Carol Marlene (Oravec) Kociban, 85, of Windber, Pa (formerly of Cairnbrook) went home to be with the Lord Monday, April 17, 2023 at the home of her daughter in Windber, Pa. She was born in New Paris, Pa on February 01, 1938 the daughter of the late Albert and Helen (Miller) Oravec. On August 3, 1963 she married Paul Kociban of Windber, Pa. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1996. Carol is also preceded in death by one brother and one nephew. She is survived by: Daughter Paula (Kociban) McKee, Windber, PA; Granddaughter Taylor McKee, Windber, PA; Brother Richard husband of Penny (Landis) Oravec, Winchester, VA; Brother Roger husband of Kimberly (Yuko) Oravec, Lititz, PA; and Sister Penny wife of Kevin Cooper, Libertyville, IL. Carol was Aunt to 12 nieces & nephews and grandaunt to 16 grandnieces & nephews. Carol grew up and lived most of her life in Shade Township. As a young girl she excelled in dance, baton twirling, & acrobatics. She and her late brother Bernard competed and won many area talent shows and competitions. Her talents were recognized early when as a young school girl she was asked to twirl baton for Shade High School. She also loved teaching others in various marching groups including The Green Berets, The Patriotettes, and the High School majorettes. In her later years she dusted off her tap shoes and enjoyed performing with the seniors at the Windber Senior Center. Dancing was certainly her passion throughout her life. She was also a Nurse’s Aid at the Windber Hospital and Arbutus Park Manor and a Teacher’s Aid at Shade Elementary School. She looked forward to attending and cheered loudly at all her granddaughter’s sporting events. Carol was a member of the Central City United Methodist Church for many years before transferring to the Windber Calvary United Methodist Church. And she loved singing in the choir. She was a Life member of the Central City VFW Ladies Auxiliary & loved selling poppies every year. She was a kind & sweet person loved by everyone who met her. Carol will be dearly missed by all. The family would like to thank the all the Windber Home Health and Windber Hospice nurses and staff along with the many friends that provided her recent care. Visitation will begin at 1pm Thursday, April 27 followed by a Funeral Service at 5pm at Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home, 1312 Graham Avenue, Windber, Pa, Rev. Randy Newell and Rev. Erica Wellner, officiating. Interment will be held at 11am Friday, April 28 at Schellsburg Cemetery.
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