Frances Angeline Fill, of Hermitage, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, Nov. 29, 2017, in her residence. She was 93.
Mrs. Fill was born Feb. 20, 1924, in Scottdale, a daughter of Peter J. and Stella A. (Woiteyak) Stachowiak. She was a graduate of Mount Jackson High School and was employed at Shenango Pottery in New Castle, prior to her marriage.
Frances married the love of her life, Walter Joseph Fill, on June 22, 1946, in St. Margaret's Church, Mahoningtown section of New Castle. He passed away July 25, 1995.
Together, they raised and educated eight children.
Frances was a longstanding active member of St. Adalbert's Church, Farrell, where she served in many capacities. She was president of the Altar Rosary Society and led the recitation of the Ros-ary for deceased church members at funeral visitations; led the Divine Mercy Novena and Rosary; served on parish council and as a lector; sang in the church choir; and was a vital part of the Family/Pierogi Club where she enjoyed making pierogi with the church crew.
She was also a former member of the Kennedy Christian High School Booster Club, Hermitage.
Frances was a recipient of the Bishop's Commendation for Service Award by Most Reverend Donald Trautman, Bishop of Erie, in August 2011, in recognition of her many years of service.
A homemaker, Frances was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed sewing for her children, family and friends. She and her husband loved to travel the United States and took their eight children on vacation every year. They also traveled to the Holy Land, Poland, Egypt, Normandy, Mexico and Medjugorje.
Frances enjoyed a strong prayer life and had a deep devotion to St. Anthony, her family and her Catholic faith. She was cherished by all.
She was a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins and Penn State and enjoyed watching and attending their games.
Surviving are her eight children, Bernadette Krehnovi and her husband, Richard, of Mansfield, Ohio, Albert Fill and his wife, Connie, of Gibsonia, Retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kathy Fill of Acme, Thomas Fill and his wife, Cheri, of Littleton, Mass., Dr. David Fill and his wife, Patti, of Hermitage, Mark Fill and his wife, Rhonda, also of Hermitage, Jacqueline Evans and her husband, Mark, of New Brighton and Antoinette "Toni" Edwards and her husband, Dr. Robert Edwards of Gibsonia; 31 grandchildren, Richard, Christina, John, Theresa, Lisa and Emily Krehnovi, Michael, Peter and Andrew Fill, Sister Magdeline O.S.B., Anthony, Jenna, Christopher, Timothy and Dominick Fill, Brian, Julie and Katie Fill, Cassandra, Nicholas, Kenneth and Daniel Fill; Matthew, Luke, John and Gabrielle Evans; and Christopher, R.J., Anna, Allison and Ashley Frances Edwards; and 20 great-grandchildren, Claire, Sophia, Kaitlyn, Alexa, Sarah, Joseph, Lucy and Mary, Jack, Lydia and Gina, Genevieve Frances and Lily, James, Ben, Maya, Grace, Tyler, Maggie and Roman.
She also leaves three sisters, Marie Chlebowski, Genevieve Pierog and her husband, Stanley, and Rita Kotarba and her husband, John; two sisters-in-law, Margie Stachowiak and Alice Fill; a brother-in-law, John Kurelko; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Frances was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, PFC Joseph A. Stachowiak, who was killed while serving as a medic in the 507th Airborne 82nd Division during World War II, Bernie Stachowiak and Vincent Stachowiak; and a sister, Virginia Crist.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the endowment fund of Holy Cross Cemetery, c/o St. Anthony's Church, 804 Idaho St., Sharon, PA 16146; or to Kennedy Catholic Family of Schools, 2120 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Frances Angeline, 93, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 3 to 8 p.m. Friday (12-1-17) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday (12-2-17) in St. Adalbert's Church, 1035 Fruit Ave., Farrell, with the Rev. Matthew Ruyechan as celebrant.
Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on November 30, 2017