Gregory J. Blatnik

July 12, 1972 - July 23, 2017

Gregory Blatnik age 45. Beloved brother of Carlette Hengst (Patrick), Barbara Dougherty (Ed), Ray Adams (Kathleen), Pat Adams (Andrea), Michael Adams (Gail), Tim Adams (Julie), Marty Adams (Barb), Nick Adams (Peggie), Katherine Zalar (William), and Mary Ellen Layman (Joe); uncle of Jennifer Hengst; nephew of Kathy and Gary Kattler;  dear friend of Tami Masten, his long time employer; uncle, cousin, and friend of many, who will miss him dearly.  He was preceded in death by his parents Carol and Austin Adams, and Ray Blatnik.  Gregory was a 1990 graduate of Wickliffe High School.  He worked for over two decades at El Charrito and Mario's Tap House in Wickliffe. He will be fondly remembered by his managers and co-workers for his dedicated hard work and sense of humor. His family will lovingly remember Gregory for his talents in the kitchen and his joy in playing board games. He loved animals, reading, and watching movies. Private services will be held. 

Robert A. Kato Sr.


April 26, 1931 - July 15, 2017

Robert A. Kato Sr. age 86, passed away on July 15. Farewell to you my family and friends. If you are reading this, I met my end…Please do not weep or be sad…because as you all know Seneca Casino will be so glad. Do not think of me as dead…think of the fun times like Cooler Head. The crazy times that we remember…of past days, and fun times in the summer. Recall those memories in your mind, those are truly the ties that bind. I will not have a wake to view me…remember me as you knew me. There will be a memorial mass on Saturday, August 5 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua 521 Plum St. Fairport Harbor, OH. Friends will be welcomed beginning at 10:00 a.m. My notable accomplishments…beside what you remember me for…are serving in the Korean War, a Western Reserve Yacht Club Executive Board member, and the craziest Fleet Captain ever. I was also a member of Jefferson Eagles, The Hungarian Culture Club, and the V.F.W Post 7754. Born April 26, 1931. Son of Helen and Andrew Kato (both deceased) I leave behind my beautiful wife Barb of 54 years (what a saint), my children Robert Jr. (Colleen), Michael (Janet), George, Denise O’Donnell (Jack), Kim Graham, Kathy (Dave Hill), Step children William Peadon (Linda), Michael Abbott and my beloved grandchildren Kyle and Connor O’Donnell, Joe and Elizabeth Graham, Kristi (Bert Karlovec), Tricia (Chris Young), Jacque Kato, Allison Lenze (Traver), and several great-grandchildren. Not to mention my two favorite 4 legged children, Roxy and Luci. As you know I would like to say make a donation to me but it wouldn’t do me any good so any donations should go to Hospice of the Western Reserve or St. Anthony of Padua in Fairport Harbor. I must now bid adieu and happy trails to you…until we meet again. 

Michael D. Altizer


October 8, 1978 - July 16, 2017

Michael D. Altizer  age 38 of Painesville passed away on July 16, 2017. Beloved son of Laura Sekston (Ron) and Thomas Altizer (deceased), father of Thomas, Avery and Kara, brother of Greg (Geneva), Ronnie Sekston, Cody Sekston, Ashley Sekston (Tim), Lisa Potter (Albright), and Jennifer Petti (Steve), grandson of Carol Sim, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend of many. 

A small memorial service will be held on Friday, July 21 at CRYC 35943 Lakeshore Blvd. Eastlake, OH 44095 from 4-8 p.m..

Flora Zelda Rains

June 27, 1928 - July 6, 2017

Flora Zelda Rains went home to be with her Lord on July 6th, 2017, at Precious Care Assisted Living in Concord, OH. She was born in Biltmore, NC to the late William J & Sallie (McAbee) Wright on June 27, 1928. She was a resident of Cleveland Ohio for the last 54 years. Flora was a woman of deep faith, who loved her Lord Jesus, and loved her family. She was an RN for 30 years, and even after retirement, never stopped looking after those around her. She was a wonderful loving, caring, giving person who enjoyed serving people, playing the piano for church, and had the gift of hospitality which she used well and often. She was an avid reader, loved to sew, play Uno with her grandchildren, and show her love for others by feeding them.  She will be remembered not only for her kind and loving spirit but also for her homemade chicken soup, cinnamon rolls, chocolate chip cookies, fudge, and chocolate-covered cherries. Her greatest joys were her family and friends, and her deepest desire was for them to all come to know and love her Jesus, also. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ova C. Rains, and her sister Virginia (Ginger) Wright. She is survived by her daughters Nancy Haney, Melissa (David) Johnson , her son-in-law Nick Theodosion, and grandchildren Callie Theodosion, Sophia (Riza) Agushi, and Daniel Theodosion. 

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 15th, at 10:30 at Bible Community Church, 8600 Lakeshore Blvd, Mentor, Oh, with calling hours at 9:30 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Flora's memory to Moody Bible Institute, 820 N. LaSalle Dr, Chicago, Il 60610. Also suggested is Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44110.

Charles J. Stoddard

July 15, 1920 - June 27, 2017

Joe Stoddard, age 96 of Maple Hts., passed away peacefully on June 27 with his 3 loving daughters Joanne Cash, Ellen Lampert (Mark), and Linda Green by his side. They will miss him dearly. Loving grandfather of 5, great-grandfather of 6, dearest brother of Allan, Irene Rice, and Jack (all deceased), dear brother-in-law of Frank Rice, dear uncle of many. Joe was born on July 15, 1920 in Stoney Creek, Ontario. He was a proud Canadian Veteran who served during WWII and a long time member of the PGA. He loved to travel and lived his life to the fullest.

 A private family service will be held in Stoney Creek, Ontario at a later time.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to The First Tee of Cleveland, 3841 Washington Park Blvd., Newburgh Hts., OH 44105 (a youth program that teaches life skills, core values, and healthy living through the game of golf) 

Tracy C. Allen

September 25, 1970 - June 21, 2017

Tracy C. Allen passed away on June 21, 2017 at Hillcrest Hospital. She was a 1987 graduate of North High, employed at the Cleveland Clinic for 20 years. Beloved daughter of Elaine and Thomas (deceased); mother of Tori, Summer, and Dylan; grandmother of Aria "Monkey"; sister of Todd.

 A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

in lieu of flowers donations can be made to her family to help with her final expenses

Maria Rosario Mivsek

July 3, 1961 - June 19, 2017

Maria Rosario Mivsek (nee Mancilla) of Mentor, went to be with the Lord on June 19, 2017.  Dearly beloved wife of Tony; Dearest sister of Socorro Mancilla and Luis Carlos; Dearest aunt and friend of many. Maria was a true angel of God. She will remain in the hearts of all of those who knew her.

Contributions can be made in her name to any animal shelter.

Ivan Kozlevcar

March 30, 2942 - May 25, 2017

Ivan L. Kozlevcar “Mike” passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 25, at Carington Park Nursing Home in Ashtabula. He was born on March 30, 1942 to the late Joseph and Mary (nee Prelas) Kozlevcar. Ivan served in the Marines from 1960 - 1964 and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Following his military service, he worked as an offset pressman, chef, and bartender. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, gardening, and spending time with his family. He was very proud of his Slovenian heritage. Ivan is survived by his daughter, Karen Bruno (Jason) of Rock Creek, son Thomas Kozlevcar of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Justin and Ashley Occhionero; brother, Joseph of South Euclid; and many nieces and nephews; He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Mary; sister, Sandra Meeker.

A memorial service will be held, with Military Honors, at Western Reserve Cemetery on Monday June 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Mausoleum. Ivan’s family would like to thank the kind and compassionate staff (more like family) at Carington Park Nursing Home and Bella Care Hospice for their wonderful care and friendship throughout the past few years.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made, in Ivan Kozlevcar’s name, to Bella Care Hospice in Austinburg, OH.  Arrangements by: Blessing Cremation 440-352-8100 

Joan C. Brichford

January 16, 1944 - June 6, 2017

Joan C. Brichford (nee Inzano) age 73 of Madison. Passed away on June 6.  Beloved wife of John (deceased); mother of John (deceased), Jeff (Kerry), Justine, and Jared; grandmother of Jeff, Amelia, and Graci; sister of Rose Warren (Rich), Sylvia Inzano, John Inzano, and Peter Inzano.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 10, at 4:00 p.m. at Prince of Peace 7193 Reynolds Rd. Mentor, OH, where the family will receive friends from 12 - 4 p.m.  

Michael A. Strazinsky

Michael A Strazinsky Sr. passed away suddenly June 2. He left behind his loving wife Brenda of 45 years. His son Michael Jr (Kathy), daughter Heather (Brian), grandchildren Jake, Lexie, and TJ. Mother and Father of Crossville TN, brother James (Jan) of Pickerington OH, sister Stephanie of Fredericksburg VA along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many life long friends. He was a proud Benedictine graduate, class of 1967. Go Bengals!!

Services: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gabriel Church 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd. Mentor, OH

Roy R. Shinkle

April 23, 1955 - May 31, 2017

Roy R. Shinkle age 62 of Perry, passed away on May 31, 2017. Beloved brother of Valerie Rettger; uncle of Melisa Rettger, Beth Albu, and Amy McElfish; great-uncle. son of Roy O and Valeryia (nee Lach) (both deceased).

 A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 24 from 12 – 6 p.m. at Lake Shore Reservation Lake Metro Parks in Perry, OH.  

William E. Tucker

William E. Tucker, age 72, of Eastlake, passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Meadville, Pa. Survivors include his wife, Joyce (neé: Mosh- er); children, Bill and Cynthia; grandchildren, Jerico and Joya; sib- lings, Shirley Titus and Susan Hammer; and aunt, Sara Hallet.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, May 28, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Goddess Wine House, 3054 West Prospect, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004. 

Mary Demchak

May 21, 1922 - May 20, 2017

Mary Margaret Demchak (nee Schuster). Beloved wife of 65 years to Nicholas Demchak (deceased). Loving mother of Nicholas (Ellen) Demchak, Linda (Pete) Vincent. Loving grandmother to John (deceased), Jason (Nicole), Nicole Jacobs (James), Carl Matthew, Nicholas, Zachary, Allison, Cory, and Peter. Loving great grandmother to Lisa, Jessica, Carson, Noah and Chloe. Beloved sister of George, John, Christine, Michael, and Anna (all deceased). Mary worked her whole life in factories and enjoyed baking cakes in her spare time for everyone.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 26 at Vito-Nero Funeral Home 6130 Turney Rd. Garfield Hts. (2 Blks. South of Rockside) from 5-7 p.m. 

Roy Hudson Lansing

February 20, 1950 - May 11, 2017

Our beloved Brother Roy Hudson Lansing, 67, fell asleep in the Lord on Thursday, May 11th, 2017, surrounded by his family.  His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace, resting assured in the hope of our Lord’s soon return to this earth. Roy was born to the late Hudson and Patricia Lansing.  Having spent his early years out west, during his high school years, Roy’s family eventually settled in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.  There he met his best friend and high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Lansing whom he married on July 31, 1971.  Roy was a faithful member and supporter of the Church of the Blessed Hope (Church of the Abrahamic Faith) in Chesterland, Ohio.  He was an ambassador for Christ holding a passion for mission work at home and abroad.  He spent many years doing frequent mission trips to Jamaica, donating time and funding to the poor and needy while devoting himself in the church community that became his lifelong support.

“Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”  Isaiah 1:17

Roy was blessed with a large and loving family. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Lansing (Titman), and his children: Jesse Lansing (Devone), Sarah Lansing, Rebekah Ross (James), Lydia Panchyson (Darryl), Deanna Scott (Lynn) and Eric Boone.  He was a beloved grandfather to eleven grandchildren:  Sadie, Josie, Adelaide, and Jed Lansing; James, Teagan, Ireson (John), and Jair Ross; Phoebe and Eli Panchyson; Ben Scott, and his new grand-dog “Ransom” Lansing.  He is also survived by his brother Dan Lansing (Salmon, Idaho). Roy had a love of colorful, vibrant, fun-festive print shirts. His family refers to them as “Grandpa” shirts.  In his honor, please feel free to wear one of these types of shirts to his celebration of life! 

Plans for Brother Roy are as follows:
Visitation is Friday, May 19th, from 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Celebration of Life Service is Saturday, May 20th, at 11am with luncheon following.
The service will be broadcasted live via the church website:  Click on the bottom right “Live”.

The Visitation and Celebration will be held at: The Church of the Blessed Hope 7450 Wilson Mills Rd (at East Hill Drive) Chesterland, Ohio 44026-1740

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made payable to: The Church of the Blessed Hope Earmarked:  South Africa PO Box 853 Chesterland, Ohio 44026

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."  II Tim 4:7-8

Eleanor J. Nemeth

October 4, 1925 - May 10, 2017

Eleanor J. Nemeth (nee Poremba) age 91, passed away on May 10, 2017. Dearly Beloved wife of John; Dearest mother of Deborah Gabriel and Barbara Bennett; Loving grandmother of Megan Nemeth, Kyle Gabriel, and Tyler Inman; Dear sister of Ruth Petrie (Robert) and the following deceased: Jack Poremba, James Poremba, Edward Poremba and Robert Poremba; Eleanor was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 4, 1925. She grew up in the area, married, and later moved to Maple Hts. where she spent most of her life. She was a dedicated wife and mother, who was respected in the community. She enjoyed her family, friends and neighbors. A lovely energetic person, she had a full life and will be forever missed by the many lives she touched, especially by the ones who loved her most.

A celebration of life mass will be held on Saturday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Martin of Tours Church.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society 10501 Euclid Ave. Cleve., OH 44106. 

Mary Ann Edsall

Mary Ann Edsall (nee Dyer) Beloved wife of Richard; Dearest mother of Melissa (Brian); Dear sister of George Dyer (deceased) (Mary); Dear aunt of Barbara Ann Dyer, George Dyer (Sue), Susan Boger (Bryian), and Steven Dyer; Great-aunt of Sarah Maher, George, and Matthew. Best friend of Jane Kochman;

A memorial service will be held at a later date. 

Robert Floyd Nelson Sr.

January 28, 1943 - May 3, 2017

Robert (Bob) F. Nelson, Sr. died May 3, 2017 at Hospice after a three year battle with cancer.  Bob was born January 28, 1943 in Painesville.  Bob is survived by his wife of 54 years, Marie (Shinhearl); daughters Denise Nelson and Shannon Childs; son Rocky (Elaine) Nelson; grandson Nic (Ava) Nelson; granddaughters Mandi Nelson, Alyssa and Brooke Childs; great grandsons Nolin and Niko Nelson; brothers Phil, David (Becky) and Terry Nelson; all of his Shinhearl family; caring friend, Mark Sapola and many nieces and nephews. 

Per Bob’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.  A private celebration of life will be held later, to honor this kind, generous and loving man.  He will be greatly missed. 

The family suggests contributions in his memory to Hospice of the Western

Donald S. Barry "Froggy"

January 11, 1946 - April 30, 2017

Donald S. Barry “Froggy” age 71 of Chardon. High School sweetheart and beloved husband of 51 years to Linda K. (nee Smith); father of Matthew (Michelle), and Lisa Ratliff; grandfather of Amanda Ratliff (Brandon), Christopher Ratliff (Anna), Zach, Mackenzie, and Madisyn; great-grandfather of Anna Belle, Beau, and Luke; son of John and Shirley (both deceased); brother of John D.(Patsy, deceased) and Jeanne Wynans (David); Don worked for RTA for over 30 years. He loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.