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Virginia R. (Kelley) Elson

October 26, 1927 ~ April 18, 2019 (age 91)


Virginia R. Elson, 91, of New Kensington, passed away on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Redstone Highlands in Murrysville. She was born in Wheeling, WV, on October 26, 1927, to the late Oren A. and Beulah B. Kelley. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Philip A. Elson, and four siblings.  Virginia was raised in Weirton, WV, and after marriage the couple relocated to the Lehigh Valley area. When they returned to western PA in 1960, they settled in New Kensington. Virginia was an active member of Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Lower Burrell, where she served as an elder, clerk of the session, and church treasurer.  She loved music, and sang in school, church and community choirs for many years. She retired from Equibank in 1987. Her other interests were travel, sewing, and painting.  She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen R. Pedatella of New Kensington, and Janice Rehwald of Murrysville, and three beloved granddaughters: Julianne (Arun) Aharam of Clifton, VA, Lesley Pedatella of New Kensington, and Eileen (Lorenzo) Pelosi of Barcelona, Spain. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends are invited to a memorial visitation with the family from 5 to 8 pm Monday, April 22nd in the FRANK F. GIGLER FUNERAL HOME, Inc., Robert P. Karish, Supervisor, 2877 Leechburg Road, Lower Burrell, PA 15068.  A memorial service, with Rev. Ken Foust officiating, will be held Tuesday, April 23rd at 11 AM in Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant Street, Lower Burrell, PA 15068. Everyone please meet at the church. In lieu of flowers, Virginia wished for donations to be made in her name to Grace Community Presbyterian Church, or the charity of the donor’s choosing.

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