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David Edward SedlackoJuly 7, 1934 ~ February 23, 2017 (age 82)
David Edward Sedlacko, loving husband, father, carpenter, poet, and all-around trouble-maker, joined the love of his life, his wife of 59 years and best friend, Mary Adele (Duffy) Sedlacko, on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Theirs was a testament to that rare and true unconditional love most of us only get to read about, and their reunion a joyful blessing.
A proud first generation American of Slovak descent and the youngest of eight children, David was born in Campbell, Ohio on July 7, 1934 to Mr. Michael J. and Anna Melek Sedlacko. He was a farm boy and a lover of animals big and small, especially his dog Bebe, who was his constant companion these last years. He had a life-long love affair with music and was an accomplished singer, musician, and dancer. He loved his country and served in the National Guard; and he loved his family and served up a tasty kielbasa and kraut.
As a young carpenter, David built the family home on Mill Run Drive, and in 1965 started what would be his most creative and rewarding endeavor, his company, DaMar, Inc., through which he not only supported his family but also inspired many a young carpenter. He truly loved his work, and he never quite “retired.” He was an example of love of family, hard work, and commitment, and he instilled those values in all of his children. He was also a joker, a storyteller, a roller skater, and a kid at heart. As a father, he turned the backyard into a playground for generations of kids, complete with fort, rope swing, and roller coaster. Half of Youngstown must have ridden that coaster; and if you did, you’re a part of his legacy, and we thank you for sharing in his joy. He had a spirit that was larger than life, and he will be missed by many.
He is survived by his five children, David M. Sedlacko; Mary Lisa Fricker, who lovingly tended to him through his final years, and husband, Harry; Dan Sedlacko and wife, Carol; Lynn Sedlacko; and Erin Sedlacko and husband, Jeremy Hakes. He is also survived by a sister, Agnes Lisko; two brothers, Cyril, and Victor; and five grandchildren, Jamie and Adam Sedlacko, Nick and Kaylee LaFramboise, and Katherine Hakes. In addition to his loving wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine and Anne; and three brothers, Paul, Carl, and Mike, with whom he is undoubtedly singing Slovak songs as we remember; and many other family and friends.
Dr. John DelliQuadri and the compassionate staff at Liberty Healthcare provided exceptional care and comfort in his final days. The family gives them and all who cared for Dave their greatest gratitude. In keeping with Dave’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. The family will plan a remembrance at a later date. In celebration of his life, please sing out loud to your favorite song, strap on your roller skates and take a spin, toss a horseshoe with your brother, hug your daughter a little too tight, or polka dance with someone you love, and know that Dave’s there with you. Arrangements were handled by the Kelley-Robb-Cummins Funeral Home. Please visit www.krcummins.com to leave condolences.
“…I only know that this is so To stand alone is a worthless toil But to hear “I love” and to answer true I, too, do love!; Let love renew The hearts of all So that it be our quest To live in peace Until it’s time to rest.” –David E. Sedlacko