George L. Cimballa Jr.

Class of 1963

In Memoriam

Below is the death notice of George Cimballa, Class of 1963. Please keep the Cimballa family in your prayers.

With heavy hearts, the Cimballa Family announces the passing of George Louis Cimballa, Jr. on Tuesday, December 5, 2023.

Born March 7, 1945 to a humble home, the son of a coal miner and a dedicated homemaker, George is survived by the love of his life, Nancy Helen Cimballa (nee Benedik), to whom he was married for nearly 54 years, after having been introduced to each other on a blind date by Joe and Marilyn Misencik.

He is also survived by his much loved children, Anne Melissa Cimballa, George Louis Cimballa III (Chrisana), Christopher Joseph Cimballa (Lindsay), and Michael Patrick Cimballa (Marian). They will miss him dearly, and hold him forever in their hearts.
George delighted in the birth of each of his grandchildren, Sofia Blanco, John Vincent, Nicholas Joseph, and Nathan Christopher Cimballa. He loved playing the role of Grandpa and Papa to them, reveling in their accomplishments and passing to them his gifts of kindness and compassion, as well as his cooking skills and playfulness.

He is also survived by his dear sister Marian Palguta , and her children John (Jackie) and Jayne McEnroe (Keith).

George never met a stranger. He was the life of every party, the head chef of every family celebration, always ready with a joke and an entertaining story. A natural salesman, he enjoyed a long career as a manufacturers sales representative, traveling the roads of Ohio, Upstate New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.

George is preceded in death by his parents, George Louis Sr. and Mary (Rebar),and his sisters Georgine Utrata and Lillian Romanek. Their children Suzanne (also preceded in death), Lisa, Lynn, and Patty, as well as his niece Catherine Farmer (nee Benedik) and nephew Joseph Benedik have many fond and funny memories of their Uncle George.

George enjoyed teaching his children how to cook everything from Sloppy Joe’s to the perfect steak, and he instilled in them the tradition of Sunday pancakes and Grandma Cimballa’s chicken noodle soup.

He loved watching football with his boys (especially, unfortunately, The Browns), making his daughter laugh (and sometimes cry), reading stories to his grandchildren, smoking a good cigar, traveling and dancing with his wife, always calling her Dear and Honey. So many adventures!

His booming voice, his bigger than life presence, his belly laughs and his bright light will be missed by many.

Details for a memorial service will be announced in the Spring. All arrangements are being made through the Misencik Funeral Home, Avon.

Donations can be made in George’s name to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Posted on: December 28, 2023

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George L. Cimballa Jr.

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