CORTLAND - Leonard A. Markovich, 80, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at Lake Vista of Cortland surrounded by his loving sons and daughter. Leonard bore the increasing disabilities of Lewy body disease for nine long years with dignity and grace.
Born New Year's Day in 1932, he was the oldest son of John J. and Pauline Spisak Markovich.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as a corporal stationed in Germany. Meanwhile, back home, his girl, Jeanne Sotak, waited for him. They were married in 1954 and had 52 loving years together until Jeanne's death in December 2006.
Leonard was employed at Republic Steel for 33 years and at GM Lordstown for 10. Although an electrician by trade, Leonard could fix or build anything and friends and relatives often relied on him for help. Always a kind and gentle man, he never refused help to anyone who asked.
A lifelong member of Sts. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Leonard and Jeanne were Eucharistic ministers who visited the sick of the parish, bringing Holy Communion and comfort.
Although grateful that his suffering is over, Leonard's family and friends will miss him deeply.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Lee (Martin) Bramlett; his sons, Leonard "Tom" (Mary Jane) Markovich and Steven Markovich, who spent time every day with Dad at Lake Vista. Leonard is also survived by a granddaughter, Chandra (Eric) Bramlett Mitchell; a great-grandson, Myles; and grandsons, Daniel and Jonathan Markovich. He will also be missed by his sisters, Elizabeth Angelillo, Loretta (Don) Yocum and Rosemary (Matt) Kalas; brothers, Lt. Col. Joseph (Ofelia) Markovich, Stephen (Dot) Markovich and Richard (Carol) Markovich; brothers-in-law, James Sotak and Albert Sotak; sister-in-law, Mary Sotak, and his many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Roberts-Clark Chapel of Lane Family Funeral Homes, 180 Garfield Drive, Warren, OH 44483.
The Very Rev. Andrew Deskevich will conduct funeral services beginning at 10 a.m. Monday at Sts. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren. Burial will follow in All Souls Cemetery in Cortland.
The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Lake Vista of Cortland for their loving care and requests donations to Lake Vista be made in lieu of flowers to 303 N. Mecca St., Cortland, OH 44410.
Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at www.robertsclarkchapel.com.