Barbara A. Ceryak, age 92 of Clairton, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in Jefferson Hospital. Born December 8, 1923 in Clairton, she was a daughter of the late Eli and Mary (Britvec) Ceryak. Barbara received her Bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock University and a Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She retired as a physical education teacher with 34 years of service at Clairton School District and 3 at Vandergrift High School
A member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Barbara was a former president of the Democratic Women's Guild in Clairton, the former vice-president of the Health and Physical Education Association in Allegheny County, a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Education Society, and a former School Board member in Clairton. She volunteered at Jefferson Hospital and Clairton Meals on Wheels and Food Bank, and was also the first female athletic director at Clairton and a member of the Mon Valley's first female softball league. Barbara is survived by her nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and one great-great-great niece; and she was preceded in death by her siblings: Elizabeth LaValle, Mary Demis, Catherine Ross, Joseph Ceryak, Steven Ceryak, and Anne "Honey" Barnes. Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 6 to 8 PM and Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 2 to 4 PM and 6 to 8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 10 AM in St. Clare of Assisi Church. Procession and burial will follow to St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published March 25, 2016.