Agatha Irene Ott

Aggie OttMrs. Aggie I. Ott, 80, of Punxsutawney passed away suddenly at her home surrounded by her loving family on Monday, January 30, 2017.

Aggie was born on June 16, 1936, a daughter of the late William Joseph and Mary (Poninsky) Farcus.

Aggie married Russell Adam Ott on August 8, 1953. Russell preceded Aggie in death on August 17, 1996. Russell was a US Army veteran and served during the Korean War.

Aggie led quite a busy and giving life. She was a woman of great faith and a member of the Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church (S.S.CD). A kind and generous woman, she volunteered for and was directly involved in a myriad of community and church organizations and activities.

To highlight some of her many achievements, Aggie was elected regent to the Catholic Daughters of America (CD of A). During her time as regent, she raised money by making quilts and also started the White Ribbons Against Pornography (WRAP) where local florists donated white ribbons that were placed throughout Punxsy and on the parking meters the last week of November.

In addition to making quilts for the CD of A, she also made over a dozen quilts for local organizations including The Historical Society, The American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish, JCARC Camp Friendship, PRIDE, and the Coal Memorial. She handmade each quilt and sold chances by having people sign their name and include where they lived. This is how her quilts became known as “Phil’s World of Friends”.

Never one to miss an opportunity to help the community which she so loved, Aggie organized dinners for the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve members when they returned home from their tour of duty and worked with local businesses to raise money for these events. The list of organizations Aggie was involved with is endless.

Just to name a few of the many others she was active in include, S.S.C.D. Parish Health Ministry, S.S.C.D. baker, dinners, fish buffets, blood mobiles, groundhog brunch … the list is endless. Aggie also worked for years at the Loree Footwear Factory in Big Run and was a member of the CD of A Altar Rosary Society for 50 years, American Legion, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, #1231. Aggie was truly a generous and giving woman who never missed an opportunity to give of herself to the community and to the church she so dearly loved.

Aggie is survived by her five children; Denise Smith and her husband Robert of Reynoldsville, Darcy Ott of Punxsutawney, William R. Ott and his wife Amanda of Punxsutawney, Tracey Gromley and her husband William of Glen Campbell, and Tina Szakelyhidi and her husband Tom of Punxsutawney. Aggie is also survived by several nieces and nephews; of which, is her beloved niece, Deborah Miller of Punxsutawney; and twelve grandchildren, Stacey and Russell Haag, Cheryl Smith, Courtney, Alexis, Adrianne Ott, and Kelsey Ott-Sudik, Angela and Chad Gromley, Amber and Carli Chambers, and Tiffany Wolanin. Aggie is also survived by sixteen great-grandchildren and her beloved “grand pets”.

In addition to her husband of 43 years, Russell, Aggie was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, William and Joseph “Chook” Farcus; two sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Miller and infant, Helen Farcus; a grandson, John E. Haag, Jr., and a great-granddaughter, Myla Lynn Smith.

Friends and family will be received from 2 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the Shumaker Funeral Home, Inc of Punxsutawney.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Saints Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Monsignor Joseph Riccardo officiating.

Aggie will be interred at Calvary Cemetery in Punxsutawney.

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