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Wilma Frances (Deak) Ghiardi

July 28, 1921 ~ November 12, 2018 (age 97)
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Wilma Frances Deak Ghiardi, age 97, of Morgantown, passed away Monday, November 12, 2018 at Commonwealth Senior Living Center in Front Royal, VA. 

She was born July 28, 1921 in Hungary and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island at the age of three months old with her parents, the late Michael and Vilma (Durrutta) Deak. 

Survivors include her children, Paula Ghiardi Dunham of Fairmont, Thomas Ghiardi and his wife Karen of Morgantown, Carla Sayre and her husband Thomas of Front Royal, VA, and Joseph N. Soos of Charlottesville, VA; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Soos; her second husband of 59 years, Tony Ghiardi; one brother Michael Deak, and two sisters, Mary Waters and Dorothy Yanero.

Along with her husband Tony, she founded the Vanity Shoppe, a successful business in downtown Morgantown that they operated from 1969 – 1997. Following her retirement, she spent many volunteer hours at Mon General Hospital and at the Morgantown Public Library.

Wilma was a very patriotic woman, and was a member of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps(WAAC) from 1942 – 1943, proudly obtaining the rank of Sergeant. She was a member of St. John University Parish.

A private Mass of Christian Burial for her immediate family members will be celebrated at St. John University Parish, University Ave., Morgantown on Monday, November 19th with Father Walter Jagela as celebrant. She will then be laid to rest with her husband Tony at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Westover.

In lieu of flowers, Wilma requested that contributions in her memory be made to either West Virginians for Life, 25 Canyon Rd., Morgantown or to the Morgantown Public Library, 373 Spruce St., Morgantown, WV 26505.

Professional services have been provided to the family with the guidance of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care of Morgantown.

To send the family your personal condolences and other symbolic gestures, please visit www.smithfcc.com.


Donations may be made to:

Morgantown Public Library
373 Spruce St., Morgantown WV 26505
Tel: 1-304-291-7425
Web: http://www.morgantown.lib.wv.us

West Virginians for Life
25 Canyon Rd., Morgantown WV 26508
Tel: 1-304-594-9845
Web: http://www.wvforlife.org


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