June 28, 1929 – December 19, 2020
Esther Kovach, 91 of Rices Landing, died Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Woodside Place of the Presbyterian Senior Care, Washington. She was born June 28, 1929 in Cumberland Twp., Greene County, a daughter of the late Attilio and Albertina Campani Bertugli. Esther was a 1947 graduate of Jefferson High School. She worked for the Department of Public Welfare in Waynesburg as the clerical supervisor for 33 years and was recognized as Supervisor of the Year by the State of Pennsylvania. She was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Church in Rices Landing, now the St. Matthias Parish and she had taught CCD and RCIA classes, visited shut-ins, worked the St. Ann’s soup kitchen and recognized for her service by the Catholic Church. She was a founding board member and volunteer for Hospice Care, Inc., the initial hospice care in Greene County and she volunteered at the former Greene County Memorial Hospital. On October 11, 1947 she married Victor Kovach, who died October 21, 2014. Surviving are a daughter, Virginia (Raymond) Montibeller of Rices Landing; two sons, Victor (Pam) Kovach of Santa Fe, NM and Mark (Monique) Kovach of Fredericksburg, VA; 11 grandchildren, Michael Montibeller, Dr. Joseph (Lori) Montibeller, David (Sarah) Montibeller, Dr. Ryan Kovach, Devin Kovach, Marissa Kovach, Julianna Kovach, Ashley (Matt) Glenn, Mitch (Jara) Dowd, Jessica Dowd, Allyson Czarnaski; three great grandchildren, Marcus Victor Montibeller, Luca James Montibeller, and Emma Dowd; a sister-in-law, Donna Kovach of Jefferson. Deceased is a brother, Remo E. Bertugli; and three sisters, Anita Dukate, Erma Mosier, and Eola Trumka. The family would like to thank the Presbyterian Senior Care @ Woodside Place and Gateway Hospice for the care they gave their mother. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12 Noon in St. Marcellus RC Church of St. Matthias Parish, 1340 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344. The service will be live streamed through Esther’s website on the services tab of the Behm Funeral Home, Jefferson. Please be aware the live stream will only start a few minutes before 12 noon. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Presbyterian Senior Care, Woodside Place; the Gateway Hospice or to St. Matthias Parish. Arrangements entrusted to the Behm Funeral Home, 1477 Jefferson Rd., Jefferson, PA 15344, Gregory P. Rohanna, supervisor. Condolences may be expressed online at www.behm-funeralhomes.com.
- Virginia (Raymond) Montibeller, Daughter
- Victor (Pam) Kovach, Son
- Mark (Monique) Kovach, Son
11 grandchildren, Michael Montibeller, Dr. Joseph (Lori) Montibeller, David (Sarah) Montibeller, Dr. Ryan Kovach, Devin Kovach, Marissa Kovach, Julianna Kovach, Ashley (Matt) Glenn, Mitch (Jara) Dowd, Jessica Dowd, Allyson Czarnaski; three great grandchildren, Marcus Victor Montibeller, Luca James Montibeller, and Emma Dowd; a sister-in-law, Donna Kovach of Jefferson.
Deceased is a brother, Remo E. Bertugli; and three sisters, Anita Dukate, Erma Mosier, and Eola Trumka.
Mass of Christian Burial
Monday, December 28, 2020
December 28, 2020
Esther lived her life as she taught the kids and young adults when she was teaching. She did things for people and never wanted any praise or recognition for what she did. I was lucky to have known her. Ginny, Victor , Mark and families you had a very special mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. May she rest in peace.
December 24, 2020
Aunt Esther was a pillar of strength for, not only her family, but the entire community. Her passing is a great loss to all who knew her. She was a real lady. She loved everyone regardless of race, religion, beliefs, political stance, just simply everyone. Esther will truly be missed. It is unfortunate that circumstances do not allow her to be honored in the manner she truly deserves. She will always be remembered and loved by those who knew her. I am sorry not to be present to say goodby, but I will never forget you
Goodby and God bless you Aunt Esther
Laynee and family
December 23, 2020
You have my condolances. I did not know she was in Woodside. That is where Mary Lou was from June 24 till Oct 18. What a fine facility for a loved one. We loose loved ones and we can only share our thoughts and prayers for those left behind, stop by in the future.
December 22, 2020
I am so very sorry to hear of Esther’s passing. I was blessed to be one of her RCIA students many years ago. I remember her sweet smile and caring voice. She was such a sweet and kind soul; the kind they don’t make anymore! She will be missed dearly! Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time! May she Rest In Peace.
December 21, 2020
December 21, 2020
Esther was such a lovely lady. She made all of us so welcome into her home......ever so sweet and kind, not to mention the maker of the best chicken soup as well! We send our most sincere sympathies to each of her children. Love, Bubs and Tessie