Lida Wilma (Lojpersberger) Benyak, 92, of Liberty Borough, formerly of New Kensington, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2023. She was born in Johnson City, NY on May 19, 1931 and was daughter to the late Paul and Helen (Fabik) Lojpersberger. She graduated from Johnson City High School in 1949 and moved to New Kensington, where she worked for ALCOA Aluminum Co. while remaining involved with Sokol, USA - Lodge #46; where she was a gymnast, taught classes, and performed in a Czechoslovakian Folk Dance Co. These groups brought her to meet the love of her life, Joseph Benyak. They got married on October 16, 1954 and were married for a wonderful 56 years before his passing in September, 2010. Her and Joseph had moved to Liberty Borough and Lida became an extremely active member of the Liberty Prebyterian Church for 66 years - from an attendance officer to the "Sunshine Lady," and various other activities, you could always count on Lida to be involved. She was also a member of the Liberty Senior Citizens and loved traveling with their whole group. While traveling, she found her favorite travel time was with her family to the beach.
She was a wonderful Mother, Grandmother, and Great-Grandmother. She is survived by her daughters, Lorraine (Christopher) Nola of Liberty Borough, Joann (Mike) Kudla of Donegal, and Donna (Robert) Fisher of North Huntingdon; grandchildren, Stephanie (Eric) Nola-Shields, Rayna Nola, Michael (Lexi) Kudla, Erica (Thomas) Kudla-Turkovic, Cody (Jenessa) Kudla, Rob (Nicole) Fisher, Joe (Bianca) Fisher, and Donny (Ashley) Fisher; 16 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Cayden, and Alyssa Shields, Kyra, Ella, Izaiah, Khloe, Michael, and Ash Kudla, Hailey and Tristan Turkovic, and Vivienne, Henry, RJ, Addison, and Emily Fisher, plus 2 more on the way. She is also survived by her brother, Paul J. (Joan) Lojpersberger of Deerfield Beach, FL., and many nieces and nephews. Friends are welcome Sunday, September 17, 2023 from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the Gilbert Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131. (412) 672-6322 Troy J. Gilbert, director. Funeral Service will be held Monday, September 18, 2023 at 11:00 am in the Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jody Dausey officiating. Interment will take place at the Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth Township. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made, in Lida's honor, to the Liberty Presbyterian Church - 900 Elizabeth Street, McKeesport, PA 15133. Condolences can be made at Gilbertfuneralhomeandcrematory.com
Originally published September 15, 2023.