April 20, 2014


Miss Verna Jane Pierson

Miss Verna Jane Pierson, 90, went to her eternal home Friday, April 4, 2014 after a short illness. She was born March 2, 1924, to Roy Maywood Pierson, Sr. and Bessie Justice Pierson in Beech Glen, West Virginia. Prior to retiring she had worked at Elyria Manufacturing Company, Elyria, as a bookkeeper for 40 years. Read More…

Dorothy M. Fletcher

Dorothy M. Fletcher, 91, of Litchfield, passed onto her heavenly home Saturday, April 12, 2014. Complete obit will be in Monday’s Chronicle. Bauer Funeral Home, Valley City in handling the arrangements.    

Peter Allen “Pete” Lafferty


Peter Allen “Pete” Lafferty, 54, lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born February 27, 1960 in Cleveland, Ohio. Pete enjoyed fishing, camping, and raising canaries. Pete is survived by his wife of 28 years, Teresa (nee Mooney); daughters, Michelle Szakal (nee Lafferty) and Melissa Lafferty (boyfriend Michael Adams); sons, Read More…

Leroy Edward Kubuske


Leroy Edward Kubuske, 88 years of age, and a resident of Amherst, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Amherst Manor Nursing Home. A lifetime resident of Amherst, Leroy was born on December 27, 1925. He was a graduate of Central High School in Amherst with the class of 1943. Leroy proudly served in the Read More…

Alden J. Ritter


Alden J. Ritter, 94, died in Belleair, Florida, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The son of John David and Christea (Hickok) Ritter, Alden was born December 20, 1919 in Center Creek Township, Martin County, Minnesota. He graduated from Mankato State College. During World War II, while attending the military’s meteorological training program at the University of Read More…

Rebecca Eastin

Rebecca Eastin, 89, of Oberlin, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Allen Mercy Hospital after a short illness. Cowling Funeral Home of Oberlin will announce further arrangements.

Roger A. Crayton


Roger A. Crayton, 57, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014. He attended Keystone High School, graduating in 1974 and Lorain County Community College in 1982, with an associates degree in Computer Sciences. He worked at Invacare as Director of Global IT Governances. The family would like to thank the ENT Staff of UH Seidman Centre Read More…

Anthony W. “Tony” Thome, Jr.

Anthony W. “Tony” Thome, Jr., 41, of Lorain, passed away unexpectedly at his residence, Monday April 7, 2014. He was born January 31, 1973, in Bay Village and was a life-long resident of Lorain County. Tony was an animal lover and enjoyed listening to music. He also loved watching sports and was an avid fan Read More…

David M. Springer


David M. Springer, 51, of Colorado Springs, Colorado. passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at home. He was born December 24, 1962 in Fairview Park, the son of Ellen O. (nee Stout) Hayes and Robert C. Springer. He was a graduate of the class of 1980 of North Royalton High School. Dave served in the Read More…

William N. Smith


William N. Smith, 85, born May 7, 1928 in Cleveland, passed away at his home in Rock Creek, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He served as a member of the United State Marine Corps (1946-48) and the United States Air Force (1950-52). He taught Industrial Engineering Technology at Lorain County Community College from 1962 until he 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® .


To order birth or death certificates online, click here.

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Lorain County General Health District
9880 South Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035
(440) 244-3418

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9880 South Murray Ridge Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035

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