Cottingham, Richard Guy Sr. “Buzzard”

Richard Guy Cottingham Sr., AKA “Buzzard”,  passed away October 15, 2021 in the hospital with family by his side. Born December 20,1947 to the late Cone and Esther (Conrad) Cottingham. He served in The United States Army with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War.

Richard was a hard worker during his life. He was a press operator at Ohio Match Co, construction worker, and for the last several years he worked at foundries in Akron. Richard owned and enjoyed muscle cars. He was a big nascar fan and loved the Browns. (GO BROWNS). His laugh is contagious and his sense of humor was infectious. He was so loving, and would give you his last penny if it meant it would help you. He was a kind soul who only wanted everyone to laugh and enjoy life.

He is survived by his loving wife Andrea of 18 years; sons, Richard (Melanie) Cottingham Jr., Gary (Gail) Cottingham, Paul Cottingham; daughter, April Cottingham; stepson, Randy Wells; grandchildren, Patrick Cottingham, Chelsea (AJ) Szweda, Joseph Cottingham, Dylan Cottingham, Dustin Cottingham, Megan Cottingham, Hailee Bishoff, and Brooklynn Bishoff; and a great granddaughter named Allyson Szweda, who was the apple of his eye. He will also be missed by his sister, Charlotte (John) Harris; his in laws, many nieces and nephews, friends, and his beloved cat Smokey.

He is preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Linda; sister, Rebecca Elsmore; and brother, Dwight Cottingham.

Cremation has taken place and he will be laid to rest in the spring at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Koussa, Jennifer Lynn

JENNIFER L KOUSSA, 36, passed away unexpectedly on October 11, 2021. She was a sweet girl who lost her longtime struggle with addiction. She is survived by her daughters, Courtney Mason and Gabriy’el Grace; parents, Laura and Anthony Koussa, Sr; and brothers Joseph Koussa and Anthony Koussa, Jr. (Michelle). On Sunday, Oct. 17 family will receive friends from 1pm – 2pm with a celebration of her life starting at 2pm at Clearview Church, 23963 Royalton Rd., Columbia Station. BOLLINGER FUNERAL SERVICES is assisting the family.

Thomas, Charles R.

Charles R. “Chuck” Thomas, 79 of Brunswick Hills, passed away Tuesday, October 5, 2021. He was a HUGE football fan, especially loving the Browns. Chuck was completely unselfish, and his family always came first.  He was a devoted family man who also loved his Hope Church family.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; son, Troy Allan Thomas; daughter, Jenine Ann Hicks; grandchildren, Madelyn, Tyler, and Breezy Hicks; and a sister, Shirley Large (Howard). He was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Thomas and a sister, Sandy Ward.

The family will receive friends at Hope Church, 1905 Pearl Rd., Brunswick from 4-6pm Friday.  The funeral service will be at the church on Saturday at 11am. The burial at Eastlawn Memory Gardens will be at 2pm Saturday following the luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be sent to Hope Church in Chuck’s name.

Bollinger Funeral Services is assisting the family.

Smith, David W.

David W. Smith of Bath went home to the Lord and to his beloved wife Judy on September 30, 2021.

Dave was born in Chicago on June 4,1934 and lived in the Chicago area until his family relocated to Bay Village in 1948.

Upon graduating from Bay High School, Dave enrolled at Northwestern University, where he met Judy. Dave and Judy married in 1958 and started their family in Chicago. They settled for good in the Cleveland area in 1964.

David worked in the insurance business for Mass Mutual and New England Life.

David and his wife Judy had a personal faith in Jesus Christ. They attended St. Luke’s Anglican Church. More than anything, they blessed people through their friendship, generosity, encouragement, and just all-out fun.

Dave was a passionate Cleveland sports fan; and he never gave up on his beloved NU Wildcats. Dave was also an avid golfer for most of his life, and he finally got his first and only hole-in-one just two months prior to his passing.

Dave is remembered by friends and family for his passion, energy, devotion, generosity, wisdom, and most important, love. He cared day in and day out for Judy while she suffered from Alzheimer’s for the last 12 years of her life.

Dave is preceded in death by Judy, and survived by two sons Andy (married to Brooke) and Ben; 3 daughters Gretchen (married to Terry) Ellen, and Katy (married to Gary); six grandchildren Alex, Molly, Amelia, Calvin, Marley, Evan ; and his dog Pumpkin.

Visiting Hours will be held at St. Luke’s Church 3810 Ridgewood Rd. Copley OH 44321 at 9:30am followed by a service at 10:30am on Friday, October 15. The event will be held outdoors weather permitting. If the event is held indoors, the family requests guests to please wear masks due to the pandemic.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s honor may be made to the Wyandot County Humane Society, 9640 County Highway 330 Upper Sandusky, OH 43351,

Bollinger Funeral Services assisted the family.

Frank Hobrath, 79, passed away September 22, 2021.  The son of Jakob and Eva Hobrath, Frank was born in Velimirovac, Croatia (formerly Yugoslavia), and moved to the US as a teenager.  He then served in the US Army, 101st Airborne Division.  Frank was a machinist for Cleveland Twist Drill for 37 years, and was an active member of Bethel Christian Church.

Frank is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Heidi (nee Maltzahn); daughters, Tina Vukovic (Paul), Lisa Conley (Nick) and Suzette Marunowski (Scott); dearest siblings, Adam Hobrath, Henry Hobrath and Ernestine Ziefle; and eight precious grandchildren, Greta, Anika, Elena, Olivia, Ethan, Eva, Ezra and Ella.

Frank had a deep love for his God and his family. He touched the lives of many people with his gentle smile and words of encouragement. We are comforted in knowing that we will see him again by the power of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Private family graveside services will be held October 1st. Friends and family can join us with a Celebration of Life service at Bethel Christian Church 12901 W Pleasant Valley Rd, Parma, OH 44130 beginning at 12:30 pm October 1st

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Life Foundation (John 3:16 Children’s Home) 1002 Winter Lake Dr. Fenton, MO 63026.  On Memo Line write: Frank Hobrath Memorial.

Stelma, Derrick

Derrick W. Stelma, 46, passed away unexpectedly September 18, 2021. He is the son of Darcy Pescatrice and Michael Pescatrice (deceased).

Derrick was a handyman, and loved his family, as well as music, the outdoors, and sports.  He was the favorite “Uncle Derrick”.

In addition to his mother, Derrick is survived by his stepbrother, Charles Pescatrice, niece, Alysabella Vavra; niece, Alyssa Makoroff; nephew, Jarrett Makoroff; great-nephew, Roderick Makoroff; and many other nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.  He was preceded in death by his brother, David J. Stelma.

The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Palguta, Richard M.

RICHARD MAXWELL PALGUTA, age 38, also known as Ricky or Tiny, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday September 9, 2021. He was a kind, helpful, and caring man who had a hearty laugh. Ricky also was a free-spirited animal lover who was well loved and will be greatly missed.

Ricky is survived by his parents, Barbara Palguta, Richard Dietrich, and Paul Palguta; aunt Mary Lynn Roberts (Frank Hotkiewicz); uncle William Roberts (Victoria); cousins, Matthew Smith, Alanna Hoole, Sarah Hoole, and Danica Hoole; and his special buddy, “Pork Chop” Roberts.

A celebration of Ricky’s life will be held at a later date.

Bollinger Funeral Services is assisting the family.

Decker, Richard

Richard Decker, 72, went home to our Lord on August 26th, 2021.

Survived by his wife; Amy, 3 children from first marriage; Mickie Getz (Matt), Chris Decker (Lynn), and David Decker (Melissa), 2 stepchildren; Josh Romano (Lauren) and Nathan Romano (Mandy); and 9 grandchildren; Marian, Marcus, Eric, Lauren, Austin, Zach, Isaac, Caleb, and Amelia. He is one of 7 siblings; Diane, Karen, Noreen, Jim, Kathy, and Dan.  Preceded in death by his father and mother, James and Lillian.

Richard established his own tool & die business, Investment Tooling Service. He was devoted to Our Mother of Perpetual Help, and volunteered at his parish as a CCD teacher, rosary leader, and technical support. Rich loved good food and would travel as much as it took to find the perfect muenster cheese, mint chocolate square, licorice, etc.  Speaking of food, he always had a great wine to go along with it, which he gladly shared. He had a great sense of humor, too. He could tell a joke like it was a real story that actually happened, tricking you until the end with the punchline. His singing voice was beautiful, and was usually the loudest in church, that is, until Parkinson’s interfered. He endured the disease with grace and good humor for 12 years. Mass of Christian burial at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church at 11 am on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the Mass, from 10 – 11 am.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sisters of Life, at or Southwest Hospice.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you, and give you peace.

Holbert, Marleen

On Monday, August 23, 2021 Marleen Holbert (nee Grentzer) followed her beloved husband Randy in passing.  Marleen was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was a graduate of West Tech High School, where she was a cheerleader and a member of the homecoming court.

After working for a short time outside of the home, Marleen was an extraordinary homemaker for Randy and their three children. She is survived by her only sibling Alfred “Mick” Grentzer, daughters Lynne Earhart (Michael Frazier) and Laura Hawes, son Patrick Holbert, and cherished grandchildren William Hawes and Erin Hawes (Dallin Sutherland), as well as several cousins and dear friends.

Marleen’s warm and welcoming disposition will remain forever in our hearts, and much as she tended to her precious flowers, she was always able to cast a ray of sunshine upon all those she loved, even in the most uncertain of times. Marleen, as a mother, you taught us the importance of keeping close to loved ones, and the value of honoring tradition.  And as a grandmother, you showed us the meaning of unconditional love.

A celebration of Marleen’s life will be shared by immediate family in private. Honorary contributions may be made to Special Olympics Medina County, 4691 Windfall Rd, Medina, OH 44256.

Azre, Gaile E.

Gaile Elizabeth Azre (Hamula), 79, born on November 29th, 1941, daughter to the late Michael and Evelyn Hamula, passed away and joined the Lord on August 13th 2021. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her late husband, Ronald Azre. brother-in-laws, Raymond and Allan Azre and granddaughter Brittany Drone. She is survived by her brother Allan Hamula, sister Linda Sherman and her children Kimberly Drone (Terrence Drone), Leslie Mastro and Kelly Michaels (James Hamilton). Her grandchildren Terence Drone and Breauna Mastro.

Gaile lived a beautiful life marrying Ronald Azre, the only love she had known since the age of 15 in May of 1962. They had three daughters, which they both centered their world around. Both of them enjoyed the music of Elvis Presley and the song that most signified their love to one another was “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. They enjoyed concerts together, went and visited Graceland and together collected memorabilia that symbolized a lifetime of their love and devotion. Gaile enjoyed trips to the Amish Country with her sister, shopping HSN or QVC, dinners at Longhorn and shopping the aisles of Discount Drug Mart with her daughter, collected beautiful Seraphim angels, excelled in the art of sewing and had an unconditional love for animals that was undeniably pure. She was genuinely warm, loving, gentle, giving, kind and most of all pure and true to those she loved. She would light up a room with her radiant and beautifully contagious smile; and for all those that knew her, loved her.

In her professional career, she made the accomplishment of becoming a Northeastern Ohio Divisional Organizer with Princess House Crystal and dedicated close to 30 years of successful achievements. She mentored young women with her leadership skills as well as grew her own group of women known as the “Azre Angels.” Her success in sales allowed her to win all-expense paid trips for her and her husband to Hawaii three times, Bermuda, London and Monaco to name a few. Gaile had also spent the last 25 years of her career working full time as a dedicated Sales Associate at Macy’s. She gained many loyal friends there and found servicing and helping customers with her smile an enjoyable career until her retirement in June of 2019. The success she achieved with her career never allowed her to lose focus or the time it took to take care of her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother through and through.

In life, we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill; although we can no longer see you; you will be forever cherished and loved in our hearts until we meet again.

A very special heartfelt thank you to the many nurses and STNAs with the Welsh Home of Rocky River and Cypress Hospice for their dedicated special care they provided up to and leading to her final journey Home.

Due to the uncertainties and spike in COVID, our Celebration of Life for Gaile will be postponed until next year close to the anniversary of her joining the Lord’s home, Please contact Kelly Michaels at her email address for further details.

In memory of Gaile and her unconditional love for animals, any donations can be made to the Medina SPCA at