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Dolcy J. "Dolly," 87, Ashville, passed away July 8, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born September 15, 1929, in Dean, daughter of the late John and Armanda (Borio) Balest. Preceded in death by husband, Don on August 11, 2003; infant son, Joseph in 1963; and these sisters and brother, Rose Reiter, Clare Chirdon, William, Minerva Passonetti, Alice Baldori, Pearl Chirdon and identical twin Dorothy Cole. Survived by children, Dan (Flora Harris) of Ashville, Fred (Diane Myers) of Gallitzin, and Bernice Shumac (George) of Ashville; grandchildren, Ben (Angela), Jennifer Renaldi (Neil), Melissa Gibbons (Terrell Andrews), Marlena Hajdu (Dan), Ryan, Kelly Lieb (Matt), Eric Shumac (Cristy), and Michael Shumac; and great-grandchildren, Andrew, Abby, Jack, Aiden, Isabella, Nick, Kaylin, Alex, Ian, Seth Damian and Theo. Last member of her immediate family. Also survived by brother-in-law, Donald "Skip" Cole of Altoona and numerous nieces and nephews who she loved very much. Dolly enjoyed family time, going out to eat, especially with her nieces, and shopping. Life member of Ashville VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Member of Altar Rosary Society and St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ashville, where funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Robert Reese, Celebrant. Committal, St. Thomas Cemetery. Friends will be received from 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Gibbons Funeral Home, 1688 Liberty St., Ashville, PA 16613, where a Vigil service will be held Tuesday. Family suggests contributions be made to St. Thomas Catholic Church, Ashville in Dolly's memory. (www.gibbonsfhashvillecoalport.com)
Published on July 9, 2017
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