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Obituaries

February 26, 2014

Rita J. Panaro

ST. BENEDICT — PANARO – Rita J., 88, St. Benedict, passed away Feb. 26, 2014, at her home. Born June 4, 1925, in Carrolltown, daughter of Norbert E. and Anna Mary (Capute) Weakland. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Panaro Sr.; daughter, Ann Hollen; sister, Naomi Augustine; and brothers, John N., Donald and Carl Weakland. Survived by her children, Kathy (Michael) Kish, Jacksonville, AK; Christine Panaro, St. Benedict; Janet (Ab) Blake, St. Benedict; Peggy (Michael) Cavallo, St. Benedict; Karen (Ralph) Keith, St. Benedict; Rita (Paul) Kramer, Greensburg; and James F. (Lisa) Panaro Jr., Ebensburg; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; brothers, Ralph and Lawrence Weakland, Carrolltown; and Raymond Weakland, Hayes, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Rita was formerly employed as the secretary for Peale Peacock and Kerr Coal office in St. Benedict and managed the Carrolltown Drive Inn for many years.  Member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown, where she was very active and was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. Charter and life member of St. Benedict VFW Post 7783 ladies auxiliary, where she served as the first president. She volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul, and was a former band mother, 4-H leader and Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed playing bingo and card parties. Rita was well-known around town for her Sunday spaghetti. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 146 N. Main St., Carrolltown, Pa. 15722, where vigil for the deceased will be held. Additional viewing will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown, the Rev. Jude W. Brady, OSB. Committal, St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Benedict, Pa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph’s Mission Church or St. Benedict VFW auxiliary. Her family would like to extend a special thank you to all her caregivers and Home Nursing Agency Hospice. (www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com)

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