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Dorothy Jean Petronka

August 7, 1932 — December 2, 2020

Dorothy Jean Petronka age 88 of Washington formerly of Canonsburg passed away peacefully Wednesday December 2, 2020 in Genesis Bridgeville Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was born August 7, 1932 in Canonsburg a daughter of the late Michael and Helen Harajbich Povich.

Dorothy lived most of her life in Canonsburg and was a faithful member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church where she was a member of the Ladies Altar Society.

She was a graduate of Canonsburg High School and the Washington Hospital School of Nursing. She began her nursing career working in Rochester and Aliquippa, PA, then when her family moved, Washington and Canonsburg Hospitals. Most recently she worked for Dr. Mary Cavasina as her office nurse.

Dorothy was incredibly talented at crocheting and being a seamstress. She especially enjoyed sharing those talents with her friends and family. She was known for making wedding party dresses, christening outfits, purses and quilts and assisted in making all of the costumes for the folk-dance troop at her church.  Dorothy and her husband Pete were avid travelers. They created numerous wonderful memories traveling all over the world to places such as Russia, the Mediterranean, Alaska, Hawaii and even crossing the Arctic Circle. They also enjoyed attending Pete’s Navy reunions.

She was a member of several clubs including the O Club, Russian Brotherhood Organization, Canonsburg BPW and the Washington Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association.

Left behind to cherish her memory is her husband of 66 years, Pete Petronka of Washington; daughters Sonia Blaha and her husband Richard of Washington and Tamara Petronka of Catonsville, MD; sister Martha Jennings of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. Deceased in addition to her parents are brothers Michael Povich Jr., Staff Sargent George Povich and John Povich and sister Irene Sobczak.

Friends and family are welcome from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Friday, December 4, 2020 in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 601 Boone Ave, Canonsburg, where a Parastas Service will be held at 7:30 pm. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Saturday, December 5, 2020 in St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. Interment will follow in Oak Spring Cemetery, Canonsburg.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state mandated rules, everyone must wear a mask.

The family of Dorothy would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Amedisys Hospice for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions, in memory of Dorothy, made be made to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 601 Boone Ave., Canonsburg, PA 15317, Amedisys Hospice Care, 1368 Mall Run Road Suite 624, Uniontown, PA 15401 or to the Washington Area Humane Society, 1527 PA-136, Eighty-Four, PA 15330.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Joseph P. Salandra LFD owner/supervisor 304 W. Pike Street, Canonsburg 724-745-8120.

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