Josephine I. Kataro, Salem, Ohio

Stark Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services

August 16, 2021

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SALEM, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Josephine I. Kataro, 88, passed away surrounded by her family, Monday, August 16, 2021 at Salem Regional Medical Center.

Josephine was born on September 11, 1932 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Mlynarcik) Kicko.

Josephine had previously worked as an aide at Salem Hospital before she got married and became a homemaker.

She was a lifelong member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, embroidery and building puzzles.

Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

Her husband, Emil J. Kataro, Sr., whom she married October 23, 1954, died January 6, 2006.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie McCallester of Salem, Nancy (Ronald) Yonkey, Emil (Gail) Kataro, Margaret Dale, Jo Ann (Bruce) Clayton, Helen (Randy) Gruszecki and James (Amy) Kataro, all of Salem; 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, Josephine was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Thomas, Ann Yanek and Helen Yanek and Margaret Kicko.

Friends and family will be received from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2021 at Stark Memorial. Please adhere to CDC guidelines.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, Salem, with Fr. Robert Edwards officiating.

Burial will be held at Grandview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, or St. Paul Catholic Church, 935 E. State Street, Salem, OH 44460.

If unable to attend, you may show your support by joining our complimentary “Hugs from Home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon in the chapel to remind the family of your love and support at

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A television tribute will air Thursday, August 19 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.

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