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Gayle Tomco, 70, was born and raised in Lorain, Ohio, and was most recently living in Avon Lake. She passed away peacefully Saturday, October 2, after a courageous fight against brain and breast cancer. Daughter to the late William and Helen Priestas, “Abi” was a mother to many and a friend to all. She was a devoted prayer warrior and shared her love of God with everyone she knew.


She grew up in Lorain with her siblings William, Linda, and Robert, and went to Admiral King High School, then Clearview High School. She had three children, Jacqueline, Roxanne, and John Anthony. She was a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years, fond of cooking, entertaining, and decorating her home and gardens. She taught piano lessons, and was known for both her fabulous sense of fashion and her independent spirit.


In 1999, she went to work as a flight attendant for Continental Airlines for over 16 years. When she retired, she trained as a real estate agent with Hondros College. She worked with Howard Hanna in Westlake.


She is survived by her children Jacqueline, Roxanne, John Anthony, and daughter-in-law Ashley; brother Bob and sister Linda; and many other relatives from the Horvatich, Jones, Gill, and Priestas families.

She enjoyed hazelnut coffee, frozen margaritas, Harvey’s Bristol Cream, holidays, decorating, parties, dancing, singing, gardening, and getting dressed up to go out.


The family is holding her celebration of life service Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Garland-Misencik Funeral Home in Amherst (851 Park Avenue) from 1 – 3 pm. In her honor, consider wearing a hat and a very fashion-forward outfit. Private luncheon at Cole’s Public House to follow from 3 – 7 pm. She will rest in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain with her extended Priestas family.

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