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Mary Elizabeth Miles Kochevar


Mary Kochevar posing with Santa Claus in front of a fireplace

Mary Elizabeth Miles Kochevar, age 75, of Kirtland, passed away March 29th, 2023 at Brookdale Senior Living surrounded by her family.  She was born August 20th, 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Andrew and Josephine Miles.

Mary was a homemaker and an artist.  She often expressed herself through her extensive artistic mediums. Her crafts included quilting, doll making, painting and dress making for special occasions for family and friends. Mary enjoyed tending to her vegetable garden and surrounding herself with many different animals.  That enjoyment of the outdoors and animals led to her volunteer work at Lake Metroparks Farm Park where she informed visitors about plant and animal programs and helped conduct education classes.  Her most loved role was as a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and aunt.  Joy filled her heart every Christmas season when she and her husband made magical Christmas memories for all her family.

Mary was the loving wife of 55 years to Fred Paul Kochevar; beloved mother of Samantha Michelle (Eric) Kochevar Griff; Fred Victor Kochevar and Andrew Paul Kochevar; dearest grandmother of Sheridan K Kochevar and Spencer K Kochevar; sister of Linda Miles Balas and Russell (Cynthia) Miles; aunt of AnneMarie (Tony DiCicco) Miles, Mary (Jason) Bosma, Jonathan (Angela) Miles and Russell Miles Jr; great aunt of Lilian Miles and Andrew Miles.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Donations can be made in Mary’s honor to Hospice of the Western Reserve:  Hospice of the Western Reserve: Donate (onecause.com)

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

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7 Replies to “Mary Elizabeth Miles Kochevar”

  1. Cindy Miles ( Sister in Law) April 17, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    The splendor and awe of Christmas that Mary created for the family exemplified her genuine loving and giving nature. Her example taught us that love, sacrifice and family are our most treasured gifts. She has been my role model and I will carry her gift of love in my heart forever. Rest in the Hand of the Lord, my sister.


  2. My most sincere condolences. I have been praying for you particularly since I learned that Mary’s illness was critical. My heart cries for you.


  3. Annie Miles DiCicco (niece) April 17, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    We have a new angel and she’s my Aunt Mary. So many people don’t get to meet their heroes. Not only did I meet my hero but I was related to her. My Aunt Mary helped me through good and bad times and many ugly ones too.

    Here is the recipe for success that Aunt Mary wrote in a journal to me:

    “Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it.Plan more than you can do, then do it. Point your arrow at a star, take your aim and there you are. Arrange more time than you can spare, then spare it.
    Take on more than you can bear, then bare it. Plan your castle in the air, then build a ship to take you there.”

    I will see you in your castle in the air! Love you more then you know!


  4. Maybe you were meant to go to where the angels fly; to finally find that peaceful place above earths blue sky.
    Where calm, warmth and love abide and pain is gone for good; where you can soar like you did before and feel the joy you deserve.
    We mourn your loss so deeply and wish it were not so, but maybe here on God’s green earth wasn’t best for you to grow.
    The grace of God is yours at least. Pure peace of mind and soul; and one day, when we meet again, I will once again be whole.

    My earth angel is now a goddess in heaven.
    From one Mary Elizabeth Miles (Bosma) to another Mary Elizabeth Miles (Kochevar), I will love you always and forever. Your legacy will forever remain.


  5. Linda Balas (Sister) April 17, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    My teacher, my guide, my counselor, my shopping companion, my nursemaid, my helper, my selfless companion. I could go on for pages and pages of what Mary means to me. But most of all she still is and always will be my SISTER and MY VERY BEST FRIEND. Love you till the cows come home Mary.


  6. Andy Paul Kochevar April 17, 2023 at 6:41 pm

    We love you, mom, while you’re waiting for us in heaven, it’s true we will miss your love and talents, and your caring for us, and your sharing so much happiness here.


  7. Mary is the best sister anyone could ever have asked for. Her kindness and gentle touch was a rare thing in today’s world. She made everything around her better. Mary will be greatly missed.


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