February 24, 1930 - October 31, 2015

Merslaw “Bud” Lawer of Garfield Heights passed away Saturday October 31, 2015. He was born on February 24, 1930 to Wasyl Lawer and Mary (Semkiv) in Clymer PA. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Helen. Daughter Cynthia Marn (James) of Pickerington, Oh: Sons Thomas of Broadview heights and Brian of Garfield Heights. Loving Grandfather of Melanie House (Andrew), Riley Marn (Mallory), Brock and Jeffrey, and Great Grandfather of Archer House and numerous nieces and nephews. Dear Brother of Mary Ambrose, Ann, Michael, John and Tres (all deceased). Bud was an Army veteran having served in the Korean War. He was employed as a carpenter for Greensteel Corporation for over 30 years. Bud was a longtime member and past president of the Garfield Heights High School Athletic Boosters Club and in 1998 was named Booster of the Year. He coached in the Garfield Heights Little League for several seasons including some championship teams and was involved with their fundraising. He was an active member of St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church in Brecksville. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. Bud was a devoted husband and father and will be greatly missed by family and friends. 

Services Wednesday November 4 at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Byzantine Catholic Church (please meet Church). Family will receive friends at the Vito-Nero Funeral Home 6130 Turney Road (2 Blocks South of Rockside)Tuesday 4-6 PM.

In Lieu of flowers the family suggest donations to the Alzheimer's Association of Cleveland P.O. Box 74924 Cleveland, OH 44194-1007 (216) 342-5556 or


Born: February 24, 1930
Death: October 31, 2015