Jana (Thomas) Pompeani, 48, of Hopewell Twp, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, April 25, 2010 in Heritage Valley, Sewickely. Born September 13, 1961 in Aliquippa, she is the daughter of Norma (Colonna) Thomas of Aliquippa and the late Matthew V. Thomas. Jana graduated form Aliquippa High School and the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Masters Degree in Pyschology from Edinboro University. During her career, she worked as a social worker for the Beaver County Housing Authority, as a mental health technician in the LTSR Unit at Friendship Ridge. Jana was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Hopewell Twp and it's Confraternity of Christian Mother's. Jana had a gentle smile, a soft touch and a warm and compassionate heart and she found happiness in life's simple pleasures. She dedciated her life to helping those who were less fortunate. But Jana found the greatest joy in her role as a loving mother to her three adoring sons, Brock, Brandon and Brett, and as the beloved wife to her husband of nearly 24 years, Bruce, with whom she shared an endless love. In addition to her mother, husband and 3 sons, she is survived by her brother Matthew Thomas-Moon Twp, her father-in-law Pat Pompeani- Hopewell Twp, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Lisa Pompeani- Robinson Twp, 2 nieces Chelsea and her goddaughter Celina, her very speical aunt JoAnn (Bernie) Juth- Hopewell Twp, 2 uncles Ed Colonna-Aliquippa, Nick (Kathy) Thomas-Chippewa, and many other loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her mother-in-law Virginia Pompeani. Friends will be received Tuesday and Weds form 4-8 in TATALOVICH FH AND CS, INC. 2205 McMinn St Aliquippa PA 15001. Family and friends are asked to meet Thursday at 10am in Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Hopewell Twp, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrate by Fr. Howard Campbell, Jana's pastor. Jana's sudden passing has left a huge void in the lives of all those whom she touched. But words cannot possibly express the enormous loss to her devoted family who depended on her for strength, guidance and love.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Apr. 27, 2010