Rose Mahay Simek

Rose “Rosie” Mahay Simek, age 94, of Johnstown, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at her residence.

She was born on October 19, 1919, in Johnstown, a daughter of the late Paul Komorny and Rose Palkovic Komorny.

Rose and her family moved to Kuty, Slovakia when she was three years old and returned to Johnstown at age 16. She worked for many years at Swears Glove Co. She then operated with her first husband Andy Mahay Shoe Store until her retirement. Mrs. Simek was of the Catholic faith, a longtime communicant of the former St. Anthony’s Church in Johnstown. She later enjoyed travelling with her husband Fred. Rosie will be remembered for baking great tasting Slovak pastry, strong work ethic, love of people and zest for life. She was a remarkable woman with a captivating, ageless spirit and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her niece, Irena (Frantisek) Dermek of Kuty, Slovakia; four cousins, Marguerite Slusher, Maryann Kralovic, Josephine Palkovic-Opitz and Paula Allen; three stepchildren, Jerry (Betsy) Simek, Richard (Maryann) Simek and Sue Simek; several stepgrandchildren, great-nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Andrew Mahay Jr., who passed on February 18, 1996; second husband, Fred J. Simek who passed on March 12, 2005; one brother, Rudolf Komorny; one sister, Maria Mrazova; and one stepson, David Simek.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, at St. Cecilia’s Church, 26 Broadway, Fonda.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Monday, December 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Street, Johnstown.

Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda.

A special thanks to Dr. Miro Vytrysal, whose friendship, compassion and caring was an enormous comfort to Rosie.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Avenue, Gloversville, NY 12078.

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