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

KATONA, Phillip E.

PHILLIP ERNEST KATONA, age 74, passed away unexpectedly on May 4, 2024. Loving son of the late Alex and Malvine and son in law of the late Lawrence and Bessie Rini. Beloved husband of Rosalie (Rose) nee Rini for 48 years. Devoted father of Laura Mendise, Dana Santoro (Nicolas), and Ashley Whaley (William). Cherished grandfather of Dante, Dominic, Anthony, Alissa, Giavanna, Chase, and Sophia. Dear brother of Al Katona (Kim), and Steve Katona (late Rob), and uncle, cousin, and friend to many. Phil graduated from North Royalton High School and Baldwin Wallace College where he was an outstanding football player. He had a long, successful career in medical sales. Phil treasured spending time with his family more than anything, and loved coaching his three daughters in basketball and softball through grade school. Phil’s grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he was their biggest fan at their sporting and school events. He was loved immensely, and will live in our hearts forever. VISITATION THURSDAY, MAY 9TH FROM 3-7PM AT ZABOR FUNERAL HOME 5680 Pearl Rd. Parma, Oh 44129. FUNERAL MASS FRIDAY AT 10AM AT ST. JOHN NEUMANN. Interment North Royalton Cemetery. To offer condolences visit

Messages of Condolence

  1. Uncle Phil, we were so fortunate to spend time with you recently. Our boys loved talking about cars with you and Joe & I always enjoyed your company. You will be missed and loved always.

  2. Whaley & entire Katona Family,

    We are immensely sorry for your loss and you are deeply in our prayers during this time. Phil was a great man!

  3. This is so terrible, I’m so sorry, I can’t even believe it. I love all of you and want you to know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers and we’re here for you.❤️

  4. The North Royalton Alumni Association extends sincere condolences to the family.

  5. Jim and I are so saddened by this loss. To Rose, the kids and the grandchildren, we have very fond memories from the family gatherings. I so enjoyed his football insights at Doms games where many were delivered in amusing ways. He will be deeply missed. We pray for your comfort during the days ahead and hope that the many memories will console you and give you peace.

  6. Our deepest condolences for the entire Katona family. Heaven has gained another angel. May the love you shared and beautiful memories you made bring you comfort. You are in our prayers.

  7. Rosie, Thinking of you in these difficult times. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Dear Rose, We are so sorry to hear about Phil. We have great memories of you and your family from when we were
    neighbors. We are currently in Florida and unable to attend the service. We just happened to see the notice on the
    internet. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort in this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
    Bill and Diane Pesek

  9. So sorry for your loss. May his soul rest in peace. Prayers during this time for you and your family.

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