Katherine “Kay” Salopek

Born: 01/20/1935 Passed:

Katherine “Kay” Salopek, 86, of Euclid, passed away on September 4, 2021. Kay was married for 44 years to Peter Salopek who passed away in 1998. She was an extraordinarily loving mother to her children and their spouses, Tom (Denise) Salopek, Christine (Dave) Lowe, Peter (Paweena) Salopek, and Joseph Salopek. Kay helped to raise all of her grandchildren, who she loved so dearly, Jessica (Ryan) McCartney, Alexander Salopek, Philip Salopek, Nicholas Salopek, Julian Salopek, Gus Salopek, Lisa Lowe, Noah Salopek, and Emily Salopek. She was so glad to spend time with her beloved great granddaughter, Daniela McCartney. Kay also leaves behind many cherished friends.

Kay was deeply involved in the preservation of her Croatian heritage. She particularly loved tambura music and encouraged her children and grandchildren to learn to play the tambura and participate in the Croatian junior groups based in Cleveland. The American Zagreb Junior Tamburitzans were particularly close to her heart. Kay served as Treasurer for many years including an additional 20 years after her children were no longer in the group. Kay enjoyed traveling; often with the Tammie’s, but also enjoyed her yearly trips to Vegas with her husband. Kay devotedly cooked for her large family and was happiest when she was surrounded by her family at meals. Every holiday she would bake potica for family and friends.

Kay was Born in Grindstone, Pennsylvania, to Joseph Vidonish and Sophie Pyro. Her siblings include, Joseph (Jenny) Vidonish, William (Dolores) Vidonish, Vincent (Elizabeth) Vidonish, Patricia (Joseph) Bosnic, Barbara (Angelo) Commarato, Elaine (William) Bobinchuck, and Daniel (Karen) Vidonish. Kay came to Cleveland at age 18, and throughout her life she generously helped many others to settle in this area.

As per her wishes a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Kay suffered your woes and celebrated your victories. Kay would want you to remember her as loving you.

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18 Tributes to Katherine “Kay” Salopek

  1. Tom Salopek says:

    My Mom, so loved and already dearly missed.

    • Jim Keszenheimer says:

      I remember the many wonderful meals at your house and your Mom’s ever-cheerful face. She was always welcoming and gracious. My prayers for your family at this difficult time. She will be remembered and forever loved!
      …,,oh, and those nut rolls!!!

      • Kathie Pohl says:

        My sympathies to Kay’s family. I was one of the first babysitters for Tom and Chrissy, and Kay was one of the first grownups that I met, who encouraged me to call her by her first name. She was a beautiful and kind lady and will always be remembered with love.

  2. Kathy McCartney (Ryan’s mom) says:

    What a beautiful obituary for a beautiful lady.

  3. Milton Lenhart says:

    Kay was a dear member of our extended family and always made my family feel welcomed and loved, miss you Kay, Rest In Peace!

  4. Karen LOWE says:

    What a lovely tribute to a lovely lady! She will be missed by all who had the pleasure to know her.

    • Michele Kacperski says:

      So sorry for your loss. We were not only neighbors, we are family. I’m going to miss you Kay ❤

      • Pamela Gobble says:

        I am deeply saddened by the loss of your Mother…My prayers go out to all of you! I have too many precious memories of Kay to mention…but one that sticks out the most is how close my Mom and Kay were…Best Friends…they would sit on my Moms back patio and chit-chat for hours ….and after my Mom would pass I would call your Mom and chit-chat for over an hour ….Kay you will always be in my thoughts and I will always miss you!!!❤

        • Anna Vucica says:

          Kay was an amazing person that will truly be missed. She was kind, caring, and loving,. Her beautiful smile and hugs always made me feel welcome. She raised a wonderful family and I am sure is so proud of each and every one of you. May she Rest In Peace and my deepest sympathy to the whole family.

  5. Janet Bildstein says:

    So sorry everyone. A beautiful obituary for a beautiful lady. I am blessed to have known her. Always so kind and welcoming when I would see her. She will be greatly missed.

    • Jo Anne Keszenheimer says:

      I was deeply saddened to hear of Kay’s passing and the first image that came to mind was of her beautiful smiling face. My heart goes out to Kay’s family at this sad time. Heaven does, indeed, have another angel.

  6. Christine Perrotti says:

    Kay and Pete were the best neighbors my grandparents (Frank & Ursula Vovko) had. So kind and caring. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  7. Debbie Salopek Walter says:

    Such a nice, loving lady. Loved the time our family spent with your family. Always a good time! Our deepest sympathy to all of you. ❤️

  8. Anonymous says:

    Kay was the first “extra Mom” John introduced me to. We sympathize with the whole family for your loss. She will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. All our love John & Jules

  9. Debbie Cowoski says:

    Kay known to my family as “Grandma Kay” was so very kind!! You will be missed dearly!! Prayers of comfort to all her family! RIP Kay!

  10. Marlene Zukerman says:

    Have such great memories with Kay from Tammies that we always will remember and cherish. She was a wonderful woman and a great role model to us all. She gave countless hours to our Tammie group and took so many kids under her wings with ❤️ She will truly be missed by all of us! May you Rest In Peace Kay! Love you!

  11. Olivia (Salopek) Pritzlaff says:

    When I was younger, I knew my Aunt Kay as a lot of fun, then later as a great source of advice. She was full, loving, inclusive. She was a wonderful woman who gave so much to her family and community during her life.

    • Sandra Mihalinac says:

      I remember Aunt Kay always smiling and cheerful. Going to visit Aunt Kay and Uncle Petie always meant we were going to have fun. Looking at all the comments you can tell what a kind, giving and loving person she was to everyone. She will be missed. Love you Aunt Kay. 💞

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