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Dorothy V. (Sarnosky) Bachkay

April 4, 1925 — September 6, 2021

Brighton Heights

Dorothy V. Bachkay 96, formerly of Monongahela entered eternal life on Monday, September 6, 2021, at Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Facility.  Born in Monongahela to Sue (Stank) and John W. Sarnosky, she remained a resident of Monongahela for 82 years and was a lifetime member of the former Transfiguration Parish (now St. Andrew the Apostle Parish).  Dorothy was active in the parish and its organizations including the Altar/Rosary Society, Christian Mothers and the Catholic Daughters of America.

In her senior years, she was active with the Monongahela Senior Center and was a regular and substitute driver for Meals on Wheels program.  She was outgoing and loved people and helping wherever and whenever she could.

Leaving Monongahela in 2007, she took up residence at the newly renovated Jeanne Jugan apartments at the Little Sisters of the Poor.  She lived independently for 9 years and 5 years in the St. Anne household.

She was devoted to her Catholic faith and had a deep devotion to the Blessed Mother.  She prayed her rosary daily and attended Mass in the Chapel.  She always prayed to the Holy Spirit.

Dorothy dearly missed the loved ones who preceded her in death; her parents, husband Michael Bachkay, brother Edward J. Sarnosky, brothers  and sister-in-law Frank and Norma Bachkay, Ann and George Bobik, Mary Ellen Trombino and numerous friends.

She is survived by her son Rev. John M. Bachkay, priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

Visitation will be Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at the Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, Inc., 3552 California Ave. at Davis Ave., Pittsburgh, PA   15212.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM at St. Damien of Molokai Church (formerlyTransfiguration Church) of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 722 W. Main Street, Monongahela 15063.   EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH.  Interment in Monongahela Cemetery.  Due to Covid restrictions, a Memorial Mass and reception will be scheduled at the Little Sisters of the Poor at a later date in the Gloria Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations an be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1028 Benton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA   15212.

Our hearts cannot express the gratitude we feel for the Sisters and the dedicated staff, volunteers an the resident family of the Benton Avenue home.  They truly have been a gift and a blessing.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, September 9, 2021

2:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Thomas P. Kunsak Funeral Home, Inc.

3552 California Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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Funeral Mass

Friday, September 10, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

St. Damien of Molokai Church (formerly Transfiguration Church) St. Andrew the Apostle Parish

722 West Main Street, Monongahela, PA 15063

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Interment following funeral service

Friday, September 10, 2021

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