Ms. Nancy J. Fedor, 71, a resident of the Hudson section of Plains Township, passed into Eternal Life unexpectedly Saturday morning in the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, following a recent illness. Born January 24, 1950 in Wilkes-Barre, Nancy was the only daughter to the late Leo D. and Jean (Kopacz) Fedor Sr. Educated in Plains schools, Nancy was a member of the 1967 Graduating Class of the former Plains Memorial High School. Nancy later furthered her education by attending the Bradford Beauty Academy. Nancy loved cutting hair, and up until two weeks ago continued giving haircuts to family, friends, nursing home patients (Pre-Covid), and her favorite client; her brother, Leo, “Butchie.”
Until her retirement, Nancy had been employed for decades by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as the Mailroom Supervisor at the State Correctional Institution Dallas. While at SCI Dallas, Nancy was actively engaged in implementing employee fundraisers and events such as the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. After her retirement, Nancy spent several years as both a library and kindergarten aide in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, at both the Leo E. Solomon Plains Memorial Complex and Daniel J. Flood Elementary School, where she brought so much love and joy to children and staff.
Having been a lifelong member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Slovak Roman Catholic Church until its heartbreaking closure and subsequent merger with the Parish of Saint Andre Bessette, Wilkes-Barre; Nancy practiced her faith daily. Her relationship with the Blessed Mother was devout and her daily rosary recital brought her hope, peace, and strength.
Nancy was an active member in many civic and fraternal organizations. She was a member and Treasurer of the Sacred Heart Slovak School PTA. She proudly ran the skating parties at Roller King, worked the stands at the basketball games, and organized fundraisers. Nancy was a member of the Alter & Rosary Society, the Sacred Heart Bowling League, was a collector at mass, and spent more than 20 years assisting with the parish bazaar.
Proud of her Slovak heritage, Nancy held membership and the role of Treasurer in the Slovak Catholic Sokols, Reverend Joseph Murgas Group 7. She organized activities such as the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, where she served as the Easter Bunny, Annual Christmas Party, where she served as Mrs. Claus, Bowling and Golf Tournaments, Sokol Day, International Bowling and Softball Tournaments, Eastern District Volleyball and Basketball Tournaments, organized fundraising events, took an active role in the Parent Club, organized raffle sales, prepared meals for Annual meetings, acted as a Delegate for International Conventions, worked with headquarters and other group officers, and was a key participant in the Flag Raising Ceremony at the Courthouse. Nancy was a member and Treasurer of Assembly 59.
An active member of the North End Slovak Citizens Club, Nancy served as Vice-President of the Ladies Auxiliary. She was instrumental in refurbishing and installing the large bronze World War I marker on the front of the club, originally affixed to Sacred Heart Church, as a tribute to local families who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Nancy was named as both the North End Slovak Citizens Club Person of the Year- the only female ever to receive such honor- and the Slovak Catholic Sokol National Fraternalist of the Year for her exemplary devotion to fraternity, parish and religious activities, community activities, and amazing individuality.
Nancy's loving, considerate, selfless ways and outgoing personality were uniquely her own. Nancy will be greatly missed by her life-long friends who she enthusiastically engaged with playing cards, scrapbooking, and losing to at shuffleboard. Her passing leaves a profound and indescribable void in the lives of all those who knew her.
Nancy was preceded in death by her brothers Mr. Robert Fedor and Mr. Raymond Fedor. As Nancy reached the Gates of Heaven on the Most Glorious of all days in her Catholic faith, she left many behind to cherish the wonderful memories she gave them. Left to carry on her faith and strength in the Lord are her beloved daughters, Denise M. Balas and her fiancé, Alejandro Wickham of Sugar Notch and Dr. Renee L. Pizzella of Plains; her adoring grandchildren who meant more to her than anything on Earth, Olivia Rose Pizzella and Daniel G. Balas; her companion, Mr. Clarence Ozgo of Plains; Brother, Mr. Leo “Butch” D. Fedor Jr. and his wife, Peggy of Plains; her former husband, Frank J. Pizzella, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn of Plains; several nieces and nephews; great-nephews Tait and Teague Stahovic, who will forever be her “boys;” former co-workers, fellow parishioners, and many dear friends.
Funeral services for Nancy will be conducted on Thursday. Her celebratory Mass will begin at 10:00 am in the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. The Reverend Andrew S. Hvozdovic, pastor of Epiphany Parish, Sayre, and personal family friend, will serve as celebrant and homilist. Those attending are asked to assemble directly at church Thursday morning for services. Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in the Fedor family lot at Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, 612 Mount Olivet Road, Wyoming.
Relatives and friends may join Nancy's family for a walk-through visitation Wednesday evening from 4-7 pm at the John V. Morris Family Funeral Home, Inc., 625 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre. Facial masks are mandated while funeral home staff will assist with spatial distancing. Nancy's family would be humbled if those desiring to make a monetary donation or send floral tributes would kindly consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 in Nancy’s memory.
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