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Mary Lou Volk

Mary Lou Volk (nee Schmitz), 91, of Elyria, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph, in Lorain, following a short illness. She was born December 12, 1921 in Lincoln, Nebraska and lived in Elyria for most of her life.

She was Deputy Clerk for Lorain County Clerk of Courts for many years. A graduate of Brookside High School, she was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, and the Auxiliary of the VFW Post 1079. Mary Lou enjoyed playing cards, was an avid reader and loved gardening. Mary Lou enjoyed being with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Surviving her are two sons, David (Karen) Volk of Elyria and Richard (Carol) Volk of Arlington, Texas; six grandchildren, Heather (Neil) O'Connor, Ashley (Chad) Edel, Michael, Mathew (Alexis), Allison, and Kailey (fiance, Matt Klauenberg); and four great grandchildren, Camden, Dean, Carson and Lucas. Two brothers also survive, Ted and James Schmitz, both of Avon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruno (Butch) Volk in 1970; one son, Dale in 1988; two brothers, John and Donald Schmitz; one sister, Jean Dowdell; and her parents, Theodore A. and Katherine Ann (nee Walsh) Schmitz.

To honor Mary Lou's request, there will be no visitation. A Memorial Mass is scheduled at St. Mary Catholic Church, 320 Middle Avenue, Elyria, Monday, July 29, 2013 at 11 A.M., with the Reverend Father Charles Diedrick, Pastor, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elyria Catholic Dad's Boosters or the Autism Speaks Foundation.

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