Alice E. “Lisa” (Harvey) Lepovetsky

Alice E. “Lisa” (Harvey) Lepovetsky, 68, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019, at her residence.

She was born February 2, 1951, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Ives Lucas and Barbara Wilson Harvey.  Lisa was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Marys Area High School, Class of 1969.  She attended the University of Pittsburgh, Agnes Scott College, Pace University, and in 1991, she earned her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in English from Penn State University.

On July 4, 1971, in Ridgway, Lisa married Howard Lepovetsky, who survives.  She is also survived by two daughters, Shari Lepovetsky Miller and her husband George of Peoria, AZ and Rachel Lepovetsky Clergy  and her husband Brooks of Cedar Point, NC; three grandchildren, Hailey, Isabell, and Everett; her brother, Ives Wallace Harvey of Ridgway; and by a cousin, Eric Sitarchuk and his wife Rebecca of Philadelphia.

Lisa was an accomplished writer of a novel, a poetry book, and over one hundred publications.  Lisa was a member of the Horror Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Penn Writers, Sisters in Crime, Footlighters, Poetry Fellowship, and the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts.  She also volunteered for the Elk County Humane Society and the Community Nurses.

Visitation will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, October 18, 2019, from 3:00 until 5:00 PM, with a Celebration of Life to follow at Gunners Restaurant.  Burial will be in the Sons of Israel Cemetery in DuBois.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857, or to your local animal shelter.

Shari October 15, 2019 at 10:30 am

You will be missed horribly. I could not have asked for a more wonderful mother. I love you always.

Grace Kriegisch October 15, 2019 at 10:58 am

Mike and I are sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Ann Smisko October 15, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Dear Howard, Shari and Rachel: I am so sorry to hear of Lisa’s death. She was a wonderful friend to me and we always had such fun together. She and I bonded in Mr. Newman’s high school French class….I can still remember our first attempts to speak the language to each other — she was a great partner!!!
I loved hearing her talk about her writing – her imagination and her dedication to her craft was amazing.
She was a huge part of my growing up years and I can’t think about St. Marys without thinking of her. I am so glad we were able to talk together the last time I was up there.
I am so lucky to have known her — and you all as well.
With my love,

Mary Kay Buttery October 15, 2019 at 5:24 pm

I have to agree with Ann, Lisa always comes to mind with growing up in St Marys.
She referred me (and had confidence in me) for a summer job being a mother’s helper for a handful of small children (Dr & Mrs Alferi). Or the get togethers in the ‘cabin’ located in her back yard.. ( OMG–we were such good kids).
Telling me she used aspects of my childhood home in something she had written. A 4th of July wedding with so many friends attending, then visiting NYC for the first time and having locals show me around.
Watching you girls grow into adulthood and the beautiful women you have become.
Till later.. Lots of love, Mary Kay

Helen M Ruggieri October 18, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Dear Howard,
I know I only added to your grief when you called but my daughter died last year and news goes from my ear to my heart. Lisa has been a long time friend since the 1980s. We went to classes together at Penn State gathering our MFAs. I know that I could always count on her to pick me up in the middle of no where or vice versa.

a far away friend has died
suddenly –
a double absence.


Amy Rhoads October 27, 2019 at 12:48 am

I was fortunate to have met Lisa as a student at Penn State University during my very first semester in her Women of Literature class. I loved her way of teaching and inspiring that I took a total of 4 classes with her to fulfill credits and experience a very unique and challenging experience each time. Her love of sweets, literature and animals made her a truly beautiful woman. I will forever remember the day she told me to not wear a certain perfume to class. It was not because she was allergic or even disliked the aroma; simply made her tummy rumble for cookies. RIP Lisa, peace be with your family.

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