July 23, 2014

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Steve Abbott


Steve Abbott, 60, of Elyria, passed away at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center on Thursday, July 10, 2014 after a sudden illness. He was born October 22, 1953 in Boise, Idaho and has lived in Elyria for the past two years, moving from North Ridgeville. He worked as a machinist at V.R.C. Inc. for the Read More…

Pauline S. Dobrinski

Pauline S. Dobrinski (nee Petroff), 70, of Medina, formerly of Lorain, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Arrangements will be announced by Dicken Funeral Home, Elyria.

Peter John Ellis


Peter John Ellis, 48, of Imperial Beach, California, formerly of Elyria, passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in Chula Vista, California. He was born July 27, 1965, in Elyria. Peter was a graduate of Elyria High School. He was a 21 year veteran of the United States Navy. Peter loved his dogs. Survivors include Read More…

Rose Sobotka

Rose Sobotka (nee Botos), 89, of Elyria, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at her home from complications of diabetes. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626.

Louise Jackson-Whitaker


Louise Jackson-Whitaker (nee Lovett), 89, of Lorain, passed away Thursday, July 3, 2014, following a lengthy illness. She was born September 27, 1924 in Free Union, Arkansas and moved to Lorain in 1964. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Lorain, where she was part of The Rose of Sharon, choir member Read More…

George York Miller


George York Miller died under the care of Hospice on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at the age of 98, after a brief illness. Born in Brownhelm graduating from Brownhelm High School in 1935, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years after which he attended the Cleveland School of Welding. He was a welding Read More…

Carolyn “Jean” Mendes

Carolyn “Jean” Mendes, 71, of York, South Carolina, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2014. Jean was born July 9, 1942, in Lorain, a daughter of the late Michael and Margaret Popson Herbert. She retired from Wellington Manor Nursing Home after 22 years as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She enjoyed crafts and hobbies, her flowers and Read More…

James E. Otto


James E. Otto, 80, died at 7:30 P.M., Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at his residence, following an extended illness. He was born March 27, 1934, in Dixon, Illinois, to the late Harry G. and Alice (Beede) Otto. Jim worked for 43 years with the F.W. Woolworth Co., retiring in 1996 as a district manager. He Read More…

Gerald W. Reeser


Gerald W. Reeser, 73, of Elyria, died at his home Monday, July 7, 2014. He was born February 21, 1941 in Elyria and was a 1959 graduate of Elyria High School. He was a welder and was formerly employed at the General Motors Cleveland Tank Plant. Upon the plant closing, he sold insurance for Met Read More…

Ronald F. Ridenour


Ronald F. Ridenour, 52, passed away after a long illness Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home in Lorain, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his sons, Rick Ridenour of Elyria and Steven (Britney) Ridenour of Delaware; ex-wife, Anna (nee Alicea) Ridenour; mother, Erlinda Ridenour of Lorain; brothers, Richard Ridenour, Read More…

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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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