Virginia L. Gherrity

Virginia L. Gherrity, 82, Tyrone, died Tuesday at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of Walter W. and Virginia M. (Ammerman) Welsh. She married Robert J. Gherrity Jr. on June 11, 1954, at Trinity Episcopal Church, and in June they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Surviving are her husband; two sons: Robert J. III (Amy) of Tyrone and Michael (Crystal) of Stormstown; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Gherrity of Tyrone; five grandchildren: Andrew Gherrity, Nicole Boyer, Robert J. Gherrity IV and Shane and Rebecca Gherrity; three great-grandchildren: Dereck and Jackson Boyer and Linae Gherrity; and several cousins.

Virginia was a 1949 graduate of Tyrone Area High School and a 1952 graduate of Episcopal Protestant Hospital, Philadelphia. On her first attempt, she passed her state nursing boards and was immediately employed at the Altoona Hospital. At one time, she had also worked in Tyrone for Dr. Francis McClain. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Tyrone.

She was an excellent swimmer and a terrific dancer and, while in high school, represented the letter “E” on the cheerleading squad. She was a military wife for 20 years during the time of her husband’s service.

Virginia was an avid reader and loved her 2 o’clock soap opera and spending time with her family. She was an active supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She was an active head of the Trinity Church Altar Guild for 30 years and took great pride and joy in preparing the altar for sacred services.

Friends will be received from 1 until the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc., Tyrone, Deacon Jack Hoffer officiating. A funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at a later date.