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Wife of paralyzed KFC manager dies

Published: Tue, February 19, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.


Lisa Kaluza

Staff report


Lisa Kaluza, 53, wife of former KFC manager Joe Kaluza for more than 27 years, died Sunday in St. Elizabeth Health Center.

She had gone to the hospital Saturday with a complaint of abdominal pain, said Anna Fitzgerald, sister of Joe Kaluza.

“She was a devoted mother and wife,” Fitzgerald said, adding that her death was unexpected. She leaves a 17-year-old daughter, Tiffany, who lives at the Ivanhoe Avenue residence, and an adult son, Joshua, who lives in Mineral Ridge.

Fitzgerald said her brother is taking is wife’s death “as well as can be expected” and that he will continue to receive all of the care to which he is accustomed from other family members and healthcare professionals.

“Nothing changes,” Fitzgerald said.

Joe Kaluza was shot and paralyzed from the neck down by a robber after a staged car crash shortly after he left the South Avenue restaurant to make a bank deposit March 24, 2008.

A group of local businessmen and more than 400 volunteers built a new $300,000 barrier-free home for the Kaluzas on Ivanhoe Avenue in 2009.

Services for Lisa Kaluza will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Christ Our Savior St. Nicholas Church in Struthers, where friends may call one hour before the service. Burial will be in Lake Park Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Fox Funeral Home.


1grand4dad(216 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

Very sad. My condolences to the family. I am praying for you all.

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2kensgirl(1046 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I am so sorry to hear this. God bless this family and keep watch over them. Prayers go out to Joe and his children.

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3lefty83(313 comments)posted 3 years, 3 months ago

This family has been through to much.R.I.P..I hope the entire community helps this family out.

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