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Kathryn Helen Candioto, 91, of Slippery Rock passed away the morning of Feb. 25, 2017, at UPMC Jameson Hospital's emergency room.
Born in Homewood, Pa., on March 20, 1925, she was a daughter of David T. Strawhecker and Minne Horn Strawhecker Richeal, the fourth child of 11.
For eight years, she attended a one-room schoolhouse and then graduated from Harlansburg High School in 1943. In her younger days, she taught Sunday school, helped out with Girl Scouts and Bible school. She helped start a lunch program in Harlansburg Elementary.
Known for her pies, especially her peanut butter pie that people would fight over. She retired from Rambler's Rest Restaurant as a cook and piemaker.
For more than 70 years, she was a member of Harlansburg Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon and on the member care committee. She always enjoyed being on committees at church and decorating for church activities, her favorite being the mother-daughter banquets.
Survivors include daughters Lisa Marie Candioto of Slippery Rock and Cheryl (Romeo) Caldararo of New Castle; one sister, Doris Petrozelle of New Wilmington; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Harry, George, Bob, John, Jim and Bill Strawhecker; sisters, Ruth Spieker, Dorothy Adamczyk and Evelyn Cvetan; and one great-granddaughter, Nichole Miller.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Harlansburg Presbyterian Church.
A funeral service will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. John Lyons and Rev. Rosalyn Kummer officiating.
Burial will be in Unity Baptist Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Kathryn's name to Harlansburg Presbyterian Church, 385 Old Route 19, New Castle, Pa.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.cunninghamfh.com.
Published on February 27, 2017
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