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Nina Ruth Eschke

Nina Ruth Eschke (nee Harris) 95 years of age, and a resident of Elyria, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014, at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain. She was born September 27, 1918, in Oberlin.

After graduating from Oberlin High School with the class of 1936, Nina attended Cleveland Academy of Cosmetology. Nina was employed at Berkline's Beauty Shop in the Lorain County Bank Building in downtown Elyria. In 1945, she purchased the business and renamed it Cozy Beauty Shop. In 1962, she relocated the business to her home on Murray Ridge Road before retiring in 1985. Since the age of 12, Nina had been a member of South Amherst First United Methodist Church, where she was an active member. Nina led the Methodist Youth Fellowship for 10 years, taught Sunday school for 50 years and sang in the choir. Nina was also a member of the Oberlin AARP. She loved to sing, especially with her older brother, Elmer, at social functions throughout the county. Nina and her husband, Alex spent 20 winters at their vacation home in Leesburg, Florida. While in Leesburg, she and her husband belonged to a choral group and a kitchen band. They were avid square dancers. In her spare time, Nina loved to crochet; she made hundreds of lap robes for the Elyria Kidney Dialysis and for the veteran's home. Nina was well known for her cheerful disposition and her positive attitude.

Survivors include son, Alan L. and his wife, Wendy of Lanark, Ontario, Canada; her brother, Clyde and his wife, Ruth Harris of Vermilion; her devoted niece, Carol Harris; as well as other nieces and nephews; and her sisters -in- law, Lillian Harris of Amherst and Helen Harris of Amherst Township.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Alex Eschke on November 26, 1999; her brothers, Elmer and Warren Harris; and her parents, Garfield and Ruth Harris (nee Bryant).

Friends may call Wednesday, March 5, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 11 A.M., in the South Amherst First United Methodist Church, 201 West Main Street, South Amherst, 44001. The Reverend Gary Lunsford will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to South Amherst First Methodist Church. Additional information and an online register book are available at

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