Richard J. “Richie” Saponari Apr. 30, 1950-Apr. 11, 2014

Richard J. “Richie” Saponari, 63, of Catawba Island and formerly of the Cleveland area, died Friday, April 11, at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, OH.  He was born April 30, 1950, in Utica, NY, the son of Dominic and Helen (Radeschi) Saponari.  He is survived by his wife, Maureen “Moe” (Gutowski) Saponari, whom he married on July 17, 2005.

Richie founded and operated Century Limousine of Berea, OH, in the 1970’s and early 1980’s.  Richie and Maureen then started Dawg Pound Diners of North Royalton and Berea.  In 2005, they moved to Catawba Island and founded Richie’s Limo.

Richie founded The Ohio Limousine Owner’s Association, which was instrumental in regulating limousine companies.  After moving to Catawba Island, he created and founded Island Idol and Seniors Gone Wild.  He was also the head of security for Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery.

Richie lived his life to the fullest every day of his 63 years.  His love for his wife and family was insurmountable.  His magnetic personality, compassion and generosity blessed many people throughout his life.

Surviving are his wife, Maureen “Moe” Saponari;  sons, Anthony V. Gutowski of Cleveland, R. J. Saponari of North Royalton; daughter, Ashley A. Saponari of North Royalton; mother, Helen Saponari of Brookpark; brothers, Robert G. (Carol) Saponari of Brookpark, OH, and Larry (Lori) Saponari of Boca Raton, FL.  He was preceded in death by his father, Dominic Saponari.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 16, from 1-4 p.m., at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1124 Fulton Street, Port Clinton, where a short prayer service will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m., followed by a “Celebration of Richie’s Life” at Mon Ami Restaurant and Winery, Catawba Island. Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Shirley P. Andrews

Shirley P. Andrews, 78, of Port Clinton, passed away Sunday, April 14, at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.  Arrangements are pending at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton.


Real estate transfers

Bay Township

3-31-14 Christopher and Teresa Berwald to Thomas M. and Melanie M. Luke, 650 South Bradner, $81,500.

3-31-14 Jami T. McDonald and Julie A. Kalinoski to Roger Lee Ice Jr., 1420 West Fremont Road, $170,000.

4-1-14 Joseph Harvey to US Bank, 1278 West Fremont Road, $43,000.



A girl was born on April 1 at Firelands Regional Medical Center to Adelina and Daniel Orosco of Port Clinton.


Patricia Ann Logue

Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Patricia Ann Logue, 63, of Port Clinton, who passed away on Wednesday, March 26, at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 12, at the Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 1124 Fulton Street, Port Clinton, Ohio from 12 p.m. until services at 1 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Ronald Huff, officiating.


Stella Ruth MacDonald Mar. 1, 1929-Apr. 4, 2014

Stella Ruth MacDonald, 85 of Lakeside, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Friday, April 4, at Otterbein North Shore Retirement Center, Jane Baker House, Lakeside. She was born on March 1, 1929. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. until a celebration of Stella's life Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 450 Central Avenue, Lakeside, with Pastor Vern Shepherd officiating. Burial will follow at Sackett Cemetery in Danbury Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeside United Methodist Church or to Heartland Hospice. Online condolences may be expressed at The Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Peninsula Chapel, 7755 E. Harbor Road, Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio is assisting the family with arrangements.


Helen Mae Hess Sept. 11, 1920-Apr. 2, 2014

Helen Mae Hess, 93, of Parma Heights, passed away, Wednesday, April 2, at St. John Medical Center, Westlake, surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born on September 11, 1920 in Oak Harbor, the daughter of James and Edith (Fleckner) Hess.  Helen worked as a secretary for the Ohio Department of Transportation for 30 years until her retirement in 1984. She was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church and the Eastern Star Chapter #267 of Port Clinton.  Helen will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.

Survivors include: Daughter: Ann Eurenius of Parma Heights, Grandchildren: Megan & Erin Eurenius; Nieces: Sally Walker, Lynn Marlott and Julie Simon.  Helen was preceded in death by her parents and sister: Harriett DeWitt.

Visitation was 5-7 p.m., Sunday, April 6, at Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, Port Clinton.  Funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, April 7, in the funeral home.  Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery, Port Clinton.  Memorial donations in memory of Helen may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, 23215 Commerce Park #300, Cleveland, OH  44122.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at


Real estate transfers

Carroll Township

3-28-14 Leslee Smith to Seven M. Staples, 0 Locust, vacant land $7,000.
3-28-14 June L. Domrose to Cheryl L. Rollheiser, 7533 Camp Perry Western Road, $82,000.

Catawba Township

3-25-14 Ohio Northern University to Glenn C. and Karen A. Rossi, 4311 A Marin Woods, $177,300.
3-28-14 Mildred Holcomb to Shawn T. and Joyce P. Litten, 1140 NW Catawba Road, $80,000.


Marriage licenses

Gary Allan Smolk, 68, self-employed of Port Clinton and Judith Louise Just, 64, secretary or Marblehead.
Elijah Lewis Sandoval, 20, crew member and Keanna Monique Garcia, 18, of Port Clinton.


Martha M. Soski Mar. 19, 1922-Apr. 2, 2014

Martha M. Soski, 92, of Bellevue and formerly of Port Clinton passed away Wednesday, April 2, at the Bellevue Care Center, Bellevue, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born March 19, 1922 in Kalida, OH, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Kamhaus) Schnipke.  

Friends and family may call from 12-1 p.m., Friday, April 4, at the Gerner-Wolf-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 216 Washington St, Port Clinton, followed by a Funeral Mass conducted by Father John Missler at 1 p.m.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Port Clinton.  Memorial contributions in memory of Martha may be given to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Port Clinton.  Condolences may be shared by visiting

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