Funeral services will be held at 1:30 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Cherokee. Pastor Ethan Sayler will officiate. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Cherokee. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday night at Greenwood Funeral Home in Cherokee. Online condolences may be sent to www.greenwoodfuneral.com.
Anna Mae was born March 26, 1928, in McKeesport, Pa. 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 Dec. 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.
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.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth W. Ward; Daughter Deborah Al Mattar of Salmiya, Kuwait; Daughter Melanie and husband Dr. Timothy Rice of Cherokee; 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, Fla.; Cousin Marlene Pekora of Va.; six 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, N.M.; Joshua Rice of Cherokee, and Jonathan Rice of Cherokee; three great-grandchildren, Joseph Al Thuwaikh, Rayanah Al Thuwaikh and Jowah Al Mattar of Egaila Kuwait; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.