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Gwendolyn Sarver McKinley

  • On May 7, 2020
On May 6, 2020 Gwendolyn Sarver McKinley passed from our care. Born October 7, 1929 in Pittsburgh PA. she grew up in Ingomar PA and was preceded in death by her parents Eugene J and Ruth Sarver. Married to Col. (Ret) William C McKinley, Jr. (deceased) in Germany in 1955, she is survived by three children, Col, (Ret) William C McKinley, III (Patty), Robert J McKinley, and Lisa A Rogers (Robert). She is also survived by grandchildren Aaron McKinley (Sarah), Joshua McKinley (Erica), Andrew, and Carolyn, and great nephews Rory DeYoung (Erin), and  Alexander DeYoung (Bridget). She is also survived by four great grandchildren.
Gwen had a unique life studying the arts at Carnegie Tech and working as an actress at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Little Lake Theater, Mountain Playhouse, Totem Pole Playhouse, Civic Light Opera and trade shows. She worked in productions traveling up and down the Mississippi on a showboat and was one of the original cast members of Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Gwen worked with many Pittsburgh greats including Don Brockett, Joe Negri, Shirley Jones, and others. She lived in Italy and always loved Italian culture and spoke fluent Italian.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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Beverly Mitzel
  • May 8 2020
Lisa, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Sarah Keach
  • May 13 2020
Lisa, Rob, Billy and extended family. Gwen was a dear friend to our family and a best friend to my beloved mother. The stories, memories and conversations that I recall over 5 decades have been unforgettable! Gwen was compassionate, creative and so very talented. She has left quite the legacy. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Gwen was so fortunate to have a loving and devoted family! Sarah Mowry (Keach)