HOWLAND - Violet F. Cross, 83, was carried by angels into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. She closed her eyes at her home on earth and opened them to see her eternal home with Jesus.
Violet was born in Coraopolis, Pa., on June 18, 1930, the daughter of Joseph and Anna Baxa.
She was a devoted, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She spoke fluent Czech and had a wonderful sense of humor and heart of forgiveness. She loved to laugh.
As well as being with her children and grandchildren, she was a master at Chinese checkers, loved reading and studying her Bible, and baking her famous chocolate chip cookies, Texas sheet cake, nut rolls and chicken noodle soup.
She and her husband, Fred, traveled extensively and wintered in the past years in Texas and Florida.
They are members of the Faith Baptist Church, Niles, and one of her greatest joys was singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School.
She was a homemaker and the co-owner and helper with her husband's business.
Violet is survived by her husband of 64 years, Fred J. Cross, whom she married on Oct. 29, 1949; five children, Christine Marie Steffy of Woodstock, Ga., Deborah Ann Giesey and Violet's son-in-law, Bill "her Billy" of Girard, Junellen Bolls of Dallas, Ga., Freddie Joe Cross of Niles, Timothy Douglas (Elayna) Cross of Girard; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and brother, Charles Baxa of High Point, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Emily Wujcik, Alice Gravink and Olga Corrado; and three brothers, James, Daniel and infant Joseph Baxa.
Calling hours will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Holeton-Yuhasz Funeral Home.
The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Faith Baptist Church where family and friends may call one hour prior to the service. Pastor John Preusser will officiate.
Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Baptist Church, 1401 Shaw Ave., Niles, Ohio 44446.
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