Mary Lou Reda, 86, of Youngstown passed suddenly early Friday December 18, 2020.
Born in Youngstown, on August 15, 1934, as Mary Lou Lisko, daughter of John and Hazel Cramer Lisko. Her mother was also born in Youngstown and came from a long blood line that fought in both the revolutionary and civil wars. They entered the US through Philadelphia and settled in Youngstown.
Mary Lou graduated from East High School and met the love of her life Anthony “Tony” Reda on Valentine’s day. They were to be married at St. Columba Cathedral, but fire destroyed in on September 2, 1954 when a bolt of lighting struck during a late evening storm before the couple were to wed.
Luckily, they found their perfect Church on November 13th, St. Patrick’s in Youngstown. After that, they became long time members of St. Dominic’s Catholic Parish in Youngstown.
Mary Lou, Mom Aunt, Grandma, friend, and Lou to her husband. At her age she answered to many titles and loved them all. She also loved decorating her home, baking and cooking. During the Thanksgiving holiday, cookies were made and frozen, Sunday sauce was made and frozen, all for the Christmas season. Holiday lights and decorations were put up and gifts were purchased and under the tree. She loved the holiday because she loved the children. She was known for her Slovak and Italian cooking.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband Anthony, brother Jack who is retired in Henderson NV., her three sons and their wives Gary and Christine of Struthers, Anthony Jr. And Amanda of Hilliard, and Christopher and LeeAnn of Struthers; daughter Karyn and fiancé Bill of Wilmington, NC. What brought her even more joy were her 17 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren, with another two on the way.
Due to our current health crisis COVID-19, a memorial service will be planned for a later date in 2021.
Mary Lou’s family has requested memorial tributes in her memory be given to Catholic Charities of Youngstown 319 W. Rayen Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44502.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home 4700 Market St. Boardman, Ohio.
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