Frances Josephine Hodrosky (nee Muniga), 91, of Lorain, passed away Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Mercy Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born March 5, 1922, in Amherst, to Michael and Catherine (Skura) Muniga. She was a graduate of Amherst High School, Class of 1940. Frances loved being a homemaker and enjoyed baking her special zucchini bread for family, friends and neighbors. She also enjoyed gardening, traveling, fashion and especially spending time with her family.
As a young woman, Frances competed in the Lorain CIO beauty contest at Crystal Beach Park and was crowned “Miss CIO” in 1942 and again in 1943. She also won the Plain-Dealer RKO Palace bathing beauty contest sponsored by one of the largest Cleveland theaters. Frances began working as a sales clerk and eventually became a buyer for the one-time popular clothing store, Smith and Gerharts (Lorain) traveling to New York to purchase the latest fashion garments for that time period.
Frances is survived by her children, Richard (Kathy) of Henrietta Township, Kathleen Hull of Cleveland and Nicholas (Pingxi) of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren she adored and who brought such joy to her life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Carrie Shullick, Marcella Kenzik and Wanda Showalter; and brothers, Hank Muniga, Pete Muniga and Dick Muniga.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 28, 2014, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M., in the Gluvna-Shimo-Hromada Funeral Chapel, 3224 Broadway Avenue, Lorain. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, January 29, 2014, beginning at 9:30 A.M., in the funeral chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10 A.M., in St. Mary Catholic Church, 310 8th Street. Reverend James Becherer will serve as the Celebrant. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are encouraged to the Food Pantry at St. Mary Catholic Church, C/O 309 7th Street, Lorain, OH 44052.