Ann Youshak, 106, of Huntsburg, passed away peacefully, March 13, 2020, surrounded by her loving family. Ann was the oldest Geauga county resident, having turned 106 years of age on November 16, 2019. She was born to Michael and Sophia Kuchta in Chisolm, Minnesota. She was the second oldest of ten children, Mary (dec.), John (dec.), Michael (dec.), Helen (dec.), Julie, Eva, Steve (dec.), Nellie, and Millicent (dec.).
When Ann was six years old, her parents bought farmland in Windsor, Ohio. The family worked hard clearing their land for farming. They grew grain crops including wheat and corn and also raised dairy cows. Ann met Isadore, her future husband, when they both attended the Russian Orthodox Church Sts. Peter and Paul, that was established in Huntsburg on Rt. 528. Ann and Isadore were married on November 7, 1937 and lived in a new home he built in Hunsburg.
Neither Isadore nor Ann had high school diplomas. They worked hard and sacrificed much in order to send their children to college.
Ann is survived by her daughter Mary Ann Walter, sons Dr. I.J. “Jack” (Barbara) Youshak, O.D.,
And Dr. Michael Youshak, DVM. Ann has eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. She was totally devoted to and supportive of her entire family. Besides her parents and several siblings, she was preceded in death by her husband, Isadore Youshak and son-in-law Frank Walter.
Ann was always a great cook and loved to make traditional ethnic foods for her family, such as Halupki (stuffed cabbage), pierogies, Haluska (noodles), homemade bread, and the Holy Night Supper on Christmas Eve. She held many jobs while her family was growing up including working for the 1950 US Census, the Huntsburg school cafeteria, TAPCO in Euclid, and at Johnson Rubber Company, where she made many lasting friendships. Ann’s philosophy of life: “ I worked hard, took care of my family… I did what I had to do”.
Calling Hours are Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM followed by a Parastas Service at Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High Street, Middlefield, Ohio. The Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Monday March 16, 2020 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Middlefield Cemetery.