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Dr. Paula Lizak Gilchrist, born January 13, 1953, passed peacefully on Friday, August 16, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer. Podiatrist and physical therapist to many, committed Associate of Divine Providence, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph A. Gilchrist and is survived by her daughters, Lauren Gilchrist and Bethany Gilchrist (soon to be married to Martin Rozenberg); her mother, Romona Lizak; sister, Rona Dane (married to John Dane); brother, Greg Lizak; nephews, Jonathan Dane (married to Kelly Dane) and Gregory Lizak; niece, Krystyn Lizak; and many wonderful friends who were as close as family. Friends will be received at Providence Heights, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, PA 15101, from 3-8 p.m. Monday, August 19, 2019. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, August 20, 2019, at 10 a.m. in the Mother of Divine Providence Chapel. In lieu of flowers, Paula's family asks that memorial contributions be made to Sisters of Divine Providence, 9000 Babcock Boulevard, Allison Park, PA 15101.  Entombment to follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to ANTHONY G. STAAB FUNERAL HOME, INC.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 18 to Aug. 19, 2019.
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November 21, 2019
I went to Mount Alvernia high school with Paula so many years ago. I moved to California and we lost touch. But she was a dear friend who I shared many wonderful times with when we were young.

I was looking through an old year book and came across her picture which brought back so many memories. So I decided to look her up online and discovered that she had passed away just a few short months ago.

My heart goes out to her family, friends and patients who obviously loved her very much. I'm not surprised to hear that she was such a bright and generous light in her community.

And I'm sad and sorry to hear that she's left this world way too soon.

Chris Zydel
Chris Zydel
October 15, 2019
My sincere condolences goes out to the entire family of Dr. Gilchrist. I recently found out about her passing from my new podiatrist that she recommended after her retirement. Paula and I shared many family memories over our 28 years together as patient and Dr. She genuinely cared about each of her patient's needs. My utmost admiration was her work with Dr's Across the Borders program and volunteering her time with the elderly. May Paula rest in peace with our Lord and Jesus Christ-Amen.
Mary Mrkich
September 26, 2019
I just found out about the passing of Paula. I was a patient for many years. She was a doctor listened and who gave helpful suggestions. She was not one to jump to surgery; she explored other avenues which is unusual in todays medical world. The Pittsburgh medical community has lost a lost a wonderful member. My condolences go out to her family and friends at the loss of this wonderful caring perons.
September 23, 2019
I loved PAULA as she was my past podiatrist, she always had a happy smile and a nice compassionate personality. She always asked me about my grandson because his mom, who was my daughter passed away so suddenly and she knew how hard it was for me. Now PAULA is in Heaven with her.
I recently learned that Paula passed, my heart ❤ goes out to her girls and her family. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.
Judy Irdi
September 2, 2019
Saddened to learn of Dr. Gilchrist's passing. For many years she was my podiatrist - always a patient and sympathetic listener and provider of helpful advice.
Judy Ruszkowski
August 23, 2019
Dear Gilchrist and Lizak families

May God heal your tender hearts with the same love that He shares with Paula... and that she shared with us.

Paula was one of the most grounded, kind, humorous,faithful,people I knew. Whether it was during our teenage years in the Polish Falcons, or her professional years serving my parents' health needs, she was always dedicated to the spirit of encouragement.She was definitely gifted and she shared those gifts with everyone...and those blessings remain.

CZOLEM sweet Paula!
Joanne Kowalski Bolt
Joanne Bolt
August 20, 2019
We were so grateful to know Paula and have her as an associate member since 1996. She was a servant and healer to many through her practice as a podiatrist and physical therapist. She shared God's Provident love with her daughters, family members, friends, patients, and anyone else God would bring her way and in an incredibly deep and dedicated way. Paula touched so many lives in her wonderful life by her living faith and loving service and we will miss her very, very much.

Erin Middleton
Director of CDP Associates
Erin Middleton
August 20, 2019
I offer my condolences to the family of Paula Gilchrist and to her mother and sisters. She will be sorely missed as an Associate of the Sisters. May she continue her culinary and medical skills wherever they are needed! Live in peace, dear Paula!

Sr. Carolyn Winschel, CDP
Carolyn Winschel
August 19, 2019
Dr. Paula Gilchrist was like a second mother to me! I worked for her for over 12 years. She taught me so much in life, things that I could have never learned on my own. I love her daughters as if they were my own. My heart goes out to them, as well as their entire family.
Mary Neemes
August 19, 2019
We, at the Generalate in RI, also send condolences on the passing to eternal life of Sisters of Divine Providence Associate Paula Lizak Gilchrist. We recall the many ways she contributed to the life of the Community through her associate relationship. We especially remember the wonderful St. Patrick's Day celebration where she contributed her culinary talents with that of other Associates. We also recall her ministry of physical therapy and podiatry--so important because our feet transport us to our places of ministry and care for God's people. We offer condolences to Paul's mother and daughters and our prayers of support for you. We know that Paula rests in the eternal embrace of our Provident God. Sisters Maria Fest, Mary Francis Fletcher and Marilyn Bergt
August 19, 2019
My sincere condolences to the entire Lizak family. Paula was one of my oldest friends...I've known her since we were 6 years old. We went to St. Nicholas grade school & then Mt. Alvernia High School together.
Her accomplishments in the field of Podiatry were nothing short of amazing.
She was my Mom's podiatrist. My Mom loved her.
She is gone way too soon. May she rest in peace.

Judy Vybiral
August 18, 2019
Our sincere condolences go out to the Gilchrist girls and the rest of Paula's family.
Paula was not only our Podiarist , but for a brief time our neighbor. She was an excellent doctor and was sorely missed when she closed her practice. She was a wonderful mother and was proud of the accomplishments of her daughters. Rest in peace Paula.
Petrunya Family and Rose Stapinski
Susan Petrunya
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