Iona J. St. John

EAST PALESTINE– Iona J. St. John, 89, of East Palestine, died at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday at her residence.

She was born May 19, 1929 in Negley,a daughter of the late Samuel “Mack” and M. Esther (Dickey) Gorby and had been a lifelong resident of the area. She had been employed at area potteries and had worked at Peace Valley Orchards.  

She was a member of the Negley United Methodist Church.

Her husband, Glenn “Skip” St. John Jr. whom she married Aug. 29, 1953, preceded her in death on Oct. 9, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a son, Tom St. John; and two grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Gene “Chuck” St. John Jr. of East Palestine; a daughter, Robin (Jim Oldham) St. John of South Vienna; and her “other daughter” Angela Martin of New Carlisle, Ohio; a brother, Lewis “Jake” Gorby of Geneva, Ohio; and a sister, Maxine (Michael) Smith of Sterling, Ohio.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Linsley-Royal Funeral Home with Cindy Figley officiating. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Crest Haven Memorial Gardens, New Waterford.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harbor Life Hospice.