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Steven Matthew Grbavac

12/02/1973 — 08/24/2021

A close-up photo of Steven Matthew Grbavac hanging out with loved ones posing with a backwards cap and smiling

Steven Matthew Grbavac, age 47, of Kirtland, Ohio passed away on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. He was born in Willoughby, Ohio on December 2, 1973.

Steven was a loving husband, father, son, brother, cousin and friend who will be deeply missed by many. He leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Ruzica Grbavac (nee Bosnjak); father of Matthew, Anna, and Isabella; son of Tony (Loreta) Grbavac; brother of Kristine Grbavac; son-in-law of Coza and Branka Bosnjak; brother-in-law of Ivica Bosnjak; nephew of Joseph Pauer; cousin and friend of many.

He was preceded in death by his loving Mother, Anne Grbavac (Pauer), maternal grandparents Katrina (Sterl) and John Pauer, and paternal grandparents Anka (Juric) and Mate Grbavac.

Steven enjoyed dinners out, a day at the beach, and traveling especially to his homeland of Croatia. Steven and Ruzica enjoyed many wonderful vacations, cruises, and trips to water parks with their kids. He shared many laughs with family and friends through the years, with whom he shares many inside jokes and memories that will always be a part of how Steven is remembered. Special moments with his children always produced that smile we will always remember, as he enjoyed playing video games with Matthew and Uno with Anna, and sharing his passion for soccer with Isabella.

Visitation will be held at Divine Word Church, 8100 Eagle Road in Kirtland on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 10:30am- 12:00pm, followed by a funeral mass at noon. Private internment for immediate family at All Souls Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral Services.

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16 Replies to “Steven Matthew Grbavac”

  1. Sending thoughts and prayers to each of you. May his memory be eternal with wonderful memories! Love the Aboid family


  2. Ann Marie and Dave Gann August 26, 2021 at 12:50 am

    We offer our deepest condolences for the passing of your loved one. May memories of good times and his love carry you through the days ahead.


  3. Ruzy and family,
    I am soo sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I still remember when you two started to fall in love way back. Colleen Shafer-Gorecki


  4. Kristo & Nela Kucaric August 26, 2021 at 11:13 am

    So so sorry for your loss our condolences to the family


  5. John & Lorie Oleska August 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    We are devastated for Steve’s family and very sad
    ourselves. We send our heartfeld prayers and thoughts for you all.


  6. So very sorry for your loss. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children.


  7. We are greatly saddened by the passing of our Steven. Our deepest condolences are extended to The Grbavac Family for your loss. We will pray for Steven and his family.
    May Jesus and Maria bring you peace at this difficult time.


  8. Nancy ( Grbavac) Perovic and family August 27, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Our deepest condolences to Ruzi, Matthew, Anna, Isabella, Tony, Krissy and the whole family. May he rest in peace with his mother and mine, and with Omi and Opi. I will forever hold the memories of the family gatherings we had in my heart. Hugs and Love to all


  9. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will be thinking of and praying for your family.
    Tammy (Whalen) Griffin


  10. Dottie Cooper Gaebelein August 27, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Rose, Matthew, Anna and Bella I am so sorry to hear this – I am so happy we met at USM so long ago. Wonderful Memories and a life long friendship.


  11. Mate and Agatha Luketic August 27, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    So very sorry for your loss.


  12. Susan Grbavac Smith August 27, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    My heart breaks for all of you. Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of my dear, sweet and funny cousin Steven. He will always be in my heart. I love you all, Suzi


  13. I’m so sorry for your loss my heart goes out to you God bless


  14. Zdravko i Mara Miksik August 29, 2021 at 1:16 am

    We received the sad news Stiven had passed away.
    We extend our sincere condolences to the grieving family and relatives.


  15. Ruzy – I’m so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.


  16. I just saw the post and wanted to say that we will be praying for you Rose and the kids. I hope all of your wonderful memories help you during this difficult time.


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