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Juanita Nottingham (Griffith) Krupar Obituary
Juanita Nottingham Krupar (nee Griffith), 91, of Elyria passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Wesleyan Village in Elyria.
She was born in Glenville, WV as Juanita Griffith, she went to the local schools and was graduated from Glenville High School in 1944. Upon graduation, she went to Akron, OH to work in the aircraft factory and worked until WWII ended. She returned to Glenville, married Ray Nottingham, and enrolled in Glenville State College.
With a 2 year degree, she taught in Kanawha Co. WV in a one room school, and lived with one of her parents in a home that only had a big space heater to warm the whole house. She taught a second year in Ivydale, Clay Co. She then returned to Glenville to finish College and was graduated in 1951 with a BS degree in Education. She and her family (by that time, she had 2 children) moved to Elyria, OH in 1953. She was employed by the Elyria City Schools, where she taught 5th or 6th grades in the old Gates Building, on what was Lake Avenue. She transferred to Oakwood School, located at the end of Spruce Street, in 1970, where she taught until she retired in 1981. Four years before she retired, she enrolled in night classes at Dyke College to train for real estate sales. She was so very proud of the fact that she made A's in all of her classes. She joined the firm of Lehman Johnson Corp., she worked there part time while teaching, but in real estate she had found her perfect niche. It became her one love. As a part timer, she was one of their most productive agents and she really loved her work and her clients were her first concern.
Her first husband died in 1994 and her real estate work became the focus of her life. In 2000, she met and married Martin Krupar from Avon, OH and in 2001, they bought a winter home in Florida, which was sold in 2015. She continued to work until 2004, but resigned when Lehman Johnson was sold to Howard Hanna.
Juanita was a longtime member of LaPorte United Methodist Church, where she chaired both the trustee and the finance committees and was very active in church activities.
Surviving Juanita are her beloved husband, Martin; her two daughters, Debra Hamilton and Sandra Miller Dotson; five grandsons; three great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Jane Griffith of Baltimore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her only son, Ed Nottingham, in 1984; her first husband, Ray Nottingham in 1994; brothers, Charles, Bill, and Bob.
Family will receive friends 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018, with a 4 p.m. Wake Service in the funeral home, Rev. Fr. Charles Diedrick will officiate at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at St. Rt. 57), Elyria. 440-322-4626.
Funeral Services 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, 2018 in the funeral home, Rev. Bill Wendell officiating. Burial St. Mary (Avon).
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.laubenthalmercado.com.
Published in The Morning Journal on June 12, 2018
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