Latrobe beautician was known as the ‘rock’ of her family

October 12, 2018

Marie Orvosh was known as the best colorist in Latrobe.

As proprietor of Marie’s Beauty Shop for 48 years, she built up a clientele that included lawyers’ and doctors’ wives.

“She loved having her own business. That was a dream for her,” said her daughter, Carol Potthoff. “She had a huge clientele. They would come home from Florida to get their hair done and their color done.”

Mrs. Orvosh operated the downtown business until her retirement in 1998 at age 77, her daughter said.

“She truly loved her business and loved her family,” she said.

Marie M. Orvosh of Latrobe died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, at Forbes Regional Hospital, Monroeville. She was 97.

Born in Middleport, Schuylkill County, on Aug. 31, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Michael Petrush and Anna (Ganunis) Petrush.

Mrs. Orvosh was interested in cosmetology from a young age, her daughter said.

“She was always the one who fixed everybody’s hair,” Potthoff said. “Even the teachers, when she was a little girl, she would do their hair at school.”

After graduating from high school, she went to cosmetology school and moved to Washington, D.C., to teach cosmetology.

While there, she met her future husband, George, at a coffee shop.

Upon moving to Western Pennsylvania, she took jobs with beauty parlors in Greensburg and Latrobe before opening her own shop in the John Mori Building on Main Street, Potthoff said. She stayed open there for 48 years.

Widowed at age 51, she stayed active by going out dancing with other widow friends.

“I think that’s what kept her in such good health,” Potthoff said. “She just kept very active all her life.”

Mrs. Orvosh was especially proud of her Lithuanian heritage. One of her favorite things was to prepare the traditional Christmas Eve dinner, known as Kucios, for her family.

“Traditions and family were very important to her,” Potthoff said. “She was the rock of the family. She was that calming agent in a storm for everybody.”

Mrs. Orvosh was preceded in death by her husband, George Orvosh; a grandson; a great-grandson; and eight siblings.

She is survived by one son, Paul M. Orvosh and his wife, Shirley, of Green Cove Springs, Fla., and one daughter, Carol A. Potthoff, of Latrobe; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at Holy Family Church, Latrobe. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the John J. Lopatich Funeral Home, 601 Weldon St., Latrobe.

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