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Cervo , Violet

North Versailles

Violet "Bertha" (Mrkich) Cervo, of North Versailles, died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, she went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving family. Bertha was a devout Serbian Orthodox Christian, and while she was a member of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, she served as a longtime Church School teacher, a member of Serbian Sisters and the church choir. She faithfully baked the Church Holy Bread (Nafora) for more than 25 years, and for decades prepared wheat (Koljivo) for memorial services (Parastas). She was a longtime active member of the Sunset Central Ladies Auxiliary. A daughter of the late Milich and Maria (Gojkovich) Mrkich; wife of the late Joseph Cervo; beloved mother of Gloria Knowlson, Angela Labuda, Michael (Ann) Cervo, the Very Rev. Joseph (Linda) Cervo and the late Carmine "Butch" Cervo; also survived by 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandsons; dear sister of Martha Dawson, the late Mildred Vuick, Helen Horrell, Angie Richey, Michael, Charles, Milos, Milan, Aleand Theodore Mrkich; numerous nieces and nephews. Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday at ALFIERI FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding. Additional visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the time of service at 10 a.m. in St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, 901 Hartman St., McKeesport, PA 15132. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Renovation Fund (same address as above).

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