Joanne Elizabeth Topoleski, 100, of Glassport, passed away into the Lord's hands on Monday, November 29, 2021 at home. She was born August 24, 1921 in The South Side of Pittsburgh and was the daughter of the late Stanley and Katherine (Steliga) Stasik. She was the wife of her dearly loved husband, the late Edward Joseph Topoleski, Sr. She was a member of Saints Joachim and Anne Parish- Queen of the Rosary Site. She came to Glassport as a young bride and met many wonderful friends and neighbors with whom she shared her life. Her family will remember her legacy for making the holidays memorable, especially on Christmas Eve with "Oplatek" wishes before enjoying traditional polish food and the Easter meal, which always included the Blessed "Baranek" cake shaped like a lamb. Joanne enjoyed a ministry of sending cards to children and the elderly. Likewise her favorite volunteer activities centered around children especially at St. Joseph's School in Port Vue and the Elderly, especially at Kane Regional Hospital in McKeesport.
Joanne is survived by her children; Andrea Topoleski, Robert (Marge) Topoleski, Martha (Carl) Benson and her daughter-in-law, Arlene Topoleski; her beloved grandchildren, Nadine (Jerry) Mundell, Alane (Jeremy) Goldberg, Edward Topoleski, III., Jessica (Matthew) Smith and Toni (Nathaniel) Rusu; Her great-grandchildren who brought joy to her later years, Emma, Rebecca and Henry Smith, Lainey, Ryker and Jacey Rusu and Louisa and Wesley Goldberg. She treasured the visits, phone calls, gifts and notes from her surviving sister, Fran Sokol and brother, Tim Stasik, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her other dearly loved family, her son, Edward Topoleski, Jr., granddaughter, Leslie Topoleski, sisters, Ann Petritis, Helen Edwards, Mary Jesionowski and Blanche Michalski and her brothers, Joseph and Stanley Stasik. Friends are welcome on Friday, December 3, 2021, from 10:00 am - 11:30 am at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Queen of the Rosary Church on December 3, 2021, at 12:00 pm with Rev. Miroslaus A. Wojcicki, officiating. Interment will follow at the Round Hill Cemetery, Elizabeth. The Family wishes to thank her church for spiritual services during her homebound years and also Family Hospice and UPMC McKeesport for health services rendered with compassion. In lieu of flowers, Joanne would be pleased if you would surprise someone with an unexpected card or note. Condolences may be made at GilbertFuneralHomeandCrematory.com
Originally published November 30, 2021.