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Jitterbugging salon owner from White Oak lived with enthusiasm

| Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, 9:00 p.m.
Patricia 'Teresa' Dyakon Lubinski, 94, of White Oak, formerly of Duquesne, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Patricia 'Teresa' Dyakon Lubinski, 94, of White Oak, formerly of Duquesne, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Teresa Lubinski, who danced the jitterbug into her 80s, never lacked energy.

“She was a fun-loving and exciting individual. She taught us about the joy of being happy and about the joy of life,” said Alison Piccolino of Duquesne, Mrs. Lubinski's niece.

Patricia “Teresa” Dyakon Lubinski of White Oak, formerly of Duquesne, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015. She was 94.

Mrs. Lubinski was the daughter of Frank Dyakon and Pauline Dyakon Krotovich, immigrants from Galicia, now part of Poland but then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

She was one of eight children.

For many years, Mrs. Lubinski operated a beauty salon out of her Duquesne home. “She probably did that for 50 years. She always kept her license up to date,” Piccolino said.

Later in life, Mrs. Lubinski lived with her sister, Anna D. Krivacek, who died three years ago at 100.

Mrs. Lubinski was an enthusiastic cook, but her biggest passion was dancing. She was a regular at American Legion halls and dance halls like the Palisades in McKeesport.

“She was a great dancer and did vigorous dances into old age,” her niece said.

Although she didn't have children, Mrs. Lubinski was very much the family person and was a major figure in the lives of many of her nieces and nephews, Piccolino said.

Mrs. Lubinski is survived by a sister, Pauline Perhacs of McKeesport, and a brother, Andrew Dyakon of North Huntingdon. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Anna D. Krivacek and Mary Brush, and her brothers, John, George and Michael Dyakon.

Family and friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Maloy-Schleifer Funeral Home Inc., 915 Kennedy Ave. in Duquesne. Additional visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. Monday in St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, Duquesne.

A Parastas service will be held at noon Sunday in the funeral home. Burial will be at St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cemetery, West Mifflin.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or rwills@tribweb.com.

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