OBITUARY

Thomas R. Prusha

April 8, 1942July 2, 2019
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Thomas R. Prusha, age 77 of Shalersville, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at UH Portage Medical Center.

Tom was born April 8, 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Stanley and Dorothy (Wolf) Prusha. He graduated from Kirtland High School in 1960 and attended Kent State University. Tom was a well-known local photojournalist. He wrote for several area papers including The Cleveland Press, The News Herald, and retired from the Record-Courier.

Tom was a member of St. Joseph parish in Mantua. He enjoyed family fishing trips to Canada and chopping wood. However, photography was his career, passion, and hobby.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife Cindy (Rose) Prusha, his son Jim (Heather) Prusha, his daughter Deborah Prusha, step-son Matt Polantz, as well as his grandchildren: Mason Prusha, Alexis Prusha, Carter Brown, Clara Brown, Callan Polantz, his brother Don (Anne) Prusha, and his sister Dianne Wright.

Friends and family will be received Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St. Ravenna. Friends will also be received Monday, July 8, 2019, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Church, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Reverend Edward Stafford at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Shalersville.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 8, 2019

Memories

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Dale and Elaine Heritage

July 10, 2019

Cindy we are so saddened to hear of Tom's passing. May you have peace and comfort knowing he is with our Heavenly Father. Love, Dale and Elaine

Patricia Wood

July 8, 2019

Remembering Tom at Don & Anne's deck parties. So glad I got to know him.

Debbie Prusha

July 7, 2019

I'm the luckiest girl to have been my Dad's daughter.

Jan Wolf Laikask

July 4, 2019

I grew up on the Wolf farm in Kirtland, where Cousin Tom's family home, along with ours, and our grandparents home, all shared the same driveway. I have fond memories of Tom on the farm, running with their dog, Toby, also riding bikes and playing in the snow. Years later, after Tom became a photojournalist, he offered to photograph our wedding in 1965. I will never forget his kindness, because we were under the stress of the groom having just lost his father; and our wedding plans had to be cut back. We still have those pictures and we are still together after all those years. Dearest Tom, rest in peace and love.
Cousin Jan and Matt

Mike Sever

July 4, 2019

Sorry to hear of the passing of my old Record-Courier colleague. Condolences to his family.

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Biography

Thomas R. Prusha, age 77 of Shalersville, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at UH Portage Medical Center.

Tom was born April 8, 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Stanley and Dorothy (Wolf) Prusha. He graduated from Kirtland High School in 1960 and attended Kent State University. Tom was a well-known local photojournalist. He wrote for several area papers including The Cleveland Press, The News Herald, and retired from the Record-Courier.

Tom was a member of St. Joseph parish in Mantua. He enjoyed family fishing trips to Canada and chopping wood. However, photography was his career, passion, and hobby.

Tom is survived by his beloved wife Cindy (Rose) Prusha, his son Jim (Heather) Prusha, his daughter Deborah Prusha, step-son Matt Polantz, as well as his grandchildren: Mason Prusha, Alexis Prusha, Carter Brown, Clara Brown, Callan Polantz, his brother Don (Anne) Prusha, and his sister Dianne Wright.

Friends and family will be received Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St. Ravenna. Friends will also be received Monday, July 8, 2019, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at St. Joseph Church, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Reverend Edward Stafford at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Shalersville.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.