Mary Metarko

Obituary of Mary Metarko

Mary (Brinzey) Metarko 100, of Latrobe PA, was peacefully and joyfully reunited with her Lord Jesus on Friday March 6, 2020 at Hartford Hospital. Born Sept 27, 1919 in Gallitzin, PA, daughter of the late Michael and Marie (Fetsik) Brinzey. Preceded in death by her husband John who died Oct 19, 1977; sisters Helen Filus, Katherine Krishock, Ann Toncler and brothers Edward Brinzey and Michael Brinzey, sisters-in-law Anne Safian, Verna Metarko and JoAnn Brinzey and brothers-in-law, Joseph Toncler, Frank Filus, Stanley Beers, Peter Metarko, Andrew Metarko and Egon Safian, daughter-in-law Marcy Metarko and sons-in-law Charles Welsh and Chris Seymour. In addition to her sister Margaret Beers she is survived by four children, Patricia McKaig (John) of Glastonbury, Conn., Joan Welsh-Seymour of Westernport, MD, John Metarko of Latrobe, PA, and Thomas Metarko (Leslie) of Cranberry Twp, PA. She had 8 grandchildren John Patrick McKaig, Lynn McKaig Barry (Greg), Johnette Metarko-Maus (Lona), Charlene Welsh/Jeremy Stafford, Matthew Metarko (Lauren), Charlie Welsh, Andrew Metarko, Sarah Metarko Corona (Marco), and 7 Great-grandchildren, Kelly McKaig, Daniella and Benjamin Barry, Lindsey and Colin Stafford and Brady and Jake Metarko. Mary was a loving, kind, unselfish and strong-willed person who always put her family and others before herself. She had a zest for life and deep appreciation for all God’s gifts in spite of losing her Father during the Great Depression at 13 years old, the 2nd oldest of 7 children. Mary was able to greatly help her family learning early from her Father the care of the garden and fruit orchard and was able to also contribute as a teenager working as a seamstress at the local Arrow shirt factory. She respected and loved her Country and worked as a teenage Red Cross volunteer and when work became scarce she had to leave her home in her early 20’s yet she thoroughly embraced and enjoyed the few years she and her husband John (local Portage machinist and CC camp volunteer) spent working in the factories of Detroit. She also worked for years on the board of elections, and was a member of St Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Bradenville, Pa. Strong and independent, she lived alone in her Latrobe home 40 years after her husband John passed away in 1977 and was a solid rock for the family to stay together and gather around. She loved gardening, working in her yard, dancing (especially the polka), baking for family and friends and was always ready to jump into any tasks anyone needed done. After losing her excellent eyesight at 97 she moved to the Connecticut home of her eldest daughter Pat and Son-in-Law John (a Roman Catholic Deacon) who provided her exceptional care which she and the entire family deeply appreciated and where she displayed her amazing character living with dignity and graciousness for her very challenging final 3 years. Mary would let you know her true feelings and those who know her would not be surprised if her first words in heaven were… Lord, you know how much I Love you so what took you so long to bring me home? To which Jesus might respond… Mary, you appreciated all of my gifts so much, lived with such dignity through the most difficult times, were so unselfish and charitable, and such an inspiration to your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that I needed you to stay for as long as possible to show as many of my children the proper way. Thank You for being so gracious and patient of me. Now come into my arms for your well-earned reward. Family will receive friends at the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home 1500 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650 from 4 to 7 pm Friday March 13. Parastas service will be held in the funeral home from 4:00–4:15 followed immediately by the viewing. Panachida service will be held in the funeral home at 10:15 am Saturday. Divine Liturgy will follow at 11:00 AM in St Mary Byzantine Church, 112 St Marys Way in Bradenville, PA. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers family requests contributions in Mary’s name be made to the Westmoreland County Food Bank, 100 Devonshire Dr., Delmont, PA 15626 or St Mary Byzantine Catholic Church (address above).
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Friday
13
March

Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, March 13, 2020
Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc.
1500 Ligonier Street
Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States
Saturday
14
March

Divine Liturgy

11:00 am
Saturday, March 14, 2020
St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church
112 St. Mary's Way
Bradenville, Pennsylvania, United States
724-537-5839

Parastas Service

Parastas service will be held in the funeral home from 4:00–4:15 followed immediately by the viewing.

Panachida service

Panachida service will be held in the funeral home at 10:15 am Saturday.
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