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MARGARET HOLDCROFT BIRSIC

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MARGARET HOLDCROFT BIRSIC Obituary
BIRSIC MARGARET HOLDCROFT
Passed peacefully, surrounded by her family, on May 23, 2014, at the age of 85. Mrs. Birsic was a long time resident of McCandless Twp. She is the mother of James (Lori Klingman) Birsic, Thomas (Patter) Birsic, Mary Ann Birsic-Beirne, William (Kathleen) Birsic, Daniel (Denise) Birsic, Edward (Susan Boruch) Birsic, Betty Marie (James) Schneider, and Matthew "Fabian" (Ree) Mihelic; sister of James, Paul, Daniel Holdcroft, Mary Lou Roos and Pat Fitzpatrick. Also survived by 26 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Birsic was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ivan Birsic; her daughter, Joan Birsic (William Dawson); and her granddaughter, Sarah Birsic. "Mag" will always be remembered for her lively spirit and her subtle wit. Growing up in Bellevue, with seven colorful and loving siblings, she lived and learned the values of faith and family. After her marriage to Ivan Birsic, whom she loved and adored, she went on to raise and nurture nine young souls in a challenging and changing time in America. Despite the challenges, and the strong will of those charges, her spirit, humor, and fortitude, always held the day. Her love of her husband was boundless, her command of her house was remarkable, and her skill and compassion as a nurse was legendary. But most of all, her easy-going spirit and ability to connect and converse with anyone, was her most endearing quality. It is hard to remember her without feeling a chuckle in your heart and a smile on your face. She truly embodied the spirit of her Irish heritage, and she will be sorely missed by many. Friends will be received Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from 2-9 p.m. at SPERLING FUNERAL HOME, 700 Blazier Drive, Wexford. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Alexis Catholic Church, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in honor of Margaret or Joan to Western PA Chapter of the National Pancreas Foundation, P.O. Box 935, Wexford, PA 15090. www.pancreasfoundation.org. Memories may be left at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from May 25 to May 27, 2014
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