May 14, 1922 - March 3, 2018
Mary Vetakis, 95, formerly of Altoona, passed away Saturday.
She was born in Wilmore, daughter of the late Guiseppe and Maria (Condello) Romagnino. She married Frank J. Vetakis, and they moved to Altoona to raise a family. He preceded her in death in 1987.
Surviving are three beloved daughters and sons-in-law: Nancy Keene (John Weeks) of Dallas, Texas, Patty (David) Meyers of Sequim, Wash., and Rosemary (Corstiaan) Westerhuis of Glenwood Springs, Colo.; a sister, Rose Siciliano of Johnstown; and three generations of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter; and a sister, Angela VanCavage.
Mary graduated from Portage High School. She worked in fashion retail and was named Queen of Coal in a regional industry promotion. Mary and her husband were active members of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altoona, and helped with building the new church and school.
She was a loyal church bingo volunteer, president of the Ladies Guild and a leader of the Telephone Squad, an outbound calling system to engage volunteers and convey news to parishioners in that early era. She was also an election judge for the Eldorado School polling location.
After her husband’s passing, Mary made new friends through the St. Rose bereavement group, joined multiple card clubs and set out on travel adventures with her sister-in-law, Alyce Beck. She began spending part of the year with her daughters, who were all living in Texas at the time, and she relocated there after her 80th birthday celebration at Park Hills Golf Club, where Frank was a long-time member and officer.
Mary was known for her wit, generosity, sense of style and impeccable housekeeping, and she was beloved by family, neighbors and her many circles of friends.
A private viewing will be held at Serenko-Claar Funeral Home, Portage. A graveside service will be held afterward at St. Bartholomew Cemetery, Wilmore. A memorial service and Mass will celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altoona.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, 2400 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA 16602.