Gloria Ann (Horvath) Kovel, 55, of Springdale, passed the morning of Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Gloria graduated from Norwin High in 1984, then with a BA in psychology from PSU in 2010. Gloria was an avid camper; she loved our camping "family." She loved the outdoors, working with children and animals, always rescuing and adopting all that she could. A bus driver in the McKeesport School District for 16 years, years later her former student riders would recognize her with a big hug, shouting "MISS GLORIA!" She was also a coach and a scout leader. She devoted her life to helping and nurturing others. Always the life of the party, it was hard to not love her. She found the good in everyone she met or touched. Gloria made the BEST lemonade when life gave her lemons. She was preceded in death by father, Raymond E. Horvath; survived by husband of six years, John Kovel; mother, Patricia Rutter (Joseph) Whyel; children, Anne Schrott, of Plum, Amanda Schrott, of McKeesport, and Donald (Jeanetta) Schrott, of Folansbee, W.Va.; stepchildren, Jayna Kovel and Henry Kovel, of Springdale, and William Smolter, of Maryland; special "assistant mom to Brandon and Phillip, who she loved as her own and wanted them to always know that; sisters, Bonnie (James) Terry, Tracie (Ted) Gebis, Melissa (John) Gill, Michelle (Josh) Curry and Holly (Rob) Ferencuha; brother, Raymond (Carleen) Horvath; special uncle, Bryan Rutter; and her nieces and nephews. Viewing will be 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the WILLIAM H. CRAIG FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Versailles Ave., McKeesport, PA 15142. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Glorias name to NAMI (The National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Published in The Valley News Dispatch from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.