NEW SPRINGFIELD - Betty Lou Kozicky, 80, of New Springfield, passed away Saturday afternoon, October 12, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boardman surrounded by her husband and daughter after an extended illness.
Betty Lou was born on July 11, 1933 in Oil City, PA, a daughter of Wray and Dorothy (McCain) Staub. She moved to Warren, OH in her youth and would later move to New Springfield in 1954 where she would become a life-long resident.
She was a 1951 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School, and married Russell V. Kozicky on July 18, 1951.
She enjoyed working in a variety of settings, including the Ohio Turnpike, the Blackburn Home in Poland, Neil's Restaurant in Unity, The Townhouse Restaurant in North Lima, and Swope's Valu King which would later become Giant Eagle in North Lima. It is from there that she retired in 1988.
Betty Lou was an active member in her church, the New Springfield Church of God. She enjoyed the Tuesday Quilting Circle there, more for the company than the quilting. One of her favorite pastimes was hanging out at her best friend Charlene's house in her kitchen. Family was very important to Betty Lou, and she loved watching her grandkids when they were younger.
She leaves to cherish her precious memory her husband of 62 years, Russell; three daughters, Brenda Lee Kozicky of Eugene, OR, Carol Marie (John) Bolchalk of Kernersville, NC, and Diane (Dave) Graft of Columbiana; four grandchildren, Deric (Kristine) and Dana Graft , Anna and Josh Bolchalk; a sister, Dorothy Raphoon, and a brother, Wray Staub, both of California.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Barbara.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 11 a.m. at New Springfield Church of God, 3649 E. Garfield Rd., New Springfield, OH 44443 with Pastor Jim Carmany officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 16 from 6-9 p.m. and also one hour prior to the services at New Springfield Church of God.
The Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio is entrusted with the arrangements.
Material contributions may be made to the church or to HMHP Foundation, 250 DeBartolo Place, Suite 2560, Boardman, OH 44512.
The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center Boardman campus for the wonderful care and services provided.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.