Ethel Loraine (Whiteman) Hetrick of New Bethlehem PA formerly of Kingsville PA departed this world for her heavenly home January 6th 2019.
Ethel always had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ethel used this faith as a role model and educator to spread the word of God her entire life.
Ethel was blessed with a large loving family. Along with raising her own family she assisted with raising her younger siblings, nephews, and grandchildren all with loving patience and discipline, humility, and unwavering faith in God. Ethel from the beginning dedicated herself to goodness and encouraged all those lives that she touched.
Ethel was the oldest active member of Kingsville United Methodist Church where she has worshipped since 1948. She served her church in many capacities; board member, treasure, vacation Bible school and Sunday school teacher, church historian and confidant to those who needed her. She also was a member of the United Methodist Women and Kingsville Home Makers.
Ethel was born August 19, 1930 in Howe, Eldred Twp. Jefferson County one of eight children of the late James Edward Whiteman and Christina Valgene (McManigle) Whiteman. She attended Brookville High School where she graduated in 1948.
Ethel was preceded in death by the love of her life and best friend Theodore whom she loved and cared for 55 years of blessed marriage, Ted left in December 2004 to wait for her arrival at Heaven’s gate. Also preceding her in death were her parents, two brothers, Milton and Banks Whiteman, four sisters; Helen Siar, Mae Abbott, Anne Carruba and Jane Tharp and two son in-law’s Gary Craig and Web Murray and one step grandson, Jimmy Murray.
Ethel is survived by two sons; Ted and his wife Sandy of Baxter, Wayne and his wife Lisa of Fairmont City and two daughters; Sherry Murray of Kingsville and Lori Craig and companion Jim of New Bethlehem one sister Margaret McCool of Sigel; twelve grandchildren and six step grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.
Ethel worked outside the home her entire life until retirement; she was employed by Sylvania of Brookville until its closing and then worked for Owens Illinois of Clarion, retiring in 1992 after 30 years of service.
Visitations will be held on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Kingsville United Methodist Church from 2:00pm until 6:00pm followed by a brief service and committal at 6:00pm, the Pastor William Saxman officiating. A private interment will be at Mt. Tabor Cemetery Sigel.
Arrangement handled by Furlong Funeral Home, 50 Broad Street, Summerville, PA 15864,
The family suggest donations be made to the church or library of your choice or the Clarion Forest VNA Hospice.
Friends and family may leave online condolences, light a memorial candle, order flowers and obtain additional information at www furlongfuneralhome.com.
The family is truly grateful for the outpouring of love, prayers and heartfelt support from family and friends. And a special thank you to the Clarion Forest VNA Hospice.