Archpriest John M. Klembara, 86, fell asleep in the Lord on Friday, December 15, 2017.
Born on June 24, 1931, Father John was a 1954 graduate of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on September 30, 1956. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Ashland College in 1980. He served as a parish priest for 43 years and as an Orthodox Chaplain for the Veterans Administration for 30 years. Upon his retirement he was named Pastor Emeritus of Saint Andrew Church, Maple Heights, OH.
Father John is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Matushka Olga [Shuga] Klembara; his loving children Deborah Klembara, Timothy John [Patricia] Klembara, and Naomi [Bob] Reilly; and grandchildren Rachael, Zachary, Noah, Nathan, Bobby, and Danny. He is further survived by his brother-in-law, Archpriest Stephen [Matushka Emily] Shuga. He was predeceased by his brother, Michael and his wife Anne Klembara, and his brother-in-law, Archpriest Andrew Shuga and his wife Matushka Mitzi.
Visitation will begin at Holy Trinity Church, 6822 Broadview Road, Parma, OH at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17. The Funeral for a Priest will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. On Monday, December 18, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Church. Private interment will be held at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery Cemetery, South Canaan, PA on Tuesday, December 19.
Donations in Father John’s memory may be made to Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, PO Box 130, South Canaan, PA 18459-0130.
May Father John’s memory be eternal!