Leona (Kopec) Hamm, 89, who was born, raised, and lived her entire life in Natrona, Harrison Twp., died peacefully on June 18, 2019, after spending the past several weeks in hospice care at the Sarver home of her grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Joshua and Courtney Hamm, who cared for her in her final months.
Born on December 22, 1929, Leona was the daughter of Stanley and Natalia Kopec, and was the youngest of their nine children. Leona was united in marriage to her devoted husband, Harry E. Hamm, Jr., on February 5, 1950, and they remained married for more than 55 years, until his death on November 21, 2005. She was a member of St. Joseph R.C. Parish in Natrona. Leona was also predeceased by her parents, her siblings, and two of her great-grandchildren, Eli Clayton Hamm and Amelia Rose Hamm.
Throughout her life, Leona enjoyed laughing at her husband’s jokes, cooking Sunday dinners, spending time with her family, praying the rosary, playing bingo, and being a Dr. Mario champion.
Leona is survived by her sons, Dennis (Amy) Hamm, of Natrona, Harry (Ruth) Hamm, of Fawn Twp., and Tim Hamm, of Natrona; daughter, Karen (Wayne) Hrabovsky, of Glenshaw; and former daughter-in-law, Connie Hamm, of Saxonburg.
Leona was also the proud and supportive grandmother of eight grandchildren, Zachary (Lisa) Hamm, Joshua (Courtney) Hamm, Casey (Paul) Rocchini, Janet (Brian Chisuano) Hamm, Lucas (Jessie) Hrabovsky, Grant Hrabovsky, Nathan Hamm, and Clayton Hamm; and eleven great-grandchildren, Austin, Donavin, Isaac, Amelia, Ava, Eli, Allie, Delilah, Emma, Harrison, and Luca . She could often be seen in the audience at their concerts, shows, games, and recitals.
Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 pm and on Friday from 2-4, 6-8 pm in the Cicholski-Zidek Funeral Home, Inc., 1522 Carlisle St., Natrona Heights 724-224-8688, where a parting prayer service will be held on Saturday at 9:00 am. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 9:30 am in St. Ladislaus Church with her pastor the Rev. John B. Lendvai as celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights . In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation in memory of Eli Clayton Hamm and Amelia Rose Hamm and mailed to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation c/o PNC Bank PO Box 535240 Pittsburgh, PA 15253. To send an online condolence please visit www.cicholski-zidekfh.com.
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