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Herczegh – Justine, 94, of Windber, passed away peacefully into the Lord’s hands on April 9, 2018 at the Church of the Brethren Home. Born on November 12, 1923 in East Conemaugh Borough, daughter of Lewis and Anna (Madaish) Kovalchick. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Joseph Herczegh; son, William James; siblings, Charles W., Lewis, Mary, and Ann Kovalchick, and Eva Miller and Pearl Mastovich. She is survived by her loving children, Carol Torina, Daytona, FL, Terrance (Karen), Monroe, OH, George (Lynn), Richland Township, and Linda L. Herczegh, Bluffton, SC; grandchildren, Travis K. and Matthew Torina, Alyssa J. Herczegh, Emily A. Vinay, and Jessica J. Mangold; great grandchildren, Marlie J. Mangold, George Vinay III, and Madison A. Vinay; siblings, Julia “Gigi” (John) Novak, and Catherine, and John Kovalchik, and numerous nieces and nephews. Justine attended East Conemaugh School. She was employed at several restaurants in the area as a waitress for numerous years. Justine was a member of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church. She enjoyed babysitting and being around children. Justine was a kind-hearted person, who was religiously minded. She always was willing to help others in their time of need, even though her own material needs were lacking most of the time. Justine raised her children on her own and they were everything to her. She instilled in them a strong moral sense and work ethic. Justine’s motto was hard work and to never hurt anyone. Her strong religious Orthodox faith sustained and gave her the strength and courage to go on during the numerous times of adversity. She will be forever loved and deeply missed by her family. At Justine’s request there will be no public viewing or service. The family is being served by the Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Private inurnment will be at Richland Cemetery. The family suggests contributions be directed to St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, 427 First St, Conemaugh, PA 15909 in memory of Justine. On line condolences may be posted to www.wharrisfuneralhome.com. Cremation by Laurel Highlands Crematory at Harris Funeral Home.
As I read the obituary, I was stirred with emotions--some happy, some sad. My thoughts went back to days gone by in East Conemaugh and what seem like so many years ago. Indeed they were, but the years also seem to have gone by so quickly. Such are our lives. My heartfelt and deepest sympathy to Terry Herczegh, my boyhood friend here in East Conemaugh, and to the entire Herczegh family and loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you, and I know that God will grant you his comfort, peace, and strength at this difficult time and during the days ahead. We can take comfort in knowing that God saved us by grace through faith in his son Jesus, thereby providing us with eternal life.
George E. Kuzmiak Apr 20 2018 12:00 AM
My prayers and thoughts are with you. I have many happy memories when I spent the night at Aunt Justine's house when I was a teenager. She always went out of her way to show me a good time. She was always such a kind person.
Mary Ann Mastovich Burkhart and family Apr 14 2018 12:00 AM
Dear Carol, Terry, George & Linda,
You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time in your life. Years have passed but I still remember all of you and the fun times when Dad & Mom would bring you to visit at our home in the country. Justin was a humble person & reading her obituary shows the love her children have for her you.Take care.
Ann Mastovich Carlton, Anderson, S.C.
Ann Carlton Apr 13 2018 12:00 AM
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Sometimes we may say Justine lived a good long life, and she did. She lived her life to the fullest. However, no matter how long one lives, it is NEVER long enough. Be assured of the keeping of this wonderful promise from God: The righteous will possess the earth and live FOREVER on it. There IS going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. (Acts 25:15) Imagine awakening to a righteous new world where death has been eliminated. This is the way God intended it to be from the start. His original purpose will be fulfilled when His Kingdom comes. Please take heart in these beautiful promises.
Suzanne Scullion Apr 12 2018 12:00 AM
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Expression of Sympathy Apr 12 2018 12:00 AM
I am sorry to hear of Justines passing. I remember her n hung out with her children growing up in East Conemaugh. She lived in back of our house n it seemed like a hang out for all of us kids. She was well liked n respected.I lost track of her n her family when they moved from Conemaugh. Seeing this brought back fond memeries of along time ago. RIP Justine. Dave Paserba
David paserba Apr 11 2018 12:00 AM