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Jack Smith

Apr 09, 1943 - Nov 20, 2023

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Lorain, OH

Jack Dean Smith, 80, passed away on November 18, 2023, at Mercy New Life Hospice. Born on April 9, 1943, in Elyria, he spent most of his life in Amherst, also treasuring his time spent with Nancy at their cabin in Wakeman. Jack's career spanned teaching English at various community colleges, including Lorain County Community College, BGSU-Firelands Campus, and Ashland University. He also owned and operated Fireland's Country Store. His passions included writing and immersing himself in poetry, s...Read More

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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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Sonya Marie Rudolph

Sep 24, 1975 - Feb 10, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Sonya Marie Rudolph B.K.A. “Mina” left for Heaven unexpectedly February 10th, 2024, at 48 years of age in Lorain, Ohio. Mina was born in Elyria, Ohio, daughter to Crystal M. Rudolph and Mike Owens. She excelled in basketball and had a strong talent for football. She was a sports fanatic and could talk about these two sports all day long. Her favorite color was orange. She was an avid Browns and Lakers fan. She was the “Party” everywhere she went, loved by so many people. Her strong spirit and humorous personality touched you immediately and anytime you called she was there. She always and especially supported family functions. Mina went to Cadiz High for her education and had interests in science and art. Mina knew GOD and always positive and encouraging words to give to others. Mina read her bible daily, AMEN. Mina is survived by sister Paula Rudolph (Lorain, Ohio), sister Sonnyta Rudolph (Elyria, Ohio), brother Fred Rudolph (Elyria, Ohio), 4 nephews, 3 nieces, her favorite Aunt Judy Hale (nee Rudolph) Lorain, Ohio, Aunt Renee’ and Uncle Mike Banks co-favs (Cadiz, Ohio), cousins: Jean West, Tameka West, and Jerry West of Cadiz, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her mother Crystal M. Rudolph and her father Mike Owens. A viewing will be held at Carter Funeral Home 127 W. Bridge St Elyria, Ohio from 10am to 12pm. Repass will be at Marcell Hall 117 Oberlin Rd Elyria, Ohio from 1pm to 4pm. To to the family or in memory of Sonya Marie Rudolph, please

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Dr. William Edward Meredith

Nov 30, 1932 - Feb 10, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Dr. William Edward Meredith, 91Dr. William Edward Meredith, 91 of Ashland passed away on Saturday evening, February 10, 2024 at Lorain Estates in Lorain, Ohio.He was born in Dennison, Ohio the son of the late William Watson and Dorothy Lillian (nee Logan) Meredith.Bill graduated from Dennison High Class of 1950.Following high school, Bill proudly served in the United States Navy. After earning his undergraduate degrees, Bill graduated from the Ohio State University with his doctorate.Bill married the love of his life, the former Verona Czuba on February 2, 1957, in Ironton, Ohio.He began work as a professor of biology at Ashland University in September of 1968 and later retired in December of 1999.In January of 2000, Bill was granted the title of Emeritus Faculty from Ashland University.Previously, Bill was employed at the Ohio State University, Hess & Clark, and was a ranger at Glacier National Park in Montana and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.Throughout his life, he enjoyed traveling, Disney World, and photography.Bill is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mrs. Verona L. Meredith of Lorain; his three children, Deborah (Nicholas) Molnar of Lorain, Thomas (Anna) Meredith of Davey, Florida and Katherine Meredith (Nicola) Peacock of Rome, Italy; five grandchildren, Devan Molnar of Brunswick, Craig and Nick Molnar of Lorain, Sophia Peacock of Rome, Italy, and Siarra Meredith of Davey, Florida.Bill is preceded in death by his parents.In keeping with his wishes, Bill will be laid to rest in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association.Online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at denbowfh.com.Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.

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Joann D. Shaeffer

Feb 13, 1940 - Feb 12, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Joann D. Shaeffer, aged 83, formerly of Wakeman, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024, at Mill Manor Nursing Home following a prolonged illness.Born on February 13, 1940, in Sugar Grove, OH, Joann spent 36 years as a resident of Wakeman before relocating to Mill Manor Nursing Home in 2012.Joann proudly served in the US Army as a Nurses Aide during the Vietnam War.Throughout her career, Joann held various positions including as a punch press operator at Scott and Fetzer Co. in Westlake.  She also spent 15 years at the National Association of College Stores in Oberlin, and also worked at Missler's in Oberlin.Known for her jovial spirit, Joann was always willing to lend a helping hand and had a penchant for enjoying life's simple pleasures. She delighted in watching NASCAR, passionately cheering forJeff Gordon, as well as following WWF and the Grit Channel. Joann had a deep admiration for John Wayne and cherished spending time with her beloved pets.She is survived by her son, Jack R. O'Leary of Lorain, daughter Jodie (Edward "Edju") Wisniewski of Vermilion, grandchildren David, Dennis, Dwayne, Kelly, and Nathan, 10 great-grandchildren, and her brother, Rudolf Shaeffer of Norwalk.Preceding her in death are her parents, Freddie and Mary Ellen (nee Lucas) Bayless, sister Barbara Jean Donaldson, and brother Ronnie Bayless.Private family services will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Friendship Animal Protective League of Lorain County, Inc. at 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035.Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be shared at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.

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Johnnie Lee Evans

Sep 22, 1937 - Feb 05, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Johnnie was born in Maringo County, Alabama on September 22nd, 1937. He was born to Daisy Capers and Antony Evans. Johnnie attended Maringo County Schools. In 1965 he came to Oberlin, Ohio. He then moved to Elyria where he started his job at General Motors. When he moved to Lorain that's when he opened his own restaurant called AJ's barbecue and Grill. Johnnie was also known by his nickname "Sheik." Some of his many hobbies were cooking, traveling, and entertaining family and friends. Johnnie was a devoted deacon at New Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church for many years. Johnnie leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife Mary Evans, his daughters: Doretta Mediadilla (Rogue) of Lorain, Patricia Pouncy (Rafe) of San Antonio, Texas, JaNina Reed (Jason) of Elyria, Ohio and April Conteh (Columbus), a bonus daughter he raised Niajah Covington (Trevor), two sons: Johnny Evans Jr. of Columbus, OH and Michael Brunson (Vatima) of Bowie, Maryland. Johnnie has 14 grandchildren, 3 God children: Samayah James of Lorain, Alena Allen of Lorain and Vincent Rogers of Elyria, a host of nieces and nephews, other family and friends. A viewing will be held on Friday February 16th, 2024, at 10am with a celebration to follow at noon, located at New Mt Calvary Missionary Baptist Church 2340 Crehore St Lorain, OH 44052. Funeral Arrangements Entrusted to Carter Funeral Homes Inc. To to the family or in memory of Johnnie Lee Evans, please

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Rosemary Yacso-Kobosky

Jul 23, 1948 - Feb 02, 2024

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Lorain, OH

On Friday, February 2, 2024 the most courageous and strong soul departed this Earthly plane. She is being welcomed into the world of spirit by her angels, guides, and family. She fought her last fight. I know she wanted to stay but her poor body has failed her. Through a life of many hospitalizations and illnesses, she was far stronger than me. On many nights I had to leave her alone in the hospital room and she accepted it. Her strength made me stronger. She had such power of love and kindness. She never spoke ill of anyone helping me to see the good in people and the world. That is why with our family that we made, we gave all of our love. Our marriage of 52 years has stopped on the physical plane. I know it will continue in the spirit world on my passing and what a glorious day that will be. I will go forward while I am here. Yet look happily to the day of our next meeting. If you are able to wait for me, that is wonderful. Yet if you must go forward, please go. We will always have an undying love for each other. This is truly a heartbreaking time in my life. As we all go forward please live your life with the least amount of regrets. Thankfully with you, I have none. I am free, I am free and basking in our love. The words I speak of today, I know are true. What I have seen, felt, and communicated with is truly profound. So with a very heavy heart I will say goodbye my love. All my love Bryan. Rosemary Yacso-Kobosky, 75, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024 in Lorain, OH. She was born on July 23, 1948 in Cleveland, OH to her parents, Mike and Sophie Kobosky. Rosemary graduated from West Tech in 1966. She married the love of her life, Bryan T. Yacso, on October 23, 1971. Rosemary enjoyed painting, sewing, gardening, and was an advanced antique dealer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mike and Sophie Kobosky. Rosemary is survived by her husband, Bryan Yacso; children, Deirdra Holmes, Gabriel (Laura) Yacso, and Kathleen Schwab; grandchildren, Kal, Kaden, J.P., and Vylet; 2 great-grandchildren; her brother, Michael (Mary) Kobosky; and sister, Cindey (Calvin) Henry. Arrangements by Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Lorain, (440) 244-1961. Online condolences may be sent to the family using www.rsgfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Rosemary Yacso, please

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Robert Wade Berry

Mar 18, 1935 - Feb 03, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Robert Wade Berry, known affectionately as “Poppy” to his friends and family, passed away on Saturday, February 3, 2024, in Lorain, Ohio. Born on March 18, 1935, in Replete, West Virginia, Bob's journey through life was marked by dedication, love, and a spirited sense of adventure. Bob's early years in the rolling hills of West Virginia instilled in him a deep appreciation for the outdoors. This love for nature translated into a lifelong passion for hunting and fishing; pursuits that brought him peace and joy throughout his life. His warm, engaging personality also drew him to the vibrant community at local flea markets, where he was a familiar and welcome presence. After bravely serving in the United States Army, Bob transitioned to civilian life with the same sense of duty and work ethic. He found his professional calling at the steel mill, where he was not only a dedicated worker but also a friend and mentor to many. Beyond his professional life, Bob's heart belonged to his beloved wife, Frances Berry. The two were married on January 20, 1961, a testament to the enduring nature of true love. Their partnership was a source of strength and happiness for Bob, and their shared moments became the cherished memories that would define a beautiful chapter in his life. Bob's passing leaves a void in the lives of those who knew him, yet his spirit remains a guiding light. He lived a life that exemplified the values of honor, commitment, and joy. His story is not one of sorrow, but a celebration of a life well-lived and a man well-loved. As we bid farewell to Robert Wade Berry, we hold fast to the memories and the lessons he imparted. His legacy is one of love, service, and the simple pleasures that make life worth living. Bob will be dearly missed, but his influence will continue to be felt by all who had the fortune to cross paths with him. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Berry; daughter, Frances “Chris” Flynn; grandson, Dusty R. Flynn; father and mother, Charles and Gertie Berry; and siblings, Donald, Trudy,Erma, Dorothy, Bill, Dormae, and Dana. He is survived by his granddaughter, Misty Schrader; great-grandsons, Takoda Knarr and Ethan McIe; brother, Edward Berry; and sister, Mildred Clevenger. The family will receive family and friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052 on Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 9:00 AM until the time of the funeral service at 10:30 AM, Pastor Alan Jenkins, officiating. Christian burial services will be held immediately after at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst Township. Online condolences may be sent to the family using www.rsgfuneralhome.com. To to the family or in memory of Robert Wade Berry, please

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Geraldine Mae Toth

Mar 13, 1930 - Feb 04, 2024

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Lorain, OH

Geraldine "Gerry" Mae Toth (nee Eppley), aged 93, a lifelong resident of Lorain, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at her home after an extended  illness.Born on March 13, 1930, in Lorain, OH, Gerry graduated from Lorain High School. Her career began at the Lorain Creamery before she tied the knot with Joseph Toth in 1951. Gerry dedicated numerous years to the Meister Road Elementary School cafeteria and later to Aramark, retiring in 2005.She had been an acitve member of the Emmanuel Evangelical United Brethren Church in Lorain, where she had contributed by singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School. She derived joy from outdoor pursuits, including hiking, walking the beach to collect sea shells, and boating. Additionally, she cultivated a beautiful garden in her backyard. Music played a significant role in Gerry's life, and she showcased her talent on the piano and trombone. Her greatest joys were the moments spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her vibrant spirit and unwavering willingness to assist others.Gerry is survived by her daughter, Barbara Staszak of Vermilion, OH, son, Robert Toth of Ottawa, Canada; grandchildren, Melanie (Richard) Timko and Joseph (Nicole) Staszak; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Allison, Alexander, and Gabriella.She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Toth in 2020, and her parents, Charles and Mildred (nee Horn) Eppley. Gerry is also preceded by her son-in-law, Frank Staszak, and her sisters, Margaret Ellison, Shirley Miller, and Miriam Schnittker.Private family services will be held with inurnment at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst.Expressions of condolences can be shared online at www.riddlefuneralhome.com.

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