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Donald L. Fink

DONALD L. FINK, age 71, beloved husband for 45 years of Anne (nee Schraff); loving father of Elizabeth, Donald Jr., Mary, Margaret Fink-Albino (husband Nicholas), and Christine Fink-Lesniak (husband Jesse); devoted grandfather of  Robert, Lillian, Edward and Andrew;  cherished son of the late Joseph J., M.D. and Rosemary (nee Echle); dearest brother of Joseph (wife Carol) and Karen Eberz; dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend of many.

Don was born on February 9, 1947 in Cleveland and passed away on January 9, 2019.  He has been a resident of Cleveland Heights for the past 41 years, formerly of Euclid and University Heights.  Don attended Gesu as a child. He served as an usher, Boy Scout Leader, social committee member, and parish council member at the former St. Louis Catholic Church. Don was also very involved at his current parish, Communion of Saints.  He volunteered at St. Augustine Hunger Center, Benedictine High School, and Regina High School.  He graduated from Chanel High School in 1965, and from Case Institute of Technology in 1970 where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity.  Don was a mechanical and electrical engineer.  He enjoyed antiquing, swimming (member of Forest Hill Swim Club), cooking, entertaining, collecting pewter, traveling (especially to Key West) and his grandkids.  Don was generous, intelligent, strong willed, big-hearted, hospitable, a care-giver, and a loyal friend.  He had a unique and witty sense of humor.  Don will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to St. Augustine Hunger Center, 2486 West 14th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113 or St. Ann Church of Communion of Saints Parish, 2175 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118.  Relatives and friends are requested to meet for the Funeral Mass, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Ann Catholic Church of Communion of Saints Parish (Coventry at Cedar) at 12 Noon. Cremation following by DeJohn Crematory. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Don at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just East of Green Rd.) FRIDAY 4-8 PM.

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  1. We have fond memories of Don throughout the years! Jim was a groomsman in his wedding and Don in ours. We used to share dinners at each other’s homes when we were first married. We are glad we were able to go out to dinner wth the four of us when we were in Cleveland last year. We will miss Don’s story telling!

  2. Adrienne (Echle) Hardy

    So sorry to hear of Donny’s passing. Sincere condolences to you, Anne, and family.

  3. Dear Ann and family,
    It was a great shock to hear of Don’s passing. He will be greatly missed in the neighborhood and community. My deepest condolences to you all.

  4. Your family is in our prayers at this heartbreaking time.

  5. Dianne and Robert Moore

    Donald was a special person. We were blessed to have him as a neighbor and a friend. He always had a joke and a smile to share, and seemed to know just when you needed a friendly comment. We pray that the Lord grant the family, His peace and healing.
    God Bless your family,
    Robert and Dianne Moore

  6. Dear Ann, and family,
    I am so sorry tomhear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and daily prayers during this very difficult time.

  7. Joanne Prochaska Pogros

    All the Prochaskas send our deepest condolences on the loss of Don. May God welcome him into His heavenly home and may God bless your family at this difficult time.

  8. Anne and kids,
    My sincere condolences for the loss of Don. He was such a great friend to my father after the sudden loss of our mother. I hope you take care of each other during this hard time and know you are in my thoughts.
    Sincerely, Christine Titas

  9. Dear Anne and family, I am saddened by Don’s passing. I always considered Don, you and family among the pillars of St. Louis Catholic Church. Don provided tireless service to St. Louis Church and wherever he saw a need. I especially remember on Palm Sunday he made beautiful crosses out of the palm branches for me and others. He was a kind and generous man!

  10. Susan McLaughlin

    So sorry to hear about Don. He was one of my favorites at St. Louis. My sympathy and peace to all the family.

  11. Barb and Joe Salata

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Anne and family,
    Prayers and loving thoughts to you. My best memory of Don was during a St. Louis Mass was when he gently bent down to help Leo tie his shoes, oblivious to his surroundings, just helping another human being.

  13. A classmate at Chanel. God Bless and care for him. My condolences to his family. A great guy that we will miss.

  14. Sending u all big hugs & holding u in prayer especially as u go thru the days ahead! My sisters/I have many fond memories of our families especially from our youth!

  15. Tracy Rowell Peyrebrune

    Sending love from the Peyrebrunes. We are so sorry for your loss!

  16. My condolences to your family ,Anne, he was a real character and helped people and parishes in so many ways. God keep and bless you all.

  17. My Condolences , Thank You Don for always thinking of me when
    you visited Key West . Always happy to see my” Family Trio “friends
    in the sunny Keys.
    rest in peace

  18. Sara Kraushaar-Brown

    May Donald rest in peace and look happily down upon his family so they can feel all the love he had to give. My sincerest condolences to you all in this time of loss. My prayers are with you.

  19. The Robinson’s

    Our condolences to the family. May he rest in peace

  20. John and Mary Ann Ivicek

    We have so many happy memories of old times spent together with Don
    and Anne. Without their friendship John and I wouldn’t have met. May God wrap your family in his protective love and empowering strength, and welcome Don with his loving embrace.

  21. Sending our condolence to you and your family.

  22. Nora & Mike Stern

    Dear Anne, Mary, Brian and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. We are sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Know that you all are in our thoughts and hearts.

    With our love … Nora & Mike

  23. Dear Anne and children, and close friends and neighbors of the real Donald – we are truly sorry for your loss. As a neighbor of many years as well, the memories of Mr. Fink only produce smiles; just as it did when we shared stories and laughter with him this past August. Our prayers are with you.
    Dan Caswell & Family

  24. Gerald I Karecki

    Sorry to hear about don’s passing, he had many gifts, a truly giving personality, but my favorite memories of don are the times we went cross country skiing together, I respected him as a true lover of the outdoors, his usual outgoing personality, was in its element, and showed up even more in the cold and the snow. We had many good and fun conversations.

  25. The Paul Hrisko Family

    “To Donald — our next-door neighbor and dear friend for over 40 years.
    With all our love and sweet memories tucked inside, may you rest in peace. Amen.”

  26. Bonnie Wolk Brofman

    My condolences to the family.
    Bonnie Wolk Brofman

  27. Mitchell Attenson

    Don was a great guy & a wonderful customer for many years. I and the whole team of Mitchell Attenson Estate Sales will miss him very much! Just next week Andrew and I are staying at the Key West guest house that Don recommended to us and we will raise a glass and toast the memory of dear Don.

  28. Ginny Racchi Bell

    Anne and family, sorry to hear of Dons passing. Remembering when I found out he enjoyed going to the Family Trio, my Dads restaurant on the west side, and hearing of your Key West trips and seeing my brother.
    I’m so sorry for your loss!
    Rest In Peace

  29. I was so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. My memories of Don are the many times he would stop over for a drink (usually a martini) & interesting conversation after dinner at my brother’s (Bruce) home. My thoughts are with all of his family & friends.

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