Heaven gained a delightful new angel when Margaret Babyak Olek, 95, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 18, 2021. She was born on April 22,1926 in McKeesport and was the daughter of the late John Babyak and Margaret (Stecz) Babyak and the wife of the late John (Jack) J. Olek Jr. She is preceded in death by brother William J. (Bill) Babyak; She is survived by her sister-in-law Patricia Babyak of South Park, and brother E.J. “Al” (Freda) Babyak of Mechanicsburg. “Midge” met her husband Jack when they both worked at Duquesne Light and traveled into Pittsburgh together on the train. An active member of Mary, Mother of God, Corpus Christi Church, she was a Christian Mother and also a beloved teacher’s aide for special needs children in the McKeesport School District. Margaret also served as Secretary of the McKeesport Class of 1944 and spent many years planning reunions with her committee. In her senior years, she cherished frequent lunches with her dear friends "the church ladies." Always stylish, she was a true homemaker, and enjoyed entertaining, baking and comparing recipes. Her special “Chex mix” and “carrot cake” were family favorites. Margaret also had a passion for bird watching, gardening, polka music, playing cards and crossword puzzles.
She is survived by sons, David J. (Lisa) Olek of Victor, NY and Daniel R. Olek of Fairport, NY, daughter, Kathryn (Fred "Corky") Donatelli of Ross Township, grandchildren, David, Devin, Lauren and Derick, “beauty day” chaperone Ruth (Olek) Rankin of White Oak, and many nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome Friday, July 23, 2021 from 2 pm-4 pm and 6 pm-8 pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, Director. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10 am in Mary, Mother of God, Corpus Christi Church. Interment will follow in Corpus Christi Cemetery, White Oak. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National Aviary Pittsburgh at 412-323-7235 or aviary.org. The family would also like to thank Linda Gilkey, all of the wonderful home health care workers, and the staff at Bayada Home Health and Comfort Keepers. Condolences may be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Originally published July 19, 2021.