The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 30, 2013

Anne Frances (Szczur) Motak


The Tribune-Democrat

PITTSBURGH — MOTAK – Anne Frances (Szczur), 92, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. Born July 19, 1920, in Johnstown, daughter of Bartolmej and Julia (Wisz) Szczur. Preceded in death by husband, Joseph Motak; sisters, Sophia Szczur and Helen (Szczur) Skow; and brothers, Albert Szczur and Joseph Szczur. Beloved mother of David Motak and John Samuels. Survived by several nieces and nephews, including Marie Stigler (William) and Richard Skow (Judy), both of Staten Island, N.Y.; and Robert Skow (Pamela), Catonah, N.Y.; and many grandnieces and -nephews. Anne was a lifelong, loyal and dedicated member of St. Casimir’s Catholic Church in the Cambria City section of Johnstown until the forced closing of the parish by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese in 2009. After which time, she moved to Pittsburgh to reside at St. Ambrose Tower, Spring Hill, and attended St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in the Strip District. She was a longtime member of Polish National Alliance, and was involved in many Polish ethnic and religious activities. Anne was strong in her Catholic faith and proud of her Polish heritage. A celebration of the importance that these were to her will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 2, at Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray (724-941-3211), followed by a Catholic blessing service at noon by the Rev. Joseph Swierczynski, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and a harp tribute by family friend William Van Patten. Anne's family will escort her back to Johnstown for interment at St. Casimir’s Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 3. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Anne’s name to The Friends of the Steeples Project, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 116 Market St., Suite 4, Johnstown, Pa. 15901, or online at http://www.steeplesproject.org/contribute.shtml. The Steeples Project is dedicated to preserving Cambria City’s vacated historic religious structures to serve as a cultural resource for future generations.


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