Violet E. (Shaffer) Kozdron

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Violet E. Shaffer Kozdron, age 90, died Saturday morning, Jan. 28, 2017, at Christ The King Manor.
Born Aug. 24, 1926, in Curwensville, Pa., she was the first child of Celia Iona Hoover Shaffer and Lawrence Orvin Shaffer. She graduated from Curwensville High School in 1944, and moved to Pittsburgh to work for the war effort with a maternal uncle and two aunts. Violet married Joseph S. Kozdron of Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh in 1947. They lived on the North Side of Pittsburgh, Shadyside and then in 1948, Wilkinsburg until moving to Gibsonia in 1956, and then to Rockton in 2000.
Violet loved to read. She enjoyed cribbage, scrabble, and card playing with her family, especially pinochle with her sisters. She also enjoyed bowling and was secretary and treasurer for 10 years of her league: the Breakfast Bowlers in Gibsonia. Some of her most memorable times were those of vacation traveling (27 summers) in Canada with her mother and sisters and she always drove. She loved to drive, and after moving to Rockton, would explore little used roads. Vi was a good listener, and she valued kindness above all other character traits.
Violet gave birth to four children, three of whom survive: Rosemarie Kozdron, Joseph S. Kozdron Jr., Janice E. Kozdron Kohler, all of Rockton. Grandchildren: Kara Kozdron and sons Hayden and Heath Karoleski of Gibsonia, Pa., Courtney Kohler of Pittsburgh, Lindsey Kozdron Moody of Bentonville, Arkansas, Chad Kohler and son Cameron of DuBois. She is also survived by sisters: Mary JoAnn Daly and Barbara L. Shaffer of Rockton, B. Jane Blackburn of Kermoor, Karen L. Snyder of North Tonawanda, N.Y. Immediate family predeceasing her: daughter, Donna Jean Kozdron; siblings: Donna Jean Shaffer, Vernon C. Shaffer, L. Loraine Shaffer Snyder, Lawrence A. Shaffer; her parents, Sol and Ione; and husband, Joe.
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A memorial service, to be announced, will be planned for spring and good weather.
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Published in The Courier Express from Jan. 29 to Jan. 30, 2017