Matthew Kuzmich

Matthew “Pope” Kuzmich, Jr., 89, of Wintersville, OH, passed away Friday, June 1, 2018, at Valley Hospice Care Center.

He was born in East Liverpool, OH, Feb. 6, 1929, a son of the late Matthew and Mary Kurty Kuzmich.

Pope was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and P.N.A. He was a former Boy Scouts leader.

He enjoyed working with the St. Vincent de Paul Society and loved hunting and fishing. He retired from Kroger Corporation as a Meat Cutter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A. Vranesevich Kuzmich, in 1995; brothers, Bill and John Kuzmich; sister, Frances Spanovich; and his dear dog, Jack.

Survived by his beloved friend, Josephine Omaits of Smithfield, OH; sons, Matthew (Jinny) Kuzmich III of San Jose, CA, William (Kristin) Kuzmich of Wintersville and Mark Kuzmich of Steubenville; daughters, Carol (Tom) Bell of Steubenville, Janet (Ryan) Nolan of Steubenville and Mary Ann (James) Fickes of New Philadelphia, OH; and his brother, Leonard Kuzmich of Florida.

Friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, OH, Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friends may also call Tuesday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of funeral liturgy with mass at 10 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Gossett officiating.

Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Vigil services Monday at 3:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to United Mitocondrial Disease Foundation, 8085 Saltsburg Rd., Pittsburgh, PA, 15239.

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