Tribute: Mary Puskar

November 29, 2016 Obituary

Mary Puskar, Youngstown, Ohio - obit

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 2, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home Inc. and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church for Mary Puskar, 91, who passed away on Tuesday, November 29.

Mary was born June 12, 1925, in Michalovce, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), daughter of George and Elizabeth Menky.

Mary married John Puskar on July 15, 1944, in Slovakia.

John emigrated to the USA in 1949 and Mary followed with their two daughters, Mary and Linda in 1956. Her husband, John, died in 1992 from MS and Mary was his caregiver for many years.

Mary leaves three children, Mary (Mike) Novak of Austintown and their three sons, Michael Novak, Jr., Colonel John (Stacey) Novak of Virginia and their three children, Patrick (fiance Heather) and Caitlin and Steven (Tina) and their son, Ryan; her son, Robert (Lisa) Novak of Virginia and their six children, Robert, Jr. (Andrea) of California, Dustin (Kayla) and their sons, Dustin and DJ of California and Ethan and Bailey (Fallon) and Alexis and Aylia. Linda (Joseph) Sefchik of Austintown and stepgrandchildren, Joseph (Nancy) Sefchik and Tammy (Loney) Gamble. She also leaves behind nine stepgrandchildren and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren, John and Lisa (Roe) Puskar of Cleveland and their two sons, John (Kimberley) of Columbus, and Zachary Puskar.

Mary worked for 25 years for the Youngstown city schools as part of the custodial staff, retiring in 1992.

She belonged to the retired group SERO & SERS. After her retirement, she then catered at St. Mary’s Assumption hall for 15 years.

She was a devout Catholic who prayed at the rosary every day. Mary belonged to the Rosary makers group at St. Mary’s and helped to make rosaries that were sent all over the world. She volunteered many hours at St. Mary’s with many projects- making pirohi, stuffed cabbage sales and sewing altar boy garments.
Mary was named “Mother of the Year” in 2006 at Golden Pillars group.

Mary loved to knit and was very proficient at it. She has made many outstanding afghans, quilts, scarfs and of course, her famous knit slippers.

Mary lived on the west side for over 50 years, moving to Omni West in 2013, where she participated in many activities there, including bingo.

We would like to thank Dr. Miller and Dr. Gerald Mihok for taking such good care of our mom’s medical needs. Also, thank you to the staff at Omni Assisted living, Omni Manor and Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for our mom and, of course, a special thank you to the Rev. Richard Lambert and Sister Bernarda for their many visits and much spiritual guidance that they provided during the years.

Friends will be received on Friday, December 2, 2016, from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. at the Vaschak-Kirila Funeral Home Inc.

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A television tribute will air Friday, December 2 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.