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Michael LotkoMichael Lotko, 92 years old, of Elyria, Ohio died on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 14, 1919 in Cleveland, Ohio and made his home in Elyria since 1946. During WWII he served with the United States Air Force and then with the Air National Guard where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In 1948, he was employed by Ohio Edison as a credit manager. In 1954 he was appointed Elyria Safety Service Director by Mayor J. Grant Keys and served until 1959 when he was elected Lorain County Commissioner. During this time he was recalled to active duty with the US Air Force several times. Mr. Lotko was then appointed Post Master by President John F. Kennedy.

He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, the American Legion, Post 12, the Knights of Columbus, and The United Polish Club. He also was well known as a director of the Lorain County Banjo Band. An avid tennis player, golfer and bowler, he loved working in his garden.

He is survived by his wife of 67 Years, Lenore (nee Kuty); six children, Nancy Lotko Bell (Dudley) of Sanford, Florida, Gail Talarek (Dan) of Elyria, Debra Hruska (John deceased) of Elyria, Michele Samek (Mike) of Elyria, Michael J Lotko III of Elyria, and Lisa King (Jim) of Dublin, Ohio; fourteen grandchildren; and twelve great grandchildren.

Michael LotkoMr. Lotko was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Jack Lotko; his parents, Michael, Sr. and Hazel (Keane) Lotko; and a special aunt, Enaize Kelliker.

Friends will be received at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Ohio on Monday, April 16, 2012 from 4-8 P.M. Closing prayers will be in the funeral home on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:30 A.M. followed by mass at 10:00 A.M. at St. Jude Church, 590 Poplar Street, Elyria, Ohio. The Reverend Father Frank P. Kosem, Pastor, will officiate. Burial with full military honors, provided by the VFW, Post 1079, will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cleveland Clinic Hospice or to St. Jude Helping Hands.

» 11 Condolences and Greetings
sue dallas
sent Monday, 23 April 2012 08:34
My sincerest condolences to the family. Mr Lotko was Postmaster of Elyria when I began my career there. He was such a kind, friendly man. He will be missed.
sent Wednesday, 18 April 2012 18:00
Tania Kegyes
sent Tuesday, 17 April 2012 17:17
Nancy, Gail and families. My condolences, prayers and thoughts are sent to you all for the loss of your father. All though I did not him personally, his legacy is one of living life to the fullest. May each day bring peace and comfort. Warm Regards, Tania Kegyes
Jim And Cindi Hoover
sent Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:36
Debbie and family, our sympathy for your loss. your in our prayers.
Margaret Hoagland
sent Tuesday, 17 April 2012 03:32
Thinking of all the Lotko's at this time. So many memories and so much fun remembered. Lots of Love and Prayers being sent to you.
Ruth Bates
sent Monday, 16 April 2012 12:19
So sorry for your my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ~ Ruth Bates
Dan Barney
sent Monday, 16 April 2012 07:37
Mrs. Lotko and Family, I only knew Mr Lotko for a few years, but I will always remember what a wonderful person he was. I always enjoyed our visits at your home. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. ......Your old neighbor at 101 Whitman
Gloria Fink Schultz
sent Sunday, 15 April 2012 10:44
Mike was a wonderful person and entertainer. I have so many happy memories of my husband John and Millie Imler singing with the Banjo Band.. Everyone loved to hear Mike play the banjo. Lenore and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Kim Fallon
sent Sunday, 15 April 2012 09:23
Mike was an Uncle who seemed larger than life! I foundly remember Grandma's Organ at Christmas time and Uncle Mike playing along with his banjo with keys hanging from his belt. He was the musician who just made Christmas that much more special! I think I thought he was Mr.Jingles,lol! Prayers and thanks to our Good Lord for allowing him to Bless us all! Now in Heaven with family and friends blessing them!
Dianne DiLuciano Quinn
sent Saturday, 14 April 2012 17:13
Your dad was such a special man. Not too any parents would welcome 8 or so of Gail's friends with a smile and a heartfelt welcome everytime we walked in the door . Both of your parents were always so sincere and kind to all of us. Because he was special, his memory will live on. He loved people and he loved life. I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Dianne & Rick Quinn
carol and joe garbash
sent Saturday, 14 April 2012 11:02
so sorry to hear of Mike's passing, what a wonderful father and devoted husband he was. Joe remembers when you lived next door to him and all the good times. I can still picture him playing the banjo at the Polish Club Picnics. He will be greatly missed, but what wonderful memories he left behind, guard them because they are precious.
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