Nova L. McGourty, 70, of Gladden Heights, Cecil Township, passed peacefully in the loving presence of her family on December 11, 2021.
She was born October 13, 1951; a daughter of Emerson and Loretta Ayres Loffert.
Nova was a Canon McMillian graduate, class of 1969. She then was a secretary for McGraw Edison in Canonsburg. It was there that she met her husband Thomas F. McGourty who survives. They were married on February 15, 1975. After the birth of their first child, Nova became a full time stay at home Mother until her children graduated. Nova then started working again as an Administrative Assistant for several senior living facilities in the area.
Nova was a 20 year breast cancer survivor, living long enough to enjoy her grandchildren. She especially loved watching her grand-daughter Sadie, ice skate at different competitions.
Mrs. McGourty was a proud member of Riverdale Presbyterian Church in Moon Twp. She was very active in the Cecil Elementary Parent Teacher Association, eventually becoming president. She also was the former president Canon McMillian parent council, and served as Canon McMillian School Board representative from Cecil Twp.
Surviving are three children, Blake (Rachel) McGourty of Moon Township, Brad (Amanda) McGourty of Pittsburgh, and Breanna (John)Taussig of Fredericksburg, VA; six grandchildren, Sadie and Zachary McGourty, Clara, Nathan, Cora, and Jason Taussig; a sister, Janice (Nick) Profio of Oakdale; a brother, Ralph of Arvada, CO; and a special nephew, Daniel (Michelle) Loffert of Arvada, CO.
A memorial gathering will take place on Thursday, December 16, 2021 from 6-8 PM at Nation Funeral Home Inc., 220 E. Lincoln Ave., McDonald. A memorial service will take place on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 2 PM in Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 1555 Brodhead Rd, Moon Twp., 15108. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Riverdale Presbyterian Church.