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Alan Leo Palko

April 11, 1936 ~ January 23, 2019 (age 82)

Alan Leo Palko, 82, of Lorain, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

He was born on April 11, 1936 in Lorain and resided there most of his life.

Alan’s elementary and secondary education took place in Lorain. He attended and graduated from the former, St. John’s College in Cleveland; St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, IN, becoming an Oblate of St. Benedict. He furthered his studies and graduated from Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland. From there, he attended and graduated from Case Western, obtaining his Master’s Degree in Education.

He began his career in education teaching at the former St. John’s School in Lorain. From there he worked for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese in various roles, taking the role of President of Lorain County Catholic Board of Education for one year. Alan moved on to the Public School system in Medina and  upon retirement, was Associate Principal at Medina Junior High.

Survivors include his brother, Norm and his sister, Jayne; and several cousins. As his health began to decline, Alan relied on his caregiver, Mary Turner, for his outstanding and dedicated home health care. 

Preceded in death were Alan’s parents, John and Emily Palko (nee Cverna).

The family will receive friends at St. Peter Parish, 3655 Oberlin Ave, Lorain, OH 44053, on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 PM, Fr. Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, officiating. Private burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested for the St. Peter Parish Liturgy Commission. Funeral arrangements and services by Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home & Cremation Services, (440) 244-1961. Online condolences and gifts of sympathy may be shared with the family by using



Donations may be made to:

St. Peter Parish Liturgy Commission
3655 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain OH 44053
Tel: 1-440-282-9103

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