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TRABERT, VENITA

Venita Trabert, age 58, passed away on Friday, September 6, 2019. Beloved wife of Kevin L. Loving step-mother of Jason, Dr. Jessica Rose Ann Corey. Cherished aunt of Colleen Bradford, Shannon May (Danny), Kevin Murphy, Brian Murphy and many great nieces and nephews. Dear sister of the late Patricia Wenz. Life Celebration, 5-7, Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Malloy - Esposito Celebration Center, 6384 Pearl Rd. Parma Heights, Ohio 44130
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GANZ, DALE

Dale Ganz has gone to that great opera stage in the sky where the singers and the music are spectacular and he is watching with friends and family, looking forward to sharing a great meal post-theater. Dale’s loves were music, laughter, his parents, siblings, cousins and friends, and ultimately his marvelous wife Nancy.

Dale was born in 1956 and grew up in Gibbon, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1978. Dale then won the Corbett Opera Competition which entitled him to a full scholarship to the University of Cincinnati where he received his Master’s degree and his Opera Diploma in performance.

Dale then embarked upon an operatic career. He performed extensively, singing over 20 different roles, including over 50 performances of the role of Bartolo in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville. The Barber of Seville, like Dale, has proved to be a masterpiece of comedy within music, so the role of Bartolo was ideal.

In 1997, Dale joined the music faculty at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. In 1999, he married the love of his life, Nancy Maultsby, and together they made a happy home in Manhattan. Dale received tenure in 2003 and he continued to teach, loving his work and his amazing student singers until 2013.

Dale passed away on September 2, 2019, and was preceded in death by his parents, James and Doris Ruth Ganz. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, two brothers: James Jr. (Kathy) of Kearney, Nebraska and William (Rebecca) of Tucson, Arizona; three sisters: Sara of San Francisco, California, Kathryn (Norvell Brasch) of Denver, Colorado; and Georgia (David Lambert) of Brainerd, Minnesota; eleven nieces and nephews, two great-nieces, and one great-nephew. This crowd of survivors plus scores of extended family members and friends have each and every one been enriched, entertained, and honored to hold Dale as one of their own.

The family wishes to thank the amazing folks at the Ames Family Hospice House, who took such great care of Dale. We are forever grateful for their generosity and for the extraordinary care they all gave to him. No services will be held at this time. Any memorials are suggested to the Ames Family Hospice House, 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake, Ohio 44145
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RUSCHEL, FRANCES

Frances G. Ruschel, 84, born December 1, 1934 on the West Side of Cleveland, died August 17, 2019 in her assisted living apartment at Legacy Place in Parma Ohio. She was relatively healthy and very mobile until shortly before her death. She was the only child of Gizella (nee Kovacs) and Frank Dvorak, and for about 14 years the only grandchild of her immigrant grandparents who were from Hungary, Bohemia, and Slovakia—all on the West Side of Cleveland—thus she was always visiting and close to those families. She married John R. Ruschel (1931-2010) in 1955 who was from Washington PA and in the U.S. Navy at the time; they met while he was on leave and staying with one of his sisters Jean who lived nearby in Cleveland. Together Frances and John had seven children: John, Brian, Frank, Donna, Gary, Diana, and Paul (Paul died in 2017). Grandchildren are Frank, Kyle, Hannah, Emma, and the late Elizabeth. Her husband worked for and retired from Ohio Bell; they raised their children mainly in Parma. Frances had a private funeral and burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.
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COGAR, ROBERT PHIL

Robert Phil Cogar, age 86 of Cleveland, Ohio passed away on August 15, 2019 peacefully at home after a recent battle with cancer.

He was born in Webster Springs, West Virginia on March 12, 1933, son of the late Ballard and Amy (née Rose) Cogar. He was predeceased by his siblings Herman (Ruth), Tommy (Jane Maralee), Harry, Connell and Eulajean. He is survived by his wife Dorothy (née Beaverson) of 61 years of marriage; his son Kent (Barbara) Cogar; his daughters Kim (Tom) Bacisin and Karen Cogar; his seven grandchildren; Jesse Cogar, Leia (Mike) Mandato, Sara (Brian) Toich, Anna (Trevor) Poole, David Bacisin, Bryon Cogar and Hannah Cogar; and his three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Gaila Cogar and Ula Lee Cogar and several nieces and nephews.

Phil graduated from Cowen High School in 1951 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1952. While in the Navy, he graduated from a six-month Class “A” radio school in Bainbridge, Maryland which later awarded him the duties of radio operator. He copied fleet broadcast in international Morse code aboard the U.S. Navy ship, USS Rankin. He served during the Korean War and was deployed several times to the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. He was honorably discharged in January 1956 as a Radioman Petty Officer Second Class.

In December 1956, he became employed as an Air Traffic Controller and spent the next 10 weeks in air traffic controller training school in Oklahoma City, OK. After his training, he was assigned to the Toledo Express Airport. One year later, he met his future wife Dorothy Beaverson at the Toledo Terminal Restaurant & Coffee Shop where she worked. They were married shortly thereafter in April 1958. Throughout his career, Phil bid on and was accepted to controller positions in various locations, including Burlington, VT, Lexington, KY, Youngstown, OH and back to Toledo, OH. In 1968, he bid on a position at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. After his bid was accepted, Phil, Dorothy and their three children made Cleveland their home. He served as a Controller until 1972, then serving as a Controller Supervisor until 1982. He worked under contract until 1985 when he began his full-time retirement.

Phil’s hobbies included fishing, building model airplanes, woodworking projects (anything from miniature cartoon characters, picture frames, puzzles and building his own deck [with the help of his son]), fixing and building things for around the house, playing cards, assembling and operating trains in his computer railroad simulator program, gardening and spending time outdoors.

There will be a brief military service at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery located at 10175 Rawiga Road, Rittman, OH 44270 on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve (Westlake location) in memory of Robert Phil Cogar at hospicewr.org.
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DOWNEY, DALLAS

DALLAS GRACE DOWNEY age 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 17, 2019.
She is survived by her daughter Judy Beeler, granddaughter Deanna Maar (fiancé Mike), grandson Bill Beeler (Emily) and 6 great grandchildren Tino Salvo (dad Jim), Tony Maar Jr (mom Deanna), Naomi and Emma Beeler (mom Brenda), Savanna Beeler (mom Franny) and William (mom Emily).
She is proceeded in death by her first husband William Hamm (Normandy War Hero). Her loving husband Joseph Downey. Her parents Waldo and Grace, brother Ralph and sister Evelyn.
Memorial/Celebration of Life will be held Saturday August 17, 2019 from 4-6 in the Chapel of O’Neill Nursing Home - Fairview Park, 20770 Lorain Rd, Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
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