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In Loving Memory

Sharen Speer Waldoch created a loving tribute to our dearly departed relatives. I have incorporated her tribute here

The Babies Little Angels When God takes little children To dwell with him above. We mortals sometimes question The wisdom of His love. For no heartache compares with The death of one small child Who does so much to make our world Seem wonderful and mild. Perhaps God tires of calling The aged to His fold, So He picks a little rosebud Before it can grow old. God knows how much we need them, So He takes but a few To make the land of heaven More beautiful to view. Believing this is difficult Still, somehow we must try, The saddest word mankind knows Will always be "goodbye". So when a little child departs, We who are left behind Must realize God loves children... Angels are hard to find

Maria Gurto

Jun. 11, 1920 - Jun. 11, 1920 Age - newborn Maria died shortly after she was born

Filomini Gurto

Apr 20, 1926 - Dec. 1, 1927 Age - 19 months Filomini fell out of a second story window

Susan Speer

Aug. 29, 1945 - Aug. 29, 1945 Age - newborn Susan died shortly after she was born

Steven Moneypenny Jr.

Aug. 19,1998 - Sep. 27, 1998 Age - 5 weeks Stevie sneezed and then died in his father's arms Steven John Moneypenny Jr. - Obituary Monday, September 28, 1998 "The Star Beacon"

Deaths Steven John Moneypenny Jr. CLEVELAND - Steven John Moneypenny Jr., five weeks, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998, at Lutheran Medical Center, Cleveland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Raisian Funeral Home, a Family Care Group affiliate, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut. Tuesday, September 29, 1998 "The Star Beacon"

Deaths Steven Moneypenny Jr. CONNEAUT - Steven John Moneypenny Jr., 5 weeks, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 1998 at Lutheran Medical Center, Cleveland. Born Aug. 19, in Cleveland, he was the son of Steven and Tammy (Ferrari) Moneypenny. Survivors include his parents, sisters Michelle and Sabrina Ferrari and grandfather Anthony Ferari. He was preceded in death by grandparents John and Mary (Gurto) Moneypenny and grandmother Bonnie Louis Ferrari. Mass is 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church, 744 Mill St., Conneaut, with the Rev. Raymond Thomas officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Conneaut. Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Raisian Funeral Home, a family Care Group affiliate, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Alexander Moneypenny Aug. 6, 2002 - Aug. 7, 2002 Age 1 day Alexander had a faulty heart Alexander Charles Moneypenny - Obituary Alexander Charles Moneypenny Milwaukee Journal Times Online - Aug. 9th, 2002 RACINE - Alexander Charles Moneypenny earned his wings to Heaven on Wednesday, August 7, 2002. Alexander was born on August 6, 2002. He is survived by his parents, Mollie Morgan and Aaron Moneypenny; sister, Kailey; grandparents, MaryElizabeth Morgan (Ronald) Painter, Jack (Susan) Moneypenny, all of Racine; great-grandparents, John (Norma Jean) Hanny of Elizabeth, Ill.; aunts and uncles, Melissa (Tom) Lear of Sheffield Township, Ohio, Ashley Moneypenny of Racine, Zachery Moneypenny of San Mateo, Calif.; other relatives and dear friends. Also preceded in death by his grandfather, Charles Morgan Jr. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2002, at 9:30 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 South Green Bay Road, with Rev. Kara F. Skatrud officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home 5 until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the church 9 a.m. until time of service. A very special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Children's Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee and St. Luke's Hospital in Racine for their loving care and compassion given to Alexander and his family. MARESH-MEREDITH AND ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME 803 Main Street634-7888 Dear Mommy and Daddy: I just wanted to let you know That I made it home. The Journey wasn't an easy one, But it didn't take too long. Everything is so pretty here, So white. So fresh and new. I wish that you could close your eyes And that you could see it too. Please try not to be sad for me, Try to understand. God is taking care of me – I'm in the shelter of His hands. Here there is no sadness, no sorrow and no pain. Here there is no crying And I'll never hurt again.

In Loving Memory of Alexander Charles Moneypenny Born to Life

August 6, 2002 Born to Eternal Life August 7, 2002

Funeral Services Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church Saturday, August 10, 2002 9:30 a.m.

Officiating Here it is so peaceful When all the angels sing. I really have to go for now – I've just got to try my wings. Alexander

Rev. Kara R Skatrud

Interment Graceland Cemetery Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home

Vincent Jay Gurto

Jan. 12 1963 - Mar. 20, 1968 Age 5 Vinnie fell through the ice on Lake Erie and drowned. LITTLE BOY BLUE Eugene Field

The little toy dog is covered with dust, But sturdy and staunch he stands; The little toy soldier is red with rust, And his musket moulds in his hands. Time was when the little toy dog was new, And the soldier was passing fair; And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue Kissed them and put them there. "Now don’t you go till I come," he said, "And don’t you make any noise!" So, toddling off to his trundle bed, He dreamt of his pretty toys; And, as he was dreaming, an angel song Awakened our Little Boy BlueOh! the years are many, the years are long, But the little toy friends are true! Aye, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand. Each in the same old place Awaiting the touch of a little hand, The smile of a little face; And they wonder, as waiting the long years through In the dust of that little chair, What has become of our Little Boy Blue, Since he kissed them and put them there.

Vincent Jay Gurto - Obituary Thursday, March 21, 1968 "The News-Herald"

In Lake Erie Ice

Heavy Fog Brings End to Hunt For Missing Vincent Gurto, 5 Bulletin Due to thick fog moving in from the lake, the ice search for Vincent Gurto, 5, in Lake Erie ice has been called off, it was announced at press time today. The decision was reached in a conference between Police Chief Jack Sanford and volunteer SCUBA divers. The search will not be resumed until the "ice moves, either way," it was announced. Search resumed this morning for five-year-old Vincent Gurto, believed drowned through the ice on Lake Erie, off the Whitney Rd area. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gurto, 694 Residence St. The boy was being cared for at a cottage on Conneaut Row. Police received the report that he was missing about 1:45 p.m. At 2 p.m. the boy's dog companion came home dripping wet, according to Mrs. Lorraine Sullivan, who was babysitting with the youngster. Police searchers found cowboy boot tracks in two separate spots along the beach. One set led up a flight of stairs away from the beach and the others led out onto the ice. When the tracks onto the ice were discovered, Police Chief Jack Sanford launched a full-scale search and called in regular and volunteer firemen as well as SCUBA divers from the Conneaut Blue Fins. Dragging a metal skiff to carry their gear and provide safety measures, Paul and Frank Specht were the first divers to follow the tracks onto the ice. But once the light covering of snow disappeared, the footprints were no longer visible. Assuming the lad had continued on the northwest course he started, the divers combed the area looking for further clues. Break Through Ice

Time after time they broke through the ice. Slush ice existed as far as their toes could reach, Frank said. As quickly as they vacated the hole in the solid ice, it filled with slush, he added. U.S. Coast Guard helicopter also resumed operation but had to be grounded when ice began to form about 9:30. It is expected to take up the search again if the weather clears. Although divers continued to probe the lake for the boy there are those who refuse believe he is in the water. Shore Search Made

A thorough search was made of the bank area, it was reported today. Small buildings were checked hoping to find the youngster accidentally locked inside, safe and unharmed. Septic tanks were peered into, boats overturned for the winter were lifted; open areas under the summer cottages where a small inquisitive boy might get caught were investigated. An aunt of the youngster insists that the boy was of a nature to head for Ashtabula where his mother works, if the thought came to him. Vincent weighs about 50 pounds and was dressed in a brown hooded jacket and dark trousers when last seen. No clues, other than the boot tracks have been uncovered to hint of the whereabouts of the boy. Searchers were joined later by other members of the diving club. Coast Guard helicopter with great search lights entered the hunt about 9 p.m. Search operations by divers and others began again this morning. At the time of the boy's disappearance fog was so thick the searchers could hardly see their own hand before them. It continued throughout the afternoon beginning to lift about 4:30 p.m. Coast Guardsmen from the Ashtabula Station brought a small skiff to the scene this morning. The incident Wednesday parallels the drowning of Ronald Zito, 10, several years ago. Ronny, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Zito, then living at 22 Ohio Drive, fell through he ice shortly before Christmas. His tracks led to the hole in the ice and only his pet dog's tracks returned from the scene.


Lake Erie Ice Weird, Deadly BY MARGARET SCHMIDT News Herald Reporter

It is a wonderland of "make-believe" during the winter, this Lake Erie Beach of ours. Its mountains and caverns and crevices of ice and snow flung up by north wind driven waves are enough to tempt even the strongest of the imaginative and adventuresome. But it neglects to warn that it is a deadly trap And now it becomes apparent it has claimed another victim, five-year-old Vincent Gurto, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gurto, 694 Residence Street.

Cowboy Boots Police found cowboy boot footprints leading off the dunes into the flat ice opposite the Whitney Rd. area. Nowhere could they find a returning trail. A dog companion returned home without the boy. Searchers were mystified at first by another set of footprints in the snow at the bottom of stairs leading up to the bank away from the beach.

As the day wore on and no other trace of the boy could be found, grim faced officers and firemen began to feel certain those leading onto the lake were the fresher signs.

Hindered by Fog Due to a thick gray fog curtain the search literally began inch by inch/ Wherever one looked, the curtain hung before his eyes. Each searcher must have felt himself entirely alone and completely unable to see "beyond his own outstretched hand." Sound too, is distorted by fog. Noises from companions would indicate they were approaching from a false direction. Little boys are a strange wonder. Some things in their childhood they will remember long after they have grown to manhood. But how quickly a command to "stay in you own yard" or "wait" can be forgotten Photo Captions. LONELY VIGIL is kept by Mrs. Lorraine Sullivan and her dog Ebony as SCUBA divers probe the Icy waters of Lake Erie fiveyear-old Vincent Gurto. "Vinnie" was being cared for by Mrs. Sullivan when he wandered off with Ebony, a mixed cocker spaniel and poodle, early Wednesday afternoon. Only Ebony returned. The boy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gurto, 694 Residence St. HUNCHED AGAINST THE fog and cold drizzle (top) Joseph Gurto, second from left, stands with volunteer fireman from Station Four as divers search for his son, Vincent, 5. Right is Dave Williamson and hidden from view except for his battalion chief's hat and his walkie-talkie radio is Russell Johnson. Others are unidentified. Lower Photo- Using a metal skiff as a sled, Paul, Frank and Richard Specht and William Harkabus pick their way further out on the ice through fog to search for Vincent who wandered away early Wednesday afternoon. Boot tracks led the men to search the ice-covered lake. Friday, March 22, 1968 "The News Herald"

Form Search Parties

Land Hunt Continues for Missing Boy, 5 Search parties have been formed to continue looking on land for five-year-old Vincent Gurto who has been missing since shortly after noon Wednesday. Police Chief Jack Sanford today urged citizens to support the land search for the boy in and around their properties. The hunt, concentrated on the icy lake Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, was called off due to the risk to the searchers, and weather conditions which made further search impossible. "In reality, we are assuming the boy has drowned because of footprints onto the ice," Chief Sanford said. "But we cannot afford to overlook other possibilities," he added/ Slush ice below the surface prevented the divers from any measure of success in water search it was pointed out. Repeatedly the divers broke through the deteriorating surface ice. A full scale hunt was organized soon after the boy was reported missing by his baby sitter, Mrs. Lorraine Sullivan, No.2 Conneaut Row. Conneaut police and firemen headed the initial search. They were joined by members of SCUBA diving clubs from Conneaut, Erie and Madison. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was brought here from Detroit, Wednesday night and combed the area on the lake with large searchlights until about 12:30 a.m. The search was taken up again at daybreak but was called off before noon when the fog and rain made visibility impossible. Vincent is the youngest of four children whose parents are Mr. Mrs. Joseph Gurto, 694 Residence St Photo Caption LAKE SCENE of search for five-year-old Vincent Gurto is bleak and barren today as the hunt turns to land. Called off Thursday after a fruitless 11-hour search of the lake, the hunt was picked up again today by land search parties. The boy's tracks led onto the frozen lake with no sign of return. However, police and others searching feel they must not overlook other possibilities. Vincent wandered away from No. 2. Conneaut Row where he was cared for on Wednesday.

Editorials Sincere Concern for "Vinnie" The fascination

Lake Erie holds for young children appears to have claimed another life on the Conneaut lakefront. It is almost certain little Vincent (Vinnie) Gurto, not yet quite five years of age, is the latest to perish. Tracks from the tot's prized cowboy boots led across the beach to the soft lake ice. None was found returning.

A dog who accompanied the child on his final journey returned home, alone and soaking wet. The immediate turnout of volunteer searchers, including city police, firemen, SCUBA divers and Coast Guardsmen was indeed heartening. Especially singled out for praise is the Coast Guard helicopter crew who cruised the beach just above the ice far into the darkness of night. Spot lights were used in the vain attempt to locate the lad. City divers literally took their lives in hand by probing the dangerous and shifting ice. In such sorrowful and tragic circumstances, is was wonderful to see the sincere concern shown by so many for the life of a small child.

Saturday, March 23, 1968 "The News Herald" Photo Caption. - CHECKING AREAS ALREADY searched, Conneaut police and firemen combined their efforts again Friday afternoon in an attempt to locate five-year-old Vincent Gurto. Private pond on Lakeview Ave was drained by its owner, Charles Allshouse, and the area probed by firemen and policemen. Here, Ptl. Leo Sackett gets an assist across Kelsey's Run by fire LT. Vincent Parlongo while Ptl. George Brown stands by to lend a hand. Vincent disappeared from No. 2 Conneaut Row shortly after noon Wednesday.

Monday, March 25, 1968 " The News Herald" Other Counties Aid

Divers Still Probe Lake Ice for Boy It is hard to give up search for a little boy. despite official end of the hunt for Vincent Gurto, 694 Residence St., because of weather and lake conditions, SCUBA divers for miles around are still probing the ice-choked waters near the scene of the youngsters disappearing footprints. The five-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Gurto wandered away from the home of his babysitter, Mrs. Lorraine Sullivan, No. 2 Conneaut Row about noon Wednesday. The tracks leading onto the ice are the only clues police found to indicate the fate of the boy. Police Chief Jack Sanford Saturday released a public vote of thanks for all those involved in the search.

Assisted at Bridge Erie County (Oh.) Rescue Unit headed by Sgt. Henry Hauser from Huron, Oh., contacted the chief on Saturday, offering assistance and were on the scene late Sunday afternoon. Men from this unit assisted in recovering bodies from the Ohio River when the bridge at Gallipolis collapsed last fall. Erie SCUBA diving club, under direction of President Sam Leo and Vice President George Abercrombie, has spent approximately 20 hours in three days searching for the youngster. Men from Conneaut's Blue Fins were on the scene almost immediately 20 minutes after the tracks were found. The Blue Fins Club is comprised mostly of volunteer firemen from Conneaut Fire Station Four. William Harkabus and Paul Specht, recuperation from the strain of the initial search, were at the scene Sunday assisting with information developing from the hunt to date. Sheriff Edwin Cunningham, from Lake County, Saturday offered assistance from his department, Chief Sanford said, and a unit from Madison joined the search on Thursday. Regular firemen and landbound volunteers have probed thoroughly into small cracks and areas south of the lake which night have trapped the youngster. Another group of four professional divers from the Warren, Pa. area were in Conneaut on Saturday to aid in the search, the chief stated. However, lack of movability due to slush ice under the surface discouraged them from making any dives, it was pointed out. Photo Caption. DIVERS BENT ON FINDING five-year-old Vincent Gurto, missing since Wednesday, approach the shore to confer with Conneaut divers who were on the scene after the boy's tracks were found on the ice following his disappearance. Leaders of these two groups are Sam Leo, president of Erie, Pa., SCUBA divers (third from left) Sgt. Henry Hauser of Huron, Erie County, Oh. recovery team, (third from right) and George Abercrombie vice president of the Erie, Pa. group (right).

Thursday, March 28, 1968 "The News Herald" Vincent Gurto Not Found by Searchers Five-year-old Vincent Gurto, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gurto 694 Residence St. is still missing from his home. The boy disappeared from No. 2 Conneaut Row on March 20. Efforts of police, firemen, and volunteers have failed to locate the youngster.

Saturday, April 20, 1968 "The News Herald"

Washed Ashore

Gurto Boy's Body Is Found on Beach Five-year-old Vincent Gurto was found shortly before 7:30 this morning, one month from the day he disappeared. His little body, minus only the cowboy boots, washed ashore about 180 feet west of the west breakwall on Township Park Beach. He was discovered by Leonard Laitinen, 993 Buffalo Street. Mr. Laitinen said he was returning from the breakwall where he had been talking with a friend and spotted the object at the water's edge. Upon further investigation he discovered it was the boy. Vincent was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gurto 694 Residence St. He disappeared from a babysitter's home on Conneaut Row on March 20. Extensive search by police and firemen failed to locate the boy. Footprints were found leading onto the ice on the lake but none returning. SCUBA divers were called in and as thorough a search as possible of the lake was made. Conneaut police were in charge this morning and deputy coroner, Dr. R. W. Shelby, of Ashtabula, made the coroner's investigation. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church. Vincent was born in Conneaut on Jan. 12, 1963. He was a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church and attended Mrs. Richard Colson's nursery school. Surviving besides his parents are three brothers, Joseph, Michael and Anthony, all at home; his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gurto, Conneaut, his maternal grandparents, Howard Smith, Cleveland, and Mrs. Edna Smith, Boca Raton, Fla. and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Thompson Funeral Home where prayer service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Wednesday, April 24, 1968 "The News Herald"

Funerals Vincent Jay Gurto Mass of the Angels was offered at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church for Vincent Jay Gurto, 5, of 694 Residence Street. The Rev. David Rhodes, assistant pastor of St. Mary's church, offered the mass which was sung by the second and third grade students of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church. Charles Rose served as organist. Prayers were offered at the Thompson Funeral Home prior to the church rites where prayer service was also held on Monday evening led by the Rev. Blaine Pierce, pastor of St. Mary's. Pall bearers were John Moneypenny, Patrick, Frank and Anthony Gurto, uncles of Vincent. Burial was in St Joseph Cemetery with Fr. Rhodes offering graveside prayers. Friends and relatives attended from Milwaukee, Wis., Buffalo, N.Y., Erie, Pa., Cleveland and Ashtabula

Peter Gurto

Dec. 15, 1894 - Dec. 28, 1971 Age 77 Peter Gurto had bronchitis THE LORD IS THE SHEPHERD OF HIS PEOPLE The

Lord is my shepherd I shall not want He makes me lie down in green pastures And he leads me beside still waters He restoreth my soul And leads me in the path of righteousness For His name's sake Yea, though I walk through the valley of Death I will fear no evil For thou art with me Thy rod and Thy staff shall comfort me You prepare a banquet for me in the face of my enemies You welcome me as an honored guest My cup overflows Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever

Peter Gurto - Obituary Tuesday, December 28, 1971 " The News Herald"

Deaths, Funerals Peter Gurto Funeral services for Peter Gurto, 77, of 717 Wrights Ave., will be held at 10 a.m.Thursday in St. Frances Cabrini Church, the Rev. Fr. Patrick Dempster offering the funeral mass. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Gurto, who was born Dec. 15, 1894 in Campobasso, Italy, died in his home early today after a brief illness. He had been a resident of Conneaut 60 years and was employed the the former Nickel Plate Railroad 45 years prior to his retirement in 1960. Gurto was also a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary (DelVecchio); sons Pat, Frank, Joseph and Anthony of Conneaut; Christy of West Palm Beach, Fla. and James of Wexford, Pa.; daughters Mrs. Robert (Rose) Speer, Mrs. William (Florence) Lewis, Mrs. John (Mary) Moneypenny, all of Conneaut, and Mrs.Robert (Susan) Petrovski of Milwaukee, Wis.; 28 grand children, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews Gurto was preceded in death by his parents, James and Rose (Marcia) Gurto. Friends and relatives may call at the Raisian Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Friday, December 31, 1971 "The News Herald"

Deaths, Funerals Peter Gurto Funeral services for Peter Gurto, 77, of 717 Wrights Ave., were held at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Frances Cabrini Church. The Rev. Patrick Dempster, pastor, offered High Mass and Marie Walter sang the Mass. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery with Fr. Dempster offering graveside prayers. Prayer services were held preceding the church services at the Raisian Funeral Home. Pallbearers were David Gurto, Joseph A. Gurto, James R. Speer, John A. Lewis, Barry Pearce and Steven J. Moneypenny, all grandsons of Mr. Gurto. Friends and relatives attended from Ashtabula, Youngstown, Milwaukee, Wis.;Wexford, Pa. and West Palm Beach Fla.

Mary Del Vecchio Gurto

Apr. 20, 1899 - Feb. 19, 1972 Age 73 Mary did not want to go on after Peter died, she died of a broken heart. Safely Home I am home in Heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty In this everlasting light. All the pain and grief is over, Every restless tossing passed; I Am now at peace forever, Safely home in Heaven at last. Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade? Oh! but Jesus love illumined Every dark and fearful glade. And He came Himself to meet me, In that way so hard to tread; And with Jesus’ arm to lean on, Could I have one doubt or dread? Then you must not grieve so sorely, For I love you dearly still: Try to look beyond earth’s shadows, Pray to trust our Father’s Will. There is work still waiting for you, So you must not idly stand; Do it now, while life remaineth You shall rest in Jesus’ land When that work is all completed, He will gently call you Home: Oh, the rapture of that meeting, Oh, the joy to see you come!

Mary Del Vecchio Gurto - Obituary Monday, February 21, 1972 "The News Herald"

Deaths, Funerals Mrs. Mary Gurto Funeral services for Mrs. Mary J. Gurto, 72, of 717 Wrights Ave., will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Frances Cabrini Church. The Rev. Patrick Dempster will offer mass. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visiting hours will be observed from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the Raisian Funeral Home. Born April 20, 1899 in Rippabatone, Italy she resided in Conneaut for 60 years. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church. Survivors include sons, Patrick, Frank, Joseph, and Anthony, all of Conneaut, Christy of West Palm Beach Fla.; and James of Wexford, Pa.; daughters, Mrs. Robert (Rose) Speer, Mrs. William (Florence) Lewis, Mrs. John (Mary) Moneypenny, all of Conneaut, and Mrs. Robert (Susan) Petrovski of Milwaukee, Wis.; 31 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four sisters. She was preceded in death by her husband Peter Gurto on Dec. 28, 1971, and parents Crucalanto and Marcia Guilliano Del Vecchio. Mrs.Gurto died Saturday in Brown Memorial Hospital at 5:45 a.m. of complications following a short illness. Wednesday, February 23, 1972 "The News Herald"

Deaths, Funerals Mrs. Mary Gurto A High mass for Mrs. Mary J. Gurto, 72, of 717 Wrights Ave., was offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Frances Cabrini Church. Offering the Mass was the Rev. Patrick Dempster pastor of the church. Marie Walters, organist, assisted in the singing of the Mass. Devotional services led by Fr. Dempster were held Monday afternoon at the Raisian Funeral Home. Prayer services preceded the church services. Pallbearers were James Speer, Steve Moneypenny, Joseph Gurto, Barry Pearce, John Lewis and David Gurto, all grandsons of Mrs. Gurto Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery with Fr. Dempster offering graveside prayers. Friends and relatives attended services from Ashtabula, Wexford, Pa.; Buffalo and Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Milwaukee, Wis.; and West Palm Beach Fla. Mrs. Gurto died Saturday in Brown Memorial Hospital.

John Moneypenny

Oct. 17, 1925 Age 48 John Moneypenny had a heart attack

John Moneypenny - Obituary Tuesday, August 27, 1974, "The News Herald"

Deaths, Funerals John Moneypenny Funeral Services for John Moneypenny, 48, of 2530 Nevada St., Allentown, Pa., will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Frances Cabrini Church with Fr. Frederick Slaven, pastor, officiating. Mr. Moneypenny died Monday morning in Allentown Hospital. Born Oct. 17, 1925 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Moneypenny resided in Allentown for two years and was a former Conneaut resident. He was a member of the St. Thomas Moore Church of Allentown and the American Legion. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was employed as production manager for Wolloch Company of Allentown. Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Gurto Moneypenny; sons Steven and Jack at home; daughters, Mrs. Daniel (Sheila) Schneider, Sharon, Pa., Mrs. Alfred (Joyce) Hackett, Allentown, and Brenda, Fay and Pamela at home; a brother, Lawrence Moneypenny of Brooklyn, N.Y. and a sister, Mrs. George (Marie) Zimmerman, Massapequa, L.I. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Mary Cameron Moneypenny. Friends and relatives can call at the Raisian Funeral Home between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Saturday, August 31, 1974, "The News Herald"

Death, Funeral John Moneypenny A High Mass was offered for John Moneypenny, 48, of 2530 Nevada St., Allentown, Pa., at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Frances Cabrini Church with the Rev. Frederick Slaven, pastor, offering the funeral Mass. Miss Marie Walter served as organist and soloist during the Mass. Burial followed in St. Joseph Cemetery. The American Flag was presented to Mrs. Moneypenny for services rendered by her late husband during World War II. Pall bearers were Frank Gurto,k Pat Gurto Joseph Gurto, David Gurto, James Speer and john Lewis. Friends and relatives attended the services from Ashtabula, Independence, Cortland, Parma, Massapequa, L.I.; Brooklyn, N.Y.;Greenville, Mars, Sharon and Allentown, Pa. Mr. Moneypenny died Monday morning in Allentown Hospital. The Raisian Funeral Home was in charge of services

Captain Robert F. Petrovski

May 30, 1927 - Jun. 1, 1987 Age – 60 Bob Petrovski had bowel cancer SEA FEVER I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking, and a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking. I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying, And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying. I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life, To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife; And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover, And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over. - JOHN MASFIELD

Captain Robert F. Petrovski -Obituary ORLANDO, Fla. - Capt. R.F. Petrovski, 60, formerly of North Kingsville, died Monday following a short illness. He was born on May 30, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wis. He was a Great Lakes captain for 13 years, retiring from USX in Oct. 1984 from the Philip R. Clarke. Survivors include his wife, Sue (Gurto); his mother, Marie of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Rudolph of Denver, Colo., and Carl of Vista, Calif.; and one sister, Margaret Euler of Buffalo, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph. Capt. Petrovski will be cremated in Orlando, Fla., with his ashes being scattered on Lake Michigan. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the Raisian Funeral Home, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut.

Bob Speer

Mar. 28, 1912 - Jun. 20, 1989 Age 77 Bob died of kidney failure FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND One night a man had a dream. he dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD. When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. he also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it: "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me." The LORD replied: "My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you se only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you." -Mary Stevenson

Robert Speer - Obituary Robert G. Speer, 77, of 715 Wrights Ave, died Tuesday at Brown Memorial Hospital. Mr. Speer was born March 28, 1912, in Beavers Center, Pa., a son of the late Fred and Clara (Moon) Speer and lived most of his life in the Conneaut area. He was self-employed as a painter and exterior housewasher. He had also been employed by Allied Resinous and served as a janitor for the Carnegie Public Library for several years. Mr. Speer is survived by his wife, Rose, to whom he was married for 50 years; a daughter, Sharen Waldoch of Oconomowoc, Wis.; a son James R. of Conneaut; a sister, Louella Chapman of Conneaut; a brother, Harry of Conneaut; two half-sisters, Flory Greenawalt of Conneaut and Patricia Champman of Geneva; two half-brothers, Francis Speer of Seattle, Wash., and Richard Speer of Conneaut and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan (in infancy); a sister, Alice Williams, and a brother, Edgar. No calling hours will be observed. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Conneaut Station Three Rescue Squad, or the Kidney Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the Thompson Funeral Home, 345 Main St. Sunday, June 20, 1999 "The Star Beacon"

Robert G. Speer Who passed away 10 years ago today "Ten years you have journeyed, and I have no way Of knowing how time's measured Where you are; Wherever you are I send this word to you By all the winds on their celestial routes; You are not forgotten by those you left behind." Happy Father's Day Sadly missed By Family & Friends

Mary Moneypenny

Jul. 1, 1924 - Feb.28, 1994 Age 69 Mary had emphysema

THE ROSE BEYOND THE WALL A rose once grew where all could see Sheltered beside a garden wall And as the days passed swiftly by it spread its branches, straight and tall. One day a beam of light shone through A crevice that had opened wide The rose bent gently towards its warmth Then passed beyond to the other side. Now you who deeply feel its loss Be comforted, the rose blooms thereIts beauty even greater now Nurtured by God's own loving care.

Mary Moneypenny - Obituary SHARON, PA. - Mary Lou Moneypenny, 69, of Norris Avenue, Sharon, Pa. died early Monday, Feb. 28, 1994, at the Sharon Regional Health System following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Moneypenny was born July 1, 1924, in Conneaut, the daughter of Peter and Mary DelVecchio Gurto. She was a lifelong resident of the Conneaut area until 1979, when she moved to Cleveland for five years and then to Sharon to be with her family. She was a former member of St. Frances Cabrini and also St. Joseph's in Sharon, Pa. She was an avid bingo player and enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and grandchildren. Survivors include two sons, Steven of Cleveland, and Jack of Racine, Wis.; five daughters, Sheila Schneider of Sharon, Pa., Joyce Hackett of Parma, Brenda Ward of Mogadore, Faye Kazimer of Cleveland and Pamela Miller of Sharon, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; six brothers, James of Wexford, Pa., Christy of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Anthony, Pat, Joseph and Frank all of Conneaut; three sisters, Rosie Speer of Oconomowoc, Wis., Sue Petrovski of Conneaut, and Florence (Effie) Lewis, Ocoee, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John in 1974; and two infant sisters, Filomena and Mary. A Mass of the Christian Burial was held Thursday at St. Frances Cabrini Church, 744 Mill St., Conneaut. Burial followed at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Conneaut. The Raisian Funeral Home, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut, was in charge of arrangements

Ellen Gurto

May 3, 1932 - Mar. 11, 1994 Age 62 Ellen had breast cancer FAMILY A family is love, a feeling of warmth and respect A family is sharing problems one should not neglect A family is one of which you can always depend Even more special then a pal or a friend A family is strength and support when we are distressed A wonderful shelter in which we can always find rest A family is togetherness with the unspoken word An understanding of one's needs without being heard A family is traditions plus some new ideas too That bring definite character to me and you A family is support in all that we do To guide us and help us in small matters too A family is joy and memories of good times we share A lasting feeling of loved ones who genuinely care A family is caring about what one has to say Listening, then encouraging, in every little way Yes, a family is the most important thing to me And together, forever we will always be

Ellen Eccleston Gurto - Obituary CONNEAUT - Ellen M. Gurto, 61, of Dorman Road, died Friday, March, 11, 1994 in her residence after a short illness with cancer. Born May 3, 1932, in Conneaut, she was the daughter of M.C. and Ethel Hoover Eccleston. A lifelong resident of the Conneaut area, she was a 1950 graduate of Rowe High School. She worked as a legal secretary for Kauffman and Thayer attorneys. She married Anthony Gurto on Dec. 27, 1952. She was the East Conneaut United Methodist secretary for more than 15 years. She was a former member of the church choir, Circle and the Women's society. She also held several positions within the church's financial groups, heading several committees. In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling, taking care of her large flower garden and her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband; two sons, David of Conneaut and Dale of Vista, Calif.; a daughter, Dana Raisian of Conneaut; two brothers, Edmund Eccleston of Del Rio, Texas, and Howard Eccleston of Conneaut; three grandchildren, Toni and Jeffrey Raisian and Christopher Gurto; and several nieces and nephews. Service is 10 a.m. Monday at East Conneaut United Methodist Church, 809 furnace road, with the Rev. Beth Stone officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Conneaut. Calling hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Raisian Funeral Home, 581 Harbor Street, Conneaut. Memorial contributions may be made to East Conneaut United Methodist Church.

Rosie Speer

Aug.4, 1918 - Nov. 5, 1995 Age 77 Rosie had emphysema A POEM FOR THE GRIEVING... Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die... -Anonymous Taken from a Jewish scripture book As we speak we will remember them, for God had given to us the gift of memory that we keep alive those we love. In the rising of the sun and in its going down we remember them. In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them. In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them. In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them. In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them. when we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them. When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them. When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share, we remember them. So long as we live, they too shall live. For they are a part of us, and we remember, always.

Rosie Speer - Obituary Tuesday, November 7, 1995 "The Star Beacon"

Deaths Rose Speer OCONOMOWOC, Wis. -Former Conneaut resident Rose Speer, 77, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 1995 at her Wisconsin home. Born in Conneaut Aug. 4, 1918, she was the daughter of Peter and Mary (DelVecchio) Gurto. A 1938 Conneaut high School graduate, she was employed with the Nickel Plate Railroad during war time and also was employed with Brown Memorial Hospital. She was a former hairdresser and owner/operator of Rose's Pizza Shop in the old Conneaut Creamery. She attended St. Mary's Catholic Church member. Her hobbies included oil painting, basket weaving, crafts, and bingo. Survivors include a son, James of Cleveland; a daughter, Sharen Waldoch of Oconomowoc, whom she lived with for the past five years; two grandchildren; six brothers, Christy Gurto of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., James Gurto of Wexford, Pa., Anthony Gurto of Montpelier, and Frank, Joseph and Pat Gurto, all of Conneaut, and two sisters, Susan Petrovski and Florence Lewis of Conneaut. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, in 1989; an infant daughter, Susan, and a sister, Mary Moneypenny, in 1994. Cremation will be in Oconomowoc. Burial will follow in East Conneaut Cemetery at the family's convenience. There are no calling hours. Memorials may be made to the Conneaut Food Pantry or to Ashtabula County Children's Services. Envelopes are available at Raisian Funeral Home, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut.

Memorial Services for Rose Gurto Speer -entered lifeAugust 4, 1918 -entered eternal lifeNovember 5, 1995 We would like to thank you for coming today, to help us welcome "Rosie" home. What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose... Our lives are touched by many people, but only a few leave that special feeling in our hearts which lasts forever...

A Tribute to My Mother This is a celebration of my Mother's life, and although we miss her...We are all the better for having had her in our lives. Rose Gurto was born August 4, 1918, the oldest child of Mary & Peter. She was "big sister" to: Jim, Christy, Tony, Frank, Joe, Pat, 'Effie, Sue and Mary. She became the wife of 50 years to Bob Speer. She was Mother, Mother-inLaw, Grandmother, Sister-in-law, Aunt, Great-Aunt, Great-Great-Aunt, Cousin and always and foremost a friend. My Mother always worked, as a child she helped her Mother take care of her brothers and sisters. Plus helped with chores around the house. As a young adult, she worked on the railroad, cutting grass and scrubs away from the tracks during W.W.II. After graduating from Conneaut High School, she worked at Brown Memorial Hospital. Throughout her married life, she worked as a hairdresser, she worked at Vince's Pizza Shop and at The Pizza Shop, before she became co-owner of Rose's Pizza Shop with her sister Effie. After selling the shop, she worked as a waitress, on the farm, and at a pool table making company, plus several other jobs.

She enjoyed several hobbies...playing cards, various board games, oil painting, basket weaving, bingo, knitting, needlepoint and word search puzzles listed among them. Some of her greatest joys came from watching her family grow, and sharing in their lives. In her later years she was so happy to be there when Greg and then Pam graduated from High School, then started college. She endured uncomplained hardships to make the trips back to Conneaut from Wisconsin to visit family and friends, and to attend the Gurto family reunions. If my Mother could have had two wishes, the first would have been that everyone get along and enjoy their time together. Her second wish would have been to win a lottery so she could help needy people and to return to her beloved Ohio. Over the years we all watched this strong, fiercely independent, always-in-control woman become victim of her body. But inspite of her body's betrayal, her mind was sharp, her mental reflexes fully functioning. Most importantly she never lost her humor, right to the end. I treasured every moment I had with her. My Mother never wanted to be in a nursing home and she wasn't. She never wanted to be alone and she wasn't.I know in my heart you are at peace and for that I am grateful. I know you are without pain and for that I am grateful. We are all going to miss you...more than words can say. I'll remember you always, especially your humor. Thank you for being there for me. Thank you for being my Mother...and my friend.I'll remember you always. I'll remember the sound of your laughter, and your face the moment after...I'll remember you...always. Love, Jim Loving Memories A Tribute to Rosie by B-Ann Your gentle face and patient smile with fondness we recall You always had a kind word for each of us, and died beloved by all. The kids all loved your fingernails Each one, a color so bright Just count all those penguins you had, What a wonderful sight. The many haircuts, and the perms you gave, and all those pizzas that you made. We miss you now, our hearts are sore, As time goes by, we miss you more. But God has chosen your resting place, and now you are with loved ones, face to face. Your loving smile, Your gentle face, Rosie, no one will ever Take your place. You were the oldest of the family the matriarch of our family tree, Your kindness is not forgotten, nor will YOU ever be. As long as life and memories last, We will all remember, ROSIE!!!

Memorial Service Music Prayer and Introductions: Joe Raisian Readings: David, Pam, Greg Music Eulogies: Jim, Sharen Music Announcements: Joe Raisian Entombment: East Conneaut Cemetery Buffet: Served at the K of C hall, N.Amboy Rd., given by Sue Petrovski.

Good-Bye Mom While I was slipped away. The angles must be overjoyed! They have their little Rose Bud by their side. There must have been a crowd at the end of the tunnel of light... Dad, your parents, Mary just to name a few. Hands out stretched to welcome you home, your Ohio in the Sky. Now that you are with God, you can ask Him: How do the little birds stand on those tiny little legs? How do ALL those pills know where to go? Mom, don't forget to measure your head every once in a while to make sure it isn't shrinking! I miss your smile and the look of mischief in your eyes. Even in the worst of times, you could always make us smile. Even though my heart is sad, I am glad for you. Because you have traded in your wheels for wings, Now you can fly with the angels... And soar with the eagles. Love, Sharen

A MESSAGE FROM "ROSIE" Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thanks to everyone that showed me kindness, by writing to me, calling me, making trips to see me. Also for all the gifts. Special thanks to Sue for taking me in when I came to the reunions, and for all the emergency trips you made to Wisconsin with Jim on a moments notice. To Pam & Bill, for letting me stay with their family, when I came down for the last few reunions. To Brenda, for coming and staying with me, also for making the trips to come get me for the reunions and taking me back. To Jim & Sharen, for everything they did for me. To Greg & Pam, for sitting with me and for all you did for me. Last but not least, David, thank you for making a place for me in your home, and for all that you did for me. Including being with me at the end. Thank you all, Love, Rosie Our special thanks to Joe and Dana for making this memorial service possible. Thank you for all you did. To Joe Gurto for giving us the burial vault. Again, to Sue Petrovski for all she has done for our family. Thank You, Jim, Sharen, David, Greg and Pam

Rose Speer November 5, 1995 A message to those I left behind, 10 years ago today. “It is so hard to believe it has been 10 years since I left you. But, I want you to know, I’m safely home in Heaven, and in the morning dew, all you see that is beautiful, reflects my love for you. I didn’t mean to cause anyone pain, my time had simply come.

The work I was meant to do, on earth, had all been done. And when your work is completed, He will gently call you home. Oh, the joy of that meeting, for all us to be together once again!” though I miss you so. My spirit visits you, every single day. Appearing as a rainbow, or as lake waves at play. In the gentle rains that fall,

Remembered by Family & Friend

Rose Speer November 5, 1995 A message to those I left behind, 10 years ago today. “I’m safely home in Heaven, though I still miss you so. The love I’ve always felt for you, within my heart still flows. My spirit visits with you, every single day, appearing as a rainbow, or as lake waves at play. In the gentle rains that fall, and in the morning dew, All you see that’s beautiful reflects my love for you. I didn’t mean to cause anyone pain. My time had simply come. The work that I was meant to do, on earth, had all been done. I’m safely home in Heaven, and since being here I have helped to welcome: Rose & Michael Best – their love was so strong, they wouldn’t leave each other, and together, hand-in-hand, they entered their new home Steven Moneypenny, Jr. – a beautiful little rose who came from beyond the wall, so full of love and such a delight Bill Lewis – still among the first to offer help, laughing and carrying on, while holding his coffee cup Pamela Waldoch – my only beautiful granddaughter, who shared her birthday with God’s only Son, what a joyous light she has brought with her Alexander Moneypenny – a beautiful spirit, now in God’s garden, trying his wings Joe Gurto – my brother, getting everyone to laugh by telling his brand of jokes and calling out, by nickname, to everyone he meets Susie Petrovski – my sister, warmly welcomed by everyone here, missed by those she left behind, she brought memories of each of you to share with all of us There are so many that are safely home in Heaven. And when your work is completed, He will gently call you home. Oh, the joy of that meeting, for all us to be together, once again!”

Rose Best Jul. 9, 1975 - Nov.7, 1997 Age 22

Michael Best Feb. 25, 1976 - Nov.7, 1997 Age 21 Rose and Michael were murdered. They were shot .

Bill Lewis


Bill Lewis - Obituary Wednesday, April 27, 2000 The Star Beacon

William A. Lewis CONNEAUT - William A. Lewis, 75, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at his home. He was born May 21, 1924, in Chillicothe, the son of Andy and Garnet (Baine) Lewis. He worked as a bus driver with CTS Lewis Charters in Ocoee, Fla., for 22 years, and was also a truck and trailer driver for Youngstown Office and Furniture. After moving to Conneaut, he worked at General Aluminum as a security guard. He enjoyed traveling, driving bus and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Florence (Effie) Gurto, whom he married Oct. 21, 1948; a son, John A., of Ocoee, Fla.; a brother, James, of Columbus; two grandchildren: John A. II and Emilee; and one great-great-grandson. Service is 8 p.m. Thursday at Raisian Funeral Home, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut. The Rev. Raymond Thomas, of St. Mary and St. Frances Cabrini parishes in Conneaut, will officiate. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Pamela Marie Waldoch

Dec. 25, 1975 - Dec. 29, 2001 Age 26 Pam died in her sleep. She had a heart valve failure. PAM'S JOURNEY'S JUST BEGUN Don't think of her as gone away. . . Her journey's just begun, Life holds so many facets. . . This Earth is only one. Just think of her as resting From the sorrows and the tears In a place of warmth and comfort Where there are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing That we could know today How nothing but our sadness Can really pass away. And think of her as living In the hearts of those she touched. . . For nothing loved is ever lost. . . And she was loved so much.

Pam Waldoch - Obituary Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Waldoch, Pamela M. Publication Date: Jan. 02, 2002

Age 26 years. Passed away suddenly in her sleep on Dec. 29, 2001. Loving daughter of David and Sharen. Cherished sister of Greg. Beloved fiancĂŠe of Jeff Ostby. Very dear granddaughter of the late Erv (the late Mae) Waldoch and the late Bob (the late Rose) Speer. Dear niece of Chris (Marsha) Waldoch, the late Dennis Waldoch, Duane (Barbara) Waldoch and Jim Speer. Further survived by cousins, other relatives and many close friends. Pam was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 25, 1975. She attended Stonebank Grade School, and graduated from Arrowhead High School in 1994. she was on the Junior Varsity tennis team and the Junior Varsity basketball team. she won awards for art and had several pieces of her pottery displayed at the Milwaukee Art Museum. she had attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, for two years and was planning on returning to school in the spring for interior Design. She enjoyed drawing, working with clay, working with children and writing poetry. She had just begun writing her first novel. Professionally, Pam worked as a personal nanny, a professional photographer and her last position was as Banquet Captain at the Brookfield, Wisconsin Sheraton Inn. Family and friends will meet Thurs., 10 AM at the Funeral Home for a procession to St. Adalbert Cemetery (3801 S. 6th St.) for Committal Services at 11 AM. Visitation and Service Wed., 4:30-8 PM at the Funeral Home. MAX A. SASS & SONS GREENRIDGE CHAPEL 4747 S. 60th St.

From Sharen and Dave Some people come into our lives and stay a short time but they leave footprints on our hearts. And we are never the same again. That is what Pam has done for us. Thank you all for being here today. It is a comfort for her Dad and I to know that she has touched the lives of so many people. That even though she was only 26 years old, she lived, not a long life, but a wide life. That in her honor, you have come here today to help comfort her family and each other. I would like to read a part of a prayer my brother read at our Mother's memorial. As we speak we will remember Pam, for GOD has given us the gift of memory that we might keep alive those we love. So long as we live, Pam too shall live, for she is a part of us and we will remember her always. Because we remember her, she shall not be far away, and she shall live on in our hearts forever. Everyone has been asking what they can do for her family. Not a thing for us, because what we need and want is not possible. The best thing you can do for us is to tell people that you love them. Even if you think they know, tell them because you never know when that person will be taken away from you suddenly. If your children are adults, give them hugs and kisses, even if you have to chase them and grab them. Because no matter what you do for them, that is the most important thing you will ever do in your life.

From Belva Benish. . . A co-worker at the Sheraton It 's difficult to part with those we love at any time. However, it seems harder at Christmastime. Why? Because it's a time when gifts are given and shared. Wasn't it GOD our heavenly Father who gave us a gift at Christmas? Wasn't it Emmanuel, GOD with us, who we received at Christmas? Yes, GOD gave us his only begotten, beloved son as a gift. He spent only a very few short years with us here on earth. He was given a cross to bear in our place. He did this because he loved us. He was placed upon this cross, not deserving death, yet he died and was buried. We as Christians believe this. We also believe that after three days he arose from the grave and is now alive. He defeated death for us. We believe not in a religion, but rather in a reality. So it is with Pam. GOD gave us (her parents, her brother, her fiance, her co-workers, relatives and friends) a gift, a very special and unique gift. A beautiful woman named Pam. She was given to us for a few short years, but each of us has been blessed by the moments we spent in her presence. The giver of the gift: The Creator of her life, however, has chosen to take her to another realm. Be assured, she is not dead. This treasure lying in this treasure box before us is a Child of GOD, and GOD loves his children. She has simply closed her eyes to this world and has entered her eternal life. The flesh and blood of her earthly body will be buried tomorrow and will return to the dust from which she was formed, but the spirit continues to live. her spirit is alive. God's word, in the Bible says, "To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord." She now abides in the presence of a holy GOD, who has reserved a seat for her at a banquet that will soon be given. Now instead of serving others, Pam will be served. She will be a guest awaiting rewards and her inheritance. As a child of GOD, she has been covered with his righteousness, his mercy and his grace. It has been a pleasure to work along side of Pam, and if she brought joy to my heart, how much greater the joy she must have brought to those woh know her better and more intimately, and most of all her Heavenly Father, who knows her best. We will miss you, Pam But we will try hard not to cry For we know it is only. . . "Till Then" And never, never, "Good-bye." We loved Pam. . . she will always be a part of us. . . and to you her parents, we say. . . Thaks for sharing your wonderful daughter with us.

In Loving Memory Of

Pamela M. Waldoch

"How very softly you tiptoed into my world. Almost silently . . .Only a moment you stayed. But what am imprint your footprints have left upon my heart.

In Loving Memory of Pam, who passed away December 29, 2001


When tomorrow starts without me, and I’m not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes, all filled with tears for me. I wish so much you wouldn’t cry, the way you do each day, While thinking of the many things, we didn’t get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you; And each time that you think of me, please know I’ll miss you, too. But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, That an angel came and called my name, and took me by the hand. And said a place ready, in Heaven up above; And that I’d have to leave behind, all those I truly love. I had so much to live for, so much yet to do. It seemed impossible, that I was leaving you. When tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we’re far apart; For every time you think of me, I’m right there in your heart.

Joseph Gurto Sr.

Apr. 16, 1935 - Aug. 11, 2003 Age 68 Joe had emphysema To the Trackman by M. H. Moses Have you ever worked through a stormy night While the mercury hovered low And felt the wind through scanty clothes As you bent to clear the snow? Or perhaps you've walked the settling fills While rain in torrents fell, Or rerailed an engine down in the yards On a night as dark as Hell. You've tramped the cuts on frozen feet Where rocks are apt to slip

And heard the scream of Number Three As it roared through Murphy's Dip. If you've stopped in a shack beside the track After knowing the track was clean Eaten a frozen snack from a paper sack Then you know just what I mean. You're in a class not known to brass A He-Man rugged and stout The one damn man in the railroad plan They just can't do without.

Merry Christmas From Heaven I still hear the songs I still see the lights I still feel your love on cold wintry nights I still share your hopes and all of your cares I'll even remind you to please say your prayers I just want to tell you you still make me proud You stand head and shoulders above all the crowd Keep trying each moment to stay in His grace I came here before you to help set your place You don't have to be perfect all of the time He forgives you the slip if you continue the climb To my family and friends please be thankful today I'm still close beside you in a new special way I love you all dearly now don't shed a tear Cause I'm spending my Christmas with Jesus this year Unpublished work, Copyright 1989 John Wm. Mooney

Joe Gurto - Obituary Star Beacon Tuesday, August 12, 2003 • JOSEPH GURTO CONNEAUT — Joseph Gurto, age 68, of Conneaut, died early Monday morning, August 11, 2003, at UHHS Brown Memorial Hospital in Conneaut. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced in tomorrow's newspaper by the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut. Star Beacon Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Joseph Gurto CONNEAUT — Joseph Gurto, age 68, of Conneaut, died early Monday, August 11, 2003, at UHHS Brown Memorial Hospital. Mr. Gurto was born April 16, 1935, in Conneaut, the son of Peter and Mary (Delvecchio) Gurto He attended Conneaut High and later went to work for the Nickel Plate Railroad. In 1954, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country during the Korean War and until he was honorably discharged in 1957. He went back to work for the railroad until he retired from the Norfolk & Western Railroad as General Foreman of the section gang for over 30 years. Joe enjoyed doing yardwork and collecting antique cars, railroad cars and lighthouses. He was the handyman and Mr. Fix-it. Joe also loved to spend time with his family, grandchildren and friends. He loved to watch the Cleveland Browns and Indians. He was a former member of the American Legion. Mr. Gurto was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Vincent J.; sisters, Rose Speer, Mary Moneypenny, and two infant sisters, Philomena and Mary. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine (Smith) Gurto, whom he married February 3, 1954; a daughter, Brandy, and Rocky Ulrich, of West Springfield, PA; five sons, Joseph A., and Frances, Gurto of Kings Langley, Australia, Michael P. Gurto of Lorain, OH, Anthony J. Gurto, Mark V., and Brigette, Gurto and Nicholas J. Gurto, all of Conneaut; two sisters, Florence Lewis and Susie Petrovski, both of Conneaut; five brothers, James G. Gurto of Wexford, PA, Christy Gurto of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Anthony Gurto of Montpelier, OH, and Frank Gurto and Pat Gurto, both of Conneaut; 18 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2003, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, with Father Raymond Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery in Conneaut. Calling Hours will be held Thursday, August 14, 2003, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor Street, Conneaut.

Words of Remembrance MEMORIAM TO JOE We grieve today for my Uncle Joe. Our hearts are sad because we will miss him. He was a husband, father, brother, son, uncle, cousin, friend. The most important role was that he was and still is a child of God. So when his Heavenly Father looked down and saw how he was suffering, He laid His hand upon his shoulder and said, "Come home my son, your job on earth is done." That was Joe's gift from God on Monday morning. As for the ones he left behind, our gift from God is the gift of memory. That we might keep alive those we love. For as long as we live, Joe too shall live, for he is a part of us. Because we remember him, he will not be far away. he shall live in our hearts forever. It is not "goodbye" it is "until then" Sunrise April 16, 1935 Sunset August 11, 2003

Sharen 8-11-2003

Today we all grow in our own way. We all grow because of the loss of a loved one. Some lost their father. For me, a great friend. I can only hope that he’s in a much beter place, but for his family, they must stay behind for now. To help each other to grow and raise their kids. But some day we will all meet again to live together forever. Mike Evans

Vinnie's Thoughts about Grandpa I’m going to miss my grandpa. I’ll miss peeking around the corner in the living room and seeing him sitting in his chair, and calling to me, “Hey Smokey”, and I don’t know why cause that was the cat’s name, but he had a nick name for everyone. Even though I’ll miss him, I’ll take comfort in knowing the bible says the dead are conscious of nothing, which means Grandpa is no longer suffering or struggling to breath. I also take comfort in knowing some day, I will see my grandpa again, in Paradise. I know my grandpa will be resurrected to life in Paradise. I know this because the Bible says at John 5: 25-29 “Do not marvel at this because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” Robert Frost wrote a poem that reads: Nature’s first green is gold. Her heart is here to hold Her early leaves a flower But only so an hour Then leaf subside to leave So Eden sank to grief So dawn goes down today Nothing golden can stay. I guess what he meant by that was you’re golden when you’re young and everything’s green and new. In God’s eyes we’re all golden, 7 or 70, we should take advantage of that and seize the day. Because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I love you Grandpa Vinnie

Dad. August 11, 2003. A date that will live in my memory forever. The day I lost my best friend, my father. I held your lifeless body in my arms and wanted you back so badly, but then I thought you suffered enough. You’re in Heaven now, Dad. You’re with Grandma and Grandpa and Vinny. You’re probably sharing those same corny jokes that you shared with us. I miss those jokes, Dad. You had such a good heart and would help anybody. I never got to pay you back and I’m sorry. I put it off and put it off and now it’s too late. I’m so sorry Dad. I never got to say good-bye and tell you how much I loved you. I took it for granted that you would always be here. I came down stairs last night and went to fill your drink but you weren’t there. Why couldn’t I have woken up and checked on you Dad? Why couldn’t I be there for you? I’m so sorry. I just wanted to make you proud. You will be so missed, Dad, and as much as I want you back, I would want you in Heaven. Dad you can breathe again. I will always love you and I’ll miss you so much. I love you, Nick 8 – 11 – 03 What can I say about my dad? My dad was a great guy. The more you got to know him the better he was. He loved working on the railroad, he loved his wife, Lorraine, his kids – Joe, Mike, myself, Mark, Brandy and Nick. He did everything he could for his family, we were his life . . . I guess that’s why he lived life. He spent his entire time taking care of us, making sure we were ok. I guess it was Vinnie’s turn with Dad. I find comfort in knowing that Dad is not alone, he has someone to take care of and that will take care of him as well. I know his happiness will continue on in Heaven. He was a husband, a father, a grand-father, even a great – grandfather, but most important he was my best friend. I love you Dad. Tony

August 11th 2003 was marked the worst day of my life – I lost my dad. He was the first man I ever loved. He showed me how life is supposed to be, how to be a good person, then a family. He was always there for me to guide me – whenever I needed to know which way to turn in life. He was right there to point me in the right direction, no questions asked. He was such a funny man. He’d tell us jokes and it never failed, even when nobody else thought they were funny, I did. He always used to tell people he liked telling me jokes because I always laughed! He made me laugh more than anyone else ever has and I’m going to miss that so much. He’d call me at work just to tell me a joke and hear me laugh at it and when I was done laughing we’d hang up. I’d laugh at that joke all day. He always brightened up my days with his jokes and his smile. If I saw him smiling that morning, I’d be smiling all day and, if he wasn’t, neither was I. All my life, everyone would always tease me about being Dad’s favorite and being “Daddy’s Little Girl” – but you know, I’m so glad I was – I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Being “Daddy’s little Girl” was the best part of life for me and now my dad’s gone and my life will never be the same. Now I have to figure out how to live my life without all the jokes and fun he filled my life with, but most of all the guidance and support I counted on every day. I miss you, Dad, and I love you so very much – I will see you when it’s my time so make sure you remember all those jokes you’re telling everyone up there. - Brandy -

Words of Remembrance I was fortunate to have visited Dad in May this year. It was a different kind of visit than my usual vacation to the US because for the first time in many years, I traveled without my family. I came to visit Dad because he had been sick and I felt that the time was right for a visit. It was not yet summer vacation so everyone went about their usual business leaving plenty of time for Dad and me to talk. I told Dad one evening that as I reflected on my life I realize that I’ve never had a boring day. There was always something to do or to look forward to. Dad agreed that his life also was very full. And it was. As my cousin Sharen stated yesterday, he had many roles:       

Husband Father Grandfather Great – Grandfather Brother Uncle Friend

Dad had a lot of long term friends. Throughout the years, I would meet people and they would invariably say – I know your Dad – we worked together, or we hung out together or we went to school together and always have some fond anecdote to share about their friendship with Dad. As an uncle to my nearly 50 cousins he was regarded with great esteem and respect. Whenever out of town cousins visited Conneaut, they always made a point of stopping by to see Uncle Joe. Dad was the 11th of 12 children. He shared such a bond with his siblings that when their parents died in 1972, he and his siblings decided to hold annual family reunions to ensure that they would always have an opportunity and a set time to get together. Dad, along with his brothers and sisters took this very seriously and Family Reunion Day became an important holiday in the family. Even in Australia on the second Saturday of July, my family recognizes Gurto Family Reunion Day with a special feast. This year was the 32nd reunion. Dad’s first and only Great-grandchild was born nearly 2 years ago which made Dad feel very special. To Dad’s 15 grandchildren he loomed larger-than-life. They showered him with love and tenderness as they could recognize his frailty. After my sons visited with their grandpa and grandma in 1999, my then 10-year-old son, Timothy expressed his perception of his grandfather very eloquently in this poem.

GRANDFATHER Through pain he lives, This old man; A victim of his decrepit body, Cursed with lost abilities, Slow moving expressions And signs of age. But age is wisdom: Gained through living On and on… Sprouting happiness, Teaching, yet learning. Learning the pains of life, From a half remembered youth. Not knowing whether to express Happiness or sadness When he leaves.

But for myself, along with my brothers and sister, we remember Dad as being robust and firm. We were each his favourite in a special way. He, like most parents, did his best to ensure that each of us was treated equally and fairly. Dad tried to help us each in the ways we most needed; whether it was physically, financially or emotionally. But obviously, the most important person in Dad’s life was Mom – his partner and companion for 50 years. Dad would always worry about how hard Mom worked and said that she needed a good break. To paraphrase a line from a movie – When we fall in love with someone it is very special. But eventually that feeling goes away. When that feeling goes away what you’re left with is love. It is love that gives you the patience and understanding to weather the storms and cope with each other’s differences. It is that love that keeps two people together for 50 years and it is that love that my mom and dad shared. Dad’s sense of humor, friendliness, generosity and love will always remain in our memories. He is in a better place. It is us who must go on. How can we go on, we ask. God will help us is the answer. But it’s times like this we ask “Where is God?” I’ll tell you where God is today. The bible says that God is love – and that God dwells within us.

As we see so many of our friends and family gathered here to express their love and support to us, we recognize that it is God within them that is helping us and we can see what a truly wonderful Father we have. And for this, we thank you. Joe

Uncle Joe I remember him coming home on leave from the air force. I liked his hat, I really wanted that hat, but I think he gave it to Pat or Jim Anderson (I think). All I know is I didn't get it. - Sharen, August 12, 2005 I can only wonder how my Dad could be so generous with his cars. He always let us kids "borrow" them and as I recall, each one of us had at least one accident with them. (I know that I had at least three) - Joe August 13, 2005

Susie A Petrovski This headstone is in memory of Aunt Sue and Uncle Bob - from their 29 nieces and nephews (the Juniors)

Apr.2, 1931 - Aug. 12, 2004 Age 73 Susie had Lung Cancer Afterglow I'd like the memory of me To be a happy one I'd like to leave an afterglow Of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times And bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who Grieve to dry before the sun,

Of happy memories that I leave When my life is done. Susie A. Petrovski April 2, 1931 - August 12, 2004

Susie A. Petrovski Susie A. Petrovski - Obituary August 19, 2004 - Ashtabula Star Beacon CONNEAUT — Susie A. Petrovski, age 73, of Conneaut, OH, died Thursday, August 12, 2004, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center, following a brief illness. Susie was born in Conneaut, April 2, 1931, the daughter of Peter and Mary (DeVecchio) Gurto. She was a 1947 graduate of Conneaut High School. She met, and in 1952, married her late husband, Robert, at St. Mary Church in Conneaut. Susie worked at Lerner's in Wisconsin, where she resided for several years, and loved to travel the Great Lakes with her husband, Captain Robert Petrovski. Mrs. Petrovski was a member of St. Mary and St. Frances Cabrini Churches. She enjoyed bingo, traveling, crafts, needlepoint, and volunteering at the gift shop at Brown Memorial Hospital, and spending time with family and friends. Susie loved to bake and cook for family gatherings, especially the annual "Gurto Family Reunions". She is survived by a sister, Florence Lewis of Conneaut; five brothers, James V. Gurto of Wexford, PA, Christy Gurto of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Anthony Gurto of Montpelier, OH, Frank Gurto and Pat Gurto, both of Conneaut; sister-in-law, Lorraine Gurto; and 29 nieces and nephews. Susie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert in 1987; sisters, Rosie Speer, Mary Moneypenny, and two infant sisters; and a brother, Joseph Gurto. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2004, at 4 p.m. at the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor Street, Conneaut. At the request of the deceased, no calling hours will be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, with envelopes available at the Funeral Home. Susie A. Petrovski - Obituary August 14, 2004 - Ashtabula Star Beacon SUSIE A. PETROVSKI CONNEAUT — Susie A. Petrovski, age 73, of Conneaut, OH, died Thursday, August 12,

2004, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced by the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor Street, Conneaut, OH. August 17, 2004 - Ashtabula Star Beacon

SUSIE A. PETROVSKI CONNEAUT — SUSIE A. PETROVKSI, age 73 of Conneaut, died Thursday, August 12, 2004 at the Ashtabula County Medical Center. Memorial services will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. at the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 HARBOR ST., CONNEAUT. A complete obituary will be in Thursday's newspaper.

Remember Me Remember me when flowers bloom Early in the spring. Remember me on sunny days In the fun that summer brings. Remember me in the fall, As you walk through the leaves of gold, And in the wintertime – Remember me In the stories that are told. Remember me, as the sound of laughter, And my face the moment after. But most of all remember Each day – right from the start, For I will be forever near – As I live within your heart. “Though the distance that’s between us in miles May be quite far, Today you seem so very close because, In thoughts, you are.” Susie Petrovski Missed by Family & Friends

Aunt Sue passed away at 6:40PM. I would like to share something about Aunt Sue now. She was my first babysitter. Sharen August 12, 2005 I remember Aunt Sue as being very confident and self assured, but she was never arrogant or a snob. - Joe Gurto August 13, 2005 I was just taking time to reflect on my memories of the day Aunt Sue died. I would like to go into detail. Aunt Sue was at the family reunion on Sat. on Sun. she went back into the hosp. and never came home. While she was home for a few days before going back into the hosp. She had Uncle Jim over to the condo to look at her grandfather clock which had stopped working. He told her he couldn't fix it, it needed parts. After he left she went over to the clock and tried to move the hands to get it to work, but nothing happened. Anyway she went back into the hosp. She went into a coma and only came out of it once. The day she died I was sitting next to her and she was making a noise(trying to say something) like OH! OH! not the pain kind of sound but more like Ok now I understand. Aunt Effie, Aunt Lorraine, Uncle Frank, Uncle Jim, Uncle Pat, Aunt Gayle and Sherry where there. Aunt Lorraine took Aunt Effie home to get a few things(she had been staying at the hosp. the whole time). Aunt Lorraine was going to bring her back later and stay with her, Pam Miller had stayed the night before.(the nurses didn't want Aunt Effie to be alone with Aunt Sue any more.) Anyway After Auntie Lorraine and Aunt Effie left, Uncle Frank left, then Uncle Jim left. Aunt Gayle, Uncle Pat and Sherry stayed for a little while longer. They too finally left, when they left I went to the restroom. When I came back out Aunt Sue had also left. I always tell everyone that when Uncle Pat walked out she was right behind him. Anyway a few days later I was sitting in the condo and happened to look at the grandfather clock. The hands had stopped at 6:40 P.M. Aunt Sue had sit the time, and it was the time Aunt Sue walked out of the hosp. for her final trip.


Frank Gurto Sr.

Sep. 11, 1933 - Jan. 15, 2006 Age 72 Frank had Stomach Cancer Travel by Edna St. Vincent Millay The railroad track is miles away, And the day is loud with voices speaking, Yet there isn't a train goes by all day But I hear its whistle shrieking. All night there isn't a train goes by, Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming, But I see its cinders red on the sky, And hear its engine steaming. My heart is warm with friends I make, And better friends I not be knowing; Yet there isn't a train I'd rather take, No matter where it's going.

Frank Gurto - Obituary January 17, 2006 - Star Beacon FRANK GURTO CONNEAUT -- Frank Gurto, age 72, of Conneaut, OH, died Sunday, January 15, 2006, at his residence following a short illness with cancer. Frank was born in Conneaut on September 11, 1933, the son of Peter and Mary (Delveccio) Gurto. He attended Conneaut High and then went to work for the former Nickel Plate Railroad. He enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country until his Honorable discharge in 1956. He remained in the Army Reserves until 1962. Frank returned to Conneaut and worked again for the Nickel Plate and later Norfolk and Southern Railroad until his retirement from the maintenance department in 1993. Frank was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church, American Legion Cowle Post #151, the Kiwanis Club, Conneaut Eagles, and the VFW. He enjoyed gardening, remodeling, and woodworking. He loved to help others; his door was always open to all his family and friends. He especially loved the Gurto family reunion each and every year. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Joseph Gurto; three sisters, Mary Moneypenny, Rosie Speer, and Susie Petrovski; and grandchildren, Rose Best and Adriel Gurto. He is survived by three sons, Frank Gurto, Darwin Gurto and Darrell Peterson, all of Conneaut; a daughter, Kimberly Angelbrandt of Michigan; grandchildren, Joshua and Justin Gurto, Daniel Oliver, Loretta Teneyuke, Angela Ramey, Frank McMahon, Nathan Gurto, Matthew Gurto, Kelly Gurto, and Joshua Peterson; great-grandchildren, Tara Best, Cheyenne Gurto, Jeremiah Gurto, Cierra Oliver, Katrina Oliver, Bianca Oliver, Caleb Felger, Kimberly Felger, Alyssa Ramey, and Aidan Ramey; four brothers, Christy and Peggy Gurto of West Palm Beach, Florida, James and BAnn Gurto of Wexford, Pennsylvania, Anthony and Lucile Gurto of Montpelier, Ohio, and Pat and Gayle Gurto of Conneaut; and one sister, Florence (Effie) Lewis of Conneaut. At the request of Frank himself, there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Frances Cabrini Roman Catholic Church later this summer. Burial will take place at St. Joseph Cemetery, Conneaut. Memorial contributions can be made to Cancer Research. Envelopes will be available at the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor Street, Conneaut, Ohio 44030, where arrangements are being handled.

Thank you for this wonderful website and for adding Uncle Frank's picture and his death notice. We will all miss him very much He was so kind and generous and such a hard working person - all those years on the railroad. I always wished my yard looked half as good as his did, all the flowers and a little garden to boot. I pray that he didn't suffer in the end. I have good and happy memories of seeing him at last year's reunion. I think he wanted all of us to remember the good times and not the last 6 months. Diane Vorse - January 18th, 2006 Uncle Frank was a kind, quiet man . . . very similar to me to Grandpa Gurto. He would sit quietly in his patio, looking at his garden and always open his home to visitors. He was one of only two members of the family who attended every one of the Gurto Family Reunions, it is only fitting that he be remembered around the time of the reunion. Rest in Peace, Uncle Frank, we will miss you. Joe Gurto - January 18, 2006

Bob Burford

Sep. 5, 1951 - Feb. 26, 2006 Age 54 Bob had Liver Disease Forever Young -Bob Dylan May God bless and keep you always May your wishes all come true May you always do for others and let others do for you May you build a ladder to the stars And climb on every rung And may you stay Forever young

Bob Burford - Obituary February 28, 2006 - Robert G. Burford Greensburg Robert G. Burford, 54, of Greensburg, died Sunday, Feb. 26, 2006, at home, after a courageous five-year battle against liver disease. Born Sept. 5, 1951, in Pittsburgh, he was the son of the late Charles J. and Jean Lingelbaugh Burford. He was a former employee of FireDEX of Pittsburgh, where he worked as a senior estimator. Bob was an active member in the community and instrumental in the development of the West Point Little League. He coached and managed baseball teams for over 10 years and was recently honored by the WPLL Board with the naming of a field in his honor, recognizing his many contributions to the league. Bob also coached and managed the West Point American Legion baseball team. He was also involved with the Boy Scouts of America for many years with his sons. He was a member of many professional organizations related to the insurance industry and served as a vice president of the Pennsylvania Claims Association. Bob was an avid downhill skier, a member and former officer of the Shenandoah Ski Club. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Latrobe Harley Owners Group. His love for riding took him on trips all over the country. He was also a charter member of the Mountain View Inn Bocce League and co-champion with partner Mark Morelli. He was a member of Charter Oak United Methodist Church and former member of Ingomar United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy L. Gurto Burford; two sons, Daniel Jackson Burford, of Columbia, S.C., and David Vincent Burford, a student at West Virginia University; two sisters, Barbara Austen and husband, Thomas, of Sigel, Pa., and Lynn Henry and husband, Michael, of Pittsburgh; in-laws, James and Elizabeth Gurto, of Wexford; two sisters-in-law, Janice White and husband, David, of Dallas, Texas, and Patricia Kolling and husband, Joseph, of Pittsburgh; numerous nieces; and a nephew. He will be remembered for his love of life, sense of humor and generous spirit. Family and friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View Inn, Route 30 East, in the Hunt Room. A memorial service will be held in celebration of Bob's life at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ingomar United Methodist Church, 1501 W. Ingomar Road, Pittsburgh, with Dr. Duane Morford and Dr. David Eversdyke co-officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to offset medical expenses or to the UPMC/Starzl Transplantation Institute, Medical Arts Building, Suite 400, 3708 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3405, in memory of Bob. Arrangements by the CLEMENT L. PANTALONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 409 W. Pittsburgh St., Greensburg, .

Rocky Ulrich

Apr. 1, 1970 - Aug. 25, 2006 Age 36 Rocky was robbed and killed

Here in our little kitchen I looked out the window and I studied my father's embarrassed young man's face. sheepish grin, he held in one hand a string of spiny yellow perch, in the other a bottle of Budweiser Beer. In jeans and denim shirt, he leans against the front fender of a 1994 Ford. He would like to pose bluff and hearty for his posterity, Wear his old hat cocked over his ear. All his life my father wanted to be bold. But the eyes give him away, and the hands that limply offer the string of dead perch and the bottle of beer. Father, I love you, yet, as much as I’d like to, how can I say thank you? -adapted from a poem by Raymond Carver

Obituary ROBERT (ROCKY) J. ULRICH, JR., age 36 of West Springfield, PA, was found dead off McKee Road in Conneaut Township, PA., August 24, 2006. Rocky was born April 1, 1970 in Erie, PA the son of Robert J. Ulrich, Sr. and Barbara Mitchell. He attended Girard High School and later went on to work as a State Inspector at Jensen's Auto Service in Fairview, PA. Rocky loved working on cars and was also a former little league baseball coach. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and children. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Evelyn Ulrich and paternal grandparents, Harold and Martha Mitchell. He is survived by his parents, Robert J. Ulrich, Sr. of Newport Richie, Florida and Barbara Mitchell of Palm Bay, Florida; his wife, Brandy Gurto Ulrich of West Springfield, Pa, whom he married September 5, 1992 at St. Mary Church in Conneaut; a daughter, Kristen Ulrich and two sons, Rocky, III and Corey Ulrich all of West Springfield; a brother, Larry Mitchell of Palm Bay, Florida; a sister, Lynda Ulrich of Melbourne, Florida and Leslie Mitchell of Conneautville, PA; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 1, 2006 from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m. at the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut. Graveside service will be held on Friday, September 1, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Cemetery, Conneaut, with Father David officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Rocky's family to help with expenses, envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Anthony Gurto

Dec. 11, 1927 - Nov. 4, 2006 Age 78 Tony had Myelodysplastic Syndrome and prostate cancer Obituary Anthony (Tony) Gurto, age 78 formerly of Conneaut, died Saturday evening, November 4, 2006 at Community Hospital and Wellness Center in Bryan, Ohio. Tony was born December 11, 1927 in Conneaut, the son of Peter and Mary (DelVeccio) Gurto. Tony was a 1945 graduate of Conneaut High School and went on to work at Nickel Plate Railroad. He then enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served in the Korean Conflict until he was honorably discharged in 1952 and then served in the Army Reserve until 1956. He went back to work at Nickel Plate Railroad for a total of fourteen years. Tony also worked for the former Allied Resinous Company for a short while. He worked for Union Carbide Linde Air Division as an instrument man until his retirement in 1991. Tony was a member of East Conneaut United Methodist Church and the Family Fellowship Sunday School Class. He served as a church Trustee and Chairman of the Building Committee. He was very instrumental in helping to design the plans for the current church where he spent much of his own time and volunteer work. Tony was a lifelong member of Conneaut until he moved to Montpelier, Ohio in 1994 where he attended Bridgewater Community Church. He was a former member of the Conneaut Elks Club, the Evergreen Masonic Lodge, and Lions Club of Montpelier. He also was involved with Conneaut Music Boosters serving on various committees. Tony was an exceptional carpenter. In his younger years, he helped to build several homes, including his own, in the Conneaut area. On the side, he also worked doing house additions and carpentry work. He always loved building and designing solid hardwood furniture for friends and family. He was famous for saying, “Just draw up what you want and I’ll build it for you.” Tony enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and the Ohio State Buckeyes, yard work and gardening, freezing and canning fruits and vegetables, watching old western movies, playing Phase Ten, and vacationing in Florida during the winter months. He was very proud of his Italian heritage and attending the Annual Gurto Family Reunion. He especially loved his grandchildren and watching them grow up. Tony was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Ellen (Eccleston) Gurto whom he married December 27, 1952; two brothers Joe and Frank Gurto; sisters Rosie Speer, Mary Moneypenny, and Suzie Petrovski, and infant sisters Filomena and Mary.

He is survived by his second wife, Lucile (Waterston) Gurto whom he married October 29, 1994; a daughter, Dana (and Joe) Raisian of Conneaut; two sons, David Gurto of Conneaut, and Dale (and Letty) Gurto of Oceanside, CA; four grandchildren, Toni and Jeff Raisian, and Christopher and Casey Gurto, all of Conneaut; a sister Florence (Effie) Lewis of Conneaut; three brothers, James (and B-Ann) Gurto of Wexford, PA, Christy (and Peggy) Gurto of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Pat (and Gayle) Gurto of Conneaut; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Howard and Elinor Eccleston of Conneaut; several nieces and nephews; step children Robert (and Robin) Lambright of Wauseon, Ohio, William (and Teresa) Lambright of Morenci, Michigan, Michael (and Alexa) Lambright of Archbold, Ohio, Marcia (and Ron) Nagucki or Whitehouse, Ohio, and Janette (and Wesley) Wagner of Bryan, Ohio; and several step-grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at the East Conneaut United Methodist Church, 809 Furnace Road, with Reverend Paula Marbury officiating. Burial will follow at St Joseph Cemetery in Conneaut. Calling hours will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor Street. Memorial contributions can be made to East Conneaut United Methodist Church or Bridgewater Community Church in Montpelier. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Here is the poem Toni Rae read at the funeral for my dad. Dana

To My Dearest Family: Some things I'd like to say, but first of all to let you know that I arrived okay I'm writing this from Heaven, where I dwell with God above Where there's no more tears or sadness, there is just eternal love Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night That day I had to leave you when my life on Earth was through God picked me up and hugged me and He said I welcome you It's good to have you back again you were missed while you were gone As for your dearest family they'll be here later on Then God gave me a list of things He wished for me to do And foremost on that list of mine is to watch and care for you And I will be beside you every day and week and year And when you're sad I'm standing there to wipe away the tear And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night When you think of my life on Earth and all those loving years Because you're only human they are bound to bring you tears But do not be afraid to cry it does relieve the pain

Remember there would be no flowers unless there was some rain When you are walking down the street and you've got me on your mind I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind And when you feel the gentle breeze or the wind upon your face That’s me giving you a great big hug or just a soft embrace And when it's time for you to go from that body to be free Remember you're not going; you are coming here to me And I will always love you from that land way up above We’ll be in touch again soon P.S. God sends His Love

Doug Ward

Nov. 21, 1961 - Sep. 18, 2007 Age - 45 Doug had Liver Cancer Obituary Douglas F. Ward, age 45, passed away after a short battle with cancer on September 18, 2007. He was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, grew up in Tallmadge and lived in Suffield for the last 18 years. Douglas most recently owned DFW Industries, prior to that he worked in sales for Industrial Tube and Steel. Douglas was a member of the Mogadore Moose Lodge #1082. He loved motorcycles and boating on Lake Erie with his family. Preceded in death by his father, John, he is survived by his wife of 23 years, Brenda; daughter, Toni; son, Luke; mother, Maxine Ward; sister, Wendy (Bill) Howd; niece and nephew, Joy and Jordan Howd; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and many other nieces and, nephews. Memorial service Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Hopkins Lawver MOGADORE Funeral Home, 34 S. Cleveland Avenue, with Father Edward R. Wieczorek officiating. Private burial at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service on Saturday. The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad Street, Canfield, Ohio 44406, or the Palliative Care Unit, 444 N. Main Street, Akron, Ohio 44310.

(Hopkins Lawver, Mogadore, Published in the Akron Beacon Journal on 9/20/2007.

James V. Gurto

Sep. 20, 1919 - Mar. 26, 2008 Age 88 Jimmy died from complications from open heart surgery James. V. Gurto - Obituary James V. Gurto, 88 of Wexford, Pa, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 at UPMC Passavant following complications from open heart surgery. Jim was born in Conneaut on September 20, 1919 the son of Peter and Mary Gurto. He was a proud WWII veteran in the 67th Squadron of the Pacific Air Force and a lifelong member of the American Legion Post 151 of Conneaut and a member of Salem United Methodist Church. He was retired from U.S. Airways following 33 years of dedicated service. In his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, traveling and spending time with his family. He was an avid Pittsburgh sports enthusiast. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Rose Speer, Mary Moneypenny, and Sue Petrovski; and three brothers, Anthony Gurto, Frank Gurto and Joe Gurto. Jim is survived by his beloved wife of over 60 years, Elizabeth "Bea" Gurto; daughters, Nancy Burford of Greensburg, PA, Janice and David White of Bellingham, WA, and Patricia Kolling of Wexford. He was the loving grandfather of Daniel and David Burford; Amanda Purdie, Kelley and Jennifer Kolling. He is also survived by his sister, Florence Lewis of Conneaut; and brothers, Pat and Gayle Gurto of Conneaut, and Christy and Peggy Gurto of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; and several nieces and nephews. The family will welcome friends from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28, 2008 and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at the George A Thomas Funeral Home, Inc., 10418 Perry Hwy., Wexford, PA. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 12 Noon at Salem United Methodist Church, 350 Manor Road, Wexford, PA, followed by interment in Pinewood Memorial Gardens in Cranberry Twp. Memorial contributions can be made to UPMC Passavant Foundation, 9100 Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 of to Salem United Methodist Church. Envelopes are also available at the Raisian Family Funeral Home, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut.

Christy Gurto

Jun. 15, 1921 - Mar. 15, 2011 Age 89 Christy died from complications from pneumonia Christy P. Gurto - Obituary CHRISTY P. GURTO, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a man of Catholic faith went to the Lord on Tuesday, March 15, 2011. Christy was born June 15, 1921 in Conneaut, Ohio he was the son of Peter and Mary (DelVecchio) Gurto. A man whose greatest love was his family who will miss him dearly, the love of his life, his wife of 64 years Margaret (Peggy) Harkabus Gurto, his adoring daughters and sons-inlaw Diane & Barry Vorse of Jacksonville, FL, Lynne & Henry Quartullo, of West Palm Beach, FL, and Michele & Michael DeLong of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, his beloved grandchildren Alan & Shannon Vorse of Bloomington, MN, Steven Veil of Orlando, FL, Lauren Veil of PBG, FL, James DeLong of California & Jared DeLong of Georgia, brother & sister in law Pat & Gayle Gurto, sister Florence Lewis of Conneaut, sister in law Joanne Cummins Fox of Georgia, sister in law Lorraine Gurto of Conneaut and BAnn Gurto of Wexford, PA, and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Christy was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Mary Gurto, and nine brothers and sisters, James, Anthony, Frank and Joseph Gurto, Rose Speer, Mary Moneypenny, Sue Petrovski and two infant sisters. A man of our nation’s Greatest Generation who served his country in the U.S. Army in the Aleutians Campaign and saw action at Dutch Harbor and Kiska. An electrician by trade, he helped build Mother Cabrini Catholic Church and the Veterans Memorial Wall in front of Conneaut City Hall. He moved his family to Florida in 1966 and became a small business owner of motels and dry cleaning establishments. A man who believed in serving others as an usher at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic

Church, past Faithful Navigator of Knights of Columbus Father Andrew Doherty Assembly, past Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council 2075, Trustee of Knights of Columbus Council 4999, a life member of the American Legion Post 12 in WPB and Cowle Post 151 in Conneaut, Ohio. A man who helped his community especially the children through his dedicated service to the Hope Rural School in Indiantown and R.J. Hendley Christian School in Riviera Beach, FL and helping the needy by volunteering daily by picking up and delivering food to the St. George’s Soup Kitchen. He touched the lives of all those who were fortunate to have known him. The family will receive friends at the Quattlebaum Funeral Home, WPB on Friday, March 18th from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. A celebration of his life and Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 am at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, Palm Beach Gardens. Burial with full military honors immediately following at Royal Palm Garden Cemetery. To continue his charitable work, the family suggests that donations be made in his memory to Hope Rural School, 15929 SW 150th Street, Indiantown, FL 34956 or the R. J. Hendley Christian School, 2800 Avenue R , Riviera Beach, FL 33404. Let this be his epitaph that he spent his life helping the poor, the needy and the less fortunate. He now goes to his final reward leaving a legacy of good works and charitable deeds. A long life well lived.

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Christy Gurto Eulogy Reflections on Christy Gurto, Our Hope Rural Angel Sister Mary Dooley, SSND

A true Christian is one who seeks to embody love, reaching out to embrace others in both their beauty and their agony. St. Augustine describes this well: “Love had hands to help others, It has feet to hasten to the aid of the poor and needy It has eyes to see misery and want, It has ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of others, That’s what LOVE looks like.” Christy Gurto embodied love to his many loves- his dear Peggy, his precious daughters, Diane, Lynne and Michelle and their families, his beloved brothers and sisters and their families, his church, the Knights, St. George’s Soup Kichen, the Hendley Christian School, Hope Rural School and so many others. As I reflect on Christy and his relationship with Hope Rural School, the song that resonates with me is “You Are Always On My Mind.” Hope Rural School was always on Christy’s mind. He was like the persistent person in scripture- constantly begging, requesting, asking- not for himself but for the children of Hope Rural School. You never knew WHEN-you never knew WHAT but you always knew that every few weeks Christy would appear in Indiantown. His car could go on automatic pilot from Palm Beach Gardens to Hope Rural. Most of the time he drove out alone but when he wasn’t feeling well, Mike or his grandson, George McDonagh or another knight would bring him out. He’d come to the back door to Tonya, drop off candy, toys, food, school supplies or whatever- then he’s find his way to my office, many times with a small white envelope and his camera. He’d sit in the chair and with a big grin on his face, say, “I got a little something for you.” and present me with a check. It might be for a Christmas party for the kids, a luncheon for the staff, something for the girl scouts or for the school. Next would always be the same 2 questions and a statementHow are you? What do you need? I’ll see what I can do! I’m sure many of you in this church today were asked those same two questions and received the same statement. Christy always wanted to know how you were, was there anything you needed and he’d see what he could do. We all know how much Christy loved being a Knight and all that went with that role. He tried to get the Knights to see that his charities were the most important. Whenever I would go to a Knights function, Christy wanted me to work the room, meet all the Knights, especially the Grand Knight to seek support for the school.

Hope Rural has so many reminders of Christy’s persistence- our beautiful flag pole and flag, the 20 keyboards in the music room, and the list could go on and on. My last conversation with Christy was a week ago when he was in the hospital. He was on oxygen, not feeling great but he said, “I have to make a few phone calls- we have to get your kids socks and underwear for Easter.” I pleaded with him to forget it and just get well but he told me to let him be. Peggy and family, Knights and friends of Christy, we know what an advocate he was for us here on earth. Can you imagine what he’s going to put God through now!!! The roles have been reversed. I think God is now asking Christy those same 2 questions- how are you? what do you need? And Christy’s response will be, “ I’m great but my Peggy needs this, my family, my grandkids, my knights, my Hendley and Hope Rural kids need that, and God will smile at Christy and say” I’ll see what I can do” What an advocate we have in heaven. Christy will never forget us and we will never forget him. Hope Rural School extends its deepest sympathy to Christy’s many loves. Joining me today is Sister Kate, the principal of Hope Rural, two representatives from our Hope Rural Girl Scout Troop, Eliza Esteban and Lizzie Dominguez and Brian Mendoza, a 2nd grader, who will now offer a tribute from the Hope Rural Family for our dear friend, Christy Gurto.

That Man is a Success Robert Louis Stevenson

Who has lived well laughed often and loved much; Who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children;

or a rescued soul; Who never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it;

Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;

Who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

Who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy or a perfect poem

That man is you, Christy Gurto, our Hope Rural Angel. We love you and we will never forget you.

Dad, Missing you even more today on your 90th Birthday and Father's Day this Sunday. I am visualizing you and your brothers and sisters and Grandma and Grandpa all sitting around a big table celebrating your day and enjoying a glass of wine and Grandma's delicious ravioli (3 ravioli would fill a plate). I can hear the laughter as Uncle Joe tells one of his silly stories that you all have heard before, but you enjoy it as if hearing it for the very first time. Our hearts are still so badly broken, but we know you are at peace forever with perfect joy and beauty in God's everlasting light - Safely home in Heaven. Loving you and all the memories we have of you that we will continue to cherish. Diane, Barry, Alan, Shannon (June 15, 2011)

Johnny Kazimer

May 14, 1988 - Dec. 13, 2012 Age 24 Johnny died unexpectedly Johnny Kazimer obituary December 15, 2012 John Kazimer Jr.

Star Beacon CLEVELAND — John “Johnny” Kazimer Jr., age 24, of Cleveland, Ohio, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Johnny was born in Cleveland on May 14, 1988, the son of John and Faye (Moneypenny) Kazimer Sr.He is survived by his parents; two loving brothers, Shane Kazimer and Jesse Kazimer; and his paternal grandmother, Gladys Kazimer, all of Cleveland; eight uncles; and seven aunts. Johnny was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Louis Kazimer; and maternal grandparents, John Moneypenny and Mary Gurto Moneypenny. Calling Hours will be held on Monday, Dec. 17th, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at GOLUBSKI FUNERAL HOME, 5986 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio. Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18th, at St. Thomas More, 4170 North Amber, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144. Burial will follow at Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, 4700 Broadview Road, Cleveland, Ohio. Obituary and condolences at and

Effie Lewis Effie Lewis - August 3, 1929 - July 13, 2013 Age 84 Effie died from a heart attack July 15, 2013 Florence A. Lewis

Star Beacon CONNEAUT — Florence A. “Effie” (Gurto) Lewis, age 83, of Conneaut, Ohio, died unexpectedly Saturday, July 13, 2013, at her home. Effie was born on August 3, 1929, in Conneaut, the daughter of Peter and Mary Del Vecchio Gurto. She graduated from Conneaut High School and married her late husband, William D. “Bill” Lewis on Oct. 21, 1948.Along with her sister, Rosie Speer, she was CO-owner of the former “Rose’s Pizza Shop” in Conneaut. Effie was a babysitter for 17 years. She also lived in Ococee, Fla., for 22 years and returned to Conneaut. Effie was a member of St. Mary/ St. Frances Cabrini Parish. She enjoyed needlepoint, crocheting and baby-sitting. She also enjoyed baking and cooking Italian food, and especially loved her house and taking care of her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William D. “Bill” Lewis; sisters, Rose Speer, Susie Petrovski, Mary Moneypenny, and infant sisters, Mary Gurto and Filmenia Gurto; and brothers, James Gurto, Christy Gurto, Anthony Gurto, Frank Gurto, and Joseph Gurto. Effie is survived by her son, Johnny A. and Pam Lewis of Ocoee, Fla.; grandchildren, Emilee Lewis of Ocoee, Fla., and Johnny A. Lewis II; great-grandson, Johnny Lewis III of Conneaut; great-great grandson, Dominic; brother, Pat and Gayle Gurto of Conneaut; and several nieces and nephews. Calling Hours will be held TODAY, Tuesday, July 16th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the RAISIAN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association in Effie’s memory. View the obituary and sign the guestbook

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Peggy Gurto

Peggy Gurto - September 9, 1924 - November 11, 2013 Age 89 Peggy died from complications from a fall Peggy Gurto Obituary WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA Margaret (Peggy) Gurto, age 89, a woman of Catholic faith, went to the Lord on November 12, 2013. Peggy was born on September 9, 1924 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Madeline (Edel) Harkabus. She grew up with her two brothers, Bob & Bill Harkabus, and a sister JoAnne Fox. All preceded her in death. Peggy graduated with Honors from Woodrow Wilson High School in Youngstown, Ohio. She volunteered with the U.S.O. during World War II. She moved to Conneaut, Ohio as a key employee of the Astatic Corporation when the company relocated. In 1945, she met the love of her life Christy Gurto. They were married on July 3, 1946 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Conneaut and celebrated 64 wonderful years of marriage. Peggy also worked for many years as a cashier at the A & P grocery store in Conneaut. She was an active club woman throughout her life, taking leadership roles in numerous organizations. Her service as President of the Conneaut High School PTA earned her the honor “Club Woman of the Year.” She served as past president of various groups in Ohio and Florida including the American Legion Auxiliary Post 12, Women’s Club of St. Juliana and St. Paul of the Cross Parishes, and the past secretary of the Ladies of K of C #4999. Together, she and Christy were active and supported many organizations and charities. The family moved to Florida in 1966 where they became small business owners of motels and dry cleaning establishments. For many years, they returned to Ohio during the summer months and ran Pymatuning Bicycle Rentals near the state park. Always active in church related organizations, the couple made Cursillo #15, and as members of the Lady of Fatima Rosary Society made over 9,000 rosaries that were blessed and distributed to nursing homes and to the poor all over the world. Peggy was an integral part of Christy’s ministry to Hope Rural Catholic School and R.J. Hendley Christian School, and continued to support them.

She donated her time, her arts and crafts and needlepoint to the St. Juliana’s and St. Paul’s yearly Bazaars. She knitted numerous mohair sweaters for her teenage daughters and knitted all her children and grandchildren scarves and hats, as well as personalized dog blankets for the family pets. She enjoyed playing bridge and continued to read the newspaper bridge column daily. Peggy made the most delicious spaghetti sauce and meatballs for her Italian family, but seldom ate Italian food. She enjoyed making balish, apple crisp, pecan pies, and pizzelles for her family and friends. She and Christy loved to go dancing at the American Legion and Knights of Columbus functions. Peggy always loved having the latest fashions and shoes and dressed to the “9’s” her entire life. She and Christy shared a wonderful, loving life together. Christy passed away on March 15, 2011 and left a void in her heart. She lived with her daughter and sonin-law Michele & Michael DeLong until her death, and was happy to be the caregiver to the family’s dog Holly. Her charitable deeds continued as she donated her entire household to charities that helped needy single mothers and Vietnam vets get back on their feet. She was a woman who was devoted to God and to her family. She will be greatly missed by her loving daughters and sons-in-law Diane & Barry Vorse, Jacksonville, FL, Lynne & Henry Quartullo, West Palm Beach, FL and Michele & Michael DeLong, Port Orange, FL, and her adoring grandchildren: Alan & Shannon Vorse of Bloomington, MN, Steven & Tara Veil of Brandon, FL, Lauren Veil of Jupiter, FL, James DeLong of West Palm Beach, FL and Jared & Erin DeLong of Valdosta, GA. She will also be remembered by family and lifelong friends who loved her dearly: Pat & Gayle Gurto, Lorraine Gurto, B-Ann Gurto, Lee Armeni, Ruth Gerics, Eddie Zappitelli, Gordon Fox, and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews. She touched the lives of all those who were fortunate to have known her. The family will receive friends at the Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 1201 South Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL on Sunday, November 17 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. A celebration of her life and Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Monday, November 18 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, North Palm Beach. A private burial will be held at Royal Palm Memorial Gardens in West Palm Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to the Hope Rural Catholic School 15929 SW 150th Street, Indiantown, FL 34956 or R.J. Hendley Christian School 2800 Avenue R, Riviera Beach, FL 33404. LET THIS BE HER EPITAPH: A LOVING WOMAN, MOTHER AND WIFE WHO LED AN EXEMPLARY LIFE THAT WAS FULL AND RICH. SHE WAS DEVOTED TO HER FAITH, HER FAMILY AND HER FRIENDS. SHE WILL BE MISSED. REST IN PEACE.

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Gayle Gurto

Gayle Gurto – August 23rd, 1942 - January 22, 2017 Age 74 Gayle died from congestive heart failure Gayle Gurto Obituary Gayle’s Story Gayle Edwards Gurto Gayle E. Gurto, age 74, of Conneaut, died Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. Gayle was born Aug. 23, 1942, in Conneaut, the daughter of James and Esther (Hordesky) Edwards. After graduating from Conneaut High School, Gayle went on to work in Girard, Pa., where she assembled pool tables. She also worked at the former Icy's Ice Cream in East Conneaut and the former Premix Corporation. Pat and Gayle were also co-owner/operators of "The Pizza Shop" with Tony and Ellen Gurto, and later was owner/operator of Sportswear Unlimited. Gayle retired from the Conneaut Police Department as an emergency dispatcher, after 30 years of dedicated service. Gayle was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose - Chapter 86. Gayle enjoyed listening to music, watching her hummingbirds in the backyard and attending the annual Gurto Family Reunions. She loved cooking for her family and especially cherished all the family gatherings and holidays at her house. Gayle was also an avid Cleveland Cavaliers fan. Gayle was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Twila Sheldon; and brother, Thomas Edwards. Gayle is survived by her husband of 54 years, Pat Gurto, whom she married July 7, 1962, at Lakeview United Methodist Church in Conneaut; daughter, Sherry Clancy (John Nyman) of Conneaut; two grandsons, Karl Clancy and Kyle (Lindsey) Clancy; great-grandson Elliot Clancy; and great-grand dog Mia, all of Conneaut. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews. At Gayle's request, there will be no calling hours or funeral service. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the Raisian Family Funeral Home, 581 Harbor St., Conneaut, where arrangements are being handled.

Michele This is how I will remember her - having fun at a big Italian wedding surrounded by people who love each other. I will miss you and I will never forget our conversations.

Diane Barry Alan Shannon We are heartbroken. The Gurto Family has lost its youngest “Senior” and has another Angel to watch over us. We will always remember Aunt Gayle’s smile and her laugh, her positive outlook no matter what health challenges she was facing, and her love and kindness she shared with all of us. She was a very special Aunt and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Aunt Gayle was so loved by the Gurto Family and will be greatly missed. She will always have a special place in our hearts.

Joe Aunt Gayle was the most positive and loving person one could ever meet. We share in this deep grief with Uncle Pat and Sherry. Our family has again been diminished but our love and memories of Aunt Gayle never will. Rest in Peace.

Dana I am so deeply saddened by the loss of my beautiful Aunt Gayle She always had a smile on her face no matter what she was going through I will cherish all of my memories of her