Craciun Funeral Home

14925 East Bagley Road, Middleburg Heights, OH


Thomas C. Gentile

May 3, 1942February 9, 2020

Thomas C. Gentile age 77, Passed away peacefully in the presence of his family on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Thomas was born May 3, 1942.

Dearly beloved husband for 46 years to Claudia (nee Seiverth), loving father of Dawn (David) Thuma, Charles (deceased), Christina (Jeffrey) Kissinger, and Colleen, dearest grandfather of James Fritsche, Heather Fritsche, John (Stephanie) Fritsche, Courtney Thuma, Jessica Gentile, Landon Gentile, Gianna Kissinger, Addison Kissinger, and Luca Veris, great grandfather of Aria and Aspen Fritsche, loving son of Charles Gentile (deceased) and Ann DeCaro (Nick, deceased), dearest brother of Thomas (deceased 1935-1939), Diane (Robert) Bozich, and Roberta (Judge Christopher) Boyko, and dear uncle and friend of many. Tom was a Veteran of the US ARMY. He loved all sports and was an avid Cleveland sports fan. He also enjoyed playing golf. Tom was very much a family man and loved family gatherings, especially where good food was involved. He was always there when you needed him and devoted himself to doing whatever he could to ensure his family had a great life and were successful. Tom was a loving father and husband, enjoying his retirement in South Carolina. Tom will forever be missed by his family and friends but has left a legacy that will live on forever.

FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020, FROM 4-8 PM AT CRACIUN FUNERAL HOME 14925 EAST BAGLEY RD. MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OHIO 44130. Where Funeral Services along with Military Honors will be held Friday evening at 7:00 pm.

In Lieu of flowers family suggests donations in Tom’s memory to Susan G. Komen in honor of his daughter, Christina Kissinger.


Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.craciunfuneralhome.com for the Gentile family.


  • Charles Gentile, Father (deceased)
  • Ann DeCaro (Nick-deceased), Mother
  • Claudia (nee Seiverth), Wife
  • Dawn (David) Thuma, Daughter
  • Charles, Son (deceased)
  • Christina (Jeffrey) Kissinger, Daughter
  • Colleen, Daughter
  • James Fritsche, Grandchild
  • Heather Fritsche, Grandchild
  • John (Stephanie) Fritsche, Grandchild
  • Courtney Thuma, Grandchild
  • Jessica Gentile, Grandchild
  • Landon Gentile, Grandchild
  • Gianna Kissinger, Grandchild
  • Addison Kissinger, Grandchild
  • Luca Veris, Grandchild
  • Aria and Aspen Fritsche, Great Grandchildren
  • Thomas, Brother (deceased)
  • Diane (Robert) Bozich, Sister
  • Roberta (Judge Christopher) Boyko, Sister


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Services with Military Honors Friday, February 14, 2020


Thomas C. Gentile

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Cheryl Ardelean

February 15, 2020

Dear Claudia, Colleen and Chrissy, So sorry to hear about the loss of Tom. So many great memories of our old neighborhood and you all. Our deepest sympathies are with you and your families. Sending hugs and prayers!
The Ardelean’s
Jim , Cheryl , Kelly and Karen ❤️💔🙏

Krista Bridges

February 13, 2020

Sending you all my heartfelt condolences and blessings. He was always nice and friendly and we talked about the military. How awesome is it that he is sitting with our Lord Jesus, our gracious king. But I know the sorrow here. May you find comfort in God’s love.
Krista Bridges

William (Bill) Sannwald

February 12, 2020

Tom was my neighbor in SC. We shared many lunches together. Were to go our toughest decision. We quickly became good friends discussing family, health, and opinions.

We shared so much in common. Though I only knew Tom about six years I considered him a lifetime friend. My days will certainly be different when I look across the street, but I know Tom is at peace and with the Lord.
Rest In Peace my friend, Bill

Richard Naso

February 12, 2020

Tom, my dearest cousin. I will miss you. To say we were close, when we were growing up, as kids, would be a very accurate statement! You took me to my very first Major League Baseball game, at the old Cleveland Stadium. We won in an extra inning game against The Kansas City Athletics. Al Rosen hit a game winning home run, right in front of us, out in left field. You also took me to my first high school football game. Parma against Shaker High, at Byers Field, in the old Lake Erie Conference. I'm pretty sure Parma won. We also played little league baseball together. You were the pitcher and I was your catcher. You had a wicked curve ball for a 15 year old. The kids on the opposing team couldn't hit it. WOW! Those are some memories. I also remember when we attended a baseball clinic, next door to your home, at Mike Garcia's Big Bear Cleaners. We had our picture taken with Early Wynn and Mike Garcia. Early Wynn's arm is around me and Mike Garcia's arm is around you. I still keep that photo on my desk, also with Tom Zeller. I will be missing you, but I have been praying for you. I'm sure you will now meet my Brother Carl and your Brother Tom in Paradise. Tell my Brother I said Hi! I frequently talk to him and now I'll talk to both of you. In my deepest sympathy, I'll miss you, both. Also I am forever grateful that we were able to see you and Claudia, and have dinner together, last September. Forever in my prayers. Love Rich

Judy Haskins

February 12, 2020

Megan and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Tom was always a great neighbor to us, as was the whole family.

Time to rest, Tom... You will always be the highest bar for an impeccable yard❤️

Judy Haskins

Susan Pell

February 12, 2020

Dawn, Chrissy, Colleen, Claudia and families, I am so sorry for your loss. We are thinking about and praying for you all.
Susan, Jimmy and family