age 84, of Shaker Hts. Beloved husband of the late Ilona (nee Majoros) and the late Kathy (Kapossy); loving father of John (Kelly Triska) and the late Joseph; dear brother of the late Joseph (Ida) and the late Steven (Jane). Dr. Palasics was a most dedicated leader for the Hungarian people and the Hungarian culture in greater Cleveland, and your Saturday morning Hungarian Radio Program host. Retired District Engineering Manager of U.S. Treasury-IRS. Highly educated in Engineering and Law. Member of the Professional Engineer Society, Ohio Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society, American Hungarian Foundation and the United Hungarian Society. Friends received at the ST. JOHN FUNERAL HOME, 923 BROADWAY, BED-FORD, (ONE MILE W. OF FORBES-BROADWAY EXIT OF I-271), SUNDAY 2-4 AND 7-9 P.M. where services will be held Monday, Jan. 29 at 10:15 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Church, Cleveland at 11 a.m. Burial Calvary Cemetery. Although flowers are appreciated, the family suggests contributions to the American Hungarian Foundation, 300 Somerset St., P.O. Box 1084, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-1084. www.cleveland.com/obits
And if I can add a personal note, John was a fellow member of the Greater Cleveland Hungarian Genealogy Society and very active. He brought a young videographer who was an exchange student from Hungary to one of our meetings. That young man had produced a documentary, "The Last Hungarian on Buckeye Road". What an insight he had to older generations ... the video was a real "tear jerker", how sad that our ethnic communities have dispersed amongst the populations. But the race riots in the early 1970s made their neighborhood unsafe, and Dr PALASICS recored the over 100 Hungarian Americans who were murdered during those years in that community. Few remnants remain today with a bakery, a couple of churches, some older residents... and Balaton Restaurant moved east to Shaker Square about 15 years ago and remains one of Cleveland's best Hungarian restaurants. John's father, Jozef, immigrated to America from Kormant (could this be Kormand?) race listed as Slovanian (most other PALASICS found in Ellis Is came from Zagreb) arriving in 1912. John was dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the Hungarian culture here in America. When I met him and found out I was Croatian he said "ok go ahead and tell me I am Croatian", my comment was that PALASICS had the looks of a Magyarized Croatian name BUT I said "you are obviously Hungarian and I would never try to tell you othewise"!
Dr. PALASICS will be missed.
Robert Jerin Croatian Heritage Museum Cleveland Ohio