Puckett, Homer S.

HOMER S. PUCKETT, age 63, passed away on May 7, 2019 at the Hospice of Medina County following a short illness.

He is survived by his sisters, Cecelia Kermavner (John), and Catherine Puckett. Homer was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Stella; and a sister, Janet Puckett.

Private family services will be held.

Kosman, Irene E.

Irene Evelyn Kosman (nee Legan), 89, passed away peacefully at Regina Health Care in Richfield, Ohio, April 27, 2019, surrounded by her family, under the care of a very attentive and compassionate staff and the Crossroads Hospice team.

Irene was born in Cleveland, Ohio to Raymond and Alice (Muhic), and lived in Hinckley, Ohio until her marriage to her husband of 68 years, Robert.  She moved to North Royalton, where she and Bob built their home and raised their family.

She enjoyed gardening in her greenhouse and garden,and baking and cooking for her family.  She loved to travel, and had the opportunity to travel to Brazil and Australia.  Her favorite place to vacation was the OBX, the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Along with her husband and children, Irene farmed and raised Shorthorn beef cattle.  Irene was a 4H advisor for many years, and was active in the Shorthorn Lassies Association.  Irene is survived by her husband, Robert D. Kosman; her children, Kathleen H. Kosman, Robert R. (Karen) Kosman and David J. (Bernadine) Kosman; her grandsons Christopher (Tiffany) Kosman, Mick (Jennifer) Kosman; and her great grandchildren, Anna, Ryan, Charlotte and Michelle.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Jean Legan.

In keeping with Irene’s wishes, there will be no services.

Memorial donations can be made to the Medina County 4H Endowment Fund, c/o Endowment Treasurer, 3671 Good Road, Seville, OH 44273-9722, or the Ohio Shorthorn Lassies Association, c/o Treasurer, 54905 Fulton Hill Road, Bellaire, OH 43906.

Sieckowski, Rebecca

Rebecca “Becky” L. Sieckowski, 79 of Brunswick, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2019. She was a devoted grandmother and great grandmother who loved spending the holidays with her family.

Becky is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert; children, Mark Sieckowski (Diane) and Lisa Ausperk (Charles); grandchildren, Chase Richards, April Richards, Cassandra Ly (Tony), and Bryant Ausperk; great grandchildren, Isaac Pugh and Owen Byrne; and brother, Gifford Basham (Barbara).

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gifford and Edith Basham; brothers, James Basham (Beverly, surviving) and Wallace Basham; and sister, Sherry Basham.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Gavlak, Diane

Diane Gavlak passed away at her home in Cleveland on April 21, 2019. Diane was born September 3, 1955 to the late Robert and Dorothy Gavlak. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Tina, brother Gary (Mari Beth), sister Carole Ann (Pete), 3 nephews, and many loving friends and family.

Diane’s greatest pleasures included spending time with her beloved daughter, enjoying the company of family, and cheering on the Cleveland Browns.

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

Bernier, Normand R.

Normand R. Bernier, Professor of Cultural Foundations, Emeritus, at Kent State University, whose extraordinary inspirational teaching and scholarship had a profound impact on thousands of teachers, died on April 18, in Akron, Ohio. He was 83 years old. He is survived by his sister, Vijali Anctil of East Providence, Rhode Island.

Bernier earned his doctorate from Columbia University in Teacher Education in 1970 and taught at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee from 1966 – 1977. He joined the faculty at Kent State University in 1977 where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1982 and was one of three nominees to receive the U.S. Professor of the Year award representing Kent State University in 1994.

Although he published extensively throughout his remarkable career, of particular note are Beyond Beliefs: Ideological Foundations of American Education, (which he co-authored with Jack Williams), Education for Liberation: Readings from an Ideological Perspective, and, perhaps most notably Mindlings: Encounters within Inner Space, an exploration of the inner dimensions of the human mind. He shall be sorely missed.

In keeping with Normand’s wishes, there will be no services.

Bazilius, John

John Bazilius Jr. O.D. was an only child, born in Newburg Heights, Ohio to Stefania (Nee: Cholodynska) and John Bazilius Sr. He graduated from Parma Schaaf High School, and then from The Ohio State University with a Degree in Optometry.  He then served as an optometrist in the US Army, with a rank of Second Lieutenant, and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan.  He also served in the Reserves.  He completed his service with an honorable discharge in October of 1964.

John married Nora Melius (deceased) and had three daughters, Denise Brown (deceased), Lori Humr (Frank), and Kris Hood. He later married Gabriella Szinte (deceased) and helped raise Renee Fuchs (Byron) and Julie Null (Patrick).  He was an Optometrist for 50 years, owning The Cleveland Vision Center for many of them. He liked to be called Doctor B.  In his spare time, John loved golfing, reading, and traveling.  Some of his travel ventures included the Caribbean Islands, Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, and Nags Head, North Carolina.

In addition to his children, he is survived by his grandchildren, Matina, Kassandra, Adrienne, and Robert Humr; Dakota and Sebastian Hood; Samantha and Lauren Sanders(Kris); Mackenzie Fuchs; Brandon and Alexis Null

The family will receive friends at Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Road, Parma, on Monday, May 6, from 10 am until noon, with services immediately following.

Majestic, Josephine

Josephine Majestic, age 97, passed away April 14, 2019.  In 1921, Josephine’s life of hardscrabble simplicity started on a 14 acre farm in Croatia, endured WWII in Germany, and fulfilled the dream of coming to America in 1949.  She was a homemaker and seamstress on Cleveland’s west side, and loved to garden.  In 1978 she came to enjoy the “Green Grass” of her Hinckley home abundantly.  She loved the Lord, her family, her flowers and her pets.  She was generous to all her relations.  She loved life!

Josephine is survived by her sons, Thomas (Brenda) and Edward (Holly); grandchildren, Adam Majestic (Jennifer), Melissa Latta (Thomas), Luke Majestic (Rebecca), and Juliette Lawson (Derek); and 10 great grandchildren.   She was preceded in death by her husband Matthew, whom she cared for in their home.

The family will receive friends at Tuesday, April 23 at Our Lady of Grace Church, 1088 Ridge Road, Hinckley, from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, followed by the funeral service.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Medina County Children’s Center, 724 E. Smith Road, Medina, Ohio 44256.

Witthuhn, Amy J.

Amy J. Witthuhn, 49, passed away Thursday, April 11.

Amy is survived by her loving daughter, Bethany Witthuhn; siblings, Lisa Shirkey (Jeff), John Witthuhn (Valerie), and Heidi Talkington (Darin); and boyfriend, Randy.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Nancy Witthuhn.

The family will receive friends at Trinity Church, 14040 Bagley Rd., Middleburg Hts., from 10-11 am on Thursday, April 18, followed by a memorial service at 11 am.

Knapp, Timothy P.

Timothy Paul Knapp, age 58, passed peacefully from this earth on Friday, April 5th, 2019.  He was born March 16th, 1961 to the late Dennis and Ruth Knapp.

He will be deeply missed by his Aunt Karen Todorov (nee Leonhardt), Aunt Barbara Elia (nee Knapp), and many other loving family and friends.

Tim is preceded in death by his beloved Parents Dennis and Ruth Knapp, Sister Elizabeth Ann Knapp, Grandparents Frank and Edna Leonhardt, Paul and Julie Knapp.

Tim earned his Bachelor’s of Arts from Cleveland State University.  He was the assistant gallery director for the The Galleries at CSU for more than 20 Years.

We invite family and friends to gather together with us in a Celebration of Tim’s Life, on Sunday, April 28th between 1 and 4pm, at the Diamond Event Center, located at 1480 Pearl Rd., Brunswick, 44212.  Words of remembrance will be spoken at 2:30pm with a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Tim’s name to 90.3 WCPN or your local NPR station.

Boudinot, Bernard

Bernard Boudinot, 65, of Chippewa Lake, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Gloria; his son, Jamie; his brothers, Bruce, Neil and Nathan; and sister, Rheta.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Genevieve Boudinot; brother, John; and son, Jason.

Bollinger Funeral Services of Brunswick assisted with arrangements.  www.bollingerfuneral.com