Thelma Johns Dezelan

  • March 16, 2013

Thelma Johns Dezelan

Member of Immaculate Conception Parish

Thelma Johns Dezelan, 83, of Washington, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Donnell House, Washington, after a brief illness.

She was born April 8, 1929, a daughter of the late Michael and Hesiaba Johns.

Mrs. Dezelan was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Parish and loved to cook for family and friends.

She was a graduate of Washington High School and a former employee of Bell Telephone Co.

Surviving are daughters Barbara (Blake) McCandless and Cindy (Dr. Craig) Fox, both of Washington, and Sandra (Dr. Mickey) Dezelan-Axelband of Delray Beach, Fla.; grandchildren Brock McCandless of Pittsburgh, Christina (Michael) Grasso of North Strabane and Brittany McCandless of New York City, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; and a host of “adopted” children and families over the years.

On May 22, 1954, she married John F. Dezelan, who died December 9, 1995.

Also deceased are a sister, Emma Johns, and brothers Hannah, Alfred and William Johns.

Her friends and neighbors contributed many acts of kindness over the years and were always appreciated.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director. A prayer service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, March 18, in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Washington. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. In honor of her life, memorial contributions may be directed to Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue Inc., 1018 Bauhinia Road, Delray Beach, Florida 33483, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be expressed at


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