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


John J. CEHLAR, age 90. Loving father to Michael (Dr. Joy Stankowski) and Marybeth Gibbons (Dan). Beloved uncle, cousin and friend to many. Preceded in death by his brother Andrew (Mae), sister Ann Sevick (Steve, deceased) and cherished wife, Elizabeth J. “Betty”, (nee Ivanski).
John served his country in the US Army in the Korean War and remained active in veterans organizations. He was a devout and charitable Catholic whose faith was an inspiration to all those who knew him. John was an avid gardener, card player, and golfer. Memorial donations can be made to Holy Family Home or St.  Augustine’s Hunger Center. Private services were held. Interment at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. 

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Messages of Condolence

  1. My deepest condolences to each of you. Thank you, Mr. Cehlar, for your service. Blessings to you on a life well-lived.

  2. I remember being in their wedding as a ring bearer, We always had many family card games and get togethers for all holidays. He .will be greatly missed. Love from all the Sevick Family

  3. i will miss our jokes of you calling me crazy hair and my reply to no hair .. rest in peace my favorite customer

  4. Uncle John will be greatly missed by family and friends. Loyal family man to his parents, brother and sister and of course wife and children. Family gatherings bring back wonderful memories. Uncle always called me by the nickname he gave me. His laugh is unforgettable. When he laughed it was contagious. He was a great brother to my Dad especially as he helped and supported during Dad’s illness. Also helped Dad and Aunt Ann during his Father’s illness. Uncle John is a great example of a Christian family man. Your nephew Trigger will always fondly remember you for who you were and what you represented to me, my wife Lynn and children David and Becky.

  5. John & Betty were also so kind & gracious at St. Anthony of Padua Church & the Holy Family Home. So wonderful they are together at last. Sincerely, Ellen Hiban

  6. We are so sorry to see that our friend John passed away. We were fellow-parishioners at St. Anthony of Padua. For the last couple of years we gave John dill from our yard so that he could make his “Solar Pickles”. Of course he gave us the recipe and we’ve been making them for many years. Those pickles are the best and we will always think of John when we make another batch! Thank you John and Rest In Peace. We will miss you….Mike & Chris

  7. Mike, Mary Beth and the rest of the Cehlars, Our condolences and prayers for your loss. John was such a good man and will be missed. Saw his memorial in plain dealer this morning. God bless all of you. Karen and Bob .

  8. To the Dear Cehlar Family,
    You are in my thoughts and prayers especially today as you say goodbye to your Dad. Being neighbors for 20 years I will miss him so as I do your Mom. I am fortunate to have known them.
    Happy Birthday John…I can’t give you chocolates but I can send my love. God gave you the greatest gift, being with Betty, your true love.
    God bless

  9. John always greeted me at Mass when he saw me. Last time was on March 11th, so I was surprised to learn of this. My Mom and I knew John and Betty, who also was kind and caring. Please accept my condolence (I learned of this from the Parish bulletin).

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