Catherine (Kay) DePace Aloi, 98 of Ambridge, passed away peacefully on March 8, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Born March 3, 1922, Kay was the third child of Maria Rosa Sabino and Francesco DePace. On June 1, 1946, she married Sam H. Aloi who passed in 1987. Her 98th birthday was celebrated at the Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver, where she passed.
She and her husband had seven children. Surviving are Tina Aquino, Marie (Tom) Panutsos, Nancy (Garrette) Aloi-Edmonds, Sam (Janice) Aloi Jr., and Cathy (Bob) Bires, daughter in law Judith Aloi, 15 grandchildren: David Aloi, Daniel Aloi, Emily D’Amore, Tara Aquino, Tory-Aquino-Sims, Michelle Stevenson, Melissa Eckler, Marcie Rovan, Melanie Panutsos, Katie Richter, Carrie Dietsch, Natalie Syka, Nicole Bogacki, Amy Hepak, and Bobby Bires; and 22 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her son John, infant daughter Francine, son in law Tom Aquino and all of her siblings: Vincent DePace, Larry DePace, Joseph DePace, Marie Gentile, Frances Pockey, and Albert DePace.
Kay spent her entire life in service to extended family members, neighbors, and friends. She was a dedicated member of the Christian Mothers. She volunteered endless hours at her church, working in the kitchen, volunteering at festivals, and organizing the church bingo for many years. In 2014, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh honored her with the Marcus O’Brien Award for her many years of service to Good Samaritan Parish.
At the time of her death, she was still serving as a Democratic Committeewoman, a position she held for nearly 60 years. Upon her 90th birthday, she was presented with a citation from the House of Representatives for her generous years of contributions to the well-being of others. She was also acknowledged by the Beaver County Democratic Committee as having been the longest serving committeewoman ever in the county. She also served on Ambridge Borough Council for several years. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary.
She instilled an ethic of hard work and service into each of her children by example. During WWII, she did clerical work in the steel mills. While raising her family, she worked on factory assembly lines. For over twenty years, she worked for the Ambridge Area School District as a school custodian/matron where she touched the lives of many young people.
In her retirement she delighted in visits from her grandchildren and great- grandchildren, playing Bingo at Circle of Friends, working at the church, and serving the Democratic Party.
Family and friends will be received on Monday from 6-8 P.M. and Tuesday from 2-8 P.M. in the John Syka Funeral Home, 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge, from where a prayer will be offered on Wednesday at 9:30 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. in the Good Samaritan Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Economy Cemetery. The Ambridge Eagle’s Ladies Auxiliary will have a service on Monday at 6:15 P.M. and the Christian Mothers Ladies Guild will pray the Holy Rosary on Tuesday at 3 P.M. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial gifts may be sent to either Good Samaritan Church, 725 Glenwood Ave., Ambridge, PA 15003; or The Good Samaritan Hospice at Heritage Valley, 1000 Dutch Ridge Road, Beaver, PA 15009.
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