Josephine Planko

EAST PALESTINE – Josephine Planko, 93, of Claybrook Drive, passed away at 3:20 a.m. Monday at Omni Manor, Youngstown, where she had been a patient for the past 11 months.

Josephine was born March 14, 1920 in East Palestine, a daughter of the late James and Raffaela Bozzo Bruno, and was a life resident of the community. Prior to her retirement she had been employed as a sales clerk with the former J.J. Newberry Co.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church and was involved with volunteer work with the church and was also a member of St. Mary’s Ladies Aid Society. Josephine was also active in the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries and had assisted with the American Red Cross Blood Bank in the community.

Her husband, Stephen J. Planko, whom she married Nov. 20, 1941, preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1998. Two sisters, Florence Gegus and Sue Morrison, and a brother, Alfred Bruno, had also preceded her in death.

Josephine is survived by three daughters, Barbara Lemley of Hummelstown, Pa., and Mary Lou Planko and Cyndi Landsberger, both of Youngstown; two grandchildren, Joshua Lemley and Sara (James) Beachler; and four great-grandchildren. She also leaves a sister, Mathilda Bruno, and a brother, John Bruno, both of East Palestine.

Her daughters would like to thank Omni Manor Health Center and the caregivers on the west unit for their care. In memoriam of Josie and her life, the family asks only that you take a moment to appreciate someone in your own life – send flowers to a loved one “just because,” offer a helping hand or a kind word to someone who needs it and cherish those around you and hold them close.

The family will receive friends at Oliver-Linsley Funeral home from 5-7 p.m.Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, with Rev. Thomas Ziegler serving as celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. The family has asked that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Social Concerns, c/o Barb Lynch, 375 East Grant St., East Palestine, Ohio 44413.