NORTH LIMA, Ohio – There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Our Lady of Sorrow Parish at St. Matthias Church celebrated by Fr. John Jerek for Elizabeth “Betty” Zajac 88, who was called to her heavenly home on Friday, March 3, 2017.
Betty was born on November 5, 1928, in Whitney, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Franko) Schlosser.
As a child, she moved to Lansingville in Youngstown.
Betty attended St. Matthias Catholic school and then graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1946.
On May 28, 1949, she married the love of her life, Eugene Zajac and spent 46 years with him until his passing on December 11, 1995.
She had many jobs throughout her life, but her favorite and last job was with the records department at Youngstown State University. She retired in 1991, with fond and lasting memories of her time there.
She was a lifelong member of the church. She loved her faith and went to daily Mass, oftentimes leading the rosary before Mass. She was a member of its Infant Jesus of Prague Guild, the Sacred Heart and Rosary Society and its senior group, The Golden Echoes.
She was also a member and former officer of the local branch 161 of The First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association and was very active in this organization.
She also volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen and St. Paul’s pirohy in New Middletown for many years and contributed to dinners at the Dorothy Day House in Youngstown.
Everyone who knew Betty loved her because of her kind ways, she gave of herself and always made it a point to ask how you were doing.
She also gave of her talents, she was an amazing baker and you never left her house without carrying some of her baked goods home with you. She knew everyone’s favorites and always made them for her children and grandchildren. She also shared her gift of crocheting. Betty crocheted hundreds of dishcloths and shared them with family, friends and fellow residents of the Marian Living Center.
She will be so very sadly missed by her children, Mary Beth (Jack) White of Struthers, John (Cindy) Zajac of Youngstown and JoAnn (Jim) Schuler of New Middletown; her daughter-in-law, Debi Zajac (Eugene) of Poland; her 14 grandchildren, their spouses and partners and her nine great-grandchildren. Betty had a very close and loving relationship with her siblings. Feeling the loss of their beloved sister are, Anne Tokarsky (John) of Boardman, Ceil Schlosser of Boardman and John (Barb) Schlosser of Chicago. Also missing their aunt Betty, will be her many nieces and nephews. She will also be sadly missed by the residents and staff of the Marian Living Center, where she made her home for the past two years.
She touched many lives in her time there and was touched and blessed by the kindness of those around her.
Betty’s family would like to thank the staff at Marian Living for their kindness and compassion.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene A. Zajac; her son, Eugene D. Zajac; her sisters, Margaret Mady and Mary Richnafsky and a brother, Martin Schlosser.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7 at Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home, 5925 Market St. in Boardman and again from 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. prior to the funeral Mass on Wednesdsay, March 8 at St. Matthias.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Our Lady of Sorrows Parish or the Dorothy Day House, both in Youngstown.
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