Anna M. Koval Potocnak Obituary

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Anna M. Koval Potocnak, 75, of the city’s west side, passed away early Tuesday afternoon, February 26, 2019, at The Woodlands at AustinWoods following a brief illness.

Anna, who was also known to many as “Anka” “Annie” and “Ann”, was born June 26, 1943, in Gates, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Joseph S. and Anna M. Spirnak Koval and came to this area from Pennsylvania in 1956.

She was a 1961 graduate of Chaney High School and in her younger days was an office worker for Ambriolla’s and White Cross Drugs.

Mrs. Potocnak was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Holy Name of Jesus Church in Youngstown, where she belonged to the Ladie’s Guild. She also enjoyed attending services at the Shrine of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted on South Belle Vista Avenue, near her home.

Ann enjoyed fishing and feeding the birds and scratching off lottery tickets while sipping a gin and tonic. She loved flower gardening and was also a sports fan and an avid follower of the Cleveland Browns and Indians.

Ann leaves her husband of 50 years, Michael R. Potocnak, whom she married August 17, 1968; a brother, John Koval and his wife, Denny, of San Antonio; three sisters-in-law, Bobbie Matteucci of North Lima, Dorothy Potocnak of Youngstown and Margaret Ong of Youngstown and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Andrew and Joseph Koval and a sister, Margaret Koval, are deceased.

Family and friends may call from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown.

Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, at the funeral home and will continue with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Church, 613 N. Lakeview Avenue, Youngstown.

Committal services will follow at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Austintown.

Ann’s family thanks the staff with AustinWoods and with Crossroads Hospice, for the kindness shown and care given to Annie and her family during her illness.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ann’s name to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Uniontown, OH 44685.

Please visit to send condolences online to Annie’s family.

A television tribute will air Thursday, February 28 at the following approximate times: 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.

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