Zona L. (Winkle) Polis, formerly of Center Twp., peacefully passed away in her East Palestine, OH, home on December 9, 2012, surrounded by love after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Throughout this horrific battle, she remained inspirational, courageous and always had a smile on her face. She was 68 years old.
Born March 14, 1944, in Rochester, PA, Zona was the daughter of the late Roy William and Roslyn Doris (Carver) Winkle.
Zona lived her life with compassion, love, integrity and joy. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She graduated from Monaca High School in 1962 furthering her education with an LPN from Kate Estalla Koch Practical Nursing School of Passavant Hospital, Pittsburgh, and was employed several years at Rochester Hospital. A past worthy advisor of Rochester Assembly #51, Rainbow Girls, she had been a lifetime member of her high school class reunion committee, member of St. George Byzantine Catholic Church, Aliquippa, and worked on Center Twp. #3 Election Board for 40 years. She had a catering business, was a caregiver for several families, belonged to two card clubs, an avid Steelers fan, enjoyed playing bingo, going camping and cherished her lifetime friendships. Her greatest love all was spending time with her two precious granddaughters.
She is survived by her faithful and loving husband, Samuel W. Polis, East Palestine, OH, to whom she was united in marriage on June 12, 1965; her three beautiful daughters and tenderhearted sons-in-law, Shari R. Brewer of Atlanta, GA; Stacy M. Beisheim and husband, Rich of Atlanta, GA, and Shelly L. Parks and husband Dan of Nashville, TN; her two adoring granddaughters, Ella Grace and Charlotte Parks, and one brother, Roy E. Winkle, Monaca, PA.
Friends will be received Tuesday, December 11, 2012, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. in the SIMPSON FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 1119 Washington Ave., Monaca (724-728-4000). A Divine Liturgy for the repose of her soul will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. George Byzantine Catholic Church, 1001 Clinton St., Aliquippa, PA. Entombment will follow at Sylvania Hills Mausoleum.
Parastas will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home.
The family has suggested memorial contributions may be made, if desired, for Ovarian Research to the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, P.O. Box 11475, Pleasanton, CA 94588. www.ovarian.org
Zona was able to happily live her final days at home through the generous support from many. Special thanks to Dr. Valerie Rockenberger, the doctors and staff at the Cleveland Clinic, her cousins, Peggy Liebert, Barb and Helen Vidovich, friends, Jan and Tammy Rock, Sandy Paluta, neighbors from the Claybrook HOA and to all those who prayed for her and sent her inspirational cards.