YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Eleanor (Hayer) Goskie passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2018.
She was born on May 24, 1929 a daughter of the late Louis and Helen Yurick Hayer.
She was a life long resident of Struthers.
She graduated from Struthers High School.
She married William Patrick Goskie on May 24, 1948.
She worked at several retail stores including Islay’s downtown Youngstown, Kress’s Five and Ten Store also in downtown Youngstown and JC Penney in Boardman. She had a passion for sewing that led her to a lengthy career with the Singer Corporation. She started sewing at age eight making doll clothes. She prided herself in being a perfectionist as a seamstress, making wedding gowns, christening outfits, all types of clothing, and crafts of all kinds. She not only sewed for herself but she did alterations for others and taught classes teaching others to sew in several of her jobs. She studied tailoring with Ben the Tailor of Youngstown. She retired from the Singer Corporation and worked again teaching sewing at Electo-Hygiene in Boardman.
She loved people and everyone knew her for her smile. In fact in high school, she was nicknamed “Smiley”. Her family was always important to her. She was always a caregiver. Taking care of her parents, children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was always there to help, no matter what you needed without question.
After her retirement, she did a great deal of volunteer work making wheelchair and walker bags for hospitals and nursing homes numbering in the thousands. She was a member of the Struthers VFW Post 7538 Ladies Auxiliary. One of the projects she was instrumental in through that organization was a donation of anger/love pillows donated to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department. The pillows were given to the patrolmen to keep in their patrol cars to give to children. They had a dual purpose. They could be cuddled for comfort or they could be punched to be a release for anger.
Eleanor touched so many lives and did so much good in her lifetime and she will be missed by so many.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her son, Mike Goskie, Sr. (Janet) of Struthers; her daughter, Carol Brenner (James) of Austintown; grandchildren, Mike Goskie, Jr. (Sheila) of Lowellville, Tabitha Maravola (Robert) of Youngstown, Christine Belcourt (Joseph), Colleen DeChellis (Jeffrey) of Poland, Meredyth Betro (Adam) of Canton and Candice Babjak (Mark) of Boardman. She also cherished her great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Mede of Atlanta, Georgia, Jake Jones of Poland, Ohio and Adriana Babjak of Boardman. She leaves her sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Stefonek and many extended family members, nieces and their families also.
In addition to her parents, Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, William; her in-laws, Mike and Catherine Goskie; her brother, James Hayer and his wife, Mary; brother and sister-in-law, Max and Hilda Parker and brother-in-law, Raymond Stefonek.
Friends and relatives may pay their respects on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Kirila Funeral Home, Inc. from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
There will be a prayer service on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home and a funeral Mass following at Christ Our Savior Parish, St. Nicholas Church at 10:00 a.m.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Maplecrest Nursing Home of Struthers where Eleanor made her home since 2010. The care and compassion she received there will always be remembered. She will be missed there by so many. The family would also like to thank Hospice of the Valley for the compassionate care they provided in her last days and hours to make her transition a peaceful one.
A television tribute will air Monday, January 15 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.