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Irene J. (Knopp) Gola

Born: Sun., Dec. 2, 1928
Died: Sat., Apr. 6, 2019

Blessing Service

1:00 PM Thu., Apr. 11, 2019
Location: Turtle Creek

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A lifelong resident of Turtle Creek, age 90, peacefully on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Beloved wife of the late Joseph J. Gola for 37 years.

Loving mother of David Gola of Turtle Creek and Karen (Jeff Toner) Gola of Maine.

Sister of Norma McQuade of Laughlintown, Ellen DiBernardo of Clarion, Elaine Owens of NC, Martin Knopp of Monroeville, the late Paul Knopp, late Phillip Knopp and the late Ronald Knopp.

Irene is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Irene was an Executive Secretary for the Union Railroad in East Pittsburgh prior to becoming a wife and mother. After her children were raised, she became employed in the cafeteria of Westinghouse in East Pittsburgh. She ended her career as a receptionist for her sister-in-law, Dr. Irene Smulczenski, Podiatrist in Pitcairn.

Friends are welcome on Thursday from 12 noon until the time of the Blessing Service at 1 pm. at Patrick T. Lanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave. at James St., Turtle Creek 412-823-9350.

Irene will be laid to rest in Good Shepherd Cemetery.


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ron barker
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019

So sorry to hear of your loss. Heaven has a new angel!


Maureen Summers
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
Dear Karen, Jeff and Dave,
Since sympathy to all of you on the loss of you Mum! I know you will miss her terribly but her suffering is behind her. She ended her time on her in a lovely residence and knew she was well loved.
May your happy memories ease your sorrow.
RIP Irene

Larry Anzur
   Posted Sun April 07, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to David & Karen & Jeff on the loss of Aunt Irene, she will be missed, but she left a lifetime of memories for us all .

Bonnie and Al Pollard
   Posted Tue April 09, 2019
Dear David, Karen and Jeff,

We send our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother. She lived a long life with a loving family. This journey is over and another one begun. I'm sure her blessing to you would be to be comfortable with yourselves and enjoy each day.

Love, Bonnie and Al

Roni Rosenberry
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
Dear Dave, Karen & Jeff: My deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your mother. I've known Mrs. Gola for a long time and always enjoyed talking to her; she was such a sweet, sweet lady. She is in heaven now & will always be watching over you. God Bless All of you!!!!

Kent Buchholz
   Posted Sun April 14, 2019
Dear Dave and Karen:

I was so sorry to hear about your mom. Please accept my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. I have a lot of wonderful memories of Irene and your dad (Joe). They were always so very kind to me and to the kids in our old neighborhood.
May she rest in peace.

Kent Buchholz
Plum, Pa.

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