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George Lawrence – Obituary – Mahoning Valley

George Lawrence – Obituary – Mahoning Valley

Aug. 19, 1934 — Nov. 7, 2021 (age 87)

PULASKI, PA. — George R. Lawrence, 87, passed on to eternal rest Nov. 7 surrounded by his devoted wife of 63 years, Joann R. Lawrence, and his loving family at his home.

George was born Aug. 19, 1934 in the same house he would call home for life, to Michael and Anna (Gulas) Lawrence. 

After the tragic loss of his mother at a young age, George grew up in the company of his many brothers, fostering a trademark lighthearted sense of humor. 

He graduated from Union High School in 1952. 

During high school, George worked at Ms. Totten’s telephone company in New Wilmington and continued that work following his high school graduation while at home on leave while serving in the U.S. Army. 

Following his honorable discharge from the Army in 1957, George began his 35-year career at the Ohio Bell Telephone Company, traveling throughout Ohio with the maintenance of more than 40 buildings under his purview before retiring as a building foreman in 1992. 

A skilled dancer, he met the love of his life, the former Joann R. Gorski, at Avon Oaks Ballroom in her native Youngstown. They married May 3, 1958 and raised a family of five loving daughters, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  

George was an avid sportsman, craftsman, conservationist and family man. 

He especially enjoyed hunting, encouraging many to partake in the sport, including his nephews, sons-in-law, grandchildren and neighbors. 

George was most at-home being outdoors on the family farm, often with his dog at his side, undertaking meticulous care of the property with gardening, woodworking and many home projects. Combining his craftsmanship with his love of nature, George built countless bird houses and bird feeders.

George was a life-long member of St. James the Apostle Parish in New Bedford (later Holy Spirit Parish) where he was a member of the Men’s Group and shared his time and talent as an usher and a member of the building committee.

George is survived by his wife Joann; his children Trish (Jeff) Julian, Laurie (Jeff) Mangino, Linda Romeo, Sally Lawrence and Karen (Brian) Emler; his grandchildren Danielle (James) McEachern, Alan Julian Mangino, Noel Mangino, Adam (JaVonna) Mangino, Nicholas (Kelly) Romeo, Justin Romeo, Zachary Romeo, Perry Provenzano, Lucas Provenzano, Rachel Emler and Lauren Emler; and great-grandchildren Lena, Rocco, Avalyn and Emma.

George was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Samuel, Michael, Peter, Joseph, Paul, Albert and Edward.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Spirit Parish, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in New Castle on Thursday (Nov. 18). Fr. Joseph McCaffrey presided. Wasko Funeral Home handled arrangements.

The Lawrence family would like to extend its appreciation to the caregivers who provided tremendous care and support to George at his home, as well as a special thanks to the Kindred Hospice staff for their caring assistance.

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