Victoria E Fanok, age 97, died on May 7, 2018, at her home in Star City, attended by her daughter Gloria. She was born in Morgantown to Regina and Martin Blonairz on January 9, 1921.
She married Paul Fanok (predeceased Feb 17, 1978) in S.C., just prior to him being shipped overseas for two years. Upon his safe return, they became the beloved parents of Paula, Elizabeth (Libby), Gloria (Googie) and James (Jim); immortalized on the car license plate as PEG & J. Their family grew to include; sons-in-law, Dan Martinelli, Doug Bullock, Barry Howard and daughter-in-law, Debbie Galbus Fanok. Which then happily grew to include grandsons, Daniel (Katy), Michael (LeAnne), Nicholas (Carrie) Martinelli, and Stephen (Bobbie) Fanok and granddaughters, Kimberly Fanok Bliss (Corry) and Lucy Howard. Her legacy carries on with her great-granddaughters, Sophia, Isabella and Addison and great-grandsons, Aiden, Marcello, Luca, Albert, Micah and Tasker.
Deep sadness touched her family again when she lost Paula (October 11, 2003) and granddaughter Julia Howard (January 22, 2001) She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Victor, Stanley and Anton Blonairz.
She graduated from Morgantown High School in 1939 and enjoyed attending many class reunions. She had a great, long life full of many hobbies and volunteered at the Mon Health Medical Center. She loved to sing and hummed when not singing. She loved dogs and was rarely without one.
Vicki started working during the war in the office of Pursglove Coal Company and while raising children worked in the office at Davis Lynch Glass Company for 23 years. She was very active in St. Mary’s Church as a member of the Funeral Choir and was past regent of the Catholic Daughters. She had many great and dear friends “on the hill” as the area in Star City where she lived her entire life is called, in her workplace, especially her dear friend Eneide and from her association with the Church.
The family is grateful to her truly great caregivers who are like family to us now. It allowed our mother to live and die in her home as she wished.
Visitation will be at the Dering-Henson Funeral Home, from 4-8 p.m., on Monday, May 14. The Funeral Mass will be at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Peace Hall, at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, May 15, with Fr. John V. DiBacco as celebrant. Burial will follow in the East Oak Grove Cemetery.
Donations are suggested, in her name, to St. Ursula Food Pantry & Outreach.