Mary Zita Louise Verne, age 100, a long time Bond Street Brockway, PA resident, died on Sunday April 3, 2022 at Ridgmont Personal Care in Ridgway, PA. Born on December 13, 1921 in Ridgway, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Cecilia Scherer Rees. Zita was baptized at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Ridgway, and attended and graduated from St. Leo’s Catholic School. After graduation she attended business college in Harrisburg, PA. On September 7, 1957 she was married to William P. Verne also at St. Leo’s Church, and he precedes her in death. Retired, Zita had been employed at the Ridgway Record Newspaper, at Brockway Glass and also at St. Tobias Church where she remains a member to this day. She also is a member of the church Rosary Society and the Brockway Progressive Women’s Club. Zita was an avid bowler. She is survived by a son William (Jane) Verne of Catawba Island, Ohio; 2 grandchildren: Antonio (Shelby) Verne and Kristina (Ghattas) Alkhoury; 4 great grandchildren: Sophia Verne, Giovanni Verne and Dominik Alkhoury, Vincenzo Alkhoury. She is also survived by 72 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband she is also preceded in death by siblings Paul, Eugene, Margret Mary “Sis” Dussia, Karl, Rose Mary Yarmey, Adeline Rees, Yvonne “Bonnie” Weidert and Patricia Koval. Friends will be received on Wednesday April 6th from 9AM to 9:45 AM at St. Tobias Church in Brockway. Mass of Christian Burial will immediately follow at 10AM with Msgr. Charles Kaza presiding. Burial will follow in St. Tobias Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Tobias Church 1135 Hewitt Street Brockway, PA 15824.
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