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Painesville Location

1000 Mentor Avenue Painesville, Ohio 44077

Willoughby Location

38001 Euclid Avenue Willoughby, Ohio 44094

Mentor Location

6330 Center Street Mentor, Ohio 44060

Emil E. Kotnik

09/21/1940 — 12/11/2021

A close-up photo of Emil E. Kotnik confidently posing for the camera

Emil E. Kotnik, was born in Euclid, Ohio on September 21, 1940 to the late Emil & Matilda Kotnik . He passed away unexpectedly on December 11, 2021 due to complications with Covid.

Emil is the loving father of Lorraine (Samuel) Broida; beloved grandfather of Gabriel & Joshua Broida; dearest brother of Helen (Thomas Martin-deceased) Teree, Charles (Barb) Kotnik, Lynn (Tom) Vargo and the late Ruth Wallace; uncle and great uncle of many.

Emil graduated from St. Joseph High school in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduation, he enlisted in the Army from 1958-1964. After leaving the Army he was hired on at TRW in Euclid, Ohio, where he started his engineer career. His love of history lead him to start the 5th Virginia Regiment to re-enact the revolutionary wars over weekends at Hale Farm & Village & Dearborn Michigan for many many years, where he made his own clothes by hand. He later left TRW to move to Bristol, Connecticut to work at New England Air Craft. His love of nature & tranquility brought him to purchase, what was now the home he retired in, in Pike, New Hampshire. He loved tinkering in his over 5 acres with his big boy toys of tractors and trains over the years.

There will be a private memorial at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, where Emil will receive military honors.

Arrangements entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 1000 Mentor Ave., Painesville.

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4 Replies to “Emil E. Kotnik”

  1. Emil was one of my very best friends in High Schoo. We walked to and from home to school many a time.

    He’ll always be in my prayers.
    Joe Mersnik


  2. Stella scrosati June 12, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    Will be missing you and our long chats


  3. I worked with him in Pike, NH at an alternative school from 1997-2005. He showed me the ropes.
    He was a good man, friend, co-worker, and the biggest Lionel Trains fan I’ve ever met.


  4. Les Kausek Sarasota Florida November 8, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    Emil and I went St Christine school and St Joseph High after high school we lost touch with each other
    I’m now living in Florida for the last 32 years
    May he rest in peace


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