Phyllis B. Haladyna, 80, of Leroy Township, Ohio, was graciously welcomed into the gates of heaven on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, surrounded by her loving children. Born July 27, 1940, in Fredericktown, Pennsylvania, Phyllis was the wife of the late John F. Haladyna and daughter of the late Margaret Yanovich and step-father, Joseph Yanovich.
Phyllis met the love of her life, John, during high school while swimming in the Monongahela River. They were married on August 23, 1958 in Winchester, Virginia. They lived a beautiful and loving life together and raised a large family with 7 amazing children, Cindy (Joe) Pruzinsky, Cheri Haladyna (deceased), John Haladyna, Charlene (Pete) Cole, Cathy Haladyna, Joe (Chris) Haladyna and Rebecca Haladyna Campbell. Phyllis was the proud grandmother of 23 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren with one more on the way. She cherished her animals and while many have passed before her, she leaves behind her dogs, Maggie Mae and Little Bit. Phyllis is survived by her brothers, Mark (Edith) Holmes and Joseph (the late Sandy) Yanovich and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her sister Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Rapach and nephew Mark Holmes.
Phyllis was a devote Catholic and member of St. Patrick’s Church in Thompson. She had an angelic soul and was the embodiment of an angel on earth. For over 40 years, she gave out medals of the Holy Face of Jesus. Phyllis was a loving and welcoming person and loved talking to people everywhere she went. She worked hard her entire life. She owned and worked her janitorial service for over 30 years and loved working outside on her farm and in her yard. In addition to her 7 children, she also raised 8 foster children. For 25 years, Phyllis had Holstein cows and she became known to all of her grandchildren as “Moo Moo Grandma”, a name that remains today. She was passionate about praying the rosary every day, saying prayers for family, friends, and strangers, caring for her animals, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. She was a member of the Catholic Holy Family Society, American Legion Auxiliary Post 112 in Madison, Ohio, Fraternal Order of Eagles in Geneva, Ohio, and a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary (V.F.W.) Post 8755 in Sheffield, Pennsylvania.
While Phyllis is no longer here on Earth, Phyllis’ heavenly presence is with us every time you find a four leaf clover, feel a warm breeze, hear an oldies song, sit on a porch swing, see a shooting star, and in every day moments. She will always be remembered for her faith and love of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, her family, animals, the sun, the moon, and the stars. She inspired everyone who knew her to be a better person. Phyllis was the most loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was loved very deeply by her family. She will be missed forever and always, but her legacy will continue to live on.
Calling hours for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Spear Mulqueeny Funeral Home (667 Mentor Avenue, Painesville, OH 44077). A Catholic mass will be held on Friday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church (7575 Bellflower Road, Mentor, OH 44060).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Phyllis’ honor to the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League, 5970 Green Road, Ashtabula, OH 44004.
Ashtabula Co. Animal Protective League
5970 Green Road, Ashtabula OH 44004