Clara Barbara Durinzi, 95, of Uniontown, formerly of Masontown, died on December 7, 2020, at Mt. Macrina Manor from the effects of the COVID 19 virus. She was born in Republic, PA, on November 28, 1925, the daughter of Ermelindo and Rose Maraney Durinzi. She was a loving daughter, sister and bevoved Aunt Babby.
Being a bit of a tomboy, she played with her brother, Dave, and the neighborhood kids. After
graduating from Redstone High School, she moved to Detroit, joining other women as "Rosie
the Riveter" during WWII. She then pursued two successful careers, the first as executive
secretary for the United Mine Workers in Morgantown, WV. In 1959, she began studies at
California State College, majoring in literature and language which prepared her to teach
English for the Albert Gallatin School District, from which she retired.There she was respected
by both students and colleagues and was a credit to her profession. Also during these years
she traveled to Europe, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She spent a summer in Spain, studying at the university in Valencia. She became skillful at cross stitch and many people now
own these beautiful works of art.
How will she be described and remembered by those who knew her? They say she was kind,
witty, generous, astute, a loving caregiver and one never holding back on expressing her
opinion. She had a well-lived life, full and purposeful.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Dave. She is survived by her sisters
Teresa Durinzi and Rita Wilson(Morris); sister-in-law Louise Durinzi; nieces Dr.Karen Durinzi-Heng(Allen), Roseanne Moriarty(Dennis) and Polly Wilson(John); nephews David Durinzi(Lorraine), and Michael Wilson(Maeve). She will be remembered and missed by many.
Arrangements were private and under the direction of the Terravecchia-Haky Home for Funerals, Inc., 515 N. Main St., Masontown, PA,
Interment was held in Mt. Saint Macrina Cemetery, Uniontown, PA.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the late spring.