mary witkowski
Mary Witkowski, 90, of Weirton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in the Weirton Geriatric Center. Born April 15, 1919 in Rankin, PA, she was a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Chuhran Stasko. She was also preceded in death by her brother Michael Stasko and sisters, Agnes Nevlis and Rose Harasick. Having lived through the Depression, Mary worked at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, and with 20 years of service retired from the former Erskine Glass Company in Wellsburg, WV. She was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers. Mary is survived by her husband Maurice F. Witkowski of Weirton, whom she married May 4, 1945; daughter Marcia and Stan Wodnicki; son Rick and Deb Witkowski; brother Albert Stasko all of Weirton; a sister, Ann Puhala of Rankin, PA; grandchildren Mark Wodnicki of Weirton, and Shari Cain of Moon Township, PA; three great-grandchildren, Noah Wodnicki, Owen and Alaina Cain. Loved by so many and affectionately called "Queenie" by her fellow residents and caregivers, Mary will be sadly missed but fondly remembered. Friends will be received Thursday from 3-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30AM Friday, at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. Father Dean Borgmeyer will officiate. Entombment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton.

Memories Timeline


  1. Hello Rick I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom. Many Blessings and Prayers for you and your family! Love Always Rick Dickerson

  2. Dear Rick and Deb, Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this time. We hope you are warmed and comforted by many cherished memories of your time together. Lots of Love and God’s Blessings, Derek & Sherri Bayer

  3. Wieczne odpoczynek racz mu dac Pana, aswiatlosc wiekuista niechaj mu swieci. Niech odpoczywa w pokoju. Amen. Eternal rest grant onto her, O Lord and may the Perpetual Light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen. I am sending my sympathy to the family, it was a pleasure to have known your mother. I enjoyed the funny stories your mother shared with me. She brighten up our work days with those silly limericks, jokes, or even when she was dressed as a nun. She’s probably up in Heaven eating all the paczki and beer!

  4. Dear Ricky and Debbie – The loss of a mother is never easy, but the LOVE of a mother is forever! You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. Or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. Your mother died a happy woman – she had you at her side and she saw your dreams come true. God Bless you and your family. We love you always! Sharon, Tony, Christiaan and Paxton

  5. Ricky, Ricky…. How lucky you were to have a wonderful, loving mother and how lucky she was to have the best son in the world! You gained the most precious angel you’ll ever have today… We love you, The Bings

  6. Marcia, Stush, Rick, Deb, Mark & Shari: My heart goes out to you; I always loved your mom. She was one of a kind. Your mom lives on in the lives she touched and in the love that she shared. God Bless! Loss of a Mother Poem Now that I am gone, remember me with smiles and laughter. And if you need to cry, cry with your brother or sister who walks in grief beside you. And when you need me, put your arms around anyone and give to them what you need to give to me. There are so many who need so much. I want to leave you something something much better than words or sounds. Look, for me in the people Ive known or helped in some special way. Let me live in your heart as well as in your mind. You can love me most by letting your love reach out to our loved ones, by embracing them and living in their love. Love does not die, people do. So, when all thats left of me is love, give me away as best you can. Author Unknown

  7. To the Witkowski family Henry & I want to say how sorry we are for your loss. We have known Mary for along time. She was a wonderful lady. We will miss her very much. We have great memories of her. Henry & Norma Wodnicki

  8. Dear Rick and Deb, We won’t say we know how you feel, because even though we all shared the loss of our moms, we each experience the loss in a different way. In our own family the loss is experienced differently… none the less,experienced deeply and personally. Mary had a peaceful passing. Isn’t God good? This passage brought us a lot of peace when mom died. We pray it brings you both the same: “I give you this one thought to keep- I Am with you still-I do not sleep. I Am the Thousand Winds That Blow. I Am the Diamond Glint of Snow. I Am the Sunlight on Ripened Grain, I Am the Gentle Autumn Rain. When you awake in the morning hush, I Am the Sweet Uplifting Rush of Quiet Birds In Circled Flight. I am the Star That Lights the Night. No… do not think of her as gone. She’s with Me now, in each new dawn. Dear Rick I could not take away The love she gave you every day, So do not think of her as gone, I give you her -in each new dawn.” -Rena & Jim

  9. Dear Marcia & Stush, Rick & Deb, We want to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your beautiful mother. She will always be remembered for her warm personality, smile and twinkle in her eye. So cheerful and a great sense of humor. Our hearts go out to you at this sad time. She loved her family and was so proud of you. Love & Friendship, Michael & Marlene Runkel

  10. razor,you are such a great son.i’m so proud to call you my brother from another mother.only the greatest of angels could have a son like you. now our moms will get to meet. i pray that you and your family find peace. bobby hird

  11. I never knew your mom Rick, but knowing the person that you are, I can conclude that she must have been one amazing lady. God’s speed to you and yours. I’m sending you energy..Love Denny

  12. I never knew your mom Rick, but knowing the person that you are, I can conclude that she must have been one amazing lady. God’s speed to you and yours. I’m sending you energy..Love Denny

  13. To: The Witkowski Family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Aunt Mary. I always kidded her about being my favorite aunt, but she truly was. We will miss her very much. Tom

  14. Marcia and Stan, Sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Even though she lived a long time it is still hard to give her up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. sincerely, Jerry Hamill

  15. To Rick, Deb and Family, Please accept my condolences on the passing of your Mom. My prayers today are for all of you. Keep in mind that she is now in Heaven and watching over all of you. Danny P.

  16. Dear Aunt Marcia and Uncle Ricky, We have SO many wonderful memories of your mom – she really was my favorite great aunt – emphasis on the great! She will be greatly missed. Love, Annette & Tim

  17. Dear Rick and Deb, Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Talked to Craig and he said that she was failing. I hope you get a chance to share some memories of her with us. You are both in our thoughts and prayers. With love.

  18. Dear Marcia, Stan and Family, We were very sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare for and experience the next two days with your family members, friends and church community. With our sincere sympathy, Gerry and Dawn Labelle and Family

  19. Rick, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mom. Just know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Roger and Wendy

  20. Wish we could be there, but know that we are thinking of you. Praying for God’s peace and strength. “Sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) Love, Brett, Janet, Keturah, Callie, and Kyle.

  21. Marcia and family – I am very sorry for your loss. May you be comforted in the precious memories you hold of your mom. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Melanie

  22. Dear Marcia and Rick, I was so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I have such fond memories of her as we were growing up on Woodland Estates. She was always one of the “cool” moms. You are in our hearts and in our prays. John & Cathie Hock

  23. Rick and Family, So sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I just wanted you to know that your friends at St. Paul’s are praying for you and for your family at this very difficult time. Vince

  24. Dear Rick, Deb and Family: Please accept my heartfelt prayers and deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss of your mother. My sister, Yvonne, always kept me informed about her during her stay in the Geriatric Center. Sincerely, Stan

  25. Marsha, Stush and family, We are very sorry for your loss. Keep all of the good memories close to your heart and that will help you heal. Love and Prayers, Jeff & Reshel

  26. Marcia and Rick, You have our deepest condolence in your loss. We both have many fond memories of your mom. She was always there with a smile and kind words. We will miss seeing her. Peace, Jim and Linda Pauchnik

  27. Dear Mr. Maurice Witkowski, Marsha,Rick, and family: So sorry to hear about the loss of Mary. I have many good memories of her when we were practicing at your house. And it was good to have seen her again this past year. Be there for one another and remember the good times. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jim & Jackie

  28. Rick, Deb & Family So sorry for your loss and want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Eric & Deb

  29. Dear Rick and Deb, I am so sorry for your loss. You were a wonderful son to your mom, I know you loved her very much, you will miss her. You are in my prayers and thoughts, May God bless you and be with you at this difficult time Diane and Bob Cates

  30. Dear Witkowski Family, I am so sorry to hear of Queenies passing. It was such a pleasure to have met and cared for her at the Geriatric while I was there. She was so full of fun and happiness! I can still hear her singing! May God be with you during this sad time.

  31. Rick, I am so sorry for your loss. May the peace of Christ be with you through this I love you my brother. I miss you and Deb. David

  32. Perry, Rick and Marcia. I want to offer my deepest sympathy for your loss. Mary was a wonderful lady and i have lots of good memories from our music days together. Remember all the good times and may the good Lord be with you all. God Bless

  33. Rick My prayers and sympathy go out to you and your family over the loss of your mother. As you know, it was only a few weeks ago that I, too, lost my mom, and yours and Debbie’s presence at the funeral home meant a lot to me. So now my heart goes out to you as I can unite my sense of loss with yours. I met your mother way back when you and I were in high school and I had the opportunity of being at your house for some “jamming” on the guitar. Unfortunately, I had not gotten to know your mother more over the years, but I do recall it was a very pleasant experience of her making me feel very comfortable and welcomed in her home. May your mother be at peace with the Risen Lord now, and may the Lord console you and your family during this time of grief. Know that you are surrounded by the care of many friends. Rob

  34. Marcia and Stush, She will live in your heart forever….. Our thughts and prayers are with you at this time…… Love, Steve and Mary

  35. In the Word of God at the death of John The Baptist, the desciples took the body, buried it, then went and told Jesus. So in this time of sorrow I admonish you to tell Jesus for He alone understands, and He is a God of all comfort. Be blessed

  36. Marcia, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. My own Mom passed away in February, also, many years ago. May the Good Lord comfort you and your family during this time of loss. With deepest sympathy, Delores King

  37. To Queenie’s Family, What a beautiful and wonderful woman full of fun and love for all. In the years of my service to Mary Witkowski, It has been a gift to me to have been a part of the life and experiences of serving Mary and Her Family. I think of Queenie when I hear Frank Sinatra Sing “YOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG”. Sweet Dreams Queenie! Love, Bruce CNA

  38. ‘Mere’ – as Rick & I sometimes called her (French for Mother) was one of the greatest ladies I ever knew. Funny and happy – and so willing to give to others. She so loved her family and her extended family. She always made me feel as if I were a part of the family too. I am very sad to hear of her passing. I will always remember her fondly. My love and sympathy to the entire Witkowski family.

  39. Dear Marcia & Rick: I was so sorry to here about your mom. In the short time that I knew her I thought she was so nice. When I told my son this morning that Mary had passed away, he said – Mom, Mary & Grandma (Emma) are probably smoking together – he really liked your mom. She was just so much fun. My sincere sympathy, Judy Bowman Sholtis

  40. Witkowskis, Steve and I were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. We weren’t able to make the viewing and feel so badly about that because the Witkowskis are ALWAYS there for us and everyone else. You are all in our prayers. Your mom was great in our eyes if only for the fact that she gave us one of our favorite people in the world, Ricky. Peace and Love, The Hansens

  41. Dear Rick and Deb, I was sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My Mom passed away this past April and I know the feeling of the loss of someone so incredibly wonderful. My thoughts,love and prayers to you and your family. Peace, Pete

  42. Just want to give you my smypathies at the loss of your mom. Rick, you have made my mom smile so many times that I want to thank you for bringing joy into her life at the BE Taylor Christmas Concerts.! God bless and keep you through this time! Margie

  43. Rick and Deb, So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope your loving memories of your Mom are a comfort to you.

  44. Rick and Deb, So very sorry for the passing of your mother and mother-in law. I’m sure she is in heaven listening to all your music Rick, and watching Deb on TV. Peace. Sam Greco

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