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Jeannette woman's 'perfection code' made events amazing

| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

Angela Gradischek loved community events and, in particular, loved to help organize them, her family said.

“She was such an amazing organizer ...,” said her daughter, Monica Lee Gradischek. “When she did things, she did it to Ang's perfection code.”

A member of three bocce leagues, Mrs. Gradischek cooked for all of them as well as any other group she belonged to, her daughter said.

A member of Ascension Church in Jeannette and its Rosary Altar Society, she was a volunteer for church events, especially the Italian Festival, her family said.

With all the events, “she would make it so much fun because that's just who she was,” her daughter said.

“She was too good for me,” said her husband, Kenneth “Kenny” Gradischek. “She never met a person she didn't like. She never held a grudge, even if you were wrong. She would try to work through it and give them the benefit of the doubt.”

Angela “Angie” Gradischek, 67, of Jeannette died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in UPMC Passavant. Born in Jeannette on Sept. 23, 1950, she was the daughter of the late James “Danny” and Carmella (Remige) Brasco.

“We met at Eat'n Park in Jeannette,” Kenny Gradischek said.

Two months home from the Vietnam War, he was visiting what was then a carhop restaurant with a friend in April 1970 when he struck up a conversation with Mrs. Gradischek, who was in a car with her friends.

“One year after I got back from Vietnam, I married her,” he said.

They had planned to marry in the spring but moved up the date to Feb. 25, 1971, so her mother could see her get married, he said.

Mrs. Gradischek loved to play bocce and helped found one of the leagues she belonged to. She enjoyed playing cards with different groups of friends and growing vegetables, he said.

“Nothing went to waste. If we had excess, she would give it to friends,” he said.

When he lost his job in 1984, they started K & A Construction Co. in Jeannette, Gradischek said.

Mrs. Gradischek loved to take gambling trips to local casinos and casinos in Las Vegas and California, her daughter said.

“If there was a casino, she was in it,” Monica Gradischek said.

Her mother was a frugal gambler who always set a limit on how much money she would play on each trip and took advantage of any casino comps or coupons she could find, she said.

“She would make the perfect trip, get the most out of it,” she said.

Mrs. Gradischek served as a poll worker during elections and loved telling stories that had everyone in stitches, said her daughter, who is an actress.

“She was so dramatic, had a perfect delivery,” Gradischek said.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth “Kenny” Gradischek; a daughter, Monica Lee Gradischek Shames and her husband, Michael, of Los Angeles; and a grandson, Sammy Shames.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Ascension Church, Jeannette. Interment will follow in Westmoreland County Memorial Park, Hempfield.

John V. Graziano Funeral Home in Jeannette handled arrangements.

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, bbowling@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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