Anne Frances (Szczur) Motak
Age 92, formerly of Johnstown, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Born in Johnstown on July 19, 1920, the daughter of Bartolmej and Julia (Wisz) Szczur, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Motak; her sisters, Sophia Szczur and Helen (Szczur) Skow, and her brothers, Albert Szczur and Joseph Szczur. Beloved Mother of David Motak and John Samuels; also survived by several nieces and nephews, including Marie Stigler (William) and Richard Skow (Judy), both of Staten Island, NY, and Robert Skow (Pamela) of Catonah, NY, as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews. Anne was a lifelong, loyal, and dedicated member of St. Casimir's Catholic Church in the Cambria City section of Johnstown, PA until the forced closing of the parish by the Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese in 2009. She moved then to Pittsburgh to reside at St. Ambrose Tower, Spring Hill and attend St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in the Strip District. She was a long-time member of the Polish National Alliance and was involved in many Polish ethnic and religious activities. Anne was strong in her Catholic faith and proud of her Polish heritage. A celebration of the importance that these were to her will be held at Beinhauer Funeral Home, 2828 Washington Road, McMurray (724-941-3211) on Thursday, May 2 from 10 AM to noon, at which time a Catholic Blessing Service by Rev. Joseph Swierczynski, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and a harp tribute by family friend William Van Patten will be held. Anne's family will escort her to Johnstown for internment at St. Casimir's Cemetery on Friday, May 3, at 12:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Anne's name to the Friends of the Steeples Project, Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, 116 Market Street, Suite 4, Johnstown, PA 15901 or online at http://www.steeplesproject.org/contribute.shtml. The Steeples Project is dedicated to preserving Cambria City's vacated historic religious structures to serve as a cultural resource for future generations. Please add and view tributes at www.beinhauer.com.