Martha P. (Geletko) Rosko

Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | November 13, 2023

Martha P. Rosko, age 96 of Clairton, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023 in Sharon Regional Medical Center.  Born October 8, 1927 in Uniontown, she was a daughter of the late Charles W. and Mary J. (Donesec) Geletko.  A member of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Clairton, Martha worked as a secretary for A.T. Spence and Son insurance in Clairton.  She was the wife of the late John Rosko who passed away June 9, 2021.  Martha is survived by her children David J. Rosko of Phillipsburg, Kathleen R. (Frank) Book of Pawleys Island, SC, Linda J. (Thomas) O’Brien of Bethel Park, and Robert J. (Michele) Rosko of Lake Ariel; her grandchildren Matthew Rosko, Alexis (William) Vespers, Erin (Christopher) Bruno, Lyndsay (Robert) Ward, Kirsten Book, Patrick and Sean O’Brien, and Meghan Rosko; her great-grandchildren Joey, Norah, Roman, Aurora, J.J., Bennett, and Adrian; and also many nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her grandson Brendan Rosko; her brothers Charles J., Robert C., and Donald “Doc” Geletko; and her sister Lucille Toth.  Those are merely the basic facts about Martha; we leave the rest to her granddaughter Erin:

My Grammy’s hands made a life for her husband and four children, after helping her own mother raise her younger siblings. These hands rolled countless halupki and nut/apricot/poppyseed rolls, and wrote infinite birthday cards in her impeccable handwriting. They prayed over her loved ones while she sang in her beautiful wavering vibrato in church. They clutched her grandchildren and great grandchildren to her while she sang “tindy lindy” and polka’ed around the room to hush their cries. They bowled a mean game, and golfed a slightly less mean one. They would gently flutter to your arm while she breathlessly told you a funny story and then threw her head back to laugh. And now, after 96 years of toil and strife, love and laughter, travel and loss, they get to rest now. Those hands built a legacy and are the strongest objects I’ve ever seen. Rest well, Grammy. You have more than earned it.

Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 10 AM until a 12 Noon Funeral Liturgy in Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church, Clairton.  Procession and burial to Ascension Cemetery, Clairton.  

Originally published November 13, 2023.

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