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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Catherine M. Slobodzian
February 17, 1926 - February 6, 2019

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Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - Annunciation of the BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church - 1206 Valley Road, Melrose Park, PA 19027 - 215-635-1627 - Map
Cemetery - Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - 3301 West Cheltenham Avenue, Cheltenham, PA 19038 - 215-247-0691 - Map
Family Florist - Kremp Florist - 220 Davisville Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-6700 - Map
Donation - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148 - 800-822-6344 - Map
Donation - Charity of the donor’s choice

Catherine “Cassie” Malec Slobodzian, 92, of Glenside, a mother and homemaker who inspired her four children to enjoy and make the most of their lives, died of heart failure Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at her home in Glenside.

Mrs. Slobodzian, the daughter of Ukrainian immigrants, was born in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, one of five daughters of Anna and Anthony Malec. Also in the family were two sons and a daughter from her mother’s first marriage.

Mrs. Slobodzian was a child of the Great Depression. Her father died when she was nine years old, leaving her mother to raise the five girls, including an infant daughter born the same year. She attended Simon Gratz High School but was forced to leave before graduation to help her sisters earn money to support the family.

Mrs. Slobodzian was proud of her defense work during World War II. She worked at the city’s former Frankford Arsenal setting bomb triggers and also riveted aircraft wing flaps at the former Proctor Silex plant in the city.

Mrs. Slobodzian married a neighborhood friend, Joseph Slobodzian, also the child of Ukrainian immigrants, in 1948. In 1953, after the birth of their second child, the family moved to suburban Glenside.

The couple was married 63 years, until her husband’s death in 2012. Mrs. Slobodzian continued living in their Glenside home until her death. In the end, she died at home just five days after discharge from the hospital. It was the day after a gathering at home where she was able to say goodbye to her children and grandchildren and other relatives.

Survivors: son Joseph A. Slobodzian and his wife Gail Purpura; daughter Jo Anne Bennis; son Gary Slobodzian and daughter Cathy S. Kress and her husband Kenneth. Also surviving are grandchildren Cristobal and Rocio Slobodzian; Edward Jr, Megan, Elizabeth, Timothy, and Bridget Bennis; and Daniel and Rosalie Kress. She is also survived by two sisters Anne Rutledge and Helen Kenny.

Relatives and friends were invited to her viewing on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 8:15 A.M. and Panachyda service at 10:15 A.M. at Wetzel and Son Funeral Home, 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Requiem Divine Liturgy will follow at 11:30 A.M. at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1206 Valley Road, Melrose Park, PA 19027. Interment was in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Cheltenham.

Religious services were conducted by Rev. Ihor Bloshchynskyy pastor of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1206 Valley Road, Melrose Park, PA 19027.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148 or Charity of the donor’s choice.

Family flowers arranged by Kremp Florist 215-657-6700.

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