CAMPBELL, Ohio – Stephen DuBos, 94, passed away peacefully at his home on October 2, surrounded by his loving children.
He was born, July 18, 1922, in the village of Porac, Czechoslovakia, the son of Sofia Fiffick and Peter Dubos. His father came to America in 1924 to work
in the steel mills of Youngstown. In 1927, the remainder of the family, including Steve, came to America to join his father and they settled in Campbell.
As a child, Steve exhibited both interest and natural ability in music, so his parents arranged for him to receive music lessons at the Strouss Department Store.
He graduated from Campbell Memorial High School in 1940, where he played in the band.
Afterwards, he got a job working at United Engineering. In addition, on weekends, he would play in his uncle’s band, “The Pete Dubos Orchestra”, where he would play the accordion, violin and trumpet at various local events.
In October of 1942, he was drafted into the Army and assigned to a tank unit with the 12th Armored Division in Europe. After the war, Steve took advantage of the GI Bill education benefits and graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1950 with a degree in Pharmacy.
In 1951 he and another pharmacist, John Matisi, formed a partnership and purchased the Campbell Pharmacy on 12th Street in Campbell. He has long since retired from the pharmacy but the Campbell Pharmacy is still operating and serving the citizens of Campbell.
On May 29, 1949, he married Mary Elizabeth Petro. Steve had met Mary, who was from Pittsburgh, while she was visiting her brother Father George Petro, the priest at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Campbell. In 1951 they purchased a home in Campbell where they both resided for the remainder of their lives.
Mary passed away in 2012, they were married for 63 years and raised five children.
Steve was a lifelong member of St. Michael Byzantine Catholic church in Campbell, where he sang in the choir and served as a Cantor for many years.
The most important things in his life were his family, his Byzantine Catholic faith, his Carpatho-Rusyn heritage, his profession of Pharmacy and his city of Campbell. He instilled in his children the importance of getting a good education.
Steve is survived by his five children, Mary Louise of Seal Beach, California, Virginia of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Stephen (Barbara) of Boardman, Gloria (Dr.David) Brewster of Boston, Massachusetts and Nicholas (Silvia) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; sisters, Mary Macala of Campbell and Dorothy Petrony of Boardman; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, Steve was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; a sister Helen; a brother John and brothers-in-law, George Macala and Frank Petrony
The DuBos family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends on Thursday evening, October 6, from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and again on Friday morning, October 7, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
There will be a Parastas service on Thursday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home and on Friday, October 7 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Panachida service also at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church, 463 Robinson Rd. in Campbell, officiated by Fr. Kevin Marks.
Burial will take place at the parish cemetery in Campbell, where Steve will be laid to rest. Military honors will be presented at the cemetery by The American Legion Post #540 of Warren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Byzantine Catholic Church in Steve’s memory.
Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send Steve’s family condolences.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, October 5 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV, 8:41 a.m. MyYTV, 9:58 a.m. on FOX, 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.