Bessie I. (Gongaware) Christenson

William Snyder Funeral Home

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | March 29, 2024

Bessie I. (Gongaware) Christenson, 100, of Irwin, passed away Monday March 25, 2024. She was born August 18, 1923, in North Huntingdon, a daughter of the late Jessiah and Myrtle (Billingsley) Gongaware. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Earl A. Christenson; siblings Gertrude Lamison, Violet Loughner, Ella Holder, Elmer Gongaware, and Leonard Gongaware. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Irwin, and prior to retirement she worked as a secretary at O'Brien Eye Care, Irwin. Bessie is survived by her sister Naomi B. Kapelar of Irwin; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Friends and family will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, at the William Snyder Funeral Home, Inc., 521 Main Street, Irwin, 724-863-1200. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with Rev. John Gropp officiating. Interment will be private. Donations in Bessie's name can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 612 Chestnut Street, Irwin, PA 15642. For online condolences please visit

Originally published March 29, 2024.

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