July 28, 2014

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Sue Petric is laid to rest

AVON — More than 500 mourners did not dwell Saturday morning on the shooting that killed Sue Petric, 43, of Wellington, or the murder charges pending against her 16-year-old son.

Rather, they remembered the way she lived.

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Mourners comfort each other after Saturday services for Sue Petric, whose son is accused of her murder.

“We’re gathering not to answer unanswerable questions. We’re here to celebrate the life of our sister,” said the Rev. Steven Conrad of Eastgate Assembly of God Church in Reynoldsburg.

At the front of the sanctuary at Christian Heritage Center on Chester Road, Petric rested peacefully in a coffin with a Cleveland Browns sweatshirt and teddy bear.

Debbie Calvert, Petric’s friend of 18 years, moved family and friends to laughter with tales about late nights and watching football with Sue.

“She was a gem, a godsend, a gift and a best friend,” and will always be remembered for her mischievous giggle, Calvert said.

“If our dad was able to be here today, we know he would say how much he loves her and misses her like we do,” said Petric’s daughter Heidi Archer.

Their father, the Rev. Mark Petric, 45, who serves as pastor of New Life Assembly of God in Wellington, was not able to attend the funeral.

He remains hospitalized for gunshot injuries sustained Oct. 20 — the same night his wife was gunned down in their Peck Wadsworth Road home.

A nursing supervisor at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland said he remains in critical condition.

Mark Petric has regained consciousness and since his surgery Thursday, he is making steady strides toward recovery, said the Rev. Roger Larrison of the Christian Heritage Center.

On Friday — almost a week after the shooting — Mark was told that his wife had been killed, Larrison said.

Their son, Daniel Petric, also did not attend the funeral.

He was being held at the county Juvenile Detention Home and has been charged with murdering his mother and attempting to murder his father.

Sheriff’s deputies believe Daniel shot his mother three times, including once in the head.

Another bullet went through both forearms when she apparently threw her arms up as a defense, county coroner Paul Matus said.

A judge Friday denied Daniel’s request to attend the funeral, but granted him a 30-minute viewing of his mother’s body at New Life Assembly of God in Wellington. He was in the church for a little more than 10 minutes.

Daniel’s name was mentioned three times by speakers during the service Saturday, but never in anger. His paternal grandfather, Michael Broeckel, said Monday that the family has forgiven him.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.