NICHOLAS JOHN LOYA
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Yurch Funeral Home
5618 Broadview Road
Parma, OH
LOYA NICHOLAS JOHN LOYA, 57, April 16, 1957 - May 15, 2014 Beloved husband of Christine (nee Uveges). Loving son of Joseph E. (deceased) and Martha I. Loya. Devoted brother of Maria (deceased), Rev. Thomas, Deacon Gregory (Kathleen) and Timothy (Barbara) Loya. Loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. Many friends like family - brother in Christ to All. Nick an honest, trustworthy, compassionate man did "everything with Love." Nick was a "servant of the servants" having a spiritual vocation as a Sacred Artist, designer, craftsman, teacher, cantor and a co-owner of Eikona Studios; He used his Life well in bringing people closer to God and working for God's Glory. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Nicholas Loya Benefit Fund at Huntington Bank. Funeral Divine Liturgy Friday 10am St. John Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, 1900 Carlton Rd., Parma, Ohio 44134, Everyone please meet at the Cathedral. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Family will receive friends at YURCH FUNERAL HOME, 5618 Broadview Rd., Parma, Ohio 44134 (between Snow & Brookpark) THURSDAY 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Parastas Prayer Service Thursday 7pm. 216-398-1010 ~ www.yurchfunerals.com




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Published by The Plain Dealer from May 18 to May 21, 2014.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
May
22
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Yurch Funeral Home
5618 Broadview Road, Parma, OH
May
22
Visitation
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Yurch Funeral Home
5618 Broadview Road, Parma, OH
May
22
Service
7:00p.m.
Yurch Funeral Home
5618 Broadview Road, Parma, OH
May
23
Liturgy
10:00a.m.
St. John Byzantine Catholic Cathedral
1900 Carlton Rd., Parma, OH
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I just attended the Normandy High School Class of 1975 40th reunion this evening, and just now learned of Nick's passing. I played Junior High and then High School Varsity basketball with Nick. Throughout all those many years, he was an incredible player as a starting forward, and helped us win many games in the Lake Erie H.S. basketball League. Rest In Peace Nick, we will play 1 on 1 some day on a court in heaven!
John Carney
September 5, 2015
Nick and I met at Kent State as students in Manchester Hall. Later, we were roommates when we moved off campus and spent a lot of time together, whether at the gym lifting weights or just carousing.

He contacted me while I was living in Nebraska and asked for assistance with his first icon screen for a church in Lorain. I helped him with a couple others before he struck out on his own with Christine.

We had a great time sailing on Lake Erie in the neighbor's boat, losing parts of the rudder and "struggling" to get back to shore. We were laughing too much to be serious. Taking winter hikes in James Day Park, with Christine, to cook sausage and beans and just talk.

Nick was my best man at my wedding. We did not have much contact afterwards.

I can't understand why this disease would take such a good man.

Rusin Van Dyke
Rusin Van Dyke
February 26, 2015
Please be assured of my prayers for Nick and the Loya family. I will celebrate a Mass in his name.
Rev. John Thieryoung
May 23, 2014
Christine, our deepest love and prayers. Being one of Nick's cousins from Pittsburgh, our family reunions only started once the "gang from Cleveland" arrived. So many memories of big hugs and lots of laughter. God Bless

Monica Najeski-Ringeisen, husband Sonny, daughter Amanda and son, Nicholas, wife Nicole and from Pittsburgh
May 23, 2014
We were shocked to hear of Nick's death and here we are stuck in Phoenix, Arizona, having to help Stephanie move in and John-Paul to move out to Colorado, and cannot attend the funeral. With Joe it was the weather and with Maria I was in Peru. Be assured that we are there in spirit. Today we shall offer our Liturgy for Big Nick.

It was so beautiful that Nick married his long time partner, Christina. We are so sorry that the marriage did not last long on this earth. Christina, you also have endured so much. Why does God permit so much suffering? It only makes sense as a preparation for eternity as we unite our cross with the Lord's cross and offer it up to God as a dynamic prayer for the Church, a better world, and for our loved ones. That will make a saint out of you.

Nick's mother, Martuka, as we affectionately call her to differentiate her from our Aunt Martha, has undergone so much over her life......having lost her husband and son within a period of a few months after losing her daughter in the 1970s. Mar, you are so strong, a woman of such great faith and courage. I am sure all of this will make a saint out of you. Mar, I'm so sorry that you have to go though this agony again. You and Christina are in our prayers.

We enjoyed you, Big Nick. Thank you for all that you did for the Church (and Christina too) with your art and your skill in refurbishing church sanctuaries. In that way you helped to give so many people a little bit of heaven during the liturgies. Th ank you for adding so much to our lives. Your saintly faith and courage through all of this was an inspiration for us. When our time comes, as it inevitably will sooner or later, may we be as ready as you were with all that you had to go through......all of which I am sure brought you closer to God and was all a prayer really. We'll be looking forward to a big party with you in eternity. May we all make sure to live our lives as God intended so that we all are there. Any no-shows will be extremely disappointing.

Our deepest sympathies, prayers, and love from Paul and Jaga Sebastian, John-Paul, Stephanie, Naomi, Joseph and all of the extended family.
Paul Sebastian
May 23, 2014
Mrs. Loya, I remember Nick from his early years on McCreary Road. He and my brother, Ken, were always up to something back in the field and around the neighborhood. I have heard throughout the years of Nick's inspiration of others through his artistic works and service to others. God bless you and the family.
Joan Buyansky Butler
May 23, 2014
Whenever I think of Nick (my first cousin),I recall how talented and quick-witted he was. When he came to visit at my parent's house I recall him putting on a puppet show in our basement that had us all in stitches.
He used his talents to produce exquisite icons that will be enjoyed by many for decades. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.
James Budd
May 22, 2014
My Condolences to you and your Family Kathy god bless him on his Journey home to his King. Kathy Mercadel
& Family
May 22, 2014
Oh the many memories I have heard about from my father, Ken, mother, Karen, and uncle, Steve from your childhood in Seven Hills. I remember the luau at your house many years back and stories of removing the front seat in your car and driving from the back seat. Thank you for being a great friend to my family and God bless you Nick. You will be missed. Blessings to your family and friends knowing that you are at peace in Heaven.
Cheandra Donaldson (Buyansky)
May 22, 2014
Greg,
My deepest condolences for the loss of your Brother. He is now in a better place taking care of all that loved him. May the Lord keep him in his glory and may we join him as well when it is our time.

God bless you and all your family.
Andres M. Nunez Nunez
May 22, 2014
To my big brother. You tackled so many big things in life and were an inspiration to so many, including me. All my life you were bigger than life to me and my mind is filled with so many memories of us growing up, you bringing the best Uncle presents to my kids -I am so glad that we were on the same side all these years, especially being united in our Byzantine Catholic faith. You once told me that I should not be just an "ordinary" deacon - I will not disappoint you. Please keep inspiring me and hopefully so many others to do what needs to be done and not just let someone else do it. Say hi to Maria and Dad for me. Love - your brother Greg.
Deacon Gregory Loya
May 21, 2014
Mrs. Loya and Family

So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your deep faith and love for the good Lord will help you through this.

Love to you all!
Lydia (Palmeri) SanFilippo
May 20, 2014
My condolences to his family. Nick (as I knew him) was a kind spirit and full of life. Only remember back in school. I can remember him in track and field, and being a fast runner with those long legs! I remember joking with because he had a real good sense of humor, funny guy. You'll be missed!
Andre Maluk
May 20, 2014
Greg, My deeepest condolences. I know that your faith will keep you strong. Neil
Neil Barrett
May 20, 2014
To Nicholas and Christine, it is with heavy heart that we think of the days ahead that will be empty of the laughter and smiles you two would share as you both scrambled to meet yet another company project deadline.

You were not only "Larger Than Life" to us as a brother-in-law, but also a big brother to many in need in the Tremont community.
Doing GOD'S work with such humility and grace brought you two together in life. Your dedication and compassion for one another through your personal ailments is a testament of eternal love for each other.
Michael & Carol Uveges
May 20, 2014
Please accept my condolences for the loss of your precious loved one. I remember Nic growing up, as he was one of my Brothers friends. God Bless.
Danny Burda
Danny Burda
May 19, 2014
Dear Christine, It is with a deeply saddened heart that I learned this evening of Nick's passing. From the moment I met both of you I understood very well your deep faith and love for each other. It was a huge blessing for me to share some time with you and learn more about your vocation. God grant you health, peace and the comfort only a Father can bring. Love, Marianna
Marianna Savaryn
May 19, 2014
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me …”(2 Tm 4:7-8).
We know Nicholas is wearing his "crown of righteousness" he so deserves.
Our love and prayers to the entire family.
Lory Nemeth and family
May 19, 2014
Remembering the Loya family in our prayers during this difficult time.
The Stergar Family
May 19, 2014
My sympathies to you all! I grew up with the whole Loya family from the cathedral! Nick was a great man and will be missed by many. May your heart be comforted in knowing that Nick is with our Lord and not suffering at all. Debbie Genedick Fekete (St. Joseph's Byzantine Church)
May 19, 2014
With deepest sympathys to you and the family, Christine. My wish is that family and friends help to ease the sorrows and pain for Nick, but rejoice, that he is in a place where there is no pain, nor sorrow, nor mourning. A place of Light and Love, where Nick will raise a voice to sing God's praises in the Heavenly choir with his father, Joe, sister, Maria, Fr. Stephen, and Uncles John, Paul, Frank and Joe.
Thad Hvasta
May 19, 2014
Deepest sympathies to your family from the Callahan family. Greg has shared stories about Nick with me over the years we have worked together. I wish that I had a chance to meet and get to know someone that passionate and caring about his work and family. The love and strength that he had in life does not leave but remains with all his friends and family.
Sean Callahan
May 19, 2014
my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. may god wrap you in his loving arms and give you comfort. love you. Sheryl uveges
May 19, 2014
Our sympathies to the family. We will miss Nick and all of his talents and great kindness to others. The Bratnick Family
Christine Bratnick
May 19, 2014
Greg, my sincere condolences on the passing of your brother Nick. May the Lord's strength give you and your family comfort and peace at this difficult time.
Debbie Schmidt
May 19, 2014
The beauty of a life well-lived, well-loved and God-centered is never lost. Christine, may the time and beautiful, creative projects you shared with Nick give you strength and bring you peace. You and the Loya family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Catherine (Smythe Zajc) & John Zajc
May 19, 2014
Our deepest sympathy to the whole Loya family.
Bob Hamel
May 19, 2014
Deepest Sympathy extended from the Maguire family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers of comfort and peace.
Karen Maguire
May 18, 2014
Our prayers go out to the Loya family on the loss of such a loving and caring soul. Nick will be missed dearly but will live on in the hearts of all of us. Our deepest sympathy, The Kirk Family.
May 18, 2014
I hope the promise at Isaiah 57:15 comfort your family during this difficuli time.
May 18, 2014
May I express to all of you of the family, but especially to those of whom I have personal acquaintance-- Christine, Fr. Tom and Deacon Gregory , my deepest sympathy on the death of Nicholas. I will be out of the country and be not be able to concelebrate the funeral Liturgy. He was a very talented artist and craftsman. It was always great to deal with him and you Christine in a number of projects over the years. May he be numbered among the saints in the Book of Life! Peace. The Rev. Joseph T. Hilinski, Pastor, St. Barbara.
May 18, 2014
I was so deeply saddened to have learned the news of Nick's passing. Nick was such a talented, energetic and funny guy. I still remember well what an absolute card he was as a teen. You could not help but like him.

I last saw Nick while in Cleveland a couple years back. I was driving down W. 7th St in Tremont and Nick caught my eye. He was at crowded lawn party. Being so tall, he stood out like only a Loya could. I stopped my car and told my passengers/friends, "I just have to go and say hello to Nick."

What a gallant fight Nick put forth in the past year. Having kept up on Nick's trials through his brother Tom, I learned that Nick's spirit and optimism could not be broken. Nick truly was a role model for us all in dealing with adversity and suffering.

My husband Stephen and I hold the entire Loya family in our thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely,
Denise (Benson) & Steve Di Biase
May 18, 2014
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