Born into This World July 14, 1918
Entered into Eternal Life December 16, 2020
On December 16, 2020 Veronica Sekellick, a long-time resident of Duncott, Cass Township, PA fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 102. She was born July 14, 1918 in Duncott, one of thirteen children of the late Peter and Mary Verbosh.
Veronica, affectionately known as Bunny began working in Philadelphia towards the end of WWII at a garment factory sewing shirt collars. Bunny can be counted among the “Rosie the Riveters”, running a drill press and later spray-painting aircraft wing parts at the Budd Company, an aircraft parts manufacturer in Philadelphia. Her then boyfriend John always waited for her at the end of her 3 to 11 P.M. shift to walk her home. John and Veronica were later married in Philadelphia in 1943. A few years later, they relocated to Duncott where they settled and raised their family. Through the course of her life, Bunny voted in 14 presidential elections, dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s time in office. During gatherings at the kitchen table she would talk of the challenges of growing up during the Depression years. Bunny’s passion in life was her love of her family, cooking and planting beautiful flowers in her garden.
Veronica was a devout Catholic and a member of SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Minersville, PA. She was a member of SS Peter and Paul Ladies’ Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bunny also volunteered at Hillcrest Hall where she joined a group of parishioners who made perogies, halupkies and city chicken for social events. She could most often be found in her own kitchen preparing those same and other traditional meals, as she was a Mother to everyone who came through her door. Immediately after greeting you, she would ask, “Are you hungry”? Friends and relatives came from miles to eat at her table and never left hungry.
Veronica’s husband John D. Sekellick passed away January 2012; her son Msgr. John T. Sekellick went to his eternal rest January 2017. Veronica was preceded in death by her brothers Michael, Peter, Andrew, John, George, and Joseph Verbosh; her sisters Mary Verbosh, Anna Gavaletz and Julia Ryan. Left to cherish her memories are her daughter Irene, husband John D. Gombola of Chantilly, Virginia; daughter Therese, husband Bret Bennett and their two children RJ and Valerie of Dallas, Texas; her sisters Helen Platko of Pottsville, PA, Bertha Petrishko of Saint Clair, PA, Irene Dallago of MarLin, PA and an abundance of nieces and nephews. Veronica’s unconditional love for God, church and family will live on through her children, and grandchildren. She will be missed as immeasurably as she was loved.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home, 104 S. 4th Street, Minersville, PA. Following CDC Covid19 Guidelines, visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday, December 19th followed by the 11:00 celebration of the Requiem Divine Liturgy at SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, officiated by the Very Rev Gregory J. Noga, Pastor. Interment will take place at SS. Peter & Paul Byzantine Parish Cemetery, Llewellyn, Pa.
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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be submitted to SS Peter & Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, 107 S. 4th Street, Minersville PA 17954.
Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville, entrusted with the arrangements.
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