Eternal Memory: + Ethel Woytek

JOHNSTOWN, PA - [Diocesan Chancery] -- With profound sadness the Diocesan Chancery announces that Ethel Woytek, age 96,  the Mother of Fr. Alexis Voytek of Spring Hill Florida, reposed in the Lord on July 7, 2022 from complications due to Covid

Ethel was born on December 23, 1925, to Helen (Kalessar) and Joseph Dufallo, in Hazlebrook, PA. She was the eighth of the Dufallos’ nine children. When she was 3 years old, her father was killed in a mining accident.  Ethel reveled in learning and excelled in school. Ethel graduated from Freeland High School in 1943 as class valedictorian. Although she was more than capable of becoming the teacher or nurse that she longed to be, given her financial circumstances, she instead helped support her mother and siblings by working in a shirt factory. In 1951, Ethel married Joseph Woytek, an Army Air Force veteran

After her marriage, raising a family became Ethel’s primary focus. Joe and Ethel were blessed with five children, Mary, Patricia, Janice, Joanne and Robert (Fr. Alexis)

After 57 years of marriage, Joe died 14 years ago, shortly after he and Ethel moved into the new, senior-friendly home he had planned for them in a beautiful scenic setting. Ethel remained there, enjoying their legacy for the rest of her years, by herself, but never truly alone. She continued to enjoy family and friends and to celebrate her children’s, grandchildren’s and, eventually, great-grandchildren’s birthdays, christenings, weddings and graduations, as well as those of her neighbors and other friends. 

Ethel was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Joseph Woytek. She is survived by her five children: Mary Woytek (Craig Rice) of Rockville, MD; Patricia Woytek of Wayne, PA; Janice Woytek (Mark Calabria) of Devon, PA; Joanne Woytek of Laurel, MD; and Robert (Fr. Alexis) Woytek of Largo, FL; five grandchildren: Katy, Jessica, Michael, Eugenia and Melissa; and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be celebrated Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., in Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in West Reading, PA Burial will be in Gethsemane Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with religious services at 8 p.m. in Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading.

May Almighty God Grant Rest Eternal and Blessed Repose to  His Newly Departed Servant + Ethel and May Her Memory Be Eternal!