ADAMCZYK, Savannah Rose

February 24, 2021

SAVANNAH ROSE ADAMCZYK, age 14 months. Beloved daughter of Jennifer (nee Ina) and Jacob. Dearest granddaughter of Rowena and Michael Ina and Charles and Charmaine Adamczyk. Beloved niece of Anthony (Diana) and Michael Ina (Kristina) and Jason Adamczyk (Crista). Dear cousin of Maddison, Kaiden, Avery, Cameron, Rita, Emilia, Cole, Nathan, Grace, Grant and Rhett. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of The Cleveland Clinic PICU.

Please join the family for the Mass of Christian Burial, Friday, February 26th at 11:00 am at St. Basil the Great Church, Brecksville, OH. VISITATION 10-11 am PRIOR TO MASS. Social distancing and masks required. The mass will also be live streamed. Private interment at All Saints Cemetery.

Livestream Link: https://youtu.be/ulnKXK4QXZM

Savannah was born with a congenital heart defect that she strongly battled for 14 months. Although Savannah’s days were cut way too short, she touched many lives. Her smile was infectious, and her giggle filled everyone with happiness.

For her first seven months of life, you could find her enjoying story time, playing with her blocks, hopping away in her jumparoo, smiling endlessly in her pink swing, hanging out with Sophie the Giraffe, and cuddling with Mommy and Daddy.

She was deemed the strongest and toughest fighter the Cleveland Clinic PICU has ever seen. Her battle with her congenital heart defect was cruel and unfair. She waited five long months for a heart transplant to save her life but unfortunately never received her miracle.

Savannah leaves behind many wonderful caregivers who provided love and support during her seven months in the hospital. Savannah was able to survive some of her toughest challenges due to the continual dedication of her care team. She will be dearly missed by all her caregivers at the Cleveland Clinic PICU. All of these special people, too numerous to mention, provided Savannah with love and admiration in her fight to live and also in her death.

Although our little Heart Angel was on earth for only a brief time, she inspired so many with her strength and resilience. We will always cherish the days we had with her and our hope is that we can make her proud every day going forward.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to further the research of Congenital Heart Defects by donating to the Congenital Heart Foundation through Savannah’s Team for the Cleveland Congenital Heart Walk.

 

 

GRESOCK, Constance M. “Connie”

February 24, 2021

Constance M. Gresock, age 81, entered into rest on 2/22/21 in Parma Hts., Oh. She is survived by her brother, George (Anna) and sister Sandra Gretsinger .She was preceded in death by Bette Loew, Anne Meme, Mary Lou Price, Salle Gresock & brothers Paul & Jerome Gresock . Sister-in-law of Bill Gretsinger and aunt to many nieces & nephews. Services are private. Interment with graveside services at Anita-Adrian Roman Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements by Zabor Funeral Home. visit www.zaborfh.com to offer condolences.

EMMKE, Elizabeth “Betty”

February 18, 2021

Elizabeth (Betty) Emmke, age 96 of Parma, passed away peacefully Tuesday. February 16, 2021 at Parkside Villa in Middleburg Hts. She was born in Cleveland and was a lifelong resident of Parma. She was a resident of Westwood Place for the last 4 years. She was employed for 28 years at the Ohio Division of Real Estate. She is survived by her daughters Linda Marley (Ray) and Nancy Papp (David). She is also survived by grandchildren Tom (Kathy), David (Theresa) Jeremy (Carrie), Joshua (Alana), Michael (Melinda) and Stacie (Jason): great grandchildren, Allison, Megan, Braeden, Jimmy, Giuliana, Mason and Bryn. She was preceded in death by son Daniel, baby Kellen, parents Stephen and Mary, brothers Stephen, Larry, William and sister Eleanor. Memorial contributions to Malachi House in Cleveland.
VISITATION FRI. 2/19 FROM 5-7PM FOLLOWED BY A 7PM SERVICE ALL AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ELIZABETH’S LIFE AND TO OFFER CONDOLENCES visit www.zaborfh.com.

SMITH, James B.

February 18, 2021

James Benedict SMITH, age 78, Beloved father of Lance Smith (Annie) and Steven Smith (Bridget.) Loving grandfather of Gwain, Addison, Ava and Eloise. He is survived by his former wife Patricia Smith and siblings Hugh (Liz deceased), Robert (Dianne), William (deceased) (Lori), Molly (Tom).

James passed away peacefully on February 15th 2021. He learned to fight as a Drill Instructor in the army and a martial arts enthusiast in his youth, and it showed as he fought through Parkinsons, cancer of the larynx, COVID, a broken femur, and Pneumonia. In the end, he finally ran out of fight.

He grew up in University Heights and went to St. Ignatius High School. After graduation he attended John Carroll University followed soon after by the US Army. His army career ended with marriage to Patricia Reuter and the birth of his sons. After finishing his career as a dedicated father and businessman, he has been retired for the past 20 years.

Jim loved humour and was well known for entertaining those around him with his jokes.

He will be remembered by those who loved him as:

  • A ninja warrior – two practice swords were always displayed prominently in his home
  • A swarthy sea captain of a 17ft motor boat – nearly all weekends of family life were spent exploring the lakes and rivers of Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania
  • Baker and of Cod Liver Oil Bread (patent pending)
  • Teller of humorous anecdotes – he always had something to say and it was usually in jest
  • Inventor extraordinaire – he loved to think he had a better mousetrap
  • Wiggler of ears – self-explanatory
  • Brother…
  • Father…
  • Grandfather…

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Newmann Church, 16271 Pearl Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136 on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 11:00 AM Eastern. Followed directly by private services at The Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd., Seville/Rittman, OH 44273.

A Celebration of Life for Jim will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would rather memorials be directed to either: the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System or the Parkinson’s Foundation.

WETULA, Nancy L.

February 18, 2021

Nancy Lynn WETULA, age 69, born August 21, 1951 passed away December 20, 2020.  Beloved daughter of the late Alexander and Frances Wetula.   Cherished sister of Darlene, Diane McNeil (Jack deceased), Joanne Brown (Tim).  Loving aunt of Kristen Kaspar (Justin), Nicholas, and Grace Brown.  Loving great aunt of Moses and Gabriel Kaspar.   Niece of Elizabeth Wetula. Cousin and friend of many. 
A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held later this summer at a date TBD.

MERVA, Betty M.

February 18, 2021

Betty M. MERVA (nee Hamrick), age 83, Loving sister to Loraine Stewart (deceased), and Clifford Hamrick (deceased).  Mother to Tony Hamrick (Essie), Terry Pacheco (Chris), Steve Pacheco (Mary), Cheryl Pacheco (deceased), Frank Pacheco (deceased), Rhenell Andrews (deceased), and Colette Pacheco (deceased).  Grandmother to 24, Great Grandmother to 30, and Great Great Grandmother to 7.

VISITATION, WED. FEB. 24, 6-8 PM AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD. PARMA (BETWEEN SNOW AND RIDGE ROADS), FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY THE FUNERAL SERVICE AT 8:00 PM. 

DIVOKY, Thomas L.

February 18, 2021

Thomas L. DIVOKY, age 54, of Corry, PA (born in Parma Hts., OH), passed away on Sat. Feb. 13, 2021. Long time partner of the late Dawn Sinclair. Loving son of Leonard L. (Adela F. Kuc) and Judith E. (nee Werner). Dear brother of Ellen, Casey, and Anne. Cherished nephew of Joan and the late Mary-Jo Jablonski (Tim). Beloved cousin of Steven Tiderman. Tom will be loved and missed by all who knew him. 

VISITATION, FRI. FEB. 19, 3:00-7:00 PM AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD. PARMA (BETWEEN SNOW AND RIDGE ROADS) AND SAT. FEB. 20, FROM 8:15-9:15 AM AT THE FUNERAL HOME FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY THE MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL, 10:00 AM AT ST. THERESE, GARFIELD. INTERMENT, ALL SAINTS CEMETERY, NORTHFIELD. 

SKUDERIN, Phyllis J.

February 15, 2021

PHYLLIS J. SKUDERIN (nee Wandt). Age 83. Beloved wife of 62 years to Norman. Loving mother of Karen (John) and Sharon (Brad). Dear sister of Lois (Ron) and sister in law Jan (deceased brother in law Roy). Caring aunt and great aunt to many nieces and nephews. Interment at Brooklyn Heights Cemetery. Services are private. Offer condolences below.

RATH, Ralph W. Jr.

February 15, 2021

RALPH W. RATH JR. Age 76. Beloved husband of 49 and a half years to M. Christine aka “Chris” (nee Grayshaw). Beloved father of Jeremy. Dear brother of Judy Aukerman (Leo Sr.) and Beverly. Dear brother in law of Patricia aka “Pat” Long (M.J.), Gary Grayshaw (Kathy Gross), Sharon Daschner (Ray) and Darla Talley (John). Beloved uncle and great uncle. Retired from the city of Cleveland after over 30 years of service.

VISITATION THURS. 2/18 FROM 10-11AM FOLLOWED BY A SERVICE AT 11AM ALL AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Holy Family Hospice 6707 State Rd. Parma, Oh 44134 or Birthright of Parma 5851 Pearl Rd. #202 Parma Hts. Oh 44130. To offer condolences visit www.zaborfh.com.

WAGNER, Edward F.

February 15, 2021

Edward F. WAGNER, age 92. Beloved husband of the late Catherine (nee Vrabec). Dearest father of Diane Nodzon (Ray) and Alan (Mary Beth). Cherished grandfather of Billy (Heather), Michael (Jessica), and David Potting (Dawn). Loving great grandfather of 8 and step-grandfather of Bernadette Colvard (Matt), Larin Lewis (Shawn), and step-great-grandfather of 4. Dear brother of Donald (deceased), and Kenneth (Ellen). Dear uncle and friend to many. Korean War Army Vet.
VISITATION, FRI. FEB. 19, 8:00-9:30 AM AT THE ZABOR FUNERAL HOME, 5680 PEARL RD. PARMA (BETW. SNOW & RIDGE). FOLLOWED BY THE MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL, 10:00 AM AT ST. BRIDGET OF KILDARE PARISH. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery.
To offer condolences, please visit www.ZaborFH.com