Rita V. Fields, 92, Hollidaysburg, died Monday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home after an extended illness.
She was born in Ashville, daughter of the late Roy J. and Olive (Donoughe) Stoltz. She married Charles "Chat" Fields on Nov. 27, 1941, and he preceded her in death on July 23, 2003.
Surviving are five children: Patricia A. Acker and husband, Tom, of Longwood, Fla., Charlene Labriola and husband, Tony, of Altoona, Dr. Charles and wife, Vickie Ollinger, of Mechanicsburg, Mary Ann Claar and husband, Gary, of Hollidaysburg and Robert T. of Maitland, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren: Jeffrey Acker and wife, Laura, of Neptune Beach, Fla., Jay Labriola and wife, Amy, of Altoona, Jocelyn Hrzic and husband, Matt, of Altoona, Jill McKeon and husband, Scott, of Allison Park, Carissa Fields of Mechanicsburg, Caylene Fields of Arlington, Va., Christopher Claar of Apopka, Fla., Ryan Claar of Allentown, Jayme Claar of Hollidaysburg and Jennifer and Catherine Fields of Maitland, Fla.
Rita is also survived by nine great-grandchildren: Shannon and Allison Acker of Longwood, Fla., Jake, Laney and Emme Acker of Neptune Beach, Fla., AJ and Aliyah Labriola and Jillian Hrzic of Altoona and Maisie McKeon of Allison Park; and a granddaughter-in-law, Lori Acker.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Gertrude J.; two brothers: Roy J. "Sonny" Stoltz and Pat Stoltz; a sister, Gertrude (Jack) Smith; and a grandson, Thomas P. Acker.
Rita was a 1939 graduate of Altoona High School and a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family, decorating the home for holidays, tending to her flowers and especially baking cakes. She had a lifelong love of dancing, and in later years, she and Chat were members of Eldo-Square Dancers.
At her request, there will be no viewing, as Rita donated her body to the Humanity Gifts Registry for teaching purposes in Pennsylvania medical and dental schools. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, followed by a celebration of her life at Park Hills Country Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Grane Hospice, 106 Zee Plaza, North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648; Hollidaysburg Veterans Home Welfare Fund, c/o Volunteer Service Office, P.O. Box 319, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648; or St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in memory of Rita.
Arrangements are by The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona.