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Margaret E. Popovich

August 23, 1923 — November 25, 2019

Margaret E. Popovich, 96, of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, Monday, November 25, 2019 in Strabane Woods Assisted Living Facility, South Strabane Township, where she had resided since December 31, 2014 and received excellent care from the entire staff.She was born August 23, 1923, in Coverdale, Pa., a daughter of the late John G. and Mary E. Krupa Morovich. Mrs. Popovich was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg and was a resident of Canonsburg since 1947.During World War II, she worked as a clerk for the United States Postal Service.On June 16, 1947, in Saint Valentine’s Church, Coverdale, Pa. she married John (Duke) Popovich.  They shared more than 56 years of marriage, until his death January 16, 2004. Mrs. Popovich and her husband were co-owners of the Hofbrau Restaurant and Bar in East Canonsburg for over 40 years where many patrons enjoyed their famous fish sandwiches.  She was a member of the Saint Patrick Parent Teacher’s Guild, the Christian Mothers, and volunteered in the school cafeteria.  She was a very kind, thoughtful, and generous person and a proud and dedicated homemaker who will always be remembered as a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She supported her sons in all aspects of their lives and enjoyed a good game of Scrabble, playing Uno with her grandchildren, crocheting, an occasional trip to the casino, a glass of fine wine, watching and cheering her beloved Steelers, baking, and preparing her famous Eastern European ethnic dishes.  She rarely used a recipe.  It was a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a then a small taste to ensure that the food was prepared just right.  Family and friends looked forward to her wonderful holiday feasts, especially at Christmas and Easter.  She took great pride in her baking, especially her holiday nut and apricot rolls which she happily shared with family and friends.  Above all, she loved the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Surviving Mrs. Popovich are sons John (Jay) M. (the late Donna) of Las Vegas, Nev., Thomas M. (Patricia) of South Strabane Township, and Gregory S. (Judith) of Batavia, Ill.  Also surviving are daughter-in-law Joyce (the late Richard D.) Popovich of McMurray, Pa.; a sister Elizabeth (Betty) (the late James) Hammer; eight grandchildren, Dr. Pamela Popovich, Christine (John) Killelea, Scott (Alanna) Popovich, Bethany (Adam) Gross, Geoffrey (Eva) Popovich, Joshua (Kelly) Popovich, and Emily and Sonja Popovich; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan Killelea, Caitlyn and Brianna Gross, Ava, Alexander, Henry, and Gabriel Popovich, and many loving nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband and parents, are a son Richard D. Popovich, and brothers Edward and John (Ray) Morovich.

Friends and family are welcome from 4 to 8pm Friday November 29, 2019 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Joseph P. Salandra owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120 where departing prayers will be recited at 8:30 am Saturday November 30, 2019.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 am in St. Patrick Church 317 West Pike Street Canonsburg. Interment will follow in Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Peters Twp.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr. Pittsburgh PA 15205 in Mrs. Popovich’s name as she was a 19-year cancer survivor. To view or extend condolences please visit

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