Nellie M. Kusich, age 82, of Greenville-Sheakleyville Rd., Sugar Grove Twp., passed away Sunday evening, August 20, 2017 in her home. 

She was born in Albion, PA on January 9, 1935 to Harry J. and Florence (Jessup) Peden.  Nellie was a 1954 graduate of St. Michael High School, where she had been a member of the football team. 

On June 26, 1954 she married Nicholas J. Kusich, Sr.  She was a homemaker and loved to bake and cook.  Throughout the years, she baked dozens of cookies for family and friends.  In addition to being a homemaker, Nellie and her husband owned and rented several apartments in the Greenville area for over fifty years and she had also worked many years ago for the former R.D. Werner Co. 

She was a member of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, Greenville.  Nellie enjoyed many years spending time at their camp, The Green Buffalo Camp in Marienville, PA and also spending the last ten winters in West Palm, Florida. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son; George S. Kusich and his wife Denise of Greenville, a daughter; Nadine Atkinson of Butler, two sisters; Florence Garrett and Dolores Holzapfel and her husband Fred, all of Greenville, two brothers; Alfred “Skip” Peden and Charles “Bill” Peden, both of Greenville, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a daughter-in-law; Joan Kusich of Greenville. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son; Nicholas J. Kusich, Jr., three sisters; Margaret Zuschlag, Alice Turner and Hilda Pinney, two brothers; Ray Peden and Harry Peden and a son-in-law; Larry Atkinson.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael School Endowment Fund, 85 N. High St., Greenville, PA 16125.



  1. Jackie Gallagher Jackie Gallagher
    August 22, 2017    

    I am so very sorry for my Uncle Nick who I know him and Teti Nelly were so close. I loved when we would come to Greenville to visit going out to their house and seeing all of the beautiful ways Teti Nelly decorated. I loved her baking and cooking and always remember her amazing Garlic Bread. I enjoyed seeing her in Florida also when I went down to visit my mom and dad, we had fun by the pool or going to Bingo.
    Teti Nelly had such a warm and beautiful smile and I will so miss seeing her face light up as soon as she seen you.
    Uncle Nick I am sorry for your loss and to Nadine and George for their loss of your Mom and to all the grandchildren and the rest of the family. God Bless Teti Nelly and now in Heaven know we will always treasure our memories and time spent together.

  2. Joan and family Joan and family
    August 22, 2017    

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad and difficult time. She will be greatly missed by all the people who loved her. I know she is with Nick now who loved his mom so very much. We now have 2 guardian angels looking over us.

  3. Tawnya (Anastacai's Mom Tawnya (Anastacai's Mom
    August 22, 2017    

    So sorry for your loss, will keep your family in my prayers.

  4. Matt & Lori Shepard Matt & Lori Shepard
    August 22, 2017    

    Thoughts and prayers for your family

  5. Mary, Brenda, Carl and Carol Mary, Brenda, Carl and Carol
    August 22, 2017    

    Nick, George and Nadine, Our hearts go out to you. Such a tremendous loss. She was a very sweet Lady. Praying for you all.

  6. Jenny (Myers) Joy Jenny (Myers) Joy
    August 22, 2017    

    My condolences to the Kusich family, you are all in my prayers

  7. Tim and Pat McGhee Tim and Pat McGhee
    August 22, 2017    

    Thoughts and prayers to the family as you all share in not only her loss but celebrate her life by keeping her memory within your hearts. Praying you all find comfort in one another and also share in the joy of her life as you proceed through your lives together.

  8. Candy Owens Candy Owens
    August 22, 2017    

    Skeet and I were So sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing, prayers and sympathy to Nadine and the Kusich family at this time of grief.

  9. Candy and Skeet Owens Candy and Skeet Owens
    August 22, 2017    

    Nadine, Skket and I send our sympathy to you and your family, your Mom was such a nice lady.

  10. Your neighbor, Glen Janos Your neighbor, Glen Janos
    August 22, 2017    

    Nick and family: I’m very sorry for your loss.

  11. Anthony DAmato Anthony DAmato
    August 23, 2017    

    After nearly 50yrs, I still dream of and tell stories of Greenville. I speak often of my memories to my children and students. It left life long impression. I remember Nellie’s amazing breakfasts. How your family was so loving and close. Thank you! You have my deepest sympathy.

  12. Alice Harsh Rohrbach Alice Harsh Rohrbach
    August 23, 2017    

    Dear Aunt Florence and family, so sorry to learn of Nellies death.. All in my prayers at this time. You have my sympathy . God Bless all.

  13. Michael and Becky Bray Michael and Becky Bray
    August 23, 2017    

    Nick, George, Denise, Adam and Cole, and the entire Kusich family,
    Becky and I send our love and prayers for you as you grieve for and miss your beloved wife, mom and grandma. May the lifetime of memories you have, and the strength of Christ, our comfort and hope, carry you through these difficult days, and the journey ahead. Nellie has passed through to the waiting arms of our Lord. May you rejoice in the love she has shared with you which help to shape and enrich your lives.
    Our love to you in Christ,
    Michael and Becky Bray

  14. Mikaela Mikaela
    August 23, 2017    

    I am so very sorry for your loss of Nellie, even though I didn’t get to know her personally. Losing a loved one in death is one of the hardest things for us as humans to cope with. Something that I’ve found to be of comfort during distressing times is found at 2 Corinthians 3:1 where it says,”Praised be the God of all comfort, who comforts us in times of distress.” How reassuring it is to know that when can turn to God and he will help us. What a comforting scripture! For more comforting promises from the Bible check out jw.org.

  15. Vicki Huntley Vicki Huntley
    August 24, 2017    

    So sorry to hear of Nellie’s passing. She can rest easy now. So hard to lose a family member. You are in my prayers. Hope for your comfort and peace to return.

  16. Jill Ferguson Graham Jill Ferguson Graham
    August 24, 2017    

    Mr. Kusich, Nadine, George and family members: I was shocked to here of Nellie death and feel so bad for all of you. She was such a sweet woman who always smiled and spoke whenever I saw her. I know life has been very difficult with your losses the past few years and this may be the toughest one yet. Please remember she is a peace and does not suffer. She is with Nick Jr. and Larry and they are probably having a good time together. Cherish the time you had with here hear on earth. Try to be strong and know that God is watching over each of you and doing his best to give you comfort during this difficult time. Know that I and many others are praying for comfort and strength for you.

  17. Peg McAndrew Revell Peg McAndrew Revell
    August 24, 2017    

    To the Kusich Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Nellie was always such a fine lady with a smile on her face. I know you want her. She no longer has to suffer and is at peace. You were all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless.

  18. Bill and Jane Sham Bill and Jane Sham
    August 24, 2017    

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at the time.

  19. Darren Gilbert Darren Gilbert
    August 29, 2017    

    So sorry to hear about Nell. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Kusich family and friends. Nell will be missed and remembered by MANY!

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