Joyce Beverly Korogi

Joyce Beverly Korogi, age 88 of Rootstown, passed away, Wednesday, December 18th at Longmeadow Nursing Home of natural causes.

She was born September 11th, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Edward Stewart and Lela Roundy. Preceded in death by her parents and her brother James "Lewy" Stewart, son-in-law Martin Testa and her husband, John Korogi. Joyce is survived by her four children, John , Judy Testa , Andrew "Andy" and James (Marcia) all of Rootstown. She is also survived by grandchildren: Todd (Leah) Korogi , Marc Korogi, Andrew Testa, Teresa (John) Brown, Rachel (Brian) Lilley-Longville, Sara (Nick) Sladky, and Jamie (Gardner) and six great grandchildren along with her beloved pets.

Joyce was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a youth, she enjoyed playing the guitar and piano. She was also an avid speed skater and swimmer and subsequently won many awards for her efforts. Joyce also had a terrific passion for dancing, which would manifest itself later. At age 19, she married John Korogi in Minneapolis and he was quickly sent to WWII. While John was away, she traveled the country in a dance company and lived in such places as: Milwaukee, Tampa Bay and Chicago. After her husband returned from service in WWII, the couple settled in New Milford, Ohio with John's mother Theresa Grega. Joyce found employment at the farm store with her mother-in-law. Later she would go on to raise her four children in New Milford and worked at Society Bank. After the death of her husband in 1977, she spent winters in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida basking in the sun. Joyce became an avid traveler again, later in life. She traveled by cruise to many Caribbean locations and even made a trip to Italy in 2000. Joyce was also a member at the Ravenna Elks, Moose and VFW. She always loved being with her many friends and family. Her funny stories, laughter and generosity will always be remembered.

Friends will be received one hour prior to the 3 PM service, Sunday, December 22, at the Wood-Kortright -Borkoski Funeral Home,703 E. Main St., officiated by Rev. Susan Woodall.. A private burial will be at Homeland Cemetery, Rootstown.

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(Wood-Kortright Borkoski 330-296-6436, RC 12-20-13)

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  • Andy I am so sorry for the loss of you mother especially at this time of the year. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I was thinking of you when we put up our Christmas tree. I still have the stats you used to make as ornaments.  Always bring a smile to my face.  God bless you and your family.

    Mary Beth Sheffield-Roberts

  • Our deepest condolences to the Korogi family.  Joyce was a neat lady and I enjoyed interviewing her for the book.  She had to teach me what perogi was and how it is made.  Her love of family was deep and she was so proud of all of you.

    Bob and Linda Troolin


  • My deepest Condolences to all of the Korogi Family.  Joyce was a very caring woman and will be remembered.

    Ron & Shirley Sharpless