Lorain- Virginia Ann Williams, 46, passed away on Friday, August 31, 2012 at Good Samaritan Skilled Nursing in Avon, OH.
Virginia was born in Lorain, OH on September 1, 1965 to her loving parents, Charles and Helen (nee:Powell) Bevins.
She graduated from Avon High School, Class of 1983 and JVS as a welder. Virginia was a member of Wings of Faith in Lorain. She worked at May Credit in Sheffield Village for seven years as a customer representative in the fraud department. Virginia enjoyed watching the Cleveland Browns and loved listening to music.
She is survived by her parents; son, Brian Debrason and Brett Williams of Lorain; daughter, Aleah (William) Whitt of Columbus; sisters, Linda Williams, Sara Lempeck, Sandra Baker and Edie Bevins; grandchildren Kylah Whitt and Ayden Williams; and fathers of children, James Debrason and Kendall Williams.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Virgie Wilson and Thomas Powell; nephew, Charles Bevins III; and uncle, John Schindler.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961 on Monday, September 3, 2012 from 4-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 10 AM at the funeral home, Rev. James Justice, officiating. Interment Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon, OH. Memorial donations may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
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Lorain- Maria E. Melendez, 80, passed away suddenly on Friday, August 17, 2012 at University Hospital in Cleveland, OH
She was born on June 5, 1932 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico to her loving parents, Benito and Ana (nee: Andujar) Vasquez and moved to Lorain in 1948. She was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel and was employed at Maria Gardens for 13 years and retired in 2002. She enjoyed gardening, bingo, crocheting, casino trips and family gatherings.
She is survived by her children, Rosa Maria Nieves, Juan (Nellie) Nieves Jr., Jesus (Maria) Nieves, Luis Nunez, Nora Melendez (Thomas) Purdon, and Vilma �Vee� Melendez Dungan; 15 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Juan Melendez; daughter, Carmen Nieves; and son, William Nunez.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961 on Monday, August 20, 2012 from 4-8 PM. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 9:50 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Chapel, 4301 Pearl Ave., Lorain, Fr. John Retar, officiating. Christian burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.Posted By: RSG Funeral Home @ 4:57:42 PM
Beatrice Winningham-Knox (nee: Kemmer), 96, of Elyria, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Life Care in Elyria, OH.
Beatrice was born June 20, 1916 in Grassy Cove, TN to her loving parents, Charles and Nettie (nee: Parham) Kemmer.
Bea graduated from Spring City High School in Spring City, TN. She was married on October 27, 1935 to her beloved, Earl C. Winningham. In 1950, they moved to Ohio, residing in North Ridgeville and Elyria. In 1959, she returned to Tennessee, and resided in Crossville where she worked at Cumberland Medical Center as a physical therapist for over 30 years. In 1962, she married Witt Knox and they spent three years together before his passing. Bea returned to Ohio in 2001 to be closer to her family, living with her daughter, Betty Ann and son-in-law, Bob.
She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, canning, quilting and sewing. She loved traveling to Las Vegas to play the slot machines with her daughters. Following retirement, she enjoyed living in Ohio for the winters and being closer to family. She cherished and adored spending time with her grandchildren, her great grandchildren and they all had her full attention.
She is survived by her beloved daughter, Betty Ann (Bob) Barrella; loving grandchildren, Debbie (Willie) Ruiz, Deanna (Kevin) Phillips, Ricky Winningham, Becky Winningham, Shelly Siwierka, Stephanie Winningham, Brian Winningham, Billy Harrison, Cindy Blake and Robert W. Brown; 15 great grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; children, Cosby Winningham, Nettie Brown and Earlene Sopher; sister, Lillie Miller; and brothers, Lane, Lester, Leither, Andrew, Hugh and a baby brother.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, OH (440) 244-1961 on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 from 3:00 PM until the time of the funeral service at 7:00 PM. Burial services will be held at a later date at Grassy Cove Cemetery in Cumberland County, TN. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com. Special thank you to the staff at life care, Cathy, Sharon, Shyla, Candy, Polly, Amanda and Ashley.Posted By: RSG Funeral Home @ 8:30:15 AM
Lorain- Anna Katherine Galvan, 74, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2012 at Fairview Hospital.
She was born November 18, 1937 in Fairmont, WV to her loving parents, John J and Katherine Louise (nee Johnson) Stafford.
She worked and managed the Liedertafel and managed fish-frys at Imperial Café. Anna enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, gambling, gardening, the NY Yankees, her dog, Cody and she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Harry B. Galvan Jr, Bob (Cathy) Galvan, Barb (Victor-fiance) Galvan, Bernice Galvan, John (Pam-companion) Galvan, Faith Galvan Kuhn and Angela Frye all of Lorain; brother, Clarence W. John (Jean) Stafford; 21 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren;
She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Katherine Louise Cavallo; brother, John J Red Stafford; step-father, Nathaniel D. Lake; and great-grandson, Andrew Michael Hammond
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, OH (440) 244-1961 on Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11:00 AM, Friday, July 20, 2012, Fr. John Retar, officiating. Interment Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Twp. Memorial donations may be sent to a cancer society of donors choice. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
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*Mr. Januzzi's full obituary and service information will appear in the Morning Journal and Chronicle Telegram on Friday, July, 20, 2012*
Ettore Anselmo Ette Januzzi, born January 15, 1928, in Lorain, Ohio, died July 15, 2012, from complications related to Parkinsons Disease. Ettore was the son of Italian immigrants, Stella (nee Mazza), and Enrico Januzzi, now deceased. He is survived by his wife of fifty-one years, Vincenza Jean Januzzi (nee Guiliani).
Father of Laura Januzzi of Florida, Paul (Kim) Januzzi of North Ridgeville, Annette Januzzi Wick ( Mark Manley) of Cincinnati, Beth Januzzi Underhill (David) of Cincinnati, and Jeanne Januzzi of Amherst. Grandfather to Zachary Sroka, David and Drew Januzzi, Davis Wick, Cheryl, Shannon and Kaitlyn Manley, Gia Underhill, and Sophia Murphy. He is also survived by various nieces and nephews.
Ettore was preceded in death by his son David Ettore, his parents, brother Albert Januzzi, and son-in-law Devin Wick.
Ettores youth began working summers picking fruit at the old Speigelberg Farms and cutting grass for the neighbors. He was a graduate of Lorain High School, class of 1945, playing the base drum in the marching band. As a young man, he loved to hunt small game during Thanksgivings with his father and Uncle Mike.
Ettore served in the Army, and was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, from 1951-53. He then returned home to help his parents,who had begun a shoe repair business which eventually became the well-known Januzzis Shoes. Named one of Lorain Countys Most Eligible Bachelors, he began courting and married Jean in 1961. Ettore continued to support the operation of Januzzis Shoes, becoming co-owner with his brother Albert, until 1984.
Following the closure of Januzzis Shoes, he secured a real estate license, sold real estate and was active in estate sales. Ettore was named to the board of Lorain County Metropolitan Housing Authority, and elected chairman, which he served in that position for twenty-five years, until his recent move to Cincinnati.
Ettore was a passionate gardener, known for his tomatoes, as well as an avid stamp collector. He enjoyed model trains which he displayed in the basement, and conducted to the delight of his four then-young grandsons.
Family was most important to Ettore, coming from a small family. He took great pains to encourage togetherness. He had a love of history, and had it not been for the family shoe business, he would have pursued teaching history. This love spilled over into the many historical vacations the family took when his children were younger, including the famous 1976 tour of Boston, D.C. and Gettysburg.
He loved the home he and Jean built together in Amherst, and acquaintances would agree that he had a perfectly manicured lawn, though he was saddened to sell the home, knowing their health was in decline.
Ettore was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church in Amherst, Ohio, volunteering for fish frys, soup dinners, and cemetery care. He and Jean were longtime patrons of and loved to frequent IAV spaghetti dinners, Lorains International Festival, and the annual Feast of the Assumption in Little Italy. He was also a member of the former 14th St. Pool Hall gang.
A frequent traveler, he visited Italy with his father, and also Hawaii, Baltimore, Seattle, Oregon, San Francisco. Parents and siblings traveled to Italy seven years ago, and the highlight was standing before the same hotel he and his father stayed at forty years prior.
When asked his greatest accomplishment, Ettore responded, There are too many pick one. When asked what advice he would give to his grandchildren, he simply answered, Love.
Our father was a man of quiet action. His many accomplishments and deeds as husband, father, and community member often went unheralded, but he loved to tell stories of his youth in hopes that we would retain them. He was a man of doing right. And as much as he loved our mothers cooking, he loved Italian sausage and donuts too.
Most recently, Ettore and his wife had located to Cincinnati, Ohio.
The family will receive friends at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Drive, Amherst, OH on Sunday, July 22, 2012 from 3:00 until closing prayers at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, July 23, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church (meet at church), Rev. Lawrence N. Martello, Pastor, officiating and Rev. Thomas L. Weber, con-celebrant. Christian burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain where military honors will be performed by the U.S. Army. Memorial donations may be made to charity of choice or to any Parkinsons Disease Foundation. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements and services by Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, Lorain (440) 244-1961.Posted By: RSG Funeral Home @ 10:12:09 AM
Michael Douglas Wallace, Jr., 73, died after a long illness on Saturday, June 30, 2012 in Fairview Park, OH surrounded by his family.
A lifelong resident of Lorain, he was born on March 26, 1939 to the late Michael Douglas and Dorothy Emma (nee Wilson) Wallace.
Mr. Wallace was a 1957 B graduate of Lorain High School. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Destroyer Escort ship U.S.S. Hissem from 1958 to 1962. He was employed at Polaris Career Center in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
Doug enjoyed watching his granddaughters compete in Irish dance competitions, reading military and history books, and hosting family gatherings. His grandchildren and nieces and nephews fondly recall learning to swim in his backyard and pool.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn A. (nee: Fitrell); daughter, Colleen M. (Frederick) Burgett; step-daughters, Cheryl (Chris) Cannon, Connie Pivcevich and Kim DeNigris; granddaughters, Marie and Ann Marie Burgett; step-granddaughters, Alyssa Bolen and Gabriella DeNigris; step-grandsons, Anthony DeNigris, Robert, Ryan, Al Pivcevich, and Garrett Cannon; sister, Jean (Thomas) Copeland; brother, John Wallace; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie V. (nee Alberico); daughters, Ann Marie, Michelle Marie and Karen Ann; son, Douglas Michael; his grandson, Christopher Michael Burgett; and brother, Robert Bruce.
Friends may call on Thursday, July 5, 2012 from 4-8 PM in the Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain. Services will be on Friday, July 6, 2012 at 9:20 AM at the funeral home, followed at 10:00 AM, by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1305 E. Erie Ave., Lorain, the Reverend Richard E. Hudak, officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.Posted By: RSG Funeral Home @ 4:23:13 PM
Lorain- Michael W. "Rope" Ropelewski Jr., 31, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Lorain on Sunday, June 24, 2012.
He was raised in Sheffield Lake and graduated from Brookside High School, Class of 1999.
Mike enjoyed life, playing pool, working on cars and cooking. He cherished and adored his daughter, Kathy.
Michael joins the Angels with his beloved mother, Kathleen L. (nee: Murray); maternal grandmother, Audrey Murray; and paternal grandfather, Raymond Ropelewski.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Kathy Ropelewski; father, Michael W. (Peggy) Ropelewski Sr.; sisters, Bridget (Steve) Evans and Connie Burman; stepbrothers, Frank, Don and Dan Kovach; nephews and nieces, John Burman and Jennifer, Jason and Jessica Evans; maternal grandfather, James Murray; paternal grandmother, Tillie Ropelewski; and many loving uncles, aunts and cousins.
Viewing, Thursday, June 28th from 4-8 PM at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain. Closing prayers at funeral home on Friday at 9:15 AM. Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, June 29th, 10 AM at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 715 Harris Rd, Sheffield Lake, Fr. Stephen L. Shields, Pastor, officiating. Interment Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Twp. at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made for his daughter, Kathys medical and education fund at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.Posted By: RSG Funeral Home @ 2:45:22 PM
Ronald J Porter, 46, passed away on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 in Lorain, OH.
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Porter; children, David, Deborah, Danielle, Daniel, Dabreya, Da'ron, Destiny, Matthew, Nola, Erin, Diangelo (Marlene), Devon Porter; 12 grandchildren; siblings, Robert, Lynn, Sam, Edna, Debra and Glenn; mother and father in-law, Walter and Julia Jones; and a host of loving family.
Preceded in death by parents, Bishop Albert David and Jennie L. Porter.
Viewing 9-11AM and Funeral Services 11AM on Wednesday, June 27, at Broadway Assembly, 5495 Broadway, Lorain, OH, Pastor Matt Jones, officiating. Interment Cleveland Memorial Gardens, Highland Hills, OH. Arrangements by Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo F.H., Lorain, OH (440) 244-1961.Posted By: RSG Funeral Home @ 3:59:00 PM
Lorain- Jeffrey J. "Zeke" Bernsee, 52, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2012 in Lorain.
Born in Lorain on April 19, 1960 to his loving parents, Howard J. and Dorothy J. (nee: Oray) Bernsee, he was a life-long resident.
Jeff graduated from Lorain Catholic High School, Class of 1978 and attended Ohio State University and University of Dayton where he received an associate degree. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1980 and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1986. He was stationed at Grand Forks AFB in N. Dakota in the 321st Combat Support Group. While in the Missile Maintenance Squadron, Jeff received the Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service. He worked as a computer technician at BP in Cleveland for 8 years and at LEECA in Elyria as a computer network specialist for 10 years. Jeff was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, American Legion Post 30, Amvets Post 32, VFW Post 451 and Olde Town Charleston in Lorain. He enjoyed performing karaoke, camping and international traveling.
He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Bernsee of Lorain; sisters, Cathy (Ray) Clapper of Hinckley and Jennifer (Jerry) Morog of Lorain; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard J. Bernsee; paternal grandparents, John and Agnes Platt; maternal grandparents, Victor and Frances Oray.
Visitation at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain on Thursday, June 21, from 6-8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 22, at 9:30 AM at St. Peter Catholic Church, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, Rev. Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, officiating (meet at Church). Interment Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, where military honors will be performed by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.
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Lorain- Christine Marie Hultai, 56, passed away on June 11, 2012 at Mercy Regional Medical Center.
She was born on September 20, 1955 to her loving parents, Stephen C. and Laura M. (nee: Sanders) Hultai in Lorain, OH and was a life-long resident.
Christine was a member of St. Mary Church in Lorain, graduate of Admiral King High School, Class of 1973 and she retired from Sears Hardware in Elyria. She enjoyed watching football and basketball, loved following the Cleveland Indians and cherished her four dogs.
She is survived by her sisters, Catherine L. Hultai and Laurie A. Hultai of Lorain; and loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen C. and Laura M. Hultai.
A private Christian burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain. Funeral arrangements by Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, Lorain (440) 244-1961. Memorial contributions may be made to Cleveland Catholic Charities, 1404 E. Ninth Street, 8th Floor, Cleveland, OH 44114. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com.Posted By: RSG Funeral Home @ 3:00:04 PM
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