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Dolly Lea McClenahan, 97, formerly of New Castle, Pa., passed away the morning of July 14, 2017, at the Vincentian Home, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Dolly was born Dec. 6, 1919, in New Castle. She was the daughter of the late Stanley and Sophia Teofilak Sovesky.
Dolly was married to the late Leon W. McClenahan. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1999. They were married for 51 years.
Mrs. McClenahan was a graduate of Shenango High School, class of 1937. She also attended New Castle Business College. She worked in Harrisburg for several years at the state Capitol.
Dolly enlisted on Aug. 4, 1943, in New Castle. She served her country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy. Dolly attended the U.S. Naval Hospital Corps School in Bainbridge, Md., and earned the rank of Pharmacist's Mate Third Class. Mrs. McClenahan was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Seattle, Wash., on Nov. 20, 1945. She returned to New Castle and worked as a bookkeeper for Shenango Valley Transportation Co.
Mrs. McClenahan moved to Miami, Fla., in 1955. She worked as a bookkeeper for 21 years for Burk Builders Inc. At 60, she obtained an Associate Degree in Nursing from Miami Dade College. She worked as a nurse at North Shore Medical Center in Miami, Fla., and retired after 14 years of service there.
Dolly was a former member of SS. Phillip and James Church in New Castle and a former member of the Church of the Visitation of North Miami, Fla. She enjoyed golfing, snow skiing and playing cards. Later in life, she enjoyed playing sporting games on Wii, especially bowling and golf.
Dolly is survived by nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and two great-great-nephews as well as her daughter-in-law; five granddaughters; and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband Leon, she was preceded in death by her stepson, Daniel McClenahan; four brothers, William, Chester, Edward and Thomas Sovesky; and two sisters, Genevieve Blesch and Retta Bertak.
Following her wishes, there will be no calling hours.
A Blessing Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Noga Funeral Home. The Rev. Frank D. Almade, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Parish will officiate. Burial will be in Castleview Cemetery. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will perform full military honors for Dolly at noon in the Funeral Home. In Lieu of flowers, the family is asking memorial donations be made in her name to St. Alexis Church, 10090 Old Perry Highway, Wexford, Pa. 15090.
Online obituary may be viewed by visiting nogafuneralhome.com.
Published on August 2, 2017
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