Elizabeth Duska

Elizabeth Duska, 97, of Mingo Junction, Ohio, passed away Sunday afternoon July 6, 2014, at Trinity Medical Center West from a massive stroke suffered in the very early morning at home two days before.

She had been independently ambulatory at home with a pick-up walker until that time.

Elizabeth was born September 4, 1916, in Eastern Czechoslovakia, a daughter of the late Jan and Maria Sabo Hreha.

She emigrated to the U.S. in 1938 at the age of 21. She worked in NYC for a couple of years as a domestic. Then she came to Steubenville to be with her half-sister Bertha Valiga, and soon after met her husband to be, Francis Duska of Mingo whom she married in 1942.

After having two children she was proud to pass testing in 1954 to become a naturalized U.S. citizen. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband less than two years ago, and by all her sisters and brother.

Surviving are her son, Kenneth Duska of Mingo; daughter, Vickie Duska Deep of Columbus, Ohio; two granddaughters, Rebekah (Andy) Lathrop presently stationed in Naples, Italy, Rachel (Josh) Verdi of Columbus, Ohio; a niece and two nephews in Slovakia, Anna Mattova, Stefan Such and Jan Such; a niece-in-law, Jeannette Moro Minotti of Mingo. Her niece Anna from Slovakia was visiting her aunt at the time of her death.

Elizabeth was married in and a devout faithful member of the Slovak Presbyterian Church in Mingo Junction until it was razed around 1960 for the construction of the four-lane Route 7 through Mingo. The congregation then merged with the Potter Memorial Presbyterian Church of Mingo to form the First United Presbyterian Church of Mingo Junction and together had built the present church on McLister Ave. Elizabeth had grown up in the Calvinist Reformed Church in Slovakia.

She grew up in a wheat growing region of Slovakia and therefore enjoyed her gardening here, as well as cooking, baking, cleaning and sewing clothes for herself, daughter and granddaughters; as well as patching all sorts of clothes in order to milk all possible life out of them.

Elizabeth was buried next to her husband on July 9 in Mingo’s Oakland Cemetery after a private bilingual service at Wheeler Funeral Home.

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