Zabor Funeral Home Inc.
5680 Pearl Road Parma, OH 44129,
between Snow & Ridge Road
MACKOVJAK, Craig Steven

MACKOVJAK, Craig Steven

Craig Steven MACKOVJAK, Age 45. Adoring husband of Deanna O’Donnell. Proud father of Morgan, Connor, Mason, and Quin. Loving son of Barbara (nee Bodnar) and the late Robert A. Most beloved son-in-law of Brian and Verna O’Donnell. Unforgettable brother of Mary Hocking (Bob Napoli), Lori Waite (Marc), Robert A. (Susan), and Jennifer. Dear brother-in-law of Delia Bernet (Jim), Brian O’Donnell, Michael O’Donnell (Tracy), Thomas O’Donnell (Stacie), and Kevin O’Donnell (Allison). Dear uncle of 19, cousin and friend to many. Dedicated member of Laborers Local 310.


Visitation: Friday, 2:00-8:00 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow and Ridge).

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Augustine Church, 2486 W. 14th St. Cleveland, 44113. To offer online condolences please visit


Messages of Condolence

  1. We are so sorry to hear of Craig’s passing. He will be remembered fondly by our family. Please know that the Mackovjack and O’Donnell family members are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

    The Flannery’s

  2. Jennifer recently became a member of our Woman’s Club of Evanston and our Philanthropy committee; and we have been so blessed to have her as part of our WCE family. Our hearts and prayers go out to her and her family on the passing of her brother. Know we will keep her close when she returns back to Evanston.

    Susan Hammer
    Philanthropy Chair
    The Woman’s Club of Evanston

  3. Our heartfelt sympathies to Judge O”Donnell, their children, and the Mackovjack and O’Donnell families on behalf of all of their friends at the Parma Bar Association.

  4. Deanna, Morgan, Connor, Mason & Quin, Aunt Barb, Mary, Lori, Rob & Jennifer

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Love your cousin

    Janet, Janelle & Ashley.

  5. Our hearts go out to you all. I really enjoyed Craig and just assumed he would always be there. His death is a big loss for everyone.

  6. Although I cannot be there in person, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. My heart goes out to all of you. You have my sincere sympathy.

  7. May the Lord Jesus Christ provide your family with a peace that passes all understanding! The Dockman’s are truly blessed that we were able to get to know Craig and all the Mackovjacks when we were growing up! We’re praying for you, Barbara, Deanna & children! God Bless you all at this difficult time!

  8. Deanna,

    Terribly sorry for the loss that you are all undergoing at this time, Please accept my sincere condolences. You ALL will be in my prayers.

    Gladys L. Maruschke

  9. My loving and deepest of sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful and family loving man. He will be missed by many but not forgotten. His contribution to all our lives will be ever living. God Bless his wife, children and family.

  10. Dear Deanna, family, all the O’Donnells, & all the Mackovjak families, know that my love, thoughts and prayers are, and have
    been with all of you through this most difficult time in your lives.
    I wish I could give all of you a big hug to let you know how much I
    care, and love all of you. If I can do anything to help anyone with
    whatever know I’m here . Love & Hugs! Mary Maloney

  11. Deanna, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Lori and Mark you and all your people are in our prayers
    Fondly, Marilyn and Carl Culley

  12. Dear Mackovjak Family,
    My deepest condolences and sorrow. Will remember him for his quick wit and smile, and the ability to always make everyone around him smile and laugh…and all his calls to let me know that the cavs won or were winning!

    He is one of a kind!

  13. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will always be in your memories.

    Love, your cousin Rosemarie, Les, Savanah & E.J.

  14. Deanna, Morgan, Connor, Mason and Quin

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    At this time, we are remembering Craig as the Greatest Guy and the Best Neighbor we had the pleasure to have. Craig , always with a smile and ready to help anyone, anytime. We will miss him greatly.

    With great sorrow and our Love,
    John & Marilyn

  15. We are saddened to hear of the loss of Mike and Paula Mackovjak’s cousin Craig. While we did not have the privilidge of meeting Craig we have learned that he was an incredible person and will be missed so very much. We are truly sorry for your loss and will keep your family in our prayers.

    Gino Ferrare
    Representing inLIfe

  16. Words can not express the sadness that we feel for the loss of Craig. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is ever anything we can do. We are here for you.


    Mike, Paula, Luke & Tana Mackovjak

  17. Dear Makovjak Family:
    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. All of us at the middle school are thinking of you and praying for you. Mason and Quin: You have a wonderful group of friends who all love you and are praying for you too. Mrs. M.

  18. God bless you all with the sweet comfort that only He can give. My love, my prayers and my thoughts are with you all.
    ~Cousin Helen (Uncle Ed’s daughter)

  19. Dearest Deanna, Conor, Morgan, Mason & Quinn:

    Craig brought light and joy into our lives, as did you all. We think of you often. It has been our privilege to call you friends. We can only share a small part of your sadness. Please know our hearts and good wishes are with you.

    Jim, Sheila, Cory & Jesse Scotti

  20. Craig’s been a friend for a long time. We camped together, hung out, and just had teenage fun. You grew into an amazing dad and husband. You had an incredible sense of humor and zest for life. We are better people for having you in our lives. I can’t believe we won’t see or hear you beep your horn as you pass our house. I’m so glad you stopped and came over to have a beer when you drove by. Deanna, you and your beautiful family are in our thoughts and prayers. From Mexico we send our love and sympathy. Judy and Bob Courtemanche

  21. Morgan,

    We are so sorry for your loss and are thinking of you and your family constantly. Please know that we are here for you in Chicago and beyond.

    Sending love from Chicago.

    With sympathy,

    Lindsey, Lauren, and Krissy (The Sisters)

  22. Dear Mackovjak Family, especially Connor and Morgan,
    We are heartbroken for you during this time of enormous loss. When our minds wander they wander to you and your family. You are in our prayers, dear ones.
    With love and sympathy,
    Lisa and Matt Greene, Matt, Tess and Charlie
    Friends from Walsh Jesuit

  23. Dear Deanna & Children, Mackovjak & O’Donnell Families,
    No words can adequately convey our sorrow for the tragic loss of Craig. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you strength and may His angels surround and protect you during this especially difficult time. Sending our love & gentle hugs,
    Erin, Craig & Colin

  24. My prayers are with you, and your entire family. I will NEVER forget you, what a great friend , fantastic co-worker. You were always there for me . You will be in my prayers. LOVE ross

  25. My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  26. Deanna and family,

    We were so saddened to hear about Craig. Timmy remembers him a his basketball coach when he was in 2nd grade with fondly. We always enjoyed trading sarcastic and fun remarks with you both at the rec baseball games…We know that there are no words that can comfort your family at this time. We will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tony, Nina and Timmy Zappitelli

  27. To the Mackovjak and O’Donnell families,
    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Craig. I will always remember the kidding between him from Holy Name and all of us here at Elyria Catholic…His smile was contagious and his sense of humor was priceless…Your familes will be in our thoughts and prayers….

  28. Deanna, my thoughts, prayers and feelings of grief go out to you and your family. Each day is a gift and Craig will always be thought of fondly and remembered.

  29. Dear Mackovjak family,
    We are so sorry to hear of this tragic loss. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you peace during this challenging time.

    -Willoughby Mackovjaks (George’s family)

  30. Deanna, To You and your Children and all family memebers: We are so sorry for your loss. I am glad that as cousins we got to see each other grow in our lives even though we did not see each other much as adults. I keep you my daily prayers always and every day, though you did not know that and I will continue to pray for all of you. Scott & I truly & sincerely would be here for you alal if the need would ever arise. Love & God’s Blessings, Scott & Karen Grant

  31. Dear Deanna and Family.

    When we received the message about Craig the feeling of Shock and Disbelief emerged and continues. I guess one does not truely know how much they cared about someone until that person is not here to care for.
    Craig and I keep in contact with each other, aparentally not enough.
    My uncle Bob and I were very close and as years passed I saw so much of him in Craig.
    I wanted to communicate with you sooner but actually did not know what to say and I still don’t.
    I guess this is taking the easy way out.
    I hope when this message reaches you, that you and your family are Safe and in Good Health.
    May God Bless all of you and may Craigs Love and Devotion fuel Your Hearts Always.

    This period is tough, Time Heals and Love Lingers for ever!

    Love Always – Bobby & Roberta

  32. It was my privilege to make a new friendship as I sat next to Craig at countless Planning Commission meetings. I witnessed his expertise, commitment and personal integrity at every turn. I offer the following quote from Shakespeare to comfort his dear family and to speak to what so many in Broadview Heights feel at this time of tragedy and loss.

    “And when he shall die, take him and cut him into little stars. And he shall make the face of Heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.”

  33. Dear Aunt Barb & Family, We are SO sorry for your loss & offer our deepest condolences.We havent seen all of you in many years but that hasn’t meant that you’ve not been in our thoughts. You will now be in our prayers also.I know we can’t say anything to make you feel better, but do know that we love you all very much. Our Sincere Love & Thoughts of Sympathy of your greif. Love Paul & Georgetta Felix (Karoffa)

  34. To all the Mackovjacks and O’ Donnells Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! I felt soo sick when I heard Craig’s name come over the newscast. I can only imagine the pain you are going through right now. Craig was always so happy and always made me laugh!! He was a truly good guy just like the rest of the family! My heart goes out to all of you and I will pray that God gives you the strength to get through this!!! GOD BLESS!!! Love & Friendship, Edie CristinoSieger

  35. I was deeply saddened to hear of this terrible loss to your family and our community. I hope you find some peace and comfort in knowing how many lives he touched in a meaningful way.

  36. Jen and Family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May Craig rest in peace.


  37. Dear Mackovjak Family,
    I have cherished memories of spending countless hours, days, weeks in your home when I was young. You are like family to me, and Craig was certainly like a brother. He was hilarious and equally kind-hearted. I am so terribly saddened by this news. My thoughts and prayers are with you…

    Much love,
    Sarah Petrovich

  38. Dearest Deanna,

    Words cannot fully express how sorry and heartbroken I am for you of you in the loss of your beloved Craig. I was blessed to work with you as a law clerk for the City of Parma Law Department where you always talked with so much love for your Craig and all of your children. Craig visited the office often during my years working there and he always brought with him a warm smile, kind words, and a huge heart. Craig always took the time to speak with me and take interest in my life whenever he visited the Law Department–and I was just a law clerk. I was touched by the glimpse I got to see of the love of your family Deanna which I know Craig was an enormous part of. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    To Morgan, Connor, Mason, and Quin,

    Your parents love all of you so much. While I got to know your mom much better than your dad from working with her, working at the Law Department I got to know how wonderful and blessed a family you are and your dad was a major part of that. Your dad will live on in your minds and hearts forever and he will watch over you from heaven.

    I am deeply sorry I cannot be there to pay my respects in person but please know you have much love and prayers for all of you here in Chicago.

    Love, Hugs, & Prayers,

  39. Dear Deanna and family-
    The pain of your loss is felt by so many who love you. Our deepest condolances to you and yours. Long after the pain is gone you will always be left with the happy moments in time that you all had with Craig as a husband, father and best friend.
    Paul T. Kirner

  40. I was just telling a friend the other day about the tractor steering wheel you put on my yellow banana-seat bike in place of the handlebars. Then there was the time you and Deanna spent all night in the garage painting your truck in camouflage with a little GI Joe figurine on the front hood. I had the coolest bike and you the coolest truck in all of Parma. Teaching me to swim and ski – you just threw me in the pool and pushed me down the slope and told me to toughen up. When you were our teenage chef at Mack’s Snacks, I hung out with you everyday there after school and just laughed the afternoon away. So, so many people knew and loved you and even when strangers asked my name, they knew or knew of you and said, “Oh, you’re Craig’s little sister.” I will cherish always all the many, many nights of beers at the local Parma bars and all our wild conversations. You and Robbie are the best big brothers a little sister can have and I always will be one of five, not four. You have made me the person I am and you always will be with me. Whenever I don’t feel you close, I will look at all your crazy texts still on my phone. I will always be here for Deanna who is a sister to me and for your kids and then when it is time, I will see you and dad and join you for a few cold ones upstairs. And don’t worry, I’ll take over bringing the salt to Thanksgiving dinner! Love always, Jennifer

  41. You were ALWAYS there. Always willing to help. When my dad wasn’t there, you taught me how to fix my car or change my breaks. My mom thought the world of you and you would drop anything to help her when in need. You never had to be asked. You just did. I could always count on a weekly call from you. Even if you had nothing new to tell me, you would always check in and make sure I was doing okay and end with, “ok, good day.” It’s the little things you did that made all the difference. I’m still finding things you have hidden in my house. 🙂 Heaven gained an irreplaceable guy-

  42. Dear Deanna, I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I lost my husband 6 months ago suddenly and I know the pain you are going through. I always got the impression he was an excellent husband and father, as was my husband. He was so proud of you when I told him I voted for you for Judge. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Carlene from Charter One

  43. Deanna, I haven’t met you, but I had the pleasure of working with Craig and Rob at MUI. I am so sorry for your loss. Craig was always smiling and friendly when he came into the office for whatever reason. He will surely be missed.

  44. Dear Barbara and family, Words cannot express my sorrow and sympathy for you guys. I regret that I cannot attend the services due to an eye problem, but my heart and thoughts are with you on this sad day. I have not seen Craig for many years, but I would recognize his father in his beautiful smile. Anything I can do, please do not hesitate to call. Love you all, Aunt Sadie

  45. Dear Deanna and Family,

    I have no adequate words but please know that you are very much in our thoughts and prayers. It is my hope that you find peace and the strength to carry on as our dear Craig would approve. A tall order to be sure. I am thankful to have great childhood memories of visits to Hauserman Road. Peace and Love to you.

    Cousin Al and family

  46. Deanna and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will always remember Craig and the fun times we had in school. He really was an all around great guy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God Bless you all and give you the strength you need to get through this difficult time.

    My deepest sympathy,

  47. Deanna,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will always have great memories of us running around the neighborhood. His smile will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


  48. Jennifer and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  49. I heard about Craig on facebook….I am so sorry, and you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  50. Deanna, Morgan, Connor, Mason & Quin:

    The Novak family sends our sincere condolences at the sudden loss of Craig. Though it has been sometime since the IWA days when our daughter’s Chelsie and Christine Novak were classmates of Morgan & Connor, we were extremley saddened when we seen his story on the local news. You all will remain in our prayers and God Bless

    Sincerely, Russ, Kim, Chelsie & Christine Novak.

  51. Dear Jen and Mackovjak family,

    I am very sorry to hear of this tragic loss. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May the presence of God give you peace during this difficult time.

    God Bless,

  52. Deanna and family,
    I am very sorry for your loss. I used to go over Craig’s house(on Hauserman Rd) and play when we were little. Of course we all remember our days at HN! Even though you are terribly sad right now, remember all the good times you had together.


  53. Dear Mackovjak Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle & friend to all. We were shocked & saddened to learn of his passing.
    I fondly remember Craig as we chaperoned an IWA field trip…what fun we had!
    Please know that you & yours are in our most sincere thoughts & prayers at this difficult time.
    God Bless,
    The Kolick Family

  54. Dear Deanna and family,

    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Craig was always smiling and willing to lend a helping hand. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


  55. Deanna,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have great memories of you both from high school. May God Bless you and your family and help see you through this difficult time.

  56. All of the faculty, staff, and students in the Criminal Justice Studies Program send our condolences to Connor and his family. May God’s love help you in the healing process.

  57. My brother Alan and sister Aleen were friends of Deanna’s at Mr. Chicken. I’m sorry for your tragic loss. I didn’t know Craig. But I had heard stories of him through my brother and sister. I will keep your family in our prayers. God Bless.

  58. I was shocked and saddened to hear about the terrible accident.
    I remember the many times I would see Craig and Deanna and the children at Brian’s house for a picnic or 4th of July celebration.
    He was always a good friend and cheerful even when we teased him about the big bonfire that he and Brian created one year. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family; please accept my sincere sympathy. Sincerely, Margaret Arthur

  59. Dear Jen and Family,
    I only had the honor of meeting Craig a few times but remember such a dynamic presence, friendly and funny. Jen, I love the note you wrote above and I hope it is in those memories that you find comfort. I am praying for you.

  60. Deanna, Morgan, Connor, Mason & Quin,
    and families
    I am very sorry about your loss.
    Craig will always be in my memories

  61. Deanna,
    Please accept our deepest sympathies. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers especially during this time of sorrow.
    God Bless.

  62. For Morgan and the rest of the family – my condolences.

    “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee.” – Isaiah 41

  63. My deepest sympathy to you Mary and your whole family on the loss of Craig. I shall keep him and you all in my prayers.May he rest in peace.

  64. Dear Deanna, children, Mackovjak and O’Donnell families,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so very sorry for your loss. You are blessed with two wonderful, loving families to help support one another now. Please know that we will continue to pray for you all.

  65. Dear Deanna and family,

    Please accept my condolences and deepest sympathy for your tremendous loss. I will miss seeing Craig around town with his quick wit and contagious grin. I know he will be looking down on you and watching over you all, probably with that same adoring grin. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these very difficult times. God Bless you all,
    Peggy Arthur

  66. Dear Family,

    I’m so saddened by the tragic loss of your special son, husband and father.

    I knew Craig only near the beginning. I remember that there was great family joy when he was born. And, in later years, I remember a very bright and sweet young cousin; a little kid that nobody couldn’t love.

    Attempt to let the joy of his love for you temper your unbearable grief now, and strengthen you as time moves on.

    With great love and sorrow,

    Dennis Mackovjak

  67. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Morgan, her siblings and her mother during this time of terrible sorrow.

  68. Dear Barbara and Mary,
    Our prayers and love are with you all from the moment we heard. I didn’t know Craig but it is obvious by the outpouring of loving comments about him that he was a very special man who loved life and forever touched the hearts & lives of those he knew.
    Laura & Steve Dockman

    PS – tried to stop by tonight to give you both a hug but couldn’t get past the traffic jam for Craig at Zabor’s.

  69. My deepest sympathy’s on Craig untimely passing. God has chosen him at this time and we should be happy for him. I know that your families will be there for you and the children and Criag will be watching over. Take care and God Bless!.

  70. Dear Mackovjak Family,
    We are keeping your family in our prayers and thoughts daily. May you find peace in the presence of God, family, and friends. Craig’s smile will be missed, but will always be remembered. He was and always will be a wonderful man in everyone’s life that he touched. We will continue to pray for all of you.
    With deepest sympathy, The Krawczonek Family,
    Michael, Linda,and Brandon

  71. Deanna & Family

    Ours hearts and prayers go out to you in your time of sorrow.

    May God Bless and keep you.

    Powell & Shari Caesar

  72. We are so sorry for your loss. Sara and Amy went to IWA with Morgan and Connor. Sara wishes she could be here to see Morgan. Sara is at MUSC. Our family sends our sympathy and prayers! My memories are at the IWA girls basketball games with Mason and Quin running all around! If there is anything we can do for you please let us know.

    Sharon and John Geisman

  73. Deanna and Family, My heart breaks for you and your Family. I am so sorry to hear about Craig. I have great childhood memories of hanging-out with him when we were growing up. Fun times, From time to time he would stop to shop at Home Depot where I work. He never changed, funny, sweet and kind. He would tell me how wonderful you and the children are. He was so proud of you all and Loved you so very much. He will be missed. God Bless you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Namaste. From an old Fairlawn Friend, Michelle (Cecil) Korinek

  74. Deanna & family, Fred & I are so sorry about Craig. Although we didn’t know him personally, Alan always talked about you both. He was so impressed when Craig painted his truck camouflage!! Our hearts truly go out to you, your children, Craigs mom & family. Love, Diane & Fred Klohs

  75. Morgan & Family,

    The Schoenbohm Family is thinking of you at this time of such sadness. Courtney aches because she can’t be with you, Morgan…….France is too far away. Love from all the Schoenbohms ~ Courtney, Julie, Mike, Nick & Whitney

  76. DeAnna & Family!
    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. God bless Craig on his journey to heaven. We pray that each family member feel the healing power of God in this time of grieving.

    We have donated money to St. Bridget’s to have a mass in Craig’s honor.

    Dan & Dorothy Holan

  77. Dear Deanna and Craig’s children,

    I worked with Craig periodically years ago and always enjoyed having him on my construction projects. My son is deaf and we would discuss Connor’s progress when Connor was first diagnosed. Deanna, my wife Barbara called you once to offer her experiences in getting our son through schooling.

    Please accept our deepest sympathys on your tragic loss.

    Tim and Barbara Necker

  78. Dear Dianna, It is now June, 2011. And I still keep you and your family in my daily prayers and will ALWAYS continue to do so. I also pray for Crig’s soul in Heaven. Just wanted you to know that you and your family is not and will NEVER be forgotten. We (my husband, Scott & I) will forever keep you in our hearts. I pray all is well with you and your wonderful children. I know Craig is sorely missed, but know he is very happy even though he would have chosen to be with you and his children. Craig will NEVER, EVER be forgotten as you and your children will not either. Love &
    God’s Blessing To All of You, Scott & karen Grant / Mackovjak

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