Remembering Linda Kennelley Kurianowicz — Graduate of Lorain High School 1966

1966 graduation photo

 of Linda L. Kennelley Kurianowicz

Lorain High School

Lorain, Ohio

 

I first became acquainted with Linda Kennelley while attending  Longfellow Junior High School in Lorain, Ohio from 1960 to 1962.  

Afterward, we both attended Lorain High School; graduating in 1966.  

I lived on Arizona Avenue and Linda lived on New Jersey Avenue.

We were East Siders – residing East of the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge that spanned what was then Routes 6&2. We knew it better as East Erie Avenue.

Because Lorain’s downtown district is on Broadway just west of the bascule bridge, the East Side was the quiet side of town that didn’t have many businesses. 

Linda and I were both shy girls that soon learned we enjoyed each other’s company.

And, of course, we shared the same given name!  

There were a lot of “Lindas” in our classes down through the school years. It was a popular name for many of us who were born in the late 1940s.  My mother told me I was named after Linda Darnell who was a rising movie star at that time. 

 

During our last year at Lorain High School, Linda and I exchanged our senior pictures with each other. We wrote down our thoughts and good wishes for the future on the photo’s reverse side.  

I still have Linda’s wallet-size photo she gave me.  

Linda wrote:  

“To a real good friend that I hope our friendship will last.  Your friend Linda.” 

After we graduated from high school, Linda Kennelley and I did move on going in different directions. 

Linda married a fellow L.H.S. classmate; Roger Kurianowicz. He passed away in 1987 and was buried at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.   

Linda’s parents were Charles C. Kennelley and Eileen Kennelley.

Sadly, in March of 2019, I read that Linda had passed away.  I was so shocked and just could not believe the grim news.

I went to the Dovin Funeral Home on Elyria Avenue in Lorain for Linda’s visitation.  I saw Linda’s two daughters and met and spoke to one.  I gave her my condolence card and my gift. 

When I walked up to Linda to pay my last respects to her and give her my goodbye with my prayers for her, I felt her presence around me.  The Linda I knew left behind a lot of people who loved her. They will carry their memories of her with them throughout their lifetime.  

I know I will too.

  

Linda, I know we will meet again.

Perhaps we’ll take a nice long walk together on East Erie Avenue one more time.      

Linda Kennelley Kurianowicz’s Find A Grave memorial

(Above photos by Linda Jean Limes Ellis)

The walkway leading up to the

 Garden of Wisdom Section

where Linda Kennelley Kurianowicz

and her husband, Roger, are buried.

Sharing an earlier photograph of Linda L. Kennelley

Main Street Antiques of Oberlin, Ohio has Lorain artifacts for sale

Main Street Antiques in Oberlin Ohio has these wonderful Lorain Ohio artifacts for sale.   The wedding photos are thought to be of members of the Ricci Family that are connected to the Ricci Tailors that once were operating on Broadway in Lorain.  And the Lorain Tornado of 1924 full page print of the devasting scenes of the aftermath 

Sharing my tribute to my father, Harry Limes, on Father’s Day, 2018

It was 30 years ago, on March 22, 2018, when my dear father departed this life a few months shy of his 84th birthday.  He died due to having prostate cancer.  I remember his saying that he had hoped he would make it to age 90.  Sadly, that did not happen for him.  
 
But, for the past 30 years, and as long as I live and have my mind and memories, I will remember him, and take comfort on days like Father’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and his birthday, to devote more time to reflecting on him and his words of wisdom given to me over the years; not the least of which was: “always live within your means.”  
 
My father lived during the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression.  The 1930s was a much different type of decade to live through with its austerity and hardships that meant an adjustment from the carefree and less stressful decade that had ended with a crash; quite literally, when the U. S. Stock Market crashed in October of 1929.  I know my father’s lifestyle altered drastically during the 1930s; but I also know he found ways to cope and make it a time to try new things and start a new line of work that would last the rest of his life. 
 
Sharing here my “Find A Grave” memorial that I created for my father.,Harry Limes.  He was named after his mother’s youngest brother, Harry Lombard.  The memorial includes a biography about my father’s life that I compiled from personal knowledge and extended research about him.  I can only hope that he would be pleased, and it would meet with his approval.  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A November visit to the 530 Shop, LTD. in Lorain, Ohio brings back memories

Sharing photos from a visit in late November to the 530 Shop, LTD in Lorain, Ohio

Lorain, Ohio is my hometown and the 530 Shop on Broadway has been there a long time. 

The building was constructed after the great Sandusky/Lorain Tornado struck on June 28, 1924. 

It is wonderful to see it still standing and being used as an antique store! 

The proprietor is Jani Oehlke.  It has been in the Oehlke family for several generations.  

Hope you enjoy the photos!

LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - ANTIQUE GLOBE LAMP AND POTTERYLORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - JANI BY 530 BANNERLORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - TOP OF TABLELORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 3LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 2LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - INSIDE WINDOW DISPLAY - 1LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - WINDOW DISPLAY - 1LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 -CABINET WITH CANDLE DISPLAY - 2LORAIN - 530 SHOP - 11-28-2017 - TALL CABINET WITH KEYS

Lorain’s Lighthouse will Reach the Milestone of its 100th Birthday on June 30, 2017 — Thanking All of Those who have Worked to Save and Preserve it!

Lorain, Ohio is my hometown, and I lived there until 1981 when I moved about 40 miles to the East.  I still visit Lorain, but now most of the time it is to visit Elmwood Cemetery and Calvary Cemetery which sit across the street from each other.  That is because so many of my family members from both my father’s and mother’s side are buried in these cemeteries.  

I was fortunate to have lived my childhood on Lorain’s East Side.  We were only about a block away from the grand bascule bridge that spans the Black River.  It opened in 1940, which was a “bit before my time.”  I have walked over it several times in my life to go downtown or to Lorain High School.  On the western end of the bascule bridge, which is the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge , is the “Broadway Building.”  It is sadly, however, a deteriorating building now and its fate is in jeopardy.  But it is still standing and is considered to be the anchor building on Lorain’s downtown street.  

Lorain has several unique landmarks: the Palace Theater, Lakeview Park, and the harbor’s “Jewel of the Port”, the historic Lorain Lighthouse which will turn 100 years old on June 30th, 2017; and remains one of Lorain’s most recognizable landmarks.  

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all of the individuals and organizations that have volunteered and worked to help keep the Lorain Lighthouse in good repair.  Thanks to them it still stands straight and tall on the end of the long jagged rock pier that for so long has supported it.  

I hold dear my early connections with Lorain’s Lighthouse both through sight and sound.  I feel now is an appropriate time to share my memories with others.  

Back in July of 1965, when I was a 17 year old teenager, I gathered up my courage to send a letter to the Lorain Journal when I learned that the beloved Lorain Lighthouse might be demolished.  

My parents, Harry and Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes, had also encouraged me to write how I felt about the long time landmark Lorain Lighthouse that was part of our lives in a special way.  You see it was a constant companion for us while out Perch fishing in our small outboard motor boat on Lake Erie, anchored just outside the harbor and in front of this beautiful beacon of light — which also had I swear had the world’s loudest foghorn that chased us away when the fog rolled in!  We could even hear that foghorn from our house on Arizona and East Erie Avenues.  

So, I wrote out all of my hopes and fears for the Lorain Lighthouse and sent in my letter with a quiet prayer that Lord willing it would be good enough to print. 

So, as you can imagine I was quite pleased on July 20th when I opened up and read the Lorain Journal newspaper and saw that, indeed, my letter to the editor was published!  I remember well my agonizing over every word I chose or re-wrote but now I realize that I made an error; so I must admit to it!  When I composed my letter the age of the Lorain Lighthouse was 48 years and not 56 years like I had thought.  I cannot remember now, but I’m sure there must have been a good reason why I thought the lighthouse was built earlier than it actually was.  So, I hope I can be forgiven for my mistake.   It was my overriding hope that my letter would add a strong show of support from my parents and me for fighting to save the lighthouse; and I feel it accomplished that.  Fortunately, many folks stepped up in those early years and later others carried on with their efforts that continue today.  

Now, I can hardly believe it has been 52 since I wrote what was my first letter to a newspaper, but I’ve always been glad that I did. The experience gave me enough confidence to keep writing.  

Happy Birthday Lorain Lighthouse!  If my parents were here they would extend their birthday day wishes for you to stand another 100 years; or longer.        

LINDA LIMES - LORAIN LIGHTHOUSE JULY 20 1965 - 1

Lorain Lighthouse photographs and artifacts from my collection: 

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LORAIN LIGHT HOUSE ITEMS