Elizabeth A. Rees, 95, of 224 Emmett St., Ridgway, died Monday evening, Nov. 26, 2012, at the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility following a brief illness.
She was born Nov. 21, 1917 in Ridgway, daughter of the late Zachary and Angela (DiNardo) Gasbarre.
She married Karl E. (Kelly) Rees on May 8, 1948 in St. Leo Catholic Church, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 19, 2009.
She had resided in Ridgway for most of her life and was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, the C.D. of A., St. Leo's Samaritans, and the Altar Guild. She had been a past cub scout leader, a girl scout leader, a 4H leader, and a past member of the Elk County General Hospital Women's Auxiliary.
She was a 1936 graduate of the Ridgway High School and a graduate of the Thompson Business College.
She had been employed by C.O. Salberg and Sons as a bookkeeper for 11 years and the County of Elk as a deputy prothonotary for 20 years.
She is survived by four children, Charles Rees and his wife Margaret Malloy of Meadville, Mary Lou Rickey and her husband Mark of Richmond, Va., Dr. Paul Rees and his wife Marcia of Ridgway, and Anne Kilpatrick and her husband William of Perrysburg, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Joshua Rickey, Zachary Rickey and his wife Melissa, Daniel Rickey, Benjamin Rickey, Dakota Thomas and her husband Matthew, Hudson Rees, Emily Durham and her husband Nicholas, Lindsay Kilpatrick, and Kelly Kilpatrick; two great-grandchildren, Luca Rickey and Amelie Rickey; three brothers, Gene Gasbarre of Ridgway, Zachary Gasbarre of Weedville, and John Gasbarre and his wife Eva of Johnsonburg; two sisters, Julia Ellard of Pleasanton, Calif., and Martha Smith of St. Louis, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Victor, Dominick, and George Gasbarre; and a sister, Louise Gasbarre.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Elizabeth A. Rees will be celebrated at St. Leo Catholic Church on Saturday at 10 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 Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.
A Wake Service will be held on Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials, if desired, can be made to the Ridgmont Assisted Living Facility at 675 Montmorenci Ave., Ridgway, PA 15853; or to the Community Nurses, Inc. Hospice Program at 757 Johnsonburg Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857.