Elaine Murtha Rowe

July 22, 1924 ~ March 30, 2020 (age 95)



Born 95 years ago, Elaine passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020 at Longwood Senior Care in Oakmont, PA.  Born on July 22, 1924 to the late Edward J. Murtha, Sr. and Anne McIntyre Murtha in Uniontown, PA.  She was the beloved wife of the late Harry F. “Dutch” Rowe.  Elaine is survived by her children, Richard (Martha) Rowe, Raleigh, NC, Leslie (Thomas) Johasky, Lauderdale by the Sea, FL and Nancy (Jeffrey) Johasky, Lower Burrell, PA; one sister, Mary Lou Murtha Rottler, Greensburg, PA and various nieces and nephews.

The joy of her life were her 7 grandchildren; Eric Johasky (Leaa), Matthew Rowe (Brittany), Bethany Johasky Combs (Kevin), Jennifer Johasky Pavlick (Kevin), Jonathan Johasky, Emily Rowe Dawson (Patrick), Caitlin Rowe Hogge (Quint); and 11 great grandchildren; Jake and Julia (Eric and Leaa Johasky) Noah and Hudson (Matthew and Brittany Rowe) Emma, Madelyn and Harper (Jennifer and Kevin Pavlick) Warren, Edward and Elaine (Emily and Pat Dawson), Olivia (Caitlin and Quint Hogge)

Elaine was preceded in death by siblings, Edward J. “EJ” Murtha, Jr., Anna Kate Murtha and Thomas P. Murtha.

After graduating from high school, Elaine worked at Alcoa and later worked at Dutch Construction while raising three children in the beautiful home that she and Dutch built in New Kensington.  She was a true lady, remembered for her good taste, style and gracious manners.  Elaine served on the YMCA Board of New Kensington, Salvation Army Board, and was a member of PEO and Hill Crest Country Club. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Lower Burrell, and also attended Mt. St. Peter’s Church in New Kensington.

The family would like to thank Joyce Wildi, her special friend and caregivers from Right at Home and Heartland Hospice.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to Nephcure Kidney Foundation, 150 S. Warner Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 and Salvation Army 1101 Fifth Avenue, P.O Box 317, New Kensington, PA 15068

Arrangements are being made by Ross G. Walker Funeral Home Ltd., New Kensington.

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