Welcome to the memorial page for

Bessie M. Chemelli

August 5, 1931 ~ January 6, 2017 (age 85)

Bessie M. Chemelli, 85, of Kittanning died Friday January 6, 2017 at ACMH Hospital. 

Born August 5, 1931 in Kaylor, PA, she was the daughter of Joseph C. and Elizabeth J. (Downs) Olcus.

On November 27, 1954, Bessie married Attilio “Til” Chemelli, he survives.

A 1949 Graduate of East Brady High School, Bessie worked as the Chief Operator at Alltel Telephone in Kittanning for 44 years.

A member of St. Mary, our Lady of Guadalupe, in Kittanning, she sang in the choir and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. 

Bessie was also a member of the Bradys Bend Historical Society where she enjoyed helping organize the quilt shows.  She enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband; Til Chemelli of Kittanning, 2 sisters; Sara Young of Grand Haven Mich., and Catherine (Wilson) Downing of Bradys Bend, 2 sisters-in-law; Donna Olcus of Ford City and Laura Capizzi of Hanover, MD.

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Bessie was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers and 2 sisters.

A Blessing Service for Bessie M. Chemelli will be held at 11am Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at Buechele Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc. 707 Kellys Way, East Brady, PA 16028 with Rev. Douglas Dorula, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church and Rev. John Butler, Pastor of St. Patrick Church.

Private burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bradys Bend.

Memorials may be made in Bessie’s name to St. Mary, our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 101 West High Street, Kittanning, PA 16201.

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 Service Information

Blessing Service
January 11, 2017

11:00 AM
Buechele Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.
707 Kelly's Way
East Brady, PA 16028

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