Calvary Cemetery, Lorain Ohio – April 9, 2017 – Unexpectedly Finding a long-lost friend Touched My Heart.

Sharing my photos of myself and Joan D. (Szczepankiewicz) Stevens of Lorain taken at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio on April 9, 2017.  

While at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, I decided its time to visit the gravesite of some of my Szczepankiewicz family members from my maternal grandmother’s family.  Specifically, Stanley Szczepankiewicz and his wife Sophie’s gravesites. 

While walking toward the gravestone, I immediately saw a lady finishing up decorating it with Easter flowers.  I decided to walk up and ask her if she is Joan Stevens, the daughter of Stanley and Sophie, whom I had written to over the years but not received recent replies from, unfortunately.  She said she was indeed Joan Stevens, so we struck up a conversation and I told her about my maternal great-grandmother’s gravesite in another section that she said she had never visited before.  I mentioned that if she had time to follow us there, I would show it to her.  My maternal great-grandmother is Antonina Szczepankiewicz.  So we stopped at my ancestor’s gravesite where my husband took our photo standing by it.  Afterward, we drove up to another section of the cemetery to visit the gravesites of Joan’s grandparents Antoni and Victoria (Krokos) Szczepankiewicz.  Antoni and Antonina were siblings. 

Meeting Joan so unexpectedly certainly was the highlight of my day.  She is such a remarkable person that at age 85 and after overcoming major health issues, still drives out to decorate her parents’ gravesites.  I pray she is able to continue with her visits for many years to come. 

Szczepankiewicz interments at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain Ohio as listed on Find A Grave. 

Marion (Szczepankiewicz) Stevens is also buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.

If you lived in Northeast Ohio from the 1960’s until the present you will remember these familar faces!

Sharing this link from Cleveland.com’s Entertainment Files spotlighting memorial Cleveland TV broadcasters and program hosts.  

I browsed through the latest link of “46 more memorable TV personalities from Cleveland’s past” and the previous initial one posted in March that was included as a link in the story’s first paragraph.

I recall watching almost all of these folks during their time as broadcasters and personalities on the different Cleveland TV stations.  

Looking at their faces and reading their life stories brought back a flood of memories about how I remembered them, and also my own life and its events during those years of each of their careers.  

Some may be missing from these two stories (I can think of one, Gary Short, who worked on Ch. 43 WUAB who had a more extensive career in radio), but there can’t be too many that were somehow left out.  Some got a ‘nod’ to their careers while others have more extensive write-ups about their broadcasting days before, during, and after their time in Cleveland.  Sadly, some are now deceased.   

So, if you lived in Cleveland, or anywhere in Northeast Ohio, and watched Channels 3, 5, 8, or the UHF channel 43, you are in for a real treat!  

Unwind as you re-wind your thoughts back to an earlier time in your life when your only TV choices were 3 or 4 channels, beginning with the black and white days of television and moving into the mid-60s and the advent of color TV.

We watched them on black and white floor model TVs, portable TV’s, table top TVs, swivel base TVs, Stereo and radio/ color TV combination models, TVs with remotes, and later flat screen display “TVs”, but no matter how we watched them, they were who we watched. They were the people whom we trusted to bring us our latest news and who entertained us day after day.  

It is quite amazing to learn how many broadcasters either started their careers in Cleveland or advanced them while in Cleveland before moving on to larger television markets.  

Their smiling faces and recognizable voices were part of our daily routines. They appeared in our living rooms or other rooms of the house as time went on. We would set aside the evening newspaper, or stop whatever we were doing,  to watch them and hear what they had to say about the events of the day.

We gathered with families and friends to watch these familiar faces without truly realizing it was a shared time together because we didn’t live any other way.  

There was no Internet, no computers, no cell phones or tablets.  Watching the local news took on an important role in our lives as a place to learn the latest happenings in our neighborhoods and beyond.  

We can remember it as a time of trust in news reporting from journalists and broadcasters.  The words “Fake News” were not even remotely in our thoughts about these professionals.  

What time has taken away as it moved us into the 21st Century.  It meant we had to leave those years and our relationships with those TV folks behind.  Now they are memorable people as we contemplate our time with them during those special golden years.