Aldene was born Dec. 11, 1928, to the parents of Mary and Daniel Yelochen. Raised in Yukon, she was known to family and friends as Deanie. She enjoyed an adventurous childhood in her rural coalmining hometown. Her childhood home-life was shared with her older sister, Betty Yelochen, and younger brother, Bob, both now deceased. The three siblings remained close throughout their lives. Education and good grades were stressed by her parents and Deanie was a member of the inaugural class of the National Honor Society at South Huntingdon High School. During her time in high school, she worked for Ma Bell as one of Yukon's premiere telephone operators. This was during the time when households shared party lines with their neighbors and it was commonplace entertainment to listen in on your neighbor's phone calls. She thoroughly enjoyed her upbringing and her small-town roots allowed her throughout her life to form many deep and lasting friendships. After high school, Deanie graduated from Westmoreland School of Nursing, often recalling her time there as some of the best times of her life. She formed cherished and lifelong friendships with her fellow nursing students. Deanie worked at Westmoreland Hospital as a registered nurse until the birth of her first child, Mary (Bailey), upon which time she resigned in favor of fulltime motherhood. Fourteen months later, her second child, Bobby, was born. It would be several years later when Danny was born. The little family of five literally lived above the store, E.F. Horn Wallpaper, Paint and Greeting Cards, run by her husband, Bob. Deanie worked part-time for the store as a buyer and in sales. Anyone who knew Deanie was well aware that Bob was the love of her life. This little family had their hearts shattered in October 1967 when Bob succumbed to cancer, leaving Deanie a widow at 38. With strength, fortitude and courage, Deanie immediately moved forward as the reticent head of her family. Due to the growth of shopping malls and retail giants, which proved to be formidable competition, she had to close the family business. To support her family, she refreshed her nursing skills and began working fulltime as a nurse for Monsour Medical Center, eventually becoming head nurse on the sixth floor. She possessed an exemplary work ethic and prided herself on the excellent care for which Monsour Hospital was known. Deanie was a news junkie. She devoured newspapers and enjoyed discussing current events. She loved to watch anything medical, longing for the television days of Marcus Welby MD and Medical Center. She was a devout Catholic, attending daily Mass at Sacred Heart Church whenever she could. Devoted to St. Faustina, Deanie prayed intensely. In fact, her evening prayers were on her knees at her bedside. Her main enjoyment in life was her family. She looked forward to daily visits from the latest addition to the family, Colin Self, her great-grandson. Colin is the son of granddaughter, Dena Self and husband, Tyler. She also loved the fact that her two grandsons, Bobby and Tyler Horn, lived only two doors down. She also looked forward to frequent visits from granddaughter, Danielle Bailey, of Virginia. Deanie was fortunate to have a devoted daughter-in-law, Claudia Horn, and son-in-law, Bill Bailey (deceased). She loved them as her own. Deanie enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. She found great contentment in being in her home and she loved her hometown of Jeannette. Deanie will be remembered as being modest, strong and most of all, a solid moral-compass for her family. Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the MASON-GELDER FUNERAL HOME INC., 201 N. First St., Jeannette. A blessing service will be held Thursday at 10:00 am with Deacon William Newhouse officiating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Jeannette. Following CDC guidelines, facemasks must be worn and people must social distance. A limited number of people will be allowed in the building at a time. To send online condolences, visit www.mason-gelder.com. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in her memory to The Inspiration Building, c/o St. Genevieve High School, 13967 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City, CA 91402.
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