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Mary Kobialko Chovan
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Birth: May 6, 1914
New Castle
Lawrence County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 2012
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA

Mary Chovan of Sharpsville died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. She was 98.

Mrs. Chovan was born May 6, 1914, in New Castle to John and Agnes Dempniak Kobialko.

She moved to the Farrell-Sharon area as a child and attended St. Adalbert School and Sharon High School.

During World War II, she was employed by the former Sharon Steel Corp.'s Farrell plant.

On Feb. 1, 1936, she married Joseph Chovan; he passed away June 27, 1995.

As a member of St. Adalbert's Church, Farrell, Mary was president of the Altar-Rosary Society for 16 years and was vice president of the Infant of Prague Society, which she helped organize.

She was president of the Polish National Alliance.

Mrs. Chovan was recipient of awards from the American Red Cross for knitting socks, sweaters and hoods for soldiers during World War II and also training students to knit these items.

Mary was blessed with many special talents. She was also proudly self-reliant and others could always rely on her. "If there's a will there's a way."

She tirelessly designed and made enduring treasures of fine needlework for family and friends, including afghans, hand-stitched quilts, crochet and needlepoint. As a seamstress, she worked without patterns to create custom-tailored clothes, even wedding gowns for herself, family and friends.

Mary designed and fabricated a lifetime of personalized beauty within her home. She continually worked to enhance the beauty of nature's landscape outside her home for others to also enjoy.

When her work seemed completed, she eagerly sought her next project and used the break to enthusiastically dance the polka.

Mary is survived by her son, Fred A. Chovan, Erie; her daughter, Audrey E. Chovan, Sharpsville; four sisters-in-law, Irene Chovan, Sharon; Lillian Kobialko, Brookfield; Emily Kobialko, Andover, Ohio; and Florence Kolbey, Chicago; two goddaughters, Ruth Pettey and Janice Gathers; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father, John Kobialko; her mother, Agnes Kobialko; and her brothers, Ben Kobialko, Thaddeus Kobialko and Chester Kolbey.


Mrs. Joseph (Mary), 98, Sharpsville.

Calling hours: Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to time of service Friday (11-16-12) in St. Adalbert's Cemetery Chapel, Hermitage. Online condolences may be expressed at

Service: Funeral Mass at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the chapel with the Rev. Daniel J. Kresinski as celebrant.

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, Hermitage.

Family links: 
  John Kobialko (1887 - 1962)
  Joseph Chovan (1913 - 1995)*
  Mary Kobialko Chovan (1914 - 2012)
  Ben J. Kobialko (1915 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Holy Cross Cemetery
Mercer County
Pennsylvania, USA
Created by: Andrea Grega
Record added: Nov 14, 2012
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Mary <i>Kobialko</i> Chovan
Added by: Andrea Grega
Mary <i>Kobialko</i> Chovan
Added by: Andrea Grega
Mary <i>Kobialko</i> Chovan
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Rest in Peace, Mary.
- Andrea Bohach Grega
 Added: Nov. 14, 2012

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