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May 20, 1941 October 9, 2021
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Joseph J. Szakal “Josephus” age 80 of Elyria died Saturday October 9, 2021 at his residence following a brief illness. He was born May 20, 1941 in Lorain, Ohio and was a life long area resident. Mr. Szakal work at U.S. Steel Lorain works as a plugger before his retirement in 1996. He was a member of St. Jude and St. Ladislas Catholic churches. He also was a member of American Veterans Post 32, Elyria Eagles, Elyria Polish Club, Elyria Moose Lodge and United Steel Workers Union # 1104. Dad loved flea marketing, street rods, Cleveland Indians, Deer hunting and spending time at his farm in Whipple, Ohio. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and being Papa Joe to many. Joseph is survived by his children, Debra Sue Szakal of Sheffield, John David (Rhonda) Szakal of Elyria, and Jason Adam (Megan) Szakal of Whipple, Ohio. Sisters Ilona Szakal Kish (Jeno) of Amherst, and two half sisters. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and his faithful companion Linda Slanczka of Sheffield. He is preceeded in death by his wife Shirly Louise Szakal and his son Joseph Anthony Szakal. Friends may call at Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and cremation service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Road (at St. Rt 57) 440-322-4626 Elyria, Ohio from 4-7pm Friday. Services will be in the Funeral Home Saturday October 16, 2021 at 11:00am. Rev. Charles Ryba officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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4:00 PM 10/15/2021 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/15/2021 7:00:00 PM
Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home

38475 Chestnut Ridge
Elyria, OH 44035

Services at the Funeral Home Saturday October 16 at11:00am Burial Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio

Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home
38475 Chestnut Ridge Elyria 44035 OH
United States

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Calvary Cemetery (Lorain) Final Resting Place

555 N. Ridge Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053

555 N. Ridge Rd. Lorain 44053 OH
United States

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