The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 6, 2012

Rita Katherine Shira

MARTINSBURG, W.VA. — SHIRA – Rita Katherine, 58, Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at VA Medical Center, Martinsburg, W.Va. Born June 9, 1954, in Colver, daughter of the late August Eckenrode and Edna Marie (Brown) Eckenrode. Mrs. Shira was a veteran of the U.S. Army and employed as a registered nurse for seven years at VA Medical Center. Survived by sons, Daniel Shira, Clovis, N.M.; and Christopher Shira, Lynchburg, Va.; brother, August Eckenrode; and sisters, Edna Glass, Lucille Hritoz and Agnus Lute. Memorial Mass will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 7, at St. Leo Catholic Church, Inwood, W.Va., Father Brian Shoda, celebrant. Interment prayers will be said at Basilica of St. Michael Cemetery, Loretto. Arrangements are by Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. Online condolences may be offered at

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