GIRARD – Dorothy F. Masternick, 96, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at Liberty Health Care Center.
Dorothy was born November 3, 1925, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William J. and Annabelle Onspaugh Fritz. Dorothy is a graduate of Beaver Falls High School and Jameson Memorial School of Nursing in New Castle, Pennsylvania.
She worked in a wartime factory as a bomb inspector during World War II while attending nursing school. While working as a registered nurse at North Side Hospital, she attended Youngstown State University, where she met her future husband, John Masternick. They were married on June 25, 1949, and together they owned, developed and operated Windsor House nursing homes.
Dorothy was a member of St. Rose’s Catholic Church and was very active in the Catholic community. She served as president of the Youngstown Diocesan Catholic Women’s Council, Bishops’ Advisory Council, Retired Priests Commission, Ohio Catholic Conference, advocated for education in Catholic schools, and organized a monthly group of the Rosary. She was particularly active in the Cursillo movement, which shaped her commitment to caring for the elderly in our community with compassion and dignity. With her husband, they established the John and Dorothy Masternick Foundation, which funds Catholic education and scholarships for local high school graduates and nursing students, as well as establishing the Nursing Simulation Lab at the University of Youngstown State.
Dorothy was a natural helper and had strong faith. She liked to organize the Sunday dinner, the bridge club and liked to read and paint. After retirement, she enjoyed spending time in Florida, but her favorite thing was to spoil her grandchildren, especially at Christmas.
She lets cherish her memory, her children: two sons, Jeffrey (Terri) Masternick and Atty. John J. (Melissa) Masternick; and two daughters, Maria Masternick and Theresa (Leo) Grimes; grandchildren, John Colby Grimes, Daniel (Stacy) Grimes, Ken Grimes, John Michael Masternick, Christopher Masternick, Alyssa Masternick, Kevin (Erica) Pangio and Amy Pangio; great-grandson, Dean Grimes; nephew, Greg (Cheryl) Hardy; grand-niece, Jennifer; and great-nephew, Jason.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; his sister, Mildred Hardy; and his brother, Donald W. Fritz.
Due to current health conditions, a private Christian burial Mass was held for Dorothy at St. Rose’s Church, and she was interred in Resurrection Cemetery, next to her husband. A celebration of life will be held in memory of Dorothy and will be announced at a later date.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the caring and compassionate staff who embraced Dorothy at Liberty Health Care Center and Liberty Arms and became her second family over the past few years.
In remembrance, the family asks that any donations be made to Maison Béatitude or a charity of your choice.
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