Dorothy L. Kania
Dorothy L. (Martin) Kania, 88, of East Deer Township, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Good Samaritan Hospice at Concordia Lutheran Health Center, Cabot. Dorothy was born April 30, 1928, in Tarentum, to the late Karol and Johanna (Banyik) Martin. She lived in the valley all her life, and was a dedicated wife and mother. Dorothy was a lifelong active member of Holy Martyrs Parish and the former St. Clement Parish in Tarentum. She was a member of Christian Mothers, Rosary Society, and Catholic Daughters of America. She was a volunteer for the Natrona Heights Meals on Wheels. Dorothy worked for the late Dr. Montgomery as a nurse's aide for several years after her graduation from Tarentum High School in 1946 and her marriage to John in 1949. Later in her life, she worked for the Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum. Dorothy loved to play cards with her friends, even hosting the card event at Concordia on several occasions. She enjoyed crossword puzzles. She was an avid baker, cook and homemaker. She provided her family with many fond Christmas memories. Christmastime and all holidays, including birthdays and anniversaries, were always joyous family occasions. Her grandchildren were her pride, and she immensely enjoyed her time with them. Survivors include her children, Charles (Rita) Kania, of Natrona Heights, John M. Kania, of Tarentum, and Mary Beth (Richard) Brake, of Kittanning. Dorothy is also survived by her grandchildren, Kelly Foster, Richard Brake, and Jonathan Brake; and her great grandchildren, Rylee Maldet and Braeden Maldet. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Sylvia Kania, of Chicago, Ill., Patricia Kania, of Tampa, Fla., and Sylvia Kania, of Natrona Heights; and brothers-in-law, Frank Kania, of Covina, Calif., and Fred Kania, of Chicago. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Kania; five sisters, Margaret Trettel, Helen Martin, Elsie Martin, Martha Odrey, and Elizabeth Severa; and a great-grandson, Colin Maldet. Friends and relatives will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the DUSTER FUNERAL HOME INC., 347 E 10th Ave., Tarentum, 724-224-1526, where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, followed at 10 a.m. by a Christian funeral Mass in Holy Martyrs Church, Tarentum. Burial will be in Our Lady of Hope Cemetery, Frazer Township. Family suggests contributions in Dorothy's memory be made to Holy Martyrs Parish, or Alzheimer's Association of Greater Pittsburgh. Visit dusterfuneralhomeinc.com .
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