Friday, September 9, 2011

Dash Between: David C. Evans, 64, retired autoworker, Model T enthusiast

Dave Evans driving his 1925 Model T in a July 4th parade. (Photo courtesy of family.)
David C. Evans lived life in the slow lane.

The Ford Motor Co. retiree and member of United Auto Workers Local 1250 loved all sorts of antique vehicles.

For many years, he served as president of the Medina County Antique Power Association, a group that restores and exhibits antique cars, trucks, tractors, engines and lawn mowers.

He and his wife, Fae, were a familiar part of the landscape in Medina, Ohio, tooling around in a 1913 or 1925 Model T.

Click here to read about The Dash Between Nov. 15, 1946, when Evans was born in Cleveland, and Aug. 13, 2011, when he died of complications from heart ailments at age 64. The Dash was published in the Sept. 5 edition of the Medina County Gazette.

You can view his photo gallery here.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dash Between: Martin Hasemann, 49, Shire of Falcon's Quarry herald

Martin Hasemann, a.k.a. Lazarus Jacob Von Hase (Photo courtesy of the family.)
Martin Hasemann, a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, was known to fellow Middle Ages enthusiasts as Lazarus Jacob Von Hase.

As herald for SCA's Shire of Falcon's Quarry chapter in Lorain, Ohio, he used his considerable computer skills as a network engineer to help his peers find monikers befitting their SCA characters, the historical period in which their characters lived and their own heritage.

Click here to read the Dash Between Dec. 20, 1961, when Martin was born in Erath, La., and July 22, 2011, when the Wellington, Ohio, resident died of complications from cancer. The story was published in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011.

(Editor's note: Patrick O'Donnell, a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter and SCA member, wrote a book about the modern medieval subculture titled "The Knights Next Door: Every Day People Living Middle Ages Dreams.")

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dash Between: Emil John Evin, 88, Proud First-Generation American, Proud Marine

Emil John Evin, then the oldest member of Marine Corps League Medina County Detachment, gives a salute as his wife, Frankie, looks on at the Marine Corps Ball in 2008. (Photo courtesy of the family.)
Emil John Evin believed his life was spared for a reason, when only he and one other member of his company got out of Iwo Jima alive during World War II.

Evin, a charter member of the Marine Corps League's Medina County chapter, who lived to be 88, filled the years since escaping the bloody battle by working at least two jobs at a time to support his family, helping others and serving his community.

Click here to read the Dash Between March 6, 1923, when he was born in Cleveland, and July 17, 2011, when he died at age 88. The story was published in the Aug. 8, 2011, edition of the Medina County Gazette.

To view the photo gallery that accompanies Evin's story, click here.

Frankie Cannon and Emil John Evin, known to friends as Frankie and Johnny, were married Oct. 21, 1945, in Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of the family.)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Dash Between: George Hoover, old-fashioned country doctor

George Hoover (Photo courtesy of the family.)
George Hoover made house calls, accepted produce and chickens from patients in payment for his services and served his community - Oberlin, Ohio - on school boards, on city government commissions and through Kiwanis and other service organizations.

Click here to read about the Dash Between Nov. 19, 1921, when Hoover was born near Johnstown, Pa., and June 9, 2011, when he died at age 89. The story was published in the July 24, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

View his photo gallery here.
George Hoover often took his dog, Capricorn, on house calls. Capricorn obediently waited in the car, while Hoover saw his patients. (Photo courtesy of the family.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Dash Between: Gladys Pease, 92, Seville municipal utilities retiree, prolific cook

Gladys Pease dressed in pioneer garb for the annual GiantFest in Seville, Ohio.
Gladys Gordon Pease
Gladys Pease retired as a clerk with the Seville (Ohio) Board of Public Affairs, which handles electric, water and sewer services for the community.

She also served as longtime secretary for the Seville Historical Society, which coordinates the city's annual GiantFest to honor Capt. Martin Bates and his wife, Anna, who were known as the world's tallest couple and lived in the Medina County town in the late 1800s.

Pease was especially known for preparing an abundance of dishes for club meetings, community events and family functions.

Click here to read about the Dash Between Oct. 21, 1918, when Pease was born Gladys Gordon in Rittman, Ohio, and June 5, 2011, when she died at age 92. The story was published in the July 4, 2011, edition of the Medina County Gazette.

Clicek here to view her photo gallery.

Kenneth and Gladys Pease, 1943.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dash Between: Tom D. and Jean C. Bowen, anything but average

Jean Bowen receives her associate's degree in data processing in 1971 and a kiss from acting president of Lorain County Community College, her husband, Thomas D. Bowen. (Photo provided by the family.)
Tom D. and Jean C. Bowen, community leaders in Elyria, Ohio, were married 67 years and died within three weeks of one another.

During his Dash Between Sept. 4, 1920, when he was born Thomas Duluth Bowen in Duluth, Minn., and May 29, 2011, when he died at age 90, Tom served as the first treasurer of Lorain County Community College, co-founded the Firelands Chapter of the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and belonged to the Elyria Rotary, Elyria Kiwanis and Erie Shores Girl Scout Council board.

His wife, who was born Jean Crisp in Elyria on Feb. 18, 1922, and died June 18, 2011, at age 89, spent much of her Dash Between volunteering and holding leadership posts with the Girl Scouts, YWCA, PTA and United Methodist Women. In 1974, she received the title of Beta Sigma Phi First Lady of Elyria for her community service.

Both Tom and Jean served on the administrative board of Elyria's First United Methodist Church, quietly tried to make a difference in their community and raised four children for personal success and community service.

Click here to read the Bowens' "Double Dash Between" that was published July 3, 2011, in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and here to view their photo gallery.

Jean and Tom D. Bowen, 1995. (Photo courtesy of the family.)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dash Between: Paul Goode, 58, father, fisherman, hunter, coach

Paul Goode, silhouetted against the waters of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the Thousand Islands area of Canada, where he fished since childhood. (Photo courtesy of the family.)
Paul E. Goode's children say he was more than just a father to them.

"He was like my best friend," his son Gordon said. "We hunted, we fished, we camped. He treated us like equals sometimes. He always viewed us as his friends and not (as) his kids.”

When his four kids were young, Goode served as an adult volunteer/advisor/coach for their various activities, including baseball, softball, 4-H and Boy Scouts.

The auto mechanic from North Ridgeville, Ohio, who died of complications from cancer May 11, 2011, at age 58, also taught his kids, “Never give up on anything. Remember that life’s too short to worry about the little things.”

Click here to read Goode's Dash Between, which appropriately was published in the Father's Day 2011 edition (June 19, 2011) of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, and here to view his photo gallery.

Little Paul Eugene Goode and his father, Paul Edward Goode, show off the fish they caught in Canada in 1956. (Photo courtesy of the family.)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Dash Between: Les Slaman, 78, dentist, outdoorsman, trainer of bird dogs

Les Slaman with his dogs
Annie and Sam around 2007.
(Photo courtesy of the family.)
Les Slaman, who had been a dentist in Bay Village, trained English Setters and Weimaraners for bird hunting and field trials at his farm in Lodi.

The Dash Between Dec. 9, 1932, when he was born in Cleveland, and May 13, 2011, when he died at age 78, includes stories about his dog training philosophy, his playing baseball and basketball at Lakewood High School and his appearing on Captain Penny's children's TV show on WEWS TV to promote the proper way to brush teeth.

Click here to read his Dash in the June 6, 2011, edition of the Medina County Gazette and here to view his photo gallery.

Les Slaman after pheasant hunting on a farm in Creston, Iowa, with dog Willie in 1959.(Photo courtesy of the family.)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Dash Between: Dan Brattoli, 89, Army Air Forces pilot, Distinguished Flying Cross recipient

1st Lt. Dan Brattoli, a tactical reconnaissance pilot, sits on the wing of a P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft, which bears the nickname of his wife, Vernie. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters for his service during World War II. (Photo courtesy of the family.)
As a kid, Dan Brattoli built wooden model airplanes with flaps that worked through a lever inside and a tail that could be moved by a tiny joystick in the cab of the plane.

His love of flight and of country led to his serving in the Army Air Forces as a tactical reconnaissance pilot, who served in the Philippines during World War II. He left the service with a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

After the war, Brattoli frequented Ohio airfields, where he rented planes and took members of his family for rides until he was around 50 years old.

Click here to read the story in the June 5, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram about Brattoli's wartime service and the rest of The Dash Between Sept. 6, 1921, when the retired Elyria carpenter was born in New Lexington, Ohio, and May 4, 2011, when he died at age 89.

View photos showing Brattoli at various stages of life at this link.

Veronica and Dan Brattoli often could be seen holding hands, even in their later years. (Photo courtesy of the family.)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dash Between: Wally Kaczay, 84, hockey coach, ice skating instructor

Wally Kaczay
Wally Kaczay taught hundreds - possibly thousands - of youngsters to ice skate and/or play hockey from the 1950s until hanging up his skates in 2000 due to a bad hip.

The retired carpenter and home builder, who died April 21, 2011, at age 84, helped organize hockey leagues in Northeast Ohio and for several years coached the varsity hockey team at Elyria High School.

Kaczay even created an ice rink in his backyard, which served as a baseball diamond in summer and became a hangout for neighborhood kids.

Click here to read about Kaczay's Dash Between, which was published May 22, 2011, in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. And click here to see a gallery of photos provided by his family.
Lorain Strollers hockey team, 1940s. Kaczay is in front row, 2nd from right.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Double Dash Between: Guadalupe and Pete Flores, parents of 13, mentors to many others

Pete and Guadalupe Flores, shown with three of their 42 great-grandchildren, had 13 children, and 36 grandkids.
Guadalupe Delgado left Lorain High School in 1947 to marry Pete Flores and raise a familly. They had 13 kids, two of whom died in infancy.

While their kids were growing up, the couple volunteered with PTAs, band boosters and Mexican cultural clubs to show their support of their youngsters' activities and to be an ever-present influence, steering their kids toward productive, responsible lives. Neighborhood children gravitated toward the pair and benefitted from their example and counsel.

When their youngest were old enough for school, Guadalupe went back to school, obtained her G.E.D. and began working as a teachers' aide with preschoolers in a Head Start program. She also enrolled at Lorain County Community College, became a Head Start teacher and at one time visited migrant worker camps to persuade them to send their young kids to a day care center in western Ohio.

After graduating with an associates diegree in early childhood education, she directed a preschool program in her own neighborhood.

Click here to read more about the The Dash Between Jan. 26, 1930, when Guadalupe Flores was born Guadalupe Delgado in Lorain, Ohio, and April 24, 2011, when the retired preschool director died at age 81; and The Dash Between Nov. 3, 1926, when Pete Flores was born Pedro Flores in Fort Worth, Texas, and Feb. 27, 2011, when the Lake Terminal Railroad retiree died at age 84.

A photo slideshow is accessible at the end of their Double Dash in the May 8, 2011, Mother's Day edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Here are the 11 children whom Guadalupe and Pete Flores raised. Two of their 13 children died in infancy.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Dash Between: Mahadeo Chand, 83, man of parables and service to others

Mahadeo Chand, center, was involved in so many government projects in India that his family couldn't be sure about the occasion on which this photo was taken of him with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. (Photo courtesy of family.)
Dr. Mahadeo Chand, 83, a retired pathologist from India, who moved to Northeast Ohio to help care for his grandchildren, was known for his knack for seeing larger life lessons in everyday objects and occurrences.

Dr. Mahado Chand
(Photo courtesy of David Lariviere)
He held leadership posts in numerous medical, cultural and social service organizations.

Click here to read the Dash Between Jan. 1, 1928, when Chand was born in Supaul, India, and April 7, 2011, when he died at age 83.

View more photos by clicking this link.

Mahadeo Chand and his wife, Sushila Mohanka (Photo courtesy of family.)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dash Between: Henry Schriver, 96, the "Farmer Philosopher"

Henry Schriver, Farmer Philosopher
Henry Schriver, who died March 27, 2011, gave presentations on farming and the benefits of cooperatives with the zeal of an evangelist and the humor of a stand-up comedian to farmers, youth groups and community organizations across the United States as well as in Canada, Taiwan and Russia.

One of his talks was filmed and shown to farming communities around the world by the State Department.

Schriver, who delivered his speeches in rhyme and injected amusing phrases and anecdotes that one would expect from a lifelong farmer, served in the Ohio House of Representatives for one term and on the former Belden School Board for many years.

He and his wife, Dot, raised strawberries, Holstein cattle and 11 children on their dairy and fruit farm.

"One of my favorite things that Dad did in his later years, at Mom's encouragement, was write down notes of things that interested him during his life," said his daughter Carol Schriver Carpenter. "One day in the summer of 2005, he gave me a thick (3/4"-1") stack of papers and said, 'You'll know what to do with this.' "

She organized the material, put it in booklet form and distributed it to the family.

"I'd like to encourage anyone who has vivid memories of their past to do as he did--even if it requires pretending to have a nagging spouse to keep one on target!" his daughter said. "Write down those precious memories!"

As a result of Schriver's diligence, his family had no problem sharing stories from his life for "The Dash Between" obituary feature that was published in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram on April 24, 2001.

Due to a technical glitch, the many photos his family provided were not posted with his story online. Click here to view the photos and read the captions, which are loaded with even more information about Schriver.

Henry Schriver and his wife, Dot

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dash Between: Damon Hill, 82, delivered mail in Oberlin during a bygone era

Damon Hill, Oberlin postman
Damon Hill began delivering mail on foot in Oberlin, Ohio, in the mid-1950s, when the price of a postage stamp was 3 cents and zip codes did not exist.

He took a disability retirement in 1983, shortly before 5-digits-plus-4 zips were introduced.

Click here to read his Dash Between in the April 10, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Dash Between: Martha Thiele Pierce, 96, philanthropist, showgirl

Martha Pierce and her sister Hilda Thiele
Martha Pierce and her late sister, Hilda Thiele, established a scholarship fund in memory of their late parents many years ago. Over the years, they awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship funds to students at Buckeye High School.

Martha also contributed generously toward the school's Thiele-Pierce Track and Soccer Field House.

When I wrote Martha's Dash Between for the April 4, 2011, edition of the Medina County Gazette, I shared more about her life as a showgirl in the 1930s and '40s.

Martha Thiele and Johnny Weismuller
Martha worked with Johnny Weismuller, a multiple Olympic Gold Medal winner and star of a dozen Tarzan movies.

She met Cecil B. DeMille, the famous movie producer whose credits include The Ten Commandments.

The showgirl also met several Big Band leaders - like Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey - and even mobster Al Capone, whom she described as "a little short guy."

Click here to read all about it.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dash Between: Clarence Talcott, barber, bowler, baseball fan

Clarence A. Talcott once owned a barbershop called Clip 'n Snip in Sheffield, Ohio, across from St. Teresa Catholic Church at Colorado Ave. and Abbe Rd.

He plied his trade at several haircutting venues in Lorain, Cuyahoga and Erie counties.

In his spare time, he bowled at numerous lanes in the same areas, as well as at tournaments in and outside Ohio.

When his eyesight failed, he could no longer cut hair, but he continue making strikes with a blind bowling league.

Click here to read about Talcott's "Dash Between" his birth in Cleveland on July 30, 1921, and his death March 1, 2011, at age 89, which is published in the March 13, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Clarence Talcott, Cleveland Indians fan and season ticket holder, shows his "brick" at Jacobs Field.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Dash Between: Dorothy Spencer, 86, retired chief deputy of Medina County's auto title department

Spencer family, early 1950s, from left: Jack Jr., Jack Sr., Cheryl, Sandra and Dorothy. (Photo courtesy of the family.)
Dorothy Spencer served the Medina County Clerk of Courts in the auto title office in the 1960s, '70s and '80s.

Co-workers say she was dedicated to her job and to her family. When she left work each day, she went to check on her mother before going home to take care of her own household.

Toward the end of her 86 years, her passion was going out to eat and playing bingo, her family said.

Click here to read the Medina County Gazette story from March 7, 2011, about "The Dash Between" May 3, 1924, when Dorothy Spencer she was born Dorothy Ada Kreiger in what is now Westfield Center, Ohio, and Jan. 20, 2011, when she died at age 86.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dash Between: Avery H. Wilcox Sr., 83, Christmas tree farmer

Avery Wilcox and his second wife, Betty, gathered pine branches for making pine roping and wreathes to sell in the gift shop of their Christmas tree farm in LaGrange Township, Ohio. (Photo courtesy of the family.)
Avery H. Wilcox Sr. had the intelligence, resources and passion to pursue any number of careers.

The lifelong LaGrange Township resident's brother became a NASA engineer. His sister was a dietitian. His grandparents also were college-educated and held "professional" positions in Cleveland at the end of the 19th century before returning to the family homestead in 1909.

But Avery followed the same career path as his father. He loved farming.

When asked what Avery did for fun, his son, Avery II, who carries on the family tradition, said, "He farmed for fun."

The elder Avery had raised sheep and chickens, but his chief crop since the early 1960s was Christmas trees.

Click here to read about "The Dash Between" March 5, 1927, when Avery Sr. was born on the family farm, and Jan. 22, 2011, when he died at age 83. The story appears in the Feb. 27, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Avery Wilcox Sr., the fellow with the rock-a-billy hair at the far right, his son, Avery II (back left) and daughter-in-law, Donna (left, wife of his son, Greg), watch Avery's first wife, Stella, beam as she holds grandbaby, Melissa, in 1976. Stella died in 1980. (Photo courtesy of the family.)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Dash Between: Pat Ziroli, 64, Italian-born English teacher, honored soccer coach

Pasquale Ziroli and his sister, Bice, in Italy.

Pat Ziroli learned to speak English after coming to America at age 12. As an adult, he spoke the language without an accent and taught English at high schools in Lorain, Ohio.

He also coached high school soccer and was named Erie Shore Conference Boys Soccer Coach of the Year for 1992, '93 and '94.

Elizabeth and Pat Ziroli visit Rome.

Click here to read Ziroli's "Dash Between" in the Feb. 13, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dash Between: John I. Ascherl, stained glass artist, Hinckley Township Citizen of 2007

John I. Ascherl
John I. Ascherl, whose German-immigrant father started manufacturing and installing stained glass windows in Northeast Ohio in the mid-1920s, set up his own shop in Hinckley Township, Ohio, in 1967 because of its strategic location, midway between Cleveland and Akron.

And because he and his wife, Mary Lou, fell in love with the rural community.

The couple were among the first to greet the retuning buzzards to Buzzards Roost each year on March 15, "Buzzard's Day," which is celebrated as the first sign of spring.

Ascherl served as president of the Hinckley Chamber of Commerce and Hinckley Arts and Crafts. He volunteered at just about every community-wide event.

Click here to read about the Dash Between Dec. 12, 1921, when Ascherl was born in Cleveland, and Dec. 27, 2010, when the father of four died at age 89. The story was published in the Medina County Gazette on Feb. 7, 2011.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dash Between: Joan Park, 78, believed in her family, her Catholic faith and having fun - often with friends at bowling alleys

Joan Park visits the Hill of Crosses near the city of Siauliai, Lithuania.
Joan Park, mother of seven, got married in the rectory of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Amherst, Ohio, in 1953. It was a common practice in those days -- and for all I know, it might be the same today -- for interfaith weddings.

Her husband, James, a B.F. Goodrich lab technician, was as dedicated a Baptist and she was a Catholic. But he agreed to raise their kids in the Catholic faith.

Sure, there's more to Joan than being Catholic. She sold real estate, was named to the Lorain Women's Bowling Association's Hall of Fame and showed up at countless basketball and baseball games where her kids and grandkids were playing. You can read about that in her "Dash Between" in the Jan. 30 edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Among the 20 or so photos of her -- alone or with family or friends -- my favorite is the one of her standing among the many crosses and religious statues at the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dash Between: Millie Arthrell taught history long after retiring from the Oberlin schools

Millie Arthrell first taught professionally at the Oberlin School of Commerce, a business school, in 1932 when she was 19.

When she was 40, she finally got her chance to take college courses when Kent State University offered cadet teaching classes in Elyria, Ohio.

She taught elementary school students in the Oberlin schools for 20 years, retiring in the late 1970s.

But instead of taking her leave from teaching, she began a second career, giving entertaining and informative presentations on such topics as the Underground Railroad, Oregon Trail and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Millie also brought historic figures to life, including such famous folks as Teddy Roosevelt, Harriet Tubmand and Laura Ingalls Wilder and lesser known figures like abolitionist and women's rights advocate Lucy Stone, who lived in the 1800s.

Click here to read "The Dash Between" Jan. 6, 1913, when Millie was born Mildred E. Haulk on a farm in Pittsfield Township, Ohio, and Dec. 22, 2010, when the retired Oberlin teacher and historian died at age 97 in Tulsa, Okla. Her Dash was published in the Jan. 16, 2011, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Patch Work, North Canton: Ralph E. Norman, professional engineer, chaired North Canton Republican Committee

The late Ralph E. Norman, 84, chaired the North Canton Republican Committee and North Canton Planning Commission. He was a past president of the Canton Regional Society of Engineers.

Click here to read his obit on the North Canton Patch.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Patch Work, Brecksville: Fred Holman, architect, past president of Brecksville Kiwanis

Fred H. Holman is the second Brecksville architect I've written about in the last couple of weeks for the newly launched Brecksville Patch.

Click here to read his obit and here to explore the Brecksville Patch.

Patch Work, Avon Lake: Coach John McCoy, Roy Lundberg and Robert Flaim

Once again, I'm behind the times in getting links to recent obits posted on the ObitsOhio blog.

This time, it's the Avon Lake Patch. The obits are for:
  • Roy Lundberg, welder, Avon Lake rescue squad member
  • John McCoy, the winningest baseball coach in Avon Lake High history
  • and Robert Flaim, Avon Lake Municipal Utilities retiree.

Patch Work, Solon: Thomas Billheimer, retired Conrail computer center supervisor

Thomas Billheimer's obit was posted on Solon Patch on Dec. 21, 2010, during a period when Northeast Ohio Patches were launching as fast as a rapid-fire machine gun.

As a result, I failed to mention Mr. B's obit on this web site. Click here to read the obit. Try this link to explore the Solon Patch.

Patch Work, Cuyahoga Falls and Stow: Retired U.S. District Court Judge Sam H. Bell

Retired U.S. District Court Judge Sam H. Bell's obituary ran on the Cuyahoga Falls Patch because his judicial career began with the Cuyahoga Falls Municipal Court in 1968.

Because he resided in Silver Lake, which is something like a mile away from Stow, and because what used to be the Cuyahoga Falls court is now the Stow Municipal Court, the obit also was posted on the Stow Patch.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Dash Between: Charles Chapman, elementary school principal, church baritone soloist

Charles Chapman had served as principal and/or teacher at elementary schools in the Wadsworth, Medina and Brunswich school district.
Charles Chapman taught and/or served as principal at every elementary school in Wadsworth, as well as schools in Medina and Brunswick.

And the man could sing. Champan, a baritone, was often asked to sing solos at his home church and at weddings and funerals.

Click here to read his "Dash Between" from the Jan. 3, 2010, edition of the Medina County Gazette.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Dash Between: Elsie Danevich directed independent living program for people with disabilities

Elsie Danevich, second from the right, participated in demonstrations and marches to raise awareness of the needs of people with disabilities.
Elsie Danevich demonstrated an independent streak that made disabled individuals, who used the services of LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential), as well as her coworkers think about possibilities rather than limitations.

The wheelchair-bound woman served as director of LEAP's independent living program for Lorain County since 1990.

Click here to read "The Dash Between" March 28, 1945, when she was born Elsie Jeffreys in Crafton, Pa., and Nov. 27, 2010, when she died at age 65. Her story was published in the Jan. 2, 2010, edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.