antoinette filak

Antoinette H. “Tosha” Filak, Loving wife, mother, and grandmother formerly of Weirton passed away at Park Vista Assisted Living in Youngstown, OH., on Thursday, August 25, 2022. She was 92 years old.

She was born on March 28, 1930, in Weirton, one of two daughters to John and Julia Gozdecki Burda.

Antoinette was a faithful member of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church. Her faith was nourished there through her involvement with the Christian Mothers and the Rosary Society.

Antoinette graduated from Weir High School in 1948 and was a member of the Polish National Alliance.

Her family describes her as a truly kind, giving, and loving individual. A woman of faith, she would do anything for anybody. Her annual contribution to Sacred Heart’s picnic was an event worth waiting for, she was an excellent baker. People would stand in line to see what types of cakes she prepared so that they could purchase one of her creations.

In addition to her parents, Antoinette was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Filak on January 8, 2014, her sister, Henrietta Guio, and her sons-in-law, Victor Vrabel, and Peter Zawosky.

Left to cherish her memory with love and complete admiration are her daughters, Diana Vrabel of Campbell, OH., Deborah (Thomas) Garnick of Louisville, OH., and Darlene Zawosky of Jeanette, PA., grandchildren, Cerissa Noble, Kristine (Hani) Al-Halaybeh, Edward (Deana) Zawosky, Victor (Heather) Vrabel, C. Matthew (Erin) Griffith, Hillary (Jason)McClain- Teears, great-grandchildren, Karrena and Matthew Vrabel, Jakob and Klarissa Zawosky, Gianna and Annelise Noble, Collin and Declan McClain, Aubrey and Blake Griffith.

Friends will be received Monday, August 29, 2022, from 10 until 11:30 AM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV.

Mass of Christian will be held Monday at Noon at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 200 Preston Ave., Weirton.

Fr. John Neiman will preside.

Antoinette will be laid to rest next to her husband in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Weirton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Weirton.

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  1. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Greco Hertnick Funeral Home

  2. Dearest Diana, Deborah, Darlene, and families: I was saddened to see the obituary for your mom. I have so many fond memories of her dating back to the late 1960’s. I can recall vividly our bus trip to Cambridge Springs for the first PNA Jamboree where Lodge #3001 performed and interacted with hundreds of youth from around the country. Your parents were always so jovial and had a zest for life and your mom enjoyed guiding us as we practiced in Kościuszko Hall on Pennsylvania Avenue. So many fun hours of practice over the years! I shall never forget the other bus trip to Pittsburgh when we went to perform on a Polka Party Show for Channel 53. In recent years, a PNA connection – Aundrea Cika-Heschmeyer – sent me photos of your mom when she had gone to do a Polish presentation at the Park Vista Living facility. We in the Tuchalski family extend our deepest sympathy and heartfelt prayers as you grieve the loss of a wonderful woman who touched many lives. God bless you all! Love and prayers, Stas’ (Tommy) Tuchalski

  3. On October 9, 2019, Aundrea Cika-Heshmeyer of Girard went to the Park Visita for a Polish Heritage month presentation. They discovered they had me in common and took this selfie to send to me in Florida.

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