Betty Lou Kozicky

NEW SPRINGFIELD-Betty Lou Kozicky, 80, of New Springfield, died Saturday at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boardman after an extended illness.

Betty Lou was born on July 11, 1933 in Oil City, Pa., a daughter of Wray and Dorothy (McCain) Staub. She moved to Warren in her youth and would later move to New Springfield in 1954 where she would become a lifelong resident.

She was a 1951 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. She married Russell V. Kozicky on July 18, 1951.

She enjoyed working in a variety of settings, including the Ohio Turnpike, the Blackburn Home in Poland, Neil’s Restaurant in Unity, The Townhouse Restaurant in North Lima, and Swope’s Valu King which would later become Giant Eagle in North Lima. It is from there that she retired in 1988.

Betty Lou was an active member in her church, the New Springfield Church of God.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Russell; three daughters, Brenda Lee Kozicky of Eugene, OR, Carol Marie (John) Bolchalk of Kernersville, NC, and Diane (Dave) Graft of Columbiana; four grandchildren, a sister, Dorothy Raphoon, and a brother, Wray Staub, both of California.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Springfield Church of God, 3649 E. Garfield Road, New Springfield with Pastor Jim Carmany officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, and also one hour prior to the services at New Springfield Church of God.

Arrangements are being handled by the Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana. Material contributions may be made to the church or to HMHP Foundation, 250 DeBartolo Place, Suite 2560, Boardman, Ohio 44512. Family and friends are invited to visit to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.