Robert Michael "Bob" JONAS


Robert Michael "Bob", age 58, died at his home in Anderson Twp on Tuesday April 23, 2013.

Beloved husband & best friend of Vicki (nee Jones). Loving father to Cassy Jonas of Union Township and Craig Jonas of Fairfax.

Son of the late Mary Lorraine and John W. Jonas Sr. He is also survived by sisters Janet (Lew) Frey of Orlando, Florida, Marlene Jonas of Fairfax, Lori (Ed) Czerwinski of El Segundo, California, and Karen Riesenberg (Jon) of Madeira. Brother of John Jonas Jr. (Peggy) Of Anderson Township, Ken (Jean) Jonas of Madeira, Don (Cathy) Jonas of Anderson Township, And Steve Jonas of Newtown. Son-in-law of Ronald and Joyce Jones of Anderson Township, Brother-in-law of Gail (Bill) Conlon of Greensboro, North Carolina and Luke (Jackie) Jones of Pierce Township. Survived by 13 nieces and 11 nephews.

Bob was the owner of Ritze Auto Service and a licensed Pilot. He was a member of the Moeller Knights of Columbus and the 404 club.

The Memorial Mass will be held Friday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Margaret of Cortona Catholic Church, 4100 Watterson St., Cincinnati, OH 45227. A reception will be held immediately following the Mass at St. Margaret of Cortona School. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bob Jonas Memorial Fund c/o Fifth Third Bank.

Thomas Justin Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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You are so loved and missed more than ever. In 2020 you would be President of the cabin fever club making more "Bubba" stories for all of your friends to tell.
April 23, 2020
You are so loved and missed more than ever. In 2020 you would be President of the cabin fever club making more "Bubba" stories for all of your friends to tell.
April 23, 2020
Happy Birthday. Well Bubba not one day goes by that you are not missed. Today you would be 65, your year to retire and time to pass the torch. Lots of milestones. Words cannot express how much you are missed. Forever loved and always in our hearts.
December 29, 2019
Happy 64th Birthday Bubba. Thanks for all of the great memories. Miss you every single day. Our lives are for ever changed for knowing you and saying good bye. Forever in our hearts.

December 29, 2018
5 years has gone by so quickly and then
again it seems like a lifetime ago. You are missed every minute of every day and so loved. You are forever in our hearts.
April 24, 2018
40 years ago today was the best day ever! 2 great kids and a wild ride together for 35 earthly years, plus our 5 bonus years together. Wonderful memories together. Love you always and miss you more.
April 1, 2018
Missing you more every day. Happy ♥ Day.
February 14, 2018
Missing you more every day. Happy ♥ Day.
February 13, 2018
Happy Birthday in heaven Bob. You are so loved and missed. Most days it is hard to believe you are really gone until reality sets in for the day. Enjoy a Bud Select with your new heavenly Buddy. I bet he even calls you Mr. Jonas!
December 28, 2016
We think of all of you every day. Even though there are so many miles between all of us, you are in all we see and do.
From the log house to the left, to the cottage on the right, to the fire pit across the street, to the ice pick buried somewhere in the walls of this house, you are all with us.
Love to you all
Dawn Noblett-Griffin
April 25, 2016
You are missed every day and we hold you close in our hearts.
The feeling of your loss is as strong as the first day.
April 23, 2016
i miss you bubba
michael maciariello
January 23, 2016
2 years and 3 months have gone by and the pain of missing you has not dulled one bit. If anything the pain of missing you increases every day.
July 19, 2015
Not a day goes by that we don't think of Bob,Vicki,Craig and Cassy-
Dawn Noblett-Griffin
April 25, 2015
It has been said, "time heals all wounds". In time, the mind protecting its sanity covers the wounds with scar tissue and the pain might lessen but it is never gone .
-rose kennedy
miss you most of all.
April 23, 2015
Dear Vicki, I'm thinking of you now as I often do. This candle is for Bob. For his Birthday. Love Vicky
Victoria DeSalvo
January 6, 2015
Happy 60th Birthday Bob. You are missed by many. Forever young. Love you.
December 29, 2014
Bob was a wonderful man. Honest and hard working. Always ready to help out a friend. He loved his family and took pride in his job. We will always love and respect you Brother.
Till we meet again my friend.
Tim, Jeff, Caleb and Ryland Moeller
Tim Moeller
July 29, 2014
A year has gone by and the second summer is starting without you. Empty pool, cold grill, no parties, friends and family have moved on. Memories at every turn. "I miss you. They say I'll be ok but I'm not going to...ever get over you".
May 25, 2014
Dear Bob,

I got the call at about 7 a.m. the morning you died while I was brushing my teeth and getting ready for work. “ died,” I heard my boyfriend say as he handed me my phone. I didn't catch the first part and, by the time the latter half had registered - for one of the most frightening moments of my life - I thought he was talking about my dad. “Cassy's on the phone. I think her dad just died.” In true Cassy fashion, putting others' feelings before her own, she apologized for calling me so early and starting my day with the terrible news, “but I just wanted to call because he loved you so much,” she told me. Damn.
I miss you like you were my own dad. Though we were not related by blood, I have always considered your “baby girl” a sister from another mister, if you will, ever since we became inseparable friends as roommates our first semester of college. You were like my own dad in so many ways. Strong. Silent. Loyal. Wise. A lover of a good beer. And only caring for his family more than his outdoor hobbies and his perfectly manicured lawn.
I think I miss you so much, in part, because I feel like I didn't have enough time to say my goodbyes. I saw you two days earlier during one of my many Facetime sessions with Cass. I had no idea you had gotten that bad. I kept up with the updates on the blog for you, but I didn't expect to see you - a shell of you - like that. Unrecognizable. Skeletal. Mouth open and eyes vacant. A body. Not the Bobster I knew. I shouted “Hi Bob!” to you and waved. I still wonder if you heard my voice. I hope you did.
I think about you a lot, Bob. The last time I saw you in the backyard (one of your sanctuaries). Soaking up some warm sun while floating in your pool and drinking my first Shock Top. The first time I met you. We were out eating, you, me, Cass and Vicki, and you made fun of Cassy's dinner etiquette all night with your quiet sarcasm. Your simple one-liners were always dry, entertaining and perfectly timed. I'm going to miss that about you, Bob.
I surprised Cassy with a visit recently over the Memorial Day weekend. I think the trip ended up comforting me more than her. She seems to be doing really well. She has her down days. Like the one she spent working in the backyard. I would imagine it's really hard to be in that backyard and not feel you everywhere in it. She says she misses your hugs and your smile the most (even though she hugs and smiles just like you). But she seems to be carrying on like quite the soldier. The Vickster, too. She looked absolutely great at brunch! I didn't get to see Craig because he was away for the weekend at a music festival, a sign that he is getting back to normal as well. You will forever be a huge part of your family, though, Bob. That's for sure.
It was a good visit, though. We hung out with the dogs, ate a lot of great Cincinnati staple food, drank a lot of beer, laughed and reminisced, and got pedicures. It was just like college again. I just wanted to make sure she got some time to relax and feel normal again. Vicki agreed it would be good for her. A part of me did it for you, too. Or perhaps to feel like I at least did something for you. Either way, she did seem happy. Mission accomplished, I guess.
But there are times I don't know what to say to her. Like when we passed the Father's Day aisle at Target. I could tell it caught her eye. I think we both tried to avoid it. I didn't say anything. I just watched her eyes linger on it, and eventually snap out of it, eager to move on from the thought of not having a father for Father's Day this year. This has never happened between us before - not knowing what to say or do when the other is going through a hard time. We used to have having a sick parent in common - you battling your cancer and my mom slowly surrendering to her Alzheimer's. Now her sick parent is gone and, while mine is still gradually slipping away, I feel like the two experiences are so different now. And almost like I've abandoned my friend. She must feel so alone and I hate that I can't do anything about that. Instead, I settle with trying to make her laugh and smile as much as possible. I hope I'm doing a good job.
Yes, I loved you like my own dad, Bob. I still can't think of you without smiling at the memory of your smile, and tearing up at the fact that I will never see you wear it again. But I thank you for leaving me with such great memories and for giving me my Cincinnati family. I thank you for being an amazing man, husband, and father for that family. And I thank you for the huge role you played in Cassy being the best friend she has always been and the woman she has grown to be. I know I'm not the only one in this world whose life is better for having had her in it.
I hope you're somewhere enjoying an ice-cold beer on a well-manicured lawn, truly resting in peace.

I'll always love and miss you, Bobster.

With much love and a heavy heart,

July 16, 2013
What a wonderful tribute to your husband has and will be in my prayers!
Judy Koehne
May 8, 2013
Aunt Vicki, Craig & Cassy:

I'm sending my love and prayers to you! He was a good man & will be missed!

Love you guys!
Becky Fry
May 5, 2013
Craig and Jeff
I just found out about Bob's passing. I can't tell you how sorry I am.
I moved to The neighborhood in 2003 and discovered Ritze's shortly thereafter. As you know, I have zero mechanical ability and I always felt at the mercy of the mechanic - it led to high bills and strained relationships. I was hoping better at Ritze's.

In the beginning I used to wonder why Bob never called me to check on repairs you planned to make or to tell me when it was done. The other places call you and tell you they need to do "this and this and this" . They request your permission to spend their money.

After a while I realized this was a good quirk of doing business at Ritze's. Those other places call because they are up selling. Bob did business in an honest way. If you needed it, he would put it on your car. No need to call. He was asking that you trust him and, after a number of times telling you guys that I needed something fixed and you telling me I didn't, I really did trust Ritze's. It is a return to times when business was done with a handshake. I like that.

I even quit calling to ask if my car was done. I just showed up. I knew Bob would call if it was going to take more than a day. Otherwise, it would be waiting for me.

I've told a dozen people over the years about Ritze's. Hopefully, some of them have made their way to your shop. I even have my father-in-law to try to time his repairs when he comes in from Milwaukee so he can get them done at Ritze's.

Bob was always a stand up guy, just like you two. For a guy who knows nothing about cars, I can't tell you how much a relief it is to deal with people like you.

I read many good things that people said about him in the online guest book. I didn't know him well, but my interactions with him always gave me a feeling he was a regular, down to earth great guy. my wife said the same - in fact , she might like you guys more than I do.
I'm sorry for your loss. Hang in there.
May 2, 2013
We were so sorry to hear about Bob, our prayers are with you and the whole Jonas family.
Linda and Glen Schardine
May 1, 2013
rest in peace Bob, you will be missed.
April 30, 2013
April 29, 2013
April 29, 2013
Vicki: So sorry about your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Michele Barnes
April 27, 2013
So sorry for your loss. May you and your family find comfort from happy memories and your loving friends.

Rosie Quallen Meinken
April 27, 2013
Bubba and I were back door friends all our lives. He did so much for me growing up and until the day he died. No matter what it was...i knew i could go to him for help or guidance. i am fortunate to have had him in my life always.everyone knows what a good man he was and so much better because of vicki, craig and does go on but dont worry vic...he will never be forgotten. i have so many happy memories to remember for the rest of my life. we love all of you and the jonas family. vicky
April 27, 2013
We are so sorry to hear about Bob our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time
Chuck &Jenny Wilson
April 26, 2013
I am very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He was a rarity in today's word: a good and honest man.
David Fisher
April 26, 2013
Our thoughts and prays are with the Jonas family, My Dad(Tom Rheude) thought the world of Bob and he will be very much missed.
Dan and Debbie(Rheude) Gates
April 26, 2013
I've known Bob for many years through Ritze's. He was always easy to get along with both personally and professionally. When my wife was ill last year he always asked how she was doing even though he was going through so much himself. He'll be missed.
Ric Justice
April 26, 2013
April 26, 2013
Vicki, my deepest sympathy to you and your children during this difficult time. I hope the prayers and thoughts of those that care will bring you strength in the coming days. Bob will always be in your hearts. God bless.
Kathie Huesman
April 26, 2013
Our family is so sorry to hear of the world losing Bob. We have wonderful memories of him from years ago and will remember his smile and kindness. Our prayers will be for you all to find comfort during this sad time.
The McGrath Family-Patty, John, Mike and Tim
April 26, 2013
Craig, Vicki, and Cassy,
Words cannot express the feelings I have for you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am truly proud and grateful to have known Bob and I will never forget his kind, quiet, and caring way. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts.
Will Nelson
April 25, 2013
Bob, we miss you already, always happy, asking how everyone was doing, you really cared about the community and the people that were raised there, your get togethers at the garage for christmas will not be the same,thanks for taking care of the people that I sent to the garage, and thanks for being the person that you were, always a kind word, and asking how certain people were doing, you always tried to smile through the pain , eapecially the back pain, a daily grind,you will not be forgotten, thanks for being so kind to everyone that you crossed paths with.
Mark Miller
April 25, 2013
You were a great family growing up on Merwin Avenue....I know all your family will miss you. God's blessing to all. Your old, old neighbor.
Alice (Riedy) Sturgeon
April 25, 2013
Dear Vicki, I am very saddened to hear this news. I will remember you and your family in prayer. I have fond memories of Bob.
john goebel
April 25, 2013
I will never forget working with Bob and all the fun we had. Bill Tonis and the WVXU sports quiz, the Reds and the world series celebrations, throwing snowballs at the transformer on the utility pole, the golf outings and Christmas celebrations, The "Palace of Culture" and of course the 404 Club. Thanks for these and many other memories.
Erv Friedrichs
April 25, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
paul clark
April 25, 2013
Jerry, Karen, Janet, Ken, Don, Marlene,Lori & Steghtve. I was so sad to hear about Bobby. My thoughts and prays are with all. I have very fond memories of Bobby from our youth and I know he will be missed. Love your cousin

Jan Niemeyer Bley
April 25, 2013
John, I'm sorry to hear about your brother, my prayers are with you and your family.
Patty Fox
April 25, 2013
Bob had a heart of gold. He always went out of his way to take care of your vehicles. He will be deeply missed and our prayers go out to his family for their loss
Jim and Pam Rogers
April 25, 2013
My thoughts prayers goes out to Bobby's family. You always had a smile even when you were in pain. I will always remember you. Now you have no more pain.You are with the Lord. You will be watching over all of us. Rest in peace my friend. Love you for ever.
Barb Mulvaney
April 25, 2013
My thoughts and prayers goes out to Bobby's family. He was a great friend. I knew you for along time. He always had smile evev he was in pain. Now you are free from the pain. I will always love you and miss you rest in peace my dear friend. Love you always. Barb Gerard Mulvaney.
April 25, 2013
I grew up with Vicki and her family in Mt. Adam's...great family. So,so sorry to you and yours...GOD BLESS
Tootsie Crowley Munninghoff
April 25, 2013
My most sincere sympathy to the Jonas family. Bob was a very special person, I feel honored to have known Bob over the past several years and will miss his kind face and words. God bless Bob, you will live on in many hearts!
Sandy Groll
April 25, 2013
Vicki , I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless you and your family . If you need anything please let me know.
Thomas, Nicholas and Nathaniel Jones
April 25, 2013
Kathy Faris
April 25, 2013
Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers. Try to find comfort in the fact that your brother is in a better place and that this is not the end, but the beginning of a wonderful, peaceful and pain free life. I love you with all my heart. Kathy
Kathy Faris
April 25, 2013
My heart goes out to you Vicki and your family. Love and prayers. Vicky
Vicky DeSalvo
April 25, 2013
All the people who knew Bob are heartbroken with this loss. May the Lord surround Bob's family and friends with his healing love.
Chris and Karen Johnston
April 25, 2013
To Bobby's siblings: We were neighbors long ago, but, I remember you all well. I send my sincerest sympathies and wish you all peace and comfort.
Leslie Wagenfeld
April 25, 2013
April 25, 2013
Vicki and family so sorry for your loss. Wish I had more comforting words for you! Ken and Lynn Croweak
April 25, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with you! I will always remember pumping my mom's gas (since she had no clue how to) and him always filling up my bike tires! He was a kind man and will be missed!

Mark, Kathy, Kelli and Jennifer McKenrick
April 25, 2013
We will miss Bob so much, but he will never be forgotten. He was a great dear friend, with the most wonderful smile, laugh, and biggest heart. God Bless you Bob , and Keep Vicki, Craig and Cassy in your heart. We love you guys
Dawn Noblett-Griffin
April 25, 2013
Dear Vicki and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Bob is wrapped in Our Dear Lord's arms and no longer in pain. His memories will live on forever in your hearts and it will give you the strength to endure. My thoughts and prayers continue.
God Bless All,
Sally Cox-Maj
April 25, 2013
I will miss Bob's sense of humor. Bob was always in a good mood. Wednesday nights at the ATP won't be the same without Bob. Miss ya Bob.
Karen Parker
April 25, 2013
Frank Dumont
April 24, 2013
I am going to miss my big brother so much more than I can express in words. Bubba, I love you so much!! Thank you so much for showing us how to live life to the fullest and sharing your love and kindness to everyone!
Lori Jonas-Czerwinski
April 24, 2013
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