WEST CHESTER, PA. — OTTERSON – Rose Rita (Simsic), 76, rejoined the Lord Dec. 16, 2013, after a prolonged hospitalization following a hip replacement in October of 2012 and a brain injury resulting from a fall in June of this year. In her 76 years, Rose lived many lives. Born and educated in Johnstown, she received a degree from Carlow College of Pittsburgh after entering the congregation of St. Joseph in Baden, Pa. During and after her 20 years as a Roman Catholic nun, Sister Wendelin taught general science and English (with a certification in Latin) in various parochial primary and secular secondary schools in the western Pennsylvania area. Released from her vows, she ministered to her terminally ill mother, Elizabeth, simultaneously meeting and marrying Raphael Eckenroth of Hershey, Pa., before his death in 1999. While living in Annville, Pa., and working as a travel agent in Lebanon, she met Harry J. Otterson of West Chester, Pa. They married at SS. Simon & Jude Church in West Chester in 2001. They have lived in Port Deposit, Md., ever since. A vibrant, voracious reader, an intellectual, yet totally down to earth woman, she will be sadly missed by her brother, Bernard Simsic, Finksburg, Md.; nephews, Steven Simsic, Calgary and Derek Simsic, Saskatoon, Canada; various cousins; and many other relatives and friends throughout the region; but especially the ladies of the Tomes Landing II Book Club. Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, at SS. Simon & Jude Church, West Chester, Pa., where friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 1020 State St., Baden, Pa. 15005. Arrangements by Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 W. Chester Pike, West Chester, Pa. 19382, 610-431-9000. Online condolences at www.donohuefuneralhome.com.
- District Deaths Aug. 2, 2014
ASKEW – Sharon “Joy,” 79, Alexandra, Pa, formerly of Marsteller, died July 31, 2014, at home.
George Michael Beach
BEACH – George Michael, 59, Salix, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Barbara Ann (Hartman) Dino
DINO – Barbara Ann (Hartman), 74, Ebensburg, died July 28, 2014, at Cambria Care Center.
DRENNER – Annabelle 90, Hollsopple, died July 31, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.
Patricia A. (Grabish) Koposko
KOPOSKO – Patricia A. (Grabish), 67, Windber, passed away Aug. 1, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
Harriet L. Mintmier
MINTMIER– Harriet L., 85, Johnstown, died Aug. 1, 2014, at the Atrium Manor.
Helen Louise Petrunak
PETRUNAK – Helen Louise “Weeze,” 87, formerly of South Fork, went home with the Lord Aug. 1, 2014.
Joylene H. (Ream) Whipkey
WHIPKEY– Joylene H. (Ream), 83, Ligonier, formerly of Jenner Township, died Aug. 1, 2014, at Bethlen Home, Ligonier.
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- District Deaths Aug. 1, 2014
E. Joan Davis
DAVIS – E. Joan, 87, Riverside, Ohio, formerly of Johnstown, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Kettering Medical Center.
Billie Josephine (LaFollette) Hodges
HODGES – Billie Josephine (LaFollette), 79, Boswell, Jenner Township, formerly of Gadsden, Ala., passed away July 27, 2014, at Windber Hospice from complications of cancer.
KOONTZ – Judy A., 67, Keedysville, Md., passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, July 29, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, Md., after a long battle with lymphoma cancer.
Sherry L. Nagy
NAGY – Sherry L., 49, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at home.
Kenneth A. Naugle
NAUGLE – Kenneth A., 94, Johnstown, died July 30, 2014, at his home.
Richard John Peterson
PETERSON – Richard John, 49, Johnstown, passed away Monday evening, July 28, 2014, at Conemaugh Hospital.
Evelyn F. Vitalie
VITALIE – Evelyn F., 75, Johnstown, passed away July 30, 2014, at her home.
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Paul Radnoti Sr.
RADNOTI – Paul Sr., 80, passed away July 13, 2014, in Hebron, Ind.
Samuel R. Saia
SAIA – Samuel R., 90, Johnstown, died July 29, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Alex J. Stavish
STAVISH – Alex J., 90, Northern Cambria, died July 29, 2014, at Miners Medical Center Hastings.
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