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Peter Gelaznik

PETER EDWARD GELAZNIK age 66, cherished son of the late Peter J. and Mary (nee Collins); dearest brother of JoAnn Leach Brace (husband Scott Brace), Richard (wife Christina) and Linda Flynn (husband Aaron); dear uncle and great-uncle and friend of many.

Pete was born April 21, 1953 in Pittsfield, MA and passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2019 in Aurora, OH. He was a resident of Bainbridge Township for the last 4 years, previously living his entire life in Pittsfield. Peter graduated from Pittsfield High School. He worked as bagger and stock person in Pittsfield and more recently as a piece worker at MSI Geauga. Pete was a member of the Metzenbaum Center Dinner Club and the Hit or Miss Bowling League at Rollhouse Entertainment Center in Solon.  He also loved visiting the Chardon Senior Center regularly. Pete loved playing instant lottery tickets and visiting Dunkin Donuts in Bainbridge every single day. He was a champion bowler and a stock car racing fan. Pete enjoyed riding his scooter around town. He loved to make friends and listen to Rock-N-Roll music. Peter always kept in contact with his large extended family. He will be remembered as a very social, sweet, kind, funny man who loved to tell jokes. Pete will be greatly missed.

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Pete at THE DeJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) SATURDAY 1-3 PM concluding with a Tribute Service at 3 PM. Burial to take place in Pittsfield, MA.

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  1. Rick & Chris Gelaznik and family, my heart goes out to you at the tremendous loss of your beloved brother, Pete. May he rest in peace or create some havoc with our son when they meet in heaven.

  2. A great guy Rest In Peace peter

  3. So sorry for your loss. I’ve missed seeing him these past few years. Missed him on his moped, at the Friendly’s, a hug at the mall, and missed giving him a ride to North St.! God speed, Pete!

  4. Patty Simonetta

    So sorry for Peters passing. I was in the same high school class of 72 with Pete and would run in to him from time to time at his work or up the mall. We sat at same table for our 40 th HS reunion. Always s smile, happiness and a hug. Wonderful human being. He will be missed!

  5. Rick and Linda, so sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I always enjoyed his company.
    Lots of love and prayers to you and you family.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about Pete’s passing…I remember him fondly from Ken’s Bowl and him always riding his scooter everywhere around Pittsfield. RIP my Condolences to his family

  7. I am very sorry to hear about the passing of Pete. He was a great guy. Always loved to see him riding around town on his scooter with his Moldmaster Softball jacket. I don’t think he ever missed a game. He will be missed dearly. RIP my friend.

  8. Lori (Rocca) Borelli

    I will forever remember Peter riding his scooter all around Pittsfield. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

  9. MaryJane & Bob Massetti

    To Ricky and your family, Pete was such a joy to know. He was one of my favorite dancing buddies and always Bobs fan watching softball games. With God speed may he Rest In Peace.

  10. Very sorry for your loss A great man that has truly put a smile on all our faces.

  11. Omg I am so sad to see this. Linda I didn’t know Peter was your brother. Like my boy Ricky, he has a huge group of friends and I used to get a kick out of riding around on his wheels. Good driver. Prayers for you Peter as you embark on your next journey.

  12. Prayers and Love to Peter and his family. I will miss Peter so very much.
    He always kept in touch with me, calling me his girl friend. Pete loved the pretty girls. He has lots of pictures with girls to prove it. I’m sure I was not his only girl friend. He was always so excited when I came to visit (once a year, since I live in Florida) I will miss your happy, smiling, loving & caring voice. Miss you already. All my love – Patty


    Sorry for your loss

  14. Michael Wojtkowski

    I am so sorry to hear about this. Always joked with him. God bless him

  15. John & Cathie McHugh

    Very sorry to hear about Pete.He was a kind soul! John & Cathie McHugh

  16. Rita (Mongue) Tassinari

    Sorry to learn of Peter’s passing. In my many years of bowling at Ken’s in Pittsfield, he was a fixture, both as a multiple league bowler himself and coming to cheer others on and always willing to share in a conversation about bowling and other topics. Rest In Peace, Pete.

  17. Always at the same booth at Friendly’s. Such a sweet soul!

  18. I send my condolences on your loss. I was taken back by Peter’s death.

  19. I remember Peter a very long time ago. He was so kind and gentle spirited. God just got the most wonderful angel.

  20. Kathleen Griffin

    Very sorry for your loss. Peter was always so friendly and would go out of his way to always speak to me. I will remember the many dances we had together. Rest in peace Pete!

    Kathleen Griffin

  21. Gary and Vicki Sperlonga

    So sorry for your loss of a great person, loved by all. Thoughts and prayers to your family.

  22. Bonnie Berg Fruhauf

    JoAnn and Family, JoAnn I only meet Peter a couple of times but he was so sweet and loving, So sorry for your loss. Never saw him on the bike but would see him 306 on his Dunkin Donut trips….

  23. Melissa Phelps-Utter

    Linda and family so very sorry of your brother and family member. Sending good thoughts and prayers. Melissa

  24. Susan and Bruce Buerkle

    JoAnn, Linda, and Rick,
    You portrayed Peter’s character so beautifully! What a sweet guy who we have been blessed to know! He loved the Grandkids so tenderly and taught them to love in return. Heaven has gained a champ, and Peter will blossom in his new life!
    We love you and wish we could be there.
    Susan and Bruce

  25. Jeanne Schnackenberg

    Always remembered as my smiling, dear cousin. Love and light and May you soar with the angels Peter.

  26. I knew Pete most of our lives and have many sweet memories of him.He was the sweetest, kindest guy and I was fortunate to have the pleasure of knowing him . I was just asking about him as I hadn’t seen him around town in quite a while …..RIP Pete…You will be missed very much

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