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Official Obituary of

Elida M. Evans-Lewandowski

November 1, 1944 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Elida M. Evans-Lewandowski Obituary

Elida M. Evans-Lewandowski, 79 

Boardman…Elida M. Evans-Lewandowski, 79, succumbed to cancer and passed peacefully at UPMC Family Hospice at Canterbury Place, Pittsburgh on 2-13-2024 in the presence of her husband.  

Born on All Saints Day on November 1, 1944 to Pietro and Evelyn Wilson-Evangelista of Altoona and State College, Pa, she was one of two daughters.  Her father was a second-generation cobbler who made all of her childhood shoes in multiple colors.  She attended Wehnwood Elementary in Altoona and was the only girl in grades 1 through 6.  Her father moved his shoe shop to State College, PA in 1960 and Elida graduated from State College Area High School in 1962.  She attended Penn State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1969 and dual Masters degrees in Counseling and Psychology in 1972.  She started her professional career for the Commonwealth of PA at Laurelton Center in Union County PA as a Psychological Associate for adult developmentally and mentally challenged residents. 

In 1985, she transferred to the New Castle, PA Youth Development Center, a state facility for adjudicated male delinquents, and continued her work as a Psychological Associate working with sexual and violent offenders. As her career evolved, she was promoted to Unit Manager for Violent Offenders, Director of Operations and Support Services, and Assistant Superintendent/Chief Operations Officer. 

During her career, Elida was a trainer and presenter for the Pennsylvania Sexual Abuse Prevention and Education Network, the Juvenile Justice Training and Research Program through Shippensburg State University, Camp Hill Training Academy, the Department of Corrections, and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Council.  Elida was also recognized by the Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections as Juvenile Corrections Professional of the Year and the American Correctional Association as one of Pennsylvania’s “Best in the Business” in 2004.  In 2008, she was named the State College Area High School Alumni of the Year.  Elida retired in May 2009 after 35 years working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

While still in State College, she met James M. Lewandowski, and they built a love and life together in Boardman, Ohio lasting 40 years.  Together, they enjoyed alpine skiing, boating, vacations to various cities along the eastern shore as well as California, Michigan, and Florida, and multiple trips throughout Italy, France, England, Belgium, and Punta Cana.  One of Elida’s highlights, was travelling to her family’s ancestral home in Tussio, Italy.  There, she met the village’s genealogist who later researched and presented her with her family history dating back to the mid 1850’s. 

Elida will be deeply missed and always remembered by her husband James, and her son, Robert K. Gibbons (Renee) of Waynesburg, PA, and granddaughters Hannah Marie Gibbons and Abby Evelyn Gibbons as well as her 2 nieces, Lori Dunlop-Phillips and sons Braeden and Cooper, and Lisa Dunlop-Spock and daughters Anna Faye and Molly.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved younger sister, Florence E. Dunlop (James) of State College, PA. 

Of special note in Elida’s life was that she was blessed by her cousin Joey DeRubeis (Joy) of Altoona, Pa, who donated a kidney in 2019.  It created a paired transplant match for her and another (father of 2), thus extending the lives of both recipients. 

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Dr. Erdal Sarac of Boardman and the nurses and physicians at UPMC Shadyside (4th fl.) as well as the staff at UPMC Family Hospice for their compassionate care. 

The Lewandowski family has entrusted their loved one to the care of the Wasko Funeral Home and will receive family and friends on Sunday, February 18, 2024 from 2-5:00 p.m. at the Kubina Yuhasz Wasko Funeral Home (5925 Market Street in Boardman).  Prayers will be offered on Monday, February 19, 2024, at 10:30 am at the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Charles Borromeo Church.

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Services

Visitation
Sunday
February 18, 2024

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kubina Yuhasz Wasko Funeral Home
5925 Market Street
Boardman, OH 44512

Visitation
Monday
February 19, 2024

10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Kubina Yuhasz Wasko Funeral Home
5925 Market Street
Boardman, OH 44512

Prayer Service
Monday
February 19, 2024

10:30 AM
Kubina Yuhasz Wasko Funeral Home
5925 Market Street
Boardman, OH 44512

Mass of Christian Burial
Monday
February 19, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Charles Borromeo Parish
7325 Westview Drive
Boardman, OH 44512

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