Loving wife, mother, grandmother and passionate teacher of legions of students, Georgia Ann Young Turco passed away on April 16 age 79 after a long illness.
Mrs. Turco was born in Youngstown, Ohio to parents John and Lucille Young and graduated from Boardman High School in 1961.
She was an Alpha Phi at Bowling Green State University, where she earned a degree in Education in 1965. She later earned a master's degree from Kent State University by taking night classes while being a dedicated mother.
After graduating from Bowling Green State University, Georgia pursued her passion of teaching in Boston and Connecticut then later returned to Youngstown to continue her long and outstanding teaching career.
Mrs. Turco was a beloved elementary school teacher, who was known to be tough at times but the kind of teacher who sent children off in the world well-equipped to achieve their dreams. She spent the majority of her educational career in the Youngstown Local Schools district, including teaching for 18 years at Mary Haddow Elementary. For the remainder of career she taught at Youngtown Early College, giving high school students the chance to earn college credits. She retired from Youngstown schools in 2000. With an undying love of education, Mrs. Turco then spent 10 years teaching teachers to teach at Youngstown State University. She was a member and served as president of Delta Kappa Gamma, a sorority of teachers.
Mrs. Turco, nee Young, grew up in Youngstown's Briar Hill neighborhood. Her family later resided in Boardman during her elementary and high school school years. She always said, "Do the things you don't want to do, you never know what might happen." She told that story about a family wedding where she met her future husband John Turco, despite not wanting to go to the event. She married John Turco in 1970. Mr. Turco was a distinguished coach and educator in Youngstown Local Schools district. They raised two children: Sharon Coolidge, of Cincinnati and Michael Turco, of Warren. Mrs. Turco was a doting grandmother to John Coolidge of Cincinnati.
Georgia had a zest for life and an infectious laughter. She was co-leader of her daughter's 4-H club, Boardman Stitch and Chat. Her booths at the Canfield Fair doubled as fashion shows for the young women she taught to sew and those were weekends of fun filled with blue ribbons for the young women.
She loved reading, gardening and drawing. After college she traveled the world with friends, riding motorbikes through Italy, feasting on French cuisine and what she always said was her favorite, swimming in the aqua waters of Bermuda.
The Turcos took their Roman Catholic faith seriously. They were involved members of St. Christine's Church in Youngstown and later of St. Patrick's Church of Youngstown. They taught marriage encounter classes for years, mentoring many new couples in their faithful journey to love.
Mrs. Turco also taught Sunday School.
Before HGTV made it fashionable, Georgia and John Turco flipped houses, turned flawed homes into gems.
Georgia resumed traveled again I later life, notably taking her daughter on a cruise to Bermuda, where she relived the joys of her youth.
In recent years, the Turcos have resided in Cincinnati to be closer to family, but always treasured their Youngstown roots. Mrs. Turco will have a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Dominic Parish, 4551 Delhi Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45238, on Friday, April 21, 2023 at 10 AM. Visitation will be prior to Mass from 9 am until 9:45 AM. She will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mrs. Turco is survived by her husband, daughter Sharon Coolidge (Alex), of Cincinnati; son Michael Turco (Sherry Nicholas), of Warren; and grandson John Coolidge.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association. Brater Winter Funeral Home serving the family.