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

Susan E. O'Malley

November 1, 1958 - February 2, 2016

Susan E. O'Malley, 57 of Avon Lake, formerly of the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at University Hospital, Cleveland. She was born November 1, 1958 in Santa Monica, CA and has lived in Avon Lake for the past 27 years. Susan was a proud 1976 graduate of St. Augustine Academy, Lakewood and attended Cleveland State University. She had worked as a Page...
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Patricia Ann Klun

May 10, 1949 - January 31, 2016

Patricia Ann Klun (nee McNamara) 66, a lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away unexpectedly at University Hospital, Cleveland, Sunday, January 31, 2016. She was born May 10, 1949 in Cleveland. For 16 years, Patricia worked with Envirotest as a Manager at locations throughout northeast, Ohio before retiring in 2014. Prior to that, she ran an in-home childcare business for several years, caring...
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Milagros "Mila" Gozar

November 26, 1933 - January 27, 2016

Milagros Capinpin Gozar (Mila), 82, of Avon Lake, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Alfonso Gozar MD for 33 years; loving mother of Peter J. Gozar (Maureen McGuire) and Joseph A. Gozar (Julianne Nupp Gozar); dear grandmother of Jaxon Gabriel Gozar. Mila was born in Lucena, Luzon Province, Philippines on November 26, 1933 to Maria Gagan and Jose Capinpin and was...
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Joan Thibo

January 26, 2016

Joan E. Thibo (neé Toth), 80 of North Ridgeville. Beloved wife of the late Edward; loving mother of Linda Sims (Brian); cherished grandmother of Justin, Brandon, and Corey; dear sister of Betty Little; aunt to many. Passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be forwarded to Ames Hospice House c/o Hospice of The Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH...
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Sally Leamon

April 19, 1938 - January 25, 2016

Sally Leamon (O'Toole), 77 of Avon, beloved wife of Gerald; loving mother of Daniel (Ann Marie), Michael (Ellen), William (Amy) and Ann Hardebeck (Mark); devoted Mamaw of Patrick and Megan Leamon, Jim, Jake and Mary Leamon, Tommy, Kevin, Matthew and Will Leamon and Billy, John and Sarah Hardebeck; dear sister of Judy Wood (John), Mary Gillis (Donald) and Larne O'Toole (Sandie); cherished daughter...
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Marga Cruise

October 4, 1937 - January 23, 2016

Marga Cruise (nee: Löser), age 78 of Bay Village. Loving daughter of the late Wilhelm and Else Löser; caring mother of Tamara Smith (David); grandmother of 4; great-grandmother of 9; sister of the late Walter Löser. Marga was born October 4, 1937 in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany. She arrived in the United States on March 22, 1959. Passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016. In lieu of flowers,...
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Melissa Jo Kuntz

September 24, 1980 - January 21, 2016

Melissa Benedict Kuntz age 35 of Avon Lake Ohio passed away in her childhood home January 21, 2016 from Breast Cancer. Melissa was born September 24, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio to William (Bill) Benedict and Lucille Benedict. Melissa was an Avon Lake graduate in 1998 where she was a member of the Choral, band, and captain of the swim team. She graduated with her Bachelor's of Art from...
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Nancy Ann Cammarn

April 9, 1933 - January 20, 2016

Nancy Ann Cammarn (nee Grugle) 82, born April 9, 1933, died January 20, 2016. Survived by her husband John and five children, including two sets of identical twins: David Wells and his wife Christine, and their two children Rachael and Anna; Pastor Daniel John and his wife Pastor Ann (Paynter) and their two children Kathryn (Mrs. Micah Maliskas) and Grace; Scott Alan and his wife Heather and two...
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Robert "Bob" Brumfield, Sr

July 4, 1938 - January 20, 2016

Robert L. "Bob" Brumfield, 77, of Avon Lake passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 after a sudden illness. He was born July 4, 1938 in Helen, West Virginia to George W. and Bernice (nee Griffith), and raised in Avon. He attended West Virginia University on a full basketball scholarship. He was a well- respected Export Manager for the DayGlo Color Corp in Cleveland before retiring after 41...
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Jeanne Sisson

January 20, 2016

Jeanne R. Sisson (nee Miller), 91 of Avon Lake passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. She was born on February 14, 1924 in Cleveland, and was a life-long resident of Avon Lake. Jeanne was active in her community and her church, Christ Church Westshore, Anglican. She is survived by cousins Bill Sisson, Lora Sisson Robinholt, and Bob Sisson; and by her church family. She was preceded in...
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Charles T. Carlstrom

January 26, 1960 - January 15, 2016

Dr. Charles T. Carlstrom, 55, of Bay Village, formerly of San Diego, CA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 15, 2016. He was born January 26, 1960 in Clovis, New Mexico and attended Kearny Mesa High School. Charles earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree at the University of Chicago, and his Master's and PhD in Economics at the University of Rochester. He taught Economics as a...
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Paul E. Culley

June 18, 1924 - January 12, 2016

Paul Eugene Culley of Avon Lake Ohio, died peacefully at his residence on 1/12/2016. He was 91 years old. Paul was born June 18, 1924 in Norwalk Ohio, the youngest son of Mary Catherine (nee Sehl) and Carl Rodney Culley. His older siblings Ray and Don Culley and Marie Weisenberger predeceased him. Paul grew up in Norwalk and attended St Paul's Catholic School. During World War II, Paul...
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Margaret E. "Peggy" Breitweg

June 30, 1930 - January 8, 2016

Margaret E. "Peggy" Breitweg, 85, of Avon Lake passed Friday, January 8, 2016 at St. John Medical Center, Westlake surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 30, 1930 in Elyria and resided in Avon Lake the past 57 years. Peggy was a graduate of Bowling Green State University and employed as an elementary school teacher for Avon Lake schools before retiring. She was a member of the Avon...
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John Lynden Smallenburg

September 15, 1945 - January 5, 2016

John Lynden Smallenburg, 70, of Avon Lake OH, formerly of Burbank CA, passed away Tuesday January 5, 2016 following a brief battle with lung cancer. He was born on September 15, 1945 in Los Angeles CA and had lived in Avon Lake the past 8 years. John was a graduate of California State University of Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Art. He had a 34 year...
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Andrew Lachowicz

February 2, 1945 - January 1, 2016

Andrew J. Lachowicz, 70 Beloved husband of Barbara (nee Mitchell). Loving father of Andrew Michael (Rene) and stepfather of Robert D. Lea and Peggy J. Lea. Grandfather and Great Grandfather. Passed away, Friday January 1, 2016. Memorials to the pet rescue organization of your choice. Services Private.
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Kenneth Swartz

November 17, 1941 - December 30, 2015

Four years in the US Air Force. Service Technician for Ohio Calculating Company. Survived by wife Linda Lee Swartz (nee Schlenkerman), daughter Emily Swartz, granddaughter Ella Rose, siblings John (Linda), Janet King (Dwayne) and Bob Swartz (Connie).
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Margaret B. Mullen

September 29, 1928 - December 24, 2015

Margaret B. Mullen, formerly Margaret B. Dobbs (nee Dunker), 87, passed away Thursday, December 24, 2015 at the Main Street Care Center in Avon Lake, surrounded by family. She was born Sept. 29, 1928 in Lorain and was raised in Avon Lake. She graduated from Avon Lake High School where she was head majorette and secretary for her senior class. Mrs. Mullen was employed at the snack bar at the Aqua...
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Walter Cameron Humphrey

December 23, 2015

Walter Cameron Humphrey, beloved husband of the late Donna Jeanne (nee Boreman) Humphrey, loving father of Lynn Boudon and Carol Hughes; caring grandfather of Brent Hughes, Luke Hughes, Samantha Gladfelter and Andrew Boudon; great grandfather of Brayden Hughes, Cade and Kit Woike; father-in-law of Larry Boudon and Peter Hughes, died on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Memorial contributions may...
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Jean Fischer

May 4, 1950 - December 21, 2015

Jean N. Fischer 65, of Avon Lake formerly of Lakewood and Rocky River, died Tuesday evening, December 21, 2015 at her residence after a 2 year courageous battle with cancer. Jean was born May, 4, 1950 in Lakewood, a daughter of the late Ernest and Anne Nelson Fischer. She was a 1968 graduate of Avon Lake High School and continued her education were she earned an Associate's Degree in Arts...
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Richard Anthony Frank

October 12, 1944 - December 19, 2015

Richard Anthony Frank, 71, a 40 plus year resident of Avon Lake passed away at his home, Saturday, December 19, 2015, following a two year battle with leukemia. Richard the son of the late Ivan E. and Florenda (nee Ricci) Frank was born in Boston, MA October 12, 1944. Richard worked for the Automotive Equipment Company as a salesman of Heavy Duty Recovery Trucks and had earned Wreck Master...
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Dominic Bossard

July 25, 1994 - December 18, 2015

Dominic Bossard, 21, beloved son of Maureen (nee Flanagan) and the late Mark Bossard; brother of Nick Bossard, Renee Kennedy (Jim) and Scott Bossard; maternal grandson of Catherine Flanagan; nephew of Michael Flanagan, Katy Grove (Jeff), Don Bossard (Mary Kay), Alan Bossard (late Olga), Keith Bossard (Ann); uncle to Bailey and Cayden Kennedy; loving cousin and loyal friend to many. Passed away...
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Noel S. Ilg

December 18, 1926 - December 15, 2015

Noel S. Ilg, 88, of Avon Lake passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015, surrounded by family. He was born on December 18, 1926 in Cleveland to musical parents. He graduated from Avon Lake High School as president of the class and student council in 1944. He met Frances, his wife-to-be, in the choir loft at St. Joseph Church, Avon Lake. They were married in 1952 and parented seven children...
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Klara Acs

March 16, 1926 - December 13, 2015

Klara Acs, aged 89, passed away very peacefully on Sunday, December 13, 2015 surrounded by family. She was an extraordinary woman. She taught classical piano in three of the neighboring counties—traveling home to home till age 82. She often taught two generations of the same family. One of her students went on to play professionally with a Symphony Orchestra. Many of them continued to visit...
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Martha Jane Mitroff

July 20, 1932 - December 13, 2015

Martha Jane Mitroff (nee Dover) 83, a long time resident of Avon Lake passed away, Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the Gables of Hudson. Mrs. Mitroff was born July 20, 1932 and was a graduate of Lorain High School. Mrs. Mitroff was first and foremost a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her life truly was the care of her children and grandchildren. In her spare time,...
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Allan B. Owen

January 28, 1946 - December 11, 2015

Allan B. Owen, 69, of Avon Lake, Oh. formerly of Exton, Pa. Beloved husband of Patricia (nee Palmisano); loving father of Amy Addalli (Sebastian) of Collegeville, PA. and Becky Perry (Edward) of Avon Lake, Oh.; devoted grandfather of Danielle, Brianna and Sophia Addalli and Rachel and Jacob Perry; dear brother of Larry Owen (Suzen) of Allentown, NJ. Passed away Friday, December 11, 2015. A...
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Barry Leeson

December 10, 2015

Barry Leeson, 89, of Avon Lake, Ohio passed away peacefully Dec. 10, 2015. He leaves behind his devoted wife of 64 years, Mona Leeson. He was a loving father to daughters Lorraine Yeatts of Circleville, Ohio and Pamela Leeson of Cooper City, Fla. Also greatly missed by 2 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and sister Janet Humphries of Kent, England. He was a bright light at any gathering...
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William R. "Bill" Utovich

January 1, 1933 - December 9, 2015

WILLIAM R. "Bill" UTOVICH, age 82; beloved husband of the late Carolyn M. (nee Bagi); loving father of Deborah M. and Rebecca A. Utovich (fiance' Tom Olchon); beloved grandfather of Jessica Utovich. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Passed away December 9, 2015. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be forwarded to the American Heart Association or a charity of choice. Friends may call...
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Frank J. Mazur

January 30, 1935 - December 6, 2015

Frank J. Mazur, 80 of Cleveland, passed away, Sunday, December 6, 2015 following a lengthy illness. Mr. Mazur was born January 30, 1935 in Roseville, MI and had been a lifelong resident of Cleveland. Frank was a graduate of Cathedral Latin High School. He retired from SSD as a delivery Driver after 15 years of service. Prior to that, he worked for a time, as a bus driver for CTS/RTA. ...
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Agnes Mary Serazin

January 15, 1932 - December 4, 2015

Agnes Mary Serazin (nee Celik), 83, Elyria passed away Friday, December 4, 2015. Survived by children Sharon Whisler (Scott) of Garland, TX, Judy Smith (Scott) of Kipton and Christopher Serazin (Laura) of Avon Lake. Other survivors: 5 grandchildren Nick, Jennifer, Brian, Liz and Maiah; sisters Patricia Beetler (Robert) of Amherst and Catherine Katiba of Lorain. Preceded in death by her husband...
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James Scott McKeever

November 21, 1944 - November 29, 2015

James Scott McKeever, 71, most recently of Avon Lake, Ohio, died of natural causes on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at his home. Scott is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Judie (Dieguez) McKeever; daughter Cori (Ben) Ashford of Chicago and son Evan McKeever of Cleveland; two grandchildren, Oliver and Finn Ashford; sister Carolyn MacDougal of Muncie, Ind. brother Charles (Paula) McKeever of...
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James H. Voneman

August 20, 1934 - November 29, 2015

James H. Voneman, of Avon Lake, beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Love) for 56 years; loving father of Jane Duperow (Tom), Jim Voneman (Kelly), Jean Mikhail (Awni) and Joyce Cole (Tom); cherished grandfather of Paul, Matthew, Marina, Evan, Gabriel, Samuel, Emily, Ella, and Tommy; dear brother of Jane Stein (Marty), Kay Hart (Tom), and Janet Berry (Jim); brother in law to the late Richard and Pat...
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Robert Young "Bob" Garrett

May 6, 1925 - November 27, 2015

Robert Young Garrett ("Bob") passed away on November 27, surrounded by his family. He was born in Midland, Georgia, to Mathilda B. and George J. Garrett. He attended Columbus High School in Columbus, Georgia. Bob graduated from Auburn University with a degree in chemical engineering. At Auburn, he was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and excelled as a track and cross-country athlete. ...
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Cynthia A. Caccavale

August 8, 1959 - November 27, 2015

Cynthia A. Caccavale, 56, of Elyria and formerly of Lorain passed away at University Hospital, Cleveland surrounded by her family. She was born August 8, 1959 in Dover, New Jersey the daughter of the late Anthony John and Virginia Rose Caccavale (nee Marsh). Cynthia was employed as a home health care aid. She was a supporter of A.S.P.C.A. and an animal lover, especially her dog Buster. She...
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George John Pichler

November 26, 2015

George John Pichler, age 90, passed away on November 26, 2015. A United States Naval Veteran of WWII and retired Cleveland Police Officer. George was the devoted husband to his beloved wife of 52 years, the late Helen DeBard (nee Biggs). Loving father of David George Pichler (Juanita), Philip DeBard Pichler (Carolee), and Elaine Maria Milko (Thomas). Cherished grandfather of Faye, John, Marie,...
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Jean Dawson Jackson

April 2, 1926 - November 26, 2015

Jean D. Jackson (nee Dawson), 89, of Avon Lake, beloved wife of Finley F.; loving mother of Jennifer Dlugosz (David), Robert (Jean), David (Valerie) and Paul (Amy); cherished grandmother of 14 and great-grandmother of 8; preceded in death by parents Wallace and Meta Dawson, son John and grandson James. Passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015. Memorial contributions are suggested to the...
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Lois "Rusty" Riggs

January 9, 1928 - November 25, 2015

Lois W. "Rusty" Riggs (nee Grey), 87, of Avon Lake passed away surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Lois was born January 9, 1928, in Lambertville, Michigan, to Milton and Nettie Grey. She was the owner and operator of the Rollercade in Avon Lake for many years, and later worked at the Avondale Golf Course in Avon. Rusty was a member of the Eastern Star and served as...
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David Frederick Davis

April 12, 1934 - November 20, 2015

David Frederick Davis, 81 of Avon Lake, formerly of Irwin, PA passed away, Friday, November 20, 2015 at the Ames Hospice House, following a lengthy illness. David was born April 12, 1934 in McKeesport, PA; was raised in Glassport, PA and has lived in Avon Lake the past 48 years. David graduated from Glassport High School in 1952. Following graduation he joined the United States Navy...
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Evelyn Ballantine

October 25, 1913 - November 18, 2015

BALLANTINE Evelyn M. Ballantine (nee Miller), 102. Born October 25, 1913 in Cleveland to Leon and Minnie (nee Kasik) Miller. She had been a resident of Bay Village since 1950. She attended Christ Church West Shore and was a veracious reader of mystery novels. Evelyn was the beloved wife of the late Thomas M.; loving mother of Thomas K. (Madeleine); devoted grandmother of Jennifer B. Colle ...
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Bradley James Hemstreet

October 1, 1956 - November 17, 2015

Bradley James Hemstreet, 59 of Avon Lake, Ohio, formerly of Reading PA. Bradley was born on October 1, 1956 in Reading, Pennsylvania and graduated from Shippensburg State College. He had a successful career for 35 years most recently with Huntington Bank as a Senior Vice President of Retirement Planning Services, was a member of Bethesda On The Bay Lutheran Church, Bay Village and was a soccer...
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Bonnie Sue Hoover Dunkle

August 8, 1937 - November 15, 2015

Bonnie Sue Dunkle (Hoover) born, August 8, 1937, passed away on November 15, 2015. Bonnie was a loving mother and grandmother. Family was the most important thing to Bonnie and God blessed her with three children, Wendy, Todd and Tracey, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bonnie deeply loved her children and grandchildren. She loved playing games and sharing meals with her family and...
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Bruce McArthur

July 21, 1933 - November 15, 2015

Bruce J. McArthur, 82, of Sheffield Lake passed away peacefully Sunday November 15, 2015 at the Ames Family Hospice House of the Western Reserve in Westlake surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 21, 1933 in Columbiaville, MI, to Sidney and Allie McArthur. At the age of 18 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and is a Korean War Veteran. Bruce married his high school sweetheart,...
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John A. Kosha

February 18, 1919 - November 13, 2015

John A. Kosha – 96 of Avon and formerly of Southern California, went to be with the Lord, Friday, November 13, 2015. Mr. Kosha was born February 18, 1919 in McKeesport, PA and had lived 35 years in California before returning to the area 15 years ago. Mr. Kosha served in the Army and later the Navy during World War II. As a young man he was also a Jr. American Weight Lifting Champion. Mr...
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Florence M. Heschel

February 1, 1929 - November 12, 2015

FLORENCE M. HESCHEL "POO" (née Kinney), 86, beloved wife of the late Paul E. "P.E."; loving mother of Pamela J. Heschel, Linda M. Wood (Bob), and Paul Matthew Heschel; devoted grandmother of Brianna, Maggie, Bridgette, Mackenzie, Allie Heschel and Michael and Matthew Wood; beloved aunt of many. Preceded in death by brother Tom Kinney, sisters Ellen Frost, Betty Morris, and Mary Clemons. ...
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Phyllis Laura Annable

November 1, 2015

Phyllis Laura Annable, (nee Hatton), died peacefully at home on November 1, 2015, at the age of 94. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Kentosh (Tucson, AZ). Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Nettie and Norman Hatton. She was a stewardess for United Airlines when she met Peter Foster Annable, and they were married in 1945. Peter, a WWII Navy veteran, died on Veteran's Day 2005. A loving...
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Alice (nee Smith) Ramaley

March 21, 1927 - October 27, 2015

Alice V. Ramaley (nee Smith), 88, of Avon Lake and formerly of Sheffield Lake, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Ames Family Hospice House. She was born March 21, 1927 in Brackenridge, PA. Alice graduated from Harbrack High School in Pennsylvania. She worked in the family business, R.H. Welf and Associates. Alice was a Founding Member of Lake Shore United Methodist Church,...
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Doris M. Lehota

October 22, 1929 - October 24, 2015

Doris M. Lehota, 86, of Avon Lake, wife of the late Stephen L., Sr.; mother of Douglas (Cathy), Lawrence L., Timothy P., Stephen L., Jr., Victor P. (Carol Lynn), Viola Glenford, Stephanie Theel, and the late Pamela Karness and Edith Varnell; grandmother of 22; great-grandmother of 28 and 1 great-great grandson; sister of Brenda Snyder and the late Ben Kelly, Betty Crum and Fred Dunn. Passed away...
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Gary Lee Baumgardner

June 2, 1954 - October 24, 2015

Gary Lee Baumgardner, 61 of North Ridgeville, formerly of Sheffield Lake, passed away, Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Normandy Manor, Rocky River, due to complication of Multiple Sclerosis. Gary was born June 2, 1954 in Euclid and has lived in North Ridgeville since 1998. Gary served in the United States Army at the end of the Vietnam War, stationed in Korea. He worked for the former St....
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Donald Allen Coffey

December 5, 1937 - October 23, 2015

Donald Allen Coffey, 77 of Avon Lake passed away, Friday, October 23, 2015 at the New Life Hospice Center, Lorain surrounded by his family. Donald was born December 5, 1937 in Lima and had lived in Avon Lake the last 35 years. Donald was a graduate of Lima South High School, He earned a Bachelor of Education degree from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science and Master's degree...
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Norman Otto Aufdenkampe

June 1, 1927 - October 20, 2015

Norman Otto Aufdenkampe, 88, lifelong resident of Avon Lake passed away at his home, following a lengthy illness, Tuesday, October 20, 2015 while surrounded by family. He was born June 1, 1927 in Berea. Norman was raised on the family farm in farm, at the east end of Avon Lake. He worked at BF Goodrich, Avon Lake as a pipefitter, but he and the family continued to work the farm, growing grapes...
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Rita Catherine Gonzalez

September 23, 1960 - October 19, 2015

Rita Catherine Gonzalez (nee Rothacker), 55. Loving wife of John, married 24 years, also survived by four brothers, two sisters and nieces and nephews. Passed away Monday October 19, 2015. Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon-Belden Rd., Avon Lake, from 1:00-4:00pm Sunday, October 25.
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Karel Hlavac

April 23, 1943 - October 18, 2015

Karel Hlavac, 72 of Avon Lake passed away unexpectedly at his home Sunday, October 18, 2015. He was born April 23, 1943 in Jicin, Czech Republic and has lived in Avon Lake the past 35 years. Karel earned a master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Technical University, Prague. He immigrated to the United States in the early 1970s. Most recently he was employed as a Mechanical Engineering...
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Richard Lee Chesnut

February 29, 1924 - October 15, 2015

Richard Lee Chesnut, 91, of Avon Lake and formerly of Urbana, OH passed away October 15, 2015 at his home surrounded by family. He was born February 29, 1924 in Troy, OH. Richard served in the Army Air Corp. during World War II, and was stationed in England where he helped to maintain B-17 Bombers. He was a graduate of Ohio State University and employed as a pharmacist at the Crosby Drug Store in...
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Frida S. Wolverton

April 5, 1929 - October 5, 2015

Frida S. Wolverton (nee Eslbauer), 86, of Avon Lake passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 in Salzburg, Austria. She fulfilled a wish to pass in the same hospital she was born in, with a view of the church where she was baptized. Frida was born April 5, 1929 in Salzburg, Austria and lived in Avon Lake the past 40 years. She was employed as an office assistant for Dr. Nepomuceno in Sheffield Lake...
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Donald M. Purdy

June 15, 1926 - September 28, 2015

Donald M. Purdy, 89 of Avon Lake formerly of Bay Village and Parma, passed away, Monday, September 28, 2015 at The Avenue, Town Center, Avon Lake. Don was born June 15, 1926 in Coraopolis, PA and had lived in Avon Lake since 1955. Don was raised in Coraopolis and was a graduate of Coraopolis High School. He was a WWII Navy Veteran serving at the United States Naval Air Base, Okinawa, Japan...
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Doris M. McNeil

May 13, 1922 - September 23, 2015

Doris M. McNeil (nee Williams), age 93, passed away September 23, 2015. Mother of Bruce C. (Donna) Mundy, Honolulu, HI and Sybil A. Mundy, Avon Lake, OH. Stepmother of Bruce B. (Sue) McNeil, FL & MI, Karen M. Wesson, Oklahoma City, OK, and David (Linda) McNeil, Portland OR. Loving grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 20. Devoted to her family, she differentiated between her children and...
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Thomas Allen "Tom" Keir

July 9, 1951 - September 23, 2015

Thomas Allen Keir "Tom", age 64, Avon, OH, was called to be with our Lord on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. Devoted husband of Cynthia G Keir, father of David Keir (Danielle Coleman), Chris Keir (Sarah), Elizabeth Keir and Stefan Keir, step-father of Krista Seidel (Brett), Tana Zaffino (Nate), Melissa Meddles (Travis) and beloved Papi to Isaiah and Samuel Seidel, Hunter and Maya Conley and...
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Christine L. Major

October 21, 1956 - September 21, 2015

Christine Lee Major, 58 of Avon Lake, formerly of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away Monday, September 21, 2015. She was born October 21, 1956 in Saginaw, Michigan. Christine was a graduate of Bridgeport High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of New Mexico. She worked as a registered nurse for various heath care organizations including Pfizer. ...
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Diana Lynn Cillo

October 21, 1961 - September 21, 2015

Diana Lynn Cillo (nee Smith), 53 of Fairview Park, formerly of Sandusky and Avon Lake, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015 at St. John Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Diana was born in Cleveland on October 21, 1961. She graduated from Avon Lake High School and worked as an accountant for K&K Interiors in Sandusky. Diana was a member of the American Legion Post 211. She...
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Kevin C. McMichael

May 9, 1957 - September 20, 2015

Kevin C. McMichael, 58 of Lorain, formerly of Avon Lake, passed away on Sunday, September 20, 2015 following a short illness at New Life Hospice of St. Joseph, Lorain. Kevin was born in Lorain on May 9, 1957. He graduated in 1976 from Avon Lake High School, attended Lorain County J.V.S., and was self-employed as a mechanic. Kevin loved cars and car racing. He also enjoyed spending time with...
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Robert Bryant Jeske

June 6, 1968 - September 15, 2015

ROBERT BRYANT JESKE, 47, passed away unexpectedly September 15, 2015. Beloved husband of Julie (nee Eibel), loving father of Trent Robert, son of Edward and Patricia (nee Truly). Brother of Jason (Kendra), Shannon Hogan (Dan), and Jerome (Sarah). Son-in-law of Edward and Sue Eibel and brother-in-law to Edward (Gennifer). Visiting hours will be held on September 19th from 9-11 am with a memorial...
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Kimberly Diann Stepak

June 12, 1963 - September 6, 2015

Kimberly Diann Stepak (nee Spong), 52, of Avon Lake, Ohio passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 following a long battle with breast cancer. She was born June 12, 1963 in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania to the late Lee and Marie Spong (nee Ramsey) . Kim went to Jersey Shore High School and Brunswick, Ohio High School and graduated in 1981. She went on to earn a B.A. in Social Work and Blind...
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Thomas Moats

November 26, 1957 - September 5, 2015

Thomas M. Moats, 57, of Avon Lake passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015 at his home surrounded by family following a one year battle with cancer. Mr. Moats was born November 26, 1957 in Bay Village, grew up in Southern Ohio and moved to Avon Lake when he was 15 years old. He was a 1976 graduate of Avon Lake High School and was employed as a concrete foreman for a number of local concrete...
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E. Robert Hawken, Jr.

January 10, 1930 - September 3, 2015

E. Robert Hawken, Jr. of Nokomis, FL and Avon Lake, OH, died peacefully on September 3, 2015 surrounded by loved ones. Bob was born on January 10, 1930 in Springfield, OH. He graduated from Wittenberg University where he met his beloved wife of 63 years and best friend, Marilyn. Bob was a cherished father to Sue (Tim Murphy), Jane (David Taylor), and Jim (Connie). He was loved by his...
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Bernice Gay Widener

March 11, 1925 - September 2, 2015

Bernice Gay Widener (nee Rollyson), 90 of Sheffield Lake passed away at St. John Medical Center on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Bernice was born in Frametown, WV on March 11, 1925. She was a homemaker and attended First Baptist Church in Sheffield Lake. Bernice loved her family, enjoyed word searches, shopping and gardening in her younger years. Bernice is survived her children Tom Reip ...
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Ralph A. Gordon

October 8, 1943 - August 31, 2015

Ralph A. Gordon, 71, loving husband of Camilla M. Gordon (nee Mayer); dear father of Angela Ferber (Bill) and Christopher (Rebecca) Gordon; grandfather of William Gordon Ferber; brother of Sandra Krizmanich (Fred) and Nancy Badar (Dennis) and Kathy Goodfellow (Dr. Don); Uncle of many. Preceded in death by parents Ralph P. and Stephanie Gordon (nee Szalkowski). Passed away on Monday, August 31,...
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William Shlapack

June 3, 1929 - August 29, 2015

William Shlapack, 86 years of age and a resident of Sheffield Lake, Ohio passed away on August 29, 2015 at his home after a long illness. William was born on June 3, 1929 in Lorain, Ohio and was a graduate of Lorain High School-Class of 1948A. William retired from US Steel in 1978 after 30 years. William was very active in Union Local 1104-first serving as a Grievance Man, then as the...
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Aaron J. Maxwell

October 10, 1994 - August 25, 2015

Aaron J. Maxwell, 20 of Avon Lake, passed away suddenly following a car accident on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Metro Medical Center resulting from injuries sustained. He was born in Cleveland on October 10, 1994. Aaron graduated from Avon Lake High School in 2013, attended Lorain County Joint Vocational School where he studied to be a heating & cooling technician. Aaron was athletic and...
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Doris Martin Nay

August 30, 1943 - August 22, 2015

Doris Martin Nay - August 30, 1943 to August 22, 2015, at last in God's loving hands. Doris was preceded in death by her father and mother Jack and Juanita Martin. She is survived by spouse, Carl Nay; sons David, Michael and Kevin Bray; sisters Janet Odom and Linda Mears and grandchildren Amanda, Jessie, Kalab, Justin, Allissa, Logan and Jacob Bray and Melinda Falish and Olivia Grove. ...
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Irene "Mickie" Taylor

January 31, 1916 - August 18, 2015

Irene "Mickie" Taylor (nee Demsey) 99, of Avon Lake, passed away peacefully, early Tuesday morning, August 18, 2015 at Saint Mary of the Woods Senior Living Community, Avon. Irene was born January 31, 1916 in Cleveland and came to Avon Lake with her family at the age of 15. Joining the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, the former Avon Lake First Congregational Church at the age of 15 and a...
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Charles A. Russell

October 28, 1946 - August 17, 2015

In loving memory of Charles A. Russell, 68. Born October 28, 1946 and passed away August 17, 2015. Charles was born in Cleveland, OH to Patrick and Gail Russell (deceased). Charles had 2 brothers, Harry (Dorrene) and Patrick (Diane) and surviving sister, Sally (William) of N. Benton, OH. Charles also had 2 loving foster brothers who are deceased, Bill (Theresa) and Jim (Kathy) and 1 surviving...
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Linda M. Ferris

April 24, 1946 - August 15, 2015

Linda M. Ferris, 69, of Avon Lake, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015 at her home. Linda was born April 24, 1946 in Albany, NY, and lived in Avon Lake for the past 35 years. She was a 1964 graduate of Nottingham High School, Syracuse, NY. Linda earned a Bachelor's degree in History from Earlham College, and went on to earn two Master's degrees, one in Guidance Counseling and another in...
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William J. Manca

June 7, 1933 - August 9, 2015

William J. Manca 82 of Sheffield Lake, formerly Tarrytown, NY, passed away at his home, Sunday, August 9, 2015, following a short illness. Mr. Manca was born June 7, 1933 in Tarrytown and had lived in Sheffield Lake since 1960. He served his country with honor in Korea from 1951 to 1954 as a member of the United States Army. He worked for the Ford Motor Company, Lorain for 30 years, working...
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Donald Frank Albert

July 31, 1942 - August 7, 2015

Donald Frank Albert, 73, father of Eric Albert, Marc Albert and Mary Lynn Haas-Dugan; grandfather of Amanda and Logan; brother of David (Joy), Gary (Coran) and the late Frank and beloved friend of many. Passed away on Friday, August 7, 2015. Memorials may be forwarded to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the...
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Hank Brauer

July 4, 1938 - August 6, 2015

Hank Brauer, 78, of Sheffield Lake passed away suddenly Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home. He was born July 4, 1938 in Green Ridge, PA and lived in Sheffield Lake the past 40 years. Hank served in the Army and retired from the B.F.Goodrich/Geon plant in Avon Lake. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time on Lake Erie. Mr. Brauer is survived by his son Robert Lee Brauer III of...
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Leonarda A. "Sally" Fitzgerald

August 16, 1936 - July 30, 2015

Leonarda A. "Sally" Fitzgerald (nee Watling), 78 of Sheffield Lake, formerly of Lorain, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Rae Ann of Westlake, following a brief illness. Sally was born August 16, 1936 in Lorain and had lived in Sheffield Lake for over 50 years. Sally went to Lorain High School, she was a member of St. Thomas of the Apostle Church, the church's Ladies Guild and the choir....
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William Francis McCartney

July 20, 1931 - July 29, 2015

William Francis McCartney, age 84, of Avon, Ohio, passed away on July 29, 2015. Bill was born in Lakewood, Ohio, and was the son of the late John and Katherine, and brother of Kay McCartney. He was employed at Republic (later LTV) Steel where, among a number of positions, he was President of Local 2265 of the United Steelworkers union. Bill worked at Republic/LTV Steel for 32 years and retired...
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Anthony Dennis "Denny" Rusiewski

January 19, 1937 - July 28, 2015

Anthony Dennis "Denny" Rusiewski, 78, of Avon Lake, OH formerly of Arnold, MD and the greater Detroit, MI area, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at St. John Medical Center, Westlake, OH. Denny was born January 19, 1937 in Canonsburg, PA and has lived in Avon Lake for the past 26 years. Denny was a 1954 graduate of Canonsburg High School. Following graduation, he attended The...
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Donald R. Boldman

June 14, 1935 - July 27, 2015

Donald R. Boldman, 80 of Avon Lake, passed away, Monday, July 27, 2015 at Ames Hospice House, Westlake. Mr. Boldman was born June 14, 1935 in Apple Creek, OH and had lived in Avon Lake the past 41 years. Donald was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering and work as an Aerospace Engineer at the NASA Glenn Research Facility, Cleveland for...
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Mary Jean Garrett

May 7, 1922 - July 20, 2015

Mary Jean Garrett (nee Lindberg) passed away peacefully on July 20th, surrounded by her family, at her home in Avon Lake. She was born in Akron, Ohio, to Marguerite Veronica and Charles Gustav Lindberg. She attended St. Vincent's High School, where she was a National Honor Society member. Mary Jean graduated from The University of Akron, where she was a member of Theta Phi Sorority. While...
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Patricia Faye Mihalak

December 2, 1943 - July 18, 2015

Patricia Faye Mihalak (nee McLeod), 71 and a resident of Sheffield Lake for 42 years, passed away on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at St. John Medical Center following a sudden illness. Patricia was born in Key West, FL on December 2, 1943 and graduated from Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, GA in 1961. She worked for over 30 years and retired from Sheffield/Sheffield Lake School System. ...
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William J. Burke III

November 15, 1941 - July 16, 2015

WILLIAM J. BURKE, III, 73, father of William J. IV, Deanna, Joseph and Tim (Jennifer) Brubaker ; dear son of the late Helen M. (nee Kubovchik) and William J. Burke II; dear brother of Mary McManamon (Denny), John (Deidra), Jim (Sharon), Patrick (Diane), Rosemarie Kissell (Chuck) and Kathleen Burke; uncle and great uncle of many. Passed away July 16, 2015. Memorials may be forwarded to Ohio...
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Paul B. Clay, Jr.

May 15, 1940 - July 14, 2015

Paul B. Clay, Jr., 75 of Bay Village formerly of Niles, passed away Tuesday, July 14 at the O'Neill Health Center, Bay Village following a short illness. Paul was born May 15, 1940 in Youngstown and had lived in the Canfield-Niles area most of his life before moving to Bay Village a year ago. He was a US Air Force Veteran and worked as a self-employed Barber. Paul is survived by Richard...
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Christopher M. Hawkinson

June 19, 1983 - July 12, 2015

Christopher M. Hawkinson, 32; loving son of Gary and Pat; cherished brother of Ken (Alison); beloved uncle of Abby, Katy, Lauren and Libby Hawkinson; dearest grandson of maternal grandparents Jenny Schlievert and the late Ray Schlievert and paternal grandparents June Hawkinson and the late Roy Hawkinson; a good friend to many. He passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2015 after a courageous battle...
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Ralph I. "Ralphie" Cordrick

May 14, 1922 - July 10, 2015

Ralph I. "Ralphie" Cordrick, 93, of Sheffield Lake passed away Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Westbay Center in Westlake following a short illness. Mr. Cordrick was born May 14, 1922 in Cleveland the son of the late James H. and Helen (nee Behner) Cordrick. He retired as an Engineer with Norfolk and Southern Railroad, and retired at the age of 90 after 22 years as a greeter at Bob Evan's in...
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Robert L. Marcucci

August 22, 1948 - July 8, 2015

Robert L. Marcucci, 66 of Elyria, passed away suddenly at his residence on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Robert was born in Buffalo, NY on August 22, 1948 and graduated from Brookside High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and worked for Ridge Tool. Robert enjoyed traveling, golf and bowling. He took pride in operating his booth at the "Welcome Home Market Place" flea market and was also an avid...
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Edward M. Nagel

June 22, 1950 - July 6, 2015

Edward M. "Butch" Nagel, 65, of Westpark, passed away unexpectedly on July 6, 2015. He was the most cherished brother of Linda A. Orient and the late Laurie A. Nagel; brother-in-law of Donald G. Bechard; beloved son of the late Melvin A. and Mary Ann Nagel (nee Barnick); preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Walter and Mary Barnick, and his paternal grandparents, Philip and Esther Nagel...
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Darlena A. Smith

May 9, 1947 - July 1, 2015

Darlena A. Smith (nee Cook), 68 of Sheffield Village, formerly of Middlefield, suddenly passed away at the Cleveland Clinic, Wednesday July 1, 2015. Darlena was born May 9, 1947 in Charleston, WV and had lived in Sheffield Village the past 15 years. Darlena was a homemaker but also owned her own business, Timeless Designs, designing and making by hand custom Victorian Style Hats and...
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James A. "Jim" Pease

August 16, 1943 - July 1, 2015

James A. (Jim) Pease, 71 of Avon Lake, formerly of Meadeville, PA passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 surrounded by his family. Jim was born in Meadville on August 16, 1943 and graduated from Conneautville High School in PA and attended Penn State University. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran serving during the Vietnam War and worked as an electrical operator for First Energy in...
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Evelyn F. Dietz

January 28, 1920 - June 27, 2015

Evelyn F. Dietz, age 95, lifelong Cleveland resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 27, 2015 at The Welsh Home in Rocky River, Ohio. Survived by dear nephew William H. Dietz (Bonnie) of Hamilton, MT. Beloved and caring daughter of Charles F. and Edith M. (Davies) Dietz, sister of Harold, Ralph, Evelyn and George Dietz, aunt of Ralph K. Dietz (all deceased). Following graduation from...
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Frank A. Mannino

January 20, 1921 - June 26, 2015

Frank A. Mannino, 94, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Main Street Care Center, Avon Lake following a short illness. He was born January 20, 1921 in New York, NY. Frank served his country as a Sergeant in the Army during World War II in North Africa and Europe. He then served in the Army Reserves for 34 years and was awarded with the Legion of Merit. Mr. Mannino was employed as a...
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Dave Williams

May 24, 1957 - June 25, 2015

Dave Williams, 58, of Sheffield Lake passed away June 25, 2015 at St. John Medical Center, Westlake following a sudden illness. He was born May 24, 1957 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dave began his career as a firefighter and paramedic. He then worked in sales and was employed the past 8 years as sales manager at Playground World, Avon. He was also the owner of Williams Collectables,...
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Robert "Bob" Ebenschweller

May 26, 1938 - June 25, 2015

Robert "Bob" Ebenschweller, 77 a 40 year resident of Sheffield Lake, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at St. John Medical Center following a short illness. Bob was born in Cleveland on May 26, 1938. He was an Army Reserve Veteran and worked as an assembler at General Motors in Elyria and Parma for 27 years. Bob was a member of VFW 8686, Sheffield Lake, was named Sheffield Lake Man of...
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Robert "Bruce" Crawford

July 4, 1946 - June 19, 2015

Robert "Bruce" Crawford, age 68, of Avon Lake, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015, after a 20-year battle with cancer. He was born in Camden, New Jersey on July 4th, 1946. Bruce worked as the first Systems Repairman at U.S. Steel, where he received many suggestion awards, including one patent for a filtering system. He was the recipient of 3 Presidents' Gold Awards, and retired with 30 years at...
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Donna P. (Nee Perrin) DuPont

October 19, 1934 - June 14, 2015

Donna P. DuPont (nee Perrin), 80 of Avon Lake, formerly of Buffalo, NY passed away Sunday June 14, 2015 at the O'Niell Health Care, Bay Village. She was born October 19, 1934 in Albany, NY. Donna was a customer service representative for Blue Shield of Western, NY for many years. She enjoyed travel and going out to dinner. She was dedicated to her son Glenn's family. She was an avid...
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Florence L. Rothacker

May 20, 1928 - June 11, 2015

Florence L. Rothacker (nee McHale), 87, beloved wife of the late Glenn Rothacker; loving mother of Linda Boehlke (Tom), Terry Canavan (Tom), John Costanzo (Michele), Frank Costanzo (Maureen), Donn Costanzo (Nancy Otto), Daniel Costanzo, and the late Robert Costanzo; dear stepmother of Lenore Sword (Wendell), Edward Rothacker (Cindy), Phillip Rothacker, Margaret Rothacker, Joseph Rothacker ...
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Timothy Paul Thomas

January 23, 1959 - June 8, 2015

Timothy Paul Thomas, 56 a lifelong resident of Avon Lake, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, June 8, 2015. Tim was born January 23, 1959 in Lorain. Tim was a 1977 graduate of Avon Lake High School. He worked for Gateway Tank, Inc, Avon for many years as a Fabrication Foreman and more recently at Network Technologies Inc., Aurora as a Fabrication Supervisor. Tim was an active member of the...
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Charles Arthur Layne, PhD

January 5, 1943 - June 7, 2015

Charles A. Layne, Ph.D., 72 of Avon Lake, OH and formerly of Richmond, VA and Rochester, NY passed away suddenly, Sunday, June 7, 2015. Dr. Layne was born January 5, 1943 in Selma AL and was raised in League City, TX and Jackson OH. Charles earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with his PhD in Curriculum Development and Cultural Anthropology. Prior to that he obtained his Master...
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Marion Fridrich

February 10, 1918 - June 2, 2015

Marion Fridrich (nee Satink), 97 of Avon formerly of Bay Village, passed away at home on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Marion was born in Cleveland on February 10, 1918. She was a homemaker and was also a poll worker for many elections. She was a member of St. Raphael Parish, Ladies Guild, The Raphael's Senior Group, Eucharistic Minister, and Cub Scout leader. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and she...
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Donald W. Petitt

May 31, 1943 - May 31, 2015

Donald W. Petitt, 72 of Palmetto, FL born in Cleveland on May 31, 1943 passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Beloved husband and best friend of Lorna (nee Hake) of 52 years; loving father of Dawn (dec), Renee Rieth (former husband Greg), Mindy Hagan (former husband Pat), Christine Spaetzel (Mark), Donie Denko (Greg); dear grandfather of Ryan (Stacey), David, Crystal, Lyndsey (Tim), Danielle,...
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Leonard John Muhlbach

October 6, 1947 - May 30, 2015

Leonard John Muhlbach, 67, was born October 6, 1947 in Lakewood and passed away Saturday May 30, 2015 at the Ames Family Hospice Home, Westlake after battling cancer. He served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and retired as a pressman from the Cleveland Plain Dealer after 45 years. He was a man of faith and member of the Sheffield Church of God. Beloved husband of Mary...
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