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Ethel O. Jahnsz

Ethel O. Jahnsz (nee Williams), age 88, of Lorain, passed away on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph.
She was born on October 21, 1925 in Weirton, West Virginia and had lived in Lorain for much of her life. She was a 1944 graduate of Lorain High School and a member of Tower Baptist Church. Ethel enjoyed ceramics, making dolls, and traveling, as well as being a Girl Scout Leader. And of course, she always cherished her time spent with her family.
Ethel is survived by her sons; Gregory A. (Nin) Heinzerling, of St. Louis, MO, and Jeff (Mary Chris) Jahnsz, of Grafton, her daughters; Pat L. Swagger, Mari (Eugene) Mason, and Debra (Michael) Murphy, all of Lorain, Nancy A. (Leonard) Gill, of Vermilion., and Penny S. (Gary) Duke, of Tampa, FL, 19 grandchildren, and 20 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Werner "A.J." Jahnsz, in 2005, a son, Theodore Heinzerling, a brother, William J. Williams, Jr., and her parents; William J., Sr. and Mary (nee Hilko) Williams.
The family will receive friends on Friday, from 4-8 pm, in the Dovin Funeral Home, 2701 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, where services will be held on Saturday, at 11:00 am. The Rev. Gary Dorsey, Pastor of Tower Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain.
Contributions, in her memory, may be made to the Tower Baptist Church Building Fund, 1331 Tower Blvd., Lorain, Ohio 44053.

Cemetery Details

Elmwood Cemetery
640 North Ridge Road
Lorain, OH,


APR 18. 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dovin Funeral and Cremation Specialists

2701 Elyria Avenue

Lorain, OH, US, 44055

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I am so sorry for your loss, please accept my sincere condolences at this time. Something that I have found to be a great source of comfort are the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28,29 where we see that there is going to be a resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in death. Also Revelation 21:4 we see that God is going to eliminate all of the causes for why we deal with sorrow, pain and even death itself. It is my sincere hope that these thoughts bring your family, comfort at this time. Once again I am so sorry for your loss.

A Friend - April 24, 2014 at 08:47 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I will always remember how nice Mrs. Jahnsz was to me when ever I was at their house with Nancy. Nancy had given me a personal shower before my wedding and Mrs. Jahnsz had given me a really nice sewing basket as my gift from her. I still have that basket after 45 years and use it many times. I think of her every time I use it. My deepest sympathy to Nancy and the rest of the family. No more pain and full of smiles from now on. Alice BostaterRoanoke Rapids, NC

Alice (Dembek) Bostater - April 19, 2014 at 08:54 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thanks for kind words, Alice. Remember the camping trip we went on with my dad and mom when I went into labor? Fun time! ( I thought it was the kielbasa my dad cooked!)

nancy - May 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Our family would like to express our sincere condolences to Deb and the Murphy family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, may the peace of God shine down on you all, may you know that Ethel may be gone from this earth but will live forever in heaven. Jim, Laura, Sydney, Cooper and Sawyer Miller

James Miller - April 19, 2014 at 08:55 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

My new favorite memory is reading the Bible and singing to my Grandma J during these last few days. She called me "the girl with the long hair who reads the Bible to me". I wear that title with pride. Amazing Grace has taken on a new cherished meaning. Another memory I will cherish is when she and I had a conversation one day long ago as she was making a huge contaoner of stuffed cabbage. She talked to me about what was truly important in life...family. She told me how It didn't matter the circumstances under which I arrived in the family...but that I was a member of her family all the same. Love you, Grandma. You always spoke your mind and didn't whitewash how you felt. I loved you for that!

Tina Gill-Canankamp - April 19, 2014 at 07:17 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Thank you so much for the kind words- I never knew about that conversation but I can certainly hear my mom saying that- truly a special woman.

nancy - May 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember Mrs. Jahnsz from Tower Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and her life was a testimony to many. She was an encouragement to many.She loved her family with all her heart.It is wonderful to know we will meet in Heaven some sweet day.

Kiki Watchorn - April 18, 2014 at 12:29 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember meeting her when Tina & I were in High School. I know how much Nancy, Tina, Bethany & Angelica LOVED HER! What a Blessing she was in all your lives! Many Prayers for you and your Family...

Kimberly Ring - April 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I cared for Ethel at anchor lodge nursing home. I was her caregiver for about a year and a half and I considered her a part of my family. I loved her like a grandmother. We spent a lot of time talking, and I really enjoyed getting to know her and her family. She will and has been missed dearly. My thoughts are with her family, in their time of need.

Stephanie W. - April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I remember Mrs Jahnsz so well from church. She had an impact on my husband & myself in our Christian lives. A wonderful lady, and she will surely be missed. Susan Hardy

Susan Hardy - April 17, 2014 at 09:43 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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