I was shocked to see the following obituary in today's Chronicle-Telegram:


"Ida Naelitz (nee Miller), 77, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 at Center Ridge Health Campus, North Ridgeville. Ida was born in Lorain on December 26, 1935, to her loving parents, James and Betty (nee Bader) Miller.

She attended Northern Institute of Cosmetology and married Robert Naelitz on May 28, 1952. Ida was the owner/operator of “Ida Maries Hairport”. She was a member of St. Mary Church in Lorain and sang in the choir. She was a musician, artist, poet and entertained at area venues, locally and state wide since childhood such as Project Joy, Lorain Community Follies to mention a few.

She is survived by her children, Robert John, Jr. (Gale), Debra (Dean) Costa, and Timothy (Carlyn); beloved grandchildren; sisters, Virginia (Harold) Dunfee and Mary (Joe) Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Naelitz; infant daughter, Anne Marie; parents, James and Betty Miller; and brothers, James and Tom Miller.

The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 from 5 to 9 P.M. closing prayers will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 9:20 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 A.M., Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at St. Mary Church, 310 8th Street, Lorain, Father Daniel O. Divis, Pastor, officiating. Christian burial services will be held at the Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.

Online condolences may be sent using www.rsgfuneralhome.com"

I never got the chance to meet Idamarie...but I know she was doing good with her music at local nursing homes. She once posted here that she'd attended a show of mine...but didn't stay to introduce herself. I'm sorry for that missed opportunity.

Welcome to your well-deserved rest, Idamarie. I know you'll be making music through eternity...

Earthy songs about heaven...and heavenly
songs about more earthy things, too.
- Will Cheshier