In Memory of

Anna Mae Ward

March 26, 1928 - February 11, 2010
Anna Mae was born March 26, 1928, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to Anna Semko Kokayko and Samuel Kokayko. She attended school in Glassport, PA graduating from Glassport High in 1946. She worked for US Steel in McKeesport after graduating. On December 28, 1949 she married Kenneth Ward in McKeesport, PA After living in McKeesport for a short time, they moved to Port Vue, PA where they resided for 54 years. Anna Mae's devotion was to her family and was demonstrated by her loving care and work in the home. As a youth, her passion was roller skating with her friends and she was most accomplished. Anna Mae inherited her father's gift and passion for roses and she in turn was an experienced gardener and knew each and every variety of flower, tree, indoor plant and shrub. She also was an accomplished seamstress and delighted in keeping her daughters and grandchildren in lovely outfits. Anna Mae was an active member of First Presbyterian, then Immanuel Presbyterian Church. She sang in the church choir, served as a part time church secretary, youth group leader and Sunday school teacher. Anna's love of children soon led her to start teaching piano lessons in her home for many years. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth W. Ward; Daughter Deborah Al Mattar of Salmiya, Kuwait; Daughter Melanie and husband Dr. Timothy Rice of Cherokee, Iowa; Brother Samuel Kay and wife Jean of Elizabeth, PA; Sister Mary Ellen Kepick and husband Jack of Burke, VA; Sister-in-law Darlene Kay of Liberty Boro, PA; Aunt Olga Kurtz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cousin Marlene Pekora of VA; 6 grandchildren, Jennah Al Mattar and husband Barrak of Egaila, Kuwait; Renimah Al Mattar of Egaila Kuwait; Deannah Al Mattar of Egaila Kuwait; Carissa Rice Eret and husband Jesse of Rio Rancho , New Mexico; Joshua Rice of Cherokee, Iowa and Jonathan Rice of Cherokee Iowa; 3 great grandchildren, Joseph Al Thuwaikh, Rayanah Al Thuwaikh and Jowah Al Mattar of Egaila Kuwait; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, John Kokayko, George Kay and William Kokayko and her son- in- law Ali Al Mattar.
Funeral services will be held 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 20, 2010, at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Cherokee, IA.
Pastor Ethan Sayler
Timothy Rice Joshua Rice Jonathon Rice Renimah Al-Mattar Deannah Al-Mattar Jesse Eret
Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 19, 2010, with the family present from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. Friday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee.
"Joyful, Joyful, we Adore Thee" "Abide With Me" "How Great Thou Art"
Oak Hill Cemetery Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, March 8, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“On behalf of my mom, please accept our sorrow and prayers for your loss. My dad passed away in January 2010 and my mom's mental condition prevents her from sending the condolence herself. I remember many good times with all of you in Port Vue. You all are in our prayers.”
- Vincent Cieslewicz Jr. (Paul)
Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I was just asking Ed Mima Jr. about your parents. At the time, Eddie Jr. did not have any information. I always loved your family. Your Mother would have me come over and help out around the house. Not sure I was much help. I loved visiting with her as a child. She always showed interested in talking with me. Your family made a big inpack on my life. So lucky to have grown up on Portsmouth Dr surrounded by wonderful people. Mel, you were a great babysitter to Ricky and me. I always think about my son and want someone like yourself to watch Nico. My Mom loved your Mom very much. They both shared a special relationship and loved the Lord. Now they will be able to continue there talks together. Love and blessings to your family.”
- Tina Matvey Spagnola
Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I feel so honored that Anna Mae came into my life. She graciously and lovingly allowed me be apart of hers. Anna touched my life in more ways then I can express.
My deepest condolences to her wonderful family.
God Bless you all. You will be in my thoughts and prayers”
- chrissy Holmes
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Anna Mae Ward. I am sincerely sorry for your loss. I know how difficult this must be for whole family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your family during this time and always. ”
- Ahmad Rashed Al Rumeh
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“I would like to offer my condolences and let you know that my prayers are with you all. May God watch over you and give you strength.”
- Jasmine Habbas
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“May God bless all of the family and friends of Anna. She is in the blessed Hands of Jesus now, where we all long to be. May you be filled with the joy of the Lord, where you find your strength. God is faithul to give you the comfort and peace that passes all understanding. I am a close friend and sister of Debbie Al Mattar.”
- Connie J Koch
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Ken and family, sorry to read about Anna Mae passing away,. It was so nice talking with Melanie the ,Sunday she came to visit in Church, Hope you are feeling well and it is so nice you are living with Melanie. I hope you remember me Janet Noel Campbell, my husband passed away five years ago. My Mother was always fond of you and Anna Mae.

- Janet Noel Campbell
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Debbie,
so sorry to hear about your mom. And I know that your faith will sustain you, during these difficult times. ”
- Cheryl Lasica Lotz
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
“Love, prayers, and condolences to your family. I am soo sorry to hear of your loss. Your family was a huge part of my life growing up, especially your mom. There are so many memories, I don't know where to start. Piano lessons maybe? Do you realize that our friendship has spanned three generations! I will be thinking of you and praying for you on Saturday, Love Cathy”
- Cathy (Mima) Kudla
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