GIRARD – Josephine Valantine Loshinsky, 90, passed away peacefully on Saturday January 8, 2022.
Josephine was born on March 19, 1931 in Jamaica, Long Island, New York to Pasquale and Carmela Russo.
She was a graduate of Jamaica High School and went on to take an advanced secretarial course at the Drake School of Business. She worked as secretary to the president of the jewelry store Selig & Son in New York.
She moved to Medway, Mass., in 1951 with her first husband, Walter Valantine, and became a member of a social charity that she was very fond of. His new job took her to Ohio in 1966.
After their 1973 divorce, she worked for Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., where she met Atty. James Loshinsky married in 1983 and moved to Dallas, Texas, where he practiced law. After living in Dallas for three years, they returned to Ohio and built a home in Canfield. They had been married for 33 years when James died in 2016.
Josephine was an avid reader, loved bowling, did crossword puzzles, and played cards and board games with family and friends. Her favorite part was cooking holiday meals for the children and grandchildren.
Besides her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her three brothers, Armando, Ameteo and John; and by her sister Theresa Piccone.
She will be greatly missed by three children, Patricia Valantine, Edward (Karen) Valantine and Walter (Bethann) Valantine; and her four stepchildren Jeff (John) Loshinsky, John (Didi) Loshinsky, Andrew Loshinsky and Jenny (Jamie) Huff. She will also be greatly missed by her grandchildren Brian (Heather) Polacek, Kenny Polacek, Christopher (Christine) Polacek, Alicia (Shelly) Polacek, Melissa (Jeremiah) Ferrara, Matthew (Amanda) Valantine, Sarah (Dan) Kidd, Jon Michael (Gabrielle) Valantine and Hunter Loshinsky; along with 16 great-grandchildren; and Sister Betty Cervone.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at the Blackstone Funeral Home. The family receives relatives and friends from Saturday noon until the service.
The family proposes that all memorial contributions be made to The Hospice of the Valley, 979 Tibbetts Wick Road A, Girard, OH 44420 in Josephine’s memory.
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