Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Officer James Anthony Kerstetter 43, of Sheffield Village passed away unexpectedly Monday March 15, 2010. He was born July 9, 1966 in Elyria.

Jim was a Police Officer serving with The Elyria Police Department. He was a 1984 Elyria West High School graduate; served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman. Jim had worked with The Lorain County Sheriff’s Department as a Corrections Officer, then as a Deputy Sheriff. He was also a part time Police Officer for the cities of LaGrange and Grafton. Jim served on the Swat Team (Special Response), and was an Instructor at L.C.C.C. Police Academy, and was schooled in accident reconstruction, and was a driving instructor for the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (O.P.O.T.A.) He earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science from L.C.C.C.

Jim’s life was devoted to his wife and children. Survivors include his wife; Tammy (nee: Maroney) whom he married October 27, 1990, (3) daughters; Misty, Shelby, and Bailey all of Sheffield Village. He is also survived by his parents; James L. and Carol A. (nee: Tomasheski) of Elyria Twp., (3) sisters; Kathy of Elyria, Kelly Strickler (Tim) of Elyria, Kristy Sawyers (Gordon) of Elyria, (11) nieces and nephews, (3) great nieces and nephews. Jim is the son in law of Sandra McCrann (The late Richard) of North Ridgeville, and William Maroney of North Olmsted.

Family will receive friends 2-9PM Thursday and Friday at The Bauer-Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57) Elyria (440)322-4626.

Funeral Services 10:00 AM Saturday March 20, 2010 at the Field House at Lorain County Community College 1005 Abbe Rd. Elyria (PLEASE MEET AT THE COLLEGE) Rev. Fr. Albert A. Krupp, Pastor of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Elyria, and Rev. Chuck Behrens, Chaplain at Hospice of The Western Reserve will co-officiate. Burial will be at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s memory can be made at any FirstMerit Bank location.


Anonymous AChenoweth said...

A special Thanks goes out to TMCNEWS tonight. In a time where the story has a personal impact, you have still managed to report this matter in the most tasteful manner! Keep up the great work!

11:55 PM  
Anonymous AChenoweth said...

Our Community has suffered a tremendous loss. My heart goes out to all whom had the pleasure of getting to know Officer Kerstetter. May he live on in our hearts forever.

11:58 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Just wanted to say I smiled when I saw that photo of him! Great photo. Sad loss. Keep up the great work guys you are awesome.

1:58 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

Thanks, TMC News, for sharing a story that represents the heart of my hometown. I was moved to tears by your repot of Officer Kerstetter's death. My sincere prayers are with his wife, children, family and friends. I am confident that the entire community of Elyria will rally around them in a show of love and support on Saturday, and to honor the sacrificial service Officer Kerstetter provided on their behalf. RIP, James Kerstetter.
Toni H., Indianapolis

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was heartwarming and heartbreaking while watching the procession earlier today. From everything that I have read, he will definitely be missed by all.

6:55 PM  

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