SEDWICK, Mary Ralich, 81, of Centerville, OH, formerly of Wintersville, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, in Centerville.
Mary was born November 3, 1931, at the family homestead in the Kings Creek Bowl, WV, the 10th child of Nick and Sarah Ralich.
She attended Weirton Elementary until the third grade, transferred to Cove Elementary, and was a 1950 graduate of Weir High School.
Between the age of 15 and graduation, Mary worked at the Green Mill Restaurant, Murphy's 5 & 10 and Pure Milk on Freedom Way until graduation. After graduation Mary worked at the Ohio Valley Hospital in the business office, after which she got into the Metallurgical Department at the Weirton Steel Company. While working at Weirton Steel she went to the Steubenville School of Cosmetology at night, at which time she earned a certification in Beauty Culture in Ohio and West Virginia. On November 11, 1957, Mary was elected as one of the six semifinalists in the "Miss Naval Reserve" contest. She met and married Jack S. Sedwick, Sr. on May 18, 1963, in Holy Resurrection Serbian Eastern Orthodox Church. Their union produced two sons: Jack Sheldon, Jr. and Eric John. Mary worked at Roberta's Beauty shop for three years. After the shop closed, she was hired as a substitute teacher at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School in Bloomingdale, Ohio. She started working there in 1983. Her interests in life were bowling, basketball, crocheting and her membership in the Serbian church.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Nick and Sarah Kosanovich Ralich; her husband, Jack S. Sedwick, Sr.; brothers, Lee and Milan Ralich; sisters, Mildred Solomon, Dorothy Senker, Josephine Ralich, Nellie McMillan, Eva Ralston and Ann Rinkel; granddaughter, Hannah Sedwick. Mary is survived by her son, Jack S. (Diane) Sedwick, Jr. of Flowery Branch, GA and Eric (Kelli) Sedwick of Dayton, OH; grandchildren, Nicole, Madison, Morgan, Jacob and Nicholas.
Friends may call at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, 215 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, OH, on Sunday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Monday, 10 a.m. with Very Rev. Rade Merick officiating. Entombment at Fort Steuben Burial Estates. Pomen services Sunday 6 p.m.
The Sedwick family would like to give special thanks to all the staff at Miami Valley Hospital and Crossroads Hospice.
Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Mary Sedwick to the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation, Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley Chapter or the American Cancer Society.
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