Patricia A.Cuthbert, 78, of Westmont, died on December 15, 2020 at Windber Hospital. Born January 10, 1942 in Johnstown, daughter of Raymond and Mary (Smith) Matava. She lived in different parts of the city throughout her life, from early childhood to adolescence in the Prospect neighborhood, to her adult years in Kernville and finally retiring to her “blue house” in Westmont.
Her education included Bishop McCort High School, Mercy School of Nursing, bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and master’s degree in Nursing and Education, all from the University of Pittsburgh. She contributed to her community as a nurse, hospital administrator, and her greatest passion as a nursing instructor/educator at Mt. Aloysius College, which is where she spent the bulk of her career. Her civic contributions included, Soroptimist Club, Birthright, St. Vincent De Paul, and most notably, her active participation and leadership in venture club. She was also an avid Pitt fan.
Patricia was a committed church member and contributor to St. John Gualbert Cathedral and never failed to step up and provide much needed effort and support. She was on the Parish council, Co-director of Christian Ministry and was a member of the Christian Life and Service Group. It was exceedingly difficult for Patricia to say “no” to any worthy cause. Her loss will leave a large vacancy where her giving formerly defined her.
Her family looked to her similarly and she was the “go to person” when people were in need. Often the host for family events and get togethers, Patricia never disappointed and welcomed her family members and friends with great generosity and love.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond Cuthbert, sister’s Ethel Matava and Evelyn George Watson, nephews Barry George and David George.
Survived by special niece, that was like a daughter to her, Eva Heyman (Ron), who she raised from age 8; and special niece Jackie Sapolich. She will be sorely missed by her sister Mary Ellen Lewis, her nephews Bob and Terry Lewis, along with special relationships with sisters-in-law Romayne Baldwin, Aggie Flynn, brother-in-law James Cuthbert, nephew David Cuthbert, niece Kim Pavic, and Fr. Jack. A special mention should be made to the close relationship she shared with Thomas Meagher. Patricia also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews who all held a special importance to her, Joan Santamaria, Lynn Laporte, John George, Patty George, and Tina Rae Hockensmith.
Her deep connection will be missed by all that knew her, from family and friends to community and career.
Funeral Mass will be held for friends and family at St. John Gualbert Cathedral on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 1:30 PM. Fr. James Crookston. Facial coverings and social distancing enforced. Interment, St. John Gualbert Cemetery.
There will be no public viewing.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mt. Aloysius College, 7373 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson PA 16630, St. John Gualbert Cathedral, 117 Clinton Street, Johnstown PA 15901, or a charity of choice.
A special thank you to her family, friends, her McCullough Place family, and her Conemaugh Cancer Center staff.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd. Johnstown PA 15905.
Condolences may be sent through www.ducafuneralhome.com.
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Mt. Aloysius College
7373 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson PA 16630
St. John Gaulbert Cathedral
117 Clinton Street, Johnstown PA 15907