March 4, 2015


Colleen B. Hoelscher

Colleen B. Hoelscher (nee Willemin), 72, of Elyria, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at her home, following a brief illness of cancer. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, (440) 322-4626.

Sharon L. Walker

Sharen L. Walker (nee Kossow), 67, and a resident of North Canton, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015, at Aultman Hospital following a lengthy illness. Sharen was born June 17, 1947, in Buffalo, New York, before moving to Amherst where she graduated from Amherst Steele High School. In 1976, she moved to North Canton, where Read More…

Irene M. Takacs Diosy


Irene M. Takacs Diosy, 94 of Salesville, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015 at Emerald Pointe Nursing and Rehab in Barnsville. She was born in Port Huron, Michigan on May 29, 1920, a daughter of the late Zigmund Takacs and Elizabeth M. Takacs. Mrs. Diosy was a homemaker and had attended the St. Thomas Church Read More…

John Lawrence, III

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John Lawrence, III, 53 of Elyria, passed away Friday, February 27, 2015. He owned a karate school in Lorain and was a karate instructor for many years. He attended Sacred Heart Church and taught RCIA classes there until it closed. John also drove truck, was a handyman, and would always help his family members until Read More…

Viola L. Hodgkin


Viola L. Hodgkin, 94, of Rochester, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015, at 9:30 P.M. She was born November 24, 1920, in Lorain. She was a 1939 graduate of Wellington High School and resided in Rochester the majority of her life. She was a devoted, loving wife and mother of two children, three grandchildren and Read More…

Bartolo Diaz Flores

Bartolo Diaz Flores, 79, of Amherst, passed away Saturday, February 28, 2015. All services are private. A special thank-you is extended to the Hospice of the Western Reserve for their special care. Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, (440) 324-3371.

Jean M. Smock


Jean M. Smock (nee Brissette), 81, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of the late David for 56 years; loving mother of Christine (David Davis), Thomas (Stephanie), Michael, Patrick and Matthew (Carey); grandmother of Cameron, Tylor and Jacob; daughter of the late Felix and Eleanor Brissette. She was a proud Read More…

Jack Lee Henderson


Jack Lee Henderson, 78, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015, following a long illness. Jack was a fire fighter and Fire Marshal for the City of Lakewood. His 30 years of service also included work with the Building Department and volunteering with the Office on Aging. Jack was an avid sports fan especially of his Read More…

Lily Miriam Bufton

Lily Miriam Bufton, of North Ridgeville, welcomed into the garden of Our Lord Thursday, February 19, 2015, at age 92. Born in London, England in 1922, Lily was the adored wife of the late Geoffrey W., and formerly of the late Joseph Durant; dear mother of the late Clive (Lorna), Paul (Karen), Suzanne (Harry), Sally Read More…

Rhonda Rae Forgues


Rhonda Rae Forgues (nee Whalen), 59, of Barberton, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Metro Health Medical Center, in Cleveland. She was born in Elyria, where she spent most of her life and had been a resident of Barberton for the past 9 months, moving from Wellington. She enjoyed spending time with her family Read More…

Obituary Search

The Lorain County General Health District's Vital Statistics Office houses the birth and death records beginning in 1908 to the present.  Certificates of births and deaths occurring in all of Lorain County, except for the city of Lorain, are available at the health district.

For your convenience, you can also process online requests through an independent company that the Lorain County General Health District has partnered with to provide you this service - VitalChek Network, Inc.  VitalChek can be reached through their website.  An additional fee for this service is charged by VitalChek, and all major credit cards are accepted including American Express® , Discover® , MasterCard® and Visa® .


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Overdose Death Prevention: Nasal Narcan Clinic

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Office Closed February 16- Presidents Day

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