Melania A. (Strecanska) Rakytiak

March 1, 1936 ~ December 3, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Melania Rakytiak Obituary

Melania A. Rakytiak, 87 of Parma, Ohio passed away peacefully Sunday, December 3, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.

Melania was born on March 1, 1936, in Paris, France to the late Valentin and Antonia Strecanska. She came to the United States from Slovakia in 1969 with her husband and four young children. She had been a teacher in Slovakia and lastly worked as a head cook in the Parma School System, a job she dearly loved.

Melania is preceded in death by her husband, Fedor Rakytiak, and beloved son Ted “Lubo” Rakytiak (Jenny).   She will be greatly missed by her children, Elena Lidrbauch (Bob), Ivan Rakytiak (Tammy), and Pete Rakytiak (Mary K); grandchildren, Kyle, Steven, Justin, Madalyn, Lauren, Elise, Maia, Nicholas and great grandson Jaylen. Melania is also survived by her sister Viera Tkacikova and brother Ivan Strecansky.

Her life story was archived at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library:

Following Melania’s wishes, her body was donated to Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anatomy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 16, 2023, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 5891 Ridge Road, Parma, OH  44129.  Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Cleveland at a later date.

If desired, the family suggests contributions may be made to Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Road, Parma, Ohio 44134.

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Mass of Christian Burial
December 16, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (Ridge Road)


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