Age 95. Beloved wife of Mickey (deceased); loving mother of Michael Hotz (Linda) and Michele Foote (Michael); devoted grandmother of Rebecca Rhode (Matt), Jeffrey Hotz (Kellie), Jacquelyn Barber (Nick) and Kirby Imholte (Jake); cherished Babcia of Brady and Bennett Hotz, Alexander and Lincoln Rhode and Valentine Imholte; loved daughter of Walter and Anna Cielma (both deceased); dear sister of Adele Tkacz, Helen Hocevar and deceased brothers Joe, Matt, Benny and Henry; dear aunt, great aunt, friend and “Grandma Red” to many.
Lottie was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 11, 1925 and passed away on February 14, 2021. One of seven children of Polish immigrant parents, she graduated from Jane Addams High School, and joined Ritmor Sportswear. In 1962 she was a trailblazer and became the first licensed female barber in the state of Ohio. She was the proud owner of The Roman Forum, where she gained a loyal following of clients for over 40 years. In 1980 she expanded her career and was one of the original four employees at Laura Salkin Bridal. She continued to style hair and work in the bridal industry until she was 85.
Lottie loved her rich Polish heritage and enjoyed following her Polish traditions during the holidays, including Oplatki and Kasha on Christmas Eve and blessing the Easter baskets at St. John Cantius. She took Easter egg coloring very seriously. She founded the family Fourth of July parade and would choose a “Statue of Liberty” to lead the parade every year. Family members young and old would join her marching down the street, singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” at the top of her lungs. She was the type of woman who would get her face painted with her grandchildren at the amusement park, go on every ride at Disney World and would crawl on the floor with Babcia’s Boys, her great- grandsons, into her 90’s. Lottie never thought that she was old, so she never acted like she was old. She was an amazing lady with a lifetime full of fantastic stories and a heart as big as her hair was red. Lottie was always dressed to the 9’s and loved her high heels, wearing them until she was 90.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Lottie to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or Ronald McDonald House, 10415 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.
Due to Covid restrictions a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Avon Lake on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 11 a.m. The service will be streamed online on St. Joseph’s website. Please find the link below. (https://boxcast.tv/view/funeral-mass-for-lottie-hotz-pqrg5v0v4tka2h0x7r9a)
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