Ronald Winthrop Srail
1941 - 2021
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79, retired Wickliffe school teacher, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend to everyone passed away peacefully of natural causes in his home on February 17, 2021. Ron was born on June 3, 1941, in Cleveland to Dorothy (Whitehead) Srail and George Srail. He graduated from Brush High School in Lyndhurst and went on to earn a bachelor's degree in teaching and education from Miami University. Afterwards, he earned a master's in teaching and education at Cleveland State University. For 33 years within the classroom walls at Worden Elementary, Ron strived to make learning enjoyable for his students and strongly believed every student has something positive, special, and unique to contribute to this world. Outside of the classroom, Ron was a devoted husband to his beloved wife, the late Ruth (Hammer) Srail, and an active and present father to his daughters. In 2002, Ron relocated to Brunswick, Ohio where he enjoyed playing golf and cards with his community of friends. Soon after, he became a grandfather to Ava and Luke, to which he took with much delight. Ron is survived by his two daughters, Tracie Staebler and Elizabeth Srail, son-in-law Brian Staebler, two grandchildren, Ava and Luke, and 13 nieces and nephews. A celebration of Ron's life will occur at a later date when it is safer for extended family, friends, and the community to come together to celebrate Ron and share stories. A date and place have not been determined. If you would like to be notified once plans are arranged, please leave an email address in the comments or send your contact information to elizabethsrail@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The Southern Poverty Law Center https://donate.splcenter.org/.

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Published in The Plain Dealer from Feb. 22 to Feb. 27, 2021.
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February 24, 2021
Ron was one of my best friends in high school. Our senior year he fixed me up with my wife of 56 years. He was always fun to be with and will be missed.
George (Buzz) Heeschen
Friend
February 24, 2021
When I heard of Ron's passing I felt overwhelming sorrow. It was my pleasure not only to play golf with Ron but also, for several years, to play cards with him. Un fortunatly, my own health now precludes me from attending any future service; but I wanted the family to know that they are not alone in their grief.
Robert J. (Bob) Conrad
Friend
February 23, 2021
My husband, Ken Demko, always enjoyed playing cards and golf with Ron. I enjoyed talking with him. I’m sure his students were very lucky to have him for a teacher. He was very kind and thoughtful.
Sue Demko
Friend
February 23, 2021
Sending love and prayers during this difficult time. He was a kind family man who loved his family well. Here if you need anything at all.
Brooke Bleyl
Friend
February 22, 2021
To the Srail Family so sorry for your loss I remember Mr. Srail very fondly as I was a student at Worden Elementary School. May he rest in peace.
Ruthann(Leinweber) Blank
Student
February 22, 2021
He was a great teacher. He taught me so many things I still use today
Caroline Whitmer Moss
Student
February 22, 2021
6th grade teacher for me and a lot of close friends. Class act, drove that beautiful silver Firebird and always dressed to the nines. Inspirational and very influential at a critical time in growing up. Thank you Mr. Srail and God bless. RIP.
Robb Nardy
February 22, 2021
Mr. Srail was my 6th grade teacher at Worden Elementary. He made an impact on myself and my sisters who also had him as their teacher. I’m very saddened to learn of his passing. This last year my sisters and I were able to have a lovely lunch with him on a nice afternoon before Covid. So grateful for that opportunity to see him and reminisce. I’m sure he touched many and will be missed by family, friends and many students.♥
Bernadette Geer Hudacko
Student
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