Alfred John Bujorian, 83, of Munroe Falls, Ohio passed away April 20, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. |
He was born May 16, 1928 in Akron, Ohio to Gabriel and Marie Bujorian, who preceded him in death.
He graduated from East High School and served in the United States Army from 1946 to 1948. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Akron in 1952 and a Master of Arts degree in Social Work from Western Reserve University in 1954.
Al was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and Frank; and his sisters and brothers-in-law, Rita (Edward) Piotter and Louise (Robert) Eggleston. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Yolanda; his children, Patricia (William) Troyer, John (Diane), Carl (Patricia) and Anne (Chuck) Armao; his grandchildren, Andrew, Adam, Anthony, Jack, Matthew and Mark Bujorian and Maria Armao. He is also survived by his siblings, Harold (Emma Jane) Bujorian, Lucy (Donald deceased) Endlich, and Millie (Dean deceased) Rood; and sisters-in-law, Charlotte and Patricia.
Upon graduation, he worked for eight years for Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services. Then he devoted 29 years of faithful service to Summit County Children's Services Board, retiring in 1991. He held several roles throughout his tenure, but most enjoyed his role as a social work supervisor. He excelled at training new social workers in the complexities of aiding families in difficult situations and was a beloved mentor to many case workers. His calm demeanor and ability to ask thoughtful, insightful questions in non-judgmental ways helped others see possibilities for resolution.
Al married Yolanda Merlitti in 1958. They moved to Tallmadge, Ohio, in 1965 and raised a family of four children in a loving household, instilling values of kindness and service to others. After retirement, Al and his daughter Anne created a handwriting analysis business, Write On!, during which he continued his work to help others gain insights about themselves or people with whom they worked.
Al was known for his sweet tooth and never ending love for Yolanda's blueberry pie and Pat's coconut cream pie. Al had a lovely smile, a gentle sense of humor and consistently surprised his family and friends with his funny quips. He was a quiet and unassuming man. Al loved music, had a beautiful tenor voice and harmonized instinctively, making him a much-appreciated member of the funeral choir at his parish, Our Lady of Victory, in Tallmadge, Ohio.
Al's children wish to pay tribute to the love, faith and support Mom exhibited through Dad's long journey with Alzheimer's disease. The family wishes to acknowledge in a special way the support of Steven (Skip) Radwany, MD and Maryjo Cleveland, MD, the staff of the Summa Health System's Center for Senior Health and the staff at Summa's New Horizons Adult Day Services, Ashley of Community Caregivers, and devoted friend Ed Gray all of whom added greatly to Al's well being.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at Our Lady of Victory Church, 73 North Ave., Tallmadge, Ohio, with Rev. Father John Hengle officiating. Interment will be at Tallmadge Cemetery, following the funeral Mass.
Calling hours will be held at Donovan Funeral Home, 17 Southwest Ave. (on the Historic Tallmadge Circle) from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 23, 2012.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to Summa New Horizons Adult Day Services, 525 E. Market St., Akron, OH 44309 or Our Lady of Victory Church, 73 North Ave, Tallmadge, OH 44278.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2012