Edith G. Luptak, 82, of New Castle went to be with the Lord on Jan. 30, 2017.
Edith was the loving and devoted wife of 62 years to A. David Luptak, her high school sweetheart and the joy of her life. She was the beloved mother of four children, Denise Campbell (Frederick), Dave Luptak (Allison), Shelly Hudock (Ken Latsko) and Steve Luptak (Jennifer).
Edith's kindness and gentle spirit were a blessing to all who knew her, and her family was the pride of her life. Nothing brought her greater joy than spending time with, and bragging on, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Edith's unwavering faith, humility, good humor, integrity and devotion to her family have shaped the lives and character of her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered.
Edith is survived by 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who adored her and cherish their memories of her love and support, Rick Campbell (Britni), Rob Hudock (Tori), Carrie Appleberry (Jake), Rachel Hudock, Andy Luptak, Augie Luptak, Artie Luptak, Amos Luptak, Annie Luptak, Malia Luptak, Austin Luptak and Meadow Luptak; Lucas Hudock and Reese Campbell.
Edith is also survived by a sister, Betty Fritchen of Columbus, Ohio; siblings-in-law, Samuel Luptak, Richard Smith and Anna Summers; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Herman C. and Edith F. Summers; her sister, Lois Smith; her brother, Herman "Johnny" Summers; and her granddaughter, Abigail Reed Luptak.
Edith was a 1952 graduate of Campbell Memorial (Ohio) High School, where she graduated with academic honors.
Edith's favorite Bible passage was I Corinthians 13. She could recite the passage until her final days and lived her life by it.
Her greatest gift to all who knew her was her love. Edith was not a proud person. She loved God, her family and her church and served them all faithfully.
Edith was a long time member and Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church of New Castle. Her favorite saying was "If you can't say something good about someone, don't say anything at all."
During her life, she served as a Sunday school secretary, the recording secretary of her church and the National Slovak Baptist Conference, a church kitchen helper and dishwasher and a youth counselor and leader. But she most valued her more than 50 years as a children's Sunday school teacher, where her love of children and teaching gifts could best be used.
She took great pleasure in following the lives and boasting of the accomplishments of her former students.
Edith served in seven different congregations, in New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin as her husband, Dave, joined the management of different steel-related companies. She did all of this without receiving one dollar of pay here on earth, instead looking ahead to a heavenly reward and God's affirmation of "well done thou good and faithful servant."
Friends will be received from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Smith Funeral Home, 310 W. Neshannock Ave., New Wilmington.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
A graveside service will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in New Bedford, Pennsylvania.
Published on February 2, 2017