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“Together Again”

VIENNA – A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Vienna on Saturday, May 7, 2011, beginning at 10 a.m. for Frances (Kozel) Pilarcik, 78, who passed away on Tuesday evening, May 3, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Health Center in Warren.

Mrs. Pilarcik was born on Oct. 13, 1932, a daughter John and Helen (Bednar) Kozel in Fayette City, Pa. 

She graduated from Marion High School in 1950, and moved to Warren in 1951. Later she and her husband, Paul E. Pilarcik, whom she married on Sept. 5, 1953, moved to Andover and in 1958, they returned to the area building a home in Vienna, where she continued to live. 

Fran worked in the office of Wean Engineering, was a reporter for the Warren Tribune Chronicle, and had been the Vienna Township Zoning Board Secretary. She had also worked as the principal of Religious Education at St. Vincent De Paul Church for more than 20 years before her retirement in 1989. Presently, she was the church’s Sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and a member of the Women’s Guild.

In 1986, she helped organize a Trivia Club, which continues to be active and whose members are among her closest dearest friends. She was very active in many school and community organizations, including the Vienna Citizen’s Committee, where she served as secretary, and had been the Treasurer of the Vienna Memorial Committee.

Her hobbies and active pursuits included oil painting, flower gardening, arranging crafts, traveling as well as reading.

She is survived by her daughters, Kate Pilarcik of Bristol, Conn. and Lorri (Ken) Latiolais of Spokane, Wash.; her sons, David (Megan) Pilarcik of Yucaipa, Calif., James (Debbie) Pilarcik of Hudson and Jeff Pilarcik of Columbus. She was blessed and adored her grandchildren, Jesse, Heather, Julie, Josh, Meaghan, Andrew, Sydney, Autumn and Hope; three great-grandchildren, Nicolas, Evan and Olivia; her brother, John Kozel of Andover; and sister, Florence Kozel Pilarcik of Clarkston, Mich. 

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Paul, who passed away on Sept. 21, 2010.

The family will receive friends on Friday, May 6, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Madasz Funeral Chapel in Brookfield. 

Closing prayers will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday prior to the Mass.

Burial will be with her husband at Vienna Township Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, the family requests that any contributions be made to St. Jude’s. 

Family and friends may visit to send condolences.

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Kate's friend.

“I knew you Franny through your beautiful daughter Kate. Rest in peace.”

 » Jeanette Cheezum on May 9, 2011

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