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Paula Jean Zatkos May 31, 1927 - Oct 02, 2018

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Paula “Polly” Jean Zatkos, age 91, died peacefully on October 2, 2018 at Chester County Hospital surrounded by family. Polly was a lifelong resident of Delaware County and was a graduate of Chester High School and Keystone Secretarial School. She most recently resided in Exton with her daughter Joyanna. Polly worked at Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton and her family’s former business Billy Ritchie’s Bar & Hotel both in Crum Lynne as well as Gimbels, Sterns, and Macy’s. She was a former parishioner of St. Robert Catholic Church, Chester. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Polly was the daughter of the late John Paul and Esther Wilde (Cooper) Gray.  She was preceded in death by her husband Leo James Zatkos, Sr., sons Leo J. Jr. and Gary S. Zatkos and sister Elizabeth Wright.

SURVIVORS: Children: John Paul (Julie), Jeffrey Alan (Lisa), and Joyanna Zatkos; Siblings: Joyce Ketrick and William McGongial; Grandchildren: Corrine, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Callie, and Jake; and Great Grandchildren: Hayden and Ethan. Also adored by many loving nieces and nephews.

VISITATION:  Monday from 9:15-10:15 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 430 Valleybrook Road, Glen Mills, PA. FUNERAL MASS:  Monday at 10:30 am at St. Thomas the Apostle Church BURIAL:  Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Springfield. Memorial Donations in Polly’s name may be made to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy.

Service Location

St. Thomas The Apostle Church

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Begins: Oct 08, 2018 10:30am - 11:15am

430 Valleybrook Road

Glen Mills, PA 19342

Cemetery Location

Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery

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Oct 08, 2018 12:00pm - 12:15pm

1600 S. Sproul Road

Springfield, PA 19064


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Lou Garay says:

Submitted on: Oct 10, 2018

To John Paul, Jeffrey and Joyanna, I was very sad to see the passing of your Mom. She was definitely a one of a kind and she was a major part of my high school years. She was a great lady and I am glad to know that she’ll be giving her sage advice to Mr.Z, Leo and Gary once again. Anne and I were at the mountains until Monday so I didn’t have the opportunity to go to any of her services, for which I was disappointed. I hope that all is well with you guys and hope that you are healing from your loss. God Bless you all.

Adalberto Sanchez says:

Submitted on: Oct 08, 2018

Paula’s family: I'm so sorry for your loss. I went through a similar situation and I was very helped by the hope that I found in the Bible in John 5: 28, which says, "Do not amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I am sending you a link with more information on this hope.

Nicole Hansen says:

Submitted on: Oct 05, 2018

Joy- I will miss your sweet mother every day. Every time I saw her she would tell me she missed me but she was so proud I was in nursing school. She touched my heart in so many ways. I will never forget her. Praying for peace in your time of sorry to all of your family. Love, Nicole from Sunrise


Submitted on: Oct 05, 2018

I am very sorry to learn of Polly's passing. She was a great woman of strength. My last visit with her in Chester we looked at old pictures and my son played in the basement with Joy Anna. My heart hurts for her family, especially Joy Anna, John Paul and Jeffrey...she will be greatly missed.

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