HERMITAGE, Pennsylvania – Elsie M. Harkulich, 81, of Hermitage, Pennsylvania and recently of St. John XXIII Home, also in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, passed away at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017, after a long battle with any illness called Ataxia.
Elsie was born in Sharon, Pennsylvania, on April 29, 1935, the daughter of the late Elmer and Elsie (Dunbar) Roberts.
She was baptized and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Sharon. She also sang in the church choir for a few years.
Elsie was a graduate of the Sharon High School Class of 1953.
Soon after graduation, she got a job as an operator at the former Bell Telephone in Sharon for five years. Then on April 21, 1956, she married her husband of 60 years, John Harkulich. When she had her first child in July of 1958, she gave up her job to become a full-time mother and had two more children.
Elsie liked to read and often went to Buhl Library (now the Shenango Valley Community Library) and took home books written by different authors she was fond of. She enjoyed going to the movies, taking vacations with family or traveling on bus tours with her friends. She had been a volunteer at the Sharon Regional Hospital for a few years and volunteered her babysitting skills for two area families. Most of all, she loved being a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother to her family.
Besides her husband John, she is survived by her daughter, Linda Skarica and her husband, Mike, of West Middlesex, Pennsylvania; her son, Darren Harkulich and his wife, Lori, of Fort Myers, Florida; her grandchildren, Leah, Lauren and Jeremy Harkulich, Matthew and Marco Skarica, Joshua and Collin Harkulich. She is also survived by her sisters, Julie Marenchin of Hermitage, Pennsylvania and Dorothy Eversole, of Leadville, Colorado.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Harkulich; a brother, Carl Roberts; a sister, Martha Snyder and a loving sister-in-law, Fran Guy. They are all in the hands of their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in Heaven.
Memorial contribution in her name may be made to the National Ataxia Foundation, 2600 Fernbrook Lane, Suite 119, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55447.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Harold W. Stevenson Funeral Home, 264 East State St., Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146.
Funeral service at Harold W. Stevenson Funeral Home, Sharon, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Doug Dyson of Sharon First United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment at America’s Cemetery in Hermitage, Condolences to the family may be expressed by visiting stevensonfuneralhome.net.