Ellena (Stankavich) Knish

October 30, 1927 ~ November 14, 2018 (age 91)

Ellena Knish

“Loving Mother and Grandmother”


Ellena Knish, 91, of Washington passed away peacefully on Wednesday November 14, 2018 in Donnell House in Washington.

She was born October 30, 1927 in Cherry Valley the daughter of John and Annie Caleffe Stankavich.

She was a graduate of Burgettstown High School.

Throughout her life, she was always outgoing and friendly toward others and never knew a stranger.

Ellie, as she was affectionately known, was employed as a Bank Teller by Mellon Bank.  She then took a job as a meat department clerk at the former Krogers Grocery Store and later at Foodland in Washington.  She loved to interact with the many customers that she came to know throughout her forty years working at local grocery stores. 

Mrs. Knish was a member of St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church in Washington where she was active as a Eucharistic Minister until the age of eighty years and volunteered for the church fish fries.

For more than twenty years she volunteered at Washington Hospital four days a week.  In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and working in her yard. 

Ellie loved children and spending time with her family and enjoyed talking to others and working with the public. 

On July 4, 1949 she married John “Sonny” Knish who passed away in 2000.

Surviving is her daughter Ellie (Ron) Petrie, a grand-daughter Jodi (Steve) Lech and a great grand-daughter Johni Sue Lech all of Washington.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews locally and in other areas of the country.

She was preceded in death by a brother, John Stankavich.

At Ellie’s request, there will be no public visitation.  All are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday November 17, 2018 in St. Hilary Roman Catholic Church at 320 Henderson Avenue in Washington.  Interment will follow in The Washington Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Donnell House at 10 Leet Street, Washington, PA 15301 or to Healing Journey at Allegheny Health Network on the web at

Arrangements are in the care of DeAngelo Funeral Home in Washington.  A tribute wall is available at




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