The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 18, 2014

Betty L. (Mackanick) Strugala

NANTY GLO — STRUGALA – Betty L. (Mackanick) “Bubba Betty,” 81, Nanty Glo, peacefully passed away June 17, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born Jan. 4, 1933, daughter of the late John Sr. and Mary (Jacob) Mackanick. Preceded in death by husband of 53 years, Edward T. Strugala; sons, Ronald, Thomas and Louis; grandson, Brian Schirato; son-in-law, Daniel Schirato; brothers, John, George, Andrew and Joseph; and sisters, Anna, Marie and Helen. Survived by children, Theresa Schirato, Karen “Mini” (John) Deskevich, Debra (George) Noel and Tina (Peter) Fenchak; grandchildren, Aimee (Deskevich) Myers, Jason Schirato, Tabatha Fenchak, Alisha (Noel) Mackel and Karen Noel; and great-grandchildren, Trinity, Lydia, Paighton, Raigan, Ryen, Carter, Eli, and two great-grandchildren due this fall; as well as several nieces and nephews. Betty was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She enjoyed cooking and canning, gambling trips to Atlantic City, playing the lottery, doing puzzle books, watching late-night television, midnight snacks and cheating at Rummy. Most of all, “Bubba Betty” enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who always brought a smile to her face. Member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church of Nanty Glo, Nanty Glo American Legion and Nanty Glo American-Polish Citizens Club. At Betty’s request, there will be no public viewing. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Church, the Rev. Leonard E. Voytek, celebrant. Committal to follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Betty’s memory. Arrangements are by Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo.

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