Joan G. Verbka

Joan VerbkaJoan G. Verbka, 69, of 276 Coal Hollow Road, Kersey, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Penn Highlands Elk.

She was born July 24, 1944 in Anita, PA, daughter of the late Matthew and Helen Anderson Gresock.  She was a graduate of Punxsutawney High School, Class of 1962 and had been a lifelong resident of the Kersey area.  She served as the church secretary at St. Boniface Church for 30 years and still worked as a columnist for the local newspapers.

On July 24, 1965 in the St. Joseph’s Church in Anita, she married Rudy Verbka who survives.  She is also survived by two daughters, Lori Micsky and her husband David of Mercer and Jill Nash and her husband Michael of Youngsville, NC; a son, Joseph M. Verbka and his wife Jackie of Cabot, PA; five grandchildren, Ryan Micsky, Christopher Micsky, Kate Verbka, Aidan Nash, and Cooper Nash; a brother, Mark Gresock and his wife Patty of Soldier, PA; and by several nieces and cousins.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Pellegrino; and three brothers, Terry, Jack, and Greg Gresock.

Mrs. Verbka was a member of the St. Boniface Church.  She served as a Fox Twp. Judge of Elections and was a member of the Fox Twp. Lioness Club.  She was an active member of the St. Boniface Rosary Society and served on the funeral luncheon committee at the church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Boniface Church on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. James Faluszczak, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Adrian/Anita Roman Catholic Cemetery in Anita, PA.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 5:00 till 8:00 PM and at the St. Boniface Church Thursday morning from 9:00 AM until Mass time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Boniface Church Rosary Society, 355 Main Street, Kersey, PA  15846 or to the Fox Twp. Lioness Club, Main Street, Kersey, PA  15846.

Mark Myers April 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

Thinking and praying for you and your entire family during this time.

Monica Josupait April 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

Jill & Family,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

Patricia Pasquinelli April 21, 2014 at 6:06 pm

I am so shocked to hear of Joan’s death. She fought for so many years battling cancer. She was an inspiration to all she met. She always had a smile on her face and something funny to say. I have known her for 40 yrs. We had many great times drinking coffee at the Gergs. God Bless you Joannie and I will never forget you.

Charlene Fledderman April 21, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Joanie was a wonderful person – she always had a smile on her face and never forgot you. She will be missed. May all the good memories give you comfort.

Lisa Fitzgerald April 21, 2014 at 8:55 pm

To the Verbka Family,
I have known Joan a long time coming over to Vito’s Hoagie House to pick up pizzas for St. Boniface bingo. There was never a time she didn’t make me laugh. Always willing to help someone and a pleasure to know. She truly will be missed and never will be forgotten. More people should be like Joan. May the Lord Jesus be with you all at this difficult time. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

Paul Rigard April 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. God bless.

Tabatha Peters April 22, 2014 at 8:18 am

Lori & Family,
Our sincere condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
-Craig, Tab, Mark and Kara

Sherry Fritz April 22, 2014 at 9:57 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joan was a wonderful person! She always had a smile and a kind word for everyone! She will be missed greatly by the whole community!

The Fritz family

Larry & Kate Nekuza April 22, 2014 at 10:20 am

Joan Verbka family:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you – please accept our sincere
condolences. She was a great lady!

Larry & Kate Nekuza
Bradenton, Florida

Ron & June Anderson April 22, 2014 at 11:20 am

Prayers and heartfelt sympathy to all. Joan was my neighbor for many years until I moved away… She will be missed by many.. God’s Blessings to all, and may He grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

Mary Ann Abplanalp April 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

My heart is breaking for your family. May GOD, bless and keep you in His embrace.
I remember Joan from Sunday night bingo. She was so kind to me and my momma.
Your family is in my thoughts an prayers.

Mary Ann Abplanalp, Pflugerville, Texas (originally from Ridgway)

Brian and Michele Nespor April 22, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Lori and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Brian, Michele, Danielle and Cody Nespor

Larry and Kate Nekuza April 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Dear Rudy and Family, so very sorry to hear about Joanie, she was a special lady.
Sincere condolences,
Larry and Kate Nekuza
Bradenton, Florida

Jen Cauley April 23, 2014 at 7:59 am

Jill – sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jen Cauley
Hudson, MA

Ron and Maryanne Peterson April 23, 2014 at 9:01 am

Enjoyed visiting with Joan at the fish fries with Father Barwin…she was a great gal and a hard worker, she will be missed.

Sandra and Bill Gretsinger April 23, 2014 at 10:23 am

With all my deepest sympathy to the family of Joan. I haven’t seen her in years but we were good buddies (cousins) growing up. I just got in touch with her this past year. She will be greatly missed. I’ll miss seeing all her blurbs on Facebook. Love you Joanie, Sandy

Russ and Lucy Micsky April 23, 2014 at 11:38 am

Lori and Dave,

Our deepest sympathies are with you and the Verbka family. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Theresa Gagliardi Fogleman April 23, 2014 at 1:13 pm

To the Verbka family,
So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. May she RIP. I will keep ya’ll in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless each and everyone of you.

Tim Wittman April 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Joey, Rudy, Jill and Lori, God Bless you and your families and sorry for your loss. I have many great memories spending time at your home as a kid; Joanie’s colorful personality is a part of my greatest memories there.

Gaffey Family April 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm

We are sorry to learn of your wife’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Tom and Shirlee Gaffey

Sr. Laura Valimont April 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Dear Rudy and family,
I was so shocked to hear of Joannie’s death from Sr. Helen, OSB. Joannie was an inspiration to all she met and always had a cheery word to say. She was a wonderful person, always willing to help someone. May the Lord be with you at this most difficult time. You are in my prayers.

Donna, Bob and Kayla Holjencins April 24, 2014 at 8:11 am

Joan will be missed; she was a very kind, hard working person.
You have our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you all.
God Bless you all.

Mike and JoAnn Kuruc April 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

So very sorry to hear about your mother. Please know that she, as well as the rest of your family are in our prayers. May God bless all of you and keep you in His comfort and care.
Mike and JoAnn

Joan Donovan Mosier April 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

It was a shock to learn of Joan’s death. Willing and ready to help, no matter what… So thoughtful. Could depend on her.
As the saying goes, she made the world a better place, for sure…..
My deepest sympathy to you all.
Most sincerely, Joan D. M.

Martin Bright April 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Lori and family,
Sorry to hear news of your mom’s passing. I pray that you all will take comfort in cherished memories of your mom.
Martin and family

Courier Express newsroom April 24, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Joan was a faithful and reliable correspondent for the Courier-Express for nearly 30 years. She – and her contributions – will be missed. Our condolences to all who knew and loved her.

Craig Haller April 30, 2014 at 7:02 am

The Verbka family,
I am very sad to hear about this. Joan was the type of person that keeps a community together and makes it a better place to live. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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