Mary Elizabeth Bakoss, 100, Duncansville, went with grace and peace to be with her Lord Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
She was born in Spencer, W. Va., to Charles and Massalona (Chenoweth) Springston, the youngest of six children. She met Zoltan L. Bakoss in Charleston and they were married on Aug. 21, 1937, and built a life and family together until his passing in 2009. Mary and Zoli shared a mutual love of music, as he was a violinist in the local symphony orchestra. Their deep mutual commitment to Jesus Christ and living out their faith was the glue that held their life together and built their family.
Surviving are her son, John and wife, Joyce, of Richmond, Va.; her daughter, Elizabeth Bakoss Davis and husband, Ralph, of Duncansville; two grandchildren: Mike and Kathy; a great-grandson, Casey; four step grandchildren; and nine step great-grandchildren.
Mary completed high school in Spencer, except for her senior year, which she finished in Charleston, W. Va., where she had moved to study piano and organ. She pursued a career of performance in classical organ and giving music lessons in the Charleston area. She became the full-time organist in several local churches including the Baptist Temple, Blessed Sacrament Parish, where her husband was a member, Darlington United Methodist and First Presbyterian Church of South Charleston, where she spent nearly 40 years.
In addition to her work as a homemaker and organist, Mary Elizabeth was an avid gardener and more avid student of the Bible, history and theology. She taught several Bible and Sunday school classes, one of which continues to this day. She was also interested in conservative political issues and wrote letters to the Charleston and Altoona newspapers on a regular basis. She enjoyed family visits and travel with Zoli during their retirement years. They relocated to Pennsylvania in 2000.
Mary Elizabeth never stopped thinking and learning, and she continued to play the piano for family, friends and neighbors. Her life can be summed up by Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths."
A memorial service will be scheduled and announced at a later date. Arrangements are by The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park Cemetery, Altoona.