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Jean B. Rohner

Jean B. Rohner (nee Snyder), 89, of Lorain, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Mercy New Life Hospice in Lorain, surrounded by her family. She was born in Avon on September 7, 1924, moving to Lorain at the age of six months.

She was a 1942 graduate of St. Mary Academy and went on to attend Dyke and Spencerian College in Cleveland, where she studied business. She married her High School sweetheart, Jack Rohner, on her birthday in 1946 after he returned from World War II.

A member of the "Greatest Generation", Jean did her part for the war effort working at the Cleveland Bomber Plant as the secretary to the Director of the War Assets Administration. She then worked as secretary to the Surgical Chief of Staff at the Cleveland Crile VA Hospital, where many injured war veterans were treated. Upon returning to Lorain, she was employed as the executive secretary to the president of Lorain Products. Leaving work for a time to raise her children, she resumed her career in 1963 at the Lorain Municipal Court, where she was court administrator and legal secretary to the late Honorable Judge John S. Kolena, retiring in 1981.

As a lifelong member of St Mary Church, Jean volunteered there regularly and was active with the Women's Guild. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, golf, reading, traveling and monthly lunches and reunions with her former classmates from St. Mary Academy.

Jean is survived by her sons, Ronald (Diane) of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, James (Sandra) of Sheffield Village; daughters, Deborah Rohner-Bishop and Patricia, both of Lorain; five grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew, Scott, Daniel, and Sara; two great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Jack G. Rohner (1996); her father, Carl J. Snyder (1942); mother, Clara J. Snyder (nee Mittendorf) (1991); brothers, Stanley (1960), Donald (1969), James (1992), Glenn (2008); and her sister, Anne M. Tomasic (2013).

Friends and family will be received from 4 to 8 P.M., Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral and Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Road, Amherst, where closing prayers will be held at 9:15 A.M., Wednesday, April 30, 2014, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 309 W. 7th. Street, Lorain. Reverend Fr. Daniel O. Divis, Pastor, will officiate. Internment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jean's memory to Lorain St. Mary Church, 310 W. 8th St. Lorain, OH 44052.

Online condolences may be left for the Rohner family at

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