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Leon "Skip" J. Ponikvar

April 3, 1939 ~ October 31, 2017 (age 78)

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Leon "Skip" J. Ponikvar, 78, of Aurora, entered eternal rest Tuesday evening, October 31st, 2017 at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born on April 3rd, 1939 to the late Leon and Mary (Kozitko) Ponikvar. Skip served 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a Radioman onboard USS CHILTON. He also retired as a Lieutenant of the Eastlake Police Department after 24 years of duty.

He will be missed by: his loving wife of 47 years, Kathleen (nee Wedding) of Aurora; son, John R. Ponikvar of VA; daughter, Jennifer (Tim) Backovsky of Eastlake; sister, Daniele "Donna" (nee Ponikvar) Blessing of Aurora; brother-in-law, Gregory (Lois) Wedding of Painesville; special daughter, Olga Messier of VA; grandchildren, Benjamin and Emily Backovsky, Joseph Ponikvar Jr., Anastasia Kudryavtseva; nieces, Kelly Ulrich and Michelle Chernikoff; and many friends. Skip is preceded in death by: his parents; sons, James Lodge II, Joseph F. Ponikvar, and James D. Ponikvar; and brother-in-law, Charles Blessing.

Family and friends will be received 3:00 - 7:00 P.M., Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at Best Funeral Home, 15809 Madison Rd., Middlefield, OH 44062. A MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL WILL BE AT 11:00 A.M., MONDAY NOVEMBER 6th, 2017 AT HOLY ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 18205 CHILLICOTHE RD., BAINBRIDGE, OH 44023. Please meet at the Church. Skip's final resting place will be in All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, OH.

 Service Information

November 5, 2017

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Best Funeral Home
15809 Madison Rd
Middlefield, OH 44062

Mass of Christian Burial
November 6, 2017

11:00 AM
Holy Angels Catholic Church
18205 Chillicothe Rd
Bainbridge, OH 44023

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