Margaret Jean Dziatkowicz
December 14, 1928 ~ April 13, 2020
Margaret Jean Dziatkowicz, 91, of Weirton, passed away Monday, April 13, 2020, after a recent battle with stomach cancer. Her family was at her side.
Margaret, the true image of grace and class, and also known as “Mom,” “Marge,” and “Baba,” was born in Weirton, WV, to George and Agnes Hudak Lazur on December 14, 1928. Her father passed away when she was only 18 months old, which led to her steadfast faith in God beginning at a very young age.
Marge graduated from Weir High School in 1946 and started working as a Tin Flopper at Weirton Steel. She later went on to work at Paper and Press Ink, as well as a cooker/baker at Sacred Heart of Mary Grade School.
On November 22, 1948, she married Joseph “Spooks” Dziatkowicz, and they were blessed with nine children. On November 12, 1972, Joseph passed away suddenly due to a heart attack. Even after her husband’s sudden death, Marge did not let her faith shudder. She continued to raise all nine children on her own and instilled the importance of keeping the faith in all of her children and grandchildren. Marge never focused on the things she wanted or didn’t have -- instead, she always found a reason to be grateful for the blessings that God gave her.
Even after she retired from Paper and Press Ink, Marge continued to volunteer countless hours over many more years. She was an active member of Sacred Heart of Mary Church, where she was a member of the Rosary Christian Mothers and Holy Family Guild. She also served as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts and a member of the SHM Athletic Board while her children attended school there. She cooked and baked for all of the SHM Polish Picnics and Lenten Dinners. She also helped to organize all her Weir High Class of 1946 reunions.
In addition to constantly serving her church and community, Marge was the matriarch of her entire family. On most days, she had a gallon of homemade iced tea, a home-cooked meal, and dessert prepared for whatever company walked through her front door. Her favorite thing to do was spend time with her family, and she was always the life of the party. She hosted family get-togethers for every occasion imaginable. It didn’t matter how big or small, she loved to get everyone together. One of her most recently created events included her annual Halloween parties, where family members were only admitted if they were in costume. She loved jello-shots and singing karaoke. For her 90th birthday party, she had a Luau and danced with hula dancers and fire dancers. She cherished these memories with her family, and she instilled in them the importance of getting together and carrying on traditions.
During her seldom down-time, Marge enjoyed relaxing in her recliner, reading books, and watching crime shows, Grey’s Anatomy, HGTV, Food Network, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Her door was always open for whomever wanted to visit, whether it be her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, or neighbors. She treated others like her own family and made anyone who ever came around feel welcomed. She was the best listener and made each person she had a conversation with feel like they were the only person in the room. She remembered the tiny, special details about anyone she met. If one of her children or grandchildren mentioned that they were in the mood for a certain meal or dessert, she made it special for them within the next few days. She was the epitome of selflessness, generosity and kindness -- she always put herself last.
Stubborn, honest, hilarious, and outgoing, Marge could light up a room anywhere she went with her contagious smile and laugh. She loved having wine nights and playing board games with her grandchildren, and going out “gallivanting” to Dollar Tree, or to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory or Olive Garden.
Baba will be greatly missed.
In addition to her parents, Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Stanley Dziatkowicz; her son, Joseph Walter Dziatkowicz; her two brothers, Andrew and George Askler; her three sisters, Ann Rujak, Mary Visnick, and Cicelia Semanek; and her fiancé, Joe Paul Herman.
Marge will be remembered with love by her five sons, Michael (Nikki), Richard, George (Sherree), Mark (Cathy), William (Prudence) Dziatkowicz; her three daughters, Peggy Thomaselli (Bob), Maureen Kerr (Doug), and Celeste Dziatkowicz; thirteen grandchildren, Josh (Kathryn) Thomaselli, Heather (John) Baker, Michael Dziatkowicz, Melorie Butto, Brent and Doug Kerr, Samantha (Bill) Hamilton, Dylanna (Joe) Sadler, Victoria and Aidan Dziatkowicz, Alexis (Joey) Littleton, Makenna (fiancé Cameron Rauch) Dziatkowicz, and William Dziatkowicz; her five great-grandchildren, Ryder Thomaselli, Hannah and Hadley Baker, Jacob and Nevaeh Butto; and Joe Paul Herman’s family.
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic a Mass of Christian Burial was not permitted in April of 2020.
Friends and family are now invited to attend a Memorial Mass 10:00 AM Saturday, July 2, 2022, at Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 200 Preston Avenue Weirton, WV.
A rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM, prior to the Mass.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital https://www.stjude.org
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Dear Celeste and family, Our deepest sympathy to you and all of your family. We remember your mom attending the telephone company parties with you and always smiling and having a good time. May those happy memories help through this difficult time. God be with all of you. Melanie and Gerry Donofe
Peggy, Maureen, and Celeste Gary and I offer sincere sympathy to you all, your brothers and all of your families! Your Mom is such a grand lady, and I have so many wonderful memories of her while growing up and visiting at her home. Yes, her Faith was strong and unwavering! She will be missed. With love to all of you , Sharon and Gary Duda
Dear Peggy, Bob and Family; Your mom was a beautiful women that loved the Lord Jesus and her family dearly. She will be remembered with much love and respect, with being such a strong Mom and someone that cherished her Sacred Heart Faith Community Church. So sorry for your loss, may your special memories remain in your hearts always. Love you guys, Patti, Joe, Liana and Familia
Our deepest sympathy and prayers to the family. Tony & Ruth Licata
Peggy and family, so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. Gary & Becky Anderson
The DiPietrantonio’s (Mark, Kimberly, Isabella and Gianna. 🙏
So sorry for your loss. May she RIP with the Lord our God. I have many memories of your mom with my parents (planning class reunions with my dad and many phone conversations with my mom). She will be truly missed. Mariann (Ferrari) Weimerskirch
We will remember her smile and the way she could make you feel better no matter what. She was a great Lady. You are in are payers the Sikora and Henderson Family’s
Peggy, Bob and family: I am so sorry to hear about Marge’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy at this very sad time. My prayers are with you all. Your cousin, Cynthia
Peggy, Bob, Maureen and family, We hope you can rejoice that your mom is free of pain and has soared to heaven. Sadness for your loss and happiness for the full, hard but fun, and loving life she led. What a remarkable person. She will be missed and forever loved. Andi and Joe Paolo
Peggy, Maureen and family: we are so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. God Bess her. We will keep her and all of you in our prayers. Take care of yourselves. With deepest sympathy and love. Paul and Sue Rafacz
Marge was a wonderful lady, like a second mom to me. I will miss the lunches she hosted when my mom would come in from Kansas to visit, she was a wonderful hostess. She always made paczkis for dessert!! I will have you all in my prayers.
So sorry to hear of her passing
To Celeste and your entire family, I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I remember her as being so full of life. Sending prayers, God bless. Debbi Parrish
I’m Patsy Grecich. My sister was Jean Rujak. I have known Margie for many years. I last saw her at Linda’s funeral. She was a very dear and sweet person, always a smile on her face and also so beautiful. I will miss her. My condolences to her family. God bless all of you
The Rujak family will always remember the great times we had with your mom and all of you —those were the best of times! Your mom truly was the most selfless, giving, loving, and joyful woman I’ve ever known. We are truly heartbroken for all of you, our cousins, and so very much wish we could be there to honor your beautiful Mom. We send our love, support, and prayers to each of you. She is now experiencing the wonderful fruits of her unwavering faith! God bless you all❤️Lisa (Rujak) Carissimi
I am very sorry to the family for the loss of such a great and beautiful lady. May she Rest In Peace. God bless.
My prayers and thoughts are with the family – loved all of the children that I was privileged enough to attend Madonna High School with. Always kind and thoughtful – Susan Long Nolan class “72.
Maureen, Michael, Peggy and Celeste. Your Mom was always so nice to talk to and I can still see her beautiful smiling face. I know she is now with Our Lord and she will be right at home because she has been an angel to so many for so long. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Maureen, Peggy and family: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting your mom a few years ago – I organized the Ladies 25 Year club picnics at the Serbian Picnic grounds and she attended a couple; what a joy to meet! After the 1st 1 she attended she actually called me and told me how much she appreciated that I did it and she had such a good time. How blessed your family was to have her in your life this long. What a strong individual w/great spunk! Again, I am very sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my prayers.
Mike Peggy Maureen Celeste and the entire family I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing . Sending my sincere condolences and will be remembering her in my thoughts and prayers
Peggy, Maureen, Mike, Celeste, Rick, George, Mark & Bill, I offer my heartfelt condolences to all of you with the loss of your dear mother. Your folks were great neighbors to us on Putnam Lane, during my younger years and your mom was always pleasant and friendly to all of us Gracies. Peace be with you. Scott Gracie Thornton, Colorado
So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing she was a wonderful lady and always kind and loving. May her memory be eternal 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
To all of the Dziatkowicz family, Jack and I want to send our sympathy and prayers to all of you during this especially difficult time when we can’t physically be together to mourn the loss of your mom. All of you can be proud of her strength and commitment to God and family. We all should be so lucky to have known her and to be included in her family circle. Our love and prayers to all of you,Cathy &Jack Arango
Mark & family my sincere sympathies for the loss of your Mother
My deepest sympathy to the Dziatkowicz family. Your mom was a special lady to our family. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed. May you find comfort in knowing that she is resting in the arms of our loving Father!
Dear Dziatkowicz family and friends, Everyone at No Stomach For Cancer would like to extend their sympathies to the friends and family of Margaret Jean Dziatkowicz. Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of your friend and loved one. May God bless you during this difficult time. Sincere regards, Jon Florin Executive Director No Stomach For Cancer
Michael, reading the story of your Mom on this site filled my heart. What an amazing person ,she lived a beautiful life. God bless your family . Sincerely, Mary Kaye Charnie Druliner
My heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out to Maureen and your entire family. My mom, Angela “Bella” Sticco, tells me she went to school with your mom, and remembers her as such a lovely woman. May God provide you with comfort and peace. Sincerely, Maria Sticco
Maureen and family. Dennis Rock sends you all condolences for the loss of your mom.
My sincere condolences to Marge’s family for the loss of your mom and Baba. I do recall Mrs. Dziatkowicz as a kind lady…and offer my admiration for raising nine very good children, a couple of which I have known from time to time since early to mid 1960’s. Rest in peace.
Michael, Such beautiful details of a life well lived ! God bless you and your family and my sincere sympathy to you. Lorraine Sticco Easton
I was touched when I received a text a few weeks back from Maureen informing me of your mother’s need to enter Hospice care as she prepared for her big life transition. I prayed every day for each and every one of you. It gave comfort to me that my sister Yvonne was able to make a palm Cross from palms I sent from Florida to give to your mother as well. What a gift to have died on Easter Monday! An old Slavic belief-tradition is that those who die in the Easter Season are immediately in Heaven. I can just imagine your mom being thrilled to be with your dad and brother at the throne of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, as the Blessed Mother enjoys the beautiful sight. Certainly you will grieve this tremendous loss, however, her loving smile and genuine goodness live on in each and every one of you. She will only be a thought and prayer away as long as you shall live. Halleluiah, Christ is Indeed Risen from the Dead!!! Fondly, Stas Tuchalski
To the Dziatkowicz family: So very sorry to hear of Baba’s passing, she was such a fine person, role model & a thoughtful neighbor. Most of my childhood memories include the Dziatkowicz family, I spent as much time at your home as I did mine. But as I know you are grieving, take solace in knowing that Baba, Spooky and Joe are smiling down on all of you.
God Bless You now and always. She was a wonderful person and will be missed.
To the Dziatkowicz Family, We are SO sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom and wanted you to know that, although we can’t be there to personally give our condolences, we are thinking about you at this very difficult time. A life well lived is so wonderful, and you were truly blessed to have such an incredible Mom. With Deepest Sympathy, Michael (Mugsy) and Kathy Barnabei Ballato
Rick and family-I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a sweet lady. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Celeste and Family, You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Although I never met your Mom, What I have read, she was an amazing and loving person. MY Deepest Sympathy. Rob
The community lost a great lady this week. Marge was proably the nicest ladies i had the privilege to know. She loved all and was not afraid to show it. She will be missed by all. Our prayers go out to her family. Allan & Stephanie Burnworth
I was so saddened to hear of this wonderful lady’s, my “Aunt” Margie, passing. The world is a lesser place without her but she is Heaven’s gain! I will always remember her smiling, beautiful face & the class that she exhibited! Heartfelt condolences to the entire family and I wish I could be up there for you!
I can tell by Margaret’s life story and her family that she had a full and beautiful life. She has kept the faith, she has won the race. We will donate to St. Jude’s in her name. Love and prayers, Larry and Nancy
Dear Peggy, Bob, and entire family!! Our deepest regrets on the passing of your beautiful mom!! she was a wonderful example of Love and kindness. She always greeted me when she saw me or Joe! I know she is safe in the arms of Jesus and what a reunion there will be in Heaven!! Our prayers are lifted up for all of you!! Cindi & Joe Revay
To Maureen, Brent, Bill, Mark, Rick & families, So very sorry for your loss. Your mom truly was an “Earth Angel “. I had many nice chats with her at Liberty School when I worked there and she would come to help out with the grandkids. Also she knew both my parents and had graduated high school with my dad! Peace and blessings to all at this sad time, Kathy Alatis & Family
George and Kay Mascio Peggy, Bob and family, You have our deepest sympathy at this very difficult time. What a family she raised !!! She was really part of the GREATEST GENERATION. Our prayers are with you
Celeste my prayers are with you.
We would like to pass on our condolences to Mrs. Dziatkowicz’s family. Our thoughts and prayers for the family. God Bless, Bernie & Cherie Kelly
Peggy and family, God bless you all. Your mother was a fantastic and beautiful woman. She was loved by everyone who knew her.