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Laurel F. (Baldwin) Kish

December 14, 1925 ~ October 3, 2018 (age 92)


Laurel F.  Kish of the Inn at Christine Valley went to be with the Lord on October 3, 2018 after living a long and fulfilling life.  Laurel was born on December 14, 1925 to George and Tresa Baldwin.  A lifelong Youngstown resident, Laurel attended Rayen High School.  During World War II she worked in the defense plant at Truss Con and was proud to proclaim herself a ‘Rosie the Riveter.’ 

In 1971 she began employment with the Youngstown Board of Education in the Central Kitchen Division, retiring in 1992.  During the years, Laurel raised her family and travelled the country with her husband and family, proclaiming that she had visited ‘at least half of the 50 states.’  She was a past-president of the Parent Teacher’s Association (PTA), a Girl Scout leader and volunteer, and a proud Chaney High School football mom. 

She is survived by her son Ken Kish (wife Sherry) of Westerville, Ohio; her daughter Laraine Van Etten (husband Ken) of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; three grandsons, Todd and Kevin Kish, and Steven Van Etten; five great-granddaughters, Kennedy Kish, MacKenzie Kish, Kaitlyn Kish, Kara Kish and Kamryn Kish; a brother, Richard Baldwin, and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Laurel was preceded in death by her beloved husband Steve R. Kish, whom she married on April 14, 1944, and two sisters, Georgette Holton and Joan Poppineau.

Friends may call from 2 to 3 pm Sunday at Fox Funeral Home, where a service will follow at 3 pm.

Material tributes can be made in Laurel’s name to Pyramid Inc., 432 Green Acres Rd. Ft. Walton Beach Florida 32547.

Fox Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Family and friends may visit to view this obituary and send condolences.








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