Anne Balishin Turenchalk, 96, of Dixonville, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019, during a brief stay at St. Andrew's Village in Indiana, PA.
Anne was born on October 15, 1922 in Dixonville, PA. Friends and family referred to her as “Annie,” but to her grandchildren, she was “Bub.” She was one of twelve children that her parents, John and Anastasia Balishin, raised in “Pig Town.” As a teenager, Anne moved to Yonkers, NY, to work as a housekeeper while attending beauty school. During WWII, she worked in a plant riveting airplanes. In 1944, she married John Turenchalk, also from the Dixonville area.
In 1945, John and Anne moved back to Dixonville and purchased Dixonville Hardware. They raised six children together. In the 1950s, they started selling propane gas and transitioned out of the hardware business. Their sons, John Jr. and Jerome, helped run the family business. As someone who never quit, Anne continued to answer the phones until just a couple weeks before her passing. Her family believes her sense of purpose aided in her long life.
John and Anne were members of St. John's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dixonville. Attending church was one of her top priorities in life. For many years, Anne cooked at St John's church hall for church functions, Dixonville Moose functions, and weddings.
Anne had many interests. She was a talented seamstress, sewing clothes for her children and grandchildren. She loved crafts, knitting, baking, reading and watching the news. She loved to cook, making halupkis and pierogies, as well as weekly post-church chicken dinners that, according to her family, nobody could replicate. She was always there when her family and friends needed her.
She is survived by her sister, Josephine (Edward) Stewart, Massapequa, NY; her children: Joanie Petrosky (Larry) Girard, OH; John Turenchalk Jr. & Jerrold Turenchalk, Dixonville, PA; Jolene Joyner, Clymer, PA; Joyce (James) LaTondre, Ellicott City, MD; her grandchildren: Thomas Petrosky, Austintown, OH, Jonelle (Lewis) Summerfield, Indiana, PA; Amanda (Deverin) Cowher, Greensburg, PA; Cassandra (Charles) Muszik, Sharon, PA; Shane Turenchalk, Dixonville, PA; Mackenzie Hoffer, Baltimore, MD; Breanna LaTondre (Alex) Roanoke, VA; and her great grandchildren: Aiden and Zaidalen
Annie was preceded in death by her husband, John Turenchalk and her son, Jerome Turenchalk; her parents; her sisters: Mary Turenchalk, Katherine Prenner, Sue Andrews, Helen Stevens; her brothers: Nick, Michael, John, Peter, Paul and William.
Friends will be received on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm at the McCabe~Roof Funeral Home, 565 Franklin St. Clymer PA with a Parastas Service beginning at 7:30 pm. Ann’s funeral service will be Monday at 10 am at St. John’s the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Dixonville, PA., with Rev. Fr. George Hnatko, Celebrant. Interment will be made in St. John’s the Baptist Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, Dixonville.
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