Zabor Funeral Home Inc.
5680 Pearl Road Parma, OH 44129,
between Snow & Ridge Road
PETRAS, Joseph R.

PETRAS, Joseph R.

Joseph R. PETRAS, age 89. Beloved husband of 65 years to Dorothy T. (nee Boguski).  Dearest father of Joseph Jr. (Cindy Kaplan), James (Kate), Diane and Jack (Andrea). Loving grandfather of Lisa, Sara, Anna (Mather Eldred), Molly (Michael Sweigart), Claire, Elysia and Julia. Great grandfather of Charlotte Sweigart. Dear brother of John and the late Steve and Anne Petras Boguski. Dear uncle and friend to many. WW II Army Vet. Long time part owner and VP of Machine Tooling Inc. Former parishioner of St. Bridget of Kildare Church. 

Mass of Christian Burial: Fri. Aug. 8, 10:00 AM at St. Francis DeSales Church. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation: Thurs. 4-8 PM at The Zabor Funeral Home, 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma (betw. Snow & Ridge). 

Donations to Univ. Hosp. Parma Med. Ctr. and St. Francis Church. To offer condolences visit  


Messages of Condolence

  1. Our thoughts and prayers go out from our family to yours. Cherish all those moments in which he made you smile!
    The Zinck’s
    (Brian, Cathy, Grace, Audrey and Brendan)

  2. Joe and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do.

    Frank, Rita, Peter and ,Patrick Faherty

  3. Joe:

    I was sadden to hear about the loss of your Dad. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


    Don and Paula English

  4. Joe & Jim:
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Ken Roane
    Spring, Texas

  5. Dear Diane and the entire Petras family,
    I was so sorry to learn of your loss. While there is little one can say to help ease the pain, it can be of comfort to know that I hold you in my thoughts and prayers even from afar.
    Sending love,

  6. Diane and Family

    I was lucky to have known Joe and to have spent some time with him. He left a lasting impression on me that I will never forget. I will always remember his upbeat, positive, joyful, and loving way….and his Santa Hat! Joe you will be missed by so many, even those like me who did not know you long, but who you touched deeply.

    Sending all of the family my love and heartfelt prayers.


  7. Dear Diane and Dorothy,

    My heart hurt when I heard the news on your Father Diane and your husband Dorothy. I have no words of comfort and I have no words of joy for either of you. All that I can offer up to the both of you at this time is the gratitude that I feel for having known such a wonderful man. I was truly amazed to get to witness the LOVE and the JOY that was passed from each of you to one another. I pray that at this time of great enormous loss you both have enough wonderful memories to sustain you for the time being…..and that the Lord gives you the strength to smile at each and every precious memory of Joe.


    Francine (Cookie)

  8. Joe:
    Sorry to hear about your dad. I remember meeting him several times years ago. Please accept my condolences to you and your family.
    I know where you got your head of hair and good looks!

  9. Dear Petras family,
    My heart aches for you all. I pray for peace, comfort and cherished memories during this time. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and spend a few holidays with Joe. He will forever be missed, loved and never forgotten. Love to you all

  10. Dear Petras Family:
    We respected Joe greatly and feel honored to have spent time with him over the years. He openly shared his love for his family. We are so sorry for your loss and know that you will all come together with love and support.
    We are with you in spirit and thought.
    The Fix Family

  11. My Great Uncle Joe was a wonderful man. He was very close to my Grandpa- his brother-Steve Petras whom I loved and treasured. They both worked together at Machine Tooling, Inc. What I remember of my Great Uncle Joe was his loving smile and bright blue eyes and his ability to always make you laugh. He will be greatly missed. My husband and I will not be able to attend visiting hours or the funeral as we will be out of town. I regret that, but he and his family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. How we will miss you, Dear Uncle Joe! Thanks for the memories! Our love goes with you– Ginny, Joe and Debbie

  13. Dear Dorothy and family,
    I feel so much sadness about hearing of the loss of your Joe and the kids’ father. I told my husband, though, that what I remember most about him was his awesome smile and his fun personality. He always made me smile and he always made us laugh. He was a very special person. It seems he just had the love for life. On my way to work today, I was thinking that how fun it would be to be in heaven with my mom and dad. Joe probably has them in stitches already! We’re sending our prayers of comfort to you.
    Celeste (Goodwin) and Stan Hinzmann

  14. Wishing the family peace, and hoping soon, your wonderful memories of this remarkable man, will bring you comfort and joy. We will miss him so. All my love and prayers are sent your way. Linda Peckham

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