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POLAND – Dorothy J. “Squeakie” Onderko was born in Youngstown, to Michael J. and Mildred F. Onderko on Sept. 21, 1932. She crossed-over to her “New Life” on July 13, 2013, to be with her mother, father, her sister Gail, God and the angels.

Dorothy worked at General Electric Lamp Plant for 40 years before retiring in 1994. Dorothy had many talents and interests. She studied opera and piano for many years. Also, she did piano recitals with her younger sister, Kathy, under the direction of Mrs. Lillian Ball.

Among her other talents were crocheting items from very tiny dolls to large carpets. Also, she was a gourmet cook and enjoyed gardening and landscaping her parent’s home after her father passed away in 1975. Dorothy was a devoted caregiver for her mother and her mentally challenged sister, Gail.

Dorothy loved animals and took splendid care of her four Maltese, Chadwick, Cynrick, Collingwood, and Karrie Lynn and Shih Tzu, Chaucer.

Dorothy enjoyed spending quality time with her sister, Kathy, and her brother-in-law, Don. She especially appreciated her nephew, Michael that took care of any home repairs and served as her personal driver wherever she needed to go.

Dorothy and her brother, Edward, the eldest of five children, grew up during “The Great Depression.”

Prior to mid-January of this year, Dorothy resided at Sunrise of Poland for five years, receiving splendid care. During her last six months, she received exceptional care at the Cleveland Clinic, Vibra-Mahoning Valley Specialty Hospital, and Beeghly Oaks Skilled Care.

She leaves to honor her memory, a brother, Edward E. (Pauline) Onderko; sisters, Rita J. Barbush and Kathleen O. (Don) Markovich; nephews, Michael C. Barbush and Anthony Onderko; niece, Dr. Pamela (Les) Onderko-Wells; great-nephews, Nicholas and Anthony Onderko, and Aiden and Dillon Wells; great-niece, Lily Wells; and brother-in-law, Charles Barbush.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Mildred Onderko; sister, Gail Lee Onderko; and paternal and maternal grandparents.

Private services will held for the family at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, with Msgr. William Connell officiating. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that monetary donations be made in Dorothy’s name to Angels for Animals, 4750 State Route 165, Canfield, OH 44406, or Second Chance Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 830, Canfield, OH 44406.

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