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.
Lillian R. Stager
STAGER – Lillian R., 84, Johnstown, died March 10, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Thomas G. Hunter
HUNTER – Thomas G., 82, Beaverdale, entered into new life March 10, 2014, at home.
James M. Krumbine
KRUMBINE – James M., 64, Johnstown, died March 7, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.
Arthur Lee Brown
BROWN – Arthur Lee, 84, Somerset, died March 10, 2014, at his residence.
Shirley Mae Weldon
WELDON – Shirley Mae, 79, Kimberly, Idaho, passed away March 3, 2014.
Richard A. Sotack
SOTACK – Richard A., 49, Blacklick Township, passed away March 10, 2014, at home.
GULA – Daniel, 84, Franklin Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at home.
Francis W. Gavlak
GAVLAK – Francis W., 89, Portage, passed away March 11, 2014, at Maple Winds Care Center.
JANCUK – Julia, 79, Portage, passed away March 10, 2014, at Select Specialty Hospital.
Chester R. Querry
QUERRY – Chester R., 92, Johnstown, passed away March 10, 2014, at his home.
Carrie Elizabeth Massey
MASSEY – Carrie Elizabeth, 75, Virginia Beach, Va., went home to be with the Lord March 5, 2014.
Johns C. Schmid Jr.
SCHMID – Johns C. Jr. “Jack,” 89, Davidsville, formerly of Geistown Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at Laurel View Village.
Dr. Stephen P. Kukucka
KUKUCKA – Dr. Stephen P., 64, died unexpectedly in his Crafton home on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Sophie (Krempasky) Krisko
KRISKO – Sophie (Krempasky), 87, Portage, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Virginia Beach, Va., after a brief illness.
Ronald F. Corona
CORONA – Ronald F., 70, Cresson, died March 9, 2014, at home.
Christine A. Matos
MATOS – Christine A., 53, Windber, died March 10, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
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Norman J. Makin Jr.
MAKIN – Norman J. Jr., 65, Geistown Borough, went to be with the Lord March 10, 2014, at Windber Hospice.
REAY – Raymond, 73, died March 4, 2014, in Venice, Fla.
John E. Schuster
SCHUSTER – John E., 87, passed away March 8, 2014, in St. Augustine, Fla.
Ruth M. Cuppett
CUPPETT – Ruth M., 93 years, 11 months and 16 days, Stonycreek Township, went to be with the Lord March 9, 2014, at Church of the Brethren Home, Windber.
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