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Upper St. Clair woman led full life despite adversities

Jerry Vondas
| Sunday, May 2, 2010 12:00 a.m

Kathryn Groninger Rowsick experienced many adversities in her life, but she never let them get her down.

“My mother lost her father when she was 15 years old and had to work at an early age to help her mother,” said her son, John Groninger of Upper St. Clair.

Kathryn Groninger Rowsick of Upper St. Clair died on Thursday, April 22, 2010, in Friendship Village, Upper St. Clair. She was 93.

“She lost my father, John Glenn Groninger, in 1963 and almost 25 years later, she lost her second husband, Victor Rowsick,” her son added. “But she never let it get her down. She would say ‘what’s the worst that could happen’ and then she went on.”

Born in Greenville, Mercer County, Kathryn Breitweiser was one of two children of businessman Carl Breitweiser and his wife, Letha Brisendine Breitweiser.

One of her first jobs upon graduating from Carrick High School in 1933 was working in the administrative offices of the former Sun-Telegraph newspaper. In the ensuing years, Mrs. Rowsick was employed in Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair as an administrative assistant to the former pastor, Dr. John Galbreath, prior to his leaving for New York City.

“One of my mother’s proudest moments was having her photo taken with Babe Ruth when she was escorting a group of newsboys to Forbes Field,” her son said. “It was the day Babe Ruth hit three home runs.”

She enjoyed singing and playing the organ and piano. She was a member of the Bob Locklin Singers and a past president of the Pittsburgh Toastmistresses.

In addition to her son, John Groninger, Mrs. Rowsick is survived by another son, Robert C. Groninger of Cornville, Ariz., eight grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, James Groninger Jr. and her brother, John Breitweiser.

Funeral arrangements by Beinhauers, Peters.

There will be a memorial service held at 2 p.m. today at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair.

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