Elizabeth “Joan” (Stolarik) Sikora, 83, of Byesville passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022 peacefully in her home with her husband by her side.
She was born February 20, 1938 in Senecaville to the late Helen Elizabeth (Valochik) and Joseph James Stolarik.
She devoted her life to her husband, children, and grandchildren. She was employed for 30 years at Champion Spark Plug in Cambridge until her retirement. She volunteered her time at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center as a volunteer for numerous years after that.
She found great joy in spending time with her children and her grandchildren. She loved visiting with her friends and family and talking on the phone and sharing memories of her life and activities of her children and grandchildren. She was always available to go wherever and whenever her children or grandchildren needed her. She never missed attending a holiday or special celebration or simply sending a card. She always enjoyed crocheting and working in their garden and planting flowers with her husband.
She always had a kind word to say about everyone. She loved a small trip or adventure. She was a wonderful cook and everyone enjoyed her famous nut rolls.
She was preceded in death by her twin brother William Joseph and his wife Marlene; infant sister Margaret Mary Stolarik, and brother-in-law Robert Eugene Feyko.
She is survived by her husband Joseph Sikora, whom she married August 3, 1963 in Holy Trinity Catholic Church; a son Michael Anthony (Donnalyn) Sikora and Donnalyn's children, Ian Cole McGrath and Jon Anthony McGrath of Cambridge, Joan also has two daughters,Stephanie Ann (Sam) Mallette of North Canton, and Sarah Elizabeth (John) Rose of North Canton; Grandchildren Alexander Samuel, Anna Elizabeth, Amie Nicole, Andrew Roy, Joseph Allen, and Henry John; sisters, Helen (Richard) Chesar of Byesville, Irene (the late Robert) Feyko, Mary Susan “Susie” (Jeffrey) Dragosin of Byesville, brothers John (Ritta) of Georgia, and Stephen (Marguerite) of Byesville; many nieces, nephews, brother-in-law’s, sister-in-law’s, cousins, close friends, and extended family.
She was a woman of faith and was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Byesville and most recently a member of Christ Our Light Parish (Saint Benedict’s) after the closing of Holy Trinity in 2009.
Visitation will be Saturday morning January 22, 2022 from 10 AM to 12 noon at Christ our Light Parish (Saint Benedict’s). Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12 noon on Saturday at Christ Our Light parish with Father Paul Hrezo officiating. A private burial will take place with close family members at Greenwood Cemetery in Byesville at a later date.
Services will be live streamed from the church.