Catherine (Pieja) Cirulli

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Catherine (Pieja) Cirulli, 94, passed away peacefully at Berks Heim Nursing and

Rehabilitation Center on January 11, 2019. She resided there since March 1, 2017.

She was born on December 8, 1924, on her family farm in Marianna, Pa. Catherine was a daughter of the late John and Albina (Stora) Kratky, who were immigrants from Bratislava, Czechoslovakia.

Catherine is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, James "Jim" Cirulli, of Reading. Jim and Catherine were married on August 14, 1971.

Also surviving are her devoted and loving daughter, Rene' Terese Pieja, wife of Barry L. Grim, of Cumru Twp. She is also survived by her special niece, Frances "Fran" Wolfe and her son, great-nephew, Douglass Wolfe, of

Carmichaels, Pa. Catherine is also survived by Eugene and Pat Pieja, and the extended Pieja family.

Catherine was predeceased by her first husband, Raymond Joseph Pieja, on March 13, 1970; and her beloved son,

Raymond John Pieja, on January 12, 1981. She was also

predeceased by her closest and dearest sister, Mary (Nana) Kratky and Agnes Kubichar, both of Clarksville, Pa.

Catherine completed the 8th grade in a one-room schoolhouse outside of Marianna, Pa., and she went on to graduate from Bryland Institute of Beauty Culture with a course study in manicuring on May 29, 1963.

She was employed as a manicurist in the 1960s at

Elegante Beauty Salon and The Abraham Lincoln Hotel Barber Shop. Her most favorite place to work as a manicurist was the Elite Barbershop, formerly on N. 6th St. in Reading. She served her clients there for many years.

In the early 1970s, she was employed by Albright College as a hostess in the student dining hall.

In later years, she helped her husband, Jim, in his knife rental business, T & C Knife Rentals.

Catherine enjoyed her casino trips, playing the lottery, bingo and a good game of solitaire.

She was known to her family as Catherine, Kitty, Kate and most lovingly by her son-in-law, Barry, as Casino Lil.

She will be remembered by her family as a loving, caring, devoted wife and also as a wonderful, adoring and proud mother of her children. She was an excellent cook.

Catherine possessed a keen, wonderful sense of gut feeling intuition, and she passed that knowledge and ability on to her daughter.

She was very proud of her Slovak heritage but the most important aspect of her life was her deep Catholic faith. There is no doubt this faith carried her until her passing.

She was a former parishioner of St. Mary and Ann Roman Catholic Church, Marianna, Pa., and was a parishioner of St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, Reading. She was very

active at the church bazaars and nothing was complete until she supplied the hot dog rolls and served at the prize table.

The family of Catherine would like to extend a very

sincere and heartfelt "Thank you" to all of the devoted and caring staff of Essick Commons at Berks Heim, who gave her an unparalleled quality of life these past two years.

A special thank you to Father Leo S. Stajkowski, who

provided her and our family with spiritual care and support throughout the years.

Relatives and friends may extend their sympathy and

respects to the family on Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, 250 S. Twelfth St., Reading PA 19602. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Mary R. C. Cemetery, Reading. In lieu of flowers, please have a Mass said for Catherine.

The Kopicki-Bradley Funeral Home Inc., Reading, is in charge of arrangements.

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Kopicki-Bradley Funeral Home
239 S 9Th St
Reading, PA 19602
(610) 372-1730
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Published in Reading Eagle from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2019