In Memorial

James R. DONAHUE, Age 81. Beloved husband of the late Constance (nee Kozelka). Dearest father of Charmaine Kasayka (Gerry), Michael (Patricia), and Brian (Wendy). Loving grandfather of 6. Dear brother of Mary Kay Zoldock (Jack). Dear brother in law of Charles Kozelka (Jamie). Dear uncle and friend to many. Former Chief Magistrate, Probate Court of Cuyahoga County.

Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday, August 17, 9:30 AM, at St. Bridget of Kildare Church. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation: Tuesday, 3-8 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow and Ridge).

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Bridget Building Fund, 5620 Hauserman Rd., Parma OH, 44130 or The Poor Clare Nuns, 3501 Rocky River Dr., Cleveland, OH 44111. To offer online condolences please visit

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  1. ruth garofalo on August 15th, 2011 7:45 am

    A truly dedicated man to his belov ed wife, Connie, and his children, as well as to his Mom..and his job. I have never known such a wonderful Christian. I was the legal secretay at Gorman,Arthur & Schofield…and he made by job so much easier…..he looked so good at Connie’s funeral..May God Bless his wonderful family.

    Ruth Garofalo

  2. Tom Martinko on August 15th, 2011 8:05 am


    Very sorry to hear about your Father’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers.


    Tom Martinko

  3. Charles Schmid on August 15th, 2011 8:36 am

    With deepest condolences from my family to yours. May many great memories help at this time…

  4. The Smith Family on August 16th, 2011 8:10 am

    Brian and Wendy,
    Sorry for your loss. Hugs and love from the Smith family. If you need anything or need someone to talk to we are here for you!
    Michelle, Brent and Anna

  5. Amy Kostka on August 16th, 2011 9:39 am

    Char, Jerry, and familySo sorry for you loss. You will all miss him.
    Your family will remain in our prayers. If you need anything, do not hesitate to call us.
    May God Bless you and your family,

    Amy and Bill Kostka

  6. Susan Evans on August 16th, 2011 1:16 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of a true gentleman. I sought advice from “Mr. Donahue” at Probate Court more often than I can remember. He was always very patient, courteous and helpful. He was the true embodiment of a gentleman, always trying to be fair in his proceedings, and making sure that everyone had a chance to be heard. He will truly be missed.

  7. Russell Z. Baron on August 16th, 2011 2:30 pm

    I’m 81 and had known Jim all the years he was a Magistrate. I handled many probate matters and he was always there to help if needed. A smile, and gentleness in dealing with the lawyers and the public were his style. Although short in stature, he was tall in reputation and had the respect of members of theBar.

  8. Kevin Kovacs on August 16th, 2011 3:12 pm

    I’m very sorry to hear about your father’s passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. A.J. Schultz on August 18th, 2011 8:43 am

    Mr. Donahue helped a great many people throughout his lifetime. He will be greatly missed, but he will also be remembered. Our condolences on your loss.

    The Schultz family

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