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Donald Grazko

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held for Donald F. (“Don”) Grazko, 80, of Newbury, Ohio from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday July 25th, 2019 at DeJohn Funeral Home at 12811 Chillicothe Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026. A 10:00 am funeral mass will take place on Friday July 26th at St. Helen Catholic church at 12060 Kinsman Rd, Newbury Township. Interment will follow at All Souls cemetery. Don passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday July 20th surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness.

Don graduated from Cathedral Latin high school in Cleveland, after which he served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard reserves. He then attended John Carroll University (JCU) from which he graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1962. After working several early jobs in Cleveland, Don went back to his alma mater and worked as a pioneer in the computer industry for the next 38 years of his distinguished career at JCU. His positions there varied from math and computer science professor, to Director of Administrative Computing. Aside from his 4 children, JCU was his pride and joy. All 4 of Don’s children attended school at JCU, following in his footsteps.

As much as he loved his job, Don loved his family even more. He enjoyed gardening (biggest tomatoes in Lyndhurst, he often bragged), and also going on organized bike rides which he passed onto his son. He was a lover of animals, including his most recent rescue cat Lucky. He enjoyed attending local church and community fairs, supporting fish fry’s during Lent, and was especially devoted to attending mass every Sunday morning at St. Clare, and more recently St. Helen.

Don instilled in his children his love of learning, teaching and caring for others.  All his kids and grandkids inherited Don’s optimism and sense of gratitude for all that the Lord has blessed us with. He was deeply respected by all that had the privilege to know him, and he will be greatly missed until the day we are reunited.

Don was preceded in death by his wife Theodora Grazko (nee Miclea). He is survived by his children Jim Grazko (Marybeth), Lisa DiMattio (Greg), Kathy (Houser) Todd (Steve), Laura Novotny (John), and grandchildren Jacqueline, Benjamin, Matthew, Sarah, Joseph, William, Ryan, Charlie, Christopher and Andrew. Don is also survived by step daughters Scarlett Wright (Harry) and Heather Nicoluzakis, and grandchildren Zoe, Zeke, Max, Savannah and August, and by dear friends Barbara and Marty Belich.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Don to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105


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  1. My sincere condolences to Don’s family. Don was my best friend and one of the most decent persons I have ever met. May he rest in peace.

    • Thank you Mr. Hoffert. He considered you his best friend too and spoke of you often, always warmly and with affection. Your condolences brought me comfort.

      • Don’e daughter Laura

        Don cherished your days at John Carroll together. He spoke of you often and enjoyed your steak dinners out (one pretty recently too!).

  2. Caroline and Tom Wrabel

    Dear Laura and family,
    Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. He sounds like a remarkable man.
    Much love,
    Caroline and Tom

  3. David La Guardia

    Don so loved the story of what happened on a day when a bee flew up the shorts of his bicycle-riding colleague. I was that colleague, and I was the victim of that re-told tale on many public occasions. It got better and richer over the years. His wit was sharp, his laughter contagious, his celebration of simplicity admirable. I regret I will not be available to attend the memorial service, but my warm sympathies go to his children and extended family since I have a keen sense of what they are missing and remembering. It is so easy to celebrate him.

  4. You all have my deepest sympathy. I remember Don as always being so friendly and helpful. He helped me with the computer showing much patience. Much love and prayers

  5. Jim, so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Hearing your fathers name brings back fond memories of JCU. He was quite a fixture at the university. Our blessings to you and your family.

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