Iona J. St. John, 89, of East Palestine, passed away 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at her residence.
Iona was born May 19, 1929 in Negley, Ohio, a daughter of the late Samuel “Mack” and M. Esther (Dickey) Gorby and had been a life-long resident of the area.
She had been employed at area potteries and had worked at the Peace Valley Orchards.
She was a member of the Negley United Methodist Church and TOPS of East Palestine.
Her husband, Glenn “Skip” St. John, Jr. whom she married August 29, 1953, preceded her in death on October 9, 2016. She was also preceded in death by a son, Tom St. John; a brother, Larry Gorby; two sisters, Shirley Green and Marty McClelland and two grandchildren, Mandy and Mick St. John.
Iona is survived by a son, Gene “Chuck” St. John, Jr. of East Palestine; a daughter, Robin (Jim Oldham) St. John of South Vienna, Ohio and her “other daughter”, Angela Martin of New Carlisle, Ohio; a brother, Lewis “Jake” Gorby of Geneva, Ohio and a sister, Maxine (Michael) Smith of Sterling, Ohio.
The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 9, at the Linsley-Royal Funeral Home with Cindy Figley officiating.
Friends will be received on Friday evening, February 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Crest Haven Memorial Gardens, New Waterford.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harbor Life Hospice.
A television tribute will air Friday, February 8 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.