Vera Marie Gorka

December 26, 1920 ‒ April 07, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

Vera Marie Gorka passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Hospice of North Central Ohio surrounded by her family. She was 94.

She was born December 26, 1920 to parents Wesley & Mae (Handy) Griggs Sr. in Vermilion, Ohio. Faith and family were the focus of Vera’s life. Her determination, strong will, and creativity enabled her to excel as Mother and homemaker through good times and times of adversity.

Prayer was woven into the very fabric of Vera’s daily routine. She found salvation through Christ at Faith Revivals Church / Diamond Hill Cathedral, where she was involved for many years. In her later years she was a devoted follower of the teachings of Joyce Meyer. Vera’s faith in Christ was felt by her family. She raised seven children, (ages spanning a range of twenty-one years), to know that they were special and that they were loved. Her strong influence as family matriarch ripples through the generations of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren that follow her.

Vera loved to work in her flower gardens. She was a talented cook and seamstress. Her home was a showcase to her artistic and decorating talents.

Even as a young and busy mother Vera found time to venture out and develop her skills to become an excellent saleswoman. She started out travelling by bus, selling cosmetics and jewelry door to door and in party plans. In later years she worked in drapery design and sales and retired from a career in furniture sales with a reputation for her interior design talent.

She is survived by children Ron Gorka, Joseph (Lena) Gorka Jr., Marilyn (Ed) Trease, Dave Gorka, Tim (Jane) Gorka, and Suzie (Jeff) Hape; grandchildren Gary, Eric, Lori, Julie, Michael, Chris, Melissa, Abel, Natalia, Tory, Amber and Jonathan; 22 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brother William Griggs and numerous nieces and nephews.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Pete Griggs, Frank Griggs, Buzz Griggs, Norman Griggs, Bob Griggs, Dick Griggs, Lillian Stone, Alice Griggs, and Rita Griggs, and also by her daughter Gloria Jean Gorka, and granddaughter Serenity Drozda.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 1 pm at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where calling hours will be held the hour prior.

If you wish to make a contribution to honor her memory, the family suggests that you look around you at those who are struggling to get their footing, and reach out to them with a helping hand. Pay it forward. That is what she would do.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Vera’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Dear family. ..I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Vera will be missed by family and friends, but she will not be forgotten by our heavenly father Jehovah. We often wonder can the dead really live again. Jesus ‘ words found at ( John 5 : 28, 29 ) says that there is going to be a resurrection. This means that Vera will be given a fresh new start with the prospect of living forever. ( Psalms 37 : 29 ) I hope this will bring you comfort knowing that you have an opportunity to see her again to share more wonderful times together.

  • To the family of Vera Gorka. What a wonderful lady she was, kind to all and loved her family very much. She will be missed dearly.

  • Dear Vera Gorka’s family…..So sad to hear that Vera past on, she was such a dear friend……many years ago. We worked together in Jewelry (Sara Coventry) ….Have not seen her for years, but the memories from back then I will never forget. We really enjoyed going to the staff meetings…..laughter was healing for both of us, no matter what our reports were. May God Bless each of you during this sad time, and give you love, comfort and healing.
    My love and prayers
    Peg Ludwig

  • I knew her as Aunt Tee Wee, and has been a long time since I have seen her or her family. Know we use to see each other at the family picnics when we still had those. I am so sorry for your loss, but sounds like she lived a very full life with lots of love.

  • Dear Tim and Jane, What a lovely woman your mother must have been. I am sorry for your loss. Babbie

  • Suzie and Amber,
    Now I understand where your artistic talent and brilliant sense of design come from as well as your great love of family. It sounds like your mother/grandmother had a fulfilling, happy and certainly long life. I’m sure that gives you great comfort now.

  • The tribute to your mother was beautiful. Surely she was a wonderful woman of God, who is now at home with our Lord.
    God Bless your family as you gather to celebrate her life.

  • My heart goes out to my cousins Ron, Joe, Marilyn, Dave, Tim and Suzy at the loss of their mother. I have many wonderful memories of her which I will always cherish!
    Much love and sympathy,

  • I knew Vera from Faith Revivals/Diamond Hills. She always had a smile to give. My condolences to the family and friends of Vera. May they be comforted with the knowledge that she has received her award and is now with her Lord and Savior.

  • I knew Vera from her doctor’s office . She was a very nice lady. I enjoyed talking to her when she came in. I am sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.

  • Hello family, I was planning on coming today for the service, but have had a lot of trouble with my back and the riding and walk is a chore for me right now. then this morning, early, I got news that my Grandsons father-in-law passed away and I watch his children every day doing the week, and they called to see if I could help out and watch the kids for them while they get all the arrangements made. Know what kind of day that is because I lost my husband a little over a year and a half ago. Saw your mom at Uncle Bobs funeral, and she was as fiesty as always, and looked got for her age. Wanted to let you know that you were all in my thoughts today. Your mom was a great lady. Love to all Ginny

  • Dear David, Tim and Suzie,

    I am so sorry to read about the passing of your mother, who like your dad I have many fond memories from our childhood. It’s sad that we live with Adamic sin and we all have to face death some day. But the Bible gives us hope that all of this will end someday and we’ll see our loved ones again.

    Dave, I think of you often and I remember how close we once were. And I say I think of you often because I have a website I go to that asks the security question, “Who was your first childhood best friend?” And the answer is you David. I live in Knoxville, TN now. Moved here in 1988. I’m retired from secular work but I’m active as a Minister with Jehovah’s Witnesses. No children. I truly hope you are all doing well and we will see everyone we know who’s past on someday. And they will all young and full of health. Gods word promises that.