Josephine A. Rathfon

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Josephine A. Rathfon
Josephine A. Rathfon, 91, of Bruin passed away at 1:30 p.m. Monday at her home of natural causes.
Born in Tylersburg, Clarion County, on April 24, 1921, she was the daughter of the late George and Blanche Slater Kurtzhals.
She was a longtime, devoted member of the former St. Mary's Catholic Church at Parker where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and served as Eucharistic minister. Following the closing of the church at Parker, she became a member of St. Patrick Parish of Bradys Bend.
With a passion for bowling that lasted into her 80s, "Jo" bowled a high average at age 82. She also began an avocation for crocheting and literally crocheted hundreds of caps for the Caps for Kids program in Butler and the surrounding counties.
Josephine is survived by one daughter and her husband, Yvonne and Dominic DeBacco of Chicora; two sons, Dr. James D. (Judy) Rathfon of Butler and J. Bradley (Bonnie) Rathfon of Hermitage; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, her husband of 65 years, John Rathfon, passed away March 10, 2005; her son, Barry L. Rathfon died Jan. 24, 1993; and her son, John Henry Rathfon died Sept. 27, 2011. She also was preceded in death by four siblings, Marcella Martin, Merceded Shrum and George and Theodore Kurtzhals.
RATHFON - Friends of Josephine A. Rathfon, who passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today at the H. Jack Buzard Funeral Home, 201 S. Wayne St., Parker.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bradys Bend with the Rev. Bryan Summers of the Christ, Prince of Peace Parish, Ford City, officiating. Burial will be in Perryville Cemetery, near Parker.
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Published in Butler Eagle from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2012
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