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Terry, Jane Kathryn Udvardy* - Elyria  
Jane Kathryn Udvardy Terry died peacefully on July 25 th after a series of heart attacks and strokes caused by antiphospholipid syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes blood clots. She is survived by her devoted husband Glen Harold Terry, to whom she was married 59 years. She will be greatly missed by her children Kurt Allen, Glen Michael, Andrea Kaye, Kris Harold, Mark Christopher, Joel Andrew, and Ericka Jane Terry, and her daughters-in- law, Amy Halpin Terry, Julia Tucker Terry, and Pamela Terry. She is survived by her sisters, Marilyn Udvardy Teaman and Donna Udvardy Ignatko, and brother Gerald Udvardy. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kevin Michael Terry, Michael David & Adam Thomas Terry, Virginia, Timothy, and Christopher Wright, and Brandon Scott and Joshua Edward Terry, and her great-granddaughters Jenna Elyse Terry and Emma Grace Terry. She was preceded in death by her grandsons Kyle Anthony Terry and Hank Wright, as well as her parents Andrew John and Kathryn Henson Udvardy. Jane grew up on the 1700 block of South Lorain and graduated from Lorain High in 1956. She was a devout Catholic who took pride in raising her family in the Church. She moved to Grafton in 1972. Jane was a member of the PTA for Midview schools for more than 20 years, at times serving as president. An avid sports fan, she was often at games, cheering for her children when they were playing and for the school when they were not. She worked for the city of Lorain as a clerk in their juvenile court and later for the city of Oberlin. She had many interests throughout her life, but in retirement, she especially enjoyed daily walks with her husband in the local parks and quiet time outdoors. Her son Mark spoke for us all when he said, "I will miss her laugh". Private services were held for the family at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Grafton, Ohio. Jane was interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Grafton In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mercy New Life Hospice c/o Andrea Terry 469 Poplar St. Elyria,Ohio 44035. Arrangements were entrusted to the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elyria. 440- 322-4626. Online condolences may be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 27, 2016
Vitale, Joseph S.*  
AVON LAKE – Joseph S. Vitale, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. He was born in Morgantown, WV. Joe graduated from Lorain High School and later volunteered for the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. His education continued at Kent State University with a B.Sc., M.Ed., Ed.S., and a J.D. from John Marshall School of Law. He worked for the Cleveland Clinic as a Senior Director for the office of Physician Recruitment. He was a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Avon Lake, OH. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Connie (nee: Bertolami) Vitale; sons, Joseph (Jody) Vitale of Olmsted Falls, and Christopher J. (Candace) Vitale of Avon Lake; daughters, Suzanne (Mike) Varney of Columbia Station, and Michele N. (Frank) Caliendo of Arizona; grandchildren, Abigail and Matthew Varney, Hayley and Carly Vitale, Joseph and Juliet Caliendo, and Anthony Canterna. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Holy Spirit Parish, 410 Lear Road, Avon Lake, OH (meet at Church on Thursday). Christian burial services will be held at St. Joseph Cemetery in Avon. Funeral arrangements and services by Reidy- Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, Lorain.
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 28, 2016

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Bird, Arthur T. "Tom"* - Lorain  
AMHERST – Arthur T. "Tom" Bird, 75 of Amherst, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016 at his home following a brief illness. Mr. Bird was born in Johnstown, PA on November 1, 1940, the son of the late Arthur T. and Helen E. (nee Schrock) Bird. He was a graduate of Westmont Hilltop High School in Johnstown and then in 1962, he received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He was an honorably discharged veteran of the Army National Guard. He was a member of Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Lorain, playing in the Hand Bell Choir, serving in the Outreach Program, Food Pantry and several of the church fund raisers. As a member of the former Delaware Avenue United Methodist Church, he also served on the Pastor Parish Chair, Administrative Board Chair, was a Sunday School Teacher, played in church golf outings and on the softball team. Mr. Bird was a member of the Lorain Senior Fellowship, Penn State Alumni Assoc., Nittany Lion Club, and former US Steel Management Club. He was a longtime blood donor with Life Share Blood Bank. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, snow skiing, reading, watching Pittsburgh Sports, and especially attending and watching Penn State Football. He bowled and golfed with Management Club, played baseball and softball, enjoyed being a photographer and videographer. He also was a member of the Marion L. Steele High School Athletic Boosters. Since 1994, Mr. Bird was a Ohio High School Athletic Association licensed Track & Field Official. He worked as a quality control engineer at US Steel in Lorain from 1962 until 1999 with an ASQ Certification. Following his retirement from US Steel, he had worked for Bodnar Printing and became a toll taker for the Ohio Turnpike Commission, collecting tolls at the Amherst exit. For a short time, he taught at Lorain County Community College. Tom is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Virginia L. (nee Webb) Bird, daughter Stephanie L. (Mark) Wagner of Traverse City, MI, son Mark C.(Sharon) Bird, of Mars, PA, grandchildren Connor Bird, Colby Bird, Marina Wagner, Camille Bird, Lara Wagner, and his brother, Richard E. (Ivis) Bird, of Houston, TX, several cousins and 2 nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Nancy Jane Bird. Friends may call on Saturday, July 23, 2016 in the Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church, 3015 Meister Road, Lorain beginning at 10:00 am until the Memorial Service at noon. The Revs. Greg Sellers, senior pastor of the Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church and Rev. John Ferris, former pastor of the Delaware Avenue United Methodist Church will co-officiate. Burial will be private. The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church, 3015 Meister Road, Lorain, Ohio 44053 or to Mercy-New Life Hospice, c/o Mercy Foundation, 3600 Kolbe Road, Lorain, Ohio 44053. Arrangements are being handled by the Schwartz, Spence, Boyer & Cool Home For Funerals, 1124 W. 5th Street, Lorain, Ohio 44052. Online condolences at www.boyer-cool.
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 20, 2016
DeChant, Edward F* - Avon Lake  
Edward F. DeChant, born July 28, 1925 in Sheffield Village, passed away peacefully July 11, 2016 surrounded by his family. Son of Edward W. DeChant, Ohio State Representative for sixteen years, and Florence (Buswell) DeChant, first post mistress at the Avon Lake Post office. He had four brothers, Charles, Woodrow, Phillip and Richard. He excelled in sports at the Avon Lake High School. He married Dorothy Smisek, his high school sweetheart December 26, 1944. Edward served in the US Navy aboard the USS Dauphin, from February 1945 to February 1946. When he returned home from WWII, he was employed by the USPS as a postman. He built his first home when he was 21, next to the DeChant family farm on Rte 83, Avon Lake. They had four children, Dorothy Blackham (Walt), Deborah (Max) Acord (Chuck), Edward and Diane. He also has two adopted daughters, Lynn Lewis and Cathy Smith. Ed has 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He built his second home when he was 27, also on Rte. 83, where they owned riding horses, along with dogs, cats and bunnies. In 1974, he also built a cabin in Leeper, PA that was their home away from home. Ed along with his family enjoyed fishing, target shooting, snowmobiling, skiing, ATVs, nature, gardening, sports and Vegas. Ed was a supervisor at BF Goodrich, upon retiring, he worked with his son Eddie, at his company and one of their projects was building the Miller Park gazebo. He married Virginia Strachan Brandt in 1979 and continued travelling throughout the US. Ed loved animals, especially feeding his deer…memorial contributions may be made to Love-A- Stray, PO Box 125, Avon Lake, OH 44012.
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 24, 2016
DiLuciano, Albert* - Lorain  
Albert DiLuciano passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of the morning on July 19, 2016. His family provided support and comfort through his final days. He had been fighting cancer for the last few years. Albert resided in Lorain his entire life. He was born on December 18, 1930, to Dominic and Candita (Tardio) DiLuciano. He graduated from Lorain High School in the class of 1949A. He met the love of his life, Marie Sofia, on his 16th birthday. They married on February 18, 1950, at St. Peter Church in Lorain. They remained inseparable until Marie's passing on December 11, 2009. They were blessed with four children: Sue (Joe) Bylica, Randy (Melodi) DiLuciano, Alice (James) Wiegand, and Russ DiLuciano (all of Lorain). His blessings continued with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The grandchildren include Corey (Rachel) DiLuciano, Stacey (Tom) Dalton, Gena (Jeremy) Szakats-Cruz, Graig (Meghan) Szakats, Alyssa (Franklin Hernandez) Wiegand, David (Emily) Wiegand, Michael (Andrea) Bylica, Bryan Dall, and Scott Dall. There are 17 and one on the way, great-grandchildren. He worked numerous jobs and side jobs throughout the years to provide for his family. His work at BF Goodrich in Avon Lake for more than 30 years provided him with the background and knowledge to begin a new business venture with Andrew Ditto and Gilbert Rothman. His wife Marie aided in the development of the business aspects of V & A Process. The business manufactures and ships plastic welding rod throughout the world. He was proud to have his family be a part of the business. Albert was a religious man who attended daily Mass. He belonged to St. Peter Church in Lorain and was a past member and treasurer of the Serra Club. He also was a member of the Cosmopolitan Dance Club, Lorain Community Foundation, and was a generous supporter of many charitable organizations. His interests included playing golf, and working puzzles and Sudoku. He enjoyed his family and the traditions they established, such as making scrapelle (a family favorite dish), attending Sunday Mass followed by breakfast, and weekly pizza night. God blessed Al with a second chance at love when he delivered a belated birthday card to Eleanor Shulsky. They enjoyed almost six wonderful years of life together traveling, attending plays and concerts and visiting casinos. Through his marriage, his family increased by four stepchildren -- Laura (Mike) Jordan, Jon (Cindy) Shulsky, Tom Shulsky, and Joe (Debbie) Shulsky. There are also nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Left to cherish his memory are his wife Eleanor (DeSantis) DiLuciano, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and step family. He is also survived by his brother, Gabriel DiLuciano; brother-in-law, Dominic DeAngelis; and sister-in-law, Francis DiLuciano. His wife Marie (Sofia) DiLuciano, preceded him in death along with his infant daughter Cynthia, his parents, brothers Serafin (Angela) DiLuciano and Ferdinand DiLuciano; and sisters, Victoria DeAngelis and Antoinette Mullins; and sister-in-law, Connie DiLuciano. The family deeply appreciates the help and care provided by Hospice of the Western Reserve. Their support, caring and dedication helped them cope during this very difficult time. The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, Ohio, (440) 244-1961, on Friday, July 22, from 2:00-8:00 pm. Closing prayers will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 23 at 10:20 am. Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:00 at St. Peter Church, 3655 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain, Ohio, with Father Gerald Keller officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Peter Church Capital Campaign or Hospice of the Western Reserve. Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Morning Journal from July 21 to July 22, 2016
Fritz, Donna Jean (Bardus)* - Amherst  
AMHERST – Donna Jean Fritz (nee Bardus) passed away on July 17, 2016 at the age of 74 years old at her daughter's home in Lee's Summit, MO. Donna was raised in Amherst Ohio. She married and raised her family in Lorain. Donna loved her job at The Lorain Journal as a paper shuffler. She also loved her job as a cashier at Rite Aid Pharmacy. With more than 25 years of service at each job, she was able to retire in 2008. Donna loved to camp and fish and do things with her family. She also loved bingo, penny slot machines and games on her computer. Donna is survived by daughter Dee and husband Rodger Ruggles of Lee's Summit, Missouri; her daughter Denise and husband Michael Johnston of Lorain, Ohio; as well as her brother Roger and wife Sharon Bardus of Columbus, Ohio. Donna was blessed with six grandchildren she adored – Robbie Ruggles, Cyndi Ruggles, Bobby Kennell, Jr., Georgia Dale Gaynor, Jennifer Nelson and Michael Johnston, Jr. From her adored grandchildren her blessing grew with ten great-grandchildren. She always had a special place in her heart for each of her many nieces and nephews, extended family, and friends. Mrs. Fritz is preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Robert ""George"" Fritz. She is also preceded in death by her daughter Melody Kaye Fritz, her parents Alfred and Hope Bardus, and her beloved kitty-child and companion Jacob Alexander Peckerweed Fritz. Donna Jean Fritz was an amazing mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She gave of her heart and time to all who knew her. She was the person who would listen to you gripe and groan when needed, commiserate with you when that's what you needed, but she also wouldn't hesitate to kick you in the butt if that's what you needed. All knew her as a straight shooter who could be counted on to keep your confidence, share a tear, or to enjoy a good laugh with. But, mercy sakes, don't get on her bad side – she sure could hold a grudge as well. Though she wasn't wealthy, she still found the ability to give generously to Salvation Army, March of Dimes and Disabled American Veterans throughout her life. She also supported Wounded Warriors and ASPCA (who rescued her beloved Jacob). She was an advocate for helping those who truly need our support. The passing of Donna Fritz has left a hole in the hearts of all whose lives she touched and we truly lost a special person here on earth. Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 9 to 11 a.m. at Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel at 2900 N Ridge Rd. Elyria, Ohio. Graveside service will immediately follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 3700 Center Rd., Avon, Ohio. A luncheon to remember and honor Donna will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Slovak Club, 30th and Broadway, Lorain, Ohio.
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 21, 2016
Gallagher, Kevin Patrick* - Elyria  
The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Kevin Patrick Gallagher, 64, of Elyria, died Tuesday evening after a short battle with a stupid illness that sucks. He was born in Wilkes Barre, PA, to John and June (Reinard) Gallagher and moved to Elyria at the age of 10. Despite excessive truancy, his superior intelligence allowed him to graduate Elyria High School in 1970. Known as "Gags" to many, he worked for Lake Terminal Railroad over 27 years, retiring in 2000. In retirement, you may have been blessed to see Kevin working various jobs or riding his bike around Elyria with a smile on his face, a corny joke at the ready and a prayer in his back pocket for anyone in need. He adored his grandchildren and enjoyed driving to Virginia to visit them in his super fast red Mazda (apparently it GOES 155). Although born in Pennsylvania, Kevin was an avid Cleveland sports fan and got to see a championship before clocking out (thanks Cavs!). Kevin is survived by his children Brian (Marcy) and Kerry Gallagher; grandchildren Caera (pronounced Kee-ra) and Grady Gallagher; siblings Joanne (Tim) Sullivan, Thomas (Chris) Gallagher, Mara (Dan) Barnes, Noreen (Bryan) Diedrick and Patti Gallagher; and many (he's Irish) many cousins, nieces and nephews. A celebration of Kevin's life will be the subject of a future announcement. In the meantime, have a Guinness in his honor. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the Elyria Public Library System, 320 Washington Ave, Elyria, OH 44035 (memorial forms available at elyrialibrary.org ) or to any charity/non-profit you choose because Kevin was all about freedom of choice! "Services by Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel of Elyria."
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 22, 2016
Hart, Howard Henry* - Litchfield  
LITCHFIELD – Howard Henry Hart, 93, of Litchfield, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at home surrounded by family. Born on August 29, 1922 in Wellington, he was the son of the late William Roy and Esther (nee Sanders) Hart. Howard proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII. Howard worked at the Larson Foundry for 20 years, and farmed for 65. One of his great joys in life was working as a park ranger with the Lorain County Metro Parks, a job he served at for 18 years. Howard enjoyed meeting up with his ranger friends monthly on "Dewey Day". He was also a member of the 10 am coffee club at McDonalds. Howard loved to spend time outdoors and kept a beautiful rose garden, he was known for bringing a rose as a gift wherever he went. An active member of the Midview Nazarene Church, Howard served on many committees throughout the years, taught Sunday school, and served as the choir director. Howard later attended the First United Methodist Church in Wellington. Howard is survived by his children, Ronald (Trudie) Hart of Elyria, Linda (Harold) VanMeter, of Penfield, David (Patricia) Hart, of Litchfield, Rachel Welch, of Penfield, and Debi (Evan) Kincaid of Maricopa AZ; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; siblings Martha Hartsel, of Waynsville Russell Hart, of Fairborn, and Glenn Hart of FL. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 73 years, Violet Marie (nee Long) Hart, grandson Jeffrey Hart, great grandson Shane VanMeter, siblings Margaret Hart, Elma Kurtz, Ruth Searl, Mary Cottrell, and George Hart. Friends and family will gather on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 South Main St, Wellington, 44090. Services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 127 Park Place, Wellington, with Rev. Paul Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington with full Military Honors. Donations for a bench in Howard's memory may be directed to the Lorain County Metro Parks, 12882 Diagonal Rd, LaGrange, 44050. Condolences and fond memories may be shared online at www.norton-eastmanfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 21, 2016
Hathaway, Yvonne (Stacy)* - Sheffield Lake  
SHEFFIELD LAKE – Yvonne Hathaway (nee Stacy), 78 of Sheffield Lake, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 after a hard fought battle with cancer. She was born on January 17, 1938 in Gary, Indiana, and she graduated from Cowen High School in Cowen, West Virginia, where she taught 1st through 6th grade in a one room school house before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 1960, where she began work at Howard Johnsons as the manager. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Bill; children Bill Jr. (Gail), Brian (Jackie), Stacy Ann Robinson (Michael), and Buffy Kakos (Michael); grandchildren Jessica Resch (Russell), Jacqualynn Robinson, Joshua Robinson, and Rocky Biancardi, Jr., Jacquelyn Kakos, Jacob Kakos, and Emily Brungardt; great-grandchild Tyler Resch; and brother James E. Stacy, Jr. Friends may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 163 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake on Thursday, July 21 from 2-4 and 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 715 Harris Rd., Sheffield Lake on Friday, July 22 at 10am. Burial at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon. (440)933-3202 www.buschcares.com
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 21, 2016
Hinton, Adam R* - Lorain  
LORAIN - Adam R. Hinton 21, passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2016. Adam was graduate of Lorain High School class of 2014. He was employed by Walmart in Avon, Ohio. Adam was baptized at an early age at Friendship Baptist Church. He enjoyed reading his Bible and being with family and friends. Adam is survived by his parents: Christy Hinton and Calvin Johnson, sister: Anansa Hinton, brother: Keven Hinton both of Lorain, grandmother: Cary 'Gene' Hinton of Lorain. Adam was preceded in death by grandparents Willie and Cora Johnson, great-grandparents James and Essie B. Harston and Jesse and Florence Taylor. Friends may call on Friday July 22, 2016 in the Friendship Baptist Church 2160 Reeves Ave. from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 p.m. Pastor John R. Jackson will officiate. Burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Carter Funeral Home, Inc. Lorain, Ohio 44055.
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Published in The Morning Journal on July 21, 2016
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