Violet Jean Horvath

Lorain, Ohio

1926 - 2018


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Violet Jean Horvath (DeSantis), 91, passed away peacefully, Monday, September 10, 2018.
She was born on December 23, 1926, was a lifelong resident of Lorain, Ohio, and graduated from Lorain High School, class of 1945-B.
Along with her late husband, Ernie, Violet owned and operated Horvath's Grocery and Meat Market in Lorain, as well as Kreem King and Super Creem custard stands. She was also the manager of Lane Bryant Midway Mall for ten years, followed by a number of jobs at Lorain City Schools, including Library Aide, Teacher Aide, and finally, head Receptionist at the Board of Education offices, where she retired at 83 years of age.
She and her husband were members of the Cosmopolitan Dance Club and she was a longtime member of Lakeland Women's Club, Zonta, and Friends of the Lorain Public Library. Vi was always full of life and love. She loved her family above all else and was a wonderful mother, perfect grandmother, and doting great-grandmother. She was thrilled to have a house full of family, laughter, music, and food, and was an amazing Italian cook. She loved all things fashion and shoes, was an avid reader, devoted "Jeopardy!" fan, and collector of Limoges and porcelain shoes.
Violet is survived by her loving family, daughter, Linda (Alan) Irwin, of North Ridgeville; grandson, Mark (Brittany) Irwin, of North Ridgeville; granddaughter, Jennifer (Brian) Slife, of Avon; great-grandchildren, Anthony and Harrison Irwin and Stella Slife; sister, Eva Costin; and sister-in-law, Helen DeSantis.
Violet was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; son, Daniel; parents, Antonia and Dominic DeSantis; siblings, Ann Brunotts, Lena Sposato, Mickey Kosanovich, and Pete DeSantis.
Friends may call on Monday, September 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway, Lorain.
Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, September 18 at 10:00 a.m. in the Catholic Church of St. Peter, 3501 Oberlin Ave., Lorain. The family requests all mourners to meet at the church. The Rev. Craig Hovanec, Pastor of St. Peter Parish, will officiate. Burial will follow in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders (FOD) Family Support Group at with designation to Clinical Trust Fund or Research Trust Fund.
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Linda and family my condolences on the passing of your mom.

Linda..we're so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. always loved talking to Vi when we worked for LCS. We're sure she will missed by all and that you have many wonderful memories!

Linda and family, I have so many good memories of our youth at the store and your house with your mom. I remember her well. So sorry for your loss....but her goodness lives on in you. Love, Elaine (Volpe) Barricklow

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mother and mother-in-law. We remember her very dearly from our time at Lorain City Schools. She was always kind and she will be missed.

I am so sorry to hear of Vi's passing. My sincerest condolences to her family.

When I was in the group in registration & transportation office at the Charleston Center, always had great times with Vi. Will always remember her great stories and smile. Enjoyed her goodies when we had our little "parties" in the back corner! Great memories.
Sorry for your loss.

Will always remember the fun & laughter that we shared when we worked together at the Board of Education. Loved seeing you dressed in gorgeous outfits & matching shoes. I cherish the many recipes that you gave me & the memory of you & Helen Snyder taking me to DISO'S when I retired. REST IN PEACE, SWEET LADY.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.