The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

July 24, 2013

Rita M. Thomas

CARROLLTOWN — THOMAS – Rita “Gram” M., 91, Carrolltown, passed away July 23, 2013, at Cambria Care Center. Born Jan. 26, 1922, in Spangler, daughter of Gilbert and Rose (Gray) Miller. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Francis “Pat” Thomas; son, Robert “Lemon” Thomas; sister, Mary Margaret Llewellyn; brothers, Ron, Wilbert “Nooks,” Eugene and Irvin “Bud”; and son-in-law, Philip “Koolaid” Daniels. Rita is survived by children, Eileen “Wee Wee” (Pat) Brown, Ebensburg; Barbara (Skip) Vermeulin, Elmora; Russell (Marilyn) Thomas, Northern Cambria; Diane (Mart) Campbell, Ebensburg; Allen Thomas, Bryan Thomas, Jeanie Daniels, Chris (Tisa) Thomas and Tim Thomas, all of Carrolltown; brother and sisters, Louise Renny, Connecticut; Hazel Eckenrode, Northern Cambria; Sister Eileen Miller, Scranton; Marlin (Janet) Miller, Hastings; Lucy Vivadelli, New Jersey; Alice Anna, Hastings; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Carrolltown, and Carrolltown Firemen’s Club. She enjoyed bingo, playing cinch and rummy, shopping out of her books, the annual August family picnic, eating out on Sundays, her swing on the back porch and time spent with her family and friends. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 146 N. Main St., Carrolltown, Pa. 15722, where a 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 by Rev. Jude W. Brady, OSB. Committal, St. Benedict Cemetery, Carrolltown. Memorials are requested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. (www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com)

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