The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


April 4, 2011

Mary E. Szelazek

JOHNSTOWN — SZELAZEK – Mary E., 91, Johnstown, died April 3, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Oct. 28, 1919, in Johnstown, daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Kovach) Miterko. Preceded in death by husband, Walter L. Szelazek; brother, Frank Simonof; sisters, Catherine Simonof, Irene, Charlotte, Lillian Zahurak, Anna Miterko and Josephine Sikurinec; and nephew, Phillip Sikurinec. Survived by daughters, Charlotte Bennett, and husband, Dee, Armagh; Barbara Thompson, Sarasota, Fla.; and Denise “Dee-Dee” Szelazek, Johnstown; granddaughters, Janice Tindall, Versailles, Ky.; Beth Foley, and husband, Patrick, Grove City, Ohio; and Dr. Deeann Bennett, Coppell, Texas; grandsons, Gregory Hatch, Salt Lake City, Utah; and Christopher Hatch, Sarasota, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Anthony Migyanka Jr., Mary Sophia Migyanka, Sean Foley and Connor Foley; brothers, John Miterko and Joseph Miterko, both of Johnstown; sister, Dolores Boltz, Johnstown; nieces, Carole Zahurak; and Kathy Jo Yaworski, and husband, Rick; nephew, William Boltz; and cousins, Gertrude Simonof, Jean Simonof and Bernice Vitacco. Member Holy Cross National Catholic Church. Member of ANS Society. She was a devoted church attendee and was famously known for preparing her parents’ ethnic Hungarian foods. She was a 1938 graduate of Johnstown High School. She retired as a nurses aide with 10 years of service at the old Sixth South at Memorial Medical Center, where she found joy in caring for others. Friends received from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Henderson Funeral Home, East Hills, 2503 Bedford St., where ANS prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. followed by vigil service. Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 10  a.m. Friday at Holy Cross National Catholic Church with her cousin, the Rev. Father Paul Zomerfeld, celebrant. Interment Grandview Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at

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