Fred Everett Pohto, 62, a lifelong resident of Fairport Harbor, died in his home surrounded
by his loving family Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
Born Nov. 5, 1951, to Robert and Viola (Makitalo) Pohto, in Painesville, Fred attended the Ohio Institute of Technology. He worked for the Lake Geauga Computer Association (LGCA) and the Newbury, Berkshire, Ledgemont and Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School Districts.
Fred served on numerous committees in the Lake County area and throughout Ohio that supportchildren and education. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church of Fairport Harbor
Property Committee, church council, Zion's social ministry, youth group leader, Sunday School,
Vacation Bible School and a founding member of the Zion Praise Team. Fred dedicated his life to
serving his community in many capacities, including serving as president of the Fairport Harbor
School Board and board member of the Auburn Career Center. He was a member of the Finnish
Heritage Museum, Fairport Harbor Historical Society, Fairport Lions Club, Harding High's Class of
1971 and Fairport Harbor School Boosters.
After his courageous battle with cancer, Fred is survived by his wife of 38 years, Linda
(Bochnak) Pohto; mother, Viola Pohto; daughter, Jessica Pohto; son, Eric Pohto; and grandson,
Caleb Pohto. He also leaves behind his extensive extended family, all the kids who called him
Dad, and close friends he considered family. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert
Richard Pohto. The family is overwhelmed and grateful for the support during this emotional time.
We wish to give a special thanks to the Hospice of the Western Reserve for their support through
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 508
Eagle St., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077. Family will be receiving friends from 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, and 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church. Contributions may be made to
the church (see address above). The Potti Funeral Home of Fairport Harbor is handling the