Obituary: Beverly Ann 'Bev' Lewandowski / Devoted wife, mother opened home to all

Nov. 6, 1953 - Aug. 27, 2014

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Beverly Ann “Bev” Lewandowski was a devoted wife and mother who enjoyed volunteering, cooking and reading. She died Wednesday at her home in Mt. Lebanon. She was 60.

No cause of death was given.

A Pittsburgh native, she graduated from Sto-Rox High School in McKees Rocks. When she was 15, she met the man who would become her husband, also a McKees Rocks native.

“I was with a bunch of guys on the way to buy doughnuts at Jenny Lee Bakery [which closed in 2008] when I bumped into her,” David Lewandowski said. “It was love at first sight.”

Mr. Lewandowski never made it to the bakery until 12 years later, the year they got married. It was then that coffee and doughnuts became a part of their morning ritual.

For 35 years until 2009, Mrs. Lewandowski worked part time in admissions at Shadyside Hospital, but the woman her husband describes as a stay-at-home mother also was known for her hospitality and volunteerism.

“No matter whom she was talking to, whether he was 25 or 80, somehow he’d end up in our house and she’d be cooking him a meal,” he said.

She especially valued volunteering on behalf of her sons’ wrestling team when they attended Mt. Lebanon High School.

Her son David, 27, is currently based in Paris, where he works for Halliburton, while her younger son, Michael, 25, works in marketing and sales for Ryan Homes in Mars.

“She was in charge of everything the coaches didn’t do, from providing food to the wrestlers, running ticket sales and raising money for the team,” Mr. Lewandowski said. “She could have been CEO of Delta Airlines, but this work meant more to her than anything.”

After her children had grown up, volunteering remained an important part of her life. Last year, Mrs. Lewandowski sponsored a Romanian child through World Vision International, a 4-year-old named Marta.

As she corresponded with the child and worked with the organization, Mr. Lewandowski said, she had wanted her son living in Europe to visit the family and to bring them clothing and other necessities.

“It will still happen,” he said. “It is important to us.”

In addition to her immediate family, Mrs. Lewandowski is survived by her brother, Joseph T. Urban of Cranberry.

Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Beinhauers, Dormont, followed by a 10 a.m. funeral Mass on Wednesday at St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon.

The family suggests contributions can be made to The Salvation Army, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Wounded Warrior Project or the Passionist Nuns of Pittsburgh.

Melissa McCart: or 412-263-1198.

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