Thursday, April 06, 2017

Bob Long died March 19, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Robert M. Long, a former Plain Dealer executive who helped steer the company through some of its most successful and its most challenging times, died Sunday in Cleveland Clinic. He was 73 and a resident of Westlake.
Here’s the link to his obit on Cleveland. com

April brings lunch April 28

PD Editorial Retirees & Expatriates
Casual unstructured lunch troupe
Gather for lunch on the last Fridays of January,
April, July and October
Spouses and guests always welcome

NEXT LUNCHEON: Noon, Friday, April 28, 2017

PLACE: Der Braumeinster, 13040 Lorain Avenue ( on the corner of W. 130 & Lorain). Park behind restaurant or across the street in the CVS lot away from their door.

MENU: May order from the menu. view the menu at

RSVP by Tuesday, April 25.

Jo Ann Pallant (440) 734-1923 or email
or Janet French (216) 221-2318 or email

Friday, January 06, 2017

The new year’s first alumni lunch

PD Editorial Retirees & Expatriates
Casual unstructured lunch troupe
Gather for lunch on the last Fridays of January,
April, July and October
Spouses and guests always welcome

NEXT LUNCHEON: 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2017

PLACE: Nighttown, 12383 Cedar Rd., Cleveland. The parking lot is entered from the back and you have to pay with quarters.

We will assemble on the heated patio and order from the menu.

RSVP by Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
Janet French (216) 221-2318 or email

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Van Dillard? Dead or Alive?

We got this email from a Canadian:
I’m a retired journalism prof in Ottawa. I am trying to locate biographical information about Van Dillard, a photographer with the Cleveland Press before its demise, and the first black journalist at a Cleveland daily newspaper. 
I knew Van briefly in the summer 1968 when I was a student intern at the Press. We worked on some assignments together. I would be delighted to know where he ended up when the Press closed. If he is still alive he would be pushing 80, I would think.
It occurred to me someone at the PD might be able to help me. And maybe a post to your PD alumni blog might stir some memories. I am working on a project about black photographers in the 1960s who were pioneers and chronicled the US civil rights movement.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
Jeff Sallot

613 824-6401

Jeff Sallot
Mobile in Canada 613 668-6412

If anyone knows anything, give him a call.  or email.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Two PD veterans die

Harry Stainer, 86, and Jake Rosenheim, 80, both died recently. Harry was a  long time reporter. He     used to work on Saturdays and would come up scoops from Mayor Perk.  Jake had been a copy editor, makeup editor,  and promotion direction .

Here are the death notices from The Plain Dealer.

Jake Rosenheim: age 80, beloved husband of Virginia (nee Sihto) for 59 years. Loving father of Maureen Schoen and Claudia Anastasopoulos (George). Dear grandfather of Amanda Schoen Williams (Drake), Joshua Schoen and Gabriella, Alexandria and Leo Anastasopoulos. Brother of the late Sidney Barger and uncle to Jeffrey and Janet Barger. Jake was born in Cleveland, Ohio, attended East High School and went to Fenn College before graduating from Cleveland State University. He worked for the Plain Dealer in the sports department, promotions director and finished his career as the IT coordinator. Jake was an avid Cleveland Indians fan and attended the 1948 World Series with his mother and enjoyed going to games this past year and the run to the World Series. Memorial service to be held Saturday, November 19 at 3:00 pm at St. Barnabas Church, 29230 Wolf Rd, Bay Village. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 4500 Rockside Road, Suite 440, Independence, 44131 or National Kidney Foundation , P.O. Box 40544, Bay Village, 44140.

Harry Stainer: Age 86, passed away November 2, 2016 in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He was born March 21, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Stainer was an investigative reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War. He also helped to plant forests in Idaho. He was a very avid gardener who had extensive gardens in Ohio. In recent years he spent his time with family and friends growing fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers in Massachusetts. Survivors are his daughter, Abigail (Peter) Thomsen; step-grandson, Matthew Thomsen; niece and nephew, Louise (Stephen Gleicher) Unell and Alan (Vokouhi) Unell, his cherished care-giver, June Jenkins, and his beloved cat, Nickle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth and parents, Rebecca and Abraham Stainer. Graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Mentor Cemetery, in Section 22. Arrangements entrusted to the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research . Please offer condolences at
Published in The Plain Dealer from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2016

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Next Alumni lunch Oct.28

PD Editorial Retirees & Expatriates
Casual unstructured lunch troupe
Gather for lunch on the last Fridays of January,
April, July and October
Spouses and guests always welcome

NEXT LUNCHEON: Noon, Friday, October 28, 2016

PLACE: Market Garden Brewery, 1947 West 25 Street, Cleveland. Parking behind restaurant.

MENU: Can order from the menu with separate checks.
RSVP by Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
Jo Ann Pallant (440) 734-1923 or email
or Janet French (216) 221-2318 or email

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Steve Esrati, 89, dies

Former PD Reporter Tom Quinn, now living in Dayton, reports that former PD copy editor Stephen G. Esrati died Aug 18 in Dayton.
Steve’s  son, David, sent along a link to his father’s self-prepared obituary.

Here’s the link:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Garden editor Irma Bartel Dugan dies

Long time PD garden editor Irma Bartel Dugan died Thursday, July 28, 2016. She was garden editor from 1958 to 1988.

According to the Collinwood High School Alumni Association, Irma Dugan was recognized  for her horticultural achievements from the Garden Club of America, Cleveland Botanical Gardens (formerly known as the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland), and the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association.
Mrs. Dugan was named an Honorary Member of the lnternational Society of Arboriculture, and a Fellow of the Garden Writers Association of America.
She originated the garden touring program for the Cleveland Botanical Gardens and  escorted tours for twenty years, visiting more than twenty-four countries.
She was on the Board of Trustees of Holden Arboretum. She graduated from Collinwood in 1950.

Survivors include her daughter Carol Haueis; stepsons Gary Dugan (Jan), Tom Dugan (Sharon) , late  stepdaughter Patricia Steinfurth (Glenn), and eight grandchildren and eight  great-grandchildren. She was married in 1986  to David R. Dugan, who died in 1993. 

 Memorial contributions may be made to St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 21211 Detroit Rd., Rocky River, OH 44116 or to Judson Park, 2181 Ambleside Dr., Cleveland, OH 44106. An hour of fellowship will be held in the parlor of St. Thomas Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Eric Van Scyoc officiating. The family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon reception afterwards at the church. Private interment at Crown Hill Memorial Park in Twinsburg. Arrangements by BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 21369 CENTER RIDGE RD., FAIRVIEW PARK, OHIO. 440-333-9774 -