Mary Rosemond “Peggy” Linonis, Madison Street, Farrell, passed away at 12:05 p.m. Saturday (7-14-12) at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas P. and Beverly Linonis, Saratoga Drive, Austintown, Ohio, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her family was at her side. She was 89.
She was born Aug. 21, 1922, in Farrell to Nick and Mary Marinovich Dobrenich.
Mrs. Linonis graduated from Farrell High School in 1940.
She married Chester J. Linonis on Nov. 23, 1946, on her parents’ anniversary. When Mr. Linonis passed away Dec. 16, 2008, they were married 62 years.
Her family was the most important thing in her life and she loved spending time with them. She enjoyed keeping her home a welcoming place for family and friends and hosted numerous family get-togethers and holiday events. They loved her soup, pastries and home-canned goods.
Mrs. Linonis and her husband enjoyed many years of dancing, especially polkas. She also liked playing cards and bingo.
During World War II, Mrs. Linonis worked at Sharon Steel Corp., where she made tank plates.
She was a bookkeeper at the former Nehi Bottling Co., in Farrell, worked for 20 years as a payroll clerk at the former Mason’s department store in Hermitage and was a clerk at the Army-Navy store in Sharon for 22 years. She retired in 1992.
Mrs. Linonis and her parents were life members of St. Anthony’s Church in Sharon. She had volunteered at church fish fries and was a former member of St. Theresa Altar Society.
She also was a charter member of Farrell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5286 Auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary Post 160 for 59 years.
She was a former member of Croation American Civic Club, Croatian Fraternal Union, Croation Catholic Union Bowling League 29 for 15 years and treasurer for Mercer County Breast Cancer Support Group for 16 years.
She was a former member of PUFF (People United for Farrell).
Mrs. Linonis did volunteer service for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and March of Dimes.
She belonged to a birthday club, where friends offered support and fellowship.
Mrs. Linonis is survived by her daughter, Linda Mary Linonis and her companion Dennis C. Buchholz of Hermitage; her son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas P. and Beverly Linonis of Austintown; a niece, Patricia Albert of Mercer; her grandchildren, Dawn Hayes, Diana Grimm and husband William, David Smith and Daniel Smith; and great-grandchildren, Briawna Hayes, Adreawna and Dedric Dixon, Kaylee Smith, Natelle Smith and Leah, Alana and Jarod Grimm; cousins Chuck, Jack and Bob Marin; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Catherine Zelch, who died April 25 at 90.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Linonis enjoyed loyal canine companions Peppy, Ryan, Lucky and Buddy.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Anthony Chapel or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“Ya-te ljubim, idi susresti boga i odmoriti u miru. Laku noch, Mom.”
Calling hours: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (7-17-12) and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (7-18-12) in the A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME LTD., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell. A brief prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Condolences can be emailed to pustinger
Service: A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday (7-18-12) in the chapel of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hermitage, with the Rev. Daniel J. Kresinski, pastor of St. Anthony Church, Sharon, officiating.
Burial: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hermitage.