James Lavrich
1926 - 2019
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Dr. James Howard Lavrich was called to the Lord November 11, 2019 at his home in East Windsor, NJ. He was the beloved son of the late Louis and Mae Lavrich. He was born May 16, 1926 and was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, graduating from Collinwood High School in 1944. He enlisted in the Navy, and was stationed in Alameda, CA. After honorable discharge, he attended Case Western Reserve University, and then enrolled in medical school at Loyola University in Chicago. During his residency at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, he met his future wife, Dr. Kathryn (Defler) Lavrich (deceased). They moved to Cleveland and settled in Richmond Heights. He built a pediatric practice with Kathryn, and Dr. James Posch, based in Euclid, Ohio, later moving to Mayfield. He was emeritus faculty at Case Western Medical School. He enjoyed cooking Slovenian specialties such as potica and strudel, sailing on Lake Erie, pinochle, and working on electronics and ham radio. After retirement, Dr. Lavrich moved near family in New Jersey, and continued work with the U.S. Army until 86. James and Kathryn were married for 62 years. He is the beloved brother of Louis, Charles, and Thomas, all of whom preceded him in death; and survived by his sister-in-law, Joan Lavrich of Mentor. James and Kathryn have five surviving children, Carol (Jack) Harding of MD, Richard (Pamela) Lavrich of NJ, Philip (Susan) Lavrich of NC, Judy (Karsten) Hauschild of NJ, and Kenneth (Debi) Lavrich of FL. He is dear grandfather of Bryan (Amanda), Christopher, Katelyn, Janet, Hanna, Alexander, Reilly, Aiden, Olwen, Kris, Brandon, Brittney, Breanna, Kyle, and great-grandfather of Ava and Owen. A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov 25, at Meadow Lakes, East Windsor, NJ, with interment in BG William Doyle veteran cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ. Memorial donations may be made in his name at the CWRU Medical School Medicine Catalytic Fund, Advancement Services, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-7035 or online at giving.cwru.edu/med.

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Published in The News-Herald from Nov. 16 to Nov. 22, 2019.
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November 19, 2019
AS A RELATIVE OF DR. JIM NATURALLY HE WAS MY PEDIATRICIAN.AFTER ONE VISIT THE NEW RECEPTIONIST GAVE US A BILL.UPON RETURNING HOME MOM RECEIVED A CALL FROM DR. JIM THAT SAYING A MISTAKE WAS MADE AND IT WOULD NOT HAPPEN AGAIN.HE NEVER CHARGED FAMILY.GOD BLESS BOTH YOU AND KATHRYN.






GEORGE YADRICH
george yadrich
November 18, 2019
Dr. Lavrich was the most kind and intelligent physician I have ever met or worked with. I enjoyed every day I worked with him and am very saddened by his death. My deepest sympathy is extended to his family. I pray you know all the good work he did and all the children he helped.
Elsie Fleckenstein
November 18, 2019
I am very sorry for the loss of Dr. Laverich. He gave me shots, throat cultures, medications,etc. when I was a child, as he did to my 6 brothers and sisters while he was working out of the Braeburn medical building -too many years ago. He kept us healthy and happy and I will never forget him. Truly a great man. Very sorry for your loss.
Paul Stefanko
November 16, 2019
My condolences to all of Dr. Jim's family & friends. Dr. Jim was my pediatrician, kept me and my siblings healthy & strong. I remember the 1st time I saw him out of his office for a picnic at The Lot. I was so taken back at seeing him in sneakers and a polo, "where is his lab coat, necktie & wingtips?" I asked my mother!
He once jumped in the Chagrin River after my little brother toppled in the water and pulled him to safety, saving his live.
He was the Best Doc ever and he will be missed.
Love to all,
Bobby Such
Robert Suchevits
November 16, 2019
My sincere condolences to Dr Laverich's family! JIm and Katherine were the best doctors ever! They cared for my two girls from the very beginning! RIP Dr Laverich, you're a hard act to follow. I have memories of the many visits throughout the years! God Bless you and may your family's grief be consoled with the beautiful memories of yesteryear,
Anita Antonacci
November 15, 2019
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Philip Lavrich
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