Elizabeth “Betty” J. Meter Leinwand
Elizabeth “Betty” J. Meter Leinwand (nee Burger), age 92 and a resident of Amherst, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain.
Betty was born June 16, 1925 in Cleveland, to the late Ralph and Clara (nee Boehmer) Burger. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst.
Survivors include her daughters Betty Jo (Jack) O’Flanagan of Avon Lake and Mary C. Meter of Amherst, three grandchildren, Kellie (Rob) O’Flanagan Huxtable of Rocky River, John P. (Becky) O’Flanagan of Oregon, Molly (Ryan) O’Flanagan Genard of Pennsylvania, and her five great grandchildren, Jack, Cate, Bridget, Guy and Lennon.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Joseph P. Meter (1955) and her brother Ralph Burger.
Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst, with Rev. Jerry Lajack officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the mass.
Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst, entrusted with arrangements.
Theodore J. “Ted” Balzer
Theodore J. “Ted” Balzer, age 65 and a resident of Amherst Township, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2017 after a two year illness at Crestmont North, Lakewood.
Ted was born December 9, 1952 in Ft. Eustis, Virginia, to the late Jack G. and Janet R. (nee Jones) Balzer. He was a 1971 graduate of Southview High School. Ted worked in the steel industry as a millwright from 1973-2012.
The joy of his life was spending time with his granddaughters. In the past he enjoyed bowling and playing softball.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years Georgia L. (nee Flynn), his daughter Rachael (Michael) Logsdon of Vermilion, his granddaughters Alexis, Peyton, and Lauren Logsdon, brother Tim (Jen) Balzer of Nova, brother Mark Balzer of Lorain, sister Sandy White of Lorain, and sister Linda (Robert) Stack of Vermilion.
Family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Thursday at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. The funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday at the funeral home with burial following in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
Donna Rae (Thompson) Penton
Donna Rae (Thompson) Penton (86) died peacefully on November 9 surrounded by her family. She will be loved and cherished for eternity by her husband of 57 years John, seven children, fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and the Penton, Kovach and Leimbach families along with friends close and afar.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Gertrude Thompson, husband Robert Hochenedel, sisters Doris Conway and Dolores (Tommie) Held, son Brad Hochenedel and granddaughter Allison Armstrong. She is survived by loving children Tom (Julie) of Eugene, Oregon, Jeff (Marianne) of Amherst, Laura Hochenedel Reid (Rodger) of Birmingham, Jack (Gigi) of Amherst, Barb Hochenedel Penton of Amherst, and Tim (Jay) of Lakewood.
Donna was born in Elyria on February 26, 1931, and graduated from Elyria High in 1949. She was a proud member of The Elyria High Satans girls club—which later became her cherished card club girlfriends. She played the snare drum in the EHS Marching Band. She married Robert in 1950 and started her family in Elyria. After losing him in 1959, she married John in 1960 and spent the remainder of her life in Amherst.
Her greatest joy was her family—her husband, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, in-laws, nieces and nephews whom she encouraged and whose happiness she celebrated. She took great pride in making her home a beautiful and welcoming place for her family, friends and extended family.
A long-time member of Amherst Congregational Church, she was an avid gardener, enthusiastic lawn mower, and accomplished seamstress and needle worker. With her beloved quilting circle, she made many spectacular quilts, some of which were given to the families of those lost in military service. Donna will also be remembered as the better half of the partnership with husband John in the Penton motorcycle story.
Family will welcome guests at Avon Lake United Church of Christ (32801 Electric Blvd, Avon Lake) on Saturday, November 18, starting at 12:30, followed by a Celebration of Life service at 1:30.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amherst Congregational UCC, American Cancer Society, or the Lorain County Alzheimer’s Association.
Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst, entrusted with arrangements.
Lawrence Thomas Balzer Sr
Lawrence Thomas Balzer Sr, known to friends and family as “Feller”, passed away at Mercy hospital on Tuesday, October 24th 2017 at the age of 77. He was a long-time resident of Amherst. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Alma Rose (Orsini) Balzer, son Dana Balzer and brother John Balzer.
He grew up in Avon Lake. In school he played sports and flourished in baseball, where he received his nickname “Feller”. He was a Navy veteran. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and had a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his son Lawrence T Balzer Jr and his wife Kathleen (Mosley) Balzer, his grandchildren Samantha Balzer, Dana Nicole Balzer, Brandon Balzer and his siblings Willa Desmit, Helen Ann Ginn and Eric Balzer. Memorial service to be announced at a later date.
Nicholas D. “Nick” Antonopoulos
Nicholas D. “Nick” Antonopoulos, age 47 and a life resident of Amherst, passed away unexpectedly at University Hospitals, Cleveland, on Thursday, September 14, 2017.
Nick was born November 13, 1969, in Kettering, to the late Demitrios Antonopoulos and Danese (nee Whittaker) Antonopoulos. He was a 1988 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School, Amherst, and a 2017 graduate of Lorain County Community College. Nick was formerly employed at Republic Steel, Lorain, where he was a floorman, working there from 1995-2015. He enjoyed playing the guitar, working on the computer, but most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years Christina T. (nee Ortiz), their children, twins Nicholas of Lorain and Ashley of Amherst, daughter Alyssa of Lorain, expected granddaughter Liliana, his mother Danese Antonopoulos of
Amherst, brother and sister-in-law Anthony and Teresa of Amherst, sister and brother-in-law Pollyanna and Patrick Pijor of Lorain, and his sister and brother-in-law Athena and Ron Faris of California.
He was preceded in death by his father Demitrios Antonopoulos in 2011.
Family will receive friends on Monday from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. time of service at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst.
Memorials in Nick’s honor may be made at Go Fund Me.
Kyle S. Koos
Kyle S. Koos, 37, of Amherst passed away unexpectedly on August 20th. Born
in Oberlin, Ohio on October 14th, 1979, he was the son of Stephen and Kim
Koos and graduated in 1998 from Oberlin Senior High School.
Kyle served in the United States Navy thereafter and continued his education
at ATI in Norfolk, VA. Kyle loved his children and family. He enjoyed
spending time with his closest friends, as well as shooting, riding his
motorcycle and Cleveland sports. He was known for his unmistakable laugh,
deep commanding voice, and unwavering loyalty. He was passionate about his
Hungarian-Irish heritage and loved music of all kinds.
Kyle is survived by his daughter, Kyla, and his three sons, Keegan, Kullen,
and Kierrick, as well as his brother, Adam Koos, and sisters Tana Koos and
Family and friends will be received at 6:00PM on Thursday, August 24th at
P.J. McIntyre’s, 17119 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH, 44111, for a contemporary
Irish wake. In lieu of flowers, donations to support Kyle’s children can be
mailed to Libertas Wealth Management Group, Inc., 5003 Horizons Drive, STE
200, Columbus, OH 43220. Checks can be made out to Adam D. Koos
Rex A. Brunner
Rex A. Brunner, age 63 and a resident of Amherst, passed away unexpectedly
Friday, September 30, 2016, at MetroHealth, Cleveland.
Rex was born in Lorain, November 10, 1952, to the late Raymond H. Brunner
and Georgia M. (nee Stanley) Brunner. He was a member of the Class of 1971
of Lorain High School. Rex served in the United States Army, serving in
Germany. He retired from the Ford Motor Company on May 1, 2014 and had been
employed there for 42 years in the Paint Repair Department. Rex worked at
both the Lorain Assembly Plant and the Avon Lake Assembly Plant. He had
been a member of United Auto Workers Local 425 and United Auto Workers Local
Rex was a family man and loved spending time with his grandkids Ben, Dylan,
Katelyn, Lex, Taylor, Kade, and Fynley, and would take them cruising on his
golf cart. He liked to take dips in the pool, build big bonfires and shoot
off glorious fireworks. He enjoyed parties and laughing, and he had a
special place in his heart for his pet dogs.
He was a longtime member of First Congregational Church of Lorain.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years Lynda M. (nee Shiley), their three
children Jason (Jackie) of Elyria, Ryan (Melissa) of Lorain, Lindsey (Adam)
McCarthy of Amherst, his seven grandchildren, mother Georgia M. Brunner of
Lorain, and sister Jacki Mihalic of Lorain.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, 4-8 p.m., at the Garland-Misencik
Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst.
Memorials may be made to Friendship Animal Protective League, 8303 Murray
Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035.
Joseph Ronald Kelly “Tireman”
Joseph Ronald Kelly “Tireman”, age 36 and a life resident of Avon passed away Monday August 15, 2016, from injuries sustained in an accident. Joe was born in Lorain, November 21, 1979, and was a 1998 graduate of Avon High School and Lorain County Joint Vocational School. Throughout his life Joe worked in the construction and excavating industry, most recently being employed at KMU Trucking & Excavating, Avon. In the past he was employed at Fabrizi Trucking & Excavating, Midwest Land Clearing, Diggers Excavating, and Heritage Plumbing & Excavating.
While growing up in Avon, Joe loved farming and worked for Krystowski Farms while in middle school and high school. At the same time, with his vast group of friends, together they would rebuild garden tractors and have tractor pulls at each others houses, long before they were included in the
Lorain County Fair. He also raised cows, chickens, and rabbits while living at home. Joe and his friends would would also go fishing and hunting as a
group. After marrying his wife Vanessa, Joe and Vanessa made their home in Avon with their children, where he gardened and raised chickens and rabbits.
Joe was a member of Operators Union Local 18, Cleveland.
Survivors include his wife Vanessa N. (nee Armaro), their children Ashlyn, Brantley, and Jackson, his mother Yvonne C. (nee Hall) of Avon, father and
step-mother Gregory W. and Pamela of Amherst, brother and sister-in-law Matthew and Keli of Wakeman, sister and her fiancee Jean Kelly and Nick
Andriette of Avon, nieces Zoe and Ava, and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Lonzo and Blanche Hall and paternal grandparents Jack and Catherine Kelly.
A Celebration of Life will be 6:30 p.m., Friday, at Tom’s Country Place, 3442 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon. Rev. Arik Borstad of First Congregational
Church UCC, North Ridgeville, will officiate. Friends will be received from 5 p.m., Friday.
Memorials may be made at any branch of First Merit Bank “The Memorial Fund for Joseph R. Kelly” or gofundme.com/2kzmftms
Joe’s family would like to thank the Avon Fire and Police Department for their kind and thoughtful assistance.
Arrangements entrusted to Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst.
Michael G. Stevens Jr.
Michael G. Stevens Jr. age 48 and a resident of Amherst Township, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016, at his business in Lorain, due to a heart attack. Mike was born July 19, 1967 in Bexley, West Virginia, to Michael G. Stevens Sr. and the late Natoma Stevens. Mike owned and operated his own business including a small manufacturing company and several rental properties. He loved working, his wife, brothers, children, family, music, dancing, South Park, watching movies, making people laugh, giving advice, and spending time with those who mattered most to him. Survivors include his wife of 17 years Susan Stevens of Amherst Township, sons Michael G. Stevens III, Nicholas R. Stevens, and Thanson L. Stevens, all of New London, grandchildren Brookelynn and Brayden Stevens, his father Michael G. Stevens Sr. of Brook Park, brothers Terry Stevens of Wellington, Tommy Stevens of New London, and Steven Stevens of Centerburg, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Family will receive friends Friday, 4-8 p.m., at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst.
Jesus M. Merced
Jesus M. Merced, age 34 of Lorain, passed away May 24, 2016, at his residence. Jesus was born November 14, 1981, in Lorain, to the late Jesus Merced Sr. and Carmen L. (nee Robles) Ocasio. He attended Brookside High School. Throughout his life, Jesus worked in the construction industry and landscaping. He enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, cycling, and he loved the outdoors. Survivors include four children, Juanita, Rita, Jacob, and Caden, his mother and step-father Carmen and Jose Ocasio of South Carolina, sisters Carmen Calderon of South Carolina and Melissa (Ray) Ralat of Texas, a brother Luis Merced of Washington, nieces and nephews, and his girlfriend Shelly McFadden. He was preceded in death by his father Jesus Merced Sr. (2002). There will be a Celebration of Life Service, Saturday, June 4, 2016, at noon, held at Cascade Park Elyria. Garland Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst, entrusted with arrangements.
Robert O. Klein
Robert O. Klein, age 87, of Amherst, passed away Monday May 16, 2016 at New Life Hospice, Lorain following a brief illness. Robert proudly served his country as a Sergeant in the Air Force. He enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening and traveling. Surviving are his wife of twelve years, Shirley Janik; son, Robert (Mary); daughter, Kathleen (John) Toth; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five step-children; nine step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary; brother, Frank and an infant sister. Family will receive friends Wednesday May 18 from 4-8PM in the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst where closing prayers will be held at 10:30AM Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain where full military honors will be conducted. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made in Robert’s memory to Mercy New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
Inez Brest (nee Houston),
Elizabeth Stevens Bell
David Telfer Galloway
David Telfer Galloway, a humble, honest and honorable man who never met a stranger, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2016, at Mercy Regional Medical Center from complications of hip surgery. David was born June 7, 1933 in Glasgow, Scotland, to the late Grace and Andrew Galloway. He is survived by his loving wife Mary, devoted daughter Alison, seven grandchildren; Robert, Daniel, David, Jordan, Payten, Andrew, and Macie, great grandson Austin, sister Rachel Wozencroft, sister and brother-in-law Joy and John Brown, sister-in-law Sheena Holmes, and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by his sisters and brother-in-laws Isabella and Ernest Leggett, Sandra and Daniel McFadyen, Elizabeth and Daniel Walker, sister Patricia Semper, brother-in-laws Steven Wozencroft and James Elgin, mother-in-law and father-in-law Helen and James Elgin, son-in-law Paul Daniel Campbell, and his nephew David Leggett. There will be no service. The family appreciates everyone’s love and support. Arrangements entrusted to the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst.
Katherine Helen Jark Long
Katherine Helen Jark Long, born January 23, 1921, passed on peacefully in her sleep on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016, in Vermilion, Ohio, at the Kingston of Vermilion nursing facility. She was 95 years old. Kay was born at home on the shores of Pewaukee Lake, Wisconsin, to Katherine Jark, her mother (born in 1881 in Alsace Lorraine, a German region at the time, on the border of France) and John Jark, her father (born in 1876, in Berlin, Germany). She was the youngest of four children. Kay attended a one-room schoolhouse in the nearby village of Hartland until high school in the neighboring town of Waukesha, where she was student manager of the swim team. She became a personal secretary for a contractor firm in Milwaukee after graduating, where she met her husband, Elb Long, in 1946, at a café during lunch break. Kay and Elb moved to Cleveland in 1947, after their marriage in Milwaukee, to expand his business. They raised four children in Fairview Park and Westlake, suburbs of Cleveland. Kay was an active homemaker and mother. She sang for many years in the church choir and taught Sunday school. She was an avid golfer into her 80’s, and taught water exercise from ages 60-80. Kay was a dedicated gardener and seamstress. The home she built along with her husband was a showpiece. She was fiercely independent, and survived the passing of her husband by pinching pennies for 43 years. Her constant motto was: There is no such word as “can’t”. Kay is survived by her four children Glenn Long of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Laura Robinson-Long of Black Mountain, North Carolina, Greg Long of Vermilion, Dane Long of Lorain, four grandchildren; Kira Zoe Deupree of Buena Vista, Colorado, Jason and Christopher Long, both of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Matthew Long of Vermilion. Kay has one surviving niece Nancy Jark Johnson of Phoenix, Arizona. Kay is preceded in death by her husband Elbert H. Long, who passed in 1973, her parents, brothers Arthur and John, a sister Annette, her grandson Luke Deupree Robinson-Long, who passed in 2005, and her grandson Gregory Douglas Long, who passed in 2013. Kay will be buried with her parents in the Village of Hartland Cemetery, Wisconsin. Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst, entrusted with arrangements.
Michael W. Wagner
Michael W. Wagner, age 62 and a longtime resident of Amherst, passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 7, 2016, at his home. Michael was born August 30, 1953, in Sandusky, to William J. Wagner Sr. and Joann M. (nee Sharp) Wagner. He was a 1971 graduate of Marion L. Steele High School, obtained two associate degrees, first from Lorain County Community College followed by Ashland University, and also received a bachelor degree from Ashland University. Michael was employed at Macy’s where he worked repairing the company’s computer hardware. He had been working at Macy’s for the past ten years. Mike enjoyed beekeeping, bird watching, and was a member of Ohio Wetlands Association, where he was an officer. Survivors include his mother Joann M. Wagner of Amherst, sisters Patti Wagner and Cathie (Rick) Lambur, both of Amherst, his twin brother Matthew of Amherst, and brother William Jr. (Carol) of Amherst, and ten nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father William J. Wagner Sr., and brothers Walter “Buzz” and John Wagner. Friends will be received Saturday at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. time of service. Deacon Paul Heise will officiate with burial following in St. Joseph Cemetery, Amherst. Memorials may be made to Ohio Wetlands Association, P.O. Box 3, Amherst, Ohio 44001.
Thelma Ruth Hummel
Thelma Ruth Hummel, 92, of Lorain, passed away March 9, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Huron. Born December 16, 1923, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Nettie Reed. She was united in marriage to Edward R. Hummel on October 17, 1949. Mr. Hummel preceded her in death, January 14, 1974. Mrs. Hummel is survived by two daughters, Donna (David) Bohley and Dianna (Denny) Koepke, three grandchildren, Cindy (Chris) Thomas, Bobby Scott, Jodie Scott, and six great grandchildren. Mrs. Hummel was a resident of Lorain for 67 years. Mr. and Mrs. Hummel owned and operated Hummel Cleaners on Oberlin Avenue for over 30 years. She enjoyed crocheting and dancing. Family will receive friends Friday from noon until 1 p.m. time of service at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. Pastor Chris of Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Elyria, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park.
Bob “Smokey” Sprague
Bob “Smokey” Sprague, age 78 and a longtime resident of Vermilion, passed away Sunday, February 28, 2016, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born December 28, 1937 and resided in Lorain until moving to Vermilion 25 years ago. He was retired and in the past was a fire fighter for the City of Lorain, had owned and operated Sprague Builders, and ran a fishing charter service along with his wife Joan called “Smokey Charters”, which operated out of Catawba. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. In his younger years Bob managed and coached AAA Hot Stove Baseball in Lorain. throughout his life, Bob fished, hunted, was an avid reader, enjoyed sports, and most of all, loved animals. He was a 1956 graduate of Lorain High School. Bob also was a 20 year veteran of the Navy Reserves. Survivors include his wife of 38 years Joan M. (nee Migra), three children, Julie Sprague of Lorain, John Sprague of Lorain, Thomas Myers of Wakeman, five grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and his brother Clyde (Sharon) Sprague of Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents Donley and Meta (nee Beingesser) Sprague. Friends will be received 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. Memorials may be made to Friendship APL, 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035 or Humane Society of Erie County, 1911 Superior Street, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Joshua Lee Saltis
Joshua Lee Saltis, age 25 and a lifelong resident of Lorain, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorain, surrounded by his loving family. Josh was born in Amherst, January 4, 1991, to Denis Lee Saltis and Cherylin J. Post. He was a 2010 graduate of Clearview High School. Throughout his life he worked as a handyman and enjoyed dirt biking, camping, and fishing. Survivors include his parents Denis L. Saltis of Lorain and Cherylin J. (Larry) Post of Lorain, his son Jaidyn Lee Saltis of Lorain, sister Deniell J. Bowe of Lorain, his maternal grandparents George (Beth) Crossan of Elyria and Lorna Howard of Vermilion, step-sisters Amanda Post of Lorain and Lauren Post of Florida, and step-brother Matt Post of Camden Township.
Angel L. Velez
Angel L. Velez, age 68 years and a long-time resident of Lorain, passed away Monday, February 1, 2016, surrounded by his loving family at St. John Medical Center, Westlake, after a lengthy illness. Angel was born in Puerto Rico, January 4, 1948, to the late Juan and Carmen Velez. He immigrated to the United States when he was 18 years old. Angel was retired from the Ford Motor Company, Brook Park, where he had been employed for 37 years as a hoist operator. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 1250, Brook Park. Angel loved spending time with his family eating and traveling. He enjoyed gambling, and music. Survivors include his wife of 43 years Migdalia (nee Diaz), their children Lonnie (John J.) Slatcoff of Elyria, Christina (Jason Szuch) Velez of Lorain, Linda (Auneris Benitez) Velez of Lorain, Luis (Taina) Velez of North Olmsted, seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren, brothers Johnny (Elba) Velez and Freddie (Frances) Velez, both of Lorain, sisters Ana Velez of Lorain, Doris Jimenez of Lorain, Lily Velez of Puerto Rico, and Judy Martinez of Florida. In addition to his parents, Angel was preceded in death by his brother Reynaldo Velez. Family will receive friends Thursday, 4-8 p.m., at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. The funeral service will be 9:30 a.m., Friday at the funeral home followed by burial in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Suzanne Wallace Higgins
Suzanne Wallace Higgins, 69, of Amherst, reached a brighter place Saturday, January 30, 2016 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born October 23, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Leo and (Mary) Madeline Giblin. Suzanne was a graduate of Marion L. Steele High School and attended Bowling Green State University, where she studied art. Her work life began in special education for Amherst Schools. She was also a grain buyer in agriculture for many years and later worked in sales at a department store. Suzanne’s true life passion was art. She had a natural flair for color, painting, sculpture, decorating and do-it-yourself projects. To those she kept close, she was seen as creative, compassionate, steadfast and gentle. She also embodied a fierce fighting spirit and a keen sense of humor. Suzanne is survived by her daughter Denise Higgins and dearest friends Claudia Varouh, Nadine Holm, Susan Schaeffer, Carla Wilmoth and Eva Cook. Suzanne’s daughter would like to especially thank the many caring professionals at Senior Home Choice, Pataskala Oaks Care Center and Hospice of Central Ohio for the comfort they provided her mother. Friends may call on Saturday, February 6, 2016, 11 a.m., until 12:15 p.m. time of service at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue,Amherst. Rev. Michael Denk will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194-1007 or alz.org (click on make a donation).
Mary M. Fuhrman Eustace
Mary M. Fuhrman Eustace (nee Linden), age 90 and a life resident of Lorain County, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015, after a rich and full life. Mary was born in Elyria, October 19, 1925, to the late Albert A. and Lena T. (nee Neufer) Linden. She was a graduate of Henrietta High School and attended Cleveland City School of Nursing. Mary wed Joseph S. Fuhrman in 1946 and together they raised their six Children in Lorain. Joseph preceded his loving wife in death in 1989 after 43 years of marriage. While residing in Lorain, Mary was a member of the Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter, where she was also a member of the choir. Presently, Mary was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst. She retired as an executive secretary from Lorain County Joint Vocational School, Oberlin, after several years of service. In the past, Mary was active in the Lorain Liedertafel Club. She had been a member of their choir, the Liedertafel Choir, and an officer of the club. In retirement Mary enjoyed needlepoint, counted cross stitch, sewing, travel, and playing cards. Most of all, Mary cherished spending time with her loving children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Survivors include son and daughter-in-law Mark and Celia Fuhrman of Lorain, son and daughter-in-law Martin and Laura Fuhrman of Vermilion, daughter and son-in-law Jeanine and Bill Sabo of Dublin, daughter and son-in-law Anita and Joseph Lieser of Marblehead, daughter and son-in-law Mary Jo and Shane Delin of Lorain, 16 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, brother William Linden of Sioux City, Iowa, and brother and sister-in-law Donald and Janice Linden of Auburn, California. In addition to her first husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by her husband James T. Eustace (2010), her daughter and son-in-law Elaine (2012) and George Riedmiller (2014), and brothers Raymond, Albert, Bernard, and Larry Linden. Family will receive friends Sunday, 2-6 p.m., at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. Closing prayers will be recited 11:30 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home with a Noon, Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst. Pastor Rev. Timothy J. O’Connor will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Amherst.
Jerry D. Langston
Jerry D. Langston, age 77 and a longtime resident of Oberlin, passed away Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Keystone Pointe, LaGrange, after a long illness. Jerry was born in McCracken, Kentucky to the late Rube and Hazel (nee Irvin) Langston. He was a 1956 graduate of Elyria High School and proudly served in the United States Army during the late 1950s. Jerry retired from the Ford Motor Company in 1983 after 34 years of employment. At retirement, he operated a computer system which was used for applying paint on the vehicles. He was a member of Toledo Road United Church of Christ, Sheffield Township. Throughout his life, Jerry raised and trained horses, he was a former auxiliary sheriff for Lorain County, enjoyed working on cars, and formerly played in a band “The Boys in the Basement. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Shelley M. Langston and David Smith, son and daughter-in-law Scott D. and Virginia Langston, daughter and son-in-law Lori K. and Paul Christensen, daughter and son-in-law Leslie A. and Drew Butler, ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and his sister and brother-in-law Carol S. and Jack Linden of California. In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years Phyllis Mae (nee Sparr) Langston, sisters Lily Mae Yanniello, Betty Jean Fyffe, June Marie Langston, and his brother Albert Glen Hoover. Family will receive friends Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. The funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home with Elder James Hiser of Toledo Road Church of Christ officiating. Burial with military rites conducted by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard will be in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Steve A. Budzilek
Steve A. Budzilek, age 86, of Amherst, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at Mercy New Life Hospice, Lorain, after a brief illness. He was born in Cleveland, October 29, 1929, to the late Adolph J. and Mary K. (nee Hejmej) Budzilek. Steve served in the United States Army during 1947. For many years he was a technician for Picker XRay, Cleveland, and Ohio Electric, Cleveland. He owned and operated Action Vacuum, Westlake, from 1976-1989. Steve was an accomplished musician, playing the drums for several polka bands in the Cleveland area. Those included the Wally Polka Chips, Ray Budzilek Polka Band, Hank Haller Polka Band, The Chaperones, and he had many appearances on the former television show The Polka Varieties. He ended his musical career in the mid 1980s after performing for 30 years. Survivors include his children Stephen James of Kelly’s Island, Michael (Jill) of Vermilion, James (Jill) of Wellington, Kathleen (Bill) Simpson of Brownsville, Oregon, and grandchildren Jennifer Budzilek, Nichole (Eric) Patch, and Kyle (Cassie) Zimmerman. In addition to his parents, Steve was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Dorothy J. (nee Banaszak) (2002) and his sister Josephine Staba. Funeral services will be private. Memorials may be made to Neighborhood Alliance, 457 Griswold Road, Elyria, OH 44035 or Oasis Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 11, Oberlin, OH 44074. Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, entrusted with arrangements.
Sheryl “Sherri” A. Pietch
Sheryl “Sherri” A. Pietch (nee Isaacson), age 54, of Amherst, passed away Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in Lorain after a long illness. Sherri was born in Chicago, August 3, 1961, to the late Ronald and Marlene Isaacson. She was a 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois, obtaining a bachelor degree in journalism.
In the past Sherri was employed at Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cleveland, where she designed marketing materials for the company. Sherri worked there during the late 1980s and early 1990s. She enjoyed cross stich and while her children were young she was a soccer mom active in the Amherst Youth Soccer Association. Survivors include her children Andrew and Jennifer Pietch, both of Amherst. In addition to her parents, Sherri was preceded in death by her brother Ed Isaacson (2013). Friends will be received Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst, noon until 1 p.m. time of service.
Ellen M. McQuillan-Adler
Ellen M. McQuillan-Adler, age 59 and a resident of Amherst, passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Main Street Health Campus after a three year illness. Ellen was born in Struthers, October 22, 1956, to the late Lawrence and Gertrude (nee McGraw) McQuillan. She was a 1975 graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School, Youngstown. Ellen attended Youngstown State University for two years and then enlisted in the United States Air Force where she served for four years. From 2002-2011 Ellen was employed as an STNA. She was a homemaker who enjoyed reading and spending time with her family. Ellen was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Vermilion. Survivors include her husband Donald L. Adler, three sons, Sean (Deb) Ring, Chris (Morgan) Ring, Kevin Ring, all of New Hampshire, daughter Meghan Ring of Arizona, three grandchildren, Rylee, Luke and Isabelle, sister Joyce (Tim) Nye of Amherst, and brothers Larry (Patty) McQuillan of Poland and Edward McQuillan of Alliance. Family will receive friends Thursday, 4-8 p.m., at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. Closing prayers 10 a.m., Friday at the funeral home followed by 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Catholic Church, 731 Exchange Street, Vermilion. Rev. Ron Brickner, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery, Amherst.
Helen M. Spain
Helen M. Spain (nee Farkas), age 95 of Vermilion, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family, after a lengthy illness. Helen was born August 18, 1920, in Elyria, to the late Joseph and Mary (nee Krupelak) Farkas. She was a longtime resident of Vermilion moving from Amherst. Helen was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, and most of all, spending time with her family. Helen supported many charities. She was very supportive of pro-life and the right to life. Survivors include her husband of 66 years John, four children, son Randy of Garner, North Carolina, son John (Mary Jo) of Amherst, daughter Regina (Terry) Pool of Amherst, daughter Caroline (Marc) Tallman of Wakeman, eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren with two on the way, and her brother Joseph Farkas of Amherst. In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law Ronnie Spain, sisters Ann Chapla, Mary DeBracy, Kay Mayerski, Elizabeth Rahrig, and her brother Steve Farkas. Family will receive friends Sunday, 2-6 p.m., at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. Closing prayers will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, at the funeral home followed by 10 a.m., Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst. Rev. Michael Denk will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria. Memorials may be made to Right to Life, 572 West Market Street, Suite 2, Akron, OH 44303
ALBERT CRAUSAZ, 66, of Amherst township, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic after a brief illness. He was born December 28, 1948 in Denton, Ohio. During his time of service to his country, Albert served in the United States Army during Vietnam. Albert was the most compassionate and caring person. He helped many people during his life. All his family and friends will truly miss him. He would hangout with the guys on Friday nights in his garage and just talk. He taught them a lot during his life. Albert was so knowledgeable in so many subjects, they will never forget him. Albert retired from Aztec Steel in 2009. He also had been employed at the former United States Steel in Lorain. He currently worked along with his wife Christine, The Crausaz Farm, where they had a roadside stand. He truly enjoyed farming and meeting a lot of nice people. Albert is survived by his wife Christine (nee Szefcyk), son Albert Jr. of Elyria, son Earl (wife, Casey) of Lebanon, Tennessee, daughter Kimberly of Goodlesville, Tennessee, three grandchildren, and his brother Winston of Amherst Township. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Lula (nee Obenour) Crausaz, and his brother Bob Crausaz. There will be a private family service at a later date. Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst, entrusted with arrangements.
Geraldine Uhle Geist
GERALDINE (GERRY) UHLE GEIST, beloved wife, devoted mother, and loving grandmother, age 86, of Montgomery, Ohio and long time resident of Olmsted Falls, died Wednesday, September 30, 2015. She was born in Cleveland, graduated from Olmsted Falls High School and attended Miami University, where she was sweetheart of the Theta Chi fraternity. A longtime member of Olmsted Community Church, she taught Sunday school, served on its Board as Treasurer and was committee chair celebrating the 100th year of the church’s organization. Gerry was actively involved in the Olmsted Falls community including PTA, the first director of Safety Town; an active Athletic Booster, she spearheaded the fundraising and building of the high school athletic complex and was a member of the Olmsted Music Association. She was involved with Junior Achievement, Olmsted Community Center Restoration and Development Committee, was head of Olmsted Heritage Days and served as Grand Pacific Junction Merchants Program Coordinator. Gerry served as Clerk of Council, Clerk and Finance Director for fifteen years, serving under four mayors before she took her professional talents to the City of Strongsville. For her efforts, Gerry was awarded the Cox Cable Spotlight Award, the Olmsted Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 2000, OFHS Alumni Association Hall of Fame recipient, and had the honor of being chosen as the Grand Marshal of the Heritage Days parade in 2001. Gerry enjoyed sewing, arts and crafts, and every facet of her children and grandchildren’s lives. Gerry was preceded in death by Garry her husband of 56 years, her father Floyd Uhle, her mother and stepfather, Alzada and James Carson, and her brother Robert Uhle. She is survived by sons Grant (Sue), Gordon (Amy), Glenn (Marilyn), Garth (Jennifer), daughter Gwenn Geist; grandchildren Meaghan (Timothy) Osborn, Evan (Megan), April, Kyle, Alexa, Bradley, Jonathan, Caroline and Matthew. Friends will be received at Olmsted Community Church, 7853 Main St., Olmsted Falls, Ohio on Tuesday, October 6th, 6;00 – 9:00 pm. The funeral service will be at 10:00 am Wednesday, October 7th at the church with burial following in Old Chestnut Grove “Turkey Foot” Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meadowbrook Care Center, 8211 Weller Rd., Montgomery, Ohio 45242 for benefit of the Memory Impairment Unit or Crossroads Hospice, 4380 Glendale-Milford Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst entrusted with arrangements. 440-988-4124.
Nannie Johnson (nee Burke), age 85 and a resident of Vermilion, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016, after a ten year illness.
Nannie was born April 16, 1931, in Neon, Kentucky to the late Louis and Josephine (nee Fleming) Burke. Nannie was a homemaker who was an avid flower and vegetable gardener, and loved to cook. Along with her late husband Charles M. Johnson, they enjoyed travelling and attending country music shows. Most importantly, Nannie loved spending time with her family.
She was a life member of Toledo Road Church of Christ, Lorain, and was an active member of her church.
Survivors include six children, Olvin (Wanda) Johnson of Lorain, Vonda Wyatt of Wakeman, Charlene (David) Bledsoe of Wakeman, Noah (Zori) Johnson of Florida, Josie (Scott) Kluding of Port Clinton, Nina Johnson of Wakeman, thirteen grandchildren, twenty three great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren, and her sister Joann (Will) Yommer of Lewisville.
In addition to her parents, Nannie was preceded in death by her husband Charles M. Johnson (1993), son Daniel Garth Johnson (1965), and nine siblings.
Family will receive friends 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., Friday, at Toledo Road Church of Christ, 5075 Toledo Road, Lorain, where the funeral service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, with Elder Jim Hiser officiating. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
In Nannie’s honor, memorials may be made to Toledo Road Church of Christ, 5075 Toledo Road, Lorain, OH 44055.
Arrangements entrusted to Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, Amherst.
James Franklin Bell Jr., age 92, and a resident of Lorain, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at O’Neill Healthcare, Bay Village.
James was born in Flomaton, Alabama, November 28, 1923, to the late Salome and James Franklin Bell Sr. After high school graduation he served ten years in the United States Navy including tours during World War II and the Korean War. James attended the former Fenn College, now Cleveland State University. Subsequently, he enjoyed a 30 year career and retired from the former Lorain Telephone Company.
In 1945 James wed his wife Harriett Bell (nee Krugman) with whom he remained until her death in 1962.
In 1963 he wed his wife Florence Bell (nee Pozega) with whom he remained until her death in 1978.
In 1979 James wed his wife Elizabeth Stevens Bell (nee Scherach) with whom he remained until her death in 2016.
Survivors include his sister Rosemary Ikner, sons James (Nancy) Bell, Robert (Roberta) Bell, William (Diane) Bell, step-son Dr. Robert (Mary) Stevens, step-daughter Elise (George) Olexa, step-son-in-law Steve Flohr, sixteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his brother Norman Bell, sister Opaline Bell Egen, daughter Cheryl Bell King, and step-daughter Paulette Pozega Flohr.
The family expresses special gratitude to Anna Shuck and Virginia Bailey for their loving care and friendship given to their father.
Family will receive friends 4-8 p.m., Friday, at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. Funeral service 11 a.m., Saturday,
at the funeral home with Rev. Dan Reinke officiating. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park.