June 30, 2016

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John “Jack” Kuzma

John “Jack” Kuzma, 85, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013.

Jack served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. He took Ranger training in Colorado and was sent to Stuttgard, Germany and worked in the army post office. When he was discharged, he bought a meat business from his brother, Joe Bistricky and started his business, Kuzma’s Wholesale Meats, and ran it with help from Donnie Tucker and Tom Sharpe for over 55 years. He was an avid sports fan and played slow-pitch baseball for many years. When he was 60 years old, he joined the Huf-N-Puffer league and played almost 20 years with them. He backed two teams, Kuzma Meats and West Side Market. His team won the championship a few times. Jack was also an amateur rose grower. At one time he had over 350 rose bushes in his garden. He belonged to The Parma Rose Society, Lorain County Rose Society, The Western Reserve Rose Society, The Forest City Rose Society, The Buckeye District Rose Society and The American Rose Society. He was an accredited Rosarian and an accredited Rose Judge. With his friend, Wilber Hruby, he judged rose shows all over the states. He won Best of Show at a National Convention with a white rose called Alina. He has many ribbons and trophies.

He was the beloved husband of Mary A. (Ardee Noonan); loving father of Helen (Mark) Grayson and John Gary (Jen) Kuzma, Sr.; grandfather of Andrew and Victoria Grayson and John Gary, Jr.; step father of Elaine Stewart and Maureen (Jeff) Fortner.

Friends may call Thursday, June 13, 2013, at Babitt Funeral Home, 9350 Ridge Rd., N. Royalton, from 4 until 8 P.M. The family request no flowers. Private inurnment will be at at Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery.