Pokornik, Bessie

Written by David Green.

Bessie Pokornik

Bessie Pokornik, 94, of Lyons, Ohio, died Feb. 27, 2013, at Heartland of Wauseon.

She was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Detroit, Mich., to John and Mamie (Pres) Santavy. She married Frank Charles Pokornik, Jr., on June 26, 1943, and he preceded her in death Dec. 14, 2004, after 61 years of marriage.

Bessie was very involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm. She and her husband raised chickens and tomatoes. The family enjoyed many cross country camping trips in their motor home.

Besides camping, Bessie enjoyed crafts including bead work, making afghans, and crocheting. She was a faithful member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lyons where she served as treasurer and secretary and was also a member of its Altar and Rosary Society.

Bessie will be remembered as a wonderful cook and baker.

Bessie is survived by daughters, Shirley (and Carroll) Griffeth and Barbara Pokornik, both of Lyons; grandchildren, Jeff (and Loda) Griffeth, Carla (and Matt) Mattimore and Kurt Griffeth; great-grandchildren, Rebecca Mattimore, Morgan Griffeth and Riley Griffeth; a sister, Rose Daly; a brother-in-law, Jerry Pokornik; and one niece and several nephews.

Besides her husband, Bessie was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Frances; a brother; Ted; and an infant twin brother.

Visitation is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. March 10 at Weigel Funeral Home in Metamora, Ohio, and from 10 to 11 a.m. March 11, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, where a Mass of Resurrection will begin at 11 a.m. with Fr. Ron Schock officiating. Following a luncheon in the Holy Family Room, a graveside service is planned at 2 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Cemetery in Lyons.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyons Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

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