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Peter William Kovats

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Peter William Kovats passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday January 26, 2021. He passed away in his sleep of what appears to be natural causes. He was 48 years young, with much passion and life ahead of him. His family is looking to have more answers soon.

Peter was born in Painesville Ohio on September 25, 1972.  He grew up in Madison Ohio and graduated from Madison High School in 1991. He went on to Baldwin Wallace University, also in Ohio, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1994. He continued his education earning a master’s degree at Arizona State University in education. Peter had an outstanding enthusiasm for education and the Conscious Discipline program. Peter held teaching positions across the valley and most recently worked at Litchfield Elementary School District for 15 years. He was an outstanding Elementary Educator, Instructional Coach, and more. He was a staple of the LESD community and was beloved by all that knew him.

Peter lived a life focused on health, happiness, and ensuring educators and children could connect successfully for growth. An organization is being founded in his name, The PETIE Foundation. The foundation will concentrate efforts to ensure that we increase the reach of Conscious Discipline throughout the community, and help educators and students build happiness and success in their lives. A friend called Pete “the world’s greatest cheerleader for Conscious Discipline” and the Kovats family plans to carry out his wishes, in his name.

During his free time Peter enjoyed spending time with family, traveling to his beloved home state of Ohio and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes.  Peter was extremely talented and expressed his creative side through numerous craft projects and cooking for friends and family.

We will never be able to replace Pete’s infectious laugh, outgoing positivity, or beautiful soul but we will hold it in our hearts forever and be grateful for every moment we spent with him. He was a ray of light that never dimmed for his friends and family.

He is predeceased by his father, Paul Kovats and grandparents, Justina & William Yoe Sr., and Daisy & Peter Kovats.

Peter is survived by his Partner, Gregory Zona, his Mother, Ilona “Sis” Kovats (Yoe), three brothers Christopher Kovats, Deverest Kovats, and Nickolas (Courtney) Kovats, and nieces and nephews: Cameron Kovats (Deverest), Jordan Kovats, Gwenyth Kovats, Brynnlee Kovats, and Oakley Kovats (Nickolas)

Due to Covid restrictions, an intimate memorial will be held on Saturday February 6th in Goodyear, AZ for family and close friends.  Please help the family to honor and remember Pete by emailing photos, videos, stories, and condolences to RememberingPeteKovats@gmail.com. Many will have the opportunity to join the memorial for Pete virtually via live stream. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Litchfield Elementary School District through the PETIE Foundation. Please use this PayPal link to make a charitable donation in Pete’s name.

A showing of the service will be available at same link as slideshow at 7pm on Saturday Feb 6th, a slideshow video will show until then: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU9_K8cQAPn9sy1oRIIALe3OK9y0yn7Yw

26 Comments on “Peter William Kovats

  1. All my love and well wishes to the entire Kovats family. I’m here for you always. Pete, you were my BFF and I never laughed as hard and as much then when I was with you. I will forever cherish all the memories we made. I will love, miss, and honor you every day of my life.

  2. My daughter Michelle has great friends no greater than Pete. I met Pete several times he was genuine, optimistic, fun, smart and lovable I didn’t know him well but I miss him already. Pete you added joy to everyone’s life you touched Thank you for making my daughter’s life better and everyone’s in your short life. You,absolutely, are in heaven bringing joy there too just like you did here in earth.

  3. Pete will be deeply missed. He was such a bright light for all. Shine on our beautiful friend!

  4. I had the joy of witnessing Pete’s magic during a weeklong training of Conscious Discipline. His passion and dedication inspired me so very much. He most certainly “walked the talk” with his feet on the ground and his heart in his hand. Thank you Pete for giving your gifts to us. I will remember you!

  5. There are no words to describe how much Pete will be missed. His infectious laugh, smile, attitude, kind and gentle. He touched my life in so many ways. He made me a better person. U knew u could always count on him to be there no matter what. The Sunshine of our district. Rest in peace my friend. Love u always

  6. Pete Kovats will be remembered and I wish all his family and loved ones a lot of strength and love in this great loss.

    I think of you from across the ocean (the Netherlands)

  7. Pete, I will never forget you, you made such an impact on my life as well as others. I will miss you! Prayers and love to family.

  8. I will remember you Pete! My friend, my conscious discipline 2 buddy and colleague. I am so lucky that our paths crossed and I had an opportunity to have met you and gotten to know you. Sending Pete’s family, friends and LESD school family extra love, support and strength durong this time. I will always remember you! Love, Pamela

  9. Sending much love to Pete’s family and loved ones. May memories of Pete give you comfort when you need it most. Pete – your beautiful light will be missed but it will shine on in the joy your brought to others. Love you, Pete.

  10. I never met Peter in person, but I am sure I will meet him in a better place which is Heaven. Peter made my darling Greg very happy and for that I will always love him. My heart and prayers go to his family and his loved ones.

  11. I will never forget your enthusiasm for education, and beaming smile. You were an amazing human being, and will be greatly missed by all!

  12. Gone too soon. I will always remember your bright vibrant smile from our BW days. While we did not stay in touch, I can see you continued to light up your world. Rest in Peace.

  13. Pete’s infectious laugh and bright personality will be so missed! He lit up every room he entered and every time I saw him I was guaranteed a laugh and smile. Prayers to everyone who was lucky enough to get to know such an awesome human being!

  14. Pete was always an inspiration. He will be greatly missed but will continue to shine through those who loved him. Prayers for all his family and friends.

  15. Condolences to the family. I had the honor of babysitting the Kovats boys as babies and toddlers. His parents must have done a wonderful job raising them because Pete seems as if he grew up to be a wonderful adult from the comments I’ve been reading about him. I am sorry for the loss of your son, brother and friend.

  16. Pete Kovats was the kindest soul I have ever known. His smile was infectious and his love for life and for those around him will never be forgotten. Pete.. thank you…love you. Once a SuperStar Always A SuperStar!

  17. Pete was very special to me and he will always hold a special place in my heart and will never be forgotten. He was an inspiration and had such a passion for life and would not even hesitate to go out of his way to help others as that was Pete’s way. He has touched so many people in an incredible way and those memories will truly be cherished by all.

    My condolences to the Kovats family & friends!
    Sending big HUGS to all

  18. Still no words.
    He was such a special person~ his laughter was infectious ~ his bright beautiful personality will be something I remember forever!
    I send so much love to his family, hope it helps to know the impact he had on so many 💔

  19. My heart breaks thinking about how we lost such an energetic and happy soul way, way too soon!! My high school years would not have been so exciting and full of happiness without Peter… he made us laugh so hard and that SMILE….. so beautiful!! I will hold my memories close to my ♥️. Until we meet again my friend… please dance with those angels and show them that smile!!
    Love you!!
    😇🙏

  20. I have had the pleasure to work with and become great friends with Pete the last four years. He will always be remembered for his love of kids and his love of people. Pete was always there when he was needed and I have no doubt will still be . The phrase “ You Got This” will forever be etched in my mind. Pete thank you for being you and encouraging others. Love you
    RIP my friend.

  21. Pete is definitely a light. Energy is never destroyed, and Pete’s bright energy lives and moves through the world, in each of our hearts, in our smiles, in our mischievous giggles, and our willingness to live bravely authentic and love-filled lives.
    Pete’s curious, open, child-like wonder is so needed in this world.
    You will be missed, Pete, but never forgotten 🤞💞

  22. Pete was such a bright light to so many and brought so much love to everyone he met. He made Greg so happy and together their love was timeless. Love you 😇💜❤️💚💙🧡

  23. Petey will live on forever in the hearts of all that had the blessing of meeting him and will shine through those who knew him well as we carry forward his legacy. We will rember you Pete. Sending much love and hugs to Greg Zona and the Kovats family.

  24. I shed tears when I heard of his passing. I didn’t know him long, but what few interactions I had when he visited the preschool location I worked at, I knew he was a special person. My condolences to his family and closest friends.

  25. Pete, I just finished watching the video done in your honor and I have to admit tears came to my eyes. As so many have shared before me, you were a light in this world that at times has been dark for all of us. Our friendship which began during college years together is a tremendous gift I will always hold onto. And although we went our separate ways after those 4 years at Baldwin Wallace, the occasions we did reconnect felt timeless. You had a gift for honesty, caring, compassion and bringing joy to others. And it appears those qualities resonated in each and every relationship in your short life. You will be greatly missed my friend. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to your sweet mom Sis, your brothers Chris, Dev and Nick, your family and to your partner Greg. May you be at peace.

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