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Esteban Davila

Mar 03, 1954 - Nov 24, 2023

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Lorain, OH

In loving memory of Esteban Davila who passed away on Nov. 24, 2023, at Norton Brownsboro Hospital.He is the first of 12 children. He was born in Lorain, Ohio until 1998 at which time he moved to Lagrange, KY, where he worked for KTP Ford Motor Company truck plant. He went to Southview High School till 1972 at which time he married Patricia Davila. Later he went into the Navy where he served for three years.He enjoyed his grandchildren, great grandkids, street rods, car shows and TV.He loved ...Read More

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Amber Charay Elzena Shabazz

Jun 30, 1982 - Feb 22, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Amber Charay Elzena Shabazz, 41, Sandusky, passed away Thursday, February 22, 2024, in Mercy New Life Hospice Center, Lorain, surrounded by her family, after a lengthy illness.She was born on June 30th 1982 in Sandusky to Deborah Krause and the late James Sparks-Shabazz Jr.Amber was an STNA throughout her adult life. She loved taking care of people and making them laugh. She had a bold and loving personality. Amber loved spending time with her children and her nieces and nephews.Amber is survived by her mother Deborah Krause, children: Alean’a Campbell, Erik “Tony” Campbell, and Kyle Campbell; brothers, Justin Shabazz Sr. and Jason Shabazz; nieces, Kierra Shabazz, Diamond Hill, Leona Shabazz, and Yazmin Shabazz; nephews, Justin Shabazz Jr., Joshua Shabazz, Jason Shabazz II. and Elijah Shabazz; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and special sisters-in-law, Crystal Duncan and Ivy Filius.She was preceded in death by her father; brother, Lamont Harris; grandmother, Louise Sparks; grandfather, James Sparks Sr.; and great-grandmother: Elzena Jackson.There will be a private memorial service for family and friends. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky is handling the arrangements. Contributions may be made to the family through the funeral home. Condolences to toftfuneralhome.com.

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Rose Teresa Gonzalez

Aug 24, 1943 - Feb 02, 2024

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Lorain, OH

We are sad to announce the passing of Rose (Rosa) Teresa Gonzalez, "Terri", of Lorain, Ohio. Terri passed away at the age of 80 on February 2, 2024 surrounded by her loved ones.Terri was born to Nemesio Ramos Velez and Modesta Lopez de Velez on August 24, 1943, in Lares, Puerto Rico. She arrived in the United States in 1948 and settled in Lorain, Ohio.A member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lorain, Ohio, Terri, lovingly known as "Ma", "Grandma", "Grandma Dulce" or "Wella" will be remembered as a strong, independent, family matriarch devoted to elevating futuring generations into prosperity and wellness in accordance with God’s promise in Jeremiah 29:11 where the Lord says, "For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper and not to harm, plans to give you hope and a future."Always wearing a bright beautiful smile, when Terri was not surrounded by her loved ones, she displayed incredible talent in crocheting elaborate blankets and dresses, avid gardening often creating Gardens of Eden from seeming wastelands. She surrounded herself with beauty and life with family, gardens, crafts, and pets including her beloved dogs Coco, Sunny, Ruby, and a vivacious cockatoo, "Teddy." She made healing soul food for all, and always had a welcoming pot of coffee going. She loved to play cards, watch true crime shows, telenovelas, and lots of I Love Lucy with her daughter Meli.Terri is now reunited with her daughter Emilia "Meli" Gonzalez, who preceded her in death.Terri is survived by four of her children: Tomas (Jackie), Amalia, Adam (Maureen), Richard (Kim) and former daughter-in-law Karen Gonzalez. She is also survived by her five grandchildren: Elena, Tomas, Angelique, Sarah, and Emilio, her five great-grandchildren: Tomas, Amalia, Lily, Caleb, and Tominic, and by her siblings Anna "Zorri" Lopez, Louis Manuel and Gilbert "Gimbie" Velez.The family will receive friends on Monday, February12th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists located at 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, OH. Mass will be held Tuesday, February 13th at 9:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel located at 4301 Pearl Avenue, Lorain, OH. Following mass, a graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery located at 555 N Ridge Rd W., Lorain, OH. Flowers may be sent to Dovin Funeral Home.

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Paula

Mar 24, 1953 - Feb 08, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Truly a Renaissance Woman In the early morning hours of Thursday, February 8, our beloved Paula fell asleep in the Lord. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Paula fell victim to the ravages of Alzheimer’s. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1953, she graduated from Oberlin College with a studio art and physical education degree. Much of her career was spent working at Oberlin College, where, among other things, she served as the Assistant Editor of the Alumni Magazine and finally as the Circulation Director of the Art Library. Blessed with perfect pitch, over the course of her lifetime, she was able to play myriad musical instruments, including classical piano, recorder, classical and folk guitar, electric bass, cello, viola de gamba, Indian Mrdanga drum, and bluegrass fiddle. She particularly loved Baroque, Medieval, and Renaissance Music. An avid reader, her favorite author was Annie Dillard. Paula was also an accomplished visual artist, excelling as a potter, photographer, painter, sculptor, printmaker, and book and stamp artist. She often gave classes on bookbinding and artist books. Finally, Paula excelled in many sports over her career. She played varsity basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, and field hockey in college. She also excelled as a bodybuilder and distance runner and often participated in recreational softball and soccer leagues. Paula was an active and devoted member of her Orthodox Christian church and loved her church family. She is survived by her husband, Chris, son Zachary (Shana Newhouse), stepchildren, Holly (John) Coulter and Derek, along with six grandchildren. She fought a long battle and will be missed. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Monday at Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, 2238 E. 32nd Street in Lorain, and conclude with a Parastas service at 6:00 p.m. The family will also receive friends on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of funeral services at 10:00 a.m. in the church. Archpriest Joseph McCartney, pastor, along with Mitred Archpriest Basil Stoyka and Rev. Fr. Ilia Marzev will officiate. Burial will follow in the Eastern Rite section of Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Paula can be made by mail to the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, 28728 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH 44140, or online at https://29430.blackbaudhosting.com/29430/Annual-Fund.

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Anita Clark

Jul 15, 1939 - Feb 11, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Anita Clark, age 84 of Lorain, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2024 at New Life Hospice following a lengthy illness. Born July 15, 1939, to Norman and Lena (nee Columbo) McManigle in Blasdell, New York, Anita graduated from Lake Shore Central High School in 1957. She later received her Associate degree in Nursing from Lorain County Community College. For 45 years she worked as a registered nurse at the hospitals in the Lorain area, the last being Elyria Memorial Amherst Hospital where she retired in 2009. She was also a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. She enjoyed stained glass, leatherworking, and photography. Surviving are her children, Beverly (Dennis) King, Charles Clark, Mark (Cinthia) Clark and Dwight (Peggy) Clark as well as 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents as well as her sisters, Norma Pinchard and Shirly Wozniak. Services will be held at a later date. Dovin Funeral & Cremation Specialists handled the arrangements.

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Gregoria A. Mendoza-Ocasio

Jan 10, 1934 - Feb 25, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Gregoria A. Mendoza-Ocasio, 90, of Lorain, died February 25, 2024, at her residence following a short illness.Born January 10, 1934, in Puerto Rico, she came to Lorain in 1954. Gregoria worked as an assembler at Ford Motor Co. for over nine years. She also worked for the Lorain Board of Education as a custodian and the former Lorain Community Hospital in housekeeping. Gregoria and her late husband owned/operated El Rincon Criollo restaurant in Lorain for 16 years, retiring in the early 1990s.She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel. She loved playing bingo, attending family events, and dancing with her husband.Surviving are her children, Fanny Mendoza and Domingo Mendoza Jr.; son/grandson, Miguel A. Hernandez; step-son, Emigdio Hernandez; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Samual Lozada; and sister Maria Jimenez.Preceded in death by her husband, Domingo Mendoza-Ocasio; stepson, Jose Antonio Hernandez; and several brothers and sisters.The family will receive friends on Thursday from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists, 2701 Elyria Ave, Lorain, where funeral services will be held on Friday at 8:45 a.m. followed by Mass at 9:30 am at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave, Lorain. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. In lieu of flowers, kindly make financial contributions to the funeral home.

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George Jack Vagotis

Sep 20, 1950 - Feb 22, 2024

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Lorain, OH

George Jack Vagotis, of Lorain, OH, fell asleep in the Lord surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at age 73. He was born on September 20, 1950, in Canton, OH, to his loving parents, Angelo (Jack) and Esther Vagotis. George attended The Kiski School in Saltsburg, PA, and graduated from Lehman High School in 1968. He continued his education at Kent State University. George was the president of Georgia Mills Carpet Outlet Inc. in Elyria, Ohio, for 43 years. His involvement in the flooring industry was extremely important to him. He attributed much of his success in business to the many fruitful and special relationships he had with all of the reps and brokers, which were cultivated as a result of more than 100 buying trips to Dalton, GA, the carpet capital of the world. George served on the board of the North Eastern Ohio Floor Covering Association (NEOFCA) for many years and particularly enjoyed serving as a member of the scholarship committee. George was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Canton Lodge No. 60, and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Canton. He was also a member of the Mariners of the Al Koran Shrine. George felt very strongly about supporting charitable organizations. He was an avid supporter of the Mary Lee Tucker Clothe a Child Program, Second Harvest Food Bank, the St. Malachi Center for the Homeless, Boys Town, and St. Jude. He was past president of the advisory board for the Salvation Army in Lorain, OH. His involvement in the Salvation Army was very special to him due to the Salvation Army’s support of the troops while his father served in WWII. George was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Lorain, OH, where he was a past member of AHEPA. George grew up boating on the Portage Lakes with his dad and loved being on the water. When he moved to Northeast Ohio to start his business and raise his family, he fell deeply in love with the views of Lake Erie and the peace it brought to him. In the late 1990s, propelled by the promise of those views, George challenged himself to fully restore a 100-year-old estate on the shores of Lake Erie in Lorain, Ohio. The two-year restoration project was a labor of love that he and his family enjoyed for the next 25 years. Always striving for more, George built on his momentum from his home’s restoration by turning to real estate development. In 2003, he submitted plans to the city of Avon for the development and creation of Augusta Woods, a 24-plot subdivision off of Lear Road in Avon, OH. George’s tenacity to learn and meet new challenges head-on is the legacy he leaves behind, in addition to his tangible accomplishments. George and his beloved bride, Rosemarie, were fortunate to travel extensively together. He spoke often of how much he enjoyed traveling to Greece and other parts of Europe. They took many cruises to the Caribbean and traveled throughout Canada and the US, visiting family and making precious memories. Above all else, the most important moments of George’s life were times spent with his loving, close-knit family. He lived for the holidays and large family gatherings and loved having his house bursting at the seams with his favorite people and all of the cheer and mischief it would bring. George was a serious boater, and his love of family combined with his love of being on the water inspired him to become a member of the Vermilion Boat Club, of which he was a Past Commodore. He spent many summers boating on the Great Lakes with his family and took great pride in creating his own professional crew. Upon completing his training for his Masters Mariners License, with Captain George at the helm, the Epicurean III made a 5-week trip up north to Canada to the Trent-Severn Waterway, a historic canal system of 53 locks connecting Lake Ontario to remote parts of the North Channel leading to Lake Huron. His professional crew was comprised of his three daughters and his beautiful first mate, Rosemarie. He referred to that trip as his Dream Vacation. George’s greatest joy was being a husband to his wife of 44 years, Rosemarie, and father to his three daughters and stepson. He was so grateful to be blessed with eight beautiful grandchildren that made him a “Papou”. He is preceded in death by his parents, Angelo (Jack) and Esther Vagotis, as well as his godson, Dean Pagonis. He is survived by his wife Rosemarie Vagotis (nee Schneider); daughters Astacia (Nick) Myers of Mesa, AZ, Christina (Jason Harless) Vagotis of Avon, OH, Jacquelyn (Rick) Novotny of Avon, OH, stepson Dr. Nick Komas of Chico, CA; grandchildren Rosemarie Sanchez, Luca Myers, Vivienne Myers, Alexander Harless, Rozalyn Novotny, Jocelyn Novotny, John Komas, and Will Komas; Sisters Dr. Francine Vagotis (Chuck Smeester) of Grand Rapids, MI, Angela Vagotis Kacarab (Peter) of Canton, OH; Niece and nephews Lea Smeester, Luke Smeester, and Jacob Shankel; Cousin Valerie (Jan) Zverina; Godchildren Chris Sue Leara, Michael Delczeg, Lauren Zverina, and Christos Nakos; and many cherished friends. Family and friends will be received at Dovin & Reber Jones Funeral Home, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road in Amherst, OH, on Saturday, March 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and 5:00 - 7:00 pm, with Trisagion services starting at 6:30 pm officiated by Rev. Father Christopher Zafares. Friends and family will also be received on Sunday, March 3, at the Rossi Family Funeral Home, 730 30th St. NW, Canton, OH, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm with Masonic services starting at 3:45 pm and Trisagion services starting at 5:00 pm. Funeral services will be Monday, March 4th at 11:00 am at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, 251 25th St. NW, Canton, OH, with Rev. Dr. Nicholas V. Gamvas officiating and assisted by Rev. Dr. Deacon Keric Shiepis. Interment will be at North Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary Lee Tucker Fund https://www.clotheachildneo.org, the YMCA of Canton Jack Vagotis Scholarship Endowment Trust Subfund https://www.starkcf.org/give-ymca-vagotis, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Lorain, OH https://www.stnlorain.com, and St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, Canton, OH www.stharalambos.com. To to the family or in memory of George Jack Vagotis, please

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Angelica Helen Cruz

Oct 24, 1941 - Feb 18, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Angelica " Helen" Cruz, 82 of Lorain passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Autumn Aegis Retirement Community with her family at her bedside. Mrs. Cruz was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico on October 24, 1941, the daughter of the late Julio Cruz and Fransisca Ayala. A devoted Christian and while living in Puerto Rico sang in the church choir. During her working career, she was employed as a seamstress. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching soap operas, playing games on her lap top and dancing. Mrs. Cruz will be remembered mostly as a Matriarch, so full of love for her family, she had the natural talent of making every member of the family feel as though they were her favorite. Angelica is survived by daughters, Virginia (Marcos) Nieves, Jackeline (Jose) DeJesus, sons Joe (Rebecca) Nieves, Jose (Wanda, deceased) Negron all of Lorain, She is also survived by grandchildren ~ Elizabeth, Misael (Melony), Yesenia, Jose Manuel, Eiris, Jose A., Francisco, Mariely, Veronica, Orlando Jr, great grandchildren ~ Jassiel, Dariel, Neriah, Jose Manuel, Jr., Elijah Manuel, Isaiah Manuel, Francisco, Krystal and a sister Girberta (Ignacio,deceased) Rivera, of New Port Richey, FL. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jose A. Nieves, son Orlando Negron, grandson Joel Nieves, 3 brothers and 2 sisters. Services will be private. The staff at Boyer & Cool offers condolences to this family and was honored to be of service to them.

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Jaime Sanchez

Jan 10, 1929 - Feb 16, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Jaime “Papito” Sanchez, 95, passed away with his loving family by his side on Friday, February 16, 2024, at his home in Lorain, OH. Born on January 10, 1929, in the town of Utuado, Puerto Rico, Papito’s life was a testament to the power of love, faith, and dedication. Papito’s journey led him to Lorain, where he made a profound impact on those around him. His commitment to family was unwavering, as seen in his loving marriage to Lilly Sanchez, which began on November 17, 1956. Together, they built a life filled with mutual respect, joy, and enduring companionship. He enjoyed tending to the garden with his wife and lovingly helped her with her various cooking projects. He was a devoted family man, who adored his wife and children with unconditional love and dedication. He was a longtime member of TDR Ministries. Throughout his remarkable life, Papito was the embodiment of serenity, never once raising his voice in anger, instead choosing to spread laughter and light-heartedness as the family's beloved prankster. His sense of humor was a wellspring of comfort and delight to all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Indeed, Papito was as close to perfect as one could be, touching lives with his patience and compassion. Papito’s legacy is one of kindness, generosity, and the enduring power of faith. His life’s work and passions have left an indelible mark on the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. As we bid farewell to Papito, we celebrate the remarkable journey of a man whose life was a beacon of hope and whose memory will continue to inspire for generations to come. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Nancy Sanchez and Olga I. Llanes. Papito is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Lilly Sanchez; children, Margie (Jose) Rivera of Elyria, Jaime Sanchez Jr. of Orlando, FL, Hector (Melissa) Sanchez of Orlando, FL, Evelyn (Samuel) Garcia of Elyria, Ivette (Gary) Maxwell of Elyria; 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. The family will receive family and friends at TDR Ministries, 2203 Meister Rd, Lorain, OH 44053 on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from 10:00 AM until the time of funeral service at 12:00 PM, Pastor Reuben Figueroa, officiating. Christian burial services will immediately follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain, OH. Online condolences may be sent to the family using www.rsgfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Jaime "Papito" Sanchez, please

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Ernest W. Lloyd

Aug 21, 1944 - Feb 15, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Ernest W. Lloyd, 79, of Lorain passed away on Thursday morning, February 15, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Lloyd was born in Johnstown, PA on August 21, 1944, the son of the late James Francis and Helen Sarah (nee Fisher) Lloyd. He was a 1962 graduate of Lorain High School. He served as a Specialist in the United States Army during the Viet Nam war. He was a lifetime member of Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Lorain. Mr. Lloyd was a retired Welder at PC Campana in Lorain, retiring in 2011. He also had worked at Thew Shovel and Terex. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his dog Bear, a member of the Stylers Car Club, Cleveland Sports Fan and camping. Ernie is survived by his daughters, Michelle (Glenn) Johnson of Lorain, Kelly (Mark) Stanley of Lorain, son Bret (Janet) Strohsack of Dayton, TN, grandchildren ~ Katie, Kyle (Michaela), Alyssa, Sarah (Matthew), Ty, great grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Willow and a sister-in-law Donna Lloyd. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Jane ( nee Beal) Lloyd in 2020, brothers James and Ed. Friends may call on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in the Schwartz, Spence, Boyer & Cool Home For Funerals, 1124 W. 5th Street, Lorain. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 11:00 A.M. in the funeral home with burial following in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township, with full military honors. The Reverend Adam Davis, senior pastor of Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church will officiate. The family suggest that memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway Suite 100, Jacksonville, Florida 32256 or to the Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church, 3015 Meister Road, Lorain Ohio 44053 .

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Michael Earl Simms

Jun 22, 1956 - Feb 09, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Michael Earl "Mike" Simms, 67 of Lorain passed away on Friday, February 9 at the Mercy New Life Hospice following a short illness. Mr. Simms was born in Washington, DC on June 22, 1956, the son of the late James Bernard Simms and Mildred Viola (nee Rawlings) Simms Loor. He had been previously employed at Webb Supply,an HVAC and plumbing wholesale supply company in Euclid. He had worked for various HVAC companies throughout his life. He previously served as a volunteer fireman at Cottage City/Colmar Manor in Prince Georges's County, Maryland. Mr. Simms was a talented musician, having mastered the guitar, drums and keyboard. He also loved art and was gifted at drawing and painting. Mike is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Cynthia L. "Cindy" (nee Krajeski) Simms, daughters, Michelle (Brian) Mangino of Greenbelt, Maryland, Megan Simms of Lorain, grandsons, Noah and Jordan Mangino, brother Donald (Joann) Simms of Mechanicsville, Maryland, a half brother Richard Loor of Mount Olivet, Kentucky and Maddie his beagle. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Gene Simms and sisters Pat, Theresa and Gloria. Private services will be held later. Schwartz, Spence, Boyer and Cool Home for Funerals was honored to assist the family with arrangements. Online condolences at www.boyercool.com

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