Twyla Joanne Gaydos, 88, of Center Township passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on October 7, 2020.
She was born February 28, 1932 to the late Pearl Keown (Henry Gorka) and Edgar Hartenbach in Traverse City, Michigan. Joanne graduated from the Mason Felix Beauty School in Pittsburgh, PA. She also had been employed by National Electric in Ambridge, PA and Westinghouse Electric in Beaver, PA.
For 50 years she was an active member and two-time past president of the Center Civic Women’s Club. She enjoyed bowling with the Center Strikers for many years. She was an avid reader of mystery novels, and enjoyed word puzzles, game shows, and trivia. Family was very important to her and she always opened her home to all on holidays and special events.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Andy Dolnack; a grandson Scott Hoffman; and a great grandson, Owen Kubis.
She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, John Robert Gaydos; a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Lois Hartenbach; four daughters and a son in law, Karen Hoffman, Patty and Dave Withrow, Susan Gaydos, and Diane Melendez; Nine grandchildren, Michael Hoffman, Laura (Jason) Kubis, Nicholas Withrow, Christina (Dakota) Ray, Sophia Withrow, Jessica Beatty, Joshua Beatty, Daniel Melendez, and Carrie Melendez; and five great grandchildren, Rebecca Morris, Peyton Kubis, Alex Kubis, and twins Crimsyn and Lexa Ray.
The family wishes to thank Good Samaritan Hospice for their wonderful and compassionate care, and the neighbors and friends who gave selflessly and cooked for us during this difficult time. A special thank you to granddaughter Jessica Beatty who took such excellent care of her grandmother in her final days.
Joanne was such a thoughtful, giving person with a kind soul and touched so many lives during her 88 years on this earth. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Visitation will be on Sunday from 2pm to 6pm at Darroch Cremation and Funeral Tributes, Inc., 2640 Mill Street, Aliquippa www.darrochfuneralhome.com where a funeral service will be held on Monday at 11am with Pastor Rich Liptak officiating. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 25 people are permitted in the funeral home at a time. Visitors are asked to be brief in paying their respects. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Internment will be private at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a charitable donation can be made to Center Civic Women’s Club Cancer Fund in Joanne's memory. Donations may be sent to:
P.O. Box 1277 Aliquippa, PA 15001.
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