Gizela Hogya Pitkevitch, 86, a resident of Madison Street in the North End section of Wilkes-Barre, passed into eternal life just after noon Sunday, July 13, 2014, at her residence.
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Born Aug. 12, 1927, in Somotor, former Czechoslovakia, she was educated in the Czechoslovakian schools. While in Slovakia, Mrs. Pitkevitch worked as a cook for local laborers in her village, and later worked as a medical laboratory assistant.
Upon meeting her husband and relocating to the United States on May 7, 1971, the couple settled in the city's North End section. She attended St. Andre Bessette Parish, having previously been a member of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre.
In addition to her parents, John and Julia Hogya, Gizela was preceded in death by her first husband, John Glovac, and second husband, Peter Pitkevitch.
Surviving are her daughters, Magda Glovacova, at home; Eva Volenska and Marta Nemethova, both of Slovakia; nieces, Erika Baloghova, Misike Volensky, Eva Plichtova and Ildiko Mihalikova, all of Kosice; and great-nieces, Natalka Balaghova, Filipko Balogh, Misko Volensky, Ema Plichtova and Brunko Plichty.
Memorial funeral services for Mrs. Pitkevitch will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the North Wilkes-Barre location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. The Rev. Monsignor John J. Sempa, pastor of Corpus Christi Parish, West Pittston, will serve as celebrant and homilist.
Interment will follow at a future date near her family in Somotor, Slovakia.
Relatives and friends may join Gizela's daughter and family for visitation and remembrances from 5 p.m. until the time of services on Thursday.
To send Magda and her family online words of comfort, support and friendship at this time, please visit our family's website at www.JohnVMorrisFuneralHomes.com.
John V. Morris Funeral Home
625 N. Main Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18705
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 15, 2014