JOHNSTON - Josephine Larrison, 87, of Johnston, died on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
She was born May 29, 1926, in Divina, Czechoslovakia, the second daughter of Joseph M. and Maria V. Brindza Stefanka.
Josephine came to the United States on Feb. 25, 1930, with her mother and sister, Mary, to join her father who had established a home for them in Akron. Residing in Akron through her school years and into her early adult life, she married her next door neighbor, William W. Larrison, on Aug. 3, 1946.
She attended Rock of Grace Family Ministries, and in the church's earlier years, while it was known as Corinth Assembly of God, taught several children's Sunday school classes.
After living in the Akron and Stow areas, Bill and Josephine moved to Johnston in 1953; this would be where they would raise their eight children, Roger (Sharon) Larrison of Wooster, Cora (William) Bosko of West Union, Cathy (Malcolm) Brubaker of Elverson, Pa., Rebecca (Mark) DeAndrea of Pittsburgh, Pa., Dale (Gina) Larrison of Champion, Vera (Russ) Witkowski of Abingdon, Ill., Tim (Pamela) Larrison of Fowler and David (Becky) Larrison of Hartford.
Josephine enjoyed, more than anything, gathering with her children, 27 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Frank (Helen) Stefanka of Monroe Falls and Joseph (Verona) Stefanka of Cuyahoga Falls; and two sisters, Helen Streharsky of Copley and Irene (Steve) Streharsky of Stow.
Josephine was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Wright.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home. Her funeral service will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Rock of Grace Family Ministries in Kinsman. Pastor Mark Biel will officiate.
Burial will be in Johnston Township Cemetery.
It was Josephine's wishes that in lieu of flowers, monetary contributions be made to Rock of Grace Family Ministries, 6745 Warren Meadville Road, Kinsman, Ohio 44417; Hope Center For Cancer Care, 1745 Niles Cortland Road, Warren, Ohio 44484; or Smile Train, 41 Madison Ave., 28th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10010.