GOCEK, Janis Ann

September 22, 2020

Janis Ann GOCEK, (age 75) passed away unexpectedly September 21, 2020. Beloved daughter of the late Edward and Olga Gocek, dearest sister of James (Connie) Gocek, Diana (John) Lawson, Denise Ulloa, Laura (Patrick) Royer, and Renee (Martin) Rodriguez. Loving aunt of David (Jennifer) Gocek, the late Julie and Mary Gocek, Elizabeth (Matthew) Glassman; Brian Lawson, Christine Lawson; Christopher (Hali) Royer, Alyssa Royer; Eric (Laura) Rodriguez, Julianne Rodriguez, Melanie (Isaias) Lopez; great-aunt and cousin of many, and dear friend of the late Rodney Gass. Janis enjoyed participating in the summer Senior Olympics (at Estabrook) and delivering lunches through the Meals-on-Wheels program. With her sweet smile and soft-spoken manner, Janis touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed by all.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, September 26 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4170 North Amber Dr. Brooklyn, OH. Interment: Sunset Memorial Park (North Olmstead). VISITATION: FRIDAY, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL ROAD, PARMA (between Snow and Ridge). Donations may be made to the Mental/Behavioral Health Organization of your choice. To offer condolences and sign guestbook visit: www.ZaborFH.com

PULS, Cecelia

September 15, 2020

Cecelia Puls (nee Faust). Age 78. Beloved mother of Michael, Norman, and Steve (Michelle). Dear grandmother of Steven J. Great grandmother of Bella. Dear sister of Pat Gutneck (John dec.), Mary Nolan (Mike), Marty Gigliotti (Vick), Tom (Gregg), Nancy Teague (Sam), Joann Koscianski (Jack), and James dec. (Jackie). Loving aunt to many.

VISITATION THURS. 9/17 FROM 9:30-11:30AM FOLLOWED BY A SERVICE ALL AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME. Interment Bellville Cemetery. To offer condolences visit www.ZaborFH.com.

 

KACZMAREK, Martin D. “Marty”

September 15, 2020

Martin D. “Marty” KACZMAREK, age 47. Husband of Rachel A. (nee Nolan). Beloved son of Lorrie (nee Zabielski) and the late Norman D. Dearest father of Sophie and Gabby. Loving brother of Cheryl (Tom) and David (Whitney). Dear uncle of Kyle, Jade, Lucas, Gabby Grace, Drew, Sean, Sarah, Madison and Mckenna. Dear godfather, cousin and friend to many. 

VISITATION, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 3:00-7:00 PM AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD. PARMA, 44129 (BETWEEN SNOW & RIDGE ROADS). PLEASE MEET THE FAMILY AT CHURCH FOR THE MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 9:30 AM AT ST. CHARLES CHURCH, 5891 RIDGE RD. PARMA, 44129. INTERMENT, HOLY CROSS CEMETERY, BROOKPARK. 

IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, DONATIONS MAY BE MADE TO THE MARTY KACZMAREK DAUGHTERS MEMORIAL FUND AT ANY HUNTINGTON BRANCH BANK.

TO OFFER CONDOLENCES AND FOR DIRECTIONS PLEASE VISIT WWW.ZABORFH.COM

KONTURA, Michael A.

September 12, 2020

Michael Anthony Kontura remarkable and devoted spouse to Sandy (Dunyan). Zealous father to Adam, Michael Jr. & Nick. Loving son to Ron and Carol. Caring brother to Bobby (Sue) & Ron Jr (Erin). Awesome Brother in law, uncle and friend to so many.

Michael Anthony Kontura, age 57 was taken from us much, much too soon. On Sept. 4 th after playing Xbox until the wee hours of the morning, he went to sleep and never woke up. If you did not get a chance to know this dynamic, compassionate person – you truly missed out. Michael was born and raised in Garfield Hts. He went to Padua High School back before “they let girls in”. He joined the swim team. He still holds the record for the JV breast stroke. Michael went to Cleveland State University where he met someone who could only be called the love of his life. He loved his college sweetheart, Sandy with every fiber of his being. October would have been their 33 rd anniversary. Michael’s professional career started at Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services. His dedication to the children of various unfortunate situations was born out of a superior sense of compassion and need to help. In 1992 he moved to the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. He was a pioneer of the program which worked with the court system to understand and work with developmentally disabled offenders. Michael was extremely passionate about his chosen career. He would go to various counties and cities and lecture around the Midwest on how the officers, courts and others involved might gain a better understanding of this population. Mike was very passionate about his job. He wanted to help people. He struggled with tolerating the bureaucracy that goes along with this and would be the first to share that. He was truly there to help others and hated that the paperwork got in his way. His involvement as Forensic Liaison for the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County gave him the opportunity to help so many individuals and families. He was an inspiration. Michael was so much more than just a social worker. Work was important to him but it was not his entire world. Michael and Sandy have three boys – Adam (30), Michael (28) and Nick (26). His love of family was everything. In his role as a father it can truly be said Mike handed down his dedication, love, compassion, determination and so many other wonderful characteristics to his boys. The Kontura boys have grown up to become thoughtful, caring, intelligent loving men. Michael should be and was proud of his boys. Michael was what one might call a social butterfly. He loved people. He was a loyal friend. If you needed help – anytime – two in the morning – or six at night – he was there. He was a ‘call me anytime’ person. He was a ‘I’ve got your back’ person. He was a ‘you’re like a brother/sister to me’ person. If Mike told you he’d help you move a couch or put up a swing set – he always showed up. And he was happy to do it. He had so many people who he considered much more than friends – he considered you family. Michael was a talented softball player. Softball was his choice sport for so many years. He played golf, hockey, racquetball, ping pong, cornhole and pickleball and any other sport that would cross his path. He was a talented, competitive athlete. And while all sports were of interest to him – no sport ever compared to his Bocce. Mike would tell you that he played “Professional” bocce. This is not backyard bocce. This is “get out of the way Mike is about to shoot” bocce. This is “keep your own stats so you know how well you did” bocce. Mike wasn’t merely good at this. He was excellent. His talent and strategies used in every game he ever played was something to be witnessed. Since moving to Florida, Mike would return – sometimes twice a month, to Ohio for a bocce tournament. The 17 hour drive each way was something Mike looked forward to making. He was always worried when a tournament would be approaching and he ‘didn’t have a team yet.’ He was such an awesome player anyone would benefit from having him on their team. Michael kept stats. At any given game he would tell you his success percentage. Mike did not cheat or exaggerate – ever. If you could not win the game with talent and skill you did not deserve the title. Mike came up to Ohio in September for ‘the biggest tournament of his life.’ The elation and excitement when his team took first place was electric. In May of 2019 Michael retired from CCBDD and moved to Florida. Living in Florida has always been a dream of Mike’s. He moved into a beautiful home in a wonderful development. While leaving so many friends and family in Ohio was difficult, Mike definitely made the right choice in this decision. He loved Florida. Anyone who knew Mike would be drawn to him and his enthusiasm for life. Mike’s love of a good meal, great vacation destination, fun music, love of a good story, outdoor activities, and life in all sense of the word was just so vibrant. Everyone who knew Mike, without exception has a Mike story. He was so colorful and full of life. His laughter was contagious. His friendliness with everyone one —from the kid bagging the groceries to the gecko living on the lanai was just so very special. Mike never met a person he could not talk with. People loved Mike for his loyalty, honesty and absolute innocence. With Michael Anthony Kontura, “what you see was what you get”. Having known and loved Michael Anthony Kontura is worth more than anything else I can imagine. To say he will be missed is an understatement of colossal magnitude.

We will be saying our farewell to him by having a Mass on Wednesday, September 16 th at 10:30am St. Martin of Tours 14600 Turney Road Maple Heights, OH. Some call it a ‘Wake’ others call it a ‘Celebration of Life’ I choose to think of it as the ‘Friends and Family Freakout’ over Mike’s much too short time with us. Whatever you’d like to call it, the family of Michael Kontura will be available to receive people at the VFW Pavilion from 1-7pm 8584 Olde Eight Road Northfield Center, OH. It is our sincere wish that you come by to share your thoughts and stories. It is a CASUAL atmosphere. Mike never would require suit and tie. Bring a cooler or snack – as you like. It’s a picnic setting. We are hoping to maintain social distancing and observe the standard practices put forth during the crisis.

SMITH, Mark A.

September 11, 2020

Mark A. SMITH, age 62, of Westlake, passed away peacefully in his home on September 1, 2020, just days before his 63rd birthday. Beloved Father to Ryan (Sammie) and Samantha. Beloved Grandfather to Madison, and West. Son to Edwin, and the late Margaret. Brother to Edwin, Cheri, Jeff, Kelly, and Brian. Nephew, Cousin, Uncle, and friend to so many who will miss him dearly. A master carpenter and jack of all trades, he could build, install, or fix nearly anything. He spent the final years of his life as a service technician for Centerspan Medical, installing home medical equipment for Veterans. He spent his free time riding his Harley and caring for his 4 legged furry friends.

Private services for family and close friends to commemorate his life were held on September 10th at Zabor Funeral Home. To offer condolences please visit www.ZaborFH.com

THOMPSON, Ruth M.

September 11, 2020

Ruth M. THOMPSON, age 96, of Parma Heights, passed away peacefully Tuesday, September 8 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years Archie L. Thompson. Born in Appomattox County, VA, Ruth was one of 8 children born to the late Herbert and Mabel Moore. Ruth is survived by son Gary L. Thompson (Jayne) of Medina, daughter, Debra Sue Tobak (Jim, deceased) of Twinsburg; grandchildren, Todd Thompson (Olga); Leslie Coleman (Jack); Sara Stifter (Jason), great-grandchildren: Ethan and Julian Thompson, Lindsey and Rachel Coleman and Logan Stifter. Siblings Wallace Donald Moore and sister Ann Reynolds both of Appomattox, VA. In addition to many nieces and nephews including Bleeka Jane Davidson of Middleburg Hts. and special friend Rose Gallagher. Ruth was also preceded in death by her most beloved siblings, H.H. Moore Jr.; Alonza Moore; Everette Moore; Neville Moore; Ellen Marie Dunnam and nephews, Teddy L. Moore and Bobby Dunnam. Ruth and Archie settled in Cleveland in 1945 where they attended Christ United Methodist Church of Cleveland. Ruth was a 63-year member of West Park Chapter O.E.S. After retiring from Scott & Fetzer (Kirby Company) in 1995 she devoted her time to taking care of her family which was her greatest love. Her devotion and pride in family always preceded her passions for gardening, cooking, canning, and baking. Her vast assortment of homemade Christmas cookies was always a renowned tradition.

VISITATION, MON. SEP. 14, from 12-2 at The Zabor Funeral Home (5680 Pearl Rd., Parma, 44129, btw. Snow & Ridge) with funeral services immediately following. Entombment, Sanctuary of Life Mausoleum, Brooklyn Heights Cemetery (4700 Broadview Rd., Cleveland, 44109).

In lieu of flowers, Ruth requested that you consider making memorial contributions in her name to Christ United Methodist Church, 3625 W.138th St., Cleveland, OH 44111. To offer condolences visit www.ZaborFH.com

ANDERSON, Lottie Jean

September 9, 2020

Lottie Jean ANDERSON (nee Foster) age 85. Beloved wife of the late Robert D. Dearest mother of Barbara Wood (James), Robert D. Jr. (Debbie), Allen, Melissa Hamski and the late Tammy. Loving grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 11. Dear sister of the late Roy Foster (Vicki, deceased). Lottie Jean was a member of the Rocky River Chapter of the Eastern Star.

FUNERAL SERVICE, SAT. SEP. 12, 2:00 PM AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD. PARMA OH 44129, BETWEEN RIDGE AND SNOW ROADS. VISITATION, IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO SERVICE FROM 1:00-2:00 PM.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Lottie Jean’s name may be made to American Cancer Assoc. or the Hospice of the Western Reserve. 

HAGER, Kenneth A.

September 8, 2020

Kenneth A. HAGER, age 82. Beloved husband of the late Carolyn E. (nee Wolf) and the late Eleanor M (nee Prusinski). Beloved father of Jeanne Mohney, Laura Pruett (Nelson), Michael (Gina), Brian (Patty), Todd (Amy) and the late Richard Mohney. Loving grandfather of 11, great great grandfather of 2. Dear brother of Ted (Faye) and Kathy Sablotny (Vern). Dear uncle and friend to many.  US Army Vet.

FUNERAL SERVICE, FRI. SEP. 11, 10:30 AM AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD. PARMA (BETW. SNOW & RIDGE). VISITATION, THUR. SEPT. 10, 2-4 AND 6-8 PM.

To offer condolences visit www.ZaborFH.com

HABEREK, Jeffrey M.

September 8, 2020

JEFFREY M. HABEREK. Age 47. Beloved father of Brianna, Ryan Kischel, Kayla, the late Zachary and the late Dior. Dear life partner of Faith. Dear son of Joyce Loeser (Irv) and the late James. Dear brother of Jim (Mary), Jonie (Shar), Jenene and the late Joseph. Special uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

MEMORIAL VISITATION FRI. 9/11 FROM 10-11 FOLLOWED BY AN 11AM SERVICE ALL AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME. Interment Holy Cross. To offer condolences visit www.ZaborFH.com.

SCHOFIELD, Pamela R.

September 3, 2020

Pamela R. SCHOFIELD (nee Halupka), age 76. Beloved wife of the late Albert. Dearest mother of Gregory (Leigh Ann) and Andrew (Heidi Seitz). Dear sister of Carla Monk (Steve), Patricia Gensamer (Dan, deceased) and sister-in-law of Joyce Burris. Dear aunt, cousin and friend to many. Pam was an avid lover of God and nature.

VISITATION, SAT. 9/5 FROM 9:00-10:30 AM IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWED BY A 10:30 SERVICE ALL AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma, (betw. Ridge & Snow). Interment, Brooklyn Heights Cemetery. To offer condolences visit www.ZaborFH.com