"Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous." While some people mistakenly attribute that quote to Albert Einstein, you don't have to be a genius to see how it could apply in the case of two friends.

Eleanor E. "Ellie" Kowaleski died June 25 at the age of 89, and her friend, Katherine B. "Kaye" Danisevich, was 90 when she passed away July 3.

Ellie was well-known to thousands of students who passed through Mount Carmel Area School District during the many years she spent as an office secretary. She was often credited as being Principal Vincent W. McHail's right arm at the high school. In her last decades on the job, she was known to pupils as "Miss Ellie" when she was secretary for Principal Mary Ann Krakowski at Mount Carmel Area Elementary School.

Kaye Danisevich, 90, was a familiar figure around Mount Carmel due to her primary pastimes of walking and helping others as she traveled through life.

Both were women of deep faith. Ellie Kowaleski became an extraordinary minister of holy communion at Divine Redeemer Church, Mount Carmel, with her twin sister, Celie, and continued that ministry after her sister's death. Kaye helped clean Divine Redeemer as she had when it was the former Our Mother of Consolation Church.

Before Ellie moved to Maryland a few years ago, she and Kaye were often seen together as they were active in their parish and community.

Neither woman was a public figure. Their deaths after lives well lived did not rate news articles in addition to their obituaries.

However, Kaye Danisevich and Ellie Kowaleski demonstrated that a life of quiet faith in God and concern for others speaks as an eloquent eulogy.


Lives of quiet faith speak well of God.