Abbygayle Moyse, Katlyn and AJ Malcomson, Nolan and...
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Irene Williams

January 29, 1944 - January 21, 2018

Irene Williams (nee Deresz), 73 of Avon Lake passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital following a lengthy illness. Irene was born on January 29, 1944 in Neudorf, Germany. Irene was a graduate of Cleveland City Schools and Cosmetology School. She was primarily a homemaker, but she also worked at JCPenney at Great Northern Mall from 1980-1995. Irene was a member...
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Paul Martinez

July 15, 1964 - January 17, 2018

Paul Martinez, 53, of Avon Lake, passed away at home unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Paul was employed for the past 10 years at Giant Eagle in Avon Lake and more recently at Apples in Sheffield Lake. Paul joined the U.S. Marines in 1982 after graduation from Avon Lake High School. He was stationed at 29 Palms, CA working as a cryptotech instructor. Paul was an excellent roller...
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Susan Verne Hall

November 13, 1947 - January 14, 2018

Susan Verne Hall (nee Borthwick), 70, of Avon Lake passed away on January 14, 2018. Sue was born on November 13, 1947. Sue lived a life of love and compassion towards her family, friends, neighbors and strangers alike. During times of hardship, she persevered with a quiet dignity and grace always putting the needs of others before her own. To her children and grandchildren, she gave unbounded...
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Nelson Ronald Assink

October 23, 1936 - January 12, 2018

Nelson R. Assink, born October 23, 1936 in Cleveland, Ohio to Bernard and Eleanor Assink (both deceased), passed away on January 12, 2018. Beloved husband for 39 years of Karen nee Peterson ("Petie"), who will miss him dearly. Loving father of David N. (Kathy) of Glendale, AZ, James M. , deceased (Bonnie) and Michael D. (Mary Jo) of Berea, Ohio; treasured brother of Marlene (John) Hosko of...
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James Sadowski

November 20, 1981 - January 5, 2018

James J. Sadowski, 36, of Elyria, son of Kathy (nee Lasota) and the late James, beloved wife Kristen (nee Kranes), brother of Joseph and John (Michelle) passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 5th, 2018. He was born in Sheffield Lake on November 20th, 1981, where he resided until recently moving to Elyria. James will always be remembered for his natural ability to make people laugh. He...
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Joanne Therese Donahue

December 24, 1927 - January 5, 2018

Joanne Therese Donahue (nee Seeholzer), 90, of Avon Lake passed away on Friday, January 5, 2018. Joanne was born on December 24, 1927 in Cleveland, and graduated from Notre Dame College in Cleveland. Joanne worked at NCR after college, and she ran Matt Donahue's Avon Lake Beverage for over 20 years with her late husband, Matthew. She was a devout Catholic and was a very active member of the...
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Michael Richard Benyo (Surace)

September 27, 1979 - January 4, 2018

Michael Richard Benyo (Surace), 38, of Avon Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Michael was born on September 27, 1979. He was a 1997 graduate of Westlake High School, and a 2011 graduate of Syracuse University. He loved superheroes, comic books, Star Wars, Ohio State teams, and the Cleveland Browns, Indians, and Cavs. Michael is survived by his mother, Peggy Sustar ...
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Janet L. Click

October 8, 1937 - January 3, 2018

Janet L. Click (nee Zaleski) 80, of Rocky River, passed away January 3, 2018 at Fairview Hospital, Cleveland. Mrs. Click was born October 8, 1937 in Wheeling, WV and had lived in Rocky River for over 40 years. Janet was a graduate of Mount DeChantal Catholic Girls Academy and continued her education at West Virginia University, where she was a member of Alphabet Delta Pi sorority and graduated...
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Maggie Dilik

April 4, 1940 - December 27, 2017

Maggie Dilik (nee Smith), 77 of North Olmsted, formerly of North Ridgeville passed away on December 27, 2017. Maggie was born on April 4, 1940 in Wellington, and she retired from Higbees as a seamstress and sewing teacher after more than 20 years. Maggie loved sewing, music, books, collecting teddy bears and taking care of her grandchildren and others whom she treated as her own. Maggie is...
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Janet P. Ink

December 27, 1956 - December 27, 2017

An avid gardener, Janet could always be counted on to press excess produce into the hands of any visiting friend or relative. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, bicycling and sailing. Some of our fondest memories from recent years were of hearing her speak of the joy she felt when sailing with her friends on a beautiful Lake Erie afternoon. Her dog, Coco and a new puppy, Smoke, also kept her...
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Betty Baldwin

February 2, 1927 - December 24, 2017

Betty Jane Schuster Baldwin (nee Springborn) 90, a lifelong resident of Lakewood, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017 at Anchor Lodge, Lorain. She was born February 2, 1927 in Lakewood. Betty was a 1945 graduate of Lakewood High School and continued her education by taking classes at Cleveland State University. She worked as a legal secretary at the Terminal Tower, Cleveland. ...
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Dorothy J. Sprouse

July 8, 1934 - December 19, 2017

Dorothy J. Sprouse (nee Scott), 83 of Avon, formerly of Sheffield Lake, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Dorothy was born on July 8, 1934 in Cleveland, and she was a graduate of West Tech High School in Cleveland. She held several jobs during her lifetime, including being a data entry clerk for White Motor Company in Cleveland. Dorothy enjoyed being part of her community; volunteering...
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Diane Scarpelli

January 7, 1958 - December 16, 2017

Diane Scarpelli, 59 of Avon Lake, passed away on Saturday night, December 16, 2017. Diane was born January 7, 1958. She was a graduate of Lorain Catholic High School. Diane worked 28 years as a bus driver for the Avon Lake City Schools. In addition to driving bus, she held various jobs including working for the Avon Lake Recreation Department as the supervisor of the pool and the concession...
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Joseph Maczulis

January 2, 1925 - December 13, 2017

Joseph Maczulis, 92 of Avon Lake, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. He was born on January 2, 1925 in Poland, and served in the Polish Army. Worked for Ford Motor Company. Joseph loved landscaping and gardening, and his family. Joseph is survived by his children Donna Klingshirn, Nancy Page, Leonard Maczulis, Joseph A. Maczulis, Diane (Carl) Harris, and Lindy Nagy; 13 grandchildren...
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Matthew D. Miller

November 23, 1993 - December 12, 2017

Matthew D. Miller, 24 of Avon Lake, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017. He was a graduate of Avon Lake High School and learned his trade as a welder from the Lincoln Electric Welding School. He worked as a welder for OCS Welding Company. Matt was described as quiet and caring, with a passion for art. He was an accomplished photographer and excelled in drawing and music. As a compliment...
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James H. Bedient

August 16, 1941 - December 12, 2017

James H. Bedient, 76 of Sheffield Lake passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving for 6 years in Vietnam, Korea, and stationed in Germany. James was a truck driver for Graybar Electric for 25 years. James enjoyed working on the computer, mechanics, and he loved to travel. He was a social butterfly who loved to talk. James is survived by children James...
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Marilyn R. Butcher

August 14, 1935 - December 11, 2017

Marilyn R. Butcher, 82 of Bay Village. Beloved wife of Gerald for 58 years; cherished mother of David, Julie, and Stuart (Kristen); dear sister of Sharon Neu (Ed Kovacic) Passed away Monday, December 11, 2017. Former Trustee of Lakewood Historical Society and member of Lakewood Garden Club. Memorial donations may be made to Lakewood Historical Society, 14710 Lake Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107. All...
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Darlene N. Nix

July 23, 1948 - December 9, 2017

Darlene N. (nee Rickard) Nix, 69, of Avon Lake, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017. She was born on July 23, 1948 in Blandburg, PA and was a graduate of Lincoln West High School. Darlene worked as an Administrative Assistant in Human Relations for The Nord Center. She loved her family, bowling, going to the casino and especially loved spending time with her husband and all her...
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Duncan E. Estep

July 6, 1957 - December 6, 2017

Duncan E. Estep, 60 of North Ridgeville, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. He was born on July 6, 1957 in Bay Village, and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and then his Master's Degree in Systems Engineering at Case Western Reserve University. Duncan worked as an associate professor at LCCC. He was the national center director of Weld-Ed, former VP of Alternate...
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Richard W. Randall

April 27, 1928 - December 4, 2017

Richard W. Randall, 89, of Avon Lake, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital. Richard was born on April 27, 1928 in Lakewood, and was a proud 1946 graduate of St. Ignatius High School. He attended John Carroll University and served in the U.S. Army in Alaska during WWII. Richard retired as manager at Donnelly Heating and Cooling at age 62, and lived in Vero...
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Alvin M. Buckeye

February 3, 1928 - December 4, 2017

Alvin M. Buckeye, 89, of Avon Lake, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017. Al was born on February 3, 1928 in Lakewood. Following a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy after WWII, Al earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Ashland College. He taught math from 1952-1980 at seven different high schools across Ohio. Al's main passion was coaching. Over a career of 47 years, he coached many...
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Ellen L. Gulling

July 10, 1925 - December 4, 2017

Ellen L. Gulling (nee Lamp) 92, of Avon Lake died Monday December 4 after a brief illness. Born in Spencer, Ohio Ellen graduated from Lorain High School in 1943 before travelling to Panama to marry her husband the late William Gulling the same year. She had lived in Avon Lake since 1957. Ellen was Past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star and has been an active member of the order for over...
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Thomas Allen Dunning

August 12, 1931 - November 30, 2017

Thomas Allen Dunning, 86, passed away on November 30, 2017. Thomas resided in Sheffield Lake for 60 years. Thomas served in the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Navy. He worked for Ford Motor Company for 32 years as a Chief Power House Engineer. Thomas was a member of New Haven Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Bessie (nee Smith) Dunning; daughters Cheryl Ardrey (Andy), Susan...
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Eleanor M. "Ellie" Kocar

March 25, 1931 - November 30, 2017

Eleanor M. "Ellie" Kocar (nee Slonager), 86 of Avon Lake; beloved wife of Robert; loving mother of Karen Lanigan (Deb Ksenich) of Avon Lake, OH, Jackie Kocar of Moravian Falls, NC, Sharon Loeser of Avon Lake, OH, and Robert S. Kocar (Joy) of Highlands Ranch, CO; cherished grandmother of 6; and dear great-grandmother of 3. Passed away on November 30, 2017. Ellie loved travel, jigsaw and...
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John "Jack" Averweg

August 6, 1931 - November 26, 2017

John "Jack" Averweg slipped away peacefully on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at age 86, to be one of God's new angels. He was born August 6, 1931 in Streator, IL to Henry and Bernice Averweg, then moved with his family to Ohio. Jack graduated from Strongsville High School at the age of 16, joining the U.S. Air Force a few years later. He was extremely proud to be an Airman 1st Class. Upon...
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James H. Wessel

March 29, 1926 - November 25, 2017

James H. Wessel, 91 of Bay Village. Dear father of Gail Hartman (Richard), Deborah McDonald (Doug), and James Wessel; grandfather of Ann Hartman (Noah Raether), Christine Hartman (Michael Avrett), Katie McDonald, Ben Spoonster Wessel, and Thea Spoonster Wessel; great-grandfather of Sophie and Cameron; uncle of many. Preceded in death by son Gary Wessel, sister Helen Kohl and brothers John...
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Mary Patricia "Pat" Crawford

June 30, 1935 - November 24, 2017

Mary Patricia "Pat" Crawford, 82 of Avon Lake, formerly of Cumberland, MD passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital. She worked as a custodian for Avon Lake City Schools for 30 years and was a member of St. Joseph Church. Private services will be held. (440)933-3202 www.buschcares.com
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Judith K. Godlewski

March 24, 1940 - November 24, 2017

Judith K. Godlewski went home to God to join her husband Robert on Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017. She battled a very aggressive form of cancer for four years with the help of the Cleveland Clinic where she passed while receiving chemo. Judy was fiercely devoted to her husband, Robert Godlewski, for fifty-four years making sure he became the best man most of us have ever known before his...
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Heidi L. Yurick

May 18, 1966 - November 23, 2017

Heidi L. Yurick was born in Iowa City, Iowa on May 18, 1966 and she passed away on November 23, 2017. Heidi grew up in Wayzata, Minnesota where she attended Wayzata High School. She was a hockey cheerleader and continued to cheer her way through life. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in business. She was an avid Badgers fan and an active member of Alpha Chi...
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Mark Branch

March 24, 1994 - November 22, 2017

Mark Robert Branch, "Mark thee Barber", 23 of Avon Lake passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Mark lost his battle. He was born March 24, 1994 in Lorain, OH. Mark was a 2012 graduate of Avon Lake High School and a graduate of the Ohio State Barber College in 2014. For the past three years, he has been the barber extraordinaire at Art of Cutz in Lorain, Oh. Mark enjoyed all professional...
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Joanne Keane

December 14, 1943 - November 18, 2017

Joanne Keane (nee Bruder) 73 of Avon Lake, passed away, Saturday, November 18, 2017 at University Hospital, Elyria. Joanne was born December 14, 1943 in Lorain and had lived in Avon Lake the past 45 years. Joanne was a 1962 graduate of Avon Lake High School. She worked as an Avon Lake School Bus Driver during the late 1970s through the 1980s. After diving bus she worked as an administrative...
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Richard Parks Turner

December 22, 1931 - November 17, 2017

Richard Parks Turner, 85 of Avon Lake since 1957, formerly of Stow and Dayton, passed away at home on Friday, November 17, 2017. Richard was born on December 22, 1931 in Youngstown, OH, graduated from Oakwood High School, Dayton, OH. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics and his Master's Degree in Education at Harvard University. After college, he served three years in the U.S. Army in...
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John F. "Jack" Connor

December 4, 1933 - November 16, 2017

John F. "Jack" Connor, 83 of Avon Lake, OH formerly of Alliance, OH passed away at home, Thursday, November 16, 2017. Mr. Connor was born December 4, 1933 in Alliance. Jack was a 1957 graduate of Mount Union College with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Jack had worked 40 years in the steel industry. He worked as a salesman and regional manager for Babcock and Wilcox Company and...
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Marilyn Marie Koerner

July 31, 1936 - November 14, 2017

Marilyn Marie Koerner (nee Hambly) 81, lifelong resident of Sheffield Lake, passed away Tuesday, November 14, 2017. She was a 1954 graduate of Brookside High School. She went on to attend Ashland College and studied education. After two years at Ashland College, Marilyn took a job as a telephone operator in Lorain. She spent a few years in Los Angeles, CA working for Lerner's Women's...
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