Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Van Richmond, former Plain Dealer "Page One" editor

Van Richmond, who died Dec. 22, 2010, retired from the Plain Dealer in Cleveland in 1994 after a behind-the-scenes career that was crucial to the presentation of the daily news.

Former colleagues have penned obits that explain Richmond's job and the affection and respect his peers held for him.

Read all about it in "Recollections of Plain Dealer Page One Editor Van Richmond" on Bill Lucey's "The Morning Delivery" blog and in the obit that Michael Sangiacomo wrote for the Plain Dealer obit page.

Patch Work, North Canton: Lawrence Wright, Hoover Co. retiree, musician

My obituary for Lawrence Wright, who used some of his initial earnings from the Hoover Co. in North Canton, Ohio, to purchase an accordion, appears on the newly launched North Canton Patch.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Patch Work, Beachwood: Alan D. Bennett, leader in Jewish eduation

My obit for Alan D. Bennett, who helped found National Association of Temple Educators and retired as executive vice president of Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, won't be available to the masses until the Beachwood Patch launches next week.

And yet Mr. B's obit has been posted on Beachwood Patch's Facebook wall! How cool is that?

Patch Work, Mentor: June Lund Shiplett, romance novelist

Here's the neat thing about There's no waiting for a press run to get something published. The sites are updated as the news comes in.

I submitted an obit for June Lund Shiplett, romance novelist, this morning (Dec. 23, 2010), and it's already been published on the Mentor Patch.

Patch Work, Kent: Loris Troyer, longtime Record-Courier editor

I wrote an obit last week for the Kent Patch about the late Loris Troyer, who died Dec. 9, 2010, at age 96.

It showed up online today -- Dec. 23, 2010 -- with the Kent Patch's launching.

But it's okay that it wasn't online right away. After all, Loris Troyer's status has not changed.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Patch Work, Mentor: Bob Malinowski, Mentor resident, assistant Willoughby fire chief

An obituary for the late Bob Malinowski, who lived in Mentor and served with the Willoughby Fire Department for 28 years, is the first to be posted on the newly launched Mentor Patch.

Patch Work, Cleveland Heights: Franklin D. Krause, pulmonologist

An obituary for the late Franklin D. Krause, a pulmonologist who treated patients at his offices in Cleveland Heights and Willoughby, appears on the newly launched Cleveland Heights Patch.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Patch Work, Brecksville: John Lupai and Vonnie Anter

Visit the newly launched Brecksville Patch at to read obits for John Lupaj, an architect responsible for the designs of many Northeast Ohio churches, schools and community centers, and Vonnie Anter, who coordinated events for the Brecksville Recreation Department.

Patch Work, Avon Lake: Howard Flynn and Mary Coughlin

Read about the late Howard Flynn, 1970 Avon Lake Jaycees Man of the Year, and Mary H. Couglin, who volunteered and later worked at St. Joseph School in Avon Lake, on the Avon Lake Patch, which went "live" today, Dec. 21, 2010.

Here's the link to Avon Lake Patch:

Patch Work, Cuyahoga Falls: Albert Brunner and Virgie Farris

Obits for Albert Brunner, a General Tire and Rubber retiree, and Virgie Farris, cafeteria manager for Cuyahoga Falls schools, can be read on the newly launched Cuyahoga Falls Patch.

Click here to explore the Cuyahoga Falls Patch.

Patch Work, Stow: Leonard Bartow and Milan Hayden

The newly launched Stow Patch has obits for Leonard Bartow, telephone lineman, and Milan Hayden, industrial arts teacher.

Explore the Stow Patch at

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Dash Between: Herman Frankel, owned three Elyria movie theaters

Herman Frankel owned three movie houses, located within a few blocks of one another in downtown Elyria, from the mid-1940s to the late 1960s, before television and the newly opened Midway Cinema at the Midway Mall drew away audiences and cut into his profits.

During one particular week in 1960, movie fans could see the Doris Day romantic comedy, "Please Don't Eat the Daisies," at Frankel's Capitol, watch Jerry Lewis in the zany "Visitor to a Small Planet," at the Rivoli or view "Samson and Delilah," a biblical epic from 1949 starring Victor Mature and Hedy Lamarr, at the Lincoln Theatre.

Frankel also offered cartoons and kid-centric Saturday matinees and special showings of spooky movies.

Click here to read about "The Dash Between" Aug. 6, 1922, when Frankel was born in Cleveland, and Nov. 8, 2010, when he died at age 88, which was published in the Dec. 19, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

The Lorain County Historical Society provided this photo of the Capitol Theatre. It's from a collection of movie-related photos that Herman Frankel gave the society in 2005.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Patch Work, Lakewood: Obits for George Dobrea and Dr. Mary Anne King

The Lakewood Patch is live and has my stories about two local folks, who have died: George Dobrea, Northeast Ohio's honorary consul general of Romania, and Dr. Mary Anne King (Kilroy), diagnostic radiologist.

More Patches will be launching in the coming days. Go to to keep track of which ones are "coming soon" and which are "new."

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Patch Work, Fairlawn-Bath: Obits for Frank D. Martion, Karen Kleinfeld

My first two obits for the Fairlawn-Bath Patch, which launched Dec. 14, 2010, are for Frank D. Martino, retired International Chemical Workers Union president, and Karen Kleinfeld, retired Akron Children's Hospital administrative lab director.

Martino lived in Fairlawn, Ohio. Kleinfeld was a resident of Bath, Ohio.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Patch Work, Strongsville, Ohio: Obits for Springsteen fan and a businessman

Joanne Connolly, a library clerk and bigtime Bruce Springsteen fan, and Alva Stone, an independent sales rep and tax review board official, are the subjects of the first two obits on's news site for Strongsville, Ohio.

Strongsville Patch launched Dec. 13, 2010. Explore it at

Patch Work, Avon, Ohio: Bill Hricovec and Henrietta Straub

Bill Hricovec, who owned Tom's Country Place, and Henrietta Straub, retired Heinen's cashier, were the first people to have obits posted on's community news site for Avon, Ohio.

Explore the Avon Patch, which made its online debut Dec. 13, 2010, at

Monday, December 6, 2010

Dash Between: Warren Powelson, worked on the railroad

My "Dash Between" for the late Warren Powelson, a retired freight train conductor, was published in the Dec. 5, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Writing about Mr. P stirred memories of my own childhood, when my dad, who had worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad, used to take me to the railroad tracks to wave at the guy in the caboose in the 1950s.

I think most people of my generation were taught to pay their respects to the caboose and the railroaders inside it. What a thrill when the trainmen waved back!

Click here to read about the Dash Between June 11, 1916, when Warren Powelson was born in Amsterdam, Ohio, and Oct. 11, 2010, when he died at age 94.

Dash Between: Bev Hall, Secret Santa, Medina Wal-Mart greeter

Bev Hall, who greeted customers to the Wal-Mart in Medina, Ohio, since it opened in the mid-1990s, anonymously gave money, food, school supplies, toys and loads of other stuff to folks in need.

She could best be described as a Secret Santa, no matter what time of year she was performing her good-deed doing.

Click here to read the story from the Dec. 6, 2010, edition of the Medina County Gazette about "The Dash Between" April 19, 1940, when Bev was born Beverly Heilman in Lodi, Ohio, and Oct. 14, 2010, when the lifelong Spencer resident died of complications from a stroke.