Obituary of Mary Lynn Smercansky, Poland, Ohio

POLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) — Mary Lynn Smercansky, 66, a lifelong resident of Poland, passed away suddenly on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at her home with her high school sweetheart and husband and their beloved dog Sadie by her side.

Mary Lynn was born in Youngstown on September 5, 1956 to the late Thomas and Catherine (Tobacco) Urdea.

She was a 1974 graduate of Poland High School.

She graduated with honors from Youngstown State University, where she received the honor of Student Teacher of the Year. She was a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority. She then earned her master’s degree in careers guidance from Westminster College.

Mary Lynn worked at Wittenauer Pharmacy in Poland while visiting Youngstown State and for the Trumbull Supply Industry. Mary Lynn then found her passion for the next 31 years as a teacher at Springfield Local High School. She was the most compassionate and caring teacher and loved and adored each and every one of her students. She became known to her students as “Mama” and had a positive impact on them.

Mary Lynn loved to read and travel. She enjoyed vacationing on the beaches of Hawaii and the Caribbean and visiting the casinos. She was also a fan of the Cleveland Guardians, the Browns, and the Ohio State football team. Her biggest joy really was her Irish Setters. She spent countless hours playing with them and giving them her unconditional love. Now she has entered heaven with all her fur babies.

In addition to her 41-year-old husband David Smercansky, she is survived by her mother-in-law Bertha Smercansky; her sister Gail (John) Walsh; a niece, Kenzie Sybert; six nephews, Christopher, Jeff and Ryan Walsh, Brandon Smercansky and Austen and Oliver Sybert; a brother-in-law, Gary (Lynne) Smercansky and a sister-in-law, Deborah (Darryl) Smercansky Sybert.

Mary Lynn was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends can call the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home in Poland on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where a memorial service will follow at 6:00 p.m

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations in kind in the form of donations to Friends of Fido, PO Box 2963, Youngstown, OH 44511.

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A TV tribute will air Monday, November 21 at the following approximate times: 6:47 am on WYTV, 9:43 am on WKBN, 10:58 am on FOX, and 8:12 pm on MyYTV. The video will be posted here on the day it airs.