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(Née Seifert), 50, of Cleveland Ohio, passed away suddenly on July 18, 2018 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, James “Jim” Gilbert, whom she married on January 27, 1989, her children Sara Gilbert (Ian Hlavin) and Matthew Gilbert (Michael Wachowiak), brother Mark Seifert (Barb Seifert), step-mother Jeannette Long, uncle William Crocker, dearest friend Marlene Rochford, and countless others. Laura is preceded in death by her mother Marianne Seifert (Née Westerhoff), father William Seifert, and aunts Patricia Crocker (Née Seifert), and Audrey Behm (Née Westerhoff). Laura, a devout member of the congregation at Lakewood Baptist Church served as Minister of Family and Fellowship. She enjoyed the smell of lavender, cooking, creating and fostering young minds. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Family Ministries at Lakewood Baptist Church. A celebration of her life, 7PM, Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Lakewood Baptist Church, 14321 Detroit Ave. Lakewood. The family will be receiving friends and loved ones at 6PM at the church.


Anthony J. Esposito

ASHTABULA – Anthony Joseph “Tony” Esposito, 87, died Monday, July 9, 2018 at ACMC.

​He was born August 23, 1930 in Ashtabula, the son of Felix and Josephine (Nappi) Esposito and had been a lifelong resident.

​A graduate of Ashtabula High School, he joined the U.S. Army and honorably served his country during the Korean War.

​After the service, Tony went to New York City and joined the Johnny Long Orchestra and toured across the country in ballrooms and colleges. After three years with the Orchestra, Tony joined the Ralph Marterie Band, one of America’s top recording bands in the 1950’s. In 1956, Tony returned to Ashtabula to form his own band, the Tony Esposito Orchestra. Tony and the orchestra have been entertaining throughout the county for 45 years. Tony was also a member of the Ashtabula Symphonic Band, the Blues Project Band, and the Madison Jazz Band. Many of the groups Tony has performed at many weddings and community events and have given local concerts at Kent State and the Walnut Beach Summer Concert Series.

​He worked over 35 years as a salesman for Massucci Ford and then found an opportunity to work as a music instructor, a lifelong dream. He first taught at Geneva High School, then Assumption School, Lakeside, and finally St. John, retiring in February of 2016 due to health concerns. For years, Tony gave private lessons on numerous brass instruments but specialized in the trumpet.

​Tony was a staple at Bands on the Beach summer concerts at Walnut Beach and was an inductee into both the Ashtabula High School and St. John High School Hall of Fame. A member of Our Lady of Peace Mt. Carmel Church, he sang in the choir for many years.

​His survivors include his wife, Helen (Swaney) Bortnick Esposito; two sons, Anthony “Skeeter” (Joni) Esposito and Kevin Esposito; three step-children, Larry (Sherry) Bortnick, Lorie (Eric) Milano, and Lance Bortnick; grandchildren, Aaron (Erica) Esposito, Erica (John) Yacobozzi, Emilee Esposito, Rocco and Roman Bortnick, and Nick and Julia Milano; great-grandchildren, Arryon and Addyson Esposito and Mia and Anthony Yacobozzi; one sister, Florence Iarocci; and several nieces and nephews.

​He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Massucci Esposito in 1992; two sisters, Mary Colby and Carmella Esposito; one brother, Ralph Esposito; and his parents.

​Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 PM on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the ZABACK-DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 500 West Prospect Road, Ashtabula.

​A service will be held 12:30 PM on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Our Lady of Peace Mt. Carmel Church, 1200 East 21st St., Ashtabula. Rev. Raymond Thomas will preside. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery with full military honors conducted by American Legion Dewey-Howlett Post #103.
​Contributions in his memory may be made to the Tony Esposito Music Scholarship Fund.


John Vincent Jr. aka Johnny V passed away peacefully after a long term illness on June 15th, 2018, with his loving wife by his side. John went to be with the Lord at the age of 57, born September, 14, 1960. He was reunited in Heaven with his loving parents John and Gloria Vincent. Johnny V is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Joyce Vincent. Lovingly remembered by his 3 daughters, Rachel, Candice and Kelsi. His sisters Gloria King aka Cissy and Deborah Vincent aka DeeDee. He was an uncle to 6 nieces and 6 nephews. Rebekah, Kimberly, and Danny of the King Family. Paul, Cory and Nick of the Logan/Jones family. Jena and Kennedy of the Jennings Family. Tony, Andrew, Brandi and Cassandra of the Bayless/Logan family. He will be most missed in the role of Papa by his 5 grandchildren. Julianne, Joshua Jr., Hayden, Daymien and Dorian will be looking up to the stars lovingly at their Superhero Papa.

A special thanks to all his friends in blue at the Elyria Police Department, and his pals at Equity Trust. As well as all the outstanding friends that have become family in the blink of an eye, without hesitation. There are so many of you, more than we can list, and we want to thank you for all your support and love. Thank you for being there not only for John but his family. Please remember him as the fun loving jokester that he was and is in Heaven. Always remember to “Let Magic, Be Magic” for he is watching over us.

There will be no funeral service, but instead a Celebration of Life at a future date. If you’d like to send condolences to his wife or family please contact his daughter Rachel Moore for a mutual address. Thank you.


Viola “Robbie” Elko, age 90, of Hinckley died suddenly June 13, 2018. Beloved wife of the late William, dear mother of Howard (Malinda), Tim (Bernie), Larry, and Sharon (Stephen). Grandmother of Michele Mykytuk, Marsha Henderson, Chrystall Burgher, Theresa Perez, Jaime Shoens, Melissa Elko, Andrea Ramos, Sarah Elko, Bradley Elko, Christopher Elko and Rebecca Elko. Great Grandmother of 20 and Great Great Grandmother of 2. Celebration of life Saturday June 16, 2018, 2-4pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1600 Pearl Road Brunswick


Joseph Michael Pilko, age 61, was born July 10, 1956 and passed away May 22, 2018 after an eight month battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife Gina (nee D’Abramo) and his children Eric (Becki) and Lindsay. He was the proud grandfather of Aurelia and Coraline, and a beloved uncle and cousin to many. He is the son of Mildred and the late John Pilko, brother to Alan Studnicka, Christina Wolfe (Tony), Gerald (Gina) Pilko, and the late Mary Cruz.

Joe was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. He was married to Gina for 39 years. He devoted his life to his family, and enjoyed a satisfying career and many hobbies. The last 26 years of his career were spent at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where he retired in 2016 as an IT manager. Joe was an avid fisherman who loved spending early mornings on a lake. Joe also loved golf, bicycling, woodworking, and riding his motorcycle. When he graduated from high school, he rode his bicycle from Ohio to California with two of his friends. He spent a lifetime cheering on the Indians and the Cavs. He often said that there wasn’t enough time to enjoy all the hobbies he loved.

Joe was a “jack of all trades” who enjoyed tinkering in his basement workshop, and figuring out how to repair or build almost anything. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a thoughtful spirit. He relished being a dad and a grandfather. He could be found sharing a coffee and politics with his son, woodworking with his daughter in her shop, or playing and laughing with his granddaughters. He loved to travel with his family as much as he enjoyed sitting in his own backyard watching the birds.

Joe always thought life was good, no matter the circumstances. He was always content and full of gratitude for all that life had to offer. He leaves behind a legacy of love, wisdom, kindness, and humor. Those closest to him will be forever grateful that he was part of their lives.

His family is planning a celebration of life to take place later this summer.

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