WARREN - Joan M. "Joni" Sawayda, 77, passed away peacefully with her children at her side Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Hospice House in Poland after a long battle with breast cancer.
She was born July 2, 1937, in Kinsman, the daughter of Stefan and Maria Panak.
She was a graduate of Badger High School and also graduated from Youngstown State University as an R.N.
Joni retired in 1995 after 10 years as a nurse at Shepherd of the Valley Nursing Home in Niles. She had previously worked at G.E. and Packard Electric in Warren.
She was a member of St. William Church, the Women's Guild and the Encore Group.
Joni enjoyed traveling, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates. But what she enjoyed the most were her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Michael A. Sawayda Sr., whom she married Aug. 10, 1957; children, Michael A. "Mickey" Sawayda Jr. of Niles, Cynthia Joan Harrow of Nashville, Tenn. and Sandra (Robert) Polansky of Lordstown; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; brothers, Frank (Essie) Panak of Dayton and Philip (Dale) Panak of Kinsman; sisters, Agnes Slywczak of Warren, Irene (John) Sawayda of Warren, Helen (Kenneth) Flannery of Bazetta, Nancy (Vollne) Kwallek of Austin, Texas, Rosalee Weischedel and Patricia (Ronald) Horning of Eugene, Ore.; and a sister-in-law, Jean Panak of Kinsman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph, Albert, Wendell and Mathew Panak; and a sister, Anne Kozak.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Peter Rossi & Son Memorial Chapel in Warren and 9:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday at St. William Church in Champion. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. William Church in Champion, with the Rev. Michael D. Balash officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Joan's name to Hospice House of the Valley, 9803 Sharrott Road, Poland, OH 44514, or for a Mass at St. William Church.
Family and friends may visit www.peterrossiandsonfh.com to view this obituary, sign the guestbook and send condolences to the Sawayda family.