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obituary Index COLEMANE Herman Margaret DAVIS Edith Alice (nee Fogg) DORCHAK Olga A. (nee Zadnik) FILIPSKI Allan Michael GARDNER Steven L. GLASS Claire "Babe" HERNANDEZ See Sassano Notice. HOLIAN Lindalou (Jagielskl) HOLOWCZAK Steve See Blair Notice. KRZYWICKI Raymond KUKOLECK Stephen J.

KUTZ Marie Elizabeth Reichel LEWIS Lavada O. MECSKO Bernice M. (nee Brune) MUHAMMAD Claudelle (Bolden) MUNN Laurence A. POTOCHNIK Agnes M. (nee Gallik) POWELL John D.

ROSEL Sophie M. (nee Frederick) SABANOS Coralie A. SASSANO Antonette F. SPAN Lauretta TARESCAVAGE Michael S. ZAHORCHAK Cheryl Anne (nee Lower) Obituaries BLAIR ARUNE MARGARET BLAIR, 86, of Corneltus, passed away at home Saturday, April 19, 2014.

Arline was born May, 7, 1927 to Robert Henry Halladay and Margaret Hellen Bobinchak of Cleveland, OH. She was of Catholic faith. In addition to her parents, Arline Is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Albert Walter Blair; brother Dale Blair; and sister, Roberta Huberty. She Is survived by her daughter, Roberta Blair Jallos and husband, Janies of Comeltus, and sisters, Henrietta Wodzisz of Cleveland, and Kathertne Halladay of Scottsdale, AZ. A graveside service will be held at Conover City Cemetery on April 22 at 11 a.m.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.d The Blair Family has entrusted arrangements to DRUM FUNERAL HOME CREMATIONS IN CONOVER, NC. COLEMAN HERMAN COLEMAN went home to be with the Lord on April 14, 2014. Herman Is survived by his beloved wife, Darlene Coleman and mother, Peggy Williams. Cherished father of Denise Coleman and Tiatra Harris. Loving brother of LeTitia Rudolph, Peggy Quarrles, John Coleman and Brian Coleman.

Grandfather of Taylor Dycks. Family will recetve friends TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014, 6-8 P.M. AT THE CALHOUN FUNERAL HOME, 23000 ROCKSIDE BEDFORD HTS. Service FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF CLEVELAND, 21600 Shaker Blvd. 44122 where family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m.

CALHOUN 216-738-0300 Sums DAVIS DAVIS EDITH ALICE DAVIS (nee Fogg), age 91. of Willoughby fonnerly of Mentor on the Lake, died April 18, 2014 at Lake West Medical Center to Willoughby. She was born in Denver, Colorado in 1923. A U.S. Coast Guard veteran.

Beloved wife of the late Wudam Davis Jr. Dear mother of Frank Thedford, Willam H. Davis, Stephen C. (Kirsten) Davis and of the late Brenda Davis Holt and Peter A. Davis.

Grandmother of Andrel C. (Nouth) Davis, Leonardo R. Davis, Laila (Greg) Friddell, Charisse (Joseph) Traband. Cody Holt. Candice Holt and Christopher Davis and a great-grandchild is due in June.

Daughter of the late Frank and Alice Fogg. Sister of Helen Fogg Trutko, Frank E. Fogg Ill and Raymon B. Fogg. Faintly will receive friends Wed.

April 23rd from 5 to 8pm at Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home and Crematton Center, 8466 Mentor Mentor and 10 11am Thursday at the church. A funeral service will be held 11am Thurs, April 24th at Advent Lutheran Church, 7985 Munson Mentor, with a luncheon to follow. Inumment will take place at a later date in Mentor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family Invites contributions in her name to Doctors Without Borders, the Cleveland Public Theatre, or the Cleveland Foodbank. DORCHAK OLGA A DORCHAK (nee Zadnik), age 85.

Beloved wife of the late Alex. Loving mother of Kathleen Ferrante (Lou) and Diane Fomaro (Anthony). Dear grandmother of Jason Hall (Brenda) and greatgrandmother of Sky and Teaghan. Sister of the late Elste Spellacy. Dearest aunt of many.

Special friend to many. Olga was a Board Member of the Nash, President of Federaton of Slovenian Homes Sentors, AMLA Finandal Secretary, Treasurer of Newburgh -Maple Heights Pensioners Club, Member of KSKJ Lodge 63, Fonner Prestdent SUA Branch 47 Garfield Heights, active with John Adams reunions and CEl Rettrees Functions and CEl Ladies Group. VISITATION WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 FROM 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M. AT THE FORTUNA FUNERAL HOME, 7076 BRECKSVILLE INDEPENDENCE, OH. Services Thursday 10:15 am.

at the funeral home and 11 am. St. Basil the Great Church. Interment All Saints Cemetery. in lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to Slovenian Women's Union Scholarship Foundatton (SWUSP), 4 Lawrence Marquette, MI 49855 or Continuum Care Hospice, 12380 Plaza Sudte 102, Parma, OH 44130.

FILIPSKI ALLAN MICHAEL FILIPSKI, age 63 of Bainbridge died April 21. 2014. U.S. Army Veteran Beloved husband of Lucy (Mayoros) Filipski; father of Janet and Lisa; grandfather of several; son of the late Stanley and Florence (Koprowskt) brother of Paul Filipski and Cynthia Mazza; unde and cousIn to several; and his Lab dog, Roscoe. FUNERAL SERVICE 11:00 AM THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 AT RUSSELL FUNERAL SERVICE, 15670 West High St.

(Rt. 87), Middlefteld. VISITATION WEDNESDAY, PM at the Funeral home. Online condolences and obit obituaries GARDNER STEVEN GARDNER, beloved husband of Lynn (nee Helsher), Loving father of Jeffrey, Aaron (Emily Newman) and Alex Gardner.

Devoted grandfather of Meyer. Cherished SOD of Pearl and the late Howard Gardner. Dear brother of Michael (Marilyn) Gardner. Cartug and loving uncle to Lauren, Max and Jacob. Dear brother-m4aw of Emily Flesher.

Services will be held Wednesday, April 23 at 1 P.M. at the BERKOWITZ. KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1985 S. TAYLOR CLEVELAND OH. Interment Zton Memorial Park.

Family will recetve friends at the residence, 2182 Halcyon Beachwood, WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING SERVICES UNTIL 8 P.M.. THURSDAY 1 P.M.-4 P.M., THURSDAY EVENING 7 P.M.-9 P.M., FRIDAY 1 P.M.-4 P.M. Friends who wish may contribute toy the B'nal Jeshurun Congregation, The Menorah Park Foundaton or The Park Synagoque Pre-School (216) 932-7900 (800) 448-2210 A GLASS CLAIRE "BABE" GLASS, age 87, of Mayfield fonnerly of Chesterland and Collinwood. Beloved wife of the late Delbert Glass; former wife of the late Michael Gattozd; loving mother of Karla Pinato (Randall) and Victor Gattozzi (Debby Tulle); devoted daughter of the late Joseph and Theresa (nee DeMonaco) Argle; cherished sister of Kenneth Argle Sr. (deceased) (Tond); and dear family Jayne Shaffer (Kevin), Douglas Glass (Darlene).

Jeftin Gattozzi, Robyn Gattozd Kontra, Bryan Gattozzi, Kara Michael Pinato, Kristy Wood, Tiffany Leach, Dean Glass, Matthew and Brandon Kontra, Baby Gattozzl, Jack Wood IV, Abigail Leach, Toni Argle and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the SCHULTE FUNERAL HOME, 5252 MAYFIELD LYNDHURST (BETWEEN RICHMOND AND BRAINARD) WEDNESDAY 4-8 P.M. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Holy Redeemer Church, 15712 Kipling Cleveland. Private Interment at a later date In All Souls Cemetery.

Online video tribute and condolences at Gattozzi Funeral Home MEMORIAL HERNANDEZ See SASSANO Notice. HOLIAN LINDALOU HOLIAN age 61, of 4341 Bush Jamestown, Pa. died Wednesday, Apr. 2.

2014 in Tampa, Fla. A Memortal Mass will be Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Margaret's Roman Catholic Church, 701 Denver Jamestown, Pa.

with Monsignor Andrew Karg, Officiating Arrangements with Randall Funeral Home, 416 Liberty Jamestown, Pa. HOLOWCZAK STEVE HOLOWCZAK age 88, loving husband of Virginia Holowczak (nee Nowak) (deceased). Dear father of Mary Ann Kaleal (John), Mark (Sharon), Susan Roalofs, Carolyn Clapper (Richard), James and Chris. Grandfather of twelve and great-grandfather of ten. Beloved brother of Helen Sevchek (deceased).

Steve was a World War II Veteran, serving on the USS Lexington as a Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class, USNI. He was a selfemployed home remodeling contractor. He loved his church, his family. and polka dancing Famtly to receive friends on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 AT HOLOW. CHAK FUNERAL HOME, 5548 STATE ROAD, PARMA, 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M.

Funeral Mass Thursday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at St. Andrews Ukrainian Catholic Church, 7700 ho*rtz Road, Parma, Interment at St. Andrews Cemetery. JALLOS See BLAIR Notice.

KRZYWICKI RAYMOND KRZYWICKI age 87. Beloved husband of Catherine (nee Sopko); devoted father of Brenda, Michael (Kathleen). Marianne, James (Loraine) and David (deceased) (Pat): loving grandfather of 11: cherished great grandfather of dear brother of Edwin (Jeanne) and Helen Wozniak (deceased) (Bruno) (deceased); treasured unde and great uncle of many. Friends may call at the FERFOLIA FUNERAL HOME 356 W. AURORA RD.

(RT 82) SAGAMORE HILLS FOR VISITATION TUESDAY (TODAY) 5-8PM. Funeral Wednedsay 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am. at St.

Monica Catholic Church. Family suggests memorial contributions to his name to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St. Cleveland, OH 44119. KUKOLECK STEPHEN J.

KUKOLECK; Dearly beloved husband of Nancy (nee Jahoda)(deceased); Dearest father of Sean (deceased), Ryan (Janine), Stephen Jr. Steve WAS 8 proud U.S. Marne Veteran. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. Memortal Service: Thursday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m.

at VITO. NERO FUNERAL HOME, 6130 TURNEY GARFIELD HTS. (TWO BLOCKS SOUTH OF ROCKSIDE), where fanuly will receive friends from 6 7:30 p.m. "SEMPER FT" Vito. Nero Funsal Homes and Crematory 216-663-9222 The Plain Dealer Obituaries LA KUTZ MARIE ELIZABETH REICHEL KUTZ, age 83, wife of the late Stanley J.

Kutz, mother of Stanley J. Kutz Ill (Temple Terrace, FL), Kevin (Canton), Kimberly Kutz Sowinski (Roger) (Independence), Kyle Scott Kutz (Christina) (North Olmsted), Connie Kutz Pentz (Dr. Tony) (Canton), Kelly Kutz (Dover) and Kaymarle Kutz Devorace (Todd) (Rocky River); grandmother of Anthony, Jonathan, and Kyle Pentz; Samantha and Alexandra Sowinski; Lauren, Christian, Braden, and Taylor Devorace, Camille Kutz, and several nieces and nephews; daughter of the late Harold and Martha Geckler Reichel; sister of Charlene (Cy) Sirgo (Massillon), and brother-In-law Nom (Ellen) Kutz (North Canton) passed away April 15, 2014 at the House of Loreto in Canton. OH due to advanced Parkinson's, She was born in Massiflon, OH. graduated from Massillon Washin gt on High School In 1948, and was a member of St.

Joseph's in Dover, OH. Visitation at TOLAND-HERZIG FUNERAL HOME, 803 North Wooster Dover, OH on Friday, April 25th, from 6 p.m until 8 p.m. A funeral mass Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday. April 26th, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dover, OH at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Marie's name to the House of Loreto, 2812 Harvard N.W., Canton, OH, 44709 or St. Joseph's Church, 613 N. Tuscarawas Dover, OH 44622. LEWIS LAVADA O. LEWIS, age 100, Went home to the Lord on She is survived by her beloved daughter, Helen Weeks and nine grandchildren Bobby Mangrum, Evelin Atkins, Reginald Bailey, Shirley Curgil (dec'd), Jacqueline Pickens, Ricardo Bailey, Johnny Balley, Minister Michael Balley, Darrin Balley and many great grandchildren.

Viewing at the Calhoun Funeral Home, 23000 Rockside Bedford OH 44146. 2-6PM. Family will be present from 6-8PM on Thursday, April 24th. Funeral Service: April 25 at Cory United MethodIst Church, 1117 E. 105th Cleveland, OH 44108, Wake 10-11AM, Funeral at 11.

MECSKO BERNICE M. MECSKO (nee Brune), age 88. Beloved wife of the late William Loving mother of Rita Cornean, Sue Vyrostek: (Bob) and Lois Crookston (Bruce). Dear grandmother of 12 and greatgrandmother of 14. Friends will be recelved at THE DONALD A.


Rev. David Redeemer Church, North Royalton with Park. OH. Arrangements by Timm. officiating, Interment Hope Memorial MULLANEY FUNERAL SERVICES, MUHAMMAD CLAUDELLE MUHAMMAD (Bolden) was called home to Allah on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Claudelle, cherished mother of Anthony Bolden, and Belinda Morris. Loving sister of Marlene Washing ton; grandmother of eleven, great grandmother of nineteen. and great, great grandmother of one. Service Is Thursday, April 24. 2014.

at THE CALHOUN FUNERAL HOME, 17010 Lakeshore Cleveland, where family will receive friends at CALHOUN 216-738-0300 them id pumin MUNN LAURENCE A MUNN, age 82, beloved husband of the late Netta P. (nee Plusch), loving father of Laurence A. Munn, Jr. (Diana), Bradford Munn (LeAnn) and Tamara A Munn (Bruce), dear grandfather of Andy Crowe, Lauren Terrell (Jeff), Kristine, Kylene, Stephen and Brittany Munn and the late Beverly Munn, great -grandfather of Austin, Oltvia, Tyler and Emma Terrell, brother of Gilbert Munn, Jesste Lou Barensfeld and the late Richard Munn. Graveside Service Thursday, April 24 at 11:00 a.m.

at Evergreen Cemetery, 29535 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145. Friends may call WEDNESDAY FROM 4-8 P.M. AT BAKER-OSINSKI-KENSINGER FUNERAL HOME, 206 FRONT STREET, BEREA. OHIO. Online condolences

POTOCHNIK AGNES M. POTOCHNIK (nee Gallik) age 93. Former resident of New Salem, PA Beloved wife of the late Frank. Loving mother of Frank Leonard (fonner wife Judy), David (wife Donna) and Cynthia Preto (husband Paul). Dear grandmother of Jeanette (husband Sam Riggle), Michelle, Darlene, Janis and Michael (wife Kristin), and great -grandmother of 3.

Dear sister of Dorothy Lyle, Eleanor Oleskiewlez and the late Mary Ann, Margaret, Frank, Elizabeth Batewell and Andrew. Mass Of Christian Burial Thursday, April 24 at St. John of the Cross Church in Euclid at 11:30 AM. Interment All Souls Cemetery. Faintly will recelve friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Agnes at the MULLALLY FUNERAL.

HOME located in the DeJOHN-FLYNN. MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS 28890 CHARDON ROAD. (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) WEDNESDAY 2-4 6-8 PM.

Arrangements by Mullally Funeral Services 216-531-9411 Funeral Resources Cemetery Monuments CRYPT side by side companion ow Sec unit 2, Cemetery, Twinsburg $7500 OBO 440-368-8292 obituaries POWELL JOHN D. POWELL 'Jack', 84, of Langdon Place, Keene, N.H. died Thursday evening (4-17-2014) at Langdon Place surrounded by his family. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 31, 1930, the son of Edward M. and Emma (Fitt) Powell.

He was the great grandson of D.L Moody, founder of Northield Mt. Hermon School. Jack graduated from Mt. Hermon School in 1948. He then attended Colby College, earning his Bachelors degree in 1955.

He then recelved Masters Degrees from Springfield College and Western Reserve University. He served three years in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft Control Tower operator. His professional career included Cleveland Heights, OH, YMCA secretary, then serving as principal of elementary schools in East Cleveland, Newbury Township and West Geauga schools, all in Ohio, In retirement he taught at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC. He Is survived by his wife, the former Gloria Wood, and two sons: Stephen and his wife Mary Ellen of Keene, NH and Thomas and his wife Susan of Columbus, OH. He Is also survived by his grandchildren: John Robert, Jessica and her husband Greg Coale, and Sally, and Thomas Jr.

and a great grandsom, Parker Coale. He also leaves his twin brother David and his wife Luda of Cheshire, CT. A memorial service will be held next Monday (4-28-2014) at the Trinitarlan Congregational Church, 147 Main St. Northield, MA at The Rev. Dr.

Christine Fontame, Interim Pastor will officiate. Burtal will follow in Pentecost Cemetery, Northfield, MA. A reception will follow in Fellowship Hall of the church immed ately following the burial. There are no calling hours. Donations tn his memory may be made to the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 147 Main Northfield, MA 01360 or the charIty of ones choice.

Kidder Funeral Home, Parker Northfield, MA is in charge of arrangements. To send a condolence, please visit www. ROSEL SOPHIE M. ROSEL (nee Frederick), 86.

Beloved wife of 65 years to John loving mother of Kathleen Wiley (husband Robert), Joyce Reeves (husband Roy) and Janet M. Rosel (husband Peter B. Lewis, deceased): chertshed grandmother of Robert Wiley (wife Cynthia), Timothy Wiley (wife Jennifer) and Michael Reeves; adored great of Ava and Nicholas Wiley; treasured sister of Stella Serafin (husband George, deceased), Frances Fisher (deceased) (husband Robert) and Edward Frederick (deceased), both of Uniontown, PA; loving sister-in-law of Panda Funta (husband Thomas, deceased) and Willian Rosel (wife Lillian). In leu of flowers, the famtly would appreciate contributions in memory of Sophie to Menorah Park Center for Sendor Living, 27100 Cedar Beachwood. OH 44122.

Funeral Mass Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish In St. Gregory the Great Church. Intennent All Souls Cemetery. The family will recelve friends at the SCHULTE MAHONMURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 5252 MAYFIELD LYNDHURST (BETWEEN RICHMOND AND BRAINARD), TUESDAY 2-5 P.M.

Schulte Mahon Murphy Funeral and Cremation Services Please sign Guest Book at: SABANOS CORALIE A SABANOS, age 77, of Depolo Road North, Mount Vemon, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at MedCentral Hospital to Mansfield. Ohio. She was born on February 20, 1937 In Chesterland, Ohio to the late Hayden and Sadie (Laube) Musser. Before moving to the Apple Valley area in 1992 from Strongsville, Ohio, Coralle worked as a beautid an for senior living homes in the area. Coralle worked in the dell and bakery departments at Krogers in Mount Vernon.

In her younger years, she enjoyed roller skating, bowling and golfing. Coralle was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She Is survived by her husband, George Sabanos Sr. whom she married on October 20, 1956, a son, George Sabanos dr.

of Charles Town, West Virginia, a daughter, Debra (Richard) DiMeo of Cedar Park, Texas. three grandchildren, Hillary Youngnan of Austin, Texas, Thomas (Janessa) Sabanos of Lynchburg, Virginia, Michael Sabanos of Catlett, Virginia and god daughter, Marcy Smithhister of Mount Vernon. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by brother, Walter VanLult and three sisters, Claire Crumpton, Betty Needham and Jean Tedrick. Friends may call on Thursday. April 24, 2014 from 10 a.m.

to 11:45 a.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 12 noon at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 303 East High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohlo 43050. Rev.

Father Mark J. Harrunond will be celebrant. Burial will follow In Mount Calvary Cemetery, Memorial contributions In Coralle's name may be made to the Sisters of Charity. 26 Brook Run Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. To view this obituary or leave the family a private condolence, visit

com. The Flowers Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Coralle A Sabanos. Obituaries. SASSANO ANTONETTE F. SASSANO age 93.

Beloved Daughter of the late Charlie and Ida (nee Retini). Dearest sister of Josephine Hemandez and Aunt Anthony of eight. (deceased) A Mass (urtie Clara), Loving Christian Burtal will be held on Wednesday April 23, 2014 In St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish at 11:00 A.M. PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH.

Entombment All Souls Cemetery. The family will recelve friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of at, THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FU. NERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCUD, 4600 Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. MAYFIELD RD. (just East of Green Rd.) on Arrangements By Lo Presti 440-473-6299 SPAN LAURETTA SPAN passed away on April 16, 2014.

Husband Albert Tikiun. Son Elijah Span. Siblings LaVelma Revels, Donald Bolwatre and Emajean Bolwatre. Memorial Service Thursday, April 24 at 7 PM at Mt. Obve Lutheran Church, 2392 Noble Rd.

6:30 PM Wake. Arrangements by Wanton Horne Chapel of Peace Funeral Home. TARESCAVAGE STARESCAVAGE age 59, loving father of Dana Hodg es (Josh) and Michael (April), dearest grandfather of McKayla, Ashley, Kaylee and Emma, beloved son of Tony (Clara) and the late Mary Gregory, dear brother of Tony (Janet, deceased), step brother of Melody Reilly, uncle of Michael and Anthony. Mass of Christian Burtal St. Anthony of Padua Church (State Rd.) Thursday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Interment Holy Cross Cemetery, Friends at RIPEPI FUNERAL HOME 5762 PEARL RD. (AT SNOW RD.) WEDNESDAY 2-4 AND 6-8 P.M. RIPEPI FUNERAL HOME 440-888-3800 ZAHORCHAK CHERYL ANNE ZAHORCHAK (nee Lower), 64, adored wife of Francis "Frank" of 20 years; mother of Jenni (Gregg) Van Deusen, Mike (Cindy) Zahorchak; beloved 'Nana" of Michael, Cort and Riley Zahorchak, Wren. Luna and Otis Van Deusen. Visitations Thursday 2-4 and 6-8PM at Bogner Family Funeral Home Cremation ServIces, 36625 Center Ridge Road, N.

Ridgeville, where a prayer service will be Friday at 10:30 AM followed by an 11 AM Mass at St. Clarence Church, 30106 Loran N. Ohnsted. Memorials to Catholic Rebel Services, PO Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297. For further information or to send an onltne condolence, please vistt: Lodge Notices IRON WORKERS LOCAL NO.

17. Attention officers and members, please pay respect to the family of our late Brother, R. RONALD SKINDER OFFICERS OF LOCAL. 17 in Memoriam DAVIS CPL Brad A. Davis Dec.

30, 1987 to April 22, 2009 Today we remember a son, brother, unde, nephew and friend. It's hard to believe that Its been 5 years since you have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Not a day goes by that we don't think about you and wish you were here with us. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. LOVE, MOM, DAD.

JENN, ROB, BECKIE. LANDON LUKAS Log on for Obituaries Online at Express condolences or share memories in guest books. Read In Memoriam from family and friends. Search obituaries archives. THE PLAIN DEALER 6 Tuesday, April 22, 2014 FDA oversight Drug for rare form of muscular dystrophy gets trials Eteplirsen offsets genetic mutation TRACIE MAURIELLO Pittsburgh Post-Gazette WASHINGTON Terri and Bill Ellsworth of Coraopolis, expected their son to be in a wheelchair by now.

Instead, 13-year-old Billy is hiking, jogging and dancing thanks to an experimental drug that's helping him and 11 other boys in a clinical trial to treat duch*enne, a rare and fatal form of muscular dystrophy mainly affecting boys. The drug is helping all of them and it has no significant side effects, but the country's other 20,000 boys with duch*enne can't receive it because it hasn't yet gotten approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Drug developers and duch*enne parents, who have been frustrated by the FDA's stopand-go approval process, got a dose of good news Monday. Approval of the new intravenous drug eteplirsen is still uncertain, but the FDA has offered a potential path forward for the drug. In an agreement with regulators, the developer, Sarepta Therapeutics of Massachusetts, will conduct two additional studies even as the FDA considers its application for accelerated approval.

That means the drug could be on the market by summer 2015. Sarepta also agreed to use a newer and more precise method of measuring dystrophin, the essential muscle protein that duch*enne boys lack. Sarepta CEO Chris Garabedian said he believes the current data are sufficient to warrant approval but he understands the FDA wants additional information to bolster its confidence in the safety and efficacy of the drug. The additional data will make the new-drug application stronger, he told investors and other stakeholders on a conference call Monday morning. Ed Kaye, Sarepta chief medical officer, said he would move expeditiously to begin the additional trials.

Eteplirsen works by correcting a genetic mutation that affects 13 percent of duch*enne patients. Approval would open the door to development of other drugs to treat duch*enne boys with other genetic mutations. This year has been an emotional roller coaster for parents who are waiting for a drug to help their children. Last April, all signs seemed to point to swift approval by the FDA, but the agency became concerned after a failed trial of a drisapersen, another duch*enne treatment based on similar science. The FDA has expressed concerns about the size and scope of duch*enne clinical trials and about techniques scientists used to measure results.

But researchers and clinicians say the delay is confounding given that no significant side effects emerged after two effective clinical trials. Billy is one of a dozen boys in an eteplirsen trial that his mother believes is keeping him out of a wheelchair and prolonging his life. duch*enne boys typically need wheelchairs by age 12 and die before reaching 30. After three years on eteplirsen, Billy can walk on his own while other duch*enne boys his age are taking their last steps. Terri Ellsworth, one of several mothers lobbying the federal government to expedite approval, has said that Billy's progress has been bittersweet because she knows other duch*enne boys, including friends' children, don't have access to eteplirsen, and the FDA had seemed in no hurry to make it available.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer was founded as a weekly newspaper on January 7, 1842 by Joseph Gray. By 1845 it had transitioned to an evening daily. Joseph Gray died in 1862, and his paper was controlled by a series of editors until Liberty Holden purchased the paper in 1885.


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