Johanna Gandy, 54

Johanna  Gandy, 54, of Ellwood City died on  Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at UPMC Mercy Hospital following a brief  illness.

Born January 17, 1959 in Ellwood City, she was the daughter of the late Willie Howard Gandy Sr. and Mae Evans Gandy of Ellwood City.

Hanna graduated from Lincoln High School in 1976.  She loved to cook, having cooked at the Moose Club and formerly at the West End Cafe.  She had also worked at the Ellwood Children’s Center and Airway Industries. Hanna enjoyed to be in a social environment.  The loves of her life were her children and her grandson, Jatavion.

In addition to her mother, Mae, survivors include two children, Caren Gaskins and James Gandy, both of Ellwood City; sisters, Barbara Gandy of Ellwood City, Katherine Hough of Texas; brothers, Vernon Gandy of Virginia, Willie Gandy Jr. of New Castle; grandson, Jatavion Gandy; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Visiting hours will be held on  Friday  from 5-8 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Friends will also be received on Saturday from 10 until the time of the funeral service at 11 am.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of the funeral home.

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14 thoughts on “Johanna Gandy, 54

  1. James, Caren, and the Gandy Family,

    Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather, openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. – Unknown

    It was a pleasure to know your mom! They don’t make them like Miss Hanna anymore. Her infectious laughter and cheerful nature always brought me joy any time I saw her. I know you miss her terribly, and I will miss her as well. I will always have good memories of her and have you all in our prayers.

    With Much Love,
    Brooke (Hoffman) Williams and Family

  2. We will miss you my Dear Hanna! We always looked forward to visiting you when coming to Ellwood City from Canada! Your kindness always made us feel so welcome. RIP ~~~ Tarq and Beverley~~~

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Hanna was such a great gal. Got alot of memories with her and Shelli. She had this fantastic laugh and so much love to give everyone. She was soooo proud of her children. I will miss you Hanna…keep on smiling dear friend.

  4. Caren, James and family,
    May words comfort you at this most difficult time. Miss Hanna was such a free-spirited, loving, happy person! Her smile was contagious to all that knew her! We loved her dearly as our children loved her too. We will miss her and her hugs that always made us feel special! In time we hope you will be at peace and always know that her love is in all of our hearts forever. Thinking of you…
    Damion & Lynda Barrett
    Joey, Shaelyn, Nick, DJ, & Maria

  5. Hanna was such a sweet person always kind to everyone,my sympathy goes out to her family and many close friends…

  6. To Hanna’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have great memories with Hanna. Lost touch with her because life got in the way. R.I.P. my dearest friend. Will love you forever. Joyce

  7. Caren and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother will be dearly missed. She had an infectious laugh, a beautiful smile and a loving heart and soul. I hope you find some peace by knowing how much your mother was loved and how much she will be missed. Sending you good thoughts and prayers for your healing process. Please know that you only need to ask if you need anything.
    Love you Caren,
    Lori Gallocher

  8. Our deepest sympathies go to the Gandy families and friends. Mr. Willie is a DEAR friend of the DeFonde and Lanza families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    The Defonde Family
    The Lanza Family

  9. To the Gandy Family,
    I’m sad to hear of your loss. I have good thoughts and memories of growing up with Hanna and the entire Gandy family. Hanna will be missed, it’s an honor to have known such nice person. Most of all I happy she gave birth to my nephew James. To God give the glory
    Love you all
    Gwen Borders

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