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April 29, 2013

Rita C. (Mott) Rafas

EBENSBURG — RAFAS – Rita C. (Mott), 89, Ebensburg, passed away April 27, 2013, at home. Born Aug. 12, 1923, in Hastings, daughter of the late William and Viola C. (Nagle) Mott. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas J. Rafas; son, Thomas J. Rafas Jr.; grandson, Erik Thomas Rafas; brother, William Mott; and sister, June Millward. Survived by daughter, Rita Nutter, Lancaster; grandchildren, Trevor William and Kate Elizabeth Rafas, David Marsh Nutter and Aaron Joseph (fiancee, Rosemarie Principe) Nutter; and daughter-in-law, Patricia (Huber) Rafas; and Erik’s fiancee Sydney Rozire, all of Johnstown. Rita lived a short time in Akron, Ohio. She was an entertainer for the USO throughout the United States and the Philippines during World War II. She worked at the Nanty Glo Post Office before marrying her husband, Thomas, and had been self-employed as a dance instructor with the former Rita Rafas School of Dance for many years. She also had been employed by Kelly Studios. Member of Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, VFW auxiliary and Moose auxiliary. Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holy Name Church, the Rev. Monsignor Arnold L. Gaus, celebrant. Entombment, Holy Name Mausoleum. In lieu of other memorials, the family suggests donations to Cambria County Humane Society, 743 Galleria Drive Ext., Johnstown, Pa. 15904.

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