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In remembrance – Father Edward E. Mehok

In Remembrance

February 23, 2023

In remembrance – Father Edward E. MehokThe funeral for Father Edward E. Mehok will begin with vespers at 3 p.m. Feb. 23 in St. John of the Cross Church, 140 Richmond Road, Euclid. Auxiliary Bishop Michael Woost will be the presider and Father Marty Polito will be the homilist. The wake will continue until 7 p.m.

Bishop Edward Malesic will be the main celebrant at the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 in St. John of the Cross Church. Father Dan Divis will be the homilist.

Father Mehok, 90, died on Feb. 19.

He was born on Sept. 25, 1932 to the late Stephen and Mary (Phillips) Mehok. Father Mehok was educated at St. John the Baptist School, Akron; St. Vincent High School, Akron; the University of Akron; St. Gregory Seminary, Cincinnati; and Saint Mary Seminary, Cleveland.

He was ordained to the priesthood for service to the Diocese of Cleveland on May 18, 1957 by Archbishop Edward Hoban in the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Father Mehok’s first assignment was as parochial vicar of St. Catherine Parish, Cleveland where he served until June 21, 1961, when he was appointed to serve on the faulty of Borromeo College Seminary in Wickliffe. During this assignment, he attended The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., to pursue further studies.

On Aug. 29, 1967, Father Mehok was named vice rector of Borromeo College. During this assignment, he assumed the duties of rector of Borromeo College until a new rector was appointed in 1972.

Father Mehok was assigned to serve as a member of the pastoral team for St. Felicitas Parish, Euclid with residence at Borromeo Seminary, effective Sept. 1, 1973. During this assignment, he served as faithful friar for Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Knights of Columbus Assembly 1767.

On Jan. 1, 1990, he was assigned to serve Notre Dame College in South Euclid as campus minister and a faculty member.

Those who knew him said Father Mehok was well read, loved teaching English literature and was dedicated to his priestly ministry. They recalled his gentle smile, pipe and tobacco in hand, friendly disposition and words of wisdom sprinkled with humor.

A private interment will take place Feb. 25 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron.

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