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Mary Jane Tuchalski, 70, of Weirton, WV died Friday April 29, 2005 at her home. Mary Jane was born on April 25, 1935 in Weirton, WV. She was the daughter of the late Otha Platt and Mary Zdinak Gogul of Weirton. She was also preceded in death by a son John Tuchalski on July 10, 1965 and her step father John C. Gogul. Mary Jane was a member of the Sacred Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, and the Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Weirton; Saint Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society; Sacred Heart of Mary Rosary Society; Past President of the Christian Mothers; Coordinator and Teacher of the CCD School of Religion for 25 years; Past President of Weirton Deanery Council of Catholic Women 1990 -92; Coordinator of the Weirton Deanery Special Religious Educational Program, and the Faith and Light for Persons with Disabilities since 1983; First Person in West Virginia to Start the Becoming a Person Religious Education Class in the 1970’s; Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart of Mary and Saint Mary's Church; Past Minister of the Saints Louis and Elizabeth Secular Franciscan Order, Steubenville, OH; PNA Lodges, 50, 652, and 3001. Mary Jane was also the local Sales Rep for IN HIS IMAGE and Religious Articles done by her late Uncle William Zdinak. In addition to her mother, Mary Zdinak Gogul, Mary Jane is survived by her husband of fifty years, Stanley T. Tuchalski, whom she married on May 21, 1955 at St. Stanislaus Church in Steubenville, OH; her three sons, Walter and Rita of Gettysburg, PA, Stanley of Washington, DC, and Michael of Pittsburgh, PA; her two daughters, Yvonne Tuchalski of Eatontown, NJ, and Mary Kay and Michael Smith of Austin Lake, OH; two brothers, George and John Platt both of Weirton, WV;Sister, Mrs. Charles(Tipi) Philipps of Parma, OH; six grandchildren, Brian and David Tuchalski, Michelle(Jason) Tucker, Raymond , John and Mary Mueller; two great grandchildren, Marie and Jacob Tucker; many nieces nephews and extended family. Visitation will be 7-9 PM Monday and 2-4 & 7-9 PM Tuesday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV Parastas Service will be held Tuesday evening in the funeral home. Blessing Services will be held 9:30 AM Wednesday in the funeral home Funeral 10 AM Wedesday at the Saint Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Weirton, WV Rev Ed Lucas will preside. Entombment will follow at the Mount Calvary Cemetery Steubenville, OH Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. To the family, MaryJane will be missed a lot, She was a wonderful daughter, wife, mother,grandmother and great grandmother, aunt, and cousin,to all who love and miss her. She was very dedicated to God and a devout Catholic. She always opened her heart and home, to anyone. She will be missed, by everyone. *Christ is Risen* Love, Dee, Mike, Megan, and Madison

  2. Please accept my prayers and condolences to Stan and all of Mary Jane’s family at this time of sorrow. May the Lord Jesus always fill her with His eternal joy and peace!

  3. Dear Stas & Family, May God’s blessings pour over you and your family as you celebrate the going home of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Alicia Ault & Family

  4. Dear Mr. Tuchalski, Walt and Rita, Mary Kay and Michael, Yvonne, Stan, and Michael, Our dear friend, Mary Jane, shared our lives for just a few short years, but she left us a lifetime of smiles and kindness and love. Her spiritual inspiration was truly a gift from God and we are stronger and better Christians because we were privileged to know her. May God bless you and grant you strength and peace.

  5. I will always remember Mary Jane for her sense of compassion for the poor which she showed by sharing her resources with my ministry in Pursglove, WV.My sympathy is sent to her husband, children, and mother.

  6. To the family, Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Mary Jane was a great person she touched many peoples lives. God Bless. We love you all. Love, Mary Ann, Marleea and Ayden

  7. I am so sorry for your loss but I know that she’s already experiencing a joy beyond any other she’s ever known. My prayers are with you, her family.

  8. Blessed is the Lord who favored us with Mary Jane’s presence on earth. Her family will be in our thoughts and prayers. With love and many fond remembrances. Michael, Victoria and Victoria Lynn Smith-Codina

  9. Stan & Family, My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Daughter, Wife and Mother. She must have been a truly remarkable lady, I wish I could have known her. With love and prayers. Paula

  10. Dear Stan and Family, Mom and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. Another star will be shining down from heaven and watching over all of you. God’s blessings Linda and Edith.

  11. Dear Stas and the Tuchalski family, Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. You and Mary Jane will be held up in prayer this week at the Cathedral. Requiescat in pace.

  12. Stas and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you and your Mother are in my prayers as well as the prayers of my aunt, Sr. Edith.

  13. While it has been a long time since I was privileged to be in Weirton, I extend my sympathy to all of you and my prayers for you at this time.

  14. Dear Stas and family, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I hope her final days were peaceful. I am glad that she had that beautiful vision on the 28th. My prayers and best wishes are with you. love, Peter

  15. Stas and Family: We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Vicnaja pamjat. Vicnaja pamjat. Blazennyj pokoj; vicnaja pamjat. Jan (Sabol, Steven, and John Simonis Ricki Ann Oen and Nicholas Oen

  16. To the Tuchalski Family, Your Mother was such a “prayer warrior” for all of us! I will never forget her and all the prayers she lifted up in my name – especially during all my pregnancies! The amazing way she handled her illness here on earth and her calling by the Lord was such an inspiration. She will be deeply missed. Love, Joanne (Sabol), Doug, Kyle, Levi & Grady Smith

  17. My dearest Stanley, My condolences on the “falling asleep in the Lord” of your Mom. She truly is a Saint and is standing in the presence of our God. I’m very sorry that I have been somewhat negligent in responding to your Emails. Actually it has been a bit busy – giving Retreats, overseeing a building renovation project at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown and on Monday going to St. Petersburg, FL. for my nieces Graduation. I’ll be on vacation for a week, but please extend my warmest wishes to all the family. I truly would have made every effort to be present for the funeral. Please continue to keep in touch. Please give Tommy, Theresa and Clara my love – I would have liked to see and be with them. I love you! God bless you! Sr. Jean Marie (Stella & George Yenchochic’s God-daughter)

  18. Dear Stan: I will remember mother, yourself, and the family at the Eucharist this evening. Requiescat in pace! Take care of yourself. Tom Professor The School of Canon Law The Catholic University of America

  19. Dear Uncle Stas, Walt, Mary Kay, Yvonne, Stas, and Michael – Much love and comfort to you all at this time. Wish I could be there – know you’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Jean

  20. Stan, I am so sorry to hear about the death of your mother. There is no one quite like our mothers, and I know that you will miss her as I do mine.

  21. Dear Friends, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time and always. Joanne Uniatowski Joan and Joe Uniatowski

  22. Dear Walt,Rita & the Tuchalski family: “For God So loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,that who-so-ever beliveth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.” Psalm 116:15 May God Grant you sll His Peace. Lou Ann & Don Milhimes

  23. Stas, I just wanted to say how Sorry I am to hear your Mom has moved on. Your emails about your family over the past few weeks have been touching and I have kept you all in my prayers. Know that I will be thinking of you over the next few difficult days. Peace, Chris


  25. Peace and my deepest sympathy to each of you at this great time of loss. The prayers of my family are with you and May Christ, Risen in Glory raise your Mom on the last day!

  26. I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your mom, Mary Jane. She and my mom Theodora were friends and “sisters in faith.” Perhaps its was God’s plan that they would both pass away on Good Friday. They are now enjoying friendship forever in heaven…You are all in my prayers. Peace and love, From the family of John and Theodora DeFebbo

  27. Dear Tuchalski family, It was with deep sadness that I read of your beloved Mother’s passing. She was truly a woman of great faith and kindness and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief. The only consolation any of us can offer is the promise of new life in Jesus Christ. Your mother served Him well for many years and will serve Him still for time without end. With sympathy and hope of Peace. Stan and Jill Poszywak

  28. My prayers are with you and your family Stan. May the Lord be close to you and comfort all of you. Love and Blessings to you and yours.

  29. Walt: I am sorry to hear of your loss. I am happy you have comfort in your faith and the promise of our Lord. May he strengthen you in you grief.

  30. Dear Mr. Tuchalski and family, I was saddened to hear about Mary Jane’s leaving this earth. My condolences to all of you, especially your father, Stas. As our late Pope, John Paul II said, “do not grieve for me”. I know she was a strong person of faith and has always served her Lord, Jesus Christ and is in a better place. My Mother, Genevieve Januszkiewicz, has been keeping our family informed of Mary Jane and the Tuchalski family and asking that we keep you all in our prayers. I met Mary Jane several times over the years, but I most remember how beautiful she looked on her wedding day. With deepest sympathy, Maryann (Januszkiewicz)Jordan Frank & Genevieve’s oldest daughter

  31. Stan, so sorry about the passing of your mom but I am glad she went in such a peaceful way. My prayers are with you and your family. Love, Maggie

  32. To the Tuchalski family, Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you all at this time. Angel, Matt and Family

  33. Dear Stan: I have followed these last days, thanks to your emails, of this special moment for you and your Mom. I say “special” because I think you have lived this moment with pain, and also with hope, giving the right meaning of the death: the moment we meet God in person. I’m sure your Mom is with Him now, and I’m also sure that the Lord will give you the strength to go on, knowing that she’s now in Heaven. I’ll offer my next mass for her, for you and for you family. God bless you. Hugo Priest of the Capuchin Franciscans Lima, Peru Assigned to Capuchin Communications Rome, Italy

  34. Stan: I have just read that the Lord has called your Mum home; I know this must be a very difficult time for all the family but there is a consolation in knowing that you were all close to her in life and in death. Love and prayers to your dad and all the family. Aidan (Your St. Louis Friend from Ireland)

  35. Dear Stan, Our deepest sympathy to you and to your family. Thank you for sharing the gift of these weeks with us, and even the beauty of her death. Our love and prayers are with all of you, Linda and Joe

  36. Stan, Please accept our sincere condolences at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. As people of Faith, we must believe your Mother is at Peace with her God. She has completed the course and is now free of her body, with all it’s limitations. Take courage. Trust in God and be at Peace. With sympathy, Bernice, Frances & Ken, Helen,RSCJ your neighbors at 4024 8th St. NE

  37. Walt, Rita, and Family, Our condolences and prayers to all of you at this time. I admire your Mom’s courage through all of this and we all know for sure she is in a better place. Love & Prayers to all . Paul

  38. Walt, Rita, Brian and Dave, My symptathy to you all. Cherish the memories that you have shared and the wonderful witness Mary Jane was in recent days

  39. Stan, God bless her, I pray for her that give her place in Heaven and pray for all human being who will die or has died to have Heaven (Aameen). Ahmed Farooq Bhatti

  40. Walt and Rita and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Enjoy the happy memories.

  41. To our Friends, Walt & Rita and the Tuchalski Family Our sincere sympathy is with you during this time of sorrow. Cherish the many great memories you shared.

  42. Tuchalski Family Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. With deep sympathy, Judy and George

  43. May the Lord and Giver of Life, eternal grant you all His Peace and comfort during this time of loss.

  44. Please accept our condolences on the passing of your mother and life long companion. I’m sure you will miss her, but God is just as happy to have her with him until you are all reunited. Keiko will never forget her kindness to her when she visited Stas in Fairmont.

  45. Dear Stas and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your mom was a strong and faith-filled woman. Her faith in Jesus has been her strength and now she is with him forever. God bless you all. (Fr.) Bill Champlin Worcester, MA

  46. Walt, Rita and Family – May you find comfort in your many special memories and in the thought of the happy years you shared.

  47. We pray that you and your family will feel God’s uplifting and sustaining hand during this time.

  48. Jesus, Jesus, come to me. Make me a pious child of God for Thee. My heart is small, but big enough for Thee. Jesus, Jesus, come to me. Mary Jane (Platt) Tuchalski 1948 Prayer written to help small children better understand their relationship with God.

  49. Dear Walt,Rita & Tuchalski Family We want you to know that you’re in our thoughts. We pray that with each newday you find the strength you need. Love Don and Sue Cantini

  50. Mr Tuchalski & Family, We are so sorry that we were unable to pay our respects to Mary Jane at the funeral home. Please accept our sincerest condolences and may the love of our Heavenly Father give you strength during this difficult time of grieving. Mary Jane gave so much of herself to many and she will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Stan & Fran Sagan

  51. Dear Stan and Tuchalski family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. With deepest sympathy, Rick, Rachel, and Kayleigh

  52. Tuchalski Family: Our deepest sympathy to all of you…Mary Jane was a special person…after we moved from Weirton, she would send us “Oplatek” in our Christmas card…she was always thinking of someone else…Know that the family is in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow…

  53. There was always a quiet dignity and kindness behind her shy smile. And although more than half a century has gone by since I last saw Mary Jane, I can see by the lovely photo, that this same smile graces her and warms us all. My prayers are with you. Marie

  54. Dear Stas and Tuchalski family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We were very privileged to have met your mother. She was a very kind and generous woman.

  55. My Heart Felt Condolences goes out to the Tuchalski Family. Mary Jane, I Love You and will never forget You!!! I remember You and Tippi babysitting my brother and I on Thurman, Weirton, West Virginia. I remember the Whiskey Pound Cake you used to like to make. I remember you as the Photographer of the family, always taking pictures. I remember when we used to visit at Christmas and Easter on 10th Street in Steubenville, Ohio. I remember the one summer when I stayed and helped baby sit your kids in Steubenville and went to the movies at the downtown theater, that was neat at the time. I remember your laugh and giggle. I can’t remember and sad times around you. Your Heart was always pure. You would do anything for anyone, unselfishly. You are one of the most dedicated Christians and very Devote Catholic that I’ve ever known. I rate you up there with Pope John Paul II and Mother Theresa. At first I was sad about hearing of your sickness, but then the more I thought about it. I told my Wife, Mom & Dad, Brother and Sisters, We shouldn’t be sad, We should be jealous because of all the people I know, Mary Jane knows where she’s going, We know where she’s going. She’s going directly to Heaven to be with Jesus. We all need to follow in her foot steps and imitate her because she imitated Christ. Again as I’ve heard for the last few months and which You Loved so much: Psalm 118:24 “This is the Day the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it” “Christos Voskrese! Voistinu Voskrese!” “Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!” I Love You, Mary Jane, Your Cousin

  56. Stanley, I received your messages. I know what you do feel in this moment because my mother is with God, too, since November 2004. Sincerely, José Domingo Roncancio Patiño, esq. My best desires for you and your family.

  57. Dear Tuchalski Family, Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. Barry and Ruth Dunlap

  58. I am sorry that Mary Jane passed away. Of all the people that I have known, I know this for sure, Mary Jane is in Heaven with GOD today! She was a loving, caring, and religious person. She definitely was a person that I looked up to. We will all miss her! Our prayers and thoughts will always be with her and her family. We all will miss her! God Bless! Alex, Anne, Bryon & Alexis Sabol

  59. Dear Stan & Family: Our deepest sympathy to you and your family at the death of your Mother. She is in our special thoughts and prayers this Mother’s Day Weekend. I will celebrate Mass for her before the month is over. Love and Prayers, Fr.Ed Bell

  60. What a remarkable woman she was for all the leadership she provided to her faith community. I am especially happy to see all that she did for persons with disabilities. I had made wonderful friendships when I was a “helper” to a young woman with Down’s syndrome in a religious education program in Springfield, IL. Her mother made the best apply pie I ever ate! This is also very meaningful to me because my professional work involves legal advocacy for persons with disabilities, especially mental illnesses. My prayers to all of her family and friends, especially Father Stan. Sr. Mary Rehmann, CHM

  61. Copies of additional comments about MOM – HAPPY MOTHERS DAY; MOM!! Dear Mr. Tuchalski, Walt & Rita, Mary Kay & Michael, Yvonne, Stan, and Mike, We send to you our appreciation and love for the warmth and comfort you afforded us when we visited during the beautiful days of our dear friend, Mary Jane’s passing. Both Nick and I were overwhelmed with the spiritual atmosphere created by her love for God and her deep faith. We felt her presence then and we continue to feel that she will always be with us. We shall cherish the photos, along with the last letter she sent after she knew that her death was imminent. May you, as her family, follow in her pathway of kindness, compassion, and faith as you comfort each other. Times without her will never be easy, but you will always know that God blessed you with His very special Angel. We will enjoy hearing from you and if you are ever in the Fairmont area, you will always be welcome in our home. Love and prayers, Niko and Rose Dear Mary Kay – I am so sorry about your mother, but I know she is in a better place. She was always so kind to me and my family. I know that every prayer she said for me and my children was answered and We will never forget her kindness. She lit up a room and always made everyone feel special. We will be praying for you and your family. Love Lori Vandeborne Dear Mary Kay – I was so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. But I’m thankful her suffering is over. I loved the photos you sent! Love, Janet Barnett

  62. Dear Stan, Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers upon the death of you mother. I know you had great love and admiration for her as I know she did for you also. A mother’s love can never be replaced, but it surely lives on in the hearts of her children. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With love, Jim & Kathy Frank

  63. Written in honor of and dedicated to a “SPECIAL” cousin Mary Jane Tuchalski from Kath Jo Mehalik March 15, 2005 “SPECIAL” God made you to be special because God is special. He wants you to be happy and keep your wonderful smile. Your kindness means a lot to me, You have love for everybody, and you have love for your church, You believe, and you have lots of faith. You have lots of love from your family and the good friends who care about you, We believe in the prayer we were taught, and we pray when things go wrong. Do not give up. Keep on praying and keep the faith for it makes you so strong, because God has faith in you and no one is special like you. God wants us to love each other, for He has lots of love for all of us. He has special love for you, because you are the daughter of the Lord. Kathy Jo Mehalik May 16, 1992 dedicated to: William Zdinak 1925 -1992 FEELINGS When your feelings are hurt and you are down in the dumps, You can be sad or you can think of the good and happy times. I want to cry and I want to laugh. But it is hard to smile, when your heart is breaking. But you know when the holidays come, When you share a tear or so, and your feelings are gone. You can share a smile as you want, You want to be alone, but you remember the wonderful times you had. You hear laughter from your family and friends, And your happiness means alot. When we are sad, think what the Lord went through. Because of His only son, who died for us, We have love for each other, And Jesus has lots of love for us, Because He is the Son of God. Kathy Jo Mehalik

  64. Stan: May your mother be in God’s paradise! Congratulations on her new journey! And sympathy for your loss! Agustin (Your St. Louis friend from Mexico City, Mexico)

  65. Stan, So sorry to hear about your mother, but we have been busy and just found your email waiting for us. We remember your Mom, Dad and Grandmother coming to the resturant in Westover. We know how you are feeling. My Mom passed away about 20 min before the Holy Father. Guess she wanted to be sure the lights were on for him. Your mom is so much better off … no more suffering! God has called her home and she can now rejoice! Again, our deepest sympathies! All our best too! Nelly and Tom Gillian

  66. Stas, We’ve been praying for you and your mother during this most difficult time. Your Mom was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. I really enjoyed visiting your home when I was in Wheeling at the House of Studies. Bill Newbrough Family

  67. Stan, Thank you for letting me know of your mothers death. God has already blessed her, and so may God bless you and your family. I really appreciate your letting me share this special time with you through the e-mails over the past two months. Beverly Powell — St. Ursula’s

  68. Stan My thoughts and prayers are with your and your family during this difficult time in your life. May the good Lord give you the strength you need.Thank you for the updates on your mother,may she rest in peace. Betty

  69. Stanley (Tommy), My thoughts were with you yesterday on Mother’s Day when I drove up to visit my mother, I thought of how hard it must have been for you this day. While I was leaving to go back home to Morgantown, I seen you washing your car and stopped to give you my condolences, and realized it wasn’t you, but Michael whom I haven’t seen in years. We had a great grown-up conversation about LIFE, the importance of family, what great neighbors you have been, Alzheimer’s (your grandmother/my mother-in-law), and the power of prayer. Tommy, please know that you are in my daily prayers. You know, you were always one of my favorite friends. Thanks for dancing with me at the class reunion when no one else would. I love you and your family so much!

  70. Kochani!! Jak szybko mija czas. Juz mija tydzien jak otrzymalismy wiadomosc od Stasia o smierci cioci Mary Jane, która nas bardzo zasmucila. Mielismy cicha nadzieje, ze doczeka upragnionej rocznicy slubu. We wtorek 26.04.2005 o godzinie 16:00 w naszym kosciele odbyla sie msza w intencji o jej zdrowie. Wszystko jest w rekach Boga. Ja bardzo ciesze sie, ze Was poznalam, ze sie widzielismy nie jeden raz a wiecej i mam nadzieje, ze nie byla to Wasza ostatnia wizyta w Polsce. Moja mama tak dlugo pisala listy z ciocia Stasia, ale nie poznalismy nikogo z jej dzieci. Natomiast mialam szczescie poznac Was, za wyjatkiem Waldemara i jego rodziny. Dziekuje za telefon od Was. Ja bylam w pracy, ale Witek mi przekazal ta smutna informacje. U nas wszystko dobrze. Jestesmy zdrowi. Ania i Witek chodza do szkoly. Zbyszek pracuje 400 km od domu i przyjezdza co 2 tygodnie. Rodzice Anna i Józefat sa zdrowi. 24.05.2005 minie rok jak zmarl Marek Staszewski. Ja i Ewa czesto sie widzimy. Pozdrawiam cala rodzine. Zycze Wam duzo zdrowia i blogoslawienstwa Bozego. Z pozdrowieniami Jagoda, Zbyszek, Witek, Ania Dobies. Przepraszam za opóznione odpowiedzi do Was ale mielismy problemy z internetem. Ale czesto o Was rozmawiamy w domu i jestesmy mysla z Wami i bardzo Was kochamy.

  71. Dear Walt,Rita & Tuchalski Family, We did not know your mother, but we have read the wonderful tributes to her life, and we have seen her reflection in your own life. From that we know she was a beautiful person and we share your loss. May God comfort you in the coming days. Our prayers are with you. Will & Suzanne Tallman

  72. Dear Walt,Rita and Family, How privledge we feel to have shared your e-mails about your mother! Knowing both of you, and reading about your mother, I know that you are blessed with the knowledge that she is just in another place until another time… what an incredible women she was;and what an incredible child she raised that we feel blessed to know..prayers and blessings to both of you and your family..Bob and Marie

  73. Dear Stanley, Walt, Stas, Mary Kay, Yvonne, and Michael, On Mother’s Day this year I thought about how my mom and Mary Jane handled the May crownings at church. I know that this is a difficult time for all of you. I feel very blessed that I was able to see her before her flight to heaven. She has left a wonderful legacy in all of you! Love, Mickey, April, and Colleen

  74. Saturday, May 21, 2005 Fifty years ago today, Mary Jane Platt married Stanley Tuchalski at Saint Stanislaus Church in Steubenville, Ohio. How happy they were to celebrate the achievment of fifty golden years together, and how proud they were of the legacy they left for future generations to follow. Mom and Dad, congratulations on the accomplishments of your life. Thank you for the love and devotion you gave to us, your children. We will share that with your grandchildren and great-grandchildren as we keep your memory and legacy alive. Happy Golden Anniversary! Love, Walt & Rita

  75. All of my thoughts and prayers are with you. Stanley and Mary Jane visited me last fall in Baltimore, and I felt blessed by the time we spent together. Love, peace, Charlotte

  76. Mom: Yesterday marked one month since you left us here on earth. Hard to believe, I still pick up the phone to call you. As I put the phone down, I then make the Sign of the Cross and talk with you via the “prayer connection.” I know you are hearing me. To mark the first month of your absence, I went to Mass at our parish with Rafael, Erin (Schuenzel) and her husband of one year, Mark. It was the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ and I recalled how much you enjoyed taking Communion to the Sick. Keep reminding God to watch over us, just like you did several times a day in your prayers here on earth. Lovingly, Stas

  77. MARY JANE, you know have your husband with your side, i know you both will share in the joy and love along with John, and the rest of the family up in heaven. You 2 were very special to everyone in the family, God rest you both, and your both in our prayers. we love and miss you both, mike, dee, megan and madison

  78. Dear Mom, God be praised! All this past week I keep thinking about how your prayers were answered and wishes fulfilled, as Dad’s cremains were entombed in the crypt with you in the Coronation Mausoleum at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Steubenville. Thank God the Veteran’s now offer military medallions as a crypt marker in place of traditional grave plot markers. This allowed us to have an Army medallion and WWII placed on the crypt under his name. As it was required many times in your marriage, even after death a satisfying compromise was found to meet the desires and wishes of all! I can vividly remember how you originally desired to be in St. Paul’s Cemetery in Weirton, but when Dad had cancer in 1993, you took action and had me take you to Mount Calvary so you could pick a vault crypt “condo” to be with Aunt Stella & Uncle George, Zedo Gogul and eventually Babi and all the others you have know who are laid to rest there. I’ll never forget when you told Dad, who was in the hospital, about what you did. He looked at you and said: “You’ll have to pay for it!” You replied, “I did. I went to the bank and took the money out of an account and it is paid in full.” He just said: “OK.” And the issue of where you two were finally to rest was settled for a time, that is until the Veteran’s Marker became an issue for Dad. As I said, God saw to the solution of that concern and now what remains of your earthly bodies lie side by side with your embroidered handiwork – “Always be with Christ. Christ be with you always.” and the American Flag which Dad was so proud to serve under as a first generation American. Love, Stas`

  79. I did not plan to watch any of the royal wedding proceedings today, but my eyes and ears where drawn to the Westminster Abbey Services as I prepared for work. After all, it is a stunning place I have visited thirty-four years ago, and it seemed so full of life today. This was the most impressive moment of today’s ceremony. “This is the Day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad” has sustained members of our family for years. To hear it put to music like this was so special and rememberable. It was like hearing the angels singing in Heaven. And it reminded me of Mom’s passing six years ago to this date, and Babi gogul’s passing just 18 months ago to this date. Search YouTube for westminster abbey choir 2011 04 29 to find the video Thanks to our Angels in Heaven. Walt Tuchalski Gettysburg. PA

  80. Mom, remembering you even more this very day as we learn that Uncle Alex Sabol has joined you and Dad in God’s Heavenly Kingdom. I’m sure you are all rejoicing at his arrival, even while you pray to for comfort and peace for all those here who loved him.

  81. Happy 80th Birthday Mom! Its bittersweet marking this milestone with you smiling down on us from Heaven this day. Until we meet again, May God Bless Baba Tuchalski and all who love her!

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