Craciun Funeral Home

14925 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH


Otilia Karaba

November 28, 1966May 16, 2020

"Otilia Karaba, age 53, after a courageous life with Muscular Dystrophy, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Beloved daughter of Ioan and Aranka Karaba; beloved sister of John (married to Daniela), Lucian (deceased), Angelica, and Christian (deceased); beloved aunt of Tristan, Bianca, Nadia, Joshua, and Ava; dear sister-in-law, niece, cousin, and friend of many.

Though in her life-long battle with Muscular Dystrophy she had to endure much pain and suffering, she remained strong in her faith, hoping against all hope, seeking and trusting in Jesus as her Lord and Savior, knowing that one day He will wipe away all tears and that she will be with Him in heaven. This faith made her an optimist, always ready to listen to and encourage others in their time of need, comforting and reminding them of God’s love for them. On social media she liked to share words of hope and encouragement from the bible.

Otilia had a cheerful personality always carrying a smile and unafraid to show her joy for the beautiful things around her. She loved art, music, flowers, the gentle warmth of a sunny day and the joyful noises of her nieces and nephews playing around her. Otilia also had a great love of people, whether near or far, she nurtured long lasting friendships locally & from different parts of the world. Furthermore, she had a curious mind, never stopped learning, and successfully graduated from CSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, in spite of her physical disability. Her ambition, wisdom and talent paved the way, leaving a mark of highest regard.

Otilia was always thankful to God for her family – especially for her mom and dad who sacrificed so much over the years in caring for her and for her little brother Christian who suffered alongside her, from the same illness. She was thankful for her friends, the Cleveland Romanian Baptist Church where she found so much love and support, for her pastor who was always by her side , for the church youth, for all brothers & sisters who encouraged her through prayer and singing during their visits, and for many others who prayed for her. Though she was not able to attend church in person, she enjoyed watching the services on live stream. Otilia was also very thankful for all the nurses and aides who cared for her at home & during her many hospital stays, through the years.

Otilia was a beautiful soul and she will be dearly missed by all of us, but her memory remains as a shining example of love, perseverance, and an unwavering trust and faith in God."


  • Visitation Romanian Baptist Church

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Funeral Service Romanian Baptist Chuch 7pm - 8:30pm

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

  • Gathering at Church and proceed to Burial at Riverside Cemetery

    Thursday, May 21, 2020


Otilia Karaba

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