Merna Fay Smay
98, formerly of St. Michael, left this world January 20, 2020, to meet her Lord and Savior. Born August 4, 1921, in Salix, daughter of George and Catherine Civilla (Knavel) Wingard. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Curtis Doyle Smay, who died January 31, 2001; three-month-old daughter, Rhonda Ardean; brothers, Charles, Clifford, Algie, Guy, and Ivan; and sisters, Marcel, Zelda and Nina. Survived by her three children, Kimmey L., married to Elizabeth A. (Rogers), South Fork; Penny, wife of Robert Myers, Sidman; and Nileleen, wife of Michael Tokarcik, Salix; brother, Nile Wingard, Sidman; six grandchildren, Elizabeth A. Burkhart (Mark), Curtis Smay (Diane,deceased), Alan Myers, Brant Tokarcik, Amber Tokarcik, and Robin Bartlett (Stacy); eleven great-grandchildren, and five great great-grandchildren. Merna was a lifetime member of Maple Grove Church of The Brethren where she taught Sunday school and was president of and cooked numerous meals for the church hall. Merna was very active all her life. She organized a club for 10 to 13-year-old girls, a Womans Club, and many bus trips. Charter member and former president of the St. Michael Ladies Firemans Auxiliary, which she established on August 4, 1971. Merna always took great pride in The St. Michael Fire Hall. Member since 1972 and past president and director of the Cambria County Firemans Ladies Auxiliary. She volunteered at the Miners museum and the 1889 Flood Memorial Club House; where she was also secretary. Worked at Grants store and then Bestform for 28 years, all while selling Raleigh Products and hosting Toy Lady and Dutchmaid Parties in the evenings. Member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and was shop stewardess. She worked on the Election Board in Sidman for 18 years and campaigned for John Haluska, John Murtha, and Mark Singel. She received an Excellence Award in 2015, presented by Tom Chernisky. Wrote the St. Michael News for the Portage Dispatch. Did much cooking, donated time, food and loved writing skits and plays for the church and firehall. Also, in her husband's later years, she helped him with the Fish Nursery. Merna loved her family, friends, and community. She donated countless homemade pies and loaves of bread to many worthy causes. She poured her heart into every task and only begrudgingly sat still when she broke her hips. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her... to which someone joked, "Who doesn't know Merna?" Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Charles O. Dimond Funeral Home, Inc., 621 Maple Street, South Fork. Visitation at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Friday at Maple Grove Church of the Brethren, 130 Palestine Road, Salix; the Reverend Michael Christine presiding. Interment, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Johnstown.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Doreen Torres for the kindness, comfort, and care she gave Merna. As an expression of sympathy please consider memorial donations to Adams Township Volunteer Fire Company #2 or Maple Grove Church of the Brethren.
Published on January 21, 2020

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Heidi Salkeld Ashley
Jan 26, 2020
Aunt Merna will surely live in our hearts forever! She left a lasting impression on me and my friends when she showed up as Miss Piggy for my graduation. She was a hoot! Aunt Merna always had a story, a smile, a hug and lots of love for everyone. She will be missed but she is with her family now telling more stories to all the angels and catching Gram Miller up with what has been going on. Love you Aunt Merna -- Heidi (Roma Dae Miller's daughter)
Heidi Salkeld Ashley
Jan 26, 2020
Aunt Merna will surely live in our hearts forever! She left a lasting impression on me and my friends when she showed up as Miss Piggy for my graduation. She was a hoot! Aunt Merna always had a story, a smile, a hug and lots of love for everyone. She will be missed but she is with her family now telling more stories to all the angels and catching Gram Miller up with what has been going on. Love you Aunt Merna -- Heidi (Roma Dae's daughter)
Susan Caudle
Jan 23, 2020
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Pamela Crum Fish
Jan 23, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you. She was a faithful bingo player
Eileen Joyce Lehman Keilman
Jan 22, 2020
I'll always remember, Merna! She was one great, busy lady! Everyone was her friend & she was an Angel to every club, etc. that she was a member of. She will be sadly missed by all.
My deepest sympathy to all the family.
Sincerely, Joyce
Cindy (Miller) Anderson
Jan 22, 2020
I have such fond memories of my precious aunt. As a child I would cry to go to her house after church. She was an excellent cook and loved playing games. I will miss her zest for life. Prayers 🙏❤️
James Werner
Jan 22, 2020
So sorry for your loss.
rose m herring
Jan 21, 2020
She was a sweet lady always a smile on her face and so so friendly loved seeing her at our county fire ladies meetings
Carol Pauley
Jan 21, 2020
I have so many great memories of your Mom. From when we were growing up in Creslo and she made things fun for us and her great Christmas parties when we were grown. She will be greatly missed by me and a lot of people.. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.
Pat Trio
Jan 21, 2020
I am sorry for your loss Nileleen and Mike . Our prayers are with you.