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John D. Johnston

Norwalk, Ohio – John D. Johnston, 70, passed away Nov. 3, 2017.

He is survived by his wife, Marie, son, Joshua, brother, Clarence, and sister, Mickey Oshira.

There will be no calling hours or service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Huron County Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio, or to Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, Alabama 36104.

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Mildred L. Sweet

 Norwalk, Ohio – Mildred L. Sweet, 94, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017, in Norwalk Memorial Home, Norwalk, Ohio. She was born February 10, 1923 to the late Earl C. and Anna M. (Ebinger) Shade in Willard Ohio, and was a lifelong area resident.

Mildred was an Auxillary member of both the Norwalk Eagles Aerie 711, and the Norwalk VFW Post 2743, she enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, sewing, canning, gardening, both flowers, and vegetables, bowling, and fishing with her husband and children. Mildred was known for her famous potato salad, she loved babysitting for her grandchildren, and enjoyed cheering on the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

She is survived by her children Robert H. (Mary) Sweet, of Norwalk, Ohio, Patricia A. (Bruce) Braddock, of Milan, Ohio, and James P. Sweet, of Norwalk, Ohio, by her grandchildren, Jennifer A. (Mathew) Faulkner, Julie C. (Nathan) Kuhl, and Scott K. (Summer) Braddock, by her great grandchildren, Sydney Kuhl, Colton Faulkner, Cade Faulkner, Carson Faulkner, and Brock Kuhl. She is also survived by her siblings, Herbert (Marilyn) Shade, Viola Snook, and Robert (Carol) Shade.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Henry A. Sweet in 1999, by her daughter in-law, Bettsy A. Sweet, by her siblings, Charles Shade, Willard Shade, Ernest Shade, Evelyn Baxter, and Dalton Shade.

There will be no visitation, and a graveside service will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., in Meadow Green Memorial Park, 2602 Bogart Rd, Huron, Ohio 44839. Rev. Fred Wiechers will officiate.

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Patrick A. Brown

 Norwalk, Ohio – Patrick A. Brown, 59, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Sunday, October 29, 2017, in his home. He was born April 16, 1958, in Port Clinton, Ohio, to the late James R. and Ruth Virginia Schultz, and lived in this area most of his life.

Patrick was a graduate of Norwalk High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He was a former employee and truck driver for F.A. Nye Trucking, Wicks Lumber, and Zeiter Trucking Company. Patrick was a dedicated Cleveland Brown’s fan, enjoyed riding motorcycles, baking, Sunday family gatherings, and especially enjoyed being with the children and grandchildren for Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

He is survived by his children, Heather L. (Ronald) Blair, Jr. of Norwalk, Ohio, Nichole (Ben) Jarrett of Bellevue, Ohio, Jessica (Joshua) Williams of Norwalk, Ohio, and Bradley (Jennifer) Brown of Sanford, Florida, by his grandchildren, Shaiyen (Zachary) Cook, Bailey (Kenneth) Fannin, Gabriel Blair, Nathanial Jarrett, LilliAnn Jarrett, Evelyn Jarrett, Bennett Jarrett, Joshua Couch, James Butz, Noah Butz, Olivia Brown, Athena Brown, Kayden Brown, Serenity Brown, and Ariah Brown, and by two great grandchildren, Haydon Cook, and Harper Cook.

Patrick is also survived by his sister, Peggy Steele of Norwalk, Ohio, and by his brothers, James Brown of North Fairfield, Ohio, and William Brown of Berlin Heights, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rick Brown.

Friends may call Sunday, November 5, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service at 4:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio.

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Noemi S. Gebhardt (née Bereczky)

 Noemi S. Gebhardt (née Bereczky) died peacefully at Fisher Titus Medical Center on Sunday October 29, 2017 in Norwalk, Ohio at the age of 40.

Noemi is survived by her parents, Sidonia Bereczky of Norwalk. Arpad (Erica) Bereczky of North Olmsted. A loving Aunt, Viorica Ibolya Tempfli, of Eggenfelden Germany. Beloved Daughter, Emma Grace and her, father Donald Gebhardt of Vermilion. Present, caring and loyal to the end friends: Scott Mesenburg, Laura Lichoff, Shelly Lichoff, Megan and Timothy Skinner, Kristen Bryant and Amy Ramey.

Noemi was born on January 7, 1977 as she would say “In the back of a wagon on the way to the hospital”. Her story was amazing since she grew up “behind the wall” in the town of Satu Mare, Romania. She didn’t grow up with the luxuries we take for granted. In 1989 with little time, her family was taken across the border to fly to the United States. She worked hard learning English and was proud to be an official U.S. Citizen. She often reminded us to not take our freedom for granted. She graduated from Edison High School in 1995. She became a travel agent, wife and mother before graduating from Lorain County Community College in 2007 and becoming a Registered Nurse. Her career at Fisher Titus Medical Center started in housekeeping, dietary and finally as a nurse. Patients were lucky to have her as a nurse on a medical surgical unit before transferring to the emergency department and finally ending in PACU.

Noemi was the kindest, most caring and gentlest soul you could ever meet with the heart of a fighter. Even though she had cancer, it did not have her. She continued to care for others as she battled her illness.

She loved her daughter, family, Disney, Bon Jovi, extended family and friends too numerous to count. She was a Foodie. Chemo treatments were spent watching The Food Network and “menu stalking” restaurants.

A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday November 4, 2017 at Saint Mary Mother of the Redeemer Church, 38 W. League Street, Norwalk, Ohio with a reception to follow at the adjacent school. Father Gilbert Mascarenhas will officiate the ceremony. Inurnment will take place at 2:15 P.M. at Sunset Memorial Park 6265 Columbia Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Noemi’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Piggy Back Foundation http://www.thepiggybackfoundation.org 31 E Main St, Norwalk, OH 44857.

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Laurentina E. “Laura” LaConte

Norwalk, Ohio – Laurentina E. “Laura” LaConte, 91, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in Gaymont Nursing Center. She was born July 9, 1926 in Providence, Rhode Island, to Joseph and Mary (Amaral) Eugenio, and came to this area in 1955 from Providence.

Laura was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where she volunteered for the funeral luncheon committee, was a member of the Women of St. Paul, and a former member of the Daughters of Isabella. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, and the Bowling Hall of Fame. Laura was a former employee of Davol Rubber Company in Providence, and was a former cafeteria worker at St. Paul School. She also had worked at Fanny Farmer Candy Company, and Schild’s IGA.

Laura enjoyed bowling, knitting, sewing and needle point, golf, playing cards, cake decorating, and was well known for her Christmas cookies. Laura especially enjoyed being with her family, and granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James F. LaConte of Norwalk, Ohio, by her sons and daughters in law, Stephen and Kathleen LaConte of Norwalk, Ohio, and Michael and Judith LaConte of Wakeman, Ohio, and by her granddaughter, Stephanie LaConte.

Laura is also survived by her sister, Doris Miller of Riverside, Rhode Island, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Eugenio, and by her sister, Mary Gray Hoyle.

Friends may call on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. Paul Catholic Church, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Msgr. Kenneth Morman will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, to Make A Wish Foundation, 1745 Indian Wood Circle, Suite 130, Maumee, Ohio 43537, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-1905.

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William (Billy) Robert Bolton Jr.

 Norwalk, Ohio – William (Billy) Robert Bolton Jr., 48, passed away peacefully, Monday, October 23, 2017, in Fisher Titus Medical Center, Norwalk, Ohio. He was born August 16, 1969, in Fremont, Ohio, to William (Bill) and Gail (Peck) Bolton.

Billy married Laura Anne Pedoli, on December 22, 1994. He worked at Ventra in Sandusky, Ohio. Billy enjoyed fishing, hunting, spending time with his family and friends, and especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Gail Peck.

Billy is survived by his wife, Laura Bolton, by his sister, Tami Bolton, by two brothers, Mike Bolton and Jake Bolton, by his four children, Rita Bolton of Rhode Island, Shandy (Sean) Coder, Melissa Poland, and Rich (Melissa) Greene. He is also survived by his 6 grandchildren, Evan, Dillon, Destiny, Laila, Kara, and Anthony, whom he absolutely loved.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held Friday, October 27, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Linda Pedoli will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bolton family.

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Gary T. Pigman

 Norwalk, Ohio – The greatest husband, father and Grandpa in the world is paddling his canoe in smooth waters at sunrise, Gary Thomas Pigman, 77, passed away unexpectedly, on October 23, 2017. Gary was born September 26, 1940 to Oren C. and Loretta Blinzley Pigman.

A lifelong resident of Norwalk, Gary was an avid outdoorsman and animal lover, often rescuing stray and abandon animals. Gary went canoeing every day, 365 days a year. Norwalk residents easily recognized him as the man who looked like Santa Claus and drove a red pickup truck with a canoe strapped on top.

Gary was the ultimate family man. Nothing was more important to him than his family and friends. His brothers and sisters always said that he was the “glue” that kept us all together. He was a giving man and was most happy when he was surrounded by his loved ones. He was very involved with his grandchildren and never missed an event that they were in. He spent countless hours taking them canoeing, to museums and on nature adventures. His children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews will testify that he set the bar that all fathers should strive for. Simply, “Bumpie” was the best “Grampy Whiskers” there was.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bonnie Kay (Berkley) Pigman. Children: Andrea (Randy) King, Steve (Stephanie) Pigman, and Tabbi (Josh) Early. Grandchildren: Ian and Analiese King, and Erin and Jack Pigman. Brothers: Oren (Reta) Pigman, Don (Debbie) Pigman, Pat (Millie) Pigman and Sister: Barbara Ward, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, by his brother, Jack (Roma) Pigman, by his sister, Shirley (Denny) Vaughan, and by his brother-in-law Eugene Ward.

There will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 30, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., in St. Mary Catholic Church, 38 W. League Street, Norwalk, Ohio, to celebrate the life of the finest man his family will ever know.
Gary’s loving and giving nature continues to follow him after death through the donation of organs and tissue. Gary’s wealth will continue to be measured by the love he gave and all the lives he touched.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers those who wish to make a donation in Gary’s memory do so to: Back to the Wild, 4504 Bardshar Rd, Castalia, OH 44824, The Humane Society, 246 Woodlawn Ave, Norwalk, OH 44857.

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Brian K. Brant

 Willard, Ohio – Brian K. Brant, 38, of Willard, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017. He was born July 23, 1979 in Norwalk, Ohio, and was a lifelong area resident.

Brian was a former employee of Zimmerman Construction Co., P & P Packaging, and Chris Adams Construction Co. He enjoyed watching football, NASCAR, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his mother, Lynette Brant of Willard, Ohio, by his children, Makayla Brant of Bellevue, Ohio, Kalei Kennedy of Willard, Ohio, Kassadei Brant of Willard, Ohio, and Malachi Brant of Willard, Ohio.

Brian is also survived by his siblings, Tracy Armstrong of Sandusky, Ohio, Douglas Brant III of Plymouth, Ohio, Raymond Brant of Willard, Ohio, Timothy Brant of Willard, Ohio, and Melissa Brant of Willard, Ohio, numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Brant, Jr., and by his son, Brian Keith Brant, Jr., and by his brother, Michael Brant.

Friends may call on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio, where funeral services will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Berlin Heights, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brant family.

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Harry E. Shaw, Jr.

 Norwalk, Ohio – Harry E. Shaw, Jr., 75, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was born June 17, 1942 in North Lewisburg, Ohio, and came to this area in 1953 from there.

Harry was a member of the West Hartland United Methodist Church, and Masonic Lodge #273 of Bellevue, Ohio. He retired from Norfolk and Southern Railroad in 2002 with 34 years of service. Harry was a jack of all trades enjoying tinkering with engines and mowers, gardening, fishing, and hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Maryanna (Whaley) Shaw of Norwalk, Ohio, by his children, Harry James Shaw of Monroeville, Ohio, and Mishelle A. Jagozinski of Toledo, Ohio.

Harry is also survived by his grandchildren, Austin, Tristen, and Chase Jagozinski, Miles and Montgomery Walls, and Malik Walls Shaw. He is also survived by his mother, Mabel L. (Ewing) Shaw of Norwalk, Ohio, by his sister, Sonja Simon of Norwalk, Ohio, by his brother, Ronnie G. Shaw, of Grand Haven, MI, and by his sister in law, Marcia Shaw of Wakeman, Ohio.

Harry was preceded in death by his father, Harry E. Shaw, Sr., by his brother, Jerry L. Shaw, by his sister in law, Diana Shaw, and by his step son, Rick Somerlot.

Friends may call on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the West Hartland United Methodist Church, 1401 Zenobia Road, Norwalk, Ohio, where masonic will be held at 4:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in West Hartland United Methodist Church. Rev. Josh Arrington will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Norwalk, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Hartland United Methodist Church, or to Masonic Lodge #273, 1108 Castalia Street, Bellevue, Ohio 44811.

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