Mary Lynn Smercansky, Poland, Ohio Obituary


POLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Mary Lynn Smercansky, 66, a longtime resident of Poland, died suddenly on Thursday, November 17, 2022, at her home with her high school sweetheart and husband and beloved dog, Sadie by his side.

Mary Lynn was born September 5, 1956 in Youngstown, the daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine (Tabak) Urdea.

She graduated in 1974 from the Polish high school.

She graduated with honors from Youngstown State University, where she received the university’s student teacher of the year award. She was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. She went on to earn her Masters in Guidance Counseling at Westminster College.

Mary Lynn worked at the Wittenauer Pharmacy in Poland while attending Youngstown State and for Trumbull Supply Industry. Mary Lynn then found her passion for the next 31 years as a teacher at the local high school in Springfield. She was the most compassionate and caring teacher and loved and adored each of her students. She became known as “Mom” to her students and had a positive impact on all of them.

Mary Lynn loved to read and travel. She enjoyed vacationing on Hawaiian and Caribbean beaches and visiting casinos. She was also a fan of the Cleveland Guardians, Browns, and Ohio State football team. Truly, his greatest joy was his 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.

Besides her husband of 41 years, David Smercansky, she is survived by her mother-in-law, Bertha Smercansky; his sister, Gail (John) Walsh; one 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 predeceased by her parents.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting material contributions in the form of donations to Friends of Fido, PO Box 2963, Youngstown, OH 44511.

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A television tribute will air on Monday, November 21 at the following approximate times: 6:47 a.m. on WYTV, 9:43 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX, and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV. The video will be posted here the day it is released.

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