Katherine Duke, 87, formerly of East Butler and a resident of the Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the past six years, went to our Lord and Savior on Thursday afternoon, surrounded by her family and friends and in the care of Amedisys Hospice Services.
She was born in East Butler on April 8, 1925, a daughter of Frank and Rose Krupko Bandura.
She was the widow of Harry Duke, who she married on July 20, 1946. They were married for 52 years until his passing on Sept. 30, 1998.
During the early 1940s, she was employed at the Castle Rubber Co. before becoming a homemaker and raising four children. Sadly, she lost a daughter, Mary Katherine, in an automobile accident on Jan. 2, 1987.
She was an active member of the SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Lyndora. She was a member of the ladies guild and volunteered in the pirohi and nutroll projects. In the 1970s and 1980s, she was a proud marching mom with the East Butler Sparks and served as vice president. She also was a member of the East Butler Firemen's ladies auxiliary.
She loved to work in her flower beds and garden, canning and cooking. She enjoyed playing bingo and word search. She was a member of the peer review at Sunnyview. But most of all, she loved her grandsons, who affectionately called her "Baba."
Surviving are two sons, Harry F. Duke and David A. Duke and his wife, Katie, all of East Butler; one daughter, Rose Ann Raith and her husband, Dean, of Butler; two grandsons, David and Bradley Duke of Pittsburgh; and one sister, Ann Plyler of Butler. She also is fondly remembered by Heather, Christy and Paula, and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Kutch; and five brothers, Mike, John, Wally, Joe and Tom Bandura.
DUKE - Friends of Katherine Duke, who died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, will be received at the Geibel Funeral Home, 201 E. Cunningham St., Butler from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 21 Evergreen Dr., Lyndora. Her pastor, the Rev. Paisius McGrath, will officiate. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Butler.
Parastas services will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations could be made to the SS. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church capital fund.