CARY, NC - Mildred Terry Wolak, 92, of Cary, NC (formerly of Newport News, VA) passed away on March 7, 2013 in Woodland Terrace Senior Living Center, surrounded by her daughter and family. She was born in Milledgeville, GA to Homer W. and Georgia F. Terry. She graduated from Newport News High School, worked at NACA (now NASA) where she met her husband, Francis S. Wolak. They were married for 50 years until his passing in 1993. During those years she was a terrific wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. After her husband's retirement from NASA in 1973, they traveled Europe, across the United States, wintered in Florida, summered at Lake Gaston, NC and Newport News. They always went to dances and she even danced down the hallway with her walker at Woodland Terrace. She has been a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News since 1953, when it was dedicated. She was preceded in death by her husband and brother Loy W. Terry. She is survived by her daughter Nina W. McSherry and husband James P McSherry Jr. of Cary, NC; Grandson Brian P McSherry and wife Shannon; great-grandchildren Sydney, Katelyn and Brian Jr. of Raleigh, NC; Grandson Brad T. McSherry and wife Julie of Raleigh, NC (they are expecting a son in May); Her son Francis T. Wolak and wife Betsy of Newport News; Granddaughter Beth F. Pegram and husband Ron; great-granddaughters Brianna and Bethann of Poquoson, VA; Grandson Michael W. Wolak and wife Lisa of Newport News. The family wishes a "Thank You" and gratitude to her loving and dedicated caregivers at Woodland Terrace for their years of care and service, especially at the end. A Funeral mass will begin at 11:00am Monday, March 11, 2013 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport News with visitation one hour before mass at the church. Interment will follow the mass at Peninsula Memorial Park. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials are requested to be sent to Hospice of Wake County; 250 Hospice Circle; Raleigh, NC 27607.
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Published in Daily Press on Mar. 10, 2013