NOGAY, Theresa, 87, passed away on May 6, 2013, at her daughter Geralyn's home in Charlotte, North Carolina surrounded her children after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Theresa was born May 5, 1926, and raised in Weirton, the daughter of Walter and Frances Gromek, both of whom emigrated from Poland.
She attended Sacred Heart of Mary Grade School, Weir High School and West Liberty State College.
Theresa was the mother of eight children, one of whom, Mary Evelyn Nogay, predeceased her in 1960.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Nogay in 1980.
Surviving Theresa are seven children, 20 grand children and two great- grandchildren. Her surviving children include Nancy (Michael) Pevets of Oak Harbor, Ohio; Deborah (Byron) Campbell of Huntersville, NC; Cindy (Steve) Carey of Charlotte, NC; Beth (George) Carenbauer of Charleston, WV; Michael (Robin) Nogay of Weirton; Joseph (Cathy) Nogay of Weirton and Geralyn (Scott) Brumley of Charlotte, NC. Theresa is also survived by her sisters, Irene Crago and Bernice Zulkoski, both of Weirton. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Joseph Gromek, Stephen Gromek, Raymond Gromek and Stanley Gromek, and by her sisters, Ann Gromek, Gladys Klakos Zamojski, and Sophie Lengyel.
Theresa taught Catholic catechism classes for over 25 years in the CCD programs at Sacred Heart of Mary and St. Paul's Churches in Weirton. She was a contributing writer to St. Gerard magazine and loved tending to her gardens and cooking for her children and grandchildren at her home on Lane Street in Weirton, where she and her husband Edward raised their family.
Theresa was a long-time volunteer at the Franciscan University of Steubenville prior to her illness and was a Secular Franciscan. She was happiest with her grandchildren and took great pride in reading to them and nurturing them in her soft-spoken manner. Throughout her life she emphasized to her children the importance of a good education and staying close to God.
There will be no funeral visitation. Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home in Weirton is handling all arrangements. A burial mass will be held at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Weirton on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 9 a.m. with interment at St. Paul's Cemetery, Weirton. Theresa's children suggest that any memorial donations be made to either Hospice and Palliative Care of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith Street, Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036 or to Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 200 Preston Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062.
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