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Mary Jean E. Belza

May 24, 1932 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old

Mary Jean Belza Obituary

Mary Jean E. Belza, 91, of Wellington, Ohio, passed away on January 22, 2024, at Mercy Health in Lorain. Born in Erie, PA on May 24, 1932, to the late Howard and Edna Jean (Williams) Stonerook, Mary Jean lived in Youngstown for many years before moving to Wellington in the early 1960s.  Mary Jean attended Boardman High School in Youngstown and earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron.

A nurse by trade, Mary Jean worked at Akron General Hospital and South West Hospital before starting her family. Following the birth of her children, Mary Jean cared for patients beside her husband, Dr. Jess S. Belza, in his Wellington practice. After retirement, she worked at Medina Gem jewelry store for several years.

Mary Jean loved to read and enjoyed knitting. She had a compassionate heart for animals and enjoyed tending to her garden and many plants. Mary Jean will be remembered for her skill in the kitchen, baking and cooking delicious meals. She was a devoted wife and mother, and she truly cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Edwen (Lori) Belza, of Manakin Sabot, VA, Jacquelene Belza, of Wellington, and Diehl (Lisa) Belza, of Grafton; grandchildren, Kate (Clark) O’Bannon, Sara, Chase (Karra), Justin (Danielle), Derek (Caralynn), Faith, Grace, and Taylor; great grandchildren, Jackson, Lucas, Kinsley, Weston, Jaden and one more on the way; and a sister-in-law, LaDonna Stonerook. Mary Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Jess S. Belza and a brother, Thomas Stonerook.

A visitation for friends and family will be held Friday February 2, 2024, at Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 South Main St, Wellington from 6-8 p.m. Private family services will be held at a later date and burial will take place at Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington. Donations in Mary Jean’s memory may be directed to either the Friendship APL at or to Best Friends Shelter at

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February 2, 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Norton-Eastman Funeral Home
370 South Main Street
Wellington, OH 44090


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