• Born: August 20, 1919
  • Died: November 14, 2017
  • Location: Parma, Ohio

A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Homes

18149 Bagley Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Tel. (440) 260-8800

Tribute & Message From The Family

JOHN J. GELMAS, age 98. Beloved husband of 73 years to Lillian (nee Klag). Loving father of Kenneth (Karen) and Christine Wotowiec (Pete). Cherished grandfather of Todd Cotsman (Melisa), Shelly Baltic (Tommy), Melissa Zak (Bob), Matthew: great grandfather of 6. Dear brother of¬ the late Ann Pohorenec, Mary Martel, Rose Horton and Catherine Majka. Also survived by nieces, nephews and many dear friends. U.S. Army World War II Veteran. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday November 21, 2017 Holy Family Church (York Rd.) at 11:00AM. Interment Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. The family will receive friends MONDAY 3 – 7 PM at the A. RIPEPI & SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS (WEST OF I-71).


Condolence & Memory Journal

To have lived a long life and gained wisdom to share is truly a blessing (Psalms 90:10). To family and friends, may you find comfort in the many cherished memories.

Posted by L P - Cleveland, OH   November 22, 2017

What a beautiful tribute you wrote about your Dad, Chris. If he can hear you now, he would probably say, "My Goodness! Looks like Lil and I must have been some pretty good parents". 98 years old, loved by his entire family served his country,---Goodbye John.

Uncle Mike

Posted by Mkke Cotsman - Broadview Hts, OH - Acquaintance   November 19, 2017

Rest in peace Uncle Johnny. You will be missed by many. Good Luck up there with your four sisters!
Aunt Lillian you are in my prayers.
Love Kathleen

Posted by A friend   November 19, 2017

How do you put a lifetime of memories into a few paragraphs? When I was young Dad was there to pick me up after school dances and when I was an adult he was there to help feed the chickens on our mini farm. Dad had a way of getting through any situation, minor or major. He stuck to the task at hand. What a great example he set. He always encouraged us to be good to all those around us and consider their needs. Dad was a faithful man, a proud veteran and a wonderful father & husband. His way of life is definitely tops in my book. But now he is in another book; "The Book of Life"...and next to his name God has noted "Well done my faithful servant". I love you and will miss you so much. Love Chris

Posted by Christine Wotowiec(Gelmas) - Pikeville, TN - Daughter   November 17, 2017

Uncle Johnny is gone. He is now with his four sisters, my aunts & mother, in heaven. He was a quiet, dear man. He took me on walks when I was a child. Aunt Lillian my heart goes out to & living a man for 73 years is a great loss. I will pray for you always.
Love Gerry

Posted by Geraldine Novotny - Papillion, NE 68046   November 17, 2017

We remember him as very kind and independent. Sorry to hear the news of his passing. Our most sincere sympathy to all the family members.

Posted by Marcia Raley - Kihei, HI - Family Friend   November 16, 2017

Shoved snow the eve of their wedding.John and i did a lot of moving from a lot of of houses (furniture) is what i mean.Will miss him dearlyGod Bless,and rest in peace.
Rich&Mary Ann Klag

Posted by Richard Klag - Brookpark, OH - Student   November 16, 2017