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Bertha M. Verbeck, 93, of 135 Swift St., Ridgway, died early Saturday morning, Jan. 14, 2012, at Elk Regional Health Center.
She was born Jan. 21, 1918 in Medix Run, Benezette Township, daughter of the late Adiel and Mary (Lynch) Verbeck.
Ms. Verbeck graduated from St. Leo High School and St. Vincent School of Nursing in Erie. She began her nursing career at Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital in St. Marys and later worked at Elk County General Hospital in Ridgway, followed by many years of private duty nursing before accepting the position of plant nurse at the Elliott Company in Ridgway. When the Elliott Company closed, she accepted the position of plant nurse for GTE Sylvania in St. Marys, a position she held until her retirement.
She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters of America, a volunteer collection counter at St. Leo Church for many years, and a member of the Ridgway Area Nurses Association.
She is survived by three brothers, Walter Verbeck and his wife LaVerne of Parma, Ohio, John Verbeck and his wife Mary of Perrysville, Md., and James Verbeck of Ridgway; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Verbeck of Ridgway; and the following nieces and nephews, Joseph C. Piccirillo and his wife Maxine of Ridgway, Anne Marie Sette and her husband Patsy of Erie, Donald A. Piccirillo and his wife Carnith of Ridgway, Denise Verbeck and her husband George of Fair Oaks, Calif., Thomas J. Verbeck and his wife Linda of Pennsylvania Furnace, Nancy E. Peterson and her husband George of Ridgway, Louise Smith and her husband Roland of Philipsburg, Gerald W. Verbeck and his wife Denise of Broomfield, Colo., Margaret (Peggy) Armanini and her husband Mark of Ridgway, David W. Verbeck of Kent, Ohio, Judy V. Bischof and her husband Edward of Parma, Ohio, Mark Verbeck and his wife Kathy of Kent, Ohio, Joe Verbeck of Parkville, Md., Mary Ann Gibson of Parkville, Md., and Phyllis Verbeck of Ridgway.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, Dennis, Thomas, and Gerald Verbeck; two sisters, Catherine Piccirillo, and in infancy Regina Verbeck; a nephew, John C. Verbeck; and a niece, Mary Jane Verbeck.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Bertha M. Verbeck will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Fr. Brian E. Vossler, pastor of St. Leo Catholic Church.
Burial will follow at St. Leo Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the Thompson Funeral Home on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. A wake service will be held at the funeral home on Monday evening at 7:45 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to St. Leo School or to St. Leo Catholic Church.