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NAZEER, ISA

The beloved father of Shauntae Davis and Joseph Davis.
Grandfather of Shayla and Ethan, and nephew of Charles
Davis. Isa Nazeer was the son of Joseph Davis and Mildred
Davis. After graduating high school, Benedictine 1971, Isa
moved to California for two years. He moved back to
Cleveland, but soon after moved to Washington. After several
years, he then moved back to Cleveland, married, and had two
loving children. Isa attended Howard university, Cleveland
state, and took a college course in California. He also attended
aviation school. While in Washington he worked at the library
of congress. Isa was a taxicab driver for several years in
Cleveland. He was also a property manager for his father’s
rental property before retiring. Ilsa was a great dad that loved
spending as much time as possible with his kids. He took them
hiking, sledding, bike riding, swimming, attended Nintendo
competitions, theaters and arcades, also taught his kids
tennis, football, baseball, driving, manners, wisdom, and how
to pray. His dream was to move to Hawaii and retire. He loved
cats and was kind to every creature. He was a gentle person
that was thoughtful, intelligent, and respectful. Isa was a true
follower of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. There are not
enough words to describe this incredible human being. He will
be laid to rest at Riverside Cemetery on January 14". Isa
Nazeer will be missed and forever remembered. In the name
of ALLAH, the beneficent, the merciful, | bear witness that
there is no God but ALLAH, and | bear witness that
Muhammad is his messenger. May you be at peace in heaven.
Love Tarik and Tooty
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HAUSER, HELEN

While holding her daughter’s hand, Helen Hauser, age 89, took her last earthly breath on January 8, 2023. As a dear friend to many, when Helen was mentioned the words frequently following are what a special, caring, kind and loving person she was. “I have been so enriched by her love and kindness,” was frequently shared. In her presence, she left people believing she was an Angel or was a channel for the Angels. Those who know her life story and struggles admire her resilience. MaMa Helen was a true inspiration as she walked her talk, treated others well and equally, and always stood up for love in the face of adversity. She carried the lived scars of tragedy in one hand and blessings and gratitude in the other. She chose blessings and gratitude to lead her way on life's path.

Helen never met a baby she didn’t want to hold. As a second mom to many, Helen believed we are here to help each other and that the “greatest gift is not found under the tree but in the warm smiles and loving words of the people around us.” She always said how much she loved her family and she quoted “the whole world is my family.”

Helen volunteered for 20 years at a Cleveland domestic violence shelter, Templum House. Once a week she rode the bus to the shelter to care for the children while their mothers were in groups. She was famously known as Grandma Helen and the children and staff alike adored her. She also received several State and National awards for her volunteerism. She wrote, “I want to leave more than I took away in the manner of helping others. I want to feel that I have helped a child or two to a better life;” and "the love I feel for others has been returned to me; may I keep passing it around.”

When she could no longer ride the bus, Mama Helen delivered meals on wheels to other residents in her building twice a week. She became a beloved volunteer for the St. Augustine’s senior group and made many friends who enjoyed her warmth and humor. MaMa Helen loved to laugh. She belonged to a card playing, women-cracking-each-other up group called “HENS” for years as well.

Born in Raven, Kentucky, MaMa Helen was an avid reader since grade school. On average she read two to three books a week over her lifetime. She especially loved biographies and mysteries. She was always happy to discuss books and often traded and shared books. Due to this and her razor sharp memory, Helen was a wealth of knowledge. She could talk up a storm with story after story. To stay sharp, she exercised her mind daily with crossword puzzles and sudoku books.

Helen was intimately connected to the earth and had a green thumb. As a young child she respectfully wildcrafted medicinal herbs for her local community. She grew vegetables and knew how to store them through the cold winters. She nurtured a yard of the neighborhood’s finest rose bushes and could keep an orchid alive and blooming. Helen looked for the beauty in all things. She loved dandelion flowers, which her children picked for her as bouquets.

MaMa Helen was a devoted mother, with an extraordinary work ethic. She raised three children working as a server in the restaurant industry. She worked tirelessly to make her children’s wishes come true. Through the years, she has also helped to care for and shower love on many other children (and their adults) within her “chosen family.”

She gave to many charities including the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), St Jude, and St Labre Indian School. She rescued stray cats and dogs. Ginger was a family favorite.
She rescued many of us ❤️

MaMa’s bright spirit, smile and the twinkle in her eyes will shine on in our hearts.

Survived by daughter Donna J Hauser. Preceded in death by son Byron K Hauser, son James K Adams, and husband Donald E Hauser.

In lieu of flowers, (unless dandelions) Helen wished for Memorial contributions to: St Augustine Parish Ministry to the Poor, 2486 W 14th St., Cleveland Ohio 44113 website donations:
https://www.staugustinecleveland.org/ministrytothepoor

Friends and family are warmly invited to join in a Memorial and Life Celebration to be held on Monday January 23rd, 2023 from 12pm to 3pm at St Augustine Parish
2486 W 14th St., Cleveland Ohio 44113; a short service at 12pm will be followed by a luncheon with a sharing of memories and storytelling.
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VALEK, ANDREW

Andrew J. Valek, Sr., age 63, of Brookpark, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his home on the evening of January 9, 2023, after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

Andrew was born on April 17, 1959, in Cleveland, son of the late Richard Sr. and Adelaide (Kolman) Valek.

Andrew was a proud member of the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1981.

Andrew married the love of his life, Annette (Sabatula) Valek, in Shaker Heights, in 1985, and enjoyed 37 years of marriage.

Following the military, Andrew spent many years working as an Elevator Inspector, eventually retiring from the City of Cleveland.

Andrew enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, riding his bike, hiking, and going on fishing trips with his nephew, Rich. His grandchildren held a special place in his heart.

In addition to his wife, Andrew is survived by his children, Andrew Jr. (Ashley), and Theresa (Steve) Gaetano; grandchildren, Kayleigh, Ryleigh, Gabby, and Paisley; sisters Nancy and Carrie Valek; brother, Larry Valek; nephew, Richard Valek; and niece Michelle Pazicni.

In addition to his parents, Andrew was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Valek, Jr.

Visitation will be held from 4pm-6pm, Thursday, January 19th, 2023, at Malloy-Esposito Celebration Center, 6384 Pearl Road, Parma Heights, OH 44130.
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SCHLAEGER, EVA

Eva Leaoma Graham Schlaeger

Born January 12th, 1929
Entered Into Rest December 31st, 2022

From Hinton, West Virginia
Resided in Cleveland, Ohio

Eva is survived by three children, Lynn Lockhart, Oswald ( Sonny ) Adkins, and Eugene Adkins ( deceased ), She is survived by Grandchildren, Dana ( Oergel ) Sherwood ( Matt ), Michael Adkins, and Karl Adkins ( deceased ),
Surviving Great Grandchildren, Edward Millet Jr., Austin Millet, Jace Sherwood, Alyssa Sherwood, Jacob Adkins, Alexis Adkins, Jude Adkins, and Eva Adkins. She is survived by three living brothers Paul, Bobby, and Skip Graham,
along with many nieces and nephews.

We will forever love you and will always miss you !

REST IN PEACE
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CICERCHI, MICHAEL

March 10, 1958 – December 26, 2022

Michael Anthony Cicerchi, age 64, died on December 26, 2022. Mike was a longtime resident of Cleveland and a lifelong Cleveland sports fan. Never having met a stranger (or shying away from a good joke), Mike was a frequent, popular caller to many of the Cleveland radio talk shows. He loved to analyze and discuss coaching decisions, players, and the possibility of finally seeing a major win for Cleveland. He enjoyed horseracing and was an animal lover, rescuing numerous pets throughout his life. He is preceded in death by his parents, Michael and Carla Cicerchi (nee Proppe); brother-in-law Nicholas Edel. He is survived by his younger siblings: Charles (Rebecca) Cicerchi, Cynthia Edel, and Jodie (Thomas) Sotak; a daughter, and nieces and nephews. The family will hold a private memorial, at a later date, to honor Mike.
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