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Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home

20820 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH

OBITUARY

James W. Rakowsky

6 November, 195018 June, 2020

James "Jim" W Rakowsky, age 69, Fairview Park, OH passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2020. Jim was born on November 6, 1950 to the late William and Justine Rakowsky.

Beloved husband to Leona (Vasileff). Loving father to Christine "Tina" Montanaro (Tommy) and Andrew "Andy". Proud grandfather (aka "Papa") to Isaac. Brother to Jean Antonelli (Tony).

Jim graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in mathematics. He worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland for 38 years, retiring in 2010. Jim loved his family and close friends dearly, loyally supporting them throughout his life. Jim had a smart, detailed, and organized mind, but also enjoyed simple pleasures in life (eating, napping, watching TV). Jim was passionate about his hobbies (golfing, cooking, dining out, gardening) and collections (Mercury Cougars, American Flyer model trains, Legos, and more).

Jim will be missed dearly and was a great, caring person. He is finally free.

Mass of Christian Burial St. Angela Merici 20920 Lorain Road Fairview Park, Ohio 44126 Tuesday June 30, 2020 at 10AM

ALL Covid-19 protocols followed

The family suggests memorial contributions in Jim's name be made to St. Angela Merici Parish

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Tuesday, 30 June , 2020

Memories

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Susan Schueller

8 July 2020

Dear Leona,
Jim was a terrific mentor and generous colleague! When I became a rookie programmer he coached me patiently and thoughtfully and shared his love of family and restoring automobiles. Loved hearing about his home maintenance and repair adventures, too.
He was a gentleman and a gentle man. Will miss Jim!
Sympathy & love to you and your family
Sue Schueller

KAREN GRIFFIN

25 June 2020

I waited on Jim and his family for a long time .. you all are in my thoughts and prayers.. he always enjoyed pictures of my pug he was always a sweet man he will be dearly missed..Karen ( Rustic Resturant)

Jim Miklich

24 June 2020

A good friend, great golfer and wonderful bridge partner. You'll be missed.

Pat Kuczmarski

23 June 2020

So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He truly was a gentleman, a very caring person, and a hard worker. He always greeted you with a smile and a kind word and he was a pleasure to work with. My deepest sympathy to Leona and his family.
I'm sure when God welcomed Jim home, he was greeted with the words "well done good and faithful servant." May he rest in peace and enjoy his eternal reward.

Pat Kuczmarski

Maria Keckan

22 June 2020

I remember driving past Jim everyday on my way to work as he was walking to the bus stop. I would slow down and we would chat. He was always warm and friendly and so kind. I remember sitting behind him in church many times while Tina played the harp and made us all proud. I also remember a great barbecue dish he made at one of our neighborhood picnics. He was a real gentleman and I'm happy that he's almost certainly golfing with the best of pro golf angels today.
Maria Keckan McCormick

Josie Makuhan-Posavad

22 June 2020

I'll always remember the proud look on Jim's face when his daughter played her harp during the Christmas season at the FR Bank. Rest in Peace Jim.

Susan Cucuzza

22 June 2020

I have such nice memories of Cousin Jim, and three stand out. The first was the pinball machine that he made. We enjoyed so many hours playing pinball in the basement with the cousins. The second was his love of cars and the cougars that he had and that we were so excited to ride in, especially the convertible one. What a highlight! Third was his digital clock, the first one that I ever saw in my life, and one that had a unique way of changing the displayed number every minute (one part of a digit at a time - something only Jim would have!). While Jim was downstairs, other cousins and I would sneak upstairs into his bedroom, prop ourselves on his bed, and watch the minutes change on that clock.

dan littman

22 June 2020

So sorry to hear about Jim's passing. Having worked side-by-side with him, intermittently, for a couple of decades at the Fed, I remember him fondly for his intelligence, patience, hard work, helpfulness & humor, especially his humor in tight situations. I first worked with Jim in the late-1980s as a struggling new manager of the budget department. He patiently explained to me the intricacies of DP & DSS distributions from the budget to PACS, using a blackboard (yes before whiteboards took over) in his office. I am sure he was one of the few people in the entire Fed who understood the complex, overly-complex really, way in which this largest pool of our support costs were treated in cost-accounting terms. It was about that time that he "rescued" the Walker-&-Weeks blueprints for the 1922 building from the Western Reserve Historical Society -- he had numerous boxes crowding his office & impeding movement. That rescue turned out to be very useful, not only to prevent robbers from tunneling into our vault (as happened around that time to a Bank of Brazil branch office in Fortaleza) but also for the subsequent renovation of our building & the construction of the annex. I am sure those boxes are now in the old vault, awaiting a historian's eye. Somewhat later, Jim & I had nearby offices on the 3rd floor, which gave us the opportunity to share notes, shoot the breeze, whatever, quite frequently. He was one of my two go-to officers when I had management issues, he was always very patient & helpful, even when his lights went off automatically in his office (I think he might have volunteered to "experiment" with such lights, which always reminded me of my Depression-trained grandparents, always reminding me & my siblings to turn off the lights in a room when we left it, to save electricity cost).

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