Kathleen Penwell, 1953-2019

HILLSVILLE, Pa. — Kathleen B. Pezzulo Penwell, 66, of Hillsville, Pa., passed away peacefully, Friday Sept. 13, 2019, at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest, with her beloved twin sister, Marlene, by her side.

Kathy was born on Sept. 7, 1953, to the late Michael and Lillian Moffo Pezzulo.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on Dec. 2, 2012, by her beloved husband, John D. Penwell, whom she married Aug. 24, 1973.

She was a graduate of Mohawk Junior/ Senior High School in 1971 and Youngstown State University in 1975. With a master’s degree in education, she was a dedicated special education teacher at Struthers City Schools for 30 years, B.C.C. Schools and with Autistic Children for one year. After she retired, she continued to tutor children at Springfield Local Schools.

Kathy was a member of Holy Spirit Parish, Christ the King, and served as president of Christian Mothers at Christ the King.

Kathy was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and everyone who knew her will always remember the great big Mama P. Hugs.

She is survived by her only son, Jonathan and daughter-in-law Heather (Moore) Pennwell of Pulaski, Pa., the loves of her life, her six grandchildren, Samantha (Brandon) of Hillsville, Pa, Camrynn, Cadan, Brayden, Brianna and Hunter of Pulaski, Pa., one great-grandchild, Triton; as well as her twin sister, Marlene (Daniel) D’Amato; her brother Charles (Jackie) Pezzulo; a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara (Roy) Erwin; and her mother-in-law, Mary Margaret (Taylor Penwell; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Ed & Don DeCarbo Funeral Home & Crematory, 3000 Wilmington Road. A Blessing Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. The Rev. Russell Shuluga and Deacon John Carran will officiate.

Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.

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