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Ruth Michelich, 92, passed away June 15, 2021 while a
resident at Westlake Village Skilled Nursing.
She was born May 17, 1929, in Springfield MA, and was
married June 8, 1953 to Anton John Michelich of Westlake
Ohio. They built a house on a section of the Michelich
Family farm located on Detroit Rd Westlake and made it their
home while raising their 4 children, Scott, Ronald, Gregg,
and Jay. In 1981 they moved to their current residence on
Clark Parkway.

Ruth Michelich is survived by her husband John Michelich of
Westlake and 3 children, Scott (Kathleen) Michelich of
Morrow Ohio, Gregg (Vanessa) Michelich of Broadview
Heights Ohio, and Jay (Debra) Michelich of Westlake Ohio.
Her son, Ronald, preceded her in death in September 1987.

She is survived by 5 grandchildren, James (Nicole) Michelich of Naples Florida, Alan (Laura)
Michelich of Seattle Washington, Andrew Michelich of Chicago Illinois, Connor Michelich of
Idaho Falls Idaho, and Ashley Michelich of Westlake Ohio. Her granddaughter, Apphia,
preceded her in death in December 2006.

She is survived by 2 Great Grandchildren, Triston and Colton Michelich of Naples Florida.

Ruth graduated from Cleveland Heights High school in 1947 and received her BA in Education
from Bowling Green State University in 1951.

She was a teacher in the Westlake school system from 1953 until 1987 with a break to raise her

Ruth and John have been active members in their community since their marriage and in 1971
received the honor of being awarded the title of Mr. and Mrs. Westlake.
They have been members of Westlake Church of the Redeemer since 1954.

In Lieu of a funeral service the family is hosting a Memorial Reception on:

Sunday, June 20th 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Community Room at the Westlake City Recreation Center
28955 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145

Sandwiches and refreshments will be served. This is designed as an informal time to be
together to celebrate the life of Ruth Michelich.

The family requests that Memorial contributions be made to:

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
747 Third Avenue, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Or to Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake, OH 44145


Margaret Sunderman age 93, passed away June 15, 2021. Margaret is survived by her dearest daughters Carol Noss (Ralph) and Cindy Burlinghaus (Brian Kane). Dearest grandchildren Casey Swancer (Katina), Natalie Burlinghaus (Nathan Walker) and Terry Angeline. Dearest great grandchildren Casey and Dominic Swancer. She was preceded in death by her children Chuck, Dennis and Denise Sunderman and granddaughter Laura Sunderman.

Celebration of Life will be held 3:30-5:30pm, Friday June 18, 2021 at the Malloy - Esposito Celebration Center, 6384 Pearl Rd., Parma Hts., 44130


Lee Russell left this life for a new adventure on Friday, May 21, 2021. Before his departure, Lee forged a 78-year trail of laughter, generosity, compassion, and wisdom. Being that he was a collector, it is safe to say he took all of the love and joy he found from all of the people in his life with him. Lee delighted in finding treasure and we are all better for him having found us. He lived his life wanting to give; whether it be a hug, a record album, books, muffins, advice, opinion, or direction. We have all been fortunate recipients in some way to what he so wholeheartedly gave.
He was born in Cleveland,Ohio,December 6, 1942. “A day earlier and a year later than Pearl Harbor”, he would tell you. He was the second son of Howard “Bud” and Mary Russell. With a large family of six siblings, Lee understood early on the importance of family and took care of all of them.
Lee served his time in The Vietnam War as a member of The United States Air Force. Stationed in Cam Ranh Bay, he was technically a mechanic but he quickly became a swift and deft “negotiator”, always knowing how to commandeer ice cream for the troops. When he returned home he worked as a milkman; his future bride on his route. Lee eventually secured his most favored occupation and became a bus driver and dispatcher for the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority(RTA).
Lee married the love of his life, Christine, on November 9, 1968. She preceded him in death, no doubt to make sure everything was in order for his arrival. Lee and Christine raised a family together in their Lakewood home where they filled it with acceptance, loyalty, empathy, conviction, and most importantly, unconditional love.
Lee loved a challenging conversation, a witty(and sometimes naughty) joke, and a good meal. He fancied himself a shutterbug and created some phenomenal memories with his work. Cooking brought him so much joy. It was the perfect storm: researching a recipe, purchasing ingredients, preparing the food, and ultimately giving it away. He was dubbed “The Lakewood Bandit” as one would never know when a stealth delivery of riches would appear in their driveway. A lover of animals(especially cats), Lee would never turn away the opportunity to rescue. He adored the beach life; whether it was Lakeside, Ohio, Charleston, South Carolina with his true love, or Naples, Florida. Lee was not a fan of intolerance, injustice, and “snotty” eggs.
Later in life, Lee found passion in the Unity Spiritual Center. The timing of this proved to be quite propitious. He prided himself in the family he discovered there. Unity provided him new opportunities to contribute to others. He savored the community and the company he experienced there.
Lee is preceded in death by his parents, Howard (Bud) Russell, Mary(nee Mansell), brothers Paul and James(Linda), sister Helen “Bella” Andrews, and his beloved wife Christine(nee Hanzl). Lee’s spirit lives on with his children Sarah(Eric Teets), Jessica “Jae”(Jacqueline Reasor), Stephen, and grandsons Owen and Sean.He will continue to watch over his sister Marie Lipka, and brothers John(Dianne), and Jude. He was a presence as a brother-in-law, uncle, godfather, cousin, neighbor and friend; forever providing a light in their lives.
Those that had the pleasure of knowing Lee had the opportunity to experience a life unlike any other. He searched, he collected, he savored, he gave. Let it be.
A Memorial Service will be held at Lee’s home away from home, Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Rd, Westlake, Ohio on Saturday June 12th at 11:00 am. Please be sensitive to any COVID-19 restrictions that may be put into place by the Unity Spiritual Center. For those who are not able to attend in person, a virtual viewing of the service will be available on the Unity Spiritual Center YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/user/UnityWestlakeVideos

In lieu of flowers or gifts please consider making a contribution to the Lee G Russell Memorial Fund. https://everloved.com/life-of/lee-russell/donate/?flow=204


Proud mother of Kevin, Keith, and Heidi. Devoted grandmother of Elizabeth (TJ), Keith jr, and Tony. Great Grandmother of Leo, Elias, and Josiah.

Our Mother was always quick to boast about successfully raising three kids on her own, with very little help. She’s a stealer example of perseverance and resilience.

Her passion to drive, and a “heavy right foot” assisted her from one job to another for decades. She always choose to have a stick shift car, and never turned down a ride on a Harley.

Within the little spare time she had, you could find her at Wallace Lake, Vermillion, And how she loved to worship the sun at the Ocean. She never missed a Browns game, and couldn’t wait for the next, she was of the loyalist of die hard fans. She was also proud, and thankful of her Irish heritage, and wanted everyone to know. She was never without a Shamrock dangling from her body, or a symbol on her front door. Any animal could find her soft spot, even if they weren’t Irish. She always had a dog, or a Kittie, that usually ate better than her.

Over the last twenty years she battled numerous, and extreme health issues that left her bed ridden for her last three years, in addition to never recovering from the loss of her mother over thirty years ago. Its comforting to know their together again in the pain free Paradise God promised.


Jean B. Weaver (nee Bachman), age 84, of Lakewood OH, died peacefully at home on May 16, 2021. Surviving her is her daughter, Victoria L. Weaver of Rocky River OH. Preceded in death by her parents C. Robert and Margaret Bachman of Lakewood.
Jean graduated from Lakewood High School and attended Ohio University. A loving mother, she spent many of her daughter’s young life by her side as a stay at home mom. She returned to the work force at Cardinal Federal Savings Bank rising from pool secretary to executive secretary and ultimately to their Human Resources Administrator for the State of Ohio. After Cardinal closed, she spent the balance of her working career at Ursuline College in the Alumni Department.
Jean had many passions which were reflected in her museum memberships at all the Wade Oval institutions. Parade the Circle and Chalk festival were joys for her. Strolls through the zoo, the Metroparks – she treasured them all. Music played a big part in her life as well – orchestra, opera, ballet. She was a 50 year choir member at Rocky River United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held at Rocky River United Methodist Church, 19414 Detroit Road, Rocky River, Ohio 44116, on June 26, 2021 at 10:30am. Donations can be made in her memory to Rocky River United Methodist Church (memo: organ fund) or to Hospice of the Western Reserve.

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