Vera (Kozak) Cortese, 93 of Russellton, West Deer Township, died Tuesday November 30, 2021 at her home with her family by her side. She was born April 23, 1928 in Pringle to the late Peter and Verna (Pleskoff) Kozak. Vera grew up in Pringle graduating from Pringle High School in 1947. Vera moved to West Deer in 1948 and has live here for the past 73 years. She was a member of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, West Deer. Vera loved caring for her family, cooking, baking, bingo and flower gardening.
Survivors include her children Cathleen (Nello Zoccki) Cortese of Chesapeake, VA, Mark (Lisa) Cortese of Placentia, Calif., Diane (Jeff) Olar of Herman, Alan Cortese at home and Benjamin Cortese of Penn Hills, 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Benjamin Cortese on May 30, 2014, her daughter Alice Cortese and her siblings Sally Pisonich, George, John and Peter Kozak.
The family will receive friends Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 PM in the SIWICKI-YANICKO FUNERAL HOME, 23 McKrell Road, Russellton, West Deer Twp. Funeral mass will be conducted Saturday 10 am in Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Transfiguration Church campus. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Deer Creek Cemetery, Harmar Township. View obituary online and leave condolences at www.siwicki-yanickofh.com.