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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kathryn M. Press, 102, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA

Kathryn M. Press

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Kathryn M. Press, 102, formerly of Shinglehouse, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport, PA.

Born January 12, 1908 in Wharton, PA, she was a daughter of Charles “C.O.” and Julia Dicke Miller. On June 10, 1930 in Olean, NY, she married William Lyon Press, who died on October 13, 1959.

Mrs. Press was educated in the local one room school in Wharton and graduated from Austin High School in 1927. She continued her education by attending Mansfield State Teacher’s College that summer which enabled her to teach school that fall. Her first teaching position was in a one room school at Seven Bridges, teaching all eight grades in addition to being janitor. She then taught in Hulls, PA in another one room school. Mrs. Press then married her husband and did not teach for a while. She worked for North Penn Gas Company for a short time.

In 1953 she returned to teaching in Shinglehouse having taught departmental reading and math for the 5th and 6th grades until retiring in 1974. A strict disciplinarian, she enjoyed working with children and had their best interests at heart.

Mrs. Press was a very active member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and the Mary Martha Class of the church. She was a 77 years member and past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. in Shinglehouse, a member of Olean Court #19 Order of the Amaranth, and a member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem in Olean. She was also a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, the Potter/Tioga Chapter of Pennsylvania of School Retirees, AARP, and a member of the former Shinglehouse Volunteer Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a former member of the board of directors of the Maple Grove Cemetery Association and was active with the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library.

She enjoyed doing crafts. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are a daughter, Marilyn J. Anderson of Port Allegany, PA; two grandsons, James L. (Pamela) Anderson and Joel L. (Dannielle) Anderson, both of Port Allegany; three great-grandchildren, Ashley, Jacob and Kaitlyn; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Press was predeceased by a brother, Charles H. Miller; three sisters, Emma Miller, Anna Moore, and Viola Alden; and two infant brothers and an infant sister.

Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Members of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service at 8:45 p.m. on Friday in the funeral home.

Flowers are respectfully declined and will be furnished by the family. Memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.


The Garrity's said...

Mrs. Press will be missed! She was strict but kind and gentle. Our thoughts go out to her family. This world lost a wonderful person but God received her in exchange.

The Garrity's

Anonymous said...

she was an awesome lady, I believe that was the only time I ever got any "HUGS" was from her and Mrs prayers go out to the family..