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Elizabeth Mary (Wilson) Cernava

May 26, 1932 ~ December 10, 2017 (age 85)

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Elizabeth Mary Cernava, 85 of Sewickley, formerly of Canonsburg, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 10, 2017 in West Penn Hospital.

She was born on May 26, 1932 in Canonsburg to John and Marguerite Kelly Wilson who preceded her in death.

On September 3, 1955 she married Frank S. Cernava who passed away on December 23, 1993.

Mrs. Cernava was a faithful member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Canonsburg where she was a member of the Christian Mothers and Guild of St. Patrick. She was also a member of the Jefferson College Historical Society.

She was employed by Mellon Bank as a bank teller until she became co-owner together with her husband in an insurance agency.

She enjoyed many interests and hobbies including playing piano, crossword puzzles, gardening, and taking care of her home. Above all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and cherished their times together.

She is survived by her children Patrice M. Bell (Tom) of Baltimore, Maryland, Susan E. Elson (fiance’ Edward McNeight, Jr.) of Sewickley with whom she made her home, Carol A. McCormick (Michael) of Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Leslie C. Saks (Simon) of Huntington Station, New York and her only son Stephen Cernava (Mary) of Upper Burrell, nine grandchildren, Elizabeth and Stephen Debes, Kelly and Marguerite Elson, Chester(Alison) and Stefan Cernava, Benjamin, Hannah and Grace Saks, two great grandchildren Noah Stephen Cernava and Dylon Crumlin, and a niece Sylvia Bolga who was very special to her.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother John Wilson.

At the request of the family, the family viewing, Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Church and interment at Forest Lawn Gardens in McMurray are all private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Salandra Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., Joseph P. Salandra, owner/supervisor, 304 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, 724-745-8120.

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