Mary F. Jelen

Mary F. Jelen of Second Ave., Koppel passed away on  Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Franciscan Manor in Patterson Twp.

Born in Wampum, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Maria Volterelli Procopio.  She was first married to Joseph Chulak who passed away in 1975.  She has been married for 28 years to Robert E. Jelen, who survives.

Mary was the lunch coordinator for the Koppel School for many years.  She was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish.  She loved music and enjoyed singing.  She was an avid and accomplished ballroom dancer well known to a wide circle of fellow dancers.

In addition to her husband, Robert, survivors include two daughters, Sandy Richardson of Ellwood City, Barb (Bill) Miskolcze of Beaver Falls; two step daughters, Jeanette (Mario) Garcia of Texas, Barb Jelen of Arizona; two step sons, Bob Jelen of Texas, Bill (Mary Ellen) Jelen of Ohio; two sisters, Rose (Don) Lieberman of Florida, Lillian Crespo of Wampum; sister in law, Patty Procopio of Pittsburgh; brother, Sam (Kathy) Procopio of Chewton; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Frank Procopio, a sister, Barbara Jean Procopio in infancy, and a son in law, Ralph Richardson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 1 at  Holy Redeemer Church  at 10:00 am with Rev. Father Mark Thomas  officiating.

Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Angel Fund at Holy Redeemer Church.

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9 thoughts on “Mary F. Jelen

  1. We send our sympathy to The Jelen Family. We always liked Mary. She was a wonderful person-so beautiful and friendly.

  2. Bob, Sandy and Barb,

    So sorry for your loss. Sending the Drass family sympathies to the entire family.

    Jim & Dottie, Jewel, Joy & Mike, Sarah & John, Ryan and Lynzie

  3. To Sandy & Barb (daughters of Mary Jelen)
    We were so very sorry to hear of your mother’s death. She was one special lady.
    We are currently in Florida or we would have attended the services. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With sympathy,
    Ronna & Jack Vesnesky

  4. we are all so sorry to hear about aunt mary. i always remember her as a classy lady. not sure you knew that my mother, pauline, passed away in july. we are all still trying to deal with that, especially my dad. our condolences to your family. “when a loved one becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”.
    you are in our prayers.
    paula nahal

  5. Barb and Sandy: You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Dear Sandy and Barb So very sorry your mother has passed. I always thought she was such a nice person and so very pretty. I know you will miss her so much. I still miss my mom and it has been 26 years. Think of all the good times. Like American Band Stand. Helen Young Duff

  7. How sad. Remembering the good olds at the Kalivoda house at Christmas Aunt Mary would arrive and all of kids would look and stare at how lovely and chic she was that night. I particularly hoped and waited for her to come personally over to me and at least smooth her hand over my hair. She is missed. Thank you

  8. Mary was one of the sweetest neighbors any family could ever ask for . Her smiling face and warm embrace will be forever missed but never forgotten. Thank you Mary for all your kindness to us over the last 10 years.

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