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James " Jim" W. Gunyula

September 3, 1941 ~ January 29, 2021 (age 79)



James W. Gunyula, 79, of Poland passed peacefully Friday January 29, 2021 at St. Elizabeth Mercy Health in Boardman.

James was born September 3, 1941 in Lowellville, son of Joseph T. and Mildred Gillam Gunyula.

He was a 1959 graduate of Lowellville High School. Jim married his first wife Sally Ann O’Brien at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1962, sadly after 42 years of marriage she passed in 2004.

Jim started his working career at Youngstown Sheet & Tube, while working in 1970 he went back to school at Youngstown State working on his engineering degree, he graduated in 2000.  In 1978 he stated working for Copperweld Steel Co., after 22 years he left and worked for SES engineering in Alliance, Ohio.

Jim finished his long engineering career at ACS International, he spent a good deal of time in Spokane Washington and Baltimore MD., he retired in 2007.

Jim was a member at St. Stephen of Hungary Church, he was a member of the Holy Name Society and was a Eucharistic Minister.

He enjoyed building model airplanes, camping at Holiday Camp grounds and going on vacation to Ocean Isle North Carolina.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Nancy J. Hagg Gunyula, who he married September 25, 2010 at St. Stephens, his son Peter T. Gunyula of San Diego, CA., daughters Mary Catherine Cronk of Libery; Karen M. Persing of Mogadore and Kristin (Eric) Davies of Mineral Ridge. He also leaves his stepchildren Leonard D. (Nelson) Hagg of New Jersey, Lena D. Hagg (Adam Wylam) of Youngstown and Leynette D. Berry of Campbell; brother Joseph (Wendy) Gunyula of Hubbard and sister Mary Ellen Shuntich of Charlotte North Carolina.

Jim’s five grandchildren Jeffrey Persing of Georgia and Olivia Persing of Mogadore; Daniel Burns of Columbus; Leah Burns of Mineral Ridge and Zerrin Keck of Youngstown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be 11:00 am. Wednesday February 3, 2021 at Holy Apostles parish St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 854 Wilson Ave. Youngstown, Ohio, celebrated by Rev. Joseph S. Rudjak.

Due to our current health crisis COVID-19, everyone in attendance is being asked to please wear a face mask and to maintain all social-distancing guidelines mandated by the State of Ohio (6-foot apart and not to linger) thank you.

Jim’s family is planning on have a celebration of his amazing life in the summer when it is safer for family and friends to gather again.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home 4700 Market St. Boardman, Ohio.



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Mass of Christian Burial
February 3, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Stephen's of Hungary
854 Wilson Ave.
Youngstown, OH 44506

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