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Mary Jean "Jeannie" (Styka) Simkins
March 24, 1930 ~ April 21, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Mary Jean “Jeannie” Simkins, 93, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 21, 2023 at Hospice of the Valley-Hospice House.
She will be forever remembered by her beloved daughter Janet Fichter, a son, Craig, brother Donald Styka , precious friends Harold And Cheri Blackann, and Mary Ann Wilt, and multiple grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and grandpets.
Jeannie was predeceased by her parents, Edward and Matilda Styka and a brother Edward J. Styka.
Born on March 24, 1930, she was a lifelong resident of the Youngstown area and a longtime member of St. Christine Church.
Jeannie would often share stories of starting to work at the young age of 12 years old at her grandmothers’ (Viola Styka) dairy store on South Ave during the war. After graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School, she immediately began working at Ohio Bell as a switchboard operator, which eventually merged with AT&T, where she was promoted to management and ultimately retired after 43 years of service. She is a member of AT&T Pioneers of America.
Jeannie was a fun-spirited soul who was very engaging with a quick wit. She loved working in her yard and keeping up with politics and current events.
She will always be remembered for being wonderfully made, beautifully unique and one of a kind.
Friends and loved ones are invited to call on the family on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 from 10am to 11am where there will be a Funeral Mass that will be at St. Christine’s Church, 3165 S. Schenley Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44511, at 11am with Father Jerek presiding .
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in to Hospice of the Valley, Hospice House, Mahoning Chapter, 9803 Sharrott Rd, Youngstown, Ohio 44514 in honor of Mary Jean “Jeannie” Simkins.