Simion "Sam" Habian

January 22, 1931July 18, 2018
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Simion "Sam" Habian age 87. Devoted husband of Stella (nee Mitran) (deceased). Beloved father of Marie (Nick) Avramaut, John (Lisa) and DeeDee (Gary Rezabek) Kuharik. Loving grandfather of Nicholas (Kim), Bethany, John, Simion, Kathryn, Danielle (Steve) and Ben. Dear brother of George (Aurelia) and Nick (Verna). Visitation Monday 4 - 8pm at Craciun Funeral Home 14925 E. Bagley Rd. Middleburg Hts., Saracusta Service 7:30pm. All Funeral Services Tuesday at 10am at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral 3256 Warren Rd. Cleveland. Sam was a proud Korean Veteran and master Tool and Die Maker. Interment West Park Cemetery.


  • Marie (Nick) Avramaut, Daughter
  • John (Lisa), Son
  • DeeDee (Gary Rezabek) Kuharik, Daughter
  • Loving grandfather of Nicholas (Kim), Bethany, John, Simion, Kathryn, Danielle (Steve) and Ben. Dear brother of George (Aurelia) and Nick (Verna).


  • Visitation Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Saracusta Prayer Service Monday, July 23, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Simion "Sam" Habian

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C. Rudolph

July 27, 2018

I send my condolence to the Habian family. May happy memories of Sam bring you comfort as we await the fulfillment of Acts 24:15, which gives us hope to be reunited with our dead loved ones.

marie avramaut

July 24, 2018

In 1996, Sam and Stella realized their dream of moving to the country where he had room to have a HUGE garden and raise chickens, ducks and turkeys. It seemed that he was always thinking about his garden, from early February when the seed catalogs arrived to stating the seeds, to planting, weeding, harvesting and canning! One of his greatest joys was being able to share his vegetables with family, friends and even the doctors that Stella visited!

He was widowed in 2009 and he continued to make Sarmale, noodles and eggplant salad , teaching his grandchildren the tradition so they could carry on! As he slowed down, he enjoyed watching the birds from his kitchen window, going to the Amish auction and inspecting his plants as he rode his golf cart around his property.

In the past year, his health declined but he continued to live independently, he was thankful for the support and love that he received from his family including a visit from his brother Nick and sister in law Verna, and the many visits from George and Aurelia. Fr. Grama visited recently and was able to pray with him.
So many things will remind us of Sam, each of us have special things that we shared but we all have the love and devotion to family that was so important to him.

marie avramaut

July 24, 2018

Simion ( Sam) Habian was born on January 22, 1931 to Simion and Ana Habian in Daia Romana, Alba county Romania. He was the oldest of three sons., brothers are George and Nick. He was raised in a small town and was a typical mischievous youth! ( just ask Uncle George!) For much of his youth, his father was in the United States and unable to travel back to Romania due to economic and political unrest. Sam attended High School in Sibiu.

In 1949 at the age of 18 he immigrated to the United States with his two younger brothers to meet his father in Cleveland. After several weeks, in September, they arrived in Cleveland. Their mother was able to join them a few weeks before Christmas!

Sam proudly served in the US army from 1951 to 1953, stationed in Fairbanks Alaska during the Korean War.

When he returned home, he completed an apprenticeship at Advance Tool and Die where he continued to work for several years.

In 1956 he married Stella Mitran and moved to the West Park area of Cleveland. They raised 3 children, Marie, John and DeeDee instilling pride of their Romanian Orthodox heritage and encouraging doing well in school. Sam was a member of St. Mary's Romanian Orthodox church and served on the church council, Sezatore , Carpatina and the Nick Dunca American Legion post.

In 1980 he started the Habian Tool and Die Company with his brother George and later was joined by his son John. He continued to work at the shop until it was sold in 2010.

His family grew as his children married, and grandchildren were born. The grandchildren were his pride and brought much joy to him. Some fond memories include swinging the kids by their arms, chasing them with bull horns and demanding that they “LAUGH”

Marie and Nick Avramaut- Nicholas ( Kim) Bethany and John
John and Lisa - Simion and Kathryn
Dee Kuharik -Danielle ( Steve Thompson) and Ben.

Dee Dee Kuharik

July 22, 2018

Please note, the service will be TUESDAY at St Mary's church at 10 am

Nick, Verna, Cindy and Beth Habian

July 22, 2018

"Goodbyes are not forever...Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean we'll miss you, until we meet again."

We are so very blessed to have been able to share our lives with Sam...our dear brother, brother-in-law and uncle, whom we shall carry in our hearts, memories and prayers forever.
May God watch over you always dear Sam.

Marie, John, Dee Dee and families and George and family...sharing in your sorrow.
We send our love to you all and wish we could be there with you.

Gregg Prudence

July 20, 2018

Marie, Nick, Johnny & Dee-Dee.... I'm so sorry for your loss but keep comfort in the fact Sam is at peace now living the eternal dream. Hugs and prayers to all of you and yours at this time and always.

Deborah Ranieri

July 19, 2018

I just wanted to express my condolences on the passing of your dad. I hope you have many happy memories of him and that they help to ease your sorrow..... My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.

Gary Rezabek

July 19, 2018

To Sam, my brother in arms. Thank you for being my friend. I watered the garden tonight and will keep being a farmer. Thank you, and God Bless.

John Ittu

July 19, 2018

Nick, Marie and Family
My wife Angela and I send our deep condolences to you and your family. I know my Dad would add them too from Westlake. I will let him know as he does remember certain things.

John and Angela Ittu
Carolina Beach, NC