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Carl John Bako

Carl John Bako, 80, died peacefully Dec. 19. Carl was born in Barberton and lived nearly his entire life there. He graduated from Barberton High School in 1960 and from The Ohio State University in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. His professional career spanned 58 years, working for the Babcock & Wilcox Company, Summit County Sheriff’s Department, City of Barberton and as owner of Gionino’s Pizza in Wadsworth for the last 21 years. Carl loved watching his Buckeyes and attended just about every football home game for almost 50 years. He enjoyed studying history and watching documentaries and TV shows about the Old West. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Alex and Dorothy Bako and his brother and sister-in-law Jay (Barbara) Bako. He is survived by his wife of 55 years Maria, son Carl (Melanie), sister-in-law Monica Brown, granddaughters Allison Dicko and Brittany Dicko, nephews David Brown and J.J. (Carmen) Brown, Justin (Jennifer) Bako, Wendy (Mike) Baxter, Alex Bako and great nephews Sebastian, Julian, Stephen, Nicholas and Logan. Special thanks to Polly Martin for all of her help these last several months. Also, thanks to the staffs at Pebble Creek and Summa Barberton Hospital. Calling hours will be Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Silva Hostetler Funeral Home, 1199 Wooster Road W., Barberton. Funeral Mass will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Hilary Parish, 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities Summit County, 812 Biruta Street, Akron, OH 44307.  To share a memory or send a condolence please visit

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  1. Margo Weigand Toth Trenta on December 23, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    May your Rest In The Peace of The Lord Karl

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