Monday, April 1, 2013
Built wooden models despite losing part of his right hand in an accident.
With little fanfare, an Avon Lake legend George Edward Junke Sr., 80, passed away on March 26 Fairview Hospital, and slipped away quietly in his sleep. All his children who could do so, visited with him before his death, and he was aware of their presence. He will be remembered by his friends and family for his stories. But he will be remembered, also, for his artistry and craftsmanship, especially considering the work accident in his youth which left him with only about a third of his right hand. The most important piece was there though: his thumb. And he, to his credit didn't let his disability keep him from doing anything his imagination could come up with. He lived modestly and built wooden models of famous sailing vessels, with full …
Robert passed away on March 24 after a lengthy illness.
Robert E. Eberhard, 74, formerly of Rocky River, died Sunday, March 24 at Main Street Care Center in Avon Lake after a lengthy illness. Robert was born on March 11, 1939 in Columbus, according to tributes.com. Robert worked several years in his Dad's grocery business in Johnstown, Ohio before relocating to Northeast Ohio. Robert worked for Metro Health Medical Center as a Collections Manager for 25 years. He enjoyed his friends, reading, gardening, traveling and walking his dog, Hercules. He is survived by his brother, David (Beth) Eberhard of Naples, FL; sister, Janet Lucas of Columbus; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Edna (nee Mathews) Eberhard. Services will be announced at a later date. The …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Hammer passed away on March 26.
Charles F. "Chuck" Hammer, 80, of Avon Lake, passed away March 26 at the Ames Family Hospice House. Chuck was born March 10, 1933 in Lafayette, Ohio. He graduated from Waynesfield High School in 1951 and served in the US Navy Air Wing during the Korean War, according to the Busch Funeral Home. He continued his education at Ohio State University and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelors Degree in Education. He later earned a Masters Degree in Education from Kent State University. Chuck was a teacher for the Avon Lake Schools for 24 years. He taught Science, Mechanical Drawing and Industrial Arts. He also coached football and basketball at Learwood Junior High. Chuck is survived by his wife of 59 years, LaDene Hammer (nee Shaw) and children …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Lived in Avon for 21 years.
Ralph Joseph Matysiak, 88, of Avon, passed away on March 16, 2013, at St. John Medical Center in Westlake.He was born Oct. 5, 1924 in Lorain. Ralph grew up in Brooklyn, New York and Lorain, but lived in Lorain for most of his life until moving to Avon in 1988, where he resided for 21 years. He spent the last four years at West Bay Nursing Facility in Westlake, where he made many friends that he considered extended family. He graduated from Lorain High School in 1942 and was drafted into the Army in 1943, where he attended the ASTP program at the University of Pennsylvania, he then was assigned to the 3093 Refrigeration Company, Butcher Platoon. After attending language school in Monterey, California, he was assigned as a cook for a …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Meredith was also the former president of the Avon Lake Rotary Club.
Meredith Dee Coleman, former pastor of Lake Shore United Methodist Church passed away on March 17, 2013 in Jefferson, Ohio. She was born on July 11, 1951. Meredith had a student appointment with Scioto & Harmony Methodist Church from 87-88 and was appointed the pastor of Lake Shore United Methodist Church in 1991, serving until 1997, when she was appointed to the Jefferson United Methodist Church, where she was serving when she passed away. She passed away the morning of March 17, after a short, but courageous battle against cancer. Always sensitive to fellow believers, "Pastor Meredith" finished her race on the birthday of her earthly father, the Rev. Parker West. She leaves behind the love of her life, Neil Coleman, whom she married on …
Avon Lake resident Shirley Rogers passed away at 83 last week.
Shirley B. Rogers, 83, of Avon Lake, passed away on March 16. Rogers graduated from Avon Lake High School in 1947 and Bowling Green State University in 1951 with a business degree, according to tributes.com. Rogers loved her afghan hounds and cats. She also enjoyed playing golf and tennis. Rogers is survived by her sons David and Mark; sister Priscilla Kleir; and brother, Dale Beetler. She was preceded in death by her husband Roger whom she was married to for 49 years; parents Edward and Virginia Butler (Bowman); and brother, Ned Beetler. The visitation will be held at Busch Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service will immediately follow at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
She lived in Avon Lake most of her life
Tuesday, March 12
Eleanor L. Taylor ( nee Pettengill) 81, of Avon Lake passed away on March 8, 2013 at St. John Medical Center. Mrs. Taylor lived in Avon Lake most of her life and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Avon Lake United Church of Christ and enjoyed the company of her friends with the diabetic group that met at church. She also enjoyed her grandchildren and family, gardening, ceramics, crocheting and her dog, "Penny." Mrs. Taylor is survived by her three children, Jim (Anne) and Jeff Taylor and Jeanette Smith (Jim) all of Avon Lake; five grandchildren, Mike and Hailey Taylor and Matt, Joe and Maria Smith; brother Larry Pettengill of Delta, OH; and sister Laurine Fry of Jacksonville, FL. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim (…
Friday, March 8, 2013
Mother of Colleen Blalock, Louise Ritz, Patty Van Valey, Ray and Steve Ritz.
Martha Jane (Marty) Leitzell Ritz, 85, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2013 in her residence in Avon Lake from complications of cancer. Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA, she and her husband were proud graduates of Penn State University, State College. She carried her love of the Nitttany Lions with her throughout her life; her first labrador was named Nittany. Marty and Ray moved to Fort Lauderdale Florida in 1957 where she raised her five children and worked as a teacher at Nova Middle School until retiring in 1991. She began her next life adventure in Fannin County Georgia on Wilscot Creek in the hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where she enjoyed gardening, watching football, knitting, sewing, reading and mostly the peace and quiet…
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Services are private.
Robert E. "Bob" Pocock, 88,of Avon Lake, died on Feb. 25, 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Marilyn L. (nee Svetvold), married 63 years; loving father of Robert J. (Lynn) and the late Sharon Akers; devoted grandfather of Jason, Robert, Kristy, and Kelly; and great grandfather of Jacey, Amourette, and Abrianna. Roberts was a decorated World War II veteran and an engineer with Bailey Meter Corp. He loved to play golf, the piano, bridge, bicycling, dancing and traveling. The memorial may be made to charity of choice. Private family services will be held. Cremation by Busch Crematory.
Friday, March 1, 2013
Services are Sunday.
David Joseph Werner, 42 of Avon formerly of Avon Lake passed away Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013. He was born April 1, 1970 in Elyria and had lived in Avon the past 11years. David was a graduate of Ohio University with a degree in psychology. He was a real estate agent and was also a bartender in Cleveland; his family remarked that it was as a bartender that he put his psychology degree to work. David loved nature and being outside. Some activities that he enjoyed included golfing, biking, hiking, fishing, cooking, swimming, skiing, and sledding. David is survived by his wife, Lisa M. Inman-Werner whom he married Oct. 12, 2002. He is also survived by his parents Gary and Jeanette (nee Rundle) Werner of Avon Lake; brother, Gary Edward Werner (…