Artemis (Vastardis) Welsh, of Limerick PA and North Fort Myers FL, entered eternal life on March 24, 2020. Artie (as she
was affectionately known) was a loving mother to Thomas, John, Michael (Cathe), William, Paul (Marlene), Marianne
(Steve) and Victoria. Loving Grandmother (YiaYia) to Victoria, Michael (Chrissy), Patrick, Joseph, Samantha, Matthew,
Alexis, Anthony (Lindsay), Alex, Benjamin, Devin, Natasha, Katarina, Nicole, Megan and 14 great-grandchildren and
survived by many nieces and nephews.
Artie was born on October 16, 1932 in Reading, PA to Constantine and Margaro (Condos) Vastardis and was the
youngest of 4 children. She is predeceased by three brothers, Anthony, Leonidas, and Epamin.
After moving to Philadelphia, Artie graduated Frankford High School, Class of 1950. In December of 1955, Artie married
her sweetheart, Joseph Welsh, and their union created seven loving children. While not busy raising her 7 children,
Artie loved to spend time with her family, friends and neighbors and could be found playing a lively game of pinochle or
poker with the ladies from the neighborhood and her family.
Over the years, Artie worked various bookkeeping positions eventually retiring from Vanguard after 16 years of service.
Following her retirement Artie enjoyed life with her children, grandchildren, extended family and friends. She loved to
read, travel, sing, dance, play cards and play the slot machines.
A woman with a loving heart and a beautiful soul, Artie will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Farewell Dear Mother
By an Unknown Author
Somewhere in my heart beneath all my grief and pain
Is a smile I still wear at the sound of your dear name.
The precious word is ‘Mother’ she was my world you see
But now my heart is breaking cause she’s no longer here with me.
God chose her for His Angel to watch me from above
To guide me and advise me and know that I’m still loved.
The day she had to leave me when her life on earth was through
God had better plans for her for this, I surely knew.
When I think of her kind heart and all those loving years
My memories surround me and I can’t hold back the tears.
She truly was my best friend someone I could confide in
She always had a tender touch and a warm and gentle grin.
I want to thank you Mother for teaching me so well
And though the time has come that I must bid you this farewell.
I’ll remember all you’ve taught me and make you proud you’ll see
Thank you my Dear Mother for all the love you showed me.
Although you’ve left this earth and now you’ve taken flight
I know that you are here with me each morning, noon and night.
Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, no public funeral ceremony will be conducted. We will hold a memorial some time
in the future when it is safe for family and friends to gather to remember and celebrate Artie.
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