George I. Simunovic, 90, of Elyria Township, passed away Dec. 31, 2012 in Elyria Memorial Regional Medical Center, Elyria, surrounded by his family.
Born January 9, 1922 in Gornje Prilisce, Croatia, near Karlovac, he later emigrated and arrived in the United States in 1950 and resided in Elyria Township for more than 50 years. George excelled in his trade as a carpenter and master bridge builder, working in Cuyahoga, Lorain and other counties. He was a member of the UBC, Local #212 (United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America).
George was a lifelong member of St. Vitus Croatian Catholic Church of Lorain, where he served as usher and was a current member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church of Elyria Township. He was actively involved in the Croatian community and served as the supreme secretary for the Croatian Peasant Party (Hrvatska Seljacka Stranka) for many years. George served as president of the Croatian Catholic Union, Lodge #17, for more than 30 years, retaining his position after its merger with the Croatian Fraternal Union, Lodge #136. He also was a member of the Croatian Club in Lorain.
George was a devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, maintaining his apple orchard and 18 acres of land and liked working on his tractor.
George will be so very deeply missed by his family. He is survived by his stepchildren, Mary Lou (Donald) Milovich, of Elyria Township and Stephen L. (Cynthea) Sabolich, of Westlake; grandchildren, Annette Milovich, of Elyria Township, Christine (Peter) Lesko, of Westlake, Nicholas (Taryn) Milovich, of Westlake, Michelle Sabolich, of San Francisco and Stephen J. Sabolich, of Lakewood; six great-grandchildren; and sisters, Barbara Frankovic, Marica Skrtic and Danica Gluscic, all of Croatia.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary A. Simunovic (nee Mikulan) in September 2010; stepdaughter, Mildred A. Sabolich in October 2010; granddaughter, Karen Milovich in September 2002; parents, Nikola and Ana (nee Zunic) Simunovic; brother, Nikola Simunovic; and sister, Zorica Sabljak.
A mass of Christian burial will be held Thursday, January 3 at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 41295 North Ridge Road, Elyria Township. The Reverend Donald Dunson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Croatian Fraternal Union Scholarship Foundation, 100 Delaney Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Ave, Lorain. Online condolences can be made at www.gluvna.net.