Kathryn M. Stefka

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Longtime member of the National Slovak Society


Kathryn M. Stefka, 89, formerly of Avella, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, in Washington, surrounded by her loving family.


She was born November 8, 1923, in Slovan, a daughter of the late Nicholas and Eva Bosanac Vujanich.


Mrs. Stefka was a graduate of Union High School in Burgettstown and a graduate of Grace Martin Business School.


She worked for several businesses in the Burgettstown area as a bookkeeper, including Penowa Coal Co. and American Zinc and Chemical Co.


Mrs. Stefka was a longtime member of the National Slovak Society, where her late husband served as the national president.


She enjoyed bowling and was an avid supporter of all Pittsburgh sports teams. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband and once attended a reception at the White House for Pope John Paul II. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her two granddaughters, who were the loves of her life.


On July 1, 1951, she married Joseph Stefka, who died November 3, 1993.


Surviving are a son, Joseph (Annette) Stefka of Slovan; a daughter, Patricia Jo (Nick Mavromatis) Graham of Toronto, Ohio; two granddaughters, Ashley Stefka (Brett) Bernardo of Wexford and Kayla Jo (fiance Dan Whitlatch) Graham of Toronto; two precious great-grandchildren, Carson and Bella Bernardo; a son-in-law, John Schwab of Richmond, Va.; a brother, Milan (Carol) Vujanich of Seffner, Fla.; and a sister, JoAnne (Gary) Stump of Tamarac, Fla.


Deceased, in addition to her husband and parents, are a daughter, Deborah Kay Schwab; a son, David Alan Stefka; a brother, Ivan Vujanich; and a sister, Dorothy Vujanich.


Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Taucher Funeral Home, 23 Erie Mine Road, Burgettstown, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 15, with the Rev. Dan Ekas officiating. Interment will follow in West Pointe Cemetery, Avella.


The family suggests memorial contributions be made to PVR Scholarship Fund c/o The National Slovak Society, 351 Valley Brook Road, McMurray, PA 15317.


For further information and condolences, please visit www.taucherfuneralhome.com.


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