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Ivana H. Yuko

IVANA HELEN YUKO (nee Majer), beloved wife for 44 years of John; loving mother of Elizabeth and Victoria; cherished daughter of the late Louis and Helen (nee Corel) Majer.

Ivana Yuko was born on April 15, 1948 in Cleveland, OH and passed away peacefully on September 5, 2019. She was a resident of Novelty, OH since 1978 and prior to that Cleveland. Ivana was a member of St. Helen Catholic Church and St. Vitus Catholic Church. She was the school and parish librarian at St. Helen’s and sang in the choir. Ivana belonged to Glasbena Matica, Slovenska Pristava, KSKJ, SNPJ and AMLA. She graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1966 and John Carroll University in 1970. Ivana obtained her master’s degree in library and information science at Kent State University. She was the owner/operator of Louis Majer Shoe Store. Ivana loved singing, history, traveling, gardening, genealogy, telling stories and jokes, and playing with Lefty, her granddog. Ivana was extremely proud of her Slovenian heritage. She will be remembered as a positive, selfless woman who was devoted to her family and her faith. She was funny, witty and helpful. Ivana will be greatly missed.

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Mass of Christian Burial Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10 AM at St. Helen Catholic Church. Burial following at All Souls Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Ivana at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.)  SUNDAY 2-6 PM.

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  1. So sorry to hear of your mom’s death, Viki. I only met your mom once at Kelly’s. My mom was there too. She instantly loved your mom. I will keep your family in my prayers. May our moms be enjoying each other’s company in heaven today.

  2. I am sorry for your loss Victoria. My prayers are with you and your family.

  3. I am so sorry to hear this. I will never forget how kind she was to me.

  4. patty nousak white

    Ivana and I grew up in the St Vitus area. Her dad had the shoe store and we went there for all our needs. One particular time daddy was out of work and Mr Majer gave him a job to help support all of us. Kind and loving people. RIP Ivana…blessings

  5. Jackie berkheimer

    I was so sad to open the paper today and see the notice about Ivana we worked together for several years at Cleveland State when she was with the Slovenian program and you couldn’t find a nicer person we enjoyed many great conversations and laughter I am so very sorry for your loss …

  6. Beth and Elissa Schroeder

    Victoria, we’re so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. She sounds like a very strong, loving, and special lady! Please know that you and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending hugs and love your way.

  7. Dragi vsi domači.
    Bog z našo Ivanko, odšlo je plemenito slovensko srce. Hvala ji za vse dobro in lepo, kar nam je dala. Hvala ji za ideje in vrednote, ki jih je zagovarjala in jih prepustila v dušo Viktorije in Elizabete. John drži se.
    fam.Cotman

  8. Yuko family — I’m so sorry for your loss. Heaven gained a great angel and I asked my Dad to show her around heaven and invite her to the Slovenian choir. She will be missed.

  9. Mary Giblin Burns

    Rest in peace, Ivana. Sincere condolences to this family. At SAA, Ivana was the one to study with ahead of a test–she anticipated the teachers’ questions ! At JCU she was so happy to be in the first class of women admitted. She fought through so many health problems in the 70’s, she’s been a fighter who maintained her joy. Heaven will enjoy her smile.

  10. I enjoyed many years working with Ivy at St. Helen School. The students were so lucky to have “Mrs. Yuko” for a librarian. When she read a story to the students, many times she would dress up as one of the characters making each book she read an adventure. She shared her love of reading and her wealth of knowledge with the students who came into her library (including my own 2 sons). Ivy would take the time to get to know each child, find out their interests, and direct them to a book that would spark their interest to read.
    In turn, children realized reading could be fun and not just another assignment. She never judged what they read as long as they were reading. She knew reading for pleasure was just as important as reading to complete a homework assignment. I will continue to remember fondly our years together at St. Helen School. Long before the Internet we had Ivy. If you needed to find information on just about any subject, Ivy knew just were to look. You will be missed Mrs. Yuko. John, Elizabeth and Victoria you are in my prayers as well as my families. May God Bless each of you. Love and Prayers Judy Romagni

  11. So sorry to hear of Ivana’s passing. Have fond memories of our Circle days and travels with the 3 Yuko girls. My thoughts are with John, Victoria and Elizabeth.

  12. JoAnne Kader Kontak

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and may she rest in peace.

  13. So saddened to hear of Ivana’s passing! I enjoyed her friendship as a colleague at Cleveland State University in Career Services. Her commitment to helping students was unwavering! She’ll be missed!

  14. Jackie Kovach Smith

    Naj pociva v miru, Ivana. Sad to read of fellow SAA classmate and Slovenian passing. My sincere sympathy to Ivana’s family.
    Posdravjeni iz Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  15. Know that Ms. Ivana was an outstanding friend, colleague, and person! She cared very deeply about her family, friends and students at CSU. She always put others first so we have lost a real gem! I will really miss her.

  16. Elizabeth, I was so sorry to hear this news. Wishing you peace and healing. She has left an amazing legacy in you. <3

  17. Mrs. Yuko will be truly missed, her memories will last a lifetime in my heart !! She was a wonderful adviser, person, and one of the sweetest people I have ever met ! My prayers and condolences goes out to the family.

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