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Marilyn Ashby

Apr 02, 1939 - Nov 16, 2023

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Lorain, OH

Marilyn J Ashby (nee Raidl), aged 84, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Rae-Ann Nursing Home in Westlake, following an extended illness. Born on April 2, 1939, in Elyria, OH, Marilyn had called Vermilion home for the last 28 years, having relocated from Elyria. Throughout her career, Marilyn dedicated herself to Elyria City Schools as a Secretary, Sears, and Harbourtown Homes Realty, serving as a Realtor for 30 years until her retirement. Active in various community organizations, ...Read More

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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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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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