Jean L Sorton, age 93, of Elyria OH, passed away Monday, March 28, 2022. She was born in Johnstown PA September 11, 1928. A proud mother of eight with an avid love for nature. Jean lived a long life and worked very hard to provide for her family. As she proudly recalled, she was the best dye-setter in a male dominated industry while employed by Luxaire. Everyone there referred to her as Grandma. She would return home each night to care for her ever-growing family. Late in life, she met the love of her life, John F Smith “Jack” (deceased, 2014). Jack was welcomed into the family as one of their own. Together they would garden, tend bees, hike, bird watch, and were active members of the Black River Audubon Society.
Of Jean’s many notable adventures she loved to tell, would include driving her first purchased car, a yellow Ford Torino, from Pennsylvania to Florida, leaving the day she bought it. Shooing away a neighbor’s monkey that would sneak in through the window and swing around on the chandelier. Chasing, and help raising, many of her grandchildren of whom she loved very much.
To others that had not known Jean, they may have seen her as a stern and proud woman. However, beneath the surface those that were close to her knew that she had a deep love for her family.
Jean is survived by seven of her children; Linda Thompson, Nancy Strope, Wray Sorton “Sonny”, Jenny Austin, Lisa McNelly, Laura Peterson, and Carol Koepp. Also survived by her beloved cat, Alice Elizabeth, and preceded in passing by her son and first child, Jay Sorton. Of her eight children, Jean’s legacy had included twenty-two grandchildren, forty-four great grandchildren and another twenty great-great grandchildren. She also had three brothers; Bob Michael (deceased) of PA , Bill Michael of Butler PA, Don Michael of Valrico FL, Dave Michael of Witchita KS, and two sisters Edna Michael of Gainsville FL, and Carol Hyschak (deceased) Of West View PA.
Jean will be laid to rest at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst, Ohio. There will be no public ceremony held as Jean’s family have chosen to respect her wishes and mourn her passing privately and in each other’s company. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Black River Audubon Society.
Written by Benjamin Toth, one of the grandsons somewhere in the middle.