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Isabelle M. Rea, of Hermitage, passed away at 1:35 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, following a brief illness in John XXIII Home, Hermitage, surrounded by her family. She was 94.
Mrs. Rea was born May 26, 1923, in Pittsburgh, a daughter of Henry and Nannie (Mackerel) McLaughlin.
She was a 1941 graduate of Aspinwall (Pa.) High School and later received her associate's degree in Arts and Science at Penn State Shenango Campus.
Isabelle dedicated her life to her family, community and the Lord. She was a very active charter member at the Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex, and was past president of the Alter Rosary Society. Msgr. Salvatore Mitchell and the bishop of the Erie Diocese appointed Isabelle and two other ladies to start Pro-Life of Mercer County. She also took pride in being a charter member with her husband on the Kennedy Christian Athletic Booster Club.
Isabelle enjoyed farm life, especially the animals, going golfing and her beloved Pittsburgh Pirates.
Her husband and high school sweetheart, Richard Rea, whom she married on Nov. 13, 1948, in St. Scholastica Church, Aspinwall, passed away on June 26, 2010.
Surviving are: a daughter, Mary Lou Hensley and her husband Russell, West Middlesex; four sons, Rick Rea and his wife Dr. Melissa Rea, St. Louis, Mo.; Bob Rea and his wife Lori, New Wilmington; John Rea and his wife Kathie, Fairview, Pa.; and Ron Rea and his wife Suzanne, Hagerstown, Md.; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Isabelle was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Catherine Gallagher and Margaret Bullen; and two brothers, Harry and John McLaughlin.
Isabelle's family would like to send a special thanks to Nicole, Patti, Mindy and St. Paul's Without Walls; all the staff at John XXIII Home; and Sharon Regional Health System Hospice Care.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

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Isabelle M., 94, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 10 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday (11-2-2017) in Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road, West Middlesex. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Mass of Christian burial at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the church, with Rev. Glenn Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.
Burial: St. Rose Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc.,1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on October 31, 2017
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