Norma J. Orechoneg 1937-2019

AUSTINTOWN — Norma J. Orechoneg, 82, formerly of Liberty Township, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at her home.

She was born March 9, 1937, the second daughter of Samuel Parker Speir and Mildred Sevon Speir.

Raised in Kinsman, Ohio, Norma was a graduate of Kinsman High School. She later moved to Youngstown continuing her studies at Youngstown College in secretarial studies.

She was a secretary with Drs. Banez, Soriano and Simon, in Youngstown, for 14 years. She continued her career with Avalon Holdings, in Howland, until she retired 14 years later.

She was a faithful servant of God, attending New Life Lutheran Church, in Liberty Township and was a member of the Altar Committee. She enjoyed volunteering for organizations, including, but not limited to: Radio Reading for the Blind with Goodwill Industries, Second Harvest Foodbank, and Hands on volunteer services. She enjoyed the challenges of solving jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She looked forward to her daily copy of the Youngstown Vindicator so she could get her puzzle fix.

Her deepest love was with her family. She loved family gatherings full of chitter- chatter and chaos.

She is survived by her children, Sheryl (fiancee Dan Rock) Orechoneg Dionisio of Hubbard, son Robert (Joanne Fortunato) Orechoneg of Greenford, and daughter, Terry (Roger Lepply) Orechoneg of Petersburg.

She also leaves her beloved grandchilden; Tyler Neff, Dominic Dionisio, Samatha Dionisio, Samuel Orechoneg and Joseph Orechoneg; and her precious great-granddaughter, Kayden Watson. She also shared her love with numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death and together again, was her loving husband, Warren R. Orechoneg (2003), with whom she would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on Oct. 29.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Samuel in 1972 and Mildred Speir in 1997; and her favorite big sister, Evelyn Speir Anderson in 2011.

Funeral arrangements are through Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, where calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019. Funeral services will be held at New Life Lutheran Church noon Wednesday, followed by interment in Belmont Park Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special heartfelt thank-you to family and friends that supported us offering their thoughts, prayers, kind words and visits during her transition. She was honestly unaware and pleasantly surprised by the number of people she influenced. We would especially like to thank the staff of the Hope Center and MVI Hospice Care. You all are truly angels! Your care and compassion has made this difficult process easier, special and full of love.

In lieu of flowers, Norma requested donations be made in her memory to New Life Lutheran Church, Liberty Township, MVI Hospice Care and the Lymphoma and Leukemia Foundation.

Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any condolences to the family.

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