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In Memory

Lenere Gillette (Shrieves)

Lenere Gillette (Shrieves)

Lenere Shrieves died Jan. 24, 2020, after a long battle with cruel foe dementia. She leaves behind her beloved husband of more than 50 years Keith, beloved daughter Shayla, son-in-law Aaron, and sister Corlee. Lenere had a storied career in media and as an advertising executive in Cleveland and Columbus. Her creativity, generosity, warmth, and genuine care for people serve as a model to emulate. While she is now in heaven with her mother Lenore and sister Cherene, the countless friends and extended family members left here can all say they are better for having known her and must take to heart her famous saying, hang in there!

A Celebration of Lenere's Life Mass will take place Feb. 29, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 250 Kraft St., Berea, OH 44017.

Published in The Plain Dealer on Feb. 2, 2020


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01/31/20 10:39 PM #1    

Charles Jandecka

Keith, we are so sorry to learn of Lenere's passing!

Charles/Rachel Jandecka


02/01/20 07:16 PM #2    

Karen Rubel (Hall)

Lenere and Barb Guzman and I were friends for many years in junior high. Lenere was such a gentle soul. I am so sorry Keith for your loss. 

02/02/20 09:55 AM #3    

William Gear


I'm very sad to hear of Lenere's passing. 

Lenere always, always impressed me as one of the kindest and nicest people I have ever met in my life, both as a kid and as adult.

I'm so sorry for you and your family's loss.

02/02/20 12:10 PM #4    

Dale Barrett

Keith:  So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

02/03/20 01:47 PM #5    

Ken Geisler

I am sorry to hear about Lenere.  I recall that she and I spent time talking a lot late in our time at BHS.   I remember that she had good ideas and insights.  We reconnected again a few years ago via email for awhile.  It was great catching up with her.    My best to Keith and the family.


02/05/20 09:06 AM #6    

Joann Brooks (Tanke)

I'm so sorry to hear about Lenere. We spent much of our teen "fun times" together. One of our craziest times was having our own dance ...Tennie Pumps in the Moonlight at the old arts building. I regret not getting together in our later years. My heart goes out to you, Keith

02/05/20 04:26 PM #7    

Lynn Fritz (Hamilton)

Oh, Keith, I'm so sorry to hear about Lenere. I have such wonderful memories of sleepovers (minus the sleep :~) and I can hear her laughter when I think of her. I'm so happy that you brought her to the 50th reunion so we had a chance to see her . . . and to know she was in such caring, loving hands as yours. I know you filled her life with love and warmth; she was so lucky to have you by her side those last years, especially, and all the years you were together! Love and sweet memories to you and your family, Lynn Fritz Hamilton

02/05/20 06:00 PM #8    

Debby Armstrong (Davidson)

I am so heartbroken to hear about Lenere's passing. She was always one of my most favorite people in high school. Such a kind, bright, funny soul. Keith, I am so glad you brought her to the 50th to see that beautiful spirit again. I know how much you loved her and cared for her. You are a good man. Sending much love and sympathy to you and your family. I know she will be missed. Blessings, Debby Armstrong Davidson

02/06/20 03:57 PM #9    

Connie Phillips (Tressel)

Keith, I am so sorry to hear about Lenere.  She was a wonderful, KIND person.  My favorite memories were of when we were small and playing imaginary games on Bronson or Manning together.  I remember going to my first Indians game with Lenere and her father.  Our thoughts are with you.  Connie Tressel


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