Leo Herbert Rettig

5666_smLeo Herbert Rettig, 100, of Rimersburg, PA passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born September 27, 1916 in Brady Twp., Clarion Co., PA, the son of Charles Henry and Bertha Viola (Sayers) Rettig.

Leo was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of St. Richard’s Roman Catholic Church. He attended the elementary school in Phillipston and graduated from East Brady High School in 1936. Leo began his career working as a coal miner at Kissinger Mine. He then worked on the drilling and conveyor crew for the Keystone Mining Company and for other Jakie mines in the area. On February 13, 1941, he became a brakeman and conductor for Conrail and held that position for 37 years, retiring on October 5, 1976. Following his retirement, he faithfully volunteered his time as a grounds keeper at St. Eusebius Cemetery up until he was 98 years old.

Leo was known for being a hard worker, skilled in many areas. Wood crafting and stone masonry were two of his specialties and he created many beautiful pieces throughout his life. Leo was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Fraternal Order of the Eagle, both of Oil City. He also enjoyed gardening, his flowers and mowing his yard along with St. Eusebius Cemetery.

His memory will be cherished by his sons, William L. Rettig and wife, Leslie, of Indiana, PA and Thomas G. Rettig and wife, Nancy, of Clarion; daughters, Dorethia A. Hepfner and husband, Robert, of Girard, OH, Alice M. Clark and husband, Eugene, of Rimersburg, Charlotte J. Elder and husband, Terry, of Humble, TX, and Anne M. Adams and husband, Dennis, of Knox; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; brother, Paul Rettig and wife, Gladys, of Butler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Jean Elizabeth (McNaughton) Rettig, whom he married February 27, 1937 and who died August 9, 2012; great-grandson, Samuel Adams; brothers, John H., Charles A., Joseph S., James E. and David E. Rettig; and sisters, Mary F. Reiner and Elizabeth L. Rettig.

Relatives and friends will be received from 7-9 PM on Sunday, December 18, 2016 and from 2-4 and 7-9 PM on Monday, December 19, 2016 at the Bauer-Hillis Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 758 Main Street, Rimersburg.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at St. Richard’s Roman Catholic Church, Rimersburg, with the Rev. William Kuba as celebrant.

Burial will follow at St. Eusebius Cemetery, East Brady, PA.

Contributions may be made in Leo’s memory to the Richard Vidunas Memorial Fund, PO Box A, Rimersburg, PA 16248, the Larry Fye Memorial Fund, PO Box A, Rimersburg, PA 16248, St. Eusebius Cemetery, 301 E. 2nd St., East Brady, PA 16028, or Clarion Forest VNA Hospice, 271 Perkins Rd., Clarion, PA 16214.

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