Dorothy Kraynik

September 7, 1923 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 97)


Dorothy Kraynik passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 7th at the age of 97.  Born on September 7, 1923 in Penowa, PA, she was born to parents Anna Mishonic (Kunovich) Mancuso and Samuel Mancuso. Dorothy graduated from Campbell Memorial High School, and was employed by Moyers Mfg. and later at the Youngstown Board of Education. Dorothy married her beloved husband, Paul J. Kraynik on August 3, 1946.
She was an active member in the PTA at St. Cyril and Methodius school where  never missed a Sunday Mass and never missed the opportunity to wash down the Church with the Church cleaning brigade twice a year.   Later Paul and Dorothy attended St. Christine's Church and she was an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
 In her younger years, Dorothy was a great bowler in the Sunrisers League at McGuffey Lanes. She enjoyed playing paddle tennis and soft ball with her children, nieces and nephews at family picnics in the back yard. One of her specialties was canning beets, tomatoes, hot peppers out of her garden and making grape jelly from her own grapes. She was also known for her renowned green apple and tart cherry pies made from scratch from the trees grown in her yard. She enjoyed doing word searches, playing Bingo and 500 Rummy where she frequently won.
Dorothy was also the family "Prayer Warrior and  was a great Comforter to all her children and grandchildren, knowing just the right words to dry your eyes, console you and place a smile on your face.
Although she spoke no Italian or Spanish, Dorothy's very first airplane ride  was to Argentina to visit her father's relatives.
She was  preceded in death by her husband, Paul Kraynik, parents Sam and Anna; brother Gene (Red) Mancuso; sisters Clara Blumetti and Elvira Lightner; and by daughters-in-law Cheryl Kraynik and Karen Kraynik.
Dorothy leaves behind 2 sons, Jim (Sandy) and Chuck and daughter Lizzie, 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A special thank you to the Omni Manor staff,  Hospice and Chaplain Gary Rozier for their wonderful care.
A private service is being planned at a later time to celebrate  Dorothy's life.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to Alzheimer's Fund or Hospice of the Valley                                  
Dorothy will be missed deeply by all.


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