Obituary for Casimir Palubinskas
CASIMIR PALUBINSKAS, age 95. Beloved husband of the late Ona. Loving father of Donna (Richard) Ferris, of Dalia (Bill, deceased) Gray, Laima (Edwin, deceased) Wendell, and Ignas (Louise) Musteikis. Dear grandfather of Alexander, Kristina, Adam, Diana, and Sylvia and great-grandfather. Loving companion of Julie Vencius. Funeral Mass Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 AM at St. Casimir Parish (18022 Neff Rd). Interment All Souls Cemetery
My father, Casimir Palubinskas, died peacefully last night at the age of 95. Just missing his birthday coming on 2/13. Basically, a complete circle. Born in Lithuania in 1922, fleeing the country and finding refuge at a Displaced Persons camp in Germany, he was trained as a fire fighter and saw many horrors of war and destruction after bombings. He really only mentioned it once in my life, yet I could tell the impact it had in his silence.
After a time he received sponsorship to come to Beaver Falls, Pa., by a distant relative. Sailing to the US, beginning a new life, new language, new country, he successfully embraced the new while still holding firm ties with Lithuania through family, friends and Lithuanian community in Pennsylvania. He worked in the paper mill there and heard of more and better work opportunities in Cleveland. He moved here and enjoyed the larger and more vibrant Lithuanian community well established here. He took courses at Fenn College and got his Draftsman’s degree which he ultimately used as a machine designer at National Acme. All this when working to learn the language and ways so different from what he had known. My Mother, who also had fled, with her first husband and 3 children, from Lithuania and ended up in Cleveland. They bought a house on Miller Ave., in Euclid and remained there the the rest of my Mother’s life and majority for my Dad. After all the fleeing, camps, tentative housing in their lives, they never moved again. They were married and I came along. ??
I actually really got to know him in the last 20 years since my Mother died. She was a force and overshadowed him. What a delightful, kind and loving man I found him to be. He loved to dance, party and absolutely never complained of anything. In these last 10 years or so, he had a lady friend come back into his life from teenage times. Julie Vencius. They enjoyed each other’s company with their circle of friends and Lithuanian Pensioners. Many New Year’s Day mornings I would call up to say happy new year and learned he had gotten home between 3:00 to 4:00 am!!! He was in his mid-80’s and I had been in bed right after midnight! How great was that?!?!
His good nature, seemed to help stave off any disease. He had no major illnesses to speak of that weren’t easily handled. He had dementia in the last years, yet remained happy and pleasant and no complaints. During that time he lived in Parma Heights at a wonderful assisted living place called Park Creek Center. When I’d go, the aides would always say how much they love him and how nice he is and I know they meant it. He slowly began fading away the last few months and finally yesterday he really just faded from this life to the next. I definitely could hear and see in my awareness, a very big welcoming party going on in heaven with his arrival. “I sveikata” (to your health and cheers) Papa!! To a life well lived! You are missed already. We love you!??
Your loving daughter, Donna (Danute)