Dennis William Kovack
and Patricia Sue Blevins
Dennis William Kovack b 14 Oct 1939 Somerset, Somerset Co PA d 8 Jul 2015 Somerset, Somerset Co PA; age 75; buried Somerset Co Memorial Park Somerset, Somerset Co PA; Findagrave 148933046; s/o William J Kovack and Geraldine P Stern. Dennis William Kovack m. 22 Jan 1966 to Patricia Sue Blevins b 12 Mar 1944 Rocks Springs, Sweetwater Co Wyoming d 29 Jun 2014; age 70; VA; buried Lakewood Cemetery, Bowling Green, Caroline Co VA; findagrave 141314553; d/o James Wallace Blevins and Ruby Levone Blevins. Children of Dennis William Kovack and Patricia Sue Blevins;
Sue Blevins and Dennis Kovack
L-R: Dennis, Christopher and Skyler Kovack
Sue Blevins Kovack
Sue Blevins Kovack
Sue Blevins Kovack
1. Skyler David Kovack (m) b 10 Jul 1967; m. Janine Unknown
2. Christopher James Kovack b 18 Mar 1971 d 22 Sept 2012 Caroline Co (or Spotsylvania Co) VA; age 41; buried Lakewood Cemetery, Bowling Green, Caroline Co VA; findagrave 98799397; m. 26 Feb 1994 Prince William VA (divorced 4 Aug 2006 Spotsylvania VA) to Virginia Irene Ryan. Children of Christopher James Kovack and Virginia Irene Ryan:
i. Joseph Kovack
ii. Amanda Kovack
iii. Kristin Kovack
3. Tonya Lynn Kovack b 30 Jun 1974
Obituary: Dennis William Kovack
14 Oct 1939 - 8 Jul 2015
Dennis William Kovack, 78, of Somerset, died July 8, 2015 at Siemon's Lakeview Manor Estate. Born October 14, 1939 in Somerset he is the son of William J. and Geraldine P. (Stern) Kovack. Preceded in death by parents, son Chris Kovack and grandson Jonathan Wells. Survived by children; Pam Drake and husband David of Middleton, OH, Skylar Kovack and wife Janine of Alexandria, VA, and Tonya Kovack of Fredericksburg, VA; also numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also survived by sisters and brothers: Carol Kovack Willis, Carolyn Kovack, Robert Kovack, Richard Kovack and wife Brenda and Sonya Pugh and husband Richard all of Somerset. Dennis is a 1957 graduate of Forbes High School, he worked until his retirement as a mechanic for various business' throughout his career, he was also a member of the United Church of Christ in Stoystown. Friends received 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Hauger-Zeigler Funeral Home, Somerset, where a service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Reverend Sharon Fox officiating. Interment Somerset County Memorial Park. www.haugerzeigler.com
Obituary: Patricia Sue Blevins Kovack
12 Mar 1944 - 29 Jun 2014
Resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Patricia Sue Kovack, 70, of Fredericksburg, VA passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Mary Washington Hospital. Ms. Kovack had retired from Safeway. She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher James Kovack, Saturday, September 22, 2012
Survivors include her two children, Skylar Kovack and wife Janine of Alexandria, VA and Tonya Kovack of Fredericksburg, VA, six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; sister, Jenny Blevins of Pennsylvania; sister Debbie Listrani of Arizona and step daughter Pami Drake of Ohio.
A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg VA. Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery and is private.
Covenant Funeral Service
4801 Jefferson Davis HWY
Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1 p.m.
Obituary: Christopher James Kovack
18 Mar 1971 - 22 Sept 2012
Christopher James Kovack: Born on 03/18/1971, Departed on 09/22/2012, Resided in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. Christopher James Kovack, 41, of Spotsylvania County, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012. Mr. Kovack was a master automotive technician. Survivors include his children Joseph Kovack, Amanda Kovack and Kristin Kovack, all of Fredericksburg; mother Sue Kovack of Fredericksburg; father Dennis Kovack of Somerset, PA; brother Skylar Kovack and wife Janine of Alexandria; and sister Tonya Kovack of Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30 at the funeral home chapel. Interment will be private.
Christopher James Kovack's Mom, Sue Blevins Kovack added the following about her son, Christopher James Kovack on October 13, 2012: Born in Phoeniz, Arizona. My son died from a blood clot at age 41. Son of Dennis William Kovack and Patricia Sue Kovack; Father of three children, one son, Joseph David, a set of twin girls, Amanda and Kristin; Married to Virginia Irene Ryan -
Divorced in 2006. Chris was a master automotive tech for many years. He was a special man and a loving father. Grandparents were William Joseph Kovack and Geraldine Phylis Stern of Stoyestown, Pa. His Great Grandparents were William Joseph Kovack and Barbara Hedgus from Hungary. They came to the USA about 1910 and settled in Reading, Pa. Moved to Stoyestown years later.
My Life Story
By Sue Blevins Kovack
I was born in Rocks Springs, Wyoming on March 12, 1944 as my father, Jim Blevins was a coal miner and he took us there so he could work as they were on strike here in West Virginia, Carbondale area. My mother, Ruby Blevins was a school teacher and she could get a job anywhere, my dad made great money but my mother wanted to teach and teach, she did for over forty some odd years. She loved her job as a teacher and the kids loved her more! There were more kids at her funeral than adults!
I grew up and was told that I was suppose to be a Nash. Theodore Burleson told us that Wick Nash was the father of Melvina three sons, John, Wick and William Lawrence or Bill as we called him. I actually look a lot alike my Great Uncle Bill Blevins in the facial area. Theodore was one of the Grandsons to Minnie Blevins that lived with my Great Uncle John Blevins until she died. They were married but we c have not located a marriage license for them anywhere, John was a brother to my biological Grandpa Wick Henry Blevins and I grew up knowing John Blevins quite well. John was married three times, Betty Ramey, Minnie Slaughter Blevins and Nancy Treadway. We have a military record that states that John Blevins cannot father any children. John Blevins fought on San Juan hill with Teddy Roosevelt.
Wick Henry was my grandfather and when my Grandma Evalena died, Wick farmed out all his kids by Evalena James Blevins. He married Ethel Nora Early nine months later and had another set of kids! I was never allowed to visit him or call him Grandpa as my Dad was so angry at his father for giving up all his kids and he appointed himself "The Father Figure" for his brothers and sisters.
My father, Jim Blevins looked after all of them and managed to get married and have children of his own too! They were Lenora Ann Blevins, Patricia Sue Blevins, Jimmy Darryl Blevins and Jenny Lou Blevins. My mother was a Blevins and married a Blevins in Bristol, Virginia. My dad carried my mom across the street in Bristol, Va. and then, he told her, now woman, you are in Tennessee! I have some of my father's letters that he wrote to my mother and he was quite a romantic person!
Kemper Blevins and Justin Howard Blevins was raised in a boarding home and mistreated until my father was old enough to go get them out of there and helped them get a job and took Justin Howard to Kentucky with him and put him to work in a coal mines as most did during that time period and the pay was great and the medical was free too! The boarding home was owned by a sister to Ethel Nora Early. Kemper and Justin Howard wore those golfing hats as they worked on a golf course when they were in that boarding room. Kemper married Katherine Ashby.
My father was the most protective father anyone could have due to the way he was treated by his father, Wick Blevins. My dad, Jim Blevins would put up a six foot fence and kept us in that backyard so we could be safe! We had two Collie dogs until someone fed them some kind of poison. No one and I mean no one could talk about HIS KIDS! He was on you like flies on honey! That included my mother too!
We went on family picnics and ate watermelon that my dad had put in a cold running creek and secured with rocks. I so remember eating those cold cold watermelons. We would make ice cream on the Fourth of July too! I remember seeing my Dad watch us even when he was talking to another person, he knew where his kids were and what we were doing too!
My father would not let my mother spank us either and he even trained our family dog, a bulldog to attack my mother when she would try to spank US! My father, Jim Blevins was six feet and four inches tall and weighed 225 pounds so few men would mess with him. I have seen him take three men at one time and throw them out of our restaurant in The wildcat area of southern Virginia.
It seemed as if everywhere we moved that Kemper Blevins would go there too. So I grew up with Mike, Patsy, Jim, Joe, Jerry, Danny and Barbara Kay Blevins and we were real close and have always been that way to this date today of June 24,2005. It is funny as Mike was the oldest and he was named Charles Edward Blevins and Uncle Kemp wanted him to be named Mike so he said from this day forward, he shall be known as Mike and all of us called him that. We went on most holiday picnics together and we were together on the other holidays as well.
My Uncle Justin was called Tots and Uncle Preacher to me????? Do not know the reason for that either! Its no wonder we are having extreme difficulties locating our family records now. the Blevins's did not leave a paper trail so they are very hard to document.
Justin Howard once was in a bar drinking beer and talking to some of his buddies and my father went to visit them and his wife said that he was not home and told him where he could find Justin and that she was unhappy that he spent his free time there and not at home. My dad, Jim Blevins went to that bar and took that beer and told his brother that you are a married man and you are suppose to be home with your wife and made him leave that bar and to this day, we do not know what Jim Blevins told his brother Justin Howard Blevins but he never went to any bars after that!
My dad drank all the time and whiskey too! We once drove over The Golden Gate Bridge and my parents were having an argument about his drinking and he took that whiskey bottle out and threw it over the bridge into the water and he never drank after that. I have been in numerous states and lived in most of them as my father, Jim Blevins was Jack of all Trades! He was w worker and a great one too. he ran a motor car in the mines and when he came down the tracks, the men would scatter as they knew he was not stopping for any of them and often, the lunch buckets would go flying off the tracks as Jim Blevins was paid by the loads he did in a day and he was the fastest and made the most money! The men would yell down the tracks that Jim Blevins or Big Jim was coming! My father never took lunch and ate on that motor car everyday.
My father had nicknames for all of us, Big Ann, Little Sue, Pedro and My Cowgirl was Jenny. My father loved to hunt and fish too! We were in Colorado for that reason so he could hunt and fish! My mother was a great woman and put herself through college without any help from her parents as they did not think that a woman should get a college education.
My mother spent her weekends with Sarah Mullins Blevins and she would talk about the family and if my mother started to close her eyes, she would be pinched anywhere that hand would land and my Great Grandma Sarah Mullins Blevins would tell her, I am not done with you yet! That is how my mother knew so much about her family. Mother finished college and had her degree and went to teach her first class in Hellier, Kentucky and there is where she met my father, Jim Blevins. Jim Blevins was friends with Clifford Eugene Blevins and he was dating Irene Blevins, my mother's sister in Kentucky and she was fifteen at that time and Irene married Clifford Blevins and had her first son, Dean Blevins at age sixteen.
I went to High School in West Virginia and also Virginia, Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia , and then to Maryland to North Caroline High School where I graduated. I left the next day and got on a bus and came to my sister apartment in Arlington as she had a job and was working at General Electric. I had a babysitting job for the summer and I went to work for the Hecht Company on Glebe Road and took a bus to work or walked if it was daytime. I went to work for Sears in the customer service department then. I rented a room and finally got an apartment with a friend and she was never at the apartment but paid her half of the rent. so I was happy.
I met Dennis William Kovack at this time and we were getting serious. He was a automobile mechanic next door to the Hecht Company. I walked down to his shop one day and drove myself to the Glebe Road DMV and took my drivers license test and drove his suped up Mercury back to his shop and walked to my room as I had the day off and I was determined to get my license.
Dennis came and picked me up after work and we would eat together and spend the evening together too. We were married on January 23, 1966 and my oldest son, Skylar David Kovack was born on July 10, 1967. He was a big baby at eight pounds and eight and one half ounces and actually gained an ounce before we left the Columbia Hospital For women in Washington, D.C. as that is where my doctors wanted me to go to have this baby. as we lived in Arlington, Va. So, I took a nine pound newborn son home.
My son Sky had asthma and bad tonsils and he was too young to have them taken out and I had started working for Safeway Grocery Stores in 1964 when my brother Jimmy Darryl was hit by a train and killed in Manassas, Va. Jimmy worked for Safeway and I went to work in the same store as he was employed. My husband and I decided that we needed to go to a drier climate for our son Sky so we sold some things and packed up and went to Phoenix, Arizona and I went to work for Safeway Stores there also and my son Christopher James Kovack was born on March 18, 1971.
The hospital was across the street from our apartment building and I walked to my doctor's office and to Christown Hospital where he was born. Chris had hair down his neck and it was very black and his skin was so much darker that my other son, Sky. Chris looked like an Indian baby! He was the sweetest baby. I was awaken at the crack of dawn as the sun comes up early in Arizona like 4:00 A. M. My son, Chris would get up when the sun did so I took aluminum foil and covered his entire window and he slept until at least eight in the mornings! My mother was laughing at me but, hey, it worked for me! My Sky was three and very very active and a handful during the daytime and I needed my sleep to handle him and a newborn too!
My husband wanted out of Phoenix as it was unbearable to work in that heat! We moved to Douglas, Arizona and he went to work in the Copper smelter there. My mother and my sister, Debbie Toney lived there also and so did my sister, Jenny and her first husband, Bob George. Jenny and Robert George built their home from the ground up and they did all the work themselves and went to Tucson and bought the supplies that they needed.
I moved to Arizona in May of 1969 and we came back to Pennsylvania in May of 1978. My husband was from this area, Somerset, Pa. He could not get a good paying job and we left in 1979 to come to Virginia and I have been here since that time period and I had over forty years with Safeway Grocery Stores too and I just retired from Safeway in 2004.
My husband developed a neurological disease called Dystonia and he became a man that I did not know and we were both unhappy so we divorced in 1990 and he lives in Somerset, Pa, now. I have six Grand children now from ages 17 to seven. Megan Marie Kovack, Rebecca Ann Kovack, Sky David Jr., Joseph David Kovack, and a set of twins, Amanda Marie Kovack and Kristin Lynn Kovack. I now have a part time job as I do not like retirement as of now!
I am proud of my daughter too! I love her to pieces too! Its hard sometimes to give her her needed space as I want to see her all the time but I try to respect her wishes and give her some freedom too. But I wish!
My Life Story Part II
By Sue Blevins Kovack
This is the second part of my life story and after we moved to Douglas, Arizona and my beautiful daughter was born on June 30, 1974. I was in labor with her for three days and nights before she decided it was time to come into this world! This Thursday is her birthday. We were living in a new trailer that only had three bedrooms and I put my daughter's crib in the hallway at the foot of the stairs that lead to my oldest son bedroom and it was like a loft bedroom and Chris was in the lower one.
I wanted a daughter so badly that I went through three days of labor to get her, two days for my son Chris and 18 1/2 hours with my oldest son, Sky. My daughter was so pretty and loved to sleep so I was grateful for that! Jesse Bagwell that lived on the ranch that was married to Phil Bagwell was the nurse at the hospital and she was not even on duty but went there with me when Tonya was born and she was a midwife and she almost had to deliver Tonya too.
Jesse was at the foot of the stretcher and had her hands ready to get the baby when the doctor finally showed up and Jesse gave him a hard time for being so late and gave him heck for all the pain I had to endure because he was not there to attend to me! Jesse was from Canada and spared no words for this Copper Smelter doctor. My daughter and myself actually flew to Arizona and she got to meet Jesse in person. Jesse was a friend of my mothers too.
My daughter was a good baby! She grew into a very beautiful little girl and my Mother loved her to pieces too! My Tonya used to play in water most of the time with her Barbie dolls! My Tonya was very bashful and I put her in a Catholic daycare center as mother knew those nuns and knew that the kids were taken care of too! I went back to work when Tonya was two and one half years old. She cried as I left her there and she was never happy there so I pulled her out and a neighbor kept her on the ranch and she had a daughter the same age too. then my little daughter was happy!
The Copper Smelter laid off a bunch of men, including my husband, Dennis Kovack. We decided that we would go back East and try living there again, so we went to Somerset, Pennsylvania. That only lasted a year and we had it very rough and I was working also! If you did not know someone there or if no one had died, all the good paying jobs were taken so we had to leave and we came to Woodbridge, Virginia in 1979.
My daughter was five then! She claims Virginia as her home too! My daughter went to kindergarten here. She also finished high school in the same area. We spent lots of vacations together too over the years and went to the beaches often. My daughter would get up during the middle of the night to feed Megan and Rebecca too and then change their diapers and put them back to bed and I often did the same thing as the parents never hardly heard the girls crying for food in the middle of the night either.
My son was dating Virginia Irene Kovack and she and my daughter, Tonya became good friends. They still are today! My daughter loves children and has sought jobs relating to children too. She now has bought a home with her fiancÚ, Steve. Thursday is her birthday and she will be 31! Where did my time with my daughter go to! Life sucked it up and circumstances too!
I am proud of my daughter too! I love her to pieces too! Its hard sometimes to give her her needed space as I want to see her all the time but I try to respect her wishes and hive her some freedom too.
But I wish! Happy Happy Birthday Baby! Mom's Baby! Love you, Mom