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William Joseph "Bill" Doslak DDS

William Joseph "Bill" Doslak DDS, 82, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, of Lorain, passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving wife, Marilyn, his five children and one of his 15 grandchildren, following a brief illness.

Bill was born in Lorain on March 5, 1932. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Lorain and attended Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. Bill received his Bachelor of Science Degree from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, before earning his Doctor of Dental Science Degree from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

It was at Georgetown that Bill met his beautiful wife, Marilyn Lucile (nee Frates). Bill and Marilyn married in June of 1960 and eventually settled in Lorain, where they raised their five loving children.

Bill established his oral surgery practice in Sheffield, Elyria and Amherst. He was an active member of St. Joseph Church in Amherst, where he served as an usher. Bill was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus with Lt. McManus Assembly 811 and past Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus, Holy Family Council 4891. He was also an active member of 42 years of Elyria Country Club, where he enjoyed golfing with his friends, wife and grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn (nee Frates); son, Bill, Jr. (Kathy) of Granger, Indiana; daughters, Mary Beth (Jeff) Kneisel of Amherst, Jeanne (Ian) Ostrowski of Avon, Monica (Wayne) Zapora of Strongsville and Jacqueline (Scott) Iliff of Lorain; grandchildren, Alex, Maggie, Abby, Billy III, Matthew, Jessica, Emma, Brian, Rachel, Kate, Scott, Liam, Cecelia, Elizabeth and Sarah; sister, Barbara (Hon. Greg) Bartlett of Edgewood, Kentucky; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Cecelia (nee Ragan) Doslak; brother, Michael Doslak.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 12 Noon, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 200 St. Joseph Dr., Amherst, where family will receive friends from 10:30 A.M., until time of Mass. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions to the Grace Martello Scholarship Fund, c/o St. Joseph’s Church or a charity of one’s choice

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