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Sophia Vavrek
Passed: Monday July 9, 2018

Sophia (Merkosky) Vavrek, age 77, of Uniontown, PA passed away July 9, 2018 in Cherry Tree Nursing Center. She was born July 1, 1941 in Uniontown, PA daughter of the late Michael Merkosky and Catherine Olanik Merkosky. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Vavrek; son Thomas Vavrek; brothers John Olanik, Michael Merkosky and Steve Merkosky and sisters, Pearl Roby and Anna Marie Arensburg. Sophia was a 1959 graduate of Uniontown High School. She worked as a front desk manager at the Holiday Inn. She was a member of Abundant Life Church and was a member of the AMVETS Post #103 Auxiliary. Left to cherish Sophia’s memory are her children Joseph Vavrek and wife Roberta of Uniontown, PA, Michele Cronin and husband Jay of Uniontown, PA, James Vavrek and wife Rachelle of Uniontown, PA and John Vavrek of College Park, MD; brothers, Frank Merkosky of Cleveland, OH, and Alex Merkosky and wife Mary Ann of Oliver, PA; sister, Dora Maust and husband George of Cleveland, OH; sister-in-law, Lorraine Merkosky and five grandchildren, Jay Cronin, Jessica David & husband Fred, Ashley and Hunter Vavrek and Jordan Vavrek Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown Street, Uniontown, PA where the family will receive family and friends on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. Visitation will continue in the funeral home on Friday July 13, 2018 from 10 until 11 a.m. followed by a service celebrating Sophia’s life at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Nicholas Cook officiating. Interment to follow in St. Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to caregiver, Patte Davison for her wonderful care of Sophia. Donations in memory of Sophia can be made to UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Attention Jennifer M., 103 Transit Dr. #300, Uniontown, PA 15401. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com and on the funeral home Facebook page.

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