Anne Bretcko Kmetz, age 95, of Sewickley, formerly of Clairton, PA, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019.She was born April 14, 1924, in Clairton, to the late John and Mary (Kuzma) Bretcko. Anne was a lifelong resident of Clairton until her move to Sewickley. Anne was a 1942 graduate of Clairton High School. She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone and as a merchandise buyer for Skapik’s Department Store in Clairton. She was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Clairton. Anne is predeceased by her husband Andrew A. Kmetz, her son Andrew and daughter Carol Kmetz. She is survived by her daughters Monica Kmetz Cochran (Terry), Andrea Kmetz-Sheehy (Bob), and Tracy Kmetz; her grandchildren Scott Cochran (Kirsten), Christopher Cochran, Caroline Cochran, Elizabeth Sheehy and Jack Sheehy; great-grandchildren Austin, Brooke, and Cameron Cochran; nieces and nephews.
The family wants to gratefully acknowledge the support and care provided by the nurses and caregivers that enabled her to be in her home throughout an extended illness. They partnered with us to create a supportive environment and to optimize the happy moments in her life. Our Mom was the energy and the heartbeat of our family. She bestowed her life lessons with a smile (and, a fair share of old-fashioned discipline), with strength, with drive, and with love that was unfailing. She remained a force to be reckoned with even as her world grew smaller and smaller in recent years. Friends and relatives will be received on Friday, April 26, 2019, from 5-8 pm at A. J. Bekavac Funeral Home, 555 5th. St., Clairton, PA 15025 (412-233-5700). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at 10 am in St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Clairton. Burial will follow in St. Clare Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, it would please our Mom to no end that any remembrances would be made to Merakey Allegheny Valley School, 1992 Ewing Mills Road, Coraopolis, PA 15108, in the name of her daughter, Tracy Kmetz. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com
Originally published April 20, 2019.