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Marie Drasdis Koval

January 2, 2024

Marie Drasdis Koval Obituary

Marie (Demcher) Drasdis Koval, age 87, passed away on Tuesday, January 2nd at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center after a brief illness.  She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Born on May 4, 1936 at her home in Primrose.  She was the daughter of the late Anna (Yaworsky) Demcher and John Demcher.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Robert Drasdis, her second husband, John S Koval, her brother John Demcher and two brothers-in-law, John (Jack) Plachko and Steven Miller.

Surviving are her children: Annette Pisco (John) Avon Lake, OH; Joseph R Drasdis, II (Susan) Pottsville; Edward Drasdis, Black Heath; John Drasdis, Minersville.  Her beloved grandchildren: Kyle Pisco, Charlotte, NC; Connor Pisco, Charlotte, NC; Joseph R Drasdis III, Pottsville; Kayla Drasdis, Pottsville.  Sisters: Catherine Miller, Minersville & Anna Plachko, St. Clair.  Sister-in-law: Yolanda Demcher & many adored nieces & nephews.

After the passing of her husband at an early age, Marie devoted herself to raising her four children on her own.  Despite the immense hardship she experienced, she often shared that she was able to get through these difficult years because of her steadfast faith & her supportive family & friends.

After raising her children, she worked at various jobs including the Minersville Bakery, St Vincent’s School cafeteria and retired after working for 20 years for the Minersville Police Department & Borough Hall where she worked as a secretary.  She also enjoyed volunteering at the Polls on Election Day and was a graduate of Cass Township High School, 1953.

A devote Catholic, Marie was a member of the Holy Family Parish, Minersville and although it was difficult for her to attend mass during the last several years of her life, she remained focus on watching daily mass on EWTN, saying her rosary & praying for her family.  Her faith was the cornerstone of her life and she also instilled her faith in her children.  She enjoyed her visits with her son Ed to the St Teresa Chapel in Mahoney City & the Carmelite Chapel in Elysburg where she found great solace and comfort.

She was blessed with four grandchildren and was so proud of their accomplishments throughout the years whether in sports, their academic achievements & eventually in the success they are all experiencing in their chosen professional careers.  Drasdis & Son held a special place in her heart as the tribute to her late husband is proudly displayed in the store and shares the deep love she held for him.

Marie was known for her profound sense of humor, her quick wit, and her genuine smile.  She always had a funny & clever response that could leave you laughing for hours. She was frequently found sitting on her front porch where she enjoyed waving, engaging, and chatting with her neighbors, family, & friends. Marie was able to stay in her home until the time of her passing because of the love and support of her sons.

A visitation will be held Saturday, January 6, with calling hours from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville.  A Mass of Christian Burial be celebrated at 10:30 am at St. Michael the Archangel Church of the Holy Family Parish, Minersville, with Fr. Barnabas Shayo celebrant.

Interment St. Francis of Assisi Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org/donate Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville entrusted with the arrangements.

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
January 6, 2024

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home, Inc.
104 South 4th Street
Minersville, PA 17954

Mass of Christian Burial
Saturday
January 6, 2024

10:30 AM
St. Michael the Archangel Church of the Holy Family Parish (Minersville)

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