Craciun Berry Funeral Home

7200 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH


Ernest L. Rocco

September 20, 1933January 10, 2020

Ernest "Peppy" Rocco age 86 Although not large in stature, he was a giant to those who knew and loved him! Peppy enjoyed telling stories of his “old Italian neighborhood” in today’s Gordon Square area which seemed to always end with three common themes: friendship, loyalty, and most of all, family. This special place is where he met the love of his life Elaine (Plochak) his wife of 63 years on West 65th and Detroit. His work ethic and sacrifice was unparalleled, maintaining two-full time jobs for over 30 years to insure a better life for his family. Loving father of Michael (Julie Kerr), Andrea (Phil Palmer), Johnny (Stacy Theis) and Danny (Amy Klein). Cherished grandfather of Isabel, Danny, Jake, Mariana, Anthony, Lucy, Julia, Benny, and Trudy. Dear brother of Florence (Isabella), Ralph and Kathy (Guzzo). Preceded in death by his beloved parents, Ernesto and Rose and brother’s Tommy and Sam. A fantastic athlete, Peppy was proud to be Co-Captain of Ohio’s first national championship wrestling team in 1951. Recognized in the 1997 OHSAA State Wrestling program, his West High Cowboy’s state championship team was honored as “one that will never be forgotten.” In this publication, Ohio’s first three-time champ (1946-48) John Matteucci proclaimed that Peppy, who never lost a match, was the “finest wrestler I’ve ever seen.” He was also the Cleveland Touchdown Club’s 1956 MVP of the Muny Football League and a Gold Glove Champion. His love, kindness, and generosity will never be forgotten. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. for 1 hour preceding the Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 25th at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 6928 Detroit Ave, Cleveland. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Roc4NBCure.org.


  • Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Saturday, January 25, 2020


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Mike Miller

January 20, 2020

Dearest Rocco Family: Although I never knew or even had the honor to meet Mr. Rocco, I certainly feel that I know him & understand the true essence of the man as it has been reflected & manifested through the person, life, and man that is his son, Mike. Over the years Mike spoke frequently of his Dad & was kind enough to share stories of his hero. It was evident from the tone of his voice to the words used to describe his father that Mike's dad was larger then life to him & he honored & cherished him. I would offer that Mike felt his dad was the perfect father for him! I believe all of us want that perfect dad & to be the perfect dad. Our hope in this is admirable & certainly only for a short time. But we have an everlasting hope because the Bible teaches us that we have a perfect Father forever in heaven. 2 Corinthians 6:18, "And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons & daughters to me," says the Lord Almighty. In this moment may the Rocco family celebrate the earthly model of fatherhood displayed by Mr. Rocco, but may they also experience & worship the eternal fatherhood who is God the Father, God the Son, & God the Holy Spirit who reins & rules forever. Amen.

Jeffrey Paul

January 18, 2020

Mr. Rocco always had my utmost respect!! He would always greet me with a handshake and a smile. I will always remember seeing him at the wrestling matches through the years,seeing him get so excited, yelling things out to the wrestlers and the refs. He was a wonderful man and I'll always think highly of him. Rest in peace sir!

joseph vrsansky

January 15, 2020

Elaine, Mike, Andrea, Johnny, and Danny,

When I think of Peppy, I find it hard to find the right words that describe such a special man. His strong character, athleticism, and kindness stand out. I witnessed a great father, a loving husband, a great loyal friend, and just a GREAT MAN. Please know I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Joe Vrsansky