ELLWOOD CITY, Pennsylvania – Lena Stanilla Bauder, 97, of Ellwood City, (Franklin Township) was called home to the Lord, on Sunday evening, November 19, 2017 at the Ellwood City Medical Center.
She was born on January 2, 1920 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania to the late Anna Arazan and Joseph Stanilla.
She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1937, where she met her future husband, Willard E. Bauder, when he was stationed at Indiantown Gap before he was sent to Europe during World War II.
She and Willard married on November 7, 1945. He passed away May 3, 1982.
Lena was a longtime member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellwood City.
She was also active in local bowling leagues, particularly the Hits and Misses Bowling League, as well as volunteering for many years with Meals-On-Wheels.
She worked for many years at the Ellwood Knitting Mills.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded by two sisters, Seda S. Kopecky and Mary S. Foltz; a brother, Peter A. Stanilla; as well as two brothers, John and Joseph Stanilla, who died in infancy.
Lena is survived by her daughter, Sally Ann Bauder Cortese and her son-in-law, Joseph J. Cortese of Aleppo Township as well as a special, dear friend, Diana “Suzie” Lowers of Knox Plan, Franklin Township. She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Eugene Barnhart of Portersville, Pennsylvania; a nephew, Joseph S. (Marion) Foltz of Lebanon, Pennsylvania; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends will be received from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in the Turner Funeral Home, 500 Sixth Street, Ellwood City.
Services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22 at the funeral home with Rev. Robert A. Keplinger, officiating.
Burial will follow in Portersville Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 207 Spring Avenue, Ellwood City PA 16117, St. Matthew”s Lutheran Church, 534 East Lehman Street, Lebanon, PA 17046 or the Salvation Army.
You may sign her guestbook or send condolences at www.turnerfh.com.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, November 21 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.