Mass of Christian Burial for Eugene L. Takacs, born March 25, 1921, will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, 32114 Vine St., Willowick. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, at Davis-Babcock Funeral Home, 4154 Clark Ave., Willoughby. Family and friends will meet for a short prayer 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and proceed to Mass celebrated by the Rev. Fr. Ted Lucas. Final resting place will be at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township, with military honors, following the Mass.
Gene loved his wife, Gloria A. (Coletto) Takacs. Their gift to their daughters, Gloria Jean (Chuck Fenstermaker) Takacs, Carol (John Kipres Jr.) Mondichak and Jeanette (Jim Grida) Vargo, was their enduring and unfaltering love for each other.
Eugene was a proud veteran of the U.S. Merchant Marines, serving aboard the Edmund B. Alexander during World War II
Mr. Takacs was a truck driver for 41 years for Clark Controller Company (A. O. Smith) before his retirement.
In addition to his daughters, Gene leaves behind his grandchildren, Victoria (David) Potts, Tony Takacs and Tim Takacs; great-grandsons, David and Gavin Potts; and sisters, Marion (George) Measor and Malvina Schwartfigure.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria A.; parents, Louis J. and Ellen (Hartman) Takacs; sister, Eleanor Ennes; and brothers, Louis F. and Edward Takacs.
We are deeply grateful to family and friends who have shared their time and prayers, to each person who made ""Gino's"" breakfasts at Bob Evans and McDonald's a joy, to Laketran drivers, and to Mother Raffael and the kind staff at Mount Saint Joseph where Mr. Takacs passed away Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it's everything in between that makes it all worth living.