Patricia A. Gazer (nee Kocinski), 70, of North Ridgeville, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Ames Family Hospice Center in Westlake, following a short illness. She was born in Detroit, Michigan, grew up in Maple Heights and was a resident of North Ridgeville since 1972, moving from Avon Lake.
Patricia received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Kent State University. She then went on to obtain a Master of Arts Degree in Education from Cleveland State University. She taught in the North Ridgeville school system, then taught in the Cleveland schools for 16 years, retiring in 2001. She was a member of St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church in North Ridgeville, where she sang in the choir.
She loved spending time with her grandchildren, traveling, volunteering at Community Care and reading with several local book clubs. She enjoyed playing cards and Dominos and was an avid Bridge player.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Robert; daughter, Beth (Steve) Gazer-Jordan of Olmsted Township; son, Michael (Kelsy) Gazer of Seven Hills; grandchildren, Marissa, Alayna, Anthony, Thomas, Toby and Abby; and sister, Marlene Maruna of Stow.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph J. and Lottie (nee Kozlowski) Kocinski; and brother, Joseph Kocinski Jr.
Friends may call Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., at Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, where a prayer service will be held Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 10 A.M., followed by a 10:30 A.M. Mass at St. Julie Billiart Catholic Church, 5500 Lear Nagle Road, North Ridgeville. Father George Vrabel, Pastor, will be the Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Peter Cemetery, North Ridgeville.
Per family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to North Ridgeville Community Care, 34015 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110 or www.hospicewr.org