On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Elsie Kolcun, Dunmore, PA formerly of Duquesne, PA, passed away peacefully at the age of 83. Born in Duquesne, PA she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Chabala) Vasilisin. Married to the late George Kolcun, whom she shared 53 devoted years with before his passing in 2009. They relocated in 2003 to be near their daughter Sharon and her family. Elsie was a lifelong member of SS Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Duquesne and St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, Dunmore, PA. She was retired from the Greek Catholic Union claims department. Prior to relocation she was a very active member of her church and District One of the Greek Catholic Union. Elsie passed the time crocheting, especially baby afghans as gifts, which many new babies have enjoyed. She loved to cook and bake for her grandchildren, the loves of her life.
When she wasn’t talking on the phone with her two dear friends from home, Ann Bereznak and Charlotte Borland, she enjoyed playing solitaire, building puzzles, or reading a good mystery novel. On warm summer nights she could be found spending time with her neighbor and good friend, Ann Kofel, in the garage, where they shared stories and discussed current events. She also enjoyed going out to eat with Ann and friend, Rose Dunda.
Elsie leaves behind her only child, daughter Sharon and son-in-law George Kofel, Dunmore, Grandchildren Michael and wife Malinda Kofel, Michelle (Kofel) and husband Michael Taramelli, and Great -Grandchildren Maximus Kofel and Lucy and Julia Taramelli, all of Pittsburgh, PA. She is also survived by brother Michael Vasilisin, Munhall, PA and sister Mary Lepovsky, Verona, PA and several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death are sisters Ann Ziros, Irene Krupa, and Dorothy Pavlan and brother Robert Vasilisin.
Family and Friends are welcome to pay their respects at the William S. Skovranko Memorial Home, Richford and Commonwealth Ave., Duquesne Friday October 18 from 4-7 PM. A Blessing at the Memorial Home at 10:30 AM on Saturday will be followed by the Funeral Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial in SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Duquesne at 11:00 AM with Very Rev. John Petro celebrant.. Burial will follow in SS Peter and Paul Cemetery, West Mifflin. Memorial donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, 110 North Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60607. Panachida Services will be offered in the Memorial Home on Friday at 4:30 PM.
Originally published October 16, 2019.