BOARDMAN – “Love, love and more love!” was the “signature” used and adopted by 95-year-old Mary Agnes “Ag” Dudash, who passed away peacefully on Friday morning, January 21, 2022, surrounded by her loving family. Mary was welcomed into heaven on the same day as her mother before her (in 1979); as it should be, Friday was the feast of Saint Agnes.
Mary Agnes was born on December 5, 1926 in Youngstown, the daughter of John and Mary Martinko Huda. She had graduated in 1945 from Wilson High School – the first in her family to graduate from high school.
Her beloved husband John died in February 2006 after 59 years of marriage. John and Mary worked hard to educate their nine children in a Catholic school, making the Dudash name synonymous with champion Catholic exponents for years. John and Mary exuded faith in God, hard work, strength of character and inclusion.
Mary brought a smile, warmth and love to everyone she met. Mary enjoyed the simple things in life – family gatherings, flowers, birds, dogs, the piano, bowling, Cheerios/bananas. Her favorite song was “New York, New York”, and she had a loud “Yahtzee” cry. She hosted family gatherings on Christmas Eve for over 75 years – a treasured tradition that included Mass, family prayer, dinner and Santa Claus. Mary’s favorite gift was a lawnmower on Mother’s Day when she was 82. She always had the best manicured lawn in the neighborhood. Ag was an admired waitress at the Fireplace and End of the Tunnel, where she worked with her brother, Joe.
Mary left a legacy of many beautiful and intangible “gifts” to her family: her children, Jack (Tricia) Dudash, Dave (Peggy) Dudash, Trish (Joe) Nista, Mick (Diane) Dudash, Marianne (Chuck) Vinopal, Joe Dudash, Sue (Ted) Gagianas and Carol (Tom) Clarke; and his brother, Joe (Michaelyn) Huda. “Gram” had 29 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, John; youngest son, Jim; grandchildren, Kristi Vinopal and Johnny Clarke; and his siblings, John Huda and Irene Kollar.
Due to the pandemic, services for Mary Agnes were held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Summit Academy, 2800 Shady Run Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44502 or Akron Children’s Hospital.
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