June 01, 1931 - March 28, 2006
Eleanor M. Tylka, 74, of Upper St. Clair, formerly of Churchill, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 28 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was born on June 1, 1931 in Mt. Pleasant, PA. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of West Virginia University and graduated in 1956 with a medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C. She practiced pediatric medicine in and around Pittsburgh for nearly 40 years. Throughout her career she served as Executive Medical Director of the Home for Crippled Children; as Chief of Maternal and Child Health for Allegheny County; on the Governor’s Council for Drug and Alcohol Abuse; and as pediatrician at St. Francis Medical Center. She was instrumental establishing the methadone drug baby program at St. Francis Hospital, which was profiled in People Magazine. In addition, she had a special interest in caring for children with eating disorders. She valued and had a passion for life long learning. She is predeceased by parents Michael and Clara Tylka. She is survived by daughters Suzanne McCann of Columbus, OH and Erika Hoffman (David Nace) of Wexford, PA; son John Hoffman (Cheryl) of Westerville, OH; granddaughters Molly, Emily, and Kaitlyn Nace, Kelsey McCann, and Hanna Hoffman; grandsons Ryan McCann and Joshua Hoffman; brother Richard Tylka (Jan) of Lancaster, OH; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Visitation will be from 2-4 & 7-9 Thursday, March 30 at the Devlin Funeral Home, 2678 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at Sts. John & Paul in Wexford. Interment on Saturday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at Transfiguration Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to UPMC Cancer Center, Development Department, Patient Care Fund, 5150 Centre Ave., Suite 1B, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. If your eyes were drawn to this obituary, our mother would want you to know that it’s never too late to quit smoking.