WARREN - Joseph Molnar, 95, of Warren, passed away at 1:13 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland.
Mr. Molnar was born Dec. 16, 1917, in Vintondale, Pa., the son of the late John and Mary Kovach Molnar.
After graduating from Homer City High School in Pennsylvania, Joe served his country abroad in the U.S. Army during World War II. Mr. Molnar served with the Battery A 8 Field Artillery Observation Battalion in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. For his heroism and bravery, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with five bronze stars and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 8, 1945.
After returning from the war, Joe worked for Wean United as a drill press operator, retiring in August of 1981.
Mr. Molnar was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church and enjoyed bowling, gardening and hunting.
Joe married his first wife, the former Livia R. Luscia, on June 28, 1947, and they were married for 18 years until her passing on Feb. 2, 1965. Joe married his second wife, the former Marjorie Noble, on Oct. 16, 1971, and they were married for 35 years until her passing on Jan. 2, 2006.
Mr. Molnar is survived four children, Joseph Molnar of Howland, Mary Jo (James) Lytle of Cortland, Livia (Graham) Hazlette of Gaffney, S.C., and Frances Spain of Warren; four stepchildren, David (Barbara) Noble of Dayton, Ronald (Shirley) Noble of Tucson, Keith (Nanette) Noble of Tucson and Betty Celedonia of Wewahitchka, Fla.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joe also was preceded in death by four sisters, three brothers and a grandson.
Calling hours will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Sinchak and Sons Funeral Home.
A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, with the Rev. Andrew Deskevich officiating, preceded by closing prayers to be recited at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home prior to leaving for church.
Burial will take place in SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions take the form of donations in Joe's name to Trumbull Mobile Meals, 323 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44481.
Family and friends may visit www.sinchakandsons.com to view this tribute and send condolences.