Obituary Notice: Oreta R. Downer

Oreta R. Downer, 92, of DuBois died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the DuBois Nursing Home.

Born Dec. 4, 1922 in Tyler, she was the daughter of the late James and Edna (Vivian) Peters.

On Jan. 6, 1945 at St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church in DuBois, she married Earl “George” Downer.  He preceded her in death on May 8, 2013.

She worked at the Pool and Patio Store in Virginia for 13 years.  She also was a teacher’s aide for eight years in Virginia and Florida.

Mrs. Downer was a member the St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church, where she was a member of the Altar Rosary Society. She was a member of the Ladies of the Lake and of the Auxiliary of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 65, where she served as adjutant and state of Pennsylvania chaplain.

She was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels in the DuBois area.

She is survived by her children, E. George Downer Jr. and his wife, Carol of Treasure Lake, Oreta Catherine Pierce and her husband, Daniel of Woodbridge, Va., James W. Downer of Wilmington, NC and Ricky F. Downer of Springfield, Va.; a brother, Lamar W. Peters of Lake Ridge, Va.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, James Peters.

Friends will be received from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Friday at the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home.

The Rosary will be prayed at 3:15 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Catherine of Siena Roman Catholic Church with Msgr. Richard Siefer as celebrant.

Burial will be in Morningside Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to the DuBois Nursing Home Activities Department, Attention:  Bona, 282 S. Eighth St., DuBois, PA 15801.

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