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Carole Mae Ekas
Passed: Tuesday February 27, 2018

Carole Mae Steinhagen Ekas of Uniontown died at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Nov. 20, 1936, in Natrona Heights (Birdville), Pa., daughter of the late Carl W. Steinhagen and Mae Helen Drum Steinhagen. Carole was predeceased by her loving husband of 60 years, John Karl Ekas III, Carole and John were junior high school sweethearts. John asked if he could carry her books home from school. After that day, the two were never separated. The couple was married on June 18, 1955, in Grace United Methodist Church in Natrona Heights. Their love was eternal. She is survived by her loving family, including her daughters, Lucinda (Cindy) Ekas (Brown) of Uniontown with whom she made her home, Marylee Ekas of Pittsburgh, and John Karl Ekas IV and his wife Cyndi of Uniontown; her grandchildren, Phillip Ekas Brown and Kristen Marie Ekas Brown, both of Uniontown, Brandi Nicole Liptock and Keith Liptock, both of Pittsburgh, and John Karl Ekas V of Pittsburgh; her two step-grandchildren, Melanie Cluss Lott and her husband Greg of Columbus, Ohio, and Randy Cluss and his wife, Jennifer, of Glen Mills, Pa.; three great-grandchildren, Trevor and Cameron Lott of Columbus, Ohio, and Ryan Cluss of Glen Mills, Pa.; her sister, Mary Ellen Steinhagen Ankeny of Vandergrift; her sister-in-law, Margit Steinhagen of Delmont; and many nieces and nephews. Carole was also predeceased by her two brothers, Donald Steinhagen of Cleveland, Ohio, and William (Bill) Steinhagen of Delmont. Carole graduated in 1955 from Har-Brack High School in Natrona Heights.At age 36, she graduated from the Greene County Vocational-Technical School in Waynesburg as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She worked in several doctor and dental offices in Uniontown. Carole was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who spent most of her time focused on her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking, preparing holiday meals, crocheting and sewing. She was a hospice volunteer at the former Albert Gallatin Visiting Nurses. A year before her death, she became a patient at Amedisys, the same agency. She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Uniontown where she volunteered in the dining room, kitchen and also at Jumonville Bible Camp. The family would like to thank the many caring nurses and nursing assistants who took excellent care of Carole during her final days. They include Carol, Tora, Amy, Colleen, Darla, Rhonda, Brianna, Michelle, Joyce and others. The family would also like to thank Donna and Sandy of the Simmons Agency who provided excellent care to Carole while her daughter, Cindy, worked. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ANDREW D. FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIES, INC., 80 Morgantown St., Uniontown, PA. Viewing will be private for the family on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. followed by a private service for the family celebrating Carole’s life at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Don Kephart officiating. Interment will follow in Sylvan Heights Cemetery. Memories and condolences can be shared with the family at adferguson.com or on the funeral home Facebook page.

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