The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Obituaries

February 7, 2010

Raymond N. Petros

Monday, February 8, 2010

ASHTABULA — Raymond Nazor Petros, age 73, of Wintergreen Drive, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at Saybrook Landing, surrounded by his loving wife, sister and children. He will be forever missed and remembered as a devoted husband, protective brother and the best father any child could wish for. He was truly his family’s “rock”.



He was born June 16, 1936, in Ashtabula, the son of Paul and Josephine (Davino) Petros.



He grew up on Bridge Street and first lived above his grandfather’s confectionery store with his parents. His first job was at the age of 12, where he was hired by Doxie Dairy to wash glass milk bottles. A 1954 graduate of Harbor High School, he excelled in football for the Mariners and still has many life-long friends from his graduating class.



After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Upon returning to Ashtabula, he began his career as a firefighter for the Ashtabula City Fire Department where he retired after 30 years of service. In 1963, he purchased Ashtabula Carpet Workroom and Cleaners which he operated for over 40 years. The business continues to be a part of his family, passed on to his youngest son in 2000. Ray and his wife also owned the Silhouette Gift Shoppe on Bridge Street for 25 years. They were the third generation of Petros’ to have a business in the Ashtabula Harbor.



He married the love of his life, Dorothea Gustafson, on Feb. 16, 1963, at Mother of Sorrows Church. Together they have four children, Raena (Kevin) Sidbeck, Victoria Hulderman and Kenneth (Molly) Petros, all of Ashtabula and Stephen (Gina) Petros of Lancaster; and nine grandchildren, Alissa, Patton, Mitchell, Max, Madeline, Raymond, Samuel, Grayson and Gus. He also leaves behind two sisters, Francell (Dale) Dobos of Ashtabula and Mary Jo Barnum of Kentucky; cousins; and many nieces and nephews.

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