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Walda Ethel (Backstrom) Teslovich

April 19, 1934 ~ April 10, 2020 (age 85)


Walda Ethel (Backstrom) Teslovich, 85, died peacefully in hospice care in Winchester, Virginia on Friday, April 10, 2020, surrounded by loving family members.  Born in West Newton on April 19, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Victor G. Backstrom and Anna Marie (Olson) Backstrom.

Walda (lovingly known as "Sis") was well known for her baseball skills, while growing up in Collinsburg PA, with scouts in the area who were well aware of her talent.  Family affectionately referred to her as one of the original players of the well-known film "A League of Their Own".  Family members will remember Walda for her incredible baking skills, particularly around the holidays.  Her cookie trays were a staple of Christmas, and family members and friends were always pleased to receive a personal tray.

She is survived by her five daughters, Tami (Ed) Baker of Pittsburgh, Terri (Ken) Burner of Pittsburgh, Tina (Jim) Renacci of Ohio, Trenise (Tom) Ross of Virginia and Tara (Mark) Burns of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Jennifer Baker, Gregory Task, Thomas Ross, Travis Ross, Andrew (Ashley) Renacci, Ryan Renacci, Rhiannon Renacci, Juliana Blasius, Robert Burns and Jon Burns; four great grandchildren; and her dog, Bella, who was her pride and joy.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Teslovich; son, William George Teslovich; daughter, Tanya Teslovich Task; and two brothers, Marvin Backstrom and Brent Backstrom.

Until we see our beloved mother, nana and grandmother again, we will miss her so very much and will continue to keep her in our hearts.

A Private Funeral Service will be held in the West Newton Cemetery Chapel on Thursday, April 16, 2020 with Rev. David J. Nazimek officiating.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the James C. Stump Funeral Home Inc., 580 Circle Drive, Rostraver Township (724-929-7934)

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Private Services

West Newton Cemetery
210 Vernon Drive
West Newton, PA 15089

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