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Esther J. Sooy-Smith

Esther J. Sooy-Smith, (nee Beal), 84, of Elyria passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Life Care Center of Westlake following a brief illness. She was born October 10, 1928 in Elyria.

Esther was a multi-million dollar sales associate with Russell Realty. She was a member of Grace Community Church. Esther loved serving others; she treasured spending time with her children, grandchildren, and enjoyed bowling.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Smith of Elyria; two sons, Gary W. Sooy (Lynn) of Elyria, Ryan S. Sooy (Lisa) of Elyria; additional survivors include six grandchildren, Amber, Jason, Joshua, Kristine, Nicole, Amanda; and nine great grandchildren.

Esther was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne M. Sooy; a daughter, Coni L. Sooy; her parents, Elmer and Gladys (nee Heussner) Beal; a sister, Jewel VanHorn; and three brothers, Watson, Donovan, and Lester "Bud" Beal. Friends may call 4 to 7 P.M. Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57) Elyria (440) 322-4626 where funeral service will be at 10 A.M. Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Pastor Ed Wishart of Grace Community Church will officiate. Burial will be at North Murray Ridge Cemetery in Elyria.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Esther's memory can be sent to Grace Community Church, 12365 Grafton Rd. Grafton, OH 44044.

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