Jennie J. VanKirk, 92, of Koppel, died Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Broadmore Assisted Living in Bridgeville, Pa.
Born May 19, 1924, in Koppel, a daughter of the late Nicola and Mary Grace (Santillo) Franchino, she was a member of Holy Redeemer Church and a past secretary for the Borough of Koppel.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford VanKirk (1971); two sons, Gary and Robbie VanKirk, and a sister, Florence Franchino.
Surviving are a son, Kevin VanKirk, Beaver; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dave Williams, Manteca, Calif.; a brother, Joe Franchino; two sisters, Rose Cagnetti and Nilda Franchino; nine grandchildren, Ryan VanKirk, Mikki Peters, Kellie Stock, Nicolas and Eric DeSanzo, Regina Hiller, Suzanne Boring, Michael and Mary VanKirk, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the GABAUER-MATTER FUNERAL HOME, 3500 Third Ave., Koppel, www.gabauermatterfuneralhome.com, where a blessing service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Father Mark Thomas will officiate.
Interment will follow St. Mary Cemetery, Chippewa Twp.
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My condolences. I remember how Stanley was working I our barn and I fell into a pen with a mother pig and babies. I was probably about five at the time. Just in time Stanley was able to reach over the pen and pull me out before that angry Momma could take a bite. I have a scar under my nose where I hit the feeding trough! Glad to hear he had enjoyed some traveling. I remember my mom telling of the dances the Lapinski family had in their barn on 37th st. Lots of polkas.
Dear Lapinski family, So sorry for your loss. The memories came flooding back when I read your Dad's name. So many good times digging, cutting grass etc up at St. Mary's. I shot my first rifle at your farm... and learned to ride there too! I will remember your Dad with a smile telling the story of Fr. Chips sneezing and falling backwards into a "hole". I'm glad he and my Dad are together again... probably complaining that the new guys are digging "all wrong"! Warm prayers of strength for your family. Joe Corcoran
First of all I would like to extend my deepest condolences on the passing of your wife, mother and grandmother. You do not know me but Mary and Joanne were next door neighbors of my grandparents Frank and Matilda Dallas on 6th avenue. My parents Nancy and Frank Pavlinch lived with my grandparents until I was 2. Mary & Joanne took me for rides in my stroller and Mom remained friends after their parents moved to Morado. Mom would take my Grandmother to see Teresa. I remember writing Mom's Christmas cards for her and writing one to Platz . God Bless all of you as you get through this difficult time,
Rest In Peace Uncle Tom, we have many fond memories of you, you were such a character, we will always think of you in laughter,my children loved seeing their "great-uncle" they too will cherish their memories! Love from us here in Wooster Ohio...Rusty, Susan, Rick, Randy and families, so very sorry for your loss, i know how proud your Dad was of all of you!
Rest in peace my love and one day I'll meet you there! All my love! Wanda you have my sympathy Susan and Rusty.
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers to you & your family
So very sorry to hear about the loss of your father.... hugs and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time
God rest your soul cousin. You are now with the family that has gone on before you. We'll be along shortly♡