In Memoriam: Matushka Mary Maksimoff

WARREN, OH [DOM Communications] – Mary Maksimoff, 89, of Youngstown, Ohio, fell asleep in the Lord on Sunday, August 23, 2020.  Family would like to thank Continuing Healthcare at the Ridge and Buckeye Hospice for her care.

A Westside resident for many years, she was born to Russian and Belorussian immigrant parents Stephen and Helen (Kozala) Eodchick on January 9, 1931.  After graduating the Rayen School, in 1949 she married Vladimir (Walter) Maksimoff.

Dancing polkas at the Krakuski Hall, she worked briefly as a laundress and cosmetologist before becoming a fiercely devoted wife and mother.  A member and Sunday school teacher at Nativity of Christ Russian Orthodox Church in Youngstown before joining St. John’s Orthodox Church in Warren, where her husband was attached as proto-deacon, she enjoyed singing alto in the choir, collecting cook books and recipes, gardening, and reading the Vindicator newspaper.  Her laughter could make everyone smile.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband in 2012.

She is survived by her sister Olga Prochak Drahuschak; her three daughters, Matushka Janet Mihalick of Pittsburgh, PA; Claudia Maksimoff of Ft. Pierce, FL; Pauline (Dn. David) Gemmel of Youngstown; her grandchildren Alexandra (Benjamin) Gajewski; Mary and Juliana Gemmel; Elana (Nick) Giannakos; and her great grandchild, Sophia.Because of the pandemic, private services were held by family, followed by graveside services and internment at Belmont Park Cemetery, Fr. Brian Crivella and Fr. Peter Pawlack, officiating. In lieu of flowers, family requests prayers for her and donations in her memory to Saint John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 2220 Reeves Rd NE, Warren, Ohio 44483.

May Mary’s memory be eternal! Vechnaya Pamyat!

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