"Then & Now"
Margaret Murvay, formerly of Berlin Center, died Thursday under Palliative Care at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna. She was 88.
Mrs. Murvay was born Nov. 13, 1925, in Hust, Czechoslovakia, to Julius and Anna Paulisinetz. By chance and good fortune she came to live in Portage County, when she married John Murvay of Freedom Township on November 13, 1946. They had two daughters, Margaret Garmon of Kent and Juliana Dennis of Norwell, MA.
By 1930, Margaret and her parents were settled in Sudbury, Ontario. By chance in 1944, Margaret and her parents lived next door to the aunt of John Murvay, and Margaret, seeing a photo of him in his U.S. Army uniform, decided that a soldier in service far away from home deserved mail from the homefront. A correspondence continued through World War II. By good fortune, John came through the Battle of Bulge in the European Theatre, and when on leave, they met for the first time. They were married in Sudbury.
The Murvays operated the Dew Drop Inn in Freedom Township during the 1950s and early 1960s and the Anchor Inn and Lakeview Motel in Berlin Center from the 1960s and into the mid 1980s. Mrs. Murvay also worked in the inventory department for what was then the Ravenna Arsenal during the early 1950s.
Mrs. Murvay's interest in current events prompted her to write letters to the editor, two of which were published in Newsweek magazine during the 1980s and along with several in the Youngstown Vindicator. Her essay "Christmas in Sudbury" described the Eastern European immigrant experience in Sudbury during the years of the Depression in the 1930s when, "although poor, families saved every available penny, worked hard, and helped one another to prosper and go on to a home of their own, a car and college educations for their children and especially their grandchildren." "Christmas in Sudbury" was reprinted in the Sudbury Star newspaper at the holiday season and shared by many family and friends over the years.
She served as a poll worker for several years during the 1980s and 1990s for the Mahoning County Board of Elections. Mrs. Murvay was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish Church in Lake Milton where she served as a reader during Mass. She was a member of the Hungarian-American Club in Akron and the American Legion Auxiliary in Deerfield.
Mrs. Murvay is survived by her husband, John, of the Gardens of Western Reserve in Streetsboro; daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Douglas Garmon of Kent, daughter Juliana Dennis of Norwell, Mass.; granddaughter, Emilee Leahy and her husband David Leahy of Norwell, Mass.; granddaughter Lara Dennis of Rockland, Mass., and her significant other Zac Altenburger; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Avonlea Leahy of Norwell.
Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Home, 141 North Meridian St., Ravenna. Services will follow at the funeral home with the Rev. David Merzweiler officiating. Burial will be St. Mary's Cemetery in Ravenna.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Our Lady of the Lakes Parish Church in Lake Milton. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.sscfuneralhomes.com.
(Shorts-Spicer-Crislip 330-296-6858, RC 8-31, 9-2-14)