Date of death: 1/23/2019
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1962
Alan Leo Palko, 82, of Lorain, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Mercy Regional Medical Center. He was born on April 11, 1936 in Lorain and resided there most of his life. AlanÆs elementary and secondary education took place in Lorain. He attended and graduated from the former St. JohnÆs College in Cleveland; St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, IN, becoming an Oblate of St. Benedict. He furthered his studies and graduated from Borromeo Seminary in Cleveland. From there, he attended and graduated from Case Western, obtaining his MasterÆs Degree in Education. He began his career in education teaching at the former St. JohnÆs School in Lorain. From there, he worked for the Cleveland Catholic Diocese in various roles, taking the role of President of Lorain County Catholic Board of Education for one year. Alan moved on to the Public School system in Medina and upon retirement, was Associate Principal at Medina Junior High. Survivors include his brother, Norm; and his sister, Jayne; and several cousins. As his health began to decline, Alan relied on his caregiver, Mary Turner, for his outstanding and dedicated home health care.Preceded in death were AlanÆs parents, John and Emily Palko (nee Cverna).