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DeFelice, Bonnie

Bonnie Darden DeFelice, 56, was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. Full of life, Bonnie loved nature, especially the beach. Loving wife and companion to husband Ross DeFelice, they were married for over 35 years. Adoring mother to daughters Bethany and Gabrielle DeFelice. Beloved sister to Robin Darden and daughter to Ethelene Darden. Affectionate aunt, sister-in-law, and friend to many. She was overflowing with grace and compassion for all she met, and touched many lives for the better. Celebration of Life ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 24th at 2pm at Big Creek Park, 9160 Robinson Rd. Chardon OH 44024
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FITTRO, KENNETH

On Wednesday, March 24, 2021 Kenneth Fittro (Fitch) passed away at the age of 58.

Kenneth Fittro (Fitch) was proceeded in death by his grandparents Mary (Grams) and Arthur Bohner, his fathers Owen Fittro and Donald Balmat. He is survived by his mother Nancy Balmat, his 3 children Corrina Fittro, Nathen Jodon, and Damian Jodon, his siblings Kevin (Mary) Fittro, Lynda Balmat, Kimberly (Randy) Falls, and cousins, nieces, and nephews. There will be a celebration of life on Saturday April 3rd, 2021 from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m at Gino's. Address: 1314 Denison Ave Cleveland, Ohio 44109.
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AYERS, BERADINE

Bernadine C. Ayers (née Klimkiewicz), entered into rest on March 22nd after battling pancreatic cancer. Beloved wife of the late Douglas. Godmother and Guardian to Bernadine Teresi (Sam). Dear grandmother to Ronald, Elizabeth, and Joseph. Born thirteenth of fifteen children, 17 total of parents John Klimkiewicz (Poland) and Gertrude Mange (Fremont).

Catherine, John, Rita Barwidi; George, Marcella, Ambrose; Teresa, Norbert; Ceclia, Richard(surviving); Dorothy, Germaine Polensek; Michael, MaryAnn Schwegler; Thomas (Raymond Meeker), Edward, Josephine Lipchinsky; Bernard,
Joseph (surviving); Linda(surviving), Francis; Sandy(surviving). Life long friend Pat Wilson. Aunt and Friend to many. Bernie worked at Key Bank for 48 years.

Retired in 2002. Loved to travel, especially Vegas. Cherished family gathering and her memories of the past. Final resting place Holy Cross Cemetery. A Catholic mass will be held on Monday March 29th 10am at St Clarence Church 30106 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070
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MILES, CHRISTINE

Christine Lila Miles died on March 16th, 2021. She was born in Bath, Ohio on July 6, 1933. She started piano lessons at 6 years old and played the piano throughout her whole life. Christine graduated from Bath High School in 1951. She graduated from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, with a Bachelor of Music Cum Laude in 1955. She studied further with Theodore Latvin, Cleveland Music School Settlement, Vronsky and Babin, and Arthur Loesser at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She sang soprano in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus under Robert Shaw from 1955 to 1959. Christine was awarded Professional Registration by the National Association for Music Therapy, Inc. and was Director of the Music Therapy Department at Cleveland State Hospital from 1956 to 1960. Christine married Dr. David Gitlin, MD on March 6, 1960, and they had three children. Together with Dr. Gitlin in the 1960’s she worked with the Berea Council on Human Relations to promote civil rights. From 1968 to the end of her life, she was a tireless supporter of the arts in Northeastern Ohio. She was President of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory Women's Committee from 1968 to 1970. She was on the Board of Trustees for the Cleveland Music School, The Cleveland Music School Settlement, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, and the Cleveland Opera Company. She was a leading force for the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Youth Orchestra, and many other organizations too numerous to list.

Christine was elected as Councilman-At-Large in Berea from 1971 to 1973. She served as a Special Aide to Congressman Ronald M. Mottl from 1973 to 1976. In 1976 she was the first woman to chair the Ohio Democratic Delegation to the National Presidential Convention. She was Deputy Coordinator for the Jimmy Carter campaign. With her husband David Gitlin she was invited as President Carter's personal guests to the White House, and was appointed to the National Advisory Board on Ambassadorial Appointments. She was a Congressional Aide to Congressman Dennis Kucinich from 1997 to 2013.

Christine Miles designed her own home. She was renowned for her greenhouse and her sumptuous gardens-a yard without a single blade of grass. She was a collector and connoisseur of all kinds of Fine Art and Sculpture. She was an accomplished gourmet chef. Christine was a world traveler to Europe, Africa, and Asia. She was always impeccably and stylishly dressed.
Christine Miles was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, a son, and Dr. David Gitlin. She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Gitlin, of Walkertown, North Carolina, and a son, Donald Gitlin, of Bangkok, Thailand.
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WEYAND, BARBARA

Barbara J. Weyand passed away peacefully on Friday, March 19, 2021 at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Westlake, OH. Born October 14, 1943 in Berea, OH to the late Harley & Ruth (Simmerer) Musser. A member of Blessed Trinity Church in Cleveland. She loved playing cards, dog sitting, baking her famous banana bread & cooking. Married John A. Weyand (Jack) on May 11, 1968. Barbara is survived by her dearest son Jeffrey. Sisters Mary Lou Mullins (Edward,deceased), Margaret Orient (James, deceased), sister-in-law Eleanor, Nieces & Nephews and cherished friends. She was preceded in death by her husband John A Weyand, her Brother David L Musser, and her parents. Celebration of her Life to be held at a later date.
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