Margaret Elizabeth Kostyal Wawrejko, 93, of Spring Creek went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 24, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born in Buffington, Pa, on October 13, 1924, the seventh of eight children and last surviving child of Stephen and Pauline Jasura Kostyal. Her parents emigrated from Slovakia and Croatia in 191112. She grew up on the family farm and remained a lifelong resident of Warren County.
She is survived by her children: David (Molly Campbell) Wawrejko of Warren, Dolores (Rev. Dale) Timco of Tidioute, Dr. Diane (Mick) Wawrejko Cochran of Wheaton, Il, Denise (Dr. Stephen) Johnson of Fryburg, Danette (Robbin) Weaver of Pittsfield and Darlene Wawrejko. She delighted in her grandchildren: Lauren Timco, Jonathan (Ashley) Timco, Ashlea Johnson, Michael Johnson and Nathaniel and Nicholas Weaver; and two great-grandchildren, Christina Baszewski and Harrison Timco.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Frank, whom she cared for at home during his illness. They were married on her birthday in 1951. She also was preceded in death by her parents; and by her siblings Mildred Danuski Gadsby, infant Stephen in Croatia, John, Mary, Stephen, Anthony and Pauline Kostyal.
She was a woman of great faith who knew Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She embraced the free gift of eternal life according to Ephesians 2:89 “For by grace you are saved through faith and that not of ourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.” She prayed daily for family and loved ones, and was well-known for her warm and generous spirit. She instilled in her family the Slovak traditions of Christmas and Easter which they continue. Her Christmas recollections were published in the Christmas Memories section of the Times Observer.
She enjoyed raising geese, playing pinochle, canning and gardening, baking Slovak pastries and spending time with family and grandchildren. She played the violin and was a soloist in the church choir, was salutatorian of her 8th-grade class in Pittsfield, graduated from Youngsville High School in 1942 and attended Mercyhurst College. She was a Gray Lady during WWII through Corry Hospital and worked as an executive secretary and bookkeeper at Aero Supply in Corry. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wrightsville Volunteer Fire Department, served on the election polls in Freehold Township for many decades and hosted many 4 H meetings in her home. She was a wonderful homemaker.
Relatives and friends will be received at the Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Sunday, August 26 from 2 until 5 pm. Funeral and interment are private.
To sign the guestbook or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.