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Robert V. Zelis


Robert V. Zelis, 76, of Grafton, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018 at his home following a brief illness. He was born October 24, 1942 in Cleveland and was a Grafton resident for most of his life.

Bob worked for General Motors for 31 years, retiring as a tool maker in 1994. He was a United States Army Veteran, a member of the Elyria Moose Lodge #778 and enjoyed working in his woodshop.

Survivors include his daughters, Tammy (Evan) Kochenower, Betty (Paul) Varhola, Fran (Rick) Roberts and Bobbie (James) Altomare; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and brothers, Bernie and Joe Zelis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karen in 2004; sister, Fran Thomas and brothers, Bill, Ronald and Donald Zelis.

Services will be 11 A.M., Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria, where friends may call from 10 A.M. until the time of services. The Reverend Jamie Stewart, Chaplain of Hospice of the Western Reserve, will officiate. Burial will be at Butternut Ridge Cemetery, Eaton Township.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119.

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