The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


September 26, 2012

Edna Mae (Ankney) Greathouse

WINDBER — GREATHOUSE – Mrs. Edna Mae (Ankney), 89, Windber, went to be with her Lord and Saviour Sept. 25, 2012, at home, surrounded by family members. Born March 16, 1923, in Hooversville, daughter of Myles McKinley Ankney and Ida Katherine (Chauser) Ankney. Preceded in death by parents; husband, Thomas; sons, Elwood and Raymond Sr.; grandson, Michael Horwitz; great-grandson, Brian Kubic; sister, Charlotte Nelson; and brother, McKinley Ankney. Survived by children, Thomas Jr., Johnstown; Mary Jane Hill, Ernest; Yevonne Horwitz, Terry and Eric, all of Windber; Wanda Harvey, Duncannon; Benjamin, Hooversville; Donald, Stoystown; and Charlotte Gartland, Raleigh, N.C. Loving grandmother to 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Also survived by special friend, Janice Puricelli, Windber. Preceded in death by special friend, Eva Joseph. Member of Scalp Level Church of the Brethren and Truthseekers Sunday school class. In her earlier years, she was employed at Church of the Brethren Home, where she loved working with the elderly residents. Edna loved to garden and grow flowers, vegetable and herbs. She followed in her father’s footsteps as a naturalist, using herbal remedies throughout her entire life. She wrote poetry, read and watched old movies, especially Westerns. Edna’s strong spirit and words of wisdom will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Edna’s desire as a young girl was to be a journalist when she became a member of the Hooversville school newspaper club. What a proud moment she had when one of her poems was selected by a magazine for publication, in a collection of original poetry. Also, a short story she dictated to Jim, was written by Charlotte about the birth of her first son, Thomas, who weighed less than 1 pound at birth, was published by the Penn State New Kensington Library. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home Inc., Windber, where funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, the Rev. Ronald St. Clair, officiating. Interment, POS of A Cemetery, Hooversville. At the request of the deceased, no flowers will be accepted. Any contributions may be sent to Meek & Dalla Valle Funeral Home. A list of contributors names will be acknowledged and all monies will be used to establish a scholarship fund in her name for the Windber Area School District. “Well done good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21. (

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