Frank Charney


Frank Charney's Sunday Postcard

Passages: Mrs. Helen Popek; Mrs. Nora Dilling

December 6, 2009  

In the November 19 issue of the Nanty Glo Journal I noticed the obituary of Mrs. Helen Popek, age 90, who resided in the Cleveland suburb of Brunswick. Her husband, Nick Popek, and my father were good friends. Nick passed away in 1986 and my father, Mike Charney, in 1977.

The Popek family reared seven children. Formerly long-time Nanty Glo residents, the Popeks relocated in 1956 to the Cleveland suburb of Brunswick. What vividly stands out in my memory is that a male friend, a former Ivory Hill neighbor of the Popek family, once took me to visit them in the late 'fifties, when I just relocated to Cleveland with my first engineering job.

I recall being introduced to a daughter named Nancy who now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. At the time of our long ago meeting, Nancy was a 16-year-old girl who apparently inherited her mother's attractiveness, as shown in her mother's picture.

On the subject of being pulchritudinous, I thought I would show an old July 1955 Nanty Glo Journal article that displays Nancy and several other hopeful contestants as "Nanty Glo Fire Company Queen".

Nora Dilling

I also bring to your attention the recent passing of Nora Dilling, widow of George Dilling. George was a frequent contributor to the Nanty Glo web site in its early days. He was an early Nanty Glo historian, a former postal worker and Church of the Brethren minister. Richard Dilling, a son and minister, who presently lives in Mississippi, was also formerly a frequent contributor to the Home Page. Mrs. Dilling's obituary follows.

DILLING Nora R. (Lantzy), 89, Plum Borough, formerly of Nanty Glo, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville, with her family at her side. Born April 3, 1920, in Nanty Glo, daughter of the late Andrew Earl and Bertha (Geiyer) Lantzy. Nora was a homemaker and a member of Holiday Park United Methodist Church in Plum Borough and Church of the Brethren in Nanty Glo. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, George Elby; son, Kenneth; great-grandson, Benjamin; and brothers, Carl and Ralph. Survived by children, Peggy (Terry) Walker, Burr Ridge, Ill.; Donna (Henry) Bozarth, Wichita, Kan.; Rosemary (Dick) Stock, The Villages, Fla.; Richard (Debbie) Dilling, Ecru, Miss.; Lois (Joseph) Matvey, Pittsburgh; and Nancy (Jeff) O'Donnell, Orlando, Fla.; grandchildren, Kenneth, Brian, Janet, Devyon, Jeremy, Joshua, Josiah, Dawn, Kevin, Andrew, Matthew and Philip; and nine great-grandchildren. Family and friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from noon until time of funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Vaia Funeral Home Inc., 463 Athena Drive, Delmont, (724) 468-1177. Interment will follow at Twin Memorial Park, Delmont. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Nora may be made to Holiday Park United Methodist Church or Plum Food Bank, both located at 81 Sandune Drive, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15239. Please write "Nora Dilling" on the check memo line. To send online expressions of sympathy, for grief support information or directions, please visit

Frank Charney

See also a profile of Mrs. Dilling by Judy Rose on April 1, 2002.


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What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

— Edward Langley (1928-1995)

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— Voltaire (1764)

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