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Mr. Donald Ungar, Sr

Obituary for Mr. Donald Ungar, Sr

January 8, 1930 - September 2, 2019
Aurora, Ohio | Age 89

Loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather

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Donald A. Ungar Sr. age 89 of Aurora. Beloved husband of 67.75 years to Ruth J. Ungar (nee Tittl); loving father of seven children: Karen R. Boyle, Susan J. Ruszin (George Ruszin, deceased), Donald A. Ungar, Jr. (Darlene), James W. Ungar (Gail), Loretta Quesada Trevino, Kenneth J. Ungar (Jade, deceased) and Eleanor J. Brooks (Brian). He was the cherished grandfather of 13: Philip D. Boyle, Rebecca L. Boyle Dew (Wesley), George Ruszin Jr., Athena Riggenbach (Kyle), Alison Ungar, Nathan Reeves, Jesecca Torossian (Richard), Julian Quesada, Julia Brooks, Ruthanne Brooks, Aletheia Brooks, Katherine Brooks, and Louis Brooks (deceased). Don was a great grandfather of four: Zoe Ruszin, Alex Torossian, Julian Quesada, Zelena Riggenbach. He was the dear brother of Andrew Ungar (Patricia) and the late Mary Werner. Donald passed away Monday, September 2, 2019.

Don describes his life as follow: "This is the story of a man that loved photography and spent many hours making photographs and movies for everyone to enjoy." The first pictures Don took were of his sister's First Holy Communion when he was 7 years old. He continued to be taking pictures until the last month of his life.

All of his different careers included photography. He began as a History, Latin, and Religion teacher at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland then transferred to Hoban High School in Akron. Of course, he ran the photography club and yearbook club. Don was in the Naval Reserves for ten years and taught for them at their Lorain base. Yet being a teacher really did not pay the bills for his growing family, so Don also did weddings, family portraits, and started doing news stories for television.

His news stories were so good and his pictures so engaging that WEWS-TV 5 hired him full time to work as a newsroom photographer. This led to connections with Dorothy Fuldheim, Tom Field, Fred Griffin, and Gib Shanley who were the major broadcasters in the news world of the time.

Don became the traveling photographer for Dorothy Fuldheim and they did stories all around Europe with the most notable ones around the old Berlin wall. He put together a travel story of their six-week trip. His children remember all the memorabilia he brought home especially the chocolates.

Working with Gib Shanly and the Cleveland Browns, Don took movies of the game action on the field while his sons and daughter took movies from the roof of the old Cleveland stadium. They produced a program called "Quarterback Club," that ran weekly for many years on WEWS-TV 5. His children remembering the many hours of him working with the Browns, had his casket painted in Browns colors and had a football bouquet done in orange and brown by his casket.

Being Catholic and attending church every weekend was a value that Don and his wife Ruth lived. Both of them studied Catholicism and tried to live their faith every day. Don was very active in the Knights of Columbus and achieved the fourth-degree recognition. He had many stories of his work for Catholic Charities and many of the Bishops in the Cleveland diocese. For many years, Don ran the Serra Club which is a lay organization that works to encourage men to enter the priesthood.

Following his 25-years working full time for Channel 5, Don opened his own place of business for film developing and movie transfers to video. His son took over the business while Don and his wife Ruth moved to Florida for a few years. But their children wanted them back "home," so they moved to Medina for almost 20-years.

While being in Medina, Don started teaching AARP Driver Safety classes for Seniors. He continued teaching these classes at least four times a year for 25-years. These classes introduced him to many people which led to the building of "Leo's Jolly Jammers," a band made up of seniors who love to play music. Don played the trombone and became an integral part of this band which he truly enjoyed. He helped produce a Christmas music video which aired on local television.

Don's next project became writing his life stories of his time with the beginnings of television broadcasting, his time with the Cleveland Browns, and family stories. A few days before he died, he was starting a new project of making a video on his life.

Contributions can be made for Masses or to EWTN in lieu of flowers.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Friday, September 6, 2019, at BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 RIDGE RD., PARMA. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 7, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 606 E. Washington St,. Medina. Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Medina. (440) 842-7800 www.buschcares.com

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