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Benko, Gizella*  
Gizella Benko (nee Orosz), age 93, passed away December 11, 2014 in Florida where she had been living with her daughters for the past 14 months. She was born on May 25, 1921 in Lorain, OH to Frank and Johanna (nee Rada) Orosz. Gizella was employed by the Lorain City Schools for 5 years preparing the food for the students' lunches. She was an active member of the former Holy Trinity Church in Lorain and belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society. She was a volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital and The American Cancer Society. She enjoyed traveling, knitting, quilting and gardening. Gizella is survived by her son, Mark (Mary Ellen) Benko, of Lorain; daughters, Marsha A. (Frank) Anders, of Mount Dora, Florida, and Marie (Dennis) Drenkhan, of Kissimmee, Florida; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Irene Palka, of Sheffield Lake; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Benko, in 1997; a son, Robert J. Benko Jr., in 1996; brothers, Frank, Louis and Carl Orosz; sisters, Elizabeth Youngless, Helen Milicic, Priscilla Phillips, Molly Janas and Elvira Nemeth; and her parents, Frank and Johanna Orosz. The Benko family will receive friends on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Memorial Service at 12:00 noon in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst. Rev. Fr. Leonard Bacik will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Online condolences may be left for the Benko family at
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Published in The Morning Journal on May 27, 2015
Bodnar, Constance "Connie"* - Lorain  
LORAIN - Constance (Connie) Bodnar, age 75, of Lorain, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015, at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home. Connie was born February 19, 1940, in Lorain, and remained a lifelong resident. She was a 1957 graduate of Clearview High School. Connie was a member of Nativity BVM Parish. She loved to read, and was involved in all of her children's activities. Her greatest joy in life was being a devoted loving mother and grandmother, supportive and encouraging of her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered as a life-long loyal friend to many. Connie is remembered with love, and is survived by her husband of 53 years Arthur Bodnar. They were married January 6, 1962. Survivors also include a daughter Ruth Estep and her husband Lonnie of Pickerington; son Paul Bodnar and his wife Susie of Pickerington, son Mark Bodnar of Burbank, Calif.; grandchildren, Ryan and Justin Estep, and Sarah Bodnar; sister, Stephanie (Penny) Findish; brother, Stephen (Bud) Bartos; loving cousins, James Bartos and Patricia Foutz; nieces and nephews, and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Emilia Bartos; and her sister, Ruth Ann Bartos. Friends may call Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Reichlin-Cooley Funeral Home, 2920 Broadway, Lorain. Funeral Services will be Friday, May 22, beginning with prayers at 9:30 a.m. in the Funeral Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Nativity BVM Church, 418 W 15th St., Lorain. Fr. Robert Glepko will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial Contributions are encouraged to Nativity BVM Church, 418 W 15th St., Lorain, OH 44052.
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Published in The Morning Journal on May 26, 2015

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Baughman, Dale M.* - Lorain  
LORAIN – Dale M. Baughman, age 74 and a resident of Lorain, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Dale was born May 16, 1941, in Barberton, to the late Forest and Regina (nee Scherrer) Baughman. He was a 1959 graduate of Clearview High School, Lorain. Dale was an avid Ohio State University football fan. He retired from the former Centel (phone company) in 1987 after 26 years of employment. Survivors include his wife of 29 years Helen (nee Kotcher), sons David of Vermilion and Daniel of Sandusky, his grandson Quinn, and brothers Duane (Joanne) of Avon and Jack (Pat) Hazlett of Ashland. Dale's family thanks Mercy New Life Hospice for their care and support and requests that memorials be made to Mercy New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053. Private family service. Arrangements provided by the Andras Crematory & Funeral Home Alternatives, Lorain, Ohio. "GO BUCKS!"
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Published in The Morning Journal on May 20, 2015
Brunner, June Marie* - Lander  
LANDER, WY– June Marie Brunner, 87, of Lander, Wyoming, formerly of Lorain, Ohio died on May 21, 2015 at the Westward Heights Care Center in Lander with her children at her side.  A memorial service will be held graveside in Ohio at a leter date for her extended family that meant so much to her.  June was born in Lorain, Ohio on July 8, 1927 to Lucille (Gurnack) Lockhart and Bud Lockhart, and where she made her home until very recently.  From the time she was very young  June's life was filled with music - as a singer and dancer when very young, to the vocalist for her high school jazz band, to many years of singing in church choirs and playing the organ for services.  She was a believer in giving back and volunteered in many capacities until very recently.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Murdock Brunner and her eldest grandson, Zak Wellins.   She is survived by her son, David Brunner of Lander, grandsons Josh Brunner of Hopetoun, Australia, JT Brunner of Longmont, Colorado, and great-grandson Josh, and her daughter, Donna Wellins of Avon, Connecticut, grandsons Matt Wellins of Naples, Florida, Gabe Wellins of Bellows Falls, Vermont, and Jonah Wellins, of East Granby, Connecticut, and great-grandchildren, Jonah and Chloe.  Memorial contributions may be mailed directly to: Frontier Hospice 230 North First Street Lander, WY 82520 Or  Westward Heights Care Center 150 Caring Way Lander, WY 82520 Please sign online guestbook:
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Published in The Morning Journal on May 23, 2015
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