|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1920|
|Death: ||Mar. 25, 2010|
Zita Owens, 89, Ashville, died Thursday at home.
She was born in Dean, daughter of the late George and Genevieve (Hammond) Burgoon. She married Harold Owens on Aug. 10, 1946, in Baltimore, Md.
Surviving are her husband of 63 years; two sons: Larry (Susan Kovalak) and Barry (Elizabeth "Sis" Grove), both of Ashville RD; three grandchildren: Barrett and twins Aerinne and Andrew; and three sisters: Verlie Haney of Dorchester, N.J., June Wronka of Baltimore, Md., and Fay Burgoon of Millville, N.J.
She was preceded in death by two brothers: William and Ira; and a sister, Irma Cooke.
Zita worked at the Glenn L. Martin Co. airplane factory in Baltimore for two years, the glass factory in Millville, N.J., for three years and the Van Heusen Shirt Factory in Patton for nine years and served as Ashville Borough Tax Collector for 24 years.
She was a member and past president of the Ashville VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 4315 and a member of the Ashville Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and Chest Springs Senior Citizens. She was a former secretary of the Ashville school board and served on the Penn Cambria school board. She also served on the Ashville election board as judge and clerk.
Zita was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church, where she was the first president of the Altar and Rosary Society and helped with funeral luncheons. She was a former member of the choir and taught fifth grade CCD.
She volunteered on the bloodmobile, and she enjoyed quilting and baking.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2010, at the Gibbons Funeral Home, Ashville, where a vigil for the deceased will be held Sunday afternoon. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 29, 2010, at St. Thomas Catholic Church, the Rev. Sean Code as celebrant. Committal in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Ashville Volunteer Fire Company, Ashville VFW or St. Thomas Catholic Church in Zita's memory.
The Altoona Mirror March 27, 2010
George Burgoon (1895 - 1969)
Genevieve Hammond Burgoon (1894 - 1959)
Zita Burgoon Owens (1920 - 2010)
Verlie M. Burgoon Haney (1923 - 2014)*
June Mary Wronka (1925 - 2014)**
Erma Marie Burgoon Cooke (1930 - 1978)*
Saint Thomas Cemetery
Created by: Warren Eastright
Record added: Mar 31, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50481815
to aunt zita a most gracious lady, we from iowa family send our deepest sympathy and for letting you know your in our hearts forever..love janice owens wallace and sister sandy owens hastman..a hug for uncle harold and the boys..|
Added: Aug. 26, 2010