EUGENE "GENE" L.
Of Duquesne, PA, passed away quietly on August 14, 2014, with his loving family by his side. Born on June 9, 1928, in Mount Pleasant, PA, he greatly enjoyed his 86 years. He was married to his wife and best friend, Mary Ann (Voyten) Valentovish for 59 years and together they raised and dedicated their lives to their five children. Gene lived life to the fullest. He loved his family and his church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Glory (Alan) Koerbel, Kathleen (Gerald) Potter, Kristin (Thomas) Legin, Lisa, and Gregg (Shelly Seanor) Valentovish; also surviving are his precious grandchildren, Jordan Potter, Ashley and Joseph Legin, Allison Koerbel, and Breana, Bayden and Bryson Valentovish. Gene was employed at General Motors Fisher Body Division for 40 years as a production control coordinator. He served in the US Navy aboard the USS Spokane CL-120. Gene enjoyed people and working with them in various organizations. He proudly served as Grand Knight of Duquesne- West Mifflin Knights of Columbus Council 4210. He was a member of Christ the Light of the World Church, the Parish Council for 40 years and the church's Men's Club. He also belonged to the Duquesne Annex Senior Citizens Club, K of C Senior Citizens and the General Motors Salaried Retirement Club. An avid gardener once affiliated with the Gardener's Club of Western PA, he spent many years beautifying the grounds of Holy Name Church. He enjoyed working with children and was an advisor for the Mon-Yough Junior Achievement Program, Scoutmaster for Troop 310, Holy Name Church CCD Instructor and Lector. He was a baritone in the men's choir and performed with the Knights of Song. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Leon and Hattie Valentovish; his in-laws, Mary and Frank Voyten; sister, Florence Guzy; and brother, Edward Valentovish. Surviving are sisters, Hattie Sukenik and Bernadine Czekaj; brothers-in-law, Frank (Janet) Voyten and Charles (Stephanie) Voyten; and many nieces and nephews. Friends and family will be received at the WILLIAM S. SKOVRANKO MEMORIAL HOME, 828 Richford St. at Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 1-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Holy Name Church with Rev. Dennis Colamarino as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Name Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Christ the Light of the World "Feed the Needy" Fund would be greatly appreciated.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, 2014