Rita C. O'Connor, 95, formerly of 25 Cole Ave., Riley Road Apts. and Chapel Ridge, passed away Saturday (July 19, 2014) peacefully, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.
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Born Feb. 27, 1919, in Clarion, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Pearl George Crate.
She was a 1937 graduate of Clarion-Limestone High School. After high school she enlisted in the United States Army and served in Manilla. She worked for the Judge Advocate General, she was honorably discharged a Sergeant in 1945. After the service she graduated from the Oil City Beauty School in 1947.
On May 3, 1947, in Bradford she married H. James O'Connor, who died on Feb. 18, 1990.
She was a member of St. Bernard Church, Bradford Senior Center, the Pine Acres Country Club and bowled in local leagues into her late 80s.
Rita owned and operated a beauty shop in Bradford for many years.
Surviving is one son, Michael J. O'Connor of Webster, N.Y.; one sister, Gladys Crate, of New Bethlehem, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters including Alberta Roslinski and two brothers.
Family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., Bradford, where a prayer service will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Bernard Church, with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as celebrant. Mausoleum entombment will be held in St. Bernard Mausoleum.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bradford Senior Center or a
On line 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 July 21 to July 28, 2014