In Memory

David Ronis

David Ronis

DR. DAVID LEE RONIS, Ph.D., of Rochester Hills, Michigan, passed away on June 26th at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital due to complications from cancer. He was 65. Dr. Ronis was a Research Scientist at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. In his life, he loved his family, the arts, and chocolate. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Rakusin Ronis; his children, Heather Ronis (Daniel Mason), Jason Ronis (Amanda), and Dennis Coalhart (Jodi); his grandchildren, Nadia and Emmett Ronis; his parents, Richard and Miriam Ronis of Cleveland; and his sister, Amy Ronis Vidmar (Dennis) of Erie, PA. He will be remembered by all for his wit and good nature. Donations can be made to The Ohio State University David L. Ronis Scholarship Fund. Funeral Service Wednesday, July 1, 2015 10AM at BERKOWITZ-KUMIN-BOOKATZ MEMORIAL CHAPEL 1985 S. TAYLOR, CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH. - See more at:

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06/29/15 12:31 PM #2    

Andrew "Andy" Haas

 Sorry to hear this. My condolences to the Ronis family.

06/30/15 10:01 AM #3    

Ronald Kraus

I'm sorry to hear of David's passing.  My thoughts go out to Sheila and the family.

Ron Kraus

07/01/15 08:23 AM #4    

Mark Wachter

My condolences to David's family. I hope memories of his life will provide comfort to them.

Mark Wachter

07/01/15 10:14 AM #5    

Gary Stromberg

Such sad news. Sorry to hear of your loss Sheila.

07/03/15 01:03 PM #6    

Joel Saltzman

My sincere condolences to Sheila, and the entire Ronis family. David lived cater corner across the street from me, 2 doors west of Dale Pierson. The three of us rode bikes or walked  to Wiley Jr. High together daily for 3 years. And David sat 2 seats away in 3 years of daily homeroom at Heights High.  Now... they're both gone. I'm so sad to hear of David's recent passing.  He was always smiling & upbeat, a science & math whiz who gave me tremendous insights in our discussions on a wide range of technical subjects over the Wiley Jr. High & Heights High School years. And.... David also had, at the same time, a wonderfully eccentric & strong sense of humor to contrast his whiz/bang scientific understanding. It was a  pleasure growing up in the neighborhood with David and Dale. I miss both of them

07/03/15 01:47 PM #7    

Gary Glazer

I am very sorry to hear about David. Although I did not know David well in junior or senior high, I knew him well enough to recognize that he was a brilliant student who possessed a wonderful sense of humor and an innate gentleness. He had a terrific smile and was an all around good soul. My condolences to his family.

Gary S. Glazer


07/04/15 04:38 PM #8    

Jerry Banchek

So sorry to hear of the passing of David. My condolences to his wife Sheila and family. 

07/04/15 06:01 PM #9    

Dennis Vidmar

My brother in law David was the personification of the adage that 'still waters run deep'.  Quiet and unassuming, his speech and written word were never frivolous.  He was kind, gentle, loving and compassionate. All who knew him admired his unique brand of dry humor which operated on the highest intellectual plane.  Na al mishchavo b'shalom. 

07/05/15 02:29 PM #10    

Bobbi Spiegler

So sorry for your loss.

07/06/15 01:33 PM #11    

Elaine Rudnick (Cohen)

Sheila, I am so sorry for your loss, and indeed, the loss to all of us.  I remember Dave with affection.  He was smart, witty, and such a nice guy.  He will be missed.

Elaine Rudnick Cohen

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