Kathleen Marie (Wiedl) Morgante, 79, of Vandergrift, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 16, 2020 in Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights. She was born January 11, 1941 in Tarentum, a daughter of the late Gustave and Marie (Van Thiel) Wiedl. Kathleen was a 1958 graduate of Tarentum High School and a 1996 graduate of Westmoreland County Community College with a degree in Business Management. She worked as an electronic assembler for Medrad in Indianola and Blanox for 25 years, retiring in 2007, and also worked for Robertshaw in Indiana. Kathleen was a member of St. Gertrude R.C. Church in Vandergrift and was an election pollworker volunteer for many years. She enjoyed learning and doing; gardening, cooking, traveling with family, casino trips, reading, good food and wine, puzzles and watching Jeopardy. Kathleen also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and was an avid Pirate, Steeler, Penguin and Nascar fan. She is survived by her children, Laura (Greg) Smith, of Tarentum and Richard W. Morgante (Debbie Marranconi), of Vandergrift; grandchildren, Samantha Smith (Giancarlo Speranza) and Michael Smith and by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard P. Morgante in 1999, sister, Helen (Wiedl) Love and brother, Gustave Wiedl.
Friends will be received on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. in the Dunmire-Kerr & Rowe Funeral Home 244 Franklin Avenue, Vandergrift 724-568-3639, where a parting prayer service will be held on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. in St. Gertrude Church with her pastor the Rev. James Loew as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Gertrude Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Kathleen may be made to the National Jewish Health Research Hospital, American Lung Association or the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches Food Bank. To send an online condolence please visit www.dunmirekerr.com.
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