The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Obituaries

November 17, 2013

Margaret Gurto

PORT ORANGE, Fla. — Margaret “Peggy” Gurto, age 89, a woman of Catholic faith, went to the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. 

Peggy was born on September 9, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Madeline (Edel) Harkabus. She grew up with her two brothers, Bob and Bill Harkabus, and a sister, JoAnne Fox. All preceded her in death.

Peggy graduated with Honors from Woodrow Wilson High School in Youngstown, Ohio. She volunteered with the U.S.O. during World War II.

She moved to Conneaut, Ohio as a key employee of the Astatic Corporation when the company relocated. In 1945, she met the love of her life Christy Gurto. They were married on July 3, 1946, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Conneaut and celebrated 64 wonderful years of marriage. Peggy also worked for many years as a cashier at the A & P grocery store in Conneaut.

She was an active club woman throughout her life, taking leadership roles in numerous organizations. Her service as President of the Conneaut High School PTA earned her the honor “Club Woman of the Year.” She served as past president of various groups in Ohio and Florida including the American Legion Auxiliary Post 12, Women’s Club of St. Juliana and St. Paul of the Cross Parishes, and the past secretary of the Ladies of K of C #4999. Together, she and Christy were active and supported many organizations and charities.

The family moved to Florida in 1966 where they became small business owners of motels and dry cleaning establishments. For many years, they returned to Ohio during the summer months and ran Pymatuning Bicycle Rentals near the state park. Always active in church related organizations, the couple made Cursillo #15, and as members of the Lady of Fatima Rosary Society made over 9,000 rosaries that were blessed and distributed to nursing homes and to the poor all over the world. Peggy was an integral part of Christy’s ministry to Hope Rural Catholic School and R.J. Hendley Christian School, and continued to support them.

Text Only
Obituaries
  • Gary L. Mills Sr.

    Gary L. Mills Sr., age 64, of Williamsfield, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at his home.

    April 23, 2014

  • Karen J. Anderson

    Karen J. Anderson, age 63, of Eastwood Dr., passed away on Jan. 27, 2014.

    April 23, 2014

  • Larry J. Pansch

    Larry J. Pansch, age 69, of Wausaukee, Wis., ended his journey through Alzheimer’s on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at his home with his family by his side.

    April 23, 2014

  • Cody B. Montgomery Cody B. Montgomery

    Cody Bryan Montgomery, age 24, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at his home.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dana E. Kincaid

    Dana Eugene Kincaid, age 89, of Anderson, S.C., passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Rainey Hospice House.

    April 23, 2014

  • Lee Mullins Jr. Lee Mullins Jr.

    Lee Mullins Jr., age 57, of Madison, Ohio, formerly of Conneaut and Newbury.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Malvina I. Madar Malvina I. Madar

    Malvina Irene Madar, age 94, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Medical Center.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Althea Smith

    Althea “Sis” Smith, age 85, of Geneva, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at Geneva Village Retirement Center.

    April 23, 2014

  • Winifred M. Tisch Winifred M. Tisch

    Winifred Marie Tisch, age 73, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dorothy M. Furlan

    Dorothy "Dottie" M. Furlan, age 72, of Geneva, Ohio, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 21, 2014, at University Hospital of Cleveland.

    April 23, 2014

  • Harry E. Beck

    Harry E. "Butch" Beck, 61, of Geneva, Ohio, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Tripoint Medical Center, Concord Township.

    April 22, 2014

  • Maxine E. Koski Maxine E. Koski

    Maxine E. Koski, age 95, of Ashtabula, died at the Ashtabula County Medical Center on Saturday, April 19, 2014.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donna M. Bucci Donna M. Bucci

    A reunion occurred in Heaven on Friday, April 18, 2014, as Donna's spirit moved beyond Earth and met with Albert's. They are experiencing the joy of being together again and catching up on years they were denied.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burl I. Moore Burl I. Moore

    Burl Irving Moore, age 89, of Garfield Lane, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2014, at his home.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lucille M. Penna Lucille M. Penna

    Lucille Marie (Brown) Penna, age 83, of Ashtabula, Ohio, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Ashtabula County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jaime L. Mason Jaime L. Mason

    Jaime Lee (Brown) Mason, age 37, of Ashtabula, Ohio, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic, from complications after heart attack.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alan L. Williams Alan L. Williams

    Alan Lee Williams, age 52, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at UH Case Hospital in Cleveland.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kenneth J. Takacs Jr. Kenneth J. Takacs Jr.

    Kenneth J. Takacs Jr., age 45, of North Ridge Road West, Geneva, Ohio, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at his home.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Robert L. Marlowe Sr. Robert L. Marlowe Sr.

    Robert L. “Bob” Marlowe Sr., age 83, went to be with our Lord, Saturday, April 12, 2014.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty J. Rhodes Betty J. Rhodes

    Betty Jean Rhodes, age 92, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and formerly of Dayton, Ohio, died Monday, April 14, 2014, at the Ashtabula County Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

House Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
AP Video