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Emil J. Golub

December 4, 1917 - December 25, 2006

We relate the following news with sincere sorrow. Around noon on Christmas Day, Emil Golub passed into eternal rest. After a long, determined fight, he now has the peace to which he is entitled.

Emil J. Golub was born in Monessen, PA on December 4, 1917. He attended Monessen High School, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore City College and in 1937, he came to Cleveland to attend The Cleveland College of Mortuary Science. He entered the professional field as a trade embalmer serving funeral directors in the Cleveland area. He married the former Helen Badovinac in 1943. Helen and Emil had three daughters, Karla, Janice and Paula. In 1945, with the assistance of his father, Nicholas Golub, they purchased the Superior Avenue property and opened the Golub Funeral Home. The tradition of serving families continues today under the direction of his daughter, Karla, and his grandson, Jim. Emil was man of many interests. He enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, oil painting and embraced all aspects of all sports. He was an avid Cleveland Browns and Indians fan. He was active in the community and a leader in many civic, church, social, fraternal programs and organizations. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. He was past president of Kiwanis Midtown, Perry Home Association, and the St. Paul Youth Club. He was past Editor of Perry News. Emil was a member of Slovenian SDZ, Croatian Catholic Union, Croatian Fraternal Union, Cosmopolitan League, St. Paul’s Church, Cuyahoga Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors Association. He was a Slovak Civic Club Officer, Chairman of the Scholarship Drive and the St. Clair Businessman’s Association Ward 23 Club. He was a Precinct Committeeman. He always enjoyed being asked to Toastmaster at the many functions he was involved in over the years. His congenial nature and empathy for the “working man” endeared him to the many families he served both in business and in politics. Mr. Golub was deeply committed to the improvement of the inner city of Cleveland. He was a winner of the Neighborhood Beautification Award presented by Mayor White. He ran two races for the Ward 23 Council seat. He was appointed downtown Councilman of Ward 31. Due to his optimistic nature and broad outlook, he stayed active and available to the residents. He was acutely aware of the problems facing the neighborhood and actively sought to provide solutions. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen, daughters: Karla Golub-Sodnicar (Frank), Janice Golub-Bechler (Michael), Paula Golub-Burkitt, grandchildren: Janel Hartwel, James Golub-Strmac (Ronda) and Sharie Renee; great grandchildren: Michael and Carly Strmac.

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