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Died peacefully at age 86 at home in Fox Chapel on January 23, 2014. She is survived by her three children, Paul E. Vondra, Joan I. Vondra and Eric B. Vondra; and two grandchildren, Miranda and Erica Chang. A woman of grace, sensitivity, culture and knowledge, Mrs. Vondra was beloved by all who knew her, from family and friends who held her dear for many decades to the caregivers who attended her final days. Her presence in all of their lives was a deeply enriching one. Mrs. Vondra was born in Newburgh, NY to Ford and Mary Gilleo. She met and married her late husband, Mirko Lyn Vondra, in 1953 and their marriage lasted 55 years, "til death did they part." An avid reader, opera aficionado, and cat lover her entire life, Mrs. Vondra was a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and a long-time member of the American Association of University Women. Always interested in expanding her horizons and those of others, she obtained a Masters degree in Library Science from Rutgers University in 1970 and served as a professional librarian at Westfield Public Library, NJ, Wilson College Library, Chambersburg, PA, Lancaster County Library, PA, and finally Coyle Free Library, Chambersburg, PA. She retired in 1993 and moved to Pittsburgh in 2000. A stroke survivor for 11 years, she met the new challenges this imposed on her life with the same courage, dignity and strength that she carried throughout her days. Funeral Service and interment will be private. Arrangements entrusted to the ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, INC., Online condolences may be made to:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Jan. 26, 2014
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