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Leonard S. Svetlak

December 5, 1930 February 6, 2018
Leonard S. Svetlak
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On Tuesday evening, February 6, 2018, Leonard Stephen Svetlak passed peacefully in the company of his children at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Leonard’s soul entered unto Christ’s presence while his body went to work to help others fighting leukemia. At Beth Israel, Leonard participated in a clinical trial in an effort to help him and others fight acute myeloma leukemia. Leonard agreed to further participate in studies, after his passing, to determine the effectiveness and the impact of this study. If you knew Leonard, his efforts at possibly helping others would not surprise you. He was a true Christian, and a man who work tirelessly in life and even in his death.

Leonard was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on December 5,1930, the son of Stephen and Anna (Omasta) Svetlak; graduated from Wilson High School, and briefly attended Akron University before entering the army at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia where he trained with the Signal Corps. It was there that he married his high school sweetheart, Tilly. After Fort Gordon, he was assigned to the Pentagon where he served from 1952 - 1954. After an honorable discharge, Leonard returned home and began a long career with The Klempay Bros Company moving homes and historical buildings such as the St. James Episcopal Church of Boardman in 1972. Later, he worked for R T Vernal Paving and Excavating Co. and the Reserve Run Golf Course, which he throughly enjoyed, until his retirement. He was an avid sports fan, a terrific golfer, loved to play cards, and most of all he loved spending time with his family as well as his best friends of nearly 70 years and neighbors of 50 years.

He is survived by his son Stephen (Sheryl) Svetlak of Jackson Twp, Ohio, a daughter Susan Hatch and fianace, Anthony Tambone of Boston, MA; five grandchildren, Emily Hatch of Boston; Stephen Svetlak, Jr. of Canton Jeffery Hatch of New York City, Abigail Svetlak of Jackson Twp, Stuart Svetlak at The Ohio State University, Columbus; two great-grandchildren Caio and Leo of Boston; his brother, George (Carol) Svetlak of Youngstown; his sister, Lucille (Steve) Gocala of Canfield; brother-in-law, Atty Joseph (Rosemary) Sontich, and sister-in-law Mary Sontich of Michigan; many beloved nieces and nephews and his special friend, Ruth Komara of Tampa, Fla.

Leonard’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch St, Beverly, where his great- grandson Caio attends the first grade followed by a celebration of his life at The Beverly Golf and Tennis Club. Leonard has made many friends here in Boston where his daughter has lived since 1976. Following those services, Leonard will return home to Canfield where another mass will be held (date to be determined) and a celebration of his life will immediately following. Information, directions, condolences at
Donations in his name can be made to St. Michael’s Church in Canfield, Ohio.

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St. John the Evangelist Church

111 New Balch Street
Beverly, MA 1915

St. John the Evangelist Church
111 New Balch Street Beverly 1915 MA
United States

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