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May 5, 2010

Bernice J. Horst

ASHTABULA, Ohio — ASHTABULA, Ohio — Bernice Janette Horst, 80, of West 38th Street, Ashtabula, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at her home.

She was born Aug. 1, 1929, in Andover, Ohio, a daughter of Ellis Taylor and Olive Michie Miller Gosnell, and had been an Ashtabula County resident since 1963.

Prior to her retirement in 1990, she worked 15 years as a finisher for Premix.

A member of the former First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Red Hat Society, she loved to cook, especially her homemade french fries for the grandkids and her homemade potato salad. She was a true nature lover and was particularly fond of squirrels, hummingbirds, manatees, flowers and gardening. Her family was always her first priority and she truly enjoyed the “Footprints” poem and “Amazing Grace.”

Her survivors include her husband, James Richard “Dick” Horst, whom she married in April 1986; four children, Fred (Cheryl) Shelatz of Jefferson, Ohio, Iris Suzanne Shelatz of Ashtabula, Douglas (Virginia) Shelatz of Austinburg, Ohio, and Donna Shultz of Painesville, Ohio; six stepchildren, Cheryl Ludwig and Sandra Ashcroft, both of Kingsville, Ohio, Susan (Elmer) Heinsius of Columbus, Ohio, Beth White of California, Brad Horst of Roanoke, Va., and Kelli (Mike) Louden of Ashtabula; 23 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a brother, Russell Gosnell of Saegertown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Shelatz; three brothers, Kenneth, Robert and Ransom Gosnell; three sisters, her twin, Beatrice Battles, Pauline Meyers and Thelma Williams; two other siblings in infancy; and her parents.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Zaback-Ducro Funeral Home, 500 W. Prospect Road, Ashtabula (www.ducro.com).

A Celebration of Life service will follow at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Frank Loeffel, associate pastor of the Pentecostal Church of God, officiating.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.

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