Vera Curilovic, 104, of Madison, Ohio passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 27, 2018
at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 16, 1914 in Niles, Ohio to
Guiseppe Ragazzo and Mary (nee DiGiovanni), the oldest of 5 children.
She was the loving and devoted wife of 51 years to Mark (deceased); loving mother
of Kathy Adams (Don, deceased), Michael and Mary Ann Braun (Dan).
She was the loving grandmother of Jason Adams (deceased) wife, Tracy, Joshua, wife April
and Miranda Curilovic (deceased); Great-grandchildren, Christopher, Brooke, Justin, Aidan and Oliver,
aunt to many; and friend to hundreds. She was preceded in death by her husband Mark, her parents
and siblings Willie Rager, Guy Rager, Frances Parise and Joe Rager and several brothers and
sisters-in-law. Vera and her family moved from Niles, Ohio to Cleveland’s Murray Hill neighborhood
as a young girl attending grade school there. By age 13, her family moved into the famous
Royal Road house in the Collinwood area of Cleveland. There she attended Collinwood High School
and graduated with honors in 1932, then went to work for the Lyon Tailoring Company in their office.
In 1945 she met the love of her life, a soldier, Mark Curilovic after corresponding with him during WWII.
They married in 1946 and began a long and loving marriage while raising 3 children. Vera continued to
work for several companies in order to help her family throughout the years. She became involved in her
community and church as well; she enjoyed many past times: reading, crocheting, knitting & baking with
happy times spent with their many friends and family members. In 1990, she and her family moved
out to Madison, Ohio where Vera continued her generous and loving nature by involving herself in two
quilting groups, the library, the senior center, the AARP, a healthcare prayer circle, to name a few,
and her local church while staying faithful to her childhood church Holy Redeemer.
After Mark passed away in 1997, Vera did not slow down and went out of her way to help others
if they called on her still giving time to her many activities and interests. You could not find a more loyal,
generous woman than Vera. Her friendship was golden and special. She was intelligent and had
amazing \ knowledge of many subjects. But if you asked her what she loved best, her answer
would be, “my family.” She delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who
returned the love. Her many childhood stories were often repeated by them with a twinkle in their eyes.
Vera will be missed terribly by all those who knew her. She leaves a void no one can fill and her
sweet smile and cute wit will be remembered always. The world lost a beautiful lady and now
Heaven gains a new angel. What a family reunion must be taking place with the “crew!” Rest in Peace.
Donations in Vera’s name can be sent to the Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave.,
Cleveland, Ohio 44110. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30am Monday December 3, at Holy Redeemer
Church, 15712 Kipling Ave,, Cleveland (PLEASE MEET AT CHURCH); Interment All Souls Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at THE VITANTONIO-PREVITE FUNERAL HOME 5236 MAYFIELD RD.,
LYNDHURST (EAST OF RICHMOND RD.) SUNDAY 2-6PM.