Joanne K. Burrows 1931-2020

YOUNGSTOWN — Joanne Kennedy Burrows, 88, died peacefully, early Tuesday morning, March 24, 2020, at her residence, with her daughter at her side.

Joanne was born April 2, 1931, in Coraopolis, Pa., a daughter of Joseph and Alma Kennedy Hynes.

During the Depression, Joanne’s family moved regularly and resided in Youngstown before making their home in Struthers. Joanne graduated from Struthers High School, class of 1949, and always fondly referred to herself as “a Struthers girl.”

Joanne made her home in the Coitsville / Lowellville area, where she raised her three children. She worked for Ohio Bell and later for Hills Department Store at the Lincoln Knolls Plaza. She retired as a department head in 1993, after 22 years of service.

A longtime member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville, Joanne also belonged to two card clubs and a morning bowling league at the Holiday Bowl in Struthers.

Joanne loved her church and loyally took her children to church every Sunday. She also was very proud of her Irish Heritage, and true to being Irish, Joanne loved a good party. She encouraged family gatherings and was always the center of every celebration. Her home was an open invitation to family and friends for every holiday, birthday and any special occasion there was to celebrate. There was never an invite because family and friends knew just to show up.

Joanne will be remembered for her youthfulness, great sense of humor and love of life.

She leaves one daughter, Kathleen J. (Pattie Hahn) Burrows, with whom she made her home; two sons, William M. (Cheryl) Burrows of Lowellville and Ted M. (Rachel) Burrows of Henderson, Nev.; one brother, John Michael (Pat) Hynes of Poland; three grandchildren, Amanda (Mark) Douglass of Struthers, David (Sarah Erkert ) Burrows of Las Vegas and Billy Burrows of Lowellville; and two great-grandchildren, Julie Ann and Joanna Marie.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was preceded in death by one sister, Nancy Savko; and one brother, Joseph Hynes Jr.

A private Mass of Christian burial will be Friday at Holy Rosary Church in Lowellville, with Father Stephen Zeigler officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery.

As Joanne would prefer, a large gathering celebrating her life will be announced at a later date.

Joanne’s family would like to sincerely give a special thank you to Tina Rodgers for her care and friendship to Joanne and to Hospice of the Valley for their special service.

Contributions may be made to Holy Rosary Church 131 E. Wood Street, Lowellville, OH 44436.

Condolences may be sent at www.beckerobits.com.

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