Kathryn M. (Babo) Horvath

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Kathryn M. Horvath, 91, of Wilkes-Barre returned to her God and family at 5:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre. She lived all of her life in the Heights and North End sections of Wilkes-Barre.

Kathryn was born Oct. 19, 1921, in Wilkes-Barre. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Katarina Macej Petro. She was the middle child and showed the strength it took to understand her older and younger siblings. She attended Wilkes-Barre schools and graduated from J.M. Coughlin High School in 1940.

Kathryn worked as a seamstress in the garment industry for Altamont Knitting, Rickey Fashions and Leslie Fay.

Kathryn was married to Andrew Horvath on April 27, 1943. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1993, the same year her husband passed into eternal life. Kathryn and Andrew were a loving and unique team.

Kathryn was a caring mother and a nurturing grandmother. Giving all her energy and devoting whatever time she had to her children and grandchildren.

Kathryn was proud of her Slovak ancestry and heritage. An active member of the Slovak Catholic Sokol, she was very involved in many of their fraternal activities. She participated in their Slets, which includes track and field and gymnastic events, the annual Sokol Days, bowling and softball tournaments. She served for many years as assistant commandress and auditor for Slovak Catholic Sokol Wreath 36 in Wilkes-Barre. She also was a member of the Pennsylvania Ladies Slovak Union, the Slovak Heritage Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the North End Slovak Citizens Club and other organizations.

Kathryn was a member of the Sacred Heart Slovak Church parish in Wilkes-Barre. While a parishioner she was member of the Catholic Daughters, the Rosary Society, the school's PTA and other organizations.

Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew; daughter, Rita Palchanis; her parents; sisters, Mary Petro, Evelyn Litz and Frances Kunec; and brothers, Joseph and Francis Petro.

Kathryn is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Suzanne, Wilkes-Barre; son-in-law, Robert Palchanis and his wife, Terri, Plymouth. Babo's proud grandchildren are Jennifer Horvath Kuren and husband, Carl, Wilkes-Barre Township; Heather Horvath, Wilkes-Barre; Megan Horvath Fitzmaurice and husband, James, Tobyhanna; Kelly Ann Palchanis, Wilkes-Barre; Dawn Marie Palchanis, Wilkes-Barre; Robert Palchanis and wife, Tracey, Plymouth; Nicole Palchanis and partner, Ernie Schmid, Kingston; and Andrew J. Palchanis, Plymouth. She was blessed with love by her great-grandchildren, August, Rita and Lilli Palchanis, Ashton Hozempa, Gavin Schmid, Kelci Kuren, Jonathan and Seamus Fitzmaurice; sister, Nance Abdoo, Teaneck, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews.

Kathryn's family will receive friends and family at Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Kathryn at St. John the Evangelist Church, Church and Williams streets, Pittston, at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Richard Cirba will celebrate the Mass with the Rev. Andrew Hvozdovic, who will be the concelebrant. Interment will be at Sacred Heart Slovak Cemetery, Dallas.

Kathryn's family would like to thank all of her caregivers at Riverview Ridge, Riverstreet Manor and the General Hospital.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Kathryn's name may be sent to a charity of the donor's charity or to the SPCA of Luzerne County, 524 E. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, or to the Ronald McDonald House.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Kathryn's obituary www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2013