Leona P. Strutko, 95, of Dallas was called home by our Lord on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home.
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She was born in Larksville, one of 10 daughters of Ignatius (Ignatz) and Apolonia (Pauline) Kondrak Yudichak. She was a 1935 graduate of Larksville High School, attaining perfect attendance. In 1936 she married her late husband, Andrew Strutko, and they were married for 45 years until his passing in 1981.
Leona was a devoted stay- at-home mother to her children when they were young. She then went to work at Keystone Garment in Edwardsville, and later was a housekeeper for St. Ignatius Church. She was deeply involved with the Mothers' Club at West Side Central Catholic High School, especially with fundraising for the library and to help the football team to get started. She also volunteered as a cafeteria worker. She was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas.
Besides her husband, Andrew, Leona was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mildred; an infant granddaughter, Susan; and eight of her sisters.
She is survived by her son, Andrew Joseph and his wife, Carol Strutko, Harveys Lake; her daughter, Marilyn and her husband, William Gabel, Dallas; seven grandchildren, Andrew Strutko and his wife, Brenda, Wyoming; Karen Cefalo and her husband, Michael, Pittston; Michael Strutko and his wife, Laura, South Carolina; Helene Strutko, Harveys Lake; Lisa Bolton and her husband, Donald, Trucksville; William Gabel and his companion, Beth, Freeland; and Nicole Leonard and her husband, Andrew, Kingston; nine great-grandchildren, Anthony, Maddie, Paul, Megan, Jessica, Sydney, Matthew, Brieann and Hailee; sister, Theresa Evans, Edwardsville; nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Gate of Heaven Church, Machell Avenue, Dallas. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2012