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Bernice Laurene "Edie" Offutt, 90, of Zelienople, Pa., formerly of Plain Grove, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at UPMC Passavant-McCandless Hospital.
She was born April 20, 1926, in Eastbrook, Pa., the daughter of Robert Neal Edie and Lillian E. (Martin) Edie. On Aug. 1, 1946, she was married to Gerald Nathan Offutt, who survives.
She was a graduate of Eastbrook High School and later attended classes at Slippery Rock State Normal School and the State Teachers College at Indiana. Bernice was a wonderful organist and pianist, and enjoyed making music her whole life. In prior years, she sang with the Lawrence County Chapter of Sweet Adelines and served as organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Grove City, Pa., as well as other churches in that area.
For 22 years, she owned and operated the Grove City Credit Bureau. She also volunteered her time as a Cub Scout leader and was a member of the Eastern Star. Bernice was an avid reader, and loved to knit and crochet, creating countless afghans and beautiful cross-stitched quilts. In retirement, she and her husband enjoyed hosting friends and family at their home on Lake Latonka.
Although a member of the Plain Grove Presbyterian Church, she attended services at Passavant Lutheran Church at the Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople, Pa., where she lived with her husband. There, she was a member of the church choir as well as the Passavant Retirement Community Singers.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Richard Samuel Offutt and wife, Karen, of Slippery Rock, Pa.; two daughters, Susan Lorraine Sanata and husband Lawrence of Delaware, Ohio, and Robyn Lynn Keefer and husband William Stephen III of Sewickley, Pa.; four grandsons, Jordan Nathaniel Offutt and Nathan Maxwell Offutt, both of Pittsburgh, Michael Lawrence Sanata of Vancouver, Wash., and William Stephen Keefer IV and wife Linda of New Castle, Pa.; and one granddaughter, Allison Lynn Keefer of Sewickley, Pa.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her eldest son, Nathan Edie Offutt, and her younger sister, Alma K. Houk.
Visitation for Bernice Laurene (Edie) Offutt will from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Smith Funeral Home on 421 New Castle St. in Slippery Rock, Pa. 16057. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Feb 10., at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at South Plain Grove Cemetery in Plain Grove, Pa.
Published on February 6, 2017
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