Benita M. Jorkasky

Oct. 2, 1936 - Aug. 9, 2018


Benita M. Jorkasky, 81, Altoona, passed away Thurs­day at May­brook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Altoona. A life so well lived deserves more acknowledgement than can be said here.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late John B. and Lilly (Medinsky) Jorkasky.

Surviving are a brother, John Jorkasky of Oakdale, Conn. And she was always active with her family — three nephews: Patrick Grimme, Father D. Timothy Grimme and Shawn Grimme, all of Altoona; three nieces: Michaelene Miles of Lodi, Calif., Maureen Haller of Altoona and Dawn Davies of Lucas, Texas; plus several great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Lucy Grimme; a brother-in-law, Robert Grimme; and a niece, Tania Kinney.

Benita was a 1954 graduate of Altoona High School. After several years teaching at Altoona High School, she entered the Peace Corp and served for two years in Malaysia. Afterward, she pursued a master’s and doctorial degrees in social studies from Penn State. Prior to retirement, she was a professor of social science at SUNY College, Bridgeport, N.Y.

She was a faithful member of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, where she volunteered often, including sending cards to elderly and home-bound parishioners.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, at Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona. A con-celebrated funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Mon­day, Aug. 13, 2018, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, Father D. Timothy Grimme celebrant and Monsignor Robert C. Mazur co-celebrant. Committal will be at Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Cemetery, Altoona.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial donations be sent to Altoona Symphony Orchestra, 1331 12th Ave. No. 107, Altoona, PA 16601, or to Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church Cemetery Endowment, 2010 12th Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.