Clare Marcella Mittereder

Clare Marcella Mittereder, of 606 Woodland Ave., Punxsutawney, with her work in this world finished, went home to be reunited with her husband, Aloysius and son, Greg, on Thursday, June 4, 2015, while a guest at the Williamsport Home.

Clare was a proud graduate of Little Flower High School in Philadelphia. She met her future husband, Al, while he was a student at the Philadelphia College of Optometry. After their marriage on Jan. 27, 1951, they moved to Punxsutawney, where Dr. Mittereder took care of the vision needs of the town for over 50 years and Clare began her life’s work of raising her family.

She was a longtime member of Sts. Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church, Punxsutawney, and most recently of St. Boniface Catholic Church. A feisty and extremely independent little lady, who sometimes showed her Irish temper, she rarely met a stranger who did not become a friend. She loved her family above all else and made sure that every family celebration was a special event. She will be sadly missed by all.

Born Sept. 3, 1931 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Clarence and Marcella (McNally) Jenks.

Surviving are her sons, Mark (Jean Pyon) of Clifton, Va., Carl (Brenda) of Middletown, and Steve (Joanna) of Murrysville; daughters, Linda (Ken) Rebuck of Rogers, Ark. and Diane (Steve) Sholder of Williamsport; daughter-in-law, Peggy (Charlie) Judy of Powell, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and another eagerly awaited great-grandchild.

In addition to her husband, Aloysius, son, Greg, and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Joe Jenks and Jack McNally.

Mass of Christian Burial in honor of Clare will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., with Msgr. Stephen D. McGough, officiating. An interment service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Cemetery Chapel, Punxsutawney. Following the Chapel service the family will receive friends at The New Anchor Inn, 466 Harmony Road, Punxsutawney. A visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Knight-Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Avenue.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Sts. Cosmas and Damian Elementary School, 205 N. Chestnut St., Punxsutawney, PA 15767 or a charity of one’s choice.

Condolences can be sent to Knight Confer Funeral Home.


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