Gloria A. Kovel
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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).

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Published in The Valley News Dispatch from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 18, 2021
My deepest sympathy to the family of Gloria. I worked with her at Mercy. Gloria was such a kind, caring, and happy individual. She made you feel good just being around her. She was a kind, compassionate counselor to our patients.
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Susan Malongowski
January 15, 2021
John. So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
Sue Dolby
January 14, 2021
I didn’t know Gloria that well, her husband John is a friend of mine. During my brief encounters with Gloria, the thing that struck me was how she could immediately make people happy, relaxed and comfortable. A very rare trait that I haven’t seen since the last time Gloria and I were together, well over ten years. John, please accept my deepest condolences and sympathy for your loss of a truly amazing person.
Tim Grinder
January 13, 2021
Aunt Gloria was a fun loving soul. She was always there if you needed her. She was the best friend not just to people, but to any animal that she could help, she did!
May you fly high with the Angles and be Guardian to your family and all who Loved you. You will be greatly missed.
Beth Ann
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