WARREN - Mary J. Holko, 93, of Warren, passed away Tuesday morning, Aug. 5, 2014, at Community Skilled Health Care in Warren.
She was born Sept. 18, 1920, in Arnold City, Pa., the daughter of the late George and Veronica Kosiba Duda. The family moved to Warren in 1925.
Mary was a January 1939 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. In May of the same year, she went to work at Trumbull Lamp Division of GE.
She married her husband, Peter, on July 19, 1941. When he was drafted into the Army in 1941 and stationed at Lawry Field in Denver, Mary went to work at the base post exchange until December 1942. Peter was then stationed overseas in January 1943, and Mary returned to Warren and worked at Packard Electric until Peter was discharged in July of that year.
She was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker when her sons were young. Mary returned to work in 1963, and she worked for 19 years in the food service department at Warren City Schools, retiring as manager in July 1982.
Mary was a dedicated wife and mother. She loved having her family with her, especially during the holidays, when she took great delight in preparing a lot of food. She also enjoyed knitting, reading and traveling.
She was also a fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns.
Mary and Peter were members of St. Pius X Church in Warren (Blessed John Paul II Parish), where she was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the 50 Plus Club.
Mary is survived by two sons, William (Diane) Holko of Wadsworth and Mark (Cynthia) Holko of Pickerington; three grandsons, Justin (Kandice) Holko, Jonathon (Jacalyn) Holko and Jeffrey (Maria) Holko; one granddaughter, Allison; five great-grandsons, Travis, Ian, Austin, Joseph and Jackson; a great-granddaughter, Kiersten; and two sisters, Jane Brasko of Newton Falls and Blanche Kowalczyk of Warren.
Besides her parents and husband, Peter Holko; Mary was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Mitchell Duda.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Blessed John Paul II Parish (St. Joseph Church site), 420 North St. N.W. in Warren, where the family will receive friends for one hour prior to the Mass.
Burial will be in All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blessed John Paul II Parish.
Online condolences may be made to the family and the obituary viewed at www.robertsclarkchapel.com.