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Kathryn Ella McCracken, age 87, of Mosiertown, passed away Friday, September 22, 2017 following a valiant battle with cancer. Born February 4, 1930 in Ebensburg, PA, she was one of ten children of the late Duane Irwin "Bill" Edwards and Anna Irene Redinger Edwards.
Kate, or "Grammy", was the beloved matriarch of her family. While she was loved and adored by her family, she had even more capacity to love them back and was always an important part of their everyday lives.
Kate married William J. McCracken and lived in Summit Township, Erie County. Several years after his death she moved and has resided at her home in Mosiertown for the past 30 years. She was proud of the fact that she was a tool maker and worked at Elgin Electronics in Waterford for 16 years.
Besides spending time with her family, Kate enjoyed traveling, gardening, painting ceramics, bird watching, and she was an avid reader and puzzle solver who loved many pets over her years. She will be remembered fondly as a game enthusiast and a lively card player/cheater!
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Bradley C. McCracken, and three siblings.
Family members include her four children-- William J. McCracken of Springboro, James G. McCracken and wife Darlene of Endeavor, PA Cathy M. McCracken of Elgin, SC, and Kimerly F. McCracken (Doug Haggerty) of Sheakleyville; also, four step-children-- Margaret Irwin and Carolyn Juskalian (husband, Drew) all of Massachusetts, Jeane McCracken of Connecticut, and Randy Niemeyer (wife, Lorrie) of Erie. Other family members include four brothers-- William, James, Jack, and Gerald; two sisters-- Dottie and Arlene; 13 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; and finally, Kate raised two children of her heart-- grandson Eric and great-granddaughter Makayla.
Friends are invited to a graveside service at Waterford Cemetery on Monday, September 25th at 3:00 p.m. followed by a celebration of Kate's life at 4:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 285 in Waterford.
Services are by Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford and condolences may be shared at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.
Memorials to Crawford County Active Aging or Yolanda Barco Cancer Center.
Published on September 22, 2017
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