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Rev Fr. John A. Ocilka
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • St Vincent DePaul Society of St John Bosco Church
    6480 Pearl Rd
    Parma Hts, OH 44130

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“Fr. John. I t was a pleasure to know you as the loving and kind priest and man that you are. God bless you. Ralph Buccier,Previous St. Leo...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Ralph Buccier - Coworker

“Therese-My deep sympathy on the loss of your brother. I remember him as a nice guy and a perfectly genuine servant of the lord. ”
2 of 16 | Posted by: Robert Nozar

“Fr. John was my friend and spiritual advisor. He was the Spiriyual Director ofOur Holy Name Society when I was President.He would always offer to...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Les Mester - Parma Hts, OH

“Father John's smile, humor and voice was a joy . I'm honored to call him friend. You will be missed. ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Ron Pehotsky - Friend

“Fr John was always so kindLoved his smile and compassion Rest in the arms of our Lord and Blessed Mother true and faithful servant ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Joyce Nekl - Friend

“Father John was a kind and caring priest. In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will miss your bright smile.May you rest in eternal peace.May...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Thompson

“I met Father John at manor care parma. A repeat customer that you were happy to see. He was a very sweet man always smiling... And if not willing to...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Monica klipfell - Friend

“Dear Terry and family,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Fr. John. He was such a pleasure to work with at Suburban Community Hospital. Your Mom...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Joanne Majeski (Jerman) - Novelty, OH

“Dear Ocilka Family.My condolences on the loss of your beloved Jonn. He was such a gentle man and a true friend. He blessed my home when I moved. ...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Cassie Conti - Parma Heights, OH

“I was a parishioner at St.Clement's when he was there. He was a touching and efficient homilist. He had some unique methods of sharing spirituality....Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: barbara Poling Poling - OH

“Dear Mary & the Ocilka family,What an example of accepting the will of God and all the sufferings that entailed. May John now know that his life of...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Fr. Tom Gilles - Friend

“So sorry to hear of the passing of Fr. John. He served as Pastor Designate at Lakewood Catholic Academy for a period of time before his health began...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Paul Nickels - --Select--, OH

“Met Fr. John and his mother on several occasions through my cousin. What a wonderful person. Prayers and condolences to his family. May his soul...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Victoria Klonowski

“father john would always wave .i live right across from him.so sorry to hear.my prayers are with him and his family.at halloween he would sit out...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: bill hruska - Neighbor

“I grew up at Holy Family with John and the Ocilka Family. They were a family of great faith and devotion and it was not a surprise that Johnny ...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Regina Sacha - Seven Hills, OH

“Our dear friend left us too soon. We will miss him and his smile and all of his Disney characters and superheroes.The world is a lesser place today,...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Marty and Melody Zanotti


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Rev. Fr. John A. Ocilka was born on October 30, 1957 He was educated at Holy Family (Mt. Pleasant) Elementary School in Cleveland, Chanel High School Bedford, South High School Cleveland, Borromeo Seminary Wickliffe and St. Mary Seminary Wickliffe. On May 28, 1994 in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Bishop Anthony Pilla ordained him to the priesthood for the service of the Diocese of Cleveland.

Fr. Ocilka's first assignment was as Parochial Vicar of St. Leo the Great, Cleveland. On June 13, 2000 he was assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. John Bosco, Parma Hts. During this assignment he served as Spiritual Moderator for Holy Name Societies South West District effective May 18, 2005. On June 30 2007 Fr. Ocilka was appointed Administrator of St. Clement, Lakewood. On October 30, 2009 he was granted a medical leave of absence to attend to his personal health. On October 1, 2012 Fr. Ocilka was granted total and permanent disability retirement. Fr. Ocilka was a joyful priest whose smile was infectious. He dealt with chronic Illness for the last few years and remained optimistic throughout.

He was the beloved son of Gladys L. (nee Barnfield) and Aloysius Ocilka (both deceased). Dear brother of Michael Ocilka (deceased)(Donna), Mary Machaskee (Lex), Paul Ocilka (deceased), Maureen Ocilka (deceased) and Therese Borucki (David). Loving uncle of Michelle Ocilka, Adam Machaskee and Nicholas Machaskee (Aubrey). Loving great uncle of Kadance and Kenny Diemer and Ian and Sawyer Machaskee.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations are suggested to St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. John Bosco Church.

The wake will begin with Vespers on Tuesday July 21, 2020 at 3:00PM at St. John Bosco Church 6480 Pearl Rd Parma Heights,OH 44130 Bishop Martin Amos, Bishop Emeritus of Davenport, Iowa will be the presider and Fr. Lawrence Jurcak, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Hudson OH. Will be the homilist. Public Visitation to follow until 7:00PM (masks and social distancing required).

Private Family and Clergy Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Wednesday July 22, 2020 Bishop Martin Amos presiding and Fr. David Liberatore, pastor emeritus of St. John Bosco Church will be the homilist. followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.

Both Vespers and Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/pg/sjbparmaheights/videos