She was born March 13, 1933, in Washington, a daughter of the late Andrew and Patricia Plesz Gniewkoski.
Mrs. Petronka was a 1950 graduate of Trinity High School.
Following high school graduation, she worked at Viehmann’s Pharmacy in the drugstore and at the fountain counter for 10 years, before becoming a homemaker.
She enjoyed modeling in her younger years. She also enjoyed entertaining family and was an avid reader of history.
Mrs. Petronka was a member of St. Hilary Church.
On November 8, 1958, she married Frank N. Petronka, who died October 13, 1994.
Surviving are a daughter, Traci (James R.) Walsh of Washington; a brother, Andy (Barb) Koski of Washington; three sisters, Dolores Bednarski of Avella, Donna Rae Peters of Canonsburg and Patricia Bolin of New Port Richey, Fla.; a grandson, Camden Walsh; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased is a son, Frank A. Petronka.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in William G. Neal Funeral Homes Ltd., 925 Allison Avenue, Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, in St. Hilary Church, Washington, with Father Thomas D. O’Neil as celebrant. Burial will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Township. Additional information and a guest book are available at www.NealFuneralHome.com.