Sam Gerdine, 79, of Grafton, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at University Hospital's Main Campus in Cleveland, following a long illness. Sam was born in Elyria on February 23, 1939 and had made his home here all of his life.
He was employed in insurance sales and was a member of St. Mary's Church in Elyria. He was a former member of the Oberlin Golf Club and he enjoyed golfing, cars from the 50's, 60's and 70's, baseball and drag racing at Drag Way 42.
He is survived by his loving companion of 42 years, Willie Vonya; three daughters, Suzanne (Jayme) Spain of New London, Stephanie Zelinka and Beth Gerdine, both of LaGrange; two stepchildren, Angela and David Vonya both of Grafton; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews and sister, Fran (Mark) Zimmerman of Westlake
He was preceded in death by his parents, Philip and Ann (nee Polimene) Gerdine.
Friends will be received at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 10 A.M. until the time of services at 11 A.M. in the funeral home. The Reverend Father Charles Diedrick, Pastor of St. Mary Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
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