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George D. Behrend
  • Passed away on March 03, 2022

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George D Behrend, age 74, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. George was born Aug 26, 1947 in Cleveland OH, to parents George A Behrend and Olga Gruszczynski Behrend. George grew up in Brook Park OH and later moved to Olmsted Falls OH, Brunswick, OH, and The Villages FL, his “Happy Place”.

George’s greatest joy was his family, and he took great pleasure watching his daughters grow up to be loving, compassionate and successful young women. But his grandsons, Patrick and Michael, were his ultimate joy. He was their “Tickle Gramps” and treasured every minute he spent with them. Gramps was their biggest fan, attended their lacrosse and hockey games as often as possible, and was exceedingly proud of the outstanding young men they became.

George’s mantra was “Service to humanity is the best work of life,” and he lived his life giving to others. George was an active member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Brook Park OH. As a youth he was a member of Luther League, on a local and district level.  He was a member of the Senior Choir and served for over forty years on Church Council, including President of the Congregation. George’s friends at RLC were family to him. After moving to FL, he remained in contact with RLC and the activities of the congregation, always keeping their ministry in his prayers.

As a young adult, George joined Parma Jaycees and Olmsted Community Jaycees, serving in various local, regional, and state positions and was named US JCI Senator #28673. Following his Jaycee career, he joined the Kiwanis Club of Olmsted Falls as an active member and committee chairman, and served as Treasurer for 12 years. He received Layman of the Year, several Kiwanis Legion of Honor Awards and a Hixson Fellowship. His Kiwanis friends were a supportive group of lifelong “brothers”. George also served as President of the Olmsted Falls Democratic Club and was a trustee with Youth Challenge. In his spare time George loved to golf and proudly scored a hole-in-one at The Villages in 2018.

George is survived by Donna, his loving wife of 56 years; cherished daughters, Tracy Roman (Paul) and Nancy Behrend Cole (Cameron); his two beloved grandsons, Patrick Roman and Michael Roman; siblings, Lynn Probert (Jim), Terry (Susan), Lori Renard (Dan) and Mark (Laura); sister in-law, Judy; numerous nieces and nephews; and grand-dog, Holly. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David.

His family and friends will honor George and celebrate his life on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 1PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 6151 Smith Rd, Brook Park OH 44142. Please wear your tie dyed shirts or bright colors to celebrate George.  Parking is limited, we ask that you carpool. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, or the Kiwanis Club Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 38363, Olmsted Falls OH 44138.


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Location:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
6151 Smith Rd, Brook Park, OH 44142
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Date & Time:
June 18, 2022 at 1:00 PM


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  1. Michele and Alex says:
    12 Mar 2022
    Bye George. We’ll miss you. We always enjoyed our visits when we came to Ohio. I have many memories of you through the years. Donna, may you and your family find comfort in your memories. God rest his soul.

  2. Patricia Alber says:
    09 Mar 2022
    Dear Donna, Tracy, Nancy and Family,

    I am so very sad to hear of George's passing. My heart and prayers go out to all of you. He was such a wonderful man with a huge heart. What a big hole he will leave in all of our lives. I am sending a big hug to each of you now.
    Love,
    Patti Breda Alber

  3. Jerry E Gobble lit a candle:
    09 Mar 2022
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    09 Mar 2022
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  5. Chris Breda says:
    08 Mar 2022
    So sorry for the loss of your loved one George. He was a great man and will be truly missed by many. May God be with all of you as you morn. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  6. Ed Zajac lit a candle:
    08 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 8, 2022 at 3:19:01 PM

  7. Dennis and Mary Kay Lynch says:
    08 Mar 2022
    George was a gentle, funny and kind man. He was what we all should be. Best of all, he was a friend.

  8. Pete Evanko says:
    08 Mar 2022
    You’ve been a friend for well over 40 years. Prayers going out for Donna, Tracy, and Nancy. You’ll be truly missed buddy. Love you !
    Laurie & Pete Evanko

  9. Len Davidson says:
    08 Mar 2022
    Donna and Family--It was truly my honor to have had George as a Friend. I know George was a Christian and have no doubt where he is today. Remembering all the great times we had at all the Kiwanis functions. Remembering all the great times playing poker with the Kiwanis poker group. George was a blessing in so many peoples lives and will be missed dearly.

  10. Dan and Debbie Dalessandro says:
    08 Mar 2022
    Love you George, it was great working with you all those years. Love you too Donna, you all made a great difference in the lives of our families here in Brook Park!

  11. Terri McIntosh-Matus lit a candle:
    08 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 8, 2022 at 3:27:12 PM

  12. Kathy says:
    08 Mar 2022
    Dear Donna & Family, Sending my love, thoughts & prayers to you during this difficult time. Remembering George for all the great times we shared thru Kiwanis get together. He & his infectious smile will truly be missed. I’m sure he was met by Denny & the other Kiwanians that went before him. May God bless you all & give you strength. ❤️

  13. Cindie and Tony Matusicky says:
    08 Mar 2022
    Donna and family! So sorry that such a wonderful man is no longer among us! You cannot say Donna without saying “George and Donna.” He gave some much to Redeemer! Please know you are and have been in our thoughts and prayers!

  14. Scott Kreidler says:
    08 Mar 2022
    What can I say about George that has not already been said. It was my privilege to know him, work with him, worship with him and love him. You have been a blessing in so many people's lives, even lives that you didn't even know about. Say hi to my mom up there in heaven, thanks George.

  15. Scott Kreidler lit a candle:
    08 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 8, 2022 at 3:32:07 PM

  16. Jack and Susan Grimm says:
    08 Mar 2022
    The world has lost a very special man, a guy who truly devoted his life to service. We met him many years ago through the Olmsted Falls Jaycees. He became a friend. He was such a good friend to so many. Our condolences go to Donna, their daughters, and their families. We hope all your special memories and the many thoughts and prayers being sent to you will support you and comfort you in your grief.

  17. Kathleen mitchell says:
    08 Mar 2022
    Donna and girls,
    Please accept our deepest condolences
    You and George were close friends of our parents and part of.the Redeemer family. We will always be grateful. We pray you will find God's peace. Kathy (stone) and Bill Mitchell and family

  18. Shirley Hart says:
    08 Mar 2022
    Donna, Tracy, Nancy and the entire Behrend family,

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of George. He was an amazing friend. He will missed by all that knew him.

    My heartfelt prayers go out to all!

    Shirley Hart
    Berea, OH

  19. Kathy Walker lit a candle:
    08 Mar 2022
    Lit since March 8, 2022 at 3:29:41 AM

  20. Kathy Walker says:
    08 Mar 2022
    I have been honored to have George in our lives. George interviewed and hired me at Redeemer Lutheran Church as Office Secretary. We worked closely from that time on. He will always have a place in my heart. I will miss his phone calls to the office and our chats, but know that he is close by. Rest in peace my friend, you'll not be forgotten.

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