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Jim Amato, Sr., 82, of West Farmington passed away peacefully at home with family on Friday, February 28, 2020 after battling cancer longer and with more strength than imaginable.

Jim was born May 7, 1937 to Julia and Joseph Amato and attended Mesopotamia schools.

Jim spent nearly 63 years with his wife, Mary Lou Largen, whom he married March 16, 1957, in Hagerstown, Maryland. Together, they raised 5 children.

Jim took pride in working hard and “giving them a good day” whether it was working alongside his brother Sam at the sawmill, helping his brother George at Amato Excavating, or the many years he spent at ITT Grinnell. In retirement, Jim enjoyed driving an amish plumbing crew for several years.

Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting Ford Festivas, watching Gunsmoke, and “good food.” He had a remarkable sense of humor, an incredibly positive attitude and enjoyed living a simple life. He believed in a job well done, no matter how small the task; after all, “if you don’t have time to do it right, how will you find time to do it twice?” He addressed projects with relentless analysis, always making sure to determine the “right approach.” He lifted the spirits of all he met, with his friendly demeanor and warm smile. His legacy will live on through this, as well as his classic one liners, always delivered with impeccable timing.

Left to carry on his incredible work ethic, determination, perseverance, and attention to detail are his son, James Amato, Jr. of West Farmington, and two daughters: Diane Amato-Slusher (Carman) of Key Colony Beach, Florida, and Toni Rae Ciapala (Chuck) of Howland; a brother, George (Jean) Amato of Marathon, Florida, and a sister, Josephine Gause of Middlefield and 6 grandchildren: Heather, Nicky Lee II, Taylor, Tori, Donato and Dante, and his very close personal friend, Paul Pauley. He was preceded in death by his two sons, Nick and Joe, as well as brothers Sam, Chuck, Joe, and a sister Mary.

Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 5:30-7:30pm at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 W. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio, 44062. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00am, followed by a procession to Hillside Cemetery in West Farmington. A Celebration of Life dinner will be held immediately following at Farmington VFW post #7200, hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary.  Memorial Donations can be made to a Charity of your choice.

Andrew “Andy” Kovacic, 86, of Chardon, Ohio, passed away at UH-Geauga Medical Center, Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2020. He was born in Chardon on Aug. 13, 1933 to the late Andy and Adele (Hamm) Kovacic. Andy married Danielle McArdle in January, 1982.   He was enjoying his retired life after working at General Electric for over 30 years. Andy loved going on fishing trips to Canada, working in his yard, and spending time with his best friend and companion, Danielle.

“Positive energy and grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love.” 

“This came at the lowest time in my life, Rest in Peace Andy, I will always Love You!”

Andy will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 38 years, Danielle; children, Patricia Zajaczkowski, Andrew Kovacic, Veronica Kovacic; step-children, Vanessa (Paul) Hall-Skrant, Ronald (Tammy) Hall; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Adele; first wife, Janet (Fontanelle) Kovacic; and brothers, Anthony Kovacic and Tom Kovacic. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

Viola Mae Hershberger (nee Weaver), 81, of Burton, Ohio, passed away peacefully at her home Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 25, 2020. She was born in Parkman, Ohio on Jan. 8, 1939 to the late Pete H. and Emma (Miller) Weaver. Viola married Noah J. Hershberger on Sept. 15, 1960. She was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 59 years, Noah; children, Robert Hershberger, Bill (Emma) Hershberger, Noah (Nora) Hershberger Jr., Ray (Edna) Hershberger, Lynda (Bill) Bender; 34 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three brothers; one sister; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Viola is preceded in death by her parents; one grandchild and four siblings. 

Viola’s final resting place is in Yoder Cemetery, Parkman, Ohio. Online condolences may be sent to www.bestfunerals.com.

Donald Markiewicz, 86, of Middlefield, Ohio, passed away surrounded by his family, Feb. 22, 2020, at Geauga Hospital.  He retired from the Cleveland Police Department after serving as a Sergeant for many years. He loved dancing to Polkas, golfing and bowling, but most of all he loved his family with all his heart. He was married to the love of his life, Louise for 46 years before her death in 2009.

He is survived by his daughters Jacquelyn (James) Nehas, Sharon (Dennis) D’Amico, Daughter-in Law Sharon Bora, grandchildren Brittany Nehas, Chelsey Nehas, Heather Bora, Matthew (Mandie) Bora, David D’Amico, Michael (Candee) D’Amico, and great-grandson Gavin D’Amico. Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his loving wife Louise, his son Bruce Bora, grandson Eric Bora, and brothers Edmund and Richie Markiewicz.

Burial was in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. Memories and condolences may be left for the family at www.slyffh.com.

James M. Takacs, 71 of N. Bloomfield, formerly of Middlefield, and Troy Township, passed away at UH Geauga Medical Center Wednesday February 19, 2020.  He was born September 22, 1948 in Cleveland to the late Joseph A. and Beatrice P. (Soika) Takacs.  James graduated from Burton High School and worked as a welder for Stock Equipment in Bainbridge, Ohio until he retired. 

James will be sadly missed by his sister, Patricia Novak, his twin brother, Joseph Takacs, his step-grandchildren, Ashley (James) Hosmer, Amber Wrentmore, Alan Wrentmore Jr., great-grandchildren, Kahlan Kathryn Hosmer, Damian Hosmer, and many nieces and nephews.  Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Helen M. (Bellar) Takacs who passed away December 13, 2015.  

A Gathering of Family and Friends will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 2:00–4:00 PM at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 W. High Street, Middlefield, Ohio 44062.  

Memories and Condolences can be shared with the family at www.slyffh.com   

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