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Loretta M. Baird Barnes-Hayward

MENTOR – Loretta M. Baird Barnes-Hayward (nee Grau), of Chardon, died June 18, 2014, at Emeritus of Mentor. She was 82.

Born May 6, 1932, in Willoughby, to the late Frank and Florence (nee Dempsey) Grau, she lived in Chardon all of her life.

For more than 25 years, she was a bus driver for Chardon Schools, retiring in 1995.

Loretta was very active in TOPS. She enjoyed camping, roller skating, bowling and going to the Chardon Concerts on the Square.

She was a lifelong member of the Chardon United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and played the piano.

Loretta is survived by her children, Bruce (Claire) Baird, of Chardon, Don (Kathy) Baird, of Chardon, Bonnie (Blair) Likins, of Newbury Township, and Ron Kahler, of Chardon; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Denis (Lillian) Grau, of Chardon; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Chardon United Methodist Church, 515 North St., Chardon, on Monday, June 23, from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

The funeral will follow at 7 p.m. at the church.

Private family burial will be held at Chardon Municipal Cemetery.

Burr Funeral Home, Chardon, is handling the arrangements.

Donations are requested to Chardon United Methodist Church or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Claire Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110.

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