Sandra (Sivulich) Dudash, 78, of Homer City, passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at Indiana Hospital after a long illness. She was born on April 25, 1941, in Dixonville, the daughter of the late Eva (Rudiak) and George (Lefty) Sivulich.
Sandy was a registered nurse and a graduate of the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. She earned a B.S. in nursing and a master’s in school counseling from IUP. She was the Excellence Foundation 2002 Educator of the Year. Sandy was retired from the Homer-Center School District where she worked as a school nurse and guidance counselor at the elementary and high schools for 25 years, nurturing and influencing countless students in the district. After her retirement, Sandy volunteered at Meals on Wheels, the Homer City Public Library, as an elementary school aide and for the Evergreen Conservancy. In her free time, Sandy enjoyed traveling, spending time with her grandchildren and the cooking and baking she was noted for.
Sandy was a member of St. Mary’s Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City.
In addition to her husband of 57 years, John (Yush), she is survived by a daughter, Audrey Burt and husband, Dave, of San Rafael, Calif., and a son, Andrew Dudash and wife, Janine, of Huntingdon. She is also survived by grandchildren Abigail and Meredith Sites and Silas, Kazmira, August and Miles Dudash.
Also surviving are her brother, Kenneth Sivulich and wife, Sandra, of St. Augustine, Fla., sister Nancy Young, of Houston, Texas, and sister Deborah Magley and husband, John, of League City, Texas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, John Dudash Jr.
The family would like to thank all of the people and agencies that helped her through a very difficult time.
Friends will be received today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the C. Frederick Bowser Funeral Home, Homer City, where a Parastas will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. A Panachida will be recited Friday at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a Divine Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Holy Protection Byzantine Catholic Church, Homer City. Innichement will be held in Oakland Cemetery, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Renovation Fund, 279 Yellow Creek St., Homer City, PA 15748; Evergreen Conservancy, P.O. Box 783, Indiana, PA 15701; the Homer City Food Bank, 45 West Elm St., Homer City, PA 15748; or the Homer City Library, P.O. Box 25, Homer City, PA 15748.