Josephine McGuirk 1936-2013

NILES – Josephine “Sugar” McGuirk, 77, left this earthly life on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, surrounded by family, friends and her beloved Yorkie, Jake, at her home in Niles. She is finally reunited and dancing with the love of her life, her husband of 51 years, Ray, and her darling “KiKi,” granddaughter, Caitlin Leasure, and many other loved ones.

Born Feb. 19, 1936 (”Her true age has finally been revealed!”), she was the daughter of Sam and Eleanor Ezzo and sister of Donnie (Marie).

She attended St. Rose School and Girard High School and the Youngstown Hospital Radiology program.

As a young girl, her passions included roller skating, dancing and shopping. She was a loyal, lifelong friend to those she loved.

She loved being a part of the corporate world at Arby’s Inc., CETA, Manpower Inc. and Niles Municipal Court.

Sugar wholeheartedly believed in giving to those less fortunate, including Catholic charities and St. Vincent DePaul Society, and was a good and faithful servant of St. Rose and St. Stephen churches.

Sugar met and married Ray in 1956 and in her own words laughingly referred to herself as “just not the domestic type.”

She fiercely loved her children, Erin Leasure (Joe) of Warren, Colleen of Niles and Raymond (Sharon) of Charleston, S.C. She doted on her grandkids, who affectionately called her “KooKoo,” Nicole (Bob) Hogensen of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Olivia and Owen McGuirk of Charleston, S.C., and great-grandson R.J. Hogensen.

The family says Sugar was definitely one of a kind, unique and had a style all her own, and will be dearly missed.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at St. Stephen Church in Niles. The family will receive family and friends from 10:30 to 11 a.m. with a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. A celebratory luncheon will be held afterwards at Stoneyard Grill, 41 S. Main St., Niles.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen School, 45 S. Chestnut St., Niles, OH 44446.

Arrangements by Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home, 126 W. Park Ave., Niles, OH 44446

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