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MCDEVITT, BRIDGET FRANCES

age 36. Beloved wife to Ted Tywang; devoted mother to Frances (4) and Ramona (2); cherished daughter of Mary McDevitt and Michael Robins, and adored daughter-in-law of Alice Newgarden and Rene Tywang (Roni); best friend, confidant and inspiration to many. Bridget passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on October 9, 2020 after a difficult battle with neuroendocrine cancer that she faced with grace and her characteristic humor. Born on January 13, 1984 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bridget attended Breck School where she was a theater standout, and then Boston College where she sang a capella and graduated with Honors in Political Science in 2006. After living in Melbourne, Australia post-graduation, Bridget earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2012, where she met her husband and served as the Editor in Chief of A Jailhouse Lawyers’ Manual. A passionate advocate for social justice, Bridget practiced as a public defender in the Bronx with the Legal Aid Society before leaving the legal world to complete an urban farming apprenticeship in Brooklyn. Bridget and Ted moved to Cleveland in 2016, where their girls were born and Bridget cared for them as a wonderful (if somewhat unlikely) stay at home mom. A fiercely strong and independent woman, Bridget will be remembered for her loyalty, openness, empathy, generosity, wit, style and righteous indignation to injustices of all kinds. She was an adventurous traveler, legendary dancer, karaoke star and irreplaceable friend. To honor her unwavering commitment to social justice, in lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in her memory to National Bailout, Black Lives Matter, Edwins Restaurant or Towards Employment. A celebration of Bridget’s life will be held rain or shine on Friday, October 23rd at 3pm at Upper Edgewater Park in Cleveland.
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VALOVEN, JOHN

John Richard “Fargo” Valoven, 64, of Cleveland, Ohio passed away in the comforts of his home on October 9, 2020.

John was born on September 15, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the son of the late Peter Valoven.

Throughout his life, John enjoyed bowling, throwing darts, building model cars & ships, going to the racetrack, carpentry, and watching live sports. But most of all, John spent most of his free time in an area known as “Duck Island” with family and friends.

John was always known as being a very quiet person but he had the biggest heart and would do anything for anyone. He will truly be missed for his kind heart and infectious smile.

John is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Valoven; sons, John Valoven Jr. and Anthony Valoven; sister, Dianna (Roger) Hatfield; brother, Robert (Debra) Valoven; life long friend, Tommy Turner; 2 granddaughters; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

Due to the current pandemic, there will be funeral services at this time. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.
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CRUSE JR., LAWRENCE JOHN

“It is with deepest sorrow and loving memory that we announce the loss of our father, Lawrence John Cruse Jr. He suffered from a medical condition that was left untreated, and passed unexpectedly in his home in Cleveland just days before his 59th birthday.

Many of us knew Larry as a chef, a lover of music, and a man full of passion for charity. He worked hard daily and cared deeply for his friends and family. Larry was lost after the passing of his parents, Sandy and Larry Sr., but we have peace knowing he finally feels whole and found again. Our dad will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered amongst the places that meant the most to him.

Please join us in celebrating the life of Larry Cruse on October 14th from 1-4pm at Edgewater Park near the Cleveland script sign. Assorted light refreshments will be provided, along with individually packaged snacks. Our dad touched many lives throughout the years, so we wanted to extend our celebration to as many as possible. Anyone who knew and loved Larry is welcome to join us as we reminisce on the wonderful memories he graced us with.

Due to the nature of COVID-19, we ask that everyone practice social distancing and wear a facial covering when mingling, looking through photos, or making food and drink selections. Hand sanitizer will be provided for your safety.

If you are interested in extending your condolences in the form of a gift, we ask that you do not send flowers. Instead, we are accepting monetary donations for some of the charities that Larry dedicated his life to and held close to his heart. Additionally, we will be donating professional clothing and essential items to a local homeless shelter. Further details on how to donate below.

Thank you to everyone for your love and concern through this process. Larry was loved by many, and will forever be missed.

Love forever,
Amanda, Jaime, and Shaena

ORGANIZATIONS:
We are accepting monetary donations for these three organizations:
-Association of the Wicked
-Cups Cafe
-Playhouse Square
We are also accepting donations of men's AND women's professional clothing OR essential items, which we will be donating to a local homeless shelter.

HOW TO DONATE:
MONEY:
-Venmo: Please send money to @InMemoryOfLarry and include the organization where you'd like your money to go in the subject line.
-Cash: Please bring cash to Larry's memorial at Edgewater Park on Wednesday inside of a bag or envelope with your organization of choice written on the outside. DO NOT give us loose cash, please. We will have a jar for cash donations, as well as a lockbox to keep your money secure.
-Check: Please make checks payable to Shaena Cruse. In the memo line, write the organization of your choice. Please bring checks to Larry's memorial at Edgewater Park on Wednesday. We will have a jar for donations, as well as a lockbox to keep your money secure.

ESSENTIAL ITEMS AND CLOTHES:
Please bring anything you'd like to be donated to a homeless shelter to Larry's memorial at Edgewater Park on Wednesday. If you are able, please place these items in a box or bag so we can transport everything more easily.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY MONEY:
ALL money you give us will be donated to the above mentioned organizations. Once we have received all donations, I will be writing ONE check for each organization in the FULL donated amount. We will announce the full amounts once donations are closed. We are accepting donations through Saturday, October 31st. Final amounts will be announced and donated on November 1st.

WHY WE CHOSE THESE ORGANIZATIONS:
-Association of the Wicked: AoW is a non-profit organization to which my father dedicated several years of his life. He loved this organization so much, he founded the Cleveland branch of it. They do amazing work for people in need, and there are no limits to the help they try to give.
-Cups Cafe: This is a non-profit community cafe located in Medina, OH, which serves free food, water, coffee, bibles, and advice to people in the community who are in need of a safe space - particularly teenagers. Everything in this cafe is ENTIRELY free. My father loved this cafe, and spoke highly of it every time we drove past it.
-Playhouse Square: One of my father's favorite places in the entire world was Cleveland, OH. Furthermore, he was a man of impeccable taste who worked in and loved the arts and theatre.”
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TUCKER JR., CHARLES

Charles Edward. Tucker Jr., age 65, of Lakewood, Ohio, passed away on Friday, October 9, 2020. Loving son of his deceased parents Charles Sr. and June (nee O’Donnell). Dear brother of James T. Tucker. Uncle of Constance Gabriella, and Juan Thomas Tucker. Donations may be made to Collin Cares Cure Cancer through CollinCares.net. Life Celebration, 5-7pm, Thursday, October 15, 2020 at the Malloy - Esposito Celebration Center, 6384 Pearl Rd. Parma Heights, Ohio 44130
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GIBBONS, DOROTHY

Dorothy Margaret Gibbons ended her 97-year journey through this world on Monday the 28th of September. She was a bright light to family and friends and to so many others she met along the way; it was a life of giving she shared with us.

While she was born to Marie and George Davis in Detroit, Michigan, her family ended up living in Cleveland, where she graduated from John Hay High School.

She abandoned a budding clerical career, feeling the call to enlist in the Navy in 1943. She served for three years, stationed at a Navy hospital in Seattle, earning the rank of Chief Pharmacist's Mate.

After the war, she continued her education in Cleveland where she was introduced to James Gibbons, with whom she would ultimately share 67 years in Holy Matrimony.

She lovingly raised two boys while being a housewife and helpmate to Jim as he forged his industrial sales career and created his own company.

She shared many happy times with her family, the four of them traveling the country visiting relatives and just exploring.

Facing life's challenges, she found that the writings of Christian mystic Joel S. Goldsmith spoke to her in a compelling way, and began a spiritual journey that would become her life's work. She studied under the guidance of Lorraine Sinkler, formed a loving circle of seekers, hosted meditations, and became close to those committed to the Infinite Way path.

She continued to explore and travel and develop all her life, sharing her heart and her wisdom with all who were fortunate to be in her company.

"Work is for people who don't garden" (refrigerator magnet)

She spent the last years of her life in quiet contemplation with fond memories of her beloved husband who left her arms in 2015.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons, James Clark and Paul Dominic (Athena), and her niece Catherine Petri (Bill), as well as her daughter-in-law, Terry Brussel, and spiritual son Grace Kelly Jones (Kokumo), both of whom always called her 'mom'.
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