David A. Sustar

April 8, 1948September 3, 2013
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David Alois Sustar, 65, a lifelong resident of Richmond Heights, passed away at his home Sept. 3, 2013. He was born April 8, 1948, in Cleveland. David was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Vietnam. He enjoyed visiting and vacationing at his family's farm in Burton. David was a self-taught mechanic and always appreciated mechanical projects. He enjoyed repairing all sorts of items including motorcycles. He also loved cooking and often spent time producing sausage with his family. David was compassionate about things from a previous era, and loved to watch classic black and white movies. Mr Sustar retired five years ago as an Industrial Maintenance. Survivors are his daughter, Kimberly (Kurt) Hoffmann; sons, Brett (fiancee, Janet Cohen) and Andrew; grandchildren, Emily and Hayden Hoffmann; and siblings Virginia (Dennis) Brent, Janis (Berndy) Heckelmann, Catherine (Timothy) Brent, Donald, Timothy (Judy), and Mark. He was preceded in death by his parents Alois and Dorothy Sustar. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at St. Helen Catholic Church, 12060 Kinsman Rd., Newbury Township. Rev. Jay McPhillips will officate.Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.



  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, September 7, 2013


  • Interment

David A. Sustar

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September 15, 2013

I'm so very sorry for your loss

Richard Greene

September 15, 2013

My old pal since Anderson school through Brush and beyond. Last hung out with him in Lyndhurst probably 5-6 years ago. He was always a real good guy and I had over 55 years of laughs and adventures with him.

Bill McCaw

September 14, 2013

I was saddened to read of your passing David. My condolences to your family. As I watched your video my heart was gladdened by all the wonderful moments you had. Thanks you for your friendship at Brush. Thank you for your service. "Welcome Home" old friend, may you rest in peace.
Bill & Debbie McCaw

Sharon (Solomon) Baldoni

September 14, 2013

My sincere sympathy for David's family, may you all find deep comfort in time. Although I didn't know him well, we were classmates at Brush.
Thank you for the beautiful video and my prayers are with you all.

September 7, 2013

I will miss Uncle David. He was like no other. He often gave of himself more than people realize. Rest in peace.

Tim Hughes

Klaus&Ilona Heckelmann

September 6, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to your family our thoughts and prayers are with you.

September 6, 2013

To Brett and family: We never met your dad, but may he rest in peace. Sincerely, Doris & Rick Dillon

September 6, 2013

Dear Drew, Brett and Kim,

We were saddened and very sorry to learn that your dad passed away.

Dave always had a great story to tell, most often with a humorous twist. We have shared countless memories of the boys growing up together, just a few of which include scouts and years of Dad's Club baseball games.

He was so handy and capable of doing almost anything - but expressed more than once that his kids were his greatest accomplishment.

Dave was also a true patriot, and spoke often of serving in Vietnam.

Words won't make your loss easier, but knowing that people care might hopefully bring some comfort. Please let us know if you need anything.

With love,
Sharon, Tom, T.J. & Amy (the Zeiger family)

Belle Mengay (Blair)

September 6, 2013

Dear Mark and family, I am so sorry for your loss, I will be praying that the Lord will give you all strength during this difficult time. I am an old friend of Mark's - I believe I have the correct Mark who attended school with me in Lyndhurst Ohio. For which I have fond memories of our friendship. I have several siblings and I can't imagine losing one of them, esp. one that was so well loved. God Bless you all. Your old friend, Belle Mengay (now Belle Blair) Mark please feel free to respond to my email at

Tom Wright

September 6, 2013

so sorry for your loss. Good friend and fellow soldier with D/3/60 and 2/47 Mech 9th Inf Division, 69/70.