Dorothy (Dot) Palicia Krolikowski, 84, of 8394 Perry Highway, Meadville, passed away peacefully at home following a short illness on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
Dorothy was born in Monessen on Oct. 23, 1929, a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Hrisak Palicia. On Dec. 30, 1950, Dorothy married Michael (Mike) Krolikowski; he preceded her in death on May 5, 2005.
She was an active member of St. Agatha Roman Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society.
A dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother, Dorothy enjoyed being a homemaker. While raising her family she worked as secretary/treasurer of her husband’s business, Union Plating Works, which her husband founded in 1950 out of their residence. As the company grew, it moved to Saegertown and later to Erie. The company did electro-plating in precious metals, including gold, silver, cadmium, nickel, chrome and copper for Sylvania, Westinghouse, GTE and TRW. In her earlier years she was employed by the former American Viscose, where she met her husband, who was the love of her life.
She learned the meaning of hard work and compassion at a very young age. Following the death of her mother, Dorothy was responsible for raising her brothers and sisters while she was only 16. She met the challenge with heartfelt dedication and continued to work hard throughout her life. A 1948 graduate of Sandy Lake High School, Dorothy regularly attended monthly luncheons and yearly reunions with her classmates. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, wintering in Florida and visiting her children and grandchildren. Her hobbies included landscaping and gardening on her 20 acre homestead, antiquing and having garage sales. She always followed sporting events, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and most of all, professional golf events. One of her favorite pastimes was solving word puzzles, especially cryptoquotes with her daughters. In her younger years she was a duck pin bowler and enjoyed golfing with her husband.
Dorothy is survived by three children, Gloria K. Krolikowski of Pittsburgh, Wanda L. Krolikowski of Boca Raton, Fla., and Stephen T. Krolikowski and his wife, Jami, of Delray Beach, Fla.; five grandchildren, Savanna Carrozzi of Pittsburgh, and Kaleigh Krolikowski, John Krolikowski, Karly Krolikowski and Thomas Krolikowski, all of Delray Beach; four stepgrandchildren, Michael Krolikowski, Michelle Ayala, Andrea Strebe and Denise Davis; a sister, Lucy Pistone of California; three brothers, Pete Palicia and his wife, Berta, of Willowick, Ohio, Zachary Palicia and his wife, Jeanette, and David Palicia and his wife, Teresa, all of Stoneboro; a daughter-in-law, Shannon Krolikowski of Delray Beach; and many nieces and nephews including her godson, Maj. Eric Palicia.
In addition to her husband, Michael, of 54 years, Dorothy was preceded in death by a son, John M. Krolikowski; a stepson, Kenneth M. Krolikowski; a sister, Mary Ann Bolog; and three brothers, Joseph Palicia, Lucas Palicia and Patrick Palicia.
Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville, where a scripture service will be conducted Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Agatha Roman Catholic Church, 353 Pine St., Meadville, at 10 a.m. Monday, with Father Marc Solomon, pastor of St. Mary of Grace Roman Catholic Church, as celebrant.
Interment will take place in St. Agatha Cemetery, West Mead Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Agatha Church, 353 Pine St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.
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