Dorothy Lousie Simko, 90, of Harding, went peacefully to be with the Lord on March 8, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Pittsburgh, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Bertha Moxley Gawlik.
Dorothy lived a full and blessed life with her late husband Stephen P. Simko. Together, they celebrated 66 years of marriage while raising eight children.
Dorothy was a graduate of West Wyoming High School, where she loved and excelled in basketball and softball. She insisted on hunting and always having a garden for fresh food and canning.
Her love of the Lord and family led her on many paths to inspire others where she taught and cooked, at the Full Gospel Academy, Pittston, and also started the organization " Mission Impossible" to help others who were less fortunate.
She was a lifelong Christian who touched the lives of everyone she met with her strong faith and belief in the Lord. To this day, she is known as "Mom" to the countless number of friends and strangers she extended her helping hand to.
Preceding her in death, in addition to husband, Stephen P. Simko, on March 3, 2010, were a son, Daniel, and a sister, Helen Conrad.
Surviving are her children, Geraldine and her husband, Wallace Talley, of Newark, Del., Stephen V., of Harding, James and his wife, Michele, of Pittston, George and his wife, Diane, of Pittston, Thomas and Joseph Simko, Harding and Theresa Bishop, Harding; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, Victor Kupcek, Rockport, Ind.; sisters, Marion Belvins, New Market, Md., and Barbara Palmer, Middletown, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 13, at 11 a.m. from the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter. The Rev. Jerry L. Lewis, pastor of the Apostolic Lighthouse Church, will officiate.
Interment will be in St. John the Slovak Cemetery, Schooley Street, Exeter.
Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and also on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services.
To send the family an expression of sympathy or an online condolence, please visit www.gubbiottifh.com.
Gubbiotti Funeral Home
1030 Wyoming Ave. Exeter, PA 18643
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 10, 2013