Mary Polewac, 85, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away on May 22, 2008. Mary was born on October 24, 1922, in Langeloth, PA, the daughter of the late, Eli and Mildred Tepsic Yazevac. She was also preceded in death by her son, Ronald Polewac in October of 2005; her four brothers, Mike, George, Alex, and Samuel; her three sisters, Helen Vujaklya, Anne Polewac, and Katie Morris Mary moved to Weirton, WV after World War II, with her husband. She was very proud of her local community involvement, and the fact that she contributed to the World War II effort as a "Rosie the Riveter" at Grumman's Airplane Factory in New York. She enjoyed cooking, antiquing, and spending time with her family. All who had the pleasure of knowing Mary will surely miss her. She is survived by her husband, Joseph Polewac, with whom she recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary; her daughter, Dr. Brenda Polewac and her husband, Dr. Norman Arons; her daughter in law Dawn Polewac; her granddaughters, Samantha and Natasha; her sisters, Mildred and Shep Levine, Evie Bertovich, Jane Yazevac, Sally Wilson; her sisters in law, Anna and Ruth Yazevac; and her many wonderful nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 1-3 and 6-8 PM Saturday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV, where funeral services will be held 11 AM Sunday. Her nephew Capt. Jason Swain will preside. Interment will follow at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton, WV Mary's family wishes to thank the second floor staff at the Weirton Geriatric Center for all their care and support at ths difficult time. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Hospice 10686 State Route 150 Rayland OH 43943 or to the Weirton Salvation Army PO Box 2499, Weirton, WV 26062 Share tributes and memories at

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  1. My Aunt Mary was so special to all of her family and friends. She was a my second mom. I have many, many wonderful memories of my time spent with her for as long back as I can remember. Everytime I pick up a dust rag I think of my Aunt Mary teaching me to dust the proper way and to make a bed, folding those sheets just so. Anyone who knew Aunt Mary will always remember her. She will live in my heart forever with much love.

  2. I didn’t know Aunt Mary that well, but I do have a few memories of her. I enjoyed her personality and how fun she was. I’m sorry to hear that she passed. I hope the family is doing well and I’ll keep them in my prayers.

  3. My Aunt Mary was a beautiful woman. She was great mother to my (late) cousin Ronnie and cousin Brenda. Ron was one of the oldest if not the oldest cousin on my mother’s side of the family and Brenda was one of the youngest if not the youngest cousins on my mother’s side of the family. Aunt Mary was also a great wife to my mother’s younger brother Uncle Joe. The families used to get together often to spend a Friday and/or Saturday together. Christmas Eve was often spent at my parent’s home and Christmas Day was often spent at Aunt Mary’s. The various family 8-mm home movies were often show to the delight of all. The flow of great humor, baked goods, vodka, blended whisky and beer was a given during those parties. I can remember Aunt Mary’s dog Buckie who seemed to live forever. He always got locked up in the basement whenever we visited Aunt Mary’s. He was none too happy about that arrangement and would like to sink his teeth into little hands to show his displeasure. Aunt Mary/Uncle Joe were the first couple I knew to get a color TV. Big stuff back in the early 1960’s. They could always be counted on to have a massive live beautiful Christmas tree that seemed the same diameter from floor to ceiling. I was related to Aunt Mary two ways. First she was my Aunt because he husband Uncle Joe was my Mother’s Younger brother. I was also related to Aunt Mary as her brother Alex Yazevac married my Dad John Marinacci’s youngest sister Anna. Aunt Mary will be missed. We can rejoice knowing she had a full life, bore and raised two great children and two great granddaughters.

  4. Joe, I know God will hold you in His hands in this time of loss – our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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