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1930 Jean 2023

Jean L. Muza

December 4, 1930 — December 29, 2023



Struthers - Jean L. Muza, 93, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2023 at her home.

She was born December 4, 1930 in Lowellville, a daughter of the late Marion and Mary (Lovich) Puharich. She was a 1948 graduate of Poland Seminary High School. She worked as a clerk at Yallech Lumber and Supply where she met her future husband. After her marriage in 1950 she raised her four children and was very active in the PTA and Struthers Band Boosters. As her children grew up, she returned to work in the kitchens at the Poland Perkins and at Chi-Chi's, until her retirement in 1987.

Jean was a member of Christ our Savior Parish in Struthers, and prior to 2020 volunteered her time making Pierogies. She was also a Eucharistic Minister and Reader at the San Xavier del Bac Mission, Tucson, AZ.

Jean loved travel, camping, dancing, reading, and cooking. In the 1960’s she was the spearhead to introduce the family to camping and eventually visited all 50 states. She greatly enjoyed being in the outdoors, especially the Grand Canyon where she hiked to the bottom and back twice. In her later years, cruises became her main avenue for worldwide travel. She visited 6 of the 7 continents and instilled the desire to travel in her children. She spent 30 winters in Tucson, AZ where she was very active in her retirement community, especially quilting, and serving the San Xavier del Bac Mission.  As a chef she had special meals that her children and grandchildren wanted her to make when they visited. With her extended family living from the east coast to the west coast, she was the host for the eagerly awaited family reunion each July 4th. She was our family ancestry guru and connected us to our Eastern European roots and family.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children, Stephen (Cathie) Muza of Brownfield, ME, Rich (Sue) Muza, of Livingston, MT and Paula (Mike) Winfield of Roselle, IL; seven grandchildren, Stephen (Erica) Muza, Christine (Geoff) Gardiner, Corey (Derek) Winfield, Jean (Mike) Muza, Michael Winfield, Cameron Winfield and Payton Winfield, great-grandchildren, Holden Muza, Eva Gardiner, Anna Gardiner, Vallery Hutson and Abby Hutson, niece JoAnne Chuk and nephews, Charles, Joseph and David Chuk.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Steve Muza, who passed away in 2017; a son, Robert Muza who passed away in 1983, and her sister Mary Ann Puharich who passed away in 2015.

Contributions may be made to the San Xavier del Bac Mission and School, Attn. Pastor, 1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746-7409 or online at in Jean's memory.

A Celebration of Jean’s life will be announced at a later date.  Please visit to send the family condolences.

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