Gulan, Edmund J.

Edmund Joseph Gulan of Hinckley, OH, passed peacefully at home on June 11th with Leslie by his side. He was a determined and courageous man having fought the cancer battle for 15 years when his original prognosis was only 4-5 years.

Edmund was born February 24, 1940, to the late Edmund and Agnes (nee Blatnik) Gulan.  He attended St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School then Brooklyn Junior and High School where he was not only a good student but a star athlete playing both football and baseball. He graduated in 1957 and married his high school sweetheart, Joyce (Earhart) Miller. They had two daughters. To this day the Earhart cousins have remained close to Ed.

He also remained remarkably close to all his high school buddies even after moving his family to Hinckley in 1969. Many of his friends also moved from Brooklyn to Hinckley, Parma, and other southern suburbs where they all continued to get together frequently for dinners and cookouts, birthdays, and New Year’s Eve.  Many of the cookouts and parties included singing along with a record, tape, or CD to the tunes of their day. While his daughters were in school, he was the ‘cool’ dad; hosting teen parties and enjoying his daughters’ friends hanging out around the house where he could keep a subtle eye on their activities.  Several of those gals still call him “Pops.”  He later coached his daughters and some of their friends in the Hinckley Women’s softball league.

Ed and many of his Brooklyn friends remained avid softball players into the 70s. He also loved fishing, bowling and golfing with his brother and many friends. At home, Ed loved to cook and grow his own vegetables.  Seldom traveling before he met Leslie, he learned to enjoy travel and often went with Leslie to visit her family in Florida.  They went annually to Las Vegas with another couple or two and cruised the Caribbean with the ‘Gulan’ gang and friends many times.  Kelley’s Island was an annual vacation spot from his early childhood continuing throughout his life until the last few years.  Ed and Leslie usually went to Kelleys Island over the 4th of July often with family and/or friends. He still could sing a tune with his old cronies. His most recent hobbies were wood carving and painting.

Ed was a lifelong, avid Elvis fan and saw Elvis perform live with Pat Boone at Brooklyn High School in 1955 and was invited up on stage by Bill Randle. In 2002 he finally got to Graceland with Leslie, travelling again with a couple he’d known for ages.  May he rock on with The King!

Edmund is survived by his spouse Leslie (Hepler Reynolds); daughters Cathy Burless (Rob) and Connie Kizys (Don); grandson Austin Kizys; brother Robert Gulan (Linda); sisters Doris Petrencsik (Ken), Geralyn Hlavna (Al), and Janice Havasi (Jeno); and many nieces and nephews. He was a lifelong friend not only to his high school gang but also a friend and role-model to many young people, especially those who worked with him at Jay-O Machine.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace Church, 1088 Ridge Road, Hinckley, on Friday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m.  For those who cannot attend, the Mass will be live-streamed  on the Our Lady of Grace website:

The family requests no flowers or donations please.

Hurt, Minnie

Minnie Louise Bass-Hurt was born on June 15, 1952, in Demopolis, Alabama, to the late Moses and Hattie Bass. The family relocated to Cleveland OH. Minnie attended Cleveland, OH public city schools, where she graduated from Glenville High School. After graduating from high school, Minnie relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where she met and subsequently married Samuel Hurt Sr. on January 3, 1977.

Minnie Bass-Hurt confessed Christ at an early age. She became a member of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor Jimmie Lee Burnett. After years in Detroit, MI, Minnie moved to Medina, OH, where she became a member of the Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor John R. Peterson. She faithfully served the Lord and attended church on a regular basis. The lovely Minnie Hurt had many great and unique ways about her. She loved to play spades and solitary. She liked plants and also enjoyed cooking. Capping jokes on anyone and everyone was one of her specialties. She also loved to travel with her favorite cousin, Annie Ruffin.

Minnie’s favorite scripture was Psalms 23: “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want”.

Minnie Hurt departed this life on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 8:42 AM. She leaves to cherish her memory, three children, Gwendolyn Bass, Demetrius Hurt and Samuel Hurt Jr.; four brothers, Moses Bass (Jacqueline), Bruce Bass, John Bass (Vickie) who proceeded her in death and Edward Bass who proceeded her in death, six sisters, Lola Thrasher who proceeded her in death, Mittie Bass who proceeded her in death, Ruth Bass, Anna Bass, Mary Robinson (Robert), and Mary Buchanan who proceeded her in death; eleven grandchildren, Shonquese Hurt, Demetrius Hurt, Deante Hurt, Janique Hurt, A’maryon Hurt, Brianna Bass, Autumn Bass, Demaryius Hurt, Wilma Hurt, Demarcus Hurt, Madison Cruder; and four great grandchildren, De’marii Hurt, Mulan Hurt, King, Ema’Rose Morehead.

The family will receive friends at Fellowship Baptist Church, 901 W. Liberty Street, Medina on Friday, June 4 from 5-7 pm.  Funeral services will be Saturday, June 5 at 11:00 am at Fellowship Baptist Church, followed by burial at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Zemaitis, Etta

ETTA ZEMAITIS (nee Frye), of Strongsville, was taken too soon, as she passed away May 26, 2021.

Beautiful Bride to Jonathon “Papa John”.  Loving mother of Carrie “Tiny” Elswick Salm (Anthony) and Joetta “Joey” Saunders (Trent).  Dear Mommy2 to Riley Saunders and Lex Salm, and (great) Mommy2 of Cameron Saunders.  Sister-in-law of Bill Zemaitis (Brenda) and Carl Martin (Sheila).  Preceded in death by her parents,  William and Ruby Frye; sisters, Linda “Cricket” Toppins and Lula Martin; brother, Billy “Sonny” Frye. Loving aunt and lifelong friend to many, and to Dot and Bill Clink. She will be missed more than words can say.

Funeral service Thursday, June 3 at noon at Grace Baptist Church, 3480 Laurel Rd., Brunswick, where the family will receive friends from 10am until the service. Burial to follow at Maple Hill Cemetery, Hinckley, OH.

Kulas, Sharon A.

Sharon A. Kulas, 50, passed away unexpectedly May 4, 2021.  Sharon graduated from Highland High School and the Medina County Vocational School in 1989, after which she pursued her career as a hairdresser.  She loved all animals, especially horses, and had run a horse rescue for a while.

Sharon is survived by her parents, James and Barbara Kulas; brother James Jr. (Cindy); nieces, Brianna and Madison; grandmother, Eleanor Kulas; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Holy Martyrs Church, 3100 Weymouth Road, Medina, on Wednesday, May 12 at 10 am, with inurnment at Holy Cross to follow.  Bollinger Funeral Services assisted the family.

Barnhardt, Ellen J.

Sunrise Oct 8th, 1957                              Sunset May 1st, 2021

Ellen Jean Barnhardt was born on Oct 8th, 1957 and entered into  eternal rest on May 1st, 2021.  Ellen was born to Joseph and Elizabeth Barnhardt who both proceeded her in death.

Ellen graduated from Lincoln West High School receiving her diploma in 1976.  Upon completion of high school, she then enrolled into Vogue Beautiful College, where she earned her cosmetology degree.  Her next accomplishment was traveling to Cincinnati, Ohio where she was able to successfully demonstrate her skills and secured her cosmetology license.  She then began doing hair professionally, a career of which she loved.

Ellen found Christ at an early age and became a Seventh-day Adventist.  She leaves to love and forever miss her, her significant other Joseph Payne, three loving children Antonio Maurice, Mario Pierre, and Tateonna Ellen Barnhardt, two sisters Katherine Marie Collins (Barry), Elizabeth Renee Barnhardt, one brother Michael William Barnhardt, six grandchildren, five nieces, one uncle Bishop David Parker (Ada) of Akron, Ohio, and a host of cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Ellen had the ability of impacting everyone she encountered by demonstrating strength and love.  Ellen will be missed forever by all who knew and loved her.

Graveside services will be held at Riverside Cemetery, 3607 Pearl Road, Cleveland on Saturday, May 15 at 1:00 pm.

God is our refuse and strength, a help readily found in times of distress.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Psalm 46: 1

Holbert, Rancel “Randy”

Rancel “Randy” Holbert passed peacefully in his sleep in the early morning hours of April 26th.

He was born in Star City, West Virginia and moved to the city of Cleveland as a child. A long-time member of the Cleveland Police force, and a retired Detective, Randy spent his retirement years with his family and friends. A travel enthusiast, Mr. Holbert arranged for many vacations with his family, often to Marblehead, one of his favorite destinations.

Randy is preceded in passing by his brothers, Ernest “Ernie” and Burl Holbert, and his two sisters Frances “Frannie” and Phyllis.

Randy is survived by his beloved wife Marleen (nee Grentzer) Holbert of 61 years; daughters, Lynne Earhart (Michael Frazier) and Laura Hawes; son and best friend, Patrick Holbert, to whom Randy was not only Dad, but also Sports Coach, event coordinator, bowling partner and best bud; dearest grandchildren Erin Hawes (Dallin Sutherland) and William Hawes.

Having lived such a meaningful life it is hard to know which of Rancel’s many accomplishments were most significant to him, but undoubtedly being a devoted husband and a good and loving father and grandfather were of those which stand out to us.

Though we will all miss Randy, “Rance”, Dad, Grandpa, Officer and Detective Holbert, the memories we made together will undoubtedly keep our hearts full for a lifetime.

A celebration of Rancel’s life will be shared privately by immediate family. Honorary contributions may be made to Special Olympics.

Wismar, James F.

James F. Wismar (Jim), beloved husband of the late Sandra, loving father of Jason (Kimberly) and Justin; beloved grandfather of Elisha & Avery; adored brother of Sandy Hulvalchick & much loved uncle of Guy, Glen & Gavin Hulvalchick; beloved son of the late George & Ann Wismar.

Jim passed away at home April 11, 2021.

Jim was a veteran and a true outdoorsman, loving hunting and fishing, along with his extreme talent at building model airplanes.  In his spare time he became a pretty darn good cook.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held for family and friends at a later date.

Barnes, Kathy M.

Kathy M. Barnes, 66 of Cleveland, passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  She was a loving person who enjoyed spending time with her family and her pets.

Kathy is survived by her daughter, Stacey Barnes; sisters, Karen Painter (Thomas) and Beverly Panian (Casimir, deceased); and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Sonja Barnes.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Miller, Frank R.

Frank R. Miller, 71, passed away Monday April 5, 2021.

Frank is survived by his sister, Cynthia L. (Nelson) Miller and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held.

Sutula, Robert E. Sr.

Robert E. Sutula passed away peacefully on April 7, 2021.

Beloved husband of 5 years to Myra Gold-Sutula (nee Hagen) and the late Joan Sutula (nee Niebauer) of 50 years. Dear father to Kay, Bob (Sheila), Dave (Julia), and Nancy (Milton). Step father to Jeff (Sandra), Mike (Lynne), and Ed (Gail) Gold. Grandfather of 10 and great grandfather of 2. Brother of Dolores Dray (Roy) and the late John Sutula (Bev). Son of the late Mary and John Sutula.

Bob was born in McKean, PA and lived parts of his life in Erie, PA, Columbus, GA, Lima, OH , and Cleveland, OH.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish or the charity of your choice.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, April 10 at 11am at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 25801 Royalton Rd., Columbia Station where the family will receive friends from 10-11am. Interment at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon at 1:30pm.