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Mother Of Sorrows Time Capsule Sealed A Time Capsule, part of the Parishes’ 150th Jubilee celebration, which held family & religious memorabilia, was sealed for 25 years on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Silas Niese helped Deacon Michael Leahy put the Time Capsule in the cabinet, especially handcrafted from Island Ash by Bob Glauser. A Hospitality Reception followed the Blessing in the Corner Stone, donated by Pauline Garsteck/Village Bakery, Stephanie Thanasiu, and others.

Put-in-Bay News reports that Captain Joe Poplstein will be holding another Captain License Training class this month on the island. The class will start on October 9th and end on October 20th. Contact Joe at jpoplstein1@gmail.com for more information and specifics.

Flower Basket Removal- If you have time, come down to DeRivera Park on Thursday, October 5th at 9 a.m. to help remove the beautiful flower baskets that decorate our lampposts. Meet across the street from Pasquale’s Restaurant.

Island Employee Alumni Reunion-Attention! All former island employees! Enjoy the island on Friday, Oct. 20th, Saturday, Oct. 21st, and Sunday, Oct. 22nd, for “Homecoming Weekend.” Check out the Frosty Bar Facebook page for news and details. This is a great weekend for anyone who worked on Put-in-Bay to enjoy a fun weekend. Spread the news!

Heineman Winery Receives Award-Heineman Winery recently received an award at CIC on Catawba Island for being the third-best winery in Ottawa County.

New Advertiser this Month-Advertising for the first time this month is Piechocki’s Pro Carpet Cleaning. The owners are from Marblehead and are setting up appointments to visit the island in November. They can save you money by dividing the ferry fare, plus they are pretty reasonable, which is good news. See their ad in this edition of the news for contact information.

BIRTHS Aurora Jackson-Congratulations to Derek Jackson and Jenny Stasko on the birth of a 7.1 lbs 19-inch daughter, Aurora Joanne Jackson, on Sunday, Sept. 15th, at St. John Westshore in Westlake, OH. Derek is employed at the Goat, and Jenny has worked at the Keys and the Goat.

ENGAGEMENTS Derek Jackson & Jenny Stasko- Congratulations to Derek Jackson and Jenny Stasko, who became engaged to be married on an island cliff on the West Shore at sunset on September 5th. Derek works at the Goat, and Jenny works at the Keys and the Goat.

MARRIED Jessica Warga & Eric Steffes Best wishes to Jessica Warga and Eric Steffes, who were married on July 21st at the top of Nine at Hensville in Toledo, OH. Jessica, the daughter of Dave and Jill Warga, of Mikes Dr. on East Point, is a 1st-grade teacher at Frank Elementary School in Perrysburg, OH.

Jessica worked summers on the islands from 2005 to 2014 at various Put-in-Bay Restaurants, including Cameo Pizza, Beer Barrel, Salty Rim, Axel & Harry’s, T&J’s Smokehouse, and Splash. Eric, the son of Evelyn Steffes and Scott Steffes, is a mechanical engineer general manager for Aimco Manufacturing. The couple, who honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, resides in Perrysburg.


Stanley J. Snider, Sr., 54, of Troy, OH, passed away on the afternoon of August 26, 2017, after his battle with cancer and complications from surgery. He was born December 10, 1962, the son of Larry L. and Ruth Ann (Hill) Snider in Troy, OH. He married Margaret “Marge” Wertenbach on April 17, 2009, and she survives. Stan worked for Put-in-Bay Township from 1991 to 2016. He also spent a number of years on the Put-in-Bay Volunteer Fire Department, as a VIP at the State Park, owning a cab company, being a bouncer, and playing softball.

He enjoyed collecting model trains, fishing, and playing poker and euchre with his friends. Stan always had a smile, a story, or a helping hand if needed. He loved his family and friends, and he had many. Surviving are his loving wife: Marge Wertenbach-Snider, son: Stanley J. Snider, Jr; sister: Liza (James) DeBoard; brother: James (Lisa) Snider; a half-sister: Mary Hill-Tomlinson; his two best friends, Scott Sullenburger and Steve Wintrow, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation was held Wednesday, September 6th, in the Cornerstone Room at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church. Graveside services were conducted at Maple Leaf Cemetery with Mother Mary Staley of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church officiating. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.neideckerleveckcrosser.com.

John Webster, 74, of Lake Placid, FL, and former Trenton Ave. Put-in-Bay summer resident died Sept.18th at his home. He was a native of Illinois. He moved to Lake Placid about ten years ago after a very active broadcasting career, best known for his time at the MagicMorning Show Lanigan, Webster, and Malone at Magic 105, Cleveland. John was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004. He was part owner of a recording studio, “The Real Thing,” in Cleveland.

John’s stepson, Jason, said Webster died during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida. John was recovering from hip surgery when Hurricane Irma hit, knocking out power to his home for over a week; adding, “I think that was the final straw for John.” John was preceded in death by a stepson, William Fox. He is survived by his wife, Willie Fox, Lake Placid, FL; two sons, Derek (Laura) Webster, OH, and Jeremey (Jessie)Webster, OH; two daughters, Christine (Tom) Walsh, IL, and Terri (Dr. Elbert) DeRubertis, IL; two stepsons, Jonathan Fox, OH and Jason Fox, OH; brother, Peter Stoltz, IL; 18 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held on Oct.7th at St. Patrick’s, Cleveland, OH. A Memorial Mass will be held on Oct. 8th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Cleveland, OH, at 2 p.m.

Coletta Claire Whelan, 91, of Ft. Myers, FL, passed away July 26, 2017, at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral, FL. Born January 18, 1926, in Cleveland to Arnold and Anne (nee: Murray) Granzier, she had been a longtime Rocky River resident before moving full-time to Ft. Myers Beach in 2002. Claire married John Whelan on July 30, 1960, at St. Rose’s in Cleveland. She grew up in St. Rose’s Parish before moving to St. Christopher’s Parish for over 40 years.

She was a member of Mother of Sorrows Parish on South Bass Island for 50 years (Summer) and Ascension Parish in Ft. Myers Beach, FL, for 15 years. Claire spent many summers at their vacation home on South Bass Island. She and Jack were active in the Skip Duggan Antique Car Club, the 4 O’Clock Wine Club at Heineman Winery, and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

She loved her enormous extended family, her countless friends, and every dog she met. Survivors include her husband, John “Jack” Whelan of Westlake, OH, and daughter, Kathleen “Katie” Whelan of Phoenix, AZ. A memorial mass was held on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at St. Malachi Parish in Cleveland. A private family burial will take place in St. Patrick Cemetery in Salineville, OH, at a later date. Memorial donations can be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194-1007, or to St. Malachi Monday Night Meal, 2459 Washington Ave. Cleveland, OH 44113.


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