Leona A. Fisher Walter, 100, of Derrick City, passed away Monday (Dec. 23, 2013) with her faithful and devoted daughter at her side, hand-in-hand.
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Born Jan. 24, 1913, in Eldred, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Almerinda Lambaise Marrone. On July 12, 1946, she married Sgt. Albert L. Fisher, who died Oct. 11, 1952. She later married H. Walter, who died in 1994.
Mrs. Walter was a 1931 graduate of Eldred High School and was trained at Carnegie Tech as a bomb inspector for her work at the Eldred munition plant during World War II. She worked at Zippo Manufacturing Co. and then became a stay at home mom. In 1956, she returned to the workforce and worked as an inventory control clerk at Bovaird and Seyfang and Dresser Rand in Olean, N.Y., retiring in 1978. She also worked in the George G. Blaisdall Elementary School cafeteria for eight years.
She was a member of St. Bernard Church and the Resurrection Choir, a member of the St. Francis of Assisi 50+ Club, a member of the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, Professional Women's Club, Bradford Woman's Bowling league, Desk & Derrick Club and the Beagle Club. She volunteered for the American Red Cross Meals on Wheels and at the Bradford Hospital for more than 25 years.
She was a lady who loved to be on the go. She enjoyed country rides, dancing, knitting, cooking, baking, house cleaning, outdoor work, reading, going to car shows, races, and bowled until the age of 93. She was an avid sports fan and loved to cheer for the "Golden Girls" softball team.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia A. Fisher of Derrick City; many nieces and nephews and grand, great-grand, and great-great-grand nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four sisters, Ange Petruzzi, Mary Moses, Arsunda Hart and Charlotte Oszustowicz; and two brothers, John and Herk Marrone.
Family will be receiving friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor and celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, N.Y.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701; and the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington St., Bradford, PA.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Dec. 24 to Dec. 31, 2013