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Joseph T Scavina

January 8, 1933 ~ February 11, 2018 (age 85)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, February 16, 2018 at St. Luke Parish celebrated by Fr. Zachary Coulter for Joseph T. Scavina, 85, who passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, February 11, 2018.

Joseph was born January 8, 1933 in Youngstown, a son of the late Matthew and Mary Dovica Scavina. Joseph graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School and then enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War.     

Joseph worked as a motor inspector for the former Republic Steel and later in the maintenance department at both Masco and the Tippecanoe Country Club.

Joseph was active at St. Luke, including in the Holy Name Society and helping out at bingo. He was also active with JEDNOTA, where he held various officer positions, such as financial secretary and convention delegate. 

He was very active and loved sports of all kinds. He was an avid golfer and bowler and in 2001, he bowled 300 game. He cheered for all Ohio sports teams, from the Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians to Ohio State and even was a season ticketholder for the YSU football and basketball teams. He would often be found cheering his son, and later his nieces and nephews on during their variuous sports activities.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, his beloved wife of almost 62 years, the former Nancy Cozza, whom he married June 2, 1956, his children, Denise Scavina Dutton of Boardman and Robert “Bob” (Jo Ann) Scavina of Columbus, his grandchildren, Charlie Joe (Katie) Vest, Sarah (Kevin) Holmes, and Ryan (Missy) Dutton, his great grandchildren, Josie, Charlotte, Presley, and Peyton, his brother-in-law, Frank Mazzarino, his sister-in-law Audrey Scavina, as well as many special nieces and nephews and their families, along with numerous dear friends.  

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Diane, his brothers, Michael, Charles, and John Scavina, and his sisters, Mary Jacobs, Ann Cooper, and Helen Mazzarino.

The family has entrusted Joseph’s care to the Kubina-Yuhasz-Wasko Funeral Home, where they will receive friends on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and again one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.

Joseph’s family would like to extend special thanks to MVI Hospice, and all the medical professionals who helped care for Joseph in his time of need, especially his nephew, Dr. Michael Scavina.  

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