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James Bennett Stevenson,

age 85, beloved husband of Vickie (nee Hiner) for 55 years. Loving father of James Bennett Stevenson III. Jim was in the 3rd Army Band, an Ohio State University Graduate, and a railroading enthusiast. He worked for the Santa Fe Railway, Akron & Barberton Belt, and retired from the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad. Graveside service to be held Thursday, March 7 at 2:30 pm at Sunset Memorial Park, 6265 Columbia Road, North Olmsted. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ohio State University Foundation, c/o Marching Band Fund, PO Box 701811, Columbus OH 43271-0811.


father of David James

age 83 of Brecksville. Dearest husband of Janet (nee Burgers) for 61 years. Survived by his children, David (Carole), Ric (Becky) and Amy; grandchildren, David Engblom (deceased), Tim Engblom and Danielle (Nate) Hale; great grandchildren Tyler and Alyssa Hale; sister, Shirley (Ken) Schottke; sister-in-law, Diane (Bruce, deceased) Burgers. Hank worked for 62 years with BRT Charter Service as a driver and owner/operator. He was very active with Theodore Breck Lodge F&AM and Brecksville Chapter OES.



age 83, beloved husband of Joan E. Heinrich, devoted father of Krista, and Karl departed December 23, 2019. Respected musician and educator, mentor, and steadfast friend. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Lakewood High School Music Department. Memorial Service, 11am, Saturday, December 28, 2019 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church,18001 Detroit Rd. Lakewood, OH



James A. Moore

James A. Moore, 74, of Margaretta Township, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019,
in Stein Hospice Care Center in Sandusky. Jim enjoyed his model railroad hobby. He was a past member of the Erie Mad River Model Railroad Club and a director for the Division 4, Mid-Central Region of the National Model Railroad Association. As Superintendent of his own Cold Creek & Lake Erie Railroad, Jim hosted numerous operating sessions for upwards of 15 operators. It was Jim's wish to be cremated and a memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 106 Scheid Road, Sandusky. If you are planning on attending Jim's memorial service on Wednesday and staying for the luncheon that will immediately follow, please email or call me by Monday so we can help Jim's wife Linda in planning the luncheon.  Linda has also requested Division members wear a Division shirt if you have one.Bruce Bowie, 419-602-3584, in2trains@gmail.com



1950 - 2019
Craig Allen Sonnen, 68, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019. He was born May 13, 1950 in Columbus, Ohio, and was a Grove City resident for over 43 years. A graduate of Capital University Law School, he was an attorney for the State of Ohio, Unemployment Compensation Review Commission, for 35 years; longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Grove City; an Eagle Scout and member of Boy Scout Troop 172; and Master Model Railroader, and member and Secretary of Central Ohio NTrak model railroad club.   Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a special memory or watch his tribute video.

ROBERT J. LAVINSKI age 78, beloved husband of Eleanor (nee Janousek). Dear father of Lori Lavinski (George Grisin) and Steve Lavinski (Angela). Grandfather of Jill Lavinski and Grace Grisin. Brother of Annette Gondeau. Uncle of many. Memorial Mass December 1, 2018 10:00 am at St. Bridget of Kildare Catholic Church, 5620 Hauserman Road, Parma OH 44130. Please meet at church. Arrangements by SCHUSTER STRAKER O'CONNOR FUNERAL HOME 440-885-4800. www.ssofh.com
Published in The Plain Dealer from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30, 2018

Ethel M. "Ziggie" (nee Semler) Ziegler passed away peacefully November 9, 2018, at the age of 98. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Charles J. "Zig" Ziegler III, and son-in-law Gene F. Schwind. Ziggie is survived by her loving daughters Cynthia (Bruce) Ropers-Schwind-Neudecker and Patricia (Michael) Oster; her adored grandchildren Jennifer Oster and Michael (Wednesday) Oster Jr.; and step-grandchildren Michelle (Steven) Bosau, Kevin (Mandy) Neudecker, and Keith (Shannon) Neudecker; precious great - grandchildren Grayson and Delia Oster; step-great-grandchildren Andrew and Nathan Bosau, Callen and Mackenzie Neudecker. Family will receive friends for visitation at Heritage Congregational Church, 485 West Street, Berea, Ohio, on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 10 AM to be followed by her funeral service at 11 AM. A graveside service will follow immediately at Sunset Memorial Park, 6265 Columbia Road, North Olmsted, OH. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Heritage Congregational Church; or to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, 15500 S. Waterloo Road, Cleveland, OH 44110. dostalbokas.com
Published in The Plain Dealer from Nov. 10 to Nov. 14, 2018


Jim Leffard: Long time friend, Division member and ex-super Jim Leffard had a heart attack this AM and passed away! August 25, 2018

Richard Thomas Mayich, age 72, of North Ridgeville, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at his home. He was born in Cleveland and had been a resident of North Ridgeville for the past 12 and a half years moving from Lakewood. Richard worked as a plumber for Local 55 for many years, retiring in 2001. He enjoyed model trains, model dioramas and loved to golf. He was a member of the Division 4 National Model Railroad Association and the HOBO's Club. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Carol (nee Chrzanowski); children, Cynthia (Greg) Darrah of Chicago, Vincent (Hayley) Mayich of Fairview Park; grandchildren Yasmin, Kaiya, Sophie and Miles. 

ROBERT "BOB" ORLANDO, Age 72, of Mayfield Heights, passed away Jan. 13, 2017, beloved husband of 48 years to Sandra (nee Popa) devoted father of Nicholas, Jennifer Gallucci (Thomas), and Kim Pasquale (Michael). loving grandfather of Alexandria, Antonio, Dominic, and Franco. great- grandfather of Zoe. dear brother of James (deceased). Mass of Christian burial Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017., 10:00 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6850 Mayfield Rd, Gates Mills, OH 44040 (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Interment All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Bob at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91), Wednesday 2-4 & 5-8 P.M. ARRANGEMENTS BY LOPRESTI FUNERAL HOME. - See more at: http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?n=robert-orlando-bob&pid=183602899&fhid=15553#sthash.yUGwbUGF.dpuf


MICHAEL SCOTT KAPLAN, 45, passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2015, in Redmond, WA, after a brave battle with MS for 25 years. He was a lead software developer for Microsoft. Michael was the loving son of Patty and Steve Kaplan, beloved brother of Meredith and Zachary Glazer, dear uncle of Rachel, Mara and Kayla Glazer, nephew of Rick Eisberg, Overland Park, KS, special friend of Teresa Hennig, Seattle, WA and dearest cousin to many across the country. He was preceded in death by his adoring grandparents - Bee and Joe Eisberg and Reva and Isadore Kaplan. Funeral services will be held Monday, October 26, 2015, 1 p.m. at Mount Olive Cemetery, 27855 Aurora Road, Solon, OH. Shiva will be observed at 3990 West Ash Lane, Orange Village, OH following the interment through 5 p.m., 7 - 9 p.m., Tuesday 2 – 4 p.m., 7 – 9 p.m. and Wednesday 7 – 9 p.m. Contributions to a charity of your choice.

JAMES BARNETT from Medina passed away on Dec. 19th 2014. He is survived by his spouse Charlene, and 2 Daughters Melodie (husband Steve) and Laurie (husband James) and 2 grandchildren. Jim was retired from Ford Motor Co. and loved his trains. His module was taken be the module group of Division 4.

Gloria Shollenberger. Gloria was the wife of member Bill and may also be remembered as a vendor at our Train Shows for a couple of years after Bill's death. Both Gloria and Bill were teachers at Westlake High for many years.

KROGG TIMOTHY TERRENCE KROGG, age 60; loving son of Fred and Marie (nee Plewacki) (both deceased); dear brother of Claudia Sonokey (deceased); dearest uncle of Danielle Scranage (Jason) and Melanie Langham; best friend of Paul Havasi; loving cousin and friend of many. Timothy was a life member of NMRA and many other Railroad Clubs. Friends may call at GOLUBSKI DELIBERATO FUNERAL HOME 4747 TURNEY RD. CORNER of GARFIELD BLVD. FOR VISITATION FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015 FROM 2-4 AND 6-8PM. Prayers will be held at the funeral home Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 9:00 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Monica Church at 9:30 am. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Online condolences may be submitted at www.GDFH.net.


SEITHER JONATHAN M. SEITHER, age 33 of Broadview Heights. Son-in-law of James and Luana Peters. U.S. Army Veteran. Friends may call at THE FERFOLIA FUNERAL HOME 356 W. AURORA RD (OHIO Rte. 82) SAGAMORE HILLS FOR VISITATION WEDNESDAY 3-8 P.M. Family and friends are invited to gather at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church 14300 Turney Rd. Maple Hts. where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:30 a.m. followed by Interment at All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions are encouraged to the Jonathan Seither Memorial Fund c/o any First Merit Bank. www.ferfolia.net - See more at: http://obits.cleveland.com/obituaries/cleveland/obituary.aspx?pid=173061042#sthash.l9Yiilzy.dpuf

William E. Gorris - We lost our dear friend, father, grand father and great grandfather this morning at 0200. He was hospitalized yesterday afternoon and died at University Hospitals overnight. He will be greatly missed. He managed to live independently in his own home and drive stick shift into his 99th year! Now he will join Marian in Heaven. As Ann said early this AM (after 13 years) "You win Mom" I expect the funeral will be on Saturday.

Edward M. Ed Knipper. LORAIN - Edward "Ed" M. Knipper, 72, died peacefully in cleveland, Ohio surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 from injuries suffered at home. Ed was born on September 21, 1941, in Elyria, Ohio and attended McKinley School, St. Mary's, St. Jude's and graduated from Elyria Catholic in 1959. While in high school, he belonged to a car club called the Drifters. He was employed by Fisher Foods as a meat cutter from 1958 through 1965. He then joined B.F. Goodrich in Avon Lake where he worked until retiring in 1996. He enjoyed travelling, fishing, model trains and spending time with his family. He belonged to CV & WS Model RR Club, Lorain County Train Club, NMRA and Division 4. He and his wife, Diane, have traveled on trains throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He is survived by his wife, Diane (Weber); daughters Mary Ann (Greg) Winger of Avon, Ohio, Threse Novotny of North Ridgeville, Laurie (Kevin) Cullen of Lincoln, Rhode Island, Karen (Michael) O'Hara of Beverly Hills, Michigan, and Tracey Kopp of Amherst; as well as his grandchildren Joseph and Hannah Winger, Andrew and Christopher Novotny, Lindsay, Meghan and Timothy Cullen, Jack, Patrick and Colin O'Hara, Sierra, Shelby and Stevie Kopp. Also surviving are his sisters, Sherry (Rick) Stetson of Elyria, Christine Wright of Elyria and brother, Mark Knipper of Wichita Falls, Texas as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael and Stephen; his sister Gwen; his brother Gregory; and his parents Edward Knipper and Ann (Maiher) Knipper. He was a member of St. Mary's Church in Lorain. Visitation will be held at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, Ohio on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 3 P.M. to 8 P.M. Closing prayers will be at the funeral home at 9:20 A.M. on Saturday, January 4, 2014, followed by services at St. Mary's Church, 8th and Reid Ave., Lorain, Ohio, at 10 A.M., Fr. James Becherer, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Mary's Food Pantry, 307 Seventh Street, Lorain, OH 44052 and Friendship APL, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd, Elyria, OH 44035. Published in The Morning Journal on Jan. 3, 2014

Alvin Staufer, age 88, of Medina, passed away October 30, 2013. He was born on May 27, 1925. Alvin proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a self-published author of 11 railroad books, a talented artist and taught as an art teacher in many schools. He enjoyed collecting O-Scale trains, polka music and was a member of TCA.





































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