Josephine M. (Hvizdos) Opsitnik

March 17, 1941 ~ March 26, 2021 (age 80)


STRUTHERS - Mrs. Josephine Marie Hvizdos Opsitnik (Josie) passed away in the heavenly arms of our Lord on Friday, March 26, 2021 at the Hospice House in North Lima, Ohio. Josie was surrounded by loved ones as she became free from Alzheimer’s.

Josie was born March 17, 1941 in Poland Township to Michael and Josephine Helt Hvizdos. She grew up in a home of Slovakian heritage and lived on a farm with her nine siblings.

Josie graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 1959. She then attended Youngstown State University. She began working for Underwriters Adjustment Company of Youngstown. It was during that time she met her husband and married Joseph Opsitnik on Sept. 20, 1969. Following her marriage, she became employed with American Greetings Card Company.

During those years, Josie loved to go to Myrtle Beach with Joe, treasured her girlfriend card club and enjoyed bowling but most of all she was passionate about Mountaineer Casino to enjoy the shows, especially ones with Elvis and hoping to win the jackpot!

Josie cherished her family and was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She leaves her husband Joe of 51 years, her son Scott Opsitnik, and grandson Tyler Opsitnik. Additionally, she departs from her brothers Mike (Irene) Starr, John (Joyce) Hvizdos, Paul Hvizdos and sisters Mary Hvizdos, Helen Bosak, and Ann (Frank) Molnar. She also leaves her sister-in-law Peggy (Harry) Potts and former daughter-in-law Liz Opsitnik as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition, she leaves a special cousin (sister of the heart), Diane Diekmann, who was her caregiver during her ALZ journey.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Joe Hankinson and Frank Hvizdos, sister Bernice Mihalko and nieces Delores (Mihalko) Pope and Lori (Molnar) Tamburro.

The family wishes to extend gratitude for the loving care at St. Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center and Hospice House. Therefore, the family prefers any donations be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of the Valley in Youngstown, Ohio.

Calling hours will be at St. Paul’s Church of New Middletown on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 10:00AM -11:00AM with a Celebration of Life Mass at 11:00 AM.

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Arrangements handled by Clemente Funeral Home, Struthers, Ohio.






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April 6, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (New Middletown)

Memorial Mass
April 6, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church (New Middletown)


Alzheimer's Association
3695 Boardman-Canfield Road Suite 301, Canfield OH 44406
Tel: 1-330-533-3300

Hospice House
9803 Sharrott Road, Poland OH 44514
Tel: 1-330-549-5860

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