Nancy K. (Ritts) Grove

Nancy Katherine Grove, 73, Royer, rural Williamsburg, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday at PinnacleHealth Hospital, Harrisburg, after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Melvin and Edith (Wogan) Ritts. She married Carl James “Jim” Grove on May 10, 1958, at Royer United Methodist Church, rural Williamsburg, and he passed away Nov. 14, 2002.

Surviving are two daughters: Christine Greaser and husband, Willis, of Lititz and Denise Gaiteri and husband, Robert, of Plains; three grandchildren: Joseph Gaiteri, Jenna Greaser and Kevin Greaser; a sister, Mona Whetstine of State College; a brother, Daniel Wogan of St. Robert, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Melvin Jr.

Nancy was a 1957 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School. She continued her education by attending the licensed practical nursing program at Altoona Vo-Tech and later received her registered nursing degree from the University of the State of New York in applied nursing science. She retired as a registered nurse from Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, after 25 years of service. After retirement, she continued working as a private-duty nurse for Interim Healthcare until her recent illness.

Nancy was a member of Clappertown CMA Church, rural Williamsburg. She loved being with her family and friends, loved all animals and had many precious pets throughout her life. She spent much of her time taking care of others and visiting homebound people. She always thought of others before herself. She had a love for knowledge and enjoyed reading many different types of books and literature, especially her Bible and devotionals.

Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Williamsburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Clappertown CMA Church, Pastor Paul R. Campbell officiating. Interment will follow at Royer Cemetery, rural Williamsburg.

The family prefers that memorial contributions be given to Clappertown CMA Church or Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.