HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania – Leona “Gus” Dubay, of Hermitage, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, February 19, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was 94.
She was born at home, in Farrell, to Jennie and Joseph Gus on September 6, 1922 and graduated from Farrell High School in 1940 where she achieved a perfect attendance record from first grade through graduation.
On May 29, 1939, she met the love of her life, Frank Dubay, also of Farrell, whom she married October 19, 1943. They enjoyed nearly 68 years of wedded bliss, until he passed away in September 2011.
She is survived by her four children, Frank Dubay, Jr. and wife, Marcia, of Hermitage, Ted E. Dubay and wife, Paula, of East Lyme, Connecticut, Curtis L. Dubay and wife, Karen, of Alexandria, Virginia and her daughter, Leona K. Lane and husband, Jay, of Shelton, Connecticut. She leaves nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and even a “grand-dog.”
Throughout her life, she was not only an amazing wife, mother and homemaker but also worked in the torpedo manufacturing department at Westinghouse during World War II, as a tax preparer at H&R Block and Beneficial Finance and served as clerk on a local election board for 20 years.
A 67-year member of New Virginia United Methodist Church, she served numerous terms as president of the New Virginia United Methodist Women.
Leona lived the fullest of lives, always active and positive, continually baking, sewing and quilting and steadfastly supporting her husband, children and grandchildren, who adored her. Between traveling, archery, skating, playing cards and exercising, she remained an adventurous spirit who would try almost anything. She shared what seemed to be “almost a billion” cookies, continually encouraged her children’s education, and loved and was loved by all who knew her.
Besides her husband, she is pre-deceased by her parents; her dear, dear sisters, Ludima Gus Burton, Wanda Dickum and Nellie Zucci and brothers, Joseph, Leo and William Wanic.
She managed to maintain residence at her home of 64 years in Hermitage until she reached the age of 92. She then found comfort in the loving care of the skilled and attentive staffs at Juniper Village and St John XXIII.
Throughout her life, she exemplified God’s love and held her faith close to her heart. Now she is in the Lord’s care.
Calling hours will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25 in the chapel of John Flynn Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage.
Funeral Service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25, with Rev. Mark Goswick, pastor of New Virginia United Methodist Church, Hermitage, officiating
Cremation took place in the funeral home crematory.
A television tribute will air Thursday, February 23 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.