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Marie Ogrinc - Shot During Home Breakin

12016 Lake Shore Boulevard

Tragedy struck the Ogrinc family on January 12, 1972. Robbers forced their way into the home posing as Cleveland Press circulation salesmen. After being told to leave the house, one of the robbers shot Marie who was five months pregnant. She survived, but the baby never had a chance. Two males, ages 20 and 16, were later arrested.

Marie Ogrinc was a member of one of the most prominent families in Cleveland’s Slovenian-American social and cultural circles. Her father was Frank L. Grdina, manager of Grdina & Sons Funeral Home.

Marie was married to Dr. Lawrence Bernard Ogrinc who was an internist at St. Vincent Charity Hospital with offices in Cleveland’s Slovene settlement at 6414 St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland.

The Ogrinc’s saw their home as an ideal setting for their growing family of four children with a fifth on the way. All told, there were nine children: Mary Lourdes, Anton, Francis, Marie (Stehli), Joseph, Lawrence Jr., Madonna, Maryjo (Starrett), and Gregory.