Lois “Elaine” (Russell) Sydeski, age 86, of Monroeville, formerly of Glassport where she lived for many years and Ripley, WV, passed away suddenly surrounded by her loving family on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Forbes Hospital. A graduate of Elizabeth Forward High School, she retired as a sales associate for Hills Department Store in West Mifflin and as a secretary for G.C. Murphy Company’s Home Office in McKeesport. She was an avid reader and enjoyed painting, recently winning an award for her work. She enjoyed making frequent trips to the casino and the highlights of her life included walking the New River Gorge Bridge with her son and grandson, and spending quality time with her family. She will be greatly missed by all. Born March 22, 1933 in Elizabeth, she was a daughter of the late William Russell Jr. and Hannah (Dowden) Russell, and wife of the late Edwin “Legs” Sydeski. She is survived by her son, Tom (fiancée Dee) Sydeski of Newcomerstown, OH; daughter, Linda Sydeski with whom she resided; grandchildren, Shaun, Allison and Jennifer; and great-grandchildren, Alexis and Augustus; also, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sisters, Elizabeth Holmes, Alice Lutheran, Daisy Mathews and Lillian Puckey. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 10 AM until the time of service at 1 PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor James Crosby officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth Twp.
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