Livia A. Rahall, age 92, of Ellwood City, formerly of Bellevue, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017, in Northview Estates Nursing Home. She was born February 9, 1925, in Pecs, Hungary, a daughter of the late Augusta and Gizella Kregecz. Livia emigrated from Hungary through Ellis Island in 1932 with her mother and brother and settled in Ben Avon, PA, where she was reunited with her father. After graduating from High School, she took several secretarial positions in Pittsburgh and New York City. She was an avid reader, painter, sculptor, potter and enjoyed all types of crafts. During WWII, Livia worked for Dravo Corp. and won their "Pin-Up" girl competition. Receiving marriage offers from around the world, no one could compete with George, her husband of 54 years. Married in 1946, she devoted her life to the raising of their four sons. Livia's devotion to her family was second only to her devotion to her savior Jesus Christ. After accepting Christ at a Katherine Kuhlman revival in Pittsburgh, her life's testimony resulted in the salvation of her immediate and extended family, as well as countless others. Today, for Livia, Christ's promise of eternal life is realized.
Livia was preceded in death by her husband George, son Stephen, brother Augie Kregecz, and brothers-in-law Joe Rahall, Raymond Hawarny, and Louis Rahall. She is survived by three sons: Kenneth (Mary Ellen) of West View, PA, Dr. Lawrence (Lucy) of Ellwood City, PA, and CAPT (ret) Ronald (Mary Etta) Rahall of Yorktown, VA; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Alice Rahall of Beckley, WV; Elaine Rahall of Fayetteville, WV; Deloris Hawarny of Scott Depot, WV; and Joann Kregecz of Jeannette, PA; as well as many nephews and nieces.
Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8pm in the H.P. Brandt Funeral Home, Inc., 1032 Perry Hwy, Ross Twp., 412-364-4444, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Livia's memory to the Allison Park Church, 2326 Duncan Ave, Allison Park, PA 15101. To offer condolences, please visit www.brandtfuneralhome.com
Published on December 30, 2017