Jonathan Francis Kovacs Torontali, 29, of Cincinnati Ohio, passed away December 30, 2017. He was born April 1, 1988 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of John and Eleanora (Kovacs) Torontali. He graduated from Gesu School, class of 2003, St. Ignatius High School, class of 2007, and the University of Cincinnati, class of 2012 with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Information Systems. He was a successful young professional with a promising career as a Data Engineer.
Jonathan was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a friend. He grew up immersed in the Hungarian Scouts community in Cleveland, which allowed him to carry on his family heritage. Much of his childhood was spent at the family lake house in Chautauqua, NY, where he was an avid wakeboarder and enjoyed fishing. Jonathan was a talented artist and at an early age showed a natural aptitude for computer technology; a natural talent he would later use to pursue a successful career in IS. Jonathan also had an affinity for serving others, at home, in his community and beyond; exemplified by his mission trips and his boundless commitment to taking thoughtful care of his family. In his free time he enjoyed sky diving, traveling to visit friends, and spending quality time with his family, especially his nephews and niece.
Jonathan was a visionary, philosopher, and had a brilliant mind with aspirations to start his own non-profit. He had a smile and laugh that were not only genuine but contagious. His compassionate and spontaneous spirit was admired. It is hard to imagine that the man described above, also battled a disease that even his closest family and friends could not even begin to understand. While he did not let the disease or struggles define him, you could see it take a small piece of him away with each episode. We hope to use his passing and legacy as a catalyst for continued mental health awareness and support. Jonathan was strong and fought hard. He loved and was loved.
Jonathan is survived by his parents, John and Nora; his sisters Suzanne (Balazs Nemeth) and Marianne (Nathaniel Ecker); his nephews Frank, Karl, Alexander (Nemeth), Jonah, Oliver, Leo (Ecker), and his niece Ella (Nemeth). He is also survived by his uncles Karl (Carol) and Steven (Agnes); as well as his cousins, extended family, and close friends.
Initial funeral arrangements are being handled by the Spring Grove Funeral Home in Cincinnati, Ohio. There will be a private family only viewing at the Spring Grove Funeral Home on Friday, Jan 5th. A community mass will be said in his memory at Nativity of our Lord Church, Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, Jan 6th at 2:00 PM. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan 13th at 9:00 AM, followed by a memorial mass at 10:00 AM at Gesu Church, University Heights, Ohio. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations in honor of Jonathan to the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) or the UC Lindner Center of HOPE (Tribute Program). A memorial website has been set-up in his honor www.never-gone.com/memorials/jtorontali.