Theodore C Klimczak

December 18, 1951 ~ December 6, 2021 (age 69)


THEODORE C. KLIMCZAK 69, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 6. Cherished husband of Janet (nee Nemec) for 45 years, beloved father of Ted (Stephanie), Matthew (Penny), Christian, Steve (Girley), Andy (Amaris) and Joey, adoring grandfather of Vada, Luke, Evelyn, Olivia, John Paul, Peter, Ambrose, Chiara, Jacinta, Gianna, Agnes, Christian Jr., Elijah, Eden and Scarlett.

 The oldest of seven, he was the patriarch of the Klimczak family after his father, Ted, a longtime Ford autoworker, died in 1995. Brother of Bob (deceased), Ken, Jeanne, Mark, Dan and Carolyn, and thoughtful son of Jean, he began every Dec. 18 birthday by calling his mother at the time he was born, 4:05 a.m., and talking for hours.

Ted and Jan's love for one another was renewed every year on their wedding anniversary at 1:05 p.m., the precise time they first professed their vows. Their marriage was a solid foundation for their six sons. Ted loved his family tremendously and had a great desire to be together as a family, no matter the activity. He was committed to family dinners every night, attending church together every week, and annual family vacations. When his boys were young, he led them on scouting adventures, coached their baseball teams and took them to museums all across the country. He also enjoyed taking his sons to the annual Army/Navy game, camping in Michigan and tobogganing in Indiana. His youngest son, a special needs child, was his constant companion and his closest buddy.

Ted was a proud veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who always thanked veterans personally for their service and asked their story. He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan who followed every game, a car buff who never missed an Auto Show and a roller coaster enthusiast who had a season pass to Cedar Point for years. His exuberance for life was extraordinary.

A man of strong faith, Ted was an active member of St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church. Passing on the faith to his children was of utmost importance to him. One of his greatest memories from travels in Europe was seeing Pope John Paul II in Rome. Ted believed in civic duty and had served as president of both the Rotary Club of Fairlawn and the Fairlawn Chamber of Commerce.

Ted was a CPA and worked in public accounting before starting his own firm in 1987. He merged in 1991 with Harry Donovan to form Donovan, Klimczak & Company (DKC).Ted cared deeply about his staff and clients. He was always available to them, often dropping what he was doing to listen and take meticulous notes. Under Ted’s leadership, DKC added four offices across Northeast Ohio to his flagship Fairlawn location. Building long-term relationships to guide clients, including many multi-generational family businesses, to prosper through changing times was his specialty.

A loyal, generous friend and devoted, patient family man, Ted will live on in the memory of many. "Always, always love God, and also love your family," Ted said. "Remember that they are human, just like you, so be forgiving." 

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 13 at St. Hilary Catholic Church, 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Family will receive friends at Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Road, Fairlawn, Sunday, Dec. 12, 2-5 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to OPEN M, 941 Princeton St., Akron, OH 


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December 12, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Ciriello-Carr Memorial Home
39 S. Miller Rd
Fairlawn, OH 44333

Mass of Christian Burial
December 13, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Hilary Catholic Church
2750 W. Market St
Fairlawn, Ohio 44333

December 13, 2021

12:00 PM
Holy Cross Cemetery
100 E. Waterloo Rd
Akron, Ohio 44319

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