Roger Dean Jahnsz

Born: 03/29/1947 Passed:

Roger Dean Jahnsz, age 71, of Lorain, OH, passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019 following a long battle with leukemia. He was born March 29, 1947 in Lorain, OH where he was a lifelong resident. Roger retired from National Gypsum and was a member of the Boilermaker’s Union. He served in Vietnam where he was a Corporal of the 101st Airborne Division of the US Army (the “Screaming Eagles”). He was a member of Church of the Open Door in Elyria, OH where he devoted his time to creating outreaches and programs that ministered to the youth. His work in the youth group, children’s ministry, bus ministry, boys brigade, and Camp Bethany have impacted many lives and will live on for many generations to come. Roger enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading, very low-budget sci-fi movies, seek and find puzzles, Sokolowski’s, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his son, Matthew D. Jahnsz of Lorain; daughters, Kristen L. Cook (Sean) of Avon Lake and Sarah N. Pappas (Jason) of Avon; grandchildren, Victoria L. Jahnsz, Gwendolyn L. Pappas, and Arthur T. Pappas; as well as aunt’s, cousins, and many friends he thought of as family.

Roger was preceded in death by his wife, Linda L. Jahnsz (nee Farabaugh); loving parents Arthur and Anne Jahnsz (nee Mihuta); grandson Alexander M. Jahnsz; and beloved Uncle Victor Mihuta.

A celebration of his great life will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Church of the Open Door, 43275 Telegraph Rd., Elyria, OH 44035. All are welcome to join the family after the service for a luncheon and sharing of memories, just the way Roger would have enjoyed. Condolences can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society


7 Tributes to Roger Dean Jahnsz

  1. Diane Johns says:

    I’m sorry to hear of Rogers passing. What a wonderful man of God. Such a great teacher. Our daughter Saniqua and all the teens thought the world of him

  2. Lillian Vandersommen says:

    Roger was a great inspiration for my grandchildren Jordan and Anissa thank you Roger for being there for them and all the other young people that crossed his path

  3. DebbieMirchell says:

    I can’t remember a time when I saw John that he wasn’t smiling , he was a blessing to everyone he was with, Thankful we know he’s with Jesus, him and Tim Gunther are together laughing again May his family have Gods peace as we know they will miss him

  4. Brenda Mihuta Ossovicki says:

    Those times in my youth when Auntie Ann your grandmother would make her stick pot of Homemade vegetable soup. On Sundays we would gather. Roger your mom my father Vic Arthur and we would watch football games and eat and then we would have nightly Hearts. A card game and Linda would love to play and I can still hear hear voice and Roger with his joking and sarcastic comments.!It was so much fun. We were that family unit when Linda was there and chingo. Happy Memories when we were all close before death took our loved ones from us. I will miss you.

  5. Dan Samms says:

    Roger was a great man. He influenced a lot of people to follow Jesus.

  6. Victor Halitzka says:

    Roger exuded the love of a Jesus. He was a father figure to me and countless others who went through youth group. My favorite memories of Roger are probably from NYGO, especially the year he was the leader for my group and the “full moon” came out every night back in the hotel room. And even as a teenager I knew there was something beautiful in the way he and Larry loved each other so deeply, as best friends and as brothers in the Lord.

  7. Sue Melendez says:

    Such a great man of God. He was always there for the youth. Roger is reaping the rewards of his labor. He will be greatly missed.

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