theresa nogay
Theresa Nogay, 87, passed away on May 6, 2013 at her daughter Geralyn's home in Charlotte, North Carolina surrounded her children after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Nogay in 1980. Theresa was born May 5, 1926, and raised in Weirton, the daughter of Walter and Frances Gromek, both of whom emigrated from Poland. She attended Sacred Heart of Mary grade school, Weir High School and West Liberty State College. Theresa was the mother of eight children, one of whom, Mary Evelyn Nogay, predeceased her in 1960. Surviving Theresa are seven children, twenty grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her surviving children include Nancy (Michael) Pevets of Oak Harbor, Ohio; Deborah (Byron ) Campbell of Huntersville, NC; Cindy (Steve) Carey of Charlotte, NC; Beth (George) Carenbauer of Charleston, WV; Michael (Robin) Nogay of Weirton; Joseph (Cathy) Nogay of Weirton and Geralyn (Scott) Brumley of Charlotte, NC. Theresa is also survived by her sisters, Irene Crago and Bernice Zulkoski, both of Weirton. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Joseph Gromek, Stephen Gromek, Raymond Gromek and Stanley Gromek, and by her sisters, Ann Gromek, Gladys Klakos Zamojski, and Sophie Lengyel. Theresa taught Catholic catechism classes for over 25 years in the CCD programs at Sacred Heart of Mary and St. Paul's Churches in Weirton. She was a contributing writer to St. Gerard magazine and loved tending to her gardens and cooking for her children and grandchildren at her home on Lane Street in Weirton, where she and her husband Edward raised their family. Theresa was a long-time volunteer at the Franciscan University of Steubenville prior to her illness and was a Secular Franciscan. She was happiest with her grandchildren and took great pride in reading to them and nurturing them in her soft-spoken manner. Throughout her life she emphasized to her children the importance of a good education and staying close to God. There will be no funeral visitation. A burial mass will be held at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Weirton on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 9:00am with interment at St. Paul's Cemetery, Weirton. Theresa's children suggest that any memorial donations be made to either Hospice and Palliative Care of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith Street, Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036 or to Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 200 Preston Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062.

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  1. Gerri, So sorry to hear about your mom. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Paula

  2. Theresa was a lady of class. Not only was she very, very proud of her children, grandchildren and family, she was also very proud of her own accomplishments. And rightly so! She lived such a full, vibrant life and taught me (along with Bea Figlioli) all the Polish I know. God Bless her – I have very fond memories of her! My sincere condolences to your family <3

  3. My prayers are with all of you children. I can remember how kind your Mom & Dad were to the kids from the Cove (Mound St.) The perfect example of a Chrisitan family. The Nogay family will miss Theresa but she is renuited with Ed now. We will miss her also and send our prayers for her and the family. Theresa was a girl scout leader while living on Mound St. everybody always looked up to her for her unselfness love for all children

  4. my condolences to the family. i will be thinking of you tonight and hope everybody has a safe trip to Weirton. God bless, tom.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of both of your parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  6. On behalf of the DeFebbo family, please accept my condolence and fond memories of your mother. I can still remember with a quizzical grin Theresa and my mom, Dora,”praying together on the telephone”. Theresa was a great role model to all of us that grew up as part of the Sacred Heart family.

  7. To Our Beloved Nogays, Much love goes out to you today and always. Your mom, mother-in-law and grandmother can only look down upon you all with the utmost pride. We are here for you, as always.

  8. Aunt Theresa was an integral part of the Nogay family and I will always remember fondly our trips to visit family in Weirton when I was younger. Her two main areas of focus were always her family and her faith. There were very few times at Sacred Heart Parish when we would go to Mass and Aunt Theresa was not there. She will be missed, but she lives on in her wonderful children, their spouses and her grandchildren. Love, Elaine Nogay Walker

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with the Nogay family. Mrs. Nogay, and the Nogay family, helped build the character of the Weirton Community. We need more like her.

  10. Mike,Joe, and family I want to express my heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother.She was a special lady.Nick Petrovich Jr

  11. We remember Aunt Theresa fondly–loving all the Nogay get-togethers filled with laughter and fun. We will miss her. I am sure she is with the Lord and the rest of her family catching up and laughing once again. We are so sorry for your loss and will remember you and her in our thoughts and prayers. Love You! Justine

  12. Having fond memories of Aunt Theresa – especially the amount of food on the dinner table at that house! and the love in the family…she was such a proud mother and grandparent. My condolences to the family.

  13. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Bill and Paulette Galiotos

  14. Deepest sympathies to the family, especially my WHS ’81 classmate Gerri and fellow W&L University alumnus Mike.

  15. Nogay Family~ So sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. I just learned of her passing today when going through the Herald-Star obituaries. As she has passed into her new home in heaven above, I know she looks down with pride and comfort on the great family she and your Dad raised, a legacy that will continue. Bless you all and our deepest heartfelt sympathy. ~Natalie & John Saxon

  16. Saddened to learn of your mother’s recent call home to God, but smiling because of all the memories our families shared growing up and participating in Sacred Heart of Mary Church. May God bless Theresa Nogay and all who love her! Walt & Rita Tuchalski Gettysbug, PA

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