BOARDMAN, Ohio – Paul Lesigonich, 90, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening, April 11, 2017, at Heritage Manor in Youngstown following a long and fulfilling life.
Paul was born January 2, 1927, in Campbell, a son of the late Alex and Mary Korelewiak Lesigonich and was a lifelong area resident.
Mr. Lesigonich was a 1945 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School and served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II as private secretary to military officers. While in the service, he played in the military band and played baseball in Puerto Rico and Trinidad for the Army team.
An industrious man, Paul had an active work history. After his discharge from the Army, he owned and operated Baxter Furnace on Market Street during the 1950s and then worked in the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local Nos. 5 and 33. He subsequently worked for Woodworth Plumbing & Heating in Warren, from where he retired. After “retiring” he stayed active making service calls for his loyal customers.
Mr. Lesigonich was a member of St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church in Austintown.
Paul married his wife, Peggy M. Taafe, on September 18, 1948, at the former Villa Marie Church in Villamarie, Pennsylvania and he and his wife watched the Cleveland Indians win the World Series while on their honeymoon.
He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing and he loved being outdoors doing yard work, gardening and raising crows. He was also a fan of the Indians and the Cleveland Browns.
Paul leaves his beloved wife of 68 years, Peggy Lesigonich; three daughters, Joyce Padavick of Chagrin Falls; Peggy (Chris) Smith of Milan, Ohio and Debbie (T.J.) Campana of Struthers; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Paul was preceded in death by a son, Paul Richard Lesigonich and by six brothers and sisters, Katherine Terlecki, Steve Lesigonich, Frank Lesigonich, Ann Balogh, John Lesigonich and Marie Kish.
Family and friends may call from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon, Monday, April 17, at St. Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church, on the northeast corner of Kirk and Raccoon Roads in Austintown, where funeral services will follow at Noon.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Rd., Youngstown.
Memorial contributions may be made in Paul’s name to Harbor Light Hospice, 4531 Belmont Ave., Unit 9, Youngstown, OH 44505 or to Heritage Manor, 517 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, OH 44504.
Please visit kinnickfuneralhome.com to view and share this obituary, and to send condolences online to Paul’s family.
A television tribute will air April 18 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.