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SULLIVAN, ROBERT

Robert “ Sal “ Sullivan

September 2, 1946 – December 13, 2021

Sal was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the son of Jack Sullivan Sr and Doris Sullivan ( Crossland ) Both deceased. He was preceaded in death by his Brother Richard L. Sullivan. Sal is survived by a Brother Jack Sullivan Jr. ( Carol Sullivan ) of Strongsville. Sal is the father of Jennifer Sullivan of Streetsboro.

Sal had a lifelong interest in motorcycles and had several biker friends that socialized and checked on him regularly. Sal did not have a lot of material things in life , but was always wilingto help somebody when he could. Sal was a beliver in Jesus Christ, and the gospel.

Sal, give Mom, Dad, and brother Rick a hug. Until we meet again Your brother Jack.
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BALAS, SYLVIA

Our Mom, Sylvia Louise (Ptak) Balas of Fairview Park, Ohio passed away suddenly on April 2, 2021 at her home, leaving to mourn family - daughter Connie Davies (Bart) and son Alan Balas (Jessie). Predeceased by her father John Ptak (1978) and mother Helen Ptak (1999), our beloved grandparents. Mom was born in 1936 in Manhattan, New York, and lived in Pennsylvania and Ohio. She retired from civil service at the Department of Defense in Cleveland.

Mom always seemed to be able to rebound from whatever hurt, ailment, or trauma - physical or emotional - befell her. Sometimes it took awhile. But she seemed to always come around to finding something that gave her something to look forward to - a trip to Savers, an activity at the library, a concert at the Emerald Marina park, a trip to the dollar store or Giant Eagle, Westlife newspaper Wed. delivery, an episode of 90 Day Fiancé, Hoarders, or Shark Tank. Or finding that perfect book or DVD at Half Price Books, with lunch next door at Frankie's Italian Restaurant. On her last trip to the library with Connie - Score! Twenty free magazines! She enjoyed a wonderful collection of movies she loved. Some she watched over and over and over again. And a favorite book collection, fascinated by the history of Nazi Germany.

Mom had such an eye for beautiful things. She beautifully decorated her apartment. Beautiful wall hangings and knick-knacks that gave her joy to look at. A cozy and serene place to be. At Christmas, a most beautiful tree with such unique ornaments and pretty red and white lights.

She had a generosity of spirit. If you complimented an item, she would be quick to give it to you in earnestness. Even if she loved it. When her Doctor had dry hands, she searched and found a special lotion for him. When he was too busy to eat one day of her appointment, she trekked with her walker to the restaurant next door, to then take a salad, breads and drinks back to him.

She always wanted her children to be happy. To be healthy. Quick to always compliment the best in them. To always be a mother, to do what she could to take care of her children, even though grown adults. She managed to raise a son as a single mother, with no support. At a time when Granny was having such difficulties, that Mom had to navigate and manage on her own.

They say rest in peace. On the night Mom passed, she was so happy and looking forward to Easter dinner shopping and having Alan over on Sunday. Spunky, even. So, saying rest in peace does not seem quite right. There were hurts and anguishes that ran deep. And too many falls and broken bones to count. So, for those things, may Mom rest in blissful peace. In good health and pain free. But most of all, may Mom be free, to be the free spirit that she talked so much about how she used to and wanted to be.

Interred at Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River, Ohio, among the trees and where the deer and squirrels roam.

Be free, Mom. Be free.
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EDEN, ROGER

Eden, Roger ( Roger Dodger) age 56, born in Nashville Tennessee on November 14, 1965. Passed away at his home in Cleveland, Ohio on December 4th 2021. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle to many. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Wife-Barbara Sullivan , Son-Christopher Eden (deceased), Mother-Nannie Martin (deceased), Father-James Eden (deceased), step Father-John Martin (deceased), Grandchildren-Angel & Kayla. Brothers & Sisters -Joan Rose, Terry Eden, Billy Eden (deceased), Freddie Eden (deceased), James Eden, Barry Colwell, Cynthia Hagwood, and Theresa Martin. Uncle and Friend to many.

Services will be held @ Malloy & Esposito celebration center.
6384 pearl rd. Parma hts Oh. 44103

Wednesday 3pm - 7pm
Funeral - Thursday 9am

Remembrance gathering to be held at Goodtime‘s on Broadway after cemetery service.
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LEONHARDT, THOMAS

Thomas Joseph Leonhardt passed into eternal life on December 2, 2021 at 4:25pm, with his beloved wife Carolyn at his side. Tom, a native of Toledo, OH, is the son of the late Elizabeth (Betty) Faber Leonhardt, an artist, and the late William Leonhardt, a professional violinist and conductor. After his mother died when Tom was 4 years old, his father married his mother’s sister, the late Agnes Faber Leonhardt, who raised Tom. Tom was also preceded in death by his brother Billy and his sister Joan. He is survived by his devoted wife Carolyn Horvath and his beloved grandson Mason S. Alexander.

A graduate of a Jesuit boarding school, Tom joined the Society of Jesus, earned a bachelor’s degree and a Licentiate of Sacred Theology (S.T.L), and was ordained a Jesuit priest. Tom taught Theology and Latin at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.

In 1979, Tom founded an intentional faith community originally called Abba’s Children, which later became known as The Emmaus Community. Tom then founded Hope House of Prayer in 1981. He was joined at Hope House by Sr. Carolyn Horvath the following year. Together, Tom and Carolyn collaborated on a ministry of prayer, spiritual direction, healing and community-building. In discerning the work of the Holy Spirit over the years, they came to understand that God called them to married life together. Tom and Carolyn married on November 18, 1989, and continued to forge a lifelong partnership that modeled equality and mutuality to all who were graced to interact with them.

Tom and Carolyn’s ministry included serving as presiders at liturgies, as retreat masters, as Reiki practitioners, as leaders of Dances of Universal Peace, and were involved with meditation and other spiritual groups. Throughout the years, Tom and Carolyn were involved in numerous community service and social justice activities. Tom and Carolyn were particularly dedicated to upholding the dignity and promoting the rights of persons and groups that are often marginalized by the dominant culture. Among many examples, Tom and Carolyn were dedicated to participating in the work of the Cleveland Catholic Worker Community.

In 1991, Tom and Carolyn became members of The Federation of Christian Ministries, a national organization of faith communities and persons desiring to continue in ministry or to be certified in the ministry they feels called to do. Tom and Carolyn served in many leadership roles for the Federation, including a term as its Co-Presidents; at the time of his passing, Tom with Carolyn staffed the Federation’s Central Membership Office.

In the past two decades, Tom and Carolyn utilized their years of teaching experience by becoming involved with the Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, where they did role-playing as podiatric patients to give students their grounding in how to interact with future patients in their careers.

Tom loved to sing, and he was very good at it. Tom’s singing was an integral part of his liturgies. Tom also loved nature, and spent many hours over the decades by Lake Erie at Edgewater Park, and in various other Metroparks. Most of all, Tom loved to offer the gift of his loving presence to people who crossed his path.

A memorial service is being planned to coincide with Tom’s birthday (February 20); more details will be forthcoming.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s name to the Federation of Christian Ministries Endowment Fund, to Hope House of Prayer, to the Cleveland Catholic Worker Community, or to a charity close to your heart.
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MEIXNER, DEBORA

Debora Lynn Meixner, 65 passed away November 21st 2021 with her family by her side. She was born on July 13th 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio. Cherished daughter of John and Olga Meixner(deceased). Loving sister of Jim Meixner(deceased) and Judy Longrace. Loving mother of Larry, Krista Davis (George), Melissa Davis (Matt). Devoted grandmother of Lilly Davis-Meadows, Angel and Clyde Davis-Meadows(deceased), Giovanni Hall, Matthew Davis-Meadows and Stuart Kobe Davis-Meadows. And a caring friend to many.

Deborah loved to listen to Motown and Rock and Roll music. She loved spending all her time with her daughters and grand babies.

In her honor, family and friends are invited to a celebration of life memorial on Sunday January 9th 2022 from 2pm-6pm at the America Legion post 703 at 7667 York rd Parma, Ohio 44130.
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