Irene Helen (Kobilack) Vojtush

April 28, 1935 ~ December 5, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Irene Vojtush Obituary

Irene Helen Vojtush, age 88 of Ashland, passed into the arms of the Lord on December 5, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Irene was born in Leckrone, PA, on April 28, 1935, the daughter of Pearl (Moxley) and Michael Kobilack. She married Thomas Joseph Vojtush on May 9, 1953.


During her lifetime, Irene worked at Luray Lanes, The Diner, Lawson’s Convenience Store, Burger Chef, and was manager of Peachtree Apartments. Irene was employed with the Ashland Wooster Drive In before her retirement. Besides working outside the home, Irene found time to babysit her grandchildren—they were her passion in life.


Irene was a member of St. Edward’s Church, and Alcoholics Anonymous, which she joined on April 17, 1975. Irene was grateful to AA and co-founder of AA, Dr. Bob, for her sobriety. Her family is proud of her 48 years with AA. She was an inspiration to many recovering alcoholics.


Surviving is one son, Thomas Vojtush, Jr. of Lima, OH, one daughter, Roberta (Bryan) Chance of Ashland, and a son-in-law Steven Bemiller of Sarasota, FL. She is also survived by grandchildren Tomy Vojtush, Heather Hall, Jason Vojtush, Michelle Bemiller (Griffin Kelley), Shane (Tiffany) Bemiller, Nathaniel (Danielle) Chance, Danielle (Trevor) Shymske, and Gabrielle Chance, as well as her sister, Patricia (Scott) Fike of Uniontown, PA. Her legacy also includes 13 great grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Her faithful fur companion, Noel, who brought Irene 12 years of love and joy, also survives.


Irene is preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and Michael Kobilack, her husband of 58 years, Thomas Joseph Vojtush (2011), her daughter Debra Bemiller (2019), and three brothers and three sisters.


Known for her quick wit, colorful personality, and sense of humor, Irene had many lifelong friends. She did not know a stranger. Her family was everything to her and she fought fiercely for them. Irene’s memory will live on in the hearts of all those who loved her.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday December 13, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Heyl Funeral Home with Father Rod Kreidler officiating. Freinds may visit with the family from 10:00 till 11:00am at the funeral home on Wednesday. Burial will follow in the Ashland County Memorial Park.


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December 13, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Heyl Funeral Home
227 Broad Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Funeral Service
December 13, 2023

11:00 AM
Heyl Funeral Home
227 Broad Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805


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