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Gattozzi & Son Funeral Home

12524 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH

OBITUARY

Kenneth J. Sprafka

December 15, 1939August 5, 2019
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Kenneth J. Sprafka, age 79, passed away peacefully August 5, 2019 in Mayfield Hts. Born December 15, 1939 in Cleveland, he resided in Chester Twp. prior to moving to Reminderville 18 years ago. Kenneth was a graduate of Benedictine High School, and while attending in 1957 played quarterback for the first Benedictine State Championship Team, coached by the legendary Coach Augie Bossu. Kenneth went on to play football on a full scholarship at the University of Detroit. He was a skiing and snowboarding enthusiast, and taught as a PSIA Ski Instructor at Alpine Valley for over 25 years. Kenneth also had a passion for golf and windsurfing. His teaching career began at Painesville Harvey High School and later moved on to J.R. Williams Junior High. He eventually began teaching at Brush High School as a substitute prior to becoming a full-time Health and Physical Education teacher and Football Coach, retiring in 1997 with 37 years combined teaching experience. Kenneth is survived by his wife Maria A. (nee DiNardo); children Brian (Jennifer) and Karen (Bob) Kennedy; grandchildren Corbin and Chloe Sprafka, and Austin Kennedy. He is predeceased by his parents Josef and Mary (nee Kravec) Sprafka. Friends may call at Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Rd., Chester Twp. on Monday 4-8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 am, Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Church of Saint Anselm, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chester Twp. (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) Private Interment at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kenneth’s name may be made to the Benedictine High School Athletic Program, 2900 Martin Luther King Dr., Cleveland, OH 44104, or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org

  • FAMILY

  • Josef Sprafka, Father
  • Mary (nee Kravec) Sprafka, Mother
  • Maria A. (nee DiNardo) Sprafka, Wife
  • Brian (Jennifer) Sprafka, Son
  • Karen (Bob) Kennedy, Daughter
  • Corbin Sprafka, Grandson
  • Chloe Sprafka, Granddaughter
  • Austin Kennedy, Grandson
  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kenneth’s name may be made to the Benedictine High School Athletic Program, 2900 Martin Luther King Dr., Cleveland, OH 44104, or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH) Tuesday, August 13, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Interment at a later date.

Memories

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Paul Misencik

August 19, 2019

Rest In Peace teammate.

Dennis Franko

August 19, 2019

Our sincere sympathy & condolences to Maria & Ken's family. Ken was a loyal member of our Benedictine HS Class of 1958 who lead our football team to it's 1st Ohio State Championship in the fall of 1957. May Our Lord grant Ken everlasting Peace & Happiness+++

BHS Class of 1958
Dennis Franko - Class Rep

Sharon Shane

August 12, 2019

Maria,
We are sorry for your loss and we are thinking of you.
Shane Family

Claire Schucard

August 12, 2019

Maria, I’m sorry for your loss. I’m sure Jim will be welcoming Ken into heaven. With a golf club in one hand and a drink in the other. They were great friends. My deepest condolences to you and your family. 😇

Silvis Family

August 12, 2019

Maria, We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Debra Wolfeld

August 10, 2019

I am sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I know the last several months have been difficult. I only met him a few times over the years, but could see that he was a kind man. Thinking of you all at this time and wishing you comfort and peace.

Lester LaGatta

August 10, 2019

My first cousin Maria Di Nardo was married to Ken! Each week our familia carried on a tradition of meeting for breakfast on Wednesday mornings! Cuginia Maria is the person put who put forth the effort to ensure the tradition of the second and third generation of DiNardo's, LaGatta's and Jantonio's continued! Of course Ken was at most of the breakfasts! He was a gentle, warm man who was a teacher at Brush High School and later on in life a Driver's Education Instructor! He was a patriot, who cared so much about the future of our generations. When you met Ken you immediately liked him. He will be missed by all!

Lester and Susan LaGatta and familia

Kelley Woods

August 9, 2019

Mr. Sprafka was my teacher at Brush high school from 1979-1981 and he was a great teacher. All of his students have been posting their thoughts and prayers on our facebook reunion site, class of 1981. The outpouring of love is tremendous. Take comfort knowing that your dad / grandfather was a great man and teacher.

Kim Airey

August 7, 2019

Karen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. May your Dad rest in peace.

Bonnie Cole

August 7, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all of you. God bless.

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Ken’s baby pics

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Ken’s Benedictine pic

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Ken at Benedictine

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