KONEWECKE, Catherine

January 16, 2011

Catherine A. KONEWECKE (nee Stricker) Age 84. Beloved wife of the late Edwin. Loving mother of Joan Ursic (Joe). Loving grandmother Joe Ursic (Karen), Aimee Ursic (Matt), and Katy Schunter (Jochen). Dear great-grandmother of Charlotte and Joe. Dear sister of the late Michael Stricker, Eleanor Dooling, and Marie Dobbins.

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, January 19, 10:00 AM, at Holy Family Church. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation: Tuesday, 2-4 and 6-9 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow & Ridge). To offer online condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com

MASLY, Rose M.

January 14, 2011

Rose M. MASLY, Age 99. Dearest mother of George Procyshyn (Penny Johnson). Loving grandmother of Michael Procyshyn (Dani) and Debbie Procyshyn (Rob). Dear great grandmother of Cooper, Sophia, and Graham. Dear sister of the late Mary, cousin, aunt, and friend to many.

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, January 17, 11:30 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church.

Visitation prior to Mass from 10-11 at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma, OH 44129 (betw. Snow & Ridge).

Entombment: Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kenmore NY, Tuesday, 1:00 PM. To offer online condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com

WADELLA, Mary Ann

January 13, 2011

Mary Ann WADELLA (nee Sendrey) Age 73. Beloved wife of the late Julius. Dearest mother of Jay William (deceased), Sue Marie Kaminski (Douglas), Laura, Chris (Deana), and Lisa Nasar (Bill). Dear grandmother of Jacob, Faith, Matthew, Hope, Nikki, and Mitch. Loving sister of Rose Ragan, Jeanette Krell, and the late Paul.

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, January 17, 12 noon at St. Bridget of Kildare Church. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation: Sunday, 2-4 and 6-8 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow and Ridge). To offer online condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com

DEHLINGER, Eleanor A.

January 10, 2011

Eleanor A. DEHLINGER (nee Potosnak) Age 87. Passed away Jan. 10, 2011. Beloved wife of the late Russell. Dearest mother of Lorraine Paul (Larry), Mark (Annette), Brian, and Keith. Loving grandmother of Todd, Dawn, and Brett, great grandmother of Zachary and Jordyn. Dear sister of the late Leonard, Irene, Bernard, Margaret, Bill, and Joseph Potosnak (Rose).

Funeral Service: Thursday, 11:00 AM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow and Ridge). Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation: Wednesday, 4-7 PM. To offer condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com

RODGERS, Lawrence J.

January 8, 2011

RODGERS, Lawrence J. Age 92, Beloved husband of Eva (nee Bill). Dear father of Gary (Anita). Stepfather of Edwin Andreychak (Vee), and Robert Andrews (Helen). Dear grandfather of Brett, Logan, Sharleen, Karen, and Robert. WWII Army veteran. Visitation and service to follow. Funeral service Tues., Jan. 11 at 2pm at Zabor Funeral Home 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (between Ridge and Snow).  Interment Holy Cross. Visitation before service from 12-2 at the funeral home.

MORGENSTERN, Grant A.

January 7, 2011

Grant Albert MORGENSTERN, aged 89, passed away on January 5, 2011 in Indianapolis, IN.  Preceded in death by Kathleen, his beloved wife of 67 years.  Proudly served in US Marine Corps. Former mayor of Parma Hts. OH. Father of Joyce Kelleher (John), Jeanne Aguirre, Judith Dietrich (John Michael), JoAnn Borovicka (Michael), and Grant Morgenstern (Tammy). Grandfather of Patrick Kelleher (Carol), Kathleen Kelleher Borally (Frank), Richard Aguirre (Kaori), Monica Aguirre Schrader (Tim), Michael Aguirre, Julia Dietrich Schmidt (Andy), Dennis Dietrich (Erin), Joseph Borovicka (Ashley), Catherine Borovicka Hosack (Greg), Mary Borovicka, Shauna Brooks Cavallero, Sarah and Kate Morgenstern. Great-grandfather of John Devon, Megan, and Timothy Kelleher; Kyle, Francesca and Alexa Borally;  Maya and Sarena Aguirre; Riley Schrader; Alexander Aguirre; Kara, Anna, Nathan and Caleb Schmidt; Braden Dietrich; Oona Borovicka; Caleb and Cierra Tripp. Also preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Helen (Sindelar) and his sister, Arlene Anthony.

Private services at Lakeview Cemetery.

Condolences to the family may be sent to: Joyce M. Kelleher, 420 East Inverness, Highland Hts. OH 44143.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the charity of your choice. To offer online condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com

VOHNOUT, Genevieve R. “Jean”

January 7, 2011

Genevieve R. “Jean” VOHNOUT (nee Cox), Age 92. Beloved wife of the late Michael. Dearest mother of Loretta Koval (Thomas), Donald (deceased), Janice, Kathleen Petitto (Ross), and Michelle Kerney (Timothy). Loving grandmother of 15, great grandmother of 18. Dear sister of George Cox, Patricia Hinko, and the late Robert and Edward Cox. Dear sister in law of Marie Cech and Edward Vohnout.

Mass of Christian Burial: Monday, January 10, 11:30 AM at St. John Bosco Church. Entombment: Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation: Sunday, 2-4 and 6-8 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow & Ridge). To offer online condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com
“Words of Remembrance”

Early paragraphs were dictated by Mom

Genevieve (Jean) Cox Vohnout

I’d like to share a little bit about my Mom’s life and loves.  She loved family, music, dancing, parties, fashion, theater, and travel.  She was a hard-working person with strong values of right and wrong deeply rooted in her Catholic faith.

Genevieve was born in 1918, the second of five children.  Her Mom loved music and dance and enrolled her at the age of 3 in the Leona Hart School of Dance.  She made her debut at age 4 in an Amateur Contest at the Parkview Theater and won First Prize.  She recalled that her father was very proud that day, gave her roses, and had tears in his eyes.

As a child she danced on the Playhouse Square Theater stages in their hay day. Every year she was in 13 numbers of Leona Hart’s Recitals, all with different costumes, performed at both the Music Hall downtown and the Masonic temple on Euclid Avenue.  Her mother sewed all her costumes with precision and care.  Genevieve diligently studied and rehearsed ballet, tap, toe, adagio and singing for the next 12 years.

At 9 years old, she was a finalist in the Gene Darling Talent Contest at the Palace Theater.  When 12 years old, a reporter from Cleveland’s local newspaper printed her picture and a large write-up titled, “May be another Ruth St. Denis!” (who was a popular entertainer at the time).  When 12, 13, and 14, Genevieve performed in vaudeville at Keith’s 105th Theater doing four shows a day for two weeks during her Christmas vacation.

Genevieve and Herbert Lurie were Ohio’s youngest Adagio Dance Pair, and were widely known for performing the Merry Widow Waltz from 1930 to 1933.  She was 12 and he was 14.  Herbert moved to New York City after high school to establish a career as a dancer, and appeared in several Broadway shows.  He moved to Hollywood in 1942 and was under contract to MGM appearing in several movies.

At 14, Genevieve took private tap dance lessons from Freddie Culp, who taught her some of Bill Robinson’s steps.  In her late teens, she attended various dances and was often called up to the bandstand to sing with the band.  When she was 18, she was a dancer and singer in Billy Rose’s Great Lakes Exposition, which took place in Cleveland during the summer of 1936.

She met her first love, Mike Vohnout, at 17 and married him at 19.  They started a family, and she kept busy raising five children, which grew to include15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.  Several of Mom’s grandchildren inherited her musical talent and performed in plays at their schools and community theater.  Mom and Dad lived in Parma Heights for 42 years and were married for 64 years.  They enjoyed polka dances, family parties, and holidays.  Christmas time was special because there was always lots of presents, visitors, good food, snow, and holiday spirit.

Mom and Dad sang in choirs at old Holy Family Church, and never missed Mass.  They always took us to church, and we couldn’t imagine life without the love of the Lord in our hearts.  They gave us faith that God will always be there to listen and to guide us.  In her late years, Mom taught dance at home and to the senior citizen group at church.  She loved friends and family and continued to sing and whistle at home and on bus tours in her senior years.

Mom always had her make-up on, her hair curled, and was well dressed.  She was loyal, proud, and had the strength of her convictions.  She was generous with advice and a devoted mother and wife.  She enjoyed decorating her home and making sure her family was happy and healthy.  She was a good cook and baker, and enjoyed reading the newspaper until her eyes suffered from macular degeneration in her late 80’s.

At 85 she said:  “I want to go up in the world!”  She was always determined and optimistic.  Mom sold her home on Crenshaw Dr. when she was 86 and moved into a new home in Olmsted Township with Shelly, Tim, and their family.  She took her four daughters to Disney World and Las Vegas when she was 88 and 89.  At 90 she was diagnosed with Lewy Body dementia, but remained sweet and lovable to the end.  Genevieve died at her daughter’s home at the age of 92.  In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is survived by her brother George Cox and sister Pat Hinko.  We’ll miss her a lot.  Thanks for being here to celebrate her wonderful life.  We were blessed with the best!

DeFLORVILLE, Raymond

January 5, 2011

Raymond DeFLORVILLE, Age 50. Beloved son of James DeFlorville (deceased) and Eileen Lombardo (Angelo, deceased). Dear brother of James (Nancy), Robert (deceased)(Patricia), Therese, and Michael (Susie). Dear uncle and great uncle. Volleyball and soccer coach to many.

There will be a gathering in Ray’s memory on Sunday, January 9, from 1-5 PM at Ridge Manor Banquet Center, 4630 Ridge Rd. (at Biddulph) Brooklyn.

Arrangements by The Zabor Funeral Home, Parma. To offer online condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com

LABUTTA, Victor J.

January 5, 2011

Victor J. LABUTTA, Age 92. Beloved husband of Mary Ann (nee Steiger). Dearest father of David (deceased), Victor John (Joan), Rosemary Miller (Don), William (Cindy), and Dr. Robert (Melissa). Loving grandfather of Jacqueline, Rocky, Jennifer, Clair, Paul, Zachary, Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Emily, and Mark. Great grandfather of Chance and Annabelle Rose. Dear brother of Bertha Kopas and the late John, Josephine Shenal, Steve, and Isadore. Dear uncle and friend to many. US Navy WW II Seabees Vet.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, January 8, 11:00 AM, at St. Bridget of Kildare Church. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation: Friday, 3-8 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow & Ridge). Contributions to St. Bridget of Kildare Building Fund.

FREEMAN, Dorothy V.

January 4, 2011

FREEMAN, Dorothy V. (nee Rentfrow). Age 103. Passed away December 30, 2010 at St. Augustine Manor, Cleveland, Ohio.  She lived 65 years on Manoa Ave. in Brooklyn and had been an active member of Brooklyn Senior Center.  She lived at Greenbrier Retirement Center in Parma Hts. since 2006. She was born August 10, 1907 in Elkhart, Indiana, to the late Agnes Anderson and Forrest Rentfrow.  In her younger days, she had worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. and the Grand Hotel in Indiana and had cooked and baked in their restaurant on Madison Ave. after moving to Cleveland.  On March 18, 1929 she married the late Ralph Freeman who preceded her in death on June 4, 1976.  She was also preceded in death by three half sisters:  Bertha Fisher Southwell, Georgianna Fisher Regula and Helen Rentfrow LaLone.  Surviving is half sister Helen Fisher Soldan, son David  (Dolores) and grandson Creighton. There will be a graveside service to be announced at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine Manor, 7801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102 or Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Road, Parma, OH 44134.

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