Anna Marie Palik, 87, passed away peacefully at 1:30 p.m. Monday (Dec. 25, 2017), the day of her Savior's birth, in her beloved home of 74 years in Sharon.
She was born on Sept. 28, 1930, in Farrell, to Michael and Dorothy Kapurik Kurelko.
She was married to her husband Joseph T. on Sept. 29, 1951. He passed on Jan. 14, 2016.
Anna was a member of the former Sacred Heart Parish in Sharon, and she graduated from Sharon High School in 1948. For a time she was employed at Philadelphia Candy Co. in Hermitage as a candy dipper.
Anna was a devout Catholic, devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and her family.
She always placed herself last, even giving up her dream of college. If you looked up self-sacrifice in the dictionary, you should find her name.
Through her homemaker skills, all her eight daughters graduated from Catholic schools and college. She was a superb money manager, seamstress, laundress, couponer, and bargain shopper. She enjoyed chatting, rocking horses, tea pots, Hallmark movies, holiday decorating, reading and word puzzles. Her stuffed cabbage and nut and poppyseed rolls were top!
A special thank you from her caregiver, Tamara, to Anna's kind and brave granddaughter, Mara.
Surviving are: eight daughters, Joanne Colla, Dianne Powell, Pamela (William) Palik-Hechmer, Jr., Tamara Weikart, Cynthia (Thomas) Constantonovich, Teresa (Darius) Gasparek, Timothea Gabriel, and Christina Palik; two brothers, John Paul and Stephen Kurelko; two sisters, Marie Bacon and Dorothy Kauffman; 17 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren to mourn her passing.
She is preceded in death by: a grandson, Zachary Weikart; two brothers, Michael and Edward Kurelko; and an infant sister.
Anna, 87, of Sharon.
Calling hours: None.
Funeral mass: 10 a.m. Friday (12-29-17) at Sacred Heart Church, South Irvine Avenue, Sharon, with Rev. Thomas Whitman presiding.
Burial: St. Ann Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by A.E. PUSTINGER FUNERAL HOME, Ltd., 1310 Idaho St., Farrell.
Published on December 27, 2017