Veronica M. Vertosick, 91, died early Friday morning, April 5, 2019, at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Thursday, December 22, 1927 in New Kensington to the late Joseph and Susanna (Sinchak) Kuchta. Veronica graduated from New Ken High School and worked as an assistant to a New Kensington ophthalmologist before devoting herself fulltime to her family. Nothing mattered more to her than seeing her family happy, cared for, and doing what they loved.
She was a woman of great integrity and kindness, giving hours of volunteer time to church, community organizations, and anyone in need. She was passionate about education, read voraciously, loved music and hummingbirds, worked the New York Times crossword puzzles in ink, and regularly made a deliciously spicy spaghetti sauce for her family that she herself never liked – evidence of her enormous selflessness. She was an expert knitter who made at least 50 personalized Christmas stockings for those she loved. Knitting one in her later years, she remarked, “I hope everybody stops having babies soon”. She was open to new adventures and enjoyed nothing more than a gathering of her beloved family and friends, laughing and sharing stories. Her homemade Christmas nut rolls will be greatly missed.
Veronica leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband of nearly 69 years, Frank Vertosick, Sr.; her children and their spouses, Suzanne Vertosick of Natrona Heights, Christine Vertosick of Los Angeles, Drs. Frank Vertosick and Katherine Counihan of Fox Chapel, Paula Vertosick Bester of Natrona Heights; grandchildren, Emily Vertosick of Queens, and Elizabeth and Nich Popp of Cleveland; and many nieces, nephews and friends, all of whom she loved and touched deeply.
She was quiet but had a delightful wit if you had the opportunity to enjoy it. She was a woman of great faith, and an amazing wife and mother. Veronica’s family is grateful for the generosity of all who supported them and contributed to her care.
Private funeral arrangements were handled by the Robert Peters Funeral Home Inc., 1521 Freeport Road, Natrona Heights. A private burial will be held at Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Tarentum, PA. Memorial contributions can be made to the Extra Mile Education Foundation or the Little Sisters of the Poor.
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