Patricia Ann Rorick, 75, of South Scranton, died Friday afternoon at Moses Taylor Hospital. She was the wife of Robert Rorick. The couple had been married 53 years. She was a 10-year breast cancer survivor.
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Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Ruth Thomas and Augustine Grippo, she attended West Scranton High School. She was a proud Navy Seabee wife, Navy and Army mother, and Navy grandmother. She had various employment at Williams Bakery, Buckner's Flowers and Gifts, Tom and Jerry's Restaurant, Hill's and the 606 Club.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was everyone's Mom who made everyone, no matter who they were or what they did, feel like they were important. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. She really enjoyed the water and loved to swim. She was a member of the 606 Club in South Scranton and was secretary of the 606 Club Dart League for many years. She was always very involved in her children's youth sports leagues and their school activities and PTAs. She was an avid Penn State sports fan and a die-hard member of the Oakland Raiders Nation. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The family would like to thank Dr. Stephen Opsasnick and the attending physicians and staff at Moses Taylor Hospital for their exceptional care and support.
Also surviving are three sons, Robert Rorick and wife, Cricket, Bullock, N.C.; David Rorick and wife, Cyndi, Lillington, N.C.; and Michael Rorick, Scranton; two daughters, Donna Kurek and husband, Mark, Quinton, Va.; and Michelle Price and husband, Brandon, Charleston, S.C.; four sisters, Phyllis Koval, Moscow; Eileen Crimi and husband, Larry, Jefferson Twp.; Barbara Breithaupt and husband, Ron, Taylor; and Linda Frable and husband, Ivan, Scranton; and a brother, Augustine "Rocky" Grippo Jr. and wife, Lucille, Nottingham, N.H.; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nine nephews; seven nieces; several great-nieces, great-nephews, and in-laws.
She was also preceded in death by baby Rorick; and a brother-in-law, Andrew Koval.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the August J. Haas Funeral Home Inc., 202 Pittston Ave., with Mass at 9:30 in Nativity of Our Lord Church, St. John Neumann Parish, 633 Orchard St., Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Michael Bryant, pastor. Interment, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Friends may call Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Northeast Pa. affiliates of the
to cure breast cancer.
August J. Haas Funeral Home, Inc.
202-204 Pittston Avenue Scranton, PA 18505
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 23, 2014