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Mark J. Guho

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Mark J. Guho Obituary
October 24, 1922 - August 2, 2017 Mark J. Guho passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at the age of 94 at his home in Woodland Hills surrounded by his 7 loving children. Mark was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 24, 1922 to Marko and Mary Guho. He had two older siblings, Helen and Nick. He attended St. John's Military Academy, Loyola High School, and graduated from Loyola University, Los Angeles in 1948 where he was a member of Sigma Rho fraternity. During World War ll Mark's college studies were postponed when he entered into active service on March 17, 1943 with the United States Army. He served in Europe including the Battle of the Bulge, crossed the Siegfried Line and was one of the first to shake hands with the Russians. Mark returned home in February, 1946 and completed his college education. He joined his brother Nick in building a successful construction company, Guho Corporation. The brothers would later found Cudahy Building Materials in 1957. After Christmas morning mass in 1948, Mark proposed to his college sweetheart, Celestine E. Lieb and they were married in April, 1949 at St. Cecelia Church in Los Angeles. They lived in West Los Angeles where they started a family and then settled in Woodland Hills in 1959. They had 4 sons and 3 daughters and were happily married for 67 years. Celestine passed away in October, 2016. Mark was a first generation Californian. His parents immigrated to America from Croatia at the beginning of the 20th century. He was a practicing Roman Catholic and a member and supporter of St. Mel parish for 58 years. A family man and devoted husband and father at heart, he lived to see his family grow to many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His fatherly advice was often sought and he was always there if help was needed. Mark was a true sportsman with diversified interests and a strong work ethic that helped shape his successful life. He provided for all his children an education and took his family traveling frequently. A man of great strength and integrity, he was well liked, respected by everyone and will forever be held in loving memory and missed by all. Mark and Celestine Guho were of the finest representation of the "Greatest Generation." He is survived by his daughter Mary Ann Fragodt (Rodney), son Mark N. (Gerriann), daughter Elizabeth Guho-Johnson (Stephen), son Nicholas J. (Yvonne), daughter Diane Dragotto (the late Dr. Philip S.), son Gregory and son John; sister Helen Guho, 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Friday, August 11 at Holy Cross Cemetery, in the Risen Christ Chapel in Culver City. Rosary at 9:00 AM followed by funeral mass at 9:30 AM.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 10, 2017
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