Virginia (Perich) Pekala, age 100 of Clairton, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. Born March 24, 1921 in Munhall, she was a daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Tomas) Perich. Prior to having children, Virginia worked as a secretary for US Steel National Tube Works in Christy Park. Virginia was a member of Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church and a woman of great faith, who dutifully prayed her rosary daily. She also enjoyed playing the slot machines at the casino. Besides her parents, Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Elmer J. Pekala, who passed away in November of 1999, and her siblings Mary Matesic, Mildred Dobrick, Olga Kensky, and John and Anthony Perich. She is survived by her sons David (Linda) Pekala of Parker, CO, and Eric (Debi) Pekala of Elizabeth, her daughter Maureen (Tim) Tackett of Pittsburgh; her grandchildren Matthew (Stephanie) Pekala of Marlton, NJ, Megan (Timothy) Lindsey of Highlands Ranch, CO, Brian (Jenni Simek) Tackett of Kenmore, NY, Lauren (Nate Haynes) Tackett of Lexington, KY, Tara (Salvatore Stojakovich) Pekala of Clairton, and Macy (Shawn Miller) Pekala of Pittsburgh; her great-grandchildren Jude Pekala, Jackson Lindsey, and Makiya Miller; her nieces Sandy Sivak, Paula Kensky, and Marlene Koshar; and her nephew George Dobrick.
Friends will be received in the A.J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700) on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 from 4 PM to 8 PM. At the request of the family, all visitors are asked to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 10 AM in Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish, St. Clare of Assisi Church, Clairton. Procession and burial will follow to St. Clare Cemetery, Clairton. Memorial contributions in Virginia's name can be made to either the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, 55 Ryder Rd., Ossining, NY 10562, or the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Virginia's niece and caregiver Sandy Sivak, the staff at John J. Kane Regional Center, McKeesport, and the staff at Comfort Keepers for their devoted help and care of Virginia. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published September 06, 2021.