Rita W. Hnath, 92, of Pinecrest Manor and formerly of 709 Vine Rd., St. Marys, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 at Pinecrest Manor following a lengthy illness.
She was born Sept. 30, 1918 in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Joseph and Amelia Werneth Wehler.
On Aug. 22, 1940 in St. Mary's Church, she married the late John T. Hnath, who preceded her in death on May 4, 1996.
Mrs. Hnath graduated from Central High School, Class of 1935. After graduation, she enjoyed working at the Franklin Hotel for several years as a waitress. She also worked at Stackpole Carbon Co. for a number of years. She was a member of Queen of the World Church and was a member of the Rosary Altar Society.
She enjoyed getting together with her card club friends and especially enjoyed the many years of friendship they shared. She also liked singing, playing the piano and polka dancing. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking, caring for her family and making people laugh. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by three daughters, Rita, Mrs. John Peterson of St. Marys, Bonnie, Mrs. James Kopp of St. Marys, and Janet, Mrs. Salvatore Riggio of State College; three sons, Gary Hnath and his wife Carol of St. Marys, Tim Hnath of St. Marys, and Don Hnath and his wife Emily of Santa Fe, N.M.;
18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Bertha Schneider and Amelia Wehler, both of St. Marys; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband of more than 55 years, she was preceded in death by five sisters, Mercedes Feldbauer, Mary Feiley, Laura Weber, Leona Wehler, and Martha Wehler; and five brothers, Fred, Urban, Jost, Leroy and William Wehler.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Rita W. Hnath will be celebrated at the Queen Of The World Church, 134 Queens Rd., on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, and the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, concelebrating.
Burial will follow in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., on Friday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857; or to Pinecrest Manor Memorial Fund, 763 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857.
Online condolences may be placed at www.lynchgreenfuneralhome.com .