Gene R. Linhart, 87, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019, at the Christian House Assisted Living in East Palestine.
She was born December 23, 1931, in Akron, daughter of the late Harry and Edith Daley Townsend.
Gene was a 1950 graduate of Columbiana High School.
In 1959, along with her husband, started Town ‘N Country Garden Center and later Town ‘N Country Nursery and Florist.
She was a lifelong active member of New Springfield Church of God.
Gene is survived by two sons, Gary J. (Patti A.) Linhart of East Palestine and J. Scott (Kimberly Sue) Linhart of Columbiana and two daughters, Rebecca (Michael) Minamyer of New Waterford and Billie J. (Jerry) Lyda of Canfield; sister, Mary Jane (Joe) Donnelly; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, William D. Linhart, August 26, 2013; as well as a brother, Robert Daley and a sister-in-law, Bette Daley.
Friends will be received Monday, January 14 at the New Springfield Church of God, 3649 East Garfield Road, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
A funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Jonathan Holloway, officiating at the church on Monday, January 14.
A private interment will take place the following day at New Springfield Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made in Gene’s name to the New Springfield Church of God or the Mahoning County Public Special Olympics.
Linsley-Royal Funeral Home in East Palestine is in charge of arrangements.
A television tribute will air Monday, January 14 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.