OBITUARY

Eugene Vincent Slane

January 15, 1921September 26, 2020

Eugene V. Slane (Slaninka) age 99, a resident of Brookdale Independent Living, Westlake, OH passed away peacefully on September 26, 2020.

Eugene was born on January 15, 1921 and is survived by his beloved wife of 76 years, Pauline. Together they raised four children: Judi Payne (Scott), Gene, James, and Janice Perry (Don). He was also the caring grandfather of seven: (David (Pauline), Jason (Chanisa), Michael (Christine), Lysa (Randy), Eric, Phillip and Ethan). He will be lovingly remembered by thirteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Eugene attended St. Wendolyn’s Elementary School, was a graduate of Benedictine HS and briefly attended St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, KS until the war intervened. He enlisted in the Coast Guard Reserves during WWII and joined the Cleveland Fire Department after the War. In addition to firefighting duties, Eugene was enlisted to perform maintenance duties for the Convent of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity in Bedford by his sister, Sister M. Vincent. When the nuns built Lumen Cordium HS, his duties extended to helping maintain the school and its grounds. He and Pauline retired to Vero Beach, FL and became active members of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. Eugene was especially involved in the Knights of Columbus spearheading many events and becoming a Grand Knight. Eugene was often described by many as a true gentleman. He was a man of service to God, his fellow man, and Country.

I lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Knights of Columbus Council 5629, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 923 19th Pl,Vero Beach, FL 32960. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, www.firehero.org Benedictine High School Scholarships www.cbhs.net

Services

  • Memorial Mass

    Monday, October 5, 2020

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  • Inurnment

    Monday, October 5, 2020

Memories

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Janet Revelt

October 5, 2020

The setting is one summer day at Chippewa Lake, a then-popular amusement park in Medina County, Ohio. Sights are of a lazy river boat cruising; sounds are typically roller coaster boisterous. Outside the park, cottages line quiet little side streets, one of which is home for the Slane family. It's here that I enjoyed the family's togetherness. That evening, the entertainment was playing Gizmo, a card game that I've long forgotten. What hasn't been forgotten is Uncle Gene's serious "teacher" face hiding those twinkling eyes that gave away his authentic joy of being with family.

Tommy Steyer

October 5, 2020

Gene Slane was a very fine person, whom I always remember fondly when I saw him at the Saturday 4:00 p.m. Vigil Mass, or sometimes during the 8:30 a.m. Saturday Morning Mass.
He was introduced to me through Joe Cole, and enrolled me in the
Tootsie Roll Drive as well as the Harvest Festival at the Pizza Booth.

Please send my Heartfelt Condolences and Deepest Sympathy to his widow, Pauline, whom I did see at Mass, but never got to meet
her formally, but appeared to be a very fine person, who had Gene
as her husband. A wonderful couple, admired by all who knew them.

Scott Revelt

October 5, 2020

It has been a very long time since I've seen Uncle Gene and Aunt Pauline (I guess Great Uncle and Great Aunt.) It must have been when I was just a child. I remember my Mom taking us over to the house. I remember Uncle Gene was a fireman, which was very impressive, strong. Yet he and Aunt Pauline were also very nice, warm, family.

I also remember Blaze the dog, who I remember keeping us in line!

Aunt Pauline, Family, I and my wife Susan are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Randy Termeer

October 4, 2020

Sharing a story posted on the 4th of August, 2020, the birthday of the United States Coast Guard

Lysa’s grandparents are quite special to our whole family. They are still with us; our family is caring for them now as they’ve moved into assisted living. But quite amazing, married for over 75 years!

They retired to Florida after Grandpa finished working for the Cleveland Fire Department. Lysa and I would travel down and stay with them each year as our own marriage started. Some of my favorite memories include having a coffee in the early morning, as the Florida sun peeked over the palm in their yard, and talking to Eugene. His life lessons meeting Pauline (they met at a Coast Guard ball; a favorite story!) growing up through the Great Depression, WWII, and raising his 4 kids (like us!) in the years after continue to teach me. Of course, Eugene and Pauline inspire Lysa and I as a couple.

A few things I always remember:

1) Never throw out a good cereal box; that would be a waste and it can be re-used!
2) Do the dishes (Eugene always cleaned the kitchen perfectly giving Pauline time to enjoy her coffee after dinner)
3) Make time for a crossword puzzle; challenge your mind everyday on something (besides email and work)
4) Give back and take care of your friends and community. When the neighbor calls, walk over and help them out.
5) Simple can be extraordinary. The world moves fast, so find time to slow down. Don’t be in a hurry all the time to move onto the next activity. Enjoy the moment you are in.

During these challenging times, I pull from their legacy. Every generation faces peaks and valleys as we progress. Today is our time.

Kathleen Gresock Weyandt

October 4, 2020

Soon after my father's sister, Pauline, married Eugene (Slaninka), I became the niece of a special man. Even as a young person, I marveled at his ability to accomplish sundry tasks. There was nothing he seemed incapable of doing! He even rescued others trying to complete similar projects. He was an honorable man of integrity and was great fun to be around. When our families visited each other, either in western Pennsylvania or suburban Cleveland, the occasion was always anticipated and exciting. I hope and pray that our families remain close in the future. Much love to Aunt Pauline, Judi, Gene, Jim and Janice.

Lysa Termeer

October 4, 2020

Thank you grandpa for your wisdom and patience. Thank you for sharing your morning crossword puzzle when I woke up early. Thank you for showing me how to use tools. Thank you for teaching me how to boogie board and saving me every time I went under. Thank you for being an example of strength. Thank you for the example what what love really looks like through your 76 year marriage - especially the last decade of caring for grandma. Thank you for teaching me the right way to load a dishwasher. Thank you for playing tennis with me when my brothers wouldn’t bc I wasn’t any good yet. Thank you for teaching me to appreciate a good sweet potato. Thank you for your unwavering example of Faith. Thank you for teaching me that Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t very fuzzy and that if a peanut sits on a railroad track he will be come peanut butter. Thank you for being with us so long - it means so much to me that each of my kids got to know you.

I will miss you. I love you. Say hi to everyone in heaven from me.

Jack Gresock

October 2, 2020

Truly a life well lived! Growing up in western Pa, I'll never forget the wonderful times Uncle Gene and Aunt Pauline showed my brothers and sisters and me when we would visit our cousins in Cleveland. This included trips to the Cleveland Zoo, swimming in Lake Erie, picnicking at the local metropark and staying at their cottage in Chippewa Lake while experiencing Chippewa Lake Amusement Park. When they retired to Florida they somehow pried my parents away from Pennsylvania for a week's vacation to their place in the sunshine state. There they showed my mom and dad a grand time, visiting Cypress Gardens and many other local attractions. To our cousins Judy, Gene, Jim and Janice, our most sincere condolences.

Dennis Baca

September 30, 2020

Judi, Gene, Jim and Janice. Your father and both my uncle and godfather will definitely be missed. He was a good man in every way. Dennis

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