HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Illona Marie “Babe” Clary, 83, passed away with her husband and family at her side Sunday morning, August 7, 2022, in her residence.

Mrs. Clary was born October 26, 1938, in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Joseph and Caroline (Feduska) Poholsky.

A graduate of Ellwood City Lincoln High School, she attended Westminster College in New Wilmington while completing her registered nurse certification through Jameson School of Nursing in New Castle. She later continued her education at Slippery Rock University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

For her entire nursing career, Babe worked as a nurse at Jameson Memorial Hospital, retiring as a Utilization and Review administrator in 1995. She also instructed LPN nursing courses at Lawrence County Vo-Tech.

Babe was a member of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Greenville, and was formerly a longtime member of Trinity Episcopal Church in New Castle where she served in the Altar Guild.

An avid tennis player, Babe won the Lawrence County Tennis Championship and the Four County Championship (Mercer, Lawrence, Beaver and Butler), which earned her an invitation to compete in the West Penn Amateur Tennis Championship.  

Babe enjoyed spending her time outdoors, particularly while playing golf with her husband, boating with her family, camping and gardening.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Babe dedicated her life to caring for her family, and they were truly the greatest joy of her life.

Her beloved husband of 62 years, Franklyn Allyn “Al” Clary, whom she married April 22, 1960, survives at home in Sharpsville.

Babe is also survived by Debra Clary and her husband, David Leyde, of Sharon, Pennsylvania, and Pam McGonigle and her husband, Patrick, of Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Allyn Simmons (Tessa) of West Middlesex, and Alayna Clary Simmons, of Farrell; and five great-grandchildren, Blaze Edward, Reagan Illona, Hadley Maree, Palmer Allyn and Clara Illona, who was recently born on her birthday.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Poholsky.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be directed to St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 103 Clinton Street, Greenville, PA 16125.

Calling hours will be 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon, Monday, August 15, in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.

Service of Christian Burial and Requiem Eucharist will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, in St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, with Rev. John Wise, vicar, officiating.

Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Sharpsville.

A television tribute will air Tuesday, August 9 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. on WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.