Zackary Czech Ratcliffe

Zackary Czech Ratcliffe, 23, passed away at Cleveland Clinic on April 9, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Zack was born on January 4, 1996 in Cleveland, Ohio.  Despite being born with many medical and physical challenges, he conquered his adversities and became an integral part of his family and school community.  He loved all animals and his Cookie Monster. His favorite things to do were listening to classical music and holding babies.  He  was a calm and loving influence on everyone who knew him.  Zack was truly a perfect person.

Zack was a graduate of Broadmoor School and recently attended Broadening Abilities Adult Program.

Zackary is survived by his parents, Michael and Stephanie (Bressler) Ratcliffe, brothers and sisters, Timothy (Jamie) Ratcliffe, Mary (Joe) Doeing, Kathryn (Chawezi) Kumwenda, Amanda Ratcliffe, Donald Ratcliffe, Sylvia Ratcliffe, Dawanna Ratcliffe, Denise Ratcliffe, Robert Ratcliffe, Jay Ratcliffe, Tara Ratcliffe, Daniel Ratcliffe, and Kenneth Ratcliffe,  grandfather Edward Ratcliffe, nieces and nephews  Samantha Doeing, Haley Ratcliffe, Leo Ratcliffe, Leah Kumwenda, Elijah Kumwenda, Angel Ratcliffe, and Maranda McCumbers.

Zackary is resting in peace in the loving arms of his sister, Antoinette Ratcliffe, brother  Charles Ratcliffe, grandmothers Mary Ratcliffe and Margie Bressler and grandfather Leo Bressler.

A celebration of Zackary's life will be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 5:30pm  -  7:30pm in the Woods Room, Mentor Ice Arena, 8600 Munson Rd., Mentor, Ohio.

Alice L. Lillich

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Alice L. Lillich, 78, of Willoughby Hills, Ohio passed away on March 31, 2019 at University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center.

She was born in East Cleveland, Ohio on August 18, 1940, and the family moved to Willoughby Hills, in 1945.  Alice graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio with a degree in teaching.  She taught Home Economics in Wellston, Ohio and retired in 1995 and moved back to Willoughby Hills.

Alice was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Willoughby Women’s Club and the Lake County Retired Teachers Association. 

She is survived by her brother John (Carol), sister Alberta Parker (Neil) of Las Vegas, and nephews Christopher Parks and Jeremy Parks of Las Vegas.

A memorial service for Alice will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church, 34201 Eddy Road, Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

The family requests contributions in Alice’s memory be made to Willoughby Hills United Methodist Church.

William "Bill" Thomson

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In loving memory of William “Bill” Thomson, age 73; of Kirtland, Ohio. He left his earthly home at 8 A.M., on April 2nd, surrounded with love from friends and family.

Bill was the beloved husband of Karen (nee Shepherd); dearest father of Kathy, Brian, Jasen and Sara, amazing grandfather of Natalie, Jeffrey and Stephanie, joyous great grandfather to Silas. Beloved son of Mary D. “Doll” and James H. “Red Tommy” Thomson (Deceased); loving brother of Patricia Finneran of New Rochelle and Betty Lou Jack (William (Sandy) of Prescott, Arizona.

Bill was a U.S. Army Veteran, who served during Vietnam. Bill always loved music and was an avid guitar player throughout his life. Bill loved technology and always enjoyed keeping up with the latest technological advances. He eagerly made the switch from typewriter repair man into computer repair when the time came for technology to expand. He wrapped up his career at the Cleveland Federal Reserve before easing into retirement. He continued to help others for the rest of his earthly life. Bill loved his church dearly and always referred to the people of his church as extended family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill’s memory at Kirtland Christian Fellowship, where he attended church and his memorial services will be held on April 13th, at 4 P.M. Kirtland Christian Fellowship 1001 Chillicothe Rd., Kirtland, Ohio 44094

Daniel M. Murton (Danny)

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Daniel M. Murton (Danny), 76, born in Cleveland, Ohio and resided in Mentor, Ohio died Sunday, April 7, 2019.  "I hope I never looked down on anyone unless I was willing to help them up."

He was a 50+ year member of the Pipefitters Local 120 and a faithful friend to Bill and Bob for 41 years.

Beloved spouse of Marlene Ann Kloczko Murton; cherished father to Daniel Frank (Sandi), William Joseph, and Robert Thomas; grandfather to Lance, Krista, Andrew and Emilia Ann; brother to Sallie Kerman and Patricia Finestein.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred (Starec) and Samuel Murton; brothers, Fred and Al Penner, David, Michael and Sam Murton; sister, Millie Teuscher.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Noon on Thursday, April 11, 2019, St Gabriel's Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge, Mentor. 

Melissa Lynn Munford

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September 28, 1973 - March 31, 2019

Melissa Munford was welcomed into the arms of her mother, Mary Eighmey on March 31, 2019. Raised in Biloxi Mississippi, she spent most of her adult life in Ohio.  She leaves to cherish her memory, her son Tyler, her loving husband Andrew, and her sister in law Darlene Parker, and a host of loving family members and friends. “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with our hearts.” Cremation has taken place.

Memorial service will be Monday, April 8, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. at Vito-Nero Funeral Home 6130 Turney Rd. (2 Blocks South of Rockside) send regards to 3557 Radcliffe Cleveland Hts. OH 44121


Robert Penko

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ROBERT H. PENKO, owner of Kirtland Hardware & Hobby Shop passed away Monday at age 93.

After service on Guam in WWII as AAF Sgt., his skills and kindness found an outlet for 35 years helping people at his shop.  

He bravely endured his first-born having down syndrome and losing his youngest, Scott to AIDS.  

Always with a joke or pun, a gentle quiet man, he lived happily with his wife Josephine for 65 years.

He is survived by sons Charles and Michael, daughters Nancy and Jazirae, sister Ruth.  

Memorial party at Brookdale, 35300 Kaiser Ct., Willoughby, Sunday April 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Harold Patrick Ledford

Harold Patrick Ledford, 61, of Mentor, Ohio passed into the loving arms of Jesus on March 17th, 2019.

“Pat” was born February 23, 1958, in Painesville, Ohio to Harold and Goldia Ledford. He graduated in 1976 from Baptist Christian;Orange Village, Ohio.

All who knew Pat knew his greatest hobby was fishing and how much he loved to be at the pier on the Lake or down at the River.

Pat is survived by his sisters Melanie, Tymberly(Barry), and Leah. Many nieces and nephews Jody, Jubal, Natalie, Leah, Michael, Molly, Matthew, Joshua, Amanda and Justin. Also his loyal dog Duke.

He was preceded in death by his father Harold, mother Goldia, sisters Dee and Pam, nephew Jeff.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Corda Martin

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Corda Martin, age 77, of Mentor, passed away April 1, 2019 at her home.

She was born July 19, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Clarence and Icie (nee Sandy) Rowand.

Survivors include Bill Kutscher, Michael Kutscher, Brenda Kutscher, Jeffery Kutscher, David Kutscher, Clarence Kutscher, and Gary Bryant.

Preceded in death by husband, James. E. Martin; parents, Clarence & Icie Rowand.

Jennifer J. Belt

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Jennifer J. Belt, age 46, lost her battle with cancer on March 29, 2019 at the David Simpson Hospice House with family around her. 

She was born February 6, 1973 in Euclid to Karen and Dorsey Belt.

She is survived by her mother, Karen; children, Brieanna Belt and Sean Hipps; sister, Pam (Dave) Zimmerman and Cheryl (Tom) Paynter; her granddaughter, Mya Markley; and her many nephews and niece, her aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was preceded in death by her father, Dorsey and her grandparents.

Funeral Services will be held April 6, 2019 at 10:00am  at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 9114 Lakeshore Blvd. in  Mentor.  A private burial will be at a later date.  Family will greet friends at the church on Saturday from 9:00am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Bede Church.

Patricia W. Tomory

May 16, 1948 - March 25, 2019

Patricia Tomory (Williams) lost her battle with cancer on 3/25/2019. She will be fondly remembered by her children Jocelyn, Maureen and Justin (Amanda). Grandchildren Chester, Sarah, Breanna, Eric, Olivia, Arabella, Audrey, Benjamin, Melanie and Macie and Great Grandchild Hunter. She will be missed by her sisters Elizabeth Williams, Margaret Williams and her sister friend, Suzan Bellemy. Patricia is preceded in death by her mother Maureen Williams (Ford) and her father Harold Williams. Patti held a special place in her heart for animals, especially her cats, Snookems and Kittens. Patti was sassy and strong. Known for her quick wit and contagious laughter that she was never afraid to share.

Antoinette M. Toth

February 25, 1944 - March 18, 2019

Antoinette M (Lazar) Toth February 25, 1944 – March 18, 2019.  Toni passed away peacefully after a long brave fight with cancer at the age of 75. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Karl Toth, sons William and Keith Toth, parents Joseph and Helena Lazar, and brother Robert Lazar.  She is survived by her daughter Michelle Toth, son John (Shirley) Toth, brother Joseph (Phyllis) Lazar, sisters Kathleen Boldizsar, Mary Alyce (Daniel) Dawson and grandson Zachary Toth. Toni and Karl shared 55 years of marriage. Toni loved spending time with her family and the many pets she and Karl shared together.  She retired as a dietician working in healthcare and the Catholic dioceses. Toni was kind and giving to everyone. She also enjoyed her time involved in community clubs and programs, she fondly recalled her time with the people of the Newbury Jaycees and the Volunteer Fire Department. Her ashes will be laid to rest at the Newbury Town Hall Cemetery. 

Joseph Kay Camp

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Joseph Kay Camp, 83, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2019 in Rome, Ohio.

He was born January 11, 1936 in Murray City, Ohio the son of the late Lowell and Delcie (nee Farmer) Camp.  Joseph worked for Lubizol Corporation for many years before his retirement.

Joseph is survived by his sons, Joe Camp, Bob Camp, and Mark Majetich; daughter, Sandy Vanderhoof; sister, Jannie Theisen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Donna Jean Camp on July 26, 2018; children, Linda Sprague and Karen Crittendon; brothers, Lowell, Floyd, Ralph and David; sisters, Rose, Leta, and Clara.

At his request there will be no service.  Please take a moment to remember Joe with a prayer or thought of remembrance.

Daniel J. Barone


April 14, 1940 - February 26, 2019

Beloved husband of Elaine (Rossick); dearest father of Michael Sr. (Lisa) and Marnie; loving grandfather of Brittany (Jesse), Michael Jr., Nicholas, Ryan, and Marissa “Rue”; great-grandfather of Khloe and Karli; dear brother of Judy Zajac (John, deceased), Anita Roberts (Mike), Debbie Uronis (Lenny), Christopher (deceased) (Christine). Dear uncle and friend of many.  Dan was a member of the HBT club in Maple Hts.

Services are private. 

Betty Lou (Rife) Ellis


Betty Lou (Rife) Ellis, age 86, of Mentor, went to be with our Lord on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Hospice of the Western Reserve due to illnesses.

Born April 25, 1932 in Willoughby, Ohio, to the late Russel (Peck) Rife and Mabel (Mae) Anderson Rife and stepfather Frank (Hank) A. Crews.

Betty Loved her family, she Loved cooking and enjoyed going out to eat with family and friends, she Loved entertaining at her home for the holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas time, she Loved music & dancing, she enjoyed bowling with friends, she Loved shopping, she Loved playing the lottery, she enjoyed her River Rouge wine, especially while watching the Cleveland Indians ball games, she was an animal lover & enjoyed feeding peanuts to her pet squirrels.  She was not just a grandmother to her grandchildren but they ALL thought of her as a mother.  She was a woman with a BIG HEART & would always help one in need, especially the homeless animals.

In addition to her parents & stepfather she was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy William Ellis; brothers, Leonard (Bud) Russell Rife, Danny (Boone) Leroy Rife; son-in-laws, Donald Richard Pettit, Sr., Daryel John Leikala, Sr. and oldest grandson, Ronald Anthony Leikala.  Also, their two dogs, Rascles & Skuffles, and their Kitties, Baby and Chippy.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Roxanne Cheryl Allen (John) of Perry, Sandra Lea Pettit of Cleveland, Nancy Lou Hodgson of Painesville, Linda Sue Ellis of Painesville and Julie Ann Blankenship (Garry) of Mentor-on-the-Lake; Betty was blessed with 10 grandchildren, the late Ronald Anthony Leikala, Daryel John Leikala, Jr., Melanie Ann Hurayt (Gregg), Robert Everett Rosier (Nichole), Donald Richard Pettit, Marie Ann Rosier, James William Hodgson, Jr. (Amanda), Brandon Robert Hodgson, Chantz John Allen and Sarah Leona Olsen.  She was blessed with 13 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.  Betty leaves behind her cat Mocha which she loved.

A Service to celebrate the life of Betty Lou Ellis will conducted at 4pm on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Freedom Assembly of God Church, 5420 W. Heisley Road, Mentor, with Pastor Jason Tatterson officiating.  Family & friends may gather at the Freedom Assembly of God Church to continue The Celebration of Life services with refreshments, and in honor of Betty all of the Ellis family is preparing food from many of Betty's recipes to enjoy while spending quality time with one another.

Frances L. Klemencic

June 21, 1928 - February 18, 2019

Frances L. Klemencic (nee Zalar) Beloved wife of Joseph for 70 years; mother of Ronald (Melissa), Linda Grady, and Karen Penicka (Eric); grandmother of Christopher, Michael (Wendy), Melissa, Jason (Allie), and Ricky (Taylor); great-grandmother of Mia, Evan and Gabriel; sister of Frank Zalar (deceased)(Mary); aunt of William (Katherine) and James (Kieran).

Services are private.

Edwin J. Merrill


May 30, 1946 - February 19, 2019

Beloved husband of Carol Ann (nee Lutsock) (deceased); dearest father of Debora (Matt), Laura, Ed (Toni), and Eric (Sorina); loving grandfather of Larry, TJ, Tony, Sammy, Tiffany, and TJ; great-grandfather of Lexi and Rylee; dear brother of Gloria (Ron), Darrell (Kathy, deceased). Ed was a proud US Army Veteran. He was a devoted husband, father and loyal Cleveland sports fan. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, family and playing with the dogs.  A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 1-4:30 pm at American Legion #610 19944 Sheldon Rd. Brookpark, OH 44142.

Rose Azary Lonser

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Rose Azary Lonser, 96, passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019 at the David Simpson Hospice House, Euclid, OH, after a short illness.

            Born February 12, 1923 in Warfield, KY to Stephen and Julianna (Munza) Azary, Rose was a proud Painesville resident for 90 years.  After graduating from Thomas W. Harvey High School in 1942, she attended Kent State University where she was a member of Pi Kappa Sigma Sorority and played the trombone in the KSU Marching Band.

            Rose worked at the I.R.C. for 10 years.  She loved traveling with her husband of 63 years, Frank.  She was a member of the Women’s Fellowship Guild and Altar Guild at St. James Episcopal Church.  She enjoyed music, her rose garden and playing cards.  Rose’s greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends.

            Rose is survived by her daughter, Patricia Norman; grandchildren, Jennifer (Neville) Dhanjee of Malden, MA and Daniel (Gina) Norman of Concord Twp, OH; great-grandchild, Ava Rose Dhanjee; sister-in-law, Margaret Adams and many nieces and nephews.

            She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Lonser; her parents Stephen & Julianna Azary; her brothers, Steve and Alex Azary; sisters, Mary Miers, Julia Shultz, Helen Francosky and Elizabeth Azary.

            Private burial will be held at Perry Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 4:00pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 131 North State Street, Painesville with a reception following.

            In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to St James Episcopal Church, 131 N. State St., Painesville, OH  44077.

Ralph W. White, Jr.

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Our beloved husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, friend  Ralph Wayne White Jr. born 3-1-1973 has gone to be with the Father in Heaven on the day of 2-19-2019. Ralph has spread his wings and is soaring  high in the sky to be glorified in the presence of our  Father in Heaven. Suffer no more you beautiful son of thy Lord, but smile and the sun shall shine down on us all to let us know you are happy and cleaned in your Fathers house. Ralph was a good, passionate, and caring man. He loved life and loved things that life offered. His passion for race cars, cosmetics of cars, family and friends will forever  leave a footprint on all the lives he has touched.  He was a all  around handyman in house restorations and anything he choose  to do.  Ralphs sarcastic being as a friend to many was out of this world. Not too much Ralph  didnt know or put his mind to do that he couldn't do. The most important thing of all was he loved and he was loved by many. Judgement of a person not was his character, but as he wore his heart on his sleeve. He is survived by his parents Rosie Tessner, Ralph White  Sr,  his brother Walter White,  his wife Vonda White, his children Dwanda Kirby (Demonte Stewart) Michael Adkins (Christina Adkins), Kevin Adkins (Jennifer Adkins) 8 grandchildren ,and 3 nieces. In our hearts always you will remain. Donations  can be made to Blessings Cremation Center, 9340 Oinecone Drive, Mentor, OH 44060 to assist in final costs and flowers can be sent to McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Home, 6330 Center Street (SR 615 North), Mentor, OH 44060 where calling hours will be held Friday, February 22, 2019 from 5-7pm.. 

Norman "Casey" Rozell


Norman "Casey" Rozell was born in San Diego, California, to Isaac and Mary (Johnson) Rozell and grew up in Troy, Ohio.  He graduated from Troy High School where he played baseball and was captain of the basketball and football teams and also served as Senior Class President.  He served in the U.S. Army and then attended and graduated from Ohio University and received his Master's Degree in Education Administration from Kent State University.  In 1952 he married Nancy Smith and they moved to the Cleveland area.  He began his teaching career in the Mayfield City School District at Oakville School and was named Principal at Millridge Elementary School when it opened in 1961 and remained there until he retired in 1984.  After retirement he volunteered as a reader at the Cleveland Sight Center.  He and his wife enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. 

Casey is preceded in death by his wife Nancy, parents and younger brothers Ronald and Thomas Rozell.

He is survived by his four children, Rebecca (Timothy) Reinhard, Richard Rozell, Robert (Rita) Rozell and David Rozell.  He was a loving grandfather of Scott, Michael, Amy, Cory, Lauren, and step-grandchildren John, Candice, Holly, great-grandchildren Cooper, Emilia, and step great-grandchildren Justin, Zowie, Alyssa, Koreena, Chloe and Leilani.  Casey passed away peacefully with family by his side on Friday, February 8, 2019. 

A private celebration of Casey's life will be held with family at a later date.