Stephanie  Kovalchik


98, of Johnstown, died July 14, 2019, in Trenton, Michigan. Born November 29, 1920, in Johnstown the daughter of John and Antonia (Kokoska) Bala. Preceded in death by her parents; husband, Steve Kovalchik; brother, Edward Bala; and sisters, Helen Ivancic and Phyllis Laphen. Survived by her loving children: Stephen (Jackie) Kovalchik, Riverview, MI; Lawrence (Cheryl) Kovalchik, Boerne, Tx; Maryann (Lawrence) Plummer, Etters, PA; and David (Barbara) Kovalchik, Mechanicsburg, PA; grandchildren: Stephanie, Stephan (Alisha), Nicholas and David Kovalchik; Rebecca and Teresa Plummer; and Dustin and Tyler (Jacki) Chubb; great-grandchildren: Stephen, Mia and Bennett. Sister of: Josephine Fritz, Mary Haggerty and John Bala. Special thanks to sister-in-law, Verna Lacastro for her many kindnesses. Also survived by friend and neighbor, Ethel Balachak; and phone companion and niece, Michelle Golias. During World War II, Stephanie worked as a security guard at a munitions factory in Ohio. Friends will be received from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Francis G. Ozog Funeral Home, Inc., 710 Broad Street where vigil service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Resurrection Parish, Fr. George Gulash. Committal will be held at Grandview Cemetery Mausoleum. Mom, when you meet St. Peter please don't tell him "I'm not trying to tell you what to do, but...." In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to either Resurrection Parish or EWTN Global Catholic Network in memory of Stephanie. Online condolences may be offered to the family at
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Niece Susan and Robert Becker
Aug 01, 2019
Please accept my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your beloved Mom and to me my Aunt Stef. I am so very sorry that we could not attend the viewing and services since we have been out of town for two weeks. I will always remember Aunt Stef's wit and charm and always a good laugh when we were visiting. She also taught me how to make "halupki" or pigs in the blanket for one of my children's graduation parties. It was a pleasure to have her in my home showing me her method for the halupki. She was so quick and fast like a pro! We had lots of laughs that day that I will cherish forever. Even our visits to her home were also memorable, too. God Bless you and may the angel...s of God surround you with love and eternal peace and rest. Forever Loved...SusanRead more
Donna Yoxheimer
Jul 23, 2019
My fondest memories were of the road trips my family took to visit my Aunt Stef , Uncle Steve and cousins in Johnstown.
Niece Linda & Bill Davis
Jul 22, 2019
As we extend our deepest sympathies to the Family of Aunt “Steffie”, as we called her; we will always remember her spunk and wit!
Our love to the family,
Linda & Bill
Ron Jerasa
Jul 18, 2019
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Ron & Sue Jerasa and Family
Jul 17, 2019
Rest assured Mrs. Kovalchik is meeting old friends and making new ones on her way to join up with husband Steve. What a kind wonderful person she was and a great Mom and Grandma...she will be missed...
Amy Twardziak
Jul 17, 2019
I am so so sad to hear of Stephanie's passing.
It's so strange, how just a few days ago, I was thinking about her yet again, wondering how she is. Truly, my condolences to family and friends..

I was introduced to Stephanie over a year ago when I was training to do the "Meals on Wheels Route 5".
She was a character right off the bat, we must have stayed and talked to her for almost a half hour--and she kept saying as she always did when I delivered myself, "I know you have to go and I won't keep you, but..." and would continue on with one of her many stories of how proud she was of her children and her grandkids!

We would chat about life-she would ask my about my daughter. And my daug
...hter, who is 6, actually came along a few times on the route and I was so happy that she got to meet Stephanie-and vis versa-because we spoke of her so much-just as she did her own family.
She was so sweet to my daughter-always gave her a hug.
Always gave her a huge before I would leave-
She would have Mass on the t.v. and reading the paper, drinking coffee and getting read to make an egg when I came in to drop off her meals.

She was such a sweet lady and I could tell from her stories, the way she spoke of all of you, she loved her family.

Her stories of the great depression and many others were amazing to listen too. She would say anytime I wanted a history lesson just ask her.

One of my favorite things was when she would say how her family would "pretend to play the violin" when she struck up one of her history lessons or stories..that was always funny when she would hum or sing the music while pretending to play the violin and she would laugh.

What a wonderful lady and I am so happy that I was able to meet her!!

My deepest condolences to you all; family and friends
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Darlene Urban & Nancy (Urban) Ream
Jul 16, 2019
Mom and I are so sorry for your loss, we have many good memories with Steph, she was a wonderful person with a big heart. Having her as a neighbor and especially a friend was a blessing.. Again, we send our condolences.
Anita( Bala) Klym
Jul 16, 2019
There are not enough words in the dictionary to describe such a special sweet Godmother, Best Friend to my Mom, Ann Bala, Best Little Sister to my Dad, big brother Ed, Matriarch of the Bala Family. Hearing Stef's voice always reminded me of home. Her kindness to me will never be forgotten. I imagine Uncle Steve and my Mom and Dad along with Ed and Jan greeting her with loving arms into the Kingdom of Heaven. God Bless you Aunt Stef. I cherish every day we had. Thanks for loving me and Nick and our girls.
Cherryl Ranta and Helen Saylor
Jul 16, 2019
What a beautiful lady. We had so much fun driving back from Michigan after we picked up our entertainment for the trip home. We met Steve off the interstate and Mrs. Kovalchik got in. We were heading back to PA. She had plenty of stories along the way. Maryann you had nothing on me after that. Eight hours later we arrived in Mechanicsburg safely and very informed. Wonderful memories. Thoughts and prayers to the family. All our love Cherryl and Helen.
Ozog Funeral Home
Jul 16, 2019