To our dear departed father/dedo/father-in-law/uncle, Metodi (Tony) Lozanovich, who passed away on Saturday, January 8th, 2022,
Exactly two months after your wife of 69 years, Milica, passed you are reunited with her. You were the patriarch of our family. You were our, “champione!” You were born July 16, 1932 in Ramna, Macedonia. In the spring of 1959, with immense courage, you left everything you had known in Yugoslavia (Macedonia), to begin life in another country for the sake of your children and family’s future. You sacrificed your place in one culture, the comforts of understanding and being understood, all set aside for the promise of a new life in America. You made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean, leaving your wife and young daughters behind, to lay the groundwork for a new life in Canton, Ohio, where your family would join you in a few short months.
You worked almost 30 years as a tailor at various clothing stores. You and your wife built over twelve houses and duplexes, doing much of the labor-intensive work yourselves. You lived the American Dream. You loved your family, but you also loved friends and neighbors. You belonged to St. Nikola Macedonian Orthodox Church for nearly 40 years.
You and Mom/Baba embodied timeless values we should all try to emulate: your love of family, your work ethic, your determination, your selflessness, and your compassion and consideration for all people. You always wanted to stay informed and often had the news on tv. Having witnessed the tragedies of war as a child, you asked to join your grandson at an anti-war rally. You believed in the common good. While watching a sad story on the local news, you’d often say, “We need to be nice to everyone. We love everyone. We all bleed the same blood.” Your example helped shape the beliefs of your children and grandchildren.
You loved tending to the substantial vegetable gardens you cultivated every year. Most of all, you enjoyed being with your family, sharing stories, and laughing. You loved telling stories; stories of life in the “old country,” of the prize-winning bull and horses you owned as a young man, and stories about trials and triumphs.
Your story may be no different than the stories of most immigrants who braved the journey for a brighter future. You were one of many who came to America seeking a better future, to contribute and to belong. In many other ways, your story is unique to you; a determined, some may say stubborn, spirit, who dreamed big, and worked hard to provide a future for his family. You achieved everything you set out to achieve as a young man coming to this country. You built a beautiful life for you and your family.
Our breaking hearts are a testament to the love and gratitude we have for you. It is incumbent on us to try and be worthy of your sacrifices by following your example; to look after and love family, to work hard, to be good and decent people, to respect others, and to be empathetic.
You are now returning to God to be with your beloved wife, Milica. We are grateful for blessing us with your love. We love you and we miss you terribly.
In loving memory,
Your entire loving family
Metodi is survived by his daughters, Victoria Calevski (Jovan); Nancy Lozenkovski (John), Christina Puterbaugh (Michael); grandchildren David Calevski (Laura); Michael Calevski, Steven Lozenkovski (Laura), Maxwell Puterbaugh (Jordane); Benjamin Puterbaugh (Lia); Johnna Jenkins (Will); Michaela Puterbaugh (Sam Harris)i; great- grandchildren; Joseph, Johnathan, Maxwell, Alexandria, Marley, Weston, and Sonny; many nieces, nephews their families, and friends.
Metodi is preceded in death by his wife, Milica; his mother, Vasa Lozanovich; his father Mirce Lozanovich; and his sister Rada Josivoski. Due to the spike of Covid cases across the state, the family will have private services. In his honor and in lieu of flowers, please consider make contributions to the Alzheimer's Association and the American Brain Tumor Association. Arrangements by Heitger Funeral Home
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