Leona J. Shevke of Liberty Borough died January 24, 2017 at LGAR Health & Rehab Center in Turtle Creek. Born in Austria, she was the daughter of the late Wasyl and Anna (Michigan) Smolinsky and the wife of the late Erfan Shevke. Leona was a lifetime member of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic Parish, dedicated pyrohy maker for the church, and former ladies auxiliary member of Liberty Borough Fire Department. She was a wonderful cook and her homemade cherry pies were a special treat. Leona enjoyed sewing, crochet, and embroidery. She taught herself how to play harmonica, and on holidays, especially Christmas Eve, she would perform to the joy of her family. A world traveler, she accompanied her husband to places including, Cyprus and Europe. She also spoke three languages. She is survived by daughter, Lee (Ronald) Stebick, grandson, Ronald Anthony Stebick, sisters, Mary (the late Henry) Belback, Olive (the late John) Benyak, Genevieve (the late Andrew) Yuna, and Pearl (the late Joe) Rolnik; goddaughter, Joanne Wakefield and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by sister, Jean Konias; brothers, Stanley Smolnicky and Michael Smolinsky. Family and friends will be received at Willig Funeral Home & Crematory on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Requiem Divine Liturgy will be Friday, January 27, 2017, 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church with Rev. Gregory Madeya as celebrant. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.willigfuneralcremationservices.com
Originally published January 25, 2017.