Catherine  Mehalic
(Smith), 81, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2019, at Great Falls Assisted Living in Northern
Virginia, surrounded by her loving family and caregivers. She was
born to Stanley and Catherine (Parks) Smith on March 12, 1938,
in Windber. She married the love of her life, John "Sharkey"
Mehalic, who preceded her in death in 1984. They moved to
Virginia in their first year of marriage where they raised their two
children, John and Cathy. John is married to Lisa and they have
four children, Ryan, Mason, Austin, Logan; two daughters-in-law,
Erin and Ellen; and a grandson Aiden. Daughter Cathy is married
to Donald Ward and they adopted Catherine's dog, Bows. All of
them lived nearby in Potomac Falls, Virginia. She is survived by
her siblings Johnny Smith, Carol Findish, and Wally Smith.
Catherine was a dedicated and loving mother and
grandmother. She was very creative, and enjoyed sewing and
gardening. She maintained an immaculate, beautiful, and
welcoming home. She loved to cook, with her specialties being
spaghetti and meatballs, and halupkis. She always made
everyone a uniquely decorated cake on their birthday. She
adored birds and dogs and surrounded herself with them
throughout her life. You would always see her with a cup of coffee
in one hand and a crossword puzzle in her other. Most of all, she
loved her family and instilled in her children strong values that
have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in
our hearts. Friends received from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on
Saturday, September 7, at the William Kisiel Funeral Home,
Windber followed by a graveside committal at 2 p.m. at St. Mary
Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Windber. In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association
(https://www.alz.org/) in Catherine's
Published on August 31, 2019

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