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June 11, 2014

Tracy Sue (O'Dell) Deetscreek

SUMMERHILL — DEETSCREEK – Tracy Sue (O’Dell), 49, Summerhill Township, passed away unexpectedly June 9, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown. Born Sept. 4, 1964, in Indianapolis, Ind., daughter of Ersal “Dan” and Dorothy (Kemper) O’Dell. Preceded in death by her father Dan; father-in-law, William J. Deetscreek; and sister-in-law, Justine M. Bailey. Survived by husband, John Deetscreek, whom she married Dec. 21, 1992; children, Adam and Lauren, at home; mother, Dorothy O’Dell; sisters, Nancy and Cathy O’Dell, all of Granite City, Ill.; and Kerrie (Kyle) Taylor, Troy, Ala.; brother, Daniel (Holly) O’Dell, Gilbert, Ariz.; mother-in-law, Nancy Deetscreek, Ebensburg; brothers-in-law, Ken (Joyce) Bailey, Portage; and Eric (Erica) Deetscreek, Curwensville; and sister-in-law, Donna (Don) Bloom, Hooversville; also nephews and nieces, Shawn O’Dell; Paige (Jeremy) Nagey; Ryan Taylor; Matthew O’Dell; Katie (Shawn) Herlehy; Kyle (Sarah) O’Dell; Aidan O’Dell; Sheena (Brian) Vorhauer; Amanda Faight; Kenny Bailey; Casey, Tanner and Shaylee Bloom; and Jordyn and Rylee Deetscreek; as well as grandnieces and -nephews, Quinten, Leighla and Justen Vorhauer, and Hailey and Alex Faight. A U.S. Navy veteran, she served as an air traffic controller during the Persian Gulf War from 1988 to 1995, stationed at the Naval station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was the recipient of the Meritorious Unit Commendation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Ribbon, Navy Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon (2nd), and Coast Guard Special Operation Service Ribbon. Upon arrival back to the states, she had been employed as assistant manager at Ponderosa Restaurant in Richland Township. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Nanty Glo, and from 10 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mundys Corner, Pastor Kevin McNamara, officiating. Interment, Ogden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project in Tracy’s memory.

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