- Published: May 17, 2012
Harriet Moran of Fairborn died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, May 11. She was 89.
Harriet was born June 19, 1922 in Avoca, Pa., and moved to Ohio in 1948, where her husband Francis was employed at National Cash Register for 33 years.
Harriet was a founding member of Mary, Help of Christians Catholic Church, Altar Rosary Society and Daughters of Isabella since 1954. She loved to entertain people at weddings and parties singing “Second Hand Rose.” She was a world traveler, and attended Oktoberfest in Germany, kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, saw the Pope in Rome, and rode a gondola in Venice. In Greece, she saw the Olympic torch and the first stadium, where the bleachers were made of stone.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1980, by her parents, Patrick and Anna (Reap) Burns, by brothers Gervase and Patrick and by sisters Mary White and Kaye Zimmer. She is survived by five children, Billy of Prague, Czech Republic, Patti Moran Gorman (Chuck) of Buckeye Lake, Ohio, Kathy McAnally (Garry) of Newark, Ohio, Kevin (Rose Ann) of Yellow Springs and Mary Kaye Hertz Ittner (Dave) from Westerville, Ohio. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Meggin, Melanne, Bryan (Elizabeth), Morgan, Shannon, Caitlin, Alana, Lauren, Stephanie (Jason) and Jim, five great-grandchildren, Esperanza, Bryan, Ireland, Maeve and Valentina, four sisters-in-law, Harriet Burns, Sara McNulty, Evelyn Heiser and Mary Ellen Moran and two very special friends, Jo Middleton of Xenia and Jule Callahan of Wyoming, Pa.
The family received friends on Wednesday, May 16, at Belton-Stroup Funeral Home in Fairborn. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Mary, Help of Christians Catholic Church, located at 954 N. Maple Avenue in Fairborn, with Father Charles Lang as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Fairfield Cemetery. Condolences may be made to the family at www.beltonstroup.com.