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Dragan Bobas

December 24, 1963 - June 14, 2021

Dragan Bobas, age 57, of Eastlake, Ohio. Dragan passed away peacefully on June 14th, 2021. He was born on December 24th, 1963 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dragan was a loving husband and is survived by his wife, Ivanka; his sons: Bojan, Darko, and Dalibor; his parents, Ljubomir and Klara Bobas; his sister, Mirjana Nakic with her family; brother, Ivan (Sanja) Bobas with their family, as well as many nieces and nephews, and extended family and friends. Friends and family will be received on Friday, June 18th, for viewing from 9-10am followed by mass at 10am at St. Paul Croatian Church located at 1369 E 40th St. Cleveland, OH 44103. Interment to All Souls Cemetary in Chardon, Ohio.

Terezija Brkic

May 22, 1929 - May 25, 2021

Terezija Brkic, age 92. Beloved wife of Imra (deceased); dear mother of Zeljko and Zlatko (Xinxing); grandmother of Angela. Friends received at St. Paul Croatian Church, Friday, May 28 from 9-10am. Funeral Mass to follow at 10am. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

Joseph "Chick" Staresinic

July 20, 1926 - May 20, 2021

Joseph "Chick" Staresinic, age 94, of Cleveland, passed away peacefully on May 24th. Beloved husband of the late Elva (nee D Ercole); brother of the deceased: George, Tony (Nadine), Mary Miska, Ann Chesnut, Michael, Steve (Alice), Rose Runjevac, and John; brother-in-law of Cathleen; dear uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends to celebrate the life of Chick at the DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home, 28890 Chardon Road, Willoughby Hills (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91), Friday May 28 from 4 to 8 pm. Funeral Mass, Saturday, 9:30 am at Our Lady of the Lake Parish, 19951 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Interment at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in Chicks memory to the St. Paul Croatian Youth Club, 1369 E. 40 St., Cleveland, 44103 or Hospice of the Western Reserve.

Phyllis Giernacky

May 19, 1941 - May 21, 2021

Phyllis Giernacky, age 80. Died May 21, 2021 with family by her side. Private services for immediate family and close friends. Preceded in death, by her soulmate Ivan (John) Mesic (Now they are reunited). She is survived by her 7 daughters: Cindy, Marie Dunn (Michael), Rita King (William), Josephine Rivera (Luis), Wanda Giernacky, Latisha Giernacky (Aku) and Mary Ulisses. She has 27 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 1 great- great grandchild. Please no flowers.

Paul Schultz, Jr.

July 18, 1949 - May 20, 2021

Paul Schultz Jr., 71, of Cleveland, passed away May 20, 2021. He was born July 18, 1949 in Cleveland. Dear husband of Tammy; loving father of Nicole (Aaron), Charles, Paul III and Aaron Diver (Danielle); step-father of Myesha (fiance: Lewis Bassel) and Tamieka Jones, and Roy Jr., Tyrell (Whitney) and Marcus Williams; dear brother of Nancy Zahorsky (Ed), Marlene Charnoky (Fred), Bev Ambler and Patricia Koczan (deceased). Friends received at Golub Funeral Home, 4703 Superior Ave, Cleveland, Tuesday, May 25, from 4-8pm. Funeral Mass, Wednesday, 10am at St. Paul Croatian Church, 1369 E. 40th Street, Cleveland (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH). Interment Lake View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Foundation.

Petar Bilaver

April 12, 1946 - May 1, 2021

Petar Pesa Bilaver, of Mentor, passed away on May 1st, 2021. He was born in Skabrnja, Croatia on April 12, 1946. He was one of 10 children to the late Tadija and Tereza (Banovic) Bilaver. Pesa (an endearing childhood nickname) set his youthful sights on a more global dream and left his native land for further adventure, first through Italy, then to Cleveland in 1968 - but not without his beautiful bride - Stoja (Mitrovic) Bilaver. He quickly adapted to the immigrant life: friends, family, and fun. He became an expert CNC programmer at Two-M Precision Co - with a reputation as one of the best in the industry. Although, his precision and his drive were not only relegated to his career. He had that same drive and passion for the beautiful game (futbol/soccer) - his first love. A sweeper like no other - a split decision maker with a cool hand, and a steel mind: a protector of the keeper. He loved the game and put it all on the pitch. But his greatest joy and achievement was his family and friends. His kindness and gentle soul were a light for all who came across his path - he knew no strangers. His loss will never be filled - but his spirit remains immortal. He is survived by his wife, Stoja; his son: Anton (Danina); his daughter: Anita; his beautiful grandson: Emil; his brother: Mate; his sisters; Marija, Kristina, Stana and Marica; and so many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tadija and Tereza; and his siblings, Stoja, Nada, Sime, and Branko. Family will receive friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Petar at the DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home of Willoughby Hills, 28890 Chardon Road (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91), Friday, May 7 from 5-8pm. Funeral Mass, Saturday, 10AM at St. Paul Croatian Church, 1369 East 40th Street, Cleveland (Please Meet at Church). Entombment All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. Masks required and social distancing and occupancy restrictions will be followed.

Kathy Kusalic

December 14, 1976 - April 16, 2021

Kathy Kusalic, age 44 of Cleveland, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 16, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is the loving daughter of Ivo (deceased) and Nike. Cherished sister of Nada Ungvarsky (Jeff), adoring aunt to Jeffrey and Nicholas; and longtime girlfriend to Brian Murphy. Kathy leaves an imprint on the hearts of the many family and friends she has touched each day of her life. Friends received at Golub Funeral Home, 4703 Superior Ave., Cleveland, Wednesday, April 21 from 5-8pm. Masks, social distancing and occupancy restrictions will be followed. Please note: The funeral home sign was damaged in an accident 2 weeks ago and there is a temporary sign. The funeral home is a beige Victorian type house on the corner of Superior and E. 47th Street. Funeral Mass Thursday, 10am at St. Paul Croatian Church, 1369 E. 40th Street. (Please Meet at Church). Burial will be in Croatia. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated in Kathy's name to The Alzheimer's Association - https://act.alz.org or St. Jude - https://www.stjude.org/

Janja Vidovic

April 10, 1947 - April 4, 2021

Janja Vidovic, age 73, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021. She was born April, 10, 1947 in Bosnia. Beloved wife of Vlado (deceased); dear mother of Josip (deceased)(Sanela), Silvester (Zrinka), Jakov (deceased)(Josipa), Katarina Golemovic (Pero); beloved grandma of Greta, David, Leo, Ana, Andrija, Stella, Adrian, Petar, Antonio and Ivan. Funeral Mass, Thursday, April 8, 10am at St. Paul Croatian Church, 1369 E. 40th Street, Cleveland. Interment All Souls Cemetery in Chardon.

Danica Varga

August 14, 1935 - March 28, 2021

Danica Varga, age 85, passed away March 28, 2021. She was born on August 14, 1935 in Sv. Kriz, Croatia. Beloved wife of Imre (deceased); dearest mother of Steve (Valerie); loving grandmother of Marko and Nicholas; dear sister of the deceased Franjo, Marijan and Stefica; dear aunt of many. Friends received on Monday, April 5th from 10-10:45am at St. Paul Croatian Catholic Church, 1369 East 40 Street, Cleveland. Funeral Mass to follow at 11am. Interment All Souls Cemetery.

Nikola Matic

April 16, 1945 - March 21, 2021

Nikola Matic, age 75, passed away on March 21, 2021. He was born April 6, 1945 in Bosnia. Beloved wife of Nada; dearest uncle of Sanja and Jason DuBois and uncle of many nieces and nephews; loving godfather of Grayson; and dear brother of Ilija (deceased). Family will receive friends for a Memorial Mass at St. Paul Croatian Church, 1369 E. 40th St. Cleveland on Tuesday, April 6 at 6pm. Private Inurnment at Holy Cross Cemetery.

John E. Sileo

February 12, 1944 - March 20, 2021

John E. Sileo, age 77, of Cleveland, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2021. He was born February 12, 1944 in Uniontown, PA. John was an avid Cleveland sports fan and most importantly, loved The Ohio State Buckeyes. Dear brother of Patricia Markezic (Dino); uncle of Victoria Markezic; cousin of many; son of the deceased, Steve and Mary Sileo (nee Barak). Family will receive friends from 10-11am, Thursday, March 25 at St. Paul Croatian Church, 1369 East 40th Street, Cleveland. Mass to follow at 11am. Interment All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. Masks required and social distancing restrictions must be followed.

Vinko Sugar

January 5, 1947 - March 13, 2021

Vinko Sugar, 74, of Euclid, passed away surrounded by family on March 13, 2021. He was born in Sutivanac, Istra, Croatia on Jan. 5, 1947. Vinko was proud of his Croatian heritage and an active member of numerous social clubs. He was the life of every party as a prankster, dancer, musician and singer. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Zorka; his children: Elvis (Maite), Eddie (Lisa) and Kristina; his grandchildren: Ian, Isabella, Cecilia, Mila, Alejandro, Melva and Pablo; his siblings: Fuma, Tone, Petar, Ana, Jakov and Slavica; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents: Anton and Ivana; and 6 brothers and sisters. Family will receive friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Vinko at the DeJohn-Flynn-Mylott Funeral Home of Willoughby Hills, 28890 Chardon Road (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91), Tuesday, March 16 from 4-8pm. Funeral Mass, Wednesday, 10AM at St. Paul Croatian Church, 1369 East 40th Street, Cleveland (Please Meet at Church). Interment All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. Masks required and social distancing and occupancy restrictions will be enforced.

Constance J. Kordish

December 18, 1943 - March 4, 2021

Constance J. (Connie) Kordish, age 77. Beloved daughter of the deceased, Joseph and Mary; cherished granddaughter of the deceased, Joseph and Therese; dear sister of the deceased, Mary Davies (Marvin, deceased) and Cecilia Skizenta (deceased); dear niece of the deceased, Edward, William and Albert; dear aunt of Denise, Debbie (Keith), Laura (Mark), Warren (Tricia), Donny, Kurt (Kimberly), Lisa (Mike) and Jennifer (Randy); great aunt of Austin, Aaron and Anthony Webb, Amanda and Andrea Davies, Kyle and Jules Davies, Alex Ansel and Jessica, Jacklyn and Jarred Hockey. All Services Private. Interment Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio. Contributions in memory of Connie are appreciated to Mount St. Joseph Rehab Center, 21800 Chardon Road, Euclid, Ohio 44117.

Mila Sabljic

October 22, 1956 - February 8, 2021

MILA SABLJIC, age 64. Beloved wife of Veselko; dear mother of Franjo (Tanja), Anna Vucica (Tonci) and Tina Ghazoul (Donny); loving grandmother of Lenora, Danielle, Franchesca, Andrea, Anica, Antonia, Christina, Donny and Ronny. Interment will be in Humac, Ljubuski. Family will receive friends at 12pm (noon) for a Memorial Mass on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. Paul Croatian Church, 1369 E. 40th Street, Cleveland.

Mila Sabljic enriched the lives of Clevelanders with the welcoming atmosphere she created at her landmark restaurant, Maries, in the Goodrich - Kirtland Park neighborhood. Word of mouth about the generous portions of delicious comfort food attracted filmmaking crews, corporate leaders and staff, union laborers, judges, attorneys, city and county leaders, priests, police, and locals as well as suburbanites. The rank and file could and would mix with the brass at this family-run business. Mila would bring out the meals she prepared and greet individuals in the room filled with mostly repeat customers. While working at the restaurant along side Mila, her daughters, daughter-in-law and granddaughters followed Mila’s lead and made perfect strangers feel like family. Generations of customers would come back to introduce a new spouse, a new child or plan a gathering for a birthday or a memorial. Mila would plan the event with careful attention to detail. She would deliver an experience beyond expectation. Customers came back to share a bit of news about their own family because they recognized how dedicated Mila was to hers. Family and faith were everything to Mila. Along with her husband, Veselko, son Franjo, daughters, Anna and Tina, and nine grandchildren, she maintained bonding traditions during the holidays. She also encouraged her children and grandchildren’s participation in their cultural heritage. She appreciated the development of their talents. Annually, she had the restaurant blessed. The restaurant often hosted parishioners meeting after a mass. Religious sisters, brothers and fathers appreciated Mila’s faith and frequented the establishment. These individuals would light up when Mila would make time to come out of the kitchen to engage in conversation with them. Mila enjoyed connecting with a variety of individuals. In an interview with Global Cleveland, she said, "It is important to travel abroad and welcome immigrants and refugees because that is how we learn and appreciate other cultures." In the same article, Mila said, "It is the people that I have met over the years that made Cleveland so precious to me, and that is what I love most about Cleveland." Cleveland -- and the international community -- will not be the same without Mila Sabljic.

Wilma Marin

March 2, 1930 - January 20, 2021

Wilma Rose Marin, of Cleveland, Ohio, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. They say there is no place like home. Wilma Marin was born on March 2, 1930 to Thomas and Ana Lihan in Cleveland. Her parents were immigrants from Slovakia. Wilma lived in the same home for her entire 90 years where she raised her family. She enjoyed the old Slovenian and Slovak neighborhood. In 1961, she married Bogomil (Ted) L. Marin from Mirna, Slovenia. Wilma and Ted went on to have three children; Janice, Patricia, and Dennis. She was a constant in their lives, and her grandchildren, too. She was so proud of her children and their accomplishments. Wilma always believed the best gift she could give her children is education; she insisted the children attend private lower and high schools, and graduate college. Wilma attended the former St. Peter’s High School. She took so much pride in her work ethic and retired from Leece-Neville in the early 1990s after nearly 40 years. While retired, Wilma read a book a week, spending time at her home away from home, The Farm, cherished cooking her treasured Slovak recipes, enjoyed her love of gardening, and rescuing and caring for stray cats. Wilma was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Ana Lihan, her husband Ted, her daughter and son-in-law, Sally (Lihan) and Clark Julian, her two brothers Joseph (Florence) and Edward (Joyce) Lihan, and niece and nephew, Frances and Joseph Lihan. She is survived by her loving three children; Janice (Albert) Arouh, who lives in Los Angeles, Dr. Patricia Marin, Dennis Marin, and her four grandchildren; Mackenzie Arouh, Alec Arouh, Alex Julian and Steven Julian. As well as her nieces and nephews; Robert (Karen) of Latrobe, Marianne (Cleveland), Tom (Dana) and Christina Lihan (Fort Lauderdale). Reverend Frank Godic of Immaculate Conception, performed a private service with her children on Saturday, January 23, 2021. She is laid to rest with her husband at All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, Ohio. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Cleveland Animal Protective League.

Joso Cindric

October 10, 1937 - January 18, 2021

Joso Cindric, age 83, of Willoughby Hills, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, January 18, 2021. He was born Oct. 10, 1937 in Croatia. He is survived by his daughter, Angela Ortenzi (David); his grandchildren: Daniela and Nicole Ortenzi and Dennis, Andrew (Marta), Luka and Marina Marusic; his great grandchildren: Teresa and Ambrose Marusic; his brother, Stipo Cindric (Ceca); and son-in-law John Marusic. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jelena; his daughter, Draga Marusic; and his siblings, Ante, Ivica and Zora. All Services private.

Filip Dzanko

April 9, 1933 - January 10, 2021

Filip Dzanko, age 87. He was born on April 9, 1933 in Mladeskovci, Bosnia. Loving husband of Anne (nee Abramovic) of 54 years; proud father of Philip (Ivana) and Lucy; devoted grandfather of Julia and Mikey; dear brother of Dragica Cavar (Tomo, deceased), Ljubica Penic (Tomo, deceased), Marija Ivaskovic (Mark, deceased), Helen (deceased), Anthony (deceased); dear brother-in-law of Carol Naglic; uncle, cousin and friend to many. DUE TO COVID-19 IN THE FAMILY, THE SERVICE IS BEING CHANGED TO PRIVATE. OUR FIRST CONCERN IS EVERYONE'S SAFETY. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME. WE ARE PLANNING A MEMORIAL MASS SOME TIME IN THE FUTURE SO THAT WE CAN SAFELY AND PROPERLY CELEBRATE HIS LIFE. ONCE AGAIN, WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S KINDNESS.

John Zivich

February 27, 1927 - January 7, 2021

John W. Zivich, age 93, of Willowick, passed away at home January 7, 2021. He was born February 27, 1927. Loving husband for 61 years of Elsie; proud father of John D. (Cindy Stombrys), Michael, and Cherylann; devoted grandfather of Joscelyn and John L.; brother of Violet Pisano (Roxie, deceased), and the deceased: Paul, Bill, Alice Knapick, Dorothy Brunecz and Rose Keenen; uncle to many nieces and nephews. John, known as Stitch to family and friends, served his country during World War II with the U.S. Army and was a member of the St. Paul Croatian Youth Development Group. In the 1950s he played bass with the Plavi Jadran Orchestra and continued to make music with the St. Stephens Button Box Band. After a dedicated career at U.S. Steel for 42 years, he spent his retirement with the St. Stephens Jolly Travelers and played bass in numerous bands over 20 years who volunteered at the Slovene Home for the Aged doing what he enjoyed most, playing music, especially polkas. He was a Cleveland sports fan and was fortunate enough to see all his teams win a championship. Friends received on Thursday, January 14 from 10:00am - 11:45am at Holy Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Parish (formerly St. Stephens), 532 Lloyd Rd, Euclid. Divine Liturgy to follow at 12:00pm. For those unable to attend, a live stream of Liturgy will be available at https://holyresurrectionbyz.org/funeral-john-zivich. Interment All Souls Cemetery. Family reminds everyone that social distancing and masks are required and occupancy restrictions at church will be followed.

Margaret Radosky

August 7, 1927 - January 5, 2021

Margaret V. Radosky (nee Krafcik), age 93. Beloved wife of Emil (deceased); dearest mother of Edward J. (Judith, deceased) and Diane M. Klaehn (Thomas); cherished grandmother of Susan M. Robertson (Timothy) and Anthony J. Radosky. Friends received on Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 9-9:45am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10am. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated to Immaculate Conception Church, 4129 Superior Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103 or Judy Radosky Scholarship Fund, 6116 Wilson Mills Rd, Mayfield, OH, 44143. Masks and proper social distancing are required at church. Memorial Mass and life celebration at a later date.

Jelena Cindric

February 22, 1936 - January 4, 2021

Jelena Cindric, age 84, of Willoughby Hills, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, January 4, 2021. She was born Feb. 22, 1936 in Croatia. Everyone who knew Jelena would understand how very devout she was in her Catholic faith. She is survived by her husband, Joso; her daughter, Angela Ortenzi (David); her grandchildren: Daniela and Nicole Ortenzi and Dennis, Andrew (Marta), Luka and Marina Marusic; her great children: Teresa and Ambrose Marusic; her sisters: Draga Mujic and Mare Sikora; her brother ,Franjo Valentic; and her son-in-law, John Marusic; She was preceded in death by her daughter, Draga Marusic; her brother, Ante Valentic; and her sisters: Anka Jurcic, and Tina Magdic. All Services private.

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