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Surrounded by her loving family, Mary Elizabeth Recka Rapp, age 98, of Oakdale, PA, left this world on June 1, 2012, to be with the lord, her husband, Earl "Pete" Rapp, and family and friends who had gone before her. She was born in Waltham, MA, on May 15, 1914, the only daughter of the late Elizabeth and Anthony Recka. She is preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, Francis, and Edward Recka (MIA in WWII). Mary served in the Army WAC'S during WWII before moving to Oakdale with her husband in 1946, to raise their family. Fondly remembered for her appreciation of nature and love of family, she leaves a legacy of generosity, kindness, and integrity. she is survived by her four daughters, Florence Mehalic, Katherine Witzberger, Mary Ellen Ekstrom (Jon), and Nancy Beaumont (Bill); and grandchildren, Jennifer Zurick-Witte, Brian Mehalic, Bill Beaumont, David Mehalic, Annie Thompson, Mary Hopper, Kate Stevens, and Kimberly Witzberger; three great-grandchildren, Brody, Dustin, and Isabella. Friends will be received on Tuesday 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the THOMAS-LITTLE FUNERAL SERVICE, INC., 5000 Noblestown Rd., Oakdale, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick R.C. Church, Noblestown. Interment will follow in Robinson Run Cemetery. Friends may sign a guestbook at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 3, 2012
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