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Seamstress and quilter also a top-notch baker

Joe Napsha
| Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, 11:00 p.m.

Mary Margaret “Mag” Krivoniak had a knack for sewing, quilting, cooking and baking and loved to pass along that knowledge to her children and grandchildren.

“She made her wedding dress, as well as the dresses of her attendants. She made all my clothes when I was in grade school,” said her daughter, Marilee Butler.

An accomplished quilter, she made a quilt top with one of her grandsons and conducted an informal sewing class when she baby-sat her grandchildren, Butler said.

Mrs. Krivoniak, 85, of Weltytown in Mt. Pleasant Township, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Newhaven Court, Hempfield.

She was born Aug. 14, 1932, in Jeannette to Peter and Marcella Brecht Krupp. As a teenager, Mrs. Krivoniak worked at a five and dime store in Jeannette, which Butler said was a thriving town when her mother was growing up.

She met her future husband, John C. Krivoniak of Greensburg, at a Catholic Youth Organization dance, Butler said. The couple married in 1953.

Mrs. Krivoniak, a member of St. Florian Catholic Church in United, volunteered with her husband at the church's annual summer festival.

“We all had to work the festival,” Butler said of herself and three brothers.

Mrs. Krivoniak also was active with the altar society and church choir. She initiated the Baker's Dozen group for social events at the church. She loved to bake bread and even taught an adult class in bread-making at St. Florian, Butler said.

Her mother would join other parents in providing food and music for the students of St. Florian School when they roller-skated on the school's hardwood floors on Friday nights.

A member of the Hilltop Quilters, she hand-sewed quilts, embellishing with embroidery and appliques.

Mrs. Krivoniak and her husband loved to go to polka dances with family and friends at St. Florian. She passed on recipes to her family for ethnic foods such as pierogi and halushki, although theirs just didn't taste like mother's, Butler said.

Mrs. Krivoniak was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, John C. Krivoniak.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilee Butler and husband, Les, of Weltytown; three sons, John C. Krivoniak and wife, Tina, of Greensburg, Daniel M. Krivoniak and wife, Diane, of Latrobe, and David P. Krivoniak and wife, Kathy, of Reading; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Friends were received at the Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home Inc., 2072 Route 130, Pleasant Unity. Prayers will begin at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Florian Catholic Church, United. Interment will follow in St. Florian Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant Township.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-5252 or

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