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Marlene (Hostinsky) Tkach

March 24, 1936 — June 15, 2020

Marlene (Hostinsky) Tkach, 84 passed away peacefully Monday June 15,2020 . She was born in Monroe, Michigan, on March 24, 1936, the daughter of Steve and Josephine (Kolovich) Hostinsky. As a child, her family moved back to their hometown of Strabane, PA, where she lived her entire life. In 1957, Marlene married Francis (Fritz) Tkach. They have three children, Diane (Timothy) Lyda of Pittsburgh, Ronald (Sara Taylor) Tkach of Canonsburg, and Susan (William) Tuttle of North Wales, PA. She has two grandchildren, Jessica and Robert Tuttle, also of North Wales, PA. Preceding her in death was her wonderful husband, Fritz, and her oldest brother, Raymond Hostinsky. She is survived by a brother, Richard (Joyce) Hostinsky who resides in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and two sisters-in-law, Grace (Tkach) Vidoni and Janet (Tkach) Logsdon both of Bridgeville.  Marlene also has many nieces and nephews, a step-granddaughter, and a step-great-granddaughter.

Marlene was an active member of her community. She was active in the K.S.K.J., serving as an auditor for Lodge #153; the S.N.P.J. #138, where she bowled and was involved in the activities of the lodge; St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg, and for many years served in the Christian Mother’s; and the Slovenian Union Organization, Zarja. More than anything, she and her husband enjoyed their family, their friends, and their love of Slovenian music. She danced until the end, spreading the joy of polka music and her Slovenian heritage to all.

Marlene lived the past two years at Strabane Woods where she made many friends. But above all, her treasured friendships with her life-long, closest group ”the girls” sustained her; they remained by her side throughout her life, and she and her family will be forever grateful.

Friends and Family are welcome from 2-8pm Friday June 19, 2020 in Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Joseph P. Salandra LFD owner/supervisor 304 West Pike Street Canonsburg 724-745-8120 where departing prayers will be recited at 9:40am Saturday June 20, 2020. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am in St.Patrick Church 317 West Pike Street Canonsburg. Interment will take place in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Towp. To view or extend condolences please visit In lieu of flowers family request memorial contributions be made to The American Slovenian Radio Hour 381 F- Street, Pittsburgh, PA. 15209 or  OSPTA Hospice 4325 State Route 51 North. Belle Vernon ,PA. 15012

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