genevieve poszywak
Genevieve Julia Poszywak, 85, of Weirton, WV died peacefully in the company of family members on Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at the Valley Hospice Care Center North. She is remembered for her strong faith, wit, caring, loving nature and friendly smile. Many extended family members and friends referred to her as mom. Genevieve was born on July 15, 1922, in Weirton, the daughter of the late Joseph and Zofia Ciak Sitarz. She was also preceded in death by her devoted husband, Anthony T. Poszywak Sr in 2003 after 54 years of marriage; her granddaughter, Faith Poszywak; her two brothers, John and Joseph Sitarz; her five sisters, Anna Kosin, Laura Kolanko, Helen, Marie and Theresa Sitarz. Genevieve was a homemaker and a licensed beautician. She was a member of Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Weirton, where she sang in the choir for many years and was very active in the Rosary Society and Christian Mothers. She is survived by her four sons, Anthony and wife Karen, of Follansbee, WV; Joseph, of Weirton, Leonard and wife, Laurie of Richmond, TX; Stanley and wife, Jill of Charlotte, NC; her two daughters, Bernadette and husband, Terry Kester of Weirton, WV and MaryAnn and husband Robert Nieser of Findley Township, PA; her brother, Stanley Sitarz; her sister, Bernice Krayzel both of Weirton; her ten grandchildren, Karissa, Julie, Gregory, Jaiden, Seth, Sammy, and Shaleigh Poszywak, Kristopher and Jessica Kester; Miranda and husband, Todd Sperringer and her two great-grandsons Braelyn and Ty Sperringer. Visitation will be Sunday from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St, Weirton, WV, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 10 AM Monday at Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Weirton, WV with Reverend Father Kent Durig presiding. Interment will follow in St Paul Cemetery, Weirton, WV. Memorial contributions can be made to: Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church 200 Preston Avenue Weirton, WV 26062 or Valley Hospice 10686 State Route 150 Rayland, OH 43943

Memories Timeline


  1. May God give you strength and peace in your time of sorrow. I know she is in a better place thane we can imagine but the loss is still great for us that are left behind. God Bless You All!

  2. I shall miss hearing, “Look it’s the sunshine boy!” You lovely mother always brightened the world with her kindness and positive attitude — not to mention her deep respect for any person with whom she came into contact. Talk about a person who was pro-life — Genervieve treated every human as a sacred being and gift from God! It must be over a year since I last saw her – I think it was Christmas of 2006. She was at Weirton Medical and we sang Kolendy. A rush of memories fills my head when I just think of her and Anthony. We have lost a SAINT on earth but God has truly added a SAINT to Heaven’s realm! Knowing the faith of the Poszywak family, you will grive your mother well and count your loss as her gain. I just hope that in my lifetime I can be half the Christian that she has been! Much Love, Stas` Tuchalski

  3. I was saddened to hear about your mother. May God strengthen and guide you in this very intimate and cherished time for now and also in the future. My prayers surround you with God’s love as you think back of the beautiful and wonderful memories of your mother.

  4. Dear Mary Ann & Bob. We are sorry to hear the loss of your mother but she is with our Lord and the angels and is at Peace. We pray for you and your family at this difficult time. Love, Lucille & Galen

  5. We remember having many nice visits with her at her home over the years with family members. We offer our sincere sympathy.

  6. Glimpses of life! Sunshine and sea breeze! Bowls of bright red currents Fresh jelly, breads and rolls! Intuitive glances – She knows!? Did you make it to church today? Childlike before the Lord! Treasures dear to her Kept near to her Photos on the wall! A new face in the Choir of angels! An harmonica has picked up the tempo! They’ll Polka in heaven tonight! Mother’s advice! Do your best – let God take care of the rest! Keep your guardian angel smiling!

  7. Bernice and Stanley, so sorry for the loss of your sister Genevieve. I remember her so well. My deepest condolences to all of you. I’ll keep you in my prayers. May God Bless you.

  8. The Randlett family would like to extend their deepest condolences and prayers during your time of loss.

  9. Leo and Laurie, Our prayers are with you and your family during this time of grief. May the Good Lord Bless All of you. Regards, The Mezzano Family

  10. Leo: I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Mothers are unique, there is no comparison and no substitue. May God give you strength and peace in your time of sorrow. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  11. Thank you, Gen, for making me feel so special in your presence, as you did with everyone you came in contact with. You will be deeply missed ~ but I know you are in the company of our Lord, your beloved, and your good friend, June. All my sympathies to the family.

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Greif is hard on those left behind but I am sure she is in her Glory with God.

  13. Dearest Cousins, How we will miss your Mom and our “Aunt Gen”. I know she is in her glory in heaven with all our loved ones and the Lord she loved so faithfully. She never forgot a family birthday and we will never forget her. Love to you all. Bill and Theresa

  14. My Dearest Mom Poszywak – She was such a wonderful woman, so caring and loving to all! She was the most giving, most spiritual, and most generous person I have ever known. My love, thoughts , and prayers are with her always. With Love, Laurie

  15. Dearest Poszywak Family, Tenderly May time heal your sorrow, Gently May friends ease your pain, Softly May peace replace heartache, And may warmest memories remain. We are always here for you Leo, Laurie, Greg and Julie. Love, Steve, Colleen and kids

  16. Mary Ann, I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Annette Orecchio-Krapa

  17. We our so sorry to hear of the death of your Mother. She was a wonderful and loving person. She will be missed. She always had a SMILE for everyone and I will miss that the most. We are sorry we can not say this in person but you and your family our in our prayers. Jim and Linda Kopras

  18. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of mourning. Aunt Gen is so special to myself and to so many…she is in my thoughts and in my prayers. I wish you all the comfort of God’s hand on your shoulders as you navigate this difficult journey. I will miss hearing her voice on the phone, but I will continue to talk to her in my prayers… Love to everyone… Kelly Ann

  19. To Genny’s Kids: Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We are deeply saddened by the loss of your mother. Our lives were always brightened by the lovely lady. We have learned a lesson of humility and graditude from your mom. We we meet her again in heaven she will, no doubt, still be the humble and generous Genny. Peace and love: Jim and Linda Pauchnik

  20. Dear Bernie & Family, I’m sorry to hear of the death of your mom. I never met her, but I know she was a special mom from hearing all of your wonderful stories about her when we poured hot metal in the Mill. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. Martha

  21. Dear Poszywak Family, We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Genevieve’s passing. Your mom was such a beautiful person and a real blessing to our family. We have many wonderful memories of her. Her ever present smile and keen sense of humor warmed our gatherings. Her strong faith was most evident as she faced difficult times without complaint. Her faith was and continues to inspire us! Gifts of fruit or garden favorites were always given freely and her love for our family was unmatched. These cherished memories will remain with us forever. We pray for her eternal peace and joy in the presence of our Lord. God Bless you all and may His peace fill your hearts.

  22. Poszywak Family So sad to hear of Gen’s passing. We will always remember her cheerful smile and kindness to everyone and always ready to help anyone who needed her. She will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time.

  23. MaryAnn & family, My prayers go out to you & your family on the loss of your mother. Many fond memories.

  24. Dear Poszywak Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May you always find comfort in your memories of her warm and sunny smile. My love to you all. Nancy

  25. Dear Poszywak Family,May the greatest of gift come and linger with us and our loved ones today, to bring us sunshine of gladness and banish all sadness away, to guard all the ways of the future to light all the paths we must trod, for the greatest of gifts and treasures are bountiful blessings of God! May she rest in peace she was a very wonderful person toknow and love. Arden, Nancy, Jeffrey, Kevin, and Alyson Ford

  26. Leo, Such occasions call for the best in a man. I hope you will prove yourself true to the occasion. May her soul rest in eternal peace with God. Rush Lakhani Senior Control Systems Engineer Fluor Corporation X3729

  27. Tony and Karen, We are so sorry to here of your Mother’s passing. Just know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  28. John 11:25,26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. LEO, Yesterday’s Influence Today’s Memories Tomorrow’s Reunion… Holding your family close in my thoughts and prayers as you all walk through this difficult time. Regards, Anita Samuel Fluor – Control Systems

  29. To all of the Poszywak Family – Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. She was a wonderful person and great lady. I’m sorry that I was unable to attend the funeral viewing – but know that you all have been in my thoughts. May God bless you through this difficult time. Hold on to all those wonderful memories – as that will make you stronger. The Nolan family

  30. Dear Bernadette, MaryAnn and Family, My prayers are with you as you go through the days ahead. Your mom and my mom were best of friends and I was privileged to know her. We were like an extended family growing up on Gardner Avenue. She joins her family and friends and along with that eternal peace. Sincerely, Rita R. Ruszkowski

  31. Your mom was a true saint who always filled everyone’s hearts with joy. Although all of us will miss her, we will all carry her love in our hearts, where she touched us so deeply. Heaven will now be richer with her presence.

  32. Mary Ann, You may not remember me, but I have very fond memories of you and your Mom from SHM. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. May God be with you in this difficult time. Gilda Ruszkowski Vasko

  33. Leo, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences. May God Bless You and your family. Best Regards, Hamid Ghaem-Maghami

  34. Dear Mary Ann, Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your mother. May the beautiful memories of your mother sustain you through these difficult times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  35. Dear Mary Ann, Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your mother. May the beautiful memories of your mother sustain you through these difficult times. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

  36. Dear Stan, Thank you for the kind words on my Dad’s guestbook. I’m so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing as well. She too was a great person and I’m sure she is terribly missed. It was my Dad who told me of your Mom’s passing several weeks ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. warmly, Rita Hawrot Allan

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