Dennis Lavy, age 63, a resident of our community since 1973, passed away Friday evening, March 23, 2007, at Twilight Gardens, Norwalk.
He was born Nov. 19, 1943, in Piqua, Ohio. He graduated from Covington High School in 1961, Morehead State University in 1965, and Miami University with a masters in music performance in 1972. He was employed as band director at Bethel High School from 1965-72, before coming to Perkins High School in 1973, where he served as band director until 1985. He was a tour planner with Educational Tours from 1985-90 before founding Noteworthy Tours of Sandusky in 1991.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he sang in the choir and played in the Bell Choir, and was past president of the Church Council. He was past president of the Sandusky Exchange Club. He performed with the Olde Mill Brass Quintet, with the pit orchestra for the Kenley Players and the Huron Playhouse, and with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra. He was a former member of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Springfield Symphony. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Beta Mu, and his music associations included O.M.E.A., A.B.A., and A.S.B.D.A.
Mr. Lavy is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sue Lavy of Catawba Island; his daughter, Larken Lavy of New Albany, Ohio; his son, Nathan (Jennifer) Lavy of Silver Spring, Md.; a granddaughter, Ella; his father, Everett Lavy of Covington, Ohio; his sister, Sandra (Earl) Biederman of Cocoa, Fla.; his brother, Terry (Jane) Lavy of Covington, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma (Robinson) Lavy.
A memorial service in celebration of Dennis' life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mills Street and West Perkins Avenue, Sandusky, with the Rev. Gary Ulrich officiating. Burial will be June 2 in Miami Memorial Garden, Covington, Ohio. The Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2211 Mills St., Sandusky, OH 44870; Twilight Gardens, 196 W. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857; the Perkins High School Band, 3714 Campbell St., Sandusky, OH 44870; or for the Prevention of Child Abuse of the Sandusky Exchange Club. Condolences may be made to www.grofffuneralhomes.com.