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Mary Louise TobinMary Louise Tobin, age 73 of Elyria, passed away Feb. 23 at her home after a lengthy and heroic struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Born in Chicago, raised in Cleveland, Mary Lou was a Lourdes Academy graduate who received a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. John’s College. For more than 10 years, Mary Lou was a beloved elementary school teacher in Fairview Park. Some of her students were so inspired by her, they became teachers themselves. Yet Mary Lou was driven by a desire to be a voice for those who had none, and she found her true calling as an attorney, receiving a doctorate of law degree from Cleveland-Marshall School of Law at Cleveland State University. For the next 32 years – until her retirement in fall 2016 – Mary Lou was a fierce advocate, yet comforting counselor, for clients who were struggling with domestic issues. She was a proud member of the Lorain County Bar Association and its Domestic Relations Section.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Josephine Tobin, brother Kevin, and nephew Paul. She is survived by sisters Patricia (Tobin) Jakubisin and Geraldine (Tobin) Murray; brother-in-law Garrett Murray; and sister-in-law Barbara Tobin. She is also survived by nieces and nephews who will never forget her love and generosity: Lynn Murray-Coleman (James), Katie Murray, Anne Murray MacRitchie (Dan), Nora Murray, Clare Tobin Westwood, Maura Donley, Mary Lou Fess (Rick), Conor Tobin (Christine), Michael Jakubisin (Linda), Timothy Jakubisin (Mary Ellen), Stephen Jakubisin (Tricia), and Thomas Jakubisin (Heather).

A memorial mass in her honor will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 320 Middle Ave., Elyria, on Thursday, March 2, at noon, with Reverend Father Charles Diedrick, Pastor, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio St., Suite 500, Chicago, IL, 60611; or visit

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Kathy Ryan
sent Thursday, 02 March 2017 20:38
I'm so sorry to learn of Mary Lou's passing. Am a retired Fairview Park teacher and taught in the elementary grades at same time as Mary Lou. She also did legal work for me and we would occasionally meet for lunches. My sincerest condolences to you all.
Martha Zachlin
sent Tuesday, 28 February 2017 10:43
My sympathy to Mary Lou\\\'s family at her passing. I knew Mary Lou when she was at Villa Maria many year ago. My memories of her are fond ones. She was smart, fun, and a deeply good person. I\\\'m sure she will be missed.
Diana Carter
sent Tuesday, 28 February 2017 10:11
I was saddened to learn of Mary Lou's passing. She was a warm person with a tough streak. I tried to help her train her little Yorkie, Duffy, but she was too soft-hearted to stand up to a 5-pound dog. I will remember them both fondly.
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