Ann Marie ‘Annie’ (Novak) Yartin

Feb. 10, 1929 - Nov. 5, 2019

Ann Marie “Annie” (Novak) Yartin, 90, Gallitzin, died unexpectedly on Tuesday.

She was born in Gallitzin, daughter of John and Cecelia (Ulmanek) Novak. On June 4, 1949, she married Pete A. Yartin at St. Mary Catholic Church, Gallitzin, by Fr. John Chraca. Pete’s death on Oct. 23, 2014, ended a union of 65 years.

Surviving are two daughters: Marilyn (Eugene) Myers of Gallitzin and Jo Anne (Michael) Leap of Collegeville; four grandchildren, to whom she was known as “Gram:” Maria Urbain of Cresson, Eugene (Jennifer) Myers of Cresson, Lisa (Jae) Smith of Gallitzin and Casey Leap of Collegeville; and most importantly, she was GiGi to six: Thomas C. and Samuel Urbain, Maren Myers, Autumn, Noah and Margaret Smith. Also surviving are her brother, Joseph (Sandy) Novak of Manassas, Va.; two sisters-in-law: Fayeann (Ray) Bone of Stafford, Va. and Sophie Yartin of Cresson; a special great-niece and nephew, Abby and Zach Novak; and numerous other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael John; her infant twin sister, Katherine; five brothers and sisters: Paul (Sophie) (Kay), Thomas, John, Cecelia (Sylvester) Krawczyk and Helen (Jack) Kulick; two nephews: David Kulick and Joseph Krawczyk; a niece, Elaine Kulick; her mother and father in-law, Michael and Mary (Smilnak) Yartin; and brother and sister-in-laws: Michael (Sharon), George, John, Thomas, Helen (Joseph) Nazad, Dorothy (Lou) McGuire and Mary (Walter) Lassak; and a grandson in-law, Thomas B. Urbain.

Ann was a 1947 graduate of Gallitzin High School and officially retired from Publix Shirt Factory in 1991, but she never stopped working. Whether she was making soup for a quick Sunday dinner, an annual birthday dinner for the kids, or just trying at a new recipe she happened to come across, you knew it was never a dull moment with GiGi. Her skillet potatoes and macaroni salad were what brought our picnics together. She enjoyed preparing the traditional Christmas Eve “Wigilia.” Though she was fond of saying that “no one ever takes me anywhere,” she still managed to have her Christmas shopping done (and usually wrapped!) by August most years, and she gave the best (sometimes INTERESTING!) presents. The older she got, the more friends she made as she was not shy about just striking up a conversation with whomever happened to be in her radius. She also became famous for her “GiGi-isms,” just zinging people and ending with the remark “I’m 90, I can say what I want!”

She cared deeply about her Catholic faith, with daily Mass and saying several rosaries plus her many novenas, each for a special family member’s intentions. She mourned the loss of St. Mary Church when it was razed a few years ago. She was very diligent in sending cards and donations to her local priests, the Little Sisters of Jesus in Gallitzin and to the Carmelites in Loretto. She had been an avid supporter of Gallitzin Ambulance bingo. Many fundraisers are going to have to recover from the loss of income as she bought something from everyone everywhere we went (even if she had to borrow someone else’s money to do it). She enjoyed trips to the Dollar Store, eating out and going to her great-grandkids’ events.

She was grateful for the rides and meals provided to her by Carolyn Sylvester and the Midway Cafe and for the fellowship of her daily “coffee klatch” at Helen Saylor’s after Mass.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Gibbons Funeral Home, 301 Church St., Gallitzin, where a vigil service will be held Friday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at St. Demetrius Catholic Church, Gallitzin, the Rev. Albert Ledoux, celebrant. Committal will be in Resurrection Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to All Saints Catholic School, 220 Powell Ave., Cresson, PA 16630, or to St. Demetrius Catholic Church, 811 Church St., Gallitzin, PA 16641.

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