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John E. Bodenheimer Sr.

October 13, 1928 April 28, 2021
John E. Bodenheimer Sr.
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Obituary for John E. Bodenheimer Sr.

John E. Bodenheimer (age 92) of Elyria Township, Elyria, Ohio passed away peacefully on April 28, 2021. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Betty L. (nee Ruschel) and his parents John and Irene Bodenheimer. John was born in Rochester, New York, lived his early years in Washington, Pennsylvania, and the majority of his life in Elyria. John owned an auto body shop before he worked for Nationwide Insurance as a special claims adjuster for twenty-five years. John was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Elyria, where he was an usher and on the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Boy Scouts for fifty years, became an Eagle Scout and received several other honors. John enjoyed photography, archery, woodworking, sailing, skiing, golf, bowling and family vacations. He is survived by his daughters Deborah L. Smith (Frank Rivituso) of Middleburg Hts., Ohio, and Kathy L. Copley of Lorain, Ohio, and son John E. Bodenheimer Jr. of Elyria, Ohio; granddaughters Julie Smith, Jamie Sansom (Nick), and Heather Copley; great granddaughter Jessica Mace; great grandsons Aedan Sansom and Dean Sansom. He was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley McKinny.
Family will receive friends on Friday April 30, from 12:00 until time of the 1:00pm service at First United Methodist Church 312 Third Street, Elyria, Ohio. Rev. Kent Joy, Pastor Officiating. Interment will be at Brookdale Cemetery. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. Memorials may be forwarded to the Memorial Fund at First United Methodist Church. Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at St. Rt. 57) Elyria 440-322-4626 in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

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Cemetery Details


Brookdale Cemetery Final Resting Place

Oberlin Elyria Rd.
Elyria, OH 44035

Oberlin Elyria Rd. Elyria 44035 OH
United States

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