Alice Hepler

December 31, 1923 ~ February 20, 2018 (age 94)

Alice Hepler, 94, of Vandergrift, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in the West Haven Nursing Home, Apollo. This is a story about my mother, Alice Hepler. My mother was a wonderful woman that was loved, is missed, and whose memory will always be cherished. "GG," as she was called by her grandchildren, "Kutch," as she was called by my father, Raymond and simply "Mother," by her two children, was an amazing wife, mom, grandmother and friend to all who were touched by her. Alice was born Dec. 31, 1923, in Kepple Hill, Pa., the fourth of five children to Steven and Elizabeth Cupec from Vandergrift. Mother was raised and spent her life living on Kepple Hill, and married my father, Raymond Hepler, March 27, 1945. They had three children, Raymond Jr. (deceased), Gary Hepler and Cheryl Tomasello. Mother was preceded in death by her parents, Steve and Elizabeth Cupec; her brothers, Steven, William and Harold; and her sister, Ethel Klingensmith. Mother was blessed with three grandchildren, Shauna, Amy and Candice; and eight great-grandchildren. Mother's grandchildren were her heart and joy. Her home was always the place to seek counsel, fill an empty stomach or simply have a cup of tea. An avid baker, Mother had many recipes, yet few directions. It was always a bit of this or a pinch of that. It mattered not as you simply watched the master of the kitchen work her magic. In their later years, she and my father spent their free time vacationing in Cape May, N.J., watching the assorted members of the clan play soccer, march in the band, or dance. After Father's passing, my sister and the granddaughters went out of their way to include Mother in any and all forms of involvement, mostly to her delight, some with her trepidation. A member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in East Vandergrift, she always looked forward to Father Mike's weekly visit almost as much as playing bingo or filling out the weekly football contest. And yes, she bet on New England during the Super Bowl. Mother's final year was spent at West Haven Nursing Home. Although she had lived alone, a broken hip forced her move there for care. Along with her roommate, Mayme Shultz, they spent their time together playing bingo, listening to musical performances and living a good life. And so the story goes on until we meet with her and Dad again. We love you and miss you... "In finem, suus 'non est numerare annorum vitae tuae. Suus 'annos vitae tuae." Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the DUNMIRE-KERR AND ROWE FUNERAL HOME INC., 244 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in the Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in East Vandergrift with Father Michael Sciberras as celebrant. Interment will be in Greenwood Memorial Park, Lower Burrell. To leave an online condolence, visit us at

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