Craciun Funeral Home


Lazar Popov

May 26, 1944October 2, 2021
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Lazar Popov, age 77, passed away Saturday, October 2, 2021.

He was born in Plocica, Yugoslavia, the son of the late Branko and Vukosava (Petrovic) Popov. Lazar was the beloved husband of the late Ana Popov, who predeceased him on December 18, 2013; loving father of Dragan Popov (deceased), Marijana Popov, Jovica (Fiona), Livia Bilek (George), Branko, Ana Petrak (Steve), Violeta Popov, Speranca Popov, Lazar Jr., Giura (Marianne), Petar (Kjerstine), and Stephanie Popov; dear brother of Jellena, Jova, Darinka, Djurica, and Pera; loving grandfather of 28 and great-grandfather of one; uncle of many.

A visitation for Lazar will be held Friday, October 8, 2021 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Craciun Funeral Home, 14925 E Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130. A funeral service will occur Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 11:00 AM, 14925 E Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130. A committal service will occur Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Strongsville Cemetery, 13123 Pearl Rd., Strongsville, OH.

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  • Branko Popov, Father (deceased)
  • Vukosava Petrovic Popov, Mother (deceased)
  • Ana Popov, Wife (deceased)
  • Marijana Popov, Daughter
  • Jovica (Fiona) Popov, Son
  • Livia Bilek (George), Daughter
  • Branko Popov, Son
  • Ana Petrak (Steve), Daughter
  • Violeta Popov, Daughter
  • Speranca Popov, Daughter
  • Lazar Popov Jr., Son
  • Giura (Marianne) Popov, Son
  • Petar (Kjerstine) Popov, Son
  • Stephanie Popov, Daughter
  • Jellena, Jova, Darinka, Djurica and Pera, Siblings
  • also 26 grandchildren and one great grandchild


  • Visitation

    Friday, October 8, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, October 9, 2021


  • Committal Service

    Saturday, October 9, 2021


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Violeta Popov

October 10, 2021

Tata y Tika, oh how many times even til your last day on this earth did we Thank the Lord/Falla Bogu Za Sve for being so good to us during our almost 8 yr journey together. Our story was so beautiful🌹 Your grandchildren Selina, Juliana, Sara, Joseph, Manny, and Johnny got to witness what Forgiveness and Love should look like and be. God is so Good/Bog ye yako dobro were the words we would would always speak of.
I will miss you reading your bible to me and your daily words of encouragement. You encouraged my children and I, how to walk Closer to Thee in our daily walks and by the way we speak to one another and to others.
Tika you were the best!! The children will miss your white Mitza/shirt you would always wear lol, your favorite ice cream bars, drinking pepsi with you, answering the phone to hearing you say the words God Bless You and Greetings, the sound of your car horn as you drove passed our home, making them laugh with all of your childhood stories, your famous dinners you would prepare for us, and all the funny things you would do when it was time to take pictures. There was never a day without us laughing. We’ve shared so much joy til the end. What a true blessing that was. Tato, I love you! I will miss you in church on Sunday’s, drinking coffee with you, our many walks around Brunswick Lake together…you even brought Turkish coffee to the lake to drink while saying, “if only mama was here to drink Turkish coffee with me again.” Oh how you missed mama and how many times you shared the story how the both of you met and fell in love. It always brought me such joy to drive to your home to always see you sitting on your front porch with your favorite sweater on and the police hat on your head. I would beep the horn and you would throw both arms up into the air with the biggest smile on your sweet face. Well Dad, now I can throw my arms up high and blow kisses to you and mama with a smile. Til we meet again… I Love You Mama y Tata - Mika y Tika🥀🥀

Anna Horvath

October 9, 2021

My pleasure to have known him and we will see him again! He smiled lots and made me happy when we ate together and Violeta's! He loves his family sooo much and Violeta was always there for him! Always taking him everywhere! Always at his home! They were blessed to have such a wonderful Father! I loved him bunches! May God give you peace and hold you close to Him now and always! I know the heartache the Grandkids have! I'm saddened for their loss. Always remember the good times and his big smile! Love to all always, Ann Horvath ✝️💕🙏

George Bilek jr

October 8, 2021

I'll never forget visiting you and Maika at the Royalton house, Everyone would come over and we would eat and play and laugh and fight for hours and hours. I remember your dumb talking fish on the wall. I remember your fancy living room you didnt like me playing in. I remember your terrible coffee you let me try. I remember how you always had pepsi stocked. I remember your giant dogs. I'll miss you, Grandpa, and all the memories I have from visiting.

But I'll see you again soon. Soli Deo Gloria.

Samantha Bilek

October 8, 2021

I wish I could've said goodbye but you're in a better place with Maika. I'll always be thankful for the memories and remember all the times we laughed together. Miss and love you and Maika<3

jessica bilek

October 8, 2021

I miss you Maika and Taika i wish you guys were still around so we could visit. Thank you for all the memories over the years they were well spent together. You guys were amazing grandparents <3

Mark Hogg

October 8, 2021

My father in law at one time years ago. A good friend. Always kind and respectful to me and his grandchildren Nathan, Nicholas and Madison. You will be missed. Thank you for the memories.

Livia Bilek

October 7, 2021

It breaks my heart as it sinks in that both Mom, and now Dad, are no longer with us. It's so hard because they were there to listen, to give advice, to admonish when we needed, to laugh with, and to cry with.
Our house phone is eerily silent, after talking nearly daily, sometimes more than 2-3 times a day, it feels really lonely. I have accidentally picked up the phone and dialed home, only to hear Dad's message on his answering machine. I've caught myself wondering why hasn't he called yet. We enjoyed our talks, and boy did we have many laughs together.
My husband George loved visits with Dad, they would sit in the kitchen with their turkish coffee for hours every time we'd visit. Our children enjoyed his jokes, especially in his broken English. He always tried to make everyone laugh. They are so sad to lose their Taika, and are finding it hard to believe he is really gone.
I am grateful for God being merciful in giving us Christian parents who did their best to raise us in the way we should go, and their prayers were always that eventually each of their children would make peace with God. They are in a place we should all look forward to, that comforts my heart and stills it.
I'm looking forward when we will all meet again on that peaceful shore, where we will praise God's name together, forever! Until then, our hearts will ache for them...

Ana Petrak

October 7, 2021

To my beloved Dad,
What can I say to a father who has taught, shown, and inspired me throughout your life? Your sense of humor has put me at ease in many situations and always brought a smile to my face. Thank you for always being there for me whenever I called to say ‘hi’ and have a chat. You brightened up my little corner of the world. Though miles and continents apart, our frequent phone calls kept us connected as if we were not far away at all. I love your jokes and pranks along the way and your smart wit that made me burst out in laughter.
I love you for being a child of God and showing me that through it all, the joyful times and heartbreaking times, God is our anchor, and He will provide. Now you can be with Mom, your true love, and not be alone any longer. Please tell Mom I love her and miss her just as now, I’ll miss you. Thank you for being Moj Tata, a wonderful father-in-law to Steven and a loving grandpa to Annabella and Jacob. God is so Good to have given me, you, for 42 years. I pray we will meet again in heaven, face-to-face.
I love you Tato.
You will be sorely missed by Steven, Annabella, Jacob and I, your daughter, Ana.

Ashley Jones

October 6, 2021

My sincere thoughts and prayers are with Speranca and her family. He sounded like a true gentleman and a kind man.
-Ashley Jones

Nicholas Hogg

October 4, 2021

Life is a mystery.. not for us to solve but to enjoy with yourself and loved ones. I know we weren't close but the fact remains that we're still family. No matter the hardships, the bad times, I will always love and cherish you as my family. Thank you for giving me my mom, who made me and my other brothers and sister. The world is a big picture and it's hard to see it from up close.. so take a step back, enjoy the whole view of everything life has to offer. Rest in peace ⚘