Dorothy Mae (Walters) Conrad, 82, Lilly, went to her eternal rest Thursday, surrounded by her family at her residence.
She was born in Lilly, daughter of the late Samuel James Sr. and Elizabeth (Ondesko) Walters. She married John Francis Conrad on June 14, 1953, at St. Brigid's Catholic Church, Lilly.
Dorothy Mae, a devoted and loving mother, is survived by seven children: Regina Ann (Ted) Beck of Lilly, John (Elaine Boal) of Tyrone, Mark of Lilly, Charlene of Davidsville, Mary Rose (Kenneth Adams II) in Virginia, DeSales (Gary) Wertz of Lilly and Eleanor Ann (Keith) Kearney of Lilly; 14 grandchildren: Heather (Tom) Lancaster, Jessica (John) Garzarelli, Crystal (Jason) Wherry, Amanda Beck, Francis (Andrea) Conrad, Byron Conrad, Kenneth Adams III, Tyler Conrad, Kelly (Brandon) Patterson; Kristen (David) Hypes, Courtney Wertz, Hillary Wertz, Michael Kearney and Brianna Kearney; 11 great-grandchildren: Braden Wherry, Dominic Garzarelli, Teddi Rae Beck, Kendra Garzarelli, Mason Wherry, Mae Lancaster, Anna Lancaster, Cash Conrad, Drew Hanlon, Maddox Patterson and Julia Lancaster; three brothers: Joseph "Sonny" (Theresa Rakar) Walters of Jamestown, and Regis (Polly Hammer) Walters and Samuel (Jimmy) Walters Jr., both of Lilly; extended family: James (Jean O'Donnell, deceased) Yamish, Erlynne (Samuel, deceased) Amrheim; Janice and John "Fuzzy" (both deceased) Murciak, Joe (Beverly Lewis) Yamish, Darnell (Louis, deceased) Steberger, DeSales and Carl "Butch" Yingling and Debbie and (Michael) McCarthy; numerous nieces and nephews; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Francis Albert; her stepmother, Mary (Shimko) Walters; her sister, Nancy Itell and husband, Bob; her paternal grandparents, Valentine and Margaret Walters; her maternal grandparents, George and Mary Ondesko; and her foster parents, Stanley and Lymira (Marty) Yamish.
Dorothy Mae was a 1949 graduate of Lilly Washington High School and a 1952 graduate of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Altoona. She was an experienced registered nurse, working in pediatrics and the emergency and delivery rooms at Mercy Hospital. She worked as an industrial nurse for National U.S. Radiator-Crane Inc., Duncansville, and as a registered nurse at Cresson Center and Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, from which she retired in 1994.
Dorothy Mae enjoyed making wedding cakes, cookies and quilts and listening to country music. To know Dorothy Mae, you loved her, and she was there to help anyone who needed help.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no viewing or visitation. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her concelebrated funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, at Our Lady of The Alleghenies Chapel, Lilly, the Rev. Monsignor John R. Sasway and Father Robert Ruston, celebrants. Committal will be at St. Brigid's Cemetery, Lilly. Arrangements are by Thomas F. Cloherty Funeral Home, Lilly.