Joseph Durig 1953-2013

NILES – Joseph Durig, 59, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2013, due to a massive heart attack.

He was born July 19, 1953, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph V. and Loretta Jane Williamson Durig.

He was a 1971 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Warren and a 1986 graduate of Kent State University with an associate’s degree in business.

Despite his early childhood illness of polio, nothing slowed him down. Joe worked extremely hard as a mechanic, as an employee of Gas Analytical, and for many years ran a small lawn mowing company.

He was very religious and a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles for more than 30 years, a church eucharistic minister, a festival volunteer and top ticket seller for the 2012 festival.

Joe was also a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Niles and recently became Grand Knight for the Niles Knights of Columbus Council 1681, a position of which he was extremely proud.

He enjoyed gardening, was a devoted family man, and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandson, above anything else.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Janis Bonacci Durig, whom he married July 28, 1979; two daughters, Jamie (Shawn) Brown of Cortland and Jill Durig of Niles; a brother, James (Trudy) Durig of Warren; a sister, Theresa Ferrara of Columbus; and a grandson, Brock Brown.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father- and mother-in-law, Carmen and Josie Bonacci Sr.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles, where the Niles Knights of Columbus and the Mount Carmel Bereavement Ministry will conduct prayers at 6:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Niles with Fr. Thomas Kraszewski officiating, preceded by a 9:15 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery.

Family and friends can view this obituary, sign the guest book and send email condolences at

Arrangements are being handled by the Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.

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