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Mildred M. Chavez

October 31, 1937 September 1, 2014
Mildred M. Chavez
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Mildred "Mickie" Chavez (nee: Stacks), 76, of Grafton passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 following a long illness. She was born in Elyria, Ohio on October 31, 1937. She graduated from Elyria Catholic High School and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. John College in Cleveland, Ohio. Her nursing career began in pediatrics at Elyria Memorial Hospital where she was part of the original newborn blood transfusion team. She was also an emergency room nurse. Additionally, she taught nursing at Lorain County Community College. She also coordinated the EMT Paramedic Program and proudly participated on the original team that brought EMT Paramedics to Lorain County through a federal grant. Mickie shared a lifelong love of animals. She loved caring for and riding horses. She raised and showed German Shepherds. She owned and operated Stacks Haus Sheep Farm where she raised and bred sheep. In her later years she was active with Border Collie and Greyhound rescues. After her retirement she trained her dogs as licensed therapy dogs then volunteered at Elyria Memorial Hospital and Life Care Center providing comfort and companionship to patients. She also worked with Grafton Midview Public Library to start Tail Wagging Tutors which builds young readers' confidence by reading aloud to dogs. She also enjoyed maintaining a bluebird habitat at home. She is survived by her sons; Louis, Michael (Jenny) and Stephen (Sherri); granddaughters, Joy and Eileen; sister and brother in law, Sandra and Dennis Gidich; niece and nephew, Tracey (Chad) Gidich-Zupke and Patrick (Kelly) Gidich; great niece, Olivia, extended family and many wonderful friends. Mickie was preceded in death by her parents Leroy and Helen Stacks. NO VISITATION. Memorial Mass 10:00 AM Saturday September 13, 2014 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church 708 Erie St. Grafton, Ohio 44044. Rev. Fr. John P. Seabold, Pastor will be the Celebrant. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Burial will be private at St. Peter Cemetery in North Ridgeville. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make memorial contributions to Erie Shores Greyhound Adoption of Ohio, www.esgao.org, or Buckeye Border Collie Rescue, P.O. Box 375, Tiffin, Ohio 44883. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Elyria (440)322-4626. Online condolences can be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com

Service:

10:00 AM Saturday September 13, 2014

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church 708 Erie St. Grafton, Ohio

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